Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Here's what you'll need:
Sheet music (duh! But you can also print your own off at various graphics sites)
Mod Podge Matte
Fabric Stiffener (Mod Podge can be used if you don't have any)
Jute Twine or whatever you want to be the "slide" part
Wax Paper and/or cling wrap
2" and 3" scalloped paper punch
Various small objects to mold the flower around (I used a wine cork, lotion bottle and pepper shaker!)
The embellishment you want for the center. I used a wired pearlized "berry" but I also used a jingle bell for a magnet or brads work very well and give a flat back to work with. The possibilities are endless.
Cut the edges off of your sheet music so you can easily use your scalloped punch. Cover the sheet music with a layer of Mod Podge and let dry. Flip it over and do the same to the other side.
While you're waiting for the sheet music to dry, if you choose to use a twine or yarn for your slide you'll need your fabric stiffener or Mod Podge. Find a bottle the girth you want the slide to be, I used a Tacky Glue bottle. Wrap it in cling wrap or wax paper so the glue doesn't stick to it. Put a nice, thick swath of glue over the ends and the middle of the wrapped twine. Put it glue side down on some wax paper to set. When the ends don't come apart, put the glue/stiffener on the rest of the twine to set it. It will dry clear.
While you're waiting for that to dry, the sheet music should be ready to go. Get out your 3" punch and do four punches. Get your 2" punch and punch out four of those.
I had a lei needle on hand. What? You don't have 9" lei needles laying around? Okay, just get the longest one you can or even a bamboo skewer would work or one of those screwdrivers from an eyeglass kit and put a hole in the middle of all of the sheet music punches. Make a hole big enough for the wire from your embellishment or brad to go through. Shape the larger punches by molding them over the end of a bottle slightly smaller than the punch. I used an 8 oz lotion bottle. Repeat that with all four larger punches.
When your first one is ready, dab a little Mod Podge close to the needle hole and use the needle as a "place keeper" so the glue doesn't fill up the hole as you press one sculpted punch on top of the next and repeat with each large punch. Then it's time for the smaller punches. I shaped mine using a wine cork. Repeat the process by using the needle as a place keeper to keep the forming flower straight and not let the glue close up the hole. Add the small punch on top of the layers of large ones then layer the small ones until they're all used up.
You can see your flower is almost ready to go! Add a little Mod Podge to the center near the hole and slide your embellishment through the middle, press down and let dry. Could you not just eat that up?
Carefully slide your hardened twine off of your bottle. (Mine still had a few wet spots but I'm impatient. For best results wait until it's fully dry) Wrap the wire tightly around the twine ring where the ends were so that part is covered up. Center the flower where you want it then add some Mod Podge to the inside over top of the wire to secure it. If you have some felt on hand, cut a piece of it to cover up the wire/glue glob. I didn't have any but I'm going to go back and add it just so I don't accidentally snag my scarf.
Wait for it to dry, fluff your flower to your desired look and you're ready to go! I love this so much I might make one for my friend as an extra gift for Christmas since she wears a boatload of scarves too.
It goes without saying you could use the flower tutorial portion for tons of stuff like a barrette, tie backs for curtains, magnets, use push pins through the middle for really unique cork board embellishments, ornaments for your tree, a necklace, a pretty addition to the top of a mason jar then gift it to someone...ooh, I'm using that one! See!
BLAM! Instant Christmas gift for the teacher, boss, co-worker with a magnet to use when the candy is gone.
BLAM! The perfect accouterment to liven up a plain hair comb, barrette or hair pin.
Sickness. A sickness, I tell you!!
Here's to catching the bug together!
This project was linked up at Crafty Confessions, Funky Polka Dot Giraffe, Rustic Pig Designs, The DIY Dreamer, Vintage Wanna Bee, Cute Everything, Creations by Kara, 52 Mantels, The Shabby Creek Cottage, The Crafty Blog Stalker, Thrifty 101, Lil Luna and Tater Tots and Jello.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
They're a little crude because I used the exacto knife more than the scissors (which weren't very sharp) but if your scissors are sharp and nick free, you should be good to go.
Here's what you'll need:
A picture printed onto card stock or paper about the size of a coaster. (I used punch out bingo cards since mom's a bingo nut)
A sheet of cork
Sharp scissors and/or exacto knife
Small foam brush
Place the card on the cork sheet and hold firmly (or tape it to the cork) and use the exacto knife to score the cork.
Cut the scored cork with scissors or the exacto knife.
Time to get down to business.
Break out the Mod Podge.
Put a goodly amount along the edges.
Put a thin coat on the rest of the cork.
Center the card on the cork and press out from the middle to the edges making sure it stays flat. Put a book or other object on top if it curls up for about 1-3 minutes.
Once you make sure it's dry, add a layer of Mod Podge over the top of the card, let it dry then put another coat on top. I did one coat going one way then another coat going the opposite way. Make sure it's thoroughly dry.
Put a thick coat of Mod Podge along the edges of the cork/card to seal any water out when it's being used. Wait for it to dry. (It dries clear)
It's ready to go!
I made 6 of them so she'd have plenty when her scrapbooking friends come over to stamp and make merriment on the weekends.
I wrapped them up in bakers twine and fingers crossed she likes it. I'll report back after Christmas! I'm probably going to get some vintage Christmas postcards and make some for myself!
Total Cost for me about $3.
Mod Podge (I had on hand. It's $8 (or almost half that if you get the 40% off coupon to Hobby Lobby) but I used about $1 worth for the project)
Cork Sheet (Which I got for $3 with a coupon and used $1 worth)
Punch-out Bingo Cards (I got mine at an antique store for $3 and I used a little less than 1/3 so about $1)
Can you imagine how cute these would be for a mom/grandma done with pics of her kids/grandkids? Or a gift for newlyweds with some of their pics you printed from their Facebook page of their wedding and honeymoon? Or even pics of you and your best friend over the years of your friendship! It was a fun little project and I hope you can incorporate it into a fun holiday gift for someone you love!
This project was linked up with Something Swanky, Tater Tots and Jello and The Shabby Creek Cottage.
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Thursday, November 8, 2012
Here's what you'll need:
Antique Mason Jar ($6. Prices will vary depending on size, vendor, condition)
Fake Snow ($2.50 at Walmart but I used $.20 worth, if that)
Snowflake beads ($1.00 at Joann's and I used $.30 worth)
Red and Green bakers twine (free- I had it on hand but you'll probably pay $2 for a couple of yards per color)
Bottle Brush Tree ($2 at Walmart)
Tape (I had it on hand)
Christmas Scrapbooking Paper (if you have a clear lid on your jar. $.60 at craft stores)
I had to "alter" my tree because it was too tall for my jar. I cut it in half with a pair of pruners then re-glued it into the base. You could forego that step by actually taking the tree with you as you shop for your jar. (D'oh)
Add the snow to the bottom on the jar.
I wanted to add "falling snow" to my version for a little color, so let's get to working on our snow.
Measure where you want your longest piece to hit and cut it about 1/4" higher to be able to tape it to the lid.
Repeat the process with each color and cut the strings in varying lengths.
I couldn't find the jar I wanted with a metal lid so the one I have is clear. Well, tape doesn't look pretty on top of the jar so I needed a solution. I had some Christmas scrapbooking paper I'm making into tags for the holidays so I cut out a section with my 3" punch and cut it to fit. I didn't need anything to secure it to the top, it just popped in under the lip of the lid and looked super cute. Problem solved!
With a chopstick or scissors, make a little well in the snow and put the tree in the jar.
Tape the strings to the inside of the lid of the mason jar toward the edges of the lid so they won't get hung up on the tree. You can do a short string in the middle so one falls toward the top of the tree.
Time to cap off the jar! The 'snow' is falling!
This project has a simple retro look to it and since I'm a fan of vintage, I busted out some old school ribbon I picked up from the 70's/80's at a store that was going out of business.
I doubled up red and green ribbon and tied it around the neck of the jar for a little interest. You could use anything you want though...bakers twine, raffia, jute twine, fabric or whatever your little heart desires.
Now give it a place of honor in your home and show off your new creation!
The Mr said he didn't know how it was going to turn out but said he loved my version more because the snowflakes were really cool and gave it more interest than the original. He liked the lid on it as well so score! Man pretending to be jazzed about crafts!
Obviously your imagination can take this project all kinds of places but here's the cost breakdown if you want to give it a whirl.
Retail cost: $28
My version: $8.50
Your version if you had to buy it all: $13.10+
I'll take that $19.50 savings thankyouverymuch!
This project was linked up to The Shabby Creek Cottage and Lil Luna.
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Thursday, October 25, 2012
Let's get started.
Card Stock Bunting template
Twine or string of your choice
Sassy solid color scrapbooking paper (12x12 get 2 bunting triangles per sheet)
Foam brush/stamp for applying paint
Trace around the bunting triangle template (homemade- just cut one to the size you want and use it for all of the triangles). Cut the triangle out.
All ready to be decorated! Center the stencil on your triangle and tape it down so it doesn't move when you blot on the paint.
Pour your paint out onto something you can throw away or wash and dap your foam brush in it. Start filling in the stencil with the paint.
You'll notice with stencils that there are gaps in the letter. If you don't mind it that way, leave it as is. If you're like me and don't like them, carefully fill them in to create a solid look.
Repeat until they're all done. Hole punch each letter on both sides so you can string the twine through.
For the numbers, I just found the numbers I needed in an online image search and blew them up to print on a piece of card stock, cut them out and then traced them on the snazzy paper and cut them out. Since I don't like it when banners say "Happy 40 Birthday", I freestyled a "th" to slap on the 40. After I cut it out, I put some double stick tape on the back and pressed it on the zero.
Then I gathered all the letters and numbers and strung them together weaving them in and out until all of the bunting was strung.
How's about those truffles everyone was asking about? Well, here ya go...