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Love Week- Fun Scrappy DIY Valentine’s Tree

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02-DSC_1340I’m not big into scrapbooking, but I do love all the papers and embellishments! My mom and I are always picking up scrapbooking supplies, but we seem to hoard it more than use it. I have been wanting to make a scrappy tree with a paper mache cone for a while now, and I thought a tree for Valentine’s Day would be perfect to use up some of my favorite papers and embellishments. This tree was really easy to make and it was a lot of fun!  I know there are a ton of tutorials out there on how to make all kinds of scrappy trees. Here is how I made mine:

Here’s What You Need:

*Paper Mache Cone

*Scrapbook Paper

*Mod Podge or Rubber Cement

*Foam Cone

*Wood Finial

*Heart Paper Punch

*Ribbon, trim, etc…

*Hot Glue

*Paint

Instructions:

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The first thing I did was make my tree topper. Punch out six paper hearts. Fold each heart in half. Spread rubber cement on the back of your hearts. Glue one heart to another at the sides matching the folds. Then add another heart to the other side. Continue until you have gotten to your sixth heart and glue the open side of the sixth to the open side of the first. Set aside.

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After I made my topper, I added the paper to my tree base. Spread rubber cement or mod podge on the cone. Line up the edge of your paper to the seam on your paper mache cone. Smooth the paper onto the cone a little at a time, applying your adhesive as you go to places that may have dried or you missed. Keep smoothing the paper onto your cone until you reach where you started. Wrap and fold the excess paper at the bottom into the underside of the cone. Glue your styrofoam cone inside the paper cone. This is what you are going to glue your base into. Hollow out a little space in the middle for the top of the finial.

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Now you can embellish your tree. I glued hearts upside down around the bottom and then topped with ribbon and ball trim. Then I added ribbon and trim to the top. To finish your tree, glue on the heart topper and then glue the finial into the styrofoam base.

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03-DSC_1338I really enjoyed making my Valentine’s tree! It looks so adorable on the shelf in my living room with my other Valentine’s decor! What is great about this tree is that it is so customizable to any celebration, holiday, or style you choose. You can easily make it your own just by the colors, patterns and embellishments you use. This is such a fun project to make and would be fantastic for a craft night with your kids or your favorite crafty pals. I do hope you will give it a try sometime! I’ll be back soon with another fun Valentine’s inspired DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Mini Framed Vintage Christmas Paper Ornaments

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01-DSC_0507Hey everyone! Today I am going to share one more ornament tutorial with you all! I am going to show you how to make a super easy and quick treat for your tree using some of those little mini frames you can get in the dollar section at Michaels. You only need a few items and you can make several in under an hour, making it a perfect weeknight craft or craft party candidate! I had a blast making these the other day! I love them so much, I may have to make some more. 

Here’s What You Need:

*Mini Frames (michaels)

*Vintage wrapping paper scraps (small prints work best)

*Old books, magazines, etc for words

*Scissors

*Pen or pencil

*Rubber cement

*Tweezers

*Cupcake picks, vintage minis, floral picks like holly, etc…

*Ribbon

*Hot Glue and glue gun

Instructions:

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First gather up all your supplies and decide what papers and words you want to use.

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Take the paper insert out of the frame and use it as a template for your wrapping paper. Trace the shape and then cut out your wrap.

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Then, cut out words you want to use from your ephemera.

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Glue your wrapping paper to the white side of the frame insert with rubber cement. Put a little rubber cement on the back of your words and place them where you want them on the wrapping piece with your tweezers. Smooth down and rub off any excess glue.

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Decide what minis or embellishments you want to add to the outside of your frame.

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Glue the embellishment to the front with hot glue.

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Cut a length of ribbon to about 4-5″ long. Glue the bottoms of the ribbon together to form a loop. Then glue the bottom of your loop onto the top back side of your frame. Hang on your tree and enjoy!

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02-DSC_0503Aren’t they so dang cute! You guys know me, if I can make something with vintage stuff I ALWAYS have to! My wrapping paper and paper ephemera was all vintage as well as my little plastic deer. You can make these easily with your own paper scraps or with some fun new wrapping paper (Target has some super cute wrap this year!) Have fun with it and make it your own! I hope you guys will give this one a try for your next mid-week make, or party! They are so easy and fast to whip up, and they make really cute and inexpensive last-minute hostess gifts for those holiday parties! I’ll be back tomorrow with another Christmas diy. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama Ornaments

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1-DSC_0355Hi guys! Happy Friday! I know for a lot of people it is sacrilege to decorate for Christmas before it’s even Thanksgiving. However, that is exactly what I am doing this weekend! It makes me happy, don’t judge me 😉 One of my favorite things about the holidays and holiday crafting in particular is that my mom and I always make ornaments together. This year I wanted to make some ornaments that were similar to vintage jewel brite’s or vintage diorama ornaments. These do require the use of a dremmel, but other than cutting, they are pretty easy to make! We made a bunch of them in just an afternoon.

Here’s What You Need:

*Plastic Ornaments

*Dremmel Tool fitted with a cutting disk

*Paint

*Mod podge or medium to attach glitter

*Glitter (I used Diamond Dust)

*Cotton Balls

*Toothpick

*Vintage and new miniatures

*Little bottle brush trees

*Hot Glue and Glue Gun

*Pipe Cleaner

*Wire Snippers

*Ribbon or Twine for hanging

Instructions:

04-DSC_0091To start with, draw a line to use as a cutting guide on the front of your ornament. Draw the circle to be about 1/2 to 3/4″ away from the seam in the center of the ornament.

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01-DSC_0099Carefully cut your ornament with the dremmel. Insert the cutting wheel into the cutting line and then carefully follow it around until you reach the other side. Remove the cut front. You will be actually melting the plastic when you cut, so it may stick to itself after you cut, but you will find that you can easily twist it off.

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08-DSC_0060Now you need to glue in your minis. Glue them down to the bottom inside of the ornament with hot glue.

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06-DSC_0062To add the snow, you will need cotton balls. Pull the cotton ball apart. Add a little glue to the bottom of the ornament around the minis you glued down. Lay a little cotton onto the glue. Use your toothpick to smoosh the cotton down and around the minis.

05-DSC_0064To finish the cut edge, cut a pipe cleaner to size to fit the opening. Glue the pipe cleaner around the cut edge of the ornament. Snip down the wires in the top of the ornaments if you need to. Put the tops back on. Pliers will definitely help get the wires into the holes in the top. To finish, tie a ribbon or some twine to the loop in the top of the ornament. Now you are ready to hang.

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2-DSC_0352I am so in love with these little ornaments! I had a total blast making them, and I love the vintage charm they add to a tree! I will be selling a few of these in my shop if any of you would like to have one of these fun ornaments on your tree, but don’t want to make them yourself. I hope some of you all will make some of these this Christmas with your favorite crafty partner in crime. You’ll totally love them! I’ll be back next week with more fun holiday crafting! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Holiday Home Tour 2013

Happy Christmas Eve Everyone! I hope you all are enjoying the holiday! Are you excited Christmas is practically here? I am! One of my absolute favorite things about the holidays is decorating my home. So I thought I would share a little peek into my Christmas decorating this year. Take a look:

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Please excuse the quality of the photos, they were taken with my phone. I just wanted to give you guys a quick peek into my little slice of Christmas heaven. I love my little holiday home! I hope you all have enjoyed my holiday home tour. Have a wonderful and safe Christmas Eve!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- December 9th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you guys had a fantastic weekend! Does everyone who celebrates have their tree up yet? Trimming the tree has to be one of my absolute favorite things to do during the holidays. Vintage ornaments are my favorite! I have a little collection that I display in a vintage milk glass punch bowl, and a few plastic ones that go on my tree. They are so fun! This week I was inspired to create a little collection of vintage ornament themed finds from Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops. Here are some of my absolute favorites:

Check out this fabulous Wire Wrapped Shiny Brite Ornament with Gnome from Vintage Shopping Spree Here

Check out these beautiful Pink Christmas Ornaments Set – Shiny Brite Box – Shiny Brite Ornament from Be Quirksy Here

Check out these sweet 50 Miniature Mercury Glass Ball Ornaments from Smile Mercantile Here

Check out this fantastic 1950s Christmas Ornament from Le Bonheur Du Jour Here

Check out this amazing Vintage Christmas Ornaments Tea Towel from Neato Keen Here

Check out these awesome Set of 6 Vintage Christmas Ornaments from Cheerful Owl Here

Check out these adorable Set of 2 antique snowman ornaments with adorable top hats, chenille earmuffs and scarves, 1950’s from Plain and Fancy Vintage Here

Check out these wonderful Vintage 1940s Shiny Glass Christmas Ornaments in Different Shapes from Peace Traveler Here

Check out this adorable Vintage Elf, Elf Knee Hugger, Christmas Decoration, Pixie Elf from Letter Kay Here

Check out this sweet Vintage UNSIGNED Angels Ornament Glittered Xmas Card Mid Century 1960’s w/Envelope from Glittering Pine Here

Check out this lovely  Christmas Ornament Brooch, Dangle Brooch Pin, 1950s Holiday Jewelry from A Vintage Jewelry Chest Here

And Check out this awesome Vintage Christmas 1950’s Christmas Ornament Hangers from Thirsty Owl Vintage Here

Don’t you just love them all! I would love to have any of these adorn my tree! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic Etsy vintage shops as much as I always do! I’ll be back next with another fun Christmas collection. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Merry & Bright

Every year Daryl and I send out Christmas cards to all of our family and friends. This year Beauregard is getting his first taste of family stardom and will be gracing the front of our holiday card as his kitty bros have in the past, much to their relief i’m sure. He was a great sport, and makes a fantastic model! I could only choose one for the card, but there were so many cute ones of him and his sister Sadie, I couldn’t help but share them with you all. I’ll share the cards with you all when I get them in the mail. Happy Friday everyone!

 

DIY Double Sided Lighted Tree Topper

When I took out all of my holiday decorations this year, I noticed that my tree topper was a bit worse for wear. So, I decided to try making a new one. This topper is really pretty easy to make and not only is it lighted, but double sided as well. One side is painted with chalkboard paint so you can easily change the design whenever you feel like it. The other side is painted with a decoupaged christmas card santa for a little extra style. This topper works up pretty easy. You can make one in just a few hours.

Here’s What You Need:

*Plywood

*Jigsaw

*Drill and bit the same size as your wire

*Copper Wire #6 (1-2 feet)

*Flat jaw pliers

*Spray Paint

*Craft Paint, Chalk paint, etc

*Led battery operated lights

*Tinsel

*Glue Gun

*Craft glue or modge podge

Instructions:

First draw your star shape onto your plywood. Carefully cut out the shape with the jigsaw. Sand any rough spots with sandpaper. Drill a hole in the bottom of your star to insert the wire. Now bend your wire at a right angle 3 to 4 inches down from the top. Then bend another right angle about an inch down. Place on top of a bottle and start wrapping it around the neck of your bottle. You may need to use pliers. Use flat jawed pliers with no teeth so it doesn’t mar the wire. Once your wire is formed into a spring shape spray paint it in your desired color. A few light coats works best. Set aside to dry. Next, paint your star with craft paint on one side and chalkboard paint on the other side. Paint your sides the same color as your tinsel. Once your paint is dry glue your cut out holiday card to the craft painted side of your star with craft glue or modge podge. Now you are ready to add your lights. First insert your wire into the bottom of your star. Snake the light strand up through the coil, leaving several inches for the battery box to hang down below the coil. Now, start at the base where your wire is and place a dab of hot glue onto the wood, press your light strand into the glue. Go around the star glueing every couple of inches until you have your whole strand glued down to the outside of your star. Now go back around the star with your tinsel, glueing over the light strand. Once you have covered your lights with tinsel you are done. Top your tree and watch it sparkle!

I love how my little topper turned out! It was a lot of fun to make! You could customize your topper any way you like by changing up the paint and tinsel colors and embellishments. Make it your own style! Overall this is a great holiday project to deck out your tree! This is my last holiday decorating DIY this season. Tomorrow I will start a series of hand made gifts you can make for your family and friends. Be sure to tune in for day one of my 12 days of handmade gifts! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

 

DIY Felt Peppermint Garland

 Hello there! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! We had some beautiful weather here in NC! Today I have something really fun and whimsical to share with you, DIY Peppermint Garland! This craft is so much fun! I had a blast making it! It does take some time, but I think it’s well worth it. It took me a couple of hours to make a strand that is about five feet long. I would love to make enough for it to go around my Christmas tree this year!

Here’s What You Need:

*Felt Sheets in Red and White

*Rotary Cutter and mat or Scissors

*Rulers

*White sparkly Pom Poms small

*Needle and Embroidery Floss

*Pliers

Instructions:

*Before I start, please excuse my embarrassingly fuzzy pictures. Apparently I wasn’t paying attention to the settings that night. I was debating whether to put them up or not, but it always helps to have a visual.

With a ruler and cutter and mat, cut 1/2″ strips of your red and your white felt. You will need one red and one white strip for each peppermint. Next you want to prepare your thread. Knot one end of thread and cut a long length to how long you wish your garland to be. Thread a pom-pom and slide it up to the knot. Now you can make a peppermint. Grab one strip of red and one of white felt. Stack them on top of each other and starting at one end tightly roll the felt until it is a swirly round peppermint. Now slide your peppermint onto the needle. If it is hard to slide the peppermint over your needle, use a pair of pliers and grip the needle with the pliers and pull the peppermint over the needle. This helped me a lot! Slide your peppermint down until it meets the pom-pom at the end. Alternate pom poms and peppermint shapes sliding them onto your thread until you have the whole strand filled. Then, knot the other end, and clip threads. If you have peppermints that are not even at the end, snip off the excess so they are even. And that’s it, now you are ready to hang and enjoy!

Isn’t that easy! I really love how it turned out! IF I have time I am going to make more for my tree. Otherwise it will probably hang over a window or a bed at home. You can make it as long or short as you wish so it is customizable to any space. You could also make a green peppermint if you want to change it up a bit. The other nice thing about this craft is that it is so inexpensive! I spent less than five dollars and I didn’t even use up all the felt and pompom. Overall I think this is a great, easy, fun, and cheap craft for a cold or rainy day. Make one while you watch a movie, and before you know it you’ll have a whimsical holiday treat for your home! Be sure to tune in tomorrow for more Christmas crafts!

Happy Crafting!

 

DIY Holiday Themed Framed Vintage Buttons

As some of you already know I am smitten for vintage buttons! I love the styles, the textures, the colors! I am always looking for new ways to use my buttons, and had recently bought some small green ones that I thought would be a cute xmas tree. I originally thought of sewing them to a pillow, but was afraid the dogs would try and chew it. So I decided to sew them onto paper and frame them instead. The buttons are nice and protected,and it’s a really cute way to jazz up a table or a shelf for the holidays!

Here’s What You Need:

*Buttons

*Nice Paper- I used Watercolor Paper it has a nice thickness

*Embroidery Floss

*Needle and Scissors

*Frames

Instructions:

Take your buttons and lay them out into a design you like such as a tree, ornaments, wreath, star, etc. Snap a pic for reference. Cut your paper to fit the size of your frame. Lay your buttons out onto your paper and use the needle to punch little guideline holes in the paper where the button holes are. Now you are ready to sew. Stitch your buttons one by one onto your paper with your colorful embroidery floss. Knot them in the back and clip excess threads. If you want to add a saying or word, you can draw it in with a pencil and poke holes about every quarter inch on the pencil lines to make guides for embroidering. Then you can embroider your words easily. Next, slip your buttoned paper into your frame and close up the back. And Voila! Now you have a fun little piece of holiday cheer to add to your decor.

I really love how easy these are to make! They are really versatile too since you can change up the shapes and combinations of buttons! You can experiment with different papers as well. I really love my Christmas tree, and the frame really makes it cute! If you are looking for vintage buttons, try searching on Etsy. I get a lot of my buttons from there. I hope you all have enjoyed this simple little craft! Be sure to tune in tomorrow for more holiday DIY’s!

Happy Crafting!

DIY Vintage Inspired Bell Jar Ornaments

I absolutely love bell jars! My favorite holiday decorations are small vintage bell jar ornaments with sweet little snow scenes in them! I have been wanting to make some of these tiny cloche ornaments for a long while now, but have had a really hard time finding the little glass belljars anywhere. Recently I was at the dollar store and saw some plastic wine glasses. They were the right shape, so I decided to give it a try, and they actually turned out to be a pretty fun substitute! These little ornaments are easy to make! I had so much fun making them, I went back and bought more wine glasses to make more!

Here’s What You Need:

*Plastic Wine Glasses

*Dremmel or Utility Knife

*Chipboard (cereal boxes, etc.)

*Scrapbook Paper

*Rubber Cement

*Trinkets

*Glitter

*Large Beads

*Pipe Cleaners

*Twine

*Scissors

*Hot Glue

*Large Circle or Scalloped Circle Punch (optional)

Step 1: Cut Glasses- Gather up your plastic wine glasses. They come with bottoms, just throw those away, you don’t need them. The stem of the glass is just a bit too long, so I cut mine down a little with a dremmel with a grinding attachment. You can cut the stems with a utility knife, but it is a lot easier to break them that way. If you have a dremmel, I would recommend using that.

Step 2: Make Bottoms- I used a paper punch to cut out my chipboard bottoms. I think it is around 3 or 3.5 inches wide with a scalloped edge. I also used the punch to cut out my scrapbook paper to cover the chipboard with. I cut out paper for the top and bottom. You can draw circles and cut them out instead of using a punch. I just think it makes it a whole lot easier if you have one. When you have all of your circles cut out, you are ready to glue. I used rubber cement to glue the paper to the chipboard. Let the glue dry.

Step 3: Make the inside- First, lay out your trinkets on your circles. Once you know where you want them, glue them down with some hot glue. Next, run a bead of hot glue around the bottom of your wine glass. Center the glass on the paper bottom and press down, glueing into place. With a funnel or rolled up paper pour some glitter into the top hole for snow.

Step 4: Make the tops- First you want to add the hanger part to your beads. If you want to use pipe cleaners, cut one in half. Then push it through he bead and twirl it around the bottom of the bead so it will stay in place. At the top of the bead make a nice sized loop with the other end of pipe cleaner and twist it together at the top of the bead. If you wish to use twine, first cut a long piece of twine. Fold the twine in half and push it through the bead. Double knot the twine loop at the top of the bead and then double knot the ends below the bottom of the bead and snip off any excess. Next, run a bead of hot glue around the top opening of the wine glass and glue the bead right side up to the top, sealing in your jar. Now you want to finish off the area where the bead and glass meet because it is not so pretty. I took small pieces of pipe cleaner and wrapped around the spot securing with glue in the back. And now they are ready to hang on your tree, yay!

Although they are not quite as awesome as their vintage counterparts, I really love how they turned out! I love how versatile you can be with them as well! You could fill them with anything you like, and top them with loops for hanging or no loops for grouping on a shelf or table. I hope you all go out and make a few of your own, they are so fun! Be sure to tune in tomorrow for more holiday projects!

Happy Crafting!

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