Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Easy Paper Rose Tutorial

For the past few months I've been busy making paper roses.  They are super simple to make and as usual, I kind of got hooked!    

If you want to make some of these pretty paper roses, here is what you need:

  • Paper punch in a flower shape similar to this one:

  • Cardstock
  • Skewer
  • Glue gun
  • Small detail scissors (optional) for distressing edges of flower shapes
 More pretty paper roses:

Basically, you just take the punch and punch 5 flower shapes. Then take the skewer and curl each of the petals, glue them together in layers and build the rose.   The first flower shape, you bend each of the petals into a U shape. The second flower shape, you bend one edge of each petal inward. The rest of the shapes you bend the side of each petal under.  Then you glue each layer to form the rose. 

For the rest of the tutorial plus illustrated photos see my Handmade Paper Rose Tutorial on HubPages!

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Blinged Out Contact Case

Just got finished blinging out a couple of contact cases and just wanted to share them. Did you know contact cases can be used to store seed beads and other small craft supplies in? You don't have to use them just for contacts! Honestly, give me some bling and I'll cover anything :)

 I loved doing the first one so much... I just had to do another.

Have a few extra contact cases around the house? Blinging a contact case is super easy... just get some rhinestones and a good glue, something like E6000 and start gluing them on.  If you are interested in a more detailed tutorial plus more ideas about ways you can use a contact case, see my tutorial HERE.

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Coffee Filter Snowflakes Tutorial

A while back, I was given a pack of old coffee filters from my husband's grandmother. We already had plenty of coffee filters and since I didn't know how old they actually were, I figured I just put them up and use them for some kind of craft, like flowers or something.  So recently, I got them out and decided to make some snowflakes with them and they turned out super cute!  I cut out several different shapes.

 scalloped snowflakes

spiky edges

 I hung some from the chandelier in the dining room.

Look at this cute snowflake garland!

This is a very easy and cheap winter craft and perfect for kids too.  To make the snowflakes just fold a coffee filter in half, then half again, then half again.... and then again. You will be left with a little wedge. Cut around the sides of the wedge to form the shape of your snowflake and then unfold and see your beautiful snowflake appear.  If you want to add color to them, watercolors would work great or you could add some glitter or spray shimmer mist on them.  

Here is a link to my tutorial that is a little more detailed:

Coffee Filter Snowflakes Tutorial

Happy Crafting :)
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Cone Shaped Christmas Tree Decor

I love the embellished, cone shaped Christmas trees I have been seeing for the past few years and what I love most about them is that you don't have to go out and buy the "cone shaped form" to make one of these pretty trees.  You could actually just use chipboard or poster board and make your own cone shape and then decorate or embellish it however you like. I have been working on a few of my own cone shaped Christmas trees and will be sure to post pictures when I am finished.. but until then, I wanted to share some that I found online that were very inspiring to me.  I believe all of these have the tutorials as well :)

First up are these gorgeous fabric covered trees that I found over at The Creative Exchange... LOVE them!

I love these pretty trees that I found over at Hero Arts. With the selection of beautiful papers out there.. the possibilities are endless!

oh.. my Goodness! LOVE these pretty glittered ones over at eighteen25.  I really love how they sit on the pillar candle holders... very cute! Just FYI: You can get the Styrofoam forms like the ones used in this pic AND the candle holders over at the Dollar Tree for a buck a piece!

Be still my beating heart!! I have fallen in love with these gorgeous sparkly, ruffly trees over at Kate Landers Events, LLC.

Have a look at this GORGEOUS vintage embellished cone shaped tree from My Love of Style. Oh, my gosh... it's stunning!

This is just a few of the beautiful decorated cone Christmas trees out there.. I hope you have enjoyed this little round up and that they have inspired you as much as they have me.  Thank you to all of the talented ladies out there who made these beautiful trees :) 

If you are wanting to make your own cones instead of buying the cone shape form, I found the instructions over at The Creativity Exchange to be very helpful and love how my cones came out!

Thank you so much for dropping by :)
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Monday, November 19, 2012

7 Easy Pine Cone Crafts for the Holidays

Recently I have been thinking about pine cones and how perfect they are for crafting and home decorating for the holidays.. so it prompted me to look and see what pine cone crafts were out there.. and there were TONS and most of these even have the tutorials as well :)   Here are six of my favorites:

I love this beautiful pine cone garland that I found at organize & decorate everything.

I love this pine cone wreath over at u create via V and Co.

I love these beautiful, bright colored pine cones over at HGTV. 
There isn't a formal tutorial but looks to me like you could just dip them in bright colored paints, paint it on with acrylics using a brush or even spray them with spray paint. There is a video tutorial to something similar at the link though :)

Another gorgeous pine cone craft over at Crafts Unleashed

Have a look at this GORGEOUS pine cone tree over at Life on Lakeshore Drive.


 Smile Monsters has shared these pretty pine cone decorations!

I fell in love with these gorgeous and so SIMPLE to make, pine cone candle holders that I found at Crissy's Crafts!

For even more pine cone craft and decoration ideas... see my pine cone crafts and decor round-up right here.

I hope you have enjoyed this round-up of holiday pine cone crafts! Thank you so much for dropping by:)

Linking to this fab party:
Life on Lakeshore Drive
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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Easy Fabric Flowers from Old T-shirts

Fabric flowers from old t-shirts

 Do you have any pieces of old clothing that you need to get rid of but they really aren't even fit for Goodwill?  Here's what you do: Cut them up and make some of these gorgeous fabric flowers with them... I did this with a few t-shirts recently and I'm HOOKED!  I wish I had some more old clothes.. I would love to try to make these out of all kinds of different materials.. because I'm sure each flower would look different when you use different types of material. 

Here is a few different things you can use to make these.. old or damaged:
  • shirts
  •  jeans
  • slacks
  •  dress shirts
  • sheets or pillowcases
  • towels
  • handkerchiefs
  • fabric remnants
  • curtains
  • shower curtains
  • fabric remnants

  The technique to make each one is the same but there are things you can do to vary the look of them. These particular ones were made with just a regular straight edged strip of material that was about 1.5 inches wide by about a yard (my t-shirts are large). I did a running stitch down one edge, gathered the strip and and then rolled them together,  just like if you were making cinnamon rolls.  Once rolled, I glued each one to a felt circle and viola!

rolled fabric flowers from old t-shirts

The width and length of each strip will determine the size. I wouldn't recommend using a strip that is over 2 inches wide because then it just looks kind of floppy..The length of the strip will determine the size. The longer, the larger your flower will be. You can use multiple shorter strips to make one longer strip.

 Here is another photo of some more made the same way.......

These were made the exact same way but I cut a scalloped edge on each one, sewed, gathered and rolled.

If you take the strip and instead of on one edge cutting scallops, cut horizontal strips all the way down, and then stitch and roll....you will come out with something like this:

I like this one because it kind of looks like a  little pom pom.. to make it even more realistic you can do the same thing but cut pointed edges on each strip.  I think it would come out looking sort of like a dahlia or other flowers that look similar to that.

So you can definitely come up with all kinds of different looks depending on how you decide to do one edge of the strip before doing the stitch.  I love playing around and seeing what I can come up with.

Of course, the best thing I love about these is that they were virtually free to make.. so next time you get ready to throw out that old ripped shirt, keep it and make some pretty flowers!!

I hope you enjoyed this post.. if you are interested in a more detailed tutorial along with lots of ideas about what you can do with your finished flowers, see my tutorial here

Thank you so much for dropping by!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Shopping Bag Ghost Tutorial - Guest Post

Look at these cute shopping bag ghosts that my friend Sunny made... and she was nice enough to share the tutorial!

Shopping bag ghost tutorial:

I was inspired to make a Halloween wreath using a wire hanger and cut up plastic tablecloths and trash bags (turned out much more fabulous than that sounds)...and I got to thinking...what else could I make with these free/low-cost everyday items?

I played around with twisting the wire hanger and got a ghost shape. At first, I wrapped toilet paper around (you could also use white streamers) and cut out black construction paper for the eyes and mouth and "Boo!". Simple and cute. But would it last long as an outdoor decoration? Maybe not. So I thought about using a white trash bag but...what about a plastic grocery bag! I had tons of those and the sheerness of it might make for an interesting ghost. Plus - it's upcycling (instead of using a new kitchen trash bag, I could use up some of the many grocery bags we accumulate every month - sorry Earth!).

First, I simply cut off the part with the store name, leaving only solid white plastic. Using two bags, I wrapped and strategically taped until I was satisfied with the ghostliness of it. Then I used double-stick tape to put scraps of black trash bag (leftover from the wreath) to form the eyes and mouth. You could probably also just use a black Sharpie and get the same effect. And there you go - from grocery bag to ghost in less than 10 minutes! And the great thing about using a wire hanger is that it comes ready made with a hook for hanging!

Hope you try it and Happy Halloween!!
 and look at this one made with wire hanger and toilet paper:

 If you get a chance, please visit my friend Sunny on HubPages :)

also, if you get a chance drop by and see my Halloween wreath tutorial using a wire hanger!

Thank you so much for dropping by! 


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