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Hello Everyone! I hope y’all had a very Merry Christmas and it was nice and relaxing for you! We had a CRAZY busy Christmas, but with 2 kiddos and a big extended family…it is to be expected :) But the past couple of days have been productive and today; peaceful and quiet which I was in major need of! Plus, this has been the first day in over a week that I have been able to craft! Yay for me! I must say though…it is pretty weird not to make anything Holiday related! A bit sad in fact! But there is lots to be made that is not season related so you all are in store for great things to come! Including this ADORABLE Rustic Love Bunting sign. I could see this sweet little thing hanging in a nursery for sure! Let’s get to it, shall we.

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So I know it appears to be a lot of materials needed for this craft, but I just took a photo of all that I might possibly use but in all actuality…didn’t. So fear not, you do NOT need to go out and get all of these! Phew! What you do need in this photo is a decorative wooden board, hot glue gun, mod podge (or some sort of adhesive), “love” decorative decor, string, acrylic paint (color of your choice), bunting, paint brushes, scissors, faux wood paper, and clips. All of this can be found at Hobby Lobby!

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First, take the paint of your choice and add a couple of coats to your “love” decorative writing. Set aside to dry.

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Next, grab your wood paper, a pencil and your decorative wood piece and get ready to trace it out to apply to the top. I took a picture here to tell you to make sure that the grain of the wood plank is running in the vertical direction. Very important folks!

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Turn your paper and wood over so that you can trace the area that you are going to be cutting out and applying. Take your pencil and as lightly and close as possible, trace out the desired area.

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Go ahead and take your scissors and cut out your tracing. Double check that it looks accurate by placing it over the decorative wood piece to make sure that you don’t need to trim any areas. Get ready to glue this piece on!

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Take your Mod Podge (or whatever adhesive you prefer) and apply a thin layer across the sign to apply your paper with. Quickly lay the piece of paper on top, making any adjustments, and then firmly pressing down where you would permanently like your paper to be placed. Allow 5-10 minutes to fully dry.

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Get ready to hot glue your little love lettering down! Make sure you commit to a placement for it and apply a thin layer of hot glue to the back and quickly place your letters on your sign.

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Next, take those cute little canvas buntings and thread them with your chosen string. The holes are quite small so please make sure your choose a string that it not too thick. You are almost done!

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Take your clips and glue them down by dabbing just a bit of hot glue on the back and placing them. Make sure you don’t get any glue in the actual clip part or you won’t be able to open it up!

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Now take your threaded bunting banner and tie a simple little loop knot that can easily be clipped in. Make sure your banners are evenly displaced and that the string isn’t too long nor short. You can just eyeball it…like I did :)

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VERY last step is to glue on your ribbon to hang your sign! Just a couple a dabs of glue, and apply your desired length of ribbon and you. are. DONE!

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I think this is the first time I am going to say this..so please forgive me…but isn’t it ADORBS!!! Haha! I mean, it is pretty precious though and perfect for a nursery or even a family gallery wall! Now that I thought of that, I might actually do that! :) Thanks for crafting with me!

Date posted: December 29, 2014 | Author: | 1 Comment »

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Kids went to bed early, so what does that mean for this Mama…another blog post! I took advantage of this rainy Seattle day and stayed in and got some serious craft time done! I have say, it was a real mood booster! Seriously, if I go for more than 3-4 days without making something, I go into crazy mode (and the Hubby does NOT like it ;)) I decided to pull me resources and use the left over holiday card stock paper to make some gift bags and gift tags that I neglected to get from the store the other day. And I must say, it is so much more fun wrapping presents when you can add your personal touch to them! Follow along for this super easy tutorial on how to make your own handmade gift wrappings!

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Okay, I know you must be thinking that this is quite a bit of materials but fear not, I simply took a picture showing that you can really use any type of material that you please. The essentials that you do need though are scissors, glue gun, ribbon, some type of paper for your tags and bags. I happened to find these adorable little sack bags that are chalk friendly (picked these up from Target). It helps to rummage through your craft collection and grab any type of adornment that you can find (buttons, sequins, snowflakes, etc.). I think we are going to start with the gift bags, so let’s get to it!

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I happened to find some old berry stems that I used for my Christmas wreath last year that I no longer was using. I simply cut a few of the pieces off, enough for a little bouquet to add on the bag.

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Glue down your berry stems to the bag, easy as that!

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Chose the ribbon of your liking…something delicate though-not too thick. Tie a little bow with the ribbon and cut the remainder off.

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Glue the bow on to the bottom of your bouquet. So cute huh?!

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Lastly, chose your favorite Christmas saying or song lyric and write it on your bag. Make sure your saying isn’t too long, or you won’t have room! :) Also, it helps to write it like you are wrapping your bouquet in a wreath. And you are done! So very simple and took only a couple minutes to make! Continue making your bags with the materials you have gathered up. Use that creative mind of yours to make oodles of cute bags!

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On to the gift tags! These are just as fun and just as easy to make! Materials needed are practically the same but I would add in your Holiday punchers, and also a single hole puncher to add on your ribbon.

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Grab a favorite print and start cutting out your tag. Make sure it is large enough to write a sweet little saying and your “to” and “from” section. Chose any shape you please. You will see that I used many shapes and sizes for all of my tags.

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I used one of my favorite Holiday cutters and cut out a cute little Christmas tree to add to my tag.

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Find something sweet to top your tree with (make sure it coordinates well with your prints) and glue both the tree and the topper down.

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Grab your single hole puncher and add your ribbon on. Tie a knot at the end to secure it. Make sure it is not too tight, just in case you have to untie it to add on to your gift. Done! This one may have even quicker to make! Make as many as your little heart desires (or as many gifts you have waiting under the tree :)) Take a look at my assortment below if you need any inspiration!

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Have fun wrapping the remainder of your gifts with your handmade goodness! Merry Christmas!

 

Date posted: December 20, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

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Only 5 more days until CHRISTMAS?!?! Holy smokes! I can’t believe it! I always get a bit sad come the week leading up until Christmas because I know that soon all of this festiveness will be soon gone until next season :( But…let’s make the most of it over the next few days, shall we? I am super duper excited to show you all this next craft! I got the inspiration from a cute little shop in Leavenworth when I found these GORGEOUS rustic wood glitter snowflakes. But I couldn’t fathom spending $20 on each of them. 20 DOLLARS! That is nuts! So of course, I said to myself “I can make these!” and that is what I am showing you how to today!

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Only a few supplies for this craft and far less money than buying those store bought snowflakes at outrageous prices! For only $3 for a pack of 50, you will have plenty of these sticks for future projects (and don’t worry…I’ll have a tutorial in the future using these puppies). Grab 3 different sizes to add variety to your snowflake, glitter, mod podge, your hot glue gun, and a couple of paint sticks. You’re set!

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Start by taking a little wooden chip to glue all of your pieces on. Hot glue on the 4 large sticks. These should dry pretty quickly.

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Layer on the 2nd largest sticks and apply them in the gaps of the big ones.

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Now add your smallest sticks. Again, apply them in the negative space of the 2nd layers. It’s starting to look like a snowflake!!!

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Lastly, add on the circular wood chip to hide all of the ends. This finishes it off so it looks nice and clean. Get ready, because the fun part is coming up next!

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If you wan the wood grain to show through on your snowflake, simply apply a layer of mod podge so that it dries clear. If you want your snow flake to look snowy white, take your acrylic white paint and layer on a good amount. While your paint or mod podge is still wet, quickly apply the glitter so that it dries with your application. You can also add more dabs of glue or mod podge in certain areas with glitter to add some depth and give the illusion of “snowy spots” on your snowflake. Starting to look so cute, huh?!

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Make sure you’ve given your snowflake a good amount of glitter, you want it to sparkle and twinkle when it’s surrounded by your Christmas lights! Let your flake dry and definitely make as many as you please!

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And VOILA! You are done! Aren’t they so pretty! And the great thing is, you can leave these up for Winter decor after Christmas is over so you definitely get your use out of them! I’ve been working on another craft so stay tuned tomorrow as I post some easy last minute gift tag and bags that are super easy and quick to make!

Date posted: December 20, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

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So, I am not one to repeat crafts but this wreath was just too darn cute not to share! My Mom came to grab my boys while my Husband and I went off to quickly Stage a home (another avenue of work that I do/Stage homes for Resale) and she saw my Christmas Tree Garland Wreath from the last Blog post and said, “Gah! Brandi! This is so adorable! Could you plleeaaasse make one for me?!” I can’t tell you how many crafts I’ve had to re-create for her…it’s a good thing I love her! 😉 So off I went, Crafting in my hour of spare time this weekend! I found a scrap yard of fabric with sweet little strands of lights and she instantly fell in love! She quickly went to the local craft store and picked out paper, buttons and some snowflakes and then left me in charge. I think the thing I like about this wreath is how cheery, colorful and whimsical it is! I reminds me of a Gingerbread house in a way…like gun drops and yummy Christmas candies!

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I really like the layered snowflake detail on the bottom left hand corner. There is so much going on…I almost felt like it would be too much. But to my surprise, it turned out to be just the right blend of color and texture.

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Have fun blending different fabrics, paper and detail accents when making this wreath! I would love to see everyone’s take on this craft. Please feel free to share your own unique creation via my email…info@letsglitterandglue.com. Thanks everyone and stay tuned for another Christmas craft coming up in the next couple of days!

Date posted: December 14, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

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15 Days until Christmas…15 FOLKS!!!! I say this every year but, I feel like time just flies by this month and goes faster & faster every year! I went out to grab the mail this morning and came back in through my front door and gasped! I had NO Christmas wreath hanging on it! This is a mere crisis people. As someone who has some sort of seasonal or themed wreath at her entry, it was very unusual not to have something up for my most favorite Holiday of all! So, during nap time, I decided to whip out this cutie! I’ll show how easy it is to make.

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Okay, y’all know the drill :) Here are the supplies needed for this craft. A foam wreath (super cheap/only like $4 at Hobby Lobby), 2 different types of card stock paper in Christmas theme, your choice of ribbon or string, buttons or misc. adornments, 2 snowflakes, a yard of your favorite Holiday fabric, hot glue gun, scissors, and Tree cutter. I originally included the hole puncher but decided not use it, so ixnay that one. Got it all? You’re set, let’s get to work!

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Start punching out those trees! You’ll probably need about 8-10 each, just to play it safe.

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Plug in your hot glue gun, and get ready to add some buttons to your cute lil’ trees. Make sure your disperse the colors of buttons that you use. I made sure to use different shades of red, white, and green to add some interest to my little garland. 

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Once your trees are done, you start gluing them on to your chosen string. Add a dab of glue to the back top of your trees (preferably where the button is ad to add some durability to the garland) and quickly attach the string and press down until it is secure. Make 2 strands of garland with about 8 trees on each line. Set aside for later. 

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Time to wrap the wreath! Take your yard of fabric and cut 8-10 3″ wide strips. Make sure you cut the strips in the correct direction of the pattern on the fabric that you prefer :)

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Add a line of glue to the back side of the wreath. Quickly, place the start of your fabric strip down and make sure it dries and is securely on there. And when I say quickly, that means pretty quick. I don’t know if many of you have applied hot glue to foam but that stuff will quickly start corroding away! Continue doing this until your wreath is complete! 

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Next, place your garland on the wreath however you please. I like to place mine like it is “sweeping” back and forth across the circular opening of the wreath. Add a drop of glue to secure the start of our ribbon on the rear side of the wreath, add another little dot at the end of your first garland. Repeat with the second string and end of it. If this doesn’t make sense, scroll down to see other photos with the garland attached.

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Isn’t it so cute?! I just want to eat up these precious itty bitty trees!

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Time for some finishing touches! Add some little buttons to your snowflakes by just quickly dabbing a tough of glue on top and placing your chosen buttons on top.

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Place your snowflakes on the bottom right hand corner somewhat layered on each other; one dangling a bit off of the wreath. Glue those cuties on annnddd you are finished!!!!

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So, SO cute huh?! I love that it has this whimsical feel to it! Thanks for crafting with me and til next time! :)

Date posted: December 10, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

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Hello Everyone! My apologies for being out of the Blogging scene there for a bit. My family went on a lovely little trip to Leavenworth for an extended weekend. Have you all heard of Leavenworth? If you haven’t, it is a MUST to visit in the state of WA. It is the sweetest little Bavarian Village tucked away in the mountains and it is just as magical as it sounds. This past weekend happened to be the kick off of the Tree Lighting Festival…a tradition that this lil’ town holds every year. We went shopping, admired the gorgeous lights, went sledding, took a horse drawn sleigh ride…oh, how I want to go back! If you don’t mind, I’ll post a few pics to see just how enchanting it was!

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Okay, that was a few more than I planned! But doesn’t it look spectacular?! The PERFECT way to kick of the Holidays and put you in a holly jolly festive mood! Enough of that, let’s get started on a craft shall we?!

With all of this Holiday cheer, you would think I would have done a Christmas craft, huh? Haha, well no holiday craft for today but on to the next best thing…COFFEE! I am a coffee fean and I love anything & everything related to coffee. In fact, I have a coffee bar in my Kitchen with everything needed to make a delicious gourmet coffee. Only thing missing was a cute little piece of art to hang above my station. I have a leftover canvas from a previous project that I didn’t end up using and that’s where I came up with the idea of making a super easy yet super cute piece of art!

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When I say easy, I mean EASY! Only 4 supplies and a couple steps & this craft will be complete and ready to hang in 30 minutes tops! Just grab a canvas, your chalkboard paint that you’ve used in past projects, a foam paint brush and a couple pieces of chalk, and you my friend are set! DSC_0193 Start by painting your entire canvas. Let it dry and add one more coat on top. Make sure you get around the edges and watch for dripping! The paint should dry fairly quickly between coats, I’d say five minutes or so should do the trick. DSC_0196 Once you canvas has completely dried, it is time for adding your saying! Have ready and steady hands (maybe you should steer clear of any coffee before starting this project :)) I always like to look up on Pinterest for different ideas on fonts. That is what makes this piece so cute is the different uses of fonts and color. I like the phrase “Coffee is Always a Good Idea”. Because…well…it is right?! Start writing away friends! DSC_0201 You can draw a cute lil’ coffee mug at the top with a heart above it, symbolizing your “love for coffee” hehe! :) Once you have finished writing out your phrase, you are done! IMG_3209

How sweet is this?! And now ready for hanging directly above your coffee pot! Nooowww it’s time to sip your coffee and admire your new handmade piece of art! Enjoy!

Date posted: December 8, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

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The Christmas Tree is up and well lit, decorations all throughout the house, cinnamon and spice candle aromas fill the front room, and snuggled by the fire…this is a perfect evening to sit down and blog my latest craft endeavor! This lovely little gem was a sweet find and my favorite store, Hobby Lobby. Unfinished and ready for decorating, this piece cost me $5 and I had pretty much everything else to make this craft (well…almost everything. Had to grab the LED lights which cost about $7). But man oh man, under $15 to make this lovely piece which could cost much more at a retail shop?! I’m tellin’ ya, some of these crafts are so easy and can save you mucho bucks! Let’s get started on this cute lil tree, shall we?!

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Supplies needed for this craft are pictured above. And the tree of course! :) I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to decorate this piece when I started photographing the craft, so I just grabbed a recently used “Christmas” stash of goodies so that I could decide on a whim. The LED lights are a must. I picked these up at Home Depot when the Husband needed more extension cords for the exterior lights. I love these because they are cute and delicate little things and the wire bends and forms to where you need it to, which made it easy to mold around the tree and stay in place.

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First things first, paint the tree. I just decided to paint her white. Nice and simple and makes the decorations pop! I just chose an inexpensive craft acrylic paint. Works just fine. Only needed a couple coats and dried quickly. Total, this craft only took about 45 minutes to make! Love the quick crafts with fun results!

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Time to add the adornments! I found various sizes of sequins which looked really cute I thought! My Christmas decor is mainly Red & Silver with touches of Green, so this fit perfectly! Just add a dab of hot glue on the back of your sequins or what have you and quickly place it on your tree. They dry quickly, so though it make look like a lot of pieces to glue on, this part goes by pretty quickly!

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I had some left over pom poms from a past project, so I decided to add one to the top. Hot glue that puppy on and that’s it! If you haven’t noticed by now, I am a sucker for sparkly little pom poms…I just think they are so stinkin’ cute! Don’t you?! :)

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Last on the list is to wrap your tree with your LED lights. This is fairly easy due to the fact that the wire on the lights is bendable and molds however you please. So I basically just started at the bottom, tucked the end in one of the holes in the back of the tree, and wrapped it back and forth under the limbs so that it would stay. Once you get to the top, twist it around and continue back and forth down the tree until you reach the end. You should only have a bit of the strand left which is great! No wasted lights!

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Finish it off by twisting the wire in the back to secure it and you are finished! Look at how adorable this thing is!!!

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I have to say…this is cute in pictures but it honestly doesn’t do it justice in the photo. When it is lit, it looks so fun and festive! I put mine on the fireplace hearth…where are you going to put yours? ;

Date posted: December 1, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

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