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A little less than a month until Valentine’s Day! Question for you all…do you give gifts on the big day? I really haven’t done it in the past but now that I am craftin’ up all of these fun pieces…I think I may have to start this year! For instance, don’t you think you Mom, MIL, bestie, Sister…or let’s not even limit it to the girls…but ANYONE would like one of these handmade fridge magnets with a special picture of loved ones or a fun memory as a gift this Holiday? Hey, I ‘d take it over chocolate (merely because I am trying to loose some Holiday weight) and flowers that only last a short week. Trust me, this gift is MUCH cheaper and I feel…a bigger impact and more sentimental that the traditional Valentine’s Day gifts!

Okay, soooo remember in the last post when I said that I got crafting away and totally forgot to take pics of the progress? This is one of those projects where I did just that. I am so sorry! BUT, an easy one that won’t need to much explanation.

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Take a trip on over to your local Hobby Lobby and head on over to the stationary and stickers section. There you will find one of my most favorite isles with the itty bitty pieces that I can’t help but throw in my cart. I think I mentioned this before…but I can’t help but love the smallest little bits that I have no idea what I am going to do with but they are just too cute not to snag them up! In this isle, you will find all of the specially scrap booking pieces and there is a section with little frames. Go ahead and grab which ever one is calling your name (or few!) and while you’re at it, grab a few of those tiny cardboard heart and geometric shaped boxes. You’ll need those in addition for this fun little project. The other materials/supplies you will need are:

–   Large Strips of Magnets

–   Scissors

–   Hot Glue Gun

–   Some of your Favorites Photos

–   Some extra Craft Paper

–   And any fun additional Bits you would like to add to your Magnets

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These few steps are really quite simple. Plug in your hot glue fun and get it ready for a few quick uses. Cut out your picture according to the frame or cardboard piece you are adhering it to. For the cardboard ones, simply flip over over your cardboard top & photo and trace on the back so that you have a guide as to where to cut. Once your piece is cut out, simply add a bit of glue to the back of the photo and quickly adhere it to your frame/cardboard top. Once that is done, cut off a piece of the magnet (a size big enough that will hold up your frame and maybe a photo or two on the fridge). Hot glue that sucker on and you are finished!

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Easy as that! Now make as many as your lil’ heart pleases!!! This is a fun and easy craft that even your kiddos can help you out! I just don’t encourage you having them use the hot glue gun-bad idea 🙂 Stay tuned for more lovely crafts coming your way!!!

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| Family Photos credit to ADN Designs |

Date posted: January 23, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

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Hey ALL! Hope everyone is enjoying this lovely day! It is quite beautiful here in the greater Seattle area and a bit crazy how nice it has been lately (despite a few stormy days). But really quite mild here in the Northwest. All of this sunshine makes me wanna get outside but that means no time for crafting…so the sun can wait I suppose! 🙂

I do have a confession though…I got to crafting several projects the other day, and upon finishing, I realized I hadn’t taken ANY how-to pics!! My apologies! I guess I am going to have to just walk you through it with no photos to help me along. It’s a good thing this one is quite easy!!! Let’s get to it!

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I found this absolutely adorable arrow on clearance the other day at Hobby Lobby for only $5! FIVE BUCKS!!! I could not pass it up! Had no clue what I was going to do with it, but I knew I would find something fun! Along with arrow, I bought this super cute ribbon, and wooden appliques that are just so precious. Grab your scissors, hot glue gun, sewing machine, and some fun Valentine’s Day paper and let’s get started!

I ended up reusing this little bunting I had made last Valentine’s Day for this project. Basically, I hand cut circles and hearts and quickly ran them through the sewing machine. If you find this to be too hard (or you don’t have a sewing machine) simply find some twine or ribbon and glue your sweet little cut outs on it. Easy peesy!

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Bust out those letter stamps you have used in the past and carefully stamp on “Happy Valentine’s Day” using a black ink so it is clearly visible. Don’t worry if you mess up, just try to line your letter back up and press firmly down. If it ends up a bit smudgy, no need to fret, it just adds character to your sign!!

Very last things is to glue everything on. Attach your lil’ garland to either end of the bottom of your arrow. Then, cut 2 – 24″ long pieces of your ribbon and glue an end to the front of your top arrow and to the bottom. Lastly, put your sweet little adornment on your arrow wreath where ever you please. Annnndddd…you are finished! For under $10, you made this easy peasy, cute as a button Arrow Wreath! Now you have something fun to hang on your door for the Holiday! 🙂 Thanks for following along!

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Date posted: January 21, 2015 | Author: | 1 Comment »

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Okay…so I know I’ve mentioned this before…but why oh why did I not like to crafting for Valentine’s Day before! Well, it’s not that I didn’t like it, I just didn’t find as much joy in it as I did in other Holidays. BUT boy, am I having FUN with all of the goodies that I have found lately! And I feel like the smaller materials that I find, the more I fall in love with how precious they are. For instance…check out these cute lil’ wooden hearts I found at Hobby Lobby. I saw them, grabbed them, and had absolutely NO clue what I was going to do with them. I just knew I had to have them, they were just too adorable!

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So I got home, spread out my findings for the day and then it hit me. These hearts would make the sweetest little garland that I can dress up some family photos to make them more festive for the upcoming Holiday! So I busted out my Sharpies and American Craft Pens and started coloring them all the classic colors of Valentine’s Day; red, different variations of pink, and hints of silver.

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I then wrapped thin jewelry wire around them, tightened and clamped it down-securing the hearts in place. I repeated this until all my itty bitty hearts were perfectly aligned. They were ready for hanging and I chose to hang them on a black frame to make the lil’ garland pop! Where are you going to put your little strand of hearts?! 🙂

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Thank for crafting with me and stay in touch for more fun DIY ideas for the upcoming Valentine’s Day!

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Date posted: January 19, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

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This one is a fun one for the littles too!! And not to mention super easy and quick! If you have a little princess on your hands, you’ll be sure to make her happy with this one!

I don’t know about you…but I have ALWAYS been a girlie girl. I mean, looking back at photos of when I was little, I always had a dress on, my hair pinned up with a bow, jewelry on, pretty coordinating outfits…so it’s not a shocker that I like to revert back to my younger days and make things frilly and sparkly. Hopefully I’m not the only one! 🙂

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Just like the last project, there isn’t a whole lot of materials needed for this task. Just your trusty hot glue gun, some crystals of your choosing (or your little one’s choosing) :), and an adjustable ring with a small plate on it for applying your creation to (you can find this at Hobby Lobby). That’s it!

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First, start by applying the circle crystal in the center with your hot glue gun. It dries VERY quickly on this metal so you have to be pretty speedy and accurate when applying it. Don’t worry, if you can’t get it on the first try, just peel it off and try again.

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Then apply your “petals”. Super easy and straight forward. Make sure they are close together and you are not leaving a lot of empty space in between showing the plate of the ring. Apply all petals and you are done!

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That might have been the easiest and shortest post I’ve written! But it just goes to show you that this a fun and fairly simple project you can do with your little one that will keep their attention and have a fun end result that they will love! Enjoy!

Date posted: January 14, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

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Phew! Can I just start off by saying I am wiped out! This Lady has been a busy bee with multiple side jobs and am trying so hard to keep up on my beloved little blog but I am sad to say that I have been slacking in that department! No more though…I had my monthly visit to Hobby Lobby today and I am chalked full of fun items to craft with and I am oh so happy to get started!

This craft is a super duper EASY one…you will be surprised by how simple and quick it is to make these lovely lil’ earrings. A bit of a back story on this project…a few years ago, I used to make headbands, jewelry, Bridal Fascinators, and belts~selling these at the Bridal Shop that I worked for, along with Craft Shows and Bazaars. As I was purging through my craft room this past week, I came across a tub of old pieces that I made for some of these shows. I forgot how pretty these were and wanted to share with you all and show you how fun it is to make them! So~here ya go!

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Okay, first off…please excuse the HORRIBLE lighting I used for photographing this project. Never again will I shoot at night, I absolutely hate the artificial glow it produces and will now only photograph in natural light. Enough with that rant 🙂 So, fairly light on the materials and supplies needed for this one. The trickiest supply to find for this project is the lace. I found this lace at Pacific Fabrics, but I would say that you are going to have to search for a fabric specialty store or order online for good lace trim. BUT, once you have a yard of this…the possibilities are endless with what you can make and it will last you forever; a good investment of time and money finding this.

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First, start by cutting 2 pieces of the chandelier lace bits out. Trim any loose threads and make sure your pieces are nice and clean from any fraying. Simple as that.

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Take your delicate chain and attach a link to one top of the lace loop, crimp it down and attach another piece leaving a small amount of chain to add to the other beaded attachment to. Make sure that the chain amount is even for both earrings…it’s really a bummer when you have one that is longer than the other. Disregard the extra chaining.

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Now attach the piece in which you thread your bead onto. You like how I worded that? 😉 I don’t know the official name for it, but you get the gist. Hehe! Anyways, crimp that piece down so it is firmly attached to the earring.

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Add your beads on and cut the remainder of the piece down so that you can loop it back to anchor the bead in. ONE more step and you are finished!

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Slip the one of the loops on the chain through the curled up loop of the earring that you just fixed and tightly fascinate down. Voila! You are finished! So pretty with so little time and effort to make! Another fun trick is to dye the lace and make different colors for different outfits! And that is a fun process in itself 🙂 Lovely crafting with you!!!

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Date posted: January 12, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

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Oh boy, do I love me some hand cut hearts! And I love when they are folded up like cute little butterflies…or perhaps, fluttering hearts!! Just adorable! This is a great little craft to kick off the Valentine’s Day extravaganza, and a sweet one at that to start decorating with! No need to hesitate, let’s get to craftin’!

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Really not a whole lot that you need for this project, just have fun picking out your paper…play with patterns, colors, and make sure it’s something you’re willing to hang up in your home and goes well with other decor. Personally, I LOVE mustard yellow, so when I found this pastel polka dot pattern with hints of yellow in it, I had to have it! It’s a great staple piece of paper and I’m excited to use it for Spring crafts as well. Spring?! Did I just say Spring?!?! I can’t BELIEVE it is going to be Spring time in the next couple of months! Yikes, time is just a tickin’ away!

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Alrighty, first off…take your hoops and place your fabric tightly in them. Secure the hoop so that the fabric stays tight. Cut off the excess fabric leaving a 1-2″ piece surrounding it, just in case you need to tighten at the end. You cut this piece off when you are finished.

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It’s time to start your lettering embroidery! Don’t be scared…it’s actually quick simple and easy to do. Thread your needle and tie a double knot in the back to that when you pull the thread through, it is secure at the end. Start by pulling through the needle from behind the hoop and threading through. Take the needle and then after about a 1/4″, thread the needle through the top back to end your stitch. Repeat to make your lettering. I happened to do this freehand, but you are more than welcome to lightly pencil in your letters so that you can have a tracing to follow. Whatever is easiest for you!

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Once you are finished your embroidery (don’t be alarmed…that could take quite a while), it is time to make those sweet little hand cut hearts. Start by folding a narrow piece of card stock paper so that the pattern is folded in, and cut out the half heart…you know, like you used to do in Elementary school! Make all shapes and sizes, this gives your little piece some variety and lots to look at. Awe….aren’t they just cute. Go ahead and cut a few more, just for fun! 🙂

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Get that hot glue gun warmed up cuz we are about to use it! Carefully position your wee little hearts how you please on both of the hoops and leave them there for gluin’ down. Take your glue gun and place a line of glue on the crease and place it down until dry. Repeat until all of your hearts are secure! Looks adorable, huh?!

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Oh goodness! Just precious, huh?! You’re all set for hanging your first handmade Valentine’s Day decor for your home! Have fun placing it and keep in touch for more cute crafts to come!

 

Date posted: January 6, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

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So, typically Valentine’s Day is not my fav to craft BUT I am definitely getting in the mood with all of these goodies that I found!!! Some old, some new (thanks to my very sweet cousin for Christmas) plus I forgot how much I LOVE pastels! For all of you that know me, know that I am a sucker for anything blush pink, mauve, mustard yellow and robin’s egg blue. So this upcoming Holiday and Spring season is right up my ally in the “favorite colors” department.

This post doesn’t necessarily have any craft or DIY tutorials, but just letting you know that I am in the mood to CRAFT and that there is going to be some fun stuff in store for you guys so G E T  R E A D Y!!!!

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So many fun and sweet little things that make my heart sing are in this photo. I am all about the small things and it’s in the details that makes me excited! Polka dots, mini bunting, hand cut hearts, chevron clothes pins, metal “love” tag, buttons and so much more! So excited!

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Get ready all of you love birds! Let’s craft together over the next month, shall we?! 🙂

Date posted: January 5, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

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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: | No Comments »

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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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