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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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I have to say, today was a pretty spectacular day! We woke up to some VERY unexpected snow, and a good amount at that. The Fam and I went to our favorite U-Cut tree farm, hunted for the perfect 10 footer, put up exterior Christmas tree lights, decorated the tree and watched a Christmas favorite- The Polar Express. A great start to the official Christmas season and as festive as could be! We had planned on getting our tree today (the snow was an unexpected treat!) so I got out the ornament and garland bin in preparation. I noticed as I was digging through my poorly organized supply, due to that extreme laziness of “de-Christmasing” last season that I was in need of a new garland for this year’s Christmas tree. And I don’t know about you, but have y’all noticed how EXPENSIVE store bought garlands are these days?! Sheesh, a mere fortune! Golly! So I got to thinkin’…I have seen some fabulous Holiday card stock out lately…why not make my own garland for a fraction on the price?!?! I have a sewing machine and the large hole puncher, and I just needed to snag up some of that beautiful paper and I was set to create a one-of-a-kind garland that costs only a few bucks. I’m gonna show you how easy this is to make and you too can make one for your tree this Holiday season as well!

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Like I had mentioned, you only need a few materials and supplies to create this yourself. Grab that large hole puncher that we have used in past crafting sessions, 6-8 thick cardstock papers in Seasonal prints, your sewing machine (hopefully you have one!) and a pair of scissors to cut loose threads with. Only a short list compared to other crafts, huh?! 🙂

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Start punchin’ away! Make sure you utilize the paper well and get the most punches out of the cardstock. Go ahead and punch through all 6-8 cardstock papers. You should have a huge pile once you are done!

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Next, you want to stack your circles together in a pattern. I have 3 different styles of circles that I needed to alternate in the stack. Red glitter, silver glitter, and then damask pattern and back to the red is how I placed mine. By the end, you should a stack almost 4″ tall! Ha!

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Time to run it through the sewing machine. Make sure your bobbin is fully threaded and your tension and stitch length are between a 1 and a 2. And you are set to start sewing! Put the first circle under the needle and press on the gas 🙂 Once the circle has run through allow the machine to fold a few stitches and gently place the next circle under the needle and feed it through. Continue doing this until you are done with your garland!

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You are now ready to hang this beauty on your tree! Didn’t it just turn out lovely?! Have fun decorating your tree…it is one of my most favorite traditions of Christmas! Looking forward to crafting with you on another Christmas goody!

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Date posted: November 29, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!! I sure hope you enjoyed time with with Friends and Family and stuffed yourself silly with Turkey and Potatoes! So, we spent this Thanksgiving at my Aunt’s house…and boy was it crazy! But to be expected. See I have a loud and ROWDY family but I wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂 There is always games or competitions or a crazy theme planned around these get togethers, annnddd since the Seahawks were playing the 49ers, it was only fitting to have a “Hawks” themed Thanksgiving. So this included everyone dressing up in Seahawks gear head to toe, a game pool with cash winning prizes, and, of course, a competitive game between the Aunts and cousins. You see, my family drinks wine…A LOT of wine. And we are always wine tastings with concealed wines, taking votes on the winner. This Thanksgiving, it was a rivalry between the BEST Seahawks themed wine bag or carrier; winner takes home the grand prize! Rules of the game. 1) $10 and under wine. Red or White of your choice. 2) The wine must be concealed so that others don’t know the brand of which they are drinking. 3) Decorate it however you please; come up with a “themed” bag or just deck it out in any Hawks gear you can find. 4) Have fun! That’s it. So, of course, I was up for the challenge. Anything that involves crafting is just calling me name.

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I am just kicking myself for not documenting this whole venture. I honestly left this to the last minute and on top of the many other preparations you have to make for this lovely Holiday, I found myself pulling this together quite quickly. If there is enough interest though in finding out how this was made, I would be glad to tackle this craft again; sharing the step by steps with you all! But for now, I will just show you a few after shots of this extremely fun project!

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This was kinda a fun little addition. I added a LED tea light to the top of Space Needle to “illuminate” the 12th Man Flag. Cute huh?! It looks really great with the lights dim and the number “12” lit up, my 6 year old son got a kick out of that! 🙂

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It was between mine, a couple of Lombardi trophies, the “Seahawks Grandma” (my Mom made that one, pretty stinkin’ cute), and a few others vamped up with adorable Hawks gear. The family took a vote. And the winner was…..The Space Needle! Got a great prize of a Seahawks flag, buttons, and a decal for the Family car. I was quite happy!!

Hope you all enjoyed this wonderful Holiday and made time to give thanks for all that you are thankful for!

Date posted: November 27, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

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Okay Y’all! Are you ready for some Christmas Craftin’? Oh boy, do I have some goodies in store for all of my lovely crafty friends! I started out with this DIY Glitter Joy Wall Art because…well…I LOVE Glitter! Hence “Glitter & Glue” 🙂 I don’t know about you, but I find that the Holiday time is the perfect excuse to over do it on the glitter. I went to the store and bought gold glitter, red glitter, iridescent glitter….I think I have an addiction. Enough with the chit-chat (I have a tendency to go on-my apologies), let’s get to crafting!

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As I mentioned in my last blog post, I went to Hobby Lobby the other day just to get some inspiration on Christmas Crafts to make this Holiday season. I came across the Snowflake and the letters and thought-oh how fun would these be on a canvas! Found the gold glitter and that absolutely adorable black & white stripe with gold polka dots print fabric and I got giddy with excitement! I seriously could not wait to get started on this project…as soon as the Hubby was home, I nudged the kids his way and began doin’ my thang 🙂

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Alrighty, step 1: bust out that mod podge and paint brush & start layering on that glue. Make sure you make this process pretty quick, we don’t want it to dry too fast before sprinkling the glitter on. Put a generous amount of glue on there, sprinkle a good amount of glitter on the pieces and let them dry. It shouldn’t take too long to dry so just set aside for a few moments while you move on to the next step.

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Next, grab your canvas, desired fabric and scissors. Lay out the fabric print side facing down and then lay your canvas bottom side up on the fabric. You are going to then take your scissors and cut around the canvas leaving a 3 inch gap so that you can wrap the fabric around the back on your canvas and secure it.

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Ready to grab your staple gun! Make sure that thing is locked and loaded and begin to staple away! Pull your fabric securely behind the canvas and staple to the wood frame. Don’t pull too tightly, we don’t want the pattern to look wonky on the front…make sure you are aware of that as you are stapling. A little tip…staple one side and then staple the opposite side of the frame almost like you are drawing a cross. Don’t staple in a circle, this way your tension is tight and even when stapling. Sure hope this makes sense!

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When you are done stapling, cut the remaining fabric down to about 1/2″ to 3/4″ to the staples. This will make your canvas lay nicer on the surface that you are placing it on.

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And voila!!! It should look like this! Cute, right?!

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This next step is not a necessity for this project but it is a sweet little touch 🙂 They are just little pieces of faux picture hardware. I found them in the stamping isle at Hobby Lobby and I just couldn’t resist getting them! Make sure you cut off the extra little piece that is attached to it so that you have a flat surface to hot glue the piece down on all 4 sides of your canvas.

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Time for the last step! For this, you need to rapid fire that hot glue gun and get as much glue on there and place it down on the canvas before it dries! My heart always starts racing and I can feel my blood pressure rising when ever I have to glue something that is of significant size down with the hot glue gun! On one hand…I love working with a hot glue gun because it dries quickly and is pretty durable, but on the other hand, you only have a short time frame to get that sucker full of glue and find the right placement to plop it down before your hour glass (or should I say “5 second glass”) has run out! At any rate, be fast and be efficient my friends!

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You. Are. DONE!!! Isn’t it so cute?! I just love how Modern and sophisticated this piece is and with a touch of Glam!!! As always, have fun figuring it out where to hang your new piece of art!

I probably won’t get around to another Christmas craft until the weekend…traveling down to Portland to see the one and only JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE! Super Duper excited! Have a great weekend all and I look forward to the next crafting session with you!

Date posted: November 19, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

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It’s the most WONDERFUL time of the year!!! Don’t you all think?! As I was unpacking all of my Christmas decorations, I came across a few handmade decor items that I had created the last Holiday that I wanted to share! Hope you all don’t mind that I do not have step by step directions on how to make these little beauties, but hey, who knows…maybe I’ll recreate these sometime this Season!

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Awe, I am still in love with these little cuties! I had so much fun making them too! If you couldn’t tell by now, I LOVE making string art! Sure it is a tedious and sometimes painful process, but nothing beats the end result! I have these hanging in my Kitchen so I get to see them and enjoy them often. Oh, and the little pom-poms were the perfect touch on these three!

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For the “string of lights” on the Christmas tree, I hot glued sparkly sequins to it to add that sense of glow. If any of you are interested in how to make these, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment on the post and I would gladly help you!

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And now for my Christmas wreath! Okay, is it just me or does all of the stores charge an arm and a leg for their pre-made wreathes?! It is just NUTS how much they cost…I’ve seen some pushing a hundred bucks! That’s just crazy talk!!! Especially when you can make your own, one-of-a-kind, customized and dare I say GORGEOUS wreath for between $25-$40. I got all of my supplies at Hobby Lobby for this gem and a very simple list I may add. Just pick up one of their inexpensive template wreaths, a box of glitter snowflakes in the color of your choice (for the base of the wreath) and chose between 6-10 fancier ornaments to layer on top. Hobby Lobby always (or seems to be always) has their Holiday decor priced at 40-50% off, so you can splurge on those more expensive ornaments that are so worth it in the end result. Hot glue those puppies on as you please and you have a gorgeous wreath ready for hanging!

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Just a little tip, make sure you lay your ornaments out before gluing down and take a step back to look at it. You want to make sure that it all is aesthetically pleasing before you make it permanent 🙂

I just did a HUGE craft store shopping trip and stocked up on a bunch of Christmas goodies, so get ready for some super fun crafts to arrive here in the next few weeks! Looking forward to crafting with you this Holiday Season!

 

Date posted: November 17, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

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Oh goodness! I feel like it’s been AGES since I have last blogged! Boy, did I miss it! And since I was gone for quite a few days, I decided to surprise you with…dun da da duuuunnnn! A CHRISTMAS Craft! I have officially decorated my home for Christmas and that means bring. on. the. Christmas. Crafting!!! 🙂 This one might look familiar to you. I decided to redo my Fall Chalkboard Art and add some Christmas flare to it! Why not reuse old crafts right…especially since it is so easy to change up. Let’s get to it, shall we?!

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Okay. Supplies needed for this craft are: your Chalkboard framed art (that you used in the previous fall craft. If you didn’t make it already…shame on you! Just kidding! Just grab a canvas and a frame, and leave the rest to me), Chalkboard paint, hot glue gun (of course!), Scissors, Sparkly thread, mini pom poms, needle, piece of chalk, and left over sequin ribbon from the past few Thanksgiving crafts. Got it all? Hope so!

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Start threading your needle. Make sure that the hole on the needle is big enough to thread your thread through. I bought Embroidery thread; it is thicker and more noticeable against the chalkboard (plus it’s pretty and sparkly!). Thread your pom poms to be about an 1″ to an 1 1/2″ apart. Make your garland to be about 2′ long. You may not need this much but better to be safe!

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Your Pom Pom garland should look like the above photo. Make sure you leave extra room on the end of your garland just in case you need to add more poms. Put this aside for a bit!

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Time to draw your Christmas Tree on the canvas. I chose just a simple triangular tree. I love the simplicity of it, especially when you start jazzing it up with the garlands. Grab a wet rag just in case you mess up and need to correct yourself! 🙂

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Time to get that hot glue gun HOT! Once it’s ready, unravel a good length of sequin ribbon and begin dabbing a small amount of glue on the upper tracing of the tree. Glue the end down. Then diagonally lay your ribbon across to the other side of the tracing and dab again, followed by quickly pressing your ribbon down until is dries. Keep repeating this back and forth until you reach the end of your tree. Cut the remainder of ribbon off and ravel back on to the spool. Now time to put your cute little a pom pom garland on!

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Now, repeat what you did with the sequin ribbon but with the pom garland…only start on the reverse side. Does that make sense? In the above pictures, I started the sequin ribbon on the left-top of the tree, so with the Pom garland, start on the top-right and crisscross overlapping the sequins. Once you’ve reached the end, cut the remainder of the pom pom garland off.

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Your cute little tree should look somewhat like this! Isn’t it adorable! And better yet…you are almost done! Hopefully you still have a steady hand at this point, because you are about to use your best hand writing in the next step!

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“Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Treeeee!” Humming this actually helped when writing this out. I don’t know about you, but I always seem to get nervous when I am writing things out on my crafts because once I make one mistake, I make them a million times over! Luckily, I only had to erase and re-write twice. Phew!

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When writing it out, curve your words so they almost appear like a wreath wrapped around your tree. Add a pretty little detail on the bottom and you are DONE! Now you have the first of many to come (if you follow the blog) of handmade decor for this Christmas Season! Have fun Decorating and til next time!

Date posted: November 13, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

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Happy Sunday Everyone! It is a gloomy one here in the Northwest, so what better to do than…CRAFT! Am I right, y’all?! Today I thought I would, yet again, switch up the Holiday crafting with some jewelry making. I got this idea when I found an old necklace that I have start to fall apart. It was a gorgeous necklace with gorgeous beads and I thought ‘I can’t let these lovely beads go to waste!’. So that’s when it occurred to me that I need to make something special with them. And being that I have been drooling over some beautiful Druzy necklaces on Etsy, I figured…why not make one of my own! This is so easy, it will blow your mind! Let’s get to it.

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Short list of supplies for this one. The tools you need are in the photo above. Glue gun (of course, you know me by now :)) , grab your meat tenderizer from the kitchen, a couple heavy duty zip lock bags, a pendant frame (shown above), pretty beads, and a chain. That’s it!

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Get ready to get some aggression out! It’s time to bust up some beads! Put your chosen beads in one of the zip locks, close it, and then place that bag in the second zip lock you have. When you are smashing these, they can rip through the bag so we want to make sure that you double up. Start hammering away! Make sure you are making the pieces small enough to fit in to the frame of the pendant but you also want to have a little bit of variety in the size of the pieces to add interest to the final result. Once you are done, empty the bags into a small bowl and set aside.

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Go ahead and plug in your hot glue gun. When it’s hot, put a layer of glue on the bottom of the framed pendant. Quickly, pour a bit of your beads onto the hot glue. Let them dry and, careful, apply another of glue onto of the glue and repeat putting sprinkling more pieces on. If needed, dab glue in desired places and add extra pieces if you feel like it needs a few more beads. Let dry.

Once your pendant is dry, you can now add it onto your chain and YOU ARE DONE! Super-duper easy huh?! And look at how pretty it is! Perfect for upcoming holiday parties if you ask me 🙂 Have fun coordinating outfits for your new piece and stay in touch for more DIY projects to come!

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Date posted: November 9, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

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