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So, I am a big believer in re-using the supplies and materials you have until they are gone. As some of you may know, purchasing materials for your crafts can get pretty spendy…so lets use some materials from previous projects to save a little dough (especially since we are creeping up on Christmas-YIKES!). So what do you guys think about the wreath in the picture above? It’s quite pretty, isn’t it? And the best part is…you have about half or more of the materials and supplies in your closet! Let’s get started!

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Materials and supplies shown above for what is needed. The wreath, if you all are wondering, was purchased at Hobby Lobby. I did buy this a few seasons back, but I am pretty sure that they still have this available. The scalloped card stock was purchased at Target, but again, I’m sure you can find this or something like it at Hobby Lobby as well. Bust out those stamps and stamp pad again, Gold Sequin ribbon, the gold polka dot wrapping paper that we used in the “Thankful” garland, a few buttons you have hangin’ around the house, scissors, and your hot glue gun 🙂

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Let’s start making those fans again. Fold your 6″ long paper, flipping back and forth while folding, in about 1/2″ widths. Cut your pieces in quarters and then cut the length of them in half (it’s like a math lesson!). Do this with the scalloped cardstock paper as well (to make 2 fans). Cut on the scallop edge about 1 1/2″ in and for the length of the paper. Then fan fold the scallops, folding in the middle of scallop and at the end of each scallop. Check out the images below for visual instructions.

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Once you have all of your folded fan strips, add hot glue on to each of the ends of the fanned edges and glue together. Fold into the center to make the circular fans. Add some hot glue in the center and *pinch* until glue is dry. Check out below.

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The most time consuming part is over! Yay! On to making the sweet little banner that drapes across the wreath!

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Cut little flags out of the leftover card stock paper you used earlier. Cut out 10 pieces for the letters.

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Time to add the letters! Careful when you are stamping, it is very easy to mess up. Be patient!

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Once your letters are dry, it is time to add them to the sequined ribbon (which is absolutely adorable, wouldn’t you say!). Use your hot glue gun and glue the ribbon over the letters. Easiest way is to flip the ribbon over and add a strip of glue, flip your letters over and gently place them towards the top edge of the flag. Make two separate banners, one with “GIVE” and the other with “THANKS”. Almost done!!!

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Let’s go ahead and glue the banners on to the wreath! Place them how ever you please and wrap the ribbon towards the back, tacking down with hot glue in inconspicuous places. It’s getting there!

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Last step!!! Take those buttons that you found and glue them into the center of the card stock fans. Then place the fans on your wreath, staggering them and adding the solid card stock fans on top to give some dimension. And you are done my friends!

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Now to place this sweet little wreath on that front door of yours, so all the neighbors can “oooo and ahhh” over your newest handmade creation! Have fun all! Stay in touch for more Holiday crafts to come!

 

Date posted: November 5, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

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Hello Everybody! I sure hope you enjoyed the last Blog Post, I had such a great time making that one-of-a-kind piece! I wanted to share with you a few noteworthy projects that unfortunately did not get any recognition (on my part) earlier in the Fall. And darn me, I didn’t record the “step by step” process of making them! Boo! But I can give you all a quick overview on what supplies are needed and how I made the project! Here we go!

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First, this sweet little Chalkboard Pumpkin sign. Isn’t it adorable?! And perhaps one of the easiest crafts to make yet. All you need is to get this sign from Hobby Lobby (I believe it was only like $5 after the holiday decor discount that was going on), chalkboard paint (a crafting staple…if you don’t have any, get some!), felt leaf stickers, paint brush, and chalk. All you have to do is paint your pumpkin with the chalkboard paint (2-3 coats is good), add the stickers to the stem and write a cute little saying on it and you are done! Easy as pie, right?! And super cute! IMG_2817

On to the Burlap Fall Banner! Another easy craft! Supplies: Burlap flags (4 pk. sold at Hobby Lobby for $5), leftover black chalkboard paint, twine string, paper, and felt. Of course scissors and a hot glue gun are a must for putting it all together. First, trace out your letters. I actually just searched fonts on Pinterest and hand copied the font that I like. I did this on regular white copy paper and made sure my letters were accurate in size and scale to each other before I cut them out. I then traced the letters onto the burlap so that I can start filling it in with paint. Next, I (again) went on Pinterest and looked up “leaf patterns”, chose a few that I like and hand traced them onto the felt, followed by cutting them out. Lastly, Plug in that hot glue gun and while accurately spacing out your letters, glue them onto the twine. Lay out your felt leaves and glue them on however you please. Voila! You are done! And this is a great bunting banner you can have up from Sept. 1st to Dec. 1st!!!

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For the final Decor Craft, this one is a bit more detailed as far as what you need and how to execute this craft. You need: Canvas (choose your size. I think mine is a 18″w by 24″h), a frame matching in size, your trusty chalkboard paint/hot glue gun/scissors, twine, scrapbook paper (grab 4-5 different patterns), and any extra little details you want to add. I found some sweet little pumpkins at Joann Fabrics that I thought would be a sweet little touch to this sign. First, paint your canvas with the chalkboard paint (2-3 coats needed). Second, while the paint is drying, you can start working on your pumpkin bunting for the top of the canvas. Remember the “Easy DIY Pumpkin Halloween Banner” blog post that I did? If you don’t, just scroll down to the bottom of the blog page and you will find it. Go ahead and copy the steps that I did for making the pumpkins. Oh! I forgot to mention busting out that large hole puncher for making the pumpkins. Glue those sweet little guys on to the twine and set aside. Next, adhere your canvas to the frame. Use a hot glue gun if necessary. Keep that glue gun plugged in so that you can put the bunting on each of the top edges. Make sure your little pumpkins are placed accurately and you have plenty of space below to write your saying. Lastly, grab your chalk and write what ever your little self desires! Remember, it’s just chalk. If you mess up, you can always erase and start over. Add any extra details (like my pumpkins) and you are done! Have fun figuring out where to hang it!

And that’s it my friends! Have fun keeping yourselves busy with all of that crafting! Don’t hesitate to ask any questions…I am here for all of your crafting needs! Thanks!

Date posted: November 4, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

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Howdy All! So, there is a bit of a background story as to where I got the inspiration for this DIY craft….and don’t worry…I’ll stick to the short version 🙂 For my day job, I work as an assistant to an Interior Designer. I was rummaging through some of my samples, putting pieces in piles and “ahhhh” (insert angels singing), I got this great idea of using them as some sort of fun and funky wall art piece. I found some old tea light holders in my buffet drawer, some copper jewelry wire and the rest is history!

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Alrighty people, get ready for it! YOU CAN MAKE THIS FOR PRACTICALLY NOTHING!!! I’m not gonna lie, you’re gonna have to run a couple of errands to gather the supplies, but seriously, I’ve seen pieces like this at Crate and Barrel for $50 sometimes $60! That’s nuts! Okay, so here is where you start. Go to Home Depot and grab about 10-15 different FREE samples of wood laminate pieces. Vary your wood grain selection, it makes for more of an interesting piece. Next, go to the dollar store and grab some tea light holders. If you can’t find any there (sometimes inventory turns over quickly) just go to a store like Fred Meyer where they have anything and everything you could possibly need. You may even be able to find the copper jewelry wire there as well, if not, you can find some at Joann Fabrics or Hobby Lobby. Super Glue, Hot Glue Gun, Plyers, and a few nails is all you need. Let’s get started!

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Start laying out your design. Stagger your wood tones and grains, along with the direction of the pieces. Leave “negative space” areas in your wall art (this makes for good places to hang it) and make it have an overall nice shape to it.

 

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Start gluing your edges together. Adhere the “base” together and then wait to the layered pieces…we will get to those. Please allow for plenty of time for the pieces to dry properly, this assures your piece will stay intact when you have it hung on the wall. And for Pete’s Sake, don’t get glue on anything important or glue your crafty little fingers together (I’ve done that. Not fun.). I used my hot glue gun on any areas that needed some extra adhering.

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Your piece should look somewhat like the above image; base glued together with loose pieces placed on top. Double check that it is secure in all places with adhesive. If you are going to be using this for a candle holder, I WANT you to make sure that sucker is solid.

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Now that you know where you would like your top pieces to go, we need to start applying the wire that holds the candle holder. I highly recommend that you take a photo of the layout of your pieces (that way you can remember what you want it to look like after your apply the wire). Take the glass holder and pull wire tightly around to get the form for the measurement you are going to manipulate. Take the glass holder out and set aside. With your plyers, gently twist the wire, fold into a loop, and twist one more time. When the knot is tight, cut the remaining wire off.

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Above is a detailed image of what it should look like. The hole in the center is crucial for when you are nailing in to the wood sample to secure it.

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Take those loose pieces and with a hammer and nail, secure it to the piece. Do this to all four (or however many you decided on your design) and get ready to adhere to the piece.

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And you are done! Just use a couple of nails to secure it to the wall and you have a beautiful new handmade wall decor piece people are going to be drooling over! Thanks for Crafting with me!!!

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Date posted: November 3, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

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It’s Thanksgiving crafting time! YAY! As much as I love Halloween, it is fun to move on to another season and switch up the crafts 🙂 Are you all ready to make an irresistibly adorable fan garland?! No time to waste…let’s get started!

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Supplies you are going to need for this craft is your good ole trusty hot glue gun and scissors, large hole puncher, card stock paper of your choice (I chose a white cardstock with sweet little embossed polka dots), twine, letter stickers and wrapping paper of your choice. I found some great paper out of the recent stock that Target has (shown in the next few photos). I like wrapping paper for making fans because it is #1-cheap, #2-easy to manipulate #3-if you mess us, you have plenty for back up! On to the first step.

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Start punching some holes out! You don’t need too many so make sure your keep track of the amount you are punching out. I chose to use the phrase “Thankful” so I am only in need of 8 punchouts. Next, put your letters on the circles. Set these aside for later.

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Let’s start making our fans, shall we?! Cut out an approximate 8″ width by 24″ length piece of wrapping paper. Cut another piece with the same dimensions and you are set to start folding your fan.

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When you are done with your folds, cut the large piece in half. Then cut the two remaining pieces in half again. Essentially, you are cutting your original fan into quarters. This saves time in making your fans, rather than individually folding all small pieces into fans. Repeat with the other large fan piece. You should now have 8 – 2″ approximate fan pieces looking like the below picture.

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Go ahead and plug in your hot glue gun. When ready, start gluing fans together by applying glue to the end fold and attaching that to the other end. You can then fold your folds inward towards the center to form the fan. Apply a little more glue and pinch in the center until it drys (this only takes about 5-10 seconds). Repeat with the rest of your fans. DSC_0168DSC_0171

Your fans should now look like these! How cute are they?! I could make a ton of these and probably find a million places around the house…that is how much I love them! We are almost done!

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With the hot glue gun, apply those lettered circles we made in the beginning to the center of your fan. Only one last step and we are done!

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Time to put the twine on! Look at each of your fans and grab the fold directly above the letter featured on the fan. Turn it over and that is the spot where you need to put a dab of hot glue. Then attach the twine, squeezing it a bit until it dries in only a few seconds. Continue on, making sure your are evenly spacing out your letters. And that’s it! Your garland should look more or less like the pictures below.

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Have figuring out where to put your newly made…and I must say…pretty dang sweet, little banner! Stay in touch for more Thanksgiving crafts to come. And I hope you don’t mind…I miiiiigggghhhht be sneaking in some Christmas crafts in the next few weeks. My apologies-I just can’t help myself!!! 🙂 Happy Crafting!!

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

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Happy Halloween everyone! I thought I would share one last Halloween Craft with you all before we move on to the next great Holiday~Thanksgiving! This craft idea just came to me today when my little one was down for a nap and I had a couple of hours to kill. I was rummaging through my craft room looking for inspiration and I came across some old letter stickers that I had used for my son’s birthday party and some scrap fabric. That gave me the idea for a fun Modern wall decor idea. Here ya go!

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Pretty easy set of supplies for this craft 🙂 Just go diggin’ through your old frames and grab on that’s a fairly decent size. The letters might be a bit trickier for some of you if you don’t have an established stash of craft supplies. These are super fun letters that I found at a local shop called “The Scrapbook Nook” and I’ve used them for several other projects. I’m sure you could find these at either Joann Fabrics or Hobby Lobby though. Hopefully you keep old remnants of fabric lying around like I do! Grab a piece that is suitable for Halloween, also some scissors, hot glue gun and ribbon. You are set!

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First thing is to do is use the hot glue gun to secure the fabric to the backing insert. Tightly pull the fabric and glue as you go. This ensures that the fabric will not ripple and wave due to slack.

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When you are finished, flip it over and make sure it looks close to the above image. If so, we’re ready to move on to the next step!

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Now time to apply the letters. A little tip that I always do is apply the middle letter first in the center of the insert. That way you are pretty accurate when placing the other letters on either side and you don’t have to keep adjusting it because it is not centered.

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And…it should look like this! Pretty adorable, huh?! Final and last step is to add the ribbon for hanging. You’re almost done!!!

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Take your glue gun and dab a small area towards the outer corner of one side of the frame. Then apply the ribbon, at an angle. This allows for the ribbon to be guided in the right direction when you gather the two ends and tie a ribbon in the center. Apply to the other side.

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And you are done! Super easy…SUPER cute! Hope you all had a fun and safe Halloween! Looking forward to starting some Thanksgiving and Christmas crafts in the upcoming weeks, stay tuned!!!

 

 

 

Date posted: October 31, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

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I know I’ve been posting A LOT about Holiday Crafts lately, so I thought I would switch it up and chat a little bit about another passion of mine…Refinishing Furniture! Oh, how I love to transform an old, under-appreciated, “lost it’s luster” piece and restore it back to it’s magnificent self! It’s not only the art of painting and distressing that I enjoy, but the thrill of the find! That “diamond in the rough” that you come across in a thrift store or calling your name on craiglist, screaming “Help Me!” Hehe! Anyways. It’s fun. I enjoy it. So here are a few pieces that I have painted…let me know what you think!

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Planning to get my paws on some more pieces here soon! Thanks for browsing! Til next time!

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

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Can it be true?! A sweet little banner for above the mantel or wherever your little heart desires for less than $5 to make and takes less than 5 minutes?! Yes, it is true my friends and the best thing of all….you can erase the lettering & reuse it time and time again for other Holidays! Hurry, no time to waste! Let’s get started!!!

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Only a few supplies needed this time. A hole puncher, desired string, piece of chalk, and chalkboard coasters (you can find these at Joann Fabrics/pack of 10 for $2.99). And that’s it!

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Start by writing out whatever saying you please on your coasters. Remember, you only have ten coasters. You can buy more if you please (but that would exceed the $5 limit on this craft and that means I would have to change the name to this post & then it wouldn’t sound as catchy ) 🙂 Also, allow for little drawings on your banners beginning and end if you prefer too.

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Next, punch 2 holes at the top of the coasters. Make sure your holes are evenly dispersed. I used the scallop trim already printed on the coaster as a guideline for punching. Continue with the rest of the coasters.

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Lastly, thread your string through your punched holes on the coasters. Remember to allow ample room on each end so that you have enough string to hang it. And just like that, you are done!!!

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How easy was that?! And not to mention VERY adorable! And once Halloween is over you can just erase the letters and write “GIVE THANKS” on them for Thanksgiving in only a few short minutes! Thanks for tagging along everyone! Look forward to another crafty creation with you soon!

 

Date posted: October 28, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

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Okay…so I gotta tell ya. I have a lot of left over “Halloween” themed supplies that I have GOT to use up this week! So you will start to see a theme of supplies in the next few posts. Today’s featured craft is a Spoooooky googly eyed frame! My MIL gave me some old frames she wasn’t using and that gave me the inspiration for this craft. The thing I love about this is that I can reuse this each year and put photos of my precious boys in their Halloween costume. Pretty fun and special, right?! Okay, enough with the chit chat…let’s get started!

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Supplies needed for this craft are your trusty scissors and hot glue gun, alphabet stamps, ink pad, and desired paper from the previous project, a pencil, handful of googly eyes, and some square cut wood chips for the lettering (you can buy these at Joann Fabrics or Hobby Lobby/big pack for only a few dollars).

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First things first, stamp out the saying that you would like on your frame. I chose “SPOOKY” 🙂 Make sure you leave plenty of space between the letters to leave room to cut out for placing on wood chips.

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Once your stamped letters have dried, take your pencil and trace around the letter with the wood chip. Be sure to center the square piece over your letter when tracing. Cut out the pieces when you are done.

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Get ready to plug in that hot glue gun! You’re gonna need it for the next few steps. Go ahead and glue the stamped letters onto the wood chips making sure that they are centered on the square.

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Next, place your letters wherever you please on the frame so you can just left and glue. This helps make sure your placement is accurate when you’ve started gluing your pieces down. You are almost finished!!!

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Get ready for some fun! Last step is placing the googly eyes on your frame. Mix and match different sizes of eyes to give some variety to the placement on your frame. And just like that…you are done! Such a fun and easy project that you will each Halloween to come!

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Stay tuned for more crafts the rest of the week! Happy Crafting All!

 

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

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Hello Everyone! I’ve been just a crafting fool this week due to the stormy weather FORCING me to stay inside…twist my arm (hehe!). You all ready for another Halloween craft? Well this one is a bit more advanced and time consuming but believe me, you will love how this sweet little piece of wall art turns out and will have it for seasons to come! Alrighty…here we go!

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Okay, I know what you are thinking…”holy moly! That’s a whole lotta materials!” Yes, there are a lot of tools and supplies that you need for this craft, but I bet you have at least half of them hangin’ out in your desk or tool box! These items are staples for your craft room so you will thank me when you invest in these.

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First step is to paint the board the color of your choosing. I chose just a soft creamy white. I started thinking after the fact that it would be fun to paint this piece in chalkboard paint to add fun lettering. For another time, I suppose!

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Next, is to trace out a pumpkin and choose it’s features. I went onto lovely ole Pinterest and typed in “Pumpkin Faces” and it came up with all sorts of fun ideas for eyes, nose, etc. Have fun with this but don’t make your features too complicated…you’ll have a hard time getting the string art to turn out right if the details are too fine. Cut out your pumpkin with scissors (you can use an x acto knife for the facial features if that is easier). Place your pumpkin on the board where you would like it and keep it there for the next step.  

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Grab that hammer and 1/2″ nails for the next step and get ready to work! Place a few nails surrounding the pumpkin to keep the stencil from moving while you place the remainder of the nails to complete the pumpkin shape.

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Your pumpkin should look more or less like the above image. Make sure that when you take out the stencil, you get a good idea of what the image looks like. This will be helpful when you are starting your string. Add more nails if need be.

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Start by tying a not around one of the nails…preferably towards the bottom. Then start wrapping the string around each of the nails, looping the perimeter of the pumpkin and it’s features with desired colors.

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Now it is time to have fun! Wrap the string in any which way your little heart desires! I do have to warn you…the yarn may slip off of the nails so make sure you keep a tight grip on the string as you’re wrapping it. Your fingers may start aching towards the end but keep that grip. You’ll be pleased with how it turns out, I promise!!! I mean… just look at how cute that finished pumpkin is on the left!

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So this part is up to you. I chose to stamp “BOO!” on some left over paper I had from the previous project and add my stamped lettering to that. But you can also just apply the stamps directly to the board. Just let me warn you…if you do mess up the stamps on the board, it is a bit tricky to repaint and perfect your lettering.

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Last step is the add the string to hang your wonderful little handmade creation! Use a hot glue stick and scissors to apply the string to the length you desire.

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Voila!!! You have finished your string art sign! So stinkin’ cute, isn’t it?! Now…where to hang it? 🙂 Have fun with that and keep checking out Glitter & Glue’s blog for more fun holiday crafts! Thanks!!!

Date posted: October 26, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

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Hey Y’all! Can you believe that there is less than 1 week until Halloween?!?!

Now that the Fall weather has officially arrived in Seattle (it has been unusually warm around here for all of you non-washingtonians) , I’ve been gettin’ my craftin’ on around here and have come up with this sweet little banner easy enough for even beginner crafters to make! You only need a few simple tools and supplies to bust this out so let’s get started!!!

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Select your craft paper. I would suggest using 4-5 different types. A couple solids, one with texture (I used the gold glitter because…well..why not!) And another 1-2 with some sort of pattern. I chose polka dots cuz I’m a sucker for some polka dots! 🙂

Next, grab some cute string or ribbon, and some fun letters. By the Way, I picked all of this stuff up at Joann Fabrics. As far as tools, all you need are a good pair of scissors, large circle patterned puncher (I got mine from Hobby Lobby, but you can also get this at Joann Fabrics), and a hot glue gun! You are officially ready to get started!!!

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First, punch out an even amount of circles from all of your selected paper. Make sure you punch out quite a few. And don’t worry, if you have any leftovers, they make great table decor for hosting a Halloween party or even just thrown about around any other decorations you have throughout the house.

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Next, you can start putting your pumpkins together! Layer the three evenly together with a solid color on top. I alternated black and orange as the top layer to give some cohesiveness to the sign. Use the black paper to make little stems for the top of the pumpkins. I used a hot glue gun to glue it all together.

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Once your pumpkins are made, you can start putting your letters on. I chose this sweet little gold font for the lettering to echo the gold glittered paper. I thing for gold right now…what can I say 🙂

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Last step is to hot glue your string on for the banner. As you can see, I left plenty of room on either end to make sure your banner can span the length of the area you are hanging it. Also, try and space out your letters as evenly as possible and leave a good amount of space in between the Happy and Halloween. You’ve are done! How easy was that?! Now you have a lovely little Halloween banner to hang just in time for Halloween!

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Be sure to follow me over the next week and throughout the Holidays for more fun and easy DIY decor ideas to make your place “homemade” festive! Thanks so much for reading!!!

Date posted: October 25, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

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