faux twine pumpkin

Posted On November 5, 2010

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Since I started this blog, I’ve been trying to try out some of the crafty things I’ve come across on my internet travels so I can post about them.  About a month ago I came across Floral Wire Pumpkins for $1.  A project that seemed easy and was cheap is right up my alley so I decided to give it a try.  As I looked through the floral section of Joann’s, I came across different floral wires as well as wire that was covered in twine.  It was somewhere in the neighborhood of $3.  (I should probably start paying more attention to these things).  I like how it looked like twine and not wire, so I decided to spend the extra buck or two to get it.   

Here’s where I learned (relearned) a few important lessons.  1. Don’t craft when you’re tired.  2. Don’t craft when you’re frustrated.  3.  If you’re tired or frustrated walk away and go back to your project later.  I thought I could sit on my couch and make this craft last night after a full day of work and an evening of babysitting my sister’s two kids and chasing after my own ball of energy.  Bad idea.  This morning, however, I found a few minutes before work and was able to make this in about 10 minutes without all the frustration. 

I wound the wire around a wine bottle. 

This is where I had trouble last night.  The wire wouldn’t stay.  This morning I decided to use a rubber band to hold the end into place.  Easy solution.

I then slid if off and held one side of it together.

I used one end of the wired twine to wrap around the middle to hold it into place.  Above you’ll see where I started to do that.  I just kept wrapping it around and pulling through the middle.

 Then I fanned out the wire to give the overall round shape. 

Last, I took the other end of the wire and wrapped it tightly around a pen to give it spiral curls. 

Remove the pen and enjoy!

on to thanksgiving

Halloween is over.  My little tiger had a fun day and so did I.  Check him out above hugging one of our dogs; he was so excited to see the dogs in their costumes. 

Now that halloween is over, it’s time to start getting ready for Thanksgiving.  Before we know it, it will be time to decorate for Christmas…but I’m getting a little ahead of myself here.

I picked up this frame tonight at Target and used the cricuit and some scrapbook paper that I had to fill it; I’m not sure how I feel about it…one second I like it, the next I think I want to redo it.  I think I’ll sleep on it.  Either way, I see a trip to the craft store in my immediate future.

one last boo…

I started this over a week ago, but got side tracked when the baby and I both got sick.  Now that we’re better I had time to finish, even though I finished it today–halloween!  But it’s never too late, right?  Right. 

I picked up wooden “BOO” letters from Joann’s craft store as well as halloween themed scrapbook paper and black paint. 

First I painted the letters black.  I painted the sides, a small bit in the front since the letters had a beveled front edge, and the backs.  Even though you don’t see the backs, I painted them because I can picture my dad telling me his mother would say something like, “you wear underwear even though people don’t see that.”

Now if you make something like this, please please please, don’t be like me…be patient and wait until the paint completely dries before the next step.  I couldn’t control myself and put on the mod podge on the front before the paint was dry so if you look closely, especially on the orange O, you can see black paint smeared on the front of the paper.  Because I didn’t want to start over, I convinced myself that it looked okay and gave it a certain effect that worked.  Note to self: next time let dry overnight.

I picked out the decorative paper that I wanted to use and roughly traced out the letters then cut them out.  It doesn’t have to be perfect.  Then I applied mod podge to the letter fronts and put the decorative paper on.  Using a credit card, I smoothed out the paper and let dry. 

You’ll notice that I didn’t cut out the openings in the B.  After the mod podge dried I used my razor and cut them out.  You can do it either way and next time I’ll probably just cut it out before hand but I was worried the holes wouldn’t be centered.  Once dry I applied more mod podge to the top of the paper.  Let sit overnight to dry completely.  I used a sanding block to distress the edges a little; I also hit the side of the paper, which is why it’s okay if your paper is not perfect as you cut it out.

I wasn’t sure how to display the letters, but then I came across this post where the letters are tied together and hanging, so that’s what I did.  I used ribbon to tie the letters together to hang. 

Above is the back and below is the front.

Here is the finished product.

halloween paper garland

Posted On October 23, 2010

Filed under halloween, paper crafting, Projects, ribbon

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I’ve been getting in the spirit of halloween the past few weeks; making decorations always does that to me.  Most of the things I’ve made ended up on the mantle above the fireplace. 

While I liked the way it looked, I thought it needed something.  I pulled out my halloween scrapbook paper and some ribbon, used the cricut and xyron sticker maker and about 20 minutes later, it was done.

And now the mantle looks complete.

along came a spider

Posted On October 22, 2010

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Looking to make more halloween decorations for less money, I was fortunate to come across this project.  With the exception of the frame, which was in the neighborhood of 3 to 4 dollars from Joann’s, it was free because I had all the other supplies on hand. 

The original project was one that you could just download, print out and frame, but I like to do things the hard way, so I used scrapbook paper, the cricut, and a spider punch.  I also pulled out a few pieces of ribbon that I had on hand before I was able to pick one.

After cutting out the letters with the cricut and cutting out the spider, I used my sticker maker to make the letters and spider into stickers, secured them to the page and here you go…a quick, cheap halloween decoration.  It would also work in a nursery rhyme themed room. 

You may notice that in some pictures there is a dot over the I in spider and some there is not.  I didn’t realize I had neglected to include it until I started posting pictures here so I quickly added it, but didn’t bother to retake all the pictures. 

If you’re looking for a quick easy project, this is a good option.  You also may want to try the halloween button wreath, little mummies, and quick halloween pic.  I’m really starting to get in the spirit of halloween!

little mummies

Posted On October 22, 2010

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Perusing the craft blogs, as usual, I came across a really fun looking project.  It appeared to be quick and easy, and with a one man stunt show (aka my almost 14 month old) running around, quick and easy is about all I can handle.   

I got two different size pieces of styrofoam from the craft store, along with a fat quarter of white fabric, though my inspiration was made with cardboard boxes from food products and an old sheet.

Here’s the fabric.  Notice I didn’t even iron it.

That last picture is a sneak peek at what I did next.  I used the scissors to cut small slits of different widths in the fabric and ripped them apart.  I love ripping fabric because I can never cut straight and fabric always rips in a straight line. 

I then used a hot glue gun to secure the end of the fabric strip to my styrofoam and then began to wrap it around.  I secured the end with glue and then repeated the process until I’ve covered the whole thing.  Then I glued on the googlie eyes (PS, how do you spell googlie?).  And it’s done. 

I love it! 

Here it is with my halloween button wreath and a quick halloween pic.

There was some extra strips of fabric left over…so I did some easy and free childproofing.

quick halloween pic

Posted On October 22, 2010

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I bought a frame at the local Home Goods store and needed something to put in it.  I had a blank spot above the fireplace so I put a piece of fabric in it and that was fine for the time being.  See…okay for a short period of time.

With Halloween coming up, I thought I needed to update it.  I was able to use supplies that I already had on hand.

Two bat punches.

My medium and small circle punch. 

And less than five minutes later, viola! 

Here’s a close up.

And here’s what my mantle now looks like.

What’s else is there, you ask?  My Halloween Button Wreath and little mummies…stay tuned for the mummies post.

halloween ribbon wreath

Posted On October 10, 2010

Filed under halloween, polka dots, Projects, ribbon

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Move over buttons, I have a new love…ribbons!  especially ric rac.  Love it.  So when I came across a halloween boo wreath, I fell in love.  I had to make my own.  Here’s a peek at my attempt. 

First I gathered all my supplies:  round styrofoam wreath

and lots of different ribbons.

At the top of the wreath was a pretty deep seam, which worried me.  I found out later that you don’t even see it under the ribbon, so don’t fret if you’re making one.  Ignore it and if you can see it, put another layer of ribbon on top of it at the end. 

Same thing comes when you are wrapping your ribbons; if they aren’t perfect, that’s ok.  You can easily hide mistakes with another ribbon.

I started out with the orange ribbon and wrapped it around.  It didn’t make it all the way around, so I had to either go to the store to pick up more or come up with a plan.  Laziness won out and I came up with a new plan. 

I pulled off all the orange and cut it into four equal pieces.  I then spaced them around the wreath.

I filled in the empty spaces with purple.  Right about now I also chose a front and back side.

Then I added black.

The next part took the most time.  I played around with my decorative ribbons and slowly glued them down. 

Finally it looked like this:

But it needed more.  I didn’t want to make the “boo” found on my inspiration because my sewing machine hasn’t been too cooperative lately, so I just decided to make the bow.  Bows are not my specialty…if only I had thought of asking my mom to make it for me when she was here.  But I didn’t, so I was left to attempt it myself. 

I figured out how long to cut my ribbons (I used three here), cut them and put them face down on a flat surface. 

I folded over one side at a time, then used one of those wire ties that comes with garbage bags to fasten the middle.

I hot glued the end of another piece of ribbon to the back and wrapped it around twice, then hot glued it again to fasten it. 

Opps…I almost forgot to mention that I snipped the ends at an angle and then used a lighter to singe the ends so they didn’t fray.

I wasn’t in love with the way the bow looked so I didn’t want to glue it directly onto my wreath, so I glued it on the wreath holder.  The paint is scratched up in a few places, so I wasn’t worry about ruining it. 

I played around with the bow and probably will continue to mess around with it.  I might even make a new one.  But here’s what it looks like for now on my front door.

Here are a few close ups:

yes, I’m still talking about my button wreath

Posted On October 7, 2010

Filed under buttons, halloween, Projects, Wall Art

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Anyone who knows me knows that when I’m working on something new I like to talk about it.  A lot.  A lot, a lot.  I like to talk about it before I start.  I like to talk about it while I’m working on it.  I like to talk about it after I finish.  So this just gives me another place to talk my projects to death. 

If you saw my post from a few days ago, you know that I just finished a Halloween button wreath.

Ta da!  After I finished it I knew I had to find a place to display it.  Looking around, I knew one place that was in serious need of some TLC…the mantle above the fire place.  Up until two nights ago, my fireplace looked like this:

Yes, we still had the birthday banner up from my baby’s first birthday party from over a month ago.  And I’ll admit, I cleaned up the mantle, which tends to become the place we put things to keep them away from the baby and the dogs (cell phones, remotes, glasses, and just about everything else they get into) just for this picture. 

Now it looks like this:

Much better for this time of year, but I think it’s missing something…hmm…maybe this?  What do you think?  I love it!