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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Paper Heart Garland

Here is a really neat and quick little craft to decorate your home or office for next to nothing.  I love the ease and simplicity of this craft.  I think you could use this idea to make all kinds of garlands for every holiday!

I found this tutorial on Think Crafts Blog and recommend that you go there to visit and review all of the great craft ideas there.


5:01 am Crafts, Green Crafting, Home Decor, Kid's Crafts, Paper Crafts By Kid’s Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

Here’s a fun little project that uses up materials you probably have around the house and brings a whole lot of cheer and love! These little garlands are made from newspaper and really nothing more, but the layering and folding of the shapes turns something that usually ending up in the recycling bin into something pretty and charming in no time flat.
Here’s what you need:
Newspaper
Pencil
Scissors
Scrap of cardstock
Sewing machine and notions (including white thread)

1. Cut a heart (or star or whatever shape you like) out of the cardstock. This will serve as your template. It’s important to have the shapes as close to identical as possible, so a template is a must.
2. Trace the template onto the newsprint. You’ll need two shapes for each piece on the garland.
3. Stack two shapes on top of one another, making sure the edges are aligned.

4. Starting at the top of one stack, stitch down the very center of the shape, allow for a few stitches between and then start the next stack.

5. Once you have all your stacks sewn onto the chain, trim the threads at the bottom (the to can be used for hanging) Fold each layer in half along the stitch line, but in opposite directions. So the top halves fold up to meet each other and the bottom pieces fold down to meet each other. This creates a 3D effect.

6. Hang and enjoy!

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

No Craft night after all

Three Christmas ornamentsImage via Wikipedia
We had to cancel the craft outing because one of the participants got sick.  So, no crafting and no pictures.  However, I did get all the supplies together and I will try to work on my ornament in the morning.  If I can muster up the motivation, I will also take pictures along the way.  These are really cute ornaments and I really want to show you how to make them. 


I think these could possibly be used at my workplace because they are made of paper and have no "contraband" items anywhere.  So, sorry that I don't have pics today, but check back tomorrow to see if I get my act together.


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Monday, November 15, 2010

Going to a Craft night with friends tomorrow!

Christmas in the post-War United StatesImage via WikipediaSince I seem to be in a place where I just can't get myself started, I have been trying to arrange a monthly Craft Night with friends from work.  Well, I finally got everything arranged and we will be meeting for our first crafting experience tomorrow.  I am so excited.  We will be making some Christmas Tree Ornaments with crepe paper and beads.  I will take my camera and hopefully get a tutorial out of the process.  If not, I will at least have some fun pics to post!  I will put those up tomorrow when I get home!

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Christmas craft that is easy and pretty!

I have been talking about getting a monthly craft night set up with some of the nurses I work with for quite a while now.  It seems that finally this event may actually become reality.  We have a place to meet and a tentative date and even some idea of what craft we want to work on.  I hope this happens because I think working as a group will inspire us all to stay motivated and I know it will help me to get going on other projects I have in various stages of completion at home.  This is the perfect time to start a craft group with the holidays fast approaching, so keep your fingers crossed.


In this spirit, here is a quick and easy Christmas ornament that you and the kids can put together in a short period of time.  Enjoy.


Everyone loves personalized gifts for the holidays.  Make these Easy Photo Christmas Ornaments by Fawnda Norman for everyone on your list this year.  They will also look great on your tree!
 
Materials:

  • Christmas cards
  • Paper Cutter
  • Big chunky beads
  • Double sided tape
  • Wallet size photo (I printed mine on paper)
  • Twine or Ribbon
  • Exacto Knife
Instructions:
  1. Cut your cards in to 3X3 inch squares and group them by color. You need 6 squares for each ornament.



     
  2. On the back side of each square find mark the midpoint on each side (at 1.5 inches)


     
  3. Score a diagonal line connecting your midpoints. Do this on each square.



     
  4. Fold on your score lines. You should have 6 squares that look like this:


     
  5. Choose two squares to be your top and bottom. Find the middle (I drew lines across from each corner to find mine) and use your Exacto Knife to cut a whole in the center.



     
  6. Use your double sided tape to connect your 2 of the corners of 2 of your squares.  This is what the back should look like:




    And this is what the front should look like:



     
  7. Continue connecting until you have 4 of your squares together that make a "tube".




     
  8. Choose the bottom and sting your twine or ribbon through the hole and attach onto the bottom of your "tube"



     
  9. Pull your twine up through your tube and through your top piece. Connect your top piece to the rest of the ornament.


     
  10. Tie a loop on the top.


     
  11. And tie a bead onto the bottom.


     
  12. cut out your photos (about 2X2 inch square) and attach it to one of the sides.


     
  13. You're done!

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