Paper Bag Tree

treeMy son brought home a paper bag tree from kindergarten art class and I thought it was so cute. I decided to take it a step further and turn into a pretty decoration.

Materials

  • Brown Paper Bag
  • Paper Towel Roll
  • Plastic branches with green leaves
  • Moss sheets
  • Rocks
  • White Glue
  • Glue Gun
  • Battery  Operated Fairy Lights
  • Wood base

Instructions

tree-paperCut off the base of the brown paper bag and wrap it around the paper towel roll. Fill the paper towel roll with rocks to weigh it down.

Cut strips of the paper on the top part of the bag and twist them to form branches. Create more branches from another paper bag and glue the on the base if you want a fuller tree.

Use the hot glue gun and attach it to the wooden base to secure the tree.

tree-gluePaint the entire tree with with glue and let dry. This will help harden the paper and make the tree more stable.

treeGlue plastic branches to the center of the tree to create a full, vibrant tree. Glue sheets of moss to the wooden base and add rocks where the moss meets the tree to hide the seams.

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Add lights to illuminate your design.

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Leprechaun Hat Candle Holders

leprechaun-hats-lightsThese adorable leprechaun hats are a perfect to light up any St. Patrick’s Day table display.

Materials

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  • Mini Terracotta Pots
  • Green Acrylic Paint
  • Gold Acrylic Paint
  • Green Craft Foam
  • White Craft Foam
  • Black Ribbon
  • Glue Gun
  • Craft Glue
  • Battery Operated Tea Lights

Instructions

leprechaun-hat-paintPaint terracotta pots with green acrylic paint and let dry.

leprechaun-hat-ribbonGlue ribbon around the ridge of the pot with craft glue.

leprechaun-hat-buckleCut rectangles out of the craft foam and paint gold to create the belt buckle.

leprechaun-hat-piecesCut a circle out of green craft foam to create the brim of the hat. Heat up an iron to warm setting without steam. Lay a piece of dry fabric on the foam brim and lightly iron. Once the foam is warm, shape the brim of the hat. It will retain its shape once it cools off.

leprechaun-hatsGlue all of the pieces together with a glue gun to make these cute little hats.

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Snowy Owl

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My Snowy Owl mannequin once again is making her rounds. She is on display on the main drag of Downtown Silver Spring’s shopping district. She has managed to hold up pretty well considering I created her over a year and a half ago entirely out of paper and natural elements.
Click here to see her design in detail.

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Mardi Gras Decorations

Here are some of my ideas on how to create a fun and festive Mardi Gras celebration using inexpensive items and things you may already have around your house. I hope you like my decorations!

Here are some of the DIY designs shown in  the video.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's-Ribbon-RosesThe romance of Valentine’s Day is captured with this design. Miniature rosebuds made from sheer organza heart ribbon accent the whimsical Valentine’s Gift Wrap to create an unmistakable Valentine ’s Day gift display.

Materials Used for the Valentine’s Roses Gift Designs

Valentine's-Day-Materials•    Valentine’s Gift Wrap
•    Organza Heart Ribbon
•    Pink and Red Raffia
•    Pink Wired Pom Pom Cord
•    Fabric Leaves
•    Red and Pink Felt
•    Foam Hearts
•    Craft glue (for securing ribbon)
•    Glue gun (for attaching flowers and leaves)
•    Double-Sided Tape
•    White Jewelry Boxes
•    Recycled White Gift Boxes
•    Gloss Gift Bag
•    Red and White Tissue Paper

Instructions for the Valentine’s Roses Gift Design

Jewelry Box Design

sm-boxWhite Jewelry Boxes are perfect for holding small gifts.

1.    Wrap a box in Valentine’s Gift Wrap gift wrap.

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2.    Cut a 3 inch wide piece of wrapping paper long enough to wrap around the box. You will be using the white side of the paper as a contrast piece. Fold the edges of the paper in about ¼ inch to finish the edges and to create a white band of paper. Wrap the band of white paper around the box, gluing the overlapping ends on the bottom of the box.

3.    Wrap a piece of the pink Organza Heart Ribbon around the white band and use craft glue to secure it on the bottom of the box.

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4.    Wrap the pink and red raffia 4 times continuously around the box and tie together, leaving a few inches for tails.

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5.    Cut out a circle of red felt and begin to glue the end of the ribbon to the center of the circle with craft glue. Continue to wrap the ribbon around the center of the circle to create a rose. Glue only one side edge of the ribbon to the felt as shown above. Pucker the ribbon to give it a petal look.

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6.    When the felt circle is covered with ribbon, cut the end of the ribbon and glue the end to the ribbon so it blends into the flower.

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7.    Attach the fabric leaves and ribbon flower to the gift box with a glue gun and trim the tails to matching lengths.

Gift Box

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The Recycled White Gloss Gift Boxes  come in various sizes and can be used to wrap larger items.

Instructions
1.    Wrap a box in Valentine’s Gift Wrap gift wrap.
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2.    Cut a 4 inch wide piece of wrapping paper long enough to wrap around the box. You will be using the white side of the paper as a contrast piece. Fold the edges of the paper in about ¼ inch to finish the edges and to create a white band of paper. Wrap the band of white wrapping paper around the box, gluing the overlapping ends on the bottom of the box.
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4.    Wrap the pink raffia 3 times continuously around the box and tie together, leaving a few inches for tails.

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5.    Attach the fabric leaves to the gift box with a glue gun and trim the tails to matching lengths.
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6.    Create 3 ribbon flowers using the pink Organza Heart Ribbon using the instructions from the jewelry box design listed above.

box7.    Glue the 3 flowers onto the leaves and add foam hearts to the white paper band as shown above.

Gift Bag

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This Valentine’s gift bag is a very elegant design — the layered tissue paper adds height to the presentation that makes it look extra fancy.

Instructions

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1.    Cut a piece of the Valentine’s Gift Wrap gift wrap the entire size of the front of the Gloss Gift Bag.
2.    Apply glue to the wrong side of the craft paper especially around the edges. Attach the paper to the front of the gift bag, lining up the edges of the paper with the edges of the bag.

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3.    Cut pieces of the Organza Heart Ribbon the length of the front of the gift bag. Attach to the bag with craft glue as shown above as shown. Small amounts of glue can be added to the cut edges of each side of the ribbon to prevent fraying.

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4.    Cut a piece of the Wired Pom Pom Cord the length of the front of the gift bag and glue.

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5.    Create 2 ribbon flowers using the pink Organza Heart Ribbon using the instructions from the jewelry box design listed above.

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6.    Attach the fabric leaves and ribbon flower to the gift box with a glue gun.

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7.    Fill the bag with layered Red and White Tissue Paper.

 

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Veggie Man

veggie-man1Since it was perfect packing snow, I made an Eco Friendly snowman today with the kids AKA Veggie Man. I raided the fridge and found some fun things to make our snowman come alive. We used cilantro for the hair, blueberries for the eyes and buttons, carrot nose and an apple slice for a mouth. When he melts and becomes one with the earth, we won’t have to worry about retrieving buttons and non environmentally friendly objects

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Painted Bubble Wrap

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I am always looking for new ways to reused what I already have on hand. For some reason, I had the idea of painting bubble wrap to give my gift bags and boxes a nice textured…almost beaded look. I was surprised how nice it came out. At first glance, it doesn’t even look like bubble wrap.

Materials

  • Tissue Box
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Foam Brush
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Gold Cord
  • Craft Glue
  • Tissue or Decorative Mesh Fabric

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  1. For box design,  cut off the top of a tissue box and cut the top edges into a heart shape on all sides of the box. It is best if you make a heart pattern to fit the box because you will be using it to cut out the bubble wrap as well.
  2. Paint the heart box light pink.
  3. Paint the bubble wrap with the foam brush. It is nice how the paint only attaches to the bubbles because they are raised. I used a metallic rose acrylic paint and accented it with a few brush strokes of metallic gold.

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  1. Cut out four heart shapes to match the ones cut out on the box and attach with craft glue
  2. Glue the gold cord around the heart to outline the heart.
  3. Fill the box with tissue or decorative mesh fabric.

votives

I liked the look of the painted bubble wrap so much that I also used it to cover votive candle holders. They have such a pretty glow when the lights are dimmed.

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Paint a strip of bubble wrap the size to wrap around the votive candle. Attach it to the votive with double-sided tape. I only use battery tea lights with these because I don’t want to risk melting the bubble wrap.

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Beautiful Bubbly

Sparkling-wineIt is easy to dress up a bottle of sparkling wine or champagne for Valentine’s Day with a ribbon sash. Just wrap a piece of ribbon around the bottle, glue the connecting area and trim the ribbon tails to matching lengths. Attach flowers and beads to the ribbon with craft glue for an elegant and romantic bottle of bubbly. An extra nice touch is to decorate champagne flutes with red and pink crystals.

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Bearing Gifts

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You are never too old to get an adorable stuffed animal for Valentine’s Day especially if it is used to hold a gift. There is an abundance of cute plush friends in stores this time of year that would be perfect to use for this gift presentation. I used a bear with long arms and I added Velcro to the paws so they would lock together to hug present. I made the gift box reusable by decorating only the lid, accented with a pretty bow and a tiny bear to make it even more lovable.

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Decorate the top of a cardboard jewelry box with a piece of decorative paper — I used cardstock weight scrapbooking paper and attached it with craft glue.  You can cover up a store logo printed on the lid with this technique. Make a decorative bow with ribbon (like the one I made here — click for instructions) and attach a fun accent piece.  The bear I used was from the baby shower section at the craft store and I added a rhinestone  heart to make it sweet.

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Attach ribbon around the edge of the lid with craft glue to give the box a nice tailored look.

velcro

Find a stuffed animal with long arms and attach velcro on each of the paws. You can use peel and stick velcro or hand stitch it onto the paws to secure.

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Place the box into the paws for a huggable gift presentation.

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Handmade Romantic Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

valentines-coverI stopped by to see my friends at WBAL to demonstrate how to personalize your Valentine’s Day with handmade gifts and cards. I wasn’t able to get to everything so let me know if you would like instructions on how to make projects seen in this video.

Click here to watch my Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas Segment

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