Thursday, September 29, 2011

Beautiful and easy Snowflake Chandelier

For those last minute party decorations this year, why not try this Anthropologie inspired chandelier.  They are super easy and cost very little to make.  You could make several and hang them all over the house for a winter, festive air.

This is from Casasugar.com,  which is a site where you will find many other wonderful and easy decorating ideas. 
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Here's What You Need             
  • Magazines, newspapers, or craft paper
  • Ribbon, yarn, or thread
  • An embroidery hoop
  • A pushpin
  • Scotch tape
To find out how to make your snowflake chandelier, just
read more.
  • Rip out pages from your magazine or newspaper. Fold and cut six to ten snowflakes. (If you can't remember how to fold and cut snowflakes, check out this tutorial.)
  • Cut three pieces of yarn/ribbon to the same length.
  • Tie the three pieces of ribbon onto the embroidery hoop, equidistant from each other.
  • Gather the three ends. Tie a very loose knot midway up the three pieces of yarn. With one hand, hold the embroidery hoop down on a flat surface. With the other, gently pull at the knot. This will help to keep the three pieces of yarn the same length. Pull the knot tight.
  • Hang embroidery hoop from doorway with the pushpin. Makes sure that the hoop is hanging straight. If not, readjust lengths of yarn/ribbon.
  • Tie six to ten varying lengths of yarn/ribbon around exterior of embroidery hoop. You can also tie one piece from the middle knot.
  • Scotch tape corner of each snowflake to end of each piece of yarn/ribbon.
  • Rehang your snowflake chandelier around a light fixture, in your favorite corner, or above your dining room table.
  • Happy holiday decorating!

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

{Tutorial } How to make a glittered felt christmas tree

Here is another tutorial for making a lovely Christmas Tree.  This tutorial is quite simple and should be easy enough for small children to participate in making these trees.  Why not make a bunch of them in various Christmas colors and arrange them on the dinner table as your center piece this year.  Give every child one to have for their own after dinner is over.

This tutorial is from Lorajean's Magazine and I hope you will visit her site and browse her other tutorials.
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I am so excited to share with you the EASY instructions on how to make this felt glittered tree. I really am super happy with the way they turned out.
Here is what you need:
  • Felt  (I used white)
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Craft glue
  • Clear glitter
  • Styrofoam cone  (or any cone shaped thing)
Note: I didn't use a Styrofoam cone I used a cone shaped wire tree from Dollar Tree last year, but I think they aren't there any more. You can find foam cones at Dollar Tree or any craft store.
 cut 4 large strips (2 in wide)
cut 4 medium strips (1 1/2 in wide)
cut 2 small strips (1 in wide)
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Step Two
Cut deep scallops into each strip


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Step three
Glue along scalloped edge of each strip and glitter generously.

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Step four
Hot glue each strip onto the cone starting with the large strips at the bottom and ending with the smallest at the top.

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Step five
Cut a half flower shape (for tip of tree)
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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Videos to show you how to make a wreath from newspaper

Here are two videos from YouTube that show you how to make a really beautiful Christmas wreath out of plain ordinary newspaper.  This is something even your children will enjoy making.  The cost is nothing more than some newspapers--and those can be found at recycling stations if you don't have your own paper, or ask your friends to save them for your.

So here they are.  Enjoy making these.  Send me a picture if you make yourself one.  I think I may have to try this myself this year!



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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Another Carol Duval Show video! Making Polymer Clay Tree Ornaments

Large Elf OrnamentImage by CraftyGoat via FlickrHere is a wonderful video from the Carol Duval Show (how I miss that show) that has Donna Kato making a beautiful Christmas tree hanging ornament. I bet if you watch this video, you will soon run to get some polymer clay and begin making your own ornaments. I know I will make these, but first I will watch the video about 100 times because I just love Carol and Donna Kato, but I really loved this show.

Enjoy the video!



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