Monday, December 18, 2017

Bleached PineCones Napkin Rings and More

Celebrate the beauty and colors of the season by bringing nature indoors with pinecones and combining it with your favorite holiday hues.

 I first bleached pinecones on a whelm back in 2013. Pinecones have always been popular in crafts and bleaching them has proven quite well liked to use in projects. You can read about my original process here. Four years later I'm back at it again making simple pinecone napkin rings this time.

Of course I started with using full strength dollar store bleach once again. Here,you can see areas of the cones lightening already.

 After leaving the pinecones in bleach overnight, I let them dry off on paper towels first and then .  .  .
placed them on parchment paper and into a 250 degree oven  until they opened again. That took about a couple of hours.

 Isn't the coloring gorgeous!
 Next, I initially hot glued the pinecones onto 2 inch cabone rings for a quick grab set, but once the hot glue dried, I added E6000 glue for a more permanent hold. 

The color of the cabone rings matched the undertones of the pinecones perfectly.

 Then, I mixed purple glitter and mod podge into a thick paste and  

applied the mixture onto the edges of the pinecone scales.

and let dry.

So pretty!
Then I removed the layers of paper napkins  .   .  .
and mod podge the printed side onto the back of a plain glass plate.
Once dry, used sandpaper to remove the napkin edges from the glass. 

 And sealed the back with more mod podge for a wonderful effect!

 Makes for a lovely holiday place setting!

What an easy way to make adorable pinecone napkin rings!

Thanks for stopping by

and take a little time to enjoy -

Happy Holiday Crafting!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

How to Make an Easy Christmas Explosion Card Box

Most of you know that I have "Let's Get Crafty" sessions at my community clubhouse each month. The latest session was on how to make an easy Christmas Explosion Card Box. The ladies were quite thrilled with this session! The best part about knowing how to make an explosion card box is that you can make one to fit any occasion - birthdays, valentines' day, any holidays or special events!  And you can make it as simple or elaborate as you can imagine! You can even hide special gifts in the center like small jewelry or keepsakes in handmade boxes or small envelopes!  

So let's get started on the basics!

Materials Needed:
  • Solid color and decorative cardstock
  • Scoring board/bone folder (optional, but really handy)
  • Pen/scissors/craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Paper glue 
  • Embellishments - paper craft saying, decorating elements like ribbon, photos, images, stick-ons, and small miniature items, etc. 
3 - 12x12" Card stock sheets: (red, green, white)
1 full sheet - 12"x12" (red)
Cut down 1 sheet to measure: 11 3/4"x11 3/4" (green)
Cut down 1 sheet to measure: 11 1/2"x11 1/2" (white)

Score all sheets using a bone folder and ruler @4 inches all the way around. Do this by scoring the sheet, then turn or rotate paper a quarter, score, turn, etc. until all four sides are scored.

Next, cut off each outer corner on all three sheets, (looks like a cross), as pictured.

fold scored lines, as pictured.

Set cardstock sheets aside to make the lid next.

To Make Lid:
Cut a matching cardstock sheet to measure 7 1/4"x7 1/4"

      Score cardstock sheet at 1 1/2" all the way around. It's easier if you score and turn, one side at a time, all the way around.

Next, cut the 1 1/2" score lines.

And then fold corner sides inside and .  .  .
glue together. 

To Decorate Sides of the Box Lid: 
Cut 3 or less solid color cardstock strips to measure in small graduated sizes. For me, it was best to use a ruler to eyeball sizes to measure how much of a border I wanted, and then, cut out.  Make four sets for the sides of the lid. Adding these helps to make the lid sturdier.

       Glue the strips on in layers on the side panels, centering.

        Add decorative cardstock to top layer for each side.

Cardstock Box:
Fold up cardstock sheets on score lines. Line up sheets according to size with the larger piece on bottom, then add the next size, etc. Add glue to center back and place on top of second piece, evenly spaced. Repeat for adding glue to the last sheet and centering on top.

Then fold up the sides of the box and add the lid. Your box and lid should fit together.

       Get creative and have fun by decorating the inside and outside flaps with themed items, sayings, photos, pictures, images, etc. Add small items, trinkets to center. My theme for this Christmas card box was centered around the adorable snowman I placed in the center. How cute is he!!!! 

And don't forget to decorate the outside! I added a decorative handmade bow on top and a bit of wording to let me know where the front is of what's inside.

Thanks for stopping by
and take a little time to enjoy -

Happy Holiday Crafting!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Holiday Decorated Trees

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Welcome to the third annual 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

I've teamed up with a wonderful group of talented bloggers to bring to your our best Christmas ideas to help make your holiday season festive and fun!  Everyday between Dec. 1-12th, we are sharing our best Christmas ideas ranging from crafts, recipes, games, décor, tree trimming and so much more! Be sure to stop by our fellow bloggers every day during the entire month for even more creative ideas to make your season brighter. 

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It's Day 12 - the last day of our Christmas Blog Hop!

Today, we're sharing Decorated Trees!

I love decorating trees for Christmas! 

I put out the same decorations each year, but I try to switch things around and add new handmade items. I usually create some sort of table-top type tree to add to my purple holiday décor! Today, I'm sharing with you some of my favorite holiday tree creations and the tutorial link to each project.

One of my favorite holiday creations is the ice glittered cone trees I made! They actually have crushed mirrors combined with glitter and mod podge for the "icing" on top!

And the decorative foam sheet trees - so classy and one of a kind! This is totally a diy craft starting with making the cones out of poster board, cutting out circles of foam sheets, turning the circles into ruffles using an iron, sprinkling the glue coated edges with glitter and finally gluing the ruffles on the cone trees with hot glue. That's all it takes to make these easy and elegant looking trees! 

On a side note, love this complementary crushed velvet tree skirt made with silver holly leaves with bells!

And, to add a bit of glam and glitz, an ice tree!

 You won't believe how this sparkles against the lights!

And can you believe this ornament wall tree?  

I love how it looks with the ombre effect!

Then there's the Stak tree trimmed with filler stones!  It's mini Styrofoam trees stacked on top of one another.

And a cut-out chalkboard fabric wall tree - perfect for the kitchen area!

There's another large tree located in the living room, with a diy 3D Corrugated Cardboard Tree on the table! 

.  .  .  along with a couple of decorative ribbon trees, I made years ago before blogging!

and finally, I've included my newest addition - an adorable purple crystal tree  - a perfect tabletop decorative piece!

I hope you enjoyed this brief round up of some of my handmade decorative trees. I could go on and on showing more .  .  .

Thank you so much for joining us for this Twelve Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

Be sure to visit our fellow 12 Days of Christmas Bloggers above for even more creative ideas this holiday season!

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