Thursday, May 28, 2020

Newspaper Tubes Geometric Design Wreath

Have you ever been inspired by something you saw on tv? I know I have! Did you see "Making the Cut" on Amazon Prime? I love shows like this! So much creativity! Well, on one of the episodes, there was a fashion show with the models stepping through a prop or hologram of lines in a geometric open pattern. See the photo below:
I thought it so cool!  Immediately I thought the design would make a snazzy looking wreath! Wow, just hear me out! 

Are you tired of seeing the same old, same old, round wreaths when it comes to decorating your door or wall? As an alternative, why not create a fun geometric design wreath using newspaper tubes. That's right, recycle your newspapers by making lots of tubes - and then, transform the tubes into an adorable geometric design wreath! 

Let's start by gathering the following items:
  • Newspaper section
  • Thin skewer stick 
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Ruler
  • Hot glue 
  • Spray paint, acrylic or chalk paint
  • Parchment paper
  • Black marker
  • Floral wire (24 gauge)
To make the newspaper tubes, begin by taking several pages of a complete newspaper section like the style or metro section and fold in half. Fold again,vertically into three sections.  Cut out on the vertical folds, giving three strips per page. Depending on the section, you should have at least 18 strips or more.  But you will need to cut out more - about twice that amount!

Then, take a thin skewer stick and place on the corner edge of paper at an angle, as pictured. Place the end tip of the paper over the skewer and start rolling the paper with fingers pressed down on the table first.
Once you've started rolling the paper, lift up the tube so your left fingers are controlling the roll while your right hand is rolling the stick and tightening the tube. Just before finishing the roll, add glue to the corner end tip and continue rolling until reaching the end to seal. 
Thirty-six tubes are needed to make nine squares with four tubes per square shape.   Spray paint the tubes outside on parchment paper and let dry. Then cut down each tube to measure 16" long.

Next, mark each tube 1 1/2" from both ends with a magic marker.  Hot glue the tubes at the marks, creating a square. There should be about one and a half inches (1 1/2") extending from where the rods intersect.
Next, cut off four, 6" pieces of floral wire for each square set. Wrap wire around tubes where they intersect, twisting ends together and cutting off excess wire. This helps to make the squares stronger and secure - and less flexible. Paint the wires to blend in and less noticeable on the rods.
To arrange the wreath. lay a tube square down straight. Then, lay another one on top directly in the middle at an angle. And the next, slightly to the left or right - trying to keep the end sections evenly spaced on the angle in a decorative pattern. Apply dabs of hot glue where the rods meet on each layer.
Continue adding the tube squares, trying to keep the rod "X's" evenly spaced in a decorative pattern .  .  .
gluing in place with each new layer .  .  .
until all the square tubes are placed on top and glued down.  I managed to add 8 squares - couldn't get the 9th one to fit.
This geometric design wreath looks cool plain .  .  .
but prettier with faux flowers and stems added!
Perfect for this month's Creative Crafts Blog Hop!
 I am thrilled to be a part of this Creative Craft Blog Hop created by Chloe @ Celebrate & Decorate and Andrea @ Design Morsels!
It's a great way for anyone to be inspired by an array of creative bloggers!

 If you've hopped over after visiting Zucchini Sisters, I'm sure you loved Rebecca's Diy Tin Can Decor! And I hope you enjoyed my unique geometric design wreath created with newspaper tubes!

The next blog hop is to Mary @ Home is Where the Boat Is

See all the lovely inspirations by “hopping” to visit all of  these  awesome creative and innovative blogs!

Update Chair Pot Holder Using Soda Cans

It's that time again for the monthly Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge, where a group of creative bloggers come together to share their lovely transformations of a thrift store item. Who doesn't love thrift store upcycle projects - whether it's actually creating one or admiring how an item from a thrift store was transformed!

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There's no monthly theme.
  • There's no budget to stick to.
I found this chair pot holder a number of years ago at a friend's yard sale. It looked interesting and a bit unique - I guess that's why I bought it .  .  .

 but it is rather christmassy, don't you think? I could never figure out what to do with it - the pot is actually too small to put a plant or flowers in it - and what type would be appropriate at christmas time? Most holiday flowers and plants are too large for this table top piece. So it sat on a shelf .  .  . until I needed something from a thrift store, resale store, or yardsale to upcycle for a blog hop happening during a pandemic. Stores like these are on lock-down with no re-opening in sight right now. 

To begin updating the pot holder chair, remove the tin motif on the back and take the pot out. I needed something sturdy for the back and decided to decoupage a handmade flower out of soda cans.
First, carefully cut off the end of a clean soda can using  a utility knife. You may want to wear gloves for this.
Then, make a vertical cut with craft scissors, cutting to the opposite end .  .  .
and remove following the line around the can. Cut even edges along the aluminum, removing any slivers or jagged edges.
  Smooth out the curve of the can by rolling the aluminum in the opposite direction of the curve. You can also use the edge of a table or countertop to help smooth it out.  
To make a flower motif for the back of the chair, find a flower template online large enough to fit on the back - like an 8 petal flower. Then copy, paste, and adjust size in Word.  Print image and cut out.
Since the flower was larger than the open aluminum can .  .  .
cut out one petal from the flower to trace the eight petals, using the tip of an ice pick. 
Once all the petals are traced and cut out, cut out a circle from the aluminum for the center of the flower.

Then glue the petals onto the center using a quick grab glue like DAP RapidFuse all purpose adhesive. 

Paint both sides of the flower with chalk paint once the glue dries - drying each side in-between coats. The white chalk paint helps to keep the background color of the napkin the same. Any other color would show through.
Then cut out an area of napkin to decoupage and remove the white ply sheets, leaving the printed napkin. 
Apply a layer of mod podge to the flower and place the printed napkin on the mod podge, face up.
Smooth out using plastic cling wrap.
Once dry, flip flower over and repeat steps for decoupaging the napkin on the back of the flower.
Once the entire decoupage flower is dry, cut off excess napkin, following the lines of the flower petal edges.
While the decoupage flower is drying, stain the chair with a walnut finish. The metallic gold border on the chair was subdued but not covered with stain. 
Once the stain chair and flower were dry, attach the flower to the chair back using quick grab permanent glue.
Next, paint the pot using chalk paint, inside and out and let dry.
 Use a torn strip of decorative napkin to decoupage it to the rim of the pot .  .  .
all around. 
What an awesome transformation!

(back of chair)

And now for more thrifty goodness!

Meet the Hosts

Beverly | Across the Blvd 
Gail | Purple Hues and Me  
Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home

Our Thrift Store Upcycle group of bloggers is looking to expand -- and we need your help! Why not consider joining in our thrift store upcycle challenge on the last Thursday of each month? Make some friends while having fun and share your love of DIY with the world. It’s a win-win! Sound like something you’d be interested in? Just leave a comment at the end of this post with your contact info and a link to your blog. Someone will get back to you right away. We can’t wait to meet you!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Happy Father's Day Cone Card

It's time for the May Pin Challenge! The purpose of the Pinterest Challenge is to motivate us to not just pin, but to make it happen! This month's challenge is about Father's Day or projects geared towards the men in our lives.

This Father's Day will be different - as has all the holidays and activities since the covid virus pandemic began. We are still pretty much sheltering in place, so it's difficult to relax and go shopping now - especially to look at cards. So this year, I'm making a card for the hubs. One, that's a bit unique in shape and different from the usual rectangular and square themed cards. 

There are lots of diy cards on Pinterest but I was attracted to this one because of its' cone shape! The pin went directly to a Youtube video showing exactly how it's made! But of course, I had to put my own spin on it using printed cardstock, an oversized tie instead of a bow, and foam sheets instead of paper for the flower! Here's how I made mine:

Materials Used
Card stock - 8" square, 7.5" square
Decorative paper
Tacky glue
Clothespin or paper clip
Foam sheets
Hot glue
Bead (for flower center)

Let's get started with selecting two sheets of cardstock that compliments each other. I chose a solid gray and a double-sided dark gray striped paper. I cut the gray into an 8" square and the stripe one, slightly smaller at 7.5 inches.

To make the cone, hold the square paper at an even angle with one corner at the top, one at the bottom, and one on either side - right, left. A diamond shape.Then roll the sides together, overlapping while forming a cone shape - coming together, forming a point or tip at the bottom. Take your time and roll the paper together. It takes practice to get it just right.
Use a clothespin to hold the cone shape together while adjusting the shape. 
Apply tacky glue to the outer edge and hold in place until the glue grabs and takes hold.
Use the already made cone as a template to make the second cone. Just roll it over the cone to shape and glue.

The second one was so much easier to make.

Trim the top edge of the solid color into a slight "V" shape in front. 
Put the solid color back inside the print one to measure and draw a straight line midway down the center of the outer cone. Cut the drawn-on line.
Then open and fold out the printed one at the cut to make a lapel.
I found a tie template online and adjusted the size in Word to fit. Also found a fun  purple print paper to cut one out and glued it onto the center cone.
For the cone card insert, fold cardstock the length of the cone .  .  .
and measure around the cone at the fold. Draw a half heart shape following the cone outline.

 Adjust the cone card to fit inside the cone by cutting off excess paper following the shape.
Create a inside heart shape graphic for card and cut out. 
Glue onto inner card.

To make the flowers, cut out six petal flower templates - starting at 5" and subtracting half inches for each smaller one - 4.5", 4", 3.5", 3", 2.5" 

Use the tip of a skewer to trace on foam to cut out.
Then fold petals together .  .  .
and press against a medium heat iron for a few seconds.
Remove and twist heated petals, as if tearing .  .  .
and then open. Glue on a bead to the center of the smallest flower. Add a dab of glue to the center of each of the flower .  .  .
layering and staggering flowers together as you increase in flower size.

Glue finished flower onto top of cone card.

Make leaves (following directions here) and glue to back of flower.

What a pretty and unique card for Father's Day!
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