Tissue Paper Flowers

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Tools and Materials

Tissue paper
Crepe paper
Pipe cleaners
Floral tape
Pinking shears
Barrette
Ribbon
Hot-glue gun
Kids’ Paper Flowers

How-To

1. Cut out five 4-inch squares of tissue paper; stack, and fold into quarters. Draw petal shapes along the two folded edges. Cut out shapes, and unfold.

2. Bend one end of a pipe cleaner to form a round nub. Use the other end to pierce a hole in the center of the stack of petals; pull it through to form a stem.

3. At the flower base, scrunch the petals closed so they resemble a loose pom-pom. Wrap floral tape around the bottom inch of the flower’s base and down the stem. Pull the layers of petals apart.

4. Cut out five 4-inch squares of tissue paper; stack, and fold into quarters. Draw a quarter circle along the two folded edges. Cut out shapes with pinking shears; unfold.

5. Bend one end of a pipe cleaner to form a round nub. Use the other end to pierce a hole in the center of the stack of petals; pull it through to form a stem.

6. At the flower base, scrunch the petals closed so they resemble a loose pom-pom. Wrap floral tape around the bottom inch of the flower’s base and down the stem. Pull the layers of petals apart.

7. Using two different colors and the pinking shears, cut two pieces of tissue (or crepe paper) into rectangles whose lengths are 6 inches and whose widths vary (ours were 2 1/2 inches and 3 1/2 inches). Center the smaller rectangle on top of the larger one, and fold, accordion-style.

8. Pinch the folds in the middle; hook the end of a pipe cleaner over them, and twist it. Fan out the paper until the ends meet. Lift up the small layer to form the daffodil center; trim with pinking shears. Wrap floral tape tightly around the bottom inch of the flower’s base and down the stem.

To fasten a paper flower to a barrette, cut the stem to the length of the barrette. Lay the stem along the barrette’s top (the bottom of the stem should be at the barrette’s opening). Starting at the top of the stem, attach the flower by wrapping with floral tape. If you choose to add a leaf, secure with the floral tape as

DIY Glittered Pumpkins

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This fall craft idea is so fast and easy that my daughter Ellie was able to help me out.

Here are 2 different looks you could use to make a glittered pumpkin:

(Above) No paint. Used Diamond Dust.

(Above) Added orange glitter and then added some fine glitter.

SUPPLIES:

Glue
Paint brush
Paint (optional)
Pumpkin
Glitter (I like Diamond Dust)
Pan
Newspaper

(OR if you are planning on making the darker orange pumpkin:)

FIRST: Buy Pumpkin(s).

I like to go to Micheals and buy the fake pumpkins so I can use them for the next few years.

SECOND: Put out some newspapers down and get a pan for the extra glitter to fall into.

NOTE: IF you want a different color on the pumpkin, make sure you paint the pumpkin and let it dry.

THIRD: Squeeze some glue in a small area and even it out with your paint brush.

(It helps if you have someone to help you hold the pumpkin in place.)

FOURTH: Sprinkle the glitter over the glued area.

FIFTH: Repeat step 4 and 5 over and over until finished. Try not to make a “seam” each time you start glueing, because it will show up thicker later.

SIXTH: Shake off any extra glitter and let it dry.

Just a note: I think it took me longer to write this up and post it than actually making it!

A few more example:

(Used embossing powder on the pumpkins above.)

Thanks Martha Stewart for the inspiration!

Holiday Vinyl On Glass Blocks

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This is one of the cheapest and easiest Christmas decor projects! And it’s cute!
All you need is:
1) Glass block(s) from a Home Improvement store – I got mine at Home Depot for less than $5.00 each.

2) Ribbon from any craft or ribbon store – I got mine at “Ribbons & Lace” here in Mesa, AZ. The ribbon seen below is not actually what I used – because I needed something wider. Ribbons & Lace has a Holiday Ribbon section with lots of ribbon wide enough for this project.

3) Holiday vinyl to rub on the glass block. You can get that from us. It’s also very cheap – LESS THAN $5.00 A PIECE INCLUDING SHIPPING!

Step #1: With the vinyl, peel off the waxy paper backing, and make sure the vinyl is stuck to the transfer tape.

Step #2: Apply the tranfer tape to the glass block. Make sure to position it in the center and then rub the tranfer tape back and forth a few times.

Step #3: Carefully remove the transfer tape at a 45-degree angle.

Repeat with the overlay if you purchase a piece that comes as a 2-color overlay (the star that dots the i below is gold).

See, it couldn’t be any easier! Mine are going to be great fillers for the cubbies on my entertainment center. I want everything in it to be Christmas-y!

You can also decorate with vinyl words on glass block. It doesn’t have to be just a Christmas decoration. Order your favorite quote by clicking here for vinyl customized by you.

Ribbon Ornaments

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I saw some really cute ribbon ornaments in the Pottery Barn (Winter 07) catalogue. I didn’t think they were extremely expensive, but I knew I could make them for a lot less.

I could not stop thinking about them, so I decided I’d better just make them.

(Thanks PotteryBarn for the inspiration.)

I got some Styrofoam balls (3 different sizes), and some straight pins at my favorite craft store.. Michaels.
Next, I looked thru some ribbon & picked out a few coordinating prints.
Then, I got started!

The ribbon ornaments were so easy to make! Here are some quick directions:

Cut the ribbon to overlap about 2 inches on the ball.
Once the ribbon is overlapped, put a straight pin through the Styrofoam ball. Keep doing this around the whole ball, one row at a time.
Before you pin down the last piece of ribbon, make a loop with a coordinating ribbon for it to hang and pin it down.
 After you make the loop, pin in the last piece of ribbon.
If you want to hang a ribbon going the opposite direction, do it very last.

Hang on your tree, or wherever else!

Have fun.

Polka Dotting Nails

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As we have mentioned before-
WE’VE GOT THE HOTS
FOR POLKA DOTS!
Polka dotting nails is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
1) Paint nails the main color.
2) Put a small amount of the polka dot color on a paper plate.
(FYI: I have used nail polish & craft paint. I think that the craft paint is easier to work with.)
After your base color is dry, use your craft embossing tool and start adding the dots to each nail.
(FYI: I like to use the smaller side of the embossing tool for all the smaller nails…)
3) Add a top coat and let the nails dry.
Also a great idea for those girly girls that are going back to school!

Mini Candy Apples

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We found this great idea in
We tried it & we thought that you might like it, too.
Great idea for after school snacks, back-to-school parties, or Halloween festivities!
Heres the info from Family Fun:
RECIPE INGREDIENTS:
4-inch lollipop sticks
Melon baller
Granny Smith apples (one apple makes about 8 mini apples)
Butterscotch or peanut butter chips
Chopped nuts, nonpareils, sprinkles, shredded coconut (optional)
Small paper candy cups
1. First, cut the lollipop sticks in half at an angle (the pointy end will go into the apple pieces easier). With the melon baller, scoop little balls out of the apple. Each ball should have a section of apple peel. Push half of a lollipop stick into the peel of each ball. Pat the apple pieces dry. 
2. Melt the chips according to the package directions. Dip and swirl the mini apples in the melted chips, then roll the apples in nuts, sprinkles, nonpareils, or coconut, if desired. Place the mini apples in paper candy cups to set.
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Since we tried it- here are some extra tips, etc.:
* Place the sticks in styrofoam so the candy coating dries before placing the apples in the refrigerator.
* After the candy coating is dry, then place the candy apples in their paper cup.
 * Carmel sounded so good…. but we could never get it to work! The Carmel just slipped right off of our apples.
* The chips have to be just the right tempature. Don’t melt too much at once. It drys out fast.
* To keep the candy coating melted longer, put a cooling pad under the glass.
* We also used chocolate/peanut butter chips, & white chocolate. Everything turned out tasting great.
ENJOY!!!

We Are Back!

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After almost 10 years, wer are finally back at it again with some amazing new decoration ideas and cooking recipes for you! Sorry for the delay but you know how stressful life can be. Hope you enjoy the new blog!