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Showing posts with label Crafts. Show all posts

DIY Christmas Centerpiece Candle Holder

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Hi all! I know I haven't been around blogland much these past few days (ok, couple of weeks). Time is just flying by for me and I really have no time after work to do any sort of craft, and when I do make some yummy new recipe it totally slips my mind to even take pictures. Last week I made sure to set up my Christmas tree! Christmas can never come too early in our household! To me, this is the most wonderful time of the year (and I am not just taking this lyric from the song!). The whole spirit of the Christmas season fills me with so much joy and happiness! I was out shopping at HomeSense for some decor pieces and came across a beautiful candle centerpiece. However, at $16.99 for a small thing was so not in my budget. So I decided I would do a DIY project and make it my own!

I thought of all the things I needed and quickly went to my local dollar store. The thing about dollar stores is that they have almost everything you need for a craft. And with a little imagination, an item designed for one use can be utilized for a craft! Such as the cork board for flower pots. This makes the perfect base to start my project! Garland, gold poinsettias and gold hollies and berries tie the whole look of the project together! Here is a quick guide to make your own DIY Chritmas centerpiece.

What you need:
- Garland
- Cylinder candle holder
- Round cork board (you can also use round paper or Styrofoam plate)
- Sparkly Christmas decor picks (hollies, berries, poinsettias, etc.)
- Decorative candle
- Tools: wire cutter, glue gun

1. Using your wire cutters, cut the garland into approximately 4" strips. Cut some shorter and some longer. I used a 5' garland and ended up cutting 16 strips.

2. Start gluing each garland piece onto the cork board. Make sure to use your cylinder candle holder as a guide to the diameter space needed in the centre. Glue longer strips with an inch of space in between, and then gluing smaller strips in between the spaces.
3. Because I had a little bit  more space in the centre of the arrangement and I wanted a more dense look, I bent some extra garland strips into semi-circles and glued it around the centre where the garland picks were glued.
4. Test out the arrangement with the cylinder candle holder. Mine fit in perfectly and with little space to see the cork board underneath. Make sure to spread out the garland branches for a fuller look, if needed.
5. Arrange your decorative picks before you start gluing them. This way you can add or remove if it is starting to look a little too much. Then glue your decorative picks in place.

Add your candle to the candle holder and you are set! What a pretty arrangement, and all for under $10!

CD Coasters DIY

Thursday, January 17, 2013

We have no coasters in the basement, where we spend most of the time watching movies, playing games and having snacks with company. I oftentimes find glass rings on the table that sometimes the stickiness from either juice or pop is so hard to clean. So I decided to make some coasters of my own using CDs I hubby had lying around the house. I wanted something fun, something that is unique and something that will catch anyone's eye when they ask for a coaster. Below is the tutorial for this easy and fun project.

All you need for this craft is some decorative paper (it can be scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, magazines, or even decorative fabric if you have. I used scrapbook paper), hole puncher, felt or sticky foam, compass, mod podge and used CDs.

Start off by tracing the paper with your CD. Do this for every paper you have as many times you want.

I ended up measuring how wide the CD is (which is 120cm) and cutting 5cm smaller so that way I have a small border around the CD coaster. Yes I went all technical here! Using a compass and all. If you want, you can use a compass to trace out on every piece of paper instead of tracing around your CD. This saves time!

Once you have all the papers cut out, coat your CD with a thin layer of mod podge using your foam brush. Make sure it is a thin coat since it might bubble the paper due to the moisture in the glue. You want to avoid this.

Apply your paper on top, making sure to centre the paper. Then apply a thin coat of mod podge over-top the paper to coat it. Again, make sure it is a thin coat. You can always apply more coats if needed once each coat is dry. Allow to dry completely, about 15-20 minutes.

Using your hole puncher, cut out small circles from the sticky foam (basically it is foam that has glue on one side) that will be added to the bottom of your coaster to act as anti-slip grips. Apply about 6 of them to each coaster. Make sure they are spread out evenly. If you don't have this, use felt, cutting out a circle and gluing it to the bottom.

And there you have it, pretty and useful coasters!

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Inspirational Wall Art {DIY}

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Hello everyone! Happy New Year 2013! Hope you all had a wonderful New Years! We spent the evening with both his and my parents. It was a nice and relaxing evening. I really didn't feel like going out or doing anything. So it was nice to just stay home in my comfy clothing and ring in the New Year this way! I wanted to show you guys a gift I made for my dear friend for Christmas. She loves quotes; in fact she lives by them! So I wanted to make her a special quote wall art that she can either hang in her workplace or at home. I asked her what her fave quote is, and it's the quote by Gandhi: "Be the change you wish to see in the world". I love that quote now too! :)

I started off by making the word arrangement in GIMP (my favourite photo editor). I rearranged the words in a way that would be post appealing. I also made them a dark purple, since that is her fave colour.

When I was happy with the arrangement I printed it off on an 8.5x11" paper. I bought a large picture frame with a matte opening of 8x10".

Position the words to fit perfectly into the matte.

And there you go! Perfect and inspirational word art that you can hang on the wall or lean against the wall on your bookshelf.

Below is the actual JPEG of the image, if you would all like to print it off and hang for yourselves. Enjoy!

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Poinsettia Pillows

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Hello all! I finally had time to post up pictures of this craft I was working on last weekend. I first saw this post over at Centsational Girl where she made some poinsettia pillows. I took her advice and decided to modify it a bit. I made white poinsettias on green pillows to fit the decor for the family room, and red poinsettia on white pillows for the upstairs living room. I made the envelope pillow cases for both the upstairs and downstairs couches. I did the same thing when I made my decorative pillow cases for the living room. The craft is so easy, and so much fun! All you need is 36 x 58-inch piece of felt (I bought them at my local fabric store, and this was more than enough for the petals), matching thread, pillow cases, and coordinating buttons and you're set!

I started off with making 6 large and 6 small felt petals for one poinsettia, and a round felt piece so I can sew the petals onto. This way you don't have to sew right on your pillowcase if you don't want to.

Then you sew the large petals onto the circle felt piece. I sewed from the inner edge on the felt circle to half-way up the poinsettia petal.

Make sure to sew down the middle of the petal up to the half-way point on the petal, as shown by the dotted lines below.

Do the same with the smaller petals. By sewing half-way up the petals, it adds a bit of a crease and some design to your poinsettias. I bought some cute little buttons that would fit perfectly with this design.

After you hand-sew your button onto the poinsettia, either hand-stitch the poinsettia to attach to your pillow, or in my case (since I'll be reusing these green pillow cases for summer) you can attach velcro to both your pillow and poinsettia and just easily remove once the holiday season is over. I also made the pillow with the tree silhouettes, as it adds a touch of winter and matches the decor.

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