Craft an Easy Centerpiece!

Well folks, it’s Cub Scout Blue & Gold banquet time and I was asked to come up with 24 centerpieces for the banquet tables.  Since the budget was small (and I did not want to dip into pack funds for a decoration) I raided my recycle bin and put my printer & Cricut to work and made this:

The base is a soup can that I punched decorative holes around the rim with my Crop-a-Dial and then sponged on some brown acrylic paint, then I filled it halfway with sand to make it stable. Then I printed out the Cub Scout Law, Law of the Pack and the Cub Scout Oath using the font LD Neetle (so great for kid projects) as well as some clip art and paper from the Camping Out Collection from Lettering Delights (It’s on sale right now too BTW :) ) on cream cover stock. I covered the center of the can with pattern paper then tore around the printed oath and law, inked the edges then glued them to the can. Here is the front and back (BTW the faux grass is just brown construction paper I ran through the office shredder and crumpled up):

Then I used a 12″x18″  sheet of construction paper and cut it into 2-6″x12″ strips and 2-3″x12″ strips and accordion folded them to make rosettes. I glued the rosettes to skewers and added the printed clipart (punched into circles) over the centers so it would be pretty from either side. I punched the gold layer with my I-top punch but I am pretty sure that same shape is on the Accent essentials Cricut CArt, oh I also cut the Fleur-de-lis from AE as well. I glued that to the skewer holding the star.

For the star cut 2 6″ stars from brown construction paper (honestly you might want to use cardstock because construction paper tends to snag but I am on a budget here and I used plain old construction paper) I used the star from the george cartridge. To make it easy to glue together  I welded a tab to the side of on one of the stars so it would be easier to glue two together. I simply folded the star point to indent, then gathered the point folds up to make a “barn star, then I cut out a strip of paper with the cub scout motto “Do Your Best” and notched the ends, inked the edges and glued one to each side of the star.

I think I “Did My Best” with this project, what do you think?

By the numbers: The cost of this project was small, I am making 24 centerpieces and I used:

1 bag if skewers: $1

24 empty soup bans: free

1 package brown and 1 package blue construction paper: ($2 each) $4

and from my stash: 24 sheets of cream cover stock, ink pad, a dollop of brown acrylic paint and hot glue sticks.

So $5 for a total of 24 centerpieces, not bad eh? The look on the boy’s faces when they get their awards: Priceless!

Thanks for stopping by today! Hey, did you know you can read my blog on your Kindle reading device? Now you can! Get your frugalcrafting on the go, check out ThefrugalCrafter on Amazon.com for details!

Till next time happy crafting!

Spooktackular Stamps and Freebies!

Man, I love Thursdays! I get to see all of the awesome projects the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Design Team has created for the week and I get to do my favorite thing: Share some freebies! (And it really makes my day when someone Leaves a comment or buys something from my digital stamp store too!) I have been playing with my brand new stamp set called “Creepy Crows“, take a look:

Stamps, Envelope Templates: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Markers: Bic Mark its, Prismacolor, Chartpak

Stamps, Envelope Templates: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Markers: Bic Mark its, Prismacolor, Chartpak

When DT member Tracey asked me to make a crow stamp for an ATC swap she was in I said “sure, I’ll make one to go in a Halloween I was working on…” one stamp turned into seven and I gave it a kit of its own, its called Creepy Crow and it was done with a dip pen and bottle of ink so it has a bit of an old gothic feel to it. This is my favorite stamp in the set, it is a journaling spot and it is big, it is available as a png and jpg as are all of the stamps in the set for ultimate versatility!

Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp stuff, PP: Karen Foster, DCWV, Ribbon: Wal-Mart

Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp stuff, PP: Karen Foster, DCWV, Ribbon: Wal-Mart

Here is the set:

Creept Crow digital stamp set: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

Creept Crow digital stamp set: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

And here are the freebies:

Download the ATC envelope templates and cutting files and this digital stamp below.

Download the ATC envelope templates and cutting files and this digital stamp below.

Download the October 31st Circle digital stamp here for JPG and here for PNG.

Download a printable template (pdf) here (print this on cardstock for a template then you should be able to get two envelopes from an 8 1/2″x11″ sheet of paper.

Download a cut file for use with a cricut, the George cartridge and Design Studio here.

Download an SVG file to use with your cricut if you have SCAL software. Check the keep proportions box and set the width to 7″. With SCAL you can make this envelope any size you like, have fun!

Now lets see what the rest of the Lindsay’s Stamp stuff DT has been up to:

Diana Stout

Katt

Leanne

Margie

Lisa

Tamara

Janet

Melissa Craig

Kim

Tracey

Row

Ellen Smith AKA “Tink” September Guest DT

Thanks for Stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

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