Build a Bauble Wreath {Christmas Ball/Ornament Wreath}

Hi friends! First off today I want to announce the winner of the stamps from last weeks ArtNeko giveaway! The wnner is: Ruby Guitard! Ruby, check your email to claim your prize! Now on to today’s project!

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I have always wanted to make a Christmas Bauble Wreath and now I have satisfied that desire:) I think these wreaths turned out pretty cute but I have to say I had some struggles. Hopefully my tips and tricks will help your Christmas ornament wreath project go more smoothly than mine did!

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First let me say that I recommend the Styrofoam (on left) wreath form and hot glue method if you only need a single sided wreath and you want to pick the way your baubles are arranged. I am not remotely “Type A” but I really liked being able to decide the layout of the ornaments. I think for anyone who is particular about that sort of thing would like this method. Watch the video to see how they are made and decide for yourself:)

Here is what I used for the Styrofoam wreath, cost $13:
10″ Styrofoam wreath form (Dollar Tree)
1 large drum of blue/silver large balls (Nicole-AC Moore)
2 sleeves of small and medium balls in red and silver (Dollar Tree)
Hot glue (lots)
Satin Ribbon for bow (optional)

For the wire form method:
1 large drum or ornaments (glue the caps on the ornaments before you begin!)
*You can also add smaller ornaments, you can either alternate them when you slide on the big ornaments or hot glue them on later (which I did to add stability to the wreath)
heavy duty wire, a wire wreath form or a coat hanger bent into a circle
Ribbon

*The advantage of the slide on wire form method is that you get a double sided wreath and theoretically it is quicker unless you have to chase all the ornaments that fell off the hangers and re glue them on. Just save yourself the trouble and glue them on first.

So, would you attempt this Christmas craft project? Let me know in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

 

Get Ready for Wrapping With DIY Tags, Tape & Labels!

Howdy friends! Today we are going to make some fun wrapping supplies in bulk. I like to keep these in a box on my pool table with wrapping paper, scissors and ribbon so anyone in my family can wrap a present quickly!

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I had an empty tissue box handy so I cut a diagonally on each edge and pushed the top into the box to make a holder for everything. I reinforced it with duct tape from the dollar tree and you can easily see everything in there. Try not to be jealous of my fanciness LOL!

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You can easily make a seasons worth of tags in  an afternoon and it make a nice way to relax during a hectic week! Learn these easy and fun techniques in today’s video!

Sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry. Cyber Monday Sale: 25% off Sitewide and free USA shipping on orders over $50 on 11/28/16 only.  And you can sign up for the Rubber Stamp Tapestry newsletter to get reminders of sales, project ideas and coupons!

Supplies:

All directions to make these handmade gift tags, labels and tape are in the video! Feel free to substitute any supplies you want and make it extra unique! Happy crafting!

Ideas for Embossing Folders & Bottle Cap Brooches!

Hi friends! When I was a kid my mom would mom would crochet holiday pins for me and all of my classmates. There would be Jack-o-lanterns on Halloween and wreaths on Christmas! My classmates loved to see what my mom had in store for them as a holiday approached. Today’s project was inspired by that happy memory, but instead of crocheting a wreath we are going to stamp one and turn it into a brooch that you can wear and as a bonus it arrives on a Christmas card as an embellishment!

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If pins aren’t your thing you can make a hairbow or magnet with your mini creation or just glue it to your card. You can also use this idea with any theme. You could make party invitations with another design entirely for example! Watch the video to learn all the techniques from flattening bottle caps, adding color to embossing folders and looking at your dies with fresh eyes!

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Tutorial sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry! Take 10% off your mounted stamp order of $10 or more just use coupon code: PINS
Coupon expires, Monday, December 5th, 2016

Supplies:

Don’t be freaked out over the supply list, you do not need to have all of these things, these are just all of the things I used but you can substitute or omit things you don’t have, it’s cool. In fact that is the best thing about crafting, getting inspired by something and making it your own. Have a great day and til next time happy crafting!

PS I know this is a super busy week for folks in the USA but I have a couple of giveaways coming up that you won’t want to miss so make sure you check back every couple of days so you can see what I have in store for you!!!

Make this Wreath for $2!

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how you can transform tree clippings into a beautiful wreath!

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This is a very frugal project, it cost me less than $2 to make this and you might have all of the supplies on hand! Watch the video to see how!

Supplies:
Evergreen clippings (I used pine, spruce, fir and ceder)
A wreath form ($1 from the Dollar Tree)
Floral Wire ($1 from Dollar Tree)
Pinecones and berries

And LAVA soap for removing sap and pitch from your hands!

Directions:
1. Wire together evergreen clipping in bunches.
2. Working from the spool attach the wire ind to wreath frame. Hold a bundle of evergreen to the frame and wrap wire around several times. I also like the wrap the wire around in the middle of the bunch on the first one.

3. Keep attaching the bundles of evergreen until the frame is filled. Clip the wire leaving 10″ tail and secure it to the back of the frame.

4. Use wire to attach pinecones.

5. Tuck in berry branches securing with wire if needed.

That was easier than I thought, how about you? Will you give it a try? Let me know in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

Sponsored by LAVA Soap!

A DIY Advent Calendar OR Card Display!

Hi friends! How are you going to display your Holiday cards this year? I designed this easy card display using a recycled slate roofing shingle and clothespins and you can make one too!

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Watch the video to see how!

Tutorial sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry Take 10% off your mounted stamp order of $10 or more just use coupon code: PINS
Coupon expires, Monday, November 21, 2016

Supplies:
Stamp from Poinsettia Flourish Set
Green ink
Roofing slate (or a piece of plywood coated with chalkboard paint)
Twine/rope
Paper envelopes if making the advent calendar
Hot glue
Clothespins

Directions:
1. Stamp holly on clothespins with green ink.
2. Add twine hanger to slate shingle.
3. Glue clothespins to edges of slate.

Hang on the wall and enjoy! Remember; don’t use chalk markers on painted chalkboards. You can use this display year-round and the chalkboard is a fun touch anytime of year! Happy crafting!

Tabletop Christmas Tree Kit Giveaway!

Hi friends! Today I have a fun DIY and exclusive giveaway for my blog readers! My grandmother had a ceramic tree that she would put out every year and I just loved it so I was so excited to find a seller on ETSY who makes the blank ceramic trees to decorate!

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Creativity happens is also offering 20% off to all of my viewers with the coupon code thefrugalcrafter and just so you know the DIY Tree ships free! While you are at it check out the other fabulous gift ideas they have, from coffee mugs, ornaments, pet dishes and bakeware to beautiful glazed yarn bowls they will have the perfect gift for many on your holiday shopping list!

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Let’s Paint a Ceramic Tree!

My DIY Ceramic Christmas Tree came smooth and ready to paint. Carefully unpack the tree and set aside the lamp part and the plastic bulbs. Protect your work surface with newspaper or a drop cloth. Gather your supplies. You will need:

  • DIY Christmas Tree
  • Acrylic paint (I used Turner Acryl Gouache in Red, Green, Gold, Pearl Green, Pearl White and Green Lame’)
  • Paint brushes: 1″ flats for base coating, 2″ hog fans for dry brushing & 1/2″ hog for accenting with the glittery lame’ paint.
  • Bucket of water for cleaning brushes and a rag for wiping them dry.
  • Glue: Beacon 3-in-1

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Step 1. Paint the base of the tree bright red and the tree dark green.

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I recommend setting the painted ceramics on a piece of waxed paper to dry so they don’t stick.

Step 2. Use a clean fan brush to swipe gold paint on the red base, it will give it a festive, yet rustic look. Use a clean dry fan brush to dry-brush the pearl green paint on the tree branches. Don’t cover it completely, you want some of the darker green to show in the creases and shadows.

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Step 3.  Repeat the dry-brushing on the tree branches with pearl white paint but do not cover all of the pearl green, you are applying less paint. Think of adding a bit of frost or snow to the tips of the evergreen boughs.

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Step 4. Once the tree and base are dry insert the bulb into the tree base using the attached clip and place the green tree on top. I decided to glue the lightbulbs in on mine because I was afraid of them getting lost but you could also leave them loose and decorate it every year! For the above photo I turned on the tree and turned off the overhead lights, the photo does not do it justice, it is so pretty lit up!

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Would you like to win one of these DIY Christmas Trees? Simply visit Creativity Happens ETSY store and let me know what item she sells that you think would make the most amazing holiday gift and let me know in the comments below. I will pick a winner on November 9th, Good luck! Oh! and if you want to take care of some of your Christmas shopping while you are there be sure to use the coupon code: thefrugalcrafter to save 20% on your order at Creativity Happens. It is so nice to check off a few people on the gift list! Hmmm, my sister would love one of those yarn bowls…

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamped Notecube With Storage! Gift Idea!

Hi friends! It’s never too early to start making handmade holiday gifts. Here is an easy and useful idea perfect for many folks on your gift lists especially teachers!

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Blank note cubes can be found online (Amazon has them) and they are so easy to dress up with stamps! I’ll also show you how you can add a storage compartment at the back perfect for keeping your pens, markers or peg stamps!

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Tutorial sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry Take 20% off your mounted stamp order of $10 or more just use coupon code: NOTES Coupon expires, Monday, November 7, 2016

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I hope this project gets you in the mood for some Christmas gift crafting! Have a great weekend and happy crafting!

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