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Washi Edged Square Tags

Washi Edged Square Tags Washi Edged Square Tags
While these square cardstock tags are handy and cute, just as they are, a little washi tape can take them from fun to fabulous! Trimming tags with washi tape is a quick and high impact way to take your gift-wrapping up a notch. Color coordinates the washi with your wrapping paper, the season or a favorite color to make your gifts extra special. For best results you’ll want to cover both sides identically in washi so the tag looks great no matter which side is up!

Time required: Less than 5 minutes
Difficulty level: Easy

Things you’ll need:
Washi tape
Square tags
Scissors
String or twine

Things to do:
1. Line up the edge of your washi tape to the edge of your tag and smooth the tape down well.
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2. Repeat this process in the same spot on the other side, smoothing the tape together where it meets.
3. Trim the excess tape off along the edge of the tag so that there is no overhang.
4. Add ribbon, string or twin for attaching to the package.

DIY 3-D Tree Tag

DIY 3D Tree Tag DIY 3 D Tree Tag
Get into the gift-wrapping spirit this season with some fun tags that will take your presents up a notch and fill your giftees with glee. These little square tags, while cute enough on their own, are even better with a little 3-D tree detail. Choose a double or single layer of trees for different looks and decorate with glitter, seed beads or leave the trees as is. Either way they’ll look fabulous on your packages and parcels.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Square tags
Green cardstock
Bone folder
Scissors
Craft glue

Things to do:
1. Cut a square of green cardstock out that is 1/3 smaller than the tag. Using the square, cut out an equilateral triangle. You’ll want two identical triangles for a double layer tag.
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2. Run the edge of the bone folder down the center of the triangle to crease and fold it in half.
3. For a single layer tag, glue the folded edge onto the center of the tag. For a double layer, glue the folded edge onto the second triangle and, once dry, glue both onto the tag. Add ribbon or string to tie.
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Fancy Tags with Washi and Stamps

Fancy Tags Fancy Tags with Washi and Stamps
I’m something of a tag-a-holic when it comes to the holidays. I really prefer a good tag over ribbon (although I usually choose both!) so I like to have a whole stash ready for the gift giving season. This fancy tag is perfect for smaller gifts where there might not be room for tags and ribbon, and with a little bit of decoration, you’d never notice that the ribbon was missing!

Difficulty level: easy
Time required: 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Tags with two holes
Hemp twine
Washi Tape and/or Stamps and Stamp pad
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Decorate your tags. If using washi tape, either wrap all the way around or trim at the edges for the most polished look. With stamps, center the stamp on the tag.
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2. Cut two pieces of twine long enough to more than wrap around your package.
3. Fold one piece in half and thread the ends through one hole, and then through the loop created from the fold. Pull the two ends tight to form a knot. Repeat with the other hole.
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4. Place the tag on the top of the box and tie the two sets of twine together at the back. Trim away excess twine.
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Upcycle: Turn Any Bottle Into A Lamp

Turn Any Bottle into a Lamp Upcycle: Turn Any Bottle Into A Lamp
This rustic piece of home decor adds a vintage touch to your home. The bottle lamp kit makes it easy to create a one of a kind lamp for your family room. Find a bottle you love and have fun creating something beautiful!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 25 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Bottle lamp kit
Glass bottle
Lamp shade
Lampshade adapter - optional
Lamp finial - optional

Things to do:
1. Determine which cork fits in your glass bottle.
2. Screw the long screw into the base of the light bulb socket. Turn the screw until it is attached tightly.
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3. Slide the plate and a nut onto the long screw attach to the socket.
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4. Slide the cork onto the long screw. Twist it clockwise, until it meets the washer.
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5. Twist a nut onto the bottom of the screw to secure the pieces in place.
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6. Insert the cork into the bottle.
7. Pop the metal piece onto the light bulb and screw it into place on the lamp.
8. Place the lampshade on top and secure it with the finial.

DIY Wood Burned Address Plaque

November 10, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Wood Burned Address Plaque DIY Wood Burned Address Plaque
This wood slice address piece is perfect for your winter porch display. Adorn it with some lovely tree patterns, pinecone images or even just some pretty swirls. You’ll want to sand your wood slice fairly smoothly before you begin the burning process and, if you plan on exposing it to the elements, sealing with polyurethane will keep it looking fresh longer.

Difficultly level: Difficult
Time required: 1 hour

Things you’ll need:
Large wood slice
Sand paper
Wood burning tool and tips
Pencil
Ruler

Things to do:
1. Sand the face of the wood slice you want to use down so that it’s nice and smooth and then tap it firmly on a hard surface to remove all sawdust.
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2. Plug in your wood burning tool with the chisel tip attached.
3. Using your ruler, mark off the top and bottom line where your numbers will be and sketch out your house number between them, centering them on the wood slice.
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4. Draw in the outline of any embellishments you want to add.
5. With the chisel tip, outline your numbers and embellishments.
6. Replace the chisel tip with the filler tip and fill in the numbers.
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7. Finish off embellishments as needed with the appropriate tip, here we’ve used the pointed tip to add dots to the embellishments.

DIY Modern Wood Burned Spoons

October 31, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Wood Burned Spoons DIY Modern Wood Burned Spoons
It’s getting to be that time of year, holiday gift making time! These are great, easy to make gifts that will be a hit with all sorts of friends and family members! Use free form thinking here, making crazy but repetitive marks for the biggest impact. You can also use the varied shapes of the tips to create different shaped burn marks.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 10 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Wooden spoons
Wood burning tool and tips
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Draw hash marks, lines, arrays and dashes on the spoons in repetitive patterns.
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2. Screw in a tip that will work best for the shape you want to burn and plug in your wood-burning tool.
3. Trace the marks using the wood burning tool.
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DIY Wood Slice Reindeer Gift Tags

October 29, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts, Winter Crafts

Reindeer Gift Tags DIY Wood Slice Reindeer Gift Tags
With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about gifts and with gifts come, of course, gift wrapping! These pretty little tags will be much admired, and are another small gift to go along with the main one! You’ll want to use the chisel tip for your wood burning tool to make nice, straight, stick like lines to create the reindeer.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: Less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Wood slices of about 2 inches in diameter
Wood burning tool
Drill with small bit
Baker’s Twine
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Sketch a stick reindeer onto the flat of a wood slice.
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2. Fit your wood burner with the chisel point and allow it to heat up.
3. Following your lines, burn the pattern of the reindeer onto the wood slice.
4. Allow the wood burning tool to cool and replace the chisel tip with the calligraphy tip.
5. Write the words “To “ and “From” on the back side of the wood slice and, using your tool, go over the letters to create the label side of the tags.
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6. Drill a hole
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DIY Wood Burned Rustic Snowflake Ornaments

October 27, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts, Winter Crafts

wood slice Snowflake Gift Tags DIY Wood Burned Rustic Snowflake Ornaments
Even if you don’t live in a place where it snows in winter, snowflakes are one of those winter musts that are perfect for decorating! These little wood slice snowflake ornaments are so simple and pretty it will be hard to make just one! These are also great gifts from kids as well, allow them to draw the snowflakes and take over for the burning and drilling part of the project.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Wood burning tool
Wood slices
Drill and small bit
Baker’s Twine
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Let your child draw simple (or elaborate) snowflakes onto the wood slices lightly with the pencil.
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2. Using the chisel tip on your wood burning tool, trace the lines of the snowflakes.
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3. Drill a hole near the top of the wood slice.
4. Thread a loop of baker’s twine through the hole and tie the tops to finish.
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Paper Lantern Cluster Decorations

October 26, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

Paper Lantern Cluster Paper Lantern Cluster Decorations
Paper lanterns are a great way to add color and festivity to a space. Bright, big and bold, they have great impact, especially when clustered together. I’m always looking for ways to add color to my home so a few clusters of colorful lanterns are right up my alley! Look for lanterns in at least two sizes to create the best texture and interest.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Screw in hooks
Paper lanterns
String or thread
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Assemble your lanterns as directed on the package.
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2. Attach the string to the top wire, leaving a longer string than you think you will need.
3. Beginning with the largest or most colorful lantern, hold the lantern by the string and add additional lanterns, arranging them as you want them to lie.
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4. Adjust the string so that the lanterns are where you want them and tie them off with a loop at the top.
5. Attach the loop to the hook, checking for the length and adjusting as needed.
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DIY Map Love Tags

October 25, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

DIY Map Love Tags DIY Map Love Tags
I love love maps. Maps of all kinds. And I keep and pile off them handy for all sorts of crafts, wrapping and card making. Everyone loves to dream of far away places, after all! These sweet little tags are perfect for someone who loves to travel, is setting off on a new adventure or just feels a sense of wanderlust! Look for colorful maps to punch your hearts from and coordinate the ribbon to match the colors of the maps!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Heart tags
Glue stick
Maps
Ribbon
Heart punch

Things to do:
1. Using your punch, cut out as many hearts as you need from your map.
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2. Add a thin layer of glue to the back of the hearts, making sure to cover them edge to edge.
3. Place the hearts at the center of the tags and smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles.
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4. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly and then tie short lengths of ribbon through the holes to finish!

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