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Burlap Gingerbread Men

July 25, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Winter Crafts

Burlap Gingerbread Men Burlap Gingerbread Men
These cute little gingerbread men make the perfect addition to gifts, food goodies or as holiday decorations! Scale these up or down to make tags, ornaments or wreath adornments. Make sure to soak the burlap well with fabric stiffener to create a nice, stiff finished product.

Time required: 20 minutes plus dry time
Difficulty level: Moderate

Things you’ll need:
Burlap
Stiffy Fabric Stiffener
Scissors
Tiny and Micro Buttons
White paint
Paintbrush
Glue

Things to do:
1. Spray the fabric well with Stiffy Fabric Stiffener until it’s well soaked and then hang to dry for several hours. It should be very stiff once dry.
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2. Cut out gingerbread man shapes from the fabric.
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3. On a covered surface, paint the edges of the gingerbread men with the white paint and allow it to dry.
4. Using the glue, attach Micro buttons for the eyes and Mini buttons for the buttons on the gingerbread man. Allow the glue to dry before using.
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Children’s Art Tags

Childrens Art Tags Childrens Art Tags
I have two little artists in my house and they are, shall we say, very prolific. We have boxes and files and pile and stacks of art around here. And while I like to put the best of the best (or at least the most special) of their work away so I can gaze at it some day when they are grown, I’m always looking for ways to use up the rest of the art in a fun way. These tags are a GREAT way to use art in a fun way that allows others to enjoy the work of your little artist.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Kids Art
Spray Mount Glue
Window Tags
Scissors
Hole Punch

Things to do:
1. On a covered work surface, lightly spray one side of the tags with a coat of spray mount glue.
2. Position the tags onto the art so that the whole tag is on the new layer of paper and the best of the art is in the window. Smooth the tags out to work out any bubbles.
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3. Allow the glue to set up for a few minutes and then trim around the tag tightly so that there are no edges hanging over the tag. Punch a new hole where the tag hole was and add a ribbon to tie!
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Washi Arrow Tag Gift Bunting

Washi Arrow Tag Gift Bunting Washi Arrow Tag Gift Bunting
These wee little tags are so handy, just a little something sweet to tie onto a gift to add a little flare. And cute as they are just plain, they are even more adorable with a little washi tape embellishment. Fast and fabulous, adding a washi tape accent takes only a few seconds but offers up tons of impact. Customize the washi tape for the occasion or to match the gift wrap and go to town! They look great strung together on some simple hemp twine to make a mini bunting ribbon as well.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: Less than 2 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Arrow Tags
Washi Tape
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Smooth tape over a section of your tag, rub out any air bubbles.
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2. Trim the excess tape off as close to the edges as you can get.
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3. Add ribbon or twine and you are ready to go!

DIY Glitter Edged Tags

Glitter Edged Tags DIY Glitter Edged Tags
It’s always fun to add a little glitz and glamor to your gifts, especially at the holidays. This year I’m adding it with a touch of glitter – just a wee little bit of sparkle on some of my gift tags. And it’s easier you might think thanks to a simple secret ingredient – double sided tape!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: less than a minute

Things you’ll need:
Tags
Double sided tape
Glitter

Things to do:
1. Pull off enough tape to wrap the bottom of the tag all the way around, plus a tiny bit for overlap.
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2. Line the edge of the tape up with the bottom of the tag and press it down, wrapping it around the sides to cover the bottom edge of both sides of the tag.
3. Sprinkle a generous amount of glitter onto the tap, pressing it in to help it stick and tapping off the excess.
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Hot Chocolate on a Stick

January 15, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts, Winter Crafts

Hot Chocolate on a Stick Hot Chocolate on a Stick
When cold weather strikes, and this has been a cold cold winter already, there’s nothing quite like a cup of hot chocolate to warm cold fingers and tummies and we’ve always got the makings of that magical mixture around the house. One option for it also makes a fabulous gift – hot chocolate on a stick. Use chocolate molds or an ice cube tray to create 1 oz cubes of chocolate that will dissolve into hot milk to make a rich, frothy drink so much better than mixes or powders.

Time required: 15 minutes
Difficulty level: Easy

Thing you’ll need:
8 oz chocolate chips
3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
6 tablespoons powdered sugar
ice cube tray or molds
Craft spoons
Double boiler
Wax or parchment paper
Bakers twine

Things to do:
1. Melt the chocolate in the double boiler until it’s smooth and glossy. Remove from heat and quickly stir in the sugar and cocoa.
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2. Spoon the mixture into the ice cube tray holes. You should get 10 cubes out of the recipe.
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3. Stick the wooden spoons into the center of each chocolate cube and slip the tray into the freezer to harden.
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4. Once the cubes of chocolate have hardened, pop them out and wrap in squares of wax paper or parchment paper and tie off with a piece of bakers twine. For an added touch, you could add a tag with a cute saying, such as…

“To warm yourself on a cold winter night,
A cup of hot cocoa is such a delight.
Simply stir to make a cup,
Then sit back, relax and take a big gulp.”

Or

“Ho Ho Cocoa in a mug.
Wrapped up neatly with a hug.
Pour on hot milk, stir with the stick,
Sip it slowly, get warm quick.”

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Burlap Ribbon Cross-stitch Bookmark

January 4, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts, Winter Crafts

Burlap Ribbon Bookmark Burlap Ribbon Cross stitch Bookmark
This is a great project for kids (or adults) to make and give as gifts. Customize the message or picture for the person or the holiday by sketching out a pattern on graph paper before you start or just free hand a pattern. You’ll love making it and they will love getting it!

Things you’ll need:
Burlap Ribbon
Embroidery floss
Embroidery needle
Scissors
Graph paper (optional)

Things to do:
1. Trim a length of ribbon a few inches longer than the length you want your bookmark. If you are letting a child do the stitching, it’s a good idea to add a layer of tape to each end, folded over, to keep it from fraying as you work.
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2. Thread your needle with un-split embroidery thread. Because the weave is large on the burlap ribbon, you’ll need all six strands of the thread to make a nice impact.
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3. Tie off on the backside, knotting well and trimming the thread as close as possible to the know.
4. Stitch your pattern, changing thread as necessary and tying off on the back when you are done.
5. Remove the tape and trim the bookmark to length.

Guest Post: Creative Leftover Tissue Paper Turned Party Decor

December 26, 2013 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Winter Crafts

Leftover Tissue Paper Guest Post: Creative Leftover Tissue Paper Turned Party Decor
Hi! Lisa here from Lisa’s Creative Niche and Happy Holidays!!! I hope you and your family are enjoying this fun (and most likely busy) time of year! And if you are like me you are also already thinking about all of those gifts you will be packaging up this year, but what do you do with some of the packaging after all of the gifts have been wrapped? Well, today I’m going to show you a fun and creative way to use tissue paper as the main component in your party decor.

Things you’ll need:
Tissue paper (a little can go a long way!)
Circle punch (or you can hand cut using a template)
Corsage pins
Stickers
Paper straws
Glue dots
Styrofoam ball
Grosgrain ribbon
Cardstock

Things to do:

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Styrofoam Ball Decor
1. Punch circles out of tissue paper ( keep it folded when doing this so you can punch more at one time.).
2. Place one circle at a time on the ball and push corsage pin through giving a slight turn for a scrunched look. Do this repeatedly until the entire ball is covered.
3. Trim a strip of ribbon to form a loop and adhere with corsage pins on either side.

Embellished Paper Straws
1. Punch circles out of tissue paper.
2. Adhere circles, one on each side using glue dots.
3. Add stickers (optional)

Embellished Table Cards
1. Trim cardstock to 2” x 4” and fold in the center.
2. Adhere ribbon along the top of fold.
3. Punch circles out of tissue paper, layer them and adhere using corsage pin. ( you can choose to clip the back of the corsage pin and bend up to keep it held in, or simply bend it as I did )
4. Adhere stickers

There you have it! Tissue paper being used for more than it’s initial purpose, and it looks so pretty too! You could use these projects for a number of occasions and all of them are adaptable for your specific theme. Hope this gives you some new ideas and maybe opens your eyes to new uses of ordinary things!

Happy crafting!
Lisa

DIY Festive Ribbon Lapel Pin

December 23, 2013 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, Winter Crafts

Ribbon Lapel Pin DIY Festive Ribbon Lapel Pin
This lapel pin brings a festive element to any outfit, spreading Christmas cheer! Pin it to your blouse or purse, or clip it on a hair tie to make a cute ponytail holder. There are endless ways to use this adorable pin, making it a must have this holiday season.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Ribbon
Tape Measure
Scissors
Thread
Needle
Ruler
Bar Pins
Beads

Things to do:
1. Measure 1 yard of ribbon and cut it at an angle.
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2. Accordion fold the length of ribbon into 1 inch segments. Be careful to fold evenly, as the folds will become the petals of the flower.
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3. Once you’ve folded the entire length of ribbon, run a piece of thread through the center of the folded ribbon. These stitches will hold the flower in place.
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4. Spread out the petals of the folded ribbon to create a flower shape.
5. Sew three beads onto the center of the flower.
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6. Attach the bar pin onto the back of the flower with your needle and thread.
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Music Note Christmas Paper Clip Garland

December 22, 2013 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, Winter Crafts

Music Note Christmas Garland Music Note Christmas Paper Clip Garland
This glittering garland looks gorgeous decorating a Christmas tree. Add a little rustic charm to your home this Christmas season with music note Christmas garland that everyone is sure to love.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Paper Cutter
Music Note Paper
Clear dry tacky glue
Gold paint
Ruler
Needle and Thread
Paperclips
Paintbrush
Bead

Things to do:
1. Measure the size of your paper clips and cut strips of paper that correlate with the size of the paperclips.
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2. Make three paper clip chains: Size 14, 15, and 16 links long.
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3. Role each paperclip in a strip of paper. Be sure to wrap it tightly and use a toothpick to glue the edge down securely. On the 14 link chain, cover all paperclips with paper strips. On the 15 and 16 link chains, leave the last paperclip unwrapped.
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4. Connect the chains together at the end, by sliding the last paperclips together.
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5. At the end of the chains, add a hanger with thread and a bead.
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6. Add gold paint to the paper covering the paperclips and enjoy the glittering garland.
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Easy Sparkling Bow Ornament

December 21, 2013 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, Winter Crafts

Sparkling Bow Ornament Easy Sparkling Bow Ornament
This unique ornament is sure to catch your eye. Decorate your Christmas tree this year with glamorous, sparkling bows and enjoy all the glitz of the holiday season. These ornaments are very easy to make and relatively inexpensive, making them the perfect alternative to the traditional balls that decorate the tree. Create ascetic unity with this bright read bow, adding sparkle and shine to your Christmas tree.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Wire Ribbon
Scissors
Needle and Thread
Measuring Tape

Things to do:
1. Cut a 45 inch piece of wire ribbon.
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2. Measure 2 ¼ inch and accordion fold the entire length of wire ribbon, being careful to make crisp folds. Trim any excess ribbon from the edge.
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3. Sew through the edge of the accordion folded ribbon and then spread out the ears of the bow to create a full shape. Stitch the two edges together, holding the full shape in place.
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4. Use thread to create a hanger for the ornament and enjoy your masterpiece.

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