December 25

 

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Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you have a wonderful day full of happiness and family. With half our lives in storage and a handful of my craft supplies, I still got me tree and filled it with adorable recycled bits. And it got me posting every day!

Most of the decorations will be recycled but a new I will keep – especially the little book!

Since I only had white paper, Christmas Day let me add some color to my tree with bows, ribbons and tags from gifts. And Lucy cat added her few decorations too…

I hope you enjoyed these crafts and stay tuned for some upcoming beauty videos, crafts, and more in the New Year!

December 22

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“Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see” – Conductor, The Polar Express

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Start with a small rectangular scrap.

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Cut pieces from the corners to scoop out the edges.

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Write or print on another piece of paper so you can trace with a hole poker. 

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Start poking. I used a very large safety pin on top of a mouse pad.

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Using a smaller pin or needle, poke around the edges as a border. 

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Clean up the larger holes if needed by re poking and flattening the hole flaps in the back. 

Add your ribbon and hang! Make tickets for each word if you’d like.  And always, always believe.

December 15

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Cut a sheet of paper into strips. These are 3/4″ strips. 

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Stack the strips and fold in half. Glue or staple the fold in place. If gluing, use a small amount just in the center. 

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Add a dab of glue to the end of each strip and loop to the center. Hot glue, glue stick or double sided tape will work best. 

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Loop and glue until all strips are looped and glued. 

So easy! Try with shorter strips, thinner strips, colors and ribbons. Perfect for the tree or on top of a gift!

December 6

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The easiest version of this craft, a simple non-windowed house.

Google image search “paper house luminaries” and find tons of free templates and ideas. Print on plain or patterned paper, cut out windows if you’d like, fold, glue, then add to your tree. Our printer isn’t set up in the apartment, so I sketched up a similar draft of one of the free templates I found then traced with a ruler. Paper trees go from basic to very elaborate. I could probably fill a whole tree of different houses if I had my Exacto blades and a printer for some different templates!

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Here are my drafts. Keep on tweaking if you are free handing this project! 

If you are printing the template on decorative paper, print on the blank side. If the pattern is on both sides, fold so the template is inward. Also, practice a few houses on regular printer paper before trying on fancy stuff.

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Here is the result. I tried to dot fold lines and make cut lines solid… but messed up in a few places. 

Pinterest has a ton of paper houses and paper luminaries. Have fun!