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.

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December 20

Another video for you! I can’t believe there are only 5 days left until CHRISTMAS!!!! Enjoy!

December 19

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The ornaments don’t have to stop at the tree! Decorate under your tree with simple tealight votives using battery operated tealights.

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Measure how tall you want your votive and cut.

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Wrap around to measure how wide you need your strip. Have about a half inch overlapping in the back. 

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Make a little mark for the width of the tealight. 

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On another strip equal in size, draw or trace the image you want for your votive. Keep it basic and simple. 

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Place over to trace. 

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Using a pin, poke holes to trace the shape. I poked over a mouse pad but foam paper or even a few folded paper towels on the table will work. 

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Re-puncture any holes that need touch-ups. 

Tape around your tealight and add anywhere that needs a festive touch!

December 18

20171216_091304 (1)This is cute for anything! You can write a Christmas story, a letter to Santa or a Christmas wish in a tiny little notebook.

Start by making a square then quartering the square. I cut up 3 sheets of paper to make 12 squares.

Cut 5 of those qurters in half. These are your pages and will make 10 pages.

Fold the half in half lengthwise.

Fold in half.

Fold each open end to the creased end to make an M (or W) accordion fold. Do that with all 10 pages.

Line the pages up alternating between M and W open ends up.

Slide the right leg of your M into the left leg of the W. This creates a bigger accordion.

Do that with all 10 pages.

Take a new square and fold in half.

And again.

Wrap around your pages, pinching the spine to create crease marks on the corners.

Fold and pinch to crease mark the other end as well. You will fold the flaps in.

Take off and view crease marks. Fold spine marks to crease more.

Fold the open ends inward from the crease mark.

Insert one end if the book cover flap into a page to hold in place. Wrap book cover around and repeat on the other side.

It will hold on its own but may flare out. Squish to crease more. Or wrap a string around! You can now decorate and write in your mini book!

December 17

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A miniature present you can open! This has a lot of steps and there are a ton of great tutorials out there if you need to see a video.

First, make a square from an 8.5×11 sheet of paper.

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You will only need two of the small quarters so this would make two gift boxes.

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1. Fold in half.

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2. Unfold then fold each side to the creased center line. 

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3. Make sure your fold lines are crisp. 

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4. Unfold everything and repeat on the opposite side. Fold in half, then each side to the center line. 

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6. Unfold everything again then fold corners to center.

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7. Unfold two corners.

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8. Fold edge the edges up to the center line. Make sure the corner doesn’t slip out or buckle.  

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9. Repeat on both sides and then unfold everything, 

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10. Repeat steps 7-9 for the other side but don’t unfold everything. 

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11. Open up the two sides. 

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12. Buckle the angled crease lines in. This will pop the other sides up. 

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13. It’s poppin’

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14. Let it fold into itself and bring up the sides. This will fold over into the box. 

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15. Pinch, crease and fold the flap over and into the box. 

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16. Repeat on other side. 

Repeat all the steps for the second square of paper and you will have a top and bottom.

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Add a bow or ribbon if you’d like!

 

December 13

I thought I’d switch it up a bit with a video! This is creating a large flower but for the ornament, I quartered the square an 8.5×11 creates. Click the image below to see the tutorial!

Paper Flower Tutorial

25 Days of Christmas – Paper Ornaments

December 1

DSC01611_20171201084902063If you do a quick Google or YouTube search, you will find countless ideas and instructions on how to make these. They are so simple and so pretty! You can layer them, trim the edges with scalloped scissors, add lace – be creative! Here are the steps I took:

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8.5 x 11 sheet of paper

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Fold in half, then again and as many times as you would like for the size of your rosette. A quartered sheet rosette will make about a 5.5″ diameter rosette.

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Cut along fold lines.

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Accordion fold each piece.

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Glue each section together. Two sections with tight accordion folds will make a tight edged rosette. Use 3-4 sections for more of a fan edge.

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Glue the ends together to make a circle.

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Scrunch the top together and align all the folds. A flat surface helps keep the paper from buckling and flying out of your hand.

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Slowly push the paper down making sure the center is tight and stays together. This is much easier when you have more rows or paper in your circle.

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Press flat holding the center together.

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Glue center of each side including a little around the center hole as well.

And that’s all! Embellish as you wish and add a string or ribbon to hang!

 Items needed:
Click link to purchase!
Copy Paper
HP Printer Paper, Multipurpose Ultra White, 20lb, 8.5 x 11, Letter, 96 Bright – 500 Sheets / 1 Ream (112000R) Made In The USA
Scissors
Fiskars 8 Inch Softgrip Scissors Straight, Stainless Steel (01-004761J)
Glue
Elmer’s All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Clear, Washable, 4 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks

25 Days of Christmas

Paper Ornaments Edition!

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My husband and I recently sold our condo in Vermont and moved down to North Carolina! An opportunity came very quickly so we ended up renting for a year while we get adjusted to a new location and can house hunt at our leisure.

Most of our things are in storage. Pretty much everything but the necessities – including ALL of the Christmas stuff. Sigh. We found our tiny tree in the front of the storage unit soooo I convinced Ryan to put up a small tree. I stared at a naked tree until I though of something – paper ornaments! We have a half a ream of copy paper, my glue gun and the internet. Perfect!

Come along with me in my journey of filling a tree with only paper ornaments!

Phone Stand in a Pinch… and a Rip!

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My Brother’s Wedding

Theme: An Unusual Adventure

Tables: Dinosaur, Lego, Puppet, Alice’s Tea Party, Art

I hate to say, this was inexpensive for me since I had most of what was needed already in my craft closet. These are all extremely budget friendly ideas for any party.

Lets start with the Dino Table.

The centerpiece was a dinosaur terrarium. The only thing I bought here was faux fern which could be substituted for real fern if accessible.

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The centerpiece was placed on 5 leaf place mats I found at Christmastree Shop but also available on Amazon.

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Then of course the excavation kit. This was an inexpensive find on Amazon. Had I known it was going to be such a hit, I would have gotten at least 3 more. In my original plan, I wanted a large one of these in the middle where everyone could excavate.

Now on to the Music.

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The center was made from tapes of course. These I collected for months from Goodwill. I only got ones that were on the tag sale. Inside, I folded cubes of colored paper and put battery operated lights in them. I found a pack at Goodwill for $2. Scattered on the table was blank sheet music. Circling the tape tower is mini wine glasses filled with different pitches of water. The circle the tape tower is on is actually a record I spun painted with my brother at his music studio. I found some cheap instrument toys I scattered around the table as well.

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The next table was legos. Fortunately, our families kept these still highly coveted and expensive toys. I emptied what we use as a cork vase and filled that sucker up. This was heavy and LOVED.

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The puppet table was fun.

10494445_774458545931595_8881755605190365366_oI’m a vase hoarder and I keep buying more. This I had and filled with pompoms and topped with large feathers. The stuffies around the vase are hand puppets. The green jar is a spaghetti sauce jar wrapped in yarn. The masks are made of foam paper. I didn’t use a template for the masks but printed pictures of Muppets to get the right size and spacing. I’m sure you can find mask templates to print and cut from. The foam is great to work with since you can place a shape on top of it and press hard with a pencil tracing and it will imprint the shape long enough to cut.

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Alice. Oh, Alice.

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I could have decorated the entire wedding in this theme and I admit, I got a little crazy with this one. How easy and perfect is Alice though? I bought every tea cup I could find at thrift stores and Goodwill. I found $1 playing cards to scatter around. Dollar Tree has silver platters. And of course, the Eat Me cake.

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The centerpiece was suppose to be a large vase with a large picket sign and a hole. I didn’t have the time to make this dream a reality. I bought a plastic yellow vase at Goodwill and stared at it til something creative happened. I filled the vase with stuffing paper I saved from deliveries. Then I glued moss (I had) on top. I left a hole and slipped a paper towel roll into the vase to make the hole. The inside was just colored with a sharpie. I printed tiny little clocks, a rocking chair and playing cards and glued them in. And the cat! He was printed and pushed down inside. A few were printed and tried  multiple sizes. The directional sign was a flat dowel cut to make little arrows, painted white, smudged with cocoa powder with chocolate and painted the words on them.

The hats!

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These are out of the same foam paper. I did find a template for this. It took me days to find a good one and when I find it again, I will post here. These are tiny you will see. The cards were printed on cardstock for some, free hand for others. These glued simple enough together with hotglue and could be cut if there was any overhang. I’ll find that template! The hatters I used as inspiration were Disney, Depp, Carroll, McGee (below checkered).

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Eat Me:

This was a Sara Lee frozen pound cake. I cut it into a circle and covered with chocolate melts. The writing I used melted white chocolate melts and wrote with a skewer. The glass dish was a lucky find at Restore for 50 cents.

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Drink Me.

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This was a Michael’s bottle. I caved when I coudn’t find the bottle in my head at any antique store. This one came out fine. The chain is from a spool of chain and the label was printed on cardstock and aged with tea. The decorative border was found by just searching “vintage label template”. The font is an Alice font from dafont.com.

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The remaining tables: Art.

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Every other table that didn’t have a specific scene was named art. Every table had crayons and the coloring book favor. Art tables had wine bottles wrapped in yarn and filled with pinwheels. They didn’t spin since I just glued to painted dowels. Art tables also had coloring pages of my brother and sister in law.

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To finish the look, we added lights to the beams, hung paper lanterns and hung kites. I found a lot of large kites at Big Lots and inexpensive lanterns at Christmastree Shop.

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I definitely felt lost after decorating for this for so long. I felt like I had nothing to do. This was an amazing time and I would do it over and over for them if I could! Love you Ross and Jamie!