Valentine’s Heart Decorations: Recycled Crayons and Wax Paper

Wax paper and crayons shaving made into hearts are a quick way to recycle crayons and decorate for Valentine’s Day!  They are so fun to create and even make unique Valentine’s cards.

Materials:

  • Wax paper
  • crayons
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  •  Two old towels
  • Paper for making heart pattern
  • Optional: fishing line or thread and tape

Directions:

Pick out the color(s) of crayons you want to use, peel off the paper. Get the kids to help, with a pencil sharpener make crayon shavings, by turning the crayon back and forth in sharpener.  Keeping each color in a small pile, one crayon makes a lot of shavings.

Lay an old towel or cloth over iron board and have another towel or cloth ready, you want to protect your iron and iron board from the crayons.  Set your iron on medium heat (no steam).  Tear off a piece of wax paper and fold in half, place on  towel on the ironing board and sprinkle crayon shaving on half of paper, fold over the wax paper, place the other towel or cloth on top and slowly iron.  It will not take long for the crayons to melt. You can check to make sure the entire wax paper area has melted, if a spot has not melted, iron more or set your iron hotter.  The ironing step should be done by an adult, the next step the kids can help again.

Sprinkle shavings.

Fold over wax paper.

Place towel or cloth over wax paper and iron.

Now for the fun, to see what happened.

So cool, on this one I used three colors, pink, red and a purple.  Now make heart patterns out of paper, and use as your cutting guide, or just let the kids cut (with kid scissors) and make their own hearts or favorite shapes.

How pretty, crayons come in so many colors the possibles are endless!

If you’re feeling extra creative, make a pattern with the shavings.

You can create different looks by adding a little or a lot of shavings.  Below the one on the left has a little, the right side a lot.

To make a heart garland, tape hearts to fishing line or thread and hang in the windows.

Or tape them to the windows.

 

Make your own cards and send a little love.  I backed the hearts with white paper to show off the design, and glued them on red paper, and add your love message.

What a fun way to recycle all those old, broken crayons!

Magazine Rosette Flower Wreath

What a fun way to recycle your old magazine, by making these rosette flowers.  Make an accent wreath, decorative ball or embellish a card, gift bag or gift tag…it’s hard to stop making them!  Plus, you will not believe how easy they are to make.

Materials:

  • Old magazine
  • Tacky glue
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Toothpick
  • Paper and pencil/marker
  • Small foam wreath I used 8″ ring
  • Wide ribbon about 3 yard to wrap wreath

Directions:

Make a circle pattern 2″ and 3″.  Tear the pages you want to use from the magazine.  I like to look for bright colors and some with typed word.  Start cut circles more 2″ than 3″ ( for my 8″ wreath I used about 75 circles-flowers).  Let’s make rosette flowers,  cut each circle into a spiral (see picture below) starting on the outside edge working to the center.

I found that a toothpick works great to give your a tight center.  Start wrapping the toothpick 3 to 4 turns then add a little tacky glue and wrap some more, now pull out tooth pick.

Keep wrapping with your fingers to the center.  You can adjust the tightness and this will give you different sizes.  Add some hot glue to the center, and gently hold in place.

It took me a few tries to get the look of the flower I liked.

For me it was easier to wrap/glue all centers then hot glue each flower. A tip is to leave your Tacky glue in old cup upside down, that way you do not wait for the glue. Now that all rosettes are glued, I wrapped my foam wreath with ribbon.  I found this wreath at Jo Ann Fabrics, I liked it because it is almost flat.

Start gluing, I did glue them close together.

Do you think this looks like it’s made from a magazine?

I had some left over rosettes…check out the other fun things I made using the rosettes!

Or cover a foam ball for a topper on a large candle holder.

 

Pillow With Button Letter

Add some charm with buttons!  Make your own pillow or add a button letter to pre-made pillow.

Materials:

  • Fabric to make pillow (1 yard for 18″ pillow) or ready made pillow
  • Buttons in different sizes
  • Needle
  • Thread and DMC floss (cross stitching thread)
  • Paper to make your letter pattern
  • Dressmaker’s Marking Pencil or chalk
  • Pillow form (inside stuffing) I’m using a 14″
  • Ruler
  • Sewing machine, scissors
  • Embroidery hoop (optional)

Directions:

Start by cutting your pillow front an 19” square ( I’m making an 18″ pillow with a pillow form of 14″). For the back cut two pieces 19″ by 12″.  This is going to be a simple pillow with an opening in the back for the pillow form to side in.  On a piece of paper draw out and cut our letter, I’m doing an R.  Place on top of our 19″ front of pillow, when you have it centered or where you want it, trace the outline with the marking pencil or chalk.

Now I have my R outline, with matching DMC floss (or thread) do a quick stitch on chalk line to outline the letter.

I”m leaving the outline of the R on my pillow but if you wanted to do a quick stitch with thread and then pull out the thread after you sew that buttons that also looks good.  By doing the stitch outline it makes it so much easier.

Now for button fun.  Use your paper letter as a pattern for your buttons.  This will help you see where the buttons should be sewn and just how many button you need before you start sewing.  I did not use a embroidery hoop, I think it would have made it easier to sew on the buttons.

Start sewing buttons and more buttons.  I found when sewing that I needed to shift and add or move some buttons from how I had them on the pattern.  Notice that I stacked a smaller button on top of a larger ones.

Now we need to make the pillow.  First turn back twice and sew down the 19″ side of each back piece.  Place the front of pillow right side up and place on back piece on top with right sides together.

Now place the other back piece on top, pin in place and sew all four sides.  Turn pillow right side out and lay flat (maybe iron around the edges).  With a ruler and chalk  mark each corner 2″ in and down (remember I’m using a 14″ pillow form for the inside).  And sew all four sides of the pillow 2″ in, this will make a 14″ square in center.

All that is left to do is slide in the pillow form and enjoy.

How cute it would be to sew a button letter on a fabric purse or tote bag, too!

 

 

 

 

Magazine Rosette Flower Topiary

This is so much fun and easy to make rosette flowers from an old magazine!  The look of these rosette flowers is so unique you will have to look twice.  This ball topper “topiary”  looks great sitting on vase, bowl or large candle holder.

Materials:

  • Old magazine
  • Scissors
  • Tacky glue
  • Hot glue
  • Toothpick
  • Large foam ball (I’m using a 6″ ball)
  • Optional paint for the foam ball
  • Vase or stand for finished ball
  • Paper, pencil or marker

Directions:

Make a 2″ and 3″ circle pattern from paper or card stock. Tear out pages from the magazine that you want to use.  I’m using only typed pages for the inside of the the rosettes.  Cut circles in both sizes, I used more 2″ than 3″.  Sorry I lost count, but there are a lot, one magazine should be enough.  Now that the circles are cut, you will cut each circle into a spiral, start on the outside going around to the center (picture below).

Use a toothpick and roll 3 to 4 times, then add a little tacky glue and roll 3 to 4 times then gently pull out toothpick.

Keep rolling with your fingers to the center.  You can adjust to tights before gluing in place.  I liked making/using different sizes, some tight and some more open.

In center place some hot glue and gently hold in place.

I found it easier to roll/glue all the centers. Then hot glue in place.  A tip is to leave your Tacky glue upside down in old cup, so the glue is waiting for you.

Remember for this ball I’m making all the rosette flowers with the typed words from magazine inside, this will give it a unique look.

Now that ALL the rosettes are made lets glue them to the ball.  I painted my ball first, I was not sure how close together I would glue the flower and did not want the foam to show through. I put the ball on top of the vase to make it steady for gluing.

Then glued rosettes around bottom so it would fit the vase.  And glued more rosette flowers.  The 3″ circle flowers were a little larger so I mixed them in.

Look pretty good…can you believe it’s from an old magazine?

If you like more color, pick pages with more color for a different look.

I had some left over rosettes so I made a card for a friend.

The stems and leaves are from a magazine page, I did have to do a little looking for those 🙂

Wine Cork Letter

Recycle all those wine corks into something fun! Have you ever looked at how different and interesting the designs are on wine corks? Show them off by adding them to a letter.

Materials:

  • Old wine corks
  • Glue
  • Wood letter from craft store
  • Cutter board and knife
  • Optional hook for hanging letter and sand paper

Directions:

Gather up all your wine corks.  I like red wine so most of the corks were stained, I found that a light rub with sand paper will take off some color.  I am using a wooden flat letter from Jo Ann Fabrics, cost about $3.   I gave it a quick coat of brown acrylic paint, then a light sanding. First find your favor corks, if it is the saying on it or the picture you will want it showing in the right direction. Map out your design or pattern for the corks.

I cut some of the cork in half, using a sharp knife on a cutting board.  I liked the look and round size helped the corks fit into place. Each letter will be a different cork puzzle to figure out, but it is not hard.

I was very careful to place my corks so writing/design was going in the right direction.  Start gluing, I’m sure hot glue would work but I love Weldbond Glue. It bonds almost everything it drys clear and does not smell like some strong glues, you can find it in craft stores.

When glue is dry, add hook to back for hanging. Just find the center and good to hammer in place.

You know this would make a great message board, just need decorative push pins.

Still have more wine corks?  Take a large clear vase or candle holder, place small clear vase with candle  into the larger vase and add your extra corks.

Who’s ready for a glass of wine?!

Quick Wall Make Over

Need some quick tips on how to add some character and charm to a boring wall?  Grab some frames, a few fun finds and off we go! I have a small wall with a phone jack, motion detector box, light switch and the thermostat and it needs some camouflage!  Check out how I solved my problem, maybe it will inspire you with a creative idea. (And I have a quick tip on hanging pictures;)

Ok, I know it needs help.  I want to cover, hide, and camouflage all my problems.  I found my inspiration walking through Jo Ann Fabrics clearance, a round carved wooden object! Now, I had a plan.

A friend a given me some frames she did not want, so I made it part of my plan.  Got out the camera, have an idea to make a M (for Mike, my husband) using nails and washers, a J (for Jacki) using magazine rosette flowers(check my tutorial on magazine rosettes), and I needed an AND.

Not bad, I like it.

A pretty piece of scrap booking paper and the magazine rosette flowers, done.

Another piece of pretty paper, a small frame (from my friend) and found AND by cutting the letter out of a magazine and the cookie cutter pic also.  Now it time to put it in the frame.

It looks better in person.  But it works for me.

Now for that motion detector box (we do not need to get to it often) I want to hide it, but still need to be able to get to it.  So I bought a 12″ by 12″ canvas frame, it’s just canvas over a wooden frame so the back is hollow and will hide the box.  Painted the sides to match wall (wanted to look like it was floating) found a piece of scrap booking paper and Mod Podge to the front.

I just made the cork H and it will work great on the wall.  So where do they all fit?  I find that by making news paper cut outs the size of objects you want to hang, and here is a big tip, mark were the hanger is on the paper.  Tape each piece in place until you have each piece in the perfect spot.  Let’s hang pictures…

Now I know where to hang each piece.  With the paper template taped to wall in just the right spot, it so quick and easy.

Remember you marked where is hanger is.  Mark that spot with a pencil and hammer your nail.

Remember to mark each picture or object to make it easy and fast to hang. When you have it the right place, mark with pencil.

Hammer in your nail….done.

So much better.  Did you notice the thermostat! It’s just a frame without the glass.

Looks good to me, solved my problem for less than $20.

Hope you have been inspired to be creative!

Christmas Tree Stand

Want your Christmas tree to look taller and have more room for all the Santa gifts?  This tree stand will give your tree a new look!

Materials:

  • Container (I have used a light weight plastic 14″ tall with 18″ opening)
  • 1 1/2” round PVC pipe cut to 14” long
  • 1 can of Great Stuff
  • Gloves
  • 1 small bag of fast setting cement
  • 18″ wreath and or garland
  • Optional: small rocks, extra tree lights and an extra pair of hands

Directions:

This tree stand is not at all hard to make, but you need to plan ahead because of drying time.  I found my container on sale at the end of summer for $15 (good deal).  I liked the color, but in the past I have spray painted my containers black or red.  If you want to spray paint to change to color do this first.  Home Depot sells PVC pile 24″ long and in varying sizes, you want to tree to fit snug, so double check the size for your tree (if you smile big for the Home Depot guy he will cut it for you for free) my container is 14″ tall so I cut my pipe 14″ (at Home Depot the pipe cost me about $2.80)


Follow the directions on the bag of cement, and mix enough to be at least 6″ thick (more if you want, just remember you will have to carry and store your stand).  This is when you might need an extra set of hands, pour in the cement; place and hold PVC pipe in center making sure it balanced straight, give the cement a few minutes and double check your pipe to make sure it is straight. If you have any cement dips on the out side of container, wipe them off before it dries.  Let cement dry.

If you feel you need more weight in your container add some small rocks.  Read and follow the directions on the can of Great Stuff. If you have never worked with Great Stuff before get ready…it really is great stuff.  Great stuff is made to expand, and it will expand as part of the drying.  Spray the Great Stuff around the pile and let dry.  A can of Great Stuff is about $3.00.

Take an 18″ wreath and place in container and wrap garland in center and up and around the pile and if you do not have a wreath, just use garland to hind everything.

I like adding an extra string of light in and around the wreath/garland area and even up into center of tree.

You are ready to put your tree in!  How tall is your tree now…I love this because my cheap 7 1/2′ tree is now 9 feet tall! And it cost me under $25, not so bad.

Here’s my extra cool idea…. during the summer I fill the container with rocks (river rocks medium size) just to cover up the Great Stuff and I use it as an umbrella stand for my large pool umbrella.

Framed Button Wreath

This is so pretty and can be made using things around the house – scrap booking paper, extra buttons, some ribbon scraps, a frame (this is the perfect opportunity to use a frame that doesn’t have the glass!).

Materials:

  • Frame with out glass *square shape I think works best; I’m using a 10″ square frame
  • White buttons different sizes
  • Tacky glue
  • Decorative paper that finds into your frame (wrapping or scrap booking paper)
  • Piece of card stock that will fit in frame
  • Scrap piece of paper for circle pattern
  • Optional: 3 small red jingle bells, hot glue, red ribbon for bow

Directions:

Cut your decorative paper and a piece of card stock to fit in your frame. Glue the decorative paper to card stock (this is just to give support the buttons get heavy), cut a 3″ circle from scrap paper for the center guide to make the wreath.  Place on your decorative paper, and get your buttons ready.  Start by gluing buttons around the circle.

Remove the center pattern circle, and keep building your wreath.  Use different sizes and do not worry it there are spaces, we are going to make a layered ring on top.

Keep gluing, adding glued buttons on top of each other.  Let dry when you have the wreath enough buttons.

Let dry (remember, Tacky glue dies clear!).  Place wreath paper into frame.  Make a red bow for the top of wreath (I like wired ribbon), and glue in place.  Hot glue 3 small red jingle bells off to one side. (No bells? How about red buttons?)

This wreath is fun and easy to do, it can be made in any size.  Look around for old square frames and start gluing buttons!  How adorable will this framed wreath look in your home or maybe as a special gift?!

Try green buttons on some pretty white/silver paper?

Button Snowmen Gift Tags

Recycle your buttons and scrap card stock into these easy snowmen gift tags!

Materials:

  • Card stock paper: red, white, green
  • 2 white buttons with only two holes one smaller for head/larger one for body
  • White gel pin
  • String or ribbon
  • Double stick tape
  • Scissors and or paper cutter
  • Black felt (for hat)
  • Red string for snowman bow
  • Tacky glue
  • hole puncher
  • Optional: 2″ circle punch

Directions:

Cut white card stock into a 2 1/2” square, with hole puncher make a hole in corner, pull string or ribbon through. Cut red card stock smaller then the white piece, punch or cut a 2″ circle.  With double stick tape, tape each piece in place.  Cut a small black felt hat that fits the button you are using for the head.  Tie a small red bow from string or ribbon.

Using a smaller button for the snowman’s head.  Place the buttons on the green circle, turning the smaller button (face) so the 2 holes are side ways, and the larger button (body) the holes go up and down.  Glue in place with tacky glue, glue on hat and small bow.  With the white gel pin make stick arms and small hanging heart.

I think they are cute enough to hang on the Christmas tree!

 

 

Jingle All The Way Holiday Shadowbox Decoration

This adorable decorated shadow box frame is a simple gift that anyone would love or the perfect decoration for your mantel, bookcase or wall.

Materials:

  • Shadow Box Frame (any size)
  • Wrapping Paper or Holiday Card Stock (that will fit into frame)
  • Stickers (any size) to spell out “Jingle All The Way”
  • Jingle Bells that will fit inside the shadow box frame
  • Ribbon
  • scissors
  • Wax paper
  • Optional: Large jingle bell for bow

 

Directions:

Remove back of shadox box frame, cut holiday paper or wrapping paper to fit back of frame.  Fill inside of frame with bells (make sure the bells can move around inside), put the frame back on the frame.

Cut a piece of wax paper the size of your frame, and arrange the stickers “Jingle all the Way” on the wax paper.  This way you can see how the letters will fit and look on the out side of the frame.  Now stick the stickers in place on the glass.

Tie matching holiday ribbon around the outer side of frame, making a bow on top and add extra larger bell to bow.

This frame I used a sticker tree for the I in jingle, glued a bow with hanging bells from the top and add snowflakes.

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