Crepe Paper Flowers

So much fun to make these beautiful flowers!  They are made from crepe paper, making color possibilities endless!!

Materials:

  • Crepe Paper (I have used white, light pink and dark pink)
  • Floral Wire for stems
  • Hot glue
  • Floral Pearl centers
  • Scissors
  • Wire Cutters
  • Optional: bleach, food coloring, ink pads

Directions:

Cut out petal shapes from the crepe paper, I cut off about 18” and folded several times and then cut my petals (you are going to want to make a lot).  For the center cut about a 3″ strip of crepe paper, fold in half and make cuts downward, making it look like fringe!  With hot glue, glue the floral pearls for the center, then glue and wrap the fringed strip.

Now glue each petal, gluing around the center, then around with next layer until you have enough (I made them in different sizes)!  I even made some that looked like buds.

Some of the flowers I bleached the tips and dipped in food coloring!!  In a small bowl use straight bleach (you might want to go outside, you must have good circulation!!),  dip end into the bleach to remove the color, let dry on newspaper. When petals are dry, dip into food coloring, and let dry!

These I  dipped into bleach only!

These petals were dipped in food coloring!

These I used ink pads, inking the ends of the petals for a different look!!

These elegant crepe paper flowers would be beautiful added to or covering a wreath!  How about in fall colors…I think that might be my next project:-)

Beaded Serving Spoons

Add some sparkle and fun to your serving spoons, dip spoons and spreaders!  These are so much fun to make, and add the personal touch to any party!  They make a great gift.

Materials:

  • 16 gauge aluminum Jewelry Wire
  • Spoon
  • Beads different sizes
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle nose pliers

Directions:

Double check your beads to make sure they will slide on to the 16 gauge wire.  Pick a spoon or spreader, you want to choose one that is not to decorative, you will be covering it with beads.  If you choose a sterling silver piece once the wire and beads are on it will be very hard to polish!  Bed, Bath and Beyond have serving pieces from $2 to $9, bring a coupon!

The  aluminum jewelry wire bends easily and is very easy to work with.  The pliers will leave marks, so I use double stick tape to tape down a little strip of felt.

Cut a piece of wire about 18” long (the length will depend on how many times you wrap and the number of beads), with the needle nose pliers, gently start to form a circle.  Place on the top center of spoon and wrap tightly 3 times with your fingers.

   

You want to keep the wire tight and close together.  Slide on a bead, with your finger or with pliers, gently bend the wire down the center.  With your fingers push bead into place and hold.

  

Holding the bead in place, start wrapping 2 to 3 times in the opposite direction, add more beads and wrap.

  

Remember you want to wrap the wire tight.  End with another circle swirl.  When wrapping check the back, to make sure the wire is straight.

  

When making your designs, you want to wrap the wire 2 to 3 times between each bead.

  

Note: beaded wired spoons and spreaders should be hand washed, not in dishwasher.

 

Halloween Banner

This fun Halloween banner made from card stock is the perfect easy decoration.  Make it with all ghosts, pumpkins or one of each, it’s up to you.

Materials:

  • Card stock paper white, black, orange, yellow, green, brown
  • Scissors
  • White gel pen for cat and black pen for monster
  • Cord or string
  • Tape
  • Tacky Glue and or Double stick tape
  • Optional brown or black ink pad for owl

Directions:

Start by cutting your triangles (with scissors or paper cutter), I used 8 1/2″ by 11″ card stock for each triangle.  But the fun part is you can make this any size (larger or smaller) and make all or some of the characters!

Save all the scrap pieces!

Now for the fun, to make each one…so simple.  For the ghost cut and glue two oval eyes or a shape you like.

For the candy corn, start with a white triangle, top with a piece of yellow, then orange, glue (or use double stick tape) in place then cut!

For the black cat, starting with the black triangle, cut and glue (or double stick tape) two ears on top (I made small triangles).  Cut two white eyes, cut two small circles for center of eye, glue onto the triangle.  Make an orange nose (any color) glue on, with a white gel pen draw the mouth and whiskers!

For the brown owl, he needs two ears ( I made small triangles), two white eyes with small black center, yellow long triangle nose and two brown wings for the side.  For his wings I inked the edges so that detail would stand out!

The orange pumpkin needs a brown stem and one or two green leaves, glued to the top.  Cut eyes, nose and mouth from black card stock and glue on.

The green monster, needs two white eyes with black center (any shape, I made squares), a black mouth, black hair and a black neck bolt cut and glue!  For the stitch marks I used a black pen.

Lay out each triangle in the order you want for your banner and tape string or cording along back with a little space between each, and you are ready to hang the banner up!

Wire Spiders

Spiders, spiders….everywhere!  Black wire and seed beads for eyes will be all you need for making these spiders, you will have a jar full in no time!  If your children want to help make spiders, let them use black pipe cleaners, pony bead eyes and follow the same directions!

pipe cleaner spider

Materials:

  • Black 26 gauge wire (I found at Jo Ann’s)
  • Seed beads: red, yellow, orange
  • Wire cutters or scissors
  • Optional: for kids black pipe cleaners, for eyes pony beads (or any type of bead)

Directions:

I’m using 26 gauge wire, because it is so easy to work with.

Cut a piece of wire about 18″ long, slide seed bead (eye) onto wire, about 2″ in and twist wire to hold bead in place.

Add another bead eye and twist to hold in place.

Now start forming the body (any shape), with the shorter wire, bend around with your fingers making a circle/oval shape, now bend the longer end around one or two times.

Now  start wrapping the wire around and around, going  in different directions around the body.  You want to pinch down every once in a while to keep your spider body flat.  If you have too much wire, cut off what you do not want, or add more wire if needed.

I just pushed the end of the wire into the body.  Fun right!  Any size or shape is going to work, that’s what makes this so fun, you can’t go wrong!

For the legs,  cut 4 piece of wire about 6” to 8” long (better to have them too long than too short) and one piece 8′ to 10″ long (this wire is for attaching body to legs).

Wrap the longer wire around all 4 legs wires, twist the wire to hold.  Now wrap the wire through center of legs, 2 in front and 2 in back on each side… see picture below.

Now to attach the body, we are going to use the same piece of wire (not a leg).  Lay the body on top and wrap the wire around, and around the body.

All you have to do is shape the legs, if they are too long or not all the same length cut them.

Since the spiders are made from wire, it is so easy to gently bend a leg to hold them on to branches, or gently push a leg or two into a candle, or cover a pumpkin with spiders.  If you are like me they will be everywhere!

If your children love the idea of spiders everywhere, let them make spiders from black pipe cleaners which are easier for children to handle!  They could use orange, red, or yellow pony beads or, depending on the age they might need your help, with cutting the pipe cleaners.

I used 3mm size pipe cleaner (they are not as fluffy), you will find them at any craft store.  I used a total of 6 for one spider, 4 for the legs, 1 the for body, and 1 to attach legs to body, and 2 pony beads for eyes!

Enjoy your spiders!

 

 

 

Coffee Filter Flowers

It’s so quick and easy to put together these beautiful coffee filter flowers.  They can be made in any size and can be used on gift bags, gift tags, or on a wreath!  These coffee filter flowers are stuning in white and the paint dipped coffee filter flowers are just as easy.

White coffee filter flower with inked edges

Paint dipped coffee filter flowers

 

Materials: for inked edge flower

  • Round Coffee Filters (white or unbleached)
  • Scissors
  • Small medal brads (decorative)
  • Optional ink pads, large needle, for paint dipped flowers acrylic paints

Directions:

Gently flatten out your filters, I like use a total of 8 to 12 filters for each flower. Start with 3 to 4 filters and fold in half, then fold in half again, you should have a triangle shade (this will be the first and largest layer).

With your scissors shape the larger end into a half circle petal, this is the first layer of the flower, so when cutting this layer you want to just round the edges.  For the middle layer, fold 3 to 4 more filters into the triangle shade, but this time cut a little  down into the filter (so this layer will be smaller).  For the center layer fold 2 to 3 filters into the triangle, cutting even smaller.

Inking the edges is an option, the flowers are elegant all white.  To ink, just run the ink pad over and over the edge until you have the color you want.

Any or all the layers can be inked, the possibilities are endless!

Putting it all together and making the flower:  Starting with the center layers unfold and with the tip of the scissors or a large sharp needle gently make a small hole in the center for the brad, push the brad through and do the same for the next two layers, closing the brad when done.

With the brad in the center, with your fingers gently start pulling and squishing each layer starting in the center.

The flower is ready for a gift bag /gift box or make a wreath.

I made smaller flowers for an added touch on the burlap covered foam ring.

 

Quick, easy and looks beautiful.

It is just as easy to make the paint dipped coffee filter flowers.  Remember coffee filters come in different cup sizes, making it so easy for small to large flowers.

Materials: for paint dipped flowers

  • coffee filters, white or unbleached
  • Acrylic paints ( I’m using burgundy, buttermilk, barn red and copper)
  • Brads
  • Scissors
  • Bowl(s)
  • Water
  • Newspaper
  • Optional gloves

Directions:

You are going to start by coloring the filters in watered down paint.  Mix each color or one at a time, in a bowl add about 2 tablespoons of paint and about 1/3 cup of water, mix and test to see if you like the color (add more paint or water if needed).  I find it faster to dip 3 to 4 filters at a time, take the filters and place in water-paint mix until they have soaked up color, squeezing out extra water-paint.  Gently pull apart and lay on newspaper to dry.

I like adding color to the edges on a few filters to make the flowers have more variation.

While the filter is still wet, gently fold the filter so you can dip just the edges.  Unfold and let dry.

I also like to add paint to edges after the filter is dry!  Pick a few and follow the steps from the white filter, folding and cutting.  Now just dip the cut edge into the paint, open and let dry.

Once all filters are dry, fold and cut to size, and arrange them in the order big to small for each flower.  I made all different sizes, some have 4 layers of the filters where some have 6 to 9, it’s up to you!

I like to mix the colors, making sure a few have the paint dipped centers.  Push the metal brad in the center and open the brad (I like to use my small scissor to start the hole for the brad).  Starting in the center, with your fingers gently squish up to filter, do this to each one until you have your flower.

Glue all the flowers on to a burlap covered foam ring for a wreath!

I love of all the possibilites for color combinations and holidays, celebrations and parties where these easy, unexpected beautiful flowers could be used!

Pick up extra coffee filters and get the kids to help!

 

Tissue Paper Balls

It’s so fun to make these tissue paper balls, your children are going to want to help! They can be made in any size and any color, they instantly add color and a wow factor to any party.

Materials:

  • Tissue paper (larger ball 8 to 12 sheets)
  • Fishing line or string
  • Scissors

Directions:

Lay out and flatten the tissue paper, you will need at least 8 to 12 sheets for a large ball.  With the tissue paper going long ways in front of you (it really doesn’t matter which way, it just makes a difference in size) fold up one end about 1 1/2″, and keep folding like you are making a large fan!

Now find the center by folding your fan in half, with fishing line or string (about a 8″ long so you have extra for hanging), tie in center.

Start on one side and pull up one tissue.

If you used 12 sheets of tissue, pull 6 sheets from each of these two sides. If  you have 8 sheets, pull up 4 on each side, and so on!

Now just turn over the ball and pull up each sheet for this side.  You now have a tissue ball, you may need to adjust some the sheets.

Find your fishing line (or string) in the ball and tie them together, with another piece of fishing line (as long as needed for hanging) loop through the string you just tied and tie the longer line on.  Let’s go hang them under the  large pool umbrella!

A fun way to decorate and add a lot of color!

This pink ball has rounded edges (cut before pulling sheets) looking like a large flower.  For a birthday party I made 2 dozen pink and purple balls (different sizes) and hung them from the trees!

You can shape the ends of the tissue “fan”, before pull the sheets for a different look.

You can make them smaller by cutting the tissue!  For these small half balls, I cut one sheet of tissue into 3 equal strips, stacked them, folded, tied and only pulled one side!!

Did you know you can iron tissue!  With the iron set on low, no steam, and iron…you can recycle, used tissue paper and make beautiful tissue balls!!

 

 

Felt Napkin Rings from Paper Towel Roll

If you have crafting children or one who wants to try out a fun craft, this might be it! I have made these out of felt, but scrapbook paper or construction paper would work great too.

Materials

  • scissors
  • felt or paper (I used felt in brown, light brown, tan, green and orange)
  • glue or hot glue
  • Paper towel roll
  • DMC floss or thread (optional) and needle
  • Optional: Leaf template {DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE PDF HERE}

Cut the paper towel roll into 2 1/2″ pieces. You could get 4 pieces or rings from one roll.  Cut the dark brown felt so it will cover the roll and glue in place.

Download the leaf pattern (or make your own).  Cut out the leaves from light brown and green (each ring will have one of each).  A fun idea would be to let the kids paint or color paper leaves.

With DMC floss or thread, stitch on leaves.

Cut a strip of tan felt that will fit around the napkin ring.  With floss or thread quick stitch down the center.  Glue around each ring.  From the orange felt cut strips and make a knot in center.  Glue one green and one light brown leaf on each ring, and add the orange tie.

These napkin rings will add that special charm to your table, and your kids will be so proud to have their creativity on display!

Paper Pumpkin Place Cards

These simple little pumpkins are so quick and easy and add that extra charm to your festive table!  They can be place cards with a name or display words of things to be thankful for.  Maybe even let the children cut & decorate the paper with paint or markers and let them finish the pumpkins with each guest’s name or what they are thankful for.

 

Materials

  • Place card Pumpkin template {DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE PDF HERE}
  • Card stock paper (I used orange)
  • Card stock paper for name tags (I used green)
  • Small hole puncher
  • Twine or ribbon
  • scissors
  • optional: 2″ round circle punch (for name tags)

 

Directions

Start by downloading the pattern.  Trace on cardstock paper. If you only have white card stock, why not let the kids paint the paper orange then trace the pattern?

 

Cut your pumpkin shape and cut or punch what you will use as the name card. I used a 2″ punch.

 

Fold up the pumpkin sides, match to stem and a good fold on bottom, both sides.  Holding the two sides together, punch a hole where you want your tag to hang.

Have your tags ready with guest and family names, your favorite thankful thought or write something simple like “Give Thanks”.  Punch a hole in the tag, run twine or ribbon through both sides of pumpkin and tag, and tie a bow or knot.

Done! Now how simple and festive are these place cards?!

 

 

 

 

 

Pink Summertime Sangria

This quick and refreshing sweet sangria is perfect for outdoor entertaining!

Summertime Sangria

Ingredients:

1 Bottle of White Zinfandel

8 ounces of Strawberry Daiquiri Mix (non-alcoholic)

6 ounces of Peach-Flavored Mixer (such as Fuzzy Navel – non-alcoholic)

8 ounces of pineapple juice

16 ounces of pineapple rum

Assorted fresh fruits: strawberries, pineapple, lemons, limes, oranges, or peaches (any combination)

 

Combine the wine, fruit juices, and rum in a pitcher. Cut up any fresh fruit you’d like and put into the pitcher. Chill in the refrigerator, and serve over ice.

Fourth of July Fizzy

This fun and fizzy refreshment will be a hit with the kids (and it looks great, too)!

The layered effect of the drinks is due to the differences in each beverage’s sugar content; the higher the sugar content of a drink, the more dense it is. So for our fizzy, the drink with the highest sugar content goes first (with the ingredients used here, the cranberry juice had the highest sugar content), followed by the drink with a lower sugar content (in this case, the Gatorade), and finished with the least amount of sugar (the diet soda). Be sure to use diet soda, since it has no sugar and will “float” well on top of the other drinks.

 

Ingredients:

-Blue Gatorade

-Cranberry Juice

-Diet Lemon Lime Soda

-Ice

Directions:

  1. Fill clear glasses (or plastic cups) with ice cubes.
  2. Pour cranberry juice into cup, filling about 1/3 of the cup.
  3. Pour Gatorade next; be sure to pour VERY slowly and pour onto an ice cube so that the drinks don’t mix together.
  4. Fill the remainder of the cup with diet lemon lime soda, again being careful to pour slowly and onto an ice cube.
  5. Garnish with a fun straw and enjoy!

 

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