Christmas Tree and Wreath Gift Tags and Cards

Use up your small extra pieces of holiday scrapbook paper or wrapping paper to make these fun gift tags!  Even better recycle your old holiday cards and green from magazines into gift tags! Or make them into beautiful Christmas card.

Materials:

  • 4 to 6 shades of holiday green paper (scrapbook paper)
  • Holiday card stock for back
  • Holiday green and or red card stock for back of tag
  • Tacky glue
  • Paper punch
  • Double side tape
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • String or ribbon
  • Optional: corner rounder
  • Recycled optional: old Christmas cards for tags and green paper strips from magazines

Directions:

For the wreath:

Gather up your green papers, and tear into strips about 1/8” wide.  Cut a piece of holiday card stock (you want to use card stock not paper since we will be gluing) to a size for a tag, mine is 2 1/2” by 3 1/4”.  Trace a circle (the size of the inside of the wreath) lightly on the card stock.  Run a thin line of Tacky glue on circle line.  Tear the long paper strips about 1/2” long varying the size, and glue int place, filling in the circle.

I try to mix the greens shades up!

When you have your wreath all filled in, make a small string bow and glue in place.

I used a corner rounder, and then inked the edge with green!  Cut a solid piece of card for back, punch small hole and ribbon.  With double sided tape attach to wreath to the tag.  If you want add a piece of white card stock to the back of the tag.

 

The wreath can be add on to a card, making a beautiful one of kind holiday card!  Or add them to your holiday scrap book pages.

 

How Christmas trees from torn paper!

This time leave the paper strip long, I like to start from the bottom and work up.  Tear the first bottom strip to the size you like (mine is about 2”), and the next strip just a little smaller and so on to the top.  I like to lay out my paper strips first and then glue int place.

You want to over lap each strip just a little.  And try to use different shades of green!

Add a small piece to the bottom as the tree truck, and maybe a star on top!!!

You can easily make a unique Holiday card, or add to your scrap book pages with this idea!

Or recycle your old holiday cards into gift tags!  I just cut out the parts of the card that I need, even used the holiday greetings from inside.  Then tear strip of green from a magazine!

From a old card to a gift tag!

Hope you are inspired to make these gift tags this holiday season!

Flower Punched Eggs

With any fun shaped punch you can create this beautiful eggs in no time!

Materials:

  • Small size decorative punch (I used a flower shape)
  • Pretty paper(s)
  • Sequin straight pins or any short straight pin
  • Smooth foam eggs
  • Thimble
  • Optional: Acrylic paint and sequins

Directions:

I like the look of the smooth foam eggs and you can paint them!  But you could use any foam egg for this project.

Now start punching!!  If you are going to paint your eggs let your paint dry before you start to pin in the paper. Some colors of paint might take two coats. I just took an old tissue box made some small holes, put a toothpick in the egg and painted using to box a the dry rack!

Now that you have the paper punched and your eggs ready, just push a straight pin through the paper shape and push into the egg. The smooth foam is harder to push pins in, you might want to try a thimble.

It is up to you are how close to want to pin the shaped paper.  I did some very close together and other were you could easily see the flower shape, just up to you on the look you like.  Also by painting the eggs it changes to look!

This is a great project to do when you can sit, watch TV and pin away!  They go together fast.

Make sure you really push the pin into the egg!  The smooth foam will hold the pin in tight you will not need to add glue.

Fill a basket or bowl with all the beautiful eggs for a perfect centerpiece or use them as place cards on your holiday table!

If you like a little extra sparkle, pin in a few sequins.

Happy pinning!  Hope you are inspired.

If you like these eggs check out how I took this idea to Christmas ornaments!

 

Crepe Paper Pom Pom Flowers

Who wouldn’t want a vase full of these colorful crepe paper flowers!

Materials:

  • Crepe paper
  • Scissors
  • Green floral stem wire
  • Floral stem wrapping tape (green)
  • Wire cutters
  • Tacky glue
  • Optional food coloring

Directions:

Cut a 12″ to 18″ long piece of crepe paper, with your scissors make cuts into the paper about every 1/4 of an inch without cutting all the way through, coat one end of the floral wire (stem) with Tacky glue, lay glued end onto crepe paper that was not cut and press with fingers to hold in place.

Add more glue and roll crepe paper around wire, pinching, and gathering with your fingers.  You do not want to just roll the wire flat onto the paper, I think the flowers look best with some gathering!

As you are forming the flower, keep the crepe paper going straight around the top, you do not want the crepe paper going down the wire!

When your flower is the size you want, glue the end of the crepe, with your fingers push in and around the base of the flower making sure it held tight in place and is not too thick.

Tear off about 6″ of the floral tape and wrap around the glued end and down around the wire.

Depending on the vase size you are using, you may have to cut the wire stem to size!

It so easy to make multi colored flowers!  Start with a center color, glued in place and then add another color and another!!

For the multi colored look, I took white crepe paper and dipped it into food coloring!

I love the look!

Maybe red, white and blue for the 4th of July table!

Magazine Beads

Stop… do not throw away that magazine, recycle and make beads.  Yes these beads are just strips of magazine pages rolled into a bead.  Grab some glue and lets make these easy beads.  This is a great project for older children!

Materials:

  • Magazine
  • Tacky Glue
  • Scissors
  • Double stick tape squares
  • Plastic cocktail straws
  • Wax paper
  • Long wooden skewer
  • Clear varnish sealer gloss or satin and paint brush
  • Optional for necklace: jump rings, seed beads, eye pins, needle pliers

Directions:

Pull out pages that you want to use from the magazine, I like finding colorful pages.  Cut pages into long triangles, the fatter end will determine the length of the bead, the longer you cut the triangle, the fatter the bead will be.

Lets make a bead(s), place the side you want seen down and place a double stick square about a 1/4″ from the top (the larger end).  Place a small plastic straw on the top and start to roll, you want the tape to stick and hold the paper not on the straw,  this makes it so easy to slide the finished bead off.

I outlined the tape, see how it is not all the way at the top.  I have found this step makes it faster and easier to make the bead, if you do not have double stick tape, glue will work but you need to keep the bead moving around the straw or it will not slide off.

Now add a line of Tacky Glue and keep rolling to the end.

There will be glue that comes out the sides, with your fingers rub the glue over the bead and slide of straw to dry.

You can make this beads in any size.

Lay the bead(s) on wax paper to dry (do not let them touch each other).  When they are dry I like to paint a coat of gloss varnish sealer.   Slide the beads on to long wooden skewers, paint a coat of sealer, and use a jar to balance the skewer on top to let the dry.

You do not want the sealer to get on the skewer, it will make it hard to get the beads off.  When dry slide off.

Now what to do with all the beads….lets make a necklace.

I’m using eye pins, but you could use wire and roll each end to hold the jump rings.  I start with a small seed bead, then a larger bead, the magazine bead, larger bead, and end with seed bead on eye pin.  With needle nose pliers round the end to make a closed circle.

 

 

When all beads are on the eye pins, open and attach a jump to the ends, keep going until you have the length you want.  I made two strands, one with 24 beads and the other with 22.

This necklace cost under $5 and I love the colorful look.

A quicker way to put together this necklace is to string the beads on leather cord or hemp!  Tie a knot to hold magazine bead in place and maybe add some small glass beads or wooden beads, tie the ends together and you a have a one of a kind necklace.  This project is great for older children, they can make them for all their friends!

Hand Print Ornaments

They grow up so fast, cherish the moments!  These hand prints are easy and make great memories, it’s much fun to see how much they have grown for year to year and with a picture on the back, it’s the perfect keep sake!  You will want to make more than one…one for you, one for grandmother, and one for the scrapbook!  How cute would these hand prints be if made into a Christmas card!

***Note* I used acrylic paints for the snowman and Santa, be aware most acrylic paints will not wash out of clothing!

Santa hand print: on green card stock, paint red acrylic paint on thumb and across top of palm, paint flesh tone paint in the palm of the hand, and white on the four fingers, (when painting the hand try not to run the colors into each other) and place hand on paper.  After print has dried, dip the child’s finger in white paint let or help child make a mustache using their finger, several finger prints across the bottom of the hat and one finger print on end of hat.  Red or light red finger print for his nose, and two finger print eyes in gray (or blue).  Once all dry, cut the Santa  print out, punch small hole for a ribbon, add name and date….and of course a picture on the back.

Snowman hand print: Paint or dip child’s hand in white paint, and press hand on green card stock, let dry.  For the snowman’s hats and scarf I used acrylic paint and small paint brush, orange paint for each carrot nose (paint pens and Sharpie markers will work), for the eyes and mouth I used a fine point Sharpie marker and the blue bow, green hearts and white arms are gel pens.  Once all dry I punch a snowflake in the hand and add another snowflake, 2 snowflakes because it’s a 2 year old!!  Cut the green paper around hand, back with red card stock, cut into hand shape and add white card stock, cutting in the hand shape.  Punch small hole and add ribbon for hanging, add name and date to front or back…and a picture on back!

Little Deer “Rudolph” hand print: Trace the hand, and cut it out of light brown card stock, cut green glitter paper for back, punch a small hole for ribbon on the green paper where the deer will cover the hole. With small hole punch (or extra large needle) punch hole between thumb and pointer finger of the cut out hand, string a small bell on ribbon and pull through hole and tie, place 3-D scrapbook adhesives squares on back, and place on to green glitter paper. Using Tacky Glue, glue small red pom pom for nose, and glue small sticks for antlers, with brown fine point marker or gel pen add eye and mouth.  I added 3 small snowflakes, because it’s a 3 year old hand print!  Add name and date to front or back, and a picture on the back.  I used my corner rounder punch on each corner!

I like adding my painted and traced hands to my scrapbook, but for the little deer these antlers would not work!  Instead I used a brown Sharpie and make the antlers and made a red nose with paint!

      

Hope you are inspired!

Make an extra one each year and save, to give your child when all grown up!!

JOY

Quick, easy and inexpensive!

 

Materials:

  • Wooden letters “J” and “Y”
  • Wooden star with small hole for ribbon or fishing line
  • One sheet 12″x12″ scrapbook paper or wrapping paper
  • Wreath size of letters
  • Mod Podge
  • Brush
  • Scissors, pencil
  • Acrylic paint (matching paper)
  • Sandpaper
  • Ribbon or fishing line to tie star to wreath
  • Satin (or Gloss) varnish sealer

Directions:

I found my wooden letter on clearance at Michaels, they are 1/4 thick and 10 1/2″ tall.  This process will work on wooden or paper letters.  Trace each letter and on back side of paper, make sure you have the letter in the correct direction.  Cut each out, checking the fit, trim if needed.

Paint the edges (sides) of the letters and paint the backs if you want.  If your wooden letters are rough give them a light sandy first.

Brush a coat of Mod Podge on to the wooden letter, make sure the Mod Podge goes to the edge.  Place your paper letter on top, gently pushing in place, making sure of the fit (move gently if needed). With the side of the paint brush, run it gently across the papered letter pushing out the extra Mod Podge with your finger remove the extra glue. Brush on a coat of Mod Podge on top of paper, let dry.  Do the same to the star.

Once totally dry, with sandpaper, sand the edges, the wooden part up into the paper giving a rustic look.

Clear off all sandy dust, and paint a coat of clear (satin or gloss) sealer/varnish, let dry.

When dry pull a ribbon or clear fishing line through hole in star and tie onto wreath.

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!

Magazine Art

Recycle your magazines into art! After making flowers from magazine pages and seeing all the color possibilities I wanted to see if I could make a picture for my hallway using only the colored pieces from the magazine page!  With time, patience and some Mod Podge I made this!

 

Materials:

  • Old magazines (6 to 10)
  • Canvas or board (I used a 24″ x 24″ canvas)
  • Mod Podge Gloss (watered down glue)
  • Paint brush

Directions:

Start by tearing the colorful pages from the magazine.  Then tear the colored area that you will use in the design, and make a pile for each color.

I tore the colored areas that I liked, some were large, some small.  I found with the lighter colors like yellows and pinks if the back of the page was dark, at times would show through, so I added an extra layer of that color.  I also wanted the sides of the canvas to be covered….you need a lot of magazines pages.

Lay out your design, not on the canvas or board that you will be gluing the paper on, but in the area next to the canvas. Once your design is layed out, start gluing.  I started with the sides, wrapping the corners like a package and covering the hole side.

If you have never used Mod Podge,  the trick is to cover the area on the canvas with Mod Podge (or glue) then place your magazine page on that area and cover that piece with more Mod Podge, you want good coverage on the back and front.

To make it easier to wrap the sides, I used cans on each corner to hold the canvas up. With the design laid out right next to the canvas, I started in one corner and worked around, finishing in the center.  This is a laying process, adding pieces on top of each other, if there is a special piece or color you really want to show, make sure you put it on last.

I found a few little designs that I really wanted to show, so I saved them for my last layer for a special touch!

Hope you are inspired!

I like adding fun little surprise pictures!

   

  

One more!

This time I used some images (pictures) right from the magazine!

You can see that the fruit, black vase, white & blue teapot (and others) are pictures torn out the magazine.  While the background, some of the flowers & leaves and the large white vase are torn pieces of magazine made to look like…a flower or a vase!!

I love the the small fun details!

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!!

 

 

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