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 🙂

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!

 

 

Gift In Recycled Pop-Top Can

Looking for a unique and eco-friendly way toThe surprised look you get when you give the decorated can as a gift is so worth the effect.  Recycling your pop top soup cans will be a sure way your special gift will be remembered!

Materials:

  • Pop top soup can (opened from bottom of can)
  • Can Opener that makes a clean cut out from the side not the middle of can (I used a Pampered Chef can opener)
  • Holiday paper or wrapping paper
  • 8″ – 10″ piece of ribbon (to hold gift inside can)
  • Scissors
  • Double stick tape
  • Glue (Super Glue, Weldbond or any strong glue)
  • Gift that will fit inside the can-gift card, money, jewerly, key to new car
  • Optional: Gift tag, extra ribbon, bells, stickers for decorating can, Zots adhesive dots

Directions:

Your can needs to be a pop top can (like some soup and veggie cans), and the can opener is the key to this unique gift wrap idea. I used a Pampered Chef can opener, it cuts the can open from the side, making it possible to glue back on without anyone notice. First pick your can and open from the BOTTOM.  Remove label, clean the inside and bottom cut out piece,and dry them off.

Cut wrapping paper or holiday scrapbook paper to fit around can, and tape in place. Add decorative ribbon or sticks.  Now it’s time to put your special gift in!  With a piece of ribbon about 8″ – 10″ long, tape or tie your gift to one end and on the other end stick strong double stick tape (I like to use Zots clear adhesive dots). You are going to stick the ribbon with tape on it to the inside top of the can, I use the earser end of a pencil to gently push taped end to stick to the inside of the can.

Put your gift into the can, and run your glue around the edge of bottom of the can (the piece you cut out) and place back on can. Push and hold in place, wipe out extra glue and let dry. You can’t even see that the can has been opened! 🙂

Add a gift tag and get ready for your special gift to be opened.  You might get some interesting looks, just point to the top and watch them pop in open.

What a fun way to give a gift!  Are you having soup tonight?!?

So much fun let’s do it again…what will be in this one?!

If anyone’s lucky enough to be getting a new car, this is a great way to give the key!

 

 

Sharing with: Tip Junkie

 

 

Kid’s Artwork Turkey

Gather the kids, grab some paint and lets make paper turkeys that stand up!  How adorable are these  just make sure that Grandmother gets one, too!  These turkeys are so easy that any age can help make them.  This turkey pictured here has water colored tail feathers, but if you can get the kids to put their hands in paint.  I love the tail feathers to be hand prints.  Check out the turkey at the bottom.

Materials

  • Turkey template {DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE PDF HERE}
  • scissors
  • glue
  • paint for turkey body brown and paint for tail feather (I used water colors)
  • Card stock, poster board or any heavy type of paper
  • red and yellow paper
  • 2 eyes

Are the kids ready to paint?  Paint the turkey body and strip brown.  Fold strip to make a rectangle, 1″ on top and bottom, 2 1/2″ on the sides (there will need to be a small overlap to glue).

Cut a yellow beak and a red gobble.  Glue on eyes (or paint), beak and gobble.

Glue the center strip to back of turkey body.

Now for the tail.  I ran out of white card stock (due to too many little artists who love to paint) so I used white paper plates (2) and I liked the way it turned out!  When dry cut into feathers, I cut 7.  Cut a half circle shape out of card stock, glue on your turkey feathers.

Glue the tail with feathers to the center strip.

How much fun!  Check out the turkey below with the hand print tail feathers.  Made the same way, just used the hand print for feather.

This turkey pattern can be adjusted, making him smaller or big. If you change the size larger, made the center strip larger so he will stand up.

 

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?!

 

 

 

 

 

Decorative Paper Pumpkins

These cute little pumpkins are so easy and versatile – they can be in any color or shape, tall and thin to big and round! Gather up your fall colored card stock paper, and a few sticks from the yard and you’ll be ready to make pumpkins! Add the pumpkins to your centerpiece, on the fireplace mantel, in the kitchen, or – my personal favorite – tie on a cute little name tag and use them as place cards!

 

Materials:

  • paper pumpkin template {DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE PDF HERE}
  • card stock paper
  • stick (from the yard)
  • hot glue
  • scissors
  • optional: twine, ribbon, wire,decorative name card

 

Directions:

Download and cut out the pumpkin pattern.  I’m using a rustic orange color of card stock, but choose a color that works for you.  Trace 8 pumpkin shapes and 1 center piece.  Fold each pumpkin shape in half.

For the center of the pumpkin find a stick the size and shape for the stem.  I curled wire (6″) around a paint brush to add with the stem.  Take the center piece of pumpkin pattern and roll it (you could use a pencil or paint brush), not to small.  Now slide your stick (stem) and curly wire in center and hot glue (the stick (stem) should not stick out to bottom of center).

Let’s glue…run hot glue down the folded edge of pumpkin shape, lining up the straight part of the pumpkin shape with bottom of center piece (see picture).  You want the pumpkin to sit flat on bottom, so each time you glue make sure it’s lining up straight.

I think it is easier if the first 4 shapes are glued across from each other in a X pattern (see picture).

Now glue the other 4 shapes in between. And you made a paper pumpkin!  You can add ribbon or twine to the stem.

Now that you have seen the basic shape, it’s easy to change to size and shape to make paper pumpkin patch of different pumpkins!  (Remember when you change the size, make the center to fit also.)

Have fun and get creative, cut your pumpkin shape with decorative edge scissors (I used Ripple) or give the kids the card stock paper to paint or draw on before you cut.

To make paper pumpkin into a place card, I punched a 2” decorative circle for each person’s name and tied it on with twine…so cute!

Recycled Fall Wreath with Painted Paper Bag Leaves

This fun, kid-friendly project is a great way to re-use those old paper grocery bags and decorate for fall!

MATERIALS

Leaf template {DOWNLOAD LEAF TEMPLATE HERE}

Large paper bags

Paint (in fall colors – I used red, yellow, brown, and gold)

Hot glue and/or double stick tape

Wire (26 gauge)

Styrofoam wreath

Burlap or ribbon

DIRECTIONS

Download & print out leaf pattern. Wrap the wreath with burlap strips or ribbon, hot glue end to hold in place.

Here’s where the kids can get involved: it’s time to paint the paper bags. I cut the bag into sections, and painted each a different color (red, gold, yellow, brown).

After the paint is dry, cut two rectangular pieces large enough for the leaf.  Put one rectangle painted piece down (non painted side up) and glue (or use double sided tape) wire down the center. Then add more glue or tape and place the other rectangle on top (paint side up).  Lay your leaf pattern on top, then trace and cut out.

 

I made 35 leaves.

Push each leaf with wire into the wreath and continue until your wreath is covered in leaves.  The wire is flexible and allows you to bend and shape the leaves to give the wreath a little dimension.

Once the wreath is completed, you may want to attach ribbon or burlap strips so that you can hang it  – I just used small straight pins to pin my burlap strips to the back of the wreath.

 

Sharing this with Kissed by a Frog & Tip Junkie.

 

Pumpkin Decorations Made from Recycled Books

Have a bunch of old books laying around? Give them a new life by creating unique pumpkins, perfect for autumn and Halloween decorations!

This is a great way to give new life to books that are falling apart, torn, missing covers or pages, or would have otherwise been thrown away. The books I used  were given to me by others who did not want them anymore and were planning on throwing them away – it was a little tough to cut up a book, but I feel pretty good about making something beautiful and useful out of them, and saving them from a landfill! 🙂

There a a few different techniques that you can use to color the pumpkins, depending on how color-saturated you want them (and how much time you want to spend creating them ).

MATERIALS

Old paperback books

Sticks

Orange ink pad

Orange acrylic paint

Large mixing bowl

Exacto knife

Hot glue & glue gun

Sheet of paper

Scissors

Green felt

Brown Cloth Stem Wire (can be found in the floral section of any craft store)

DIRECTIONS

On a blank sheet of paper, draw and cut out a pumpkin shape (keeping in mind the size of the book you will be using and that the book will need to be able to stand up, so don’t make the bottom completely rounded).  Pull the front & back cover off the book. Open the book  to about halfway through, and then trace the shape onto the book pages. Use an Exacto knife to cut out the pumpkin (you may have work your way through the book doing this, cutting several pages at a time).

 

 

Once your pumpkin shape is cut out, it’s time to give it some color! Decide which method you want to use (if you’re making more than one, you may want to try a different method of adding color for each one):

Rub the edges with an orange stamp pad. This is by far the quickest, easiest and least messy method, but it just gives the edges color, so a lot of white will still show through.

Dip the edges in orange paint. Water down orange acrylic paint to dilute it and put it in a large mixing bowl or other container. Test the orange color by dipping a sheet of paper in – add more water or orange paint to make it the color you like. Then, just close the book and dip the cut edges in. You can dip as little or as much as you’d like – the deeper and/or longer the book gets dipped in the paint, the further the color will soak up into the pages. If you want the book pages to be entirely orange-tinted, dip the whole book in the paint (this produces a really cute look, but it took almost 2 days to dry completely!).

 

Once the book pumpkins are are completely dry, it’s time to make the stems and leaves that will attach to the top. Cut out a few leaf shapes from green felt and hot glue a small length of the stem wire to the back of each.  Use some more of the wire to create little curly spirals that will also stick out of the top of the pumpkin by wrapping it around a pen or pencil, then just sliding it off.

Open the book so that the first and last pages and the core of the spine  are facing up.  Use the hot glue gun to glue a stick (the stem), along with the base of the wire “curlies” and the leaf  into the top of the spine of the book. Zig-zag hot glue all the way down the spine, then just open the book completely so the pages are all spread out.

 

 

Once the hot glue dries, the pumpkins are done!

 

 

 

 

I’m linking this tutorial up to: Tip Me TuesdayPatches of PinkHappy HourSundae Shake Up & Everything Under the Moon.

Newspaper Flowers

Recycle old newspapers to create these fun & original flowers!

Each sheet of newspaper can make multiple flowers, which you can use as a unique and eco-friendly way to decorate cards, and embellish any plain gift bags or wrapped gifts!

 

Materials:

-Flower template {download template here}

-Old newspapers

-Toothpick

-Paint (watercolor or acrylic, depending on your desired look)

-Scissors

-Paintbrush

-Small decorative brads

-Pen or pencil

-Optional: Spray starch (to make more stiff)

 

Directions:

Download and print out the flower template. Cut out each flower from the template page and use a toothpick to punch a small hole in the center of each flower.

Choose the newspaper pages that will become your flowers – try to choose pages that have a lot of text and few pictures (and you’ll probably want to avoid the obituaries).

Painting Option 1 – Acrylic Paint

This method will result in more coverage; acrylic paint is thicker, so you won’t see as much newsprint  through the paint.

Choose your desired color(s) of acrylic paint – the flowers I created for this tutorial used 3 colors of paint. Use as few or as many colors as you’d like, and experiment with different color combinations for different looks.

Using acrylic paint will yield the look  in the picture below:

Painting Option 2 – Watercolor

Using watercolor paint gives a tint of color to the newspaper, and allows all of the newsprint to show through. I’ve found that when using watercolors for this project, it looks better to stick to just one color on a page.

Using watercolor on the newspaper will produce the look in the picture below:

 

Paint one side of the newspaper, using any painting technique you like – I randomly painted different areas with each color, and then did a little dry brushing on top. Allow paint to dry completely.

Turn the newspaper over (painted side down), and trace each of the flowers cut out from the template. Be sure to mark the center of each flower.

Cut out the flower shapes. Use a toothpick to gently poke a small hole through the marked center of each flower.

Gently “crumble” each flower.

Open each flower up, being careful not to tear the paper. Put the brad through the hole in the center, starting with the smallest flower, and working up to the largest flower.

Secure the flower by opening the brad in the back.

Optional: you can spray your finished flowers with spray starch to stiffen the paper and help the flower hold it’s shape.

Each sheet of newspaper should be able to make several flowers – have fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Handmade Envelope

Create your own custom handmade envelopes to coordinate with cards you make! You can use any color or pattern of paper for your envelope, so it will stand out and truly be one of a kind! Try using paper that has a pattern printed on each side – your envelope will look great inside and out!

Materials:

-Envelope template {download template here}

– Card stock or scrap booking paper

-Scissors

-Double sided adhesive squares or glue

Directions:

Download and open the envelope template.

**Before printing, make sure that in the Print Dialog Box, the “Page Scaling” option is set to “None”.  This will ensure that the template will print large enough to create an envelope that will hold a 5″x7″ card. If the lines don’t reach all the way to the edge of the paper when printed out, you may want to use a pen or pencil to extend the lines all the way to the edge of the page.

On the printed template, cut along the solid lines, which will remove small portions of each corner.

Trace this shape onto your patterned paper, then cut your paper along the lines you just traced.

Use the template’s dashed lines as a guide to fold in the two flaps on the sides (marked #1 on the template). Use double sided tape (or glue) on the folded-in flaps, and then fold the bottom (fold #2) up, attaching it to the flaps.

Fold the top flap down (fold #3).

Your envelope is now ready to hold a card! When you are ready to seal the envelope, just use double sided adhesive squares/tape to secure the envelope closed.

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