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!

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!

 

 

Button Snowman Pin

These cute little snowmen pins are so quick and easy (not to mention a great way to put all those spare buttons to use!).

Materials:

  • 2 buttons- smaller for head, larger for body: buttons with 2 holes
  • 1 small pin back that will fit behind your buttons
  • small strip of fabric or ribbon for scarf
  • Super Glue or any strong holding glue

Directions:

Find the size buttons that work for you – smaller for head and larger for body.  Glue the smaller head button on with the button holes going cross ways, then glue larger button on with the button holes going up/down.  When glue has dried, tie on a fabric or ribbon scarf, and that’s it! Easy-peasy!

What a cute gift for a teacher or friend to get them in the holiday spirit!

 

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!

 

 

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Paint With Plastic Wrap on Ornaments

Painting with plastic wrap gives these ornaments a new look.  This is a simple way to recycle and refresh your solid colored ornaments.  It’s so easy that the kids are going to want to make some with you!

Materials:

  • Glass or plastic plain ornaments any size
  • Acrylic Paints – I’m using red, dark green, metallic 14K gold
  • Plastic wrap or cut up plastic shopping bags
  • Paper plates
  • Clear Gloss Varnish and paint brush
  • Optional: gloves, decorative ribbon and glue, piper clear or string

 

Directions:

This technique can be done on glass or plastic ornaments.  I had a box of gold ornaments, and painted one red for my sample today.

I’m using a pipe cleaner to hang my ornament, to make it easier to work.  On a paper plate pour out your first color, you want to start with the darkest color and work to your lighter colors.  I’m starting with dark green.  Tear off a piece of plastic wrap about 6″ to 8″  (like Glad Cling Wrap) and squish it up and rub in the green paint.

You might want gloves, it is a little messy.  With the paint on the plastic wrap, go up and down on the ornament moving the plastic wrap around with your fingers.  This will make different designs, you do not want to rub or do a back and forth movement.  Do a little or a lot of color it’s all up to you.  I just did a little because I will be adding a new lighter color.

The next color I’m using is gold. Make sure the paint is dry, it does not take long.  Wash hands or change gloves, pour out your next color on to a paper plate.  Tear off  a new piece of plastic wrap, and do the same up/down motion, moving the plastic wrap around with finger.  Cover the ornament with as little or as much as you want.

Let dry and coat with clear gloss varnish.  Then finish by adding decorative ribbon around the top. I love to use them on the tree, but they are also great filling a bowl or tall vase to decorate around the house.

The color combinations are endless, check out the paints in bronze and copper next time you’re at the craft store!

 

Fall Candle Holder from Recycled Jars

These quick, easy, and charming recycled jars are a snap to create and make great centerpieces or hostess gifts.  Gather up some scrape burlap, ribbon, felt, twine, and fabric, and you’re almost done!

The hardest part is deciding on which jar to use! Look for different shapes and sizes,  make sure a candle fits in side.  First cut burlap that fits your jar.  I did use a little double stick tape to hold in place.  Then add ribbon, twine, felt leaves, or a fabric flower.  If you do not have fall ribbon, just cut a strip of fabric.  Put your favorite candles in (maybe pumpkin scented) and enjoy!

“Give Thanks” Recycled Painted Jars

If you have some extra glass jars that were headed for the recycling bin, don’t toss them just yet! Use them to create this adorable decoration that can be adapted for any season or occasion! Look for jars of different sizes and shapes  If you have the lids, great! If not, you can still made it work.  🙂

I’m using fall colors to go with my saying “Give Thanks”, but the possibles are endless – Welcome, Happy Birthday or maybe even Happy Holidays! You could use the same jars and just switch the sayings for each season!

Materials:

  • Jars with lids (can be done without a lid) I used 7
  • Acrylic paint (I’m using 7 different colors)
  • Twine
  • Sticker letters to spell out Give Thanks
  • Cardstock paper and/or Kraft paper
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Double stick tape
  • Optional: Ink pad (brown), 3-D adhesive square or dots, berry pick, wire and pinecone

 

Directions:

Select the jars you like, make sure they are clean inside and out.  (Goo Gone is great for getting off the sticky labels!)  Get out the acrylic paints and find your colors.  Line your jars up in the order you want to display them , and match your paint to the jar. I like to put my paint in front of the jars in order to get a look at how the colors and jar shapes flow.  Now that  you know which color is going into each jar, the fun part begins…here we go!

Pour some paint into the jar – about 3 tablespoons (you can always add more). Put the lid on and roll jar around, letting the paint coat the inside.  If the kids are old enough (we are using glass!) get them to help. After you see the paint has covered the inside, with lid still on, turn jar upside down for just a few minutes, letting the extra paint run into lid.  Take the lid off, throw it away and let the painted jar dry upright.  Repeat for each jar. FYI:  it might take an afternoon for the paint to dry.

While the paint is drying let’s work on the saying, “Give Thanks”.  I’m using stickers (from the scrap booking section of the craft store) – one style  for “give” (which I’m putting all together on one jar),  and different styles of stickers for each letter of “thanks” (which I am going to use a different jar for each letter).

First cut Kraft card stock paper or colored card stock to a size that fits your jars.  The paper that I will stick  “give” on to  is a different size than the others. I cut the papers for “thanks” all the same size  (mine are 1 1/2″ by 2 1/2″) and  I inked around the sides.

Cut another piece of card stock, smaller than the first .  I inked around the sides with brown, and add a letter.  Do this for each letter until you have t-h-a-n-k, and a larger one for “give”.

With a punch, make a hole for the twine or ribbon.  I made only one hole for the twine to go through for each letter of “thanks” since the paper is skinner. Since my “give” is larger and different type of sticker, I wanted it tie on a little different.  So I punch 2 holes, bring the twine through one hole and around to the other.  Making a small knot on each end.

I used twine to tie the letters on, but ribbon would work also.  Pull both ends of twine through punched hole, looping around jar.  You can pull it tight or loose to let the letter hang down.  Make a knot to hold in place.

Get creative with recycled jars and paint!

I will be changing my jars to say “welcome” after the Thanksgiving season is over. Half the work will already be done, I can use the jars and just change the letters and the order of the jars for a new look!  So easy and fun! 🙂

Just a reminder, acrylic paint is water based, which means if you were to fill a paint coated jar with water (if you wanted to put fresh flowers in jar) the paint will start to dissolve.

Water Bottle Pumpkins

It’s so much fun for the kids to make their own easy recycled “pumpkins” from old water bottles!

Look through your recycled bin, for plastic bottles with tops, small water bottles, 2 liter soda bottles, etc. You’ll probably want to plastic if small children will be making and play with them;  you can use glass bottles, just use caution and best judgment with children.

 

Materials:

  • Plastic bottle with top
  • Orange acrylic paint
  • Black felt (easier for children if you can find the sticky back felt)
  • Green ribbon
  • Tape or glue, hot glue
  • Double sided tape  (if using black without sticky back)

 

Lets get started, finding the bottle with top might be the hardest part.  🙂 If you have the smaller round water bottles, those would be the perfect pumpkins (I didn’t, but I still think it turned out cute)!

Clean your bottle, inside and out.  Remember Goo Gone will make getting the sticky part of the label off so easy. Also, you definitely want to make sure your bottle is dry inside.

Pour about 3 to 4 tablespoons of orange paint into a 8 ounce water bottle (you do not have to measure, just pour, you can add more if needed). Screw top on and let the children roll, shake, or turn it upside down and watch the paint cover the inside of the bottle orange.  If you are happy with the paint coverage, tape or glue the bottled closed.

Now for the pumpkin face.  Cut face shapes from the black felt, use small pieces of double stick tape on each felt piece.  If you are using the sticky back felt, just cut your face shapes and peel off back.  Have fun making fun and silly pumpkin faces on your bottle pumpkin.  Tie and green ribbon around the top.

How much fun to use 2 liter bottles, make fun pumpkin faces on 7 or more and make them into bowling pins! Who can make the first pumpkin strike?

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