Friday, December 28, 2012

Freebie Friday - Happy New Year

I've been learning how to make my digital cutter files available in different file formats, so I can share them with you! Each Friday, I will post a link for a free file for your digital cutter! Downloads will be available for two weeks and are for personal use only. Link is at the bottom of the post. Here is this week's freebie. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Balloon Topiary

This is actually a guest post I did over at A Little Tipsy last year but never shared with my readers.

 With only a week between Christmas and the new year, there isn't much time left to decorate for a New Year's Eve bash. No worries, because I've got a project that's quick and easy and is sure to add some pizazz to your party.
 
I'm going to show you how to make this cute balloon topiary.
Here is what you will need:
12 - Small Balloons (I used 5" balloons)
16" Dowel (painted to match your color scheme)
Styrofoam
Small Vase
Marbles, Shreds, or other Filler for the Vase
Foil Sheets (optional)
Star Sprays (optional)

First, inflate the balloons (try to make them the same size). Tie the necks of two balloons together and repeat until you have six groups.
Next, place one group over another group. Lock the two together by twisting the necks around each other.
 Repeat with a third group, there should now be six balloons in this cluster. Do the same with remaining groups, so you end up with two big clusters (each with 6 balloons).
 Now, put the two clusters together and twist the necks of a couple balloons around each other. You will end up with a ball that looks like this. You can move the balloons around until the colors and shape look good. I hope that all made sense (it's way easier than it sounds).
 Set that aside for a bit and let's start on the base. Stick your dowel into a piece of styrofoam and place it in the bottom of your vase. You may need to glue it down to keep it from tipping. Add marbles or other decorative items to fill the vase.
Place the top of the dowel in the center of your balloon cluster. You don't need to glue it, just twist a couple of balloons around it to keep it in place.
It's cute and simple like this, but I like to dress it up a bit more. Tuck some ribbon into the center of the cluster and wrap it loosely around the dowel a few times. Tie down the other end with another piece of ribbon and then make a bow.
 
Cut 5-6" squares from foil sheets or tissue paper and stick between the balloons. Repeat all over the ball and fluff until it looks good.
Finally, for some more color, add a cute star spray to the base.
Isn't it fun and festive?
And, since balloons come in so many different colors, you can make a topiary to match any party decor! 



Friday, December 14, 2012

Freebie Friday - Ornaments

I've been learning how to make my digital cutter files available in different file formats, so I can share them with you! Each Friday, I will post a link for a free file for your digital cutter! The file will usually be from something I have created earlier in the week, so you can see what it looks like cut and have an example of a project you can make. Downloads will be available for two weeks and are for personal use only. Link is at the bottom of the post. Here is this week's freebie. Enjoy! 


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"Snow" Stenciled Ornaments

Here is a fun way to dress up your windows for the holidays! All you need is some freezer paper, spray adhesive, and some spray snow.
Here is what you do:
Use freezer paper and cut out your ornaments (if you have a digital cutter, you can be extra creative with the ornament designs). Spray the paper side (not the plastic side) of the freezer paper with spray adhesive. Wait a minute and then place on your window (or wherever you are stenciling).
Use scrap paper to fill in the gaps. There will be overspray from the snow and this will make clean-up way easier.
Shake your spray snow really well and then spray over the stencils.
Carefully remove your stencils and clean up the overspray.
The stencils can be used a couple of times. You just need the wipe off the snow and let them dry on a flat surface. Then, respray with adhesive and use again.
This is such a fun way to decorate your windows. And they look so pretty at night, too!
Save your spray snow and create some fun snowflakes in January!

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Faux Pillar Candles

This is actually a guest post I did over at Craft Gossip last year but never shared with my readers.

Don't you love the look of over-sized pillar candles? Unfortunately, they can be quite expensive. Why not save some major bucks and make your own. I love vinyl and I go through quite a few rolls each month. So, I always have plenty of empty tubes laying around. I thought they would be perfect to make these candle.
Aren't they cute? They are super easy to make and are made from supplies you probably already have. Here is what you will need:
Cardboard Tube (you could also use PVC pipe)
Paint
Battery Operated Candle
Styrofoam
Glue Gun and Plenty of Glue Sticks
Circle Base
Wax Paper
Greenery 

Start by cutting your tube down to size. Cut it angle it to give the look of a partially burned candle.
Paint the tube. I used stencils to paint snowflakes and painters tape to create stripes. Use the top of the tube to make an indentation in the styrofoam. Then, cut out the circle (I just used a serrated kitchen knife).
Place your battery operated candle in the center of the styrofoam and trace around it. Use a knife to cut out the circle, without going all the way through. This will give the candle a place to sit, but make it accessible to turn on and off.
Put the styrofoam circle in the top of the tube and use glue it in place. Wrap a strip of wax paper around the candle and place it inside the styrofoam.
Now, the fun part...making the dripping wax.  Begin applying hot glue to the top edge and sides of the tube. Go slow and squeeze hard. You can make longer drips by squeezing and not moving the glue gun. Create a "drippier" candle by adding more layers of glue.
Once the glue has completely cooled, remove the candle and wax paper. Paint all the drips and inside the candle the same color as the outside. You can also paint the top of the battery operated candle.
For the base, I covered a cardboard circle with tinfoil. Add a bag of rocks or marbles to the bottom of the tube and glue to the base
 Add greenery or other Christmas decor and this candle is done!
You can make just one, or create several candles cut them at different heights to create a super-sized candle centerpiece!
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Friday, December 7, 2012

Freebie Friday - Baby It's Cold Outside

I've been learning how to make my digital cutter files available in different file formats, so I can share them with you! Each Friday, I will post a link for a free file for your digital cutter! The file will usually be from something I have created earlier in the week, so you can see what it looks like cut and have an example of a project you can make. Downloads will be available for two weeks and are for personal use only. Link is at the bottom of the post. Here is this week's freebie. Enjoy! 


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