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Showing posts with label Tutorials. Show all posts
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Thursday, May 8, 2014

How To: Cupcake Liner Corsage

Yesterday I shared a few Mother's Day projects for children. One was a Cupcake Liner Corsage. This was a project I did with my kindergarten class last year. You can find the finished product here. I thought the corsages were so cute, I decided to try to make one with a more grown-up look. 

You will need:
3 Large cupcake liners, any color
2 mini cupcake liners, any color
Gold craft paint
1 piece of felt
hot glue gun
fancy buttons/pearls
1 safety pin

1. Flatten one of your large cupcake liners.

2. Using downward strokes, brush gold paint on the edges of your liner. This does not have to be perfectly even, you are going for a brushed look. Set aside to dry.

3. Keeping your other 2 large liners lined up together, brush gold on the very edges. Do not flatten these liners. For this part, I kept my brush fairly dry, going for a more subtle look.

4. Repeat step 3 with your 2 mini liners.

5. You can give you liners more of a petal character by either cutting in to make rounded petals or simply snipping down every 4-5 pleats.

6. Take your last mini liner and pinch the base together to create a bunched center. Brush the tips of this liner as well.

7. Glue your layers together by placing a circle of glue in the center of each layer and press down one at a time.

8. Add a fancy button or pearl or both to your center!

9. Cut out a small circle of felt the same diameter as the base of a large cupcake liner.

10. Glue the felt down to the back of your corsage. Use a wide circle to glue the edges. The center of the felt should not be glued down to allow a pin to pierce through.

11. Use a safety pin the fasten the corsage to your Mom's blouse!

I hope she loves it! Definitely use Springy colors and buttons to match your Mother's style. :) I'm tempted to add one to my own accessories!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How To: Thumb Tack Eggs

Are you loving Springtime as much as I am? I love this time of year when the sunshine comes back out, my brother and I share a birthday week, we get to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior!

When it comes to spring decorations, I've never been much for the plastic pastel grass. I decided to try a different twist on a basket of eggs. This a quick project with very few materials!

You will need:

4 Small Styrofoam Eggs
Flat Head Gold or Silver Thumb Tacs (160-180 per eggs)

For Ombre Eggs
White Gloss Craft Paint
Acrylic Paint (any color desired)
Paint Brush
Paint Palette or paper plate

Metallic Eggs

1. Starting at the top of the egg, poke thumb tacs into the Styrofoam. Continue around the egg in a circular pattern overlapping the thumb tacs slightly to avoid gaps. Try not to lift the tacs up and re-poke. This will cause the tacs to become loose and fall off. 

2. Continue poking in your tacs around the egg until you reach the bottom. Close off the bottom of the egg with tacs. 

3. That's all there is to it! I made both gold and silver eggs. You can find silver tacs at Walmart, and gold at Michaels. 

 Ombre Eggs
1. Poke your thumb tacs into a piece of cardboard.

2. Squeeze 5 separate dabs of white paint onto your palette.

3. Squeeze out another dab of your color of choice.

4. Create 5 different shades by adding more of your color to each dab of white. 

5. Beginning with the lightest shade, paint 2 rows of tacs each shade. It will take 2 coats to create a solid color on each thumb tac. 

6. Allow tacs to dry for approximately 2 hours. Once dry, follow the same instructions above for the metallic egg. Begin with the lightest shade at the top of the egg, poke the thumb tacs into the egg row by row, getting darker as you get to be bottom of the egg. 

7. Place your eggs in a basket with some Spanish moss, and you have an basket of eggs for Spring!

Monday, March 17, 2014

How To: Burlap Ruffled Wreath

I am loving the taste of spring we have gotten over the last few weeks! I think my favorite part has been the extra hours of daylight. We put away our winter decor, it was time for something springy. Silk flowers can get expensive, so I decided to try something a little different.

You will need:
1 wire hanger
1 burlap table runner (about 7 feet long)
light brown thread
push pins
sewing machine
hot glue gun
2/3" nest
3 small foam eggs
spanish moss

1. Unwind your hanger and straighten it out. Then form a circle. I used pliers to help bend the wire how I wanted it. 

 2. Form the 2 ends of the hanger into hooks and link them together. At a later step, you will use your pliers to squeeze them tight.

 3. Cut 2 4 in wide strips from your burlap runner. Place one to the side.

 4. Lay your strip out straight. Create a fold over about 1 in and fasten it down with push pins. I folded over the side that was un hemmed so the side that is not sewn will not fray.

 5. Using a zig zag stitch, sew the folded edge of the burlap, creating a sleeve to poke the wire through.

6. Unhook your wire ends. With your newly sewn edge facing down, slide your wire through the entire length of the burlap. Gather the strip as you go so it fits and covers your entire wire circle. This will create a ruffle. 

 7. Once your your wire is completely strung through the burlap, re link your wire hooks and squeeze them tightly shut with your pliers.

 8. Turn your wreath over to the back with the sewn side of the burlap. Using your hot glue gun place a dab of glue in line with the stitch. Take your 2nd strip of burlap and press it down onto the glue. Following the pattern of your first ruffle, attach this 2nd strip all the way around your wreath with glue every couple inches. Allow 1-1 1/2 inches of this second ruffle to protrude over the top of the first ruffle.

 9. Turn your wreath back over, and you have a double ruffle.

 10. Glue your nest to the bottom right side of the wreath.

 11. Now for your eggs. I bought a small spray of eggs and snipped 3 off, but you may be able to find small foam eggs sold individually as well. Glue your eggs into the nest as desired.

 12. Separate a small bunch of Spanish moss and position it around the nest as desired. Glue it down.

There you have it! A very simply, yet springy wreath!