Beautiful Paper Lamps


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Take a look at these beautiful paper lamps. If you`re wondering what shops host these beauties, hold on for a second. These paper lamps and candle lights are part of a “do-it-yourself” project and you can easily turn them to a dream come true if you are handy with your scissors. If you know how to make paper cut cards and patterns, you are almost done. Choose the kind of paper you think matches your room design and start thinking of a pattern. The images clearly show patterns of flowers, trees, butterflies, branches and even nice messages that seem “carved” on paper. You can follow these patterns if you like the way they look and if not…you can always come up with some nice images. Although the design might seem minimalistic the silhouettes that are cast on the walls during night time are spectacular. The shadows that will seem to enchant your walls will bring you joy and if you have kids, they`ll be delighted as well. These beautiful paper lamps can also be a heartwarming gift.

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Cute Yarn Snowman..


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The last few weeks I have been hoarding a bunch of Pinterest pins for Christmas and sorting through them to see what I am going to recreate for my own holiday decor. Well here’s #1!  and I just love this pin by Wendy of Craft Goodies, I love natural stuff and burlap really makes me smile. So I have had this on my list to do and  here’s my version. My cute snowman is a lot larger, because to me bigger is better!

 

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List of materials I used were: 2 Bernat Baby Blanket (#6 super Bulky) yarn in White (Walmart), Panacea Burlap Garland Roll (Michaels), Panacea Naturally wired twine (Michaels), 3-4ft hard styro foam board (Michaels floral foam section), 3 buttons, a faux carrot, cotton balls or batting, hot glue and a chef knife.

 

I decided to use a large styro foam board because it is less expensive, but you can buy the foam already cut into 3 different sized circles to skip the whole cutting step. I then placed three graduating in size plates on the foam to draw circles. Cut them out with a chefs knife. They do not need to be super perfect.

 

Next make a spiral in hot glue in the center of the foam circle and place various cotton balls, this is to make snowman appear fuller, you can use batting if you have it, I had cotton balls on hand so I just used them, again less expensive.  Hot glue the end of the yarn to the back of the foam and start wrapping the yarn in one direction. This can be tricky when you get close the sides of the circles, just hot glue the yarn in place. I wrapped the yarn over each foam circle twice to cover all the cotton and foam. Next hot glue the circles together. I overlapped the bottom two and glued the edges together of the top two.

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Now for the hat and arms. The twine I used was the perfect color but not the right gauge. Wendy of Craft Goodies used 20 gauge wire.  The wired twine I found did not have a gauge on the package, but I thought it would still work and it does. (I found this out trying to make the hat.) The arms & hands are bent shaped and twisted for strength, then just shove them into the foam and hot glue into place.

 

For the hat: I had to unroll the whole twine and double it and twist it for strength. Then you get two hardback books in different sizes, one for the rim of the hat one for the top of the hat. I will not lie this is the tough part. Wrap the twine around three times for the larger book and press flat. Slip it off and do the same for the smaller book, about eight or nine times. I then took smaller pieces of twine wire and wired the hat together in the back to make it stable. It tends to flop. Slip it over the head and hot glue into place. Cut a small piece of a faux carrot diagonally and hot glue into place.  Place buttons and glue into place. Loop a small piece of twine on the back of the head and hot glue to make a hanger. Tie burlap around the neck and trim and you are done!

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25 DIY Christmas Wreaths – Holiday Home Decor


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One of my favorite things to make during the holidays is a wreath. I feel like they are so easy (well, mostly) and there’s instant gratification. You might think, “it’s a little early for Christmas crafts.” I believe that Christmas crafts get a special pass, because if you make this wreath in the next few weeks, you’ll be ready to pop it on your door right after Thanksgiving! I particularly like the different ones I’m seeing on the interwebs this year, because they are more modern and brightly colored than ever. I also fancy the ones with white bases and bright accents, like this white yarn Christmas wreath. Are you interested in making a Christmas wreath this year? Take a peek at some amazing tutorials – just continue through the jump.

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Door Prize

A striped wreath lends a jolly vibe to interior doors—and will last from year to year.

Here’s how: Cut strips of different colors of felt in varying, random widths. Our widest strip is about 1 1/4 inches. Mixing colors, wrap strips around a Styrofoam wreath form, each piece overlapping the previous slightly, pinning or gluing to the back of the Styrofoam as you go. Decorate with a felt poinsettia (following our instructions for wall poinsettias) if desired.

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Felt Balls

This wreath is perfect for those looking for something simple and colorful that can continue throughout the year.

This wreath was not free, but it was all worth it. We like it so much, that we´re considering to leave it in the livingroom after x-mas is over;)

What we used
A big wreath of straw.
Seethrough thread
Needle
Loads of felted balls. You can make your own, but it will take some time.

How we did it
Put 5 balls on your thread and lay them over the top of the wreath. Wrap your thread around the wreath and put the needle into the side of the first ball to secure it. Put 5 more balls on your thread and repeat the operation. Make sure that you fill the gaps between the balls, making sure that they´re not in straight rows. See the photo. It sure takes time, but it turns out just perfect!

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Snowy Beauty

This gorgeous wreath uses a $3 base and fun craft store accents to make a statement piece for your home.

Here’s the quick play by play.  I started with a $3 dollar grapevine wreath.  To the base, I added some borrowed branches from mother nature that I clipped from a shrub.I found some fun silver curly willow at the craft store, and clipped it to fit inside the other branches.  Completely loving those curls.

Next came a bit of flocking or faux snow, this stuff is fun, but best to spray outdoors on a tarp.  I’m thinking our tree may get a dose of it for the first time this year.  You can find it at craft stores, I found mine at Michaels for $3 dollars a can.  It goes pretty far too . . I have about 2/3 of a can left, yay!!

Now is a good time to secure all your branches together with floral wire (should have done it before I sprayed the faux snow, not after!!!)

I added a few wintery springs found at the local craft store . . .

Then some glittered pinecones and blue ornaments for a pop of color !

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Your best bet is to use dollar store ornaments to create this bold wreath.

Christmas Ball Wreath

A shimmery stunner takes Christmas ornaments off the tree and onto the wall. Buy a straw wreath about 22 inches in diameter from the crafts store. Using 1/2 yard of white felt cut into 3-inch-wide strips, wrap each piece around the wreath, pinning to secure and overlapping the edges. Take assorted Christmas balls and attach to the felt with a low-temperature glue gun, using the smallest balls to fill in holes and gaps. This is also a great way to use older ornaments that may not look good from all angles. You can also add small stars, snowflakes, or other ornaments to give your wreath a unique look. Hang with wire, wrapped securely around “top” of wreath. (Note: You’ll need to add the wire before you cover the wreath completely with ornaments.)

DIY Insulated Socks From Old Sweater


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Keep your feet warm this winter by making homemade tall slipper. Turn that fluffy old sweater from the closet into a daily cozy embrace for your feet. Before getting to work (although a few minutes of cutting and knitting sounds more like hobby than work), make sure you have:

 

 

 

• old sweater
• cardboard
• marker
• darning needle
• yarn
• pins
• a pair of scissors

The first thing to do is tracing your foot, with the help of a marker, on a piece of cardboard. Using the cut-out shape, place on the low side of the sweater and use the scissors.
Next, put your feet (from the end to the collar) in each of the sleeves of the sweater. Use the scissors again to cut, after you decided how long do you want the slipper to be. To finish, just knit the foot material to the end of the sleeve you just cut off. You can use white yarn to give it a more festive look. Enjoy the warmth!

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DIY Snowman Painted Jars


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Here is a cute tutorial for a DIY project which consists in a painted jar that has a snowman on it. So we’ll just call it Snowman Jar. As the winter holidays are approaching we thought this tutorial will help you bring the holiday spirit in your home. This craft was created using a glass jar, but you can also paint this nice snowman on any other surface, such as fabric and even wood. So here are the supplies you will need for this project:

• one glass jar (in this case)
• one liner brush
• one shadier brush
• one smaller brush
• brown and black colored craft pens
• white pen
• a toothbrush
• acrylic spray sealer, a matte one
• the pattern of the snowman
• and acrylic paint for the snowman ( green, white, red, blue, brown, golden and any other colors you’d like your snowman to be)

And now, let’s see the steps for making this craft:

1. Be sure that your jar is clean and label-free otherwise the paint won’t look good on it. So you’ll need a clean and washed surface on which to paint.

2. Apply the first coat of paint on the jar. In the picture we found this one was green, but you can get creative and use any other color you want. Let it dry and then apply a second coat of acrylic paint of the same color.

3. Now trace the pattern of the snowman and then start with painting the body, its clothes and cute face. For this you can use any of the colors above. Just let your imagination run free.

4. Now paint its arms and other little details such as the buttons on its coat. Again, you don’t need to make your snowman look just like the one in the picture we found, use your creativity to personalize it.

5. You can now use the black and brown pen to add some stitches to the snowman’s clothes. All you have to do now is write the text that says ‘snow place like home’ and with the use of the toothbrush, splatter white paint all over the jar. Looks like real snow, doesn’t it?

6. Now the last step is to take the acrylic spray sealer and spray the whole jar 2 or 3 times in order to fix the paint.

And that is all you need to do, to re/create this cute holiday decoration, that we are sure your children will love too.

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