Thursday, December 22, 2011

Ribbon Trees

Oh Pinterest, how I love thee. I saw these ribbon trees from Whipper Berry about a week ago, and just knew I needed to make some. I headed out to the store yesterday to get the supplies, and finished my first tree today.

In order to make this, you will need:
Styrofoam cones
Ribbon (any color you'd like)
Sewing Pins

I first cut ribbon into 4inch pieces. Then, I simply looped the ribbon and attached each piece with a sewing pin, starting at the bottom of the cone. I continued this until the tree was covered, ranging the pieces of ribbon from 4 inches(bottom) to 2 inches(top). When I reached the top, I added two loops to the top to make the point of the tree.

This project was very easy and only took about 2 hours altogether. These tree would be great for anyone to make, even if you aren't very crafty. I absolutely LOVEEE my first tree, and can't wait to make more!!

-Using paper mache cones will be less expensive, but you will need to use hot glue to secure the ribbon instead of pins.
- Switch up the colors for a more unique look.
- You can make many different trees in many different sizes to display in your home.

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Ornament Wreath

I fell in love with this ornament wreath when I saw it on Fingerprints on the Fridge blog. I followed this tutorial and ended up with this:

This project was much easier than the first project I decided to tackle, and didn't take very long at all.

In order to make this, you will need:
1 wire hanger
hot glue gun and glue
ornaments (approximately 60 large and 30 small)

Start by shaping the wire hanger into a circle. Then, hot glue all the caps to the ornaments so they don't fall off later. When you are ready, untwist the ends of the hanger and begin stringing the ornaments, alternating colors and ornament placement as desired. Use the smaller ornaments to fill in the gaps left by the big ornaments. Once all your ornaments are placed, retwist the wire ends and form a hook. Use ribbon to form a bow and cover the hook. 

I chose to hang mine over a mirror in the living room. 

Please note, it is not recommended to hang this on an outside door.

- You may add your bow to the wreath in the area of your choosing. It may look nice on the bottom and hanging down as opposed to on top.
- I chose to put ribbon throughout the wreath to cover up any areas where the wire was showing, this is optional.
- Use any colors you like! It may be fun to make a black and orange one for Halloween. It might also look cool with all one color!

Happy Crafting!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Wedding Vows

I saw this on Etsy, and immediately fell in love. Of course I didn't want to spend the $100+ to purchase it, so I was determined to find my own way of doing it. I came across this tutorial, tweaked it a little, and this is how it turned out.

For anyone who is planning to do this, I must warn you it is a  L O N G  process that requires a lot of patience. 

In order to make this, you will need:
canvas (12"x24")
contact paper
x-acto knife
spray paint

First, you will need to create a design of how you want the words to be laid out and what fonts you would like. I did this on Photoshop to make sure the sizes would be correct when I printed it. Once you have printed your design, the fun begins! You will need to trace all words onto contact paper, and cut them out using an x-acto knife(some fonts I found easier to cut with scissors).

Next, lay out the letters as you would like them on your canvas. Then, peel the backing off the contact paper and stick them to the canvas. The contact paper may not stick perfectly onto the canvas, so I ironed the letters to prevent paint from getting underneath. I placed a paper towel between the canvas and iron so it didn't leave any marks.

Once you are certain none of your letters are pealing off the canvas, you are ready to paint. Continue spraying until you have the desired color. You may need to spray multiple times before you are satisfied. Then let dry.

When your paint is dry, peel the contact paper off to reveal your final product!

- If you have a cricut, this project will be much easier. Choose fonts from there to avoid tracing and cutting.
- If you would like the letters a color other than white, paint the canvas the color of your letters first, then follow the steps above.
- Use any words or quotes you would like to make this project your own

Happy Crafting!