DIY Unicorn Ceramic Tile Coasters

Hey friends, Adrianne here with you today, sharing a fun and sassy project: DIY unicorn-themed tile coasters!  You can of course make up these easy and inexpensive coasters for yourself in any theme you love, but unicorns are a hot trend right now, so I’m jumping on the bandwagon with this decor project that’s practically magical.

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You can pick up inexpensive ceramic tiles at the hardware store (I paid under a dollar each for mine at a big box store) - making this a project that’s very easy on the budget, because chances are you probably have all the supplies you need already, if you’re an avid paper crafter like I am.

DIY Unicorn Ceramic Tile Coasters Supplies:

  • Core’dinations Pastels Cardstock (or whatever color fits your style)
  • Paper trimmer
  • Sizzix Big Shot, cutting pads, and Majestic Unicorn Bigz die
  • Set of 4 – 4.5 inch ceramic tiles
  • Set of 4 – 4 inch square cork tiles
  • Mod Podge Matte formula
  • Paint brush
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
  • Toothpick or craft stick
  • Heavy-duty adhesive like E6000

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Step 1. Trim your papers to 4.25 inches square, just slightly smaller than the size of your ceramic tile.  Because home improvement tiles have curved edges, you want to adhere the paper to the flat top of the tile, rather than having it curve over the edges.

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Step 2. Die-cut your shape of choice using your cutting machine.  I love using my Sizzix Big Shot for projects like this – just center your die on the paper and sandwich it between the cutting pads, and roll it through to cut your shape.  You can also use your favorite die cutting machine as well – this project will work with any electronic or manual cutting machine!

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Step 3. Use Mod Podge to adhere your paper to your tile.  If you don’t often work with Mod Podge, then let me give you a couple of tips.  First, coat the back side of your paper with a liberal coat.  Allow it a few moments for the adhesive to soak into the paper – you’ll know it’s ready when the paper begins to curves, expanding slightly.  Next, position it on the tile, and press it down firmly – especially at the edges of the paper and around your die cut shape.  Finally, give the whole tile a light coat of Mod Podge, wiping up any pools or puddles that may have seeped out from underneath the paper.  Allow it to dry for 10-15 minutes, and give it a second light coat.

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Step 4. Use Dimensional Magic to make your die-cut shape really shine.  Taking care not to shake the bottle and create bubbles, “draw” along the edges of your die-cut shape.  The thickness of the card stock will keep the Dimensional Magic from seeping out onto the paper-covered parts of the coaster.  For the fine details (like the unicorn’s horn, hooves, and the curves in the mane and tail), you can use a toothpick to “drag” the Dimensional Magic right to the edges.  If you get any bubbles during this step, they will be trapped and dry that way, so try to pop them with your toothpick.

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Step 5.  Allow the coasters to dry for several hours – I typically leave mine overnight.  Then, adhere the cork tiles to the bottom of the ceramic with a heavy-duty adhesive like E6000 or Elmer’s Pro Bond.  The cork will protect your tables from the underside of the ceramic tiles, which can be rough when you use inexpensive home improvement tiles.

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Step 6. Allow to dry for a few hours more, and then these fabulous coasters are ready to be used or given as a gift.  They make especially great housewarming gifts!

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The center shape is slightly raised, and the unicorn shines like a hero with the addition of the Dimensional Magic.  The extra flair is in the texture, rather than extra inks or embellishments.  Dimensional Magic also comes in a glitter formula, which would also be a lot of fun for this project!

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Thanks for joining me today – I’ll see you next time!

~ Adrianne

 

Blooming Dahlia Wreath

Spring is finally here in full force and it’s time to update that home decor!  Today I am going to share with you how to make a beautiful wreath for your home.

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Blooming Dahlia Wreath Supplies:

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Now on to the fun part – making the wreath!

Step 1:  After you choose the four colors you are going to do you will cut out all your pieces.  The numbers I give were what I cut including a few extras to be safe. Start with the color you are going to do on the outside and cut about 55  4 X 4 inch squares.   Cut 25 4 X 4 inch squares of your second color. Cut 20 3.5 X  3.5 inch squares of your third color. Cut 15 3.5 X 3.5 inch in your last color and then 20 3 X 3 inch in the same color.

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Step 2: Start rolling your squares into cones.  Take one corner and bring it over – pinching the bottom.

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Step 3:  After molding the second side the same way – add a line of hot glue to the side that will be on the top.

Technique Tip: This Core’dinations cardstock is textured on one side and now the other.  The tip of the cone is what will primarily be showing at the end so I made sure the textured side is on the inside and will show!

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Step 4: Hold together briefly while the glue dries enough to be secure.

Technique Tip: Core’dinations cardstock is perfect for this project because it is nice and thick.  It makes it easy to crease the bottom without compromising the shape of the cone.

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Step 5: Once you have assembled all the cones you will begin gluing them down.  I went about one inch in from the edge of the circle and started gluing.  Because the cones are all the same size you don’t have to worry about measuring too much – just keep matching them up! I began with two rows of the darker blue. Continue with your second layer (lighter blue) – as you will see the won’t lay flat like the first circle…the further we get in the more upright the cones will be.

Technique Tip: Although you could use any liquid adhesive, a hot glue gun makes this job way easier.  It dries fast and only makes you have to hold the cone in place for a few seconds.  I used a pointed object to push the tip of my cone into the hot glue.  Core cardstock can stand the heat and the poking!

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Step 6: The next layer will be green and it is shorter.  The height helps keep the whole thing balanced and the middle from popping out too much.

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Step 7:  Add a layer of yellow with the 3.5 inch squares.

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Step 8: Fill in the middle with the 3 inch yellow squares.

Technique Tip: The strength of core cardstock makes this last step easier.  You can bend and push on the cones to make everything fit just right and have the appropriate coverage without worrying about it tearing.  I pushed and pulled a lot!

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Step 9: Add a ribbon to the back and you are ready to hang it!

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~Christine

 

DIY Spring Basket

Spring is in the air! And of course, that means baskets filled with treats!  I began working on this project, and really didn’t mean to make an Easter Basket, but since it’s that time of year, that’s exactly how mine turned out.  But this simple creation could be used for any occasion, depending on your color scheme and decorations.  Have you ever noticed that Core’dinations paper pads are grouped into colors that work great together?  I used the Pastel Collection – which is perfect for Spring, but there are also the Brights, Darks and Neutral collections.  I love having the papers that I need at my fingertips.

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Spring Basket Supplies:

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Step 1.  Using the embossing board template, score the container design twice.

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 Step 2.  Cut out the design with scissors.

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Step 3.  Score and fold.

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Step 4. Assemble with double-sided tape.

Step 5.  Cut four smaller panels to decorate the basket.

Step 6.  Emboss using the folder.

Step 7.  Sand the design to reveal the color core.

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Step 8. Add a strip of paper for the handle. Decorate the basket as shown.

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Hope your spring is filled with sweet memories!

~Gini

 

Birthday Banner with Core Basics Patterned Paper

When there is a birthday at our house, I love to decorate for them! I love to put up balloons, put up the birthday decorations on my shelf, and what would a birthday be without a banner!? Today I’m sharing this colorful, simple and fun Happy Birthday Banner with you.

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Happy Birthday Banner Supplies:

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Step 1. Using my digital die cutting machine, I cut out the banner shapes, circles, and letters out of the patterned paper and white cardstock. If you don’t have a digital die cutting machine, you could hand cut the banner shapes and use a punch for the circles. My banner shapes are 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″. The circles are 2 5/8″ across.

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Step 2. Once you have everything cut out, lay out your shapes and decided where you want each color and which circle you want to go where.

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Step 3. Use your adhesive to adhere the circles to the banner shapes.

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Step 4. Put your dimension squares on the back of you letters.

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Step 5. Adhere the letters to the center of the circles.

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Step 6. Use your twine or ribbon to thread through each banner piece, stringing them together.

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Step 7. Hang up the Happy Birthday Banner in your home, and you’ll be ready for the party!

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I think banners are such a fun way to decorate for birthdays, but don’t take a lot of time to make. Grab your supplies and make one for the next birthday at your house.

~Amy

 

Pretty Paper Succulents Centerpiece

Are you looking for a way to bring some of the beauty of the desert into your home this spring?  Succulents are all the rage in home decor.  Why not create these pretty paper succulents from some of your favorite papers?

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Paper Succulents Centerpiece Supplies:

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Step 1:  Cut shapes by hand from template or using electronic cutter from your favorite colors of Tim Holtz Kraft Core papers.  I chose shades of greens and blue.

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Step 3:  Create box from cut file from Tim Holtz Kraft Core Shattered collection.   I chose a long rectangular box, but you could choose a different shape, and cut it from a neutral paper.

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Step 4:  Cut Styrofoam pieces to fill box and create a substrate to glue the succulents on.

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Step 5:  Hot glue each of the succulents to Styrofoam.

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Step 6:  Fill blank spaces between the succulents with Spanish moss.

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I hope you create something beautiful for your home this spring!

~Nancy

 

“Bee Well Soon” Double Embossed Card

Texture and mixed media are the “buzz” words now, and Core’dinations papers are the perfect paper for this trend. Not only is the paper  great for tearing, embossing, and distressing to add texture, but many of the papers have an aged look already, like the Tim Holtz Shattered Collection that I used to create this Bee Well Soon Card.

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“Bee Well Soon” Card Supplies:

  • Gemstones
  • Kraft-core Shattered
  • Kraft-core Nostalgic
  • Stampendous: Queen Bee, Timeless Tags Stamps
  • Penny Black: Sweet As Honey (sentiment) stamp
  • Sizzix: Book Cover #1 Embossing Folder
  • Spellbinders: Classic Ovals Small, Pierced Ovals Die Sets, Grand Calibur Machine
  • Close To My Heart Heat Tool
  • May Arts Ribbons: 445-15-32; SM-27
  • Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Delicata Golden Glitz; Versafine Onyx Black; Memnto Luxe Elderberry ink pads; and Shimmer Spritz Sparkle; Radiant Neon Amplify – Black, Electric Yellow; Clear Embossing Powder
  • Madeira: Gold Thread
  • Xyron Adhesives
  • Tapestry Needle

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Step 1.  Emboss a panel of Shattered with an embossing folder.

Step 2.  Rub gold ink over the raised areas and sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set.

Step 3.  Stamp the bee and die cut.

Step 4.  Add hand stitching around the oval panel.

Step 5.  Paint the bee with Amplify! and heat set to create dimension.

Step 6.  Layer the card as shown with mats, sentiment and ribbons.

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There are so many techniques to try using Core’dinations! Just jump in and give it a go.

~Gini

 

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