Hey friends! Adrianne here, and I’ve got a fun, 3-D decor craft for your mantel or for your winter vignette. These miniature trees are easy and adorable, and you can make them with whatever paper suits your color scheme. Each tree only took me about 10 minutes to make (prior to drying time), so they’re a quick project that your kids might even like to help with!
3-D Miniature Paper Tree Supplies:
- Core’dinations 6×6 sheets in the Vintage Collection and Glitter Silk Collection (choose 2 sheets for each tree)
- Darice floral die set
- Manual cutting/embossing machine – I use the Sizzix Big Shot
- Scoring board and bone folder
- 1/4 inch hole punch
- 1/4 inch wood dowel(s), and a way to cut them
- Large hole wooden beads
- Wooden spools
- Liquid glue
Step 1. Die-cut a few graduated floral shapes. The 3″ size tree will need two pairs of circles (2-inch and 3-inch diameter), the 4″ tree will need an additional larger circle (4-inch diameter), and the 5″ will need 2 additional circles (4-inch diameter).
Step 2. Cut your wood dowel(s) into appropriate sizes for your space. I cut one 12″ dowel into a 3″, 4″, and 5″ piece. Glue a wooden bead to one end, and allow to dry while you work on the next steps.
Step 3. Score your circles four ways: horizontally, vertically, and diagonally in both directions. Punch the center with a 1/4″ hole punch. Tip: if you don’t have a punch that will reach, fold up the circle, and cut a small hole with scissors.
Step 4. Fold the circles so that the horizontal and vertical lines are folded one way, and the diagonals are folded opposite. This way, you will get a conical shape to form your trees.
Step 5. Add the smallest circles onto the dowel, and add a few dots of quick-drying paper glue underneath to hold them in place. Stagger them so that the dowel underneath doesn’t show, and add circles in increasing sizes, until about 1 inch of dowel is left.
Step 6. Glue the bottom of the dowel into a wooden spool, and allow it to dry.
Now, just make up a matching set for your Christmas decor! The Glitter Silk paper adds a festive shine to the little trees.
What kinds of decor items are you making for Christmas?
Hi all! Tami Mayberry here with you today to share another fun and easy upcycled project. Quite often I come across ceramic coasters at garage sales and thrift stores that are inexpensive but may not be something that will match my current decor. Fortunately, very little work. they can be altered to match the season for just pennies. Here is one example!
Snowflake Coaster Supplies:
- Old ceramic coasters
- Core’dinations Vintage Collection 6 x 6 cardstock (blue)
- Core’dinations Glitter Silk 6 x 6 cardstock (opal)
- Clearsnap Caribbean Surfacez ink pad
- Sizzix dies: Paper Snowflakes, Framelits Circles
- Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting machine
- Foam brush
- Sand It Gadget or sandpaper
- Plaid Mod Podge matte decoupage medium
Step 1: Sand edges of coaster to remove paint.
Step 2: Ink edges of coaster with permanent ink. Note: the more coarse the sandpaper used the more white you will see when inked.
Step 3: Die-cut a circle slightly smaller than coaster surface from Vintage cardstock and large snowflake from opal Glitter Silk cardstock.
Step 5: In the same manner adhere snowflake to coaster and seal top by brushing a second coat over the entire surface.
Step 6: Let dry overnight. Seal with a waterproof sealer as desired.
The holidays are coming quick Core fans and today I am going to share with you a couple of ideas for Christmas cards to share with your loved ones! Embossing folders always make for beautiful projects but today I am going to show you how you can take them a step further and add some fabulous dimension!
Christmas Card Supply List:
- Core’dinations Cardstock Neutrals
- Core’dinations Cardstock Darks
- Ivory A2 Cards & Envelopes
- 6 X 6 Glitter Silk Cardstock
- Darice Tree Embossing Folder
- Darice Upside Down Santa Embossing Folder
For the first card I am going to show you how using a craft knife and doing some simple cutting can really change the look of the embossed card.
Step 1: Emboss cardstock with tree and sand it. Add it to a cardstock base.
Step 2: Use a craft knife to cut along the bottom of each layer of tree branches so that you can curl them upward.
Step 3: Embellish with gold glitter, wooden stars, and a bow.
Step 4: Cut a strip of coordinating cardstock and add it to a matching envelope.
My second card uses a similar technique but adds an element of fun!
Step 1: Die cut a sentiment from white cardstock and emboss the upside down Santa onto the scarlet cardstock.
Step 2: Sand the embossing and add white glitter to Santa’s legs and the snow.
Step 3: Use a craft knife to cut out the bottom three sides of the chimney.
Step 4: Embellish with punched and wooden stars.
I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t smile if a card like this showed up in their mailbox!