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.
Blooming Dahlia Wreath Supplies:
- Core’dinations Essentials Bright Cardstock Pack
- Chipboard or Cardboard 12 inch circle (I cut mine out of an old box)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Ribbon to hang the wreath
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.
Step 2: Start rolling your squares into cones. Take one corner and bring it over – pinching the bottom.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Step 7: Add a layer of yellow with the 3.5 inch squares.
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!
Step 9: Add a ribbon to the back and you are ready to hang it!
I am sure you have seen these darling “EOS” brand lip balm in the check-out area of the grocery store. Doesn’t the shape and bright colors of the lip balm remind you of Easter eggs? I decided they would make a darling little Easter gift for some co-workers. They were easy to create, and I found a bulk pack of EOS lip balm at my local Costco, which made this inexpensive! I love that.
Lip Balm Easter Baskets Supplies:
- Core Basics 12×12 Textured Kraft Cardstock (1 1/2 sheets will create 3 baskets)
- Core Essentials Brights Collection Cut and Emboss (yellow, purple and green; for flowers)
- White Decorative Edged Tags
- Darice Medium Flower Punch
- Small Circle Punch
- Darice Green and White Baker’s Twine
- Darice Green Paper Shred
- Silhouette Electronic Cutting Machine, using cut file Design ID #3198 “Woven Basket”
Step 1: Cut three (3) basket shapes using an electronic cutting machine. I did not resize the shape. I fit all three basket shapes onto one sheet of 12×12 Core Basics Kraft cardstock. I cut the handles of the baskets separately on a half sheet of kraft cardstock. Assemble the baskets using a strong adhesive. (I used my trusty hot glue gun!)
Step 2: Using craft punches, create elements for the flowers on the tags. You will need two flower shapes, two leaves and one circle for each tag.
Step 3: Assemble the tags. Stack two flowers, bend the leaves in the center to add dimension, add the circle punch to the flower centers. Stamp or hand write sentiment on tag. Attach tags to baskets using baker’s twine. Add green paper shred to baskets, and insert EOS lip balm!
An “EGG-cellent” inexpensive gift for the season!
Between chocolate gold coins, skittles, and gold rolos there are so many fun options for making up treats for St. Patrick’s Day and Core’dinations has the perfect supplies to help you decorate those treat bags. Today I am going to show you how I used some Darice Metal Dies to create a bag topper.
Treat Bag Topper Supply List:
- Core Essentials Brights
- Glitter Silk Cardstock
- Tillie Dot Spotted 6 X 6 Cardstock
- Glitter Self Adhesive Cardstock – Gold
- White Pen
- Snack Bag
- Darice Bookplate Dies
- Heart Punch
- Scallop Border Punch
- Darice Foamies Shamrocks
- Hot Glue Gun or similar quick dry adhesive
Now on to how to make this simple topper!
Step 1: Cut out the three layers for the topper using the metal dies and the three different green cardstocks and layer them on top of each other. You will have to offset one of the scallop ones to add some length (otherwise they land on top of each other). Add some white dots along the edges to create a border.
Step 2: Use a border punch to punch out some gold cardstock and add that to the top. Punch out a gold heart and layer that with the Green Shamrock foam stickers to the topper along with a heart (that came out of the shamrock)
Step 3: Fold the top part of the topper over a bag filled with candy and secure with hot glue or some other strong adhesive.
Whenever it’s time for another birthday party (or any occasion, really) I have to admit I’m torn between keeping it easy and making things beautiful. And no matter which way I choose, I want it to be easy on the budget, too!
Today’s solution is a great mix of everything – I’ll show you how you can turn scrapbook paper into simple and inexpensive party decor that doubles as something functional: a plastic utensil and napkin holder! Leave one of these party pouches by each place setting, and guests will have everything they need. You can even include party favors or game pieces for showers, and incorporate your theme colors and designs! It’s the perfect way to dress up plastic tableware – which is a staple at big get-togethers.
Scrapbook Paper Party Utensil Holders Supplies:
- Core’dinations Core Essentials 12×12 sheets, in color(s) to match your party theme
- Paper trimmer and/or scissors
- Washi tape
- Scoring board and bone folder
- 4.25″ wide embossing folder, and embossing machine (mine is the Sizzix Big Shot, but there are several options out there for embossing)
- Napkins and utensils
Step 1. Trim your paper into 3 equal vertical pieces 4″x12″. You will be able to make 3 pouches per 12×12 sheet.
Step 2. Emboss one end of your paper. Make sure the end of the paper is tucked into the “top” of your embossing folder if you’ve chosen a design that has a right-side-up like this Happy Birthday folder.
Step 3. Score your embossed paper at 5″. Some of the design will be below the fold, and that’s okay.
Step 4. Fold along the score, and seal off the open edges with two 5″ strips of washi tape.
Step 5. Stuff each pouch with coordinating napkins and plastic flatware – and get ready to party!
It’s a simple touch that adds something special to the table, and guests will appreciate having everything they need all in one place. Best of all – the whole thing is disposable, so cleanup is so easy!
It’s Gail Linder here with you today to share a fun summer project using a variety of Core’dinations Cardstock!
Where I live in Queensland (Australia) we have a very long and hot summer. Needless to say my kids get invited to lots of pool parties over these months! Below I’ve created a fun bag and tag set that is sure to suit the feel (and color scheme) of any pool party!
Core Essentials Pastel Collection – Reflecting Pool
Core Essentials Brights Collection – Atoll Aqua, Tulip
Graphic 45 Signature Series – Creme Brulee, Gala Gold
Spotted Jillian Dot - Heartfelt
Core Tags - Pastel
Sand It Gadget
Darice gift bag
May Arts ribbon
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
My Favorite Things & Simon Says Stamp Dies
Wave Border Set cut file
To create the look of waves for the front of the bag, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut six wave strips out of light aqua card which I then backed in a darker blue color to make them really stand out.
To add even more texture to the waves, I ran the strips through my paper crimper before adhering them behind. A quick sand to reveal the lighter core and I LOVE the effect! Check our Corrugate It video here on how to do this.
A few fun embellishments and a colorful banner across the top completed my decorated gift bag front!
Since I have the waves and water, all we needed was some sunshine so I created a tag to go with it, inspired by the sun!
To create this bright 3-D sun, I simply cut strips from different shades of yellow cardstock to fold over and layer. You can see that I ran some strips through my paper crimper also for even more texture, and also to tie in with the bag!
Looking for a great Summer-themed layout? You came to the right place! Shaunte Wadley created a vibrant layout for us today using our Core Essentials Brights collection. Looking for a way to add interest to your title? Just run it through your paper crimper!
1.) Cut sunburst from Silhouette and trim to fit the top part of layout. Sand.
2.) Cut strips of cardstock and emboss every other one. Sand.
3.) Adhere together under large photo. Stitch.
4.) Cut title and run through paper crimper. Sand.