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.
I love creating holiday projects that are inexpensive and easy to make. That way, I don’t feel bad about throwing them away after the holiday is over, saving storage space. This project certainly fit my quick and easy/cheap criteria- but it doesn’t look like it!
Halloween Ghost Boxes Supply List:
- 12×12 sheet of Core’dinations Vintage Cardstock in Emberglow
- 6×6 (or scrap) of Core’dinations Core Couture Glitter Cardstock in Black Tie
- 12×12 sheet of Core’dinations Core Basics Cardstock in White Canvas Texture
- Google Eyes
- Wooden Skewers
- Floral Foam
- Green Tissue Paper
- Hot Glue Gun/Gluesticks
- Silhouette Cameo (or other electronic cutting machine)
Step 1. The first step in this project is to select a box shape for your electronic cutting machine. You could also select a box template, and hand cut it. You will need three finished boxes.
The best part about the project, is you can resize the boxes to fit three of them on one 12×12 sheet of cardstock. Even though Core’dinations Vintage Collection cardstock is textured to resemble worn demin- it cuts beautifully in electronic cutting machines!
Step 2. Assemble the boxes using a hot glue gun.
Step 3. Trim a small piece of floral foam to fit the inside of the box. It doesn’t need to fill the box, it will just be a base for the ghosts to sit upright.
Step 4. Adhere foam pieces to the bottom of the boxes using hot glue. Cut a section of green tissue paper to cover the floral foam. Adhere tissue paper to the top of the floral foam in the box.
Step 5. Using an electonic cutting machine, cut three ghost shapes from white cardstock. You could also hand cut your ghosts. Trim wooden skewers to desired length, and adhere ghost shapes to skewer using hot glue.
Step 6. Insert your ghosts into the boxes. Using an electronic cutting machine or dies, cut the letters “BOO” from black glitter cardstock. Make sure to save the centers of the “B” and an “O”, this is what I used for the mouths of my ghosts.
Step 7. Adhere “BOO” letters to the box fronts. Adhere the “B” letter centers to the end ghosts, and trim the center of an “O” for the middle ghost. Adhere google eyes to each ghost.
Admire your “BOO”tiful creation!
Welcome to our week long inspirational blog swap with Spellbinders! We are super excited and both teams have been working diligently to inspire you.
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Design Team Member Shaunte Wadley created this beautiful layout for us today with tons of delicious details!
Here are the products Shaunte used:
Hint Hint….There might be another special treat on Shaunte’s blog
How cool is that Maple Leaf? The idea of using impressions on a layout is brilliant!
Make SURE you head over to Melissa’s blog for some sneaks and tips on how she did it. HINT HINT…Spellbinders die as an Impression Plate+Core = AwEsOmE!!! They have a HOW TO section site here if you need a reference on which plates to use when.
AND we have one more for you today…
Design Team Member Brianne Nevill created this gorgeous card. Love love how she cut along where she made the impression and sanded the Core. Isn’t that a GREAT look?!?!?!? This one card has tons and tons of technique. Gorgeous!
Spellbinders Labels Nineteen – S4-311, Impressabilities – Pebbles