PAPER MISTLETOE

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DIY PAPER MISTLETOE 

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Printed Templates Mistletoe & Bow
  • Shades of Green and Red Card
  • White printer paper
  • Scissors (or a scalpel if you’re used to it)
  • Glue

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Download the templates above and you can print them directly onto your card stock, or print them on normal printer paper and masking tape the templates onto the coloured card you want to use to cut around.

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  2. Cut around the leaf sprigs, the more you do the fuller your mistletoe will end up. I’ve used three dark green and 2 lighter green.

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  3. Once you’ve cut all your sprigs, you can now shape your leaves. This can be done between your fingers, or rolling them over a skewer or knitting needle would work as well.

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  4. Alternate the springs on top of each other in colour and placement of the leaves, glue them on top of each other with a dot of glue where they meet at the end of the branch before the start of the leaves.

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  5. Cut around the bow shapes, take the largest shape (the one like an 8) and bend it round so the tab is glued in the middle, do this to both sides. Take the small rectangle, this will go around the middle of the bow, overlap and glue it in place. Finally stick the ribbon ends behind before glueing it in place on the mistletoe.

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  6. Finally the berries, these can be easily made by cutting thin strips from your ordinary paper. Take these strips and fold them over into a small square over and over, as you go rotate it so your going over different sections to create more of a hexagon. Once you’ve ran out of the strip, squash in the corners to form more of a ball shape to be glued onto the mistletoe. Smaller strips will give you smaller berries.

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  7. Now you’re ready to hang up your mistletoe and kiss your loved ones ALL UP! XOXOXOX 😉

    Thank you to London Local Team! Find the link here: http://www.londonlocalteam.com/tutorials/diy-paper-christmas-mistletoe-by-utensils0/

Funky Cork Wreath

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You’re probably here checking this DIY cork wreath project because you either are a DRUNKARD/WINO who doesn’t know what to do with the handfuls of corks all over your house, or you’re a hipster looking for a unique wreath that’ll be the ice breaker at your dinner party during holidays.

 

Whatever the case is, lets get to making your AWESOME wreath!

Take about 22 corks the same size and and 22 small (3/8 of an inch) red bells bought from a crafts store, like Joann’s or any store where DIY junkies hang out ;). Drill a small hole (just big enough to fit your wire through) 1/4 of an inch from the top of each cork and another 1/4 of an inch from the bottom. It’s really important to make sure all the drilled holes at the top line up with the holes at the bottom. Using long, green floral wire, push the wire through all the bottom holes of the corks. Leave enough wire at both ends when finished for tying closed later. Cut another long piece of floral wire to string the tops of the corks together, alternating with the bells. Tie ends of wire at the top and bottom, twisting to close and make a wreath shape. Hang with length of ribbon.

Holiday Tree Lights

 

 

 

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Holiday Tree Lights

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 8″ cone template (left + right), 6″ cone template4″ cone template
  • 4 pieces of heavyweight cardstock
  • parchment paper
  • 2 – 12″ lengths of 1/8″ dowel
  • small blade
  • aspic cutter in star shape
  • rolling pin
  • air dry porcelain or modeling clay
  • 4 LED tea lights
  • (not pictured) wet rag or paper towel or tiny sponge
  • (not pictured) glue or tape

DIRECTIONS:

  1. I whipped up a set of cone templates for you to print onto cardstock and glue together to use as guidelines for rolling out your clay and as scaffolding for forming your holiday trees. The large 8″ and medium 6″ cone templates need to be cut out and glued together, while the two smaller 4″ cone templates are already in one piece. These templates should be printed onto 8.5×11″ cardstock and should not be resized to avoid cropping during printing. After you have the flat cone template cut out, wait to glue or tape it into a cone shape until after step three.
  2. Place your parchment paper overtop of the flat cone template and roll out the clay on top of the paper to 1/8″ thickness. The dowels will rest under the rolling pin to keep you from rolling out the clay too thinly. Do not use wax paper for this, because it will stick to the clay. Aluminum foil also isn’t the best choice because it will tint your clay with a grey color. But if foil is all you have, you can always use the tinted side for the inside of your cones, and no one will be the wiser!
  3. After rolling out enough clay to cover the template, remove the template from behind the paper and place it on top of the clay. Trim around it with a blade and put the excess clay away or wrap it in a wet paper towel, so it doesn’t dry out. Now you can finish assembling your cone template so it will be ready to be used as scaffolding for forming your tree in step five.
  4. Using a blade, score the edge of the clay on the side that you want to be on the inside of the cone. Use cross hatching for this technique. Then lay the paper cone onto this edge and wrap the clay around the paper cone. If there isn’t enough clay to wrap around the cone, lay it back onto the paper and roll out only the edges to give you a bit of an overlap when it’s wrapped around the paper cone.
  5. After the clay has been wrapped around the paper cone, cross hatch on the other edge of the clay (facing the outside, not the inside this time) and wet both cross hatched areas with a wet paper towel or small sponge. The cross hatched edge from step four should lay on top of the newly cross hatched edge. This “score and slip” technique will bind together the seam so that it doesn’t break apart when the clay has dried. Hold the cone from the inside while from the outside you smooth together the seam with a wet paper towel.
  6. Holding the cone from the inside, press your finger against the area you want to pierce with the little star shaped aspic cutter. (Aspic is basically just a fancy name for savory jelly.) You’ll need to really press the cutter against the paper cone where your finger is pushing against from the inside, and give it a little wiggle too. When you pull out the cutter, the clay should come out with it. If you mess up one hole, you can always spruce it up with a blade. And if you really butcher the piercing process, you can always just take the clay off the cone, ball it up, and begin all over again!
  7. After all of the holes have been cut into the clay, let your cones sit on the cardstock scaffolding for 6 hours. Then, gently remove the cardstock and let the clay dry out for another 24 hours before handing. You can paint or glaze your trees if you want a more colorful scene, but I love how the little LED tea lights glow inside of the white trees! This would be a great way to decorate a mantle, or you could make some extra trees and create a magical winter tablescape for your holiday parties.

 

Thank you so much, Mandi Johnson for this fun DIY project!

Mason Jar Snowglobe

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Mason Jar Snowglobe

WHAT YOU NEED:

DIRECTIONS:

  • Coat your figurines in the Mod Podge Sealer and let dry. This should help your figurines keep their coloring. Once the figurings are dry, use the Crazy Glue to attach them to the lid of the mason jar. Let them dry completely. (I waited 24 hours to be sure.)
  • Next, fill your jar almost to the top with distilled water. Add a dash of liquid glycerin (this is used to make the glitter fall more slowly). The amount is glitter you add is sort of at your own discretion. I ended up experimenting and some of mine have a lot of glitter and some don’t. Jordan’s has a ton. 😉 Screw the cap on tightly and shake your jar to get the glitter moving.
  • And you’re done! Give your Christmas decorations a pretty handmade touch this year using this easy tutorial!

Fun DIY Yarn Cards

 

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FUN KIDS YARN CARDS!

This is a great DIY project when the kids are in the house driving you nuts and you need them to keep busy while you cook up a storm for Christmas. Not only is it fun, the kids will LOVE the results and be able to give their cards to family and friends!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  •  Yarn
  • Large needle
  •  Cardstock
  •  Beads
  • Small piece of silver pipe cleaner (for the angel)
  • Glue
  • Felt
  • Pencil
  • Letter stamp set (optinal)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut your cardstock into card size shapes. Trace a holiday shape like a tree or angel onto the card with a pencil. You can freehand the shapes or look up clipart online to cut out and use as a template.

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  2. Poke holes with your needle along your drawn shape and erase the pencil lines. Start threading yarn through the holes, making sure to tie a knot on your first go through so it stays secure in the back of the card. Note: we added a beaded star to the top which is optional.
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  3. Continue stringing and then start adding the beads. Continue stringing until your tree looks full.
  4. You can also add stamped letters as we did.
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  5. The back of the card will look “stringy” so you can cut a piece of felt and glue on the back of the card to cover any imperfections.

 

 


Repeat the same process for the angel. Instead of beads, we glued a small piece of silver pipe cleaner as the halo.

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Thank you so much, hellowonderful.co for this incredibly fun and beautiful DIY project!

Paper Tube Hot Chocolate Ornament

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Paper tube Hot Chocolate Ornament

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • PT tubes (1 tube made 5 ornaments).
  • Scrap white paper (both card stock and regular old printer paper)
  • Scrap brown paper the color of yummy hot chocolate
  • Cardboard- (the kind that comes in the back of notebooks and drawing pads).
  • Scraps of coffee filters (the ruffly ends about half and inch wide)
  • Red and white striped drinking straw
  • Mod Podge
  • Glue
  • Small amount of water in a plastic cup
  • String or embroidery floss to hang the ornament from
  • Craft Knife
  • Needle Tool

INSTRUCTIONS:

I started by cutting my tube into 5 segments. I eyeballed the size to what I thought would be a good mini mug height. Next I cut some circles from my scrap cardboard.

Each mug needs two circles. One that’s the same size as the PT tube, which I made by tracing around the tube. The second, smaller circle, should fit inside the tub. Make those by tracing the inside of the tube.

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The large circle is glued to the the bottom of the tube

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The small circle is glued onto a piece of brown paper that’s larger on all sides than the cardboard circle.
While those are drying it’s a nice time to cut the white card stock. First you need a band that’s long enough to wrap completely around the tube. You also need the band to be wider than the height of the mug. So if you’re mug is 3 inches high cut your band 3.5 or 4 inches wide.
You’ll also need a white card stock circle the same size as the circle glued on the bottom of the tube.
Once the glue on the tube is dry use Mod Podge to cover the outside with your band of white paper. Be sure to let the paper overhang on the top and bottom edges.
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Next cut fringe around the paper on the top and bottom so it will wrap around the tube easily.
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Wrap the paper onto the bottom and over the top. Again using Mod Podge to adhere the paper.
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Once the tube is dry you can glue the circle on the bottom and cover up the wrapped paper ends.
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Now back to the small circle glued to the brown paper. Cut generously around the cardboard disc and fringe the excess paper the same way you did on the tube.
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Once both the disc and the tube are dry put some glue around the edge of the disc and insert it into the top of the mug. This might take a few tries- don’ worry if the “hot chocolate” disc isn’t exactly even in the mug… it won’t make a difference in the cuteness of the finished ornament.
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Then use your needle tool to make a small hole near the top of the mug. so you’ll able to hang your finished ornament. I made mine near the seam of the paper because it was easy for me to remember that’s where I wanted my handle to be.
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Then use your needle tool to make a small hole near the top of the mug. so you’ll able to hang your finished ornament. I made mine near the seam of the paper because it was easy for me to remember that’s where I wanted my handle to be.
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Cuve it into a “C” shape and set aside to dry (I let mine dry overnight). To keep the shape I used push pins in some styrofoam
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Once the handles are dry use a craft knife to cut the ends at and angle so they fit against the mug nicely. Glue the handles into place.
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Once the handle are dry, give the entire mug a coat of Mod Podge.
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Last but not least- to make them look more like hot chocolate and less like coffee I added whipped cream and a peppermint stick.
The whipped cream is a bit a coffee filter rolled into a rosette-like shape and glued onto the top.
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The peppermint stick is made from a red and white straw.
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First I cut it into the lengths I needed, and glue them to a scrap of white paper. Once the glue was dry I trimmed around the straws. The white circle of paper closed the tip straw and made it look solid like a peppermint stick
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The other end was cut at an angle and glued onto the surface of the hot chocolate.
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Add a hanger (I used red embroidery floss that I had leftover from my other ornament projects) and you have yourself some cute (and free) upcycled ornaments!
Total taken from my budget was zero… so I still have $5.27
Thanks a million MegaCrafty.com for this amazing DIY project!