Geometric Christmas Tree

Geometric Christmas Tree

I love all the geometric decor I’ve been seeing around. It looks so clean and modern. So I decided to make some of my own with a Christmas twist.

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Using bamboo skewers, a T ruler, study scissors, a glue gun and paint, I created these geometric Christmas trees.

Using you scissors and ruler cut the bamboo skewers as follows:

4- 9 inch long
1- 6 inch long
50- 2 and 9/10 inch long sticks

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Start by measuring down 3 inches from the top of a 9 inch stick and make a small mark. Do the same with another 9 inch stick. Glue a 2-9/10 inch stick to where you made the marks, forming a triangle with the three sticks.

Do the same thing 6 inches from the top on the long sides of the tree, and glue the 6 inch long skewer in. Use the 2-9/10 inch sticks to form 3 inch equilateral triangles.

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Continue to repeat this process making each row of triangles longer. For the forth row of triangles add a small stick to the end of both long sides to make the tree 12 inches long.

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Continue process until you have the desired size of your tree. You can then make a square shaped stump at the bottom.

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To make the pyramid effect, glue a small stick to each corner of the triangle and have the sticks meet in the middle. Secure with a drop of hot glue, and hold until it’s dry. Then paint the silly tree. I used DecoArt Glorious Gold.

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Or don’t make pyramids and make a larger tree, like the one above.

I’m so excited to start the Christmas season! I told the Mr. to put up the Christmas ligthts tomorrow. Is it too soon? I can’t wait. Plus it will look pretty for Thanksgiving right? You can tell me if I’m crazy…

Linked to: By Stephanie Lynn, Moonlight and Mason Jars, Link Party Palooza

Autumn Inspired Paper Raffia Pumpkin

Paper Raffia Pumpkin

Now that the the trick-or-treating is over and I may or may not have eaten 5 pounds of chocolate, it’s time to put away the spooky stuff and focus on celebrating autumn and Thanksgiving.

Pumpkins seem to always be on my mind this time of year, but today in particular, because it was Pumpkin Day at my daughter’s kindergarten. She learned all about the pumpkin parts and the growing process. It was so much fun! So when I got home from Pumpkin Day I decided to make my own pumpkins out of paper raffia.

pumpkin supplies

This project is so easy, all you really need is a spool of paper raffia, 22 gauge floral wire, scissors and/or a wire cutter and glue. Of course I added glitter, but you don’t have to. Oh and candy helps too.

chunky holiday gllitter

Oh and speaking of glitter… For the past few years, I’ve been partial to the fine glitter, especially Martha’s. The chunky kind was always for kindergarteners (shhh, don’t tell my daughter!) But this year I have fallen hard for the chunky glitter! I’m head-over-heels for this holiday glitter pack I found yesterday at Michaels.

To make the pumpkin, take your raffia, and start wrapping it around 3 or 4 fingers (depending on the size of pumpkin you desire.)

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Keep wrapping…

raffia wrapping

Just when you think you have enough…add more.  Then, before taking your hand out of the raffia, pull the wire through your raffia and twist it tight.
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Oh look, I have a labrodoodle helper!

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Fan out the raffia, with the wire holding it together hidden in the middle. If at this point you feel that your pumpkin is too spare, grab more raffia, wrap it around your fingers, repeating the process, so it’s the same size and use the wire to attach the center of your second one to the center of the first.

Next, make a stem, using the same process, but only wrapping the raffia around 2 fingers.

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Wrap it around 5 or 6 times, then start wrapping the raffia around itself.

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Tie it off and glue it into the center of the pumpkin.

Now it’s time for the fun part.

glitterI made a glitter paste by using Decoupage glue, both of my glitters and a few drops of water. Then I used a paint brush and haphazardly painted on the paste. So much less messier this way!

I didn’t want them super glittery, just enough to be festive.

pumpkinAnd it’s done!

autumn table

 

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Layered Mirror Wall Art

So back in December, I made a little gallery wall in my dining area where I displayed my collection of vintage Soviet New Year’s post cards. And I just took it down. Okay, I took it down last month. So yeah, basically I had Christmas decor up until March. I have no excuse. None. The only thing I can say is that I have had no idea what to put up there. I want to add color, but what? And how?

So until the stars align and I find something colorful that I like, I need to find something to fill in that space. So instead of color, I chose layers and reflection.

I picked up various sizes of mirror tiles from craft stores, used the Ikea frames that I already had and got to work making my little pieces of art.

Here’s how..

Supplies: picture frames, chip board or cardboard, various sizes of little mirrors, adhesive (I used E6000)

Remove the glass from the frame, put it in a safe place in case you want to use the frame for something else later. Cut a piece of chipboard or another sturdy board to fit in the place of the glass.

Put the frame back together with the chipboard on top of the back of the frame. Take your little mirrors, and play with them, layering them in the frame. Once you kind of see how to make the little mirrors fit start gluing the mirrors down. Of course make sure you are in a well ventilated space, that glue is some nasty stuff. I also suggest cleaning the mirrors first and avoiding smudges.. I didn’t do either and boy it’s kind of a pain to clean.

To make the mirrors extra secure, I tucked the edges of the mirrors under the edge of the frame. Keep gluing the mirrors down and layering them to make sure all the chipboard is covered. Unfortunately many of the little mirrors had chip on the corners, so I did my best to cover those chips with other mirrors.

The glue takes 24 hours to cure. So don’t touch! It did seem that the mirrors would move a little bit, so for the first hour check them periodically to make sure they don’t slide out of place.

Each one is different and I love the way the light is reflected. I’ve made four so far and I want to make a few more pieces and try to find a unique way to update my gallery wall.

Stay tuned…

Linked to: Tatertots and Jello, Funky Junk Interiors,Today’s Creative Blog

Making Letters

A long, long time ago, I wrote a post about alphabet walls, and how I wanted to make one for the kidlets. And then I found other things to do and as time went on I kind of forgot about the idea. But lately I’ve seen some really cute ones and now I’m motivated again to do this project.

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The one above, from Better Homes and Gardens, is one of my favorites.

via Spearmint Baby

And I’m in love with the texture and colors of this one from Spearmint Baby.

Unfortunately, it would take quite a bit of time and possibly a small fortune to round-up a bunch of cool, vintagy, found letters like I would like to. So instead I’m using a variety of my favorite fonts for the letters, to decorate however I choose.

I made the letters above using my Silhouette machine, Elmers Foam Board, an X-acto knife, a pencil and a steady hand.

There are so many free fonts on the internet, so I’ve been collecting them. I then chose what I liked and cut them out on to cardstock using the Silhouette. Then I just traced on to the foam board, and carefully cut out the letter with the X-acto knife. It didn’t take as long to cut out as I thought it would, maybe an hour for the four letters. I smoothed the edges with a sanding block and now they are ready for decorating! Noticed there is no ‘D’ yet..The ‘D’ and the ‘R’ are going to be extra special since they are the first letters of the girls’ names.

Only 22 more letters to go!

Linked to: Tatertots and Jello, I Gotta Create, Serendipity and Spice

Paper Flower Lantern

The moment the Christmas season ended began the start of my creative funk. For the past few weeks I seriously thought I had lost my creative mojo. It was awful. I attempted a couple different projects and played with a variety of mediums, but each time was a complete fail. I couldn’t even make a Valentines project work. I’ll spare you the details, but it was pretty bad.

So the other day I was perusing Pinterest (the greatest time suck I’ve ever known), and came across this lovely photo..

via Pinterest from Manuel Canovas

Ahh, those colors! So fresh and springy, perfect for the Sparkletots’ room! I pulled out my large collection of cardstock and started playing with the blues and greens.

Then..well you know how it goes. One thing led to another and I ended up with this..

Here’s how to do it…

Supplies: cardstock, hot glue gun, paper lantern, a cutting machine, some sparkly rhinestones, baker’s twine

Using my Silhouette machine I cut out some of their 3D Ruffled Flowers, that I downloaded from the online store. Okay, not just some flowers, but 56 ruffled flowers. Each ruffled flower has six pieces. If you are a little crazy and have lots of time, I suppose you could cut all these out by hand, but your hands would start to hurt after a while.

Crumple up each layer individually in the palm of your hand, then glue the layers together. You can glue a rhinestone in the middle, if you’d like.

Grab your lantern and start gluing the flowers on. I used a 99 cent paper lantern from Ikea. Start gluing at the bottom of the lantern, working your way up and keeping the flowers even. I didn’t do that and I ended up having to reposition some of the flowers. Not so fun.

Hang the lantern using your baker’s twine and enjoy the colors!

Linked to: Sumo’s Sweet Stuff, Skip to My Lou, Today’s Creative Blog, Creative Jewish Mom, Blue Cricket Design, Lil Luna, Handy Man, Crafty Woman, Somewhat Simple, House of Hepworths, Uncommon Designs, I Gotta Create, Remodelaholic, Tatertots and Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, I ❤ Naptime, Under the Table and Dreaming, Serendipity and Spice

When Life Gives You Grapefruit..Make A Salad!

It’s time for another When Life Gives You Grapefruit post! I spent some time researching salads with grapefruit as an ingredient, and was amazed by all the creative food combinations that I probably wouldn’t have thought of myself. Grapefruit and beets, grapefruit and blue cheese, grapefruit and lobster! Come on, don’t tell me you aren’t intrigued!

Honey, Grapefruit and Banana Salad (with mint!) via My Recipes

Avocado and Grapefruit Salad with spring fennel. I love fennel! via The Kitchn

New Ambrosia (with Buttermilk-Coconut dressing) via My Recipes

Celery and Grapefruit Salad with Parmesan via The Kitchn

Lobster and Grapefruit Salad if you’re fancy. via Foodnetwork.ca

Ruby Grapefruit Salad with Roasted Chickpeas via Lawfully Wedded Wife

Beet, Endive, Grapefruit and Blue Cheese Salad..yum! via Mango & Tomato

So..which one are you going to make??

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