Saturday, April 22, 2017

Twisted Paper Napkin Flowers

Paper napkins just aren't for wiping your mouth and hands while eating  .  .  .  they make beautiful flowers, too!  While it might be a bit costly to decorate your home with fresh flowers, or give each guest a real flower at their place setting, flowers made from paper napkins can look just as nice, and at a fraction of the cost - especially if you get the napkins from the dollar store.  And the best part, you can make them to match your décor or party theme.

The possibilities are practically endless using a few folding techniques, scissors, floral wire, tape, tacky glue and an assortment of colorful or printed paper napkins!
To begin, starting at the corner of the paper napkin, carefully pull apart each ply, and then refold into original squares, following the folded lines.

Next, fold into a triangle .  .  .

then another triangle .  .  .

and finally, one more triangle.

Next, take the folded side and fold over, three quarters of the way.

Using scissors, cut a round ice cream cone shape just below the edge.

Next, open cut shape .  .  .

and holding the round area with one hand, twist one side of the top like you're screwing on something, tightly.  Then holding the opposite side, twist again, as tight as you can .  .  .

as pictured.
Then, gently open the folded piece .  .  .

carefully keeping .  .  .

the twisted edges together.  You can gently twist any edges that might have been separated when opening back together following the twist patterns. 

Repeat with more napkins, making as many layers for flower fullness and size.

For the stem, group three floral stems together and cover with floral tape, starting at one end and coiling tape around stems until reaching end and securing tape.

Then, make a hole in center of paper napkin and insert stem, stopping about 1.5 inches from top.

Add tacky glue to stem edge .  .  .

and grasp bottom of napkin around stem, forming flower layer.

Repeat for each layer of flower, adding tacky glue to base of previous layer.

Continue adding layers for flower fullness . .  .

until satisfied with fullness and look.
Have fun making these adorable paper napkin flowers!
They have the look of carnations with their twisted edges!

Thanks for stopping by
and take a little time to enjoy -
Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Recycle Cardboard Into An Adorable Regrigerator Magnet Using Ribbon

Earth Day  is April 22 and to celebrate, I'm over on Bowdabrablog  showing you how easy it is to recycle cardboard into an adorable refrigerator magnet using ribbon. 

So, take a look here, and give it a try .  .  .  you'll find the tutorial amazingly easy with beautiful results.  And the best part, it's a great way to recycle cardboard - that's basically trash, into something cute and adorable on the fridge or just perfect for gift giving!

Thanks for stopping by

and take a little time to enjoy -

Happy Crafting!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Celebrating Spring Link Party Features

Our link party has come to an end and I truly enjoyed co-hosting this wonderful event!  A big "Thank You" goes out to everyone who joined us in this celebration by sharing your favorite Spring, Easter,  April Fool's Day, Crafts, DIY's, Seasonal Decor, and Recipes posts!

We loved all of your wonderful inspirations and I'm sharing with you a few of my favorites: 

Carol @the Red Painted Cottage showed us how to decorate  recycled antlers for spring. How cute is this!

And of course I was attracted to my favorite color purple with Zografia decorating plastic pots for spring! 
I love anything upcycle that brings a little prettiness into the home! Julie @Sum of Their Stories show us how to do this:
And Sharon @The Blue Willow House shows us how to make a colorful, Easy Easter Cloche:

Thanks for stopping by and please visit the other co-hosts to enjoy their features:

Take a little time to enjoy -

and Happy Crafting!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Monday, April 3, 2017

Easter Egg Candle Holder Sleeve DIY

Wondering what to do with all those easter eggs you see in the stores besides filling them in baskets and containers?  Why not make decorative sleeves out of them to cover plain glass vases or candles.  It's as easy as simply gluing the egg sides together around your vessels and Ta Da - a super cute handmade sleeve perfect for your Easter décor!

As I said before, just dab a bit of hot glue to one side of an egg and press together with another egg.

Continue gluing eggs on at sides until they form a ring.

Then start a second  .  .  . 

third and fourth row, following the same color arrangement.

The eggs are free standing per row, so you can keep them straight or vary the colors, left or right, or just mix them up!

So quick and easy to make and the great thing is that they slip right on and off!

Thanks for stopping by

and take a little time to enjoy -

Happy Easter Crafting!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Recycled Cereal Box Pocket Wreath for Spring

Are you tired of the usual round wreaths that decorate your door?  Here's an easy way to recycle a cereal box into an adorable handmade pocket wreath to showcase your favorite spring blooms.

Cereal box/cardboard
Glass Cylinder
Hot Glue Gun
Masking tape
Outdoor Mod Podge/Sealer
FolkArt Painted Finishes - Dimensional Moss Effect
Hole Punch/Duct Tape
Floral Foam
Faux Pansies

Let's get started by opening a large cereal box at the side seam and placing the print side down.
Using a ruler, draw the shape of a vase with straight lines and .  .   .

cut out.

To enhance the curved shape, gently rub cardboard cut-out around a glass cylinder into a vase shape. Place cardboard cut-out shape onto remaining cereal box cardboard, the width of the vase, as pictured.

Apply hot glue to the long edge of the cut-out and .  .  .

place on top of the cardboard holding in place until the hot glue cools.

Repeat for the opposite side and let glue cool.

Cut off excess cardboard at sides. Next, apply hot glue to narrow bottom and place on cardboard, holding in place until cool and dry.
Cut off excess cardboard around bottom shape.

Reinforce sides, outside, inside, and bottom with additional hot glue and cool.

Tape sides and bottom with masking tape for additional strength.
Coat vase with Outdoor Mod Podge or sealer.
Once dry, apply the Dimensional Moss Effect paint.

Then, punch two holes for hanging, reinforcing with duct tape. 

Tie ribbon and knot in hanging holes and glue floral foam inside. Then .  .  . 

arrange flowers, topped with a bow and hang on door.

This handmade recycle cardboard wreath is a lovely pocket full of pansies!

Thanks for stopping by
and take a little time to enjoy -
Happy Crafting!