Thursday, December 1, 2016

Glitter Ribbon Snowflake Ornament DIY





Ribbon is so abundant, inexpensive and a great accessory in decorating.  You can make just about anything for the holidays using ribbon.  Like a snowflake ornament for your Christmas tree!

With just a few strips of ribbon, some folds and round filler embellishments, secured with hot glue, you're on your way to creating this adorable ribbon snowflake ornament.  And since you see mostly decorative ribbon edges, how about adding some glitter for an eye-popping adorable showpiece!
Here's how:
Cut five - 2" pieces of ribbon.


Make a loop for each strip and seal ends together with a bit of glue.
Glue two loops together for two pairs + one loop.
Glue the one loop between the two loops.
And then glue the three glued loops between the two glued loops for what I'll call a snowflake loop arm!
Repeat the steps, making five more for a total of six loopy snowflake arms.

Next, cut six - 12" pieces of ribbon.
Fold each piece in half, gluing together. 
Fold the glued piece in half again, creasing the fold, making sure the ribbon is straight.  Add a bit of glue, a half inch from fold and seal.

Place a decorative filler ball in center, gluing one side of ball and close. Add a bit of glue to other side of ball and seal.

Add a bit of glue 1/2" from edge of ribbon and seal, as pictured.
Repeat for the five remaining strips for six, straight snowflake arms.


To assemble the snowflake:  Cut out a quarter size circle from cardstock or felt and glue on a loopy snowflake arm.

Next, add a straight snowflake arm and continue alternating around in a clockwise pattern .  .  .

until the snowflake if formed.  Glue on a ribbon hanger in back.
Looking at the finished snowflake, you really don't see the beauty of the glittered ribbon - just the edges, so I painted mod podge all over the edges and sprinkled on glitter to enhance the snowflake and let dry.  It's so much better!


Take a little time to enjoy

and

Happy Holiday Crafting!







Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas Party Bow Favor Bags


Hi everybody! I'm over on Bowdabrablog sharing with you an easy tutorial on making this adorable Christmas party bow favor bag.   Your guests will be amazed and it's a great way to get the party started with a beautiful holiday table display! 

So stop by and get all the details and make your party a memorable way to send off guests.  Good things come in fabulous packages and these Bowdabra Bow Favor Bags are so tastefully chic! Why not make a few!


Take a little time to enjoy


and


Happy Holiday Crafting!




Saturday, November 26, 2016

Ruffled Ribbon Angel Ornaments DIY


Want to make adorable handcrafted Christmas ornaments with items you have at home?  With only a few supplies this DIY ruffled ribbon angel ornament is simple to make.  Almost everyone has wired ribbon in their craft stash, along with a bit of tulle, plain or glittered poster board, small ball ornaments, skewer stick, tacky gluehot glue, tape and seed beads to make this lovely ornament.

Here's how: 
Draw a 10" circle on poster board and cut out.
Divide in half .  .  .
and bring one end of the half circle over to the other forming a pointed end and cone shape. Hold it together and make sure the lower edge of both sides overlap evenly.  Tape the inside of the cone where the two sides overlap and your cone is ready for the next step!
Glue on tulle to cover cone for a dressy look instead of painting.
Hot glue shank of ball ornament to tip of cone for the head.

Take a strip (double the diameter of the bottom portion of cone) of wired ribbon and gently expose the wire on opposite ends, same side. Once you have both wire ends, begin pulling the wire and gathering the ribbon into ruffles.

Position ruffles on the cone and tie wire in a knot. Cut off excess wire and save for halo. Add as many ruffles as needed to cover cone. You might need a dab of glue to hold in place.

Cut off additional ribbon trim to cover area around "neck."  Use wire ribbon trim to make arms and glue on.

For hair, cut off wire fabric edges from ribbon and wrap ends around skewer stick into spiral curls. 
Glue hair on top of head.  Use excess wire from ruffles to string on seed beads for halo,
forming a circle and gluing on to back of head.
Hand draw wings on glittered poster board and cut out. Glue pattern on back of another piece of glittered poster board for double facing, let dry, and cut out.
Hot glue wings on back just below head.
And finally, glue on ribbon hanger and bow embellishments.
Take a look at the back:
Have fun making lots of Ruffled Ribbon Angel ornaments using
different types of wired ribbon for a fabulous looking tree !
Take a little time to enjoy
and
Happy Holiday Crafting!


Monday, November 21, 2016

How to Make a Reindeer Bow Gift Topper




Want to learn how to make this adorable reindeer bow gift topper?  I'm over on Bowdabrablog where I'm part of the design team, sharing  with you one way  to dress up drab holiday gift wrapping!  It's an easy and simple creation that makes the holiday giving extra special!  You can find the details in my tutorial at Bowdabrablog!  Have fun stopping by!

And remember, everything looks better with a bow!


Happy Holiday Crafting!





Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Ribbon Quilling Comb Ornament and Wrapping Up the Holidays Link Party

Welcome to our Wrapping Up the Holidays Link Party!  I'm thrilled to be joining a group of talented ladies for an awesome link party highlighting Christmas ideas ranging from Tree Trimmings, Gift Wraps & Cards, Recipes, Holiday Traditions and Family Activities!  
We thought it would be fun for all of us to share an extended link party celebrating all that's Christmas from November 15th to December 24th.


Handcrafting my Christmas d├ęcor is one of my favorite traditions this time of year and I'm so excited to be sharing with you how to make a ribbon quilling comb snowflake ornament.  You might know that quilling,  the coiling and shaping of narrow paper strips to create a design - has been around for many, many years and that beautiful paper quilling patterns and designs can be created with a quilling comb technique. But instead of using paper, I'm using ribbon to make an ornament.  And I'm also creating a "comb" out of cardboard and skewer sticks so that I can use a larger width ribbon and a simple quilling technique to make a lovely ribbon snowflake. A regular quilling comb just wouldn't work for this size.

Materials Needed:
Ribbon - 3/8" & 1/8" wide
Cardboard corrugated flap
Skewer sticks
Hot glue gun
Scissors/embellishments
  
Let's begin by making the quilling comb:



1.  Cut the closing flap off of a cardboard box making sure the corrugated openings are large enough for skewer sticks.
2.  Insert pointed ends of skewer sticks into every other corrugated hole or channel.  Press the flap with the pointed stick ends down on a flat surface so none will be protruding out.
3.  Continue inserting sticks until flap is filled and your handmade quilling comb is ready!

4.  Next, cut approximately 60 inches of ribbon for each snowflake "ray" (depending on size of flap and skewers). Insert ribbon in between the first and second stick or prong and place a dab of glue on the ribbon end to secure  around the first prong.  Gently move ribbon sideways and back to make sure it is not stuck to the wood. 
5.  Next, wrap a long loop around the tenth prong, down and around the first prong and apply a little bit of glue on the ribbon.
6.  Wrap a second loop around to the right on the eight prong, down and back around the first prong, applying a bit of glue to the back and front of the ribbon base.
7 & 8.  Next, wrap a loop on the eighth prong to the left of the first loop and back down to the first prong, securing the ribbon with a bit of glue on the front and back. 
9, 10, 11.  Continue decreasing the loop sizes on the prongs, adding a right loop and left loop, wrapping down and around, as before, adding glue to secure.
12. When finished looping, apply a bit of glue to the bottom of the looped ribbon to hold the shape, cut off excess ribbon and remove from comb.

Voila! What a pretty design for a snowflake ray!
Now make five more!
Then take a strip of 1/8 inch ribbon and thread it through the open bottom loops of each snowflake ray .  .  .
gathering into a circle.  Tie into a knot and make a loop for hanging.
Add an embellishment to front and back center and your adorable
Ribbon Quilling Ornament is ready for hanging on the tree!



   Have fun linking up your favorite projects, both new or old and family friendly!Be sure to click on the links below to see the awesome holiday projects each host shares!
And please don't forget to visit, comment and share on social media!
When you link to any one of our lovely co-hosts your post will be seen on ALL of these great sites!

Sherry @ Olives & Okra




Monday, November 14, 2016

FaveCraft's Best Ornament 2016 Contest



Great news!  I entered my Ribbon Angel Ornament tutorial to  Fave Crafts Best Ornament Contest 2016.  #FaveOrnament

And guess what?  My project was just added to their site and a chance for me to win $250.00! 
Oh boy! How cool is that!

You can find my tutorial here:  http://www.favecrafts.com/Ornaments/Ribbon-Angel-Ornament-FaveOrnament2016

Please take a moment and check it out for my chance to win! 
FaveCrafts is the best craft site in the world! 

Thank you so much!


Sunday, November 6, 2016

No-Sew Deer Antlers Napkin Ring

For crafters, it's never too early to start making Christmas projects.  Right now, the stores are stocked to the brim with holiday assortments and I'm slowly making my way around to see the fabulous displays and to find out what's trendy and inspiring before things get too picked over!
On a recent trip to Pier1, I found the cutest antler napkin rings made out of burlap and pom poms. 
Pier1 source
The antlers were stitched together but instantly I knew I could make one using fabric glue.  Check out how I did it!
Gather :
Antler template
Burlap ribbon - 2.5" wide
Fabric-Tac fabric glue
Poly-fil
Pom pom
Cabone wood 2" rings
Twine
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Skewer stick/clips
First, I googled antlers to find a pattern I could use.  I made adjustments to one that I liked and drew the following.  You can Copy and paste to Word or right click to save picture as, if you like. 

Next, I printed and cut out the pattern and used it to cut the antlers out of burlap ribbon.


Then, line up the way you want the antlers to look and carefully add Fabri-Tac fabric glue around the edges on one side. Leave the bottom clear of glue so you can stuff it. The glue can be a bit stringy and you might need to use the pointed tip of a skewer stick to keep it on edge. *Do not put glue anywhere else except on the edges
Press the top pattern to the glue side, first on the edges, laying it down carefully. Press down and around the edges making sure to seal. Allow to dry completely before stuffing.

 Next, after drying, insert the flat end of a skewer stick inside to make sure the antlers are open completely and then stuff with poly-fil.  Use the flat end of a skewer to push the filling into the round areas, being extremely careful not to open any edges. (like I did) If you open any edges, push in the filling, add more glue and use a clip to seal until dry. 

Once stuffed, clean up any excess glue and seal the ends with fabric glue.

I already had cabone wood rings from another project but you can find them at Walmart (5 for $1.54).
I wrapped twine around the wood ring, sealing the ends on with hot glue. 

Then, I hot glued the ends of the antlers onto the twine wrapped ring.

 And finally, glued on the pom pom in the center of the antlers for an adorable holiday napkin ring!
 Imagine your holiday table adorned with these cuties!

Take a little time to enjoy

and

Happy Holiday Crafting!