Monday, August 22, 2016

DIY Faux Ornamental Cabbage

With September just around the corner, my thoughts are on creating fall décor. If you're a regular reader, you might have discovered how I love making things out of foam sheets!  The material is so versatile and is easily manipulated with a little bit of heat, texture and color into wonderful inexpensive projects.

Ornamental cabbage is a favorite of mine for fall.  Its' intense shades of purple and green makes a colorful and lasting addition to any decorative arrangement.

See how easy this ornamental cabbage was to make using foam sheets.


Materials:
 White foam sheets
Leaf templates
Scissors
Acrylic paint - purple and green
Sponge brushes
Hot griddle or iron
Hot glue gun
Skewer stick or large tooth pick
Round objects (measuring spoons or small balls)
Soft sponge
Foil
Terra cotta pot/styrofoam/rocks


Make leaf templates in four or five different sizes, from 4 inches to  1/2 inches. Trace on foam sheets and cut out using a ruffle or wavy line effect.  You'll need about thirty petals - five to six in each size.
Lay the petals on a medium heat griddle or iron for a few seconds until the middle fluffs up and curls.

Place foam petals on soft foam and press centers with round objects.


 Curl and manipulate edges with fingers for a wavy, ripple effect.


Paint petals and edges with acrylic paints, beginning with the smaller petals,  in purple and then adding green and purple in variations .  .  .

using small sponges or foam brushes.


To assemble the cabbage, squeeze a small sheet of foil into a ball .  .  .


and hot glue on the small purple petals, covering the foil.

Then, begin gluing on the remaining petals, from small to large, in a clockwise flow, overlapping the layers.


 And finally, add hot glue in bottom of a terra cotta pot and insert foam and filler rocks.


I put paint on the bottom edge of the pot that was suppose to mimic moss .  .  .

and inserted a small wood skewer in the bottom of the faux cabbage and into the foam in the pot, securing with hot glue.


 I'm on my way .  .  . slowly easing into the season, getting ready for fall!

How about you?



Take a little time to enjoy
and
Happy Fall Crafting!







Monday, August 1, 2016

Bow Ribbon Clock - Back to School Time





Hi everybody!  It's Gail @Purple Hues and Me and I'm over on Bowdabrablog showing you how to make this oh so cute bow ribbon clock! 

Do you realize it's that time of year to start getting ready for back to school.  What better way to start off the new school year by being on time!  Why not make an adorable bow ribbon clock so your kids will have no excuse to be late! Have fun putting one together using Bowdabra bows!  So hurry on over and get all the details in my step by step tutorial

It's the perfect creative addition in any little girl's room!
 
 



Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Foam Pine Tabletop Xmas Tree - Christmas in July


Welcome to the final week of our Christmas in July Blog Hop where a group of talented ladies featured awesome holiday ideas every Wednesday of this month. I've truly enjoyed participating and having all of you share with us in this event!

The Christmas project I'm sharing with you this week is quite easy and inexpensive to make! It's what I call a faux pine xmas tree made out of foam sheets! Yes, foam sheets!  I love making crafts using foam sheets. You can easily manipulate the foam into something beautiful!

Here's how I made it:

The base is a 14" cone shaped cardboard you can either buy or make, like here. I already had one on hand, so I just painted it with green acrylic and let dry.


I used two - 12"x18" foam sheets that I divided into 8 - two inch wide strips and cut out.



Then I made small slits in the strips, leaving a border at the top.


To speed the cutting process up, because it can get drawn out, instead of cutting eight, 2" strips, I cut four, 4" strips and folded over each one and cut the slits toward the fold. Once finished cutting the slits, cut along the fold, separating into two inch strips.

Lay the strips on a medium warm flat griddle or an iron propped up for a flat surface, just for a few seconds for the slits to curl.
If the strip is too long, lay on partially and lift up each section once curled, until complete.
*If there is too much curl, turn strip over on opposite side for a few seconds to relax the curl a bit.


Begin hot gluing the strips on the bottom of the cone, going round and round .  .  .




moving toward the top.

Stop about three rows from the top and begin gluing on strips curling in the opposite direction or upside down .  . . 

continue until the top is filled in and the tree is completely covered into a frilly little pine!  Hot dang!!!!


For a festive look, randomly add stick-on rhinestones!  

Makes for a lovely tabletop holiday accessory!  And only for a few dollars!



Be sure to check out the rest of the group's awesome Christmas projects:


Olives-n-Okra

And join the party by linking up your favorite Christmas post!




Monday, July 25, 2016

Decoupage Napkins on Paper Mache Vases






I was so excited to make paper mache vases and decoupage them with purple paper napkins. I wanted to imitate porcelain vases. You know the kind you see everywhere in blue and white.  Why don't they come in purple and white?   I looked all over the net,  no such luck. So I decided to make my own. 

I thought it would be easy with awesome results. I've decoupage before. Most of the time my projects turn out okay, but not this time.  All I can say is ugh, ugh, and ugh for the texture! Too many wrinkles! But I love, love, love the design!

Lets start from the beginning.  I blew up two balloons. One, into a regular oval balloon shape. The other balloon, I pushed the center into the balloon to grab the bottom end, pulling it up and tying both ends off with a string .  .  .

making for a cute round donut shape.
Next, I painted mod podge over the balloons and began adding strips of newspapers .  .  .

 
until the entire balloons were covered. I applied seven layers, using different types of paper, and drying between each layer to make it very sturdy.



Once all of the layers were applied and dried, I popped the balloons.


Then I centered cardboard tubes over the middle knot and traced the vase opening. Carefully cutting out the opening, and attaching the tube with masking tape.

Then I applied mode podge and newspaper strips over the tubes, as before, making sure to cover the rims. 

 

I cut off a portion of the cardboard tube for a shorter neck on this one.

For the donut shaped vase, I added twine to the rim to make a lip .  .  .


and covered it with paper and glue.


Then, I spray painted both with a white primer and let dry.

You can see that the finish is not smooth, although I did try to sand the lumps out.


I decided that the flaws were part of the finish and continued on. I started tearing the straight edges from the napkins .  .  .  since torn edges blend in better in decoupage.


The white backing layers of the napkin pattern were separated .  .  .


and a light layer of mod podge was applied to the vase and the napkin pattern was patted in place using a brush dipped in water. 

I used plastic wrap to help smooth out the wrinkles (like I did here) but that didn't help this time.

And I continued on .  .  .  out of frustration.

After covering the entire vases with napkins and mod podge, and allowing them to dry, I applied a final coat of mod podge to seal.  Then I applied a layer of Tripe Thick Glaze to give it a hard glossy look, wrinkles and all.


The vases blend in with my décor. And look great from a distance!

BUT .  .  .  Lesson learned! Flaws and all! But great designs!

I think next time I might try stenciling on the paper mache instead!
What do you think?



Take a little time to enjoy

and

Happy Crafting!