2014 - Only Deco


Saturday, 6 December 2014

pillows deco

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How-Tuesday: Handpainted Pillows

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You will need:
Two 22” x 54” strips of white cotton canvas fabric
Multi-surface or fabric craft paints in black, teal, bright pink, yellow, and dusty pink
Paint brushes
Adhesive-backed craft foam
Blank wooden circles
White thread
Sewing Machine
Ruler or Measuring Tape
Step 1: Use wide, flat brushes to create a brushstroke pattern. I painted quick, imperfect Vs around a center point to create bursts. Begin with quite a bit of paint on the brush, painting until the brush is nearly dry. Don’t overthink it – messy can be good for this technique.
For a little contrast to the messiness of the bursts, I added in circles of black dots by creating a ring of dots with a pointed-tip paintbrush and then filling more dots in.
Step 2: Make custom stamps by cutting out shapes of your choosing from the adhesive-backed foam. I made five different irregular circle shapes – one for each of my paint colors. Remove the paper backing and stick to a blank wooden circle.
Step 3: Apply paint to a stamp using a paintbrush and stamp onto the fabric. I created a grid pattern with my irregular circles, using the edge of the wooden circles as a guide to evenly space my stamps. Put on your favorite TV series because, while this may be super easy, it can be a little time consuming.
Step 4: Once the paint has dried, trim each fabric strip down to 19” x 46.”
Step 5: Fold ½” of fabric over twice on each of the 19” edges, then press into place with a hot iron.
Step 6: Sew each of the folded ends about ¼” from the edge.
Step 7: Fold each of the sewn ends towards the center with painted side of the fabric facing inward so that each end is overlapping by 8” and the total pillow cover is just less than 18” wide. Press and pin into place.
Step 8: Sew the top and bottom edges into place about ½” from the edge. Finish the seams with a zig-zag stitch, serger, or pinking sheers (optional).
Step 9: Turn right side out, press, and finish with an 18” x 18” pillow insert.

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Friday, 5 December 2014

hello christmas :*

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Felt Tree Ornament | this heart of mine
I love handmade ornaments and I’ve waited a whole year to share these little firs. It started with an email from my mom last fall after she returned from a local gardening shop she and her husband frequent. The link was to a darling multicolored felt stack Christmas tree pair, something for the mantel, cute as all get out. I don’t have the link anymore (a year is a long time!) so you’ll have to take my word for it – they were darling. Of course, I had to make them. With a few tweaks.
For my version, instead of mantel-size, I condensed their shape into ornament size and fiddled with the measurements until it looked just right. When completed, they stand 4.5″ tall and at their widest are 2.5″. While I am an equal-opportunity color lover, a white, cream and oatmeal color worked best for my decor, with a little gold topper to finish them off.
Felt Tree Ornament | this heart of mine
The final product is soft and cozy and perfect for to hang anywhere. Here’s how to make them:
-felt, colors are up to you
-a strip of felt, 1/2 inch wide by 2 1/2 inches long
-printable size guide
-embroidery thread (or regular thread)
-glue gun
-gold paint (to paint tree top square ‘star’)
First, cut all the felt squares, the amount and size according to the printable guide.
Felt Tree Ornament | this heart of mine
Then start stacking them up. Begin with the bottom (4 – 1 3/4″) and stack through to the top (6 – 1/2″). I arranged my colors so none of the same were next to each other but again, that part is up to you. Run a needle and thread through the center of each of the stacks until all are strung.
Felt Tree Ornament | this heart of mine
Add a dot of glue to the brown piece of felt and wrap it around the thread and itself, adding another dot of glue to keep the strip in place.
Felt Tree Ornament | this heart of mine
To finish up, add a dot of glue to one of the two star squares and sandwich them together, making sure to secure the end of the thread in between the pieces. This step not only holds the stack in place but is where the hanging loop is created. Then arrange the felt pieces, off setting the pieces from each other.
Felt Tree Ornament | this heart of mine
Then hang them and smile at their adorableness.
Felt Tree Ornament | this heart of mine
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marry christmas :)

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You know we’re all about crafting amazing, personal, heartfelt gifts for your nearest and dearest – so here’s 25 of our fave DIY Christmas gifts for your family and friends. And not only will they love the fact you put so much time and effort into their gift – you’ll also save you a few valuable dollars by not buying store bought ones!

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christmas for kids

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Tiny Tinsel Trees

Small tannenbaums with bold colors and lots of sparkle have a big impact on a tree. Form a small loop at one end of a 4-inch length of metallic pipe cleaner. This will be the top of the tree. Make branches by wrapping six to eight 2-inch lengths of pipe cleaner around the trunk, then trim them so that the branches at the top are narrower. Adhere a glass bead to the end of each branch with a dab of tacky glue. Use autility knife to cut a cork to the width of washi tape (an adult's job) and wrap the tape around the cork. Make a hole in the cork with a pushpin,then glue the tree trunk in the hole and allow it to dry. Add a length of string for hanging the trees.
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Thursday, 27 November 2014

roses in vase made of candy canes for christmas decoration

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  • Use big ornaments, trim, or décor, especially down low.
  • Place small ornaments, lights, or other decorations with small pieces on top branches or shelves, above eye (and toddler reach) level.
  • Avoid decorations with small items like beads, safety pins, buttons, tacks, or glitter.
  • Pick up after yourself, especially keeping small pieces of paper and trim off the floor.
  • Opt for larger candies such as candy canes instead of peppermint disks. Keep dishes of hard candies or nuts out of reach.
  • Avoid artificial trimmings that look like candy or food.

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A Uniquely Enchanted Christmas Inspiration

Decoration Idea For Christmas

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Get a few different shaped wine bottles and a tall magnum bottle, add white spray paint (or silver), roll the bottles in Epsom Salt (yes) or use glitter and arrange on a tray with some candles. Sounds pretty easy.

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Snowman Poops & Grinch Pills.. 8-)

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Hope everyone is all set and ready for Christmas! I have finally gotten caught up! Hurray! 8-) lol  The Christmas tree is not only up but decorated too! The packages are all wrapped, the neighbors gifts have all been baked and packaged up so they are ready to go, almost finished with all the baking and I just handed out these fun little treats that I made up to co-workers and friends..

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Have you made a good craft for Christmas?  I'll see you tomorrow with a new project in my kitchen..

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

photo to remmember

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make your photos style easily and in a few minutes you will have a lovely picture of your family or friends to decorate in your room
enjoy it

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9th day of christmas: gift boxes

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Do you have an ever-growing stack of holiday cards you collect each year, or is that just me? It's hard to know what to do with them all, so here's a quick and easy DIY craft that recycles your old holiday cards into tiny origami gift boxes that you can use the next year for stocking stuffers!

{christmas card gift boxes}

Materials needed:
Holiday cards
Tape (optional) 

You'll need the front and back of the greeting card for these boxes (to make the top and bottom of the box). As a tip: larger cards are easier to fold and make bigger boxes, so shy away from the smaller sized cards if you get frustrated by attempting tiny origami folds (like me).

1. Cut the card down the middle to separate the front from the back. The folds are the same for both halves, but this demo will be for the top of the box.
2. Cut your card so that it is a perfect square. (When you're making the bottom of your box, you will need to remember to make the square slightly smaller)
3. Flip your card over so that the pattern is facing down (in this case, I wanted the polar bear and penguin on the top of the box. I'm not sure why this card happens to have a weird design on the back, too!)
4. Fold your card in half right-to-left and reopen.

5. Now fold your square in half top-to-bottom.
6. When you reopen the square, you should see the crease marks create a "plus" sign on your card.
7. Fold each of your corners into the center where they should line up. (Sorry, in this picture I rotated the card a little... I hope that doesn't confuse anyone!)
8. With your corners still folded to the middle, now fold the top and bottom of your square to the center where they should line up.

9. Unfold the last step you just did and do the same thing the other direction: bring your left and right sides of your square to the middle.
10. Unfold everything except two of your corners, as shown.
11. Fold in the left and right halves along your crease lines to make a "skinny tie" shape.
12. Lift up the sides you just folded down to create the sides of your box.

13. Pinch your fingers into the top creases so that the side of the box starts to collapse into itself.
14. Flip the fold up and over...
15. ... so that it tucks into place and holds up the side of the box.
16. Do the same thing to the other side of the box. If the flaps keep popping up, use a bit of tape to secure it in place.

Now you should have one half of a tiny holiday box! Make the bottom of your box the same way (but cut your square slightly smaller) and fit the two pieces together to make a closed box. Fill with candies, jewelry, or other small gifts to put in Advent Calendars, stockings, or under the tree!


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10th day of christmas: sock snowmen

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For this craft, you'll need a pair of old socks that are crew length, or longer. I went through Tanner's bag o' socks in our closet for my set. Don't worry, he'll never miss them -- he owns something like 10,000 pairs of socks, but insists on wearing shorts and flip-flops 365 days a year. Boys...

First, cut off the top of the sock from the foot.

Turn the sock inside out and attach a rubber band tightly to the top of the sock. Then turn the sock right-side out again.

Fill the sock with rice. Make sure to pack it down as you go so the sock gets a nice round base.

Rubber band the top of the sock closed and put another rubber band 3/4 of the way to the top for the head of your snowman.

Now, decorate! Tie a scarf around your snowman's neck and add eyes, nose, and buttons. I used map pins for my eyes. Unfortunately, I didn't have any black ones, so I colored white ones with sharpie and stuck them in.

Use the toe of your cut socks to fashion a stocking cap. Or you could use colored argyle socks to create hats and sweaters for your snowman, as seen at {then she made}.

You can either sew or glue on your buttons, and add embellishments - twine, bows, ribbons, etc - as needed.

This is such a quick and easy craft - 10 minutes tops - that it would be simple to create a whole family of snowmen for your mantle!

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