Tape-less Display of Holiday Cards

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is receiving greeting cards from long-time friends and extended family. I love checking the mailbox every day to find a handful of envelopes with photos, notes or cards inside. The best part of the entire process is deciding how to display this holiday cheer; throwing them in a minature sleigh just won’t do them justice. This year I created a mini clothesline and displayed the cards using clothespins. It was quick to assemble on an empty wall using fishing line and painters tape. I had to add the finishing touch of mini-presents for extra holiday spirit.

Are you looking to display your cards in a unique way? Here’s how:

Let’s Get Creative!
What you’ll need:

Painters tape
clear fishing line
scrap of wrapping paper
scissors
mini clothespins
holiday cards 🙂

1. Place a piece of painters tape flat across the end of the fishing line and place it at the far right edge of your wall.(Point A) The excess line should hang out the left. You will be creating a zig-zag pattern with the fishing line.

2. Pull the loose end of the fishing line slightly downward at a diagonal to the left. Leave a little slack in the line. Add another piece of tape flat against the line to secure.(Point B) Do not cut the fishing line!
 

3. To continue the zig-zag pattern, pull the fishing line back to the right. Before securing another point(C),you need to reinforce the fishing line that now covers Point B. Holding the downward right angle in place with your right hand, use your left hand to reinforce the fishing line over point B with another piece of painters tape.
 

4. Continue until you have enough zig-zags for all your holiday photos, reinforcing points along the way.

5. When I was done making the fishing line pattern, I was left with 12 ugly pieces of blue tape. Use a scrap of wrapping paper and cut 2-inch squares to cover the tape. Cut two, 2-inch bits of wrapping ribbon and make a t shape across each square of wrapping paper. Secure with one piece of clear scotch tape. Secure your tiny presents using a small piece of scotch tape.


6. Hang you holiday cards on the fishing line using clothespins. I bought both mini and small clothespins to use for cards with varying weights. When hanging cards keep in mind the amount of weight on each line and make sure they don’t overlap each other.

7. Bring your friends over to teach them how to make a unique display like yours! Or just send them our way, and we’ll take care of it… 🙂 

Budget Friendly Christmas Ornaments

We had fun crafting 2 Christmas ornaments, each in 7 steps(while listening to Christmas music, of course!). Both are simple and budget-friendly ways to decorate for the holidays. Make mini-Christmas trees using grosgrain ribbon and pony beads. Or use double sided paper to create elegant heart ornaments. For even more ornament ideas check out our 7 DIY Holiday Ornaments post.

Ready to dive in? Let’s Get Creative!

Ribbon Christmas Tree

You’ll need:
22″ of grosgrain ribbon (The kind with wire inside works best)
needle & 22″ of thread
pony beads & 2 “end cap” beads with small hole
scissors

1. Prepare by threading needle & doubling thread; secure with knot at end. About three inches down from the knot, make a loop knot. This will serve as the hook for your ornament.
DIY Holiday Ornament

2. Lay the ribbon flat horizontally. Take the left end and fold over about half an inch.

3. Thread the needle through a pony bead and “end cap” bead on top of the ribbon. Add as many knots as needed to secure the bead.

4. Continue pulling thread through underside of ribbon and add another bead.

5. Take the long side of the ribbon from the right and move under working craft to the left. Make fold slightly larger than the one above it. Thread through to secure, adding beads between each layer of ribbon.

6. Keep working ribbon from left to right, adding beads along the way.

7. Secure tail of ribbon in the middle (as shown) or as through it is another layer (if length of ribbon allows). Thread pony bead and “end cap” bead on underside of ribbon. Secure with as many knots as needed.

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Paper Heart Ornaments

You’ll Need:
Two different patterns of paper
Scissors or Xacto knife
Tape
Matching Ribbon

4 paper strips each measuring 12″ x 1.5″
4 paper strips each measuring 8″ x 1.5″
OR
If you use double sided paper :
2 paper strips, measuring 12″ x 1.5″
2 paper strips, measuring 8″ x 1.5″

1. Cut patterned scrapbook paper to size. If using double sided paper, skip to step #3
Paper Christmas Ornaments

2. With the longer strip, glue opposite patterns back-to-back to create a double sided paper effect. Do the same with the two smaller strips.

3. Arrange the strips vertically in your hand with the short strips on the outside and long strips inside. The patterns should also alternate (flower, stripe, flower, stripe).

4. Align the bottom edges of the paper. Pinch with your left hand while. Using your right hand, pull down the top right outer strip into a half-heart shape. Repeat on left side.
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5. Continue the method from step 4 with the inner strips. All four strips should be in your hand.

6. Staple the gathered ends to secure the heart shape. Additional staples may be needed.

7. Loop a small piece of ribbon and knot. Tape inside the larger loop of the heart and hang.

Paper Heart Christmas Ornament, DIY Christmas Ornament

Have another great idea to spruce up (pun intended) your tree on a budget? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

7 DIY Holiday Ornaments

With Thanksgiving a week away, we’ve been itching to start crafting for the holidays. On Friday we’ll post 2 simple paper and ribbon ornaments with photo instructions. But to hold you over until then, here are 7 DIY Holiday ornaments from our friends on Pinterest. Happy Crafting!

Christmas Ornament, Popsicle Stick Christmas TreePopsicle Stick Ornament from Kaboose : Paint popsicle sticks brown and green. Glue in the shape of a tree, breaking sticks to create the shape. Decorate with gems and tinsel.

Christmas Wish List, Christmas OrnamentThread Spool Christmas List from Craft Snob : Paint a wooden spool and cover with paper. Add the child’s wish list for the year.

DIY Globe OrnamentPaper Strip Ornament from Better Homes and Gardens : Make photocopies of music and cut into strips. Curl and place inside a glass ball ornament.

DIY Ornament, Scrabble Tile CraftsScrabble Ornament from My Sweet Savannah : Use a saw to cut the tile holders to fit the length of the word. Use hot glue to hold the letters in place. Add a wire hanger to finish.

Polaroid Ornament, Christmas Photo OrnamentPolaroid Ornament from Katie Cupcake : Using a 9″ by 4.25″ rectangle of felt fold into a square and sew the two outside edges. Cut out a window for your photo. Insert photo and sew to close.

Baby's First Christmas, DIY ornamentBaby’s First Ornament from A Sorta Fairytale : Place baby’s hand in clear ink and press on ornament. Sprinkle the ink mark with glitter and use heat gun to seal.

Cookie Cutter Ornament, Holiday OrnamentCookie Cutter Photo Ornament from Martha Stuart : Place cookie cutter on top of photo or patterned paper and trace around outside. Cut out shape. Place glue on edges of cookie cutter and secure to paper. Add ribbon to finish.

Sewing an Infinity Scarf

Despite my attempts to keep autumn here forever, we had our first snow last night. My intention was to make the infinity scarf as a transition-from-fall-to-winter DIY project. Apparently mother nature had other plans!

The scarf is simple to make on a sewing machine (I did my fair share of hand stitching for the DIY Greek Lettered Shirts!). And, depending on the fabric you select, can be worn as a decorative or keep-warm scarf! Instructions for wearing the scarf are included at the end.

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Decorated Magnetic Clothespins

After our previous post on clothespins, it’s obvious the wooden clips have a multitude of uses. We added our creation to the mix using leftover scrapbook paper, acrylic paint, and magnets. What’s great is the versitility of our Decorated Magnetic Clothespins. You can use them to hang photos, cards, and reminders on the refrigerator. Or hang them ’empty’ on the refrigerator until you need to clip something closed (a bag of chips, perhaps?). They can help you organize kids’ homework or spice up your holiday decorations.

What will you use your Decorated Magnetic Clothespins for? Let’s Get Creative!
 Supplies:

  • wooden clothespins
  • leftover scrapbook paper
  • acrylic paint and brush
  • magnet strips
  • strong glue
  • Xacto knife

Select scrapbook paper pieces and coordinating paint colors. Paper needs to be large enough to fit across the length of the clothespin.

Paint the entire clothespin using desired acrylic paint. Let dry.


After paint is try, squeeze a thin line of glue-all vertically along the flat length of the clothespin. Adhere to back side of scrapbook paper, preferable along the edge to minimize cutting. Let dry.

Use your Xacto knife to cut the paper along the edge of the clothespin. Take caution around the pin’s spring.

Secure the magnet on the reverse side of the clothespin from the scrapbook paper. Let dry.

We used our pins to hang notes and cards on a magnetic surface. How will you use yours? Let us know in the comments below!

5 Clothespin DIY Projects

Clothespins are relatively cheap ($2-$4 / bag) and so perfect for crafting! We found six creative and practical ways to use clothespins in your next crafting project. Today we’re giving you instructions on five projects. Check back on Friday for a step-by-step photo tutorial of our favorite clothespin project.

Halloween Clothespins | via Nap Time Journal
For this spooky project, tie coordinating ribbon to colored clothespins (or spray paint the classics) and embellish with haunting stickers. Read more on Nap Time Journal’s blog.

Secure a Boutonniere with a Clothespin | via Bridal Musings
Keep the pins away from your groomsmen or homecoming date by attaching the flower to a clothespin first. Secure the flower to the flat side of the clothespin using floral tape. Learn more from Bridal Musings

Hang Holiday Cards in Garland | via Martha Stuart
Spruce up the clothespins first by covering the visible side with scrapbook or wrapping paper. Clip the clothespins to a wide ribbon strung along your bannister garland. Then clip in the holiday cards to display. Read more from Martha Stuart.

Create a Decorative Mirror | via Design Sponge
Clip clothespins around a circular mirror and secure at the clip using hot glue. Add a photo hanger on the back of the mirror to mount on the wall. Loop a ribbon at the top to add a pop of color and to mask your hanging method. Learn more details from Design Sponge.

Hang up a Clothespin Lamp | via Young House Love
Create a cylinder using wire fencing. Clip clothespins in a desired pattern around the wire material. Hang around a bare bulb to illuminate to room and draw the eye upward. Get more details from Young House Love.

Did you make something different with clothespins? Share it here or on our Facebook page.
Make sure to check back Friday for another clothespin craft. 

5 Steps to Painted Newsy Nails

I took a few minutes to complete one of the crafts from my Top 5 Fall DIY Projects list: Newsy Nails. I was surprised that it only took 20 minutes (including drying time!). You can get creative with your nails, too. Here’s how:

1. Gather materials before your nails get wet: newspaper, scissors, rubbing alcohol & cotton ball, light colored base coat, top coat.
Nail design, nude nails

2. Select a text-heavy page of the newspaper and cut ten squares slightly larger than your finger nails.
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3. Use light colored nail polish and paint your nails, as usual. I choose a peachy-nude for the base coat.
Nail design, nude nails

4. When base coat is dry, soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol. Rub the saturated cotton over one nail (as you would with nail polish remover) and immediately press one newsprint square against the nail. Quickly remove the newsprint to reveal the transfer. If not removed quickly, the paper will stick to your nail. Repeat on all nails.
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5. Paint a clear topcoat on nails to keep newsprint from washing off.
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Have tips for sweet nail designs? Share them in the comments below or with a photo on our Facebook page!

How to Make Greek Lettered Shirts

My hand was glued to a needle and thread for the past week, but I’m finally finished! In preparation for my sorority’s initiation, I hand crafted lettered shirts for each member of my “family”. It took me a long time to figure out how to do it right, so I’m sharing it with you in 10 quick steps.

Note: I made 9 shirts at one time, which took way too long! I would recommend starting out with one or two shirts.
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Top 5 Fall DIY Projects

Fall is my favorite season, hands-down. The changing leaves, layering of clothes, and endless crafts draw me in. In honor of my favorite season, I found five DIY projects that I’d like to try before the first snow. Try one out or give it a unique twist. Show us by posting a pic of your craft on our Facebook page. Let’s Get Creative!

1. Wax Leaves
Make sure your leaves are completely dry. Melt beeswax in a double-boiler. You can use new wax or old candle stubs (optional – add a few drops of scented oil). When the wax is thoroughly melted, take the leaves by the stem and immerse them, one at a time, in the wax. Hold them over the pot to drip a bit, then lay them on waxed paper to dry.

2. Glitter Candles
Take a wide-base candle and paint completely in Mod Podge. Roll the candle in epsom salts to give a sparkly coat.

3. Newsy Nails
This may not be directly related to fall, but nude colored nails are in this season. Cut squares of newsprint larger than nails. Apply a base coat of polish. When nails are completely dry, soak them in rubbing alcohol, then press newsprint on nail and slowly pull off. Paint with top coat to seal.

4. Apple Candle Holders
Hollow out the top of an apple to fit a tea candle. Place candle in hollow. Light and let wax spill down the apple.

5. Edible Acorn Treats
Use frosting to stick a mini vanilla wafer cookie to the bottom of a Hershey’s kiss (both flat sides should touch). Stick a butterscotch chip on the rounded side of the cookie to look like a stem. Squirrels will be jealous.

Bottle Cap Magnets

Raid your craft supply bin! This tiny craft uses a little bit of this and that. Feel free to substitute certain supplies for others, depending on what you have in your stash. Let’s get creative!

To make bottle cap magnets, you will need:Bottle Cap Magnet

  • bottle caps
  • acrylic paint (if you want to cover the bottle cap)
  • stickers (stickers with a 3-D bevel work best)
  • foam sheet
  • magnets (strip or sheet)
  • super glue
  • scissors

Lay the bottle cap on the foam sheet, top-down. Trace around the underside of the cap with a pencil.

Bottle Cap Magnet

Cut out the circle from the foam.

Bottle Cap Magnet

Test the size of the circle – it should fit inside the bottle cap. Trim to fit, if necessary.

Bottle Cap Magnet

Use superglue to secure the foam circle inside the bottle cap.

Bottle Cap Magnet

Press with your thumb to secure.

Bottle Cap Magnet

Choose a sticker to fit inside the bottle cap and place it in the center.

Bottle Cap Magnet

Flip the bottle cap over, so the top is facing up. Cut a small square of magnet to fit on top of the bottle cap.

Bottle Cap Magnet

Fasten the magnet with a small dot of super glue. (If the dot of glue is too big, it will ooze out the edges – not pretty.)

bottle cap magnet

After the glue dries, test your bottle cap magnet on a magnetic surface. Repeat all steps to create a collection of bottle cap magnets.

Bottle Cap Magnets

What do you have in your junk drawer? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll post a craft about it.
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