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.

 Christmas Ornaments, Cheap Christmas Ornaments, Quick and Easy Ornaments, Christmas Tree Ornament

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!

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. 

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.

Corner Bookmark

Tired of constantly losing your place in a novel? You use a bookmark, but it always seems to sneak out the bottom? With this corner bookmark, you can see your place before you even pick up the book. Let’s get started:

You’ll need:

Cut out the Corner Bookmark Template on the solid lines.
Use it to trace an outline on the card stock paper.
Cut out the template shape from the card stock paper. Lay the cut-out card stock down, with triangle 1 at the top and triangle 2 on the left (numbers correspond to the template).
Fold triangle 1 down, so the point is in the bottom left corner of the square. Take triangle 2 and fold toward the right, so it overlaps triangle 1. Set aside.
Return to the Corner Bookmark Template. Take triangle 2 and fold back along the dotted line, so the triangle is hidden behind the square. Use this revised template to trace an outline on scrapbook paper (ignoring triangle 2).
Refer to the dotted line on the template and cut the scrapbook paper to separate the triangle from the square.  Glue the scrapbook paper square to the inside of the card stock square.
Fold down triangle 1 and place glue on top.
Fold over triangle 2, securing it to triangle 1. (Make sure there is space for a book page between the square and triangle.) Finally, take the triangle of scrapbook paper and glue it to the newly pasted triangle of card stock.
Viola! The bookmark fits perfectly on the corner of your favorite novel.
Was this helpful? Are you interested in more? Let us know in the comments below.

Organize with Mason Jars

Mason jars have so many more uses than canning. The clear jars come in many sizes and can help you stay organized while giving your room or office a decorative touch. It’s simple. Find a shelf and dedicate it to your jars. Now go through your desk drawer. Mine was a mess! By labeling each jar with a cute tag and ribbon makes cleaning at the end of the day so much easier. Everything has a home.

If you like this method of organization, expand your organization beyond the desk. Use them to hold art supplies, hair accessories, and sewing tools. To conserve shelf space, Hobby Lobby suggests nailing the lids of smaller jars to the underside of a shelf. Jars will hang from the top of a shelf while sitting on the shelf below. Organization at its finest. How is your office or crafting space organized?

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