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
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

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
Matching Ribbon

4 paper strips each measuring 12″ x 1.5″
4 paper strips each measuring 8″ x 1.5″
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!

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.

Let’s Get Creative!

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!

  • 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.
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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.
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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.
Kappa Alpha Theta, DIY Greek Letter Shirt (more…)

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.

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.

Themed Photo Frame

How often do you change the photos you display? This themed photo frame allows you to change photos to reflect the upcoming holiday or season. Here’s what you’ll need:

picture frame accompanied by a mat
scrapbook or patterned paper (at least as large as the mat)
scissors or Xacto knife

Lay your paper pattern side down. Place the mat on top of the paper. Trace around the outside of the mat and inside the picture window. Use scissors or an Xacto knife to cut along the outer line on the patterned paper.

Use your knife to cut out the inner rectangle. If using scissors, draw an X inside the small rectangle. Cut along the X first. Then cut away the rest of the rectangle.

Using clear tape, secure the patterned paper (pattern side up) to the mat.

Flip mat pattern side down. Select a photo that fits your theme and secure it inside the small rectangle with tape.

Place the mat inside the frame and display prominently. Repeat steps with a different pattern to reflect a change in holiday or season.

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