Felt Snowflake and Pom-Pom Bunting

Who loves a cheap and easy project they can get done in less then 10 minutes? All ya all better have raised your hand! This fun bunting project is all that! Five $1 Felt Snowflakes found at JoAnn’s and about $2 worth of white Pom-Poms and a glue gun are all you need!

In between each snowflake I glued two rows of pom poms, one longer then the other to create a swag.

Nothing beats a fast and affordable project that helps add a little Holiday cheer!

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A Thankful tablecloth

 

During this time of year we seem to have thankful hearts! Why not turn our thankful attitude into a fun and functional reminder of all the things we have been blessed with, appreciate and want to celebrate this season! Creating a Thankful Tablecloth is an easy  way to get your entire family in on the fun.

Start by gathering your family and ask them to help you make a list of all the things they are thankful for! The more words the better! List loved ones names, special dates, personal luxuries, hobbies, vacation locations…the skies the limit!

Next….

Head on over to Lowe’s for your tablecloth supplies! YEP! Lowe’s! This darling project comes straight to you from Lowe’s! A drop cloth and some Sharpie markers and a steady and patient hand are all it takes to create this thankful look!

1. Drop cloths aren’t just for painting projects anymore! I have  a square table so finding table cloths that fit is already a difficult task for me! I love the natural color of these drop cloths and knew it would make a great starting point for this project! Lowe’s sells a 9′x6′ drop cloth for under $11. You will also need broad tip Sharpie Markers also sold at Lowe’s for under $3 for a two pack.

2. Cut your drop cloth to fit your tables need. In my case I made mine 6′x6′. Hem your cut edge.

3. You’ll want to iron out the creases in order to have a smooth writing surface.

4. Before laying out your drop cloth onto your table you will need to add butcher paper or newspaper to help avoid getting ink on your table.

Now comes the fun part! I started with my most important words! You’ll want to spread them out, have then face different ways and use different “fonts” when you write them! You’d think it would be hard to keep your printing straight but the thread grain make it super easy to keep your lines straight! You will adjust your printing size to fit sections of the drop cloth. Have words facing upside down and sideways! The more fonts and styles of writing the better!

And all of a sudden…4 hours later (Yes! This is a little time consuming but SOOO worth it!) you’ll have this awesome keep sake that will be a fun conversation piece and a lovely reminder of all the blessing you and your family have! And don’t freak out if you misspell a word or TWO in my case! I could have spit nails when I misspelled GRANDPARENTS and FOOTBALL! I know right! Trust me…do the writing with no distractions! Don’t be talking on the phone or helping your 2nd grader with homework! If it does happen just keep working! It will blend in and now you have a fun game to play at dinner…” Who can find the misspelled word!” Grab a prize or two for the winner!

Lastly I added this beautiful Quatrefoil Mirror also from Lowe’s for a centerpiece. I love the way it adds weight and reflection to this look!

 

My girls loved finding their names and all the words that they suggested! Certain things that tug at my own heart strings are my wedding date, special friends, vacations and inside jokes! It really was a fun way to realize how blessed I truly am! I hope you and your family can create a table cloth as meaningful as this is is to us!

 

Thanks Lowe’s for being a hot spot for inspiration! After reading the latest issue of Lowe’s Creative Idea’s magazine I was totally inspired to get my Holiday craft on! Have you guys signed up for the FREE Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine yet? This free publication is beyond amazing! I have never seen such creative ways to put unsuspecting items to create beautiful holiday decor! You can get a peek at what I’m talking about here online but be sure to sign up for the free Creative Ideas Magazine so you can get inspired as well!

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Mini Pie Tin Holiday Bunting

Tis the Season for  Buntings! All month I’ll be bringing you fun Christmas Bunting ideas and this first one is a one you will love becasue of it’s creative use of non traditional items! Meet the ” Mini Pie Tin Holiday Bunting!


To make this bunting you’ll need mini pie tins. I found my 5″ tins at Orson Gygi in Salt Lake for 15 cents each. You’ll also need mini and regular sized cupcake liners (also found at Orson Gygi) T’shirt fabric, ribbon and hot glue.

1.  Invert two large cupcake liners and hot glue them to the inside of your pie tin. Invert two small cupcake liners and glue them into the center of the pie tin.

2.  Create a ruffled piece of fabric by cutting a 1.5″ x 6″ strip of tshirt fabric. Do a running stitch and gather your fabric and tie off your stitch.

3. Glue your fabric ruffle into the very center of your tin!

4. Add decorative trim around the outer edge of each tin.

5. Cut two 2′ pieces of ribbon and glue then onto the upper half of each pie tin.

6. Tie the pieces of ribbon together. After you make one bow, tie two more mows to create a multiple looped bow. Add small hot glue dots in the knotted sections of the bow to keep it from coming untied.

And lastly you hang it and enjoy!

You’ll notice with many of my buntings that I use non tradition colors! I openly admit my love of blue so it’s made a cameo in all of the holiday decor here in teh Blue Cricket house!  So get ready for more bunitng love all month long!

And here’s a question… what non traditional items have incorporated into your crafting?

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“Take and Make” with Elmers and X-ACTO

I hosted a fun get to get together where I shares some awesome products from Elmers and X-ACTO! Each guest got to hear about each creative tool and at take home a huge collection of fun new tools to use at home to come up with an awesome project to share with us! I was blown away when I saw what each of them came up with! Each of them had the same exact set of creative tools but not a single project was a like! I love the creative community! Shall we see what they came up with….

 

Summer came up with this darling Halloween wreath! She used her scissors, X-ACTO knife, craft glue, and  bi fold foam board to create this festive wreath! You can read her entire post here.

 

Tiina came up with this awesome Cake Pop holder! What a great way to display those yummy treats! She used her X-ACTO knife to cut X’s into the Bi fold Foam board to insert each cake pop. She used her scissors to cut the paper bunting and the Permanent Tape runner to attach the bunting to the foam board. Tiina used candle sticks as the base! Too too cute!

 

Mandi created these awesome Faux Lanterns! Such a fun idea! I would have never come up with this! She used her Bi fold foam board, X-ACTO knife, scissors and tape runner. YOu can find her entire tutorial here!
Alex created this fun Monster Wreath! I love the use of fabric! She used her scissors, Bi fold Foam board for the teeth and arms, paint pens for the arms and craft glue! So so fun!
Each and every guest loved the assortment of craft tools and were so excited to get crafting! What a fun set of examples on how you can use these great tools! Thanks Elmers and X-ACTO for all the great tools!
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Paper Bag Halloween Door Hang/ Trick or Treat Bag!

Who’s getting excited for Halloween already?? I AM!!! Halloween is my all time favorite holiday so I couldn’t help myself…I HAD to get a jump on my Halloween projects!

The first project of the year is my “Halloween Door Hang!” This little ditty was born out of my love of working with paper bags! Remember my “Spring Bunting!” That was the project that kicked it all of so this season wasn’t about to not get the royal “Bag” treatment!

This technique is also perfect for making darling  Trick or Treat bags for the kids this year as well! So the next time you are shopping and they ask “Paper or Plastic?”  be sure to go for good old PAPER!!!

1. Grab your paper shopping bag! It’s time to get started! If you are making a wall hanging you can use either side because you will be covering up the store logo. If you are making a Trick or treat bag cover up the store logo side!

2. Use Distress ink to the edges to add dimension. The texture of the paper bag looks awesome when you highlight it with the ink!

3. Cut long 2″ wide strips of large netting. Use a hot glue gun to make ruffled netting along every inner edge of the bag.

4. Continue the ruffling all the way around the bag.

 

5. Cut two pieces of scrapbook paper slightly smaller then the paper bag and then smaller then the first paper.

6. Use Distress ink on the papers edges and then sew them together using a zig zag stitch!

7. To make the moon, cut a circle! I LOVE my Martha Stewart Circle cutter!

8. Distress ink the moon and zig zag sew the moon in place!

 

9. Moving on to the Bats! Create a wing template out of cardstock!

10. Cut 6 wing sections and some small pieces of black felt for wing seperation.

11. Glue three wing sections together with glue at the very tip of the wings. Using hot glue, add a little dab of glue and shove in your small piece of felt between each wing section. This will help the wings look 3 dimensional and have movement and space.

12. Create a small bat by doing the same as above but smaller. Cut two round circles with ears for the bat bodies and glue on your wings!

13. Now it times to glue on our paper to the bag! Hot glue the paper onto the paper bag being sure to center ti nicely to show off the netting.

14. Hot Glue on your two bats. I glued the wings and the body to make it extra secure.

15. Add fun lettering to create a Halloween saying.

16. Add a bow and hand on the  door!

 

Be sure to be aware of the weather! If rain is in store, bring this little mama inside! You can also hang this on any indoor hook for indoor holiday decor!

 

More fun Halloween door looks to come!

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Scalloped Paper Doily Wall Treatment

Scalloped Paper Doily  Molding

Paper Doilies make me happy! I LOVE working with them! In the past I have created buntings, Valentines gifts, and other fun projects so I am always looking for ways to get creative with paper doilies again!

This project is by far my new favorite paper doily project yet! I mean…how else can you make such a charming statement so simply and affordably!

1. I purchases a pack of 6″ doilies. 100 pack for $3.99 from Orson Gygi. For an averaged size room you will need two packs.

2. Carefully separate the doilies. Paper doilies are fragile and someitmes the punched out detail makes them fragile around the edges so be careful seperating them.

3.  Fold each doily in half lining up the details perfectly.

4. Use hot glue to secure it together. I added three small dabs of glue on the edges and that did the trick.

** This is a great project to do with your little ones! My 5 year old was a fantastic folder and she loved being apart of this project! I of course handled the hot glue!

 

1. Get your masking tape ready!

2. Use two small rolled pieces of masking tape and put them on the two top edges of the folded corners of the doilie. Prepare a lot of them at once. This will make it easy to hang a large section at once.

3. When you walk into a room the last place your eye looks is behind you so start above the door. This will be a convenient place to start and stop your placement just in case the very last doily doesn’t line up perfectly. I overlapped each doily by about an inch, basically the length of the punched out detail.

4. When it comes to corners simply fold the doily where it will hit the corner! It fits so seamlessly! Gotta love working with paper! I didn’t need any extra tape. Continue adding your doilies until you reach your start point again!

 

This project is super simple but does take some time! It took me about an hour to fold and prep and then almost an hour to hang them all…but I did have two little ones at my heels!

Total cost: $8

Long live the paper doily!

 

 

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No nails leaning photo display

I always get that itch for change around my house and I love it when you can create a new look for nothing just by rearranging furniture and using what you have!

When we no longer need a desk top computer we sold the desk it sat on and that left a huge void on this wall! I’ve been hopping for a new unit to fit this space but in the mean time I thought I create a tempory filler.

I moved the sofa table from the Piano room into this space. I’ve always hated teh placement of those outlets! I’ve always had to cover them up in some creative way.  This itme calls for leaning pictures!

I’ve had these large photos of my babies I never got around to hanging and when pulled together with a piece of art work from a cousin I think they do the trick!

The lip around this table makes this an ideal setting for leaning photos and the large glass cake cover keeps the photo from slipping forward.

I also added my large vintage scissors I found at Hobby Lobby and never knew were to hang to the mix.

 

All in all I am super pleased with this space! It’s a great way to show off pictures and rotate them easily. No nails in the wall and my kids are loving seeing old photos of themselves!

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IKEA’s been a treasure trove lately! I could resist this darling white tray and teal blue vase! Makes a great little vignette for my family room!

I found this Wire Cage set at my grocery store of all place on clearance! YES PLEASE! $8 later it was mine!

Tiny photo of Cricket and all i need now is a tiny flower and maybe  a piece of fabric to add a little color!

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Krylon to the rescue!

This beautiful Silver vase didn’t always look this stunning! It was a diamond in the rough!

I loved this tiny little creamer I found at my local Thrift Store. Not a huge fan of the flowers but it had such a darling shape I knew it would work great! I paid $2 for this piece.

Krylon is my go to brand for any spray paint need! I was sent this Nickle Metallic paint by Krylon to try and I love it!

Two coats later and a handful of freshly cut Lilacs from my front yard and I think my $2 investment was a good one!

I am always impressed with spray paint results! Nothing makes  a bigger change then a fresh coat of paint! Thanks Krylon for the sample! The opinions shared in this post are my own.

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Paper Bag Spring Bunting

I was totally inspired by AZ girls Night Out clever Paper Bag Menu holder and came up with my own Paper Lunch Bag project! They are the perfect starter for this fun new Spring Bunting!

There is something about sewing through paper that I just love so this project was fun to create.

Gather paper lunch bags, scrap fabric, scrapbook paper, ric rack,  ribbon, pom pom and any other trims and embellishments that you think will help jazz up this bunting.

Start by trimming off the bottom section of your lunch bag.

Cut bright vibrant fabric to fit your bags.

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“Welcome” Sign

I know there are tons of fun Holiday Door decor options out there all year long but what do you do between the holidays?

Here’s what you get when you add a Silver Platter from the Dollar Store and little Silhouette vinyl!

 

I This project was made by using fonts from computer and an image included in my Silhouette.

I’m becoming  pro and picking vinyl and masking it for transfer!

Once it was on the platter all I did was hot glue on a ribbon and it was ready to hang!

My Blue frame stays on my front door year round so when I try to picture things hanging on my door I always keep it in mind when designing a new look! Stacking and layering is a great look all year round!

 

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