Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Buttons Galore & More: DIY Falling Leaves Home Décor


Hello Everyone!

Today I am sharing my latest DIY project that I created for the  Buttons Galore & More Design Team!

Before I talk about my project, I wanted to briefly say that as a member of the design team I do get free products to create awesome DIY projects. More specifically, Buttons Galore & More is sponsoring this post. With that being said, as a member of their design team, my projects will appear on the Buttons Galore & More blog instead of mine own. However, I will write these types of posts to keep you guys up-to-date about what is going on!

Now that we have all of that out of the way, let's get back to the project.

The project that I made for Buttons Galore & More this month is called DIY Falling Leaves Home Décor. The reason why it is called DIY Falling Leaves Home Décor is because the project features a brand new item from the Buttons Galore & More shop. This brand new item is called Falling Leaves Home Décor.

The Falling Leaves Home Décor is a new item from Buttons Galore & More's new home décor collection. Yes, Buttons Galore & More now makes home décor! This home décor collection is a new line of wooden products which are super easy to embellish and decorate. The nice thing about the new line is that you have tons of options for different holidays, themes, or seasons.

The Falling Leaves home décor set, that I used in my project, contains three pre-sanded wooden pieces. These pre-sanded wooden pieces are a large leaf, a smaller leaf, and an acorn. To decorate the pieces, I used scrapbooking paper, 28 Lilac Lane Premium Sequins in Falling Leaves, and Buttons Galore & More Tumbling Leaves 3D Buttons.

To get the full DIY on how to make your own DIY Falling Leaves Home Décor , click here!

xo Katie

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

DIY: Retro Inspired Witch Hat Candy Dish


Hello Everyone!

I didn’t realize it until this year, but I really love making Fall/Halloween DIYs!

When Xyron challenged its Design Team to create a Fall or Halloween inspired project, I knew I wanted to go the Halloween route. So, in honor of Halloween and all things candy, I will be showing you guys how to create a Retro Inspired Witch Hat Candy Dish!

As I previously mentioned, today’s project is part of my collaboration with Xyron since I'm a member of their design team. This means you will be seeing a Xyron product in action! For this particular project, I will be showcasing the Xyron® Creative Station Lite. I've talked about the Xyron® Creative Station Lite before, so if you want to learn more about it, then click here.

Before I begin, I do want to say that you can adjust the measurements of this project. My final witch hat candy dish ended up being 12 inches tall and 10 inches wide. However, you can make these measurements smaller or bigger by purchasing different sizes of paper mache cones and wooden circles.

So, if you want to learn how to make your own witch hat candy dish, keep reading below!

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Supplies
Paper Mache Cone (mine is 12 inches tall)
Wooden Circle (mine is 10 inches in diameter)
DecoArt Stencil Brush (I used the #8 brush)
Black Tissue Paper
Cardboard
Items to decorate your witch hat like buttons, ribbon, etc (I am using Buttons Galore & More Halloween Value Pack)
Scissors
Hot Glue + Glue Sticks (not pictured)


Step 1: Take your cardboard and cut strips that are 1/4 inches wide. Then take those strips and glue them (using a hot glue gun) to your wooden circle. Since my wooden circle is 10 inches in diameter, I ended up gluing on 3 strips of cardboard.


Step 2: Grab your paper mache cone and hot glue it to the middle of your wooden circle.


Step 3: Paint your witch hat using DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint in Lamp Black. Then set it aside to dry.


Step 4: Cut your tissue paper into strips or squares and slide each piece through your Xyron Creative Station Lite. Keep repeating this process until you have as many pieces as you need to cover your witch hat.

Crafty Side Note: Before running your tissue paper through the Xyron Creative Station Lite, crinkle it up into a ball. By doing this you will create wrinkles in your tissue paper which will give your finished witch hat some texture.


Step 5: Add your tissue paper pieces to your witch hat. However, before adding them, make sure you rub each tissue paper piece while it's on the Xyron sticker paper. That way, you'll be creating a really strong adhesive backing.

While doing this step, make sure you take your time peeling the tissue paper off your Xyron sticker paper because it can rip. Also, my suggestion is to cover your base first, then work your way up towards the paper mache cone.


Step 6: Taking your dry DecoArt Stencil Brush, dip it into some DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint in Jack-O’ Lantern Orange and begin adding paint to your witch hat. While doing this, you will want to focus on the wrinkles in the tissue paper. The reason why I wanted to do this dry brush technique is that it brings out the wrinkles in the tissue paper and gives the witch hat a more distress look.

Once you are happy with how your witch hat looks, set it aside to dry.


Step 7: Now it times to decorate your witch hat! Gather up your buttons, ribbon, pom-poms and other items and start decorating your hat. I decided to go for a retro-vintage Halloween look, but you can decorate your hat any way that you like.

Once you are happy with how your witch hat looks, you are ready to fill the bottom up with candy!






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I love how this Retro Inspired Witch Hat Candy Dish turned out! I think it would look so cute on a small table or as a centerpiece if you were having a party.

When taking the final photos of this candy dish, I opted to use Reese's Peanut Butter Cups to show the size of the actual ''dish''. The Reese's are normal size and my dish was able to fit 9 evenly spaced out or 18 layered on top of one another. I also tried out other brands of candy and the candy dish was able to hold them with no problem.

As always, to follow along with all the Xyron fun, don't forget to like them on Facebook and to follow their Pinterest page for more project inspiration.

What do you think? Do you like this Retro Inspired Witch Hat Candy Dish?

xo Katie

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Buttons Galore & More: DIY Decorative Pet Pumpkin


Hello Everyone!

Today I am sharing my latest DIY project that I created for the  Buttons Galore & More Design Team!

Before I talk about my project, I wanted to briefly say that as a member of the design team I do get free products to create awesome DIY projects. More specifically, Buttons Galore & More is sponsoring this post. With that being said, as a member of their design team, my projects will appear on the Buttons Galore & More blog instead of mine own. However, I will write these types of posts to keep you guys up-to-date about what is going on!

Now that we have all of that out of the way, let's get back to the project.

The project that I made for Buttons Galore & More this month dealt with pumpkin decorating. Specifically, the project that I made was a DIY Decorative Pet Pumpkin! Now, you may be asking what on earth is a decorative pet pumpkin? Well, it's basically a fake pumpkin that has been decorated to ''represent'' your pet. I think many of us get so ''pumpkin happy'' during this time of year, that we create all these amazing pumpkins but sort-of forget to ''represent'' our furry-four-legged friends. This project does just that, by using fun pet buttons and 3D dog shank buttons.

For my decorative pet pumpkin, I used a variety of pet/dog themed buttons like the 28 Lilac Lane ''Paws and Pets'' Embellishment Kit and Buttons Galore & More ''Dogs Value Pack''. Using these ''sets'' together really helped to create a cohesive pumpkin in terms of color and style. With that being said, most of you know that I do have a dog as a pet. So, when making this project, I chose to use the ''Dog Value Pack'' of 3D Buttons. However, if you have a cat and are wanting to make this project, then I would check out Buttons Galore & More ''Cat Value Pack''.

Finally, I wanted to say that this decorative pet pumpkin is just for decorating! This is not an item that your pet should be playing with or have near their food bowl. When displaying your decorative pet pumpkin, my suggestion would be to display it on a mantel, bookshelf, or counter, so your pet can not get to it.

To get the full DIY on how to make your own DIY Decorative Pet Pumpkin, click here!

xo Katie

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