Tuesday, July 25, 2017

DIY: Paper Flower Wall Art


Hello Everyone!

One thing that I have always loved is 3D looking wall art! To me, these types of pieces are so much fun to hang on the wall because there visually pleasing to look at and can be that instant conversation starter.

With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to show you how to make some Paper Flower Wall Art!

This Paper Flower Wall Art is perfect if you are looking for any easy weekend project to make or simply want to spice up that plain old gallery wall!

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® Tape Runner. I've talked about the tape runner before, so if you want to learn more about it, then click here.

Also, in this project, I will be using items from Swingline! Most of you probably know who Swingline is, but in case you don’t, Swingline is a company that started in 1925 with a focus on improving the stapler. Now, they are a company that not only makes staplers but makes paper trimmers, laminators, and pencil sharpers as well. In today’s post, I will be using their ClassicCut Lite Guillotine Trimmer and their Legacy Stapler.

So, if you want to learn how to make your own Paper Flower Wall Art, then keep reading below! 

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Supplies
3 Colors of Scrapbooking Paper (I would recommend having 3 sheets of each colored paper)
Canvas (My canvas is 12 inches by 16 inches)
DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint: Sweet Mint
Foam Brush
Scissors
Hole Punch (optional/not pictured)
Hot Glue Gun + Glue Sticks (not pictured)


Step 1: Using your paper trimmer, cut out strips of paper that are 1 inch in width. For each color, you will need the following: 8 strips in teal, 12 strips in pink, and 24 strips in purple.


Step 2: Now cut each strip to the following size: the purple should be 8 inches long, the pink should be 6 inches long, and the teal should be 4 inches long.

Crafty Side Note: Since your strips (before cutting) will measure 12 inches long, you should be able to get two 6 inches pieces out of each pink strip and three 4 inches pieces out of each teal strip.


Step 3: To make a petal for your flower, you first want to lay your strips in the order of largest to smallest. Above, you will see that that the order is purple (8 inches), pink (6 inches) and teal (4 inches). Make sure that the bottoms of your strips are lined up and touching (number 1).

Now grab the end where your strips are lined up and hold it. Then gently begin folding over each strip to meet the bottom. Finally, staple the ends together (number 2).

Once your strips have been stapled, you should have a flower petal like number 3.

Keep repeating this process, until you have 8 petals for each flower (for this project I made 3 flowers which are 24 pieces altogether).


Step 4: Paint your canvas and set it aside to dry.


Step 5: Lay each petal onto your canvas to form the shape of a flower. Once you are happy with the placement, glue each petal down using your hot glue gun.


Step 6: Now grab your Xyron Tape Runner and begin adding on those little details to your canvas/flowers! In this case, I first cut out circles (from each of the colored paper) and layered them in the middle of each flower. Then I used a hole punch to get smaller circles from the colored paper and then glued them onto the canvas next to each flower.

During this step, you can get creative as you want. So just let your creativity flow and have fun!

Once you are happy with the look of your flower wall art, you are ready to display it!




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I loved how this Paper Flower Wall Art turned out! It also looks really cool from different angles because of the layer of colors.

Now, if you are thinking that the size of this art piece is a bit much, you can always adjust the measures. My rule of thumb when adjusting the measurements is to keep each measurement 2 inches apart. For example, instead of 4,6,8, you could do 2,4,6.

As always, to follow along with all the crafty fun and to never miss a new design team member's project, check out Xyron's Facebook and Pinterest page!

What do you think? Do you like this Paper Flower Wall Art?

xo Katie

Monday, July 24, 2017

Buttons Galore & More: Make DIY Button Filled Christmas Ornaments with the Kids!


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 was a bit different because it had to do with Christmas in July. Specifically, the project that I made was a Button Filled Christmas Ornament! This button filled Christmas ornament was so easy to make and didn't involve any type of special tools or glue. Due to that, you can make a ton of these ornaments over the course of a weekend and get your kids involved in making these ornaments as well!

For my button filled ornament, I used a variety of Christmas themed buttons like Buttons Galore ''Christmas'' Button Bonanza and Buttons Galore ''Holiday Fun-Holly'' 3D Buttons. However, you can create these button filled ornaments in any color, in any shape, and use any type of buttons that you like. 

To get the full DIY on how to make your own Button Filled Ornament, click here!

xo Katie

Thursday, July 20, 2017

DIY: World's Greatest Crafter Sign


Hello Everyone!

When it comes to gift-giving and home décor, I am a real sucker for signs. I just think signs are such a cute way to spice up your home décor and to simply display your own thoughts / passions. With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to create a small sign that could be customize to fit anyone’s taste and be a great handmade gift.

So today, I am going to show you how to make a ''World’s Greatest Crafter'' sign!

Now, before we get started, I would like to say that this sign does not have to be about crafting. For example, your sign could say ''World’s Greatest Nurse'', ''World’s Greatest Dad'', and so on. I decided to go the crafter route because I had received some adorable Sewing buttons from Buttons Galore & More. However, you could change the sign to say whatever phrase you like. With that being said, just make sure you have buttons that correlate back to whatever phrase you chose.

If you want to learn how to make your own ''World's Greatest'' sign, then keep reading below!

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Supplies
Wooden Sign
Wire
Pilers
Plaid: Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint in Key West
Foam Brush
Awl
Letter Stamps
Black Ink Pad


Step 1: Paint your sign on the front and back. Then set the whole thing aside to dry.


Step 2: Using your awl, poke three holes (that are evenly spaced) at the bottom of your sign.


Step 3: Using your letter stamps and black ink pad, stamp your phrase onto your sign.


Step 4: Grab your wire and attach it to one of your buttons. Then flip your sign over (so the stamped side is facing down) and feed the wire through one of the holes on your sign. Finally, take the extra wire that is sticking out of the hole, and wrap it into a little circle on the front of your sign.

Keep repeating this process with your other buttons.

Once you are happy with how your sign looks, you are ready to hang it up! 



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I just love this little sign turned out! It would make such a cute gift for someone to either hang in their office at work or in their home.
If want to make one of these signs but are in need of some buttons, then I would check out Buttons Galore & More. On their website, they have a variety of buttons that could be used to represent different career fields, hobbies, and so forth. In addition, on a very random note, I think these signs would make cute gifts for bridesmaids as well. 
If you made this sign, what would yours say?

xo Katie

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