Wednesday, December 4, 2013
I'm so excited to share this with you, and I'm even more excited to be able to include it in
How great is that!
You need just a few things for this project! Here is the supply list:
-Marshmallow shaped foam craft shapes (I found mine at Hobby Lobby)
-scraps of ribbon for the top hat
-Starbucks frappaucchino bottles with lids (Enjoy drinking them!)
-black vinyl with a sticky back (sold in the cricut/ silhouette area)
-ribbon for the scarf. I prefer it to have wire in it so the scarf ends will stick out and not flop down.
-a small scrap of orange card stock for the nose
-Assorted buttons for the belly (mine are by the fabulous designer Laura Kelly!)
-hot glue gun
-black spray paint
Here's a quick pick of the main pieces before my project was completed.
You can see the foam shapes that I used for the top hat. Since I was using paint, and it was for a party where people would be drinking from the glasses, I made only one top hat. I kept that snowman on display only. His friends that were for the party guests went hatless.
1.Be sure and prep your bottles. If you need help removing labels you can find my handy tips here. If yours has an expiration date printed on it, I have a trick for getting rid of that too (click here).
I spray painted one lid and one marshmallow shape and let them dry.
2. Attach the SVG onto the bottle. The SVG file is at the bottom of this post.
3. Cut a triangle for the corn cob nose from the orange card stock and attach with hot glue gun.
4. Tie the scarf around the middle of the bottle (it helps to have someone hold it). Wired ribbon that is thin works the best!
5. Glue 3 buttons down the belly
6. Admire your sweet little snowman. When you are ready to use it, fill to the top with white milk (or eggnog!)
7. If you are making a top hat: Attach the marshmallow shape to the lid with hot glue gun. Cut a piece of ribbon the width of the marshmallow foam shape and attach with hot glue gun. Seal lid on tightly after glue has dried.
Easy peasy! I love cute & quick Christmas crafts like this.
****If you would rather not use spray paint, you could easily cover the lid with a strip of black vinyl along the edge of the lid, and a black circle on the top. These would be super cute filled with white chocolate cocoa for gifts, or with bath salts. Enjoy!
****SVG FILE FOR THE FACE CAN BE FOUND HERE****
I'd love to see pics if you make this project! Share them with me on instagram, Facebook, Twitter or email. My contact info is in the upper right hand corner. I'd love to hear from you!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
This seems so silly, but I discovered that some people have never heard of this trick. Since I have an upcoming craft that involves glass jars, I decided now would be a great time to share this with you!
Are you ready for the big secret???? Can you hardly wait? Well, I'll make you. Hee Hee Hee. Just for a second, just to show you an example of what I'm talking about:
And here is the nifty trick! Color over the date with a dry erase marker. I know it seems weird, but here is a photo:
After applying the marker, wipe off with a dry paper towel. Sometimes you may need to do it 2-3 times. It usually comes completely off. This is a great tip because it allows you to use many jars as gifts now (no one else is the wiser!)
All clean and gone!!! By the way, it is super hard to take photos of glass! Lessons learned on this one!
Have a glass with a sticky label that just won't come off? Here is my tip for that!
Thanks for visiting! Please be sure to check my upcoming posts so you can see what I did with these fun glass bottles!
Danita is a pastor’s wife and homeschooling mom, with a passion for all things food. She loves planning it, preparing it, sharing it and of course eating it! At “O Taste and See” she writes about her family’s favorite recipes and often the stories behind them. Her husband says it’s about, “Real Food for Real People”. That means simple, easy, delicious dishes made from ordinary ingredients. Danita shares everything from easy weeknight dinners to “fancy” entertaining ideas. She would love to connect with you through Pinterest, Instagram or her blog.
For this project you will need the following:
-chipboard, or a cereal box
-cheap kids paintbrush
-aluminum foil or wax paper
For step one, cut the stars out. At the bottom of the page, I've included a PDF of the stars or the SVG file in case you have a cricut or silhouette.
Step 2: I mix the elmer's glue with 2 parts glue to 1 part water. I don't know why I do this, I just do. I use a paintbrush to brush the stars with the glue mixture onto one side. I don't like to get glue everywhere so this seems to help. I do apply the glue generously.
Step 3: After the glue is on the star, place it on aluminum foil or wax paper. Sprinkle the glitter heavily all over the one side of the star. Make sure you get all the cracks and crannies! Little kids are excellent at this part of the job. Allow the glue and glitter to dry for 10 minutes. Gently shake the remaining glitter onto the foil or wax paper and then place the remains back into the glitter shaker.
Step 4: Turn the stars over and repeat the process
Step 5: Once the stars are dried, slip a bit of string or twine around the middle and top of the star. Attach a hook to hang the star onto the tree, or simply hang from another spot. My kiddos love these hanging from the ceiling (I use command strip hooks, the tiny size).
FREE SVG Star Shape Can Be Downloaded Here!
Don't have a Cricut or Silhouette machine? Download the PDF here.
Hope you enjoy these! I'd love to see pictures if you do this project!
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
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Monday, November 25, 2013
I love art work. I tend to find myself wanting to buy large pieces, but not having the guts to do so in the end. There is something so permanent to me about putting a picture on the wall, and at the prices the stores charge, you feel guilty if you are going to be changing it with the seasons. This is my compromise! A few weeks ago, I was looking for something to fit into my dining room for the Virtual Progressive Thanksgiving Dinner blog hop (you can find that here).My space required a piece of artwork at least 2 foot by 3 foot! Even at discount stores, large artwork was over $50. That is almost half what I spent on my dining set! So I decided to make my own. It was one of the easiest projects I have ever done! Here is the tutorial, I hope it inspires many of you to make your own canvas style artwork!
Step 1--Choose your artwork
This can be a bit tricky. Easy but tricky! Use a picture you like, a printable, or create your own. The only requirement---make sure it is a high resolution photo! Nothing worse than printing a picture and realizing the pixels are blown out and the photo looks horrible. I actually created my own because I just couldn't find exactly what I wanted. I made mine in Photoshop Elements one evening while sipping tea at the computer. I offered it here as a printable, but please note, that pdf is for an 8x10 print and is not high res. Once you have your artwork chosen, save it to a thumb drive (again, making sure to save it as a high res photo). I saved mine as a pdf, jpeg, and psd file because I am paranoid and wanted to make sure that the print shop would be able to print it.
Step 2--Print your artwork at the local print shop
Some people swear by Staples, but for some reason our college town doesn't have one (insert frown here!). I took mine to Office Depot, but Office Max does the prints as well. I chose to have mine printed in black and white for $3.99 but they also offer it in color (they quoted me $7.99). The trick is so ask for an architectural print. They asked me if I wanted fancy picture paper (which would have cost more!), but I declined and stuck to my budget. In the end, the regular paper works great!!!
This should be what it looks like when you get it home. My edges were off, but you can work around that by trimming them or leave them on for a little bit of a border for your tape to work with (in case you don't want to lose any of your photo).
Step 3- Cut your styrofoam to fit
I know what you are thinking--styrofoam, under $14, 2 ft by 3 ft ---are you crazy lady? Why no, no I'm not! Did you know you can buy styrofoam in a four foot by 8 foot section? Never saw that at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, or Joann's, eh? You can actually find this gem at Lowes or Home Depot. It runs between $10-$15. It is in the insulation aisle. I actually usually keep a sheet in my garage because I am constantly finding ways to use it. Here is mine before I cut it to fit (as you can tell, I've used a good portion of it on another project!) It sometimes comes with a clear film cover that I peel off on both sides.
You can probably cut your styrofoam with a box cutter, but I could not find mine for the life of me. I used my styro cutter which worked really well. It literally melts through the styrofoam. It's hard to get a crisp clean edge, but I just used sandpaper to sand my edges down. Here's a pic of the styrocutter:
I cut my picture and styrofoam to the same size so that when I wrapped my tape later it gave the appearance of a canvas.
Step 4-- Secure photo/artwork to styrofoam.
So easy people. I used double stick tape pieces that I got years ago from Creative Memories. I made sure to get the corners and the outside edges. Some people swear by modge podge, but I didn't want that look that it leaves. The picture will stay intact, you don't need to worry about it coming loose.
Step 5- Cover edges with Gorilla Tape
I used white Gorilla Tape because I had it on hand. You could use duck tape, or another thick tape. I think the trick is to go with white as it give the illusion of the canvas edge. Draw pencil lines lightly on your artwork so you have a straight line to follow when laying the tape down. The only thing is---you only get one chance with this! If you try to change the tape position, it will tear the artwork. I cut the tape to the dimensions of each edge, over lapped it on the canvas about 1/2 inch, and then put the tape on one side at a time. The tape folds back to the back of the "canvas" totally covering those blue styrofoam edges. Be sure not to smash too much, as you can dent the styrofoam. When you are done, enjoy the "fake canvas" you just made! Go you!
Step 6--Hang your awesome artwork!
Want to know one of the BEST things ever about this artwork? It's super crazy light! No worries about if the wall can handle it. I actually used Command Strips to put it on my wall. I used 3 of the velcro type. I placed one in each top corner and one in the middle of the top edge. I used a level and lined the opposite command pieces on the wall. Then I snapped them together, held for a minute, let go and stepped back to admire my new artwork! How easy was that???!!!
Here is my cost breakdown:
Half a sheet of styrofoam (even at $15/sheet) $7.50
architectural print in black and white $3.99
Tiny amount of Gorilla Tape (less than $2 worth of tape).
Total around $13.50 each. The Styrofoam would actually make 2, and the tape is a handy thing to have around the house if you don't already have it.
So what do you think? Do you think you will use this method to make affordable artwork that you can switch out as often as your heart desires? Leave me a comment and let me know!Pin It
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
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