Sunday, April 17, 2011
Okay, so one of my favorite things to do is host parties. I always do a little something for my kids birthday even if it's only having family over for dinner. I try to make each one special for them and I don't always have a lot of money to spend on store bought decorations. One very inexpensive option is with balloons and crepe caper. For about $3.00 I can turn my dining room into a birthday party that looks like I've spent weeks planning. Start in the middle of your ceiling and twist two coordinating crepe paper colors. Go from the center to all four corners, then go to the mid point of each corner. Once you have all of your crepe paper hung then pin about 3 balloons to each end. In the center where all the paper starts you can hang as many balloons as your heart desires, keep them bunched together and tie them together with twirling ribbon.
Another option that you can use is hanging tissue pompoms. It use requires a little more work but still costs very little. You can purchase about 5 packs of tissue paper. (Buy about 2 or 3 coordinating colors). There is a tutorial on Martha Stewart's website that will tell you how to make them but be sure to make them no more than 2 days in advance because they will get damaged. Here is the website: http://www.marthastewart.com/how-to/tissue-paper-pom-poms-how-to .
I have also used the same method in a little different way but basicly the same process. When your making pompoms you pull the tissue out on both sides to make a circle. If you pull all the sheets of tiss
ue out on one side you can make tissue flowers and make a centerpiece. If your hosting a shower where you have lots of different tables to decorate this is a great idea to use. Just
attach the flowers to a stick and ask around for recycled flower vases. I don't know anyone who doesn't have a few of those stashed under their sink. I have also made them in a smaller version and made a tissue flower covered monogram. Check out the picture of one that I made recently using foam board from the dollar tree as a base.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Another "paper project" that I have recently worked on is Personalized Ornaments. For Christmas I made every female member of my family an ornament in the shape of the first initial of their name. They all seemed to really enjoy getting something that had their name on it and for only pennies they made really cute gifts. For my daughter's 14th birthday recently I made each girl that attended her party a peace sign ornament. My husband helped me to calculate the dimensions of the pattern and I'm sorry I don't have any idea what they were but I'm sure that if you Googled "peace sign" and then chose "images" you will have an ample array of peace signs to choose from to have a pattern. Once my peace sign was traced and cut out (two sided paper is a definite must on this project) I laminated it with do it yourself laminating sheets that I had left over from another project but can be purchased from Wal-mart. When you laminate the peace sign (or initial) make sure that you rub the edges very well so the two sides are firmly pressed together. Also, leave yourself a good little lip along the edges so that they don't come apart later. (And they will if you do not do this!) Once the peace sign is laminated and cut out the next step would be to add the bendable wire to hang it with. Find something sharp to poke a hole big enough for the wire to slip through, bend wire to attach, and start putting beads on the wire to the length you would like the ornament to hang. After the beads are hung and the wire is attached firmly, tie a couple thin pieces of ribbon in a little knot on the side to add a little dimension. Alright what are you waiting for? Go get those scissors to work!
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
My favorite material to craft with is paper. I love the patterns, the textures, the colors, and most of all the price. Something that I have been doing a lot of lately is finding pictures online that catch my eye and using them as patterns. I'm not sure of what the proper name would be for this technique but I'm sure I'm not the only person who does it. Now this may not be the most simple of projects but I don't always do things the simple way. In fact I have been known to take that all too bumpy path of going all the way around my butt to get to my elbow. Find your own form of easy, do what you feel comfortable doing. When I was planning the baby shower I used this technique on all my centerpieces. I would find cute pics of pregnant women, hold a clear piece of paper up to the computer screen, trace it out, cut it out, and then retrace the pattern on the color of paper that I wanted to use. I know it sounds complicated but I have had so much fun doing this. The centerpieces turned out so cute (I will post pictures when I talk about the baby shower) The picture above with the owl is an example of where I get my ideas. I can use the owl to make a cute greeting card or a piece of art for a kids room with their name or monogram on it.
So I am not quite sure what I'm doing here but I have always wanted to start a blog. So far so simple. I knew I could do it! That's me and my sweet hubby in the picture. He pretty much supports my crafting habit as long as I don't overdo it. (Which I have been known to do, you'll find out all about that when I get to the baby shower posts.), my favorite thing to do in the whole world is craft. I am constantly looking for something new to do and something that I've never seen done before. Having said that I do have a few rules that I abide by. I'm a world renowned cheap skate. If it costs a lot of money I am not into it. I have tons of ideas that I am anxious to share with everyone and at the same time keep a running record for myself. So maybe this is something that your interested in following, maybe not. I look forward to getting any feedback and comments that you all are willing to give me. So for now, fellow cheap skates... let's get crafting.