Thanksgiving, Fall Paper Crafts, A wall hanging, table runner and some cards!

Hello friends! I have some paper crafts we whipped up a few days ago, while Penelope was home sick. I was inspired after we pulled out our pressed leaves from early fall. I had a lot of scrap paper in my scrap bin and so we began tracing leaves, cutting, gluing and one creative thing led to another and we ended up with a Paper banner for our door, a paper table runner, and 2 cards, one for each of Penelope’s teachers. I think they are lovely and I hope they inspire you to grab some paper and make a thing or two, to fancy up your place or give to someone to brighten up their day. Here we go!

Tools For The Trade:

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1. Paper- your colors of choice
2. Leaves- to trace, use fake ones, real ones or Google a leaf image, print and cut out to use as a template.
3. Scissors
4. Glue sticks- we were using thick cardstock and scrapbook sheet scraps, so curling wasn’t an issue. Scotch makes a wrinkle free glue stick in the image above which works great if you are using thinner paper.
5. Paper punch- For the banner and cards we used one to fancy it up.
6. Yarn- For hanging banner
7. Dowel– For banner
8. Mod Podge or white glue for banner

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The How To:

1. Top left image: Trace your leaves out using a pencil.

2. Left middle image: Cut leaves out, make little leaf veins in a contrasting color as well.

3. Bottom left image: Glue all together with your glue stick.

4. Right image above: Glue your finished leaves onto larger sheets of paper. Ours were 8 1/2 × 11. That right there is the beginning of our beautiful table runner and banner! Just overlap the sheets of paper by 1/2 inch and glue.

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For the banner, we used our decorative paper punch and punched a scrap of yellow paper for a nice fancy edge. We then glued it to the bottom of our banner. I then slathered lots of Mod Podge to a second strip of yellow paper and wrapped it around our dowel twice, leaving an edge to glue to the top of the banner. Add a drop of glue to the dowel ends, tie on some colorful yarn and let dry! Hang it up, and let the cheer begin! So pretty.

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Above are two cards for Penelope’s teachers. Using the same concept you can make many things! These would be nice at a Thanksgiving place setting, using a smaller place card over a folded napkin on a plate. The leaves may be scattered about on the table or a buffet or hung as banners. We are making banners to string as I type this lol! I didn’t even like this paper and was going to toss it, but now I am glad I didn’t. Our pieces are quite festive and bright, but you may opt for a warmer, Autumn like color palate. Up ahead will be our felted acorns! Happy crafting!

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#3 Easy Halloween craft Paper plate tissue paper ghost

Alright folks, here we are with #3 of our Easy Halloween craft for kids! Paper plate tissue paper ghosts. I mean is there anything a paper plate can’t do? It is a dream object for crafting that can turn into anything your little heart desires. But let’s take it easy and not go crazy with imagination, because today our paper plate will turn into a ghost head. Let’s get to it Halloween is near!

Tools For the Trade:

1. Paper plate- white preferred but you can basically use any round object, cardstock, yogurt lid, cut out a circle from a cracker box, upcycle an old CD whatever you may have on hand

2. Xacto knife or scissors

3. Glue stick

4. Tissue Paper- we used one sheet

5. Colored paper scraps for the face- we used black

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Cut out the center of your paper plate. As you can see, ours is not white but the back of the plate is, so that’s fine. Save (hoard) the external part for a future craft.

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Slather glue all over the front of your circle and smooth the top part of your tissue paper sheet around it. Secure the corners with glue on the backside as well.

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Cut out some spooky shapes for your ghost face and chop off some of the bottom to make it look ghost like. We taped string to the back and hung it on our window. Isn’t it just adorable? Perfect for the little ones. Happy Crafting!

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Card Making for Gift Giving

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Hello there! We hand made cards with some items attached, to give as gifts. I thought they were lovely and wanted share them with you all. So, here we go with Card Making! Also known as, Pretty Up Some Paper! Because that is basically all you are doing, just adding things to a sheet of paper. How easy is that you ask? Very!

The gifts are pictured in the photo above 1. A mini pin of cats hugging (Too cute!) You may purchase here from Etsy and 2. Some handmade seeded paper we made for planting. (Yay for gardening!) In this post we will cover the “Cats on a Card”. Ha! I love that title.

The beckoning, good fortune cat image, is actually a stack of sticky notes I purchased in Little Tokyo when we lived in Los Angeles. I mean come on! Why use a plain yellow Post It when you could leave notes on a Fortune Kitty!

I began by gluing down 1 sheet of the sticky note onto a piece of Lavender Cardstock and smoothing the wrinkles out with a bone folder. If you do not have a bone folder you may use a blunt knife or the edge of a credit card.

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Once my cat was dry, I needed to adhere our gift, the lovely pin! I poked 2 holes into my card stock with an awl and threaded some embroidery floss through the holes to tie onto the pinback.

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Once the pin was tied, we began to play with little bits of Washi tape and paper scraps until we decided on these gold leftover bits from our St. Patrick’s Day Gold Coin Paper Garland craft, and a strip of Washi Tape along the bottom. Penelope wanted it to look like the cat was jumping in nature, and in the final image it does.

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Pictured below are both cards, all dolled up with our little gifts! Doesn’t it make receiving a pin all the more special when on a handmade card? It’s a frame worthy little piece of art to hang on the wall now. And most importantly it was made with love, and giggles and oh so much fun!

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I hope this post inspires you to go through your magazines, catalogs, paper bits and just play with images and scraps that please you. Paper, string, tape, glue! Hooray! The possibilities are endless!

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Teacher Appreciation Week and Mother’s Day gift idea

Happy teacher appreciation week everyone! Our school suggested that the Children give their teachers a small gift each day. I have enjoyed watching Penelope come up with ideas and create things to give to her teachers.

Today is Wednesday, day 3 of the week and I haven’t had a whole lot of time to craft but I managed to put this vase together in about 5 minutes….literally. We had a different gift planned for today but had to put it off for tomorrow because we didn’t finish it in time. I didn’t know what to do for a gift today and then an idea just came to me while gazing at our blooms in the yard. I think it came out quite nicely and wanted to share. All of these ideas would also make lovely Mother’s Day gift ideas as well.

Day 3 gift idea: Fresh flowers from our garden, in a glass jar, decorated with ribbons, paper and stamping.

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The inspiration for the craft

Tools for the trade:

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Listed Clockwise:

1. Glass jar- We used 2 Ball canning jars. You may use any glass container. Upcycle, recycle, spaghetti sauce, jam, olive jars, there are so many shapes and sizes to play with!

2. Ribbon- We used 2 different types of ribbon. You can use ribbon, strips of fabric, or printed colorful paper such as wrapping paper, scrapbook paper, specialty paper etc.

3. Tacky glue- or a hot glue gun. I was out of glue sticks for my hot glue gun so I used Tacky glue and it worked just fine.

4. Scissors

5. Paper punches- We used 2 different sizes of circle punches. You can cut out shapes with scissors of you do not have punches.

6. Ink pad

7. Cute stamp

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8. Paper- We used white and lavender card stock to match the flowers.

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The How To:

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1. Take your wide ribbon and wrap around jar, overlapping by 3/4 inch or so. Trim off spool. Use your hot glue gun or if using liquid glue like me, Overlap the ribbon ends and glue in place. Hold for a minute. Do the same with your thin strip of ribbon on top. I did not glue the ribbon to the jar but you may want to do that.

2. Punch your large and small circles out of your paper.

3. Stamp your image onto the paper and let dry.

4. Once your ink is dry glue the small circle onto the larger one. Slather glue onto the back of your large circle and place onto the front of your ribbon jar, hold for a minute.

5. Add your stems and some water. And voila! A lovely gift is born.

I will continue post our personal gift ideas and a recipe for Friday’s potluck that is super yum!

How have you been showing appreciation to your teachers? I would love to know!

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