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Fall Leaf Ornament


Fall Leaf Ornament

I wanted to do a little something different, kinda multimedia-ey, with a package of really cute fall silk leaves I picked up at Dollar General. This ornament was inspired by the stitched hearts I am making from an old, literally falling apart, quilt and one of my last year’s Christmas projects involving gluing shapes to paper bags.  So looking at my bag of leaves I thought “Hey, why not combine the two?” and thus this ornament idea was born!

While I was stitching I was reminded of the Doctor Who episode “A Good Man Goes to War”.  In this episode a human female “Order of the Headless Monks” solider hailing the Gamma Forest stitched a prayer leaf (a good luck token) for the kidnapped Amy’s newborn baby girl, Melody Pond.   The solider, Lorna Bucket, only joined the order’s army in an attempt to meet the Doctor, who she met as a child, once again.  She later goes to warn the Doctor’s Army of treachery and fights with them but is slain.

It doesn’t really resemble the prayer leaf much but just somehow the hand – mind connection was firmly established while I was stitching!  Maybe it’s just the time immortal figure of a woman hunched over her sewing placing well wishes for the recipient with every stich taken.

Materials

  • Silk fall leaves
  • Embroidery thread
  • Rick-rack
  • Buttons
  • Fabric strips
  • Paper bags
  • Fabric glue
  • Brown cardstock

Also Needed

  • Bamboo skewer
  • Needle

Photo Tutorial

Thanks so much for stopping in, and as always I love for your comments!

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

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Paper or Foam GingerBread Garland


Paper or Foam GingerBread Garland

I’ve posted tutorials for several versions of Cookie Cutter Garland that I made last year but I never got around posting the tutorial for this Paper or Foam Gingerbread Garland.

I love this project because you can make it as simple or as complex as you wish and you can use whatever you have on-hand or can be purchased at a dollar store for under $5.

I challenge you to complete your own garland without buying anything (or with whatever you can purchase for under $5) and send me a photo.  I will definitely add your photo to the tutorial.

Materials

  • Gingerbread Men
    • Gingerbread People Wrapping Paper (on hand)
    • Pad of Paper Gingerbread Men (pad of 50 for $3 from a school supply store)
    • Foam Gingerbread Men (10/$1 from Dollar Tree or Michaels)
  • Candy Canes
    • Paper Candy Cane Garland ($1 from Dollar Tree)
    • Candy Cane Wrapping Paper
    • Foam Candy Canes (10/$1 from Dollar General)
  • Cardstock, Plaid Wrapping Paper, Scrapbook Paper, Brown Paper Bags  (on hand)
  • Thin Cardboard  (on hand)
  • Stringing Material – Jute, Yarn, or Raffia (on hand)
  • Red & Green Wooden Beads (on hand) I used beads from a bead garland purchased years ago at a dollar store for $1.
  • Small Wooden Spools (on hand or $1 for small spools of thread at the Dollar Tree)
  • Torn Fabric Strips (on hand)
  • Small Grapevine Wreaths (on hand)
  • Gingerbread Men Embellishments:  mini cookie cutters, jingle bells, buttons, plastic hair bows, etc. (on hand)

 Also Needed

  • Punches: Heart, Round, Star, Bow, Candy Cane (on hand)
  • Zigzag or Pinking Scissors or Zigzag Punch (on hand)

Instructions

  1. Gather or purchase your materials from your stash or make dollar store, craft store or flea markets.
  2. Punch all shapes needed to decorate the gingerbread men. I used the pieces I trimmed off the candy cane garland to punch the hearts and bows from so that the gingerbread men decorations would match the candy canes.
  3. Make or punch cardstock “rick-rack”.  PAPER RICK-RACK DIRECTIIONS:  Make the with paper rick-rack made from cardstock (color of your choice – I used white) using zigzag scissors.  I found that if you cut the cardstock in half lengthwise you can then trim the bottom straight edge (the short way) to start the rick-rack pattern, then place the scissors with the right edge of the blade touching the zigzag edge you can cut fairly even pieces of “rick-rack”.  You could also use real rick-rack if you have it on hand.  I recently bought a EK Success Slim Edger Punch: Zig Zag Chain and it’s now super easy to make evenly cut paper rick-rack for my gingerbread projects!
  4. Next decorate the gingerbread shapes.   Glue paper or real rick-rack to the arms & legs (and head if desired).  Then add heart, star or round paper or foam “buttons”.  I added a center (from foam or paper) using a regular hole-punch shape to the heart “buttons”.  Glue the bow on (paper punch or a bow made from a fabric strip). You can use any embellishments you have on hand to decorate your shapes.   I found some plastic little girl bow barrettes that I cut the bow off to use.
  5. Cut out the candy cane shapes from wrapping paper or cut apart from a paper garland.  You could also use pre-cut foam shapes.  I found a package of large (10 inch) gingerbread shapes at the Dollar Tree and a set of smaller ones (6 inches) at Target for $1 for 10.  Michaels and Dollar General also had red candy cane shapes (cut white foam stripes and add to cane if desired) at for a dollar.  Fabric wrapped plastic candy canes could be used in the place of the paper or foam candy canes.
  6. You can also add other foam or paper shapes to the garland, like hearts or stars, to the garland.
  7. Reinforce the shapes (gingerbread, candy cane, heart, and star, etc.) by gluing them on a thin piece of cardboard or thick brown paper bag and trim close to the edge with scissors.  Add a hole reinforcer if desired (see below).
  8. Add a decorative edging to the shapes by gluing them to a brown paper bag, cardstock (red, green or other color to match your décor), wrapping paper, etc.  If using one-sided paper and plan to have a decorative edge showing face the paper to the front of the shapes.  Then trim close to the edge or leave a decorative border with zigzag scissors.
  9. Punch holes in the shapes.  For the first garland I made I punched pinpoint (1/4 inch) holes on either side of the shapes and connected them with raffia.  I used clear hole reinforces from an office supply store to make sure the holes did not pull through.  If you only have the white ones you can put them on the underside of the paper before gluing it together.  Try putting the layers together leaving a gap at the top then put on the rein forcers punch the holes and then glue the edges together.  You could also apply clear round labels before punching the holes.  On the other garland I used a hole punch to put a hole in the top of the shapes and then attached them to the jute with raffia.  Another option would be to string the shapes like beads.
  10. Measure and cut your stringing material to the desired length.  I made mine four or five feet long but you can make it any length needed to fit your “space”.
  11. Attach the shapes by stringing them on jute or yarn like beads or by tying the shapes to a piece of raffia or a piece of torn fabric ribbon.  Be sure to space them evenly.  You can also tie the shapes together with raffia instead of stringing them or tying them on.   If you space the shapes far enough apart you can use the “blank” space between to hang Christmas cards on.
  12. If desired add beads and small wooden spools between the shapes (I wound green thread around them the spools I used).  If your gingerbread shapes are big enough to be in scale you could use the small spools of thread found in a pack of 12 for a dollar at the Dollar Tree.
  13. Make and attach bows then attach them at regular interval down the garland between the shapes.  To make bows tear country print fabric (checked, plaid or striped in the colors of your choice) into 1 to 1 ½ inch wide strips and about 10 inch long.  To make bows first tie a piece of raffia in the center of a fabric strip then tie a simple shoestring type bow.   Use the raffia ends to tie the bows in place.
  14. An alternative of the shoestring bow is to tie fabric strips in different colors simply tied around the stringing material and then knotted in a double knot.  Trim the edges of the bows as needed.
  15. Tie off the ends with small grapevine wreaths or simply loop the ends to create “hangers”.
  16. Your garland is now ready to hang.  Hang it on the wall, above a door, on the tree or above the mantel.  As this is made from paper, don’t use it where it could get wet (or catch on fire).

Thanks so much for taking a look – and don’t forget that I’d love to see what you come up with!     buggalcrafts

HAND-CUT PAPER RICK-RACK DIRECTIIONS: Make evenly cut paper “rick-rack” from cardstock using zigzag scissors.

• Cut a scrap piece of cardstock to about two inches lengthwise (the length of the scissor blades). You need to be able to make one cut through the paper with the scissors.
• Trim the bottom edge evenly with the straight scissors.
• Then start the rick-rack pattern by trimming the bottom edge using the zigzag scissors.
• FLIP the paper over and place the scissors with the right blade touching the zigzag edge you just cut.
• Flip the paper and repeat again.

Easter Garland


Easter Garland Right Side Upper

Easter Garland

Were has the time “flown”? It seems like yesterday was Valentine’s Day! I wanted to share with you my Easter Garland. I’ve done tutorials on some of these and will post the last few after Easter so you can get a jump start on next year!

Why am I craft blogging on Easter? because I am “home alone 2”. I stayed at home on Christmas because I had just had surgery. Now I have planter fasciitis (inflammation of the covering of the muscle on the BOTTOM of the foot) and each step is so painful (even with that drated boot!) that I didn’t go to Easter dinner either. So y’all eat some ham and coconut cake for me!

I hope everyone has had a Blessed Easter!

buggaalcrafts a.k.a. Melba

Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 9: Paper Bag Cookie Cutter Shape Ornament


Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 9: Paper Bag Cookie Cutter Shape Ornament

Paper bag or brown paper ornaments are fun to make, display and give away!

These make a great “any season” ornaments.  Make and decorate hearts for a Valentine’s tree, shamrocks for a Saint Patty’s day tree, eggs & carrots for an Easter wreath, stars for the Fourth of July wreath and angels & snowmen for your Christmas tree.

Suspend these ornaments from wide ribbons from your curtain rods.  Use them to decorate your seasonal wreath.

Consider using non-seasonal shapes for Christmas ornaments.  Make a memory ornament symbolizing an event from the year.  Have a new baby in the family?  Make a baby rattle and use fabric from a sleeper to embellish the ornament to.  Don’t forget to “journal” on the back of the ornament and maybe even glue on a small photo.  Make enough for everyone in the family.

Materials 

  • Cardboard or cardstock
  • Brown paper or a paper bag
  • Cotton or fiberfill
  • Embellishments & trims

Also Needed 

  • Scissors
  • Pinking shears
  • Punches
  • Cookie cutter

SEW

  • Sewing machine or needle and thread

GLUE

  • Glue
  • Cotton swab or paint brush

Costs

I had all the materials on-hand so this was a FREE craft for me.  The wrapping paper I used for this Christmas came with rolled up paper in the center instead of a paper roll and I was able to recycle this as the brown paper for my crafts this season.

Instructions

  1. Assemble materials.  Select a large or jumbo, simply shaped cookie cutter without a lot of details for this project (tree, angel, bell, etc.).
  2. First make a pattern from thin cardboard or cardstock using the selected cutter adding a ½ to 1 inch seam allowance.
  3. Cut out the pattern.
  4. Double the paper bag or brown paper to cut out one matching set at a time.  Consider rumpling the paper before cutting the shape for a rippled effect.  This is especially effective on ornaments you intend to paint one color.
  5. Trace the pattern.
  6. Then cut out as many pairs as you need of each shape.
  7. Stack the shapes into matching pairs.
  8. Sandwich a handful of cotton or fiberfill between the two layers and then sew or hand-stitch or glue the two pieces together.
  9. If gluing, clip the edges together with clothespins or binger clips.
  10. When finished or glue is dry pink the edges of the paper bag ornaments.
  11. Attach a hanger:  Glue a piece of ribbon, string, raffia, etc. or soda can tab on the back as a hanger.
  12.  Attach a hanger: Sandwich a hanger between the two layers before sewing or gluing.
  13. Attach a hanger: Punch a hole in the top of the shape before sewing or gluing.  When securing the pieces together line up the holes with a paintbrush handle.  Finally thread a hanger through the hole.
  14. Attach a hanger:   If you plan to tie these to a wreath or garland glue several strands of raffia, a chenille stem or piece of ribbon and glue it horizontally to the middle of the ornament and let dry.  You can then easily tie the ornament to the greenery wreath!
  15. Lastly decorate the ornaments.  You can paint or glue on strips of fabric, felt or paper.  Embellish with sequins, rick rack, glitter, buttons, googley eyes (for gingerbread people), mini candy canes, foam circles (for the Christmas tree) or other trims as desired.

ALTERNATIVE:

  • Even though it’s not a cookie cutter ornament this is a gingerbread ornament so I’d like to share it here.  Use leftover wrapping paper to create a paper bag ornament.  I had some wrapping paper with gingerbread boys & girls on it.  I cut some of them out and glued them to brown paper.  I stuffed them using the above directions and then and cut around them with pinking shears.  I added a mini wreath with mini cookie cutter on it.

Trace cookie cutter onto brown paper or a brown paper bag. I recycle brown paper I "found" rolled up in the center of my Christmas gift wrap!

After tracing cookie cutter shape add a 1/2 to 1 inch "seam allowance".

Crumple paper before cutting to create a unique wrinkled effect. Best used if you plain to paint the ornament one solid color.

Apply a line of white glue or cool melt glue around the edges of the bottom shape.

Lay fiberfill in the center of the bottom shape. I did not have any fiberfill so I used sevear cotton balls pulled into a roll.

Clip the edges after gluing.

For this carrot I painted the root part of the carrot with craftsmart orange paint and the leat part with craftsmart lime paint. After it dried I pinked the edges of the shape. I then pinked the top of the carrot into vertical strips. This made a very nice effect and it the green part of the carrot was longer (maybe 2 1/2 inches) this could complete the ornament. Carefully seperate the layers of the top part to "frazzle" it. Becasue the carrot top was just not long enough to be effective I looped some green raffia into about 2 1/2 inch loops and tied off the bottom. I then glued it to the front of the carrot. Cut the top of the loops apart - leave serveral to serve as hangers. I them tied a raffia bow and glued it to the front. Leave a few longer trailing edges.

Santa and snowman decorated with seasonal fabric.

Snowman decorated with seasonal fabric.and painted candy cane.

Mitten and angel decorated with seasonal fabric.

Painted gingerbread man.

Painted Christmas tree. Embellished with buttons and candy cane confetti.

Painted candy cane. Painted snowman embellished with stick arms and mini gingerbread ornaments.

Painted star embellished with torn fabric bow and buttons.

Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 8: Paper Bag Backed Foam Cookie Cutter Shape Christmas Ornament


Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 8: Paper Bag Backed Foam Cookie Cutter Shape Christmas Ornament

This is a simple ornament to make – a great craft for kids!  It’s easy and fun to do!

If you have very thin craft foam such as that purchased at Dollar Tree and Dollar General or in inexpensive craft kits at Target and other department stores this is the perfect craft for using it.  What I really like about this very thin craft foam is that you can punch it with your shaped punches!  So be sure to stock up and punch, punch, punch!

Materials

  •  Craft foam, tan and assorted colors
  • Cardboard or cardstock
  • Brown paper or a paper bag
  • Embellishments & trims

Also Needed 

  • Foam Glue
  • Cotton swab or paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Pinking shears
  • Punches
  • Cookie cutter

Costs

I had all the materials on-hand so this was a FREE craft for me.

Instructions 

  1. Assemble materials.  Select a simply shaped cookie cutter.
  2. First trace a cookie cutter shape from tan craft foam and cut it out.
  3. Next glue it to a piece of stiff cardboard or cardstock.
  4. Allow to dry and then trim the edges closely to the edges of the foam or use decorative scissors and leave a decorative edging.
  5. Cut a hanger from the trim for the ornament.
  6. Next glue the reinforced foam shape to a brown paper bag or brown paper sandwiching the hanger between the layers. Allow to dry.
  7. When dry trim the edges with pinking shears leaving about a ¼ to ½ inch decorative edge.
  8. Trace the inside of the cutter on white craft foam for an “icing” effect or use colored foam if another effect is desired.  Cut out the “icing” shape a little to the inside of the inner edge of the traced line.  Trim it as needed to be about ½ inch smaller than the “cookie”.
  9. Glue to top of the foam “cookie”.  Allow to dry.
  10. Then decorate with embellishments such as foam punches, buttons, trims, mini cookie cutters, etc.
  11. Allow to dry and then your ornament is ready to hang.

Tips For Punching Shapes From Foam

  • The only craft foam I have found that you can punch shapes from with a regular craft punch is the type sold at Dollar Tree and Dollar General and in inexpensive kits and foam shapes found at a department store like Target. 
  • To punch simply turn your punch upside down and slip foam into the punch.  This lets you see that the shape is complete filled with foam.  If it catches and won’t thread all the way to the bottom of the punch slide the punch around the piece of foam until you can work it to the bottom of the punch.
  • If the foam fits inside the punch but the punch itself comes out raggedy, then the foam is actually too thin.  Back it with a piece of plain paper and the fit both inside the punch and punch.  Your foam punch should come out nicely.  But note that your paper punch will be ragged.
  • A regular hole punch and the pincher type punches like it will punch “holes” from the thicker craft foam.  Use these punches to make lights for a Christmas tree ornament, holly “berries”, coal to make a snowman, and much more!

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Photo Tutorial

Trace the cutter on the craft foam. Place cutters to maximize the number of ornaments you can get from one sheet. Save the scraps to make "sprinkles" to decorate the tops.

Cut out foam shape and glue to cardboard or cardstock.

Either trim the cardboard or cardstock close to the edge of the "cookie" shape or pink the edges for a decorative boarder. Then glue the reinforced shape to brown paper.

Sandwich the hanger between the layers when gluing them together.

To make "icing" for your cookie trace the inside of the cutter. Cut out the “icing” shape a little to the inside of the inner edge of the traced line. Trim it as needed to be about ½ inch smaller than the “cookie”.

Trim the icing to fit the "cookie" and glue down.

Add embellishments to the "cookie". I added tiny hearts punched from black craft foam for the ladybug's spots. Have you ever heard of the ledgend of the ladybug? Find a ladybug at the close of the year and count the spots. The more spots the more luck your will have in the coming year. So of course I put lots of spots o my ladybug!

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