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mg mask and jester's hat 003TRI-COLOR PUNCH ART MARDI GRAS BOW TIE

 This photo combines the Mardi Gras half-face mask shown in a prior post with the tri-colored bow tie covered in this post and a party hat and jester’s cap I will be covering in a future post.

Punch art items are hand-punched and trimmed each so each will be unique but that adds the character I look for in a handmade project. If I wanted perfect and the same card everyone else gives I’d buy one at the store!!! 



  • Green, yellow & purple acid-free cardstock (plain or glittery & metallic)
  • Glue stick


Also Needed:

  •  Scissors
  • ek Success’ Bow Tie & Mustache punch
  • Marker


  1. Gather materials needed.
  2. Punch one bow tie from plain cardstock to use as a base. If desired u can make two tri-colored bow ties at once. Punch one tie in purple and green (all metallic or all plain). Punch one bow knot from gold and three from the plain cardstock for each tie you are making. You can, of course, do the ties and bow knot in any of the three colors you like.
  3. Stack the three bow ties and cut them in half.
  4. Glue the two halves to the tie base.
  5. Then prepare the bow knot. I like to glue several of the knots together to create a little dimension. After these dry glue the gold punch to the stack. When it dries glue it in the middle of the bow tie.
  6. One more step and the you will be ready to make your very own Mardi Gras card!




Now your mask is ready to use!


This makes a 2” Mardi Gras half-face mask that is perfect to decorate a handmade card, scrapbook page or other paper crafting item.  As punch art items are hand-punched and trimmed each will be unique.  And as with everything – practice will improve the outcome of your project.  


  • Green, yellow & purple acid-free cardstock (plain or glittery)
  • Glue stick

Also Needed:

  • Scissors
  • 2” oval punch
  • 3/4” oval punch
  • ½” circle punch
  • ½” fleur-de-lis punch
  • Marker


  1. Gather materials needed.  Punch 2” oval and two fleur-de-lis.
  2. Mark eye holes on the 2” oval punch out with a marker. Note be careful to use only a small dot as the marker can bleed through the cardstock (as you can see in my photos).
  3. Center the small oval punch over the marked eye holes and punch.
  4. Use the small circle punch to make an indent for the nose.
  5. Trim sharp edges from the nose bridge.
  6. Punch or cut ribbons.
  7. Glue ribbon’s to both sides of the masks.
  8. Attach the fleur-de-lis punches over the ribbons with a thin strip of adhesive foam tape.
  9. Your mask is now ready for your scrapbook page or greeting card.


  1. Use glittery cardstock.
  2. Punch mini holes in the edges of the mask and use twine as “ribbons” to tie the mask in place.
  3. Glue self-adhesive rhinestones, jewels or pearls around the edges of the mask.
  4. Instead of using fleur-de-lis to decorate the edges of the mask use mini masks, diamond shapes, etc.
  5. Decorate the mask with a paint marker or scrapbook pens.
  6. Punch an oval from each color and then a fourth mask to use as a base. Stack the three masks and then cut them in thirds. Glue the right end of one color on the right end of the base mask. Glue the middle of a second mask to the middle of the base. Lastly glue a left end on the base mask. Allow to dry and the punch the eye holes. Repeat using the rest of the mask pieces.

Mini Fabric Wrapped Button Wreath

Mini Fabric Wrapped Button Wreath

At first glance a shower curtain ring might not seem to be the ideal mini wreath base, but add a little quilt batting and some seasonal fabric and you’ve got the perfect base for your mini wreath!



Last spring a chance trip to a thrift store netted me 18 wooden curtain rings for $1.99 and I been hooked on making mini wreaths ever since!

While looking for more wooden rings on the cheap (these are pretty expensive to buy outright in bulk!) I kept seeing shower curtain rings for dirt cheap – so the wheels started turning and I came up with a way to use these inexpensive plastic rings for spectacular Mardi Cras and Valentine’s Day Curtain Ring Ornaments.  Click on the link to see how I did it!

I made a few fabric wrapped mini grapevine button wreaths for my Christmas tree last year but just thought that using them as the wreath base was just too expensive.  I continued to wrestle with the need for a CHEAP wreath base until I remembered the Candy Cane Package Decorations I made that were inspired by my friend Maggie’s Fabric Wrapped Candy Canes.  She uses plastic candy canes for a base and I had tried some with some super skinny (remember these?) purchased at a flea market.  I didn’t like how they looked so I used quilt batting to pad them out.  Remembering this, the “Mini Fabric Wrapped Button Wreath” was born!


These are very cute hanging on a seasonal tree or wreath.  Or suspend one or two on long ribbons and hang them in a window,

This is a great craft for kids as it is very easy to do. And at less than 15 cents each it is also very inexpensive – – – making it a great craft for a crowd.

And while it is easy enough for kids, teens and adults can be challenged enough to keep their interest.

Customize it to the season simply by changing the color of the fabric, buttons and trim. So it works for Valentine’s Day, spring & Easter, Harvest, Christmas, etc. all equally well.

Use your mother’s or grandmother’s vintage buttons to create a heirloom ornament.


  • Shower curtain rings
  • Quilt batting strips
  • Torn fabric strips
  • Trim:   ribbon, lace, rick-rack, etc.
  • Embellishments:  buttons, mini wooden shapes, ornamental buttons, string of seed pearls, etc.
  • Ornament hangers


Also Needed
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Cotton swabs or paint brush


  • Rings: On-hand or around 8 cents each
  • Fabric: On-hand or $1 a yard and up
  • Buttons: On-hand or $2 and up for 30



Photo 1: Assemble supplies. Cut strips of quilt batting. Tear strips of fabric. Both need to be about 1 inch wide and 14 inches long.

Photo 2: Starting at the open end (this will be the top of the wreath) of the shower curtain ring wrap the quilt batting strip around the ring. Apply tape or glue to hold.

Photo 3: Attach the torn fabric strip to the top of the wreath with a little glue and then wrap around the ring overlapping the edges until the ring is completely covered. Trim end and the glue to hold.

Photo 4: Secure end with glue. Allow to dry.

Photo 5: Glue buttons on the wreath.

Photo 6: Wrap contrasting trim around the top of the wreath several times and then tie the ends into a bow. Insert ornament hanger under trim. Glue a button and/or other embellishment in the center of the bow if desired.


  • Wrap very narrow trim all the way around the wreath if desired.
  • Instead of gluing a mini ornament on the wreath tie it to the top of the wreath before adding trim and let it hang freely in the center of the wreath.
Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   
Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.
Thanks again. 
Melba a.k.a. buggalcrafts

It’s All About The Beads!

Mardi Gras Is Almost Here…

And It’s All About The Beads!

Your beads look great by the light of day, but how about after darkness falls?

 Use these quick tips to make your beads “light up” the night!

Here are a couple of quick & easy ideas for dressing up your beads to be equally pretty in the NIGHT as by the light of DAY!

This is the perfect “trinket” for your kids to make as a classroom handout.  It’s sure to be a class favorite. Make these for your tween’s next night-time party.

Don’t just keep these ideas filed away for Mardi Gras only, with a few changes they can fit any occasion or holiday:

  • Change the color of the beads, ribbon and glow sticks. Ex: Red beads, white & pink ribbon and red glow sticks make an unusual Valentine handout. Green beads, white ribbon, and green glow sticks would be perfect for your St. Paddy’s Day (night?) shindig. Red beads, patriotic ribbon and blue glow sticks will make the Fourth shine.
  • Change the shape center bead and colors of the inner and outer pony beads and the color of the threading twine to fit the holiday or occasion. Ex: For Valentine’s Day use red, pink & white ribbon and pony beads. Substitute a heart-shaped bead for the Mardi Gras baby bead.


  1. To dress up a strand of beads simply tie a light stick on with three pieces of narrow satin ribbon in contrasting colors that coordinate with the color of the beads. Ex: pink, fuchsia & lavender ribbon with red beads; purple, green & yellow ribbon with purple, green or gold beads; blue & white ribbon with blue beads. Use glow sticks that match the color of the beads.
  2. To make your own beaded necklace string a glow stick on about 34 inches of beading twine that is fine enough to fit through the beads but is strong enough to not break if tugged on. Then sandwich a shaped bead between two pony beads. Tie knots above and below the pony beads. Lastly tie on two or three pieces of metallic ribbon in the same colors as the beads below the beads. In the example a metallic finish baby bead, twine, pony beads, metallic ribbon, and glow sticks in Mardi Gras colors (purple, green & yellow) was used.

About 6 inches up from the middle of the beading twine tie a double (or triple) knot. Thread on a pony bead in the first color then the baby bead in the second color and lastly a pony bead in the third color. Tie another triple knot directly above the third bead. Knot the ends of the twine. Tie on three short pieces of ribbon mid-way between the bead set and the middle of the twine and double knot.

 Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

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Thanks again. 


Curtain Ring Ornaments: Valentine’s, Mardi Gras, Theme

Curtain Ring Ornaments

You may never think of wooden and shower curtain rings in the same way again! Just don’t rip yours down and leave your shower curtain all caterwompass!

A trip to a thrift store netted me 18 wooden curtain rings for $1.99 last spring and I knew I just had to think of something to do with them!

Initially I thought of photo frames (which is still a good idea) but Vacation Bible School was coming up and I felt lead to use them in making Christmas ornaments for the VBS kickoff. I had on hand some religious sayings scrapbook paper and presto – the idea was born! I framed the words I wanted highlighted inside the curtain ring and it made a really cute ornament for the tree.   Since the theme was New York I added a freehanded skyline in blsck cardstock and a tiny apple punch.  The kids really enjoyed making them too and even a few adults made one!  They were a big hit!

So I have been on the lookout for more rings at the local thrift stores ever since, and have found some smaller ones that worked pretty well. But I wanted still more and was having trouble finding them (Did you know they are over $5 in stores?) – – – then, at a fairly recent trip I picked up some shower curtain rings for 99 cents. And they work just great too!  If you wrap the bottom part of the ring that comes open with ribbon (and then make it the top of the ornament) you would never be able to tell what they are.  You can find them in any color you need.

This is a great craft for kids as it is very easy to do. And at under 10 cents an ornament (using shower curtain rings) it is also very inexpensive – – – making it a great craft for a crowd.

You can customize it to the season simply by changing the scrapbook paper, color of the curtain ring, and ribbon. So it works for Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras (fleru-de-lis), Easter, Harvest, Christmas, or other holidays equally well.

It makes a great package decoration as you can even use sticker letters to spell out the recipient’s name.


  • Curtain rings, wooden curtain or shower curtain
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Cardstock
  • Stickers: alphabet, seasonal
  • Torn fabric strips, ribbon, lace, etc.
  • Feathers, string of seed pearls, etc.


Also Needed

  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • White glue
  • Permanent markers
  • Pen
  • Cotton swabs or paint brush



The scrapbook paper was bought on sale for 20 to 44 cents a sheet and one sheet will make 12 to 18 ornaments, depending on the pattern.  The cardstock was on-hand from another project.  The rings cost 6 to 11 cents each.  So each ornament was 15 cents or less to make.  This makes it an excellent “bulk craft” for “Make Your Own Ornament” events.  It is easy enough for kids, yet adults can be challenged enough to keep their interest.


Photo 1: Assemble materials needed. Choose scrapbook paper with a pattern that fits inside the curtain ring. A large pattern does not work as well as a small pattern. Choose cardstock that coordinates with the paper.

Photo 2: Lay the rings out on scrapbook paper. Start by framing the design you want displayed within the curtain ring. Trace the ring with a pen or pencil then roughly cut around the ring with scissors.

Photo 3: Next glue cardstock to the back of the scrapbook paper with a glue stick to reinforce it. This way you can cut out the backing along with the “front” so that both circles will be even. It is very hard to get them to match up otherwise.

Photo 4: Cut out the circle. Write name, date, and any other information you’d like on the cardstock now with a marker. Add sticker letters or other stickers as desired.

Photo 5: Wrap the bottom of the shower curtain ring several times around with ribbon, lace, etc. and tie off. Insert feathers, string of seed pearls, etc. before pulling taunt. Insert a metal ornament hanger under at least one loop. Tie into a bow. The bottom of the ring now becomes the top of the ornament. If using wooden curtain rings with an eye hook, thread ribbon through the hook and then insert hanger then tie into a bow.

Photo 6: Now you are ready to glue the scrapbook paper to the ring. Apply a thin line of glue around the scrapbook paper/cardstock circle with a cotton swab. Apply a second line of glue around the back of the ornament. Allow to set for a few minutes to get tacky. You may also use a cool melt glue gun. I prefer the white glue because it gives you time to adjust the paper circle so the design is aligned.

Be sure to match the top of the paper to the top of the ring place the paper on the ring. Turn over to check placement of pattern within the ring and adjust as needed. Press firmly for at least 30 seconds. Lay the ornament face down to dry.


  1. I use Wal-Mart’s Foam Glue because I have found it has superior holding power and when it dries the bond remains slightly flexible and is less likely to come unglued when gluing to plastic.
  2. You can use Glue Dots if you need instant drying.
  3. When doing a crafting party where the ornaments need time to dry, give each participant a cheap white paper plate to place ornaments on to dry.  Have them write their name on the plate with a marker.  When it’s time to go home, it will be super easy for the participant to find their plate!


Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.

Thanks again. 

WOYWW 1/11/12

WOYWW 1/11/12


Ok, I’m a day late – I often am now days.  When I was younger I was a puncutality freak.  If I wasn’t 15 minutes early, I’d would rather not go.  Then something happened – fibromayalgia?  having a baby?  taking out granddaughter to raise? getting older? realizing that I could edit a document or work on a craft project with that exta 15 minutes?  I may never know!

But to the purpose of the post, here’s WOYWW this week!





Here is the area behnd the TV I have carved out for myselt. It's a mess right now, but gradually it is taking shape!








My sign is finished! Mod Podged and dried and ready to hang!

Here are 2 more projects I have been working on. The one of the left is a painted and embellished wooden box. I did one with a fleur-de-lis for my neice. The ones on the right are fleur-de-lis emellishments I am working on for Mardi Gras. They can be maganets, pins, card embellishements, etc, If you would really like some of these plastic do-dads to work on yourself, I'd be happy to list some on Listia.com for you!

Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #5: Not Just Another “Cookie Cutter” Wreath

This is a close up of the foam "cookies" I made for the wreath. I will post a tutorial on these at a later date.

I “decorated” some craft foam cut-out “cookie” hearts for this Valentine’s Day Wreath. It really needs a few more “cookies” but I am out of tan craft foam. I will be posting a tutorial on making these “cookies” soon. Keep your eyes peeled!
Note I used some scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby that has sayings on it like “I Love Jesus” and “Love”.
This photo shows the wreath with a cake plate in the center. As my teired cake plate is on top of the frig I used a cookie tin as a cake stand. One thing I found is that you will need more cutters or cutter ornaments for the table decoration than the wreath.

Again, you will need more "cookies" for the Table Decoration than the Wreath.

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #5:  Not Just Another “Cookie Cutter” Wreath


Instead of a store bought “cookie cutter” wreath that is just like everyone else’s on the block why not hang a wreath that is unique and carries out the “cut-out cookie” theme of your seasonal decorating?  Hang this wreath in in the kitchen or on the front or kitchen door to welcome in a sweet holiday season!


Don’t limit this craft project just to Christmas – this can also be adapted for Valentine’s Day, Easter or any other holidays.

  • Heart shaped cookie cutter ornaments or “cookies” on a lighted, bare branch tree for Valentine’s Day. February 14th
  • Washington’s profile “cookies” (Yes, I have this cutter!) for his birthday/President’s Day.  This is my husband’s hero so shouldn’t I do a wreath to surprise him? February 20th
  • Fleur-de-lis (have it!), alligators (have it too!), state of Louisiana (yes, got it!), and crawfish (have a lobster, will that do?) for an unique Mardi Gras Wreath.  February 21 st
  • Green frosted shamrocks for Saint Patrick’s Day. March 17th
  • “Welcome Spring” or Easter wreath with pastel metal cutters or pastel frosted “cookies”. April 8th
  • Wreath full of cookie cutter or “cookie” stars for the Memorial Day/Fourth of July/Veteran’s Day.  May 28th/July 4th /November 11th
  • Sugar cookies for Sweetest Day.  October 20th
  • Halloween “cookies” for Halloween.  October 31st
  • Gobbler “cookies” for Thanksgiving.  November 21st
  • And of course Christmas!  December 25th

Don’t you love the title of this post?  I really like the play on words!



  • Wreath – grapevine, greenery, etc.
  • Cookie cutters or “cookies”
  • Raffia/ribbon/etc. to make bow
  • Raffia, ribbons, chenille stems

Also Needed (Optional):

  • 3 to 5 pillar candles
  • 3 tier cake stand
  • Pedestal cake plate
  • Display “cookies”
  • Cut-out cookies
  • Seasonal floral picks




Not Just Another “Cookie Cutter” Christmas Wreath: 

  1. Start with a wreath:  greenery, grapevine, etc.
  2. Consider adding lights for some sparkle.
  3. Tie cookie cutters or cookie ornaments (store bought or homemade, see link below) onto a simple evergreen wreath with raffia, ribbons, chenille stems, strips of torn fabric.  Glue them on with a few glue dots or hot glue gun. See links to posts below for instructions on making “cookies”, scrapbook paper backed ornaments, and attaching cutters.
    1. Again, green cookie cutters will not show to the best advantage – – – copper or brightly colored plastic will show off to the best advantage.
    2. This is another chance to showcase those prized, vintage cookie cutters.
    3. Instead of using full size ornaments how about a plethora (I love this word!) of mini ginger bread and candy cane ornaments or mini cutters?
    4. See Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #1: Cut-Out “Cookie” or Cookie Cutter Christmas Ornament Garland for additional tips.
  4. Add some floral picks if desired.  My choice – red & white peppermint candy picks for Christmas.
  5. Add a coordinating bow of ribbon, raffia, torn fabric strips, etc. and you are ready to hang your unique Not Just Another “Cookie Cutter” Wreath!

 Not Just Another “Cookie Cutter“ Christmas Wreath: Table Centerpiece:  Instead of hanging your wreath use it as a unique table centerpiece.   Or make two wreaths, one to hang and one for the table.  Picture a wreath loaded with cut-out cookies and gingerbread as a table centerpiece at the Annual Cookie Swap Party!

  1. Place the wreath flat in the center of the table,
  2. In the center of the wreath add three to five (remember the “rule of 3” from Post #4?)  pillar candles of varying heights in Christmas colors or colors matching your color scheme.  Depending on the height of your wreath you may need to put a cookie tin or small box in the middle to raise the candle height.
  3. Instead of candles place a pedestal cake plate or three tiered pie stand in the center of the wreath and load it with, you guessed it, cut-out sugar cookies!  Want something to keep out all season long?  Make and paint the salt dough “cookies” mentioned in a earlier post (see link below).  Do not add hangers to these.







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