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Christmas Cards for Your Kids to Make!


Christmas Cards for Your Kids to Make!

 If your kids are like mine they love to give gifts but buying gifts for EVERYONE on your little person’s list (from grandma to the dog to the man in the moon) is impossible unless you are independently wealthy!  If you are then stop reading this and immediately wire me a couple of million (lol)! 

I always took my kids to a dollar store (the one’s where everything is literally a dollar) when they were younger to buy their gifts.  But the usefulness and quality of the selections leave a little to be desired and after all – how many coffee mugs and “dust collectors” can one person use?

So, why not make a gift card that will last longer than the gift?  If you have punches grab some wrapping paper, construction paper, glue, gift ribbon, buttons, yarn, etc.  If you don’t have any punch outs you can acquire some punch outs on eBay or Listia.

This craft project costs you nothing but time to make the punch outs as you simply use materials like construction and wrapping paper and glue sticks – which every prudent mother has on-hand.  I also like this craft project because it saves bits and pieces of paper (i.e.; the wrapping paper scraps) and crafting materials (ribbon “snips”, stray rhinestones, etc.) from the trash.   I keep a jar beside my craft desk and I throw those scraps of ribbon, stray rhinestones and buttons, snips of fabric, and such.  And when I am doing a project that requires bits I turn to this jar.

This also makes a great last minute gift (or even a “not-so-last-minute”) when combined with some handmade coupons for a kiss, a hug, 10 minutes of quiet time, clean room, trying a new vegetable, etc.   If you are at a lost on how to get started there are some very good sites out there that will show you how.  Find one on eHow;  “How to Make a Printable Coupon Kids Can Give”And find some great suggestion on what to put on your cards on Kids Love To Know “How to Your Own Coupons Your Parents”.

MATERIALS:

  • Construction or scrapbook Paper
  • Blank note cards (optional)
  • Large envelopes (optional)
  • Stamps (optional)
  • Punches
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Markers, gel pen, metallic sharpies, crayons
  • Other Materials: yarn, gift wrap ribbon, rick-rack, sequins, mini pom-poms, “paper” stickers, rhinestones

 INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut or help your child to cut a piece of construction paper in half then fold it to make a card. The cards can be any size but I found a note card size worked best for me.  If making gift cards to attach to presents cut the paper into fourths then fold.
  2. Provide the paper materials to your child.  Help them to make punch outs if needed. 
  3. Save the reverse punches (the “hole” left behind in the paper).  These make some really cute cards.  For example; Punch out a row of evenly spaced hearts (make the first punch, then place the puncher edge touching the right edge of the hole and make the second punch, and so on).  Apply glue “around” the holes and then glue a wrapping paper strip to the paper (design side down so the wrapping paper design shows through the heart shaped holes).  Let dry and then cut the reverse punch strip off.  Glue to the card.
  4. Let your kids decorate the outside of the cards the punches and embellishments.  I have posted photos of some sample cards I made.  Coordinate the cards with the wrapping paper if the card is to be placed on a gift.
  5. Help your kids write a personal message on the inside of the card and then let them sign it.  If you are using a dark color of paper give them a metallic sliver Sharpie or gel marker to do this.  Another option is to cut pieces of light colored construction paper slightly smaller than the card and glue it on the insides of the cards.  Either write on it before your child glues it or allow the glue to dry before writing the message.
  6. Finish the card off perfectly with a stamp or sticker won the back.  Or simply write something like “Buggal Cards” or “Made especially for you by Buggal”.
  7. Wrap the card with gift wrap and then delver it in person or put it in an envelope and mail to the recipient.
  8. Don’t forget to take photos for your scrapbook!

  Thanks so much for taking a look.  I’d LOVE to hear from you!

buggalcrafts

To make a REVERSE PUNCH STRIP, Punch out a row of evenly spaced hearts (make the first punch, then place the puncher edge touching the right edge of the hole and make the second punch, and so on).

To make a REVERSE PUNCH STRIP, Punch out a row of evenly spaced hearts (make the first punch, then place the puncher edge touching the right edge of the hole and make the second punch, and so on).

Apply glue “around” the holes and then glue a wrapping paper strip to the paper (design side down so the wrapping paper design shows through the heart shaped holes).

Apply glue “around” the holes and then glue a wrapping paper strip to the paper (design side down so the wrapping paper design shows through the heart shaped holes).

Let dry and then cut the reverse punch strip off.  Glue to the card.

Let dry and then cut the reverse punch strip off. Glue to the card.

Glue the strip to the card.

Glue the strip to the card.

Snowflake Card: Save those mis-punched snowflakes then glue them to the edges of the card for a complete "snowy" look. I used 3 sizes of snowflake punches.Holly Card:  Run a line of glue across the card in a wavy pattern.  Then glue a piece of yarn to the page.  Let dry and then accent with holly and berries (martha Stewart Holly & Berries punch).  The berries the punch makes are way small so I punch bigger berries with a regular hole punch..

Snowflake Card: Save those mis-punched snowflakes then glue them to the edges of the card for a complete “snowy” look. I used 3 sizes of snowflake punches.
Holly Card: Run a line of glue across the card in a wavy pattern. Then glue a piece of yarn to the page. Let dry and then accent with holly and berries (martha Stewart Holly & Berries punch). The berries the punch makes are way small so I punch bigger berries with a regular hole punch..

Flower Card:  Use rick-rack or use a zig-zag punch (EK Sucess) to make paper rick-rack for the stems.  I used a comos punch to punch a flower from red construction paper and red gingham wrapping paper.  Glue them together and glue a 1/2 inch round punch as the center.  Glue to card and when dry bend the petal up to create a 3D effect.Present Card:  Simply glue ribbon in a criss-cross pattern and then use a jumbo Recollections tag punch to make a tag.  Write a message on the tag and you're done!.

Flower Card: Use rick-rack or use a zig-zag punch (EK Sucess) to make paper rick-rack for the stems. I used a comos punch to punch a flower from red construction paper and red gingham wrapping paper. Glue them together and glue a 1/2 inch round punch as the center. Glue to card and when dry bend the petal up to create a 3D effect.
Present Card: Simply glue ribbon in a criss-cross pattern and then use a jumbo Recollections tag punch to make a tag. Write a message on the tag and you’re done!.

Gingerbread Cameo:  Glue a strip of ribbon to the card.  I save the tail end scraps of ribbon rolls for this purpose.  Glue a 2 inch cameo (EK Sucess) in the center of the card.  Then glue a punch or place a sticker in the cameo.Snowman Card:  I used a McGill snoman punch to make these snowmen but you could just as easily use nesting cirle punches and stack them.  Draw on the features and arms with markers.

Gingerbread Cameo: Glue a strip of ribbon to the card. I save the tail end scraps of ribbon rolls for this purpose. Glue a 2 inch cameo (EK Sucess) in the center of the card. Then glue a punch or place a sticker in the cameo.
Snowman Card: I used a McGill snoman punch to make these snowmen but you could just as easily use nesting cirle punches and stack them. Draw on the features and arms with markers.

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Seed Packet Ornament


Seed Packet Ornament

I found these cute seed packets on clearance for TEN CENTS at the local dollar store and just could not resist them! I really did not have an idea in mind but after a little thinking I came up with a way to use them on my seasonal garland.

Of course this would be just as easy to make the ornament with a spring or summer theme.   So save those empty seed packets from the trash and up-cycle them to a new life on your seasonal wreath or tree.

Materials Needed

  • Seed Packets
  • Buttons
  • Raffia
  • Cardstock

Also Needed

  • Cosmos Flower Punch
  • Pinking Shears
  • Glue
  • Glue Dots
  • Hole Punch

Instructions

  1. Empty the seeds from the packet.  I am saving mine to be planted per the package direction.
  2. Glue the seed packet to a piece of cardstock and allow to dry.
  3. Cut around the packet leaving a 1/4th to 1/2 th inch border.
  4. Punch two holes in the top of the seed packet and attach a raffia hanger.
  5. Punch two cosmos flowers from contrasting cardstock.
  6. Glue the two punches together and attach a button to the center with a Glue Dot.  Bend the petals of the upper punch up around the button.
  7. Attach the flower to the seed packet.

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.

Up-Cycled Button Container


Up-Cycled Button Container

I LOVE the buttons in the small “button containers” for around a dollar from Wal-mart and Michael’s – the ones with a plastic barrel and enormous button top – and I’ve saved all the empty containers with endless crafting possibilities in mind!

There are just so many uses for these little containers:

Decoratively store your buttons until you are ready to use them.  Try displaying them in an old shadow box!

  1. Decoratively store your tiny crafting materials (like those googley eyes that always end up EVERYWHERE) in the same manner.
  2. Use every part of the button container: Use the LARGE button top as a craft accent on a “Cute as a Button” photo frame or other button craft project.  Use the barrel of the container as a drawer organizer in a shallow drawer.  And finally use the ribbon as an ornament hanger.
  3. Turning the entire container into a sewing ornament with fabric, rick-rack, lace and buttons.
  4. What ideas can you come up with?

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this post.  I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Please take the time to leave me a comment.

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

Fourth of July Cookie Cutter Ornament Recycled From a Broken Cookie Cutter


Fourth of July Cookie Cutter Ornament Recycled From a Broken Cookie Cutter

I started with a broken cutter that I was reluctant to just couldn’t make myself throw away (“Do you hear my momma whispering in my ear too?”).  So it sat on my craft desk since Valentine’s Day until I was working on my Patriotic Garland (coming to you in a blog near you soon!) and ding, ding, ding it occurred to me I could make it into a cute ornament for my garland.

What I really like about this craft is that simply by changing the fabric, the trim, and the shape of the cutter you can easily customize this to any holiday or use it “as is” for a “Country Denim Christmas”.   And of course you don’t have to use a “don’t throw it out” cutter, you could use an unbroken one.

 

Materials

  • Red, White & Blue Torn Fabric Strips
  • Red, White & Blue Rick-Rack
  • Star or Heart Cookie Cutter

Also Needed

  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Fabric Glue

Photo Tutorial

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. Really, please do – I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks again.

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

Before & After: From “Bad Candle” to “Fab Candle”! A Fleur-de-lis Embellished Candle


The “before”: What Can Be Done With This?

Before & After:

From “Bad” to “Fab”!

A Fleur-de-lis Embellished Candle

Can this candle be “Saved From the Trash” or from a life as the designated “emergency” candle?

I bought the really great re-usable metal fleur-de-lis candle embellishment and it came with a less than specular green candle.

If you know me you know I both CAN’T bear to throw anything that might be used in the next 100 years away (look for me on the TV show Hoarders in about 10 years!) and that I am too thrifty to get rid of anything that can be used again (hence the shed full of stuff!).

So, my question to myself was “Could I salvage this candle AND do it within my budget (FREE!)?”.

The "after". Fab!

Well, I think I did a pretty good job of giving this candle a new life. It wasn’t without a couple of mishaps, but I think that it came out better for those “slips of the scissors” than the way I originally planned.

If you are using a “trash” candle and would like to paint it, by all means, learn from my experience and paint the candle BEFORE you decorate it.

This candle should be used for DECORATIVE PURPOSES ONLY because of the paint and paper adhering to the candle.

Materials

  • Gold or black pillar      candle
  • Black flocked scrapbook      paper
  • Gold-tone      patterned scrapbook paper
  • Black & gold      patterned ribbon – narrow and wide
  • Gold-tone &      black ornamental buttons (shank back)
  • Gold-tone      fleur-de-lis candle insert or push-pin
  • Straight pins

Also Needed

  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Silver metallic permanent marker
  • Gold metallic paint (optional)
  • Gold glitter paint (optional)

Photo Tutorial

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.

buggalcrafts

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