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Outside Mesh Wreath

 

  • Purchase a wire  wreath form from a craft supply store.
  • Using floral wire cut three 6 inch  strings per section of wreath form.
  • Tie the strings in the form of a triangle on the section.  Two on the outer edge.  One on the inside of the section.
  • Buy floral mesh from  a craft supply store.
  • Using the mesh gather it in large sections and tie off on the wreath form.  Go around one edge first and then fill in the center afterwards.
  • Fluff the mesh so it puffs.
  • Cut 6 inch strings of the floral wire and secure unbreakable Christmas balls around the rim.  Four or five medium balls should do.
  • Make a bow using these instructions.
  • Secure bow to rim off the wreath and cut off edges.
  • Re-fluff the mesh so that it is even around the form\
  • Enjoy!

Ornament Clay

2 cups flour

1/2 cup salt

3/4 cup water

Mix together and knead until you have a smooth consistency.  Roll out onto waxed paper and cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters.  Move to a baking tray.  Use a straw to poke a hole in the dough for a hanger.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1/2 hour and allow to cool.

Paint or spray paint ornaments and string with ribbon.  In this example some of the ornaments have been sprayed with chalk board paint so that names can be written on them with chalk.

When finished ornaments may be sprayed with a sealer.

Mosaic Picture

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You will need the glass from 2 discount store picture frames.  Chose any size desired.
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Place one of the glass pane over card stock or paper.  I have used red in this example to better define the size of the glass.
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If you are proficient cutting glass than cut glass pieces in shapes  and place on the glass in the desired location.  If you do not cut glass small square pieces of glass can be purchased at craft and discount stores.  You can also purchase  pre-cut glass pieces from stained glass outlets.  Unless you have experience cutting glass I do not recommend that you start without appropriate instruction.  This example shows a cut glass picture.
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Once you have laid out your entire image get some glass glue from the discount store and glue each small piece of glass to the glass backing.  The glass glue will dry clear.
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Mix tile grout in your desired color according to manufacturer’s instructions.
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Apply liberally to the picture covering all crevices.  Grout is corrosive so please be sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for safety.
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With a damp sponge remove the extra grout.  Let the grout dry and then remove the remaining film off of the glass with a damp sponge.
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Glue second pane of glass in place and let dry.  There are several ways to finish the edges.  The easiest way is to purchase decorative duct tape and tape the edges in place.  This example shows a decorative green tape that was purchased at a discount store.
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Finished pane resting on the table.  The clear colored glass will glow when exposed  to light.
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The center image held up to the light.

 

Covered Box

Using a  good quality card board box this craft covers creating a covered box using Modge Podge, paper napkins and ribbon.IMG_0600

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Tear up napkins into small pieces in a variety of shapes and sizes.
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Apply Modge Podge to the box.  Place napkin on box and then “paint” over the napkin with the Modge Podge .
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When finished the the surface will be milky white and uneven.  The Modge Podge will dry clear.
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If the inside of the box is stained glue card stock of a preferred color to the panels.
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Cut straight pieces to paste on the sides of the box.
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Modge Podge the picture on the box.
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When dry spray with sealer.  The surface will be shiny but will mellow slightly as it dries.
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Cut pieces of wide ribbon to cover the sides and flaps of the box.
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Glue ribbon on edges using  glue gun.
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Be sure to glue edges down against the box.
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When finished apply a box to the across the corner of the box.  Instructions on creating a bow are found in an the blog post for creating a wreath.
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The box pictured when finished.