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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / christmas ornaments - using recycled materials on: December 22, 2010 04:59:41 PM
This year I thought I'd make an ornament from recycled materials I had an abundance of. So I had juice can lids, straws, old Christmas cards, paper ream banding ribbons, burnt out christmas light bulbs, and some little bits of ribbon.
It was great for a Christmas card/ small gift for giving out to people. I hope they liked them.

This is the materials used:

This is the card backside that opens up with a little note:

Merry Christmas!  

I know Christmas is over, but now it's a quiet time to post a few pics
on how these are done...

-The ribbon was this width, so to make a little cone-shape, I wrapped it around my finger to find that each piece needed to be this length. - Make 10 for each one.

-Glue them edge to edge to make like a flower.
It will look like it can't lay flat - don't worry, it will.

-I had scrapped several mini light sets of Christmas lights because the bulbs were all burnt out (just twist them, and they come right out) Trim off any little wires with wire cutters.
-Hot-glue them to an old piece of cardboard and spray-paint them red. It took a couple of days to dry properly because it's winter here.
When dry, just pick em off (or run your hand across them & they all lay down- easy!) and pick the old glue blob off

Here's a picture of each step:

-Glue a ribbon loop on (use hi-temp hot glue here).
-Glue on the ribbon flower from above (use hi-temp hot glue here).
-Glue on a pom-pom/jingle bell in middle.
-Glue a little lightbulb inside each "cone" (use hi-temp hot glue here). -Cut a straw into small pieces that are long enough to cover each "cone's" seam (aprox 1" or 2.5cm).
-Glue them, then trim each straw at an angle so they have a pointy tip (use lo-temp hot glue here).
-Glue sequins around the top edge of each "cone" (use lo-temp hot glue here)
Tip:to pick up a sequin easily, use a NEW pencil with a NEW eraser - moisten the eraser with a damp sponge...or your tongue! Put a blob of glue on the "cone" first, then apply the sequin - easy!

To Do The Back:
-Use a protractor to draw the right size circle that will fit into the recessed edge of the metal lid.
-Once you cut the right-sized circle of paper, make 2 templates-1 of thin cardboard (cereal/cracker box) 1 of thin,see-thru rigid plastic (cookie/toy package)
-Use the see-thru template to find the "perfect image" from your old Christmas cards. Cut out your circle picture
Tip:write your message on this before gluing it

-Take a little remanant of ribbon (this will make a hinge) and hot glue half of it to the top back of your circle picture the other half hot glue to the juice can lid (use hi-temp glue here)
-Use the cardboard template, make 1 paper circle and glue to lid (use hi-temp glue here)

Have An Awesome Day!

12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Repurposed bubble wrap on: December 21, 2010 07:16:43 PM
This time of year we get soooo much packaging material at work coming in with orders. So I thought maybe turning some of it into some fun Christmas decorations. This is the first one... a bubble wrap garland! The candy striped things are address labels.

13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Juice Can Lid Ornaments on: November 14, 2010 09:00:53 PM
This started as a challenge between a crafty friend & I where we both chose the
same craft material as a base & make each other a gift with it. My grandmother passed away a few years ago, I was blessed to have inherited her crafting abilities, her 70's costume jewellry, & BIG button box! Maybe some of these will inspire you!

14  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / wallpaper gift bows on: October 31, 2010 08:18:40 PM
My mum gave me some wallpaper sample books & I've been looking for some uses for them. After being inspired by miss american pie's tutorial on making these,


I made some using the wallpaper sample pages. I wished mine were as big as hers, but the little paper fastener I used was small. Oh well, next batch!

15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Happy Mother's Day! on: October 31, 2010 07:41:55 PM
This is my mum who liked her candy bouquet I made. I took a picture of it before being nibbled, it had all her favourites in it. Luv ya mum! <3

Materials: Recycled styrofoam block (from a fax machine box)
              bbq skewers
              tissue paper
              ribbon...and CANDY!         
16  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Victorian wallpaper papercraft ornaments on: October 31, 2010 07:20:11 PM
I'm just getting started with these, more to follow....

The goal is to do a whole treefull - back to work!
17  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Wallpaper paper chain on: October 31, 2010 06:10:14 PM
I wanted to make a paper chain for my papercraft ornament Christmas tree, so I used wallpaper sample book pages & used a version of a "gum wrapper" paper chain.
It is VERY long!

18  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Bubble Tea on: July 18, 2010 04:25:32 PM
I had bubble tea for the first time in Montreal & really liked it. so when I came back home I looked around for it, but nobody makes it, so while on vacation in Ottawa, I found an Asian food store that sold the gelatin bubbles and flavouring. Anybody know what quantities to use of tea, soy milk, ice?
19  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / acrylic tubes that come with flowers on: February 28, 2010 05:12:21 PM
I was cleaning out my craft room and came across these acrylic tubes that have a rubber cap - florists
include them with the roses they sell. I've kept them over the years thinking I'd come up with a craft
idea for them - but I haven't...so I turn to you asking for help!  
I love to garden and so far I've taken cut blooms, put them in these and given them to neighbours
that's all - nothing crafty
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