- Thin chipboard
- Chunky glitter
- Mini bells
- Mod Podge Glue
- Hot glue gun
- Paint brush
- Paper plate
It's the most wonderful time of the year...and the busiest time of the year! Sometimes when decorating for the holidays, it's easy to forget the small details. This simple and affordable craft adds a sparkly touch to your holiday dinner party, and the best part is that you can finish them in less than an hour. These glitter wreaths will keep the kids busy and the chunky glitter is easy to clean up. So let's get started!
Start this craft by tracing an outline around the mouth of the your cup.
Use your scissors to cut AROUND the traced line in a wave-like form. It's alright if your cuts are a little uneven because these imperfections give your wreath a more authentic shape. To cut out the center, you may need to use a box cutter to make a small hole. Then begin to cut in the same wave-like form on the inside of the wreath so that your finished cuts appear like the shapes below.
Now it's time to break out the Mod Podge! I used the gloss Mod Podge, but it really doesn't matter because the adhesive will be covered with glitter. Use a paint brush to cover the chipboard with a full amount of adhesive. Because we're using chunky glitter, you want to make sure that you're using a generous amount of adhesive to ensure that the glitter sticks. For easy clean-up, use a simple paper plate to avoid stains on your furniture.
We opted to use the Recollections brand chunky glitter in gold, though there are many kinds of chunky glitter in all sorts of colors and shapes. You could opt to use red hearts or vibrant blue, depending on the decor of your home or the theme of your party.
Begin pouring glitter over the chipboard, until it fully covers all of the adhesive. Allow each wreath to dry for at least 15 minutes.
As you make each wreath, fold your plate in half and pour remaining glitter off of the plate and back into your glitter bottle. If you don't have a paper plate, you can do the same thing with a piece of scrapbook paper.
Now let's make the lovely bow and bell! Begin by cutting a 12" piece of ribbon and loop the ribbon through the top hole on the bell.
From there, fold your ribbon behind the bell. Our special bow-making technique? Don't overthink it. Just tie your ribbon the same way you'd tie your shoes!
Use your scissors to cut a "V" shape at the edge of your ribbon. Be sure your scissors are sharp, otherwise your edges will become frayed.
Finally, use a dab of hot glue to adhere the ribbon & bell to the top of each wreath.
Now the last step is very easy...place these festive glitter wreaths on each place setting for your dinner party! Your party guests will love these beautiful additions, and when you're finished using them for your party, you can decorate with them or you can add them as finishing touches for your Christmas gifts.
Thanks for taking some time to check out this post and please let us know what you think! Happy Holidays, Sparkers!
Days are longer, leaves are changing, and shoppers are getting a head start on their holiday gift hunting. Yes, we have officially entered into the busy fall frenzy. And if you're like me, then you probably have no shortage of errands to run. From the office to the grocery store, it's easy to become overwhelmed with a lot of STUFF. So lately, I find myself becoming the unofficial spokesperson for reusable bags. Reusable bags are more durable than plastic ones, and there's a rumor going around that they're better for the environment. So why not make a one-of-a-kind tote bag? And hey, while we're at it, let's add an inspirational message.
Let me begin by saying that I decided to use the message "Choose To Be Grateful" to remind myself to focus on the positive instead of the negative. As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I want to be sure that I cherish what matters most -- my loved ones and the precious moments I've shared with them. Of course, you can choose your own message, perhaps a short phrase from a beloved poem or the title of your favorite song. There are endless options and your tote bag can serve as a great canvas for self-expression.
Let's get started with our simple supplies. You can get this burlap tote bag at a craft store - we found this 12" x 12" burlap gift bag at a Joann craft store, but there are comparable bags on Amazon.
I recommend a stencil for the lettering. However, I didn't find a stencil with the right font style or proper size for this bag, so I decided to trace around sticker letters and fill each letter with paint. You can choose whichever method you prefer, depending on the message you'd like to print on the bag.
If you're using a stencil, the process is pretty simple. Measure your space and use a pen to lightly mark where you'd like each word to begin and end. This will ensure that the spacing is equal and the printed message is centered on the bag. Place your stencils on your bag - you may want to use painters tape to hold your stencils in place while you paint. BEFORE you begin painting, place a large piece of paper inside the bag to keep paint from seeping through the burlap. Be careful not to apply too much paint so that things don't get messy.
If you're not using a stencil and you prefer to use the slightly more complicated option of tracing around stickers, then start placing the stickers on the bag, using a ruler to position each word (see the image below).
The sticker-trace method gives you some flexibility, as it allows you to visualize how the printed message will actually appear on the bag and you can adjust each letter until the entire message is properly aligned. This method is also pretty error proof, if you take your time.
Trace with a pen and then begin painting inside each letter with a small paint brush. Try not to coat your bag with too much paint - you don't want the letters to be all goopy, and it will take longer to dry. Allow to dry for about 20 minutes and you're all done!
I've got to say, I LOVE carrying my burlap tote bag! I carry it with me all the time now, especially on trips to the grocery store. The best thing about carrying this bag is that it reminds me to be grateful for all of the things that I'm fortunate enough to put inside of it.
Hope you've enjoyed this craft. Try it out and tell us what you think!
Walking through my local craft store, I stumbled upon a rubber stamp of a striking deer that I thought would work very well for a DIY project. I knew that I wanted to use it for the holidays, but I wasn't sure what to stamp. Then I came across some white napkins and thought the two of them together would make a great holiday craft. The mix of the bold black stamp and the bright white of the napkin gives this craft the perfect blend of vintage and modern. These napkins are simple to make so pull out your favorite rubber stamps and let's get started!
For this DIY you'll need:
Before stamping, you're sure to have purchased a napkin that came folded, with a lot of creases. Iron those creases as best you can which will ensure the ink isn't spotty in those creased ares. For this craft, I used fabric paint instead of an ink pad. I wanted to freely paint the paint on the stamp to make sure it touched every part of the stamp. Sometimes the ink pad add too much ink in certain areas which can add unwanted spots on the design. It was more time consuming, but it was worth it.
I decided to stamp all over the napkin but in a staggered pattern. Ha! No pun intended :). If you want to be sure you have as straight of a line as possible, use tape as a guideline. Lay the stamp at the top corner of the napkin. Tear off a piece of tape the width of the napkin and lay it just below the stamp. That will be the guide for your first row. You can also tear a tape lengthwise for more accuracy if you want.
Place a piece of paper or cardboard underneath, as the paint will bleed through the napkin a little bit. Paint the stamp or use the ink pad and stamp right at the top corner. Each stamped deer is about a finger-width apart. Continue to do this until you get to the end of the napkin. Remove the tape, lay the stamp, ink side up, on the napkin and place the tape down again for the second row.
Repeat this process until you get the bottom/end of the napkin. When you are complete, let the paint dry for about an hour. Once it is completely dry, you can set the paint by ironing over top of the napkin on a low setting. Be sure to hand wash these napkins to ensure they last a long time.
Now it's time to determine if these are just for decoration or to actually use! Happy DIY!