Posts Tagged ‘paper’

How To (Shamrock Candy Pot)

March 12, 2010

One of many in a string of St. Patrick’s Day Party posts! This post will show you how to put to use the paper flowers I taught you how to make in my video tutorial. For St. Patrick’s day I changed the shape to a shamrock…but it’s the same idea.

St. Patricks Day Planning

You can do this the easy way and just cover a box with pretty wrapping paper, but I wanted mine to hold candy. Cut four 6×6 squares of foam core and wrap them in pretty wrapping paper. I got this roll from Party City for 99 cents.

Glue all of the edges of these pieces together to make a cube. On the inside, to make it a bit stronger, use the hot glue like caulk on all of the joints.

St. Patricks Day Planning

Set the cube down on top of some foam core and trace the cube on the inside to cut a shape that will fit inside the cube. Cut it out and wrap it with the wrapping paper.

Push this last piece down inside the cube about an inch from the top. From the bottom inside again use the hot glue like a caulking gun to secure it in place.

While holding that inside platform from the bottom, poke a hole in the top to insert the stem of your flower. Secure it with hot glue around the stem.

Fill it with candy!

St. Patricks Day Planning

Decorate the box with ribbons or cut outs. I filled mine with skittles to match my rainbow cupcakes. I had looked into green M&M’s but they’re so expensive! Try dying jordan almonds in a bag with food coloring, or selecting Jelly Belly Jelly beans in the bulk candy section is even a little more cost effective.

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How To (Party Lights)

March 10, 2010

Here is a quick and easy tutorial on how to turn your pendant lighting into party lighting!

St. Pats Day Decorations

We have a big St. Pat’s Day party coming up and I’ve taken charge of the decorating. These fun cellophane ruffles fit over your pendant lighting and can be reused again next year!

For this you will need some ribbon, a piece of plain paper, and a roll of cellophane wrapping paper. You can buy this clear paper in fun colors at the dollar store (thats where I got mine in gold and green). It is, I think, the same kind of stuff you would use to wrap a gift basket. It comes on a roll the same size as wrapping paper.

Cut a piece that fits your pendant light leaving some extra space to hang past the bottom rim of the light, and  add a few inches to the top so that it can be folded over and create a clean edge at the top. I would say an extra 3 or 4 inches.

Also cut a piece of plain white paper that is the circumfrance as the top of the pendant light plus an inch or so to overlap. I doubled this paper up for strength.

At the sewing machine, fold over the top of your green cellophane lengthwise. Put this piece, fold side down, on top of your white paper strip. Start sewing down the lenght of the white paper strip stopping every few stitches with the needle down in the paper and the foot up to fold the green cellophane back on itself. This will create lots of little pleats. My pleats were each about a half inch in width. Space them out so that your green cellophane ends at the end of the white paper.

St. Pats Day Decorations

It will look like this from behind when you remove it from the machine. Next you’ll need to cut a piece of your accent color, in this case gold, that will hang out below the green and fluff up above it. This time at the machine the green cellophane will be face down and you will lay the accent cellophane over the top of it. Sew it the same way stopping every few stitches to fold it back on itself and finishing it off at the end of the white paper.

St. Pats Day Decorations

To apply it to your pendant light, put a roll of tape on one end and over lap that end over the other while it is on your pendant. I added a white ribbon to cover up the stitch and thats it!

They look so pretty all lit up and cast a lovely green glow. The best part is they are sturdy enough for a second use!

Keep looking back for more ideas for your St.Pat’s day party including menu ideas, drink ideas, and a few more decorations!

How To (Paper Garland)

March 9, 2010

This is a really easy party decoration that you can pull off with what you have at home. You can use plain paper you have around the house, print out some beautiful patterns, or buy some sparkly patterned paper from the craft store.

Depending on how you would like the finished product to look, glue two pieces of paper together so you have pattern on both sides. Use a festive hole punch to pop out large shapes or just cut circles, squares, diamonds…whatever you like! I was hoping to find a shamrock but instead I found this 1.5 inch flower. Close enough!

St. Pats Day Decorations

While you’re at it, cut out a few sheets of extra punches to use as confetti!

Pull some extra thread out of your machine so you have enough left over thread to tie up your garland. Stack two flowers together and sew down the center. Back stitch at either end of the flower.

Lift the foot and pull the flower out the back of the machine a bit so you leave a space before you add the next pair of flowers. Continue this until your garland is long enough.

St. Pats Day Decorations

Clip the garland from the machine. Take one of the flower pairs and fold each flower in half away from the other. It will make an “X” shape if you look at it from the end.

St. Pats Day Decorations

Fold all of your flowers in half…and you’re done! I made six strands to hang from the chandelier in the dining room.

St. Pats Day Decorations

Up next I’ll show you some fun cellophane lamp covers in green, green party poofs, and potted paper shamrocks with green M&M’s.

Paper Flowers (How-To)

March 3, 2010

For this project you will need:

  • Glue Stick
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • 3 sheets of paper
  • Bone folder

For a recent Baby Shower I used these pretty paper flowers for decorations. I’ll show you how to use these and other paper craft ideas in your party planning with an upcoming post. For now, follow this tutorial and whip a few up!

I recommend using a hot glue gun on the flower for a cleaner look, but a stapler is still best for the stem and leaves.

Moving Paper

January 26, 2010

At the moment I feel like a bit of a tool as I am blogging from a café. But there are things to be done!

Above is a beautiful video from New Zealand to promote books. I am a collector of pop-up books and while this might not be a traditional pop-up book…it is pages coming to life!

How To (Make Paper Bags)

December 11, 2009

Here is another one of my promised posts that I am checking off of my list of things to do.

Last week I had my first craft show and tried to make lots to save money. One of the things I cut cost on were paper bags. The cheapest I found were 13 bags for $6 but I found that the office supply store sold a roll of shipping paper for $5 and with this sewing technique and the size bag I wanted, I was able to get 60+ out of it! Quite a deal if you have the time!

Firstly…I apologize for the terrible photos. There isn’t much good lighting once the sun goes down in this house and I was working frantically to get things done for the craft show.

How To (Make Fancy Paper Bags)Fold the paper back on its self at about the size you want your finished bag width. Add an inch or so for seam allowance and cut it off.

I then folded that piece in half and cut it to get the right height for my bag, but then that depends on what size bag you’re going for.

How To (Make Fancy Paper Bags)

Here are the two bags I can get out of one strip of paper. You are then going to sew down along the cut edge of the bag. I use a long and wide zig zag stitch to make it decorative. I also used bright threads, and mixed up my bobbin and thread colors.

Once that stitch is sewn, use a bone folder to center the seam over the back of the bag, press the edges of the bag and flatten the seam up the back.

How To (Make Fancy Paper Bags)The seam should run up the back like this. I then used my paper-cutter to add a scalloped edge to the top and bottom of the bag. You don’t need to but it looked nice!

How To (Make Fancy Paper Bags)Fold up the bottom edge of the bag and press it flat with the bone folder. Zig zag stitch it down. I again used bright colors and a different bobbin color to show up on the front of the bag.

All done! It’s the same concept as an envelope really and works best for flatter items. I was selling my custom coloring books so a little bright tissue paper, a book, and this cute bag customized with my hand carved stamp worked out great.

Good luck!

2 for Tea

November 22, 2009

Cups of Tea

Cups of Tea Screen Printed Cards by Larara

LaRara is an artist working in Sydney Australia that sells to local shops, occasional markets, private commission and on her etsy store.

I really love her illustration work and this eclectic little collection of tea cups is charming! She also has a set of cards for sale with a variety of wooden chair designs. Her shop has a great inventory of thank you cards and holiday cards, so get your orders in now!

Piece of Cake

November 9, 2009

Cake Mail

Cake Mail by Tang Baby

This creative postcard are great for delivering a bit of sweentess on weddings, birthdays and any other happy occasion you can think of. Each card is made to order and ships as a package. Made out of polymers and cardboard it’s looks like a very realistic piece of cake! She can also bake up a set of 10 cake slice business cards for you…for extra special clients!

The creative mind behind Tang Baby works in upstate new york and frequents craft fairs. You can find her work at the Tang Baby etsy store!

You can keep up on Tang baby’s creative projects at her blog.

Paper Birds

November 4, 2009
Paper Bird

Paper Bird Mixed Media Vintage Map by cottonbirddesigns

This sweet little bird is made from a recycled Map by Etsy Seller Cotton Bird Designs!

Along with these sweet little birds, this UK designer makes Wedding Cake Toppers and other textile sculptures such as cottages, bird book homes, textile flower sculptures, and brooches.

She has a lot of very beautiful items available for christmas. Stock up now! While you’re at it, check out her other website here.

New Books and Options

November 2, 2009

The new books are all stitched up and will be added to the Megnificent Made Etsy store this week. Just as a reference, I’ll be explaining here the different options available for the new book!

The new book is hand-made with quality cotton fabrics. There is a velcro closure and cardboard backing for a sturdy writing and drawing surface. This book has 4 pockets sewn in for pens and pencils, as well as a fabric flap to protect your paper.

When you select and order your fabric book from the Megnificent Made store you will have two options to go with it.

The Artist’s Pack

Artist's Pack

The Artist’s pack is the perfect carry along for those that love to sketch. Along with your fabric book, you will receive a collection of sketch pencils and the book will be filled with sketch paper. The book is easy to refill at any time with  paper of your choice.

The Writer’s Pack

Writer's PackThe Writer’s Pack makes a beautiful journal or notebook for those that love to write. With the purchase of your fabric book you will receive lined paper, blue and black pens, and pencils. The book can be refilled at anytime with paper of your choice, or an extra pack of our lined paper can be sent free of charge.

When you order your book from the Megnificent Made Store please specify which of these packs you would like to accompany your book.

Keep your eyes peeled, the new books will be posted this week!