Happy Harvest Centerpiece

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

If you love watching the colorful autumn leaves drift gently to the ground, get ready for the change of season with an easy, new fall centerpiece.

Materials

  • Large foam pumpkin
  • Doodlebug Design Happy Harvest Collection 12”x12” Paper Pack
  • Doodlebug Design Happy Harvest Collection Doodle Seals Cardstock Stickers
  • Doodlebug Design Happy Harvest Collection Doodads Pins
  • Bamboo skewers, six
  • Brown/white dotted grosgrain ribbon, 1” wide
  • Brown fabric strip, 1” wide

Tools

  • Xyron *NEW* 3” Sticker Maker
  • Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape
  • Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • EK Success Punches: Circle, 1-1/2”; Scallop Circle, 2”
  • Scallop-edge scissors

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

20″ tall

Happy Harvest Centerpiece

1. Punch one scallop circle and two circles for each of the seven rosettes (“lollies”) from various patterned papers.

2. For each lolly, use scallop-edge scissors to cut two 2”x12” strips from a single patterned paper. (Note: You will need a total of 14 strips for seven lollies; cut strips for each lolly from a different paper.)

3. Accordion-fold strips along “valleys” naturally created by scallops.

4. For each lolly, adhere two matching accordion-folded strips to one another along 2” edge with Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape. Bring ends together to form a circle and connect them using Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape.

5. Gather and gently press accordion-folded circle flat to create lolly. Adhere lolly with three Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots to center of one punched circle for back of lolly. Adhere scallop circle to center front of lolly using three Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots. Using Xyron 1/2” High Tack Tape, adhere remaining circle to center of scallop circle. Repeat to create six more lollies.

6. Adhere Doodads pins to centers of six lolly fronts using three Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots. Embellish front of seventh lolly with turkey sticker; set lolly aside.

7. On back side of six remaining lollies, use three Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots to adhere blunt end of bamboo skewer to center of circle. Punch six additional circles from patterned papers and run through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker; cover skewer on lolly back with sticker.

8. Tie length of ribbon in knot around each bamboo skewer.

9. Randomly poke pointed ends of bamboo skewers into foam pumpkin top as shown in photo.

10. Run 1” fabric strip through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker and wrap around center of pumpkin.

11. Use extra fabric to make bow; adhere over fabric strip at center front of pumpkin using three Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots.

12. Adhere turkey lolly to top of bow using three Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots.

Tip

  • You may also use the Xyron Double-Sided High Tack Tape to adhere fabric to the pumpkin for a strong hold.

by Ann Corbiere-Scott for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Fall & Halloween Floral Décor

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Use Xyron adhesives to transform a plain papier-mâché box into seasonal décor that works not only for beautiful autumn days, but also for spooktacular Halloween night!

Materials

  • Papier-mâché box, 5”x5”x5-1/2”
  • Floral foam, 2”x4”x4”
  • Silk flower bunches: autumn mums/sunflowers, black roses
  • Orange berry stem
  • Halloween-themed 6”x6” paper pad
  • Coordinating Halloween-themed cardstock title
  • Orange glitter cardstock
  • Assorted metal mini gears, five
  • Black zipper rose with jeweled center, 2-3/4”
  • Black felt trim, 1/2” wide

Tools

  • Xyron Double-Sided High Tack Tape, 1/2”
  • Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots: 3/16”, 3/8”
  • Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit
  • Die-cutting system and jumbo flourish die

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, glue gun and sticks, wire cutters

Directions

Size

5”x5”x13”

STEP 1

Use glue gun to adhere floral foam into bottom of box.

STEP 2

Cut four 5”x5-1/2” sheet music paper panels to cover box sides.

STEP 3

Apply four strips of Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape to each face of box along edges. Remove liners from first side of box and press paper panel to surface. Repeat to cover all sides.

STEP 4

Cut four 5”x1” damask paper strips. Adhere strips around sides of box, very slightly above center, using Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape.

STEP 5

Apply continuous line of Xyron 1/4” Double-Sided High Tack Tape from Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit around top edge of box. Press felt trim firmly to tape while wrapping box; trim ends to just meet.

STEP 6

For autumn side of box, cut four 1” squares from orange text paper. Using Xyron 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots, adhere mini gears to squares as shown. Adhere gear squares to damask strip using Foam Squares from Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit.

STEP 7

For Halloween side of box, die cut flourish from orange glitter cardstock; adhere to box as shown using Xyron 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots. Mat cardstock title on orange glitter cardstock; adhere layers together using Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape. Adhere title to box using Foam Squares from Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit. Adhere zipper rose to box using several Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots. (Note: If weight of rose pulls it away from box, reattach rose using glue gun.)

STEP 8

To display autumn side of box, insert mums into foam. To display Halloween side of box, remove mums and insert berry stem and black roses. Check fit; trim stem ends of floral bunches as needed using wire cutters before inserting back into foam.

Tip

  • Unlike other double-sided liner tapes, Xyron Double-Sided High Tack Tape can be torn by hand and quickly applied to a variety of surfaces, saving you time.

by Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Stacked Clay Pots Centerpiece

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

It looks like wood and expensive paint, but the secret to this eye-catching centerpiece is everyday clay pots and acrylic paint.

Materials

  • Clay items: bowl, 8″; pot, 4″; saucer, 6″
  • Wooden beads, 30 to 35 each: round, 3⁄4″, 3⁄8″, 1⁄4″; oblong, 3⁄4″
  • Wooden items: hearts, 1″, eight; wheels, 1⁄2″, eight; knobs, 1″, two; buttons or discs, 1″, two

Tools

  • Acrylic or outdoor paints: burgundy, black
  • Spray sealer
  • String or heavy thread
  • Damp sponge or cloth
  • Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

paintbrush, newpaper (to cover work surface), damp sponge or cloth

Directions

STEP 1

Turn saucer upside down; adhere pot to saucer and bowl to pot. Let dry overnight.

STEP 2

String beads as follows: large, medium, small, oblong, small, medium; adhere strand to bowl edge. For seam between bowl and pot, string all large beads; adhere in place. For seam between pot and saucer, string medium, small, oblong, small beads; adhere in place.

STEP 3

For handles, adhere buttons/discs to sides of bowl; adhere knobs to buttons. Adhere evenly-spaced hearts under beads between bowl and pot. Adhere wheels to hearts.

STEP 4

On covered work surface, paint centerpiece burgundy; let dry. For antique look, paint small sections black and quickly wipe with damp sponge or cloth. Apply sealer.

by Kirsten Peters McGrath for iLoveToCreate

Sparklers Centerpiece

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Add a little glitz to your Independence Day table with this easy-to-make star-spangled centerpiece!

Materials

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Block 2”x5”x7”
  • Fabric: red/white striped, 6”x19”; blue/white star, 6-1/2”x9”
  • Red Felt, 1-7/8”x6-7/8”
  • Star picks: four blue, three red, two red/white/blue
  • Silver metallic bag filler

Tools

  • Iron-on adhesive
  • Star cookie cutter, 3-1/2”
  • Pebbles or fishing weights, 1/2 cup
  • Wire cutters

Basic Supplies

pencil, scissors, ruler, iron and pressing surface, melon baller

Directions

STEP 1

For vase bottom, use melon baller to scoop out a small cavity from one long 2”-wide end of plastic foam. See photo. Center and adhere striped fabric to vase, overlapping edges, folding and adhering excess fabric to top and bottom of vase.

STEP 2

Following manufacturer’s directions for adhesive, iron adhesive to wrong side of star print fabric. Use cookie cutter to trace two stars on wrong wide of fabric; cut out. Iron one star to upper left corner of one long side of vase. Repeat for back.

STEP 3

Adhere pebbles or fishing weights into vase, filling cavity. Adhere felt to bottom of vase.

STEP 4

Use scissors to curl several streamers from picks. Use wire cutters to cut 3-1/2” length from bottom of each pick; adjust length of pick as necessary. See photo. Insert picks into top of vase.

STEP 5

Adhere filler to top of vase.

Tip

  • Spray glitter on base to add some sparkle to your centerpiece.

by Annabelle Keller

Watercolor Coffee Filter Roses

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

You can create these gorgeous watercolor roses in any shade. Each one is made from four inexpensive coffee filters, then painted with Sakura of America Koi watercolor paints.

Materials

  • Sakura of America Koi Watercolors (tube)
  • Cone coffee filters, four per rose
  • Printer paper
  • Floral wire, 20-gauge
  • Green floral tape

Tools

  • Paintbrush
  • Wire cutters
  • Glue stick

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler, bamboo skewer, measuring spoon, newspaper (to cover work surface), poster board (optional), hair dryer (optional)

Directions

(Note: This project was inspired by a project on the Martha Stewart Show, but has been simplified.)

Making Roses

1. Print two copies of patterns onto printer paper. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print patterns.) To create sturdy pattern templates, use glue stick to adhere one set of patterns to poster board before cutting out pieces on black lines. Keep second set of patterns intact to use as placement guides.

2. Place petal shapes onto four coffee filters as shown. Trace petals and lightly number with pencil near base. Cut out petals, cutting through both layers of coffee filter. (Note: Because coffee filters are thin, several filters may be cut at once to save time; be sure filters are facing the same direction and keep numbered pieces together in plastic cups or bags for future use.)

3. For each flower, cut seven 2-1/2” lengths of floral tape; set aside. Cut 15” wire length for stem.

4. To assemble rose, begin with petal #1. Poke wire down between right-hand petals until 5” length extends above petals. Loop wire tip around and poke back down through base of right-hand petals. Pinch loop slightly and gently tug wire down to secure first petal and prevent it from sliding up and down stem.

5. Fold right-hand petal inward and roll to coil entire piece around stem. Secure base of petal with shorter end of wire.

6. Add petal #2 in same way. Poke wire down between right-hand petals. Arrange petals so they fill empty spaces between first petals. Roll and secure with piece of floral tape. When applying tape, stretch piece while pulling to get good, tight hold around base.

7. Add petal #3 in same way as petal #2.

8. Petal #4 needs to be separated first. Gently tear along bottom of petal to make flat strip, then wrap strip around rose and secure with tape.

9. Get two #5 petals and two #6 petals. (Note: Since these petals weren’t cut on fold, there are two of each one.) Fan out four pieces like a hand of cards. Place rose in center and wrap petals around rose. Secure base with tape.

10. Repeat Step 9 using two #7 and two #8 petals.

11. If desired, wrap entire stem in floral tape for more realistic look.

12. Starting with outer petals, fan out petals, bending gently backward from base.

Painting Roses

1. Blend small amount of paint with approximately one tablespoon of water on palette. Paint petals, starting at center and working outward. (Note: To save time, dip entire rose in base color rather than applying with brush.)

2. Add second color while rose is still wet. This color needs to be more concentrated than first color; add water to paint with brush rather than tablespoon. Run tip of brush along edge of each petal to deposit color.

3. Hang rose upside down over protected surface; hanging preserves shape of petals. Allow rose to dry for at least three hours; to speed drying, use hair dryer on low setting.

4. Once rose is dry, shape petals by placing skewer behind petal and rolling petal backward.

Tip

by Maureen Wilson of MadeByMarzipan.com for Sakura of America

Snowman Candle Jar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Winter usually brings snow… and soon snowmen will pop up everywhere throughout the neighborhood! Paint this adorable Snowman Candle Jar centerpiece to decorate your table and celebrate the winter season!

Materials

  • Glass items: quart jar, flower pot votive candle holder
  • Wooden teardrop, medium
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Black, Tangerine, Antique Rose, Antique White
  • Fabrics: green/tan checked, 1”x24”; green/tan/mauve checked, 6” circle
  • Black felt, 6-1⁄2” circle
  • Pine sprigs, 1”-2” long, six
  • Mauve beaded branches, 2” to 2-1⁄2” long, four
  • Mauve berry pick, 2” long
  • Jute twine, 22” length
  • Votive candle

Tools

  • All-purpose sealer
  • Black permanent marker
  • Liner brush
  • Adhesives: Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue, hot glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, sponge, paintbrush, sandpaper, soft cloth, rubber band

Directions

STEP 1

Wash and dry jar. Use sponge to apply sealer to entire outside surface; let dry. Sponge paint jar rim Black and remaining areas Antique White. Basecoat nose Tangerine. Sand nose edges; wipe dust with soft cloth.

STEP 2

Print pattern; transfer face to jar and details to nose. Drybrush cheeks Antique Rose. Paint eyes, eyebrows, lines under eyes, and mouth Black. Use liner brush to add White highlight strokes to cheeks and to add highlight dots to eyes and cheeks. Use marker to trace nose details.

STEP 3

For base, turn jar upside down. Apply craft glue around jar bottom, 1” from edge. Center fabric circle over jar; position rubber band over circle to gather. Let dry, remove rubber band, and tie twine around fabric. Return jar to upright position.

STEP 4

For hat, apply craft glue around jar rim. Cut 1-1⁄2” circle from center of felt circle. Center circle over jar; position rubber band over circle to gather. Let dry, remove rubber band, and tie fabric strip around felt.

STEP 5

Use hot glue gun to glue pine sprigs, beaded branches, and berries to hat as desired. Insert votive candle into holder and place holder in jar.

by Linda Bauer