Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Pinecone Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas tree...
How lovely are thy branches...
A tree always kicks off the Christmas season for my family!  It really doesn't feel
like the holidays until we bring a nice 6 foot tree home and shake out it's branches, its
refreshingly sharp smell wafting through the house...
If you want to bring a little of that feeling Christmas cheer to work, I have one craft that is simple,
festive and downright ADORABLE.

 
Mini Pinecone Christmas tree! 
All you need are a few items.
 
1. Pinecone
2. Green Acrylic Paint
3. Pom Poms
4. Firefly lights
5. Mini Terracotta Pot
 
First, Paint your pinecone!  I chose a traditional Christmas green, but you can mix up the colors if you'd like.  You can even leave it as is for a nice neutral and rustic palette.  White pompoms or Snow Tex would be great for trimming it.  Or why not try a cutesy pastel palette?  Maybe an ice blue tree with iridescent twinkle flakes and pink pompoms? 
 
Second: Glue your mini pompoms onto your pinecone after it's fully dry.  Then, take your firefly lights and wrap them around you tree starting from the top.  Because I had chosen the 10 bulb firefly lights, I was able to hide its small battery pack inside the Terracotta pot, which I placed the pinecone "tree" onto for a base.  You can go ahead and paint the pot as well! 
 
And that's all she wrote!
This is a great activity for kids as well, so don't pass up the chance to make some great holiday memories.  Have fun!
Erika @ PC
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Wooden Tree Shadow Box! Hello Christmas!

Hey Everyone, today's project is so adorable! I really had fun putting it together, and it's such a great way to customize a holiday stacking display box to the theme of your home this year!



 Supplies:

4 sheets of card stock with patterns and solids that all match each other in style (I used a solid olive green, a red pinstripe, a red holiday text, a Christmas tree print, and a green and white polka dot print) the plus side is that a lot of patterned card stock is double sided, so one sheet can act as two!

scissors
hot glue gun/glue sticks
matte Mod Podge
E6000 clear glue
1/2" nylon brush
small round nylon brush for fine details
cup of water
acrylic paint in the colors black, white, lime sorbet, dark cherry
3 teir raw wood tree shapes (sold as a set)
wood car
package of tiny wreaths
small trimmings of faux pine branches
one tiny cardinal
package of tiny glitter light bulbs
8 in of string or baker's twine
2 eye screws
dimensional pop-up dots
white fine tip paint pen




First take your 1" nylon brush, Mod Podge, and selected card stock paper, and apply a generous but even coating on the side of the wood. Then smooth out card stock over the side. Wait 5 minutes to dry a bit, then carefully cut off the excess paper around the edges. Repeat for all sides of the top middle and bottom tier. ( I didn't do the back or the underneath.)






 
After cleaning your brush in the cup of water, paint the insides of the tree.
I used white for the inside back panel of all the tiers. 

For the middle tier, I mixed black and white to make grey, and used that for the side panels on the inside. I used the dark cherry for the front facing rim. 

For the bottom tier I painted all the side panels olive green, while leaving the back panel empty, and painting the front facing rim white.



Then after letting everything sit to dry separately for 5-10 minutes, I began working on painting the car. I used lime sorbet for the sides, black for the tires, grey for the front, and white for the roof. Now the best part about the fine white lines on this car is that I used a paint pen! So much faster and easier than using a brush. I just drew lines around the windows, on the hood, and on the tires! And then for the finishing touch, I used E6000 glue to adhere the wreath on the front of the car!

For the inside of the bottom tier, I used the Mod Podge again to glue the pretty tree card stock to the back panel.






After the paint is completely dry in the middle tier, take your optional patterned card stock and layer pop-up dots on the back. This will make the square look like it's floating out and fill up some of the space. It will act as a back drop for your ornaments.


 

I used 3 ornaments and tied a knot in my string about 1 inch apart from one another so that they don't move around. Then I used the 2 eye screws, put them in the sides of the middle tier, and tied the string to them!


 

 On the bottom of the middle section I also used that same fancy paint pen to write out merry and bright! It's optional, but I thought the empty space was big enough to be able to fit some kind of word or saying.




The top tier was the easiest! After the white paint was completely dry, I glued my sprigs of greenery in there with the hot glue gun. Then I simply glued the red cardinal to one of the branches, and ta da! So darn adorable!



Happy Crafting and have a great holiday season!

Bethany @ Enchanted Lake  

Monday, November 21, 2016

NFL Ornaments

If your Thanksgiving traditions include some good ol' American Football,
then this the perfect project for you!  Because for the Super Fan, the
craze is year-round.  You collect every single piece of merchandise that sports
your team's logo.  Posters up in your room, multiple jerseys and maybe even a
few pairs of team pajamas.  Also, does your dog or cat have their own little jersey?
 If you are this person, or know someone who lives like this, then
this is the perfect craft for them!  Not to mention an AWESOME gift!
 
NFL ORNAMENTS!
 
 
You only need a few things...
 
Glitter-It
Glitter (Fine or Coarse)
Funnel (not pictured)
2 inch Ornament balls
Deco Color pens
Ribbon (optional)
 
 
Using the glue is very simple!  All you need to do is take the metal top off, squirt about a tablespoon of the glue into the ornament and swirl it around.  Make sure you get all those pesky dry spots so that the glitter covers the entire thing.  Don't forget the areas just around the opening!  If there is any excess, you can pour it into the next ornament or back into the bottle.
 
Next, pour your choice of glitter in.  If you want to do more than one color, you're going to pour the color you want on the bottom FIRST.  For example, I made a Denver Broncos ornament and used the royal blue glitter at the bottom and orange glitter on top.  Using a funnel, I poured about two tablespoons of glitter in.  It helps to pour LESS than what you think you'll need.  You can always add more.  Next, I added the orange.  Just slowly turn the ornament ball and let the glitter roll and spread. Don't roll it too fast, otherwise your glitter will clump. 
 
After your entire ornament has been glittered, return the metal top to its proper place and finish it off with a cute (matching) bow!  (Optional, of course, but it adds a nice touch.)  You can hand-letter your team's name onto your ornament using an oil-based marker like the DecoColor paint pen I used here.  You definitely want it to be oil-based because acrylic-based markers will just scratch off.  Ain't nobody got time fo' THAT.
 
And that's all she wrote!
I'm sure that football fan in your life will love this.  Hey, if they already
have a team Christmas tree planned this year, it would be nice to see something handmade
amongst all those licensed products, wouldn't it? 
Handmade things are made with love!
 
Have fun!
Erika @ PC


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Magical Rose Decor

Can we talk about the new Beauty and the Beast trailer that just came out??
I am so excited.  Can't wait!  
For all you Beauty and the Beast fans and straight up "Disnerds" out there
looking for the perfect project to keep you busy during the long wait or just
to spruce up your home with a little magic, this is the one for you!
It's fun and it will definitely be a conversation starter and will definitely make
a perfect gift for the holidays.

 
Supplies Needed
Glass Dome
Silk Rose(s)
Floral Cutters
Suji Cord
Clear Tape
Glue Dots
Firefly Lights

First, cut the rose to the length you want.  Remember, it needs to be short enough to be suspended in the dome.  Make sure it is at least two inches shorter than the height of the dome.
Second, cut a short length of suji cord and attach to the larger petals toward the underside of the rose using a glue dot.  Pinch the glue dot and one end of the suji between two large petals.
Next, tape the other end of the cord to the top of the dome.  
If you have a few stray rose petals or another rose on hand, cut a couple of petals off of it and put it on the base.
After that, put the dome back onto its wooden base, curl some firefly 
lights around your rose and Voila! 
   
I hope everyone has a wonderful time making these!
We want to see how your magical roses turn out.  Post your photos
on Instagram and use the tag #bfcrafts!

Erika @ PC

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Pocket Winter Wonderland

    Hello again, fellow Crafters! This week, I have an adorable little project that
can capture the beauty of the Christmas landscape into a cute little box.
This is a great activity for kids and make a great gift for fairy garden and miniatures
lovers alike!
 
All you need for this project are:
 
1. Small Wooden or Paper Mache Box
2. Mini Christmas Trees
3. White Air-dry clay
4. Moss
5. Paint (I used Delta Americana)
6. Snow-Tex & Twinkle Flakes
7. Your Imagination!
 
For those of you who have made fairy gardens before, this is basically the same concept.
Anything goes!  Picture the scene you want, start with the inside coat of paint and then start
gluing your pieces of landscape in!  Here, I pictured a winter scene taking inspiration from the scenery in Rankin Bass' Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.
Be creative and have fun!
 
See you next week!
Erika @ PC


Friday, October 28, 2016

Minimal Fall Garland

Well, it's almost the end of October, and it honestly makes me feel so sad!
The Autumn season is fleeting!  It's time to make the best of it.
We've got one more month to go, so it's never too late to put up some fall d├ęcor.
The project I have today is very minimalist and requires only a few supplies. 
Don't fret!  It's simple quality is what makes it ADORABLE.  Also, it's great for kids!
Although, because this requires basic sewing skills, close supervision might be needed for younger children under 7. 
Let's get started!
 
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Supplies Needed
Felt in Autumn Colors
Embroidery Floss in Autumn Colors
Embroidery needles
Scissors
Yarn or Jute Twine
Permanent Marker (optional)

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First, cut out leaf shapes from your pieces of felt!  I chose orange, olive green, golden yellow, maroon and brown.  The simpler your leaf shape, the better.  You can use a marker to draw your
leaves first as well.
 

 
Second, use the embroidery floss to sew on some veins.  I have a step-by-step-process pictured below.  Basically, you want to work your way up from the bottom of your lead and sew the veins from the sides to the middle.

After the veins, go ahead and cut out some letters if you'd like.  I cut out the word "FALL", but other words like "GIVE THANKS" or "AUTUMN" would be really cute as well!  You can use any color, but for this garland, I chose black so that the word stands out from the leaves.


 
 
After that, hot glue your leaves and letters onto some yarn or jute twine and hang it up! 
Now you can enjoy the beauty of autumn leaves in your home.  For us in Hawaii,
(who can only see the leaves change color on dying mango trees) this would be a great
garland to make and put up year after year.
 
Have fun!
Erika @ PC
 


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Halloween Photo Booth Frame

If you haven't started planning your Halloween party yet, it's time to get started!
Today, I have a fun and easy project that's sure to please friends and family of all ages.
This generation seems to be all about instant photos again.  Polaroids have made a comeback in
a BIG way, the technology being even more popularized by Fujifilm's Instax camera series. 
Photo booths are also a big thing!  I've seen them at many holiday parties, complete with props.
What better souvenir to take home from a party than a photo?  Frozen memories, right?
Here, I have a fun prop that can be made using very basic techniques and
only a few supplies.
 
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This takes the humble foam board and makes it into something special and memorable!
The only supplies I used to color it was acrylic paint in Halloween colors, a white acrylic paint marker and some washi tape.  The banner within the frame is made out of cardstock and tulle and hung on a piece of baker's twine.
 
I first cut out the inside of the board using an X-acto knife.  The opening is about 16x22" and there is a two-inch margin on the top, left and right side of the opening as well as a 6 inch border on the bottom.  I used the iconic look of the Instax photos because the dimensions of the foam board was perfect for it.  Plus, the extra space at the bottom left room for more decoration and messages!
 
I chose a basic black as the base color of the frame and then distressed it with some Bittersweet orange Ceramcoat acrylic paint using a dry bristle brush.  After that was dry, I stuck a few pieces of cute spider washi tape in a few areas and then doodled and wrote my message on it using a Deco-color acrylic paint marker. 
 
I cut a basic pennant shape out of some Halloween cardstock and used Ceramcoat's Passion purple to paint on the letters.  Some black and apple green glitter tulle was used to add a little more texture to the banner.  After stringing everything onto some baker's twine, I hot-glued the ends to the back of the frame and let it bow into the opening a little. 
 

 
And now it's done! 
This is such an awesome activity to have at and holiday party and I highly
recommend it.  Have fun and see you all next week!
 
Erika @ PC