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Ornaments Christmas Wreath


Christmas season is here! What a perfect season to make crafts. I’m puertorrican and in Puerto Rico the Christmas tree, the lights and decorations are up before Thanksgiving Day. I’m no exception.

I have seen these beautiful Christmas wreaths made with ornaments to hang in the front door and I immediately felt in love with them. The only problem is that the price is high. Cost varies from $35 and up. 

So, I decided to make one myself and the best part is that it only cost me $10. Another advantage is that you can make it the color you want and with the decorations you want. 

It cost me $10 because I bought all the supplies in the Dollar Store. The only disadvantage is that they only have certain colors of ornaments like green, red, silver and gold. That was not a problem because this are the colors I wanted all my decorations.

But, if you want another color it may cost you more (anyway less than buying one already made).

Without more to say, let’s know how to make it.

Supplies Needed:

  • 5 tubes of ornaments (I used 1 tube of the 3″ in red, 1 tube of the 2.5″ in green and 3 tubes of 1.5″ assorted colors)
  • 1 wire wreath
  • Christmas ribbon
  • Christmas garland
  • 2 battery operated Christmas lights 2ft long. (Optional) I used the ones with snowflakes.
  • Paper tape
  • Hot glue gun and lots of glue sticks
  • Big artificial Poinsettia or any other decorations (optional)

Step by Step:

  1. Cover with paper tape the wire wreath all around front and back.
  2. Start gluing the ornaments in the outside border first and then the inside border. Start with the bigger ones, then the medium, etc… Glue them to the wire wreath and together for more support.
  3. After the outside border and the inside border are finished, glue or tape the lights making a circle between both borders. One lights set in the left side and another one on the right.
  4. Glue the battery boxes to the back of the wreath, one on the right side and another one on the left.
  5. Do the same as Step 3 with the garland trying to cover the lights wire and empty spaces.
  6. Cover any hole or empty space with the more smallest ornaments. 
  7. Tie a string or a piece of ribbon in the middle highest part of the wreath to hang it in the door. You can use a wreath holder if you like.
  8. Make a big bow with the Christmas ribbon and glue it in the center covering the hanger string.
  9. Glue the Poinsettia or any other decoration you want and hang it in the door.

Now you have a DIY Christmas Wreath that cost less than buying it already made. The best part is that when someone come to visit and tells you how beautiful it is, you can be proud to say “I made it!”. Probably, they won’t believe you but it is a priceless feeling. 


Hope you liked this post and remember to comment and share with your friends.

Stay tuned for more DIY Christmas Decorations.

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Vinyl Kitchen Aid Cover

Recently, one afternoon, my husband came home from work with a gift for me. My always wanted 1st Kitchen Aid. I love crafts but I also love baking, and that useful tool that is the dream of every bake lover was top #1 in my Wish list. My adorable husband knowing that found a good deal in a new Kitchen Aid and decide to surprise me. 

After I take it out of the box and watch it, and test it; I realized that I needed a cover to protect it from dust and everything else. So I decided to go the other day to a craft store to buy some fabric to make it a cover. I don’t have a sewing Machine so I have to do it all by hand. I went to Joann and bought a yard of  vinyl (just used exactly half yard) and a sheet of felter and started the work at home. I download a pattern for the front and back from internet but needed to add more inches because it was too small. But, i think you don’t even need a pattern, if you do, there are some in the internet. Basically you just need a U shape with the meassures I’m going to give you. Let’s begin…

Materials:

  • 1/2 yard vinyl 20 gauge clear
  • Felter (color desired)
  • Needle and thread (or sewing machine)
  • Ruler or meassure tape
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Pins

Instructions:

  1. Downloand and print or make your own pattern for the front and back of your cover. Must be U shaped and meassure 15″ high and 10″ wide. Trace the pattern in the vinyl with the pencil and cut it. You must make two of these.
  2. Cut a large rectangle of vinyl that should meassure 35″ long and 16″ wide. Now, you should have two 16″x 10″ U shaped pieces and one 35″ x 16″ large rectangle. 
  3. Fold the U shapes in half upside down and mark the center of each one (the half should be 5″ in the round side of the U shapes). Do the same with the rectangle in the side that meassure 35″ bend in half and mark it (the half should be 15 1/2″).
  4. Align the middle of one U upside down with the middle of one long side of the rectangle. Put some pins on it and all the way around. Sew it together with needle and thread or your sewing machine.
  5. Cut a 6″x 6″ vinyl square to make a side envelope to put your instructions manual. Secure it with pins in the place you want (I put it in the right side) and sew it together.
  6. Repeat step 4 with the other U shaped side. And you will end with this…
  7. Cut felter strips 1″ wide and glue it to the ends to cover the sewed area.
  8. Optional: cut a vinyl strip 1″ wide x 5″ long and sew it at the top of the cover to make a handle. Decorate as you like. 

Now, you have a cover to protect your Kitchen Aid from dust, water, etc… You can make a cover like this for all your kitchen machines, just meassure the machine you want to cover and make it!


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Wonder Woman Tiara, Bracelets, Belt & Boot Covers

This last months had been really busy for me with all the parties, crafts and orders. Because of that I didn’t have the chance to buy or make me a costume for Halloween Day.

One day walking in a store looking for some material for a cake, I found a Wonder Woman caped shirt and I felt I had to buy it. At least I would have something to wear for Halloween. I also bought a Deadpool jacket for my husband, and my daughter already had her Elsa costume that she wanted to wear for the 100th time lol. 


Anyway… After buying that Wonder Woman shirt, I felt that I needed some accesories, so I research some ideas, but they were difficult and expensive. So, I got the idea, but used other materials. The best part is that it took me less than 1/2 and hour to make them. The idea was to make just the tiara and bracelets, but I ended up doing the belt and boot covers too!

Now, let’s see how to make them.

Materials:

  • Gold glittered foami (bought at Joann)
  • Red cardstock, paper or felter to make the stars (used a piece of red paper I had)
  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • Velcro circles (found them at Dollar Tree Store)
  • Ribbon or Elastic
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife

    Steps: 

    1. For the Tiara: you can download and print a stencil from the internet. I just made a stencil with carboard. I made it 27 1/2 cm long 7 1/2 cm high in the center and 2 cm high on sides. This varies depending on your measurements. Trace the stencil in the back of the foami and cut it with scissors. Make a little hole in each side of the tiara and pass a ribbon or elastic through it, cut a piece of foami and cover it in the front. I used some spiral thing that I had from a foami hat.
    2. For the bracelets: cut two rectangular pieces of 20 1/2 cm x 8 1/2 cm. Glue two velcro dots in one side and 2 in the front side to close it. Again the measures varies depending on your wrist size.
    3. For the Boot Covers: cut two more pieces like the one used for the tiara. Use the same stencil. Cut one little hole in each corner and pass a elastic through it. Glu it and cover with a little piece of foami.
    4. For the Belt: cut a W shape out of foami. I bent the foami in half and cut a V shape then open it. Cut 2 1/2 cm wide strips out of foami until you reach your wais size. Glue each strip to the other forming a belt. Glue the W shape to one corner of the belt, then glue some velcro dots to close it.
    5. Trace and cut 3 star shapes from the red cardstock, paper or felter. About 3 cm each. Glue one to the center of the tiara and the other two to the bracelets.

    Now you have some cheap and easy to make Wonder Woman accesories. Hope you liked this post. Don’t forget to comment and share this post. 

    Here with them on…

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    Inside Marshmallow Roasters


    Some time ago, I saw a video about how to roast marshmallows indoors for that cold days or even for a party. So, I started investigating and I found how to make it. The better part is that it cost me only $3 to make one.

    I will use them for my sister in law’s baby shower. It is perfect because the theme is the outdoors, camo and things like that. 

    Everything was bought at Dollar Tree Store. So, let’s see how to make it.

    Materials:

    • Ceramic bowl (the shallow the better, it cost me only $0.01 on Dollar Tree Sale) You can also use flower pots.
    • 2 bags of Stones 
    • 1 canned gel fuel (the one used to heat up food)


    Procedure:

    1. Put a layer of stones in the bowl, enough so when you put the gel fuel can, only the tip is out.
    2. Put the canned gel fuel in the middle of the bowl.
    3. Cover around the can with the stones and voila!

    Just take the cap off and light it. You have your own inside marshmallow roaster. Handle with care because it might be hot.

    I did another one with a metal bowl, but it was too shallow so I put aluminium foil as a base, then stones, canned fuel, more stones and it’s done. My sister in law Decorated it with some fall leaves to match the decorations.


    Good craft for this season, right? Remember to comment and share with your friends!

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    Masquerade Party Invitations


    Well, my daughter’s FROZEN birthday party just passed a few weeks ago. But, I still have to mire parties to plan. That means more crafts! 

    For today’s craft I have the invitations that I made for my sister’s Quinceañera that would be a Masquerade Party. 

    I made the invitations on Google Drive and send them to print at Vistaprint.com. They came out really pretty and for a really good price. They came with a plain white envelope that I decided to decorate, so that it look better. That’s what I’m going to show you today… how to decorate a plain invitation envelope. In this case, for a masquerade.

    Materials:

    Additional to your printed invitations and envelopes, you will need:

    • Ribbon
    • Masquerade mask stencil (my invitations were 4×6″ so my mask measurements where 2×4″ aprox.)
    • Cardstock
    • Mod Podge
    • Little brush (to apply the Mod Podge)
    • Pink glitter
    • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
    • Scissors
    • Self stick beads (optional)
    • Exacto knife


    Procedure:

    1. I closed and glued every envelope.
    2. Cut a side with scissors or decorative scissors. In the center of that side I cut a little U-shape, so people can pull the invitations with two finger without damage the envelope.
    3. Trace the masquerade mask shape in cardstock and cut it out with an Exacto knife.
    4. Apply Mod Podge with the brush to the mask and apply glitter. Shake the excess. Repeat in each one and wait until it dries completely. Apply more Mod Podge on top of the glitter to seal it and it doesn’t come out easily. Wait until it dries.
    5. Decorate each mask with the self stick beads.
    6. Cut the ribbon so that it fits around the center of the envelope. Glue it with hot glue at the back of the envelope.
    7. Glue the mask at the front center of the envelope. 
    8. Your invitation is ready!

    Hope you liked this craft and please remember to share!

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    Photo Christmas Ornaments


    Looking for something different to make and give as my daughter’s 2nd birthday party favors, this idea came to my sister in law’s mind, and then in mine. 

    I went to the Dollar Tree store and found out that they already have Christmas decorations. The I found some Clear plastic Christmas ornaments that I can open and put anything I want inside and the perfect size for a wallet size picture. 

    So, we decided to make it happen. Here the step by step….

    Materials: 

    • Clear plastic Christmas ornaments
    • Styrofoam snow
    • Snowflakes conffeti 
    • Hot glue
    • Ribbon
    • Acrylic snowflakes
    • Tweezers

    Step by step

    1. Trace the circular shape of the ornament in the back of the picture and cut it.
    2. Open the Christmas Ornaments.
    3. Put some styrofoam snow and snowflakes inside.
    4.  Bend the picture to fit throughout the hole. Unband it with tweezers until is fully open and doesn’t move.
    5. Put the cap on.
    6. Make a ribbon bow of the size of your choice and glue it with hot glue to the cap of the onament. 
    7. Now you have your own picture ornaments.

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    “Frozen” Snowflake Spiral Hair Pins


    Like you all know, this Saturday is my daughter’s Frozen Birthday Party. She has her Elsa gown and shoes. But, I was thinking in doing some snowflakes hair pins like the ones Elsa wear in the movie.

    I was thinking on doing them with foami, but one day I went to Dollar Tree Store and saw this beautiful acrylic snowflakes that where the perfect size for the hair pins. So, I decided to buy them in two colors: clear and blue. They are perfect. 

    I wanted to make spiral hair pins because I remembered I had some of those and they were beautiful because when you put them on your hair you only can see the snowflake or the flower, or any shape you want in yours.  

    Without any more talking, let’s learn how to do them.

    Materials:

    • Stainless Steel wire (I don’t know what gauge is it but it’s the one used to make flower arrangements)
    • Wire tweezers 
    • Wire cutter
    • Hot glue gun and sticks
    • Acrylic snowflakes or any other shape you want.


    Procedure:

    1. Cut the wire in 3″ -4″long pieces.
    2. Take one piece of wire and start bending it in circular motion with tweezers until you make an spiral. At this time the spiral will be flat.
    3. Pull from the center until it form like a little tree. With the center up.
    4. Put some hot glue in the snowflake and press yn the center of the spiral until it dries. 
    5. Push back the spiral and there you have a spiral hair pin. 

    To put it on you just have to put it in your hair in circular motion until the wire is not visible.


    Hope you liked this post. You can give them as Christmas gifts or like a Frozen party favor. Keep sharing and put your pics on the comments if you tried it.

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