Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Paper Flower Wreath

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Handmade gifts are the best. I love giving them and, of course, receiving them. This paper flower wreath is something you can make for a friend, sister, or even your mom. You can also make it for yourself (because you deserve to treat yourself, too)!! Since there are few supplies needed to make the wreath, it will also cost you a whole lot less than purchasing it already made. It's also simple to customize because of paper colors and flower shapes, so every wreath is unique!!

Paper Flower Wreath Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

To make this wreath, you'll need:
FloraCraft® Make It: Fun Foam Wreath 12"
White Ribbon: 1.5" wide, at least 8 yards
Colored Cardstock
Cricut Explore (or hand cut with scissors)
Glue Gun

Paper Flower Wreath Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Foam wreaths can get pretty messy, so I like to wrap the wreath form with ribbon to help keep the foam flakes from getting everywhere. Start by pinning or adding some hot glue to the end of the ribbon and attach it to the wreath. Then, carefully wrap the ribbon around the wreath, overlapping the ribbon a little until the entire form is covered. If you run out of ribbon, don't worry - just glue or pin the end in place, then start a new roll where you left off!

Paper Flower Wreath Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

I bought packages of textured cardstock and chose seven different colors to work with. Using my Cricut Explore, I cut out four different flower patterns (from the Flower Shoppe Cartridge) in multiple sizes and ended up with around 75 flowers when I was done.

If you don't have a Cricut, you could easily cut these by hand. Cut a spiral, then add a scalloped, fringed, or triangle edges to get different flower designs. Sure, it might take a little longer and a little more work, but your wreath would still look amazing.

Paper Flower Wreath Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Assembling the flowers is fairly simple, but a little time consuming:
  1. Start rolling the end of the flower. Add drops of glue as needed if you keep dropping the flower or if it slips and keeps coming undone.
  2. Once you get to the end, there's a small circle. Bend it out and add a drop of hot glue, then fold it over the spiraled paper. Be careful not to burn yourself!
    *Other glues will work fine, but I've found that hot glue dries quicker and will hold everything in place more effectively.
  3. Turn your flower over, and spread the petals out and make your flower look more like, well, a flower.

Learn to make paper flowers with your Cricut Explore at artsyfartsymama.com

Repeat the flower making process until all your flowers are assembled! Toss them all into a pile and get yourself some chocolate. You deserve it!

Paper Flower Wreath Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Arrange the flowers on your wreath to get an idea of where things will fit and to see if you need to cut any more flowers to fill in any empty spots. Once everything is where you want it, heat up your glue gun and glue them in place.

You don't have to arrange them if you don't want to - you can also just glue as you go! The result will be fantastic either way.

Paper Flower Wreath Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Now your wreath is ready for gift giving, or hanging up on display. I wouldn't recommend hanging the wreath outside or somewhere that will have direct sunlight since it is paper and can fade or be ruined if it gets wet.

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Check out what the rest of the Make It: Fun Team has been making this month:
Foam Block Snowman by Create.Craft.Love
Money Topiary by Sugar Bee Crafts
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Wall Decor by 733
Succulent Tin Can Gift by Simply Designing


Friday, October 17, 2014

Alice in Wonderland Costume

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My daughter decided around March this year that she wanted to be Alice in Wonderland for Halloween. I was sure she was going to change her mind since she thought about it so early, but I was wrong! She was determined to be Alice, even when all the popular Frozen costumes started coming out. I'm personally not a huge fan of purchased costumes mainly because they are expensive, and I haven't found one yet that is a good quality. Making it ourselves gives me the freedom to create a unique costume that will hopefully get more use than just one evening.

Alice in Wonderland Costume at artsyfartsymama.com #Halloween

To make the dress, I used the Whimsy Couture Chloe Dress Pattern (which you can download for free right now on her site). It came together in just a few hours, and it really is a simple pattern with easy-to-follow instructions. The best part about this dress is that it can be worn even after Halloween!! My daughter even helped choose the fabrics. I love that the blue fabric on the bodice and bottom of the skirt have hearts on them - so perfect for Alice!!

Alice in Wonderland Costume at artsyfartsymama.com #Halloween

The apron is pretty simple to put together. Even someone with very basic sewing skills can handle this (I promise!!).  Measure with a measuring tape how wide you want the apron to be and how long. I just had my daughter stand still for just a few minutes and wrote down the measurements.

Draw out the rectangle in the measurements. For a more square apron, leave it as is. For a more rounded apron (like mine), then either draw rounded corners on your pattern, or sketch a "U" shape to fit your measurements. Once it's just how you want it, cut out your new "pattern".

Cut two pieces of fabric, right sides together using your pattern. Sew along the edge with about a 1/8-1/4" seam allowance, leaving about 4 inches open at the top of the apron. Clip the corners or snip along the edges if making a rounded apron so the edges lie flat. Turn the apron inside out and iron the seams.

Measure your child's waist and add about 10 inches or so, and cut a piece of ribbon - you can even get the ribbon and tie it around them and then cut so you get the perfect measurement. Center the piece of ribbon on top of the apron and pin in place. Sew about 1/4" up from the bottom of the ribbon all the way across the apron. If you use a thread color the same as your ribbon, you won't even be able to see it.

Alice in Wonderland Costume at artsyfartsymama.com #Halloween

To add the heart, I simply cut one out of glittered heat transfer vinyl with my handy Cricut Explore machine and ironed it on. Once you're done adding whatever details you want to put on it, tie the apron around the waist, and you've got yourself your basic Alice in Wonderland costume!

Alice in Wonderland Costume at artsyfartsymama.com #Halloween

In the movie, Alice wears a black headband/bow. So, we found a really cute glitter bow from The Ribbon Retreat. I just placed an alligator clip through the loop in the back of the bow, and it was ready to wear! You could easily glue it to a headband, too. My daughter won't wear headbands that well, so the clip worked great for us.

Alice in Wonderland Costume at artsyfartsymama.com #Halloween

To complete the costume, we found some cute striped leggings and a black t-shirt to wear under the dress. Tights would also look adorable! Throw on some black shoes and we're more than ready to go collect some candy!!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! The name has changed, but the party is still the same!!

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I hope you had a great week and are ready to link up what you've been working on! I'm always blown away by the projects and recipes shared and am looking forward to reading all your new posts that you link up. Thanks to all those who linked up last party. There were so many fun posts to look through, and you make it hard for me to narrow down some to feature!!

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