Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Award Ribbons

I have to admit that this seemed like it was going to be one of the easiest crafts ever. After 3 extra trips to Hobby Lobby I knew I was dead wrong. So I just have to blog about it to share my tips to save you time and a few trips to the craft store.

So the concept itself is pretty simple. Acetate ribbon is perfect for making the award ribbons and it's not that expensive to get a huge roll of it, especially if it's on sale. So start by folding the ends of the ribbon diagonally so that it forms a triangle in the back. We also added a slip of paper that had the award name on the back so we could write down who was getting the ribbon once the scoring was completed if we wanted to.

We (I roped one of my friend into helping me with this little adventure) then used a little tombo on the back just to secure the ribbon a little better and then we added the brad.

Next I put the lettering on, which was the easiest part of this project.

Lastly I used embroidery floss to make the tassel part that you can hang the ribbon with. I would have liked to used some corded ribbon and frayed the end, but I could not find a big enough brad. Originally I bought a little bigger brad, but it was to "thick" for the ribbon, I think it was made to go through leather. I'm sure there is a place online to buy these or even a specialty scrapbook store, but I just didn't have the time to research that out.

In the end they turned out really nice, but I'm not sure that the savings is that great over ones that you actually buy if you consider the time that it takes.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Feather Boa Wreath

One of my friends made a white wreathe like this and I just had to make one for Valentine's Day. Thank you for the idea R. So all you need for this project is a foam wreath, 2 feather boas, a little ribbon and hot glue.

Start by hot gluing the feather boa to the back of the wreath by the rope.

Next wrap it around the wreath.
When you get to the end you should have half of the wreath filled and then hot glue it on the back

Repeat the process with the 2nd boa and that's it! In order to hang the wreathe I then glued a small piece of ribbon on the back of the boa to the actual foam.

I put a 3M hook on the mirror to hang it and that's it! This is one of the easiest crafts ever!

I'll be honest I really wanted to do it in red and hang it on my front door, but I thought the red boas had too much orange in them for me. So I settled on pink and I love it. I think it would be adorable in a little girl's room as well.

Tips on doing it a little cheaper: I used a 40% off coupon from Hobby Lobby on the wreathe and the Boa's were in the Valentine's section on a 30% off sale!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Conversation Hearts for the Wall

I'm super excited about these "conversation" hearts that I put up on the wall tonight for the family. I printed a heart for each member of the family and put them up on the wall. They are about 13". I also wrote everyone's name on their own heart.

Now everyone can be on the look out for nice things that they want to say to each other. A thank you, a sweet message, anything to promote gratitude, love and appreciation goes!

I decided against using chalk for this venture even though I know it could be easily erased and then you could write on the heart over and over again. I don't like the feel of writing with chalk so that's the biggest reason I didn't go that route. I printed the heart a little bigger so that we could write multiple messages without erasing.

We are trying out washable markers to see how it works out. I think a Sharpie would show up the best, but I'm trying to be realistic about what's best for the walls with a 5 year old in the mix!