Friday, November 30, 2018

Neon Cardboard Ornaments DIY is my drug of choice.  It really does make my crafty life easier.  While perusing for some cardboard shipping materials a few weeks back, I found this NEON corrugated cardboard....I immediately ordered it BEFORE I knew what it would become.  That's how I know I have a problem!  Cut to a 2 a.m. ornament making binge on my kitchen table where these little gems appeared.  Grab a stack and start gluing.  It's easy!  It's never a waste to buy things that inspire your creativity and help you Make Your Mark!
Brighten up your tree!
Love the sparkle!

Watch how to make them here!
*You can easily make 50+ ornaments with this stack
1st ORNAMENT Steps 1 - 6
1.  Cut 2 strips in the same color 12" x 1" and 4 strips 12" x 1 1/2" in different colors
2.  Cut the 1 1/2" wide strips in 1/2 diagonally to create long triangles
3. Roll and hot glue the 1" strips into a disk for the center of the ornament
4.  Roll and hot glue the triangular stripes into tiny cones
5.  Glue the cones on the flat sides of the disk
6.  Glue the rest of the cones evenly around the disk
2nd ORNAMENT Steps 7 - 11
7.  Cut 4 different colors of cardboard in the following sizes:
4" x 4"
7" x 3"
7" x 2"
12" x 1"
8.  Glue and roll the 4" x 4" piece to create a tube
*This is the center
9.  Glue and roll the 7" x 3" piece around the center tube
10.  Glue and roll the 7" x 2" piece next
11. Finish by gluing and rolling the 12" x 1" piece around the center
3rd ORNAMENT Steps 12 -15
12.  Cut two 1/2" wide strips in one color and two 2 1/2" strips in another color
*Cut the 2 1/2" strips on the diagonal to create long triangles
13.  Glue and roll the 1/2" wide strip into a disk
14.  Glue and roll the long triangles in to long cones
15.  Glue the cones to the flat sides of the disk
16.  Cut a 3" piece of metallic fringe and glue a loop to one end
17.  Hot glue and roll the fringe trapping the loop in the center to create a tassel
18.  Hot glue a loop in the top of each ornament and a tassel at the bottom
19. & 20.  Embellish the ornaments with Allure in Silver Glitter
*Add more glitter while wet if you want!

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Boho Renaissance Ornaments

These ornaments are inspired by Shabby Vintages Studio.  Check out her work on Pinterest!  For mine I added tons of color,  seed pearls, glitter and some favorite images to make them fit my aesthetic.  I named them Boho Renaissance Ornaments only to realize later that I have a Victorian image mixed in...Things happen.  It's the wild west when you're making Christmas ornaments.  Once again I used my  re•design with Prima molds and the basswood round ornaments from Walnut Hollow.  Like all of my projects, you can use the images you want.  I'd love to see a set with vintage family photos.  Fill your tree with handmade ornaments and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
Renaissance with a dash of Victorian!
Pearls and snow glitter make them even more Christmas-y!

Watch how to make them here!
re•design with Prima molds
Birch Ornaments from Walnut Hollow
Renaissance images
E-6000 Glue
Renaissance images
Print to size
1.  Trace around your basswood round ornament on the back side of the image
2.  Decoupage the image onto the basswood round
3.  Stencil over the image with Matte Metallics in Vintage Brass to give it an illuminated feel
4.  Sponge around the edges of the ornament with more Matte Metallics in Vintage Brass
5. Mix the 2 part plastic and fill the re•design with Prima molds
*The 2 part plastic hardens in about 15 minutes or so
6.  Wipe off the residue on the molded pieces and paint with Matte Metallics in Vintage Brass
7.  Dry brush the pieces with different colors of Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paint
8.  Hot glue a thin ribbon on the top of the ornament and a tassel at the base of the ornament
9. & 10.  Sandwich the ribbon and tassel top between the ornament and painted molded pieces
11.  Using white glue, add seed pearls to the edges
12.  While the glue is still wet, sprinkle with snow glitter and let dry

Happy Christmas!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Corrugated Cardboard Ornaments DIY

Recently I got some corrugated cardboard in some packaging and like that weird kid who only cares about the box and not the gift, I went crazy!  So crazy I bought another huge roll of it on Ebay to keep making things with it.  My first project was these ornaments...I LOVE them!  Just roll them up with a little glue, paint and then glitterize them.  So easy!  Kids will love making them, too. I used DecoArt Extreme Sheens because they come in bright, metallic colors.   Definitely grab a few next time you're at the craft supply store.  Remember to use up that holiday cardboard and always 
Make Your Mark!
Just a few of my shiny new ornaments!

Watch how to make them here!
DecoArt Extreme Sheen
Metallic Gold Pipe Cleaners
Corrugated Cardboard
Glue Gun
DecoArt Craft Twinkles
Pattern for Ornaments
Print out for reference, but you'll need to cut your patterns 
on larger paper.  I used a large manilla folder for
my patterns.
1. & 2.  Trace  & cut your pattern from corrugated cardboard
3.  Starting from largest piece to smallest, Roll and hot glue them together
4.  Paint them with DecoArt Extreme Sheen paint and let dry
5. Glitterize them with DecoArt Craft Twinkles
6. Add a wire to hang them from the top using a dab of hot glue
Optional:  Add a pipe cleaner at the top for some extra sparkle

Happy Holidays!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Boho Heart Ornaments DIY

My tree is all about bright colors this year and these soft, boho heart ornaments are just the ticket to make it POP!  I used neon colors on my Gel Press and embellished them with glitter Allure from 
E-6000.  I'm excited to be bucking tradition this year and going nuts with a tree that is filled with things that make me feel the joy of the season.  I say, do what makes you happy and
don't forget to Make Your Mark!  

Watch  how to make them here!
Gel Press
Cotton fabric
Sewing machine
Poly-fil Premium Polyester Fiber Fill
Allure Dimensional Design Adhesive Paint in Lime Glitter, Metallic Orange and Pink
Americana Acrylics in Sizzling Pink, Pink Explosion, Scorching Yellow, Torrid Orange
Electric Blue, Laguna Blue Aqua Sky
Pom poms
Beads from
1.  Dot your Gel Press with Americana Acrylics in Sizzling Pink, Pink Explosion, Scorching Yellow and Torrid Orange
2.  Distribute evenly with your brayer
3. Press & pull the cotton fabric
4.  Dot the Gel Press with Americana Acrylics in Electric Blue, Laguna Blue & Aqua Sky
5.  Spread evenly
6.  Place a stencil on top
7.  Press the fabric on the Gel Press again and transfer the stencil by
gently pressing the fabric on the stencil
8.  When dry, cut two hearts from the Gel Pressed fabric
9.  Stitch them using 1/4" seam allowance making sure to leave a 2" opening
10.  & 11. Stuff with Poly-fil and stitched closed
12.  Wrap a tassel maker with matching yarn
13.  Tie the bundle at the top and a contrasting yarn around the neck
14.  Slip off the tassel, cut the loops and trim
15.  Stitch a tassel, pom pom and bead to the tip of the heart
16.  Embellish with Allure Dimensional Design Adhesive Paint


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Cardboard Loteria Ornaments

I'm all about having a colorful, Mexico/Boho inspired tree this year and these Loteria House Ornaments are going to be perfect for it!  I've included all of the printouts I used AND the pattern for the house so all you have to do is print out the images, cut out some cardboard and start gluing!  Try using photos of your family or pets or even vintage Christmas cards for this project.  It's up to you and your amazing creativity!  Remember to make a few of these ornaments for your friends...Oh, and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
 Use any kind of image you want!
The Allure Glitter looks amazing on these!

Watch how I made them here!
E-6000 Spray Adhesive
Wire & Craft Bells
Allure Dimensional Design Adhesive Paint
Loteria Images (below)
Glue Gun
Papel Picado Images (below)
1.  Trace and cut the patterns in cardboard (below)
2.  Score along the score lines
*This makes bending them into shape so much neater
3.  Glue the pieces together
4. & 5.  Cut and glue the loteria images to the sides of the house using E-6000 Spray Adhesive
6. & 7. Cut and glue the papel picado triangles to the roof and base
8.  Poke a hole in the exact center of the base
9.  Glue the pieces together
10.  When dry, accent the edges with Allure Glitter or Gloss in matching colors
11.  Attach a bell to the end of a 5" long wire and thread it through the house from the bottom 
through the point on the roof
12.  Bend a loop on the roof and hang
Print these for the sides of the house
Print for the roof and base of the house
Print on standard size paper

Feliz Navidad!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Magical Origami Star Ornaments

These origami stars are easy to make and you can use them for the holidays in several different ways!  I'm going to hang some on my tree and turn some into Christmas cards.  Use patterned paper or stencil them like I did.  Pop a little gem in the middle and you have something super special.
Let your star shine this holiday season and don't forget to 
Make Your Mark! 
 You're a star!
 Book pages and kraft paper
Add a dab of glitter or a gem in the center....Easy peasy!
Flat back gems
DecoArt Matte Metallics in Vintage Brass
Kraft paper & book pages
Tracy Moreau Snowflake Stencil
Allure Dimensional Design Adhesive Paint in Gold Leaf and Silver Glitter
Americana Acrylics in White
Watch how to make them here!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Marbled Charger Mirror DIY

Hit the dollar store for some plastic chargers and round mirrors and make yourself some perfect little home accents!  Mix a few of your favorite colors with the new POURING MEDIUM from DecoArt and then swirl them together to create a beautiful marbled effect.  When the paint is dry, glue a round mirror in the center, a looped ribbon in the back for hanging with some E-6000 and you're ready to decorate!  Remember to visit dollar stores and thrift stores for inspiration (and to save a little money)
and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
 Perfect little accent!
 Mirror, mirror on the wall....

Watch how to make them here!
 Mix your favorite colors together and see what happens!
Just gorgeous!