How to make a Christmas Tree in a Bottle Necklace

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Christmas Tree in a Bottle Necklace

I got this idea from a project I’d seen made by Tim Holtz.

Of course, I had to find a cheaper way to make it.

I’ve seen small bottles like these at Hobby Lobby with the jewelry supplies.  (I got mine online.)

I picked up small bleached trees at Michael’s.

Very Important…You need to make sure the base of the tree is small enough to fit in the

top of the bottle.

How to make a Christmas Tree in a Bottle Necklace:                                    (*affiliate link)

  1. I used a re-inker, Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Reinker, Peeled Paint*, and diluted it with water in Ranger Inkssentials Mini Misters*.  I sprayed each tree generously with the diluted ink.  (it took 3 days until the ink came off of all my fingers)
  2. After the tree was dry I rubbed Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue, Diamond*on the tree.  Allow glitter glue to fully dry on the tree before continuing.
  3. Apply a small bit of Quick Grip All Purpose Permanent Adhesive* on the end of the Q-tip.  Insert Q-tip into bottle and add the glue to the bottom center of the bottle.
  4. Insert tree into bottle and stick onto the glue.
  5. Pour glitter or micro beads into bottle.
  6. Screw loop screw into top of the cork and add necklace.  I added glue around the side of the cork before putting it back into the bottle.

If you’re feeling a little funky…how about making your tree pink or purple? 

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Don’t feel like making them?    (You can find the finished ones here in my Etsy Shop.)

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How to Make Wood Slice Snowmen

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What to do with a basket of Wood Slices*

This past summer, when my husband was trimming the old pine tree,

I asked him to save a few logs from the branches.

I wasn’t sure then what I was planning to make but I knew I wanted to save some just in case.

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I asked my husband to cut wood slices out of the smaller logs using a circular saw.

If you don’t have access to a pine log or don’t feel like cutting Wood Slices*

you can also purchase them online.

For those of you who don’t want to cut your own Wood Slices*.

You can also find them online by clicking on the pictures↓.  (*affiliate link)

Make sure to double check sizes before ordering.

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I picked out four wood slices of varying sizes.

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I laid out the wood slices to determine placement of how I wanted them to go together.

I drilled small holes on the end of the wood slices with a fine drill bit approx. 1/4-1/2″ into the

end of the wood.

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Using small dowel rods or bamboo skewers for reinforcement,  I inserted the rods into the

holes with a squirt of DecoArt Americana Wood Glue*.  (*affiliate link)

Each wood slice has a small wood dowel piece in between to hold the snowman together.

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Once the wood slice snowman was completely dry and stable,

I drilled a hole in the center of the largest wood slice to use as my base.

The Snowman is attached to the base using a small dowel and wood glue*.

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To decorate the snowman…

  • Cut a piece of flannel slightly larger than the area around the head.
  • Fold and glue a small cuff using Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive*.
  • Glue the ends of the flannel together to create a tall “tube”.
  • Glue tube onto the top of the Wood Slice Snowman’s head,
  • Tie the top of the tube with a piece of string or thread.
  • Trim and fringe the excess fabric on the top of the tube to make it look like a hat tassel.
  • Cut a longer 1″ wide piece of flannel to tie around the neck of the snowman.  Don’t forget to fringe the ends.

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To make a Reindeer Wood Slice Ornament…

  1. Paint the center of the wood slice with black chalkboard paint.
  2. Paint the reindeer cut out with silver acrylic paint.
  3. Glue reindeer onto wood slice with quick dry glue.
  4. Glue glitter holly berries embellishment onto reindeer.
  5. I used a push pin to start a small hole on the end of the wood slice.
  6. Screw a loop screw into the hole and add a ribbon to hang.

      

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Reindeer Star Card

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Impress your friends and family this Holiday…

with a gatefold card that looks a lot harder than it really is.

This may not be a beginner card for some, but, I promise it really is not hard.

A few layers and a few simple steps and you’ll be done in no time.

The supply list may seem long…

but you can easily adapt the card with supplies you have on hand.

 

This is what I Used to make the Reindeer Star Card:                                           (*affiliate link)

Directions:

  1. Cut a piece of cream cardstock 7 1/2″ x 5″.  Score and fold on the 2 1/2″ mark to create a 5″ x 5″ card base with flap.
  2. Cut a piece of red patterned paper 2 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ and adhere to the front of the flap.
  3. Cut a 2 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ piece of light green patterned paper and adhere onto the bottom of the red patterned paper.  Repeat for the inside flap.
  4. Cut a piece of dark green patterned paper 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″.  Adhere to the inside of the card.
  5. Cut a piece of red plaid paper 2 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ and adhere onto the bottom of the dark green patterned paper.
  6. Add a strip of thin washi tape to the seam of the patterned papers.
  7. Apply White and Gold Foil washi tape to a piece of white cardstock.reindeer-star-card-creating-a-washi-tape-background-sues-creative-workshop
  8. Cut two medium washi tape stars using the star die and Big Shot Cutting/Embossing Machine*.reindeer-star-card-cutting-the-star-dies-sues-creative-workshop
  9. Cut two larger stars from the gold metallic cardstock.reindeer-star-card-opened-sues-creative-workshop
  10. Adhere the first star halfway onto the flap (with the other half hanging over)  Adhere second star directly onto the back of the first star.
  11. Adhere medium washi tape stars onto the middle of the large gold stars.
  12. Cut one small gold cardstock and mount it to the middle of the front washi tape star with thin 3D foam mounting squares.reindeer-star-card-close-up-sues-creative-workshop
  13. Add small “white stag” dimensional sticker to center of the smallest star.  Add a small red adhesive rhinestone to the tip of the stags nose.
  14. Adhere a piece of gold cardstock onto the Stick It Adhesive Sheets*.  Die cut the words “Merry Christmas” using the Christmas Phrases die and stick onto card.
  15. Tie a thin gold ribbon around the flap with a small gold jingle bells and you’re done.

Finished Size:  5” x 5”  (may take additional postage to mail)

 

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Christmas Tree Card

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Although I don’t always send a ton of handmade Christmas cards out, I do enjoy making them.

The Christmas Tree card was made using paper and stickers from Paper House Productions.

I love how the playful plaids blend perfectly together to form a Traditional Christmas feel

in this layered card.  Enjoy!  (makes me feel like singing “O’ Christmas Tree…”)

 

To make the card you’ll need:         (*affiliate links)

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Directions:

  1. Cut a 4 1/2″ x 6″ piece of “red flannel” paper.  Hold the edge of the paper against the nib of the gold calligraphy marker to add a thin gold border on the edge of the paper.  Adhere the red flannel layer onto a 4 3/4″ x 6 1/4″ piece of black cardstock.
  2. Adhere the red flannel and black layers onto a 5″ x 6 1/2″ green card base.
  3. Cut the “deck the halls” paper (green plaid) using the “labels twenty two” die.  Add a thin gold border around the edge of the label like in step #1.  Adhere the green plaid label onto a 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ gold metallic cardstock layer.
  4. Cut a decorative square using the “captivating square” die and a piece of green cardstock.  Adhere the green plaid label and gold metallic square onto the top of the decorative square.
  5. Adhere the green and gold layers onto the bottom portion on the red flannel layer, leaving even spacing on the bottom three sides.
  6. Assemble the pine swag  using the 3D stickers and glue onto the top of the card.  (picture below)
  7. Finish embellishing the front of the card with the 3D Christmas Tree sticker and a couple of red adhesive rhinestones.

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This card was created for and sponsored by Paper House Productions.

 

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DIY…”Merry” Canvas

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Make the holidays “Merry” with this mini decorated canvas.

Create frosty, glittery goodness with this fun mini canvas project.

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To make the Merry Canvas you’ll need:                                      *affiliate link

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Directions:

  • Paint the canvas with Red Scarlet Paint and let dry.
  • Paint the red canvas with a thick coat of crackle glaze.  The thicker the coat the deeper the cracks.  Allow plenty of time for the glaze to dry.

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  • Lightly white wash the canvas to bring out the crackling.
  • Wipe excess paint off with a clean cloth.

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  • Paint each letter with glitter glue and sprinkle with white glitter.
  • Glue letters onto the canvas with craft glue.  (leave space on the left of the canvas for embellishing)

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  • Wrap twine around canvas and embellish with jingle bells, greenery and bow.

 

***This project was created for and sponsored by Joy SA and Deco Arts

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Holiday Centerpiece or Party Serving Stand

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Tis the season for Holiday Parties and decorating…

around my house, it’s starting to kick in full steam.

Instead of stressing out, I try to create items with more than one purpose.

My Holiday Centerpiece also works wonderful as a Party Serving Stand.

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I started with a Deflecto 3 Tier Dessert Stand* (affiliate link),

wrapping paper, glue stick and cutting mat.

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  • I traced around all three of my circles onto the back of the wrapping paper.
  • Apply the glue stick generously around and inside the circle.  Lay circle onto wrapping paper and smooth out any air bubbles.  (The nice thing about using wrapping paper and a glue stick is that you can easily remove the paper and glue by soaking stand in warm water.)
  • Trim around circle and inside channels using a craft knife and cutting mat.

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  • Glue lace around the outside of each circle and assemble stand.

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Add ribbon and holly berries and you’re ready for a party.

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Or add small ornaments and decorations for a fun Holiday Centerpiece.

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Joy Shadow Box Tray

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A simple Shadow Box that would be cute as Holiday Décor or used as a gift.

The “Happy Holidays” graphic would be cute replaced with a Holiday photo.

This project also uses a simple paint technique for old hardware.

 

Here’s what I used for my Shadow Box Tray:   

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Tips to make your project easier:

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  • Add Snowy effect by flicking white acrylic paint onto the pine craft stem using an old paintbrush.

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  • Paint the brass hardware with black spray paint.  Once the paint is dry, rub Rose Gold Metallic Lustre over hardware for an aged vintage look.

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  • For a cohesive look…rub Rose Gold Metallic Lustre onto the chipboard letters and the wood disc on the tree.
  • Cut the back of the bottle brush tree flat so that it fits snuggly into the tray.

 

This project was sponsored by Canvas Corp Brands and DecoArts.

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