We love wrapping presents almost as much as we love giving them. Last year we picked up some kraft paper and paint and used the eraser end of a pencil to make polka-dot gift wrap. We opted for a more natural look this year, using the same kraft paper (find it any dollar store), burlap ribbon, twine, and greenery. We love the juniper!
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – we’re not crafty. Oh it’s not that we don’t wish to be, it’s just that our creations almost always look better in our heads, and what we end up with is far from what we had planned. But once in a blue, blue moon our creation turns out exactly how we imagined it – or even better. It’s like a craft unicorn, or something. Last week the handmade gift tags we set out to make actually resulted in this pretty kraft paper star garland, perfect for a Charlie Brown tree or a whimsical mantle.
We started by cutting out stars in two different sizes. We cheated and used cookie cutters to draw the shapes, making the process a lot easier (not to mention prettier). Once the stars were cut, we used a sponge brush to cover about half the stars, big and small, with liquid glue. We sprinkled gold and silver glitter over the wet glue – it goes without saying that our apartment is now very sparkly, and likely will be well into the new year. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. The glittered stars will probably curl up a bit due to the glue, but we think this adds a little whimsy.
We used twine for the string. Rather than fussing with holes in each star, we simply taped the twine to the back of each star. You might want to thread a smaller string through if you’d like the garland to be pretty from both front and back. A patterned washi tape or glitter tape would also do the trick.
We’ll admit this project was a little tedious, but overall it was really simple – most of this garland was constructed during a Netflix marathon.
If you missed our last Christmas diy post, check it out here.
We’re not ones for giant Santas or frosty snowmen. We prefer a quirkier Christmas vibe, with a little more character than your standard red and green. The inspiration behind this easy DIY Christmas decoration came from our love of vintage nativity scenes. Tree aside, we’ve always loved assembling the nativity scene the most – the camels and barn animals in particular. We searched high and low to find one that matched our style but came up empty handed. That’s when we tapped into our inner crafters. Okay, this hardly counts as a craft. This craft only requires three things – a paint brush, metallic acrylic paint, and plastic animals. We picked up the paint and brush at Michaels and grabbed the animals (farm and jungle) from a dollar store. Michaels sells animals too, but the dollar store ones are just as good and far more affordable. It’s as easy as dipping your brush in a dollop of paint. The animals will require a couple of coats, especially the darker ones. The acrylic paint dries really fast so you can do this in one or two sittings. And that’s it. See? Not really a craft.
We’re no Martha S., but every once and a while we’re inspired to get our craft on. Since we’d rather not end up on Buzzfeed’s Pinterest Fail list, we tend to avoid anything that involves more than a few easy steps. We’re that terrible combination of lazy and anal, so in order to even try a craft it has to be simple and beautiful. This Easter Egg DIY is both.
Assuming you don’t have a craft room at your disposal (that would make you a motivated perfectionist, and not a lazy one), you will need to brave Michael’s or a comparable craft store for a few supplies. We found gold tape in the scrap-book section (do you know how many scrap-booking accessories there are?) and white and gold paint pens in the craft paint section (opposed to the paint, paint section). The dye kit was conveniently located at the check-out line.
We were modest with the dye and chose to use only two colours – pink and blue are stronger dyes, so that’s what we went with. Because the natural shell of an egg is beautiful on its own, we dipped only the tip of the egg. To create an ombre effect we dyed in two or three steps: hold the egg deep for a light tint, then shallower for a darker tint, and even more shallow for the darkest tint.
We cut the tape into thin strips and simple shapes. Just stick it where you want it! The white and gold paint pens added a bit of whimsy to the finished product.
Pro tips (ha): Because ‘blowing’ eggs is too complicated for us, we hard boiled the eggs (speaking of Martha, ‘How to Make the Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs‘ guide does, in fact, result in the perfect hard-boiled eggs). We made mistakes – use nail polish remover to clean up smudged pen without removing too much dye.
Wishing you all a beautiful weekend filled with springtime fun!