DIY PAPER BOWS

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.

I absolutely love making my own paper bows so when I came across this wonderful DIY tutorial at http://www.howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2013/04/how-to-make-paper-bow.html I knew that I would be sharing it with you immediately.  It’s that awesome for all you crafters out there.

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There’s a free PDF template at the link posted above.  I used several colorful cardstock papers to make my bows, but of course you can always use regular paper or simply print out the template on cardstock, because it’s sturdier, and trace onto any other paper like newspaper, magazine pages, scrapbook paper, etc.  The possibilities are endless and here’s a great idea for a one of a kind paper bow: print the template on regular paper, have your child design it (color it in), cut and put it together. They’ll be smiles all around!

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Paper cutting frenzy

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I decided to use brads at the center to hold my bows together.  Then I wrapped and glued the final piece.

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I literally squealed with delight.

This project and its end result made me really happy.

I love these bows and can’t wait to make more.  Many, many more!

THANKS to Jessica Jones at http://www.howaboutorange.blogspot.com/ for creating this template and offering it to everyone.  I’m a new fan and follower!

Take good care all.

Until next time…

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DIY fabric covered wooden letters

Hello everybody! I hope you guys are well.  I wanted to share with you my second project that I did this past Friday.

I’ve had this letter A and this pink toile fabric for a long time now.  I love this fabric so much that I decided to use it to decorate the letter A, which is my first initial.  I’ve never done this project before so I just did it my way and took pictures highlighting each step that I thought was helpful.  Basically, it’s like wrapping a present and using glue instead of tape.

Here’s what I did:

Using a ruler I outlined the letter (I didn’t trace it) on the front of the fabric because I needed more fabric for the sides and I wanted to see exactly what part was going to show.  I also used a vanishing marker.

I used my rotary cutter and mat.

This time I traced the letter on the other side of the fabric so I could know exactly where to place it down once I applied the glue to the letter.

I glued the letter down and these were my tools.  I used my x-acto knife, sharp scissors, a ruler (borrowed from my daughter :)), vanishing marker, glue, and a Q-tip (the top of my glue was broken so I used a Q-tip to apply the glue onto the front and sides of the letter).

Using my ruler, I started marking where I would cut and glue the fabric.  The process was like wrapping a gift.

As you can see in the pic above I lost some of the fabric due to the curve of the letter A so I just took a small piece of fabric and glued it onto the spot and then covered the side with the rest of the fabric already there.

Working my way around…progress.

For the little hole in the letter A, I used my x-acto knife and made a cut in the form of a cross all the way to the edge and glued the fabric.  At the bottom of the A, I used my sharp scissors and made cuts at the corners and glued the fabric as neatly as I could.  As you can see, there are some parts that are not covered.

Just take a scrap piece of fabric, make sure that it covers the area well and glue it on.  Now you’re covered!

Same process and…

…I’m done!  I love, love, love my fabric covered wooden letter.  After taking this picture so you guys can see it,  I placed it on my dresser and it looks fabulous.  I’m so happy with the result.  Now, I have a great gift idea and more arts and crafts to do for the future. 🙂

I hope you like this crafty idea.

Take care all.  Until next time…

Flowers, candles, vases…oh my! My ideal centerpiece!

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.   Today let’s talk about centerpieces and how daunting they can be.  Nowadays, I believe people want to stay on a budget and they want their centerpieces to sort of be unique.  Those two criteria were very important to me when I was planning my anniversary/vow renewal party.  The only difference this time around was the fact that my husband and I were paying for EVERYTHING, including the banquet hall, which my parents paid for eleven years ago.  I still gave myself a budget back then because I didn’t want my parents to spend a lot of money so I chose a venue that practically had everything in the place.  That saved a lot of headaches, time, and money.  My venue, The Astoria World Manor, has a chapel, photo studio, and banquet hall.  You can’t get any better than that.  But I digress, back to the centerpieces.

There are definitely your traditionalists who chose the vases with the flowers or floating candles and that’s ok, but I wanted something different.  I also wanted to arrange it myself.  Remember, we’re on a budget here people.  🙂  I searched for ideas and pictures on Pinterest, of course, as well as images on AOL search and immediately fell in love with arrangements that featured mason jars.  Vases are good and there are different shapes, sizes, and prices, but mason jars can be used for storing all kinds of stuff including food!  They’re simply functional and I wanted them.  Badly.  So when I spotted them at the craft store for $1.49, which is a great price because for some reason I thought they would be more expensive, I couldn’t stock my shopping cart fast enough.  Needless to say, I was very happy.  I know it’s just a jar, but the point is, I found them.  That’s half the battle.  Onto the next step, what’s going inside?

I knew I didn’t want real flowers.  I also knew that artificial flowers could add up to be expensive.  So I went around searching for a bushel of flowers, artificial, that I could separate and possibly distribute evenly.

I found one at the craft store that had mini wheat stalks and long leaves.  The price was right and I liked the way they looked, so I bought four of them.

I also chose to fill the jar with gold glitter and natural curly ting stems.  They come in bunches (around 30 per bunch) and are reasonably priced so they were ideal in order to distribute among the jars.

Putting them together, I had the height and fullness I wanted, but I still needed a flower.

I wanted to incorporate the turquoise color so I searched online for a turquoise gerbera daisy.  Eleven years ago, the gerbera daisy was the main flower in my wedding bouquet, only it was white so I thought why not?  I have to admit though that I did procrastinate on finding the flower until I found a good-looking and reasonably priced one on a website.  I put a dozen into the cart, clicked CHECKOUT, and almost fell off my chair when I saw the shipping and handling charges.  They wanted almost twenty dollars!! for shipping twelve artificial flowers.  I deleted that cart so fast and I was so furious because I still had no flower or idea of what to do.

Something you must know about me…I do not have the greatest memory so I can’t tell you how I came about thinking about paper flowers.  I just know that one day I searched DIY PAPER FLOWERS and was bombarded with tutorials online.  I saw videos on YouTube and read several blog instructions, but ultimately I ended up using a freehand template, courtesy of my husband’s artistic talent, tissue paper, glue, lollipop sticks and gold acrylic paint.

My masterpiece, made out of tissue paper!  I also tied a gift tag with the table number and ribbon in my color palette, turquoise and gold, around the jar to complete my look.

Here’s my centerpiece on table #7.  I made a heart paper garland (a later post), as seen on Pinterest.com, using my colors.  I threw potpourri, which I got from IKEA, inside the garland to surround the mason jar.  I also covered the lid by simply cutting out and gluing a circle from turquoise card stock and affixing a monogrammed sticker.

I love the way it came together and I will definitely be posting the way I did my tissue paper flower in a later post, but for now I hope you enjoyed how I arranged my ideal centerpiece.  Until next time…

DIY Card Box

Hi everybody!  I wanted to share with you one of my crafty ideas that I did for my anniversary party.  It’s so convenient to have a card box stationed at your table so guests can just drop their well wishes into it and party on.  You don’t have to carry around envelopes or even carry a bag full of them.  Instead RECYCLE a box, it can be one you received something in the mail with or even a shoe box, and decorate it with items, that you might already have in the house, like wrapping paper, stickers, ribbons, gift tags, tape, glue, etc.

I wanted to stay with my color theme so I bought a gold wrapping paper, coordinating ribbon in turquoise and gold ( I forgot to include them in the picture), and gold glitter sticker letters. I had the gift tags already and decided to use them.

I took a white shipping box and before taping it closed, I outlined and cut out the opening for the cards.  Remember to cut the flaps that fold inside as well, not just the outside flaps.  I then taped it shut on the sides, bottom, and whatever is left in the middle.

I wrapped the box like a gift and then I pressed down gently to feel out the card slot and make a faint outline.  Carefully using my X-ACTO knife, I made a slit down the middle of where the opening was.

I tucked the wrapping paper inside and carefully taped it using thin, but long strips of masking tape.  I placed the tape as close to the edge of the opening and slid my hand inside to reach as far as I could to tape the paper inside.  If you make a mistake, which I did (see little star in my picture), while cutting out the card slot and you don’t have enough paper to tuck inside in order to cover the box, just take strips of the same paper and slide under the top paper, and above if you want, and tape until completely covered.

I glued a thin gold ribbon onto a thicker turquoise ribbon, where I strung the gift tags and glued them onto the box.  I printed out the word CARDS onto a clear address label.  I then cut out each letter and stuck them onto the gift tags.  I finished off the box with the letter M and the words Thank You using gold, glitter stickers.

This box was easy to make and a big hit at my anniversary party.

I hope you like this crafty idea.

Until next time…

Update:  I just realized that you can also use a large tissue box and the best thing about it is that there is already an opening…duh!  Wrap that sucker up and decorate the heck out of it.  🙂  Enjoy!

Hello world, family, and friends

First let me start by saying FINALLY, MY BLOG IS UP!! I have been wanting to start a blog for such a looooong time now. Due to my many excuses a.k.a. fears, I procrastinated as long as I could, but I’m ready now. I’m currently a stay at home mom of two, but my oldest is about to enter Kindergarten. YIKES!! There will be many, many posts in the future regarding my anxiety about having to let her go into the real world. It’s so scary. As for now I want to start my blog with a crafting idea because I’ve been crafting for a very long time. I’m constantly inspired by ideas I find on the Internet. My latest obsession is Pinterest.com. If you haven’t checked it out, do so and you will simply be hooked! I have so many crafty ideas to share with you. For example, I wanted to make some butterfly paper decorations for my daughter’s birthday. I currently own two large Fiskars squeezable paper punch machines, a circle and a heart.

I love these punches because they cut out the shapes easily and fast, so I wanted to find a butterfly one. After searching and comparing prices I just didn’t find one that I liked. Either it was too expensive or it was too hard to cut out per reviews. As my daughter’s birthday quickly approached, I still had no butterflies and I didn’t want to cut them out myself. Then one night it came to me, out of no where, I could use my heart punch to make the butterflies.
Here’s what I did:

Step 1: I punched out two hearts using pink card stock.

Step 2: I stapled the bottom of the hearts together in the middle to form the wings. I cut off the tip of one of the hearts so it wouldn’t peek out once I did the final step, but you can also bend it and tuck it in before stapling it.

Step 3: To complete my little butterfly, I used a black pipe cleaner, formed the body, glued it in the middle of the two hearts and viola, a beautiful paper butterfly.

Step 4 (optional)): If you want you can decorate the wings with crayons, markers, glitter, etc. or give them to your kids so they can decorate them.  Endless possibilities!!

Since my daughter was turning five, I did five each of three colors and affixed them onto our party decorations. They were a hit.

I hope you guys like this little crafty idea. I hope to share some more in the future as well as opinions and thoughts on different subjects such as parenting, life issues, relationships, and then some.

Welcome to my world.

Welcome to The Mercado Project.