Crafts

Fall Leaves Collage

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Fall is my favorite season of the year! The joys of seeing the different colors of the leaves is scintillating. I wish it would be fall all year long. However, we have endless crafts that we can make out of fall leaves and keep the memories alive. Here is my first craft using the colorful leaves.

Fall Leaves Collage
Fall Leaves Collage

Things you will need:

Hide those Messy Cords

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If you are having an open entertainment cabinet for the Television, Game Station and DVD players, you probably are dealing with huge wires wiggling around and crowding behind. Here is an easy way to deal with messy cords.

Hide the Messy Cords

You need a shoe box, decorative paper, glue stick, scissors, pencil, tape.

The shoe box I had came with air holes on the sides. If not, make air holes about one inch and a half in diameter on each side of the box. Now, wrap the entire box with decorative paper using glue stick. I prefer glue stick over glue because it will prevent smudging and becoming moist.

Hide the Messy Cords

Circle and fasten the cords using a tape just leaving enough space to reach the outlets. Now arrange all the cords neatly inside. If there are more than two gadgets, consider using an extension cord.

Now close the lid to the box and all the messy cords are hidden!

Hide the Messy Cords

DIY – Colorful Binders

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Colorful Binders are a bit costlier than the usual white ones. So why not make your own colorful binders! The best part is, you get to choose your own favorite colors and designs.

All you need is colorful gift wrapping papers and a thicker uni-colored paper to write the title.

DIY- Colorful Binders
DIY- Colorful Binders

Measure the sides of the binders and cut out 2 pieces of color paper. My binders had a transparent slot on the front and back which made the job much easier. Slide the color paper into the slot one on the front and another at the back. If your binders do not have a transparent slot, glue the color paper in the front and back. You might want to use a glossy paper if you are gluing to save the binder from normal wear and tear.

DIY- Colorful Binders
DIY- Colorful Binders

For the sides, you need a slightly thicker paper, because the slot is narrower and the paper is hard to slide in. Cut the paper after measuring the slot on the side of the binder. Before sliding the paper into the slot on the side, write the title of the binder using colored marker. Use uni-colored paper for the side, and a color that is contrast to the rest of the binder so that the title pops out without blur. Use a marker that is easily visible across the uni-colored paper so that you will be able to spot your binder on the shelf easily.

Guest Welcome Kit

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This is a welcome kit for guests made entirely from a gift paper bag.
Cut the bag along the top about twice the height of the intended size of the box you are about to make.
To make the edges of the box, cut cardboard pieces left over from packaging boxes into 4 pieces for the edges and one for the bottom. Now, just line them along the inside of the paper bag so that they make up a steady strong box. Then glue the remaining paper on to the inside of the box.
Glue the ribbon obtained from the handle of the paper bag on to the sides of the box after ironing them. Place couple of tissue paper on the bottom of the box to give it a cozy look and feel.
Write something for the guests on the tag and stick it to the side of the box.
Place anything and everything that would be useful for the guests to make them feel comfortable and welcome!
I love the way the color is coordinated between the box and the items inside.
This can turn out to be an attractive piece in the guest bathroom. Try adding variations to the items inside to accentuate the looks!

Wheel of Buttons

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I’m not sure how to name it. So I will just go with Wheel of Buttons.
I used ice cream sticks to stack up a wheel pattern and glued them on top of each other. I actually painter them before gluing. I applied a coat of gloss mod podge over the ice cream sticks.
Then I stuck buttons on the edges of the sticks and applied another coat of gloss mod podge.
I was saving the buttons for some other craft but I used them anyway and it turns out to be a lovely show piece and a original idea!

Tour of My Fridge Magnets

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It’s been awhile since I made any crafts. So I thought I would rather give a tour on my fridge magnets. After all, fridge magnets is about creativity too!
I have magnets picked out from the Morning Star with significant Bible verses that are worth looking at, over and over again. Especially Joshua 24:14 which is special for me and my husband.
I do have a couple of thank you magnets from my wedding which again has a special verse Jeremiah 29:11. Then there are some book marks actually which I picked up at Archies that has some meaningful wordings on it. I’ve held them on to the fridge using the magnets I received from Femina for participating in a contest, which i now don’t even remember. It was a set of 4 round magnets with phrases of feminine characters on it.
I have a bunny painted on glass. Then there are magnets of a few states on the east coast that my husband has been to. We bought it at a souvenir shop down in New Port.
Refrigerator magnets is a cool hobby! Now I buy at least one in every place we visit, kind of a keepsake, which has memories attached to it!

Magazine Paper Bowl

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This is a good way to put to use the old magazines lying around.
Follow the picture above step by step. First, cut a sheet of magazine paper in half(Step 1,2). Then fold it in to halves 3 times(Step 3,4,5). Once you have about 50 plus folded strips like the one in step 6 start gluing them together in circles starting with the first one like in step 7.
Once you reach a considerable width for the base, start gluing the strips a little higher than the previous strips, increasing the height on each circle around the bowl.
When the bowl is done,apply one coat of gloss mod podge on the inside and outside and let it dry for about half an hour.
The bowl can be used for a variety of stuff, for example, I’ve used it to display my lovely bracelets on the dressing table!

Yarn Wrapped – Remote Holder

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This is similar to the yarn wrapped flower vase that I made earlier by wrapping multi-colored yarn over an empty glass bottle. Glue the yarn on to the bottle at the beginning and end of the project. Once done, then apply one coat of gloss mod podge.
I just thought it would be different to use it as a remote control holder rather than a conventional flower vase!

Yarn Wrapped Flower Vase

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This is a wonderful way to put to use the leftover yarn from projects. All you need is an empty glass bottle, some yarn and mod podge.
Wrap the yarn over the bottle beginning from the top to bottom and glue the beginning and the ending portion of yarn. Then apply on coating of mod podge. I’ve used the gloss one to give it a shiny look. After 15 minutes, apply a second coating.
Use it as a flower vase for your own paper made flowers!

Ruffled Paper Flowers

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Now that I have made quite a few flower vases I was running out of flowers to display in them.
Then I wondered, why not make my own flowers. So I made these out of magazine papers. Its better to select papers that have a single color pattern so that the flower looks more natural!