Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Reversible Rosette Christmas Tree


I wanted to make an interactive tree for my 6 year old nephew.  He can take this tree apart and rearrange the rosettes any way he wants since it is held together with magnets.  It can be stacked like a wonky tree from a Dr. Seuss book or be perfectly straight for a mantle.

I cut the rosettes using double sided paper so each rosette has two different sides.   Then  I used magnets over the chipboard centers of the rosettes (see below).  By using magnets on the rosettes, it allows the tree to be put together and taken apart in whatever color scheme was desired (thus the interactive part I was looking for).    It can also be dismantled for easy shipping.  The rosettes can be mailed in an envelope instead of  permanently mounting the tree together with hot glue and trying to ship it in a large box.  

This shows both sides of the paper I used.

The magnets are cut from magnetic vent covers that you can buy at Lowes.

I cut the chipboard and magnetic sheets in my Cuttlebug using the Sizzix Bigz Original Circles die.  This die has 4 different circle sizes on it.  You want to try to use the size that fits the rosette the best without showing too much.  The circles are 1", 1.5", 2", and 2.5".  You can easily hand cut the magnetic sheets yourself and not use the die.

I found that the chipboard circles with the magnetic circles was too thick and created more space between the rosettes than I wanted.  If I make another tree, I will use cereal box cardboard covered with the magnetic circle and not actual chipboard.  I don't think the magnetic circles on their own will be sturdy enough to hold the rosettes together.

Here is a list of the sizes of the paper I used to cut the rosettes.  Each rosette was manually scored on a Martha Stewart Scoring board every 1/2" except for the smallest one*

3 strips cut at 3.5" wide x 12" long

3 strips cut at 3.25" wide x 12" long

3 strips cut at 3" wide x 12" long

(3) cut at 2.75" x 12"

(3) cut at 2.5" x 12"

(3) cut at 2.25" x 12"

2 strips cut at 2 x 12

2 strips cut at 1.75 x 12

2 strips cut at 1.5 x 12

2 strips cut at 1.25 x 12

2 strips cut at 1" x 12"

* 1 strip cut at 1/2" wide by 12" and scored every 1/4" (as opposed to scoring all the others at 1/2" intervals).

Or for the top rosette, you can use the Tim Holtz Sizzix Mini Paper Rosettes die (2 sizes, use the smaller of the two).  This die made it a lot easier to make a rosette that is so small.  

To make the rosettes, adhere the strips together, making sure you glue a "mountain side" with a "valley side" in order to prevent adding bulk to the rosette.  When using 3 strips, the last scored 1/2" will have to be cut off in order to end up with a mountain matching a valley.

There are several YouTube videos that show you how to assemble the rosette.  Basically once you have the ends secured together so a loop forms, press the loop down and adhere a circle to both sides with hot glue.

Since the rosettes are so big (the biggest strip used is 3.5" wide x 12 (x3) which makes a 7" diameter rosette), I used cardboard to hold the rosette together.  Paper is too flimsy and the rosette wants to pop up.

When gluing on the center circle, push the rosette edges inward so the center circle is tight and as small as possible.

Cover the center circle with a magnetic circle if you want the tree to be able to be taken apart for mailing.  Otherwise, you can glue the rosettes together one at a time when stacking them and don't use the magnetic sheets.

If you want a skinnier tree, omit the largest rosettes that are at the bottom.  You can alter the size of the rosette just by changing the center size of the circle when gluing the rosette together.  Leaving a bigger center circle will make a larger rosette.

Thanks for stopping by ~~ Ann

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

2nd Art Journal Under Construction

Just some pages from my second art journal I am working on during these Covid-19 times:

The tree was made using the collage technique.  I cut out various circles from  scrapbook papers.

I am just learning these techniques and using the supplies I have on hand, finding inspiration on Pinterest.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Covid-19 Art Journal

I started working on an art journal to occupy my time during Covid-19:

Most of the pages have hearts on them; this is my h'art journal.

Sorry about the photos; I have 2 digital cameras that both decided to go on the fritz during this pandemic.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Wrought Iron Looking Heart

I made this heart out of the tinsel "love" heart at The Dollar Tree:

Once you remove the strand of tinsel (that comes off in one long piece -- save it for a future project), you are left with this frame that I painted black:

Once painted, I simply hot glued on the flower from The Dollar Tree and the ferns which I had in my stash.

Super easy to make but if you want to buy one of these hearts, you should get to the store now.  It won't be on the shelves much longer; the store is bringing out Easter things in it's place.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Peach Hearts

Just a few more hearts........these are for my Mom who looks so nice in peach that I added some peach colored flowers.

The first heart was made as previously described in an earlier post, using a tinsel heart from the Dollar Tree.

The second heart was made using a wire heart frame from the Dollar Tree, half a ball of big blanket yarn or chunky yarn from Hobby Lobby, and a ribbon flower I made on a loom.

I just wrapped the yarn around the wire heart and hot glued areas that wanted to slip around.  This was the fastest heart wreath of all the ones I've made this year.

The greenery is from the wedding dept. at Hobby Lobby and the pinkish rose is by the Paper Studio in Hobby Lobby's scrapbook dept.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Monday, January 27, 2020

String Pearl Heart

Another heart made by using the tinsel bears from the Dollar Tree:

Take the tinsel off and save it for another project:

Cut the heart away from the rest of the bear using wire cutters 

Wrap the heart as desired.
This is another one that I made but wrapped it with yarn.

Industrial Looking Heart

This heart is actually two plastic hearts painted in black paint to give it an industrial look.

I used two of the tinsel hearts from the Dollar Tree, took off the tinsel for another project, cut off the nubs, and painted them black.

This is the frame that is under the tinsel heart:

Cut the nubs off from the edges and paint two of the hearts black.

The flower I used on the inside of the heart is hot glued to the back heart and is from Michaels from years ago.  The leaves are also from Michaels.

This look isn't for everyone but definitely gives that industrial vibe some people like.

Jute Flowers on Another Woven Heart

I used this tutorial to make some jute flowers for my woven hearts:

You can use anything you want for the centers:  buttons, flowers, pearls, etc.  I used a burlap flower that I cut out with the Stampin' Up Fancy Flowers Bigz die and then put a Recollections rose on top of that.

You can even ink around the loop edges with ink if you want to darken the edges some.

I put my jute flower on a woven heart I made.  I used another one of the tinsel hearts from the Dollar Tree, took all the tinsel off, clipped off the nubs around the edges, covered the heart from the front with a cut up shirt then wrapped a bunch of gray yarn around it.  The burlap ribbon is from Michaels.

Unwrap the tinsel; it comes off in one long continuous piece and save it for another project.

Cut the nubs off around the edges and glue on a grey tee shirt from the front of the heart.

It doesn't matter if you have some wrinkles in the material; they will get covered with the yarn that you wrap on the heart.  The material helps to hold the yarn in place on the edges of the heart.

I'd love to see some of your work if you try these.  

Thanks for looking ~ Ann