Monday, March 15, 2021
Saturday, January 23, 2021
This is the project I was working on in yesterday's post where I wrote up a tutorial on making paper straws. I intentionally wanted the straws to be at a diagonal, actually more of a diagonal than how it turned out.
I only used two different patterned papers and got quite a variety of designs on the straws; it all depends on how you position the pattern when rolling your paper.
The overall size of the finished heart is about 9" x 9". The red trim is from the tinsel hearts at The Dollar Tree. I just unwound the trim from it's plastic shaped heart form. Once the red trim is off the heart, you can remake the heart using twine or yarn (do a search on Pinterest for Twine Hearts for ideas).
Friday, January 22, 2021
I saw some cute Valentine craft ideas online using paper straws, but I didn't want to spend money on buying straws so I learned how to make my own out of a 12x12 sheet of scrapbook paper. I was able to make 8 straws for just 25 cents. I already had the other supplies on hand but this is what you will need:
12 x 12 sheet of thin scrapbook paper
A 1/4" dowel or chop stick
Glue or double sided tape
A paper trimmer to cut the paper
These straws are perfect for crafting (not for drinking unless you coat them with paraffin wax).
Start by cutting your 12x12 paper in 1.5" widths (12 x 1.5" pieces). If you have paper with a pattern of lines in it like mine does, you probably want the lines to go vertically on your paper trimmer. You will get 8 strips out of one 12x12 paper.
In the example below, I wanted the pink edge to show but not the white, so I applied the tape to the back side with the pink edge at the top of the opposite side.
Now you are ready to start rolling the paper around the dowel. Place the right end of the dowel at a 45 degree angle to the lower corner of your paper. Roll it slowly, making sure the corner of the paper is under the dowel and begin rolling. Try to get that lower right corner rolled without having any adhesive touching the dowel.
I hope to have my project done by tomorrow so I can show you what I made with the straws.
Thanks for stopping by ~~ Ann
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
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