Japanese Floral Crest Wall Decor

Do you have some empty wall space that needs to be filled but just don’t want to spend a lot on wall decor? This is the perfect project for you.

This wall decor project is made from Japanese flowers cut from card stock or paper, mounted onto card stock and placed into an 8 x 8 picture frame. Flower cutting files that are suitable for most die cut machines, are provided in the download here.

I found these flowers on a fantastic website that I would like to share with you! Crest-Japan.net offers the most beautiful eps files for free and was the inspiration source for this paper project. The site is in Japanese, (except for the eps download page) so you have to use a translator, but it is well worth it.

The Japanese have a tradition of artwork that goes back centuries. Floral and animal crests represent the different families of Japan and are beautiful. This artwork proves that good design is timeless. Many of the crests are centuries old, but still, can be incorporated into design projects today. Simplicity and minimalism will never go out of style.

So check it out, and start working on those projects today.

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Spiky Kraft Paper Flowers

Do you remember the korker/corkscrew hair bow trend that was popular a couple of years ago? I was searching the Internet last week, looking for inspiration and came upon this neat little craft.

The hair bows looked so cute. I then wondered if it were possible to get those great little corkscrew curls out of paper. I watched some YouTube video tutorials, learned how to get that fantastic curl using paper instead of ribbons. Voila!!! It is possible and I will show you how !!!

I have a bunch of paper craft projects in mind incorporating this technique and can’t wait to feature them in future posts.

 

My first project is a beautiful spiky paper flower made out of a Kraft Paper card stock. Although the flower looks complicated, it is really easy to make. It does take a lot of time, so some patience is necessary, but the end results are beautiful.

Supplies needed:

  • Brown Kraft Paper card stock
  • Paper Cutter
  • 3/16 ” wood dowels (Packages can be found in the Walmart craft department. Longer dowels needed for stems can be bought at your local hardware store)
  • Wooden clothespins (I found some in the craft section at Walmart)
  • Low temperature hot glue sticks and hot glue gun.
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Baking tray
  • 1.5″ Styrofoam balls

 

 

  1. To make a flower you will need approximately two and one-half sheets of 8.5 x 11 Kraft card stock.
  2. Cut the paper lengthwise into 3/8’s inch strips. It doesn’t have to be exactly 3/8’s inch but try to get the strips as close to that width as you can. After cutting 2.5 sheets into strips start wrapping the dowels.
  3. You will need 3/16 inch dowels and wooden clothespins to make the curl.
  4. Starting at the top of the dowel wrap a strip of paper at an angle around the dowel. Secure the top and bottom of the dowel with clothespins.
  5. Spray the paper dowels liberally with a water mist.
  6. Place the paper dowels on a baking tray, and bake in a preheated oven (225 degrees) for about 10 minutes.
  7. Let the dowels cool, remove the clothespins, and then gently remove the paper curls.
  8. Cut the paper curls into 2.5 inch sections. Cut one end of the section horizontally and cut the top at an angle.
  9. Push the dowel into the Styrofoam ball about .5 inch. Remove the dowel, place some hot glue onto the top of the dowel and place into the Styrofoam ball once again.Start gluing the paper sections starting from the bottom and work your way up to the top. The sections may wobble around at first, so just hold them securely for a couple of seconds until the glue starts to cool down.
  10. Continue until the entire ball is covered with paper sections and you are done.
  11. Admire your beautiful Spiky paper flower!!!
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Painted Dresser Inspiration

I have an old dresser that needs a facelift! I was scouring Pinterest for inspiration and came up with these fabulously painted beauties. I don’t know what I will do yet, but am sure going to consider all of these painted dressers.  Can’t wait to see what I end up with!

 

This rustic dresser has got to be my favorite furniture redo! I just love the rustic red paint against the wood stained frames. I can just see it fitting in perfectly in my guest room. Find out how to make your version here.

 

 

I am quite partial to this rocking painted white and dark top dresser from 12th and White. It looks quite elegant and would fit with almost any type of decor. It just might work in my home!

This dresser is quite interesting. I love the gray on the outer sides and the stained wood drawers. It looks very chic and modern. Check it out here.

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Recycled Bottle Party Light

Plastic trash is a serious problem. It is a fact. Every year more plastic bottles are manufactured than recycled, and it takes 5 to 6 decades for most plastic bottles to decompose. Decomposition for some types of plastic takes much, much longer.

Why not help the planet and have some fun while you are at it. Recycle plastic bottles into cute party lights. It isn’t tough and can be made in less than an hour.

 

As you can tell by the photo above, I like Trader Joe’s sparkling spring water, but you can use any plastic bottle that is clear and has a smooth surface.  Plastic bottles have manufacturer codes printed on them. The print is unattractive but is easily removed with a tiny bit of Goof Off. That stuff is magic!!

 

 

 

The next step is trimming the bottom of the bottle to form the shade. If you are using Trader Joe’s Spring water bottles, use the bottom of the label as a cutting guide. If you are using another type of plastic bottle.you can wrap it with painters or masking tape, and use that as a cutting guide.

After the bottles are trimmed, you will have to decide what areas of the bottle will remain clear. Cut your designs out of vinyl or contact paper and place them on the bottle.

 

I used contact paper and cut the designs with my Pazzle Inspiration die cutting machine. I had no problems with cheap old contact paper on my die cutting machine. It worked so well that I am going to make wall art next out of the left over contact paper!

 

You can also use scrapbooking punches, scissors Xacto knife, etc. to block out shapes on the plastic.

 

After you have determined your design for your party light, the bottles are ready to be sprayed with frosting spray. I used Valspar glass frosting spray because it can be used on plastic. Valspar sprays are sold at Lowe’s hardware. Make sure to check that your frosting spray is compatible with a plastic surface, as not all frosting sprays are.

Take precautions when working with aerosol products. Always spray outside or in a well-ventilated area.

 

 

Drill a hole into the bottle cap, and run a cord to hang up your light through it. Screw the cap onto the bottle top.

 

 

 

Battery operated tea lights work best with plastic bottles. Plastic bottles will melt and are dangerous  when used with candles or electric light bulbs. Always be safe, and use common sense with luminary type craft projects.

 

Roll out Duck Brand Removable Mounting Poster Putty, 2 oz., White (1436912) and attach it to the bottom of a battery operated tea light as in the picture above. Place the tea light upside down into the plastic bottle press down firmly.  ( Make sure to turn you tea light on) The tea lights are easily removed when you are finished.

 

 

 

The lights look pretty both in the day and at night. They add ambiance to your gathering, and help our planet at the same time.

 

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Green Floral Ikea Malma Mosaic Mirror

Decorating Ikea Malma mirrors with paper mosaics is one of my favorite paper crafts. Ikea Malma mirrors are inexpensive and so easy to embellish with stunning results. Scrapbooking paper is used to make the mosaics and is available in an almost endless array of beautiful colors and designs. Choose a paper that matches your home decor, and you can have wall art for a few dollars.

Supplies Needed:

  • One Ikea Malma mirror
  • My Minds Eye Backyard “Floral Bohemia” Scrapbook paper
  • Black Poster Board
  • Tacky Glue
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Modge Podge
  • One Foam Brush
  • Ruler
  • Xacto knife or paper cutter

Instructions:

  1. Spray the back of the scrapbooking paper with adhesive, and place carefully onto poster board that is the same size as the scrapbook paper.
  2. Cut mosaic tiles into small evenly sized squares from the scrapbook paper that is glued onto the poster board with the ruler and Xacto knife. (be careful to keep fingers out of the way of knife)
  3. Glue the tiles to the Malma mirror with tacky glue. Keep a 1/8 inch space in between the tiles to mimic grout.
  4. After the glue dries coat the paper tiles using the foam brush with Modge Podge. Let dry. Apply a second coat and let dry.
  5. Enjoy your mirror!!!
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Tissue Paper Candle Craft

These paper napkin candles have got to be one of the easiest paper crafts ever. Some plain old white candles from Walmart were embellished with tissue paper, and the results are stunning. Remember the holidays will soon be here, and with it comes all of the gift giving. These decorated candles make great gifts and don’t cost very much. Just follow the easy directions below. It takes less than 10 minutes to create this project. Easy peasy!!!

Supplies needed:

  • Tissue paper  or paper napkins
  • Candle (white or light color is preferred)
  • Heat embossing tool, or hair dryer
  • Paper cutter
  • Scissors
  • Wax paper
  • Pins

Instructions:

  1. Cut tissue paper into strips with the paper cutter.
  2. Attach tissue paper around the candle secure with a pin
  3. Wrap a piece of wax paper around the entire candle
  4. Heat with a hair dryer or embossing tool. When the wax paper gets a shiny look move to another spot on the candle. Continue until the whole candle surface has that wet shiny look.
  5. Remove wax paper and pins
  6. Your beautiful candle is now ready for use

The candle with swirls was made out of a paper napkin. Just pull apart the napkin layers and use the top piece where the design is printed. I wrapped the entire candle with a napkin and applied heat.The results were stunning. I couldn’t believe how good it looked with so little effort on my part.

You know what I am giving my friends and family for Christmas this year 🙂

A word of warning: Always use common sense when burning candles. Never leave a burning candle unattended.

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Dragonfly Ikea Malma Mosaic Mirror

Decorating Ikea Malma mirrors with paper mosaics is one of my favorite paper crafts. Ikea Malma mirrors are inexpensive and so easy to embellish with stunning results. Scrapbooking paper is used to make the mosaics and is available in an almost endless array of beautiful colors and designs. Choose a paper that matches your home decor, and you can have wall art for a few dollars.

 

Supplies Needed:

  • One Ikea Malma mirror
  • My Minds Eye Backyard “Adventure” Dragonfly Scrapbooking paper
  • Black Poster Board
  • Tacky Glue
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Modge Podge
  • One Foam Brush
  • Ruler
  • Xacto knife or paper cutter

Instructions:

  1. Spray the back of the scrapbooking paper with adhesive, and place carefully onto poster board that is the same size as the scrapbook paper.
  2. Cut mosaic tiles into small evenly sized squares from the scrapbook paper that is glued onto the poster board with the ruler and Xacto knife. (be careful to keep fingers out of the way of knife)
  3. Glue the tiles to the Malma mirror with tacky glue. Keep a 1/8 inch space in between the tiles to mimic grout.
  4. After the glue dries coat the paper tiles using the foam brush with Modge Podge. Let dry. Apply a second coat and let dry.
  5. Enjoy your mirror!!!
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