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Make your tree something
Make the decorations yourself! It
will be a tree like no other!
Start with a picture or pictures - any picture you’d like
to see again and again, just make sure it won’t embarrass your teenage son
or daughter! The picture usually dictates the size, the color and sometimes
the shape of the frame.
Cut out the picture frame and backing out of cardboard. If
the shape of the frame is difficult like an oval or star, make a pattern out
of paper first and fit it to the picture.
Cover the frame with fabric or paper. Glue parts together,
making sure you put a hanger made of string, twine or gold thread in between
the picture and the backing*. An easier way would be to use die cut picture
frames or cut out a frame from our Craft Cuts
(available at our shops). You won't need to cover the frame
with fabric or paper because it has a design already.
Now for the fun part. Embellish! This is the part where
all the kids, even a 1 ½ year old, can participate. Just make sure younger
kids are supervised well and kept away from anything that can hurt them.
Prepare the materials for them and be sure to put a newspaper over your
table so it’ll be easy to clean up afterwards.
Materials needed for frame: cardboard, fabric or paper to
cover frame, string, scissors, glue or a glue gun. Embellishments may
include scrap cloth or paper, beads, ribbons, stickers, buttons, gift wrap,
cards or magazines to cut up, wallpaper, paper or cloth flowers, little
figurines, crochet flowers, die cuts, origami, sand and glue, sequins, lace,
foil from candies or chocolates, glitter glue, dried flowers, twigs and whatever you have on hand. To decorate, you and your kids can use
rubber stamping, sponging, drawing with colored pencils and crayons,
painting, paper piecing and punching, even embroidery.
Don’t forget to write details at the back of the frame
Isabel’s birthday, 2002, frame made by Christopher, age 7. To make it more
meaningful, add a thanksgiving prayer or blessing.
*If this is the first time you’re being crafty, keep it
Glue fabric or paper on thin cardboard or even a sheet
of paper using white glue diluted with water (1:1).
Cut out shape of frame, glue on to picture and cardboard
backing with a string in between. Don’t bother
wrapping the sides with the fabric.
I found some metal rings and large earring
squares in Divisoria. I glued pictures behind them - a quick and
easy way to make frames. The most difficult part was finding
pictures small enough to fit the frames! I also used some left over
tongue depressors to form a frame by overlapping them to form a
square. The easiest way to make a frame would be to use those
pre-printed frames found in scrapbooking stores but they can be
When you go to a bookstore, supermarket, craft, gift shop or
a toy store, look out for something you can use to make unique
hardens in an oven toaster: In a large saucepan, mix together 1 cup
cornstarch and 2 cups baking soda with a whisk. Add 1 ½ cups cold
water and stir until smooth. Cook over medium heat, stirring
constantly, until mixture comes to a boil and starts to thicken into
a mass like mashed potatoes that holds its shape. Turn out into
dish and cover with a damp cloth. Allow to cool. Once cooled, knead
until smooth and elastic. Make only objects ½” thick or it will not
harden well. Watch when you put objects in the oven as they may burn
if they’re in too long.
If you want to make frames or ornaments out of
clay, here’s my favorite recipe for clay
and here are some ideas for those
styrofoam take out boxes that end up dirtying our coastlines. After
cleaning it, you can cut it up in shapes (hearts, zigzags, squares,
etc.) and make designs on it using a pencil or ballpen. This can
now be used as a stamp to decorate your frame. OR you can
cut up the styrofoam and use as the frame itself. Indent designs on
it and paint.
Always try to reuse stuff that people usually
Craft Cuts collection,
develop a dozen or more themes without breaking the budget nor harming the
environment as well! Click on the image to enlarge and view the different
things you can make for your party setup!
Our 100% recycled Craft Cuts are
handy, easy to use and come in a wide variety of designs for all occasions.
The one used above is the Christmas collection #9028-31 and -32.
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