Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Etceteras: brown bag flowers

Here’s a quick and easy floral project that can be used for several purposes.

I cut down a plain brown paper lunch bag into a miniature lunch bag. The finished size of the bag is about 3” x 4”.

Insert a small piece of styrofoam or oasis and add silk flowers and ribbon. I used a wide piece of gold organza peeking out of the top of the bag.



Make several and use as party favors, place cards or even gift tags. Or, if you want to kick up the wow factor, use fresh flowers, wet the oasis and add a baggie to line the lunch bag.


This brown bag is ready to go... and if you’re hungry you can always trade for someone’s peanut butter and jelly.






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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Etceteras: security envelope bracelets

It’s no secret the inside of security envelopes are perfect for crafting. The paper designs are amazingly interesting. I’ve used security envelope paper for note cards and other paper crafts… so I thought I’d give jewelry making a try.


I started with plastic strips and taped them into a circle. I cut the security envelope paper into strips and mod podged them onto the plastic. Once the bracelets were thoroughly dry, I added another coat of mod podge.

Security envelopes - from the recycling bin to the jewelry box.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Etceteras: valentine candle

Here’s a quick and easy way to dress up a plain candle for Valentine’s Day.


I made a miniature garland of hearts and simply wrapped the garland around the red candle.


The hearts were cut out of a translucent vellum envelope that I had on hand. If you don’t have translucent vellum, you can get a similar effect using white tissue paper ironed in between wax paper. Place regular paper on your ironing board, then layer wax paper, tissue paper, wax paper and another layer of regular paper so that the wax doesn’t stick to your board or iron. Cut out your hearts and glue to a piece of string.


Wrap the garland around the candle and add a dab of blue to the beginning and end of the string to secure the garland.  As with all decorative candles, use caution when burning.

This candle is ready to warm someone’s heart.





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