Monday, May 16, 2011

Inkling: security envelope envelopes

I’m sure you’ve seen security envelopes used for a variety of paper crafts. Some of the envelopes have beautiful designs.

What’s the most obvious thing to make out of security envelopes? More security envelopes.

I used the security envelopes from bills and junk mail to make liners for note card size envelopes.

Simply open up your junk mail envelope until you have a flat piece of paper.

Measure your note card envelope and cut out a liner to fit inside.

Use a glue stick to glue your liner to the inside of your envelope.

 
 A great way to dress up plain note card envelopes and upcycle junk mail.




 
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Friday, May 13, 2011

Etceteras: butterfly wreath

I love seeing all the butterflies flittering around our yard lately.

They don’t stop for very long so I decided the next best thing would be to bring them inside.

To make a butterfly wreath that you can enjoy year-round, you’ll need:
  • Wire or wire hanger
  • Organza ribbon
  • Paper or fabric leaves
  • Butterfly printouts
  • Glue gun

  1. Start by shaping your wire into a wreath form.
  2. I made a spiral shape with both ends open to give this wreath an airy and branch-like feel.
  3. Once you have your form, wrap organza ribbon around the wire and use hot glue to secure it every now and then.
  4. You can probably get the same “twig” effect using brown raffia or kraft paper.
  5. Add your leaves and other natural elements like bits of moss and pussy willow as I did.
  6. Print out some beautiful butterflies that are available online and glue to your wreath.

Beautiful butterflies that won’t flitter away.


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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Upcycling: faux patina

Do you like the look of patina and rust?


Some people collect vintage rusty items while others think of rusty items as junk. I love the look of vintage rusty cans, especially to use as planters or vases.

Originally, I planned to create my own rusty cans by letting my cans rust naturally. But then I found this great site that offered images of rust and patina. You can check it out here.

I printed out some of the textures of rust and Mod Podged them onto my cans.

Instant patina!

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Show and Tell: printable paper buttons

How cute are these printable paper buttons from Ez at Creature Comforts?

Creature Comforts is one of my favorite blogs and Ez is so generous to share her creative talents with everyone.

Ez hand painted each button design and then scanned them into her computer to create the printable templates.
It’s the hand painted effect that gives these buttons their extra charm. 
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