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Rosebud Clothspins

By Paper Crafts Contributor, Lauren Romano

There are an incredible amount of uses for clothes pins from keeping chip bags closed to hanging items at a party. The only problem is that they’re plain and boring. So how can you fix this issue? Decorate them to your style! If you’re a fan of flowers these beautiful mini rose bud clothespins are going to look lovely in your home.

What you need:

 

Instructions:

  1. Paint a clothespin white on the top and sides, then place it on a vinyl placemat non-painted side down until it dries thoroughly. Paint the other side of the clothespin and let it sit to dry before moving onto the next step.
  2. Cut out the mini rose bud ceramic decals as close to the image as possible. Do not peel the backing off; cut it with the paper still on.
  3. There are two ways you can go about removing the paper backing. The first is to run the decals under running water until the backing comes off and the other option is to throw the decals in a glass of water and slide the backing off each one when you pull them out of the water. Do the decals one at a time rather than all at once.
  4. Remove a decal from the water, dab it very lightly on a paper towel to get the water droplets off while still leaving the decals damp. Carefully place a decal immediately onto the clothespin and slide it into position. Repeat the step for each decal you place on.
  5. Place a dot of craft varnish on the clothespin and use your finger to spread out the varnish over the decals while being careful not to slide them out of place. If you’re applying the decals to both sides, wait until one side dries to do the other. Let the clothespins dry thoroughly before using them.

 

Chalkboard Notebook

By Paper Crafts Contributor, Lauren Romano

A way to create a doodle-worthy surface on a notebook without having to draw over previous designs or scratch them out is to make a chalkboard notebook. Whether you’re using the notebook as a journal or taking notes during class, you likely don’t want to stare at a boring cover which is one of the reasons many decorate or doodle on it in the first place. The chalkboard notebook is easy to make and will allow you to repeatedly decorate and erase as often as you’d like.

What you need:

1.  Start by applying the chalkboard paint in a horizontal layer across the front of the notebook. For right now, don’t worry if you’re able to see through the paint in some spots. Let it dry thoroughly on the vinyl placemat before moving onto the next step.

2.  Apply the chalkboard paint in a vertical layer across the front of the notebook. This time focus on applying extra paint in spots that are slightly transparent.

3.  Repeat steps 1 and 2 one to two more times until there’s a solid layer of paint on the front cover.

4.  Repeat steps 1 – 3 for the back cover as well.

5.  Use chalk to doodle to your heart’s content. Avoid pressing hard with the chalk otherwise you could scrape the paint off.

You can use a chalkboard eraser over the paint, but if you want to clean it, use only a slightly damp paper towel.

Glass Shakespeare Container

By Paper Crafts Contributor, Lauren Romano

If you’re a fan of reading or know someone who is, creating a glass Shakespeare container is going to be a wonderful gift option for yourself or a loved one. It only requires a few materials and some effort, but you can create a beautiful decorative and functional item that would look lovely in almost any home.

What you need:

1.  Choose a bunch of Shakespeare pages that are as close to the same color as possible.

2.  Trim the pages so only the words remain and none of the border.

3.  Cut up the pages horizontally into strips. You won’t even need to measure the strips out, all you have to do is cut in between every fourth and fifth line.

4.  Apply a coat of Mod Podge onto half of the glass container and start applying the strips. Put them on in a haphazard way and don’t worry right now about covering up the entire surface.

5.  Repeat Step 4 on the other half of the glass container.

6.  Keep repeating steps 4 and 5 two more times until you create multiple layers of strips and there’s no glass visible. Don’t move onto the next step until the strips are thoroughly dried.

7.  Put a coat of Mod Podge over the entire container. Let it dry for a day before moving on.

8.  Sand down the strips. Go light with the sanding, but if any of the strips get slightly worn, it will only add to the charm.

9.  Trim off the excess paper from the top and bottom of the glass container.

10.  Coat the entire container with a layer of varnish.

11.  Trace the bottom of the glass onto any color piece of felt you like.

12.  Cut the piece out, then use Mod Podge to adhere it onto the bottom of the glass container.

 

Cinnamon Candle

By Paper Crafts Contributor, Lauren Romano

 

Cinnamon Candle

The scent of cinnamon is wonderful, especially during the fall months. Creating a cinnamon candle is the perfect way to decorate with the spice and bring its warm scent and look to your home. It requires only a few materials, but at the end of the project, you’ll have a beautiful decorative piece that would look lovely in any room of your home.

 

What you’ll need:

  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Elastic band
  • Pillar candle
  • Ribbon
  1. Choose a short pillar candle that has a scent that will blend well with the cinnamon. The candle I used is french vanilla.

 

  1. Break the cinnamon sticks into varying heights so they’re only slightly taller than the candle itself.
  1. Wrap an elastic band around the candle, then put the cinnamon sticks in between the band and the candle. The ends of the cinnamon sticks you broke off may be slightly jagged, so make sure that part is on top.

 

  1. Continue to put the cinnamon sticks under the rubber band until they wrap all the way around the candle. Don’t worry if parts of the candle show through the sticks. They’re uneven as is and the difference in colors only adds to the beauty. 

 

  1. You don’t want the hideous rubber band showing, so use a ribbon to cover it up. Wrap it around a few times if you have to; it’ll still look beautiful. Tie the ribbon into a bow at the front of the candle holder.

Candy Corn Box

By Paper Crafts Contributor, Lauren Romano.

 Candy Corn Box

Candy corn is one of the best things about fall. Not only is it delicious, it’s also super-easy to decorate with. Creating a candy corn box is a great way to make a cute, functional decoration as well as reuse material that would have ended up in the trash. All you need is a handful of materials and you can make a little box that’s perfect to hold anything from wrapped candy to car keys.

 

What you need:

 

  1. Cut an empty box apart so you have approximately three inches in height left to the bottom of the box.

 

  1. When you’re adhering the candy corn, do only one side at a time. Put on a thin layer of Mod Podge, attach the candy corn haphazardly or methodically, then flip the box over onto a vinyl placemat with the candy corn face down so it’ll hold the candy in place while it dries. Let it sit to dry for a couple of hours.

 

  1. Repeat Step 2 for each side of the box until it’s completely covered in candy corn.

 

  1. Wrap a ribbon around the box and tie it in a bow at the front of the box.

 

Optional: While I chose to leave the box in its original state, you can also line the inside of the box with decorative paper.

 

 

Fall Flower Ball

By Paper Crafts Contributor, Lauren Romano.

Flowers don’t have to just be for spring. They make fabulous decor for fall as well, especially if they come in the colors of the season. Creating a fall flower ball is a great way to incorporate those flowers and colors into your decor without going the traditional route with a vase. All you need is a few items to create the beautiful hanging decoration and the best part is, no glue is necessary.

What you’ll need:

  1. Choose small silk flowers that come in fall colors such as orange and maroon.
  2. Use wire cutters to cut the stems about an inch below the flowers.
  3. Stick the flowers into the Styrofoam ball. They go in surprisingly easy and will stay stuck in with no problem. Keep attaching the flowers until they cover the entire ball.
  4. Cut a long string of ribbon, fold it in half, then tack it down from the middle of the ribbon onto the ball. Hide the tack under the flowers so it can’t be seen.
  5. Tie the ribbon into a loop with a bow at the end.

Comic Book Heels

By Paper Crafts Contributor, Lauren Romano.

Purchase comic book heels and they’re going to cost you $50 and up, but when you make them yourself, it’ll cost you a fraction of the price. I’m a fan of Batman, so I picked up a few vintage Batman comics and used them to create a pair of comic heels. They take awhile to make, but they’re worth it to have a custom piece of fashion that no one else has.

What you need:

Step 1. Ball up the newspaper and stuff it in your shoes so you don’t get the insides messy from the glue.

Step 2. Cut up the comics to the pieces you want. Large pieces won’t work well as they’ll crease easier than smaller pieces.

Step 3. Choose a pair of heels you want to use. I opted for a pair that were scuffed beyond repair in the front, so this project is a great way to revamp shoes that would otherwise go in the trash.

Step 4. Put Mod Podge on a small section of shoe at a time, then start attaching your comic book pieces. As you’re applying the glue, make the paper slightly soggy so it can bend easier, just be careful not to rip it as you’re smoothing it down.

Step 5. When you have the entire shoe covered in comics, put a coat of Mod Podge over it and let it sit to dry over night.

Step 6. Trim off the excess paper, then attach more Mod Podge especially around the edges.

Step 7. Sand down the shoes to create a more even surface. Don’t press too hard or you’ll wear down the paper.

Step 7. Put a coat of varnish over the shoes and let them sit to dry overnight before wearing them. I recommend putting a second or even third coat on as well.

Even though they are protected by the varnish, I don’t recommend wearing these anywhere near water. It’s also a good idea just to wipe them down with a damp cloth after walking in them outside just to remove dirt before it builds up too much.

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