Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tips & Tricks Linky Party-Fall Kid's Crafts

Welcome back to another linky party!  I don't know about the rest of you but I am sure ready for Thanksgiving to get here!  Looking at all those Thanksgiving dinner ideas last week was almost too much!

So here is the most pinned link from last weeks party....

Maria from Krafty Cards had this great Thanksgiving recipe round-up!
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This weeks theme for the Tips & Tricks link party is Fall Kid's Crafts!
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Monday, November 25, 2013

Mini Pinecone Wreath-Mason Jar Lids

Are you looking for a centerpiece idea for your holiday table or just a little something to hang on an inside window?   I have a great ideas to share with you today that will take care of both of those problems for you!

I looked all around my house for something that would work for a mini wreath.  These three mason jar rings were perfect!

I started this project by giving the rings a light coat of brown spray paint to give them a woodsy look.  In hindsight I think the silver would have actually looked just fine.  I guess it depends on the look you are going for.

I then started hot gluing the smallest pinecones from my collection onto the ring.

This is what they will look like once all the pinecones are added.

I then decided that I wanted to add a snowy look to the wreaths.  I sprayed them with this Santa Snow that I found at my local box store.

This is what they looked like after one coat.  Spray very lightly or it will just look like a white glob.  I also snipped off some fake red berries and hot glued them on as well.

And that is it!   I wrapped some ric-rac around the wreaths and nailed the trim to the window.  Now, as I said, the plan was to hang them on my kitchen window.  However, I forgot to purchase something to attach them to the window.  So, I decided to showcase them on this repurposed window I have hanging in my eating nook.  This picture looked a little boring to me, so I decided to spray some snow all over the back to fancy it up a bit. :)

Mini Pinecone Wreath from Mason Jar Lids

Here it is.  I still think this picture is needing something.  You could hand a bigger pinecone from the other window panes????  That would look cute.  You get the idea.
Mini Pinecone Wreath from Mason Jar Lids

Mini Pinecone Wreath from Mason Jar Lids

Mini Pinecone Wreath from Mason Jar Lids

Mini Pinecone Wreath from Mason Jar Lids

I also thought these little guys would make cute little candle holders!  I would recommend using taller candles for this to decrease the chance of the pinecones catching on fire.  (unless your looking for a little excitement at your Christmas party this year!)
Mini Pinecone Wreath from Mason Jar Lids

Thanksgiving is this week!! Can you believe it???  I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones!


Other popular Christmas posts by Gina's Craft Corner
DIY Pinecone Wreathhttp://ginascraftcorner.blogspot.com/2013/11/easy-pinecone-tree-tutorial.htmlhttp://ginascraftcorner.blogspot.com/2013/12/how-to-make-christmas-ball-wreath-with.html

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Easy Pinecone Tree Tutorial

I have another pinecone project for you.  If you missed my tutorial on how to make your own Pinecone Wreath you can check it out here.

For this tree you will need the following supplies:
Styrofoam Tree Form (or any tree form)
Brown Spray Paint
Small Pinecones
Fake berries
Hot glue gun
Time :)

Step 1: Spray paint your tree if necessary.

Step 2:  Hot glue a larger pinecone for the top of your tree first and then start adding the piecones.

Optional:  I stomped on each pinecone to smash them down a bit so they would lie flatter against the tree.  I felt like it helped.  If you choose to do this,  recruit any kiddos that happen to be around.  My girls thought this was a blast! ;)

Keep gluing!  You are almost finished!

This picture just shows you that there will be a few gaps if you look really close.

Step 3:  Use some sharp scissors to snip off the berries.  I learned that if you peel the berries back a little bit you will get a longer stem exposed.  You need that longer stem in order to get the berries stuck down into the Styrofoam securely.  This is a great step for little ones to help with too.  My 5 year old put in almost all of the berries for me! 

Easy project and a great project to get the kids involved too!  Thanks for stopping by!


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Before filming even begins, hours and hours are spent determining what content will be covered in each class, and how to best teach specific techniques to the camera. Instructors work with an instructional designer to create an in-depth outline of each lesson, and decide how to best prepare props or “step-outs” that show what your project should like at different steps. Instead of a scripted class, instructors follow their outlines on camera to create an authentic and engaging teaching experience.

Most Craftsy classes are filmed in one of five Craftsy studios in Denver, CO, assuring that every part of the production process goes off without a hitch. They fly in instructors from all over the world to spend several days filming, then spend several weeks turning hours of footage into a two to three hour class experience that has been watched, rewatched, and reviewed by industry experts. The final result is an HD-quality video that takes you in-depth into specific topics in any given craft category- from cooking and fine art to sewing and knitting.

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Have a great Thursday!!


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tips & Tricks Link Party- Thanksgiving Recipes!

This weeks theme for the Tips & Tricks link party is Thanksgiving Recipes!




  I do not write about recipes on my blog, so I have nothing to contribute for this theme!  Boohoo!  I wish I could cook!  

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DIY Pinecone Wreath

DIY Pinecone Wreath-Gina's Craft Corner
I know Thanksgiving is not even here yet, but I am so ready to decorate for Christmas!!  Don't worry, I did not drag out the tree YET.  (We'll be doing that this weekend! (giggle)  I compromised and only decorated my kitchen for now!  I put some garland and lights over my cabinets and I made an easy pinecone wreath that you can make too!

To make a pinecone wreath like the one pictured above, you first need to find some pincones.

Pinecone Wreath-Gina's Craft Corner
On a visit to the in-laws my girls and I collected about 3 piles just like this one!  I collected some little ones like these and I also collected some bigger pinecones for a separate wreath.

You will also need some type of wreath form.  I decided to go with a foam form for this wreath.

Pinecone Wreath-Gina's Craft Corner

Here are the other materials you will need to complete this project:
*hot glue gun and lots of glue sticks
*brown spray paint
*burlap ribbon
*red ribbon
*fake berries

Begin by hot gluing the pine cones around the inside of the circle first. 
Pinecone Wreath-Gina's Craft Corner

Once you have finished the inner circle move to the next row until the entire surface is covered. Try to keep the pinecones as close together as possible.  I was amazed at how good these cones stuck to this foam. 

DIY Pinecone Wreath-Gina's Craft Corner

 Note: For this wreath I used pinecones that were all about the same size. 

Pinecone Wreath-Gina's Craft Corner

When your wreath is completely covered with pincones it should look something like this...

Pinecone Wreath-Gina's Craft Corner

The next step is to add the burlap ribbon to the outside of the wreath.
The only pins that would work well to attach this ribbon were my sewing pins.  I hated to use them, but it did not take too many.  I was worried you'd be able to see the big yellow balls on the head of my pin, but you can't unless you are really looking up close.  And you cannot see them when the wreath is hanging on my wall.  I would suggest trying to find something not so obvious if you will be selling these.

I wanted my ribbon to look wavy around the edges, so I did mine like this.  Make a little wave and then pin. Decorate your wreath however you want!  You can just leave it as is and it will still be lovely!
Pinecone Wreath-Gina's Craft Corner

Continue wrapping until you have gone all the way around. Wave...pin...wave..pin...  There are so many wide holes in this ribbon that you really do have to have a pin with a large head to get it to stay in place.

Tip:  I did try to hot glue this ribbon to the foam.  As the ribbon was being pulled it just ripped right off the foam and I was left with a big green gap.  So, I recommend pinning.
Pinecone Wreath-Gina's Craft Corner

When you are finished wrapping your wreath in burlap it should look something like this.  Cut the end off your ribbon, tuck under and then secure with a pin.
Pinecone Wreath-Gina's Craft Corner

I wanted to add some color to my wreath.  I thought it looked a little drab for Christmas, so I decided to clip off some of these little berries and stick them into the foam wreath.  It's also a good way to fill in any gaps in your wreath where you could not get the pinecones close enough together.
Pinecone Wreath-Gina's Craft Corner

PInecone Wreath-Gina's Craft Corner

Once the berries are in place it still needed a big splash of color so I added some ribbon to hang it with and it finally looked perfect! What do you think?

DIY Pinecone Wreath-Gina's Craft Corner
To get my bow to look like this... (I'm going to tell you this b/c I had a hard time figuring out how to get it to look just like I wanted!)...you have to wrap your ribbon around the wreath and then tie a simple bow.  That was the easy part.  The hard part was getting it to hang on my little nail!  I finally decided to snip a little hole in the ribbon at the back, right under the bow.  I used that hole to hang it with and it worked!  My bow is above the nail.  It has not moved for 3 days and the ribbon has not ripped, so I think this solution works.  :)

You can see my kitchen lights that are over my cabinets in the reflection of the glass! :)

I am just so proud of my first pinecone wreath!  I'm going to show it off now with lots of pictures at different angles.  (trying to find a professional pose!)  :)

DIY Pinecone Wreath-Gina's Craft Corner

DIY Pinecone Wreath-Gina's Craft Corner

Pinecone Wreath-Gina's Craft Corner

Pinecone Wreath-Gina's Craft Corner

Pinecone Wreath-Gina's Craft Corner
I hope you enjoyed this post!  If you try this wreath please let me know so I can hop on over and look at it!

I have a few more pinecone post to come!  If you don't want to miss them I encourage you to follow my blog with any of the purple links on my sidebar.  Better yet, why not follow by e-mail!

Lil Mrs Tori