Saturday, December 31, 2011
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011
With only a week between Christmas and the new year, there isn't much time left to decorate for a New Year's Eve bash. No worries, because I've got a project that's quick and easy and is sure to add some pizazz to your party.
I'm going to show you how to make this cute balloon topiary.
Here is what you will need:
12 - Small Balloons (I used 5" balloons)
First, inflate the balloons (try to make them the same size). Tie the necks of two balloons together and repeat until you have six groups.
Next, place one group over another group. Lock the two together by twisting the necks around each other.
Repeat with a third group, there should now be six balloons in this cluster. Do the same with remaining groups, so you end up with two big clusters (each with 6 balloons).
Now, put the two clusters together and twist the necks of a couple balloons around each other. You will end up with a ball that looks like this. You can move the balloons around until the colors and shape look good. I hope that all made sense (it's way easier than it sounds).
Set that aside for a bit and let's start on the base. Stick your dowel into a piece of styrofoam and place it in the bottom of your vase. You may need to glue it down to keep it from tipping. Add marbles or other decorative items to fill the vase.
Place the top of the dowel in the center of your balloon cluster. You don't need to glue it, just twist a couple of balloons around it to keep it in place.
It's cute and simple like this, but I like to dress it up a bit more. Tuck some ribbon into the center of the cluster and wrap it loosely around the dowel a few times. Tie down the other end with another piece of ribbon and then make a bow.
Cut 5-6" squares from foil sheets or tissue paper and stick between the balloons. Repeat all over the ball and fluff until it looks good.
Finally, for some more color, add a cute star spray to the base.
Isn't it fun and festive?
And, since balloons come in so many different colors, you can make a topiary to match any party decor!
Thanks, Michelle for inviting me! I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial and will come over and visit me at Burton Avenue.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
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Monday, December 19, 2011
Today, I wanted to share a little holiday craft for your Christmas tree! I worked on this little Wire Tree Topper to share with you all!
The fun part is- you can customize it and hang whatever you'd like from your topper- a wire monogram for your family, a star, a prized ornament or possibly an elf on the shelf (for those of you who have started that family tradition)
This works great with in thick wire. I had some laying around the house from other crafts, but you can pick some up at a craft store, hardware store, or use a wire hanger!
You'll want to first make a long skinny wire cone shape to fit on the top branch of your tree. You can work with it to fit your tree particularly, but these are a pretty universal design to balance on the top of your tree!
I used pliers to bend it into the cone shape, but you can also find a cone shape around your house, and bent it around for a more symmetrical design.
I always loop the bottom of my wire first, no need for anyone to be cut on the ends!
Then top it off with a hook. That way you can hang your designs from it!
Or if you'd rather, make a swirl, and you are able to stick photos, paper projects, or make a larger swirl and cut a star out of paper, and let your children decorate it!
You can use the spare wire to create other designs- spell out an inspirational Christmas word like "hope" or "faith" or you can make a monogram for your family!
Hope you all enjoyed the post and try to make a tree topper of your own! Thanks again Michelle for opening up your blog to me!
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