Did you see that breathtaking rose in the new Disney’s Beauty & the Beast live-action movie that came out this weekend? Oh, it was amazing and a gorgeous upgrade from the animated movie. The enchanted rose looked realistic and the engraved bell jar was magnifique! As soon as I saw this rose, I knew I wanted to make it and show you how you, too, could have a movie set-worthy enchanted rose of your own. I’ve chosen to make my rose from paper, rather than purchase a silk rose, because it made it a lot easier to incorporate the magical spell lights! So here’s what you need to get started … …
I love crafting with paper! Paper is so readily available and inexpensive, yet we can turn it into truly gorgeous works of art and super cute crafts. And there are SO many different paper types out there beyond your basic copy paper. Yet, it isn’t always easy to know WHICH kind of paper is best to use for a particular project, especially when you’re trying something new. I encountered this myself recently when I began making my rolled paper flowers. Thankfully, I’ve been in the print media business since high school, so paper is something I know really well. So I’ve put together a handy paper chart as well as complete descriptions and detailed photos for each paper type I think works best for crafts of all kinds … because choosing and using the right paper will make a huge difference in how your project turns out!…
I couldn’t resist the lure of designing another paper flower after I had so many requests for it. I hope you don’t mind too much. Thus, I present my two different designs for paper magnolias—one with 9 petals, and one with 12 petals. Like my peony, rose, carnation, and tulip, these petals are tracked from real magnolia petals. …
Spring is coming, and my tulips have already bloomed! No, not the real ones in my garden, but these pretty paper tulips I designed. Last week I asked my friends and readers which flower I should design next. I received nearly 20 enthusiastic suggestions! But the favorite flower idea with 284 votes is the TULIP! I’m not surprised — tulips are cheerful and it’s the perfect time for them. …
Spring will come even if I have to make all the flowers myself! I’m back today with my third flower: a rolled paper carnation! Several of you lovely crafters liked my rolled paper peony and rolled paper rose and requested I try a carnation and I thought it would be a fun challenge. And, indeed, it turned out to be fascinating to design! A carnation is a very full, ruffled, rounded flower, so I really had to pack the petals in there. And I made every petal in my pattern unique because I thought it would add to the wild, full look of a carnation….
The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and I am in a full-blown flower-making mood! This past weekend I made paper peonies, but the last two days I’ve been making paper roses. It’s such as easy thing to do just sitting here at my desk, twirling paper in between my work tasks. And I just love how pretty they look! I like these paper roses much better than silk roses. I experimented with markers and texturizing to create an even more realistic rose. So I am super excited to share my rolled paper rose tutorial with you today!…
I’ve been enjoying the unseasonably warm weather! Would you believe it was nearly 70 degrees here in Ann Arbor yesterday? Its only February! And it feels like spring, which makes me think of flowers. It’s way too early for real flowers, but I love papercrafting and I’ve learned how to make pretty rolled paper flowers. And unlike real flowers, these paper flowers will last much longer and require neither sun nor water. One of my favorite flowers is the peony, which grows on bushes in my front yard. The problem with peonies, however, is that they only last for about a week or so in June. Then they drop their petals in a gloriously messy explosion all over my lawn. So I set out to figure out how to make a rolled paper peony….
My refrigerator is covered with clippings, my son’s achievements, and coupons. I am a classic mom cliche! As a result, I’m always searching for a magnet. Not just any magnet, but a good, strong one. So I made some of my own with this really sweet and simple craft. My marble magnets have little emoji so I can show off my feelings with every scrap of paper I slap on my fridge. It only took a few minutes to make thanks to Mod Podge and it came out super cute. Let me show you how you can make your own set of emoji magnets!
- This is a post written on behalf of me about Mod Podge by Plaid Crafts. All opinions are 100% mine. *
DIY Marble Magnet Materials
- Mod Podge Matte (available at retailers nationwide and on Plaid’s website)
- Flattened glass marbles (I got these at the dollar store)
- Emoji sheet (download it for free in my resource library — get the password by filling out the form at the bottom of this page)
- Magnets (with adhesive on one side or glue)
DIY Emoji Magnet Tutorial
Step 1: Place your glass on the emoji sheet, centering it so the face looks good. Now trace around the edges of the glass with your pencil.
Step 2: Cut out the emoji face with a pair of scissors.
Step 3: Using your paintbrush, dip the tip in the Mod Podge and brush a thin layer on the back of your glass marble.
Step 4: Put your cut paper circle face-down on the side of the glass with the Mod Podge applied. Press down in the center and smooth outward toward the edges to get any bubbles out.
Step 5: Turn over your glass marble and check it out! The Mod Podge will dry clear in a bit, magically disappearing. If your circle hangs over a bit on the sides of your glass, just trim it with your scissors.
Step 6: Attach your magnet to the back of the paper on the glass. Allow to dry thoroughly, then use!
More About Magnets
I bought my glass marbles from the dollar store, but you can also find these at craft stores—they’re usually used for vases.
I used a very strong magnet, a neodymium disc magnet, because I didn’t think the little magnets sold in my local craft store were strong enough. You can find this type of magnet at a hardware store. But I would not use these if you have young children and/or pets who like to eat little things, as they are very dangerous if ingested.
You can make these marble magnets with any sort of paper. Bits of maps are trendy, and patterned scrapbook paper is always pretty! How about looking for images in magazines you like? You could make some really cute magnets!
Is the paper you want to use for your magnet background very thin? Consider putting a second, heavier layer of white paper between it and your magnet so the magnet doesn’t show through.
If you print out your pictures on a inkjet printer as I did, do not move the paper around on the gluey magnet or it may smear your image. Just center, place, and press.
This simple project took only about 15 minutes. So easy and fun!
Do you have any fun magnet ideas to share? I’d love to hear them! You can do so many different things with this technique.
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Valentine’s Day is in just about a week. Greg reminded me of this a few days ago. “We don’t usually do much to celebrate it, do we?” I said to him. “Sure we do,” he replied back, “we always mark the occasion and do something special together.” Oops, he’s right! And, often, I’m caught unawares. Hence the forgetfulness about the holiday! But not this year! I made both Greg and my son Alexander a Valentine’s Day gift that didn’t take too much time or money. I got most of what I needed for this project from Dollar Tree (I just love this store!). This DIY dry erase board is so easy to make, and you can personalize it with a simple printable or two. So let me show you how to make your own dry erase board!
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DIY Dry Erase Board Materials
- A Special Moments Narrow-Edge Black Plastic Photo Frames, 8×10 in.
- Inc. Magnetic Fine-Point Dry-Erase Markers, 3-ct. Packs
- A piece of scrapbook paper or a personalized, printed sheet of paper (the “i love you because” printable is available for free in my Resource Library)
- Scissors (they sell these at the Dollar Tree if you need ’em!)
- A magnet (optional) — I used a strong neodymium magnet, but do not use these if you have small children who might swallow the battery because they are dangerous
- Hot glue gun (optional)
DIY Dry Erase Board Step-by-Step Tutorial
Step 1. Take the wrapper off your frame and any protective sheets that may be on the glass/plastic.
Step 2. Remove the back of the frame and take out the sample picture or sheet of paper in it.
Step 3. Using the sample paper as a template, cut your scrapbook paper to the same size. If you’re making a personalized dry erase board, print and cut your paper to fit the frame.
Step 4. Put the paper in the frame (pattern side down) and close up the back.
Step 5. (Optional) Hot glue a magnet to the side of your frame. I like to do this because we’re always losing our dry erase markers, and keeping the marker with the frame prevents that. With a magnet on the frame, you can attach the magnetic dry erase marker right to the frame.
Isn’t it cute? It only took me five minutes to make!
I’m keeping this one for myself, but here are the DIY dry erase boards I made for my guys:
I plan to attach this DIY dry erase board to Alexander’s bedroom door so he sees it often. Naturally, I will put new messages on it. He’s at that difficult tween stage in which it’s apparently no longer cool to snuggle with mom or show lots of affection, so I think something like this is a way for me to show him I still think he’s awesome.
I will put this frame in our bedroom where we can see it every night! Again, I plan to put heartfelt messages on it … and I have no doubt Greg will, too. He’s very sweet and affectionate!
Here’s what the magnet looks like hot glued to the frame.
If you’d like to make this “i love you because” frame, I uploaded the free printable to my Resource Library (you can get the password to it by filling out the form at the bottom of this e-mail).
I loved this simple project, and I hope you do, too!
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Hands up if your craft supplies are overtaking your house! -waves hand frantically- Ever since I began blogging again last year, my craft supplies are EVERYWHERE. I’ve decided to re-do the other side of my office into a craft/game room (more details to come), so I’ve been gathering things into boxes and dumping them in my office. The problem? It’s so hard to find things. I need to get better organized. I tackled one thing today — my markers, pens, pencils, paint brushes, and scissors. I use these items often, so I needed a handy way to organize them. Then I remember I’d been saving paper towel cardboard rolls. All I needed now was a box, which I happened to have from my sister who gave it to me at Christmas. Voila — everything I needed to create a DIY craft organizer!
DIY Craft Organizer Materials
This is so easy, guys. Here’s what you need:
- A box. I happened to have a pretty one on hand, but an shoe box would also work great. You want your box to be about 4-5″ high.
- Six* paper towel cardboard tubes (you know, the things you usually just recycle)
* If you have a larger box, you may need more tubes.
Yes, that’s it! I know, so easy, right?
DIY Craft Organizer Step-by-Step Tutorial
Step 1. Cut six of your tubes exactly in half. When you cut, try to cut the entire tube in one fell swoop, as it makes for smoother cuts.
Step 2. Cut the other six tubes so that one is longer than the other by about a two inches. Once you’ve cut the first tube, use it as a guide for the other two tubes so they’re all the same size.
Step 3. Put your cut tubes into your box. They’ll squish together tightly to stay in place, thanks to the fact that they’re just cardboard tubes!
Step 4. Now fill it up with your craft supplies. I put my shorter items like pens and pencils in the front, medium sized items like markers and brushes in the middle, and bigger bulkier items like scissors in the back.
And – bonus! — I’ve still got room for more supplies. Woohoo!
Tip: If you try to put something in and the tube seems too deep for it, but all your smaller tubes are full, just stuff something in the bottom (like paper) to raise the “floor” a bit!
I hope you enjoyed this five-minute craft!
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