Daily Doable 1/7/14

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Boneheads Ribbon Garland

October 7, 2013 in Creating, Halloween Creations

Boneheads Ribbon Garland

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Oh yes, we are using those spooky and adorable Boneheads again, how can I resist?!  I might love them.  We used the cards to make Bonehead Coasters…

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But we still have cards left, and we are going to put every bit of them to use to make the ribbon garland and packaging string you see above.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 Box Boneheads Halloween Greeting Cards by Card Sharks found on Etsy (don’t worry, buy the box of cards and you can make all three of the Halloween crafts you see on this blog.  Well worth the money!)
  • A few shapes of circle cutters
  • Tape
  • Ribbons and Fibers, I mean, like, a lot.  Here’s the beauty of this project, buy a few spools of what you need for this project and I promise you’ll have enough left over to make the Dia de Morte Pendant Banner featured on the blog as well.  Two for the price of one!

*The circle and flower cutters came from Die Cut Machines, Supplies and More at Joann.com and the ribbons I bought from Quilting Fabric at Joann.com.

For the Doorway Garland and Wrapping Paper Garland:

First things first, you need your little punch outs.  If you’ve made the other projects listed for these cards then you’ve been cutting the backs off of the cards and (hopefully) saving them.  Inside the cards is a cute little speech bubble that says “Boo!”  Punch out that little bubble in ALL of the left over cards.  We’re not done yet.  Now grab that cute box cover that came with the cards.  There are more pics on the front and back of that cover that you are going to punch out.  The more, the better.  I also really liked using a few different designs for the punch outs.  I think it looks more interesting.

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Now that you have all of your cute little cut outs we are going to attach them to the strings of the garland.  I used three thin types.  Small green ric rac, orange and white string, and thin back ribbon.  I measured them together to the length of the doorway I was planning on hanging them in.  Once you have the right length tie them all together at both ends.  Now you are going to put the cut outs on.  I did a few on each ribbon spaced out from each other by taping one to the ribbon and using a rolled piece of tape to sandwich another to the other side.  You want each cut out to be double sided on the string in case if flips over when I is hanging.

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Once you’ve got all of your cut outs on hang it in the door way.  I did this to help me see how much ribbon I wanted to use on each side.

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Now you need all that ribbon and fibers.  I was not precise when I did this (if you know me, then you know I hate precise).  I just eyed it to cut and made sure I did the exact same amount on each side.  In addition to the longer pieces I also used some very short ones to add variety.  Then I just started tieing them on until I got a look that I liked.  It’s not rocket science, just do what you like.

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TA DA!!!

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To make the wrapping paper garland simply choose the fiber you want to wrap around the package and wrap it.  Then you are just going to tape the cut outs to the string by slipping a piece of scotch tape sticky side up under the fiber and pressing the cut out to it right side up.  Keep adding them until you like the look.  This is a lovely and reusable wrapping idea, especially if you are giving away the Boneheads Coasters you made to that perfect Halloween party host. 

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<3, Sharla

Boneheads Dia de Morte Pendant Banner

October 6, 2013 in Creating, Halloween Creations

Boneheads Dia de Morte Pendant Banner

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 Happy Halloween!  What’s more popular these days than skulls on Halloween?  Skulls on Dia de Morte!  Ok, I know Day of the Dead is a Mexican tradition that isn’t even held in the Fall, but come on!  Their decorations are so beautiful, colorful and spooky!  It’s becoming wildly popular to decorate in this style and I just can’t resist.  So here it is, my tip of the hat to our friends in the South who know how to through a spooky rager!

Whatcha Gotta Get:

  • 1 Set of Boneheads Halloween Greeting Cards from Card Sharks.  Click here to find them on Etsy.  The cool thing about buying their cards is that I’m doing a 3-post-salute to them.  They make a great product so why not use it as much as possible?  Click the pics below to find the link to the other crafts.
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  • Yes, there are enough cards in the box to make all three crafts.  I mean, that’s pretty alright!
  • 1 sheet yellow scrapbooking paper
  • 1 sheet orange scrapbooking paper
  • Adhesive
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • All kinds of ric rac, ribbon, and fibers

*Pop quiz: where is my favorite place to buy all of the craft supplies in this pose (minus the skull cards)?  If you know my blog, you know it’s Shop at Joann.com

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Let’s Get This Party Started:

First things first, you need to cut the card into the pendant shape.  I used my straight cutter and cut the back off (but keep it for the other project I posted) and then I made a mark in the center of the bottom  of the card.  Then I lined up the center bottom mark and one of the upper corners and cut a straight line and repeated on the other side.  See, perfect triangle!  I cut 9 triangels because the box of cards comes with 9 styles 2 of each kind for a total of 18 cards.  I thought I would make one of each style.

Next, I felt like the cards needed a little backing to make them pop.  I liked the boldness of my orange and yellow paper, I felt like it fit with the Mexican flare.  I alternated the colors as a boarder for each pendant.

Now is the fun part…putting all that crap on them.  Use a glue gun to make everything stay, it’s just easier and more secure.  I tried to stick to orange, yellow, green and purple for my colors.  I collected a variety of ric rac, ribbon, string, and fringe to use (if you have to buy spools of all of this don’t be sad, you can use the left overs in the other Halloween craft I do with the Boneheads cards).  

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Then I just played around with the design of each card until I found something I liked. I tried to put the tiny green ric rac at the top of all of them to give them a unified look.  

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 Once each one is decorated punch a small hole in the top corner of each.  String them together by going down in the front and coming up in the back.  That way you see the string connecting the pendants, but the line of string is hidden in the back.  It just looks nicer that way.

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Done with that part?  Well, then HANG THAT SUCKER UP!  The perfect flare!

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Feliz Dia de Morte!!!

<3, Sharla