Festive Outdoor Hanging Decor

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Turn red plastic spoons from the party supply store into dimensional accents to hang above a door.


Materials:

  • 5″-diameter plastic-foam ball
  • Spray paint: red
  • Plastic spoons: 200 red
  • Wire cutters
  • Glidden Gripper primer paint
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Burlap ribbon: natural
  • Fishing line
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks

Assemble the Decor:

1. Use wire cutters to snip the handles off the red spoons, leaving 3″ of each neck intact.

2. Brush Glidden Gripper primer paint onto the neck of one spoon. While the paint is wet, push the painted spoon neck into the foam ball. Repeat with a second spoon on the opposite side of the foam ball. Continue adding spoons to alternating sides until the entire ball is covered with spoons. Let dry.

3. Cut a 36″ length of burlap ribbon and tie the ends together to make a loop. Tie a length of fishing line around the spoons; tie into a knot. Tie the other end to the burlap ribbon loop. If desired, make a large burlap bow and hot-glue it to the burlap loop.

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Clay Gift Tag Accents

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Add a special touch to store-bought gift tags! These cute clay shapes are so easy and fun to make.


Materials:

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Assemble the Clay Shapes:

1. Roll the oven-bake clay to approximately 1/4″ thickness.

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2. Cut out your shapes using the metal cutters.

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3. Referring to the photo at the top of the blog, cut out clay embellishments using a knife. We added frosting stripes and buttons to the gingerbread man; a cuff, heel, and toe to the stocking; a scarf to the snowman; and ornaments and a star to the tree.

 

4. Bake at 275 °F  for 30 minutes.


Assemble the Gift Tags:

1. Using crafts glue, attach the shapes to a gift tag.

2. Use baker’s twice to tie the gift tag to your present.

Paper Christmas Tree Wall Decor

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Designer: Sara Perez

Deck the walls with a tree that stars your paper scraps!


Materials:

  • 12×15″ piece of watercolor paper (or size to fit your frame opening)
  • Frame (ours is 16×20″)
  • Heavyweight cardstock: pale green, mint, forest green, gold, silver glittered
  • Crafts glue
  • 78” star punch

1. Cut pale green, mint, and forest green cardstock into strips ranging from 114–112” wide for the tree branches. Cut a 112” square from gold cardstock for the trunk.

2. Glue the trunk to the center bottom of the watercolor paper. Cut one pale green strip to 812” long. Referring to the photo, position the strip horizontally approximately 112” above the bottom edge of the ivory cardstock background for the bottom tree branch, overlapping the trunk; glue in place.

3. Cut a forest green cardstock strip slightly shorter than the pale green strip from step 2. Referring to the photo, glue the strip above the pale green strip, placing it at a slight angle and overlapping the strips.

4. Continue adding strips in the same manner. Alternate shades of cardstock, and overlap strips at alternating angles until satisfied with height of tree.

5. Punch a star from glittered silver cardstock. Glue star to the top strip of tree.

6. Insert tree artwork into frame.

Embellished Wine Bag

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Designer: Izzy Anderson

A bottle of wine is always a thoughtful gift, but you can personalize it by enclosing it in an embellished bag.


Materials:

  • Purchased burlap wine bag
  • Assorted holiday-theme patterned paper
  • 112” square punch
  • Fast-drying glue
  • Red sewing thread
  • Chipboard accents: tree and package
  • Red-and-white gingham ribbon

 

Assemble the Wine Bag:

1. Remove side seams from burlap wine bag and lay bag flat. Note: If your bag has a separate bottom piece, remove the side seam down to that piece, but leave the bottom piece intact.

2. Punch twelve 112” squares from assorted holiday-theme paper. Arrange the squares on the front of the bag in a grid of three rows and four columns. Apply a dot of fast-drying glue to the back of each square to hold it in place.

3. Using red sewing thread, machine-sew just inside each square edge using a zigzag stitch. Turn wine bag wrong side out.

4. Sew the side seam closed; turn bag right side out. Glue the tree and package chipboard accents to the grid of squares.

5. Use the gingham ribbon to tie the top of the bag closed.

Christmas Treat Bags

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This post is sponsored by Glue Dots®.

Designer: Tammy Santana

Add embellishments to treat bags for fast and festive gifts!


Materials for All Three Bags:

 

Time: 20 minutes

Level: Intermediate


Assemble Bag #1:

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1. Cut one pennant each from plaid paper and brown glitter cardstock, and attach them to a treat bag with Glue Dots, offsetting them slightly.

2. Wrap ribbon and twine around the top of the treat bag and tie on a Christmas-theme button. Secure in place with Glue Dots.

3. Add additional button embellishments to bag for decoration.


Assemble Bag #2:

tammy-santana-bag-2-step-11. Cut twigs into various lengths to form a Christmas tree shape. Glue to treat bag using Advanced Strength Glue Dots.

2. Add a star embellishment  to the top of the tree with a Glue Dot.

3. Wrap twine around top of treat bag and add a red button. Secure all with Advanced Strength Glue Dots.


Assemble Bag #3:

 

1. Attach decorative paper to a treat bag with Glue Dots.

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2. Add sequins with Glue Dots to the top corner of the decorative paper.

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3. Fill a clear photo pocket with sequins. Seal the top of the photo pocket with a heat sealing tool.

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4. Attach the photo pocket to the treat bag with Glue Dots along the top and bottom of the pocket.

5. Wrap a ribbon around the top of the treat bag and tie in an off center bow. Secure bow with a Glue Dot.


Visit the Glue Dots website for more project ideas and helpful products that make holiday crafting easy and fun!