Friday, November 26, 2010

Create Something Special for Christmas - mini tutorial

It's getting closer to Christmas! Can you feel the festive time calling you? Thinking about making something with your craft to decorate your home? Feeling a bit vintagy? (yep that's a new word!). I love the look of the white vintage style - and Collections has the perfect items to make that come true. Join me in this mini tutorial making this small wall hanging or decoration for your home. You are not going to need anything really special, you can always substitute what you don't have here to what you do have around your creative area!
It's so simple to make just some small box bases, some left over frames from the "thrinchies", some hearts or stars and any other little embellishments you care to knock up! I think some glitter in silver, perhaps some tea stained muslin in a couple of different shades and some beads/wire old papers and tags, come on "the usual stuff!"

We are going to create three boxes and some embellishments, put them all together and you will have this small shadow box of lovely embellishments to bring out each year at Christmastime.....

Take 3 box bases and join them up using glossy accents or similar. I am using this glue as it's really strong and quick drying, and I don't have a lot of time on my hands at the moment, I need to make this quick and the glossy accents is a fantastic choice for this project. Clip and hold if you want to go faster!

Okay, you now have three box bases together, all you do is join the 3 of them together - in a row for a hanging orientation. Hey that's so simple, are you thinking other ideas for this format?

Hold together with some bulldog or letter clips to make it even faster! Make sure you glue the complete surface and push them all together so they sit nice and flat whilst they dry, which won't take long with the glossy accents.
Using some tissue paper and I love using my butterick patterned one as the colour is so fabulous, glue a strip to the inside of the sides of the box. Do all three of them. Now run around your craft room and look for something textural to put inside each box. There's is got to be something you have made before and have left over. I happened to have some faux fresco, lovely and crackly and VERY textural. Next some dictionary paper, please get the old stuff not the new! Oh and you can always put in some Collections paper, I know it's not got texture but it's really nice, LOL!
You will need some fabric muslin for the sides, so cut a few strips and glue that on the sides, then finish it off on the back just in case someone turns it over - especially your friend, who does this stuff and you need to impress them!
Now grab that left over thrinchie frame................ (you didn't throw it out : ( !!!!) okay just checking! I used two and glued them together and painted it with warm white. Now the frames are just a bit short so I added some scallop edges to the top and the bottom, also painted white....

All you need to do now is make up some embellishments to go inside. I created a padded heart with tissue some muslin and a crystal dangle, a multi layered star with some nice glitter and an elegant label with "25" for Christmas day. Don't forget to add extra scrap chipboard to the back of these so they "float up". The top of the box I used an antique plaque and some beads and wire. For the hanging dangle on the bottom just use the inside portion of the crystal frames and add some beads and wire for charm.... add some words, they always make the project!

Now hang your Christmas embellishment - stand back and REJOICE !!! Wow that was so quick!!

14 comments:

Nicole said...

It's gorgeous Julie! Love the white look for Christmas! Nicole

Teresa said...

Absolutely beautiful Julie! You always have the best ideas!

Audrey said...

Just Beautiful Hon, love it xx

Scrapthat said...

Beautiful! when I first saw it I would have NEVER guessed it was chipboard...thought it was wood for sure! TFS!

Samantha Marshall said...

Absolutely stunning!!!

Julie van Oosten said...

Thanks guys!

Gretz said...

*BEAUTIFUL Julie!

Smiles, Laurie said...

Wow, stunning. Incredible to think this started as a few flat pieces of paper...the frame bit adds heaps, doesn't it! Thanks for the great tutorial.

Jen Crossley said...

Beautiful JVO

Sandy Ang said...

What a wonderful project. Wishing you a very Happy New Year !

Katie said...

This is wonderful! I am going to have to add this to my list of projects I wanna try!

Sea Angels said...

How generous of you to share .. thank you so much for your inspiration xxxx

Theresa said...

I just came over from pinterest... this is gorgeous, Thank you! t.xoxox

Zima said...

Beautiful! Thank you for the tutorial!