November 2016Occasionally Crafty: November 2016

Wednesday, November 30

Printed Burlap Christmas Tree Sign

*Hey all- I'm not back from my blogging break yet, but I'm sharing some old posts I shared on other blogs last year.  I hope you enjoy them!*

Print your favorite printable sign on Burlap for a whole new look!

I just discovered the most brilliant invention of my crafting life.  I was at the store, and I saw LAMINATED BURLAP!

(Okay so I might be overstating it a little by calling it the most brilliant invention).  But seriously folks, I love printing on burlap, but I rarely do it.

Why?  Because you have to cut the burlap, then iron the burlap.  You have to clean up the frayed ends, then iron on freezer paper.  Only then can you print on the burlap.

But now- I can just throw one of these sheets into the photo tray of my printer, laminated side down, and voila!  I have printed burlap.

To showcase this brilliant invention, I took a shape from the Silhouette design store (which you can purchase here) and made it into a printable.

Note- you do NOT have to own a Silhouette to download and use their software, Silhouette Studio.  I use it a lot just to make printable art- no cutting needed.  If you love to make your own printables, why not give it a try?

I filled my words and shapes with colors, and made the cut lines transparent.   You can either save it as a PDF or just print it right from Studio.  

If you're not comfortable making your own, I have made it into a PDF for you to download for a short time.  Download and print yours here.

To print: follow directions for your printer for photo printing.  I loaded mine into the rear photo tray, and in the print menu, selected paper size as 8x10 and paper as "Glossy Photo Paper".  Then I clicked print and the laminate burlap worked perfectly!

To finish it off, you can either back it in a frame with Christmas scrapbook paper, or you can use a mat to give it a more formal look.  

I kind of love them both, so I'm not sure which way I'll go.

This is a super way to display your favorite printable and give it a more rustic feel!

What will you use laminated burlap for?
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Wednesday, November 16

Christmas Carol Wood Slice Plaque

*Hey all, I'm not back from my blogging break yet, but I am sharing old posts from last year that I shared on other websites.  I hope you'll find them and enjoy them!* 

Bring some antiqued Christmas sheet music into your decor with this beautiful Christmas Wood Slice Plaque!

Use Christmas Carols in your Christmas Decor with this Christmas Sheet Music Wood Slice Plaque!

Hi everyone!  

I am a musician when I'm not blogging, and I have a special place in my heart for Christmas Carols!  There are so many fun ways to use them in your Christmas decor, too.
For this project, you'll need the following supplies:

  • Wood Slice (I got mine at Michael's with a 40% off coupon- making it under $4)
  • Printable Sheet Music or old sheet music from a book
  • Mod Podge/Brush
  • Merry and Bright Laser Wood Cutout (also from Michael's)
  • Gold Paint/Brush
  • Gold Glitter
  • Hot Glue/Glue Gun

Make a Wood Slice Christmas Carol Plaque

1.  Cut your Christmas sheet music into strips and trim to fit on your wood slice.  It took a little playing around with mine to get it how I would like it.

2.  Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge onto the wood slice, then carefully smooth your sheet music strips on top.  Don't worry if it bubbles.  You can use a credit card or scraper to smooth them down as it dries.  The wrinkles give it character :)

3.  Apply another coat of Mod Podge on top of your sheet music.  Since I printed mine with an inkjet printer, the Mod Podge kind of smeared some of the ink and made it look old and worn- which I loved!

4.  Paint your wood cutout with gold paint.  Mine took two coats.  After painting your LAST coat, IMMEDIATELY apply glitter all over the design before the paint dries.  I literally dumped and spread a whole tube of glitter on this! Make sure you do this on newspaper or something to catch the excess glitter to reuse.  By doing it this way, most of the glitter will stay locked in as the paint dries.

5.  Let dry, then shake to remove excess glitter.  If desired, spray your cutout with a sealer to help keep the glitter in place even more.
6.  Hot glue your wood cutout onto your wood slice.
7.  Display your creation on a small easel or prop up on a shelf.  This adds a fun sparkly touch to your Christmas decor!

I hope you loved this project as much as I do!  Click to see some of my other glittery Christmas projects, like my Glittered Reindeer Sled

and this Wooden "Just BeClaus" Sign!

Happy Holidays!
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Wednesday, November 2

Fall Printable with Mini Banner

*Hey all- I'm not back from my blogging break, but I am sharing some posts I didn't publish on my blog last year, hoping you'll find them somehow and check them out!  I hope you're doing awesome!

Fall Printable Mini Banner

I think banners and buntings are pretty much the cutest thing ever, so I’ve created a fun one for fall just for you!
Download your free fall printable here.
Download your mini banners here (with “Fall” and blank)
Print your fall printable and trim to fit your frame.

Fall Mini Banner PrintableInsert it into the frame and secure the back.
Print out your mini banner, then cut each shape out.
Fall Mini Bunting

Use hot glue to adhere your banner to baker’s twine, yarn, or even thread.  Drape your banner across the top of your frame.  I like to put mine just to the side a bit.
Fall Printable and Mini Banner

That’s it!  Now you have a cute decoration for fall.  Use this idea to dress up any plain framed quote or picture.
Thanks for stopping by today! 

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