Christmas Tree book craft

Make a christmas tree from an old book

Make a Christmas tree for your home decor with this easy to make Christmas Tree Book Craft made from paper back books you probably have sitting around your house.  We like to repurpose items and upcycle them into fun and useful new items.  Our Christmas Tree book craft incorporates a well loved paperback book that was missing a few pages.  The last ten pages to be exact and if you are anything like me you would go crazy if you made it to the very end and did not get to know the ending.  No love was lost turning this book into a craft project.

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Materials to make a Christmas Tree book craft:

  • paperback book 100-150 pages is ideal
  • foam ball
  • Jute cording
  • Adtech Hot Glue Gun and glue sticks
  • glass candle stick
  • DecoArt Chalky Finish Glass Paint, Heritage
  • Polymer Clay Rosette
  • DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint, Promise
  • Gold star
  • Glitter spray

Use this tutorial to make the polymer clay rosette or use a different embellishment.


Instructions to make a Christmas Tree book craft:

  1. Paint a glass candlestick from the dollar store with Decoart Chalky Finish Glass Paint in Heritage. Allow to dry.  Bake if desired.
  2. Hot glue jute cording around a foam ball then hot glue onto candlestick.
  3. Remove the front and back cover and spine cover of a book 100-150 pages. The older and more flexible the better. I folded a large section of the pages to make folding easier. christmas tree book instructions
  4. Take the first sheet and fold in tight to the edge of the spine.  Try to keep your point a clean as you can.  Repeat this for every single page.  This is a good activity to do while watching tv or chatting with a friend.
  5. Use clothes pins if you need to keep the out of the way as you fold.make a book tree for christmas
  6. If you would like a tall skinny book you can repeat step one and fold the first and subsequent pages with the edge close up to the spine again.  You should have a narrow and thicker page that looks sort of like the tip of a man’s tie.  Yes, keep on until you have folded all the pages.  If you have anything hanging out of the bottom.  Fold the bottom point of the “tie” to create a flat bottom for your tree.  You may choose to tuck this flap inside the previous fold.
  7.  Hot glue the jute covered ball to the candlestick base.  Then hot glue the Christmas Tree book to the jute ball.  Spray glitter over the book outside in a well ventilated area.
  8.  Hot glue on the rosette.  Use the tutorial linked above in the supply list.home for Christmas
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Faux Quilted stamped card

Faux Quilted stamped card  Ann Butler

My friend Ann Butler  has a new ink and stamp line and asked a few of us to make projects for her and let people know how awesome they are.  Believe it or not I actually ran out of handmade cards so I whipped this quick card up and have it doing double duty.   It is for a friend and you get to see it too.

Blog Hop Announcement Banner Ann Butler Designs Clearsnap June 2015 DCC

These are the colors from Ann’s stamps that I used.  They are pigment ink and work on many surfaces including paper, fabric and wood.  When working with pigment ink, you need to be careful not to smudge since it has a longer open work time.  I like to heat set mine with a heat gun or an iron depending on what I put the ink on.  Pigment ink also works great for embossing. The style of the stamps lend themselves to a “Faux Quilted” look.

Ann Butler ink pads from Clearsnap

Faux Quilted stamped card supplies

The instructions are pretty self-explanatory based on the simple nature of the card. Stamp your images and then add the sentiment.  Cut twine to fit and add a button and tie.  Trim off the ends of the twine and you are good to go.

ann butler ink pad lid


This is a trick I came up with while stamping on vacation.  I forgot to pack my acrylic blocks so I used the lid to hold the cling stamps.  It works great if you are adding words because the lids are printed and it helps you keep the words straight and you can see where you are placing your stamped image.

use cling stamps on stamp lid

If you want to see more crafts created with Ann’s stamps click the Designer Crafts Connection Logo in the bottom right section of the right column.  It will take you to the next person in the blog hop.

I hope you enjoyed this super simple Faux Quilted stamped card.



4th of July party decorations


Our 4th of July party decorations are part of a patriotic blog hop hosted by blogger The Cards We Drew and we are joined by over 85 other bloggers for this fun event.  Book mark this page so you can come back when you are ready to create your decorations or pin the images on Pinterest. There are recipes, decor and fun craft ideas.  Surely something will pique your interest.  I see a few tasty treats I might have to try.

Red White and Blue Food Decor and Craft Ideas party decorations


Our contribution to the Red White and Blue hop takes on a more rustic note with darker reds and blues and a hint of aged white paint.  Or you could create the fun and whimsical 4th of July party decorations with a traditional color combination.  Either way use solid colors and simple shapes for the star spangled banner.  These 4th of July party decorations are very easy to make and you can have the kids help you.  You can add a pop of pattern in the paper flower decorations.

square 4th of july banner, and table settings party decorations


Materials and supplies for 4th of July party decorations:

  • dark blue and red paper
  • pattern paper
  • Sizzix Die cut machine
  • bow die
  • large and small star die
  • flower die
  • scissors
  • Adtech hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • soup cans
  • bamboo skewers
  • jute or twine
  • buttons

How to make the of July party decorations:

1.  Cut several dozen large and small stars in red and blue.  Hot glue to the jute or twine.  Add more or less according to the size garland you would like.

2.  Layer pattern paper into flower die cuts.  Randomly mix the patterns to create different flowers.  Use tape runner or hot glue to secure.
3.  Add a dollop of hot glue for button centers and on the back to affix the bamboo skewers.
4. Wrap paper around the cans and secure with a strip of hot glue.
5. Die cut bows from card stock.  Tie string around cans and hot glue the ribbons and buttons on.
6. Repeat step 5 on the napkins.

square 4th of july banner, and table settings party decorations

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Win a Cricut Explore Air Machine

Cricut Giveaway -Jen-Goode - 365 days of crafts Cricut Explore Air Machine
Win a Cricut Explore Air Machine.  How about a giveaway to kick your creativity up a notch?  My friend and designer extraordinaire, Jen Goode of 100 Directions is hosting a fantastic giveaway.  ( I am so happy she included me and I know you will love her designs.)  The projects she creates with her machine are so fun and whimsical.  I am total awe of what this machine will do.  The options are unlimited when you add in the digital files that are included.  Currently, I use a manual die cutting machine and I am a little green with envy at the choices in digital files.  The variety of designs available with a digital cutter is impressive.  Not to mention that you do not need all the extra storage space.  The Cricut Explore Air Machine would make a great addition to my studio.  Plus,  who would not love a Visa gift card to purchase other supplies? Unfortunately I cannot win, but one of my readers could. So make sure you enter the giveaway linked below to have your chance at winning a Cricut Explore Air Machine and a very nice prize bundle.

Cricut Explore Air Machine Giveaway Details:

Cricut Explore Air™ Prize Bundle Giveaway June 1, 5am MST – June 7, 11:59 pm MST  Open to U.S. residents only.

Cricut Explore Air Machine Prize bundle includes:

  • 1 Cricut Explore Air™ machine
  • 1 Cricut Explore® Pens Set
  • All current Jen Goode cutting designs in the Cricut Design Space
  • 1 $125 Visa Gift Card
  • 1 cutting material and tool sampler

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Feel free to share this giveaway  with your friends.  If they win maybe they will invite you to use the Cricut Explore Air Machine too.



If you would like to look around at the items in the prize package the links are below.

Cricut Explore Air™ machine

Cricut Explore® Pens Set

Jen Goode Cutting File Library

Cricut Deals

dad’s cigar box desk set

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Make a cigar box desk set for dad by up-cycling a cigar box.  You can transform reclaimed items into an organizer that adds vintage flair to Dad’s workspace while keeping supplies within reach.  Dad will love it even more because you made it.
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  • Reclaimed items: cigar box, cardboard jewelry containers
  • Brown cardstock
  • Patterned papers: brown embossed, blue grid
  • Hewlett Packard Premium Matte Photo Paper
  • Jute twine: thin cording, 1”-wide trim
  • Prima Marketing embossed chipboard stencil letter
  • Walnut Hollow Aluminum Sheet Metal
  • Aluminum screw posts, 1/2″, two


  • Clearsnap ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink Pads: Creamy Brown, Chestnut Roan
  • DecoArt Americana: Butter Acrylic Paint, Matte Spray Sealer
  • Drill with 1/4” bit
  • Hole punch, 1/4”
  • Computer, photo editing software, and printer OR calendar stamp set
  • Digital craft items: Jessica Sprague Strawberry Lemonade Yellow Solid digital patterned paper, Katie Pertiet Hemp Tie digital jute cording
  • Adtech Hot Glue Gun and Glue sticks

Basic Supplies

sponge brush, scissors, ruler, newspaper (to cover work surface), paper trimmer


  1. On covered work surface, basecoat entire cigar box Butter. Let dry. Apply sealer. Let dry. Drill two holes in box lid approximately 1-1/2” from front edge, 3” apart. Cover outside of lid with brown embossed paper and inside of lid with blue grid paper. Cut holes in paper to access holes in box lid.
  2. Ink edges of jewelry containers with Chestnut Roan. Cover inside and outside of boxes with brown embossed paper. Cut 5” square from blue grid paper and adhere to top right corner of cigar box base. Attach jewelry boxes to base of cigar box to form compartments.
  3. Use Creamy Brown ink pad to color embossed stencil letter. Ink edges Chestnut Roan. Trim metal sheet to fit back of stencil letter and adhere both layers to cigar box base.
  4. Use photo editing program to create calendar page for each month on digital patterned paper, adding month name in text box on left side and digital jute cord at top. Print each calendar page (or develop photos) at 3”x4” onto matte photo paper. (Alternatively, stamp calendars on yellow card stock.)
  5. Cut twelve 4”x4-1/2” rectangles from brown cardstock and mat calendar pages to rectangles, leaving extra cardstock at top. Punch 1/4” holes in cardstock to match holes drilled in cigar box lid.
  6. Insert screw posts through holes in lid to attach calendar pages to lid and screw in threaded tops to secure.
  7. Print additional sheet of digital paper (or use yellow cardstock). Trim to size and attach to inside bottom of desk supply compartments.
  8. Adhere jute cording around inside of lid and 1”-wide jute trim around outside of cigar box base.

Lean how to make dyed tag place markers

favor tags dyed tag place markers

The dyed tag place markers use colorful dyes and fabric scraps to decorate these simple manila tags.  You can make these for a bridal shower, a wedding reception or for gift tags.  Chose colors that coordinate with your event.  You can make each one unique and use scrap fabrics and embellishments from your stash.

Supplies for dyed tag place markers

  • Manila shipping tag, 4-3/4”x2-3/8”
  • White cotton fabric
  • Beige fabric, scrap
  • Prima Marketing Dynasty Ivory Flower Center
  • Adhesive-back rhinestone rows
  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine and Caged Bird Bigz Die
  • Sewing machine and brown thread
  • Liquid Dye: Dark Cocoa,  Yellow, Teal, Purple
  • Tiny alphabet stamps and black pigment ink
  • Paper trimmer with scoring blade, rotary cutter and self-healing mat
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry Paper Glue, Fairfield Stick fusible interfacing.

Basic Supplies for dyed tags

  • measuring cup, measuring spoons, plastic disposable spoon, plastic containers, rubber gloves, plastic tablecloth or newspaper (to cover work surface), paper towels,
  • iron and pressing surface, ruler

DIRECTIONS for place cards:

1.  On covered work surface, cut 6” fabric square from white fabric. Measure 1/8 tsp. Purple dye and mix with 1 cup very hot water (at 140º F) in plastic container. Stir well. Place fabric square in dye bath and remove. Rinse under cool water; squeeze out excess dye and water. Let dry on paper towels. Repeat process to create light green fabric, mixing 1/4 tsp. Teal dye and 1 tsp.  Yellow dye with 1 cup hot water. For tags, use 2 Tbsp. Dark Cocoa dye and 1 cup hot water. Remove fabric and tags from dye baths and let dry on paper towels.
2.  When fabric is dry, press with steam iron setting. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse beige and dyed fabrics to fusible webbing.
3.  Die cut bird and wing, with paper side up, from purple or light green fabrics. Cut 1-1/2” beige fabric square. Peel away paper backing and fuse to tag using iron.
4.  Machine-sew freeform outline on bird, wing, and beige square 1/4” from edges. Machine-sew outline around tag edges.
5.  Use alphabet stamps and pigment ink to stamp guest name on beige square. Let dry. Heat set using iron on medium setting.
6.  Tear 1/2”x5” strip from dyed fabric. Thread strip into punched hole on tag; tie ends into knot. Press rhinestone rows on bottom of tag. Adhere flower center on tag using paper glue.
7.  Use paper trimmer to cut 1”x4” strip from card-stock scrap. Score strip three times, every 1”, along length. Fold on lines to create open box shape. Adhere onto back of tag for stand.
hand dyed name cards - custom place cards

Girlfriends Mini Book


Girlfriends Mini Book
The Girlfriends Mini Book is a great way to document a favorite event with your bff. This mini-book  is made with coordinating paper, flowers and images are stamped in a coordinating ink. Buy the paper together and turn this scrapbook session into a fun evening sharing supplies and reminiscing about the event.  This project also makes a great graduation gift for your bestie.

Materials for the Girlfriends Mini Book:

  • Mini Board Book (Kaiser Craft)
  • Country Grove Paper Collection (Kaiser Craft)
  • Pearls (Kaiser Craft)
  • Flowers (Kaiser Craft)
  • Rub-ons (Kaiser Craft)
  • Shellz Buttons (Bleumenthal Lansing)
  • Photos of choice

Tools for the Girlfriends Mini Book

  • Rubber stamps (Unity Stamp Co.): Vintage Blue Bells; Daisy Days; Lifetime of Inspiration
  • Ink pads (Clearsnap): Watermark; Olive Pastel Chalk Ink
  • TopBoss Opalescent Clear Embossing Powder (Clearsnap)
  • Gel pen (Sakura)
  • Scallop-edge scissors
  • Paper trimmer
  • Heat gun
  • Sandpaper
  • Adhesives (Beacon Adhesives): Zip Dry Paper Glue; Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive
  • Computer and printer

Girlfriends Mini Book inside

  • 1. Cover front and back covers with paper. Sand and ink edges. Stamp around edges of pages with Watermark ink. Sprinkle with embossing powder while still wet. Tap to remove excess powder and use heat gun to emboss.
  • 2. Cut strip from decorative paper and use scallopedge scissors to trim edges. Punch holes in scallops. Ink edges Olive.
  • 3. Glue photos to book and flowers to edges as desired. Glue pearls to flower centers and stamped designs.
  • 4. Adhere strip to chipboard. Trim excess paper from edges and sand smooth. Ink edges Olive. Use stylus to apply rub-on.
  • 5. Repeat these techniques for inside pages for a unified look.
    Girlfriends Mini Book

Make a Quick teacher gift

Teacher Gift

Make a teacher gift that is quick and thoughtful.  Place a gift card with a personalized note from your child inside the gift box.  The box can be used on their desk if there is enough room after all the greatest teacher mugs.  I could not help myself on the apple buttons.  I would only give this too an early education teacher.  Not cool enough for the over 10 kids to see.  Make sure it is a gift card to a place that is on their wish list or to a place  you know they love.
Back-to-School-teacher gift

Materials to create a dyed wooden gift Teacher Gift box:

  • Wooden box available at local craft stores. Generally around a dollar
  • Dye in Aqua
  • Adtech Adhesive Glue Gun and glue sticks
  • Back to School ButtonsTutti Fruity
  • Misc.  Paper towels, plastic grocery bag, sand paper, disposable container for dye.

Directions to make the wooden teacher gift box:

  1. If the box has rough edges you can sand them smooth with sandpaper.  Wipe off dust with a damp paper towel or tack cloth.
  2. Dip the box in heated dye bath.  Tap to remove excess.
  3. Place a paper towel on a plastic bag.  The paper towel is used to gather excess dye.
  4. Once the wood is dry you can add the button embellishments.
  5. Always cover your work surface when working with dye.  Gloves are a great option too.  I use metal tongs to keep my hands clean.Enjoy the process.You can change out the buttons for any occasion too.  Spring flowers for Easter maybe?  If you want to see other quick and awesome Teacher Appreciation crafts click on the link below.

Faux Mother of Pearl Jewelry

Create a Faux Mother of Pearl necklace and earring set with these easy to follow instructions.  The craft tutorial can be used to create the faux mother pearl look on any paper surface and is not limited to jewelry only.  Bring texture and color into your creations with this fun faux technique.

faux mother of pearl
sizes: necklace, 18” length; earrings, 2”

Materials for Faux Mother of Pearl:

  • Darice pearls, three each: brown, 8mm; cream, 6mm
  • Darice silver findings: ear wires, two; jump rings, seven; headpins, three; plate chain, 18” length; clasp
  • Mat board

Basic Supplies

paper towel, small container of water, 1/16” hole punch, newspaper (to cover work surface)


  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine and Originals Ovals #3 Die
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • DecoArt Americana Metallic Paints: Sky Blue Pearl, Moss Pearl, White Pearl; Sea Aqua Acrylic
  • DecoArt: Americana Satin Varnish, Small Mini Mop, Glazing Medium

Directions for Faux Mother of Pearl Technique:

1. Die cut one large and two medium ovals from mat board.

2. Quickly dip large oval in water and tap off excess. Place oval in palm and press in center of oval with thumb creating indentation. Use fingers to pinch edges to add greater depth. Let dry. Repeat for remaining ovals.

3. On covered work surface, basecoat all ovals Aqua Sea using mini mop. Let dry. Apply Sky Blue Pearl and then Moss Pearl on ovals; do not let paint dry between coats. Use mini mop to gently blend colors.

4. Mix White Pearl and Glazing Medium together; liberally apply mixture on all three ovals. Let dry.

5. Punch hole on top edge of each piece. Use needle-nose pliers to open jump ring and attach to hole.

6. String cream and brown pearls on each headpin. Use needle-nose pliers to form loop at end of each headpin; trim excess wire using wire cutters. Attach headpin to jump rings on ovals.

7. Attach ear wires to small ovals.

8. Attach large oval jump ring to center of 18” chain length. Attach jump ring to ends of chain length. Attach clasp to jump rings to finish.


1. Gently work moistened mat board around bowl or other rounded surface for curved seashell shape.Faux Mother-of-Pearl Jewelry

color washed daisy tags

color washed tagsThe color washed daisy tags are transformed from plain shipping tags into lovely mixed-media accents for spring and summer gifts. Make a bunch to have on hand for a quick gift package topper.  You could even tie them around a bottle of wine for a thank you gift.

Materials for color washed daisy tags:

  • Manila shipping tags, 2-3/8”x4-3/4”, four
  • Black cardstock
  • Vintage book pages
  • Jacquard Products Cotton Inkjet Fabric Sheets
  • Flower center embellishments
  • Computer, inkjet printer, and font(s) of choice
  • Sewing machine and black thread
  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System and Bigz Build a Flower #3 Die
  • Jacquard Products Lumiere Paints: Citrine, Pearlescent Blue, Pearlescent Magenta, Metallic Copper
  • Black chalk ink pad

Basic Supplies for color washed daisy tags:

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, foam paintbrush, small disposable bowl, wax paper
(to cover work surface), heat tool, Adhesive – hot glue or glue runner
For each tag, mix one part water with one part paint in small bowl. On covered work surface,
lightly apply paint mixture to one side of tag. Repeat for back of tag; let dry completely.
(Note: Tags will curl while wet, but will flatten out as they dry. Speed dry with heat tool, if desired.)

Die cut flower layers from vintage book pages and black cardstock.

1.  Using computer and following manufacturer’s instructions, format and print small sentiments
onto cotton fabric sheets; sentiments include “sweetest friend,” “thank you so much,”
“happiest birthday,” and “for someone special.”
2.  Cut sentiments into strips, leaving borders around text. Adhere sentiment strips and flower
layers to tags as shown using glue.
3.  Sew straight stitch around edge of each tag, 1/8” from edge, and around each sentiment strip.
Sew directly through flower layers to secure.
4.  Using Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive, adhere flower center embellishment to center of
each paper flower.