It is the time for festive decorating! It makes the holidays seem that much more special and warm when you have your home bedecked in cheerful trimmings. But if you were to decorate with store-bought items at retail prices it can be spendy! So give Santa’s purse strings a little break and do-it-yourself with really inexpensive supplies and this tutorial!
Here are the majority of the items that I used to make my “Joy” wall hanging:
As an avid scrapbooker, I have loved the Elmer’s Glue Spots for a while now! But did you know Elmer’s also has Foam Mounting Tape for when you want to add dimension to a project? I have never used it before, but the description on the Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive sounded super easy to use and I was very excited to give it a try! I knew I had to have the Designer Series Craft Swivel Knife from the moment I laid eyes on it (Where have you been all my life!). And to make forming the poinsettias a piece of cake, the X-ACTO Decorative Shapes Templates!
- Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
- Elmer’s Craft Bond Foam Mounting Tape
- Elmer’s Sparkle Glue in Jeweled colors
- Elmer’s Thin Mini Glue Spots
- X-ACTO Decorative Shapes Templates
- X-ACTO Craft Swivel Knife
- Wood letters in J, O, Y
- Patterned Scrapbook Paper
- 2″ Red Satin Ribbon
- Red & Green Ink Pads
- Green Acrylic Paint
- Cutting Board or Mat (I’m kicking myself for not getting the Self-Healing Mat from X-ACTO! Check it out! You’ll want it too!)
- Hammer & Thumb Tacks
- Fine Grit Sandpaper
Now to get your craft on!
- First, I placed the paper, face side down on the cutting board or mat. I put the wood letter front side down on the paper and used the swivel knife to cut around the shape. The swivel head was fantastic for maneuvering around the twists and turns!
- I made sure that my cut out fit and then used fine grit sand paper to smooth the sides of the letter.
- I used my green acrylic paint to coat the “O” completely on the front and sides.
- I painted the sides and a half inch around the border of the front.
- Cut out small leaf shapes from red cardstock. It is the perfect shape and size for poinsettias petals! I did 5 flowers with a total of 12 petals each-but they go so fast with the swivel blade! Cut a few leaves for each flower out of the green cardstock. The stencil set comes with 46 shapes-imagine the creative possibilities!
- The card stock had a white core, so I rubbed the edges of the petals with ink and smudged a bit on the top of the petal to add depth. Don’t be afraid to get inky fingers!
- Putting two short pieces of the Foam Mounting Tape together to form a square, I placed the petals in the shape of a flower as shown in the pictures below.
- I peeled the back off the sticky tape, added another layer of petals in between the existing petals and then another makeshift square of Foam Mounting Tape.
- I peeled the back off the Foam Mounting Tape and placed a few leaves to make them barely visible at the perimeter.
- The majority of the sticky part of the Foam Mounting Tape was still visible so it was ready to adhere to the “O”.
- After I had five poinsettias on the letter, I decided they stuck out a bit too much for my taste.
- So using my Elmer’s Craft Bond Glue Spots, I attached some of the petals that extended the farthest to the side of the “O”.
- A little bit of glitter on the poinsettias and also on the tiny red dots on the patterned paper to tie it all in!
- I laid the letters out as I wanted them to hang. Then using the Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive spray, I coated the back and smoothed out the ribbon leaving the excess at the top of the “J”.
- I cut the ribbon about 6 inches from the top. The description of the Spray Adhesive said “for lightweight materials” and because I would be hanging the wood letters, I thought it would be best to hammer in thumb tacks to bear some of the weight while the Spray Adhesive kept the ribbon flush with the letters.
- I tied a bow with extra ribbon through the loop at the top and it was ready to hang!
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This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for #ElmersHoliday #gluenglitter #collectivebias #CBias all projects and opinions are my own.