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Mini Fall Bunting Tutorial

Don’t you just love a bunting? Apparently lots of us do because they are all over Pinterest! I recently made a Fall Wreath that I embellished with a miniature bunting I crafted myself. Here’s the details if you want to make your own.

Supplies:

  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Brown Cardstock
  • Fall Scrapbook Paper from the Martha Stewart Animal Masquerade Paper Pad
  • Slice Elite Cutter, Stencils, or Punches
  • Happy Trails Design Card
  • Parties Design Card
  • Martha Stewart Ballpoint Glue Pen
  • Crop-A-Dile

Step One:

Determine the length of the space that your bunting will be covering, and cut a piece of twine the appropriate length. Mine was intended to embellish my Fall Wreath, so I cut my twine 12 in. long.

Step Two:

Using either an electronic cutting machine, stencil, or punch, cut 4 triangles out of the brown cardstock. The size of my triangles was determined by the length of my twine. I cut a few different sizes out with my Slice Elite using the pennant shape on the Parties Design Card to see which size would allow me to fit four triangles across my twine. I ended up using the 2 in. triangle.

Step Three:

Using either an electronic cutting machine, stencil, or punch, cut out “fall” from the Martha Stewart Animal Masquerade Scrapbook Paper of your choosing. I used the scraps left over from decoupaging my Fall Wreath. To cut my letters, I used the Happy Trails Design Card for my Slice Elite in the 1 1/2 in. size.

Step Four:

Glue the letters to the triangles. I like to use my Martha Stewart Ballpoint Glue Pen for little, detailed pieces like this. I can easily control the amount of glue, and it adheres paper to each other wonderfully. I highly recommend you invest in one of these if you don’t have one.

Step Four

Step Five:

Place the 4 cardstock triangles on top of each other, and use a Crop-A-Dile to punch out 1/8 in. holes in each of the top corners of them. By stacking the triangles, you ensure that holes will be in the same place on each of them. The Crop-A-Dile easily punches through 4 sheets of cardstock.

Step Five

Step Six:

Thread the triangles onto your twine.

Here’s the finished product.

Mini Fall Bunting

Isn’t it adorable? I’m sure you’ll be able to think of loads of ideas for this mini bunting other than just adorning a wreath. Happy crafting!

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Guitar Pick Earrings Tutorial

Earrings are one of my many weaknesses. If I find an unusual or whimsical pair for a reasonable price, I must have them. Several years ago I bought a pair of earrings made out of guitar picks from a local company. I get comments almost every time I wear them, so I’ve been wanting to make some.

As with any craft, you need the right tools. I specifically lacked something that would cleanly punch a hole through a plastic pick until I invested in a Crop-A-Dile. I bought one a while back intending to use it for setting eyelets, but I’ve found the Crop-A-Dile handier for punching holes in a variety of materials. It is a little pricey, so make sure to use one of those 40% off craft store coupons. The Crop-A-Dile is typically not exempt from them.

Supplies:

  • Guitar Picks
  • Crop-A-Dile
  • Jump Rings
  • Earring Wires
  • Pliers

Step One:

Punch holes in each of your guitar picks with the 1/8 in. side of the Crop-A-Dile.

Punched Guitar Picks

Step Two:

Attach jump rings to your guitar picks, and then attach those to earring wires.

Guitar Pick Earrings

In no time flat, you’ll have a funky pair of earrings that can double as guitar picks in a pinch. Happy repurposed crafting!

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