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Christmas Card Holder Tutorial

I love Christmas cards! One reason I like sending them out is to get some back in return that I can then decorate with. It’s very common to see folks’ Christmas cards taped around a doorway. I’ve strung ribbon in the past and clipped my cards to it with clothespins to make a card garland. This year I decided that I wanted to make a more substantial card holder. Here’s what I came up with. It can even double as a wreath… Happy Christmas crafting!

Christmas Card Holder Tutorial | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Supplies:

  • Round, Wooden, Wreath Form (I used an 18 in. 3 Ring Circles one)
  • Craft Paint (I used Martha Stewart Pearl Acrylic Craft Paint in Holly Berry)
  • Paintbrush
  • Wooden Clothespins (I used 15)
  • Assorted Cardstock (I got a Christmas pack from Michaels)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Paper Trimmer, Rotary Cutter, or Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Another Paint Brush (I have a small one that I use exclusively for Mod Podge)
  • Amazing Goop or Hot Glue Gun
  • 12 in. of Thin Cording (I used silver)

Christmas Card Holder Tutorial | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Step One:

Paint your wooden wreath form with craft paint. I chose to use Martha Stewart’s Pearl Holly Berry because it coordinated well with my cardstock. It might be my new favorite shade of red. It’s got lots of pink tones in it. Beautiful! I gave my wreath form two coats.

Christmas Card Holder Tutorial | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Step Two:

If room permits in your craft room (it does not in mine!), start your clothespins while the paint dries. Measure the width of your clothespins. Using a ruler and pencil, mark up strips on the reverse side of your cardstock.

Christmas Card Holder Tutorial | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Cut your strips of paper with whatever cutting tool you prefer. I’m not steady enough with a pair of scissors and I didn’t want to haul out a cutting mat to use my rotary cutter, so I opted for my paper trimmer.

Christmas Card Holder Tutorial | LulaBelle Handicrafts

After cutting your cardstock strips, mark off the length of your clothespins on them.

Christmas Card Holder Tutorial | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Cut the strips into smaller pieces that should perfectly cover one side of your clothespins.

Step Three:

Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to one side of your clothespin, and adhere one of your small strips of cardstock to it. Do this until all of your clothespins are covered with cardstock.

Christmas Card Holder Tutorial | LulaBelle Handicrafts

For a couple of reasons, I chose to apply a layer of Mod Podge over the cardstock. First, I like the look of shiny things. Second, I knew that the top coat of Mod Podge would seal the cardstock. You can certainly omit this step if you prefer.

Step Four:

Once both your paint and Mod Podge have dried, glue your clothespins to the wreath form. I laid all of my clothespins out before I began gluing so that I could decide on a pattern and check the spacing. I’m not a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of crafter.

Christmas Card Holder Tutorial | LulaBelle Handicrafts

I know that lots of you love your glue guns. I certainly have a good relationship with mine. I chose not to use it for this project because I wanted to make sure that my adhesive was strong and permanent. That’s why I used Amazing Goop, but a glue gun would be fine, too. Make sure that you glue the clothespins to the wreath form with the clip opening facing outward. If you glue them in the other direction, your cards will hang in the center of your wreath instead of framing it. Let your adhesive dry/cure the appropriate amount of time.

Step Five:

Fold your cording in half. Because I used a 3 Ring Circles wreath form, I had holes pre-drilled in it. I threaded the two ends of the cording through one of the holes and pulled them through the looped end of the cording until it was taut against the wreath form. If your wreath form doesn’t have a hole, you can use the same technique I did around the entire width of the wreath form. Then tie the ends of the cording in a square knot, and snip off the excess cording.

Christmas Card Holder Tutorial | LulaBelle Handicrafts

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Marble Magnets Revisited

I sat down to crank out a bunch of marble magnets and thought it might be a good idea to reference my first ever blog post here on LulaBelle Handicrafts. It features marble magnets as made with Sarah Ortega’s instructions. Her tutorial is great, but I realized that my current method is a little different than hers. Mine is geared towards making a lot of them at once. You know that I like assembly line crafts, especially for when you are making them as gifts or maybe even to sell. Keep on reading to see how I made them this time. I’ll let you be the judge as to which method is better for you!

Marble Magnets | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Supplies:

  • Paper
  • Clear, Glass Marbles with a Flat Side
  • 1 1/2 in. Circle Punch
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Magnets
  • Amazing Goop

Step One:

Pick out your paper. I am notorious for hanging on to paper scraps. Let’s be honest. Scrapbook paper ain’t cheap, so I do my very best to use as much of every piece as I can. I rifled through my stash and chose lots of lovely leftovers. I am intending to sell my finished magnets at an upcoming craft fair, so I thought of my magnets in groups of four and chose coordinating papers for each set. In the past, I’ve also used old maps. I’ve seen other folks use photos. You choose what you prefer.

Step Two:

With your paper selected, use a circle paper punch to cut our your pieces. I used a 1 1/2 in. punch because it was roughly the size of my marbles.

Marble Magnets | Step Two  LulaBelle Handicrafts

This is where I diverge from Sarah Ortega’s tutorial a bit. Using a punch is much quicker for me than tracing the shape onto a piece of paper and then cutting it out.

Step Three:

Match up each circle of paper to a large, glass marble.

Marble Magnets | Step Three LulaBelle Handicrafts

I started off using glass marbles that I had bought at Dollar Tree, and I discovered that many of them were chipped or cracked. Essentially only half of each bag was usable. Unacceptable. I decided to try looking for them at Michaels because although theirs are more expensive I was confident that the quality would be better. I was not only correct, but I also lucked out and got them on sale for $1 per bag. If you haven’t shopped for glass marbles before, look for them in the floral design section, and make sure to buy the large ones with the flat back.

Step Four:

Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the flat back of the glass marble with a paintbrush.

Marble Magnets | Step Four LulaBelle Handicrafts

Adhere a paper circle to the marble. Make sure to press the paper and marble together to get a good bond. Don’t be alarmed that the marble looks cloudy.

Marble Magnets | Step Four Cloudy LulaBelle Handicrafts

When the Mod Podge dries, it will be crystal clear again. Once you’ve Mod Podged all your marbles, leave them alone, and allow them to dry.

Step Five:

After the marbles finish drying, use an X-Acto knife to cut away any excess paper from the edges of the marbles.

Marble Magnets | Step Five LulaBelle Handicrafts

Depending on the size your marbles, you may not even need to do this step.

Step Six:

Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the paper on the back of the marbles to seal the paper and make sure that it is well attached to the marbles.

Marble Magnets Step Six  | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Allow the Mod Podge to dry thoroughly.

Step Seven:

Place a small dot of Amazing Goop in the center of the back of the marble. Press a magnet onto the Amazing Goop.

Marble Magnets Step Seven | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Once you’ve attached a magnet to the back of each marble, store the completed magnets in a safe place for at least 72 hrs. to allow the Amazing Goop to cure. I know that seems like a long time, but it is necessary. If you try to place your magnets on the fridge before the Amazing Goop has had a chance to form a permanent bond, you’ll find your beautiful marble laying on the floor.

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DIY Fall Wreath with Martha Stewart Paper

While I was at the craft store last weekend, I happened across Martha Stewart’s Halloween crafting line. She has really outdone herself this year, mainly because black cats are everywhere! You might have noticed that my Kiko aka LulaBelle is a beautiful, black kitty. I adore all things black cat-related because of her. Needless to say, I bought the Animal Masquerade paper pad.

Animal Masquerade Paper Pad

I fully intended to make a Halloween wreath with this paper until I remembered that my fall wreath ain’t that great. There is a beautiful paper in this pad full of fall foliage and acorns that was just begging to be made into a wreath. Fear not. I am confident that I will have several more projects to come featuring the other papers. I did after all buy it because of the black cats!

Supplies:

Step One:

Paint your wreath form in a color that coordinates with your paper. I used Martha Stewart Crafts’ Multi-Surface Metallic in Rust. You’ll only need to paint one side and the edges because the other side will be covered with your fall paper. My wreath needed two coats for good coverage.

Step One

Here’s two of my favorite tips for working with craft paint. Use a clean yogurt container to hold your paint, and cover it with Glad Press ‘n Seal to keep your paint wet in between coats.

Painting Tips

Step Two:

With a foam brush, cover the unpainted side of your wreath with a generous layer of Mod Podge.

Step Two

Then place your paper on top, making sure to smooth out any wrinkles while pressing all of the paper firmly onto the wreath form. Let it dry.

Step Three:

Flip your paper-covered wreath form over, and cut away the excess paper using an Exacto knife.

Step Three

Try to get as close to the edges of the wreath form as possible.

Step Three B

As always, use your Exacto knife on an appropriate surface to avoid cutting up your table or counter top. Hang onto your paper scraps, especially the large circle you removed from the center of the wreath form. You can surely find something to do with paper this pretty, regardless of the shape or size.

Step Four (optional):

I didn’t particularly care for the write edges around my wreath where the paper had been cut. I used a brown ink pad to tap around all of the edges to give it a more finished look.

Step Four

My square ink pad didn’t liked the curves of the inside of the wreath, so I switched to a rectangular one. It worked much better. If you do this step, make sure to let the ink dry completely. Otherwise your hands will be covered in it while you finish up the wreath.

Step Five:

One of the great things about the wooden wreath form that used for this project are the holes in it. To attach the twine that would serve to hang my wreath, I flipped it over and pierced the paper through the hole that was closest to top and center of the wreath. I found it easier to thread the twine through the hole by using one of my large-eyed knitting needles.

Step Five

You may be luckier than me and not to use a needle. I then tied the twine in a square knot around the wreath and also at the ends of the twine to create a loop for hanging.

Step Six (optional):

The wreath is certainly lovely and ready for hanging at this point, but a little embellishment never hurt any craft. I made a mini bunting with some of my leftover paper scraps.

Step Six

You could also attach glitter letters to spell a word of your choosing. Another option might be adding beautiful fall leaves. You could even make an acorn out of felt, and it would be precious. When it comes to embellishing a project, do what you like and make it your own.

Fall Wreath

Happy fall crafting!

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