Lighted Hanger Star Outside Decoration

As you know making things from hangers is nothing new these days. But I haven’t really had a chance to put my spin on things, so we decided to try some of the ideas out this year!

 

We have taken pictures all through the process of putting it together, and I don’t know that a lot of explanation is necessary.

 

 

 

This makes a pretty large star, the pvc pipe is 4′ . I wanted it not to rest right on the ground.  I really like the idea of lighting it up. Laying those lights out and knowing how big of a string is the critical thing there. We used a 100 light set and it did a little more than we needed but I like it!

 

So these are $16.00 and the rebar is not included.

Lu

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Stationary Portfolio

A friend of mine wanted to make these stationary portfolios for some friends of hers. She saw a you tube video but then thought the measuring and math was too complicated. I said I would see what I could do to simplify it for her and come up with a design that would work for her. 

The first thing I noticed in the design was that the folds were just paper and I think that will wear out easily. So I tried with a single sheet of chipboard that I had. I scored where I wanted it to fold and turned out ok but not large enough to hold the things she wanted in it.

So I went back to the folds being just paper and cutting the chipboard for the pieces in between the folds. I still had a little trouble with the paper not folding correctly as the portfolio opens and closes. Gently scoring that line helps.

The other issue that you need to figure out before making one is how big the spine needs to be. The spines need to be a little bigger than the clearance you need to have for the pockets and writing pad stack on each other when it closes.

I didn’t put anything in it to hold it closed.  So I had to figure that out after. I will put something in it next time as I’m making it, like magnets or ribbon.

I made “pockets” the same way I make boxes and that seemed to work out well. Next time I might add a piece of chipboard on the sides to help them stay a little less “squishy”!

 

The adhesives for something like this can be pricy, so I suggest trying to find them on sale. Some places like the pockets and the pad need a very strong adhesive to stay in place with the wear and tear of use.

The decoration was hard for me this time because I used paper that I’ve had for over ten years and I didn’t have things to match it. But I like the way it turned out!

I also have had the ribbon and that clasp for over ten years and I think it worked perfect! Thanks Janah for sewing the ribbon together for me!!!!

 

I’m now in the process of designing one that can hold a coloring book and crayons for another friend! I’ll be sure to post those when I get them done! 

 

Lu

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Card Kits as a Gift

My friend Jackie has a birthday this week. She is in her 80’s and doesn’t need or want anything! So it is always a challenge what to get her!  She sends cards to everyone for every holiday! So several years I have sent her unique card bases and decorative paper cut to size for her gift!  And that is what I decided to do again this year.

This year’s card type was a twisted corner design. I saw it on fb or you tube or something and decided I could make her some of those. I did all the bases white and then the decorative papers I found in my scraps. I think she will enjoy them! I did 20 sets for her and I know she will go through those in a couple of days!

 

Here’s a couple of them!

We did some bright papers too but Steve didn’t get pictures of them all before we sent them off!

 

Then for her Birthday card I did a bay window card! I didn’t really have the paper to have it turn out like a window but I still think she will like it. I always do a Halloween theme because her birthday is this week!

 

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Lu

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Halloween Tic Tac Toe

Halloween is a great time for parties and this is just the thing to make your party fun!

This classic game takes on a fun Halloween theme with its spooky skulls and bones playing pieces!

Adding some cute papers to the board and some fun colors makes this a perfect addition to your holiday fun! I had a fun time making this set but the possibilities are endless! I have papers that will go with all different color schemes, I even have some red and black Halloween themed!  It only takes a little while to put it together and or pick it up already done!

Take N Make         $6.00

Make N Take (class)     $8.00

Ready to Play        $12.00

 

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Lu

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