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Video : How to Make a Jingle Bell Wreath

Video : How to Make a Jingle Bell Wreath

Jingle bell wreaths are an easy way to add a bright and festive touch, as well as a little jing-a-ling, to any corner or your home. I hung mine on one of the doors in my dining room, and I love how it brightened up the space!

Now, let’s talk about wire for a minute. You want to use 16 gauge stainless steel or galvanized steel wire for this project. You can find it at the hardware store, or like I did, in the picture hanging wire section of a big box store. If you’re looking for it with the picture hanging wire, be sure to steer clear of the braided wires that are commonly used for hanging pictures, as they’re designed to be flexible and won’t work for a project like this. Also, stick to stainless steel if you’re planning on hanging your wreath in an area where it’s exposed to the elements, as galvanized steel wire has a coating that can break down over time if exposed to wet and cold.

You also want to avoid aluminum and brass wire, even if it’s 16 gauge, because those wires are much softer and more easily bendable than stainless or galvanized steel and won’t hold their shape when formed into a wreath.

To calculate the length of wire that you need to cut to make your wreath, multiply the desired diameter (in my case, 8 inches) by 3. Technically, it’s 3.14, but it’s just easier to round down to 3 and multiply it in your head. No calculator needed, and you’ll still get pretty much the same diameter wreath that you want. I’d advise not to go larger than 8 inches with the 16 gauge wire, though, since it may start to sag with wreaths larger than that. You can use a stronger gauge wire* if you’d like to make something larger.

* With wire, the stronger the gauge, the lower the number. So, 14 gauge wire would be stronger than 16 gauge.

Check out the video tutorial below to see a step-by-step tutorial for putting together your own jingle bell wreath:

 Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

16 gauge stainless steel or galvanized steel wire (see notes above)
wire cutters
needle nose pliers
jingle bells*
1 1/2″ ribbon ( I used 1 1/2″ Red Double-Faced Satin Ribbon from Papermart)
sharp scissors, to cut the ribbon (I used Fiskars All-Purpose Left-Hand Scissors – great scissors for lefties)

* The bells that I used are 35mm, and I needed 36 bells total for my wreath. If you’re using smaller bells or a mix of smaller and larger bells, then you’ll need more to make the same size wreath.

Make a Copper Glitter Layered Good Luck Card

Make a Copper Glitter Layered Good Luck Card

Today’s card project was inspired by an unexpected source, the Scenic Safari Die-namics that I received as a free gift with purchase from My Favorite Things a little while back. At first, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them, but then I got started thinking about those soil / rock charts that show all of the different layers of Earth down to its core, as well as the marbling trend that’s so hot right now, and this is where I went with it.

I was itching to use this very cool copper glitter cardstock, also from My Favorite Things, and I think that it added a nice yet subtle touch of glitz. The “Good Luck” sentiment can be found in the shop, and I was so happy with how it turned out for this project. I added a double-sided adhesive sheet to the back of the cardstock before cutting it, and the Silhouette Cameo did a bang up job! I’ll definitely be using this technique in the future.

Silhouette Cameo cut settings for this project : Depth = 8 // Speed = 2 // Light Hold Mat // Triple Cut (a double cut, then another single cut)

You can check out the video below to see how I made this glittery “good luck” card:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Good Luck Cut File

white cardstock
Copper Sparkle cardstock
Gmund Dark Teal Blue cardstock
manual die cutting machine
washi tape
a double-sided adhesive runner
Silhouette Double-Sided Adhesive Sheets ( SBK // AMZ )
My Favorite Things Scenic Safari Die-Namics ( SSS // MFT )
Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Cameo Light Hold Mat
Fiskars Personal Paper Trimmer ( AMZ // SBK )
Fiskars 5 Inch Non-Stick Scissors (or regular craft scissors)

Make a Striped Card Background from Gold Foil Washi Tape

Make a Striped Card Background from Gold Foil Washi Tape

Have you ever seen a product that instantly makes your heart skip a beat? Well, that’s what happened when I spotted Little B’s Gold Foil XO washi tape. When it arrived, it was super teeny and so neato, and I knew immediately that I had to use it to make some stripes on something. Anything!

The result is this clean and simple card, which also features a “love you” sentiment die cut using the My Favorite Things Stitched Alphabet Die-Namics* and one of my current favorites, shiny gold foil cardstock.

I’ve already been scoping out some more of Little B’s 3mm washi tape designs because I just love how teeny tiny and sweet they are. I made a love-themed card here, but you could easily switch up the washi tape that you use and have a birthday, hello, or whatever other type of sentiment you’d like.

To make the card, I first cut a piece of white cardstock to 4 inches wide by 5.25” tall. Then, I lined up a t-square along the top left corner of the cardstock and used a pencil to make little dot markings on the cardstock at every quarter inch.

I tore lengths of washi tape that were about an inch or so longer than the cardstock on either side, and I lined each up at the top of one of the pencil markings and pulled the tape straight across the front of the cardstock to make a stripe.

After I was finished with the stripes, I pressed my fingers all over the front of the card to adhere any loose washi in place, and I folded the ends of the washi over the sides and onto the back of the cardstock. Then, I die cut letters spelling “love you” from gold foil cardstock and glued those to the front of the card, using the washi tape stripes as guides so I could easily line the letters up at the bottom.

Once all of the letters were glued in place, I cut a piece of fun foam to slightly smaller than the size of the cardstock and added strips of Scor-Tape to both sides, making sure to have the far left and far right strips less than an inch from the edge of the fun foam. Then, I pressed down any washi tape that had popped up on the back of the card, removed the backing paper from the strips of Scor-Tape on one side of the foam, and pressed the foam down onto the back of the cardstock, covering those loose ends of washi to permanently hold them in place.

To finish the card, I removed the backing paper from the Scor-Tape on the other side of the foam and mounted it onto a top fold A2 card base.

You can check out the video for this project below:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

white cardstock
Little B Gold Foil XO Tape
a pencil
a t-square or ruler
My Favorite Things Stitched Alphabet Die-namics ( SSS // MFT )
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
Gold Foil Card Stock ( MFT )
a manual die cutting machine
craft foam (also known as fun foam)
Scor-Tape (I used 5/8” inch, but you can use any size)
Fiskars Personal Paper Trimmer ( AMZ // SBK )
a sticky tool, like the Quick Stik or Pick Me Up (optional)

Metallic Embossed Halloween Treat Bags

Metallic Embossed Halloween Treat Bags

I’ve been having a lot of fun making Halloween treat packaging lately, and this is just my first project in what’s turning out to be a whole series of Halloween packaging projects. These bags are a little big larger than your typical treat bags, so they’ll fit larger items or a bunch of different treats.

In this video, I’ll also show you how to make custom stamps using fun foam (it’s easy – promise!) and the printable Halloween words file that I’ve linked to below. And we’ll work a little magic with silver metallic embossing powder to give the bags a bit of pizzazz. I never get tired of heat embossing.

Tip: If, after you’ve embossed your bags, you’re left with a few bare areas (no ink or embossing powder), then you can use an embossing marker/pen to color over the bare spots and go through the embossing process again. This should take care of those bare areas.

Supplies Used

3 ½” x 6 ¾” Black Paper Sacks (Celebrate It brand from Michael’s)
Printable Halloween Words (download the free printable here)
Craft Foam / Fun Foam
Pencil
Scissors
Bone Folder
White Ink Pad
Scrap Paper
X-Large Acrylic Stamp Block (Inkadinkado) or Cardboard
Double-Sided Tape
Silver Embossing Powder (Martha Stewart)
Embossing Heat Tool (Darice)
Small Paintbrush (optional)
Zig Emboss Writer (optional)

Watch the Metallic Embossed Halloween Treat Bags Video (or check it out on YouTube):

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