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Sparkle Confetti Garlands

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

The crush on all things spots and dots continues with the latest seasonal craft, strands and strands of sparkle confetti garland! We’re getting in the Christmas spirit around here, stringing up lights and ornaments. This year the decor is simple, concentrated mostly in the living room and the front porch since we will be spending Christmas Day away from home but still wish to enjoy the season around the house.

My ten year old girl likes to craft and decorate at Christmas too so we decorated a tree together and I added a mantel display, I’ll share that tomorrow. Here’s a look at our strands of confetti garlands and the easy steps on how to recreate.

sparkle confetti garlands

 

girl with garland

 

confetti garland

There are a few versions of this garland online but many require a sewing machine, I didn’t want to run glitter cardstock through my machine and wanted my little girl to be a part so we used a simpler process, combining 1/8” ribbon and glittered scrapbook paper cut with two different punches, 1” and 1½” sizes.

glitter cardstock and punches

Cut your ribbon as long as you wish (ours were 2 yards each) and glue two dots together to the ribbon with a glue stick so your strand is two sided.

glue dots to ribbon

 

With a little patience you’ll get strands of sparkle confetti garland for stringing up around the house through the New Year, fun to suspend anywhere, on mirrors, light fixtures, bookshelves, whichever spot needs a touch of sparkle.

sparkle garland

 

sparkle garland on mirror

 

Keep them wound up neatly in the off season and like any other garland and it will last for future parties and seasonal decor.

diy sparkle confetti garland

 

I reorganized all the holiday crafts and mantel displays from years past, find them here!

updated holiday gallery

Quotes with Watercolor

Monday, July 28th, 2014

A few days ago was my first visit to a Hobby Lobby here in Las Vegas in search of furniture knobs. I’ve never been to a HL store before, we only have Michaels in my county in California so it was fun to check it out. As I browsed I got the urge to get creative – my daughter loves to paint so we found ourselves in the aisle with all the art supplies…

Watercolor art is de rigueur and admittedly I’m a fan of its use in textiles and prints. I had an idea to create frameable quotes in white lettering with a watercolor brushstroke background so we picked up some brushes, papers, and paints and I experimented with two separate methods.

watercolor diy

At first I wondered if I could achieve the look I was going for with a bleach pen but I never ended up trying it out because I found two alternatives to get the look: liquid frisket and a basic white acrylic paint marker.

white liquid frisket

What is liquid frisket you might ask? I had no idea myself until I read the label, but it’s a peel away masking fluid that retains white areas and prevents paint from adhering to paper. Cool! I thought of my one year old nephew and a favorite book, so I used the frisket to freehand a popular quote from a children’s book.

to the moon with frisket

Once dry I applied a few layers of watercolor brush strokes over the top…

to the moon

 

to the moon and back watercolor artwork

 

Liquid frisket peels up off paper like that sticky stuff you find on the back of gift cards…. Make sure to peel it up within an hour or two or it will tend to grab the paper behind it in places, but if you peel it up within 30 minutes of drying it comes off cleanly.

peel liquid frisket

 

Maybe it’s me but the sensory feeling of peeling off goo to reveal lettering is fun!

name watercolor art

We made this one for my daughter’s friends, it’s a fun way to use casual painted script in combination with watercolor to form a child’s name or a favorite short saying or verse.

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