Star Wars and Frozen Snowflake Templates

Download these free templates to make snowflakes of your favorite characters from Star Wars and Frozen! What a fun way to spend an afternoon.  Enjoy and be a spark in the world!

  
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Fall Crafting: Pinecone Turkey and Acorn Wreath

These simple and fun projects will not only beautify your home but give you the opportunity to spend quality time with your loved ones and your glue gun (who practically qualifies as a loved one in my family!!!)

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Pinecone Turkey: I can’t take credit for this one, our child’s teacher has then make these every year, but they don’t use glue guns in the classroom, so we always reconstruct it with a glue gun. It’s SO simple, you only need 4 things: a pinecone, construction paper, feathers and a glue gun. Simply draw a little turkey face on some construction paper and then cut it out and then glue everything in place! After a few years you will have a whole flock of these guys, which will make for a really cute display.  

Fall Wreath: I love to decorate for the holidays, but I also like each holiday to be distinct so I wanted this wreath to clearly have a Thanksgiving look and not a Christmas one.  

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To begin with I took a simple $3.99 grapevine wreath from #TraderJoes. My child and I gathered the acorns from a local park and we painted them with craft paint from #Michaels. We used 2-different colors: gold and Sahara gold (which is a olivey-gold) to give the acorns more dimension. Then I twined a 10-foot long wire with built-in lights that runs off a battery back ($19.99 from #Michaels) around the wreath. The lights have a built-in timer so it only stays on for 4-hours.  BRILLIANT. I also used the gold paint on a metal letter C ($1.50 from #Michaels) and some beautiful wired-edge burlap ribbon that is shot through with a bit of metalic gold ($5.99 #Michaels).

 I didn’t pay full price at Michael’s of course.  With all the discounts they had going on in-store, the total cost of the wreath came to less than $15 (I already owned the paint). The whole family had fun assembling the wreath which we did at a leisurely pace over the course of a few days.  

Pinecones and acorns make for a wonderful decor around the house and on your holiday table. If you see a nice looking one that is intact grab it and use it for a craft at home! I’d love to see what you are crafting with acorns and pinecones. Be a spark in the world!

Easy Beautiful DIY Magnolia Leaf Wreath

I love decorating my house in general, so of course the holidays are NOOOOOO different. For weeks now I’ve been holding on to an ad from Horchow of a wreath I adored.

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I made my own and I like it even better than its inspiration…and it cost me less than $15 (for the red ribbon, wreath form and the letter “C” all purchased at Michael’s) and half of that was the letter. I already owned the acrylic craft paint and floral wire and the magnolia leaves were gathered from my local street.

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It only took me about an hour to assemble the wreath. I cut 3-inch lengths of floral wire and wrapped it around the stems of bunches of 5-leaves at a time and then attached the bunches to the wire wreath form. In the bottom left picture you can see how I fasten the leaves so they are facing downward from the center (because you can’t fight gravity!) So instead of being a continuous loop of leaves, the leaves on the left face downwards and toward the left and same with the right. One other tip is to be sure to paint the leaves following the diagonal striations of the leaves. Notice how the gold leaf in front (bottom right picture) I’ve just globbed on the paint, but the ones behind it I’ve followed the diagonal and it looks really nice. I attached the gold leaves one by one with floral wire. I also turned random leaves over to show the brown side. It gives it a more casual, haphazard feel which suits the leaves since they start to curl and discolor with time.

Have fun and be a spark in the world!

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