How to Make a Hoppy Easter Banner

This tutorial is brought to you by Latrice Murphy from Any Occasion.

Easter is fast approaching! I’m excited to share this project with you because I feel it’s the best banner I’ve ever made. Start with simple white paper and layer other colors.

Materials:

  • Cardstock
  • Patterned paper
  • Adhesive
  • Die cutting machine or templates
  • Ribbon
  • Gemstones
  • Sewing machine (optional)

Instructions:

Start off by either die cutting or using a template for all of your pieces. I chose four shapes from Silhouette for my banner.

Next, you can start layering the pieces. This one was banner piece, bracket topper, fancy egg and then the letters were attached with 3D squares for dimension.

I prefer sewing my banners together, but you can also use a stapler for this part.

Finish the banner off with a couple buttons on the crosses and a small gemstone on the bracket toppers. Hang with pride!

Say Hello To Spring With Handmade Greeting Cards

This tutorial is brought to you by Latrice Murphy from Any Occasion.

Hello crafters! Spring is finally here and I’m excited to start crafting for Easter. I love sending cards to friends – it’s a great way to add a smile to their mailboxes! I’ve been die cutting lots of patterned paper into super fun flowers, which I love doing. This creates visual interest when the main image is the pattern. Here is the card set I’ve created for you today.

Materials:

  • Solid cardstock (both color and white)
  • Patterned paper
  • Die Cutting machine (I used a Silhouette)
  • Border punch
  • 3D adhesive
  • Buttons
  • Glossy Accents
  • Stamps or sentiment stickers (Mine are SRM Stickers)
  • Sewing machine (optional)

These cards are super easy to make. You pretty much create a simple base and let the die cut flower do all the talking. First, choose your cardstock and patterned paper.

Cut first piece of patterned paper down to 5” X 3.75”, border punch the bottom and adhere to card front.

Next trim down a piece white cardstock to 4.25” X 3.25”, add sentiment sticker and then add 3D adhesive to the back. Adhere this to your card front.

Next using more 3D adhesive adhere your die cut flower to the white cardstock.

Get your liquid adhesive and add a button to the flower center.

Lastly finish the card off with a single line of stitching above the scallop.

How To Make Pretty Paper Valentines Day Cards

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Can you believe it’s almost February? The time is flying and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I’ve made a resolution to send more cards in the mail. Yes the mail- not an email, not a text, actual mailman mail. I just love the thought of a little surprise in a friend’s mailbox. So I cranked out this fun little card set for a few friends.

Materials:

  • DCWV gemstones
  • Bazzill white cardstock
  • Studio Calico wood veneer hearts
  • Freckled Fawn wood veneer hearts
  • Echo Park yours truly collection
  • Pink Paislee Cupid collection
  • Pebbles With Love collection
  • Freckled Fawn Hearts washi tape
  • May Arts Ribbon
  • Scrapbook Adhesives 3D squares
  • Tombow adhesive runner

 

I’ve created a short photo tutorial for you to see how easy it is to make these cards.

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Get out some supplies today and brighten someone’s mailbox this Valentine’s Day!

What Valentine’s Day crafts are you making this year?

 

How To Make a Shiny Santa Topiary

This tutorial is brought to you by Latrice Murphy from Any Occasion.

Hey there, FaveCrafts readers. I know you all have been crafting away this holiday season – I certainly have been. I just loved browsing Pinterest for ideas to use as a starting point. Recently, I came across a topiary and took it in my own direction. I used colors from around my house, so it worked into the decor seamlessly.

Materials:

  • Clay pot
  • Floral foam bricks
  • Styrofoam circle
  • Push pins
  • Tulle
  • Dowel rod
  • Hot glue gun
  • Mini ornaments
  • Ribbon
  • Red and white paint
  • Black elastic
  • Silver glitter tape

 

Instructions:

First you’ll want to place your foam brick in the bottom of the pot with hot glue. You may need to shave some pieces off to get a good fit. I used a serrated knife.

Next, you’ll created a hole with your dowel rod. Fill that hole with hot glue and place your dowel rod. Let the glue cool.

Now you can place your Styrofoam circle on top. You’re ready to add the ornaments now.

Take off the silver or hanger portion off the ornaments and discard. Using the hot glue gun add each ornament to the circle by pushing them in a little bit to secure.

After the entire circle is filled you’ll go  back with push pins and small ribbon pieces to fill in the spaces. I use 3” pieces for my ribbon loops.

Paint your pot with the red and white paint. Let it dry completely.

Add your elastic around and create a square for the buckle. Add that to the front of the pot.

Finish it off by gluing the tulle into the pot and covering up the floral brick.

You could add glitter to the tulle as well to make it really shine. This project is a bit time consuming but for around $15, I created a custom piece for my home that I really love.

Trend Alert: Make Your Own Mustache Wall Hanging

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Mustaches have taken over just about every aspect of our lives and can be found in home decor designs and on clothing, accessories and more. My daughter and her friends are totally obsessed, so when she was invited to a mustache-themed party, I knew I had to create something fun and unique for the birthday girl. This fun piece will make great wall hanging .

 

Materials:

  • Paper (I got mine from Paper Source)
  • Chipboard letter
  • Chipboard mustache
  • Glitter
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam brush
  • Felt
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Bowl (optional)
  • Sandpaper (optional)

 

Instructions:

Start by covering the mustache with Mod Podge and placing it on the paper. Rub it flat to get rid of any bubbles.

Next, you’ll use your X-Acto Knife and scissors to trim around the edges. Mine was tricky since it was a curvy mustache. I used a small piece of sandpaper to clean up the edges and inside the curves.

After the edges are all cleaned up and smooth, you can now Mod Podge over the top of the paper. This seals it and makes it look finished.

While the mustache is drying you can now glitter your letter. Using the same method of gluing you’ll brush on Mod Podge and glitter it into a bowl to catch your extra.

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Figure out your placement of the letter and you can attach it with the hot glue gun.

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Turn your mustache over and hot glue your ribbon on as well. Then, using the felt, cut two small rectangles to hot glue over the ribbon ends. This makes it look clean on the back.

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There are so many shapes out there with which you can do this. I’m so excited to give this as a gift and see my daughter’s friend’s reaction. It truly is a fun customized piece that any kid would love to get. I can’t wait to make more. Christmas is just around the corner!

Halloween How-To: Little Angel Costume

This tutorial is brought to you by Latrice Murphy from Any Occasion.

If you’re like me and have kids, you get a little sticker shock from the price of Halloween costumes. Luckily, my kids have a crafty mom, who will attempt to DIY just about anything for a good price. This year, my daughter said she wanted to be an angel. I went online, researched other ideas and pulled a few thing together very quickly to come up with my DIY angel costume.

Price Breakdown:

  • Tulle (10 yards on sale 40% off = $9)
  • Headband for waistband (Free- from my stash)
  • Wire hangers (Free from my cleaners)
  • White long sleeve t-shirt ($6 Target, but it will get worn a lot)
  • Shoes ($6 from Wal-Mart, but will get worn a lot)
  • Feather Boa ($3 after 40% off)
  • Tights ($3 from Target, but will get worn more)

Total cost- $27 (I bought items I knew would get worn for the rest of the school year, so my cost is actually lower if you think of it that way)

 

Other Materials:

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  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Doilies or coffee filters
  • Glitter
  • Mod Podge
  • Wire snips
  • Adhesive tape
  • Duct tape

 

To Make the Wings and Halo:

First, you need to snip the curved hanger part off and duct tape the straight parts together. After that, you’ll want to take apart a third hanger and create a halo going perpendicular to the where you attached the wings together.

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Next, you want to cover the wings with the doilies using a adhesive tape runner. I folded mine mostly in half and filled in.

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Next up, you want to glitter those wings by brushing them lightly with Mod Podge and shaking white shimmery glitter all over. I did this part outdoors.

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To finish the wings up, use your hot glue gun to adhere the feather boa along the edge and around the halo. Take your time and don’t burn yourself like I did. This is what the finished wings and halo will look like.

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To Make the Skirt:

Cut your tulle down to 3” wide pieces and measure how long you want them to be. You will be able to trim later as well once the child tries it on.

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Tie the pieces of tulle through the openings in the headband all around. We ended up with three rows to make a nice full skirt. You can add as much or as little as you would like.

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Trim up the ends to the height of the child after they’ve tried it on. This is what the finished skirt will look like.

 

Add tights, shoes and a t-shirt and you’re done. It took me about two hours to complete this project, but my daughter loves it and can’t wait to wear it this Halloween and use it for dress up at home. Try something fun today and make this year’s Halloween even more special.

Halloween How-To: Boo-tiful Framed Art

This tutorial is brought to you by Latrice Murphy for Any Occasion.

Today I’m here to share a quick project, as always! I was at my local craft store when I saw this fabulous Halloween burlap on sale! It was screaming “Buy me,” so I grabbed 1/2 a yard to create these fun and fast frames for Halloween. I made four of them in about 1/2 hour. It makes such a great teacher gift or something simple and fun to give to a friend. I used an 8 X 10 frame, but this would be super fab in a large shadow box with 3-D Halloween objects, too! The possibilities are endless.

Materials:

  • 8 X 10 frame (mine were thrifted for a few cents)
  • Cardstock
  • Halloween burlap or any other kind of Halloween fabric
  • Spray adhesive
  • Hot glue gun
  • Fake webs (mine are from the dollar store)
  • Plastic spiders (also from the dollar store)
  • Sewing machine (optional)

Instructions:

Clean your frame with a damp cloth to remove any dust.

Take a look at your burlap, choose a good piece and cut an 8 X 10 piece from it.

Using your spray adhesive cover the 8 X 10 piece of burlap with adhesive and adhere to your cardstock.

Trim that piece down to fit 8 X 10.

On your sewing machine, give a messy stitch all around the four sides, going over it a couple of times to secure it to the cardstock and to finish the edges.

If using a shadow box frame, adhere your 3-D pieces with hot glue. If using a regular frame, go ahead and place this in your frame as is.

Create a spooky effect by draping the webbing across the frame and hot gluing it in place. Embellish further if you would like. I added plastic spiders to mine.

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Halloween How-To: Spooky Glass Bottles

This tutorial is brought to you by Latrice Murphy from Any Occasion.

For today’s tutorial, I wanted to share something fun for the upcoming Halloween holiday. I love reusing items like Starbucks Frappaccino bottles. They are so nice and sturdy that once I’m done with my drink, I can’t bring myself to throw away or even recycle them. They are the perfect shape and size for filling with candy and giving as a quick gift. This is such a great recycle craft idea.

Materials:

  • Materials:
  • Cardstock
  • Patterned Paper
  • Paint
  • Die Cutting
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Gemstones
  • Stamp
  • Ink
  • Glitter tape
  • Adhesive

Instructions:

Clean and remove bottle labels using Un-Du sticker remover or a similar product.

Choose your die cuts and patterned papers and trim them to 2-¼” in height. If you don’t have a die cutting system, find a template you like online and cut by hand.

Stamp small sentiments and trim them down.

Spray paint bottle caps with two coats. Allow to dry in between.

Adhere patterned paper, then die cuts, next sentiments and lastly gemstones and sequins.

Tuck tied ribbon behind your front piece.

I created my pieces in the Silhouette Design Studio with print-and-cut pieces from Echo Park. You can also search on Pinterest for free Halloween printable and just cut those out as well.

Make a Toilet Paper Roll Treat Holder for Halloween

This tutorial is brought to you by Latrice Murphy from Any Occasion.

Hello Halloween lovers. Oh yes, this holiday coming fast and now is the time to get those fun little treats created for classroom parties. What’s easier than some candy all wrapped up? I hoard toilet paper tubes and paper towel rolls for occasions like this. We will be making 15 of these for my girl scout troop. It’s super easy and fun. I’m using some new products from both Glitz Design and May Arts ribbon.

 

Materials:

  • Materials needed:
  • Toilet paper tube
  • Patterned paper
  • Tulle
  • Stapler
  • Washi tape
  • Ribbon
  • Candy
  • Small plastic bag
  • Halloween embellishments
  • Gemstones or enamel dots

 

Instructions:

First, start off by cutting your patterned paper down to 4-¼”. That’s the size of a normal toilet paper tube.

Attach your paper using a stapler. This is much faster than trying to use glue or other adhesives.

Next, fill your small plastic bag with candy and stuff it into the center of the tube.

Wrap your tulle around the tube lengthwise and close with a piece of coordinating washi tape.

Choose a couple Halloween ribbons and trim the ends to 45 degree angles. Layer them and tie a knot in the end to close the tulle around the toilet paper tube.

Trim off any excess tulle or ribbon and it’s time to embellish.

I created tags by using punches or pre-made embellishments. I layered then a numbered die cut with a fun raven and a large-faceted gemstone.

 

So fast and so fun! I hope you give this one a try. I made this in about 15 minutes. Happy haunted crafting!

 

 

 

Save That Fancy Frame For This DIY Decor Project

This tutorial is brought to you by Latrice Murphy for Any Occasion.

Chalkboards are all the rave right now and making them has become my new DIY favorite. I found this amazing gold frame at my local thrift shop for just $3! It’s about 24” X 18” and chunky. It just needed a good cleaning and a backing of some kind. Which made me think … CHALKBOARD!

Materials:

  • Vintage or thrifted frame
  • Plywood
  • Hot glue gun
  • Chalkboard spray paint (I use Rustoleum brand)
  • Table saw or other cutting tool
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Staple gun and staples

 

Instructions:

Give your frame a good cleaning by just wiping it down with warm soapy water.

Have your plywood cut down. (My husband does this for me if he’s home)

Give your plywood two or three coats of chalkboard spray paint and let dry between each coats (at least 15 minutes).

When it is totally dry, turn your frame over and hot glue all around the four sides.

Next, you want to let that hot glue cool and them using your staple gun with at least ½” staples. Staple all around the four sides as well.

Season your chalkboard by rubbing a piece of chalk vertically all over and then horizontally. This will prevent any ghosting or shadowing when you’re ready to write.

Find ideas on Pinterest and other places around the web for chalkboard art and have fun.

 

I haven’t quite decided on what to write on mine yet. I’ll be sure to share it over on my blog when I do. This chalkboard will be the one that is up most of the year and the wording will change with the seasons. Thanks for stopping by. This was a fun and quick DIY. I hope you go out hunting for a great deal to create this project, too.