Archives for November 2011

Dollar Tree Snowflake Garland DIY

How to make snowflake garland

This project takes about 20 minutes and costs about $2. The glittery white plastic snowflakes are available from the Dollar Tree (got mine this morning) in packs of 10 for $1. I grabbed 2 packs since I wasn’t sure how long I wanted my garland to be. The strand pictured here uses 12 of the snowflake ornaments, some jute string and that is it!

Snowflake garland how toI just looped the jute around a spindle on each snowflake and hung them over the pine I already had on my mantel.

Making Christmas Decorations

What do you think?  Are you already decorating for Christmas?

Snowflake Christmas Decorations

Handmade Christmas Ornaments: Six on Sunday

Old Key Christmas OrnamentSkeleton key ornaments at Country Living, along with 18 other handmade ornament how to’s!

Handmade Paper Crafts OrnamentPaper ball ornament at Better Budgeting

Felt Christmas OrnamentFelt wreath ornament at Family Fun

Handmade OrnamentPom pom snowman ornament at Martha Stewart

Handmade Christmas Tree OrnamentPinecone picture frame ornaments at, again, Martha Stewart.  This one is for you, Cheryl!

Book Page Christmas TreeBook page Tree ornament at All Free Crafts

Quatrefoil Framed Joy Printable

Free Christmas Printable
Because I am in full swing Christmas decor mode, I decided to design this “JOY” trio, perfect for the silver dollar tree frames I picked up a couple of weeks ago.  I love how this turned out, and I have apparently decided to add black and red to my silver and white Christmas theme.  Below is the link for you to download these prints.  I put them all on the same 8.5×11 inch page to save room and paper.  My frame size is 3.5 x 5 inches, so they all fit.  You may need to resize for your project.

Free Christmas Printable

Click here to download.

Here they are on my mantel…

Free Christmas Printable

They would be cute dangling vertically from the bottom of a Christmas wreath too.

Thrifty Thursday Week 49



Thursday, already??  I know.  This time of year is on fast forward.  Thanks for taking the time to be here, and for sharing what you have been creating.

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Last week’s favorites:

West Elm PillowNo Sew West Elm Origami Pillow by Design Fluff

Thanksgiving DecoratingThanksgiving vases from Freaking Craft

Handmade Christmas GiftsHandmade Christmas gifts with scrapbooking supplies at Alderberry Hill

Let’s get it started in here…

T-shirt Wreath DIY

How to make Christmas Wreath

This project is quite simple, inexpensive, and green.  Who doesn’t love repurposing old rags into festive holiday decor?  Raid the closet or the local thrift stores for your favorite colored cotton T’s and join me in my very first upcycled T-shirt craft!


  • T-shirt strips
  • Wreath form
  • Embellishments of your choice


  • I used my rotary cutter and a straight edge to cut thin strips of t-shirt.  They don’t have to be perfect.  Fabric scissors would be fine too.

Recycled T-shirt crafts

  • Begin wrapping the strips around the wreath form.  When you get to the end of a strip, join a new strip by tying the 2 ends in a simple knot.  I pulled and repositioned the strips so that the knots were all on what would be the back of the wreath (see below).

How to make wreaths

How to make wreaths

  • Tie a ribbon or other hanging mechanism and embellish as desired.  I used a fleece scarf from the dollar tree to hang this wreath.  For the bunting, I paper punched scrapbook paper and adhered it to twine with glue.  The letters came from Wal Mart.  I painted them silver and adhered them with hot glue.

How to make wreaths

That is it!  Are you using old t-shirts in your crafts?  I have seen some amazing projects on pinterst.

Paper Bead Trio Set

Paper Bead Double Strand Necklace

A beautiful necklace, earring, bracelet paper bead set.  This necklace is about 34 inches long, double stranded wire work with purple glass bicone, green faceted glass beads and rock like cream and transparent glass beads.  It showcases 30 paper beads, which I showed you how I make in this post.

The necklace is similar in design to the one I showed how to create here.

To see my new favorite way to seal the paper beads, go here.

The bracelet is a simple elastic cord bracelet with 6 paper beads and purple glass bicones between each.  The earrings are each composed of 1 paper bead and, 2 green glass faceted beads and one larger purple bicone.

Paper Bead EarringsI love this set!!  It looks best with white or pretty much any earth tone.  The paper beads are so light, you hardly know they are there, except for all the people commenting on your rocked out set.

Long Paper Bead NecklacePaper Bead JewelryPaper Bead Jewelry

Paper Bead JewelryTo purchase this set, visit the listing here.

As Seen on Mod Podge Rocks


I would tell you what it is, but nah.  Go see.  Ok, a hint… missoni… chevron… now go on, why don’t you?!  SBLC At Mod Podge Rocks

Shabby Apple Pendant Giveaway

Shabby Apple Vintage Jewelry

I am so excited to bring you the chance to win this lovely piece from Shabby Apple’s line of vintage inspired jewelry. In addition to the giveaway, Shabby Apple is offering SBLC readers 10% off any purchase for the next 30 days.  Just enter savedbylove10off at checkout!

This piece is from the Alice in Wonderland theme collection and is called The Mad Hatter’s Timekeeper.  The specs:  antique brass filigree pocket watch dangling from a 24” brass chain.  The face opens to reveal a functioning pocket watch!

Giveaway Guidelines:

1.  Like SBLC on FB and follow via GFC (see right sidebar under Follow SBLC) and leave a comment after this post for your first entry.

2.  For additional entries:

  • Like Shabby Apple on FB, and comment letting me know that you did so.
  • Visit Shabby Apple and comment here, telling us what your favorite piece is from their vintage jewelry collection.
  • Facebook, Tweet, Blog about this giveaway and comment letting me know (an extra entry for each of these).

3.  Entry deadline is Thursday 11/24/11.  Winner will be chosen by random number generator and results posted 11/25/11.  Winner will be contacted by email have 48 hours to respond with mailing address, at which time a new winner will be randomly selected if no response.

5.  There are no exchanges on the winning piece of jewelry, but that’s ok, because who would want to exchange this gorgeous necklace!!

Thank you for entering, and good luck!!


DIY Crepe Paper Tree

DIY Christmas CraftsI know, I know, it is not even Thanksgiving yet, but I have moved right onto Christmas decor.  Blame Dollar Tree.  I innocently stopped by there to kill some time before the pharmacy opened, and I had no choice but to buy supplies to make this crepe paper tree.  Super easy project that cost a total of $3 plus a few supplies I had on hand.  This sweet little tree can be made in any color to coordinate with your own holiday decor.


  • Glue gun
  • Cemetery vase from Dollar Tree, or Styrofoam cone shape
  • Crepe paper
  • Tree topper ornament from Dollar Tree
  • Foam base from Dollar Tree floral section (optional)

Homemade Christmas Crafts

Homemade Christmas Crafts


  • You can glue and pleat as you go along, or pleat strips of the crepe paper, then glue them to the cone shape.  I switched randomly between both methods.  They both took about the same amount of time.  This was a 30 minute project.

Homemade Christmas Crafts

Crafts for Christmas Tree

  • Once you have covered your entire cone, embellish as you like.  I covered the foam base in burlap with hot glue, then glued it to the crepe covered vase for a tree trunk.  Hot glue an ornament to the top for a star, spritz tree with glitter mist, or paint little polka dot ornaments.  I left it simple, and absolutely love it.

Homemade Christmas Crafts

It is the beginning of this year’s silver and white Christmas theme at our house.  What are your colors this holiday season?

Seal Those Paper Beads

Make Paper Beads

Last week, I showed you a the best video I have found on making paper beads, here.  The method used to seal the beads involved painting each one individually with glaze, for a total of 3 coats.  Ugh… how time consuming.  I knew there must be a better way.  Today, I will share how I sealed 125 beads in 5 minutes (not including dry time, of course)!


  • Paper beads
  • Minwax Polycrylic
  • Fishing line
  • Toothpicks
  • Newspaper
  • Some kind of place to hang your strands of beads to dry

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BTW, that handy little sharp tool you see, a needle tool I think, is way handier than toothpicks for rolling paper beads.  Just saying.  I got it in the clay section in a pack of tools at Michael’s.


  • So easy.  Just string your paper beads on fishing line (cause it is strong and cheap).  I tie toothpicks at both ends of the string of beads so that I don’t lose any, and to hang the strands from in the drying step.  Here are some strung beads…Make Paper beads
  • Now, dip the strung beads in polycrylic, submerging every bead.  You hands will be dripping with the stuff.  Do this over newspapers to protect the surface, and do it where you plan to hang them.  I use my closet wire shelving, with plenty of newspaper on the floor to catch the drips.  As you pull the strand out of the polycrylic, run it between 2 fingers over the can, to remove excess polycrylic.  It will still be drippy, but you won’t waste as much.

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  • My handy dandy drying area:

make paper beads

  • Tips:  I like to separate the beads from one another about 1 hour into drying so that they don’t completely dry together.  You can even turn the strands, hanging them from the other end.  After 2 hours, I dip them one more time and let dry for an hour or so.

I think this method is way easier, and quicker, especially if you are sealing a lot of beads at once.  Since I am so obsessed with making these things, they are everywhere, and I needed to find a quicker way to do this.  The dry time is slower than if I individually paint each one, but the hands on time is literally 5 minutes, leaving me to do one of the 10 other projects I have going at any given moment.  I love the shine and durability afforded by the polycrylic too.  Check out some comparisons…


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Make Paper Beads