Hello and welcome to my blog. Summer is upon us and warm weather calls for summer dresses, tanks, and of course beaded jewelry. Today, I have a great technique to use when you have a good supply of scraps of Sabor Papel's beautiful papers. This fast and easy technique is excellent as a Make N Take or even as a project to use when you have kids you want to keep busy.
scraps of Sabor Papel papers that measure at least 3 to 6 inches long, cut into triangular shapes as shown
pen or narrow paint brush to wrap paper around
toothpicks, if you desire a smaller bead opening
Mod Podge, if desired
Paint brush if using Mod Podge
1. After you cut the scraps into triangular shapes as shown in the pictures above, spread a bead of glue along the side you want to be the inside of the bead as shown. In other words the side that will not show.
2. Wrap the paper around the pen as shown and roll the strip onto itself, keeping it centered as much as possible. Once you reach the end of the strip, hold it in place for a few seconds to secure. It dries pretty fast, so once it is secure, slide the paper bead off the pen and there you have it. A beautiful Sabor Papel paper bead.
3. For a more lustrous finish, you can brush on Mod Podge and allow to dry.
Use these beads as you would any beads. They look great combined with other beads and jewelry bits from your stash.
I just love the way these beads look when strung together with other jewelry findings. I can't wait to wear it this summer. Thank you for visit the blog today and I hope this inspires you to use your scraps to make fun creative projects.
I have a fun technique to share today. It is a simple cut, score, fold, and glue project. Graduation season is in full swing and if you are like I am, you will need some quick grad gifts to give. This is a cute graduation cap gift box that is perfect for a gift card or a small special gift for the graduate in your family. The directions are easy and can be used for any size box you will need just by adjusting the dimensions accordingly. I hope you enjoy it.
Cut three pieces of paper as shown from the 12 x 12 sheet. The largest one will be the lid for the box, the middle size will be the bottom of the box, and the smallest will be the mortar board that forms the grad cap once glued to the lid.
Score the 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 piece at 1 inch on all four sides.
Score the 5 1/8 x 5 1/8 piece at 3/4 inch all around.
Fold and burnish all the score lines with the bone folder.
Cut and miter each corner square on both sheets you scored as shown in the top two photos. Add glue to the mitered corner and adhere underneath the paper next to it. Take care to make sure your corner joints are clean and squared as shown in bottom right photo.
Papercrafter's Tip: Sabor Papel's card stock is 80 pound weight and sometimes even sturdy, good quality paper will crack a bit when folded. If this happens, I just ink with a coordinating ink to minimize the white sold inner core that may show through. Here, I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Soot.
For the tassle, I wrapped twine around a credit card about 20-25 times. Then, I tucked a piece of twine under the top of the wrapped twine as shown and tied a double knot. Next, I took it off the card and tied a second piece of twine near the top to form the head of the hassle and tied another double knot.
Finally, I trimmed the fringe to the desired length and glued it to the center of the mortar board piece. I glued the button to the center to hide the twine ends.
Glue the box lid to the center of the mortar board piece (4 3/4 x 4 3/4) and embellish as desired with Amor card stock cutouts and other beautiful embellies from your stash.
I love the way this gift box came out. As you can see, a gift card fits in there quite nicely. I hope this blog post has inspired you to try this easy, yet beautiful gift box technique.
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