Young and Crafty Sisters: November 2010

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tutorial by The 30 Girl!

I am very excited to introduce Katie from The30Girl! She's got a great project to share today! I hope you like it :)

Hello! I'm Katie from the30girl and I'm so happy to be here guest posting on Young and Crafty today! 

Today, I'm sharing a tutorial for making a decorative Christmas tree from a foam cylinder and book pages. I love to make crafts from things I have around the house; I so thoroughly enjoy seeing something cute and festive come from very little to start with!

 To get this unique and festive tree, here is your how-to.  

First, you will need a _____ foam cylinder and an old book as well as adhesive, a leaf shape stencil, some metal florist wire, and a hot glue gun.  You will need to cut A LOT of leaves from your book pages to cover the cylinder.  I'm not sure exactly how many you need, I just made the leaves as I went.   
After cutting the leaves, you will need to cut pieces of the florist wire a little shorter than the length of the leaves.  Then, cover the back of one leaf with your adhesive, place the florist wire in the center, and cover with another leaf.  Smooth the two pieces together with your fingers.  If the two leaves are not exactly the same size, trim the edges.  The key piece here is the florist wire because after attaching the leaves to the foam "tree", you can bend your leaves so that they flare out rather than just lie flat.

Lastly, starting from the bottom of your foam cylinder, use your hot glue gun to attach the leaves.  Go around, overlapping the leaves a little when you begin each new layer until your reach the top.  I let the top layer of leaves extend a little above the top of the cylinder and I covered the exposed foam top with a circle of book paper. 

That's it!  While this craft takes a little time, it is super easy and I love the final result.  I'm a sucker for print; so, I just love how this tree adds to my holiday decor.  

For more great holiday crafts and ideas, visit the30girl for my 30 HoliDAYS series starting November 29. 

P.S. If you interested in showing off something here on Young and Crafty email me at youngancrafty @   (It needs to be a tutorial that has NOT been posted to your blog before)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Wire Word Ornaments

Don't forget to link up to the Free for All party!

I saw the idea for these word ornaments over at Under the Table and Dreaming. She has hosted a series of guest bloggers showing off ornaments and I fell in love with these! Crafts and Sutch is the brains behind this operation and has a great tutorial so I'm skipping that part!

Hers turned out MUCH cuter than mine but I'm pleased with them and they will be hung on my tree. We are tree shopping today! :) I can't wait to get it!!

Here's mine:

The last one I made says Peace but as my loving husband pointed out it looks like Reace...

I have to agree with him... darn it. I think I'll be reworking this one and adding some ribbon!

These literally took about 20 minutes to make. Not 20 minutes each but 20 minutes for ALL! Making these was a prize to myself for finishing a paper :)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Free For All

I hope that everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving and gained about 5 pounds!

I hope this week I have some great guest bloggers to show you guys! I plan to get all of my Christmas decorations up in between writing 2 papers and studying for an exam and a quiz! Yikes!

Enough about boring school, let me show off some great talent from Scraptastic Saturday!

Full of Great Ideas made this adorable paper Christmas tree ornament!

These paint cans turned gift "box" are so stinkin' cute! Go check out Clean & Scentisble's tutorial!

This is such a fun, whimsical Christmas plaque by BabsMadeIt!

If you were featured grab a button from the sidebar to your right!

This weeks party is Free for All!

There are a few rules:

1. Please link up to your specific post, not your main blog

2. This is a PROJECT, not a promotion of your blog

3. Please follow Young and Crafty
(I reserve the right to delete any link that does not follow the above mentioned rules)

This isn't a rule, but grab a button (in the right hand sidebar) if you like!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

12 Days of Giveaways!

Hey guys! I don't know if you've noticed this button over in my sidebar...

but in case you haven't, I'm participating in 12 Days of Giveaways!!
Check out the amazing bloggers who are participating and make sure to enter!
And definitely come back here on Dec. 10th to enter here at Young and Crafty!

Dec.1 @ Me Making Do

Dec. 8 @ Creative Itch

Dec. 12 @ Craft Rookie

Monday, November 22, 2010

Wanna be featured?!

Alright my friends, I literally have no time to do crafts right now. Sad face.
School will be all I do for the next 3 long (very.very.long) weeks.

I don't want to leave you guys hanging so I would love to feature some of you!
Do you have an awesome tutorial?
Do you want to swap blogs?

Please email me if you are interested and want more info!

P.S. Scraptastic Saturday and Free for All will still go on starting at 8 every Friday night.
P.P.S. The second finals are over I will be dedicating my time to nothing but what I want to do, and yes that definitely involves crafting :)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Scraptastic Saturday

Hello friends! Welcome to the weekend! I want to start off by giving out a big heartfelt thank you to all of my followers.  I reached 500 and I am truly in shock! Thank you for following along and I can't wait to show you more in the future!

There was such a great turn out for the very first Free for All party.  I loved being able to see all of your creativeness.  I've decided that I'm going to do an every other week thing. One week Scraptastic Saturday and the next week Free for All.  We'll see how it goes!

Let me show you some pretty stinkin' awesome stuff from last week!

I am in l.o.v.e. with this rectangle mossy wreath! Go check out Blessed Beyond Measure and see how she made it.  I bet you have the stuff to do it already!

These flowers are inspired by Beauty and the Beast and I that color is just fab. Go see how Vintage Wanna Bee made these and check out her other hair pieces inspired by Disney princesses.

A Diamond in the Stuff did an amazing job refinishing this sofa table. The sheet music is the perfect touch!

This magnolia book/paper wreath by House Revivals is such a fun take on a Christmas wreath!

If you were featured, congrats, I don't have a button yet... whoops!
You can grab a Scraptastic Saturday button :)

This week is Scraptastic Saturday!

The only rule is that your project MUST have scrapbook paper in it!
Grab a button on the sidebar if you'd like!
The link will end Wed. at midnight.
Can't wait to see what you've got this week!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

A New Filing Cabinet

Let's face it, filing cabinets are ugly. Hideously ugly.

I have been on the search for a filing cabinet for a while now. No, it's not one of those fun things you want to buy but we really needed one. We were using the expandable file folders and had already filled up 2 of them!

So one Sat. garaging, I found one for $10 and it had 3 drawers! Umm score!

I had zero intention of keeping it that awful tan, with a rusty bottom and nasty top. My great friend Amber who was with me when I bought it asked if I was gonna be using my all time favorite damask fabric. (As seen here, here, oh and here) I promptly told her no becuase I'd already used it all of the craft office room. Oh how I would eat those words!

I started off by sanding the bottom since it had flakey paint. I also wiped it down with cleaner.

And then the project went south. I love me some spray paint. I am about this close to giving up on that lovely aerosol can. It just didn't adhere to the cabinet or cover like it should have. It almost looks like the beginning stages of camoflauge.

I then turned to regular old paint. I used a roller so that I wouldn't have the brush strokes. I used 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of my yellow paint. (I used it here and here.) The regular paint covered MUCH better than the spray paint.

Now what to do about those drawers. Oh yes. I do recall a very pretty yellow damask fabric that would look perfect on the front!  (Sorry no tutorial on how I did it!) I used mod podge and kind of just went with it!

On the top drawer I used clamps from the garage to hold the fabric in place. That little stinkin' clamp left a drity spot on my fabric but it was too late! Let's just overlook that tiny little spot in all of the following pictures. Good thing I'm not a perfectionist :)

That little lock was a booger to cut around and isn't perfect by any means. Please refrain from enlarging the picture to see my boo-boo. Thank you very much.

I do love this filing cabinet now! I think it's just adorable and functional!

Here's a before and after side by side!

Should I put stuff on top?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Free For All

If your looking for Scraptastic Saturday, don't worry my friends, it will be back next week!

Every now and then I'm going to throw in a Free For All link party! This party is open to all crafts, recipes, furniture redo's, etc.

There are a few rules:
1. Please link up to your specific post, not your main blog
2. This is a PROJECT, not a promotion of your blog
3. Please follow Young and Crafty

(I reserve the right to delete any link that does not follow the above mentioned rules)

This isn't a rule, but grab a button if you like!


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Scraptastic Saturday Features!

We had another great week of projects linked up! Stay tuned for a fun announcement at then end of this post!

Dress up any old soup can with scrapbook paper to make a darling little pen/scissor holder!
 Check out Keepin' it Thrifty.

Courtney did a wonderful job making these frames look a little shabby chic! They are way better than before!

I love advent calendars. This one is no exception! Go see What Allie's Making Now.

I've decided that I love having Scraptastic Saturday and a unique party. I've also decided that every once in awhile, when the mood strikes me, I'm going to throw in what I'm calling Free For All in place of Scraptastic Saturday. When you see the Free For All button, that means you can link up ANY project you want! It can be a furniture redo, recipe, or craft project!

I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow for the Free For All party at 8!


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree

These are the most simple, easiest to make Christmas tree's e.v.e.r.

Here are the supplies you will need:
2x4 (I just used scraps)
Acrylic paint
Mod Podge
Scrapbook Paper
Wood Glue

I used the miter saw to cut your 2x4's to look like this. I used the 30 degree angle for each side.

Now start painting. Paint all of the edges of the tree to match your scrapbook paper. One of mine is painted red and one is green.

Paint the trunk brown.

After the paint is dry, trace your 2x4 on the back of your scrapbook paper. I almost made a big boo boo. I didn't think about the scrapbook paper only being 12x12, so I had to go diagonal!

Now cut what you traced out. It doesn't have to be perfect and it doesn't matter if extra paper hangs over.

Coat your wood with plenty of mod podge.

Put your paper on top and use something to smooth it out. I always use a CD case!

See that part that hangs over? Take your scissors and go along the edge to trim it off. Don't worry if it's all jagged because we'll take care of that next.

Take your sanding block and smooth all of the edges. I don't really "scuff" mine up but more just smooth the rough edges.

After you've done all of your pieces, take your wood glue and glue them together.  Make sure not to put a lot of glue on the front where the scrapbook paper is or it will ooze out.

And then admire your cutie patootie Christmas trees that you just made for about $2.00!
WHOOP WHOOP! Can't beat that!

I believe that these will be hanging out on the mantel the day after Thanksgiving!