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Guest Project — make Glittered Burlap Paper Mache Letters!!

16 Dec
Hello to all the Tatertots and Jello readers!
I’m Allison from
I am so excited to share an easy project with you today!
Easy = doable in my book.

I am constantly decorating and redecorating our mantle…especially during the holidays.
You can see our Halloween mantle here.
I start by clearing everything off…minus the mirror…laying out my decorations and going for it.
I always have a general idea in mind of what I want the finished product to look like,
but it never looks exactly like my original vision.
If you are a follower of my blog, then you know I love to decorate with words,
so I decided to incorporate this love into our Christmas decor.
This is where this project came to life.
Here’s what you’ll need:
* Paper mache letters spelling your desired word…in my case NOEL.
* Enough burlap fabric to cover the front of your letters…in my case 1/2 a yard of red burlap was plenty.
* Black Sharpie
* Red glitter
* Red spray paint
* Sewing scissors…I found through trial and error, that they work better than regular scissors.
* Spray adhesive (not pictured)
* Clear top coat (also not pictured
1. The first step in this project is to trace the letters onto the burlap.
I found the best way to do this is to place the letters face down
so when you cut them out, you won’t see the sharpie like this:
2. The next step is to cut out all the letters:
3. Now spray all sides of the letters red:
4. Once the letters have completely dried, coat just the front
of the letters with a generous amount of spray adhesive, and adhere the burlap to the letters:
5. Next, spray the burlap with a generous amount of spray adhesive,
and coat it with the glitter.
Don’t be afraid to overdo it, friends.
You can never have too much glitter!
Once you are satisfied with your bling,
spray the front of the letters with a clear top coat,
available in the spray paint section, to keep the glitter in place.
On a side note, keep this clear coat stuff in your craft room 24/7.
I use it all the time.
For instance, I sprayed my monogrammed, polka dot painted pumpkins with it in early September,
and the paint lasted outdoors in the elements for over 2 months.
6. After the letters are dry, let the fun begin!
I decided to use mine on our mantle.
 They really sparkle!
And I love the way they look with everything else the mantle.
I can see these letters done in traditional burlap with
silver glitter in a natural holiday decor setting, used in a tablescape,
one large letter hung over the mantle
or on the front door from a ribbon or a strip of burlap,
the numbers “25” for the Christmas holiday,
the numbers “2011” for a New Year’s celebration.
The possibilities are endless and can extend way beyond the holidays!
Thank you so much for having me as a guest!
Happy holidays from The Soladay Family!
Thanks Allison!! 
That Sparkly NOEL is awesome! And your mantel is beautiful!! 
I think Allison is just amazing! Here are some of my favorite projects she has shared: 
Such great ideas! Be sure to check out  The Soladay Family!!!

Guest Post — Make Polka Dot Glitter Trees!

2 Dec


Hello everyone! I’m so excited to be here at Jen’s blog! She has the best ideas and I love to visit her each day! I’d like to introduce myself.

My name is Meg and I live over at A Little Knick Knack
I’m a midwest stay at home mom to three young children, and discovered that crafting helps me keep my sanity! I love to host a weekly giveaway and also a fun link party, Everything but the Kitchen Sink, on Fridays! Come check out A Little Knick Knack to join the fun.
A Little Knick Knack
Today I’d like to share my Christmas tree topiary with you!
First, gather your supplies. Some glitter (I used Martha Stewart Silver and Aqua. I found a 40% off coupon in Better Homes & Garden! Score!), wooden dowels (Walmart), Mod Podge, foam brush and your foam tree forms (also bought with a lovely coupon from Michaels). Also, some fun little ornaments for embellishment.
Use your bread knife (heh) to cut the top off the tallest of your tree form. I cut about 4 inches from the top.
Next (and I didn’t do this, but I highly recommend it), cover your table with paper to catch all the wayward glitter. I also suggest shaking your glitter on your foam over a paper plate, so you can easily transfer the leftover glitter back into your glitter jar.
Apply a generous amount of Mod Podge onto your tree form. Shake your glitter over the glue, turn and start the process again until you have the amount of glitter you like on your form. Try a fun pattern! The possibilities are endless.
Once the glue is dry, take your dowel rod and push it through the middle of the tree form. Add the top of the tree to create a layered look.
I added a ribbon and some twine around the bottom to cover the raw edges of the foam.
Cute! I would like to make some more and use my extra dowel rods to put them in my planter on my porch. So many fun possibilities! Have a very Merry Christmas everyone!
Such cute trees, Meg! 
I love that aqua glitter!! 
You will love Meg’s blog — A Little Knick Knack! 
Some of my favorite tutorials she has done are:
{Fork Frames/Recipe Card Holders} How cute would these be for gifts this Holiday Season?
A Little Knick Knack
Meg also has a fun linky party — Everything but the Kitchen Sink on Fridays. 
Be sure to link up!! 
PS — don’t miss out on entering the great giveaways this week. They are at the top of the right-hand sidebar 🙂