Hey there, craft-loving friends! It’s time for Round 4 of One Crafty Contest, which means it’s time to see what our top 5 contestants did this week with PAPER! This week, things are a little different; we’re going from a Top 5 to a Top 3, which means you get just 3 votes, so choose them wisely! I encourage you to read the descriptions for each project to get a good idea of how the contestant made use of paper for her entry! Remember, to vote, click on the word “vote” found ABOVE the thumbnail photo of the projects you are picking. Voting closes Tuesday the 11th at noon EST!
Here they are…
Entry A: Paris Skyline Lamp
It’s 67 centimeters long and 26 centimeters wide.
I cut it 5 x of 160gsm paper, glue the sheets exactly on another and covered it all with one layer of vellum.
Then I glued a wooden stick behind it and fixed the light with 20 LEDs.
Entry B: Birthday Countdown
I was thrilled when I heard the material for the next round was paper. I hoard paper about as much as I hoard fabrics. I thought of a few ideas but because my daughter’s birthday is approaching and she has no concept of time, I decided to make her a birthday countdown so she might stop asking me how many more days until her birthday. I’d been saving this old cabinet door I bought for a $1 at a flea market and
decided to use it for my birthday countdown. I had to clean it first. Boy was it dirty. Then I painted it pink. I picked out 4 different black printed scrap papers to make a border (I love it when I’m able to go to my scrap heap). I Mod Podged it and then added a lighter pink stencil design to make it look a little more regal. I made paper triangles with the number of days until her birthday attached to black string with tiny little pink clothes pins. When a day goes by, we flip a triangle over and reattach it to the clothespin. I made a paper pinwheel to add to the corner and attached ribbon at the top so I’d be able to hang it up. It went from an old cabinet door to a birthday countdown fit for a princess.
Entry C: Paper Flower and Butterfly Accessories
For my paper craft, I wanted to find a different way to use paper. I decided to start my collection of accessories for my daughter for when school starts. I made her three different types of accessories, hair clips, a headband and some bracelets. The clips are simple, paper flowers and butterflies hot glued to clips. The headband was a little more complicated; I made it more of a mosaic pattern using paper scraps and mod podge, then I hot glued flowers and butterflies to match the clips. The bracelets took the longest. I made them out of popsicle sticks that had to soak in water for two days, and then they had to dry for two days before I could actually start working with them. I mod podged paper to them and then hot glued the matching butterflies and flowers to them and used a string to tie them closed. I am pretty sure I will have one stylin’ kid come school time!
Entry D: Mini-Backpacks
Paper!!! Woohooooo! Let’s be serious for a minute… Paper might be the GREATEST CRAFTING SUPPLY EVER! There are an endless amount of amazing things you can create with paper! That made this week exceptionally tough… too many choices! So today is my kiddo’s last day of Kindergarten and I wanted to send a little something for his amazing teachers! Since I had already sent a few “teacher-ish” gifts throughout the school year I thought it would be nice to send something simple like a gift card! … but it couldn’t just be a boring old giftcard! I needed to make something to give it that extra lil somethin’ somethin’ so I made this super SUPER cute mini backpacks!!! I filled them with a few pieces of candy and the gift cards and included a little handwritten card letting them know just how AMAZING they are!!! My little guy is so excited to take them to school and I just know his teachers are going to LOVE them!!!
Entry E: Paper Boutique
Paper! There’s so much you can do with paper. I had a hard time deciding, but finally settled on my Paper Boutique. I made a two-part silicone mold and filled it with paper clay I made from scratch to create the three dress forms. The base of each dress form is also made from paper clay. I assembled them with dowels and started working on my dresses.
I wore out my paper punch on the dress on the left. Each butterfly was hand placed and glued. I made a paper flower for the belt by cutting out and shaping each petal. I made a small paper purse to match.
The middle dress has several paper layers for the skirt, and a little bit of tulle. I paper mached the bodice on and added braided tulle for the belt. This dress was accessorized with a homemade ‘pearl’ necklace.
The right dress was made by layering A LOT of leaves I punched out and gluing each one in place. This bodice is also paper mache. I added a bright necklace to match.
When the dresses were done, I made a storefront complete with a paper banner that says ‘Boutique’.
The child in me had a lot of fun dressing up the dress forms!
Ok, guys, it’s voting time! Remember to click “Vote” ABOVE the entries you’re choosing…you get just 3 votes this week!