This week I decided to try out the popsicle bracelet project I’ve seen on several blogs. My initial result did not go as planned, as I discovered that the sticks began to stretch once covered with Mod Podge and newspaper. Using some modification I crafted a one-of-a-kind bangle using Mod Podge, newspaper, sticks, tissue paper and rub-on transfers.
Here’s my results:
I soaked popsicle sticks in water for 2 days until I could easily bend the sticks into a glass. Expect breakage so use more sticks than necessary. I let the curved sticks dry for a day and paper mached newspaper and Mod Podge, covering the surfaces. After the Mod Podge dried, I used clips and made a circle. Using more newspaper remove a clip and paper mache the ends together until sealed (repeat on the other side). Dry and paper mache tissue paper onto the surface. Dry again and apply rub-on transfers and add gems (if you wish). Using a paint brush layer a final coat of Mod Podge over the transfers, and gems to seal them in. Allow one evening to dry and wear it to work the next day to show off
YAY! The paper rose wreath is ready and I have it proudly displayed on my guest bathroom door (because for some odd reason people keep trying to enter the closet instead of the bathroom … don’t ask hahaha). The paper roses are made from a Better Homes & Gardens magazine (one entire issue) and held together with super glue. I used a braided wood wreath from the Dollar Tree as my base.
Instructions for making the roses are available at Dozi: http://dozidesign.blogspot.com/2008/05/paper-flower-tutorial.html.
I know Mom is going to want one once she sees my blog post:) Excuse the dog hair in the pics, Indiana is blowing his winter coat!
I love bathroom accessories, but won’t pay $19.99 to $30.00 for a magazine rack and toilet paper holder as offered by certain stores in the area. Using a trash bag box, and a coffee can I fashioned by own with craft paper from the Dollar Tree and glue sticks.
I papered the inside of the box first starting with the smaller sides with 2 pieces of paper. Use one long piece for the bottom and remaining sides. Cut one large portion of paper for the outside. Start with the longer sides first and glue the paper from the bottom up. Wrap the smaller sides as if you were wrapping a present and cut any excess. Press the top (trim to make even) into the box and glue down.
For the coffee can simply cut on long piece which circles around the can. Glue the paper down and press the excess down to form an inside layer. Glue down the inside if needed.