Saturday, November 11, 2017

DIY Vintage Gumball Machine Ornament

How to make a Vintage Gumball Machine Ornament from upcycled materials

I have dedicated this year to trying to craft with my existing stash of supplies as often as I can, so a upcycled a ribbon spool, some glass ornaments I found in the closet and my Tombow Adhesives inspired this Vintage Gumball Machine Ornament!

Happy Saturday and welcome to the Creative Christmas blog hop hosted by Cassity at Remodelaholic  There are 26 fabulous designers sharing their #creativeChristmas projects this week.  So, after you scroll through my Vintage Gumball Machine ornament projects, please click on the links below to view all of the other projects!  It's going to be a Great Week!  

Here’s how I made it:

1.) Remove the top and bottom from the ribbon spool.  Sand away the glue and rough edges with a nail file.  Remove the sanding dust with damp paper towel, let dry.  Color with Tombow Dual Brush Pen #847 Crimson.  

Note: you could also use a section of a paper towel roll as well, just select a smaller glass ornament!

2.)  Remove top from glass ornament, apply red acrylic craft paint and set aside to dry.  Fill with 200 (7mm) assorted color pom poms.

3.)  Once dry, replace top on glass ornament.  Cut a 3″ by 3″ square from red cardstock.  Apply Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue to bottom rim of ribbon spool.  Attach to cardstock, let dry.

4.)  Punch small scroll label from silver metallic cardstock.

5.)  With the Tombow MONOTWIN Permanent Marker, draw on the coin handle and the gumball slot.  Attach to base of gumball machine with Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive.  Remember, Xtreme is 5 times stronger than regular adhesive runners, so you have to roll to apply and swipe to the side to get a clean application.

6.)  Apply Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue to top edge of ribbon spool.  Attach pom pom filled glass ornament, making sure that it is straight and centered.  Set aside to dry.

7.)  Punch 3/4″ circle from red cardstock and apply “25¢” silver stickers.  I didn’t have a cent sign, so I created one with a lower case “c” and “l”.  Attach to front center of Gumball Machine with Tombow Xtreme Tabs.  These Tabs are strong and clear, so the adhesive won’t be seen through the glass ornament.  Thread through a 10″ length of red and white bakers twine, tie in a knot and hang on your tree!

These Vintage Gumball Machine Ornaments are quick and easy enough so you can craft up a batch of them with your kids for their Teachers, Family and Friends this holiday season! 

I had all of the supplies needed in my craft stash, but they can be purchased fairly inexpensively at your local craft or big box store.

Now it's time for the FUN stuff!

Follow the links below to get a close up peek at what all of the other talented designers have created for the #creativeChristmas blog hop!  I was blown away by the creative inspiration!  And NOW is the time to get crafty for Christmas! 

DIY Christmas Trees and Ornaments 
 Wintry Silver Dollar Store Christmas Tree Decor | Remodelaholic 
Marbled Christmas Ornaments | Doodlecraft 
Scrap Wood Inlay Ornaments | The Ugly Duckling House 
Woodburned Wood Slice Ornaments | Sisters What 
Flocked Pine Cones | Practical and Pretty 
Abstract Monogram Ornaments | Domicile37 
Concrete Christmas Ornaments | The Palette Muse 
Wood Slice Deer Ornaments | Our Crafty Mom 
Vintage Gumball Machine Ornaments | Beth Watson Design Studio 
Etched Glass Ornaments | Just Call Me Homegirl 
Unicorn Inspired Christmas Tree | The DIY Mommy 
Driftwood Reindeer Ornaments | Sustain My Craft Habit 

DIY Christmas Gifts and Decor 
 Christmas Pine Hoop Wreath | This Mama's Dance 
Gingerbread Man Candles | Nourish and Nestle 
Wire and Glass Chandelier | Home with Cupcakes and Crinoline 
Christmas Scroll Wall Art | Grace In My Space 
Lighted Wood Trees | Frazzled Joy 
Crocheted Christmas Hat | Luz Patterns 
Christmas Card Photo Display| Hertoolbelt 
JOY Porch Sign | Ginger Snap Crafts 
Folding Bar Cart Table | Everyday Party Magazine  
Wood and Burlap Christmas Sign | Leap of Faith Crafting 
Wood Block Snowman | Anika's DIY Life 
Holiday Candle Wrap | Dragonfly & Lily Pads 
Christmas Pom Pom Pillow | Small Home Soul 
Hand Lettered Wall Art | Smiling Colors

YouTube inspiration can be found here:

If you like what you have seen here, please visit my Instagram page for more inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!  

Creatively, Beth

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Upcycled Gingerbread House Gift Bag

Make this Upcycled Gingerbread House Gift Bag in just 15 minutes!

This week I am participating in Craft Lightning where a group of blogger friends are rounding up Christmas crafts you can make in 15 minutes or less.  Hosted by Angie at the Country Chic Cottage, Carolina at 30 Minute Crafts and Jessica at Mad in Crafts, we will be sharing new projects everyday this week, so check back and click through!  
If you are like me, I always have a ton of Kraft paper shopping bags collecting on a shelf in my laundry room, because I just cannot throw them away!  At Christmastime I like to upcycle those bags to use for presents, it’s good for the planet (and my wallet!)
Now, I have had this idea floating around in my head for quite a while – a Gingerbread House Gift Bag – but it turned out much cuter than I even imagined!
Here’s how I made it:
I grabbed a medium size bag (8″ by 10″) and a sheet of 8 1/2″ by 11″ kraft cardstock.  Fold the cardstock in half at the 5 1/2″ mark and crease.  Measure in 1/4″ on each side of the fold.  Draw a diagonal line from each mark on fold to each bottom corner.  Trim with scissors.  Measure to center of fold line and make a mark.  Measure gift bag handles and using craft knife, cut out a rectangle 1/4″ deep by handle width (mine was 3″).
Scallop bottom edge of kraft cardstock with scissors.  Draw diamond pattern on to roof with white dimensional fabric paint, set aside to dry.

Punch squares and rectangles from white cardstock and dry fit onto front of bag for windows, doors, etc.  Color with Tombow Dual Brush Pens 847 Crimson, 451 Sky Blue, 245 Sap Green and 025 Light Orange.  The shapes still looked flat to me, so I got out my Tombow MONOTWIN Permanent Marker and created depth with doodles and outlines.  That small detail made ALL the difference – I love the creative process!
Layer shapes with Tombow Foam Tape to create dimension.

Punch two small flowers and a heart to decorate the front door.  Punch hearts and starburst to decorate between windows.  Punch scalloped ovals, cut in half for gumdrop border.  Punch circles and cut out rectangles for lollipop trees.  Tie bakers twine bows around lollipops.  Attach accents to bag with Tombow Foam Tape and Tombow MONO Permanent Adhesive.

Accent all of the candy embellishments with Tombow MONO Glue Pen and ColorBox Glitter by Clearsnap, set aside to dry.  The Glue Pen is excellent for detailed accents because the pen tip gives you complete accuracy.
The final ICING on the Gingerbread House is icing accents created with white dimensional fabric paint!  Set aside to dry.

Slide roof on over handles of bag and gift to your favorite person this holiday season!
These bags are quick and easy to put together in an afternoon and can be adjusted to any size shopping bag you might have on hand.  Craft up an entire neighborhood of Gingerbread House Gift Bags with your kids to give to their favorite teacher, babysitter or friend!
Click the link below and check in each day this week to be inspired by the rest of the fabulous bloggers that are sharing their 15 minute Christmas Crafts!

Thanks for stopping by! 
Creatively, Beth