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Inspiration and DIY Ideas - November 2014


Elf Party Hats
November 22, 2014

Just Artifacts just added party hats to their amazing inventory. Not only that, but their collection is so fun with stripes, polka dots, and chevron prints in a variety of colors. All of this just in time for the holidays. Although party hats are fun on their own, today we have a DIY project for you to bring your hats to life. You and your kids can all sign up to be Santa's little helpers with this fun little project.

I rounded up some festive ribbon and paper. You will also need tape, scissors, and glue. I also grabbed some cotton balls to glue onto the tops of the hats.

After pulling your elastic through the holes in the party hat, cut 1 inch slits on the front side of the elastic on your party hat (see above picture). Cut one on the other side as well. This is where you will put the ears.

I looked online for some ideas of elf shaped ears. On a piece of folded paper, I drew an outline and then cut it out so that I had two ears that were the same size and shape. I slipped the bottom of the ear into the cut slit in the hat. I used tape on the inside of the hat to keep the ear at an angle that I liked. I then started adding ribbon and bows and decoration onto the hats. Make each hat unique for each kid or to make it easier for you (if you're making a lot) you can make them all the same. Bows for the girls. Cotton balls and plain ribbon for the boys.

Put on the hat and enjoy! I'm sure your little ones will be very pleased to help make or wrap Christmas gifts if they know they are little elves working in the workshop.

Some tips for the party hats:
  • Use double knots at the end of the elastic after pulling it through so it stays more secure.
  • Use scotch tape on the edge to keep the hat closed.
  • The elastic may not be long enough if you are using the hats for adults so try some ribbon or string cut longer and tie it underneath.
Do you like to decorate your party hats or just use them as is? When was the last time you had party hats at a party? Do you have any other ideas for decorating party hats for the holidays?

Thanksgiving Dinner Table
November 14, 2014

The countdown to Thanksgiving is on! Just Artifacts is here to offer the perfect touch of color and comfort to your Thanksgiving dinner. With a vast assortment of colors and patterns to choose from, you will find exactly what you are looking for.

We opted for an orange color theme for this Thanksgiving table set up. For the drinks we used mason jars with silver daisy lids. We wrapped orange baker's twine around the jar a bunch of times and tied it with a knot. Complete your beverages with an orange striped paper straws.

Next we focused on the cutlery. We decided to include the place setting with the cutlery so there will be no confusion as to where people will sit. We used the wooden cutlery and did half orange polka dots and half orange stripes to mix it up a little. Using the matching twine from the jars we layered the cutlery and then wrapped the twine around the middle to make a cutlery fan. Before tying off the twine we added the name tag. To make the tag we used the hanging paper gift tags in cream and added a strip of festive washi tape. We did one little tie around to make it all stay, but made it so it was still easy to take off when it's time to eat.

With your favorite dinner plates, festive napkins, fun fall decorations, and a mouth watering menu, you are all set for hosting the perfect Thanksgiving dinner!

Additional ideas for Thanksgiving include:
  • fun place mats lined with washi tape
  • a open jar in the middle for people to write down what they're thankful for
  • party plates for dessert (the fewer the dishes the better right?!?)
  • Tissue poms and paper lanterns for decoration.
What are some of your Thanksgiving traditions? Do you know each write down or say something you're grateful for? Do kids sit at their own table or eat with the adults? Does everyone sit down together or do you have too many people to make that an option? What is your favorite part about this table scape? We'd love to hear from you!

Kid's Room Decorative Branch
November 7, 2014

Today's post is a fun project to do for your kid's room. I have been trying to find the perfect touch for my daughter's room. Her room is colorful, yet girly and it needed something for the big barren wall on one side. Since it is fall there are lots of fallen tree branches in my yard which got the creative juices flowing.

I started gathering some supplies in the colors of her room. My mom actually painted my daughter a toddler bed and then gave me all of the left over paint. In addition to the paint I gathered baker's twine, washi tape, a pinwheel, and some other little supplies I had on hand. I also needed some craft glue and scissors. I picked up a few branches and then chose the perfect one based on it's size.

At first I wasn't sure where to start with decorating my branch so I decided to cut a piece of twine and using the craft glue I wrapped it around part of the branch. Once I started I was on a roll. I alternated between washi tapes, paint, and the twine to make my branch nice and colorful.

With the washi tapes I either wrapped them continuously around the branch like I did with the twine or I ripped off small pieces and made a pattern with it.

To add a little bit more dimension I used this tutorial on making washi tape bunting and hung it up in the branch. I love how the colors all match with the paint that I had left over. I used some paint on some styrofoam balls that I had. I poked a hole in them and using the craft glue I glued on some twine to hang them up.

My last finishing touch was to add some tissue poms onto the branch. Don't forget to check out our tutorial on fluffing the perfect tissue poms. Branches are great for hanging bright and colorful things on and tissue poms are perfect!

I hung the branch up from the ceiling with two strands of fishing line and push pins. Using one piece of the line I tied the two ends in a knot around the pushpin to create a loop to hang the branch from. I did this on both ends of the branch. It hangs just off the wall and softly sways around. I love it.

Other ideas to hang off the branch include:
What do you guys think? Is this project something you think you can do? What would be the hardest part of putting this together? Have you seen branches used for decorating before? We'd love to hear what you think!!
*Printables were purchased from mini learners Etsy Shop.

Festive Fall Cards
November 1, 2014

From all of us here at Just Artifacts we wish you a very happy and safe Halloween!

Did you know that Just Artifacts has a section devoted to DIY crafts? Included in that section is washi tape and baker's twine. That being said, this is the perfect time of year to show your loved ones how much you appreciate all they do for you. Today we have some fun fall and Thanksgiving themed cards that will inspire you to get creative and make cards for the important people in your life. For this particular set of cards we printed off some fun fall and Thanksgiving themed words and quotes. We also collected a variety of scrapbook and card stock paper to change things up a bit.

For this card we used some patterned scrapbook paper to make a branch. Using the twine we hung a little "Happy Fall" sign from it. To make the leaves we put some washi tape on white paper and then cut it into leaves. This is when it's fun to have a variety of colors and patterns of tape. You can make it so colorful!

For this card we wrapped some baker's twine around the card before attaching the grateful lettering. If the twine on the backside bothers you, just cover it up with a piece of paper that is the same size as the card. It's a fun way to add some texture to your card (and you can use the washi tape as your adhesive for the twine).

The cards shown above were pretty easy. For the one on the left we just picked some fall colors of the washi tape and made stripes going all the way across. The different patterns and colors is what makes it so fun. For the card on the right we used two rows of the washi tape to make the stripes thicker and have a different look to it.

This last one is not a card. It is just a fun reminder that you can put on your fridge or pass along to a friend. We used the washi tape to add some extra color and help secure the corners onto the paper. You can also attach twine to the back and hang it on your wall.

We hope that these cards have inspired you to show some love to your family and friends. Don't forget to stop by Just Artifacts and check out their entire line of washi tapes and baker's twine for all your crafty needs!


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