DIY Faux Grass Hanging Gems

Craftcourse basically made its handmade event decor ‘debut’ with garlands of larger-than-life hanging paper gems for a local maker market here in Nashville last winter. Even though we’ve made all kinds of things since then, they’ve kind of become our signature creation, which we’ve been known to say could be used just about anywhere for any occasion. What space or event couldn’t be made better by some hanging gems?! Although we’ve never formally given away our ginormous paper gem secrets, I’m slipping a little today by showing you how to make some medium-sized hanging diamonds covered in faux grass – a fun summer take on our plain ole gems. Enjoy! –Mandy Pellegrin of Craftcourse

DIY Faux Grass Hanging Gems Party Decorations / Craftcourse for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Materials
Template
Poster Board
Pencil
Craft Knife
Metal Ruler
Cutting Surface
Hot Glue and Glue Gun
String
Small Wooden Bead
A Cheap Artificial Grass Rug (like this or this)
Scissors

DIY Faux Grass Hanging Gems Party Decorations / Craftcourse for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step One: After you’ve downloaded and cut out the template, trace the template onto poster board. Trace four templates edge-to-edge as shown here and in the template file with the top points (that is, the point opposite the arrow on the template) meeting in the middle. Each diamond-shaped gem will require two of these four-triangle sets. I was able to fit six sets (or enough for three gems) onto two pieces of poster board.

DIY Faux Grass Hanging Gems Party Decorations / Craftcourse for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Faux Grass Hanging Gems Party Decorations / Craftcourse for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Two: Cut out using a craft knife and a metal ruler. When cutting them out, you’ll need to add tabs for assembly. On one of the four-triangle sets, add only one tab along the side of one of the outer triangles as shown here (on the right) and in the template file. On the other set, you’ll need to add tabs both on an outer triangle like for the other set and along the bottom edge (i.e. the edge denoted with a triangle on the template) of each triangle. Again, this is shown here (on the left) and in the template file.

DIY Faux Grass Hanging Gems Party Decorations / Craftcourse for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Three: Score all the lines by gently tracing each one with the back-side of the blade of the craft knife. This will give you a nice clean score, but don’t push so hard that you cut through your poster board.

DIY Faux Grass Hanging Gems Party Decorations / Craftcourse for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Four: Crease each of the scores by folding inward so that your pencil marks will be on the inside of the finished gem.

DIY Faux Grass Hanging Gems Party Decorations / Craftcourse for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Five: Assemble the gem by first hot gluing the four bottom edge tabs of the one piece to the four bottom edges of the other piece.

DIY Faux Grass Hanging Gems Party Decorations / Craftcourse for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Grassy Hanging Geometric Gems by OSBP 9

Step Six: Before glueing shut the edge tabs, slip a string with a small wooden bead tied onto the end inside the gem. Apply glue to the tabs, and gently squeeze shut and apply some pressure to the area on top of the tabs to get them to adhere. You now have a plain hanging gem!

DIY Faux Grass Hanging Gems Party Decorations / Craftcourse for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Seven: For each hanging gem, trace eight triangle templates onto the back of your artificial grass rug.

DIY Faux Grass Hanging Gems Party Decorations / Craftcourse for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Eight: Cut out each of the ‘grass’ triangles.

DIY Faux Grass Hanging Gems Party Decorations / Craftcourse for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Nine: Hot glue the triangles onto the plain finished gem. If you want to cover all of the poster board, make sure you cut your triangles out slightly bigger than the template. A little white peeks through on mine, but I sort of liked how it helped define the geometric shape a bit more.

For a full-on hanging gem installation, combine the ‘grass’ gems with other plain gems. Make a smaller diamond gem by shrinking the template provided, and assemble multiple on a single string. Make larger ones by blowing the template up.

DIY Faux Grass Hanging Gems Party Decorations / Craftcourse for Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

DIY Faux Grass Hanging Gems Party Decorations / Craftcourse for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Photo Credits: Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Midcentury Modern Table Runner

This project was inspired by photo I recently saw online of a partition in a restaurant decked out in midcentury modern decor. I couldn’t get it off my mind, and so I decided to translate it to a hand-cut runner to bring a little Palm Springs vibe to your tabletop. It’s the perfect project for vinyl or leather. While I usually begin by describing my tutorials as “easy,” I’m going to give it to you straight – this one isn’t the easiest or the fastest. While the skill level is by no means advanced, this one is a bit tedious and time consuming, but it’s oh so worth it!  – Mandy Pellegrin of Craftcourse

DIY Midcentury Modern Table Runner by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Midcentury Modern Table Runner by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Materials
Vinyl cut to 8″ wide by desired length
Template
Pen/Marker
Metal Ruler
Craft Knife

DIY Midcentury Modern Table Runner by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step One: Begin by marking a 1/2″ border all the way around the back of the vinyl. This will act as the perimeter for all of your cuts.

DIY Midcentury Modern Table Runner by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Two: First, ensure that your prepared template is as tall as the strip of vinyl is wide (i.e. 8″). Align the center line of the template with one of the shorter borders, and trace.

DIY Midcentury Modern Table Runner by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Midcentury Modern Table Runner by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Midcentury Modern Table Runner by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Three: Tile the templates and trace until you’ve filled up the entire runner, making sure that all the lines align appropriately.

DIY Midcentury Modern Table Runner by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Four: Use the metal ruler and craft knife to carefully cut out the pattern. In total, it took me about 45 minutes to cut out an entire 3′ runner.

DIY Midcentury Modern Table Runner by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

DIY Midcentury Modern Table Runner by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Midcentury Modern Table Runner by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Photo Credits: Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants

I’ve been on a bit of a paper creation binge lately – trying to dream up what kinds of things I can bring to life in paper form. My latest creation: paper air plants. Sure, air plants are already the lowest maintenance of all flora, but I couldn’t resist super-sizing their interesting contours and – oh yes – making them GOLD! Today, I’m sharing how to make a medium sized paper air plant about 8″ in diameter. Make lots and lots to create a table runner, or downsize them a bit for a creative plate adornment. I can only imagine all the uses you could come up with for these beauties!  –Mandy Pellegrin of Craftcourse

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Materials
Gold Card Stock
Scissors
Bone Folder
Hot Glue Gun

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step One: Cut out about 15 triangles in various widths ranging from 1/4″ – 1″ and heights ranging from 4 – 6″ to create the air plant’s leaves. Also cut (or punch) out two circles about 2″ in diameter.

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Two: Use a bone folder to gently curl each of the leaves as you would curl ribbon. Vary the curliness. Create an S-curl on a few  by curling the entire leaf in one direction from the back and then curling just the end of the leaf in the other direction from the front.

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Three: Cut a slit half way across the diameter of each of the circles.

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Four: Overlap the cut edges of each circle to create two cones, and glue into place. Make one of the cones a bit more angled than the other.

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Five: Glue 6 or 7 leaves into each of the cones by placing glue onto the back side of the bottom edge and sliding into the cone.

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Six: Reserve two of the skinnier leaves for the center, and glue them together at the bottom.

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Seven: Cut the bottom of the center two leaves into a point.

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Eight: Dispense a large dollop of hot glue in the bottom of the less steep cone, and then affix the steeper of the two cones inside. Hold it in place a moment while the glue sets.

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Nine: Dispense another small bead of glue into the steeper cone, and affix the pointed end of the center two leaves, holding in place while the glue sets.

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Gold Paper Air Plants by Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Photo Credits: Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Clay Hand Place Card Holders

Today, I have a quirky little project whose uses are practically endless. I’m showing how to use oven-bake clay to create little hands perfect for holding everything from name cards to reminder notes to air plants. Imagine how cute these would be holding place cards at a bridal shower or luncheon! –Mandy Pellegrin of Craftcourse

DIY Tutorial: Oven-Bake Clay Hand Note Holders via Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Oven-Bake Clay Hand Note Holders via Oh So Beautiful Paper Materials

White Oven-Bake Clay
Knife
Paint
Paintbrushes
Aluminum Foil

DIY Tutorial: Oven-Bake Clay Hand Note Holders via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step One: Use the knife to cut four roughly equally-sized pieces of clay.

DIY Tutorial: Oven-Bake Clay Hand Note Holders via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Two: For each hand, roll one of the pieces of clay into a ball, and flatten into an oval.

DIY Tutorial: Oven-Bake Clay Hand Note Holders via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Three: Use the knife to cut the oval into the shape of a hand as shown.

DIY Tutorial: Oven-Bake Clay Hand Note Holders via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Four: Peel away the excess clay, and use your fingers to shape each clay finger and round out each clay fingertip and the palm. To get rid of any of your fingerprints left behind, place a piece of paper on top, and gently roll something like a rolling pin or paint bottle across the paper.

DIY Tutorial: Oven-Bake Clay Hand Note Holders via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Five: Carefully peel the hand off of your work surface. Curl the thumb and forefinger up to touch one another, and bend each of the other fingers up.

DIY Tutorial: Oven-Bake Clay Hand Note Holders via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Six: Place a small piece of folded aluminum foil between the thumb and forefinger, and bake according to the directions on the clay packaging. (Mine was 15 minutes at 275 degrees.)

DIY Tutorial: Oven-Bake Clay Hand Note Holders via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Seven: Paint on some fingernails. I personally have a hard time keeping little pieces of lint (and cat hair) out of my clay projects, so I also use white paint to cover up any mishaps. Enjoy!

DIY Tutorial: Oven-Bake Clay Hand Note Holders via Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Oven-Bake Clay Hand Note Holders via Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Oven-Bake Clay Hand Note Holders via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Photo Credits: Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Mini Love Note Pegboard

I think an important part of any relationship is reminding your partner (and perhaps even yourself) of all the reasons why you love, like, and just generally enjoy them. While I think this is an important thing to do all year round, tis the season for acts of love, so I say we turn this little piece of relationship advice into a craft activity! With this tutorial, we turn a plain ole pegboard into an expression of the dozens of ways that we love our significant other. When the Valentine’s season has passed, keep the wooden bead pegs in place and use it as message board or even an escort card display for a big event. – Mandy Pellegrin

DIY Tutorial: Love Note Pegboard by Fabric Paper Glue for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Love Note Pegboard by Fabric Paper Glue for Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

 

DIY Tutorial: Love Note Pegboard by Fabric Paper Glue for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Materials

Pegboard (mine came pre-cut in a manageable size from the hardware store)
Wooden Beads
Toothpicks
Twine
Card Stock
Heart Punch
Mini Hole Punch
Scissors
Pencil/Pen

DIY Tutorial: Love Note Pegboard by Fabric Paper Glue for Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

Step One: String each bead onto a piece of twine about 6″ long. Create a grid of pegs with the beads by passing both ends of each piece of twine through a single peg hole. On the backside of the pegboard, tie the ends tightly around a toothpick. My grid ended up being 6 beads wide by 9 beads tall for a total of 54 pegs.

DIY Tutorial: Love Note Pegboard by Fabric Paper Glue for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Two: Punch out lots and lots of card stock hearts — as many as you have wooden bead pegs. If you don’t have a heart punch, you could also just cut out hearts the good old fashioned way…with scissors.

DIY Tutorial: Love Note Pegboard by Fabric Paper Glue for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Three: Punch a small hole in the top corner of each heart.

DIY Tutorial: Love Note Pegboard by Fabric Paper Glue for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Four: Attach each heart to a string. Tie the ends of the string together using a long knot to create a loop from which to hang each heart.

DIY Tutorial: Love Note Pegboard by Fabric Paper Glue for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Five: Now, here’s the couple’s therapy part! Add sweet love notes to each heart, and hang onto your grid of wooden bead hangers.

DIY Tutorial: Love Note Pegboard by Fabric Paper Glue for Oh So Beautiful PaperDIY Tutorial: Love Note Pegboard by Fabric Paper Glue for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Photo Credits: Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper