Today is all about altered projects. Fall themed altered projects, to be exact. Our designers really came through this month, and they have all put together some really fun projects to share with us today.
Fall Wreath, by Jennifer Edwardson.
I've had this wire wreath frame hanging in my office for a few months now with a picture in my mind of it covered in paper (surprising I know). I finally decided how I wanted to cover it, and let me tell you that once I started, I was seriously contemplating my sanity!
I ended up cutting more than (200) 3" strips of patterned paper AND designer tape, snipped both ends of each one into a flag shape and got to work with my favorite quick dry glue. This is a great way to use up tiny scraps leftover from layouts or cards.
I am not going to lie and tell you this was quick. But, it was relatively easy once I got going and I'm super happy with the end result. I wrapped the largest circle first, then next and so on until all the wire had been covered.
Then I chose a couple of brown papers and created a banner for some words and embellishments. I adhered a wooden skewer to the back of the banner to keep it from folding in and secured it to the inside edges of the wreath with a strong quick dry liquid glue.
This is perfect for your front door or mantle and could be changed to fit any holiday decor just by changing the Bella Blvd collection.
Thankful: Perfect Day, Homey, Burlap, Our Spot, Bountiful, Borders, Cute Cuts, Alpha+Bits Stickers; Finally Fall: Bliss, Apple Holler; Sienna Chipboard Alphas: Pony; High Five Alphabet Stickers: Brown-Cream; Ciao Chip Elements: Trees; Designer Tape: Red Dot, Pony Dot, Pickle Juice Dot, Teal Stripe
Altered Wooden House, by Jennifer Edwardson.
This wooden bird house needed some love and pretty paper and I knew I could give it the TLC it needed. So out of the clearance bin it came and ended up on my desk for a few days while I thought about how it was to become a whole new house, and NOT a bird house.
I got out my favorite papers from the Thankful collection and started cutting. First, I covered the front, sides and roof. I sanded the edges of all my papers first and adhered using a strong quick dry glue. Once I had the house 'built' like I wanted, I set to work putting the finishing touches on it.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all of the Bella designer tapes and am always looking to use them in alternate ways. I folded pieces back and forth to create some shingles on the roof as well as created grass at the bottom for my house and turkey to sit in!
I love the phrase “there is no place like home” and wanted it on the front of this piece so I used the High Five Alphabets to complete this project. I love that pieces like this are super easy to add to your Fall décor anywhere in your home.
Thankful: Perfect Day, Burlap, Borders, Cute Cuts, Alpha+Bits Stickers, Chipboard Icons; Sienna Chipboard Alphas: Pony; Designer Tape: Pony Dot, Pickle Juice Dot
Altered Jumbo Clothespins, by Sheri Feypel.
I purchase a few of these jumbo clothespins a while back, mainly because they were on sale. I really didn't have a plan for them and tucked them away in my studio. I stumbled on them while I was planning what to do for my altered assignment. I decided to use them to make place card holders for Thanksgiving.
I started out by actually altering the clothespins with Bella Blvd's Thankful collection. Covered them with paper and die cut some leaves.
I layered two different sizes, added a couple of deco pins and twine. I then created my name cards, which are pretty simple. I cut the cute turkeys out of the Borders paper and attached with a few pop dots. After Thanksgiving is over, they can also be used to hold photos, bills, whatever you desire.
Thankful: Burlap, Homey, Turkey Tracks, Borders, Perfect Day, Alpha+Bits Stickers; High Five Alphabets: Pink/Red; Finally Fall: Miniature Stickers
Hand Made Pumpkins, by Wendy Antenucci.
I wanted to create a few pieces that I could put around my home and pumpkins seemed to be the perfect choice.
My first pumpkin started as circle cards that I sewed together and hot glued to a twine wrapped stem. I then added a few extra touches to dress my main pumpkin.
My next two pumpkins were actually the leftovers from my original idea. I hate to throw anything away! I cut strips and attached them with brads on either end and used a piece of my twine wrapped stem (another leftover) to finish up the pumpkin.
Thankful: Our Spot, Bountiful; Sophisticates: Sprinkles & Lace Apricot; Leaves of Ancestry: Family Tree; Flags: Thankful Flags 2
“Happy Thanksgiving” wall hanging, by Wendy Antenucci.
I needed more to dress up my Fall decor so I decided to use the cute cuts from the Thankful collection to design a scene to sit with my pumpkins.
I knew I wanted to include some more pumpkins and the turkey was another must, so I cut out a few other cute cuts and began to arrange them until I felt my scene worked. I finished the piece with the addition of the flags and designer tape makes the perfect covering for edges with little work!
Thankful: Perfect Day, Bountiful, Cute Cuts, Borders, Just Write Journaling Stickers; Flags: Thankful 1; Designer Tape: Pony Dot
Altered Tree Trunk, by Morgan Bandkowski.
I really love these wood tree trucks that you can find at your local craft stores. I was inspired to create some fall projects for my Thanksgiving display. I started with a family photo along with the Thankful collection and the Finally Fall collection.
I cut strips and borders and started layering the pieces. I then added stickers, flowers, buttons, chipboard icons and flags. This is the perfect project to display with my Thanksgiving feast!
Thankful: Turkey Tracks, Homey, Cute Cuts, Alpha+Bits Stickers, Just Write Journaling Stickers, Chipboard Icons; Finally Fall: Borders, Miniatures Stickers; Tail Waggers & Cat Naps: Chipboard Icons; High Five Alphabet Stickers: Blue; Blooms a Bella: Sole, Bianca; Flags: Thankful 2; Button Market: Checkers, Wood Mix
Altered Treat Bags, by Morgan Bandkowski.
I was feeling so inspired I decided to make a couple paper bag treat bags for my nieces. I cut the tops of the bags and inked them to create dimension. I layered some paper strips and cute cuts. I popped up some stickers and it is that easy. These are super quick and easy treat bags, and also inexpensive, since you can use your scraps.
Thankful: Turkey Tracks, Alpha+Bits Stickers, Just Write Journaling Stickers; Finally Fall: At The Patch, Cute Cuts, Borders, Miniatures Stickers; Designer Tape: Pickle Juice Dot