Hi all! I am on Practical Scrappers today with a fun and frugal Christmas decoration.
I started this project with a blank photo mailer for which I paid $4.99 , a $.97 package of patterned paper, and cardstock.
My first step was to cover each of the 5x7 sections with patterned paper. I then attached a ribbon along the entire top edge of the mailer.
My next step was to choose a word. I knew I wanted something different, not the usual "Winter" or "Peace". After brainstorming with a friend of mine, I settled on "Wonder".
I knew I would have an extra section and thought it would be fun to make something more 3 dimensional and finally chose a rolled paper Christmas tree.
The tree was made with paper I had in my stash. I first cut the paper into 2 inch strips and then cut each strip into sections starting with 1 inch for the top and then adding a 1/4 inch to each piece until I ended with a 4 inch piece. I took each piece and rolled it length wise around a pencil and secured the curled paper with a few drops of clear glue. They were then adhered to the patterned paper using the same glue. Presents were added using cardstock scraps and bakers twine.
I cut the letters out with my Cricut Expression Machine and then used a makeup applicator to lightly ink the letters in green. I then used the Cricut Machine to cut the letters again but this time with the shadow feature to make a matted layer for each letter. Each shadowed layer was distressed on the edges with blue ink again using a makeup applicator to get into all of the little angles.
I wanted each section to be different but look like the belong together. As you can see the W, N, and E were all accented with an aqua colored paper that I embossed with my Cuttlebug and and sanded the edges. The O, D, and R were highlighted with a lime green paper that I tore.
I also added gems here and there on all of the sections for a little extra glam.
I am quite happy with the final product and already have it on a shelf in my living room. I plan to make a few more of these with different color combinations to give as inexpensive gifts this Christmas this year too.