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Craft Friday: Star Straws

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If you’re like me, you like to celebrate the holidays with ritual and parties. Wep Ronpet has been a bit challenging for me because I’m not very creative, so I gravitated towards a star theme. This led me to my party idea of star drinking straws. You can either buy some straws at the store or check for tutorials and make your own. Here’s how I made mine.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Paper drinking straws
  • 1 sheet blue cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Glitter glue
  • School glue
  • Printer
  • Pens and markers (optional)

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Make a template of the stars to use with the clipart provided on a word processor program. I’d probably stick to 1 inch, 2 inches if you want large stars like I used. TIP: Be sure the lines on the stars are 0.04 inches. This will make the stars show up better.

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After printing off the sheet on cardstock cut the stars out. Save the cardstock remnants for a later step.

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Decorate the stars with glitter glue. If you really want to have some fun write your guests’ names on the stars, or draw a picture of Sopdet on it.

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Take the scraps of cardstock from the previous steps and cut some strips about 1/4 inch thick. Wrap the strips around the straw, trim, and glue the ends together.

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Place a drop of school glue on the seam and place the star on it. Let it dry decorated side down.

This is a fairly easy craft and one that’s enjoyable. I found I could make a few and, if enough space is left, can allow guests to keep the star for other uses.

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Craft Friday: How to Make 3D Stickers

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As I scrapbook more I’ve realized I can’t afford all the pretty stickers I want. Until the magical, far away day arrives where I have lots of disposable income I have to get creative in my stickers. I found some stuff at a few craft stores that solved this problem. I’ll show you how I made a basic version of the 3D sticker.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

1 sheet cardstock

1 printer

scissors

1 craft knife (optional)

2 foam dot circles

1 sticker adhesive sheet

1 bone folder (a butter knife will work if a bone folder is unavailable)

1.  Take the image, adjust it to print multiple copies on one sheet. Print. TIP: I’ve learned the hard way why it’s important to ensure the image fits the resizing.

2.  Cut out the images. Make a point to cut out only the parts which can be layered and will emphasize the sticker. I recommend no more than three pieces. TIP: After cutting out the images feel free to decorate these parts. Bear in mind it should add emphasis to the sticker and won’t be obscured when layering.

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3.  Take a foam dot circle and remove the paper from one side. Place the sticky side down on the biggest image.
Remove the paper from the other side of the same dot and place the second image on top.

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4.  Flip the final image over. Use the pointed end of the bone folder to scour the outline of the image. Rub it down between these lines to make the image pop out more (sorry you can’t see it in this image.  I really tried).  TIP: If you own a lightbox, use it for this step. It will make outlining much easier.

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5.  Remove the paper from the circle dot. Place the top image on the dot.

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6.  Remove the cover sheet on the adhesive sheet. Place the image on the sheet; rub down as much as possible.

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You now have a sticker. You can cut away the excess paper if you’d like (though I’m not sure how well that would have worked with this piece) but always make sure to carefully peel the sticker off.