Wow. It’s been a CRAZY week! Well, a crazy month so far at my house…. but that’s a whole other story. First off, I apologize for the lack of posts this week… I have been so sad, because I have several… but I got a key logging virus on one of my laptops and my back up laptop has bad DC jack so it has a hard time charging. Key logging viruses are apparently about as bad as they come, so I am going to have to wipe the hard drive on that one and start from scratch and I am not even sure I can. My back up is what I am typing this up on right now. Thank you for your patience!
So here’s a visual for you, me blue from holding my breath and bending my pinky just so hoping that it doesn’t up and turn off on me! If you’re reading this then you know it worked! 😉
Now for the fun project I have for you.
I was tasked to come up with a holiday gift for under $10 using products from the Elmer’s Memory Keeping Wall at Walmart.
I wasn’t sure exactly what I was going to do, but I knew I would do something involving a monogram and something to do with home decor (because that’s my thang=). I think most people like anything that has their name or initials on it.
I like shopping at Walmart because they have everything there. I have noticed they have been expanding their home decor/crafting supplies. So you can get everything from a box of cereal to a TV to X-ACTO knives!
So after a little snooping here and there, I came up with the idea fo making a monogramed charger to use with a clear plate. Either with cookies on it or for Christmas dinner, but I have a few other application ideas I’ll share with you at the end of the tutorial.
Elmer’s/X-ACTO Supplies www.elmers.com:
CraftBond Dual-tip Flexible Pen
CraftBond Extra Strength Glue Stick
CraftBond Double-sided Tape
CraftBond Glue Dots
X-ACTO Self Healing Cutting Mat
X-ACTO Compass Cutter
X-ACTO Decorative Edge Scissor
Red & White Damask Paper Plates- $3 for pkg of 15
Solid Green Paper Plates- $0.97 for pkg 20
Silver Glitter- Part of a glitter kit price??? (I think it was about $6 on sale for a package of 12- I used 1/3 Bottle)
Silver Charger (I bought 8) $0.97 each
Since I was having computer problems I traced this B (the last initial for the recipient of the gift) and cut it out to use as template.
I will acknowledge the fact that if you have any sort of cutting machine you could probably skip these steps and be a lot faster. However, for the rest of us who are not lucky enough to have one, Elmer’s products are awesome and easy to use.
I cut the bulk of the B’s out with my X-ACTO Scissors, but did all the finite detailing with my X-ACTO knife.
Now I am going to give you a cool new idea I had for Elmer’s double sided tape. This has so many applications! I wanted a striped effect on my monogram, so I first used theX-ACTO Self healing mat and lined it up so I could use the markings as a guide for my stripes. I then took my double sided tape and made stripes with it… trimming off the excess with my X-ACTO knife.
Time for some glitter! Dumping it on the sticky tape… Awesome, right?!
I love this idea. Let your imagination run wild with all the ways you could use this idea.
I the use the X-ACTO compass cutter (which is adjustable) to cut a perfect 6″ circle out of the red and white damask paper plate (you could also use scrapbook paper for this project, but these were cost effective and I liked the color/pattern and thickness of these plates).
I make a rough cute of the green plate again just to frame it out and then take an X-ACTO scissors with a decorative edge for a little more interest. I used the CraftBond Extra Strength glue stick for gluing all these pieces together. Glue dots to attach the monogram to the charger.
I finished it off with rhinestones which I attached with the CraftBond Dual-tip Flexible Glue Pen.
Here is the finished charger:
With a clear glass plate on it:
You could give one of these with a beautiful plate of goodies and the recipient could hang on their wall alone. Or you could do a few of these chargers that spell out J-O-Y or N-O-E-L for wall hangings. Or you could do as I am giving a set of 8 (or 4) for them to use as chargers for Christmas dinner.
Each plate ends up costing about $2 all said and done. I did these colors to match the recipient’s Christmas dishes which have holly and berries in traditional Christmas colors…. but if you happen to know the homeowner’s dining room colors you could match them to that.
Have you checked out the new feature on this website? The design forum is new, but I hope it to be one big conversation all about design. So what are your crafty/design related Christmas gifts, show them off in the design forum… or if you need advice or want to give some, the design forum is where you do it! Leave your comments for this project here… and show off your holiday gift/decor items there…. in the Christmas section…. or find the appropriate category for another project.
Check it out here:
Okay… done with the self promotion. I feel like Bill O’Reilly right now. LOL! 😉
**This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for #ElmersHoliday #gluenglitter #collectivebias #CBias, but all the ideas and opinions are my own.