Frozen Ever After Layout

Frozen Everafter
Hey y'all, I'm still working on this Disney mini album. It is coming along, but I think I am trying to put too much in it! I am all the way up to EPCOT and the Frozen Forever ride. The princess was pretty excited for this ride, and she loved it. However, the ride photo was taken at the exact moment the ride took a drop. The look on her face is priceless!!

This amazing chipboard word banner is from Creative Embellishments. I love chipboard! My favorite way to use it is to ink it and adhere. Easy peasy and it looks great. Here I used one of my favorite colors of ink, VersaMagic Aegean Blue .

Rinea snowflakes

I used the Echo Park Magical Adventure line- it is getting pretty hard to find. This piece is the White Silver Foil Dot. I backed it with Bazzill cardstock in Whirlpool.

Glossy accents
I made snowflakes to adorn the layout using Rinea Foiled Paper in Silver/Gold Glossy and Turquoise/Gold Glossy. I have had this snowflake punch for ever it seems- I still use it pretty regularly though! After punching several snowflakes of each color I used Glossy Accents to adhere them together, and to the page.

simple stories
The embellishments are from Simple Stories - Say Cheese 4 Bits and Pieces. This is such a great collection of diecuts!!

Foil snowflakes

Look how cute these snowflakes turned out! I really wanted to put a rhinestone in the center of them, but I am trying really hard to keep these pictures flat!

DIY Upcycled Candlesticks using Chalk Paint

Do you have a set of those cherry finished candlesticks hidden in the back of the garage? So did I until I saw a fabulous set of white candlesticks in a catalogue that were outrageously priced. CLICK! My brain immediately went to the set I had in the donation box. I knew with a little TLC my old candlesticks would look fabulous. I upcycled them using Folk Art Chalk Paint and this project was a breeze!

Here's what I started with. I bought these years ago and they served faithfully on my mantel until a few months ago when they were relegated to the garage and the donation box. Using Folk Art Chalk requires no prep work! Which is my favorite. I started by putting a thin coat on each candlestick- I had SIX of these things. I used a turntable from my former cake decorating days to make this process easier. It came in pretty handy!

Here I am half way through the process. I applied two coats of the base paint, letting them dry between coats. All in all it was pretty quick for each step, but the dry time was a little tedious. Waiting on paint to dry - the crafting life!

 I had the hubs cut squares from pine in three sizes; 6", 7", and 8". I positioned each candlestick upside down on the squares and traced a circle for reference.  Adhere using hot glue and then add two coats of paint to the squares to make the platforms,

Because I didn't want a stark all white candlestick I applied a light coat of glaze to them. I mixed two colors of chalk paint together and thinned it with a little bit of water. Using a wet rag I applied it in small sections.

After applying a bit of the glaze I used the wet rag to spread it out. If there was a stubborn spot I used a wet wipe to take off the excess.

Here is the final look of the glaze. This process did take a bit as I only wanted to work in small sections. This allowed me to work each section while it was still wet.

Here are the two paints that make up the glaze. I mixed them 50/50 and then thinned with a bit of water to make it more workable.

I love how they turned out! They are perfect for my Easter Tree. I can't wait to use them with my tree for the rest of the year- we decorate it for every holiday!

Be sure to check out my other posts for this project.
The - Easter Tree itself.
The - Giant paper flowers using DCWV Petal Papers.
The - Easter Egg Garland
The - DIY Easter Decorations
The - Upcycled Candlesticks


Dollar Tree Easter Decorations

I had so much fun decorating this fun Easter Tree. I used several items from the Dollar Tree stores.  It was so easy to transform things into perfect ornaments for my tree.

First up are these cute berry sprays that I used in the topper. I knew I wanted something that would fill in some space and I knew I didn't want to spend a fortune on it. I grabbed 6 of these and stuck them right in the tree behind my giant bow.

These pearlized eggs are also from Dollar Tree. I wanted to be able to stick them upright in the tree topper, so a little bit of construction was required.

I enlarged the hole in the bottom just enough to fit a slender dowel rod through.  Use a low temp glue gun to adhere the dowel in place. In order to get them to dry in the right position I placed the egg on it's side and propped up the dowel rod until the glue was set.  I added a fluffy bow made from seam binding (seen above) and then put the top half of the egg back on.

How unbelievably cute are these little bunnies! OMGoodness y'all I am in love with them. These were originally on sticks to add to flower arrangements (I think). I cut the stick off and went to work.

I used hot glue to attach a folded pipe cleaner on the backs of each one. That way I could wrap the pipe cleaner around a limb to attach it to the tree. So quick and easy y'all.

Last up are these cute little bunnies. I had to keep checking back for them because evidently I started decorating for Easter too early and they were not out yet! I used a pipe cleaner wrapped around the neck of the bunny (sounds so gruesome doesn't it!!) to attach them to the tree. This one ended up front and center in the topper- I attached her to the giant bow and added them to the tree.

I also made a super cute egg garland using glittered eggs from Dollar Tree. I have a whole post on how to make this one, so be sure to check it out here.

Be sure to check out my other posts for this project.
The - Easter Tree itself.
The - Giant paper flowers using DCWV Petal Papers.
The - Easter Egg Garland 
The - DIY Easter Ornaments
The - Upcycled Candlesticks

Dollar Tree Glittered Easter Egg Garland

Easter Garland
I had so much fun decorating my new Easter Tree and I can't tell you how happy I am with the Glittered Easter Egg Garland I made using eggs from Dollar Tree. This did not take me nearly as long as I thought it would- a couple of hours to string it all together and then an afternoon of going out to spray it with a clear topcoat every couple of hours. It came together much easier than I expected really!

Dollar Tree Eggs
I bought 12 packages of these at Dollar Tree. Why I bought the glittered eggs I will never know. It was a moment of insanity I am sure- because y'all know I think loose glitter is the Devil's Dust. Seriously- I am working hard to ban it all from my home because it gets EVERY WHERE. Every. Where y'all. My husband even went to work one day with glitter in his eyebrow. He's a cop. He was not amused that someone noticed his glittered eyebrow!! Anyway, grab yourself 12 dozen eggs of your choice. They have to be the CHEAP eggs with the holes in the top and the bottom. High dollar eggs will be much more difficult to work with.

Glittered Easter Eggs
I lined my eggs up in order and opened them up. If the two holes on the top and the bottom are not defined (or are covered in glitter as in my case) then you will need to use something to open the holes up. I used an ice pick and just pushed through the glitter. Easy peasy. Also note that I spread out every microfiber cloth that I could find in the garage on my counter before I began. Those little suckers really hang onto the glitter!!

Glittered Garland

I used plain crochet thread - because that's what I had on hand- and used two long pieces. Tie the strings together at one end so the eggs don't fall off when your cat grabs them and runs off with them. Seriously.  After running both strings through both halves of the eggs, close the eggs back up. There were six colors of eggs but I didn't like one of the colors and only used five.

Stringing an egg garland
After every five eggs I tied another knot in the strings so that if they ever break maybe the damage will be slightly contained.  I used the same five colors, in order, for the entire thing. NOTE: I made 4 short garlands rather than one really long one.

Glittered Easter Eggs

In hind sight I wish I had left a little more room between each section. The eggs were strung pretty tightly and it made the a little hard to actually get on the tree. I think a little more space between would have helped quite a bit.

Clear Coating eggs
Did I mention how much I don't like loose glitter in the house? So after I had all the garlands strung together, I took them outside and tied them on the little fence. I sprayed clear coat all over them. lifting the sections up to spray the backs and undersides; then left them to dry. I did this three times because I wanted to make sure I got all the sides.  Thankfully we had ONE nice sunny day while I was working on this project.

Easter Tree
And there you have it! I love how the garland turned out and how it looks on my cute Easter Tree. I hope you give this a try- it was so much fun!

Be sure to check out my other posts for this project.
The - Easter Tree itself.
The - Giant paper flowers using DCWV Petal Papers.
The - DIY Easter Ornaments
The - Upcycled Candlesticks

It was a lot of work but I love how it turned out!!

DIY Easter Garland

Giant Peonies using DCWV Petal Papers

Giant Paper Peony
I recently had the opportunity to create with the new Petal Papers from DCWV. Y'all they are so much fun. I love making paper flowers, they make amazing decorations for so many things. Of course I had to make some for my Easter Tree. These are so easy to make and I hope you give them a try. The Petal Papers are available at your local JoAnn store.

Cutting paper petals
Start by cutting strips of the Petal Paper to match the size of the petal you want to end up with; then fold the paper in half. I wanted my petals to be about 5" in length and about 4" wide. So I cut my strips 11" long and 4.5" wide. When folded in half they are 5.5" in length and 4.5" wide. Be sure you pay attention to the grain of the paper! You want the grain to run up and down - NOT side to side.

Paper Petals
Cut from the folded edge.I free hand cut these, so they are very natural looking! I didn't worry too much about making them all the exact same, I just cut the base a little more narrow than the top and made sure I had a nicely rounded top edge. Seriously, don't go crazy over this, you are going to shape the petals anyway! I made eight large pink petals for this flower.

Petal Papers
Use your thumbs to slightly stretch each petal side to side, about 1/4 of the way down from the top. Remember, there are two petals here, because we cut from the fold. So be sure to stretch each petal individually.

ruffled petals
Here is the view from the top. Notice the petals are gathered at the bottom- I folded them accordion style and kind of squashed them together. When the gathers are released it will give the petals a lot of extra shape.

assembling flowers
 Punch (or cut) a large circle about 4" across. Using hot glue attach the petals one at a time, overlapping slightly.

petal layer

Here is your outer ring of petals! You are halfway there!

Second flower ring
Add an inner ring of white petals using the same method. I made mine 2" in length by 1.5" wide. I managed to shove 7 of them in there- so it is rather full.

Flower Center
To make the center I cut a piece of the Petal Paper 6.5" wide by 2" tall. Fold it in half so it is now only 1" tall. Apply a strip of 1/4" wide tape next to the fold. Cut very narrow strips from the top almost to the tape. Remove the tape and roll up tightly.

Ruffled flower center
Use hot glue to adhere in the center of the flower.

paper flowers
Here is a view from the side. Separating the petals gives it more volume and makes it look realistic.

DCWV Petal papers

I used a fan brush and some pink ink to add details to the very center of the outer petals, then gave the whole flower a light spray with mica spray. Done! I made several flowers in a variety of sizes for my Easter tree and they are perfect for it!

Easter Tree

I hope you have enjoyed my Easter Tree. I have so much fun putting this together. The princess loves it! I have several more posts coming this week on how I made all the decorations for the tree - so be sure to check back!

The - Easter Tree
The - Glittered Easter Egg Garland
The- DIY Easter Ornaments
The - Upcycled Candlesticks