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10 Days of Christmas Crafts! Day 9 - Paper Cutlery Pockets

Posted: 22nd December 2016   Category: Create your own projects   By: Louise R

DIY Cutlery Pockets


It’s day 9 of our 10 Days of Christmas Crafts, and we’re looking at last-minute crafts which are quick and simple to do.

These cutlery pockets are the perfect excuse (as if anyone ever needed an excuse!) to squeeze in some extra crafting before Christmas Day, and they’re functional too!

To make these I opened CraftArtist, and loaded up a blank A4 portrait page. I then added 4 more pages. To pages 1, 2, and 4 I added my chosen backgrounds (from the Cardinal Christmas kit). Next I added a rectangle to page 1 to make it easy to cut out the underneath of my cutlery pocket. My rectangle is 9.5” high, by 4.5” wide.

I then added another rectangle to page 3, the size of the front of the pocket. I chose 5” high by 4.5” wide for this. To page 3 I then added the embellishments which I want to form the front image. I’m planning to cut out one of the embellishments, and attach it to the front of the pocket with a foam pad, so I copied this onto page 5 also (you can skip this bit if you’re not planning on attaching any embellishments to your finished cutlery pocket.

Cutlery Pockets

All that’s left to do now is print out the project. I just used plain paper, and printed on both sides, so that the rear of the pocket is decorated too. Cut out the pieces, and assemble them all using double-sided sticky tape and foam pads!

Cutlery Pockets Cutlery Pockets

Cutlery Pockets

 

 

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10 Days of Christmas Crafts! Day 8 - Nice List Certificate

Posted: 21st December 2016   Category: DaisyTrail News   By: jess serif

Evening all,

I hope you've had a lovely day! It's officially "hump day" so we're on the countdown to breaking up for xmas here at DaisyTrail.

Now the question on many childrens lips at the moment is whether they're on the naughty or the nice list so what better idea for our Day 8 of Christmas Crafts than to use CraftArtist to create a custom made Nice List certificate?

Linda's made this really simple but still so effective certificate by simply using a blank A4 template in CraftArtist and using her favourite Christmas themed digikits to create this beautiful memento for the children (or that naughty other half of yours!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These certificates are fantastic to add to Christmas Eve boxes but would also be great to post to little ones (you're probably a bit late for last post now but could always post through their letterbox - children love receiving mail!) or you could always leave this framed next to their presents from Santa to congratulate them being so good this year!

Who will you be making a naughty or nice certificate for this year??

We'd love to see your creations too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Days of Christmas Crafts! Day 7 - Christmas Treats & Crackers

Posted: 20th December 2016   Category: DaisyTrail News   By: jess serif

I’m back this evening for day seven of our Christmas crafts and today I’ve got some fun ideas for Christmas eve box treats or stocking filler ideas.

How about putting a twist on adding the usual sweets usually added – there are so many ways you can gift them using CraftArtist – why not give one of our gift box, gift bag, goodie cones or pillow box templates a go? They’re so easy to do, simply load your template and decorate as you wish before printing and assembling – you can create them from start to finish within a few minutes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But the lovely linda has taken it a step further … how about making some comical sweet packets like reindeer food, snowman poop, elf pillows  or reindeer noses? The kids will love these humorous delights!

And finally…. How about making your own Christmas Crackers for the table this year?? There’s a blank Cracker template within the party crafts area of the CraftArtist software which you can personalise to your hearts content (they’d look fab with each guests name on to use instead of place cards) and you could even include your very own jokes or personal message to the crackers!.

We’d love to see how your crackers look on your Christmas table if you decide to give it a go!

 

 

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10 Days of Christmas Crafts! Day 6 - Paper Rosette Christmas Tree

Posted: 19th December 2016   Category: Create your own projects   By: Louise R

Rosette Christmas Tree Tutorial

It’s day 6 of our 10 days of Christmas Crafts, and today's tutorial is for this paper rosette Christmas tree!

I’m planning to add this tree to the Christmas dinner table, but it would look great on a mantelpiece too.

The digikit I’ve used is Christmas Tradition By Meagan's Creations. I just love the backgrounds in this kit, and knew they would be perfect for my tree. The CraftArtist template I used is simply A4 portrait! This project really is that simple! Here are some of my printed papers:

Papers

The first thing you need to do is work out how many tiers you want in your tree, I opted for 10, starting with a 6” diameter rosette for the base, and ending with a 1½” one at the top. Here are the paper requirements to replicate my tree.

You will need two strips of each size:

11.5” X 6”
11.5” X 5.5”
11.5” X 5”
11.5” X 4.5”
11.5” X 4”
11.5” X 3.5”
11.5” X 3”
11.5” X 2.5”
11.5” X 2”
11.5” X 1.5”

Once you have your paper all cut out, the next thing to do it to score it using the back of a craft knife, ready to fold. I scored the paper at 0.4” / 1 cm intervals. Once you have scored and folded all your paper strips, the next thing to do is to fold each one in half, and stick the ends together. I just used double sided sticky tape for this. You then need to glue each semi-circle to its pair, to make a full circle. Once again I used double sided tape for this.

Rosette assembly

Once you have your rosette shape, it’s useful to attach a disc of card to both the top and bottom, both to hold the rosette's shape, and to make it easier to glue the finished stack together. I used a spray adhesive, and found it holds really well. For the top couple of layers I covered the top disc in a matching paper scrap, just to make sure that if any was visible on the finished tree, it looked neat and tidy.

Disc topper

I wanted to add a little extra sparkle to my tree, so I rolled each finished rosette in glue, and then rolled in it gold glitter. I’m really pleased with how this turned out! I left all the rosettes overnight to try, before starting assembly.

glue and glitter

Assembly took a matter of minutes! I used the spray adhesive again to glue each of the rosettes together.

Rosette assembly

I topped my tree with a ribbon double bow, but you could add a star, an embellishment created in CraftArtist, or even a pompom!

Finished paper rosette tree

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