Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tuesday Tips and Tricks

Today is the start of Tuesday Tips and Tricks. I am a member and moderator at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/easywishbladers/, and we are implementing tips and tricks for crafters using our cutting machines and other techniques.

Today's project is a Fall/Halloween broom that only took an hour to make. I love how it turned out and it fits perfectly in with my tablescape on our dining room table. Here's what it looks like:

The supplies I used were:

Brown Cardstock - 11" x 4 1/4" (broom handle)
Yellow Cardstock - 7" x 4  ("straw" bottom of broom)
Scraps of Dark Red, Orange, Dark Green, Apple Green and Tan card stock (leaves and acorns)
Cuttlebug "Forest Branches" embossing folder
 Orange ribbon with white and olive green flower print
Small leaf punch - CM
Wishblade used to cut oak leaves
2 Gold Metal Pumpkin Brads
Red double sided tacky tape 
Needle to poke holes in log for brads
SU  Chocolate Ink pad and sponge
SU Dimensional foam used under the backside of the pumpkin brads
Brown twine
Glue, glue dots or hot glue

*For my oak leaves, the veins cut out of the center so I cut a solid oak leaf and glued that to the back of the top oak leaf. I used copper and green color Stickles, and filled in the cut out veins and let those dry overnight.

Roll the chocolate card stock into a broom handle shape and seal 11" side with tacky tape. Using a sponge and the brown ink pad, sponge color all over the yellow card stock. Take a ruler and yellow card stock, along the 7" side, draw a line 1/2" down from the top. This is where you stop cutting your fringes. Take a scissors and cut fringes from the bottom of the 4" side, up to the line you have drawn. Attach a strip of tacky tape along the top of the yellow card stock and attach it to the broom handle. The bottom of the fringe should be even with the bottom of the brown card stock. Run a strip of tacky tape along the top of the attached yellow card stock. 

Starting at the top of the broom handle, attach ribbon and wrap it around the broom handle and attach it to the top of the yellow cardstock. Wrap twine around the top of the yellow cardstock, hiding the end of the ribbon and top of yellow card stock. Using glue, glue dots, hot glue, or foam dimensionals, attach leaves to top and bottom of twine. I overlapped the leaves for dimension.

Poke a hole on the upper part of the broom stick and also a hole above the top row of leaves and attach pumpkin brads. Your broom is complete!

Like I mentioned earlier, it only took an hour from start to finish. It really is an easy project. My next broom is going to be 24" tall and I think I'll make a bunch of small ones as little gifts for an upcoming scrapping weekend I will be attending this month.

Hope you can take the time to make this project. I'm sure the kids would love to help! 

Have a great day!


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