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DIY Halloween Treat Boxes

While I don’t approve of giving a bunch of sugar to young children, I do want to give my Halloween Trick or Treaters something that they like. My answer to this has been to make my own Paper Treat Boxes for Halloween. When I give my Trick or Treaters their boxes, they are more interested in the boxes themselves than what’s inside.

Clover Fold Boxes made from black paper sponged with white paint.

Clover Fold Boxes made from black paper sponged with white paint.

I fill my boxes with spider or skull rings or something related to the season. My Trick or Treaters are happy and I have a clear conscience of not having caved in to giving them sweets.

Close up of two of my Halloween Treat Boxes.

Close up of two of my Halloween Treat Boxes.

This year I am making Clover Fold Boxes from black card stock. I sponged white acrylic paint on the black card stock and let it dry overnight.

Halloween Treat Boxes and the paper I made them from (on the right).

Halloween Treat Boxes and the paper I made them from (on the right).

Since the paper is black, I traced the clover fold template on the reverse side of the paper using blue transfer paper. Then I cut out the box, folded it, and used heavy duty double stick tape to tape the corners of each box. You could use most any glue or tape for this.

Halloween Treat Boxes made from black card stock that was sponged with white paint.

Halloween Treat Boxes made from black card stock that was sponged with white acrylic paint.

If you are making these boxes with children, you may want to use white tempera or other non-toxic and/or easy to clean paint.

You can download the template for making your own Clover Fold Box below.

Template: Clover-Fold Box

Enjoy, Candy

Dorothy’s Dinky Doodles

Last year, before my friend Dorothy moved, she gave me a couple sheets of one of her Dinky Doodles. I’m not sure if they’re laser or ink jet copies, but I absolutely love them! I put them away and forgot about them until I was going through the paper piles in my studio closet this past week.

I was able to make all these little boxes from the two papers of Dinky Doodles that Dorothy gave me.

I was able to make all these little boxes from the two papers of Dinky Doodles that Dorothy gave me.

I decided it was time for me to do something with these doodles that Dorothy gave me. The papers were light weight copy paper, so I decided folded little paper boxes would look great out of these papers.

These were the two Dinky Doodles that Dorothy gave to me. They are copies of doodles that she makes.

These were the two Dinky Doodle papers that Dorothy gave to me. They are copies of doodles that she makes.

I folded the tops of the boxes out of Dorothy’s paper and made the bottoms of the boxes out of colorful coordinating papers.

Little folded boxes made from Dorothy's Dinky Doodle paper.

Little folded boxes made from Dorothy’s Dinky Doodle papers.

Dorothy paints what she calls Dinky Doodles on papers. It’s fun and easy for anyone to do. Then she copies her doodles. This would be a perfect project to do with children. It would work well with crayons or watercolors or markers.

Little boxes made from Dorothy's painted papers she calls Dinky Doodles.

Little boxes made from Dorothy’s painted papers she calls Dinky Doodles.

Enjoy, Candy

 

Studio Snapshot – Making Lots Of Colorful Long Stemmed Hearts

On my last blog post, I gave directions for making long stemmed hearts. Somehow, many of you who subscribe to my blog never received that post. I don’t understand the technology of why that happened, but here’s the link to the DIY instructions: DIY Long Stemmed Hearts.

While these are not the customary colors for hearts, I really like them together as a bouquet.

While these are not the customary colors for hearts, I really like them together as a bouquet.

For that blog post, I made a dozen red long stemmed hearts. And seeing that I had a whole lot of colorful fade resistant papers sitting around my studio, I couldn’t resist making lots more long stemmed hearts is ever so many different colors.

These paper long stemmed hearts won't wilt and you don't have to remember to water them either.

One dozen Long Stemmed Hearts as shown in last week’s blog post.

As I stated last week, I use Pop Tone colors from French Paper Company, located in Niles, Michigan. I had to order directly from the company to get all the colors I wanted.

Purple and pink Long Stemmed Hearts.

Purple and pink Long Stemmed Hearts.

One of the things I love about these hearts is that I don’t have to remember to water them. I can leave for a week or two without worrying about them. No wilting. No watering. As a matter of fact, it’s not advisable to water them at all.

I love the bright colors of these Long Stemmed Hearts.

I love the bright colors of these Long Stemmed Hearts.

All week, I just kept making all different colors of folded paper hearts. I kept trying out how different color combinations looked together. It was so much fun!

Green and yellow Long Stemmed Hearts.

Green and yellow Long Stemmed Hearts.

The vases I used for most of today’s photos used to hold balsamic vinegar. They make great vases. I bought the balsamic vinegar at Trader Joe’s years ago. I don’t know if they still sell it in these glass bottles. I added the band of red cord to coordinate the vase with the wrapping of embroidery thread on the hearts.

Pastel Long Stemmed Hearts.

Pastel Long Stemmed Hearts.

I have also found lovely vases at yard sales and estate sales. Look around and you’re likely to find the perfect vase for your Long Stemmed Hearts.

Lots of colorful Long Stemmed Hearts.

Lots of colorful Long Stemmed Hearts.

For instructions, see my blog post: DIY Long Stemmed Hearts.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Long Stemmed Hearts

I made some long stemmed hearts a number of years ago for Valentine’s Day. Recently, I noticed that a number of the colors had faded from being in the sun. So, I decided to make them again using fade resistant papers. I also decided to simplify the process I and share my instructions here.

These paper long stemmed hearts look great in these three vases I purchased years ago from Ikea.

These paper long stemmed hearts look great in these three vases I purchased years ago from Ikea.

I got a variety of colored papers from French Paper Company which is located in Niles, Michigan. I used their line of Pop Tone colors. These papers are some of the most lightfast, fade resistant papers available. They come in a wonderful variety of colors, too.

Instructions for making my Long Stemmed Hearts.

This is how I make my Long Stemmed Hearts.

Instructions:

  1. Cut paper 8.5″ by 2.5″ with the paper grain going the 2.5″ direction. Fold the paper in half like in #1 above (note: the fold is on the right). If you don’t know about paper grain, check out my blog post that explains it at: Understanding Paper Grain Direction.
  2. Draw an arc in pencil like in #2 above. It should be just a bit higher on the fold line (that’s where the center of the heart will be).
  3. Cut the arc and start folding. Fold towards the center fold as in #3 above.
  4. Continue folding as in #4 above, folding each fold in half.
  5. Continue folding as in #5 above, folding each fold in half again.
  6. Continue folding as in #6 above, folding each fold in half again.
  7. Put the accordion folded heart into a bulldog clip as in #7 above (or secure it with rubber bands). Tie embroidery thread around the bottom of the heart using a square knot. Put a dab of glue on the knot.
  8. Wrap the long end of the thread around the knot about a dozen times with the short end of the thread still visible above the wrapping. Tie the ends together with a square knot. Glue around the thread, including the knot as in #8 above. You can see the wet glue in the photo, but it dries clear. I used PVA glue, but a white glue like Elmers would work well too. Cut the thread after the glue is dry. For those wanting a super clean looking wrap, put the thread on a needle and thread it under the now glued wrapped thread.
  9. Push a bamboo skewer through the center of the heart, between the center fold and the thread. Push the skewer all the way down to where the thread goes around the heart. Gently open the heart. It should look like # 9 above.
One dozen red paper long stem.med hearts. Make your own and look for unique ways to display them

One dozen red paper long stemmed hearts. Make your own and look for unique ways to display them

These are fun to make. And now that I have simplified how I make them, they go fairly quickly. Before I actually sewed the folds at the bottom of each heart. This way is much quicker.

These paper long stemmed hearts won't wilt and you don't have to remember to water them either.

These paper long stemmed hearts won’t wilt and you don’t have to remember to water them either.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Playing With My New Chiyogami Papers

This past week I’ve been making paper lotus flowers, origami mandalas and paper wrapped pencils out of the new Chiyogami papers I received from Washi Arts. I shared the photo of the papers I received on my last post and here is what I’ve been doing with them.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

I love these papers! The colors are spectacular and they fold beautifully. Yes, they are expensive, but so worth it.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

Paper Lotus Flower, Origami Mandala and paper wrapped pencils made from Chiyogami paper.

If you haven’t tried Chiyogami paper, treat yourself to a sheet. It’s a wonderful experience.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Paper Lotus Flowers

My studio this past week has been a chair beside a hospital bed. A dear family member had a massive stroke. It’s been an emotional week, but making paper lotus flowers has proved to be calming and meditative.

Paper Lotus Flower made from Chiyogami and metallic silver papers.

Paper Lotus Flower made from Chiyogami and metallic silver papers.

Luckily I had already cut the papers for a number of paper lotus flowers. I simply put the papers, waxed linen thread, scissors, a pencil and a clipboard in a box and took it with me to the hospital.

Paper Lotus Flowers

Paper Lotus Flowers

I sat and was present while we listened to soothing music. I folded while my family member slept.

This Paper Lotus Flower was made from wrapping paper and gold metallic paper.

This Paper Lotus Flower was made from wrapping paper and gold metallic paper.

Paper Lotus Flowers

Paper Lotus Flowers

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flower

Paper Lotus Flowers

Paper Lotus Flowers

With love, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Starting Another Earth Spirit Vessel

This past week I started another Earth Spirit Vessel. There’s actually a lot of work that needs to be done before I start building the vessel itself. For this vessel, I chose a pure white paper and combined it with painted paste papers of various shades of green with gold highlights.

This is the beginning of another Earth Spirit Vessel.

This is the beginning of another Earth Spirit Vessel.

I started out with  papers that were 19.5″ by 25″ and then cut them into 2″ by 4″ pieces of paper. On 25 of the pieces of paper I wrote inspirations and quotes related to Nature and Mother Earth.  I then hand folded each of the papers nine times. You can see the triangular folded pieces in the above photo.

This is one of the 25 quotes that I calligraphed for this Earth Spirit Vessel.

This is one of the 25 quotes that I calligraphed for this Earth Spirit Vessel.

After all the preparation, I got to start putting the Earth Spirit Vessel together. I built it one row at a time.

I don't yet have a name for this Earth Spirit Vessel. I think the name will come to me as I continue to build it and decide what I'm going to do with the green as far as a design.

I don’t yet have a name for this Earth Spirit Vessel. I think the name will come to me as I continue to build it and decide what I’m going to do with the green as far as a design.

After I got each row in position, I took off one folded piece at a time and glued it to the piece below. The gluing is not actually necessary, but it means that the shape of the vessel stays intact. Note: I only raised boys, so I know how easily they could dismantle something like this. And although I offer to make my Earth Spirit Vessels without glue, no one has ever taken me up on the offer. I think that’s very smart of them.

View from above of my latest Earth Spirit Vessel in progress.

View from above of my latest Earth Spirit Vessel in progress.

Yes, it does take a lot of work to make each vessel. It’s a wonderfully meditative process and I truly enjoy making each and every one.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY – Red, White & Blue Paper Balls

As I unpacked my box of seasonal decorations, I came across a number of red, white and blue paper decorations. Every year I try and add new decorations for each holiday. These are the red, white and blue paper balls that I made last year. They look great combined with the Red, White & Blue Paper Stars that I made last week. These are perfect table decorations for the 4th of July!

Here I have put 5 paper balls in a glass vase. Loving the look!

Here I put 5 paper balls in a glass vase. Loving the look!

My first experience making paper balls happened by accident. I was actually trying to make a paper flower. I let go at the wrong time and the flower kind of exploded. I actually loved that the explosion could, with just a little manipulation, produce a ball. I decided to see if I could replicate my accident, this time on purpose. I decided to try making balls using red, white and blue paper. This is the wondrous result.

Here I have put the balls in glass dessert dishes.

Here I put the balls in glass dessert dishes.

I used 60# and 70# text weight papers. These were a bit heavier than the recycled book paper I used with my “accident” and required just a bit more manipulation. When I used the recycled book paper, the paper just exploded into a ball. This time I had to carefully pull apart the folds, but the result was the same, a lovely paper ball.

The larger paper balls are made from 3″ squares and the smaller ones are made from 2.5″ squares. Any size square will work. I used 15 squares for each of my balls.

2015 DIY Red White and Blue Paper Balls 4 copy

Instructions:

1. Start with about 15 pieces of square paper. Fold in half, then half again. Fold one flap up from center fold to make a triangle. Repeat with second flap. See photo #1 above.

Note: Make sure all folds are  on one side of the folded paper and all loose ends are on the other.

2. Make a template out of card stock and round the top of the folded triangle as in photo #2 above. You are cutting  and rounding the loose ends of the paper.

3. Glue one rounded triangle side of  a folded paper to a second folded paper (photo #3 above).

4. Continue until all 15 pieces have been glued together (photo #4 above).

5. Starting at one end, open up one of the triangles as in photo #5 above. Opened, it will form a flower-like circle.

6. Continue opening the next triangle, and the next, etc. (photo #6 above).

7. A little twisting is sometimes needed to make the ball shape. Photo #7 shows the completed folded paper ball.

The red and blue paper balls are made from 3" papers and the white ball from 2.5" paper.

The red and blue paper balls are made from 3″ square papers and the white ball from 2.5″ square papers.

Here’s to happy accidents, Candy

DIY – Red, White & Blue Paper Stars

In Ashland, Oregon, where I live, the 4th of July is a major holiday. We have an old fashioned parade and lots and lots of people come to see it. In fact, there are usually more people watching the parade than there are permanent residents in Ashland. So decorating in red, white and blue is simply something I always do this time of year.

Paper red, white and blue paper stars make a great table decoration for my 4th of July table.

Red, white and blue paper stars make a great table decoration for my 4th of July table.

I have a box filled with seasonal decorations that has lots of red, white and blue decorations in it. Each year I try to come up with something new to add to it. This year it’s paper stars. I made some metallic paper stars for the holidays (see DIY Three Dimensional Paper Star). They came out great, but they did take a fair amount of time to make. For these red, white and blue paper stars, I decided to simplify the process.

These paper stars are easy to make. Cut, score and fold.

These paper stars are easy to make. Cut, score and fold.

Instructions:

  1. Cut out a 5 pointed star. Score the 5 lines that go from a point in the star to the opposite side of the star. Figure 1 above shows where the score lines go on the star.
  2. Figure 2 shows the cut out star with score lines. It’s hard to see in the photo, but the score lines are there.
  3. Fold each of the lines you have scored, as in Figure 3 above.
  4. After the initial folds are made, they will all be “mountain folds.” Now make the folds from the center to the shortest side of the star into valley folds by pushing them down as in Figure 4 above. If you need help with understanding scoring and mountain and valley folds, see my blog post: Understanding Paper Grain Direction.
The finished paper star.

The finished paper star.

I made my stars in a variety of sizes. I think the variety makes a great presentation. Use these stars for table decorations or for just place around the house for a festive effect.

I have these red, white and blue paper stars on my entry table. I like to change what I put there with the changing seasons.

I have these red, white and blue paper stars on my entry table. I like to change what I put there with the changing seasons.

I have included a PDF template of stars in 3 sizes. You may use this for cutting out your stars.
Template: Stars in 3 sizes

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Boxes With Chocolate For Father’s Day

The first half of my week was working on Origami Mandalas (see Art On The Go! – Making Origami Mandalas). The last half of the week was spent thinking about Father’s Day. Do you realize, it’s less than a week away?

Chocolate in their own boxes for Gary, Nelson, Bob & Warren for Father's Day.

Chocolate in their own boxes for Gary, Nelson, Bob & Warren for Father’s Day.

My father has made it difficult for me, again, by requesting no gifts. He says he doesn’t have room to store more “stuff.” I get that, but it’s hard for me not to get him something for Father’s Day.

I figure I can get away with giving him some chocolate. That’s edible and won’t take up space once it’s eaten. Dagoba Taster Squares are perfect since they are like individual small bites. They can be easily saved (or eaten immediately).

I made each box in the favorite color of the recipient.

I made each box in the favorite color of the recipient.

Since my dad and I we will be with 3 other fathers on Father’s Day, I decided to make 4 boxes, one for each of the fathers and fill them with Dagoba Taster Squares.

You can download the template for making these boxes from my blog post: DIY – Truffle Box. I also show how to close the box once it is made.

Happy Father’s Day, Candy

DIY – Colorful Spiral Paper Flowers

Wildflowers are everywhere I look. They’re so colorful and inspiring.  They inspired me  to try making some colorful spiral paper flowers.

I love how these spiral paper flowers turned out.

I love how these spiral paper flowers turned out.

I’ve seen lots of this type of paper flower all over the internet for some time now. I decided it was time for me to try to make some. Although they were fun and fairly easy to make, there was a bit of a learning curve. Isn’t there always when you try something new?

I couldn't stop trying different colors of these spiral paper flowers.

I couldn’t stop trying different colors of these spiral paper flowers.

These flowers start with a circle which you cut into a spiral. Because I wanted to make the best use of my paper, I made my circles 5 and 1/4 inches in diameter so that I could get 2 out of an 8.5″ by 11″ piece of paper. While I had success with these, I think next time I’ll start with a larger circle. Maybe I’ll make a number of different sized flowers.

I made my spiral paper flowers from 60# text weight paper.

I made my spiral paper flowers from 60# text weight paper.

I have seen instructions to make these flowers from card stock to text weight paper to napkins. I made mine from 60# text weight paper and it worked well.

See instructions below to correspond with the steps in the above photo to make your spiral paper flowers.

See instructions below to correspond with the steps in the above photo to make your spiral paper flowers.

Instructions:

  1. Cut a circle out of paper
  2. If you wish, you can trace a spiral on your circle with a pencil.
  3. Cut your spiral. If you trace your spiral, then be sure to erase your pencil lines after you cut.
  4. Roll your spiral from the outside of the circle inward. I found a toothpick helped me to start rolling the paper.
  5. Once you’ve rolled to the center, gently release the spiral until it forms the shape you like.
  6. Glue the bottom and hold until glue dries. I used a hot glue gun because the glue dries quickly.

Warning: Be careful if you use a glue gun. Mine fell over (off its stand) and melted a bit of my cutting mat. And that glue’s pretty darn hot too. Be careful!

I can see that these spiral paper flowers could become addictive. Try them in all sorts of sizes and colors.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY – Paper Birds With Paper Clip Legs

I was visiting a friend last week who has multiple bird feeders that are situated right outside her living room window. The finches and other birds simply loved her feeders. So today, I took her one of my paper birds with paper clip legs. It reminded me that I wrote this post last year,  but thought it was worth sharing again.

These paper birds are made from paste paper scraps, discarded paint sample cards and paper clips.

These paper birds are made from paste paper scraps, discarded paint sample cards and paper clips.

Although I consider myself a serious artist, I sometimes just have to do cute. And these birds certainly are cute.

I’ve made their legs from paper clips, while their bodies are from paste paper scraps left over from other projects. If you remember my most recent post showing the spring flowers I made from discarded paint chips, their wings might look familiar to you.

The paper bird on the left is the only one who doesn't have paint chip for his wing. I had some left over shiny green paper that I thought went well with his colors.

The paper bird on the left is the only one who doesn’t have paint chip for his wing. I had some left over shiny green paper that I thought went well with his colors.

They are really easy to make. The hardest part for me was deciding on the shapes for the birds and wings. I sketched out a bunch of ideas, and found that I liked a simple, but very graphic design best. Once I decided on my design, I made a template out of card stock and traced the bodies and wings of my birds.

Paper birds perfect for springtime.

Paper birds perfect for Spring decorations.

I cut out the body shapes from scraps of paste paper and cut coordinating wings from solid colors of paint chips. I found I liked a card stock weight for my bird bodies. A scrapbook paper would probably work well for both bodies and wings.

Those who know me, know I like color. Even my paper clips are colorful. So, it seemed natural to make my birds’ legs and feet out of colorful, bendable paper clips, which were right within reach. I just straightened out most of the wire and left one curve for each foot (see photo below).

This photo shows how I made the bird feet and legs from paper clips.

This photo shows how I made the bird feet and legs from paper clips.

To assemble your bird, tape two legs on to the inside of one bird body. Then, paste a mirror image bird body on the back, sandwiching the legs between the two bodies. Glue on the wings, positioning them to suit your taste. Add a triangle for the bird beak. Add the eye. You can draw a black circle for the bird’s eye, use a seed bead or googly eye. For my birds, I opted for the simplicity of a black circle for the eye. I thought it went well with the simple graphic style of my birds.

These paper birds are easy to make.

These paper birds are easy to make.

There are lots of possibilities for these birds. Experiment and see what you can come up with. I’d love to see what you do.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Valentine’s Day

Most of my studio time this past week was in preparation for Valentine’s Day. I made cards and place cards. I loved playing with embellished brush lettering.

Here's the Valentine's Day card and envelope I made for Marge.

Here’s the Valentine’s Day card and envelope I made for Marge. She always makes me such great cards, I wanted to give her one too.

 

After playing with brush lettering for the place cards (see Studio Snapshot -Valentine Place Cards). Below are the finished place cards.

These are the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

These are the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

I used different colors for each of the 7 different names. I also made each of the borders just a little different.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

Although each of the names are a different color and have a different border, they look great together. That’s because the lettering on all the names are similar.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

You can see my practice for the place cards, Studio Snapshot – Valentine Place Cards.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

This is my favorite of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch. There seems to be a whimsical nature to the letters here.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch. Obviously, this one is mine.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch. Obviously, this one is mine.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY – Hershey’s Kisses Chocolate Mice

I made these Hershey Kisses Mice last year for Valentine’s Day. They were very a big hit, especially when I gave out over 150 of them to friends and acquaintances during Valentine’s Day dinner.

A bunch of mice made from chocolate kisses. The ears are made from paper.

A bunch of mice made from chocolate kisses. The ears are made from paper. Perfect favors for Valentine’s Day.

The following quote about chocolate is dedicated to my friend, Sophia.

Chocolate comes from cocoa
which comes out of a tree.
That makes it a plant,
Therefore, chocolate counts as salad.
The end.

Now for the instructions for making your salad.

Here are the steps to make your chocolate mice.

Here are the steps to make your chocolate mice.

Steps to making your mice (the numbers below refer to the numbers in the above photo):

1. Get 2 Hershey’s Kisses. I got a package or red, pink and silver kisses and another package of gold kisses.

2. Remove the printed paper message from the kisses.

3. Glue googly eyes on one of the kisses. I suggest using a liquid glue for this step.

4. Cut a 4″ length of bakers twine, put a knot in one end and insert the unknotted end into one of the kisses where you removed the message paper.

5. To make the ears, cut out 2 ovals out of brown paper and two smaller ovals out of pink paper.

6. Glue the pink ovals on the brown ovals. I suggest using stick glue for this step.

7. Glue the paper ears on the kiss with the googly eyes. I suggest a liquid glue for this step.

8. After the glue on the paper ears has dried, glue the two kisses together. I suggest a liquid glue for this step. Hold the two kisses together for a little bit to make sure the glue adheres well. Your mouse is now finished.

Two chocolate kisses mice.

Two mice made from chocolate kisses.

I realize that the ears are the only part of these mice that are made from paper. But, they’re so cute, I couldn’t help but share them with you.

Chocolate mice made from Hershey's kisses.

Chocolate mice made from Hershey’s kisses.

I have a friend who said she couldn’t manage to make them with her nephew because he kept eating the kisses before they could be made into mice.

These chocolate mice are so easy to make. And in Valentine's Day colors too.

These chocolate mice are so easy to make. And in Valentine’s Day colors too.

I put the mice on the tables as Valentine’s Day table decorations. They really made the tables look festive.

These are the start of my table decorations for Valentine's Day.

These are the start of my table decorations for Valentine’s Day.

Be sure to make extra mice because you’re sure to get requests for more.

The chocolate strawberries were delicious.

The chocolate strawberries were delicious.

Happy chocolate, Candy

DIY Paper Poinsettia

These paper poinsettias are easy to make and can be used for holiday decorations, package toppers, table centerpieces or place cards. I made mine in off white and in red, traditional poinsettia colors.

Three Paper Poinsettias surrounded by vintage buttons, which make great flower centers.

Three Paper Poinsettias surrounded by vintage buttons, which make great flower centers.

I started out by folding strips of paper in half lengthwise. Then I cut out 8 boat shaped petals of each of 3 sizes. Photo below shows the paper folded and pencil marks for each of the three sizes of petals along with how the petals look once cut and opened.

The folded strip of paper above the Paper Poinsettias show the three sizes of petals I cut out of the paper to make the flowers.

The folded strip of paper above the Paper Poinsettias show the three sizes of petals I cut out of the paper to make the flowers.

I cut 8 petals of each of the three sizes and a square of card stock to glue the petals to. I drew diagonal lines from corner to corner to help line up the petals. I started by gluing the larger petals around the square (see photo below). The second layer uses the middle sized petals and the last layer used the smallest petals (see photo below). I then glued a button or bead in the center of the Paper Poinsettia.

This shows how I add each layer of petals to make my Paper Poinsettia.

This shows how I add each layer of petals to make my Paper Poinsettia.

For my first Paper Poinsettia, I used glue stick to attach the petals. It worked fine. For the rest, I used a hot glue gun, which I rarely use as I am not very adept with a glue gun. However, for this project, having the globs of dried hot glue actually helped add dimension to the Paper Poinsettia. I preferred the end result of using the glue gun, but any glue will work.

Paper Poinsettia with large pearl bead for its center.

Paper Poinsettia with large pearl bead for its center.

I used a heavy text weight, about 60# to 70# papers. Feel free to experiment with different colors, weights and sizes of petals. Play and enjoy.

Happy Holidays, Candy