Paper Christmas Tree Ornaments

This year we are keeping all those christmas tree ornaments in storage and forgetting about buying new ones. How about D.I.Y all season long. Today it’s all about paper christmas tree ornaments. Yes that’s right paper. Making paper christmas tree ornaments can be fun and inexpensive.  You can use paper in the colour and pattern of your choice to go with a scheme you may have in mind. You can also do patterned or plain paper, or even a mixture of both. There are several techniques that can be used to create these ornaments, basic origami being my favorite, simple because you can manipulate the paper into various shapes. Check out these AMAZING tutorials we found online.


I really like the shape of this striped paper ornament. It sort of looks like a flying saucer.  Check out the detailed and easy to follow tutorial at How About Orange

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This decorated paper box idea is really neat.  These boxes can also be personalize with photos of your family. Check out the tutorial at Unify Handmade.


These woven paper baubles will sure impress your family when they come to visit. It takes a little more time than the average paper ornament to create but the finish product is definitely worth it. Next to Nix website shows how to make all three designs


This paper heart-shaped ornament is just too cute.  Christmas is all about spreading love and this ornament sure represents that. Take a look at the tutorial at Resse Dixon.


These Origami hanging decorations are a must try this season. Imagine how sleek these would look on your tree. Check out the easy to follow tutorial on mini-eco.co.uk


These paper Christmas tree ornaments can also be hanged around the house. You can make them as big or small as you like using the same technique. See the tutorial at De Stampin Corner


Check out our Pinterest Board “Paper Crafts” to see more wonderful Ideas.

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Thanks for joining us for another Make it Monday Moment, and we hope you will be making your own ornaments this christmas. Look out for Friday’s post where we have some inspiring ideas on Recycled Christmas Tree ornaments.


Make it a Tote Box!

Stop, do not throw away that box! Let us make a decoupage tote box.

What do you need?

  • Box
  • Scrap paper from old magazines, books, catalogues, newspapers, invitations or cards
  • Mod Podge
  • Brush
  • Scissors or any cutting tool such as a Hobby Knife or paper punch. You can also tear the paper.

Step 2: Select scrap paper, you can use a sheet the size of the side of your box  or you can cut the paper to your desired shape and size.

 I used an old scrapbook catalogue that had wonderful prints. I cut the paper in strips and cubes.


STEP 3: Apply a layer of Mod Podge on to a small area of the box and press paper, rubbing out any air bubbles.  You can use use your hands or a squeegee to smoothen the paper. 

I used Mod Podge Antique Matt for an aged look. I started from the bottom corner and continued to stick the paper covering the surface. Then I covered the entire surface with my Mod Podge. Mod Podge is both an adhesive and a sealer. You can use regular Mod Podge Matt or Gloss and it dries clear.



Step 4: Embellish

I used Washi Paper ( an adhesive patterned paper) to cover the inside. I also punched holes and used hemp to make straps. I also used buttons and ribbon for added detail. You can use brads, stickers, beads, eyelets and so much more to decorate your tote box.


I hope you enjoyed this project from us at Bead Café and remember ‘express, explore, enjoy and create’, our Motto at Bead Café.

Crafty T



Upcycling Glass Bottles and Jars

Glass bottles and jars, I am sure we all have a few laying around the house. Wine, beer, ketchup, olive oil, liquor, pickles and jam just to name a few. They come in all different shapes and sizes. Which gives you many opportunities to express your creativity by upcycling them. Here are just a few ideas to inspired you.


These bottles and jars have a nice nostalgic look to them. By: Too-much-time.com


Recycled wine bottle light. How cool is this? Christmas tree lights and glass bottles Viola!!! By: Classy Garbage


Here is an idea where after painting the bottles white they use a black permanent marker  to create unique designs on the bottles. By: ScrapHacker.com


Who doesn’t love a nice decoupage. This bottle  is decoupaged entirely in headlines and copy from TIME Magazines that they carefully choose and cut out. This is one of our favorites. By: Gr3een

upcycle empty bottles and jars to make tinted glass centerpieces

Beautifully tinted glass bottles transformed into a vase. All you need is some Mod Podge and your colour choice of food colouring. By The V Spot


This is pretty Awesome. The Cut the Vodka bottles in half and used them as upcycled glasses. See more here Home Crux

Check us on Pinterest for more ideas.



Paper Paper Paper !!!

It’s Fresh Friday and today I want to share with you all how versatile paper can be when it comes to jewelry making . Keep your old magazines, newspapers, envelopes and calendars. As you know my motto “throw away nothing”. There are many types of jewelry you can craft from paper, from earring to hats, you can even create jewelry displays. Many techniques can be applied. You can fold the paper using Origami techniques, you can roll it to create beads of different shapes and sizes, even paper mache techniques, which you may have learnt in art and craft class at school. Paper that you will usually discard, why not take it and make it into something Fresh that you can wear or even sell . Imagine you can make money from using paper you will usually discard, now that’s what i call making a profit using your creativity. I found some great inspirational ideas to get you started.


Words on a paper flower with a red glass accent. by Frucci Design

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Necklace made from recycled sheet music. by Liz Hamman


Newspaper Necklace by How to Recycle


   Fashionable Paper Necklace by Ana Hagopian 


A year of rings constructed from paper – each month’s ring representing a symbolic flower.                                                                                                                                 Created by TT:NT, collaboration of  Tihi Kutchamuch and Nutre Arayavanis.


Origami Crane Earrings by Walking-Cripple


Funky recycled paper hat by Mary Design


Paper Mache Mannequin  is 100% recycled paper by Eclectic Creations


Black pulp paper mache jewelry display by SEWphisticate


D.I.Y. Picture Frames. Make your walls POP!!!

Picture frames are a great way to display your memories.  Making your own frames helps to personalize your home decor. You can take your old picture frames and up-cycle them or create your own frame from scratch.

DIY Picture Frame

Here is a link on how to make a picture frame at home. Woodooz


Stenciled Photo Frame. Shanty 2 Chic Both easy and cost effective to make.


Buttons can be a great embellishment for your frames. I’m sure you have buttons just laying around the house. Check out this basic tutorial. Fave Crafts


These frames were made by 36th Avenue for a party, out of cardboard. I think these are awesome. The Pops of colour can bring your party to life.


Dinosaur Frames for kids. This is an easy one kids can do to add some personality to their rooms. Hand Made Charlotte 


Bean frame idea this is also a great one for the kids to do.  Some beans from the pantry, acrylic paint and your read to get started. Blogglebeans


Easy decoupage frames. Fave Crafts

DIY Washi Tape Frame

Washi Tape Frame Tutorial. Ashley’s Dandelion Wishes

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Make it Monday is brought to you by Bead Café Craft and Hobby. Join us every Monday for more ideas.


Meet, Mingle & Make – A Crafty Affair


There are so many reasons why you should attend but here are just a few:

1. If you know us at Bead Cafe, we like offering you new products and we will be launching some at the event. You can be the first to see our new line of inks, embossing powders, stamps and other card-making and scrapbooking supplies. You will receive 10% off on any new product you purchase or reserve. You can reserve a product for 7 days.

2. We are helping build the local craft community with unique events.  Bring a friend, tell a friend  and come meet and mingle. Enjoy an evening with fellow artisans.

3. Feeling crafty! We will be having four craft booths: Jewelry Making, Origami,  Decoupage and Stamping. Come test something new. Yes! 4 demo booths and it is free to try.

4. So many craft products in the store, have you ever wondered how to use them? We will show you how in our display of 100DIY Wedding ideas.

5. Freebies! Yes we have a mini craft bag filled with little surprises just for you.

6.Are you getting married, planning a wedding, attending a friend’s wedding and need ideas. We have some simple ideas that will grab your attention. Come see our Origami Wedding Cake, invitations, tokens, treats, centerpieces and more. Do you like a black & white themed wedding? We will put chalkboard paint to the test.

7. We are not doing this alone, we are happy to have Renee B Photography, Romany’s Rentals and Owen’s Oven included in our showcase. You can book their services for your next event.

We look forward to seeing you at Weddings Made Easy on Thursday the 13th June at Bead Café Craft & Hobby, Ana Street, Woodbrook. Tickets cost $99.00 and are available at any Bead Café outlet. Call us at 622-8215.


10 Wacky Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is just around the corner, here are a few “out of the box” ideas for gifts that you can give dad.


Engraved StoneSjengraving


 D.I.Y. Picture FramesPub Sub


Wrench Clock – J. Andrew Designs


 Monogram Painted HammerKaboose

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 Manly Creative Wall ArtCreative Home Arts Club


Candy GuitarEdible Craft’s Online (Connie Gallegos-Hudak)


 Unusual Leather Zipper BraceletUrban Male


Steam Punk Watch Movement Cuff LinksArt fire


 Leather Angel’s Wings NecklaceUrban Male


 Domino Bracelet – Tony Streets