Thursday, July 1, 2010

It's Patriotic Paper Cubed (P3) Time!

Whew!  I'm finally digging out from under laundry, cleaning, peaches, blackberries and blueberries and a DH home for the last few days of his vacation time.  Who called these things "vacations" anyway?  I need a  "vacation"  from this vacation!! :-)

Right now though, it's the first of the month and that means it's Paper Cubed (P3) blog time!!  Our challenge is to take paper and make it cards allowed.  Our team was challenged to make table decorations this month (doesn't have to be patriotic) and since the 4th is just a few days away, I thought I'd show you some fast and easy projects to make your tablescape fun. 

Remember...No have the whole month to play along, so get your summer thinking cap on and link it up...someone's got to win, right?   The prize this month is a Tim Holtz Stamp Set and Grungeboard!

Here's a quick overview of the projects then scroll down for a few individual pictures and directions.   Here is the quick list of projects - Lantern votive covers, Vellum sparklers, placecards and Star Spangled napkins.
Now for the close ups....  first up are these cute paper votive lanterns.
                                                    Here's what you'll need for each one:
6" x  9" piece of cardstock
2 - 1/2" decorative strips
1 - 3/4" x 8" strip of CS or DP for handle
double sided tape (Scor-Tape or Red tape)

1. Score the 6"x 9" cardstock lengthwise at 4 1/2".
2. Score each end @ 1/2"
3. Glue or tape a 1/2" strip of DP on each scored end
4. Fold the cardstock in half.   Cut 3/4" slits from the fold to the scored rim.  Unfold and form the lantern,     securing the ends with tape at the top and the bottom. 
5. Add the handle.

You can create some fireworks for your table in minutes with these fun Vellum Sparklers.

Here's what you'll need for each one:

3" x 15" strip of vellum
Scor- tape or Redline tape
Bamboo skewer
Spray adhesive

1.  Fold the vellum strip in half lengthwise.
2.  Cut 1/8" slits from fold to leaving 1" uncut at the top.
3.  Apply double sided tape to the 1" uncut end.
4.  Begin removing the paper from the tape while tightly wrapping the vellum around the wooden skewer.
5.  Curl the ends of strips slightly with scissors.
6.  Spray the "sparkler" with the spray adhesive and quickly sprinkle with glitter.  Shake off excess glitter then set the sparklers in a sand filled container.  Add curled foil chenille stems.

The napkins and placecard holders are super fast.

Here's all you need for each one:

Foil cardstock - Cut 1 piece 3.5" x 4.5" for each placecard plus extra for stars
White cardstock - 3" x 1.5"
Star dies or punches
Foil chenille stems
cloth or paper napkins

I glued my stars on the cloth napkins with white glue so I can use the napkins again for another occasion.  Wrap the chenille stems around a bamboo skewer to make them corkscrew then arrange to look like fireworks.

Also fits these challenges:

PPA49 - 4th of July Inspiration
CCMC105 - Red, White and Blue
Pixie Dust Studio - Red, White and Blue
Paper Romance - Red, White and Blue

That's it!  Be sure to check out the rest of the team ideas....

Michelle     Tammy      Sandy      Lorrinda      Anna      Melanie

Have fun and thanks for visiting the playground! 

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