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Musician Tribute Blog Hop | Diamonds & Pearls |

I joined my very first blog hop and this couldn’t have been any more fun to put together.  Jennifer Priest of Hydrangea Hippo pooled together craft/DIY bloggers to commemorate musicians that have passed on in 2016.

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Check out the rest of the tribute projects here:

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I took the opportunity to stretch my creative side & do something a little outside of my comfort zone.  Also known as one of Lizzie’s most favorite craft I’ve done for her to date.  We all know how sparkly she is by now so this project fit her perfectly.

So I decided to dedicate my craft to Prince & came up with a craft project theme to “Diamonds & Pearls”.

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(stock photo found on wikipedia)

Not one of my /all time/ favorites, but come on, it’s Prince & I had to do something bright & crazy 😀

I’ve been wanting to make a monogram for Lizzie’s room to fill up her gallery wall that I’m working on & here’s what I came up with:

Materials Used:

Monogram “L” from Target’s craft section

 HandMade Modern White Chalk Finish Paint

– Crayola Violet Classic Paint

– Crayola Violet Flicker Glitter Paint

– Bling, etc..

–  Hot Glue Gun

– small craft paint brushes

There isn’t much prep with painting wood letters. Just wipe it down with a damp cloth to get any dust that may be on it. Then paint! 2 layers of white chalk finish paint seemed enough for this especially since I was adding layers of bling on top.

On the sides I applied 2 layers of the classic purple paint & then 2 layers of the  glitter paint.  Purple was an obvious choice as I pay homage to “The Purple One”.  I loved the bright bold color that came out! This whole project I wanted every aspect to shine as bright as it could so I’m so happy with how every element blended & came out so well.
After all of the paint dries fire up the hot glue gun (*safely!*) & adhere all of the bling that has been gathering up in your craft supplies.

In my case it’s Mardi Gras beads from grandparents, jewelry bead kits I haven’t used yet but have been meaning to & LOTS of flat rhinestones in all shapes & sizes.  I used a lot from this bag I purchased at Jo-ann Fabric & Crafts stores. A few rhinestones were from Lizzie’s craft projects from school. I love re-purposing projects with a personalized touch.

There are 2 royal crowns in the mix as small touches of royalty to represent both Prince & of course Lizzie 😉

 

Thanks for stopping by this Tribute Hop. I hope I made His Royal Badness proud with how bright & bold I made this monogram. Lizzie deserved a fun monogram & Prince, well Nothing will Ever Compare to Him for sure.

 

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Book Page Dahlia Wreath

I’ve been cranking a few of these out lately & they’ve all been from completely different paper sources! I’ve done old dusty law book pages, maps, old wrinkled kids book pages, vintage doilies, holiday wrapping paper & scrapbook paper.  In this post I’ll show you a few quick steps to make the book page wreath: dahlia19

Here’s one I made from wrapping paper for my daughter’s school secretary that loves pops of color for her office too 🙂

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& here’s the vintage doilies! This one was for a baby shower that had a vintage theme:

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So you want a LOT of paper squares.  I started off with 5″x 5″ & then as you work your way through the middle of the layers you have to use 4″ x 4″ & then 3″x 3″ for the center.

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Pull up the bottom corners to make a cone shape.  Add 1 line of glue to the right side & roll towards the left corner and press.  I used hot glue.  Be VERY careful when you press as it’s obviously very HOT! I like working with it & since there are so many, I like that it also dries quicker too.

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For the base I used a 10″ cardboard cake plate.  They are found in any craft store.  You can make your own, but I like the convenience of having a whole box full of pre-made circles for the amount of wreaths I have been making lately.

I placed a lid in the center of the circle & penciled around it to help me line up the end of the paper cones for the first layer.

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I needed just one line of hot glue on the bottom half of the back of the cone & then press into the circle:

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& repeat

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over

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&

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over

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until you finally

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get to the center. You have to press the bottoms hard enough to squish down & fit around your whole flower. The tops will start to poof up so keep pressing!

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& here’s the end result!

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I love making these book page flowers! There are so many different ways to make these into the style you are looking for.  I really love to use old maps!  I need to make more for myself.  I have a stack of maps that was gifted to me & they turn out great!

So grab a bunch of old books, magazines, decorative paper and make your own! I’d love to create more Crafternights (Girls/Moms Night’s Out) with these.  Ther are so easy & everyone can mix & match the papers they bring to contribute.

What paper would you like to use? Let me know & I’d love to see how yours turns out too!

Thanks for stopping by & have fun making your paper dahlia wreaths.  xoxo-Meg