Stunning Floral Toy Wagon For Dolls

On a recent trip to Los Angeles, my family made a stop at the famed American Girl retail store. Like magic, my daughter was instantly enthralled with the vast displays of beautiful dolls. The clothing and accessories for the collection was seemingly endless, and we spent several hours browsing the flawless displays. Brightly colored bedrooms, furry pets, and even tiny dishes and pretend food were some of the many offerings. One of the items that caught my eye was a miniature doll wagon for the 14″ sized Wellie Wishers dolls. I knew I had a little toy wagon at home that might do well for an attempt at a DIY, and I am so pleased to share the process and the outcome with you!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Helena  Handcrafted Flowers with Stem, Pink – 2 packages
  • Curly Rose ,Yellow – 2 packages
  • Leaves, Design 2 – 2 packages
  • Sturdy Wood Box with Wheels, or Small Toy Wagon, approximately 12″ x 8″
  • Four 12″ long 1/4″ Wood Dowels
  • Four Brightly Colored Striped Paper Straws
  • Four Mini Tulle Poms
  • Heavy Gauge Wrapped Floral Wire
  • Large Silk Flower
  • Hot Pink Lolita Pom Pom Trim
  • Yellow Peapod Pom Pom Trim
  • Gold Mini Ric Rac Trim
  • Decoupage Glue
  • Acrylic paint in a variety of bright colors
  • Fairy Dust Glitter in Pale Gold
  • Fast drying adhesive
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

Step 1: Remove the wheels from the wagon and reserve. Paint the wagon using acrylic paint. I gave this one a bit of aging with a vintage wash paint. Once dry, use decoupage glue to add the Leaves in a pattern you like, as shown.

Step 2: Paint the wheels. The centers of these ones were gilded with Fairy Dust Glitter in Pale Gold, set with Mod Podge. Then, the end of a paintbrush was used to dot on some whimsical details, and sealed with additional Mod Podge. Gold Ric Rac trim was added for extra design and sparkle. Replace the wheels on the wagon once dry.

Step 3: Glue the wood dowels into the corners of the wagon, as shown. Slide the paper straws over the dowels for instant decoration!

Step 4: Cut a length of the heavy floral wire so that it will extend diagonally from corner to corner, and post to post, in an “X”. Add about 4″ of extra length so that you can create a curve. Attach and glue one end of the wire to a post, then create a cross section in the center, and glue to the opposite post, as shown.

Step 5. Attach a tulle pom to each corner to conceal the point where the wire was attached.

Step 6: Begin winding the Curly Roses onto the wire using their flexible stems, alternating with the Helena Roses so that you end up with a tightly packed alternating pattern. These flowers are absolutely stunning, and the colors are so vibrant!

Step 7: Add a large silk flower to the center of the cross section, concealing it, and also creating a miniature canopy for the wagon. Cover the top portion with pom poms or other decorative findings that you like.

Step 8: Add hot pink Lolita pom pom trim to all outside borders of the wagon as shown. Top with equal lengths of Peapod Pom Trim in a contrasting bright color. Add more Curly Yellow Roses to the centers of the leaves on the side panels.

Allow your project to dry overnight. The completed doll wagon is a spectacular sight and will appeal to girls of all ages!

Until next time, Celebrate Everything! – Christie Troxell

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Rose Greeting Card

Handmade cards are a fantastic way to share a message with friends or family members, and a lovely way to showcase a little artistic skill at the same time! This Vintage Rose Greeting Card is easy to create using paper flowers, glitters, a chipboard frame, and a pretty stencil from Little Birdie Crafts.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Step 1: Trim the aqua patterned paper to the exact size of the white note card and adhere well to the surface.

Step 2: Trim an ivory piece of cardstock to the size of the chipboard frame opening. Using the Script Stencil, use acrylic paint to stencil the design onto the paper as shown.

Step 3: Paint the chipboard frame in a peachy tone using acrylic paint. Add a sprinkle of the Fairy Dust Glitter in Pale Gold before the paint dries.

Step 4: Adhere the stenciled paper to the frame, creating one piece, then center vertically on the front of the card and glue.

Step 5: Begin layering leaves from the Aurora Paper Crafting Medley to the frame in an arrangement that is pleasing to your eye.Step 6: Add in roses from the Aurora Paper Crafting Medley, and glue securely.Step 7: Add accent flowers and leaves at the top left corner of the frame. You may wish to trim some of the leaves to allow placement of the pieces in a curved formation, as shown. Add a few rosebuds, if you like, as well. Step 8: Embellish around the frame using the Bisque Micro Roses. These can be placed singly, or in clusters.Step 9: Using the watercolors in brown and black, add aging details to the edges of the card with a brush.

Step 10: For this step, I hand tore a scrap of vintage music paper to create a background for a rusty old key and a rhinestone cluster that I had in a jar of junk jewelry that I keep for making projects like these. You may use any unique findings you like for this step, or even a photograph that is meaningful to the recipient.

Step 11: In a small container, mix a little of the two Fairy Dust Glitters together to create a stunning rose gold colored glitter. Line the edges of the background paper with a bead of glue, and dip until well covered just around the perimeter.

Step 12: Glue the background paper down in the center of the frame, and then add your special embellishment; in this case, it’s the key and rhinestone that I found. Allow to dry thoroughly on a flat surface so that the item does not fall out of position.The finished card is so lovely with its richly hued roses against the contrasting shades of aqua and turquoise. The vintage key and watercolor accents provide just enough distressing and aging to give it a grungy look, while the rhinestone enhances the piece with glamour and sparkle.Hope you have enjoyed this card making adventure with me! Until next time, Celebrate Everything! – Christie Troxell

 

 

 

Make Your Own Gorgeous Hair Clips

Burlap Hair Clips

Today I’m sharing one of the easiest tutorials ever!  And, do you know what makes this craft project even better?  You only need three things for each set of hair clips.

Don’t you just love a quick and easy craft project?  Little Birdie Crafts makes it super easy to make gorgeous hair clips thanks to their fabulous collection of flowers and butterflies.

My niece loves to wear pretty bows and clips in her hair and since I have two boys, I’m all about making pretty accessories whenever I have the opportunity.  So let’s get started on this easy craft project.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Step 1: Gather your supplies

Step 2: Heat up your handy dandy glue gun.

Step 3: Simply glue the flowers and butterflies to the end of each hair clip!

Well, it doesn’t get any easier than this and I know my niece will love them.  This, my friends, is my kind of craft project – quick, easy and you can’t mess it up.  Every hair clip will look fabulous thanks to the awesome supplies from Little Birdie Crafts.  You’ll have beautiful hair clips in a matter of minutes.

Now, I’m off to make more hair clips for my other two nieces because they need some too.  Want to make your own collection of gorgeous hair clips?  Head over to Little Birdie Crafts and check out their fabulous collection of flowers, butterflies, and fabulous embellishments perfect for all your crafting needs!

Until next time, Kara