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Monday, September 29, 2014

Frosty Christmas Star Tutorial | Christmas Recycling Craft | DIY Project












Recycling items is a great source for craft supplies.  Toilet paper rolls are a staple for crafting, but I wanted to try and give it a little bit of a different twist.  





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Craft Challenge Recap:
This was a challenge between Craft Klatch & Suzy's Sitcom.  
Theme:  Christmas 
Must Use Items:  Buttons & Toilet paper rolls
Optional Items: Glue, Tape, Glitter, Gemstones, Mod Podge, Paint

We had a lot of fun doing it and we went in very different directions, but I think both turned out beautifully. 
I went untraditional colors and came up with a Frosty Star.  You can find the directions later in his post.


Suzy went with traditional colors and created a Christmas Tree Napkin Ring.  I love it!  Directions are available at Suzy's Sitcom click HERE!  




Be sure to let us know how we did and let us know if you would like to see us do another challenge in the future!

Here are the directions for the Frosty Star:
I used:
-  7 Toilet paper rolls
-  Glitter - Chunky white, blue and silver and Glamour Dust
-  Gemstones
-  Buttons
-  Glue - hot glue, Elmers white glue and The Ultimate
-  Acrylic paint - silver, pearl white, pearl champagne
-  Tape


Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:  (It might be best to watch the video above):
1.  I flattened the toilet paper tubes and cut the shapes of the arms.  They are kind of like triangles, but have a lower part.  You need to customize the size to fit your toilet paper rolls, because as I found out, not all toilet paper rolls are the same size.  When you cut the shape, you want the front and the back to stay together, so just keep that in mind
2.  Once you have cut five arms out, you need to use a masking tape, to tape the sides together, leaving the bottoms open.
3.  On your work surface, lay out the arms in the shape you want.  The fun thing about this is that you will have the main star shape, but also have a smaller star in the middle.
4.  Now you need to make your connections.  While you have them laid out, press two next to each other flat.  With a small piece of tape, connect the pieces (I show you how to do it in the video).
Flip those two over and repeat not he back side.  Repeat with all the arms of the star until they are all connected.
5.  Trim the excess tape, but don't cut them apart!
6.  It is going to be flimsy and flexible, but don't worry about that!
7.  Take hot glue and put some into the tip of each of the arms.  Do it one at a time.  Be careful because the cardboard will get hot.  This will help the arms of the star keep their shape and make them less likely to get squished.
8.  Cut out two circles, from two additional toilet paper rolls.  The circle should fit into the middle of your star.  Mine was just under four inches in diameter, but yours might be different, depending on the size of your toilet paper rolls.
9.  Paint the star either a silver or a pearl white.  Paint the inner circles a metallic champagne.  It might take two coats.  Allow to dry.
10.  Take your glue and put a thick coat onto the circles.  Place your buttons in the glue.  Once you have the buttons in place, add small gemstones.  Then dust with a fine glitter.  I used Glamour Dust.
11.  Set those aside to dry.  Now mix white chunky glitter, with light blue chunky glitter, with just a hint of silver.  Mix with some of your white glue and brush it onto your star - do one side at a time.  Sprinkle with more of your glitter mix and allow to dry.  Repeat on backside.
12.  Insert one button circle.Take a stir stick and your Ultimate glue and put some on the inside arm of your star.  I found doing this one arm at a time worked best.  Then add some hot glue.  The hot glue will hold everything in place, while the other glue dries.  You will need to hold it in place until the hot glue cools.  Repeat with the other four arms.
13.  Repeat with the backside.  It's hard to hold things in place on the backside, so I inserted a skewer stick between and was able to hold the piece in place while the glue dried.  Then I just pulled it out.
14.  Hot glue on some additional gemstones and that's it!

Here are some of the glues I used available through Amazon:




Incase you missed it, be sure to check out how this challenge was giving me nightmares!



That's it!  Thanks for stopping by and be sure to let us know how we did and if you would like us to do something like this again!

Here is another Christmas craft I made using toilet paper rolls!  Christmas Flower Ornament Recycling Craft!



Happy Crafting!

Mona




9 comments:

IamUniquelyImperfect said...

Hi my love Mona, gorgeous!!!! You have such a creative mind! Thank you for sharing it with the rest of us. Love ya' Patricia B

Anonymous said...

Great tutorial and lovely finished product.

Lynn Hurlock said...

I can't wait to try the star

Craft Klatch said...

Thank you Patricia!

Craft Klatch said...

Thank you so much!

Craft Klatch said...

I hope you do! :)

jessica lloyd said...

I make purses fro tp rolls and I love this star, do u have a template for the 5 points of the star by chance?

jessica lloyd said...

I know all tubes are not the same but for a basic shape since u have the slight v shape on the bottom of them

Craft Klatch said...

Hi Jessica- You are about a year too late! I don't have it anymore. I flattened a tube, cut the "V" at the bottom and then cut a template. I then used the same sized rolls and put it together that way. Toilet paper rolls are cheap, so you can easily experiment!! Sorry I couldn't be of more help!

Mona