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Welcome Spring {craft tutorial}

 

Join me today in welcoming my special guest, Mique.  She is my crafty friend who shares crafts, ideas and giveaways on her blog,  30days.   Mique and I met for the first time in person earlier this year in Nashville at Blissdom, and she’s every bit as sweet as she is crafty!!  Creativity runs in the family, her and her creative sister Jess run The Queen Bee Market, a handmade market in the San Diego area.

 

Hi TidyMom readers! I’m Mique from 30days. I absolutely adore Cheryl and am so happy to share a little idea with you today. It’s made to welcome spring but you could make something similar for any time of year- a pleated tissue paper craft project.

What you need:


Scissors
Tissue paper of varying colors
11×14″ canvas (or whatever size you want)
ruler or yard stick
Martha Stewart glitter
foam brush
Mod Podge
sewing Machine
coordinating ribbon

First take 2 sheets each of tissue paper (have to use two sheets, just using one sheet is too thin and you won’t be able to sew)- measure 3 inches and draw a line using your yard stick. Easiest/quickest way is to lay all the colors on top of each other, make one line and cut along it. It doesn’t have to be perfect, as you will trim later.


After cutting all the layers of tissue paper, lay the yard stick down and measure approx 2 1/2″
and make tick marks (remember you will trim this, so the tick marks don’t matter):

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I originally tried to fold up the tissue paper first and then sew- that was tricky because it moved too much. So I found that if I folded up the tissue paper to the first tick mark, and then kept folding up as I sewed a straight stitch down the center, that worked best. There’s no need to backstitch:

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Do that with each shade. They should look like this:
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After you sew them all, you can trim them to make them more even if you need to.
Using mod podge, glue each pleated tissue paper strip to the canvas:

 

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At this point you will have some excess tissue paper hanging over. Trim that:

Next, print the Welcome Spring onto cardstock. Cut into a scrolly banner shape:

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Paint the edges of the banner with Mod Podge:
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Sprinkle with Martha Stewart glitter (my fave) & shake off excess

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I attached my sign with twine from the Twinery:


I added some coordinating ribbon and secured it to the back of the canvas using thumb tacks
(you could use a stapler too) and tied a bow on top:

spring door craft at TidyMom.net

 

Mique lives in the beautiful Los Angeles area with her husband and three kids- 2 boys, 1 girl.  She is passionate about  family, friends and crafting.  She is learning to embrace her role as a special needs momma.

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A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog, TidyMom.net, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

Comments

  1. 1

    Love it! It’s different, but cute ‘n sweet~!! :D

  2. 2

    Sweet!!! Love the colors! Mique can create just cute stuff!! Love her!

  3. 3

    You’re so crafty Mique! Fun to see you featured here on Tidymom. :)

  4. 4

    Thanks for having me Cheryl! xo

  5. 5

    Hi Mique! I didnt even realize you could sew tissue paper What a cute and fun idea!!!

  6. 6

    This is awesome, awesome!! I love the colors!! I love the idea!! I love it!!

  7. 7

    That wreath is too CUTE!
    I LOVE tissue paper!
    Just popped over and subscribed to Mique’s blog!
    I’m planning to get CRAFTy!
    xo

  8. 8

    Such bright and fun colours. Just what we all need at this time of year. Great tutorial.

  9. 9

    This article has me soooo excited for spring! Bring on the warm weather and outdoor activities! :)

  10. 10

    LOVE it! Plus I love both Mique and Cheryl’s blogs! Thanks, girls :D

  11. 11

    Love it, Mique! Perfect for Spring!

  12. 12

    How cute is this? I’ve never seen sewn crepe paper banners, so I love it. Very original!

  13. 13

    Cute, cute, cute! LOVE Mique!!!

  14. 14

    Lovely ideas for spring. thanks

  15. 15

    Great tutorial! i love it.

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