Thursday, May 31, 2012

Favorite Stamps of the Month!

It's time once again for Favorite Stamps of the Month where this month Emma has THREE favorite sets on sale....You're My Best Buddy, Have Fun in the Sun, and the set I'm featuring today, My Little Firecracker. We would love for you to join us for a Link Up Party on the MCT blog using any of these sets! You'll have two weeks to participate, and these sets will be featured on sale through June 30. Hope you will play with us!! Now, let's get on with today's project.

Using the My Little Firecracker set, I decided to make .... firecrackers! One of my favorite things to repurpose is toilet paper/paper towel rolls. These toilet paper rolls are going to be firecracker party favors. And I'll show you how I did it. First, gather your supplies. I'm using red, white and blue papers and embellishments that have been in my stash for years.


Step 1:
Cover each toilet paper roll with paper, leaving space overlapping at each end. I find the thinner paper works best for this rather than card weight. For each one, you'll need a piece of paper approximately 4x6. I prefer to use xyron adhesive for this step, but you don't have to. As long as you use a good glue on the seem you'll be fine.

Step 2:
Cut 4 slits in the paper equally spaced at each end of the roll up to the roll itself, add adhesive if necessary, then tuck them inside.

Step 3:
Cut four (4) 3/4 inch slits, equally spaced, on one end of the tube. Fold them crossing over one another as though you are closing a box using the flaps. Add hot glue to keep the tabs closed snuggly. This is the bottom so you want to make it as flat as you can. {I goofed up on the cuts on my first one, so I have an extra one that's a little shorter than the rest. LOL}



Step 4:
Cut four (4) 2 inch circles for the tops. *Note: I cut two for each top using heavier paper for the back. If I make these again I'll just cut two of the same paper and adhere them back to back so the underside is the same as the top. You can see in Step 5 below why I would do this differently.
Step 5:
Cut 1/4 inch slits all around the circles and fold them up as shown below.

Step 6:
Punch or pierce a hole in the center of each circle for the 'fuse'. To make the fuse (sorry I forgot to get pics of this step.) Roll a length of twine in liquid glue or fabric stiffener. When almost dry, fold the twine onto itself twice and roll it together. The damp glue should hold it at this point. Once it's good and dry, cut it into pieces about 1 1/2 inches long and poke on end through the hole in the circle. Add a good sized glob of hot glue to hold it as this will also be used to open the favor.

Step 7:
Place them in the tops of the tubes to be sure they fit. They won't fit tightly but that's ok. As long as they are not too small and just fall down inside you'll be fine.

Step 8:
Now comes the fun part!! Decorate them all up!!! I used ribbons, twine, even a rosette, and added cute tags cut from My Creative Time dies, and sentiments from My Little Firecracker stamp set. When I finished decorating, I added orange stickles to the 'fuses' to make them look like they are on fire!I love how these turned out and can't wait to fill them with red/white/blue candies!

Product List:
My Creative Time, My Little Firecracker
My Creative Time, stitched scallop die
My Creative Time, stitched heart die
My Creative Time, build a banner star burst die
Papers by Doodlebug
Twine, ribbon, stickles, toilet paper rolls, ink

Thanks for visiting today. Remember this stamp set is on sale through June 30, and you have two weeks to  join us for a Link Up Party showing us your work with the Favorite Stamps of the Month! Hope to see you there. :)

16 comments:

  1. Great tutorial Shar! These are so perfect for my kiddos, thanks! LOVE the new button!!! Love and Hugs, Cathryn :)

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  2. These are so bright and fun! Lee-Ann :)

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  3. These are so stinking CUTE!!! i love the tutorial! gonna have to pin these and make them for my boys in July ;)

    Micia

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  4. These are sooo cute Shar!!!! I may just have to make some too! :)

    Ruthie :)

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  5. Shar ~ can you say SCRAPLIFT material here! OMG! These are not just ADORABLE but so darn CLEVER! OMG!!!! You know I LOVE the paper but what a FABULOUS tutorial too! I just am LOVING these to pieces! You even recycled too! CLEVER and AWESOME idea!!! GREAT music too! LOVE the new look to the blog!

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  6. I love your new blog design! What a crazy cute project to christen it! I think I'll drag the kids into the craft room for this one. With school ending tomorrow, this post is perfect timing. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  7. GREAT project and idea,LOVE it!Have a nice day Shar!!!:)

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  8. AWESOME project! I love these little firecrackers! They are terrific! Hugs- Glora

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  9. What a clever idea for those pesky left over toilet paper rolls! :) Thanks for adding the pics of how you created them too, definitely going to have to try this out!

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  10. I love these little firecrackers. Awesome project!

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  11. Great tutorial Shar and such a cute idea! Your firecrackers are so cute!

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  12. Love the idea Shar & they are so cute! Love your new blog as well!
    Puppy hugs,
    Wendy

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  13. Ok... all I have to say is this is awesome. Perfection!!

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  14. Great job explaining how to put these cute firecrackers together. I like the recycle of the tubes. I like all of the dies used for the tags. Great idea and great project.
    quilt 4 fun 2 at hot mail dot com

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  15. How fun! These could be great decorations or even great little treats with surprises inside!!! Love it :)

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  16. OH WOW!! Love..love this idea!! I need to keep this in mind! :)
    Just perfect! :)

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Thanks for stopping by the studio. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments or email me directly. :) ♥ ~Shar

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