Handmade Holiday- Patriotic Picks

Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday! Hope you all are having a good week.

Today I have an easy DIY project to share that I made for the Epiphany Crafts blog. This week, we are featuring projects using the Star and Flower Shape Studio Tools. Just in time for a little patriotic decoration for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday.

Although Memorial Day isn’t a holiday I go all out for, I do still like to add a few decorations to brighten things up. These patriotic picks are quick and easy, add an instant spot of cheer when mixed with a few flags, and best yet, are made from recycled materials we all have on hand. Here’s a few quick steps on what to do.

Gather your supplies: patterned paper, white paint, circle punch, glue gun, and toilet paper tubes. You can use any trims or embellishments that you want to decorate them with when you are finished.

Using a ruler and pencil, mark tubes along 1/2″ increments. Cut into 1/2″ strips. You will need 4 tubes to create 3 picks or ornaments.

Paint the rings white, and allow to dry thoroughly. While your tubes are drying, punch 3 circles from cardstock, chipboard, or whatever scrap paper you have. These won’t show, so it doesn’t matter what they look like. Then cut some 1/2″ x 6 strips of patterned paper and fold each piece in half to create 1/2″ x 3″ strips.

Working in small sections at a time, apply hot glue to a circle punch and adhere a paper tube ring, followed by a paper strip, and then another tube ring. Continue until the entire circle is covered. For my picks, I used 9 rings and 9 strips of paper each.

Then have fun decorating your ornaments. I created paper rosettes for mine, topped with a epoxy star made with the Epiphany Crafts Star Studio Tool and Star Bubble Caps. I added mica glitter to the rosettes and edged each with some vintage patriotic trim. Stamped some kraft banner strips with patriotic lines and tucked them into the rosettes with memo pins.

Tie some cord through the rings, and you’ve got a fun ornament. Or, glue a wooden skewer or chopstick to the back with hot glue for an instant holiday pick.  Change up the embellishments, and you can create ornaments for any holiday or season. I think these would make really cute snowflakes. May have to give that a try next winter.

For a complete supply list and step-by-steps, please visit the Epiphany Crafts blog. Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you a wonderful day!

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22 thoughts on “Handmade Holiday- Patriotic Picks

  1. omg, aren’t you creative? I never would’ve guessed how you constructed those ornament shapes, so cute. The toppings are adorable. Speaking of patriotic, I saw your card in Cards magazine, nice!

  2. You are SERIOUSLY AMAZING!!!! WOW WOW WOW!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeee how these turned out and loveeeeeeeeeee how you have them displayed in the basket! Total Americana look! LOVE IT!!! I am so pinning this!!!!!!!

  3. OMG Audrey! These are so freaking cute! I so want to make these as decorations for the 4th of July! Love the papers, that you put them on sticks and how darling they look in the basket. Thank you dearly for the tutorial!

  4. Oh my gosh.. I’ve done snowflakes like these, but never thought outside the box from there!! These are so darn cute!… I’ll definitely be trying my hand on at least a couple of these!… Maybe even a couple for Dear Daughter! Thanks for sharing how! ((Hugs)).. and have a great day!

  5. Oh boy is this a cute idea! Toilet paper rolls! Whooda thunk. :-) These turned out wonderfully Audrey. Simple but so festive. Awesome job!

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