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DIY Christmas Ornaments

Materials used:

Materials used to make these Christmas tree ornaments using tape.

Hey Crafters,
Oh the weather outside is frightful
So let’s get to crafting as soon as possible
And since we’ve got no place to go
Let’s craft, let’s craft, let’s craft

Can you imagine a holiday season WITHOUT your HOT GLUE?!? Well start imagining it NOW! UGlu® can fulfill all your holiday crafting needs.

Whether you already have a family tradition of ornament making, or are looking to start one, you’ve come to the right place. The past few weeks I’ve been working on a bunch of different types of fun, personal, DIY ornaments I can show you guys how to make, that are easy enough to do alone or with the whole family. It’s fun, simple, and you can upcycle items you already have. So throw some marshmallows on that hot chocolate and crank up your favorite holiday tunes or movies, because it’s time to spruce up that tree with some personalized, handmade ornaments!

After wrapping countless amounts of gifts, I’m sure you have a ton of empty tape rolls, or as we like to call them, cores. Cores are the basis of almost all of the ornaments I am going to show you today.

Snow Globes

I turned an empty Pro Tapes® core into a super cute snow globe using a piece of laminating sheet to close off the front.

Snow Globes: I turned an empty 3” I.D. Pro Tape® core into a super cute snow globe using a piece of transparent film (laminating sheet) to close off the front. First I grabbed some Pro® Sheen to frame the brim of the empty core, leaving a little overhang. This way as I folded down the edges inside the core, it sealed the transparent film shut and left a fancy edge. BUT FIRST, before you seal up that back, you have to decorate the inside! Lay down some UGlu® Power Patches and add some 3D decorations. I added a little figurine by rolling up a UGlu® Dash, so it better conformed to the contours of the rounded base. It doesn’t have to be perfect because the faux snow will just cover the excess. Now, add a few scoops of faux snow and seal up the back. For the back you can either use decorative pieces of scrapbook paper, recycled Christmas cards, or even another piece of transparent film if you want to be able to see through the entire thing, it’s up to you. Now repeat the same technique as the front to close up the back. Don’t forget you can decorate the inside of the core too. You can use some of our decorative tapes, or some yarn, or simply just draw on it with some markers or paint. For this particular one, I just used some Pro® 183 Kraft tape and tied some yarn around to hang.

Picture frame

If you don’t have the materials to execute a full on snow globe ornament, here is another easy, modified way to get some fun, personalized ornaments that look just as nice as the slow globes.

Picture frame: If you don’t have the materials to execute a full on snow globe ornament, here is another easy, modified way to get some fun, personalized ornaments that look just as nice as the slow globes. Decorate some larger cores that will best fit your favorite photos. This creates a festive frame, in which you can insert any photo into the center using UGlu®, or other multi-functional Pro Tapes® products. Then just wrap yarn, ribbon, or your material of choice around the core, tie it in a loop on top and hang! Simple and oh-so personal!

Cute and cozy winter hats

Cute and cozy winter hats, this one is super simple!

Cute and cozy winter hats: This one is super simple! Wrap your favorite color yarns around an empty core, preferably a 1” I.D. core size. You’ll just need to cut yourself a handful of yarn into about 10inch strips or so, fold them in half and loop them around the entire core until it’s fully covered. Gather the excess that is hanging off and bring to a point (aka the top of the hat) and tie a bow to secure in place. Trim the excess off the top for a clean, pom-pom look. You can also add embellishments like I did. I added a little foam bow with a UGlu® Dash.

Christmas Tree

Christmas tree: These were a little more time consuming, yet just as easy and fun to make.

Christmas Tree: These were a little more time consuming, yet just as easy and fun to make. Cut or hand rip a bunch of strips from the ¼” width green Pro® Duct Tape, making them all around the same length; approximately 4 inches long. Now using 1’’ green Pro® Duct tape, cover a tiny espresso sized disposable cup and begin attaching the pre-cut strips. Bend the strip in half and attach as a loop. Leave some over hang on the end and use this to stick directly to the cup. Start from the bottom and work your way up, to give it a layered look. I used green Pro® Sheen in between each layer to add some extra pizazz and dimension. Now decorate your tree however you please. I used some UGlu® Dashes to attach some rhinestones to the top!

Galaxy saucers

Galaxy saucers: These eye catching ornaments may be super simple to make, but they do pack a big punch on the tree.

Galaxy saucers: These eye catching ornaments may be super simple to make, but they do pack a big punch on the tree. All you need to do to execute these beauties is wrap 3-1/4” Pro® cores with your favorite color Pro® Sheen and stick inside one another and affix with a few UGlu® Dashes. It’s that simple. Here I used one color per ornament but if you want to get fancy with it, wrap each core in a different color, and when combined you have a beautiful combination of colors! Pro® sheen comes in 6 vibrant colors, red, green, blue, silver, gold and black.

Snowflake

Snowflake Ornament

Snowflake: Following the same method as above for the tree, I hand ripped strips of ¼” white Pro® Gaff tape. I married two pieces together. Then I took 3 married strips, bent them each over individually, creating a loop and combined them together like a tiny bouquet, then I secured them together by wrapping a piece of silver Pro® Sheen around the stem of the “bouquet”.

I hand ripped strips of ¼” white Pro® Gaff tape. I married 2 pieces together. Then I took 3 married strips, bent them each over individually, creating a loop and combined them together like a tiny bouquet, then I secured them together by wrapping a piece of silver Pro® Sheen around the stem of the “bouquet”.

After making 8 or 9 of these I trimmed them all to be the same length. I then attached the stem of each individual “bouquet” together by using a rolled up ball of UGlu®. The ball being the center and the bouquets attaching to that. Then to disguise the UGlu® ball, I added a foam snowflake to the center with a UGlu® Dash.

Finished Snowflake Ornaments

Which one of these ornaments is your favorite? Let us know by commenting below!

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DIY Christmas Ornaments

How To Upgrade Your Thanksgiving Table Setting With a Little Love, Fun and Pro Tapes®!

How to Upgrade Your Thanksgiving Table Setting With a Little Love, Fun and Pro Tapes®!

As of lately more and more people are taking the holidays as an opportunity to show off their creative side and show what they can do artistically with their house decorations, table decor and food presentations. I’m here today to tell you that you don’t have to be the “artsy” one to be able to execute an awesome table display for the holidays, nor do you have to break the bank to get it done either. With the following few items and techniques, decorating your table to the nines for this thanksgiving will be easy, fun and oh-so-affordable!

What we used:

What we used: Your DIY Essentials

The best thing about DIY decorations is that if you don’t have one item, you can always substitute it for something else. For example, if you don’t have kraft paper you can use cardboard, poster board, or printer paper that has been folded multiple times. Or if you don’t have a ¼ inch roll of Pro Gaff®, you can take your ordinary 2 inch roll and hand tear it or cut with scissors down to your desired size, it’s that simple! The beauty in crafting is that there is no cut and dry way to get something done, there will always be other embellishments to use, different techniques, and just overall, differences in styles and color preferences. Here at Crafters Corner we like to show you how we have had success with executing specific crafts or hacks for those to want to replicate it exactly, but otherwise, be creative and be yourself. We are always here to share new ideas, techniques, and products that work well. Shall we jump right into it already?!

How To:

In case you didn’t notice, Becky created 4 different versions of place settings, but used the same materials in different ways for each of them to maintain one cohesive look. She thought it would be fun to not have all the place setting look exactly the same, but look similar enough that they all fit nicely into the overall theme of the table decor.

Becky created 4 elements to enhance her table settings:

  1. Utensil holder
  2. Napkin ring
  3. Placemats
  4. Place cards

Becky wanted to take a different approach when creating these enhancements, because she didn’t really plan out a step by step ahead of time, she just went with that looked good to her and what techniques worked the best, so we are going to share all that good stuff with you. Go ahead Becky!

Have you ever cut burlap? Yikes, what a mess! How I got those clean nice edges was not by trying to cut perfect clean edges, but rather by using UGlu®. I realized UGlu® is like an instant hem without even sewing! It’s a peel and stick hem in my opinion. SAY WHAT?? UGlu® performed amazingly on this tricky surface. I was playing around with my UGlu® DIY pack and burlap and then I ran and grabbed some fall colored Pro® Gaff, Pro® Artist tape and Pro® 183 Kraft paper tape and began layering my tapes and putting together some really cute table settings. I made napkin rings, utensil holders, place cards and even placemats all with tape!! Basically, no cost at all- all materials I already had on hand.

1: Utensil Holder

The utensil holders are just pieces of burlap folded in half like a birthday card. I secured the one longer end with UGlu®, leaving the top and bottom open so I can slip the utensils right in. Essentially, it’s like a pouch. That’s right no sewing, and no hot glue burns…seems like a win-win to me! Just peel, stick, and DONE. I was able to make so many of these so fast. No mess, no wires, no burns, none of that weird spider web stuff the hot glue makes, it was clean and effortless.

The utensil holders are just pieces of burlap folded in half like a birthday card. I secured the one longer end with UGlu®, leaving the top and bottom open so I can slip the utensils right in. Essentially, it’s like a pouch.

2: Napkin ring

I even wrap the burlap around my napkins and made some napkin rings to match. Then I just added embellishments like Pro® Sheen strips and rhinestones from my local craft store.

I even wrap the burlap around my napkins and made some napkin rings to match. Then I just added embellishments like Pro® Sheen strips and rhinestones from my local craft store.

3: Placemats

I did the same with burlap on cardstock and made a few patterns that I decided to use as placemats. I used UGlu® to attach the burlap to the card stock. I also used other tapes such as Pro® Artist tape and Pro® Gaff in black as embellishments, alongside the fallen leaves from my fall garlands that I got from my local crafting store.

I did the same with burlap on cardstock and made a few patterns that I decided to use as placemats. I used UGlu® to attach the burlap to the card stock. I also used other tapes such as Pro® Artist tape and Pro® Gaff in black as embellishments.

4: Place cards

Then I began to make the place cards, because I love an organized table. I cut some cardstock and folded it in half, then… you guessed it, I began to layer with burlap using UGlu® of course. I began layering and adding patterns simply with tape. I used whatever fall colors I had on hand of Pro Gaff® and Artist Tape. Then on top of it all I added a piece of 2 in Pro® 183 Kraft Paper tape down the center, so that not only did it polished the whole look off, but it also left a writable surface as the utmost top layer. I mean, you be the judge, tape or fancy ribbon? To me there’s no comparison, a tape that looks like ribbon but can be written on?! No brainer. This practically took no time at all and was fun!! I didn’t have to spend a lot of time or money, I made do with that I had.

Then I began to make the place cards, because I love an organized table. I cut some cardstock and folded it in half, then... you guessed it, I began to layer with burlap using UGlu® of course. I began layering and adding patterns simply with tape.

Have fun with it!

If you know how I am, you would know I couldn’t just stop there. I needed more embellishment!! So I added more “bling bling” to each of the table decorations. With the help of UGlu® again, I realized I could roll up UGlu® dashes into a little ball and use that to attach small rhinestones. To complete the look, and to get that cohesive feel, I added pieces here and there of gold Pro® Sheen and some faux fall leaves from my garlands to all 4 of my table decor items and layered them together with…DUN-DUN-DUN…UGlu®!

I feel like I will be playing a trick on my guests this thanksgiving, waiting and wondering how long it will take people to realize it’s all just TAPE!!! LOL. I guess it’ll be just me and the turkey’s little secret! Shhhh!!!

If you know how I am, you would know I couldn't just stop there. I needed more embellishment!! So I added more “bling bling” to each of the table decorations. With the help of UGlu® again, I realized I could roll up UGlu® dashes into a little ball and use that to attach small rhinestones.

To complete the look, and to get that cohesive feel, I added pieces here and there of gold Pro® Sheen and some faux fall leaves from my garlands to all 4 of my table decor items and layered them together with...DUN-DUN-DUN…UGlu®!


Your DIY Essentials:

Your DIY Essentials

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Pro Gaff® DIY Halloween Candy Bowls

Halloween is creeping up fast! It’s time to get your treats, the house, or even the office Halloween ready! Do you remember those old vintage paper-măché pumpkins? They were made for collecting treats and holding candles as decoration. Using the vintage pumpkins as my inspiration, I decided to create some fun candy dishes in different Halloween creatures. I was inspired by Pro Tapes® to make my own in a unique, different way. As I was looking at my stash of Pro Gaff®, I thought why not use the tape directly? I really wanted to challenge myself and the tape, so I set out to see if it could be done. I realized tape was definitely the better way to go for this project, opposed to the typical way of creating a papier-măché with the messy water, glue, paper and paint, not to mention, the dreaded drying time. Substituting all of that with Pro Gaff® tape was a win! Continue reading

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4 Reasons You Need to Add Pro Gaff® To Your Back To School List

Being prepared for school isn’t only about having the best supplies, but it’s about utilizing those supplies to remain organized, focused, and to help students achieve great things. Pro Gaff® can do just that, in more ways than just one.

Pro Gaff® is great for back to school for these 4 reasons:

  1. Twenty amazing bold colors to choose from! Coordinate with your school colors and/or design for the holidays and change out with each season!
  2. Repositionable, perfect for any surface. Trusted not to leave that sticky residue or marks behind.
  3. Rips easily both vertically and horizontally! No scissors! Clean and straight tears every time.
  4. Write directly on it without smears so you can get right to labeling and organizing all your things.

Pro Gaff® is writable, no smearing here! Decorate or label as needed! Customize & organize your locker to fit your unique style, and needs.

Students and even parents can use Pro Gaff® to keep organized and designate certain sections of a locker, or a wall to certain notes. One section can be a calendar, the other exam dates, the other game day. You get the picture, the list is totally customizable! The best part is, not only does Pro Gaff® come in 20 different colors, so you can take the customization to a whole new level…but you can also write on it and it removes completely clean. So no damaged lockers or walls. Also, to add some extra storage you can affix a container with UGlu® to the locker door, to keep things neat and tidy, and easily accessible when in a rush. Now if that isn’t impressive, I don’t know what is.

Use UGlu® to affix a container to your locker for extra storage.

Another way to utilize Pro Gaff® now that school is back in session… is to use it to practice reading and writing. I have this chalkboard that has been passed down a few generations now, so it’s super important to me to use a product I trust. Pro Gaff® is a reliable source. If you need a tape you can depend on and a surface you care a lot about I will have to introduce you to Pro Gaff® tape. It’s strong, holds up, it’s repositionable… yes! Repositionable!!! You can lift and move it till your heart’s content. And guess what? It will never leave you with that sticky weird goo or regret. Leave it there for a day, a month, whatever, there’s never any need to worry, you’ll get the same results.

This manuscript line I created with Pro Gaff®. My daughter will be practicing her writing, thanks to a quick application of Pro Gaff® to this old chalkboard.

This manuscript line I created with Pro Gaff® is just one quick example of how to be a Pro® yourself (pun intended) and master your skills this year, whatever they are. My daughter will be practicing her writing, thanks to a quick application of Pro Gaff® to this old chalkboard.

Pro Gaff® tape is so easy to rip! It rips straight and crisp every single time! I could even rip it lengthwise (as seen in the dash lines) with ease. Seriously get yourself some now! This is a must-have for at home, at school, in the garage or in the car! Pro Tapes® stocks Pro Gaff® in a variety of sizes and colors to! Grab Pro® Pocket Gaff our pocket size offering to keep in your bag or in your car for use on the go! How will you use Pro Gaff® in your home, office or school today?

Pro® Pocket Gaff shown in in three fluorescent colors - fl yellow, fl orange, fl blue.

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Decorating your own Camping Tent: Where fun meets function

Who doesn’t love smores and good camp out with some old school shadow puppets?

To get the kids prepared for their first real campout away from home, I decided we would of course turn it into a fun art experience right in our backyard. The tent was super fun to decorate and we added a lot of safety hacks using Pro Tapes® tape products I thought were worth sharing.

Materials Used

Materials used for this project includes various Pro Gaff® and Pro Glow Gaff® products.

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