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Need help turning your post-vacation keepsake clutter into a divine display? Our resident do-it-yourself expert, Ashley Campbell , has just what you’ve been looking for: As spring break and summer approach many families begin planning vacations and time to just enjoy being together. In my family unpacking from a trip often includes trying to find places to store or display random keepsakes we’ve picked up along the way. A shadow box is a great way to show off those little items in an clean and classy way.
At this time of year, it’s easy to feel like a chicken (or, uh, turkey) with her head cut off. But don’t let holiday to-dos overshadow the true spirit of Thanksgiving. This year, find ways to feel grateful every day, starting with this easy-to-make paper wreath that can hold family members’ declarations of gratitude. Materials • 26 squares of 4" x 4" light brown construction paper • 26 squares of 3" x 3" white construction paper • 26 squares of 3" x 3" dark brown construction paper • 26 squares of 2" x 2" white construction paper • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks • 14" metal wreath base ($16.99; at Michaels stores) • 52 stalks of wheat ($4.99 per bunch; at Michaels stores) • Gold spray paint (we used Krylon Metallic Spray Paint in Gold, $7.99; KMart.com ) • 26 gold balls (we used style PF28214, $3.50 for 6; Fun2Bead.com ) • Strips of paper
As many of you requested, Marie is sharing a little tutorial here on how she made her lampshades. When she made them she was not planning on doing a tutorial for this blog, so be sure to thank her for taking the time to write all this out. Also, for those wondering…Kara will be sharing some tutorials for her book art on her blog soon.