Hi! It's Kathy D. and yep I'm giving you permission to eat the goodies out of the Christmas tins so you can have them for your next craft project!! I thought of some cute (if I say so myself!!) gifts using up those Christmas tins. You will see that these can be used for any occasion depending on the images and how you decorate the tin.
green floral tape
sticks/skewers (can be found in wood craft aisle or wood skewers at grocery store)
tin box (Christmas tin on sale after the holiday are excellent thing to stock up on!)
flower foam (to stick your stems in)
good scissors to cut out designs (I love cutter bee's by EK Success)
Let's get started!!
Step 1: Get the bee image from I Love You BeeCause Digital Image and print it out on yellow paper. I made my bees so the height was 3.5 inches and the width was 4.446 inches. Then also print them out on blue paper (for the wings). Do this as many times as you need to. I used scrap paper and just taped it to some white paper so it would feed through the printer.
Step 2: Once the bees are printed out cut the body of the bee out of yellow. Good cutting scissors, such as the cutter bees will make this a lot easier! Cut the wings out of the blue. Leave a little tab on the bottom of the wings so you can glue them to the bottom (see below for picture)
Step 3: put a piece of 1/2 score tape on the back of the bee towards the top. This is where you will stick the wings on. See picture below.
Step 6: If you use Dum Dum lollipops cut matching yellow strips that are 2 3/4" long and 3/4" tall. If you use a different lollipop then your strip to cover them will be different. Then score each edge of the yellow strip at 3/8 (which is the 3rd line from the left if you have a scor-pal).
Step 7: put 1/4 inch scor-tape on each end. Set these and the bees to the side while we get the lollipops ready.
Step 8: I used Dum dum lollipops. You could use skewers, wood sticks, popsicle sticks, straws, etc. I used a kitchen scissor tool to cut wood skewers down to size. I varied the sizes and some didn't get any sticks added to them. Using scotch-tape tape the wood piece to the lollipop stick.
Step 9: Take green floral tape and wrap it around the sticks to make it look like a green stem.
Step 10: On the back of the bee place a long strip of 1/2 in score tape in the middle of the bee (not shown in photo) . Take the covering off the score tape and place your lollipop on it. There should be some score-tape on each side of the lollipop which will help the yellow strip stick when you put it on
Step 11: Take the strip of yellow that has scor-tape on the ends and place over the lollipop.
This is what it will look like and ready to be placed in your flower pot tin. Set it to the side while we make flowers (figured bees for boys and flowers for girls!)
Step 1: I used my SCAL program for the cricut to cut out the flowers from the May 2011 Card Cut File here at Clear Dollar Stamps. The flowers are cut at about 2 1/4 inches. Once you have them all cut out then use adhesive to stick them together as shown above.
Step 2: Do the same thing that you did with the bees to mount the lollipops on the back of the flowers. Once you have those done set them to the side with the bees.
Step 3: Grab your tin, Mod podge and a sponge brush. Measure the width of the tin and cut your paper to fit. This tin was 3 1/4 inches wide. I cut 2 strips out of 12 x 12 paper. I put mod podge on the back of the paper then stuck the paper on the tin.
Step 4: after putting on the paper I put 1/2 inch scor-tape around the top so I could add ribbon to the can. Also add your flower foam to the inside of the tin.
Step 5: Add ribbon then add spanish moss to the top of the flower foam (which will cover up the foam)
Step 6: Add the wonderful bees and flowers to the tin to make your Spring Bouquet!
Or if you wanted to make a Valentine bouquet for your kids class or at the office you could do Bees and Hearts!!
And here is another sample...
Here I took an upright rectangle tin and turned it into a Masculine bouquet to give my Honey Bunny for Valentine's Day!! I think I will get some Hersey kisses to put on the bottom in the Spanish Moss.
I used flower stem wire on the hearts and glued another heart behind them to hide the wire. I used a wood skewer on the owl as it just seems to fit the wood theme!
I cut the hearts out on my cricut using Basic George cartridge.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Have a Merry Christmas and I will see you next Year!!
- Kathy D.