Sunday, May 21, 2017

15 Minute Craft: Patriotic Party Fans

This summer dress up your home in patriotic trimmings. This easy-peasy 15 Minute Craft comes together quickly and is a perfect kid-friendly craft. You only need a few craft supplies to make these charming "Patriotic Party Fans." Perfect for the 4th of July or local town celebrations, glittered stars become center stage, and tissue paper fringe adds texture to this amazing project.

Patriotic Party Fans by Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #partyfan #4thofjuly #patrioticcraft #papercraft #jengallacher

Patriotic Party Fans Instructions:

1. Cut three strips from three different patterns of patriotic scrapbooking paper. Pattern #1: Cut strips to 3 1/2" T x 12" W. Pattern #2: Cut strips to 2 3/4"T x 12" W. Pattern #3: Cut strips to 2" T X 12" W.

Patriotic Party Fans by Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #partyfan #4thofjuly #patrioticcraft #papercraft #jengallacher


2. Use a rosette die that creates the scored lines for you or use a scoring board and scoring tool to score each strip every 1".

Patriotic Party Fans by Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #partyfan #4thofjuly #patrioticcraft #papercraft #jengallacher


3. Accordion fold each strip.

Patriotic Party Fans by Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #partyfan #4thofjuly #patrioticcraft #papercraft #jengallacher


4. Glue each accordion folded strip from the same pattern together to form one long accordion-folded strip. Connect the two ends and press into a circle. Use a glue gun to hold the circle together.

Patriotic Party Fans by Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #partyfan #4thofjuly #patrioticcraft #papercraft #jengallacher


5. Die cut or punch different sizes of circles from white cardstock and glue a circle in the center of each rosette, making sure you don't glue down the very outside edges of the circles.

Patriotic Party Fans by Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #partyfan #4thofjuly #patrioticcraft #papercraft #jengallacher

6. Use a glue gun to attach the pre-made fringe around the outside edge of the circle, pressing the white cardstock circle edges down into the glue and fringe. (To make your own fringe fold a 2 1/2" T x 12" W strip of tissue paper in half lengthwise. Use fringe scissors or scissors to cut from the non-folded edge to about 1/4" to 1/2" from the fold of the paper. Layer several pieces of tissue paper or different colors of tissue paper for thicker fringe. Trim off any excess fringe from your circle.)

Patriotic Party Fans by Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #partyfan #4thofjuly #patrioticcraft #papercraft #jengallacher


7. Use pre-made glittered stars or hand-cut stars from glittered paper. Use adhesive foam dots to mount the stars in the center of each rosette. Vary the sizes of each star to fit the size of your completed rosettes.

Patriotic Party Fans by Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #partyfan #4thofjuly #patrioticcraft #papercraft #jengallacher

8. Thread twine through a white button and attach the button to the largest, glittered star.

Patriotic Party Fans by Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #partyfan #4thofjuly #patrioticcraft #papercraft #jengallacher


9. Glue varying lengths of thin, wooden dowels to the back of each rosette. Let dry and then place in a tall vase. Tie the dowels together with white ribbon.

Patriotic Party Fans by Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #partyfan #4thofjuly #patrioticcraft #papercraft #jengallacher

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Here's a closer look at the fans. You can see each fan features a different scrpabooking paper pattern. This makes them more colorful and interesting. Use a scrapbooking paper kit to get the perfect match (see this paper collection in the supplies listed below). The fringe is pre-made, but you could easily cut light blue tissue paper with fringe scissors to get the exact same effect. Be sure to pin your favorite images for inspiration later!

Patriotic Party Fans by Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #partyfan #4thofjuly #patrioticcraft #papercraft #jengallacher

Patriotic Party Fans by Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #partyfan #4thofjuly #patrioticcraft #papercraft #jengallacher

Patriotic Party Fans by Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #partyfan #4thofjuly #patrioticcraft #papercraft #jengallacher

Patriotic Party Fans by Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #partyfan #4thofjuly #patrioticcraft #papercraft #jengallacher


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Friday, May 19, 2017

How to Cover a Niche in a Fireplace: Before and After

Ever since we first looked at this house and I saw the large niche above the fireplace, I knew it would have to go. I just couldn't imagine what in the world I would put in that niche. So I began searching on Pinterest for ideas of how we could deal with this corner fireplace with a nice. Today I'm sharing how we covered this fireplace niche to create an entirely new and updated look for our Great Room.

Fireplace niche design covered after photo from www.jengallacher.com. #fireplace #niche #fireplaceniche #fireplacemakeover #fireplaceremodel

Fireplace Niche Before:

Here's a look at what the fireplace looked like when we first moved in. You can see the room is dark with sponged paint, the niche is actually about 5-6 feet tall inside . And the entire fireplace from top to bottom is about 15 feet tall. It's a really big niche.

Fireplace niche design before from www.jengallacher.com. #fireplace #niche #fireplaceniche #fireplacemakeover #fireplaceremodel


Fireplace niche design before from www.jengallacher.com. #fireplace #niche #fireplaceniche #fireplacemakeover #fireplaceremodel

Our finish carpenter removed the frame around the niche, framed in the niche, and covered the entire fireplace in my new design. And this was the end result:

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I had our painters paint both the new niche covering and the fireplace mantle a satin, custom-mixed white that matches the trim finishes throughout our house. It's a soft white, with no blue undertones and no true yellow undertones which I love. I was concerned about painting the mantle white, but I love the way it draws the eye all the way up to the ceiling. It also helps the rocks within the fireplace pull a little more grey, which matches the Revere Pewter paint color on the wall a bit better.


Fireplace niche design covered after photo from www.jengallacher.com. #fireplace #niche #fireplaceniche #fireplacemakeover #fireplaceremodel
Fireplace niche design covered after photo from www.jengallacher.com. #fireplace #niche #fireplaceniche #fireplacemakeover #fireplaceremodel

Fireplace niche design covered after photo from www.jengallacher.com. #fireplace #niche #fireplaceniche #fireplacemakeover #fireplaceremodel

To finish off the design I added a beautiful circle mirror with a silver frame from Homegoods. I added two distressed wood pillar candlesticks from Tuesday Morning, and I used some Silver Dollar Eucalyptus to add some greenery to the mantle. You can see how the design matches the room so much better now. And it brought an air of both casualness and sophistication to the space, which I love.

If you'd like to read more about this space, search my sidebar for "Great Room" or "Fireplace" to find additional photos of this space.

Fireplace niche design covered after photo from www.jengallacher.com. #fireplace #niche #fireplaceniche #fireplacemakeover #fireplaceremodel

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Congrats Flower Die Cut Card

For this week's "Jen's Cards," I'm sharing another one of my favorite Echo Park Paper combinations. For this "Congrats" card, I used several die cuts, stamps, and items from Echo Park and Carta Bella Paper. All of these products were generously donated by the company, and finding new combinations with them is one of my favorite craft projects.

Congrats Flower die cut card by Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #jengallacher #echoparkpaper #cardmaker #diecutting #stamping


Here's a closer look at this card:

Congrats Flower die cut card by Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #jengallacher #echoparkpaper #cardmaker #diecutting #stamping

Congrats Flower die cut card by Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #jengallacher #echoparkpaper #cardmaker #diecutting #stamping

Congrats Flower die cut card by Jen Gallacher from www.jengallacher.com. #jengallacher #echoparkpaper #cardmaker #diecutting #stamping

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