Bee Wise Makes: Awesome Holiday Goods!

Lets make some simple holiday projects!

A Fabric or Paper Scrap Card

Small Matchbook Notebook

Wood Ring Ornament

Not only are these projects simple, all the supplies are readily available. On Thursday, we will be promoting the Fifth Annual Wintry Market on November 21 and 22 at The El Korah Shrine, 1118 West Idaho Street, Boise, ID 83702. Check out the presentation of these cute crafts and information about the market on KTVB Channel 7 at 5pm, Thursday November 19th!

Wood Ornament

These can be made into an ornament, placed on a mantle or hung on a wall with the proper removable tape. Wood rings from 2" up work for this project, but if it's going to be an ornament, 4" and under are best.

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Needed:

  1. Wood rounds: These can be purchased from most large craft retailers. I also found someone local on Craigslist who is selling log rounds of all sizes and types. Etsy is always a good source for supplies.
  2. Dark chalkboard paint
  3. Paint brush
  4. Twine
  5. Glue
  6. White paint maker or chalk marker
  7. Optional: If you prefer not to paint the dark center, there are chalk stickers that will work well also.
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Paint a rough circle on the log round. If you do not want to free hand this use a drinking glass or small bowl to trace around for a template.

When the chalk paint is dry, use the paint or chalk marker to write words such as, Love - Peace - Joy- Angels - Faith - Give etc.

If this is going to be an ornament, glue a loop of twine on the back of the round. Enjoy!


Idaho Greeting Card

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Needed:

  1. Fabric or Paper Scraps
  2. A shape cut out of heavy paper or cardboard (We used Idaho, but any shape can work)
  3. Scissors
  4. Permanent glue stick & fabric glue
  5. Pencil
  6. Blank note cards & envelopes

1. Trace your shape onto the back side of your fabric or paper, this makes sure that any pencil marks are on the back. Also make sure that if you are using a shape that has a definite direction,  flip your pattern correctly to ensue it won't be backwards when you glue it down.

2. Cut out the shape, apply glue from stick to the wrong side, place on the card in the desired spot.

3. If you want a tiny heart near a special city, cut these from very small scraps of fabric or felt and use fabric glue to adhere it to the shape. Let dry before putting in the envelope.


Matchbook Notebook

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  1. Heavy Cardstock: You can purchase card stock, use cereal boxes or other very lightweight cardboard
  2. Stapler
  3. Lightweight Paper for Note Pages
  4. Paper Cutter or Scissors
  5. Ruler
  6. Bone Folder Tool
  7. Optional: Embellishments

This project can be any size. In this example we are making a small version.

Use your paper cutter to cute 3 sheets of white printer paper into 2 3/4" x 5", this will give you 12 small sheets.

  1. Cut one 3" x 10 1/2" strip from the card stock or cardboard. Make marks on your card stock with your ruler at 1/2" and 5 1/2".
  2. Use your bone folder or the blunt edge of a butter knife and a ruler to score the card stock at the 1/2" and 5 1/2" marks.
  3. Fold along the lines.
  4. Place white paper in the smallest fold and staple.
  5. Make sure the staples are about 1/4" from the cut edge. You want to be able to tuck the flap in this edge.
  6. Apply glue to the embellishments you want to use for decoration on the front of the notebook.
  7. Glue this onto the matchbook.
  8. Use and enjoy!

Have a wonderfully creative day!