DIY Ribbon Fish

with Gwen Studios

final fish

Using carboard and ribbons, you can make this fun colorful fish for Father’s Day. Whether Dad is a fisherman or not, he will get a kick out of this colorful fish that the kids can help make.

template and box

Grab the free PDF template below. I used it to cut out cardboard from a cereal box.

Free PDF file [fish template]

fish cut and paint

After cutting the cardboard, I used DecoArt’s DecoEarth paints on the fish. I applied the paint with a brush and then smooshed it to blend with a makeup sponge.

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This project was created for Gwen Studios. You can find all the design team projects listed on the Designer Crafts Connection website. Gwen Studios products can be found at Walmart and Michaels.

painted

Paint the head, the tail, and the fins. This would be a fun job for the littlest crafter to help with.

ribbons

I cut a variety of colored Gwen Studios ribbons around 3″ in length. I used satin ribbons that were 3/8″ wide.

fold

Using a hot glue gun, I folded the ribbons to a point. You can do this while the paint is drying on the fish.

first row of ribbons

Start at the tail end of the fish and add the folded ribbons as shown above. I used hot glue to quickly put them in place.

ribbons all in place

Randomly choose the colors of ribbon and continue to place the folded ribbons onto the fish. Once you are past the fins, you will not need any more ribbons.

folded ribbons

This is a close-up of the folded ribbons all glued in place. You can see how the points of the ribbons are staggered. Then glue the head onto the fish’s body, it is slightly bigger. If you align the sides, the head part will curve up and over the ribbons.

I used a round resin piece I had for the eye. I think a googly eye would work well.

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Happy Easter Card

Easter Printable Hop

easter card

Grab this free printable Easter card. Not only can you send it as a greeting card but you can use the print as ephemera and craft your own Easter-themed projects.

Grab the free PDF file here: [Easter Card]

My favorite printer brand for many years has been HP. I also use their ink supply service where I pay a monthly fee and they send me ink cartridges as needed. It comes out to be a lot less money this way. The HP Envy Inspire is a great-priced machine that will produce beautiful prints. 

And if you are looking for a great crafting weight paper for printables, I have been using HP Project Paper. It is heavier than copier paper but not quite as heavy as cardstock. It is a great medium weight for layering, folding, and more!

Easter Hop

Here are all the free Easter-themed printables.

easter collage
Artsy-Fartsy MamaEaster Color by Number Worksheets
Homemade HeatherEaster Scavenger Hunt
Laura’s Crafty LifeEaster Subway Art
Makeable CraftsEaster Bunny Footprints
Me and My INKlingsBunny Tickets and Coupons
Michelle James DesignsEaster Egg Exchange Dice Game
Sage and SolarEaster Egg I Spy
Southern Crush at HomeEaster Brunch Printable “Peter Cottontail” Place Cards
The Benson StreetEaster Coloring Bookmarks
Try it – Like it – Create itHappy Easter Card

Freebie Friday – Perfume Bottles

perfume bottles

This week’s Freebie is a set of lovely perfume bottle clip art images. These are so elegant. Print and cut out for all your printable crafts.

This is a single 8.5″ x 11″ PDF file, however, you can change the size of the images in your printer dialog box to fit your craft needs.

Grab the free printable PDF file here: [Perfume Bottles]

My favorite printer brand for many years has been HP. I also use their ink supply service where I pay a monthly fee and they send me ink cartridges as needed. It comes out to be a lot less money this way. The HP Envy Inspire is a great-priced machine that will produce beautiful prints.

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And if you are looking for a great crafting weight paper for printables, I have been using HP Project Paper. It is heavier than copier paper but not quite as heavy as cardstock. It is a great medium weight for layering, folding, and more!

Freebie Friday – Floral Music

Combining sheet music and flowers for these beautiful card fronts. You can change the size in your printer dialog and use them for other paper crafting.

Grab the free PDF file here: [Floral Music Card Fronts]

My favorite printer brand for many years has been HP. I also use their ink supply service where I pay a monthly fee and they send me ink cartridges as needed. It comes out to be a lot less money this way. The HP Envy Inspire is a great-priced machine that will produce beautiful prints.

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And if you are looking for a great crafting weight paper for printables, I have been using HP Project Paper. It is heavier than copier paper but not quite as heavy as cardstock. It is a great medium weight for layering, folding, and more!

Freebie Friday – Thanksgiving Clipart

thanksgiving clipart

Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude, delicious feasts, and warm gatherings, and what better way to enhance your holiday spirit than with these colorful and charming clipart images? Whether you’re designing invitations, decorating your home, or creating Thanksgiving-themed crafts, this page of free clipart images has something for everyone.

Free PDF printable: [Thankgiving clipart]

Freebie Friday – Halloween Coloring Pages

coloring pages image

Let’s get the haunting season off to a good start with these ghoulishly creative coloring pages for Halloween. The detail in the images will have all levels of colorists interested. Grab the four PDF printables at the link below and have a hauntingly good time!

Halloween Coloring PDF Pages zipped file: [Halloween coloring]

Back to School Book Tags

Free back to school printables blog hop. #printables #school_tag

I can’t believe summer is over for so many kids and they are heading back to school. Thankfully we are headed out on vacation and don’t go back to school until after labor day. But before we leave, I wanted to share with you these useful back-to-school backpack tags. There are two different styles for you to choose from. One with the information front and center, and the other with the information under a flap because I know you don’t want to share personal information with just anyone. See how easy and quick these are to make. 

Materials:

  • free pdf printables [flap tag] [no flap tag]
  • white cardstock
  • color printer
  • scissors or pen knife or paper cutter
  • packing tape
  • ribbon

Directions:

printouts for backpack tags
Begin by choosing which printout you want. 
 

cut out tags for backpacks
Cut out the tags. I used a paper cutter to do so.
 

cover in packing tape backpack tags
If using this type of tag, write the information in the window available.
This style is great for little ones so they can find the correct bus without worry.
Then cover in packing tape.
 

flip up cutting for backpack tags
If you are using this style of tag, cover it in packing tape first, then cut along the lines for the flip tab opening.
Cut off the half circle at the top of the tag (there isn’t a line there)
 

inside information for backpack tags
Both styles will get folded at this point.
I used the excess packing tape along the top edge and folded it over to close the tag.
Open the flap and write in your personal information.
This style is great for sharing information but not having it visible to any passerby.
If you desire, you can also tape closed the sides of the tag with packing tape.
 

ribbon for backpack tags
I use ribbon to tie the tags onto backpacks.
I burn the ends to make sure they don’t unravel.
 

finished backpack tags
Cut a slit at the top and slide the ribbon through.
The tags are ready to place on backpacks.
 

tie in place backpack tags
Just tie in place and they are ready to go!

Check out all the free back-to-school-themed printables.

Poisonous Flower Chart

Make sure to grab this free printable poisonous flower chart and visit all the free camping themed printables. #camping #printable #blog_hop

flower chart

Now that most everything is in bloom, you need to be aware of what plants and flowers can be dangerous. This chart is a visual reference to those flowers that grow in the wild and are poisonous.

The free PDF printable is a great piece to have on hand. Print it out, even laminate it and keep it with your camping materials as a reference. Consider printing it out and placing it inside a bathroom cabinet door for reference. And if you have an RV, this makes a great chart to have on hand.

Familiarize yourself with the look of the flowers and introduce them to your family and let them know of the dangers of these lovely but sometimes deadly flowers.

Grab your free chat here [poisonous flowers]

Looking for something a bit more fun? You can also grab this free camping printable from the store. It is a one-sheet PDF-themed camping printable – great for crafting, mixed media, junk journals, glue books, scrapbooking, and more…

camping

[Camp Printable]

This post is part of a monthly blog hop for printables. This month’s theme is camping. Take a moment to check out all the other free printables available from the links below.

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Freebie Friday – Toile Cards

This week’s freebie is a set of elegant Toile cards. #printable #freebie

toile cards

This week’s freebie is this set of beautiful Toile-designed cards. Toile is such a timeless design – so elegant. You can use them for so many applications. Consider them for paper crafting, card making, scrapbooking, mixed media, glue books, junk journals, and more.

Grab the free PDF here [Toile cards]

Freebie Friday – Sayings

This week’s Freebie Friday is a group of fun sayings. #printable #freebie

sayings

You can’t go wrong with this free printable of sayings. They are fun, colorful, and easy to use. Consider them for card making, crafting, junk journals, glue books, mixed media, scrapbooking, and more…

Grab your free PDF printable here: [Sayings]