Gettin' Made: Time for a Quickie

Remember a couple of months ago when I showed you some fun trinket boxes you could make with Xyron's 1.5" Create-a-Sticker sticker maker? (Click here to see the how-to.) I had a chance this weekend to try out their 2.5" Create-a-Sticker machine and came up with a few ideas for quickie crafts you could make as gifts for the holidays. And thanks to Xyron, eight lucky readers will win free sticker makers this week!

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After the jump, let's get crafting!

The premise of the 2.5" Xyron Create-a-Sticker is the same as the 1.5" model--put something small and relatively flat through one end of the machine, and it comes out the other end with adhesive on the backside. It's perfect for fabric, paper, and a slew of other items that are as thin or thinner than a nickel.

We have a pointsettia tree outside our house, and I thought it'd be fun to do something with a few of the petals from the just-blooming flowers.

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The only thing I would've done differently on this holiday card? Try drying out the petals a little before you make it--the white oozy stuff that comes from inside the poinsettia plant when you pick the petals off tends to get everywhere. Also, beware when handling this plant--it's poisonous, so make sure you wash your hands before using them hands to feed your dog!

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This super quick card can be made by sticking three pointsettia flower petals onto a folded piece of scrapbooking paper, drawing a couple more petals around those and then adding a holiday greeting. Don't worry about having perfect drawing or handwriting skills--the fact that you attempted this simple art piece will mean lots to family and friends!

(For drawing stuff like this, I love to use Staedtler black Lumocolor pens in the Fine thickness. You can find them in varying thicknesses at the Dick Blick website.)

On the next page, check out some glittery, fabric-embellished tins.


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