Letter Rack

As a crafter I always look at things before I throw them away and think 'can I use that?...'
I'm sure many of you are the same.
I had some thick card packaging from something I bought and done exactly that...

the answer was yes...
This is what I done with it

I taped around the box, not too much, just enough to make sure the gaps were sealed etc then picked out some paper, in this case I used the beautiful papers from the 'Rustic Harmony Collection' by 'Kaisercraft'...

I used Tim Holtz Distressing Inks on all the edges of the paper...
...firstly with Victoria Velvet... 
... then Vintage Photo...

... then Walnut Stain

I measured a piece of lace to fit around the top of my letter holder
and distressed it using the Walnut Stain

I put red extra strong double sided tape around the top of the box and attached the lace

I finished it off by painting the inside with acrylic paint, probably better to do this before adding your papers if your worried you might get it on the paper, and added some Metal Leaf Embellishments
by 'Creative Expressions'  and 3 faux roses which I distressed a little with the Victoria Velvet and Walnut Stain Distressing Inks


Foam Stamping

1- Take a piece of foam, I got mine from Hobbycraft, down the children's craft section and cost me 35p, using a glue stick attach to your acrylic block.

2- Place your items flat on your work space, I have used wooden snowflake embellishments but you can use buttons, wire mesh ... anything solid.

3- Using your heat gun, heat the foam, you will see it slightly change shade and it will curl. Quickly press the foam onto your object and press hard and count to 20...

4- ... lift off to reveal your design, if your not happy with it simply reheat, the design will disappear, heat and try again.

5- Ink your foam design when your happy with it, don't use fast drying/permanent inks, and stamp.

6- Simply clean using a baby wipe, allow to dry and your ready for a new design.


Cone Christmas Ornaments

1- Take a cone and screw in an eye screw.

2- Make a bow and, using a glue gun, add glue ..

3- .. and attach the bow to the cone just below the eye screw.

4- Attach string, cord or ribbon for hanging.

5- Spray with glitter spray, I used the Crafters Companion Glitter spray.

6- While the glitter is drying, take your wooden embellishment and colour using your inks or pens. I have used little wooden holly embellishments and added faux red pearls for the berries. You can use any kind of embellishment, just have a go.

7- Using your glue gun attach the finished embellishment.

I hope you like this little project, have a go. I would love to see them so please share, email your projects to


  1. A brilliant project Emma - just need to find some cones now!!! lol x

    1. they are easy to find, you can use ones you find or a lot of places sell them in net bags, cost about £3 - £4 a net xx

  2. Emma I love this idea! I will make some for my grandchildren to decorate their own small christmastrees. Thanks!
    Lia xx

  3. Love the cone idea, must do that for Xmas 2015 x