Thursday, December 27, 2012

Altered Mouse Traps

This year my biggest Christmas project was making altered mouse traps. Well, actually, rat traps. It does not have a pretty ring to it, and I think that was a hindrance in the end. :) Live and learn.
 Nevertheless, I give you my idea for holding holiday cards or stockings. :)
 I covered the bases with distress stains.
I loved all the different possibilities. 

If you'd like to make this ornament too:

*first disarm the mouse-trap*

1. Cover the diecut numbers with the sticky backed foil, and cut out.
2. Emboss with Tim Holtz Christmas embossing folder.
3. Using VerDay Paints cover -
the numbers with bronze, the chipboard half snowflake with iron, the chipboard tag with copper, and the metal on the mouse trap, binder clip, and the Tim Holtz Trinket with a mixture of those paints.
Ink the top and back of the mousetrap using Broken China Distress Stain. Use a q-tip to get the hard to reach areas.
4. Use Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to cover the sides.
5. Stamp snowman using black Stazon under the metal clasp.
6. Ink the edges of the tag with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink, and outline the tag with a black pen.
7. Clamp the binder clip to the right side of the tag.
8. Using pop dots affix the tag to the top square of the mouse trap.
9. Adhere and layer the two pieces of burlap ribbon to form a square.
10. Glue the foiled numbers over the burlap pieces.
11. Using red tape, adhere the red beads to the bottom of the tag.
12. Attach the snowflake to the left side of the tag. Add white button to the top of the snowflake.
13. Tie a loop from which the hang the mousetrap with the black twine on the top hook.
14. Feed the white seam binding and the red dot ribbon through the top hook at the same time with the red dot ribbon on the bottom.
15. Tie a bow with the white seam binding, and tie a knot around the bow with the red dot ribbon.
16. Use the red ribbon to feed through the chipboard tag and trinket, and then tie a knot around the left side of the metal clamp of the house trap.
17. Outline the black outline of the mousetrap with silver stickles. I went right inside the black outline to create a double line.
18. Pat yourself on the back for finishing! :)

Happy holidays!


Crafty Mama of Four said...

I love altering...anything! But I never would of thought to alter a mouse trap! LOVE IT!!!

Sandie said...

These are fantastic DeeDee!! Definitely gonna try one :D


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