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Week 20 {tiny paintings project}

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You can customize this prize with the correct number of candles for the birthday boy or girl. Just print out multiple copies of the art.



Or get the artwork in the "artwork downloads" column to the right. Print it out on 4" x 6" photo paper, and make sure the print size is 100%. You might need to save the file and print using a photo application.

This art is only for your personal use, and may not be reproduced.  And please, if you use my artwork, send me a picture of what you made, so I can pin it to my pinterest board.

FIG. 1 Supplies: Printout of artwork (make multiple copies to have enough candles for recipients over 11 years old), ½” masking tape, detail scissors, wire cutters, Tacky glue, floral stem wire, 3 ¼” poster board circle, 1 ¾” poster board circle, crepe paper in metallic and blue, and a pin-back if you want to wear the ribbon. I used this kind of crepe paper.

FIG. 2 Cut the metallic paper into a 2” x 8” strip with the grain running across the short side. Tape the ends together to form a tube.

FIG. 3 Flatten the tube out, stretching the outside edge. Glue the large circle to the center of the back.  Flip it over and glue the small circle in the center of the front.

FIG. 4 Cut out the artwork. Cut thirteen 1 ½” pieces of wire. Tape one to the back of each letter (make sure the letter is right-side-up), and trim excess tape.

FIG. 5 Repeat with all the letters.

FIG. 6 Tape the wire ends, one at a time, to the center circle. You may want to dry-fit the letter spacing before doing too many.

FIG. 7 Cut a strip of crepe paper 1” x 6” with the grain running across the short side.

FIG. 8 Flatten it out, and secure it in place with a piece of tape on the back.

FIG. 9 Glue the blue ruffle to the center, and then glue the cake on top. Fluff everything up a bit: stretch the crepe in opposite directions to ruffle the edges, and bend the wires toward you to lift the letters.

FIG. 10 Cut a piece of blue crepe paper 6”tall with the grain running across the width. The width will be determined by how many candles you are using. Glue candles along the bottom (with a tiny bit of glue) with 1/8” space between. I taped the paper to the table, with two small tape balls on the back, to keep it from curling and slipping.

Fig. 11 Cut between the candles.

FIG. 12 Tape the candles to the back one-by-one, checking the front to see positioning.

Fig. 12 I taped on a small loop of wire as a hanger. Or glue on a pin-back. Turn it over and stretch out the crepe on the candles in the back to make them hang a little lower. If you are using a lot of candles you may need to make two rows.


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