Archive | October, 2011

Bottle Bottom Pendants

31 Oct

When we were on vacation we picked one of our favorite posts from last year to re-post.We have a lot more visitors now than we used to, so many of you might not have seen this cool craft.

From: 29AUG 2010

I made these with my friends.

My mom found a cool blog (http://knit1slip1.com/jewelry/) that showed  how to make beads out of plastic bottles.  We were going to recycle the bottoms of the bottles, but I liked the designs and decided to try making pendants out of them.  They turned out cool. But you need an adult to help with this craft!

Materials

  1. Plastic Recyclable Drink Bottles
  2. Sharpie Markers
  3. Candle
  4. Jump Ring
  5. Scissors
  6. Needle Nose pliers

*We used a Dremel drill to put a tiny hole in the plastic for the jump ring.

 Directions

  1. Cut bottom off of a plastic drink bottle.
  2. Use Sharpies to color inside of bottle bottom.
  3. Grip edge of bottle bottom with pliers.
  4. Carefully hold it over flame until cut edges curl under.
  5. Set on a heatproof surface (like a trivet or a ceramic plate) to cool.
  6. Use drill to put hole in pendant for jump ring.
  7. Thread jump ring through hole.

Note: Work in a well ventilated area.  The plastic will give off some fumes when melting and we can’t know for sure, but you probably shouldn’t inhale them!

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Happy Monster Pins

24 Oct

We started making monster pins using a recycled pin method we found in Recycled Crafts. But this method was a bit complicated for kids. So we ended up trying a few other things. Here are the directions for the much easier to make Glamourous Monster pins above.

 

Materials

Used button pins

Polly Pocket Shoes

Wiggle Eyes

Fake Fur

Hot Glue

Large Sequins

Trim (lace, sequins, ribbon, shapes)

Rubber cording (you can use rubber necklace cord. We cut up broken headphone cords for the legs above.)

Felt

Directions

1. Cut a square of fake fur.

2. Glue to button pin.

3. Cut a crescent from the bottom of a large sequin.

4. Glue to pin as monster’s mouth.

5. Glue on wiggly eye.

6. Cut rubber cording for legs.

7. Add dot of glue to bottom of cording and stick into small shoe. Repeat.

8. Glue legs to back side bottom edge of fake fur.

9. Cut a small piece of felt and place it over glue and legs to secure.

10. Glue on trim like ribbon for decoration.

Tip: If you run out of button pins, you can use a piece of stiff felt for back and glue on pinback.

 

Other ways to make Monster Pins:

These Pins were made by covering large recycled button pins with Modge Podge, placing fabric over button, then coating with Modge Podge again. Details were glued on when Modge Podge was drying. Hot Glue had to be used to secure buttons with heavy felt (like Cookie Monster). These were harder to make, but we still had fun making them.

This monster was made using the modge podge method.This pin was made by coiling a pipe cleaner and gluing it to a button pin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Easy Pumpkin Earrings and Pendant

21 Oct

 

This Jewelry is super easy to make and fun to wear.  C made the witch’s finger out of a stick, green marker, and red nail polish.

 

Materials:

1. Beads

2. Headpins

3. Hooks for Earrings

4. Coated Wire for Pendant

5. Needle Nose pliars. (If you do not have these, you can make loops around the end of a small paintbrush.)

Earring Directions

1. Put round bead on headpin. (We used 2 orange fire polished beads we purchased from Shipwreck Beads.)

2. Add small green bead. (These came from Fire Mountain Beads.)

3. Add a small loop in wire. See the link for directions. 

http://tinyurl.com/3fuws29

4. Add Earring hoops.

Pendant Directions

1. Add large orange bead to headpin. (Fire Mountain)

2. Twist a piece of green coated wire around a toothpick, leaving a closed loop on one end.

3. Put wire on headpin.

4. Add green bead. (Fire Mountain)

5. Add loop to headpin. See link for directions.

http://tinyurl.com/3fuws29

Stamped and Painted Treat Jars

17 Oct

 

 

For Painted Jars

 Materials:

 1. Empty glass jars

2. Acrylic paint

3. Paint brushes

 

 Directions:

 1. Paint the jars and lids any way you want!

 

For Stamped Jars

Materials

 1. StazOn ink pad

2. Foam stamps

3. Empty Glass Jars

 

Directions

 1. Apply ink to stamp pad and stamp on jar!

(Note: think of this as “wrapping paper” for your jar. The ink will wipe off of jars, so use as a quick and cute decoration, but don’t expect it to last a long time. Painted images will last longer. Handwash the interiors gently if you want to reuse.)

 

Add candy and a battery operated candle for a cute Halloween light!

 

Classy Glassy Halloween Pendants

9 Oct

Materials:

Large Glass Beads

Smaller clear and black beads

StazOn Black Ink Pad

Headpin

Glaze (We used Glassy Accents.)

Foam Stamps (We purchased ours at Dollar General.)

 Directions:

1. Select a foam stamp and place it in StazOn ink.

2. Gently but firmly apply stamp to bead and allow to dry.

3. Use Glaze to cover inked area and allow to dry.

4. Thread small bead onto head pin, add stamped bead, and another small bead.

5. Create a loop in headpin.

The glaze gives the ink a raised look.

Tips:

StazOn ink pads have permanent ink, so they will dry beautifully on glass.  But the stamps will wipe off! So you must coat the ink with something. Glassy Accents or similar products have a glass-like sheen. If you coat just the inked areas it will look like raised glass. Very Cool.

We were surprised by how well the foam stamps worked. We tried our rubber ones, but they didn’t conform to curves in the glass as well as the foam stamps did.

If you do not know how to create a loop in a headpin, this site gives excellent advice and photos!

http://tinyurl.com/3fuws29

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Halloween Table Tree

1 Oct

We were inspired to create this tabletop decoration after seeing similar ones in stores.  For the first ones we created, we transformed leftover yellow and white store bought “Easter Trees”. Then we created one from scratch, using an oak branch and an old flower pot.

Materials

 1. Dried tree branch

2. Flower pot

3. Cardboard

4. Scissors

5. Glue

6. Black Acrylic Paint

last year's spider rings, bracelets, and whistles

7. Paint brushes

8. Rocks

9. Glitter

10. Assorted Small Halloween items (We used leftover favors and jewelry from other years.)          

 

 Directions

 1. Find a dead tree branch (we cut ours off of the deadened part of a tree)

2. Paint the branch black

3. Brush a small amount of glitter onto wet paint

4. Turn flower pot over onto cardboard and trace a circle

5. Cut out circle slightly smaller than the one you traced onto the cardboard. (Eventually, it will need to fit into the pot slightly below the top.)

6. Punch hole in middle of cardboard circle (to insert branch into later)

7. Spread glue onto circle and cover with glitter

8. Paint flower pot black

9. Sprinkle glitter onto wet pot if desired

10.When glue and glitter and glue is dry, assemble tree by adding rocks to the flower pot to keep it stable, then putting bottom of branch into cardboard circle and inserting into the flower pot. Use hot glue if to keep branch and circle in place if needed.

11. Now tie or glue items onto the tree.  Add glitter to desired items, like we did with the spiders!

RIP beneath the eyeball tree

ghosts and pumpkins with spangled spider

 

 

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