Beaded Curtain

6 Jan

hillcrest 363Tis the season to buy Christmas decorations for 90% off! So there’s no better time to pick up some really cheap craft supplies and get busy! One thing you can do is to make a beaded curtain for your doorway with Christmas garland beads!  We picked up some yesterday and paid only 80 cents for four garlands. My cousin and her dad made the curtain above. Directions are below.

Supplies:

1. Beaded Garlands

2. Tension Rod for window

3. Duct Tape

4. Ruler

Directions:

1. Cut beaded garland to desired lengths.

2. Set tension rod to the correct length for your doorway.

3. Run a long piece of duct tape along the length of the tension rod, with sticky side extending down.  hillcrest 358

4.Lay beaded strands on the sticky side of the tape, using the ruler to space them evenly apart.

5. When Beads are positioned correctly,  add second piece of duct tape over them and wrap around the top of the tension rod.

6. Press tape down over beaded strands and all around them to secure.

There you have it! Now you can really make an entrance!

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Organize Your Duct Tape!

3 Jan

IMG_20130103_181015We’ve done duct tape crafts here before and we wanted to share this perfect way we found to organize duct tape! We were about to throw out this old paper towel holder when we realized we had a great use for it. All we did was put the duct tape over the rods. Now it is ready to use!

Supplies:

Old Paper Towel Holder

Rolls of Duct Tape

That’s it!

To see some of the things we have made using duct tape click on these links:

Duct Tape Belt

Duct Tape Purse

Duct Tape Wallet

Popsicle Stick Magnetic Advent Wreath

10 Dec

DSC00805My mom came up with this idea when my brother and I were younger. This is a way to be reminded of the weeks of advent every time you open the refrigerator. This craft can easily be modified to create a menorah.

Materials Needed:

4 or 5 short Popsicle sticks (or long ones cut in half)

1 large Popsicle stick (tongue depressor)

hot glue

Elmers glue

Glitter and chenille sticks or colored markers

Sequins if you want

Magnets

Directions:

Make the short Popsicle sticks look like candles by covering them with glue and glitter OR color them with markers. We have made them both ways.

Make the large Popsicle stick look like a wreath by wrapping it with chenille sticks or coloring it with a marker.

Add sequins or other decorations to the wreath if you like.

Wait for Popsicle sticks to dry. Then attach magnets to the backs using hot glue.

Now you are ready to add a candle for each week of Advent!

*Note, if you do not have a tongue depressor, cut a piece of card stock into a tongue depressor shape. You can also use card stock for the candles.

Easy School Presentation Board

5 Nov

I had to do a school presentation about myself earlier this year. Part of my grade was on how attractive my display was. We didn’t have any poster board that would work, so we got the idea to cover a piece of cardboard with an old t-shirt. We just cut the cardboard to the right size, slipped the t-shirt over it, and pinned back the sleeves with duct tape. Then I glued the items I needed to display right on the t-shirt with hot glue.

It worked so well, I will probably use the idea again!

Another idea we had was to use short Popsicle sticks to label the items. I wrote on them with a thin Sharpie.  This also worked great!

Materials:

Piece of Cardboard

Old T-Shirt

Duct Tape

Directions are above!

Halloween Craft Round-Up

28 Oct

We thought it would be fun to gather up all of our Halloween crafts into one post. If you like what you see, click on it. It will take you to the post that gives instructions on how to do the craft.

Classy Glassy Halloween Pendants

 

 

Halloween Table Tree

 

 

Painted Treat Jars.

Mummy Pencil

Easy Costume!

 

Happy Halloween!

 

 

Halloween Wreathes

6 Oct

Use these fun wreathes to make your house festive for Halloween. We found a bunch of cool Halloween cupcake liners, brads, and cardboard shapes at T.J. Maxx and we couldn’t resist making wreathes again.

Supplies:

1. Vine Wreath (We found these at the Dollar Tree.)

2. Cupcake Liners

3. Embellishments (We used tag board shapes, brads, and cupcake liners purchased from T.J. Maxx.)

4. Hot Glue

 Directions:

1. Fold and twist cupcake liners into desired shapes.

2. Thread liners through cracks between the vines in the vine wreaths.

4. Using hot glue (with adult help) glue on embellishments.

5. You can also glue smaller cupcake liners on top of wreath.

To see our other version of cupcake liner wreathes click HERE.

Super-easy Super-cute Ear Gear!

24 Sep

 

Everybody loves these cute jingle bell earrings, so why not try to make some yourself? 

Materials:

1. Cute animal jingle bells. We got ours HERE at Fire Mountain Gems.

2. French hooks.

3. Jewelry pliers.

Directions: 

1. Use Jewelry pliers to open loop at bottom of french hook by gently grabbing loop at opening with pliers and twisting pliers slightly backward.

2. Slide jingle bell onto loop.

3. Close loop by gentle grabbing loop where your pliers were before and twisting them slightly forward until ends meet.

See how easy that is? Jingle bells come six to a pack . These are fun to make with friends! 

 

Tea Box Totes

1 Sep

My mom drinks primula tea and it comes in these cute little cardboard boxes, so we decided to decorate them to turn them into cute little totes. These are the perfect size to carry a cell phone or ipod along with chap stick, pens, and more.

Materials Needed:

1. Primula tea canister

2. Duct Tape

3. Scissors

Directions: 

1. Carefully remove string from canister. Pay attention to how it goes in and out of the holes.

2. Wrap tape around canister and cut. Repeat until canister is covered.

3. Using scissors, poke holes in tape to match holes in canister.

4. Restring canister.

Other ways to decorate the primula boxes:

The box on the on the left was decorated with sharpies and a felt shape. The box on the right was painted with acrylic paint, then decorated with felt shapes and buttons. Notice that a different type of string can be used when you are ready to restring the box, you can replace the string that comes with the box with ribbons, like my friend A. M. did with the box on the right.

Directions for replacing string with ribbons:

Tie a large knot in one end of the string. Starting inside the canister at one of the bottom holes, begin putting string in, the way you took it out. You should end up with a loose end back on the inside of the box. Tie another knot that is too big to leave the hole. Secure with glue if needed.

These also make great boxes for sharpies and other markers! To see a photo of what the boxes looked like before, or to order primula tea, click HERE!

Fun with Felt

19 Aug

Felt Bags

Locker Magnets

We found these cute bags in the dollar section at Target. Then at Michaels we picked up these creative shapes. It was easy to make the felt bags and magnets.

FELT BAGS

Materials:

1. Felt Bags

2. Fun Felt Shapes

3. Gemstones

4. Hot Glue

Directions:

1. Attach felt shapes and rhinestones to bag using hot glue. If shapes already have adhesive, peel off plastic back before gluing. I still used glue on the shapes with adhesive.

Now you’re done!

LOCKER MAGNETS

Materials:

1. Fun Felt Shapes

2. Gemstone Shapes

3. Magnets

4. Hot Glue

Directions:

1. Glue gemstone to felt the fun felt shapes. Let it dry.

2. Cut around adhesive backing if felt shapes have backing. Do not remove backing. Leave backing on if it helps support the felt.

3. Glue magnets to back of shapes. Let it dry before testing it out.


Pop Can Tab Owls

29 Jun

We made these owl pins from Diet Coke can tabs. 

*This craft requires working with hot glue in small areas, so adult supervision is needed. 

Materials:

1. Tabs from soda cans.

2. Sequins.

3. A feather.

4. Rhinestones.

5. Hot glue.

6. Coated wire for feet. (optional)

7. Felt for bill. (optional)

8. Small Pin Backs. 

9. Wire clippers and round nosed pliers. (optional)

Directions:

1. If you have wire clippers and round nosed pliers, you may want to work on the large hole in the tab to make it rounder/larger. An adult should do this. If you do not have these, it will work to use shape as is. 

2. If you are using wire for feet, wrap coated wire around bottom of hole 3 times for each foot. You can use bits of sequin for feet too. If you choose to do this, glue to front of owl.

3. Take a large round sequin and trim to fit the back of the tab, so the shiny side will show through the large hole.

4. Glue sequin to back of tab with hot glue.

5. Cut a small trip of the fluffy part of a feather. Bend into V shape.

6. Glue V shape to the back of the tab.

7. Glue pin back over tip of feather V and large sequin. 

8. Select two sequins for eyes. Glue in appropriate place.

9. Cut a triangle out of a sequin or felt. glue beneath eyes.

10. Select two small rhinestones for pupils, glue in middle of sequin-eyes. 

You are done! Make a whole flock of them for pennies a piece.

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