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Braided Bracelets

12 Jul

braceletsSupplies:

1. Multicolored Yarn

2. Initial Beads with a hole big enough for the yarn to go through (also works with other beads)

IMG_31653. Masking Tape

4. Scissors

5. Twisty-ties

 

Directions:

1. Cut three equal pieces of yarn about 24 inches.

2. Tie the three pieces together at one end leaving about an inch above the knot.

3. Tape the string above the knot onto a sturdy surface (make sure surface is safe for tape) so the string will stay in place while you are braiding it.

bracelet4. Begin braiding, keeping your fingers close to the braid so it stays tight.

5. Keep braiding until the braid goes almost all the way around your wrist once.

6. Tie a knot close to the braid, so that it won’t come undone. Make it as tight as possible.

7. Get a twisty-tie and cut off excess plastic so it is just a wire. (Wire must be thin and bendy in order to get through the bead.)

8. Wrap the wire around one piece of the loose string (Kind of like a needle) and use wire to pull string through bead.

9. Do the same with the other two pieces of loose string.

10. Make another knot close to the bead with the loose string so the bead doesn’t move.

Bracelet with multiple letters

Bracelet with multiple letters

11. You can make bracelets with multiple letters. The more letters you have, the less you have to braid. You can make spaces between words by adding a knot between the beads or a heart or plain bead. 

12. Keep braiding until braid is the same length as the first one. 

13. Tie knot close to end of braid so it does not come undone. 

14. Place the two knots next to each other and cut off the loose ends so that they are the same length (a 1/2 inch to an inch).

15. Tie bracelet on wrist!

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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.

Dress a Chick

31 Mar

I thought of this idea because my mom has a blog called Nerdy Chicks Rule. When I saw all of the toy chicks on sale for Easter, I thought it would be funny to dress one up like the chick on her blog.  It looks like this: 

We used wire to make the glasses, then added ribbon and sometimes beads. Then we just glued them on with hot glue. It was easy and we had fun. We don’t usually do the same things on our blogs, but this time we posted our chicks both places. If you want to see all of the chicks we made click HERE.
If you want to dress up your own chick, here is what you will need:

Materials:

Toy Chick
Ribbon
Beads
Beading Wire
Hot Glue
Coated Wire
Sharpie
Scissors

Directions:

Make a bow or headband with ribbon, then glue it to the chick.

Wrap coated wire around round object like a paintbrush handle or a round pencil to make glasses. You will make two loops with a straight piece in between.

Bend piece in middle of glasses up or down until it looks right.

Glue on chick.

Make small loop in coated wire. String on beads.

Hook lose end through loop to create necklace. Place on chick and you are done.

For sunglasses lens: color a piece of plastic with sharpie. Cut to fit wire shape, then glue in place.

We have other ideas about how to dress up chicks, so maybe we’ll put up more pictures soon!

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Valentine’s Eraser Jewelry

4 Feb

When we saw these cute Valentine’s Day erasers at Target, we knew just what to do with them! They are perfect for fun and functional jewelry! And the craft is super easy too, and super inexpensive.  Basically, here’s all you need:

Supplies:

1. Cute erasers.

2.  Crafter’s Pick Glue, The Ultimate (or other strong child-safe glue)

3. Findings (Ring blanks, pin backs, eye pins, jump ring)

4. Wire clippers for cutting eye pins (scissors often work well too.)

5. Ribbon for necklace.

Directions for rings and pins:

1. Lay erasers on a flat surface.

2. Add a large dot of glue to the back of each one.

3. Pin back or ring blank on dot of glue.

4. Allow several hours to dry.

Directions for necklaces: 

1. Cut an eyepin so that about 1/4 inch of wire extends from loop.

2. Poke into top of eraser.

3. Add a tiny dot of glue at the top if desired.

4. Add a jump ring through the eye pin.

5. String ribbon through jump ring.

See the finished products below! We feel sure you could do this same project with hot glue, but it tends to pull off of surfaces, so we don’t know how durable they would be.

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This post is also linked to Toys in the Dryer, but their icon kept popping up on top of my photos every time I tried to upload it!  So to see more Valentine’s crafts, visit them at http://www.toysinthedryer.com/.

Fun Fur Firs

27 Nov

We’re still trying to find uses for all of the fun fur we bought and didn’t make into scarves.  Making these trees with it was easy and a lot of fun!

Supplies:

1. Cones.  We recycled these old cardboard bobbin cones, but you can use Styrofoam cones too.

2. Hot glue

3. Fun fur or other fun yarn

4. Marti Gras beads, beaded garland, or other strings of beads

5. Tree toppers. We used stars from a battery operated string of lights that no longer works. But you can use small ornaments, ornament stars, or even small Christmas balls.

Directions:

1 Add a small vertical  line (about an inch) of hot glue to the cone.

2. Wrap yarn around cone, crossing over glue until it is covered. Repeat these steps until tree is covered with yarn.

3. Fit star into hole in cone OR decide what other item you will use for your tree topper and glue it on top.

4. Starting at the top, wind beads around tree, using a few dots of glue to keep in place.

That’s it!  You can add buttons, sequins, or other things to your tree too, but we decided to stick mostly with beads!

Ribbon can be used instead of beads for decoration.

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Sequin Flowers

22 Nov

Create a tiny flower arrangement to decorate a dollhouse or to brighten someone’s day!

Materials:

1. assorted sequins

2. large bead

3. covered wire

4. scissors

5. seed beads

Bags of assorted sequins can be found at Walmart and craft supply stores.

Directions

1. Decide how far you want “stems” to stick out of vase and cut wire.

2. Cut one piece of wire twice as long as the others.

3. Double long piece of wire and insert into bead so that the bent end sticks out of bottom of bead.  Twist to form loop in wire.

4. Cut another piece of wire for vase base. Run it through the looped end.

5. Twist this wire around bead to create base.

6. Add sequin flowers, bending the wire behind the back of each sequin so it won’t slip.

7. Add a small seed bead to wire and bend wire around it to secure.

8. Insert other “stems” and repeat steps for adding sequin flowers!

Tip: If using a large bead with a flat end, you could omit steps 4 and 5 and add a dot of glue in bead when you have finished arranging to keep flowers in place.

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Felt Bracelets

8 Nov

 

Materials:

1. Felt. (We used felt placemats that we found at Dollar General for $1.00 because it was heavy and stiff enough for bracelets.)

2. Embroidery Floss. (A great source of this is yard sales! You can pick it up for almost nothing because a lot of people start projects they never finish!)

3. Needle

4. Scissors

5. Beads, Sequins, Buttons, felt cut outs

6. Fabric Glue

7. Velcro

Directions

1. Cut a strip of felt the right length to go around your wrist.

2. Add felt shapes with glue, or use embroidery floss to stitch on beads, sequins, or a pattern.

3. Add velcro using fabric glue.

Ta-da!

 

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Pop Top Frames

12 Sep

We found these wooden frames for $1 at Michaels.  They are the perfect size and shape for two rows of bottle caps!

 

Materials 

  1. Acrylic Paint
  2. Wooden Frame
  3. 40 Bottle Caps
  4. Strong Glue (we used Eco Glue)                                                                         

Directions 

  1. Paint frame and allow it to dry.
  2. Arrange bottle caps on frame to decide on a design.
  3. Squirt glue around rim of bottle cap and stick to frame.   

This was easy and fun!

 

 

 

 

 

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