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Hanging Vases

2 Sep

IMG_20130902_142521Usually, we make up our own crafts, but we got this idea from Pretty Handy Girl.

It is a fun craft and these will make great presents. You can get the directions HERE.

We decided to make these because we had a lot of bottles like this:

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The bottles were cute so we wanted to use them. One thing we did differently was that we used colored wire, and glass beads.

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*The worst thing about this craft was removing the labels from the bottles. We finally used cooking oil to loosen the glue, then washed with hot water and cleaned with Windex.

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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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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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Placemat Candles

20 Aug

We recycled old translucent placemats to create pillar candle-like covers for battery operated votives! 

Materials

  1. Translucent Placemats

  2. Good Hole Punch

  3. Colored Brads                                                                          

  4. Battery Operated Votive Candles

  5. Scissors

Parents may need to help with cutting and hole punching.

Directions

  1. Cut straight pieces of placemats

  2. Punch two to three holes in one side

  3. Roll placemat into a tube, making sure the side with holes is on top of the other side.

  4. Using a marker, make dots where holes are so that holes from both sides will line up

  5. Punch holes where marker-dots are with a good hole punch. (A cheap one  may not make it all the way through the placemats.)

  6. Line up holes from both sides and insert brads.

  7. Open brads to secure.

  8. Place placemat tube over votive.  (Remember, use the battery opperated kind only!)

    See how the brads hold the tubes together!If you plan carefully, you can make the tubes different sizes so they will stack for storage.

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Funky Notebooks

23 Jun

It’s summertime!  So naturally back-to-school sales are already starting!  Be on the lookout for really cheap notebooks and you can have a blast decorating them. We purchased these last year for about 10 cents each.  (These pictures aren’t the greatest, but you get the idea. We’ll post more photos soon.)

Supplies Needed:

1. notebooks

2. Sharpies

3. ribbon

4. stickers

Directions:

1. Use Sharpies to create design on notebook.

2. Embellish with stickers.

3. Add a ribbon bookmark (like yellow notebook below)  or ribbon fringe (like notebook above.)

To Create Ribbon Fringe:

You can do this any number of ways, but to create the fringe on the blue notebook above we used 21 pieces of ribbon measuring 9 inches each.  First we looped the ribbon through two rings of the spiral binder.  Then we double knotted the ribbon. We went down to the next two rings and repeated the process.  Repeat with same ribbon, or varied colors and widths of ribbon until all fringe runs down the entire spiral.

Paperclip Garland

17 Dec

This is a fun craft to make with a group of people because each person can make a section and then the sections can be easily liked together.  We created a long garland like this to wind around a tree we decorated for Hospice.

Supplies: 

  1. Paperclips of various shapes and colors
  2. Variety of beads, sequins, jingle bells

Directions: 

  1. Slide beads, sequins and jingle bells through some of the paper clips.
  2. Link paperclips together to form a long garland.

You can dangle some paperclips from others and add decorations for a different look, as in top garland below.

Another idea is to use a paperclip garland to display cards!

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