Quick and Easy Wire Wrapped Sea Glass Jewelry!

Hello Friends! I have a fun summer project to share today! I love collecting sea glass, it is a thrill to find these little treasures in the sand on a summer’s day. The kids love beach combing too. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could do something with your treasures? Today I’ll show you how to make them into beautiful adjustable necklaces using supplies from our sponsor Papermart:

You can even use this technique with pretty tumbled stones or small tiles. If you don’t have access to the ocean you can buy sea glass at craft or dollar stores.

You will need:

Directions:

  1. Cut 12″ of wire. Make a loop 2″ from the end. Holding the loop at the top of a piece of beach glass start wrapping the long tail around while trapping the short tail under the wire in the back. Pull the long tail back to the top and wrap around the loop for security. Wrap extra wire into a decorative spiral and press against the back or you can trim it off.
  2. Cut 30″ of cord and slid pendant on. Tie each end to the opposing side with a surgeons knot. Tie the loose ends in an overhand knot close to the surgeons knot, trim and burn ends.

I did this class with two groups of children this week and they loved it! You might have to make the hanging loop for them but then they can manage the wrapping. I hope you try this fun jewelry project, it makes a great gift! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Painted and Embellished Treasure Bags for Kids!{so fun!}

Hi friends! We are a couple weeks into school vacation, it won’t be long until we start to hear “Mom, I’m bored!” Well, we can fix their wagon with this fun project using affordable supplies from Papermart!

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OK I have to say that my kids do not say “Mom, I’m bored” very often because the things I find for them to do involve cleaning (my Momma didn’t raise no fool!) BUT if I see them milling about aimlessly I might suggest they check out the supplies I left out on my craft table. This project is also great at using up odds and ends from other projects, all you really need are the cloth bags.

Supplies:

  • Canvas bags
  • Fabric paint or acrylic paint
  • Small fabric paint brushes (optional)
  • buttons and ribbon flowers
  • Fabric Glue
  • Cardboard
  • A scrap of fabric for the pocket
  • Glitter
  • And any other embellishment you wish to add, be creative! You can also add gross-grain ribbon to the edge of the pocket or narrower ribbon as flower stems.

Directions:

  1. Place a piece of waxed paper covered cardboard inside the bag before you begin to keep the glue or paint from seeping through.
  2. Cut a rectangle of fabric for the back pocket and press back the edges to keep it from fraying (if desired) and glue to the back of the bag. Let dry.
  3. Use fabric paint to draw stems and flowers on the front of the bag. You can sprinkle glitter on the wet paint for sparkle! Let dry.
  4. Use fabric glue to attach buttons and ribbon flowers to the bag and make sure the glue dries before using.

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I hope you enjoyed this project as much as my daughters and I did. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stinky Dragonflies? How to make cool cards with crayons!

Howdy friends! I was having way too much fun playing with crayons last week and I actually made something productive with my experimenting…These cards!

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I will warn you, I was in rare form during last weeks videos, I was a bit sleep deprived which makes me silly. There, you have been warned. Here is the tutorial:

I used crayola regular crayons and crayola twistables. The regular crayons melted better but the twistables seemed to have more pigment in them. On the video I mentioned the Crayola sale at ACmoore, that was last week when I filmed it, sorry:( I hope this tutorial sparked some creative play and inspiration. Try it, it’s fun (just don’t burn your hands off using a coffee cup warmer!) Til next time happy crafting!

Take me out the the ballgame!

Hi friends! Need a quick card for a baseball lover? Here is a quick and easy tutorial on how to make one!

I used a snow globe stamp from TooMuchFun Rubberstamps and turned it into a baseball. You can customize the colors on the baseball cap insignia to match your recipients favorite team. It is quick and easy and you could even put a pocket in there to hold tickets! I demoed my new envelope punch board I received from Oriental Trading at the end of the video, what do you think? It is pretty easy;) I hope this inspired you to look at your stamps in a new way! Happy crafting!

A Fathers Day Gift Kids Can Make Today!

Hi Friends! Today I have a craft for kids to make for their Dads or Grandfathers using items you have around the house or in the recycling bin and basic craft supplies:

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You will need:

  • Cardboard (mine is 9″x12″)
  • Colored paper (Blue, white and green, this can be construction paper, cardstock or typing paper)
  • Twine or string
  • Googlie eye
  • Markers or watercolor crayons (or something similar)
  • Metallic eyeshadow
  • a spray bottle of water
  • A hole punch and scissors
  • Optional: Patterned scrapbook paper to use as a mat, I used a 8.5″x11″ necktie pattern I’ve had in my stash forever.

Directions

  1. Distress the cardboard panel by pulling off bits of paper then you can add color, if desired, to the ridges with markers or crayons.
  2. Glue scrapbook paper on cardboard.
  3. Glue a smaller rectangle of blue on top and add a strip of green as shown. Accent with markers or crayons.
  4. Cut a fish shape (I used this free SVG to die cut one) from white paper and color with markers, spray with water to blend (or you can use spray ink) *I dry embossed my fish for texture so do that too if you like before coloring.
  5. While the fish paper is wet dust it with metallic eye shadow.
  6. Adhere fish and draw a hook and line on the background. Glue on googlie eye.
  7. Punch holes and add twine for hanging.
  8. Write or Type “Fishing you a happy father’s day” on a strip of paper and adhere.

Pretty neat for a last-minute gift huh? It would go great with a fishing licence and a new box of tackle I think! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Cheap Craft: Water-Bottle & Fabric Scrap Bracelet!

Howdy friends! In the states we have a long holiday weekend coming up. If you have kids at home you might enjoy this quick and easy craft using items you already have at home. Watch the video to learn how to make a water bottle bracelet:

Supplies:

A plastic water bottle, fabric scraps, scissors, embroidery floss, sewing needle, buttons

Water Bottle Bracelet Directions:

  1. Using scissors or a craft knife (grown-ups only) cut through the water bottle to make rings. You can get between 2 and 5 from a bottle depending on the style of bottle and the width of the bracelet you wish to make.
  2. Cut strips of fabric 1″-2″ wide and about 18″-22″ long.
  3. Wrap the strips one at a time around the water bottle ring. Don’t worry if you don’t like the way it looks, you can unwind it and wrap it again as many times as you like.
  4. Hold the ends on the last strip securely and sew a button over the ends. Embellish with more buttons.

Variations!

You can use old outgrown or stained clothes destined for the rag-bag for this craft (you can even save button from old clothes to embellish the bracelets with!) Try wrapping the water bottle rings with duct tape, rope, aluminium foil, washi-tape, yarn, string or other craft materials. This is your bracelet, you can use whatever you like!

This is a fun craft for girl scouts, summer camp or vacation bible school, or anytime you want to entertain kids while recycling. You can make the bracelet more suitable for boys by using rope, duct tape or paracord. Don’t you love a thrifty and versatile craft? If you have other ideas for these bracelets then leave a comment! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Fun & Easy Watercolor Butterfly Doily Craft!

Hello friends! The project I am sharing with you tonight will make a great party decoration and craft to make with your kids! And it is affordable using supplies from Papermart. Watch the video to see how it is done:

To make the butterfly I first sprayed the doilies with my homemade spray inks (you can see my homemade ink spray tutorial here :) then shaped the doilies into wings. I also used the spray inks to color white raffia ribbon and wrapped it around a marker so it  would be curly when dry. Then I glued glitter on wooden clothespins and let them dry.  The antenna was made from star garland. I clipped the wings, raffia ribbon and star garland antenna together and added googlie eyes and rhinestones and it was done! These can be made in bulk assembly-line style for a party decoration too. Have fun with this project and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint Coasters! {Learn 4 motifs!}

Hello Friends! Firstly I want to wish all the moms out there a very happy mother’s day. I spent the afternoon with my mom and sister and it was wonderful. Our kids played outside all afternoon and my brother-in-law grilled a yummy dinner! It was in the 70′s and sunny and I think I might have gotten a bit of a tan! I hope your day was great as well. Since mothers day was this week I had the children in my library craft class make these for their moms:
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We painted with Folk Art Enamels on 4″ glazed white tiles from the home improvement store. There are other nice oven bake paints on the market such as Pebeo and Lefranc & Bougouis but Folk art Enamels are half the price and easier to find, I think you can even get them at Wal*Mart. This is a beginner acrylic tutorial. You can paint any of these designs with regular acrylic paints on any surface you want and it will be lovely. I recommend using an enamel for glass or ceramic though and only paint areas of your ceramic that will not come in contact with food. For instance you can paint the outside of a coffee mug below the rim where you sip but not the inside of the mug. Get my drift? Now, grab a brush and let’s paint!

That was pretty easy eh? If you are wondering what my dog was barking at during the video there was a neighbors cat in the woods behind my house, he visits often and is very interested in the chickens. I do not think he can harm them since the chickens are as big as he is but he drives my dog nuts! In case you were wondering below are a list of the colors I used in the tutorial. They came in a kit. I would prefer more vivid basic colors so I would mix a variety of shades (I think I will pick up some primaries the next time I am at the store) but these colors do coordinate well together.

The colors I am using are:
#4001 Wicker white
#4032 Licorice
#4026 Midnight
#4029 Violet Pansy
#4019 Fresh Foliage
#4022 Thicket
#4007 Berry Wine
#4015 Yellow Ocher
#4016 School Bus
#4013 Coffee Bean
#4014 Burnt Sienna

After the coasters were dry I put felt pads on the bottom so they would not scratch the furniture. Remember to let your ceramics dry for 21 days or dry 24 hours and bake at 350F or 177C (in your home oven) for 30 minutes to fully cure the enamel. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Maxi Fun from Miniatures! {my kids made these!}

Howdy friends! First off I have to say “thank you!” to my online stamping friend Emilie who, a few months ago, sent me a box of crafty goodies to share with my kids and students. She sent a wonderful assortment of beads, findings, stickers, crochet hooks and doll supplies. Well they sure came in handy when my twin’s girl scout troop adopted a miniature historic house to clean up and decorate. I do not have a photo of the house they worked on but here is the furniture they made:

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They made 2 lamps, a chandelier, 2 plants and a bathtub!

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This reminded me of when I was little and my mother would crochet ball gowns for my barbies and I would turn cracker boxes and salt containers into doll house furnishings.

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My girls did a great job, i am so proud of them. Thanks again Emilie for sharing that box of treasure. Just think, that box of unused craft supply in your corner might be a creative treasure trove to some child! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Radiant Ruffles from Doilies!

Hello folks! I love to get white crafting products because the options for using them are endless! Look as what I made with white doilies from Papermart:

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All you need is a little ink and some 6″ paper doilies and you are ready to make this craft. In today’s video I will demonstrate the card but the basket is made in the same way, have a look:

Supplies for the card and tag: 6″ paper doilies, cardstock, dry adhesive, unstrung merchandise tags, baker’s twine, hot glue and homemade spray mists for dying the doilies, a Happy Mother’s Day stamp and purple inkpad. Tip! You can get Easter egg dye pellets right now from the dollar store, they make great spray ink or dip dye (just don’t add the vinegar like you would if dying eggs!) I also used a Darice honeycomb embossing folder and a white ink pad on the tag.

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Supplies for the basket: paper cup (for the base), paper doilies, twisted paper cord (handle) ric-rac, fabric flowers, hot glue (I adhered all of the ruffles with hot glue, the project took 15 minutes not counting dying the doilies (I had a bunch left over from the card project.)

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I planned on the basket being a “May Basket” but it is so darn cute, quick and easy you could whip up a bunch of these as Easter favors too! Or change the colors for any occasion! I hope you try these fun projects or adapt the ideas for your own unique creations! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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