Mar 22

Paint Chip Setting
Karen over at Sew Many Ways has come up with nine great napkin and place setting ideas. My favorite is pictured above. The best part of that one? The supplies are free! And you can customize the colors to match your party theme! Check out her other napkin and place setting ideas, such as using an empty Capri Sun, a hose clamp or even an eyeglass case! [Tool Time Tuesday...Napkin and Place Setting Ideas]

Jun 25

Happy Together recently had a tutorial for a ribbon and pearl crocheted necklace that was inspired by a Lanvin necklace. I had these huge wooden beads hanging around and some ribbon (I only had black and red), so I tried my hand at crocheting a similar necklace. Instead of attaching the beads after the necklace was crocheted, I strung my five beads onto the ribbon before I started crocheting, and then incorporated them into the crocheting at specific intervals.

This necklace is big and bold (probably a little too big and bold for me), but I like the technique and I definitely want to play around with the idea a little more.

Jan 8

I love hoodies with ears. Adding ears to this baby hoodie took about two minutes, including cutting the ears out of felt. (Note: if you want these hoodies to really hold up, use wool felt instead.) Now that I know how easy it is, all the hoodies in the house might suddenly sprout ears!

To make:

Cut 2 ears out of felt. Make them wider than you want them to be when they are finished. Fold over in the center, as shown.

Pin to hood. I pinned them so that the seam on the hoodie would act as a guide for where I would sew on the hoodie.

Sew across the ears, as shown. Use the same color of thread as the ears if you have it. (I actually couldn’t find white thread, so I used the oh-so-cheery red).

Flip the ears up. Put the hoodie on your kiddie. Take pictures because they’re 10% cuter now. Bribe them with candy when they won’t pose for you.

Post about it on your blog even though the candy bribe didn’t work.

Jan 4

I’ve been swapping up a small storm to get over the post-holiday crafting doldrums. Here are some fingerless gloves I made from the arms of a felted sweater. These sewed up in about ten minutes, including the heart applique, which is awesome. Of course, I could have just made them without any sewing… but they needed to be a bit snugger. I like them! Wish I could have kept them, but I think the swap recipient was pleased.

Fingerless Gloves from Felted Sweater

To make:

  1. Stick your arm in the sleeve of a felted wool sweater and decide how long you want your gloves to be.
  2. Cut off at determined point.
  3. Cut small hole in seam of sweater for thumb hole. Either stop here, or…
  4. Embellish as desired. I actually cut my gloves open at the top so I could machine-stitch the heart applique on. When I was done with that, I stitched them back up.
  5. If you want to make fit of gloves snugger, sew a seam from the thumb hole down to the bottom of the glove. To determine this point, you can try the gloves on inside-out and then pinch the gap in the gloves together at the bottom and pin at that point.

Dec 18

These are nothing near as exciting as the chenille stem wonderment that’s going on over at Craftypod, but here are some ten second pipecleaner ornaments for you to make. Or, more probably, for your kiddos to make! This would be a great scout or classroom project. Or, these could make cute package tie-ons.

What you need:

  • Cookie Cutters
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Ribbon (optional)

To make:

Bend a pipecleaner along the edges of a cookie cutter, paying special attention to each crease and corner of the cookie cutter. When you have bent around all edges of cookie cutter, fasten ends of pipecleaner together to finish shape. Tweak the shape of the ornament, if needed.

You have to hold the pipecleaner with both hands simultaneously while doing this, but I was taking a photo

You have to hold the pipecleaner with both hands simultaneously while doing this, but I was taking a photo

If your cookie cutter’s sides are longer than one pipecleaner, you will want to start by bending two pipecleaners together (leave a loop at the top, if desired, as in the star ornament shown in the photo at the top of the page).

I think it could be cool to do a couple pipecleaners twisted together to make a sturdier frame, and then wrap some fabric or ribbon around the pipecleaners (wrap-style) to make it a little less, uh, tacky-lookin’.

Nov 15

My husband came up with this super easy and fun toddler sewing card project! You probably already have all the supplies you need to make this project, and it only takes a minute to put together. Your toddler will be occupied for awhile, too!

Materials:

  • Piece of construction paper or cardstock
  • Length of yarn
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Ball point pen
  • Hand towel

Instructions:

1. Place paper on towel, and poke holes in paper with pen. You can use a random pattern or a pattern that forms a picture, like a heart.

2. Make a “needle” with a short length of pipe cleaner. Bend the end of the pipe cleaner securely around the length of yarn.

3. Your toddler can use the pipe cleaner “needle” to sew through the marked holes. You will probably want to demonstrate it for him, and get him started.

That’s all there is to it! Don’t be too structured – allow your toddler to sew into whatever holes she wants to. There’s no wrong way to do this fun activity!

Nov 2

I saw tattooed soaps at Soap Queen (as designed by Johanna) and posted a tutorial for tattooing your own soap at my other blog, Dollar Store Crafts. (If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should! Don’t forget to subscribe to my RSS feeds, too!)

If you have temporary tattooed yourself or someone you love, you are fully capable of doing this, and it takes less than five minutes, from gathering the supplies up to completing the soap! Easy!

What you need:

  • A bar of soap (3 for $1 at the DS)
  • Temporary Tattoos ($1 for a bunch)
  • Wet washcloth, paper towel, or sponge

Total Cost: $2 for 3 bars (price goes down the more soap you make, though, because you can get a sheet of multiple tats at the DS)

To make (or follow your temp tattoo directions, if they are different):

  1. Unwrap soap
  2. Place tattoo sticky side down onto soap
  3. Use wettish cloth to completely dampen tattoo paper
  4. For best results, burnish tattoo (use a spoon to rub the paper, paying close attention to tattoo edges, especially if there are any little pieces of the tattoo that stick out from the body of the tattoo)
  5. Using care, apply pressure with your fingers as you slide the tattoo paper across the soap, away from the applied tattoo
Oct 23

Yesterday I thought it would be fun to put tiny dots of food coloring in an ice cube tray and let my son pour water into it.

He’s now able to control the little water pitcher enough to pour into individual ice reservoirs.

I put single dots of blue, green, yellow, and red, and I also doubled some dots up (red-yellow, blue-red, etc) to make different shades when the water hit them.

The colors mixed together as the water hit them, but continued to deepen as the minutes passed.

When the water was all poured, I gave him a paintbrush and scrap paper to “paint” on.

Total entertainment value: about 15 minutes. It would be more if you re-colored the ice cube trays and got more water. It made pretty water, though!

Aug 18
fish made with glam paper scraps

fish made with glam paper scraps

Materials:
cheap acrylic paint
a sponge or rag, paper towels, etc.
cardstock (or regular paper)

Lay down some newspaper to protect your work surface.

glam paper atc

Take some acrylic paint (the cheap 44-cent a bottle kind is great, and make sure to splurge on a bottle of metallic, too), squeeze a dab onto a paper plate (or a piece of cardboard, or whatever) — maybe two colors next to each other, get a sponge damp and squeeze as much excess water out as possible, and then sponge the paint onto the paper.

Do not be alarmed by the words “sponge” and “painting” being used in the same sentence. This is not fuddy-duddy stuff. This is highly glam. Trust me. Especially with the aforerecommended metallic paint.

Experiment with just sponging lightly, more heavily, with smearing, with smearing in a circle (to make “rosettes”), with streaking, with layering of color, with adding metallic paint after the first round of paint has dried (or not). You can’t fail this project, so just try whatever you want.

Once you’re done, you’ll have sheets of unique fancy paper. You might have to iron it after you’re done and the paper is dry but sort of curled (just iron on a low setting and use a paper towel over the painted part of the paper to keep paint from getting anywhere). You can then use this paper for anything — making greeting cards, making Artist Trading Cards (cut it in 2.5×3.5″ rectangles), scrapbooking, embellishments for any kind of paper art. Oh, and don’t forget to check the scrap paper you used to protect the counter — it can be very cool too. I made this fish here with the scrap paper left over from my project.

Sheets of this unique paper would make a FAB gift for anyone who likes paper crafting, and this also makes a great project for

even more fish

even more fish

kids.