3D Christmas Ornament

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Create a stunning 3D Christmas ornament for your tree or as a beautiful gift for family and friends.

Materials

  • Heartfelt Creations Frosty Blanket Paper Collection
  • Assorted crystal beads: round, bicone, teardrop, snowflake
  • Fine-gauge silver beading wire
  • Silver ribbon

Tools

  • Heartfelt Creations Petite Poinsettia PreCut Stamp Set
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur-Die Cutting System and Dies: Spellbinders for Heartfelt Creations Decorative Metal Fixtures, Shapeabilities Layered Poinsettia
  • McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat and Tool Kit
  • Opaque white ink pad
  • Crystal glitter glue
  • Fast-drying paper glue

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring board, scissors, ruler, pencil, wire cutters

Directions

STEP 1

Die cut five each of two largest Decorative Metal Fixtures shapes from pale gray patterned paper. Score each shape down exact center and fold in half. For each shape, adhere back half of first piece to back half of next piece and so on until all five shapes are glued together, but leave last two halves open. Let dry.

STEP 2

Stamp following poinsettia images onto burgundy patterned paper using white ink: one #1, one #2, two #3. Die cut with coordinating die templates. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to shape flowers with molding mat and tool.

STEP 3

Cut an 18” length of beading wire. String teardrop bead onto center of wire. Insert both wire ends up through round bead. Adhere smaller die-cut element closed around wire, adding snowflake bead to center of shape before closing. Thread bicone bead onto wire ends, then adhere larger die-cut element closed around wire, adding assorted beads to center of shape before closing.

STEP 4

For ornament hanger, cut 5” ribbon length; knot ends. Wrap beading wire ends around knotted end of hanging loop; trim excess wire.

STEP 5

Tie 4”-wide, double-loop bow around knotted end of hanging loop; spot glue to secure. Layer and adhere poinsettia shapes to bow center. Accent flower center and petal edges with crystal glitter glue; let dry.

Tip

Use a fast-drying liquid adhesive when gluing the die-cut shapes together to form the ornament; use small clamps to hold paper pieces together until dry.

by Angelica Turner for Heartfelt Creations (www.heartfeltcreations.us)

Bubba The Snowman

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Winter is on its way! With a belly full of rice, this adorable snowman is perfect for kids to create as a holiday decoration or thoughtful gift.

Materials

  • Recycled white tube sock
  • Recycled print socks
  • Fleece, in print of choice: 1”x9”
  • Pom-poms
  • Kitty litter or dried rice

Tools

  • Acrylic paints: black, orange
  • Pink powdered blush
  • Thick craft glue or fabric glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, sponge scrap, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface), rubber bands

Directions

Note

Directions are for one snowman.

Snowman

1. Fill tube sock 1/3 full with kitty litter or dried rice. Use rubber band to tie closed. Add more kitty litter or dried rice. Use rubber band to tie closed. (Add more if making three-circle snowman.)

2. For hat, cut foot from recycled print sock. Position top portion of sock (hat) on top of snowman body. Gather and adhere top edge of hat together. Adhere pom-poms to top of hat.

3. On covered work surface, paint nose orange and dot eyes and mouth black. Let dry.

4. For scarf, measure and cut 1”x9” fleece strip. Tie scarf around neck; snip ends to create fringe.

5. Use sponge scrap to lightly blush cheeks pink.

by Florence Tebbets

Stamping on Vellum

Fall is a favorite time of year to pull out my warm and cozy paper-crafting products in a beautiful array of colors.

It’s Jill Cornell here today to share a Thanksgiving card idea with you, and this time I even incorporated stamps! I adore the “Harvest Lane” collection from Simple Stories and featured the line on this card. I cut the “thankful” bingo card in approximately half and then tied twine around it before tying it in a bow around a heart sticker.  A couple of sentiment stickers adhered to stamped leaves – “blessed” and “grateful” – keep with the Thanksgiving theme.

Here’s a look at the dimension of the card…

And I’m going to share a simple tutorial with you on how I stamped the leaves. The set is “Mod Leaves” by Cocoa Daisy. I used pigment inks from American Crafts with clear embossing power. And yes, I stamped on vellum! I love the softness that vellum brings to my projects. (Note: Do not hold heat gun too close to the vellum when embossing and keep the gun moving so the vellum does not melt.)

Stamp the image with a coordinating ink color. (Note: I have found that I am able to get a crisp image by using a foam mat underneath my paper.)

  Sprinkle with embossing powder and apply heat gun.

Cut out the image and adhere to project.

Stamping is a great way to add pops of color to projects and the heat embossing helps preserve the images.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jill Cornell from Blessed Scrapper (www.jillcornell.blogspot.com)

Turkey Treat Holder

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Making this fun-and-easy Turkey Treat Holder not only gets the kids involved with Thanksgiving preparations, but it can keep them busy while dinner is cooking.

Materials

  • Recycled toilet paper roll
  • Cardstock: brown, gold, orange, red, tan
  • Wiggle eyes, two
  • Ribbon, 6” length
  • Gold paper fastener

Tools

  • Red chalk
  • Hole punch
  • Pinking shears or decorative-edge scissors
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out pattern. Use pinking shears to trim feathers.

STEP 2

Cut and adhere tan paper to cover toilet paper roll. Let dry. Adhere feet on circle and circle on bottom of toilet paper roll.

STEP 3

Adhere eyes, beak, and wattle on turkey. Use red chalk to lightly blush cheeks.

STEP 4

Measure and cut 6” ribbon length. Tie ribbon around body below face.

STEP 5

Use hole punch to punch hole on end of each feather. Insert paper fastener through holes on feathers. Adhere feathers on back of body.

by Linda Valentino

Cork Turkeys

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, these place cards are a fun and simple way for kids to help with the Thanksgiving Day celebration!

Materials

  • Recycled corks
  • Craft foam: orange, red
  • White paper, scrap
  • Chenille stems, three for each turkey: orange, tan, brown, yellow, or red
  • Wiggle eyes, two for each turkey
  • Toothpick

Tools

  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

pencil, black marker, scissors, ruler, tape

Directions

Size

Size is approximately 3″ tall.

Note

Instructions are for one cork turkey. Repeat to create as many as needed.

Turkey

1. Print and cut out patterns. Adhere beak, wattle, and eyes on top of cork.

2. For feathers, cut three chenille stems in half. Coil each chenille stem around pencil. Use toothpick to poke six holes in back of cork. Push ends of chenille stems in holes.

3. For tag, measure and cut 1-1/2”x2” white paper rectangle. Use black marker to write name and draw outline on tag. Tape tag on end of toothpick. Insert toothpick in cork.

by Linda Valentino

Ribbons, Bows, Pleats, Oh My!

Welcome to the Crafts ‘n things Blog. Before we get started with the tutorial today, it is time to announce the winner of the Really Reasonable Ribbon prize pack!

Jamie Larsen (Baby Blue Angel 30)!

Jamie, please contact Bonnie at Really Reasonable Ribbon to claim your prize! (reallyreasonableribbon@gmail.com)

There was such a great response to the ribbon post on November 5th, and to the Really Reasonable Ribbon prize, that I decided to share two quick ribbon tutorials with you today. Keep in mind that you can use these techniques for cards, scrapbook pages, gift packaging, and more.

Here is the card containing the two ribbon techniques that I want to share with you.

I will show you how to create both the layered bow and the “no sew” ribbon pleats. You need a few supplies to get started. (For a full supply list, see the end of the post.)

Ribbon (Really Reasonable Ribbon)
1/4″ Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal)
Fabri-Tac Fabric Glue (Beacon Adhesives)
Bow Easy Tool (Really Reasonable Ribbon)

We will begin by making the ribbon pleats. You will need a piece of cardstock onto which you’ll attach your ribbon pleats. I chose a stamped and matted image. My image is 2-3/8″x3-1/8″.

Turn your cardstock over and add a strip of Scor-Tape to the back edge where you wish to attach the ribbon. Add a strip of Scor-Tape to a length of ribbon approximately four times the length of the cardstock. If using single-sided ribbon, place adhesive on the back side of the ribbon.

Attach the ribbon to the cardstock and remove the paper liners. Begin folding the ribbon onto itself.

The ribbon will stick to the adhesive you placed on the cardstock. The adhesive you placed on the ribbon will cause each pleat to stick to the back of the ribbon. By folding the ribbon over, you will create pleats.

Continue to fold the ribbon until you reach the edge of the cardstock. Trim the end of the ribbon and fold it back to finish the last pleat.

Set your pleated item aside for later use. Create a card panel with a length of ribbon wrapped around the top edge. My panel is 3-1/2″x4-3/4″.

Use the Bow Easy Tool to create three bows. If you do not have a Bow Easy Tool, you may use another tool or tie bows by hand. Each finished bow should be approximately 2-3/4″ wide.

Now you are ready to make the sample card!

Create a 4-1/4″x5-1/2″ black top-fold card. Trim designer paper slightly smaller than the card and attach to the card front. Attach your panel with the strip of ribbon to the center of the card front. Using fabric glue, begin to glue your bows to the left edge of the ribbon strip.

For the sample, I glued a red bow, then a white bow, then another red bow, one on top of the other. I then glued a snowflake-shaped button to the top bow. If necessary, use a shank tool to remove the button shank. This technique allows you to create layered bows quickly and easily.

Attach foam tape to the side of your stamped image opposite the ribbon pleats and attach your pleated image to the front of the card.

Stamp a message on the inside of the card and add a strip of decorative paper.

Supply List:

  • Cardstock: American Crafts Black, Neenah Natural White
  • Authentique Festive Collection 6″x6″ Paper Pad
  • Stamps:HamptonArt Stamps/Graphic 45 Santa’s List, JustRite Papercrafts Merry and Bright
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink Pads: Rhubarb Stalk, Tuxedo Black
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Nestabilities Classic Rectangles LG Dies
  • Really Reasonable Ribbon Ribbons: Red Totally Twill, Moss Satin with Grosgrain Edge, White Seam Binding
  • White glitter snowflake button
  • Really Reasonable RibbonBow Easy Tool
  • Adhesive: Scor-Pal Scor-Tape, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac, 3M Scotch Brand ATG Runner, foam tape

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are inspired to try these fun and easy ribbon techniques.

Gloria Stengel from Scraps of Life (www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com)

 

Give Thanks Place Setting

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Need a quick and simple way to add flair to your holiday meal decorations? Set your table with this beautiful “Give Thanks” place setting for each of your Thanksgiving Day guests.

Materials

  • Tan fabric, 15” square
  • Off-white fabric, 3/8 yard
  • Cotton batting, 12”x16” rectangle
  • Orange polka dot ribbon, 1 yard
  • Black craft thread

Tools

  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint: Expresso
  • Crayons
  • Plaid Foam Alphabet Stamps: Simply (#54131)
  • Large-eye sewing needle
  • Hole punch, 1/8”
  • API Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate! Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, wax paper, iron and pressing surface, plastic knife, sponge scrap, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Note

Adults, help kids when using iron.

Place Setting

1. For placemat, measure and cut two 12”x16” off white fabric rectangles. Layer rectangle, batting, and other rectangle. Use needle and thread to sew running stitch around edges of placemat. For napkin, fold 1/4″ edge over (on wrong side) on tan square. Sew running stitch around edges.

2. On covered work surface, use sponge scrap to dab brown paint on alphabet stamps. Stamp “give thanks” on corner of napkin and on side of placemat. Let dry.

3. Print and cut out patterns. Cut leaves from off-white fabric.

4. Position leaves on wax paper. Use knife to shave crayons over leaves. Put wax paper on top of leaves. Iron on wax paper. (Note: Crayon will melt and spread over fabric.)

5. Use hole punch to punch hole in stem of leaves.

6. Use needle and thread to attach leaves on napkin and placemat. Fold napkin in half; tie ribbon around napkin. To wash, remove leaves from napkin and placemat.

by Mary Ayres

Turkey Pilgrim Favors

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Tom Turkey and mate Mary are so clever to disguise themselves as pilgrims during Thanksgiving! Both little turkeys are easy to make and the perfect decorations for your Thanksgiving table.

Materials

  • Wooden stars (feet), 1-1/4” wide, four
  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Ball (head), 1-1/2”, two
  • Brown print fabric, 1/4 yard
  • Felt scraps: gold, cranberry
  • Silk autumn leaves, six
  • Wiggle eyes, 8mm, four
  • Black satin ribbon, 1⁄4” wide, 1/2 yard
  • For Tom Turkey only: Black felt, 6” square; Wimpole Street white heart-shaped doily, 2” wide; Gold ribbon, 1⁄4” wide, 4-3⁄4” length; Ivory buttons, 7⁄16”, two
  • For Mary Turkey only: White felt, 1-1⁄4”x3-3⁄4”; Wimpole Street white Battenburg doily, 3” across

Tools

  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Dark Chocolate, Primary Yellow
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Black fine-tip permanent marker
  • Needle and thread
  • Beacon Adhesives Kids Choice Glue, Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, circle template, paintbrush

Directions

Tom Turkey

1. Print and cut out patterns. Cut felt as indicated.

2. For body, cut 7” circle from brown print fabric. Sew gathering stitch around circle, leaving 1⁄4” border. Stuff circle; pull up gathers tightly and stitch opening closed.

3. Slightly flatten bottom of 1-1/2” ball (head). Basecoat head Dark Chocolate and feet Primary Yellow; let dry. Using marker, draw dashed line near edge of feet.

4. Adhere wattle, beak, and eyes to face. Adhere heart doily, head, and feet to body. Cut 8” length of ribbon; tie black bow. Adhere bow to neck. Adhere leaves together, then to back of body.

5. Cut slits in hat as indicated. Adhere gold ribbon to long brim edge, then brim ends together, slightly overlapping edges. Adhere hat top to brim, brim to hat, hat to head, and buttons to body.

Mary Turkey

1. For Mary Turkey, repeat Steps 1-4, using Battenburg doily for Step 4.

2. Adhere white felt hat to head as shown.

by Helen Rafson

Patterns

Quilled Pumpkin Thanksgiving Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

’Tis the season to give thanks, gather with family, and eat lots of pumpkin pie! Roll, coil, and create this unique quilled pumpkin card to make your Thanksgiving wishes extra special.

 Materials

  • Textured cardstock: brown; burnt orange; green
  • Quilling paper strips, 1/8” wide: orange, brown, green
  • Thanksgiving sentiment rub-on
  • Green brads, four

Tools

  • Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip ink pad
  • Hole punch, 1/16”
  • Sponge dauber
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, plastic drinking straw

Directions

Note

Refer to photo for assembly.

Card

1. Cut 8-1/2”x5-1/2” piece from burnt orange cardstock; score and fold in half to create side-fold card. Ink edges.

2. Cut 2”x2”, 3/4”x4”, and four 1” wide triangles from green cardstock. Cut 3”x3” piece from brown. Cut 2-1/2”x2-1/2” (diamond) and 1/2”x3-7/8” pieces from burnt orange.

3. Rub sentiment onto burnt orange rectangle; mat to green rectangle. Adhere across bottom of card front.

4. To quill pumpkin, cut plastic drinking straw to 3” length to create tool. Snip end creating slit. Cut three 22”-long orange paper strips. Position one strip into slit. Hold tool in place with one hand and twirl paper around tool with other hand. Remove paper from straw, forming coil shape. Form coil into teardrop shape. Adhere ends. Let dry. Repeat step to create two more teardrop shapes. Using photo as guide, adhere teardrops into pumpkin shape. Coil one brown 10” strip and one green 8” strip. Form brown coil into triangle shape; adhere to top of pumpkin. Form green coil into leaf shape; adhere to stem.

5. Adhere quilled pumpkin to center of green square; adhere green square to burnt orange diamond. Attach brads to diamond corners. Cut corners off brown square; adhere to card front with 1/8” space between square and its corners. Adhere green triangles centered on four sides of brown square. Adhere burnt orange diamond with quilled pumpkin to center of brown square.

by Loretta Mateik

Vintage Button Wire Napkin Rings

The cool, crisp touches of autumn have begun creeping into the air over the last few weeks and I realize it’s that time of year where I need to start making plans for my annual Thanksgiving crafts and ideas. It’s time to start thinking about which fall crafts I will do for my home, which I will do with my children, which I will do with a group of friends. Is this the year I will finally plan some actual Thanksgiving Day crafts…and if so, which easy Thanksgiving craft can I come up with to keep the kids busy while I baste the turkey, brown the bread, and bake the pies?

Well, this year I thought I was well ahead of schedule because I had decided to make some beautiful wire napkin rings as part of my holiday table décor. Sometimes just taking the time to make ONE new item to grace the holiday table is more important that cramming too much into this already busy holiday time. Today, I would like to share with you my idea that could easily be included in your handmade holiday Thanksgiving ideas list. With just the basic jewelry tools and a few great supplies, you too can add a touch of the unique to your holiday décor with this quick and easy Thanksgiving craft!

Vintage Button Wire Napkin Ring

size: approx. 1-1/2” diameter

Whether using true vintage buttons with family memories attached or fabulous replicas like those shown here, these gorgeous napkin rings will lend a touch of nostalgia and charm to any tablescape.

Materials

  • Pure copper wire, 14-gauge,  12” length (for each ring)
  • Beadalon Gunmetal Artistic Wire, 20-gauge
  • Buttons Galore & More Gold Vintage Button with Shank Back
  • Connie Crystal Round Bead, 6mm, two (for each ring)

Tools

  • Heavy-duty wire cutters
  • Beadalon: Wire Snips, Round-Nose Pliers, Chain-Nose Pliers
  • Midas Black/Brown Patina
  • Wooden dowel, 1-1/2” diameter (or mandrel)
  • Hot glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

ruler

Directions

1. Cut 12” length of copper wire. Wrap around around wooden dowel three times. Remove from dowel and dip wire into diluted Black/Brown Patina following manufacturer’s instructions. Let dry.

2. Once wire ring is fully dried, thread gold vintage button onto center of middle wrap. Use hot glue to attach button to ring.

3. Use round-nose pliers to turn ends of wire into small curls at each end.

4. Use wire snips to cut  two 3” lengths of Gunmetal wire. Thread one round crystal onto center of wire. Wrap one end of wire just below top curl at end of wire ring. Wrap three times above and three times below crystal; use wire snips to trim ends. Use chain-nose pliers to press ends of wire against wire ring. Repeat with second length of wire on opposite end of napkin ring.

5. Repeat Steps 1-4 for each additional napkin ring needed.

Keri Lee Sereika (www.pinklemonade.typepad.com)