Paper Clip Bookmarks

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

These adorable bookmarks take just minutes to make and are a great gift for a book-loving friend!

Materials

  • My Minds Eye The Sweetest Thing Paper Collection, in pattern of choice
  • Paper clips

Tools

  • Silhouette CAMEO Electronic Cutting Machine and Bow, Butterfly, Heart Cuttable Designs
  • Craft glue

Directions

STEP 1

Using Silhouette CAMEO, cut bow shape from cardstock or patterned paper of choice.

STEP 2

Apply glue to each bow end; fold ends toward bow center and hold in place until glue is dry.

STEP 3

Place paper clip over tab; add glue and wrap tab up over paper clip to back side of bow.

STEP 4

Add more glue to tab; press down, and hold in place until dry.

STEP 5

To create butterfly paper clip, cut two butterfly shapes from cardstock or patterned paper of choice; place paper clip between butterfly cutouts and adhere together in center. Let dry. Slightly bend wings up on top butterfly to create dimension.

STEP 6

For heart design, cut two heart shapes from cardstock or patterned paper of choice; place paper clip between cutouts and adhere together. Let dry.

Tip

  • Use up your cardstock scraps to create more fun designs. With the Silhouette CAMEO Electronic Cutting Machine, the possibilities are endless!

by Jeana Goodwin for Silhouette America (blog.silhouetteamerica.com)

Fall Candy Jar / Table Décor

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

If you’re someone who smiles when the Halloween candy appears in the stores, you’ll love creating this cute-and-easy candy jar to hold your favorite treats. The only problem you may have is numerous trips back to the store to replenish the candy!

Materials

  • Quart-size Mason jar
  • Craft felt: orange, light green, purple, black
  • May Arts Ribbons, 1-1/2” wide: Rust/Black Iridescent (405-15-36), Wired Faux Burlap (445-15-32)
  • Small white buttons
  • Treats of choice

Tools

  • Xyron Creatopia with Fabric Adhesive
  • Xyron 1.5″ Sticker Maker
  • Xyron 3” Sticker Maker
  • Xyron 3/8″ High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • Xyron 1/4″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape
  • Provo Craft Cricut Cuttlebug Die-Cutting System
  • Sizzix Dies: Bigz Branch with Leaves & Flower, Bigz Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Florals, Sizzlits Vintage Lace

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

STEP 1

Using 3” Xyron Sticker Maker, apply adhesive to Rust/Black ribbon and attach around the center of jar.

STEP 2

Die cut Vintage Lace border from black felt; run through the Xyron 1.5” Sticker Maker. Adhere border around jar along center of Rust/Black ribbon.

STEP 3

Run purple, orange, and light green felt sheets through Xyron Creatopia with Fabric Adhesive Cartridge; die cut vines from light green felt and flowers from purple and orange felt. Peel off paper backing and apply to jar over ribbon as shown. Using Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots, apply buttons to centers of flowers.

STEP 4

Wrap burlap ribbon around top of jar; tie into bow. Adhere bow to jar using Xyron 1/4″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape.

STEP 5

Fill jar with your favorite seasonal treat!

Tip

  • Die cut additional flowers from leftover, adhesive-backed felt and store them for future projects; just don’t remove the backing paper until ready to use.

by Gini Williams Cagle for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Easy Bleach Resist T-Shirt

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create your own wearable t-shirt art! Design an original look using Grafix Extra Tack Frisket Film, a spray bottle, and bleach. It’s so easy and stylish!

Materials

  • Grafix Extra Tack Frisket Film Sheet, 9”x12”
  • T-shirt
  • Bleach
  • Printer paper

 

Tools

  • Computer and printer
  • Spray bottle
  • Cardboard

Basic Supplies

scissors, masking tape, credit card, rubber gloves, plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Print desired image at size needed for t-shirt. (Note: You will only see silhouette of image.)

STEP 2

Tape film over paper image and cut around outside of image.

STEP 3

Remove paper backing from film cut-out and adhere to t-shirt, positioning film so there are no wrinkles or bubbles.

STEP 4

Burnish film to t-shirt using smooth, flat object such as a credit card.

STEP 5

Insert cardboard inside shirt so bleach doesn’t bleed through to back.

STEP 6

Fill clean spray bottle with small amount of bleach.

STEP 7

(Note: Protect skin, eyes, and clothing from contact with bleach. Locate open work area outdoors to prevent bleach damage.) On covered work surface, lightly spritz shirt with bleach. Stop when desired level of lightness is achieved.

STEP 8

Rinse t-shirt thoroughly under water to stop bleaching process.

STEP 9

Remove film to reveal nice sharp outline of image.

STEP 10

Machine-wash t-shirt separately once before wearing or washing with other clothing.

Tip

by Maureen Wilson for Grafix (www.grafixarts.com)

Pillbox Pincushion

Simplicity in quilting and everyday utility make this Pillbox the perfect project to try your hand at quilting. With a few simple seams and a little stuffing, you will be moving your pins into their new home before you know it.

Today, my favorite people at Riley Blake and Accuquilt have provided supplies for one lucky winner to make your own pincushion!

For your chance to WIN an Accuquilt GO! Tumbler 3-1/2″ die and a Riley Blake Medium Dot on Cream Fat Quarter Bundle, leave a comment on this post by September 15th at midnight PST. The winner will be announced here on the Crafts ‘n things blog on Monday, September 16th.

Materials

  • Riley Blake Serenata Cotton Fabric, scraps
  • Riley Blake Buttons, 1-1/2″, two
  • Cotton batting, 1/4 yd.
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Thread

 Tools

  • AccuQuilt GO! Die Tumbler, 3-1/2″ (55015)
  • AccuQuilt GO! or GO! Baby Fabric Cutter
  • Doll needle

Basic Supplies

scissors, sewing machine, pins, hand sewing needle, iron and pressing surface

directions

size

2-1/2″x 4-1/2″

pincushion

1   Cut two tumbler pieces each of three prints using Accuquilt GO! or GO! Baby Fabric Cutter and GO! Tumbler 3-1/2” die. Cut two 4-3/4″ circles from coordinating print.

2   With right sides together, sew two tumblers together along long side with 1/4″ seam. Continue in same manner, alternating prints until all pieces are connected. Press seams to one side.

3   Pin tumbler strip and circles to batting and cut to fit. Machine quilt fabric to batting in desired design.

4   With right sides together, sew ends of tumbler strip together to create ring.

5   Fold ring in half evenly and place pins in either side. Fold matching pin mark ends with pins. Find quarter marks on circles by folding circle in half and marking in same manner. Repeat to find other set.

6   Matching quarter marks of circle and tumbler ring with right sides together; pin in place and machine-sew using 1/4″ seam allowance. Attach bottom circle in same manner, leaving 2″ opening to turn.

7   Turn right side out. Fill cushion with fiberfill until firm.

8   Slipstitch opening closed.

9   Position button on center of circle. Sew through center of cushion using doll needle, adding bottom button on opposite side. Sew back and forth, pulling to make buttons push into cushion; secure.

Tip

For a little additional fun, create a pocket on alternating tumbler pieces by cutting three tumblers from one fabric. Create pocket by trimming 3/4″ from wide end of tumbler. Sew along cut edge with right sides together. Turn fabric right side out and press edge. Pin pocket front in position on matching tumbler piece and sew together into tumbler strip as directed. Add as many or as few pockets as you would like.

Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post by September 15th at midnight PST for a chance to win an Accuquilt GO! Tumbler 3-1/2″ die and a Riley Blake Medium Dot on Cream Fat Quarter Bundle.

For an extra chance to win, take a quick click over to my blog bestillmycraftingheart.blogspot.com and follow me.

Retail value of these products is about $60.00. To purchase your own, visit accuquilt.com and rileyblakedesigns.com to order or to find a retailer nearby.

by Jennifer Davey (www.bestillmycraftingheart.blogspot.com)

Stacked Clay Pots Centerpiece

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

It looks like wood and expensive paint, but the secret to this eye-catching centerpiece is everyday clay pots and acrylic paint.

Materials

  • Clay items: bowl, 8″; pot, 4″; saucer, 6″
  • Wooden beads, 30 to 35 each: round, 3⁄4″, 3⁄8″, 1⁄4″; oblong, 3⁄4″
  • Wooden items: hearts, 1″, eight; wheels, 1⁄2″, eight; knobs, 1″, two; buttons or discs, 1″, two

Tools

  • Acrylic or outdoor paints: burgundy, black
  • Spray sealer
  • String or heavy thread
  • Damp sponge or cloth
  • Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

paintbrush, newpaper (to cover work surface), damp sponge or cloth

Directions

STEP 1

Turn saucer upside down; adhere pot to saucer and bowl to pot. Let dry overnight.

STEP 2

String beads as follows: large, medium, small, oblong, small, medium; adhere strand to bowl edge. For seam between bowl and pot, string all large beads; adhere in place. For seam between pot and saucer, string medium, small, oblong, small beads; adhere in place.

STEP 3

For handles, adhere buttons/discs to sides of bowl; adhere knobs to buttons. Adhere evenly-spaced hearts under beads between bowl and pot. Adhere wheels to hearts.

STEP 4

On covered work surface, paint centerpiece burgundy; let dry. For antique look, paint small sections black and quickly wipe with damp sponge or cloth. Apply sealer.

by Kirsten Peters McGrath for iLoveToCreate

Beach Chic Ornaments

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Capture memories of the beach by creating beautiful keepsake ornaments from crushed seashells and pebbles found near the shore during summer vacation.

Materials

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Ball, 3″
  • Decorative crushed seashells or tiny green pebbles
  • Beach charm
  • Eye pins, two
  • Coordinating pearl bead
  • Coordinating metallic wired ribbon, 1-3/8″-wide
  • Gold cord, 8″ length

Tools

  • Pallette knife or table knife
  • Adhesives: Gane Brothers and Lane Yes! Paste, Plaid Gloss Mod Podge, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

wooden skewer, shallow bowl, jar, foam paintbrush

Directions

(Note: Materials listed are for one ornament.)

step 1

Push wooden skewer into 3″ ball to hold while adhering materials onto ornament. Pour crushed seashells into a shallow bowl. Spread 1/4” layer of Yes! Paste smoothly over ball using palette or table knife. Roll paste-covered ball firmly in seashells. Press shell material into paste with fingertips. Sprinkle areas that remain uncovered with crushed seashell and press firmly into the paste. Set wooden skewer into jar to let dry thoroughly.

 step 2

Using foam paintbrush, apply one coat of Mod Podge to entire ball; let dry.

step 3

Attach charm to head of eye pin. Thread pearl bead onto stem. Insert eye pin stem into center bottom of ball.

step 4

Tie full ribbon bow as shown. Remove skewer from ornament and adhere bow to ornament, covering hole.

step 5

For hanger, adhere and insert remaining eye pin into top of bow. Insert gold cording into eye pin and tie into loop.

step 6

Make pebble ornament in same way as crushed seashell ornament.

Tip

  • Instead of ornaments, simply cover balls in crushed seashells and/or tiny pebbles and place in a glass bowl, vase or basket for a charming centerpiece.

by Kathleen George for Dow Chemical Co (www.styrofoamcrafts.com)