Dramatic Waves Stitched Bracelet

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Explore a different method of creating jewelry with a peyote stitch. Follow this simple tutorial to create this beautiful Dramatic Waves Stitched Bracelet!

Materials

  • Assorted beads of choice (Designer used amethyst glass spacer beads, 2 pkgs.; lavender glass flowers and petals.)
  • Nylon-based beading thread
  • Toggle clasp

Tools

  • Beading needle, size 10 or 12
  • Bead dish, fleece square, or terry cloth towel
  • Thread conditioner or beeswax

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Pour small amount of beads in dish. Thread needle with 30” length of doubled thread. Condition thread.

STEP 2

To begin peyote stitch, pick up bead on needle and slide to end of thread, leaving 5” length. Pass needle back through bead. (Note: This bead will act as a stopper to prevent the following beads from falling off. The extra loop will be removed and tail woven into beadwork later.)

STEP 3

See Figure 1. String 7-1⁄2” length of beads, using an even number. Stitch through jump ring on one half of toggle clasp. Pick up bead on needle and pass needle through second-to-last bead added in base row; pull thread through. Pick up another bead, skip a bead, pass through next bead.

Figure 1

STEP 4

Continue to add beads to end of row. (Note: As beads are added, new beads will nestle between first-row beads. See Figures 2 and 3.)

Figure 2

Figurie 3

 STEP 5

At end of row, stitch through jump ring on remaining side of toggle clasp. (Note: Be sure to stitch through toggle-clasp jump ring to anchor it to beadwork at end of each row.)

STEP 6

Pick up a bead and stitch back along row. Continue rows in same way until bracelet is desired width. When finished, remove stopper bead and thread needle with original thread. Weave length through beadwork to anchor; cut excess.

STEP 7

To add dimension to bracelet, create “arches” as follows. Weave thread approximately 1” down row of choice. Add beads to fill 2” to 2-1⁄2” length of thread. Move thread across bracelet to determine look; anchor arch by passing thread through spot of choice, then continue with peyote stitch. Weave thread through arch length and across width of bracelet several times to secure.

Tip

To start or end thread, weave length through beads in several directions to anchor. If ending, cut excess. If starting, be sure to come up with needle at same spot where previous thread ended.

by Linda Musante

Bunting Flag Necklace

Recently my friend, Ann Butler, sent me these fun stamps from her new stamp line “Faux Quilting” from Unity Stamps. I love to stamp on fabric and decided they would be perfect for creating patterns on scrap pieces I found in my stash.

I gathered some fabric, a new stabilizer I am trying out called Phoomph for Fabric from Coats and Clark, some Staz-on ink, and an iron.

The stamps are available in a variety of patterns. I used the 1” stamps “Diamonds and Plaid” and “Leaves All Over.” To stamp, simply mount the stamps on an acrylic block. Apply Staz-on ink and stamp onto fabric several times.

Once I started stamping, I got the idea to create a bunting flag necklace. So I stamped onto the fabric several times. Keep the stamped images close together so that you will have plenty of room to cut out triangle shapes for the bunting flags.

Phoomph is very easy to use. Simply peel the top layer of paper away and apply to the wrong side of the fabric. Phoomph is a double-sided adhesive fabric stabilizer. I used it for the necklace to give the bunting flags more body since I was creating a necklace. I left the back side of the paper on. Make yourself a simple bunting flag template by cutting out a simple triangle shape from a scrap piece of cardstock, cardboard, etc. I used the Phoomph packaging.

Use the template to trace and cut out several bunting flags.

To finish the edges, use a sewing machine and thread to sew a straight stitch on the edges. Sew directly through the fabric, stabilizer and paper on the back. I used black thread for contrast. Use a heavy-duty hole punch to punch two holes for stringing on the edges of the bunting flags.

Decide how long you want your bunting flag necklace to be. Cut a length of black satin cord and string on bunting flags by inserting one end through the right hole on the flag and working front to back, then back to front. Once I got my bunting flags strung on the cording, I decided that they needed to be a little heavier so they would stay in place while being worn on a necklace. I glued pennies to the back of each one using tacky glue.

To complete the bunting flag necklace stamped with Ann Butler’s Unity Stamps, attach a looped finding on the end of the satin cording.

Live Life Creatively,

 

 

 

Melony Bradley (www.mel-designs.typepad.com)

Stamped Ribbon Grad Frame

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Create a special graduation keepsake for a loved one. An inexpensive frame and simple ribbon can be stamped to express your sentiments!

Materials

  • Flat wooden frame, 6-1⁄2″x8-1⁄2″
  • Cardstock: graduation-themed; leather texture, black
  • Black ribbon, 1⁄2″ wide, two each: 6-1⁄2″, 8-1⁄2″
  • Photo of choice

Tools

  • Stamps: diploma, graduation cap, lowercase alphabet
  • Wood primer
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Metallic gold ink pad
  • Adhesives: Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, adhesive mounting squares

Basic Supplies

scissors, paintbrush, sandpaper, soft cloth

Directions

STEP 1

Apply primer to frame; let dry. Sand and wipe dust with soft cloth. Basecoat frame black.

STEP 2

Place frame front on back side of graduation-themed paper. Trace and cut around frame; adhere to frame.

STEP 3

Use alphabet stamp and ink pad to stamp “congrats” on both 6-1⁄2” and 8-1⁄2” ribbon lengths. Adhere ribbon around frame opening.

STEP 4

Cut two 2″ squares of leather paper; adhere back sides together. Use ink pad and diploma and graduation cap to stamp both images. Cut out images; apply mounting squares to back. Adhere cap and diploma to frame as shown. Insert photo.

Tip

  • To personalize your frame, stamp the bottom ribbon with the year or the graduate’s name.

by Debbie Rines for Duncan Enterprises

Beaded Safety Pin Jean Charms

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Kids can express their personality while adding a bit of flair to their wardrobe with these fun-and-easy safety pin charms.

Materials

  • Darice 2-1/4” safety pin: gold or silver
  • Gold or silver charm of choice
  • Large beads

Darice Safety Pin

Directions

 (Note: Materials listed are for one charm.)

STEP 1

Open safety pin.

 STEP 2

Add beads and charms as desired.

STEP 3

Attach charm onto belt loop.

by Chris Malone

Straw Flowers

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Kids, surprise Mom this Mother’s Day with a special garden of flowers to let her know how much you care!

Materials

  • 2-1⁄2” clay pot
  • 2” plastic-foam ball
  • Crazy straw in choice of color
  • 3-1⁄4” pre-cut craft foam flower and flower center in choice of color
  • Green felt, scrap
  • 1⁄2 cup of deer moss

Tools

  • Thick craft glue
  • Acrylic Paint in color of choice (optional)

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler

Directions

(Note: Materials listed are for one flower.)

1. Press plastic-foam ball into bottom of pot, securing firmly in place. Adhere deer moss to top of foam ball. Let dry.

2. Adhere flower center to flower. Adhere 1” of top end of straw to back of assembled flower.

3. Freehand cut leaves from green felt and adhere to each side of straw as desired.

4. Insert bottom of straw into center of moss and foam ball.

Tip

  • For extra pizazz, paint flower pots in bright colors!

by Julie Streapy

Mosaic Flower Key Holder

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Forget grout and breaking tiles as in traditional mosaics! This key holder is easy enough for even a beginner. Mom will surely be amazed at your gift this Mother’s Day!

Materials

  • Wood frame (with glass), 8″x10″ opening
  • Sheet glass, 8″x10″
  • Diamond Tech Jennifer’s Mosaic Stained Glass Chips: green, blue, yellow, white
  • Blue ribbon, 7/8”, 25” length
  • Metal hinges, 3-1/2”, two
  • White porcelain doorknob, 1″
  • Gold cup hooks, 1″, three
  • Screw eyes, 1″, two

Tools

  • Acrylic paints: light blue, white
  • Glass nippers or hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Aleene’s Glass & Bead Adhesive

Basic Supplies

ruler, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Remove glass from frame. Basecoat frame mixture of light blue and white and hinges blue. Print pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.)

STEP 2

Use nippers or hammer to carefully break glass chips into assorted sizes. Position pattern underneath glass. Adhere chips to areas as follows, leaving small space between each: blue flower; green leaves; yellow center of flower; white background. Accent background with blue and green chips as desired.

STEP 3

Use hammer to attach hinges to frame, leaving 2″ between. Screw doorknob, hooks, and screw eyes into frame. Refer to photo for placement.

STEP 4

Place sheet glass over mosaic design; place glass in frame. (Note: Sheet glass is needed to ensure safety from glass chips.)

STEP 5

For hanger, thread ribbon through screw eyes; tie bow.

by Frances Lopez for Duncan Enterprises

Iris Vase

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

At first glance, you might think this is a rusted-metal vase, but it’s actually made from flexible polymer clay! The technique is easy and you’ll love the results. With Mother’s Day less than a week away, this would make a great last-minute gift for Mom.

Materials

  • Glass vase, 6” tall
  • Kato Polyclay Oven-bake Polymer Clay, 3 oz. blocks: Blue, Green, Copper
  • Iris stencil or stencil of choice

Tools

  • Craf-T Products, Inc. Metallic Rub-On Color Kit #1, Blue
  • Clay accessories: slicing blade, six-sided ruler, craft knife, clay-dedicated pasta machine
  • 3M Scoth-Brite Multi-Purpose Scour Pad

Basic Supplies

parchment-lined baking sheet or ceramic tile, oven

Directions

STEP 1

Mix together two 10mm sections each of Blue, Green, and Copper, following manufacturer’s instructions to measure and condition. Condition six 10mm sections of Copper.

STEP 2

Roll mixture and copper into separate logs. Roll and twist logs together, roll into a ball, then roll into log again. Twist log and roll into ball again. Flatten ball and run through pasta machine on thickest setting. Run clay through pasta machine on #2 setting. Gently stretch sheet so it is the same width as rollers on machine. Run through machine several times, beginning with highest setting (#1) and reducing until #6 setting is reached.

STEP 3

With more attractive side facing out, fold clay in half and run through machine several times until desired color mixture is achieved. Cut one end of sheet even. Cover vase; trim excess at overlaps. Smooth seam. Trim excess clay.

STEP 4

Position stencil on vase, aligning bottom stencil edge with bottom edge of vase. Use craft knife to cut out clay; carefully remove cut-out sections. Remove stencil and reposition so top edges are aligned. Cut out and remove clay in same way. Repeat to create one additional iris between first two.

STEP 5

Press scour pad onto clay for texture. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to randomly apply rub-on cream to vase. Bake on parchment-lined baking sheet or ceramic tile at 275° for 30 minutes; let cool in oven.

by Gail Ritchey

Woven Basket

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

You can never have enough baskets! Not only are they stylish and versatile, they’ll help organize your clutter. This simple weaving technique is a quick-and-easy way to create a variety of baskets for Mom this Mother’s Day for all her storage needs.

Materials

  • Wire-mesh basket
  • Coordinating fabrics, three prints or solids

Tools

  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Directions

STEP 1

Tear 1″-wide fabric strips to fit around basket. Weave alternating strips through basket holes; adhere ends at back.

STEP 2

Apply glue to one inside edge of two strips; fold strips in half. Wrap folded strip around basket rim; adhere ends.

STEP 3

Wrap two fabric strips around handles; adhere ends. Weave one strip through top, center side of basket; tie bow. Repeat on opposite side.

by Madeline Arendt

Mother’s Day Photo Frame

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching! Kids, create this easy-to-make frame for Mom with a memorable picture of yourself! 

Materials

  • White craft foam, 1 sheet
  • Felt: dark pink, light pink, green
  • Recycled plastic berry basket
  • Pink rick rack, 1/2” wide, 4” length

Tools

  • Thick craft glue

Basic Supplies

paper, pencil, scissors, pinking shears, ruler, adhesive tape, stapler

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Follow directions on patterns. Use pinking shears to trim flower edges.

STEP 2

For frame, cut 4-1⁄2” x 5-1⁄2” piece from foam. Center and trace window on frame 1-1⁄2” from top. Cut out window. (Note: For ease in cutting, cut small “X” in center of window and work your way to edges.) Cut 1-1⁄4”x6” strip from foam for frame stand. Staple short ends of strip together, overlapping edges 3⁄4”. Staple or adhere loop to back center of frame, 1⁄4” from bottom edge. See Figure 1.

STEP 3

To decorate the frame, see photo. Cut 3-1⁄2” length from rick rack. Adhere rick rack to bottom of awning; trim edges. Adhere awning to frame above window. For window box, see photo to cut section from basket approximately 1-1⁄8” x 3-3⁄4”. Trim window box as shown; adhere to center bottom of frame. Adhere flowers side-by-side above window box. For flower centers, cut three 3⁄8” wide circles; adhere to center of flowers. Adhere leaves to window box as shown.

STEP 4

For Mother’s Day greeting, cut 1”x1-1⁄2” piece from paper. Write greeting on paper and adhere to frame. Tape photo to back of frame.

by Linda Bloomgren

Wedding Box

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Capture wedding day memories when you place keepsakes from your special day inside this beautiful personalized wedding box.

Materials

  • Walnut Hollow Large Lancaster Wooden Trunk, 9”x5”x5-1/2” (38219)
  • Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Paints: Wicker White, Licorice, Ivory White, Metallic Silver Sterling, Metallic Copper
  • Darice Wooden Ball Knobs, 1”, four
  • Color copy of wedding photo

Tools

  • Plaid FolkArt Down Home Brown Antiquing Medium
  • Plaid FolkArt Satin Artists’ Varnish
  • Paintbrushes: round, #5; flat, #12
  • Plaid Bottle Top Tip Writers (30728)
  • Plaid Mod Podge Découpage Medium
  • Wood glue

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, ruler, sandpaper, pencil, transfer paper, soft cloth, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Basecoat box Wicker White; sand lightly. Wipe clean with soft cloth.

STEP 2

Print pattern. Transfer heart pattern around sides of box bottom.

STEP 3

Paint the following: lid, wooden knobs, and top box section Metallic Copper; base and bottom of pattern Silver Sterling; hearts Ivory White. Let dry. Adhere wooden knobs to each corner of box bottom.

STEP 4

Transfer lettering to lid and names and wedding date to underside of lid. Use bottle top tip set and Licorice to add pattern details and write lettering. Spatter paint box and lid Licorice; let dry.

STEP 5

Trim photo to desired size. Following manufacturer’s instructions, use découpage medium to apply photo to lid. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to antique lid and box. Apply varnish.

Tip

  • To create a bridal bouquet keepsake display, adhere floral foam inside box, then arrange dried flowers and ribbon from the bridal bouquet as desired. The wedding couple’s name and date on the lid are the perfect background for this floral display.

by Kirsten Jones