Scarecrow Hot Cocoa Jar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Fill this whimsical scarecrow jar with hot cocoa or apple cider mix as a great autumn gift for a teacher or friend.

Materials

  • Recycled quart jar with lid
  • White cardstock
  • Men’s socks: brown, white
  • Felt scraps: light orange, red, white, purple, brown, green
  • Brown burlap, 6” circle
  • Buttons: two each, yellow, black, orange; one each, purple, green, brown, red
  • Black rickrack, 5” length
  • Orange polka dot ribbon, 18” length
  • Embroidery floss: black, white
  • Polyester stuffing

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Hole punch, 1/4”
  • Pinking shears
  • Bright yellow fabric spray paint
  • Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, black marker, newspaper or plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Measure and cut 4-1/2” section from straight area on white sock. On covered work surface, spray sock bright yellow. Let dry. Position yellow sock around jar.

STEP 2

To create hat brim, cut out circle slightly smaller than jar lid in center of 6” burlap circle; set center cutout aside for future project. Apply glue to jar lid sides. Position hat brim over jar lid and pull down over edge to adhere to sides; let dry.

STEP 3

For hat, cut 5” section from straight area of brown sock. Wrap orange ribbon around one end of brown sock and tie into bow as shown. Lightly stuff hat with polyester stuffing. Roll bottom edge of hat and adhere around jar lid, covering burlap edge.

STEP 4

Using pinking shears, cut the following from felt: 1-1/2” triangle (nose) from red, two 1-1/2” circles (cheeks) from orange, two 1” circles (eyes) from white, and one 1” squares (patches) each from purple, green, and brown.

STEP 5

(Note: Use three strands white floss to sew buttons onto felt pieces; tie knot on front of buttons.) Sew coordinating-color buttons onto patches. For mouth, adhere ends of rickrack length onto centers of cheeks. Sew orange buttons over rickrack ends. For eyes, sew yellow and black buttons to white circles as shown. For nose, sew red button onto center of triangle.

STEP 6

Adhere patches onto hat. Adhere eyes, cheeks, mouth, and nose onto yellow sock on jar.

STEP 7

For tag, use marker to write “Happy Fall” on paper. Trim cardstock into tag shape around words; punch 1/4” hole in tag as shown. Insert six strands black floss through hole and orange bow; knot ends.

by Mary Ayres

Great Finds Friday: Close To My Heart Thanksgiving Table Décor

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Here’s a fast, easy way to add color and personality to your Thanksgiving table. Using cardstock, ink, stamps, and mini muslin bags from Close To My Heart®, you can create simple yet elegant favors and coordinating napkin rings that will impress your guests.

The beautiful NEW Happy Autumn My Acrylix Stamp Set was the starting point for my design. I only used two stamps from the 11-stamp set to create my designs, but you can mix and match to create your own unique look. The floral and leaf images from this stamp set can be used year-round, making it very versatile. The other sentiment stamp in this set is “Give thanks for all you have.” That’s a wonderful reminder this time of year!

My Creations™ Muslin Drawstring Bags from Close To My Heart measure 4”x6” and are sold in packages of three for $3.95. They are perfect for holding a few handfuls of wrapped candies. I want my guests to have a lasting, cozy reminder of our harvest celebration, so I’ll be filling my favors with a few scoops of spicy autumn potpourri that they can take home and enjoy throughout the holiday season.

To add a burst of color to my otherwise neutral table, I stamped the pretty row of Happy Autumn mums onto the muslin bag using Exclusive Inks Stamp Pads in Sunset, Cranberry, Gypsy, Honey, and Topiary. I stamped the “Happy Autumn” sentiment in Cocoa. To prevent ink from bleeding through to the back of the bag, insert thin cardboard inside before stamping. I used the small, square stamp pads to ink the image, but you could also use Exclusive Inks Markers if you like a more precise look. I applied both the sentiment and the mums cling stamps to one 4”x5” My Acrylix Block, inked the images, and stamped my surface. Easy!

To finish off the favor, fill as desired, cinch the drawstrings, and tie a bow. Stamp the first letter of your guest’s name onto Goldrush cardstock, from the NEW Sarita Paper Packet, using Cocoa ink; heat emboss with clear embossing powder. (I used the NEW Framework Alphabet from Close To My Heart, but you can use your favorite alphabet stamps.) Punch letter into a 1-1/2” circle and punch a small hole near the top. Tie monogrammed tag to bag using baker’s twine from the Mini-Medley Accents Wooden Collection. Insert a Bigger Brad from the Mini-Medley Accents Antiqued Gold Collection through the tag hole.

For each napkin ring, cut one 6”x2” Goldrush and one 6”x1-1/2” Colonial White cardstock strip. In same way as favor bag, stamp mums image at center of Colonial White strip. Layer and adhere strips together. Using strong, double-sided tape, overlap and adhere strip ends 1”. Press down slightly on top of napkin ring to create more oval shape. Roll and insert napkin.

For one more dose of color, use a 12”x12” sheet of Sarita B&T Duos® double-sided paper in place of a traditional cloth place mat.

I hope you enjoyed these easy project ideas. Wishing you color, creativity, and blessed abundance!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

Monochromatic Rustic Pallet Wall Art

I love all the monochromatic DIY projects I have been seeing everywhere. I first noticed this trend appearing in paper crafts like card-making a few years back. At first, it looked odd to me. Where was the bold contrast I was so used to seeing? Lately, I have seen a lot of pillows, tote bags, and even wall art completed using this new trend.

When Walnut Hollow introduced their new line of rustic pallets, I was smitten. I have been collecting larger reclaimed pallets, rescued from junk yards and even dumpsters, for quite some time. Oh, I had grand plans to create coffee tables, signage, shelves, and other projects someday. But for some reason, the large pieces of wood never really inspired me to take on such huge ventures. Noticing the pallet craze and the rustic pieces that savvy recyclers and crafters were creating, Walnut Hollow came up with this amazing line that includes a round wood clock, pallets in several sizes, and even arrow signboards.

For this project, I used the 14”x24” rustic pallet. To make this project you will need basic supplies.

Since these are “rustic palettes,” I skipped sanding the wood. I began by deciding on a sentiment and cutting the needed letters from the matboard. Then I carefully arranged them on the pallet.

 Then I glued each letter down using the tacky glue to my rustic pallet wall art.

To add a motif or two to your design, trace a heart on the Elmer’s Foam Board. I did hearts in two sizes, but you can die cut hearts or even use wooden ones instead for this.

Cutting foam board with an X-ACTO knife can be tricky. First, score rather lightly as closely as possible on the traced lines. Go back and cut a little deeper. Finally, cut the lines again, this time attempting to cut all the way through the foam board. If needed, sand any rough edges of the cut heart shapes with a sanding block.

The rest is easy! Spray several light coats of white paint to the wall art. It took two cans to get the opaque white look I tried to achieve here. But I loved the result. Monochromatic Rustic Pallet Wall Art!

Live Life Creatively,

 

 

 

 

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

Susan’s Garden Magnet Board

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

For a garden that will bloom year round, start with a fabric-covered MAGPANELS Frame-Sized Magnet Board. Create realistic paper flowers with Susan’s Garden dies by Susan Tierney Cockburn and back them with magnets. Switch the flowers whenever you want!

Materials

  • MAGPANELS DIY Framed Magnet Board, 11″x14″
  • MAGPANELS Magnets
  • Off-white silk fabric with textured stripes or fabric of choice, 15″x18″
  • Ribbons: assorted styles in 1/8″, 3/8”, 5/8” widths; wired, 1-5/8″ wide
  • Frame for 11”x14” piece

Tools

  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
  • Sizzix Susan’s Garden Dies by Susan Tierney Cockburn: Helleborus, Plumeria, Dahlia, Hardy Geranium, Cattleya Orchid, Narcissus, Bougainvillea*
  • Sizzix Susan’s Garden Tool Kit by Susan Tierney Cockburn
  • Sizzix Susan’s Garden Shaping Mats by Susan Tierney Cockburn
  • Adhesives: double-sided tape, 1/4″, 1/2″; Tombow Power Tabs; Eclectic Products E6000 Spray Adhesive

*Paper, cardstock, pens, and other supplies specified with each Susan’s Garden flower die

Basic Supplies

fabric shears

Directions

Size

11”x14”

Susan’s Garden Magnet Board

1. Following MAGPANELS’ instructions and using spray adhesive, cover magnet board with fabric. Wrap fabric to back of board 2″ on all sides, making sure fabric is smooth and taut. Adhere ends at back of magnet board; let dry.

2. Using photo as guide, apply strip of 1/2″ double-sided tape across top of magnet board, 3″ down from the top edge. Cut nine lengths from assorted, non-wired ribbons. Adhere one end of each ribbon length to tape so ribbons are randomly spaced and tails dangle freely.

3. Using photo as guide, create casually hand-pleated band of 1-5/8”-wide wired ribbon and adhere to double-sided tape strip, covering narrow ribbon ends. (Note: Extend ends of pleated ribbon to wrap to back at left and right side of magnet board, same as fabric.) Adhere ends at back of magnet board.

4. Using 1/4″ double-sided tape, attach 5/8″-wide ribbon across pleated band, adhering ends on back of magnet board. Using second strip of 1/4″ double-sided tape, attach 3/8″-wide ribbon to center of 5/8″ ribbon, adhering ends at back of magnet board.

5. Following instructions and supply lists that come with each Sizzix Susan’s Garden die, create realistic paper flowers. Allow time for adhesive to dry. Use Power Tab to adhere each flower to a magnet.

6. Place magnet board into frame. Position magnets in a pleasing arrangement so panel looks interesting when the magnets are not in use. Use magnets to hold photos, tickets, memorabilia, cards, and more.

Tips

  • Magpanels Frame-Sized Magnet Boards come in four sizes that match standard-size frames (5”x7”, 8”x10”, 10”x13” and 11”x14”). Your garden can be smaller than the project sample if you need one that fits in less space.
  • Magnet board looks best when at least two flowers are “parked” along the pleated ribbon band; make plenty of magnets if you want flowers there all the time.
  • The collection of Susan’s Garden flower dies is extensive, with dozens of choices beyond the ones shown. Like in a real garden, you can choose dozens of different varieties or stick to a smaller number of favorites (daisies and roses; nothing but poinsettias; only orchids!).
  • To change the garden each season or for special occasions, attach the ribbons with temporary tape and switch to different flower-topped magnets and ribbons.
  • If you want the option of switching the collection of magnets, but do not want to change the ribbons: Use only tone-on-tone ribbons in shades of white and ivory or another neutral palette.
  • Omit the frame; display on a decorative tabletop easel.

 by Judi Kauffman for MAGPANELS (www.magpanels.com)

Fall Leaves Table Runner

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Tired of looking for just the right table runner to match your décor? Design your own using basic sewing instructions and stamping techniques. The possibilities are practically endless!

Materials

  • Fabrics, 2 yards each: unbleached muslin; cotton or poly-cotton, light green or color of choice
  • Sage cording, 4 yds.
  • Sage tassels, 3” long

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Stamps: ivy leaves, birch leaves
  • DecoArt Acrylic Paints: Terra Cotta, Antique Gold, Hauser Light Green, Dazzling Metallic Emperor’s Gold
  • Fabric pencil, or dressmaker’s chalk

Basic Supplies

scissors, yardstick, T-square, straight pins, iron, paintbrush, paper plate, paper towels, container with soap and water

Directions

Size

12”x60”

Table Runner

1. To sew top of table runner, use yardstick, T-square, and fabric pencil, to measure and mark a 13”x61” rectangle on muslin fabric; cut out. See Figure 1. To shape each end into a point, trim away corners as shown.

Figure 1

2. Using top as pattern, cut one backing from green fabric and one lining from muslin.

3. Place backing, right side up, on work surface. See Figure 2. Pin cording to edges of backing so cording faces inward, and cording overlaps at one edge. Pin one tassel, tassels facing inward, to each end. Using zipper foot, sew cording and tassels to backing.

Figure 2

4. Pin muslin layers to right side of backing. Use zipper foot to sew back and front together, leaving an 8” opening at one side for turning.

5. Turn table runner right side out. Whipstitch opening closed; press.

6. Use paintbrush to apply paint to leaf stamps. See Stamping Tips below. Apply paint in a thin, even layer. Practice stamping on fabric scrap until you are confident about the amount of paint and pressure to use. Stamp all leaves using the same paint color at one time. Wash stamp with mild soap and water and dry thoroughly before changing colors. Repeat stamping/cleaning/drying process until all paints have been used.

Tip

  • Instead of making a table runner from scratch, give an old one new life by embellishing with stamped designs, new tassels, or other trims.

Stamping Tips

  • If the stamps include more than one size leaf, apply paint to one leaf at a time, stamp design, then wash and dry stamp before changing leaf size or color.
  • Here’s an easy way to arrange your design. Paint three or four leaves, both birch and ivy, using each color of paint, onto paper. Cut out paper leaves and arrange on table runner. When satisfied with arrangement, pin leaves in place to use as a painting guide.
  • In case of a misplaced paint drop or slip of the stamp, change design slightly and add a leaf to cover the mistake.

by Connie Matricardi

Flowers & Frogs Magnet Board

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

MAGPANELS magnet boards and Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks from Ranger are a winning combination. So many color combinations, so many possibilities! We went with rich fall shades and incorporated lots of dots and spots to match the flower stamens and the patterns on the frogs, but you can take this project in any direction you choose.

Materials

  • MAGPANELS Large Magpanel Horizontal
  • MAGPANELS Magnets, one for each frog and flower
  • BoBunny Press Blossoms Collection Natural Earth Pansy
  • Graphic 45 Typography Collection Papers, 12”x12”: Typography, Imagine
  • Flat-back frogs or other dimensional embellishments
  • Brass grommets, two
  • Rope, ribbon, cording, or push pins

Tools

  • Sequin waste or dot pattern stencil
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks: Cranberry, Terra Cotta, Sunset Orange, Mushroom, Pitch Black
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks Gold Metallic Mixatives
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Ink Applicator
  • Grommet setter
  • Tombow Power Tabs Adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, newspapers and plastic bag (to cover work surface), rubber gloves, old shirt

Directions

Size

13-1/2″ x 11-3/4″

Flowers & Frogs Magnet Board

1. Spread plastic bag covered with newspapers on work table. Use protective clothing as needed, such as rubber gloves and an old shirt. (Note: Alcohol inks will stain; follow manufacturer’s instructions and work in a well-ventilated space.)

2. Place magnet board on newspapers. Working quickly, randomly apply alcohol inks to magnet board using ink applicator, covering majority of metal. (Note: Some silver metal should remain visible.) Apply Pitch Black and Gold last to yield most vibrant spots.

3. While ink is wet, press dot pattern stencil onto surface. Lift stencil and press to surface in another area of board to deposit color. Repeat as desired to create pattern and look of dotted texture.

4. Set grommets in holes at top of board. For hanging, insert rope, ribbon, or cord through grommets and knot ends, or use large push pins to hang board.

5. Adhere magnets to back of each flower and frog using Power Tabs. Use magnets to attach inspirational quote or note cards as desired. Quote and card are cut from patterned papers.

Tip

  • For a masculine look, use fish for magnets instead of flowers. Add a feminine touch by using a piece of lace for the stencil and only flowers for the magnets.

by Judi Kauffman for MAGPANELS (www.magpanels.com)

Flowers & Felt Magnet Board

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

This project has a secret! Those clusters of flowers and buttons are actually magnets, waiting to be moved and put into use! Felt-covered MAGPANELS magnet boards are the perfect accent for any room. Swap colors to match any décor.

Materials

  • MAGPANELS Extra Large Magpanel Vertical
  • MAGPANELS Magnets
  • National Nonwovens WoolFelt: Pumpkin Spice, Copper, Mac ‘n Cheese
  • BoBunny Press Blossoms Collection, assorted colors: Bouquet, Dahlia
  • BoBunny Press Blossoms Collection Wildberry Lace
  • Vintage buttons and crocheted motifs
  • Large black grommets, two

Tools

  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System and Bigz Branch with Leaves Die
  • Grommet setter
  • Adhesives: Eclectic Products E6000 Spray Adhesive; Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, Gem-Tac Embellishing Glue; Tombow Power Tabs

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size

14-3/8”x15-7/8”

Magnet Board

1. Cut 9”x18” Pumpkin Spice felt panel. Following manufacturer’s instructions and using spray adhesive, center and adhere felt to center front of Magpanel. Make sure fabric is smooth and taut; adhere ends at back of Magpanel. Let dry.

2. Cut two 4-1/4”x18” Copper felt strips. Adhere strips to sides of Magpanel, overlapping pumpkin felt edges 1/2”. Adhere excess fabric at back of Magpanel, neatly wrapping felt at rounded corners. Clip corners as needed to ease fit. Let dry.

3. Using small dabs of Fabri-Tac adhesive, cut and adhere four strips of crocheted lace to Magpanel; adhere vertical strips, then horizontal strips as shown. Cut lace lengths 2” longer and wider than Magpanel; wrap and adhere ends at back. Let dry.

4. Adhere included felt backing to back of Magpanel to hide raw felt edges. Let dry.

5. Using photo as guide, cut holes in felt and set grommets for hanging.

6. Die cut three branches from Mac ‘n Cheese felt. Adhere to Magpanel using Fabri-Tac adhesive; let dry.

7. Adhere magnets to back of each flower and large vintage button using Power Tabs. Adhere buttons to flower centers using Gem-Tac adhesive; let dry.

8. Cluster magnets in decorative arrangement at upper right and lower left sections of Magpanel when not in use.

Tip

  • No need for a lot of glue! A little bit is all that’s needed for attaching crocheted lace to the Magpanel and for attaching buttons to flowers.

by Judi Kauffman for MAGPANELS (www.magpanels.com)

Autumn Hues

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Brisk winds and falling leaves are sure signs that harvest is near. Stitch this autumn-inspired design to update your fall décor.

Materials

  • Wichelt Imports Chai Tea 28-count Jobelan, 12” x 16”
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss
  • Just Another Button Company Buttons (2212L, 2247S, 2275T)

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch:  As indicated in key
  • Cross-stitch:  1 strand each color

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 5-3/4”x9-1/2”; Stitch count: 58 w X 95 h

STEP 1

Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

STEP 2

Stitch design centered on fabric over two threads.

STEP 3

Finish as desired.

by Jackie Hendricks

Collector’s Easel Magnet Board

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

A fabric-covered MAGPANELS Easel Magnet Board with coordinating magnets is the perfect way to display a changeable gallery of favorite photos and collectibles. This would be a wonderful item to make and sell! It’s also an easy, affordable gift.

Materials

  • MAGPANELS Easel Magpanel
  • MAGPANELS Magnets
  • Cotton fabric, in theme of choice, 1/2 yd.
  • Collectibles to make magnets (wood shapes, dimensional stickers, resin embellishments)

Tools

  • Eclectic Products E6000 Spray Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size

11-3/4”x13”

Step 1

Cut fabric slightly larger than front of easel. Following manufacturer’s instructions and using spray adhesive, cover front of MAGPANELS Easel with fabric. Make sure fabric is smooth and taut, taking special care at rounded corners, and that fabric extends slightly past bottom edge of easel for finished look. Clip fabric at bottom corners, if needed, to ease fit at easel base. Let dry.

Step 2

Adhere included felt backing to back of easel to hide raw fabric edges. Let dry.

Step 3

Adhere magnets to back of buttons, resin embellishments, dimensional stickers, and other themed items. Let dry.

Step 4

Use magnets to hold photos and collectibles for display.

Tip

  • As a gift for a sports fan or student, use the front of a T-shirt instead of fabric for a unique MAGPANELS Easel. Use a themed magnet to hold tickets to a game or concert.

by Judi Kauffman for MAGPANELS (www.magpanels.com)

 

Home Sweet Home Twine Frame

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

The natural feel of the twine, the autumn-inspired colors, and the home-themed sentiment on this frame are reminiscent of the fall season. Xyron’s high-quality adhesive products make it easy to create!

Materials

  • Hobby Lobby Bare Cardboard Frame, 8”x10”
  • Cardstock: yellow, white
  • KasierCraft Miss Empire Collection Paper Pack
  • Canvas Corp. Burlap Flower
  • May Arts Gingham Ribbon
  • Natural twine

Tools

  • Xyron 9″ Creative Station with Permanent Adhesive
  • Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots, 3/16”
  • Xyron Double-Sided High Tack Tape, 1/2”
  • Die-cutting system and Cheery Lynn Designs Dies: Build a Flower #3, Embellishments #2, Stacker Flower #5
  • Close To My Heart My Acrylix Home Sweet Home Stamp Set
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo Ink Pad
  • Clearsnap Smooch Pumpkin Accent Ink
  • Tattered Angels Suede Glimmer Mist
  • Elmer’s X-ACTO Craft Knife
  • McGill Paper Blossoms Tool Kit and Molding Mat
  • Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

8”x10”

Frame

1. Cut desired paper to fit front of frame and run through Xyron 9” Creative Station to apply Permanent Adhesive.

2. Peel clear sheet from adhesive-backed paper and run paper through Creative Station again so both sides have adhesive.

3. Adhere one side of paper to frame front, leaving clear sheet in place. Cut excess paper from center of frame using craft knife. Peel clear sheet from frame.

4. Starting at top left corner, run twine straight down edge of frame; press twine firmly in place. Trim twine even with frame edge. Repeat to cover entire frame front with twine.

5. Spray canvas flower with Suede Glimmer Mist; let dry. Accent edges of flower with Pumpkin Smooch ink; let dry.

6. Die cut Stacker Flower #5 blooms and Build a Flower #3 petals from white cardstock and run Paper Blossoms ball tool over back to give petals dimension. Stack and adhere layers together with Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots.

7. Color all cardstock petals with Pumpkin Smooch ink; let dry.

8. Die cut three or four yellow cardstock Embellishments #2 sunburst shapes; fold and roll to create center of flower. Adhere to cardstock flower using liquid glue; let dry.

9. Use liquid glue to adhere handmade cardstock flower to center of canvas flower; let dry.

10. Apply Xyron Double-Sided High Tack Tape across bottom of frame and adhere ribbon as shown.

11. Tie ribbon into loopy bow. Use liquid glue to adhere bow and flower to corner of frame; let dry.

12. Cut desired paper to fit frame. Place paper behind frame opening and carefully stamp Vintage Photo sentiment in open area. Secure paper in frame.

Tip

  • Use same instructions to cover a square wooden vase with paper, twine, and ribbon. Make several blossoms in same way and adhere to wooden dowels for stems before inserting into vase. Secure flowers to stem ends using Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots.

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