Ribbon Dispenser Jar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Supply stash overflowing with jumbled strands of ribbon? Get tangle-free with this economical yet functional ribbon dispenser to manage your ribbon clutter.

Materials

  • Ball Wide Mouth Quart Jar with lid
  • Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Spray Paint Blue Ocean Breeze
  • Ribbons

Tools

  • Self-adhesive stencil of choice
  • We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile Big Bite Hole Punch
  • Masking tape
  • Masking paper

Basic Supplies

newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Separate lid rim and seal. Punch five 3/16” holes in flat section of lid.

STEP 2

Adhere stencil to jar; cover remaining jar areas with masking paper and tape.

STEP 3

On cover work surface, spray paint both sections of lid and jar. Let dry and remove tape and paper.

STEP 4

Place loose ribbon into jar, threading ends through holes in lid.

by Roxi Phillips for Krylon

Seasonal Decorating Success is Guaranteed!

I have a long history of good intentions followed up by last minute rushes to get things done. I love to send handmade Christmas cards, but a week before international Christmas mail closes is not the time to be making them. I also love to decorate the table for holidays but that too needs to not only be planned in advance but also executed in advance. So this year I’m combining intention with execution and getting started early.

My table project for the holidays is autumn-themed and I’ve chosen oak leaves and acorns. The oak is a wonderful tree – it looks great all year round. In California, where I live, we have them in abundance and each year I watch as they sprout small green shoots of leaves that quickly turn into wonderful canopies of the deepest green. In autumn, they turn a wonderful gold and litter the ground with acorns that get scooped up by bouncy squirrels.

This year’s holiday decorations are oak leaves and acorns fashioned into table decorations and napkin rings made from AMACO Cloud Clay. Cloud Clay is an air-dry clay that is soft to work with, it stretches easily, and it dries to a light and flexible finish that feels just a teeny bit like suede. For this project you’ll need browns and yellows, so I’d grab a 4 oz. pack of Terra Cotta or Brown, one of White and one Yellow or Orange. You will also need an oak leaf cookie cutter – or some other leaf shape cutter. While you can cut the leaves by hand, cookie cutters make the project go a bit smoother. Add an acrylic roller, thin knitting needle, and a non-stick work surface and you’re done.

Start by pinching off an egg-size piece of clay and pull and fold it until it is nice and pliable. If you like, you can mix bits of various colors of clay to get custom colors – the colors mix very quickly so you can easily get a range of autumn golds and browns.

Roll the clay to around 1/8 -1/4″ thickness and press out the shapes with the cutter. Use the knitting needle to press veins into the leaves. Bend the leaves along the middle vein and curve the ends. Set the leaves aside to dry a little.

Make the acorns from small teardrop shapes of clay and add caps made from a second color of clay. Use the pointy end of the knitting needle to texture the acorn caps.

Assemble the leaves and acorns into groups – two leaves and two acorns. If the clay is still a bit wet, the pieces will stick together easily. If not, dampen them slightly and adhere.

Napkin rings are easily made from a small snake of clay flattened slightly and twisted around to make a circle. Press the ends together to seal. You can then add a leaf and acorn combination to each napkin ring.

Plan for a napkin ring for each guest and a few extra leaf and acorn combinations to scatter around the table. Cloud Clay items are extremely durable, so at the end of the holidays, pack them up carefully and they’ll be ready for the next year’s festivities.

by Helen Bradley (www.craftinggoodness.com)

Cross-stitched Golf Towel

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

“Fore” the golfer in your life! Ironically cute, this clever towel is quick-to-stitch and certain to make any golfer smile.

Materials

  • Charles Craft White Aberdeen Hand Towel
  • DMC Six-strand embroidery floss in colors listed on key

Tools

  • Tapestry needle, #24

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stich Count

Size: 2-5/8”x15-1/2”; stitch count: 220 w x 37 h

Golf Towel

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.)

2. To find center of towel inset, fold in half and in half again opposite way. Mark center with contrasting thread.

3. Use two strands floss to cross-stitch design centered on inset of towel in colors listed on keycode. Use one strand Black floss to backstitch design.

by Lois Winston for Charles Craft

Hankie Coasters

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

If you have a collection of pretty hankies just sitting in a drawer, showcase them by creating these darling coasters.

Materials

  • National Nonwovens Wool Felt: Cream, colors of choice
  • Buttons, assorted

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Iron and pressing surface
  • The Warm Co. Steam-A-Seam2
  • Pinking shears
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 4-1/2” square from each hankie. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply Steam-A-Seam2 to wrong side of each hankie square. Remove backing from each square.

STEP 2

Place hankie wrong side down onto cream felt and use iron to fuse in place. Using pinking shears, carefully trim around each felt/hankie square.

STEP 3

Machine-sew zigzag stitch 1/8” from edge of hankie.

STEP 4

Adhere cream felt/hankie to another coordinating wool felt color. Use pinking shears to trim around edges, leaving 1/8” border.

STEP 5

Adhere buttons to coaster.

by Rebekah Meier

Sailboat Towel

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Give your home or summer cottage décor a fun nautical feel with this colorful sailboat towel. Or, stitch it as a gift to a friend who loves sailing.

Materials

  • Charles Craft White Fingertip Towel with 14-count inset
  • DMC Six-Strand Embroidery Floss

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

Backstitch: 1 strand

Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 6-5/8”x1-1/2”; stitch count: 93 w x 22 h

Sailboat Towel

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.)

2. Stitch design centered on inset using two strands floss.

3. Backstitch as indicated on chart using one strand floss.

by Charles Craft

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)

Whimsical Flower Pillow

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Add some summer charm to your patio or porch décor with this soft and cheery floral pillow. Combined with a refreshing glass of lemonade, this comfy pillow is the perfect way to relax on a hot summer day.

Materials

  • National Nonwovens Wool Felt: Natural, 1/3 yd.; Blushing Bride, 1/2 yd.; English Rose, 1/8 yd.
  • Pink floral print cotton fabrics: large floral (borders), 1/4 yd.; coordinating print, scraps, four
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Pink rick rack
  • Buttons, two
  • Embroidery floss

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Sewing needle and button thread
  • Iron and pressing board
  • Decorative-edge scissors
  • Disappearing ink marker
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 10” square from Natural wool felt.

STEP 2

Cut two 2-1/2”x10” and two 2-1/2”x15” strips from floral fabric. With right sides together and using 1/4″ seam allowance, machine-sew shorter strips to top and bottom of 10” Natural square, trimming strips even. With right sides together and using 1/4″ seam allowance, machine-sew remaining strips to sides of sewn panel, trimming strips even. Press seams.

STEP 3

Cut backing square from Blushing Bride wool felt to same size as pillow front.

STEP 4

With right sides together and using 1/4” seam allowance, machine-sew front and back squares together, leaving a 3” opening. Trim seam allowance and turn pillow right side out. Stuff pillow with fiberfill.

STEP 5

Use button thread to whipstitch opening closed.

STEP 6

Print patterns. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Using two fabrics, with wrong sides together, trace one large flower onto fabric with disappearing ink marker. Repeat with small flower. Machine-sew on traced line of each flower. Using scissors, cut very close to stitching outside of traced line, being careful not to cut thread. Flowers should have a frayed edge.

STEP 7

Trace yo-yo pattern onto fabric. Use button thread to sew a running stitch very close to raw edge of fabric. Pull gathers tight; knot and clip thread. Create two yo-yo’s. Use floss to sew buttons to yo-yo centers, knotting on front of button.

STEP 8

Use decorative-edge scissors to cut 1/2”-wide strips (stems) from wool felt. Trace and cut leaves from wool felt.

STEP 9

Arrange flowers, stems, and leaves onto pillow, trimming stems to desired lengths; adhere to pillow.

STEP 10

Adhere rick rack trim to pillow as shown.

by Rebekah Meier

Ivy Stepping Stone & Brick

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Pave the way through your garden, or welcome guests indoors, with an easy-to-master glazing technique you’ll use again and again.

Materials

  • Dark red stepping stone or brick
  • Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Colors: Clover, New Leaf Green, White, Licorice

Tools

  • Computer and printer
  • Photocopier (optional)
  • Ivy sponge stamp
  • Plaid FolkArt Glazing Medium
  • Clear acrylic gloss sealer
  • Paintbrushes: flat, round
  • Plaid Bottle Top Tip Writers

Basic Supplies

newspaper (to cover work surface

Directions

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions throughout. Mix glazing medium with each of the following: Clover, New Leaf Green, and White.

STEP 2

Using photo as guide, stamp ivy design around stone or brick with White; let dry. (Note: White is used as a basecoat so colors will show more vividly against dark background color.)

STEP 3

Load stamp with Clover and New Leaf Green; re-stamp over White ivy leaves.

STEP 4

Use round brush and White to add vines and tendrils; re-paint with Clover.

STEP 5

Print pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Enlarge or reduce pattern on photocopier as desired. Transfer “Welcome” to center of surface. Use Licorice and craft tip set to fill in lettering; let dry.

STEP 6

Spatter paint surface with Licorice. Seal with gloss sealer.

by Kirsten Jones

Paint Stick Starburst Mirror

Last year, I set out to help my parents improve their home by adding a fresh coat of paint to each room of their South Georgia residence. We painted walls and trim and even some of the painted furniture pieces. We made several trips to the home improvement store and with each gallon of paint we purchased, were given a handful of paint sticks for stirring the paint. We used some of them but when all was said and done, we had lots of paint sticks leftover. Around this time, I remember seeing a do-it yourself starburst mirror made out of long thin wooden sticks and wondered if I could use the paint sticks to create my own version of this 1960’s era throwback using craft supplies.

I decided that by using a wood circle plaque, a craft mirror, and the paint sticks as my main supplies, I could probably figure it out.

To decide on a color scheme, I picked out some paint swatches and matched them to my DecoArt paints. I ended up choosing Spiced Pumpkin, Baby Pink, and Flamingo. For some reason, I am loving the color combination of oranges with pinks. They represent a sharp, modern contrast to the vintage tones and hues that have been so popular for years.

I divided my sticks into three piles.

Then I painted my paint sticks! Ha ha. In an attempt to save time creating this do-it-yourself starburst mirror, I chose to paint only one side of the sticks, taking care to paint the edges of the sticks since I knew they would show when I assembled my starburst mirror. I painted my circle plaque white on the front only, using a couple of coats for all pieces for nice even coverage.

Once my pieces were dry, I plugged in my hot glue gun and began to layout my sticks on the backside of the circle plaque. I started in a criss-cross pattern, but there are probably several ways to do this.

To make your own starburst, continue stacking the sticks evenly, alternating colors. I found the hot gun worked well to hold the sticks in place but I had to add a few small nails to some of the top layers of sticks

I added some inspirational sentiments in the form of rub-on transfers to complete the look. Rub-ons transfer very easily to smooth surfaces, such as glass. Just be aware that you cannot wipe across the glass or the rub-ons remove just as easily. So be careful when cleaning your do-it-yourself starburst mirror. I hope you enjoyed this simple tutorial on creating a starburst mirror and it inspires you to try your own. Save those paint sticks!

Live Life Creatively,

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

Was It Worth It?

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Stitch this quote as a gentle reminder to enjoy today and not stress out about tomorrow.

Materials

  • JAR Designs Spring Leaf 28-count Jobelan, 17”x12” (available at X’s & Oh’s Designs)
  • DMC Six-strand Embroidery Floss
  • Green fabric, 1/2 yd.
  • Batting
  • Green ribbon, 5/8” wide, 24” length
  • Dowel

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Sewing machine and matching thread

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 3 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate Finished Size: 10-5/8″x5-3/4″; Stitch Count: 150 w x 82 h

Wall Hanging

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.) Stitch design centered on fabric over two threads. Trim stitched fabric 1-1/2” from stitching.

2. Cut two strips of green fabric 8-3/4”x2-1/2”. Sew one strip to each side of stitched fabric using 1/4” seam allowance. Cut two strips 17-1/4”x2-1/2”. Sew one strip to top and bottom of stitched fabric. Press seams toward green fabric.

3. Cut batting 17”x12-1/4”. Cut green backing fabric same dimensions as sewn top. Cut four 6” lengths of green ribbon and fold in half. Layer batting on back of top (cross-stitched) fabric. Pin ribbon to right-side of top fabric with fold toward center and backing fabric with right-side facing top fabric. Sew around all edges, leaving a 3” opening at bottom. Clip corners and turn right-side out; press. Hang from dowel.

Tip

  • This design would be very easy to convert to any favorite over-dyed fabric and easy to select a complementary color that stands out well against fabric. Remember to make backstitching 2 shades darker than letters.

by Jo Gatenby for X’s & Oh’s Designs (www.xs-and-ohs.com)