Charming Crochet Charm Bracelet

February is the month dedicated to love and romance. All things sweet, pretty and lovely are often given as gifts on or around Valentine’s Day. This year, why not create a few pieces of charming and romantic jewelry to really get in the mood? Make one for yourself as well as one for each of your favorite friends! Using charms, Swarovski Crystals, and the most basic crochet technique, a single chain stitch, you too can recreate this fun and personalized charm bracelet!

SIZE

approx. 8”

YOU’LL NEED

materials

  • CRYSTALLIZED Swarovski Elements: Crystal, Bicone, 4mm; Vintage Rose, Cubes, 8mm, two; Assorted Colors: Pearls, 4mm, 10; 6mm, eight
  • Beadalon Satin Gold 7-Strand Bead Stringing Wire
  • Nunn Design Antique Gold findings: Small Textured Cable Chain; Headpin, 2″; Mum Flower Charm; Small Jump Rings, two; Large Jump Ring; Vetri Beaded 14 Oval; Vetri Glass

tools

  • Judikins Diamond Glaze Adhesive
  • Patterned paper, small scrap
  • Beadalon Tools: Round-Nose and Flat-Nose Pliers, Wire Snips
  • Crochet hook, size G

directions

1  Pass headpin through 4mm crystal, and 6mm pearl as shown. Use round-nose pliers to create loop at top of pin, wind excess length around top of bicone to create bead cap.

2  Pass half of remaining pearls and crystals randomly onto beading wire. Create slip knot in end of wire and chain two; pull first bead up chain three more. Pull up additional beads one at a time, and chain random number of stitches until chain is approximately 8-1/2” long, secure end. Repeat with second half of beads, secure end.

3  Cut 8-12” length of chain. Braid crocheted chains and textured chain. Use pliers to open large jump ring, secure all six ends of chains and top loop of dangle in jump ring before closing ring.

4 Use pliers to open small jump rings; place on loops of charms. Attach charms to bracelet and close jump rings. Trace Vetri glass onto patterned paper, trim and adhere to center of Vertri Charm. Cover surface of paper with Diamond Glaze and adhere glass over top. Set aside to dry completely.

Design and photography by Keri Lee Sereika (www.pinklemonade.typepad.com)

Valentine Candle Jar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Burn this candle to show your loving thoughts are aglow for that special someone who warms your soul!

Materials

  • Glass items: recycled quart jar, votive candle holder with lid
  • DecoArt Liquid Rainbow Glass Paints: Burgundy Blast, Fuchsia, Tickled Pink
  • DecoArt Liquid Rainbow Black Liquid Leading
  • Burgundy ribbon, 1⁄8”, one yard
  • Buttons, one each: hot pink, 3⁄4” ; pink, 1⁄2” ; light pink, 1⁄2”
  • Red votive candle

Tools

  • DecoArt Liquid Rainbow Styrene Painting Blank

Basic Supplies

scissors, masking tape, straight pin

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out pattern. Tape pattern to underside of leading blank; trace lines with leading. Repeat for two “sets” of hearts. Let dry 1-2 hours.

STEP 2

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fill in: one heart Tickled Pink; two hearts Fuchsia; two hearts Burgundy Blast. (Note: Use pin to pop large air bubbles.) Fill in candle holder lid with Burgundy Blast; let dry 24 hours.

STEP 3

Carefully peel hearts from blank; apply to jar. Cut three 12” lengths from ribbon; tie around jar and trim ends at angle. Adhere buttons over knot; let dry. Insert candle holder into jar and candle into holder.

Other Options

  • Place hearts on window, mirror, vase, or any glass surface.
  • Make other holiday decorations in same way. Use coloring book pictures as patterns.

by Sandy Parpart

Love Grows Here Pressed Flower Picture

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Seeds of love are the best kind to plant! Let everyone know love is in your home with this elegant embroidered display.

Materials

  • Wooden frame, 5”x7”
  • Off-white solid cotton fabric, 5”x7”
  • Cardboard, 5”x7”
  • Brown craft paper
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Assorted pressed flowers and leaves

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, Therm O Web Acid-free Mounting Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, medium-grit sandpaper, damp soft cloth

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Transfer heart and lettering to fabric center.Use two strands floss to stem stitch lettering.

STEP 2

Follow mounting adhesive manufacturer’s instructions to adhere cardboard to back of embroidered fabric. Arrange flowers as desired; use small amount of fabric adhesive to adhere to fabric. Place finished piece in frame.

STEP 3

To give a “distressed” look to new frame, apply several coats of black paint; let dry. Lightly sand frame edges until desired look is achieved.

STEP 4

To give back side a finished look, cut a rectangle from brown craft paper slightly larger than frame back; adhere in place. Use medium-grit sandpaper to trim excess paper from frame. Gently wipe paper with dampened cloth. (Note: Paper will dry taut.)

by Mary Ayres

Love Goblin Valentine Box

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Keep this fun-loving monster happy with a mouthful of valentines! This easy-to-make mailbox will be loads of fun for all the kids in the classroom this Valentine’s Day.

Materials

  • Recycled rectangular tissue box (remove plastic)
  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Shapes: 1-1⁄4” balls, two; 2” egg
  • Floracraft Dry Foam Mug Inserts, 2-5/8”x3-3/4”, two
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Lamp (Ebony) Black, Snow (Titanium) White, Bright Green, Grape Juice, Royal Fuchsia; Glow-in-the-Dark
  • Flat wooden shapes: two small circles, 17 small hearts
  • Craft foam: white, purple, fuchsia
  • Chenille stems, two each: pink, lime, orange, yellow, purple

Tools

  • 1⁄8” hole punch
  • Adhesives: thick craft glue, glue gun and glue sticks

Basic Supplies

pencil, scissors, ruler, paintbrushes, paper plate (for palette), transparent tape, large nail, hammer, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Note

Adult supervision is needed when using a glue gun and nail.

1. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access patterns, select the link, then download and print items.) Follow directions on patterns.

2. On covered work surface, paint the pieces. (Note: Allow paint to dry between coats and color changes.) Use Titanium White to basecoat tissue box (body). Paint body Bright Green, wooden circles (pupils) Lamp Black, foam balls (eyes) Glow-in-the Dark, cylinders (legs) and hearts Royal Fuchsia, and egg (nose) Grape Juice.

3. To make the arms, use hole punch to punch a hole in hands where indicated by “x” on pattern. See photo. Use nail to punch a hole at each side of body. Thread chenille stem through hand holes and center; fold in half and twist chenille stem together. Push chenille stem ends through sides of body. Secure ends with tape inside body.

4. To assemble the monster, see photo. Adhere teeth to inside of “mouth”. Adhere feet to bottom of legs. Adhere legs to bottom of body and hearts to body as desired. Use glue gun to adhere pupils to eyes and eyes side-by-side to top of body. Adhere nose to front of body below eyes.

5. Make the hair. Wrap each chenille stem around pencil, one at a time. Remove from pencil and stretch to measure 6”. Curl top ends of hair in a circle. Twist bottom of hair ends together. Use glue gun to adhere hair behind eyes. Let dry. Arrange hair as shown.

Tip

  • Replace foam legs with recycled frozen juice cans; wrap cans with fuchsia craft foam.

by Sandy Parpart

Valentine Keepsake Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

A tea bag-folded card is a unique and lovely way to tell your special Valentine, “I love you.” Plus, you’ll love how easy it is to get beautiful results with this technique!

 

Materials

  • White card with envelope, 6-1⁄2”x5”
  • Paper: green stripe, pink stripe, vellum dot, rose dot, white

Tools

  • Computer and printer, or black fine-tip permanent marker
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Cut card to measure 6”x4”. Place card on flat work surface with fold at top. Cut a 3-7⁄8”x5-7⁄8” rectangle from green stripe paper; center and adhere to card front. Cut a 3-5⁄8”x5-5⁄8” rectangle from vellum dot paper; center and adhere to green stripe paper.

STEP 2

Cut the following: eight 1” squares from rose dot; eight 1” squares from pink stripe; four 1” squares from green stripe. Fold squares into kites as shown in Fig. 1.

STEP 3

For eight-point star, cut 1” circle from rose dot (flower base). Place rose dot kites into a circle with long points together (Fig. 2); adhere on back side to flower base. Fold each pink stripe kite into a half kite (Fig. 3); adhere half kites in a circle on top of star to form a flower (Fig. 4). Mat flower on white paper.

STEP 4

Mat green stripe kites (leaves) on white paper. Use a computer or handwrite “Love causes all things to grow.” on a white rectangle; mat on rose dot, then on white. Adhere flower, leaves, and message to card front as shown.

Tip

  • Adhere a gem to the center of flower for added sparkle.

by Amy Gustafson

Quick-and-Easy Valentine Cards

Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away and creating a card for your loved one doesn’t have to be complicated!

It’s Jill Cornell here today with two card ideas that are perfect for kids or that special someone. The first card is 3-1/2”x6” which is a unique size that fits easily into a 5”x7” envelope.

The focal point on this card is the chipboard heart covered in tiny, jewel-centered flowers by Petaloo. A fun ribbon bow and simple rub-on sentiment make this card very quick! Add a machine-stitched border for extra texture.

For the second card, I covered the front with two patterned papers, two punched patterned paper borders, and this great “Bee my Valentine” chipboard sticker from We R Memory Keepers. Chipboard stickers are the perfect quick embellishment because they add a design element and dimension at the same time.

The sticker had holes on either end that I covered up with pearl brads from American Crafts.

These cards are so easy to duplicate for multiple people on your Valentine’s Day list. Happy crafting!

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

Going Nuts Over Bunting

At the recent Craft and Hobby Association show in Anaheim, I wasn’t surprised to see that bunting is still big in the craft world. I saw it decorating booths and table spaces and made from all sorts of materials from paper to burlap.  Oh! and just so you know, burlap is also a big trend in the craft world. But I digress, back to bunting. Bunting is a fun way to add a seasonal decoration – think pink and red for St. Valentine’s Day crafting – and perhaps cut the bunting into heart shapes. Go green for a great St. Patrick’s Day craft project – though I would skip the clover shape unless you have a die-cut machine – that sounds more like hard work than fun. For July 4th, go red, white, and blue – you get the idea. And experiment with shapes… the pieces don’t have to be triangles. They can be rectangles, half circles – in fact, any shape you like and can cut out reasonably fast.

What you need

  • Felt, fabric or paper
  • Scrap paper for a template
  • Baker’s twine or string
  • Good scissors (you’re going to be doing a lot of cutting!)
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins

For my bunting, I used felt pieces in multiple colors. The color palette is mixed, but there are no really bright colors. Start by making a template for your bunting shape. I made a triangle and then because it was easier to cut a few at a time, I duplicated it so I had a few template pieces. Assemble your material – paper, fabric, or felt and start pinning the template and cutting the shapes.

I laid out the first few pieces on the table and measured them to work out how many triangles I would need. I had about 10 yards of baker’s twine (I needed a lot of bunting), so with 4 triangles laid out measuring a foot that meant I needed 4 x 10 x 3 = 120 triangles. So, I put on a good movie and got to work cutting.

Once the pieces are cut, stack them on the table, grab some pins and the twine and start pinning. I pinned about half the pieces, sewed them and then finished the rest.

Once pinned, you can sew them. I found the easiest way was to zigzag stitch on the sewing machine – it was quick and it will stand up to a bit of wear and tear. To allow for easier hanging, I left the first and last foot of twine empty and sewed the rest.

When I was done, as I was taking the bunting with me to the show, I cut a piece of recycled cardboard box into a yarn winder shape and wound the bunting neatly around it for safe storage. This stops it from getting tangled up and it actually looks wonderful all wrapped up as a cute little bundle.

You can make your bunting long or short, big or small. It’s a great way to use up little bits of paper you love and have in your stash and as a bonus you get to enjoy them all over again. Make mini bunting to decorate a card and super big bunting to decorate a window or your entire house. Draw on it, paint it, or even dye it! There’s so much you can do and you know what – bunting is one of those decorations that just makes people happy – it’s hard to have a bad day when there’s bunting hanging around.

by Helen Bradley (www.craftinggoodness.com)