Leaf-Embellished Skirt

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Fall into fashion with a stitched autumn leaf-embellished skirt. You can choose a new skirt or spruce up one in your closet that needs a little something extra. Either way, you’ll have an updated item to wear this season!

Materials

  • Skirt
  • Solid cotton fabric, assorted colors, 1/4 yard each
  • Brown all-purpose thread, or contrasting color of choice

Tools

  • VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine
  • Die-cutting machine and leaf die (optional)
  • Fabric marking tool

Basic Supplies

scissors, straight pins

Directions

STEP 1

Freehand draw or locate leaf pattern. Determine desired number of final leaf shapes for shirt. Cut 3-4 leaves for each leaf shape from cotton fabrics. (Note: If die-cutting machine is available, leaves can be die cut from fabric.)

STEP 2

Group leaves in stacks of 3 or 4, layering colors. Pin together.

STEP 3

Using fabric marking tool, draw vein lines on top leaf in each stack.

STEP 4

Set VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine for straight stitch.

STEP 5

Thread top of machine and bobbin with brown all-purpose thread or with color that contrasts fabric.

STEP 6

Carefully stitch veins into stack of leaves. To turn, stop sewing with the needle down in the fabric, lift the presser foot and rotate fabric to the new direction, and lower the presser foot before beginning to sew. The presser foot will help you guide the fabric evenly while stitching. Sew slowly for better control when guiding the fabric while stitching.

STEP 7

Backstitch at the beginning and end of the stitching to help secure the thread in place. (Note: Backstitching secures the machine stitching so the threads do not become loose and pull out. It is done by reversing a few stitches on top of or just next to those machine stitches at the beginning or end of a line of machine sewing. To backstitch, position needle about 1/2″ from top edge of fabric. Stitch in reverse almost to the raw edge. Change to forward and stitch to the end of the fabric. Reverse and backstitch about 1/2″.)

STEP 8

Wash and dry leaves to add distressed details

STEP 9

Pin distressed leaves in place on skirt.

STEP 10

Using technique mentioned in Steps 6 and 7, stitch leaves in place following vein lines.

STEP 11

Trim threads. Enjoy your fabulous new skirt!

Tip

  • To learn more about the VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine, click here to view a video with details and other helpful basic sewing information.

by SINGER® (www.singerco.com)

Handmade Autumn-Themed Shadow Box

I am an avid lover of shadow boxes. It’s so easy to add depth to projects when creating handmade shadow boxes. If you’re looking for a Fall craft to celebrate the season, here is a Handmade Autumn-Themed Shadow Box that’s easy and fun to create.

Materials and Tools for Handmade Autumn-Themed Shadow Box

  • Walnut Hollow Basswood Canvas, 10″x10″, (#29471)
  • DecoArt Americana Lamp Black Acrylic Paint 
  • Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting Machine and Bigz Dies: Bird, Flower Layers
  • Beacon Adhesives: Fast Finish Decoupage, Gem-Tac 
  • Fairfield Polyfil Fiberfill
  • Fabric, scraps
  • Black wool felt, scraps
  • Patterned papers with scallop edges: black/white polka dot, self-adhesive cork with script font
  • Wooden block, 1″
  • Assorted embellishments: self-adhesive pearl rows, gem stone rows, flower centers, decorative stick pins
  • Inkjet fabric sheets or rubber stamps, ink, and muslin scraps
  • Wire, 18-gauge, 10″ lengths
  • Foam brush, paintbrush, wire cutters
  • Scissors, sewing machine and thread, needle and thread, ruler, paper trimmer

I started by painting the unfinished box Lamp Black. Even though you will be covering most of the handmade shadow box with decorative papers, you want to start with a nice evenly-coated black canvas.

 To découpage the box, measure the sides and insert of the basswood canvas and cut the papers to size using the paper trimmer. I usually cut the papers about an 1/8” smaller than the actual measurements, which makes it easier to découpage. Use the découpage medium and a foam brush to apply the papers to the sides and insides of the box. If you want to cover the back as well, feel free to do so.

Coat the back of the papers with the découpage medium with the foam brush, as well as the surface you will be applying it to. Smooth out any air bubbles with your fingers, being careful not to tear the découpaged papers.

To create the die-cut flowers which will embellish your shadow box, use die-cut machine, flower layers die, and fabric scraps in Fall-inspired colors. Stack them together and use a little glue to hold in place. As an option, you can pin them together before sewing.

Let the glue dry and then use the sewing machine and thread to stitch the flowers in place in a freeform motion.

Create a fall-themed sentiment by typing it into a word processing software program and then printing it out on inkjet fabric sheets. As an option, you can stamp on muslin scraps with alphabet stamps or an Autumn-themed sentiment with black ink.

As the focal point for my Handmade Autumn-Themed Shadow Box, I chose a black crow. Die cut the crow using the bird die-cut and black wool felt two times. Using the sewing machine and thread, sew the sentiments on one of the bird die-cuts.

Use the sewing machine and thread to stitch the bird together, leaving about 2” open at the bottom for stuffing with the fiberfill. Cut two 5″ lengths of wire for the bird legs. Use a little glue to secure to one side of the felt bird.

Use needle and thread to whipstitch the opening of the bird closed. Adhere the wooden block to the back of the bird. This will give a dimensional effect as the crow will be standing in the Autumn-themed shadow box.

Now here comes the fun part! Putting your Handmade Autumn-Themed Shadow Box together! Adhere the flowers to the inside of the shadow box on the sides, as desired. Embellish further with the self-adhesive gem stone rows and flower centers. Adhere the wooden block to the center of the box so the crow stands up inside the shadow box.  If you wish, embellish the crow further by adding some decorative stick pins.

Use your imagination and materials you have on hand to create your own unique Autumn-themed Shadow Box. Happy Fall!

Live Life Creatively,

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

Autumn Wreath

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Fall is a favorite time of year, with leaves falling and friends stopping by for cider. This bright, cheery fall wreath will welcome guests to your home.

Materials

  • Paper: Core’dinations Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection, Imaginisce Bushel o’ Fall Collection
  • Imaginisce Bushel o’ Fall Collection Bling and Die Cuts
  • Thin cardboard
  • Paper doily, 6” diameter
  • Raffia
  • Burlap (for hanger

Tools

  • Xyron 9” Creative Station
  • Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit
  • Xyron Teresa Collins Stapler
  • Provo Craft Cricut Cuttlebug and Polka Dot Page Embossing Folder
  • Imaginisce i-bond Glue Gun Tool and glue sticks

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, ruler, sandpaper, scissors

Directions

Size

16” diameter

Autumn Wreath

1. Cut 5”x5” patterned paper square. Roll into cone shape; adhere with Xyron Teresa Collins Stapler or hot glue gun. Repeat to make 15 additional cones from assorted patterned papers.

2. Cut 5”x5”cardstock square. Emboss using Cuttlebug. Lightly sand raised pattern, then roll into cone shape. Adhere with Xyron Teresa Collins Stapler or hot glue gun. Repeat to make 5 additional embossed cones from assorted cardstock.

3. Cut 5”x5” cardboard square; run through Xyron 9” Creative Station. (Note: This is a great way to recycle a cereal box, etc.) Leaving center open area smaller than doily, dry fit cones around cardboard in desired pattern. When desired placement of cones is achieved, firmly press cones to cardboard to adhere in place. (Note: More cones can be created and added to fill in gaps if necessary.)

4. Fold raffia on itself several times; trim and nestle between cones. Secure with hot glue gun.

5. Using doily as reference, cut patterned paper circle smaller than doily; adhere to center of doily with tape runner from Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit. Stack several layers of adhesive foam squares from Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit in open center of wreath. Adhere doily to foam squares.

6. Embellish doily with die cuts and gems; adhere with foam tape from Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit.

7. To create hanger, cut strip of burlap to desired length; tie into bow. Adhere burlap to cardboard back.

Tip

  • Rolling papers into cones is a simple task when you use a Xyron Teresa Collins Stapler.

by Cari Locken for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Pumpkin Welcome Sign

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Heavy sweaters, hot cocoa, and pumpkins from the garden are all signs that fall is here! Paint this festive pumpkin sign to welcome friends and celebrate this fun season.

Materials

  • Wooden items: plaque, 6-3/4”x15-1/2”; plywood or basswood, 1/8” thick, 6”x12”
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Antique White, Pumpkin, Poppy Orange, Black Green, Green Sea
  • Fall color silk leaves, two stems
  • Raffia
  • Black craft wire, 19-gauge, 25” length
  • Branch, 3/4” diameter, 24” length

Tools

  • Scroll saw
  • Drill with 1/8” bit
  • Wire cutter
  • Paintbrushes: flat; liner; shader, small, large
  • Checkerboard stencil, 1/4” and 1/2” squares
  • Sponge scrap
  • Brown antiquing gel
  • Satin varnish
  • Crackle medium
  • Wood glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, transfer paper, sandpaper, paper towel, old toothbrush, ruler, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Size

6-3/4”x15-1/2” (not including hanger)

Pumpkin Welcome Sign

1. Print and cut patterns along dashed lines. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print.) Transfer two pumpkins, two leaves, and outline of sign to plywood or basswood; cut shapes from wood. Sand all rough edges; remove dust with damp paper towel.

2. Drill holes in pumpkins and oval (sign) where indicated by “X” on patterns. Use Figure 1 as guide to drill holes in plaque.

3. Use flat brush to basecoat all surfaces of the following: pumpkins Pumpkin; plaque, sign, and leaves Black Green. Apply crackle medium to front and sides of plaque; set aside.

4. For pumpkins, use large shader brush double loaded with Pumpkin and Poppy Orange to shade sections. Paint stems Black Green. Use 1/4” square stencil and sponge to checker leaves with Green Sea. Use liner brush and Antique White to paint dots and broken lines/stitch marks on stems and leaves, close to edges. Use toothbrush and Black Green to lightly spatter pumpkins.

5. For sign, use 1/2” square stencil and sponge to checker sign with Green Sea. Transfer lettering to sign; use small shader brush and Antique White to paint letters. Use liner brush and Pumpkin to outline right edges and add dots to letters. Use liner brush and Antique White to paint broken lines/stitch marks on sign, close to edges.

6. For plaque, use flat brush and Antique White to paint over crackle medium. (Note: Use long strokes and paint each area only once for best results.)

7. Following manufacturer’s instructions, apply one coat antiquing gel to plaque and shapes. (Note: For a lighter antiqued look, apply one coat varnish before applying antiquing gel.) Apply one coat varnish to plaque and shapes.

8. (Note: Use photo as assembly guide.) Adhere leaves to pumpkins. To attach pumpkins and sign to plaque, cut 18, 10” lengths from raffia. Holding six lengths together, insert raffia into left hole in shape; thread through left front hole in sign. (Note: For easier threading, tape raffia ends together tightly; tape can be cut off after threading.) Insert raffia through remaining hole in back of sign and shape; tie bow in front to secure.

9. For hanger, cut two 4” lengths, two 6” lengths, and three 2-1/2” lengths from craft wire. Fold each 6” length in half and insert ends through holes in top of plaque from back to front, leaving 1” loops in back of plaque. Bend loops up so they are flat against plaque; wrap wire ends around loop to secure.

10. To attach branch, insert each 4” length through loop; wrap wire around branch and twist ends to secure. To attach leaves, hold stem against branch; wrap remaining wire around branch to secure.

Tips

  • Use pre-cut wooden pumpkins instead of cutting your own with a scroll saw.
  • For a year ‘round “Welcome” sign, make different embellishments to replace the pumpkins, such as turkeys, Christmas trees, hearts, shamrocks, bunnies, flags, etc.

by Linda Lover

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)

Fall Thank You Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Make everyday paper-and-embellishment collections look more seasonal by adding custom die-cut shapes in the colors you want to highlight.

Materials

  • Cardstock: white, dark blue, orange, rust, brown
  • Anna Griffin Gabbie by Maude Asbury Collection 6”x6” Cardstock Paper Pad
  • Anna Griffin Gabbie by Maude Asbury Collection Stickers: 3D Art Stickers, 3D Title Stickers
  • We R Memory Keepers Aqua Baker’s Twine
  • Jute twine

Tools

  • Provo Craft Cricut Cutting System and Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons Cartridge
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, foam squares

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, detail scissors, ruler, pencil, stapler and staples

Directions

STEP 1

Make 6”x6” white side-fold card. Cut 6” dark blue cardstock square; adhere to card front.

STEP 2

Cut 5-3/4” floral paper square; adhere to card front.

STEP 3

Cut 5” ledger paper square and 5-1/4” aqua tone-on-tone paper square. Layer and adhere squares together. Cut 5”x1” green oval paper strip; adhere to top of ledger paper square.

STEP 4

Following manufacturer’s instructions, cut three fall leaves and/or branches from orange, rust, and brown cardstock. Adhere die cuts in upper left corner of ledger paper panel. Tie twine into bow around panel as shown.

STEP 5

Adhere dimensional flower sticker to leaves using foam squares.

STEP 6

Detail cut flower and leaf motif from patterned paper and adhere to bottom right corner of ledger paper panel.

STEP 7

Loop baker’s twine through small dimensional tag sticker. Adhere sticker to panel as shown using foam squares. Staple twine to panel as shown.

STEP 8

Adhere panel to card with foam squares.

Tip

  • If you don’t own an electronic cutting system, substitute silk leaves for the die cuts.

by Aly Dosdall for Anna Griffin (www.annagriffin.com)

Fall Banner

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Welcome fall with a festive banner made using Die-namics dies and richly colored cardstock from My Favorite Things.

Materials

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Hot Fudge, Sour Apple, Kraft, Tangy Orange
  • My Favorite Things Sour Apple Buttons, seven
  • My Favorite Things Hemp Cord
  • Green glitter cardstock
  • Paper: corrugated, patterned
  • Heavy jute cord (for hanging)

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Jumbo Fishtail Flags STAX, 1/4″ Rosette, High-Rise Alphabet, Lisa Johnson Designs Fall Foliage, Mix & Match Banners, Open Simply Scallops Trio, Mini Doily Circles, Circle STAX
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo Ink Pad
  • Scor-Pal Scor-Pal Scoring Board
  • Adhesives: tape runner, foam tape, glue gun and sticks, Scor-Pal Scor-Tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, sponge dauber

Directions

Size

32″x4-1/2”

Fall Banner

(Note: Use photos as guides throughout.)

1. For each pennant, die cut largest Jumbo Fishtail Flag STAX die from corrugated paper, next smaller die from Hot Fudge cardstock, and next smaller die from patterned paper. Die cut smallest Open Simply Scallops Trio die and Mini Doily Circle die from corrugated paper. Die cut fourth smallest die from Circle STAX large set from scrap paper. Die cut two 1/4″ Rosettes from contrasting patterned paper.

2. Die cut letters to spell FALL from green glitter cardstock using High-Rise Alphabet dies.

3. Die cut seven Mix & Match Banners pennants from corrugated paper.

4. Die cut two each of three leaves from Lisa Johnson Designs Fall Foliage die set.

5. Sponge edges of die cuts with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, except Hot Fudge cardstock layer and scrap circles.

6. Trim 1/4″ from long edge of both 1/4″ Rosette die cuts and accordion fold on scored lines.

7. Continue until both strips are folded.

8. Apply two pieces of Scor-Tape to both ends of one strip.

9. Adhere two strips together, overlapping ends. (Note: Strips should now form circle.)

10. Flatten circle and apply heavy bead of hot glue around center opening, approximately 1/2″ from center.

11. Working quickly, adhere scrap circle over hot glue, keeping it centered and smooth. Allow glue to set and cool completely.

12. When set, flip medallion over and apply hot glue in same manner to front, approximately 1/4″ from center.

13. Working quickly, adhere Mini Doily Circle die cut to center of medallion and smooth with fingers.

14. To assemble pennant, adhere patterned paper, Hot Fudge cardstock, and corrugated layers together with tape runner. Trim Open Simply Scallops Trio die cut to width of largest Jumbo Fishtail Flag STAX layer and adhere with foam tape. Adhere medallion to pennant with hot glue. Repeat for all six pennants.

15. Score leaves through center and shape with fingers. Using photo as guide, arrange two sets of leaves and adhere together with hot glue; tie hemp cord into bow around stems. Adhere one set to each outer pennant. Adhere letters to four inner pennants with foam tape. Tie buttons with hemp cord and adhere to Mix & Match Banners. Arrange in correct order, starting with small pennant, then alternating large and small.

16. Flip banner over, face down, maintaining correct order.

17. Make 1″ loop from heavy jute cord and secure with tape; apply heavy bead of hot glue to back of first mini pennant.

 

18. Quickly adhere jute cord in hot glue; allow to set and cool.

19. Run heavy bead of hot glue on first large pennant and quickly adhere jute cord. Leave approximately 1/4″ between pennants to allow for draping when hanging.

20. Adhere jute cord to rest of pennants in same manner until complete.

Tip

  • If score lines on 1/4″ Rosette die cuts are not deep enough, try shimming with a sheet of cardstock.

by Barbara Anders for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.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

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)

Vintage Button Wire Napkin Rings

The cool, crisp touches of autumn have begun creeping into the air over the last few weeks and I realize it’s that time of year where I need to start making plans for my annual Thanksgiving crafts and ideas. It’s time to start thinking about which fall crafts I will do for my home, which I will do with my children, which I will do with a group of friends. Is this the year I will finally plan some actual Thanksgiving Day crafts…and if so, which easy Thanksgiving craft can I come up with to keep the kids busy while I baste the turkey, brown the bread, and bake the pies?

Well, this year I thought I was well ahead of schedule because I had decided to make some beautiful wire napkin rings as part of my holiday table décor. Sometimes just taking the time to make ONE new item to grace the holiday table is more important that cramming too much into this already busy holiday time. Today, I would like to share with you my idea that could easily be included in your handmade holiday Thanksgiving ideas list. With just the basic jewelry tools and a few great supplies, you too can add a touch of the unique to your holiday décor with this quick and easy Thanksgiving craft!

Vintage Button Wire Napkin Ring

size: approx. 1-1/2” diameter

Whether using true vintage buttons with family memories attached or fabulous replicas like those shown here, these gorgeous napkin rings will lend a touch of nostalgia and charm to any tablescape.

Materials

  • Pure copper wire, 14-gauge,  12” length (for each ring)
  • Beadalon Gunmetal Artistic Wire, 20-gauge
  • Buttons Galore & More Gold Vintage Button with Shank Back
  • Connie Crystal Round Bead, 6mm, two (for each ring)

Tools

  • Heavy-duty wire cutters
  • Beadalon: Wire Snips, Round-Nose Pliers, Chain-Nose Pliers
  • Midas Black/Brown Patina
  • Wooden dowel, 1-1/2” diameter (or mandrel)
  • Hot glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

ruler

Directions

1. Cut 12” length of copper wire. Wrap around around wooden dowel three times. Remove from dowel and dip wire into diluted Black/Brown Patina following manufacturer’s instructions. Let dry.

2. Once wire ring is fully dried, thread gold vintage button onto center of middle wrap. Use hot glue to attach button to ring.

3. Use round-nose pliers to turn ends of wire into small curls at each end.

4. Use wire snips to cut  two 3” lengths of Gunmetal wire. Thread one round crystal onto center of wire. Wrap one end of wire just below top curl at end of wire ring. Wrap three times above and three times below crystal; use wire snips to trim ends. Use chain-nose pliers to press ends of wire against wire ring. Repeat with second length of wire on opposite end of napkin ring.

5. Repeat Steps 1-4 for each additional napkin ring needed.

Keri Lee Sereika (www.pinklemonade.typepad.com)