Snow Bunnies

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Usher in the New Year with a fun new project! Cross-stitch these adorable snow bunnies to give your home décor a wintry touch.

Materials

  • DMC 14-count Pale Blue Aida
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Basic Supplies

scissors

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • French Knot: 2 strands (wrapped 2 times)

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Size: 8”x8-5/8”; stitch count: 113 w x 122 h

Snow Bunnies

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. Stitched design centered on fabric.

3. Backstitch weeds using one strand DMC 435 Brown, Vy. Lt. and eyes using one strand DMC 310 Black. For all other backstitching, use DMC 3371 Black Brown.

4. Complete French Knots with two strands wrapped two times using DMC White for eyes and DMC 221 Shell Pink, Vy. Dk. for berries.

5. Finish as desired.

by Pamela Kellogg

Winter Wonderland Necklace

With the chill of winter descending across the northern hemisphere, what could be more appropriate than wearing some shimmery snowflake jewelry!

This sparkly piece combines so many of the things I love to make jewelry with: crystals, filigrees, and leather. Including leather in your jewelry designs is a great way to increase your jewelry making repertoire – it gives your jewelry a really individual look and it’s such a hot trend right now. Using a die-cutting machine makes easy work of cutting out the circles of leather but if you don’t have access to one, use a hole punch and piece of cardstock to make a template and then trace and cut out your circles.

The Winter Wonderland necklace uses a silver Metallic Leather Trim piece but a silver leather Bracelet Blank will also work. Or why not substitute Silver Creek Leather’s Gold or Gunmetal bracelet blanks for a different look? Combined with all that Swarovski sparkle, you will shimmer all through the winter.

Silver Creek Leather bracelet blanks and Metallic Leather Trim pieces are available at Hobby Lobby.

Materials

  • Silver Creek Leather Metallic Leather Trim piece in Silver; or Silver Bracelet Blank
  • Silver filigree circles, 33mm, two
  • Bohemian gold filigree circle, 33mm
  • Silver snowflake charms, 16mm, two
  • Gold snowflake charms, 16mm, nine
  • Faceted AB crystal teardrop, 9x6mm
  • Swarovski Elements Crystal Flatbacks: 4mm, 18; 5mm, three
  • Silver eyelets, 5mm, four
  • Gold curb chain, 8x4mm, 7″ length
  • Gold jump rings: 6mm, 34; 8mm; 4mm
  • Gold findings: ball headpin, lobster clasp

Tools

  • Die-cutting machine and 1″ circle die or hole punch and scrap of cardstock
  • Pliers: round-nose, flat-nose, chain-nose
  • Flush cutters
  • Button shank remover
  • ScraPerfect Embellie Gellie Tool
  • Eyelet setting kit with 1/8” hole punch and hammer
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives 527 Glue, Swarovski Elements Create Your Style Crystal Glue Pen 

Basic Supplies

  • toothpick, permanent marker, scissors, ruler

Step 1

Place leather bracelet blank over circle die and cut out five circles. If using hole punch, punch circle in cardstock and use as template to trace and cut out five circles.

Step 2

Working on one filigree at a time, use toothpick to apply thin layer of Beacon 527 adhesive to within 3/16” of edge. Place leather circle on center of filigree and press down firmly.  Repeat with two remaining filigrees.

Step 3

Cut loop off two silver snowflakes and one gold snowflake with button shank remover.  Use Beacon 527 adhesive to attach two silver snowflakes to leather of silver filigree and gold snowflake to center of leather on gold filigree.

Step 4

Working on one snowflake piece at a time, pick up 6mm flatback crystal with Embellie Gellie tool; apply small dot of Crystal Glue to back.

Place between snowflake and edge of leather. Place six crystals evenly around each of three snowflakes.

Step 5

Place gold filigree and silver filigree back to back, align holes, and join together with jump ring. Connect with second jump ring approximately 3/8″ away from first jump ring. Place second silver filigree against gold one, back to back. Measure approximately 1/2″ around filigrees from last jump ring; connect together with jump rings.

It should form “V”-shape like this.

Step 6

Attach three jump rings together and hook one end onto loop of snowflake and other end to silver filigree, referring to photo for placement. Repeat on other side of necklace.

Step 7

Place mark on back of two remaining leather circles approximately 1/4″ from edge. Find opposite side of each circle and place another mark. Position hole punch over center of mark; punch it with hammer. Repeat on all holes.

Place eyelet in hole from front of leather and place it face down on mat. Place setting tool into tube of eyelet; tap it lightly a few times with hammer to set.

Step 8

Open jump ring and hook through eyelet.

Link two more jump rings together; attach them through jump ring in leather circle. Attach other end onto snowflake charm on end of necklace. Repeat on other side of necklace.

Step 9

Connect three snowflakes together with three jump rings between each one to form chain. Attach chain of three jump rings to last snowflake. Hook end jump ring into second eyelet hole of leather circle. Repeat on other side of necklace.

Step 10

Separate chain into two equal lengths. Open end link of each chain and attach to loop of snowflake at each end of necklace. Attach lobster clasp to other end of one chain and 8mm jump ring to other chain.

Step 11

String teardrop on headpin and create wrapped loop. Open 4mm jump ring, attach to bottom of gold filigree and to loop of teardrop before closing.

by Myléne Hillam for Silver Creek Leather (www.silvercreekleather.com)

Great Finds Friday: STAEDTLER® Triplus® Color Fibre-Tip Pens

Welcome to another Great Finds Friday, Crafters! Today, I’m going to show you four ways to use Triplus Color Fibre-Tip Pens from STAEDTLER. These versatile markers are a perfect tool for stampers, card-makers, and scrapbookers, as well as for kids and fine artists. The brilliant, environmentally friendly, water-based ink is ideal for watercolor techniques, detail work, and coloring larger areas. Unique Dry Safe technology ensures that the markers will not dry up, even if left uncapped for days. In a home where kids frequently help themselves to mom’s craft supplies, that means added peace of mind. Here are some recent holiday tags I made using cardstock, stamps, and Triplus Color Fibre-Tip Pens.

Outline + watercolor: For the Deck the Halls Wreath Tag, I used dark gray dye ink to stamp the wreath and sentiment onto cream cardstock. I stamped the top portion of the wreath again onto cream cardstock. Using the Triplus markers, I outlined the leaves in green, both bows in red, and the sentiment in red. I dotted each leaf with two additional shades of green. I dotted the berries red. Using a water-barrel brush, I blended the color directly on the cardstock, drawing the ink from the edges to the center of each section. For the sentiment, I simply ran the tip of the brush along the outline to create a soft watercolor effect. After letting the images dry, I detail cut the second bow and adhered it to the main image using two small foam dots. Finally I adhered the cream tag to a larger kraft tag and added borders using a ruler and the green marker I used to outline the leaves.

Stamp + detail: For the Silhouette Tree Tag, I colored the silhouette stamp with an aqua marker, huffed on the stamp to moisten the ink, and then stamped onto cream cardstock. I hand drew the outline using the same marker, then added a dot border.

Watercolor background: For the Warm Winter Wishes Tag, I scribbled small puddles of three different colors – soft gray, purple, blue – onto a non-stick craft sheet. Using a water-barrel brush, I picked up the soft gray ink and applied it in random strokes over the center of the cream cardstock tag. Next, I picked up and applied blue ink around the outer edges, leaving a bit of gray visible in the center. Finally, I picked up and applied purple ink around the blue. I used dark gray dye ink to stamp the sentiment and snowflakes, and highlighted the snowflakes with Ranger Stickles Icicle Glitter Glue.

Watercolor color lift: For the Season’s Greetings Tag, I wanted a more vintage effect, so I used dark gray dye ink to stamp the bells image and sentiment onto kraft cardstock. I detailed the bands on the bells with a bit of red marker (center of bell on left, top and bottom of bell on right). Next, I scribbled small puddles of gold, red, and green marker onto a non-stick craft sheet. Using a water-barrel brush, I picked up each color and applied it to the image. I quickly blotted the image with a paper towel to prevent the color from spreading and to “lift” some of the vibrant pigment in order to create a worn look. I repeated this process for the sentiment.

The first thing you’ll notice about these markers is the nifty, triangular shape. The easy-to-hold shape means no hand fatigue when you’re doing a lot of coloring. Triplus Color Fibre-Tip Pens are particularly good for little hands, too, and the water-based, natural inks wash easily from hands and most clothing. I’m a big believer in giving kids the opportunity to use great supplies to create their own art, and these kid-friendly features make it easy to let them explore their creativity.

The markers are available individually or in sets of 10 or 20 shades, and the box doubles as a helpful stand, keeping markers at your fingertips when your creative muse calls. I know I’ll be creating more tags this weekend. What will you create?

 

Until next time, happy crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Craft Ideas Online Editor (www.craftideas.com)

Quilted Mini Zipper Bag In the Hoop

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Never fear zippers again! Create this fast-and-easy quilted mini zippered bag in the embroidery hoop using a FREE download from Five Star Fonts Embroidery. Fill the case with cash for a cute stocking stuffer, small candies, sweetener packs, USB drives, ear buds, etc. With added hardware, it makes a super cute key chain, too.

Materials

  • 100% cotton fabric, 5”x5”: multi dot (front and back), three; green/white dot (lining)
  • The Warm Co. Warm & Natural 100% Cotton Batting, 2-1/2”x5”, two
  • Sulky Tear-Easy Lightweight Tearaway Stabilizer
  • Grosgrain ribbon, red or coordinating color, 5/8”x2” (optional)
  • Polyester or nylon zipper with plastic teeth, 7” (or longer), red or coordinating color
  • Coordinating embroidery thread
  • Swivel clip, 3/4”

Tools

  • Embroidery Machine
  • Five Star Fonts Embroidery FREE Mini Zipper Bag In the Hoop Design (FREE download)
  • Needle and thread (optional)
  • Adhesives: Therm O Web Heat N Bond Ultrabond, Sulky KK2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive

Basic Supplies

sharp scissors, cellophane tape, iron and pressing surface, bamboo skewer

Directions

STEP 1

Hoop tearaway stabilizer and run color 1, which stitches outline of the design along with center section for zipper placement. Remove hoop from machine when color 1 finishes.

STEP 2

Place closed zipper RIGHT SIDE UP in center of embroidery hoop using center section as placement guide. (Note: Do not use a zipper with metal teeth. Zipper is cut off during this project so longer zipper can be used.) Zipper will fit perfectly inside placement stitches. IMPORTANT – Be sure zipper tab is at top of hoop and zipper stop is at bottom. Center zipper length in the hoop so zipper tab and zipper stop are both well outside outline of design. Tape zipper at top, center, and bottom as shown with flower pins.

STEP 3

Place hoop on machine and run color 2, which tacks zipper to stabilizer. Remove hoop when color 2 finishes and remove tape from center of zipper. Be careful when removing tape so zipper tack down stitches are not disturbed.

STEP 4

Fold two front 5”x5” multi dot fabric pieces in half with WRONG sides together so they measure 2-1/2”x5”. Press to form crease. Lightly spray one side of each 2-1/2”x5” cotton batting piece and place inside each folded fabric piece, butting the edge of batting up to the crease of the fabric. Smooth with fingers to adhere batting to fabric to create fabric/batting sandwiches.

STEP 5

Place fabric batting sandwiches in the hoop so creased edges are lined up at zipper teeth and centered over design. Tape in place at top and bottom (outside design area); place tape in center as shown by pins.

STEP 6

Place hoop on machine and run color 3, which stitches the front fabrics to the zipper. Run color 4, which quilts the front with a wave quilting stitch. Remove hoop when color 4 finishes.

STEP 7

IMPORTANT – Remove any tape at top of hoop, covering zipper. Grasp zipper pull and gently unzip zipper until zipper tab is in center of design as shown.

STEP 8

If key chain hardware is not being added, skip to Step 9 now. To add optional ribbon loop and swivel clip, slip clip through ribbon; fold ribbon with WRONG sides together. Place raw edges of ribbon at TOP of design, centered over zipper. Raw edges of ribbon should extend 1/2” OUTSIDE top stitch line of design as shown. Tape both ribbon and clip in place so it doesn’t slip. (Note: A split ring or D-ring may be used in place of the slip clip if desired.)

STEP 9

Still working on front of hoop, place 5”x5” back fabric in the hoop RIGHT SIDE DOWN so it is centered and covers design outline. Place hoop on machine and run color 5 which stitches the back fabric in place. Remove hoop when color 5 finishes.

STEP 10

Turn hoop over so you are looking at back of hoop. Place 5”x5” lining fabric on back of hoop RIGHT SIDE DOWN so it covers design. Tape at all four corners to secure.

STEP 11

Turn hoop to front and place hoop on machine; run final color 6 which stitches all around the design, leaving an opening for turning. Remove hoop from machine and unhoop design. Carefully pull away all stabilizer from around design. Turn hoop over so lining fabric is on top and unsewn section is visible, which is the turn opening. Scissors in photo point to unsewn area.

STEP 12

Using sharp scissors, trim all around design following stitch line, leaving about 1/4” allowance outside seam line. Take care when cutting through zipper. At unsewn area (turn opening), cut fabric “out” about 1/2” as shown with scissor points.

STEP 13

Turn design inside out through the opening. To turn inside out, reach inside turn opening, grasp unquilted side (lining fabric), and gently pull. Design should easily pull through opening. Once turned inside out, use poking tool (such as a bamboo skewer) to nicely round corners. Scissors point to the turn opening.

STEP 14

Turn design over so zipper is on top. Gently remove all stabilizer from design. Flip open fabric extensions at turn area and trim batting close to stitching to alleviate bulk at turn opening area. (Note: There should be four fabric extensions.) Flip front and back extensions out of way and trim away only the two extensions in between front and back. Trim close to stitching as shown, taking care not to cut into front or back fabric extensions.

STEP 15

To finish turn area, use the following method for a no-sew finish. Turn design over so lining side is on top. Cut small piece of Heat N Bond Ultra slightly smaller than fabric extension; iron onto extension as shown in photo. Allow to cool, then peel off Heat N Bond paper strip. Slip two fabric extensions inside turn opening so they are even with outline of design. Press the turn area to adhere Heat N Bond. Press around all seams of case to ensure design lays flat and has a nice smooth look. (Note: Another method of finishing the turn area is to whipstitch area closed with needle and thread.)

STEP 16

Turn design over so zipper side is visible. Reach inside open section of zipper, grab zipper pull, and unzip case all the way as shown.

STEP 17

Flip design right side out through zipper opening as shown. Poke out corners again if necessary. Remove tape from hardware. Press entire bag (see tip).

Tip

  • Pressing is one of the most important steps in the outcome of your in the hoop projects. Don’t skip pressing! Be careful when pressing zipper area – the teeth will melt!

by Five Star Fonts Embroidery (www.fivestarfonts.com)

Embellished Ribbon Tote

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

An everyday canvas tote embellished with ribbon and lace makes a great gift or dolls up a book or beach tote. Other ornamentals such as flowers or buttons can be added for additional charm.

Materials

  • Canvas tote
  • Velvet ribbon
  • Lace
  • Coordinating all-purpose thread
  • Rhinestone button or flowers (optional)

Tools

  • VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine

Basic Supplies

scissors, tape measure, iron and pressing surface, straight pins, needle

Directions

STEP 1

Measure width of the tote from edge to edge; add one inch to measurement. Cut one length of each trim (lace and ribbon) from these measurements.

STEP 2

Fold under 1/2″ on each raw edge of trim to the wrong side. Press.

STEP 3

Position lace 1 inch from top edge of tote, pinning in place to secure.

STEP 4

Position ribbon on top of lace, centering horizontally; pin in place to secure.

STEP 5

Insert appropriate needle into VIVO™ Create & Repair machine for fabric to be sewn.

STEP 6

Set machine for straight stitch.

STEP 7

Thread top of machine and bobbin with all-purpose thread in color that matches or blends as closely as possible to color of lace.

STEP 8

Carefully stitch along edge on all four sides of velvet ribbon. Be sure to remove pins as you sew. (Note: The more slowly you sew the more control you have guiding the fabric while stitching.) The presser foot will help guide the fabric evenly while stitching.

STEP 9

Backstitch at beginning and end of 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. )

STEP 10

Remove tote from machine. Trim thread tails.

STEP 11

For added embellishments, hand-sew rhinestone button or flowers in place.

Tip

  • If trying to choose between two colors of thread, opt for the darker color which will usually blend in better than a lighter color.

by Singer (www.singerco.com)

Machine Embroidery Gift Card Holder

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Give gift cards a personal touch this holiday season. Create this fast-and-easy gift card holder using the FREE In the Hoop Gift Card Holder design from Five Star Fonts Embroidery. For your FREE download, visit www.fivestarfonts.com.

Materials

  • Cotton fabric scraps: red (package), green (bow), white (back of gift card holder)
  • Mid-weight vinyl, 4”x4”
  • Stablizers: heavy-weight cutaway, Sulky Fabri-Solvy Water Soluble
  • Embroidery thread: red, green
  • Red grosgrain ribbon, 1/4” wide, 2” length

Tools

  • Embroidery machine
  • Five Star Fonts Embroidery FREE In The Hoop Gift Card Holder Embroidery Design (FREE download at www.fivestarfonts.com)
  • Appliqué scissors
  • Sulky KK2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, cellophane tape, iron and pressing surface, cotton swab

Directions

size

4″x4″

Gift Card Holder

(Note: Be sure to wind embroidery thread on bobbin to match top thread (green and red) since you will be able to see the back of the design.)

1. Hoop wash-away stabilizer and place hoop on machine. Run color 1 which outlines the package portion of the design.

2. Lightly spray back of fabric with Sulky KK2000. Place fabric on top of design outline with RIGHT SIDE UP, ensuring it completely covers the stitched outline. Place hoop on machine and run color 2, which tacks package fabric to stabilizer. Remove hoop when color 2 finishes. Using appliqué scissors, carefully trim around outline of design, close to stitches.

3. Place hoop on machine and run color 3, which stitches the bow outline to show bow fabric placement. Lightly spray wrong side of bow fabric; place in hoop RIGHT SIDE UP. Run color 4, which tacks it down. Remove hoop and carefully trim all around bow outline, trimming close to stitches.

4. Place hoop back on machine and run color 5 which finishes the stitches around the bow fabric. Remove hoop from machine when color 5 finishes. Fold 2” ribbon length in half with wrong sides together and press to form crease. Turn hoop to the back and place ribbon loop centered over placement line. Raw edges of ribbon should extend about 1/4” inside placement line as shown. Tape ribbon in place.

5. Lightly spray back of heavy cutaway stabilizer with spray adhesive; place on back of hoop, ensuring it covers the design. Lightly spray wrong side of white fabric with spray adhesive and place it RIGHT SIDE UP on back of hoop, covering heavy cutaway stabilizer as shown.

6. TURN hoop to front and place hoop on machine. Run color 6, which tacks ribbon in place and also stitches stabilizer/fabric to stabilizer. Remove hoop when color 6 finishes. Turn hoop to back. Using appliqué scissors, trim both fabric and stabilizer close to stitches as shown. Take care not to cut into ribbon located at top of package.

7. Place hoop on machine and run color 7 (red thread), which stitches finishing stitches around the package. Run color 8 (green thread), which stitches finishing stitches around the bow. Remove hoop from machine when color 8 finishes. Turn hoop to the back and place edge of vinyl on back of design so the edge lines up with the top of the stitches on the package as shown in photo. Tape vinyl in place. (Note: Tape vinyl on the sides of the design, well outside the design area.)

8. Turn hoop to front and place hoop on machine. Run final color 9 (red thread), which stitches vinyl in place. Remove hoop from machine when color 9 finishes. Turn hoop over so back of hoop is visible. Carefully trim the vinyl close to the stitches as shown.

9. Unhoop design and trim wash-away stabilizer as close to stitches as possible without cutting into stitches. Use a cotton swab moistened in warm water and dab gently around edges to remove excess stabilizer close to stitches.

Tip

  • Attach your gift card holder to the tree or tie it on a present.

for Five Star Fonts (www.fivestarfonts.com)

Machine-Embroidered Embossed Monogram Coasters

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create beautiful and useful coasters using an embroidery machine and Five Star Fonts Embroidery Elegant Embossed Monogram Coasters Design set. Perfect for holiday hostess gifts and stocking stuffers.

Materials (for one coaster)

  • Black 100% cotton fabric, 5”x5”, four
  • Cotton batting, 5”x5”
  • Lightweight vinyl, 5”x5”
  • Cutaway embroidery stabilizer, to fit your embroidery hoop
  • Silver embroidery thread

Tools

  • Embroidery Machine
  • Five Star Fonts Embroidery Elegant Embossed Monogram Coasters In the Hoop Embroidery Design Set
  • Appliqué scissors
  • Therm O Web Heat N Bond Ultrabond
  • Sulky KK2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, pen or pencil, ruler, bamboo skewer, masking tape, pressing cloth, iron and pressing surface

Directions

Size

4″x4″

Embossed Monogram Coasters

(Note: Materials and instructions are for one coaster.)

1. Hoop stabilizer in embroidery hoop. Place hoop on machine and run color 1 which outlines coaster and stitches placement lines that will be used later in the construction. When color 1 finishes, remove hoop from machine and using pen and ruler, extend placement marks onto stabilizer as shown.

2. Lightly spray back of cotton batting with Sulky KK2000 temporary adhesive spray. Place batting in hoop with sticky side down; smooth with fingers to adhere batting to hoop. Place hoop on machine and run color 2 which tacks batting to stabilizer. Remove hoop when color 2 finishes and trim batting close to stitches using appliqué scissors as shown.

3. Lightly spray wrong side of one 5”x5” fabric piece. Place fabric in hoop, centered over batting square. Smooth fabric with fingers to adhere to batting.

4. Place hoop on machine and run color 3 which tacks coaster fabric to stabilizer. Run color 4 which stitches the embossed monogram letter. Remove hoop from machine when color 4 finishes.

5. Turn hoop to the back and place 5”x5” vinyl over outline of coaster; tape in place. On back of hoop, place 5”x5” cotton fabric centered over vinyl and tape in place.

6. Turn hoop back to the front. Fold two 5”x5” pieces of fabric in half with wrong sides together; press to form crease. (Note: The two pieces now measure 2-1/2”x5”.) Using placement marks on stabilizer, line up the creased edge of one back piece to the RIGHT side placement marks as shown with pins. Tape in center of design.

7. Place second folded 2-1/2”x5” fabric piece into hoop, lining up the creased edge with the placement lines on LEFT side of hoop. This piece of fabric will slightly overlap the first piece. Tape in center and over top and bottom pieces where fabrics overlap (as shown by pins). This will ensure presser foot doesn’t catch on overlapped pieces.

8. Place hoop on machine and run color 5 which stitches the back pieces to the front. Remove hoop from machine when color 5 finishes. Turn hoop to back and carefully trim away all excess fabric and vinyl from back of hoop.

9. Unhoop design. Using sharp scissors, carefully trim all around coaster outline, leaving about 1/4” seam allowance. Turn coaster right side out through flaps on back.

10. Use blunt end of bamboo skewer to poke out corners so they are smooth.

11. Turn coaster to back. Cut 1/2”x3-7/8” strip of Heat N Bond Ultra to seal opening on back of coaster.

12. With rough side facing up, place Heat N Bond strip on back of coaster just inside the opening of the back pieces. (Note: To avoid melting the vinyl inside the coaster, use a press cloth when pressing.) Press opening to adhere the Heat N Bond strip; allow to cool. When cool, carefully remove paper backing.

13. Turn coaster to front. Use press cloth to press coaster again. The back of the coaster should now be sealed. Press coaster around edges to ensure seams are flat.

by Five Star Fonts Embroidery (www.fivestarfonts.com)

Great Finds Friday: Chic Home Dec, Fab Tools from FloraCraft®

Welcome to another Great Finds Friday, Crafters! Today, I’m going to share three exciting new creative options from FloraCraft®, makers of Make It: Fun® Foam. You’ll also get a chance to win a $50 FloraCraft® gift card, plus an opportunity to earn another $50 if a project you create with your prize gets published!

First, we have to take a look at the new three-piece Make It: Fun® Foam Tools set. I love craft tools, gadgets, etc., because I know great ones will make my creative process easier and more enjoyable. That gets me crafting more often, which is always good. This new tool kit includes three handy plastic tools for creating new shapes and textures out of craft foam. The Rasp has a rough side for gently smoothing the foam’s finish, rounding rough edges, and smoothing out cut marks. The easy-to-grip, serrated Knife smoothly cuts through foam. The Tuck & Scribe tool has a rounded end to etch patterns into foam, and a pointed end that is designed for tucking fabric pieces, felt, or ribbons into foam to create an all-over fabric finish without pins or glue. The tools are kid-friendly, too, and have a suggested retail value of $3.99 for the set of three. I think these would make ideal party favors at a crafty girls-night-in event!

One of my favorite new FloraCraft® products is the Design It:® LED Light Strand. You can add it to your dried and silk floral arrangements, even submerse it in a water-filled fresh arrangement. Place your completed floral design in a dark corner of your home to provide a soft light, or use it to bring a festive glow to the dinner table at holiday or everyday gatherings. These lights would be gorgeous entwined in evening reception table arrangements, too. Everything looks better by candlelight, and these tiny, sparkling, battery-operated lights give you that effect. Imagine them peeking out through pine boughs decorating your holiday mantle or bannister; because they have attached battery packs, finding a conveniently placed outlet is never a problem!  And battery packs can be refilled when needed for long-time use. The 34-1/2”-long LED Light Strand contains 15 warm white lights perfect for topiaries, plants, floral arrangements, and water-filled vases. Suggested retail price is $5.99. FloraCraft® also offers Design It:® LED Lighted Branches, not shown, as another creative illumination option; they retail for $7.99. You can learn more on the FloraCraft® website.

Design It:® SimpleStyle® Decorative Mesh from FloraCraft® bends easily and holds its shape, making it perfect for creating wreaths, bows, garlands, and other dimensional accents for home or special events. Metallic strands woven throughout provide extra sparkle to anything you drape, wrap, or tie with Decorative Mesh. Tie bows around chair backs for a festive event venue, loop and pin one or more colors together on a foam wreath form, or add mesh to wall hangings and gift packages. Crafts ‘n things Weekly featured this darling mesh-topped Gift Box Topiary in the October 9th issue; simply cover foam cubes with decorative paper and top with Decorative Mesh curls and bows for instant Christmas WOW! Decorative Mesh is available in 6” and 10” widths on 10-yard spools in the colors shown below. Suggested retail price is $6.99 and $7.99 respectively.

Remember to visit the www.makeitfuncrafts.com website for craft projects and the www.designitflowers.com website for floral arranging how-tos from the talented design teams at FloraCraft®, and learn more about the rest of their expanded product line. You’ll also find hundreds of easy, creative project ideas for decorating your home, gifting, entertaining, and engaging your kids in non-electronic fun.

For your chance to WIN the $50 FloraCraft® gift card, first register right now on the Crafts ‘n things  website so you don’t miss future issues of Crafts ‘n things Weekly and the Craft of the Day projects. Both are free to you, even if you haven’t subscribed to the magazine yet – and we’d love to have you as a subscriber. Next, leave a comment here telling me your favorite craft idea for holiday gift-giving. I’d love to hear from you! And be sure to LIKE Crafts ‘n things and FloraCraft on Facebook to get current news, tips, and even more great craft ideas at your fingertips.

One additional winner will win a mini prize pack of the Foam Tools, one LED Light Strand, and one roll of Decorative Mesh.

Both winners will be announced on our blog and our Facebook page on Friday, November 8th! Good luck and happy crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff (www.craftsnthings.com)

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

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)