Vintage Bumblebee Earrings

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Fusing glass is so easy when you use Diamond Tech’s line of Fuseworks tools! Create these vintage-looking earrings to celebrate the last days of summer!

Materials

  • Diamond Tech: Fuseworks Bug-A-Boos Fuse Art Decals, Opalescent White 90 COE Fusing Glass
  • Delphi Glass Gold Plated Round Cabochon Mini Links (85435), two
  • White oven-bake polymer clay, small amount
  • Gold findings, two each: headpins, earring wires

Tools

  • Diamond Tech Fuseworks Glass Cutter, Kiln Paper, Kiln; Studio Pro Running Pliers
  • Pliers: chain-nose, round-nose
  • Wire cutters
  • Acrylic paints: gold, black
  • Microwave oven
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
  • Eclectic Products E6000 Industrial Strength Adhesive

Basic Supplies

ruler, soft cloth, oven mitts, craft knife, damp paper towel, scissors, container of water, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Size

3″

Earrings

1. To cut white glass, position on flat cutting surface with smooth side facing up. Starting on edge of glass and holding cutter firmly in one hand, push cutter gently and evenly across glass. Decrease pressure slightly as you reach the opposite edge of the glass; lift cutter off glass at end. Hold glass in one hand, with score facing up. With other hand, center score line in jaws of running pliers about 1/2” onto glass surface. Apply pressure to handles until glass separates into two pieces. Cut four 3/8”x3/8” squares from white glass. Clean and dry with soft cloth.

2. Cut 2”x2” from kiln paper to fit base of kiln. Place paper on kiln base. Arrange two 3/8” glass squares on top of kiln paper about 1/2” apart. Place another square on top of base square at 90º angle so corners of top square hang over sides of base square. Carefully place kiln base with glass on center of microwave oven. Place lid on top of base.

3. To achieve full fuse, microwave on high for 2-1/2 minutes. (Note: Every microwave oven and kiln will vary. If using a microwave with a lower wattage, keep the time consistent but increase the power.) When microwave time has expired, use oven mitts to carefully open lid. If glass is not fused to your liking, return kiln lid to base and place in microwave for 30 second intervals until fused. (Note: Glass is VERY hot. Be extremely careful and never touch the glass.)

4. When desired results have been achieved, use oven mitts to remove kiln from microwave oven. Set kiln on heat resistant work surface and let cool for 30-45 minutes. (Note: Do not leave the lid off the kiln for an extended period of time during this stage. Removing the lid may cause your glass to crack.)

5. While glass is cooling, create two mini beehives by rolling 1/2” balls of clay into cone shapes. Use craft knife to carve three horizontal lines around each cone. Insert headpin  through bottom center of each cone. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake beehives on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven. Let cool.

6. Once fused glass from kiln has cooled, remove fiber paper from back of glass by rubbing surface with damp paper towel.

7. Use scissors to cut out two bumblebee decals. Cut tiny slits around edges of each decal to help set on rounded surface. Place decals in container of water for 30 seconds. Slide backing paper off decal and set on cooled glass. (Note: The decal should slide off backing paper easily. If it doesn’t, let soak in container of water for 10-15 more seconds.) Use paper towel to pat moisture from decal and glass. Smooth out air bubbles with fingertip. Let dry thoroughly before firing.

8. Cut 2”x2” from kiln paper and place on base of kiln. Place two pieces of glass on top of kiln paper. Carefully place kiln in microwave oven. Follow fusing guide on decal packaging for best results when fusing decals. Use oven mitts to carefully open kiln lid after time has expired. If white residue appears on decal, return kiln lid to base and place in microwave for 30 second intervals until white residue disappears. (Note: Never touch the glass. Glass is VERY hot.) Let glass completely cool for 30-45 minutes before removing from kiln.

9. On covered work surface, paint each beehive gold. Let dry. Lightly paint with (1:1) mixture of black paint and water. Let dry for about 10 minutes. Drybrush beehives gold. Let dry.

10. Adhere each fused glass piece to front of cabochon link using glue. Let set.

11. Use chain-nose pliers to bend wire end on headpin in beehive to 90º angle. Grasp headpin with round-nose pliers and pull wire up and over top of round-nose pliers to form full loop. Cut excess wire off looped end on headpin using wire cutters. Open loop and attach onto bottom link on cabochon; close loop to secure. Attach earring wire to top link on cabochon. Repeat process for other earring.

by Lauren DiSanza for Diamond Tech (www.diamondtechcrafts.com)

Apple Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

The warm colors, doily accents, and blanket stitching make this pillow the perfect accent decoration for fall. And just so your apples are not all in one basket, stitch an extra pillow for that special friend.

Materials

  • Cotton fabric prints, 45” wide: black, neutral, 1⁄8 yard each
  • Cotton fabric solids, 45″ wide: tan, 3⁄8 yard; red, 1⁄8 yard; brown, scrap (for stems)
  • Cotton fabric stripes, 45″ wide: neutral, 1⁄8 yard; tan and black, 1-1⁄2”x6” (for bowl)
  • Fabric and crochet lace doilies, 4”, two; 6”
  • Black piping, 1-1⁄2 yards
  • Black pearl cotton #8
  • Off-white flat-backed buttons, 1⁄2” diameter, four
  • Pillow form, 12” square

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Embroidery needle
  • Iron, pressing cloth, and pressing surface
  • Lightweight iron-on adhesive
  • Tea bags, saucepan, air soluble marker (optional)

Basic Supplies

scissors, washer, old towel, pencil

Directions

Pillow

(Note: Sew with right sides facing using 1/4” seam allowances.)

1. Wash and dry fabrics. (Note: For small pieces, it is best to wash by hand and air dry to prevent tangling.) Press fabrics.

2. If desired, tea dye doilies for a vintage look. To tea dye, fill saucepan half full with water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat; add one or two tea bags for each cup of water used. (Note: The more tea used, the darker the final color.) Let tea bags steep for 15 minutes; remove tea bags and stir. Place doilies into tea, stirring fabric occasionally. Check every five minutes until desired color is achieved. Remove fabric from tea; squeeze out excess liquid. Line dry or place in dryer with old towel (to absorb the tea). Press doilies. Wipe out dryer before drying other items.

3. For center panel, cut a 6”x8-1⁄2” rectangle from tan fabric and a 3”x8-1⁄2” rectangle from black fabric; set aside tan rectangle. Use Fig. 1 as guide to pin 6” doily to right side of black rectangle. Trim doily even with top edge of rectangle. Use off-white thread to sew doily to rectangle.

Figure 1

4. For appliqués, print pattern twice. Set one pattern aside to use for placement in Step 6. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Trace outlines of patterns onto paper side of iron-on adhesive. (Note: To trace pattern in reverse, tape pattern to window during daylight hours, right side of pattern facing window.) Position adhesive over pattern and trace. Cut out appliqués just outside traced lines; remove paper backing.

5. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse iron-on appliqués to wrong sides of following fabrics: apples to red; stems to brown scrap; bowl to tan striped. Cut out appliqués on traced lines.

6. Using photo and pattern as guide, position appliqués on right side of center panel and pin in place as follows: apples; stems; bowl. (Note: Dotted lines on patterns show where a pattern piece is overlapped by another piece.) When pleased with arrangement, use iron and pressing cloth to fuse appliqués to center panel.

7. With black pearl cotton, blanket stitch around outside edges of apples, stem, and bowl. In addition, blanket stitch between fabric and crocheted sections of doily. Sew buttons to apples as indicated by “x” on pattern.

8. Sew black print center panel to bottom of tan center panel with right sides facing using 1⁄4” seams. Press seams outward away from center panel.

9. For border, cut two 2-1⁄2”x8-1⁄2” strips from neutral print and two from neutral striped fabric. For corners, cut four 2-1⁄2” squares from black print.

10. Sew one striped border strip to left side and one to right side of center. Sew corner blocks to ends of remaining border strips. Sew assembled corners/borders to top and bottom of center panel.

11. Using photo as guide, pin doilies to corner blocks. (Note: Outer edges of doilies will extend over edges of pillow front.) Trim doilies even with edges of pillow front. Sew doilies to pillow front using matching thread. With black floss, blanket stitch around center fabric edge of each doily. (Note: Stitches should point toward center of pillow.)

12. Beginning and ending in a bottom corner, sew piping around pillow front, 1⁄4” from edge. Clip piping seam at corners as you work to round edges.

13. For pillow back, cut a 12=1⁄2” square from remaining tan fabric. With right sides facing, sew pillow front to pillow back along piping seams, leaving a 10” opening at bottom. Trim corners; turn right side out. Insert pillow form into opening; hand sew opening closed.

Tip

  • To ensure even stitches when blanket stitching, use an air-soluble marker to draw stitches before stitching.

by Mary Ayres

Stacked Clay Pots Centerpiece

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

It looks like wood and expensive paint, but the secret to this eye-catching centerpiece is everyday clay pots and acrylic paint.

Materials

  • Clay items: bowl, 8″; pot, 4″; saucer, 6″
  • Wooden beads, 30 to 35 each: round, 3⁄4″, 3⁄8″, 1⁄4″; oblong, 3⁄4″
  • Wooden items: hearts, 1″, eight; wheels, 1⁄2″, eight; knobs, 1″, two; buttons or discs, 1″, two

Tools

  • Acrylic or outdoor paints: burgundy, black
  • Spray sealer
  • String or heavy thread
  • Damp sponge or cloth
  • Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

paintbrush, newpaper (to cover work surface), damp sponge or cloth

Directions

STEP 1

Turn saucer upside down; adhere pot to saucer and bowl to pot. Let dry overnight.

STEP 2

String beads as follows: large, medium, small, oblong, small, medium; adhere strand to bowl edge. For seam between bowl and pot, string all large beads; adhere in place. For seam between pot and saucer, string medium, small, oblong, small beads; adhere in place.

STEP 3

For handles, adhere buttons/discs to sides of bowl; adhere knobs to buttons. Adhere evenly-spaced hearts under beads between bowl and pot. Adhere wheels to hearts.

STEP 4

On covered work surface, paint centerpiece burgundy; let dry. For antique look, paint small sections black and quickly wipe with damp sponge or cloth. Apply sealer.

by Kirsten Peters McGrath for iLoveToCreate

Give Us This Day

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Cross-stitch this beautiful design as a daily reminder to give thanks for the blessings we have received from God’s bounty.

Materials

  • DMC White 28-count Evenweave, 13” x 13”
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • French Knot: 1 strand wrapped twice
  • Straight Stitch: 1 strand

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate Finished Size: 6-5/8”x6-3/4”; stitch count: 94 w x 95 h

Give Us This Day

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 fabric over two threads.

3. Frame as desired.

by Kathleen Hurley

Dog & Cat Treat Mix Jars

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Surprise a pet lover with these adorable treat mix jars. Fill with their pets’ favorite treats or the ingredients to whip up a batch of homemade munchies.

Materials

  • Recycled quart jar
  • Burlap, 1/4 yd.
  • Wooden tags, 1-1/4”x2-3/8”
  • National Nonwovens Wool Felt: Brown Sugar, Country Red, Beige, Buttercream, White, Grass Skirt, Orange
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Country Red, Olive Green, Admiral Blue, Snow White, Spa Blue
  • DMC Six-Strand Embroidery Floss: Ultra Dark Beige Gray (3790), Black (310), Light Parrot Green (907), Very Dark Salmon (347), Ecru
  • Ribbon, 7/8”, 1/2 yd.

Tools

  • DecoArt Duraclear Varnish
  • Alphabet rubber stamps, 1/2”
  • Black pigment ink
  • Embroidery needle
  • The Warm Co. Lite Steam-a-Seam
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, paintbrush, sanding block, iron and pressing board

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 4-1/2”x8” rectangle from burlap to fit around jar. Fringe long ends.

STEP 2

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse wool felt to fusible webbing with iron. Print and cut out patterns from fused felt. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print patterns.) For dogs, cut head from Brown Sugar or White, muzzle from Beige or White, nose from Brown Sugar, and collar from Grass Skirt or Red. For cat, cut head from Buttercream, and nose and ears from Orange. Fuse patterns to center of jute rectangles, using photos as placement guide.

STEP 3

Use Black, Beige or Ecru floss to blanket stitch edges of heads, muzzles and ears. Blanket stitch dog collars with green or red. For eyes, use Black floss to make French knots. Use Black floss to backstitch noses and whiskers. Apply glue to back of burlap and wrap around jar, securing at back.

STEP 4

Paint jar lids Country Red, Spa Blue or Olive Green. Dry brush Spa Blue lid and Olive Green lid Admiral Blue. When dry, apply varnish. Paint wooden tags Snow White or Spa Blue.

STEP 5

Stamp treat name on tag. Thread 12” ribbon length through tag and tie around jar. Fill jar with treats. Replace lid.

Tip

  • Search the internet for tasty and nutritious homemade pet treat recipes.

by Melony Bradley

Grandma Tribute

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Grandma is probably one of your most favorite people. Stitch this tribute to her for Grandparents’ Day or just because you love her.

Materials

  • Zwiegart Antique White 28-count Lugana, 15”x12”
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stich Count

Approximate Finished Size: 8-5/8”x4-5/8”; Stitch Count: 122 w x 84 h

Grandma Tribute

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 fabric over two threads.

3. Frame as desired.

by Bennie Harman

Wool Felt Pie Carrier

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Mmmmm! You’ve just baked one of your luscious homemade pies and need to transport it to a special event. Your dessert will be a stand-out when you deliver it in style in this colorful, eye-catching pie carrier.

Materials

  • Wool felt: bright pink, 3/8 yd.; black, 3/8 yd.; light brown, turquoise, light gold, med. gold and white scraps
  • Brown flat buttons, 9/16”, six
  • Six-strand embroidery floss: bright blue, two skeins; black

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, straight pins, pencil, transfer paper

Directions

Size

12-1/2”

Pie Carrier

(Note:  Put a few dabs of glue under felt pieces to temporarily adhere them to felt circles in place of pins, if desired. Use three strands of floss for all embroidery.)

1. Print and cut out patterns. Cut: 12-1/2” circle and six 1”x3” strips from pink felt; two 12-1/2” circles and one half of 12-1/2” circle from black felt; top of pie shape from brown felt, cutting out slits; bottom of pie shape from white felt; “PIE” lettering from light gold felt; 3/8”x10-3/4” strip (pie crust) from medium gold felt; seven 1/2”x2-3/4” strips from turquoise felt.

2. For top of carrier, pin or adhere black half circle to pink circle with round edges even. Use photo as guide to pin or adhere white and brown pie pieces, and lettering to top of carrier.

3. Use blue floss to blanket stitch around outside edges of pie, including slits in top, and over straight edge of black circle. Stem stitch around “PIE” letters close to edges.

4. Pin or adhere turquoise strips across white pie shape with center strip straight and outside strips angled outward. Trim ends of turquoise strips even with white edges of pie. Pin or glue gold crust strip across top of white pie shape, covering cut edges.

5. Use black floss to single feather stitch over gold crust strip, and blue floss to straight stitch through center of turquoise strips.

6. Transfer “homemade” centered above pie. Use black floss to stem stitch letters.

7. Pin pink and both black circles together with front side of pink circle facing out. (Note: There will be three layers: one pink and two black.)  Use blue floss to blanket stitch around edges of circles to join them, leaving 14” opening at bottom. (Note: Center opening under “PIE” letters.) Blanket stitch over open edge of top of carrier separately; blanket stitch open edges of both bottom pieces of carrier together.

8. For buttonholes, cut 1/2” slits in pink strips, 1/2” from one end. Stack strips together in pairs with slits lined up. Use blue floss to blanket stitch over edges of strip pairs to join them.

9. Wrap embroidered strips over edge of carrier, centered under “PIE”, and on both sides of pie. Use blue floss to sew buttons to strips on bottom of carrier to attach them with buttonhole on opposite end. Sew buttons to top of carrier, matching them up with buttons on bottom. (Note: Do not sew buttons through strips on top.)

10. Insert pie into carrier. Wrap pink strips over edge of carrier and button strips.

by Mary Ayres

Lemonade Mix Gift Jar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

What could be better than a refreshing glass of lemonade in the scorching heat of summer? Present this lemonade gift jar as the perfect hostess gift at your next summer get-together.

Materials

  • Ball Wide Mouth Quart Jar with lid
  • Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze Indoor/Outdoor Spray Paint
  • Cardstock: white, dark yellow, glossy light yellow
  • Alphabet stickers, aqua, 1”
  • Yellow twill tape, 1/2”, 24” length
  • Powdered lemonade mix

Tools

  • Alphabet rubber stamps
  • Clearsnap Colorbox Paintbox Chalk Ocean Breeze
  • Punches: scalloped oval, 2-1/2”x3-1/2”; hole punch, 1/4”
  • Sponge dauber
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, foam dots

Basic Supplies

scissors, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Separate lid rim and seal. Spray paint both items, letting dry between coats.

STEP 2

Spray lower section of clean jar with paint, letting paint mist above that section. Let dry.

STEP 3

Adhere stickers to spell “lemonade mix” between painted area and clear glass.

STEP 4

For “lemon slice”, cut 1-1/2” circle from dark yellow cardstock; cut in half. Cut four small light yellow triangles to fit inside half circle as shown in photo; ink edges Yellow Citrus. Using foam dots, adhere triangles onto half circle, creating a faux lemon slice.

STEP 5

Punch one scalloped oval each from white and dark yellow cardstock; ink edges Yellow Citrus. Stamp words “Pucker Up” on one oval and mix instructions on remaining oval in desired colors. Punch hole at top of each oval.

STEP 6

Thread twill tape through tag holes and tie around lid. Fill jar with lemonade mix.

by Roxi Phillips for Krylon

Cross-stitch Kitty Napkin

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

A kitty in a teacup? What a charming idea! Cross-stitch this simple and quick design onto a napkin to add a little something special to your next tea with friends.

Materials

  • Ivory 14-count Aida cloth napkin
  • DMC Six-Strand Embroidery floss

Tools

  • Tapestry needle, #24

Stitch Type

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

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

  • Approximate finished size is 2”x2”; Stitch Count 29 w x 28 h

Napkin

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. Count up 10 stitches diagonally from one corner of napkin. Use two strands of floss to stitch design on chart.

3. Backstitch stems on cup with one strand 3345. Work all other backstitch and French knots with one strand 310.

by Lois Winston

Bingo Markers Watchband

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

B-I-N-G-O! You’ll be the big winner after making this fun bracelet-watch from antique-looking, wooden bingo markers.

Materials

  • Watch base
  • Wooden bingo call markers, eight
  • Beads: red E, 10; silver small crimp, six
  • Beading cable, size .015, 20” length
  • Silver chain, 2” length
  • Magnetic ball clasp

Tools

  • Wire cutters
  • Crimping tool
  • Drill with 1⁄16” bit

Basic Supplies

sandpaper, tack cloth

Directions

STEP 1

Drill hole through each marker. Sand and wipe dust with tack cloth.

STEP 2

Cut cable length in half; thread two crimp beads onto one length. Insert end through loop on watch base, then back through crimp beads in opposite direction. See Figure 1. Use crimping tool to crimp beads, leaving 1” wire tail.

Figure 1

STEP 3

Thread one E bead between each four markers onto cable, starting and ending with E bead. Thread cable through silver-chain end link and one half of magnetic clasp. Thread crimp bead onto cable; crimp bead and trim excess cable.

STEP 4

Repeat steps to make other half of watchband on remaining cable length.

by Barbara Matthiessen