Secret Garden Necklace

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

The soft glistening tones of rose Czech faceted crystals create a sweet, feminine necklace that’s sure to land you plenty of compliments!

Materials

  • Rich, earthy color linen or nylon thread, 2-1/4 yd.
  • Fire Mountain Gems Rose Czech faceted crystals, 10mm
  • Vintage baubles: antique skeleton keys, faceted glass, faux pearls
  • Small millinery bloom (from antique hat) or silk craft flower
  • Vintage button (for closure)
  • Antique brass metal headpins, 24-gauge, 4-6
  • Silk ribbon, scrap

Tools

  • Mini crochet hook, size 8
  • Pliers: chain-nose, round-nose, wire-cutting
  • Fray Check solution
  • Fabric glue or clear nail polish

Basic Supplies

scissors, yardstick

Directions

STEP 1

Leaving thread attached to spool, chain stitch approximately 15 and make loop large enough for vintage button to fit through for clasp. Chain 2.

STEP 2

Stretch the last chain stitch out approximately one yard, keeping stitch intact, and clip end from spool. Leave a small tail of thread, and just under the chain stitched loop, tie two knots around the previous two chain stitches. Apply a dab of fabric glue or clear nail polish to knots. Let dry. At end of one yard length, snip thread, creating two lengths onto which you will knot crystals.

STEP 3

Slide one crystal onto thread and tie two knots; repeat with all beads until necklace is desired length. Tie two extra knots after attaching final crystal.

STEP 4

Attach vintage button by passing both threads through button hole, and tie thread off underneath. Snip thread close to knots and apply dab of fabric glue or clear nail polish.

STEP 5

Gather vintage bits and baubles, and small silk millinery flower. Attach beads and pearls to center point of necklace using headpins and pliers.

STEP 6

Use headpin to attach vintage bead or crystal to silk flower by passing through the middle hole and wire wrapping to necklace. Tie a wisp of silk ribbon behind flower to give it a bit of vintage sweetness and create dimension. Apply Fray Check to ribbon ends.

by Maryellen Kim

Cupcake Dreams

Cupcakes have just the right balance between fluffy, sweet frosting and cake. I’m not a big cake person, but cupcakes piled high with frosting are great in my book. Cupcakes also look pretty, so they look great regardless of whether they are edible or if they are faux cupcakes for decorating or wearing.

My cupcakes are sized according to their purpose, big ones for decorating and tiny ones for earrings. They’re all made from AMACO Cloud Clay which is light and yet very robust when dry.

You will need:

  • AMACO Cloud Clay in white and colors you can mix to make the colors you need. Or, buy a packet of white and color it with acrylic paints (think DecoArt Americana or Plaid FolkArt) or alcohol inks (think Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks).
  • Scissors
  • Non-stick work surface
  • Acrylic roller
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents (optional)
  • Findings: headpins, jump rings, earring wires, cell phone charm attachment, key-ring attachment
  • Jewelry tools

Mix the white clay with the color. If you’re using colored clays, you only need the smallest bit of color to mix with the white to get dreamy pastels. If you’re using paint or ink, start with small amounts and add more if you need it. To mix the clay, add the colored clay, paint, or ink, and fold the colored bits into the white clay. Pull apart, fold over, and repeat. It only takes about 20 folds and pulls to mix the color; it’s simple to do.

Now shape your cupcake. For the big one, I used an individual silicone cupcake mold and filled it with the Cloud Clay (once the clay is a bit dry you can easily remove the mold to complete drying). For little cupcakes, just roll into a small cylinder and add dents around the edge by pressing the edge of a credit card into the clay. Set aside to dry a little while you mix the color for the icing.

For the big cupcake, I mixed a heap of colored Cloud Clay for the icing. Pull it into long strips and you’ll see it begins to take on a texture. I just placed one end on the cupcake base and started winding and building it up so it looks like piled-up icing.

For the little cupcakes, you need a much smaller amount of clay. Roll it into a long thin snake and curl it for the icing. Tuck the end of the clay back into the icing to finish.

Make a strawberry shape – basically a large teardrop – from red clay. As it dries, press small dents into it with a toothpick for its seeds. Add a small green leafy top and push it into the icing so it dries in place.

The tiny cupcakes just need a small ball of red clay and a green leaf if desired.

The large cupcake, when dry, is a fun decorative piece. The smaller ones can become cell phone charms and key-ring charms if you add the appropriate hardware. The teeny tiny ones are great earrings – I like to cover these mini cupcakes with a coat of Glossy Accents to protect them and give them a sheen.

by Helen Bradley (www.craftinggoodness.com)

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

Dad’s Day T-shirt

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Kids will have as much fun making this special Father’s Day gift as they will enjoy the giant hug from Dad when he receives it.

Materials

  • Cotton T-shirt in appropriate size
  • Fabric paints in choice of color(s)

Tools

  • T-shirt transfer paper, 2 sheets
  • Shirtboard, cookie sheet, or newspaper

Basic Supplies

scissors, paintbrush, paper plate (for palette), iron and pressing surface, computer with printer 

Directions

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s directions to print and iron the following on one sheet of transfer paper for front of shirt: “Of course my kids don’t walk all over me. . .” Use remaining sheet of transfer paper to print and iron the following for back of shirt: “They just have me in the palms of their hands!”

STEP 2

To make the front of the shirt, place shirt board, cookie sheet, or newspaper inside T-shirt. Pour puddle of paint on palette. Have child sit in chair and paint bottom of foot and toes, spreading paint evenly. Repeat same for other foot. Help child place feet onto T-shirt; press across top of toes and feet for full impression. Lift child off shirt and wash feet immediately. Repeat same for each child, changing paint color for each child. Let dry completely.

STEP 3

To make the back of the shirt, pour puddle of paint on palette. Paint palm of hands, spreading paint evenly. Place child’s hands onto T-shirt and press firmly for full impression. Lift child’s hands off shirt and wash hands immediately. Repeat same for each child, changing paint color for each child. Allow paint to dry 24 hours.

STEP 4

Follow manufacturer’s directions to let paint cure before washing.

Tip

  • Turn this shirt into a keepsake by adding each child’s name next to their hand prints and the date to the bottom of the shirt.

by Alessa Giampaolo Keener

Baseball Pedestal

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

  

Does Dad have an autographed baseball he treasures from years ago? Use Krylon paint, a candlestick, and some vintage baseball paper to create a pedestal to showcase his special memento.

Materials

  • Wooden candlestick, 9” tall
  • Wooden 6” square, 1/8” thick
  • Vintage baseball paper
  • Black Rub-on alphabet letters
  • Black electrical tape
  • Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Spray Paint: Flat Ruddy Brown, Gloss Black
  • Krylon Short Cuts Gloss Red Pepper Brush-on Paint

Tools

  • Handsaw
  • Découpage medium
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, paintbrush, sandpaper, soft cloth, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

(Note: Allow paint to dry before applying next color.)

step 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to spray paint candlestick Ruddy Brown.

step 2

Using photo as guide, paint candlestick cup top and bottom edge, top edge of center section, and base Red Pepper.

step 3

To create bat handle grip, wrap electrical tape around upper portion of center candlestick section as shown in photo.

step 4

Cut 2” corner from wooden square (home plate). Sand rough edge; wipe with soft cloth. Spray paint entire square Black; let dry.

step 5

Trace home plate on back of vintage baseball paper. Draw line 1/8” inside tracing line; cut on inside line. Apply rub-on letters to paper edge to spell “home” as shown. Adhere baseball paper to home plate using découpage medium; let dry.

step 6

Adhere candlestick to center of home plate.

by Colette George for Krylon (www.krylon.com)

Earring and Necklace Holder

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Easily locate jewelry at a glance while avoiding the hassles of lost earrings or tangled necklaces. Both kids and adults can create this quick-and simple holder to beautifully display and organize their jewelry.

Materials

  • Three yellow jumbo craft sticks
  • Black plastic screen, 4-3⁄4” x 5-3⁄8”
  • Heart-shaped brads, six
  • Wire, 24-gauge
  • Yellow satin ribbon, 1/4″ wide, 24″ length

Tools

  • Drill or hand drill with 5⁄64” bit
  • Wire cutters
  • Transparent tape

Basic Supplies

pencil, scissors, ruler, old magazine

Directions

STEP 1

For top craft sticks, use pencil to make a mark 3⁄4” from each end of two craft sticks, 3⁄8” from one long edge. Place sticks on top of magazine and drill holes through mark. (Note: Adult supervision is needed when using a drill.) For bottom craft stick, use pencil to make a mark 1-3⁄16”, 2-1⁄4”, 3-11⁄16”, and 5” on remaining craft stick, 1⁄4” from one long edge; drill holes.

STEP 2

For necklace holders, wrap an 1⁄8” section of wire around shanks of four brads just behind heart. (Note: This allows space between brad and craft stick in order to hang necklaces.) Center screen to back of bottom craft stick, covering holes. Push brads through front of craft stick and screen; open brads to secure in place.

STEP 3

Center screen to back of one top craft stick, covering holes; tape in place. Align remaining top craft stick, so screen is sandwiched between and holes are aligned. Push brads through holes; do not open brads at this time. Tie ribbon ends into a 2” wide bow with 2” long tails; cut ends at a slant. See photo. Place ribbon between brads and adjust so bow and loop meet as hanger. Open brads to secure in place.

by Barb Chauncey

Tackle Box

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Paint a tackle box for Dad or Grandpa as a special Father’s Day gift. They’ll be proud to bring it along on their next fishing trip!

Materials

  • Wooden box with handle, approx. 4”x6-1⁄2”x10”
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Pine Green, Black, Light Ivory, Burnt Sienna, Latte, Antique Rose, Autumn Brown, Trail Tan

Tools

  • Royal & Langnickel Golden Taklon Paintbrushes: Angular Shader, Series 160, 1⁄2”; Shader, Series 150, #4-12; Liner, Series 595, #2; stylus
  • Delta Ceramcoat Matte Sealer
  • Black extra-fine-tip permanent marker

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, sandpaper, damp cloth, newspaper (to cover work surface), transfer paper

Directions

STEP 1

Basecoat box Latte; shade edges Autumn Brown. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Transfer outlines only to box.

STEP 2

Paint the following: fish Pine Green; stars and top bobber halves Light Ivory; remaining bobber areas Burnt Sienna; lettering Pine Green.

STEP 3

Shade fish Black, Light Ivory half of bobbers Trail Tan, and lettering Black. Brush fish with mixture of Pine Green and Light Ivory, leaving darker green around edge of fish. Add Trail Tan to mixture to shade lower portion of fish as shown. Add Antique Rose and Light Ivory highlights to fish belly and along bottom of tail. Highlight Light Ivory around outside edge of fish. Add Light Ivory highlight dots along belly using stylus.

STEP 4

Transfer remaining details. Use marker to trace details. Add Light Ivory highlight dots to fishes’ eyes. Add Light Ivory details to lettering. Highlight Light Ivory around outside edge of lettering. Where letters overlap, add water to paint to mute highlight. Lightly spatter box surface with Black paint.

STEP 5

For “distressed” look, lightly sand box edges; wipe with damp cloth. Apply sealer.

by Cheryl Seslar

Fishing Fund Jar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Make saving pennies fun for your favorite fisherman! Stickers with a fishing theme make decorating quick and easy. Add a few pennies and give to Dad for Father’s Day!

Materials

  • Ball: Wide Mouth Quart Mason Jar, Gold Wide Mouth Jar Band
  • Wooden items: rectangle tags, 1-1⁄2”x2-1⁄2”, two; rectangle, 1⁄2”x1”
  • Paper: stripe, coordinating parchment
  • Dimensional stickers: fishing gear, fishing sentiment
  • Artistic Wire Permanent Colored Wire: Black, 18-gauge, 27” length

Tools

  • DecoArt Oak Gel Stain
  • 3M Scotch Craft Stick Permanent Adhesive Glue Stick

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, ruler, paper towel, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Apply stain to tags and jar band; wipe excess with paper towel and let dry. Cut 4”x12-1⁄4” parchment paper strip; adhere around jar. Cut 3-1⁄2”x12” striped paper strip; center and adhere to parchment strip.

STEP 2

Using photo as guide, attach dimensional fishing gear stickers to jar. Adhere fishing sentiment to small rectangle; adhere rectangle to jar as shown. Adhere additional fishing gear stickers to tags.

STEP 3

Curl wire around pencil, leaving 3” straight at both ends. Wrap wire around jar neck; twist ends together. Thread tags onto wire ends; twist to secure. Screw band onto jar.

by Cindy Groom-Harry and the CMC Staff

Dramatic Waves Stitched Bracelet

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Explore a different method of creating jewelry with a peyote stitch. Follow this simple tutorial to create this beautiful Dramatic Waves Stitched Bracelet!

Materials

  • Assorted beads of choice (Designer used amethyst glass spacer beads, 2 pkgs.; lavender glass flowers and petals.)
  • Nylon-based beading thread
  • Toggle clasp

Tools

  • Beading needle, size 10 or 12
  • Bead dish, fleece square, or terry cloth towel
  • Thread conditioner or beeswax

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Pour small amount of beads in dish. Thread needle with 30” length of doubled thread. Condition thread.

STEP 2

To begin peyote stitch, pick up bead on needle and slide to end of thread, leaving 5” length. Pass needle back through bead. (Note: This bead will act as a stopper to prevent the following beads from falling off. The extra loop will be removed and tail woven into beadwork later.)

STEP 3

See Figure 1. String 7-1⁄2” length of beads, using an even number. Stitch through jump ring on one half of toggle clasp. Pick up bead on needle and pass needle through second-to-last bead added in base row; pull thread through. Pick up another bead, skip a bead, pass through next bead.

Figure 1

STEP 4

Continue to add beads to end of row. (Note: As beads are added, new beads will nestle between first-row beads. See Figures 2 and 3.)

Figure 2

Figurie 3

 STEP 5

At end of row, stitch through jump ring on remaining side of toggle clasp. (Note: Be sure to stitch through toggle-clasp jump ring to anchor it to beadwork at end of each row.)

STEP 6

Pick up a bead and stitch back along row. Continue rows in same way until bracelet is desired width. When finished, remove stopper bead and thread needle with original thread. Weave length through beadwork to anchor; cut excess.

STEP 7

To add dimension to bracelet, create “arches” as follows. Weave thread approximately 1” down row of choice. Add beads to fill 2” to 2-1⁄2” length of thread. Move thread across bracelet to determine look; anchor arch by passing thread through spot of choice, then continue with peyote stitch. Weave thread through arch length and across width of bracelet several times to secure.

Tip

To start or end thread, weave length through beads in several directions to anchor. If ending, cut excess. If starting, be sure to come up with needle at same spot where previous thread ended.

by Linda Musante

Bunting Flag Necklace

Recently my friend, Ann Butler, sent me these fun stamps from her new stamp line “Faux Quilting” from Unity Stamps. I love to stamp on fabric and decided they would be perfect for creating patterns on scrap pieces I found in my stash.

I gathered some fabric, a new stabilizer I am trying out called Phoomph for Fabric from Coats and Clark, some Staz-on ink, and an iron.

The stamps are available in a variety of patterns. I used the 1” stamps “Diamonds and Plaid” and “Leaves All Over.” To stamp, simply mount the stamps on an acrylic block. Apply Staz-on ink and stamp onto fabric several times.

Once I started stamping, I got the idea to create a bunting flag necklace. So I stamped onto the fabric several times. Keep the stamped images close together so that you will have plenty of room to cut out triangle shapes for the bunting flags.

Phoomph is very easy to use. Simply peel the top layer of paper away and apply to the wrong side of the fabric. Phoomph is a double-sided adhesive fabric stabilizer. I used it for the necklace to give the bunting flags more body since I was creating a necklace. I left the back side of the paper on. Make yourself a simple bunting flag template by cutting out a simple triangle shape from a scrap piece of cardstock, cardboard, etc. I used the Phoomph packaging.

Use the template to trace and cut out several bunting flags.

To finish the edges, use a sewing machine and thread to sew a straight stitch on the edges. Sew directly through the fabric, stabilizer and paper on the back. I used black thread for contrast. Use a heavy-duty hole punch to punch two holes for stringing on the edges of the bunting flags.

Decide how long you want your bunting flag necklace to be. Cut a length of black satin cord and string on bunting flags by inserting one end through the right hole on the flag and working front to back, then back to front. Once I got my bunting flags strung on the cording, I decided that they needed to be a little heavier so they would stay in place while being worn on a necklace. I glued pennies to the back of each one using tacky glue.

To complete the bunting flag necklace stamped with Ann Butler’s Unity Stamps, attach a looped finding on the end of the satin cording.

Live Life Creatively,

 

 

 

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