Mini-Light Lanterns

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Slip these little lantern covers over ordinary mini-lights – they’re quick-to-make, inexpensive, and can be customized to fit any occasion!


  • Mini-light strand
  • Pastel vellum, assorted colors


  • Hot glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler



Cut 2-1/2”x4” rectangle from paper for each light bulb. Fold in half to measure 1-1/4”x4”. Cut evenly spaced slits, 1/4” to 1/2” apart, along folded edge, stopping 1/8” from open edge (See Fig. 1).


Open rectangle. Use hot glue gun to glue short edges together, forming cylinder.


Cut small strip for handle. Adhere one handle end inside upper lantern edge. Position lantern over light bulb and adhere remaining handle in place.

Other Options

  • Try ultra-thin metal sheets for more durable outdoor lanterns.
  • Seasonal options might include: alternating red and green lanterns; orange pumpkins with green handles and black triangle eyes; red, white, and blue lanterns with streaming ribbons. Get creative!

by Rebecca Ortinau

Ruby Rock-It Carnival Queen Giveaway

Recently, I was given the opportunity to try out some products from an Australian company called Ruby Rock-It. In addition to papers and stickers, they have a fantastic variety of embellishments – all sorts of paper and fabric die cuts, pockets, printed cards and stitched paper garlands – that made it hard to decide which to try first.

Ruby Rock-It is sponsoring a giveaway where one lucky Crafts ‘n things blog reader can win their new Carnival Queen line. I think you will love all of the fun images that are incorporated into these products as much as I do.

Who doesn’t love a carnival or fair? Between all the rides, games, and interesting exhibits, not to mention the seemingly endless variety of tempting things to eat, there is usually something to make everyone happy. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite thing to do, see, or eat at a carnival by Monday, May 6, 2013. Winners will be announced here on May 7th.

My favorite carnival treat would have to be cotton candy. (We were at a festival in Maine last summer where I tried a version made from maple sugar and it was completely addictive).

I thought it would be fun to use this line to create a party set. These products could easily be adapted to all sorts of parties or showers, and they are versatile enough to be used on baby- or girl-themed projects too. (If you are looking for a similar line with bolder colors, check out the Ruby Rock-It Carnival King collection.)

The embellished picks come in several different varieties and I used them as-is to decorate cupcakes – doesn’t get much easier than that. They would also be adorable on the front of a card or gift bag.

Every single piece in the collection has wonderful detail. The ticket stubs in the background are included in the die-cut pack.

The popcorn bags were really easy to create using double-sided scrapbook papers and a box template. The hardest part was deciding which embellishments to add.

An easy party favor is a cellophane bag filled with candy or other treats and topped with paper. Staple the bag closed, apply double-sided tape to the paper and fold in half over the bag. I used foam adhesive under the die-cut embellishments to add more dimension.

This is a recycled tin that was covered with paper and decorated to become fun gift packaging.

It really doesn’t take long to add a few special touches that can have a big impact on your celebration. Let us know if you give some of these ideas a try.


Happy Crafting!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (

Disclaimer: Please be assured that no cupcakes were wasted in the creation of this blog post.


Pot O’ Gold Party Favor

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


You don’t have to be Irish to have a St. Patrick’s Day party. This party favor is so quick and easy that even a last-minute party planner will have enough time to make dozens. You may not have the rainbow, but you can give your guests their own pots of gold!


  • Clay pot, 1-1⁄2” diameter
  • Wooden hearts: 1⁄16” thick, 7⁄8” across, three
  • Green craft-foam, scrap
  • Acrylic paints: green, white
  • Gold glitter paint
  • Gold foil-covered candies, enough to fill pot


  • Matte acrylic spray sealer
  • Black fine-point permanent marker
  • Tracing paper
  • Glue gun and sticks or thick craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, sandpaper, paper towel, paper plate (for palette), household sponge scrap, paintbrush



2-1/2″ tall


1. Basecoat all surfaces of clay pot white. Lightly sand heart edges as needed; wipe dust with paper towel. Paint wooden hearts green.

2. Cut a 5⁄8” square from sponge; sponge paint a green square every 5⁄8” around rim of pot. (Note: There will be six green squares, and six white spaces between squares, around rim.) Lightly sponge pot below rim with green. Spray all painted items with one coat of sealer.

3. Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Transfer one stem onto green craft foam. Cut out stem.

4. With marker, outline stem and each heart with dashed lines; outline squares along rim. If desired, outline white squares 1⁄16” inside edges.

5. Use handle end of paintbrush to dot center of each green square along rim with gold glitter paint.

6. Using photo as guide, adhere hearts and stem in a clover shape to center front of pot. Fill pot with gold foil-covered candies.

by Helen Rafson

Cute, Quick, & Easy Cupcake Napkin Ring

Planning a fun and easy get together with a few of your closest friends is a great way to beat the last few days of chilly weather as we anticipate the arrival of spring. Creating superb finishing touches such as coordinated napkin rings is one way to make your guests see just how crafty you really are! Why not throw a delicious and super fun cupcake-themed party? Having these cupcake napkin rings on your table will be sure to make you “hostess of the season!”

For my daughter’s sixth birthday, we invited nearly a dozen little children over to help her celebrate. I decided it would be fun to make a “cupcake bar” instead of the traditional birthday cake. It was fun for them and easy for me. You could easily adapt that idea but add a bit of polish. Here’s how: Bake two to four different flavors of cupcakes. Create the same number of different frostings that would work with the flavors of the cupcakes you will be serving. Arrange the cupcakes beautifully on a platter or a cupcake display stand. Place the frostings in fun bowls on either side of the cupcakes. Then fill stemware with various different toppings such as, chopped nuts, sprinkles, nonpareils, mini chocolate chips, toasted coconut, cherries, etc. Use the center of your table as the “bar” and be sure to set each place around the table with a charming cupcake napkin ring to really bring it all together!


Approx. 4”


  • National Nonwovens Wool Felt: Peat Moss, White
  • Staedtler FIMO White Soft Oven Bake Clay
  • DecoArt Americana Buttermilk Acrylic Paint
  • CRYSTALLIZED Swarovski Elements Bicones: Asstorted Colors, 2mm, eight; Ruby, 6mm, one


  • Spellbinders Lacey Circles Small Nestabilities Dies
  • Spellbinders The Wizard Die Cutting & Embossing Machine
  • Impression Obsession Cover A Card Rubber Stamps: Swirls
  • Staedtler Acrylic Roller
  • Fiskars Pinking Shears
  • Thin chipboard
  • Clay-dedicated tile and oven
  • Thin needle & thread
  • Hot glue gun and sticks

basic supplies

scissors, ruler, paintbrush


1  Condition clay according to manufacturer’s directions. Roll clay on tile work surface. Press Swirls stamp onto surface of clay. Cut 1”x5” rectangle. Roll into loop and press ends together. Press lightly to create oval shape. Bake in oven following manufacturer’s instructions. Once fully cooled, paint entire surface Buttermilk.

2 Use Lacey Circles die to cut two layers of white felt. Use pinking shears to cut circles in half. Sew assorted crystals onto one layer of white felt. Use pinking shears to cut two layers of Peat Moss felt in rectangle. Trim sides to make bottom edge shorter than the top edge.

3 Cut small rectangle of chip board. Use hot glue to adhere cut felt pieces to both sides of chipboard. Adhere embellished cupcake to clay ring.

 Design and Photography by Keri Lee Sereika (

Party Hats

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Add some pizzazz to your New Year’s festivities by donning these easy-to-make party hats. Perfect for any party, these hats will add energy and fun to your kids’ New Year’s celebration.


  • Recycled clear plastic tub (Designer used sherbet container.)
  • Paper plate, 9”
  • Print paper: purple or green
  • Cardstock or construction paper: yellow, pink, orange, lime green, lavender
  • White chenille stems, eight, 6” lengths
  • Hot pink feather boa
  • Ribbon, 20” lengths: lime green, orange, yellow, pink, purple, fuchsia, bright pink
  • Pom-poms, four each: hot pink, lime green
  • Glitter: pink or blue
  • White cording, four 30” lengths


  • Number stamps
  • Black inkpad
  • Decorative-edge scissors
  • Hole punch
  • API Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate! Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, sponge scrap



Use hole punch to punch holes on either side of tub edge. Insert cord lengths through holes; knot ends around top edge.


For hat brim, cut center from paper plate. Position plate over top of tub; adhere edges.


Cut 2-1/2”-wide print strips from paper and adhere around hat.


Use black inkpad and number stamp to stamp “2013” on cardstock. Use decorative-edge scissors to cut out numbers, forming squares. Use sponge scrap to apply glue on edges of squares. While still wet, sprinkle with glitter.


Bend ends of four chenille stems into coils. Adhere pom-poms on ends of coils. Adhere number squares on ends of other four chenille stems. Adhere chenille stems on front of hat.


Adhere boa around hat. Tie ribbon bow; glue on front of hat.


Measure and cut 20” ribbon lengths. Bundle lengths in center; tie knot. Adhere ribbon bundle on front of hat.

by Mary Ayres