Christmas Card Tree

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Don’t throw out your Christmas cards after the holiday season! Recycle them into this beautiful easy-to-make Christmas tree.

Materials

  • Recycled Christmas cards
  • Gold cardstock
  • Wooden dowel, 1/4”, 12” length
  • Plastic-foam disc, 3”

Tools

  • Hole punch, 1/4″
  • Thick craft glue

Basic Supplies

paper, pencil, scissors, ruler, stapler

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print.) Follow directions on patterns.

STEP 2

With right side facing up, fold each card where indicated by dashed line on pattern forming a pointed end; do not crease. Secure ends together with stapler. Punch hole where indicated by “O” on pattern.

STEP 3

Adhere one end of dowel to center of plastic-foam (base). Let dry. Beginning with extra-large cards and ending with small cards, thread cards onto dowel, working around base. Adhere wrong sides of star edges together, leaving bottom open. Let dry. Place open end of star onto top of dowel.

by the Craft Ideas Staff, formerly Crafts ‘n things (www.craftideas.com)

Quilted Charm Necklace

What crafter/artist/sewing enthusiast, etc. doesn’t keep all kinds of bits and baubles in their stash? As creative thinkers, we are hesitant to discard of anything that might be used in some random project in the near or even not so distant near future. This is what inspired me to create my Quilted Charm Necklace.

Quilted Charm Necklace

To make the quilted charms, simply raid your fabric stash scraps for any light colored cotton or muslin. Cut them into 2-1/2″ squares. You will need two squares for each charm. Then grab some really tiny strips of fused cotton muslin, a stamp pad,and some inspiring stamps, and stamp words using StazOn ink. Heat set the ink with an iron. Then fuse the stamped phases to one of the fabric squares by peeling off the paper backing and using the iron to fuse the fabric in place.

Gather some tiny bits of printed fabrics, beads, and wool felt die cuts. I used my Sizzix BigShot die-cutting machine and smaller dies to die cut flowers, vines, and leaves.

Embellish each charm as desired. Use your imagination. Use your bits and baubles leftover from other projects or even old repurposed charms and other jewelry bits, vintage fabrics, flat-backed stones… the sky is the limit when you are creating this quilted charm necklace! Once you have embellished each square to your liking, use the sewing machine to stitch items in place, adding a cool mixed media feel to your necklace. Beads will have to be hand-stitched using strong thread and a beading needle. Beadalon is a great source for these materials.

Now you are ready to assemble your quilted charms. Cut 2-1/4″ squares of interfacing that will serve to give “body” to each of your charms. Sandwich the interfacing between the two fabric squares and sew the edges together. I used a heavy-duty hole punch to punch a hole at the top of each charm.

Use some jewelry chain, jump rings, and some assorted bits of beads and stones. Mine came from a pair of beaded sandals my aunt didn’t want to wear any longer. The lined crystals came from a favorite necklace that broke. Look around your stash of mis-matched earrings and broken jewelry stash and I will bet you will come up with all sorts of cool things for your Quilted Charm Necklace.

I hope this inspires you to think about unusual ways to mix mediums together and come up with some unique creations in 2014! I love quilting and I love jewelry so I thought of a way to marry the two. What do you love?

Live Life Creatively,

 

 

 

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

 

Tiered Dessert Stand

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create this three-tiered dessert stand using pretty patterned dishes from flea markets and thrift shops. They are quick, easy to make, and may be tailored to coordinate with everyone’s décor.

Materials

  • Vintage dishes: saucer; salad plate; dinner plate; small dessert cups, two

Tools

  • Eclectic Products E6000 Industrial-Strength Adhesive

Directions

(Note: For best results, take care to adhere cups to exact center of dishes.)

step 1

Wash and dry dishes. Apply E6000® Industrial-Strength Adhesive around lip of dessert cup and center carefully under salad plate. Repeat for saucer tier. Let glue cure for 24 hours.

step 2

Using photo as guide, adhere salad plate/dessert cup tier to center of dinner plate and to base of saucer/dessert cup tier. Let glue cure for 24 hours.

Tip

  • Instead of creating one dessert stand, create single-layer tiers you can stack. This will make it easier to wash and store.

by Eileen Hull

Necktie Flower Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Recycle Dad’s old ties into this fun flower pillow to add a memory-filled conversation piece to your home décor. Flea market or vintage ties work great too!

Materials

  • Printed fabric, 3/8 yd.
  • Neckties, eight
  • Cording, 1-1/2 yds.
  • Fiberfill stuffing

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Dritz Aluminum 1-1/2” Cover Button Kit

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

For pillow front and back, cut two 11-1/2” squares from printed fabric.

STEP 2

Using 1/4” seam allowance, machine-sew around squares, leaving 3” opening for turning. Trim seam allowance; turn pillow right side out. Stuff; slipstitch opening closed.

STEP 3

Cut eight 3-1/2” lengths from end of each tie. Arrange “petals” in center of pillow, forming flower. Adhere petals to pillow, gathering cut petal edges as needed.

STEP 4

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to cover button with printed fabric. Adhere button to flower center.

STEP 5

Sew cording around pillow.

by Rebekah Meier

Vintage Charm Bracelet

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Design your own charm bracelet using discarded bits and pieces of vintage jewelry often found at flea market jewelry vendor booths. Even the smallest pieces can make an eye-catching accessory.

Materials

  • Vintage jewelry pieces
  • Chain with clasp
  • Jump rings

Tools

  • Jewelry tools: pliers; wire cutters

    Examples of Flea Market Jewelry Pieces

Directions

STEP 1

Gather all jewelry parts. Cut chain to fit wrist. Use pliers to reattach jump ring at one chain end.

STEP 2

Add jump rings to jewelry pieces as desired.

STEP 3

Open all jump rings and jewelry pieces and attach charms evenly-spaced to chain.

Tip

  • Add a photo or monogram charm for a more personalized design.

by Rebekah Meier

Vintage Button Bracelets

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Showcase favorite vintage buttons with these darling bracelets that may be paired with any outfit. Whip one up anytime for a perfect last-minute gift.

 Materials

  • Strong thread (waxed linen or nylon), 2 yds.
  • Vintage buttons, 6-10
  • Vintage or new beads in pearl tones, or sparkling vintage crystals, 6-10

Tools

  • Micro crochet hook, size 7.5
  • Glue or clear nail polish

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Lay out buttons and beads and determine pattern for bracelet. Choose one button, perhaps a bit larger than others, for toggle closure.

STEP 2

Tie knot at thread end to keep beads and buttons from falling off. String beads and buttons onto thread and slide them down so you have one yard of thread to work with. Place toggle button on thread first so it will be the last button stitched. Use buttons with shanks or holes. If using buttons with holes, bring thread up through bottom of button, then back through other hole. If button has four holes, only pass thread through twice.

STEP 3

Crochet approximately 16 chain stitches, and pick up first stitch to form a loop. Test to be sure toggle button fits through hole. If not, undo loop and add several stitches until button easily passes through, but without being too loose.

STEP 4

After loop is complete, add two more chain stitches, and slide first bead or button down to stitches and make next chain stitch with bead or button encased in thread.

STEP 5

Do three to four chain stitches between each bead and button. If bracelet is too long or short, just pull out the chain without undoing loop, and add or subtract stitches. A standard bracelet length is 7-1/2” long.

STEP 6

When finished, wrap thread around stitch of final button, tie two knots and snip excess thread. Apply dab of clear nail polish or glue to secure knot.

by Maryellen Kim

Vintage Pillowcase Shirt

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

At first glance, you’d never guess this shirt is made from a vintage pillowcase! Search flea markets or garage sales to find pillowcases with pretty patterns or embroidery.

Materials

  • Vintage pillowcase
  • Double-fold bias tape, 1/4”, 48” length
  • Non-roll elastic, 1/2” wide, chest measurement at armpits minus 1”

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Iron and pressing surface
  • Safety pin

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

(Note: Measurements are approximate. Adjust lengths as needed for desired size.)

1. Wash and dry pillowcase. Place pillowcase on flat work surface. Cut 11” from closed end.

2. Fold under raw edges 1/4”; press.

3. Fold edges again 1-1/4”; press to form top hem.

4. Topstitch around pressed edges 1” from fold. Leave 2” opening to insert elastic.

5. Use safety pin to thread elastic through casing. Overlap elastic 1/2” and stitch to secure. Check for proper fit before continuing.

6. Place any protruding elastic into casing; sew opening closed. Set shirt aside.

7. For straps, cut two 24” bias tape lengths. Machine-sew zigzag stitch down center of each strap.

8. Straight stitch strap to inside, front of shirt, 4” from armpit. Repeat for remaining strap. Knot ends.

9. Tie straps around neck.

by Lisa Bychowski

Paint Stick Starburst Mirror

Last year, I set out to help my parents improve their home by adding a fresh coat of paint to each room of their South Georgia residence. We painted walls and trim and even some of the painted furniture pieces. We made several trips to the home improvement store and with each gallon of paint we purchased, were given a handful of paint sticks for stirring the paint. We used some of them but when all was said and done, we had lots of paint sticks leftover. Around this time, I remember seeing a do-it yourself starburst mirror made out of long thin wooden sticks and wondered if I could use the paint sticks to create my own version of this 1960’s era throwback using craft supplies.

I decided that by using a wood circle plaque, a craft mirror, and the paint sticks as my main supplies, I could probably figure it out.

To decide on a color scheme, I picked out some paint swatches and matched them to my DecoArt paints. I ended up choosing Spiced Pumpkin, Baby Pink, and Flamingo. For some reason, I am loving the color combination of oranges with pinks. They represent a sharp, modern contrast to the vintage tones and hues that have been so popular for years.

I divided my sticks into three piles.

Then I painted my paint sticks! Ha ha. In an attempt to save time creating this do-it-yourself starburst mirror, I chose to paint only one side of the sticks, taking care to paint the edges of the sticks since I knew they would show when I assembled my starburst mirror. I painted my circle plaque white on the front only, using a couple of coats for all pieces for nice even coverage.

Once my pieces were dry, I plugged in my hot glue gun and began to layout my sticks on the backside of the circle plaque. I started in a criss-cross pattern, but there are probably several ways to do this.

To make your own starburst, continue stacking the sticks evenly, alternating colors. I found the hot gun worked well to hold the sticks in place but I had to add a few small nails to some of the top layers of sticks

I added some inspirational sentiments in the form of rub-on transfers to complete the look. Rub-ons transfer very easily to smooth surfaces, such as glass. Just be aware that you cannot wipe across the glass or the rub-ons remove just as easily. So be careful when cleaning your do-it-yourself starburst mirror. I hope you enjoyed this simple tutorial on creating a starburst mirror and it inspires you to try your own. Save those paint sticks!

Live Life Creatively,

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

Chenille Bedspread Cat Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Turn an old chenille bedspread into a decorative pillow. Use your favorite car, dog, or teddy bear pattern and sew a vintage menagerie!

Materials

  • Chenille bedspread
  • Cat pattern of choice
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Gold or black buttons, two

Tools

  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Needle

Basic Supplies

scissors, straight pins

Directions

STEP 1

Position pattern on bedspread to determine placement of design.

STEP 2

Follow pattern instructions to cut and sew pillow, leaving opening for stuffing. Stuff pillow firmly; hand-sew opening closed.

STEP 3

For eyes, sew buttons to face.

by Karen Smith

DIY Mother’s Day Vase and Kinda Krafty Giveaway

Hi there, I’m back today with another project and giveaway from the Australian company, Ruby Rock-it. Their brand new Kinda Krafty collection was the perfect choice to create a Mother’s Day card to go with my  hand-painted vase. The papers in this collection all have a neutral, kraft-colored base, which makes them easy to mix in with any color you choose.

Ruby Rock-It will be giving one lucky Crafts ‘n things blog reader their new Kinda Krafty collection. This includes an assortment of their fun printed papers, as well as some terrific embellishments.

Is your idea of a perfect Mother’s Day sleeping in and having breakfast in bed? Taking your own mother or mother-in-law out for brunch? Getting up early and running a 5K? Or maybe spending the day locked away in your craft room? To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment on this post by Monday, May 13, 2013, describing your ideal Mother’s Day. Winners will be announced on the blog on May 14th.

(Don’t tell my mom, husband, or kids… but one of my favorite Mother’s Days happened last year when I met up with my college roommates for a long weekend in the Hamptons – no husbands, kids, pets, parents, or in-laws… just us hanging out like old times!)

No matter how or where you celebrate Mother’s Day, one thing is for certain – moms love to receive handmade gifts. This project is very economical and eco-friendly since the foundation for the vase is a recycled glass jar. You will also need a few different coordinating colors of craft paint.

Begin by pouring the paints in along the top edge of the jar.

Tilt the jar to help the paint spread and use a wooden skewer to further mix the colors and to help ensure the entire surface is covered. Use a small foam brush to paint around the rim and to touch up any spots you may have missed. It’s helpful to hold the jar up to the light to check.

Pour out the excess paint and turn upside down. The paint I used was quite thick and I wound up having to move the jar several times in order to let all the excess drip out. Once the remaining paint is gone, you can turn the jar right side up. Be forewarned – this takes a long time to dry. Overnight at a minimum, but several days would be better. (Martha Stewart Crafts states that their brand of craft paint will be fully air cured after 21 days.)

Once dry, embellish with a strip of adhesive-backed pearls and rhinestones and add a tag.

Create a matching card using cardstock in a color that coordinates with the paint you chose.

Every mom should be treated like a queen on Mother’s Day!

Supplies

Ruby Rock-It Kinda Krafty patterned paper and chipboard elements

Ruby Rock-It Bella! Bling – Pearl and rhinestone accents, ribbon

Therm O Web Permanent Tape Runner, 1/4″ Foam Squares, Medium Zots Singles

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper Turquoise, Papertrey Ink Kraft

Die-cutting system and dies: Papertrey Ink Tremendous Tags, My Favorite Things Accent It: Labels & Tags

Flourishes Spring Bouquet stamp set

Tsukineko VersaFine Onyx Black Ink Pad

Thanks so much for visiting the Crafts ‘n things blog today. Happy Crafting!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (www.alicegolden.com)