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)

Kitchen Tools Jar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Crackled paint is the key to giving plain glass a complete makeover. Try this technique to make great storage containers for your pens, crochet hooks, drinking straws, etc. Post your craft on the Community page at www.craftsnthings.com – we’d love to see your creation!

Materials

  • Glass quart jar
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Black, White, Antique White, Nightfall Blue, Spice Brown
  • Raffia

Tools

  • Delta Ceramcoat Crackle Medium
  • All-purpose sealer
  • Satin varnish
  • Paintbrushes: flat, round, liner, large and small shaders
  • Sponge scrap (optional)

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, transfer paper, toothpick, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

On covered work surface, use flat brush to apply one coat sealer to outside of jar. Basecoat jar Black.

STEP 2

Following manufacturer’s instructions, apply crackle medium to jar. Use large shader brush and Antique White to paint jar. (Note: Load paintbrush heavily. Apply only one coat of Antique White. Do not paint over areas that have already been covered or paint will lift. For a smaller cracked appearance, use sponge and apply paint heavily over surface.)

STEP 3

Print pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Transfer pattern to center front of jar.

STEP 4

Use round brush to paint the following: flour bag and measuring cup White; bowl Nightfall Blue; spoon handle Spice Brown. Use liner brush and Black to outline shapes, write “Flour” on flour bag and add accents. Add swirl lines to bowl with White. Use Nightfall Blue and liner brush to paint “Kitchen Tools”; add dots to ends of letters with handle end of paintbrush or toothpick.

STEP 5

Apply two coats varnish to jar. Tie raffia into bow around rim.

Tip

  • Applying a water-based or polyurethane varnish will give your jar a protective coating. Some oil-based varnishes may yellow. Polyurethane varnish provides a durable protective layer that is easy to clean and will give your jar added sheen.

by Alice Duerr

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

Tranquil Candle Holder

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

As you sit back and enjoy a warm summer’s evening, help set the mood with this beautiful candle holder.

Materials

  • Wooden drapery finial
  • 6″ metal candle plate
  • Pillar candle, 3″
  • Utility chain, #16, silver, 54” length
  • Split ring, 1-1⁄4″
  • “S” hooks, 1″, three

Tools

  • Drill
  • Pliers
  • Krylon Spray Paint: Black H2O, Charcoal Crafter’s Metallic, Flat White Interior-Exterior
  • AMACO Rub ‘n Buff Antique White Metallic Paste

Basic Supplies

plastic bag, wire cutter, paper towel

Directions

STEP 1

Use drill bit same size as finial screw to drill hole in center of candle plate. Screw plate onto finial.

STEP 2

Cut chain into three 18” lengths. Attach one end of each 18” chain to split ring. Attach “S” hooks to other ends and use pliers to close hooks, securing chain. Attach “S” hooks to plate, spacing evenly apart so plate is balanced; close hooks. (Note: Drill holes in plate if no holes exist.)

STEP 3

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply two coats of White paint to finial. Randomly mist entire candle hanger with Black paint. Immediately dab with scrunched plastic bag. (Note: If bag has printing, turn inside out.) Repeat, using Charcoal and White. Let dry.

STEP 4

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply Antique White Rub ‘n Buff paste to raised areas of entire candle hanger; buff with paper towel.

STEP 5

Twist candle onto screw. (Note: Never leave burning candle unattended.)

by Barbara Matthiessen

Doorknob Curtain Tiebacks

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Recycle an old doorknob set to create your own unique, yet elegant, curtain tiebacks.

Materials

  • White doorknob set, 5-1⁄2” long
  • Delta Texture Magic Dimensional Paints: Country Red, Eucalyptus, White, Almond

Tools

  • Delta: Easy-Grip Spreaders, Easy-Twist Detail Tips
  • Stencil adhesive spray
  • Small rose stencil

Basic Supplies

newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Cover work surface. Apply stencil adhesive to back of stencil; position on doorknob.

STEP 2

Combine small amount of Country Red and White to create soft rose color. Apply small amount of rose mixture and White directly to stencil. Use pointed spreader to spread paint over stencil, blending colors. Clean spreader.

STEP 3

In same way, use Eucalyptus to paint leaves. Remove stencil.

STEP 4

Mix small amount of Almond and White; use mixture and small dot tip to apply dots around rose.

STEP 5

Repeat Steps 1-4 for remaining doorknob.

by Irene Mueller