Scarecrow Hot Cocoa Jar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Fill this whimsical scarecrow jar with hot cocoa or apple cider mix as a great autumn gift for a teacher or friend.

Materials

  • Recycled quart jar with lid
  • White cardstock
  • Men’s socks: brown, white
  • Felt scraps: light orange, red, white, purple, brown, green
  • Brown burlap, 6” circle
  • Buttons: two each, yellow, black, orange; one each, purple, green, brown, red
  • Black rickrack, 5” length
  • Orange polka dot ribbon, 18” length
  • Embroidery floss: black, white
  • Polyester stuffing

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Hole punch, 1/4”
  • Pinking shears
  • Bright yellow fabric spray paint
  • Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, black marker, newspaper or plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Measure and cut 4-1/2” section from straight area on white sock. On covered work surface, spray sock bright yellow. Let dry. Position yellow sock around jar.

STEP 2

To create hat brim, cut out circle slightly smaller than jar lid in center of 6” burlap circle; set center cutout aside for future project. Apply glue to jar lid sides. Position hat brim over jar lid and pull down over edge to adhere to sides; let dry.

STEP 3

For hat, cut 5” section from straight area of brown sock. Wrap orange ribbon around one end of brown sock and tie into bow as shown. Lightly stuff hat with polyester stuffing. Roll bottom edge of hat and adhere around jar lid, covering burlap edge.

STEP 4

Using pinking shears, cut the following from felt: 1-1/2” triangle (nose) from red, two 1-1/2” circles (cheeks) from orange, two 1” circles (eyes) from white, and one 1” squares (patches) each from purple, green, and brown.

STEP 5

(Note: Use three strands white floss to sew buttons onto felt pieces; tie knot on front of buttons.) Sew coordinating-color buttons onto patches. For mouth, adhere ends of rickrack length onto centers of cheeks. Sew orange buttons over rickrack ends. For eyes, sew yellow and black buttons to white circles as shown. For nose, sew red button onto center of triangle.

STEP 6

Adhere patches onto hat. Adhere eyes, cheeks, mouth, and nose onto yellow sock on jar.

STEP 7

For tag, use marker to write “Happy Fall” on paper. Trim cardstock into tag shape around words; punch 1/4” hole in tag as shown. Insert six strands black floss through hole and orange bow; knot ends.

by Mary Ayres

Apple Frame

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Let someone special know they are the “apple of your eye” by displaying their photo in this apple-shaped frame. Or, craft this frame as an “a-peeling” teacher gift.

Materials

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Ball, 5”
  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey Oven-Bake Clay: Leaf Green, two pkgs.; one pkg. each: Cadmium Yellow, Burnt Umber
  • White paper, 5″x36″
  • Wooden twig, 1-1⁄2″ long
  • Craft wire, 18-gauge, 4″ length
  • Photos

Tools

  • Lightweight spackling
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Opaque Red, Chocolate Cherry
  • Brown antiquing gel
  • Interior gloss varnish
  • Real leaves with vein lines
  • Clay-dedicated pasta machine
  • Acrylic brayer
  • Palette knife
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
  • Cooking spray or baby oil
  • Dark brown ink or tea (optional)
  • API Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate! Craft Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, craft knife, serrated knife, bar of soap or candle, sanding block, sandpaper, paintbrush, scrap paper, paper towels, wax paper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Carve foam ball into apple shape. Flatten bottom slightly and carve small cone into top for stem. Use sanding block or scrap of foam to shape apple.

STEP 2

Rub serrated knife on bar of soap or candle. Saw apple in half with serrated knife; sand edges smooth. Apply two coats spackling to apple with palette knife, letting dry between coats. Sand surface until smooth; wipe away dust with damp paper towel.

STEP 3

Basecoat apple Opaque Red; shade peel Chocolate Cherry. Apply antiquing gel; let dry. Apply varnish; let dry.

STEP 4

Working on wax paper, condition each package of clay separately by running clay through pasta machine several times on widest setting until clay is pliable. Mix all clays together to create medium green shade. Roll clay through machine at widest setting. Coat real leaves with cooking spray or baby oil; place on clay and run through machine at next setting. “Tear” away excess clay around leaves; smooth edges. Make ten leaves.

STEP 5

Roll 1⁄2″-thick clay snake into ring to fit around apple base; place ring around apple and adjust to fit. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake ring. To maintain shape, bake ring on drinking glass or coffee cup.

STEP 6

Press leaves onto ring, turning up every other one. (Note: Upturned leaves will need to be supported while baking.) Insert wire into one single leaf, leaving 2″ stem. Remove real leaves from clay leaves and bake according to manufacturer’s instructions.

STEP 7

Apply antiquing gel to leaf ring; let dry. Apply varnish; let dry. Adhere single leaf and stem to one apple half.

STEP 8

For page pattern, trace apple half onto scrap paper. Reduce pattern by 1⁄4″ all around. Accordion-fold paper so each page is 1⁄4″ narrower than width of pattern. Cut folded paper into apple shape. Tea stain, stamp, collage, or decorate white paper as desired. Adhere one end to each apple half.

STEP 9

Adhere photos to pages as desired.

by Becca Malone for The Dow Chemical Co.

Great Finds Friday: Close To My Heart

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Today we’re going to look at some fun new products from Close To My Heart, maker of beautiful stamps, inks, papers, embellishments, tools, and more. First, I want to announce the winners of our 5/31 Great Finds Friday giveaway. The book winners, as chosen by Random.org, are:

Felicity Jordet won Put Your Stamp On It: Stationery, Aprons, Totes, and More

Amy Fearday won Stamp It! DIY Printing with Handmade Stamps: 45 Projects + 200 Motifs

Laura won I Heart Stationery: Fresh Inspirations for Handcrafted Cards, Note Cards, Journals & Other Paper Goods

Congratulations, winners! I will be contacting you via email for your mailing addresses.

Now, on to today’s featured find! Late May/early June is an incredibly busy time in my home because I have school-aged kids. We have end-of-the-year parties, field trips, concerts, and games, and it seems like we’re always in need of a quick gift for a teacher, coach, or parent helper.

Because shopping for gifts can become time-consuming and expensive in a hurry, I decided to make this handmade “thank you” gift for one of my daughter’s teachers. I simply covered a recycled cocoa canister with Chantilly Collection paper from Close To My Heart, added some of their unique embellishments, and filled the canister with the teacher’s favorite candy. I know this teacher loves to read, so I also created a pretty bookmark to go with the treat. Both projects came together in about 30 minutes, great when you have multiple kids and multiple teachers to thank.

To finish the canister, I adhered Hollyhock Zipper Lace (my new favorite trim!) around the top edge and tore a strip of polka-dot For Always Textiles fabric to make the bow. I used mini adhesive dots to secure both embellishments, and trimmed them with the new Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors. The scissors get right between the zipper teeth, and I didn’t have to worry about them sticking to my adhesive. The label is perfect for a teacher gift because it’s a Close To My Heart Chalkboard Shapes sticker! Write on them with Close To My Heart’s Chalk Marker to add trendy chalkboard style to any project.

For the bookmark, I wanted it to have real textural appeal, so I cut a 15” length of Close To My Heart Burlap Ribbon and folded it in half. I cut a 1-1/4”x7-1/2” strip of Cotton Candy cardstock, which coordinates with the Chantilly paper, and adhered that inside the layers of burlap using a tape runner. Next, I cut a “v” from the ribbon end opposite the fold. I used the scissors tip to make a small hole through the layers near the fold and inserted an 8” length of hemp baker’s twine from the Mini-Medley Accents Wooden Collection through the hole to make the streamer. I finished the bookmark with a crocheted flower and a metal button from the Mini-Medley Accents Antiqued Gold Collection, a strip of the Zipper Lace, and a strip of the torn For Always Textiles fabric.

I hope you enjoyed today’s projects and this peek into some of Close To My Heart’s new products for spring and summer crafting. Please visit them online at www.closetomyheart.com for product information, projects, tips, and more.

Close To My Heart is giving away the prize collection shown below to one luckyCrafts ‘n thingswinner! The collection includes a sheet of Chalkboard Shapes stickers, a Chalk Marker, a roll of Hollyhock Zipper Lace, and a roll of Burlap Ribbon. Retail value of this prize is $18.80.

For a chance to win, simply leave a comment here telling me the best handmade gift you ever received.  We’ll announce the randomly-selected winner here in the next Great Finds Friday post on June 21st.

Happy Crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff