Beaded Wire Heart

Add a little love with these simple beaded wire hearts.  Embellish cards, gift bags, or make a Valentine center piece!

Materials:

  • Glass seed beads
  • Matching larger bead
  • 24 gauge wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle nose pliers

Directions:

Cut your wire and curl around one end with needle nose pliers to stop the beads from coming off, start sliding beads on to the wire.

For a 2″ finished heart, you will need to start with about 10” of wire.

You want to have about 1 1/2” (or more) of just wire on each end.  Gently bend the wire in the center with equal number of beads on each side. Cut off the end that you curled up, and slide a larger bead though both wires.

Slide the larger bead all the to the smaller seed beads, take one of the wires and wrap around between the small seed beads and larger bead, you might have to cut off some the the wire!

Now take the other wire and curl it into a small circle with your needle nose pliers, and gently bend it towards to larger bead.  You only need about 1″ of wire, so you might need to cut the wire before curling it.  Or you can just bend the wire and wrap it, just like the other wire!

Now I know it’s not looking like a heart yet!!  With your fingers gently bend the wired wrapped end down into the center, and then shape with your fingers!

Done!!

I like to embellish cards with the beaded hearts!

I found the best way to attach the wire heart to the card stock is to sew it on!  With needle and matching thread, 3 to 4 small stitches, your card will be a kept sake!

For a Valentine center piece, I spray painted a small branch white, filled a bud vase with pearls, and hung red beaded hearts on the branches!

And I love adding them to a gift bag or gift box!

Hope you are inspired to make these simple hearts!

Hand Print Ornaments

They grow up so fast, cherish the moments!  These hand prints are easy and make great memories, it’s much fun to see how much they have grown for year to year and with a picture on the back, it’s the perfect keep sake!  You will want to make more than one…one for you, one for grandmother, and one for the scrapbook!  How cute would these hand prints be if made into a Christmas card!

***Note* I used acrylic paints for the snowman and Santa, be aware most acrylic paints will not wash out of clothing!

Santa hand print: on green card stock, paint red acrylic paint on thumb and across top of palm, paint flesh tone paint in the palm of the hand, and white on the four fingers, (when painting the hand try not to run the colors into each other) and place hand on paper.  After print has dried, dip the child’s finger in white paint let or help child make a mustache using their finger, several finger prints across the bottom of the hat and one finger print on end of hat.  Red or light red finger print for his nose, and two finger print eyes in gray (or blue).  Once all dry, cut the Santa  print out, punch small hole for a ribbon, add name and date….and of course a picture on the back.

Snowman hand print: Paint or dip child’s hand in white paint, and press hand on green card stock, let dry.  For the snowman’s hats and scarf I used acrylic paint and small paint brush, orange paint for each carrot nose (paint pens and Sharpie markers will work), for the eyes and mouth I used a fine point Sharpie marker and the blue bow, green hearts and white arms are gel pens.  Once all dry I punch a snowflake in the hand and add another snowflake, 2 snowflakes because it’s a 2 year old!!  Cut the green paper around hand, back with red card stock, cut into hand shape and add white card stock, cutting in the hand shape.  Punch small hole and add ribbon for hanging, add name and date to front or back…and a picture on back!

Little Deer “Rudolph” hand print: Trace the hand, and cut it out of light brown card stock, cut green glitter paper for back, punch a small hole for ribbon on the green paper where the deer will cover the hole. With small hole punch (or extra large needle) punch hole between thumb and pointer finger of the cut out hand, string a small bell on ribbon and pull through hole and tie, place 3-D scrapbook adhesives squares on back, and place on to green glitter paper. Using Tacky Glue, glue small red pom pom for nose, and glue small sticks for antlers, with brown fine point marker or gel pen add eye and mouth.  I added 3 small snowflakes, because it’s a 3 year old hand print!  Add name and date to front or back, and a picture on the back.  I used my corner rounder punch on each corner!

I like adding my painted and traced hands to my scrapbook, but for the little deer these antlers would not work!  Instead I used a brown Sharpie and make the antlers and made a red nose with paint!

      

Hope you are inspired!

Make an extra one each year and save, to give your child when all grown up!!

Coffee Filter Flowers

It’s so quick and easy to put together these beautiful coffee filter flowers.  They can be made in any size and can be used on gift bags, gift tags, or on a wreath!  These coffee filter flowers are stuning in white and the paint dipped coffee filter flowers are just as easy.

White coffee filter flower with inked edges

Paint dipped coffee filter flowers

 

Materials: for inked edge flower

  • Round Coffee Filters (white or unbleached)
  • Scissors
  • Small medal brads (decorative)
  • Optional ink pads, large needle, for paint dipped flowers acrylic paints

Directions:

Gently flatten out your filters, I like use a total of 8 to 12 filters for each flower. Start with 3 to 4 filters and fold in half, then fold in half again, you should have a triangle shade (this will be the first and largest layer).

With your scissors shape the larger end into a half circle petal, this is the first layer of the flower, so when cutting this layer you want to just round the edges.  For the middle layer, fold 3 to 4 more filters into the triangle shade, but this time cut a little  down into the filter (so this layer will be smaller).  For the center layer fold 2 to 3 filters into the triangle, cutting even smaller.

Inking the edges is an option, the flowers are elegant all white.  To ink, just run the ink pad over and over the edge until you have the color you want.

Any or all the layers can be inked, the possibilities are endless!

Putting it all together and making the flower:  Starting with the center layers unfold and with the tip of the scissors or a large sharp needle gently make a small hole in the center for the brad, push the brad through and do the same for the next two layers, closing the brad when done.

With the brad in the center, with your fingers gently start pulling and squishing each layer starting in the center.

The flower is ready for a gift bag /gift box or make a wreath.

I made smaller flowers for an added touch on the burlap covered foam ring.

 

Quick, easy and looks beautiful.

It is just as easy to make the paint dipped coffee filter flowers.  Remember coffee filters come in different cup sizes, making it so easy for small to large flowers.

Materials: for paint dipped flowers

  • coffee filters, white or unbleached
  • Acrylic paints ( I’m using burgundy, buttermilk, barn red and copper)
  • Brads
  • Scissors
  • Bowl(s)
  • Water
  • Newspaper
  • Optional gloves

Directions:

You are going to start by coloring the filters in watered down paint.  Mix each color or one at a time, in a bowl add about 2 tablespoons of paint and about 1/3 cup of water, mix and test to see if you like the color (add more paint or water if needed).  I find it faster to dip 3 to 4 filters at a time, take the filters and place in water-paint mix until they have soaked up color, squeezing out extra water-paint.  Gently pull apart and lay on newspaper to dry.

I like adding color to the edges on a few filters to make the flowers have more variation.

While the filter is still wet, gently fold the filter so you can dip just the edges.  Unfold and let dry.

I also like to add paint to edges after the filter is dry!  Pick a few and follow the steps from the white filter, folding and cutting.  Now just dip the cut edge into the paint, open and let dry.

Once all filters are dry, fold and cut to size, and arrange them in the order big to small for each flower.  I made all different sizes, some have 4 layers of the filters where some have 6 to 9, it’s up to you!

I like to mix the colors, making sure a few have the paint dipped centers.  Push the metal brad in the center and open the brad (I like to use my small scissor to start the hole for the brad).  Starting in the center, with your fingers gently squish up to filter, do this to each one until you have your flower.

Glue all the flowers on to a burlap covered foam ring for a wreath!

I love of all the possibilites for color combinations and holidays, celebrations and parties where these easy, unexpected beautiful flowers could be used!

Pick up extra coffee filters and get the kids to help!

 

Rick Rack Flowers

Can you believe these flowers are made from Rick Rack? They are so easy to make!

Materials:

  • Rick Rack (medium)
  • Matching felt
  • Hot Glue or Liquid Stitch Glue
  • Scissors
  • Clothes Pin
  • Optional: Sewing Machine with matching thread

Directions:

To make a 2” flower, cut a 40″ long piece of Rick Rack (I used medium for the white flowers above), fold in half.  Start weaving the two pieces together, use clothes pin to hold the folded end to make it easier to weave.

There are two ways to make these beautiful flowers.  One is to glue and the other is to machine stitch the two pieces of Rick Rack together after woven into one strip.  I would do this if the flowers were going on a t-shirt or tote bag, or anything that would be going through the wash.  This is simple to do, you just sew down the center of the Rick Rack strip.

Or the other way is with glue; hot glue or Liquid Stitch glue (I love this stuff!).  Liquid Stitch is washable, but will take longer to dry than hot glue, so it really depends on what you are going to do the flowers.

Lets start making the flower.  Now that you have your strip 20″, start with the end that is folded and run a little line of glue and start rolling tight to make the center.

Keep wrapping the strip around with a little glue (what ever type you like), it is best to keep the glue on the bottom half of the Rick Rack.  Wrap until you have the size flower you want or you run out of Rick Rack.  When you come close to the end, fold the tail to the back (side that will not be seen) and glue in place.  The top of the flower should look like the one below.

This is the back, with tail glued.  Cut a circle of matching felt and glue to back.

With your fingers, pull back or roll back to outer rows to shape the flowers.  Play around until you get the look you want.

How pretty are these Rick Rack flowers? They are perfect on a headband, clip, tote bag or picture frame.

I used one package of Rick Rack to make all these flowers for about $1.70 (without a coupon) and a frame on sale for $4.00 and used clear adhesive dots to hold the flowers in place. It made a great {and inexpensive}  gift!

These pink flowers I used the jumbo size Rick Rack.  Below I have the medium size white, next to jumbo size pink.

How about putting a magnet on the back? Or a rick rack flower on gift tag or gift bag? These are so versatile!

 

Valentine’s Heart Decorations: Recycled Crayons and Wax Paper

Wax paper and crayons shaving made into hearts are a quick way to recycle crayons and decorate for Valentine’s Day!  They are so fun to create and even make unique Valentine’s cards.

Materials:

  • Wax paper
  • crayons
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  •  Two old towels
  • Paper for making heart pattern
  • Optional: fishing line or thread and tape

Directions:

Pick out the color(s) of crayons you want to use, peel off the paper. Get the kids to help, with a pencil sharpener make crayon shavings, by turning the crayon back and forth in sharpener.  Keeping each color in a small pile, one crayon makes a lot of shavings.

Lay an old towel or cloth over iron board and have another towel or cloth ready, you want to protect your iron and iron board from the crayons.  Set your iron on medium heat (no steam).  Tear off a piece of wax paper and fold in half, place on  towel on the ironing board and sprinkle crayon shaving on half of paper, fold over the wax paper, place the other towel or cloth on top and slowly iron.  It will not take long for the crayons to melt. You can check to make sure the entire wax paper area has melted, if a spot has not melted, iron more or set your iron hotter.  The ironing step should be done by an adult, the next step the kids can help again.

Sprinkle shavings.

Fold over wax paper.

Place towel or cloth over wax paper and iron.

Now for the fun, to see what happened.

So cool, on this one I used three colors, pink, red and a purple.  Now make heart patterns out of paper, and use as your cutting guide, or just let the kids cut (with kid scissors) and make their own hearts or favorite shapes.

How pretty, crayons come in so many colors the possibles are endless!

If you’re feeling extra creative, make a pattern with the shavings.

You can create different looks by adding a little or a lot of shavings.  Below the one on the left has a little, the right side a lot.

To make a heart garland, tape hearts to fishing line or thread and hang in the windows.

Or tape them to the windows.

 

Make your own cards and send a little love.  I backed the hearts with white paper to show off the design, and glued them on red paper, and add your love message.

What a fun way to recycle all those old, broken crayons!

Magazine Rosette Flower Topiary

This is so much fun and easy to make rosette flowers from an old magazine!  The look of these rosette flowers is so unique you will have to look twice.  This ball topper “topiary”  looks great sitting on vase, bowl or large candle holder.

Materials:

  • Old magazine
  • Scissors
  • Tacky glue
  • Hot glue
  • Toothpick
  • Large foam ball (I’m using a 6″ ball)
  • Optional paint for the foam ball
  • Vase or stand for finished ball
  • Paper, pencil or marker

Directions:

Make a 2″ and 3″ circle pattern from paper or card stock. Tear out pages from the magazine that you want to use.  I’m using only typed pages for the inside of the the rosettes.  Cut circles in both sizes, I used more 2″ than 3″.  Sorry I lost count, but there are a lot, one magazine should be enough.  Now that the circles are cut, you will cut each circle into a spiral, start on the outside going around to the center (picture below).

Use a toothpick and roll 3 to 4 times, then add a little tacky glue and roll 3 to 4 times then gently pull out toothpick.

Keep rolling with your fingers to the center.  You can adjust to tights before gluing in place.  I liked making/using different sizes, some tight and some more open.

In center place some hot glue and gently hold in place.

I found it easier to roll/glue all the centers. Then hot glue in place.  A tip is to leave your Tacky glue upside down in old cup, so the glue is waiting for you.

Remember for this ball I’m making all the rosette flowers with the typed words from magazine inside, this will give it a unique look.

Now that ALL the rosettes are made lets glue them to the ball.  I painted my ball first, I was not sure how close together I would glue the flower and did not want the foam to show through. I put the ball on top of the vase to make it steady for gluing.

Then glued rosettes around bottom so it would fit the vase.  And glued more rosette flowers.  The 3″ circle flowers were a little larger so I mixed them in.

Look pretty good…can you believe it’s from an old magazine?

If you like more color, pick pages with more color for a different look.

I had some left over rosettes so I made a card for a friend.

The stems and leaves are from a magazine page, I did have to do a little looking for those 🙂

Button Snowmen Gift Tags

Recycle your buttons and scrap card stock into these easy snowmen gift tags!

Materials:

  • Card stock paper: red, white, green
  • 2 white buttons with only two holes one smaller for head/larger one for body
  • White gel pin
  • String or ribbon
  • Double stick tape
  • Scissors and or paper cutter
  • Black felt (for hat)
  • Red string for snowman bow
  • Tacky glue
  • hole puncher
  • Optional: 2″ circle punch

Directions:

Cut white card stock into a 2 1/2” square, with hole puncher make a hole in corner, pull string or ribbon through. Cut red card stock smaller then the white piece, punch or cut a 2″ circle.  With double stick tape, tape each piece in place.  Cut a small black felt hat that fits the button you are using for the head.  Tie a small red bow from string or ribbon.

Using a smaller button for the snowman’s head.  Place the buttons on the green circle, turning the smaller button (face) so the 2 holes are side ways, and the larger button (body) the holes go up and down.  Glue in place with tacky glue, glue on hat and small bow.  With the white gel pin make stick arms and small hanging heart.

I think they are cute enough to hang on the Christmas tree!

 

 

Handmade Envelope

Create your own custom handmade envelopes to coordinate with cards you make! You can use any color or pattern of paper for your envelope, so it will stand out and truly be one of a kind! Try using paper that has a pattern printed on each side – your envelope will look great inside and out!

Materials:

-Envelope template {download template here}

– Card stock or scrap booking paper

-Scissors

-Double sided adhesive squares or glue

Directions:

Download and open the envelope template.

**Before printing, make sure that in the Print Dialog Box, the “Page Scaling” option is set to “None”.  This will ensure that the template will print large enough to create an envelope that will hold a 5″x7″ card. If the lines don’t reach all the way to the edge of the paper when printed out, you may want to use a pen or pencil to extend the lines all the way to the edge of the page.

On the printed template, cut along the solid lines, which will remove small portions of each corner.

Trace this shape onto your patterned paper, then cut your paper along the lines you just traced.

Use the template’s dashed lines as a guide to fold in the two flaps on the sides (marked #1 on the template). Use double sided tape (or glue) on the folded-in flaps, and then fold the bottom (fold #2) up, attaching it to the flaps.

Fold the top flap down (fold #3).

Your envelope is now ready to hold a card! When you are ready to seal the envelope, just use double sided adhesive squares/tape to secure the envelope closed.

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“I Love You” Card with Fabric Flower

Create a card that sends a message of love with simple, clean black text on crisp white card stock paper accented with a handmade fabric flower.

 

 

Materials:

 

 

Directions:

Fold large sheet of white card stock in half to create the base of your card, trimming if necessary to fit in your envelope.

Tear black paper to be slightly smaller than the front of the folded white card stock (about 1/4″ – 1/2″ smaller on each side looks best).  Use double sided adhesive squares to attach to folded card stock. This will be the front of your card.

Cut “Love” page (printed on white card stock) to be slightly smaller than the black torn paper. Center the “love” page on the black paper and use double sided adhesive squares to attach.

Tear or cut a black strip of paper to your desired length and width (the card in this example used a strip that measured 5 1/4″ x 1/2″ ). Use double sided adhesive squares to attach to front of card, beginning in the lower left  corner.

*TIP: If your paper cutter or scissors are a bit dull, they may leave the edges of your card stock looking frayed or fuzzy. To fix this, just use a nail file to gently brush any rough or fuzzy edges. This will leave your edges crisp and smooth! 🙂

Cut “I Love You” phrase (printed on white card stock), and back with black card stock, cut slightly larger (about 1/4″ larger on each side looks best).

 

Use 3-D foam mounting squares to affix “I Love You” phrase (backed with black paper) to the card, positioning it over the black strip.

Position fabric flower in upper right corner and attach using double sided adhesive. *Fabric flower can be any color, but red really”pops” on the black and white!

Your card is complete! To create an envelope for your card, see the handmade envelope tutorial.

 

 

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Flip Flop Gift Tags

 

Materials:

  • Flip Flop Gift Tag Template {download template here}
  • Colored card stock (for flip flop sole and strap)
  • Coordinating patterned paper
  • Ribbon or hemp cord – 8″ – 12″
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Double sided adhesive strips
  • 3-D Foam Squares
  • Optional embellishments, such as stick-on rhinestones, decorative buttons, decorative paper or felt

 

Print out template and cut out each shape.

Use the cut out shapes from the template to trace the following shapes on your papers:

  • Trace template shape #1 onto colored card stock
  • Trace template shape #2 onto patterned paper
  • Trace template shape #3, trace template “v” shape (the sandal strap) onto colored card stock
  • Optional for embellishment: Trace template  flower shape onto decorative paper, card stock or felt

Cut out each shape you traced.

Use a hole punch to punch a hole in the spot marked on template shape #2 (only punch the hole on your patterned paper). Loop hemp cord or thin ribbon through the hole.

Stick a 3-D foam square to the bottom of the card stock strap, as pictured. Then fold corners under, as shown on template shape.

Attach the strap to the decorative paper (#2), being careful to put the mounting square directly over the hole punched. Use double sided adhesive to attach the folded part of the straps to the under side of the decorative paper (template shape #2), as pictured. Next, use double sided adhesive to attach the decorative paper to the sole of the flip flop (template shape #1).

Attach any optional embellishments.

Write or stamp your message onto the back of the flip flop tag. Tie to your gift, and you’ve created an unforgettable original card!

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