Beaded Ornaments

If you like a little extra sparkle on your Christmas tree, you’ll love these beaded ornaments!  This is the perfect ornament to make and take to an ornament exchange, and you will be the hit of the party!

Materials:

  • Glass seed beads and or glass bugle beads
  • Glass or plastic Christmas ornaments (any size)
  • Glue: Mosaic Mercantile (mosaic tile adhesive) or Weldbond glue or any type of glue for glass
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Shoe box top
  • Optional acrylic paint, ribbon

Directions:

Let’s talk glue first, Tacky Glue will work but will not give the holding power that a glass glue will.  Mosaic Mercantile is found in some craft stores and on line this is my favorite for this project, Weldbond is easily found in the store.  I have been making these beaded ornaments for about five years and the beads are still holding strong!  Now your first thought is just to put glue on the ornament and roll in the beads, ok that will work but will not give you a smooth single layer of beads, you will end up with a lot of beads glued together and a mess!

I found that working a small area at a time (and with some patience) the results are beautiful.  Trust me it’s worth the time.  You can use glass or plastic ornaments, I like to buy them after Christmas when they are marked down 50 to 75% off!  And it will not matter what color you buy, you can paint them with acrylic paint!  So if you buy purple ornaments paint them a new color first.

I like to cover the top cap (the hanger) with bugle beads (they are the long thin bead), but that’s me!  If you are not going to do this, glue the top cap on to the ornament.  Or wrap cap with silver or gold ribbon and glue in place!

Run a line around the cap, and place a bugle bead in glue one at a time.  Let dry.

         

Now that the top is dry, we are going to start gluing on the beads, working in small areas at a time.  The reason for this is the glue  is very sticky, so to get the smooth single layer, working in small areas and letting it dry before moving on to next area, will have the best results.

You might have noticed in the list of materials I have a shoe box top, I use it as my bead catcher!  The glass beads can bounce off (all over the floor) if you don’t keep them contained.  When I’m finished with the beads I just pour them from the box into a baggy!

Place a layer of glue 2” by 2” (small area at time) on your ornament and sprinkle or pour on the beads, gently tap off the lose ones.  With your finger or finger nail, gently pat them in place, add more if you did not get a solid coverage.  I like to hang the ornament on a pipe cleaner to dry.

    

The goal is to have a single layer of beads, so when dry it feels smooth!

    

Keep going until totally covered.

It’s easy to make designs with the beads, using the bugle bead to create a swirl and then filled in with seed beads.  Run a line of glue in a swirl or “S” shape, and place a bugle bead on one at a time.  Again glue a few “S” shapes at time, let dry and do more.  If your glue line is to thick, do not worry, the seed beads will cover up the glue.

When totally dry, add 3 green seed beads to each end of the “S” shape, and fill in with seeds beads.

If you are like me, you will want to make more than one at a time.  I find working on 4 to 6 at a time, you can keep working, by the time you finish one, another will be dry, keep going and you will have finished all them!

Seed beads and bugle bead come in so many colors, which means endless possibilities!

  

  

 

  

They look stunning on a Christmas tree, and beautiful displayed in a dish or bowl.

  

I also beaded small 1″ ornaments, and hung them from white glittered branches for a unique center piece.

For added fun, I like to make wire hooks in a “S” shape using 14 gauge colored wire!

Hope your Christmas sparkles this year!!

 

Beaded Wire Cross Ornament

Believe it or not these beaded cross ornaments are easy and inexpensive to make.  You can take this simple idea to form any shape with wire and then wrap in beads, maybe a star, heart, candy cane or Christmas tree!

Materials:

  • Seed beads
  • Wire cutters
  • 26 gauge wire
  • 20 gauge wire (for the cross shape)
  • Paper for shape pattern
  • Optional: 18 gauge wire for hanger

Directions:

I made about 50 of these ornaments (for party favors)  I wanted them all the same size, so I made a pattern.  By drawing out the size I wanted on paper, made it so easy for all my crosses to be the same size!

Using 20 gauge wire to form the cross shape, I started with a small loop on one end (this will be the top for hanging the ornament) made my cross shape by twisting the wire around its self and ending back at the top, finishing by wrapping the wire around and around, cutting off what I did not need.  My cross is 4 1/2″ long by 2″ wide, I cut a piece of wire 18″  to 20″ to make this size cross.

Now that the cross form is made it’s time to bead.  I love using the 26 gauge wire, it is so easy to work with.  Jo Anns carries this wire in all colors, it is permanently colored copper wire by Darice 30 yards for about $2.50 (bring a coupon!) so it goes a long way!  For this size of cross you do want to use glass seed beads 10g size (they are the small ones) and these beads come in all colors!  Again Jo Anns carries them in small packages for about $1.00 to $1.50 (coupon!) and the beads go a long way.  Bottom line, this is an inexpensive project!

Cut a long piece of the 26 gauge wire, not too long as it will make it hard to work with and you can add more wire along the way!  I like to start at the top, wrapping the wire around the wire cross,  string on a few beads and start wrapping the beads around.  I like to work the beads down then back up, this makes it easy to fill in an area that may need more beads.

Remember it you run out of wire, you can add more.  simply wrap a new piece of wire around the form and keep going.

I have wrapped just one layer of beads, so it would not be too thick!

I love the look, with some of the wire showing, remember the wire comes in colors!  You can use red wire for different look, I like the color Gun Metal.

For an added touch I made hooks from  18 gauge wire, just a simple ‘S’ shape and this wire comes in colors also!

Oh the possibilities!!

This one I add just a few larger red beads!

 

Just an idea, tie a beaded cross on a gift box or bag!!

Or in a shadow box frame!

 

Teacher Gifts

Teachers play an important role in all our lives, let them know how much they are appreciated!   I have put together a few ideas for fun simple ways to let a teacher know you care.  I hope this will inspire you, and remember it’s the thought that counts!

Get the kids to pick out and help put together  “I’m thinking of you” gift!  All are inexpensive  ideas, why not make a small something each month?

What teacher wouldn’t love a bunch of flowers…pens!  All you need is a pen with removable top, a flower (or two!) small piece of felt and glue (hot glue)!

This is my trick to make a fast pen flower: first remove the green plastic back and cut off the piece sticking out.   Add a little glue to the center of the flower to hold in place.

.

Cut a small piece of felt (I like black to match the pen top), long enough to go around the pen top, and then make a few small cuts 4 to 5.  Glue felt to pen top (I like hot glue, it’s just so much faster!).

With hot glue, glue the pen top to the flower and done!

 

The large paper clips are a great gift idea for any time of the year, I found them to be a fun gift for just before spring break.  I found a box of large paper clips at the Dollar Store and used small pieces of ribbon that I had in my craft box!

This is my favorite way to give a teacher a gift card, could be for Teacher Appreciation Week or just because.  The large “paper clips’ I found in Michaels for $1.oo (I used a coupon, so that make it about 60 cents), add ribbon and one of my singed edge flower!  You can also make this same idea and use a small wooden close pen! You could even put a magnet on the back.

An other idea that can be give at different times of the year, just by changing the saying, these adorable candy filled paper towel rolls!  Cut the roll to the size you like, cover with wrapping paper or scrap book paper, I like adding a little shredded paper to each end, fill with Tootsie Roll candy,  roll clear wrap (from the Dollar Store) around and tie ends with ribbon and tie on your note

…Rolling into a great school year!

…Rolling into a new year!

…Rolling to the end!

…I could go on and on, but I’ll spare you! 🙂

What teacher doesn’t love Halloween, so make a pumpkin filled with candy!  Glass or plastic jars can be recycled into a pumpkin by pouring orange acrylic paint INTO the jar coating the inside with paint, turn upside down to let some paint drain out and turn over to let dry (1 to 2 days).  Cut black felt for eyes, nose and mouth, glue in place. Fill a clear bag with candy and tie with a ribbon and place into the pumpkin.  I spray paint the jar top green, I think the pumpkin looks great either way!  For extra Halloween fun a wire spider on top of the candy!  These wire spiders are easy to make, check out my tutorial.

Woo woo wouldn’t like getting this adorable brown bag owl!  Fold over top into a triangle, cut, glue eyes, nose, wings, and tummy, he can be filled with any special treat.

“Thanks for making me wiser!”

A water bottle with a single serve tea mix attached is the perfect gift any time….”For a Tea-riffic teacher”.

So simple and yummy, fold a pretty piece of paper around your mint chocolate square (or any type of mint candy), tape candy inside, note on outside and punch a small hole on top for a ribbon to hold it closed…..i “mint” to tell you how much I appreciate you!”

Clear frame, post-it, and Sharpie from the Dollar Store with some pretty paper(s), you have this great note stand.  I did use sticky velcro to attach the post-it, and double stick tape for the ribbon!

Big kisses to a teacher!  Using a funnel as your form, fill with rice crispy treat mixture (or maybe coco rice crispy and add chocolate chips) then wrap in foil and add a little heart!

So simple but you can never have enough note pads!

Quick, easy and inexpensive……”thank you for all the Extra (gun) work you do!”

Stress ball, who doesn’t need one once in awhile?  A helium balloon, filled with corn starch, add a ribbon and a smiling face, done!  I used a small funnel and the eraser end of a pencil to fill the balloon.

Everyone loves cupcakes!  Place your cupcake into a small clear solo cup, wrap in clear wrap or use a clear bag, tie a spoon on….”You take the cake”.

Pencil clip magnet can be personalized with your teacher’s name or name of the school.  Simply cut a wooden tongue depresser, paint to look like a pencil, write with a Sharpie pen, glue a clothes pin (or not) with a magnet on it, you will want to make one for everyone in the school!!

I hope I have inspired you…let the teachers in your life know just how much you appreciate all their hard work.

Thank you Mary Catherine from VA for your inspiring me to put all these ideas together!

Tthoughtful

Eengaging

Aattentive

Ccreative

Hhelpful

Eencouraging

Rresourceful

Burlap Flowers

These twisted burlap flowers are the perfect touch for fall.  Group them on a burlap covered wreath, small ones on a name card, napkin ring, or on a gift bag!

Materials:

  • Burlap
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue

Directions:

Start by cutting the burlap into strips, the thicker the strip the bigger the flower, the thinner the strip the smaller the flower.  For a medium size flower cut a 3” to 3 1/2” strip, the best way to get a straight strip with not a lot of raving is to measure, cut that string running the length and pull the string out, this way give you a perfect straight cut (to make all your strips straight start by being this on the end of the burlap, starting you off with a straight side).

Finger fold the strip in half, fold in one end (see picture below), with a drop of hot glue, glue down and roll once.

Keeping the burlap folded with your fingers, start to gently turn/twist the strip, wrapping around center, not too tight.  After a few times stop and glue into place, be careful with the hot glue too much and it will come through the burlap and burn your fingers.  Wrap and twist, take a look, undo it and start again before adding glue.

When you have the flower to the size you like, cut off the burlap, leaving a tail about 1 1/2″ long for gluing.  Just tuck the end to the back and glue.

Now you are ready to add the burlap flowers to a wreath or maybe make napkin rings!

Burlap comes in all colors, check it out next time you are in the craft store.

 

Magazine Art

Recycle your magazines into art! After making flowers from magazine pages and seeing all the color possibilities I wanted to see if I could make a picture for my hallway using only the colored pieces from the magazine page!  With time, patience and some Mod Podge I made this!

 

Materials:

  • Old magazines (6 to 10)
  • Canvas or board (I used a 24″ x 24″ canvas)
  • Mod Podge Gloss (watered down glue)
  • Paint brush

Directions:

Start by tearing the colorful pages from the magazine.  Then tear the colored area that you will use in the design, and make a pile for each color.

I tore the colored areas that I liked, some were large, some small.  I found with the lighter colors like yellows and pinks if the back of the page was dark, at times would show through, so I added an extra layer of that color.  I also wanted the sides of the canvas to be covered….you need a lot of magazines pages.

Lay out your design, not on the canvas or board that you will be gluing the paper on, but in the area next to the canvas. Once your design is layed out, start gluing.  I started with the sides, wrapping the corners like a package and covering the hole side.

If you have never used Mod Podge,  the trick is to cover the area on the canvas with Mod Podge (or glue) then place your magazine page on that area and cover that piece with more Mod Podge, you want good coverage on the back and front.

To make it easier to wrap the sides, I used cans on each corner to hold the canvas up. With the design laid out right next to the canvas, I started in one corner and worked around, finishing in the center.  This is a laying process, adding pieces on top of each other, if there is a special piece or color you really want to show, make sure you put it on last.

I found a few little designs that I really wanted to show, so I saved them for my last layer for a special touch!

Hope you are inspired!

I like adding fun little surprise pictures!

   

  

One more!

This time I used some images (pictures) right from the magazine!

You can see that the fruit, black vase, white & blue teapot (and others) are pictures torn out the magazine.  While the background, some of the flowers & leaves and the large white vase are torn pieces of magazine made to look like…a flower or a vase!!

I love the the small fun details!

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!

 

“Bottled” Teacher Gifts

So much fun to make and just as much fun to receive, a “bottled” gift!  This is an unique way to give a gift or party favor.  I’m making teacher gifts for the first day of school, I went to a Dollar Store and found Post Its, glue sticks, small candy bars, fun shaped paper clips, Sharpie pens, colored pens, tape, apple shaped pad, Tic Tac, a package of shredded paper and small hand sanitizer (from Bath & Body).  It cost me $11.00, but they were package in twos, and I’m making two gifts (the hand sanitizer was a $1 each)!  Not so bad, the clear bottles that I’m using were 2 for $1.00, so for about $6.00 each I have a great welcoming teacher gift.  The possibilities for “filling” a bottle are endless!!  What a great way to recycle your clear plastic bottles.

 

Materials

  • Items that will fit into your size bottle ( I have 9 items plus 4 small candy bars and 10 fun paper clips)
  • Clear plastic bottle (I’m using a 1 Liter water bottle, 10″ tall)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Duck tape
  • Shredded paper
  • Card stock 2 colors
  • Double stick tape and or Zots clear adhesive dots
  • Goo Gone (to help remove all the label)
  • Optional curly ribbon

Directions

Open and pour out liquid from your bottle and wash it out. Remove all the label off the bottle, I used Goo Gone.  If you do not mind a mess do not open bottle from top cap, cut right into the bottle and pour out the liquid. With scissors pierce a hole in middle of bottle (the cut line will be covered by paper, but you do not want it too high or too low) and start cutting around to bottle.  If you feel like you can not cut straight, use a ruler and mark with a Sharpie your cutting line. Make sure the inside of the bottle is clean and dry.

Let’s get to “bottling”, gather up the items that you want in the bottle.

The items I bought were packaged in 2’s, so I opened all the items and made two piles.

Start by adding a little shredded paper to the bottom half of the bottle, and start adding your items (you do not want the bottle top heavy, so keep that in mind as you fill).

Push some shredded paper into the top half of the bottle, add your items.  Tightly screw on the top to the bottle if you haven’t already!  Place some shredded paper in the center, you want the items packaged tight, slide to top half on to the bottom (it’s a little like putting a puzzle together)!  I found that you can gently turn the top half of the bottle until you find just the right place where it will fit back and be straight.

With clear tape, tape the top and bottle together, take a look and make sure you like to way your items look in the bottle (now is the time to make any changes).  Run a strip of Duck Tape or any strong holding tape, around the cut sealing the bottle.

For the “label” on my bottle, this is what I printed, with the  font and size.

Bottled Exclusively for                                          Algerian 24

person’s name receiving gift                                  Harrington 36

Distributed by (name of giver)                              Harrington 18

Complete satisfaction guaranteed                Blackjack 14

I printed the label on card stock, cut them to size and backed it with a large piece of card stock.  I cut a 1 1/2 ” strip of card stock (this needs to cover the tape) and used double stick tape and Zots to hold strip and label in place.

Tie some curly ribbon to the top and your gift is ready!

I know the teachers will love their “exclusively bottle” gift!

Just for fun I added….The best year ever to the back.

For the next birthday party, I’m making “bottled” party favors!!

 

 

Glass Bead Necklace

Shopping in the mall I saw all the fun and colorful jewelry for summer and saw the prices!  I always keep Jo An Fabric and Michaels coupons in my car for these reason, I need to stop and get some glass beads and cord.  Glass beads cost me $3.00 for a bag(a lot of beads!) and leather cord for jewelry $2.00 (it is thin so the beads will fit).

Materials:

Glass beads varies sizes

Leather cord for jewelry, waxed cotton cord, hemp  (bead needs to fit on cord)

Scissors

Directions:

For a finished necklace 32″ to 34″ total length you will at least 3 1/2 yards of cord. The knots take up a lot of cording, so do not cut yourself short by not having enough cord. Cut two pieces of cording the same length (the longer your cording, the longer the finished necklace will be)  cut the cord into two equal pieces (mine are about 62″ each).  Tie the first knot about4” to 6″ down from one end, and slide on your first bead. I like starting with smaller beads, working the larger beads in the center of the necklace.

Now make another simple knot.  If you are using leather cord do not pull super tight when making the knot, the cord will break.

Here is my trick, slide the next bead onto the opposite cord from the first bead (look can you see it!).  Now a knot!

So just check to see which cord the bead ahead is on and use the other cord for next bead.  Keep going….bead – knot.

Keep going until it is the length you want (you will need about 4″ to tie to the other side of necklace).

When your necklace is the length you like, tie the ends (all 4 pieces of cord) together and you necklace is done.  I made two necklaces, one just a little longer than the other.

I love all the different colors, sizes and shapes glass beads have, making this a perfect summer necklace.  I”m making one for all my special girlfriends.

 

For the Birds

The children will have so much fun helping make these easy bird feeders and even more fun watching the birds come to the feeders!

Materials:

  • 4 cups bird seed
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons Corn Syrup
  • 1 envelope unflavored Gelatin
  • Wax Paper
  • Mixing bowl and spoon
  • Cookie cutters
  • Straw or toothpick
  • Ribbon, yarn or string
  • Optional: large paper clips

Directions:

All hands ready for measuring and molding!  In large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients with spoon and get out the cookie cutters.  Place the cookie cutter on wax paper, spoon in seed mixture. With your fingers push into the cookie cutter (add more seed mix if needed).  Use a straw or toothpick to make a hole in the seed for ribbon to hang feeder.

You should get about 12 feeders depending on the size of the cookie cutters.   Once the cookie cutter is filled  with seed and the hole is made, the cookie cutter can be pulled up and used again.

Let dry 6 to 8 hours.  Once they are dry, pull ribbon, yarn or string through hole, tie on tree branch and wait for the birds.  If you find a tree branch that is too hard to get ribbon around to tie,  try this: tie tails of ribbon together and make a hanger from a large paper clip.  Shape the paper clip into a “S” to make a hanger, this makes it easier to hang up into the tree.

It will not take long for the birds (and the squirrels!) to find the seed feeders.  Have fun bird watching!

 

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!

 

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...