Wire Spiders

Spiders, spiders….everywhere!  Black wire and seed beads for eyes will be all you need for making these spiders, you will have a jar full in no time!  If your children want to help make spiders, let them use black pipe cleaners, pony bead eyes and follow the same directions!

pipe cleaner spider

Materials:

  • Black 26 gauge wire (I found at Jo Ann’s)
  • Seed beads: red, yellow, orange
  • Wire cutters or scissors
  • Optional: for kids black pipe cleaners, for eyes pony beads (or any type of bead)

Directions:

I’m using 26 gauge wire, because it is so easy to work with.

Cut a piece of wire about 18″ long, slide seed bead (eye) onto wire, about 2″ in and twist wire to hold bead in place.

Add another bead eye and twist to hold in place.

Now start forming the body (any shape), with the shorter wire, bend around with your fingers making a circle/oval shape, now bend the longer end around one or two times.

Now  start wrapping the wire around and around, going  in different directions around the body.  You want to pinch down every once in a while to keep your spider body flat.  If you have too much wire, cut off what you do not want, or add more wire if needed.

I just pushed the end of the wire into the body.  Fun right!  Any size or shape is going to work, that’s what makes this so fun, you can’t go wrong!

For the legs,  cut 4 piece of wire about 6” to 8” long (better to have them too long than too short) and one piece 8′ to 10″ long (this wire is for attaching body to legs).

Wrap the longer wire around all 4 legs wires, twist the wire to hold.  Now wrap the wire through center of legs, 2 in front and 2 in back on each side… see picture below.

Now to attach the body, we are going to use the same piece of wire (not a leg).  Lay the body on top and wrap the wire around, and around the body.

All you have to do is shape the legs, if they are too long or not all the same length cut them.

Since the spiders are made from wire, it is so easy to gently bend a leg to hold them on to branches, or gently push a leg or two into a candle, or cover a pumpkin with spiders.  If you are like me they will be everywhere!

If your children love the idea of spiders everywhere, let them make spiders from black pipe cleaners which are easier for children to handle!  They could use orange, red, or yellow pony beads or, depending on the age they might need your help, with cutting the pipe cleaners.

I used 3mm size pipe cleaner (they are not as fluffy), you will find them at any craft store.  I used a total of 6 for one spider, 4 for the legs, 1 the for body, and 1 to attach legs to body, and 2 pony beads for eyes!

Enjoy your spiders!

 

 

 

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!

 

Tissue Paper Balls

It’s so fun to make these tissue paper balls, your children are going to want to help! They can be made in any size and any color, they instantly add color and a wow factor to any party.

Materials:

  • Tissue paper (larger ball 8 to 12 sheets)
  • Fishing line or string
  • Scissors

Directions:

Lay out and flatten the tissue paper, you will need at least 8 to 12 sheets for a large ball.  With the tissue paper going long ways in front of you (it really doesn’t matter which way, it just makes a difference in size) fold up one end about 1 1/2″, and keep folding like you are making a large fan!

Now find the center by folding your fan in half, with fishing line or string (about a 8″ long so you have extra for hanging), tie in center.

Start on one side and pull up one tissue.

If you used 12 sheets of tissue, pull 6 sheets from each of these two sides. If  you have 8 sheets, pull up 4 on each side, and so on!

Now just turn over the ball and pull up each sheet for this side.  You now have a tissue ball, you may need to adjust some the sheets.

Find your fishing line (or string) in the ball and tie them together, with another piece of fishing line (as long as needed for hanging) loop through the string you just tied and tie the longer line on.  Let’s go hang them under the  large pool umbrella!

A fun way to decorate and add a lot of color!

This pink ball has rounded edges (cut before pulling sheets) looking like a large flower.  For a birthday party I made 2 dozen pink and purple balls (different sizes) and hung them from the trees!

You can shape the ends of the tissue “fan”, before pull the sheets for a different look.

You can make them smaller by cutting the tissue!  For these small half balls, I cut one sheet of tissue into 3 equal strips, stacked them, folded, tied and only pulled one side!!

Did you know you can iron tissue!  With the iron set on low, no steam, and iron…you can recycle, used tissue paper and make beautiful tissue balls!!

 

 

July Wreath with Rosettes

Welcome July with this red, white and blue rosette wreath, perfect at the front door, mailbox or in a window.

Materials:

  • Foam wreath
  • Burlap
  • Felt: red, white, blue
  • Optional: Stars and strip ribbon, blue ribbon (bow)
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue

Directions:

Cut burlap into 3″ to 4″ strips, wrap the wreath tightly, hot gluing the ends in place.

To make the rosette flowers: cut a 5″ to 6″ circle from each color of felt (red, white, blue). Starting on the side cut into the circle going around, start small then a little wider (see picture below).  Check out my Fall Wreath with Felt Rosettes and Magazine Rosette Flower Topiary and Wreath, for more rosette ideas!

Roll from the outside in, forming a rosette flower, hot glue bottom of flower (see next picture).

Place your glue in center and flip over center to hold.

Glue the red, white and blue rosette onto the burlap covered wreath, loop and glue in place stars / stripe ribbon and add a blue bow.

A quick and easy decoration for the 4th of July!

Flip Flop Wreath

This easy flip flop wreath is a fun way to say summer is here! Quick and inexpensive to make, 3 pairs of flip flops, glue and a little ribbon. The flip flops were on sale for $1 a pair and I used a coupon for the ribbon, total cost $5.50.

Materials:

  • 3 pairs of flip flops (I have used adult size small)
  • Glue ( I used hot glue)
  • Pipe cleaner or wire to make a hanger
  • Optional: Ribbon for bow, sea shells

Directions:

Arrange the flip flops in a circle, with a small over lap for gluing.

When you know which way you are going to hang your wreath, take two of the flip flops, flip them over to a make a hanger (my hanger is going top and center).  Using a pipe cleaner or wire, wrap one end of pipe cleaner around the toe holder and wrap other end around the other shoe (see picture below).

Flip them back over and place back in circle.  Glue (I used hot glue, but any strong holding glue will work) each flip flop to the next making a circle (mine are glued heal to toe).

Give the glue time to set up before moving on to the next shoe.  Once all flip flops are glued together, ready for a bow and or sea shells.  Do not forget to glue together the flip flops that are tied together making the hanger!

I added a simple 6 loop bow, (about 2 yards of ribbon) glued onto the top of the wreath ( I added 3 star fish).

Slide the flip flop wreath onto the door hanger or hook, summer time is here!

 

Magazine Rosette Flower Wreath

What a fun way to recycle your old magazine, by making these rosette flowers.  Make an accent wreath, decorative ball or embellish a card, gift bag or gift tag…it’s hard to stop making them!  Plus, you will not believe how easy they are to make.

Materials:

  • Old magazine
  • Tacky glue
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Toothpick
  • Paper and pencil/marker
  • Small foam wreath I used 8″ ring
  • Wide ribbon about 3 yard to wrap wreath

Directions:

Make a circle pattern 2″ and 3″.  Tear the pages you want to use from the magazine.  I like to look for bright colors and some with typed word.  Start cut circles more 2″ than 3″ ( for my 8″ wreath I used about 75 circles-flowers).  Let’s make rosette flowers,  cut each circle into a spiral (see picture below) starting on the outside edge working to the center.

I found that a toothpick works great to give your a tight center.  Start wrapping the toothpick 3 to 4 turns then add a little tacky glue and wrap some more, now pull out tooth pick.

Keep wrapping with your fingers to the center.  You can adjust the tightness and this will give you different sizes.  Add some hot glue to the center, and gently hold in place.

It took me a few tries to get the look of the flower I liked.

For me it was easier to wrap/glue all centers then hot glue each flower. A tip is to leave your Tacky glue in old cup upside down, that way you do not wait for the glue. Now that all rosettes are glued, I wrapped my foam wreath with ribbon.  I found this wreath at Jo Ann Fabrics, I liked it because it is almost flat.

Start gluing, I did glue them close together.

Do you think this looks like it’s made from a magazine?

I had some left over rosettes…check out the other fun things I made using the rosettes!

Or cover a foam ball for a topper on a large candle holder.

 

Pillow With Button Letter

Add some charm with buttons!  Make your own pillow or add a button letter to pre-made pillow.

Materials:

  • Fabric to make pillow (1 yard for 18″ pillow) or ready made pillow
  • Buttons in different sizes
  • Needle
  • Thread and DMC floss (cross stitching thread)
  • Paper to make your letter pattern
  • Dressmaker’s Marking Pencil or chalk
  • Pillow form (inside stuffing) I’m using a 14″
  • Ruler
  • Sewing machine, scissors
  • Embroidery hoop (optional)

Directions:

Start by cutting your pillow front an 19” square ( I’m making an 18″ pillow with a pillow form of 14″). For the back cut two pieces 19″ by 12″.  This is going to be a simple pillow with an opening in the back for the pillow form to side in.  On a piece of paper draw out and cut our letter, I’m doing an R.  Place on top of our 19″ front of pillow, when you have it centered or where you want it, trace the outline with the marking pencil or chalk.

Now I have my R outline, with matching DMC floss (or thread) do a quick stitch on chalk line to outline the letter.

I”m leaving the outline of the R on my pillow but if you wanted to do a quick stitch with thread and then pull out the thread after you sew that buttons that also looks good.  By doing the stitch outline it makes it so much easier.

Now for button fun.  Use your paper letter as a pattern for your buttons.  This will help you see where the buttons should be sewn and just how many button you need before you start sewing.  I did not use a embroidery hoop, I think it would have made it easier to sew on the buttons.

Start sewing buttons and more buttons.  I found when sewing that I needed to shift and add or move some buttons from how I had them on the pattern.  Notice that I stacked a smaller button on top of a larger ones.

Now we need to make the pillow.  First turn back twice and sew down the 19″ side of each back piece.  Place the front of pillow right side up and place on back piece on top with right sides together.

Now place the other back piece on top, pin in place and sew all four sides.  Turn pillow right side out and lay flat (maybe iron around the edges).  With a ruler and chalk  mark each corner 2″ in and down (remember I’m using a 14″ pillow form for the inside).  And sew all four sides of the pillow 2″ in, this will make a 14″ square in center.

All that is left to do is slide in the pillow form and enjoy.

How cute it would be to sew a button letter on a fabric purse or tote bag, too!

 

 

 

 

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 🙂

Wine Cork Letter

Recycle all those wine corks into something fun! Have you ever looked at how different and interesting the designs are on wine corks? Show them off by adding them to a letter.

Materials:

  • Old wine corks
  • Glue
  • Wood letter from craft store
  • Cutter board and knife
  • Optional hook for hanging letter and sand paper

Directions:

Gather up all your wine corks.  I like red wine so most of the corks were stained, I found that a light rub with sand paper will take off some color.  I am using a wooden flat letter from Jo Ann Fabrics, cost about $3.   I gave it a quick coat of brown acrylic paint, then a light sanding. First find your favor corks, if it is the saying on it or the picture you will want it showing in the right direction. Map out your design or pattern for the corks.

I cut some of the cork in half, using a sharp knife on a cutting board.  I liked the look and round size helped the corks fit into place. Each letter will be a different cork puzzle to figure out, but it is not hard.

I was very careful to place my corks so writing/design was going in the right direction.  Start gluing, I’m sure hot glue would work but I love Weldbond Glue. It bonds almost everything it drys clear and does not smell like some strong glues, you can find it in craft stores.

When glue is dry, add hook to back for hanging. Just find the center and good to hammer in place.

You know this would make a great message board, just need decorative push pins.

Still have more wine corks?  Take a large clear vase or candle holder, place small clear vase with candle  into the larger vase and add your extra corks.

Who’s ready for a glass of wine?!

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