Framed Chicken Wire

I have been having so much fun with old wooden frames! Recycle an old frame into a fun message board, by backing it with chicken wire!

Materials:

  • Wooden frame
  • Chicken wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Tape measure or yard stick
  • Small nails with heads and small hammer
  • Optional hook for hanging, ribbon, small clothespins, ribbon and or rag flowers

Directions:

I went to a local feed store for the chicken wire, it’s 36″ long and sold by the foot ($1.20 a foot)!

I found my wooden frame at the flea market, removed old nails, sanded and painted it!  Once your frame is ready, measure the inside of the frame, and cut the chicken wire with wire cutters to your frame size.

Depending on where you cut on the chicken wire pattern you may need to cut off or bend back sharp point of the wire.  For this reason I would cut the wire just a bit larger, lay the wire in the frame, then cut or bend the wire to fit!

Once you have the perfect size, lay the wire in the frame and nail into place.  I found nails with a small head worked the best for me.

This picture shows where I had to bend the wire for a good fit and makes it easier for nailing in place.

Done!! Now it’s time to have some fun…ribbon and flowers!

Simply weave ribbon around and through the wire.

I added 3 flowers!

Found small wooden clothespins, glued buttons on some!

Super fun and unique message board! Hope you are inspired to make one!!

 

Crepe Paper Pom Pom Flowers

Who wouldn’t want a vase full of these colorful crepe paper flowers!

Materials:

  • Crepe paper
  • Scissors
  • Green floral stem wire
  • Floral stem wrapping tape (green)
  • Wire cutters
  • Tacky glue
  • Optional food coloring

Directions:

Cut a 12″ to 18″ long piece of crepe paper, with your scissors make cuts into the paper about every 1/4 of an inch without cutting all the way through, coat one end of the floral wire (stem) with Tacky glue, lay glued end onto crepe paper that was not cut and press with fingers to hold in place.

Add more glue and roll crepe paper around wire, pinching, and gathering with your fingers.  You do not want to just roll the wire flat onto the paper, I think the flowers look best with some gathering!

As you are forming the flower, keep the crepe paper going straight around the top, you do not want the crepe paper going down the wire!

When your flower is the size you want, glue the end of the crepe, with your fingers push in and around the base of the flower making sure it held tight in place and is not too thick.

Tear off about 6″ of the floral tape and wrap around the glued end and down around the wire.

Depending on the vase size you are using, you may have to cut the wire stem to size!

It so easy to make multi colored flowers!  Start with a center color, glued in place and then add another color and another!!

For the multi colored look, I took white crepe paper and dipped it into food coloring!

I love the look!

Maybe red, white and blue for the 4th of July table!

Magazine Beads

Stop… do not throw away that magazine, recycle and make beads.  Yes these beads are just strips of magazine pages rolled into a bead.  Grab some glue and lets make these easy beads.  This is a great project for older children!

Materials:

  • Magazine
  • Tacky Glue
  • Scissors
  • Double stick tape squares
  • Plastic cocktail straws
  • Wax paper
  • Long wooden skewer
  • Clear varnish sealer gloss or satin and paint brush
  • Optional for necklace: jump rings, seed beads, eye pins, needle pliers

Directions:

Pull out pages that you want to use from the magazine, I like finding colorful pages.  Cut pages into long triangles, the fatter end will determine the length of the bead, the longer you cut the triangle, the fatter the bead will be.

Lets make a bead(s), place the side you want seen down and place a double stick square about a 1/4″ from the top (the larger end).  Place a small plastic straw on the top and start to roll, you want the tape to stick and hold the paper not on the straw,  this makes it so easy to slide the finished bead off.

I outlined the tape, see how it is not all the way at the top.  I have found this step makes it faster and easier to make the bead, if you do not have double stick tape, glue will work but you need to keep the bead moving around the straw or it will not slide off.

Now add a line of Tacky Glue and keep rolling to the end.

There will be glue that comes out the sides, with your fingers rub the glue over the bead and slide of straw to dry.

You can make this beads in any size.

Lay the bead(s) on wax paper to dry (do not let them touch each other).  When they are dry I like to paint a coat of gloss varnish sealer.   Slide the beads on to long wooden skewers, paint a coat of sealer, and use a jar to balance the skewer on top to let the dry.

You do not want the sealer to get on the skewer, it will make it hard to get the beads off.  When dry slide off.

Now what to do with all the beads….lets make a necklace.

I’m using eye pins, but you could use wire and roll each end to hold the jump rings.  I start with a small seed bead, then a larger bead, the magazine bead, larger bead, and end with seed bead on eye pin.  With needle nose pliers round the end to make a closed circle.

 

 

When all beads are on the eye pins, open and attach a jump to the ends, keep going until you have the length you want.  I made two strands, one with 24 beads and the other with 22.

This necklace cost under $5 and I love the colorful look.

A quicker way to put together this necklace is to string the beads on leather cord or hemp!  Tie a knot to hold magazine bead in place and maybe add some small glass beads or wooden beads, tie the ends together and you a have a one of a kind necklace.  This project is great for older children, they can make them for all their friends!

Beaded Wire Circle Charm

My sister ask my to come up with an unique and inexpensive gift that she could give her girl friends who where putting together a big birthday party for her (one of those birthdays with a big number)!  I came up with the Circle of Friendship beaded charm.  It’s a wire ring wrapped with seed beads that you slide onto your favorite chain and I found a beautiful friendship poem to put with it.

I wish I could give credit to the author of this beautiful poem, but I do not know the author.

Materials:

  • Seed beads
  • 26 gauge wire like Darice brand permanently colored copper wire
  • Small metal ring or washer
  • Wire cutters

I had an old circle chain from another project and liked the larger size ring, but any solid ring will work.  Cut about an 18″ long piece of the 26 gauge wire ( if the wire is too long it’s hard to work with and you can always add more) wrap a few times around the ring, then start stringing on some seed beads (not too many) on the wire and start wrapping around the ring.  You may need to use your fingers to hold the beads in place while wrapping.  I like to go all the way around one time then go back in the other direction one time.

The more times you go around adding beads the larger/thicker the ring will become.  If you use a washer that is already thicker, you will have a different look.

The ring I’m using is only about 3/4th of an inch!

When you have all the beads on, wrap the wire (with no beads) around a few times pushing it down into the beads and cut off what you do not need, pushing cut end down into the beads (making sure the sharp end is not sticking out).  It takes me about 20 minutes to make one charm, making this a fast, inexpensive and unique gift!

Now your Circle of Friendship charm is ready for you to slide onto your favorite chain/cord or give a gift to a special friend.

The 26 gauge wire comes in a lot of colors, it’s by Darice in a 30 yard roll for $2.50 (no coupon) and the seed bead comes in all colors, you can get small packages for $1 to $1.50 (no coupon).  If you are like me and love the 40% off craft coupons from Jo Ann, this project would be under $3.00 (using coupons) and you could make about 10 charms!!

Each charm is different, unique, and worn close to your heart, as each friend is special in their own way and always close to your heart!

Beaded Serving Spoons

Add some sparkle and fun to your serving spoons, dip spoons and spreaders!  These are so much fun to make, and add the personal touch to any party!  They make a great gift.

Materials:

  • 16 gauge aluminum Jewelry Wire
  • Spoon
  • Beads different sizes
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle nose pliers

Directions:

Double check your beads to make sure they will slide on to the 16 gauge wire.  Pick a spoon or spreader, you want to choose one that is not to decorative, you will be covering it with beads.  If you choose a sterling silver piece once the wire and beads are on it will be very hard to polish!  Bed, Bath and Beyond have serving pieces from $2 to $9, bring a coupon!

The  aluminum jewelry wire bends easily and is very easy to work with.  The pliers will leave marks, so I use double stick tape to tape down a little strip of felt.

Cut a piece of wire about 18” long (the length will depend on how many times you wrap and the number of beads), with the needle nose pliers, gently start to form a circle.  Place on the top center of spoon and wrap tightly 3 times with your fingers.

   

You want to keep the wire tight and close together.  Slide on a bead, with your finger or with pliers, gently bend the wire down the center.  With your fingers push bead into place and hold.

  

Holding the bead in place, start wrapping 2 to 3 times in the opposite direction, add more beads and wrap.

  

Remember you want to wrap the wire tight.  End with another circle swirl.  When wrapping check the back, to make sure the wire is straight.

  

When making your designs, you want to wrap the wire 2 to 3 times between each bead.

  

Note: beaded wired spoons and spreaders should be hand washed, not in dishwasher.

 

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!

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.

 

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!

 

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 🙂

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