Beaded Eggs

I love glass beads so any time I can find something to bead I’m going to try it!!

Materials:

  • Smooth foam eggs
  • Glass seed beads (I used a mix of colors)
  • Tacky Glue (I like Aleene’s Tacky Glue)
  • Small box – like the top of a shoes box – you need something to catch the beads
  • Optional: Acrylic paints

Directions:

For this project you do need to use the smooth foam eggs.  When the eggs are painted it brings out the color of the beads, but you do not have to paint them.

I like using the top of a shoe box to catch the beads, any small box will work. Coat a small area (about an inch square) on the egg with Tacky Glue, sprinkle on your seed beads letting the extra beads fall into the box top.  I like to use my finger to gently pat the beads in place, checking to make sure the beads are flat on the eggs (so you will end up with a smooth layer of beads when finished).  If you spread the glue the in a larger area, keep an eye on the glue, the beads will start to slide!

Ok it sounds like this could take for ever!! But if you work on several eggs at a time it will go faster than you think.

I like to work on 4 to 6 at a time, gluing small areas at a time. By the time you glue an area on the last egg, on the first egg the glue will have set up and you can add more to the first egg and so on.  Just be sure the glue is set up (almost dry) or when your fingers touch the eggs the beads will stick to you.  Once you get your timing worked out, they could come together in an afternoon!

Depending on how much you sprinkle beads at a time, you will want to pour the extra beads back in bag or bowl…and keep beading!

Make sure the glue is dry.

I used the same mix of seed beads for all three eggs, I painted one pink, blue and purple!!  From a 3.5 ounce bag of seed breads I made 5 beaded eggs!

How about making a design with the beads, dots, stripes, or swirls…so many possibilities!

If you like beads, check out how I made beaded Christmas ornaments.

Hope you are inspired!

 

Flower Punched Eggs

With any fun shaped punch you can create this beautiful eggs in no time!

Materials:

  • Small size decorative punch (I used a flower shape)
  • Pretty paper(s)
  • Sequin straight pins or any short straight pin
  • Smooth foam eggs
  • Thimble
  • Optional: Acrylic paint and sequins

Directions:

I like the look of the smooth foam eggs and you can paint them!  But you could use any foam egg for this project.

Now start punching!!  If you are going to paint your eggs let your paint dry before you start to pin in the paper. Some colors of paint might take two coats. I just took an old tissue box made some small holes, put a toothpick in the egg and painted using to box a the dry rack!

Now that you have the paper punched and your eggs ready, just push a straight pin through the paper shape and push into the egg. The smooth foam is harder to push pins in, you might want to try a thimble.

It is up to you are how close to want to pin the shaped paper.  I did some very close together and other were you could easily see the flower shape, just up to you on the look you like.  Also by painting the eggs it changes to look!

This is a great project to do when you can sit, watch TV and pin away!  They go together fast.

Make sure you really push the pin into the egg!  The smooth foam will hold the pin in tight you will not need to add glue.

Fill a basket or bowl with all the beautiful eggs for a perfect centerpiece or use them as place cards on your holiday table!

If you like a little extra sparkle, pin in a few sequins.

Happy pinning!  Hope you are inspired.

If you like these eggs check out how I took this idea to Christmas ornaments!

 

Rag Baskets

Fabric strips, piping cord, a little time and patience….you have made a unique one of a kind rag basket!

Materials:

  • Fabric – torn into strips
  • Piping (cording)
  • Large needle or large safety pin
  • Masking tape
  • Wire 18 or 19 gauge
  • Scissors

Directions:

The piping (cording) that I like to use for my baskets is found in craft stores in the upholstery area.  It comes in different sizes, the cost is around 30 to 40 cents a yard depending on size.  For the multi colored basket (6” round bottom) I used 7 yards of piping and about 1 yard of fabric, the oval basket (9” by 6 1/2″) made of all the same fabric, I used 10 yards of piping, and all use 2 yards of fabric.  So it takes more piping than you think!

The needle: I’m using a plastic yarn needle (it has a large eye) but a large safety pin will work.

First you want to tear you fabric into 1” to 1 1/4” wide strips, if you are using scrap fabric you do need the strips to be at least 18” to 20” long.  With masking tape, tape one end of the cord, then cover and wrap with a strip of fabric, wrapping 4” to 5” on the cord (wrap with a slight angle) and start to roll into circle.  This might take one or two tries, don’t give up, the starting point is the hardest!

Slide on your large needle, or pin a large safety pin to the end of fabric strip, holding fabric wrapped piping in a circle, pull needle through, then push needle back up on other side of fabric strip.  If it is not holding tight, try again…remember this is the hardest part of making the basket….do not give up!!

In the picture below, I have loosened up my circle so you can see where to put the needle. But you do want a tight stitch that will hold!

The picture below shows where to push the needle back up, making sure you are holding on tight to the circle! Now push needle down on other side of the fabric strip and wrap the fabric 2 times around piping and make another stitch!!

This is what up should have!  Now it’s time for a new strip….just lay the new fabric strip under the one you have been stitching and wrap the new strip around (you want it tight)! And keep going!!

Keep going until you have the size bottom you like!! Tip: before you start the sides, count the rows, in the picture above there are seven rows for the bottom, all sides need to be equal, and I’m ready to start up the side! To make the sides going up (no worries the hard part is done), you want to push the piping up on the fabric wrapped cord and keep stitching!!!

You want the sides of the basket to be even also!  So count up on all sides, you want one side to have one row more than the other.  The handle will even out the sides!  But I like to add wire for extra support!  I like the wire to run around the top row and handle of my baskets.  This means you need to start the wire when the side count is 7 on one side and 6 on the other (for this basket).  Cut wire to your size (top rows and handle) and use masking tape to hold in place (it is easy to add more wire if needed).

Now that the wire is in place, go half way around, again the side count is not even. Now we are ready for the handle, this basket has a double handle, below I show a single handle and side handles!! Make a tight stitch and bend up and over to form the handle. The first side you will just wrap with a fabric strip, until it gets to the other side.  Now bend cord with wire back to the other side.  In the bend area make a stitch, keep tight and keep making more stitches around the wrapped handle side, holding the handle together.

Now bring the wired piping down and bend around the top of the basket, this will be the last row….All most done!!  Cut the piping and wire where it meets back to other side of handle.  Cut piping at an angle and wrap tight with tape.

Keep wrapping and making stitches.  When you come to the end, wrap all the way to the tip (you do not want the piping to show through) then back to make the last stitches.  With the needle push through a stitch inside of basket and make a knot and cut off any extra fabric.  Done….now that wasn’t so hard!!!

This is the inside of the basket.

For a single handle basket, again the side count will be off by one!  Add wire before you start the last row on the side, continue the wire for the handle, and for the last row on the other side of the basket.  The single handle you bend over shaping into your handle size and then back the other way, making the last row of the basket.  Make a good tight stitch before and after the handle on each side.

Easter basket!

The oval (oblong) basket, you just need to shape the bottom and then make the sides!  This basket I use smaller size piping and used the same fabric!

This is the bottom. I placed a button so you can see the center, and how I’m making both sides even.

Starting to make the sides!

If you run out of piping, it is easy to add more, cut the piping at angle (both the new and what you are using) fit them together and tape tight and keep going!

No one will know!!

This basket has side handles, and again I used wire to help shape them!

I love making these for gifts!

My next basket I’m going to try using ribbon instead of fabric….I need to find a sale on ribbon!

Hope you will be inspired to make rag baskets!

Leather Cord Bracelet

These leather cord bracelets are so quick and easy, you can use beautiful buttons or colorful glass beads.

Materials:

  • Buttons or glass beads
  • 1.8m Leather cord
  • Scissors

Button bracelet:

Before you start make sure the leather cord will slide through the button holes!  I’m using 7 one inch mother of pearl buttons and one 1/2″ button as the fastener.  I want the bracelet to be 7″ to 71/2″ long when finished, so I will need to cut the leather cord 36″ long.  Fold the cord in half, make a knot on folded end about 1/2″ in, this end will be your fastener, so make sure your button (the 1/2″ button) will slide through!  To keep the first button in place tie one more knot about 1/4″ from the first knot.  Slide your button through one of the cords.

Slide the button all the way to the knot, tie another knot with both cords to hold button in place!

Add another button, tie a knot until you have all your buttons on and the size you want.

To finish your bracelet, tie one more knot to keep the buttons from being to close to each. Slide the smaller 1/2″ button on, sliding a cord through each button hole, and tie cording in strong knot.

Cut off extra cord.

Button bracelet done!

Glass bead bracelet on a leather is just as easy!

For the glass bead bracelet, cut the leather cord 36″ for a finished 7″ to 71/2″ bracelet.  Fold cord in half and make a knot, with the opening large enough for your last bead to go through (this last bead will be your fastener).

Before you start make sure the glass beads will easily slide on the leather cord!  And the bead that will become the fastener needs to slide on to both cords!

Slide the first bead onto just one of the cords, and make a knot, slide next bead on and make a knot, until you have the size you want!

 

Now for the last bead, slide this bead through both cords knot a strong knot and cut off extra cord!

Done, how easy and quick!

Or try this, make a loop large enough for a bead and tie a knot.  Slide the first bead through both ends of the cord, cut extra tail of cord hiding it in the bead!

Make a knot, add a bead, make a knot, until you have the size you want.

The last bead will be the fastener, so it needs to fit through the loop!  Slide this bead on, make a tight knot and cut off extra cord!

These bracelets would make a great “crafty” project for a tween sleep over or for a birthday activity!

Enjoy and be inspired!

Spring Yarn Wreath

This yarn wrapped wreath is so simple to make and a quick way to decorate with your favorite Springs colors!

Materials:

  • Foam wreath form
  • Yarn, your favorite colors in different textures (I used 8 different yarn colors)
  • Scissors
  • Wire or pipe cleaner for a hanger and hot glue if needed
  • Optional: Ribbon for bow, glue, extra yarn for pom poms

Directions:

Once you have your yarn picked out, start with any solid color and start wrapping.  You do not want to pull tight on the yarn while wrapping.  Keep wrapping all the different colors until totally covered!

With a pipe cleaner or wire make a hook for hanging the wreath.  I just pushed the ends of the wire into the foam wreath, and added   little hot glue if needed.

Make simple yarn pom poms in different colors and sizes and add to your wreath!

Or add a bow and done!

Hope you are inspired!

Chick Egg

So cute, so easy these little chicks eggs.

Materials:

  • Plastic eggs
  • Orange felt
  • 7mm eyes
  • Feathers
  • Tacky Glue
  • Scissors

Directions:

Cut orange felt into long triangle shape for the beak, and glue onto egg.  Glue 2 eyes just above beak, glue small colored feather to the center back of the egg.  If you want to be able to open the egg, glue feather just above the opening!

Fill with your favorite treats, fun for an egg hunt or a adorable center piece!

 

 

Paint Pen Decorated Plastic Eggs

So much fun to decorate eggs with paint pens or colored sharpie pens, the kids will want to get in on the fun.

Materials:

  • Plastic eggs
  • Paint pens or Sharpie pens

 

Let your creativity out, have fun with poke a dots, squeegly lines, little flowers!!

The paint pens seem to give a brighter colors and show up more, but you do have to give time for drying!  The Sharpie pen dries right away, so you can keep drawing!

Recycle last years plastic eggs into fun art pieces!  Your possibilities are endless!

 

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!!

Snowflake Candle Holder

Every year I love having my holiday candle exchange party just with the girls!  Instead of an ornaments, I came up with exchanging  holiday candle or holder, so everyone goes home with a beautiful candle (and I always make a party favor).  It so much fun, but the twist is…it can not cost more than $8.00!!  So everyone gets very creative, they want to hear the biggest WOW…and I wanted that one!  Ok enough about the party..so this my candle holder idea that one of my friend will get!  With a sheet of white tissue, scissors, Mod Podge, a brush and glass vase or recycle a jar, done!!

Materials:

  • Any glass vase or jar or recycle a glass jar
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • White tissue paper 1 sheet
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush
  • Old paint brush
  • Candle
  • Optional: DecoArt Twinlkes glitter paint in Crystal

Directions:

Cut snowflakes from the white tissue paper.  If you are using a recycled (used) sheet of tissue, iron it with low setting to smooth, making it easier to fold and cut.  Remember snowflakes are about the folding and they should be unique!  I cut more than I needed, but I used about 16 snowflakes in all different sizes and shapes.

Wash and dry the outside your vase or jar.

Brush an even coat of Mod Podge on the front side of the vase, gently place a snowflake in the glue.  Paint a coat of Mod Podge gently over the snowflake.  Once the tissue is in the glue, it will tear or move easily.

Now go over the entire area with Mod Podge using an up-down movement.  You want to create texture and cover up any brush strokes.  This can be done after you do each snowflake or after all snowflake are glued in place.

Let dry!  If you should notice any areas where brush stokes are noticable, add more Mod Podge in the up-down motion.

Loved the shape of this jar, sprung white glass beads on wire and wrapped around the top.  This will make a perfect Christmas gift!

If you like a little sparkle, add a coat of DecoArt Twinkles in Crystal (glitter paint)!

Isn’t this the perfect inexpensive, homemade gift!!

Frosted Glass Candle Holder

A can of Frosted Glass spray paint, stickers, decorative punches, and a glass vase or recycled jar, the possibilities are endless!

Materials:

  • Frosted Glass spray paint
  • Glass vase, candle holder, glass jar
  • Stickers
  • Decorative punches

Directions:

I’m using two sizes of snowflake punches.  Punch out the stickers and firmly place on outside of the glass piece and spray with Frosted Glass (outside) let dry and remove the stickers!

 

This one I just used the round stickers!

I wanted to make a stripped vase using masking tape, but my tape was too old, so I used rubber bands!

I think my oil bottle has a new life as a vase!

This is a vary inexpensive project, the spray I purchased from Jo Anns with a 50% off coupon for about $3.00 and sprayed four different pieces, (I had the stickers and the snowflake punches), Micheal’s had the glass candle holder/vase on sale $2.50!

 

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