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!

 

Fabric Pumpkins

Make your own unique pumpkin patch in an afternoon!

Materials:

  • Fabric (I’m using a piece 14″ by 22″)
  • Natural Jute
  • Poly Pellets
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  • Poly-Fil (stuffing)
  • Sewing machine, thread, needle
  • Scissors

Directions:

I’m using a piece of fabric 14″ long by 22” wide.  This will make a 6” to 7” tall finished pumpkin.  By changing the size of the fabric, it will change the size and shape of the finished pumpkin!

If you do not have a sewing machine, you can easily make one by just hand stitching!!

Let’s make pumpkins!!  Start folding the fabric in half, right side to right side making your piece 14” long by 11”wide, sew down the 14” side.  Now sew a long gathering stitch across one side which will become the top (stitch by hand or machine).  Cut a piece of jute about 12” long, hand gather the bottom (the end without the gathering stitch).  Wrap and tightly tie the jute around gathered fabric about 2” to 3” in, make a tight knot and cut off extra jute if needed.

Turn your soon to be pumpkin inside out!  Pour in some Poly-Pellets for weight in bottom of pumpkin.  Add some Poly-Fil (stuffing), do not over stuff.

This is the bottom of the pumpkin!

Start pulling the gathering threads around the top.

With needle and thread stitch top closed.  I like to tuck in the raw edge of the fabric down then stitch closed.

Cut 3 pieces of jute, each about a yard long, holding the 3 pieces make a knot in middle.  Spread out the jute to make 6 strands, place the middle of the bottom of the pumpkin on the knot.  Bring up 2 of the jute pieces that are opposite of each other and tie in a knot on the top center of the pumpkin.  You do not want to make it too tight, you might want to play around with it and see how you like it.  Do this two more times, all the jute will now be tied up.

This is the bottom of the pumpkin!

This is the top with one pair tied.

I like to make sure that one of the jute ties is over the seem.

Now you have all 6 pieces of jute on the top, make one big knot, nice and tight.  Do not cut the jute yet, we are going to use it to make the stem!

Pull 2 of the jute strings out, and gather up the other 4. Fold down the 4 making it about 2” tall (this is going to be the stem, so make it shorter or tall to what you like), take the other 2 and tie a knot holding the other 4 in place.

Now fold up the tale, tie another knot, cutting the jute so it fit into the loop.

With one of the long jute piece, start wrapping up and then down (I like to end at the bottom) add a touch of hot glue to hold end of jute in place.  Now do the same with the next piece of jute (I like making the bottom of the stem thicker), glue in place when finished.  If you want a thicker stem, wrap more jute.

You are done!

Are you going to make a pumpkin patch!!

This stem I just folded over all 6 and tie a knot, cutting off the extra jute!

How about using ribbon instead of jute, for a different look!

Hope you are inspired to make your own pumpkin patch!

 

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!!

Paper and Bead Ornaments

So fun and fast to make these beautiful balls using decorative paper punches!  Every year I like to have a “girls” holiday party, and what would a party be without a party favor, these are this years party favor!

Or maybe a bowl of the flower balls to match your decorator!

 

Materials:

  • Decorative punch (I using a flower punch)
  • Card stock paper
  • Glass seed beads in coordinating colors
  • Sequin pins: gold or silver
  • Smooth foam balls, your choice of size I’m using 2″ and 3″ balls
  • Acrylic paint for the foam balls
  • Paint brush
  • Optional: for hanger, eye pins or wire,  fishing line, ribbon or string, Tacky glue

Directions:

I do think it is best to use the smooth foam balls!  Start by deciding on your colors, and paint the foam balls.  I find it easy and fast to stick a tooth pick into the ball, paint it and then stick into foam sheet or card board box to dry (the tooth pick hole will be covered with a flowers)!   You do want a good coat of paint, but remember you will be covering with flowers!

While the balls are drying, start punching, and punching and punching.  I tried to count when I was making a 3″ ball, it was around 80 flowers and it will depend on how close together you put them.  Since I was making about 75 covered balls, I just punched each of the colors I wanted to use and put them in bags, when I ran out of that color I just punched more!

I found the Sequin pins from Jo Anns for 99 cents for 300 and of course I used a coupon!  But any thin straight pin will work, you just have to make sure the seed bead will slide on and stay on!

Pick your seed bead color and slide one bead on the pin and stick on a flower. Now I just pushed it right into the ball, but you could dip the end of the pin in Tacky glue if you felt like it needed it.

Since I was making sooo many, I found it easier to sit and watch TV 🙂 and slide on the bead and flower and make a bowl full and then put them on the balls!

I also found that if the card stock was super thick (like some of the heavy glitter ones from Micheal’s) they were too hard to punch and way to hard to push a pin through….just thought you should know!

Remember it’s up to you on how close together to put the flowers, it gives you a different look when the flowers are on top of each other!  If you do not do the pin gluing, it’s no problem to move the flower pin around, which you might need to when you are fitting in the last ones!

To make a hanger, I’m using an eye pin (which is used to make jewelery) but works great for this project or you can use wire. First slide the seed bead on, then the a flower and dip the end of the pin in Tacky Glue and push into ball!  Tie fishing line or ribbon on and hang your ornament!

Here is tip, I found that Velum paper works great (I used velum paper for the snowflake balls, second picture from the top) and it’s a beautiful look, it comes in colors like red, gold and silver!

Think about a different shape of punch, hearts, snowflakes, two different sizes of flowers…what shapes do you have!

I also love them just in a large glass bowl!  A fun and inexperience way to add color and or texture to your coffee table?

Did you know you can get the foam in an oval egg shape….Easter eggs how much fun!

How about making a topiary, one (or two) large ball covered with flowers, use a ribbon wrapped wood dowel as the stem, and placed in any vase or pot!  So pretty for a baby shower or bridal shower center piece.

 

Felt Napkin Rings from Paper Towel Roll

If you have crafting children or one who wants to try out a fun craft, this might be it! I have made these out of felt, but scrapbook paper or construction paper would work great too.

Materials

  • scissors
  • felt or paper (I used felt in brown, light brown, tan, green and orange)
  • glue or hot glue
  • Paper towel roll
  • DMC floss or thread (optional) and needle
  • Optional: Leaf template {DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE PDF HERE}

Cut the paper towel roll into 2 1/2″ pieces. You could get 4 pieces or rings from one roll.  Cut the dark brown felt so it will cover the roll and glue in place.

Download the leaf pattern (or make your own).  Cut out the leaves from light brown and green (each ring will have one of each).  A fun idea would be to let the kids paint or color paper leaves.

With DMC floss or thread, stitch on leaves.

Cut a strip of tan felt that will fit around the napkin ring.  With floss or thread quick stitch down the center.  Glue around each ring.  From the orange felt cut strips and make a knot in center.  Glue one green and one light brown leaf on each ring, and add the orange tie.

These napkin rings will add that special charm to your table, and your kids will be so proud to have their creativity on display!

Quick & Easy Festive Fall Candle Holders with Beans

This is a quick and easy way to add a touch of fall to your table.

I did a layer each of popcorn, dried red kidney beans and dried green split peas, then tied hemp around the the vase.  Check out the dried bean section in the grocery store on your next visit.

This candle I glued a band of the dried green split peas on the candle, then tied hemp around it.

If  you have left over dried beans, let the kids make Christmas ornaments (it’s not too early to be thinking about Christmas decorations, is it?!?).  Glue beans to card stock or post board cut into shapes, then spray paint.

Paper Pumpkin Place Cards

These simple little pumpkins are so quick and easy and add that extra charm to your festive table!  They can be place cards with a name or display words of things to be thankful for.  Maybe even let the children cut & decorate the paper with paint or markers and let them finish the pumpkins with each guest’s name or what they are thankful for.

 

Materials

  • Place card Pumpkin template {DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE PDF HERE}
  • Card stock paper (I used orange)
  • Card stock paper for name tags (I used green)
  • Small hole puncher
  • Twine or ribbon
  • scissors
  • optional: 2″ round circle punch (for name tags)

 

Directions

Start by downloading the pattern.  Trace on cardstock paper. If you only have white card stock, why not let the kids paint the paper orange then trace the pattern?

 

Cut your pumpkin shape and cut or punch what you will use as the name card. I used a 2″ punch.

 

Fold up the pumpkin sides, match to stem and a good fold on bottom, both sides.  Holding the two sides together, punch a hole where you want your tag to hang.

Have your tags ready with guest and family names, your favorite thankful thought or write something simple like “Give Thanks”.  Punch a hole in the tag, run twine or ribbon through both sides of pumpkin and tag, and tie a bow or knot.

Done! Now how simple and festive are these place cards?!

 

 

 

 

 

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