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!

 

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!!

 

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!

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!

 

 

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!!

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!

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!

 

Pine Cone Deer

How cute are these little deers!  Just pine cones, sticks and glue, add a red pom pom nose or a jingle bell, couldn’t be easier.  The kids will love helping find the perfect pine cones and sticks!!

Materials:

  • Pine cones different sizes, and not broken or too old
  • Sticks and branches for legs and antlers
  • Glue: Hot glue or any strong holding clear glue
  • Scissors and or small branch clippers
  • Optional: gloves, bells, ribbon, small ornaments, small birds, red pom poms

Directions:

Time for a pine cone hunt,  you do want to be picky picking your pine cones!  You do not want them too old, falling apart or broken, you also want different sizes, I like the head to be smaller than the body!  For the legs and antlers, I cut a branch from one the oak trees (it needed to come down), and cut the ends for the branches for the antlers and the thicker straighter branches for the legs.  I did let them dry out for about 2 days!  If you are using branches that have fallen to the ground, check to make use they are still in good shape, not too old!

  My box of branches….ready to go!

For the legs you want them some what straight, and the same size (thickness) for all 4 legs.  Cut off any small branches off.  Do not cut them too short, wait and cut them to the size of your deer pine cone, mine were  4” to 4/12″ long!

Have different sizes and shapes of end branches for the antlers.

Match up the pine cones, find the pair that look the best together.  I like the head (pine cone) smaller than the body.

You may need to wear gloves, then gluing!  I using hot glue, it’s just quicker, but if the kids want to help (please be careful using hot glue around children) but if they are willing to hold the pieces together while the glue sets…why not (try Weldbond glue)! For the deer body, as you see in the picture above, the head (pine cone) goes one way, the smaller end is the nose, and the body (pine cone) the other way.  Find the best spot for both pine cones, where you can push them together and get a good hold, now that you have a good spot, pull them apart and glue, hold in place until glue has set.

See how the two pine cones are pushed down together.

For the legs, before you glue, find just the right spot, 2 for front legs and 2 back legs.  Cut the leg branch to the right size and glue ( about 4” to 4 1/2” long).

    

Make sure your deer can stand on it’s own!

Now for the antlers, pick 2 branches, and fit them to the top of the larger end of pine cone, pushing into pine cone for a good fit. Make sure the antlers do not make the deer top heavy, if the deer falls over, the antlers are to large and or too heavy.  Now glue antlers into pine cone.

   

Done…now maybe a red pom pom nose, tie on a jingle bell or small ornament!

 

How about silver spray paint!

     

Maybe add a little bird in a nest, and jingle bell.

       

Are you inspired!

 

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.

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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!

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