Hey everybody! I am sooo excited to announce that the new holiday issue of Inspired Ideas Magazine is out and available! It is one of my favorite online mags. I have two projects in the current issue, Vintage Wrapping Paper Letters, and a fun Embroidery Pattern for Mr. & Mrs. Claus Pillowcases. There are a bunch of amazing artists and projects in this mag! It is my favorite issue so far! You can get the holiday issue and back issues of Inspired Ideas online Here for $3.99. Definitely go check it out! You’ll LOVE it too!
Hi guys! Welcome to day three of my 12 Days of Handmade Holiday Gifts. Today I am going to show you how to make these fun wooden doll necklaces. These little wearable dolls would be a great gift for the little gals in your life. They can be used a little toy dolls, or you can string them on a chain and wear them. These necklaces are really easy to make, and they are so inexpensive. They whip up pretty quickly too!
Here’s What You Need:
*Wooden Peg Doll
*Wooden Doll Head
*Medium Gage Wire
*Dremmel with Cutting Wheel
*Small Drill Bits
*Round nose pliers
The first thing you need to do is prepare your pieces. On the peg doll, cutoff the head with your dremmel cutter. Drill a hole with a 1/16 drill bit in the top of the head for your screw eye. Next, measure the thickness of your wire. With a drill bit the same size as the wire, drill into the bottom of the peg doll for your legs. Now you are ready to paint your pieces. Paint your head and paint the peg doll to have a top of your design choice on. You will make a skirt with your trim. Let the paint dry thoroughly. Next, glue your head to the peg doll base. Then run a bead of glue around the base of the peg doll body and glue down your trim scraps to make your skirt. Now, cut a couple of strips of wire about 2.5-3″ long. With your round nose pliers, bend and loop one end of each wire to create the loop for the foot. Then, put a little glue on the straight end of the wire and insert it into the hole in the bottom of the peg doll body. Do the same thing with the other leg. Screw the screw eye into the top of your doll head. To finish of your necklace, string the doll on a chain and you are done.
Aren’t they adorable! We don’t have little gals around anymore in our family, but I am sure I will be sporting them from time to time when I want to wear something extra funky. The greatest thing about these dolls is that they are totally customizable! You can change up the look and style by the way you paint them, or even the trims you use. I am not the best with painting, so if I can make these look cute, then anyone can. They are so simple, and they are really quite fun to create! I hope that some of you will give this one a try, you’ll have a blast! I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun gift idea. Until then…
Hi guys! Welcome to the first day in the series of my 12 Days of Handmade Gifts 2013. For the next twelve weekdays, I am going to be sharing some DIY gifts to make for just about everyone on your list. Today I am kicking off the series with a fun and funky Retro TV Frame. This frame is really pretty simple to put together and it makes a great gift for those hard to shop for guys in your life. You can whip up this fun frame in less than an afternoon.
Here’s What You Need:
*Small Shadowbox Frame
*Thick gage Wire
*Vintage Radio Knobs
*Chipboard or matboard
*Drill and drill bits
The first thing you need to do is drill the pilot holes you need in your frame. Measure the wire you have and drill two holes in the top the same size in the middle. Next measure the knob bolts and drill a hole for each into the face of the frame about half way down on the right side. Next snip the brad feet off of the purse feet you have. Glue the feet to the bottom of the frame evenly laid out. Then glue the knobs onto the front of the frame. Snip a couple of lengths of wire about 5″ to 8″ long. Roll the top under with a pair of round jewelry pliers. Then glue the wire into the top of the frame where you drilled the holes. Now you need to make the mat. My frame came with a mat, but you can cut your own from matboard or chipboard and an xacto knife. Mine was basically an 8×8″ mat with a 4×4″ opening. It was made to sit in the back of the frame on a lip. I wanted it to be flush with the front, so I trimmed it down the width of the lip which ended up being about an eighth of an inch on each side. Now Cut a piece of burlap to be a few inches bigger all the way around than the mat. Lay out the mat face down onto the burlap and lay out evenly. Run a bead of glue onto one side of the mat and press down the burlap. Then tighten the fabric around the mat to the other side and glue down. To make the corners, press the corners in towards the mat at a diagonal. Fold over the corner and glue down doing the same with each corner. Lay your mat face down. Cut an “x” with your xacto knife in the opening area of the mat cutting the burlap into sections. Fold back each of the four sections and glue to the back of the mat. Lay your mat into your frame and center. Run a thick bead of hot glue all the way around the edges of the mat where it meets the frame to hold the mat in place. Now you are ready to add your photo to the back and close the back up and hang.
Don’t ya just love it! It is such an easy project and can be really customized by the fabric and color choices of the frame. My frame was plastic, but I wanted it to look more antique than the smooth black it came in, so I rubbed gold paint onto it. This gift is great for your hubby, your dad, brother, or friends that are so hard to shop for. It’s quirky and fun. I hope some of you guys will give this one a try. What are you all making this Christmas? Handmade gifts are so fun! I’ll be back in a little bit with another fun gift idea. Until then…
Hi guys! Welcome to day twelve and the last day of my 12 Days of Christmas crafting! Today I am going to show you how to make these fun little hanging holiday terrariums! I found these awesome hanging terrariums at Michaels on sale months ago and thought it would be so fun to make Christmas terrariums this year with some of my vintage minis. These little gems are really fast and easy to make and look so fun hanging under my shelves!
Here’s What You Need:
*Small Hanging Glass Terrariums
*Christmas Minis like santa, deer, bottle brush trees
*Diamond Dust Glitter
The first thing you need to do is cut a slice of foam to fit your terrarium bottle. Take your ball and cut it in half. Then slice a sliver about a half inch thick. Trim your slice down around the edges until it fits inside the bottom of your terrarium. Repeat with any additional terrariums you have. Next, heat up your glue gun, and lay out your little scene of minis. Once you have a layout you like, glue your minis down to your foam. Next, insert your foam piece with the scene on it into the terrarium and centered in the bottom of the terrarium. Now, spoon the diamond dust into the terrarium over the bottom and the scene until you have enough to cover the bottom and around the foam. Now cut a long length of skinny ribbon. Loop it through the loop in the top of the terrarium and bring it up so that the ends meet. Tie a knot around the bottom where the terrarium loop is , then loop and knot the ribbon up near the top. To finish your jar off, tie a little bow around the top of the terrarium. Now you are ready to hang.
I love how these little winter scenes turned out. I love design elements that hang! They make me so happy, it’s a little sad really. If you love the look of the terrarium, but don’t want to hang it, sit it on a shelf. Or you can make it into an ornament. I found This sweet deer terrarium ornament from Emily and Erick over at Hello Home on Craftgawker last week. The possibilities are endless! I hope you all have enjoyed my 12 Days of Christmas Crafting! I will be back next week with some handmade gift tutorials. Until then…
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you all are having an amazing day watching the Macy’s parade and cooking up a storm! Today I wanted to take a break from the holiday crafting to share a little Thanksgiving project with you all! Last year I shared these fun Word search place cards for your Thanksgiving table. This year I made these fun little Turkey Tom and Pumpkin Bell Jar place card holders. These were really quick to whip up. In fact, I made them in just under an hour after dinner a couple of nights ago. They are really easy too!
Here’s What You Need:
*Plastic Wine Glasses
*Dremmel fit with a cutting wheel
*3″ Scallop Punch
*Pumpkin and Turkey Cupcake Toppers
*Fall confetti (I got these felt leaves at Michaels)
*Glass Beads Large
*Medium Gage Wire
*Wire cutters and benders
You can find the full tutorial from my original Christmas Bell Jar ornaments that I made last year Here. Here is how these differ. Instead of using glitter to fill the bottom, drop some confetti in the jar. I used felt leaf confetti from Michaels. Before you glue the beads down to the top, you will need to make the wire card holders. Cut a length of wire about 6 inches long. Grab one end with your round nose benders. Loop the wire around the benders once, then hold the loop and loop the wire around several times to form a spiral pattern. Next, insert the other end of the wire through the bead. Cut the wire about 1/4″ below the bead and loop then bend it to the underside of the bead. Now you are ready to glue the bead down to the top of the jar. Glue the end of your yarn down to the bottom of the jar on the backside. Add a few drops of glue around the bottom, and then lay the yarn around the jar bottom and glue down at the back end and snip the excess. Glue the yarn to the top of the jar and wrap around the top several times then snip close to the back end and glue the tail down. Your jar is complete. Now make your own place cards, or print some out. I cut mine to be 3×2.5″ and wrote the names with a gold sharpie. Insert your cards into the wire holder on the top of each jar. And that’s it. Now you just need to put the jars at the table where you want your guests to sit.
These place card holders make me smile! Thanksgiving is really the only time we use place cards, and I always have so much fun setting the table. These jars will make a fun addition to our Thanksgiving table this year. I hope some of you will give this one a try for next Thanksgiving, you’ll love them! I am off to the kitchen. I wish you all the best of Thanksgiving wishes! Enjoy the day with the ones you love most! I’ll see you all tomorrow for my final 12 Days of Christmas Craft and a gift guide for all you animal lovers. Until then…
Have the Happiest of Happy Thanksgivings!