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! I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving filled with lots of great food and being with the ones you love most! I just wanted to pop in for a bit to let everyone know that I have added a couple of craft kits to my Store this weekend! I have been wanting to add kits to my shop for a long while now, but finally got my butt in gear and I have my first two kits available as of tonight. Now you can buy a handmade kit to make your own Vintage Inspired Ball Jar Ornament or a sweet DIY Vintage Hanky Bracelet. These kits are great! Everything but the glue is included for you, and prepped so you can just grab your glue, open the box and have at it! I am really excited to finally be sharing these two with you! Both the bell jars and the hanky bracelets are two of my favorite projects ever! There will be many more kits to come in the future. Also, I am always happy to create a custom kit for most any of my projects that you see here on my blog. So if you see something that strikes your fancy, contact me and let me know. I am happy to make a crafty kit just for you.
In other shop news, it is officially black Friday, and even though I don’t usually get all caught up in the shopping holiday, I wanted to add an extra special coupon for all of my followers. For this weekend only please enjoy 20% off of your total order from my store. Use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY20 at checkout. I will also be sharing a coupon for free shipping with a minimum $20 purchase on my Facebook Fan page for my lovely Facebook followers. Go on over and check it out by clicking the facebook icon above my profile photo.
Hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend! XOXO!
Hey guys! Welcome to day five of my 12 Days of Christmas crafting! Today I am going to share with you how to make these fun angel tassels. These sweet little angels can be displayed on a shelf or strung by ribbon and used on the tree as an ornament. These little darlings are fun and easy to make!
Here’s What You Need:
*Wooden Round Doll Heads
*Ribbon, Fabric Scraps, etc
*String or floss
*Drill or Dremmel and Small Drill Bits
*Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
*Jewelry Pliers and Wire Cutters
*Screw Eyes (Tiny)
*Ribbon for hanging
The first thing you need to do is pre drill the holes in the head for the screw eye and halo. Drill into the center top of the head with a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the screw eye. Drill into the back center of the head for the halo with a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the wire for the halo. Draw in the eyes with your micron pen, and then paint on the hair, lips, and cheeks. Set aside to let dry. Take a piece of cardboard or a small book and lay a piece of string across it at the top. Starting at the bottom, wrap your tulle ribbon a bunch of times around the book width ways. Cut tulle ribbon and wrap other ribbon or trim around the book. Scrunch the ribbons towards the middle, and take the ends of your string and tie around the top of the ribbons around the book. Then at the bottom cut through the bottom loop of the ribbons. Trim the bottom of your cut ribbons if needed. Fluff out your poof. Now, heat up your glue gun. Place a liberal amount of hot glue on the top of your poof. Glue the center of your doily to the top of the poof. Then glue the wooden head to the top of the doily. Next, you need to make the wings and the halo. Take the end of the wire, and bend about 1/2 inch at a right angle. Make a large loop to the left. Bring the long end of the wire and loop it around the other end of the wire. Loop the wire again this time to the right, and loop it around the center a couple of times and snip excess wire. To make the halo, take the end of the wire and bend a 1/2″ or so at a right angle. Then, about an inch and a half up make a loop and another right angle so it is parallel to the bottom where it will insert into the head. Loop the wire around the end of the loop where it meets the beginning of the loop and loop it around the straight part a few times. Snip. Add a dab of glue to the back of the head where you drilled the hole for the halo. Insert the halo into the back of the head. Glue the wings to the back of the doily up near the head. To finish off, screw the screw eye into the top of the head where you predrilled a hole. Cut a piece of ribbon, loop it through the eye, bring both ends together and tie a knot.
Aren’t they just so cute! I am not so good with faces, as you can tell some of them are kinda wonky, but they are still fun and festive. I think I am going to display a few of these on my tree this year and a few on a shelf. I hope some of you will give this one a try. They are really fun to make! I will be back tomorrow with another fun Christmas craft. Until then…
Hi guys! Today I am going to share a project with you that has been on my crafty bucket list for years, etched glasses. This is a diy that always seemed so hard to me, but once I tried it, let me tell you it is easy peasy! I was in Michael’s a few weeks back and I saw her glass etching cream and decided it was time for me to give this whole glass etching thing a try. I had found some beautiful blue glasses on sale at Anthropologie that were waiting to be decorated as well as a couple of milk bottle like jars that I picked up at Ikea, and they both turned out to be so cute etched!
Here’s What You Need:
*Martha Stewart Etching Cream (The kit comes with a brush and you can find it at Michaels)
*Martha Stewart Adhesive Stencils (Find them at Michaels)
The first thing you need to do is clean your glasses. Once they are clean, decide on your stencil designs and carefully adhere them to your glass. Smooth out any bubbles and make sure they are good and stuck nicely to the glass. Apply a thick layer of etching cream with the brush onto your open areas of your stencils. Set aside for 15 to 20 minutes. Then rinse off the cream with running water in the sink. Peel off the stencils and rinse the glass again. If you need to repeat any designs dry off your stencil and then reapply the stencil next to the first part of the pattern, apply etching cream, wait 15 or 20 and then rinse again. Dry off your glasses. Clean them with soap and water and then they are ready to use.
I had such a great time making these glasses! They were so easy to make and the stencil designs were so cute that it really made my cups look even more beautiful. The etching doesn’t show up as prominently on the blue glasses as the clear ones, but they are still really cool! This would be such a great way to customize glassware for parties, make fun candle holders, or fun bakeware! I am definitely going to have to make some special glassware for christmas gifts this year! I hope you all will give this diy a try, you’ll love how easy it is! I’ll be back Thursday with another fun DIY. Until then…
Hi guys! I wanted to pop up a quick little note to let everyone know that I have added a vintage section to my store here on My So Called Crafty Life. I am very excited to now be offering a few vintage goodies in my shop. I will be adding a few more things next week, but for now, check out my favorites:
You can find all these sweet items in my store. Click on the tab at the top of my page labeled Store, or click Here
Have a wonderful day & Happy Shopping!
As many of you know by now, I have a weakness for vintage wallpaper! I LOVE the prints and textures! I have a ton of scraps in my stash and have been thinking of something fun to do with some of the scraps that were a little too small to really do much with. So, I decided to make this fun and easy sewn paper garland. I have seen other paper garlands all over the place for a while now on places like Pinterest and Martha Stewart.com. The basic how-to is always the same, you just stitch paper with a sewing machine. Here is how I made mine:
What You Need:
The first thing you need to do is grab all of your supplies and gather your scraps that you will use. Take your heart punch and punch out pieces from your wallpaper scraps. You can keep these all random in pattern or you can separate your patterns into piles so you can either choose as you go, or layout a specific pattern for your garland. Once you have your hearts punched you are ready to sew. Take two hearts and match them up wrong sides together. Start your garland off with a long thread tail from the machine. Lay your stacked hearts under the presser foot a little before the needle and stitch down the middle of the heart. Grab another two hearts, stack them and stitch them down right next to the previous heart you just stitched through. Repeat with more hearts until you have a strand long enough to your liking. After stitching your last heart, run a long thread for the end of the garland and snip the thread off from the machine where you want the tail to end.
I LOVE how simple and fast this garland was to make up! It is super sweet and dainty! I also love how customizable this garland can be. You can make these with any type of paper and use any shape punch you like. I hope some of you all will give this one a go sometime with some vintage scraps of your own! It’s a great way to add a little whimsy to your decor! I’ll be back Thursday with another fun DIY! Until then…
Happy Friday everybody! Today I am very excited to share one of my new favorite shops on Etsy, Love Note Crafts. Emily Gonzales, the fabulous artist behind the shop, creates the sweetest adornments and accessories! Everything Emily makes has an adorable vintage style! I first fell in love with her vintage inspired sweater clips, but I love all her wonderful crochet and wool felt flower accessories too! Her fabric tapes and embellished clothespins and photo display garlands and great to decorate your home! And the sweater clips, brooches, and bobbies are perfect for adding a little sweetness to your everyday style! I LOVE everything in this shop! Here are some of my favorites from Love Note Crafts:
Aren’t they all just fantastic! I want everything of course, but I do believe the sweater clips are my absolute favorites! These sweet clips ar on sale this week until Sunday. So go grab one for yourself before they are gone. To see more of Emily’s work visit her shop on Etsy, Love Note Crafts Here. You can also visit her blog Here, follow her on Facebook Here, and she’s on Instagram Here. I’ll be back next week with another fun Etsy shop. Until then…