Thursday, October 31, 2019

Canning Lid Christmas Ornament ~ Perfect for Personalized Ornaments

Items needed:
-old canning lid (no rim), washed and dried
-scrap fabric
-scrap ribbon or ribbon ornament hangers
-glue (we used Tacky clear glue to glue on fabric)
-acrylic paint color of your choice
-paint brush
-stickers or other canning jar embellishment
-spray can of clear coat
-optional: plastic jewels (crafting tweezers to handle them) and craft glue

We were lucky to find a package of 12 stickers at the local Dollar Tree for $1.  You can use any canning jar embellishment that fits in the center of the lid.  Most craft stores have a pretty good variety for you to choose from.
These are see-through, so a white paint was used.

How to make these:

1. Paint the inner flat area of the front of the canning lid.  You may need to use two coats of paint, depending on if you use primer first.  Allow to dry completely.

Optional:  Embellish the outer area of the front of the lid with plastic jewels/rhinestones, beads, or item of your choice.  Allow to dry.

2. Spray a clear coat over the front of the lid, using newspaper to cover your hanger to avoid it getting sprayed.

4. Trace lid onto back of scrap fabric and cut out, but slightly smaller than your trace line.

5. Glue your ribbon hanger onto back of canning lid.

6.  Glue your fabric circle onto back of canning lid, covering ribbon hanger.  Allow to dry.

Simply customize the ornament for the recipient.  You'll have lots of fun in the process.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Mini Crocheted Christmas Tree and Snowflake Earrings

The patterns are not mine, but with a small adjustment of yarn size and/or crochet hook, these earrings come out to the perfect size for the holidays, and use up small amounts of scrap crochet thread.

Items needed:
Cotton #10 crochet thread: red, green, and white
Crochet hook #7 (steel)
Needle to sew in ends
Fish hook earrings
jump rings
scrap beads - optional

To make the Christmas tree earrings, use this pattern:

Mini Crochet Christmas Tree Earrings Tutorial (YouTube tutorial)

Simply use the crochet thread and hook size, mentioned under "items needed" to make these the perfect size for earrings.  Add a gold bead at the top using craft glue, or by sewing one on.  Her tutorial shows how to attach the jump ring and earring wire.

To make the mini snowflake earrings, use this pattern:

Simple Snowflake (UK and USA directions)

Simply use the size of white cotton thread and crochet hook mentioned in "items needed" and again, the Christmas tree tutorial above gives instructions on placing the finished snowflakes onto ear wires.

Note:  You can also make them as they are instructed, using larger yarn and hooks, and use them to gift inside cards for lightweight ornaments, or use as applique to decorate gift tags, or other items. Use a #2 crochet hook and #10 crochet thread to make a bit larger of a snowflake and create cute garlands for small spaces (or Christmas Tree pattern).

Saturday, January 6, 2018

How to Make Easy Lavender Sachets

Make reusable lavender sachets easy and quickly, using scrap fabric and yarn.

Items Needed:
-Scraps of fabric
-Scraps of yarn or other string/ribbon
-Sewing Needle and thread
-measuring tape, or ruler

How to make them:

Monday, January 1, 2018

DIY Reusable Cotton Pads

Scrap fabric and some recycled flannel can be quickly made into your very own cotton pads, also called cotton rounds.  These replace cotton balls when applying facial astringent.

Items Needed:

-scrap fabric (I used cotton blends)
-scrap flannel (I used recycled flannel bed sheets)
-template or cardboard to make a template
-thread and sewing needle (or sewing machine)

How to make them:

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Recycled Cardboard Cone Christmas Trees

Make these fun, mini Christmas trees for pennies.  Shop for metallic garland at your local dollar stores.  Here's how to make them.

Items needed: 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Wine Cork Candle Christmas Tree Ornament

Items needed:
-one poker chip
-one wine cork
-yellow bead
-jewelry wire eye pin (wire cutters to trim it)
-strong crafting glue

How to make this: