Monday, May 31, 2010
Ladybug and Toad! These garden creatures were made from empty food cans. The ladybug was made from a tuna can and Toad from a mushroom can. Search your library catalog for Too Cute Cans (Book 2), by Paula Bales. You'll find the craft instructions for these cute garden creatures and a lot more.
For the toad's legs, I cut and painted a foam meat tray. You can be as creative as you want with these garden critters.
Make these very simple, and useful tin can candle holders. The ones in the above photo were created from empty tomato sauce cans. We used a drill and drill bit size 3/32 to drill random holes around the can. Be very careful to drill inside a box lid or rimmed protected surface, eye protection and hand protection. When the holes are drilled, small bits if metal will fall from the drill site.
We found nice sized candles (in glass) at a local dollar store for 2 for $1.00. Place them around your patio gardens to keep the mosquitos away.
Caution: These cans will become hot, so when blowing them out, do not touch them with bare hands. Also, give them time to cool down before removing from the garden and putting them in storage. You do not want to leave them outside in the hot sun during the day, or in weather such as rain.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
We decided to take our scrap fabric bookmark to a new level. We trimmed the edges with pinking shears (that were not already cut with that edging) and sewed a button to the top. We tied the string from the top and left little ends of thread. Since the back of this fabric scrap already had a paper label glued to it, the sewing was a cinch. We now have several homemade bookmarks for the upcoming summer and beyond.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Recycle old barn wood (or any other scrap wood), along with scrap fabric or recycled fabric, and reused curtain hooks to create this very unique herb drying rack.
Here I drilled screws to attach reused curtain hooks, then drilled two holes at the top, running a yarn needle through the backside of the holes to bring the scrap cut material through. I tied knots on the front side, creating a hanger.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
-8 inch or larger in diameter round plant cork tray (Dollar stores are a good place to look)
-E6000 Industrial strength glue
-protected work surface
Simply arrange corks around the edge of the cork tray. Lift them up one at a time, applying glue to the bottom of the cork and gently press down. This glue does not dry immediately, so you have time to move and adjust the corks to fit the edge of the try.
Allow to completely dry.
Ideas for use: vanity or nail polish tray, organize desk items, use for nightstand, fill with items for a gift (bottle of wine and cheese an crackers), and holding so many other items.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Items you need:
-cardboard boxes any shape
-a large cardboard box to paint your smaller box inside (work surface)
Start with a plain cardboard box. Recycle a gift box or search craft stores for cardboard boxes. If you live near a S.C.R.A.P type store, search there as well.
Step 1: Separate the lid from the bottom. Paint the bottom of the box as shown below. If you paint the entire box bottom (outside), it may be difficult to close again.
Step 2: Paint the top of the box one color. Allow to dry.
Step 3: Place your box top (painted and dried) inside the cardboard box to splatter paint. Dip your paint brushes into various colors and with quick flicks of the wrist, splatter paint across the box top.
Step 4: Allow your box top to dry completely. Wash your paint brushes and clean up as it dries. The cardboard box can be saved and reused to splatter paint more boxes.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
- cardstock, white
- scrap holiday fabric
- assorted buttons
- thread and needle
- thin line permanent black marker
-ironing board, iron and thin piece of material to place between applique and cardstock
Step 1: Cut cardstock in half width-wise. Fold both pieces to make cards measuring 4 1/4 inches by 5 1/2 inches.
Step 2: Cut your scrap fabric to the shape you would like. For one card we cut a square, and for the other we traced heart cookie cutters to design the tree. Apply applique to fabric and then to the cardstock following applique instructions. A thin piece of material over the cardstock, before heating with the iron, will protect it better.
Step 3: Sew buttons on the card by hand, in any fashion to decorate it.
Step 4: (below picture) Draw a design with the black marker along the front edges of the card.
With the CD circle template (also on S.C.R.A.P.), trace and cut circles for fabric yo-yo's. Keep all remaining scraps of fabric for other crafts. Click on Scarp Fabric link in the right column of labels on this blog for more ideas.
This can was decoupaged with scrap fabric leftover from a furniture store sample book. The pieces were used to cut circles for a yo-yo fabric coverlet first, and the remaining scraps were used for the can.
Fill you finished decoupaged can with pens and/or pencils. Enjoy living "green" in your home!
Sunday, May 2, 2010
The above photo shows a pair of earrings and a bracelet made from buttons, jump rings, and attachments using jewelry pliers. These were made as a project for the Farmgirl Sisterhood Merit Badge program, and for the Young Cultivators that can learn alongside their "Sister" in program.