Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Scrap Yarn Hangers

 Simple Tip:  Save those small scraps of yarn to create hangers on anything needing one.  We found punching a hole in the plastic bags for leaving Random Acts of Kindness around towns, made it easier to leave in random places (hook on the back of a bathroom door, end cap store shelf, etc.).

I simply store the very small balls of yarn in a cardboard shoe box, but those small yarn balls can come in handy.  

Saturday, January 28, 2023

How to Crochet a Mini Scrap Thread Heart ~ Mini Crochet Heart Embellished Paper Clip


Items Needed:
-Scrap Cotton #10 Crochet thread, color of your choice
-Steel #6 Crochet hook
-tapestry needle to sew in ends
-jumbo paper clips
-E6000 glue, odorless, dries clear

1. Crochet the mini heart using the crochet thread and above crochet hook:

Chain 4

Join to form ring, Chain 1, SC in ring, Chain 3

In ring -  (2 tr, 8 dc, 2 tr)

Ch 3, sl in ring, fasten off, sew in ends

Optional:  If you would like a point at the bottom of the heart, you would do this in the ring instead:

(2 tr, 4 dc, ch 3 sl in first stitch to create a picot, 4 dc, 2 tr)

Ch 3 sl in ring, fasten off, sew in ends

Made with no picot at the bottom of the heart.

Here is a heart with the picot.

2.  Using E6000 glue and safe work surface, glue the heart to the top of a paper clip and allow to dry. 

Note:  I purchase waxed paper from the dollar store, and use a flat toothpick to help guide the glue onto the heart.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Mini Bow Crochet Embellished Paper Clips


Use the crochet pattern to make your bow - HERE.
Simply glue the finished bow to the top of a jumbo paper clip.

Give as gifts, random acts of kindness or just for yourself.

Easy and Simple!

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Mini Bow Crochet Embellished Hair Barrettes

Items Needed:

-Crochet #3 scrap thread
-Size C, 2.75mm crochet hook
-needle to sew in ends
-hair barrette, 1.75 inches long
-either glue gun and glue or E6000 glue (will need craft clips for the E6000 glue)

1.  CH 4
2.  5 Treble Crochet into the first CH
3.  CH 4, Sl into first CH
4.  Making other side of bow, CH 4
5.  5 Treble Crochet into first CH of first side of bow
6.  CH 4, SL into first CH, fasten off leaving a long tail.  Wrap tail around center of bow about 8 times, tie both ends into a knot, sew under yarn, and cut thread.

Glue bow to the barrette.  If using E6000 glue, use a craft clip to keep barrette open and allow glue to dry.

Monday, May 30, 2022

How to Make Embellished Bottle Cap Earrings

Items needed:
-washed and dried bottle caps with a design (you can also paint your bottle caps.

-small flat back rhinestones
-E6000 glue
-small jewelry jump rings
-eye pins (for jewelry making
-fish hook earrings
-scrap beads
-jewelry tools (round end tool, pliers, cutters)
-punch tool

Step 1:
First, if you are adding the flat back rhinestones, glue those on first and allow it to dry.

Using punch tool, punch a very tiny hole into the top edge of the bottle cap.  You can also do this using a nail and hammer and safe work surface.

Step two:

Prepare the fish hooks, but adding your jump rings.

Step three:  

Going from back of bottle cap insert the eye pin thru the bottle cap, add a bead if desired, then the jump ring attached to the fish hook.  Using cutters, cut off some of the pin, and using your jewelry tool with rounded ends, bend the pin back into and under the edge of the bottle cap.

Monday, November 8, 2021

Bottle Cap Canning Lid Christmas Tree Ornament


Items Needed:

-Bottle Cap with design (typically found on some beer bottles)

We found these snowflake pattern bottle caps. If you don't have anything like these caps, you can also paint bottle caps, and spray with a gloss or matte clear coat.

(before starting see the optional tip at the very bottom of this post)

-used canning lid (not the rim, just the lid)

-scrap fabric (design and color your choice)

If needed, iron your scrap fabric.  I purchased a travel iron and travel ironing pad.  It works great for craft projects as well as taking on travel trips.

-decoupage and brush

-mini white tree garland (or trim of your choice) or any decorative trim

-scrap string or ribbon (for hanger)

-small plastic crafting rhinestones, clear

-glue gun and glue, or E6000 glue

-fabric scissors

-jewelry tweezers to add the flat back rhinestones easier

-pen to trace lid on fabric

Step one:

Cut scrap ribbon/string and glue to backside of canning lid and allow to dry.

Step two:

Trace the canning lid onto the back side of scrap fabric and cut out.  Brush decoupage to the top of the canning lid and press the cut fabric onto it.  Smooth out if needed and allow to dry.

Step three: 

Glue trim or garland around the edge of the canning lid.  Glue the bottle cap to the center of the lid and allow to dry.

See "optional" below

Step four:

Glue a clear crafting rhinestone if preferred.

Optional:  Glue trim on backside of bottle cap, or after gluing the cap onto the fabric, glue beaded string or other trim around the bottle cap.

Tips:  Add a tiny bow or other accents, sign and date the back using a permanent marker.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

How to Make a Wine Cork Snowman Christmas Tree Ornament

Items needed:

white, black and orange acrylic paint 

paint brush, one thick to paint cork and one thin for other painting

chenille stems - red, green or blue

mini pom poms - red, green or blue

craft glue

eye screws, size #216 - 1/2 inch

small black buttons or thumb tacks (see note below)


scrap string or ribbon for hanger

1. Paint the wine corks with white paint.  Allow to completely dry.  I used matte and needed two coats.

2. Twist an eye screw into the top center of each wine cork.  This is optional, but it's a much more sturdy hanger than trying to add one to the pipe cleaner.

3. Cut a piece of chenille stem, approximately 2 inches using scissors.  Bend and glue as you see in the above photo.  Allow to dry.

4. Glue a mini pom pom to each side. Allow to dry.

5. Using thin paint brush and orange and black paint, paint eyes, carrot nose and dots for mouth of the snowman.  Allow to dry.  Or add this step after you have other parts assembled as I have below.  I found it easier to paint the face of the snowman last.

6. Cut a piece of scrap ribbon and wrap around center of wine cork and glue on using craft glue.

7. Glue a small black button underneath ribbon.  Allow to dry.  I used painted thumb tacks, but you can also buy black thumb tacks to make this step easier.

8. Using orange paint and a fine tip paint brush, paint on a carrot in the center between the ribbon and top of cork.  Using black glossy paint paint dots for eyes and mouth.  Allow to dry.

Note:  I found using paint, while making these, a bit tricky and needs a very steady hand.  It may be easier to dot on the black with a permanent black marker, and for the mouth as well (or cut carrot shapes from orange duct tape or electrical tape and attach).

9. Tie a hanger onto eye screw using scrap twine, string, or ribbon.

Note:  If you do not have small black buttons to re-purpose you can slightly push thumb tacks into scrap cardboard, and paint them black.  New buttons are typically expensive to buy.

If you cannot find black thumb tacks, simply paint them black.  You may be able to find thumb tacks for $1.00 at the local Dollar General or Dollar Tree.