Ugly Christmas Sweater Craft

 

 

Ugly Sweater Inspired Hostes Gift Ugly Christmas Sweater Craft

Ah yes it is that time of year again, the ugly Christmas sweater themed party season.   The formerly fashionable attire would still be nothing more than a long-forgotten piece of bad taste without the ugly Christmas sweater party.   It is the perfect excuse for some bad 80’s hair and letting your inner kindergarten teacher out.

The Ugly Sweater theme parties have not only given new life to old pieces of holiday monstrosity, they have made them quite trendy and exceptionally fun as well.  If you are attending a holiday ugly sweater party celebrating the most awful pieces of knitting in town you might want to consider a hostess gift.  This Ugly Christmas Sweater Craft frame can be displayed seasonally or year round as a reminder of the fun festivities.   Textured ribbon, plastic deer and pom poms are totally tacky to me.  SO I thought they would be perfect for the frame. You could use any tacky embellishment to make your Ugly Christmas Sweater Craft frame.  I am still not sure why I had these little embellishments in my crafty stash.  Maybe I am totally tacky at heart.  ;-)

Tools and Supplies for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Craft :

 


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1. Paint the frame with green paint and allow to dry.

2. Adhere ribbon with a line of hot glue.

3. Adhere tacky plastic reindeer with hot glue.

4. Glue pom pom balls in bucket and adhere to frame with a dollop of hot glue.


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handmade polymer clay charms

Herb Infused Olive Oil 2 Multip colored polymer clay in molds
Handmade polymer clay charms make great embellishments for gifts and for jewelry.  I used multiple colors of Sculpey Souffle polymer clay in a mold to create the Christmas Charm hanging on this bottle of  Rosemary Garlic Olive oil.  You can use the  embellishments for gift packaging, scrapbooks and cards and jewelry.

Supplies and Instructions on How to make handmade polymer clay charms:

  • Sculpey Souffle Polymer Clay
  • Martha Stewart Mold
  • Jute
  • AdTech Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

1. Condition red clay by rolling it into your hands to soften.

2. Pinch of three balls of clay.  Place them in the mold

multiple colors of polymer clay in a mold
3.  Condition teal clay by rolling it into your hands to soften.
4. Place the in the mold.  Gently pressing alone the edges.  Do not press to hard or you will mush the red balls causing them to spread. Remove from mold and place on a baking sheet or foil.
5.  Bake according to manufacturers directions.

6.  Secure jute on bottle with hot glue.  Wrap the jute around the bottle adding hot glue as you go.  Add a dollop of hot glue and add the polymer clay char.  Hold in place a few seconds to allow glue to cool.

 

Tools and supplies for Rosemary Garlic Infused Cooking Oil

  • Olive Oil ( enough to fill mini wine bottle- about 6 oz)
  • Rosemary sprig
  • Garlic Clove
  • Funnel
  • Cork
  • Bottle
  • Twine
  • Empty mini- wine bottle

1.  Clean and sterilize bottles.
2.  Slip spices into  bottle.   Use a funnel to pour in olive oil. Add the cork, and set in a cool place or even refrigerate.
3.  After filling and corking bottles, wash and dry them well.
4.  Apply label to front of bottle.
5.  Wrap twine around the neck of the bottle.
spices added then olive oil

Instructions to make Herb Infused Olive Oil:

1.  Clean and sterilize bottles.
2.  Slip spices into each bottle.   Use a funnel to pour in olive oil. Add the cork, and set in a cool place or even refrigerate.
3.  After filling and corking bottles, wash and dry them well.
4.  Apply label to front of bottle.
5.  Wrap twine around the neck of the bottle.

To prolong the life of the oil, refrigerate bottles. The Garlic and Rosemary should be used within a month of making. If you are using fresh herbs and spices make sure you wash and dry them.  If you are using dried spices the shelf life is 3 months.   I add a label on the back of each bottle so the recipient knows what they are getting and how long it is good.

If you are looking for other homemade food gifts, gifts from the kitchen or gifts in a jar try these links.

Rosemary Infused Olive Oil http://365daysofcrafts.com/rosemary-infused-olive-oil/
Sewing kit in a Jar  http://365daysofcrafts.com/sewing-kit-jar/

Potato Soup in  jar http://365daysofcrafts.com/gifts-in-jars/

DIY Shabby Chic Picture Frame


Vintage frame Thrifstore score DIY Shabby Chic Picture FrameDIY Shabby Chic Picture Frame

When I got an email from Thoughts From Alice asking if I’d like to participate in the Holiday Thrift Store Challenge, I didn’t hesitate to say, Yes!   I love thrifting and a challenge. We were asked us to venture out to our local thrift store and procure  anything for under $25 to use as holiday decor in a creative way. We could give these items a complete makeover or use it/them in a creative vignette.  To see beyond the surface of what someone discarded or no longer needed and think outside the box. She wanted us to show you, our readers, how to save money on holiday decor by using a little creativity.When I told m mother the plans she was all over the idea.

Pretty soon I am going to have to set her up as a contributor to the web site.  This is her 5th and 6th project in the last month.  She made a video the other day Duck Tape Candy Cane Inspired Wreath,   She is totally smitten with the Chalky Paint from DecoArt and used it on the metal frame and the glass jar. The DIY Shabby Chic Picture Frame is supposed to be a gift for my little sister but we will see where it ends up.  (I have a feeling it will be in my mom’s bedroom.)   Both items were found at the thrift store.  She paid $.29 a piece for them.  She loves to go to the thrift store, especially on Monday.  The store closest to our house has half price on almost everything that day.

Collage DIY Shabby Chic Picture Frame
The frame and the jar are part of a blog hop.  All 30 of the bloggers were asked to redo something from the thrift store that could be given as a gift for the holiday or used as holiday decorations and my mom made a DIY Shabby Chic Picture Frame.

The supplies use to make  a DIY Shabby Chic Picture Frame:

  • Chalky Paint by DecoArt ( two colors and cream wax to seal)
  • Paint Brush
  • Tac cloth
  • Sand paper
  • Crystals and Pearls
  • Jute cording
  • Scrap fabric
  • AdTech Hot Gleu Gun and Glue Sticks

The other bloggers are linked below.  Make sure you check out what they made and get inspired to make some gifts and home decor for the holidays.

 

Holiday Thrift Store Challenge

Glam Christmas Throw Pillows by Thoughts from Alice
A Deerly Beloved Thrift Store Vignette by Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Christmas Cloche by Craftberry Bush
A Vintage Mantel for Winter by Finding Silver Pennies
DIY Holiday Walling Hanging by House of Hipsters
Christmas Decor from Thrifty Find by Town and Country Living
The Trellis Tree by Cozy Little House
DIY Centerpiece Tray by Cherished Bliss
Rustic Christmas Tree by Delineate Your Dwelling
DIY Crocks by So Much Better With Age
Thank you for checking out the DIY Shabby Chic Picture Frame and all of the other cool projects. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah too.

pyrography spoons

Kitchen Gift Set w Pyrography Spoons
I like to make handmade gifts.  Each year, I try to think of a theme to center my efforts around.  In years past I have made chutney and jellies, jams and cookies in a jar, knitted hats and scarves.  This year I am doing flavor infused olive oils, vinegars and soups in a jar.  My added bonus is a cool technique of wood burning.  The technical name for it is Pyrography.  I came across this post by Chris Wallace at Walnut Hollow – Wood Burning on Spoons.  Immediately I knew what I was going to use to enhance my gifts. There is a nice video by Walnut Hollow – the makers of the tool I use.   Wood Burning – Pyrograhpy video by Walnut Hollow

Materials for Pyrography Spoons gift set:

  • Wood Spoons
  • Then I used a pattern Hot Stamp from the Creative Versa-Tool
  • Fabric Scrap Ribbon
  • Gift Tag
  • Twine
  • Button
  • Scissors
  • Dunroven House Pot Holders

Then I used a pattern Hot Stamp from the Creative Versa-Tool to add the circles on the back and the front of the spoon. ( not used on the spoons in the gift set)
wood burning spoonsOn the ends of each spoon I stamped an image.
wood burning craftsI thought it would be sweet to stamp hearts.  Like a little bit of love.
how to stamp wood burnYou can dew images or stamp images and the follow the lines with the wood burning tool
draw pattern on spoon before wood burning

Stay tuned for more spoons using the wood burning technique and a few other wood surfaces too.

Minky fabric Pumpkins

minky cuddle fabric pumpkin pillows Minky fabric Pumpkins

Minky Fabric pumpkins, another No Sew pumpkin technique?  Yes, I am on a kick.  I was so inspired by all the  awesome pumpkins out there I had to try another style myself.  This time I tried the gathering technique and again used my cheater method of a rubber band.  I also used some Minky Cuddle Dimple Dot Orange fabric left over from a project that I made for a manufacturer.  I will show you that later.  I totally fell in love with the Minky Cuddle fabric and did not want to let any of it go to waste.  Plus I thought the fabric looked like the warty pumpkins carried by our local farms.

Supplies needed for Minky fabric Pumpkins :

Instructions for Minky fabric Pumpkins:

1.Cut fabric  and place flat on a table and add a ball of Poly-fil to the center of the fabric.

add polyfill to fabric

2.  Gather the fabric and place a rubber band around.

no sew pumpkin

3. Trim off any excess and add a dollop of hot glue.  Add  jute to the dollop and start wrapping around.

fabric pumpkins
4. This will form the base of your no sew pumpkin stem.

no sew pumpkin stem

 

5.  Add ribbon scraps for embellishments.


Single cuddle fabric pumpkin Minky fabric Pumpkins
6.  Add other ribbons and embellishments

junk bow pumpkin Minky fabric Pumpkins
Add you your Minky fabric Pumpkins  to your collection of handmade pumpkins.

Minky fabric Pumpkins no sew collection

Candy Cane Duck Tape Wreath

A Candy Cane Duck Tape Wreath By Anna

Candy Cane Inspired Duck Tape Wreath

A giant thank you to The Duck Brand for providing the awesome supplies used in these videos!   My mom had a great time working with them.  My mom recently moved in with us and I have been working hard at bringing her over to the crafty side.  It did not take much to drag her over as she loves to decorate, paint and put together rooms for her friends and coordinate outfits.  She has the creative flair but has never really “crafted”.  When my box of Duck Tape arrived she confiscated it and told me she had a crafty plan.  Naturally I encouraged her.  When she found out I need to do a Crafty Hang Out she was even more excited.  I let her do the video and she is ready to become a You Tube sensation.  LOL  I may have created a monster.  She has plans for more so stay tuned.  :-)

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Watch the YOUTUBE Video for instructions 

Go to Crafty Hangouts.com to see all the other awesome videos throughout the week.  They have  partnered up with Duck Tape this week for an awesome series of holiday crafting videos using Duck Tape! That’s right – we’re using Duck Tape for our Holiday crafting and did you know that it comes in more than just grey and it comes in sheets? For the holidays, we’re using red, green, and white Duck Tape. We’ve also decked the halls with silver Duck Tape and even Glitter Duck Tape!  And have you seen the fun patterned Duck Tape this year?  Check out our videos all week long, and you’ll be scouring your local craft stores for all this awesome Holiday Duck Tape goodness.

Enter the Duck Tape Prize Pack Giveaway!

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Rustic Dyed Floral Wreath

rustic floral wreathCreate a colorful yet rustic dyed floral wreath with liquid dye , flowers and a hot glue gun. DIY any color combination and make it in a day.

SUPPLIES:
•Liquid or Powder Dyes, Green Apple,Tangerine, Violet, Wine
• 100% cotton, torn into three 2×18 strips
• 1 wreath
– Dried white flowers
• Measuring cup
• 3 Plastic shallow containers (8-cup size)
• Plastic disposable spoons
• Plastic wrap
• Paper towels
• Rubber gloves
• Plastic cover to protect table
• Microwave oven
• Ad Tech Glue Gun with Glue Sticks
wreath niki meiners
INSTRUCTIONS for Dyed Floral Wreath:
Cover table with plastic sheet or tablecloth. Keep paper towels at hand. Note: When preparing dye, wear rubber gloves, mix well and heat water to at least 140º F.
For best results, prewash and cotton to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.

Wreath

1. Dip material in water and squeeze out excess water. Set aside.

2. Prepare dye: Measure and mix ½ cup Violet liquid dye or 1 box powder dye with 4 cups very hot water.

3. Pour dye into shallow plastic container or bowl. Twist material around itself and bunch up. Secure bunch with rubberbands or string. stripa Immerse material in dye bath for 2 minutes. Wearing rubber gloves, move top of shirt around in dye bath and push down on tied area to help dye penetrate the fabric. Then remove shirt and squeeze out excess dye and place in shallow plastic container.

4. Cover container with plastic wrap. Cover bottom of microwave with paper towels. Microwave plastic-wrapped dish in oven on High for 2 minutes. Remove container and plastic wrap carefully – items will be hot. Allow to cool.

5. Carefully cut rubber bands or string. Rinse material under cool running water until water runs clear. Wash with warm water and detergent; rinse and dry.

6. Wrap strips around wreath. Note: For extra security, add a dab of Hot Glue  at the beginning and end of the strips.

Flowers for wreath
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1. Prepare flowers in the same manner, by preparing dye bath and placing flowers in shallow containers. Allow flowers to soak and absorb dye.

3. Rinse flowers and allow them to dry to dry. Adhere with Hot Glue Gun

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Herb Infused Oils for a Ryobi Christmas Blog Hop

Ryobi Hop Infused Olive Oils

Herb Infused Oils for a Ryobi Christmas Blog Hop

While thrifting I came across a tiny pre-made crate.  I know it would be the perfect way to package some of the food gifts I am making this year for Christmas.  All I would need to do was chop off the giant handle.  Not a problem for me since I have a Ryobi Miter Saw and I happen to love any excuse I can find to use a power tool.  The herb infused oils below are on the hot side.  If you do not like hot – you can leave out the crushed peppers.  I love to give handmade gifts from my kitchen and a few blogger friends have also made Christmas items.  So be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to find their links.

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Tools and supplies for decorative crate:

  • Ryobi Miter Saw
  • Sand Paper
  • Paint and Paintbrush
  • Handmade stickers

Instructions for decorative crate:

ryobi compound miter saw

I placed the crate with the handle as close to the yellow cut line as I could get it and chopped it right off.

ryobi crate before
A perfect clean cut and in under a minute.  I have a great crate for $1.  Next sand the edges.  Wipe off dust.

ryobi crate
Now to paint the crate in your favorite color and the caps of the bottles to match.  Cover the crate and caps completely.  Allow to dry.   Sand the edges of the crate to create distressed spots.
ryobi crate painted

Tools and supplies for Herb Infused Cooking Oil- Hot Italian Blend:

  • Olive Oil ( enough to fill mini wine bottle- about 6 oz)
  • Rosemary sprig
  • Garlic Clove
  • crushed red peppers (pinch)
  • Sea Salt (1/4 tsp)
  • Peppercorns  (1/4 tsp)
  • Funnel
  • Cork
  • Bottle
  • Twine
  • Empty mini- wine bottle

1.  Clean and sterilize bottles.
2.  Slip spices into  bottle.   Use a funnel to pour in olive oil. Add the cork, and set in a cool place or even refrigerate.
3.  After filling and corking bottles, wash and dry them well.
4.  Apply label to front of bottle.
5.  Wrap twine around the neck of the bottle.


spices added then olive oil

Instructions to make Herb Infused Olive Oil:

1.  Clean and sterilize bottles.
2.  Slip spices into each bottle.   Use a funnel to pour in olive oil. Add the cork, and set in a cool place or even refrigerate.
3.  After filling and corking bottles, wash and dry them well.
4.  Apply label to front of bottle.
5.  Wrap twine around the neck of the bottle.

To prolong the life of the oil, refrigerate bottles. The Garlic and Rosemary should be used within a month of making. If you are using fresh herbs and spices make sure you wash and dry them.  If you are using dried spices the shelf life is 3 months.   I add a label on the back of each bottle so the recipient knows what they are getting.

Ingredients for Indian Spice Infused Cooking Oil:

  • 1 tablespoons whole cumin seeds
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons whole coriander seeds
  • 1 two inch piece cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 5 whole green cardamom pods
  • bay leaves
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground tumeric
  • 1 roasted whole chili
  • 1 cups grape seed oil or olive oil, warmed to 150 degrees
Directions:
  1. In a medium sized heavy bottom pan over medium heat, combine the spices and heat to toast about two minutes. Stir to make sure they do not stick or burn.
  2. Remove from the heat and cool. Place them in the bottle
  3. Leave the oil in a cool, dark place to infuse for at least two weeks.
  4. Extra oil may be saved in refrigerator for later use.  (no more than 3 months with dried spices)

Use desired amount to garnish individual servings of chilled soup, sauté meat and veggies or as a marinade.

Check back on Wednesday to see what I did with my Ryobi Drill and a hot glue gun.  It will be another handmade gift with a homemade recipe from my kitchen.  I love the DIY aspect of the holidays.

ryobi christmas crafts

 

If you are looking for other homemade food gifts, gifts from the kitchen or gifts in a jar try these links.

Rosemary Infused Olive Oil http://365daysofcrafts.com/rosemary-infused-olive-oil/
Sewing kit in a Jar  http://365daysofcrafts.com/sewing-kit-jar/

Potato Soup in  jar http://365daysofcrafts.com/gifts-in-jars/

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Rosemary Infused Olive Oil

Rosemary Infused olive Oil handmade gift

Rosemary infused Olive Oil Trio

These tasty handmade gifts of rosemary infused olive oil are very easy to make and the ingredients could already be in your Kitchen.  If you plan on making these for Christmas or as Hostess gifts during the upcoming festive season make them two weeks in advance to allow the flavors to infuse. Make a delicious oil infused with the scent and flavor of fresh rosemary and other spice ingredients by following the instructions below.  I made all three of these in less than 15 minutes.  I also found the bottles at the thrift store for .15 a piece.  I would have purchased a dozen more if I could.  These little bottles are the perfect size for this gift. The stickers came in a pack of 40 for a $1 and I had the twine left over from another project.

Tools and supplies to make Rosemary Infused Olive Oil:

  • Olive Oil
  • Rosemary sprigs
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Funnel
  • Corks
  • Bottles
  • Twine
  • Buttons
  • AdTech Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Handmade with love stickers

empty bottles for infusing
Instructions to make Rosemary Infused Olive Oil:

1.  Clean and sterilize bottles.
2.  Slip rosemary sprigs into each bottle. I added sliced garlic cloves to one and crushed red peppers to the other.  Use a funnel to pour in olive oil. Add the cork, and set in a cool place or even refrigerate.
3.  After filling and corking bottles, wash and dry them well.
4.  Apply label to front of bottle.
5.  Wrap twine around the neck of the bottle.  Tie in place and hot glue on a button.

To prolong the life of the oil, refrigerate bottles. The Garlic and Rosemary should be used within a month of making. If you are using fresh herbs and spices make sure you wash and dry them.  If you are using dried spices the shelf life is 3 months.   I add a label on the back of each bottle so the recipient knows what they are getting.

Check out the other participants in the Holiday Edition of Craft Lightning

Upcycled Jewelry Book review and Giveaway

Recently I was asked by friend and fellow designer to review her new book. I love recycling and upcycling so I knew that I would be game for checking out the book. Well before I could even review the bool my mother took the book and fell in love with it. That for me was exciting. I create almost everyday and I am always trying to get my mom to create with me. When I told her why the book was sent to me – she decided she wanted to do a project and make post on my website.   So without further adieu – My mothers project and book review.

Anna's Upcycled Owls

As I was flipping throughout the book I came across owl earrings on page 54.  I love owls and the earrings were totally adorable. I have a ton of the pull tabs since I save them for my grandson’s school. Not sure what they do with them, but I save them because he asked me to.

I did not have any old jeans to make the eyes of the owls so I used somethings I found out in the garage.  I think they might be called rivets.  I followed the instructions in the book and used an Adtech Hot Glue gun to hold it all together.

The book has large clear pictures which are easy to follow.  I did not have enough of anything that coordinates to make a pair of earrings so I made a necklace pendant.   This is me wearing it.

Anna Collins Upcycled owl pendant

These are the items I used to make the up cycled owl.

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This is an up close picture of the owl

handmade owl necklace

Check out  what the other designers thought of the book and what projects they made from it.  If you are into upcycling or recycling then you can click on this link to find more crafts.

We are giving away our copy of the book to a random commenter.  Just leave a comment below to be entered.

Linda’s blog:  http://lindapetersondesigns.com

Youtube playlist for Upcycled Jewelry:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7P1ezw_smi7a25H5NfxUx-U6TFXzmXQN

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Upcycled-Jewelry-Bags-Belts-More/dp/1782491511/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1414079726&sr=8-4&keywords=linda+peterson+books

Cico Books – http://cicobooks.com