Decoupage flower pots are a great gift for graduation, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. Use black and white or tinted copies of photographs to create a personalized pot. Use baby photos and snapshots from important life events to make this visual keepsake extra meaningful.
Materials and tools for decoupage flower pot:
- Terra cotta pot, 6”
- Wooden heart tag, 2-1/2”
- Inkjet photo paper or copy paper
- Acrylic flat-backed crystals
- Ribbon or fabric of choice, 1” wide, 14” length
- Jute twine, 3” length
- Computer, photo-editing software, scanner, inkjet printer or copier
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Lamp Black, Snow White, Boysenberry Pink, Olive Green
- Tiny alphabet stamps and black pigment ink
- Adhesives: DecoArtAmericana Decou-page, Beacon Adhesives Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive
- scissors, paintbrushes, foam brush, wax candle, sanding block, newspaper (to cover work surface)
Instructions for decoupage flower-pot:
Use scanner to scan photographs and save. Use photo-editing software to convert photos to black and white and to tint photographs if desired. Resize photographs into various sizes ranging from 1” to 4”. Print photographs on inkjet paper (or copy photos onto copy paper). Use scissors to trim photographs as needed.
On covered work surface, paint pot rim and inside of pot Boysenberry Pink or Olive Green. Paint wooden heart black. Let dry. Use wax candle to lightly rub surface on heart randomly to create wax resist. Paint heart Snow White. When dry, sand surface lightly to reveal distressed finish.
Use alphabet stamps and pigment ink to stamp sentiment such as “we grow through a mother’s love” or “we love you Mom” on heart. Adhere crystals on heart using Gem-Tac. Set aside.
Use découpage medium and foam brush to adhere photos to bottom of pot. Overlap photos slightly and vary position. Use fingers to smooth out air bubbles. Let dry.
Tie ribbon into bow around top of pot. Use jute or string to tie heart tag around knot in bow.
Easy Handmade gifts for guys – Make a leather key chain in less than 15 minutes with this DIY tutorial. Not only is this a fast and easy project it is environmentally friendly. The leather I am using is from samples at a furniture store. They change the discontinued samples out once a year and usually pitch them unless someone asks for them. I have a good rapport with the store near me and they save the leather and fabric swatches for me. The first time they gave them to me was for a boy scout craft about 5 years ago and have saved them for me ever since. This is a great craft to make with older kids. It is super quick and easy. Honestly it took me longer to write the directions than it did to make the piece from start to finish.
Materials to make gifts for guys – a leather Key chain:
- Scrap leather
- Craft Knife
- sewing machine and thread or needle and thread
- key fob and key ring
Instructions to make gifts for guys – a leather Key chain:
- Cut the leather into a one inch strip as long as your leather is. This piece is 1×11. I used a craft knife and ruler. You can use a rotary cutter or even scissors. Make sure the scissors are heavy-duty.
- Fold the piece of leather in half. Place the key fob and key ring on the strip and move to the back-end. Carefully and slowly run through the sewing machine. Use a heavy-duty needle and thread too. If you do not have a sewing machine you can do it by hand. If you are doing it by hand you might want to use an awl to poke holes in the leather. A hand needle will be difficult to push through the leather.
For illustration purposes I used white thread. I would recommend using a thread that coordinates with the color of the leather.
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Give a sweet treat to your favorite person with a cupcake gift set. Use your favorite recipe to make the cupcakes and icing and give them the ingredients to make them too. The cupcakes are perfect for any occasion.
Supplies for Cup Gift Set:
- Recycled glass jars in various sizes
- Light turquoise blue fabric, 1/4 yd.
- Americana Acrylic Paints (DecoArt): Olive Green; Bubblegum Pink, Glamour Dust, Duraclear Varnish
- Cardstock: turquoise; white
- Black 6-strand Embroidery Floss (DMC)
- Small plastic bag
- Bubble Stripes Baking Cups (Wilton)
- Multi colored beads: 6/0 pebble; bugle
- Birthday Cupcakes stamp set (Inkadinkado)
- Black pigment ink pad
- Scallop-edge scissors
- Circle punches: 1/2”; 1”
- Batting and Stick Fusible Webbing by Fairfield
- Sewing needle and matching thread
- Glue (Beacon Adhesives): Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive; Zip Dry Paper Glue
- Iron and pressing board
Instructions for cupcake gift set:
1. Paint jar lids Olive Green and Bubblegum Pink. Let dry and apply varnish. While varnish is still wet, sprinkle with Glamour Dust.
2. Trace 4” and 3-1/2” oval, and 2-1/2” circle on batting; cut out with scallop-edge scissors. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse light turquoise fabric to fusible webbing. Trace and cut out 3-3/4” oval, 3-1/4” oval and 2-1/4” circle from fused fabric. Layer ovals and circles together and fuse so batting ovals and circles are matted.
3. Use pigment ink to stamp sentiments and images on fabric. Heat set with iron on warm setting.
4. Use three strands embroidery floss to blanket stitch edge of turquoise ovals and circles. Sew multi colored seed and bugle beads for sprinkles on cupcake image. Use fabric glue to adhere sewn ovals and circle to jars. Carefully fill jars with contents (cake mix, frosting and store-bought chocolate sprinkles).
5. For cupcake picks, punch several 1” circles from turquoise card stock and several 1/2” circles from white cardstock. Stamp small cupcake images from set and glue circles together. Glue toothpics to back center of larger circle. Cut small rectangular turquoise piece to fit opening of small plastic bag and mat with white cardstock. Stamp sentiment on white cardstock. Place picks in bag and stamp ends to rectangles to secure.
by Melony Bradley
Personalize your home with a family name pallet sign. This rustic sign shows off your surname in style with a budget-friendly image transfer technique. Use a sophisticated fancy font or a basic font to create different looks. If you are not comfortable with power tools you can ask the person at the lumber counter to cut it for you or a friend. Take proper precautions when working with power tools. If you are unsure ask for help. If you want use a different base color stick to light or pastel colors.
Supplies for pallet sign:
- Wooden pallet or plaque, 18”x7-1/2”, two
- White computer paper
- Hanger of choice
- Computer, photo editing software, inkjet printer
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Snow White, Lamp Black, Dura Clear Exterior or Interior Poly Varnish, DecoPage
- Glue gun and glue sticks, ruler, pencil, black marker, paintbrush, sanding block, soft cloth, wax candle, scissors, foam brush, hand towel, newspaper (to cover work surface)
Instructions for pallet sign:
Use ruler and pencil to mark off six 2-1/2”x7-1/2” pieces on one wooden pallet. Use saw to cut pieces apart. Sand wooden pieces thoroughly and wipe with soft cloth.
Paint large plaque and small plaque pieces Lamp Black. Let dry. Randomly rub candle across surface of small plaque pieces. Paint small plaque pieces Snow White. Lightly sand surface to reveal distressed areas.
Arrange small plaque pieces on top of larger plaque. Adhere pieces in place using hot glue. Let cool.
Use computer and photo editing software to type letters for surname. Make sure letters are flipped horizontally and sized appropriately before printing in font of choice. (Note: Designer used Microsoft Paint to type letters and inserted as image into Word document in “Stencil” font.) Repeat process for “EST” and year in desired font and size. Print name, year, and “EST” on computer paper using inkjet printer.
Cut out printed words and year with scissors; position right side down on surface of smaller plaque pieces. Use foam brush and découpage medium to coat pieces thoroughly. Let dry overnight if possible.
Wet small portion of hand towel with water. Starting at one corner of plaque, gently rub away paper, taking care not to rub off transferred images. Wipe off any excess paper.
Attach hangar of choice onto back of plaque. Apply sealer if the piece will be exposed to the elements.
Sriracha is a great way to add a little spice to any dish. Even in just a small amount, it adds a ton of flavor and is perfect for amping up the heat in a dish. I’ve collected 19 delicious recipes that use sriracha.
From snacks to main meals, this collection has a little something of everything. The one thing you will definitely need is a big bottle of Sriracha so you can work your way through them all.
Sriracha Egg Salad from Scattered Thoughts of a Craft Mom
Sriracha Chex Mix from Just Us Four
Sriracha Guacamole from Copykat
Sriracha Butternut Squash Portobello Pizza from Farm Fresh Feasts
Oven Roasted Potatoes with Sriracha Pumpkin Aioli from Peas and Crayons
Sriracha Honey Glazed Leg Quarters from Copykat
Crockpot Pineapple Sriracha Chicken from Raising Whasians
Parmesan Cheese Spread from Copykat
Coffee Honey BBQ Steak from 3 Boys and a Dog
Soy Sriracha Roasted Mushrooms from Farm Fresh Feasts
Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowl from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Grilled Salmon Sandwiches from 3 Boys and a Dog
Sriracha Honey Popcorn from Sidewalk Shoes
Thai Sweet Potato Nachos from Just Us Four
Sriracha Slaw Burgers from 3 Boys and a Dog
Sriracha Glazed Grilled Chicken Kabobs from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Honey Sriracha Lime Dressing from Peas and Crayons
Roasted Onion Sriracha Dip from Just Us Four
Tex Max Eggs Benedict from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
Make a free motion pinwheel pillow. Gather up your fabric scraps and dive into your button stash to create a fun, funky pillow for cheerful porch décor. Give any seat in your home a bold pop of color and style with this fun technique. It truly is a great stash buster.
Materials and tools for pinwheel pillow:
Basic Supplies for the pinwheel pillow
- scissors, fabric marking pen, pencil, sewing needle, iron and pressing surface
Instructions for pinwheel pillow:
Use rotary cutter and mat to cut two 17”x13” rectangles from wool felt.
For templates, use circle cutter to cut circles measuring 3”, 2-1/2”, 1-1/2”, and 1” from cardstock scraps.
Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply fusible webbing onto fabric scraps using iron and pressing surface. (Note: You will need approximately 45 circles of each size to cover front of pillow.) Trace circles onto fused-fabric scraps using fabric marking pen; cut out. Trace three 3” circles onto wool felt scraps; cut out.
Layer fused-fabric circles on wool felt and fabric circles; fuse together using iron. Pressing cloth or wax paper can be used between the layers.
For best variety, vary sizes of circles layered together. Use sewing machine and black thread to freeform sew around edges of circles.Thread sewing needle with black thread. Insert needle through back of circle and through button hole; pull through to front of circle to attach button on center of layered circle. With needle still on circle, place circle on wool felt rectangle; insert needle through other button hole and pull thread through wool felt rectangle to attach circle on pillow front. Secure button/layered circle on pillow; knot and clip thread ends. Repeat process until all circles have been attached onto front of pillow. (Note: Make sure to leave approximately 2” on edges of pillow front so sewing machine needle does not hit buttons when sewing rectangles together.)
Position wool felt rectangles together with right sides facing. Machine-sew right, top, and left sides together using 1/2” seam allowance, leaving bottom side open for turning.
Press seams open. Turn right side out. Insert pillow form. Whipstitch bottom opening closed using needle and thread.
Leather & button pillow – Fringed leather circles create a bright earth tone palette of colored flowers on this plain muslin fabric. Embellish with assorted odds and ends buttons for a multi-layered, textural accent. Use any color combination
Materials for button pillow:
- Muslin fabric, 1/2 yard
- Eco-Craft Eco-Friendly Fiberfill
- Leather scraps from a furniture store or Tandy Leather Factory Odd Lot Sides Assorted Colors Leather (9830-70)
- Assorted tan buttons, 16
- Sewing machine and thread
- Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System and Bigz 3-D Fringed Flower Die
- Beacon Adhesives Quick Grip Glue
Basic Supplies for button pillow:
- scissors, ruler, pencil, straight pins, sewing needle
Directions for button pillow:
Cut muslin fabric into two 14-1/2”x14-1/2” squares. Pin squares, with right sides together, along three sides, leaving one side open for stuffing.
Use 1/4” seam allowance to sew squares together using sewing machine, stopping 1/4” away from corner. If your sewing machine has a needle down function, use it to pivot pillow cover 90˚. If your sewing machine does not have a needle down function, carefully pivot pillow cover without pulling too much thread from bobbin or needle.
Trim off excess bulk in corners. Turn right side out and stuff with fiberfill. Hand sew opening closed or use sewing machine to finish open edge.
Position leather on die cut machine. Die cut 16 flowers from various colors of leather in small, medium, and large shapes following manufacturer’s instructions. Randomly mix and match small, medium, and large flower shapes in different colors together. Apply glue between flower layers; press together to adhere. Let dry.
Use needle and thread to attach button onto center of each flower.
Use pencil and ruler to mark placement of flowers on pillow front. Use needle and thread to attach flowers onto pillow front by sewing bottom layers onto pillow. Knot and clip thread ends.
Reusable feminine pads hygiene products – Yes, we are going there. LOL While it might sound odd for a craft site to do a post on reusable feminine hygiene products you will soon see that it is a perfect fit. Our founder Niki Meiners, turned 44 on March 1st and March also happens to be National Craft Month. We saw this as a great opportunity to give back. So in honor of both we decided to do a little something different.
At 365 Days of Crafts we are all about the reusable and recyclable. In many 3rd world countries girls lack hygiene products and have to miss school or work because of this natural occurrence each month. We chose the Days for Girls organization as our charity for this project. They supply the free kits to girls all over the world. We committed to making 4 complete kits. (Niki wanted to do 44 but after we started 4 became the go to number.)
They provide a pattern for the panty sheild and changeable pad. You can get the pattern from them. I will day their method and instructions are not the easiest to follow. But if you want to contribute to them you need to follow their instructions to the T. Going forward, if we decide to make some for our local community there are changes we’ll make.
These are the materials we used from our favorite manufactures who donated the products to us for this event.
Materials for Reusable feminine pads:
The other materials we used following their guidelines were
- Prewashed flannel
- Prewashed cotton
- basic sewing supplies
- Air erasable marker and white pencil
You have to follow there instructions when making their pattern. These are some images of our gathering.
We traced the pattern on the Shield lining using pen that disappears after a while.
Make sure your liner is shiny side up for best results.
Use a white pencil for drawing on dark fabrics.
Use a white pencil for drawing on dark fabrics.
This is what a reusable panty liner looks like when completed. We used the Dritz snap tool and and snaps. They were very easy to use. Now that we know how to insert the we will be using a lot more snaps.
These are the reusable flannels pad inserts. They fit inside the panty liners. The image below is our little band of merry makers that worked on the good. Thanks to everyone for donating the time and the supplies. Hopefully we make a difference in the lives of 4 girls.