Since it is cold and snowy we thought you might like a little Spring inspired piece. Drawing inspiration from winged creatures of nature, create this charm bracelet as the perfect gift for any gardener. So think warmer thoughts with flowers and insects buzzing about.
- Vintaj Natural Brass Co.: 12 1” brass eye pins, two Bitsy Butterfly charms, one Suspended Butterfly charm, 16” Etched Cable Chain, two Swirl Clasp Sets, one Secret Key charm, one Heart and Key Set charms, one Victoriana Bezel, two Bees charms
- Swarovski CRYSTALLIZED: 14 Citron bicone beads, two purple multi-faceted beads, two purple bicone beads, four pink multi-faceted beads, one blue multifaceted bead
- Beadalon: Chain-Nose Pliers, Designer Flush Cutter
- 1. Size is 8″.
- 1. For bracelet, attach cable chains at both ends onto swirl clasps. Place beads on eye pins as shown. Attach one side of eye pin onto butterfly; create loop to attach eye pin to swirl clasp. Repeat for other side.
- 2. For charms, string three different-sized beadsontoeye pin. Use round-nose pliers to make loop above top bead. Wrap extra wire around base of loop. Attach looponto link on bracelet. Trim excess wire. Attach butterfly charmonto bottom of eye pin. Repeat step for each charm.Craft a little Spring into the dreary cold with a charm bracelet.
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Crystal Sparkle Bangle
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The color washed daisy tags are transformed from plain shipping tags into lovely mixed-media accents for spring and summer gifts. Make a bunch to have on hand for a quick gift package topper. You could even tie them around a bottle of wine for a thank you gift.
Basic Supplies for color washed daisy tags:
paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, foam paintbrush, small disposable bowl, wax paper
(to cover work surface), heat tool, Adhesive – hot glue or glue runner
For each tag, mix one part water with one part paint in small bowl. On covered work surface,
lightly apply paint mixture to one side of tag. Repeat for back of tag; let dry completely.
(Note: Tags will curl while wet, but will flatten out as they dry. Speed dry with heat tool, if desired.)
Die cut flower layers from vintage book pages and black cardstock.
1. Using computer and following manufacturer’s instructions, format and print small sentiments
onto cotton fabric sheets; sentiments include “sweetest friend,” “thank you so much,”
“happiest birthday,” and “for someone special.”
2. Cut sentiments into strips, leaving borders around text. Adhere sentiment strips and flower
layers to tags as shown using glue.
3. Sew straight stitch around edge of each tag, 1/8” from edge, and around each sentiment strip.
Sew directly through flower layers to secure.
4. Using Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive, adhere flower center embellishment to center of
each paper flower.
Surprise a pet lover with these adorable treat mix jars. Fill with their pets’ favorite treats or the ingredients to whip up a batch of homemade munchies. They are inexpensive to make and fun to give.
Materials Handmade gifts for pets Dog & Cat Treat Mix Jars:
- Recycled quart jar or mason jar.
- Burlap, 1/4 yd.
- Wooden tags, 1-1/4”x2-3/8”
- National Nonwovens Wool Felt: Brown Sugar, Country Red, Beige, Buttercream, White, Grass Skirt, Orange
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Country Red, Olive Green, Admiral Blue, Snow White, Spa Blue
- DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss: Ultra Dark Beige Gray (3790), Black (310), Light Parrot Green (907), Very Dark Salmon (347), Ecru
- Ribbon, 7/8”, 1/2 yd.
Basic Supplies for the Handmade gifts for pets:
scissors, ruler, paintbrush, sanding block, iron and pressing board
Tools for Handmade gifts for pets Dog & Cat Treat Mix Jars
- DecoArt Duraclear Varnish
- Alphabet rubber stamps, 1/2”
- Black pigment ink
- Embroidery needle
- Stick fusible adhesive
Directions for Handmade gifts for pets Dog & Cat Treat Mix Jars
1. Cut 4-1/2”x8” rectangle from burlap to fit around jar. Fringe long ends.
2. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse wool felt to fusible webbing with iron. Print and cut out patterns from fused felt. For dogs, cut head from Brown Sugar or White, muzzle from Beige or White, nose from Brown Sugar, and collar from Grass Skirt or Red. For cat, cut head from Buttercream, and nose and ears from Orange. Fuse patterns to center of jute rectangles, using photos as placement guide.
3. Use Black, Beige or Ecru floss to blanket stitch edges of heads, muzzles and ears. Blanket stitch dog collars with green or red. For eyes, use Black floss to make French knots. Use Black floss to backstitch noses and whiskers. Apply glue to back of burlap and wrap around jar, securing at back.
4. Paint jar lids Country Red, Spa Blue or Olive Green. Dry brush Spa Blue lid and Olive Green lid Admiral Blue. When dry, apply varnish. Paint wooden tags Snow White or Spa Blue.
5. Stamp treat name on tag. Thread 12” ribbon length through tag and tie around jar. Fill jar with treats. Replace lid.
1. Search the internet for tasty and nutritious homemade pet treat recipes.
I love to bake bread and one of our favorite toppings on a piping hot fresh loaf of crusty Italian bread is to dip the stay goodness into an Extra Virgin Olive oil that has been flavored with an Italian herb blend. We also like things a little spicy too so we kick ours up a notch with pepper and crushed red peppers. If you do not like things spicy hot then you can omit the peppers from your mix. Many of my friends complement my dipping oil so I thought I would give them as gifts this year. Also if you want to add a little Balsamic vinegar to the oil when serving you can. It makes it extra tasty.
Tools and supplies for Italian Dipping oil – Hot Italian Blend:
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon basil
- 1 teaspoon rosemary
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon sea salt (or according to your taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon dried garlic or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil (about 6 oz was enough to fill mini wine bottle)
- Empty mini wine bottle
- Ad Tech Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Polymer Clay charm ( instructions to make them here)
- Handmade sticker
- Labels for back.
Instructions to make Hot Italian Blend:
1. Clean and sterilize bottles.
2. Use a funnel to pour in spices and olive oil. Add the cork.
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 and adhere with Hot Glue and
6. Add sticker to front. Add another sticker to the back with name and expiration date. .
To prolong the life of the oil, refrigerate bottles. 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 and fresh herbs 1 month after making . I add a label on the back of each bottle so the recipient knows what they are getting and when to use them by.
The All natural Spa Gift basket Herbal Tweets, makes an extra special gift great for any time of the year. Start your gift giving off right with homemade spa sets.
Materials for the All natural Spa Gift basket- Herbal Tweets:
- Wooden crate with handle, 9-1/2”x10”
- Recycled coffee drink bottles, three
- Wooden appliqués (Ornamental Moldings), 5” long, two
- Wooden circle, 3”
- CRYSTALLIZED Swarovski Elements clear stone, 3mm
- Americana Acrylic Paints (DecoArt): Plum; Dried Basil Green; Antique Gold Deep; Antique White; Antique Green; Metallics Emperor Gold
- Silk flowers, three
- Crystal brads, three
- Gold sheer ribbon, 3/8”, 24” length
- Light green cardstock
Tools for the All natural Spa Gift basket- Herbal Tweets:
- Rubber stamps: Bird, Nest (Komodo); Tiny Alphabet (Hero Arts); A Tweet for You (Cornish Heritage Farms)
- Black pigment ink pad
- Duraclear Varnish (DecoArt)
- Craft punches (Marvy Uchida): Circle, 1”; Shipping Tag; Long Reach Hole
- Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue iLovetoCreate
- Sanding block
Instructions for the All natural Spa Gift basket- Herbal Tweets:
- 1. Lightly sand crate and wipe dust. Basecoat: crate Plum; handle Dried Basil Green; circle Antique White; appliqués Antique Gold Deep; bottle lids Dried Basil Green and Antique Green. Heavily dry brush crate and appliqué with Emperor’s Gold. Dry brush bottle lids with Plum. When dry, apply varnish.
- 2. Stamp bird, nest and “herbal tweets” on circle. Glue circle and appliqués to crate, and crystal to circle as shown.
- 3. Punch three tags and three circles from cardstock. Stamp recipes on circles as shown. Punch hole at center of each circle and at top of tag. Insert brad into hole in circle, followed by silk flower. Glue flower to tag punch. Cut 8” length from ribbon; thread ends through hole in tag and tie lark’s head knot. Knot ends around bottle neck. Repeat for remaining bottles.
- 4. Fill bottles with contents and replace lids. Place bottles in crate. Stamp “a tweet for you” repeatedly across crate handle.
Coloring pages for Cards are the best idea since sliced bread. Okay, maybe I am being a little dramatic. But I really enjoyed making these greeting cards from these sheets with pre-printed images on them. I used a watercolor pencil with a blender pen technique. The cards made from coloring pages are a part of a blog hop for Adornit. I am the final stop on the blog hop. To start the hop you should go to Adornit to obtain the first clue. Once you have collected the clues you can enter yourself in the giveaway.
Your clue from me is: the letter “N”. If you have visited all the blogs and have all the clues- email your clues to email@example.com to be entered to win the prize.
To make the cards from the coloring pages you will need:
Instructions for coloring pages:
- Start with blank Art Page Paintables – pick your favorite and start coloring.
- I start by outlining the images and using a blender pen to pull the color towards the center.
- After you have colored your favorites. You will need to cut out the image and add adhesive.
- Cut the card stock to your desired size. I like layering the papers to create more dimension.
When making cards, I usually make a bunch of card panels at one time. Then assemble them at another time.
I also like to give pre-made cards in sets as part of gifts. It is kind of like a gift that keeps on giving.
sizes: bracelet, 8”; necklace, 16”
- Nunn Design: Antique Silver Grande Heart Bezel Pendant, 54x29mm; Patera Small Circle Bracelet
- Polyform Premo! Sculpey Accents Clay: Peacock Pearl, Bright Green Pearl, Pearl, Fuchsia Pearl
- Connie Crystal 14mm Octagon AB Beads, two
- Beadalon Elongated Silver-Plated Steel Chain, 3.4 mm
- Darice: Antique Silver-Plated Lobster Clasp, 11mm; Silver Jump Rings, five
- Polyform: Clay Conditioning Machine, Sculpey Essential Tool Kit
- Square cutter
- Needle-nose pliers, chain-nose pliers
- Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
- Beacon Adhesives Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive
- 1. Condition each color of polymer clay using clay conditioning machine. Roll polymer clay as thin as possible. Use square cutter to cut three to four squares of each color.
- 2. Stack clay layers on top of each other and gently press layers together. Cut in half and flip over. Stack layers on top of each other. Press tools of varying shapes into clay. Press clay into rectangular shape.
- 3. Use Slicer tool to cut random vertical slices from polymer clay. Place thin layer of Pearl clay into openings created and press clay together. Press gently and form cube shape.
- 4. Slice off clay layer for pendant. Mark clay with pendant opening by pressing pendant into clay. Cut off excess clay. Place stacked polymer clay inside pendant. Use Chisel tip tool to smooth out any uneven spots and to remove clay from side of bezel. Repeat for each circle bezel on bracelet.
- 5. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake pendant and bracelet on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven at 275ºF for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Remove clay pieces from bezels and place drop of glue inside each bezel; press polymer clay pieces back into each bezel. Let dry.
- 6. For necklace, attach three jump rings on heart bezel. Measure and cut two six-link lengths from chain; attach chain lengths to last jump ring on heart bezel. Attach Octagon beads onto each chain length. Measure and cut two 20-link lengths of chain; attach to each Octagon bead. Use jump ring to attach lobster clasp to chain ends to close.