Create craft kits in a jar. Use this stash busting idea to give the gift of creativity in a jar. Plus you are recycling and clearing the way for new things. That is what I am doing this Easter and consider it a triple win. We used to give gifts of books and a chocolate bunny to the nieces and nephews when they were little. Now they like picking their own books and I really don’t like to give gift cards unless I am out of time or ideas. This year I decided to give the kids creativity kits in a jar. You can really give these craft kits any time of the year. They are great for a rainy day or a snowy weekend.
This project is also a part of my year-long posts on the 20th of each month with Jen at 100 Directions and Carla at Carla Schauer Designs. Join me and post your projects on Instgram and/or Facebook. Use the hashtag #mycreativechallenge. Click for our Facebook page and our Instagram account.
Supplies for craft kits in a jar:
- mason jars or random glass jars
- paint bush
- random rub-ons
- embellishments pearls, buttons, brads, rivets, stick on pearls, beads, paper flowers, fabric strips and anything else you can think to add.
Instructions for craft kits in a jar:
- Wash and clean the jars and their lids then hand dry them or air dry. Once the lids are dry give them a base coat of white or cream paint. Allow the paint to dry.
- Paint the lids a similar color to the contents. I plan on giving each child 2-3 jars. I also dry brushed on a light layer of white paint to give it a distressed finish.
- Apply rub-ons of your choice to the jars and if you don’t have any rub-ons add stickers or paint. This is about using things you already have and encouraging creativity at the same time.
- Stuff the jars with color coordinated bits and pieces. To the jars I added, pearls, buttons, brads, rivets, stick on pearls, beads, paper flowers, fabric strips and anything else I could find in a color that matched.
- Once the lids were dry I added embellishments to them and the fronts of the jars in coordinating colors. This is the schedule for the whole year and you can join us when you can.
Visit Jen for Doodle Art Easter Eggs.
Visit Carla for her Free Easter Printable.
Shabby Chic Gift Packaging is a perfect companion to the Shabby Chic Door Hangers. A plain brown paper bag can be the perfect packaging for smaller gifts. When giving a handmade gift, consider dressing one up with paints and embellishments to coordinate with your gift. I grabbed some supplies and brown paper bags to create these shabby chic gift packages.
Supplies for Shabby Chic Gift Packages
Not long ago, I created these shabby chic door hangers as gifts for an upcoming baby shower, a wedding gift and a housewarming gift. I loved the results and knew that the packaging had to be as special as the gift inside. So I decided to create some coordinating gift packaging from brown paper bags.
I love the simple look of brown paper bags. So I dry brushed them with paint, allowing some of the bag to show through.
Then I created some hemp embellishments using a low temperature glue gun. Believe me, you will want to use a low temperature glue gun for creating these spiraled embellishments as your fingers will be touching the hemp a lot and you want to minimize finger burns!
I hot glued the embellishments to the front of the bag and added washi tape, gems and a painted wood tag.
Now I have gift packages that coordinate perfectly with the gift inside!
Shabby chic door hangers are a great way to use up left over supplies and to make custom gifts at the same time. These are my go to colors for the shabby chic style. Some go with lighter creamier colors I like the bold mixed with black and white. Although my taste has evolved a bit, I am still a fan of the shabby chic look and I always will be probably. I have a couple of co-worker/friends with upcoming wedding and baby showers so I decided to create them a custom shabby door hanger.
Materials for shabby chic door hangers:
Instructions for shabby chic door hangers:
Lightly sand and paint the wood slats. I used two coats each for the front and back. I dry brushed each slat with white paint.
Create the hemp flowers using the glue gun and glue sticks. Create coils and apply a small amount off glue to hold the hemp in place. I highly recommend using a low temp glue gun as you will be touching the hemp in places where the glue has been applied!
I used sparkly embellishments as the flower centers.
To create the leaves, freehand cut the wool felt into leaf shapes. Use the sewing machine and thread to freeform sew leaf details. Some people call the sewing freestyle. You can use what ever term you want. Just make it happen.
Assemble the door hanger pieces and hot glue in place.
Use stamps and ink to stamp sentiments on the door hanger. I decided on “do not disturb” (wedding), “guest room” and “baby dreaming.”
Finally, drill some holes in the top corners, insert some hemp and you have a sweet shabby door hanger.
Clay dove napkin rings for your home. Adorn your dinner table with these simple clay dove napkin rings. Embellish and decorate as desired using clay tools and wax or paint. The decorative napkin rings can be used any time of the year because birds are always in fashion. You don’t have to save them for holidays.
When working with clay make sure you work on a covered surface and never leave the oven unattended.
DIRECTIONS for clay dove napkin rings:
Condition three segments of White clay in hands until soft and pliable. Roll out on mat into 6” square with 1/2” thickness.
Dust Copper Ceiling texture sheet with cornstarch using paintbrush. Press texture sheet onto clay to create deep texture.
Down load your favorite bird image or draw your own. Download and print pattern onto cardstock; cut out. Using knife from starter set, cut dove shape from textured clay. Cut out center using cookie cutter.
Bake the polymer clay doves on clay mat in oven following manufacturer’s instructions. Let the doves cool before handling.
Lightly rub surface of dove with Silver Spark wax. Let set. You can add additional colors or layers if desired.
Follow Steps 1-5 to create additional napkin rings.
You can change-up this project by changing clay colors or wax colors. If you wanted you could even make each place setting a different color.