Easy sew stenciled log tote for winter

easy sew log tote with stenciling

easy sew log tote with stenciling

Make an easy sew stenciled log tote for winter. Canvas makes the log tote very sturdy and washable. This wood carrier makes a nice housewarming gift for someone who has a wood burning fireplace. The canvas tote is nice because it can help to keep your clothes clean when bringing wood from the outside to the inside.

DIY stenciled log toteCanvas for the log tote can be purchased at big box stores in the craft section or in the hardware & paint department. If you go to the paint department it is usually cheaper and it is called a drop cloth or painters cloth.


MATERIALS for log tote:

    • Canvas, 54”-wide, 1/2 yd.
    • Strapping or webbing, 1-1/2”-wide, 3 yds
    • Sewing machine and heavy-duty thread
    • DecoArt Americana Accessories Stencil Brush Set, sizes 8 and 12
    • DecoArt Southern Motif Texture Stencil
    • DecoArt So-Soft Fabric Paints: Burnt Sienna, Crimson

BASIC SUPPLIES for Log Tote:

  • scissors, fabric marker or pencil, newspaper (to cover work surface), straight pins, toothpick

easy sew log tote

Instructions to make the log tote:

1. Square canvas fabric and cut on fold for two equal pieces of fabric. Remove selvage. Hem edges as canvas will fray easily. Turn under 1/4″ on width of fabric edges. Turn under again to enclose raw edges.

2. Trim corner to prevent bulk. Use needle position to sew hem down, sewing as close to free edge as possible. Repeat for all sides.

3. Position fabric flat so width of fabric is on sides. Mark 2″ in from sides. Fold fabric in half, matching top and bottom, to find center.

4. Starting at center, lay strapping down and run it towards mark at top edge, down other top marking to centerfold on fabric. Place fold of webbing on fold of fabric; pin in place. Repeat to bring end of webbing to starting point, keeping 2″ mark on all edges.

5. Sew webbing in place by sewing outer edge all way around and then repeat for inner edge. Zigzag stitch over butted ends of webbing and at top of each strap for extra strength.

6. Position stencil centered in top section between straps. Gently pounce Crimson in every other opening. Gently pounce Burnt Sienna in unpainted openings. Repeat until center is completely stenciled. Let dry. (Note: Do not use too much pressure as paint can seep beneath stencil and blur design. Use toothpick to remove excess paint and liner brush to touch up any areas before dry.)

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peacock candy buffet decoration mardi gras style

mardi gras candy buffet decoration ideasThe peacock candy buffet decoration mardi gras style were created for a gala that I was the chair.  You might have seen a few peacock themed crafts on the site and the cool feather in my logo. I happen to love the birds and the colors or their feather. My grandmother Thelma loved them too and every time I see a live one I think of her. Volunteering was also something I learned from my grandmother. She was a very generous woman with her time and her heart.

Naturally I gravitate to peacocks and used their colors for the Kindervelt Gala.  We held the event at the Anderson Pavillion in downtown Cincinnati and their interior colors have teal accents and that was a huge bonus when picking the event location. The other thing that made the site great was their carousel. I thought it was a great opportunity for our guest to really bust out and enjoy themselves.

We had a bar and a candy buffet by the carousel so they could have a drink and a little sweet treat while they were waiting for their turn to ride.

I have worked with Oriental Trading as a blogger and knew they would be my go to for reasonably priced items for this event. I hit the jackpot and stayed within my budget. We used around 200 mardi gras masks and about 1,0000 strands of mardi gras bead necklaces AND 15 pounds of candy in the gala colors to decorate the event space. Thank goodness their prices are good and their shipping is fast and more importantly you can generally get it free with orders over $50. Saving where you can really helps when you are trying to raise funds for a charity.

The candy was purchased  in bulk with great colors and prices and very fresh.  Their salt water taffy was a huge hit.  There might have been a few men tucking an extra piece or two into their suit pockets.

To order the Mardi Gras themed supplies go to their website http://www.orientaltrading.com and search for mardi gras in the big box or use this link. Mardi Gras Supplies at Oriental Trading

peacock color candy buffet for a mardi gras party gala

WE USED THEIR MARDI GRAS CANDY BUFFET ITEMS:

  • Candy in bulk with great colors and prices
  • Clear serving tongs
  • Mardi Gras Masks
  • Mardi Gras beads in bulk and in specific colors
  • gossamer fabric in rolls
  • tulle in rolls
  • metallic streamers
  • hot glue sticks and glue gun
  • gold glitter

To see the Mardi Gras Centerpieces and decorations check out that post.

Instructions to make the candy buffet jars:

  1. Add gold paint to the rim of the jars.
  2. Add a thin coat of clear glue around the rim and dip into glitter.
  3. Cut apart a mardi gras bead necklace and use a glue gun to adhere it to the top of the vase or jar.
  4. Repeat for each color of mardi gras beads you want wrapped around the jar
  5. Fill with candy and enjoy!

This is an up close picture so you can see the cool detail created when using mardi gras beads.

Check out this Peacock Mardi Gras Mask too.  Plus a super fluffy peacock tutu tutorial.

 

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Paris inspired wall art for Valentine’s Day made with dye

Paris

Make Paris inspired wall art for Valentine’s Day. Enhance your home with romantic Valentine’s Day wall art made with dye. Paris is the city of love so what could be more inspiring than art that oozes a little Oh La La?  Don’t be scared by the long list – really it is not as big as it looks.

Supplies for Paris inspired Valentine’s Day wall plaque:

  • 2 Walnut Hollow Basswood Heart Plaques (Heart Wide Edge Plaques #19012; #19013)The
  • Stamps of Life by Stephanie Bernard
  • Ornate Foam Stamp
  • Black Pigment Ink
  • 2 Yds. Cotton Ribbon – 1 1/2″ wide
  • 4 Silver Eye Screws
  • 8 White Flat-Backed Buttons: various sizes
  • 8 Flat-Backed Crystals: 6 & 10mm sizes
  • Starburst Brads
  • Vintage Ticket or Postcard
  • Recollections™ Silver Self-Adhesive Glitter Tape – Tidings
  • Aleene’s Liquid Fusion
  • Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape – 1″ wide
  • Drill Bit
  • 3 Plastic Containers
  • Foam Brushes
  • Long Jewelry Tweezers
  • Fine Sandpaper (#220)
  • Tack Cloth
  • Rit Liquid Dye – 1 Bottle of Each Color, Petal Pink, Tan, Cocoa Brown
  • measuring cup
  • plastic table cover
  • plastic wrap
  • rubber gloves scissors

Instructions Paris inspired Valentine’s Day wall plaque:

  1. Lightly sand heart plaques with fine sandpaper and wipe with tack cloth. Use painter’s tape to divide each heart into two sections horizontally. Use painter’s tape to divide the top of each heart into two vertical sections.
  2. Wearing rubber gloves and working on plastic table cover, use glass measuring cup to mix ¼ cup Petal Pink dye into ¾ cup of very hot water. Use foam brush dipped in mixture to dye-stain right top half of each heart plaque. Repeat for Cocoa Brown dye, mixing in a separate container and using foam brush to dye-stain left top of heart. Repeat steps for Tan dye and dye-stain bottom of hearts.
  3. Dip sheer cotton or organza ribbon into Petal Pink dye mixture. Let sit in dye bath for 5-10 minutes. With long jewelry tweezers, remove from dye bath, squeeze out excess dye and wrap in plastic wrap. Place in plastic bowl and microwave on high for 5 minutes to heat set dye. Allow to air dry or place in lingerie bag and dry on low setting in dryer. When dry, remove and iron flat on pressing surface.
  4. Place buttons into Petal Pink dye bath. Let sit for 5-10 minutes. Remove buttons from dye bath and let dry on paper towels.
  5. Repeat step 2 to remix Petal Pink dye bath with very hot water. Using a foam brush, dye-stain the back of each heart with dye.
  6. When front and back of wood hearts are dry, carefully remove painter’s tape. Place tissue tape on areas where painter’s tape was applied. Stamp ornate motif with foam stamp and pigment ink.
  7. Use monogram stamps and pigment ink to stamp bottom of larger heart as shown or for “Paris” on smaller heart. Place self-adhesive glitter tape across bottom of tissue tape. Use liquid glue to adhere dyed buttons onto hearts and crystals onto center of buttons. Embellish hearts with vintage ticket and larger crystals in centers of stamped motifs, using glue.
  8. Cut ribbon into 12” length and tie into bow. Insert starburst brad into center of bow. Glue bow onto top center of heart. When glue has set, use drill and drill bit to drill small holes at top of each heart. Screw in eye screws. Cut remainder of ribbon in half and use for hanger, threading ends into eye screws and knotting in place.

 

Quick and easy felt projects

Felt projects that you can make in 15 minutes - a quick craft idea for kids and teens. Turn into magnets, pins or clip all using felt as a base. Felt Taco, felt watermelon, felt cactus

Quick and easy felt projects can be very fast and give great results. I really love working with felt because it can be sewn or glued and looks great either way. Felt can be cut with scissors or a rotary blade. Another great thing about felt is it can be all natural and made from animal fur called wool felt or it can be made using recycled materials.Fast felt friends easy felt projects.JPG
I went a little crazy this time and made three super cute paper organizers.  Or maybe they are just felt clips?  I’m not quite sure what to call them other than adorble.  They each have a clothes pin on the back. This is Tommy Taco. He is a pretty cheesy guy.add stickles to felt taco.JPG

This yummy little slice of watermelon does not have a name. I could not quite figure out how to give it a face.Watermelon slice.JPG

And the there is Cali Cactus.  She is a little shy and very adorable but shy none the less.


Materials needed for felt projects:

  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Sewing machine
  • Embroidery needle and embroidery floss
  • Paint in pink, black and white,
  • Clothes pins in various sizes
  • colored pencil or marker

Instructions for felt projects:

Cali Cactus felt project

  1. Draw pattern on felt.Felt projects that you can make in 15 minutes - a quick craft idea for kids and teens. Turn into magnets, pins or clip all using felt as a base. Felt Taco, felt watermelon, felt cactus
  2. Sew on the drawn pattern.
  3. Trim around sewn edge.
  4. Use embroidery needle and floss to sew on the eyes and mouth.
  5. Use paint to add the blushing cheeks.Felt projects that you can make in 15 minutes - a quick craft idea for kids and teens. Turn into magnets, pins or clip all using felt as a base. Felt Taco, felt watermelon, felt cactus
  6. I added a pre-made felt accent and a gem. You can embellish how ever you want.
  7. On the backside adhere the clothes pin with a generous amount of glue.  Allow to dry.Felt projects that you can make in 15 minutes - a quick craft idea for kids and teens. Turn into magnets, pins or clip all using felt as a base. Felt Taco, felt watermelon, felt cactus

Tommy Taco felt project

Felt projects that you can make in 15 minutes - a quick craft idea for kids and teens. Turn into magnets, pins or clip all using felt as a base. Felt Taco, felt watermelon, felt cactus

  1. Draw pattern on felt and use scissors to cut out the shape
  2. rim around sewn edge.
  3. Use paint to add the blushing cheeks
  4. Cut out various shapes for your taco filling.Felt projects that you can make in 15 minutes - a quick craft idea for kids and teens. Turn into magnets, pins or clip all using felt as a base. Felt Taco, felt watermelon, felt cactus
  5. Glue the pieces into place and allow to dry.  Felt projects that you can make in 15 minutes - a quick craft idea for kids and teens. Turn into magnets, pins or clip all using felt as a base. Felt Taco, felt watermelon, felt cactus
  6. Use a marker to draw on the eyes and mouth. 
  7. Fold taco shell in half and glue in place.  Allow the glue to dry.
  8. Add the clothes pins to the back.

Watermelon felt project

Felt projects that you can make in 15 minutes - a quick craft idea for kids and teens. Turn into magnets, pins or clip all using felt as a base. Felt Taco, felt watermelon, felt cactus

  1. Draw a cirlcle on base felt.Felt projects that you can make in 15 minutes - a quick craft idea for kids and teens. Turn into magnets, pins or clip all using felt as a base. Felt Taco, felt watermelon, felt cactus
  2. Layer the next color and cut out about 1/8th of an inch around base color. Felt projects that you can make in 15 minutes - a quick craft idea for kids and teens. Turn into magnets, pins or clip all using felt as a base. Felt Taco, felt watermelon, felt cactus
  3. Repeat step two for final color.Felt projects that you can make in 15 minutes - a quick craft idea for kids and teens. Turn into magnets, pins or clip all using felt as a base. Felt Taco, felt watermelon, felt cactus
  4. Cut out 3 small seed shapes or 6 seeds if you are making two.  Which you might as well do becuase you can get two with the effort of one. Felt projects that you can make in 15 minutes - a quick craft idea for kids and teens. Turn into magnets, pins or clip all using felt as a base. Felt Taco, felt watermelon, felt cactus
  5. Glue the seeds in place.  I like to use a toothpick when working with small pieces.
  6. Cut in half and adhere a clothes pin to the back.

Felt projects that you can make in 15 minutes - a quick craft idea for kids and teens. Turn into magnets, pins or clip all using felt as a base. Felt Taco, felt watermelon, felt cactus

Check out the other felt projects by clicking the image below.  I think you will love what you find. 

Die Cut Bird Sachet

Die Cut Bird Sachet

Make a die cut bird sachet. I recently took the time to spring clean my closet. After having recently moved, I had a few items that had a sort of moving aroma to them. I needed to freshen up some of my apparel. When I received this great bird die cut from Sizzix, I had a brainstorm to create some sachet to freshen up my closet. Burlap makes the best substrate to make these sachet as its breathable and really pretty. Upcycled wire hangers wrapped with fabric create a pretty gift you can give as gifts or keep to freshen up your own closet. Cedar shaving was use for its repellant nature.  You could also make a second one that was scented with essential oils.

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Die Cut Bird Sachet products  used:

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Sizzix BigShot Machine

– Sizzix Bigz L Die – Bird, Beautiful

– Burlap, Fabric

Polyfil fiber

– recycled wire hanger

– Cedar shavings

Aleenes Fabric Fusion

– StazOn Solvent ink

– French sentiment

– Assorted embellishments

– dryer sheets

This project is quite simple really but with gorgeous results. Start by die cutting two burlap birds from your beautiful bird die cut using your BigShot machine.





Instead of of using the wing die cut included in the package. I cut my own from teardop shapes from script fabric. You will need two burlap shapes and two wing shapes from each.

Dyer sheet

To make a packet for the cedar shavings, use a dryer sheet and cut it into two pieces measuring 3″ x 3 1/2.” Sew three sides of the used dyer sheet closed with a machine and a straight stitch and fill with cedar shavings. Sew the remaining end closed.

 


Stack the bird die cuts together and sew the edges closed with a straight stitch, leaving a couple of inches opening for stuffing. Stuff with cedar packet and fill in spaces with polyfil stuffing.

Layer wings together and sew edges leaving a small opening for stuffing with polyfil fiber.

Tear 2″ strips from script fabric and wrap around a wire hanger, using fabric glue to secure fabric in place on hanger.


Keep wrapping until the fabric covers the hanger. Use fabric glue to secure ends in place.

Next, use the fabric glue to glue the wing and ribbon hangar to the bird. Embellish with a special sentiment, self adhesive rhinestone and a fabric embellishment.

Hang the sachet in your closet to freshen up your clothing and to keep moths at bay.

Amore altered Altoid tin for Valentine’s Day

Give a creative handmade gift to your loved one this Valentine’s day and try making an Amore altered Altoid tin. 

“Amore” (Italian) translates to “love” in the English language. Remember the old song “when the moon hits the sky like a big pizza pie that’s ‘Amore?’ The Italians celebrate love with no other and it was with this mind that I was inspired to create some super versatile tags that can be used to adorn anything from jewelry, home decor or as fun wedding or valentines favors, tucked inside this embellished altoid tin.

These tags also make gorgeous bag ties for favors perfect for Valentines Day Favors, Wedding Favors, Bridal Showers, etc. Just change the color of the ribbon to match your color scheme.

Supplies for Amore altered Altoid tin:

Instructions for Amore altered Altoid tin:

I have saved Altoids tins for several months ago but I was still surprised to clean out my recycled stash and discover I had 15 of these babies!! I must be eating them like crazy…


For the Amore altered Altoid tin, I knew that I wanted to paint the tin as I was aiming for a shabby, distressed look so I thought it would be easiest if I covered the tin with cardstock first and then painted it. So I took a pencil and make templates by tracing the tin twice (to cover the top and bottom).

I cut out the templates and used Zip Dry Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives to glue the pieces to the tin.

I measured the sides of the tin and used a paper trimmer to cut strips about 1/4″ thinner than the real measurements.This ensures that the cardstock does not hang off the edges of the tin.

Adhere with strips around the tin with the paper glue and use rubber bands to hold in place while drying, although the glue will set up very fast.
Now its time to paint. I used Lamp Black Americana Acrylics by DecoArt to cover the tin on the outside. I also cut a 1″ x 3″ cardstock strip, scored it 1/2″ from each edge and painted it as well. Additionally, I painted a doll pin stand (stay posted for how I used this) and about eight wood heart tags. These tags can be purchased from several online sources. Just search for “unfinished wood heart tags.” I painted and scored cardstock strip

You may be asking yourself why I painted cardstock when I could have simply used black cardstock. I find that for items that will be handled often, adding paint and gesso layers makes them a lot more durable. You are going to love your Amore altered Altoid tin when it is finished.
After I had a front coat on the wood hearts, I used a candle to rub wax heavily across the surface.
Next, I painted the hearts, front and back, with two coats with Americana Acrylics in Antique White by DecoArt. I also dry brushed the box using this paint as well as the doll pin holder.

Note that the doll pin stand, or holder (purchased at any craft supply store in the unfinished wood supplies) has been glued to a stamped cardstock strip and a sparkly bead placed in the hole of the bead. I used Beacon’s Gem Tac to glue these components together.

This embellishment, along with some pink hand dyed ribbon were glued to the top of the tin using Fabri-Tac by Beacon Adhesives.

I also added some tiny self adhesive stones for extra sparkle to the Amore altered Altoid tin.

Now back to the hearts and this is the fun part. Use a sanding block to sand the waxed surface lightly to show a distressed finish. Areas where the wax was applied will “peel” away easily. Use a script stamp and chalk ink to stamp the surface of the hearts for a very subtle stamped background. Use alphabet stamps or stickers to spell out “Amore.”
Make another template for the tin by tracing the tin bottom to the wrong side of patterned papers of your choice. I used some simple black with white dots. Glue the divider strip slightly off-center in the tin, adhering the scored sides to the tin to keep in place. This will keep your tags and ribbon hangers tidy inside the embellished altoid tin.

I embellished this recycled tin can with one of the tags and some washi tape for a pretty art supplies organizer.


These tags also make gorgeous bag ties for favors perfect for Valentines Day Favors, Wedding Favors, Bridal Showers, etc. Just change the color of the ribbon to match your color scheme.
My brain has been on overdrive thinking all of all the art kits I can create with these tins. 

Amore altered Altoid tin for Valentine's Day

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Chic Coastal Christmas Decor

Coastal Christmas decorations do not have to be expensive or cost a lot of money.  Let me show you how to use found objects, polymer clay and neutral colors to create simple decorations for your home.

DIY Chic Coastal Christmas Decor you can make on a budget cheap and easy crafts

This picture is of a starfish that I made.  We found the starfish on vacation and I made a mold of it before we broke it.  I knew on of the kids would eventually drop it or it would lose an arm in some fashion.  After I made the mold I made 7 starfish.  I am not sure why 7, when I only needed one as the topper.  So I also made a wreath and a few ornaments.

To compliment the color and the theme for the Coast Christmas I am using jute.  I like jute for its rustic appeal and worn look.  Not to mention it is an inexpensive material.

Seaside Christmas or Coastal Christmas is my home decor this coming holiday season. I share a sneak peak with you last month of the starfish topper.  Below are the companion piece and the real piece the topper is on.  I started on it back in June and I am finished with the main pieces.  My tree is on our second floor of the house so these will go on the first floor. To make the starfish I used a one pound block of Sculpey Premo.  The starfish I used to make the original mold was a vacation find.Chic Coastal Christmas Decor - DIY cheap and easy crafts you can make

I made a wreath with a Styrofoam ring, burlap and buttons from Buttons Galore and More and some jute.

I have a Coastal Christmas starfish garland in the making and I will share that later on. It goes across my mantel. The next piece I made is a topiary using all the same materials. I chose burlap and juts since they are very rustic feeling. There is something cozy about weathered and worn items.

Direction to make the starfish from polymer clay

Materials for a Chic Coastal Christmas Starfish:

Directions for Coastal Christmas Chic starfish.

  1. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the clay dedicated pasta machine several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
  2. Pinch of a Large piece of Mold Maker and roll into a ball. Flatten ball creating a piece of  large Mold Maker enough to accept starfish.
sculpey mold maker

3.  Dust starfish with cornstarch. Press starfish into mold and then remove. Bake the mold according to the directions above. Allow the piece to cool before handling.

4.  Condition the White clay according to the directions above. Dust the mold with cornstarch. Press the conditioned clay into the mold and remove. Trim off any excess clay with craft knife. Dust the mold and repeat again to make an additional piece. Repeat process to create as many starfish as you’d like. Bake according to directions above.

wood bird Christmas ornaments

wood bird Christmas ornaments – True to my fascination with everything avian, my Christmas tree has lots of bird ornaments.  The idea for this particular ornament came when I was out walking my dog.  I noticed the vast abundance of Georgia pinecones littering the ground. What could I do with these? If I used them inside, how was I to extract the little creatures living inside them?  I gathered up some of the little cones.  When I returned home I popped them on a tray in the oven at 150 for about 15 minutes to remove any friends.
I remembered I purchased some little pics after Christmas last year and they would be perfect for the wood bird Christmas ornaments I was planning too.  

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I absolutely adore this “beautiful bird” applique die cut  by Sizzix.  I love this die cut so much that I have two or three ideas stewing in my head where I wan to show you how to create different ornaments with this die cut using unconventional materials to create stunning tree, mantle or package decorations.  

Supplies for wood bird Christmas ornaments:

Instructions for wood bird Christmas ornaments:

This version all starts with simple to find, good old foam board. Foam board can intimididate many of us because it usually requires using a craft knife to cut and that can take some practice. The best advice I can give you when cutting foam board (I prefer dElmer’s because it comes in many thicknesses, is high quality and can be purchased with grids on one side) is to utilize the “three cut rule.” That is, trace your shape, use one pass of your X Acto knife to score exactly (or as close as you can) on the traced line, make a deeper second pass and finally score deeper to cut completely through. Don’t try to cut all the way through with one cut, this doesn’t yield smooth-edged results.

As shown in the photo above, cut the foam board down to manageable pieces. Cut some to match the size of the bird image on the die and some to use for the wings.


The good news is that, if you choose to use the shape of wing I did, you only need to trace a large teardrop shape onto the foam board and cut them out with the X ACTO knife. Have handy a sanding block or nail file to smooth any jagged edges.

There is a wing shape included in the die cut that you can use if you wish but I have to admit I am partial to teardrop shaped wings.

The easier part of this project involves using the Sizzix BigShot pro to cut the bird shapes from the foam board. The BigShot Pro is a heavy-duty die cut machine that cuts thick materials such as foam board.

It makes cutting these foam board bird shapes so easy!

Now its time to cover the shapes with the real wood veneer comes in 12″ x 24″ Real Wood Thin Cherry.  It is ideal for card making,mixed media, veneering, paper crafting, custom embellishments, and wood modeling and it is compatible with most cutting dies.

You will need to use the wing template and an ink pen to trace the shape and a die cut machine to cut the real wood. For this smaller duty project, I went back to my lighter duty Big Shot machine and found that I could cut four sheets at once.

Once the sheets are cut, you can glue them to the foam core shapes to cover.


Use stamped sentiments for the wing and StazOn ink and I used chalk ink to smooth the edges of the foam.   I also used the brown ink to create the brown beak. 

And to coordinate with the pine cones I spray painted (which made those little creatures promptly vacate if they were not dead already) I added a small pine cone dusted with snow paint and a bit of holly spray.easy to make wood bird Christmas ornaments tutorial

These wood bird Christmas ornaments are the perfect addition to any nature themed tree.  They can be made fairly quickly and easily in multiples. I hope I inspired you to try to make your own ornaments from simple foam board. What other dies do you own you could use to create special creations? Don’t forget to check back here to see more unusual ideas using this wonderful die.

beach mat tote bag – an easy sew project

Get ready for the sand and the waves with this fast and fun sewing project.  Make yourself and your friends a beach mat tote bag with easy to find supplies.  The beach mat tote bag is an easy sew project that you can make in an hour or two depending on your sewing skills.
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Supplies for beach mat tote bag:

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beach mat toteInstructions for Beach Mat to Tote Bag

1. Cut 3″x width of fabric strips of small print fabric. Cut enough strips to go around outer edge of towel. Press in 1/2″ seam allowance on long edges of strips; press strip in half lengthwise with right sides out. Pin in place around edging of towel on all four sides, mitering corners as needed. Sew in place.

2. For pillow, cut two 13″x17″ panels of floral fabric. Sew right sides together on three sides, leaving 1/2″ seam allowance. Turn pillow cover right side out and stuff with insert. Sew pillow bottom closed with whipstitch by hand or by machine. Machine straight stitch pillow edge to top end of towel “front” as shown.

3. For pockets, cut four 9-1/2″x11″ panels, two each of floral and small print fabrics. Pair panels as desired with right side out. Press 1/4″ seams in all four edges, machine sew, then repeat to hide raw edges. Repeat for second pocket.

4. On towel “back” on opposite end from pillow, pin first pocket in place, centered on short side of towel with pocket facing away from edge. Pin second pocket in place with pocket openings facing each other, 4-6″ away from first. Cut twill tape into two 18″ lengths; pin in place beneath pockets. Machine sew in place.

5. Roll towel to form tote and determine closure position. Hand-sew frog closure in place.

Santa pants Christmas craft using cardboard tubes

Santa pants Favors made with cardboard tubes that you can recycle from paper towel rolls or toilet paper rolls or you can buy tubes from the craft section.  We are all about recycling them and giving them another use before they go into the trash.  If you want to keep this a cleaner craft you can use red cardstock instead of the paint.  You can decide how much you want to clean up, on top of the glitter mess that is.  But hey! we love glitter in all it forms.  If you don’t want to use loose glitter you can use glitter glue. santa pants kids craft

The content below may have been sponsored, contain affiliate links or free items for use. Know that this will not sway the opinion no matter what. (Even though they may want to!) This costs you nothing and helps pay for this blog's overhead. Click Diclosures to learn more.MATERIALS for SantaPants:

TOOLS

  • Rubber stamp: Merry Christmas
  • Black inkpad
  • Clay-dedicated rolling pin or acrylic brayer
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Oven
  • scissors, ruler, plastic knife, black marker, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Pattern – Santa Pants Favors

1. Adults, help kids when baking clay in oven.

2. Print out pattern.

3. On clean work surface, remove clay from package. To condition, roll clay in hands until soft, bending and rolling until pliable. If clay cracks, keep conditioning. Roll 1″ Gold clay ball; flatten. Cut buckle from Gold clay. Position buckle on parchment-lined baking sheet. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake buckle in oven. Let cool.

4. On covered work surface, paint cardboard tubes (pants) Bright Red. Let dry. Use Continuous Glue Lines to glue pants legs together. Paint wooden tags Apple Green. Let dry.

5. Measure and cut 2-1/2″x9″ red cardstock rectangle. Use Continuous Glue Lines to glue red rectangle around top of pants legs. Measure and cut two 2-1/2″ red card stock circles. Use scissors to fringe edges of circles. Use Continuous Glue Lines to glue circles on bottom of pants legs.

6. Measure and cut 1″x9″ black cardstock strip (belt). Use Continuous Glue Lines to glue belt around red rectangle. Apply Continuous Glue Lines strip onto center of belt; sprinkle with Gold or Silver glitter. Use Craft Glue Dots to glue buckle on center of belt.

7. Measure and cut two 1″x7″ red cardstock strips (suspenders). Use Craft Glue Dots to glue suspenders onto inside of pants legs.

8. Measure and cut two 3/4″x4″ white felt rectangles. Use Continuous Glue Lines to glue felt rectangles around bottom of pants legs.

9. Use black inkpad and Merry Christmas stamp to stamp saying on wooden tag. Use hole punch to punch hole on pants leg; insert metal brad through hole on tag and pants leg. Bend ends on inside.
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