The thank you for your kindness free printable was inspired by free Kind bars and I like free stuff and I like puns! I thought they would be perfect for a thank you gift that I needed for a young adult friend who came over and helped me move some furniture around. Clearly, I suffer from a case of chronic furniture rearranging or at least that is what my husband calls it.
The monogram tool box comes with a cool bottle opener on the side that is perfect for craft beers with caps that do not twist off.
To make the “thank you for your KINDness” gift tags I created a whole sheet of tags to have for later use. You can click this link for the free thank you printable or you can right click the image and save it. I had no clue what variety of craft beers he liked so I went to the store that carried them in singles and I don’t drink beer so I hope he likes the variety of beer I selected.
Supplies for the thank you for your kindness gift:
- free thank you printable printed on an 8.5×11 sheet of white cardstock
- red cardstock
- adhesive (I used glue dots)
- monogramed tool box
- Kind bars
- beer (probably Mike’s favorite part)
- monogram tool box
Instructions for thank you for your kindness gift set:
- Order the tool box from Oriental Trading it is a great price and often you can get free shipping.
- Buy the beer and “Kind”ness bars. You can read about their healthy ingredients here.
- Print the labels and cut out the label of your choice. Cut the red yardstick larger than the white yardstick to form a tag. Use Glue Dots to adhere the yardstick together.
- Cut a piece of twine and form a bow. Use a tiny piece of a glue dot to adhere the bow. Place an additional glue dot on the back of the tag and stick it on the tool box.Give to the lucky person and if they are under 21 you could (should) give them a variety of non-alcoholic drinks.
Mother’s Day Spa gift set is an easy gift you can make on the cheap with a few key ingredients and simple to make gift packaging. Essential oil, a colorant and epsom salt are really all you need. There are a few more things you can add in to make it relieving and relaxing. Add on custom gift packaging and you have a super terrific gift that you can give to almost anyone.
When using essential oils do not go overboard a little goes a long way and same goes with the coloring. A couple of drops are really all you need.
Supplies for Mother’s Day Spa gift set:
Instructions or Mother’s Day Spa gift set:
The ratio for the ingredients is 3 parts coarse sea salt; 3 parts epsom salt and 1 part baking soda. You can make as much as you want using the ratio above.
- Ink up the stamp and press firmly on flat box but do not rock the stamp. Rocking will cause distortion and smudges. I use the lid of the box with my clear stamps when I do not have a block handy and I am too lazy to go searching for one.
- Stamp the images on the edges of the box similar to what is shown. If you get ink on the clear part you can wipe it off with your finger or a paper towel.
- Assemble the box and add the pre-made black bow to the package and secure with a glue dot. I am completely horrible at making bows so the already made bows so they were completely worth every penny to me!
- To make the bath salts use a large bowl, mix to combine: 3 parts coarse sea salt; 3 parts epsom salts, and 1 part baking soda.
- Add a few drops of essential oils, and stir well.
- Add a few drops of food coloring, until you achieve the desired shade. If you want to purchase colorant for soaps you can, but food coloring works fine.
- Add the salt mixture to the clear bags.
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DIY cheese markers from polymer clay are easy to make. These clever cheese markers will be the talk of your party. You can wow your guests with your craftiness when they learn you made them yourself. Make a list of your favorite cheese varieties and make a marker for each one. You can create as many as you would like. I think they would make great gifts too. You could give it as a hostess gift or as a welcome to your new house gift.
Supplies for Cheese markers:
Instructions for DIY Cheese Markers:
Per the Sculpey website: Getting Started Polymer clay may stain. CLAY MAY DAMAGE UNPROTECTED FURNITURE OR FINISHED SURFACES. DO NOT USE polymer clay on unprotected surfaces. We recommend working on the Sculpey clay mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Start with clean hands and work surface area.
Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275°F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per ¼” (6 mm) thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be completed by an adult. Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by working small amounts in your hand until smooth and soft.
After conditioning your clay roll it out at the 2nd thickest setting of your Clay Conditioning Machine. Divide it in two sheets that are large enough to accommodate multiple oval cut outs.
Gather the following supplies: largest oval cutter and word stamps. Cut out an even number of tops and bottoms. Stamp the words into the lower half of the top piece. Bake according to directions above. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Make a molded embellishment for each of your markers. Condition the clay and press into the mold. Remove the excess clay and then remove from mold. Bake according to thickness. Allow to cool before handling.
Apply a thin line of Liquid Sculpey to the back of the stamped piece and place on top of the back piece. Gently press together. Place a toothpick in-between the layers. Wiggle it around a tiny bit so it can be removed and can be replaced after each use. Smooth our any rough edges.
Apply a thin line of Liquid Sculpey to the back of the molded embellishment and gently press onto the top right corner of the piece. Smooth our any rough edges. Gently place stamped and embellished side up on the baking sheet.
Bake according to directions above and with the toothpick in place Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Remove tooth pick. Brush paint over the entire piece. Use a paper towel to remove the excess. Allow to dry.
Dry brush a terra-cotta flower-pot for a fast and easy personalized gift. You can hand stamp words with an alphabet stamp too. For this fast craft project, that is a part of the Craft Lightning series, I had an idea in my head and lets just say that my execution started out great. But did not end with perfection. I love using the dry brush technique and making distressed finishes. Personally, I think I am really good at it. But sometimes I need to learn when to stop. This would be one of those times. The picture above is the pot with dry brushing turned around and hiding my not so perfect execution.
The flower-pot below is what I ended up with and quite frankly do not like. Scroll on down to see what my vision for the dry brush pot was.
This is what my vision looked liked in the picture below. Nope not quite the same, I added that wording in Photoshop. I am not sure why I thought the large and colorful font would work. But the cool thing is, my mom will love it no matter what, because moms love anything their kids make, even if their “kid” is over 40. Now, my mom is religious and I wanted to pick a phrase that would represent something from the bible. I picked the latin phrase felix culpa.
This is what wiki has to say about Felix Culpa if you are interested.
Felix culpa is a Latin phrase that comes from the words felix (meaning “happy,” “lucky,” or “blessed”) and culpa (meaning “fault” or “fall”), and in the Catholic tradition is most often translated “happy fault,” as in the Paschal Vigil Mass Exsultet O felix culpa quae talem et tantum meruit habere redemptorem, “O happy fault that earned for us so great, so glorious a Redeemer.” While my mom is not Catholic and I am, I still think it is fitting.
Now that you have the back ground of why the inspiration for the craft was, lets talk about how you can make your own dry brush flower-pot for a gift or your own home decor. This is the tutorial to make the easy sew pot holder trivet thingy the flower-pot is sitting upon. I am fast at sewing and it took me 15 minutes, maybe 20 to make it from scraps.
Supplies needed for a dry brush pot:
How to dry brush a terra-cotta pot:
- Clean and dry the dry before you paint it. Place a very small dollop of paint on your pallet. Lightly run the paint brush through the paint. Brush off the excess paint.
- The key to dry brushing is small light layers. Build up the paint in small layers and don’t be afraid to wipe off any excess.
- Paint the base of the pot white and the rim on the pot silver or any color combination you like.
Allow the paint to dry and stamp on a phase or word of your choice. Take my advice and pick smaller stamps and ink in a dark grey or black.
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An easy sew pot holder trivet is a fast and fun gift to make using your fabric scraps. Add a little color to your home decor that is budget friendly. The theme for this months #mycreativechallenge is Spring and I chose floral scraps from another project. Click the link for the decorative flower-pot sitting on the pot holder trivet. It is a 15 minute craft and could also be perfect for Spring.
If you would like to play a long with the challenge use the hashtag on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. We would love to see what you create and it does not have to be anything complex it can be simple like this pot holder or flower-pot.
Out of curiosity would you call the project a pot holder, trivet or something else?
Supplies for the Easy sew pot holder trivet:
How to make the easy sew pot holder trivet:
- Cut fabric scraps into strips 2″x8″ and sew the strips together right sides facing each other.
- Press the seams open or to the darker fabric. Pressings important for a clean look.
- Square up the fabric by using a sewing ruler.
- Cut the batting and the fabric backing to the same size as the top and pin or clip together for sewing.
- If you want to be fancy sew along the edges of each strip. If you want to be quick sew a simple X. You do this by sewing a straight line from one corner to the next corner and repeat for the other side.
- Once the layers are sewn together you can square up again. Somehow I always need to.
- Sew the bias tape around the edges. You will want to pin in place or sew very slowly to make sure you are sewing on both sides.
Sometimes I use a sewing cheat when working with bias tape. I use a washable glue stick to hold the bias in place before I sew it on. Voila! you now have yourself a pot holder trivet. Make sure you visit Jen and Carla for their projects.
Jen Goode – 100 Directions – printable Spring floral image
Carla Schauer Designs – printable family chore chart magnets.
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IT’s NATIONAL CRAFT MONTH!
Not only is March 1st my birthday but it is the start of a great month – National Craft Month two really awesome things if I do say so myself. LOL As a professional in the craft industry I am lucky to attend conferences where I get to see the latest and greatest and things that are not even on the market. Yes I love the new stuff but my passion is using everyday things that would normally get tossed in the rubbish bin. I have a book coming out in 2018 on recycling. More to come on that later. Today I am kicking off the month with a giveaway on Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/nikimeiners/
IT’s NATIONAL CRAFT MONTH!
To celebrate I’ve teamed up with 9 creative friends to host a loop GIVEAWAY. Click through the loop to enter to win. You and a friend could both win a $50 Amazon gift card to buy all kinds of fun crafty supplies!
TO ENTER on Instagram
1. Follow me and like the photo on instagram
2. Tap the photo to see who is next in the loop.
3. Follow her and “like” the giveaway photo on her account.
4. Continue through the loop until you return here.
5. Leave a comment saying you’re “finished” and tag a friend.
You must follow all 10 hosts and like each loop photo in order to qualify for the prize. Your tagged friend does not need to enter, but the increase both your chances if they do.
BONUS: tag up to 3 friends (per host photo) for additional entries.
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.
Make DIY beaded wine stoppers for our 2017 Creative Challenge for Crafters
We here at 365 Days of Crafts have decided to provide crafting prompts for you to follow along with. Each month we will offer a them and inspiration to you. We want you to join in the fun and play along. If you make something or many things and want to share, use the hashtag #mycreativeChallenge . The hashtag will allow is to see what you are doing and to share your creativity too. Our first them is LOVE. This does not have to be Valentine related but it can be. As you can see with my project below mine is a beaded wine stopper. I love to bead and I love shimmer and shine and I love wine too. The trifecta of crafting projects for me. I also like to make them and keep them on hand as they make the perfect hostess gift. You can give it alone or pair it with your favorite bottle of wine. This is a SUPER SIMPLE project. It is reasonably priced and looks fantastic with little effort.
The first image shows a pink and white Hope themed stopper. You can mix random color beads or give the stopper a theme.
Supplies for Beaded Wine Stopper:
- Wine stopper Blanks
- Large core beads
- Pearl Dangles or charms
This picture of the wine stoppers show how versatile they really are. There is an everyday color scheme, a BCA (Breast Cancer Awareness them and a Christmas piece. The dangles really add an extra touch of fun and whimsy.
Instructions for beaded wine stoppers:
- Remove cap on wine stopper.
- load beads onto stem
- Screw top back on
- Add dangles or charms
I told you the project was super simple and I was not kidding. I “love” how easy they are to make and how great they look for so little effort.
For my personal use I made the aqua, blue and white theme to go along with the color scheme in my living room. Make sure you play along with the creative challenge. We really do mean it when we say we want you to share what you make. Nothing makes us happier than to know that we have inspired someone to make themselves happy and created something beautiful