DIY beaded wine stoppers to make

DIY Beaded Wine Stoppers for any holiday - great handmade gift idea by Niki Meiners

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.

DIY BCA Pink Hope Beaded Wine Stoppers - great handmade gift idea by Niki MeinersThe 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:

  1. Wine stopper Blanks
  2. Large core beads
  3. Pearl Dangles or charmsThe 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.

DIY Beaded Wine Stoppers for any holiday - great handmade gift idea by Niki MeinersThis 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:

  1. Remove cap on wine stopper.
  2. load beads onto stem
  3. Screw top back on
  4. Add dangles or charms

DIY Beaded Wine Stoppers for any holiday - great handmade gift idea by Niki Meiners

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.

DIY Beaded Wine Stoppers for any holiday - great handmade gift idea 365 days of crafts

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 creative-challenge-lovehandmade diy beaded wine stoppers craft gift idea

Polymer Clay Sugar Beads

pink sugar beads set1


Make Polymer Clay Sugar Beads out of Sculpey Polymer Clay with this easy to follow set of instructions.  They make a great accessory for Valentine’s Day or for a spring outfit.  The jewelry is made with simple techniques.

size: 16″

Materials for Polymer Clay Sugar Beads

  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey Candy Pink Clay
  • Buttons Galore & More Clear Micro Beads
  • Swarovski Elements Round Crystal Beads: 8mm, 6mm, 4mm
  • Darice Gunmetal Findings Starter Kit in Caddy (kit contains string, jump rings, ear wire, crimp beads and clasp)

Basic Supplies for Polymer Clay Sugar Beads

paintbrush, toothpick, piercing needle


  • Polyform: Translucent Liquid Sculpey, Sculpey Glaze
  • Pasta machine or rolling pin, parchment-lined baking sheet, oven
  • Circle cookie cutter
  • Needle-nose pliers, wire cutters

pink sugar beads clasp

Directions for Polymer Clay Sugar Beads

Polymer Clay Sugar Beads Necklace

  • 1. Condition clay on clean work surface. Use cookie cutter to cut clay into 59 circle shapes. For smallest balls, use two pieces; for medium balls, use three pieces; for large balls, use four pieces; and for extra-large center ball, use five pieces. (Note: Using cookie cutter allows you to create beads that are consistent in size.)
  • 2. Roll beads into spheres. Press piercing needle through one side of sphere and then through other.
  • 3. Use paintbrush to apply Translucent Liquid Sculpey onto beads. Place bead in micro beads and roll around, covering completely. Gently pat micro beads into place if needed. Once all clay beads are covered, position on parchment-lined baking sheet. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake clay beads in oven. Let cool.
  • 4. For 16” necklace, cut 35” string length; fold in half. Place string through crimp bead, add jump ring, then run string back through crimp bead and crimp in place. String crystals between faux sugar beads as you string necklace, using 8mm crystals around large and center beads, 6mm crystals around medium beads, and 4mm crystals around small beads.
  • 5. After last faux sugar bead, string crystals until desired length is achieved.
  • 6. Thread string end through crimp bead, add jump ring, then run string back through crimp bead and crimp in place. Open additional jump ring; add lobster claw clasp and secure to other jump ring. See Photo 1.
    pink polymer clay sugar beads earrings

    Polymer Clay Sugar Bead Earrings

  • 1. Using two leftover clay beads of the same size, make earrings by stringing the crystals and faux sugar beads onto eyepins.
  • 2. Form loop at end of eyepins and secure to ear wires.
  • Tip
  • 1. When applying micro beads on clay beads, work over a small paper plate. Roll clay beads in micro beads and then easily pour remaining micro beads back into bottle.

by Niki Meiners

Handmade Jewelry Ideas abound – Peaches and Cream Bead Soup 6

Bead Soup Peaches and Cream - Niki Meiners

Beaded Jewelry Inspiration

Yes, I will admit  I have a weakness.  That weakness is handmade bead swaps. I simply love working with items I know were lovingly handmade and picked just for me.  Opening the package is the adult equivalent of opening the first present on Christmas day.  Yes, I get that excited every time.  The thought of someone taking their precious time and dedicated a small portion of it to create and select beads purely for my creative pleasure.  My special partner for this bead soup is Pamela Gangler of Pamela Lynn Jewelry.

Copper findings with Peaches and Cream Beads

This necklace literally designed itself. The beads poured out of the baggies in such a way that I moved a few pieces around and it came to me.


If you stopped at her blog you will notice the pictures of what she sent me are her pictures too. If you read the opening paragraph you might notice my reference to Christmas. Well, I was also the kid who snuck a peek at all of her presents and upon opening them would still be delighted. I also would have played with them all by noon. This package was not much different. Not only did I open them but I created with them too. A little to quickly to even take pictures. Yes, I was that excited.



The clasp is delicate and lovely.


The focal is Raku. I was not familiar with the material or the process used to make it. After watching several videos and articles online, I am eager to try the technique. I did not use the focal for the piece I made in this post. I am waiting until my order of Sari Silk comes in. I feel that is what it is calling for.

Back of Raku Focal Bead


Handmade jewelry is one of my many crafty passions. I love making pieces and giving them as gifts. Sometimes when I am making a piece I know who it is going to and others. I make because I feel the need to create. The earrings I made pictured below were of the – I simply need to create variety. I make a ton of earrings. I find it humorous that I love making earrings when my ears are not even pierced.  I usually give earrings as thank you gifts. A small gift that is homemade is the best.  I hope I have given you a few ideas on how you can make your own pieces of jewelry.

   Leave a comment to win the earrings.  Comments must be made by Aug 5th, 11:59 pm est, 2012.

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August 6th, 2012 Comments Closed and the Winner is:

Author: CraftyHope (
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Your necklace turned out really lovely. It’s so simple as well as simply beautiful!!

Form Folding Jewelry

Whenever I find I am just mojoless or in a rut I usually end up teaching myself a new skill. Well, I stumbled upon an AWESOME metalsmithing technique called Fold Forming developed by Charlest Lewton – Brain in the 1980’s…I just found it this week  and fell in love it!! This site, Brain Press, has TONS of info if you’d like to see and understand how it’s done.

I decided to go find some copper to work on today. And here’s my first project. It’s not “Over the Top” amazing or anything but I love it! 🙂 I have a second project in the works and a plan to work on some Sterling Silver that I have in the studio either later tonight or early tomorrow morning…


This is the pendant before I applied a black patina. I like it but it was “too shiny” so I decided to add some contrast by using a black patina.

2-10-12 First Form Folded Piece Prior to Patina - Keri Lee Sereika


And here’s the same piece just after I applied a bit of black patina to the top surface. Pretty neat change isn’t it? I like how it really brought out the contrast in the textures on here.

2-10-12 First Form Folded Piece After Patina - Keri Lee Sereika


Now, I only have one style hammer so I can’t get all the textures I would like right now but as I start to build my tool inventory I will be interested to see how this changes the look of the pieces I am making. This pendant is approximately 1 1/2″ x 4″. My second project is more oval/round in style and just about the size of  the bottom of a muffin pan I would guess…I will be sure to post pics of that one once I get it done. 🙂 I am thinking that I may just start an Etsy store and sell these nifty things…my question is this, would you buy one? Would you wear one? Thoughts?


Make a Valentine necklace out of clay.

Paper Clay Beads
Paper Clay Beads
Paper Clay Beads


Welcome to 365 days of Crafts.  We are pleased to be a part of the blog hop.  “Love Cast in Clay”

The piece I created was made with Amazing Mold Putty that I used to make molds of buttons.  I placed straight pins through the clay before curing.  I painted the clay and highlighted the texture with Lumiere paint.  Glass beads and Wire are from Cousin Corp.

If you are here to participate in the blog hop and would like to win the BLOG CANDY (aka a prize)

The AMP blog and the Creative Paperclay® blog will each pick a winner – they will receive on 16oz package of Creative Paperclay® and a package of Amazing Mold Putty.    retail value is $25

Rules to get candy:  They must leave a comment on all blogs and become a follower of all blogs…

Blog Hops:

A reflection on 365 days of crafts

Gigi New Years Eve Headband

Yes! We made it.  As the owner of 365 days of I am so appreciative of the contributors to this site.  We started out last year with no clue what this site would turn into.  I think it has turned into something fabulous.  In 2011 we made a craft project every single day.   Never missed a one post.  We cut it close a few times.  We gained and lost a few contributors along the way and are thankful for all of the contributions that were made no matter how small.  For a good portion of the year we introduced you to a “New friend on Fridays” and hope they inspired you.  We ventured into new mediums and revisited old ones.  All in all it has been a great year.

2012 will bring some exciting changes to the site.  We will be down for a few days while we make changes.  We will continue to bring you great inspiration only in a slightly different format.  Yes, we will still be stamping, paper crafting, beading and Scrapbooking.  The contributors want to add another dimension or two to the site.  Home Decor, Repurposing, Upcycling and Mixed Media and everyday crafts are going to be more of the focus.  These types of projects take more time and require so much more effort that we will be going to one Tutorial on Tuesdays, highlighting other crafters throughout the week and posting new projects as we create them.  2012 will be our year of quality.  We want to bring you projects that will inspire you not on just one day of the year but on 365 days of the year.

Your input is invaluable and if you ever have anything you would like to see more of let us know, if there is something you want less of, tell us.  Comments, especially of acknowledgement are always welcome.  Who doesn’t like a pat on the back every once in a while.

Now if you have made it through my mushy moment I am impressed.  The last project of the year is a headband.  My daughter’s hair is finally getting long and we need to keep it out of her eyes.  A headband was in order since she will not keep the ponytail holder in her hair.

The material list is really simple.

Ribbon in color and width of your choice, fabric glue and a headband.  Having a mini iron is handy to press the wrinkles out of the ribbon. Cover the head band with ribbon.  Tie the bow around the headband and adhere with glue.  Iron if needed.  Simple as that.

Gigi New Years Eve Headband
Gigi New Years Eve Headband

Make a Bracelet with Repurpose Earrings

Upcycle earrings to make a cool dangle bracelet

Here’s a quick little jewelry makeover. I found some earrings at Kohls a while back on the clearance rack. They were marked down because some of the metal dangle beads were missing on one earring. No biggie! Dangle bracelets are so much coolers, so I tore the earrings apart and made a whole new piece of jewelry. The coolest part was I made it while sitting in the car on a road trip… yeah, I carry pliers in my purse, are you gonna make fun?

Upcycled bangle earings to a bangle braceleteUpcycled dangle earings to a bangle bracelete

I added different beads I already had on hand using small jump rings. I made the bass of the bracelet as well as the twisting look with simple metal jewelry wire. You could go crazy and get yourself some genuine silver metal wire for this, but I’m a thrifty gal and prefer not to spend all my cash on my accessories (have you seen me regularly? I’m lucky is I brush my hair!)

clearance item earrings that need some loveclearance item earrings that need some love

See that price tag? 80% off… crazy what you can find on the clearance rack when you don’t have the kids asking for toys! I’m not really a fan of the earrings, are you? The diamond/crystals are a bit much for my low frill taste.

Making a a bracelete with recycled jewelry pieces and partsMaking a bracelet with recycled jewelry pieces and parts

You can add some neat accents to pieces just by twisting wire and adding some pretty beads. if you want to learn how to make jewelry, or even fix your own jewelry, I suggest you play with wire. Get yourself 2 pairs of smooth jewelry pliers and read up on making eye hooks… that will head you in a good direction to start.

Glass Charms and a Buttons Galore and More Giveaway.

Button Wine Charms by Carla Schauer

This is Carla Schauer’s tutorial for Buttons Galore & More this month, in case you missed it!  AND speaking of Buttons Galore and More   they are the GIVEAWAY Sponsor for this post.  If you would like to win a button tote in the button color of your choice and an ink pad, glitter, Design Adhesive  and SMOOOCH Ink to coordinate from ClearSnap Ink please leave a comment on this post.  A reader will be randomly chosen.  It would also be greatly appreciated if you could “like” both Facebook pages.

As holiday party season rapidly gets underway, one of the tasks the party host(ess) needs to consider is how guests can keep track of their drink glasses.   One of the best ways to accomplish this is by using drink charm.  Plus, it looks fancier than the plastic cup/black marker method.

I started by using a coil of memory wire, cut into 4 rings with wire cutters.  With a couple jewelry tools,  some frosted beads, and my Buttons Galore & More buttons, I had my charms made  in no time at all.

Supplies and Instructions:

Buttons Galore & More  buttons (Christmas Button BonanzaRainforest Button BonanzaWinter Holiday Micros, and Rainforest Mix Micros)

Frosted and clear star and bicone-shaped beads
Red seed beads
Silver jump rings
Silver wire
Round nose jewelry pliers
Wire cutters

  1. Use round nose pliers to form loop on one end of each memory wire ring. (Photo 1)
  2. Attach medium buttons in lime, dark green, red, and white to jump rings.  Thread beads, micro buttons and jump rings with attached buttons in desired order half way around ring.  (note:  micro buttons  were threaded directly on memory wire.  Photo 2)
  3. Layer large and medium buttons in contrasting colors and attach together with silver wire.  Twist on reverse side to secure, then use wire ends to secure layered buttons to charm ring. Continue threading remaining loop with buttons and beads.
  4. Use round nose pliers to create loop in remaining end. (Photo 3).  Join loops together to connect ends.  (Photo 4)

button wine charms by Carla Schauer
Each charm has a different combination of buttons and beads, and each has a unique focal button set.  I used fairly traditional Christmas colors in this set, but the charms can be made to coordinate with any party theme.

Make the wire loop a little smaller and they’ll go around the top of water bottles as well!

Until next time…

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Tutorial Tuesday – Make a Faux Ceramic Polymer Clay Pendant

Faux Ceramic Polymer Clay Pendant

Making a Faux Ceramic Tile is not as difficult as you might think.  There are five main ingredients to use.  A stamp, polymer clay, liquid polymer clay, alcohol ink and glaze. An oven, cutting tools, nonstick work surface and a stir stick are also needed.  But those are kind of a given.  Faux ceramic tiles can be used in jewelry, mixed media art and for lots of other items.  Below is a photo tutorial on how to make the “Faux Ceramic” part of the pendant.

Faux Ceramic Polymer Clay Pendant
Faux Ceramic Polymer Clay Pendant


1.  To make the  polymer clay tile pendant you will need to condition your clay according to manufacturer directions.

2.  Roll clay through pasta machine.  Do not roll to thin or you might stamp through the clay.

3.  Stamp image into the clay and remove rubber stamp.   Trim off the excess clay.

4.  Bake the clay for half of the baking time suggested.  Allow to cool before applying the ink.


Dollap of liquid polymer clay.
Dollap of liquid polymer clay.
Pinata Alcohol Inks
Pinata Alcohol Inks
Add a few drops of the alcohol ink
Add a few drops of the alcohol ink
Allow alcohol ink to rest 5-10 minutes before stirring.
Allow alcohol ink to rest 5-10 minutes before stirring.
Adjust color if needed let it rest before stirring
Adjust color if needed let it rest before stirring.
Stir in color completely.
Stir in color completely.
Apply to clay tile
Apply to clay tile
Coat entire tile.
Coat entire tile.
Bake approximately 15-20 minutes
Bake approximately 15-20 minutes

5.  Once the clay tile has cooled you can sand any rough edges.

6.  If you are using a pinch bail you can press a hole into the tile before baking or use a 1/16 hole punch after baking.

7.  Apply a coat of glaze and allow to dry before inserting the pinch bail.  ( I like to apply a dab of glue to secure the pinch bail.)




Faux Ceramic Tile Pendant with a

Faux Ceramic Tile  Pendant
Faux Ceramic Tile Pendant


Ceramic jewelry has such an earthy appeal.  It also has an air of nostalgia.  I would make it more if I had a kiln.  The technique I am showing you  requires polymer clay, a regular oven or a toaster oven and a few other materials.  Using the technique detailed below, however, you can transform ordinary polymer clay into attractive faux ceramics.

This piece is a faux ceramic pendant, but you can also apply it to brooches, flattened beads, smaller charms, or anything else you like. It is well suited for any project that can be cured flat– particularly those with decoration on only one side– but may be adapted to work with more dimensional objects.

The material you will to make this piece are:

Cernit Clay

Pinata Alcohol Ink

A clear stamp or rubber stamp

A Pinch bail


Stop back on Tuesday for the tutorial.