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
A DIY faux Flokati bench made from a rescued $3 stool from St. Vinny’s . As soon as I walked into the small furniture section of the store I knew I was getting the little bench. It was perfect for this project that had been stuck in my head for a while and if not for this one then it was certainly going to get used for something else. Plus $3 made it a steal. It did take a little repair work shoring up the legs. Nothing a little Gorilla Glue could not handle. The bench was perfect and I ended up giving to a friend as a gift. She loved it and it looks great in her house. It made the perfect foot stool for her living room.
Materials for the DIY faux Flokati bench:
Instruction for the DIY faux Flokati bench:
- Make any repairs to the stool as needed. I had to do some minor work. If you are using Gorilla Glue follow the manufacturers directions.
- Clean the stool too. I used a little sandpaper to clean up the rough edges and added a coat of wood renew stuff to it also. The lable was not on the bottle so I cannot tell you what it was.
- Wrap at the cushion wrap around the top of the stool. Staple in place. You can add more layers if you would like it padded a bit more. Trim of any excess.
- Wrap the faux fur around the top of the stool and staple in place. Trim off any excess faux fur.
Enjoy your foot stool with the faux flokati. If you like the look of flokati you can get the faux fur in lots of colors from Shannon Fabric. The Cushion Wrap can be purchased through the link above or at many big box stores.
If you are looking for a quick way to update your daughter’s bedroom or sleep space? Make a sweet dreams banner. This whimsical pennant banner will do just that! My daughter loves handmade items in her room. If they are old enough they can help you make it too.
Cut canvas into 12”x12” squares. Layer two squares together and place them on Banners die. Run die through machine following manufacturer’s instructions. Repeat for seven total sets of pennants.
Pin two pennants together. Sew together using 1/8” seam allowance. Repeat for each set of pennants.
On covered work surface, basecoat front of pennant Light Buttermilk. Drybrush Celebration Pink glitter randomly on each pennant. Let dry.
Use pencil to draw letters spelling “DREAM” on each pennant, leaving two pennants blank. Outline letters using Black Writer. Let dry. Paint Black Ice glitter inside outlines on letters. Let dry.
Measure 12” from end of grey ribbon; sew first blank pennant piece on underside of ribbon. Sew “DREAM” pennants along ribbon ending with other blank pennant. Leave 12” of ribbon on other side.
On every other pennant piece, adhere pink pom-pom fringe along edges using fabric glue.
Adhere buttons and Prima Flowers randomly along banner using fabric glue. Let dry. Attach crystal teardrops on bottom of “D,” “E,” and “M” pennants by piercing jump ring through bottom of canvas; squeeze closed.
Make a gingerbread man spa gift set to give as a budget friendly handmade gift. Recycled jars and paper scraps make this great a great stash buster too. You can use traditional colors or modern.
Materials for Gingerbread man spa gift set
Recycled baby food jars
Patterned paper scraps
Cardstock scraps: cream; white; brown
Wooden knobs with holes, 1”, three
Gold eyelets, three
Tools for Gingerbread man spa gift set:
Rubber stamps: Pinecone (Hero Arts); Candy Cane (Paper Salon); Tiny Alphabet Stamps; Gingerbread Man (Denami Designs)
Ink pads: black pigment; Brown Fluid Chalk Ink (Clearsnap)
Americana Acrylic Paints (DecoArt): Alizarin Crimson; Evergreen; Milk Chocolate; Light Mocha
Duraclear Varnish (DecoArt)
Red permanent marker
Zip Dry Paper Glue (Beacon Adhesives)
Marvy Clever Lever paper punches (Uchida): Scallop Circle, 1-1/2”; Circles: 1”, 2”
Hole punch, 1/16”
Drill with 1/16” bit
Small screws, three
Directions for Gingerbread man spa gift set:
1. Remove labels from jars. Wash and dry jars. Paint: gingerbread jar top and knob Milk Chocolate; Christmas Tree jar top and knob Evergreen; Candy Cane jar top and knob Alizarin Crimson. When dry, dry brush all tops and knobs with Light Mocha. Apply three coats varnish.
2. Drill holes in jar tops underneath in center. Center knobs on top of jars and secure with screws so screw is placed in knob holes.
3. Use pigment ink to stamp gingerbread man and pinecone on brown cardstock. Cut out gingerbread man. Punch 1” circle from cream cardstock and adhere gingerbread man to center. Punch scalloped circle from a patterned paper scrap and adhere gingerbread man to center. Punch scalloped circle around pinecone. Use red marker and glitter marker to color bow. Punch 2” circle from a patterned paper scrap and adhere pinecone to center. Stamp candy cane on white cardstock. Color with red and glitter marker and cut out with scissors. Punch 1” circle from cream cardstock and scalloped circle from patterned paper scrap. Layer pieces together and adhere.
4. Use paper adhesives to glue circles to center of jars. Secure with rubber bands while drying.
5. Use alphabet stamps to stamp jar labels on cream cardstock. Tear labels from cardstock; ink edges Brown. Punch hole in each label; attach eyelet. Thread hemp through hole and tie around knob. Fill jars with body scrubs and salts.
PDF FOR gingerbread spa gift set list
by Melony Bradley
Make a weighted door stop that is weather friendly using a washable fabric and Poly-Pellets and Polyfil fiberfill on the inside. We live in a older home and the doors do not have springs and need to be held open when carrying items inside. The weather does not always cooperate so I needed the door stop to be washable and also not too heavy and something that would not scratch the floor. We used a rock for a little while but it was starting to leave marks.
The decorative door stop also doubles as a table cloth holder when we eat outside on the back patio. I wanted a fabric that was pretty and durable so I chose a printed canvas. The pattern I made on my own and will share a printable version with you too.
Materials use for Door Stop:
- Canvas fabric
- twill tape or ribbon
- Crafter’s Choice fiberfill stuffing
- Sewing machine or needle and thread.
- Straight pins optional
Instructions for Door Stop:
- Cut 4 panels of fabric to the same shape. I used a gothic arch that was hand drawn.
- Place two panels wrong sides together and sew on side from top to bottom. Repeat for next two panels. Pin if needed
- Place the newly sewn panels wrong side together and pin the twill tape at the top.
- Sew the two panels together along both sides.
- Measure the bottom opening and cut a piece of fabric slightly bigger than needed.
- Turn piece wrong side out and pin the bottom piece of fabric to 3 of the 4 sides.
- Stuff the top two thirds or more with Polyfil. Sew opening almost closed. Leave an opening large enough for a funnel tip.
- Pour in PolyPellets and sew opening closed.
Now you have a weather friendly door stop that can be use all year long and looks pretty while you are using it.
A placemat pillow is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make a pillow. I love finding fancy placemats and turning them into pillows. If I purchased embroidered fabric the pillows would be very expensive to make. I picked up a 4 pack of place mats on clearance for $5 and I even had a 20% off coupon bringing the cost down to one dollar a piece for the embroidered seahorses. I could have left them as rectangles but I wanted them as small accent pillows to go in front of my other pillows. The seahorse pillows will be my summer pillows.
Materials to make a placemat pillow:
- fabric for backing
- Polyfil Fiberfill for stuffing
- Scissors or rotary cutter, ruler and mat
- Sewing machine and coordinating thread
- Iron and ironing board
- Bamboo skewer or wooden spoon
Instructions to make a placemat pillow:
- Decide on the size and shape you want your pillow. I went with squares and trimmed the fronts of the placemats down to 11×11 squares.
- Cut a piece of fabric for the back to the same size as the front of the pillow.
- Place right sides of fabric together and pin around the pair leaving a small opening to add in the Polyfil.
- Sew around 3 of the four sides completely and then make sure you leave the opening on the 4th side for stuffing.
- Trim off any excess fabric and clip the corners at an angle. This will give you better corners when you turn the fabric right side out.
- Turn the pillow right side out. Iron the pillow front and back. I like to iron the opening where the stuffing is going so it has a crisp edge and is easier to sew closed.
- Stuff the pillow with the Polyfil. Use the skewers to push the filling into the corners.
- Pin the opening closed and use a whip stitches or a straight stitch to close the opening.
Sit back relax and enjoy your placemat pillow. No one will know it started out as a placemat unless you tell them what a genius you are.