Mother’s Day Spa gift set

Mother's Day Spa bath salt gift idea you can make

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.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.

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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! Mother's Day Spa creative gift packaging
  4. 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.
  5. Add a few drops of essential oils, and stir well.
  6. 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.
  7. Add the salt mixture to the clear bags.

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Winter peppermint jewelry DIY – A 15 minute craft.

Make easy DIY earrings in less than 15 minutes. winter themed peppermint jewelry for christmas. Learn how to wrap earring wires in easy steps. tutorial provided

Peppermint Jewelry is a fun DIY gift you can give.  Peppermint says Winter jewelry to me.  I love candy themed Christmas trees so candy themed jewelry is pretty cool too.  This project is part of Craft Lightning and we love participating in the event because it always makes us design faster and more efficient.  It took me 15 minutes to design and make both earrings.  I also made a necklace too which I will share tomorrow.  One of the things I love most about making my own jewelry is that when I buy the supplies to make a set for me I usually make an extra set to have in my gift closet.  I am rarely without a hand-made gift.  The peppermints would make great drink charms too.  I am pretty frugal and do not like to let anything go to waste or just sit. I happen to order all my supplies from Oriental Trading Company since I am a blogger for them.  They have really become my go to for supplies.

Supplies needed for Peppermint Jewelry:

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How to make Peppermint Jewelry:

If you follow the pictorial above you will see that it is really simple to make the earrings.

  1. Start by sliding the beads on the head pin in the order you like.
  2. Bend the headpin wire over to a 90 degree angle.
  3. Form a loop around the pliers.
  4. Wrap the excess wire around the bottom of the loop.
  5. Open the earring wire by pushing one side of the loop down and one side up.
  6. Insert the beaded headpin with loop.
  7. Close the wire and repeat for other side.
  8. BAM!  That easy to make your own earrings.

Make sure you visit all the other blogs and see their great and super quick ideas. You will be ready for gift giving in no time at all.

Wine cork necklace

wine cork necklace
Show off the cork from your favorite adult beverage.  Use a recycled wine cork or two, and craft supplies you might have on hand to create this charming, vintage-inspired necklace. Not only are you using recycled materials to make this fun necklace you can personalize it to your taste by adding different color crystals. Handmade jewelry is fun to wear because it is unique.

Materials and tools for wine cork necklace:

  • Flat wooden circle, 1-1/2”
  • Recycled wine corks, two
  • Reclaimed jewelry chain with three clasps at center
  • Silver jump rings, 10mm, four
  • Beadalon Stainless Steel Memory Wire, 32-gauge
  • Flat-backed crystals: 4mm, one package; 6mm, two
  • Vintage book page
  • Stamps: script background, small butterfly
  • Circle punch, 3/8”
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers: chain-nose, round-nose
  • Hand saw and cutting surface
  • Hand drill
  • Jacquard Products Paints: Neopaque Brown, White; Lumiere Pearlescent Blue
  • Ink pads: black pigment, green chalk
  • Beacon Adhesives Adhesives: Liquid Laminate, Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesives
  • foam brush, paintbrush, sponge dauber, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions to make a wine cork necklace:

  1. Working on protected surface, use hand saw to cut three 1/4”-thick discs from one cork. Cut remaining cork in half lengthwise; set aside one half for future project.
  2. Paint one disc Pearlescent Blue and wooden circle Brown; let dry.
  3. Use black pigment ink and script stamp to stamp two remaining cork discs. Ink edges of all cork discs and cork half with green chalk ink. Stamp butterfly in center of blue disc. Let all pieces dry.
  4. Use hand drill to drill holes in two script discs and at top and bottom of wooden circle. Drill hole in top of cork half.
  5. Punch circle from vintage book page. Use Liquid Laminate and foam brush to découpage paper to center of wooden circle; let dry. Use Gem-Tac Adhesive to adhere blue disc to center of wooden circle.
  6. Use Gem-Tac Adhesive to adhere crystals to edge of blue disc, to centers of script discs, and to cork half in curving pattern as shown. Let dry.
  7. Cut 2” length from Memory Wire coil. Bend wire in half, dot ends with Gem-Tac Adhesive, and insert into hole in top of cork half. Let dry.
  8. Use chain-nose pliers to open four jump rings. Insert open ends through four drilled holes in cork discs and wooden circle.
  9. Join discs and wooden circle to chain as shown; close jump rings using round-nose pliers. Join cork half to bottom of wooden circle; close jump ring.
    wine cork necklace

 

easy shamrock hair clip

shamrock hair clip with olyfun beautyMake an easy shamrock hair clip using Olyfun and Stickles.  If you can draw a heart you can make this project.  Yes, you can draw a heart and it is okay if it turns out a little wonky.  It is handmade after all.  Plus, in all likelihood your child will be wearing it and they really don’t notice if things are not perfect. Also you could make this a pin to wear on clothes or a backpack.

Oly*Fun is available by the 12×12 sheet in the general craft isle at most big box stores.  You can find it on the bolt in the fabric section.   You can use any fabric glue for Oly*Fun.  I like to use the Cool Tool Glue gun.  It is low temp and does not burn my fingers or melt through the material.  It is also safe for kids to use.

Materials for easy shamrock hair clip:

  • Olyfun 12×12 craft sheets in Pine, Clover and Kiwi.
  • Scissors
  • Adtech Cool Tool Glue Gun and Glue sticks
  • Stickles or glitter glue
  • Hair clip
  • Button

olyfun shamrock stack

Instructions for easy shamrock hair clip:

  1. Cut three hearts in small medium and large. This will give you 9 hearts, three of each size.
  2. Cut a thin strip to cover your hair clip.  I wrap mine around it completely covering it.
  3. Glue tips together as shown in the image above. (no hot glue it will melt) (fabric glue is fine too)
  4. Add accents of Stickles or glitter glue around the edges in a thin line.  Allow the glitter glue to dry or you will have a mess.  You can speed up drying with a cool temperature hair dryer.  DO not use heat or you can melt the Olyfun.
  5. Glue the hair clip to the back of a heart. Leave room for the strip to cover the clip. shamrock back
  6. Cover the hair clip with a strip of Olyfun.  Secure the strip with glue.  Allow to dry.
    shamrock assembly
  7. Glue the stacked hearts on the clip as shown below.

drying shamrock hair clip

mixed media pendant

mixed media pendant
Making jewelry can be extra fun when you use the unexpected.  Making a mixed media pendant does not have to cost a lot of money either.  A die cut is used to make an adorable heart pendant from fabric. Embellish as desired and add a large link chain for a great gift for Grandma.

Materials and supplies for a mixed media pendant:

  • Cotton fabric, scraps: light pink, hot pink print, white, turquoise
  • Fairfield Poly-fil Fiberfill Stuffing, Stick Fusible Webbing
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Silver chain, 16” length
  • Silver findings: jump rings, 12mm, three; lobster claw clasp
  • Toner Plastics Icy Silver Fun Wire, 18-gauge
  • Buttons Galore and More Orange Fabric Brad
  • Gold vintage button
  • Silver pebble beads, 6/0, four
  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine and Bigz Primitive Hearts Die
  • Sewing machine and black thread
  • Needles: sewing, embroidery
  • Tiny alphabet rubber stamps
  • Round-nose pliers, chain-nose pliers, wire cutters
  • Gold glitter
  • Black pigment ink
  • Beacon AdhesivesFabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive
  • Misc.: scissors, iron and pressing surface, straight pins


DIRECTIONS

1. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse webbing to light pink, hot pink print, and white fabric scraps. Die cut one medium heart from fused hot pink fabric. Die cut one large heart from hot pink print and one from light pink fabric. Peel paper backing away; fuse smaller heart on center of light pink larger heart. Cut white fused-fabric to 1/2”x1-1/2” and fuse across center of hearts.

2.  Machine-sew edges of fused rectangle to heart. Use alphabet stamps and pigment ink to stamp sentiment on strip; heat set with iron.

 

3. Hand-sew knife pleat in center of turquoise fabric scrap. Hand-sew to secure to front of hearts using photo as guide for placement.

 

4. Use round-nose pliers to bend 5” wire into coil. Thread embroidery needle with three strands embroidery floss and couch wire to heart. Pull embroidery floss from back of hearts to front; slip one bead on needle and pull to back. Continue until all beads have been sewn to heart. Knot ends.

 

5. Place small amount of glue on center of fabric-covered brad. Sprinkle glitter on brad. Cut tiny hole in hearts and insert brad. Sew gold button to heart. Knot ends.

 

6. Pin large hearts together with straight pin in center. Starting on right center edge of hearts, use backstitch to hand-sew together using needle and thread, sewing around edges of heart on center. Hand-sew edges of larger hearts together, leaving small opening on edge for stuffing. Lightly stuff heart with polyfill. Sew opening closed.

 

7. Open one jump ring with chain-nose pliers and attach through fabric at top of heart. Open second jump ring and loop one end through jump ring on heart and then on center of chain. Open third jump ring and attach onto end of chain. Attach lobster claw clasp to remaining end.

floral resin necklace

floral resin necklace
A floral resin necklace inspired by the jewel tones of vibrant flowers, create this resin pendant following the step-out photos listed in the instructions. Create and embellish one for every special woman on your list – personalize with beads and inspirational sayings, too!

Materials for floral resin necklace:

Bronze wide hobnail bezel with hammered edge
Worldwin DoubleMates Creamy Cocoa Cardstock
Darice Bronze findings: Eye Pin, Clasp; Jump Rings, two
Darice Bronze Chain, 8” lengths, two
Swarovski AB Garnet Crystals, 4mm
Assorted beads: pink freshwater pearls, two; orange glass round; yellow glass teardrop
Phrase or verse (from recycled book)

Tools

  • Needle-nose pliers
  • The Crafter’s Workshop Flower Frenzy Mini Shape and Doodling Template (TWC157S)
  • Susan Lenart KazmerJeweler’s Grade Crystal Clear ICE Resin
  • Jacquard Lumiere 3D Dimensional Metallic Paint & Adhesive: Burgundy, Poppy, Bright Gold, Bright Copper

Basic Supplies

scissors, paper trimmer, palette knife, disposable cups, wooden craft stick, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions for floral resin necklace:

For floral insert, position mini template on Creamy Cocoa cardstock. Apply random dollops of Burgundy, Poppy, Bright Gold, and Bright Copper on paper as desired. Use palette knife to spread paint evenly across stencil. Lift stencil straight up and set aside. Let dry completely; trim to fit inside bezel.
Follow manufacturer’s instructions to mix Ice Resin in plastic cup. (Note: There is a 45 minute working window once resin is mixed before it will harden.)resin in cup

Add small drops of Ice Resin inside bezel. Position stenciled paper inside bezel; press firmly to remove air bubbles.
bezel before resin

Randomly adhere crystals on flower centers. Adhere verse or phrase from recycled book. Pour remaining resin into bezel. Cover bezel with plastic or glass container to prevent dust from settling on surface.

pouring resin into besel

resin in bezel drying
Once bezel has cured, string beads on eye pin; form loop at end using needle-nose pliers and attach to bezel. Position teardrop bead on end by opening loop on bezel, adding bead and then closing.umber-bg congrats-prompt”
Measure two 8” chain lengths. Open jump ring at top of bezel and attach chain lengths; close jump ring. Add jump ring to left side and attach clasp. Attach jump ring to other side of chain.

 

Easy Earrings

easy earrings

Easy earrings to make and give in a hand stamped gift box.  Make these quick earrings to coordinate the with any outfit.  Once you learn the Easy Earring technique you will be making earrings for every one.  They really are simple, quick and easy.  I love to give them as hostess gifts.  They are really nice to have on hand when you need to send a little thanks to someone.  I personally think that when you tie the time to make a gift for someone that it is like giving more because you are giving up your time to make them something they will like.

sizes: box, 3-1/4″x1″x2-1/4″; earrings, 2″

Materials for Easy Earrings

  • Creative Imagination Bare Elements gift box with mirror
  • Beads, in three various sizes, six
  • Silver findings: two 2” head pins, two ear wires

Tools for Easy Earrings:

  • Acrylic block
  • Beadalon Chain-nose Pliers; Designer Flush Cutter Stamp
  • Clearsnap Ancient Page Navy Ink
  • ColorBox Cat’s Eye Fluid Chalk Queque: Misty Meadow
  • Rubber stamp, in print of choice

Directions to make Easy Earrings and gift box:

Hand stamped Gift Box

1. Starting with the lightest colored inkpad, apply inkpads directly to surface of box in long sweeping strokes. Use darker-colored ink for inside of box. Layer and blend colors for desired coverage. Let dry.

2. Randomly stamp image on gift box to create collage look. Set aside to dry.

Easy Earrings

1. String three beads onto each head pin. Use round-nose pliers to make loop above top bead. Wrap extra wire around base of loop. Attach loop to lower loop on each ear wire. Trim excess wire.

See really they are Easy Earrings.  Once you make a few you will be hooked.  Practice the loop a few times on extra ear wires if you are afraid of making mistakes.  When you make things by hand they might not always be perfect and that is okay too.

Casting Resin Necklace Fanciful Flowers

Casting Resin Necklace Fanciful Flowers

A Casting Resin Necklace DIY –  Fanciful Flowers.  Create a necklace in any color or flower you would like with this easy to follow tutorial.

Materials for Resin Necklace

  • Paper flowers, in various sizes
  • Cousin: Antique Gold chain; Antique Gold Starter Pack; Classic Pearl Elegance beads: 8mm Round Rose, 8mm Round Glass Turquoise Pearl, 6mm Round Glass Ecru Pearl; Clear Monfilament #8
  • Alumilite Corp.: Amazing Mold Putty, Amazing Casting Resin

Basic Supplies for Resin Necklace

paintbrushes, rubber gloves, scissors

Tools

  • Jacquard Products: Lumiere Paints: Pearlescent Turquoise, Bright Gold, Pearlescent Magenta, Halo Blue Gold, Crimson; Pearl Ex Powdered Pigment Interference: Blue, Solar Gold; Pearl Ex Varnish
  • Cousin: Precision Comfort Round-Nose Pliers, Needle-Nose Pliers, Wire Cutters
  • Hand drill with 1/16” bit

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Directions for resin necklace:

1. Mix Amazing Mold Putty following manufacturer’s instructions. Press paper flower into mold. Use tip of round-nose pliers to make sure each petal is pressed into mold. Repeat step for remaining small paper flower. Allow mold to set for approx. 20 minutes. Remove flowers from molds. Use small amount water to remove residue. Gently pat mold dry.

2. Mix Amazing Casting Resin following manufacturer’s instructions. Slowly pour resin into mold. Once resin has set, remove it from mold. Repeat for remaining flower.

3. Paint small flower petals Magenta and center Halo Blue Gold. Let dry. Lightly brush coat of Crimson on petals. Paint large flower petals Turquoise and center Bright Gold. Apply Interference Blue powder on petals and Solar Gold powder on center. Let dry. Apply varnish on flowers. Let dry.

4. Drill two holes on each end of flower petals and two holes in centers of flowers.

5. Thread monofilament through center holes and through three pearls. Tie pearls off on back of flower. Repeat for each flower.

6. Place one jump ring into each hole on petals. Attach small flowers to large flower with additional jump ring.

7. Thread the following onto eye pin: blue seed bead, pink pearl, blue seed bead, ecru pearl, blue seed bead, pink pearl, blue seed bead. Form loop at end and secure to jump ring on pink flower. Repeat for other flower. Cut two 7” chain lengths. Secure eye pin onto each end of chain.

8. Attach jump rings on ends of chain length. Attach clasp on one end of chain and toggle on other end.

Diy starfish headband

Diy starfish headband tutorial

Make a starfish headband for a mermaid party or a beach themed event or to wear because they are pretty cool.  My daughter just celebrated her 5th birthday and the theme was mermaid and every little mermaid needs a cool hair accessory right?  For her party we made a couple dozen polymer clay starfish using a mold of a real one we found on the beach.

Check back for tutorials on how to make the cupcake tower, a mermaid tutu and various other mermaid themed party decorations.  Tutorial for Mermaid Tutu Dress

Tools and materials for a starfish headband:

Instructions for a starfish headband:

  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.

5.  After the starfish has cooled, paint the piece with the Buttermilk acrylic paint, while the paint is wet, wipe excess.

buttermilk paint on starfish
6.  Paint the piece with the Raw Umber acrylic paint, while the paint is wet, wipe off. This will create a distressed finish. Brush on a light coat of Glimmer dust if you would like a little bit of sparkle. Allow paint to dry
raw umber painted over butternilk
7.  Cut 8 three-inch strips of tulle and hot glue to headband.  Then add a dollop of glue to center and press starfish into center and hold in place until dry.   ALWAYS use caution when using a hot glue gun.

Monogram tote for summer

monogram tote monogram purse joy letters pb textiles

This monogram tote is awesome.  I love monograms and some of my favorite things have them.  Well anything with a monogram is going to be on my favorites list.  That is why I was excited to make somethings with Joy iron on letters.  I covet a monogram sewing machine.  One day I will get one and I will monogram the world.  Okay, maybe not the whole world.  Just mine and those in it.

I decided to make a little summer tote to hold my keys, phone, money and lip gloss.   Literally that is all I ever carry with me.  I went with this neutral fabric because of the clean lines and classic colors.  The fabric sent to me by P&B Textiles.  I used a line called http://www.pbtex.com/collection-still-life

Check out their  Creating with Joy blog @ www.creatingwithjoy.blogspot.com  for more inspiration on the monogram letters

joy logo

 

Naturally for the monogram tote, I used a www.fairfield.com product on the inside.  Smooth fusible fleece.  It has fusible webbing that you can iron on and it gives the fabric a smooth and soft feel.

Monogram tote supplies:

  • 3 fat quarters of fabric that coordinate ( PB textiles- Still Life)
  • Smooth interlining by Fairfield
  • Joy Iron on letters
  • cotton rope
  • iron
  • sewing machine
  • coordinating thread
  • scissors
  • clasp
  • Pattern for tote**I will update this post with a free pattern and instructions on how to make it soon.  I am learning how to self draft patterns and I want to make sure I get it right before I give it to you.Overall this took me about two hours.  BUT I am learning and making the pattern as I go so I would think once the pattern is perfected it could be made in about an hour.  So stay tune for that part.Joy iron on letters easy sew tote