Fast patriotic home decor

Fast patriotic home decor is perfect for me. If it is cheap even better. Decorating for each and every holiday feels overwhelming and quite frankly my budget is not that huge. I try to make my decorations things I can use for a long time or reuse year after year.  Some things I find helpful to keep on hand is a trio of vases, pretty kitchen towel, hand towel and maybe a little decorative piece.  I have a golden yellow star that I use for Christmas and 4th of  July and a trio of vases that I use for anything and everything and kitchen towels that hang on my wall ovens. americana inspired patriotic home decor using beans that can easily be recycled.

This is the trio of vases I used and you have probably seen in my projects before. I ordered the glass jars from Oriental Trading Company.  They are called the milk jug vase and I originally bought them because they had a neck I could wrap ribbon around for a party.

To make the american flag out of beans you will need:

  • a bag of red pinto beans
  • white navy beans
  • black beans 9 they sort of look blue
  • 3/4 cup measuring cup
  • jute cording

Instructions for fast patriotic home decor:

  1. Measure out 3/4 cup of beans for each stripe and layer them into two jars as shown in the photo.
  2. Fill the remaining jar with black beans.
  3. Wrap jute cording around the necks of the jars and tie a knot to secure into place.

When you are finished with the decorations you can put them back in your pantry until you are ready to cook with beans.  It is a super simple project that is fast, cheap and easy and for me that is the trifecta of crafting.

I also made super fast hand towels for the kitchen to go with the Americana style decorations.

Make Craft Kits – the gift of creativity in a jar

DIY craft kits in a jar you can make. Great stash buster
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.

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Supplies for craft kits in a jar:color combinations

  • mason jars or random glass jars
  • paint
  • 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:

  1. 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 jar lids recycled craft ideas
  2.  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.creativity in a jar a recycled craft idea
  3. 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.
  4. 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. DIY craft kits in a jar idea
  5. Once the lids were dry I added embellishments to them and the fronts of the jars in coordinating colors.  soft colors craft kit creativity in a jarcraft kits creativity in a jarmason jar craft ideas you can make and use up your stashThis is the schedule for the whole year and you can join us when you can. creative-challenge-for-the-year

Visit Jen for Doodle Art Easter Eggs.

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Visit Carla  for her Free Easter Printable.

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Shabby Chic Gift Packaging

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Shabby Chic Gift Packaging is a perfect companion to the Shabby Chic Door Hangers.  A plain brown paper bag can be the perfect packaging for smaller gifts. When giving a handmade gift, consider dressing one up with paints and embellishments to coordinate with your gift.  I grabbed some supplies and brown paper bags to create these shabby chic gift packages.

shabby chic gift packaging ideas and supplies

Supplies for Shabby Chic Gift Packages

shabby chic door hangers

Not long ago, I created these shabby chic door hangers as gifts for an upcoming baby shower, a wedding gift and a housewarming gift. I loved the results and knew that the packaging had to be as special as the gift inside. So I decided to create some coordinating gift packaging from brown paper bags.

I love the simple look of brown paper bags. So I dry brushed them with paint, allowing some of the bag to show through.
DIY gift packaging
Then I created some hemp embellishments using a low temperature glue gun. Believe me, you will want to use a low temperature glue gun for creating these spiraled embellishments as your fingers will be touching the hemp a lot and you want to minimize finger burns!

twine embellishment shabby chic

hot glued the embellishments to the front of the bag and added washi tape, gems and a painted wood tag.

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Now I have gift packages that coordinate perfectly with the gift inside!

Shabby Chic gift tags and gift bags

Gingerbread man spa gift set

gingerbread man spa gift set

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
Eyelet setter
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
Rubber bands

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 scrappy felt owl pillow

owl pillowDIY felt owl pillow

Luscious wool felt and ruffled print fabrics make this owl a colorful and adorable accent this autumn or to display throughout the year.

MATERIALS for felt owl pillow:

  • National Nonwovens WoolFelt: Buttercream, 1 yd.; Hallow’s Eve, 1/4 yd.; Copper Canyon, Black, scraps
  • Cotton fabric, in coordinating prints, scraps
  • Fairfield Home Elegance Pillow Insert, 14” x 14”
  • Acrylic crystal rhinestones, 9mm, two

Tools for felt owl pillow:

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Rotary cutter and self-healing cutting mat
  • Adhesives: Beacon AdhesivesFabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive,
  • Fairfield Processing Stick fusible webbing

BASIC SUPPLIES to make a felt owl pillow:

  • straight pins, scissors, iron and pressing surface, sewing needle

Directions for felt owl pillow:

  1. Use rotary cutter and mat to cut two 15” squares from Buttercream felt for pillow front and back.
  2. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply fusible webbing to Hallow’s Eve, Black, and Copper Canyon felt.
  3.  Cut body, two wings, and two eyes from Hallow’s Eve fused-felt. Cut two pupils, two ears, and beak from Black fused-felt. Cut two eye circles from Copper fused-felt.
  4. Using photo as guide, fuse pieces in place using iron and pressing surface on Buttercream square. Set aside beak for attachment in later step. Machine-sew pieces in place using straight stitch and contrasting thread.
  5. Cut six 2”x12” print fabric strips. Machine-sew knife pleat down center of strips creating ruffles. Adhere ruffles on center of owl for feathers. Adhere rhinestones on eyes using fabric glue. Machine-sew beak onto top ruffle.
  6. Using 1/2” seam allowance, machine-sew pillow front and back together with right sides out, leaving bottom side open. Insert pillow form into open side; hand-sew bottom closed using 1/2” seam allowance and running stitch. Knot and clip thread ends.

 

Make a Frankenstein Flag

Frankenstein Flag –  Let your Frank Flag Fly!  Make a Mr. and Mrs. Frankenstein Flag or wall hanging.  You can make both in about 20 Minutes.   I chose to use Olyfun for its weather friendliness and it comes in precut 12×12 sheets.  The 12 inch square is a great size for crafting and I don’t have to worry about getting a straight edge.  It is water resistant so it is fine to use outside on a temporary basis.  This really is a fun, fast and easy craft to make with the kids or you can make them yourself and have fun being creative.  Then use them as a surprise and decorate your home.
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Supplies to make a Mr and Mrs. Frankenstein:

  • Olyfun Craft Sheets – Kiwi, Snow, Midnight, Cherry Red
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Glue Sticks or Cool Tool Glue
  • Ribbon and staples are optional

Instructions to Make Mr. Frankenstein and Mrs. Frankenstein:

  1. Select a base for their faces. I went with Kiwi Green
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  2. Cut a zig zag shape for their hair.  The shorter hair is for Mr. F and the longer Hair is for Mrs. F.  I also added a white streak through her hair. IMG_5739
  3. Cut eyes and eyebrows for each of the characters.  Glue them in a manor similar to the images shown. IMG_57374.  Mr. Frankenstein also got bolts to add to his details.  Attach a ribbon to hold the flags up.  I used staples because tI thought they would look more authentic on a Frankenstein.Mrs. Frankenstein Flag DIY-2

Make sure you click on the image above and find some really awesome Halloween craft ideas for your home, from the kitchen, for decorating anywhere.  There are fun crafts, spooky crafts and even a creepy craft.  Make your home a Happy Halloween palace.  My son is convinced November 1st should be a Federal Holiday so that kids can recover from the candy.

Beaded Horseshoe Sun-catcher


Lizzie Beaded Horseshoe Sun-catcher

If you love horses and nature you will love this project – a beaded Horseshoe Sun-catcher.  This project  was made by my intern for the day, Lizzie.  We recycled worn horse shoes into magical works of art.  Lizzie needed to intern at a job for the day as part of her summer homework and she chose me to spend the day with and learn how to make a DIY post for a craft website. Not only did she write the instructions, make her own project she did the photography too.  We even spent a little time learning how to edit images and add a watermark.  The first horseshoe was made by Lizzie and the second one was made by me.  I think hers is awesome.

Beaded Horseshoe Sun-catcher Niki

Materials need for Beaded Horseshoe Sun-catcher:

  • Horseshoe
  • Variety of beads and crystals
  • Invisible cording
  • Scissors
  • Crimp Pliers
  • Crimp beads
  • Bead mat or towelBeaded Horseshoe Sun-catcher close up

Instructions for Beaded Horseshoe Sun-catcher:

  1. Place horseshoe on bead mat with the back side up.
  2. Decide on a layout of the beads and crystals.  Place them in an order that is pleasing to you.  Three strands or 5 strands work best.
  3. Once you have decided on a layer of the beads you will need to string them on the cording.  Then place them on the horse shoe.
  4. Secure the ends of the cording by placing a crimp bead over both ends and slide into place.  Adjust the tightness of the bead according length desired. Use Pliers to squeeze the crimp bead firmly but not too firmly or you will break the bead.
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  5. Use scissors to trim off excess cording.

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Now that you know how to make a beautiful Beaded Horseshoe Sun-catcher you can make them for gifts or  for decorations for your own home.  If you are looking for horseshoes you can ask a near by horse farm for their old worn shoes.  Many will give them to you for free.  When I asked at the one near me that gave me a weird look and handed me 3 of the shoes.  Then I had to promise to send a picture of the completed piece.

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Wine cork necklace

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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

 

Handmade gifts for guys-leather keychain

leather keychain gifts for guysEasy Handmade gifts for guys – Make a leather key chain in less than 15 minutes with this DIY tutorial.  Not only is this a fast and easy project it is environmentally friendly.  The leather I am using is from samples at a furniture store.  They change the discontinued samples out once a year and usually pitch them unless someone asks for them.  I have a good rapport with the store near me and they save the leather and fabric swatches for me.  The first time they gave them to me was for a boy scout craft about 5 years ago and have saved them for me ever since.  This is a great craft to make with older kids. It is super quick and easy.  Honestly it took me longer to write the directions than it did to make the piece from start to finish.

Materials to make gifts for guys – a leather Key chain:

  • Scrap leather
  • Ruler
  • Craft Knife
  • sewing machine and thread or needle and thread
  • key fob and key ring  (Amazon Affiliate link – very small commission earned if purchased)

Instructions to make gifts for guys – a leather Key chain:

  1. Cut the leather into a one inch strip as long as your leather is.  This piece is 1×11. I used a craft knife and ruler.  You can use a rotary cutter or even scissors.  Make sure the scissors are heavy-duty.sewing on leather keychain
  2. Fold the piece of leather in half.  Place the key fob and key ring on the strip and move to the back-end. Carefully and slowly run through the sewing machine.  Use a heavy-duty needle and thread too.  If you do not have a sewing machine you can do it by hand.  If you are doing it by hand you might want to use an awl to poke holes in the leather.  A hand needle will be difficult to push through the leather.leather keychain diy

For illustration purposes I used white thread.  I would recommend using a thread that coordinates with the color of the leather.

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Make a family name pallet sign with Image transfer

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Personalize your home with a family name pallet sign. This rustic sign shows off your surname in style with a budget-friendly image transfer technique.  Use a sophisticated fancy font or a basic font to create different looks.  If you are not comfortable with power tools you can ask the person at the lumber counter to cut it for you or a friend.  Take proper precautions when working with power tools.  If you are unsure ask for help.  If you want use a different base color stick to light or pastel colors.

Supplies for pallet sign:

  • Wooden pallet or plaque, 18”x7-1/2”, two
  • White computer paper
  • Hanger of choice
  • Computer, photo editing software, inkjet printer
  • Saw
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Snow White, Lamp Black, Dura Clear Exterior or Interior Poly Varnish, DecoPage
  • Glue gun and glue sticks, ruler, pencil, black marker, paintbrush, sanding block, soft cloth, wax candle, scissors, foam brush, hand towel, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Instructions for pallet sign:

  1. Use ruler and pencil to mark off six 2-1/2”x7-1/2” pieces on one wooden pallet. Use saw to cut pieces apart. Sand wooden pieces thoroughly and wipe with soft cloth.
  2. Paint large plaque and small plaque pieces Lamp Black. Let dry. Randomly rub candle across surface of small plaque pieces. Paint small plaque pieces Snow White. Lightly sand surface to reveal distressed areas.
  3. Arrange small plaque pieces on top of larger plaque. Adhere pieces in place using hot glue. Let cool.
  4. Use computer and photo editing software to type letters for surname. Make sure letters are flipped horizontally and sized appropriately before printing in font of choice. (Note: Designer used Microsoft Paint to type letters and inserted as image into Word document in “Stencil” font.) Repeat process for “EST” and year in desired font and size. Print name, year, and “EST” on computer paper using inkjet printer.
  5. Cut out printed words and year with scissors; position right side down on surface of smaller plaque pieces. Use foam brush and découpage medium to coat pieces thoroughly. Let dry overnight if possible.
  6. Wet small portion of hand towel with water. Starting at one corner of plaque, gently rub away paper, taking care not to rub off transferred images. Wipe off any excess paper.
  7. Attach hangar of choice onto back of plaque. Apply sealer if the piece will be exposed to the elements.