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.
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.
Supplies for Shabby Chic Gift Packages
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.
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!
I hot glued the embellishments to the front of the bag and added washi tape, gems and a painted wood tag.
Now I have gift packages that coordinate perfectly with the gift inside!
Shabby chic door hangers are a great way to use up left over supplies and to make custom gifts at the same time. These are my go to colors for the shabby chic style. Some go with lighter creamier colors I like the bold mixed with black and white. Although my taste has evolved a bit, I am still a fan of the shabby chic look and I always will be probably. I have a couple of co-worker/friends with upcoming wedding and baby showers so I decided to create them a custom shabby door hanger.
Materials for shabby chic door hangers:
Instructions for shabby chic door hangers:
Lightly sand and paint the wood slats. I used two coats each for the front and back. I dry brushed each slat with white paint.
Create the hemp flowers using the glue gun and glue sticks. Create coils and apply a small amount off glue to hold the hemp in place. I highly recommend using a low temp glue gun as you will be touching the hemp in places where the glue has been applied!
I used sparkly embellishments as the flower centers.
To create the leaves, freehand cut the wool felt into leaf shapes. Use the sewing machine and thread to freeform sew leaf details. Some people call the sewing freestyle. You can use what ever term you want. Just make it happen.
Assemble the door hanger pieces and hot glue in place.
Use stamps and ink to stamp sentiments on the door hanger. I decided on “do not disturb” (wedding), “guest room” and “baby dreaming.”
Finally, drill some holes in the top corners, insert some hemp and you have a sweet shabby door hanger.
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.
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:
How to make Peppermint Jewelry:
If you follow the pictorial above you will see that it is really simple to make the earrings.
- Start by sliding the beads on the head pin in the order you like.
- Bend the headpin wire over to a 90 degree angle.
- Form a loop around the pliers.
- Wrap the excess wire around the bottom of the loop.
- Open the earring wire by pushing one side of the loop down and one side up.
- Insert the beaded headpin with loop.
- Close the wire and repeat for other side.
- 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.
An easy sew DIY star ornament tutorial using stamps, scrap fabric and embellishments from your craft stash. Handmade ornaments are a great beginner project too. The charming striped material combines with a little bling to create a sweet ornament for your holiday tree. You can make a trio and give as a gift or make a bunch and use them as package toppers for your christmas gifts. They are also fun for an ornament swap.
Directions for a handmade easy sew DIY star ornament
Access pattern by selecting the info button near the main image, then select the pattern icon. Download and print pattern. Transfer two star shapes to wrong side of striped fabric; cut out.
Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse webbing to text and muslin scraps using iron. Draw 2-1/2” circle on paper side of fused text fabric; cut out. Draw 2”- circle on paper side of fused plain muslin fabric; cut out.
On firm surface, stamp “believe” on plain muslin circle; heat set with iron.
Peel paper backing from circles. Fuse text circle to center of right side of one star. Fuse stamped circle to center of text circle.
Couch Black braid to outer edges of both circles using black thread, overlapping braid ends 1/4”. (Note: Ends can be secured with tiny dot of fabric glue.)
Place right sides of star together. Using 1/4” seam allowance, machine-sew edges together, leaving 2-1/2” opening for turning. Turn right side out. Lightly stuff with fiberfill stuffing. Whipstitch opening closed using needle and white thread. Knot ends.
Trim holiday sprig to 3” length using wire cutters. Couch sprig to star using white thread. Knot ends.
Adhere gems to star using fabric glue. Let dry.
Loop jute twine; hand-sew to back of star using white thread to hang.
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