Make Craft Kits – the gift of creativity in a jar

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

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

Shabby Chic gift tags and gift bags

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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.

shabby packaging

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

Shabby Chic gift tags and gift bags

shabby chic door hangers ideas you can make

shabby chic door hangers

shabby chic door hangers

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:

shabby 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.

how to paint shabby chic

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!

how to make twine embellishments a spiral center for flower

I used sparkly embellishments as the flower centers.

twine embellishment shabby chic

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.

hand made leaves

Assemble the door hanger pieces and hot glue in place.

handmade embellishements

Use stamps and ink to stamp sentiments on the door hanger. I decided on “do not disturb” (wedding), “guest room” and “baby dreaming.”

hand stamped embellishemnts

Finally, drill some holes in the top corners, insert some hemp and you have a sweet shabby door hanger.
Shabby Chic gift tags and gift bags

Faux Flokati – a fuzzy Pouf in Black and white

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Faux Flokati – a fuzzy Pouf in Black and white can be made with ease if you follow these directions.  It was so much easier than I thought it would be to make this.  I did not use a pattern and made it up as a went along.  The faux fur makes it really easy to hide any mistakes you might make.  I thought sewing the fur would be really difficult and it was not.  Just go slow and take your time and you should not run into any issues.

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Materials for a fuzzy pouf:

  • Faux fur used  Faux fur assortment
  • Tuffet 
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • Sewing Machine and thread
  • Seam Ripper (optional)
  • staple gun
  • staples
  • scissors
  • flat head screwdriver or  staple lifter (optional)
  • Power Drill with Phillips Head bit
  • Wood disk and wood feet ( Home Depot)
  • Paint brush and DecoArt Paint
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Instructions for a fuzzy pouf:

  1. Place the tuffet cushion or the wood base in the centre of the fabric, and trace the circle 2 inches bigger than needed. Repeat for the cushion wrap.trace-wood-onto-fabric
  2. Secure the two tuffets together by adding a layer of hot glue between the two cushions.stacked-tuffets
  3. Measure the two stacked cushions plus the wood disk and 2-3 inches to the length and cut the side panel accordingly. Pin the two together.
  4. Line up the side panel with the edge of the top panel. Start sewing with a basting stitch about 2” down from the top. You will be sewing a 5/8” seam.
  5. When you’ve sewn around the perimeter, remove the pieces from the machine and line up the edges for a custom fit. Do this by marking a straight line on both ends of the panel where they should be sewn together and pin them in place.how-to-sew-a-cylinder
  6. Use a regular stitch to sew the pieces together.
  7. Trim off the excess seam allowance.
  8. Place the fabric over the cushion. Pull taught but do not distort the shape. Place the wood base on top of the cushion. Pull fabric up over edge firmly but not so much you pull the pattern out of shape. Place three staples approximately two inches from outside edge.fuzzy pouf -tuffet-black-and-white-furniture
  9. Place three more staples on the opposite side of the first three then do the same on the left side and the right side
  10. Pull firmly on the unstapled sections, smoothing as you go and staple in place after one section is stapled and smooth.
  11. Repeat step 11 until all the fabric is smooth and stapled into place. If you make any errors remove the stapled area and rework.
  12. Cut off excess fabric up to about 1/2′ from staples
  13. Add the brackets for the feet and then add the feet.   You can add the brackets before or after you staple the fabric.  Your choice.
  14. I painted my feet with polyurethane to protect it from spills.  How you finish the feet is your choice.

Now that you have read the Faux Flokati – a fuzzy Pouf in Black and white tutorial you can make your own or try your hand at another style stool.  The Tuffet MCM Style or  check out this Modern Stool tutorial.
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DIY faux Flokati bench idea

faux flokati bench

faux flokati benchA 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.
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wood bench with cushion wrap thrift store scoreMaterials for the DIY faux Flokati bench:

  • Faux Fur
  • Cushion Wrap
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper, nails, hammer and glue for repairs

Instruction for the DIY faux Flokati bench:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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

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.

Make an easy sew DIY star ornament

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striped star ornamentAn 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.

Materials for easy sew DIY star ornament:

  • Fabric, scraps: red/white striped, text, plain muslin
  • Fairfield Poly-fil Fiberfill Stuffing
  • Kreinik 005 Black #16 Medium Braid
  • Thread: black, white
  • Jute, 8” length
  • Embellishments: gem flowers, two; flat-backed rhinestone; holiday sprig with berries

Tools for a handmade star ornament:

  • Lowercase alphabet stamp set
  • Black pigment ink
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Wire cutters
  • Adhesives: Beacon AdhesivesFabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, fusible webbing

Basic supplies to make the star ornament.

  • transfer paper, pencil, ruler, scissors, sewing needle, iron and pressing surface

Directions for a handmade easy sew DIY star ornament

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. On firm surface, stamp “believe” on plain muslin circle; heat set with iron.
  4. Peel paper backing from circles. Fuse text circle to center of right side of one star. Fuse stamped circle to center of text circle.
  5. 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.)
  6. 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.
  7. Trim holiday sprig to 3” length using wire cutters. Couch sprig to star using white thread. Knot ends.
  8. Adhere gems to star using fabric glue. Let dry.
  9. Loop jute twine; hand-sew to back of star using white thread to hang.

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easy sew whimsical tree table runner

whimsical table runner

 

whimsical tree table runnerMake a fabric scrap big tree table runner for your fall table.  Vibrant fabric scraps , burlap, and wool felt combine to create this colorful autumn-inspired table runner. The runner is whimsical and freestyle so if you make a mistake no one will know.  Use your die-cut machine to cut the leaf shapes or freehand draw and cut out from fused fabrics. You can find printable images online if you are not comfortable with freehand drawing.  You could even ask your child do draw them for you.  Then it will be a joint piece of art for your home or to give as a gift.

Materials for whimsical tree table runner:

  • Natural burlap, one yard
  • Blue/yellow print fabric, scrap
  • Wool felt: yellow, blue, brown
  • Prima Dynasty Flower Centers (536138), five

Tools to make whimsical tree table runner:

  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System and Bigz Leaves Die
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Adhesives: Stick by Fairfield Processing, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Glue

BASIC SUPPLIES

  • scissors, ruler, pencil, rotary cutter and self-healing mat, iron and pressing surface, straight pins

Directions for making whimsical tree table runner:

  1. Use rotary cutter and mat to cut 50”x14” burlap strip. Use sewing machine to sew zigzag stitch 1/4” from edge to prevent burlap from fraying.
  2. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse wool felt and fabric scraps to fusible webbing with iron and pressing surface.
  3. Access pattern by selecting the info button near the main image, then select the pattern icon. Download and print pattern onto cardstock. Cut out pattern. Trace tree on paper side of fused brown felt five times; cut out.
  4. Use die-cutting machine and Leaves die to die cut four large, medium, and small leaves each from blue, yellow, and print fused fabrics for total of 35 leaves. Remove paper backing and position leaves randomly in place on tree branches. Pin in place. Use iron to fuse leaves on trees, removing straight pins after adhering.
  5. Use sewing machine and straight stitch to sew around edges of leaves and trees.Adhere flower centers onto tree trunks using fabric glue. Let dry.

 whimsical table runner

Gingerbread man spa gift set

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.