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IT’s NATIONAL CRAFT MONTH!

Not only is March 1st my birthday but it is the start of a great month – National Craft Month two really awesome things if I do say so myself.  LOL  As a professional in the craft industry I am lucky to attend conferences where I get to see the latest and greatest and things that are not even on the market.  Yes I love the new stuff but my passion is using everyday things that would normally get tossed in the rubbish bin. I have a book coming out in 2018 on recycling.  More to come on that later. Today I am kicking off the month with a giveaway on Instagram.   https://www.instagram.com/nikimeiners/

IT’s NATIONAL CRAFT MONTH!

To celebrate I’ve teamed up with 9 creative friends to host a loop GIVEAWAY. Click through the loop to enter to win. You and a friend could both win a $50 Amazon gift card to buy all kinds of fun crafty supplies!

TO ENTER on Instagram

1. Follow me and like the photo on instagram

2. Tap the photo to see who is next in the loop.

3. Follow her and “like” the giveaway photo on her account.

4. Continue through the loop until you return here.

5. Leave a comment saying you’re “finished” and tag a friend.

You must follow all 10 hosts and like each loop photo in order to qualify for the prize. Your tagged friend does not need to enter, but the increase both your chances if they do.

BONUS: tag up to 3 friends (per host photo) for additional entries.

Giveaway runs from 11 am EST, March 1, 2017- 11 am EST March 7, 2017. 2 winners will be selected. Winners will be notified by Direct Message on Instagram. Winners will have 24 hours to respond and accept the prize or winners may be selected. By entering you confirm you are 18+ years of age and agree to Instagram’s terms of use. This giveaway is in no way associated with Instagram or Amazon. Void where prohibited by law.

Easy DIY gift packaging

DIY gift packaging is easy and not that expensive to make.  If you are a crafter then you likely have every thing you need in your stash.  I like to use my scraps from card making and scrapbooking to make the toppers on the plastic pouch.  I get the plastic pouches from Oriental Trading Company.  I happen to be a blogger for them so they are my go to resource for supplies.

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I treat the plastic pouch just like I would a card front and add layers and dimension with twine and bling.   Sometimes simple strips of paper can be the easiest and you can make multiples in one sitting.  Figure out the dimensions for your package and add layers of pattern and solid paper that are separated by 1/4 or 1/2 inch increments.

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A few small details like crystal stickers added in the corner give it additional volume and really make it look more expensive. tank-you-up-close I like to use the preprinted thank you pennants from Oriental Trading.  They are perfect for gift packaging and cards.

Supplies needed to make the DIY Gift Packaging:

Blog Hop List


Anika’s DIY Life – LED Christmas Tree Wall Decor
Intelligent Domestications – Poinsettia Christmas Wreath
365 Days of Crafts – Handmade Christmas Cards
Love My Simple Home – Chicken Wire Christmas Tree
Day to Day Adventures – Glitter Letters for Christmas Decorations
Faeries and Fauna – Christmas Cushion and White Glitter Christmas Tree
Our Crafty Mom – Glittered Mason Jar Light
Knock It Off Kim – Holiday Napkin Rings
The Latina Next Door – DIY Christmas Ornament
Finding Your Joy in the Journey – Christmas Letters with a Little Bling
Craft Create Calm – Gingerbread House
DIY 180 Site – Vintage Christmas Bulb Wreath
The Inspirational Vault – Glittery Snowflake Decor

All of the bloggers have also gone in for a holiday giveaway.  Make sure you enter. The give away ends at 12:00 am on 11/24/2016

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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.

A Calavera Sugar Skull Wreath

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A Calavera Sugar Skull Wreath, is easy and fun wreath to make for the month of October and through Nov. 2nd.  I decided to make a posada style sugar skull wreaths few for our house this year.  It is an opportunity to teach my children about different celebrations and holidays celebrated from other cultures in our community, have a little fun making art and decorating our house.  The calavera [plural:calaveras is a representation of a human skull. The term is most often applied to decorative or edible skulls made from either sugar or clay which are used in the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) and the Roman Catholic holiday All Souls’ Day. Calavera can also refer to any artistic representations of skulls.   The most widely known calaveras are created with cane sugar and are decorated with items such as colored foil, icing, beads, and feathers.

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.Crafting in the same style -Day of the Dead folk arts called a Posada style, which means  blank skulls that you can decorate. I ordered my skulls from Oriental Trading Company –  Bag of Skulls.

Supplies for A Calavera Sugar Skull Wreath:

  1. Cut Olyfun into strips and wrap around wreath form. Sector the ends with glue.  I use Fabri-Tac because it does not melt the foam like hot glue. olyfun halloween wreath
  2. Form a loop at the end of the Olyfun to make a hanger for the wreath. tickles glitter glue on olyfun wreath
  3. You can add Stickles glitter glue to the wreath if you want.  If you do give it ample time to dry. plastic skulls for halloween crafts
  4. Decorate the Skulls with Sharpie Markers.  I freeform the designs with very basic swirls, dots and hearts.sharpie marker sugar skull idea
  5. Fill in the designs with the markers.  Embellish the design with Stickles glitter glue.diy sugar skull decorations
  6. Enhance the design with stick on crystals in various spots.
  7. Poke small holes in the wreath with scissors for the base of the flowers.  Add hot glue to the base of the flower and press into the holes. Hold in place for a few seconds.sugar skull wreath tutorial
  8. Add a generous dollop of hot glue to the base of the skull and adhere to the bottom center of the wreath.  Hold in place for a few seconds.

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.

Sit Upon – girl scout craft

A sit upon is a girl scout craft tradition.  I am not sure when the girl scout craft started but I know it has been around for over 40 years because I remember my older cousin making one at camp and teaching me how to make one too.  What is a sit-upon? They are homemade, usually waterproof pads used to protect the user’s backside from the cold and damp while “sitting upon” the ground! They are also great for sitting any where the sitting surface is hard… a Girl Scout craft tradition for camping.

Sit Upon Girl Scout craft

The material being used on the sit upon is called Oly*Fun and it is weather friendly and water resistant. It is not meant for long term use outside. But it is perfect for using and washing off when you are finished and it comes in 18 colors and it acts like a paper because you can cut it with scissors and does not fray.  It is similar to a fabric because it can be sewn and washed.  Like the best of both worlds.

If you would like to see more Girl Scout Crafts click on the link at the bottom and it will take you to another site loaded with ideas.

Girl Scout Craft Sit Upon

Materials for a Sit Upon – girl scout craft:

  • Olyfun (your favorite colors)
  • Cushion
  • Measuring Tape or Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread or embroidery floss (optional)
  • Sewing Machine and coordinating thread

hand cut olyfun add hand embroidery detail to olyfun

Instructions for Sit Upon – girl scout craft:

  1. Draw a shape for the top of the sit upon on the Olyfun fabric.  We free handed the shapes then cut the shape out and set it a side.
  2. Cut enough Olyfun to cover the cushion on all sides with an extra two inches all around. The cushions use were 15×17 so I cut 17×19.
  3. If you are going to add embellishments sew them on by hand now or with sewing machine.
  4. Fold the material in half and sew up two sides.  You can leave the seams on the outside or you can flip it inside out and the seams will be on the inside.
  5. Cut strips of Olyfun for straps.  I cut them 4 inches wide and folded them in half for extra strength Insert the cushion into the opening.
  6. Insert the strapping and pin in place if needed. Sew the opening closed and trim off any excess material.

Enjoy your sit upon and be part of the girl scout tradition.

behind the scene

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Not often do we show you what happens behind the scene.  But here is a little glance into how things sometimes happen.  Not often, but we are all moms, crafters and bloggers and have to multi-task to the extreme.  The end of the school year is a particularly busy time for every one and bloggers with kids are no exception.  When people find out you are a craft blogger you are hit up for class parties, end of the year events, baked goods for parties and you are still expected to be a mom and do your job on top of it all.  Yes, there is a wonderful word called NO, but man is it so hard to use sometimes. So when you are over booked and running out of time for everything you bring your work with you on the road.   This particular project was created for Father’s Day for Oriental Trading Company.
You can see the actual project here on their site.   I just ran out of time trying to be SuperMOM, Wife-of-the-year and Blogger Extraordinaire.  The products arrived in plenty of time for creating the project.  Oriental Trading is a great place to order from especially for classroom and party supplies.  You can get bulk items for great prices.  If you are not familiar with them you should acquaint yourself.  No, I am not  getting paid for saying that either.  I was a customer long before I became a project designer/blogger for them.
Time was running out and this project needed to be finished because Carla and I were going on a road trip.  The conference was booked months ago and took place in Chicago.  So what is a craft blogger to do?  Well, I popped a bag of supplies in the trunk and headed out to pick up Carla.  5 hours later we arrived in Chicago where we picked up Jen for the conference.  After dinner and catching up we went back to the hotel room where we all had work to finish up so we all worked on what ever it was that we needed to work on.  I was the only one who had a finished project to photograph.  We were all cracking up as I whipped out a paper backdrop, my DSLR and set up my own little photo studio in our hotel room all before breakfast.  Like my fancy set up?

During down time the photos were edited and submitted for approval.  That is how things happen… sometimes.   😉 Next behind the scenes I might show you where I really take photos.

15 Diy Nautical Inspired Crafts

15 DIY nautical Inspired crafts that you can make.  If you like the lake, beach, river or ocean we have 15 nautical inspired projects you can make for your home and to give as gifts.  There are kids crafts, party themes with free printables, home decor and jewelry.  Plus if you are feeling really adventurous there is even a great boat reading nook tutorial at the bottom.

DIY Nautical Inspired Crafts Collage

Make a sparkling orange and turquoise jewelry set using supplies from Oriental Trading company.  The pieces are both beginner level and can be made with ease even if you have zero crafting experience.  My five-year old made a bracelet using the tutorial for her end of the year teach gift.  I promise you it is that easy.

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The nautical inspired jewelry set supplies and instructions.

Make easy home decor with sea glass style vases, burlap and jute cording and fun beach inspired charms.  All supplies and instructions are available from Oriental Trading.

DIY nautical vases and jewelry

15+ Diy Nautical Inspired Crafts for you to make.

Diy Nautical Inspired Kids Crafts

Driftwood Sailboats

Simple Sailboat with Olyfun

Diy Nautical Inspired Jewelry

Beachy Button Bracelet and earrings

Summer Earrings

Diy Nautical Inspired Home Decor

Driftwood Sailboats

Nautical Anchor String Art 

DIY Nautical Bathroom Decor

An amazing do it yourself reading nook

Olyfun Beach Waves easy sew pillow

Diy Nautical Inspired Party Decorations

Sailboat Centerpiece

Beach Collage

Baby Whale Printable

Nautical inspired sewing Projects

Beach ball bag

Olyfun Beach Waves easy sew pillow

Reading Nook

 

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.

If you want more quick and easy handmade Father’s Day gift ideas, and gifts for guys in general be sure to check out our partners for Craft Lightning:

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Color Sort Busy Activity for Children

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Color sort busy activity for children in rainbow colors and in neutrals can both be made in 15 minutes or less.  I came up with the popsicle shape, cut, sewed, colored and labeled all 10 colors in 32 minutes from concept, gathering materials, to completion.  You can do yours in 15 minutes and make half or take a half hour and make them all.  The materials list is very short.   The activity will keep little ones busy and it can help them learn too.  I colored the bottom of the craft sticks solid.  This is to help them learn to match their colors and I also wrote the name on it for when they are ready to learn sounds and letters.  The popsicle sticks can also be used for creative play.

OlyFun can be purchased in the craft isle at most big box craft stores in sheets or craft packs.  It is also available via bolt in the fabric section.  I really like this material because it dos not fray so you can treat it like paper or fabric.

Color Sort Busy Activity for Children

Materials for Color Sort Busy Activity for Children:

  • OlyFun craft sheet package in 12×12 assorted colors
  • scissors
  • sewing machine and thread or fabric glue or glue gun (your choice)
  • markers
  • craft sticks

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Instructions for Color Sort Busy Activity for Children:

  1. Draw a popsicle shape out on the Olyfun or freehand cut the shape. Cut two of each shape for popsicle.  Repeat for each color.
  2. Sew or glue the shapes along the outer edge.  Repeat for each color.
  3. Lable the popsicle stick with corresponding color.  Use a marker to color in bottom half with corresponding color. Repeat for each color.

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Click on the image below to find other busy bag activities. Thank you to 30 Minute Crafts, Glued to My Crafts and The Country Chic Cottage for hosting.