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

DIY Christmas Gift Pales

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christmas gift pails DIY Christmas Gift Pales

DIY Christmas Gift Pales you can decorate as an activity with the kids or for a girls night in.  Store bought pales embellished by hand make supper cute gift containers perfect for  sweet treats and odd shaped gifts.

Materials for DIY Christmas Gift Pales:

  • Copper pail, 4-1/2” tall
  • Wool Felt (National Nonwovens): Camel; Brown Sugar; Cottage Red; Oatmeal; Butter Cream; Moss
  • 6-strand Embroidery Floss (DMC): Ecru; Dk. Coffee Brown (801); Dk. Green Gray (3051); Garnet (816)
  • Gingham ribbon, 1 yd.
  • Beige cardstock
  • Artificial berries
  • Brads, two: jeweled; white

Tools for DIY Christmas Gift Pales:

  • Lite Steam-A-Seam (The Warm Co.)
  • Embroidery needle
  • Hole punch
  • Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive (Beacon Adhesives)
  • Computer and printer
  • Iron and pressing board

Directions to make Christmas Gift Pales

1. Cut 4-1/2” oval from Camel and Oatmeal felt. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse felt to webbing. Print and cut out patterns. Cut patterns from fused felt. For angel’s halo, cut 1/4”x1-1/2” rectangle from Butter Cream felt. Use photo as guide to arrange gingerbread and angel on ovals.

2. Use three strands of Ecru floss to blanket stitch edges of gingerbread, angel and heart. Use Dk. Brown floss to blanket stitch edge of camel oval, Dk. Green Gray floss to blanket stitch edge of angel wings and halo and Garnet floss to blanket stitch edge of heart.

3. Attach jeweled brads for angel’s eyes and white brads for gingerbread man’s eyes. Cut 8-1/2” length from ribbon and tie bow. Glue bow to angel or gingerbread man. When dry, insert two berry sprigs through bow loop and glue to secure. Cut 12” ribbon length and glue to back of oval. Glue oval to front of pail and tie ribbon ends in back.

4. Print recipe instructions on cardstock; trim to tag shape and punch hole at top. Cut 10” ribbon length. Thread ribbon through hole and tie bow around pail handle.

by Melony Bradley and as seen in Crafts N Things magazine

Pattern – Holiday Food Pails

Pattern – Spiced Pear Cider

Pattern – Gingered Spice Bundles In A Jar

Pattern – Heavenly Hash Brownies

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.

giant porch spider for Halloween

porch spiderMake a giant porch spider

Spiders a spooky and creepy and you can greet trick-or-treaters with an oversized creepy arachnid! Plastic-foam and repurposed supplies make this budget-friendly, too. Plus the giant google eyes make it a whole lot less scary. Create a whole army of Spiders to decorate your yard.

Materials for Giant porch Spider

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Balls: 5”, 2-1/2”; scrap
  • Wire coat hangers, eight
  • Black fleece, 1 yd.
  • Wooden skewers, two
  • Wiggle eyes, 1”, two

Tools and supplies for Giant porch Spider

  • Heavy-duty wire cutters, pliers
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Lamp Black, Primary Red
  • Beacon Adhesives: Premium Tacky Glue, Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive
  • Scissors, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface), ruler or measuring tape

Directions to make a for Giant porch Spider

  1. Cut one skewer in half and insert end into smaller foam ball. Remove and place opposite end into larger foam ball. Spot glue ends of skewer and insert back into holes. Place remaining skewer into bottom of larger foam ball to use as handle when painting. On covered work surface, paint both balls Lamp Black. Insert skewer handle into scrap foam to hold in place while drying.
  2. Measure and cut eight 2”-wide strips of fleece. Unbend each wire hanger by twisting wire with pliers and lengthening into one long wire length. Form spider legs using photo and diagram as guides. Use wire cutters to trim legs if needed. Beginning at top of bended leg, wrap fleece strip around wire leg, leaving 4” of wire unwrapped on one end. Use fabric glue to adhere fleece every few inches, overlapping fleece on edges. Repeat process to bend and wrap all eight legs.
  3. Insert unwrapped ends of wire legs into large foam ball (body), with four on each side. Remove wire legs and generously apply tacky glue on ends; replace into holes. Let dry thoroughly.
  4. Paint hourglass shape on top of body Primary Red. Let dry.
  5. Adhere wiggle eyes to smaller foam ball (head) using tacky glue. Let dry.

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

 

Snack mix in a jar

snack mix in a jar

A Snack mix in a jar is a fun gift to give when you need just a little something.  It can be a “thank you” gift, “I am thinking about you” gift or even “here is a little snack to help you study” gift. This would also make something nice to give classroom aides. Most people like food so you can really give it for almost any occasion.  You can follow the recipe below or create your own favorite snack mix combination to place in the jar.

Materials for Snack mix in a jar:

  • Ball Quart Jar (Jarden Home Brands)
  • Americana Acrylic Paint (DecoArt): Warm White; Espresso
  • Patterned papers: brown/white Swiss dot; red/white polka dot
  • White cardstock
  • White wool felt scrap
  • Wool roving: brown; white
  • Pink Tiny Alphas Alphabet Stickers (Making Memories)
  • Crystal acrylic gems, two
  • Long pearl straight pins, two
  • White miniature silk flower
  • Black pebble bead
  • Acrylic crystal
  • scissors
  • Duraclear Varnish (DecoArt)
  • Scallop-edge scissors
  • Tiny hole punch
  • Adhesives (Beacon Adhesives): Fabri-Tac; Zip Dry Paper Glue
  • Needle felting tool and pad

Directions for Snack mix in a jar:

1.Paint jar lid. Let dry. Apply varnish.

2. Cut 4″x12″ rectangle from paper to fit around jar. Adhere to jar. (Note: Wrap rubber bands around paper to secure while glue dries.) Use scallop-edge scissors to cut two 1″x12″ strips from cardstock. Glue to top and bottom edge of rectangle.

3. Print and cut out pattern. Punch holes in each scallop of cardstock edges.

4. Paint toothpicks Espresso. Set aside.

5. Needle felt bird white. Draw wing with marker. Needle felt wing and beak brown. Glue crystal (eye) to face and bird to jar. For legs, cut ends of toothpicks and glue to jar.

6. For label, cut 3/4″x4″ strip from patterned paper. Fold in half, adhere ends and cut fork at end with scissors. Adhere stickers to spell “bird seed”. Stick straight pin through label and bird. Stick remaining pin through silk flower and bird. Glue gem to bird.

7. Follow instructions on recipe and fill jar.
bird seed snack mix

by Melony Bradley 

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

 

Watercolor Succulent

watercolor succulent

A watercolor succulent makes easy and attractive wall art for your home.  You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have cool decorations.  The frame was purchased in a 3 pack for half off from a crafts store.  Watercolor paper and watercolor pencils are not expensive either.  I have used the same set of watercolor pencils for 12 years.  It is almost time for a few new ones.  I have my favorite colors and they are getting tiny.  The most expensive item I used in making the piece was a new paint pen for me.  A friend brought over her Posca Pens and after using hers I had to purchase my own.  They are AMAZING! I ordered mine off of Amazon.  They work so well.  I had no problem stopping and starting.  Other paint pens don’t seem to work well after a few uses.  Not with this pen and the white was really white and solid.  I did not have to go over it multiple times for it to show up.  Now I want to purchase a full range of the pens.

Supplies to make the watercolor succulent wall art:

  • Watercolor paper
  • Pencil and good eraser
  • Watercolor pencils
  • Water pen or paint brush and water
  • Paper towel or old cloth to blot paintbrush on
  • Post Pen in black and white

Instructions to make Watercolor Succulent:how to watercolor

  1. Lightly draw your shape in pencil. Use sharpened watercolor pencils or even pastel pencils to color in the shapes you have drawn
  2. Use a water pen or paint brush dipped in water to smooth out the pencil lines inside the shape.  Start with a little water. Too much and it will be uncontrollable.
  3. Once you have the piece colored in you can start adding the details. I started with the black and then added the white.  watercolor succulent 2
  4. Step back and look at the pice again and add more detail.how to add details on watercolor
  5. If you think you need to add more watercolor or highlights you can do that when you use a paint pen. It generally will not change the color of the paint pen.
  6. Pick a frame, hang on your wall and enjoy!