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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DIY beaded wine stoppers to make

DIY Beaded Wine Stoppers for any holiday - great handmade gift idea by Niki Meiners

Make DIY beaded wine stoppers for our 2017 Creative Challenge for Crafters

We here at 365 Days of Crafts have decided to provide crafting prompts for you to follow along with.  Each month we will offer a them and inspiration to you.  We want you to join in the fun and play along.  If you make something or many things and want to share, use the hashtag #mycreativeChallenge . The hashtag will allow is to see what you are doing and to share your creativity too.  Our first them is LOVE.  This does not have to be Valentine related but it can be.  As you can see with my project below mine is a beaded wine stopper.  I love to bead and I love shimmer and shine and I love wine too.  The trifecta of crafting projects for me.  I also like to make them and keep them on hand as they make the perfect hostess gift.  You can give it alone or pair it with your favorite bottle of wine.  This is a SUPER SIMPLE project.  It is reasonably priced and looks fantastic with little effort.

DIY BCA Pink Hope Beaded Wine Stoppers - great handmade gift idea by Niki MeinersThe first image shows a pink and white Hope themed stopper.  You can mix random color beads or give the stopper a theme.

Supplies for Beaded Wine Stopper:

  1. Wine stopper Blanks
  2. Large core beads
  3. Pearl Dangles or charmsThe 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.

DIY Beaded Wine Stoppers for any holiday - great handmade gift idea by Niki MeinersThis picture of the wine stoppers show how versatile they really are.  There is an everyday color scheme, a BCA (Breast Cancer Awareness them and a Christmas piece.  The dangles really add an extra touch of fun and whimsy.

Instructions for beaded wine stoppers:

  1. Remove cap on wine stopper.
  2. load beads onto stem
  3. Screw top back on
  4. Add dangles or charms

DIY Beaded Wine Stoppers for any holiday - great handmade gift idea by Niki Meiners

I told you the project was super simple and I was not kidding.  I “love” how easy they are to make and how great they look for so little effort.

DIY Beaded Wine Stoppers for any holiday - great handmade gift idea 365 days of crafts

For my personal use I made the aqua, blue and white theme to go along with the color scheme in my living room.  Make sure you play along with the creative challenge.  We really do mean it when we say we want you to share what you make.  Nothing makes us happier than to know that we have inspired someone to make themselves happy and created something beautiful creative-challenge-lovehandmade diy beaded wine stoppers craft gift idea

make a crafty key chain

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keychain-key-fob-crafty-idea_365-days-of-crafts key chainMake a key chain – a quick crafty gift that you can make with ease.  These crafty key chains make a perfect Valentine gift for your girlfriends. I made 5 in about an hour.  The ribbon and the belting came from Hobby Lobby and were onside for 50% off.  Since the ribbon was on sale I had to purchase multiple designs.  They know how to get me with a coupon.   The metal hardware came from Dritz and are packaged as Key Fob Hardware Sets.  I would never have thought to call them a key fob.  They can be purchased at most big box stores and online. The hardware was the most expensive part of the project and I think a single set was maybe $2 and the 5 set package was around $5.  Naturally I purchased the 5 pack and had to make 5. That was how I justified buying all the different ribbon.

Supplies to make the key chains:

  • belting
  • ribbon
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • sewing machine and thread
  • key fob hardware
  • pliers
  • ruler or tape measure (optional)

To make the crafty key chain:

  1. Cut the belting and the ribbon to desired length. I used about 10 inches of each.  You can make them larger or small to fit your needs.
  2. Adhere the ribbon to the center of the belting with a quick slide of the glue stick. This way you don’t have to pin the ribbon.
  3. Sew along the edges of the ribbon on both sides.
  4. Trim of any loose fibers
  5. Fold in half and  follow the packaging directions to affix the key fob hardware to the belting.
  6. Attach the ring to the rectangular piece.
  7. Place in a pretty package.

Voila, it really is that simple.  Create your own crafty key chain using your favorite ribbons.  You can make 5 key fobs in under an hour and you can keep them on hand for when you need a last-minute gift. This quick craft is a part of the Craft Lightning Series.  Click the image below to see may other projects.

 

Easy DIY gift packaging

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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:

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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

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.

DIY Oktoberfest Party Decorations

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My husbands family is German and we love to celebrate with an Oktoberfest Party.  We invited a few friends over to enjoy the good food, great drinks and have some wonderful conversations.  The party was a hit with decorations provided by Oriental Trading Company.   The food and the recipes were all mine.  Well almost mine,  I managed to get the Raspberry Beer Punch out of my husbands Great-Aunt Catherine a few years into our marriage.  You can find beer punch recipe here.  I also served his dad’s potato salad and you can get that recipe here.  The Beer Cheese Recipe is really all mine.

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We had a hot dog and sausage toppings bar with almost anything you could think to put on a bun with meat. I made curry wurst too.  Gary picked out a bunch of seasonal Oktoberfest beers.

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Our German Beer Girl was a hit.  Especially since she served shots of Apple Schnapps.  We decided to name her Hilde.

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Supplies for DIY Oktoberfest Party Decorations:

To make the DIY Oktoberfest Party Decorations:

  1. Trim off the edges of the pretzels as shown
  2. Cut a piece of ribbon to go around the throat of the bottle.
  3. Glue got the ribbon into place.
  4. Add a Glue Dot to the top and the bottom of the pretzel on the back side.
  5. Adhere to the front of the bottle covering the spot where the ribbon connects.

I chose to use Glue Dots because the hold firmly in place yet are easy to remove when you need it to come off.  The glue dots are easily removed from the glass bottle.  The bottles were used during the party for the lemonade served to the kids.  I wanted them to feel like the party was for them too. There were also fun little Duckies in Lederhosen hanging around the table.  I can almost guarantee that the duckies were in a bathtub floating around when they went home.

If you would like to see more of the party you can visit the Oriental Trading Company blog. If you are looking for another authentic dish to serve try the German Style Potato Salad or Beer Cheese Dip and for party decoration ideas try the Oktoberfest Party and for fun Party Favors

Make a Decorative Weighted Door Stop

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Make a weighted door stop that is weather friendly using  a washable fabric and Poly-Pellets and Polyfil fiberfill on the inside.  We live in a older home and the doors do not have springs and need to be held open when carrying items inside.   The weather does not always cooperate so I needed the door stop to be washable and also not too heavy and something that would not scratch the floor.  We used a rock for a little while but it was starting to leave marks.

The decorative door stop also doubles as a table cloth holder when we eat outside on the back patio.  I wanted a fabric that was pretty and durable so I chose a printed canvas.  The pattern I made on my own and will share a printable version with you too.

 

Materials use for Door Stop:

  1. Scissors
  2. Canvas fabric
  3. twill tape or ribbon
  4. Crafter’s Choice fiberfill stuffing 
  5. Poly-Pellets
  6. Sewing machine or needle and thread.
  7. Straight pins optional

Instructions for Door Stop:

  1. Cut 4 panels of fabric to the same shape.  I used a gothic arch that was hand drawn.
  2. Place two panels wrong sides together and sew on side from top to bottom. Repeat for next two panels. Pin if needed
  3. Place the newly sewn panels wrong side together and pin the twill tape at the top.
  4. Sew the two panels together along both sides.
  5. Measure the bottom opening and cut a piece of fabric slightly bigger than needed.
  6. Turn piece wrong side out and pin the bottom piece of fabric to 3 of the 4 sides.
  7. Stuff the top two thirds or more with Polyfil.  Sew opening almost closed.  Leave an opening large enough for a funnel tip.
  8. Pour in PolyPellets and sew opening closed.

Now you have a weather friendly door stop that can be use all year long and looks pretty while you are using it.

 

 

Sit Upon – girl scout craft

Girl Scout Craft Sit Upon diy made with Olyfun.  An easy sew or no sew project for kids

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

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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.

mermaid beach party game ideas

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Mermaid Beach Party Games and activities
Mermaid beach party games and activities can be fun and easy at the same time.  We kept it easy and somewhat old school with Under water limbo, Pin the tail on the whale, and walking the bridge from island to island or walking the plank plus a Go fish using a stick and sewn fish. (MERMAID TUTU)

If you would like to see other parts of the party :
Mermaid Beach Party Games

Materials for mermaid beach party activities:

 Underwater limbo
Mermaid party under water limbo
To make the underwater limbo stick we used a large tube from the fabric bolt.  You could use a broom stick or closet rod or even a branch.  The left over plastic table covers and Olyfun from the bolt were cut into strips and tied along the tube and they  were random lengths and widths.  It was really very simple and the kids loved the twist on traditional limbo.
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Go Fish
Draw 6-8 pairs of fish.  Sew fish 3/4th of the way together and  leave an opening to stuff in a magnet or two and then fill with Polyfil stuffing and sew the hole closed.  You can hand sew or machine sew on the Olyfun.
Mermaid party game - walk the plank
Walk the Plank 
This game is self explanatory.  You can make it with what ever supplies you have on hand.  The milk crates we used might or might not be crates we used to hold up our TV in college.  I honestly have no clue where they came from or how old they are but there were two of them and  they worked perfectly.  
This kids loved walking the plank and it was not too high for their skills or comfort level.

We also made sand art necklaces. Naturally this was an outdoor activity.

 sand art necklace stationCraft, games, food, activities for a mermaid beach party.

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Pineapple Purse – Hey Let’s Make Stuff

Head over to Nap-Time Creations/Summer Fun to see all the posts in the series.