Fast patriotic home decor is perfect for me. If it is cheap even better. Decorating for each and every holiday feels overwhelming and quite frankly my budget is not that huge. I try to make my decorations things I can use for a long time or reuse year after year. Some things I find helpful to keep on hand is a trio of vases, pretty kitchen towel, hand towel and maybe a little decorative piece. I have a golden yellow star that I use for Christmas and 4th of July and a trio of vases that I use for anything and everything and kitchen towels that hang on my wall ovens.
This is the trio of vases I used and you have probably seen in my projects before. I ordered the glass jars from Oriental Trading Company. They are called the milk jug vase and I originally bought them because they had a neck I could wrap ribbon around for a party.
To make the american flag out of beans you will need:
- a bag of red pinto beans
- white navy beans
- black beans 9 they sort of look blue
- 3/4 cup measuring cup
- jute cording
Instructions for fast patriotic home decor:
- Measure out 3/4 cup of beans for each stripe and layer them into two jars as shown in the photo.
- Fill the remaining jar with black beans.
- Wrap jute cording around the necks of the jars and tie a knot to secure into place.
When you are finished with the decorations you can put them back in your pantry until you are ready to cook with beans. It is a super simple project that is fast, cheap and easy and for me that is the trifecta of crafting.
I also made super fast hand towels for the kitchen to go with the Americana style decorations.
The thank you for your kindness free printable was inspired by free Kind bars and I like free stuff and I like puns! I thought they would be perfect for a thank you gift that I needed for a young adult friend who came over and helped me move some furniture around. Clearly, I suffer from a case of chronic furniture rearranging or at least that is what my husband calls it.
The monogram tool box comes with a cool bottle opener on the side that is perfect for craft beers with caps that do not twist off.
To make the “thank you for your KINDness” gift tags I created a whole sheet of tags to have for later use. You can click this link for the free thank you printable or you can right click the image and save it. I had no clue what variety of craft beers he liked so I went to the store that carried them in singles and I don’t drink beer so I hope he likes the variety of beer I selected.
Supplies for the thank you for your kindness gift:
- free thank you printable printed on an 8.5×11 sheet of white cardstock
- red cardstock
- adhesive (I used glue dots)
- monogramed tool box
- Kind bars
- beer (probably Mike’s favorite part)
- monogram tool box
Instructions for thank you for your kindness gift set:
- Order the tool box from Oriental Trading it is a great price and often you can get free shipping.
- Buy the beer and “Kind”ness bars. You can read about their healthy ingredients here.
- Print the labels and cut out the label of your choice. Cut the red yardstick larger than the white yardstick to form a tag. Use Glue Dots to adhere the yardstick together.
- Cut a piece of twine and form a bow. Use a tiny piece of a glue dot to adhere the bow. Place an additional glue dot on the back of the tag and stick it on the tool box.Give to the lucky person and if they are under 21 you could (should) give them a variety of non-alcoholic drinks.
Dry brush a terra-cotta flower-pot for a fast and easy personalized gift. You can hand stamp words with an alphabet stamp too. For this fast craft project, that is a part of the Craft Lightning series, I had an idea in my head and lets just say that my execution started out great. But did not end with perfection. I love using the dry brush technique and making distressed finishes. Personally, I think I am really good at it. But sometimes I need to learn when to stop. This would be one of those times. The picture above is the pot with dry brushing turned around and hiding my not so perfect execution.
The flower-pot below is what I ended up with and quite frankly do not like. Scroll on down to see what my vision for the dry brush pot was.
This is what my vision looked liked in the picture below. Nope not quite the same, I added that wording in Photoshop. I am not sure why I thought the large and colorful font would work. But the cool thing is, my mom will love it no matter what, because moms love anything their kids make, even if their “kid” is over 40. Now, my mom is religious and I wanted to pick a phrase that would represent something from the bible. I picked the latin phrase felix culpa.
This is what wiki has to say about Felix Culpa if you are interested.
Felix culpa is a Latin phrase that comes from the words felix (meaning “happy,” “lucky,” or “blessed”) and culpa (meaning “fault” or “fall”), and in the Catholic tradition is most often translated “happy fault,” as in the Paschal Vigil Mass Exsultet O felix culpa quae talem et tantum meruit habere redemptorem, “O happy fault that earned for us so great, so glorious a Redeemer.” While my mom is not Catholic and I am, I still think it is fitting.
Now that you have the back ground of why the inspiration for the craft was, lets talk about how you can make your own dry brush flower-pot for a gift or your own home decor. This is the tutorial to make the easy sew pot holder trivet thingy the flower-pot is sitting upon. I am fast at sewing and it took me 15 minutes, maybe 20 to make it from scraps.
Supplies needed for a dry brush pot:
How to dry brush a terra-cotta pot:
- Clean and dry the dry before you paint it. Place a very small dollop of paint on your pallet. Lightly run the paint brush through the paint. Brush off the excess paint.
- The key to dry brushing is small light layers. Build up the paint in small layers and don’t be afraid to wipe off any excess.
- Paint the base of the pot white and the rim on the pot silver or any color combination you like.
Allow the paint to dry and stamp on a phase or word of your choice. Take my advice and pick smaller stamps and ink in a dark grey or black.
Click on the graphic below to find other great ideas you can make in a flash for a Mother’s day gift idea.
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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.
The 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:
- Wine stopper Blanks
- Large core beads
- Pearl Dangles or charms
This 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:
- Remove cap on wine stopper.
- load beads onto stem
- Screw top back on
- Add dangles or charms
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.
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
Make 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, guy friends or for any day of the year. I made 5 in about an hour. The ribbon and the belting came from Hobby Lobby and were on sale for 50% off. Since the ribbon was on sale I had to purchase multiple designs. Really I did becasue hey know how to get me with a sale and 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 chain:
To make the crafty key chain:
- 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.
- 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.
- Sew along the edges of the ribbon on both sides.
- Trim off any loose fibers
- Fold in half and follow the packaging directions to affix the key fob hardware to the belting.
- Attach the ring to the rectangular piece.
- 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.
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.
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.
A few small details like crystal stickers added in the corner give it additional volume and really make it look more expensive. 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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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.
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.
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.
Materials for a Sit Upon – girl scout craft:
- Olyfun (your favorite colors)
- Measuring Tape or Ruler
- Needle and thread or embroidery floss (optional)
- Sewing Machine and coordinating thread
Instructions for Sit Upon – girl scout craft:
- 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.
- 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.
- If you are going to add embellishments sew them on by hand now or with sewing machine.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.