Make a popsicle stick craft that is suitable for tweens and teens. This type of craft is perfect for summer gatherings, day camps and VBS. You can also use scraps of pattern paper and random buttons making the craft very affordable too. If you are doing it as a short activity you will need to boil the popsicle sticks and allow them to dry ahead of time. It does take the wood craft sticks some time to dry out, especially if it is humid. If you are in a rush you can place the glasses on a tray and dry in an oven on a low temperature. If you have plenty of time you can set them out in the sun to dry.
I am loving all the adorable versions of this throw back popsicle craft from my childhood I am seeing all the web these days. When I found my stash of buttons last week, I knew I had to give this old craft a new try to incorporate these adorable buttons. The concept is rather simple. Wood can be manipulated when soaked in water since it tears down the wood fibers. So, grab some jumbo craft sticks and let’s get started.
Supplies needed for a popsicle stick bracelet:
Instructions for a popsicle stick bracelet:
- Bring a pot of water to a boil. Turn off the burner, Insert the craft sticks and let them soak for about 10-15 minutes. Put a few more in the water than you will think you need. I broke a few not being patient while trying to bend them.
- Once the sticks are soaked. Grab some proper sized glasses or plastic cups and patiently work them into the glass. Work slowly if you don’t want to end up with a lot of broken sticks like I did. It takes a little patience to get the hang of it.
- These have to set up for 24 hours to completely dry. While they are drying, go ahead and grab some acrylic paints and pattern papers to coordinate with the buttons. I used acrylic paint and some older random simple printed patterned papers.
- Here is another step you can do while waiting for the sticks to set up, On the wrong side of the patterned paper, use a pencil and a jumbo craft stick to trace it. Use a pair of scissors to cut out the paper.
- Once the bracelets have dried, gently remove them from the glasses.
- Paint the bracelets in the colors of your choice.
- Use a decoupage medium like Mod Podge and a foam brush to apply the papers to the front of the bracelets. Allow the medium to dry and gently sand the edges of the papers even with the wood. Now comes the fun part! Glue some rhinestones in the center of the stitched buttons using a tacky glue like or hot glue gun.
- Glue the buttons to the front of the bracelet and let dry.
- My bracelet’s didn’t turn out as snug as I wanted them to be, so I used some chain and jump rings to pull them a little closer in. I can still fit them over my hand without using a closure such as a lobster clasp but that still be another option. Learning from this, make sure you use a glass or cup that is slim enough if you want to skip this step!
Before you go check out all the other summer fun posts that are joining the series today. As always you can find lots of summer fun inspiration and ideas on Life Sew Savory.
365 Days of Crafts – Shared a cute Button Bracelet Project.
Cutesy Crafts – Shared fun DIY bookmark project for kids
Simple Practical Beautiful – Has a post about making friendship bracelets… FUN!
Niki’s Homemade Crafts – Fun tic tac toe game, even good for travel!
Jen Gallacher – Made gorgeous flowers. How fun to try this!
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.
Mod Podge Serving Tray DIY in bold colors using wrapping paper, Mod Podge and paint. May 19th is National Mod Podge Day and the 50th Anniversary celebration and I’m pretty sure everyone has used it at some point in a childhood art project. I fondly remember the giant jug always out on the counter in art class. One of my favorite ways to use Mod Podge is the traditional way – to decopage paper to wood. In honor of this creative occasion I have partnered with Plaid, the makers of Mod Podge to bring you this bold bright Mod Podge serving tray and a giveaway. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to enter my giveaway.
To celebrate Plaid is giving away prize packages on their social media channels, live streams, and projects and I am giving away a $50 prize package. (scroll to bottom) In Celebration of National Mod Podge day I made a bold bright serving tray that is perfect for breakfast in bed or as a gift all by itself. I used two of my favorite products to create the tray. Basic Mod Podge to adhere the wrapping paper and Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to create a glossy finish that is easy to wipe off.
On National Mod Podge Day they will be giving away a BIG Mod Podge Prize pack! The prize is valued around $250 in Mod Podge and Plaid products. Just post your Mod Podge craft on Facebook (at this post) or on Instagram with hash tag #nationalmodpodgeday to enter to win! A winner will be chosen during the Plaid livestream at 2 PM on May 19th.
Supplies for the Mod Podge Serving tray:
To make the Mod Podge Serving tray:
- Sand any rough spots and remove dust with tack cloth.
- Paint the wood tray in your favorite color combinations. I used a pearl on the inside and matte on the sides. Sand if needed and apply a second coat of paint if you need more coverage.
- Trim the gift wrap to fit in the center of the tray. You can try to get it exact or use the craft knife to remove the excess once it is adhered to the bottom.
- Apply a layer of Mod Podge evenly along the bottom and place the gift wrap on top. Gently smooth out any bubbles. Allow to dry before adding the next layer.
- Pour contents of two bottles of Dimensional Magic to center of the tray covering the entire surface. Allow to dry thoroughly .
I covered mine with a loose piece of foil to keep out dust. Once it is dry and cured until firm you can use it and I let mine sit for 24 hours to give it plenty of time to cure.
The contents of the $50 prize package:
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Fast painted planters for Mother’s day filled with succulents make a quick, easy and colorful gift for mom. They also make nice end of the year teacher gifts. Succulents are a nice filler plant because they are easy to maintain and are really trendy right now too. And any gift you give should be easy to take care of and not require a lot of effort. My husband gave me an orchid one year because he knows I love to go to the conservatory and photograph them. Little did he know about how much love and attention they need. Seriously they are a beautiful plant but ever so high maintenance. I tried the once a week ice cube method and managed to keep it alive for a few months. Then it died a slow painful death with over and under watering. He felt bad for it and for the purchase.
This year I needed a bunch of teacher gifts and a Mother’s day gift. So I thought I would make a batch of planters to give. I like doing a bunch of similar things at once because it makes me feel really productive. The planters were from a left over project I did for Oriental Trading Company and the paint was in a sample I received from a trade show I attended. The only thing I had to purchase was the dirt and the plants. I picked them up from Home Depot but you can find them at many stores. The succulents were in a 4 pack for $4 and I thought that was a great price.
Supplies for fast painted planters:
- flower pots
- Color Shift Paint
- Paint brush
- Gold paint
- Succulents (you can find them at a local store but just in case)
- Succulent Soil
Directions for fast painted planters.
- Base coat the planters and allow to dry. You should not need to sand in-between coats. Allow the paint to dry and repeat as many times as you need to get solid coverage.
- Add gold paint to the base of the flower-pot and allow to dry. You should not need to sand in-between coats. Allow the paint to dry and repeat as many times as you need to get solid coverage.
- Fill the planter with soil and add a plant into the pot. Sprint with water and add a few rocks from outside to the planter if you want.
Give the planter to the lucky gift recipient. If they are not plant people explain how to take care of a succulent. If you are looking for other easy gift ideas try these DIY Spa Gift Set, Dry Brushed Flower Pot DIY, DIY Moroccan Bangles
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.
Mother’s Day Spa gift set is an easy gift you can make on the cheap with a few key ingredients and simple to make gift packaging. Essential oil, a colorant and epsom salt are really all you need. There are a few more things you can add in to make it relieving and relaxing. Add on custom gift packaging and you have a super terrific gift that you can give to almost anyone.
When using essential oils do not go overboard a little goes a long way and same goes with the coloring. A couple of drops are really all you need.
Supplies for Mother’s Day Spa gift set:
Instructions or Mother’s Day Spa gift set:
The ratio for the ingredients is 3 parts coarse sea salt; 3 parts epsom salt and 1 part baking soda. You can make as much as you want using the ratio above.
- Ink up the stamp and press firmly on flat box but do not rock the stamp. Rocking will cause distortion and smudges. I use the lid of the box with my clear stamps when I do not have a block handy and I am too lazy to go searching for one.
- Stamp the images on the edges of the box similar to what is shown. If you get ink on the clear part you can wipe it off with your finger or a paper towel.
- Assemble the box and add the pre-made black bow to the package and secure with a glue dot. I am completely horrible at making bows so the already made bows so they were completely worth every penny to me!
- To make the bath salts use a large bowl, mix to combine: 3 parts coarse sea salt; 3 parts epsom salts, and 1 part baking soda.
- Add a few drops of essential oils, and stir well.
- Add a few drops of food coloring, until you achieve the desired shade. If you want to purchase colorant for soaps you can, but food coloring works fine.
- Add the salt mixture to the clear bags.
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DIY cheese markers from polymer clay are easy to make. These clever cheese markers will be the talk of your party. You can wow your guests with your craftiness when they learn you made them yourself. Make a list of your favorite cheese varieties and make a marker for each one. You can create as many as you would like. I think they would make great gifts too. You could give it as a hostess gift or as a welcome to your new house gift.
Supplies for Cheese markers:
Instructions for DIY Cheese Markers:
Per the Sculpey website: Getting Started Polymer clay may stain. CLAY MAY DAMAGE UNPROTECTED FURNITURE OR FINISHED SURFACES. DO NOT USE polymer clay on unprotected surfaces. We recommend working on the Sculpey clay mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Start with clean hands and work surface area.
Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275°F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per ¼” (6 mm) thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be completed by an adult. Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by working small amounts in your hand until smooth and soft.
After conditioning your clay roll it out at the 2nd thickest setting of your Clay Conditioning Machine. Divide it in two sheets that are large enough to accommodate multiple oval cut outs.
Gather the following supplies: largest oval cutter and word stamps. Cut out an even number of tops and bottoms. Stamp the words into the lower half of the top piece. Bake according to directions above. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Make a molded embellishment for each of your markers. Condition the clay and press into the mold. Remove the excess clay and then remove from mold. Bake according to thickness. Allow to cool before handling.
Apply a thin line of Liquid Sculpey to the back of the stamped piece and place on top of the back piece. Gently press together. Place a toothpick in-between the layers. Wiggle it around a tiny bit so it can be removed and can be replaced after each use. Smooth our any rough edges.
Apply a thin line of Liquid Sculpey to the back of the molded embellishment and gently press onto the top right corner of the piece. Smooth our any rough edges. Gently place stamped and embellished side up on the baking sheet.
Bake according to directions above and with the toothpick in place Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Remove tooth pick. Brush paint over the entire piece. Use a paper towel to remove the excess. Allow to dry.