Make this polymer clay faux cork desk organizer

faux cork polymer clay desk organizer made from soup cans

Make this polymer clay faux cork desk organizer. Combine old cans, clay and paint for some awesome organizers. Then you can use them as decorations, vases, candles or as a desk top organizer like I did. The secret to creating this technique is an old toothbrush.  faux cork polymer clay desk organizer made from soup cansMake this polymer clay faux cork desk organizer. Combine old cans, clay and paint for some awesome organizers. Then you can use them as decorations, vases, candles or as a desk top organizer like I did. The secret to creating this technique is an old toothbrush. 

As an avid upcyler, I have a large stash of empty cans in a variety of sizes stashed in a bin in the baskets in my craft nook in the kitchen. You would be amazed at what all I  have hiding in the baskets.  LOL Learn more about my storage and organizing in this post. 

nook with baskets off kitchen used for storage

In the last couple of years I have developed a fondness for polymer clay.  So I needed to have a space in the kitchen where I could work since the clay needs ovens. This project brings together two of my favorite things a recycled item and polymer clay. The metal is ideal because you do not have to worry about the metal melting during the baking process. One of my favorite things to do is to create “faux” materials with the clay. While playing around with the cans and polymer clay, I discovered a faux cork look. I knew immediately that the faux cork piece would become a candle and the other pieces would hold pens, pencils and other miscellaneous stuff. To finish off the pieces I added the jute and I might go back and add wood buttons too.

Materials needed for the polymer clay faux cork desk organizer:

  • Premo! Sculpey® Ecru PE02 5093, Sculpey® Super Slicer 
  • Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine (or acrylic roller)
  • Hemptique Jute Cording brown #10,  blue #20
  • Americana®  Acrylics by DecoArt – DAO93 Raw Sienna, DA130 Raw Umber, Matte Sealer
  • Cleaned and dry cans
  • Old toothbrush 
  • Beacon Adhesives Quick Grip

Oven and clay only baking sheet or aluminum foil, paper towels

 polymer clay faux cork desk organizer

Instructions for the polymer clay faux cork desk organizer:

  1. To make the faux cork, you will need to condition the clay by needing the clay in your hands or by running through a clay conditioning machine, the machine is also known as a pasta machine. If you do not have a machine you can use an acrylic roller.
  2. For the Faux cork I used ecru clay rolled out in a sheet long enough to wrap around the can with a 1” overlap on the end and the edges.
  3. I used a Super Slicer blade to trim off the excess.
  4. To create indentations on the clay I used an old toothbrush.  I rolled it around the can leaving indentations as I went along. I used the tip of the brush to leave larger impressions.
  5. Once the cans were covered I followed the manufacturers instructions for baking.
  6. For the faux cork piece I added a layer of Raw Umber and then wiped it off.  I allowed it to dry and then added a coat of Raw Sienna and used a paper towel to remove the excess.
  7. I sprayed all the pieces with a matte sealer.  
  8. The twine was added to the exposed spaces and secured with Quick Grip adhesive.  

So try out this polymer clay technique to make faux cork desk organizer.  Start saving those made tin cans.

 

 

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Make an Indigo lampshade with shibori fabric

Lean to make an indigo lampshade with natural indigo dye.  Earlier this year I set about playing this Indigo Dye Kit by Jacquard Products. Indigo, which comes from a plant, is one of the oldest dyes used for coloring fabrics and the one still used today to color blue jeans. It has a fascinating history and this natural dye process has long been used in many cultures around the world. The unique characteristics of indigo dyeing make it easy to create wonderful resist patterns on fabric.shibori fabric Indigo dye kit from Jacquard

It is an easy enough product to work with. It’s a little messy, so I would recommend taking advantage of the remaining warm weather days this year and work with it outside. The kit comes with everything you need to dye several yards of fabric. All you need to add is water, a 5 gallon bucket with a lid and a super long stick to stir with. I used a 1″ dowel since they can be purchased for very little but a paint stick meant for stirring paint would work too. I had a lot of fun making this interesting pattern using the rubber bands contained in the kit and it is very similar to Shibori dying.

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Supplies for Indigo lampshade with shibori fabric:

shibori fabric Indigo dye kit from Jacquard

I created some additional patterns as well, which I used to create a couple of unique home decor projects including a pillow and a small tote bag that I use as a mail sorter.shibori fabric bird tote

Armed with some scraps leftover from these projects, I set about creating my indigo lampshade inspired by one that I saw on the popular social media site, pinterest.

Instructions for Indigo lampshade with shibori fabric:

Removing the fabric from an old lampshade is fairly easy. Just use scissors to cut and tear pieces away from the metal frame. I tied the fabric pieces, which I cut into strips and tied into knots on each ends of the frame until the entire frame was covered. Very Easy!Make an Indigo lampshade with shibori fabric

To further embellish the indigo lampshade, I used a disappearing fabric pen to draw free form flower shapes on two layers of white muslin and cut them out at the same time so both pieces fit together. Once I cut out I machine stitched the edges together in a very free form fashion leaving a small opening for stuffing.  Once I stuffed the flower, I continued and sewed the opening closed.

To embellish the flower center, I gathered various embellishments including 1 1/2″ craft mirrors and some random plastic scrapbook supply letters I had in my stash.

I used fabric glue to attach the flowers to the indigo lampshade along with some glittery silver trim for the flower stems.

I have learned to always keep my fabric scraps as I am constantly coming up with new ways to use them. I had a great time recently creating these fun ribbons from small bits and pieces of scraps.

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What kinds of fun projects do you make from your fabric scraps? I would love to hear about them. Leave me a comment and share!

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mardi gras centerpiece ideas with peacock inspiration

mardi gras mask centerpiece ideas mascarade table decorations


The mardi gras centerpiece ideas with peacock inspiration were made for a Gala that I was Chair of this past fall. The colors of the event were inspired by peacock colors. I am quite smitten with the fowl and love the colors in their feathers. So when I had the opportunity to be in charge of the event I decided to use my favorite colors. This idea worked really well when I designed the invitations, picked out the table-cloth colors etc.

These were my original mardi gras centerpiece decorations that incorporated the peacock colors.  While they look really good I eventually realized they were not fancy enough and had to change-up my plans. So what started out as peacock color morphed into more of rainbow colors. 

The tall white candles are from the Dollar Tree had a rim of gold paint and gold glitter added to them. The tall pieces are vases that were donated from a member of Kindervelt and then the smaller ones were donated to me by a friend who had just thrown a big party at work. I also have dozens of other vases donated for my use. To keep everything looking consistent I used the same colors on everything.
peacock inspired mardi gras center piece decorations

The pretty trim came from a fabric store in Little India in Chicago. I purchased a few yards on a trip last year.  No reason or plans for the purchase other than they were my jam. Good thing I like the same things for long periods of time. Additionally I used some left over Make it Mirror Spray paint on some of the glass vases. It really help to add an extra dimension and keep things cohesive.

Gold glitter, teal, aqua and jade green were my main colors for the mardi gras centerpiece. A giant jar of gold glitter goes a very very long way. It also hangs around your house and car for months. I like to think of it as accessorizing my sparkling personality. My husband and son, well not so much. They call it tinker bell barf and would prefer me to control it a little bettermardi gras centerpiece

But when it came time to ordering beads and masks for the event I had to expand the colors because it is not easy to find decorations that are mardi gras or masquerade themed in my specific color palate.mardi gras centerpiece ideas with beads and masks

I have worked with Oriental Trading as a blogger and knew they would be my go to for reasonably priced items for this event. I hit the jackpot and stayed within my budget. We used around 200 mardi gras masks and about 1,0000 strands of mardi gras bead necklaces to decorate the event space. Thank goodness their prices are good and their shipping is fast and more importantly you can generally get it free with orders over $50. Saving where you can really helps when you are trying to raise funds for a charity.

To order the Mardi Gras themed supplies go to their website http://www.orientaltrading.com and search for mardi gras in the big box or use this link. Mardi Gras Supplies at Oriental Trading

We used their mardi gras centerpiece themed items:

  • Mardi Gras Masks
  • Mardi Gras beads in bulk and in specific colors

Regular party supplies for the mardi gras centerpiece:

  • gossamer fabric in rolls
  • tulle in rolls
  • metallic streamers
  • hot glue sticks and glue gun
  • gold glitter

The Gossamer was bunched up on the tables and topped with masks, beads and the candle center pieces. To make the masks stand out in the mardi gras centerpiece dowel rods were used.

Check out the Mardi Gras Candy buffet we had by the Carousel.

 

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Easy sew stenciled log tote for winter

easy sew log tote with stenciling

easy sew log tote with stenciling

Make an easy sew stenciled log tote for winter. Canvas makes the log tote very sturdy and washable. This wood carrier makes a nice housewarming gift for someone who has a wood burning fireplace. The canvas tote is nice because it can help to keep your clothes clean when bringing wood from the outside to the inside.

DIY stenciled log toteCanvas for the log tote can be purchased at big box stores in the craft section or in the hardware & paint department. If you go to the paint department it is usually cheaper and it is called a drop cloth or painters cloth.


MATERIALS for log tote:

    • Canvas, 54”-wide, 1/2 yd.
    • Strapping or webbing, 1-1/2”-wide, 3 yds
    • Sewing machine and heavy-duty thread
    • DecoArt Americana Accessories Stencil Brush Set, sizes 8 and 12
    • DecoArt Southern Motif Texture Stencil
    • DecoArt So-Soft Fabric Paints: Burnt Sienna, Crimson

BASIC SUPPLIES for Log Tote:

  • scissors, fabric marker or pencil, newspaper (to cover work surface), straight pins, toothpick

easy sew log tote

Instructions to make the log tote:

1. Square canvas fabric and cut on fold for two equal pieces of fabric. Remove selvage. Hem edges as canvas will fray easily. Turn under 1/4″ on width of fabric edges. Turn under again to enclose raw edges.

2. Trim corner to prevent bulk. Use needle position to sew hem down, sewing as close to free edge as possible. Repeat for all sides.

3. Position fabric flat so width of fabric is on sides. Mark 2″ in from sides. Fold fabric in half, matching top and bottom, to find center.

4. Starting at center, lay strapping down and run it towards mark at top edge, down other top marking to centerfold on fabric. Place fold of webbing on fold of fabric; pin in place. Repeat to bring end of webbing to starting point, keeping 2″ mark on all edges.

5. Sew webbing in place by sewing outer edge all way around and then repeat for inner edge. Zigzag stitch over butted ends of webbing and at top of each strap for extra strength.

6. Position stencil centered in top section between straps. Gently pounce Crimson in every other opening. Gently pounce Burnt Sienna in unpainted openings. Repeat until center is completely stenciled. Let dry. (Note: Do not use too much pressure as paint can seep beneath stencil and blur design. Use toothpick to remove excess paint and liner brush to touch up any areas before dry.)

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peacock candy buffet decoration mardi gras style

mardi gras candy buffet decoration ideasThe peacock candy buffet decoration mardi gras style were created for a gala that I was the chair.  You might have seen a few peacock themed crafts on the site and the cool feather in my logo. I happen to love the birds and the colors or their feather. My grandmother Thelma loved them too and every time I see a live one I think of her. Volunteering was also something I learned from my grandmother. She was a very generous woman with her time and her heart.

Naturally I gravitate to peacocks and used their colors for the Kindervelt Gala.  We held the event at the Anderson Pavillion in downtown Cincinnati and their interior colors have teal accents and that was a huge bonus when picking the event location. The other thing that made the site great was their carousel. I thought it was a great opportunity for our guest to really bust out and enjoy themselves.

We had a bar and a candy buffet by the carousel so they could have a drink and a little sweet treat while they were waiting for their turn to ride.

I have worked with Oriental Trading as a blogger and knew they would be my go to for reasonably priced items for this event. I hit the jackpot and stayed within my budget. We used around 200 mardi gras masks and about 1,0000 strands of mardi gras bead necklaces AND 15 pounds of candy in the gala colors to decorate the event space. Thank goodness their prices are good and their shipping is fast and more importantly you can generally get it free with orders over $50. Saving where you can really helps when you are trying to raise funds for a charity.

The candy was purchased  in bulk with great colors and prices and very fresh.  Their salt water taffy was a huge hit.  There might have been a few men tucking an extra piece or two into their suit pockets.

To order the Mardi Gras themed supplies go to their website http://www.orientaltrading.com and search for mardi gras in the big box or use this link. Mardi Gras Supplies at Oriental Trading

peacock color candy buffet for a mardi gras party gala

WE USED THEIR MARDI GRAS CANDY BUFFET ITEMS:

  • Candy in bulk with great colors and prices
  • Clear serving tongs
  • Mardi Gras Masks
  • Mardi Gras beads in bulk and in specific colors
  • gossamer fabric in rolls
  • tulle in rolls
  • metallic streamers
  • hot glue sticks and glue gun
  • gold glitter

To see the Mardi Gras Centerpieces and decorations check out that post.

Instructions to make the candy buffet jars:

  1. Add gold paint to the rim of the jars.
  2. Add a thin coat of clear glue around the rim and dip into glitter.
  3. Cut apart a mardi gras bead necklace and use a glue gun to adhere it to the top of the vase or jar.
  4. Repeat for each color of mardi gras beads you want wrapped around the jar
  5. Fill with candy and enjoy!

This is an up close picture so you can see the cool detail created when using mardi gras beads.

Check out this Peacock Mardi Gras Mask too.  Plus a super fluffy peacock tutu tutorial.

 

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Paris inspired wall art for Valentine’s Day made with dye

Paris

Make Paris inspired wall art for Valentine’s Day. Enhance your home with romantic Valentine’s Day wall art made with dye. Paris is the city of love so what could be more inspiring than art that oozes a little Oh La La?  Don’t be scared by the long list – really it is not as big as it looks.

Supplies for Paris inspired Valentine’s Day wall plaque:

  • 2 Walnut Hollow Basswood Heart Plaques (Heart Wide Edge Plaques #19012; #19013)The
  • Stamps of Life by Stephanie Bernard
  • Ornate Foam Stamp
  • Black Pigment Ink
  • 2 Yds. Cotton Ribbon – 1 1/2″ wide
  • 4 Silver Eye Screws
  • 8 White Flat-Backed Buttons: various sizes
  • 8 Flat-Backed Crystals: 6 & 10mm sizes
  • Starburst Brads
  • Vintage Ticket or Postcard
  • Recollections™ Silver Self-Adhesive Glitter Tape – Tidings
  • Aleene’s Liquid Fusion
  • Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape – 1″ wide
  • Drill Bit
  • 3 Plastic Containers
  • Foam Brushes
  • Long Jewelry Tweezers
  • Fine Sandpaper (#220)
  • Tack Cloth
  • Rit Liquid Dye – 1 Bottle of Each Color, Petal Pink, Tan, Cocoa Brown
  • measuring cup
  • plastic table cover
  • plastic wrap
  • rubber gloves scissors

Instructions Paris inspired Valentine’s Day wall plaque:

  1. Lightly sand heart plaques with fine sandpaper and wipe with tack cloth. Use painter’s tape to divide each heart into two sections horizontally. Use painter’s tape to divide the top of each heart into two vertical sections.
  2. Wearing rubber gloves and working on plastic table cover, use glass measuring cup to mix ¼ cup Petal Pink dye into ¾ cup of very hot water. Use foam brush dipped in mixture to dye-stain right top half of each heart plaque. Repeat for Cocoa Brown dye, mixing in a separate container and using foam brush to dye-stain left top of heart. Repeat steps for Tan dye and dye-stain bottom of hearts.
  3. Dip sheer cotton or organza ribbon into Petal Pink dye mixture. Let sit in dye bath for 5-10 minutes. With long jewelry tweezers, remove from dye bath, squeeze out excess dye and wrap in plastic wrap. Place in plastic bowl and microwave on high for 5 minutes to heat set dye. Allow to air dry or place in lingerie bag and dry on low setting in dryer. When dry, remove and iron flat on pressing surface.
  4. Place buttons into Petal Pink dye bath. Let sit for 5-10 minutes. Remove buttons from dye bath and let dry on paper towels.
  5. Repeat step 2 to remix Petal Pink dye bath with very hot water. Using a foam brush, dye-stain the back of each heart with dye.
  6. When front and back of wood hearts are dry, carefully remove painter’s tape. Place tissue tape on areas where painter’s tape was applied. Stamp ornate motif with foam stamp and pigment ink.
  7. Use monogram stamps and pigment ink to stamp bottom of larger heart as shown or for “Paris” on smaller heart. Place self-adhesive glitter tape across bottom of tissue tape. Use liquid glue to adhere dyed buttons onto hearts and crystals onto center of buttons. Embellish hearts with vintage ticket and larger crystals in centers of stamped motifs, using glue.
  8. Cut ribbon into 12” length and tie into bow. Insert starburst brad into center of bow. Glue bow onto top center of heart. When glue has set, use drill and drill bit to drill small holes at top of each heart. Screw in eye screws. Cut remainder of ribbon in half and use for hanger, threading ends into eye screws and knotting in place.

 

Quick and easy felt projects

Felt projects that you can make in 15 minutes - a quick craft idea for kids and teens. Turn into magnets, pins or clip all using felt as a base. Felt Taco, felt watermelon, felt cactus

Quick and easy felt projects can be very fast and give great results. I really love working with felt because it can be sewn or glued and looks great either way. Felt can be cut with scissors or a rotary blade. Another great thing about felt is it can be all natural and made from animal fur called wool felt or it can be made using recycled materials.Fast felt friends easy felt projects.JPG
I went a little crazy this time and made three super cute paper organizers.  Or maybe they are just felt clips?  I’m not quite sure what to call them other than adorble.  They each have a clothes pin on the back. This is Tommy Taco. He is a pretty cheesy guy.add stickles to felt taco.JPG

This yummy little slice of watermelon does not have a name. I could not quite figure out how to give it a face.Watermelon slice.JPG

And the there is Cali Cactus.  She is a little shy and very adorable but shy none the less.


Materials needed for felt projects:

  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Sewing machine
  • Embroidery needle and embroidery floss
  • Paint in pink, black and white,
  • Clothes pins in various sizes
  • colored pencil or marker

Instructions for felt projects:

Cali Cactus felt project

  1. Draw pattern on felt.Felt projects that you can make in 15 minutes - a quick craft idea for kids and teens. Turn into magnets, pins or clip all using felt as a base. Felt Taco, felt watermelon, felt cactus
  2. Sew on the drawn pattern.
  3. Trim around sewn edge.
  4. Use embroidery needle and floss to sew on the eyes and mouth.
  5. Use paint to add the blushing cheeks.Felt projects that you can make in 15 minutes - a quick craft idea for kids and teens. Turn into magnets, pins or clip all using felt as a base. Felt Taco, felt watermelon, felt cactus
  6. I added a pre-made felt accent and a gem. You can embellish how ever you want.
  7. On the backside adhere the clothes pin with a generous amount of glue.  Allow to dry.Felt projects that you can make in 15 minutes - a quick craft idea for kids and teens. Turn into magnets, pins or clip all using felt as a base. Felt Taco, felt watermelon, felt cactus

Tommy Taco felt project

Felt projects that you can make in 15 minutes - a quick craft idea for kids and teens. Turn into magnets, pins or clip all using felt as a base. Felt Taco, felt watermelon, felt cactus

  1. Draw pattern on felt and use scissors to cut out the shape
  2. rim around sewn edge.
  3. Use paint to add the blushing cheeks
  4. Cut out various shapes for your taco filling.Felt projects that you can make in 15 minutes - a quick craft idea for kids and teens. Turn into magnets, pins or clip all using felt as a base. Felt Taco, felt watermelon, felt cactus
  5. Glue the pieces into place and allow to dry.  Felt projects that you can make in 15 minutes - a quick craft idea for kids and teens. Turn into magnets, pins or clip all using felt as a base. Felt Taco, felt watermelon, felt cactus
  6. Use a marker to draw on the eyes and mouth. 
  7. Fold taco shell in half and glue in place.  Allow the glue to dry.
  8. Add the clothes pins to the back.

Watermelon felt project

Felt projects that you can make in 15 minutes - a quick craft idea for kids and teens. Turn into magnets, pins or clip all using felt as a base. Felt Taco, felt watermelon, felt cactus

  1. Draw a cirlcle on base felt.Felt projects that you can make in 15 minutes - a quick craft idea for kids and teens. Turn into magnets, pins or clip all using felt as a base. Felt Taco, felt watermelon, felt cactus
  2. Layer the next color and cut out about 1/8th of an inch around base color. Felt projects that you can make in 15 minutes - a quick craft idea for kids and teens. Turn into magnets, pins or clip all using felt as a base. Felt Taco, felt watermelon, felt cactus
  3. Repeat step two for final color.Felt projects that you can make in 15 minutes - a quick craft idea for kids and teens. Turn into magnets, pins or clip all using felt as a base. Felt Taco, felt watermelon, felt cactus
  4. Cut out 3 small seed shapes or 6 seeds if you are making two.  Which you might as well do becuase you can get two with the effort of one. Felt projects that you can make in 15 minutes - a quick craft idea for kids and teens. Turn into magnets, pins or clip all using felt as a base. Felt Taco, felt watermelon, felt cactus
  5. Glue the seeds in place.  I like to use a toothpick when working with small pieces.
  6. Cut in half and adhere a clothes pin to the back.

Felt projects that you can make in 15 minutes - a quick craft idea for kids and teens. Turn into magnets, pins or clip all using felt as a base. Felt Taco, felt watermelon, felt cactus

Check out the other felt projects by clicking the image below.  I think you will love what you find. 

Die Cut Bird Sachet

Die Cut Bird Sachet

Make a die cut bird sachet. I recently took the time to spring clean my closet. After having recently moved, I had a few items that had a sort of moving aroma to them. I needed to freshen up some of my apparel. When I received this great bird die cut from Sizzix, I had a brainstorm to create some sachet to freshen up my closet. Burlap makes the best substrate to make these sachet as its breathable and really pretty. Upcycled wire hangers wrapped with fabric create a pretty gift you can give as gifts or keep to freshen up your own closet. Cedar shaving was use for its repellant nature.  You could also make a second one that was scented with essential oils.

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Die Cut Bird Sachet products  used:

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Sizzix BigShot Machine

– Sizzix Bigz L Die – Bird, Beautiful

– Burlap, Fabric

Polyfil fiber

– recycled wire hanger

– Cedar shavings

Aleenes Fabric Fusion

– StazOn Solvent ink

– French sentiment

– Assorted embellishments

– dryer sheets

This project is quite simple really but with gorgeous results. Start by die cutting two burlap birds from your beautiful bird die cut using your BigShot machine.





Instead of of using the wing die cut included in the package. I cut my own from teardop shapes from script fabric. You will need two burlap shapes and two wing shapes from each.

Dyer sheet

To make a packet for the cedar shavings, use a dryer sheet and cut it into two pieces measuring 3″ x 3 1/2.” Sew three sides of the used dyer sheet closed with a machine and a straight stitch and fill with cedar shavings. Sew the remaining end closed.

 


Stack the bird die cuts together and sew the edges closed with a straight stitch, leaving a couple of inches opening for stuffing. Stuff with cedar packet and fill in spaces with polyfil stuffing.

Layer wings together and sew edges leaving a small opening for stuffing with polyfil fiber.

Tear 2″ strips from script fabric and wrap around a wire hanger, using fabric glue to secure fabric in place on hanger.


Keep wrapping until the fabric covers the hanger. Use fabric glue to secure ends in place.

Next, use the fabric glue to glue the wing and ribbon hangar to the bird. Embellish with a special sentiment, self adhesive rhinestone and a fabric embellishment.

Hang the sachet in your closet to freshen up your clothing and to keep moths at bay.

Amore altered Altoid tin for Valentine’s Day

Give a creative handmade gift to your loved one this Valentine’s day and try making an Amore altered Altoid tin. 

“Amore” (Italian) translates to “love” in the English language. Remember the old song “when the moon hits the sky like a big pizza pie that’s ‘Amore?’ The Italians celebrate love with no other and it was with this mind that I was inspired to create some super versatile tags that can be used to adorn anything from jewelry, home decor or as fun wedding or valentines favors, tucked inside this embellished altoid tin.

These tags also make gorgeous bag ties for favors perfect for Valentines Day Favors, Wedding Favors, Bridal Showers, etc. Just change the color of the ribbon to match your color scheme.

Supplies for Amore altered Altoid tin:

Instructions for Amore altered Altoid tin:

I have saved Altoids tins for several months ago but I was still surprised to clean out my recycled stash and discover I had 15 of these babies!! I must be eating them like crazy…


For the Amore altered Altoid tin, I knew that I wanted to paint the tin as I was aiming for a shabby, distressed look so I thought it would be easiest if I covered the tin with cardstock first and then painted it. So I took a pencil and make templates by tracing the tin twice (to cover the top and bottom).

I cut out the templates and used Zip Dry Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives to glue the pieces to the tin.

I measured the sides of the tin and used a paper trimmer to cut strips about 1/4″ thinner than the real measurements.This ensures that the cardstock does not hang off the edges of the tin.

Adhere with strips around the tin with the paper glue and use rubber bands to hold in place while drying, although the glue will set up very fast.
Now its time to paint. I used Lamp Black Americana Acrylics by DecoArt to cover the tin on the outside. I also cut a 1″ x 3″ cardstock strip, scored it 1/2″ from each edge and painted it as well. Additionally, I painted a doll pin stand (stay posted for how I used this) and about eight wood heart tags. These tags can be purchased from several online sources. Just search for “unfinished wood heart tags.” I painted and scored cardstock strip

You may be asking yourself why I painted cardstock when I could have simply used black cardstock. I find that for items that will be handled often, adding paint and gesso layers makes them a lot more durable. You are going to love your Amore altered Altoid tin when it is finished.
After I had a front coat on the wood hearts, I used a candle to rub wax heavily across the surface.
Next, I painted the hearts, front and back, with two coats with Americana Acrylics in Antique White by DecoArt. I also dry brushed the box using this paint as well as the doll pin holder.

Note that the doll pin stand, or holder (purchased at any craft supply store in the unfinished wood supplies) has been glued to a stamped cardstock strip and a sparkly bead placed in the hole of the bead. I used Beacon’s Gem Tac to glue these components together.

This embellishment, along with some pink hand dyed ribbon were glued to the top of the tin using Fabri-Tac by Beacon Adhesives.

I also added some tiny self adhesive stones for extra sparkle to the Amore altered Altoid tin.

Now back to the hearts and this is the fun part. Use a sanding block to sand the waxed surface lightly to show a distressed finish. Areas where the wax was applied will “peel” away easily. Use a script stamp and chalk ink to stamp the surface of the hearts for a very subtle stamped background. Use alphabet stamps or stickers to spell out “Amore.”
Make another template for the tin by tracing the tin bottom to the wrong side of patterned papers of your choice. I used some simple black with white dots. Glue the divider strip slightly off-center in the tin, adhering the scored sides to the tin to keep in place. This will keep your tags and ribbon hangers tidy inside the embellished altoid tin.

I embellished this recycled tin can with one of the tags and some washi tape for a pretty art supplies organizer.


These tags also make gorgeous bag ties for favors perfect for Valentines Day Favors, Wedding Favors, Bridal Showers, etc. Just change the color of the ribbon to match your color scheme.
My brain has been on overdrive thinking all of all the art kits I can create with these tins. 

Amore altered Altoid tin for Valentine's Day

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Chic Coastal Christmas Decor

Coastal Christmas decorations do not have to be expensive or cost a lot of money.  Let me show you how to use found objects, polymer clay and neutral colors to create simple decorations for your home.

DIY Chic Coastal Christmas Decor you can make on a budget cheap and easy crafts

This picture is of a starfish that I made.  We found the starfish on vacation and I made a mold of it before we broke it.  I knew on of the kids would eventually drop it or it would lose an arm in some fashion.  After I made the mold I made 7 starfish.  I am not sure why 7, when I only needed one as the topper.  So I also made a wreath and a few ornaments.

To compliment the color and the theme for the Coast Christmas I am using jute.  I like jute for its rustic appeal and worn look.  Not to mention it is an inexpensive material.

Seaside Christmas or Coastal Christmas is my home decor this coming holiday season. I share a sneak peak with you last month of the starfish topper.  Below are the companion piece and the real piece the topper is on.  I started on it back in June and I am finished with the main pieces.  My tree is on our second floor of the house so these will go on the first floor. To make the starfish I used a one pound block of Sculpey Premo.  The starfish I used to make the original mold was a vacation find.Chic Coastal Christmas Decor - DIY cheap and easy crafts you can make

I made a wreath with a Styrofoam ring, burlap and buttons from Buttons Galore and More and some jute.

I have a Coastal Christmas starfish garland in the making and I will share that later on. It goes across my mantel. The next piece I made is a topiary using all the same materials. I chose burlap and juts since they are very rustic feeling. There is something cozy about weathered and worn items.

Direction to make the starfish from polymer clay

Materials for a Chic Coastal Christmas Starfish:

Directions for Coastal Christmas Chic starfish.

  1. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the clay dedicated pasta machine several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
  2. Pinch of a Large piece of Mold Maker and roll into a ball. Flatten ball creating a piece of  large Mold Maker enough to accept starfish.
sculpey mold maker

3.  Dust starfish with cornstarch. Press starfish into mold and then remove. Bake the mold according to the directions above. Allow the piece to cool before handling.

4.  Condition the White clay according to the directions above. Dust the mold with cornstarch. Press the conditioned clay into the mold and remove. Trim off any excess clay with craft knife. Dust the mold and repeat again to make an additional piece. Repeat process to create as many starfish as you’d like. Bake according to directions above.