Summer is quickly approaching. We have all been working on our landscaping, but what are you going to replace your spring umbrella craft decoration with? My suggestion: make and display a flip flop wreath. This is such an easy and affordable project that gets lots of attention!
The photo shows flip flops secured to a 16 inch Styrofoam ring base using longer pins. However, you can skip the ring base and pins and simply use a hot glue gun to connect 8 flip flops (4 pairs). I purchase various child size flip flops at the local dollar store or retail store for $1 or less per pair. You can mix and match any colors that meet your style. Then use a hot glue gun to attach your favorite flowers.
Finally, proudly display your creation and soak up the compliments!
Thanks to El Nino, it has been a pretty mild winter in Northeast Ohio. But we are still very eager for spring to arrive. Of course the groundhog promised us an early spring, so it is time to get started on your spring décor. Nancy and I recently made this spring craft and love it! It was so simple that anyone can make one. Here are the steps:
1.) Find or order an umbrella with a hooked handle. (We ordered ours from Amazon)
2.) Purchase artificial spring flowers that have a long stem from your local craft store.
3.) Arrange the long stem flowers in your umbrella.
4.) Secure with ribbon.
5.) Display on your door.
6.) Marvel at your lovely new spring decoration.
March is national craft month. The great thing about crafting is that it is great for everyone regardless of age or gender. For those who love to craft, perhaps this month is a good opportunity to learn a new craft style. For those who are unsure of their craft skills, perhaps it is a good time to learn one. Most craft stores will hold local events that offer projects for a free or a small fee. You may have a friend or family member that is quite crafty and happy to teach you their technique. YouTube is a great resource to teach yourself new talents. Regardless of what you decide to try, enjoy it! Here is a list of some common crafts to try:
If I forgot to mention one of your favorites, please respond and consider sharing your photos of your favorite works of art!
I must admit, I'm not the most creative of people. Sure I can write. But when it comes to the artistic side of life, I tend to make a mess. Recently I discovered the joys of card making, though, and now can express my creative side with flair.
Card making is a simple craft that can be done with just a few stamps, a black ink pad, markers, pretty paper, and your imagination. If you stock up on stamps that cover all of the occasions in life (birthdays, holidays, get well, sympathy, etc), then you can whip out a card in no time. The beauty is it saves you from running to the store to make that last minute purchase.
Still not convinced? Try starting with a card making kit. This will include all of the supplies you'll need and explicit instructions on how to make a set of themed cards (such as Happy Birthday or Christmas). It will give you a real feel for what card making is all about. I recently did one on Christmas (as seen in the photo below) and had a blast.
I love fall crafts. Especially when they are easy to do and result in an adorable outcome. This craft is perfect for teachers and parents. But it can be used by anyone!
What you need:
Black spray paint
Drop cloth or old cardboard
Silly eyes (craft stores or online)
Hot glue gun
How to make:
Empty and clean cans
Spray paint outside of cans with black spray paint on a drop cloth or cardboard
Allow paint to dry
Use a hot glue gun to attach the gauze at the bottom of the can
Wrap the gauze up the entire can and again use the hot glue gun to secure the end of the gauze in place.
Using your finger, make a space for the mouth and the eyes
Use the hot glue gun to attach a set of eyes
Fill with candy to distribute to friends and family or simple place around your house as a fun Halloween decoration.
We have not had a craft in the blog for a while. I recently put out my fall decorations and can across a fun craft that Nancy and I did last fall; pumpkins made with canning lids. It was easy and fun to do and I am enjoying them again this year.
What you need:
24 canning lids (large mouth or small mouth) depending on the size you would like per pumpkin
Spray paint (various fall colors)
Thin ribbon (approx. 12 inches)
Cinnamon sticks (approx. 6 per pumpkin)
Drop cloth or plastic table cloth
How to make them:
Place drop cloth or plastic table cloth in a well ventilated area (preferable your garage).
Lay each canning lid about 2 inches apart on the cloth (separate further for different colors). For example, if making your pumpkin 3 colors, you need groups of 8 lids for each color.
Spray paint the lids on one side. Allow to dry for 2 hours (or per paint directions).
When dry to touch, flip the lids over and paint other side and allow to dry.
Once dry, put your lids facing the same direction on your thin ribbon and tie a tight knot holding them all together.
Space your lids to shape your pumpkin.
Push cinnamon sticks into the center (you can wedge them, or use ribbon to tie them and glue them into the center).
Display and enjoy!
I am a big fan of recycling and repurposing items. I am an even bigger fan of being organized! I came across this idea the other day. What a great idea as we start having picnics with the warmer weather. This can be used for yourself or as a hostess gift to a party you are invited to. There are many modifications that can make this a great summer item.
· Paint the cans the color of your choice to match your décor
· Reinforce the cans by drilling holes and riveting or bolting them together to make them more sturdy
· Drill holes near the top and attach a hanger for a handle
· Glue the cans to an old tray to easily carry it
· Use jars instead of cans
· Add a fourth can to hold straws, rolled napkins or stirring sticks
Enjoy your new hand-made and handy item!
May is national scrapbook month. If you are like me and have a pile of unfinished work, you may want to resume it. If you have never scrapbooked before, consider starting. Scrapbooking is a great way to preserve memories. I have several scrapbooks. I have one for every ticketed event my husband and I have ever gone to, concerts, shows, first 3-D movie, special occasions, etc. I have one for all of the theater shows I have attended (I put the cover of my program and tickets on the page). I have one of my nieces and nephews. I have one of my dog (Don’t judge! I do not have children and he’s my baby.)
When I started scrapbooking, I had absolutely no money. When people asked for gift ideas for me, I would tell them scrapbooking materials. I saved cards and fliers from the mail and used those to decorate my pages. I also visited discount stores and found clearance items to use for my scrapbooking. I used a glass to trace and cut out circles and Tupperware containers to trace and cut out squares and rectangles. Be creative; you never know what you can use to make fun and affordable pages.
If you have the extra income, it is fun to go to craft stores and browse the scrapbooking sections for stickers, letters, applications and themed paper. I just recently came across a company (Close to my Heart) that has acrylic (see through) bases with accompanying stamp letters to spell out words and dates that has revolutionized my scrapbooking world! If you sign up for emails, they typically email weekly coupons to take advantage of or offer memberships that provide discounts.
You can also form a scrapbooking group to share/borrow more expensive items like punches, stamps, photo printers, and machines like cricut that cut out fancy designs. By forming a group you learn about new products available, new techniques, designs and equipment that is available to expand upon your hobby. You may also discover new ways to lay out your pages or to secure your memories. This also gives you an audience to show off your favorite memories.
If you love the idea of scrapbooking, but do not have the time to craft your own pages, there are many companies that have pages ready to go. All you have to do is glue your photos on. This can be a little more expensive unless you find them on clearance.
Have fun and enjoy national scrapbook month!
Moms have and always will cherish homemade gifts. They are affordable, thoughtful and unique to you and your family. Here are some ideas to help you out this mother’s day:
· Handprint or footprint artwork
· Homemade meals that are freezer ready so that when she has a busy day or doesn't feel well she has an easy dinner option
· Homemade jewelry
· Knit or crochet a scarf or blanket-there are lots of free video tutorials to learn how
· Sew new throw pillows or curtains for the house
· Make a collection of homemade cards for various occasions to have on hand
· Photo coasters or photo serving tray
· Coupon book with various chores and activities (ie, weeding the garden, cleaning her house, cleaning her car, take her to dinner, etc.)
· Make a wreath for her front door
Show you mother that you appreciate all she has done for you and spoil her with thoughtful gifts!
Recently, several of my close friends lost love ones. There is little we can do to help alleviate the pain of a loved one that has passed. We often send flowers or food with our condolences. But then I found a great craft idea that offers encouragement.
Pennies from Heaven is a concept that someone that has passed is thinking about you. So when you find a penny, you pick it up and keep it in a jar to remind yourself of your loved one that has passed. I made several and handed them out to my friends. They still comment about how much they and their families appreciate the comfort they get from them. ~Liza
I love fall! It’s my favorite season! I love fall foods and fall weather. Most of all, I adore the changing of the fall leaves. The colors are breath taking! It seems to go by way too fast though, so I try to bring it indoors and savor it as long as I can. On October 19th, Nancy blogged about walking meditations. Today I’m going to tell you how to combine that with the craft project she hinted about.
How to Make:
· Take a walking meditation and gather lots of colorful fall leaves.
· Take a heavy book and line the pages with wax paper.
Place the leaves down between 2 sheets of wax paper. Make sure the leaves are not touching.
· Close the book so that all the leaves are sandwiched between a layer of wax paper.
· Place a couple of heavy objects on top of your closed book to aid in pressing the leaves.
· Allow time for the leaves to press and flatten (a few days).
· Place your drop cloth or protective covering on the floor or a table where you will be working.
· Paint your wooden letters and allow them to dry. It may require more than 1 coat.
· Cut your cardboard so that it fits snugly inside your shadow box.
· Glue your leaves to the cardboard with the spray adhesive. Allow to dry.
· Spray the cardboard and leaves with clear spray paint. Allow to dry.
· Glue wooden letter to your cardboard. Allow to dry.
· Spray entire project with clear spray paint. Allow to dry.
· Carefully place project into your shadowbox
· If there are gaps along the edges, you can put a border around the outer edges using painted foam
· Hang your project in a place where you can see it often and enjoy!
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