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Archive for the month “August, 2012”

Mini Cookie Cutter Dangle Earrings


Mini Cookie Cutter Dangle Earrings

These earrings were inspired by a pair I saw on eBay and Etsy (love those sites!!!).  I love these in that you can make a very simple chain like mine or join several chains together to make cascades of tiny buttons and cutters.

Thanks for taking a look at what is keeping me occupied in the crafting arena these days.  I’d love to hear from you!

Materials

  • Mini cookie cutters
  • Mini buttons
  • Jump rings
  • Fishhook earring wires

Also Needed

  • Needle nose pliers
  • Jump ring opener (optional)

 Photo Tutorial

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Paper or Foam GingerBread Garland


Paper or Foam GingerBread Garland

I’ve posted tutorials for several versions of Cookie Cutter Garland that I made last year but I never got around posting the tutorial for this Paper or Foam Gingerbread Garland.

I love this project because you can make it as simple or as complex as you wish and you can use whatever you have on-hand or can be purchased at a dollar store for under $5.

I challenge you to complete your own garland without buying anything (or with whatever you can purchase for under $5) and send me a photo.  I will definitely add your photo to the tutorial.

Materials

  • Gingerbread Men
    • Gingerbread People Wrapping Paper (on hand)
    • Pad of Paper Gingerbread Men (pad of 50 for $3 from a school supply store)
    • Foam Gingerbread Men (10/$1 from Dollar Tree or Michaels)
  • Candy Canes
    • Paper Candy Cane Garland ($1 from Dollar Tree)
    • Candy Cane Wrapping Paper
    • Foam Candy Canes (10/$1 from Dollar General)
  • Cardstock, Plaid Wrapping Paper, Scrapbook Paper, Brown Paper Bags  (on hand)
  • Thin Cardboard  (on hand)
  • Stringing Material – Jute, Yarn, or Raffia (on hand)
  • Red & Green Wooden Beads (on hand) I used beads from a bead garland purchased years ago at a dollar store for $1.
  • Small Wooden Spools (on hand or $1 for small spools of thread at the Dollar Tree)
  • Torn Fabric Strips (on hand)
  • Small Grapevine Wreaths (on hand)
  • Gingerbread Men Embellishments:  mini cookie cutters, jingle bells, buttons, plastic hair bows, etc. (on hand)

 Also Needed

  • Punches: Heart, Round, Star, Bow, Candy Cane (on hand)
  • Zigzag or Pinking Scissors or Zigzag Punch (on hand)

Instructions

  1. Gather or purchase your materials from your stash or make dollar store, craft store or flea markets.
  2. Punch all shapes needed to decorate the gingerbread men. I used the pieces I trimmed off the candy cane garland to punch the hearts and bows from so that the gingerbread men decorations would match the candy canes.
  3. Make or punch cardstock “rick-rack”.  PAPER RICK-RACK DIRECTIIONS:  Make the with paper rick-rack made from cardstock (color of your choice – I used white) using zigzag scissors.  I found that if you cut the cardstock in half lengthwise you can then trim the bottom straight edge (the short way) to start the rick-rack pattern, then place the scissors with the right edge of the blade touching the zigzag edge you can cut fairly even pieces of “rick-rack”.  You could also use real rick-rack if you have it on hand.  I recently bought a EK Success Slim Edger Punch: Zig Zag Chain and it’s now super easy to make evenly cut paper rick-rack for my gingerbread projects!
  4. Next decorate the gingerbread shapes.   Glue paper or real rick-rack to the arms & legs (and head if desired).  Then add heart, star or round paper or foam “buttons”.  I added a center (from foam or paper) using a regular hole-punch shape to the heart “buttons”.  Glue the bow on (paper punch or a bow made from a fabric strip). You can use any embellishments you have on hand to decorate your shapes.   I found some plastic little girl bow barrettes that I cut the bow off to use.
  5. Cut out the candy cane shapes from wrapping paper or cut apart from a paper garland.  You could also use pre-cut foam shapes.  I found a package of large (10 inch) gingerbread shapes at the Dollar Tree and a set of smaller ones (6 inches) at Target for $1 for 10.  Michaels and Dollar General also had red candy cane shapes (cut white foam stripes and add to cane if desired) at for a dollar.  Fabric wrapped plastic candy canes could be used in the place of the paper or foam candy canes.
  6. You can also add other foam or paper shapes to the garland, like hearts or stars, to the garland.
  7. Reinforce the shapes (gingerbread, candy cane, heart, and star, etc.) by gluing them on a thin piece of cardboard or thick brown paper bag and trim close to the edge with scissors.  Add a hole reinforcer if desired (see below).
  8. Add a decorative edging to the shapes by gluing them to a brown paper bag, cardstock (red, green or other color to match your décor), wrapping paper, etc.  If using one-sided paper and plan to have a decorative edge showing face the paper to the front of the shapes.  Then trim close to the edge or leave a decorative border with zigzag scissors.
  9. Punch holes in the shapes.  For the first garland I made I punched pinpoint (1/4 inch) holes on either side of the shapes and connected them with raffia.  I used clear hole reinforces from an office supply store to make sure the holes did not pull through.  If you only have the white ones you can put them on the underside of the paper before gluing it together.  Try putting the layers together leaving a gap at the top then put on the rein forcers punch the holes and then glue the edges together.  You could also apply clear round labels before punching the holes.  On the other garland I used a hole punch to put a hole in the top of the shapes and then attached them to the jute with raffia.  Another option would be to string the shapes like beads.
  10. Measure and cut your stringing material to the desired length.  I made mine four or five feet long but you can make it any length needed to fit your “space”.
  11. Attach the shapes by stringing them on jute or yarn like beads or by tying the shapes to a piece of raffia or a piece of torn fabric ribbon.  Be sure to space them evenly.  You can also tie the shapes together with raffia instead of stringing them or tying them on.   If you space the shapes far enough apart you can use the “blank” space between to hang Christmas cards on.
  12. If desired add beads and small wooden spools between the shapes (I wound green thread around them the spools I used).  If your gingerbread shapes are big enough to be in scale you could use the small spools of thread found in a pack of 12 for a dollar at the Dollar Tree.
  13. Make and attach bows then attach them at regular interval down the garland between the shapes.  To make bows tear country print fabric (checked, plaid or striped in the colors of your choice) into 1 to 1 ½ inch wide strips and about 10 inch long.  To make bows first tie a piece of raffia in the center of a fabric strip then tie a simple shoestring type bow.   Use the raffia ends to tie the bows in place.
  14. An alternative of the shoestring bow is to tie fabric strips in different colors simply tied around the stringing material and then knotted in a double knot.  Trim the edges of the bows as needed.
  15. Tie off the ends with small grapevine wreaths or simply loop the ends to create “hangers”.
  16. Your garland is now ready to hang.  Hang it on the wall, above a door, on the tree or above the mantel.  As this is made from paper, don’t use it where it could get wet (or catch on fire).

Thanks so much for taking a look – and don’t forget that I’d love to see what you come up with!     buggalcrafts

HAND-CUT PAPER RICK-RACK DIRECTIIONS: Make evenly cut paper “rick-rack” from cardstock using zigzag scissors.

• Cut a scrap piece of cardstock to about two inches lengthwise (the length of the scissor blades). You need to be able to make one cut through the paper with the scissors.
• Trim the bottom edge evenly with the straight scissors.
• Then start the rick-rack pattern by trimming the bottom edge using the zigzag scissors.
• FLIP the paper over and place the scissors with the right blade touching the zigzag edge you just cut.
• Flip the paper and repeat again.

Mini Beaded Candy Cane Earrings


Mini Beaded Candy Cane Earrings

Made from just seven beads these mini canes are the perfect holiday earrings for a young girl or any time you just want a hint of bling.

The real beauty of these little earrings is there are so many variations you can make  – change the color – or the direction – or the length – or just make as many pairs in as different ways you can dream up!  I’ve listed a few below to get you started.

Variations:

  • Any Color Combination: Why stick with the traditional candy cane color combinations of red & white or red & green? Candy canes now come in so many different colors so why not make a pair to coordinate with every holiday outfit!
  • Any Size: Use a longer  headpin and more beads for longer earrings.  Use a different size bead for a more delicate or heavier look.
  • Any Direction: Turn your canes upside down to make a “J” for a “Jesus Cane”. Substitute an eyepin for the headpin to give you a ready to hang loop at the “bottom” of the cane.
  • Any Materials: Don’t have      headpins, eyepins or the like on-hand? Simply substitute a 2 inch piece of jewelry wire. Experiment with materials to achieve different looks – acrylic or glass beads – faceted or smooth – round or square.

Uses: 

Why only use these cute little canes to make earrings?  Like real candy canes they have a bevy of uses.  I’ve listed a few below to get you started.  I’d love to hear about how you’d use these beauties in your crafting this season!

 

  • Beaded Charm Pin:  “String” them as charms on a coil-less safety pin along with some beads.
  • Decorate a Dollhouse For Christmas:   Hang on the tree or have thempeeking out of a doll’s stockings.
  • Greeting Card Embellishments & Bonus Gift:  Attach a pair to a handmade greeting card with removable glue dots to serve as both!
  • Decorate a Christmas Scrapbook Page:   Hang them all in a row on a paper chimney to add some dimension to your page.
  • Wine charms:  Attach them to a wire hoop earring along with a few beads.
  • Dress Up a Pillar Candle:  Attach a dozen with a beaded pin made by gluing a small bead to a regular straight pin.
  • Decorate a Twig Tree:  Stick a twig from the garden in a rock filled container and hang some of the longer baby canes from the bare branches.

Materials

  • Four 4 mm Red Beads
  • Three 4 mm Green Beads
  • Two 1½ Inch Headpins
  • Two Fishhook Earring Wires
  • Two Jump Rings

Also Needed

  • Round  Nose Pliers

Photo Tutorial

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buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

Site Recommendation: Step By Step – Gingerbread Theme Crafts & Activities for Children


Site Recommendation: Step By Step – Gingerbread Theme Crafts & Activities for Children

 

Gingerbread is a sweet that can take the form of a cookie or a cake in which the predomiant flavor is ginger.

I’ve visited this site by Janna several times and it popped up again in a recent search so I just have to share it with you.

It appears to no longer be active but there is so much FANTASTIC INFO here that it’s a shame not to use it!

While there is a lot of great information on the day-to-day operation of a daycare  the pages that caught my eye are the great pre-schooler arts & crafts project.  And you already KNOW how I love anything to do with cookies and the like, so the pages  that jumped right out at me were the Gingerbread Theme “fun stuff to do” pages!

What will you find on these three pages? More fun stuff than you can shake a stick cupcake at.  Here’s a brief rundown of the catagories of information shared there.

  • arts & craft projects,
  • books,
  • games & actitities,
  • links,
  • recipies,
  • songs,
  • stories,
  • worksheets

Stop by and take a look at all the great gingerbread themed stuff.  I love the “Gingerbread House” card, the gingerbread molding dough, the sandpaper gingerbread candy cane holders, and the tons of links to other sites.

Thanks so much for dropping in.  I hope you stop back again soon.  And as always please leave a comment don’t make me beg for a comment!

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

Up-Cycled Button Container


Up-Cycled Button Container

I LOVE the buttons in the small “button containers” for around a dollar from Wal-mart and Michael’s – the ones with a plastic barrel and enormous button top – and I’ve saved all the empty containers with endless crafting possibilities in mind!

There are just so many uses for these little containers:

Decoratively store your buttons until you are ready to use them.  Try displaying them in an old shadow box!

  1. Decoratively store your tiny crafting materials (like those googley eyes that always end up EVERYWHERE) in the same manner.
  2. Use every part of the button container: Use the LARGE button top as a craft accent on a “Cute as a Button” photo frame or other button craft project.  Use the barrel of the container as a drawer organizer in a shallow drawer.  And finally use the ribbon as an ornament hanger.
  3. Turning the entire container into a sewing ornament with fabric, rick-rack, lace and buttons.
  4. What ideas can you come up with?

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this post.  I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Please take the time to leave me a comment.

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 29: Felt Christmas Cookies


Photo by Kristen

Felt Christmas Cookies

Today in my Craft Gossip newsletter I found a great site by Kristen – Make the best of everything! Love, love, love her great ideas and crafts. Of course you know that I am absolutely barmy about ANYTHING to do with cut-out cookies so Kristen’s craft that appealed to me most is her Felt Christmas Cookies project and I just have to share it with you!

Kristen cuts her felt items free-hand and hand sews them.  But you could easily use large cookie cutters to make a pattern and machine stich them.

She does not give a tutorial but these would be easy to do.

  1. Make patterns from newspaper with large cookie cutters.
  2. Make a “sandwich” with two pieces of felt and several layers of quilt batting.
  3. Pin the pattern to the “sandwich”.
  4. Cut out.
  5. Open the “sandwich” and trim the quilt batting about one inch around the edges.  Replace it in the “sandwich”.
  6. Hand or machine stich around the edges.
  7. Glue or stich on felt decorations.

One of the commenters suggests “make our own set of cookies that Santa just may hide instead of eat.”  This is a wonderful idea and you could make a new cookie (per child) to add to the set each year. Embroider the date and child’s names on the back of the cookie.

Take the time to look at her other felt play sets – her pizzeria one is amazing!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  As always I’d love to hear from you.  Please take the time to visit Kristen’s site and let her know how much you like her craft projects.

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