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Flag Card


Flag Card

One of our church members recently made some flag cards for our kid’s group to complete for our mission focus for July – – – Pray 4 R Troops.  Her cards were all nicely cut with a Cricut machine BUT as I don’t have one and I can’t cut a straight line mine are a little less polished.

The children each wrote a special message and the pre-school children drew pictures.

We plan to send the cards along with Goodwill Boxes to a group of local soldiers that will be leaving for Afghanistan soon.   This gives us a little time to collect our goodies to send and for the boxes to arrive shortly after they do.  We plan on sending items the troops may have a hard time getting overseas.

Materials:

  • Flag Paper
  • Blue Cardstock
  • Red Cardstock
  • White “USA” Cardstock Letters
  • Mini Brads
  • Jingle Bells
  • Red, White & Blue Baker’s Twine
  • White Star & Heart Button
  • White or Parchment Cardstock

Also Needed

  • Silver Metallic Permanent Pen
  • Glue Stick
  • Adhesive Foam Squares

Mini Tutorial

  1. Tear a sheet of blue cardstock in half.  Tear around the edges so that it will fit on a 5×7 card or half sheet of cardstock.
  2. Tear the flag paper to fit in the blue cardstock.
  3. Tear a 2”x2” square of blue cardstock.  Dab on “stars” with the silver metallic marker.
  4. Punch holes with a pinpoint hole-punch in each corner of the blue square.
  5. Lay the blue square in the left top corner of the flag paper and then punch holes in the flag paper to line up with the other holes.  I had to mark the lower right with a pin and then punched a hole with a pen.
  6. Repeat with the blue cardstock.
  7. Join everything with mini brads.
  8. I added a red cardstock heart outline (punch a heart shape and then tear around it) to the bottom left of the flag paper with a mini brads stuck through a small heart button.
  9. Glue the flag paper down to the blue cardstock.
  10. Then glue everything to the front of the card.
  11. Tear a piece of red cardstock copying the shape on the card.  Measure to make sure the cardstock letters fit the piece and glue the letters down.
  12. Wrap the Baker’s Twine around the red cardstock piece and tie off leaving about 2” ends.
  13. Select a small star button that will not obscure the twine.  Thread the ends through the star button and double knot in the middle.  Tie small jingle bells on the ends.
  14. Use foam squares to secure the red cardstock to the front of the card so it is a little elevated.

 

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post. Really, please do – I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks again.

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

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Fourth of July Garland


Fourth of July Garland

Start off by going on a gathering mission through your Christmas and craft supplies looking for anything red, white & blue that can be used to make patriotic ornaments.

Don’t limit yourself to just stars and stripes – – – lots of things can be used to make Red, White, & Blue ornaments!!!

I purchased some red, silver, and blue round ball ornaments on clearance after Christmas just to use for my Patriotic Garland!

These were uber-easy to make following a few simple instructions and photo as guides.

Materials:

  • Torn Fabric Strips
  • Rick-Rack
  • Buttons (Star, Round, Etc.)
  • Christmas Ornaments (Balls, Stars, Etc.)
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Mini Wood Spools
  • Rhinestones (Star, Round, Etc.)
  • Jingle Bells
  • Small US Flags

Also Needed

  • Scissors
  • Fabric Glue
  • Paint (Glitter & Plain)
  • Ornament Hangers
  • Embroidery Thread

Mini Tutorials

Mini Patriotic Spool Ornaments: Simply wrap empty wooden spools with torn fabric strips or ribbon and secure with glue.  Add rick-rack trim.  Wrap embroidery thread several times around the spool and tie off or secure with glue.  Glue buttons as accents.  Knot torn ribbon strips through the hanger.

Mini Button Flag Ball Ornament:  Arrange four rows of mini red, white and blue buttons in the shape of a flag.  Adhere to a ball ornament with white tacky glue. Knot torn ribbon strips through the hanger.

Star Button & Rhinestone Ball Ornament:  Glue star buttons to a ball Christmas ornaments and then embellish the ornament further with rhinestones and tiny buttons. Knot torn ribbon strips through the hanger.

Red, White & Blue Star Ornaments:  Paint the front of star ornaments with white paint and allow drying time.  Paint over the white paint with white glitter paint and allow drying time.  Add red and blue paint accents and allow drying time.   Glue buttons in the center or the stars.  Knot torn ribbon strips through the hanger.

Photos

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Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.

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Thanks again.

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

Vintage Look-A-Likes: Mini Hat Pins & Mother’s Day Give-A-Way!


Vintage

Look-A-Likes:

Mini Hat Pins

I am so happy to say this was featured on Craft Gossip in the post More Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!!!

These faux-vintage cuties inspired by real vintage hat pins are made using corsage pins or T pins and buttons or beads!  Pictured are a few I made to inspire you to make your very own set.

Vintage is all the rage now but I’ve long wanted my own set of old-fashioned hat pins.  I just haven’t yet scoured the antique shops to find them.  But with all the blogging and pinning on decorative straight pins my mind turned to making my own “look-a-likes” to grace my pin cushion.

You can use vintage (or vintage look) materials or “new-fangled” plastics to create your very own set of lovelies that are as unique as real hat pins.   Use beads and buttons and lace from your mother’s or grandmother’s stash to make a memory craft for your sisters, daughters, granddaughters or other family members.  Almost everyone has a place this small memory can be pinned – in a pin cushion, in the top of a photo frame, even in a hat (be careful not to get stuck!).

Like my tea-cup pin cushion?  A link for a similar project tutorial, a cookie cutter pincushion, is listed below.  Wouldn’t these make a nice Mother’s Day gift?

https://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-27-ladybug-cookie-cutter-pin-cushion/

MOTHER’S DAY GIVE-A-WAY: It being Mother’s Day I am giving away a “kit” with materials to make a dozen pins (does NOT include glue): corsage pins, T-pins, lace, beads, and seed beads.  Simply follow, rate,  pin or share this post then comment below letting me know you have done so.  My random number generator (a.k.a. my granddaughter) will choose a number for me and that person will win the “kit”.  Give-a-way ends tonight (May 13, 2012) at 12:00 midnight CST.

Ok, NO – NOT EVEN ONE – comments on Mother’s Day.  SO I will leave the give-a-way open until the Sunday AFTER – May 20th!  Still time for u to enter!

 Materials

  • Corsage pins, 2 inch
  • T-pins, 2 inch
  • Seed beads
  • Beads
  • Buttons, shank backed
  • Lace

Also Needed

  • Scissors
  • E6000 glue
  • Paint to match lace & buttons
  • Toothpicks
  • Pin cushion

Costs: 

This is an “on-hand” project aimed at using up those bits & pieces you already have in your craft and sewing stash.  I had everything I needed already so the cost of all my mini hat pins was $0!

  • T-pins & corsage pins: $1 and up.
  • Beads & buttons: $1 and up.
  • Lace: $1 and up.

Skill Level: 

Novice to Expert and All Crafters In-between!

Photo Tutorial:

Photo 1: Assemble materials. Dig in your stash for any stray beads and buttons. This is a great project to use “onlies” and beads from broken jewelry, vintage or modern!

Photo 2: I only had a few corsage pins on-hand so I added a bow to the top of a T-pin to be able to use these. These also worked really great for the buttons I used as it gives you a place to securely glue the button so it doesn’t slide around. Paint the “t” of the T pin to match your lace or the back of the button in order to make it less visible (optional). .Insert a T pin into the middle of a 2 inch piece of lace.  Skip this step with the corsage pins.

Photo 3: Tie a knot in the lace.

Photo 4: Apply a dab of E6000 glue to the top of the pin with a toothpick and thread on beads or buttons. Push it securely against the top of the pin.  Wipe of excess glue and hold it for a few seconds for the glue to set. Add a dab of glue before adding each bead. I used three beads on most pins but if you have small beads you may want to try five. Since the E6000 is not going to set hard as a rock immediately you have plenty of time to change your mind about the bead arrangement. Stick your pins in a pin cushion to allow them time to dry.   It will take about 12 hours for the glue to set permanently. And that’s it – your very own imitation hat pins are ready for display and gifting!

   

Photo 5: Once your Faux-Vintage Hat Pins are dry they are ready to package for gifting.

                                           

To gift your faux-vintage hat pins glue fabric to an index card. After the glue dries cut a piece of wide enough to hold three or more pins with pinking shears. Make a fold in the card and then insert the pins through it. So no one will get stuck, use E6000 glue to attach a large button to a round mini eraser, let dry overnight then stick it on the end of the pins.

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.  Really, please do – I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks again.

buggalcrafts  a.k.a. melba

Mini Bunny Hug Wreath


Mini Bunny Hug Wreath

I found an Easter Egg Decorating Kit at the Dollar Tree last week and immediately said “I can make something with that!”. So here it is, my Mini Bunny Hug Wreath!

This would be a great craft for the kids.  It is easy and inexpensive.  No-one will guess that this is an up-cycled shower curtain ring!

Materials

  • Shower Curtain Rings
  • Fabric Scraps
  • Quilt Batting
  • Egg Decorating Kit
  • White Pom-Poms
  • Pastel Buttons
  • Rick-Rack

Instructions

  • Wrap shower curtain ring with quilt batting and torn fabric strips.  See my previous post “Mini Fabric Wrapped Button Wreath” (link below) for instructions.
  • Cut a short piece of the strip that is designed to wrap around an egg.  Glue it to the wreath before gluing the bunny paws to the wreath.  Glue a rick-rack strip on top of this.  Glue a nesting set of buttons in the middle.
  • Glue the bunny parts from the kit on the wreath like the bunny is hugging the wreath.
  • Glue buttons on the bunny’s paws.
  • Add a rick-rack bow with a small button centered on it to the base of one of the bunny’s ears.
  • Glue a white pom-pom on the bottom of the wreath.

 

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.

Thanks again. 

Melba a.k.a. buggalcrafts

Easter Egg Craft Foam Wreath


Easter Egg Craft Foam Wreath

This is my Easter Wreath this year.  I found the craft foam egg wreath at Wal-Mart for 97 cents.  I had all the lace, trim, ribbon, stickers, buttons, and another embellishments on-hand.

It is very simple and lots of fun.  You can decorate it i with almost anything!  Plus it will be a snap to store as it will lay flat.

The wreath was also available in bunnies and I belive also came with chicks.

Thanks for taking a look.  What kind of wreath have you done for spring or Easter?

buggalcrafts a.k.a. Melba

 

 

 

Mini Fabric Wrapped Button Wreath


Mini Fabric Wrapped Button Wreath

At first glance a shower curtain ring might not seem to be the ideal mini wreath base, but add a little quilt batting and some seasonal fabric and you’ve got the perfect base for your mini wreath!

 

THE BIRTH OF THIS MINI WREATH

Last spring a chance trip to a thrift store netted me 18 wooden curtain rings for $1.99 and I been hooked on making mini wreaths ever since!

While looking for more wooden rings on the cheap (these are pretty expensive to buy outright in bulk!) I kept seeing shower curtain rings for dirt cheap – so the wheels started turning and I came up with a way to use these inexpensive plastic rings for spectacular Mardi Cras and Valentine’s Day Curtain Ring Ornaments.  Click on the link to see how I did it!

I made a few fabric wrapped mini grapevine button wreaths for my Christmas tree last year but just thought that using them as the wreath base was just too expensive.  I continued to wrestle with the need for a CHEAP wreath base until I remembered the Candy Cane Package Decorations I made that were inspired by my friend Maggie’s Fabric Wrapped Candy Canes.  She uses plastic candy canes for a base and I had tried some with some super skinny (remember these?) purchased at a flea market.  I didn’t like how they looked so I used quilt batting to pad them out.  Remembering this, the “Mini Fabric Wrapped Button Wreath” was born!

CRAFT PATICULARS

These are very cute hanging on a seasonal tree or wreath.  Or suspend one or two on long ribbons and hang them in a window,

This is a great craft for kids as it is very easy to do. And at less than 15 cents each it is also very inexpensive – – – making it a great craft for a crowd.

And while it is easy enough for kids, teens and adults can be challenged enough to keep their interest.

Customize it to the season simply by changing the color of the fabric, buttons and trim. So it works for Valentine’s Day, spring & Easter, Harvest, Christmas, etc. all equally well.

Use your mother’s or grandmother’s vintage buttons to create a heirloom ornament.

 INSTRUCTIONS

Materials
  • Shower curtain rings
  • Quilt batting strips
  • Torn fabric strips
  • Trim:   ribbon, lace, rick-rack, etc.
  • Embellishments:  buttons, mini wooden shapes, ornamental buttons, string of seed pearls, etc.
  • Ornament hangers

 

Also Needed
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Cotton swabs or paint brush

 

Cost
  • Rings: On-hand or around 8 cents each
  • Fabric: On-hand or $1 a yard and up
  • Buttons: On-hand or $2 and up for 30

 

PHOTO TUTORIAL

Photo 1: Assemble supplies. Cut strips of quilt batting. Tear strips of fabric. Both need to be about 1 inch wide and 14 inches long.

Photo 2: Starting at the open end (this will be the top of the wreath) of the shower curtain ring wrap the quilt batting strip around the ring. Apply tape or glue to hold.

Photo 3: Attach the torn fabric strip to the top of the wreath with a little glue and then wrap around the ring overlapping the edges until the ring is completely covered. Trim end and the glue to hold.

Photo 4: Secure end with glue. Allow to dry.

Photo 5: Glue buttons on the wreath.

Photo 6: Wrap contrasting trim around the top of the wreath several times and then tie the ends into a bow. Insert ornament hanger under trim. Glue a button and/or other embellishment in the center of the bow if desired.

NOTES:

  • Wrap very narrow trim all the way around the wreath if desired.
  • Instead of gluing a mini ornament on the wreath tie it to the top of the wreath before adding trim and let it hang freely in the center of the wreath.
Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   
Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.
Thanks again. 
Melba a.k.a. buggalcrafts

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