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Another Valentine Craft: Mini Valentine’s Button Grapevine Wreath


Mini Valentine’s Button Grapevine Wreath

I found these darling little heart shaped buttons at Hobby Lobby the other day and just had to get them to make a couple of these wreaths.

I had made one with regular buttons and it came out super cute so I knew this one would be darling too – and it is!  This was a hard craft to get  good photo of – the Glitter Mod Podge creates tons of sparkles on “film”.

This can also just as easily be a Christmas or other holiday ornament. Keep an eye out for the Mardi Gras and Easter wreaths in a post coming soon.

Materials:

  • Mini grapevine wreaths
  • Red rick-rack
  • Glitter Mod Podge
  •  Mini glittery foam hearts

Costs:

  • The buttons are $1.99 a package.  I bought 2 packs because I wanted to use them for several crafts.
  • I had the grapevine wreaths, rick-rack, Mod Podge, and tiny white buttons on-hand.

Instructions:

  1. Attach mini hearth shaped & round buttons and mini hearts with Glitter Mod Podge and let dry.  Drizzle the Mod Podge over the wreath and attach the buttons randomly.
  2. Suspend a couple of heart shaped mini cookie cutters with narrow white ribbon and tie on the wreath to dangle down in the center of the wreath.
  3. Next tie some red rick-rack on the wreath and make a bow.
  4. Add a couple of homemade heart shaped sugar cookies to the top of the wreath (punch a heart shape from tan craft foam and then a smaller one from white or red craft foam and glue together.).
  5. Display your wreaths:  Suspend from a curtain rod on ribbon or fishing line.  Attach a ribbon to either side and use as a curtain tie.  Tie on a wreath or garland.

ALTERNATIVES:

  • Wrap the wreath with lace before gluing on vintage buttons in assorted colors.
  • Use mini shells in the place of buttons.  Add a gauzey gold ribbon.

 

Mini Grapevine Wreath With Vintage Buttons

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Blog Review: Kids Craft Tutorial: Valentine Heart Mobile


My Valentine GarlandThe ladybug beaded ornament.

Kids Craft Tutorial: Valentine Heart Mobile

These cute hearts by Heather were featured on Dollar Store crafts very, very recently. They are so cute I had to drop everything and try a couple.  The photos here are my takes on the project.   But Heather’s look much nicer!

See the tutorial at this link.

http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2012/01/kids-craft-tutorial-valentine-heart-mobile/

If you aren’t signed up for Dollar Store Crafts take a couple of minutes to tour this site. There are so many useful tips & timesavers not to mention the great craft ideas!

Here is what you will need to do this craft project:

  • 3 chenille stems (pipe cleaners), on hand or $1
  • 18 medium-sized beads, on hand or $1
  • 1/8″ ribbon or yarn, on hand or about $.50 at your local craft store
  • Pencil

These are the instructions for what I did differently than Heather.

  1. The only chenille stem I could find was a red & white striped one.  When I went to work with it my beads wouldn’t fit and I discovered that it was actually two stems wrapped together.  So I unwrapped them and they were curly!  I think it’s cute and didn’t try to straighten them.
  2. The first one I did only with heart shaped pony beads.
  3. Then I remembered I have some ladybug beads I have been panting to try in a project.  The only problem is that the hole in the bead is too small for the chenille stem to go through.  SO, I threaded the bead on a short piece of wire then threaded each end of the wire through the pony beads and tied the wire off by wrapping it around and around the stem.  Then I bent the stems up a little so the pony beads were even with the ladybug bead.  I also wired another ladybug to the point of the heart.

I really like these ornaments because you can make each one different. I am using mine as ornaments on my Valentine’s garland.

Thanks so much for reading my post.  Please leave a comment so I can pay your blog a visit. 

I’d love to hear your opinion on any of the craft projects I have done tutorials for.

 

Thread a short peice of wire through the bead and twist behind the bead.

Gingerbread Angels


Gingerbread Angels

This project was recently updated.  Please take a moment to view the revisions here:  Valentine Gingerbread Angels Revisited

I made these little Gingerbread Angels for my Valentine’s Garland but I plan to make more for my Christmas tree. I used punches to create mine but you can just as easily cut these out freehand or use a stencil to create a pattern.

ALTERNATIVES:

  • PAPER/CARDSTOCK:  You can also use sandpaper for the gingerbread shape.  When doing this punch a second shape from brown cardstock and then glue it to the back of the sandpaper one.  You can sandwich a hanger between the two shapes.
  • PUNCHES:  Make paper rick-rack by taking a about a 2”x2” scrap (a little longer than twice the length you need for each arm/leg) of white cardstock.  Then using zigzag scissors trim one edge closely to start the pattern.  Then move the scissors about one half the blade’s width to the left and make a second cut.  By keeping the piece of cardstock small you can cut the entire length with one scissor’s stroke (thus keeping the width from wandering all over the page) and by making it double the length needed for each arm/leg the rick-rack on each arm/leg will be the same width.  Savvy?

 

Materials

  • Light brown cardstock
  • White cardstock
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Narrow rick-rack or other trims
  • Narrow ribbon

Also Needed

  • Scissors
  • EK Success Large Slim Paper Punch – Gingerbread Man
  • Heart punch (1.5 inch)
  • Small diameter hole punch (1/4th inch)
  • Glue stick, Elmer’s purple

Alternative/s

  • You can also use sandpaper for the gingerbread shape.  When doing this punch a second shape from brown cardstock and then glue it to the back of the sandpaper one.  You can sandwich a hanger between the two shapes.
  • Make paper rick-rack by taking a about a 2”x2” scrap (a little longer than twice the length you need for each arm/leg) of white cardstock.  Then using zigzag scissors trim one edge closely to start the pattern.  Then move the scissors about one half the blade’s width to the left and make a second cut.  By keeping the piece of cardstock small you can cut the entire length with one scissor’s stroke (thus keeping the width from wandering all over the page) and by making it double the length needed for each arm/leg the rick-rack on each arm/leg will be the same width.  Savvy?

Photo Tutorial

Assemble materials. Punch all shapes needed. Punch the number of gingerbread men needed from brown cardstock. Save the “faces” to use on another gingerbread project. Punch new faces for each from white cardstock. Punch two “wings” (hearts) from the scrapbook paper of your choice and a second set from the brown cardstock for each angel.

Glue the patterned and brown wings together (pattern side out).

Glue trim to the arms and legs on the front of the gingerbread shape. Allow the lace (paper rick-rack, etc.) to hang over the edges of the arms and legs. Trim to fit when dry and before attaching the wings.
Glue on the eyes & mouth and buttons and bow. By using a disappearing purple Elmer’s glue stick you can coat the entire face and then run a line down the front, see where to stick the pieces and it will dry completely clear and you can’t see it!

Glue the wings to the back of the gingerbread shape (between the “shoulder blades”) with the points touching. Turn angel over and check wing placement. Move around until you are satisfied with the look of the wings. Allow to dry.

Check wing placement and adjust as necessary.

Punch a hole in the top of the ornament and thread lace or ribbon through it to create a hanger. Or glue a hanger to the back.
Glue on a halo from narrow ribbon, string of pearls, etc.
Allow to dry completely before hanging.

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. 

Ice Cream Stick Valentine’s Photo Frame


Ice Cream Stick Valentine’s Photo Frame

Materials

  • 4”x6” photo
  • 4 ice cream sticks
  • 4”x4”  piece of red cardstock & scraps
  • Torn fabric strip (about 14”)
  • Hanger or magnet

Also Needed

  • Mod Podge
  • ½ inch heart punch
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • White glue

Cost

  • I bought the ice cream sticks in a bundle of arts & crafts supplies for $1 so maybe it cost me 15 cents for 25.  The paint, cardstock scraps, Mod Podge, and fabric were leftover from another project.  So basically this was a free craft for me.

Instructions

  1. Glue four ice cream sticks together in a square frame shape.
  2. Allow to dry then paint the frame white.  You could also pre-paint the ice cream sticks before gluing.
  3. After the frame dries glue 1/2 inch heart punches (or let the kids draw on hearts) to it with Mod Podge.
  4. Then apply a coat of Mod Podge to the whole frame.
  5. After it dries wrap a torn fabric strip several times around the top of the frame and tie a bow.  Leave it loose enough to be able to insert a hanger if desired.
  6. Carefully cut a photo (or a copy) to fit the frame.  Place the photo flat on the table then place the frame on top of the photo.  Move the frame around until you have the area of the photo you want displayed showing within the frame.  Mark the photo with a pen.  Cut the photo to fit the frame.  It needs to extend over to the sticks.   It will measure about 2 ½”x 2 ½”.
  7. Cut a 2 ½”x 2 ½” back for the frame from cardstock.  Glue the photo to the cardstock with a glue stick.  “Journal” pertinent information on the back (who, what, where, when, etc.).
  8. Glue both to the frame with white glue with the photo facing up.
  9. When dry insert hanger or glue magnet to back of frame.

 

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. 

 

Wrap torn fabric strip around the top of the frame several times.

 

Tie "ribbon" into a bow.

Glue back to frame.

WOYWW 1/11/12


WOYWW 1/11/12

 

Ok, I’m a day late – I often am now days.  When I was younger I was a puncutality freak.  If I wasn’t 15 minutes early, I’d would rather not go.  Then something happened – fibromayalgia?  having a baby?  taking out granddaughter to raise? getting older? realizing that I could edit a document or work on a craft project with that exta 15 minutes?  I may never know!

But to the purpose of the post, here’s WOYWW this week!

 

 

 

 

Here is the area behnd the TV I have carved out for myselt. It's a mess right now, but gradually it is taking shape!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My sign is finished! Mod Podged and dried and ready to hang!

Here are 2 more projects I have been working on. The one of the left is a painted and embellished wooden box. I did one with a fleur-de-lis for my neice. The ones on the right are fleur-de-lis emellishments I am working on for Mardi Gras. They can be maganets, pins, card embellishements, etc, If you would really like some of these plastic do-dads to work on yourself, I'd be happy to list some on Listia.com for you!

Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 10C: Craft Foam “Cut-out Cookies”


Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 10C: Craft Foam “Cut-out Cookies”

Foam Valentine "Cookies"

Assorted Foam Christmas "Cookies"

This continues the previous two posts in “cut-out cookies” series.   Click the links below to view these posts.

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 10A: Construction Paper, Wrapping Paper, Scrapbook Paper & Cardstock, and Sandpaper Cut-out Cookies

https://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/08/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-10a-paper-cut-out-cookies-construction-paper-wrapping-paper-scrapbook-paper-cardstock-sandpaper-greeting-cards/

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 10B: Ephemera Cut-out Cookies

https://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-10b-ephemera-cut-out-cookies/

Craft foam “cookies” can be used the same way as the paper ones but are more durable and can be saved and used year after year.

Craft foam is more expensive than paper so these will cost more to make, but the increased durability of the ornaments more than makes up for the cost.  However if you use craft foam from the Dollar Tree and buy it on sale or with a coupon at a hobby store these are not too very expensive, though not a cheap as some paper ornaments of course!

Again as cookie cutters are available for almost every season or occasion these can be made for every season and reason!  As Valentine’s Day is coming up the ones I choose to feature are hearts!

Materials

  • Tan/light brown craft foam for “cookies” 
  • White craft foam for “icing”
  • Assorted color thin craft foam (to punch or cut)
  • Ribbon/jute/other trim for hangers
  • Embellishments: coarse glitter, very fine white glitter, glitter glue, etc.)

Also Needed

  • Simple shaped cookie cutters, nesting/non-nesting
  • Scissors
  • Foam Glue (see NOTE at the end of this post)
  • Cotton swabs or paint brush
  • Small container for glue
  • Assorted hole punches (optional)
  • Static Guard (optional)

Instructions

Make Cookies: See the post “Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 10A: Paper Cut-out Cookies” for instructions on making “cookies”.  Follow the instructions substituting the term “craft foam” for “paper”.  Project specific directions are listed below.

 Alternative Method:    This method involves using a set of nesting shapes.  The larger one is the “cookie” and the smaller the “frosting”. A photo tutorial is posted below. 

  • Use the larger shape to trace the “cookie” shape on a heavy light brown/tan paper and cut shapes out. Save the scraps to punch holes & other punches from.
  • Arrange the smaller nesting cookie cutters on WHITE paper in a way as to maximize paper use.
  • Trace the inside of the smaller cutters on the paper.
  • Cut the shapes out. Again save the scraps to punch holes from.
  • Trim white shape if needed so it fits inside the TAN shape.  Glue the WHITE shape onto TAN shape with a glue stick.  Let dry. Decorate.

Photo Tutorial:

Step 1: Gather supplies.

Step 2 Lay Out To Maximize Foam Use

Step 3: Select a smaller nesting shape to cut the "icing" part of the cookie.

Step 4: Trace & Cut Out "Icing" Shapes

Step 5: Trim The Edges of "Icing" & "Cookie" As Needed.

Decorate “Cookies”:  You will decorate these “cookies” in the same manner as the “paper” ones.  Here are some designs to give you a starting place.

  • The thin craft foam you buy at Dollar Tree or Dollar General and in some foam craft kits can be punched using regular paper punches.  If the foam fits inside the punch but the punch itself comes out raggedy, then the foam is too thin.  Back it with a piece of plain paper and the fit both inside the punch and punch.  Your foam punch should come out nicely.  Note that your paper punch will be ragged.

Design 1: Cut 3 thin foam strips and glue down. Punch ½ inch hearts from two or more colors of craft foam and arrange in rows as shown. If you don’t have a heart punch use a round hole punch instead.

Design 2: Simply add hearts in one or more colors.

Desgin 3 Photo !: Using a smaller nesting cookie cutter than the one used for the "cookie" as a guide, trace the inside and the outside of the cutter. Thie will give you a "icing" border to cut out.

Desgin 3 Phot 2: Fold the foam and snip close to the line. You will want to save the middle of the white heart.

Desgin 3 Photo 3: Glue "icing' outline to the "cookie".

Desgin 3 Photo 4: Free hand a smaller "icing" heart from the middle of the outline "icing" heart. Glue it in the middle of the "cookie" and add a free hand or punched heart to the center.

Desgin 4 Photo 1: Cut a small square about the size of the "O" you want to make. Punch a hole in the center or the square.

Desgin 4 Photo 2 Trim around the square to complete the "O". Cut a thin strip of foam and then cut into smaller pieces to form and “X”. You can also use foam alphabet stickers.

Desgin 5 Photo 1: Use white buttons for the stripes on a red foam candy cane.

Finish Project: 

  • For a realistic “icing” gleam apply a thin layer of Foam Glue over the “icing” and then sprinkle very fine white glitter over the glue.  Allow to dry and it’s ready to use!

Notes:

  • Foam Glue bonds craft foam together in a superior manner.  I prefer it for all my white glue needs.  I use Foam Glue from Wal-Mart and Creatolgy Foam Glue from Michaels.    Both are EXCELLENT products!
  • Oriental Trading Co. has some very nice foam “cut-out cookie” for both Christmas and Valentine’s Day and several gingerbread kits.  The ones I have tried are almost all of a very nice quality and very affordable.  As an added benefit all the cutting is done for you.  You simply assemble them and decorate!  The kits come in packages of 12 and usually have 3 designs.  But with a little bit of imagination and some supplies of your own, you can have 12 different cookies!  I am a “Top 10 Reviewer” on orietlatrading.com and have posted reviews on the kits I have tired (Christmas cut-out cookies and gingerbread) with photos of how I customized the kits.  Please check it out!  Most of the kits were still available at the time of this post.

http://www.orientaltrading.com/gingerbread-man-rolling-pin-ornament-craft-kit-a2-48_3434-12-1.fltr?Ntt=foam+gingerbread

http://www.orientaltrading.com/happiness-is-homemade-gingerbread-ornament-craft-kit-a2-48_4699-12-1.fltr?Ntt=foam+gingerbread

http://www.orientaltrading.com/christmas-sugar-cookie-magnet-craft-kit-a2-48_4148-12-1.fltr?Ntt=cookies

http://www.orientaltrading.com/ui/browse/processRequest.do?requestURI=processProductsCatalog&sku=48/5973

Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #:6: Gingerbread Cookies on Copper Cookie Sheet


Change the stickers to Valentine’s cookies (foam Valentine’s cookie stickers are available from Oriental Trading Co.) and hang these on your Valentine Cookie Tree!

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #:6:  Gingerbread Cookies on Copper Cookie Sheet

This is not technically a cookie cutter craft, but it is a cut-out cookie craft so I am including it in this series.

In 2011 I finally realized my longtime dream of having a “Cookie Christmas Tree”.  See my first posts to see photos of my tree.  I had a box full of cookie themed ornaments but want some more to round out my tree.  So I sat out to make some.  I purchased some kits from Oriental Trading and looked up others on-line and even bought a few.

A longed for ornament was gingerbread cookies on a cookie sheet – I have one, but wanted more!  Back during the summer I made an appeal to my church family for round plastic lids to make Apple Coasters for Vacation Bible School.  Someone brought me a plethora (still love that word!) of rectangular lids from baby food containers.  I used a few and created Abstract Art Apple Coasters.  But I was left with a ton of lids with the inserts already glued in, so I set my mind to think of what I could use them for – – – and came up with several great ideas!  One was a flag coaster.  I will post that tutorial at a later date.  And then in November when I started looking at Christmas ornaments for cookie sheet ornaments it occurred to me that I could paint something metallic and make my own.  So I trolled the aisles at Wal-marts thinking of things to paint. Mason jar lids popped to mind first and I stopped by the canning section and looked at them and then inspiration struck – – – the baby food lids!  So I developed this craft project.

Change the cookie stickers and you can have Cookie Sheet Ornaments for any holiday you can find cookie stickers for.

I hope you enjoy this project and have fun making it.  If you Listia (get stuff for free!) I will be happy to list an auction for you for materials (lids, inserts, stickers, and cookies for Santa ribbon hangers) a pair of these ornaments for you to make.

Please do not hesitate to ask questions on this tutorial.  Please comment on & rate this project and let me know what you think.

Materials:

  • Rectangular plastic baby food lid (free)
  • Thin plastic (on hand)
  • DecoArt Multi-purpose Sealer ($1.50)
  • FolkArt Copper Metallic paint ($1.50)
  • Cookie stickers ($1 per book) or mini gingerbread ornaments ($1 for 8) or Foam Gingerbread Stickers from Oriental Trading (2 cents each)

Also Needed:

  • Paint brushes (on hand)
  • Foam glue (on hand)
  • Glue Dots (on hand)
  • Fine sandpaper (on hand)

Total Cost:  $4 for as many as you want to make using the cookie stickers or $4 for a set of 2 if using the mini ornaments.  Purchased ornaments of this type run anywhere from $5 to $8 each.

Instructions

  1. Assemble supplies. Start with a clean plastic rectangle baby food lid (I used Gerber).  The inside of the lid is not level and you need to make an insert.
  2. Make a template with paper.
  3. Trace the template on a thin piece of plastic.  Try looking for cheap plastic dividers or folders at dollar stores – I found a bunch of “index dividers” at Dollar General for 50 cents.   Cut out and check fit.
  4. Cut a rectangle to fit inside the lid.
  5. Glue in place using a THIN layer of Wal-mart Foam Glue (this glue has some “give” and will hold the insert better than any other glue).  Allow to dry at least overnight, if the glue is too thick it several days for the glue to dry.
  6. Rough up surface with sandpaper (or emery board!). Dust.
  7. Then prime with DecoArt Multi-purpose Sealer.  Mix the sealer half and half with the paint per label instructions.  Allow to dry thoroughly.  Or follow directions on bottle for painting plastic.  This is an essential step – without this base coat the paint will “skin” very easily and peel off the “cookie sheet”.
  8. Paint both sides (allow one side to dry completely before painting the other side) and edges of the lid with FolkArt Copper Metallic paint.  Allow to dry for 1 hour.
  9. Apply a second coat of paint if needed.  Allow to dry.
  10. Now you are ready to place your “cookies” on the sheet.  Apply cookie stickers in a regular pattern.  When placing stickers stick them lightly to the cookie sheet leaving an edge up until you get the placement right.   When you are satisfied with how the arrangement, go back and stick them down tightly.  Or use Glue Dots to adhere mini (1 inch) gingerbread ornaments (cut off loop) to cookie sheet.
  11. Attach a ribbon hangar to the back.
  12. ALTERNATIVES:  Use silver or red metallic paint.  Use a Mason jar lid or a Pringle’s lid and put your cookies on a “tray”.  Use torn fabric strips to make a bow and hanger.

Assemble all materials conveniently at hand.

Mold a piece of paper inside the lid. Firmly crease the paper into the lid so that an impression of the inside of the lid clearly show.

After cutting the paper template out check it’s fit and trim as needed.

Trace the template with an ink pen. I only used a maker for the photo. If you are making a lot of these, make a template of thin cardboard or plastic.

Glue in the plastic insert and allow to dry. Use a THIN layer of glue to decrease drying time.

In order for the sealer and paint to adhere well, rough the surface up and then dry dust to remove any debris. Out of sandpaper? Use an emery board.

Seal and paint per product instructions for best results.

Arrange cookies on sheet. Do not stick all the way down until you are satisfied with the arrangement. Once all the way stuck down stickers can not be removed.

Attach a hanger with Foam Glue or a Glue Dot.

Your ornament is now ready to hang, give away, place on a package, etc.

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