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Rosebud From Stampin’ Up Two Step Bird Punch


007 aRosebud From Stampin’ Up Two Step Bird Punch

I am really loving this Stampin’ Up punch.  There are tons of things you can make with it – take a look at my Pinterest board Punch Art: Stampin Up Bird Punch.

One thing you will find on that board is a rosebud using the wings and branch of the bird punch.

I love this as it’s great for scrapbooking and cards for so many different occasions  – Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Get Well, Thinking of You, and many more!

Here’s mine, but check out the one’s on Pinterest  because basically these women (?) are complete and total artists and achieve some totally awesome projects way beyond the level I am at now.

Thanks for taking a look!

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BoTTle ChArMs


BoTTle ChArMs

This spring I found some really cute colored bottles with clear plastic daisy “charms”... and I wanted more, more, and even more – – – BUT of my OWN design and my OWN price of course!

So, the “bottle idea” that has slowly been simmering in the back of my head since February (and YES, that IS spring in Louisiana!) has FINALLY spring-ed sprung forth!

After several “comme ci, comme ça” (which is just about the extent on my high school French) attempts at using wire to attach beads or charms to bottles the perfect solution struck me – WINE CHARMS!

AND for further “wowzers”, I actually had some on hand AND I could put my stubby crafty little fingers on them! Well I finished off that package up in one sitting “sew” it was time to start looking for more charm rings and thought maybe, just MAYBE, I could make some of my own?

So, heigh-ho, heigh-ho it’s off to the web I go!  A search turned up several wine charm ring tutorials from wire loop earrings and memory wire and I had the further idea to use chain in place of the ring.

With the addition of a few fresh seasonal flowers wouldn’t these make adorable party decorations – any where from sweetly old-fashinned to casual to sime-formal?  I can see them as individual place setting decorations & take-home-party-favors for a wedding or shower.  Fill the bottles with colored water.  For Thanksgiving or a fall party group an old number of bottles of differing heights in the center of a round table for a greater impact as a centerpiece.  For a rectangular candle place a rattan table runner (or four placemats) down the center of the table.  For a beach wedding or party stagger bottles of differing heights, add water or sand and flowers to the bottles and lay sea shells & starfish, fishnet, etc. among the bottles.  The possibilities are endless!  You can even add paper hearts or other shapes on a bamboo skewer cut to fit the bottles.

B.T.W.: Did you know you can EASILY clean old bottles with SALT WATER? This tip comes courtesy of my friend Maggie. Pour about a half teaspoon of salt in the bottle and fill with warm water. Shake up and then let sit (I waited overnight). Then simple empty the salt water and rinse out with warm water. The air dry and your bottle should sparkle like new! I REALLY like that you do not have to rinse and rinse and rinse some more to get the soap residue out of the bottle.

Materials

  • Wine charm rings
  • Wire loop earrings
  • Memory wire
  • Chain
  • Small round beads
  • Seed beads
  • Charms
  • Old or broken jewelry:  beaded or charm bracelets, chains, necklaces and chain bracelets
  • Jump rings

 Also needed 

  • Wire cutters
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Round tip pliers (optinal)
  • Small bottles & vases

Costs: This is a great rainy day activity and “use-it-up craft” to make something with the odd bottles & vases (new or old) and those odd & end pieces of jewelry, charms and beads you have laying around the house!

Photo Tutorial:

Photo 1: Assemble supplies.

 

Photo 2: Add beads and a charm to the charm ring or hoop earring . If the ring is not big enough to close around the bottle extend the ring a little with jump rings!

Photo 3: As you can see darker beads show up better on clear bottles. White and translucent light colors will disappear against the clear glass. Use light colored beads on amber or other dark colored bottles.

Photo 4: Another alternative is to use chain. This actually is an old chain bracelet with a charm added.

Photo 5: The back of the bracelet closes with a toggle clasp.

Photo 6: You can even make your own chain by joining split ring jump rings!

Photo 7: I joined the jump ring chain on this bottle with a short piece of torn fabric and then knotted it. The bottle actually has a chip in the lip (say that five times fast!).

Photo 8: Add a key charm and you have the finished product. The fabric “knot” totally hides the chip!

Photo 9: Canalize old bracelets for beads and charms! I got two bottle charms out of one old bracelet I got on sale for $1 years ago. I never wore it and it came in handy for this project. Note that oval or rectangle beads with a horizontal hole can only be strung on flexible wire.

Thank you for taking the time to read my tutorial on decorating your bottle with bottle charms. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and that you have great sucess in decoraing som four your windowsill . If you have any questions or if ANYthing is not clear, please let me know in a comment so that I can improve the tutorial.

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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.   
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Thanks again. 
Melba a.k.a. buggalcrafts

It’s All About The Beads!


Mardi Gras Is Almost Here…

And It’s All About The Beads!

Your beads look great by the light of day, but how about after darkness falls?

 Use these quick tips to make your beads “light up” the night!

Here are a couple of quick & easy ideas for dressing up your beads to be equally pretty in the NIGHT as by the light of DAY!

This is the perfect “trinket” for your kids to make as a classroom handout.  It’s sure to be a class favorite. Make these for your tween’s next night-time party.

Don’t just keep these ideas filed away for Mardi Gras only, with a few changes they can fit any occasion or holiday:

  • Change the color of the beads, ribbon and glow sticks. Ex: Red beads, white & pink ribbon and red glow sticks make an unusual Valentine handout. Green beads, white ribbon, and green glow sticks would be perfect for your St. Paddy’s Day (night?) shindig. Red beads, patriotic ribbon and blue glow sticks will make the Fourth shine.
  • Change the shape center bead and colors of the inner and outer pony beads and the color of the threading twine to fit the holiday or occasion. Ex: For Valentine’s Day use red, pink & white ribbon and pony beads. Substitute a heart-shaped bead for the Mardi Gras baby bead.

Instructions

  1. To dress up a strand of beads simply tie a light stick on with three pieces of narrow satin ribbon in contrasting colors that coordinate with the color of the beads. Ex: pink, fuchsia & lavender ribbon with red beads; purple, green & yellow ribbon with purple, green or gold beads; blue & white ribbon with blue beads. Use glow sticks that match the color of the beads.
  2. To make your own beaded necklace string a glow stick on about 34 inches of beading twine that is fine enough to fit through the beads but is strong enough to not break if tugged on. Then sandwich a shaped bead between two pony beads. Tie knots above and below the pony beads. Lastly tie on two or three pieces of metallic ribbon in the same colors as the beads below the beads. In the example a metallic finish baby bead, twine, pony beads, metallic ribbon, and glow sticks in Mardi Gras colors (purple, green & yellow) was used.

About 6 inches up from the middle of the beading twine tie a double (or triple) knot. Thread on a pony bead in the first color then the baby bead in the second color and lastly a pony bead in the third color. Tie another triple knot directly above the third bead. Knot the ends of the twine. Tie on three short pieces of ribbon mid-way between the bead set and the middle of the twine and double knot.

 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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buggalcrafts

My Take On “Heart’s On A Stick” Via Dollar Store Crafts


HEARTS ON A STICK

I saw these hearts featured in a Dollar Store Crafts post – “15 Black & White Wedding Ideas” – and just KNEW how I was going to decorate the tables at this year’s Valentine Supper for my Wednesday’s night kid’s group at church!

http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2012/02/black-white-wedding-ideas/

I followed the link back to Rebecca’s site “As Simple As That” and found a blog filled with wonderful ideas, tips, give aways, and all kinds of tuff I can’t wait to try!  These are so easy that a tutorial is really not even needed, but I will share a few tips on making these with you (below).

http://rebeccacooper.blogspot.com/2011/02/friday-craft-day-hearts-on-stick.html

CONVERSATION HEARTS ON A STICK

I call my hearts “conservation” hearts because I used them as message boards to the kids and as they  were to be used at a church function, I used religious messages like “God is (heart)” and Jesus (heart) u”.

This would be such a great, and cheap, way to decorate for every holiday!  Stick one or three in a floral arrangement or group five together in a vintage bottle – – – turkeys, hearts, stars, shamrocks, and pumpkins galore!

This is the perfect craft for kids – and a great rainy day activity – make a bouquet of flowers for the table or for mom on Mother’s Day.

MATERIALS

  • 1 inch scrapbook letters
  • Assorted heart stickers
  • Buttons, assorted sizes
  • Assorted valentine scrapbook paper and cardstock
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors – plain & decorative edge
  • Heart shaped cookie cutters
  • Assorted bottles
  • Assorted trims
  • Charms (for bottles)
  • Transparent tape

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Use heart shaped cookie cutters of assorted sizes to trace hearts.
  2. Next cut around the heart in a square (cut 2 pieces).
  3. Glue the two pieces of paper together patterned side out ONLY at the top.
  4. Then cut out the hearts.  Use plain or decorative edged scissors.
  5. If you are writing on the hearts, do it now.
  6. Snip the pointed end off the skewer.
  7. Holding up one heart apply glue to the inside of the bottom heart.
  8. Insert the skewer and glue the two hearts together.
  9. Decorate both sides of the hearts.  Make these as elaborate or plain as you want.
  10. Allow to dry.
  11. Group five together and tie them LOOSELY together with raffia, yarn, etc.
  12. String a charm on a length of trim and tie around a bottle.
  13. Tape the bottom of the hearts on a stick LOOSELY together with transparent tape.
  14. Arrange the hearts so that some are higher than the others.
  15. Inset the sticks into a bottle and arrange the hearts in a pleasing manner.

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Photo 7: Here they are all grouped together!

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Curtain Ring Ornaments: Valentine’s, Mardi Gras, Theme


Curtain Ring Ornaments

You may never think of wooden and shower curtain rings in the same way again! Just don’t rip yours down and leave your shower curtain all caterwompass!

A trip to a thrift store netted me 18 wooden curtain rings for $1.99 last spring and I knew I just had to think of something to do with them!

Initially I thought of photo frames (which is still a good idea) but Vacation Bible School was coming up and I felt lead to use them in making Christmas ornaments for the VBS kickoff. I had on hand some religious sayings scrapbook paper and presto – the idea was born! I framed the words I wanted highlighted inside the curtain ring and it made a really cute ornament for the tree.   Since the theme was New York I added a freehanded skyline in blsck cardstock and a tiny apple punch.  The kids really enjoyed making them too and even a few adults made one!  They were a big hit!

So I have been on the lookout for more rings at the local thrift stores ever since, and have found some smaller ones that worked pretty well. But I wanted still more and was having trouble finding them (Did you know they are over $5 in stores?) – – – then, at a fairly recent trip I picked up some shower curtain rings for 99 cents. And they work just great too!  If you wrap the bottom part of the ring that comes open with ribbon (and then make it the top of the ornament) you would never be able to tell what they are.  You can find them in any color you need.

This is a great craft for kids as it is very easy to do. And at under 10 cents an ornament (using shower curtain rings) it is also very inexpensive – – – making it a great craft for a crowd.

You can customize it to the season simply by changing the scrapbook paper, color of the curtain ring, and ribbon. So it works for Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras (fleru-de-lis), Easter, Harvest, Christmas, or other holidays equally well.

It makes a great package decoration as you can even use sticker letters to spell out the recipient’s name.

Materials

  • Curtain rings, wooden curtain or shower curtain
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Cardstock
  • Stickers: alphabet, seasonal
  • Torn fabric strips, ribbon, lace, etc.
  • Feathers, string of seed pearls, etc.

 

Also Needed

  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • White glue
  • Permanent markers
  • Pen
  • Cotton swabs or paint brush

 

Cost

The scrapbook paper was bought on sale for 20 to 44 cents a sheet and one sheet will make 12 to 18 ornaments, depending on the pattern.  The cardstock was on-hand from another project.  The rings cost 6 to 11 cents each.  So each ornament was 15 cents or less to make.  This makes it an excellent “bulk craft” for “Make Your Own Ornament” events.  It is easy enough for kids, yet adults can be challenged enough to keep their interest.

Instructions

Photo 1: Assemble materials needed. Choose scrapbook paper with a pattern that fits inside the curtain ring. A large pattern does not work as well as a small pattern. Choose cardstock that coordinates with the paper.

Photo 2: Lay the rings out on scrapbook paper. Start by framing the design you want displayed within the curtain ring. Trace the ring with a pen or pencil then roughly cut around the ring with scissors.

Photo 3: Next glue cardstock to the back of the scrapbook paper with a glue stick to reinforce it. This way you can cut out the backing along with the “front” so that both circles will be even. It is very hard to get them to match up otherwise.

Photo 4: Cut out the circle. Write name, date, and any other information you’d like on the cardstock now with a marker. Add sticker letters or other stickers as desired.

Photo 5: Wrap the bottom of the shower curtain ring several times around with ribbon, lace, etc. and tie off. Insert feathers, string of seed pearls, etc. before pulling taunt. Insert a metal ornament hanger under at least one loop. Tie into a bow. The bottom of the ring now becomes the top of the ornament. If using wooden curtain rings with an eye hook, thread ribbon through the hook and then insert hanger then tie into a bow.

Photo 6: Now you are ready to glue the scrapbook paper to the ring. Apply a thin line of glue around the scrapbook paper/cardstock circle with a cotton swab. Apply a second line of glue around the back of the ornament. Allow to set for a few minutes to get tacky. You may also use a cool melt glue gun. I prefer the white glue because it gives you time to adjust the paper circle so the design is aligned.

Be sure to match the top of the paper to the top of the ring place the paper on the ring. Turn over to check placement of pattern within the ring and adjust as needed. Press firmly for at least 30 seconds. Lay the ornament face down to dry.

Notes:

  1. I use Wal-Mart’s Foam Glue because I have found it has superior holding power and when it dries the bond remains slightly flexible and is less likely to come unglued when gluing to plastic.
  2. You can use Glue Dots if you need instant drying.
  3. When doing a crafting party where the ornaments need time to dry, give each participant a cheap white paper plate to place ornaments on to dry.  Have them write their name on the plate with a marker.  When it’s time to go home, it will be super easy for the participant to find their plate!

 

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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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.   

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Designer Look Mug From a $1 Color Your Own Mug Kit!


Designer Look Mugs Set 1

Designer Look Mugs Set 2

Designer Look Mugs From Color Your Own Mug Kits

Want to make a designer look mug from a color your own mug kit?  It’s a snap!

Great craft project for the kids.  Perfect for a Valentine’s, Mother’s or Father’s Day, or anytime gift.  This can easily be customized to the recipient’s likes and hobbies.  For example; use kitty cat scrapbook paper and embellishments for a cat lover, doggie for a dog lover, and fish paper for a fisherman. 

Materials & Costs

  • Color your own mug kit- $1 and up
  • 12”x12” scrapbook paper sheet (1 sheet makes 2 mugs) – 20 cents a sheet an up
  • Scrapbook paper scraps– on hand
  • Trims (lace, rick-rack, ribbon, etc.) & embellishments (buttons, stickers, foam shapes, etc.) – on hand or $1 and up

Also Needed

  • Scissors – on hand
  • Paper punches – on hand
  • Glue stick – on hand
  • White glue – on hand

My Costs

  • I have several Color Your Own Mug Kits on hand that I bought after Halloween for 30 cents each.  I bought several 40 sheets scrapbook paper during the summer for around $3 each, so I have a ton of paper in various colors and patterns on hand.  I have completed several projects using that paper.  I did use a half page of the religious paper I had left over from another project.  Of course I have loads of paper scraps on hand.  All the trims were left over from other projects or bought in packages of assorted trims from a thrift shop or won on Listia.  So my mugs cost less than $1 each to do.

Instructions

  1. Assemble materials.
  2. Simply take a 12″x12″  piece of “designer” scrapbook paper and lay one of the “color your own” insert that comes with the kit on top of it.   Mark the height and length of the strip needed using the “color your own” insert as a guide. Cut strip out. Mark a faint “x” in the top right hand corner of your new insert.
  3. Turn paper around and measure a second insert starting from the new “bottom” of the page.  Both inserts will then have a totally straight edge (if you are like me and can’t cut a straight line this is essential!).  The top edge will be hidden by the top of the mug so if it’s not totally straight the insert will still be straight.
  4. Cut the paper inserts out and then insert each into a mug to check fit, being sure the bottom uncut straight edge goes down (use the “x” to orient the insert).  Trim if needed.
  5. Decorate with trims (ribbon, lace, rick-rack, etc.).   Add flat embellishments (like punches, buttons or fabric flowers) as accents pieces.
  6. If desired use scrapbook letters to spell out a name.
  7. After the insert is dry place it in the mug per kit directions and your new designer look mug is finished!

Using insert that comes with the mug kit, trace an insert from scrapbook paper on the back of the sheet. Mark upper right hand corner with an "X" to serve as a refrence point.

Love, Peace, Live Mug

Gingerbread boy & girl on a brown and blue floral insert.

Lace covered floral insert with contrasting hearts embellished on top.

Religious sayings insert with hearts from the same paper glued on a brown deckled border strip.

Lace and button embellished "Hearts In A Row".

Floral "Mom" mug.

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.   

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Thanks again. 

 

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

 

Tie "ribbon" into a bow.

Glue back to frame.

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