Friday, January 2, 2015

Magnetic Play and Decorate Snowman


Recently, I had the opportunity to be a guest host at My Craftily Ever After, where I shared a tutorial for this Magnetic Play and Decorate Snowman. Not only is it a great decoration to get you through the winter, but it also doubles to give your little ones the opportunity to manipulate its parts in any way they choose. If that's not enough, most of the materials used for this project can be found at home or purchased at your local dollar store. In fact, the entire project cost me under $3.00! Here's how you can make one of your very own...

Materials:
-stove burner cover set (I found mine at my local Dollar Tree and got a 2 piece set for $1 in 8" and 10" diameters!)
-white, acrylic paint
-foam brush
-hot glue gun/glue sticks
-3-5 large buttons
-1 sheet of black foam
-felt sheets or scraps-orange (nose), red (trim of hat), black (eyes and mouth)
-material for scarf (approx. 18" in length)
-brown, pipe cleaners (3)
-magnetic strips or discs

Instructions:

1. Paint the insides of the burner covers with white paint (they actually are already off-white in color, so you could leave it as is, if you want. I chose to make them more of a snowy white).




2. Using black foam, cut out a top hat for your snowman. Embellish the hat with a strip of felt in any color your little heart desires.



3. Cut out a carrot nose using orange felt. Create eyes and a mouth out of black felt (or any color you'd like-Its your snowman, Go nuts!)


4. Cut two, brown, pipe cleaner in half. Wrap one half around the end of another pipe cleaner to create a branch-like arm. Repeat this step to create the opposite arm. Hot glue the arms to the front of the large, burner cover, placing felt scraps over the ends of the cleaners to adhere.


5. Place magnetic strip or discs on the backs of the carrot nose, eyes, buttons, and mouth with hot glue



6. Using hot glue, create a loop at one end of the ribbon and glue to the back of the felt hat. Below the hat, place hot glue on the ribbon and adhere the front of the smaller burner cover to it.




7. Below the small burner cover, tie the material around the ribbon to make it look scarf-like. Under the scarf, place hot glue on the ribbon and adhere the front of the larger burner cover to it. Trim any excess ribbon below the large burner cover.


8. Encourage your little ones to arrange the magnetic pieces to the snowman however their little hearts desire and hang to display!


Hope you've all enjoyed a wonderful, holiday season and are ready to begin a crafty, new year!!!


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Wedding Invitation Keepsake Ornament



With all of the weddings I have attended, I have a surplus of wedding invitations lying around that I can't bring myself to throw away. On the other hand, my house is cluttered enough, and I certainly don't know where I'll store them with the limited storage space we've got. Finally, it dawned on me (about 25 weddings too late)...I could give the invitations back to the bride and groom in the form of a keepsake ornament that they could hang up around Christmastime year after year. With my friends Sarah and Steve getting married this Saturday, I thought they'd be fantastic guinea pigs to receive the first edition of this gift! Here's how it's done...

Materials:

-wedding invitation
-scissors
-round pencil or pen
-clear, glass ornament
-ribbon
-lighter
-charms
-split ring




Instructions:

1. Cut invitation into thin strips so that there is one line of script per piece cut (refer to picture below). Since this particular invitation had cardstock 
    behind it, I decided to separate the cardstock from each of the strips and use them for added color inside of the ornament.


2. Using a rounded pencil or pen, curl each strip of paper tightly around it and slide off the pen or pencil to avoid unraveling



3. Place each of the "curls" inside of the glass ornament.


4. Cut about 8" of ribbon in a corresponding color and tie to the loop at the top of the ornament, creating a way to hang the ornament from a Christmas 
    tree. Fray the edges of the ribbon using a lighter.

5. Cut about 14" of ribbon and tie around the top of the ribbon, creating a bow in the center of the ornament. Trim off excess ribbon. Fray the edges of 
    the ribbon using a lighter.

6. Place the charms on a split ring and close the split ring around the center of the bow so that the charms dangle in the middle of the ornament for 
    added embellishment.

Here's to a lifetime of happiness and wedded bliss!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Frozen Birthday Party


I have no idea how, but, before my very eyes, my sweet niece Camdyn is turning 4! Crazy!!! Like most four-year-old girls her age, she is completely obsessed with Frozen, so her party theme was a no-brainer. What was not so simple, however, were all of the little details her mom put into this adorable party for all of us to enjoy! Check out all of the funsies in the pics below...



The almost four-year-old humoring her aunt by taking a picture by her food table



Drink options included "Melted Olaf" (aka-ice water) and "Melted Snow Monster" (a fun and fizzy blue concoction that was quite tasty)


Frozen snow castles created by pouring water and food coloring into beach pails, freezing them and placing them on a cotton ball-covered cookie sheet


Each food item offered went along adorably with the theme! Sno-Cap candies became the Snow Caps of Arendale, Anna and Elsa's kingdom



Green rock candy resembled Anna's frozen coronation gown



Blue and clear-colored rock candy on a stick served as Elsa's frozen fractals all around



No party is complete without powdered donut holes, aka "Snowballs"



Chicken and ham salad sandwiches were served as the main entreƩ and went along with Anna and Hans' favorite food choice



Who doesn't love frozen grapes???



Pretzel sticks were adorably labeled "Sven's antlers" to pay homage to everyone's favorite reindeer (besides Rudolph, that is).



And let's not forget everyone's favorite character, Olaf and his removable (cheese puff-like) nose



The pretty birthday girl posing by her Olaf poster...



My sister-in-law frosted a Blue Velvet (for obvious reasons) cake and embellished it with beautiful, blue, rock candy and Frozen character figurines



How cool is that light-up birthday candle??? And how sweet is that birthday girl?



Playing "Pin the Nose on the Olaf"---stiff competition





The bar has been set very high for Frozen-themed parties after this little shindig!

Simple, Embroidery Hoop Pumpkins



Here's a fast and super simple project you can finish just in time for Halloween! And the best part is you can keep it up through Thanksgiving to give your house that great, fall feel! Chances are also good that, if you're a craft nerd like me, you probably have all or most of the materials required to create this project! Check out the tutorial below to get started...


Materials:

-embroidery hoops-I used three different sizes, 6", 8" and 10"
-fall or orange fabric cut into squares slightly larger than the corresponding hoops
-green raffia
-2 feet of ribbon or fabric strip
-glue gun and sticks


Instructions:

1. Place the fabric square on top of the inner ring of the embroidery hoop (aka, the one without the metal parts) so that it is completely covered.
2. Place the outer ring on top of the fabric and inner ring and tighten using the screw at the top so that fabric is taut.
3. Repeat this process for the two remaining rings.
4. Trim the excess fabric from around the ring so that no extra fabric remains.

5. Tie about 4 strings of raffia around the tops of each embroidery hoop into a bow.


6. Lay the fabric strip or ribbon across the backs of the embroidery hoops with 2-4" in between each hoop. Leave about 5" above the smallest hoop to create a loop from which to hang the decoration. Glue the fabric strip or ribbon to the backs of each hoop and at the bottom of the loop.
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Hang and enjoy!

Happy Halloween, goblins and ghouls!!!