Waterless Snow Globes – December 2016/January 2017
- Glass or plastic jar with lid
- Artificial snow*
- Small decorative items to put inside the jar**
- Glue gun or strong glue
- Ribbon (optional)
- Spray paint (optional) white and color of your choice
- Risers- bottle cap, pink erasers, etc (use your imagination)
*Any type of artificial snow will work as there is no water inside the jar.
(Eco-friendly snow will dissolve in water.)
** I purchased small figurines and some bottle brush trees in the trim a tree department at the local Wal-Mart and Michael’s Craft Store. I suggest you take your jar and lid with you to the store.
- Do a “dry run” by placing your decorative pieces on the lid of the jar. Screw the jar on the upside down lid. This will tell you whether the opening of your jar is large enough for the decorations you have selected.
- Prepare the jar by removing the label and any glue residue.
- Spray paint the lid the color of your choice or at the end of your project cover with decorative tape or ribbon.
- You will need to place your items on a “riser” so that the items are above the screw threads of the jar. The risers can be anything that is glue-able and preferably paintable.
- Glue the riser to the inside of the jar lid.
- Glue your items to the riser.
- Pour a small amount of artificial snow in the jar.
- Carefully screw the lid onto the jar and turn upside down. At this point decide if you need to add more snow or maybe take some out.
- Place decorative ribbon around edge of jar and glue in place (optional).
- Get creative in what you put in the jar. Photos, sea shells or whatever fits in the jar.
- If you want to make a true snow globe with water inside make sure everything inside the jar is waterproof.
- Test your items by placing them in a bowl of water for a couple of hours and see if any of the color runs or the item starts to dissolve.
- After placing the snow in the jar add water with a few drops of glycerin and screw the lid on.
- Seal with waterproof glue (E6000 works well) and let dry.
- Warning: I have never made a water filled snow globe. The directions are what I found on Pinterest.
Toilet Paper Pumpkin- November 2016
- 1 Roll of Toilet Paper
- Fabric* (5/8 yard cut on the fold or 1 fat quarter from the fabric/quilt store)
- Plastic Bags (2-3)
- 1 Stick (about 4-6 inches long)
- Ribbon (optional) about 12 inches long or so.
*1 fat quarter (22”x18”) will make 1 pumpkin but it will be tight getting the fabric around the pumpkin without the edges of the fabric showing. I recommend buying 5/8 yard of cotton fabric (44/45” wide) and cutting along the fold line. This will give you the fabric needed for 2 slightly plumper pumpkins.
- Place the fabric print side down.
- Place one bag on top of the fabric and then place roll of tp (toilet paper)inside the plastic bag.
- Bring the sides of the plastic bag up and tuck into the opening of the tube.
- How much air you trap inside the bag determines how fat your pumpkin will be.
- Repeat with a second plastic bag if you want.
- The more bags you use the fuller your pumpkin will be.
- Start tucking the fabric into one side of the tp roll, continuing around the roll until all the fabric is tucked into the center tube.
- Place a stick into the center of the toilet paper roll to make the stem of the pumpkin. At this time you can add the ribbon bow if you choose.
- Either cut the ends of the ribbon on the diagonal or cut an upside down “v” at the end of the ribbon.
When Thanksgiving season is over simply pull apart the pumpkin, save the fabric for next year and put the toilet paper roll back in the bathroom.
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Mummy Mason Jars – October 2016
- Mason jar or any clear glass jar with the label and left over glue removed.
- No lid required.
- Very small box to set the jar on while spray painting (This can be a paper clip box, can of soup, whatever as long as it doesn’t matter if it gets paint on it. You just need to raise the jar up off the table a little bit.)
- LOTS of rubber bands-different width rubber bands would be neat.
- Spray paint-white or the color of your choice
- Eyes-googley eyes or paint & paint brush to free hand paint them on the jar
- Drop cloth or newspapers to protect the floor or table top
- Tea light candle-either wax or battery operated.
- Wash & completely dry the jar of your choice.
- Wrap the jar with rubber bands in a random pattern.
- Set up the spray paint area with drop cloth, newspapers, etc to protect the table, floor or whatever surface you have the jar on. (Make sure you have plenty of ventilation as paint can get rather stinky.)
- Place the jar on top of something small so the jar is not sitting on the table top.
- Spray paint the jar making sure to cover the entire jar from top to bottom. PLEASE read the directions on the can of paint before starting.
- Let dry.
- Turn jar upside down and spray a second coat of paint on the jar.
- Let dry completely.
- Remove the rubber bands carefully as not to mess up the paint on the jar.
- Be aware this could be messy.
- Throw away the rubber bands.
- Add eyes to the jar-either one set on the front of the jar or maybe several sets of eyes scattered around the jar. (I used glue dots to attach the eyes.)
- Place tea light candle inside and …
Your mummy is ready for Halloween !
- When using spray paint, make sure you have PERMISSION FROM YOUR PARENTS before you start to paint ! Make sure they know exactly what you want to paint and where you plan on doing the painting. Getting permission first will make everyone much happier in the end.
- The above directions only use one color of spray paint creating a mummy with one color band and clear glass showing through. You can spray paint the jar gold, let dry (overnight maybe) and then spray paint with black after wrapping the rubber bands on. Let dry and continue with the directions above.
- There is glow in the dark spray paint available if you want to get adventersome.
- I usually spread a drop cloth on the garage floor and do my painting there. Another way to do it is to create a spray booth using a large cardboard box. Simply place the object to be painted inside the box and spray paint. You need to make sure that the jar gets rotated so that all sides are evenly painted.
- Consider creating a family of mummies by using several different size jars.
- Assuming you got NO paint on the inside of the jar and you saved the lid, you could fill it with small candies.
Washi Tape Notebooks – September 2016
By the time you read this you will have already gone back to school and have lots of borrring notebooks that all look alike. With just a little time and some decorative tape you can fix that. It’s easy to personalize each notebook so they don’t all look alike and you take your Algebra notebook to English class by mistake.
- Spiral notebooks or similar notebooks
- Rolls of Washi tape &/or duct tape in different patterns &/or colors
- Sharpie marker (optional)
- Ruler and pencil (optional)
- Create a plan of attack or a design scheme first.
- Lightly draw a pencil line starting at the top of the notebook near the spiral edge just on the outside edge of the holes to the bottom.
- Starting in the middle of the notebook cover, place a single length of Washi tape on the cover starting near the spiral edge of the notebook and leaving a ½” inch tail at both ends of the tape.
- Do NOT smooth the end of the tape at this time. Let it stick up in the air a little.
- Make sure to smooth the tape so there are no wrinkles.
- Always cut a clean edge on the end of the tape before attaching it to the notebook.
- Repeat the process with a second piece of Washi tape once again leaving a ½” inch tail.
- Keep going until the cover is covered with the decorative tape.
- Carefully smooth the edge of the tape to where it meets the pencil line and cut the excess off. Smooth down the edge.
- Next fold over the tape tail at the outer edge of the note book and smooth onto the inside of the cover.
- Duct tape can also be used by itself or mixed in with the skinny Washi tape.
- Be aware that duck tape is much stickier and probably wont allow you to remove and reposition it.
- Depending on how much space was left in between the rows of tape you can take the sharpie marker and doodle or label your note book.
CD Art – August 2016
- Any old cd
- Acrylic paint (a dark color works best)
- Foam paint brush
- Philip’s Head Screwdriver
- Paint 2 or 3 thin coats of paint on the silver side of the cd letting each coat dry completely first.
- Lightly draw the picture or doodle you want on the cd.
- Using the sharp point of the screwdriver re-trace the lines you drew on the cd scratching off the paint.
- Gently blow on the cd to remove any paint scrapings.
- I would recommend using the velcro Command Hooks for picture frame hanging.
- ( Using the Command Hooks there will be no holes in the wall which will make Mom and Dad very happy.)
- I used the Apple Barrel paint in a 2 oz. bottle that can usually be purchased for $1.00 or less.
- If you choose to hang your cd from the ceiling, etc. simply decorate 2 cd’s and glue them together. Hang with nylon thread or fishing line.
- Caution-when adding the second and third coats of paint make sure you use plenty of paint. Don’t be skimpy or when you apply the new paint it will smudge the under coat.
Recycled Flower Pot – July 2016
- Empty 2 liter plastic bottle
- Potting soil
- House plant
- Bottle caps of various sizes and colors
- 2 Wiggly jiggly eyes (flat on back)
- Glue dots (½” size)
- Scrap paper (to arrange face on)
- Masking tape
- Completely remove the label from the 2 liter bottle.
- Rinse well.
- On top of the scrap paper arrange the bottle caps and make eyes, nose and /or mouth making sure it will fit on the bottle.
- Place the masking tape around the bottle marking where you want to cut.
- Squeeze the bottle flat and cut a starter slit in the bottle. Reshape the bottle back to round and cut all the way around the bottle 3-4 inches above the tape.
- Cut several slits from the top edge of the bottle to the top edge of the tape.
- Carefully cut each piece of plastic off right above the masking tape trying to cut a smooth line all the way around the bottle.
- Press one of the wiggly, jiggly eyes onto a glue dot and carefully peel off the backing paper.
- Stick the wiggly, jiggly eye inside the bottle cap and repeat for other eye.
- Press the bottle cap onto a glue dot and press onto the bottle.
- Continue sticking rest of the face onto the bottle.
- Fill the bottle within 1 inch of the top with potting soil.
- Place house plant in the soil and press down gently.
- Water and place on window sill, desk or wherever and admire your new friend.
- I had a terrible time trying to get the bottle caps to stick to the plastic bottle. Elmer’s glue & model glue did NOT work for me. I tried super glue next but my tube was old and had hardened so I threw it out. If you do use super glue be extra careful as it sticks not only what you want but also what you don’t want such as fingers together, etc.
- All the books tell you to put drainage holes in the bottom of the container you are using as a flower pot. I did not do this as I wanted it to sit on my window sill and a saucer under the bottle would not fit. I would suggest a plant such as a succulent or a cactus as they don’t require as much water.
Book Page Photo Holder – June 2016
- OLD book-paper back preferred but hard cover will work
- Several favorite photos
- Scissors (if using a paperback book)
- Choose an OLD book of medium thickness.
- A fatter rather than thinner book would be best.
- Fold each page one at a time toward the binding making sure that the page is tight up against the binding and then gently creasing the page.
- Continue to fold the pages until all are folded.
- If you choose a paperback book draw a line on the cover slightly inside of the folded pages. Cut the cover along the line removing enough of the cover so it does not show. All you should see are the folded pages.
- If you choose a hard back book leave the covers as they are.
- You can either write an inscription on the front cover or doodle some art work. It’s your project so you can do what you want !
- Stick several photos in between the pages and display.
This would make a great Father’s day gift. All you have to do is put some photos of you …and your sisters or brothers…..in between the pages.
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Potpourri Jars – May 2016
- Pint canning jar with metal lid and screw band *
- Larger diameter nail (flat head works best)
- Scrap piece of lumber (6 “ square or something close)
- Old towel
- Pattern printed on paper
- Tape-scotch, masking, whatever
- Trace the metal lid onto a large piece of white paper.
- Using dots, make a pattern for the lid of your potpourri jar within the lines you traced.
- A simple outline is best. Don’t place the dots too close together either.
- Tape the right side of the metal lid to the wrong side of your pattern.
- 2 pieces of tape are enough as you just need to keep the lid in place.
- Place the piece of scrap wood on top of the old towel on the table.
- Put the piece of paper with the lid taped to the back on the wood.
- Place the nail on a dot and hit it 2-3 times with the hammer.
- Place on the next dot and repeat hammering until all the dots have been punched.
- Carefully remove the paper and lid from the board saving the paper pattern for the next jar.
- You might have to pry it up as the punched holes tend to grip the wood.
- Remove the paper from the metal lid being careful not to touch the back of the lid. It will be very sharp where the nail punched thru the metal.
- Fill the jar half full or more with potpourri.
- Place lid and screw band onto jar.
* You can purchase plain metal lids in the craft department of some of the hobby stores or use lids with printing on them from the canning section of the grocery store.
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Clothes Pin Magnets & Thumb Tacks – April 2016
- Spring type wooden clothes pins
- Old fashioned flat head thumbtacks
- Magnets-individual flat magnets or a magnet roll you cut to length
- Mod Podge and foam brush
- Scraps of decorative paper-scrapbook, wrapping, book page, etc.
- Remove the magnets from the package and flatten if necessary.
- Trace the clothespin onto the wrong side of the decorative paper with the pencil.
- Cut slightly inside the lines and set aside.
- Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to one side of the wooden clothes pin.
- Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the wrong side of the cut out paper and stick on the wet clothes pin making sure the edges line up with the edge of the clothes pin.
- Smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles.
- Apply a second and third coat of Mod Podge letting it dry completely in between coats. (The Mod Podge will gum up and get icky if you don’t let it dry completely first.)
- Measure the clothes pin back and cut a length of magnet slightly shorter than that measurement.
- Glue the magnet to the backside of the wooden clothes pin and let dry.
- No need for glue when using the magnets that you cut to length.
- Simply remove the paper backing and stick on the clothes pin back.
- Glue the thumb tack to the back of the clothes pin and let dry.
You are now ready to use your “memo holders” on a cork board or an “anything magnetic” surface-white board, refrigerator, school locker, etc.
By using the spring clothes pins you don’t have to put holes in your photos or other documents when displaying them.
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Dishwasher Safe Glitter Mugs – March 2016
- Plain glass or porcelain mug
- Painter’s tape (regular masking tape will work but the painter’s tape is easier to remove)
- Decoupage (I use Modg Podge for all my projects)
- Glitter (the finer the better)
- Foam brush
- Aluminum pie plate or paper plate
- Paper Dixie cup to pour modg podge into
- Cover the bottom of the mug or glass with the painter’s tape. Be careful that the tape does not overlap the edge and cover the mug. Place a strip of tape around the mug itself marking the area to be glittered. From experience I suggest that you do not glitter the handle of the mug !
- Pour some modg podge into the paper cup and use this for the rest of the project. When not using it simply cover with a plastic baggie or saran wrap so it doesn’t dry out. You don’t want to get any glitter in the big jug of modg podge by accident as it could ruin your next project.
- Using the foam brush apply a medium thick coat of modg podge to the mug between the bottom edge of the mug and the bottom of the tape. Try not to get the handle wet with the modg podge.
- Hold the mug over the paper plate and pour glitter over the wet decoupage on the mug making sure to completely cover the mug with the glitter. By using a paper plate the unused glitter can be poured back into the original container when you are done pouring it over the mug.
- While the decoupage is still wet, carefully remove all the painter’s tape from the mug.
- Set the mug down upside down on the plate and let dry for several hours. Or even better overnight.
- Using the paintbrush dab a thick coat of decoupage over the glitter making sure to seal all the edges. Set aside upside down and let dry. All traces of “white” will be gone when the modg podge is completely dry. The mug must also be dry to the touch.
- Apply a thin layer of modg podge over the glitter and allow to dry. Repeat 1-2 more times.
- Once the last coat of decoupage medium is dry, the mug needs to sit at room temperature for 28 days in order to cure completely and become dishwasher safe.
- Just a note to say that I have not tested the dishwasher safe part yet as I just finished making my mug.
- If you need to give the mug before the 28 days is up just write a note and tell the person receiving the mug it will be “dishwasher safe” on that specific date.
- I plan on filling my mug with Easter grass and a colored egg and some candy !
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Decoupage Hangers – February 2016
- Wooden hanger- jacket or pants/skirt
- “pretty paper” – scrapbook paper 12×12 or OLD book or atlas pages
- Matte Mod Podge & foam brush
- Trace each side of the hanger on the right side of the “pretty” paper.
- Cut out, cutting slightly inside the pencil lines.
- Lay the paper on top of the hanger and trim any edges necessary to make the paper an exact fit to the hanger.
- Lightly sand the front & back of the hanger.
- Wipe with a very slightly damp cloth to remove any sawdust. With the foam brush, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge on one side of the hanger.
- Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the back of the “pretty” paper.
- Lay the pretty paper on top of the hanger and smooth out any wrinkles or air bubbles immediately.
- Paint the hanger with Mod Podge and let dry.
- Apply 2-3 more coats letting it dry completely in between coats.
- Repeat the above directions to cover the other side of the hanger.
Book Page Bottles – January 2016
- Clean dry empty glass bottle with the labels removed
- Rustoleum spray paint-gloss white or any color of your choosing
- Old newspaper or drop cloth to provide protection from over spray
- OLD book or atlas to cut up for crafting
- Modg Podge, foam brush
- Pen or marker
- Spray sealer (optional)
- Prepare the chosen bottle for spray painting by-
- Remove label and ALL glue residue left on the glass-very important !
- Wash and dry the bottle.
- Put down the work surface protection and spray paint the bottle with the gloss white. Several light coats work best, letting the bottle dry in between each coat. Let the bottle dry.
- Decide what you want to decoupage on the bottle.
- The shape can be traced from a book, a cookie cutter, etc. or drawn free hand. It should be a simple shape with a nice silhouette.
- Choose a page from an OLD book that you like the words or script.
- Draw free hand or trace the chosen image onto the book page and cut out.
- Before applying the Mod Podge make sure the shape fits the bottle and it’s placement on the bottle is pleasing to your eye. Adjust the size or amount of detail to the shape at this time.
- Using the foam brush spread some Mod Podge on the bottle where the shape will be applied.
- Paint the back of the shape with Mod Podge and apply to the bottle making sure to smooth out any air bubbles or wrinkles while it is still wet.
- Apply 2 or 3 more coats of Mod Podge to the bottle letting each coat dry completely before applying the next one.
- At this point you can either use the bottle as is or spray it with sealer to give it that little extra protection.
- A variation on the above craft would be to use colored glass bottles and not spray paint them. Just decoupage the old book page shape onto the glass and follow the rest of the directions. The Mod Podge will dry clear or almost clear.
- Choose a bottle with an interesting shape-consider wine bottles, pickle jars, spaghetti sauce jars or whatever else catches your eye. Just remember to make the shape to be applied to the bottle fit the size of the bottle. Enjoy.