Tuesday, December 27, 2011

December Necklace of the month

December's necklace of the month is the.......... RIBBON BOW NECKLACE!


  • 3/4 in. ribbon
  • glue gun
  • necklace chain

Form 5 inches of ribbon into an oval and secure with hot glue.
Glue the ribbon to look like a bow.

Take a shorter length of ribbon and glue it in the back around the first to connect it to the chain and create the bow.

There you have it- a super cute vintage-inspired bow necklace.

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    Sunday, December 25, 2011

    DIY Salt Dough Ornaments

    This is kind of last minute, but here is a tutorial for cute salt dough/ clay ornaments.

    • salt dough recipe & ingredients
    • ribbon to hang ornament
    • plastic straw (to poke a hole)
    • plastic or metal cookie cutter
    • watercolors + brush

        1. Make the salt dough using the recipe. 
        2. Shape some salt dough using a cookie cutter, making sure it's somewhat flat.
        3. Using a straw, poke a hole at the top of the ornament. 
        4. After the ornament(s) has air dried for a day or two- I know, a long time... paint them with watercolors.
        5. When the watercolors dry, string a ribbon through the hole you made with the straw and tie it off.
        All done- it may be a little squishy though... :D

        Merry Christmas!!!
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          Saturday, December 24, 2011

          DIY Stamp Gift Tags

                Need some handmade gift tags? Perfect for Bake Sales, Holiday gift shops, presents and more....

          • scrapbook paper or an index card cut in half
          • paper cutter thingy :D
          • stamps & ink pad
          • hole punch
          • twine or ribbon

          1. Cut a piece of paper for the tag and cut the corners. 
          2. Stamp a cute Xmas stamp in the center. 
          3. Punch a hole at the top and thread some ribbon or twine through the hole. 
          So many possibilities- change the stamp, the color of the paper, use ribbon instead of yarn/twine....

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          Saturday, December 17, 2011

          DIY glitter french tip nails

          Want to know how to paint some cute, easy nails?
          • sparkly nail polish - got mine @ Styles For Less for $1.99
          • clear top coat
          • tape

          Tape off your nails for a french manicure. Don't know how? Click here.

          Paint the glitter polish right over the tape and onto your nail. Be careful, you don't want to paint below the tape.
          Once dry, peel off tape and top with a few layers of a clear top coat.

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            Monday, December 12, 2011

            Reuse Magazines: Holiday Cards

                Have some old December magazines you can cut up? In this tutorial, I will be making Christmas card using cut out from magazines. Get your scissors ready...


            • old magazines
            • scissors
            • sharpie
            • Elmer's bottle glue
            • blank cards
            Trace out an image on the back on the page with a sharpie and cut out. You can even cut images or words from scraps of wrapping paper.

            Look at all the pics I cut out :D  Now paste the images onto the blank card.

            To make the glue more even, smooth it out on the back of the image with a paintbrush before you stick it on to the card.

            Here are my finished cards. Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas
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            Sunday, December 4, 2011

            Flag Canvas: Gift Idea

               This canvas will make a great gift for someone with a diverse heritage. I'm painting the Union Jack for my room, even though I'm not British. :) - P.S. the project took me less than 10 minutes!
            • 5" by 7" canvas (or a size of your choice)
            • paintbrush or foam brush
            • Acrylic paint in colors of flag (ex. England- red and blue) 
            • pencil
            Use a pencil to lightly outline your flag design and start painting.

            Here is my finished product. Cute, huh?
            Which flag will you choose?
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            Friendship Bracelet: Gift idea

            Gift giving is a major part of the holidays. Every week starting now, I will post some ideas/ tutorials for homemade gifts. Today, I will show you how to make a friendship bracelet. This is a simple, easy craft that kids can make too.

            • embroidery thread/floss
            • clipboard
            Here are directions from www.michaels.com  

            1. Select 4 colors of floss 25" long. Tie a knot around 1½" from the top and tape to table.
            2. Separate floss by color and imagine the floss as A,B,C and D.
            3. Hold string B straight and knot string A around it.
            4. Pull string A toward the left and tighten it.
            5. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 to get a double knot.
            6. Make double knots with string A around each of the remaining strings (C and D).
            7. Now you are in the second row, tie a double knot with string B around C, D and A individually.
            8. Keep repeating this pattern until bracelet reaches desired length.
            9. Tie knot to secure all strings and trim both ends to about 1¼" long.
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