How to make twine wrapped letters

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Home decor is an important element to making any home feel like your own. However, we all know that home decor can be expensive! Lately, I have been seeing decorative letters at stores like Anthropology and Pottery Barn.  I decided to make my own version though at a much cheaper price!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  1. block letters (I purchased mine from JoAnn’s at very reasonable price.)
  2. Twine or Jute string
  3. decorative buttons
  4. scissors
  5. hot glue gun

*Important note* Each letter will be a little bit different when it comes to wrapping it with the twine.

First, take the twine and cut it into 3 inch long pieces in order to cover the edges of the letter. As you cover the edges of the letter it should look something like this. Use the hot glue gun to secure the pieces of twine to the letter.

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After you have glued the twine down to the ends of the letter you can begin to wrap the twine around the letter. Periodically you should use some glue as you’re wrapping the twine to better secure the twine.

Make sure that you wrap the twine tightly so that gaps are not left between the twine.

Good luck making your twine letter! If you have any questions on how to make a twine letter or if you have any ideas of other ways to make decorative letters, let me know!

Happy Crafting!

 

Cheap and easy Father’s Day gift ideas

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Father’s Day seems to be one of the most difficult gift giving celebrations for me.  Luckily, I have found some inexpensive ways to give that perfect gift to your dad or husband.

Here’s what you need-

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  1. construction paper
  2. Mountain Dew
  3. Gum
  4. Jelly Beans
  5. Rubber Cement
  6. Father’s Day card (or to save money you can make your own!)
  7. ribbon
  8. mini clothespins
  9. alphabet stamps
  10. stamp pad

If you’re a regular crafter, I’d be willing to bet that you can find most of these in your house.

It will also help if you have access to a printer.

1. I bought some of my dads favorite treats: Mountain Dew, Jelly Beans, and gum. Pick some of your mans favorites, get a little creative!

2. I found some great sayings for candies, drinks and treats online at Crafts by Friends. You can almost find any saying for any occasion for any candy!  Once I found my sayings I spruced them up on the computer and then printed it out.

3. I then used rubber cement to glue the sayings to construction paper just to make it look a little better.

4. Finally, you end up with this.

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If you need help coming up with sayings for your next gift of treats let me know!

Happy Father’s Day

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Happy Crafting!

 

The best way to teach children with art

Children play such a huge part in our world today.  They are the future generations that will take over for us once we are gone.  That being said it is important that we raise up Godly children to be Godly men and women.  One of the best ways to teach children about God, and just good morals in general, is through art.  Art has been proven to be a great method of teaching and therapy.  Schools, hospitals and parents all over the world use art for fun and teaching. I have a few good tips for all you crafters out there to use when it comes to working with children.

1. The simplest of crafts will entertain kids. Examples: coloring pages, paper airplanes, etc. Don’t stress over crafts for your kids, anything can entertain them if you make it seem exciting!

2. Companies like Oriental Trading or ABC Distributing offer great craft supplies. They typically come prepackaged and individually wrapped which makes for an easy set up and clean up. You an also buy in bulk for parties or Vacation Bible Schools.

3. Turn to Pinterest! There are so many great ideas for crafts made of things that you probably have sitting around your house.

4. There are a ton of FREE coloring pages offered online for nearly any event/activity you could think of! Just Google free coloring pages, and the opportunities are endless.

Crafting is also a great way to stimulate children’s minds.  It encourages and strengthens creativity in ways nothing else can do. With summer coming up, I encourage you to plan 3 or 4 crafts that you and the kids can do together a week.

If you find any great children’s crafts, let me know! I’d love to see what you guys can come up with!

Happy Crafting!

The perfect gift for any guy: bacon flowers

If you are like me, you love the holidays and celebrations. However, I hate having to shop for the men in my life! They are all so complicated to shop for! Recently, a friend introduced me to what I think just might be the perfect gift for any guy, and I am so excited to share it with you!

Drumroll, please…Bacon Flowers!

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Men have it easy; when all else fails they can buy flowers! But woman don’t have that easy way out, at least we didn’t. But now we do!

Here are the step-by-step directions!

Supplies-

  1. thick cut bacon
  2. toothpicks
  3. fake roses- can be bought at Michaels
  4. broiler pan

First, roll the bacon slices with the fatty side, or thicker side, facing inwards. Then place toothpicks through the bacon in order to hold it together. You can then cook the bacon on a broiler pan according to the package, or until crisp.

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Second, take your fake flowers and pull the flowers off the stems.

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Lastly, place your cooked bacon buds on the stems where your flower petals used to be. I would recommend washing the stems before placing the bacon on them. No glue or anything is needed. The bacon buds should just fit right in!

And now your bacon flowers are finished! Try and create your very own bacon bouquet!

Get creative and make an even more lavish bacon bouquet! If you do, send me your pictures. I’d love to see your creativity!

Happy Crafting!

Melted crayon art tips

Over the past year, melted crayon art has become very popular. In my quest to find different craft projects to do, I stumbled upon a type of crayon art that creates an impressionistic painting. I should have known it was too good to be true!

Photo Credit- The Full Moxie

Photo Credit- The Full Moxie

(Feel free to follow the tutorial to the craft above.)

Needless to say, when I attempted this beautiful artwork it did not work at all. So I figured a good idea for this week would be tips to make the perfect crayon art.

If you decide to try the crayon art above, here are some things I would have done differently.

  1. I would have broken the crayons into much smaller pieces. Much smaller than seems necessary.
  2. I also would not have used as many crayon pieces. A little bit goes a long way.
  3. I wish I would have realized how runny the crayons will become. When I melted them with the iron, I thought it would melt to a gooey substance. However, it becomes very runny, so make sure you do this project on a thick layer of newspaper so that you don’t ruin anything.

Here are some general melted crayon art tips:

1. The best way to peel a crayon is to use an X-acto knife to cut the wrapper off.

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2. With the blow drying technique, make sure you don’t overheat the crayons, because it will become too runny.

3. Lastly, the brand of crayon may play into the final product. I would advise trying different products to see if that helps to get your desired result.

Please let me know if you discover unique melted crayon art. I’d love to get to the bottom of the best way to do melted crayon art! Let me see your masterpieces!

Happy Crafting!

How to make the perfect summer t-shirt

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With Summer just around the corner, girls all over the country are preparing for beach season. They are gathering their tanning oils, buying new bathing suits and working out to get that “beach bod.” All of this can get pricey, and that is just the beginning! One thing that girls tend to drop way too much money on is bathing suit cover-ups. However, I have found a perfect solution. I’m all about comfort. But how great is it that I can get comfort and style in this simple T-shirt cover-up. Whether you’re working in the yard, hanging out on the lake or headed to the beach for the day, this cover up looks great on anyone.

Supplies

  • 1 old or new t-shirt (Hobby Lobby or Michaels sells t-shirts of every color for very cheap)
  • scissors
  • needle and thread

1. First, take your t-shirt and lay it flat on the ground. Then, cut the sleeves and the bottom off, as pictured below.

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2. Next, take your shirt and fold it in half to make sure you cut the sleeves and the collar even.

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3. The previous step might take some time. Just use your scissors and trim away till you have the sleeves as thin/wide as you’d like them and the collar is even. Next take the bottom piece of the shirt that you cut off and cut it into two strips.

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4. Now take these two strips that you just cut and wrap them around the sleeves of the t-shirt. Once you have done that, you will sew the end of the strip to the inside of the sleeve in order to secure it in place.

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5. Once you have sewed one strip around each sleeve, you’re finished! You end up with a very elegant knot on the shoulder and cute t-shirt that you paid nothing for!

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This is such an easy project that everyone can enjoy! For more t-shirt ideas, check out Divine Caroline.

If you try a different t-shirt recycling project let me know! I’d love to see your creations.

Happy Crafting!

The perfect Valentine’s gift for anyone

Valentine’s Day seems to be a holiday that many people struggle with when it comes to gift giving. When we were all younger we exchanged cute valentines of our favorite characters to all our friends. Now, we’re older and dating, or married, and something tells me a cute valentine of TV characters will simply not do.

But do not worry! I have found the perfect gift idea for Valentine’s Day, or any holiday really. Best of all, anyone can be creative enough to do it. And it won’t empty your wallet.

Baskets! That’s your answer. Gift baskets have been around for a while. There are even some companies that will put together baskets for you and deliver them to their destination, such as Gourmet Gift Baskets or Jackie’s Baskets. However, companies like these tend to be kind of pricy. To avoid the expensive cost of baskets I’m going to show you how you can make your own gift baskets for cheap!

My favorite place for gift basket shopping is Target. It offers a variety of inexpensive items in its dollar section that work great for a project like this.

First, you need to find a basket for all your goodies. The following two pictures are baskets that were both purchased from the Target dollar section.

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These baskets each cost only $3. Once you have your basket you can begin stuffing them.

There are three simple rules when it comes to basket making:

  1. Pick a theme.
  2. Purchase one or two nice items. For example, a gift card, nail polish, T-shirt, phone case, etc.
  3. Browse the dollar section at Target. It always offers useful things to choose from!

These baskets cost less than $25 but are such a great hit. Take your nice items and combine them with the simple items. Load them in your basket and you’ve got a home-run gift!

Need more Valentine’s Day ideas?

Check out Gifts.com for some wonderful gifts you can order or for

inspiration to find your own gift.

Happy Valentine’s Day!