Friday, October 26, 2012

Gift Card Holder

This is a quick and easy way to make a gift card holder out of some left over material.

Here's what you need:
scrap material
measuring tape
iron on velcro

Cut a rectangle of material that is 4.5 inches x 7.5 inches.  You will need two coordinating pieces of material for each holder (one for the lining and one for the outside).

If your material is not a heavy weight, iron on some interfacing.

Next sew the tops of two of the short ends together and iron down the seams.

Then iron down the edge all the way around, it should be about 1/4 inch border.

Then sew it all the way around.  You will end up with coordinating material on each side.

Iron the side down to make a pocket for the card.

Then sew up the edges, like so...  Slide the card in to make sure it fits!!

Next, just iron on the Velcro and you are done!

These also make great little change purses, credit card or business card holders as well.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Burlap Pumpkins

I came up with this idea to make some simple pumpkins using burlap and some baby food jars I still had laying around.

baker's twine
black paint
scrap material (optional)

Start by placing the jar on the burlap and figuring out about how much you will need to cover the sides.  Then cut a square of material.

Next, just round the edges off into a circle.  It does not need to be perfect.

Gather the material around the sides of the jar and use a rubber band to hold it in place.

Tie a piece of baker's twine around the top of the jar and then just wrap the twine around a few times.

Next, I just hand painted a pumpkin face on each jar.  I also tied some scrap material on one of the jars.

After making these at home, I also made them with my Sunday School class using orange burlap.  In each jar, I placed a bag of candy and this poem.

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

'Mason Jar Monday' - Owl!!

In May, I did a whole series on crafts using Mason jars.  You can see the posts here, here, here and here.   Going forward on occassion, I will do a Mason Jar Monday craft using a jar.

I apologize now for all the owl posts, but I cannot stop making owl crafts this year!! Still using up all my mason jars, I decided I'd go ahead and make an owl.

Here's what you need:
Mason Jar
acrylic paint
clear coat

I decided to do a white owl, so I painted a head and body on with cream paint.  This is super simple, just two ovals basically.  I did about 2 coats for these.

Next, I added some brown wings on either side. Again, just two ovals longways on either side of the body.

I then added a mask to start the eyes and feathers to his chest.

Next yellow circles for the start of his eyes and also some yellow dots on his feather to decorate.  I also added some purple lines to his wings.

Then a light brown circle for his eye, dark brown dot for the pupil and an orange beak.  I also added some more decorative dots around the 'mask' part of his eye.

A couple coats of clear coat and finally, some yarn and rick-rack I had on hand tied around the top.  Drop a tea light in and it's good to go.

'Hoo' else has made something cool with a mason jar recently??  I'd love to hear about it!

Friday, October 12, 2012

BOO! Blocks

Here is a simple Halloween craft that pretty much anyone can do!  It only cost about $4 to make as well.

Here's what you need:
3 wood blocks
letters B, O, O (small enough to fit on the blocks)
Small Owl or other Halloween item
black, white, orange paint

Start by painting each block a different color.  Then paint the letters a coordinating color.  I painted about 3 coats on the blocks and 2 on the letters.  The paint dries pretty quick, so this didn't take long.

 When the paint is dry, hot glue the letters on each block.

For my Halloween item, I chose this owl pick.  I planned to use wire cutters to cut the owl off the top, but instead I was just able to pull him off.

I hot glued him to the top of the 'B' block.  I think a small pumpkin would look just as cute if you can't find an owl.

After a quick clear coat, that's it!  The blocks can be stacked top to bottom...

Or side-by-side....

Happy Halloween!!

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