2/28/11

tutorial: flowers one way or another

I have a great spring time tutorial for you!

Does anyone else have a major soft spot for the dollar section at Target? I love to look and see what I can find, and for the past few years, they have sold these mini flower pots with seeds and soil. They are cute, but the packaging...not so much. So I came up with this:


Here is what you need to make these:

  • Flower Pot
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue Dots
Start by unwrapping the flower pot and tracing the packaging onto pretty scrapbook paper. Trace onto the back side of the paper.


While you have the original wrapper next to your traced wrapper, draw dotted lines where the folds should be just so it is easier to know exactly where to fold when the time comes.


Cut out your new wrapper out.


I used smaller scissors to cut out the middle part.


This is what you will have when you are done cutting.


While tracing, I realized that there are some directions on the original packaging. So I cut them out of the original packaging and used a glue dot to stick them on the inside of the new wrapper.



I folded the wrapper on the dotted lines I had drawn earlier, and used a glue dot to secure the wrapper.


This is what I had, but it was still pretty plain.


So I decided to add some ribbon and cute flower earrings.


Attach the earrings to a cardstock tag, punch a hole, add some ribbon, and tie a knot.


Because even if you can't grow your real flowers, you will still have something pretty. Flowers one way or another!


I'd love to hear what you think, and I'd love to see what you make! If you like what you see, follow me! I have some exciting things coming in the next couple of weeks, so you will want to stay tuned.

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Because when you see things like this:


You just know it is because you worked late that day.

2/27/11

what you can do in 48 hours

drive to KY, visit family, crash for the night, drive to Nashville, lunch with college roommate, Starbuck's with college best friends, church chili supper, drive around downtown Nashville, crash again for the night, meet said roommate's fiance (Yay!), go to church, lunch with college best friends,
THEN the whole point of this crazy weekend:


college best friend's baby shower!

oh yeah, then drive 5 1/2 hours home.


2/23/11

tutorial: button earrings

Want to make something easy, cute, fun, and perfect for all your crafty friends?

Tiny button earrings!


Let's get started.
Gather your supplies:



  • Buttons
  • Earring Posts/Backs (from Michael's)
  • E-6000
  • Needle/Thread (or embroidery thread would work great)
First, string the thread up through the top of the button without pulling it all the way through. The tail of the thread will be hanging out of the back of the button (you will use the tail to tie a knot at the back):


Thread the needle down through the other hole, being careful not to pull the thread all the way through:



Keep circling the thread around (I did about 4 times) until you are ready to tie the knot:



Tie a knot and cut off the excess thread:



Repeat this process so you have a pair:



Now you are ready to glue the earrings together.



I use a wood pick to apply the E-6000 to the posts. Use enough that it will be secure, but not so much that it is squishing over the earring posts and buttons. You don't want to be able to see dried up glue while wearing your earrings.


Let them dry face down so the earring posts won't slide off the wet glue:



While waiting for them to dry, I decided they would need some cute packaging. It's all about presentation, right? I had this clearance pack of paper embellishments that I got from Michael's about a month ago. I thought they would be perfect.



These are the paper pieces I selected:



I added some personalization, holes for the earrings, and added my dry earrings.


Couldn't resist something corny!


There you have it!

Add your own twist to it! Try different shapes and colors of buttons and maybe some colorful embroidery thread. I would love to see what you do with it!

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Taken in Disney World the day before we got his first haircut. I know I am biased and all, but he is just too cute for words!

2/22/11

tutorial: book print necklace stand

Ready to see how to make the cutest under $10 necklace stand ever?


Totally cute, right?

Gather your supplies:


I assume most crafters will have these supplies on hand, except the necklace stand itself. I found this white one at Michael's. It was 7.99 but I used a 40% off coupon on it. I have seen black necklace stands at Joann's, so you could experiment with black if you wanted!

Start by painting on a LOT of Mod Podge:


The stand I got has sort of a velvety texture, so it sucks up the Podge like crazy. I think you smart cookies can figure out the gluing the paper part :) But then we come to the curvy "neck" part:


This is where you have to get messy and you might even get a little frustrated. But stick with it! You have to get the paper really wet with Mod Podge and then kind of mold it down around the curves and squish it on there. I have no picture of me doing this because my hands were covered  in glue so no way was I touching my camera! Just work with it. There is no set method. It is art. Go with it.


Here is my stand all glued up and squished down. I let it dry overnight and here it is layered with my jewelry and lookin' pretty:


Go! Make! Display!

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