Friday, December 16, 2011

Snowflake Ornaments from Clothespins

 Last week I had the luxury of shopping by myself for the morning. It was ah-mazing! So of course I had to stop into the dollar store and browse a little bit. What I ultimately ended up getting was a bunch of packaging materials- bubble wrap?!? I think YES!- and a package of wooden clothespins. I knew I'd make something with them.  These are perfect for last-minute decorating/crafting/gift topping!

Clothespin Snowflake Ornament

 My youngest daughter helped me with this one... she actually initiated the whole thing by ripping the clothespins apart :)

These are very easy to make, and great for kids to help with, too!

To make one snowflake ornament, you will need:
  • 5 clothespins
  • white glue or hot glue
  • paint & paintbrush
  • string for hanging
  • Dremel/ drill for making the hole (optional)
Pretty basic supplies, right?  Start by pulling the clothespins apart so that you have two pieces.  You will end up with ten pieces, and will need nine to make the snowflake.

Take the clothespins apart...

When you've got all of your clothespins apart, you can start gluing.  I used white tacky glue on mine, but if you hate waiting, I think a hot glue gun would work the fastest. Glue to pieces together just like the pictures show.

Gluing the pieces together...

More pieces in place

Keep going around until you've got the nine pieces glued together in a circle. If you used white glue, like me, let it dry.

Glued into a circle

At this point I remembered that I wanted to drill a hole to hang it from, so I used my Dremel. It would be a little easier to do this before you glue them together, but it really wasn't difficult. So whatever works for you. You can also put the ribbon or string right through the center of the ornament and skip the drilling.

Drilled a hole for hanging...

Once everything is nice and dry, you can paint it however you'd like. I used plain old white paint, but how awesome would these be with the sparkly spray paint??? I need to get some of that! :)

Clothespin Snowflake Ornament
Tuesday, November 29, 2011


For those of you that are interested in video tutorials, I have decided to try to make one for each tutorial I make from now on, and maybe some of my already posted ones. So there will be the written version, and the video version. Fun, right? So far I've made one for my Recycled Bottle Earrings tutorial.  So if you're looking for a video tutorial, you can click on my YouTube link at the top of my page, and you can see all of my videos.

P.S. Don't mind the first one- my husband made me a slideshow a long time ago, and it's super confusing :D
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Cranberry Christmas Treasury

I know, I know... Christmas already?!?  It's not even Halloween yet!  I just couldn't resist.  I know I'm behind on this, but I just created my first two Etsy treasuries today.  It's addicting!  Here's a glimpse at my Cranberry Christmas one! You can click the photo to go directly to my treasury :)

If you've got a treasury to share, leave the link in a comment and I'll check it out. I love these things! :)
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Batty Halloween Wreath

Finally!  Some pictures of my wreath that are... viewable!

Batty Halloween Wreath

So as far as a tutorial goes, it's super easy.  No pictures of the process, but you really don't need them. Here's what to do:

Spray paint a grapevine wreath white. Let it dry, and roughly brush on some plain old black paint. Doesn't need to look nice. Let that dry, and spray paint again in quick little shots to mostly cover the black, but not completely.

For the bats, I used this diagram by Nick Robinson (, and made a bunch of bats from 3", 2" and 1" black construction paper. Glue them to the wreath with a hot glue gun. Grab some ribbon or fabric, wrap it around the top of the wreath, tie it, and hang it! Super easy!

Batty Halloween Wreath

Batty Halloween Wreath

Little bats!

Batty Halloween Wreath

I used some scrap pieces of black and white fabric, knotted them together, and hung the wreath from it. I love this wreath!!!
Monday, September 26, 2011

Hot Air Balloon Festival

Hi! Long time no blog! So my first post back, for once, ISN'T a tutorial. :::shock::: :::horror::: :::dismay:::.  Just kidding! :) Well, just kidding about the horror part. Since my regular camera is on the fritz, I've had to make do with the camera on my phone. Let's just say, it's not living up to my standards. So while I try to retake some pictures, I figured I would show you our recent little outing to a hot air balloon festival.  And again, I apologize for the picture quality.  I'm working on that.

I swear, I cannot manage to take more than one picture a year where all three girls are looking at the camera at the same time. :)

That balloon towards the top with the pointy things was a goblin face. Keira, my youngest, thought it was watching her. Hee :)

I just realized that this is probably the first time I've posted a picture of my hubby...

I can't wait to go again next fall. It was so much fun. I highly recommend it! :)
Monday, August 8, 2011


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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Square Knot Bangles

I've made so many of these bangles in the past week. It's so fun to make them (especially because I can watch TV and make them at the same time)...

Stacked Square Knot Bangles

Simple to make, just a few supplies needed...


  • The metal rings I bought a long time ago for this project at Michael's. Mine has a 3" diameter.
  • The string is from the dollar store, and for my 3" diameter ring, I used well over 8'. Yes, feet. Of course, it all depends on the size of the string, yarn, fabric, or whatever it is you use.  The thinner the string, the longer you'll need it to be.
  • I used E6000 glue to secure the ends, but hot glue or even white glue would probably be fine to use instead.
Got your stuff?  Time to make some square knots.  Placing the string at the middle point, place it on the inside of the ring.
I start by making a knot to the right:  take the string on the left side, and cross it over the ring, and under the string on the right side.  Take the right string, and pass it under the ring and up through the loop.  Pull tight for a right knot.

Make a knot to the right...

Now make a left knot:  take the left string and cross it under the ring, and up over the right string.  Take the right string, cross it over the ring and pull it through the loop on the left.  Pull tight for a left knot.

Make a knot to the left... Repeat the right and left sides all the way around the ring.  Once you reach the end (or I guess it's the beginning...?) tie the string in an overhand knot (think of the first step of tying your shoes), trim the string nice and close, and cover the knot with the glue of your choice.

Tie the string and add the glue.

That's it! Simple, right? Oh, and if you want to make one of the swirly ones (like the second and fourth bangles in my top picture), instead of alternating the knots from left to right, or right to left, just pick one side.  Left or right.  Having the knots line up all on the same side makes the swirly action you see there.  Easy!

You can try them with fabric, too:  I cut four 33" x 1/2" strips of white cotton fabric, stitched the ends together to make one long strip, and then used the zigzag stitch on my sewing machine around the edges to keep it from fraying too much.  Then I used the fabric just like string.  I love the contrasting thread color, and the way the zigzags look like they're going in every direction.  Fun!

Here's what the fabric looked like before I put it on the bangle:

White fabric strip

Finished Bangles

Finished Bracelets

Once you start making them, it's hard to stop! Help!

Ha! Just kidding. :)
Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A Dress Redo

A few weeks ago, my mom gave me a dress.  A tropical-type dress, but it was very long, shapeless, boring... you get the picture.  The kind that you put on and it looks and feels like it's pulling you down.  In short, I hated it.  Big time.  But, being the crafty one that I am, I knew I could transform it into something that I would actually wear.

A Dress Redo

Originally the dress stopped just above my ankles.  Ugh.  I really liked the pattern at the bottom of the dress, so instead of chopping the bottom off, I cut out the middle.

A Dress Redo...

A Dress Redo...

With the middle now gone, I sewed the two remaining pieced together, which meant gathering the bottom piece so that it was the same circumference as the top.

I also had slits up either side that I had to sew to close them.

A Dress Redo...

All that was left was to take the pieces cut from the dress, sew them together into a sash, wrap it around my waist/the seam, and tie it in the back.

A Dress Redo...

I think it turned out pretty cute!

A Dress Redo...

A Dress Redo

A Dress Redo...
Sunday, July 3, 2011

Round Braid Bracelets

I've got another EASY tutorial. GASP!

Patriotic Bracelet

This one is pretty easy, but since I watched a video on how to do a round braid, I won't take credit for the instructions. Here's the video I watched on YouTube:

Instead of using leather, like in the video, I cut up four pieces of scrap fabric, in this case patriotic for the Fourth of July. Using my sewing machine, I stitched the ends on one side together.

Patriotic Round Bracelet

I followed the instructions in the video, and once the braid was long enough to be a bracelet that I could slip my hand through, I sewed the ends together and trimmed the excess fabric off.

Patriotic Round Bracelet

I made three more the same way, and then using a piece of white scrap fabric, I tied them all together with a bow. Very quick and easy, especially if you need a quick little something for the 4th!

Patriotic Round Bracelet

Patriotic Round Bracelet
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tattoo Your Beads!!!

OK, OK, I know, another bead tutorial... but this one is soooo easy I can't STAND IT! Seriously! This came to me when I realized that my oldest daughter stuck a temporary tattoo on the wall. At first I was a little irritated, but then I realized that it actually looked like a wall decal. Then I started thinking... what else can I put temporary tattoos on???  This is what I came up with:

Tattoo Your Beads!

The hardest part of this is waiting for it to dry.  Seriously that easy.  Here's what you need:

  • beads (I used wooden beads from the dollar store)
  • paint (optional) (I used nail polish)
  • temporary tattoos
  • a cup of water
  • a sealant (like Mod Podge, or clear nail polish)
  • a skewer/chopstick/something to stick the bead onto 
Ready for the steps?  There's only a few, so here we go:

Start by painting your bead, if you want to.  Completely optional.  Make sure to stick the bead onto the chopstick, or whatever it is you're using first.  Let the bead dry completely.

Tattoo Your Beads!  Step 1

Peel the protective plastic sheet off of the tattoo, and stick it onto the bead where you want it.

Tattoo Your Beads!  Step 2

Stick the bead into a cup of water, leaving it until the paper starts to peel off. It doesn't take very long, maybe 10-20 seconds.

Tattoo Your Beads!  Step 3

Tattoo Your Beads!  Step 4

Carefully peel back the paper.

Tattoo Your Beads!  Step 5

Using your fingers, carefully press the tattoo down onto the bead, and smooth out any bubbles or creases.

Tattoo Your Beads!  Step 6

Add on a coat or two of a sealant, like clear nail polish or Mod Podge, and you've got a pretty bead!

Tattoo Your Beads!  Step 7

You could make these completely customizable if you print out your own tattoos... I'd love to try some with words or something that looks like handwritten script. I think they'd be so pretty!
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Candy Wrapper Beads

OK, I'm sure these aren't the most original beads out there (I didn't look around, but I'm sure someone out there has done something on this level...), but they are super easy to make and super fun.

Candy Wrapper Beads

Have I mentioned how much I love candy?  Well, I do.  So it should come as no surprise that I have a ziploc bag full of candy wrappers.  Mmm-hmmm.  Dum-dum lollipops, Tootsie Pops, Mary Janes... my collection keeps growing.

So these are super simple to make. Here's what you need:

  • Mod Podge (of course!!!)
  • candy wrappers of your choice
  • wooden beads
  • small paintbrush
  • wooden skewer/chopstick/straw/etc.
Start by cutting a piece of wrapper that is long enough to wrap around your bead, and has extra at the top and bottom:

Making Candy Wrapper Beads

Brush some Mod Podge on the wrong side of the wrapper, and wrap it around the bead.

Making Candy Wrapper Beads

Apply some more Mod Podge to the ends, and use a thin object (I used the opposite end of the paintbrush) to press the ends of the wrapper into the holes of the bead.  Make sure to press the ends carefully so that they don't rip.  Then once you've got the ends all tucked in, use your fingers and press the wrapper down to smooth out the bumps and wrinkles.

Making Candy Wrapper Beads

To finish the bead, stick it on the end of a chopstick, or something similar, and give it a coat or two of some more Mod Podge.

Making Candy Wrapper Beads

Make a bunch, let 'em dry, and you've got some cute little candy beads!  I haven't made anything with mine yet... but I'll come up with something!

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