with two complimentary pieces of fleece material that are exactly the same size. You can make your blanket pretty much
any size you like up the the width of the material. You will end up with a blanket that is 8 inches shorter than the
material you start with so keep that in mind.
Lay your two pieces of fleece out on a table. Using straight
pins or safety pins, neatly pin the material together about eight inches in from the edges. This is to keep your blanket
in place as you woek. Now trim with scissors all the way around to make sure that they match exactly and that they are
Now, at each corner, cut a four inch square indent into the corner. (Save your fleece peices for
Now, you are going to cut a four inch long, one inch wide fringe all the way around
the material. You may want to use something to measure as you go, or you can 'eye-ball' it if you trust yourself.
you are finished, start at one corner and begin to tie the fringe of the two layers together. Deb showed us how to make
the first tie so that the knot ends up inside the blanket. She then tied it a second time so that the resulting fringe
would lay neatly. She tied several fringe on one side of the corner and then several on the other side of the corner,
showing us how she has now ended up with a perfect corner. She then pulled gently at the knots to smooth her work.
you have tied all the way around, you can remove your pins! You're all done! You have just made a blanket with no sewing!
And it is the warmest, most cuddly blanket you will own!
If you are feeling creative you could try a
round blanket! Deb and friends have even adapted the technique to make scarves and hats, although it does involve a
Fleece material in our area is running about $8 an yard, which is fairly pricey! But you can make
a beautiful baby or lap blanket for about $15. Our women reported that the larger fabric stores often have it on sale
for closer to $4 a yard.
Birds of a feather bookmarks
Paint or Markers
Small Wiggle Eyes
Instructions: Paint the tongue depressor with whatever color you want the bird to be. Cut
a small triangle out of yellow or orange felt and glue it onto the painted tongue depressor where you want the beak to be;
then, glue on the wiggle eyes (figure 1). Turn the tongue depressor over and glue the feather onto the back (figure 2). Set
aside and let the glue dry.
Sunflower Craft ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Instructions to make a sunflower using a paper plate and
real sunflower seeds.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Materials Needed:
Paper Plate Glue Sunflower Seeds Yellow
Paint Instructions: Cut around the edge of the paper plate to make petal shapes. Make sure you leave the center big
enough to add your seeds. Paint the flower-shaped plate yellow. After the paint dries a bit, squeeze a generous amount
of glue into the center of your flower and stick on the sunflower seeds.
Typical Project Completion Time: 2-4 hours (does not include drying
Create these fanciful fish to decorate your next pool party or to add a tropical flair to any outdoor event!
Other Materials: 1– 12mm Wiggle Eyes, pair 2– 10mm Wiggle
Eyes, pair 3– Red Chenille Stems 3–16" Pieces of 16 Gauge Wire 3–1/8" Wood Dowels (16", 14" and
11") Tissue Paper (Red, Orange, Turquoise, Lime, Fuchsia, Lavender, Pink, Yellow, Dark Blue) Decorative Edge Scissors
(Zig-Zag or Scallop) Thick white Glue Spray paint (foam safe): (Sunflower Yellow, Cornflower Blue, Navy Blue) Toothpicks
Spray balls and one large and one small disc Cornflower Blue. Spray remaining disc Navy Blue. Spray eggs Sunflower Yellow.
Let dry thoroughly.
2. Short Fringe: Cut across folded tissue paper 7" from the top. Fold this section in half
to 3 1/2" wide. With decorative scissors, on the unfolded edge, cut 1/2" strips to make fringe. Repeat procedure with two
or three other colors. Long Fringe: Cut a 16" piece from folded tissue paper for the tail. Fold in half to 8" wide. Cut
1/2" fringe strips on the unfolded end. Repeat with another color.
3. Glue fringe on egg starting at the wide part
of the egg, about 1/3 of the way from the end. Apply glue around egg. Position fold of fringe over glue, then wrap folded
end of tissue around egg, pressing into glue. Repeat procedure with another color of fringe offsetting fold about 1/2"
from the first. Continue gluing fringe around egg until just the top 1/3 of the egg is showing.
4. Gather fringe
for tail and twist folded end. Poke a hole at the bottom of the egg with a pencil, squirt glue in hole, then insert folded
end of fringe in hole. Let glue dry.
5. Cut a 6" piece of chenille. Coil into a tight circle, then fold in half.
Poke a slit at the front of the fish, then insert chenille mouth. Glue large wiggle eyes on big fish and smaller eyes on remaining
fish. Bend the bottom 2" of the wire in a "L" shape. Insert small end of wire into fish above mouth (you can secure with
a little glue, if desired). Glue ball bubbles on wire. Insert one end of dowels into bottom of fish, then the other
end into the foam discs. ```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````
When you are done with this project it is an approximately 5 inch (12 cm)
octopus. This project is rated EASY to do.
What You Need
Two different colors of yarn Small ball
of cotton Glue Wiggle eyes Felt, optional Ruler Scissors Glue
How To Make It
(12 inch or 30 cm) long pieces of yarn (yarn color number 1). Lie the yarn on a flat surface so that it looks like the
spokes of a wheel, and so that the yarn intersects with each other in the center of the wheel. Put a small ball of
cotton, a little bigger than the size of a Ping- Pong ball in the center of the wheel. Gather up the pieces of yarn
around the cotton and tie them with a piece of an other color of yarn (yarn color number 2). Separate the yarn into
groups of three, and braid them. Tie each braid at the end with a piece of yarn color number 2. You should then end
up with 8 braids. Glue two wiggle eyes onto the yarn surrounding the ball of cotton. Use either yarn or felt to make
a mouth for your octopus and glue it on. Now enjoy your yarn octopus!
16 inch or larger Terra Cotta Clay Pot 16 inch or larger Terra Cotta Clay Saucer Rub-On
Decals Clear Acrylic Sealer Spray
Instructions: These are so simple to make, and the birds just love mine! Wipe
down your terra cotta pot and saucer with a damp cloth and let dry completely.
The decorating ideas are endless.
You can find a neat stencil and paint it, or try sponge painting. For mine, I used simple rub-on decals available at
pretty much any craft store.
The only trick is to seal your bird bath well. I use clear acrylic sealer spray. Also,
make sure you store your bird bath inside during cold weather months.
by Amanda Formaro
Cheap & Easy
What says summer more than fresh sunflowers? Bring that feeling into your home with
this lovely painted design, easy!
What you need
Supplies & Tools empty glass jar, washed,
dried, all labels removed white vinegar or rubbing alcohol paper towel or soft cloth pattern
Liner, shader & scruffy brush Micron black craft pen Stylus Old toothbrush Acrylic matte spray Scrap
strip of homespun material White craft glue
Acrylic Paint Colors (All paint colors are Delta Ceramcoat)
Yellow Yellow Antique Gold Autumn Brown Dark Forest Green Forest Green Black
What you do
coat the surface of the jar with 1 coat of white. Allow to dry for 24 hours. If you don't, you risk peeling the paint
off with your second coat. This rule does not apply when painting on pourous surfaces such as wood. Remember, the paint does
not soak into the glass like it does on wood, therefore your drying time is increased!
Paint of second and third coat,
allowing 20 minutes dry time in between coats. Allow third coat to dry for a couple of hours before moving on to the next
Trace pattern onto base-coated surface. Paint petals with Crocus Yellow. Outline petals with Yellow, shade with Antique Gold.
center of flower with Antique Gold, then use a scruffy brush to dab on Autumn Brown over the top of the Antique Gold, leave
a little showing underneath in spots. Use a Stylus to dot Dark Forest Green in the center of the flower.
UseForest Green to paint stems. Use scruffy brush and Forest Green to blend stems into the
bottom of the design.
Use black Micron craft pen to draw lines around center of flower.
Dip the bristle tips of a toothbrush into some black paint that has been lightly thinned
with a drop or two of water. Test your splattering ability on a piece of scrap paper before doing this on your jar. Hold toothbrush
horizontally and drag your finger across the bristles, causing the paint to splatter spots wherever you aim it. When you are
comfortable with this method, go ahead and splatter the entire surface of the jar with black paint. Clean out toothbrush and
repeat this method with white paint. Let dry.
Dot white craft glue around the rim of the jar. Position strip of homespun material
around the rim and tie in a knot or bow.
Sign your work! Spray completed project with 2-3 coats of acrylic spray sealer (matte)
according to directions on can.
Hint: Small glass votive holders or small clay pots work great in the mouth of the
jar. Place votive candle on holder and you are all set!
This attractive flower pot is actually a pen in disguise. Just pull out the flower,
write your message and put it back for a lovely addition to your desk. Use any color you wish in order to compliment your
home or office decor.
You will need:
3" clay flower pot Spray can of white primer
paint Small sponge brush Acrylic craft paints in white and 2 or 3 colors that coordinate with the silk flower Sea
sponge Piece of 1/2" thick Styrofoam, slightly larger than the diameter of the flowerpot Bic Classic Stic ball point
pen Green floral tape Silk flower with leave, in color desired 24" long piece of chiffon ribbon or wire edged ribbon
in color that coordinates with silk flower Tacky glue Handful of Spanish moss Paring knife snubnose pliers wire
cutters glue gun scissors Instructions:
Spray outside and bottom of clay flowerpot with white primer paint; let dry. With
sponge brush, brush outside and bottom of flowerpot with lightest of darkest acrylic paint color; let dry. Dip sea sponge
into second acrylic paint color and, with a very light touch, dab paint on outside of pot, turning sponge to vary pattern;
let dry. If using a third acrylic paint color, apply in same manner as second acrylic paint color; let dry. Use the sea sponge
to lightly dab white acrylic paint over other colors to show through; let dry.
Note: Wash and squeeze dry the sea sponge before applying each new color of paint. Or tear off small
pieces from the sea sponge and use a different piece for each color.
Turn flowerpot upside down on top of Styrofoam, then press pot into Styrofoam to make
an impression of the diameter of the pot. With paring knife, cut circle from Styrofoam. Press circle into pot, keeping it
even with top of pot. Using bottom of ball-point pen (end opposite the pen point), carefully push pen through the middle of
the Styrofoam circle to create a holder for the pen; remove pen.
Remove and discard pen cap. With snubnose pliers,
remove pen cartridge; set aside. Using edge of paring knife, remove and discard small cap at bottom of pen. Starting at bottom
of pen sleeve, wrap floral tape tightly around pen sleeve, wrap floral tape tightly around pen sleeve, overlapping tape slightly
as you work, until tape reaches top of sleeve. Tape will stretch slightly as you pull it when turning the pen; this helps
tape adhere to pen.
Using wire cutters, cut stem of silk flower to 1" length. Insert stem into bottom of pen sleeve.
Using glue gun, glue stem in place, holding stem until glue is dry. Insert pen cartridge into pen sleeve. Press pen point
on hard surface to make sure pen cartridge is securely in place. Place ribbon around pen directly under leaves and tie in
a bow, leaving 3"-4" long streamers. Cut streamers on a diagonal.
Apply a thin coat of tacky glue to top of Styrofoam.
Glue Spanish moss to Styrofoam, covering Styrofoam completely. Insert flower pen into Styrofoam.
Note: Replace Bic
refills as needed in flower pen.
1 large wire whisk About 1/3 bag of kisses
Fill the business end of the whisk with chocolate kisses.
Wrap in cellophane (red for Christmas or Valentine's day), green for St. Patrick's Day, etc. Tie with gold ribbon or raffia.
Attach a tag "Whisking you a ______" (Merry Christmas, Happy St. Patrick's Day, Happy Valentine's Day, etc).
NOTE: Whisks can be purchased very inexpensively at dollar
Heating Pad Sock
Use athletic socks or children's fancy socks. Fill sock with
rice. Before using the rice, you can mix it in a plastic bag with a little cinnamon oil or menthol oil for soothing smells.
Tie top of sock off with a rubber band and pretty ribbon.
If giving as a gift, attached the following on a gift tag:
This little pillow
filled with rice Is such a comforting device, Microwave for 2 to 3 minutes on HIGH And kiss those aches and pains
good-bye. Apply it to a troubled spot The heat will ease the pain a lot. Or warm those little toes, so cold. You'll
find this nice to have and to hold Or freeze it for awhile, And fix that boo-boo in style. Instead of a compress
made of ice, Use this pillow filled with rice.
1 (12-inch) clay pot 1 (14-inch) clay pot 1 (16-inch)
clay pot 1 (18- to 20-inch diameter) clay saucer Silicone adhesive Caulking gun Acrylic paints and brushes Stencils,
sponges, etc. Sea shells, mosaic tiles or stones Grout Glue Clear satin polyurethane
NOTE: If you plan to paint the bird bath, paint the pots
and saucer before assembly. Let dry completely, then proceed with the following instructions:
Depending on the sizes and numbers of pots used, different
looking birdbaths can be made.
Invert pots and stack them together, with the largest clay
pot on the bottom. Place the large clay saucer upside down on the top.
Glue the pots together using silicone adhesive. Attach saucer
to top pot with the silicone adhesive, making sure it is centered and level.
If desired, decorate the bird bath using a foam brush, sponges
Glue shells or mosaics onto the birdbath, then apply grout
between the shells (or mosaic tiles or stones). When all is dry, cover the painted and grouted surfaces with several layers
of polyurethane or acrylic sealer.
Tip: You may want to weight the bottom pot with gravel to
give it more weight.
This makes a perfect holiday craft and a great keepsake gift. You
can use any kind of lollipops - Blow Pops, Tootsie Pops, Dum Dums or any hard center pops.
Small terra cotta flower pots - 2-inch
diameters or larger are good Assorted acrylic paints Water base glaze Styrofoam - white or green Spanish moss
Decide what you want to paint on your pots. Some examples
St. Patrick's Day: green clovers Mothers Day: flowers Fathers
Day: fish Valentine's Day: hearts Halloween: candy corn, pumpkins or ghosts Thanksgiving: leaves or acorns Christmas:
trees, snowflakes or snowmen
Paint the clean, dry pot with acrylic paints. Let dry completely.
After the pot has dried, apply water base glaze, according
to the jar instructions. Let the pot dry completely again.
Place a small piece of Styrofoam in the bottom of the pot.
Place the lollipops into the Styrofoam, and cover the foam generously with the Spanish moss.
Baker's Clay 1 cup flour 1 cup salt Water (to moisten)
Mix together flour and salt, and stir in enough water to
form a workable, but not sticky, dough.
Pie 1 pie tin, any size, or muffin tin for mini pies" Cooking spray Potpourri Butter
Prepare Baker's Clay, and spray tin with cooking spray. Preheat
oven to 250 degrees F.
Roll out Baker's Clay into large circle about 1/4 inch thick.
Cut circle, just as you would for making a normal pie, and line tin with it. Wrap up remaining dough for later. Bake pie crust
for at least 30 minutes. Let cool.
Fill cooled crust with potpourri. Take remaining dough scraps,
re-roll and cut into strips for lattice crust. Arrange strips over potpourri, in the same way you would make a normal lattice
crust pie. Dampen dough to "glue" it down to baked crust. If you have any problems with the lattice top sinking into the potpourri,
you can use newspaper or balloons to hold its shape until it dries. Let top crust dry for 1 or 2 days.
In a small, attractive bag, put a penny, a nut, an aspirin,
and a lemon drop. Attach a gift tag to the bag which reads:
A Penny for your thoughts. A Nut for all the nutty things
we do. An Aspirin for all the headaches I've given you. A Lemon Drop for all of life's sourness that we
have helped each other through. And a hug just for you!
Orange cellophane Candy kisses, candy eggs, jelly beans
or any other smaller candy desired Green raffia Green curly ribbon
Cut a long pie-shape piece of cellophane, form it into a
cone (carrot) shape, then tape along the edge. Fill the cone with candy. Tuck raffia into the cone, then leave long lengths
of it sticking out for the carrot top. Tie with the ribbon.
Silverware Wind Chime
pieces old silver plate forks, knives, spoons 1 small silver plate
serving dish Heavy monofilament line Very light stainless steel link chain 4 small "S"-shape stainless hooks 1
larger "S"-shape stainless hook
Find a flat surface and temporarily lay out your silver chime.
You'll want the pieces to hang at different lengths.
Mark points to drill four holes equally spaced every 90 degrees
around the mounting plate's circumference. Give your drill bit a place to bite by using a punch first at your marked points.
Drill the four holes in the mounting plate from which the chimes will dangle.
Clip off four equal pieces of light stainless-steel chain,
about 6 inches long. The pieces will angle upward from the edge of the plate to a central point and should be long enough
to allow the chime to move freely.
Use the "S" hooks to attach the chain pieces to the mounting
plate, with the four smaller ones at the plate edges leading to the larger "S" hook.
Assemble the wind chime temporarily - tie four of the silver-plate
utensils at different lengths and use the four drilled holes on the plate as attaching points. Check to ensure that the mounting
plate will hang level. Adjust the chain lengths as necessary.
Add the four chimes by loosely tying off the silverware pieces
with different lengths of monofilament line.
Determine where you want to add the remaining pieces of silverware.
Hang the pieces opposite one another if the mounting plate is circular.
Balance by hanging silverware of different weights at different
lengths from the plate.
Drill the necessary holes. Hang the additional pieces, also
tying them loosely.
Experiment for sound and balance by changing both the point
where the line is tied to the silverware piece and the arrangement of the hanging pieces. Tie the monofilament lines securely,
trim the knots, and secure each with a dab of super glue. Hang the chime.
Old Glory Slate
This painted version of the Stars and Stripes comes already framed, since a slate is used as the
What You Need:
Nothing could be better
than painting with red, white, and blue.
fine-tip permanent calligraphy marker
fine-tip permanent-ink marker
wood for practicing
acrylics paints: PR Poppy red (630), BB Brilliant Blue (641), WW Warm White (649), SP Strawberry Parfait (751), and CR Calico
5/8-inch-diameter gold buttons with eagle design
or florist's wire (hanger)
1. The writing
surface of our slate measures 7 x 10 inches. If your slate varies in size, adjust the width and height of your stripes to
allow for seven horizontal and five vertical equally spaced rows.
2. Sand the
frame, wiping away dust with a soft cloth. Use a cloth to apply wood stain to frame. To prevent the calligraphy marker from
bleeding into wood when inscribing phrases, seal frame with two coats of Mod Podge following manufacturer's instructions.
writing patriotic phrases on scrap wood using the calligraphy marker. When satisfied, inscribe a phrase centered on each side
of the wooden frame.
4. Use a pencil
to lightly draw a 4 x 4-inch square in upper left-hand corner of slate. Use a sponge brush to basecoat the square BB, applying
three coats to achieve a deep color. Basecoat the remainder of slate WW, applying at least three coats for complete coverage.
5. With pencil,
divide white area into 1 x 2-inch rectangles. Divide white area into 1 x 1-inch squares for stars.
6. Use the
flat brush to paint the red rectangles PR. Use the shader brush to shade the top of each red block with CR. To shade, dip
brush in water; blot excess on a paper towel. Dip one corner of the brush into the paint. Blend paint by stroking brush on
palette until color gradually fades to the opposite side of brush. Place paint side of the brush along the top of each block,
stroke across the block to shade. Highlight the bottom of each red block with SP, using the same method as above for shading,
placing the lightest color at bottom of block.
each 4-inch side of the blue square with WW. To define mini squares, use liner brush to paint white lines over pencil lines.
With pencil, draw stars freehand. Thin WW with water; paint stars using No. 2 round brush. Let dry.
8. Using the
permanent-ink marker, draw dash "stitch" lines between red and white rectangles. Draw stitch lines around stars and along
the blue squares. Make an X at each corner of blue squares.
9. Seal painted
flag and wooden frame with water-based varnish following the manufacturer's instructions. Use wire cutters to cut shanks off
buttons. Glue buttons to each corner of frame. For hanger, knot end of jute; make a second knot 2-1/2 inches away; trim beyond
second knot. Center jute on upper back of slate; glue knots to board
Boiling water 20 Mule Team Borax Laundry Booster Chenille
(pipe cleaners) A wide mouth container String or yarn and a pencil
Shape the pipe cleaners any way you want - hearts, angels,
stars, flowers, etc.
Pour boiling water into a wide mouth container (wide enough
to hang your ornament in so it doesn't touch the bottom or sides). Add about a cup of Borax, less or more depending on the
size of your container and the amount of water. A thick glass container works well, because you can see the Borax dissolving.
Add enough Borax so the water is quite cloudy.
Suspend the ornament in the solution by tying a piece of
string or yarn to it. Tie the other end of the string to a pencil, and then lay the pencil across the top of your container.
Make sure the pipe cleaner is completely immersed in the solution and isn't touching the sides or bottom of the container.
As the solution cools, the crystals will begin to form on your pipe cleaner. Leave overnight. Remove from the solution and
allow to dry.
NOTE: Overnight soaking will give you very thickly crystallized
ornaments. If you want some of the color of the pipe cleaner to show through, leave in the solution for less time - as little
as 2 hours.
If you want, you can spray your finished ornament with acrylic
sealer or clear spray paint to keep the crystals from falling off too quickly.
Color Swirl Bottles
Old bottles Odds and ends of enamel paint Ivory "flat"
paint Large pail Water
Wash bottle in hot soapy water; rinse well and dry thoroughly.
Give the bottles a coat of flat paint for base - ivory is
good. Let stand to dry overnight
Fill with water to about 4 inches from the top. Now put a
few drops of each of several colors of quick-drying enamel on top of the water. The enamel will float. Flatten out the drops
on the surface by gently blowing on them. Holding the bottles by the neck, as close to the top as possible, dip it down into
the water, twisting bottles as you dip. The bottles will pick up the colors on top of the water as it is lowered, so make
sure you use a smooth continuous motion - don't stop part way. Give the bottles a twist as you dip them, creating a swirl
of color. Carefully remove from the water and set it on a newspaper to dry.
When the bottles have dried, give the surface a luster with
wax and polish.
2 Old CDs
Large Wiggly Eyes
Yarn or Fishing Line
Instructions: Using whatever color of paper
you prefer, cut out the fish's lips, fins, and tail (figure 1). Glue the lips and fins to the side of the cd with the writing
on it (figure 2). Set aside one of the top fins.
Cut a piece of yarn or fishing line 3 - 4 feet long. Tie a knot in one end. Run a line of glue from the hole in the center
of the cd up to the top edge of the top fin that is glued onto the cd. Lay the yarn or fishing line on top of the glue so
the knot is in the hole in the cd as shown in figure 3. Glue the extra top fin on top of the other top fin to cover the yarn
(figure 4). Spead glue all over the side of the cd that everything else is glued to. Set the other cd on top of the glue and
match up all the edges. Make sure you have the side of the cd with any writing facing down into the glue.
Glue the wiggly eyes on your fish as shown in figure 6. Glue one on each side of his head. If you don't have wiggly eyes,
you can also use a small white pom-pom and a black bead. This will give your fishes eyes a more 'buggy' look! The last thing
you need now is a fin on the side of the fish! You will make these by using a 5 x 6 inch piece of construction paper. Accordian
fold the paper. Using figure 7 for an example, you would fold the paper back and forth on the white lines. Once it is fold,
hold the folds together and slip in through the hole in the center of the cd. Center the paper in the hole and unfold the
ends a bit to fluff them out. Add a little glue to hole of the cd and the paper. You can now hang up your completed fish (figure
Dried Flower Sachet
Make yur own dried flower sachet. Smells great and makes a perfect gift!
Piece of Lace
Cut out the felt and lace material into whatever shape you want your sachet to be (hearts are fun, but any simple shape
will work. The size you make will defepend on how many flowers you have. You will want your sachet 'pillow' to be full, but
not too big (probably 6 inches maximum size).
Put glue around the edge of your felt shape, but leave a small section without glue. This is where you will stuff your
dreid flowers in. A hot glue gun works well, but any sort of thick, tacky glue will work also. Set your lace shape on the
glue. Be careful to match the edges as best as you can. Set it aside for the glue to dry.
Once the glue and flowers are both dry, carefully stick the petal of the dried flowers into the opening you left in your
felt/lace shape. Once full, glue the opening shut. Caefully put a dab of glue around the edge of your shape, on the lace side.
Carefully stick the edge of the piece of lace onto the glue. Set aside to dry.
Once your glue is dry, your sachet is pretty much ready! Put a small amount of purfume on the back of your felt so your
sachet smells great. These make great gifts, and are perfect for making drawers, closets, and other small areas smell sweet!
Glitzy Jean Gift Box
YOU'LL NEED One photo or video storage box One pair of jeans Fabric glue or hot
glue gun Beaded trim and matching ribbon* Computer fonts* Miscellaneous: seam ripper, scissors, fabric marker
or Sharpie, iron, white cardstock, hole punch.
Check back to this page weekly,as I am always adding new stuff.