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12.4.15

Nantucket Paper Basket Favor by The Little Blue Room

This nantucket basket tutorial is a must share!  So many possibilities...picnic or wedding party favor comes to mind.  Click on the images below to be redirected to The Little Blue Room's DIY instructions.

DIY NANTUCKET PAPER BASKET FAVOR

What you'll need:
  • 6x6 square carstock or designer paper
  • 2 one half x 6 inch strips of cardstock or designer paper
  • scoring tool
  • scissors
  • 1" circle punch
  • corner rounder
  • 4 brads
  • adhesive

DIY NANTUCKET PAPER BASKET FAVOR

For more information and images on how to make this paper basket, visit The Little Blue Room page here.

11.4.15

Patriotic Mason Jar Lanterns by Addicted 2 DIY

Another fun find, Patriotic Mason Jar Lanterns, courtesy of Addicted 2 DIY.  Such a simple, DIY project that will give you a festive, decorative element to any front porch, backyard barbeque or 4th of July party.  All you need is a half gallon and quart-size mason jars.  Click through the images to be redirected to the tutorial.  See our categories list in the right hand column to view all of our Mason Jar Crafts and/or July 4th Party Crafts.

DIY MASON JAR CRAFT BY ADDICTED 2 DIY


2.4.15

Reversible 1 Hour Tote Pattern by Haberdashery Fun

This is one DIY we have to try and looks relatively easy, even for a beginner.  Click on the image for the direct link to the tutorial and pattern.

REVERSIBLE 1 HOUR TOTE

Materials:
  1. Fabric – 2 colors, 1/2 yard each or 2 fat quarters for the outside/same color/pattern and 2 fat quarters for the lining/same color/pattern
  2. Interfacing – I like using Pellon SF101
  3. 1″ Poly webbing – 3 yards. Check out Seattle Fabrics for colors and widths
  4. Disappearing fabric pen
  5. Sewing supplies – thread, pins, scissors
  6. Iron and ironing board
 Directions:
  1. Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of your fabric. Both main and lining. Place and pin pattern on the fabric. Cut out 2 main and 2 lining pieces.
  2. Place main pieces on top of each other, right sides facing. Pin. Place into sewing machine and stitch side seams and bottom together with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Repeat for lining pieces.Press seams. Open seams and press again.
  3. Create boxed corners at all 4 corners. Wiggle bottom to meat side seam. Sit seams directly on top of one another. Place quilting ruler on top and line up at the 45 degree mark and 1″ up from point. Mark a line with the disappearing fabric ink pen. Repeat for each corner. Place into sewing machine and stitch following the line.
  4. Cut off the tip. Leave a 1/2″ seam allowance. Want to learn more? Check out my quick tip tutorial on sewing boxed corners.
  5. Turn main bag right side facing out. Leave lining right side facing in. Place the lining into the main bag and wiggle corners into place. Pin along top edge.
  6. Lay bag flat on working surface. Hand press wrinkles out. Measure along front along front curve and add 1″ to each side. Cut webbing to the length of the front curve. Cut 2 pieces [ one for back and one for front]
  7. Cover center front raw edge with the webbing. Pin and place into sewing machine. Edgestitch webbing along the center front.  Backstitch. Repeat for center back. Trim the ends off.
  8. Create the continuous strap – start at one side seam and cover the raw edge with webbing. Pin in place. Continue up the side seam towards the front top edge curve. Pin to hold in place. Leave 16″ of webbing free and then pin the webbing in place at the other side, top front edge. Pin. Continue around side seam [ covering raw edges] and repeat for the back. Place into your sewing machine and edgestitch along the webbing. Stitch in one continuos loop, including along the 16″ strap. Backstitch at the end. Note: Use a lighter over the webbing ends if it is fraying.

1.4.15

Mason Jar Super Hero Banks by Fireflies + Mud Pies

These Mason Jar Super Hero Banks are the perfect "Super Hero" themed party craft and/or favor.  This is also a fun one-on-one craft to make with your little one, as a tool and/or incentive to save some money.  Be sure to check out Fireflies + Mud Pies tutorial by clicking the image/link below.

SUPER HERO MASON JAR BANK
 
Materials Needed:
  • Regular Mouth Quart Jars
  • Coin Bank Mason Jar Caps
  • Self-healing Cutting Mat
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Yellow Duct Tape
  • Blue Spray Paint
  • Black Spray Paint 
Directions: 
  1. Spray paint the jars, caps, and jar rings in a well-ventilated area. 
  2. While your materials are drying, sketch the Batman and Superman emblems on duct tape with a pen (don’t worry about extra pen marks, as a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol will remove those). If you lack artistic skill, print images off the internet, cut them out, and trace. 
  3. Cut out the shapes with the X-ACTO Knife. I layered duct tape to create the Superman emblem (cut out the red shape first, then place it on top of the yellow tape). The duct tape will peel easily off the cutting mat.

31.3.15

Sophia The First Blueberry Cupcakes & Toppers by Growing Up Bilingual

Nothing makes a celebration complete like a festive cupcake! Click on the image below to be re-directed to Growing Up Bilingual's post for the FREE PRINTABLE and recipe for blueberry cupcakes!

SOFIA THE FIRST CUPCAKE TOPPER

Ingredients 
  • ½ cup of fresh blueberries 
  • 1 and ⅔ cup all-purpose flour 
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder 
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda 
  • ½ teaspoon salt 
  • 1 cup granulated sugar 
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted 
  • 1 large egg 
  • ¼ cup Greek blueberry yogurt 
  • ¾ cup almond milk 
  • 1 teaspoon white vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Place cupcake liners in a muffin pan and s aside. 
  2. Place blueberries in a food processor or blender. Pulse until blueberries are chopped into small bits but before they become pureed. 
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. 
  4. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt butter in the microwave. 
  5. Stir in sugar and mix. 
  6. Add the egg, yogurt, milk, and vanilla extract until combined. 
  7. Pour dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix slowly until there are no lumps. Fold in the blueberries. 
  8. Divide batter among 12 cupcake liners and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

30.3.15

Easter M&M Bark

Looking for treats for the kids this year, or something fun to make with the kids! Check out this Purple Easter M&M Bark! You can bet being the sucker for M&Ms that I am, this is going to happen in my house this year! Try it for yourself, beware though, after one bite, you will be addicted!

Ingredients:
  • 1 bag of purple candy melts
  • ½ bag Easter M&M candies
  • Easter sprinkles
EASTER M&M BARK
 
Directions:
  1. Spread a piece of parchment paper out on a cookie sheet.
  2. Add the candy melts to a small bowl and microwave according to the instructions on the package.
  3. Once the candy melts are smooth, spread it out on the parchment paper so that it is about 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Add the M&M candies and sprinkles to the top of the chocolate.
  4. Refrigerate until the chocolate is hard – at least 1 hour. Break the chocolate into pieces with your hands (some of the topping will fall off, but that’s ok). 

29.3.15

DIY Glitter Nail Polish by The Beauty Department

A must share, how-to, is this DIY Glitter Polish, courtesy of The Beauty Department.  Uses craft store glitter that make this not only brilliant but also an affordable beauty craft project! 

DIY GLITTER NAIL POLISH




21.3.15

Paper Mache Teacups by Ann Wood Handmade

Lovin' this tutorial for paper mache teacups by Ann Wood Handmade.  Definitely have to try this one day, click on the image to be redirected to her site and step-by-step instructions.

PAPER TEACUP BY ANN WOOD HANDMADE
 ANN WOOD HANDMADE
ANN WOOD HANDMADE

What you need:
  • Click here to download the template
  • paste –  I use golden harvest wheat paste ( wall paper paste)
  • light cardboard – cereal or frozen pizza box is great and a bit of thicker cardboard for a base
  • newspaper – it’s nice to have different colors
  • scotch tape ( not the invisible gift wrap  stuff- the shiny sticky stuff)
  • glue – elmers, glue stick, hot glue  - whatever you like
  • pencil, scissors, exacto knife, and paint and brushes, glitter, fabric – whatever you’d like for decoration.
PAPER MACHE TEA CUPS



7.12.14

Christmas Cookie Cutter Chocolate Bark

The Yummy Life's recipe for Cookie Cutter Chocolate Bark looks so simple to make and the tip to melting chocolate in mason jars using a slow cooker is so ingenious!  Click on the image for a direct link to the recipe and melting chocolate instructions.  Also, be sure to check out our inventory of cookie cutters here.

COOKIE CUTTER CHOCOLATE BARK

30.9.14

Felt Piggy Coin Purse

Love this DIY felt piggy coin purse / piggy bank by Dream A Little Bigger.  These would make a terrific gift or craft on a raining day.


FELT PIGGY COIN PURSE / BANK

Materials:
  • Acrylic felt sheets
  • Sewing machine OR needle and thread
  • washable fabric marker (optional)

Directions:

  1. Cut your pattern out and either trace onto your felt with your marker or pin to the fabric and trim around. Mark the area for the slot and draw a rectangle around it.
  2. Sew the rectangle around your slot.
  3. And trim out the opening with scissors. Folding the pig in half helps to get the cut started.
  4. Sew the pig onto a piece of felt and trim away the excess when done. This helps the front and back be the same without having to worry about either slide slipping and getting all wonky on you.
  5. Fill with change and this project is a wrap. Well, unless you have more to make!
9" x 12" BLENDED WOOL FELT SHEETS AT CHARMIOS