Salt Shaker Snowmen

I have been wanting to make these snowmen for a long time and finally found some motivation to get crafting and give it a whirl! I call this a hodge-podge project because you can use whatever supplies you have on hand to make and decorate them. I had a stash of old buttons, jewelry, and ribbon, that I broke out to complete this project. Here’s my take on the Salt Shaker Snowman!

First off, please ignore the messy background of my pics! I hope I’m not the only one whose craft area looks like it was hit by a hurricane! Lol. So the basic supplies you’ll need are salt shakers and heads. I got the tall shakers from the Dollar Tree and the short ones from the thrift store. The large wooden beads came from Michael’s, which I had on hand. You could also use white, round Christmas ornaments for the heads. This could definitely be a full “dollar store craft” because you can find shakers, white ornaments, and all kinds of seasonal accessories there!

Fill them up with whatever you’d like. I chose white vintage buttons for one and some silver tinsel for the other.

Hot glue your heads in place.

I had this white fur lying around for the sock gnomes I plan on making some day! Haha…so many projects, so little time! Anyway I thought it would look cute around their necks and hide the hot glue. I would recommend painting the heads white before you attach the fur or other neck decorations. I forgot this step and had to paint around the fur afterwards, which was kind of a pain. I used white acrylic craft paint.

Start adding your accessories. I keep a drawer of vintage jewelry pieces, beads, buttons, and just a bunch of random little items that I will draw from for projects just like this! I strung up some little tiny pearls on a thin piece of wire to accent the neck. I twisted it off and just tucked the excess under the beads.

Glue the tops of the shakers on to create their “hats.”

Originally I had planned on making noses out of Sculpey. I decided that was too much work and improvised. I clipped off the ends of two orange colored paint brushes and glued them on. You could also just paint on a nose if you’d prefer.

I used the pointed end of some paint brushes to dab on black eyes and pink cheeks. It’s a great way to make perfect little circles.

As an afterthought I decided to add my favorite sealing coat: sparkley Mod Podge! Probably would have been best to do this after I painted them white, before adding all of the accessories and face.

The tall guy is has a vintage button theme. The white rose on his hat is actually an old button. I added the off-white ribbon scarf to match the off-white buttons inside. The smaller one is more “blingy,” with his bright silver tinsel picking up the bright silver hat and sparkly accents.

There’s so much room to customize these snowmen for your theme or decor. Pinterest has a ton of different salt shaker snow-people so give it a look to get some ideas! You can make them super simple, or jazz them up with lots of bling. Hope everyone has been having a nice Fall, enjoying some crafting, and staying safe!

 

 

 

Wood Slice Snowmen Ornaments

This post is at the request of a few readers who saw these cute little guys hanging from my tomato cage ornament displays in the last post. I thought I’d share how I made them, since they are soooo easy and soooo cute!

I got these wood slices at…you guessed it…the Dollar Tree! However, I only found them once. I have tried to get more but I can’t seem to find them at my local dollar stores anymore. If you can’t find them at DT, you can get similar ones at any craft store, or you can order them in bulk online. I am very lucky because I ended up having my husband cut a ton more slices for me from some old birch stems that were on our property! πŸ™‚

Start by painting them white, using whatever acrylic paint you have on hand. I did two coats.

I did a little icy blue highlight on the sides to give them some dimension. This step is optional but I like the subtle color it adds.

Then, paint your noses.

And last, two tiny black dots for the eyes.

To hang them, use some small screw eyes. You can find these at any home improvement store. With a little muscle, you can just screw them in with your hands. Sometimes you need to finish screwing them in with a little pair of pliers, as they can get tough to turn.

Then hang them with a piece of twine, ribbon, or a wire ornament hanger. I used red and white bakers twine. I also did a top coat of my favorite sparkly Mod Podge to seal them and give them a little shimmer!

I made a few using two wood slices to make a “whole” snowman, instead of just the face. It’s the exact same process except you’ll use a total of 3 eye screws for these. One screw on the top to hang, and two more to connect them (you will need pliers to open one up, to slip the other on to). Finish with whatever accents you’d like; I added a homespun fabric scarf and a rusty tin star.

I love the they came out. I mass produced them for my craft show in October. Hopefully it does not get cancelled, but you never know these days. Hope you all are staying healthy and safe. Thanks for following along! Happy crafting!!! πŸ™‚

Tomato Cage Ornament Displays

So I’ve been churning out ornaments for the October craft show, but have been trying to figure out an easy way to display them all. I didn’t want to throw them in a basket together because the hooks would get all tangled up. Upon seeing these galvanized metal tomato cages at the home improvement store, I thought about how they resembled a Christmas tree shape, and the thin wires would work great to display the ornaments. It’s cheap, and you can customize to your color scheme or holiday!

So all you really have to do spray paint them…that’s it! I went with these three colors.

I did about 3 coats on each cage. The metal hangers on the ornaments may scratch the paint here and there, so I wanted to make sure I had thick coverage. If you’re worried about scratches on the paint, you could finish them with a hard clear sealer of some sort, or maybe even wrap the wires in fabric instead.

Be sure to spray in all the nooks and crannies, including the underside of the wires.

The pictures don’t really do them justice! In real life they are super cute and the colors really pop!

I tied the top pieces together with a rubber band to create the triangular tree shape. The rubber band works good because it grips well and won’t slide off.

Once your peak is tied off, you can decorate it to fit your theme. One of my cages will have just Halloween and Fall ornaments, so I am going to top it off with this witch’s hat.

The other cages will have Christmas and Winter themed ornaments. I am going to put one of these metal stars on one, and probably a Santa hat on the other.

I have many more ornaments to make, so hoping they will be full soon! I think one on each end of my tables at the craft show will add a lot of visual interest to the booth, giving it height as well.

How else would you “decorate” the tomato cages without interfering with the ornaments being displayed? Or just leave them as is? Have a wonderful weekend! πŸ™‚

DIY Grapevine Wreath With Pinecone Flowers

Happy first day of Spring! In light of all the craziness in the world I thought I’d post a cheerful Spring-inspired project that is easy and fun! I found the grapevines and the pinecones on my property. If you can’t find them in nature, they can easily be obtained at any craft store or even Wally world!

Here are the grapevine “before.” I had the green floral wire on hand.

Using small pieces of the wire, go through and tie off your vines where they are coming apart, to create long bundles to work with.

You could use a wreath form if you’d like, which can be found virtually anywhere, including the dollar store. To get started, I just winged it and made a random circle with my longest vine.

Keep layering the vines and tying them down when needed. There’s no exact pattern, just tie the vines together where they are loose.

Looking nice and round!

Once you’re done with the wreath, start with the pinecones. You’ll be using the bottom part of the cone as the face of the “flowers.” Cut each pinecone in half, about 2/3 down towards bottom of the cone. You’ll have to use some big garden shears or heavy-duty pruning scissors.

Next hot-glue them onto the wreath, staggering them.

Add as many pinecone flowers as you’d like. You could go all the way around or do a couple small bunches; whatever looks good to you! Also, if you’re heavy handed with the glue gun like me, be sure to do it over a piece of cardboard or newspaper to protect from drips.

You can stop here and have an all-natural wreath, or you can continue on and paint the pinecones to add some color. It’s up to you and what kind of look you’re going for!

I chose bright, Springy colors. I painted them with my DecoArt multi-surface acrylic paint. I did 2 coats on each cone.

Choose your colors for the center of the flowers. I used yellow center for the blue, purple, green and pink flowers, and a brown/black for the center of the yellow flowers.

Once dry I will spray with a coat of clear sealer to help preserve them.

Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. I have found it very therapeutic to use all this down time at home to get creative and work on all those craft projects I’ve been putting off. Happy crafting!

“Buddy the Elf” and Snowman Candles

Calling all Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins!!! Christmas crafting has officially begun! These “Buddy the Elf” and snowman candles were made using the tall prayer candles that are available at most dollar stores. White ones are the easiest to find, and are a great template for a simple snowman. The green candles were perfect for an elf, which I created based on the character Buddy from the Christmas movie “Elf”! I will admit, the Elf candle was a little more time-consuming than I had hoped, but if you’re a fan of the movie like I am, it’s totally worth it! πŸ™‚

Let’s start with the elf candle. Start out by drawing the outline of the jacket using a black paint pen. The nice thing about painting on glass is, if you mess up, you can wipe it off using a cotton ball and some rubbing alcohol and start again. Fill in the bottom section with yellow paint. I used Americana multi-surface satin acrylic paint. Unfortunately it took about 5-6 coats to get it opaque. The first few coats showed significant streaking, but it got better with each coat…be patient! Maybe a chalk paint would have been better? Anywho, next use a stencil brush to “dab” on the white collar.

Here are the exact paints and the types of brushes I used. They are supposed to be good on glass, but again, it took a TON of coats to get good coverage. I do like the end result though!

Once dry, draw on the little squiggles on his jacket using a yellow paint pen. I also drew a belt and buckle using black and yellow paint pens. I free-handed it, but you can use small strips of tape to create straight lines if you want.

If you know the movie, the likeness to Buddy the Elf is pretty good. πŸ™‚ I’m happy with him!

Next is the snowman candle, which was significantly less cumbersome! Start with your basic country snowman nose.

Use the black paint pen to draw on eyes and a mouth.

Use your stencil brush or a piece of sponge to dab on some rosy cheeks. Tie on a strip of fabric to create a scarf. Quick and easy!

I’ve got a few ideas for some other designs using other colors. I hope to work on them soon and I’ll be sure to post ’em if they turn out any good! πŸ˜‰ Hope everyone had a nice Turkey Day!

Gingerbread Man Clothespins: Take 2

Do you ever buy random craft supplies that you know you’ll “use for something” but you’re not sure what? I have bins and bins of supplies with no particular project in mind, so I have been trying to use up some of them before I go buy more! I found these clothespins and thought since they are already colored brown, that I could do a larger version of the gingerbread clothespins that I made many years ago. They came out kinda cute!

If you recall, these are the mini gingerbread clips I made back in 2011 for one of my craft shows.

The tiny clothespins were regular wood colored, so I spray painted them brown. The clips I am using for this current project were already the perfect toasty gingerbread color, so that saved a lot of time and mess! I found these at Michael’s. They are a great size too; just perfectly chunky!

I simply used some paint pens to draw on the gingerbread man faces and details. Here’s the step-by-step.

These are the paint pens I used. You can get them anywhere. Even Wally-world sells them now. They are so much easier to use on small projects like this, rather than painting with a tiny brush.

The white squiggles really give them the gingerbread man feel. I made them all a little different; some with squiggles below the faces as well as above…I just winged it with each one. The eyes and cheeks were highlighted with white and pink fine-tipped paint pens.

On some, I drew little green bows. On others I made little bows out of homespun fabric and hot-glued them on. One guy even got a scarf. πŸ™‚

For the fabric bows, just cut a small strip of fabric in the color of your choosing. I liked green for the bows, in contrast with the red buttons and rosy cheeks. Tie it in a knot, and trim the edges to make the bow as big as you want.

Use these guys to clip tags onto gifts, hang up holiday cards on a piece of twine, clip on stockings or gift bags, use as ornaments clipped onto your tree branches, etc, etc, etc…the uses are endless!

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week! πŸ˜€

Dollar Store Craft: DIY Fall Letter Decor

What is it about Fall that brings out the crafter in me? Part of my recent craftiness has been because I am a committee member on a local small-town festival, and I have been working on some projects for that event. I wanted to share this easy project using really cheap supplies and a super cute result! DIY decorative letters, which could be adapted for all kinds of events or themes!

To start, get your letters! You can find them at any craft store, and even at your Dollar Tree if you’re lucky. I call this a “Dollar Store Craft” because all the supplies were less than $1. I got these letters at Walmart for $.96 each!

Paint them up whatever color you wish! I went with the Fall theme, since it is a Fall festival. πŸ™‚

A fun and easy trick is to use the end of your paint brush to create dots. They come out perfect every time.

Next I hot-glued them onto some mason jars that I had lying around. You could glue them to a basket, a block of wood, or whatever you want to use to stand them up.

These scarecrow heads and raffia were purchased at the Dollar Tree. They also have faux flowers and other trinkets you can use to fill your jars. You could do candy, real flowers, electric tea lights, water and a floating candle…whatever you want to fit your theme.

I tied some raffia around the jars and letters for that Fall feel, and stuck the scarecrow heads and some fake flowers in the jars to create the final look.

You could do these for a child’s room, a baby shower, wedding tables, words for different holidays, your family’s initials; the possibilities are truly endless. These were made for initials of the festival to be displayed in the glass cases at the town hall.

Hope the impending Fall season has got you in the crafty mood too! Be back soon! πŸ™‚

 

Dollar Store Craft ~ Snowman Head Bottle

After my last project, I was in the mood to continue the snowman theme! The result: a cheap glass bottle turned country snowman decor!

I got this $1 bottle at Michael’s because of its unique, narrow shape. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be the perfect shape for stacked snowman heads! I labeled this post a “dollar store craft” because the Dollar Tree has a great selection of glass jars, wine glasses, glass candle holders, etc., that you could cover with cute snowman faces!

This DecoArt multi-surface paint is my new favorite. It gives great coverage and I love the fact that it cures, leaving a permanent design. Regular acrylic paint will work too, as long as you finish it with a clear sealer.

I used two different sized foam stamp brushes to create the heads. The foam stamps are quick, easy, and make the heads look like fluffy snowballs!

Looking back, I wish I had stamped the heads closer together, creating a more “stacked” look. I shall have to try it next time. For the next step, paint on long, skinny noses and little rosy cheeks. I made sure to point the noses in different directions to keep it interesting!

Then, paint two little dots for the eyes, and more dots in a semi-circle for the mouth.

I added a homespun fabric accent around the neck of the bottle. I debated on using a navy blue or red ribbon, but I always seem to come back to the homespun! I am thinking this is simply a decoration and not a functioning container, as the neck is too skinny for anything to fit down in the jar. Maybe you could use it as a holder for a sprig of poinsettia or holly berries? πŸ˜€

With this paint, it takes a week to cure and will then be a permanent finish. No need to seal, however, I was thinking of putting on a little sparkly mod podge over the faces. Just to give the jar a little sparkle here and there. To sparkle or not to sparkle; that is the question!Β What do you think???

Happy crafting!

P.S. Thank you for all the sweet comments lately. You guys are the best. Hope you’re enjoying the holiday season! ❀

Reversible Scarecrow & Snowman

I’m back! After a long crafting hiatus I decided to make something in honor of my favorite season approaching; also a project requested by a friend πŸ™‚ . I haven’t had a lot of time or motivation over the last year so I do apologize for my lack of posts. It feels great to be back at it again. This is a popular one on Pinterest and I’m sure you’ve seen many variations of it. Here’s my take and the how-to!

First I bought the large wood piece already cut to this size at Lowe’s, and had the hat-brim pieces in my stock pile of wood. You can use any size for the brim depending on the look you’re going for; I opted for a chunky, large hat. I spray painted both sides of the board and the brims first, then nailed the brims down on either side so they mirror each other.

Here he is all painted, but I don’t like that real crisp, shiny look…

I like a little bit of a worn look so I did some sanding on the edges. I love these little sanding squares, and when they get all nasty and used up, I wrap a new piece of sand paper around it. Go for a large grit to work faster.

If I could find my frickin palm sander I probably would have done more overall sanding for a more rustic look, but since I was hand sanding and my arm was tired, I just got the edges.

Now it’s time for his face(s)! I perused Pinterest and got some ideas of the faces I like and don’t like, and decided on these. I like the simple eyes, the dotted mouth for the snowman, and the cross-hatched mouth for the scarecrow. Also, I HAD to have the candy corn nose!

For his rosy cheeks I used a little round foam brush. You could use any sponge, or just paint pink circles.

Incase you were wondering I used a black paint pen for the crisp lines, a yellow and orange paint pen for the noses, and white/red acrylic for the white accents and pink cheeks. Any ol’ acrylic paint would work, but I like the paint pens because they allow you to work with more precision, especially when outlining.

Now time for the hat accents. To start, I wrapped a piece of burlap ribbon all the way around and tied it in a bow on the scarecrow side. For the snowman I decided on some pip berries and a rusty star. Everything was secured with a hot glue gun.

For the scarecrow, some raffia and a large wooden button found at Michael’s. Both sides also got a little bow of homespun fabric for some color.

I also added “scarfs” by just ripping some strips of fabric and hot-gluing them in place, criss-crossing a bit.

I’m pretty happy with him overall, my only complaint being the hat seems a bit large for the face. Maybe next time I’ll use a skinnier brim.

Thanks to everyone for checking in and commenting over the last year. I hope to be back again soon with some new ideas! Hope everyone is enjoying the summer!!!!!!!!

Chalk Painted Mason Jars

My latest crating venture has been painting mason jars. I’ve seen them all over Etsy and Pinterest and they are SO darn cute. I especially love the “ombre” jar sets. There are so many possibilities with different colors, sizes, stencils, themes, etc. After much trial and error, I’ve figured out that the type of paint you use is key! Here’s how I tackled this project.

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First, I gathered up some jars. I did a very small batch because I wanted to get the process down before I go nuts painting every jar in sight. LOL. πŸ˜€ I had a few quilted jars and also picked up these sets of mini jars at the Dollar Tree. I love the tiny size of them and think they’ll make cute “trinket jars.”

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For the newer packaged jars, I just started painting. For the previously used jars, I wiped them down with rubbing alcohol to ensure any dirt or oils were removed. A clean jar allows the paint to adhere to the glass better.

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The most important tip for this project: do NOT use regular acrylic paint. Even though many tutorials say it will work, I had a really hard time with getting the regular acrylic to stick to the glass. The first coat would go on streaky and the second coat would peel off the first coat, even after ample drying times. The best paint to use is chalk paint. I got the Craft Smart brand that is a chalky type of acrylic, which seemed to work well. I think the straight up chalk paint will work even better!

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I did the first coat with a soft paint brush and let it dry for 24 hours.

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Some might stop at one coat and be fine with that look, but for me it was a bit too transparent. I found the second coat has to go on quickly. The more brush strokes, the more likely you are to peel off some of the first coat. Overall they came out pretty good.

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I let them dry for another 24 hours. I then used some coarse sand paper to rough them up a little and create a worn, distressed look.

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Once sanded and wiped off with a towel (to get off the paint dust) I sprayed them with a clear sealer. Any clear poly will do. I used a satin spray and really liked the results.

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Tied on a little twine bow and boom! Do you like them with or without the lids?

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I love the quilted jars. The raised diamond pattern is pretty cute. I can envision one of these on my counter filled with a little bouquet of flowers. πŸ™‚

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I experimented with using scraps of homespun fabric to accent the jars. I think I like the twine better.

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I think I shall make another big batch with more colors now that I have the process down. For now I’ll put these in my booth at the co-op and see if they move. I’m thinking I’ll price ’em at $2.50 for the small jars and $6.50-ish for the large jars. If you have any tips or tricks for this project, please leave a comment and share!!!

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While the mason jars were drying, I tinkered with another quick project. I found this wooden puzzle while I was perusing the thrift store, and you probably already know what I did with it!

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MAGNETS! I am obsessed with making magnets because they are easy and great sellers.

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I am always on the look out for cool wood puzzle pieces for just this reason. I love this theme!

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Happy crafting! πŸ˜€

Christmas Crafting Has Begun! More Homespun Candy Canes

Well, I don’t have a new project to share…this is one you’ve seen before. My latest crafting venture was a new batch of “homespun candy canes,” in preparation for this years Christmas season at the co-op. I first posted about these years ago, and here is the “how-to” in case you’re interested: Homespun Candy Canes How-To.

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I made a whole bunch of the standard-sized candy canes, but also made a batch of the miniature candy canes. The mini candy canes are a bit more tedious, but seem to be everyone’s fave!

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These are the mini candy canes I used. I got them at The Dollar Tree. They come as garland, so you get 10 of them for a dollar…score!

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Bunched them up into groups of 5, tied together with twine. I plan on pricing them at $4 for a bunch of large ones, and $3 for a bunch of small ones.

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I also worked on a few of these large bells that I had laying around from years ago. They were $1 each at Michael’s.

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I spray painted them with this metallic brown:

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And made them into hanging ornaments with twine hangers and little fabric accents. They also make nice bowl fillers!

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For displaying the candy canes and other Christmas crafts, I like to put them in old wooden boxes or bowls…

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Or vintage displays like this old red sleigh (both thrift store finds).

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In other news, I am thinking of starting up my Etsy store again. I have all kinds of awesome little antique tins that are beauty/hygiene/medicine themed, with great old graphics on them. I also have tons of skeleton keys and other little items that I would like to sell. It’s a quite a project…photographing a listing everything. Maybe a good winter project for me, we’ll see!

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Aren’t they cool? I just love old tins. The colors and graphics are so fun.

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Have a great weekend and Happy Crafting! πŸ˜€

A New Batch of Silicone Dipped Bulbs & Country Night Lights

It’s been a few years since I’ve made these country night lights with silicone dipped bulbs. In case you haven’t seen my old post on how to make them, here is a refresher! They are cheap to make and great items to sell at craft shows, or for your booth at a craft shop or co-op. For some reason they make me think of Fall, and I love to make them this time of year!

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First, get your night lights at the dollar store. I got these at The Dollar Tree. The bases come in all different colors. I tend to do mostly black and white, but this time I threw in a few blue and aqua ones.

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Don’t mind my ugly carpet background…was crafting in the basement last night. Along with the night lights, I picked up these packages of extra bulbs. I like to make extra bulbs and sell them as replacements.

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For the bulbs to cure, you need to hang them immediately after dipping. I ran a piece of twine between two shelves and used clothespins to hold them in place.

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Your supplies for the bulbs consist of silicone, a little cup for dipping, cinnamon (optional) and a disposable stick to mix with. I add the cinnamon for a warm, primitive look. You can leave the silicone plain too. I use the basic Walmart brand of silicone. Some brands will work better than others – it’s all trial and error. I’ve had the best luck with this stuff. It seems to be just the right consistency.

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You also need one of these gun thingys, to squirt out the silicone. We happened to have one but they are available next to the silicone in Walmart.

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I ended up tossing my flimsy plastic cup and used a glass cup. It was easier to hold on to while dipping. I find that it works best to fill the cup up completely with the silicone mixture. Take the bulbs and dip them down in and turn them slightly to get the silicone to cover the base of the bulb. Then pull out quickly to create the long “tip”. This can be really challenging and takes some practice.

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You must work quickly because the silicone starts to cure and becomes more difficult to work with. Within 15-20 minutes, the silicone in your cup will probably be stiffer and less pliable. Hang them upside down with your clothespins and let them cure for at least 24 hours.

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When I was done with the bulbs, I worked on the bases. I tied on little strips of homespun fabric, finished with little rusty stars and hearts. For the hearts and stars, I just hot-glued them on. Don’t worry; the night lights to not get warm enough to melt the hot glue.

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Here they are all assembled!

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I love the warm look you get from the cinnamon. Unfortunately they do not smell like cinnamon though.

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For a display, I used an old cardboard box and covered the inside with scrapbooking paper. Punch holes through the cardboard with scissors for the little metal part to stick through.

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Don’t get discouraged if you try it and can’t get the bulbs to look right. The brand of the silicone makes a huge difference, and also practice makes perfect. I’ll sell these for probably $4.50 each at the co-op. Hope you have a great Labor Day! πŸ™‚

More Magnets Made From Giant Buttons, Puzzle Pieces, and Birch Discs

After my penny rug magnets, I’m on a magnet kick! I can’t stop gluing magnets to things! Here are some of the pieces I’ve been using to make new magnets. I found these awesome giant wooden buttons at Michael’s for $1 per package. πŸ™‚

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This bag of birch discs set me back only a few bucks at Michael’s.

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I love to pick up vintage wooden puzzles from the thrift store to make magnets out of. They come in all kinds of fun designs and shapes.

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First I decided to stamp the birch discs. For small objects like these, I like to lay the stamp down on it’s back and then press down the wooden piece right where I want it. That way I can see the design on the stamp and can line it up better.

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Next, glue on the magnets. Hot glue does not work well for this project; the bond is weak and the magnets pop right off. I use tacky craft glue for a strong hold.

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Here are the finished birch disc magnets. I love ’em!

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Here are the buttons…

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And the retro puzzle pieces.

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Lastly, I had a few miscellaneous pieces that I decided to make into magnets too. Some rusty stars that I added some twine bows to, and some rustic white shapes that I stamped.

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For some reason, magnets always sell really well. I plan on displaying them on some enamelware pots and pans up on the wall at my co-op. I will price them all between $1-$2. They also make great stocking stuffers come holiday time! What kinds of crafty supplies do you have lying around that you can turn into magnets?!?! πŸ˜€

Mason Jar Soap Dispensers

I’ve seen them online and in gift shops for years, and decided it’s time to try making some of my own mason jar soap dispensers! They are easy, fun, cheap to make, and would make great gifts for the upcoming holiday season. You can Google a million different ways to make them, but here’s how I did it. πŸ™‚

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First gather your supplies. You’ll need mason jars with lids, soap dispensers, and some kind of glue or sealant. I got soaps with standard pumps for $1 at the Family Dollar. Clean off the pumps and then you can use the soap in your jars when you’re done!

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Along with using regular mason jar lids, I found these fun gingham jar lids at Target, in the dollar bins! They were made for mason jar drinking cups (with small holes for straws) but I knew I could drill bigger holes and use them for the soap dispensers.

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I had Greg drill holes in the lids using a large drill bit.Β  Our biggest bit was a little too small for the soap dispensers to slide in, so he had to rock the drill back and forth, and press on the sides of the hole and widen it just a little bit. Don’t be intimidated by this part – the drill popped through the lid without too much effort. You could also use a hammer to poke a hole in the top using a screw driver and just pry open the hole by hand. Just be careful not to cut yourself on the sharp edges.

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Slide in the soap dispenser piece and seal the under side with some sort of waterproof glue. In this case, the dispenser fit pretty snug, which worked great to hold them in place while the glue dried. If they are loose, you’ll have to prop them up to hold the dispenser upright while it dries.

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I used this waterproof silicone sealant because I had it on hand. Let it dry completely – this sealant took 24 hours to cure.

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And that’s pretty much it! Finish off your jars with whatever kinds of accents you feel like. I went with homespun ties and twine bows. I had a few mason jars on hand, but I also picked up these cool purple “vintage style” jars at Tractor Supply on clearance! I knew they’d eventually come in handy! πŸ˜€

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After looking at many ideas on Pinterest, I discovered you can use these dispensers for a variety of things…condiments (think ketchup and mustard), hand lotion, dish soap or detergent, hand sanitizer, and more! I’m definitely thinking I will make some for Christmas gifts this year! πŸ™‚

“Penny Rug” Magnets

After a great day perusing my favorite antique/country shop, I was inspired to do a little crafting. I picked up a new penny rug table runner, and it got me thinking about how much I love the colors and patterns of penny rugs. I have never been able to sew, so I thought I’d try my hand at painting them!

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Here is my new runner that was the inspiration. I love this color combo!

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These are the wooden discs I used. They are the same ones I use for my snowman and pumpkin face pins & magnets. You can get them at any craft store.

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Paint them your base color. I used acrylics.

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Then paint in your rings of color! I winged it and painted the circles by hand, but a stencil would have been handy. I’m even thinking of trying it again using foam stamps.

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The next step seems easy in theory, but was actually quite challenging. I’m talking about the little “stitches.” Here’s my trial and error photo. First I tried drawing them on with a paint pen (not pictured), but I can never get those stupid pens to work right. Then I tried painting them on with a fine tipped paint brush (left). Next, I tried drawing them on with a fine tipped Sharpie marker (middle). Lastly, I used a regular sized Sharpie marker (right). I decided to go with the latter. I like the thicker look of the stitches.

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The Sharpie works great at first, but as you continue to draw, the marker almost seems to run out. I think it’s because it doesn’t work well on the painted surface. You might need a couple Sharpies to make it through.

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After they dried, I glued small magnets on the back. Here they are all finished. I had a few casualties…some came out too messy and/or uneven. It’s going to take some practice I think. Overall I think they’re kinda cool.

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I am definitely going to make more of these after I perfect my technique. I have tons of enamel ware pots and pans hanging on the walls at my co-op, which work great as magnet displays. Go Google Penny Rugs right now and see all the beautiful color combinations out there! It’s so inspiring! πŸ™‚

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