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Fall Letter Craft November 4, 2012

We were thankfully given another wonderful opportunity to feature a craft project in the Fall issue of ‘Praise and Coffee the Magazine’. So . . . . if you want to learn how to do this craft, you’ll have to check out this amazing magazine.

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Click on the magazine icon below to link to the craft directions.

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A Spoon Full Of Sweet Sentiments July 19, 2012

A grade-school friend of ours was having a bridal shower. Katie mentioned we should come up with a craft to give her. We brainstormed and came up with a collage magnet spoon. We went through magazines to find words that spelled out the date of the wedding, embellished the spoon with scrapbooking elements and added magnets to the back.

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You will need:

  • Older spoon (check garage sales, resale shops, Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc)
  • Pour-on, 2-part epoxy (We used Parks Super Glaze Pour-On Finish & Preservative. Purchased at Home Depot: www.homedepot.com this will last you a looooong time. We’ve been trying to come up with craft projects that would entail this product. Follow the manufacturers instructions, carefully. We do have 2 tips – measure EXACTLY and stir, stir, stir. When measuring, we use 2 of the exact same measuring containers. Medicine cups work well, just be sure they are the exact same style. Setting them next to eachother when pouring the 2 solutions, can ensure that you will have exact measurements. Also when you mix the 2 solutions together, be sure to scrape all sides and bottom of the container when stirring.)
  • 2 medicine cups (for the epoxy – the epoxy will ruin your containers, so use something that you’re alright with discarding after the project)
  • Mixing container (for the epoxy)
  • Gloves (when mixing the epoxy)
  • Timer (mixing the epoxy)
  • Craft stick (mixing epoxy)
  • Wax paper
  • Discarded magazines
  • Sharp scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Magnets (we used button style magnets)
  • E-6000 adhesive
  • Safety pin or toothpick (pop bubbles in epoxy)
  • Scrapbooking embellishments
  • Scrapbooking mounting squares
  • Mod Podge (optional)

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  1. Cover work surface with wax paper. Go through magazines to find the words you’re looking for. We wanted the piece to have a ransom note-style. Trim out words, adhere them to the bowl of the spoon with scrapbooking mounting squares. We used tweezers to help with placement. Add scrapbooking embellishments. We had adhesive pearls that were gray and light blue. At this point you could paint the piece with Mod Podge (allow to fully dry before adding epoxy). We opted out of this step. We wanted a more rustic look. The epoxy got under the edges of the words, adding to the rustic feel of the piece.
  2. Prop up spoon so the bowl is level. We propped up the handle with the button magnets.
  3. Following manufacturer’s instructions, mix up the 2-part epoxy and pour into bowl of spoon. Be careful NOT to over fill the spoon. Bubbles will appear in the epoxy, this is the cool part, blow over the epoxy with a heavy breath. You will notice the bubbles will begin to disappear. Repeat this process, until all the bubbles are gone. A toothpick or safety pin can come in handy to help get rid of the bubbles as well.
  4. Let epoxy fully dry.
  5. Attach button magnets to the underside of the bowl and handle of the spoon. Making sure the magnets are level so they both will adhere to the magnetic surface.

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A birthday spoon would be a neat gift to give. The word ‘day’ is hard to find. ‘Birth’ is even harder, so opt for the letter ‘B’ – ‘Happy B Day’.

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Shoebox Lid Canvas July 3, 2012

I love Pinterest! I have a hard time sleeping at night and often find myself on Pinterest, searching through countless craft inspirations. I notice that many of the projects I ‘pin’ require a canvas. Canvases can be pricey and they don’t follow the ‘recycled/use what you have’ format. So I was trying to figure out an item that would resemble a canvas, but would be along the lines of a recycled project. That’s when shoebox lids came to mind.

My inspiration for the project came from the blog: http://southernbellesoulmountainbrideheart.blogspot.com/2012/06/quotes-of-amazing-father-diy-quotes-on.html

You will need:

  • Glue (I use Elmer’s White School Glue)
  • Mod Podge® (Man! I love this stuff!!)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Ruler
  • Wooden blocks (optional)
  • Shoe box lid (a clean pizza box would give you another size option)
  • Paint brushes
  • Vinyl letters (check out the mailbox, poster, office supply or craft sections in the store)
  • Magazines
  • Exacto knife
  • Pencil
  • Wax paper
  1. Tear pieces from magazines and glue them onto the shoe box lid. I was very sloppy – making sure to leave edges not glued down, this adds to the rustic look. Place lid on wooden blocks, it makes it easier to coat with Mod Podge. Coat entire lid with Mod Podge (front and sides), let fully dry. I tried skipping this step (coating with Mod Podge) and when it was time to peel off the vinyl letters, the vinly letters ripped the magazine pieces. You can see the rips in the ‘We’re Finally Home’ piece.
  2. With the help of a ruler, mark a straight line in pencil where you’ll place the vinyl letters. Place the letters anywhere you’d like. I usually place mine along the bottom. Adhere the vinyl letters. Paint the entire piece (including the sides of the lid) with acrylic paint. I found it best to peel the vinyl letters off while the paint was wet. Use an exacto knife to help get the letters off. Allow to fully dry and then coat with a final layer of Mod Podge.

Try it. Use a family phrase or your favorite quote. With my family’s constant running when we get home it feels so nice, that’s where ‘We’re Finally Home’ came from.

You’ve repurposed two items – magazines and shoe box lids, good job. Now what to do with all those empty shoe box bottoms . . .

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