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Decorative Jar August 4, 2014


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We had a very special bachelorette party to attend for a very special dear friend. Rather than giving her a useless gag gift, we wanted to give her something she could actually use. (Don’t get us wrong – we are ALL about gag gifts, we just wanted to do something a little more special this time). That’s how this craft came about.

 

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We gave her a suggestion with the gift – we mentioned she could keep her wedding jewelry in the jar.

 

 

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You will need:

  • Jar with lid – porcelain, ceramic, glass, wood, metal, etc. (We found our jar at an estate sale. It was an older porcelain piece. We knew the previous owner, she would have loved the idea of this going to a future bride.)
  • E-6000 Adhesive
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Wax paper
  • Tweezers
  • Beads (we purchased a string of beads at a sale – they were imitation pearls)
  • Bowl to place pearls in
  • Vintage broach (we found our broach in a free box at a garage sale, the clasp was broken)

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1. Prepping for the project – Wipe down the surface of your lid with a dry cloth. Place pearls into bowl (if pearls are on a string, separate them from string). Squirt a dollop of E-6000 onto a smaller piece of wax paper. Be sure to cover your work surface area.

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2. With a popsicle stick, apply adhesive to top of lid. Lay pearls onto the adhesive – tweezers and another, clean, popsicle stick will come in handy when positioning the pearls. Pearls may need to be held in place a while to allow the adhesive to take hold. Depending on the curvature of the lid, the pearls may have a tendency to slip around a bit, so be sure to check on the pearl placement periodically. Adhesive will start to set within 10-20 minutes, so you DO have SOME time to move the pearls back into their places before the adhesive fully sets. Cover entire lid with pearls. We found it best to work in rows. Allow adhesive to set overnight.

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3. Attach a few pearls to the back of the broach (we attached 4, 1 in each corner) – this gave us a good base so we could attach the pearls onto the lid of the jar.

Allow to fully dry.

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Don’t limit yourself to just pearls – decorative beads, rhinestones, sequins, etc would work well too.

 

Bookmark Craft December 18, 2012

FOAM BOOKMARKS

Here’s a quick and easy craft, that’s great for kiddos of all ages.

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You will need:

  • Popsicle sticks (colored or natural)
  • Foam shapes (seasonal or everyday shapes)
  • Glitter glue or white glue
  • Embellishments: glitter, googly eyes, gems, sequins, etc.
  • Paints or markers (optional)

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Directions:

Let the kids attach foam shapes to popsicle sticks using glitter glue or white glue. Embellish with glitter, gems, markers, paints, etc.

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We’ve used these to decorate holiday packages, had puppet shows with them, gave them as teacher and Valentine’s Day gifts, Christmas tree ornaments, grandparents love them, glued magnets onto them . . . oh, and we’ve also used them as bookmarks.

 

An April Fool’s Spill March 18, 2012

This is an easy April Fool’s prank to craft up.
You will need:

  • Cups
  • White Glue
  • Acrylic paint
  • Wax paper
  • Wooden Craft Sticks
  • Paper Plate (optional – this may come in handy if you need to move your craft)
  1. Pour white glue into the bottom of the cup (not too much, just enough to fill the cup about 1 inch full).
  2. Add in the acrylic paint and stir with wooden craft stick. You may need to add more acrylic paint depending on how light or dark you want your spill to be.
  3. Lay out a sheet of wax paper. When paint is thoroughly mixed into the glue mixture, pour spill onto wax paper, be sure not to pour the spill too close to the edge of the wax paper -you’ll need enough room for the spill to flow out onto the wax paper. Lay cup flat onto the wax paper, making sure the glue mix and the cup make a connection. You want the cup and glue to be connected so it looks real.

Tip: If the spill is not pouring out well you may need to try one of two techniques. Tip the cup up on an angle to allow the glue mixture to flow out easier. Coax glue out with wooden craft stick. Or, if your mixture appears too thick, add a very tiny bit of water, mix to check consistency. Acrylic paint may need to be added to brighten color.

The bad thing about this project is it takes about 1-2 weeks to fully dry. So be sure to not use a huge amount of glue and allow plenty of time to dry so it’s ready for April Fool’s Day. Happy pranking!

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