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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.

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Baby Shower Gift – Baby Body Suit July 8, 2013

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I had an upcoming baby showing for my niece and her husband. I wanted to create a personal, hand-crafted gift, so I started researching Pinterest. I came across a post for a baby body suit idea, the post also included a recycled packaging idea (which Katie and I are all about): http://keephomesimple.blogspot.de/2010/07/precious-onsies.html

The post gave me inspiration to try the iron-on adhesive. It’s an amazing product and I wanted to share it with you.

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You will need:

  • White, cotton baby body suits
  • Heat n Bond® (There’s Heat n Bond Lite (purple package) & Heat n Bond Ultra Hold (red package). I purchased the Lite (purple). The associate at the store told me the Ultra will eventually come off and it’s best NOT to sew with the Ultra (it will ‘gum’ up your needle). I wanted to stitch around my images so I purchased the Lite.)
  • Fabric scraps (I went with flannel. I wanted the edges to fray when the item was washed and I felt flannel would be my best bet.)
  • Scissors
  • Print out of a silhouette (Here’s a site to check out for referencing silhouettes: http://www.fun-with-pictures.com/printable-silhouettes.html)
  • Iron and ironing board (ironing surface)
  • Pen or pencil (something to use for tracing around silhouette)
  • Corresponding thread
  • Needle

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Directions for baby body suit:

  1. Pre-wash (without fabric softener) and fully dry, baby body suits and fabric scraps.
  2. Iron Heat n Bond onto the back of fabric scraps, follow directions on back of Heat n Bond package.
  3. Trace silhouette onto fabric scrap. I flipped my image over and traced directly onto the Heat n Bond.
  4. Cut out image.
  5. Peel off paper liner from Heat n Bond, place fabric silhouette onto front of baby body suit (adhesive side down), iron on silhouette.
  6. Allow to cool. With needle and thread – stitch around outside edges, leaving an area about 1/8″-1/4″ to allow for fraying (optional).

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Supplies & Directions for Packaging

You will need:

  • Jar with lid (anything will do – pickle, spaghetti, etc). Make sure mouth of jar is big enough to fit the body suits into.
  • Spray paint (and primer is a good idea)
  • E-6000 Adhesive
  • Drawer knob
  • Jute string, ribbon (embellishments)

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Directions:

  1. I recommend painting jar lid with a primer first. Allow to fully dry, apply spray paint (2-3 coats of spray paint).
  2. When lid is fully dried, attach drawer knob onto jar lid with E-6000 (follow manufacturer’s directions on back of E-6000 package).
  3. Roll up body suits, place into jar.
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The nursery is yellow so I rolled up yellow-themed wash clothes and placed them into another jar.

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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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