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Tart Pan Jewelry Organizer

September 20, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Tart Pan Jewelry Organizer Tart Pan Jewelry Organizer
I have a little girl who has fallen hard for jewelry. She loves necklaces, bracelets, pins and most especially, earrings. To help keep her pretty little things organized, I put some tiny tart pans to good use. This organizer is pretty, functional and stylish and looks great sitting on a desk or vanity top, showing off both your pretty jewels and some adorable kitchen finery.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Mini tart pans
Tray

Things to do:
1. Arrange the tart pans in your tray in a pretty pattern, leaving minimal room around each pan.
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2. Once you have an arrangement you want, dab a little glue on the bottom of each pan and stick it to the tray to hold.
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3. Allow the glue to harden completely before adding jewelry.
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Clothespin Mermaids

September 19, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Kid's Arts and Crafts

Clothespin Mermaids Clothespin Mermaids
I don’t know very many kids who aren’t fascinated by mermaids and for good reason, they are pretty amazing as far as magical creatures go. These little clothespin mermaids are fun to make and even more exciting to add to your daily dose of play. Look for paint, craft foam and fabric that match or look good together and make a whole family of mer-people!

Time required: 20 minutes plus dry time
Difficulty level: Easy

Things you need:
Round clothespins
Blue acrylic paint or other colors of your choice
Royal blue craft foam sheet or other colors of your choice
Fabric scraps
Scissors
Paintbrushes
Craft glue

Things to do:
1. Paint the clothespin from the split down with a color of paint that closely matches your craft foam and allow the paint to dry.
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2. Cut fins from the craft foam.
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3. Add details to the mermaid such as hair and eyes with paint or markers.
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4. Tie a scrap of fabric around the mermaids body to create a top. Trim away excess fabric at the back.
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5. Glue the fin in place and allow it to dry before playing.
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Make Your Own Tart Pan Pincushion

September 18, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

Tart Pan Pincushion Make Your Own Tart Pan Pincushion
These little tart pan pincushions are so sweet and lovely, any seamstress would love one. Vary the size according to the pan or make a set of them in different sizes for different kinds of pins and needles and add pretty vintage buttons to suit the tastes of the sewer or to complement a sewing room’s color and style. Your favorite seamstress will love them and you for making them!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 20 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Tart pan
Gray felt or other color of your choice
Stuffing
Needle and thread
Scissors
Button
Glue

Things to do:
1. Trace your pan onto the back side of the felt and cut a circle out that is twice as big as the shape you traced.
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2. Using your needle and thread, sew a running stitch around the edge of the circle.
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3. Pull the thread to tighten slightly, then add stuffing and pull the thread to close. Tie of to secure it and create a dense puffball of a shape.
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4. Sew a button to the top of the cushion, pulling the thread straight through to draw the button down and create a slight indentation in the fabric. Tie off on the underside.
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5. Glue the cushion into the bottom of the tart pan and weigh down to make sure it is well adhered. Allow the glue to dry before using!
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DIY Tart Pan Tealights

September 17, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

DIY Tart Pan Tealights DIY Tart Pan Tealights
These little tart pan tea lights are so sweet, it’s hard to contain myself to making just a few. Perfect for lighting up a rustic table setting or for adding ambiance to country decor, these simple little candles would also be at home with modern or industrial chic styles.

Time required: 15 minutes plus time for hardening
Difficulty level: Moderate

Things you’ll need:
Wax
Wicks
Tart pans
Double boiler

Things to do:
1. Place your wicks in the center of your tart pans. If the bottom is not flat, drip a little wax onto the bottom of the pan and use it to secure the wick.
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2. Melt your wax in your double boiler. You can use white wax, bees wax, or recycled wax for this project. You can also add color or scent at this point to make custom candles.
3. Pour wax into the tart pans, filling about ¾ of the way up.
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4. Allow the wax to harden before lighting.
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How to Make Your Own Cookie Gift Bags

Cookie Gift Bags How to Make Your Own Cookie Gift Bags
If you love to bake, this DIY was made for you! We’re going to show you how to package your homemade treats in an adorable gift bag, so you can give them away to your friends and family. Everyone is sure to appreciate your extra work and kind thoughts.

Things you’ll need:
Wax Paper
Paper Cutter
Scissors
Hole punch
Cardstock
Crafter’s Glue
Blue Baker’s Twine or other colors of your choice

Things to do:
1. Use your paper cutter to cut a 7 ½ inch piece of wax paper.
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2. Fold the cut piece of wax paper in half, overlapping the edges about 1 inch.
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3. Use crafter’s glue to secure the fold. I’ve found that tacky glue holds better than a glue stick.
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4. Fold the bottom edge up and secure the fold with crafter’s glue.
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5. Cut a 5 ½ by 1 ½ inch rectangle of cardstock.
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6. Glue the piece of cardstock over the seam on the wax paper bag.
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7. Turn down the top flap and punch two holes in the center.
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8. Cut a small square of cardstock and attach it through the punched holes with baker’s twine.
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9. Slip a delicious cookie inside and give it away to brighten someone’s day!

DIY Fireflies in a Jar

September 15, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts, Summer Crafts

fireflies jars DIY Fireflies in a Jar
Long summer evenings call for all sorts of fun, don’t they? And in our house we try our best to stay outside for as long as possible now that we don’t have to do silly things like wake up early for school! Once upon a time we lived where the fireflies were plentiful on hot summer nights, but now a days we live too far north for lightening bugs. Not a problem, however, now that we have these fun firefly jars! More humane than catching the real thing if you’ve got them and a great substitute if you don’t, these also make pretty centerpieces for evening picnic or subtle lighting along a path or up patio steps. Be sure to place them somewhere in the sun during the day so they can fully “charge”.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes plus dry time and charging time

Things you’ll need:
Glass jars
Glow in the dark paint

Dowel rod or fine paintbrush

Things to do:
1. Wash and dry your jar before you begin.
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2. Dip the tip of your skewer or paintbrush lightly into the paint.
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3. Starting at the inside bottom of the jar, apply, with a light touch, small dots to the glass.
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4. Work your way up, scattering dots of varying sizes around the inside of the jar till you reach the top.
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5. Allow the paint to dry and then set in the sun to charge up. Come nightfall, you’ll magically have fireflies in your jar!

How to Make a Glow-in-the-Dark House Key

September 14, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

glow in the dark key How to Make a Glow in the Dark House Key
It’s happened to us all. You head out for the evening and, forgetting or not thinking you’ll be home late, you forget to turn on the porch light. Or maybe you remembered but the bulb went out while your out! Either way, you’re stuck in the dark, trying to find which key fits the lock, not an easy task! Save the situation with this little trick and never struggle to find the right key in the dark again!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: Less than five minutes plus dry time.

Things you’ll need:
Keys
Glow in the dark paint
Clear nail polish
Paintbrush

Things to do:
1. Decide if you will be painting a single key on your keychain or multiple keys. Remove them form the keychain and wipe them down to remove any fingerprints, oils or debris.
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2. If you are working with just a single key, paint the top half of the key with a medium coat of glow in the dark paint.
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3. If you need to identify multiple keys, paint a symbol or letter to denote different keys. For example, the back door key could have a B on it while the front door has a house shape.
4. Allow the paint to dry then coat with clear fingernail polish to seal.
5. Once the nail polish has hardened completely, repeat with the other side of the key(s).
6. Allow everything to dry thoroughly before replacing the keys on your keychain.

DIY Golden Mason Jars

September 13, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

DIY Golden Mason Jars DIY Golden Mason Jars
Now that fall is here, the cool colors of spring and summer are ready to be replaced with warm, autumn tones, and gold is one of the nicest ways to add warmth as well as light to your fall interior. Perfect for pencils, flowers or even kitchen utensils, these jars will look fabulous all though the fall and winter. Look for the smaller mouthed, squat jars with MASON clearly embossed on the front when choosing jars.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Clean cloth
Rubbing alcohol
Gold spray paint
Mason jars

Things to do:
1. Wipe down the outside of the jars using the cloth and alcohol to remove any dust or oils from the jars.
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2. Flip the jars upside down on a covered work surface in a well-ventilated area.
3. Spray very thin coats onto the outside of the jars. Allow each coat to dry before adding the next. You’ll want three or four coats at the very least.
4. Allow the jars to cure overnight and then flip them over and very lightly spray the top rim of the jar. Let the paint dry for several hours before using.
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How to Make Paper Daisy Flowers

September 12, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, General Crafts

Paper Daisy Flowers How to Make Paper Daisy Flowers
These darling flowers are the perfect accent to a bulletin board, adding a pretty touch that any little girl is sure to love. Get creative with the types of paper or use fabric to create a unique look. Experimenting with different materials makes it easy to make the perfect paper daisy for any display.

Things you’ll need:
Cardstock
Button
Crafter’s Glue
Baker’s Twine
Ruler
Scissors

Things to do:
1. The first step is creating a pattern for the flower petals. We’ve included our version in the photographs. Follow the dimensions provided, and draw your own to create symmetric flower petals.
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2. Cut out your pattern. Trace and cut out five petals onto different colors of cardstock. Trace and cut out a 1″ circle.
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3. Use crafter’s glue to secure the petals into the shape of a flower. Glue the circle onto the center, where the petals meet, to complete the flower. You could get creative and use fabric for the center circle for an extra detail.
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4. Add a button to the center of the flower with crafter’s pick glue.
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5. Punch a hole in the top of the flower and use baker’s twine to create a hanger.

DIY Chalkboard Tag Banner

DIY Chalkboard Tag Banner DIY Chalkboard Tag Banner
Anyone who knows me knows that I love banners. I LOVE them! I’ve got them all over my house and I’m always looking for more to add to the mix. This chalkboard tag banner is right up my ally, cute, fun and so easily changeable for whatever event, message or day of the week it is! Paired with butcher’s twine, it makes a great addition to any decor, is perfect for parties or just for an everyday cheer up!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Chalkboard tags
Chalk or Chalk Ink Pen
Baker’s twine
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Using your Chalk Ink Pen or chalk, write a letter on each tag so the holes are on either side of the letter rather than top and bottom.
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2. Cut a length of butcher’s twine just a little longer than what you need for the banner.
3. Run the string into the hole on one side and across the back of the tag and out the other side and then onto the next letter.
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4. Space the tags evenly across the string and hang!
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