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DIY Distressed Paint Mason Jars

December 18, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Distressed Paint Mason Jars DIY Distressed Paint Mason Jars
Mason jars are probably one of my favorite things ever. Think about it, what other one thing can hold summers best produce ready for winter eating, your favorite drink hot or cold or display that beautiful bouquet or help present a lovely gift? The Mason jar is just about as versatile a you can get! And here’s one more incarnation of those faithful jars. These painted jars are just a touch distressed to create a rustic look, perfect for all sorts of displays in your house.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 1 hour plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Mason jars
Acrylic paint with a matte finish
Foam brush
Fine grit sand paper
Matte polyurethane spray (optional)

Things to do:
1. On a covered work surface, paint thin coats of onto the surface of the jar. You’ll need at least 3 coats, allowing each to dry completely before painting the next.
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Distressed Paint Mason Jars3 DIY Distressed Paint Mason Jars
2. Once you have a thick coat of paint covering the whole surface, lightly sand the ridges of the words and thread of the jar. For a more distressed look you can also sand spots along the curves to remove just a little more paint. Your goal is to just take off enough paint for the glass to show through here and there.
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3. If you are going to be using these jars outside, spray the jars lightly with a matte polyurethane spray to seal.
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DIY Miniature To-Go Drink Gift Set

December 17, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, General Crafts

To Go Drinks DIY Miniature To Go Drink Gift Set
These to go drinks are wonderful party favors for any holiday event. Their small size makes them super convenient, so you can enjoy hot drinks on the go!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 Minutes
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Small glass jars
Jute
Gift tags
Metal safety pins
Scissors
Mini liberty bells
Gold wire
Drink mix
Wax paper

Things to do:
Hot Chocolate
1. The first step is filling the glass jar with drink mix. I’m starting with hot chocolate. Use wax paper to pour the mix into the jar and seal with the cork top.
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To Go Drinks2 DIY Miniature To Go Drink Gift Set
2. Use gold jewelry wire to attach two mini metal bells to the neck of the jar. Wrap the ends of the wire several times to ensure they stay in place.
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Loose-Leaf Tea
1. Fill the jar with loose-leaf tea and seal the container with the cork top.
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2. Tie a piece of jute around the neck of the container.
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3. Attach a gift tag with steeping instructions to the jar using a metal clothespin.
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To Go Drinks8 DIY Miniature To Go Drink Gift Set

DIY Cinnamon Stick and Needle Felted Sheep

December 15, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

Needle Felted Sheep DIY Cinnamon Stick and Needle Felted Sheep
I might be biased since I’m a yarn addict, but I love love sheep! These cute little sheep are super fun to make for kids or adults and are adorable as mantle decorations, homemade toys or ornaments. And with the addition of cinnamon stick legs, they smell yummy too! Be sure to place a pillow under your foam so that you don’t accidentally break the tips of your felting needle.

Difficulty level: moderate
Time required: 30 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Wool roving
Syrofoam balls
Cinnamon sticks
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Needle felting needle
Piece of foam

Things to do:
1. Glue short pieces of cinnamon stick to the bottom of the ball splayed out to make legs.
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2. Wrap wool roving around the ball so that it covers all surfaces, leaving just the cinnamon stick legs poking out.
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3. Using your felting needle, poke the needle into the roving repeatedly. Laying the sheep onto the foam and then onto a pillow so you don’t jab yourself! The tiny barbs on the needle help bind the individual strands of wool together (they have tiny little barbs too! It’s what holds them together when you felt things!) Continue this process until the body felt is well bonded together.
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4. Roll a small ball of wool to form the head. Before joining it to the body, punch the needle onto the ball of wool to solidify the head. Use this same process to attach the head to the body of the sheep.
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5. Roll a small amount of wool into a tube and, just like with the head, needle felt until it’s well bonded.
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6. Cut the tube shape in half to create two ears. Using the needle, punch into to join the ears to the head to finish!
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Needle Felted Sheep10 DIY Cinnamon Stick and Needle Felted Sheep

DIY Cinnamon Stick Rimmed Candles

December 10, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts, Winter Crafts

Cinnamon Stick Rimmed Candles DIY Cinnamon Stick Rimmed Candles
Cinnamon is the perfect scent for winter. Warm and soft and delicious, it screams the holidays and leaves your house smelling wonderful for hours. These cinnamon stick candles are as yummy smelling as they are pretty, perfect for winter table settings or rustic mantle displays.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 30 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Glass votive jar
Cinnamon sticks just barely taller than the votive jars
Wax
Wicks
Pencils or dowels
Double boiler
Cinnamon candle scent (optional)
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Melt the wax in your double boiler.
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2. Once melted, pout a small amount of wax into the bottom of the votive.
3. Lay the cinnamon sticks around the edge of the glass, the small amount of wax will help hold it in place. Sink the wick into the center of the wax as well.
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4. Once the wax had hardened a little, fill most of the rest of the way up the votive.
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5. Using a pencil or dowel, wrap the excess wick around it and balance it so the wick is centered while the wax hardens.
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6. If you get a depression in the wax near the wick, you’ll need to do a second pour to fill the hole and add a thin layer of wax to the top for best appearance.
7. Allow the wax to harden and then trim the wick to about ¼ inch above the wax.

How to Make Cornstarch Dough

December 8, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts, Winter Crafts

Cornstarch Dough How to Make Cornstarch Dough
Once upon a time, I was a kindergarten teacher where I spent a lot of time making, working with, rolling out (and cleaning up) salt dough. It’s a fabulous, easy to make dough and I’ll always love it. But it’s not always my go to playdough. While salt dough is great for many things, it’s not the best for projects requiring very white dough or very smooth dough. Fortunately, there’s an alternative that is almost as easy to whip up which makes a pure white, silky smooth dough perfect for baking up into lovely things or just for playing around with. Cornstarch dough.

Difficulty level: Easy, but requires the use of a stove and adult supervision to make
Time required: 25minutes

Things you’ll need:
Corn starch
Baking soda
Water
Bowl
Pot
Spoon
Plastic wrap

Things to do:
1. Measure out 1 cup of corn starch and 2 cups of baking soda and pour them into your pot.
2. Slowly add 1 ½ cup water, stirring as you add. If you want colored dough, add the food coloring to the water before you mix it in.
3. Turn on the stove and, stirring constantly, cook over medium heat until the dough begins to thicken.
4. Immediately dump the dough into your bowl and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Leave the dough to cool.
5. Once cool, sprinkle corn starch on the counter top, turn the dough out and knead until silky smooth. You’ll have a lovely dough that will stay pure white even when baked, perfect for holiday ornaments.
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6. To cook finished objects, Preheat your oven to it’s lowest setting. Set clay objects on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake until hard (time will depend on how thick the objects are. Flip them over every 10 minutes or so to speed the drying process.
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DIY Small Pillow Gift Box

Pillow Gift Box DIY Small Pillow Gift Box
These little boxes are great for stuffing with candies, goodies or little gifts, and they are so easy and fun to make! Your giftee will never guess they are made from recycled paper towel roll tubes! You can scale these up to make longer boxes with wrapping paper tubes (perfect for gifting posters!).

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Paper towel roll tubes
Scrapbook paper
Bone folder
Scissors
Glue stick
Tin can

Things to do:
1. Flatten out your tube.
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2. Using your can, line it up on the edge of the flattened tube and use the edge of the can and your bone folder to score an arc along the end of the tube.
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Pillow Gift Box4 DIY Small Pillow Gift Box
3. Cut a piece of decorative paper the width of your tube and a little longer than the tube is around. Using your glue stick, glue the paper onto the tube, overlapping the end and being sure to glue down all the edges.
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Pillow Gift Box6 DIY Small Pillow Gift Box
4. Rescore the arc on your tube and then gently crease to fold the ends in to close.
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Pillow Gift Box8 DIY Small Pillow Gift Box

Washi Edged Square Tags

Washi Edged Square Tags Washi Edged Square Tags
While these square cardstock tags are handy and cute, just as they are, a little washi tape can take them from fun to fabulous! Trimming tags with washi tape is a quick and high impact way to take your gift-wrapping up a notch. Color coordinates the washi with your wrapping paper, the season or a favorite color to make your gifts extra special. For best results you’ll want to cover both sides identically in washi so the tag looks great no matter which side is up!

Time required: Less than 5 minutes
Difficulty level: Easy

Things you’ll need:
Washi tape
Square tags
Scissors
String or twine

Things to do:
1. Line up the edge of your washi tape to the edge of your tag and smooth the tape down well.
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2. Repeat this process in the same spot on the other side, smoothing the tape together where it meets.
3. Trim the excess tape off along the edge of the tag so that there is no overhang.
4. Add ribbon, string or twin for attaching to the package.

DIY 3-D Tree Tag

DIY 3D Tree Tag DIY 3 D Tree Tag
Get into the gift-wrapping spirit this season with some fun tags that will take your presents up a notch and fill your giftees with glee. These little square tags, while cute enough on their own, are even better with a little 3-D tree detail. Choose a double or single layer of trees for different looks and decorate with glitter, seed beads or leave the trees as is. Either way they’ll look fabulous on your packages and parcels.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Square tags
Green cardstock
Bone folder
Scissors
Craft glue

Things to do:
1. Cut a square of green cardstock out that is 1/3 smaller than the tag. Using the square, cut out an equilateral triangle. You’ll want two identical triangles for a double layer tag.
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2. Run the edge of the bone folder down the center of the triangle to crease and fold it in half.
3. For a single layer tag, glue the folded edge onto the center of the tag. For a double layer, glue the folded edge onto the second triangle and, once dry, glue both onto the tag. Add ribbon or string to tie.
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Fancy Tags with Washi and Stamps

Fancy Tags Fancy Tags with Washi and Stamps
I’m something of a tag-a-holic when it comes to the holidays. I really prefer a good tag over ribbon (although I usually choose both!) so I like to have a whole stash ready for the gift giving season. This fancy tag is perfect for smaller gifts where there might not be room for tags and ribbon, and with a little bit of decoration, you’d never notice that the ribbon was missing!

Difficulty level: easy
Time required: 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Tags with two holes
Hemp twine
Washi Tape and/or Stamps and Stamp pad
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Decorate your tags. If using washi tape, either wrap all the way around or trim at the edges for the most polished look. With stamps, center the stamp on the tag.
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Fancy Tags3 Fancy Tags with Washi and Stamps
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2. Cut two pieces of twine long enough to more than wrap around your package.
3. Fold one piece in half and thread the ends through one hole, and then through the loop created from the fold. Pull the two ends tight to form a knot. Repeat with the other hole.
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4. Place the tag on the top of the box and tie the two sets of twine together at the back. Trim away excess twine.
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Upcycle: Turn Any Bottle Into A Lamp

Turn Any Bottle into a Lamp Upcycle: Turn Any Bottle Into A Lamp
This rustic piece of home decor adds a vintage touch to your home. The bottle lamp kit makes it easy to create a one of a kind lamp for your family room. Find a bottle you love and have fun creating something beautiful!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 25 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Bottle lamp kit
Glass bottle
Lamp shade
Lampshade adapter - optional
Lamp finial - optional

Things to do:
1. Determine which cork fits in your glass bottle.
2. Screw the long screw into the base of the light bulb socket. Turn the screw until it is attached tightly.
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3. Slide the plate and a nut onto the long screw attach to the socket.
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4. Slide the cork onto the long screw. Twist it clockwise, until it meets the washer.
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5. Twist a nut onto the bottom of the screw to secure the pieces in place.
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6. Insert the cork into the bottle.
7. Pop the metal piece onto the light bulb and screw it into place on the lamp.
8. Place the lampshade on top and secure it with the finial.

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