Felt Succulent Wreath

Hello makers! I’m looking to freshen up my front door for the new year. What better way to do that than with a new Felt Succulent Wreath?! Here’s my first blogged about craft of the new year… finally!

Isn’t my wreath so pretty? I don’t know about you, but I have a huge love for succulents. I’m not the greatest gardener, though I try, so I thought I’d figure out a way to create a succulent project without having to plant anything at all. 

For this craft you will need:

I used my Spellbinders Platinum 6 and the succulent dies to cut the succulents out of felt.

(Scroll to the end of the post for a video tutorial!)

Look how clean the Platinum 6 cut through felt!! Now stack them up…

Then glue them together with hot glue. Make sure you pinch them at the bottom!

And finally, I hot glued the felt succulents all over the heart shaped wreath. 

And viola!

My wreath is complete and ready to hang on our front door! But it would look great on a mantel or window or mirror. Where would you put it?

Didn’t the felt succulents turn out so pretty? I love the look of the 3 greens together. All in all this craft took about 30 minutes to complete, start to finish, thanks to my Platinum 6 for cleanly and easily cutting out my felt. Not too shabby if you ask me! Watch the video for a visual tutorial of the entire craft!

 

What’s hanging on your front door right now?

I received the Platinum 6 and dies from Spellbinders to review and share on my blog. All opinions are 100% my own and I only share products and companies that I truly love and think you will too.

 

Rudolph Pencils

Hello there makers! I have a quick and easy Christmas craft that the kids will love! They make great little gifts to pass out in class, to your teammates, and to your friends. Today I am going to show you how to make Rudolph Pencils!

In a few easy steps with a minimal supplies, you can make these adorable pencils for under $5. 

You will need:

  • Christmas pencils
  • brown pipe cleaners
  • red mini pom poms
  • mini googley eyes
  • small gold bells
  • glue gun and glue sticks (or craft glue for the little ones)

To make the pencils, just watch the video where I show you how to make a Rudolph Pencil in under a minute. 


 

First, slide the gold bell half way down a brown pipe cleaner. Then twist the pipe cleaner to the pencil, making sure it’s tight. Accordion fold both ends of the pipe cleaner and then stretch out a bit. Hot glue the mini red pom pom to the bell and the googley eyes above the bell, onto the pencil. DONE! It’s that easy. Repeat until you finish your pencil pack and then pass them out to your friends for Christmas.

If you like these Rudolph Pencils, you’ll probably like the printable Build a Snowman game and the Candy Cane Ornaments for kids too!

I hope y’all have a great weekend. Happy Christmas crafting!

Buffalo Plaid Wooden Sign

Hello there makers! We are quickly approaching Christmas…are you ready?! Today I thought I’d share another Christmas decor craft with y’all, and since I’m on that buffalo plaid kick… it’s bound to have some in there! If you’ve followed me for a bit, then you know I run a handmade wooden sign shop and have for almost 7 years. One of my favorite things to make is wooden signs! Check out my Buffalo Plaid Wooden Sign!

I really love how it turned out! I placed it right in the entry way so that our visitors see it right when they walk in. Want to make your own? Here’s what you’ll need:

  • cut and sanded piece of (ply) wood (mine was 11×13)
  • paint/brush
  • stain/brush
  • cut and sanded furring strip (enough to frame your sign)
  • buffalo plaid welcome (from Michael’s)
  • buffalo plaid deer (from Target)
  • E3600 heavy duty glue
  • nail gun/nails 

First you want to get your sign ready. Cut and sand all wood needed for the project. *If you don’t have power tools on hand, you can ask your local Home Depot or Lowe’s to cut the wood for your for a small cost. 

Next, paint your sign and stain your frame. Allow dry time and lightly sand with a sanding block when dry. Coat the frame in sealer (this can be wax or a clear coat of spray paint). 

Then, using your nail gun, attach the furring strips to the outside of your sign to frame it all in.

The tough parts are done! Use your heavy duty glue to adhere the Welcome and deer to the wood.

Almost done…

Tada! You can attach a hook to the back if you want to hang it up on a wall. Otherwise, it sits nicely on flat surfaces like tables, shelves, mantles, etc. 

If you liked this project, you would love the Buffalo Plaid Glitter Deer Head I just made and my new winter wreath

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great rest of your weekend. 

Buffalo Plaid Glitter Deer Head

Hello makers! If you haven’t noticed I’m on a buffalo plaid kick this Christmas and I’m excited to show you what I’ve crafted up with it this time. How fun is this Buffalo Plaid Glitter Deer Head?! I’m not bit on the real deer heads up in my home for decor, but I’ll take a glittery paper machete one any day!

This cute guy was inexpensive and pretty simple to make. You just need a few things to make one for yourself…

I had the Mod Podge, black paint, gold glitter, scissors and paint brushes on hand, but you can find them at any craft supply store. I bought the paper machete deer head and the buffalo plaid paper at Hobby Lobby. 

First you want to carefully separate the deer head from the plaque. Then paint the outside and edges with black paint and allow it to dry.

Next you want to paint the deer head with Mod Podge and sprinkle with glitter and also allow time to dry.

After your black paint is dry, trace the plaque one the buffalo plaid paper. Cut it out a little smaller than the tracing so it can fit inside the lip. Then you are going to either glue or Mod Podge the paper to the center of the plaque and allow dry time.

Now all you have to do is glue the deer head back onto the center of the plaque and you’re done! Isn’t he so pretty?! I just love him.

Are you into the buffalo plaid trend? If so, you’ll also love my wreath and this post on popular Christmas decorating trends

I hope y’all have a great weekend!! See you next week with more Christmas fun. 

Glitter Dipped Wooden Ornaments

Hello makers! Are you Christmas ready? I know I’m not nearly as ‘ready’ as I usually am, but I’m still crafting away making all the Christmas decorations. Today I am excited to share my Glitter Dipped Wooden Ornaments with you. They were really easy to make and turned out so beautiful.

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So pretty, right?! You only need a couple of things to make them…

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I found these cute wooden ornaments and the red glitter paint at Michael’s. I bought 5 of them but you can dip as many ornaments as your sweet little heart desires.

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Let’s make these ornaments, shall we? First you want to dump your glitter paint into a small dish.

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Then you are going to take turns dipping the ornaments into the glitter paint. Allow them to drip off into the bowl for a bit, and then hang them to dry. I hung mine on hangers and put paper underneath to catch the drips. 

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After they dry for 12-ish hours, they are safe to handle and hang on your tree.

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I really love the way they turned out. The red glitter really pops against the green tree. And I super love the wood and glitter combo. 

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Do you make ornaments for your tree? I love handmade ornaments so much and I have a few more up my crafty sleeve to show you, so stay tuned!

Buffalo Plaid Winter Wreath

Hello and happy turkey week! Since I am not hosting Thanksgiving this year, I have plenty of time to do one of my most favorite things… Christmas craft! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you saw a sneak peek. I cannot wait to show you my Buffalo Plaid Winter Wreath!

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Isn’t it the cutest wreath ever?! I absolutely love it so much! If you love the rustic, buffalo plaid trend, then this wreath is perfect for you too. 

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All supplies besides the mini trees were purchased from Michael’s Stores and the mini trees are from Target’s dollar spot. 

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The wreath was really simple to make… Just hot glue all of the items onto your wreath where you want them! 

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The arrow sign was an ornament… to the LODGE! 

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And the mini red truck is part of figurines from a mini Christmas scene…

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How adorable is the baby deer?! I just love her…

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This Buffalo Plaid Winter Wreath makes me feel so cozy and totally ready for Christmas. I really love the way it turned out and I hope you do too!

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If you love buffalo plaid, check out my popular Christmas trends post!

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Happy Thanksgiving friends!

DIY Emoji Plushies

Hello there makers! I hope y’all had a fantastic Halloween with your friends and family. If you follow Mine for the Making on Instagram or Facebook, then you saw all of the fun we had! But now that Halloween is over, we are busy getting ready for the next holidays. We love to make a lot of the gifts we give for Christmas and right now my daughter and her friends are super into emojis. And to be honest with you, so am I! LOL! So today we are going to (finally) share our DIY Emoji Plushies with you.

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My daughter (8) loves to craft and create, so she came up with the idea of turning her favorite emojis into plushies! These would make great Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, and even party favors. 

Our plushies are about 5 inches but you can make them as big or as small as you want. Also, because this is a kids’ craft, there’s no sewing involved, however you are welcome to adjust the tutorial to your liking and skill level. 

You will need:

  • felt (yellow, red, black, etc.)
  • puff paint (white, black, red, blue, etc.)
  • cotton/stuffing
  • scissors
  • Sharpie or marker
  • circle to trace
  • pictures of emojis
  • hot glue gun + glue

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First you want to trace out 2 circles per emoji on yellow felt. I used a bowl to trace and my sharp scissors to cut them out. 

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Using your marker, carefully draw an emoji face on one of the two circles. Then trace over it with puff paint OR you can cut pieces out of felt and hot glue them onto the yellow circle.

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Next you are going to hot glue the two circles together, but be sure to put the face of the emoji against the other yellow circle so that you don’t see it. You will be gluing the emoji face inside out. Also be sure that you leave a small opening without glue so that once your glue dries, you can flip it right side out.

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Once you have flipped your emoji plush right side out, stuff cotton or stuffing into the opening. Put as much as you want inside…the fluffier the better! Then carefully close up the opening with more hot glue.

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And that’s it! Super fun craft that I’m sure all kids would love! We made 5 of our favorite emojis so far…

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Are you or your kids crazy about emojis too? Which are your favorites?

Let us know if you make your own DIY Emoji Plushies! We’d love to see pictures of them!

Simple Desert Party

We wanted to celebrate a start to another homeschool year, and what better way to celebrate than with a party! Parties don’t have to cost a lot of money and they don’t have to take a bunch of time to organize. One of my favorite things to do is get the kids involved in the planning and party making. Enter in our Simple Desert Party!

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We decided on a small budget and that we wanted the party to be bright and happy and desert themed since we live in the Arizona. 

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We shopped around the house in supplies we already had and went to our local dollar store for a couple of plastic table cloths and a package of balloons. My daughter insisted that every good party has food… and she opted to bake cupcakes. 

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Using paper I had on hand, twine, toothpicks, hot glue, and my awesome Prizm Die Cutting & Embossing Machine to make the adorable decorations. 

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They were all so easy and fun to make! I used my Prizm to cut out and emboss the potted cacti and then used two sided tape to attach them to the banner pieces. 

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Aren’t they so pretty?! I just love them.

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Next, we glued some of the paper potted cacti (say that 10 times fast) to toothpicks to make toppers for our yummy cupcakes. And they couldn’t have turned out any cuter!

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We loved planning and decorating for our Simple Desert Party! It was easy thanks to my Prizm machine and stock of leftover party supplies!

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Not only is it super easy to use, there’s a ton of dies to pick from and it’s small for easy storage. You can check out the DIY Adventure Frame we made using the Prizm HERE

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There you have it! Aren’t those cactus balloons fun?! Thanks for stopping by today, makers! Remember that you can create a fun celebration using what you have and adding a few cute details… doesn’t have to be hard or overdone or cost a lot!

How do you celebrate the start of a new school year?

 

*Spellbinders supplied me with the Prizm machine, but all ideas and opinions are 100% my own. I only share products and companies I know my readers will love just as much as I do!

BOO Halloween Porch Decoration

I am so excited to be here to share a Halloween project I made a couple of years ago! Check out this BOO Halloween Porch Decoration…

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Made using scrap wood that I already had on hand, my husband and I got busy and finished this adorable Halloween decoration. 

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First we drew out the word BOO in big bubble letters, going down the piece of wood vertically. 

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Then we used a drill to make holes for jig saw to fit into so that we could easily cut out the centers of the letters. After the centers were cut out, we ‘traced’ around the edges to define the letters a bit more. 

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Using a dremel tool, we sanded the edges and insides of the BOO letters, while my husband cut and sanded the block stand for the letters. I primed and painted all the wood in white….and then I started my favorite part…the decorative painting! 

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I used Chevron Frog Tape for the letter B and then I painted polka dots and stripes on the Os. I used Martha Stewart’s Adobo Satin Craft Paint for the orange parts of the patio decoration. Now here’s where this project gets even cooler… 

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I used Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Glow-in-the-Dark Decoupage around the edges of all the letters and on the decorative parts of the BOO decoration so that it will glow at night! How fun is that? Once everything was dry, I set it up in the block stand on my front porch. And, here’s a fun tip for you- use a black light to “charge up” that glow-in-the-dark paint to really make it glow…and it helps for photographs too! 

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So there you have it…and easy peasy DIY Halloween decoration for your porch. I didn’t give any measurements in this tutorial because you can make this as big or as small as you want it!

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If you liked this Halloween decoration, you may want to check out my Drop Cloth Candy Corn Bunting

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or this Wood and Burlap Halloween Sign

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or the Reclaimed Wood Candy Corn!

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Are you decorating for Halloween yet?! It’s one of my most favorite times of the year! 

Tips: Sharpen Your Sewing Tools

It is the last week for sewing tips for July’s Must Have Craft Tips & More.
 
 If it is your first time here, my friends, Michele of The Scrap Shoppe, Bev of Flamingo Toes, Kara of Mine for the Making and I (Allison of A Glimpse Inside), pick a theme for each month and share a special tip to go with that theme every Friday.

And like I stated in the beginning, we are finishing up some great Sewing tips! In case you missed them, check out Tip 1, Tip 2, and Tip 3.

Today, I wanted to share with you a few super simple ways to sharpen those tools of yours!

Most scissors, rotary cutters, pins and needles get dull over time from use.
They can easily be sharpened with a few items you probably already have sitting around the house.

My number one go to is Foil. Yep! Aluminum foil that you have sitting in a drawer in your kitchen.
I know I always have this on hand so I go to it first.

All you have to do is take a large piece of foil and fold it numerous times.
Then get to cutting!
Test your scissors on a scrap piece of fabric as you go to see if you need to sharpen them a little more.

This is perfect for all types of scissors.

This is excellent for Pinking Shears because really, how else are you going to sharpen those crazy, toothy blades?

And is great for rotary cutters as well!

 And if foil doesn’t cut it for you, you can also use sand paper or steel wool to sharpen your cutting tools. So Sew Easy has examples of both of these methods on her blog.
I’ve never tried the sand paper but have done the steel wool. I’d highly recommend doing it over a trash can!Now do you need to sharpen those pins and needles too?!
Here are two types of pin cushions you can create to help with that problem.
 
This cute steel wool pin cushion is perfect!
Just run your pins and needles through the cushion a few times to sharpen them.
Just don’t store the n the cushion! The steel wool will rust your pins.
 

Another option is to created an  Emery Pincushion using emery powder. This one you can use to store your needles and pins.And here is one last tip. It isn’t for sharpening but just a cool tip to help get those pins in and out of fabric a little easier.

 
 

Don’t have any more stubborn pins by slipping them into a bar of soap for a little lubricant.

Here are a few pin cushion ideas you can make to create one of these sharpening pin cushions for yourself.

1. 15 Cute DIY Pincushions
2. Embroidered Mason Jar Pincushion
3. Chic Pincushion
4. Le Pouf Pincushion

See you next month with all new tips!

 
 


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