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Handmade DIY Paper Headboard / Wallhanging

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Handmade DIY Paper Headboard / Wallhanging

This cute and economical way to fill an area of blank wall just requires a sewing machine and the following supplies:

* 1 stick / branch of desired size (use the size of the wall space as your guide)
* cardstock (aka cover weight paper) HINT: Use multiple colors & patterns to create a dynamic calico effect, solids to create a bold statement, or dark-to-light to create the currently coveted ombre effect. (I chose a couple metallic solids and a few different double-sided patterns in complementing colors.)
* a circular hole punch (I used 1″, although bigger or smaller would also work.)

To make:

* Thread your machine with whatever color you prefer. (I used a basic white.)
* Punch a TON of circles. (To get a ballpark figure, line them up on a table or floor as you punch. Count how many it takes to reach the desired length, and multiply that by the number of columns you want.)
* After leaving roughly 6″ of thread allowance at the top, slowly feed one circle under the presser foot, allowing the needle to sew a straight line down the center of the circle.
* Have the next circle ready (touching, but not overlapping the previous) because you don’t really want a gap between them.
* Feed a whole column of circles continuously until the you’ve reached your desired length. Lock the end of the stiches in place with a quick reverse.
* Using the 6″ thread allowance, tie the top end of each column to the stick at equal intervals.
* I hung the stick using string and thumbtacks. Not the classiest method, but it worked in a pinch. 🙂

PS: This also looks lovely in a window, hanging from a canopy tent during a craft fair, as part of wedding decor…you get the idea. And if you have an electronic cutting machine (e.g. Cricut,) all the punching is done for you!


Paper Quilt Square

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Paper Quilt Square

I made this 12″ x 12″ paper quilt square last week. It’s for my Mom to hang on the wall of her sewing room, where she creates her gorgeous full-size fabric quilts. The stitch and sewing-themed stamps came from a great local store called Blockheads. (Click the photo to visit their website.)

My Foray Into Simple Jewelry Assembly

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My Foray Into Simple Jewelry Assembly

I haven’t really done too much jewelry-making, but a recent search for a specific elastic cord led me to a local bead store.

While they did not carry the elusive cord. my stop nevertheless resulted in the following impulse acquisitions:

* 7 pairs of fun dangling charms (they have a loop at or near the top, as opposed to a hole through them like actual beads)
* 7 pairs of earring hooks (in colors to match the charms)
* a small package of jump rings in various sizes and colors (necessary to connect the charm to the hook)
* a set of three small pliers (chain nose, round nose, and needle nose)

I took my findings home and watched this quick tutorial:

After less than an hour of work, I had 7 new pairs of earrings. And even though I didn’t technically make the entire item myself, the processes of searching for the perfect parts, assembly, gifting, and wearing proved to be just as rewarding.

Handmade Salt Cellar Pincushion

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Handmade Salt Cellar Pincushion

Prior to the introduction of free-flowing table salt (and therefore salt shakers), salt cellars were used to hold and dispense salt at the table. Varying greatly in size, material and design, salt cellars are now collectible items.

My Mom recently started making these adorable pincushions out of individual-sized antique glass salt cellars. This is the one I was luckily enough to snag over the holidays. It’s super tiny: Each side of the glass square base is only 1.5″ and the cushion itself is only an inch across, which means the cherries on the fabric are TEENSY!

Unfortunately, I don’t have step-by-step instructions yet; Mom is going to teach me in person when she visits this summer. Until then, I’ll be on the lookout for:
* small glass salt cellars at antique/thrift/vintage stores, estate & yard sales, etc.
* 100% cotton fabrics which feature tiny prints & patterns
* decorative straight pins, beads, and mini buttons which match the fabric colors

This is a great example of repurposing, and makes a cute gift for fellow crafters!

Handmade Valentine’s Card

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Handmade Valentine's Card

* cut or punch a heart-shaped hole in the top layer of your card
* back up the hole with clear packing tape, so the sticky side is facing up through the hole
* sprinkle with glitter & shake off excess
* attach top layer to card with pop-up glue dots
* write sentiment with a glue pen
* sprinkle with glitter & shake off excess

Handmade Stamped Robot Birthday Card

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Handmade Stamped Robot Birthday Card

– stamp robots on metallic paper with clear ink
– sprinkle with embossing powder & shake off excess
– emboss using a heat gun
– spritz front of folded card with fine silver glitter spray
– draw a few bigger stars with a fine-point silver pen
– cut out robots & adhere with pop-up/3D glue dots

Hand Decorated Mini Christmas Gift Bag

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Hand Decorated Mini Christmas Gift Bag

Perfect for giving gift cards and small holiday treats!

How to:

– start with a plain paper gift bag (I used good ol’ recycled kraft brown)
– cut out various shapes & sizes of backgrounds from old Christmas cards
– stamp & heat emboss a seasonal sentiment on a solid piece of cardstock (I used “No Peeking!” on textured bazzil)
– adhere sentiment as the top layer
– stuff the bag with matching tissue paper and tie a ribbon on the handles to jazz it up even more