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DIY Key Fob Wristlet

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This Christmas, I wanted to make a small gift for everyone that was not only handmade but useful. These key fob wristlets were the perfect solution. Who isn’t always looking for their keys or a way to keep track of them?

I found the cotton webbing and key fob hardware sold together on Ebay.  I bought each roll of ribbon for $1 and Stitch Witchery at Michael’s. Putting it all together required dusting off the sewing machine and brushing up on some simple sewing, but, it was fairly easy!

The cotton webbing I used was 1.25″ wide so I chose ribbon that was 1″ wide, so there would be a border on both sides of the ribbon. My key fob hardware was also 1.25″ wide. The key fob hardware should be the same width as the cotton webbing.

Materials:                                                                                    IMG_3171

scissors

pliers

sewing machine

thread

ribbon

cotton webbing

Stitch Witchery

key fob hardware

Instructions:

1. Measure and cut the cotton webbing. I measured mine to be 12″, but feel free to make yours as long or short as you would like.

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2. Measure the Stitch Witchery and ribbon to be as long as long as the cotton webbing.

3. Follow the directions on the Stitch Witchery to bond the ribbon to the cotton webbing. After ironing the ribbon on to the cotton webbing, allow time for it to cool or dry.

4. With a sewing machine, sew a straight line down both sides of the ribbon for the entire length of the cotton webbing.

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5. Trim any stray threads from the ends of the cotton webbing. Fold the cotton webbing in half so the ends are even. Using the sewing machine, sew the two ends together.

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6. Evenly place the sewn ends of the cotton webbing into the key fob hardware. Use pliers to firmly clamp the hardware onto the cotton webbing. You may choose to use a cloth to cover the hardware when you are using the pliers. This keeps the hardware from being scratched by the pliers.

7. Attach a key ring.

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DIY Crate Pet Bed

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My cat had been sleeping in a cardboard box for years and was due for an update. I came across this DIY crate pet bed on Pinterest from a blog called Meet the B’s. This blog was about The Great Crate Challenge, where several bloggers purchased the same crate from Michael’s and came up with different ideas for repurposing the crate. I decided to give this one a try myself.

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Materials:

wooden crate

wooden pegs (for the legs)

paint brush

wood glue

gray wood stain

Americana Decor chalky finish

permanent marker

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Using a hammer, remove the top two pieces of wood to create the “front” of your pet’s bed. Next, paint the crate with wood stain, let the stain sit for about 10 minutes, and wipe away excess stain with paper towel.

IMG_3022 I also followed the “white wash” technique from this blog. Just mix 1/3 paint with 2/3 water.

Paint the crate with the “white wash” and wipe away excess with paper towel. Don’t forget to use the same techniques on the legs.

Once the paint is dry, glue the legs to the bottom of the crate. Allow time for the glue to dry.

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To get the design on the front of the crate, I chose a font from Microsoft Word and typed the word Kitty (choose anything you would like for your pet) in large letters onto a blank document and printed the document. To get the scroll design, I searched “scroll typography” online, and chose a design I liked from “images”. Print out your image also.

I learned this wonderful transfer technique from the blog as well. First, cut out your words and designs to fit your crate.

1. Using a pencil, scribble on the back of the word and design, covering the entire area the you want on the crate.

2. Place the scribbled side down on the crate, positioning the design where you would like it to be.

3. With a pencil, trace the outside edges of your words and design. This will press the scribbled pencil onto the crate and give you an outline of your design.

4. Lastly, fill in your words and design. I used a black Sharpie, but feel free to use paint as well.

For the finishing touch, place a blanket or pillow in the crate and you’re done!

How to upcycle soup cans for storage and organization

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Instead of throwing away or recycling soup cans, save them for storage and organization. Old soup cans can be used for organizing and storing supplies for the office, crafts, art, you name it! Whether you choose  to display them, or use them in a box or drawer is up to you. Make sure the cans are clean and dry, without any sharp edges.

Supplies:                                                                                                                                                   IMG_2113

soup cans

craft paint

ribbon, yarn or twine

paint brushes

decorative paper

glue

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I covered one of the soup cans in decorative paper. This was quick and easy! Choose the paper you would like to use and lightly trace the size of the can onto the paper with a pencil. It is also helpful to wrap the paper around the can to make sure you have enough to go around. Cut the paper to fit the can.

Step 2:

Next, I used a paint brush to paint tacky glue onto the can. Carefully place the paper onto the can and press or smooth lightly to adhere the paper to the can. Allow to dry.

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For the other two cans, I used white craft paint on one, and bronze on another. Feel free to choose any color you would like. I needed two coats of the white paint and three coats of the bronze to make sure there weren’t any see-through spots on the can. Allow to dry between coats.

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For a finishing touch, I wrapped a silver/white piece of twine around the bronze can and a deep purple twine around the white can. Just measure out enough to wrap around the can several times, and then tie in a bow. You’re finished!

How to frame calendar pictures

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If you’ve ever saved an old calendar because you like the pictures, now is the time to get those out and make them useful! Calendar pictures can make inexpensive decorations for your wall. If you don’t have an old calendar lying around, you could try looking for a discounted calendar from a previous year at a store. For my picture, I used an old calendar that I saved and a cheap frame that came with matting at a craft store.

Supplies:                                                                                                                                                            

scissors

frame

old calendar

pencil

 

 

 

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Step 1: 

Choose the picture you want to use from your calendar. Use the matting to center the part of the picture you want to use.

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Step 2:

Lightly trace the outside of the matting on the picture. Cut along the lines you traced.

 

Step 3:

Place the matting back into the frame. Fit the picture into the frame and replace the back of the frame. You’re finished!

 

How to scent candles with essential oils

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Candles not only give off a warm glow, but they can add fragrance to any room. Put those boring unscented candles to good use by adding essential oils.  Scenting an unscented candle can be quick and easy.

As a safety precaution, do not add oils to the candle while the candle is burning.

Step 1: 

Light the candle and allow it to burn until there is a pool of melted wax in the candle.

Step 2:

Blow out the candle and wait for the wick to stop smoking.

Step 3:

Add several drops of your favorite essential oil or a combination of essential oils.

Step 4:

Allow wax to cool.

The next time you light your candle, it will fill the room with beautiful fragrance! This process may need to be repeated as the scent diminishes.

How to make shoe boxes into decorative storage boxes

 

 

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Save those shoe boxes taking up space in your closet and upcycle them into something useful! Empty shoe boxes can be great for organizing clutter, and with just a little paper and glue, they can made into decorative storage boxes. I bought wrapping paper from a dollar store for two of the boxes shown above. For the third box, I clipped my favorite pictures from old magazines for a tropical theme.

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Supplies:

wrapping paper, magazine clippings, or other paper

glue stick

scissors

shoe box

 

 

 

 

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Step 1:

Measure out and cut enough wrapping paper to wrap just the bottom of the box. Set the top of the box aside for now. Keep in mind that you won’t need to wrap all the way around the box. Leave about 1″ to 2″ extra paper around the top of the box so you can fold the paper and glue the edges on the inside of the box.

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Step 2: 

Apply glue to the sides of the box one at a time and firmly and evenly press the paper to the side of the box.

 

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Step 3:

Glue and fold in the ends of the paper as you would if you were wrapping a present.

 

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Step 4:

Fold the top edges into the box and glue.

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Step 5:

Repeat the same instructions to wrap and glue the top of the box.

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To decorate your box with magazine clippings, you will need the same supplies. For this one, I used Mod Podge instead of a glue stick. You can decide to carefully lay out each piece, or you can make a collage.

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How to decorate glass candle plates

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Candles add a personal touch to any room. When I came across a box of glass candle plates, I decided to put them to good use along with a few unused candles. All they needed was a little paint and some accents to make my candle display more interesting.

For the first two plates, I wanted to add some paint and shiny baubles. I used metallic silver paint for one and an icy blue paint for another. Then I added glass decorative fillers as the decorations around the outside of the plate. For the third plate, I used Mod Podge and glitter instead of paint.

Supplies:                                                                                                                         IMG_1580

glass candle plate (choose your size)

acrylic craft paint

paint brushes

decorative fillers or your choice of decoration

hot glue gun

Mod Podge

glitter

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Step 1:

Start with a clean and dry candle plate. Paint one coat of acrylic craft paint over the top side of the candle plate. Allow to dry completely. Paint another coat of paint and allow to dry completely.

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Step 2: 

Using your glue gun, place a dot of glue on the outside edge of the plate. Firmly press the decorative glass “bead” on the glue. Do the same for each “bead” all the way around the plate until you end up where you started. Allow glue to set.

Note: 

Keep in mind that when you’re placing the decorations around the outside of the plate that you don’t want to take up room for the candle. Use a larger plate for the candle, or place the decorations on the very most outside edge of the plate. If the glass decorations fall off, they can be replaced by removing the old glue and gluing them again.

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Glitter Option:

Instead of using craft paint, coat the candle plate in Mod Podge using a paint brush. Then sprinkle glitter on the coat of Mod Podge. Allow to dry completely. Shake off excess glitter and apply one more coat of Mod Podge and allow to dry completely. Continue to Step 2.

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How to make a bookmark

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While enjoying  a new summer read, I realized I would need a bookmark to keep my place. Instead of running out to the store to buy one, I decided it would be easier to use what I have at home to make my own. I used scraps of card stock and magazine clippings to make mine, and I added a few personal touches. This project did not take much time or planning.

There are a few simple guidelines to follow when making your own bookmark. Keep in mind the size of the book. I kept my bookmarks between 1″ to 2″ wide and 5″ to 6″ long. It’s up to you if you want them to be longer or shorter, depending on the size of the book. You can combine any of the optional supplies to decorate your bookmark.

Supplies:                                                                                                                                 IMG_1574

decorative scissors or regular scissors

card stock

glue stick

laminating machine, wide packing tape, or contact paper

decorative hole punch or regular hole punch

Optional Supplies:

colored pencils, markers or crayons

stamps

stencils

poems or magazine clippings

photos

string or ribbon

beads

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Step 1:

Start by deciding the width and length of your bookmark and choosing the color of card stock you would like to use. Measure and cut out your bookmark using decorative or regular scissors.

 

Step 2:

Decide where you will want to attach your ribbon and punch a hole in the bookmark using a decorative hole punch, or a regular hole punch if you’re not using a decorative one.

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Step 3:

Next, choose your decorations and plan where you would like to place them on the bookmark. Glue your magazine clippings or photos to the bookmark, or, stamp, draw and color your design on the bookmark.

Step 4:

If you are laminating your bookmark, you can measure and cut the amount of laminating sheet that you will need. The same can be done if you are using contact paper or clear packing tape. If you are using the laminating machine, laminate the bookmark.

Step 5:

Trim the edges of your bookmark, if necessary. Re-punch the hole for the ribbon. For my bookmarks, I used a decorative hole punch the first time, and a regular hole punch the second time, to keep the shape of the decorative hole punch.

Step 6:

Next, I measured out about 10″ of ribbon, this can be trimmed later if it’s too long. I attached the ribbon by folding it in half and feeding the loop through the hole I punched. Then I drew the two loose ends of the ribbon through the loop on the oposite side and pulled the ribbon tight.

Step 7:

Beads can be attached by threading them on the ribbon and tying a knot at the end.

 

Red, White and Blue Mason Jars

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Mason jars aren’t just for canning anymore. In the craft world they can be versatile. For this project I used three mason jars and a little creativity to make them into decorative red, white and blue vases. Like other projects I’ve done, you can change the colors, use different materials, and add your own patterns as you wish. Try mixing it up!

I decided to try a different style for each jar, rather than making matching jars. Start with clean, dry jars and make sure you cover your work surface using old newspaper or plastic.

Supplies:                                                                                                                                        IMG_1437

3 wide-mouth mason jars

paint or foam brushes

acrylic paint in red, white and blue

blue painter’s tape

glitter in red and white                                                                                                                                                                               IMG_1439

red, white, and blue striped streamers

red, white, and blue striped ribbon

Mod Podge matte or clear polyurethane matte varnish

sandpaper

artificial flowers

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For the white jar shown above, I painted the entire jar with 2 coats of white acrylic paint, letting each coat dry completely before applying the next coat.  Next, I used sandpaper to lightly sand the jar to make an “antiqued” look. To finish the look, I gave the jar a coat of Mod Podge Matte. I added red, white, and blue ribbon to the top of the jar and tied it in a bow.

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I decided to go for some fun and sparkles with the blue jar. First, I painted the jar with one coat blue paint and let it dry completely. To apply the glitter, I painted the second coat about 1/3 way up the jar and sprinkled it with glitter as I went along. I then painted another 1/3 up the jar and did the same with white glitter. Finally, I painted the top 1/3 of the jar. When the jar was completely dry, I shook off the excess glitter and painted the last coat with clear matte varnish.

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Instead of painting a stripe on the red jar, I decided to add a red, white and blue streamer. To do this, I used painter’s tape around the middle of the jar as a guide when I painted the jar with 2 coats of red acrylic paint. Then, I removed the tape and let the paint dry completely.

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The stripe I made was slightly wider then my streamer, so I added white paint to the edges of the stripe to cover up any clear space. Then, I used Mod Podge to glue the streamer to the jar. Finally, when everything was dry, I added a coat of Mod Podge to finish the look. Arrange the artificial flowers in the jars and you’re finished!

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