Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Party in a jar

Have you seen the gift jars layered with ingredients for making brownies or cookies?  Using the same concept and layering technique, why not fill the jar with a party? Fill the layers with various party themed ingredients. I like wrapped candy, balloons, and birthday candles or little bags of confetti. Key the layers in the party colors and you will be all set! It’s easy and so much fun to create.  Anthropologie has a similar party jar but it costs about $30!  You can make one for pennies.

You will need:

Small Mason jar

Sheer wired ribbon 4 ½” wide x 35” long

Bowdabra mini Bow maker with ruler

Bowdabra bow wire



Hot glue gun and glue sticks

For filling layer--balloons in color choice and sizes, wrapped candy kisses, mini candles, confetti or sequins, even small toys and prizes.

1.    Gather your supplies.  Cut an 18-inch piece of Bowdabra bow wire and fold in half and place in the Bow maker.  You will have a loop at one end and two pieces of wire on the other.

2.    Cut 35 inch long piece of 4 ½” wide sheer wired ribbon and insert directly in the Bow maker from the top.  The ribbon piles up like an accordion.  Scrunch the ribbon into the Bow maker until you reach the end.

3.    Use the wand to push the ribbon down tightly.

4.    Thread the two loose ends of the bow wire through the loop and pull tightly.  Remove from the bow maker and tie tightly into a knot at the back.

5.    Working on the front of the bow pull the loops up and adjust into a pom pom shape.

6.    Use a hot glue gun and glue sticks to attach the pom pom bow on the top of the Mason jar lid.  Let the glue dry and adjust the pom if necessary.

7.    Fill the jar in layers with various colors.  Balloons, candy, candles etc.  You can make as many layers as you want in any combination. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Lucky penny polymer clay piggy bank key chain tutorial

The old saying goes…”See a penny, pick it up, all day long, you’ll have good luck.”  So even though pennies aren’t worth much these days, they are still lucky.  Keep a lucky penny from a birth year, anniversary, wedding or just a shiny new one with you all the time on a piggy bank key chain easily created with some polymer clay. 

You will need:

Polymer clay, medium pink and white

Polymer clay tools, roller, cutter pointed and smoothing tools

Optional X-acto or craft knife for precision when cutting

Penny of choice

E6000 glue

Waxed paper to cover work surface


Pig pattern (click for download)

Size E black or brown seed bead

Small eye screw

Key ring

Gloss acrylic sealer for clay and small paintbrush

1.     Clay blocks usually come with four sections scored.  Cut off three sections off the pink and one section of the white and knead with your hands until the clay is conditioned and mixed.  There will a slight white mottling through the pink of the clay. If you are making this for a man (and there are never enough craft projects suited for men) you can use three sections of white and one section of black to make a black and white pig. Pull off and set aside a small amount of mixed clay (Frame around penny)

2.     Use the clay roller to roll out the clay to a ¼” thickness.  Download and cut out the pig pattern.  Place the pattern on top of the rolled out clay and carefully cut around the shape with the cutting tool or a craft knife.  Smooth the edges with your fingers or the smoothing clay tool.

3.     Use the pointed tool to punch two holes for the nose and indent a bit at the ears and hooves.

4.     Place the penny in the center of the pig and trace around with the pointed tool.  Carefully dig out this center till the penny can fit in it flush.  Roll out two skinny snakes and twist together.  Place around the penny in the pig and press to adhere.  Adjust the shape if necessary.  Roll another small snake and taper it at one end.  Attach it to the rear bringing up the tapered end into a curl.  

5.     Use the pointed tool to push a black seed bead where the eye should be.  Make a hole in the top center of the pig for attaching the eye screw.

6.     Place on a foil-covered pan in a 275-degree oven for 15 minutes.  Do not bake at a higher temperature or longer than recommended.

7.     When cool brush on some acrylic gloss sealer for clay and let dry. After one side dries brush on some gloss sealer on the other side. Attach the eye screw using a bit of E6000 glue on the end and add the key ring.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Grown up Birthday party favor wine glass with Bowdabra bow

You know the dollar store has wine glasses for just a dollar. For a cool party favor for a grown up birthday party go get some wine glasses.  Fill them with purple chocolate kisses and make a multi colored Bowdabra bow for the stem.  Your guests can take their glasses home with them after the party.  If you want to go all out, grab some acrylic glass paint and use the easy tutorial for a confetti painted wine glass.  

You will need:

·      Bowdabra hair bow maker with ruler

·      Wine glass (plain or painted)

·      Various colors of sheer ½” wide ribbon

·      Ruler

·      Scissors

·      Bowdabra bow wire

·      Purple wrapped candy kisses

1.     Cut an 18-inch piece of Bowdabra bow wire.  Fold in half and insert into the Bowdabra hair bow maker with ruler.  You will have a loop on one end and two tails on the other.

2.     Cut four pieces of various shades of sheer ribbon 12 inches each.  Insert the first color to the 2-inch line.

3.     Make a loop on the opposite side at the 2-inch line.  Make a matching loop on the other side.  End by inserting the remaining ribbon in the other side.

4.     Repeat steps 2-3 with the other three colors of ribbon, one at a time.

5.     Scrunch down with the Bowdabra wand.  Insert the two tails of the bow wire through the loop and pull tight.  Remove from the Bowdabra bow maker and tie into a knot at the back. Fluff up your bow.

6.     Tie the bow onto the stem of your wine glass and knot.  Use a brush handle to wrap around the bow wire into a corkscrew shape and arrange on the wine glass.

7.     Fill the wine glass half way with purple wrapped kisses chocolate candy.

8.     Place a wine glass at each place setting and your guests can take home their favor!