Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Autumn Mason jar candleholder

I often think outside the box when it comes to supplies.  So let me explain.  It’s fall and leaves are falling everywhere.  Outside they are blowing around, and inside some of the fall leaf garlands sometimes drop a few.  As I picked up an errant leaf a light bulb went off and I thought what a beautiful bow this leaf could become.  The next thing I came across was the new fall colored napkins and I thought…hmmm and a project was born.  Just in time for the Thanksgiving holidays too!

You will need:

Fall colored napkins with floral or leaf motifs

Large silk leaf

Small amounts of fall colored grosgrain ribbons



Bowdabra mini bowmaker

Bowdabra bow wire

Modpodge or other decoupage glue

Small paintbrush

Mason jar

Tea light candle

1.     Separate the ply of the napkin so that you are only working with the top layer.  Use the scissors to cut out separate motifs from the napkin and set aside.

2.     Using a small paintbrush add small sections of decoupage glue on the glass of the mason jar.  Pick up one motif at a time and add some more glue on top of the motif. Continue adding motifs in this manner leaving small areas uncovered.  Let dry. 

3.     Make the bow.  Cut a piece of bow wire to 18 inches, fold in half and insert in the bowmaker.  There will be a loop on one side and two ends at the other.

4.     Remove the plastic veins from the back of the leaf.  Cut four pieces of gross grain ribbon, one 2 ¼”, 3 ¼”, 4 ¼”, 5 ¼”.

5.     Insert the leaf in the bowmaker.  Next, add the largest piece of ribbon.  Continuing adding the ribbon pieces from largest to the smallest.

6.     Scrunch down with the Bowmaker wand.

7.     Insert the two loose ends through the loop end and pull tight.  Remove from the bow maker.

8.     Straighten the bow if necessary.  Use the extra bowwire to tie the bow to the mason jar.  Add a tea light candle.  The light from the candle will case a beautiful glow.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Breast Cancer awareness wreath pin

October is Breast Cancer awareness month.  Show your support with this easy to make wreath awareness pin.  You can make this pin in minutes for hardly any money and it's easy enough for kids with a  little help with the glue gun!  This is a great group project too!

You will need:

Chenille stems dark pink, light pink

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Pin back

Needle nosed pliers are helpful but optional


1.     Cut three dark pink chenille stems to 7 inches.  Form into a ring and twist together.  Use the needle nosed pliers to squeeze it together tightly. 

2.     Attach a dark pink 12-inch chenille stem to the ring and weave in and out all around. Repeat with a second dark pink stem.

3.     Attach a light pink chenille stem to the ring and weave around in between the dark pink ones all around.  Repeat with another light pink stem, making sure you weave it in between the dark stems.  Adjust the shape of the wreath ring if necessary.

4.     Cut a four-inch piece of a dark pink chenille stem and twist together into an awareness looped ring. (See photo)

5.     Use the hot glue gun to attach the awareness loop to the front of the wreath and a pin back to the back.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Halloween sparkle spider tutorial

Dress up your Halloween table with a sparkle spider.  He will guard your goodies in style! Quick and easy sequined spider is a fun project to do while watching TV.  This is a great group project too!

You will need:

2 ½” Styrofoam balls, each ball makes two spiders

Serrated steak knife

½” sequin pins

Gold and silver sequins

Two large red sequins

Tacky craft glue (other glues may dissolve the foam)

Chenille stems, in white/black striped and sparkle white

Black felt


White colored pencil


1.     Cut the Styrofoam ball in half using the serrated knife.  Rub the two cut sides together to smooth out.

2.     Place the cut circle on a piece of black felt and trace around with a white colored pencil.  Cut out.  Cut four 4-inch pieces of chenille stems from each color.  Add a dab of glue on the ends of the cut stems. Insert into the bottom sides of the Styrofoam ball half alternating each color.

3.     Add a generous amount of glue on the bottom of the ball half and attach the black felt.  Trim any excess if necessary.

4.     Begin adding the sequins.  Add some tacky glue to each area as you work smoothing with your finger. Insert the sequin pin through the hole in the sequin and push into the Styrofoam.  Continue until you have covered almost the entire piece.  Add two larger red sequins on the lower front for the eyes.  (See photo)

5.     Bend the chenille stems to form the legs and display your spider on your holiday tables.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Spider web Halloween pumpkin tutorial

Want a quick decorating idea for Halloween?  Make this spider web Halloween pumpkin in just a few minutes.  You can use a real pumpkin or just purchase one of the fake pumpkins that are in all the craft stores.  I’ve done mine on a white pumpkin with black web lines but it would look equally well with a black pumpkin using a white marker for the web lines and eliminate the spider. Quick, easy and so creepy!!

You will need:

White or black pumpkin

Sharpie markers in black, red and white


1.     Decide where you would like your center point and make a mark with the pencil.  (If you make a mistake or don’t like how your work is progressing you can easily rub off the pencil marks)  Continuing to work with the pencil begin making spoke lines all around.

2.     After you have made all the spoke lines (See photo) begin to make curved lines connecting to each spoke.  Separate the curved lines about ¼” apart.  Continue all around.  After you have completed your web, if you are not happy with any of your lines you can rub them off and adjust them.

3.     After you have penciled in all your lines and your web is complete, retrace all the lines with a black sharpie marker.

4.     Using the pencil draw the spider wherever you would like him to be.  Make a large circle and attach a small one to the top. Draw an hourglass shape in the center of the large circle.  Make four legs on each side.  Trace around all your lines with the black sharpie marker and color it in leaving the hourglass uncolored.  Use the red sharpie to color in the hourglass shape. Trace the legs with the marker and draw a line at the top if desired.  Make two small white dots in the small circle for eyes.