Tuesday, February 26, 2013

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock ribbon barrette

Sunday, March 17th is St. Patrick's Day. Wear your green in style with this quick to make barrette...and don't get pinched.

You will need:

St. Patrick’s Day grosgrain ribbon

Ironing board and iron


Tacky Craft glue

Green sparkle chenille stem

1 ½” barrette

Glue gun and glue sticks



1.  Cut three pieces of 3/4"” wide St. Patrick’s Day holiday (or green) grosgrain ribbon.  Measure and mark the center of each piece.  (1 ¼”)

2.  Use your guide mark to fold up each side of the ribbon, and carefully iron it down flat. Turn over and fold under the two corners of each of the upturned sides of ribbon. Use the point of the iron to carefully tack it down.  (See photo) Finish by ironing the entire heart shape flat.  Make two more for a total of three ribbon hearts.

3.  Open the ironed down sections and add a dab of tacky glue to adhere.  A clothespin is helpful in holding the glued edges until they set. You may iron it again if desired.  Let dry.

Front side

Back side

4.  Roll one end of a green sparkle chenille stem into a circular shape.  Use your glue gun and glue sticks to attach the circular shape onto the center of a 3” metal barrette.  Let dry.  Attach the three heart shapes onto to the top of the glued on chenille stem.  (See Photo)  Let dry.  Curl the remaining chenille stem at the bottom.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Polymer clay shamrock pendant tutorial

Deck yourself out for St. Patrick’s Day with this one of a kind shamrock  pendant. This makes a great teacher's gift as well!  This project is easy enough for kid's to do with supervision. (Mom or Dad can do the baking)

You will need:

Polymer clay blocks in three colors, lt. green, dark green, and white

Shamrock candy mold (do not use for candy making, clay use only!)

Rolling pin or dowel (Clay use only!)

Waxed paper to work on

Aluminum foil, cookie sheet, and home oven

Masking tape

X-acto or craft knife (you may substitute plastic clay tools for working with children)

Sculpey glaze

Small paintbrush

Jewelry findings—Glue on bail, 18 inch or longer green ball chain

E6000 glue

1.     The blocks of polymer clay come with four separation lines.  Slice ¼ section off from each of the three colors with the X-acto or craft knife.

2.     Lay the three separate color sections side by side. Condition the clay by squeezing with your hands.  Twist the three colors several times to blend and marbleize the clay.

3.     Break a small piece of marbleized clay off and push in the candy mold.  Use the rolling pin to press it in.  Remove from mold and cut around excess with the X-acto or craft knife.

4.     Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.  Set your oven at 250 degrees and bake the pendant for 10 minutes. When done, let cool completely.

5.     Tape a five-inch piece of masking, tape down on each end, sticky side up to your work surface. (This keeps the piece in place while you are glazing it) Place your baked pendant on the sticky side and brush a coat of Sculpey glaze on top.  Let dry.  When it is completely dry, turn over and brush some glaze on the opposite side.   Let dry completely.

6.     Dab a bit of E6000 glue on the flat side of the glue on bail and press to the back.  Let dry completely, overnight is best.  Thread a ball chain through the top of the pendant. 

Note:  Do not use a microwave oven!  When doing this project with children (older children and teens) please  let mom or dad do the baking and glue the bail on the back of the shamrock. 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Recycled coffee cup sleeve for St. Patrick’s Day

Before you toss that sleeve from your convenience store coffee cup, why not up-cycle it into something to use and over again.  Better yet, why not recycle it into something a little more seasonal. Using just a few supplies you can re-do that sleeve St. Patrick’s Day style.

You will need:

Paper corrugated coffee cup sleeve

Green felt

St Patrick’s day seasonal felt shapes (available at any craft store)

Tacky craft glue



White colored pencil


Two clothespins (for holding the sleeve while the glue dries)

1.     Before taking apart the sleeve make a line with a marker on the inside where the two ends meet.  (This will help with reassembly)  Note which side is on top.

2.     Carefully take apart the sleeve and lay on top of a piece of green felt.  Use the white colored pencil or any color that will show up to trace around the sleeve.  Make sure you leave a ¼” extra on the side that will be glued to the top of the sleeve.

3.     Cut out the felt piece.  Add a generous amount of glue on the outside of the sleeve and attach the felt piece. Let dry.

4.     Use some tacky glue to add the seasonal felt shapes to the felt making sure you do not place any on any fold lines.  Let dry.

5.     Use the inside guide line to reattach the sleeve with some tacky glue.  Glue down the ¼” extra felt to cover the seam.  Use two clothespins to hold the sleeve until it is completely dry.

Note:  You can even add some seasonal St. Patty's Day ribbon to further decorate these sleeves!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Recycled Paper Valentine Heart Pins

Did you know that you could just grind up a paper bag with some water and press the pulp into a mold and make a cool, lightweight Heart pin just in time for Valentine’s Day?  This project is so simple you may want to create some for every holiday. Makes a great teacher gift too.

You will need:

Brown paper bag



Heart candy mold available in craft store

Kitchen sponge

Sieve or colander

Red metallic acrylic paint

Small paintbrush

Tacky craft glue

Tiny hole punch

Decorative scrapbook scissors

Small sharp scissor

Pink cardstock or art paper

Pencil with eraser or disappearing marker

1 ½” pin back, toothpick

1.     Tear up small pieces of the paper bag and place in the blender.  Add about 2 cups of water.  Let it sit for a few minutes to soak up some of the water.  Pulse the blender on high at intervals.  When the paper is pulpy it is ready to mold.

2.     Work on a kitchen counter near a sink.  Lay the mold flat and take small pieces of pulp in your hand and squeeze out the excess water.  You may want to use a colander to drain out some of the water.  Press the small amounts of pulp into the mold.  Use a sponge to push the pulp tightly into each section of the mold. 

3.     Set the mold aside and let dry for 24 hours.  If you want to speed up the drying time you may use a hairdryer lightly blowing on each motif.  When it partially dry use a tip of a toothpick to ease out the motifs.  Let dry completely.

4.     When the motif is completely dry use a small sharp scissor to trim any uneven edges around the heart. Lay the heart on a covered work surface and brush on a coat of red metallic acrylic paint and let dry.

5.     Place the heart motif on the cardstock and trace around with a disappearing marker or pencil.  Use the decorative scrapbook scissors to cut about 1/2” bigger than the marked lines. (See photo)  Punch some tiny holes with your hole punch in the ½” margin area to create a lacy effect.

6.     Center the heart on your cardstock heart; if you used a pencil you can erase those lines.  Attach with a generous amount of tacky glue on the back edges of the heart.  Let dry.

7.     Glue a 1 ½’ pin back on the back of the pin with a bead of tacky glue.