Saturday, December 31, 2016

Learn How To Make These Beautiful Wire Earrings

Earrings are my thing.  I love wire jewelry too.

So when I found this earring tutorial on YouTube by mamasue, I felt I had to share it. She has a very easygoing style for teaching even a beginner how to make many styles of earrings.

The supplies needed to start creating these earrings are minimal and not very expensive, so if you're looking for a crafty hobby, be careful, you just might get addicted.

You will need the following:

Craft wire - you can purchase in bulk at a hardware store or Walmart (she will explain)

Beads - purchase at a local craft store and don't forget your weekly 40% off coupon!  (Click on 'Coupon', then click 'Print Preview' to access coupon with bar code, you can do this on your phone).

Jewelry tools - you can also purchase at a local craft store.

I am going to make a pair and will post the resulting earrings when finished.  I think I will also make a bar necklace to match.

I can't wait to try these earrings!

Watch the video tutorial below:

Be creative, and be happy!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Lovely Decoupaged Tin Can


Painted tin cans make beautiful art.  I saw the one pictured above on Pinterest and thought it would make a stunning gift.

Simply by painting and or decoupaging, you can turn a simple tin can into a beautiful container for holding miscellaneous items on your dresser, in your craft area, kitchen, laundry room, or back porch, etc.

You can also use these cans to plant flowers and greenery to spruce up any room in your house.

What a simple and inexpensive way to turn a plain old tin can that would most likely be thrown out into a beautiful work of art!

I'm sure these cans would sell like hotcakes at a craft show or flea market, too.

You could begin by saving your tin cans and enlisting the help of your friends, family and neighbors too.

I'm sure most people recycle these cans, but instead you can collect them to have all different shapes and sizes.

Learn more about the art and craft of decoupage by clicking this link.

You can purchase most of the following items at a local craft store like A.C. Moore or Michaels, but you can have them delivered to your front door if you purchase them online at Amazon, links below.

SUPPLIES:  Click on any of the images below to learn more...

tin cans (free!)

acrylic paint:

foam paint brushes

decoupage paper or images that can be found in magazines or seed catalogs,

I think these butterflies would look gorgeous 
decoupaged onto a painted tin can...

Mod Podge

acrylic sealer

lace or trim (optional)

hot glue and glue gun (optional)

Dover Publications is another great source for images, some of them come with their own CD Rom for you to download your images to cut out right onto your computer.  I have the book pictured below:

Dover Publications is a great source
for images to use for decoupage projects


1)  Simply wash the tin can with warm soapy water, dry thoroughly.

2)  Using the foam paint brush, paint the can with the base color, you may have to do two or three coats to get an even coverage.

3)  Find images to cut out and using the Mod Podge, adhere them to the can.

4)  When the images are firmly dried on the tin can, go over the whole can again with Mod Podge, covering the images too.  Mod Podge dries clear and is made for this purpose.

5)  If you would like a glossy finish, use an acrylic sealant spray and cover the whole tin can with the sealant to give a nice finished look (of course, doing this step in a well-ventilated area or preferably outside).

6.)  Add trim or lace as desired using the hot glue.

The possibilities for this craft are endless!


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Wire Snowflake Pendant

Do you know someone who loves snow?  This snowflake pendant would make a beautiful homemade Christmas gift.

As a northerner who has lived in the south now for 12 years, I can honestly say I've had my share of snow, but I do still love it when we have a white Christmas, which we do get here in North Carolina.

Pictured above is a beautiful pendant you can learn how to make by watching the video below.

Jocelyn D. is a great teacher even if you've never made any wire jewelry.  She is very thorough with her instructions.  If you've never made wire jewelry before, you may want to start with a simpler piece other than the snowflake.

In any case if you have some nice soft wire, which you can buy in bulk you wouldn't mind if you made mistakes if you wanted to try this as your first project.  If you click the picture below, you can buy it on line too.

Multi-Purpose Wire 

The multi-purpose, multi-strand wire pictured above can be purchase at Home Depot or Lowes, or any hardware store for that matter, is so plentiful, it's a great way to practice.  Don't use this wire for ear hooks though, just for pendants or the ornamental part of a wire project.

You will also need a wire jewelry tool kit which you can purchase at Michael's or A.C. Moore craft stores with a 40% off coupon.

Jewelry tool kits can also be found on Amazon by clicking the picture directly below.

You don't need a lot of tools to get started,
but you will need the basic four, there are
many different kits to choose from

Here are the videos to make the snowflake pendant:

Be creative, and be happy!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Learn How To Make a Grape Vine Stemless Wine Glass

Grapevine Wine Glass

Pictured here is a wine glass I painted with grape vines.  It was so much fun to make, and with the right tools, you can make one too.  Just follow the simple directions below:

1)  First, you can purchase really nice wine glasses at Dollar Tree, for you guessed it, only $1.00 each! Or you may just have a wine glass in your house already that you would like to decorate.  Just make sure whatever glass piece you're using is washed with mild soap and water and dry to start.

2)  To find images to transfer onto your glass:  You can access pictures of grapevines by typing any one of the following phrases into Google - stained glass grape vines, realistic grapevines, grape vine coloring pages.  After you type any of these suggested phrases in your search bar, click on 'Images'.  Or, if you would like to, try clicking the links above to be taken to the search engine page results (SERPs) for each phrase.

Gloss enamel paints come in large variety of colors and are less
expensive than paint pens  (click image to learn more)
This method can be used to find any image you would like to transfer onto glass or other crafts.  I just included the links to show you how easy it is to access hundreds of images to transfer by using a search engine and selecting the 'Images' option in the choices at the top of the page.

3)  Once you type your search phrase and select 'Images', scroll down the page of grape vine images, and when you see one you would like to transfer onto your wine glass, hover over it with your mouse.
Right click on the image, and you will see a new box of choices appear, select 'Copy Image' from the menu.

4)  Next, open up a Word Processing document in a new window.  With the blank WP screen before you, select 'Paste'.  The image selection of whatever grapevine you were hovering over should appear on the page now with a black outline around it.  Resize the picture to fit the glass piece you are going to paint.  Access the Help menu to resize the picture if you don't know how to do this part.  However, it's usually pretty easy, you just click the any corner of the black outline and move your mouse to make it bigger or smaller.

5)  Once you feel you have the right size, print the picture (it doesn't have to be in color but it might make things easier in the long run for you to help you color in the picture with your paint pens. If, however, you only have a black and white printer, just print the picture and save the WP document with the picture you are going to paint to your desktop to access it for easy reference for color selections.

6)  To make a glass that looks like the one pictured in this post, you will need Deco Art Paint Pens. You can get them at your local craft store.  You will need a black extra fine, purple fine point, light purple, green fine point, and white extra fine point.

You can get them here at Amazon.  They come in a wide variety of colors and in three different widths - extra fine, fine line and broad line.  The black extra fine is great for the outlining of your image onto your glass.  And, as you can imagine, you would need the fine line or broad line for coloring in your image.
Deco Art Paint Pens by Marvy Uchida offer great control
and consistency for glass painting.

7)  At this point you should have the picture of your grapes, your wine glass washed and ready to go, and your Deco Art Paint Pens in all the colors ready to use.

Take your grapevine picture and cut it out to fit inside of your wine glass.  Place your picture inside the glass with the ink showing through to the front.  Press it into the curve of the glass as best as you can.  Use scotch tape to tape it into place.

Image result for stained glass grapevine coloring page
An image like this one would be great for a first
glass painting project

8)  Using your extra fine black Deco Art Paint Pen outline the grapevine picture.  Let it dry for about 30 minutes.  After it dries, use the rest of the colors to fill in the image. Let the paint dry overnight.

9)  To adhere (or cure) the paint onto the glass permanently, place your glass piece into a kitchen oven on a lined (with parchment paper for safety sake) cookie sheet or tray.  Turn your oven on to 350 degrees and let the piece heat up slowly with the oven (this will prevent sudden temperature change to keep it from breaking).  When it reaches 350, set your timer for 30 minutes.  When the timer sounds, turn your oven off leaving the piece in the oven to cool down slowly.  Leave it there to cool completely.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Glass Nativity Scene Decorations

Okay, so I know that Christmas is coming when it's almost July. lol! I know that may sound crazy, but anyway I always start thinking about making crafty Christmas gifts around this time of year.

(Not only that, but when July rolls around I already feel like I better get a move on or I'm going to run out of time!)

The nativity scene pictured above was made with vinyl cutouts that were either cut out by the crafter or purchased and glued onto the outside of the glass mason jar.

However, if you wanted to make this nativity scene or ones just like it, you can use the method I will out line below as it may be a little less expensive for you to make a lot more nativity scene mason jars to give away as gifts or to decorate your own home at Christmas.

I just love Deco Art paint pens for many reasons. The paint is so easy to control and you can use them in all areas of your home without worrying about the mess of spilling and pouring paint, cleaning brushes and all the other messy parts of painting.

Depending on what you are creating, these pens also rock because they come in all different sizes. So, for example, if you want to write on glass or outline something, you would use the "extra fine" point paint pen.  For coloring in large spaces like the nativity scene, you would use a black "broad line" Deco Art paint pen.

SUPPLIES needed to make the mason jar scene with my paint method:

Glass mason jar (you could also recycle a large glass jar from your kitchen)
Print out of a nativity scene
Scotch tape
Black sharpies (for outlining)
Black Deco Art broad line paint pen
Black Deco Art extra fine paint pen
Small candle

You, if you choose, you could also use a Kraftyblock to make a larger nativity scene (I'm definitely doing this and can not wait to see how it comes out!)

DIRECTIONS for making the nativity jar with Deco Art paint pens:

1)  Wash your glass jar with soap and water and let it dry.

2)  Open up a blank word processing document.  In another window, go into your search engine, say Google, and type "nativity silhouette" in the search bar.  When you see a silhouette you want to use, hover over it with your mouse.  Right click on the picture.  Click "Copy image".  Go into your blank word processing document.  Hit "Ctrl" key + the letter "V" (to paste the pic into your WP doc).  The nativity scene silhouette should appear.  Resize it to fit your glass jar by moving the line around the image on the screen.  Print it out.

3)  Cut your silhoette out (not around the intricate lines of the silhouette, but with the white background), make sure the image fits into the glass so that you can see the scene on most of the front side of the glass. When you are satisfied with the size and position, tape it to the inside of your glass jar with the ink showing through the front of the glass so you can trace the pattern easily.

4)  Trace the silhouette outline using a regular Sharpie marker.

5)  Remove the silhouette print from the inside of the glass jar.

6)  Place a piece of plain white paper into the jar so you can see your outline clearly.  Color in the silhouette with your black Deco Art paint pens, using the extra fine point for the thinner more detailed areas and fill in with the broad line.

7)  When your jars have dried, you can place a small candle inside and watch your creation dazzle.

Be creative, and be happy!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Stone Fairy House

I don't know what it is about fairy houses that intrigue me, but the one pictured above was so natural and pretty, and when I saw it, I said to myself, "I have to make that!"

<< See the best deals on fairy houses here >>

That's how I know when I want to share something with y'all.

I think I really like the look of this fairy house because it's made with pebbles and rocks, and I happen to love the earthiness of rocks.

And I love fairies.

And when someone puts fairies together with rocks in a piece of art then it, quite simply, rocks, lol!

Granted, the house pictured above is fairly elaborate, but I found directions on how you can make a fairy house using items you may already have on hand here at this site called The Fairy Garden.

The look is similar but it's not quite as intricate.  It looks like a great starter home, lol!

Here are some more pictures of beautiful fairy homes.  If you use your imagination you could probably make something just like any one of the houses pictured below.

What a fun project to make with children who believe in fairies.  There are so many you could try...

Fairy House Inspired By Nature

Learn How To Make This Fairy House
Premade wooden birdhouses provide a wonderful base for a fairy house.  You could go on nature walks to find pieces for your project or there are many wonderful trinkets you can buy too...

Pre-Made Wooden Birdhouses Come in All Shapes and Sizes

Dried Flowers Make Wonderful Additions To Any Fairy House

Pre-Packaged Stones and Pebbles

Enter The Fairy Realm

Fairy House is a fascinating adventure into the making of tiny fairy kingdoms from objects found in nature such as acorns, grapevine tendrils, flowers and leaves, to name just a few...

Learn How To Make Fairy Furniture

How To Make Your Own Stone Fairy House

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Learn How to Make a Fairy Lantern from a Mason Jar

Create a gorgeous fairy lantern night light with a mason jar and a few simple embellishments.

They are so stunning to look at you would think they were created by a major manufacturer, but these fairy mason jars are easy peasy to make with just a few supplies.

>> See the best deals on fairy lights here >>

Listed below are the supplies you will need to create the fairy lantern pictured here (~ all underlined colored links are clickable to ease your shopping effort).

Just remember though, fairies don't like to be caged up for too long so make sure you open up the jar and let them out once in a while, lol!

How To Make a Fairy Lantern

The supplies needed are as follows:

Mason jars (or a glass candle holder, which you can also buy at Dollar Tree)

You can get them at a discounted rate if you buy in bulk
- Fairy laser cut outs which can be purchased in three different sizes at Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

White school glue

Paint brush

White tissue paper

This book contains more than 28 fairy crafts

Glitterwhat fairy house would be complete without it?

Tea lights (battery operated), or battery powered LED lights (don't use real candles of course)

- I think these floral embellishments would be perfect, and twine to tie around the top of  a mason jar

Hot glue and hot glue gun

Here is the tutorial:

I think these lanterns would make a great gift for people who love fairies.  They would look great at an outside summer party for a decorative effect.

And just as a side thought, I think they are easy enough for little girls to make as a birthday party craft.   I can see the wheels spinning in your head.  I can't wait to make mine.

You can purchase these fairy jars on Etsy

You can purchase the fairy jars pictured here on Etsy

Be creative, and be happy!