Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Inkling: faux birch frame

I’ve wanted to make another project using the birch clipart that I used for these holiday napkin rings.  I also wanted to make this frame that I saw in Better Homes and Garden craft archives

Here’s the result.

You can use any type of paper to make these little rolls.  The original BHG project used magazine pages. You roll the paper around straws and glue or mod podge them. Then cut the tubes and glue them onto your frame.

Here’s a tip: use clear or white straws to make this project. I used straws that had colored stripes and you can see the stripes on the inside of the tubes.

This is one of my favorite pictures so I’m happy with the frame…stripes and all.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Upcycling: t-shirt yarn braided coasters

Have you ever heard of t-shirt yarn? Recently, I came across a few projects that used old t-shirts cut up into strips and used as yarn. I may try that someday, but in the meantime, I decided to use the t-shirts and make coasters.

To make these coasters, all you need are old t-shirts and a needle and thread.
Cut up the t-shirts into strips by cutting the t-shirt from the bottom into a continuous circle until you have a desired length. The strips for these coasters were approximately 1 yard.

Braid the strips and tie off with thread.
Roll the braid into a circle and stitch the bottom side together. Tuck the end under the bottom side and stitch securely.

Note:  If you want to knit or crochet with the t-shirt yarn pull your strips lengthwise and they will form tubes resembling yarn. It’s amazing – try it.

If you have the time, t-shirts and patience, you can keep the circle going and make a rug.

I don’t have any of the above so I'm stopping at coasters.

This project is linked at the following:


Get Your Craft On Tuesday   handmade projects 
   Gettin' Krafty With It  
 Make it Yours @ My Backyard Eden giveaways    Lovely Crafty Home

Monday, January 3, 2011

Inkling: Paper Flower Jar Lids

I’m trying to get my craft area a little more organized which requires more jars and containers.

Both of these jars are actually plastic. The tall jar is a vitamin bottle and the short jar is a makeup container. I cleaned out both containers and scrubbed off the labels. For leftover sticky residue from labels, I like to use Goo Gone.

The makeup container already had a black top but the vitamin bottle had a plain white childproof top so I covered it in grey wool.

Now for the fun part.
  • To make these paper flowers, cut out petals in any shape you choose.
  • Make the petals slight smaller as you near the center of the flower.
  • For these flowers, I crinkled the paper slightly.
  • Tape your petals together. I used double-sided tape in the middle of the flower.
  • You can curl the edges of the petal around a pencil or something smaller. I used a small art paint brush handle. 

Glue your flower onto the jar lid and enjoy.

This project is linked at the following:

 Get Your Craft On Tuesday
 Photobucket Texas Monkey    Gettin' Krafty With It  handmade projects Make it Yours @ My Backyard Eden giveaways    Lovely Crafty Home

Sunday, January 2, 2011

homework: an award

I received the best New Year’s gift. I was given the Stylish Blogger Award. Two fellow bloggers selected homework, so I’m doubly honored.

Thank you so much Krafty Kat and Grandma Sez So.

There are duties that come with this award and they are as follows:
1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers.
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award!

Here are seven things about me:

1. I’m a morning person
2. I prefer salty snacks over sweet snacks
3. I don’t like roller coasters
4. I like medium point pens
5. My favorite color is green although blue is starting to catch up
6. I make a lot of lists
7. Coffee, coffee, coffee – enough said

There are so many great blogs out there. Selecting only 15 is nearly impossible but here are the blogs I’m recognizing with the Stylish Blogger Award.

Thank you again Krafty Kat and Grandma Sez So.