June 2012 archive
Bottle Cap Wreath
Have you made your decorations for the 4th of July yet? Our Family Attic shared a tutorial for this Bottle Cap 4th of July Wreath. This rustic wreath could be made for any occasion by changing the color scheme, but I think it’s perfect for a summer holiday. Have fun preparing for all of your 4th of July festivities!
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Are you ready for the 4th of July? This is the perfect craft for the kids to help you complete to get them ready for the upcoming holiday. They will be so proud of their festive decoration, so make sure to display it for the whole neighborhood to see.
- Scrapbooking paper
- Double sided tape or glue
- Hole punch
1. Find a piece of scrapbooking paper to match your theme. I found a couple cute sheets with stars and patriotic colors. You could also get a solid sheet of paper and draw your own design.
2. Flip your sheet of paper over and run a line of double sided tape down one edge of the paper. You may use glue instead of double sided tape in this step.
3. Peel the protective strip off of the tape and roll the paper into a cylinder. Firmly press the taped edge of the paper to secure the base of your windsock.
4. Now it’s time to cut your streamers. I cut my ribbon into 12 inch pieces so that my paper base and streamers would be about the same length. Take double sided tape or glue and adhere your streamers to the inside of the bottom of your cylinder.
*You may apply the ribbon to the paper before you roll it into a cylinder, but make sure to leave room for your paper to overlap.
5. After you have applied ribbon around the entire cylinder, it’s time to add some ribbon so that you can hang your windsock for all to see. Punch two holes in the top of the cylinder and thread a one yard piece of ribbon through the holes.
6. Tie a knot or bow with the ends of the ribbon and your windsock is ready for action!
I hope you enjoy making this fun, simple craft. After you finish your patriotic windsock, you can start making windsocks for every holiday and season. Check back later this week for another patriotic craft!
Hula Ribbon Flower
Now that you have a fun ribbon hula skirt, it’s time to make an accessory to match it. This easy ribbon flower doesn’t take much time to complete, and it’s the perfect project to use up old ribbon scraps.
- 3/8″ ribbon of choice
- Double sided tape and/or hot glue gun
- Felt circle
- Alligator clip
1. Decide what color/design of ribbon you want to use. Cut eight 8″ pieces of ribbon for your flower. I used 4 colors, so I ended up with 2 strips of each color.
2. Take one of your strips and fold it in half to create a crease. Using hot glue or double sided tape, fold each end of the ribbon to the center crease and secure. The picture below shows what your ribbon should look like after securing the ends to the center of the ribbon.
3. Repeat with all eight pieces of ribbon.
4. Place a dot of hot glue in the center of one of your ribbon loops. Place another ribbon loop(preferably of the same color/design) perpendicularly on top of the original loop(this will create an “X” or cross shape).
5. Repeat step 4 with each pair of ribbons making sure that none of the new layers cover up an old layer. The pictures below show how I applied each color layer.
6. Cut a 10 inch piece of one of the ribbons you used in your flower. This piece of ribbon will become your rosette for the center of the flower. Click here for our ribbon rosette tutorial. Glue the rosette to the center of your flower.
7. Flip your flower over and hot glue a felt circle to the back of your flower. To finish your flower clip, hot glue a lined alligator clip to the felt circle.
You’re finished! Now you can make a flower to match every outfit. Have fun at your next Luau Party!
Ribbon Hula Skirt
I always have the urge to throw a Luau Party whenever summer comes around. This ribbon hula skirt is the perfect costume for your party, and the kids will have a blast making this fun summer accessory(it’s a great addition to the dress up box)!
- Ribbon of choice
- Push pins(optional)
1. Start out by cutting a length of ribbon for your “waistband”. Your waistband length will be your waist measurement plus 24 inches. The extra 24 inches will be used as the ties for your hula skirt.
2. Heat seal the ends of your waistband so that they won’t fray. To make the process easier for me, I pinned the ribbon to the wall using some push pins. Make sure that you have 12 inches of extra ribbon hanging down from each side of the push pins. You can also lay your waistband on a table or tie it between a couple chairs.
3. Now it’s time to choose the different kinds of ribbon you want to include in your hula skirt. I wanted my skirt to be 18 inches long, so I cut my ribbon into 36 inch pieces. I used a lot of bright colors in my skirt since neon is very popular right now.
4. Take one of your ribbon pieces and fold it in half to create a loop. Slip the loop under your waistband.
5. Pull the ends of your ribbon through the loop to create a knot.
6. Tie the ends of the ribbon into a knot to secure it on your waistband.
7. Continue to loop and knot your ribbon pieces on the whole length of the waistband(minus the 12 inch ties) until you are finished.
Go get your tiki torches and you are ready for a fun, fabulous Luau Party! Check back later this week for a ribbon flower tutorial to match your hula skirt.
If you are wanting to try a more advanced ribbon skirt project, then check out the Twirly Ribbon Skirt tutorial on Prudent Baby.
Bottle Cap Candles
I saw the tutorial for these Bottle Cap Candles and just had to share it with all of you. What a cute and clever idea! Craftaholics Anonymous features this tutorial that not only recycles bottle caps, but it also reuses all of the old crayons that you have laying around the house. These would be a cute table decoration for a family dinner on the patio or a neighborhood barbecue. I hope everyone is inspired to try some new bottle cap crafts!
Bottle Cap Push Pins
Are you tired of the boring push pins holding all of your posters and calendars to the wall? Well I have the perfect craft for you! The decorating options are unlimited with this project, so get those creative juices flowing and let’s get started.
- Bottle caps
- Push pins
- Epoxy dots
- Bottle cap images
- Bottle cap image punch or scissors
- Paint pen(optional)
- Strong glue such as super glue or E-6000
- Dimensional Magic
1. Start out by choosing your bottle cap images. You can find a large variety of bottle cap images all over the internet. Using a bottle cap image punch or scissors, punch/trim your image from your sheet of paper. The circle punches can be found in the scrapbooking section of most craft stores.
2. Apply a small amount of Dimensional Magic to the top of your bottle cap. Place your image on top of the bottle cap and give it a few minutes to dry.
3. Carefully remove your epoxy dot from it’s sheet making sure not to touch the bottom of the dot.
4. Place the epoxy dot over the image lining it up with the edge of the bottle cap. Now you have a nice, polished appearance for your bottle cap.
5. Turn your bottle cap over and place a small dot of E-6000 or other strong glue on the center of the bottle cap. Place the head of the push pin on the glue and give it a few hours to dry.
6. There are many other ways to decorate the bottle cap besides using an image and epoxy dot. You can glue an applique or resin to the bottle cap for a more three dimensional effect, or you could customize them even more by getting a paint pen and drawing you own designs. It may even be fun to write a letter on each bottle cap to spell out your name.
Don’t limit your new bottle cap push pins to just holding up calendars and posters. These are great for organizing jewelry, or they can even be used as a decoration on their own. These are addictive so be ready to make a bunch of them. Have fun making this easy craft, and check back later this week for another bottle cap craft!
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Today I will show you how to make this super easy bookmark. The possibilities are endless with this bookmark since there are thousands of options of ribbon to use. Here we go!
- Pony Tail Elastic
- Ribbon of choice
- Needle and thread
- Hot glue gun(optional)
- Sewing machine(optional)
1.Begin by measuring the height of your book. Multiply this number by two and then subtract one to get the length of ribbon that you will need. My book’s height was 8.5″ so my ribbon length was 16″(8.5×2=17-1=16).
2.Place the Pony Tail Elastic over one end of the ribbon and fold the ribbon over to create a loop. You have a couple options when securing the Pony Tail Elastic. You can hot glue the ribbon down, or you can stitch across the ribbon to create your loop. I stitched a small box to make sure that the loop was secure.
3. Once the Pony Tail Elastic is secure, you need to fold back the other end of your ribbon about 1/2″ making sure that the “wrong” sides are together. Stitch a box on the fold to create a finished end to your bookmark.
4. Flip the ribbon over so that the “right” side is facing up and sew a button to the end of the ribbon that you just stitched.
You’re finished! Now you are ready to enjoy the book that you have been trying to get to for the past few months. Enjoy your summer reading!
Click here to see our Printed Ribbon
Paper Clip Bookmarks
It’s finally Summer! Time for swimsuits, sunscreen, and playing outside. However, summer time also means that it’s summer reading time. This week I will show you a couple easy bookmark tutorials so that you and your family can have their own custom book accessories. Let’s get started!
- Medium to large paper clips(I used 50mm paper clips)
- 1/4″ or 3/8″ ribbon of your choice
1. Pick out which paper clips you would like to use. I wanted something fun and colorful so I was able to find these cute striped ones.
2. There are a few ways to go about attaching the ribbon to the paper clip. The first way is to tie two pieces of ribbon to the top of the paper clip using a simple knot. Make sure you tie the ribbon to the end of the paper clip where there is only one loop.
3. The next way is to take two pieces of ribbon and lay one on top of the other. Fold the two pieces of ribbon in half and thread the loop through the paper clip. Feed the loose ends of the ribbon through the loop and pull tight.
4. The last way to attach your ribbon to the paper clip is to simply tie it in a bow.
Now you have a cute bookmark that is just for you. You can also use these paper clip bookmarks to mark your favorite recipes in a cookbook.
Check back later this week for another ribbon bookmark tutorial:)