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28th Jul2014

Kids Artwork Display Idea

by Dinah Wulf

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My daughter got a new loft bed in her room and we had to rearrange her furniture.  That also meant that I had to move her fabric Duck Brand tape shelves. The wall was blank and empty so my best friend from Simply Creative Ways gave me a Kids Artwork Display Idea. The two of us both have these frames left over from parties we have done; mine from my Tea Party by the Sea baby shower and hers from her Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party.  

There are so many great wood cut outs available in craft stores, and that just makes my life so easy! Here are the frames before.

Kids Artwork Display Idea

With a little craft paint, I painted them some vibrant colors that matched her room.

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I found these rustic metal clips at Michael’s for about $3.00 for four. I simply hot glued them on. Hot glue works really well and is sturdy.  I tested it out, and was able to change the artwork in the frame very easily.

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Here is the wall BEFORE. It’s blah!

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Here is the wall AFTER! Much better!

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Mia and I chose some of her favorite pieces of art that she has done in preschool and we hung them in her room.

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She told me she titled the dinosaur one, “Dinosaur with Ear Pickers”. They are supposed to be bones, by the way! She cracks me up!

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Here are a couple AFTER Photos. Now we can display her artwork over the years instead of piling up in my closet!

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24th Jul2014

DIY Circus Theme Cake Topper

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Circus Theme Cake Topper

As you may already know, we took my daughter to the circus for her birthday.  I am loving this circus theme and had such a fun time making these cute circus party favors that were a hit with the kids.  I also wanted to share simple paper craft and easy DIY circus theme cake topper I made for her cake. You only need a few materials.

Materials:

  • Two paper straws
  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Colorful paper
  • Two pompoms
  • Glue

I cut a one inch strip of red and white striped scrapbook paper that I had left over from the party favors I made. I cut them into little 1”X1” pendants. The red and white stripes made it easy to just eyeball and cut a 45 degree angle.

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Fringe makes everything better!! I used some left over blue paper to make these little fringed squares.

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Next, I cut two slits on each of the tops of the straws and inserted the twine as shown. It slides right in perfectly.

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I glued the pendants to the twine and added a little yellow fuzzy pompom I had left over from some caterpillar clothespins Mia and I made a while ago. You can use any glue.  I chose to use hot glue.

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There you have it! Instant circus theme cake topper! It’s very quick and easy and costs next to nothing to make.

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If you need more carnival or circus inspiration, check out these posts!

09th Jul2014

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags How To

These cute little versatile DIY chalkboard clothespin tags are perfect for creative gift wrapping, party favors, name place cards, or even gardening or home organization labels.  They are inexpensive to make and you only need a few materials.

Materials:

  • Wooden Shape Cut-Outs
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Scrap Paper
  • Clothespins
  • Glue
  • Chalk

I found these cute little wood cut-outs at Michael’s for .29 each but then I got 15% off of that, so they were roughly four for a dollar.

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags

I painted one side using a foam brush.  I like using this type of brush because the edges stay nice and neat so that only the front of the wooden cut-out is painted.

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Tip: You may have noticed on previous posts, I like to save packing paper and reuse it.  It’s easy to store and doesn’t take up much space and it’s perfect for protecting any craft workspace.  I use it especially when I do kids crafts that involve paint with my daughter.

Two coats will suffice, but I did three, allowing one hour in between each coat.  I find that waiting works best when working with chalkboard paint.

Lastly, I glued each painted chalkboard tag to a clothespin.  You can use any type of glue. I personally prefer hot glue in this craft.

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags Craft Idea

Tip: I noticed after the fact that it was easier to glue on the wood cut-out BEFORE painting it so that it is easier to hold while painting and less messy on your fingers!

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags Craft

I used these for little party favors but you can use them for several purposes. They would be adorable as place cards settings for a dinner party or even a wedding or shower.  You can also use them to label and organize craft supplies as well.

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags Tutorial

Here are a few more after photos.

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags Party Favor

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin GiftTags

01st Jul2014

Tic Tac Pack Spice Containers Printable

by Dinah Wulf

Tic Tac Pack Spice Containers

This post, Tic Tac Pack Spice Containers with FREE Printable, was brought to you by the makers of Tic Tac® mints.. I received compensation to write this post through the Tic Tac® Pack program… all opinions expressed are my own.

My family camped a lot when we were younger and I thought that Tic Tac packs were the perfect size to transport herbs, spices, and seasonings while camping or traveling. I love trying out different Tic Tac flavors especially the Fruit Adventure flavor. Fruit Adventure Tic Tacs mini capsule-shaped candies come in: Mango (yellow), Orange (orange), Green Apple (green), and Cherry (red)!

Tic Tac Pack Spice Containers Printable

Creativity definitely runs in my family.  Growing up, I think I learned the most from my older brother.  He is six years my senior and I thought, (and still think) he was (is) the most influentially creative person in my life. I look up to him in so many ways.  He is a Graphic Designer and I am lucky enough to share some Tic Tac Pack Spice Containers with FREE Printables today that he designed. Here is how you make them.

Materials:

Instructions:

Enjoy your Tic Tacs! I must say I am a HUGE fan of the Strawberry Fields pack and this Fruit Adventure pack comes with two of my favorite flavors (mango and green apple). I always have a pack in my purse.

Print your FREE Printable on full sheet label paper.

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My brother designed three different types of labels:

  • Herbs (basil, dill, oregano, parsley, sage, and thyme)
  • Seasonings (beef seasoning, seafood seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper)
  • Spices (red crushed pepper, paprika, nutmeg, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, all spice)
  • Sprinkles (powdered sugar, parmesan, cocoa powder, cinnamon sugar)

Cut out the desired labels and place them on your filled Tic Tac packs! Here are a few pictures of mine.

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Tic Tac Pack Spice Containers with Printable

Tic Tac Pack Spice Containers Repurposed

I hope you enjoy them! In case you missed it, here are some other ways to repurpose Tic Tac packs into DIY gifts or party favors!

Thank you to Tic Tacs for sponsoring this post! Join 12M others and stop by the official Tic Tac Facebook page!

Tic Tac Pack Spice Containers Upcycled

27th Jun2014

Monogram Wooden Wagon Plaque DIY

by Dinah Wulf

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I made some paper decorations for the Fourth of July parade coming up and I couldn’t resist but add a little extra pizazz to our wagon we bought on Craigslist, hence my Monogram Wooden Wagon Plaque DIY. I actually had everything stalked in my craft room (I know I have a problem), so I didn’t have to go buy anything new. I only needed a few things.

Materials:

  • Wood Plaque (I think I bought this one at Walmart)
  • Wooden letter
  • Paint
  • Foam Brushes
  • Newspaper
  • Wood Glue or Other Adhesive

Here is a photo of the wagon before I painted it.

Metal and Wood Wagon

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I painted the wooden sides with Krylon’s blue ocean breeze.

Fourth of July Parade Wagon

I had this wooden plaque and a wooden “w” for our last name which happen to fit perfectly on the back of the wagon.

Monogram Wooden Wagon Plaque DIY

I painted the plaque white with red trim and the “w” black.

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Unfinished wood dries very quickly, so I was able to glue the letter on almost immediately.  I ended up using E6000 because it dries quickly and I find it works well. You can also use wood glue.

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I removed the wooden back of the wagon and glued on the plaque to the back.

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Here is the AFTER! I can’t wait to decorate it again for the Fourth of July parade.  In case you missed it, check out the easy paper decorations I made.

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You may also like these other fun upcycles I did for my daughter:

24th Jun2014

Fourth of July Parade Wagon and Paper Crafts

by Dinah Wulf

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I am really looking forward to the mini Fourth of July parade that we do every year. I don’t know why, but my husband and I have never gotten a wagon for our daughter.  We would always hitch a ride with someone else, or even just pushed her in her sparsely decorated stroller. This year, we finally purchased a wagon off of Craigslist and I want to share some easy paper crafts you can make to decorate for this year’s festivities.

When we bought the wagon, the plain wooden sides were screaming for paint! I chose Krylon’s blue ocean breeze. I thought it’d look pretty with the red wagon.

Fourth of July Parade Wagon

I made some paper medallions for the side. To make these, I cut two 2” strips for each medallion, and cut out two circles with a circle punch.

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I folded each strip like an accordion.

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Using double sided tape I attached the two pieces on one side.

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I punched a small hole for the string.

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Using hot glue, I added the circles on both sides of the medallion. Hot glue works the best because it dries quickly.

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I strung them on ribbon and attached them to the wagon!

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I also made little flags with scrapbook paper and BBQ skewers.  Super easy! I attached them to the wagon with Duck Brand tape (it works perfectly).

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In case you missed some of my other recent Fourth of July ideas, here are a few:

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Parade Wagon Collage

23rd Jun2014

DIY Mod Podge Tea Lights

by Dinah Wulf

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I came across these adorable red and blue metal buckets in the dollar bins at a Joann Fabric and Craft Store.  They have a little star cut out, perfectly patriotic for the Fourth of July or Memorial Day. I wanted to add a little oomph so I ended up turning them into DIY Mod Podge Tea Lights. You only need a few materials.

Materials:

  • Metal or glass candle holders
  • Outdoor Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush
  • Paper Cutter
  • Scissors
  • Patterned Scrapbook Paper
  • Wet Paper Towel
  • Small Paper Plate
  • Tea Lights

Here are the dollar bin metal buckets I found. Cute, right?

DIY Mod Podge Tea Lights

I measured and cut little strips of patterned scrapbook paper that I had left over from these Glow Stick Party Favors (and free printable) that I made.

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I poured a little outdoor Mod Podge onto my paper plate and used the foam brush to apply the Mod Podge both to the back of the strip and then on top of it. I added four strips to each little bucket.

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Allow the Mod Podge to dry completely.

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I added tea lights and voila! Instant festive DIY Mod Podge Tea Lights.

DIY Mod Podge Patriotic Tea Lights

I thought about giving them as a hostess gift to the annual Fourth of July party that my family and I attend.

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In case you missed it, here are a few more patriotic posts I did recently:

 

13th Jun2014

Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray How To

by Dinah Wulf

Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray How To

One of my best friends gave me this tray that she was about to throw away. It was actually from a bridal Shower we gave many many years ago! I decided to keep it and bring some new life to it.  Here is my Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray How To. You only need a few materials, and some will depend on if you are starting fresh with a new tray.

Materials:

  • Wooden Tray
  • Sander
  • Clean Cloth
  • Tarp
  • Spray Paint
  • Fabric
  • Fabric Cutter
  • Cutting Mat
  • Measuring Instrument
  • Pencil
  • Adhesive Spray

Here is the tray BEFORE, It was a little beat up!

Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray

Because I a) had little time, b) had two coats of paint on it, and c) feel like I’m getting old with arthritis, I decided to take an electric sander to it versus a hand sand block, but either works well.

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Once I finished sanding it, I wiped the tray from debris with a clean cloth (aka and old t-shirt).

I laid it out on a tarp in a well-ventilated area and spray painted with Krylon Citrus Green. I used two coats.

Trash to Treasure Easy Serving Tray

While the tray was drying I measured and cut the fabric with my Fiskars Rotary Cutter. I have to say that this is one of my favorite tools I use. It measures and cuts up to 24 inches! I’ve used it on projects like this fabric and lace bunting and it just made it so easy to make.

Trash to Treasure DIY Fabric Lined Serving Tray

I used a spray adhesive to attach the fabric. I found it easiest to spray the back of the fabric and then place it on the tray, versus spraying the tray.

Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray Tutorial

Tah-dah! I love the color combo. It’s perfect for summer and entertaining. It’s a simple trash to treasure project that I hope you try out!

Trash to Treasure Serving Tray

 

In case you missed it, check out some of my other trash to treasure projects:

10th Jun2014

Easy Shell DIY Napkin Rings

by Dinah Wulf

Easy Shell DIY Napkin Rings

I love entertaining outdoors during the warm weather months. I wanted to make some fun beach inspired napkin rings to add a little DIY to my table setting this summer. Here is how I made these easy shell DIY napkin rings. You only need a few materials.

Materials:                   

  • Shells
  • Rope
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Strong Bonding Agent like E6000

How to Make Napkin Rings

Instructions:

I found the rope at Home Depot. I was able to make these nautical themed vases, this fabric bunting, this other fabric bunting, and eight of these napkin rings (and more) out of one package. Cut each piece into about 6 inches. Play around with the length to reach your desired ring size. Simply hot glue the ends together to form a ring.  I like to use hot glue because it dries quickly and holds the rope very well.

DIY Rope Napkin Rings

Glue the shell on top, covering where the ends of the rope meet. I used E600 for a fast and strong bond. Here are a few close ups.

Shell DIY Napkin Rings

DIY Napkin Rings

Easy Nautical DIY Napkin Rings

I love how they turned out.  Consider making these with other trinkets to match your theme or décor. You can even wrap them up to make a cute gift for Mother’s Day, or even a fun and thoughtful house warming gift. Hmmm… which gives me another idea! Ha! Stay tuned!

Easy Beach DIY Napkin Rings

In case you missed it, here are some other fun homemade gift ideas that you might like:

28th May2014

Red, White, and Blue DIY Feather Hair Clips

by Dinah Wulf

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I know yesterday I shared Easy Dollar Bin Headbands that I made for my daughter, but I was on a roll with hair pieces so I thought I’d share another one I made for my friend and I to wear at an annual Fourth of July party that we go to.  Last year I made this one and this year I made these Red, White, and Blue DIY Feather Hair Clips.

Materials:

  • Felt
  • Metal Hair Clips
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Fabric Flowers
  • Feathers
  • Scissors

Fabric flowers are fun to make on your own, but when I come across a good sale, I just can’t pass up a great deal. I picked up these flowers and a whole bag of feathers for next to nothing.

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I simply arranged the flower cluster on a piece of felt and hot glued it on. I cut off the access felt with fabric scissors.

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Next I hot glued on a metal hair clip.

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In a few minutes, I had two fun and festive hair pieces for my friend and me.

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You can clip them directly on your hair, or clip them onto a headband like this.

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Here is the one I made last year last minute on the day of the party that I posted on Instagram. Here is the tutorial for it too!

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Here are a few more SUPER easy hair clips and fabric flowers I have made in case you missed them!

27th May2014

Easy Dollar Bin Headbands

by Dinah Wulf

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My daughter will be turning age four soon and I think she gets more girly and more girly every day.  Because she loves dressing up with skirts and dresses and shoes, it gets a little expensive.  I always try to find ways to save a little money here and there.  The other day, I went craft shopping and found some great deals to make inexpensive and easy dollar bin headbands for her.

You only need a few items.

Materials:

  • Headbands
  • Felt Craft Flowers
  • Felt Craft Bows
  • Hot glue and glue gun

With coupons in hand, I spent less than $6.00 for these three headbands I made and have left over embellishments for other projects. I found the plain glitter headbands for a dollar each at Joann Fabrics and Craft Stores and I found the felt embellishments in the dollar bins at Michael’s.

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I actually thought about making the felt flowers myself, but these were so cute I had to buy them!  Each pack was $1.50 and I had a 30% off coupon for all three. I couldn’t pass it up! I simply glued each piece to the headbands. My daughter LOVES them. She wears one every day. They are pretty sturdy as well.

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Here are a few pictures of Mia wearing them.

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Here are a few more SUPER easy hair clips and fabric flowers I have made in case you missed them!

09th May2014

Recycled Candle Holder Turned Bud Vase

by Dinah Wulf

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Today I am sharing how I turned an old store bought candle into a painted stenciled bud vase. This super easy trash to treasure project makes a great gift or would even be a nice addition to a bedside table or table setting. Here is how I made this simple Recycled Candle Holder Turned Bud Vase.

Materials:

  • Old glass jar or candle jar
  • Acrylic craft paint (2 colors)
  • Foam paint brush
  • Spouncer
  • Stencil
  • Small paper plate or scrap paper
  • Painter’s tape
  • Decorative craft tape

Here is the BEFORE picture of when I cleaned and removed the old wax. Here are the step by step instructions on How to Remove Wax from a Glass. This wax removal tutorial takes time, but works very well.

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Once your glass is clean and free from wax, tape off the top edge with Painter’s tape. This step is optional, but I like the look of it.

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Using a paint brush, paint your glass the desired color.  I used Martha Stewart’s gold metallic acrylic paint. Allow it to dry one hour in between coats. I ended up using four coats.

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Add a decorative craft tape to the edge. I used gold sparkle tape to add a little bling!

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Next, apply your stencil. I like to use adhesive stencils to prevent bleeding and they are quick and easy to use. Using a spouncer in an up and down motion, paint your glass. The less paint you use the better. Be sure to remove the excess paint onto your paper plate. You can remove the stencil right away and allow the paint to dry.

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There you have it! Think twice before throwing away used candles, rather, get creative and upcycle it into a great gift.

recycled candle craft

08th May2014

Easy Popsicle DIY Gift Tags

by Dinah Wulf

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Today is my twin Goddaughter’s 2nd birthday!  Last year for their Alice in Wonderland First Birthday Party, I wrapped their gifts by making Recycled Food Container Gift Wrapping. This time, I was inspired by the beach bags I bought them and made Easy Popsicle DIY Gift Tags to match. Here’s what they look like.

Popsicle Gift Bags

Aren’t they cute? I got a great deal on them at TJ Maxx. In case you were wondering, here’s is what’s inside; two matching bathing suits, hats, and sunglasses for the twins.

Summer Gift Idea

Materials:

  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Craft punch
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • String or ribbon

I never buy cards anymore, because I like to make my own special ones for fun. To make the popsicle tags, simply cut out the popsicle shape out of cardstock as shown. I cut both of them out so that they were symmetrical. They aren’t perfect, but still cute!

Easy Popsicle DIY Gift Tag

I used a circle punch and glued colorful circles onto the front of the card. You can also punch other shapes or even add stripes. I picked polka dots because they are my best friend’s favorite (the twin’s Mom).

Popsicle Gift Tags

Lastly, I glued on a Popsicle stick and wrote a message to the twins on the inside. You can also use craft sticks as well.

Easy Popsicle DIY Gift Tags

That’s it! Here are a couple AFTER photos. I tied them on the existing tag of the bag with blue baker’s twine.

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I hope you try it out! These are fun for the summertime. You can even turn them into a little invitation for a summer BBQ!

Happy Birthday to my little ladies!!!

Check out the Upcycled Step Stool Tutorial I did when I made over some matching step stools for them.

 

29th Apr2014

Mod Podgeable Necklace and Matching Ring Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

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I attended the Craft & Hobby Association Trade Show in January this year and I was invited to the FaveCrafts networking event with some of the industry’s best craft bloggers. We were given several products from sponsors and were challenged to make a unique project.  This Mod Podgeable Necklace and Matching Ring was my entry to the challenge! As a result, FaveCrafts published an awesome eBook of all the crafts and tutorials. It is now available for you for free! See more details below. First, the tutorial!

Materials:

  • Mod Podge – Matte
  • Plaid Podgeable Papers
  • Plaid Podgeable Shapes
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
  • Plaid Foam Brush
  • Turbo Tacky Glue
  • Elmer’s Pro Bond Advanced
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Circle punches

Here are some of the products I used.

Mod Podgeable Tutorial

Instructions for the Necklace:

Step One: Cut out desired shapes and embellishments using circle punches.

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Step Two: Apply Mod Podge to desired Podgeable Shapes.

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Step Three: Apply Mod Podge to the back of embellishment and adhere it to the Podgeable Shape, smoothing out any air bubbles.

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Step Four: Add any additional embellishments to the top of your Podgeble Shapes.

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Step Five: Once the Mod Podge is dry, add Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to the pendant. Let dry for three hours.

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Step Six: Add a jewelry ring charm, and attach ring to necklace or chain using pliers.

Step Seven: Weave chain necklace with ribbon. Seal each end with Turbo Tacky Glue.

Mod Podgeable Necklace Tutorial

Instructions for the Ring:

Step One: Repeat steps 1-5 as listed above.

Step Two: Attach charm to the ring base using Pro Bond Advanced.

Mod Podgeable Ring Tutorial

Here are some AFTER photos.

Mod Podgeable Necklace and Ring

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Download the E Book here:

The Best Blogger Craft Ideas 2014: Decoupage, Sewing, Jewelry Making, and More Free eBook

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In this eBook, you’ll find amazing projects for jewelry crafts, chalkboard crafts, floral crafts, home décor crafts, and kid crafts.  The bloggers that participated in this contest and I received their materials from several well-loved companies, including Coats and Clark, Fiskars, iLovetoCreate.com, Jimmy Beans Wool, Krylon, Leisure Arts, Plaid, Scupley, Shurtech Brands, Elmer’s Glue, Darice, Simplicity Creative Group, RIT Dyes, Sizzix, and Lion Brand Yarn! Enjoy!

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