Saturday, January 14, 2017

Handcrafted Rustic Wire Heart Garland

Get in the Valentine's Day spirit by decorating your home with a rustic wire valentine heart garland.  Just transform rustic wire into something really sweet by making adorable hearts!  And they're handcrafted so no two hearts are shaped alike. In fact, when making, have fun shaping the hearts in whimsical designs and then add a bit of glitz by connecting with small red rhinestone hearts!

To make, you'll need:
Rustic wire
Flexible measuring tape
Wire cutter
Red rhinestone hearts
Hot glue

Since the rustic wire is already curved, simply lift up the wire from the roll, and cut off about 12 inches.

Then bend the wire in half, pinching into a point.

Next, easily shape the ends to form a heart, adding a dab of hot glue to connect.

 So easy, peasy!

 Continue making as many hearts as desired, connecting sides with dabs of glue.

Then place a dab of glue on the back of the rhinestone hearts and attach between the wire hearts where connected.

 Have fun displaying your garland on the mantel, door, wall, or anywhere your heart desires!

So simple and quite easy to make!
I'm participating in a Valentine's Link Party where I'm sharing this project.  And you're invited to join us and link up your new and old creative Valentine's ideas, too!

BTW, if you're looking for a deal at Oriental Trading - especially with their awesome Valentine specials and treats, visit their coupon page for the latest in sales.

Thanks for stopping by

and take a little time to enjoy -

Happy Crafting!

Valentine's Link Party

Welcome to our Valentine's Link Party! It's such a wonderful time of year to celebrate love!

I'm so excited to be joining a group of talented ladies for this delightful and fun party highlighting ways to enjoy this special day!  We're counting down the time by sharing with you awesome Valentine's Day related inspirations ranging from crafts/diy, recipes, party ideas and everything in between!

And best of all, the party runs from January 14 through February 13th, so you'll have plenty of time to link up your favorite creative valentine ideas, both new and old - just be sure they're family friendly!

  Then on February 14, each hostess will feature their most favorites.

Linking up to the party will show on all of the following hosts' blogs:

 Beverly@ Across the Boulevard

Even though Valentine's Day is very special to me, I really don't go all out in decorating my home for the occasion.  I always like to keep it simple and easy so I'm sharing with you an adorable way you can do this and still be impactful by adding this rustic wire heart garland to your valentine holiday décor. 

It really is a lovely addition to any Valentine décor - and you'll find the complete tutorial in my post on making a Handcrafted Rustic Wire Heart Garland, here. 

Btw, if you're looking for a deal at Oriental Trading, especially with their awesome Valentine specials and treats, visit their coupon page for the latest in sales!

Now join the party by linking up!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Snow Ball Tin Can Container DIY - A Cute Winter Decoration

Loving this cold winter weather?  Snowy days are perfect for making indoor diy winter decorations. Why not bring the beauty of the outdoors in with this adorable tin can snow ball container craft project. It's a great way to recycle those tin cans you're about to throw out and to spruce up your home after the holidays.

Just gather:
  Large tin can
Handmade stencils (cardstock)
Craft knife
Painter's tape
White acrylic paint/sponge brush
Styrofoam balls 

Start by removing the covering and any adhesive residue from a large tin container like a coffee can.
Next, make a stencil out of cardstock for the wording and embellishments.  I found a fun site called Rapid Resizer that shows you how to make a word or picture stencil in almost any font and size to print out.

Once you've printed out the wording, cut out the letters using a craft or exacto knife.

For letters like o's and a's, you will need to make a "bridge" by dividing the letters to keep the center intact. 

Apply painter's tape to stencil and attach to can.

Dry brush on paint to stencil .  .  .

 and then remove. Let dry.
Add Snow-Tex to letters using toothpicks for a dimensional "snowy" effect.

 Have fun adding the Snow-Tex!

Top off with faux snow balls to complete look.
Baby it's cold outside!

Thanks for stopping by

and take a little time to enjoy -

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

2016 Top 10 Crafting Favorites - What's Old is New Again

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by!  It's that time of year when most of us look back to see what projects were liked best and do a round-up of the favorites.
My philosophy when making crafts has always been, "there are no new crafts - just new ways to make them."  In other words, revamping old trends.  And many of my most popular craft projects in 2016 were just that.  I've always tried to create projects that are inexpensive and easy to make. They were mostly repurposed, recycled, upcycled, green projects that highlighted everyday items like cans, ribbon, foam, cardboard, paper, and natural fibers. 
Here's a look back at the favorites. Click on each link for the full tutorial:

1.  Recycled Soda/Beer Can Candle Holder

2.  Handcrafted Forever Spring Crocuses


Hope you are inspired to repurpose the old into something new!

As we say goodbye to 2016, a big THANK YOU to this wonderful community for your interest, encouragement and support in my crafting adventures.  I'm so looking forward to 2017 .  .  .  it's going to be an awesome year!

Best wishes and blessings to you in the New Year!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Wrapping Up the Holidays Favorites

A huge "THANK YOU" to everyone who participated in our Wrapping up the Holidays Link Party!  We loved all of your wonderful Christmas and Holiday ideas and inspirations!  Each of the hostesses are featuring their favorites and I'd like to share with you my top faves:

This beautiful garland is made out of - you guessed it! COTTON BALLS!  Vesna shares an amazing easy to follow tutorial that you can find here:   Christmas Cotton Pom Pom Garland by Vesna@Home Chic Club 

And would you believe this adorable snowman is covered in epsom salt - how cool, I mean, chilly is he!  Check out the quick and easy tutorial here DIY Chilly the Snowman Ornament by Shirley @Intelligent Domestications
Chilly the Snowman Ornament just hanging out in the

 You'd never guess what this lovely wreath is made of - just find out here:  How to Make a Santa Gingerbread Man Wreath by Erlene @Pinterventures

Santa Gingerbread Man Wreath - butcher paper, styrofoam wreath form, Santa hat, paint, and ribbon.

And I loved how awesome the bells look on this door decoration!  See how to make this cutie here: Jingle Bell Door Decoration by Julie @My Busy Beehives
Jingle Bell Door Decoration

 And finally, who doesn't love the vintage look of this sweet car ornament?  You can find the full tutorial here: How To Make a Little Red Christmas Car Ornament Debra @ Shoppe No.5

Be sure to visit each hostess to check out their favorites, too!

Thanks for stopping by

and take a little time to enjoy -

Happy Crafting in the New Year!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Friday, December 23, 2016