Friday, January 19, 2018

No Sew Duct Tape Heart Pouch

Here's the perfect handmade touch for Valentine's or just about any time of the year! An adorable heart shape duct tape pouch! Isn't it just too cute! And it's oh so easy to make - with no sewing involved (yay!)

You just need:
  • Heart template
  • Medium weight decorative fabric
  • Scissors/craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Duct tape
  • Zipper - 9-12"
1. Make a heart shape template - take 12"x12" paper, fold in half and draw a half of a heart shape. 

2.  Cut out pattern and place open on folded fabric - right sides together. 
3. Cut out two heart shapes.
4. Cut out strips of duct tape and place on the wrong side of fabric. It is easier to place duct tape on a self healing cutting board (if you have one) and use a craft knife and ruler to cut strips instead of scissors.

 5. Trim off excess duct tape around the hearts using scissors.
 6.  Divide one heart in middle and cut into two pieces.
7.  Take zipper and place on heart center edge with the zipper pull facing down. Begin stapling the length of the zipper on one side. 
8. Take the other half of heart, fabric faced down, matching heart edge to the other side of zipper. Staple edge all the way,  opening zipper to make it easier to staple, if necessary.
 Turn heart over to see attached zipper.
9. Turn heart back over and place small strips of duct tape to hold zipper down on one side.  
10.  Place a regular size strip of duct tape over the staples and length of the zipper. Repeat adding small strips to hold down zipper and then a larger strip to cover staples on the other side of zipper, smoothing both sides out.

11. Cut off excess duct tape including the bottom of zipper. It's best  not to cut off the top part of the zipper at this point - like I did.
 12.  Place right sides of fabric together and  .  .  .
 staple hearts together at least 1/4-3/8 inches all the way around  (I stapled too close to the edge). Add extra staples around the V area of the heart to make it more secure and sturdier when using the zipper. Be sure to open zipper half way in order to turn the finished heart inside out.
13.  Once the heart is completely stapled together, cut 1-3"strips of duct tape to fold over, covering both sides of the staples. Make cuts in the duct tape to smooth over the edges and curves to cover all exposed staples.

 14. Turn heart inside out. Add a decorative tassel to zipper pull.
 Have fun filling with your favorite treats!

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and take a little time to enjoy,

Happy Crafting!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Upcycle a Wine Bottle For a Decorative Look Using Hot Glue

Welcome to our Monthly Challenge Blog Hop! I've joined a group of creative bloggers to bring you a monthly challenge blog hop on the 2nd Monday of each month. We're running a bit behind this month because of the holidays and posting a week later. For January, the challenge is to upcycle cans, glass or plastic. And all of us can relate to repurposing anyone of these items from time to time!

I love recycling wine bottles and have been known to rescue them out of other people's trash! Lol!

My easy to follow tutorial shows you how to upcycle a wine bottle by creating the look of melted candle wax over a wintry scene using hot glue, mod podge, and a paper napkin. I think the end results are quite lovely! The warm, decorative design adds a whole lot of charm to anyone's décor during the winter months!

For this project, I used:
Wine bottle
Multi-surface acrylic craft paint
Sponge brush/paint brush
Mod podge
Paper napkin
Plastic wrap
Hot glue/ glue sticks
LED Votive Candle - 1 3/4" tall

Let's begin by wiping the wine bottle with alcohol to remove any oils and dirt that may still be there after removing the labels and washing with soap and water.  Next, using a sponge, paint multi-surface white acrylic  craft paint over the bottle and let dry.
Next, separate the top printed layer of the napkin paper from the rest Then arrange how you want the design of the napkin over the lower portion of the wine bottle.

 Then, paint a layer of mod podge over that area.

Carefully lay the napkin down on top of the mod podge, using plastic wrap to smooth and remove any wrinkles. Fill in with more mod podge and napkins to cover bottom of bottle and use the plastic wrap to smooth everything out. Let dry.

Once dry, add another coat of mod podge over the napkin to seal.

Let dry completely.
Then dab on multi-surface acrylic paint with a sponge brush
over the napkin edges to help hide the line edges. Let dry.
Next, apply vertical rows of hot glue beginning around the top of the bottle and let the hot glue drippings run down slightly past the top edge of the napkin. 

 Allow the hot glue drips to dry before filling in more over and between the first  row drips. Be sure to stagger the lengths of the hot glue drips.

Add an LED votive candle on top of the bottle opening and run drips of hot glue around the sides to attach.

Once the glue has completely dried and is no longer warm, pry open the LED votive candle with your hands, moving it side ways to be able to turn on the light underneath. Do not remove completely and replace the votive candle back intact to bottle.

And finally, add dabs of white acrylic paint over the dried hot glue drips to add texture and dimension to the look.

 Topped with a simple white LED votive candle and drips of faux hot wax, this upcycle wine bottle not only looks elegant, it provides mood lighting with the LED candle's soft glow. 
Don't you just love this look!

Please visit my co-hosts to check out their creative upcycle projects.

And don't forget to come back next month on February 12th when we share our Family Recipes!
Thanks for stopping by
and take a little time to enjoy,

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

No Sew Fleece Bow Ear Warmer

Brrr, baby it's cold outside! Stay warm by making this easy no-sew fleece bow ear warmer to wear outside on bitterly cold days!

Hey everybody! I'm over on Bowdabrablog sharing a brand new tutorial on making this adorable no-sew fleece bow ear warmer! Stop by to see how easy it is to make with just fleece, glue, scissors and of course, your Bowdabra!

Thanks for stopping by,
Happy Crafting!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Faux Birch Bark Candleholders for Winter Decor

Bring a touch of the popular birch bark wood indoors using faux birch bark paper! Say what? Yes! I found embossed birch bark wrapping paper on clearance at Pier1 and immediately thought of wrapping it around glass candleholders I found at the dollar store.

It's perfect to use anytime, especially just after Christmas when most of us are looking for winter décor to replace the holiday trimmings we just put away. If you can't find it at Pier1, Amazon has it,too!

Real birch bark is rather thick, so to make the covering a bit more realistic, I first measured a piece of white foam sheet around the length and width of the glass candleholder and .  .  .
then glued the foam using cement glue onto the paper, let dry and cut it out.

Doesn't it look realistic?

Next, it was time to glue it onto the glass container and the easiest and quickest way to do that was to use hot glue on the long edges, holding in place for a few seconds until dry.
 I rubbed acrylic paint on the edges of the white foam to help make it look like bark.
What a simple winter craft project!
Now to find the perfect spot to display!

Thanks for stopping by
and take a little time to enjoy,
Happy Crafting!