This probably says something about how my gift making is going but here is another last minute gift that is quick and easy to make. Buttons and paperclips glued together with hot glue make button clips! They can still be used as paperclips but the large ones make cute bookmarks as well.
The view from the back. You can use a shank button or a button with hole. Lay the paperclip over the middle of the back of the button and add some hot glue. These look really cute with the novelty type buttons too - great for kids :)
I'm just letting everyone know that I have updated the list of free gift tags that I've been collecting from the internet for the last few years. There are lots of new beauties this year so be sure to take a look. The link is always in my sidebar under "Pages".
Click over to Maya*Made and see what she did with some free gift tags and ideas for green gift wrapping :)
I love that scrapbooking has brought so many products into the crafting world that can be used in other ways. I know rub-on transfers have been around for awhile but now they come in so many beautiful and fun designs and that's what I found on my last trip to the scrapbook store. Of course, I wanted to try them out right away and since these stones were within arm's reach this is what I did. These small ones look like they've been stitched together and would be just right for paperweights.
This larger rock would make a nice doorstop. Did you need last minute gifts or stocking stuffers? Here you go!
I saw this tree on the Martha Stewart site and almost immediately set to making it. I'm planning on doing a whole landscape of recycled trees this year for a holiday display so this fit the bill perfectly. I have a few tips for you if you decide to make one as well. * I made the polymer clay base exactly as the instructions and it came out perfectly only I used a bamboo skewer instead of a knitting needle for the support. * I have a large paper cutter and I am *so* glad I did! * Cut out all the newspaper ahead of time so you use the same amount of each size. * We used a small newspaper cone for the top instead of a star since ours is just a regular tree in the woods and not a Christmas tree ;) * I used Elmer's spray adhesive for the glitter. The glitter is actually small opalescent flakes - a brand new bag that I got while thrifting, woot! * It is surprisingly sturdy and I plan to keep if for next year so we'll see if it stores well. * My kids were very much involved and could easily do it on their own but it does take awhile so you may want to have them switch out if they get bored.
For me, the hand print turkey is the quintessential Thanksgiving kids craft and it is one of my favorites. I thought it would be fun to have a more permanent version so I decided to make a softie version. I'll be the first to say that the following tutorial is very spare (because I'm really supposed to be working on other things) but I had this on my mind and just had to make it!
*two layers of fabric large enough to accommodate your child's hand with at least one inch to spare all the way around
*a few pins
*disappearing fabric marker or pencil
*sewing machine & coordinating thread
*poly-fil or other stuffing
*pencil with eraser for help with stuffing
*scraps of felt (wool preferable)for feathers, wings, eyes, beak, and wattle; I used red, orange, gold, yellow, and beige
*fabric glue, like Fabric-Tac
With right sides of fabric together, trace your child's hand with the marker/pencil.
Pin the fabric together and sew over marked lines leaving the wrist area open.
Trim within about 1/8" of stitch line.
Snip between the fingers and around any curves.
Turn right side out and poke out fingers.
Using only small bits of stuffing at a time, stuff the fingers then the hand.
Tuck in the bottom opening and edge stitch to close or hand stitch if you've got time - I didn't :)
Feathers should be about the length of the fingers. I didn't use a pattern but cut them freehand. I used five different colors and cut two feathers from each one for a total of ten. Snip along one edge of the feather.
Apply glue only at the base of the feather and attach to the turkey.
Cut two wings, apply glue on one forward end only and place appropriately.
Cut a little triangle for the beak and a little rounded strip for the wattle and glue in place.
Take a little bit of felt and roll it between your fingers to make the eye then glue in place and repeat for the other side.
Tip: If you don't want to machine sew then make the body from felt. Leave a little more room around the edges of the tracing for hand sewing and there's no need to turn it inside out. Continue as above with the stuffing and feathers.
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