Light up your winter wonderland with an electric window candle

It’s that time of year when a lot of folks are rushing out to the snowy mountains so they can get a few days of skiing and snowboarding in before all that beautiful white snow melts away.  After all, you will not feel good about heading into spring if you did not spend at least one weekend in a nice cabin watching the snow fall down gently outside your window.

 

This would be an opportune time to utilize some of your crafting skills in order to make that window into an ideal place from which to watch the surreal beauty of the winter wonderland outside.  It’s an easy task for an awesome crafter like you, just follow these directions:

Decorate the window.

Some cozy decoration on the inside can do a lot to enhance the view that you are enjoying of the outside.  My suggestion is to set up burgundy valances.  They make for a very homely look, especially when matched with this next item.

Light an electric window candle.

Candles add a touch of beauty to just about any situation.  Just set an electric window candle on the window sill and wait for the sun to go down.  I say use and electric candle as opposed to a regular one so that you don’t have to worry about safety hazards.

Set up a couple rocking chairs.

Let’s not forget about the most vital part – you.  Sit down and enjoy the wonderful view through this crafty screen that was once just a plain boring window.  To maximize the relaxation effect, cover yourself with a woven blanket and make sure you have a mug of hot cocoa in hand – as well as a companion by your side.

Crafting is not just about projects, it’s about moments as well.  Enjoy this moment that you have created; relax, converse, and then cry when the warm weather comes and melts this picturesque seen away.

Create handmade Halloween cards this year

Handmade cards are so much better than store bought, because they are personal and you can make them prettier too! This craft should be fun not stressful. Don’t feel like every card needs to be identical. Try different combinations of patterns and elements to create an original festive card each time.

Here’s what you need:

Colored paper – try orange, black or purple

Hot glue gun

Colored hot glue gun sticks – try silver or orange

Halloween themed seal stamp

Halloween stickers

Avery glue pen

Patterned scissors

Halloween stamps

Halloween stamp pads – try silver

Here’s what you do:

  1. Take one piece of paper and fold it in half or however you want the card to open. After you’ve folded it, take your patterned scissors and cut the edges. Just don’t cut the fold of course!
  2. Then take your other colored paper – maybe purple, purple on black would look great – and cut a square or rectangle that is a half inch to an inch smaller than the front of your card.
  3. Take your Avery glue pen and glue this piece of paper to the front of your card.
  4. To make easy Halloween seal stamps to decorate your card, simply use some colored hot glue on a scratch piece of paper. As soon as it’s on the paper hold the Halloween seal stamp on top of the hot glue until it hardens, then remove it. You should be able to peel the seal stamp off of the scratch paper. You can use these to decorate your card by gluing them on.
  5. To complete your card, use Halloween stamps and stickers to decorate the rest of your card. Make sure you use a greeting like “Happy Halloween.” Maybe you have a sticker or a stamp that has a greeting you can use already. Other items you can use are ribbon, patterned Halloween paper or even items around your home that you can recycle.

Make a DIY necklace rack

 

Here at Craft Corners, we love re-purposing things we have lying around the house into useful new items. We look high and low for unexpected sources of inspiration. Today’s inspiration comes from an item you might find in your own home: a kitchen pasta drying rack! If you find that you’re not using yours for whatever reason, whether you’ve cut down on carbs or you don’t have much time to cook anymore, wipe off that dust and get ready to get crafty.

One of many great ways you can use a pasta drying rack is by turning it into a necklace rack. Here is what you’ll need to make one:

  • A wooden pasta drying rack
  • Aerosol primer
  • Spray paint for wood in a color of your choice
  • Clear sealant spray

What to do:

  1. Make sure your pasta drying rack is clean. If it’s not, use a slightly damp cloth to wipe of any dirt or dust.
  2. Apply a coat of aerosol primer to your wooden pasta drying rack, followed by spray paint and clear sealant spray. Follow all of the instructions on the spray cans, and allow plenty of time to dry between adding coats of spray paint and clear sealant spray.

Your necklace rack is now ready to use! Enjoy keeping your favorite necklaces organized and on display. Don’t forget to add an adorable hugs and kisses pendant necklace!

Create personalized wedding invitations

When brides are going through the expensive ordeal of planning a wedding, budgets are often a huge factor when making all wedding decisions. There are so many tiny details involved with a wedding so things will add up very quickly. One way to save a few pennies is to make our own personalized wedding invitations.

You’ll need:

  • An online invitation template
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Fray check

 

  1. You’ll want to consider the theme of your wedding and the colors you would like to use for the invitations. Then you can begin browsing templates online that will match your wedding theme. Most of these templates will offer the ability to further customize, so you can change the font or the colors to match your personality and you wedding!
  2. Once you’ve found the right template and matched it to your wedding theme it’s time to pick out the cardstock and envelopes for the invitations. You can decide the thickness you want for the cardstock and the paper material (whether you want a metallic paper, matte, etc).
  3. If you’re going to need a large amount of invitations for your wedding, I would recommend going to a specialized store to have them printed. When searching for a local printing store, make sure that you can bring either a flash drive or a disk with your template saved. The best part about taking them to a printing shop is that they can also cut all of the invitations out for you.
  4. Once everything is printed and cut out, you can add a final personalization step by tying a ribbon of your color choice around the invitations. Once you’ve cut the pieces of ribbon to tie on the invitations you’ll want to use fray check on the ends to keep the ribbon from unraveling. (You may want to have some helpful bridesmaids come over for this step.)
  5. Once the ribbons are in place, it’s time to place them in their envelopes, address them and send them on their way!

DIY exposed brick wall

Our house is more than just a place we lay our head down to rest – it’s our home. We spend a great deal of our lives inside our homes ans that makes it critical to ensure that we decorate and instill a sense of belonging and happiness in our surroundings. A fun and unique way to do that is by decorating your walls, and a truly fun and unique way to do that is by creating an exposed brick wall look. Although this might seem at first glance to be a construction project, it’s actually just a facade. Let’s take a look at how you can go about creating your own exposed brick wall inside your very own home.

What You’ll Need

  • plate easel
  • Red and orange paints
  • Newspapers or premade paper mache mix
  • White sand
  • Tan construction paper
  • Hairspray
  • Superglue

What To Do

  1. Using your paper mache that you’ve either bought from the store or made yourself with newspapers, begin by molding some thing brick shaped items.
  2. Glue your paper mache “bricks” to the wall using the super glue at even intervals, leaving a bit of space between each one.
  3. Using your red and orange paints, mix up a few different shades on your plate easel. Optionally you might look into getting a black table top easel discount if you’re not used to holding your paint.
  4. Paint your bricks, taking care to switch up the shading so that they don’t all match exactly.
  5. After the paint dries, use super glue to line the spaces you’ve left between your bricks with a nice layer of white sandy paste – this will complete the effect of a brick wall.
  6. Take your construction paper and cut it into irregular slices, gluing them in sections atop your brick. This will give the effect of a wall that is crumbling away to expose the brick underneath.
  7. Finally, spray the entire thing down with a nice layer of sticky hairspray and sprinkle it with sand, giving it a nice worn look.

Best of the Web No. 9

This week we have several fabric and paper crafters. Each creates amazing work and provides us with plenty of tutorials for us to follow along. Whether it is scrapbooking or cardmaking, you will be sure to find some great ideas in these blogs. Each of these bloggers really makes some great work, so go on and start reading!

Quilting Square One

I am Canadian. I am a constant quilter. I took my first quilting class in 1992 and I haven’t taken a break since. I have a longarm business, Keeping it Simple Quilts. The first blog I visited was “365 days of quilting”, then I started blog hopping. Inspiration followed in heaps, and I started my own blog in 2010… I love to keep track of all my life here, where quilting is a really BIG DEAL….. I thank everyone for their great ideas, to inspire others would bring it full circle and make me very happy. -Pam

Stampersize

My blog is a place where I share my passion for paper crafting! I was introduced to card making 4 yrs ago by my sister Terri. I just love how happy people are when they receive a card made especially for them! I am a very social person and love the connections I make with people that share the same craft as I do! It’s a beautiful world out there full of creative people! -Patti

All About Applique

I’ve been a quilter for nearly 20 years, and an appliqué enthusiast for just as long! That’s right, I was an appliqué from the get-go, and when I got into the professional side of things I naturally gravitated towards appliqué as a design focus. I write a blog devoted to appliqué — any kind — at http://www.allaboutapplique.net. My two favorite methods are back-basting hand appliqué and raw-edge fusible machine appliqué. There are a gazillion more ways to go about it, and they’re all good! Over at All About Appliqué you’ll find tons of information about all sorts of quilting appliqué. Have fun exploring the Categories and Keyword Search functions to find articles, photo tutorials, links to designers, etc. A great big playground for appliqué enthusiasts or anyone looking for more information on the subject! -Kay

Silver Lily Sews and Stuff

For me blogging my quilts and my crafts is a way to share in this amazing creative pool of artistry and support that is the crafting blogosphere. I love skipping through a list of my favorite quilters, knitters, crafters…artists and the way it inspires me. And adding my little bit of artistry gives me a sense of accomplishment and comradery. From time to time I like to share a little tutorial of something I worked out and think others might enjoy doing as well but mostly it’s a place to share what I’m working on and what is inspiring me in hopes that maybe it will inspire my sweet bloggy friends that stop by to read. -Tyra

Ink Blots by TRD

I enjoy all types of crafting, but on my blog {Ink Blots by TRD} I mainly focus on paper crafting. I enjoy using my paper crafting supplies to make cards, home decor, gifts, and more – and I would love to have you stop on by! -Tifany

A Musing to Create

My scrapbooking blog could be described as a place to come for inspiration in documenting your every day life through scrapbooking. I love scrapbooking as a creative outlet so I often try to incorporate new techniques when I’m creating my projects. Some of my favorite things to include are stitching and inks. I often post little how-to’s and tips for learning to incorporate those things into your own projects. -Leah

If you have all sorts of paper scraps and other items for scrapbooking and card making, then organizing them will make your life a whole lot easier. Stackable filing boxes are a great way to separate and organize all your materials. You can organize them by color, material, size, or any other way you desire. Instead of having all your materials thrown into a big box, these stackable filing boxes let you keep them divided any way you wish. And since they are stackable, they will fit neatly wherever you want them to go. Happy crafting!

How to make your own cell phone wallet with shoulder strap

Most women carry a large tote bag with them when they are heading out. The advantage of carrying a large purse is that you can fit almost all your items but the disadvantage is that you never find the item when you need it. How many times have you heard your cell phone ring and not been able to pick it up as you cannot locate it in your bag? A solution to this problem is creating a cell phone wallet with shoulder strap that you have easy access to. You can also utilize it as a passport holder when you are travelling.

Here are the things you will need-

  • Cotton fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Velcro

Here are the steps to make your own cell phone wallet with shoulder strap-

  • Measure your cell phone dimensions and add a few inches to both – length and breadth, as you will want to keep some money along with your cell phone. So if your phone measures 6 inches by 4 inches then take it as 8 inches by 6 inches to add some room. Accordingly, chalk the dimension out on a piece of cotton fabric. Cut out 2 pieces of fabric of the size measured.
  • Place the two fabrics facing each other and hold them in place with straight pins.
  • Sew the two fabrics together in a straight seam and leave one-quarter inch from the fabric edge on the three sides.
  • Now turn the pouch right side out to see the fruit of your hard work. Align and attach the piece of Velcro to the fourth side of the pouch to make sure you can close the pouch.
  • To create shoulder strap, choose a fabric that you used for the pouch or some other bold colored fabric to add some spunk to your cell phone wallet. The breadth of the fabric should be 1.5 to 2 inches while the length should be according to your preference.
  • Fold the long fabric and sew the lengths together and turn it over to the right side.
  • Finally, sew the ends of the strap to the inner corner of the pouch.

You can create this even for your little girl who begs for a ‘big girl purse’. Make it fun and sparkly for her by placing some adhesive stars on the pouch.

Homemade Halloween decoration ideas: How to build your own graveyard

 

 

Great costumes, spooky feelings and fun are what Halloween is all about. Why not spook your neighbors and friends by creating your own graveyard this Halloween? There are different elements like spooky lighting that you can include in your graveyard that will leave your guests with goosebumps. Below I’ve listed some spooky ideas to create a graveyard that will make this Halloween particularly fun and memorable.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. To make your graveyard really eerie, add some fallen branches and tilt some of the gravestones at different angles. This will make it look like your graveyard has been there for centuries.
  2. Put a pair of wide calf riding boots on one or two of the graves. Partially cover these boots with leaves to make it look like somebody is actually lying there.
  3. Hang some oddly large clothes on branches so that it looks like ghosts are haunting your graveyard.
  4. Display a few skulls around the graveyard and use a bit of red paint to give the graveyard an even more dramatic look.
  5. You can also use a fog machine or dry ice to make your graveyard foggy.
  6. The idea of gruesome hands crawling out of the ground can fill anybody with fear. Use two small sticks and your gloves to create this look.
  7. Use Styrofoam or Plywood to make tombstones and write scary epitaphs on them.
  8. Last but not the least, use a broken scrap of wood and write “keep out” or “danger” on it with black or white paint to complete the look.

Welcome your guests in a scary costume and say “welcome and beware” and your guests won’t soon forget your haunted Halloween graveyard.

DIY toiletry bag for Valentine’s Day

If you are looking for an easy yet unique DIY Valentine’s gift idea, I have the perfect idea for you. This year make a large toiletry bag for your mom, grandma or sister for Valentine’s Day. It’s the perfect way to say “I love you” because it’s much more thoughtful than picking up the standard box of chocolates at the store. And no one said you can’t put some chocolates in that toiletry bag when you give it to them anyway.

Here’s what you need:

– Fabric for the outside of toiletry bag

– Fabric for lining inside toiletry bag

– Sewing thread

– Scissors

– Pins

-16” zipper

– Sewing machine

Here’s what you do:

  1. Once you’ve picked out the fabric you want (I would suggest reds, pinks or Valentine-themes prints) cut two pieces fabric for each print into 16 X 12 pieces.
  2. Take one piece of printed fabric that you want to be on the outside of your toiletry bag and put it print side down on your sewing table. Then take the 16” zipper so that the zipper is lined up with the top of the fabric. Then take a piece of inside lining fabric and also line this up at the top.
  3. Pin these pieces together and then use an appropriate color of thread to these pieces together where you lined them up at the top.
  4. Move the fabrics that you sewed to the zipper to the side so that you can sew on the other side of the zipper. The outside print should be right side up. To finish the other side, place you other lining piece print-side up, then the other side of the zipper and then the last piece of outside fabric print-side down. Pin these pieces together and then sew.
  5. Arrange the fabrics so that you have the wrong side of the zipper facing up and your lining fabrics hanging on either side. Open the zipper a little bit, pin the fabrics together and the edges and sew all four pieces together.
  6. The bag should be inside out. Turn it inside out and put sometimes Valentine’s candy in there for mom, sister or grandma. You can also make pink pencil case set using these directions, but with smaller pieces of fabric. Good luck and happy Valentine’s Day.

How to make wire name card holders

Name card holders create an extra personal touch to your well thought out tablescape. If you love having your friends over for potlucks and pride yourself in paying attention to the detail when decorating, crafting these simple name card holders can make your gatherings more special and intimate!

Supplies needed

  • 18 gauge wire in a color of your choice
  • Cardstock in a color of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Clear ID badges (optional)

Directions

    1. Take the wire and create a base shape. In the picture above, it is a swirl, but you can make other shapes like a heart, four leaf clover, etc.
    2. Bring the wire up to make about 2 inches, or longer depending on your preference.
    3. For the top, you can create a circle like above that wraps around twice like a key chain ring  so you can slip a name card in between.
    4. To finish the name card holder, use your pliers to snip the wire at the end.
    5. For name cards, use your scissors to cut the cardstock in any shape you desire.
    6. You can print names onto the cardstock in advance and cut them out after, or you can use decorative pens like turquoise pens or gel pens to make unique handwritten cards.
    7. If you have ornately decorated your name card holders to give away to your guests at the end of your gathering, you can place the cards in clear id badges before fastening them in to the name card holder to protect them from getting ruined by the wire.

There you have it! This is a very basic tutorial for making a name card holder, but you can get more creative in choosing different materials to use for its construction and decorating. Share ideas and techniques you used below in the comments section!

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