Cute Christmas Snowmen

Cute Christmas Snowmen

Here is a cute little project that is easy enough for children to do,  the supplies you will need are available at most dollar stores,  white felt, blue felt and your choice of colours for the scarf.  A package of little buttons, you can embellish with stars or sequiens, or any little extras you like.  The pattern could easily be drawn on a paper to made the size and shape you are wanting.  A little bit of yarn or embroidery thread to do the hand stitching, and a felt pen to draw on the carrot nose and the little black eyes, or if you are a stitcher you might want to embroider the carrot nose and little black eyes, you can use your imagination to make it your own design.  Have fun, nice for hanging on the tree or to add to a gift, tuck into a box of homemade cookies,  enjoy.

There is no pattern that I could find for this oHave funne, but the images seem to have originally come from a website called TheBest.

Diamond Paintings - An Awesome New Crafting Skill

What exactly is diamond painting? When I first heard the term, I pictured something like painting in miniature or adhering Swarovski crystals to a painting as a unique touch. Turns out, it’s more similar to mosaics and cross stitch than anything else. It’s a relatively new art form in the West, and seems to have originated in China, although the origin story is quite bereft of details regarding how long diamond painting has been around. Recently there has been an uptick in interest, as the process of creating these works of art is simple and relaxing, and the kits themselves are priced to appeal to a mass audience rather than an elite group of artists.

You can now find kits all across the world and online, including popular shopping sites like Amazon, and craft stores like Michael’s and Jo-Ann’s. Prices range from $5.99 and up, but of course with store coupons you can score a larger project for less. You can often sign up for a store’s e-mail newsletter and receive 40% coupons regularly.  If you’re interested in picking a diamond kit painting up, however, you will want to start with a smaller project, like the Diamond Dotz Patchwork Heart Kit from Michael’s, which can be purchased for $5.99. Once you get the hang of diamond painting, it’s easy to graduate up to larger projects.

What materials do you need for diamond painting? Everything is included in the kit, but there are a few unique tools that are used to put the painting together. In each kit you’ll receive the following items: Cloth (it comes pre-stamped with the design), an applicator, wax, and the diamonds themselves, which are actually beads shaped like diamonds (they’re also very sparkly). The applicator is used to pick up the diamonds and transfer them to the fabric, with the wax being used to hold them in place. Fine motor skills are required, so if you, like me, experience small tremors now and again, you may want to prop your hand or arm on something (a small book works well) so that steady application is possible.

The applicator grabs the pointed part of the diamond, which allows you to place them individually on the fabric. Each set comes with a plastic protective sheet over the fabric, both of which are sticky. The diamonds will stick to the fabric surface and once complete, the plastic goes back over the project. You’ll want a rolling pin or something similar to ensure the entire project is adhering properly and stays sealed.

This is a great craft when you have some spare time at home, but it is not recommended as a travel project. You will often get a container for beads, but the process takes time, heat (to melt the wax), and space, so it’s optimized for a stay-at-home afternoon project, or even over the weekend project. The beads typically come in separate bags so you can do the design in stages if you have other things you need to do around the house.

There are also a few things to know about the types of diamond paintings. There are two, the mosaic and cross-stitch diamond paintings, and it all has to do with the fabric and finished look of the project. You will want to look at each project individually and see which one suits you best. Just remember that upon completion, these paintings cannot be washed. If something happens to the fabric, clean with a damp cloth prior to attaching the diamonds. Once the diamonds are stuck onto the fabric, it cannot be washed (This is also why you want to retain the plastic protector sheet, as the painting will also gather dust unless covered).

Once you’ve completed your diamond painting, you may want to dress it up a little and put it on display. They can be modified with a frame, or it can be inserted into another craft project, like throw pillows, holiday ornaments, bookmarks, luggage tags, brooches, patches for your favorite purse or backpack, or even coasters. They would also make great gifts, particularly if you matched a person’s interests with a project (There are all sorts of animal kits featuring tigers, wolves, bears, etc.). People of all ages enjoy these sparkly creations, including teachers, co-workers, friends, family members, and kids. If you enjoy the idea but don’t want to make them alone, you could also utilize them in the classroom, host a craft night, or use them as birthday “favors” at a party.

Interested in trying out diamond painting? You can find diamond painting kits at your local craft store (check here for Michael’s and here for Jo-Ann’s) or online (Amazon or Etsy). You can also purchase diamond paintings that have already been completed, if you’d prefer to enjoy the sparkles without having to go through the process. You can also read up on diamond painting at sites like Herrschner’s, which has an excellent tutorial as well as tips and tricks for how to make the most out of your diamond painting project.

Nature Pendant using Resin (Tutorial)

For those of us with indoor jobs, finding time to relax in nature can be somewhat challenging. Between running errands, answering phone calls, drafting e-mails, and grabbing a bite to eat, spending time outside is pretty far down on the to-do list. Some of us compensate with potted plants, some succulents, a cactus, or covering our office walls with photos of the outdoor places we wish we could explore instead of being cooped up in our cubicles. There is another option, as well, that not only will remind you to go outside and breath in some fresh air, but also become one of your favorite jewelry pieces that you can wear with almost everything.

Resin pendants are sold all over the internet, from Amazon to Etsy. However, it isn’t too difficult to make your own, and the ability to customize your pieces is a plus. With a few tools and some of your favorite bits of nature, you can create some stunning pieces. You don’t have to stick to leaves, either. You can include moss, twigs, stones, seeds, dried flowers, or feathers in your creations. Once you’ve got your pendant made, you can decide whether to use it with a chain, a leather cord, a piece of ribbon, or hemp. You can also make bracelets, rings, earrings, keychains, and bookmarks with these pendants, all of which would make excellent presents for your nature-loving friends, co-workers, and family members.

Ready to start making your own pendants? You’ll need to gather the following: objects found in nature, hole punch or scissors, jewelry resin, jewelry bezels, a small torch or lighter, and some type of clear, multi-purpose sealer. First, you’ll put together the pieces you want to display inside the bezel. Fiddle with it for a few minutes until you’re happy with the arrangement. You may want to use the hole punch (or a pair of scissors) to create shapes from the leaves, moss, feathers, etc. After that, you’ll be covering the leaves and bezel with the multi-purpose sealer, which will preserve them both and keep the bezel from turning your skin green. Once the sealer is dry, you will need to carefully go through the instructions for the jewelry resin. You will need to mix the resin and then pour into the bezel, being careful to ensure that the resin domes over the top but does not spill over the sides of the bezel. After about ten minutes, you will need to check it and look for air bubbles. You can eliminate these by holding a heat source close until the bubbles pop. Leave it to dry overnight, and in the morning, decide how you want to display this beautiful addition to your collection.

If you’re raring to go and make a set of these resin pendants, you can find the complete tutorial with photos on the Resin Crafts Blog.

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