Easy Bottle Craft

This little project looks so simple and quick! All you need is a bottle, washi tape, and scissors. Basically, all you do is start taping around the base and work your way up, alternating colors if you like and adding as many layers as you prefer. That’s it! Cute vase!

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Washi tape is very versatile, use it for instant gift wrapping to give those bland packages a pop of color or for envelopes and even scrapbooking! Get some beautiful washi tape here or here.

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Onesie cupcakes and more

I went to another baby shower recently, yes…another shower. But this time, it was for a baby girl. I was excited about all the pink I was about to encounter 🙂

For her gift I made individual onesie cupcakes and a washcloth lollipop bouquet.

Onesie’s were rolled into a swirl, then wrapped with rubber band to keep them from unraveling. I then put each onesie into a white cupcake liner followed by a pink outer liner. I placed them inside cellophane and tied the top with a rubber band. To hide the band, I tied a pretty ribbon on top. and then hot glued a red glitter paper flower as a ‘cherry’ and then hot glued a tiny pink button to the center of the flower. Viola!

The lollipops were a little more time-consuming but the outcome was sure worth it. Two of the big lollipops contain two washclothes..so there is more of a swirl effect, the smaller ones had just one piece in them. Basically, I rolled them up, stuck them in cellophane, tied the bottom with rubber band so the washclothes wouldn’t unravel and then stuck a skewer into the rubber band. No gluing required! I would have used white lollipop sticks but I didn’t have any on hand and the skewers worked perfectly fine. ( I cut the skewers to the size I wanted)

I took a decorated take out box and stuffed it with crinkled paper and the lollipops. I had to adjust it a bit to make sure the weight was distributed everywhere. That was it!

Ribbon Storage Ideas

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ribbons stored in a metal pail

Ribbon holder tutorial

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1. Soda Straw Dispensers
2. Small rod and clear jars
3. Postal Tags for ribbon by http://leesiebella.typepad.com/
4. Clothespin holder
5. Craft Sticks
6. Metal Pails
7. Use ribbon to hand ribbon!
8. Ribbon rings http://www.ribbonring.com/
9. Pant hangers
10. Crate box with door knobs
11. Trader Joe coffee tin caddy http://www.leethal.net/zine/?p=900
12. Wrapping paper and ribbon wall rack 33shadesofgreen.com

Handmade Mothers Day Cards

Here are a few of the cards I made for the special Moms in my life.

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I had a blast making these fun cards. For the purple and green MOM card I used Stampin Up’s Day of Gratitude medallion clear stamp. On the purple card, it was inked on orange scrap paper with pumpkin pie ink  and then I used a red pen to color in details and purple glitter to make it pop against the background. On the MOM card, I used the smae stamp but this time I used it on kraft paper with clear ink and then used a white embossing powder and my heating tool to make the image rise. For the Flowers card, I layerd flowers and stapled them to the card using  a tiny stapler (this is easier then using a glue dot) and then adhered blue gems in the center of the flowers. I made a flower pot from photo corners and drew stem lines from the flowers to the pot using a brown pen. The Dots card was simple…started out with a green flower, white glittered brad, a punched scallop shape from kraft paper, and a brown polka dotted paper with corners punched and then adhered all to the green card. I finished it with white dot details.

A few materials that I used:

Folded cards from PaperSource
Day of Gratitude stamp set by Stampin Up
Heat embossing tool
used for medallion design on MOM card
Martha Stewart Glitter (white and purple)
Double Loops Corner punch by Martha Stewart
EK Success edge scallop punch
White Uni-ball gel pen
Lavender ribbon from Michaels
Brown satin photo corners from Martha Stewart (used for the garden pot on flowers card)
Prima paper Flowers
Tim Holtz tiny attacher stapler
Blue gem stickers from Michaels
2 1/2 inch Scallop punch
Scrap paper
red pen
Le Pen brown pen

Hope you make your own Mothers Day cards this year!

Mother’s Day Crafts

Rather than buying something for the special mom in your life, why not give them a gift you handmade? It’s so much more sentimental, unique and memorable. Here are a few ideas that will delight any mom….there is something for everyone…the hostess, gardener, crafter, bookworm, and more. You can even make the flowers yourself, and they’ll definitely last longer than any that any roses.

Make these tea towels with ribbons, tutorial at sew4home.com

 

Flowers made out of coffee filters and chalkboard pots from designsponge

DIY Style: Monogrammed Tote 

Monogram a tote for her! I did this as a christmas present for my sister and she loved it (at left). So easy to make! Tutorial at womansday.com

 

Make a jersey knit bracelet vanessachristenson.com

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Make monogrammed drinking glasses factorydirectcraft.com

DIY pearl necklace bjohnsonjewelry.blogspot.com

 

DIY tea pot centerpiece creaturecomfortsblog.com

Cute bookmark idea makeandtakes.com

Body Scrub   Mother's Day Tea Sachets and Gift Box

Learn how to make homemade body scrub and tea sachets by marthastewart.com

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And if you’re really crafty, make this adorable Cuckoo Clock! everkelly.com

Building blocks

I love to make things myself,  especially for a baby’s nursery since this room is already so special. I thought this was a simple, quick, and inexpensive project that any mom can do to give their  nursery a personal touch.  Or this would make an awesome gift idea for the child in your life. I would purchase papers that coordinate with the colors of your nursery. You could also spell out your child’s name on the blocks and assemble them on top of a shelf in the nursery…cute!  Here is an example at babysocute.com.

  mod retro wooden baby blocks by tiny giraffe

You can buy plain wooden blocks and paper found at any craft store such as Michaels or Joanns. All you need is:

3 1/4-inch square wood block
Sandpaper
Scissors
Acrylic paint
Mod Podge
Paintbrush
Decorative paper
Optional: Emery board, Letters, numbers, and embellishments

1. Sand the block with sandpaper to prepare for paint.
2. Paint block with the color you’ve selected. Allow to dry. (a good base color is brown, its unisex!)
3. Cut 6 pieces of decorative paper to 3 1/4 inch.
4. Glue the paper to each side of the block using all-purpose Mod Podge. Allow the glue to dry.
5. Sand edges and corners of paper with an emery board or sandpaper. (this gives it a nice vintage look)
6. Paint another coat of Mod Podge all over the block to seal. Allow to dry.

You don’t have to do anything else, but if you like to personalize it more then…
Paste letters, numbers, and embellishments to the block using the same technique.

You can find more info at marthastewart.com

Another neat idea is to use your baby’s photos for the block.

If you want to buy the blocks online, there are plenty of retailers such as: http://www.craftparts.com/blocks-squares-wooden-blocks-cubes-wooden-c-209_212.html

Happy Crafting!