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Sock Snowmen

Sock Snowmen
This morning when I went out to take my daughter to school it was -12. That is too cold for my blood and despite the beautiful snow on the ground there is NO way you're getting me outside to make a snowman. So, instead, I'll opt for the inside version made out of socks. Want to make your own? You'll need the following: 1- white sock. Step 1: cut the foot part off of your sock and discard. Step 2 & 3: Turn the tube part of your sock inside out and wrap a rubber band around the bottom. Step 4 & 5: Fill the sock with rice. Step 6: Taking the ankle socks, cut as shown above. Step 7, 8 & 9: First, take the sock without a toe and a heel and put it over your rice filled sock. Step 10: Next you add your embellishments. And there you have it - the cutest, easiest, little snowman you'll ever make. Here is one of his friends: This guy was made the same way as the one above only I didn't add the twine at the bottom of the sweater. Just some quick tips: So that's it - super easy and way cute! Enjoy! Related:  Crafty Stuff

"*The Heartfelt Home*" DIY,Sewing, Decorating, Crafts, Cooking,... - StumbleUpon I am so excited to share a great Christmas craft project today. Salt dough ornaments and gift tags. For pennies you can make a great gift for your family and friends. I am using the ones my girls and I made as gift tags that the recipients can later use as an ornament. All you need to get started is 1 cup all purpose flour 1/2 cup salt 1/2 water 1,2,3 easy peasy!!! Toss it all in the mixer for a few minutes. Once it is all combined Kneed until smooth I separated mine, so each girl could have one. Roll the dough ball out on wax paper Now for the fun part…. Grab a doily and press it into the dough with the rolling pin. When you lift the doily off you will be left with a beautiful pattern. Next grab a cookie cutter and cut out your ornaments. Remove the dough from around your ornament shapes, lift and place on a cookie sheet and poke a hole with a straw. Cook at 200 degrees for 5-6 hours. Take them out and let them cool. Paint them white, start with the back. After the paint is dry apply glue to the front.

Knitty Gritty Thoughts: Happy Thanksgiving and Free Fabric Styrofoam Ball Pattern! Supplies are easy, most of them you'll probably already have around the house. You'll need - Fabric - your choice of colors and prints. The amount you need depends on the size of the styrofoam balls you use and how thick you place the fabric. My mileage is between 1/4-1/2 yard per ball. I recommend starting with a 1/2 yard and see how much you have left and go from there.Rotary cutter mat, cutter and rulerSilver flathead pinsThimbleStyrofoam/Polystyrene Balls your choice of sizes (I used 2 and 3.25 inches) Start by cutting your fabric in 2 inch strips as shown above. After you've cut the strips, cut each strip into 2 inch widths so you end up with 2x2inch squares You'll have a nice pretty stack of squares! Now, pull up a chair, put on a movie and let's get pinning! Now, you're going to learn how to fold the fabric squares. Next, fold the fabric in half again and hold it as shown above. Now, pin. Now, pin the second one. You continue doing this around and around and finish the first round.

Giant craft stick snowflakes I could hardly wait to show you this Popsicle stick craft! These snowflakes are fun, easy, and so inexpensive to make. The smallest snowflake is 12 inches across; the largest is 24 inches. I had some rhinestones left over from my Christmas tree advent calendar, so I glued some at the tips of each white snowflake. You could also coat them in glitter or fake snow. How to make giant craft stick snowflakes Supplies and tools craft sticksprotractor hot glue gun and glue fishing line clear cellophane tape 3/8- to 1/2-inch-wide holiday ribbon red and white paint (I used Benjamin Moore Aura Steam [AF-15] and Caliente [AF-290]) round 12mm rhinestones scissors double-stick foam tape small paintbrushdrop cloth or newspaper All my snowflakes are based on three basic patterns, which I will call star, hexagon, and rotated hexagon. The star 1. 2. 3. The hexagon 1A. 1B. 2. 3. 4. The rotated hexagon 2. 3. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Christmas tree ornament mobile, how-to Here is how I made my Christmas tree ornament mobile, it was easier than it looks, promise. The Supplies a 17″ steamer rack from a restaurant supply storeabout 5 feet of lightweight jack chaina small carabiner100 basic ornament hooksone roll, 500 feet, monofilament jewelry string (not the stretchy sort)200 jewelry crimp beads or tubesjewelry crimping tool100 lanyard hooks100 ornaments Note: In the photo above I show earring wire instead of ornament hooks. I changed that later as I found ornament hooks made it far easier to move ornaments around after they’d been hung. Also, my supplies are based on a 4 foot tall mobile using almost 100 ornaments, you’ll need to adjust amounts if you make one larger or smaller. Creating the Mobile Frame Creating the frame for my ornament tree mobile turned out to be fairly simple. For the top of the mobile I needed something that would allow me to easily secure a lot of hanging points without them sliding around too much. Notes: Why so many hooks and bits?

I Really Wish I Could Sew | Pioneer Woman Home & Garden | Ree Drummond - StumbleUpon A sweet friend of mine sent the girls and me a box of adorably adorable owl pillows this week. She doesn’t sell them, doesn’t have an Etsy shop…she just makes them. I think they might be the sweetest things I’ve ever seen, and I think they’ll be precious in the girls’ new room. I don’t know what it is about owl pillows. Or owls in general. It must have something to do with the eyes. I love this vinyl detailing. Vinyl? Which brings me to my current fixation: I really wish I could sew. But when I see things like this, all I can think about is that I really wish I could sew. I’d love to be able to grab a pile of fabric scraps and turn them into…an owl. I love this one. Boo! It would take me approximately eighty years to make one of these pillows. That’s because I’d keep taking breaks to go cook. And eat. So maybe it’s best that I don’t know how to sew. If I did, I might be tempted to make things like this. And then nothing would ever get cooked in this house. Maybe even twenty pounds! Yep. Ahem.

SCRaPPY CaNuCK STuDioS I'm not sure these little guys could scare anyone! The Echo Park Happy Halloween paper is fabulous! There is nothing spookier around Halloween than spiders, right? Okay, maybe blood sucking vampires and zombies are a little scarier, but spiders are still right up there! But here’s my problem – I don’t think I have a spooky creative bone in me! A few strip Echo Park Happy Halloween paper cut to 6" (for the big spider) and 5 1/2" (for the little spider). To make these little guys, I modified the 3D pumpkin pattern that I have seen a lot of in the paper crafting world this fall season (click here for an example and instructions). UPDATE – Guess what? Happy Halloween everyone! Products used: Echo Park Happy Halloween PaperMaking Memories Paper Reviere Noir bradsMaking Memories Toil and Trouble Chandelier beadsMaking Memories Glitter Bling Alphas Like this: Like Loading...

The Merry Christmas Website Gwynn Wasson Designs: {Tips & Hints} Candy Wreath Tutorial I've been dying to make a candy wreath since before Halloween but I just haven't had the time. So I was really excited to finally be able to make one last week!! If you would like to make one too, here's what you will need: - Two 20oz bags of Peppermint Starlights - One 16" styrofoam wreath form - One 20 yd. roll of 1 1/2" floral ribbon - One 4 yd. roll of 1 1/2" decorative ribbon - Hot Glue - Shellac (optional) I started by wrapping the wreath form with the floral ribbon. This serves two purposes: 1. 2. Next unwrap your starlights and begin to hot glue them to wreath. Instead of gluing in rows, I glued more in a brick pattern. One of the places where your starlights will probably not line up properly is the outside edge of the wreath. (** NOTE** If you will be hanging this wreath in a warm or damp climate, I highly recommend shellacking it, to prevent the candies from melting, prior to adding any of the decorative ribbon.) So, there you have it.

Free Sewing Patterns, Free Sewing Downloads Easy pieced wreath: free pattern and tutorial We've been dying to use our fabric stash to make a festive wreath. We looked at many methods, including tying fabric strips to a wire frame, but we were put off by these words of wisdom: "You will tie and tie for days and days".... and: "I got blisters on my fingers from the fabric when I tied it" (see where beauty meets function). So we asked ourselves: why not stitch the strips together, then simply wrap them around the wreath? After some trial and error we came up with this easy pattern that produces a beautiful, full wreath. The bow is built in, and the wreath itself can be re-used (the fabric strips can be removed for storage !) This wreath has fabric all the way around, so it can be admired from both sides of a glass door. It also looks great on the front door: This wreath is a great stash-buster. EASY PIECED WREATH TUTORIALYou will need: -One 12-inch floral styrofoam wreath such as from Michael's ($4 with coupon). Step 1. Step 2. Here are the strips from the six fabrics we used.

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Rethinking Wreaths – design finch I love sprucing up the house for Christmas, but sometimes its difficult to find contemporary holiday decor that reflects our clean, minimalist style. This year I’ve had my eyes peeled for a festive new wreath…something simple, yet slightly funky that will coordinate with the white and silver color scheme we already have going on. Oh, and also no fake greenery or silk flowers allowed (which pretty much rules out anything you might buy off the shelf at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby). I’m afraid I may be forced to fire up the hot glue gun and get crafty in order to see my envisioned Christmas wreath come true. Fortunately, there is no shortage of gorgeous, DIY wreath-making inspiration on the interweb….. 1. Apparently you can make a wreath out of almost anything….fur, moss, yarn, ornaments, coffee filters, twigs, paper, pipe.

No-interfacing Storage Basket Tutorial As promised, a recipe for making washable stand-up storage baskets: You'll need to cut 2 of each of these pieces (click on the pic to enlarge it to a readable size). The measurements are in centimetres because that's the way I was brought up (sorry). A seam allowance of 1cm is included in these measurements. This basket's base is 15cm wide, but you could make any size using this slightly haphazard formula, where x is the width of the base and y is the height of the basket. Pieces cut, sew right sides together along these seams: Sew the boxed corners of the linings by folding the pieces open, matching the side seams with the bottom seams, and stitching across: Zig-zag the top edge of the smaller lining piece. Hem the bottom edge of the outer sleeve piece, turning up 1cm all round and stitching it down. Turn the lining pieces so that their right side faces out, and slide the outer sleeve over. Almost done, except for the fiddly part! See the stitching on the corner?

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