Studded Wood Picture Frame

Add rows of studs to twill tape and attach them to the sides of a plain frame.


Materials:

  • Flat-front wooden frame (the frame shown is 6×8″ and has 58“-wide sides)
  • Twill tape slightly narrower than the frame sides (purple tape shown is 38” wide)
  • Silver square pyramid studs to fit width of twill tape (studs shown are 38” wide)
  • Metal spoon
  • Four large silver square pyramid studs (studs shown are 34” wide)
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks

1. Cut four lengths of twill tape to fit the sides of the frame.

2. Attach a 38“-wide square pyramid stud to the center of each piece of twill tape. Use the back of a metal spoon to push the prongs down on the back side of the tape. Add studs to each side of center until you reach the desired length of stud row on each piece of twill tape.

3. Hot-glue ends of tape to frame sides at frame corners.

4. Push prongs flat against the back of the 34“-wide square pyramid studs using the back of a metal spoon. Hot-glue a stud to each corner of the frame.

Sewable Treat Bags

Designer: Monica Solorio-Snow

Be a super-sweet hostess with pint-size favor bags filled with take-home treats.


Materials:

  • 18×22″ piece (fat quarter) each of light and dark novelty prints (bags, linings)
  • 4—12″-long pieces 38“-wide grosgrain ribbon: turquoise, red, black

 

Finished Bag: 4×4×2″

This project results in two sets of two contrasting bags each (for example, two light bags with dark bottoms and two dark bags with light bottoms). Sew with 1/4″ seam allowances and right sides together.



1. Cut the following pieces. See Cutting Diagram to get the most pieces from each fat quarter. To save time, layer two fat quarters and rotary-cut through both layers.

 

From each light and dark novelty print, refer to Cutting Diagram and cut:

  • 4—512×612” rectangles
  • 4—312×612” rectangles
  • 4—212×612” rectangles

 

2. For one light bag you will need two dark print 512×612” rectangles, two dark print 212×612” rectangles, and two light print 312×612” rectangles.

 

3. Referring to Diagram 1, join one light print 312×612” rectangle and one dark print 212×612” rectangle along one long edge to make bag piece.

4. Cut one 12″-long piece of ribbon into two 6″-long pieces. Referring to Diagram 2, pin ribbon ends to right side of bag piece, 2″ from side edges. (If you are using a printed ribbon, place right side of ribbon toward right side of bag piece.)

5. Referring to Diagram 3, layer a dark print 512×612” rectangle (lining) and bag piece, with right sides together. Sew together along one long edge to make a bag unit.

6. Repeat steps 3–5 to make a second bag unit.

 

7. With right sides together, layer bag units; pin. Join units around all edges, leaving a 3″ opening along lining edge for turning (Diagram 4). Press seams open.

8. To shape flat bottom for bag, at one corner match bottom seam line to side seam line, creating a flattened triangle (Diagram 5). Measuring 1″ from point of triangle, draw a 2″-long line across triangle. Sew on drawn line. Trim excess fabric, leaving 14” seam allowance. Repeat with remaining bottom corner of bag and both corners of lining.

9. Turn bag right side out through opening and finger-press seams. Slip-stitch lining opening closed. Insert lining into bag to complete a light bag. Press along top edge.

 

10. Repeat steps 1–8 to make two light bags and two dark bags, reversing fabric placement for dark bags.

Shaved Ice Birthday Card

Designer: Lisa Storms

Send a snow-cone birthday greeting that will last through the hottest days of summer using cardstock, dimensional adhesive, and glitter to resemble shaved ice.


Materials:

  • Cardstock: white, tan, multicolor stripe
  • Patterned paper: light purple
  • Adhesive foam squares
  • 2″ circle punch
  • Dimensional adhesive
  • Chunky glitter: crystal (such as JoAnn Craft Essentials)
  • Alcohol inks: red, blue, yellow
  • Small sponge
  • Photocopy paper: white
  • Paper clip
  • Glue stick

Make the Rainbow Shaved Ice:

 

1. Gather your supplies: 2″ punched paper circle; dimensional adhesive; chunky crystal glitter; alcohol inks in red, blue, and yellow; alcohol blending solution, and sponge.

 

2. Coat the top 34 of the circle with dimensional adhesive. While wet, sprinkle a thin layer of chunky crystal glitter onto the adhesive. Gently press the glitter into the adhesive.

 

3. Once dry, ink glitter with alcohol ink. To decrease intensity of any colors, mix alcohol ink with alcohol blending solution.


Build the Card:

1. Cut a 6×912” rectangle from white cardstock; fold in half to make a 434×6″ card.

2. Cut a 434×6″ rectangle from multicolor stripe cardstock; glue to front of card.

3. Cut a 414×512” rectangle from light purple patterned paper; attach to front of card using adhesive foam squares.

4. Cut a 4″ square from white photocopy paper. Fold two sides in at an angle to form a cone. Crease the folds.

5. Cut a 12×3″ strip from white photocopy paper. Straighten a paper clip, wrap the strip around the wire, and secure the long edge in place using a glue stick. Adhere the rolled strip to the top of the cone.

6. Apply glue to uncoated area of glittered circle and attach to the top back of the cone.

7. Attach the cone to the front of the card using adhesive foam squares.

8. Print “sweet birthday wishes” onto white paper and cut into a strip, notching the ends. Mat it on a strip of tan cardstock and notch the ends. Attach the strip to the front of the card using adhesive foam squares.

Fabulous Key Fobs

key-fobsDesigner: Lori Hellander

Keep your keys on a short leash with colorful monkey’s fist knot fobs made from paracord.


Materials:

  • 2 yards of paracord in desired color
  • 16-millimeter glass marble
  • 114“-diameter split key ring
  • Embroidery floss in color to match paracord
  • Sewing needle

  1. Following knot-tying instructions, below, make a monkey’s fist knot around the marble using paracord. Leave an 8″-long tail at the beginning and end. Wrap each side of knot three times.
  2. Bring beginning and end tail together, and tie an overhand knot around the key ring about 2″ from the monkey’s fist knot.
  3. Cut the excess paracord from the tails, close to the overhand knot. Using a lighter, carefully melt the ends of the paracord to secure the knot and prevent unraveling.

How to Make a Monkey’s Fist Knot:

1. With tail in palm of hand, wrap rope up and over fingers three times.
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2. Tuck working end outside the loops at back of hand, pulling end to palm side through middle fingers as shown.
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3. Wrap working end around both back and palm loops two times.
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4. On third pass, wrap working end around palm loops only and exit through the center to side with tail.
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5. Bring working end through hole below center loops, and wrap up and over loops three times, securing the core. Exit working yarn through the center to side with tail.
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6. Insert core (such as a marble or tennis ball) into center of knot. Adjust loops on each side of knot to tighten the knot around the core.

 

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Bejeweled Wine Bottle Stopper

wine-stopper

Designer: Katie Leporte

These bejeweled wine bottle stoppers make the perfect hostess gift and are easy to produce in multiples.


Materials:

  • Basic casting resin supplies (see Tips for Using Epoxy Resin“)
  • Small silicone molds (such as Mod Podge Mod Molds: Gems)
  • Colorant: green and blue (such as Castin’ Craft Opaque Pigments and Transfer Dyes) (optional)
  • Stir stick (optional)
  • Items to submerge in resin (such as glitter, large iridescent sequins, metal findings)
  • Wine bottle corks
  • Industrial-strength glue (such as Super Glue)

Note: Always work with resin in a well-ventilated area.


Assemble the Wine Stoppers:

1. Follow the “Tips for Using Epoxy Resin” instructions, to prepare the resin mixture.

2. Pour resin mixture into desired silicone molds. If color is desired, add a drop of pigment or dye into resin and swirl with a stir stick. Stir glitter into wet resin or submerge cut up sequins or metal findings (see “Tips for Using Epoxy Resin”). Allow to harden for up to 72 hours to ensure a strong bond.

3. Release the hardened resin shapes from the silicone mold by gently pushing the pieces from the back of the mold.

4. Glue resin shapes to tops of wine bottle corks; let dry.