Resin Wineglass Rings

wine-ringsDesigner: Katie Leporte

We can’t decide which is more fun—making these resin wineglass identifiers or choosing your favorite to loop onto your glass!


Materials:

  • Epoxy resin
  • Hardener
  • Two plastic measuring cups
  • Stir Sticks
  • Small silicone molds (such as Mod Podge Mod Molds: Gems)
  • Colorants: blue opaque pigment and amber transparent dye (such as Castin’ Craft Opaque Pigments and Transfer Dyes) (optional)
  • Stir stick (optional)
  • Gold glitter
  • Gold wire earring hoops
  • Drill and 116” drill bit
  • Scrap block of wood

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


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. If desired, stir glitter into wet 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. Place resin shape on a scrap block of wood, and drill a 116” hole approximately 14” from the top of each shape. Insert a wire earring hoop through the hole, and secure the hook and loop ends together.

Embellished Wine Bag

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Designer: Izzy Anderson

A bottle of wine is always a thoughtful gift, but you can personalize it by enclosing it in an embellished bag.


Materials:

  • Purchased burlap wine bag
  • Assorted holiday-theme patterned paper
  • 112” square punch
  • Fast-drying glue
  • Red sewing thread
  • Chipboard accents: tree and package
  • Red-and-white gingham ribbon

 

Assemble the Wine Bag:

1. Remove side seams from burlap wine bag and lay bag flat. Note: If your bag has a separate bottom piece, remove the side seam down to that piece, but leave the bottom piece intact.

2. Punch twelve 112” squares from assorted holiday-theme paper. Arrange the squares on the front of the bag in a grid of three rows and four columns. Apply a dot of fast-drying glue to the back of each square to hold it in place.

3. Using red sewing thread, machine-sew just inside each square edge using a zigzag stitch. Turn wine bag wrong side out.

4. Sew the side seam closed; turn bag right side out. Glue the tree and package chipboard accents to the grid of squares.

5. Use the gingham ribbon to tie the top of the bag closed.

How to Make a Felted Ball

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1. Pull off a small piece of wool from one or more colors of roving.

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2. Gently pull fibers apart to fluff the wool. The finished ball will be about half the size of this fluff of wool.

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3. Using palms of your hands, roll wool into loose ball; change direction often to make a round ball. Wind errant fibers around ball as evenly as possible to keep smooth.

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4. Fill a small bowl with very warm water as hot as your hands can comfortably tolerate. Add a drop of liquid laundry or dish soap. Dip ball of wool into bowl of hot, soapy water.

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5. Squeeze excess water out of ball.

6. Roll ball between palms of your hands like you would roll a ball of modeling clay. Roll it very gently to avoid forming large cracks or lumps that cannot be taken out. Let ball dry.

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Thanksgiving Garland

102269603Designer: Jan Carlson

Spread a message of thanks to all who enter your home with a garland constructed from plastic flowers, wooden letters, and woven plastic-tablecloth strips.


Materials:

  • 512“-tall wooden letters to spell Give Thanks
  • Spray paint: black
  • Plastic tablecloths: orange (2), yellow, white, light blue, navy
  • String
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Hana-Ami Flower Loom from Clover

 

Assemble the Garland:

1. Spray-paint the wooden letters black; let dry.

2. Cut a whole orange tablecloth into three long strips. Braid the strips together and secure the ends with string. Cut braid to desired length.

3. Hot-glue the tops of the painted letters to the braided strip, spelling Give Thanks.

4. Referring our loom flower instructions, below, make approximately 10 loom flowers using the plastic tablecloths in assorted color combinations. Hot-glue flowers as desired to the garland.


How to Make Loom Flowers:

loom11. Cut the plastic tablecloths into 12“-wide strips along the length; knot one end of the strip. Place desired size flower loom ring onto base. Slip knot into groove on the outer edge of the base. Working clockwise, wind the strip around the pegs of the loom circle in a crisscross fashion through the center.

loom22. After wrapping the strip around the last peg, slip the strip through the slot on the outer edge; tie the strip to the knotted end in a bow. Cut off excess plastic.

loom33. Thread flower loom needle with contrasting plastic-tablecloth strip. Insert the needle through the center of the crisscrossing plastic from the back of the loom, leaving a long tail. Stitch through the center of the crisscrossed plastic between the plastic strips.

loom44. Continue stitching over the center of the flower until satisfied with the size of the flower center.

loom55. After making last flower center stitch, exit the strip on the back. Tightly tie the strip ends together on the back.

loom66. Remove the flower ring from the base. Trim the strip ends. Slip loops off pegs.