DIY Jewelry Dish

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Imprint a lace motif into oven-bake clay to make a dish for holding jewelry, coins, or other small items.


Materials:

  • Polymer modeling clay
  • Pasta Maker
  • Lace
  • Glass or ceramic bowl
  • Colored chalk

noodle-maker1. Insert a soft, flattened ball of polymer modeling clay and a piece of lace into a clay-dedicated pasta maker at the same time. Turn crank to feed lace and clay through the machine and to imprint lace into clay. Peel off lace. If desired, stamp or etch letters into clay.

ceramic-bowl2. Lay clay over small upturned glass or ceramic bowl, textured-side down. Smooth clay over bowl; trim edges. Following clay manufacturer’s instructions, place clay-covered bowl in oven for increments of five minutes; check periodically. Remove when clay is not wet to the touch or is easily imprinted; let cool slightly.

chalk3. Carefully pry clay off bowl. Note: If clay becomes too cool, it may stay affixed to bowl, so it is important to remove clay before it cools completely. Brush colored chalk onto desired areas of the dish.

Cross-Stitch of the Month: February

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Download the cross-stitch pattern here.

 

Materials:

  • 6″-diameter embroidery hoop
  • 12″ square cross-stitch fabric
  • Embroidery floss: light pink, medium pink, dark pink, and cream
  • Embroidery needle

 

Cross-Stitch the Design: Place cross-stitch fabric in embroidery hoop, pulling fabric taut. Tighten screw. Using two strands of embroidery floss and following the downloadable chart (above) for the pattern, cross-stitch the cupcake from the back side through the fabric. See how to cross-stitch below. Weave tail from last stitch under previous stitches; trim ends.

 

How to Cross-Stitch: From the back of the fabric pull the needle and thread up at A. Insert the needle back into fabric at B, and bring it up again at C. Push needle down again at D to complete a cross-stitch. Repeat to make as many cross-stitches as needed.

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How to Finish: When all stitching is complete, turn the hoop over. Stitch a running stitch approximately 1-1/2″ outside the hoop in the fabric that extends past the hoop edges. Pull the thread to gather the fabric; knot the thread. Trim away the extra fabric approximately 1″ outside the gathered line. If desired, cut a felt circle that is slightly smaller than the back of the embroidery hoop. Whipstitch the felt circle to the gathered fabric on the back side of the hoop.


Visit us on the first of each month to receive a new seasonal cross-stitch pattern. Tag pics on Instagram with #MIYmaglife so we can see!


Get January’s pattern here.

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MIY This: Valentine’s Day Freebies

Valentine's Day

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We love Valentine’s Day, but we love free printables even more! These sweet freebies are so cute, and make it easy to say “I love you” to family and friends. Giving flowers? Don’t forget to include graphic black-and-white bouquet wraps. Need a great present for your significant other? Printable coupons (our fave is breakfast in bed) are a gift that keep on giving. Celebrate the girls with Galentine’s Day postcards and coloring pages they’ll love. Send your love in the mail with cute cards (with matching gift tags in case there’s a present, too!). Kids will adore giving fun pencils with cute gift tag toppers. Or have them fill printable gift boxes with yummy candy. Hosting a Valentine’s Day party? Hang an adorable “I Love You” banner and stock a photo booth with fun themed props. A pretty desktop wallpaper is perfect for celebrating love all year round!

Melt My Heart Candle Holder

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A painted candle holder shows off a glowing heart when a candle is burning! (Bonus: That cute garland in the background is so easy!)


Materials:

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  • Crafts paint: red and white
  • Glass votive (ours is 3″ tall and 2.5″ diameter)
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Acrylic paintbrush
  • Heart pattern (print the pattern here)

 

Assemble the Candle Holder:

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1. Cut out the heart pattern and tape it to the inside of the votive. Using red paint and acrylic paintbrush, use the pattern as a guide to outline a heart shape on the outside of the votive.

 

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2. Use the foam brush to paint the rest of the votive red, leaving the heart shape unpainted. Add a second coat of paint if desired; let dry.

 

3. Add polka dots using the acrylic paintbrush and white paint; let dry.


Love that garland in the background? We folded punched 1-3/4″-wide circles and die-cut doilies in half, then used glue gots to secure them to a length of baker’s twine.

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Paper: Craft Smith Blush Glam Paper Pad

Doilies: Die-Cut Lace Tags By Martha Stewart Crafts


 

What are you working on for Valentine’s Day? Use the hashtag #miymaglife on Instagram to share your pics with us!