More Mini Jar Candles: Easy Country Themed Wedding Favors

First of all, Happy, Happy Easter! :)

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After a loooong miserable winter, I think it’s safe to say that Spring has finally sprung! Just as I knew it would, the nicer weather has motivated me to get back into the crafting groove and also do some “pickin” at the local thrift stores. Lately, my big project has been mass producing these country jar candles as wedding favors ~ 120 to be exact! You may remember them from one of my very first posts, and they are still just as fun, easy, and inexpensive to make. They are somewhat time-consuming (when doing a large quantity like this) but each jar only costs $1 at Wally World, making for a very economical set of favors!

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I like to use these particular jar candles because they come with an “Easy Peel” label, which allows you to very easily take off the label for crafting. They also smell really great and come in a variety of colors.

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For mass production, I found its easiest to tear all your homespun strips ahead of time. Mine were about 1″ wide and I just tore them, to get that raggedy primitive look. For those who don’t have fabric on hand, I usually get mine by the yard at Joann Fabrics.

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I then use a glue gun to apply the homespun strips. Just a little dab will do ya!

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I don’t worry about having perfectly clean seams where the fabric comes together, because I plan on wrapping them with twine which camouflages the spots that were glued.

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I then pre-cut a bunch of pieces of twine and wrapped them around the candles a few times and tied them in little knots on the back. I glued on rusty stars and hearts on the front of each candle using E6000 glue. I do not like to use hot glue for the rusty pieces because I find they very easily pop off – hot glue doesn’t stick well to the rusty tin. It also melts as the candle heats up!

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This person also wanted the candles wrapped and tagged for her special day. I laid out the text in Microsoft Word, and used my regular ink jet printer to print them out on sheets of brown kraft paper (from A.C.Moore’s). I used a tag shaped punch, but you could also just cut them out into squares or tags and hole punch them!

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Here is the finished product! The baggies are actually candy/baking treat bags.  They are a perfect thin cellophane. I these favors will be just perfect with her country themed wedding!

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I have to share my latest thrift store score because I got some AWESOME items! It just goes to show you that you have to stay persistent and keep going back, even if you seem to have no luck.  After many trips finding nothing at all, I got all these great items that, after a little cleaning up, are some real treasures! Some repro enamelware, tea pots, a crock, and a very cool, vintage looking “Bird Watcher” sign! All will go to my booth at the Carriage Place!

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I got this other amazing group of antique medical items off of Craigslist. I can’t even tell you the incredible freakin low price I paid for this lot because you will literally die!!! I plan on keeping some items for my “oddities” collection, and selling the rest via Etsy and my co-op. They are all from a pharmacy in northern NY. All of the funnels, beakers and bottles are glass, and the mortars & pestles are cast iron and brass. Simply amazing.

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Have a GREAT Easter and happy pickin’ & craftin’!

Primitive Country Themed Bottles or “Single Stem” Vases

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all my fellow Irishmen & women! :) Before I get to today’s craft project, I thought I’d share an update on the primitive crate shutter I made. I finally found a little pip berry wreath at my friend June’s antique store, and it was the perfect size to place right in the center of the shutter! Woohoo!

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I used some thin green floral wire to tie it on the shutter, sliding it between the slats of the crate boards, and securing on the back.

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I then used some jute twine, knotted through the pre-existing holes (from where nails held the crate pieces together) to make a hanger.

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It’s heading over to my co-op this week. I am putting $22 on it. It only cost a few bucks to make – the pip berry wreath being the only expense. The rest of the supplies were on hand, and I was able to re-use an old dilapidated crate that may have otherwise gone in the burn pile! :)

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Ok, and not for the single stem bottles project. It’s a “dollar craft” because these awesome little bottles are only $1 at Michael’s craft store! The rest of the supplies I had on hand.

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You can accent the bottles with whatever you’d like! I decided to use rusty tin stars, little enamel number plates, and some skeleton keys. You could also use buttons, twine bows, little pip berry sprigs, faux berries or flowers, sea shells, antique broaches…be creative!

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Took a strip of torn homespun fabric and used a hot glue gun to secure it in place.

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Here are the finished bottles! They could be used for general decor or as single stem flower vases! :)

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I am going to price them at $4 each and see how it goes!

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And last but not least, some great thrift store finds! It’s quite a random collection of items, but cool nonetheless! I found a mint condition 1957 Chevy model car, a chunky primitive candle, a beautiful vintage brass and enamel bowl, and an old brass Eiffel Tower bottle opener!

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I also found a colorful enamel pot, a wooden wall decor/candle holder, and another little brass elf dude that I could not resist. Vintage brass seems to sell really well on Etsy and in te co-op.

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The major score of the trip was a bag of vintage brass horse buckles / tack medallions, in a variety of designs and shapes. I thought they were trivets at first, but upon further research I found that they are used to decorate horse tacks and bridles. They are collectible and are oh so cool!!! Some will go to the co-op and some on Etsy!

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Hope everyone has a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day! Cheers! :)

Salt Dough Snowman Pops

Hope everyone is having a great holiday season so far! All of the festivities lately have gotten me in the mood for some Christmas crafting so I decided to try my hand at recreating the “snowman pop.” I bought this snowman pop ornament at a craft show years ago, and used it as my guide for this project. Here is mine on the left, and the one I got from the craft show on the right. I might be biased, but think I like mine better. :)

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Start with your standard salt dough recipe. I used 1/2 cup salt, 1/2 cup flour and 1 cup water (which you’ll add slowly – you may not need the full cup). It made a small batch, so double it for larger quantities! Mix the ingredients til your dough is firm but not too sticky.

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Treat them like sugar cookies! Use flour if the dough sticks, and roll them out to the thickness you want. Mine ended up being about 1/3 inch thick. I would suggest making them on the thicker side if you plan on inserting the lollipop stick; otherwise they crack or bulge.

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I did not have any round cookie cutters on hand so I improvised with this wine glass. It was the perfect size!

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These are the lollipop sticks I used. They can be found in the baking/candy making section of any craft store.

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Don’t forget to pre-poke your lollipop holes before baking!

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I also made some chunky little noses. I made them after I was all done with the snowman faces. When I went to stick them on, the faces had already dried a bit, and they would not stick. I decided to glue them on after baking. If you want to stick them on, do it while the dough is still a little sticky.

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Bake at a VERY low setting (100-150 degrees) for 3 hours. Flip them and bake for another hour. Too hot and they will burn, so be careful! Once dried, I used some artist acrylic paints. These will also help seal the ornaments.

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For the faces I did a white wash (watered down white paint), as these acrylics are really thick. It soaked into the porous surface quite nicely. I then glued on the noses with regular craft tacky glue. I’d recommend doing this BEFORE painting the faces white, as they did not stick well with the layer of white paint…oops. Now I know!

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I decided to stick with rosy cheeks and little dotted eyes, and that’s it. These are the more “prim” looking snowmen that I love!

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Next, insert the sticks. Put a dab of craft glue on the end of the stick, and carefully stick them in the pre-made holes. Use a gentle twisting motion to stick them in; be careful not to crack the thin walls of the snowman head.

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For the tags, I used heavy stock kraft paper from A.C. Moore. I used our regular ink jet printed and Microsoft Word to write “Snow Pop, 5 cents.” You could write any holiday wish you’d like, or even put someone’s name on the tag!

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I hand cut them into little tag shapes and punched a small hole.

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For the wrapping, I used pretzel baggies, which are also found in the baking/candy making isle at the craft store. They are actually made to package chocolate covered pretzels, but my snowman pops fit in them perfectly!!! They are tied up with homespun and twine, and each have their own little tag. I also made some candy swirl ones where I just free-handed a red swirl. I like the snowmen better but I guess they’re kinda cute too.

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The other lady had inserted a string through the top plastic wrapping to hang them up. I decided to leave them as is and just prop them up in a jar of buttons or marbles. They’d made great favors for a Christmas dinner with all of the guests names on the tags!

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So what do you think? There are many directions to take these. Try different faces, use other types of tags or ties, or try gingerbread men or Santa faces!

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I will probably sell them in my Etsy store, for around $3-4 each. If you give these a try, please send me a pic and I will post it here! Thanks and hope to be back soon!!! :)

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Dyeing & Stamping Wood Clothespins

I’d like to preface this post by saying it was half craft FAIL and half craft win! It’s okay though, because now you can learn from my mistakes. You’ll see what I mean shortly. :)

I started out with two different sized wooden clothespins – the small ones from Walmart in the office supply section, and the large ones from the dollar bins at AC Moore. That would be why I have it classified as a “Dollar Store Craft;” the rest of the supplies you will likely have on hand!

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For the large ones, I simply soaked them in some really strong coffee. I did end up putting a glass bowl on top of them to push them down, so they were completely covered. I left them soak for about 2 hours.

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For the small ones, which I wanted to be multi-colored, I followed tutorials found online at random craft blogs. I used regular food coloring with a dash of vinegar. I’m not sure what the vinegar does, but the website looked legit so I figured there must be a reason. lol. To help the colors adhere better maybe?

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I filled up mason jars with hot water and added about a 1/4 cup vinegar to each one, and about 20-25 drops of food coloring. I also did a batch of the small ones in the coffee. I let them all soak for about 2 hours.

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Then lay them out on a paper towel to dry. Be careful to protect your counters because the food coloring tends to stain.

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I let all of these guys dry for about 3 days to make sure the large ones were dry all the way through.

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Here’s where the “FAIL” part comes in. The various tutorials and instructions said to remove the metal springs before dyeing. However I was feeling lazy and decided to skip that part. And now I see why you SHOULD! They rusted pretty bad and then the rust seeped into the wood, creating a lot of dark streaking. They look pretty yucky. I am sure I’ll find a use for them but I did not think they were nice enough to stamp and sell in my Etsy shop as I had planned! :(  Other than that little snafu, the actual dyeing seemed to work great! I shall try it again some day!

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For the large clothespins, I wanted to make some stand-up photo holders.

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I found it was easiest to apply the ink to the stamp, and then lay down the stamp on the table and press down the clothespin onto the rubber face of the stamp.

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I did them by sections, above and below the spring, since the stamp wasn’t tall enough to cover the whole thing. :)

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I did the same thing with the small clothespins – the ones that were coffee stained. For some reason those did not rust liked the colored ones. Maybe it was the vinegar that did it??? Hmmm….

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And here are the final products that I photographed to go in my Etsy store. I love the results!

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They were easy and fun and would make a great product for craft shows. Thanks for stoppin by and happy crafting!

Dollar Store Spoons Turned Primitive Kitchen Decor

I have done some posts in the past using this same technique on dollar store spoons, but this was the first time I did a large batch and did a variety of colors with the intent to sell them in groups.

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They were easy and fun, but a bit time consuming. I started with a bunch of spoons from various dollar stores, all of which were 4 or 5 to a pack.

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Instead of just sticking with black, I spray painted them in all different colors including this fun beachy blue-green. :)

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Here are the exact brands/colors I used just incase anyone was wondering. I would highly recommend NOT using the American Accents Midnight Blue (the navy one) because it took a million coats to get it close to the cap color, and they just did not come out well. After distressing them, parts of the spoon had an “electric blue” look, and not really the Americana blue I was going for.

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Let them dry thoroughly for a good couple days before sanding them. Sanding tacking paint is NOT fun!

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Now time to “distress.” I used sanding block which are easier for all the little nooks and crannies. I would recommend a medium to coarse sanding block for a quicker sanding. All I had on hand was the fine grit, which worked well, just took a little longer. There is no way to mess up sanding, so just go for it! Imperfections don’t matter since you’re going for the primitive look anyway!

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Once they were all sanded, I wanted to grubby them up, for a primitive, country look. I used this antiquing medium (the brand Folk Art) found in the paint section of the craft store. You also could use regular brown paint or stain, as you’re going to be rubbing it on and then rubbing it off again, to stain the exposed wood left from sanding.

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Here’s my solution to keeping my table clean…I use rolled out brown kraft paper, also found at the dollar store, as a work station. It’s quick, easy, disposable! Great for the messy crafter, like me!

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Simply rub a generous amount of antiquing gel all over the spoon, and then wipe off the excess. It will soak down into the unfinished edges left from sanding, to create an old, worn look. Paper towels or old rags work great. I used a soft car drying cloth (also found at the dollar store; can ya tell I love that place?!?!).

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The difference is more noticeable on some colors than others. Obviously the lighter colors are going to show more on the light colors. Here are some examples of the difference – before and after using the antiquing gel.

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And here is the “set” I plan to sell in my Etsy store. Tan, red, grayish-brown, minty green, yellow, and black. I love the end result and the color combo. Kinda glad the blue didn’t work out!

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There are many ways to display these spoons. Throw them in an old can or mason jar…

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Or add some pip berries, tin stars, or other fun accessories.

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My friend Lisa over at Booth #555 did an awesome batch of spoons with a similar technique if you’d like to check them out! http://www.booth555.com/2012/11/primitive-kitchen-themed-wooden-spoons.html. Here is an example of Lisa’s kitchen themed spoons!

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If you give these a try, email me a pic and I’ll be sure to post it here! I love seeing different interpretations on the same project! Happy 4th of July and hope everyone has a great weekend! :)

Sappy Sweet Craft: “I Love You Because…” Dry Erase Frame

Control your gag reflex because you’re about to experience a super sappy craft, fit for Valentine’s Day. It’s also a great “everyday craft” in my opinion. It’s the “I love you because…” dry erase frame! It’s kinda dorky but I think it’s really cute and wanted one for my new house. After all, my boy does a lot for me and I am so very grateful to have him. :) It’s soooooo easy and could easily be a “Dollar Store Craft” if you are to purchase your frames at the dollar store! Buy cheap wood frames and spray paint perhaps?

This craft can be done in a variety of ways. For my version, all you need is a frame, paper of your choice (plain white, brown kraft paper, scrapbook paper, etc.) and a printer.

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Just print out “I love you because” on your paper.

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I used the paper frame insert to trace for the correct size.

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Cut it out, insert in frame, and DONE!

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Thanks to Pinterest and the interwebs, you can find a huge variety of variations on this project. Making a chalk board instead of dry erase, using scrapbooking letter stickers instead of printing, etc. Here are some examples of cute ones I found (click on pics for original posts).

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It’s just a cute, fun thing to have on the counter. You could make one as a gift, for your kids, or even mass produce them to sell at a craft booth with a little dry erase marker tied on. I love SUPER EASY projects like this! Happy crafting and hope everyone has a great weekend! :)

Dry Erase Paint Chip Calendar

Yes I stole paint chips, and no I don’t feel bad about it! We ARE planning on painting our bathroom at some point so I was…umm…getting ideas for that. Hehe. I’ve been wanting to do a paint chip dry erase board for ages and thought it would be handy to have on the counter with all kinds of summer plans starting to pop up!

First I went over to one of my favorite websites http://www.design-seeds.com to get some color palette ideas. I found many I liked and ended up going with an overall muted theme. This is a fun site to get color ideas for all of your projects…

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This could easily become a “Dollar Store Craft” if you got a frame and dry erase markers at your local dollar store. I actually looked there first and couldn’t find a frame I liked, so I got this one from Wally World. I like the white frame with the white stripes on the paint chips. An 11 x 14 is the perfect size to fit 7 average sized paint chips, side by side.

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Take out mat and lay the paint chips down facing the glass. I put a small piece of tape on the backs to hold them together, so minimize shifting under the glass.

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I cut a small strip of burlap for the top where I will write the month. You could use anything here – plain paper or a fun scrapbooking paper would work great too.

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The white lines aren’t perfectly straight, but oh well. I’m too lazy to take it apart and line them up. :)

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Here she is, all finished! I am looking for the perfect place to hang it. A paper towel or napkin wipes the dry erase marker right off. I will likely use this to organize dinner ideas for the week too.

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The burlap strip I used along the top of the calendar was left over from a bunch of burlap I bought to cover one of my walls at the co-op. The wall was gross and covered in scoffs and nail holes, and I just don’t have time to paint it right now. I opted for an easier and cuter option…covering it in a giant sheet burlap! I bought 8 yards at Joann’s and hung it up using a stapler (I was going to use a staple gun but couldn’t find one, but a normal stapler worked fine on the soft drywall). I then nailed up some grapevine swags along the top to sort of distract from the uneven edges and also give it a country look. I love the results.

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I did a major over-haul on my booth and moved stuff around to give it a fresh look. I also brought in a bunch of new pieces. Here are some updated pics. :)

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Happy Memorial Day and thank you to all those who have served and continue to serve! You are all true HEROES and we thank you!

The Redneck Wine Glass

I have been wanting to do this project forever! It’s the one and only “Redneck Wine Glass”! I’ve seen them everywhere from Etsy to Bass Pro Shops to our very own Finger Lakes Wineries, and they sell anywhere from $10-$20 a piece! This leaves a lot of room for profit if you decide to make them yourself! I have always thought they’d be a great item to sell at my co-op considering we are kinda out in the country. :) I love how they came out and am so excited to share them with you!!!

Start out with mason jars and clear candle sticks. I got all of these at The Dollar Tree, but I am sure you could get them even cheaper if you did some thrifting!

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My glue of choice was E-6000, as many other tutorials had suggested. I have seen mixed feedback on using E-6000 for this particular project. Some people say that it does not hold. Others have never had a problem, even after multiple (hand) washings. My glasses seem quite sturdy and I could not pull them apart, even with great force. On the tags I made, I recommended hand washing to prevent breakage (many reports of them falling apart were only after they went through a dish washer!)

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The E-6000 dries crystal clear. Use a good amount of glue to ensure a good seal!

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I let mine sit like this, undisturbed for 4 days. Those who had problems with them falling apart mentioned they had only let them dry for 24 hours. I’d definitely recommend letting them dry for at least 48-36 hours or more before handling them!

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Next, for the tags, I used this brown kraft paper I got at the craft store. It’s a thin card stock and was perfect for these tags!

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I made up some a little blurb for the tags: “The Official Redneck Wine Glass ~ Hey y’all – You don’t have to be a hillbilly to enjoy this one of a kind glass, but you do have to have a sense of humor! Fill ‘er up with your favorite wine, beer, or moonshine, kick up your heels, and GIT-R-DONE! Care instructions: Hand wash in warm soapy water & air dry.” This text is a combo of tags I found online with my own twist. :) Feel free to use this wording if you are thinking of making your own tags!

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I used Microsoft Powerpoint to lay out the text, saved the file as a PDF, and kept making test prints to get the size right. I kept shrinking the font size til the blurb fit perfectly into my tag hole-punch! This tag punch is a large one – 3.5″ tall by 2″ wide.

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To add some color, I traced the lids onto some scrapbook paper to make little lid covers. I used gingham and stars – but you could customize your glasses for any occasion by using different lid designs and themes! :)

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And here they are! I tied a small strip of burlap on the stem of the glass (you could use raffia or torn homespun too) and then tied on my little tags with some twine.

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Woohoo! I looooove them! I only made 6 for now but am totally making more! I’ll let ya know if they do well at the co-op! Hope everyone has a Happy St. Patty’s Day!

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Dollar Store Salt Shakers + Vintage Buttons = Button Flower Bouquets

It’s me again! I am on a crafting BINGE! I don’t know what’s gotten into me! Maybe because it’s been sunny and “Spring” feeling these last few days? I don’t know, but I’m going with it! :)

I have a fun “dollar store craft” for you! I made these cute little vintage button bouquets using Dollar Tree salt shakers (you can also find some at the thrift store for super cheap, like the ones here on the left) and some buttons and wire that I had on hand. So easy and a perfect Spring craft!

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I also used twine for a bow accent, and shredded paper (also found at Dollar Tree) to stuff inside the shakers and help hold wire stems in place. I suggest using a pair of pliers that have a cutting edge on them, so you don’t jack up your scissors while cutting the wire.

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To make the stems, you are going to twist the two sides of the wire together. Fold the wire piece over and cut it roughly the length you want the stem to be – keeping in mind it will be a tad shorter after twisting it together.

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Layer your buttons to make fun, colorful little “flowers.” Slide the ends of the wire through your button flower and start twisting them together tightly, to create a sturdy stem. Cut off the excess wire.

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Stuff a small amount of shredded paper down in the salt shaker to help hold the stems in place. You could use more buttons, beads, floral foam, or nothing at all…whatever you want!

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Make as many flowers as you’d like! They are fun to make!

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My first bouquet is a red and brown theme

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And my second bouquet was a blue and black theme

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I photographed them for Etsy but decided at the last-minute to bring them to the co-op. They are currently in my booth at The Carriage Place. I can’t wait to make more!

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Last night I photographed a ton of new stuff I am putting in my Etsy store, and I wanted to let all my fellow crafters, that have booths or small shops, know that I am going to be selling these word blocks in groups of 6 at a wholesale price. I ordered way too many of them, so they’ll be in my shop this week at some point. They would be a great little item to resell, if you’re into country/prim decor like me!

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I also wanted to share a few great thrift store finds from today! A great enamelware tin pan, an apothecary style jar (these sell like hot cakes in my booth!) some wooden plaques for future craft projects, vintage tin molds, and a small wooden platter with a glass cloche. I am going to paint the wooden base – probably black with a yellow prim star in the middle.

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I was also sooooooooo excited to find some unique Scrabble tiles from a “Deluxe” edition of the game; 100 tiles for only $4! Best of all, they are maroon colored! I love that they are different from the regular Scrabble tiles, yet are a great color for country crafting!

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And lastly, I had to share this find…..these brown kraft boxes were only $1 for a bag of 6!!! If you have an A.C. Moore’s, go grab some before they are discontinued!!! I was “that person” who depleted their inventory. Hehe. I am going to stamp them eventually. Love the variety of shapes!

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That’s all for today! Have a great weekend and Happy Crafting!!!

Easy Dollar Store Craft: Sharpie Decorated Christmas Ornaments

If you are on Pinterest, or frequently peruse craft blogs like I do, then I know you’ve seen some variation of this Sharpie project! Porcelain mugs, plates, bowls, and more…simply drawn on with Sharpies and baked for 30 minutes to make the designs permanent. Talk about easy and FUN! I love this idea – the possibilities are truly endless!

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Though it’s not technically a dollar store, these porcelain ornaments were only $1.00 at A.C. Moore. I betcha you could find some similar at the Dollar Tree. If not, I know most dollar store have porcelain coffee mugs and plates that would work great too. You could also look around the thrift stores and score some cheap porcelain “canvases”!

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I looked online at graphics and clip art and got some ideas on what I wanted to draw.  It’s hard to see in the picture below, but I did draw a rough outline of my design with a pencil before taking a Sharpie to it.

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I love this little folk art snowman! I copied him from Chestnut Junction Graphics. I did purchase the graphic for use on other projects as well…he’s just too cute!

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Helpful tip: While working on your designs, don’t fret if you make a mistake. A little rubbing alcohol will “erase” the Sharpie marker on the porcelain (before baking, that is). I used Q-tips as a way to touch up and re-do some areas.

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Here are some of the designs I came up with for my ornaments! I free handed these but you could easily use a transfer method or a stamp as a base for your design if you’d like!

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Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes to make the Sharpie designs permanent. After baking, they look exactly the same. They do not brown or fade!

I cut off the tacky gold string and replaced it with some ribbon and twine. You could use jute twine, baker’s twine, homespun fabric, ribbon, or wire to hang your ornaments. Go with whatever compliments your designs!

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Awwwwww, love my lil’ snowman hanging on my lil’ country Christmas tree! What a great, cost-effective idea for Christmas gifts or party favors!

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And I hung up the crow themed ornie on my crow shelf. I love crows…can ya tell?!?

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And now for something even MORE fun than crafts…FREE craft supplies! I realized that since I started my blog I have never done a give-away! Shame on me! I have so many loyal readers and crafty friends that I thought I’d give away some fun stamps to say THANKS for reading my blog! :) Leave a comment on this post with your name and you could win one of these 3 stamps!

A large “script” stamp, which would be great for tags or scrapbooking…

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A Victorian looking skeleton key

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Or a set of 4 vintage “Ladies In Hats” stamps, as you may have seen on my little grubby tags! I have my own set of these pretty ladies!

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I will use a random number generator to pick 3 numbers and match those numbers up with the list of comments. For example, if you’re the 3rd person to leave a comment, and one of the randomly generated numbers is “3”, then you’ll win one of the stamps! I will draw 3 numbers a week from today, which will be on Christmas Eve! I’ll email the winners and mail them out just in time to start off 2013 with some fun new craft projects!!! GOOD LUCK! :)

If you give the Sharpie Ornies a whirl, I’d LOVE to see pics! I’ll even post them here! Thanks! Happy Craftin’!

Another Holiday Dollar Store Craft: Snowman Clothespin Magnets

Hope everyone had a nice weekend! I’m loving the cool, crisp, Fall weather! :)

I have been working on a project for my show in a few weeks and wanted to share it with you, because I love how it came out! You may remember the tiny little snowman clips from years past, but this is a new take on the same project. I was inspired by my fellow crafter & blogger Lisa to use the larger clothespins and make them into magnets for the fridge, to hold papers, pictures, or whatever. See Lisa’s take on this project here: http://www.booth555.com/2012/09/snowmen-clothes-pin-magnets.html

I started with cheap clothespins from Walmart – a 100 pack for around $3. Score! I know you can get these at any dollar store also, which is why I consider it a “dollar store craft”.

I spray painted them white with Rustoleum Heirloom White. Did one side, let it dry, and did the other side. The over-spray was enough to cover the sides.

I like to do each step in bulk, rather than do them one at a time. I always start with the noses first!

Then I used a Sharpie paint pen for the eyes and buttons. The paint pen was too thick for the little eyebrows so I used a fine tip Sharpie marker (just a regular permanent marker as opposed to a paint pen) for the fine eyebrows.

I prefer the little round magnets, which are also from the dollar store, because they are a lot stronger than the flat magnets. I ran out of them, so I used some of these flat magnets, cut into thin strips, and hot glued on. They work, but do not have as strong of a hold. If I have time, I may go back and replace them with the round ones, if my dollar store still has them in stock.

Here are some of the completed snowmen. Some have scarfs and some have little tin stars, just to mix it up a little!

I also did a batch with vintage buttons!

To display magnets, I normally would use a large tin star, the back of a cookie sheet, or the back of a large enamel pan. This time I had way too many and decided to use this old tin/metal table as a display! The magnets cling to it really well. Using some brown kraft paper from the dollar store (comes in rolls, and I use it for everything!) I just cut a piece long enough to drape over the length of the table, and voila! Thinking about stamping it with my logo stamp, or some fun Christmas stamps!

Here is how it will stand up. I left the drop leafs folded over, and it stands up perfectly. As you can see, I used these little tiny dollar store clamps (the small black ones along the top of the kraft paper) to hold the paper in place. You could easily just tape it on too. I am so excited about this idea, because it will be an easy display to transport, and will give a lot of height to my table!

Before I go, a quick update on the wooden snowman spoons! I thought they were too “blah” so I grubbied them up a bit by rubbing on some Deco Art gel stain, and then wiping off. I then sealed them with sparkle mod podge, which doesn’t show up that great in the picture because it’s a subtle shimmer. They have a little more pizzazz now, and a bit more of that “prim” feel!!! :)

Well, have a GREAT week and happy crafting!!!

Dollar Store Candles Turned Cute Country Decor

First of all, let me just say I am loving this crisp, cool, Fall weather and LOVE this time for year for many reasons, including:

Upstate New York is AMAZING this time of year…just sayin’. So anyway, on to the latest project – jazzing up some dollar store candles. I ordered this burlap jute webbing with many projects in mind, and I did put some of it up for sale in my Etsy store. I simply cut it to size and hot glued it in place. It is very thick, yet cuts easily. I experimented with candles and plain glass votive holders. I’m loving the tall candles – which can be found at any Dollar Tree.

Using a little bit of twine, I tied on some vintage-looking keys.

I kinda like the look of the burlap covering the entire glass holder. These would be cute for votives or even a small vase / plant / herb holder. I currently am using this one as my tooth-brush holder. Hehe.

Another variation on this project was using some torn homespun fabric. Again – just hot glued it.

Isn’t it cute? You could use any color fabric depending on the time of year of holiday you are decorating for!

There are so many ways you can take these projects and run. I’m thinking of doing a texture fierro coating on the outside, or a cinnamon / mod podge coating to get rid of the stark white of the tall Dollar Tree candles. Hmmm…so much to do, so little time!

If you make these, send me a pic! I’d love to show some variations of the project and see other peoples ideas. Hope everyone has a wonderful week and enjoys this awesome Fall weather! :)

The “Melted Snowman” Ornament

I have been quite the lazy blogger lately, and for that I am sorry…I have been doing all kinds of little projects and finally just getting around to documenting them all!

This weekend I finally did a Christmas craft project that has been on my to-do list for quite some time – the “melted snowman” ornament! I thought they might be fun for my upcoming holiday craft show. I would consider this a “dollar store craft” because these shatterproof clear plasic bulbs were $1 ea. at A.C. Moore, and most of the other materials could be found at the Dollar Tree, i.e. the salt and peppercorns.

I used salt for the “snow”, whole peppercorns for the “eyes / mouth”, and orange Fimo sculpting clay for the “noses.” The Fimo must be purchased at a craft store, but you could also make the noses out of Sculpey, salt dough, play dough, or even orange paper if you wanted to.

I rolled out little noses and chopped off the thicker ends with a knife to make it look like a real mini carrot. I made little crease marks on the noses to give ‘em texture. To harden the Fimo, bake at 230 degrees for 30 minutes.

In the meantime, I propped up the clear globes in small cups and used a small funnel to pour in approximately 1/4 cup of salt.

Next I added some peppercorns, to represent the eye & mouth coals that have dropped to the bottom after our little man “melted”!

Waiting for the noses to finish baking…tick, tock…

I used black embroidery thread to hang them up, but you could use twine, holiday ribbon, or torn strips of homespun fabric! Infact, I am thinking the black thread is kinda boring and might go back and use some homespun.

I think they’re so cute! I’ve seen some with the addition of small sticks as “arms” and/or a small piece of ribbon as a “scarf.” I like em’ simple, just like this!

I carefully packed them away for my craft show. I’ll let you know if they are good sellers or not. The noses and peppercorns generally stay on top of the “snow” and don’t get buried down in too easily, which I was happy about.

*Update!* Here is the melted snowman as created by my friend Sara! She added a little scarf and also used some homespun fabric to hang it up, which I really like! I might have to do something similar! :)

Here’s a version made by one of my readers, Alexis! She knits those tiny scarfs by hand! So jealous…I wish I could knit! :)

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Less than 2 months til my big craft show…time to get my crafty @$$ in gear! I will keep you posted! :)

Dollar Store Christmas Craft: Wooden Snowman Spoons

Evening thinking about Christmas right now is slightly obnoxious, but this project just dawned on me and I felt the need to try it while the idea was fresh in my mind. I have used wooden spoons for other projects but realized their flat round spoons would make perfect little snowman faces! This set of 4 wooden spoons from Walmart wasn’t even $1…they were only $.88! Score! You can also usually find a set of 4 at any dollar store.

I spray painted them with Rustoleum Heirloom White. Any white spray paint would do, and because they are such light-colored wood, one coat worked fine.

Once dried I prepared to paint snowman faces using a Sharpie paint pen for the eyes, a thin black marker for the eyebrows and my favorite rusty orange acrylic paint for the noses.

I played around with different faces…some with mouths and eyebrows…some without…do whatever you think is cute!

Tied on a strip of homespun fabric “scarf”…awwwwww….

They would be great sticking out of vases around the holidays! In decorative jars, a little snowman family grouped in a small crock or jug, tied onto gifts…you could stick em’ anywhere!

Looking at them, I realize there is SO much more you could do with these…

  • Add rosy cheeks
  • Different styles of mouths (like x’s or a long thin squiggly line)
  • Seal with a coat of sparkly Mod Podge to make them shimmer
  • Sand the edges and use brown craft paint or gel stain to “grubby” them up
  • Glue spaced out buttons down the length of the stick
  • Add a rusty tin star around the neck
  • Tie a tall one and short one together
  • Drill a tiny hole to make em into hanging ornaments
  • OR…spray paint the spoons ORANGE and do PUMPKIN faces!!! OOOOooooh…those are going to happen for sure!!!

What other ways could you jazz them up? If you try these, send me pics so I can post them here! :)

Have a great night and happy crafting! BBS!

The Easiest, Coolest Project Ever: Stamped Paper Mache Gift / Trinket Boxes

Sorry for the blogging hiatus! There’s been so much going on and I have been not been in the crafting mood lately. Now that the sun is starting to shine more and Spring is here, I am getting that itch again. Barn sale season is upon us! In the mean time, here is an easy little project that I was experimenting with, and REALLY like the results!

You may remember these little snowman boxes that I did for my winter craft show:

Well, I decided to play around with stamping some of the brown paper mache boxes that were found in the same area as the white ones above.

I got all my supplies ready to go…

And I quickly found out that larger stamps work better for this project, and I’ll show you why!!!

I tried stamping on the tops like you normally would, pressing the stamp down on top of the surface. The paper mache boxes aren’t perfectly flat on the top – they are warped, have raised edges, etc. Every time I stamped them, parts of the image would be missing, like this:

So, I found out that it worked much better to lay the stamps down on their backs, and press the paper mache surface onto the stamp. That way you can press down all the way around and ensure an evenly stamped image. Hence, the larger stamps work better!

Here are some of my favorites:

I think they would be a good Christmas craft show seller, maybe $1 a piece, to use as small gift boxes.  I’m gonna make more because they were just plain easy and fun to make. I’ll let you know how they do!

I categorized these as a “dollar store craft” because the paper mache boxes, at $2.50 per 6 pack amount to around $.41 cents a piece. That’s not including the half off coupons that you can always find online for the major craft stores. Also, I have had a lot of luck finding really cool stamps for $1.00, like these ones from Michaels:

So have at it! Send me a pic if you give them a try! In other news, I HAD to share with you the “find” of a lifetime…this  35 drawer catalog/apothecary unit…for FREE…on the side of the road!!! That just doesn’t happen! I about died!!!

Every drawer was there, with this AMAZING original hardware…

I was all gung-ho to sell it in my booth but upon cleaning it up, I decided to keep it. After a little soap and water, voila! Isn’t she a beaut? The bottom right have drawer is there, it’s just darker than the rest. It gives it character. :)

Well, hopefully I can get my butt up and moving with some craft projects and find some inspiration in this beautiful sunny, Spring weather. Hope everyone had a great weekend! BBS!

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