General Crafts

Since I have so many ideas I’ve saved and I love sharing, I thought as I have ended Takeaway Tuesdays, I would start up Friday Finds.  Every Friday I will share with you some type of fun project or idea that I have found on the internet.  I know so many of you come here looking for ideas for women’s ministry and there are lots of great ideas floating around the web that we can use and try for our ministries.

To get us started, I have found a great little product from Factory Direct Craft.  I’ve ordered from there in the past for projects I’ve done.  Spring is coming and will be here before we know it so when I spied these little terrariums on their website, a bell went off.  Ding!  What a fun little project for favors or for making a group craft at a spring retreat.

DIY Terrariums to try

Photo Source:  Factory Direct Craft

I was thinking maybe find some of those little things like they decorate the little fairy gardens with.  So many ideas for these!

DIY Plastic Terrariums

Photo Source:  Factory Direct Craft

Right now they are 7.99 for 6.  Even with adding a few supplies, it’s not a bad price for a group project.  Especially as this is something new.  At least for me.  I’ve never decorated a mini cloche.  Have you?  Finding new craft projects for retreats is getting harder and harder.  At least I think so.  People ask me all the time for ideas for retreat crafts and sometimes I just feel so empty of creativity where this kind of stuff is concerned.

 

You can find these little clothes on the Factory Direct Craft website at the link below:

Miniature Acrylic Cloches

I love cloches and would love a regular size one for my home.  (Not one of these mini plastic ones.  Haha!)  I’m on the look out for one that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg…or two legs.  Why are they so expensive?  They are just glass!

Thanks for stopping in and I hope you will enjoy Friday Finds!

Have a creative day,

Have a creative day!

 

 

 

Takeaway Tuesdays on the Made2bCreative BlogFilled with a little Christmas!

First of all, let me apologize about last week’s Takeaway Tuesday.  To be honest, I completely forgot about posting.  That day was a shopping day with my daughter, Tara.  Sorry I forgot about ya’ll!  We had a nice time out together though.  She’s 18 and still at home and taking college classes, but I do try to spend time with her when I can.  I know she won’t stay home forever.

Today I’m sharing one of the easiest Christmas ornaments I know how to make—filled clear ornaments.  I purchased my clear ornaments from Hobby Lobby but you can get them in almost any craft store.

DIY Filled Christmas Ornament from Clear Bulbs

Mine in the photo is filled with Epson salts, a little plastic Boxwood greenery, and berries.  You can fill them with almost anything.

 

Fill Ideas for Clear Ornaments:

  • Ribbon or string (to embellish and add a hanger with)
  • Epson Salt
  • Glitter
  • Paint (you squeeze a little in and roll them around)
  • Berries
  • Greenery
  • Twigs
  • Mini pinecones
  • Ribbon
  • Twine
  • Rope
  • Beads
  • Pearls
  • Feathers
  • Rolled paper strips
  • Moss
  • Miniature figurines such as animals
  • Miniature Christmas trees
  • Buttons
  • Lace scraps
  • Jingle bells
  • Photos
  • Stickers (for the outside)
  • Mini letter blocks
  • Candy such as M&Ms
  • Bath Salts
  • Popcorn
  • Hot cocoa mix and marshmallows
  • Check the dollhouse section for miniature items
  • Use your imagination and creativity….the list could go on and on!

 

Tip:  If you use Epson Salt and put items on top of it, you will need to slide your ornament very slowly upright (if you use the ones like from Hobby Lobby that open vertically) so that your items don’t get buried beneath the salts.

Here are a few filled ornaments from online so you can get some more ideas:

 

Thanks for stopping in.  Feel free to comment.  I love hearing from you.

 

Have a creative day,

Have a creative day!

 

 

 

Takeaway Tuesdays on the Made2bCreative BlogSticking to some candlelight!

Wow!  It is December 6th already!  November was just a blink in my eye.  I’ve got to get a move on and work on my Christmas shopping.  How about you?

Giving you a quick an easy idea for this time of year because we all know time is flying.  Takeaway Tuesdays are reserved for easy projects and believe me, this is easy and inexpensive.  You just need some glass candle holders or small jars and some clear stickers.

You have got to love all the scrapbooking and craft type stickers that are available to us in the craft stores these days.   Most have several on a sheet so you can do several candle holders with one sheet.

DIY Home Decor - Easy Personalized Candle Holders

The stickers on the ones above are from Hobby Lobby.  They have some great clear stickers with verses and faith type sayings on them.

Tip:  They make so many encouraging word stickers that these would make really cute Secret Sister gifts.

DIY Christmas Candle Holders

I got the stickers above from Hobby Lobby too but you can find clear Christmas stickers almost everywhere.

 

Supplies:

  • Glass candle holders or jars with a smooth surface.
  • Soft cloth
  • Clear stickers

 

Directions:

  • Clean and wipe the surface of your glass candle holder or jar with a cloth.  If it needs it, pull out some Windex and give it a thorough cleaning.  Just make sure your surface is clean and dry.
  • Place on your sticker to the desired spot and smooth out over the surface.

 

What I like most about this project is that you can personalize it for whatever season or theme you want.  See the one below I did with a deer sticker for my mantle.

DIY Christmas deer candle holder

 

Thanks for stopping in.  Be sure to leave a comment.  Love hearing from you.

Have a creative day,

Have a creative day!

 

 

 

Takeaway Tuesdays on the Made2bCreative Blog

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Hello Friends.  Takeaway Tuesday has rolled around again.  Since I get a lot of requests for ideas for group projects for women’s ministry for this time of year, I thought I’d share an easy project that would work as a group.

I always like coming up with new things to decorate with so I had fun doing this one.  I’m going to use this canvas art on my mantle along with some other Christmas decorations.

Red truck décor is all the rage for Christmas this year and I found these cute red truck tote bags at TJ Maxx and Marshalls.  Only 99 cents and quite adorable!  They were crying out to be made into art, so I got out my scissors, some spray adhesive, my staple gun, and an art canvas.  I was pleasantly pleased with the result.

DIY Red Truck Christmas Canvas Art

I put my red truck on an 11 x 14 canvas.  My bag I chose said “happy holidays” which isn’t my favorite Christmas saying anyway so I didn’t care that part didn’t show on the finished canvas.

Red Truck Love - DIY Christmas Canvas ArtSupplies:

  • Tote bag (with a focal point).  Any size.
  • Spray adhesive
  • Art canvas (with wood frame on back).  Over time just the spray adhesive may loosen so you will want to stretch the tote bag material around and staple it so that is why I suggest a canvas that has wood framing on back. You can use any size depending on the size of tote bag and the size of the focal point of your bag.  You will want enough bag fabric to wrap around the edges of the canvas and to the back so you will be able to staple into the wood of the canvas.
  • Staple gun
  • Scissors

Note:  For the TJ Maxx/Marshalls red truck bags, I used an 11 x 14 canvas and it just fit with the edges of the truck slightly off the front.  Any larger was too big and an 8 x 10 was too small.

Directions:

  • Cut the picture (focal point) of your tote bag a few inches larger than your canvas (that includes front plus side measurements).  As I mentioned earlier, you will want enough bag fabric to wrap around the edges and to the back so you have room to staple the edges into the wood frame of the canvas.
  • Use spray adhesive on your canvas.  Follow the directions on the can.  You need to let it air dry for a few seconds until it is tacky.
  • Center your tote bag art you’ve cut out on your canvas.  Press on and smooth out across canvas.
  • Fold the extra fabric around the edges of the canvas.  If you want, you can cut a slit into the extra fabric at corners to fold around corners more easily.
  • Staple edges into the wood on back of canvas.  Make sure everything is smooth on the front of the canvas as you staple along the back.

 

DIY Christmas Art: Tote Bag into Canvas Art

One thing I loved about this was that the bag I used from TJ Maxx /Marshalls is that they are a little textured with a weave throughout the plastic material so they looked kind of artsy on the canvas.

Tip:  This project can be economical if you are going to do this as a women’s group project as many stores have tote bags with designs on both sides so you can do two canvases out of one tote bag.

Thanks for stopping in.  Are you using anything special or a particular color to decorate with this year?  Leave a comment.  I want pops of red in the midst of neutrals!

Have a creative day,

Have a creative day!

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