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Pom Pom Bunnies

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Pom Pom Bunnies

Supplies:

  • Yarn (style of bunny depends on thickness of yarn – thick yarn takes less than the thinner yarn, but also gives a different look)
  • Cardboard
  • Felt – pink and whatever color will closest match your yarn color
  • Tiny black beads for eyes*
  • Tiny pink bead for nose*
  • White pom pom (ready made) for tail
  • Stringing wire for whiskers or use fishing line if the bunnies are for small children
  • Scissors and glue gun or super tacky glue
  • Download and print pattern for ears and feet 


Directions:

READ ALL DIRECTIONS BEFORE BEGINNING
* Tips for small children
Cut cardboard for body (2 1/2×5 or wrap around 4 fingers), head 1 5/8×5 or use 2 fingers)
Bunny size is determined by cardboard size and can be made larger or smaller. You may want to experiment and see what you like depending on the kind of yarn you use.

To make the body using thick yarn wrap the yarn around the cardboard about 100 times; using thinner yarn wrap about 200 times. To make head using thick yarn, wrap around about 50 times and using thinner wrap about 100 times.

After you have wrapped the yarn around the cardboard cut another piece of yarn about 18 inches long (if using thinner yarn you should cut 2 pieces) and lay it/them horizontally on your work surface.

Now take your wrapped cardboard and place on top of the 18 inch piece of yarn and gently pull cardboard out of the center of the yarn.

Be sure the wrapped yarn is centered on the 1 inch piece of yarn. Gently bring the 2 ends together to tie in a knot being sure the 18 inch piece remains centered around the wrapped yarn.

After it is knotted hold the 2 long pieces in one hand, pinching close to the knot, and begin to cut the loops open all around the whole pom pom.

Once all loops are cut open begin to give the pom pom a haircut and shape into a nice round ball. (best to work over a trash can :)

Repeat the process to make the bunny head.

Now take the 2 finished pom poms and tie together in a knot and trim off excess yarn.

Set on work surface like a bunny, with large pom pom on the bottom, and use glue gun to secure tail in place.

Take bunny ear pattern and cut 2 large ears out of the felt that is the closest color to the bunny and 2 smaller ears out of the light pink. Cut 2 bunny feet.

Glue the smaller ear on top of the larger ear about 1/4 inch from the straight edge and then put a dab of glue along the bottom front edge of the ear and fold in half to make a tuck at the bottom of each ear.

Glue floppy ears towards the back of the head, glue bunny feet under the bunny and glue 2 black beads in place for eyes. *For small children be sure to sew eyes in place to avoid a choking hazard.

14. Cut 5 pieces of beading wire each 2 inch long and poke thru the tiny pink bead; glue wire in place. *For small children use fishing line (longer pieces) and put whiskers thru the bead and tie to bead and then sew in place to avoid a choking hazard.

Have fun and keep all carrots hidden!

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Mixed Media Canvas

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Mixed Media Canvas

Supplies:

8x10 canvas

5 colors of acrylic paint and foam brushes

Washi tape

Background stamps

4-5 different patterns of cardstock for flowers and 4-5 for leaves

3 buttons

Glue gun and glue

Glue stick or tape runner

Distressing tool or scissors

Directions:

Place 5-7 pieces of washi tape on canvas

Spread 2-3 colors of paint over tape using foam brush or credit card; speed dry with heat tool; be sure to go around the edges of the canvas so no white is showing

 

Spread acrylic paint onto background stamp and randomly stamp; use at least 2 different background stamps and 2 colors of paint. Set aside to dry

Cut out graduating circles in a variety of coordinating colors and patterns; distress the edges. Make enough to have 3 flowers with 4-5 circles in each

Glue circles on top of each other and glue button on top

Place flowers on canvas and use pencil to draw stems on each

  

Cut leaves in a variety of colors and sizes and glue in place

Glue flowers onto canvas

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Placecard Holders

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Placecard Holders

placecard holder


Place Card Holder Ideas

Supplies for all:
Place card holder, acrylic paint and brush
Additional supplies mentioned with each description

To remove metal post gently twist and pull to release glue being careful not to bend spiral post, scrape off glue, paint base and allow to dry.

Natural Succulent:

  • Twist stem of succulent and gently remove from center, use pliers if necessary
  • Use an awl or sharp pointed object to poke hole in center of succulent
  • Push spiral post thru hole starting from the center and working down to the back of the succulent
  • Poke back into wooden stand, use E6000® glue if necessary

Jeweled Holder:

  • Paint a second coat of paint and sprinkle with glitter while still wet
  • Select beads that will total about 3 ½” inches and push onto spiral post starting with top bead first
  • Poke post into wooden stand, use E6000® glue if necessary

Christmas Tree:
  • Paint a second coat of paint on the stand and sprinkle with fake snow
  • Print Christmas Tree pattern onto green cardstock and cut out 5 trees
  • Gently bend along the whole trunk of each tree, glue just the side of each tree to the next tree and go all the
       way around till all 5 trees are connected. Glue the first and the last together.
  • Slide tree onto spiral post and poke into wooden base, glue if necessary
  • Top with a cardstock star

Beachy Holder:

  • Cut 4x4” piece of fish net, lay over painted base
  • Use glue gun and glue to attach fish net ends to side of base; trim excess as you go
  • Use an awl or sharp pointed object to poke hole in the bottom of the shell (not appropriate for children to use)
  • Slide spiral post thru shell, push post back into wooden stand, glue if necessary


Sparkly Tulle:

  • Cut tulle 6”x3 yards (or buy on a spool)
  • Finger gather in the center and tie in a knot with thin ribbon or thread/floss
  • Fluff tulle to form ball and poke spiral post thru the center (or close to it)
  • Push post back into wooden stand, glue if necessary
  • Glue glitzy gems around the sides of the base
  • Use glitter and plain cardstock along with a scalloped punch and then create a birthday message in marker

Pumpkin:

  • Cut about 10 orange strips of cardstock 1/2x3 ½”
  • Cut a 1/8” piece of brown cardstock and twist around a narrow round object like paint brush handle
  • Free cut a green leaf
  • Use sharp needle to carefully poke a hole about ¼” away from each end of the orange strips
  • Push the spiral post thru the hole at one end of every strip of orange and then starting with the first piece push the post thru the hole at the other end of the strip until you have formed a pumpkin
  • Using glue attach leaf and spiral stem
  • Push post back into wooden stand, glue if necessary

Sno Cone:
  • Paint 2” Styrofoam™ ball with craft paint and sprinkle with clear glitter
  • Out of scrap paper make a 6” circle and cut in half to use for sno cone pattern
  • Cut sno cone out of cardstock, curve to form cone and glue edges
  • Push spiral post thru the Styrofoam ball, thru the bottom of the cone and into wooden stand, glue if necessary

 

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Mug Rug

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Mug Rug

Supplies:

Fabric (6 or 7 different prints/solids)
Quilt batting (8x10”)
Printable fabric sheets for inkjet printers
Inkjet printer
Ruler, pins, scissors or rotary cutter and mat
Pattern download


Directions:

  • Print words onto printable fabric sheets (follow manufacturer’s instructions).
  • Cut out fabric according to measurements on diagram. Cutting binding strip 2 ¼ x about 36”
  • Lay down your backing fabric, wrong side facing up and place batting on top..
  • Put custom printed fabric (or just regular fabric print/solid) about 1 3/4” from the left side and about 1 3/4” from the top edge; be sure it is aligned straight and pin in a few places. If this piece is crooked the whole thing will be crooked or not fit on the backing. *Optional Pocket: if making a pocket now is the time to add it. Cut fabric 3 3/4x3 1/2" fold in half, press and line up raw edges along the bottom and sides of (A).
  • Take (B) and lay it right side together along the top edge of (A) and stitch a ¼” seam.
  • Use a pressing cloth if you are working with polyester batting, it can just be a plain piece of cotton fabric; press (B) open.
  • Take (C) and place right side down along the (AB) edge, pin and stitch a ¼” seam. Press (C) open. YAY you are getting the hang of it!!
  • Place (D) right side down along the (AC) edge, pin and stitch ¼” seam. Press as you did above.
  • Line up (E) along (BAD) being sure that (BAD) is totally smoothed out with no wrinkles including the backing, and repeat above process.
  • (F) will line up along (CD) and G will line up with (F) stitch each and press as above.
  • With ruler and scissors or rotary cutter and mat trim edges so they are straight and corners are right angles; will be about 6 x 8”.
  • Take binding fabric, fold wrong sides together and press so that you have a 1 1/8” strip.
  • Pin binding along bottom (raw edges matching) start about 1 1/2” from the left corner with about a 4-5” tail (don’t pin down the tail just leave it hanging.
  • Stitch up to ¼” from the corner, miter the corner and then continue stitching a ¼” seam along the side and continue all the way around till you have mitered all corners.
  • Just after having turned that last corner and stitched about 1 ½” from the corner, cut threads and pull away from the machine.
  • Overlap the binding so that it overlaps 2 1/4” and trim excess from each end as necessary.
  • Open binding, right sides crossed stitch side to side so that when trimmed and folded your seam will be at an angle.
  • Pin remaining binding to the edge and finish stitching on machine.
  • Fold binding over the edge and whipstitch on the back with matching thread.

 

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    Slime Recipe

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    Slime Recipe

    Recipe (using liquid starch)

    1/4 cup glue or glitter glue
    1/4 cup of water
    3 caps full of liquid starch
    Bowl for mixing
    Popsicle stick for stirring

    Directions:

    • Add glue, liquid starch and water to bowl and stir
    • Add food coloring or paint to the glue mixture in the hue of your choice and mix
    • Knead with hands until no longer sticky

    Recipe (using Borax)

    1 teaspoon borax powder
    1 1/2 C water, divided
    4 oz. (1/2 C) Glue
    2 Mixing bowls and 2 spoons or popsicle sticks for stirring
    • Heat 1 cup of water in microwave for 30 seconds, pour into bowl. Add borax and stir until it has dissolved. 
    • In separate bowl put the other 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of glue, or equal parts glue and water. Mix evenly. 
    • Pour borax mixture into glue mixture, while stirring. 
    • Knead with hands until well incorporated.
    • Remove slime from bowl and discard excess water. 



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