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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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    Succulents on Display

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    Succulents on Display

    Supplies:

    6x12 unfinished wood box

    Acrylic paint and paint brush

    10-12 different succulents and wire cutters

    Forest moss

    E6000(R) glue and glue gun and glue sticks

    Battery Operated LED String Lights

    Double sided tape

    Directions:

    Paint box and set aside to dry

    Begin cutting and arranging succulents in box keeping in mind variation in color, texture and height

    Begin in one corner of the box gluing each succulent in place; use a combination of E6000(R) and glue gun. Glue gun for quick dry and E6000(R) for durability.

    As you go add some moss under the succulents so the back of the box can't be seen in between the plants; if necessary glue gun moss in place

    When box is full put batteries into LED String Lights and weave around the succulents. Use double sided tape to attach battery pack to the back of the box

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    Rag Quilt

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    Rag Quilt

    Supplies:

    8" squares of flannel (a 35" square blanket will take 1/2 yard each of 5 flannel patterns) Quilt dimensions will be determined by # of squares chosen.

    Spring action scissors recommended

    Sewing machine

    Optional: 1 1/4 yards of batting

    Directions: Read carefully before beginning

    DO NOT PRE-WASH FLANNEL OR BATTING

    1. Cut 8" squares out of all your prints.

    2. Take two squares of same print (wrong sides together) and stitch together with a 1/2" seam. (Optional - put 8" square of batting between the 2 pieces before stitching. After stitching a 1/2" seam around edge, open seam and trim away batting close to seam without cutting seam. Top stitch an "X" over block going from corner to corner.)

    3. Lay your sewn squares out to create a design (this quilt is 5 squares by 5 squares).

    4. Sew the blocks together in strips. Do this by sewing the squares together with a 1/2" seam placing the backs of each square together and stitching. (I pinned my squares into strips and then sewed them together.)

    5. Once strips are sewn together, sew them to one another with 1/2" seams and back sides together. Pin strips together being sure to match seams. (When matching seams pin first strip with seams pressed down and second strip with seams pressed up.)

    6. Snip each seam and entire outer perimeter of quilt edge. Snip at 1/2" intervals and to within 1/8" of all seams. Be careful not to cut into the stitching.

    7. Now wash your rag quilt in warm water and detergent. Use no fabric softener (yet).

    8. Shake quilt before drying (no dryer sheet). Clean lint trap once/twice during drying.

    9. Repeat wash and dry only this time use fabric softener or dryer sheets. Clean lint trap half way thru.

     

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