Tag Archives: DIY craft

Craft Table * Apples

Uses for  Apples –

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Dried Fruit for Potpourri

More  examples   homemade

At Holiday time I dry fruit in my Dehydrator    for fall gifts. In bags ready to give as gifts. If you don’t have a dehydrator you can use an oven.

Cut citrus peels such as orange and lemon into small pieces no larger than 1/2″ wide. Cut them into thin slices no larger than 1/4″ thick. Slice apples, peaches and pears into thin slices no larger than 1/4″ thick. Save the peels and dehydrate these as well to add to your potpourri
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Dry Apples   for Decorations –
 To dry apples, slice paper thin and place slices in a single layer on a baking sheet in 150 degree oven for 30 minutes.
They can  be used for dried Apple Slice wreath and Ornaments .
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Simmer Pot on Stove / Old small crock pot
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 anise stars
  • 1 tbsp cloves
  • cut up apples and fruit
  • Water

Make sure if you use this on the stove you keep an eye on it. If you have a small crockpot its a great way to use one.   Lisa

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Mosquito & Ant Spray * Homemade

Today @ My Craft Table – it’s home made and and mosquito  help. With kids and pets this is a fun and useful  project for this time if year. Lisa

 

With the rains – and water in South Louisiana comes the bugs. Mesquites  and Ants can be a big problem. But with a few items you can make your own without harmful chemicals.

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These plants and essential oils are great for these recipes.

Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Catnip, Geranium, Lavender, Mint.

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My Ant Kitchen spry – is super Easy.

  1. Spray Bottle
  2. Water
  3. Vinger

Mixed half and half. Works great. You can also use Lemon juice.

Also -if you need Bathroom/Bedroom – you can sprinkle baby powder in corners.

 

Mosquitoes Spray

2 Tablespoon Witch Hazel

2 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1/4 teaspoon Vodka (preservative)

10 drops of favorite above essential oil.

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Candles for  Outside –

Container for candle ( jar or receyled metal can)

Soy Wax  ( or you can melt old used candles)

Wicks

Citronella   oil   for fragrance,

  • Melt wax  ( in double boiler / Microwave)
  • Attach wick in container
  • Add fragrance to wax
  • Pour Hot wax – and let Cool

**Be careful while working with wax -can burn.

For Table decoration-

Use small containers of Lavenders ,Mint and Rosemary as table decorations and gifts.

Mason Jars  candles –

  • Place slices of fresh lemons.Mint leaves and Rosemary
  • Filled with Water
  • Float Candles on top .

Let Rock Today * My Craft Table

Today’s Craft Table Fun-  Rocks and No Not the Pet Rock Kind!

I have been reading and see lots of articles about Rocks and crafts – I thought I can do that -so outside I went to a Rock pile.

But What kind?

  • Size and shape based on projects –
  • Needed that on top if I wanted to paint or stamp on
  • Flat on bottom if I needed to use as a stand
  • Not to big -so it was out of place.

So I picked them out. Gave them a good scrub -let Dry overnight.

Painted a base coat -let Dry.

Now What to Make?

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Rock 1 – Directions

  1. I decided to make an owl ( they are cool /wise)
  2. I decided to use fine tip markers to make my design and then paint.

Modge Podge to set – Let Dry.

 

Next 2 Rocks with smooth bottoms –

Wrapper wire ( flower wire from Dollar Tree) – and made picture and place card holders. I can see these as table decorations for parties and picnics.

  1. Measure off a piece of wire for the photo holder. Wrap around a circle shape (i used a marker a couple of times )
  2. than the rest of the wire farm the neck ( depending on use adjust height}
  3. wraps around the rock base.

 

 

Try this out with you kids -I am sure you can come up with some great inexpensive idea for your garden or Table. These Rocks are No Pet Rocks.   Lisa

 

 

Crayons * My Craft Table

Today ! On my Craft Table it’s all about Crayons. Every year at Back to School time I buy new crayons ( I love the smell) – But what to do with the old or broken Crayons ? Make something New –  Lisa

My Box of Crayons!

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Melted Crayon Wreath-

  1. Parchment Paper
  2. Shave Crayons onto Paper ( can use sharpener)
  3. Fold over paper and Melt with hot Iron ( can run /so cover surface)
  4. Let Cool – and Peel off pieces.
  5. I glued my pieces in a Fall wreath pattern and Decorate.

You can use the peeled off pieces for card background or other crafts, Lisa

 

 

 

 

These are Silicon molds I had – 

  1. Peel Off labels
  2. Break into pieces to fill the Mold.
  3. Bake at 300 degrees for about 20 minutes (until melted)
  4. Let Cool
  5. Pop Out – New Crayons Made .

 

 

All these great crafts can be made in any color by varying the colors you use.

Fall ( orange,yellow green)

Christmas ( red,green, gold, metallic)

Winter ( Blue,White,Silver,metallic)

Spring/Easter ( Blue,yellow,green,pastels)

Enjoy – playing with Crayons.   Lisa

Gifts to make &and Share

Happy  Friday !

As many know I’am  a crafter -Not only do I love papercrafts but  I enjoy exploring other crafts . So today I’am sharing some of my fun DIY crafts I make.

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I love experimenting with Soap making – using Soap base and mixing herbs and fragrances. I made a batch for Christmas gifts with rave reviews.

This batch – mixed with honey, lemon and fresh rosemary using goat milk base melted in microwave and poured into molds to set.

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Lip Gloss –  Love the stuff.  This is an easy mix of coconut oil and beeswax . Flavoring ? You can use koolaid for color and taste.  These small mesh bags can be bought or made .

You can also use- dried berries, natural essential oils  and sugar free drink mix for color and fragrance.  There’s lots of fun easy recipes out on the web.  Lisa

  • You can also use beeswax / coconut oil and your favorite fragrance poured in small molds to make wax melts.  ( I bought from dollar store small plastic ice cube trays)

I would start with a kit to try to see if you enjoy it before investing a lot of money. Lisa

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It’s No surprise I’am a Reader from a family of Book Lovers – Bookmarks are a fun an easy craft – these supplies can be found in any craft store or big box store. These book charms ( Hobby Lobby ) are so wonderful.

  • Teacher gift – that’s around the corner for us -these are easy to make and very inexpensive to make. Lisa

 

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Wine Charms – You can buy the loops or make them yourself with wire. Make each a little diffrent for the gift recipient by changing colors or charms .  I usually make a set of 4/6 of them all diffrent from each other by changing out the charms.  Lisa

  • House warming gift – Bridal  shower gift or doing a wine tasting party.

 

 

Monday Project – Fabric gifts

Hello –  Monday !

I thought i would start may week off with my first Project with some fabric gifts-

My mother was a sewer and made all my sister and mine closeth  from an  early age. i learned the basic but it was years later that I actually used that talent to make something.

A quilt for my Grandmother. Now most people start little but might fist item was a yellow and blue quilt to cover her bed at the nursing home. I used a kit I bought at JoAnn fabric and taught myself to quilt. It was partially hand quilted and partily machine quilted – I made lots of mistakes but it was a learning experience.

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This is a full size quilt that was issued as a block a month kit. I made this about 20 years ago. The colors have faded after may washes – but the memories are there. Lisa

 

Now I don;t think You have time to do a whole quilt but maybe something small. Like the postcard size quilt below. Made with what i had on hand. It’s small in size that can be mailed if needed. Perfect to use up you fabric leftovers.

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Post card size- 4×6 . Finished by Zig zagging edges. Ribbon,lace buttons and flowers in your choice of colors. Sandwich with lite  batting and quilted. Can be mailed or framed for a gift.  Lisa

 

Post card idea’s/ or mini quilts –   that kids can make with help-

Cut a piece of 4×6 inch fabric and let your kids ( with help) – practice there sewing – use diffrent color thread and machine stitches..

Use stamp to stamp images on solid fabric ( set with iron)

Lets kids sign there name & date -with fabric markers. Or fabric paint can be used to decorate with handprints or decorations.

Let your kids cut some shapes and applica them on the front.

  • Use your imagination and have fum. Handmade gifts are the best.

DIY craft 

Had a old baking sheet I spray painted to hold some magnets. Mine white but you could do any color.

From Office Depot small square clips I decorated with scrapbook supplies.

Great gift or can be used in bedroom or kitchen to hold notes,recipes or photos. Have fun making this. Lisa