Friday, January 30, 2015

Creative Challenge #2 - Cardboard

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Welcome to our monthly Craft Challenge! The fun party where we challenge you to make a craft then link up to show off !

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Pretty as a Picture - DIY Frame

Have you ever bought something because you thought, I can make something with that? Or kept something because you thought, I can use that for a project? But had no clue what you could use it for?

Well that's how this pretty little DIY Picture Frame came to be.

Fabric Covered Picture Frame

I knew I wanted to make something with these simple rolled felt flowers that I saw on the net.

I had these red and white felt Christmas tree skirts that had no purpose other than waiting to be used on some kind of project.

The felt cried out to be made into roses so that is exactly what I did with the red felt. 

Not wanting to leave the white felt out I decided to use it to cover the frame.

Once it was assembled the frame looked a little naked. That's when I decided to grab the dollar store red doily which I purchased for just an occasion.

Now I could have stopped here but I had to get those darling roses on the frame somewhere. After all it began with the roses.

Odd numbers are usually best so I made three felt roses and glued them down.

For a bit more pizzazz I scrunched in the lace around the flowers.

  • Photograph
  • Cardboard
  • Felt (Fabric of your Choosing)
  • Scissors
  • Sharp Blade
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Bead

  • I guess you need to find a picture that you would like to frame because it will determine the finished size of your frame.
  • Once you have the dimensions cut two pieces of cardboard. One is for the front and the other is for the back.
  • Draw the frame opening. It should be at least 1/4" smaller than your photo. 
  • Place your photo onto your cardboard to make sure the size you choose will work.
  • Using your straight edge and knife, cut the frame opening.

*** To get sharp corners extend the lines past them. Do the same when you are cutting the cardboard. ***

  • Trace your cardboard frames onto your chosen fabric. In my case it is white felt.
  • Cut the fabric with a 1 1/2" allowance all around the outer edge.

  • Cut out a second piece of fabric using the first as a guideline. Just remember only one piece needs the inner opening.
  • Start with the back panel. Lay the cardboard onto the fabric. 
  • Cut the corners of the fabric as shown in the photograph. This will eliminate bulky corners once you glue the fabric to the cardboard.
  • Place a bead of hot glue along the top edge of the cardboard.
  • Press the fabric down. Careful it's hot.
  • Do the same on the bottom edge pulling gently to remove wrinkles.
  • Do the same for the two sides.
  • Now work on the front of the frame following the instructions for the back of the frame. Only this time cut the opening in the middle of the frame. 
  • Miter the corners on the inside too.
  • You may want to skip this part depending on the fabric you chose.
  • Place the lace on top of the frame.
  • Cut opening in center of the lace. 
  • Hot glue the front of the frame to the back of the frame leaving the top open so you can slide your picture in.
  • Embellish your frame further if desired. I made three rolled felt roses and glued it to the frame. I scrunched up a bit of excess lace and hot glued it close to the roses. I finished it off my gluing small bells into the center of the roses.

***  Tutorial for the roses can be found HERE. ***

What do you think? Easy enough? 

Now what can I make?
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Wishing You a Wonderful Week.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Animal Print Pencil Holder - Pop Bottle Recycled

Hi again. I thought I'd try another recycle project for the Creative Challenge.

My last creation was called Magical Transformations which you can see HERE.

It was whimsical, sparkly and pretty. Just what every princess needs.

This week I'm making something I need. I know I can go out and buy something but what fun would that be. Besides I can make exactly what I want in a few minutes and say it only cost pennies.

So here it is. My animal print pencil holder made from a pop bottle. And my granddaughters old skirt. And hot glue.

It turned out perfectly. Exactly what what I needed. All my pens, markers and pencils fit.

  • pop bottle
  • sharp blade
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • fabric - I used and old skirt.

This is how I made it.
  • First I started by cutting an opening in the side of the bottle about an inch above the height that I wanted my finished holder to be.
  • Then I used scissors to carefully make my way down the plastic bottle to the finished height that I wanted it to be. It just makes it easier to cut it this way rather than going straight to the finished line.
  • The skirt was actually a good size for the height. I just had to cut off the elastic band.

  • Now the fun part. The hot glue gun. I'm not sure what it is about the glue gun that makes it such fun. Anyway. I put a dab of hot glue on the bottle then pressed the fabric in place. Be careful. That is hot glue. Ouch.
  • Once the top was completed, I glued the material to the bottle of the bottle. To make it even, I glued it into place by alternating sides back and forth instead of just working my way around.
Lucky me, I didn't have to add the ribbon. It was part of the skirt and it fit perfectly in place near the top of my pencil holder.

And look. My granddaughter approves. Her little stuffy came to visit.

What do you think? Easy enough? 

Now what can I make?
I love to read your opinions and comments. It makes my day a little bit brighter. 

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Wishing You a Wonderful Week.