Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Craft Stick Christmas Wood Art Tutorial

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

Hello, and welcome to day 2 of the Frosty Festivities event! I hope you are enjoying yourself so far? There’s lots more inspiration in store for you today!

We’re kicking things off with a sparkly decoration, a piece of Christmas Wood Art…

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’ve seen a few great wood art projects lately, like THIS ONE by Marie of Blooming Homestead. I thought this kind of thing would be amazing to make, but I wasn’t likely to be cutting up wood planks and getting out nails any time soon. So when I saw THIS PROJECT by Dawn Nicole for  coasters using craft sticks, I was so excited – a wood art project I could do straight away with items I had already – hooray!

The craft (lolly/popsicle) sticks I had were the larger kind, so they’d be too big to make coasters. But I wanted mine to be wood art Jennifer-style anyway, with some pretty sparkly bits on top!

Here’s how to put one together…

Step 1: Grab some craft sticks – mine are by Craft Planet:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Lay out the sticks horizontally for the main part of the art piece, making sure the good sides of the sticks are facing down, and any sides with imperfections are facing up – as this will be the back of the art eventually:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Spread PVA or similar sticky glue onto another craft stick – but leave an un-glued bit at the top and bottom of the stick, where it will hang over the edge of the other sticks:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Adhere the glued stick vertically to the back of the other sticks, and repeat with another stick, so there are two back supports:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Leave it to dry overnight, then turn over:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Use removable spray adhesive to stick a stencil at the top of your wood art piece. I used the Deck The Halls Paperchains Stencil:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Use a sponge to apply Mod-Podge through your chosen design on the stencil:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Liberally sprinkle fine gold glitter over the Mod-Podge. Leave it to dry for about 20 minutes before pulling the stencil off to clean it (you might have to scrape some Mod-Podge off the stencil), and then leave the wood art piece to dry for another 30 minutes again:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Shake off excess glitter:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Choose some embellishments. I used The Jolliest Time Ephemera Card Shapes, plus a couple of wood veneer shapes that I coated with the same gold glitter:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Some of the ephemera pieces are stuck flat onto the craft sticks, and some are added on with 3D foam dots.

Step 11: Wrap some ribbon or twine around the bottom ‘rung’ created by the craft sticks, tying it at the back of the art piece to hold it in place:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 12: Check your composition and see if you want to add anything else. I decided it looked a bit heavy on the right hand side in the above photo, so I moved the red&white polkadot flag down a little, and added a couple more embellishments on the left, to balance it all out:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

That’s it! Now you can prop it up on a mantlepiece or other display area this Christmas! Or your could glue a bit of string to the back if you want to hang it up. It will look pretty either way!

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

I do love tinsel, except the little bits that come out all over the floor!

Be Inspired:

Get out some craft sticks or cut wood-patterned paper into strips to line up

Put three bits of ribbon/string together to tie around a project

Use glitter through a stencil

Have you seen any good wood art projects? I’m sure I will attempt one on a larger scale one day!

See you again at 11am!

Jennifer x

Kids Crafts

School Homework – Making a Candlestick Telephone

Last week was a half-term holiday, and my 6 year old daughter had one piece of homework… to make a model of a Victorian invention. I googled a list of inventions and she chose to make a telephone…

School Homework Kids Craft - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

We went for the ‘candlestick’ style telephone, as the earlier telephones were a bit box-like, and the candlestick style was introduced in Victorian times too, so that was okay. Plus it could be made from a pile of junk – this is what we started with though I added a few bits during the project:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

You can also see here a sheet of images which I printed, just pictures I found on google to help us visualise the project!

First she drew around the cardboard tube (from inside a kitchen roll) onto the top of a plastic bowl (which was turned upside down):

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

I cut the hole for the tube to go through, as the plastic was a bit sharp-edged when cut.

Then Little Miss drew a mark of the tube at the height she thought the cradle for the earpiece should go, and I cut a slit in it with a craft knife:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

She pushed the cardboard tube inside the bowl, and taped it into place. Then she blu-tacked a plastic lid to the top of the cardboard tube:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

I suggested we moved the lid down a bit so we could angle it a bit more, like the telephones in the pictures. So she did that and taped it into place. I did end up tucking a bit of kitchen paper scrunched into a ball underneath the blu-tack as well, as the plastic lid kept tipping down, but I don’t have a photo of that bit:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

She cut the end off a paper cup to make it shorter, and then added some tape so we could attach it to the plastic lid at the top of the cardboard tube:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

I made the cradle for the earpiece to sit on, by cutting an old hanger with wire cutters (be careful if you do this, protect your eyes and do it away from children in case sharp bits of wire ping off), and taping it to two shortened bits of kebab stick, one stick above and one stick below the hanger piece – for strength:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’m not sure it was the best way to make the cradle but I couldn’t think of anything else!

We then pushed the kebab sticks through the slit in the cardboard tube, and added a big blob of plasticine to the ends of the sticks inside the tube. This acts as a weight so when the earpiece is lifted the cradle tips up – which would attract the attention of the telephone operator when you wanted to make a call! When the earpiece is put back it goes down again:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

We took another paper cup for the earpiece, and Little Miss pierced a hole in the base with a pencil:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

And we attached string as the cable between the earpiece and the phone (I pierced the hole in the bowl). I scrunched up some kitchen paper and Little Miss taped it to the top of the ‘earpiece’ – so that it wouldn’t slide straight through the cradle:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

Now it was on to the fun part – decorating! I ripped up lots and lots and lots of tissue paper, and she used PVA glue to stick it over most of the telephone. I explained about overlapping the tissue paper and adding PVA glue to the top layer too so it looked smooth:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

She did most of this but I did finish off at the end, doing a couple of the harder to reach corners and smoothing it over a bit more:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

We’d left the paper cups because we figured we could paint them, but if I did this again I’d tissue paper all of it. The paper cups had a slight satiny effect which meant the paint didn’t stay on that well so we had to do a few layers:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

When the decorating was nearly done I added a lump of plasticine at the bottom of the cardboard tube, towards the back of the phone, to stop it tipping forwards:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then for good measure and to make it feel more realistic and heavy, I made a base for the phone, by getting Little Miss to tape some pebbles onto a circle of card the same size as the bowl, leaving a space for the tube in the centre, and space round the edge for the rim of the bowl:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

This was then taped to the underneath of the phone, and we tissue-papered over the tape. Our phone was now nice and sturdy:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

But it was too boringly black, so my daughter used a sponge dipped in gold paint to rub all over the phone, to give it a more brass / antique look:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

I showed her how it was better to only add the gold paint in a thin layer, so the black still showed through, and she got the hang of that quickly. I did finish off the hard to reach places again though!

Then it was finished and all ready to make a call! Here it is with the earpiece on and off the cradle:

School Homework Kids Craft - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

She also had to fill out a fact sheet which will be displayed with the model:

School Homework Kids Craft - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

Even though this was quite a big project, as it took several day what with waiting for glue and paint to dry between layers, we both enjoyed the process. She’s learnt a few arty techniques, and I’ve found another reason for all the crafting supplies in my house! Bring on the next crafty homework… but not the maths. I don’t like maths!

Have a great day,

Jennifer x

Home Decor Craft Projects

Ten Christmas Home Decor Projects!

Here’s a reminder for some fun Christmas home decor projects that I’ve posted here at Jennifer Grace Creates,  just in case you are impatiently waiting for Frosty Festivities 2014 to begin!

10 Christmas / Winter Home Decor Projects at Jennifer Grace Creates

These are some of my most favourite homemade Christmas decorations, which I can’t wait to pull out of storage to hang around the house again.

If you want to try these out for yourself, here are the links…

A Christmas Bouquet by Jennifer Grace

A Christmas Bouquet Tutorial

Advent Wishes Jar by Jennifer Grace

An Advent Wishes Jar

Woolly Winter Wreath by Jennifer Grace

A Woolly Winter Wreath

Happy Holidays Festive House

The Happy Holidays Festive House Wall Decor

Christmas Lists Clipboard by Jennifer Grace

A Clipboard For Christmas Lists

Wreath With Candy Cane Treats at Jennifer Grace Creates

A Wreath With Candy Cane Treats

Spool Ornament Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

A Spool Ornament Tutorial

Winter Snowflakes Canvas at Jennifer Grace Creates

A Winter Snowflakes Canvas

gallery subway art

Festive Subway Art

Winter Trinkets Box by Jennifer Grace

A Winter Trinkets Box

I hope there’s something there you want to try out, but remember there will be lots more Christmas and Winter inspiration kicking off here THIS FRIDAY (7th November) when Frosty Festivities 2014 begins – check out the details and enter the pre-event giveaway HERE!

I’m linking this post up to the Inspiration MondayMotivation Monday and Pintorials Linky Parties!

See you soon,

Jennifer x

Cricut Explore

Halloween Hallway with the Cricut Explore

My daughter wanted our house to be creepier for Halloween. We don’t celebrate it in a big way, but we will dress up on the day, and we might get a few trick-or-treaters stop by, so I figured we could at least decorate our entrance hallway. Then anyone who stops by will get a spooky surprise, and the kids can have fun each time they run through!

Halloween Hallway:

Halloween Hallway with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

Little Miss said her favourite “Halloweeny thing” is bats, so my main aim was to create a colony of hanging bats all over the ceiling!

Hanging Bats with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

To create this I fired up my Cricut Explore and the Design Space, and chose a bat image (#M2E38A):

Hanging Bats with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

I dragged the corners to resize it at 9.5″wide, 4.27″ high:

Hanging Bats with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

Then searched for the Score Line image:

Hanging Bats with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

I duplicated the score line so I had 3 of them, and then positioned one in the centre of the bat, and one on each wing (turning on the guide lines in the design space can help you place the score lines in the correct place):

Hanging Bats with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

Once you are happy with the placement of the score lines, you need to drag a box over the bat and all three score lines, and click ‘attach’. This joins them all together so the machine knows to use it as one shape rather than separate layers.

Then click ‘go’ to send the shape to the mat preview. Here you can change it to make 2 projects (you need to click ‘apply’ after altering the number of projects). Rotate the bottom bat so that it’s upside down and manoeuvre it so it’s close to the top bat, this means there’s enough left from a 12×12 sheet of card for you to cut another bat, or use for a different project later:

Hanging Bats with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

I cut my bats from a variety of black cardstock and black patterned papers. Once the Explore has finished cutting them you just need to gently fold along the score lines, like this:

Hanging Bats with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

Keep going until you have lots:

Hanging Bats with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

To attach to the ceiling you can pierce two holes near the top of the bat’s head:

Hanging Bats with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

Tie through some cotton thread to match the colour of your ceiling. Knot it at the back and leave a long string:

Hanging Bats with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

To tie mine to the ceiling I first pushed a couple of pins into the edge where the top of the wall meets the ceiling, and then tied some more of the cotton thread to the pins:

Hanging Bats

I had two running in straight lines along the ceiling, and then I tied a few more lines of string across the room so there could be bats in the middle of the ceiling too:

Hanging Bats with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

You can’t see the strings at all from below, it looks just like they are fluttering above us!

Seeing as the Cricut Explore was already set up I used it for some more room accents too!

I went to the landing page to try out some pre-designed projects, and chose the Halloween Luminaries. I clicked ‘customise’ rather than ‘make it now’, so that I could delete a couple of the lanterns – I just wanted the haunted house one. I didn’t make any changes to the size though. I also chose a Spooky Spiderwebs project to decorate my glass bowl, again I clicked ‘customise’, but this time I deleted all-but-one of the spider webs and re-sized it, to fit at the top of my bowl. I cut it out from black vinyl and used transfer tape to help me place it on my bowl, and repeated with two more:

Halloween Hallway with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

You can also see a spider, placed strategically on some toy stuffing that I used as cobwebs! The spider is #MA0465, and I cut three of them at 3″ tall and three of them at 2″ tall, from the off cuts of black cardstock I had left from the bats. They look good tucked in a few places around the room, and are surprisingly realistic considering they are made from card, I scared myself with one late last night, seen out of the corner of my eye!

The finishing touch was the ‘Happy Halloween’ sign and skeleton stuck on the door at the back of the room:

Halloween Hallway with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

The words (#M39CD8) are cut at 11.39″ wide from orange cardstock, and the skeleton (#M44F29) is cut at 11.59″ tall from more black cardstock – I’m going to need to replenish my black cardstock after this!

A cackling witch and a roaring monster have already tried the room out:

Halloween Hallway with the Cricut Explore by Jennifer Grace

They declared it very spooky!

I’m linking up to a few linky parties – Inspiration MondaySpooktacular Halloween, and Show & Tell Wednesday.

Do you decorate your house for Halloween? Would the bats and spiders freak you out?!

Bye for now,

Jennifer x

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, some materials including vinyl, and access to the Image Library, to help me write this post. However ALL opinions in this post are my own and not governed or controlled by Cricut in any way. I’m also entering this into a Cricut bloggers Halloween contest.

Party

A My Little Pony Party with DIY Costumes and Decorations!

I had an amazing time hosting a My Little Pony Party for my daughter’s 6th birthday earlier this year. Okay, it was way back in March but I only just realised I never blogged about it! I did share a layout about the pony tails I made HERE, but I wanted to share some of the other details that added to the fun…

My Little Pony Party with DIY Details at Jennifer Grace Creates

I kept a bunch of My Little Ponies from when I was young, just in case I had a daughter one day, so I was really pleased that she loves to play with them. Of course she’s a fan of the modern tv show and characters but they have the same spirit!

The main thing I wanted to do was have some pony manes and tails as ‘costumes’ for the girls to dress up in. It would have been cool to make some long lasting ones, like these crochet ears, or this velcro tail, but I didn’t really have the time or the funds. So I made mine from crepe paper, felt, and craft foam, plus some headbands picked up at the 99p store, and a bit of stitching, staples, and hot glue. Plus a couple of lovely friends (Rosie and Ali) who came to help me put them together!

Make Your Own My Little Pony Mane and Tail Costumes at Jennifer Grace Creates

Sorry I don’t have photos of the process as we made them all one evening (there may have been wine involved). I cut the ear shapes all from craft foam and sewed them with a fold, then hot-glued them to the headbands. Then we just cut lots of strips of different coloured crepe papers, and stapled them together. The ‘manes’ were hot glued to the headbands, and the ‘tails’ were sewn onto a small square of felt with a safety pin on to add it to the girl’s dresses. They all looked so colourful dashing and galloping around!

I added a bit of colour to the house too, with some rainbow crepe-paper decorations. I made these by laying some sellotape sticky-side-up on my table, then placing strips of crepe paper on top, overlapping them slightly. When I had enough colours I added sellotape on top too. Then I stuck them to walls and doors with blue-tac, and added a concertina-flower style decoration on top to hide the sellotape:

Rainbow Coloured Party Decoration at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s how I made the concertina flowers…

Concertina Flower Decoration at Jennifer Grace Creates

1. Fold a sheet of paper concertina style, back and forth (my paper measured approx 24x34cm, and my folds were about 2cm apart). 2. Bend the paper in half. 3. Staple together the top joining ends. 4. My flower wouldn’t meet at the bottom. You can make it meet at the bottom by using a much narrower piece of paper, but I was winging it! So I cut some notches on every-other fold, about 3cm deep. This allowed the flower to stretch enough for me to staple the other joining ends together. 5. Add some double-sided sticky tape along the rest of the joining sections (between the staple and the centre), and press them together. 6. That’s it – display your flower!

I made about 7 of the above decoration (rainbow strips with a flower at the top) to spread around the house, and in our entrance hallway I tied a long line of thread between two picture hooks, draped lots of crepe paper over the top, and added a white flower and some balloons:

Rainbow Coloured Party Decoration at Jennifer Grace Creates

See the pin-the-tail on the pony (which I made be googling for the image, arranging it in Microsoft Publisher, and printing on A3 paper – the tail is printed seperately)? I chose Twilight Sparkle (the pony) because she’s my daughter’s favourite. I also made the cake in a Twilight Sparkle shape:

Twilight Sparkle Birthday Cake at Jennifer Grace Creates

I made this without any instruction, I just played until I thought it looked okay! I baked two victoria sponges, and used one for the body and legs, and the other for the head, neck, and tail. I sliced them in half to add some jam and buttercream in the middle too.

I added Violet food colouring (PME Food Colouring) to some ready-to-roll icing, rolled it out, and placed it over the cake. I didn’t have enough to do it all in one though, so it looked a bit patchy in places:

Twilight Sparkle Birthday Cake at Jennifer Grace Creates

Never mind, the kids didn’t notice!

I also painted on some food colouring to decorate it, plus a bit more ready-to roll icing for the horn and eye, and added a few icing sugar stars too. I didn’t let my daughter see the cake until the party, and her eyes lit up. She kept saying ‘did you really make it?’ in awe, so I was happy with it even if it was a bit patchy!

We played lots of games. As well as the pin-the-tail on the pony above, we also had a pony hunt in the garden (where I’d hidden lots of her pony toys, but whoever found the one unicorn was the winner), galloping ponies (a race where they had to gallop rather than run or they were disqualified), and dancing ponies (like musical statues but they had to dance like ponies clip-clopping and whinnying!).

Little miss and all her friends were still talking about it days later. I feel like I gave her a party to remember!

My Little Pony Party with DIY Details at Jennifer Grace Creates

Have you ever made a themed party? We also threw a pirate-themed party for my son in July, so I need to blog about that one next. I’ll try to get that done next week sometime.

Bye for now, Jennifer x

Home Decor Craft Projects

Box Frame Art – Weird And Wonderful!

I mentioned that I had a box frame to show you, which I filled with a fantastical scene – including a man riding a unicycle…

Humphrey Explores a Distant Planet:

Box Frame Art - Weird and Wonderful by Jennifer Grace

Ha. Slightly weird but mostly wonderful I hope?!

I was inspired to create this box art after we visited the city of Bath in May. It was the Bath Fringe Festival while we were there, and though we didn’t see many events (that wasn’t why we’d gone to Bath, it just happened to be on at the time), there was one pop-up art exhibition that caught my imagination. It was called ‘Out Of The Box’ and featured all kinds of 3D artworks in box frames. I particularly loved those by Celina Garcia-Leoni – you can see some examples of her work at her website Artboxed – I especially liked the one called ‘Winter Volcanoes’. They were fun, whimsical, and colourful!

So I gathered together a box frame from Ikea, and a collection of fun objects I’ve collected over the years, because I’m such a hoarder:

Box Frame Art - Weird and Wonderful by Jennifer Grace

And then I played around with them until I decided what to use – I didn’t use all of the above, but I did find some more items as I worked too.

My friend Rosie, who was also in Bath and was the one who told me about the Out Of The Box exhibition, wanted to fill her own box frame too. So we spent one fun evening putting them together. Because it was dark, and because I was having too much fun to keep stopping, I’m afraid I didn’t take and photos of the process. But I’ll talk you through how I put it together and why I made certain choices!

The star of the show was always going to be Humphrey – he’s the guy in the top hat, with a fabulous moustache, riding a unicycle. He used to ride a penny farthing – here’s what he looked like in his glory days:

Box Frame Art - Weird and Wonderful by Jennifer Grace

The above photo is actually of Victor. Humphrey got broken by a certain cheeky boy a couple of years ago, so when I saw Victor in a 99p store I had to get him. But I couldn’t part with poor old Humphrey, I’d bought him at university, where he used to sit on my desk and tell me tales of his adventures!

Now he has a new lease of life – I gave him a unicycle wheel which is actually part of a broken flashing yo-yo. I stuck the bits together with hot glue, so the wheel won’t actually turn, but it doesn’t seem to be stopping him:

Box Frame Art - Weird and Wonderful by Jennifer Grace

Because I wanted him to by unicycling somewhere fantastic, I covered the back of the frame with a piece of ledger paper sprinkled with drops of gold and light grey mist, and the base just has a dreamy piece of paper cut to resemble sloping ground.

The sky needed to be filled with interesting things. I’d saved a headlight which hubby had deemed useless from his old car parts, and we managed to prize off the thick dome of glass at the top of the headlight. I printed a moon image (found on google search), dolloped some Glossy Accents in the middle of the moon image, and stuck the glass dome on top:

Box Frame Art - Weird and Wonderful by Jennifer Grace

I had to leave it to dry for a few hours before I could stick it to the background (I used hot glue again). I stuck a broken marble next to it as another planet too. They look suitably fantastical:

Box Frame Art - Weird and Wonderful by Jennifer Grace

In the other corner I wanted a hot air balloon. I started rummaging through a box of old and broken jewellery – I was hoping to find a badge or something that looked a bit like a hot air balloon, when I actually found a hot air balloon brooch! I let out a little ‘Wahoo’ at this point!

Then I made a few extra hot air balloons with different beads, all stuck onto the background with Glossy Accents:

Box Frame Art - Weird and Wonderful by Jennifer Grace

I have quite a collection of pretty shells, which used to be my Nanna’s, but she gave them to me for my crafting. I used this one as a strange street light, by decorating the swirls with gold ribbon (hot glued at the back with each turn around the shell), and a small bulb – I can’t remember what I got this from but it’s about the size of a Christmas fairy-lights bulb:

Box Frame Art - Weird and Wonderful by Jennifer Grace

Then I just added some yellow sand and shells (bought from the candle accessories area of Ikea) along the bottom of the frame, along with some driftwood for Humphrey to ride across, and a tiny giraffe following him. I did think about having something more alien-like, but that was pushing it too much onto the weird end of the scale. The giraffe is good because he’s familiar but just the wrong size!

Box Frame Art - Weird and Wonderful by Jennifer Grace

I have this hanging in my entryway now, and it makes me smile each time I come home and see it! I love thinking of Humphrey off on travels on distant planets!

What do you think, have you ever filled a box frame – if so what did you fill it with? Or what would you put in a box frame if you had one? Do you hoard lots of unusual objects like I do?!

Have a great day! I’ll be back on Saturday with a new Scrap 365 Sketch Layout!

Jennifer x

DIY Gifts

Yes, You Can! Altered Matchbox Gift

(This post is part of my Refresh Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

I’m a pretty positive person most days, but I think we all need a little pick-me-up sometimes, a reminder that we can try new things and go for our dreams. So I’ve made this little gift to give to a friend to remind her that Yes, She Can!

Yes, You Can! Altered Matchbox by Jennifer Grace

To make a match box like this you need to…

Step 1: Buy a matchbox, mine is approx 2″ x 1.5″:

Yes, You Can! Altered Matchbox by Jennifer Grace

Step 2: Cut and score a piece of patterned paper to wrap around the outer sleeve of the matchbox (my paper is from the Glitz 77 6×6 pad):

Yes, You Can! Altered Matchbox by Jennifer Grace

I stuck mine onto the matchbox with a gluestick.

Step 3: Paint the edges of the inner compartment with gesso or acrylic paint:

Yes, You Can! Altered Matchbox by Jennifer Grace

Step 5: Once the inside is dry you can decorate it, I used a phrase cut from the same Glitz pad, and a 77 giant rhinestone, plus some orange seed beads which I stuck in with glossy accents:

Yes, You Can! Altered Matchbox by Jennifer Grace

Step 6: Add some alpha stickers to the front of your box and you’re done:

Yes, You Can! Altered Matchbox by Jennifer Grace

You could add more dimension to the outside of the box, but I wanted to keep mine flat so it can be tucked into a pocket or handbag!

If you love the idea of this but don’t fancy making your own then check out this Etsy shop: Kim’s Little Monsters as her’s are super cute!

Be Inspired:

Alter a box with a refreshing phrase to gift to someone

Pile some seed beads along the edge of a project

Make something small enough to fit in the palm of your hand

Do you need a little pick-me-up like this sometimes?

Remember that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!  {NOW CLOSED}

I’ll see you again in an hour!

Jennifer x