DIY Gifts

Painted Egg-Box DIY Easter Gift For Kids

Looking for an alternative to chocolate eggs to gift to kids this Easter? Put together an Easter crafting kit for them instead!

Painted Egg-Box DIY Easter Gift For Kids - No Chocolate! At Jennifer Grace Creates

I’ve been pinning to my Easter DIY Crafts and Recipes Board, and while searching for Easter crafts I found a few altered egg-box ideas, including THIS ONE turned into a sewing kit, THIS ONE with sweet treats inside, and THIS ONE with toy animals. As I wanted to make one for my daughter, and she is greatly into crafting (I wonder where she gets that from?) I decided to turn mine into an Easter crafting kit.

To make one of your own…

Step 1: Start with an egg-box:

Painted Egg-Box DIY Easter Gift For Kids - No Chocolate! At Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Paint the inside with craft paint (I used Martha Stewart’s Beach Glass Satin Paint):

Painted Egg-Box DIY Easter Gift For Kids - No Chocolate! At Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Then paint the outside (you can do this while the inside is still drying):

Painted Egg-Box DIY Easter Gift For Kids - No Chocolate! At Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: On any areas where there was printed detail on the egg-box, paint another coat or two of paint until it’s no longer visible.

Step 5: Once the paint is all dry, stick some glue-dots over the top and sides of the lid:

Painted Egg-Box DIY Easter Gift For Kids - No Chocolate! At Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Shake some glitter over the glue-dots, pressing it down to make sure it gets good and stuck, then tip off the excess (I used American Crafts ‘Tangerine’ Fine Glitter):

Painted Egg-Box DIY Easter Gift For Kids - No Chocolate! At Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Fix any broken areas of the egg-box – the tip of the latch on mine had broken off:

Painted Egg-Box DIY Easter Gift For Kids - No Chocolate! At Jennifer Grace Creates

So I covered it up by sticking a flower-shaped button on with Glossy Accents:

Painted Egg-Box DIY Easter Gift For Kids - No Chocolate! At Jennifer Grace Creates

The outside of the box is now looking very cute:

Painted Egg-Box DIY Easter Gift For Kids - No Chocolate! At Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Gather the contents you are gifting in your box. I bought some ribbon, coloured chicks, stickers, and wooden egg decorations from Hobbycraft:

Painted Egg-Box DIY Easter Gift For Kids - No Chocolate! At Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Download and print off the ‘Your Easter Crafting Kit’ free printable HERE (it prints the image in two different colours, tangerine and aqua). Stick it into the inside of the egg-box lid, then fill the box with the crafty goodies:

Painted Egg-Box DIY Easter Gift For Kids - No Chocolate! At Jennifer Grace Creates

If you are using stickers inside you’ll need to cut them out so they fit in the carton – make sure you round the edges as you cut rather than leaving sharp corners:

Painted Egg-Box DIY Easter Gift For Kids - No Chocolate! At Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Once you’ve filled the box, place some tissue paper on top of the contents (so they don’t shake and get all mixed up), then tie a piece of ribbon around the box to finish it off:

Painted Egg-Box DIY Easter Gift For Kids - No Chocolate! At Jennifer Grace Creates

Gift it to a crafty kid this Easter! Now I just need to make one for my son too, I need to find some cars or something to put inside!

I’ve been busy with lots of Easter crafting, so I’ll show you some more soon.

Have a great day,

Jennifer x

P.S. I’m linking this up to the Tatertots & Jello Palooza and Diana Rambles Pin Me Linky Parties.

Home Decor Craft Projects

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame)

Today I’m sharing a cute home decor project. This DIY embroidery hoop has colours and a photo that are perfect for spring and Easter, but you could adapt them to suit any time of year!

Read on for details on how to put one together, and for a free printable pattern for the frame…

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I was inspired to make this by one of the classes at Big Picture Classes (see my review of their new website HERE) – there’s a class called Made With Love by Meghan Hoeppner which is about making beautiful gifts. One of the lessons is to fill embroidery hoops. Mine didn’t turn out anything like Meghan’s but that’s where my inspiration sprang from!

Here’s how to make your own…

Step 1: First print off this free pattern HERE (you’ll be prompted to download), which will give you a template for the embroidered frame. You are welcome to use this for personal AND professional use, just please credit me where you can:

Frame Embroidery Pattern Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Print the pattern off (onto transfer paper if you’re using that), and find an embroidery hoop (mine is an 8″ hoop) and a piece of linen or other fabric to embroider onto:

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Use your preferred method to transfer the pattern to your material (HERE are a few ways to transfer the design). I taped my pattern, and then my fabric, onto a window to trace it:

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

You can use a sharp pencil to draw the design onto the linen:

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Undo your embroidery hoop, put your material with the design on inside, and close it up again to pull the material taut. Find some embroidery threads to use with your design:

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Find something relaxing to listen to or watch while you embroider!

I stitched all my lines with a simple backstitch, as that’s about the extent of my embroidering ability, but if you can do anything fancier, go for it! One thing to note is that you need quite small stitches on the hearts, so that when you go around the curves they look smooth:

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Finish off the back of the embroidery hoop. If you are giving it as a gift, selling it, or just really want it to last forever, then THIS is an excellent way to finish the hoop off. But I hadn’t left myself a big enough margin of material to do this, and as I’m keeping it myself I just went for the trimming-off-the-excess-material method.

This isn’t advised as it makes it impossible to take out the material and wash it, or just re-stretch it if it starts to go saggy, and if the material starts to fray it may fray round to the edge of the hoop. I tried to at least fend off this last problem by sealing the edges of the material with a little PVA glue:

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Create some words to stick onto your design -you could use alpha stickers or die-cut words. I used my Cricut Explore to create the words ‘just wandering’, using the Chalkboard Fonts – Condensed font for ‘just’, and the Songbird font for ‘wandering’ (for this word I also moved the letters closer together and then welded them):

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

When they were cut from pink and teal papers they were so small and delicate:

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I used my Xyron 150 to cover the backs with adhesive:

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Stick these, and your photo, onto your hoop design (I used double-sided tape all over the back of my photo to adhere it). I placed all the items gently onto the front, then flipped the hoop over to press down from the back to make sure they were nicely stuck:

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Add any finishing touches. I decided it needed one little extra at the top left, to balance out where the word ‘wandering’ is longer at the bottom right. So I added a flower-shaped brad from my stash:

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

That’s it, you’ve made something pretty!

Have you ever tried embroidery? I feel like I want to try lots more now… I might start adding to some clothes belonging to Little Miss!

I’m including this post in the Creative Mondays Blog Hop Linky Party.

Have a great day,

Jennifer x

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, some materials, and access to the Image Library, which helped me write this post. However ALL opinions in this post are my own and not governed or controlled by Cricut in any way.

P.S. I’m linking this up to the Tatertots & Jello Palooza and Diana Rambles Pin Me Linky Parties.

Home Decor Craft Projects

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (or toy!)

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

Here’s a cute gift to make this Christmas – a felt Santa (Father Christmas) / Gnome! Read on for a tutorial and templates!

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

I’ve made this to give to my Nanna, she has some heavy doors in her house so she always appreciates a good doorstop. He’s about 10.5 inches tall by 4.5 inches wide at the base. I used blue for Santa’s coat (main body piece and arms) so that he could be mistaken for a garden gnome – in case she wants to have it on display all year round. But if you want it super festive you could give him a red coat.

It doesn’t have to be a doorstop either – you could also make this just for a room decoration, or as a toy for a child if you leave out the weighty insides and just fill it with stuffing. Oh the possibilities!

Want to make one? I’ve made some templates for you. You can download them at A4 size (page 1 HERE, page 2 HERE) or at Letter size (page 1 HERE, page 2 HERE) – clicking the link will prompt you to download the png file.

Templates for a Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

And here’s how to put it together…

Step 1: Gather your felt (I didn’t end up using the dark grey piece. My felt is from Handmade Haven), and print and cut out the template pieces:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Use the templates to cut out the right amount of felt pieces. I pinned on the larger templates to cut around, and for the smaller templates I drew around them with haberdasher’s chalk before cutting the felt:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s the pieces of felt all cut out – I used light grey for the circle for my base, I would have preferred light blue to match his coat but I didn’t have enough:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Check the placement of the face piece by laying the beard and hat on top – they will line up with the edges of the main body, so you can check the face is centred. Pin the face in place and sew it on, then sew the beard on top, finishing with the hat and moustache:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Sew the hat onto the back body piece, then add any other decorations you want to the main body pieces. I stitched on a belt of layered red and gold ribbon, with a black button for a buckle, sewed a few gold seed beads onto the hat, and used two small gun-metal coloured brads for the eyes.

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

NB: If you are giving this as a toy to a small child make sure you don’t add buttons, brads, or beads – or anything that could be pulled off a swallowed.

Step 5: Place two arm pieces together and stitch around two sides and the ‘hand’ end, leaving the body end open. Turn the arms inside out, then stuff lightly with toy filling (do not fill too much, you only want a little depth, and don’t fill above the ‘elbow’ height):

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Put two sleeve pieces together and sew down each long edge, leaving the top and bottom open. Push your arms through the sleeves – mine were a bit tight so I’ve increased the sleeve width on the template to make this step easier for you:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Sew a couple of quick (tacking) stitches to hold the arms in place on each side of the body – they will fold outwards so make sure they fold the way you want them to:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Pin the two main body pieces together, so the right-sides are facing each other, and the arms are tucked inwards:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Sew down the two long sides. I used my sewing machine for the thinner areas, and hand-stitched a back-stitch across the arm areas, as there was no-way my sewing machine would get through that many layers of felt:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Fold the circle felt piece in half, and pin it so the two corners you’ve created are pinned to the bottom edges of Santa’s body:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 11: Sew most of the circle onto the base, pinching the circle to gather it occasionally, otherwise you’ll run out of space for the whole circle. Leave a hole a few inches wide so that you can turn Santa the right way out again:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 12: Once he’s the right way out use some more toy stuffing to fill his top half – down roughly the arm height. If you are making this for a toy, and leaving out the weighty fillings, you can use toy stuffing all the way down.

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 13: Add the weighty fillings. To weigh the doorstop down you can fill it with a variety of things like sand, dried beans, or gravel. I’ve used a combination of rice and pebbles. If you’re using something edible (eg. might attract critters to eat it) then make sure you bag it up. I tucked a couple of sturdy sandwich bags (one inside the other) into Santa, then filled it my folding a piece of paper in half and using it to tip the rice in:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

When it was nearly full of rice I tucked four pebbles inside too – my Nanna’s doors are too heavy for rice alone:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 15: Tape up the bags with strong tape:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 16: Tuck in any extra toy stuffing that you think Santa needs, then sew the hole closed using an invisible seam stitch (HERE is a good tutorial for one by Fern Freckle).

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 17: If you want to you could add a little pom-pom to Santa’s hat:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

He’s finished! Gift him or place him in a doorway – and smile each time you walk by!

Be Inspired:

Use felt to make a gift, decoration, or embellishment

Create a Santa with a coat that’s NOT red (eg. use stamps, die-cut machines, or hand-cut paper)

Use brads, buttons, and beads on your next project

Would you make this Santa with a red coat or blue? Would he be a doorstop or a toy?

Thanks so much for reading, don’t forget to bookmark, pin, or share this post if you enjoyed it!

See you again in an hour for the first sponsored giveaway!

P.S. I’m linking this up to the Snap Show & Tell Linky!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Scrap 365 October Sketch – In Cape Town Layout & Free Cut File!

It’s time for the Scrap 365 October Sketch Challenge!

This month I have a Free Cut File of a Sketchy Circle to share with you, so keep reading – there’s a PNG version too if you want to print it!

Here’s the new sketch:

October 2014 Sketch at Scrap 365

This month is sponsored by 7 Gypsies!

7 Gypsies

You can enter to win a fabulous prize from them. They also sent some goodies out to us lucky team members. I was able to play with the Serengeti collection, which is Africa themed. I’ve never been to Africa but my sister spent a few months there at the start of the year, and I spent those few months gasping at her beautiful photos as she posted them on Facebook! So I asked her if I could use one of them for this page…

In Cape Town:

In Cape Town by Jennifer Grace using 7 Gypsies Serengeti

That’s my little sister visiting Table Mountain!

See the circles on the background? That’s the Free Cut File I designed. I’d used gold embossing powder to make circles last month, so I didn’t want to draw some again, and I thought about using thread to make circles but decided they wouldn’t be bold enough, so I made a cut file to use on my Cricut Explore instead.

If you want this file too (for personal use only please) you can download it as an SVG here, or as a PNG here.

Sketchy Circle Free Cut File at Jennifer Grace Creates

They look great cut from the lighter text paper, positioned on the dark background – the contrast shows them up nicely so they don’t get lost within all the embellishments:

In Cape Town by Jennifer Grace using 7 Gypsies Serengeti

I used some gold mist to stain the vintage photo at the bottom left, and then inked the edges of it brown, so the colours blended with the page:

In Cape Town by Jennifer Grace using 7 Gypsies Serengeti

I also delved into my stash for an assortment of bits & pieces to scatter around the page!

I did record a video for this page, but I haven’t managed to finish editing it yet – as soon as I do I’ll let you know!

That’s it from me today. Don’t forget to check out the Scrap 365 blog for more inspiration, there’s lots of amazing pages from the rest of the DT.

I’ll see you again soon,

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Festive Subway Art Tutorial & Download

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2013 Blog Event)

Here’s another bit of Christmas décor to brighten up my home this holiday season…

Festive Subway Art:

Festive Subway Art by Jennifer Grace

You can download the jpeg for this RIGHT HERE if you’d like to use it!

If you’d like to make your own, using the festive words you like, then here’s how I made mine…

Step 1: Open a blank white photo in PicMonkey, and resize it to 1240 x 1754 px (the resize option is on the menu on the left):

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Step 2: Choose the ‘Tt’ option from the far left menu, which takes you to the font menu. Click on a font style you like, then click the ‘Add Text’ button, and type a word.You can change the colour on the text edit box:

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Step 3: Keep filling up with words, using different fonts, colours, and sizes. You can make sure you use the same colours as a previous word by using the 6 digit colour code in the text edit box (I’ve put a red oval round it in the photo below), just double click on it to type in the code you need:

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Step 4: Once you’ve done all your words, you can use shapes to fill any small gaps, I used yellow stars. The shape option on the far left menu is a butterfly, this will take you to the shape menu. You can change the colour like you did with the text:

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Step 5: When you are happy with it, print it off at A4 and put it in a frame:

Festive Subway Art by Jennifer Grace

Or you can always print it smaller to use in a mini-album, project life, or on a card!

Be Inspired:

Use a variety of different fonts for a page title or sentiment

Fill in some gaps with stars

Use PicMonkey to edit or create something

(I’m not affiliated with PicMonkey, I just love it!)

Have you ever made Subway art before?

 See you in an hour! Jennifer x

P.S. If you are enjoying this event, I’d love it if you can support me by sharing the projects you like via Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or however you like! There are sharing buttons below to make it easy for you – thanks! (Not obligatory but appreciated!)

Home Decor Craft Projects

Goals to Aim For – Includes Download!

(This post is part of my Onwards and Upwards Blog Event)

This hour I want to share a goal sheet that I created, which you can download (free) for your own personal use if you wish!

Goals To Aim For worksheet by Jennifer Grace

You can either right click on the picture above and ‘save image as’ to your desktop, or, for the best quality you can download it HERE (you will be prompted for the download).

You could use this sheet for all kinds of things, small goals or big. You could print several sheets and keep them for separate themes, eg. one for recipes you’d like to try, one for jobs that need doing around the house, one for all the crafts you want to make after seeing this weekend’s inspiration?!

For now I’m just using one sheet, for a mix of goals, to try and help me de-clutter my mind – I always have lots of things going on that I want to make progress with, and having them set out on paper breaks them down into achievable goals:

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So far I’ve managed most of these… though I wasn’t as good at getting posts written for this weekend as I hoped I’d be! Though that all worked out in the end okay, I just had to catch up a bit on that goal.

To make me even more inspired by these goals, to keep me glancing at them and remembering what they mean, I created a goals mood board:

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It’s filled with all kinds of bits and pieces. Some of them relate to the goals – for example there are some fairy postcards because my daughter had a plan to catch a fairy (it didn’t work, we’ve got to make a new plan!), some recipes torn from magazines or photocopied from a book, the graphic that advertised this weekend to remind me of it’s approach!

Other things are items I love right now, like some gold glitter tape, and an owl necklace my sister made for me, some Color Me Happy journal cards – by having things I like to look at I will keep glancing that way, and remembering to stay on top of my goals!

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I can keep changing things on here as my goals change, or adding new items that I’m loving!

Be Inspired:

Download and fill in the Goal Sheet

Make a mood-board style project, filling a page or card with an eclectic mix of things you love

Go and do something you’ve been wanting to get done for a while!

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

See you again in 60 minutes! x

Mini Books

My LSNED 2012 Album – Template and Tutorial Included!

The 1st of September is creeping up very quickly, but I’ve managed to prep my Learn Something New Everyday Album just in time! If you don’t know what LSNED is all about, it’s an annual class by Shimelle Laine, and you can see more details on her blog here.
I’ve taken part in the class for the last two years, and I love both my albums, for the little details of life that are recorded in them. You can see my art-journal album from 2010 here, and my smash-style album from 2011 here. This year I decided to take inspiration from a previous project of my own – my Mini File-Folders Album from my Organisation Celebration weekend. I like the size and fun of it, and I’m hoping it will work well to record this month’s lessons! 
This time I didn’t have an empty soup box ready though, so instead I decided to make a box out of a sheet of cardstock. And just in case you’d like to make an album this style for yourself, I have a template and tutorial for you!

I’m using the Echo Park Every Day Eclectic Collection Pack, with a few other bits and pieces thrown in! 
To start making a similar album of your own, you’ll need a bit of 12×12 cardstock, the sturdier the better. I’ve used a piece of Bazzill Basics textured cardstock in an aqua colour.
You can download the template here – it needs to be printed onto an A3 piece of paper. Sorry if you don’t have access to an A3 printer, but I have included the measurements on the template, so you could draw it onto your cardstock by hand.
Cut the template out, and draw around the outline – I used a ruler to help me keep the paper still, and make sure the lines were straight:
Fold along the dashed lines, and draw them onto the carstock too – make sure you draw them dashed so you remember not to cut along them:
Cut out your box, then score and fold along the dashed lines:
Flip the box over, and apply ultra-strong double sided tape to the tabs which will stick the box together:
Peel off the tape backing and carefully stick your box together:
Decorate the front of your box with papers, letters, stickers, and jewels! I used Foam tape and dots to help some of the details stand out more:
To make the pages, cut a selection of papers down to 4″ x 5½”. Decide on the order you want the pages to appear, and then cut tabs along the top, by measuring half inch square tabs, and cutting off the excess at the top of the paper:

You can leave the tabs like this, or decorate them if you wish. For my previous file-folder album I used a variety of chipboards and other bits for the tabs, but as this is an album with daily entries, I used some Maya Road Numbers to ‘date’ the pages:
I love how they look peeping out of the top of the album – I’ve used kraft in some way or another on each LSNED album so far, a tradition I hope to continue!:
There we go, all ready to fill throughout September. I hope to share some pages from the album every few days. Are you joining in? If so, I hope to see you on the forum! 
I should be back tomorrow with my Month in Numbers! x