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10+ DIY Crafty Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

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Tiffany Windsor is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a fun collection of creative, crafty and tasty projects from her creative friends. Whether you’re looking for a crafty project, gift or St. Paddy’s Day themed edibles, you’ll enjoy this collection! Watch Tiffany’s St. Patrick’s Day YouTube video round-up!

 

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This Shamrock Garland template and tutorial comes from From love the day. com.  Spruce up your mantle or your door – all you need is a glue stick, scissors, hole punch and ribbon.

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How about a St. Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt – this free printable from SnapCreativity.com  includes 6 pre-printed clues or print off the plain shamrocks to create your own special St. Paddy’s Treasure Hunt.

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From our friend Andrea Currie at Handmake My Day. Com you can add a little crafty fun to your St. Paddy’s Day festivities by creating a photo opportunity that will transform everyone into a cute leprechaun. This is great for the guys or the girls or your favorite furry friends.

 

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Here’s a fun way to wear your green from mayainthemoment and ilovetocreate.com. These 4-leaf clovers are crafted from leather and make a big fashion statement for St. Patrick’s Day.

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Transform a party straw into a fun pinwheel. From lovetheday.com, this printable comes in several colors and patterns. Glue the shamrock hearts on top of the pinwheels and glue the pinwheels onto a party straw. for fun party day decorations.

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Need a special thank you for St. Paddy’s Day? Here’s a little something to give as a thank you gift. Let your special friend know how lucky you are to have them in your life with this colorful mason jar gift and printable tag from uncommondesignsonline.com 

 

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Bystephanielynn.com has a super cool collection of St. Patrick’s day gifts, crafts and edibles. You’ll love her collection of apothecary jars, button shamrocks, Lucky Charm treats and much, much more!

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These cupcake printables from orangekittycrafts.com will add a touch of green and a stroke of luck to your St. Paddy’s Day baking.

 

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We all need a little gold at the end of the rainbow. WarmHotChocolate.com shares some gold rocks perfect for a treasure hunt or tabletop display.

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And…..here’s a fun overnight craft for the kids from housingaforest.com! Make your own shamrock shaped crystals from Borax and water. It’s super cool!

 


 

Silver Leaf Fall Earrings and Ring by Savannah Starr

Silver Fall Leaf Earrings by Savannah Starr

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Savannah Starr is falling for fall! Fall leaves covered with Cool2Cast are a beautiful fashion statement for your fall wardrobe. Paint the Cool2Cast the color of your choice and finish with silver (or gold) leafing and you have a fabulous ring and earrings. Watch Savannah’s super cool Silver Leaf Earring YouTube video tutorial.

Materials

Fall silk leaves
Wax paper
Cool2Cast
Plastic zip top bag and water
Measuring cup(s)
Scissors
Small palette knife
Gift card or cardboard squeegee
Craft knife
Acrylic paint and brush
Jewelry findings – ring, fish hook earrings
Jewelry wire
Silver leaf and adhesive
Soft brush (to burnish silver leaf)
Adhesive brush

Instructions

1. Remove plastic from back of leaf.

2. Lay leaf on wax paper, right side up.

3. Mix small batch of Cool2Cast according to package directions.

4. Let set for about 5 minutes until the mixture starts to thicken slightly.

5. Snip one small corner from bottom of bag.

6. Pour Cool2Cast over leaf until entire leaf is covered. (If you are creating more than one leaf, be sure to pour Cool2Cast over all leaves at this time because you cannot save a mixed batch.)

7. Use palette knife to lift leaf to move it to a clean spot on wax paper.

8. Slightly shake wax paper to help Cool2Cast to flatten on leaf.

9. Let set for about 5 minutes.

10. Use card to mark veins in Cool2Cast.

11. Let dry completely. (Note: To create earrings, cut wire approximately 3″ longer that size of leaf from top to bottom. Shape one end of wire into eye hook. Bend other end at bottom of leaf, bend up excess and twist to create a pretty wire leaf stem. After you have poured your Cool2Cast over the silk leaf, place the wire into the Cool2Cast and leave undisturbed until dry.)

12. Lift dried leaf from wax paper. Following pattern from back side of leaf (the silk flower leaf), use craft knife to carefully scrape away excess Cool2Cast to create crisp pattern line of leaf.

13. Paint Cool2Cast leaf with acrylic paint. Let dry.

14. Brush adhesive onto front of leaf leaving small areas with no adhesive. Let adhesive dry until clear (it will still be very sticky.)

15. Lay silver leaf into adhesive and use soft brush to burnish away any excess leaf. (Save excess silver leaf by placing back into original package.)

16. Glue ring finding onto back of finished leaf or add jump ring and fish hook earring hooks to create earrings.


 

Cool2Cast: How to Pour into Bezels

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I’m excited to share the newest video in my Cool2Cast series! In this video I show you how to pour Cool2Cast into bezels. There are lots of cool bezels available in the jewelry department of your favorite craft stores or how about these cool hat pin bezels from Spellbinders! What’s so cool about Cool2Cast is that you only need to mix as much or as little as you need and you can color with alcohol inks, watercolors, specialty paints, nail polish, acrylic paints and your favorite color mediums! Stamp, embed, emboss and lots more! Cool2Cast is available in almost all Michaels stores (polymer clay department) or on-line.

Watch Tiffany’s Cool2Cast: How to Pour into Bezels YouTube video.

Filmed on location at MakeLab YouTubeSpace LA.

 


 

Spellbinders Media Mixáge Pendant by Lisa Fulmer

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I’ve developed a new penchant for pendants…I am head over heels in love with Spellbinders’ bezels and foils in the Media Mixáge line. I really like contrasting the distressed gold and bronze tone of the metal bezels with more delicate pink papers, beads and foil.  The painted glass focal beads in the dangle look great with the sparkle and shine of the glittery glaze inside the bezels.

Watch my Media Mixage Pendant YouTube video tutorial!

 

Materials

Spellbinders Media Mixáge Oval Bezels
Spellbinders Media Mixáge Oval Dies
Spellbinders Media Mixáge Interlock Texture Plate
Spellbinders Media Mixáge Foil
Spellbinders Media Mixáge Ephemera Paper
Spellbinders Artisan Explorer machine
Assorted large focal beads
Assorted small spacer beads
Assorted metal charms
Two 15″ lengths of thin silk ribbon
Jump rings, eye pins, head pins, clasps
Jewelry pliers and snippers
Clear metal/contact glue
Clear glaze or resin
Scissors
Clear craft glue
Wood skewer
Sanding block
Clear glitter

1.  To make a long rolled paper bead, cut a 2″x 6″ tall, skinny triangle from a patterned sheet of ephemera paper. Starting at the flat end, roll the paper snugly around a skewer, adding a little clear craft glue as you go. Rub a little glue around the outside the the bead to seal, slide off skewer and let dry. Make two paper beads – one for each side of the pendant.

2.  Use metal/contact glue to adhere a flat round clasp finding to the back of the large oval on the long side, so the oval can hang horizontally, let dry.

3.  Die-cut an image from the ephemera paper with the smallest oval die, glue the paper inside the oval bezel and let dry, then apply a thick layer of glaze or resin on top and float a couple tiny beads at either end of the oval bezel. Let dry until clear and hard.

4.  Die-cut a piece of colored foil with the largest oval die, then emboss it on the texture plate. Lightly sand the embossed pattern on colored side so some of the silver underneath shows through to accentuate the pattern. Glue it inside the largest oval bezel, let dry.

5.  Glue some larger charms and beads on the foil inside the oval bezel, let dry, then apply a thick layer of glaze or resin on top of the embossed foil, filling in around the charms and beads. Sprinkle glitter lightly on top and let dry until clear and hard.

6.  Thread one end of one ribbon through one side of the large oval and glue the ribbon tail (about 1.5″) to itself, let dry, then string a paper bead with 2 small accent beads down close to the bezel loop, over the glued area. Trim the ribbon end to a sharp angle to thread it through the smaller accent beads. Repeat on the other side.

7.  Attach large focal beads and smaller spacer beads as desired above and below the small oval bezel to create a decorative dangle, then attach the dangle to the bottom of the large oval bezel.

8.  Tie the opposite ends of each ribbon to one half of a clasp with a tight double knot and secure each knot with a drop of clear craft glue.

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Prima Wood Embellishments Earrings by Tiffany Windsor

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Prima’s Wood Embellishments are very cute for scrapbook layouts and other paper crafting projects! If jewelry is your passion, then you will love transforming these laser cut cuties into earrings. Tiffany Windsor applied a quick coat of chalk ink to give these owls a light brush of color. The laser cuttings give these pieces lots of detail. Available in a boxed set of 45 pieces, these earrings are economical, lightweight, quick and a hoot to create!

Watch Tiffany’s Prima Wood Embellishments Earrings YouTube video tutorial!

Materials

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Prima Chalk Ink – Pastel Blue, Pastel Yellow, Pastel Brown
Jewelry findings – jump rings, fish hook earrings
Jewelry pliers
Optional: matte or gloss spray sealer, heavy duty small punch, Tombow brush marker

1. Apply color to owls by running chalk ink applicator over surface on both sides. Let ink dry.

2. If desired, spray matte sealer over ink. Let dry.

3. Insert jump ring through pre-cut eye. Add second smaller jump ring and then add fish hook earring.

If desired, you can join several wood cuts together with jump rings to create longer dangled earrings. You will need to punch holes in the wood cuts for the jump rings.

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Making Jewelry with T-Shirt Yarn by Lorine Mason – in the spotlight

Lorine Mason T-Shirt Yarn Book

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Our super cool friend, Lorine Mason, has announced her newest book! Making Jewelry with T-Shirt Yarn: How to Create Fabulous Fabric Accessories Making Jewelry with T Shirt Yarn by Lorine Mason   in the spotlight will help to answer the question “What in the world should I do with all these old T-shirts?” The answer is simple: cut them up, pull the strips into rope-like loops, and braid them into colorful necklaces, earrings, headbands, rings, bracelets, belts, and more!

Making Jewelry with T-Shirt Yarn will have you wrapping and knotting your way to fun fabric jewelry creations. In this book, Lorine reveals the five basic shapes to use in making endless combinations of embellishments. She also shows how to get terrific effects by tie-dying plain shirts to create wonderful color combinations.

Inexpensive supplies, basic techniques, wonderful color and fun projects. Whether you are an avid crafter or newbie; creating fun jewelry and accessory items from T Shirt strips makes for a creative afternoon.

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Plastic Straw Dangle Earrings by Savannah Starr – DIY Crafts

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Savannah Starr transforms plastic drinking straws into stylish dangle earrings with nail polish! You can make these lightweight and economical earrings by the dozen to match your wardrobe. Featured on Cool2Craft  DIY Crafts.

Watch Savannah’s Plastic Straw Dangle Earrings YouTube video tutorial!

Materials

Plastic drinking straws
Scissors
Chenille stems (or knitting needle)
Nail polish – black plus colors of your choice
Eye pins (one for each dangle)
Beads – assorted small and medium beads
Round nose jewelry pliers
Hoop earring findings

1. Cut straws to desired lengths.

2. Slip onto chenille stem(s).

3. Paint straws with nail polish. Let dry completely.

4. If desired, add additional colors of nail polish to create colorful designs. Have fun splattering or brushing on additional colors.

5. To create dangle, slip small bead onto eye pin wire. Add medium size bead, straw and finish with another small and medium bead.

6. Bend wire to 90 degree angle to hold all beads in place. Cut wire to approximately 3/8″.

7. Use round nose pliers to create loop.

8. Hang onto hoop earrings.

Make this fun DIY craft for yourself or surprise your girlfriends with some super cool plastic dangle earrings!

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Molded Glitter Heart Beads by Candace Jedrowicz

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Glitter and hearts aren’t just for little girls anymore!  These easy to make polymer clay beads are pressed into a mold that you make yourself!  Candace Jedrowicz will walk you through the process and you’ll come out all kinds of sparkly!  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s Glitter Heart Beads Necklace YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Polymer clay – any color(s) you like
Polymer clay molding compound
Fine glitter – in the same colors as your clay1
Needle tool or toothpick
Crochet needle to smooth the clay
Talc powder
Spray bottle with water

1. Make a small flattish heart shape from clay and bake it according to directions.

2. Dust the heart with powder. Condition a piece of the molding compound and press it over the heart.  Remove the heart and bake the mold according to the directions.

3. Condition clay by smashing it in your fingers and rolling it in your palms.

4. Roll the soft clay in glitter and repeat the conditioning to work it in. Repeat until it’s glittery enough for your liking.

5. Spritz the mold and press a small amount of clay in it.  Pop the clay out of the mold and repeat.

6. Put the 2 hearts back to back and smooth the edges with the crochet needle.

7. Use the needle tool to make a hole in the bead for stringing.

8. Bake according to directions.

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Window Screen Beads Necklace by EcoHeidi Borchers

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EcoHeidi Borchers discovered over 30 years ago the versatility of crafting beads with metal window screen. It’s fun and easy to create these by the dozen and string into bread strands. Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch EcoHeidi’s Window Screen Beads YouTube video tutorial!

Materials

Metal window screen
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Scissors (I use dollar store scissors)
Knitting needle
Hair dryer (optional)
Toothpick
Straight pin – long enough to pin through side of bead and into box
Cardboard box
Acrylic paint (I used silver metallic)
Paint brush
Beads (various sizes including sizes to fit inside window screen beads)
Jewelry beading wire, closure, crimps, jewelry pliers

1. Cut pieces of metal screen into rectangles approximately 1-1/4″ x 2″. (Adjust size to suit your design needs.)

2. Lay screen on worktable. Place knitting needle along shorter edge and begin rolling to wrap the screen around needle. Wrap as tight as you can and keep the edges straight as you roll.

3. Pull bead off needle. Because the screen is metal, the rolled bead should hold together nicely.

4. Apply a line of Aleene’s Tacky Glue to all cut edges. This will help to seal any rough points. (Hint: you can use a hair dryer on low setting to help glue form a skin to avoid excess drips.)

5. To suspend the bead while the glue dries, poke pin through side of bead and press it into side of box. This will keep the glued areas from sticking to anything while the glue dries. If glue begins to drip, just use the toothpick to wipe away the drip. Repeat to create additional beads. Let glue dry until clear.

6. When glue is dry, check cut edges to be sure that all sharp wire points are completely covered in glue. If needed, add an additional coat of glue and let dry.

7. Slip dried bead onto end of knitting needle and brush over entire bead with acrylic paint. Some paint will stick into the window screen openings. Let dry completely.

8. To string window screen beads, you can slip smaller beads onto beading wire. Slip the window screen bead onto the wire and slide over the smaller beads until they are “caged” inside the wire bead. Add a large bead at each end of wire bead to hold everything in place. Continue beading until desired beading design is achieved. Finish with favorite jewelry closure.

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Brown Bag Red Lips Pendant by Savannah Starr

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Savannah Starr has some creative fun with BIG red lips! Created with layers of brown grocery bag, this oversize pendant is lightweight and makes quite the trendy fashion statement! Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Savannah’s Brown Bag Red Lips Pendant YouTube video tutorial!

Materials

Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Brown grocery bags
Acrylic paint – red, white
Paint brush
Savannah Starr Red Lips Pendant Patterns
Cardboard or gift card squeegee
Brayer (roller)
Scissors
Pencil
Hole punch – small (for jump ring)
Large jump ring
Jewelry pliers
Necklace of your choice

1. Transfer patterns to brown grocery bag. Glue patterns to two more layers of brown grocery bag using squeegee to apply glue in a thin even layer.

2. Use brayer to roll over the layered brown bag to help glue hold evenly.

3. White glue is still wet, cut out all pattern pieces.

4. Hold pencil to center back of lip pieces. Use fingers to curl pieces lightly around pencil to give them dimension. Set aside to dry completely.

5. Use hole punch to create hole for jump ring.

6. Paint pieces as noted on pattern. Set aside to dry.

7. Apply glue as noted on pattern. Glue pieces together using photo as guide. Use clothespins to help hold pieces together while drying.

8.Spray finished pendant with gloss spray to seal and give a slight sheen. Let dry completely.

9. Use jewelry pliers to open jump ring. Insert into hole, attach to necklace and close jump ring with pliers.

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