Monthly Archives: March 2013

TBC Crafters 19 – Buttons & Beads Necklace

Sorry that I am late but it is 9:45pm PST and I still have time for my TBC Crafters Hop Thursday craft. My kids are having their Spring Break and they won’t sleep as early as normal. It leaves me so little “ME” time for doing my stuff, of course including my craft project. Originally, I wanted to make an Easter bunny for my girl. Then, I saw my buttons… yes, my so many unmatched colorful buttons…plus the beads that I picked up with my daughter in Goodwill some time ago. This is a necklace using buttons and beads in a fun, free way.

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Materials needed: –

40 Buttons of various colors and sizes

12 Beads of either different colors or the same color

1 piece of 1/8″ wide ribbon

1 center pendant or slider

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Instructions: –

1) Arrange the pendant or slider in the middle of the ribbon necklace, then add 2 pieces of beads on each side.

2) Pull 10 buttons through the ribbon on each side, followed by 2 beads, then 10 more buttons on each side and finally another 2 beads each side.

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3) Tie a knot at the 2 ends of ribbon and put in 1 bead from each side, then tie another knot to secure. Remember to heat seal the 2 ends of the ribbon by running a lighter close by it.

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It is a fun and easy the little children can do it. The beauty is that you can arrange the buttons and beads with a pattern or you can do it totally by random. My girl is sitting next to me doing her own drawing project and wearing this necklace when I am typing this blog post. I really want to have the hourglass stops at this moment and it is just sweet and so self-satisfactory watching my girl drawing like I did when I was her age.

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TBC Crafters 18 – Ribbon Wrapped Headband

Crafty Thursday again! Time really flies and it is officially Spring now. The flowers blossom and the Spring Break is around the corner. Originally, I have ordered some rabbit embellishments and ruffle flowers. I was thinking to make an Easter craft. When I looked through my craft supplies treasures, I found some plain headbands and of course, I have tons of ribbons (good enough to wrap around my apartment hundreds of times!). Suddenly, I remember the ribbon wrapped headbands that I have seen in Facebook and YouTube before. I decided to make one for my little girly stuff lover. I watched a few of videos in YouTube but still not really figure out how. Well, working on the real stuff really help me to click. No more than 10 minutes, I was half way done and this is my first ribbon wrapped headband for my little sweetie.

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Materials needed:

A plain plastic headband (I used 3/4″ wide one)

4 x 3 feet long 3/8″ wide ribbons of various colors/patterns

Double-side adhesive tapes

Scissors

Step-by-step instructions:

1) Heat seal each side of the ribbons (always do that when you use ribbons to craft, this is basic) and stick the 4 strips of ribbons together in a pattern of a “cross).

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2) Use double-side adhesive tape to fix the ribbon “cross” at the back of one tip of the headband. I would use the color of the ribbon to explain the following procedures.

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3) Start knitting the ribbons and wrap them around the headband. First of all, fold the lime ribbon down and wrap around the headband.

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4) Then, fold red dotted ribbon down and cover the green one, then wrap around the headband.

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5) Then, fold the aqua one on top of the red dotted ribbon. Finally, pull the pink dotted one on top of the aqua one and wrap it around the headband.

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6) You can see a pattern that the lime and aqua appear in alternative in the middle of the headband. They are the ones at the right hand side at the beginning and the 2 dotted ribbons appear alternative at the 2 sides of the headband.

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7) Finally, reserve 1/2″ of the ribbons and cut them at the end of the headband. Using double-side adhesive tapes to secure the end. Wrap 2 pieces of ribbons on both ends of the headbands to hind the imperfectness.

I was thinking to add the ribbon embellishment or ruffle flower that I have but the headband itself is so colorful. Adding more element would definitely distraction. You can make a unique headband for yourself or your little girl with different combination of ribbons.

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TBC Crafters 17 – Feltie Magnet Butterfly

It is such a busy week! I did not have much time and inspiration at the beginning of the week. All a sudden, I saw some magnet sticks which were taken off from some magnetic badges before. I added a cute felt butterfly to create new life for these magnets. It just needs a bit of sewing and simple decoration.

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Materials needed:

A sheet of felt, choose the color that you like

2 pieces of pearl beads

Needle and threads

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Step by Step Instructions:

1) Cut 2 pieces of felt in the shape of butterfly and they need to be the same size.

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2) Use needle and thread to stitch the 2 pieces of felt butterfly together and make a pocket.

3) Before to close the butterfly, stuck a piece of magnet inside and add some batting into it, then use needle and thread to stitch the pocket closed completely.

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4) Add the 2 pearl beads on top of the butterfly as the eyes. I used needle and threads. It is fine use glue too.

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Variations:

** Add a throng clip at the back to make a butterfly hair clip

** Add a pin set at the back to make a butterfly brooch

** Sew it on a shirt or tote bag to make personalized clothes and accessories

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TBC Crafters 16 – Hand Rolled Paper Rose

Hello, Thursday again and it is time for my craft project of TBC Crafters Hop.

My sister-in-law’s birthday is on this coming Sunday. I decide to make a DIY birthday card to her on behalf of my kids. Since her name is Rose, I want to use this as a theme of the card. I use some scrapbook paper to make a paper rose. There are no complicated steps and no need to use template, just paper, pencil and a pair of scissors.

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Materials:

Color paper

A pair of scissors

Pencil / canyon

Step by step instructions:

1) Use pencil to draw a circle on a piece of color paper lightly.

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2) Use canyon to outline a swirl shape, based on the circle that drawn earlier.

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3) Cut the swirl out. Roll the paper from the outer to inner to form a paper rose.

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4) Put some glue on one side of the paper and stick that side of paper on the end of the paper scrap.

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This is the 3-fold card I made. The paper rose is the center of a flower on the cover. It is a 3-fold card and it stands when I open the card. I also use flower-printed ribbon and stickers.

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