Category: Crafts & Sewing

Altered Egg Carton for Easter

I made this cute Easter Egg Box for a challenge on Facebook, using an egg carton, lace, ribbon, and other trims, along with printables that I made and printed. The plaid pattern was printed on regular copy paper, and the “Joy” banner was printed on cardstock.

There are lots of ideas like this on my Pinterest board. The next one I make will probably be a sewing kit or a shabby chic one with lots of pastel flowers. I really love this kind of craft. It’s so simple and it can be made in a short amount of time, so it’s great as packaging for last minute gifts, too!

You can find lots of printable papers that would be perfect for this kind of project in my online store.

DIY Washi Tape Storage Box from Empty Paper Towel Roll

This is a washi tape box that I made from a paper towel roll. It was a challenge in one of the crafting groups I belong to on Facebook. I made it to match the box where I keep the tags that I have made (or am in the process of making). You can see the tag box behind the washi box.

The clasp and the feet of the washi box are flat pearls glued to buttons from shirts that I upcycled into a boho curtain for my front porch.

It was a bit challenging to make this washi box because we were not given any instructions, no template, no tutorial, nothing. I had fun but it was quite challenging to figure out how I wanted to put it all together. We were asked to use a toilet paper roll, but I needed more space for my tapes so I used the paper towel roll instead.

DIY awl for junk journals

DIY Awl for Journals & Paper Crafts

DIY awl for junk journals

I’m really into making junk journals lately, and I’ve found that I prefer the type with signatures that are sewn by hand. They just seem to hold together better, in my experience. The only thing is, you really need an awl to make the holes where you will pass the thread.

I didn’t want to buy yet another crafting tool, so I was using a big sewing needle. It works fine, but if you want to go through several layers it’s just easier if you have an awl because you don’t have to poke your finger or hand with the other end, when you go to press really hard, or if you want to wiggle it around a bit.

So I had this wooden drawer pull lying around (for years) and it didn’t match any of the drawers in this house. So… I made my own awl. I dropped some hot glue into the hole of the drawer pull, then I stuck the needle in – out – in – out a few times, while twisting it, so the hot glue would get all around the needle.

It feels like it’s in there really solid, so I don’t think it’s going to come out of there any time soon. (If it does I will just glue it back in again. LOL)

I shared this idea on some of the Facebook groups where I’m a member, and a few other people said they have made their own awls in a similar manner using wine corks or other objects. One woman said she uses a finless dart, another uses an ice pick. I really like the one I made because the flattish yet rounded handle is so comfortable in the palm of my hand.

By the way, if you choose to go this route, make sure that the needle you choose is the right one for the job. In the photo above you can probably see the difference between the two needles. The one on the left has a point that is rather blunt and then the whole length of the needle is the same diameter. The one I chose (on the right) has a sharper point and it’s tapered the whole length. I like it because I can make a bigger (or smaller) hole by inserting the needle more (or less).

Pretty Hole Reinforcements for Tags, etc.

I wanted to make some hole protectors for my tags, but I don’t have the right size circle punch. So I used a flower punch instead. I like these so much that I think I’ll use them all of the time.

Instructions:

Take a piece of scrap cardstock. Color it with distress ink, watercolor, marker, whatever you have on hand. Use any color you like! I used brown because that’s what I had sitting on my desk.

Let the color dry completely. Punch a lot of little flowers (or whatever shape you like). I used this one because I didn’t have the right size circle punch, but I love these so much!

Once you have your shapes, use a regular hole punch to punch a circle in the middle of it. Punch one in your tag also (or wherever you want to apply it). Use a small amount of white glue to attach the hole protector to your tag.

Add a bit of twine or ribbon when it’s dry. Enjoy!

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Printable Spool Cards Ephemera Sheet (Roses & Music)

FREEBIE HAS EXPIRED BUT PRODUCT IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

These spool cards are great for organizing laces, crochet & embroidery threads, yarn, thin cords, baker’s twine, ribbons, buttons, pins, needles & all kinds of sewing notions. Include them in needle books & notion books made from fabric for a “mixed media” look. They also make beautiful gift tags & altered tags. The largest size is nice for junk journals: tuck into a pocket and use the back of the card for writing notes & brief memoirs, or as a backing for small photos.

chalkboard digital papers set "Blissful Spring" by Marcy Coate

Freebie Friday: Blissful Spring Digital Papers

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chalkboard digital papers set "Blissful Spring" by Marcy Coate
CU4CU – These chalkboard backgrounds match the March 2018 palette from the Pixelscrapper blog train “Love Knows No Borders”

The papers below are ALL on sale for $2 or LESS, this week only (sale ends Monday 19 March 2018, at midnight Pacific time). Check the individual product pages, for TOU (some are CU4CU, but not all).

Freebie Friday: Vintage Christmas Pillow Box

FREEBIE HAS EXPIRED, BUT THE FULL SET IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR ONLY $1 (SET OF 6)

Are you tired of everyone asking you if you’re ready for Christmas? Well, I won’t ask… but if you need help with last-minute gift wrapping or you’d like to keep the stocking stuffers neat and organized (rather than all dumped in together)… I can help!

Today’s freebie is a pretty Pillow Box with sheet music background and vintage Father Christmas image:

Vintage “Father Christmas” Pillow Box (freebie is for personal use only)

It’s part of a Set of 6 that I made (only $1 for the set!)

Gold Christmas Word Art free until December 22nd

I recently re-opened my store at MyMemories and my Gold Christmas Word Art is a featured freebie in the newsletter (Saturday, December 16th). If you’re not on that mailing list be sure to join because there are lots of gorgeous freebies every week. The newsletter sign-up is at the top left side of the main page, in the left side column, just under the first banner (where it says Newsletter).

Click image and it will take you to MyMemories where you can download the freebie (after December 22nd it will no longer be free, but it will still be available for purchase).

Freebie Friday: Christmas Spice Sticky Note Covers

FREEBIE HAS EXPIRED BUT THE PAPERS USED TO CREATE IT ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR SALE HERE.

This week’s freebie is a set of pretty Christmas covers for sticky notes (post-it notes). They’re perfect as stocking stuffers and last-minute gifts for co-workers, school teachers, dance instructors, piano teachers, etc. You could even use them as place cards at your holiday feast!

Here are a couple of photos of how mine turned out, after I cut them out and glued the sticky notes in:

Here are the papers I used to create this set:

I’ve re-opened my store at MyMemories and my Gold Christmas Word Art is a featured freebie in the newsletter (Saturday, December 16th). If you’re not on that mailing list be sure to join because there are lots of gorgeous freebies every week. The newsletter sign-up is at the top left side of the main page, in the left side column, just under the first banner (where it says Newsletter).

Click image and it will take you to MyMemories where you can download the freebie (after December 22nd it will no longer be free, but it will still be available for purchase).

Be sure you grab all of my freebies that will expire at month end. The list is here.

Freebie Friday: Decorative Elements for Advent

FREEBIE HAS EXPIRED (PRINTABLE ELEMENTS) but the milk carton templates are still available for free.

This week’s freebie is a set of printable elements you can use to decorate your Advent Milk Carton Boxes. You can download the MILK CARTON TEMPLATE here.

Freebie Friday: Printable Christmas Pattern Papers

FREEBIE HAS EXPIRED BUT PRODUCT IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE.

This week’s freebie is a set of 8 cute printable Christmas papers.

They’re great for making scrapbooks, cards, wrapping small gifts, and perfect for use with last week’s milk carton template.

Freebie Friday Milk Carton Gift Box Printable Template

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This week’s freebie is a printable template for making “milk carton” boxes. They’re just the right size for small gifts, candies & sweets, or use as storage for special mementos. (Download link at the bottom of this post.)

I printed mine at 100% and the assembled size is 4 and 3/8 inches high, and each of the four sides are 2.5 x 2.5 inches. (That’s approximately 11 cm high, with sides of 6.5 x 6.5 cm.) If your printer won’t do this at 100%, you can size it down a bit. Your box will be a little smaller than mine, but it should be fine.

Print the template on one side of card stock or photo paper. On the other side of the paper print your choice of patterned digital paper. Cut out (solid lines) and fold on the dotted lines. It’s fairly easy to figure out, but I’ll be making a video tutorial in the next few days, in case you run into difficulties.

Note about paper weight: I used a light weight cardstock for mine. It should be thin enough to run it through your printer yet a bit rigid so it holds up when you put things into the box. If you’ll be putting something heavy into the box, be sure to glue the bottom flaps together securely, and maybe glue a square piece of cardstock to the inside bottom, for extra support.

Milk Carton Mockup (decorating idea for Valentine’s Day, Easter or Mother’s Day)

If you don’t have a color printer, choose a pattern that looks good in black and white (or shades of grey) like I did.

The paper I used is from this set by Eva-Katerina, available at Creative Market. I’m planning to print the decorative elements in color (at my local print shop), and cut them out then attach them to my boxes.

Now let’s talk about… CHRISTMAS ADVENT BOXES

In the next few weeks I will provide you with more free printables that will help you turn a set of these milk cartons into Christmas Advent boxes.

For now, print out one of these templates and see how long it takes you to cut, fold and paste one together. Based on how long it took me to construct one box, I’m planning to set aside an entire afternoon for creating and decorating a set of 24 milk carton boxes to make my Christmas Advent set.

Once decorated, I think these would look cute hanging on the Christmas tree, don’t you? Stop by next week for freebies you can use to decorate your milk carton boxes.