Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Best out of waste ideas…

CD Letter Holder
Typical Project Completion Time: 1-2 hours

Use up three or four of those CD's that get sent to you in the mail, and make Mom a lovely letter or note holder for Mother's Day. 

CD Letter Holder

STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:

Heart, 6" x 1"
Other Materials:
Recycled compact discs, three or four
Floral fabric "fat quarter" (from quilting department)
Coordinating silk flowers, two small bunches
Serrated knife
Candle stub or paraffin
Wide flat paintbrush
Paper towels
Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
Thick, white craft glue

CD Letter Holder
Project Instructions:

1. Cut three or four 5-1/2" squares from fabric. For each CD, spread thin layer of white glue over label side and smooth a fabric square over glue; let dry and trim excess.

2. Cut two 1-1/2" x 12" strips from fabric. Glue fabric strips around edge of foam heart, overlapping as needed. Clip corners and fold excess fabric to bottom; glue to secure. Note: If desired, trace heart onto wrong side of fabric and cut out; glue to bottom of heart.

3. To make inserting discs easier, first cut 3/8"-deep, equally-spaced parallel grooves into top of foam heart. Cut straight down, not at an angle. Apply thin line of white glue along each CD slit and press discs 1/2" to 3/4" deep into slit. 

4. Glue silk flower bunch to each side of discs as shown. 

Christmas Santa Recycled Lightbulb Craft

by Jane Lake

Need a small Christmas gift for the teacher or babysitter? This Christmas Santa tree trim is quick, easy and inexpensive to make as the main supplies are a burned out light bulb and craft paint. Older children who enjoy painting projects may wish to give this one a try!

Recycled Light Bulb Santa

You Will Need:

~ One burned out lightbulb
~ acrylic craft paints in white, red, flesh toned, black and blue (or you could use paint markers or even plain markers for the blue eyes and black eye shape and beard highlights)
~ paint brushes
~ rubbing alcohol
~ 1 white chenille stem or pipe cleaner for the hanger
~ scrap of red fabric for hat
~ jingle bell trim or pom pom
~ scrap of white hat trim (quilt batting, felt, fleece or similar)
~ hot glue or craft glue

Christmas Santa Recycled Lightbulb

What You Do:

1. Clean the lightbulb thoroughly with rubbing alcohol to help the paint adhere to the glass.

2. Paint the bulb in a base coat of white, let dry, and repeat.

3. When dry, copy the facial features from the photo above. Paint an oval for the face area in flesh tone. 

4. When dry, add white whiskers around the face, creating a fairly large moustache. 

5. In red, add a thin line for lips below the moustache. Add two red circular shapes for the red cheeks.

6. When dry, dab white onto the red cheeks to make them reddish-pink. Add white eyebrows.

7. In black, with a small, fine tipped brush - or a black paint marker, outline the eye shapes. Add very faint black irregular lines on the moustache and beard to provide definition and shape.

8. When dry, dot on blue paint or paint marker for eye color.

9. For the hat, create a cone shape from a square of red felt or other red fabric and use hot gun to retain the shape you want, making sure it will fit over the metal part of the bulb. Cut the bottom of the hat in a straight line and a hot glue a strip of white trim around the brim.

10. Bend the top of the hat to one side, and hot glue in place. Add a bell trim or pom pom at the end, either stitching in place or using a small amount of hot glue.

11. Twist the chenille stem around the bottom of the metal base, above the face, and twist the two ends together in an oval shape to create a hanger. Push the oval down until the hat is in place. Alternatively, you could use some thin wire, or strong thread as a hanger.

12. Place the hat over the metal base and the chenille stem. Hot glue to secure, making sure that you add glue to the chenille stem as well, under the hat, to fasten it securely.

13. Once the glue has set, readjust the chenille stem, pushing it upwards to act as the hanger.

Hang on the tree and enjoy your little Christmas Santa creation!

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