Archives for April 2012

Needle Felt Jewelry

Needle felt pendant tutorial

Inspired by this week’s felt project round-up, I gave needle felt jewelry a go.  I played with this briefly to add dots to this felt mushroom a couple of years back, so am a novice to this technique.  It is very easy to pick up, and pretty quick for small jewelry projects like this.

Needle Felt Jewelry

As with most things I create lately, I used my sizzix to cut shapes for these pieces.  For example, for the ring, I die cut 2 small orange circles from a sheet of wool felt and needle punched them together to form the disk shape.  I hand  cut a white felt triange and punched it to the top of the disk.  The blue outline is needle punched wool yarn.  I used a darning needle to create a hole in the disk and thread my wire through it to make a wire wrap ring.Needle felt wire wrap ring

For the pendant, I used 2 larger die cut circles for the base, then needle felted the inner and outer circle shapes and triangle on top of that.  The finished piece is glued to a button using E6000.

Needle felt pendant tutorial

I will definitely be doing more of this.  I wish there was a way I could needle felt without poking my fingers, but what is a little blood for the sake of crafting?

Thrifty Thursday Week 71






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No Sew Pillows

I am all for these no sew bolster pillows at The Good Life Blog.  Again, I say “no sew”.

Wood Pallet Craft

Go to The Space Between Blog for this wood pallet crate tutorial, Karah’s version of a pantry reveal.  I am right there with her in the no pantry club.  Way to innovate, Karah!

60+ Projects You Can Make With Felt

Felt Tutorials

This was quite a surprising round-up to put together.  I guess I thought of felt as a winter craft supply, but not so.  Spring and summer projects everywhere are using the stuff.  With needle felting, you can easily “paint” in 3D with roving wool, creating anything you can think of.   Or grab some salvage wool sweaters and snip out the shapes you need for your wooly creation.  Once again, this list brings some jewelry projects that have my gears spinning.  What can’t we use to make wearable adornments?  Amazing!



5 Strand Beaded Necklace

Seed Bead Toggle Clasp

What is more beautiful than a multi-strand beaded necklace?  I would make these all of the time if my schedule allowed, but they are time consuming.  For this piece, I made my own toggle clasp using a technique I learned in Creative Beading Vol. 1, a book that I highly recommend if you are wanting to step up your bead weaving.  I will never get through all the projects in there, but every time I have tackled one, I have loved the outcome.

So what do you think?

Seed Bead Necklace

Upcycled Can & Leather Pendant

Upcycled Jewelry Tutorial

If you have been around here lately, you have seen the die cut jewelry phase I have been in since getting my Sizzix machine.  Last week, I shared this round-up of 60 recycled can projects, which is where I got the inspiration for this pendant.  There are several projects I found that use aluminum cans to create stunning jewelry.

Recycled Can Jewelry

This pendant is made of several layers.  From top to bottom they are:  Decorative pearl brad, leather cut from goodwill purse, metal cut from good will tin, 2 more leather layers, and a recycled starbucks Double Shot can, embossed and cut with sizzix.  I spent the last couple of days cutting tin cans into flowers.  Now that I have a huge stack, I will be creating lots of pieces.  I found several more leather purses in my junking this weekend, as well as some more cool tins, so stay tuned for more die cut, recycled jewelry fun!

Upcycled Leather

This purse was $1.50!!!  Metal tin… $0.50, aluminum cans… free.  My sizzix was well worth the cost!!

DIY Leather flower pendant

Easy Peasy Wire Wrap Ring Tutorial

Wire Wrap Ring

As promised, here is the wire wrap ring I made to go with the orange paper bead bracelet I showed in yesterday’s post.  I was skeptical when I found the tutorial that promised this project would be doable by anyone, super easy.  It turned out to be just that!  I have never made a wire wrap ring, and this one I made on the first attempt, in under 5 minutes.  I used a paper bead I had made previously, but you can used whatever you have.  The tutorial recommends 8mm round, but my barrel shaped, big ol’ bead worked fine.  So, check out this truly simple wire wrap ring tutorial with stunning results from Lytha Studios!

How to Wire Wrap Jewelry

Note:  If you are using a bigger bead like I did, add a couple of inches to the wire length.

Paper Bead Bracelets and Amazon $75 Winner

Upcycled JewelryHere are some new paper bead bracelets like I shared with you in this post.  If you are new to recycled paper jewelry, you will find a great video link there.  These simple woven bracelets are a big hit.

Recycled Paper Bead Bracelets
Tune in tomorrow to see how I made a matching paper bead wire wrap ring!

And now, for the $75 Amazon winner from this week’s Thrifty Thursday

Amazon Gift Card GiveawayABBIE!  Entry #64, comment #9, you are the winner.  I have emailed your voucher.  Congrats!

60 Recycled Can Craft Projects

Recycled Can Craft Ideas

I am super stoked about this week’s 50+, because I now have a ton of inspiration to feed my new Sizzix die cut obsession.  Save those coffee, tuna, veggie and soda cans.  The possibilities are vast.  I hope you are as excited as I am.  Enjoy, and feel free to comment with  topics you would like to see in future 50+ round-ups!!

 



Thrifty Thursday Week 70 and $75 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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Welcome to Thrifty Thursday!!!

If you are new, we are thrilled to have you.  Take a look around at the awesome projects, and share your own.  If you are back, thank you for visiting again.  You are what makes this an inspiring DIY/craft project round-up!

LINKY STUFF:

How it Works: No giveaways, shop or links to your main blog, please. That way we know when we come to Thrifty Thursday, we will only encounter DIY projects and not end up sifting through a bunch of other links. Entries not related, or to main blog pages/shops/giveaways will be deleted.
Other stuff:
*Please add a text link or my button to your post!
*A few projects from the previous week’s linky will be spotlighted, so let them know they ROCK!
*Please visit the at least the 2 blogs above you and shower them with comment love.
*Leave me a comment and let me know you were here. I love hearing from you.
*Have fun and be inspired!
*My friend Nikki knows how to throw a great party too. Be there…
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DIY wall decor

Maysem at Ode to Inspiration linked up these lovely spring trays as wall decorDIY Bunting Necklace

Heather at Heatherly Loves made a cute bunting banner necklace from some dollar bin pleather!

DIY Washi Tape

How cute is this DIY washi tape from Vanessa at Nifty Thrifty Things?!

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Sizzix Flattened Bottle Cap Earrings

Bottlecap earrings

Did you know you can use you Sizzix machine to flatten bottlecaps?  Pretty cool, huh.  Here, I flattened orange bottlecaps, glued 2 back to back, punched a hole and added ear wire for each double sided earring.  This project is very simple and quick.  Think of all the possibilities with the wide variety of available bottlecap colors and designs.  Orange is my favorite color, so these babies are staying with me, but they would make great gifts or items for your handmade store.

Bottlecap earrings

Here is the video that taught me the bottlecap flattening technique using Sizzix.