Make a nifty decorations or place card holder for
Thanksgiving by hot gluing a walnut to one end of a large pine cone and several silk
or dried leaves to the other end to make a "turkey." If using for a place card
holder, simply put the card in between the tines on the pine cone. Be sure to
glue the things on a side that will ensure that the "turkey" will sit up
properly on it's own. :-) If using small pine cones, use a smaller nut such as
a filbert or hazelnut. An acorn might also work.
2. Make napkin rings for yourself or as a gift. Buy metal cookie cutters in a
small size that would be suitable for a napkin ring. Paint them in matching,
contrasting, or complimentary colors, using spray paint. If using a bottled
paint that requires a paint brush you may want to give them a coat of clear
acrylic. Make napkins that match or compliment as a nice touch for a gift.
3. Cathy A. of Louisiana writes:
One decorating idea
is to take a cowboy boot, one in bad condition with a rather stiff feel to it,
and spray paint it a solid color if it is in bad condition. After this, a tall
vase can be inserted into the boot, and a western theme of grasses, tumble weed,
dried flowers etc. could be inserted....the same can be done with any stiff
shoe..only make a low arrangement, and decorate with whatever theme you have in
mind...this is just one idea of what to do...there are many. I sometimes visit
my local library for ideas....
I saw a really neat idea the other day for napkin rings. You can buy the tiny
terra-cotta pots at Wal-Mart for about 30 cents. Using a glass cutter cut out
the bottom of the pots. Decorate the pot with acrylic paints, ribbon, raffia
etc. They make darling little country napkin rings.
Mary's Craft Corner
- This page has a lot of crafting stuff.
tutorial (Sorry about the
Christmass theme, but this is a
really clear tutorial.)
demonstration that might be useful, especially for the smaller more
"Quilt As You Go" Tutorials - This is a great method for small projects
such as placemats, table runners, baby quilts and so forth. By
following this method, the item is quilted when you finish the main part
and all that remains is putting on a binding! Very clever idea.
Pincushions - Or, fill with polyfiberfill and use as decor.
Simple cosmetic, personal item bag
Tube Pillow Case Tutorial
- An easy way to make a pillow case from pretty or unique fabrics.
Great for gifts!
English Hexagon Hand Piecing Tutorial:
This is a nice handwork project to do in relaxation
time, while traveling, while listening to someone read or such.