• Getting Crafty

    Date: 2011.02.10 | Category: crafts | Tags: ,,,,

    Growing up we ALWAYS made homemade Valentines.  It was a fun and thoughtful tradition in our house.

    Well, I haven’t made any homemade Valentines this year, but while out and about in blogland the other day I came across this awesome wreath which lead me to THIS even more awesome wreath and I had an idea for one of my own.  A $4 trip to JoAnn’s, two evenings of cutting out spirals and one evening with the hot glue gun later, I made this!

    You know I am IN LOVE with the current trend right now for flowers and frills and ruffles, so this project made me so happy!  I really like how it turned out and still have plenty of supplies left to make two smaller versions.

    Today I stumbled across a tutorial for a glass bead mosaic and knew I had all of the supplies I needed to make this for free!

    My favorite thing about this glass bead heart is that these are beads Chris used for a bowl of floating candles when he proposed to me on February 13, 2004.  Kind of sweet to use them in a Valentines decoration!

    Since I’m showing off my crafty self today I’ll give you one more.  I made these ponytail holders back at Christmas.

    I attached some to bags of cookies for a cookie exchange and the rest went into stockings.  They only cost $2 for 10 hairbands and I turned them all out in less than an hour!  I found the bunch of flowers and package of ponytail holders at the dollar store.  I pulled all of the petals off of the stems, then using a needle and thread I came up through several layers of petals and a flower base (this helped them keep their flower shape).  I attached a bead on top to add a little bling and keep it all together, came back down with the thread and wrapped it around the ponytail holder several times.  At first I thought that the thread would be enough to keep it all together, but as soon as I tried to use mine I realized it needed hot glue to keep the petals fanned out and to keep everything tight together.  It’s so much easier to use now and looks great!

    All of these are easy projects that anyone could make- so what are you waiting for?  Bust out your hot glue gun!