Shrinky Dink Silhouettes

silhouette shrinky dinks

Easy, fun, and less than ten minutes!

What You Need:

  • Shrinky Dink shrinkable plastic sheets, crystal clear
  • side view photo
  • permanent marker
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • paper bag
  • oven

Preheat your even to 325 degrees.

Trace silhouette onto your shrinkable plastic sheet.

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Color in, cut, hole punch.

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Bake on a paper bag for 2 minutes. After 30 seconds in the oven your creation will curl up and look like it’s going to be a crazy, lumpy mess! No worries. Give it the full 2 minutes and it will end up perfectly flat.

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Keep in mind, Shrinky Dinks shrink to 1/3 the original size.

Silhouette Earrings

I turned mine into earrings with jewelry findings from Hobby Lobby. You can turn yours into anything you want! Necklace, charm bracelet, key ring, zipper pull, center of a hair bow… possibilities are endless! Have fun!

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What I Did Thursday

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Other than all the ins and outs of being a mom, wife, and friend – this is what I did today! It’s been a while since I sat down and did some serious wire wrapping. This was just what I needed to calm away some random anxiety I was feeling. These pretties are going into the birthday basket for my awesome MOPS group. Some of these beads were even donated by other members of the group at our craft meeting last week. I thought using them to give as birthday gifts would be appropriate.

Happy Almost-Friday!!!

How I Made It: Mini Top Hat

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I found this incredible tutorial on Pinterest from www.FleeceFun.com and gave it a try. LOVE it! The tutorial was easy to follow and they gave both a no-sew option and a sew option. They give a FREE printable pattern for 4 different sizes. I chose the ornament size, the smallest. After playing around with this for a few days, I finally came up with something I liked and could duplicate easily for a little girl’s birthday party. I combined the sew and no-sew techniques. Here is how I did it.

Here is the link to FleeceFun’s tutorial and FREE patterns. Click on the size you want to make and print it out. http://www.fleecefun.com/mini-top-hat.html

I started by printing out the pattern from FleeceFun. Cut out fabric and cardstock pieces. In the tutorial, they have you cut out pattern pieces on cardstock that become part of the hat. I did this for the wall of the hat and the top of the hat but NOT the brim. I chose to sew the brim and not use cardstock inside of it.

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Next, I used my hot glue gun to attach the fabric wall piece and fabric top piece to the cardstock pattern pieces. Then hot glued the edges of the fabric to the back side of the cardstock.

I sewed the two brim pieces together. Turned them right side out and sewed another finishing seam.

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Now comes the forming of the wall. I rolled the wall of the hat up, making sure the top of the hat fit perfectly onto the large end and hot glued the outer end in place.

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Next, I attached the top of the hat. I ran a line of hot glue just inside the top of the wall piece. I had to be quick so the glue wouldn’t cool before I was ready and I had to be careful not to let the glue squish out where I didn’t want it!!! This was the trickiest part for me.

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I did the same quick and careful glueing on the bottom of the hat wall and pressed it on to the brim. The brim piece with the hole is on top. It’s hiding inside of the hat.

Now is the fun part – decorating! I used ribbon and a paper flower that I made out of crepe paper streamer. Here is my tutorial for the flower. https://yourstrulybyjulie.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/paper-streamer-flower/

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There it is. Attach it to a headband or hair clips and you’re ready to rock this adorable hat!

I made this for my daughter to wear on St Patrick’s Day.

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Paper Streamer Flower

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I have been making this flower for a while now. These petite things are so pretty. There are a lot of tutorials out there for making this type of flower. I think it started with Martha Stewart. However, finding a tutorial that I felt was easy to follow was not happening. So, here is my version.

What you will need:

  • crepe paper streamers
  • scissors
  • floral wire
  • floral tape

Measure and cut a 12-inch strip of your streamer. Fold in half and in half and in half and in half until you have about a 1-inch wide rectangle.

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Round off one end of that rectangle with your scissors.

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Unfold the strip. You should have a nice scalloped edge now. Next you need a length of floral wire, about 3-inches long. I bent a small loop in one end of my wire. It helps keep the finished flower held together nicely.

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This is the tricky part. You need to pinch the bottom (straight) edge of your strip around the loop in the wire. Pinch-wrap the bottom edge around and around the wire. Keep pinching that bottom edge to get a gather so that the top of your flower… well… turns into a flower! Keep the edges lined up. Do not spiral your strip down the wire.

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This is the goal. Pinch and roll the bottom edge of your flower tight. Next comes the floral tape. You only need about 2-3 inches of tape.

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Start winding the tape around the pinched part of your flower. If you’ve never used floral tape before you may be wondering why it’s not sticky. You have to stretch it to get it to stick to itself. Just pull gently on the tape as you wrap. Once it’s wrapped, twist and roll the tape between your fingers. That will make it really stick to itself.

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You should now have a lovely little flower!

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Here is what I like to do with these.

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I singed the edges of these over a candle flame.

Spiral Paper Rose

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This is a fun and easy paper flower to make. You can do so many different things with these. I’m having a difficult time deciding what to use mine for.

What you will need:

  • decorative paper of your choice
  • pencil
  • the ability to draw an imperfect spiral
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun and a few hot glue sticks

Start out by drawing a spiral onto your paper. I’m using book pages here.

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Cut slightly inside of your lines so you don’t see them in the final product.

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Tightly roll from the outside end. I use a toothpick to get it started then finish up with my fingers. Roll it tight! Rock it back and forth between your fingers to get a good curl.

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Set it down and let it uncurl.

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Look to see where the center of your flower sits and add a dollop of hot glue there.

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Push the flower into that glue and hold it for a few seconds to let it set up.

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There you go!

I’m thinking these would be pretty on some of those cardboard letters you can buy at Hobby Lobby. I may just add 2-3 per letter or I might cover 1 large letter completely. Maybe a foam wreath? I dunno. I’ll post a picture when I figure it out!

UC MOPS Craft Meeting

Getting ready for our UC MOPS craft meeting this week and I’m so excited because it only comes once a year! Last year we set the bar pretty high with 5 beautiful crafts.  I’m hoping to make it just as good this year.  We have several awesome volunteers who will be teaching some great crafts to the moms.  I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.

Here is a peek at what we will be doing.

#1. Bean Bag Toss Game

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If you plan to do this craft please bring a small bag of dry beans and 4 dinner sized porcelain plates (Dollar Tree has several for $1 each) A sewing machine is needed for this one so if you have one please bring it! Also, if you have a rotary cutter and matt, that would be helpful. Several people will be bringing theirs so if you don’t have one, that’s ok!!!

#2. Hand Warmers

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If you plan to do this craft please bring a small bag of dry rice. Fabric will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own if desired. Again, this is a sewing project. If you have a sewing machine, please bring it! If you don’t, that’s ok!

#3. Decorative Dishes using Sharpies

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If you plan to do this craft please bring dishes, mugs, etc. The Dollar Tree is a great place to purchase ceramic items. Must be ceramic/oven safe. We will have a few donated dishes but if you can bring your own that would be great! Sharpies will also be provided.

#4. Paper Flower Centerpieces

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If you plan to do this craft please bring branches and a hot glue gun. We will have several glue guns so if you don’t have one, no worries! I have lots of branches in my back yard so I’ll bring extra. Bring some scissors if you can. You may want to bring a vase.

#5. Jewelry

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Jewelry findings will be provided. Some beads have been donated but if you have some to bring, please do so! We will be doing a very simple stretch bracelet and a necklace with a clasp.

I hope you’re excited! It’s gonna be fun!!!

Warm Hearted Hand Warmers

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Aren’t these super cute? I started making them as thank you gifts for a few good friends of mine. Then I decided they’d make a nice Valentine’s Day gift for my kindergartener’s teacher. Then I decided to keep making more and more and more to stock up for last-minute gifts! Someone help! I can’t stop! Anyways, here is the tutorial.

What you will need:

  • fabric (I used the leg of an old pair of jeans and an old valance I didn’t like anymore.)
  • scissors
  • sewing machine and thread
  • dry rice

Start by drawing a bunch of hearts onto the wrong side of your fabric with a pencil. Then cut them all out. My hearts are about 3 1/2 inches in diameter.

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Sew each heart, wrong side together, leaving a gap on one side about 2 inches long.

 

Fill your heart with love… I mean, rice! Fill with rice.

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Sew up that gap.

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Make another one because most people have 2 hands to keep warm on cold days! Microwave these for 30 seconds. They stay warm for almost an hour if you keep them in your pockets.

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Now make a whole bunch more because they make great gifts!!! Be sure to keep some for yourself and your family. My kids love holding them. They’re just like bean bags. Only they’re rice bags.  By the way, you could make these a little bigger and they’d make perfect bean bags for your munchkin’s next birthday party. Paint numbers on plates (10, 20, 30, 40) and you have a very nice bean bag toss game!