- Hot glue gun
- 2 Matching Jewels of Choice
- Edging/lace (at least 1 1/2 yards, if desired)
_____________________________________________Bouquet Shadow Box
Below, Top view (without lid)
Below: Top view
Below: Side view
Creative Doctor Play, Part 1
I made a doctor's play kit for the boys. It included plenty of items for their little imaginations to run wild. One thing I saw when looking into what I wanted to put into their kits was a "cast" that was made by sewing 2 pieces of fabric together with 1 layer of cotton filling in the middle. For the children to attach & un-attach the "cast" to themselves easily, I placed a strip of Velcro in the middle that wraps around and allows the "cast" to be adjustable (placed on Mom's arm or a toddler's arm). For a genuine cast-like look, I took 2 colors of permanent marker and signed (with different handwriting for each) names and messages on the "cast." Below is a picture of the result.
(Thank You Pinterest!)
- Beads of choice
- Thread & Scissors (if using beads)
- Wire of choice; there are many options in the craft sections at most stores...Walmart has several color options, as well. (Note: needs to be easily-able to bend & be worked with, yet strong enough to stay once you move the wire into the desired position)
- Chain of desired length (if choosing to do necklace)
- Fasteners (necklace)
- Any desired additional embellishments
For the ring...
...the awareness ribbon will be a separate piece from the band.
...before finishing the awareness ribbon, place the bead on the wire. Once the bead is on the wire, curl the end of the awareness ribbon to finish it off.
...the band of the ring does not attach in the back. They remain separate so that the ring is adjustable. The ends are simply curled up in opposite directions. It also gives it a more "finished look".
You can see an example of the back of the ring in the picture above.
For the necklace...
...After making the awareness ribbon, I used a tiny piece of wire (very, very tiny) to attach the 2 pieces of wire where they intersect.
...I attached the awareness ribbon to the necklace using a simple, round fastener.
...If you want to put jewelry on the necklace, I suggest using a clear "thread" and threading it through the bead (as normal), then knotting it on one side (it won't be seen due to the fastener). Leave some thread available and tie the jewel once more to the round fastener. This is your final knot, so make it inconspicuous, yet strong. Cut any extra thread. You can then attach your jewel anywhere on the necklace using the round fastener (make sure the closing stays tight or the bead will slip off).
For me, this is a wonderful reminder (and awareness for others when they see it and ask what it stands for) that I am a fighter & survivor of peripheral neuropathy, fibromyalgia, and chronic migraines.
The problem can sometimes be where to put your items while shopping. A shopping basket in your lap is always an option, but it is bulky (if you can avoid using it) and many places have stopped carrying them because people steal them easily by taking them out the door and placing them easily into their cars. So....solution? Instead of paying the $40 or so retail price for this item, I figured out a way to make this under-carriage storage net out of the following items:
- Heavy-Duty, Netted Laundry Bag from Walmart ($5)
- Black Velcro, 3/8" from Walmart ($0.99)
- Black Nylon or Vinyl Strap ($0.99/yard)
- Black Sewing Thread - name brand from Walmart (about $2.77)
You will see how mine attaches in the pics above & below (3 Velcro attachments on each side, 1 large Velcro piece to attach on the back axle).
Also note that I made several "darts" in the netting and back as well to make the fit of the net more snug. Keep in mind that you can always cut more or sew it tighter, but you can't put fabric back on as easily.
I finished the edges with the black nylon or vinyl strap, as well as a zig-zag stitch.
The finished product has given me (so far) about 5 months of full-time use. I use it every time I go shopping (I get looks of amazement as to what I can fit under there), and put items that are not very heavy (such as milk), yet they take up lots of space.
This thing is a lifesaver and only cost me $10 roughly.
If you can sew and need an item like this, this is a project that is well worth your time!
Wheelchair tie-on seat covers (top left and bottom right) and hanging organizer (top right): both projects require only simple to basic sewing skills. You can customize the amount of pockets you would personally like for your organizer. I used elastic to allow some security of my items, as well as some sew-on Velcro where needed and/or desired. Good luck and have fun! Crafts are such good therapy!!!
Use foam board & stencil a large circle, then a smaller circle (to form a wreath form).
*Note: Foam board can be found at the Dollar Tree.
Cut the form out with box-cutters (for best accuracy and cleanest cut).
Use scrapbook paper (you will need pieces 2 of the same design for a large wreath) to line the foam board wreath. You can go about this in one of two ways:
1. Trace the foam board form on the back of the scrapbook paper and cut the scrapbook paper. Then hot-glue (or paste) the scrapbook paper to the foam board.
2. Place the [uncut] scrapbook paper over the foam board and ensure that the scrapbook paper will cover all ends of the wreath. Then begin hot-gluing (or pasting). If you use hot-glue, just do little sections at a time. Once the scrapbook paper is glued completely to the wreath, you can use the box-cutters to cut out the scrapbook paper as closely to the foam board as possible.
Lay out clothespins in desired spacing on the foam board. Once the clothespins are in the desired place, hot glue them (one by one).
Lastly, use one of the clothespins as a reference for size, and cut the desired scrapbook paper pattern out to fit the clothespin size. You will need the number of how ever many clothespins you end up using for your wreath. These cut-outs will fit over the top section only of the clothespin, and it will not interfere with the function of the clothespin.
You can add embellishments, a ribbon for hanging the wreath, etc. once you're done with all of the other steps.
I used glass beads from the Dollar Tree and Walmart and hot glued them on these $1 vases/votives. I started at the bottom, and added layers until I liked the result. I finished it off with a ribbon/bow toward the top (leave room for it if you want the ribbon). I loved the result - so simple, cute, and CHEAP!!!
I needed a cute and creative way to make a sign for our chronic illness ministry display table. I finally came across this cute idea to use rustic baggage claim tags. I went to Google Search and searched for free downloadable/printable baggage-claim images. There were plenty to choose from, and I finally found the right one for our display.
I downloaded the image (legally ;p) and placed the text in each claim ticket. I played with the font until I got it just like I wanted it. I then printed it out and laminated each claim ticket with postage tape (an easy and efficient way to laminate - if you haven't done it before, practice on something less important first). I then cut around the edges, hole punched each claim ticket, and strung each letter & word together with hemp rope (found in the craft section). I played around with the knots I could use for this project. I did each word individually. I personally liked the look of it this way, but it also depends on how you display the banner. I reinforced the back of the sign (so it wouldn't move around or get tangled) with felt and hot glue. I personally liked the fact that I didn't have to work at getting each letter perfect when I displayed it each time.
(Below: Crunch Bar)
my hope comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.
(Below: Kit-Kat Bar)
(Below: 100 Grand Bar
*Changed from original)
bills are going to be 100 GRAND,
smile & remember that God provides for
our every need. Read Philippians 4:19:
according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
When you lie down,
D.I.Y. Dog PVC Wheelchair
Our dog weighs 15 lbs., so we used about 6 feet of 1/2" PVC. If your dog is bigger, use a larger width PVC and you will need more length of PVC.
You need a yardstick, drill, screw driver/ratchet, 2 elbows (PVC), 6 caps (PVC), 2 cross sections (X's / PVC), 2 axle-based wheels, 2 medium length screws, 2 bolts, 2 washers, PVC glue, hand saw, 2 yards strap ribbon (1" in diameter - larger for a larger dog), Velcro (sew-in or stick on), hot glue gun & hot glue strips. For cosmetic touches (if desired): spray paint to paint PVC (before hot gluing the Velcro on the PVC), cute ribbon to line the strap ribbon (sew it on or hot-glue it on).
16. Cut four 3-inch pieces of Velcro (opposite sides of that in steps 9 and 10). Hot-glue one piece of Velcro to each end of the "X" (leave as much Velcro as possible visible). This will now attach to the back section of the wheelchair. Your dog's legs will go into each slot and criss-cross in between.
Custom Wheelchair Upholstery
I experimented with the contouring of the cushion specifically for my needs, and have loved the comfort of it. You can always experiment with the placement of the strips before you glue them into place.
Quilted Wheelchair Purse/Bag(Matches the Upholstery)
Use a regular frame (ideally, at least an 8 x 7 size frame) as a dry-erase board. For the background, use scrapbook paper and print off what you want to permanently be in the frame.
Example 1: "I love you because..."
Example 2: "2 Timothy 3:16 - All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness..."
Custom Recipe Book
Copy and print recipes from Pinterest easily in the same format, which makes it easier to organize and plan meals.