Crafts Crafts Crafts

This post is going to be like three mini posts of crafts that I have done in the past month or so all wrapped up into one post. So get comfortable because it is gonna be a long one!

Christmas Cards

I wrote about making Christmas cards a few times earlier. Making Christmas cards was a great study break and a fun way to unwind. I realize that for some people that might not be true, but there were a few things that made it not stressful or burdening. First I had a general idea of people I wanted to send cards to, but I didn’t set a number of cards that I had to make. Actually I had planned to make cards for friends not in SLO and even more friends in SLO, but dead week and finals week got super busy and after that I didn’t have to drive to make more cards. So I didn’t force it. If I would have it would have become a chore and that doesn’t make for fun crafting! Also sorry to friends I didn’t send cards to, I wanted to but I couldn’t send them to everyone because of time. Know that I would if I could! Well I said I did a few things to make sure making cards wasn’t a chore, but now that I think it was really just notforcing myself to make a certain amount. Anyway, I didn’t post this picture before because I didn’t want people to possibly see the card they were getting. But I thought it would be fun to show you all the different cards. I tried to make the cards unique from one another. I will admit that I had some duplicates, but I think that was ok. I truly loved making these cards and I have loved hearing that people enjoyed getting them! Overall, it was fun to make them and really put me in the Christmas mood!!

Fabric Wreaths

I had seen one wreath on one of the blogs I read and then searched around and found a few other blogs. I ended up choosing between two different wreaths to make. (you can click on the names to see the tutorials for each wreath 🙂 )

Ruffly Felt Wreath

vs.

Ribbon Wreath

If you recall from a few posts earlier I posted a picture of the wreath I made for Gavin’s parents and it was a version of wreath #1 the ruffly felt wreath. The basic steps for making the wreath are cut out a TON of circles from felt. Then take a circle fold in half twice and pin onto the wreath. Repeat many times!  If you don’t recall the picture here is one to refresh your memory.

I ended up making the circles for this one a little bigger than the tutorial said to so it ended up more full, but I like how it tuned out. Also I used a 14″ wreath form rather than 12″ so I used more circles. I used approximately 440 felt circles on this wreath!! Also my circles were on the wreath more densely now that I compare the two pictures. Part of this is because I was using colored felt and if you didn’t put them close enough together you could see the white styrofoam form between the circles. I like how it turned out, but I also like in the original one how you can see more of the ruffles. But it could also be the lighting. Anyway, I actually made two of these. I know slightly crazy, but I am so happy with how they both turned out! This next one was for one of my best friends since elementary school. She is getting married this summer and is super crafty. So I wanted to make her something that would be handmade, incorporate her wedding colors and could possibly be used at the wedding if she wanted, but could be used in their home after they get married.

Once they get married her (and his) last name will start with H so I thought it would be nice to have a monogram in the middle of the wreath. For this one I did 3″ circles like the tutorial said to do. At the top where the letter hangs from I made the circles progressively smaller so the letter would  hang better, but I don’t think you can even notice it. (Ash had you noticed that before reading this?) Anyway I painted the letter in one of her wedding colors and got ribbon in her two other colors. I just glued the ribbon onto the back of the H with a glue gun and then wrapped it around the wreath for more stability and pinned it and then covered up the ribbon with felt circles.

The one tool that I got that made this project 100x easier and faster was this wonderful little invention:

The rotary circle cutter from OLFA! I got it on sale from Jo-Ann Fabrics, but had to order it online because not one of the 5 stores I went to or called carried it in the store. I have no clue why they don’t because it is an amazing little tool. I could cut about 80 circles in 20 minutes because you can cut two layers (when the blade is sharp), so really it was only 40 cuts but you end up with 80 circles! When you are talking about cutting 900+ circles not having to cut them by hand and being able to cut lots of circles in a short amount of time makes a HUGE difference. If you are thinking about making one wreath it might be worth the investment (I got it for $15 + shipping), but if you are wanting to make more then one it is definitely worth the investment! I will mention that the blade is dull now, but after cutting that many circles out of felt I can’t say I am disappointed or dissatisfied with the circle cutter. It just needs a new blade and it will be good as new!

I am glad that I ended up doing the felt wreath, but might find another occasion to do the ribbon one. That one is fairly simple where you just tie knots around a wreath form. I actually found a picture of one that someone made for Christmas and thought it turned out pretty too. (Flickr won’t let me put it in here, but you can go to the link) I think this would be much less time consuming and less work than the felt wreath.

 

Bookmarks

As part of my Christmas present Gavin got me the study bible that was on my Christmas list. Side note: my roommate has this bible and I used it for a few days when mine was at home and I really liked it. It has thought provoking questions for every section of scripture in the bible and then also specific studies for different groups of people (men, women, single, married, ect.). You can take a look at the bible at Amazon.

Anyway, I wanted a bookmark for my new bible and was bored earlier this week so I decided to make one! First pick a verse you like, or really any other saying. I picked Ephesians 3:17-19 that reads:

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Then I picked a font that looked like handwriting, but you could choose any font you like. Printed it out on card stock. The first one I did was the purple one and it was kind of hard to read because the paper was so dark. I also tried to print in white or a very light gray, but that totally failed. So for my second try I printed in a larger font, in bold and on lighter paper.

I think all of these helped with visibility and ease of reading. Then I just glue more layers of paper together to make a firmer bookmark. Before gluing the last layer on the back I sandwiched ribbon between the two pieces of paper to make a little top to the bookmarks. I like how the pink one turned out more, but don’t crafts usually turn out better the second time once you get a feel for how things work? Anyway it was super easy and functional! Plus you can customize it to any color(s) and any verse. I think I am going to try to memorize this verse and then once I memorize it I will make myself a new bookmark with a new verse to memorize! The picture above is of my new bookmark in action!

 

Also I made Gavin a scrapbook of our relationship for part of his Christmas present. I don’t have any pictures of it, but if you live in SLO and really want to see it and are at the Phillips house you can bug him to see it 🙂

 

Well, as promised that was a long one! Congrats if you are still reading!! Did you attempt and DIY projects for Christmas? Are there any DIY projects you are thinking about trying?

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