DIY Microbead Manicure is here

Fresh manicure
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Have you been dying to try a microbead manicure – well then look no further than this cool little tutorial we found – enjoy!

Microbead Manicure Tutorial | Tween Crafts – Connecting Mom and

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Handmade Greeting Card Ideas

Show Your Creativity with Handmade Greeting Cards

by Mary J. Davis

make you own greeting cardsHave you ever gone shopping for a greeting card for a friend’s birthday, Mother’s Day, or just a friendship card?

Those cards can cost almost as much as a gift. And, of course, they are produced in bunches, so someone else might just buy the same card for your friend or family member.

Here is a way to give one-of-a-kind cards that show you really care.

Folded Paper Cards

  • Find some paper.  You can use construction, printer or scrapbook paper, or even a brown grocery bag.
  • Cut the paper into a rectangle, then fold it in half from side-to-side, then from top to bottom.  The paper will now look like a card.  Match the card up with an envelope that is large enough to hold your card.

 

The possibilities for decorating your card are endless, seriously!  You can simply use gel pens or lots of different colored markers to make a design on the front of your card.  You can also scout around the house for decorative things like pieces of lace or fabric, old buttons, leftover wrapping paper or scraps of printed wallpaper border.  Use your imagination to cut, arrange and glue the craft materials onto the front of the card.  Then, open the card and write a special message to the person you want to give the card to.

Really Unique Cards

How about making some cards you’d never see on a store shelf?

  • Cut the picture front from a used greeting card.  Write your message on the picture side of the card front.  Then, cut the card into a puzzle to fit into an envelope. Or, you can even cut a photo of you and the person you are making the card for into puzzle shapes.

 

  • Find an old CD.  Cover the printed side with a circle of paper, and write your message on the paper.  Or, tear different colors of paper into small pieces and glue them onto the printed side of the CD for a neat mosaic.  Write your message on the paper after the glue dries.

 

Putting the Pieces Together:

Do you have old puzzle pieces cluttering up a drawer?  Put several pieces of the puzzle together.  Cover the assembled piece of puzzle with brush-on or spray-on craft paints.  Let the paint dry, write a message on the puzzle, then take it apart. Put the pieces into an envelope to give or mail.

 

Craft foam is so easy to work with and make great cards.  Cut a piece of foam to fit in an envelope.  Then, use glitter pens, gel pens, paint or scrap pieces of foam to create a card.

 

The people you give cards to will know you put a lot of time and effort, and a bit of love into their card.

They will remember your card way longer than those store-bought ones.  Now, how special is that?

 

About the Author:

These ideas were provided by author Mary J. Davis. Davis is a mother and grandmother who has written many books and articles on fun, family and faith.  Learn more about her great books on amazon.com.

Stack O’Fun B-Day Present

“Stack O’ Fun B-day Present”

Hey GirlMoguls – we have a cool craft from our friend Ruby over at www.makeitruby.com.  Check out this cool DIY project that makes an awesome birthday present for your BFF!

Ruby’s Tool Kit: assortment of boxes, wrapping paper, bow, tap hot glue gun, scissors

 

1. Reuse an assortment of gift boxes. Wrap the boxes and the lids separate in colorful gift wrap.

 

2. Secure each box to the lid of the box below with hot glue.

 

3. Top the present with a colorful bow. Fill each box with craft materials. After the party it makes for great storage:)

 

Viola – You’re done!

 

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Five Flower Craft Ideas

Summer is in full swing and flowers are in full bloom. If you remember back to when you were a child, you probably can remember using flowers for more than bouquets for Mom. Here are five flower craft ideas you may remember and can use with your own children.

1) Dandelion chains are something that children all over the country have made through the years. They’re almost the epitome of summer fun, especially for small children. And, because they don’t need many components, they’re easy enough for small children to master. Here’s how to make them:

Pick dandelions – the longer the stem, the better. Tie one dandelion onto another, close to the flower, with a double knot. Continue until the chain has reached the desired link, then tie the two ends together.

You can also split the stem part of the way down and then insert the stem of another dandelion until the flower reaches the stem. Continue by splitting the stem of that dandelion and then repeating until the chain reaches the desired length.

Make rings, bracelets, and necklaces for your children to enjoy.

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photos-sachets-image100549332) Pick summer’s fragrant flowers and flowering herbs. Pull the petals from the flowers and allow them to dry. While the petals are drying, make a small bag out of a light, airy fabric. Include a draw string to create a potpourri bag that can be closed. Fill the bag and then pull the bag’s strings to keep the potpourri inside the bag.

3) You can also decorate fabric by hammering summer’s flowers to make a natural design. Cover a wooden chopping board with two to three layers of paper towel and then place a piece of fabric on top. Place the flowers or herbs you’ve chosen in a design you’d like; place another piece of paper towel on top of the design. Thoroughly, but gently, hammer the entire area where the plant matter is located. Remove the paper towel and plants. Use an iron, set to the fabric being used, for approximately 45 to 60 seconds to set the design on the fabric.

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-flower-press-leaves-image168355314) Pressing flowers is an age-old craft that your grandmother may have enjoyed. Gather a bouquet of flowers you’d like to press along with cardboard about the size of a book, newspaper, tissue paper, and heavy objects (large phone books and bricks work well). Layer the cardboard with newspaper and tissue paper. Place the flowers onto the tissue paper but don’t allow them to touch or hang off of the paper. After you have the flowers situated, place tissue paper, newspaper, and then cardboard on top followed by heavy books. Leave the stack for 2-4 weeks and then remove the layers to see how well your flowers have pressed.

5) Drying flowers is another craft from days gone by. The easiest way to dry flowers is to pick a bouquet, tie it together, and then hang it upside down in a warm, dry, dark place. The air must be dry so the flowers won’t rot, and dark so the flowers don’t fade. You’ll want to check the flowers every couple of days to see if they are dry to the touch. This process could take several weeks. When they are dry, you can store the flowers in a dark, sealed container until you’re ready to use them.

You know that summer’s flowers are temporary. To enjoy their beauty after summer is over, use one of these five flower craft ideas. Enlist your children’s help to make these crafts and they’ll be able to share them with their own children.