Somehow I had accumulated quite a pile of window shutters, so when an opportunity to write an article on projects to make with window shutters came along, I was thrilled. It was just the incentive I needed to reduce my pile.
Primitive Flag Shutter
If you are looking for a new decoration for the Fourth of July, you have plenty of time to whip up one (or several) of these flag shutters.
Hanging Shutter Wall Display
I’ve made different versions of these in the past, but I think this one is the quickest and easiest to achieve.
If you want to be even more frugal with this shelf, repurpose shelf brackets from old shelves.
Whew! It’s been a bit since I last posted. I’m still here, I’ve just been working on articles for Love To Know and projects I sell locally. Sometimes I get into the flow of things and forget to take pics…
…and sometimes I forget I have the pics after I have written tutorial for others sites…
…and then I wake up and share!
I had a lot of fun coming up with these projects for metal stamping. Years ago my dad had given me a basic metal stamping kit. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what I would ever do with it. Turns out it was a blast to play with. These projects would be great for craft shows.
These cuffs were made using old belts for the base.
Believe it or not, the metal I used for this candle sleeve was actually an aluminum oven liner.
Stamping coins was “harder” than I thought it would be, but practicing only cost me pennies. 😉
Do you want to give it a try? You can find the free tutorials here.
Yep, I’m at it again! Even though it takes a lot of time and is a bit fiddly, I love making stencils with my Cricut. While the sayings or quotes may not be original, my take on them is my own design. I hope you enjoy them.
We’ve had a lot of opportunities to get outside and cut wood this winter. Knock on wood (pun intended). Our winter has been pretty mild.
I was going through some boxes that I had stored some craft supplies in when I came across some old books that were left over from a previous project. They became the inspiration for my next project.
I love the look of anything made with book pages, but I had never made a book page wreath. Preparing the books was the first thing on the agenda.
In a cake pan I placed eight single-serve tea bags and filled the pan with hot water. I let the bags steep for about 20 minutes and them removed the bags. Adding a few small books at a time, I submerged them in the tea and let them soak for a few minutes. I then let them drip off on a few layers of newspaper before I put them in a warm oven to dry. Drying does take a bit of time, but if you tea stain them one day, then the next you are ready to construct your wreath.
The wire for the wreath is a hanger. I cut the hook off and straightened it out, then I formed it into a circle. On one end I curled a closed loop that was folded vertically. On the other end I bent the end slightly in a horizontal direction. This was to visually remind me which way to bend the end when I finished the wreath. Making one vertical and one horizontal loop is important. If they were both one direction, then when they are attached the wreath will twist wonky.
The pair of pages were poked in the center with the end of the wire that was not looped, then slid around to the loop end. Because of the constant movement of the wreath while in progress, I applied a piece of masking tape over the loop and onto the first page. Yep, I know this is ugly, but it won’t be staying.
At some point you are probably wondering how many pages are needed. Well, that’s kind of hard to pinpoint. Depending on the size of your hanger, how thick your pages are and how firmly you push your folded pages together, it could be anywhere from 800-1200 pages. Most of my books were approximately 350 pages long and I used just shy of three books.
When the wreath is finally full, remove the tape from the loop and the first folded page. Bend the un-looped wire end at a right angle (in the same direction as your beginning slight bend). Insert the tip through the first loop, then curl the right angle into a closed loop.