Make Christmas Star – Christmas Decorating – Metal Star

December 5, 2009

Make a Christmas Star for your front door or a special place in your home.  This metal star will add a spark to your Christmas decorating.  It’s an easy Christmas craft.

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My friend, Stefanie, gifted me with a large star for my front door.  It was so cleverly crafted I ask her if I could share the instructions with you.  Thanks Stef for sharing.

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Here is the supply list so you can make a Christmas star.

The metal star can be purchased at your local craft store or an import store.  There are different sizes, and since they’re  made in China by different companies, the sizes will vary.   The center elevation will vary from star to star also.

You will need at least 5 pieces of 12″ x 12″ Christmas craft paper. You’ll need to cover 10 surfaces on the metal star.  However, you will be repeating  5 papers in order to come up with the 10 total pieces.   I love paper so it’s hard to me not to purchase more than I need.  However, purchasing a few extra sheets of craft paper will give you better design options.

In addition to the metal star and the Christmas craft paper, you will need a 1″ sponge brush and Mod Podge, (Purchase the Outdoor Mod Podge if you plan to display your Christmas Star outside.)  Scissors (You can use a craft cutting machine but I found using the scissors works just fine), a  pencil, a plain paper (for your pattern), and a ruler.

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Place your plain paper on the star.  Apply pressure on one of the narrow sections.  Run your finger nail in the creases, and on the top edge so you can plainly see the shape.  Place a dot on the three corners.  See photo.

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Remove the paper and place it flat on the table.  Using a ruler, connect all the dots.  Using the ruler again, draw another line 1/8″ inside the previously drawn line.  This will be your cutting line.

This is step is important. Cut the pattern on the inside line and place a # 1 on one side of the pattern.  Place a # 2 on the other side of the pattern.

Select 5 sheets of Christmas paper you want to use.  You will be cutting 2 pattern pieces out of each sheet you select.   You will cut 5 shapes from each paper using pattern side # 1.  Turn the pattern over to the #2 side.  Cut another 5 shapes from each of the papers.   You should have 10 shapes.  5 should match pattern side #1 and 5 should match pattern side #2.

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Each pattern will be place across from  each other on the star.  Place them around the star loosely.  Do you like what you see?  Move them around until your satisfied.

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You will be using the Mod Podge as the glue.  Do one section at a time. Using the sponge brush, dip into the Mod Podge and apply it to a section of the star.  (I touched the brush to a bit of water… not much…. and it made it spread a bit easier.)   Don’t worry if you get the Mod Podge on other surfaces.  This product drys fast so you need to move quickly.  Place your pattern piece on a section.  You should leave a 1/8″ metal boarder showing,  Don’t get to “nuts” with this…. just get it as close as you can.

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It’s important that you rub your fingers over the paper to smooth it out to remove all the air bubbles and adhere the paper to the Christmas star.

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Continue the above process.  Make sure you put a matching piece of Christmas craft paper directly across from each other. When you’re done,  allow the Mod Podge to dry for about 20 minutes.

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Apply the Mod Podge to the entire star to seal it.  Again, if your star is going to be used out doors, use Out Door Mod Podge.

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Add ribbon for hanging.  You will need from 24″ to 36″ of ribbon depending upon the size of your star.  I just used the ribbon I had on hand.  You can purchase some fancy Christmas Ribbon if you want.  If your star is the very largest one… use a wide ribbon… at least 1 1/2″ wide.

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Add to your Christmas Decor by placing the star on your door or a special place in your house.  I hung my Christmas star on the door of an old antique cupboard. If your going to use it for a gift… attach one of my Christmas tags on the ribbon.

It is a fun easy craft project.  Try it

Till later,

Insightful Nana

P.S.  For another easy craft project, go to last years Christmas Magnets. They are easy too.

Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts – Mother’s Day Crafts For Kids

April 28, 2009

These Homemade Mother’s Day gifts are just the ticket for kids to craft.  This cup and saucer flower holder is so easy to make that a three year old can easily participate.  I gathered my grand kids around the kitchen table  to make this simple mother’s day craft projects for their moms.   A few of them were a bit disappointed they couldn’t give the gift to their moms immediately and had to wait a week for Mother’s Day.

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The first mother’s day craft is Cup and Saucer Flower Folder.

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The supplies you’ll need are simple.    Some of the grands and I went to the local thrift store and  found a great variety of cups and matching saucers.  We paid about $.50 cent for each piece.  Then off to the craft store to purchase the “flower frogs.”  Now just try and explain to at 3 year old why they are called “frogs” when you really don’t know yourself.  We found our frogs at Michaels Craft Store.  There were 3 to a package.  We purchased the smallest size.   We also bought E6000 glue.  This glue is used to hold mirrors into place.  It is a clear glue strong glue.   We also purchase a bit of ribbon that we will use to attach the mother’s day tag to the handle of the cup.  Of course you will need the tags… which are offered at the bottom of this post.    If you run across tea cups from a child’s tea set or a very small ceramic container… pick them up too.  They make darling flower holders for the dandelions and small flower bunches the kids bring in from the yard.  Last of all..  you will need flowers.

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Apply the glue to the bottom of the “flower frog”

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Place the “flower frog” inside the cup.   Little ones may need a little helping placing the frog in the center.  Allow the glue to dry.

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The tags can be run off on Avery sticker paper and attached to a larger paper backing, or you can run them off on matte photo paper.  My grands chose their own tags, we cut them out and they signed their names.  Insert a hole in the tag and thread the ribbon and tie it to the handle of the cup.

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On mother’s day… insert the flower into the “flower frog” and fill the cup with water.  (We purchased our flowers at Costco… and one bunch filled 8 cups.)  You could also scour the neighborhood for tulips and daffodils of you only have a couple of cups to fill.  I have neighbor’s who are  pretty willing to share their a few of their blossoms.

Watch the grands in action.  They had such a good time crafting their mother’s day gifts.

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Our second homemade Mother’s Day gift is a Pedestal Cookie Plate.

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Again… the supplies are very simple.   During our trip to the local thrift store, we purchased large salad plates.  Pretty ones were a bit harder to come by… but we got what we needed.  Antique plates are fun for this project.  You will also need  glass candle holders.  We found them in various shapes and sizes and they were in abundance at the thrift store.    The E6000 glue is also used to attach the plate to the candle holder.  Don’t forget a bit of ribbon so you can attach your mother’s day tag.

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Apply the glue to the top of the candle holder.

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Turn the plate upside down so you can place the candle holder in the middle of the plate back.  Let it set for a few minutes before you turn it upright.

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Attach the tag to the pedestal base with the ribbon.

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Fill the plate with cookies or small slices of cake… cover the plate with plastic wrap.  The kids will be thrilled to present this to their mom’s or grandmothers on Mother’s Day.

Again… watch my two cute grand daughters, Ella and Claire  put this mother’s day craft together.

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Now if you want these free mother’s day tags… simply give us your name and e-mail address and we’ll send you the download link.  If you’re already receiving free Insightful Nana downloads… you will not have to sign in again.  I’ll  automatically send these tags to you.

Make sure and watch the videos so you can see how easy these homemade mother’s day gifts are for your kids or grand kids to make.

Have fun with this mother’s day craft.

Till Later,

Kathy Griffiths
Insightful Nana

P.S. This kids loved these Mother’s day printable they colored. Best of all they are a free download.

P.P.S.  Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts are just the best.  I remember getting  homemade gifts the kids made in school.  I still have them… they are priceless to me.

Paper Crafts For Valentine Gifts

January 29, 2009

Valentine’s gifts can be clever and inexpensive… and… you make them yourself.  For me… it has to be a uncomplicated task or I loose interest real fast.  These easy valentine gift pockets are made from 12 x 12 scrapbook papers.  The paper pockets hold candy or small gifts for your loved ones and they’re a breeze to make.  This is a paper craft your older kids or grands can easily participate in.


1.  The craft supplies are:  12X12 scrapbook paper, gift tissue, scissors, paper punch (optional), scotch tape, paper clips, tacky glue, 1 1/2 yards of wire ribbon 1 1/2″ wide.  1/1/2 yards of narrow contrasting ribbon 1/2″ wide.

2.  Fold the paper corner to corner. Press the crease well.


3. Hold the paper in front of you with the folded side on top.

4. Fold the outside corners toward the center and over lap them. This will create two points that look like ears. This will begin to form a cone.


5. Roll the paper so the cone fits tight at the bottom. (So, you goodies won’t fall out.) Keep the seam
on the back of the cone so it won’t show from the front.

6. Secure the top with a paper clip in between the “ears” and on the side. Now you have formed your gift pocket.


7. Apply a bead of tacky glue under the back seam. You can apply a small bit of tape to hold the seam down, but make sure the tape doesn’t show from the front side of the pocket. Also, remove the paper clip from between the ears, and apply a bit of glue to secure that area. Reattach your paper clip.

8. For the ribbon holes in the back of the pocket, measure 1″ from the sides of the pocket and 1/2″ down, so the holes don’t show from the front edge. I applied two marks with a pencil to guide me. The space between the holes will be about 2 to 2 /2 inches apart. Use a paper punch to insert the holes if you’re using thin paper.


9. If your paper is heavy or double sided paper, you’ll need to insert the point of your scissors to make the holes. Make the holes about 1/4″ in diameter. The holes might be jagged, but your ribbon will cover them up.

10. Layer the narrow ribbon on top of the wide ribbon.


11. Take one end of the ribbons, insert them into one of the holes from the back side of the pocket. Take the other end of the ribbons, and insert them into the other hole from the back side of the pocket. On the front side of the pocket, hold all ends of the ribbon together and pull forward. The ribbon should come out even.

12. The back side of the pocket should look like the photo. If you happen to pull the ribbon to the backside, the pocket will not be stable when you put in your gifts.


13. The first tie of your bow should be about 4 to 6 inches above the pocket.

14. Tie the bow. You might have to fuss with the bow a bit to make sure the ribbon is turned correctly. Crinkle the wire ribbon a bit… and trim all the tails with the scissors.


15. Insert 1/2 sheet of gift tissue.

16. Fill your pocket with fun gifts such as perfume, jewelry, a small photo frame and candy.

17. Don’t forget to add your Love Note to your pocket. These Love Notes are free… here at insightful Nana. There are 18 designs to choose from. The Love Notes you don’t use in your pockets can be tucked here and there around the house, for your loved ones to find.


You can make small Valentine pockets for party favors or a small gift. Cut your 12×12 paper into fourths. Follow the same instructions. Use 1 yard of ribbon, 1/2″ wide or 3/4″ wide. Fill the small pocket with candy, or a cute pair of earrings.

Wouldn’t you love to come home and find one of these darling pockets filled with fun Valentine gifts and goodies hanging on your door? Hang one on a coat hook at the back door…or remove a wall photo and hang one on the nail. Use your imagination.


Use lots of colorful paper and tissue… and whether you fill them with small Valentine gifts or candy, I can guarantee the receiver of one of these cute pockets will be thrilled. Don’t forget to add your Valentine Love Note to your gift.

Have fun crafting these simple Valentine gift pockets and sharing them with your friends and loved ones.

Till Later

Kathy
Insightful Nana

P.S. Valentine Advice: You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover’s arms can only come later when you’re sure they won’t laugh if you trip- Jonathan Carroll

P.P.S  See me in action making these paper crafts on the video below.

Homemade Christmas Crafts – Magnets

December 5, 2008

These homemade Christmas craft magnets make an ideal gift for a teacher, friend, neighbor or grandma.   I love Christmas craft projects that are so easy, the kids can become involved.  Well this is one of those easy Christmas crafts.


These are the supplies you will need.  1.  Canning Jar lids.  You can purchase new ones… but I used some old lids I had hanging around in my kitchen drawers and in the basement.  2.  Spray paint… black or white.  3.  Matt acrylic spray to seal you designs.  4.  Magnets. You can purchase them at a craft store.  5. Tacky glue.  I like this better than a glue gun.6.  Avery ink jet sticker paper… or photo paper.  7.  Designs.  I’m offer you free designs… or you can use wrapping paper, old Christmas cards… or your own artwork.


Lay out lids on newspaper and spray with your paint.  I used black.  Spray a light covering… and let them dry.  Keep spraying them lightly and then let them dry.  When the lids are completely coated, allow them to dry.


Put the painted lids on a tray…I used a cookie sheet.  Allow them to dry for a few hours.  There is a difference between dry time and cure time.  Dry is … dry to the touch.  Cure is… the paint is room temp. and does not feel cold.


Use my designs…  or… cut your own out of wrapping paper, old Christmas cards or your own art work.


Seal your designs with a matte acrylic spray so it will protect the paper surface.


Cut the design circles out.  If you cut your circles out of your own paper… cut 2″ circles for the small lids and 2 5/8″ circles for the large lids.


If you have printed your designs on Avery Sticker paper, remove the backing.  If you have printed your designs on photo paper, apply glue to the back of the design.


Place the design in the middle of the lid.


Turn the lid over.  Apply glue to the magnet.  I like tacky glue over glue from a gun.  Apply the magnet to the back of the lid.


Place the magnets on your fridge and wait for the glue to dry.



I’m offering you four choices of magnet designs.

Simply fill in your information below and you will receive your download links immediately.  In the future,  I’ll be sending you all kinds of ideas and fun printables.  You’ll never have to give me your information again.

If you need more insight on how to do the craft project… check out the video.


Gather your kids about and have a good time making these Christmas magnets for your family and friends.

Enjoy!

Till Later

Kathy
Insightful Nana

P.S.  Add these homemade Christmas gifts to your other packages… a nice personal addition.
P.S.S. Watch for great gift tags here at Insightful Nana… soon. I will e-mail you when they are ready!

Making Lavender Sachet Gifts

September 11, 2008

Making fragrant Lavender Sachet bags for gifts is easy. Don’t worry if your don’t grow your own lavender because there are several places where you can purchase lavender flower buds at a very reasonable price… along with the lavender oil, and sachet bags. It makes a lovely inexpensive gift. And… we’re going to give you free gift tags.


The project is so easy, your kids can help.

Harvest the Lavender in late August or early September… when there are no blooms left… only the flower. buds. Or, you can purchase your Lavender at Mountain Rose Herb Co. or San Francisco Herb Company. Both carry lovely products including the Lavender Oil and bags.

Cut the stems long on the Lavender and allow it to dry up to a week. Late in the season, it doesn’t take long for it to dry out.

When I begin to make my Lavender Sachet I spread out a lot of work paper on my table because the lavender will shed it’s buds immediately when you begin to work with it.

You’ll need: 1.Your own dried Lavender or purchased Lavender buds. 2. You’ll need Lavender Essential oil.

You’ll need: 1. Muslin bags (I use 2X5 inch) or small organza bags (3×4 inch). 2. A small scoop or spoon. 3. A Lavender designed rubber stamp and a rubber stamp ink pad.

Remove all of the flower buds from the stems.. but don’t worry if some of the stems and leaves fall into the mixture because they’re fragrant too.

Add Lavender Oil to the mix. I use about 1/4 oz to 8 oz of the buds. Essential Oils are very strong. The large package you see is 8 oz. It takes a lot of buds to make a pound. I use a medicine dropper to drop in smaller amounts of oil. You have to be the judge on this.

Put the Lavender buds into a plastic bag and seal up for about a week. Store it in a dark dry place. After a few days, you may want to check on it to see if you need to add a few more drops of oil.


Stamp the muslin bag with the Rubber stamp.


After the Lavender has seasoned, scoop the buds into the stamped muslin or organza bags.

Place the gift tag on the bags with a bit of ribbon or twine and place them in a cute basket. Or put a couple of the bags in a clear Cello bag with a little tinsel and tie the bag shut with ribbon or twine. Don’t forget to add your tag.

Give them away to friends…but make sure you keep a few for yourself… they make your drawers and lingerie smell heavenly.

Have a good time with this project!

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana

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Handmade Quilts At Local Quilt Show

August 7, 2008

Wonderful handmade quilts were displayed at a local quilt show recently. The Utah Valley Quilt Guild sponsored a wonderful show featuring over 50 vendors who shared their quilting products and expertise. Quilt patterns varied from traditional patterns and seasonal subjects to unique designer patterns. Most of the vendors were designers… and their creativity was astounding clever. I love quilts.

Not only were the gals showing off their handy work… they they had quilt pattens, quilt kits, quilt fabric and fat quarters for sell. I love the idea that they have made it so easy for women to get into craft by doing all the thinking for you. The color and pattern selections in the kits and fat quarters were beautiful. No reason to get involved with color and fabric selection if that’s not a strong area for you.



The Cherry Tree Cottage from Spanish Fork, Utah was a large booth with lots of quilt fabric, patterns, and plenty of kits to help make your quilting experience easy and fun. So much to choose from. The subtle earth tones in the handmade quilts made me think of a warm country cabin. Their color selection is timeless. Machelle Preston, owner of The Cherry Tree Cottage said they had just moved to a new location so they can service you better. Their web site is thecherrytreecottage.com. You can also contact Machelle her e-mail address: thecherrytreecottage@yahoo.com.



Amy McClellan, owner of American Quilting in Orem, Utah says you can purchase her quilt patterns, quilt kits, and fabrics from her web site underthegardenmoon.com. She can also will be found on an up-coming site called american-quilting.com. Check to see if she’s up and running. Don’t see what you want? e-mail her at kmcclellan8479@msm.com. Her bright quits were to die for. I kept going back to look. Lots of contemporary patterns as well as quilts with traditional flare. I’m from Orem and I’ll be checking her out at her store… for sure.

Amid all of the finished quilts was an exciting booth manned by owner Laurel Christensen of Mayfield Utah. Her hand Dyed Fabrics were clever and unique. Each piece was completely different. All fabrics were saturated with color… I guess that’s why her business is called Fabric Candy. Laurel’s e-mail is laschristensen@yahoo.com…. or give her at call at 435 851-2115. To heck with quilts… I can just see a darling skirt made from her intense quilt fabrics.

The quilting machines were displayed by The Cotton Shops. If you’re interested in investing in one… contact them at thecottonshop.com.

Rebecca’s store is called Morganson Custom Frames and Sewforth located in Payson, Utah… just south of Spanish Fork… which is south of Orem. Just look at the talent in the area. Rebecca’s products can be found at stitchesandsewforth.com. She and her husband had some of their framing placed among her gorgeous quilts. It’s always nice to have the support of your husband! The selection of colors in her quilts were right up my alley…a handmade quilt look for sure. If I could have snitched one for my bedroom…I would have. If your missing a quilt Rebecca… you’ll know where to start looking.

My friend and fellow designer Lori Holt had a fantastic booth. Her patterns definitely had her designer touch. Her patterns reminded me of her tole painting patterns that were so successful years ago. Tole Painting is an craft of the past. I met several of my old painting friends at this show that had turned their talents to quilting. Lori’s talent goes beyond just quilts… the piece work in frames were just darling. She can be contacted be e-mail at beeinmybonnet1@yahoo.com. She would be happy to hear from you.

Yep… the video is not the best… I just bought a new Canon camera… and when I download to YouTube it looses the definition… as so many of the videos do on YouTube. I’m looking into passing this off to one of my kids and checking out a camera what will work better. Any suggestions? Go to these gals’s web sites and give them a look… you’ll be glad you did.

Till Later

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana

P.S. When I went to the quilt show, I was expecting just a display of quilts… nobody around to see my lack of make-up and proper attire. Oh my gosh… was I fooled. So thanks gals for talking to me and letting me into your quilting life looking like something the cat dragged in. Your handmade quilts are the best!