Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Craft a Day Part Five

I'm shocked that I'm on part five of this craft series but I'm so happy I've gotten the opportunity to learn so many new crafts and try out things I've always wanted to try.  Thank goodness for Etsy which allows me to chat with crafts people, find supplies that can be shipped to my home and do so without spending a ton of money!

The first craft I did was Pinterest inspired.  You take clear glass ornaments (in any shape or size) and pour in a bit of floor wax.  Swirl it around inside and pour out any excess.  Then, pour in a little glitter and shake it up!  Let them dry and then put the little "lids" back on.  They come out really cool and I love the fact that you don't have to use "holiday" colors!

The next craft I tried was needle point.  Again, I bought a kit on Etsy that came with the materials, instructions and equipment.  It was supposed to be a keychain, however, I never folded it over and I'm using it as a book mark.  I love the preppy look and feel of it.  Needlepoint was really easy (especially because I know how to cross stitch) and it was a fun activity to do while watching TV.
I'm not sure I'd want to do a big project of needlepoint, but this one was just right.

I've wanted to try felting for a long time.  Again, I never knew where to buy the materials, and how difficult it was.  I bought a kit on Etsy for about $12 and once it came in the mail, I opened it up and got started right away.  By the end of the day, I had three finished penguins. Are these useful items?  No.  But they are adorable and will make great little holiday decorations.  Turns out you don't really need a kit, you can just buy some felt and once you have needles and a pad, make any animal you can think of!  I'll be felting again for sure and also want to try my hand at felt beads.

Finally, I did some beading.  This feels like old hat to me now, as I've been beading the longest of any craft.  I made an anchor bracelet (which took all of five minutes) and a wrap bracelet.  I've been wanting a wrap bracelet for a while but didn't want to pay the hundreds of dollars they cost.  This was one of the most difficult beading techniques I've done thus far but it was a lot of fun once I got started and I can't wait to make more of these.

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