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Tutorial: Wire Angel Ornaments

Wire angel Christmas ornaments are easy to make and add some sparkle to your holidaysI want to begin this post by saying thank you to my friend Cathy. She occasionally sends me pins on Pinterest that might make good blog tutorials. A few months ago she sent me this wire angel pin. At the time. I wasn't quite ready to start thinking about ornaments, so I saved the idea on my holiday board so I could revisit it later.

Well, Christmas is about a month away and I have been in the ornament making mood! So I found some pretty beads and wire and set to work.

Materials



Directions


Print out the ornament template. Each square on the grid should be 1/4 inch.

Cut a piece of wire that's 18 inches long. Use your round nosed pliers to form a small circle on one end of the wire.

The circle is the angel's hand.
Line up the wire hand with the hand on the template. Bend the wire so that it is the same shape as the wing.
Once you reach the bottom of the skirt, bend the wire. It is easiest to use your round nosed pliers to bend it here.
Continue bending the wire in the shape of the template.
Trim the wire so there is between 1/4 and 1/2 inch past the first hand.
Use your round nosed pliers to form a second small circle hand. I like to interlock he hands to give the ornament a little extra stability.
Choose a bead for the head of the angel.
Pull the ends of the ribbon up through the body of the wire angel. Then push the ends back down through the ribbon loop.
The ribbon should look like this.
Slide the bead down the ribbon and knot the ends of the ribbon together.
Of course, every angel needs a halo.

Cut a 3-4 inch piece of wire and use the round nosed pliers to make a spiral that is about the size of a dime.
Bend the halo wire about 1/2 inch from the end.
Apply a tiny bit of glue to the tip of the halo wire.
Slide the glued end of the halo into the top of the bead. Let the glue dry completely.
After the glue is dry, your angel is ready to hang on the Christmas tree.

If one wire angel ornament is nice, a whole flock of colorful Christmas angels is even better!

Wire angel Christmas ornaments are easy to make and add some sparkle to your holidays

Happy Holidays!



Craft Challenge: Leaf Earrings

How to make plastic water bottle garden art flowersMy friend Teena, from Serendipitini, and I recently decided to have a little craft challenge on our blogs. We agreed that we would each create a crafty project and tutorial that incorporated re-purposed plastics to share with our readers.

I have to admit, I was a little intimidated about this because Teena is a recycling whiz! I've seen pictures of some of her projects. She can transform bit's and pieces from the hardware store into a fashionable necklacea thrift store plate into one of a kind home decor, or even a suitcase into a simple yet practical display case. So, I was excited to see just what clever project she would come up with for our challenge.

We both set to work and didn't really give any hints about our projects until they were completed. After a little experimentation, I ended up making some yard art flowers with plastic water bottles. I think they turned out pretty cute and may even teach a workshop about how to make them. They are simple to create (the kids could definitely help with this one) and a whimsical way to brighten up your outdoor flower pots.

Teena made a more grown-up project, these beautiful leaf earrings, with the plastic from milk jugs and some copper wire. It's amazing what you can make with materials that most people consider to be trash.

How to make leaf earrings from copper wire and re-purposed plastic milk jugs

If you're feeling crafty, stop by Teena's blog to learn how to make these milk jug leaf earrings. Or, If you're not feeling so crafty, you can pick up a pair of these handmade earrings and a variety of other designs in Teena's Indiemade Shop.



Craft Challenge Tutorial: Plastic Bottle Flowers

Kids Craft Tutorial: How to make garden art flowers from plastic water bottlesMy friend and blog buddy, Teena, from Serendipitini, recently suggested that we have a little crafting challenge. Since I am always up for a new project (and can't resist a good challenge) I agreed.

The objective - Transform one or more plastic bottles into a cool craft. Seems easy enough.

After a little experimenting, I finally decided to make water bottle flowers. These make cute decorations for the garden. You could even enlist the help of your young crafters.

Materials


  • empty plastic water bottles
  • scissors
  • acrylic paint
  • paintbrush
  • 16 gauge floral stem wire
  • Mod Podge (optional)


Directions


Start by removing the label from your bottles. You can leave the caps on for now.
Next, use a sharp pair of scissors to cut around the top ring of the bottle.
You are just going to use the top portion of the bottle. Recycle the rest.
For a five petaled flower, make five, evenly spaced cuts from the cut edge to as close to the spout as possible.

Tip: You can make flowers with more petals by making up to 8, evenly spaced cuts in this manner.
Fold down the petals, almost like you are turning the bottle inside out.
Use a scissors to round off the edges of each petal.
Remove the bottle cap, but do not throw it away. If there is still a thin ring on your bottle that held the cap in place, remove it as well.

Tip: If there is any printing on the bottle, like a freshness date, it can be removed with a cotton ball and a little nail polish remover.
Set the flower on a protected surface, spout up. The petals should curve up like little cups.

Apply one or two coats of acrylic paint to the petals.

I used three colors. Yellow at the center of the flower.
Light purple in the middle and dark purple on the tips.
If you use more than one color, like I did, make sure that each section of paint is completely dry before you add the next color or they will get smeared up. Let the paint dry.

To seal your paint and add water resistance for outdoor use, I also recommend adding a coat of Mod Podge after the paint dries.
Replace the cap. There should be a small gap between the lid and the bottle where the protective ring used to be.
To make the stem, wrap an end of the floral wire tightly around the gap beneath the lid.
Straighten out the stem and place your flowers in a pot or the garden.
A Final Note - Make sure to help younger crafters with the cutting in this project. The curved plastic bottles can be tricky and the cut edges are a bit sharp. Also, if you don't feel adventurous or have the time to let three colors of paint dry, it's fine to use a single color.

Stay tuned, because on Wednesday I'll be sharing pictures of Teena's project and you won't want to miss it. Happy Crafting!



Tutorial: Flower Crown

Tutorial: How to make a feminine, spring or summer, silk flower crownHeadbands are a fun summer trend. Last week I shared a fabric headband tutorial that was pretty and functional. This week's flower crown is a bit less practical. But how can you not feel beautiful when you are bedecked in flowers?

I used silk tweedia and delphiniums, but you can easily use different types of flowers to suit your mood. This feminine, floral crown would be a beautiful bridesmaid or flower girl accessory at a spring or summer wedding.

Materials



Directions


You will begin by creating the base of the crown with the 24-inch length of wire.

Note: If you are making this for a younger girl, you may use an 18-20 inch length of wire instead.
Use the pliers to bend over the wire about 1/2 inch from the end to form an elongated loop.
Insert the other end of the wire into the loop and bend it about 1/2 inch from the end to secure it.
Gently bend the wire into a circle.
Next, you will prepare the flowers.
Using a scissors, trim the blossoms from the main stem.
Make sure to leave about 2 inches of stem on each flower so it can be secured to the crown.
Cut off 2-3 inches of floral tape and tightly wrap it around the joining loops on the crown.
Cut off 2-3 inches of floral tape. Position the first flower. Starting at the base of the blossom, tightly wrap the tape around the stem and the crown wire.
It's okay if the floral tape is wrapped past the end of the stem.
Position the next flower, just below the first and secure it with 2-3 inches of tightly wrapped floral tape.

Continue securing the flowers around the crown. I placed my flowers in a pattern (1 delphinium, 2 tweedia), but it would be fine to place the flowers in a random order.

Once all of the flowers are attached, it's ready for your favorite princess to wear. And, don't worry, I won't judge if that princess is you ;-)


Tutorial: How to make a feminine, spring or summer, silk flower crown