Every time I go beachcombing here where I live, on the shores of the Bering Sea, I find sea glass and tangled balls of thick copper wire on the sand. I started picking the copper up, hoping I would be able to one day figure out something beautiful and one-of-a-kind to make from it, which I now have! This copper wire cross makes the perfect Easter gift; mine looks divine on the wall of my kitchen!
Approximate Time: 1 hour
approximately 3 yards of copper or otherwise found wire
Put on gloves and spread out the old towel over your work space.
Take your ball of wire and use your hands to gently straighten it out until you have long pieces.
Snip off a section of wire approximately 15 inches long.
Snip off another section, approximately 9 inches long.
Gather your remaining pieces of wire, and cut 6 equal sections off; place these next to your 9-inch cross-section.
Now cut five slightly longer pieces of wire in varying lengths; mine are (from shortest to longest): 6 inch, 8 inch, 9 inch, 10 inch, and 12 inch.
Place those five longer pieces with the 15-inch long wire.
With your remaining wire, cut into two equal pieces; snip one of those into two (so that you now have three total) and set aside from all others.
Starting with the 9-inch piece and its accompanying six, use one of the two last smallest wires from step eight to wind around and make those seven into a bundle, positioning the nine-inch piece toward the very middle of the bunch.
Using your needle-nose pliers, curl all six ends either outward or inward, working in a symmetrical fashion (see picture).
Now gather up the 15-in piece of wire and its accompanying five pieces of copper wire; again, use the other smallest piece of wire from step eight to wind around and make those six into a bundle as you position the 15-inch piece toward the middle of the bunch.
Use the pliers to once again curl the wires, this time all outward into little spirals (I staggered my curls in reminiscence of waves; see picture).
You should have two curly bundle pieces and one piece of stray wire left.
Position the shorter bundle over and at a ninety-degree angle over the longer bundle to form the shape of a cross.
Holding firmly in place, use that last piece of wire to secure the two together, wrapping in an "x" pattern until all the wire is used and the tails are tucked behind your cross, leaving about an inch on both ends to make a loop for hanging.
With the last inch of both tails, twist back upon themselves until you have a satisfactory little loop; now fold it up so that it lays flat against the back of the cross.
Find a deserving piece of wall to hang your newest treasure on, and pat yourself heartily on the back!
Make your own scenes outside your "window". If you don't have a window, just paint one! I love beach and lighthouse scenes. So, I made my window looking out at a lighthouse.
large oval wooden plaque
clear satin spray sealer
picture hanger for back
Paint the plaque with a sealer such as Kilz.
Draw your "window frame" around the outside of the plaque.
Paint frame in white or brown to match your molding.
Draw out and paint your scene.
Draw a cross through the middle of the oval, making sure it is centered.
Enlarge the cross to the same size "pieces" as the outside of your "window frame." Paint in white or brown.
Use a gray or dark brown, depending on your molding color, make shadows on the inside of your frame. Also on the cross to make it look like the pieces are joined. This gives it depth and makes it look more real.
This sweet decoration is small enough to fit in any little nook, but pretty enough to be displayed on your favorite wall. Both children and adults can have fun creating this wooden heart and sheer ribbon craft.
Approximate Time: 30 minutes without drying time
large woodcut heart - one - 3 inches big
medium woodcut heart - three - 2 inches big
sheer red ribbon - 1 inch wide, 3 feet long
Paint the large heart solid red. Paint one small heart white.
Take two smaller hearts and draw a light line across the middle.
Paint one smaller heart red on the top and white on the bottom.
Paint the second smaller heart white on top and red on the bottom, as shown in the "Step 1" picture. Let dry.
Paint polka dots on the two smaller hearts. Use big and small, white, polka dots on the red parts. Use big and small, red, polka dots on the white parts, as shown in the "Step 2" picture. Let dry.
Paste the white heart on top of the red heart, as shown in the "Step 3" picture. Paint or draw a thin black line across the color break on the two, smaller, red and white hearts. Let dry.
Cut about 6 inches from the ribbon. Tie the cut piece into a bow. Cut off any ribbon ends that hang too long. Glue the bow to the middle of the white heart on the big red heart, as shown in the "Step 4" picture. Let dry.
Loop the remaining ribbon, lining up the ribbon ends. Glue the hearts on the ribbon, as shown in the finished project picture. Let dry.
Using only felt, buttons, and thread I hand sewed this Christmas wall hanging while watching TV at night!
Approximate Time: 1-2 hours
9x12 inch green felt
Two 9x12 inch white felt
Coloring book page
Fabric glue (optional)
Find a coloring book page with the Christmas design of your choice (I used a tree) for your pattern. Cut out the design and pin to your felt. You can trace the pattern before cutting, but I just cut around the pattern.
Pin tree to white felt. (I found the felt at Walmart for $.25 a sheet already cut).
Stitch around tree.
Choosing which buttons to use took the most time, as I got a bag of them from Michael's for $3.00. After choosing which you want to use to decorate your tree, sew them on.
Cut two pieces of red ribbon, depending on how long you want the hanger to be and if you want to tie a bow. I cut mine approx. 24 inches each.
Attach ribbon by sewing a button on the front of the hanging through the ribbon.
Tie ribbon to desired hanging length and tie a bow.
To hide my stitches, I glued another piece of felt to the back.
This is a ruined lace tablecloth that was reincarnated into a wall hanging!
I cut a broom handle to fit and painted it. I put the drawer pull on the right end to go with the leaf rod finial on the other - its attached to the wall with 2 cup hooks. A dragonfly pop jewelry pin sits on the left end by the leaves.
Make a gorgeous fabric picture frame to coordinate with your curtains or drapes!
Pick large frame like the size of 11x14 inches, 16x20 inches, or 18x20 inches. Larger sizes look more dramatic.
Use left over curtain fabric or a coordinating fabric for your frame. Also, use left over thin batting to have a more refined look.
Buy and inexpensive foam board 1/4 inch thick or less or cardboard from a large box.
Cut it a few inches smaller than the frame, so you leave enough allowance for the fabric that is going to be wrapped around it.
Cut your fabric to the size of the board with batting (very thin so you can get in frame after), with 1 1/2 inches extra to seal over corners/sides.
Using spray adhesive, spray your board, and gently place batting on on board, smoothing out all the wrinkles.
Place fabric on top, sealing on corners and sides with hot glue. Place back into the frame and secure down.
Optional: add multiple sizes of family photo for a more personal touch. Sepia or black and white photos look great on fabric frames. Now you have a nice unique coordinating picture in your room everyone will rave about.