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!
With some round disks, buttons, a drill, and a wooden placard, you can make this wonderful wall hanging for a gift or to keep.
Approximate Time: 2 hours
two sizes of round disks
a wooden placard
crochet thread and needle
raffia or ribbon
hot glue gun
white glue and foam brush
fine tip felt pen
When you search for a placard, you can use just about any kind.
Test the bleed factor on the back of it to make sure your felt pen will work.
If you have a steady hand and good spacial recognition, you can make the "stitch mark" like on this one. If you do not, you can always paint it or leave the edges blank.
Write "Friends are like unique buttons. You collect them one at a time." Center it and write it on paper if you want to make sure it's right.
Once that part is done, you can set this aside.
The round disks can be found in about any craft shop, so if you can, get the 2 inch and 1.5 inch for a variety. Drill holes in them like for buttons, mixing two and four holes for variety, as well.
You can paint these, or do what I did. The scrap fabric needs to be prepared with glue. This makes the fabric stiff and easy to cut like paper.
Once they are dried, lay the disks on them and circle cut them to glue onto the disks. You will need the foam brush to make sure the fabric gets glued to the edges of the disks.
Weigh them down for at least 15 minutes to bond the glue. You may need to trim any excess.
I painted the edges of the buttons black to match the felt tip. You can leave them tan if you wish.
Pick some scrap buttons to match the colors of the fabric you chose. Once the wooden and fabric buttons have dried, get some crochet thread to match the colors of the fabric. If you don't have any, yarn can work or just plain thread. However, keep in mind you will need a lot of it.
Thread the needle and get the effect you want, tying some in front and some glued to the back.
Hot glue the wooden buttons to each other using 2 in the front and 2 in the back, keeping it level. Make sure not to cover the nice threads.
Glue the buttons onto the wooden ones, and the top if you choose. If you have raffia, use it to hot glue to the back of the outside buttons and loop around to the back of the placard for the loop.
Give as a gift to a friend, or keep and hang on your wall. This is a craft best left inside out of the elements.
They won't be little for long! Children grow unbelievably fast, and it's the simple things that develop into treasured memories over the years. Capture your children's little hands with a subtle and natural wall hanging. This art piece looks great hanging amid framed photos on a wall.
What you'll need:
an 8 inch to 10 inch twig (yes, from a tree)
12 inch x 6 inch strip of solid colored fabric (cotton works best)
2 6 inch x 6 inch squares of calico fabric
needle and thread or sewing machine
one 12 inch raffia strand
two little hands
permanent marker or chalk
On the calico squares, trace two children's hands.
Cut out the handprints and set them aside.
Turn under and sew the edges of the 12 x 6 inch fabric.
Pin the calico handprints to the right side of the solid strip of fabric and stitch them onto the fabric. You may hand stitch them or use a zigzag stitch on a sewing machine.
Place the twig against the backside and top end of the solid fabric strip, then fold the fabric to envelop the twig. The twig should protrude from both sides of the wall hanging. Stitch this top fold straight across.
Tie the raffia to both ends of the twig to create a hanger.
Sew or hot glue the buttons along the stitches as embellishment.
This lightweight wall hanging can be suspended with a small tack or pin. Grandparents, aunts, and preschool teachers love handprint wall hangings as gifts. You can also sew calico handprints onto aprons, pillows, cup towels, valances, and vests.
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.