How to make a wine cork initial

We drink wine and many of the bottles come with corks.  Our last name begins with the letter “H”.  I had a wooden “H” that I recently purchased from JoAnns.  Naturally I thought….what could I make and quickly decided to make a monogram “H” using wine corks.  Genius! 

I gathered all the corks and we didn’t quite have enough. 

…I vowed to drink more wine.  😉  

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I didn’t want to corks to stick out their entire length so I had my hubby cut them in half.  Of course that resulted in twice as many corks but still not quite enough so…

…I will have to keep my vow to drink more wine.  😉

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The letter “H” was plain wood so I painted it white and started hot gluing the corks on.  I didn’t start with any pattern or anything but by the time I was nearly done I had this….   

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Ehhhh….not so much.  The corks on the right are a little wonky and the corks on the left are lined up a little neater.  I also am not happy with the white that shows through.  Hmmmm…..

So I decided to paint the “H” brown to see if that helped.  I removed all the glued on corks, painted the “H” and then began gluing the corks back on.  I also am putting them four across instead of three. 

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I think it’s looking better….what do you think?

You will have to stay tuned to see the finished project.  🙂 

(((hugs))) ~lisa

How to make a mini piñata!

I love ALL things miniature.  I’m not sure why, but I do.  Maybe because I am only 5’ tall?  A subconscious bonding with things that are small? 

I came across a pic of a miniature piñata and immediately knew I had to try it.  It was just one of those things that called my name and I was more than happy to answer.  I was looking for some fun things to send my youngest triplet daughter who is on staff at a Christian camp this summer, and this looked like a super cute idea.  

After I decided I was going to make one, I found several blogs that had ideas to help me bring my mini piñata to life.

I had all the supplies for this project on hand, so there was nothing really stopping from getting my creative action on! 

You will need a cereal box, or other similar box

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Some tissue or crepe paper.  I saved some tissue paper that came in a gift bag.  It was a little wrinkly but for this project, it was perfect!

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The pattern for my piñata came from, A Blackbird’s Epiphany.  More thoughts on that in a minute.

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Other items needed are tape, glue and scissors.

I cut out the two sides of the piñata out and then cut a long strip to use to put the two sides together. 

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Just before I had it completely closed up, I put in a couple of pennies, a small Hello Kitty rock that I had painted and a bottle cap.  It was more for the sound effects than anything.  If she does decide to bust it open I wanted at least a couple of little things inside.

Once I went completely around and taped the two sides together with the strip I was ready to add the tissue paper part.

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It’s at this point where I was kind of thinking that this didn’t really look like a donkey so much as a dog.  The legs are a little chunky but I had already cut and taped everything so I figured that there was no going back now.

I cut several strips of tissue paper and then cut those to make a fringe.  I did not know this but they actually make fringe scissors!  Who knew?  They are actually quite inexpensive but since I don’t own a pair, I cut my fringe the old fashioned way. 😉

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Once I had all the fringe pieces ready to go, I started gluing it on, section by section.

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Continue that process until your piñata is completely covered. 

Now…we can be completely honest with each, right?  I mean we are friends after all.

This is my finished piñata.  It is *supposed* to be a donkey.  But I think it looks more like some sort of colorful sheep dog or something.  So I guess I will tell folks that it is a sheep dog piñata!  Yeah, that’s it!!  That way folks will think that it was supposed to turn out this way!! 😉 

finished pinata

For my first attempt at making a piñata, I was pretty pleased with the results.  Next time, if I try to make another donkey, I’ll look for a little bit different pattern.  I actually plan on making another and *hopefully* it will resemble what it is supposed to look like.  We shall see!

Have you tried to create anything different lately?  I’d love to hear about it.

(((hugs)))  ~lisa

We are bananas for you!!

I made a super cute little craft for my grandkids and nieces and I thought I’d share with y’all because it was so easy! 

You will need:

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Several boxes of Runts candy – Depending on how many you are making will determine the number of boxes that need to be purchased.  I bought 7 and it was enough to harvest enough to do 9 projects with 15 pieces of candy in each.  Now if someone tells me there’s a way to just buy the banana part that would be genius. 

Monkey stickers – the inspiration for this project came from this “I’m bananas for you” that I have on my Pinterest board – Cute and fun ideas to make.  If you take a peek you will see that my version will save you some time and possibly some sanity. 

See through pouches or sandwich bags – I opted for the little bags that you can find at most craft stores.  If I hadn’t had these on hand then I was going to use a sandwich bag and just tie it up an attach the card to that. 

White cardstock – I had these that are a fun shape but square cards would work just as well.

Ribbon – I bought a color that I thought would coordinate with my monkey stickers.

Hole punch – to punch out the holes to put the ribbon through

I laid out how I thought I would place the monkey sticker on the card

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I then wrote on the cards and determined where I wanted to place my holes for the ribbon.  I punched out the holes and placed it on the banana filled bag and marked where the holes were so I could punch them out. 

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For some reason when I put on the monkey stickers I placed them all the way in the corner and that resulted in some “empty” space that I’m not totally happy with. 

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And here’s how it all turned out!  I hope the grandkids and nieces like it!

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(((hugs))) ~lisa

How to make a Bobby Pin Holder

I’m always searching for bobby pins in my drawer and I figured this would be a great way to keep them together and be something cute to make. 

To make these bobby pin holders you will need:

A magnetic paper clip dispenser –find similar here
Some craft/scrapbook paper
Mod Podge and applicator (I used a sponge/foam paintbrush)
Scissors, paper cutter
Bobby pins

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I laid out the paper, measured the magnetic paper clip holder and traced a line to cut the paper into strips the width of the holder and the length to be enough to wrap around the holder with just a little overage. 

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I then dipped the sponge applicator in the Mod Podge, coated the magnetic paper clip holder one side at a time while adhering the paper to it. 

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So my first few attempts resulted in this.

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If you will notice there is some extra paper on the corners.  I hadn’t noticed that the paper clip holder was not perfectly square. 

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Well, that will just not do so I laid the holder on a piece of paper to create a pattern. 

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I then used the pattern to draw lines on the paper. 

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I cut “slits” so that the paper would lay better on the holder as I was adhering it.

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Then I repeated the Mod Podge and adhering steps listed above.

TA-DAH!!!  This is the result!  Pretty cute if I do say so myself!  

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You can do them in a variety of colors and can even use fabric, although I will say cutting the fabric was a little more tedious so I stuck with the paper.

For now, I am not going to add the paper to the top but you could to give it an even more finished look.  And if you are feeling super creative there are also lots of fun embellishments you could add such as ribbon, twine or even bedazzle it or add some beads! 

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These make great stocking stuffers and are pretty quick to put together.

Let me know what you think and if you’ve tried something similar! 

Happy crafting!!

(((hugs))) ~lisa