Posts tagged Crafts

Sock Cupcakes – an easy to make (teacher) gift!

This week is the last week of the school year.  Last week I was trying to find a suitable gift that was a little different and easy to make!  I stumbled across a picture of a Sock cupcakes – perfect!

I used the finished result as a Teacher gift, but they’re a great small gift for everyone!

I quickly ordered supplies and got stuck in!

You will need:-

1 x pair of Ladies Bedsocks

A sheet of card

Some fancy paper/gift wrap/wallpaper

A lollipop (for the ‘cherry’)

A cellophane bag

Ribbon to tie around bag

Tape (I used Invisible and Double-sided)

A cardboard coffee cup holder (recycled from my coffee bought from a well known chain!) – optional

Some scallop edged scissors (or similar) – optional

Food bag tie (the sort you get in a box of food bags)

Instructions:-

1) Cut out your card to make the ‘cupcake’ holder (you can use a recycled coffee cup holder, or there are templates available on line)

Optional – cut a fancy edge along the top

2) Tape the cupcake holder (I used double sided on the front join and invisible tape on the inside for extra security)

3) Roll the pair of socks to create your ‘cupcake’ – this took me a few attempts to get it looking right!

4) Press socks into holder.  Add the lollipop

5) Place in cellophane bag.  Tie fastened with a food bag wire (optional but makes it more secure)

6) Make a co-ordinating label (printed text optional!) and tie around bag with the length of ribbon

Voila!

 

What do you think?  Do you think the teacher’s will like them?  Is it a better option than chocolates? (can anything beat chocolate???!!!) x

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Button photo frames (1 of 2)

Following on from my recent post on Buttons, I decided to update my tired looking bedroom photo frames.  I thought it might be nice to add some buttons around a frame.  How hard could that be? I thought to myself (naively!).

Step 1: I painted the bare pine frame with some left-over  low-odour wood paint.  This went smoothly, I left it to dry and was feeling confident…..

Step 2: Glue the buttons around the frame.  I arranged the buttons and then debated how to stick them on.  I’d read that pva glue could do the trick, but I thought I’d dig out the hot glue gun that I’d been given a couple of years ago.  The ‘hot gun masters’ amongst you will no-doubt be bent double to hear how I patiently stuck on a few buttons, sat back and then…….. watched them fall off!  What went wrong?  After having a major strop taking a break, I made attempt #2.  I left the glue to get as hot as it possibly could, then stuck them on again.  This time it worked, but crikey, what a mess I made!!  There were thread of silvery, cobweb-like strands everywhere!  I managed to brush them off, and was left with a reasonably presentable frame.

Here is my finished frame….

It’s now been on my bedroom wall for a week, with no signs of any lose buttons, fingers crossed….

Has anyone got any advise for me in the ‘hot glue gun’ stakes?  I’d love to use it more as I often see projects that call for it.  Any tips?

I’ll be posting my 2nd button frame idea later this week……

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Buttons, buttons and more buttons!

I don’t know about you, but when you try to make use of everything you tend to get stuff dumped on you kindly given! I’ve just been given a big tin of buttons and true to form, I got all excited and was very thankful for the bounty (I genuinely was!).

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So instead of pushing them to the back of a cupboard (I’m afraid to say that this often sometimes happens, much to the annoyance of my other half – ‘what? more junk?!!’) I got stuck straight in and………….. organised them into jars!

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I’m determined to actually use some on a project, so I’ll let you know how I get on later in the week! (shame on me and big scowls from my other half if I don’t!)

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