Christmas, Craft Projects, DIY GIFT GUIDE, Holiday, Quick and Easy Crafts

DIY GIFT GUIDE: Spool Ornament

Spool Ornament Cover

Today’s DIY GIFT GUIDE post is even easier than yesterday’s and would look super cute on your Christmas tree!

Know someone who sews? Then this would be the perfect gift for them! Turn an old wooden spool into a Christmas ornament in just a few steps.

Supplies:

  • Wooden spool
  • Wire
  • Ribbon
  • Beads
  • Wire Cutter
  • Scissors

Steps:

  • The worst part of this project is the first part. Remove any old thread from your spools so they are completely bare. I did the by unraveling each spool, but if you don’t have the patience (not sure how I did) you could score yours off with an exacto knife.

Spools

  • Once your spools are naked (hehe), cut a long pice of wire and fold it in half. Thread a seed bead onto the end and let it rest in the bend of the wire. This will stop your larger beads and spool from falling off of the wire.
  • Thread your beads onto the wire — thread through both ends of the wire.
  • Thread your wire through the spool, then add beads on top. I liked my ornament simple and just added one bright red bead below and above my spool. You can add as many as you’d like.
  • Create a loop in the wire after you add your last bead, then secure the wire by wrapping the long ends around the base of the loop until your wire runs out.
  • Tie a piece of ribbon through the loop to make a hook for the tree.
  • Embellish your spool with a large ribbon.
  • Ta da! Hang on your tree!

spool

If you want to get fancy, seal the ends of your ribbon with a no-fray fabric treatment. I haven’t done that to mine, but I probably will before I gift them.

spool ornamentCheck back tomorrow for another gift idea!

 

 

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DIY GIFT GUIDE: Cork LOVE Magnets

Cork LOVE Magnets

Day two of the gift guide and what do we have — stamped cork magnets!

If you don’t think these are adorable, well you might be cray cray.

You’ll love how easy peasy this project is. It takes 5 minutes, tops!

Supplies: 

  • Corks
  • Small stamps
  • Magnets (Michaels sells round magnets that are slightly smaller that a cork round. Match made in heaven? I think so!)
  • Ink
  • Hot glue
  • Cutting tool

Steps:

  1. Like in yesterday’s post, carefully slice your corks to about a 1/2-inch thickness. You can use a steak knife, scissors (if the are really sharp) or any other tool you have that might cut through the cork.
  2. Stamp each cork round with your small stamp and ink. It might take you a few tries to get your stamp centered the way you like it. Some of the LOVE stamps looked more like LOVF. Oops.
  3. Place a dab of hot glue on the back of the cork and secure it to the magnet. Let cool.
  4. Stick your magnets on your fridge and marvel at their cuteness.

Love Magnets

Is there a wine lover in your family who would love these!? There are definitely a few people in my family who I think would like them!

Love magnets2

Check back tomorrow for the next DIY gift post!

 

Wine Crafts, Wreath

Grapevine wreath

Wine Wreath

 

I think I should be outlawed from going to Michaels. Every time I go I buy something I definitely don’t need. About a month ago I stumbled upon these adorable grapes and I just couldn’t pass them by.

This wreath was fairly simple to make, but not without error.

I started with two large grapes, a pack of small grapes and a grapevine wreath.

Before

I started this project with the intention of hot gluing all of the pieces to the wreath. Plastic + Wood = perfect, right? Nope. For some reason, the hot glue and the grapes didn’t mix, so they all fell off. Oops.

Instead, I attached the grapes with wire. To do so, I wove the wire through the grapes and the vine, then twisted it around the back so it was secure.

Wire

I did this for each of the grapes until everything was secure. I think my brain wasn’t working because I’d lay out the pattern for my grapes, then flip over the wreath and they’d all fall off. Thankfully, it wasn’t complicated (obviously) and I was able to place them all where I wanted each time I made that mistake (at least 3 times).

Wine wreath2

Even with the small snags, this was a very easy-to-make wreath.

Wine Wreath grap shot

 

I know what will be gracing my front door once winter is over!

Detail Shot

Thanks for stopping by. Check back tomorrow for my DIY GIFT GUIDE 🙂 See ya then!

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