Jun 21, 2011

July 4th Lifesaver Firecrackers

This past Sunday, Father's Day, my church passed out a roll of Lifesavers to all the dad's.  I had kind of forgotten about it until this morning when I noticed the un-opened roll of treats in my husbands church bag.  When I saw them I was reminded of a fun craft you can make with a roll of Lifesavers.

Actually, there are a ton of fun things you can do them but since the 4th of July is coming up, I thought I'd share how to make firecrackers.  And, before we go any farther, I can't take any credit for this idea, I stumbled upon this idea way back in 2008 on another craft site.  I did a search to see if I could remember where I first saw it but I can't find it.  Regardless, it's a fun idea and worth passing along.  Thank you to who ever had the original idea - it's awesome!

Here's what you do...

1- With something sharp, poke a hole in the packaging on each end of the roll.  You want the hole to go through where the hole in the candy would be.  Then set aside.

2- Prep your wire.  I just cut a really long piece and then I folded it over a few times. Set that aside as well.

3- Go back to you Lifesaver roll and decorate the outside.  I just cut a small piece of scrapbook paper to size, secured it in place and then I added some punched stars.  Easy.  (You can see a second version below)

4- Take your wire bundle and thread it through the center hole.  Leave most of it sticking out at the top.

5 & 6 - Once you've threaded the wire through, and most of it is sticking out at the top, turn the roll over.  You should have only a small amount of wire showing on the bottom.  Fold those edges over, pressing them flat up again the end of the roll.  If needed you can add a small piece of tape to hold them in place.

 7- Next punch out some stars and secure them to the wire.  I actually punched out multiple stars so that I could "sandwich" the wire in between them.  That way, if you turned a star over, you wouldn't see the wire behind it, instead you'd see another star.  Does that make sense?

Such a fun, each project and a great little treat to help you celebrate the upcoming holiday!  Plus, if you aren't a fan of the wire, you could always use gold pipe cleaners or do like my friend did, and use gold tulle.


Jun 14, 2011

Father's Day gift card shirt

So, are you still looking for a great gift for dad?  Me too!  My dad is so hard to shop for, he has everything he needs and doesn't want anything.  It seems like we always resort to socks and a tie.  It's boring but he claims black church socks are always needed.  He's so practical. (I wonder where I get it from?)

Anyway, if you are still looking for a great gift here's a fun idea.  Go buy him a gift card to his favorite place and then quickly whip up one of these fun little shirts to put it in.  He'll love it and it's quick and easy to do.  I made these a few years ago but I think they are worth re-making.

Cute, right?  The collar holds it together but when you undo it you can see the place where you'd put the gift card. 

Yep, that's a Wendy's gift card.  I know, I know, I could have at least gone for Golden Corral it's "fancier" and they give a senior discount.  :)  Seriously though, before you knock my gift you should know that my parents serve in an LDS temple on a regular basis and it's a tradition for them to go to Wendy's after.  At least this way, they had a few frosty's on me.

If you are interested in making these, below are some links to some great tutorials.

How to fold a Hawaiian shirt
You tube instructions


Jun 12, 2011

Father's Day Wallet

Here's one of the little projects that I originally created and shared a few years ago on a friends blog. It's perfect for Father's day next week.  You can have your kids write notes to dad in it or add pictures or gift cards.

Plus, It's a really simple to make.  This little project can be made from one, yep ONE, 12x12 piece of paper and a 3.5x12 scrap. Plus, it's easy. Here's what I used to just make the album itself (to decorate it, you can add whatever you'd like)

1 - 12x12 piece of cardstock
1- 3.5 x 12 piece of cardstock
scoring tool

Here's How:
First follow the diagram below.

Score your paper as shown starting at 3", then score at the 6" and 9" mark. Turn your paper and score again using the same measurements so that your paper when it's scored looks like a grid.

Follow the cutting diagram. Dotted lines show you where to cut, be sure to only cut those areas show.

And then fold, accordion style (back and forth) in the direction of the arrow. Here are some photos of some of the steps.

 Photo 1: shows the 12x12 paper after it has been scored and cut.
Photo 2: shows the accordion folding process.

Photo 3: When you get to the end of your first folded row, fold the corner fold so that the first row folds under your second row and then continue accordion folding the second row just as you did the first. Repeating the process until the whole sheet is folded up into a small square. (refer to the folding diagram above)
Photo 4: Once folding is complete, you should have something that looks like this.

Photo/step 5: Not shown - you need to lay your piece of 3x12 (the green one) paper out in front of you.

Photo 6: Add adhesive to one end of folded paper, and adhere in place at end of 3x12 paper.
Photo 7: Once the first end is secure in it's place, add adhesive to the back square and slightly fold the wallet over so that the back panel can be adhered to the cardstock.
Photo 8: Shows both ends of the cardstock adhered in place. Once that is done, you will have a long piece of 3x12 cardstock remaining. Fold the end over as shown in photo 8 and glue down.

Photo 9: Fold project up to look like wallet and add some type of item to keep it closed. I used adhesive backed magnets.
Photo 10: Your wallet is complete and ready to decorate. I inked my edges to give is a worn look.


Quick Tip: The pages that are formed from the corner folds, where you go from one row to the next, (photo 3) will work best if you glue the back sides or staple them together after you've completed all your folds. (In photo 8 you can see where I stapled mine)