Olympics Craft Flashback

We love watching the Olympics around here! Just last night the kiddo decided he needed to ‘sleep’ on the couch. That was code for ‘stay up way too late to watch the Olympics!’

As we’re watching I remembered this post of the Olympics crafts we did 4 years ago and one of my favorite pictures of the kiddo! I love the one above of him pretending to win Gold! And I still have the Olympic Rings Wind Chime hanging in my sewing room. (no, I don’t get much tinkling from them in my sewing room!)

So I’m reposting our cute little crafts!

Using the same technique we used to make the sun catchers, we made the Olympic Rings and medals. Put the beads in a muffin tin, cook at 400 degrees for 25 minutes (with the fan on) (be sure to read the post here for more information and also cook while the kids are out and about and away from the cooking source and in a well ventilated room. See disclaimer at end of original post), pop out of the tin and drill holes. Yep, easy as that!

The wind chimes make a great little tinkling sound as they bounce around in the wind. And trust me… I heard a lot of it as I tried to take these pictures on a beautiful, yet windy, day

And then the medals!!! What kid doesn’t want their own medal? And they are fun to make!!

The Gold, Silver and Bronze! Ok, so the silver is actually clear, but I didn’t have any clear grey or silver beads…

 

The medals are still a hit and he busts them out every now and then! OK, back to watching.  Go USA!

A Happy Valentine’s Day Wreath Tutorial

Are you getting your Valentine’s Day crafting on yet? I don’t think I did much of it last year… I think I’m making up for lost time. I just keep coming up with ideas to do that invovles pink and hearts…. I can’t help myself!!!

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The funny thing is that I started making this wreath and it seemed so hot pink! Then I made the melted bead hearts that are pink. The pink of hte hearts make the wreath look almost purple! I think I might have to make more melted bead hearts… Maybe some silver ones…. Anyway, I’ll show you how I made this one!

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For this project I used my My Own Fringemaker, curly ribbon and a wreath form. Do you throw out those forms that come on your Christmas wreaths? No!!! For one, I hate throwing things away. And secondly, Seattle is crazy with trash, recycling and compost. So you can’t just throw things away these days, so I always take the dead pine branches off the wreath form and save the forms.

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The first part is winding and winding and winding the ribbon along the fringemaker. Tie a knot at the beginning, wind and then tie another knot!

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Now sew! Be sure to pull at least 3 inches or so of thread out before you start. Then sew along the middle of the frame. I wind my ribbon pretty full, but as I sew I pull the ribbon so it’s not so tight. It also just kind of happens, the ribbon pieces just don’t sew as tight together as they go through the machine. And like when we started, leave a thread tail!

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Next, cut the ribbon off the My Own Fringemaker frame.

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And you get this great fringe! I might have to make more and more of this for the mantel!

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Using your thread tail, tie the ‘garland’ onto the wreath form. Then wrap around and around and around. Next, bunch it together. I had to do ALL the previous steps 4 times to get the amount of ‘bunch’ I liked.

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And you’re done! You end up with a cute little fringe wreath!  You could be done… Or you can keep going and add the hearts!

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I used my own melted bead tutorial. Yes, I had to go back and check it out since it had been so long since we had made them! These I did do a little differently though. Instead of using a pan, I used cookie cutters on a cookie tray. I made one batch while I was watching the Seahawks playoff game. The game got pretty stressful there at the end, so I had to make a second batch to ease my nerves!

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I just hot glued a few together and hung them on the wreath. Finished!

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What are you making for Valentines Day?

 

Melted Bead Necklaces- a Mini Tutorial

We haven’t done a melted bead project in a while, then I had an idea!

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The projects we had done in the past were kinda big. My new idea was to make it small!

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So the next time we were at the craft store we found some 1 inch necklace charms and the smallest plastic beads we could find. The charm has sides on it to hold the plastic in. I wanted even smaller beads, but the smaller ones were all glass. So I got the smallest ones they had.

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So we started designing… We poured the bag of beads out on the cookie sheet. Since it has sides, it kept the beads confined and then it was easy to pick them up and the charms went in the over right on the cookie sheet.

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Max tried a few different colors …

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And ended up with a nice bright colorful charm.

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After the design was complete I loved mine too.

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Until it melted… It’s still pretty, but using the clear beads wasn’t the best idea! We cooked them like we did the other bead projects, in oven. But this time, since the beads were smaller, I took the heat down a bit to around 350 and cooked them about 15 minutes.

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This was a super nice and quick project! A cute one of the kiddos to do for Christmas presents! We’ve gotten more charms, so we need to get on to making more!

Have you seen even tinier plastic beads anywhere? what design are you thinking about? I’m thinking an ombre would be nice too!

Disclaimer: I am not a scientist. I have never used a gas oven or a grille for this project! I have only made these as I described above and don’t really know what other temperatures or times will work on your oven. Please be safe and do not cook around children!Please see blog disclaimer below!

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Let the Games Begin!!!

We started our Olympic excitement with a Melted Bead Ring Wind chime and Medals! As I was hanging the pieces to make our little wind chimes the other day, it came to me… Olympic Rings!! My son is really into gymnastics right now, so we’ve been watching the USA Team Trials on OnDemand and are really excited to see the team in action!

So using the same technique we used to make the sun catchers, we made the Olympic Rings and medals. Put the beads in a muffin tin, cook at 400 degrees for 25 minutes (with the fan on), pop out of the tin and drill holes. Yep, easy as that!

The wind chimes make a great little tinkling sound as they bounce around in the wind. And trust me… I heard a lot of it as I tried to take these pictures on a beautiful, yet windy, day

And then the medals!!! What kid doesn’t want their own medal? And the are fun to make!! Ok, I think I’m having more fun making the melted bead projects than my 3-year-old. He loves playing with them, but making them… He kinda looses interest. Like he ditched me and my bead craft for a water balloon battle with Dad… hmmm….

The Gold, Silver and Bronze! Ok, so the silver is actually clear, but I didn’t have any clear grey or silver beads…

The kiss of Gold! Sweet Victory! What’s your favorite sport??? We’re so excited about gymnastics… Did I mention that already?? Go USA!

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