Craft Night Nashville

A bi-monthly stitch n' bitch.


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Craft Night #6: Jewelry Frames

Confession: I have a jewelry box but it is a MESS. My earrings – they’re everywhere, necklaces hanging randomly, and made-up places for rings or bracelets. This month we chose to delve into jewelry frame making (they’re SO popular on Etsy). These were super easy to make. One thing I love about craft night – no two projects turn out the same. Every has their own take on the project which makes Craft Night super fun! Anyways, here’s your how to:

Shopping list:

  • Frame – this can be just a plain picture frame, a window, etc.
  • Staple gun
  • Screen (purchased by the yard at Joann’s
  • Anything to embellish your frame (knobs, paint, etc.)

Directions:

Prepare your frame for the screen! Gut it to your liking. Staple the screen to the backside of your frame (don’t want any unsightly extras visible). Embellish your frame with paint, knobs (World Market is a great resource for this one!).

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Enjoy!


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Craft Night #5: Terrariums

Craft Night #5 was much anticipated by everyone. Terrariums are incredibly popular right now and we were all very excited to dig in the dirt. I originally got inspiration for this craft night from All Seasons Gardening and Brewing Supply in Nashville. They hosted a free terrarium workshop where I learned the basics. This place is an excellent resource and a one-stop-shop for your terrarium (and home brew) needs.

Shopping List:

  • Glass container (Tip: Take a 40% off coupon to Michael’s and check out their glass selection). Glass containers come in all shapes in sizes – someone found an apple-shaped one at TJ Maxx! Some of us opted for a non-glass container (aka ceramic bathtub).
  • Dirt. Depending on the type of plant you choose – many of us chose succulents – you can buy a bag of dirt for around $5 at Home Depot.
  • Sand – this might be a good option if you want a desert look for your terrarium.
  • Rocks – for drainage
  • Trinkets – cute little objects to decorate your terrarium! This can be anything. Miniature bench. Barbie shoe. Toy dinosaur. Gnome. Get creative. Best place in Nashville for terrarium trinkets? Miniature Cottage. Who knew such a place existed but thank god for tiny things!
  • PLANTS! Succulents, ferns, air plants – Home Depot, Lowes, or All Seasons are great places to check out for inexpensive, small plants for under $4.

Directions:

Grab your glass container and fill the bottom with rocks. Layer with dirt. Add plants. Add decorations. It’s really that simple!

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Don’t you just want to make one for every room in your house?

Enjoy!

Craft Night #4: Stamped Candles

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For our March 2013 project, we stamped candles! Well, more like, stamped-tissue-paper-transferred-with-wax-paper-via-heat. But stamped candles is the shorter version.

Shopping List:

  • Your favorite color/scent candle (s)
  • Your favorite stamp (s)
  • Non-toxic stamp pad (I say non-toxic for the reason that you will more than likely burn this candle, and you don’t want to release toxic fumes while doing so!)
  • White tissue paper
  • Heating tool (this is what we used), but, you can also use a hair dryer
  • Wax paper
  • Scissors

Directions:

First, pick out your stamp. Using a non-toxic stamp pad, stamp a section of the white tissue paper. Cut the shape out of the white tissue paper, cutting as close to the edges of the image as possible. Place your tissue paper design onto your candle – where you want it- ink side up. Then place a piece of wax paper over the tissue paper, pulling it tight, completely covering it. Use your heating tool to heat the image, keeping the heat moving (kind of like blow drying your hair – you don’t want to keep the heat in one spot because it will BURN, right? So keep it moving). You’ll know the tissue paper image has transferred when you start to see the candle wax showing through to the wax paper. Now, you must find a balance here. You want enough heat to melt the tissue paper into the candle, but not enough to melt and distort the candle. So, I would air on the side of caution. You can always add more heat but you can’t fix a melted candle. With all that being said, you should have an amazing, new, patterned candle to display!

*Lessons Learned: On your first try, don’t use your favorite candle. Use a crappy, unscented, Walmart candle – test the waters, then go for your favorite. The white tissue paper melts into the candle leaving the stamped image still visible so you can use any color candle.

Enjoy!

Craft Night #3: Coasters

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We had so much fun with Craft Night #3! In January (we skipped December – the holidays were just way too busy!), the project I chose for us: DIY coasters. This is a cheap project and would make a great gift!

Shopping List:

  • White tiles from Home Depot. Grab as many as you want – they are only about 20 cents each and these were a blast to make so buy some for yourself, your mom, your best friend, anyone. 
  • Your paper of choice: this can be scrap booking paper from Michael’s, a photo, maybe you cut pictures from your favorite Vogue magazine and make a collage, etc.
  • Modpodge (Gloss)
  • Felt tips, cork, felt – this is what you put on the bottom of your tile coasters to protect the surface that they set on. I found a pack of felt circles at Walmart for $1.50. Or, you can purchase a felt square or cork from your local craft store and fit it to the bottom of your coaster.
  • Acrylic spray

Directions:

The tiles that I purchased from Home Depot were 4.25″ x 4.25″. Make sure you rinse your tiles beforehand and give them time to dry (they will probably have Home Depot Dust on them).

Cut your paper into a 4″ square, or if you are collage-ing (is that a word?), just make sure your paper does not go over the edges.

Apply a thin coat of Modpodge to your tiles to “glue” your paper on. Smooth out all the bubbles – this is important. Once you get bubbles, they won’t go away. Let dry for 10-15 min.

Apply three more coats of Modpodge on top of the paper, allowing to dry 10-15 minutes in between each coat. This serves as your sealant.

Once the final Modpodge coat is dry, take it outside and spray two coats of acrylic spray on the coaster, allowing to dry a few minutes in between. This is your final sealant.

Lastly, apply your felt pads and pat yourself on your back, because you just made coasters.

*Lessons Learned: Smooth out those bubbles. Smooth. Them. Out. They don’t go away with more Modpodge, they just because more prevalent. Other than that, this is a really simple, easy project.

Enjoy!

Craft Night #2: Painted Mason Jars

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Painted mason jars. These are all over Pinterest and what we made for our Craft Night for October 2012. This is a cheap and easy idea to add some color to a room, and also was a very therapeutic and relaxing craft project to make. So, if you’re stressed out, swirl some paint around in a jar.

Shopping List:

  • Mason Jar, glass container, etc. (I’d get multiple – “once you pop the fun don’t stop” – aka, after I made one, I wanted to make at least five more and was desperately searching my house for more glass containers)
  • Your favorite color acrylic paint

Directions:

Swirl paint around in the jar until all the surfaces you want covered are covered. Of course, if you see a puddle of paint at the bottom of the jar, you can use a paint brush to push it around. In order to let it dry, flip the jar upside down, place it on a plastic plate, and let the excess paint drain out. Give it a day to dry.

*Lessons Learned: Acrylic paint is not water friendly, so you’ll have to find another use for your mason jar other than to put live, fresh flowers in there. I’m currently using mine for my cooking utensils and to display a fake flower arrangments in my living room.

Enjoy!

Craft Night #1: DIY Lip Balm

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Lip balm! One can never have enough lip balm. This was the project I chose for the first craft night ever, in August of 2012. Look how cute they turned out!

Shopping List:

  • Tin container (Empty Altoids container, cutesy little thing you pick up at a local store, etc.)
  • 1.5 ounces of beeswax (You can find this at most craft stores. Also, Whole Foods.)
  • 3 ounces of your favorite carrier oil (I like almond, grapeseed, and apricot kernel oil – you can find these at Whole Foods, but if you don’t want to use your Whole Paycheck, check out Amazon.com)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (I prefer local honey)

Directions:

Melt the beeswax and oil together in the microwave, then add the honey. Pour in your favorite tin container. Be careful, the contents are hot. Like as in, H-O-T, very hot. Let cool, don’t stick your finger in it while it’s cooling.

[Okay, so if you did *accidentally* stick your finger in it while it was drying, you can reheat all the contents and re-pour]

*Lessons Learned: I made the mistake of using my stainless steel pan to melt beeswax. And also my boyfriend’s coffee maker. And also multiple glass containers. If I could do it all over again (and realize that wax hardens whenever water touches it! Which makes it impossible to clean! Duh!), I would heat it up in a disposable container.

Enjoy!

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