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  • Cross Stitch Gifts For Valentine's Day

    Top Gifts To Cross Stitch For Valentine's Day

    Cross stitch a little something this Valentine's Day to show your friends, family, and loved ones how much you care! Nothing says I love you like the careful precision of cross stitch, and we've found lots of flowers and hearts to help you celebrate love with fun cross stitch gifts!

    1. A Fun Photo Album Cover:  Organize your favorite snapshots and mementos inside this "toad-aly" awesome cross stitch covered album for a great gift idea. Great for celebrating all the great times you've had with someone! Get the complete instructions, from stitching to attaching to a photo album, with the Toad-aly Awesome ePattern.

    Photo Album Gift For Valentine's Day

    2. A Stitched Cupid:  Forget the card this year, and stitch your loved one a classic little cupid instead! This little guy, complete with wings, bow and arrow, and a sash reading "Be Mine" is the perfect cross stitch expression of your love! This fun handmade gift is much more personal than anything store-bought. Create this great Valentine's Day gift now with The Best of Terrie Lee Steinmeyer.

    Cupid Cross Stitch Gift For Valentine's Day

    3. A Cross Stitch Bouquet:  BGive your loved ones beautiful flowers this Valentine's Day - except with this beautiful cross stitch, they'll never die! These flowers are sure to bring a little pop of color to someones home and will look good on the wall year round! Cross stitch this floral Valentine's Day bouquet now with Fabulous Florals.

    Cross Stitch Bouquet For Valentine's Day

    4. A Celebration Of Love:  Celebrate love that has lasted with this adorable cross stitch pillow and sampler. A great gift to your lover or to recently married friends to help them commemorate their love. Stitch names and dates along with "To have and to hold; To love and to cherish" to complete these romantic pieces. Start cross stitching this perfect Valentine's Day gift now with The Best of Terrie Lee Steinmeyer.

    Valentine's Day Cross Stitch Wedding Pillow

    5. A Celebration Of Friendship: Sentiments of love and friendship burst from this charming cross stitch design - a great Valentine's Day gift to show your love and appreciation for a close friend! Finish as a wall hanging that will look good on any wall! Cross stitch this great gift for your friend with Loving Hearts.

    Cross Stitch For Friend On Valentine's Day

    6. A Declaration of Your Love: Skip the card this year, and use a cross stitch to declare your love for that special someone. Cross stitch this beautiful sampler, decorated with flowers, hearts, and more, to tell someone "my heart is yours." Get started on your Valentine's Day gifts now with Samplers.

    Cross Stitch For Valentine's Day

    7. Flowers For The Bookworm: For a friend who loves reading, stitch them a flower this Valentine's Day. This floral bookmark is a perfect, quick gesture to show someone you're thinking about them. They're sure to think of you every time they use it! Stitch this great quick Valentine's gift now with Bookmark Medley.
    Floral Cross Stitch Bookmark For Valentine's Day

    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Gifts To Cross Stitch.

  • Plastic Canvas Gifts For Valentine's Day

    Top Gifts In Plastic Canvas For Valentine's Day

    Valentine's Day is coming! This year, use plastic canvas to show your friends, family, and loved ones how much they mean to you. Whether you're looking to make something large and ambitious, or you just want something small to remind them you care, you can find exciting hearts and flowers galore to create the perfect plastic canvas gift this Valentine's Day.

    1. An Album Full of Memories: Nothing says love like a photo album filled with your favorite memories together. Create one for your loved one, or simply give this plastic canvas album cover to a friend and let them fill it themselves! This elegant photo album design is unlike anything they will find store bought! Start on this great plastic canvas Valentine's Day gift now with Gifts Galore.

    Plastic Canvas Photo Album For Valentine's Day

    2. An Adorable Heart-Shaped Box: This plastic canvas box is a perfect Valentine's Day gift for loved ones of all ages! It will serve as a great place for holding jewelry or other trinkets. For two gifts in one, fill it with yummy candy or even these Plastic Canvas Candy Hearts! Get an early start on your Valentine's Day gifts with the Sweetheart Box ePattern.

    Plastic Canvas Valentine's Box

    3. A Sign Of Your Friendship: Remind one of your friends how much they mean to you this year on Valentine's Day! This charming handmade memento will nurture a flowering friendship with its fun flowers and quirky buttons. Plus, you can start this great plastic canvas gift now with the If Friends Were Flowers ePattern.

    Friendship Hangings In Plastic Canvas For Valentine's Day

    4. A Rosy Tote: Give your friends, family, or loved ones classic roses and pretty flowers this Valentine's Day to show them how you feel. This unique plastic canvas tote is as pretty as it is versatile! You'll love filling it with a fun surprise for a friend or giving it to a young girl to use as a purse. The possibilities are endless! Craft this gift in time for Valentine's Day with the Floral Tapestry Tote ePattern.

    Plastic Canvas Floral Tote For Valentine's Day

    5. A Mug Decorated With Hearts: The heartwarming bargello pattern on this mug is simple to create using basic stitches, and it makes a perfect Valentine's Day gift. The muted colors make it a great mug for your Valentine to use year round, and they'll think of you every time! Start creating this pretty mug now with the Bargello Mug ePattern.

    Valentine's Day Plastic Canvas Coffee Mug

    6. A Plastic Canvas Kisser: If you love your friends, give them a kiss! These playful pals are called kisses because their mouths can hold one small piece of candy, which makes each little animal as sweet as a kiss! These little creatures are the perfect, quick way to show someone you're thinking of them on Valentine's Day. Perfect for all ages! Pick from one of 25 fun designs found in Plastic Canvas Kissers.Plastic Canvas Kissers For Valentine's Day

    7. A Cup of Tea: Give a plastic canvas Cup Of Friendship - a thoughtful, small gesture to remind someone of your love! Stitch the little cup, and then put a bag of your friend's favorite tea in it. Complete the fun little gift with a tag - this one reads: "A Little Cup of Friendship, with a bag of tea. When you drink this, this of love from me!" Brighten someone specials day with this fun gift from Gifts Galore.

    Plastic Canvas Tea Cup For Valentines Day

    8. A Floral Eyeglasses Case: Featuring a combination of pretty pastels and dainty designs, any one of these eyeglass cases will make a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, or just any day at all. Perfect for anyone who wears sunglasses, reading glasses, or eyeglasses. Plus, you can start this great gift instantly with the Lovely Ladies Eyeglass Cases ePattern.

    Floral Plastic Canvas Eye Glasses Cases For Valentine's Day

    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Plastic Canvas Gift Giving Guide.

  • Quilting & Sewing Gifts For Valentine's Day

    Top Gifts To Quilt & Sew For Valentine's Day

    Show your friends, family, and other loved ones how much they mean to you this Valentine's Day with special handmade gifts! Quilt and sew classic teddy bears, hearts, and cupids to express your love this year. With this list, you'll find the perfect gift ideas for loved ones of any age!

    1. A Pillow That Says How You Feel: This plush pillow is a perfect Valentine's Day gift that will look good on someone's bed or couch year all year round! Each time they snuggle with it, they'll be sure to think of you. Perfect for loved ones of any age, this pillow might even satisfy hard-to-please teenagers! Sew it now with Best of Sew News Pillows.

    Valentines Day Pillow To Sew

    2. A Heart-Covered Quilt For Baby: Any day is a good day to show your love for baby - but this quilt is especially perfect for a Valentine's Day gift! Both parents and baby are sure to love the this Floating Hearts quilt. Plus, It's rated as "Beginner-Friendly", so this little quilt is a perfect stress free project and quick gift. Get started on this great Valentine's Day gift for baby now with Beginner-Friendly Baby Quilts.

    Valentines Day Baby Quilt

    3. A Heart-Covered Quilt For Other Loved Ones: Remind your other loved ones how much you care with this minimal heart-print quilt - a perfect and personal gift for Valentine's Day. This quilt, A Game Of Hearts, is perfect for cozying up with on cold winter nights, and is sure to remind your loved ones of you every time they use it! Start on this easy quilt now with Fons & Porter: Best Of Quilty.

    Valentine's Day Quilt

    4. A Fun Tote Bag: Give this Hearts of Bold tote bag on Valentine's Day - it's sure to please girls of all ages! Show your love for her in each stitch when you make this quilt block tote and adorn it with buttons. Start this fun and funky project now with Quilt Blocks Go Wild.

    Valentine's Day Bag

    5. A Teddy Bear Quilt: Turn simple squares into adorable little quilts! This Beary Patch Quilt is perfect for Valentine's Day, plus Color Your Way diagrams let you experiment with your own fabric color ideas to create a personalized gift! Start on this great gift for babies and kids now with the Patch Pals Collection.
    Valentines Day Teddy Bear Quilt

    6. A Sweet Pillow: Express your feelings to your loved ones with a quilted pillow! This feminine, floral pillow reads “You are so beautiful to me.” A perfect reminder for a close sibling or friend, plus it will look great sitting on their bed or couch! Sew this beautiful pillow for Valentine's Day with Love & Friendship Quilted Pillows.

    Quilted Pillow For Valentine's Day

    7. A Little Wall Hanging:  When time is of the essence, this lighthearted design finishes fast! Valentine Love is perfect for a quick, last-minute gift to remind your loved ones how much they matter. They will love to hang it on their walls. Celebrate love with Little Quilts For Big Occasions.

    Valentine's Day Love Quilt

    8. A Classic Teddy Bear:  A colorful bow tie gives this little bear a dapper air - it's the perfect, classic gift to sew for Valentine's Day! The stuffed bear is made of soft fleece, and its arms and legs are accented with button attachments. Create a red or pink bow tie to make this bear extra festive for Valentine's Day! Sew a bear this year with the Dapper Teddy Bear ePattern.

    Sew Teddy Bear For Valentines Day

    9. A Whimsy Wall Hanging:  Play with fresh & Fun appliqué to make this fun quilted wall hanging for Valentine's Day! A cute way to show your love to someone this year - they will love getting this gift! Create this fun heart-covered quilt now with Fresh & Fun Appliqué.

    Valentines Day Quilt Wall Hanging

  • Knit Gifts For Valentine's Day

    Top Gifts To Knit For Valentines Day

    This Valentine's Day, remind your friends, family, and loved ones how much you care for them with a handmade gift. Nothing says I love you like the careful knit stitches and personalized, cozy warmth of these great gifts! There are classic gifts like jewelry and snuggly teddy bears to knit, and hearts everywhere! Knit the perfect Valentine's Day gift this year with this helpful guide for all ages!

    1. Knit Hearts For Baby: Any day of the year is great for showing your love for baby, but this Double Hearts Blanket knit blanket is especially perfect for a Valentine's Day Gift! Show your love for the little one with this sweet little gift from Dreamy Baby Wraps.

    Knit Baby Valentine's Day Blanket

    2. A Cozy Zippered Hoodie: This adorable Zippered Heart Hoodie is a great way to show a young girl your love on Valentine's Day! Customize it especially for her with nearly fifty different sleeve styles, pockets, necklines, edgings, and other features! This customizable sweater is a perfect, personalized gift - start on it now with Pick The Pieces.

    Kids Heart Hoodie For Valentines Day

    3. A Beautiful Beaded Bracelet: Ladies of all ages will love to receive a beautiful, handmade bracelet on Valentine's Day. Learn to use your knitting skills with embroidery floor and beads to create this unique knit gift! All of the designs can be custom-fit for any wrist size, making these bracelets a great gift for anyone! Learn how to create them now with Beaded Bracelets To Knit.

    Knit Bracelet For Valentine's Day

    4. A Cozy Afghan: Give a cozy, heart-adorned afghan just in time for wrapping up during winter. This chill-busting cover-up is perfect for adding cozy warmth to a loved ones life! Knit the heart motifs in their favorite color as a special touch, and they'll think of you every time they curl up with this afghan! Start knitting this great Valentine's Day gift now with an instant digital download of the Afghan Medley To Knit eBook.

    Valentine's Day Afghan To Knit

    5. A Knit Heart Hat For Baby: Let your playful side show when you're knitting this cozy cap for the babies in your life! Heart Hat is a perfect gift for Valentine's Day. Both new parents and baby will love the dangling hearts, and it will make for the cutest pictures. Plus, it's perfect for keeping baby's ears warm on cold February days. Knit this great Valentine's Day gift now with Knit Hats For Babies.

    Knit Valentine's Day Hat For Babies

    6. A Classic Teddy Bear: Teddy bears are a classic Valentine's Day gift for all ages - and these cute little ones are perfect because they're quick and easy to knit!  Give this oh-so-sweet teddy to someone special in your life to remind them that they are loved. Plus, you can get started NOW with an instant digital download of the Oh-So-Easy Knits eBook.

    Knit Bears For Valentine's Day

    7. The Gift Of Relaxation: Treat your loved ones with something they really need - relaxation. Everyone loves a nice hot bath and some pampering! Knit a complete spa set: a bath mitt, headband, drawstring soap sack, and facecloth. Start knitting this great Valentine's Day gift set now with Spa & Bath Sets To Knit.
    Knit Spa Set For Valentine's Day

    8. Fun Knit Outfits: Sugar and spice and everything nice - These sweaters, caps, and cardigans will be a favorite of children with their fun colors and details! The heart patterns (worked in Stockinette Stitch on a Garter Stitch background) adorn all the designs - perfect for reminding the kids in your life how much you care for them! Give these great knits, found in Lots of love Knits For Kids.

    Knit Outfits For Kids Valentines Day

    9. Valentine's Day Dishcloths: These charming dishcloths make a great small and quick gift - perfect as an add-on, last-minute gift, or simply as a small reminder of your love! Knit a rose, Love, or Be Mine - Or Knit all three! Chances are, your loved ones will enjoy them so much they'll be looking for more knit dishcloths. Get started now with Dishcloths for Special Days.
    Knit Valentine's Day Dishcloths

    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Gifts To Knit.

  • After the holidays, thank you notes!

    Now it is time to write some handwritten thank you notes. New Year's Day is behind us and most seasonal celebratory activities and get-togethers are over. Show your appreciativeness for those few individuals who made your holiday experience extra special by coloring them a handwritten thank you card!

    I do take advantage of using electronic means to write notes; messages, invites, updates, and notes of appreciation. But there are times when even a brief handwritten message means so much more to the recipient than an "e" message. Now add another special feature to your holiday thank you cards by coloring! The perfect solution is Leisure Arts' Thank You Coloring Note Cards (item #48231).

    Each package of Thank You Coloring Note Cards (#48232) contains six cards with envelopes; two each of three designs. Each package of Thank You Coloring Note Cards (#48231) contains six cards with envelopes; two each of three designs.

    There are three designs, two cards per design, and six envelopes contained in each package. This set offers a nice variety of designs so that you can vary the use of each depending on the age of the recipient, or your artistic mood at the time of coloring.

    The package of Thank You cards has three designs, two cards per design (Leisure Arts #48231). The package of Thank You cards has three designs, two cards per design (Leisure Arts #48231).

    Spend a little extra time by adding some coloring pizzazz to your note -- wow, what a pop your handwritten message will have!

    Color your own Thank You cards! Colored pencils and markers used on one of three pattern designs (Leisure Arts #48232 - Thank You Coloring Note Cards). Color your own Thank You cards! Colored pencils and markers used on one of three pattern designs (Leisure Arts #48231 - Thank You Coloring Note Cards).

    Now I can't wait until later this month for my friend's January birthday -- yes, Leisure Arts carries Birthday Coloring Note Cards, too!

    The package of Birthday cards (#48231) is also available! The package of Birthday cards (#48232) is also available!

    We'd love to see some of your colored cards. Share your finished coloring note cards on Leisure Arts' Color Art for Everyone Facebook page; we'd love to see them!

    Happy 2017...

    Martha

  • Tags, Bags & Paper: Wrap It Up!

    It's time to wrap your presents. Get ideas and gather your supplies! It's time to ramp it up and make those presents a little more special!

    Here's how you can make a nice presentation to the gifts you have specially purchased for the people around you. Don't skimp on the thoughtfulness of the gift by throwing an unwrapped box in a plain gift bag. You can jazz up your gift tags and wrapping paper a bit from using your coloring instruments to adding a little more flair with needle and thread, or adding other store-bought embellishments. Experiment and have fun!

    Wrapping Supplies: Large Glitter Bags (whose glitter effect does NOT come off - fabulous!), Kraft Paper Tags and Burlap Tags. Wrapping Supplies: Large Glitter Bags (whose glitter effect does NOT come off - fabulous!), Kraft Paper Tags and Burlap Tags.

    The best new paper glitter bags I've used in years - the glitter does NOT come off on your hands, or table, or carpet... Look at these Large Glitter Bags in four fabulous colors!

    I will have both wrapped boxed presents, as well as, bagged presents. Now I'll focus on making decorated gift tags to use on all my presents. I used both the Burlap Tags (item #47564) and the Kraft Paper Tags (item #47563) and was very pleased in the versatility that both of these basic designs offered!

    Embellished burlap and paper gift tags; use as ornaments, too! Embellished burlap and paper gift tags; use as ornaments, too! 

    I had so much fun making these tags. I let my creativity grow from simply coloring an ornament design from the Art of Coloring Festive (item #6945), to making tags that were embellished and dimensional that could be hung as ornaments, too!

    Layer your tags, whether burlap or paper, to have both to/from names and a design.

    Close-Up of layered effect using both Burlap and Kraft Paper Tags for a present. Close-Up of layered effect using both Burlap and Kraft Paper Tags for a present.

    Pairing my completed tags with the Large Glitter Bags.

    Pairing a Large Glitter Bag with one of the embellished gift tags. Pairing Large Glitter Bags with just the right embellished gift tag.

    Here's the most elaborate gift tag that I made. I used two Kraft Paper Tags to complete this ornament. I cut-out an oval shape in my first tag that would act as a window; my second tag was kept whole. The first tag would get a piece of hard plastic (cut from another package's blister pack) to cover its window. The second, whole tag would serve as the background; I glued craft super-mini glass marbles to it. I added my colored ornament on top of the marbles. I aligned the first tag with its window to the second and glued them both together.

    Make a cut-out in one paper tag and layer over another with choice of embellishment. Make a cut-out in one paper tag and layer over another with choice of embellishment.

    The snowflake cross stitch gift tag was completed using a Burlap Tag; it was backed with another burlap tag.

    A simple cross-stitch design on a Burlap Tag does well as the foundation for other dimensional tag effects. A simple cross-stitch design on a Burlap Tag does well as the foundation for other dimensional tag effects.

    Now it's time to wrap some boxed presents. HMM...how could I make the box itself a little more interesting. I went to Pinterest to get some ideas on how to decorate gifts using yarn -- other than using pom-poms. This image caught my eye immediately with its yarn woven decorated present.  Did you know Leisure Arts carries Lion Brand® Yarn?

    To decorate packages with yarn, I followed the directions as outlined in the above-mentioned pin and gathered two yarns from my stash.

    Share your love of crafts by adding yarn as part of your gift wrapping. Share your love of crafts by adding yarn as part of your gift wrapping.

    Here I am beginning to weave the second yarn - in a different weight and color as suggested.

    Starting to weave the second color in a different weight yarn. But wait; I think I'll make a change to two strands of medium weight yarn per row -- see the finished package! Starting to weave the second color in a different weight yarn. But wait; I think I'll make a change to two strands of medium weight yarn per row -- see the finished package!

    I liked the variation that I made to the initial set of instructions. I just embellished the embellishment!

    Simple brown paper is a complementary back-drop to the warmth of the yarn and use of a paper gift tag. Simple brown paper is a complementary back-drop to the warmth of the yarn and use of a paper gift tag.

    So I had half of my package of Kraft Paper Tags (30 tags / pack) unused. I wanted to find something additional to do with my remaining tags; I happened to fan mine out when it dawned on me.  With simple additions of several pipe cleaners, I had a wreath. What a great idea to do for younger kids to decorate. What would you do with your extras? Make a deck of cards with two packages of paper tags? What about any extra Burlap Tags (12 tags / pack)?

    Get creative with your tags! I made this wreath by adding pipe cleaners to the fanned paper tags. Get creative with your tags! I made this wreath by adding pipe cleaners to the fanned paper tags.

    I'd love to see your ideas come to life! Post some images of your packages and projects. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season -- keep it creative with less stress and more merry!

    Martha

  • Crochet Gifts For Boys

    Top Gifts To Crochet Boys

    We've compiled crochet gifts that boys will love! Use your crochet skills to create perfect, memorable gifts this year. The little boy on your list will love these fun gifts!

    1. A Fun Animal Hat & Scarf Set:  Keeping warm is child’s play with this gift! This wild bear set has ears and paws that will keep boys smiling. See how easy these hats and scarves are to crochet and how much fun kids have wearing these great gifts with Animal Hats & Scarves.

    Crochet Bear Hat and Scarf For Kids

    2. A Cozy Afghan For The Car Lover:  Patch perfect crochet afghans that boys will love! Crocheting this fun car-covered afghan is easy with granny squares, or granny variations. He will love the different sizes and shapes of vehicles zooming along the road. Get started now with the Perfect Patches eBook.

    Crochet Car Afghan For Boys

    3. A Colorful Set Of Balls: Give a bucket of (crocheted) fun! Crochet dodge balls and bucket in eight vivid colors for the boy on your list. He can practice throwing the balls into the basket, or start a fun game of dodge ball! A great and safe indoor game for the holidays.  Start making this unique gift for boys now with the Dodge Ball Set ePattern.

    Crochet Dodge Ball For Boys

    4. A Cuddly Animal Pillow: No one can resist hugging this fun monkey pillow! Boys will love the 3-D ears, feet, and tail. This great gift is sure to  make a great decorative accessory for his bedroom, and it can also offer comfort and companionship while riding in the car. Crochet this fun gift for the boy on your list with Kid's Animal Pillows.

    Crochet Monkey Pillow For Boys

    5. A Fun Panda Backpack:  Here's a cute and helpful pal who'll always be willing to carry a youngster's schoolbooks! A wonderful gift for boys, this panda backpack will also make a fun overnight bag for a sleep-over at Grandma's or a friend's house. Crochet this great gift now with the Panda Pal ePattern.

    Crochet Panda Bag For Boys

    6. A Playful Pair Of Mittens:  These crochet puppet mittens make a great gift for boys. He will love wearing and playing with these cute little dogs on his hands, plus they serve to keep him warm on cold days! Crochet this great gift for boys now with the Charity Guide For Crocheters.

    Crochet Dog Puppets For Boys

    7. A Sporty Teddy Bear Outfit:  Let him show his team spirit and get a mascot ready with this crocheted basketball uniform. A great crochet gift for boys! This unique gift can be personalized to match his favorite sports team or school colors. Crochet a jersey, shorts, headband, sneakers, and a basketball. He will love this gift - start now with the Basketball Teddy Bear Uniform ePattern.

    Crochet Sports Bear For Boys

    8. A Sporty Drawstring Bag:  Crochet this fun, sports inspired bag for the boy on your list. Great for taking to school or for sleepovers! Plus, creating this great gift for boys is easy with the interchangeable crochet squares in Hip 2 B Square Totes & Bags.

    Crochet Bag For Boys

    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Gifts To Crochet.

  • DIY Holiday Lights: Easy Gifting and Decorating Creatively

    Expand the use of tea lights and LED candles to craft easy holiday ornaments and table decor. This can be a most enjoyable time of year with all of the holiday crafting and baking, along with its celebrations, gatherings, and functions. But it can be a stressful time, too; especially when it comes to gifting and decorating creativity. Relax and review some of these craft ideas I've gathered for you!

    I saw the first project below last Christmas season but never got around to making any. So this year it was the first craft project on my list to do and share. A benefit to having been delayed a year, there are multiple variations now! This project's main component are a set of tea lights like the ones Leisure Arts sells (#47150). 

    Use tea lights to make ornaments and luminaries for holiday decor! Use tea lights to make ornaments and luminaries for holiday decor!

    The goal is to make Christmas tree ornaments that look like snowmen using the tea lights. Last year when I started gathering supplies I never could find a stove pipe hat so I moved on and chose a felt stocking cap. Luckily I found one misplaced pack of six and bought them. Fast-forward to this year, I followed a Pinterest pin to this post on Tea Light Snowman Ornaments and followed its directions very closely.

    I tried to purchase another set of the felt stocking caps [in the same size] as I found last year, but they couldn't be found in a local brick-and-mortar store. After not feeling positive about my manipulating ribbon and glue to replicate a scarf, I just experimented with pipe cleaners and really liked the result. Here is a picture of most of my supplies; some supplies were added as modifications to the original tea light snowman were made.

    Most supplies needed for Snowman Santa and Snow Lady tea light ornaments. Most supplies needed for Snowman Santa and Snow Lady tea light ornaments.

    Oh, I'm beginning to have a holiday smile on my face!

    Positioning the felt hat on tea light with eyes and mouth already marked! Positioning the felt hat on tea light with eyes and mouth already marked!

    I added a little more personality to each of the light's characters. The Snow Lady has long eyelashes with a warm chenille pipe cleaner scarf. She's wearing ear muffs crafted out of a smaller piece of pipe cleaner and mini poms-poms. Snowman Santa has a gift with him!

    Snow Lady tea light wears ear muffs with her chenille scarf. The battery compartment is still accessible from the back. Snow Lady tea light wears ear muffs with her chenille scarf. The battery compartment is still accessible from the back.

    My next project was also inspired by a Pin I saw last year using toilet paper cardboard tubes to fashion owl ornaments.

    Molding the cardboard tubes to have owl ears. Molding the cardboard tubes to have owl ears.

    I painted my owl a fairly true-to-life color and added details using my black Sharpie marker. As I was looking at the owl's detailed face and feathers, and thinking about its placement on a tree or wreath, it dawned on me to make it a luminary IF a tea light would fit inside the cardboard tube. I had not planned on the owl decoration to be a luminary, so I had to carefully cut slits through the layers of painted cardboard. Next, I used Loctite® Fun-Tak® to hold the tea light in place.

    Angled feather-slits made with a craft knife through painted cardboard tube. Angled feather-slits made with a craft knife through painted cardboard tube.

    Guess what; a tea light from Leisure Arts was the PERFECT FIT!

    A tea light fits perfectly inside the cardboard tube; it is held in place with some Loctite® Fun-Tak®. A tea light fits perfectly inside the cardboard tube; it is held in place with some Loctite® Fun-Tak®.

    I hot glued a wooden clothespin (Leisure Arts #48158) to the back of the owl so I could perch it anywhere on a tree or wreath. I think the angle of my feather slits need to changed, and the feathers need to be opened more to enhance more illumination.

    A little illumination is visible. Perhaps a different angle or wider slits are needed for more light to be seen. A little illumination is visible. Perhaps a different angle or wider slits are needed for more light to be seen.

    I think I'll experiment with another owl and circular holes.

    A two-tone red owl with pin-pricked holes for better tea light visibility. A two-tone red owl with pin-pricked holes for better tea light visibility.
    The owl's features are done and the tea light is in place! The owl's features are done and the tea light is in place!

    I checked the "better" illumination by sitting my owl in the office's semi-darkened mail room. I think the red owl will look great on a tree with the tea light snow people!

    Sitting in the office mailroom. Sitting in the office mail room.

    Now to show you all three tea light ornaments clustered together: Snowman Santa, Snow Lady and Owl. I like the brighter color used to paint the owl red. I think I'll lean towards making more owls in a variety of folk art colors and add whimsical details around the eyes, feathers and wings.

    On the office tree! Snowman Santa and the Snow Lady both have their lights on. The owl's light is on, too, but the angle doesn't show it very well. On the office tree! Snowman Santa and the Snow Lady both have their lights on. The owl's light is on, too, but the angle doesn't show it very well.
    See the difference in the tea light noses with the light turned on or off. Remember: color the flame orange with a permanent marker. See the difference in the tea light noses with the light turned on or off. Remember: color the flame orange with a permanent marker.

    Next up, more holiday lights on my dining room table at home. I have my LED 3-Pack Candle Set  in a row  atop a table runner.

    The very popular LED 3-pack candle set can be part of a holiday tablescape, too! The very popular LED 3-pack candle set can be part of a holiday tablescape, too!

    I wanted to add to my tabletop candles and decided on making a paper village using my coloring book paper from Art of Coloring  Festive (Leisure Arts #6945) and Art of Coloring Holiday (Leisure Arts #7094). I've just gotten started but am very pleased with the simple, clean paper house design found here.

    The tea lights make paper house luminaries as part of the table decor. The tea lights make paper house luminaries as part of the table decor.

    I looked at many paper house, paper box and paper folded ornament designs but this design by Hello Bee was the best for this project: a house structure to be a luminary and to show off a coloring book design. The paper house on the right has red and green tissue paper taped to the inside of the structure as a line. With the tea light turned on, the tissue paper-lined house was supposed  to give a warm holiday glow. However, it was the heaviest tissue paper I've ever felt and was displeased with the effect; that house will get a renovation! I like the intent of the added tissue paper, but I will need to buy some new (traditionally lighter-weight) yellow tissue paper. When the tea light is turned off, the tissue paper liner masks the appearance of the tea light if you don't like it being seen inside the house.

    In the early Fall, I showed different ways to use and decorate the LED 3-Pack Candle Set for National LED Day. Along with button garlands wrapped around the pillar candles, other embellishments were incorporated to the tablescape that included leaves, more buttons, baskets, etc. Not shown in my earlier post, was the below image of a wintry decorated candle; it is perfect for Christmas and beyond. I made snowball pom-poms (watch how here) and used them along with another button garland to decorate around the largest LED candle in the set.

    These snowball pom-poms look great in holiday colors complementing the ribbon and button garland. These snowball pom-poms look great in holiday colors complementing the ribbon and button garland.

    Candy canes are quite popular to use as part of your holiday decorations this time of year. This home decor candy cane candle project is so festive you could use it in any room for some extra holiday glitz. I wanted to try making a ring of candy canes surrounding a large candle, that I first saw here. It was a great decorative tip or trick, but I wanted to use the largest pillar candle from my LED 3-Pack Candle Set so I would not have to worry about the candle burning down.

    Simple idea - festive look! I'll use my LED pillar candles and won't worry about any flame! Simple idea - festive look! I'll use my LED pillar candles and won't worry about any flame!

    Since I was going to use a hot glue gun to secure the candy canes to each other and I didn't want any hot glue seepage onto my LED candle, I first made a poster board sleeve, or ring, to fit around my candle. Then I glued each candy cane to the poster board and made the candy cane ring. By using the largest pillar candle from my LED 3-Pack Candle Set I don't have to worry about wax getting a bit too warm for plastic wrapped peppermint candy!

    Peppermint candy canes are hot glued to a poster board sleeve [a 3"-4" ring] wrapped around the tallest LED pillar candle. Peppermint candy canes are hot glued to a poster board sleeve [a 3"-4" ring] wrapped around the tallest LED pillar candle.

    I bought inexpensive candy canes, white poster board and wide ribbon. Since I wanted a long section of each candy cane to be glued down, I cut a 3"-4" wide strip of poster board to act as a protective sleeve around the LED candle. I tied on a ribbon for extra security to assist holding the candy canes in place. Now I have an extra pop of color that can be added to any room -- and this is before the LED candle is lit!

    Fluff out that ribbon -- when you're using an LED pillar candle as part of your table decor! Fluff out that ribbon -- when you're using an LED pillar candle as part of your table decor!

    What a fun and busy couple of weeks I've had preparing and gathering these project ideas for you. I hope they will come in handy and lead you in using your tea lights and LED candles as home decor in different ways than you might have expected - craft on!

    Martha

     

     

  • Plastic Canvas Gifts For Baby

    Top Plastic Canvas Gifts For Baby

    Instead of purchasing gifts for baby, use your plastic canvas crafting skills to create something really special. There are tons of great plastic canvas patterns out there for baby, and we found some of the most unique patterns to help you create the perfect gifts.

    1. A Whole Nursery Set: Help new parents decorate the nursery - or just freshen it up - with this unique plastic canvas set. Baby will love the bright colors, textures, and shapes of the captivating mobile. The pretty pastel projects for the nursery include all the basics a mother-to-be could need to surround baby with sweetness, decorated with hearts, bows, and building blocks. Create this great baby gift now with the Sweetheart Nursery ePattern.

    Plastic Canvas Nursery Set For Baby

    2. Adorable Photo Frames: Surprise baby and mom with these bears, ducks, bunnies, and other cute characters from Dick Martin. Babies will love the cute animals, and parents will love to show off cute baby photos in these unique frames. Create this great gift for baby now with Friends For Baby. 

    Plastic Canvas Frames For Baby

    3. A Little Bookshelf For A Little Reader: Baby's favorite bedtime stories can be tucked away in the handy plastic canvas book holder, and the matching heart-embellished frame will showcase a photo of Mommy's little darling. Create this great plastic canvas gift for baby now with the ePattern.

    Plastic Canvas Bookshelf For Baby

    4. A Cute Arrival Sign: Whether baby has arrived or will arrive soon, this plastic canvas sign will be cherished by new parents. Baby will love the fun textures, lines, and colors too! A great addition to any nursery. Create it now with Gifts Galore.

    Plastic Canvas Sign For Baby

    5. A Plastic Canvas Baby Bag: This roomy bag for baby's necessities will be a great surprise! Complete with a big front pocket, it can hold diapers, bottles, rattles, and more. Get the pattern for this unique plastic canvas tote to create a great gift for baby. Start now with the Heartwarming Baby Tote ePattern.

    Plastic Canvas Tote For Baby

    6. A Buddy For Baby: Create this cute plastic canvas wall hanging for baby and give them a new friend! Baby will love the cute kitty, bright colors, and fun texture, and you'll love challenging yourself to create this gift from Teach Me To Long Stitch.

    Plastic Canvas Picture For Baby

    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Plastic Canvas Gift Giving Guide.

  • Plastic Canvas Gifts For Boys

    Top Plastic Canvas Gifts For Boys

    Instead of purchasing gifts this year, use your plastic canvas crafting skills to create something personal and unique for the boy in your life. There are tons of great plastic canvas gift ideas for kids, from play sets to small games and other fun trinkets. Make the perfect plastic canvas gifts this year with these fun patterns.

    1. A Portable Castle: Create a fun plastic canvas portable playhouse set and his imagination will run free. This fun castle will really come to life when he adds his favorite toy people and animals. Plus, it's easy to pack up and take anywhere - perfect for traveling. The boy on your list will love this plastic canvas gift from Portable Playhouse Sets.

    Plastic Canvas Castle For Boys

    2. A Set Of Plastic Canvas Dinosaurs: Young boys will spend hours pretending they're in "the land before time" with these playful dinosaur characters. These toys can even make learning fun by sparking a child's interest in prehistoric wonders. Create this great gift for boys and get started now with the Super Dinosaurs ePattern.

    Plastic Canvas Dinosaurs For Boys

    3. A Fishing Game: The boys on your list will love to go fishing with this fun plastic canvas toy. Create several numbered fish, a fishing rod, and a small pool for a fishing game kids will love! Everyone will be impressed by this unique plastic canvas toy from Gifts Galore.

    Plastic Canvas Fishing Game For Kids

    4. A Camouflage Set: Here are two neat projects a boy will treasure! Stitched with variegated yarn in camouflage colors, the Keep Out sign can be posted on a door to ensure his privacy. And the matching storage box is just the right size for holding his toy soldiers, prized baseball cards, or anything else he wants to keep top secret. Get started on this great boy gift now with the Camouflage Collection ePattern.

    Plastic Canvas Camouflage Box For Boys

    5. A Plastic Canvas Game: The boy on your list in for a "toad-ally" good time with this amphibious friend! Create the whimsical plastic canvas board and accompanied game pieces that can be strung on a ribbon for safekeeping. Kids will love this "ribbiting" game for trips and rainy days. Create this great gift now with the Tic-Tac-Toad ePattern.

    Plastic Canvas Game For Kids

    6. A Sporty Storage Box: Boys who loves sports will have a ball with this plastic canvas case for trading cards or other trinkets! Openings on the back of the lid make it perfect for displaying favorite cards or special pictures. Start this great gift for boys now with the ePattern.

    Plastic Canvas Sports Box For Boys

    Need more gift ideas? Check out our Plastic Canvas Gift Giving Guide.

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