All posts tagged: gift idea

joone.

Joone is a craft kit company based in Chicago. I met founders Whitney and Lauren at Craftcation last year. I got my hands on their paper cutting kit – a craft I’ve been wanting to try, but didn’t know where to start. It made for a nice travel craft for my winter break because it came with everything I needed, including a tray to collect my paper scraps, all in a small box. The paper cutting kit comes with materials to create at least 2 bookmarks, 3 gift tags, and 1 4″x6″ art piece (you can probably use it as a post card, too!). There’s even a practice sheet to get used to cutting with an Xacto knife. The how-to guide has lots of tips for cutting with an Xacto knife – super helpful! Once you cut out your design you can add a colorful backing with Modge Podge. They include wax paper, too, to line your table / not get mod podge everywhere. I can’t say this is a craft I want to do …

good stuff.

Hi. I worked on some stuff for FtF fans! Baby Pennants. My usual baby pennant pack got an upgrade (bigger flags!). I created these A’s theme monthly photo session pennants for my coworker’s new babe. Lucky 13. These pennants were a special request from one of my weaving students. She wanted to surprise her daughter and daughter’s friend with pennants for their 13th birthday. They picked them up at my SF Etsy Indie Holiday Emporium booth. She prepped a sort of scavenger hunt activity where they received gifts at certain booths. How cute! SPP. Hubby’s tennis bros needed some FtF bling. “SPP” stands for San Pablo Park, their home court. “Fight!” is one of the sayings their teammate says during competitive matches. The next season doesn’t start until April but we ready! Luca. My friend ordered a baby pennant pack and name pennant to gift to a friend. The color palette is everything. Plant Daddy, Yaaas Queen. Such fun custom wall hangings! I like when people ask me at shows if I have a certain …

cinnamon.

Cinnamon crafts for the holi-yays! I was inspired to create himmeli with cinnamon sticks for Christmas so I ordered a bunch from San Francisco Herb company. They turned out pretty good and smell great! They require cinnamon sticks that are tubes and not all of the sticks were tubes, so I had lots of extra sticks. What to do? More crafts, of course! Himmeli plus additional ideas below. Himmeli. I usually make himmeli with paper straws; cinnamon sticks are much more festive for the Christmas season. You will need: 12 cinnamon sticks (that are tubes) Nylon cord or similar non-stretchy cord (the length of 15 sticks, plus an additional 1 foot) Craft needles Fabric scissors Bells or other decor (optional) String on 3 cinnamon sticks, leaving a short tail on one end (at least 3 inches). Tie a knot to form a triangle. Add 2 more sticks to form a second triangle; tie a knot. Continue to add two sticks at a time until you have 1 stick left; string on last stick. Bring the …

felted necklace.

I had leftover felt pompoms from my Awreatha project so I decided to make pompom necklaces for gifting! This is a fun and easy DIY to add to your holiday make list. You will need: felt pompoms (I used 1″ poms) beading wire (at least double the length of your felt pom pom row) sewing needle chain (at least 20″ per project so it fits over people’s heads without needing a clasp opening) crimp beads (2 per project) wire cutters scissors crimping pliers Line up your felt pompom design. Measure out two pompom design lengths of beading wire. Begin threading your pompoms, leaving even tails on both ends. Cut 20-24 inches of coordinating chain. Thread bead wire through a crimp bead, through the last chain link, then back through the crimp bead. Crimp the crimp bead to secure the wire. Sew the bead wire tail through the first pompom then trim. For the other side, thread bead wire through crimp bead, through other end chain link (make sure the chain isn’t tangled), then back through …

new projects, who dis?

More custom creations for FtF fans! Patrick’s Aloha 30 I got a custom request for a three-tiered garland with hibiscus and shades of green. Look at the tiny leaves! I love adding little details to my garland creations. Home Sweet Home A student of mine requested a Home Sweet Home wall hanging in her home decor colors. I get a lot of requests for custom gifts, but it’s also special when people order something especially for their home. Name Tags I have an ongoing name tag order with a company in San Francisco. This time they ordered 13 more name tag pennants. And because I have a camera holder now, here’s a process video! The Graduate My friend ordered a giant pennant for his wife because she finished her PhD program. She’s Ph-inally D-one! Follow Me My cubicle mate was recently assigned emergency assembly area monitor duties so I made her a sign to carry during drills (and the real thing!) to herd our office mates to our meeting place. The blue ‘confetti’ are little …

craft beer and craft crafts.

This quarter’s Crafty Lady Night was at a brewery! We enjoyed craft beers and craft crafts! This time we made yarn wrapped plant hangers and keychains. This is a great project for on the go, and you don’t need that many materials. Plus, it’s a fun gift idea. Try it out and let me know what you think! Here’s the how-to for the plant holders: Materials: cotton cord, ring, assorted yarn, scissors Cut at least 4 strands of cord, 5 feet in length. Fold all cords in half and place a ring at the midpoint (or tie an overhand knot). Start with a foot of yarn. Fold yarn so there is a U with one short and one long end. Hold the strands securely on the cord and begin wrapping the cords with the long end of yarn. Wrap starting from the loose yarn end and ‘up’ towards the bottom of the U. Place the long end through the bottom of the U. Hold the long end securely as you pull on the short end …

marbled leather.

My last class (😭) at Craftcation was leather marbled keychains, and it just so happened to be taught by Sadye Harvey of Temerity who teaches at Makers Mess. I attended her marbling night craft happy hour earlier this year and loved it, so I was excited attend another one of her classes.   We used a lot of tools and materials for this project. Vegetable-tanned leather Trays Water Carageenan (a thickener) Acrylic dye (for leather) Paintbrushes Alum (a mordant) Resolene (a dye sealant) Foam brushes Precision knife or scissors Ruler Leather punch Rivet and rivet press anvil Mallet Key rings First, we cut out leather shapes. For shapes with a straight edge, I used a precision knife and ruler. For other shapes, I made a soft outline with a skewer stick and then cut with a precision knife. For anything that would become a keychain, we made sure to include a 2-inch tail at the top of our designs so they could be attached onto the key rings. We punched holes using a leather punch. …