DIY Brooch Display/Hanger

Hello! It’s been since my early days of this blog since I last shared a craft DIY/tutorial… but I’ve got one now for those with brooch/pin collections!

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Tutorial: Advent Candle Wreath

The time between now and Christmas Day is crazy with all sorts of activities, but I feel that many people lose sight of what Christmas is truly about; I wanted to start a new tradition to help me keep the focus on Christ. Since I knew that Advent wreaths are also designed for home/family use, and not just in churches, I wanted one of my own.

And it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t make something… so here I am with another craft project!

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The flower in gray

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The flower in gray
Blooms despite the dreariness
Oh so beautiful

That necklace is for sale in my Etsy store. Click here to see its listing, or click here to go to my store’s main page! I still have a 40% off orders of $15 or more coupon code, trying to clear out some inventory.

UPDATE: This item sold on March 30. I’m hoping to buy similar components to that flower, so that I can make some more necklaces in this design.

Tutorial: Little Treat Boxes

Ah, the first tutorial on this blog!

I am selling at a craft show next weekend, and I wanted to give something to those who purchase items from me.

… okay, and I just wanted to try something new.

These are tiny treat boxes, and I have nine Hershey’s Kisses inside each box. I could probably fit three more inside, but … well… I like chocolate and I couldn’t keep myself from eating some as I was making the boxes! ­čśŤ

I got this idea from Pinterest. I think it’s from Stampin’ Up, some brand which I’m going to guess should be a Mecca for rubber-stamping enthusiasts. This was from a video, so this is the non-video and non-SU version. They were fancy in making their boxes, using scoring boards and a kajillion different embellishments and exact names of the designs on the paper… yeah, I just have plain cardstock and my embellishments come from the Clearance rack at Hobby Lobby. I don’t pay too much attention.

The part that contains your treats will measure 2.5″L x 1.5″W x 1.75″H. I imagine putting tea bags in here… a piece or two of gourmet single-wrapped chocolates that are like $10/lb… or any other little items. These would make cute favors at parties, nice dinners, and “thinking of you” gifts. I may make these for a Tea at my church in December, and put some nice tea bags inside.

You’ll need:
– One piece of 8.5″x5.5″ piece of cardstock paper (1/2 sheet of paper)
– Pencil and ruler
– Scissors
– Embellishments to decorate the sides
– Ribbon or other ways to close the top

. On your 8.5″x5.5″ piece of paper, mark out your lines. On the 8.5″ side, mark 1.75, 3.5, 5, and 6.75 inches from the corner. On the 5.5″ side, mark at 1.5 and 4 inches from a corner. Draw your lines.

. Here are my lines drawn on green cardstock.

.┬áFold at all the lines. … and, as you can see, sometimes I’m not the best folder. ­čśŤ Also, look at the right side of my paper here. I cut approximately 1/4″ to the line (see this on the left side of my template in the first photo). This little strip will be cut off in the next step, so that it allows for more comfortable assembling later on.

. Time to make some cuts. Refer to the first photo for the cut lines. Also, cut diagonal lines as shown to remove four triangles.

.┬áTime to assemble! To form the box, fold up the small square (center piece on the 8.5″ side). Then, bring up the side that had the 1/4″ strip removed, and fold over that piece over the small square. Do the same thing to the other side. For adhesive, I put some glue stick on the two tabs (the two outer pieces on the 8.5″ side). I used a big paper clip to hold the sides together as the glue dried.

. This is what the side should look like. Do the same thing to the other short side of this box.

.┬áFill up your box with goodies, and then embellish your box! I had vellum sheets and I used my computer to create “thank you” tags. I used silver filigree stickers to attach the tag. For closing the box, I punched two holes while pinching the top together, and used 3/8″ ribbon to tie a bow.


To view the original video, click here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask below.