Tuesday, April 28, 2009

How to Make a Picture Card in Can- perfect for mother's day!


This Card in Can is on of my MOST popular tutorials of 2009! 

This was a fun project to make! It is going to be my mother's day cards for my mom and my MIL. I am pretty sure that they are going to like it since it has pictures of their grandchild in it! It also reuses a "can" that I would have otherwise thrown away so it is also green!

a tin can (Peanut can would work, I used a Gerber lil' crunches can since my son LOVES to eat them!)
decorative paper
Scissors and slider cutter
Hole punch
X-acto knife
adhesive (I used double stick tape and Hot Glue)
Paper clip

1. Clean out your can.

2. Cut out squares to fit into your can. I cut two sizes. 3' squares and 2 1/2' squares to make the framed edge. It will depend on your can how big your squares can be. suggest trying a size on the bigger side and than you can trim off if you have to. It is easy to cut off than it is to add more on. I also though circles would be cute but I don't have a circle cutter. I make sets of squares. You can make as many or few as you have pictures for. 8 fits into my can nicely and doesn't make too long of a string to pull out.

3. Attach your smaller square onto your bigger square.

4. Punch a hole on the top and the bottom of your squares:

5. tread the ribbon through your squares.

6. At the bottom attach the ribbon to the back to "tie off" the end. Set your square garland to the side for a bit.
7. Now we are going to cover the can. Mark on your paper how tall your can is and cut a strip that is that height.
8. Attach your paper strip to your can. (I used hot glue for this) My strip does not reach all the way around so I need to add another little strip to cover the rest up.

I choose to use the coordinating paper to make the extra strip and I think I am going write "Grandma" on the side.

9. Now the cover: Trace around your cover and cut out the circle.
10. Using hot glue attach your paper circle to the lid.
11. Also using hot glue attach the ribbon around the edge to the lid.

I added a rectangle on the top of my lid. You don't have to.

12. Using an X-acto Knife cut a slit into your lid big enough to slide your ribbon through. Be sure to cut on a safe place and to go through all the paper layers.
13. Before you thread you ribbon from your square garland through your slit you will want to tie a paper clip on to act as a stopper.

14. thread your ribbon through the slit.

15. Make a loop and tie a knot.
16. Add your photos to your square garland. I printed my as wallets (also had to crop some off to make it fit on my squares). I printed 6 pictures and on the top square ( the first one you will see) I wrote "Happy Mothers Day!" and on the bottom one I signed "From our Family." Zig-zag your garland so that it will pull out of the can nicely and put on the lid.
How cute is that???

I also made one for my BIL birthday. He loves to fish so I cut out fish shapes and made a Stinger of fish come out. I made the can look like a net. At the bottom of the stinger I tied on a gift card to one of his favorite sporting good stores! Here is a pic of that:

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

How to Make Felt Barrettes!

I got this idea for making barrettes here. I loved this idea for my niece's 2nd birthday! My little princess of a niece is very girly and loves jewelry and hair things so these are sure to be a hit! Plus, I love to work with felt!

I made a tutorial of how I made them... I know that there a probably several out there on the web but since you are already here you might a well check out mine! : )

Felt (scrap pieces work great!)
Barrettes (I found a box of 30 at Micheal's labeled as Quilt binding clips)
scrap paper (for pattern)
sewing machines (optional)
needle and thread
Button and ribbon embellishments

1. making the pattern: first trace around the barrette with a pencil

2. Draw around the barrette trace to allow for a seam (trust me it is MUCH easier this way! <- I didn't allow for a seam and a funny thing happened: the barrette did not fit! ) The seam allowance does not have to be very big since we are using felt.
3. cut out your pattern and pin it on a piece of felt that has been folded so that there are 2 layers. We are making a jacket for the barrette to fit into so we need 2 sides.
4. cut out the barrette jacket pieces

5. Sew the two pieces together around the sides and bottom but leave the top open so we can put the barrette into. You can machine sew or hand sew.
This is what it should look like after you sew it.
6. cut off the extra felt around the edges. Try to get close the seam but not too close that you cut it open (found that out the hard way too!)
7. Now decide what side is going to be the back (since they look the same on mine it did not matter much!) and flip up the top part. See picture below: 8. cut off the top part on ONLY ONE layer. this is going to allow you barrette to slid into the jacket.
9. now slide you barrette into the jacket.

10. Now choose an embellishment. I like to stitch through the hole on the back of the barrette to make sure that it will stay inside of the jacket.

Note: if you are going to sew a ribbon on, it is best to attach it when you are sewing the 2 pieces together at the beginning.
They are so fun to make and with just a little button, or felt flower or ribbon they turn out SO CUTE! I loved doing this because it seemed that with little effort I could get an adorable end product. I can't stop making them!

Now stop reading and go make some for yourself!!!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Freezer paper stencils

Here is a great tutorial on how to make your own stencils out of freezer paper. It is totally cool! (did I just go back to the 80's??- Like for sure!)

here is what I made this week with my freezer paper stencil:

A reusable shopping bag. Radical, huh?!?!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

How to Make a Headache Pillow

This is made from a really cute fleece scarf I found at a thrift store.

Materials Used:
fabric (I used this fleece scarf, which has 2 layers of fabric. You could use pretty much any kind of fabric that you want.)
stick pins
sewing machine or needle and thread
dried lavender or lavender essential oil


1. Cut a rectangle about 8"x6" (or whatever size you want). Since I had a double-layered scarf, I just cut the end off. It's about 4"x6", with three sides already sewn.

2. Pin the sides you will be sewing, right sides together (wrong sides out).
3. Sew by hand or by machine (I don't have a sewing machine, so mine is done by hand. Since it's so small, it doesn't take very long). Be sure to leave at least 1" open on the end to pour the rice in.

4. Flip inside out so the right sides are now facing out.

5. Mix about 1.5 cups of rice with a handful of dried lavender or a few drops of lavender essential oil. Pour rice into pouch. It helps to use a funnel.

6. Fold about 1/4" of the opening into the pouch to hide the edge (make sure it's flush with the outside edge of the pouch), pin, and sew up the opening.

And now you have the Headache Pillow. You can warm it up in the microwave, or put it in the fridge or freezer, depending on how you like it or need it. Place over your eyes when you have a headache. It's nice when you don't have a headache too.

You can make this bigger and use as a heating pad for cramps or body aches or just to warm up your bed on cold winter nights! I'd probably leave out the lavender though.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Jeannine's Homemade Granola Recipe


6 c. oats
1 c. whole wheat flour
1-2 T. cinnamon (to taste)
1-2 T. ground cloves (to taste)
(I used to use nutmeg, but found I liked it better with cloves. Feel free to try whatever.)
any dried fruit or nuts (raisins, coconut, almonds, etc).

1 c. water
1 c. vegetable oil (I use canola)
1/2 c. honey (more or less to taste.)
(If you prefer, you can use corn syrup in place of honey. It's less healthy, but much cheaper.)


1. Mix dry ingredients in large bowl.
2. Mix liquids in small bowl (I like to use a 4-cup measuring cup).3. Pour liquids into dry mixture, mix thoroughly.
4. Spread onto greased cookie sheet (I like to use the kind with edges all the way around).
5. Bake at 300 for 60-70 minutes (baking longer will make granola crispier).
6. Let cool thoroughly. Crumble and store in airtight container.

we like to eat it as cereal, with milk poured over it and warmed in the microwave for about 30 seconds. It's also good with fruit and yogurt, and it's great dry as a healthy on-the-go snack.

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