Pom Pom Up-cycle – Trash to Treasure

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Hello Everyone!

It has been a while! I apologize for the disappearing act! Last year I  went back to school and it overran my life!  Due to some family emergencies, I have decided to take this semester off so I can help out as much as possible.

I also decided, it was time to stop neglecting my poor little blog and start adding tutorials again.

So without further ado… A Trash to Treasure Tutorial!

Have you ever looked at all those boxes and tins that come with products and think “I cant throw that in the trash!?” Well I do, in fact I have a huge collection and a mission to do something with them.

In this tutorial I used an old metal band aid box to make an adorable little pom pom box. You can do this with anything. In fact, I am making another one out of a Tin that Tea came in.

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Remember when Band-Aid boxes were made of tin!?

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I know all the collectors out there are shuddering right now, but I have more than one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Keep adding…

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Then ..

TA-DA!! A cute puffy little Pom Pom box.

A perfect bank, storage solution or gift box. 

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This is the Pom Pom pattern I used

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What do you think!?

If you make one, I would LOVE to see it, feel free to post pics in comments!

From Idea to Product making art come to life

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Hello Everyone!

I am so excited about this post. I love to draw, always have, probably always will.  I have never formally taken a class or had any sort of training so I have always been shy with my art. Recently I have decided to just start drawing and putting it out into the world.

For Christmas my fantastic parents bought me a whole bunch of different types of Sharpies!!!! I love sharpies. They are fantastic to work with. If you missed my free Valentines Day Cards Downloadable post you can check it out here: https://goo.gl/hhBvOB

I used all sharpies to make the valentines day cards.

So I thought it would be a fun idea to make my mom and dad a thank you picture using all the cool markers they bought me for Christmas.

Here it is getting started:

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Getting Colored in:

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Done:

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I liked it! So I took a really high resolution photo of it, and had it made into real Thank You Cards!

Here is how they turned out!

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I also decided that they would make awesome Thank You coupon cards for my etsy store.

I am super happy with them.

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The Thank You Cards are available on my Sugar Beet Crafts Etsy Store Here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/268470697/set-of-3-thank-you-so-much-flower

If you love to doodle or draw or take pictures, don’t be afraid to take your art to the next level. It is really fun and easy to do.

Have you been inspired to draw lately? I would love to see it, feel free to post a link in comments.

Free Handmade Valentine’s Day Card Printable from Sugar Beet Crafts

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Hi Everybody!!

I hope this post finds you having a wonderful February so far. Can you believe Valentine’s Day is just around the corner already!?  This year is flyin’ by.

Have you ever wondered where the tradition of Valentine’s Day Cards came from? Well it has been rumored that the very first Valentine’s day card was sent by Saint Valentine himself. He sent it while he was imprisoned and waiting for execution by the Romans. It seems he was quite taken with a jailer’s daughter. And so just before his death he sent a letter and signed it Your Valentine.

The oldest known Valentine’s day card is kept at the British Library in London it is a poem written in French in the year 1415 by Charles Duke. He wrote it to his wife, while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. I would actually love to see it, is amazing it has lasted this long.

So to celebrate this wonderful day of Love and Friendship, I decided to make my own Valentine’s Day Cards just for you.

I created 8 free Valentines day cards. Each one hand drawn and colored. They are great to print out and pass out to friends, teachers and loved ones or you can print them out punch a tiny hole in the top string them up and make a cool banner out of them.

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Hand Drawn!

Shakespeare kitty approved!

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1.) Be My Valentine Heart Balloon Card

Be my Valentine balloon free download by sugarbeet crafts

2.) Psychedelic Hearts – Happy Valentines Day card

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3.) Be Mine Valentine – Cloudy mini hearts Valentine’s Day Card

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4.) Candy Hearts Valentine’s Day 2016 card

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5.) You Make My Heart Shine Valentine’s Day card

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6.) Will You Be Mine? Happy Valentine’s Day card

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7.) You Are My Star Valentine. Valentine’s Day Card.

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8.) Be Mine Valentine – Hearts and Flowers Valentine’s Day card

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* All cards are included in one PDF download. All cards fit on one 8×11 piece of paper.  They work best printed on card stock.

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I hope you enjoy! I would love to know what you think!

Did you create your own valentines day cards? I would love to see!

Share your link in comments!

 

 

Quick & Easy Felt Valentine’s Day Pins

 

Hello Everyone!

Can you believe it is already February? This year is flying by! Last year I made these awesome little pins for my boyfriends band, a cute little freebie to give away to people that came to the valentine’s day show.  They were such a hit I decided to share them with you.

They would be fun for a class project or a fun way to show your valentine’s day spirit at work.

The theme of last years show was “Wear your heart on your sleeve” so these little pins were fantastic.

You only need a few supplies:

  1. Felt Hearts
  2. A glue gun and glue sticks
  3. Extra felt (can be the same or different than the hearts)
  4. Small safety pins
  5. Scissors

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Felt Hearts by Creatology, bought at Michaels Crafts.

 

The felt hearts can also be made with plain felt, I just chose to use these pre-made hearts because they have writing on them like the little candies, and they were really inexpensive.

To make the pins:

Cut up the extra felt piece into small squares.  You want to make the square smaller than the heart and small enough to fit inside the small safety pin.

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Use the glue gun to make a small dot of glue, place an open safety pin down into the glue face up.

Add another dot of glue over the safety pin, add a small square and press lightly. The open part of the safety pin should be facing you. As seen below…

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Let Dry…

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Ta-Da! Cute lil’ valentine’s day pins!

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Quick and easy!

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These things are so easy to make! You should have no problem pumping out a bunch for a party favors or fun giveaways.

What are you doing for valentine’s day?!

Recycled Tennis Ball Halloween Creatures!

Hi everybody!

I hope you are having a fantastic October so far!

Can you believe Halloween is next weekend already! Where does the time go…other than away!

So, I work in a tennis shop, and where there is tennis there are a lot of tennis balls. Rather than throwing out some of the old tennis balls around the shop, I decided to convert them into fun creatures for Halloween, and I must say the kids are loving them so much, that I decided to share them here.

These fun little guys are so easy to make. You only need a few things, most of you probably have around the house already.

Supplies:

  • Tennis Balls
  • Sharpies
  • Glue Gun
  • Index Cards
  • Tape
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Yarn, Fabric or string for mummy
  • Optional: Googly eyes instead of drawn in eyes for spider.

Pumpkin Ball:

  1. Super easy Just draw with your black sharpie triangle eyes a nose and a mouth.
  2. Then use an orange sharpie to color everywhere but in the eyes, nose and mouth.
  3. Let dry for a minute or two.

Ta-Da! Pumpkin Ball!

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Batty Ball:

  1. Also super-duper easy. Draw two large circles for eyes with your black sharpie.
  2. Then add the pupils.
  3. Add a circle for the nose and some fangs.
  4. Use a brown sharpie to color the rest of the ball, you can use black but the details of the face will be hard to see.
  5. For wings, I used an index card and drew out a wing, then cut it out, and used this wing as a template for the second wing. Just make sure you flip it so it is in the correct direction.
  6. Once both wings are cut out, use a large marker to color in the wings. I then used a fine tip sharpie to add the details.
  7. Make a small bend in the wing where it will attach to the body.
  8. You can either use a glue gun or tape. If you use tape, put a rolled piece of tape under the bend and then use a few more across the top. If you use glue gun, add a tad of hot glue to the folded part of the wing and stick it to the body.

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Mr. Spider Ball

  1. I used 4 small pipe cleaners and cut them in half.
  2. Use a hot glue gun to attach to the ball. Let dry completely between adding the legs so they don’t fall off.
  3. Then use a sharpie to draw on eyes. You can also glue on googly eyes if you have them.
  4. I added a few stripes to the legs. You could also color them in, or use a sharpie to color the whole ball.

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Mummy Ball!

  1. First, use an index card to draw out some eyes.
  2. Cut them out.
  3. Use hot glue gun to glue them onto the ball. Let dry.
  4. Grab your yarn, string or fabric and your glue gun.
  5. Add a small dab of glue around the top of the ball and slowly start to wrap your yarn around adding tiny dabs of glue all along the way.
  6. Continue to wrap around until you go all the way around.
  7. Secure with glue.

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The possibilities are endless. I would love to see what you come up with.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Have a wonderful week!

Would you like some more Halloween inspiration here is a past post on easy Halloween Jar decoration fun: https://sugarbeetcrafts.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/quick-and-easy-jar-decoration/

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Cereal Box Crafts #4 – Personal Stationary Journal/Diary

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Hi Everyone!

Can you believe it is already September!? I know I can’t! I recently started a new job and time has been flying by.

This is #4 of Cereal Box type crafts..if you missed the first three you can find them here:

Cereal Box Makeover #3 – Cereal Box into Notebook in 30 minutes or less: https://goo.gl/YmTLlt

Cereal Box Makeover #2 Cereal box to bookmarks and dividers, you can find it here: https://goo.gl/brvJgG

If you missed Project #1 Cereal box to postcard you can find it here: https://goo.gl/F2CuK4

My next project well…It is much like the notebook, but a tad different. I don’t know about you, but I have been hoarding stationary since I was little. I love it, but I never use it. I always feel like I like the pages are too nice to use. So I just stash it. I use some of the sheets, but I always keep some. I realized this is an issue when I found stationary from the early 90’s when I was like 10. My name is Brandie and I am addicted to stationery!

Since I love it so much I thought I would collect it all up and make it into a weird journal. That way I can keep my pages all nice in a book, keep adding pages if I need to and still use them for personal writing. The unique and fun pages I have collected over the years will make me want to write. The random makes my head happy. 😀

So without further ado…

The cereal box personal stationary journal. Woof, that is a mouthful.

First Things First, You will need:

  • A few cereal boxes or food boxes
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • 2 or 3 Small Ball Chain with Connectors
  • Stationary Pages
  • Envelopes
  • Marker (optional)
  • Mod Podge
  • Fabric
  • Hole Punch

Instructions:

  1. Gather your supplies

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2) Find A box that will fit your stationary, use the ruler and cut the box down to size if needed.

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3) Next, Figure out where you want your holes. Then punch the holes on all your stationary, the front and back cover and any additional pages you may have.

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4.) Link everything through with the small ball chain and connectors. Make sure you put everything in order. Front, stationary, back. Plus any extra dividers. You can add and move things around later if you don’t like the order. You only need about 2 inches of chain, if that, plus a connector for each hole.

And PA-Zow! Journal…

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Close up of Chain and connector.

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Now you can stop there…But I didn’t.

Although… I did do this kind of the lazy way.

What I should have done is:

Mod Podge down a background page to the inside of the cereal box, and the front divider…then laid down the envelopes to make pockets, but I didn’t.

Instead, in my haste, I just Mod Podged the envelopes to the inside of the front cover, and the front of the first page, which is also cereal box divider.

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Then for a cool effect and to make the pocket a little bigger, I flipped another envelope upside down and glued that one down on top. I really like the way this part looks.

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Let everything dry.

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Also added a back page pocket.

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Then, I decided I did not like the way the cardboard looked behind the envelopes, so I hit it with a black marker.

The quicker fixer upper 😀

Oh and added some stickers.

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So then I removed the front and back cover, and Mod Podged Fabric to them.

Then Let dry.

Sorry there are no pictures, but you get the picture.

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Once completely dry, secure everything with the ball chain and connectors again.

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And there you go a handmade personal journal, made with your own collection of paper.

Now if you’re not like me, but still love this idea, Michaels Crafts scrapbook paper is great for this. You could also use old maps, old notebook paper, pretty much any paper. I am all for recycling old paper.

This is a fun way to make custom journals or gifts. I hope you enjoyed it.

This is the last of the Cereal Box Crafts, Next week we move on to something new.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Cereal Box Makeover #3 – Cereal Box into Notebook in 30 minutes or less

Hi Everybody!
I hope you are having a great week so far!
So we are on week #3 of Cereal Box Crafts.

If you missed Project #1 Cereal box to postcard you can find it here: https://goo.gl/F2CuK4

If you missed Project #2 Cereal box to bookmarks and dividers, you can find it here: https://goo.gl/brvJgG

This project was really fun and only took 30 minutes to complete. This would be great for kids or anyone who likes to DIY their supplies.

This is a great back to school craft!

I had a bunch of loose graph paper just sitting in a drawer….for like years! So I decided to use it in this project in the hope that I would use it. And you know what…I think I will. I really like this project a whole bunch. It is also a great excuse to gather all those loose pages and turn them into something useful.

So here we go!

Cereal Box into Notebook

Gathering your supplies:

Corner Punch
Duct Tape or Washi Tape
Scissors
Hole Punch
Cereal Box
String
Loose Paper

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Make sure you find a box that will be large enough for the paper you choose to use.

Steps:
1. With box still intact, undo the flaps from the top and bottom of the box, so that      you can lay it flat.

Take the left side of the long side of the cereal box and fold it down the center,      Bringing the side of the front and back of the box together.

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2.  Keep the side of the box with the folded edge together, then cut off the top and     bottom flaps and the remaining unfolded side. Discard extra pieces.

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Now if you open up the main piece you have a front, back and the folded side.

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3.  Keep the folded side folded and cut off about ½ inch or so from the bend. You are      going to sandwich the paper between the two left over pieces, so make sure piece      you are leaving attached is large enough for the hole punch.

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At this point you should have the front and back of the box with a tiny folded edge along the inside of both.

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4.  Line your paper between the two folded edges and mark where the holes of the           paper are. If you are using paper with no holes. You will want to hole punch your       paper first, then line up the paper with your cereal box.

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5. Once your holes are marked, make your punches. They need to be on both the           front and back cover little flaps.

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6.  Now grab some string or twine or even ribbon, and we are going to string               everything together. I started with the back flap first. I strung one end of the       twine in the top hole and one in the very bottom.

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Add the string through the corresponding hole in the paper, then go out through the flaps of the top.

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7.  You should have two strings coming out from back, take both those strings, put         them together and string them through the middle hole together. Once the strings       are on the back side, pull tight.

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8.  Repeat one more time. Take the strings that are now in the middle hole, separate       and string one through the top and one through the bottom holes back through to     the front. Then once in the front, gather both and string them back through the         center hole.

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9.  Now all strings should be in the back. Pull Tight.
Knot both sides of the string to the existing string.

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10.  Then I knotted them together and cut off the excess.

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Opened up.

10.  Now when you close it, It has a raw edge with the side of the pages sort of            sticking out. To make it look more neat, I used duct tape and covered the side.      You can also used washi tape, I just happened to have duct tape on hand.

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11.  For the final touch, I used a corner rounder to round the corners of the cereal           box. Completely optional.

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And you’re done! Woo hoo Cereal Box notebook. Bonus, it has a game on the back!

You can always take this a step further and use Mod Podge to cover it with paper or fabric. Or use gesso to make a white background and you can decorate it all yourself.

I personally like the box showing. It would be super cute with different boxes.

I hope you all like this one! Let me know how yours come out or what you think.

Have a wonderful weekend, Happy Crafting!