What to do with extra shells?
I’m somewhat of a packrat in that I tend to keep things for potential craft projects. Well, I had collected shells ever since I was younger and I’m sure plenty of you have collected shells on vacation. What to do with them? Repurpose them into something useful and fantastic looking- a shell serving tray. I made two at the same time as gifts.
I will admit, not the cheapest gift, since you end up using a LOT of EnviroTex to seal the shells in. However, it is unique and turns out well.
Every year I make my co-workers gifts for all or part of their presents for the holidays. Last year I did the coasters (see posting from last year of cat/dog silhouette coasters). This year…. FLEECE BLANKETS.
Basic materials: fleece blankets (purchased at a brick and mortar store), embroidery thread, and felt! Basically every time we were sitting on the couches watching TV, I’d work on them.
I wish I had pictures of all of them (I think it was eighteen total), but of course I didn’t remember until I gave them to everyone!
I’ve been remiss on posting for awhile (slacker). I should have actually posted this project in the spring…
For FIRST BIRTHDAY presents I made some alphabet letters. Two of my friends were having first birthdays for their daughters, I had lots of extra fabric, and voila. Fantastic gift. Soft enough to put in their mouths without breaking, they can throw them around, and easy to put away, and as they continue to grow, they can start to spell words out on the floor as they learn:
I was ambitious enough to do UPPER and LOWER case as well.
For Christmas (yes, this is a crazy late post but not everyone got their presents right away and I couldn’t post it on here and have people see beforehand now could I?) I did dog and cat silhouette coasters for everyone (of course depending on what furry critters they had at home). Now, these also make great presents otherwise, and I’ll post in a bit some that I did with photographs as well. Takes a little time, but otherwise not too expensive…
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I made all the birthday cards for my staff and coworkers for the year by the end of January (yes, sometimes I am a bit over prepared but I don’t want to get busy and miss someone’s birthday!). Since we work in the veterinary industry, the cards this year are of course animal themed, and related to their personal pets. I can share two so far since their birthdays have come and gone. But I’ll be sure to post more as the year goes on.
You can make some fun cards with silhouettes…and super easy to make- cards from Michael’s, scrapbook paper, some letter stamps…
Besides the hunting coasters I did some additional ones at Christmas, nice and bright for a pop of color. But they’d make a great birthday or housewarming gift as well!
For these I again used the tiles from HomeDepot (14 cents each!), felt backers, ModPodge, scrapbook paper and some fabric scraps. All sorts of possible combinations!
I’m sure a lot of you have seen various coaster projects on Pinterest…I did my own this year for a present for my dad (who yes, is a hunter). White tiles from Home Depot (13 cents each). I got the decals again from ArtScraps (that random store nearby me) although really you can use anything your heart desires, used some modpodge and for the deer painted on some prints…I did use an acrylic sealant spray over them as well. The felt backers you can also find at Home Depot.
So making an upcycled Christmas wreath is pretty easy, and they turn out really well (inexpensive easy holiday decoration!). I made a compliment to my first wreath so I have two outside my door. All the materials except for the wire frame and florist wire (from Michael’s) came from ArtScraps (that I mentioned in my previous post). The material for the second wreath cost maybe $2.
BUT then I showed my husband’s grandma, and she had me make one for her as well:
Apparently I know a lot a people having children right now. Thus…time for a boy-themed quilt.
Similar to the previous easy baby quilt posting, except the squares are lined up more perfectly so you get a more even effect.