Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mini Stocking Cap Ornament

I was pleasantly surprised when my niece gave me an ornament for each of my girls for an early Christmas present! It was a mini stocking cap ornament! I about fell over with excitement! After I picked my jaw up off the floor, I asked her how she made it. She told me it was super easy and fast to do! (My kind of craft!) She told me on a whim, so I experimented at home and figured out a few things and I am now going to share how to make these adorable ornaments!

Here are the supplies you will need:

-1 cardboard toilet paper roll
-Yarn, any color, you can use more than one color if you choose to!

I got all my tools and supplies together!
 I cut the toilet paper roll into 1 1/4 inch pieces. Although you can make them as short as 1 inch. This gave me three bases for the hats.
I then cut the yarn into about 50 pieces of yarn measured 12 inches long. Take one piece of string and fold it in half.
 Turn the roll on it's side and put the string through the middle.
 Pick up the yarn. (in order to take the picture, I had to hold it with one hand, but you should hold the string one each end with a different hand.) Left hand holding the yarn ends, right hand holding the loop end.
 Put the yarn ends through the loop side. It should look like this:
 Pull the two loose ends tight, making sure the loop end stays at the top on the left side.
  This is what it should look like:
After a few have been completed, this is what it should look like:
 This is what it should look like on the inside:
 As you make the loops and pull them tight, make sure to keep the yarn close together around the roll. This will help keep it looking uniform and neat. When you are done looping, this is what the ornament will look like:
My oldest daughter called this an octopus! :)
Another view, from the inside:
 Set the cap up, and grab all the yarn on the top. Start to twist it gently.
Push the yarn through the middle of the roll so that the yarn comes out the other side.
Looks like a cupcake! :)
This is what the bottom should look like now:
The lighting is a bit off, but you get the drift!
Then turn it over.
 Take a piece of yarn that measures about 24 inches and tie it around the very top of the yarn. Like this:
 Make sure to pull the yarn super tight, but don't break the yarn piece! Double knot the yarn. Trim the poof at the top so that it is rounded and uniform in length.
You can now decide on how long you want the string to be that will hang from your tree. You can make a tag for your ornament if you are giving it as a gift, otherwise you can just tie the loose ends together. That's it! Now you can hang your ornament from your tree and enjoy!
 Here is the ornament I just made next to one of the three my niece made! She put tags on hers so that each girl would know which one is theirs!
I hope this inspires you to make your own and maybe give one as a gift! These are perfect for a new baby! I just love them on my tree!

Happy Crafting!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Cereal Box Magazine Holder

When I was invited onto pinterest, I immediately felt lost! But once I got the hang of it, I started finding some AMAZING ideas for crafts, DIY projects, and organizing my home! Since I am the mother of three daughters and my husband works, our money is limited. So I started looking up ways to use what I have in my home to organize my life of clutter!

For the past year, I've wanted to buy magazine folders. But the ones that are for sale at the store are way expensive (for the good ones) and I just don't have the extra $40 to $60 to spend on something like that! I cannot justify that with the diapering needs of my daughters! So, all my magazines are either in storage totes or in stacks on my book shelves. And it looks cluttered and messy. 

I decided it was time to change that! I looked up a few sites that showed different ways to make them, but I'm all about throwing myself into a project and finding things out on my own! I looked at some pictures, and started my own project! Since my family is on the WIC program, we get cereal every month. My girls love cereal, so we go through it quickly. I decided to use some of the larger cereal boxes to make magazine holders for my many, many stacks of magazines!

I am a scrapbooker, so I already had all the tools I would need to make one! Here is a list of supplies that will be needed:

1 cereal box, any size, as long as the magazine you want to put into it fits
Pen or pencil and a black marker
Xacto Knife
Glue, any form, I used a glue stick
Scrapbook paper

I started by getting all my tools and box together.

I did not do this for my project, but I do recommend doing this for yours! Measure your magazine. On the side of the box, measure from the bottom of the box up to the point where the top your magazine will be, mark it with your pen or pencil. Make the line across the side of the box. Decide how low you want the smaller end to be where you will see your magazines. For my project, I measured the side of the box, and marked the middle for my cut line. 

I then drew a diagonal line across the front and back of the box connecting the two lines on the side. 

You can either use your Xacto knife or Scissors to cut along the line you have measured and drawn.

Don't forget to cut out the BoxTop!

I picked out a sheet of scrapbook paper that I liked. I measured it to fit the side of the box that will be seen when I put my magazine holder on the shelf. You can put paper over the whole box, but I felt no need for my project. I cut out the section of paper I needed. I cut out a long piece of coordinating scrapbook paper to put my label on.

I used my glue stick and glued the box itself. My paper was too short for the side of the box, so I had to cut the top part off and glue it with a gap in between. I taped the part of the paper that hung over the sides down to the box with my tape.

The long piece of coordinating scrapbooking paper fit perfectly in between where I had to cut my paper. I glued it on and taped the sides of it to the box.

I wrote the name of the magazine and the issue years on the coordinating scrapbooking piece!

 Since I didn't measure my magazine before starting, I have a huge gap between the top of the box and the top of the magazine.

But that's alright, because it looks really nice next to my photo boxes for my girls!

There you go! I am planning on making more as big as my first one so that my shelves look uniform! But I will have different designs on the boxes! I will post a picture of my shelf when I have finished all of my Cereal Box Magazine Holders!

I hope you feel inspired and start making some magazine holders of your own! 

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Welcome to my new blog, Carie's Craft Corner!

Welcome, Welcome!

For those of you who know me, you know that I love arts and crafts! For those of you who do not know me, I love arts and crafts! I wanted to start a blog to keep track of the crafts I do around my home! I just love seeing before and after projects that other people have done, and I wanted to document my crafting accomplishments for the world to see!

Art work, photography, organizing, scrapbooking, clothes, kid's stuff... you will see it all here!

I hope you will "Follow" me and comment about the things you see and like! I am also up for suggestions! I love trying out new things!

Happy Crafting!