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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Reconstructed gift box from VHS tape sleeve on: March 25, 2009 04:10:51 PM
OK, this project is pretty ridiculously simple, but either I was searching with the wrong keywords or this hasn't been posted before.

I've seen some of the gift boxes people have made with old LP covers, so while browsing through Goodwill the other day and looking at all the forlorn VHS tapes, I couldn't help thinking, "Hey, these are made of cardstock... surely they could be reconstructed into gift boxes."

Surely they could.

This is my proof of concept box, recycled from a Disney Reluctant Dragon tape sleeve.  Dimensions of the finished box are approximately 4" x 4.25" x 1.25"; it's about the right size to hold a large jewelry item or a specialty card game, or maybe a set of small square notecards.  I used some white cardstock I had on hand for the box bottom, but I could just as easily have used another VHS tape sleeve, maybe turned inside out so that the inner white side showed.

The basic template was tweaked from Mirkwood Designs' match box bottom template; I just made two box bottoms, one a bit smaller and with higher sides than the other.  They fit VERY snugly, so next time I might reduce the dimensions of the box bottom by the tiniest bit.  Also, because of the location of the image on the front of the sleeve, one of the sides didn't have quite enough paper to make fully doubled sides, so I just didn't double that side.  No biggie.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shrink plastic + Swedish hearts = earrings! on: March 24, 2009 10:22:44 AM
I don't particularly look it, but I'm a quarter Swedish.  This becomes most obvious when you visit my house around Christmastime, and the heart baskets, flag garlands, and tomtar come out with a vengeance.  But I haven't really attempted to craft anything new related to my Swedish ancestry...


We have a Daiso near my house (yay Daiso!) which sells small sheets of shrink plastic for $1.50 (yay cheapie craft supplies!).  After experimenting a bit with shrinkage--shrink plastic always seems to shrink more in one direction than another--I drew some Swedish heart baskets with red Sharpie marker, cut 'em out, craft-punched two strategic holes and set them in the oven to shrink.

I am not the Shrinky Dink Whisperer, so they came out less than perfect.  The bottom of one of the hearts twisted around in a way that was less than aesthetically pleasing, and I didn't work fast enough to scootch it back into place before the charms hardened for good.  So I just got out the scissors and trimmed off the offending area.  If you look closely, you can also see these earrings are not perfectly flat; there are a few pits and warbles here and there.  But overall I'm very pleased.

Next on the docket: Dala horses.
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Sleep? on: April 03, 2008 04:20:42 PM
OK, I'm almost embarrassed to put this up.  You people are amazing.

Anyway, you know those little Magic Towel washcloths, the kind that expand in water?  Our local Dollar Tree has a whole bunch of Muppet and Disney ones right now, and I picked up a couple because I wanted to make something for my nephew who is Muppet-obsessed.

My mom made us pillows out of printed washcloths when we were kids.  At first, I thought I'd get all fancy-pants and make a little pillow with piping around the edges, but let's just say that experiment was a disaster.  Apparently I am not a quick study at sewing piping.  So after a lot of cursing and seam ripping, I thought I'd make something a bit simpler.  Back to the dollar store.

So, two washcloths, some recycled fiberfill and four homemade yarn tassels later, here's what we've got:

One side...

T'other side.

I've got to say, I think I like the tassels more than the original (yellow) piping.

Whaddya think, sirs?
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Flower pins/brooches from zippers -- anyone know how to make? on: October 04, 2006 07:57:22 PM
I noticed these at the Kate Cusack website and thought they were a fun idea.  Anyone have construction thoughts about making rosettes from zippers?  I can't suss them out.
5  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Crafting for Church Humanitarian Services on: December 19, 2004 02:57:03 PM
I know some folks here are Mormons, so this may be of special interest to you.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is always looking for handmade items to be donated as part of its humanitarian efforts around the world.  In addition to hygiene kits, school kits, and kits for newborns, there is always a need for quilts, hand towels, clothing, crocheted/knitted items and leper bandages.  Even if it's too late to donate for Christmas this year, warm knitted or crocheted clothing items are needed at all times (when it's summer in North America, it's winter in Chile).

For more information:

6  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Shoe patterns (with brief tutorials) on: December 13, 2004 05:24:28 AM
Somewhere around here (hey, I'm not done moving yet) I have a sewing and mending book from the wartime 1940s which shows how to make lightweight shoes (espadrilles, slippers, that sort of thing).  Any interest?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The Bag Lady scarf on: December 12, 2004 07:54:23 PM
This is the Bag Lady scarf, diagonally knitted from a bajillion little leftover bits of yarn in various weights (some had to be doubled or tripled to reach the proper thickness).

I don't care if it's hideous.  I love it.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / And now, what you've all been waiting for... potholders! on: December 11, 2004 03:46:38 PM
Yeah, I know, potholders ... weeeeeee.

Quite a while ago I noticed a project to make potholders out of old blue jeans, and I rightly assumed that any denim-like heavy cotton fabric would probably work as well.

Shortly thereafter, my husband was about to toss out his old camo pants.  *click*

And now we have potholders that we can never seem to find...

These have held up remarkably well, considering they were my first crack at potholder-making.  Over the last eight years, they've picked up some stains and a minor burn mark or two, but the camo seems to cover that pretty well.

My cousin is currently serving as a U.S. army cook.  I should really make a pair of these for him, don't you think?
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / No hearth! What to do? on: December 11, 2004 03:08:58 PM
OK, crafty peeps, I figured this was a better place to put this topic than over in the Winter Holidays thread.

We've moved to a new place that has no fireplace, hence no hearth, hence no ready place to hang Christmas stockings.  Do you have suggestions?  (I cannot afford to go out and buy a free-standing mantelpiece just for the look of it, and I do not have woodworking tools or know-how to make my own.)

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