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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Cheap but beautiful Valentine to give out on: February 04, 2011 07:50:06 AM
These lollipop flowers are so inexpensive to make that the kids can give them out to all their friends and maybe give a bouquet of them to the teacher or a grandparent. The only thing you need to make them is tissue paper cut into the shape of flower petals, lollipops and floral tape. You could even make them with a whole classroom filled with children.

You could put several in a vase filled with M&Ms for a nice centerpiece.
12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Rice Wreath Ornaments on: December 14, 2010 05:46:11 AM
I was playing around in my craft room and came up with these wreath ornaments made from rice, glue and food coloring all mixed together then shaped into wreaths. You could make a bunch as gifts and they only cost pennies to make. They only took a few hours to dry.

If you want a complete tutorial you can find it here: http://www.craftelf.com/Crafts/Rice%20wreath%20ornament%20craft.JPG

Let me know what you think or if you have any questions. Merry Christmas!
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Gumdrop Christmas Tree on: December 09, 2010 05:42:14 AM
The wreath is heavy but mine has been hanging for over a month with no problems. I did start with a foam wreath form but covered it with foil first. It is very important that you cover the foam wreath with something, (foil, duct tape etc) before twisting the wire around it (at least cover the area where you wrap the wire) otherwise the wire will slice right through the styrofoam.

I wrote a complete tutorial: http://craftelf.com/Wreaths-Gumdrop-Wreath-Christmas.htm

Let me know if you have any other questions.
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Gumdrop Christmas Tree on: November 21, 2010 10:19:45 AM
I just made a gumdrop wreath. It is made much the same way but since my guests won't be eating it I sprayed it to keep the bugs away and sprinkled it with some Glamour Dust. You could also put a big bow on it if you want to. I prefer it plain.
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Ice cream clowns - great birthday party treat on: August 11, 2010 07:53:59 AM
You can make these clowns ahead of time and keep them in the freezer.  When it's time to serve they are all ready and quick to pass out to party guests. I made these for my children when they were small and they will never forget them. We still make them once in a while just for fun!  All it takes is ice cream, a cone, a cookie and some frosting!

Ice Cream Clowns:
 Complete instructions: http://craftelf.com/Crafting_with_Food_Ice_Cream_Clown.htm

If you aren't having a birthday party just make as a special treat to cool off in the summer.
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Ornaments ~ Skate, Mittens & Ribbon Candy on: July 08, 2010 08:42:19 AM
It's Christmas in July ~ I Love Christmas. If you are already planning your Christmas crafting like I am here are some ideas for homemade ornaments.

The first one is a skate made of felt. I stitched a silver pipe-cleaner into the bottom of the skate as the skate's blade and threaded silver ribbon right through the felt to make the laces. http://www.craftelf.com/Christmas_ornament_Felt_Skate.htm

Next, is a pair of mittens cut from felt then I used the blanket stitch to outline each mitten. Then, draw some holly on the mittens with fabric paint http://www.craftelf.com/Craft_elf_Holiday_Christmas_Mitten_ornament.htm

This is one of my favorites ~ Ribbon Candy! It looks so realistic and holds up great over the years. It's made with ribbon, beads and thread. Very inexpensive and quick to make. Give a set as a gift or attached them to the top of a gift in place of a bow. http://www.craftelf.com/Ribbon_Candy_Ornament.htm

Let me know if you have any favorite Christmas ornaments to make ~ I love crafting ornaments  Smiley
17  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Sofa Door Stop on: May 03, 2010 09:49:32 AM
Our Sofa Doorstop - is made around a brick base. First you cover the brick with batting.  Then customize the sofa by choosing a fabric in your Mom's favorite color and cover the batting with the fabric securing in place with a hot glue gun.  Attach lace around the bottom half of the brick using hot glue gun.  Next make the arms and back of the sofa by stitching a tube, stuffing it with polyester fiberfil and gluing it onto the fabric covered brick. Stitch up a couple of pillows from fabric circles and glue them and a stuffed bunny or bear on and you are done.

You can find a complete tutorial here if you need more help: http://craftelf.com/Craft_elf_sewing_sofa_doorstop.htm

18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Re: Cute phrase for apron? on: May 03, 2010 09:42:22 AM
I vote for the Bakers knead love

Very cute  Smiley
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Bunny Napkin Rings on: April 03, 2010 10:08:14 AM
These bunny napkin rings are so quick and simple you can make them at the last minute for your Easter dinner. They are made from constructions paper which is rolled and glued in place. Then you cut out the head from constructions paper draw on a face and glue it onto the tube. A pompom or cotton ball glued on the back for a tail completes the bunny.  Personalize them by writing each guest's name across the feet so everyone knows where they are sitting at the dinner table.

Pattern and complete instructions can be found here; http://craftelf.com/Craft_elf_holiday_Easter_Bunny_napkin_ring.htm

I've never tried it but I would think you could also make them from craft foam and use a hot glue gun to glue them in place.  I'll have to try that.
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Lottery Ticket Tree on: March 30, 2010 07:25:15 AM
This is the perfect gift for the hard to buy for - especially for men!
Make a lottery ticket tree or gift card tree. Find a branch and put it in a bowl or pot of rocks and attach lottery tickets, gift cards or money to the branches.

Complete tutorial: http://craftelf.com/General_Gift_Tree_Craft.htm
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