Star and Sparkle Earrings

I love jewelry that does double-duty. These Star and Sparkle earrings are perfect for a patriotic party, like the 4th of July. But they’re also great for everyday wear! These earrings are festive and stylish!

These star and sparkle earrings are today’s Craft Lighting Patriotic craft. All week long, my friends Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and Beth from Kingston Crafts are joining in with some of our other crafty friends to share fast and fun Patriotic-themed crafts that can be made in 15 minutes or less! Be sure to scroll all the way down to check out their awesome Patriotic Craft ideas!

To make the star and sparkle earrings, you’ll need:

  • Star chain (found at JoAnn’s)
  • Blue crystals and white beads
  • 4 headpins
  • Jewelry Pliers – round nosed pliers, needle-nosed pliers, and wire cutters.
  • Earring wires

Trim down two lengths of star chain. One slightly shorter than the other. String the beads onto the head pins. You can lay out your earring to get an idea of how it will look.

Time to close up those head pins! This takes a little practice, but is such a fun technique to learn. Once you know how to wrap the tops of these head pins, you’ll be able to make all kinds of jewelry and charms!

Start by wrapping the end of the head pin around the round nosed pliers, giving yourself a little room between the loop and the bead. Before moving to the next step, thread on the end of the star chain.

Wrap the head pin wire around that room that you gave yourself.

Trim the wire flush with the wrappings. Then use pliers to push in the sharp end so that you don’t scratch yourself with the earring when you’re wearing it.

Repeat with the second star chain and beaded headpin. Then open up the loop at the bottom of the earring wire, and string on the star chains.

Close the earring wire, and your earring is complete!

Repeat to make a second earring. You can pair these earrings with the Patriotic Beaded Bracelet I made earlier this week.

Check out these other fun and fast patriotic projects you’ll want to make this summer!

Kati from Houseful of Handmade made this wooden star bowl in less than 15 minutes.

I’m loving this faux pallet flag sign from Swordfights and Starry Nights.

How fun are these fireworks treat bags from 5 Little Monsters.

Get the details for making this felt USA banner over at Hey Let’s Make Stuff.

This patriotic tote bag from Burton Avenue is perfect for 4th of July and all summer long!

Everyday Party Magazine whipped up a great fireworks inspired tee.

Get in the fireworks mood with this fireworks themed tote from Gingersnap crafts.

Artsy Fartsy Mama has a great favor box for your patriotic party!

Over at Kingston Crafts, Beth personalized some slap bracelets and shows you how you can, too!

I don’t know what is more American then BBQ, and Angie shows you how to make a festive Condiment Holder over at The Country Chic Cottage.

No-Flame Sparkler

When I think of Patriotic holidays, the 4th of July always comes to mind. And with it – sparklers! Kids naturally love things that sparkle, and as a mom I naturally worry about safety! That’s where these no-flame sparkers come in!

Thes no-flame sparklers are part of a week-long series I’m co-hosting with my friends Angie from the Country Chic Cottage and Beth from Kingston Crafts. Scroll down to check out their Patriotic inspired crafts that can be made in 15 minutes or less – and those of some of our crafty friends who are joining in for this Craft Lightning Patriotic week!

To make this No-Flame Sparkler, you’ll need:

  • Stick or Dowel
  • Plastic Shopping Bag
  • Small Battery-operated light
  • Hot Glue
  • Sparkle Paint and paintbrush

Cut a star out of a double-layer of plastic bag. I used a small star, but a larger star might be even better!

Hot glue the light to the end of the stick. This was a light I found in the floral section of my craft store. Make sure that when you glue it down, you still have access to the on/off switch.

Glue the light to the bag, and glue all the edges of the two stars together, sandwiching the star in the middle.

Paint with sparkle paint, allow to dry, then get ready for some no-flame sparkle action!

Check out all these other fast and fun Patriotic Inspired craft ideas:

Leanne from Organize and Decorate Everything has a whole Patriotic Party Spread.

Find the cutest patriotic themed onesie over at Doodlecraft.

Our Crafty Mom made a fun twine-wrapped mason jar.

Learn how to make this patriotic wooden sign over at One Project Closer.

Laura Kelly shares fun ideas for making Patriotic Painted Rocks.

Jessca at Mad in Crafts made this fun Mason Jar Chalkboard with a patriotic theme.

Beth from Kingston Crafts made these great Patriotic Planters.

Angie from the Country Chic Cottage made this fantastic wooden Uncle Sam.

Patriotic Beaded Bracelet

Even if you’ve never made jewelry before, this Patriotic Beaded Bracelet is super simple to make. You just need a few basic supplies, and this bracelet practically makes itself!

This beaded bracelet is part of Craft Lightning – Patriotic. All week long, my friends Angie from the Country Chic Cottage and Beth from Kingston Crafts and I are sharing patriotic inspired crafts that you can make in just 15 minutes or less!

To make your Patriotic Beaded Bracelet, you’ll need:

  • Red and white striped beads (you can alternate red and white beads if you can’t find striped beads)
  • Jewelry Wire
  • Crimping Beads
  • Crimping Pliers
  • Scissors or wire cutters
  • Lobster Clasp and Jump Ring

Start by adding the jump ring. Thread on a crimping bead, then the jump ring, then thread the wire back through the crimping bead. Secure with the crimping pliers … scroll down further for a closer look at how this works.

String on the beads.

When your bracelet is long enough, string on a second crimp bead, then the lobster clasp, and then thread the end of the wire back into the crimp bead.

Tighten everything, then use the crimping pliers. These are special pliers you can use to squeeze shut the crimping bead and secure everything into place.

String the end of the wire into the beads to tuck it away. And your bracelet is complete!

Swing back by all week long for more patriotic inspired crafts that can be made in 15 minutes or less!

Glitter Distressed Wooden Sign

Normally, I’m not a huge fan of glitter. But every now and then I get a crazy idea to start playing with some. I thought making this glitter sign would be a fun way to add a little sparkle. And, it uses stencils!

This project is part of Craft Lightning Decoupage Week. Angie, Stephanie and I are sharing fast and fun crafts made using Decoupage, along with some of our friends! Be sure to scroll down to check out their ideas!

To make this glitter distressed sign, you’ll need:
Wooden sign
Spray on Mod Podge
Stencils
Glitter
Stencil Tape or Painters Tape

Start by taping down your stencils. Then spray well with the Mod Podge. Make sure you shake your Mod Podge well first!

Sprinkle liberally with glitter.

Then spray well with Mod Podge.

Carefully lift off the stencils. It is okay if some falls off – that helps with the distressed look.

Dip your fingers into the wet glitter that is left over on the stencils. Spread this around the edges to add to the glitter distressing.

Once you’re happy with all your glitter, give it another liberal spray of Mod Podge. Allow to dry.

And check out all these other fun and fast decoupage crafts!

These fun Decoupage Eggs were made by Our Crafty Mom.

Ginger Snap Crafts made over this clipboard.

I love these Decoupage candles from Tried and True.

Stephanie made these cute Decoupage Earrings!

Angie made these fabric covered planter pots.

Decoupage Quilt Sign

No need to be an expert quilter to whip up this fun and fast decoupage quilt sign! In fact, there isn’t a stitch in sight (or any fabric)! Using paper, paint, and a wooden sign, you can decoupage yourself a fun quilt sign to hang in your home!

This quilt sign is part of Craft Lightning Decoupage Week! All week long I’m joining in with my friends Angie and Stephanie to share fast and fun decoupage projects that can be made in 15 minutes or less! Be sure to scroll down to check out all their great decoupage craft ideas!

To make your own Decoupage Quilt Sign, you’ll need:
Wooden sign (found at JoAnns)
Scrapbook Paper of your choice
Paper Trimmer
Paint and Paintbrush
Mod Podge Spray (I used Matte)

Start by painting your sign, You don’t need to paint in the spots that will be covered by paper.

While the paint dries, cut your paper pieces. Note that the star points are half-rectangles, and not half-squares. Spray your sign with Mod Podge (make sure to shake the Mod Podge Spray first). Then place the pieces.

Place all the pieces as you want them.

Then spray with a generous coat of Mod Podge and allow to dry.

Once it is all dry, you can hang it up or give it as a gift!

And check out all these other great Decoupage Ideas!

Over at Me and My Inklings, Laura Decopaged this cute bunny jar!

Love this simple Bunny craft idea from Polka Dot Poplars!

Angie made these cute glittery Cacti!

Stephanie created this bunny art!

Earring Box

Earlier this week, I showed you how to make some rolled paper earrings. And if you’re not a fan of those particular earrings, there are plenty of earring tutorials on this site. And this earring box is a great way to gift them!

This project is part of Cricut Mother’s Day week. My friends and I put together this series to share fun projects you can make for mom using your Cricut. And to sweeten the deal, we’re giving away a mother-daughter set of Cricut Machines! Make sure to scroll down to check out their projects and see how to enter!

To make this project you’ll need the earring box cut file, some paper, ribbon, and hot glue.

Cut out the box.

Fold the flaps.

Tuck in the first flap, with your earrings inside.

Then tuck over the second flap, the one with the slit.

Layer the last two flaps, then glue on your ribbon.

Glue the flower on top, and your gift is complete!


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Mom Binder

My youngest was just 4 years old when I went to a school board meeting to advocate on his behalf. It was terrifying and exactly what I had been training for all at the same time. And within 24 hours of speaking into that microphone for my 3 minute allotment, they had started implementing the needed changes. Before and since, advocating for my kiddos has been a huge part of my job as their mom. And I see so many other mamas doing the same thing. Reading books, talking to experts, and keeping up with gentle reminders to those charged with the care of our children. I see you. And this project is for you.

This Mom Binder is part of the Cricut Mother’s Day series that my friends and I have put together. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to check out their projects, and enter to WIN! We’re giving away TWO Cricut Machines!!

To make this binder you’ll need:
Binder
Adhesive Vinyl of your choice
Transfer Tape

Cut out the Advocate like a Mother cut file from your adhesive vinyl. You don’t need to mirror it, since you’re using adhesive. Mirroring is for iron-on.

Weed away the negative (background) vinyl, leaving your design.

Apply the transfer tape, and peel off the backing.

Place your design on the front of your binder. Carefully peel back the transfer tape, leaving the design.

You’re all done!


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Rolled Paper Earrings

Moms love handmade gifts. From clay pinch-pots to hand print paintings to necklaces made out of pasta. We love it when our kids create with us in mind. And while I’ll proudly wear a pasta necklace, it is nice when my child’s creation looks a little more posh than preschool. Which is why these rolled paper earrings are so awesome. You can use this cut file to create great shapes for rolled paper beads that can be used in earrings, like I have here, or strung onto a necklace or a bracelet.

This is part of an awesome Cricut Mother’s Day series that my friends and I are doing. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to check out their projects, and to be entered to win a cool giveaway – TWO Cricut Machines!

To make these rolled paper earrings, you’ll need:

Pretty Paper
Head Pins
Earring hooks
Round-nosed jewelry pliers
Mod Podge Spray

Yup, you read that right… Mod Podge now comes in a spray! Which makes this project even easier!

Start by cutting the paper using this paper beads cut file.

Lay them out on a protected surface. I just used a piece of Cricut Stencil Tape to cover my mat. Spray with the Mod Podge. Then start curling around your Head pins.

I put two beads on each head pin.

Allow the Mod Podge to dry.

Now add your earring wires.

All done!

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Mother Hustler Tee

Hey you there. I see you. You’re getting up early, heating up that coffee a third time after getting the kids off to school, rocking it during the day, and staying up extra late just to catch up on the recent episode of … wait … what are we watching these days? I’m so busy trying for world domination that I forget. Anyway – I SEE YOU. You are Hustlin’ like there is a tomorrow, and it MATTERS. And someone needs to make you this tee for Mother’s Day. Or, any day. Or hey – you can make it for yourself.

This post is part of a week-long series I’m doing with my crafty friends. All week long we’re sharing crafts you can make for Mother’s Day with the Cricut. Be sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom to check out their awesomesauce ideas. And if you scroll even further, you can enter to win TWO Cricut Machines, and some Amazon gift cards. Because if you’re making your own Mother’s Day Shirt, you should get to do it with a free Cricut, amirite?

To make this tee you will need:
A Shirt
2 colors of vinyl (I went with Holographic Sparkle and Glitter. Because hustle and sparkle go together like Wine and 8pm)
EasyPress or Iron
Weeding Tools

Cut this design using your Cricut Machine. Make sure you mirror the image before cutting. Ask me how I know.

Weed the vinyl. Trim up the backing sheet. Line it up on your shirt.

Following the instructions for the type of iron on you chose, fuse it to your shirt. Peel away the backing.

You’re all set, you Mother Hustler, you! I paired this tee with my sparkle Chucks (of course), a faux pearl necklace, and my “Oh the Places You’ll Go” bracelet. And jeans. It would be PJ pants, but this mama has to hustle outside of the house today, so actual pants it is!

Check out these other awesome ideas for Mother’s Day projects!

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Queen Whatevra Shirt – The Lego Movie 2

When my kiddo and I were invited to see the new Lego Movie earlier this month, I fell in love with Queen Whatevra! I won’t give you any spoilers, but I do love how she can transform into whatever she likes! Since she was my favorite, I thought I’d whip up a Queen Whatevra Shirt, and share the cut files with you so that you can make your own!

To make the Queen Whatevra Shirt, you’ll need:

Pink Tee

Pink, Blue, White and Black Vinyl

The Queen Whatevra SVG File

Cut out the file using the SVG. You might need to make a couple adustments – I had the circles in the eyes cut out of the black instead of out of the white, to make layering easier. But, that is completely up to you.

Weed the vinyl, then stack the layers together. This will make it easier to line everything up on the shirt.

The top laoyer is the black, the blue is the middle, and the bottom is the white. So peel away all the layers but the white, then press into place.

Place the blue/black layers back for alignment, then peel away the black. Make sure all of the white vinyl is covered when you fuse (I just put the white vinyl sheet back on top).

Once your face is fused on, add the pink squares in the top and bottom corners to finish your Queen Whatevra tee!

And check out all these great forms Queen Whatevra takes! This is part of the Lego Movie 2 display at Legoland California.