Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Recipe Card Box


As a newlywed, I was desperate for recipes that I knew would be a hit in my new household. I wish someone had given me a recipe box for a bridal shower gift! So as wedding season rolls around, consider giving the bride and groom a handmade recipe box, featuring recipes that you and your family hav loved for years.

This recipe box is super easy to make! I dcoupaged a plain hinged-lid box that I found at a craft store with patterned paper.


I decorated the box with embellishments from the same paper line. For extra dimension, I added my words using Joy embroidered letters. I kept the letters white, but they are easy to dye to match any kitchen decor. This recipe box is sure to be treasured for years to come!




Saturday, June 24, 2017

Patriotic Upcycled Denim Banner

July 4th banner upcycled denim

I am excited to share my patriotic upcycled denim "USA" banner project - perfect for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. This banner is easy to make in under an hour and would be a fun project to complete with the kids. I am always saving ordinary, everyday objects and upcycling them into craft projects and home decor items!

To create a banner template, I used the cardboard backing from a junior 5x7" legal pad. Measure up 2" from the bottom and 2.5" in from the side to determine the center. Draw a straight line with your ruler from that center point out to each corner. Cut out with scissors to create a quick banner template that you can use over and over again!


Use the template to measure and cut an 8" length from an old pair of denim jeans. Open the fabric flat by cutting up the seam, then trace and trim out three pennants for this "USA" banner. 



Upcycled denim projects should not be wrinkled, so smooth out the denim pennants with some spray starch and a hot iron.


I selected the self-adhesive red and white 3" collegiate-style embroidered letters for this project. Since they are self adhesive, all you have to do is peel and stick, no ironing!


Measure, cut and glue three 5" lengths of trim to the top of each banner. Add a little glue to the ends of each piece to prevent fraying. Glue each pennant to a 3-foot length of white ribbon, leaving 2" between pennants and 8" at each end. I like to use a woven type of ribbon for this, such a gross grain or cotton twill tape for durability.


The final step is to embellish the banner with some festive ribbons between the pennants. I used what I already had in my ribbon stash, cutting 8" lengths and tying them in knots. You could also add textured yarn, tulle and metallic fibers for some bling! A great way to use up scraps!


Change up the letters to create your own, personalized message - the possibilities are endless! The great part about these larger Joy letters is that they are packaged individually, so you can purchase just the letters you need to create your message! Joy embroidered letters, numbers and symbols that can be found at your favorite craft store!


I hope you have enjoyed my patriotic upcycled denim banner! Use my project as a jumping-off point to showcase your creativity with Joy letters, then share it on on our Facebook page. Change up the letters to create your own personalized message - the possibilities are endless!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Monogrammed Candy Jar


I love to give gifts and an elegant monogrammed candy jar is always well received. I found this plain glass jar in a dollar store and knew immediately that I could make something fabulous with it. I decided to etch a plaque shape on the surface, add some color with glass paint, and finish it off with a large Joy embroidered letter.

Supplies:
  • Joy® Embroidered Letter
  • glass jar
  • etching creme
  • stencil vinyl and tools
  • multi-surface paints, paint brushes, sponges
  • multi-surface liquid glue

I cut a label shape in the vinyl using my electronic die-cutter and applied the stencil to the jar. Apply the etching creme following manufacturer's directions. Before removing the stencil, sponge on some paint over the etched area, blending from dark to light. Paint a thin line around the edge right next to the stencil.  Remove the stencil, set the jar aside to dry.


Using the tip of a paintbrush handle, add white dot accents around the edges as desired. When the paint is dry, glue the letter to the center as shown. Fill the jar with candy and present to your lucky friend.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Celebrate with a Banner made from Old Blue Jeans


Create a banner using Joy Embroidered Iron On Letters and old blue jeans.


I started with an old pair of blue jeans and 3" Joy iron-on embroidered varsity letters in red and blue.


I created a 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" banner pattern using grid paper and traced it onto the jeans. To add a little interest... I incorporated the seams from the sides of the jeans to use for the front of the banner.  For the word "C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-E"  I cut 9 banners for the front with seams and 9 plain ones to use to line the back of the banner.

The Iron-on Embroidered Varsity letters are sticky backed so I placed them on the front of my banners before sewing.


Next came my jar of red ribbon scraps.  (I love red so much, I have a jar just for "red")


I sewed the ribbon scraps onto the tops of each banner, then sandwiched the ends between the front and a plain back and simply sewed around each banner with my sewing machine.  You could also glue the front and back pieces together, if you don't have a sewing machine.


After I was finished sewing all my banners, I used a Crop-A-Dile to punch holes and add eyelets. 


Use the banner anytime you feel like celebrating.

JOY® embroidered letters are available at your local craft and 
hobby stores in a variety of fonts, colors and sizes.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Stamped and Monogrammed Napkins

diy monogrammed napkins

Happy crafty day! Here's an idea for quick and easy monogrammed napkins featuring Joy embroidered letters and stamping. I'm always shopping the clearance sections at my favorite stores and these natural linen napkins with hot pink lace trim were a real score at just 97 cents each!

Wash and dry the napkins, then iron to remove wrinkles.  Select your Joy letters and set aside.



Gather a selection of rubber stamps and ink pads. After pressing your stamp into the ink, mist the inked area lightly with water, then stamp the image(s) onto the corner of each napkin. The extra moisture will help transfer more of the pigment on to fabric.


Position a letter in the corner of each napkin on top of the stamped design. Iron on according to package directions.


And you are done - it's easy as one, two, three! These napkins would make a great housewarming gift, teacher appreciation gift or wedding gift.

Use my project as a jumping-off point to start creating with joy! Joy embroidered iron-on letters, numbers and symbols are an excellent way to personalize anything and everything - the possibilities are endless. Find them at your local craft retailer in a variety of colors and sizes.

Share your projects with us on our Facebook page - Creating with Joy.


Monday, June 12, 2017

"Home is Where the Heart Is" DIY Pillow



Hello Crafty Friends! I have a sweet pillow idea for you. I moved to the state of Washington late last year and I'm loving it. Everything about this place makes me happy and I'm surprised by how I feel like I've finally "come home" when I never lived here before.

Of course, a new house means lots of nest fluffing, so I created this "Home is Where the Heart Is" pillow to not only decorate my new home, but also put my feelings about my new hometown on display.

I am using this pillow on my outdoor porch, so I used my favorite fabric - a canvas drop cloth! You can buy huge drop cloths at your local hardware store. They are very inexpensive and very durable, so they are perfect to have on hand for projects like these. If you don't sew, just buy yourself a linen pillow cover and follow the same directions.


Supplies:
  • Joy Classic Monograms - you can find Joy products in your local craft or sewing store.
  • Joy Emojis
  • Canvas drop cloth
  • Inkjet iron-on paper
  • Basic sewing supplies
Instructions:
  1. Using your favorite pillow pattern, cut out the fabric pieces.
  2. Download an outline of your state from the web. There are tons out there, just make sure they are copyright-free!
  3. Cut out your state. Be sure to to cut out INSIDE the state lines too. You can't iron-on the Joy patches over other iron-on images.
  4. Follow the instructions on the package to iron the image onto the front piece of your pillow. My image didn't transfer completely because I was using drop-cloth material. But there are no mistakes in crafting! I decided I liked the look because I was trying to get an old, farmhouse look and the image transfer "mistake" made that happen!
  5. Place a heart on the map where your hometown is located. Iron it on. Again, be careful not to put the iron over the map image or you will have a sticky mess!*
  6. Iron your monogram letters, spelling out your city's name, next to the heart. Be sure to also put a pressing cloth over the letters. This will give you the best results when ironing on Joy products!
  7. Finish sewing up your pillow and enjoy!
*Designer Tips:
  • If you are worried about using an iron-on image, just use a fabric transfer pencil to outline the state image and then embroider it onto your fabric.
  • Whether you use the iron-on technique or a fabric transfer pencil, don't forget to flip the image before you transfer it or your state will transfer facing backwards.



Friday, June 9, 2017

Monogrammed Dish Towel



Here's a great way to add some class to a dollar store dish towel!


Supplies used:
- Joy letters
- Dish towel with 2" border at the bottom
- Permanent marker
- Parchment paper
- Iron


Begin by coloring your letter with your markers. Then place a piece of parchment paper under the top layer of the towel. Arrange your letters, lay more parchment paper on top and iron them down, pressing firmly for 30 seconds at a time, letting the letters cool in between ironing until they are affixed to the towel.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Emoji Bottlecap Jewelry

Emoji bottlecap jewelry is a quick and easy summer project for the kids, or you could even start your own little enterprise and make this jewelry to sell. This would be a perfect group project at a birthday party, too.  I am a grown -up (at least on most days...) and even I had fun making these quick and easy necklaces and earrings.




Here's what you will need:

- Joy Embroidered Emojis
- Leather cord
- Bottle caps from the craft store  (These have holes drilled in top & bottom of the rim)
- Large jump rings
- Beaded dangles
- Earring findings
- Adhesive for jewelry-making
- Scissors
- Needlenose pliers



1.  For the necklace, choose an emoji; peel it from the release paper and push it into the bottle cap with a little adhesive to secure. Center the pre-drilled holes so the emoji face is upright. Use the pliers to open a large jump ring and attach it to the top of the bottle cap (emoji head). Close the jump ring.

2.  Use jump rings to attach a beaded dangle to the bottom hole in the bottle cap. I used beads that already had a jump ring attached. I used some lobster clasps to attach the beads to the bottle caps.

3.  Decide how long you want your necklace to be and cut a length of leather cord. Thread the cord through the jump ring at the top of the bottle cap.  Match the ends of the string and tie a knot to secure.


4.  For the earrings, adhere emojis inside a pair of bottlecaps. Glue an earring post to the back of the bottle cap. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly. Beads can be added to the earrings too - jazzing them up with some more embellishments makes for even more fun!



Saturday, June 3, 2017

Easy No-Sew Children's Apron


Create this easy children's apron from a dish towel! Choose a checked grid pattern to make it easy to line up the letters.

You'll need:
- Dish towel
- Joy Iron-on letters
- 2 yards extra-wide double-fold bias tape
- Felt pen
- Iron, press cloth
- Fabric glue

After ironing the dish towel, cut out armholes on one end. Hold up the towel across your child's chest to mark where to cut.


Color your letters with a felt pen to match the towel.  I left them right on the paper backing while I colored them. 


Place them on the towel and iron them on following the instructions on the package.


Iron your bias tape, then position it around the arm holes, leaving a loop at the top big enough for the child's head - approximately 14". Glue in place, or pin and stitch if you have a sewing machine.



Look for Joy Iron-on letters at a craft retailer near you!