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Monday, July 12, 2010


Guest designer Sparkle from The Sparkle Studio is filling in for me today with (what else?) a sparkly craft! You can find lots more craft project's at Sparkle's blog. -- AP

Sparkle’s Peace Hanger
Designed by Sparkle

I have a stash of craft supplies that I have collected and never used.   So sometimes, it is a good exercise for me to use only things from my stash without going to the store for more components.  For me, this is a “stash only” project. Maybe you have some similar things in your stash.

You need:
·    a surface: I used a scrap piece of wood that I sanded smooth, you could also use a canvas or a piece of watercolor paper
·    a piece of fabric big enough to cover the front of the surface (you could also use paper)
·    Mod Podge/ flat brush
·    Big & Glitzy Glitter Glue
·    Ribbon to match either the fabric or the Big & Glitzy: about 1 1/2 yd.
·    #2 pencil
·    computer and printer
·    drill and drill bit

Try this:
1.     Drill holes in the top corners of the surface.
2.     Mod Podge the fabric to cover the  front of the surface.  Trim as needed.  Set aside to dry.

3.  On the computer, type Peace.  Make it in a font you like and size it to fit your surface.  Print it.

4.  Turn the paper over.  Scribble the lines of the word with the #2 pencil.

5.  Place the pattern pencil side down on the fabric covered surface.  Trace the word, transferring pattern lines to fabric.

6.  Cover pattern lines with Big & Glitzy.  Let dry.

7.  Use ½ yd or ribbon for hanger.  String ends through holes in surface.  Tie knots in back.  Use remaining ribbon to make a bow. Tie it to the ribbon on one side just above the plaque.
This is a quick and easy project to give as a gift or hang on your own wall.  Select colors that you like or have in your stash.
Glitter on!

Thanks so much for stopping by, Sparkle! I'm sure you've inspired many readers to tackle their crafts stash. So let's hear from our readers. What have you made from your stash? Everyone who posts a comment this week is entered in the drawing to win a book from our Book Club Friday guest author. -- AP


Kathye Quick said...

Very cute - my neighbor Princes SparkleALot would loves this. I'll ask her to stop by.

Becke Davis said...

Very cool - thanks, Sparkle! I'm not very talented when it comes to crafts, but I think I may be able to manage this one!

Kttycat said...

I've made a whole scrapbook for a friend out of my "extra stash". She loved it!

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Sparkle, it's easy to see you are a professional glitterer- how to you get it so smooth? Cool project.