Woodland Fairy | Crafts, Oddities & Design

May 2nd, 2009

Homemade Lamp Charm

While organizaing my crafts I came across my old wire accessories, and a crystal I purchased years ago. I remember I intended to use the crystal to make a good luck charm, similiar to the ones used in Feng Shui or Asian decorating. Of course I never did complete this project… until today.

I wrapped jewelry wire around the tip of the crystal, and hammered it into place, using a small hammer (these can be purchased at craft stores.) Attached beads, which are all seperated by a single hammered loop.

To achieve the hammered loop I used a crochet hook, and used the base portion. Do not use the actual hook as you only need to wrap the wire, then slide the wire off the base. The goal is to make a loop, and then hammer the loop into place. (It is helpful to have a heavy surface to hammer onto. I have a metal bar-bell my father welded me, specifically for jewelry making.)

To finish, I attached it to my paper lamp, and added strips of ribbon, tied by a single knot.

April 19th, 2009

Homemade Magnets

I saw this project years ago online, and I never got around to trying it. So today, I tested it out, and I’m very pleased with the results! To accomplish this, you will need some of the clear decorative “bubble” rocks from any arts and crafts store, some magnets, craft glue and art media.

I found that you will need to shrink your art media as much as possible to fit into the magnet. I wasted a bit of ink reprinting a few pages, but it was worth it.

Simply trace around the bubble rock, and cut out your magnet background. Add a small dab of craft glue to the rock, and attach the background piece with the picture facing towards the bubble part. Add magnet, let dry and instant fridge goodness.

August 3rd, 2008

Recycled Cardboard Box Mail Folder

I love Miller Lite, have I mentioned this? So this usually results in plenty of boxes I toss away. So I had an idea to recycle one of the boxes into a mail folder to hold all the letters and envelopes that clutter my kitchen counter.

The Bos

The Box

Cut the box into a folder with a flap:

Folder Pattern

Folder Pattern

Bend the flap over and form the folder.

Bend the flap over and form the folder.

Glue paper over it:

Using needle and thread add two buttons:

Leather to tie the folder shut

Leather to tie the folder shut

Embellished with a custom made mail tag and two rub on transfers:

The finished design

The finished design