Monday, April 11, 2011

Picket Fence Votive

Hi Crafters!

I've always loved cottage gardens with picket fences. This votive holder is reminiscent of that look with its bead flowers and the wire vining around the wood pickets. It's a craft that you and the kids can do together. Make it to decorate your Easter table or as a gift for Mother's Day.

Here are the materials you'll need: Picket fence, craft wire, acrylic beads and a votive candle holder.
You'll also need wire cutters, pliers, paint and a paintbrush.

Cut the picket fence where it meets when wrapped around the votive.

Press the wire ends against the pickets with the pliers.

Paint the fence in your favorite spring color.

Cut a piece of wire about 8" long and leaving a tail, wrap it around a picket on one end of the fence and then the other end to hold the fence in a circle. Add beads to the ends of the wire and curl the ends of the wire. Craft wire is easy to curl using a pencil or a dowel, or you can use round nose pliers. Cut another piece of wire and make another wrap in the same way to secure the ends together.

Continue the process varying the lengths of the wire and placement on the fence until it's covered as much as you like. Slide it over the votive.

Here's a set in green. You can also use this design as a napkin ring. Or, you could put it around a small vase or flower pot.

I'm sure you can think of a few variations of your own. Have fun adding your own touches and being creative!

Happy crafting!


Monday, April 4, 2011

New Giveaway!

Calling all scrapbookers, paper lovers, general crafters and mixed-media artists! The giveaway this month is a set of DVDs from the last season of Scrapbook Memories. No, the show is not going away; it's just changing to a new name with a wider, more inclusive format. To have a chance to win this great set, you need to hop along the Designer Crafts Blog Connection by clicking on the blue button to the right of my blog. This will lead you down the bunny trail of lovely craft ideas. While you are on your way, look for the Scrapbook Memories logo. To see what this logo looks like, go to Julie McGuffee's blog. Leave a comment about your favorite craft show on that blog and you'll be eligible for the giveaway. I don't know which blog it is either, so I get to participate! It's like hunting for Easter eggs! Happy hopping! PS Come back and see the results on April 14 when we will also post a bunch of fresh spring projects!