Friday, March 17, 2017

MHCT&M: Creative Easter Wreaths

Hello friends and Happy St. Patrick's Day! 
Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! 

Kara from Mine for the Making here and although today is my favorite Irish holiday, this week I'm here to share Creative Easter Wreath Ideas with you!  

  I love spring time and I love Easter... there's something so fresh and happy about this time of year! And I would love a pretty way to greet my guests as they approach our front door this spring. 

Let's check out ten creative ways to decorate your front door that are perfect for Easter! 











So many creative ways to decorate your door this spring for Easter! 
 Which wreath is your favorite? 


Thanks for stopping by today! 
Join us next week for more Easter tips!     
Your hostesses,
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Handmade Hangout Party #145

Time to party! 
Let's do it! 
Show us what you've got this week. 

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Alli from Made with HAPPY

We have just a few easy rules:
1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Easy DIY Teardrop Earrings

Hi, it's me, Rachel from Adventures of a DIY Mom.

As I contemplated what to share with you all this month, I had a hard time deciding. For one thing, I like to do so many different types of things, it's sometimes hard for me to choose what type of project I want to tackle. Another reason is that I don't yet know what you would like. Do you like seasonal crafts? Or do you prefer decor that can stay up all year? Would you like to learn to build things? Or would you rather stay inside and sew something? Do you like to bake? Does jewelry making interest you? What about home canning or gardening? These are just a few of the things I like to do. What are you interested in reading more about? I really do want to write about things that are interesting to you. Please leave a comment with suggestions for future posts.

I decided to share an easy jewelry project. I don't know about you, but jewelry making used to intimidate me. A LOT. My little sister used to make earrings to sell and one day I asked her to show me the basics. And I realized it's not as hard as I thought. Now, I'll admit, there are some crazy advanced jewelry techniques that I would love to learn someday, but I've got the basics down and today I'll share them with you.

 Today's DIY project is a simple pair of teardrop earrings that require minimal supplies and a very basic skill level. Anyone can make these.
Easy DIY Teardrop Earrings

Want to make some easy teardrop earrings?

Jewelry supplies you will need:

fishhook earwires
crimp beads
beading wire {I used 7 strand .45mm}
jump rings {not pictured}
beads {use color/sizes to your preference}

Tools needed:
wire cutters
jewelry pliers
crimp bead pliers {or you could use flat-nosed pliers}

Easy DIY Teardrop Earrings

1 - Cut a piece of wire 4 1/2 inches long.

2 - Add a crimp bead to the wire, fold over the wire about 1/4" or less from end forming a small loop. Insert the small end of the wire through the crimp bead.

3 -Now it's time to flatten or crimp the bead. This will depend on what tools you have available. If you just have a few basic jewelry pliers, then you can just flatten the crimp bead with the flat-nosed pliers. If you have crimp bead pliers, then you will place the crimp bead in the "bumpy" notch of the pliers and squeeze. This will smash the crimp bead into a "U" shape. You will then squeeze again with the crimp bead in the round notch of the pliers.

4 - Add 5 beads to the wire. Change up the style, color, size or quantity of the beads to fit your style.

5 - Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the other end of the wire.

6 - Open a jump ring by twisting it open. Using a pair of jewelry pliers in each hand, twist one side forward and one side back. Never pull the ends apart - you'll never get it to close right again. Add each loop of the wire to the jump ring as well as the fishhook. Close jump ring {again, by twisting}

7 - Repeat all steps for second earring.

Easy DIY Teardrop Earrings

That wasn't so hard, was it? I've got over 50 jewelry tutorials of varying skill levels on Adventures of a DIY Mom. Come find your next project!

Remember to comment and let me know what you'd like to learn.

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