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Make Personalized Covered Button Jewelry!

4 Aug
covered button jewelry tutorial
I think a handmade gift is so much more personal and special than something picked up at a store.
Here’s a handmade gift idea that is simple, easy and inexpensive to make, yet shows that you care.
And the best part – anyone can make these.
{Ella, my 6 year old, made some}
personalized covered button necklace in box
Personalized Covered Button Necklaces
personalized covered button necklace
I know I have an addiction to pretty fabric. I just can’t get enough of it. When I order it sometimes it sits there for weeks because I can’t bring myself to cut it. And I never want to throw away scraps of beautiful fabric. This project is perfect for those precious fabric scraps. All it takes is a few inches of fabric, a covered button kit, a shank and some E9000,  Mod Podge and Dimensional Magic (optional) plus about 10 minutes of your time!
Here’s a little Covered Button Tutorial – in case you’ve never made these before: 

covered button tutorial 1
1. Pick out the covered button size you want to make.
larger circle of fabric
2. Cut a circle about 1 inch larger than the metal button.
the fabric
3. Put the fabric on top of the flexible plastic mold, right side down.
4. Press the top of the button cover onto the fabric and into the flexible plastic mold.
put the back on it
5. the fabric will bunch up at the top once you press down. Fold the excess fabric into the center of the button and press the back of the button onto the button and press down until it snaps in place.
covered button tutorial
That’s it!
Now, to make it into a pendant – pull off the metal ring with pliers. Then put a dot of E9000 on the back of the button and press a jewelry shank onto it. Let dry.
personalized covered button pendant
covered button jewelry tutorial
To  make the personalized pendant, I found some alphabet fabric and then cut out a circle with the desired letter in the middle. I made the covered button and then covered the button with a layer of Mod Podge. Once that was dry, I filled in the letter with a colored Sharpie (permanent marker). Be sure to add the Mod Podge, or the Sharpie will bleed into the fabric. After that is done, I added a layer of Dimensional Magic over the top to seal it. But this is optional.
coverd button boxes
And I saw a fun idea in Martha Stewart. To package up this project, I made some covered buttons, and then threaded an elastic band through the back. Then you can wrap the rubber band around the gift box with the button on the top. It makes a cute alternative bow, PLUS the gift receiver gets a cute covered button pony tail holder to use too!! So fun!!
covered button hair bands
And of course, you can make plain Covered Button Necklaces too!
plain covered button pendant
ella wearing covered button necklace
Share your creativity and win in a 300-page copy of Home Made Simple!! 
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Share your favorite handmade creation!

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Have a wonderful day!!! 

PS — I am linking my project up to these fun parties:

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Giveaway Monday — $50 to Bohem Unique Gems {handcrafted jewelry}!!

1 Aug

  Happy Monday!
Todays’ giveaway is from one of my favorite sponsor’s —  Bohem Unique Gems
Bohem specializes in unique
handcrafted jewelry made from the highest quality semi-precious jewels and
sterling silver.
 There are so many beautiful pieces to choose from!
I am in love with their colorful earrings!!

Bohem Unique Gems also has statement pieces like this turquoise necklace, plus beautiful pendants and stand out rings!
 
Bohem Unique Gems is giving away a $50 credit!! 

Here’s how you can win: 

  • Head over to Bohem. Take a look around. What is The Name of your favorite piece? Let me know in comments. one entry.
  • “Like” the Bohem Facebook page — where you can find out about their new products and sales. one entry.

  • Follow or comment on Britt’s blog BohemBritt. one entry each.
  • Share this giveaway on Twitter, Facebook or on your blog. one entry each.

{Please leave me a comment for each thing you do – so you can get entries for each.}
This giveaway ends Monday, August 8th.

xoxo

PS Coming up this week: 
A fun and easy gift idea 
Some wonderful craft and decorating tutorials
An announcement 
And more!!!

Make Summer Fabric Rosette Jewelry!! {tutorial}

27 Jul
I love making Rolled Fabric Flowers  jewelry!
There are so many possibilities! 
You can make all sorts of jewelry with this little flowers, plus add them to home decor items like pillows, placemats, dishtowels and more !

rolled flower jewelry tutorial

So the other day, while my sister and her family were visiting, we sat down for a little “craft hour” and experimented making different Rolled Flower Gifts.
It was so much fun!!!

rolled flower necklace

In case you haven’t tried making these Rolled Flowers — here’s what you do:

maddy cutting out the fabric
1. Cut a 1-inch wide strip of material. We used fat quarters and cut one strip for a small flower, and combined two strips to make a larger flower.


2. Fold the strip in half width-wise and add a dot of hot glue, then immediately roll up the material {keep it folded in half} about 10 rolls. Then secure with another drop of hot glue.
roll up the fabric
3. Now fold the material in toward the center of the flower and continue rolling the material around the center of the flower. Hot glue a dot every rotation.
4. Continue this way until you run out of material and secure the end of the fabric to the flower.
hot glue flowers to felt
5. Put hot glue on the back of the flower and attach it to a piece of felt.
6. Once the glue has cooled, cut around the flower on the felt.
glue flowers together
7. Now you have a flower you can make into a pin, hairclip, or ring. Combine more than one flower to make a necklace by attaching the flowers to a piece of felt. Put pieces of chain underneath the flowers to secure the chain to the felt and flowers. Then cut around all of the flowers and attach a clasp to the end of the chain and a jump ring to the other end.

rolled flower necklace on
rolled flower earrings

And an even easier and faster gift idea is hot gluing embellishments to the ring blanks or hairclip/bookmark forms.
button clips and bookmarks
We also covered some buttons with fabric and hot glued them onto the blanks.
This makes a great gift.
Add the bookmark to a book or bookstore gift card for a fun stocking stuffer!!!
button bookmarks
And if you make some Rolled Flower Jewelry, get your friends together for a Girls Craft Night.
 Projects are always more fun with friends!!!
burlap hair clip
burlao hair clip on
rolled flower rings
I also made a little video on how to make the flowers if you want to check it out:

 

Happy Wednesday!! 


PS — We finished shooting the web show last night. Boy were we tired!! 13 episodes in two days. But it was SO much fun and there were so many great ideas that we featured with tutorials. I think it’s going to be awesome!! Oh — there’s a FB page all About Get a Little Creative too!1

xoxo

Giveaway — Jane and Me {soldered pendants and pretty baubles}

13 Jul
Happy Wednesday!!

I have a fun surprise for you today: 
a giveaway from Jane and Me!!
Jane and Me is a  gorgeous shop that lets you create a one of a kind creation.  
You choose any combination of charms, baubles and chains to reflect your personality!!  
And if you can’t decide, they have a “You Are
Complete” monthly option – which is specially priced, available for a limited time and in limited quantities.
 
And you don’t have to buy all at once to get your dream creation, you can build your ultimate necklace over time. 
 I love this lace pendant with a black soldered frame: 

Or anchor your necklace with your initial: 

 

And then add some bling!! 
Or a little charm: 
And then decide on a chain: 
And you have a unique necklace that reflects who YOU are.  
{{So cool}}
This would be a great gift for a sister, daughter, mom or best friend!! 
Jane and Me are giving TWO readers 
$40 credits to their shop!!!

Here’s how YOU can win:

  • Head over to Jane and Me and subscribe to their newsletter at the bottom of the page – this is an easy way to stay updated on their sales and new shop items. one entry.
  • “Like” the Jane and Me Facebook page. one entry. 

for additional entries: 
  • Share this giveaway through Facebook, Twitter (tag me so I can see it — @jenjentrixie) or on your blog. one entry each.
**And, Jane and Me is giving Tatertots and Jello readers a special discount of 30% off everything in their store. Just type “jello” at checkout. 
{This code is good through July 27th.}

{Leave me a separate comment for each thing you do. This giveaway ends on Wednesday, July 20th}
 
XOXO
PS More tutorials and projects coming up tomorrow!!

Giveaway Monday — $50 to Starfish Jewelry {custom jewelry made in sunny San Diego}

20 Jun
UPDATE –Giveaway closed. The winner was #15 Natalie @ Vegetablog. Congratulations natalie!!
Happy Monday!!! 
It’s Giveaway Monday and this week I am so excited to introduce you to Amber from
Starfish Jewelry — custom jewelry made in sunny San Diego!! 
She makes beautiful monogrammed necklaces that would make great wedding gifts….
You can get your children’s name on these cool tags along with a beachy starfish….. Or they would also make such a cute engagement present….
And look at this sweet personalized baby bracelet. What a sweet baby gift! 

Plus, you can get something for the man in your life. A personalized keychain…..  
And look at the pretty necklace Amber sent me!!!
I love the “happy” and J initial. I’m wearing it right now 🙂
 
Plus Amber has a great blog where she shares her projects and inspiration…. AND, she is starting a new link party on Wednesdays — Summer Snapshots — where YOU can link up YOUR favorite pictures from each week. The first party starts THIS WEDNESDAY. Be sure to check it out….
Amber is giving away a
$50 credit to Starfish Jewelry!!!! 
Awesome!! 

Here’s how YOU can win: 

  • “Like” the Starfish Jewelry Blog on Facebook- where you can find out about her giveaways and sales. one entry. 
  • Share this giveaway on Twitter, Facebook or your Blog. one entry each.

AND, Amber is offering Tatertots and Jello readers a special discount — 30% off her already great prices.  Amazing!! Just type in the code  “JEN   ” at checkout!!
{this giveaway ends on 6/27}

xoxox

PS — We made it to London!! 
And look, I even found a cute London Trailer!!  
Today we are heading to the Tower of London and maybe even a double decker bus tour!!! 
Have a great day!!

Make a Beachy Rosette Button Necklace {tutorial}

2 Jun

 

Here’s my Summer Necklace #2. 
I have loved seeing all of those pretty Rosette necklaces around, I really wanted to make one for summer. So I took some of the material left over from my Flirty Summer Button Necklace #1 and made some rosettes. 
{I have a Rosette Tutorial here if you want to learn how to make the rosettes.}

Beachy Rosette Button Necklace

Supplies:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-o0vp9CsHUe0/TeMbL7hRQMI/AAAAAAAAQ-I/qnSyv4c1Eew/s1600/dollar+store+flour+sack.jpg

Fabric – I used more of the Dollar Store Fabric Sacking
Felt for the backing 
Ribbon 
Scrapbook brad
A button 
Glue and glue gun, or fabric glue
{This is also a very simple necklace to make}

  • First I cut out a half circle bib 

  • Then I made the rosettes.

  • Once the rosettes were made I glued arranged them on the bib. And I added the button. Mine is a scrapbook brad inside of a rhinestone button I found at an antique store. I loved the aqua color of the button with the antique rhinestones. 
SO beachy and pretty!!! 
  • The last thing that I did was measure out two lengths of ribbon to tie the necklace together. I added extra so the stings would hang down and showcase the ribbon. 

And now I have a Beachy Summer Rosette Necklace, perfect for a summer bonfire or BBQ!! 
xoxoxo
PS I made my first slipcover. 
 And I am SO happy with how it turned out!! I shared a sneak peek on my TT&J facebook page. The full tutorial is coming up soon!! 
And speaking of my TT&J facebook page. I love to share tutorials and feature people there. We just hit 10,000 members and to celebrate I am throwing a fantastical giveaway. It will be coming up this weekend!!! 
PPS — Check out the fun Groopdealz today. I am picking up a few of these for gifts. $11 Peony Necklace from JessicaNDesigns – 4 Colors to Choose from ($19 Value)

Make a Beachy Rosette Button Necklace {tutorial}

2 Jun

 

Here’s my Summer Necklace #2. 
I have loved seeing all of those pretty Rosette necklaces around, I really wanted to make one for summer. So I took some of the material left over from my Flirty Summer Button Necklace #1 and made some rosettes. 
{I have a Rosette Tutorial here if you want to learn how to make the rosettes.}

Beachy Rosette Button Necklace

Supplies:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-o0vp9CsHUe0/TeMbL7hRQMI/AAAAAAAAQ-I/qnSyv4c1Eew/s1600/dollar+store+flour+sack.jpg

Fabric – I used more of the Dollar Store Fabric Sacking
Felt for the backing 
Ribbon 
Scrapbook brad
A button 
Glue and glue gun, or fabric glue
{This is also a very simple necklace to make}

  • First I cut out a half circle bib 

  • Then I made the rosettes.

  • Once the rosettes were made I glued arranged them on the bib. And I added the button. Mine is a scrapbook brad inside of a rhinestone button I found at an antique store. I loved the aqua color of the button with the antique rhinestones. 
SO beachy and pretty!!! 
  • The last thing that I did was measure out two lengths of ribbon to tie the necklace together. I added extra so the stings would hang down and showcase the ribbon. 

And now I have a Beachy Summer Rosette Necklace, perfect for a summer bonfire or BBQ!! 
xoxoxo
PS I made my first slipcover. 
 And I am SO happy with how it turned out!! I shared a sneak peek on my TT&J facebook page. The full tutorial is coming up soon!! 
And speaking of my TT&J facebook page. I love to share tutorials and feature people there. We just hit 10,000 members and to celebrate I am throwing a fantastical giveaway. It will be coming up this weekend!!! 
PPS — Check out the fun Groopdealz today. I am picking up a few of these for gifts. $11 Peony Necklace from JessicaNDesigns – 4 Colors to Choose from ($19 Value)

Make a Flirty Summer Button Necklace!! {tutorial}

30 May

I am so excited for Summer! 
Hopefully the warm weather will come to Utah sometime soon.
{It has been snowing here this week.}
In the meantime, I made a few Summer necklaces. 
Here’s the first:


Flirty Button Necklace

I love the white and turquoise color scheme. 
It seems so beachy to me!!
If you want to make one here’s what I did:

Supplies:
Cotton Fabric (I used a Dollar Store Flour Sack}
A couple other fabric scraps
Felt
Buttons
Covered Button Kit
Hot Glue Gun
Ribbon
Scrapbook Brads
Here’s what I did:

  • I cut out a felt bib form — about 5 inches wide by 3 inches high.


  • Then I made a couple fabric flowers. Nancy from My Blonde Ambitions has a great tutorial on how to make these.

  • Once I made the fabric flowers. I laid the flowers, buttons and brads on the felt template until I liked the way it looked. Then I glued the flowers, buttons and brads on the felt.

  • The last thing I did was glue two pieces of ribbon onto the back of the felt half circle.

Super easy!
And I love the flirty look of the necklace. 
Perfect for Summer

And, if you want more great necklace ideas, head over to Ucreate for more fantastic button necklaces and Becca from Blue Cricket Designs just made a really cute Button Necklace too.  

xoxox
PS Coming up this week:
A Summertime Activity Idea tomorrow
A Great Guest Tutorial
A Fab Giveaway
A Fun Party Idea 
And more!!!

Make a Flirty Summer Button Necklace!! {tutorial}

30 May

I am so excited for Summer! 
Hopefully the warm weather will come to Utah sometime soon.
{It has been snowing here this week.}
In the meantime, I made a few Summer necklaces. 
Here’s the first:


Flirty Button Necklace

I love the white and turquoise color scheme. 
It seems so beachy to me!!
If you want to make one here’s what I did:

Supplies:
Cotton Fabric (I used a Dollar Store Flour Sack}
A couple other fabric scraps
Felt
Buttons
Covered Button Kit
Hot Glue Gun
Ribbon
Scrapbook Brads
Here’s what I did:

  • I cut out a felt bib form — about 5 inches wide by 3 inches high.


  • Then I made a couple fabric flowers. Nancy from My Blonde Ambitions has a great tutorial on how to make these.

  • Once I made the fabric flowers. I laid the flowers, buttons and brads on the felt template until I liked the way it looked. Then I glued the flowers, buttons and brads on the felt.

  • The last thing I did was glue two pieces of ribbon onto the back of the felt half circle.

Super easy!
And I love the flirty look of the necklace. 
Perfect for Summer

And, if you want more great necklace ideas, head over to Ucreate for more fantastic button necklaces and Becca from Blue Cricket Designs just made a really cute Button Necklace too.  

xoxox
PS Coming up this week:
A Summertime Activity Idea tomorrow
A Great Guest Tutorial
A Fab Giveaway
A Fun Party Idea 
And more!!!

J Crew-Inspired Threaded Necklace (with rosette)!

24 May

I was window shopping at one of my favorite stores the other day – J Crew.
I love their relaxed, classic style! 
I stumbled across a really simple, but elegant necklace and noticed that the beads were threaded onto the chain. I loved the look of it. I took this picture with my phone, and unfortunately it’s a little blurry. I wasn’t able to find the same necklace on their website either…
j crew necklace
{sorry  – I took this picture with my iphone so the picture quality isn’t the greatest}

I decided to go home and try making something similar. Of course I had to change it up a little – lol! Here’s what I came up with. I also made another necklace with the same technique, but using kind of seaside-ish colors. And I threw in a beaded rosette for fun too.

Threaded Rosette Necklace Tutorial
(15 minute project)
This is a super easy project and I think it would make an awesome birthday gift too.

So if you want to make one, here’s what I did:
the supplies collage
  • Chain (found in the jewelry section of your craft supply store)
  • Clasps
  • Round beads. I used 8mm.
  • Embroidery Thread or Beading Thread.
  • Needle
  • Fabric for the rosette – 1 inch wide by approx. 30 inch in length.
  • Fabric glue
  • Hot glue or super glue
thread the string
  • The first thing to do is measure out how long you want your necklace to be. Mine was 24 inches long.
    Then measure your thread twice that length. I double threaded the needle so the thread was very strong.
  • Now measure down about 6 inches from one end of the chain and make a knot in the thread to one of the links in the chain there.
  • Thread on a bead and then interweave the needle through a few of the links. I threaded a bead about every 5-6 links. But you can add as many beads or as little as you want. On the blue necklace, I threaded a few beads next to each other and then wove the thread through another 5-6 links and then added a few more beads…
  • Be sure to hold the one end of chain tight while threading the thread through the links. You want the thread to be the same length as the chain, so there is no gathering of the chain, or excess thread hanging down when you are done.
  • Do this all the way down the length of chain until you get about 6 inches from the other end. Pull the thread tight, so there is no gaps in the thread. Then make a knot at the other end of the necklace. I also put a dab of super glue on each knot to make sure it was secure.
  • Now you can attach your clasp, or if the necklace is long enough to fit over your head, just attach the links at each end together!
cut the fabric
  • Now you make your rosette (optional). I have a rosette tutorial you can reference if you want. Cut a length of fabric. 1 inch wide by about 24-30 inches in length, depending on how big you want your rosette to be.
  • Fold the fabric in half, width-wise and make a knot. Then roll the fabric and glue it with fabric glue as you roll, in a circular motion.
  • You can also thread some beads on the rosette to match the beads on your necklace is you want, at this point.
make a rosette
  • Once you have the rosette finished, glue it onto a piece of felt.
glue the rosettes on felt
  • Once the glue ha dried, cut around the felt and glue the felt with the rosettes onto one side at the top of the necklace. I used hot glue to attach the rosettes to the necklace. And then I glued another strip of felt over the chain to make it more comfortable to wear.
glue felt on chain
And that is it!
Now you have a pretty, threaded rosette necklace to wear this Summer.
Enjoy!!
threaded rosette necklace
threaded rosette necklace blue
Super fast and super simple! 


xoxo


Have a Fantastic Tuesday!!! 

PS — 


I’m a new host in the International Delight BlogFrog forum — a great place to post questions, recipes, fashion and meet new friends.  
Every month my friend Beckie Farrant from Infarrantly Creative and I will be hosting a chat about communicating in marriage.

We are more than just craft and DIY bloggers.  We are passionate about
marriage.  Together we have over 34 years of marriage experience…yes
we were babies when we wed. LOL!

We would love for you to join us and share your tips and tricks to creating a marriage that sustains the long haul.
Please join us TODAY

Time: 10:00 AM MST/12:00 noon EST
We will be giving away some date night gift packages and some books on marriage as well!