Thursday, December 11, 2014

Recycled K-Cup Snowman Hat Ornaments

Hey, y'all!  I have such a cute project to share with you today.  I have a Keurig machine that my parents gave me for Christmas last year, and every morning I fix myself a cup of coffee before I head out the door to school.  Of course that means I have lots of empty K-Cups to trash or recycle.  I have been itching to find a way to upcyle some of them, and that's how my Snowman Hat Ornaments were born.
Recycled K-Cup Snowman Hat Ornaments pitterandglink.com
These little cuties are pretty easy to make.  You need minimal supplies to create them.

Supply List:
  • Used K-Cups
  • Empty snack box
  • Circle punch
  • Black spray paint
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Twine
  • Trim & Embellishments
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
Of course, the process begins with your used K-Cups.
Used K-Cups can become fun snowman hat ornaments.  pitterandglink.com
Tear the foil tops off of the K-Cups and remove the used coffee grounds and the coffee filter.  Wash the cups thoroughly and let them dry.  While they're drying, create the bottoms of the hats.
Use a recycled snack box to create snowman hat bottoms.  pitterandglink.com
Cut off the side of a snack box and use the circle punch to create the hat bottoms.
Spray painted K-Cups and cardboard circles become snowman hats.  pitterandglink.com
Spray the empty cups and the circles you punched with black spray paint.
Use twine to create a hook for a snowman hat ornament.  pitterandglink.com
Use your craft knife to punch a hole across from the hole already in the bottom of the cup.  Thread a length of twine through both holes and tie knot inside the cup.
Embellish the K-Cup hats with ribbon, rhinestones, and confetti.  pitterandglink.com
Use hot glue to attach the cup to the center of the spray-painted circle.  Once the glue sets, add your trim.  You can glue ribbon around the hat and use a rhinestone and tree table confetti to create holly for a traditional snowman look, or you can add other embellishments to create a nontraditional look.
Recycled K-Cup Snowman Hat Ornaments.  What a great upcycle! pitterandglink.com
I used ribbon, lace, rhinestones, stickers, and even book pages to create my unique little hats.
Recycled K-Cup Snowman Hat Ornaments.  What a great upcycle! pitterandglink.com
I think the book page and lace hat is my favorite, and the turquoise-y one makes me smile because it reminds me of the movie Elf.  Nonetheless, I am just thrilled with how all of them turned out.
Recycled K-Cup Snowman Hat Ornaments.  What a great upcycle! pitterandglink.com
Wouldn't this be such a fun craft night project?  I already want to make some more of them myself.  I'd love to see a picture if you make your own.  Post a pic to my FB page, tweet me, or tag me in an Instagram comment.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Rudolph Engraved Glass Candle Holder


Hey, y'all!  I feel like I've experimented with a lot of different crafting techniques, but I'm always interested in new crafting experiments.  One thing I've never done before is to engrave glass.  I mean, just the thought of trying to engrave something that can break so easily is a little intimidating.  I recently received a Dremel® Micro™8050, which can cut, carve, engrave, sand, grind, sharpen, clean and polish.  Of course, I just had to use the tool to try out engraving glass.  I was able to easily I create a cute Rudolph candle holder utilizing my new tool.
Make a Rudolph Engraved Glass Candle Holder with the Dremel Micro pitterandglink.com
   You need minimal supplies to create your own Rudolph candle holder, and you can complete this project in less than an hour, which is great for the busy holiday season.
These few supplies are all it takes to make a Rudolph Engraved Glass Candle Holder pitterandglink.com
Supplies Needed:
  • Dremel® Micro™8050 --The tool comes with different accessories.  You need to attach the engraving accessory.
  • Glass Candle Holder
  • Small Printed Deer Silhouette Image
  • Tape
  • Red Rhinestone
  • Super Glue
I found the candle holder I used at the dollar store, but you could also check thrift stores or yard sales.  The deer silhouette image I simply found by doing a Google image search.
You can easily engrave glass like this dollar store candle holder with the Dremel Micro.  pitterandglink.com
The very first step to create your engraved candle holder is to cut the printed deer Silhouette to fit your candle holder.  Then tape it on the inside of the glass where you'd like your image to be.
Learn how to engrave glass with the Dremel Micro.  It's so easy!  pitterandglink.com
Next, start engraving.  I know, I know.  It sounds like it's really hard, but, y'all, it's not...AT ALL.  The Dremel® Micro™8050 is packed with features that have crafters, hobbyists and DIYers in mind: soft grip, LED front-end lighting to illuminate projects, a docking station that continually charges, and an 8V Max Lithium-ion battery.  The LED light illuminates the glass and the image that you're engraving, and the tool is light and really easy to hold comfortably, which is important for someone like me with small hands.  Hold the tool kind of like you would a pencil (the directions with the Micro show you how) and engrave side to side or up and down or use a combination of the two.  You really don't have to use much pressure at all because the tool does all the work.  Once you think you're finished engraving, remove the printed image from the glass.  Hold the glass to the light to see if you need to soften any edges or make another pass over the engraved image.
Add a red rhinestone nose to a glass-engraved deer silhouette to create the perfect Christmas accessory.  pitterandglink.com
Once your deer silhouette is engraved on the glass, you need to attach a red rhinestone for the nose; it is supposed to be Rudolph after all.  Use super glue or another strong adhesive to attach the rhinestone to the deer's nose.  And then?  Your candle holder is complete.  I told you it was a quick and easy project.
Rudolph Engraved Glass Candle Holder with the Dremel Micro pitterandglink.com
The candle holder looks great during the day.
Rudolph Engraved Glass Candle Holder with the Dremel Micro pitterandglink.com
But it looks even better at night with a votive shining behind Rudolph.
Rudolph Engraved Glass Candle Holder with the Dremel Micro 8050 pitterandglink.com
The Micro 8050 made creating this project so easy!  You can buy your own online or in stores at Home Depot and Lowe’s or at Amazon.com for $89 USD.  And for more information on Dremel products, project ideas and problem-solving tips, visit www.dremel.com.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

21 Free Christmas Printables

Hey, y'all!  I just LOVE free printables.  I love making them to offer to y'all, and I love finding great ones on other people's blogs.  I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to the awesome freebies.  Since I love free printables so much, I jumped at the chance to join twenty other talented bloggers to bring you an awesome collection of printables for the holiday season. 
21 Free Christmas Printables pitterandglink.com
And, y'all, this collection doesn't just contain art prints.  Whether you are looking for home decor, gift tags, wrapping paper, cards, or labels, we have you covered— and the best part is, they are all free for personal use! Leave some love in the comments section to let us know how you are using these printables to make your Christmas extra special this year!

21 Free Christmas Printables pitterandglink.com
Ho Ho Ho! Printable from Persia Lou // Download here 

21 Free Christmas Printables pitterandglink.com
Happy Everything Gift Wrap and Tags from Tried & True // Download here 

21 Free Christmas Printables pitterandglink.com
Wrapping Paper and Tags from Clementine Creative // Download here 

21 Free Christmas Printables pitterandglink.com
Holiday Treat Labels from Amy is the Party // Download here 

21 Free Christmas Printables pitterandglink.com
Gift Wrap and Tags from Say not Sweet Anne // Download here 

21 Free Christmas Printables pitterandglink.com
Glitter Animal Silhouette from Carissa Miss // Download here 

21 Free Christmas Printables pitterandglink.com
Labels for your holiday gifts from Lia Griffith // Download here 

21 Free Christmas Printables pitterandglink.com
Snowman soup label from Kori Clark // Download here 

21 Free Christmas Printables pitterandglink.com
Carol Bells Art print from bumblebreeblog // Download here 

21 Free Christmas Printables pitterandglink.com
Elf Gift tags from Anders Ruff // Download here 

21 Free Christmas Printables pitterandglink.com
Merry & Bright Art Print from Pitter & Glink // Download here 

21 Free Christmas Printables pitterandglink.com
Joy Art Print from Paisley Petal Events // Download here 

21 Free Christmas Printables pitterandglink.com
Postcard to Santa from Everyday Enchanting // Download here 

21 Free Christmas Printables pitterandglink.com
Merry Little Christmas Art Print from Delineate your Dwelling // Download here 

21 Free Christmas Printables pitterandglink.com
Napkin Rings from Little House on the Corner // Download here 

21 Free Christmas Printables pitterandglink.com
Art print from Just a Girl and her Blog // Download here 

21 Free Christmas Printables pitterandglink.com
Chalkboard Art Prints from Live Laugh Rowe // Download here 

21 Free Christmas Printables pitterandglink.com
To Do List from Dancing with My Father // Download here 

21 Free Christmas Printables pitterandglink.com
Postcard Printables from Crafted by Lindy // Download here 

21 Free Christmas Printables pitterandglink.com
Gold and Silver Printables from Blooming Homestead // Download here 

21 Free Christmas Printables pitterandglink.com
Gift Card Holders from Elegance and Enchantment // Download here


Be sure to visit each of our blogs for more free printables + holiday ideas! 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

DIY Gift Card Holders with Free Silhouette Cut Files

Hey, y'all!  I honestly cannot believe it's December already.  It's time to start thinking more seriously about gifts for the holiday season.  I'm sure some of you are totally ahead of the game and have already finished shopping.  Me?  Not so much.  I have purchased a few gifts, but I have a lot more to find.  I always give gift cards to a few people on my list, and this makes gift giving easier.  Unfortunately, most gift cards aren't that cute.  I have a remedy for that: DIY gift card holders.  And I'm gifting YOU the free Silhouette cut files for two different styles of card holders.
DIY Gift Card Holders with Free Silhouette Cut Files via pitterandglink.com
The first step to creating your own gift card holders is downloading the free cut files {HERE}.  Once you have downloaded the file, open it in your Silhouette program.  Then use your Silhouette to cut the gift card holders.
DIY Gift Card Holders with Free Silhouette Cut Files via pitterandglink.com
Weed the excess paper from your cut design and gather a few supplies to put it together.
DIY Gift Card Holders with Free Silhouette Cut Files via pitterandglink.com
You'll need a scrap sheet of paper, washi tape, a glue stick, and scissors.  I recommend a glue runner as well, but that's optional.  Use washi tape to cover a section of your scrap paper large enough to cover the cut out on the card.
DIY Gift Card Holders with Free Silhouette Cut Files via pitterandglink.com
Use the glue stick to adhere the washi tape covered paper behind the cut out.  Then use the glue stick or glue runner to finish the assembly.  Do so by first folding up the bottom flap.  Cover it with adhesive.  Fold in the small right flap.  Cover the edge of the flap with adhesive.  Cover the inside edge of the large left flap with adhesive.  Fold it over the short side and press firmly.  Then all that's left is sticking a gift card into the freshly-made holder.
DIY Gift Card Holders with Free Silhouette Cut Files via pitterandglink.com
The fun thing about the cut outs on the gift card holders is that you can put patterned scrapbook paper or any washi tape your heart desires behind them.  Sure, these are perfect for your Christmas gifting, but they could easily be used for any occasion.  Whatever the occasion, I hope these make your plain gift cards a little prettier.
DIY Gift Card Holders with Free Silhouette Cut Files via pitterandglink.com
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