Chic Repurposed Jewel Cross DIY

What woman doesn’t like a little glitter and bling?!?  I know I do, and love to find ways to reuse & repurpose bits and pieces of vintage jewelry that are a little tattered and maybe missing a stone or two.

This cross tutorial is so easy, using relatively common items turned out to be an elegant addition to my office.

·         Wooden Cross

·         Brass Filigree

·         White Paint

·         Clear or White Glitter

·         Broken Vintage Rhinestone Earring

·         Scrapbooking jewel embellishments

·         Rosary Chain

·         Glue

First thing is to pain the cross and brass filigree white.  Once the cross is dry adorn with glitter, then attach the brass filigree.  Let those dry.  Now you can adorn with the vintage jewelry piece of your choice, I used a vintage AB Rhinestone Earring.  Now you can adorn your little cross with little scrapbook jewel embellishments, I used clear and pearl.  To hang the cross I used a bit of vintage pearl rosary chain that I used to carry in my shop.

As always, Happy Crafting!




Pink Antiqued Brass Flower Stamping Earrings Tutorial

I adore raw brass findings and stampings, and already carry several styles in my shop, Alyssabeths Vintage.  These pieces are so easy to use as is or to age or patina using several different methods from fumes, to chemicals and even paints.

These sweet little flower stampings are found in my shop, I often used them as cabochons in jewelry creations but decided to punch a hole into them to create connector pieces (I found my metal punch at Michaels in the jewelry section)

Then I cleaned with brass pieces and buffed just a bit with a low grit file to give the pieces extra texture to hold the paint.  Once good and dry apply paint, I used regular acrylic craft paint in pink, again let dry completely.

After these have dried I removed bits of the pink paint with a low grit file until I felt that I had enough of the golden raw brass showing, then sealed with a clear matte finish (make sure your pain or sealer is lead free).

Waiting some more…. and then I simply added gold earring hoops and vintage Czech glass rhinestone teardrops!  So easy and very little time!

Happy Crafting!
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Shabby French Chic Altered Art Bottle

Ok, so apparently I am really… terrible at time management lately.  I’ve been so busy trying to get the second shop up and running that I’m way behind on my blog and my Jewelry shop.  Hoping the time management thing will start getting a little better.

And to top it all off I managed in a flurry of photo deleting to delete all my step by step photos for this weeks craft tutorial, so I guess it’s going to be more of a look what I made kind of post, lol.

But I will tell you that I started with a lovely, very old bottle that I purchased at a Flea Market for  .50, the patina is so wonderful. I brought the bottle home and soaked out all the dirt and grime.  I then adhered a tea stained paper doily to the front, accented it with some vintage with tassel fringe, and then a bit of old ecru lace.  Mod Podge par of the bottle and doily and sprinkled on clear iridescent fairy dust glitter.

The create the framed French woman I started off with an old rhinestone shoe buckle.  To cover up missing stones I created a little collage in one corner with layers of antique brass filigree and a tiny pink resin rose, the other corner I used an antique brass Fleur de lis charm with the loop snipped off.  The image of the French Fashion Plate was of course found on the Graphics Fairy – no surprise there.  Printed the image off on cream card stock, cut to fit into the rhinestone buckle (makes such a great frame) and Mod Podge both back and front for extra durability.

Chic Moss Flower Pot with Nest Tutorial

Hey girls, well I’m sort of back to crafting. I’m so busy shopping and hunting down items for my upcoming vintage jewelry shop that it’s pretty much taken over all my free time, plus the weather is not cooperating with several furniture re-vamps that I have planned.

I’ve seen several moss covered clay pots at several high dollar home decor stores lately, and being frugal (cheap) I was not going to pay the price.  So what did I find at the Dollar Tree, yep a roll of 1″ moss on web backing, how awesome is that!

Clay Pot – I had on my potting bench
Nest with eggs – purchased at Hobby Lobby for 1/2 price
Paint – to age the pot
Tea Stained Paper Tag – easy to make
Bird Stamp
Wire or String – I already had the rusty wire
I sponged dark brown, moss green and white paint to the lip of the clay pot to age it.  Just work with the paint until you get the look you are going for.  Let this dry before starting to adhere the moss.
Now unroll your moss, because of the shape of the pot I ended up cutting it up a bit to fit on the tilt of the little pot and used a glue gun to glue it down.  You might need to fill in some gaps with bits of loose moss.
Now that this is all done you can glue in your nest with plastic speckled eggs.

And for the finishing touch I added a tea stained, bird stamped tag tied on with a rusty wire.  I think the total cost of this little craft project for me was only about $4.00 since I had so many of the items already.  I think Pottery Barn would be proud, lol.

Framed Paper Rose Valentine

Instead of a regular ol’ Valentine card, I decided to do something a little different for my best girlfriend – who by the way is super girly, and create a framed rose Valentine with vintage chic pink rose gift bag.

While I was out shopping the other day I popped into Michaels and found they have started putting out some really girly stuff for spring in their dollar section.  I picked out a shabby chic little chippy white frame, a packet of pink paper roses and a pack of tiny floral note cards.

First step in this easy little craft is to cut a piece of one of the note card to fit into your frame, now glue your little paper roses into a heart shape onto the paper you’ve cut out.  (Each little rose has a sticky backing, but they aren’t sticky enough to stay so I glued mine with Elmer’s.) Now insert into your frame.

I decided to create a little muslin bag for my little framed rose Valentine.  As usual I found the perfect vintage pink rose Valentine image over at Graphics Fairy and added the word Valentine and printed out on a iron on transfer paper.  Because there is wording on the image you will need to print this out as a mirror image, so if your photo or graphics program is unable to flip the image you can do this in a couple of easy steps at Picnik.

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Glitter Valentine Heart Treat Boxes

Ok girls, I found the cutest little plastic heart trinket boxes at the Dollar Tree last week and what a bargain, 12 for $1.00.  I’m not a big fan if purple so I decided to use only the red and pink heart boxes in the package.  I thought these would make adorable little treat boxes for my girl friends, once I’ve adorned with glitter and little cabbage roses!

You will need:
Heart Boxes
Modge Podge
Crepe Paper
I started off by painting the little lids with Mode Podge, sprinkle with your glitter of choice, I chose pink and red.  Once these are nice and dry I created little crepe paper roses.  Cut your crepe paper into strips.  Start the little roses by taking one end and rolling into a little rosebud type center, from there start creating the petals by twisting and turning the rest of your strip around the center until you have your little cabbage rose, use the tail end of your paper strip to tuck under the rose gluing down so that the rose stays together. You might want to dap a glue into the rose as your go along.  I sprinkled the roses and little coffee colored leaves with very fine clear glitter.
And now your have great little Valentine treat boxes ready to fill will goodies!
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Valentines Day Felt Rose Heart Wreath

Growing-up Valentines Day has always been one of my favorite holidays, I think because my Father loved it so.  He always made such a big deal over all of us, candy and roses for my sister and I, candy and fishing gear for my brother, and of course something romantic for my mother.
It seems like this past year I’ve been way behind in holiday decor and crafts, but this time I’m actually ahead of the game and have already created 3 Valentines Day craft tutorials!
During yet another scouting trip to the Dollar Tree I found this fun and festive red foil fringe heart wreath!  For only a dollar it’s fairly large at 14″ across at it’s widest and pretty well made.  I also purchased a bouquet of white roses because it included two white glitter puffy hearts, I’ll a use for the roses in another tutorial I’m sure.

I decided to adorn this fun wreath with those easy felt roses!  I bought several colors of felt on sale at Hobby Lobby, and in the bridal isle I found pearl stamens for the centers.

So basically the supplies you need are:

Glue – I used E-6000

Puffy heart
Cut out felt circles and then cut those into a spiral.  Dab a little bit of the glue onto the stamen and start wrapping your felt around creating your rose.  Create several sizes.

Once all your roses are done start by gluing down your puffy glittered heart and then start gluing down your roses.  See super easy!

After your wreath is all dry and the roses are good an secure tie a lovely ribbon to the top and there you have your Valentines Day Heart Wreath!
Happy Valentines Day and Happy Crafting !

Chic Damask Magnetic Memo Board, Dollar Tree Crafting

Hey ladies, well I’ve been rummaging around the the Dollar Tree again, and yes I had to sneak in three bag of stuff!  I found the cutest little silver colored metal trays there that look like little fancy serving trays.  They aren’t large, the oval tray which I used in this tutorial measures 12″ x 8 1/2″.

Supplies you will need:
Metal Tray
Scrapbook paper
Buttons, vintage jewelry – or what ever you wish to create the magnets
Glue – Elmers and E-6000
Mod Podge
Coordinating Ribbon

This little memo board is so… crazy easy.  In order o coordinate with my new little craft space I chose this black & white damask print Scrapbook Paper, which I bought for 1/2 price at Hobby Lobby.  First you will need to cut your paper to fit into the flat part of the tray, once this is cute glue down with Elmers.  I let mine dry for a day and then covered with Mod Podge.

For the shabby chic magnets I used pieces of vintage jewelry, a velvet ribbon rose and buttons that I had on hand.  All I had to do was glue a magnet to each one using the E-6000!

Once your little tray is dry, turn over and glue your ribbon to the back (I used E-6000 for this part), tie and big pretty bow and it/s ready to hang!  I used a Shabby Chic
1 1/2″ satin ribbon that I already had on hand.

Have A Happy Week and Happy Crafting!

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Felt Rose Christmas Tree Ornament

Ok, here is one last frugal (cheap) Christmas craft for this year!  This time I branched out and found my inspiration and supplies in the $1.00 section of Michaels. 

Christmas tree shapes $1.00 for ring of 5
         cardboard shapes and measure 6″
Striped contact paper $1.00
Felt – already had on hand, but only cost
         29. for each sheet

This ornament is so easy and quick, a perfect rainy day holiday craft project with your kiddos.  First step, remove Christmas trees from ring, then remove enough of the back off the contact paper to cover your tree shape, both back and front.

Now that super duper easy step is done it’s time to decorate.  I decided to cut scalloped shaped strips of the bright green felt and glued down on the tree. 
Then I started creating my three little felt roses, by first cutting felt circles, which you then cut into spirals.  Next you simply start rolling the spirals into a rose shape.  Now cut little leaf shapes.  Attach your roses and leaves to your little trees and once they are nice and dry start applying glue for your glitter!
Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

Shabby Chic Altered Candle & Candle Holder Tutorial

Happy Saturday everyone, I hope that you all have enjoyed all the wonderful crafts featured on Alyssabeths this week and that you’ve had time to check out the other crafters at the Girl Creative and the other co-hosting blogs!

You never know where you will find inspiration, I had my mind set on one thing and then wandered into Ross where I found these wonderful cut glass coasters, 4 for $4.99!  I also happened to have 4 of those great candle sticks from the Dollar Tree, yes I hoard them because if you wait until you need them they won’t be there.


Set of 4 coasters $4.99

4 clear candle sticks $1.00 each

4 Vanilla pillar candles $1.00 each
Silver Glitter Snowflake Ornaments
Sheet music paper
Vintage Lace
E-6000 glue

If course I couldn’t leave the candles plain, so I painted Modpodge on each candle and sprinkled with glitter and let them dry for 24 hours.

While those were drying I decided to go ahead and create the candle holder.  I first had to remove the stickers from each coaster and candle stick, so I went ahead and hand washed each piece.  One those were nice and dry I glued the candle sticks and coasters together using E-6000 glue, love this stuff it’s extra sturdy and drys crystal clear.

Ok so now that the glittered pillar candles are dry it’s time to decorate!  I cut strips of the sheet music scrapbook paper with a pretty edge (tip – I make copies of this particular paper because I use it so much, this is much cheaper than buying it over and over), wrap around the candle and glue down the ends with Elmers glue. 

Over that wrap vintage or vintage looking lace, and then with ribbon simply tie your ornament on!  Oh by the way, these are metal snowflake ornaments and measure about 2″ across, I got a package of 10 for half off of $2.99 at Hobby Lobby.

And there you have it, a very elegant and frugal and very….. Shabby Chic pillar candle and fancy candle holder.  Great for a one of a kind and elegant hostess gift, Christmas gift or even for yourself!  Mine… are going to 4 of my friends at work!

As always, Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

As we wrap up Creating Christmas week I hope that you have all been inspired to stop pinning and start creating! I’m excited to see what everyone has been working on. This Christmas Linky Party is no ordinary party. This is a blog hop. And what that means is that there are 18 FABULOUS bloggers that are hosting this party at their very own blog. Whether you add your project link here or at any of the other 17 co-hosts blogs, it will show up on one huge party list! Awesome!
If you haven’t already, please take the time out to visit the other co-hosts and go through their Creating Christmas posts. There is some really neat projects!
The Rules are SiMpLe:
  • Add a link to a project that YOU have created!
  • Visit the 2 links ahead of you and check out what they’ve got going on. Leave some comment love. Tis the season for giving after all. {wink wink}