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Gift Card Holder for Graduates

Can you believe that graduation time is approaching once again?  I have a handmade gift card holder for graduates today that you can whip up quickly.  The perfect gift for any loved one that is taking the big walk this spring.  Personalize the front of this gift card holder depending on your recipient.  Plus what graduate does not want a gift card for a gift?  They all do right?  This tutorial was originally posted over at Buttons Galore and More last year but the idea is great for this year as well.  

Gift card holder for Graduates -- make this personalized handmade gift card holder for the graduate in your life.

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Disney’s Frozen Craft — Blizzard in a Jar

 Are you looking for a Disney’s Frozen craft to complete with your kids?  This blizzard in a jar is the perfect movie inspired craft.  This one is perfect for little hands and big kids alike.  You may even have the supplies for this one around the house.  Shake up a blizzard on a rainy afternoon.

Blizzard in a jar craft inspired by Disney's Frozen.  Make your own Disney's Frozen craft with these super simple instructions. Supplies to make your own Disney’s Frozen Craft are as follows:

  • Small glass jar with lid (a baby food jar is perfect!)
  • Assorted blue tissue paper
  • Blue glitter
  • Scissors

So simple right?  I told you this blizzard in a jar was super simple!

Blizzard in a jar craft inspired by Disney's Frozen.  Make your own Disney's Frozen craft with these super simple instructions.

 Directions:
1. Begin by snipping your tissue paper into small pieces. You can tear these by hand if you wish.
2. Toss the tissue paper in the jar. Add a generous amount of blue glitter. You can use various shades of blue if you wish for more variety and depth to the jar.
3. Place the lid back on the jar. Make sure it is on nice and tight.
4. Give the jar a good shake. If you wish for the glitter to stick to the sides of the jar, add a drop or two of water before you shake.

Blizzard in a jar craft inspired by Disney's Frozen.  Make your own Disney's Frozen craft with these super simple instructions.Your Frozen inspired Blizzard in a Jar is now ready to go! Kids will love making this simple craft and shaking up their own snow storms whenever they wish.

Blizzard in a jar craft inspired by Disney's Frozen.  Make your own Disney's Frozen craft with these super simple instructions.I love a kids craft that the kids can actually make themselves don’t you?  Use a plastic jar in place of the glass one if you are worried about the little ones breaking their creation.  Otherwise, have a blast making this Disney’s Frozen craft with your kids and get to shaking your own blizzard in a jar.

How to print custom wedding labels

 Today I am going to show you how to design and print custom wedding labels.  I added some initials and a date to my examples below but you can design the labels of your dreams.  You just need a regular computer and printer for these unique wedding labels. 

How to Print Custom Wedding Labels -- learn how to design and print your own custom wedding labels for any part of your ceremony or reception.

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Mason Jar Toothbrush Holder

What else can I possibly make with a mason jar?  A mason jar toothbrush holder of course!  The classic mason jar is so versatile and yes it seems like I am using them a few times a month for a project around here.  But we all have our passions right?  This mason jar toothbrush holder is so quick and easy to make…I almost can’t call this a tutorial.   

Mason Jar Toothbrush Holder -- make this in just 5 minutes with a few supplies!

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Dyed Wood Desk Organizer

It is the final day of Craft Lightning and I am going to share my dyed wood desk organizer today.  This is a project I love because it is so quick and easy yet turns out great.  Did you know that you can make wood any color of the rainbow?  Hold on just a second and I will tell you how.  In the meantime, if you have missed any of the Teacher Appreciation Week crafts be sure to catch up with the round ups from day 1, day 2, day 3, and day 4.  Now lets dye some wood!

Dyed Wood Desk Organizer -- use Rit Dye to make wood any color you desire.  A perfect gift for Teacher Appreciation Week that can be made in just minutes.

 

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Candy Covered Pretzel Pencils

It is Teacher Appreciation Week around here and I am sharing my candy covered pretzel pencils today.  A great idea for a small token of your appreciation.  The teacher will love this delicious and unique gift idea.  If you have missed any of the fun this week, be sure to check out the round ups from day 1, day 2day 3, and day 4.  Also, come back each afternoon as I round up even more great Teacher Appreciation ideas from our blog partners.  Want a chance to be featured?  Link up your quick Teacher Appreciation crafts to our linky party today.  Now lets learn how to make those candy covered pretzel pencils.  

Candy Covered Pretzel Pencils for Teacher Appreciation Week -- make these fun pretzel pencils in just minutes!

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Fingerprint Tree Teacher Gift

 I hope y’all are having fun for our Teacher Appreciation Week.  Next up for me is my fingerprint tree teacher gift.  This one is so simple yet such a great and memorable gift for any teacher.  First if you have missed any of the fun this week be sure to check out the round ups from day 1, day 2, day 3, and day 4.  Also if you want a chance to be featured in our round ups, be sure to link up to our Craft Lightning link party.  Now lets get to that fingerprint tree teacher gift. 

fingerprint tree teacher gift -- print this tree and add the fingerprints of the classroom for a great end of the year gift for any teacher. 

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Duck Tape Fabric Gift Card Pouch

 My next quick craft for Teacher Appreciation Week is this duck tape fabric gift card pouch.  Did someone say duck tape fabric?  Yep!  They made adhesive fabric on a roll now and it is awesome.  It is perfect for quick crafts y’all.  Before we get started if you have missed any of the quick crafts for Teacher Appreciation Week, be sure to check out the round ups from day 1 , day 2day 3, and day 4.  Also if you want a chance to be featured here this week, link up your quick teacher appreciation craft to our Craft Lightning linky party.  Now lets get crafty with some Duck Tape Fabric!    

Duck Tape Fabric Gift Card Pouch -- use the new self adhesive Duck Tape fabric to make this quick and easy no sew gift card pouch for Teacher Appreciation Week or anytime!

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Crystal and Pearl Necklace Tutorial

I have a fabulous guest today that is going to share a crystal and pearl necklace tutorial that is perfect for a wedding party.  I generally don’t do jewelry tutorials so when Sarah of Bombshell Bling offered to do one I jumped at the chance.  Y’all enjoy!  

Crystal and Pearl Necklace Tutorial -- make this gorgeous necklace with this step by step picture tutorial.
 

Hello, Country Chic Cottage readers! I am so excited to be here guest posting today! My name is Sarah and I blog over at Bombshell Bling. I am a former elementary school teacher with a love for all things sparkly and colorful. I blog about everything from recipes and parties to jewelry and sewing. I would love for you to pop over and say hello! I am a jewelry designer, and an old friend from my childhood saw my work in my Etsy shop, Bombshell Bling Jewelry, and asked me to design the jewelry for herself and her wedding party last summer. SUCH an honor! Today I am sharing with you a tutorial for a necklace that I made for the members of a bridal party last year (shown above). I was brainstorming about jewelry with the bride and her maid-of-honor, and we were coming up with affordable but still elegant ideas and this necklace came into imagination after showing the bride another necklace that I had made. You can see that necklace (which is made using this exact same method, but using Blue Agate Stones and large Chinese Crystals) below.

Crystal and Pearl Necklace Tutorial -- make this gorgeous necklace with this step by step picture tutorial.

We decided to do this exact same necklace using round, white freshwater pearls and large, clear Chinese crystals. You will be very surprised when you see how simple the process is to make this necklace! Let’s get started.

Crystal and Pearl Necklace Tutorial -- make this gorgeous necklace with this step by step picture tutorial.

For this necklace you will need the following supplies:

  • white freshwater pearls (19.5″ strand worth….I had to use one and a half strands of pearls for each necklace)
  • clear Chinese Crystals (19.5″ strand worth—Also, you can use Swarovski Crystals if you would like to, but they are much more expensive…MUCH.)
  • a double strand clasp (I found mine online, I believe on Firemountain Gems.) 
  • beading wire (I used SoftTouch FINE wire, as shown above)
  • four crimp tubes (You should buy some extras, though, because they are so tiny that they get lost easily.)
  • crimp pliers and wire snips (Both would come in a basic jewelry making supply kit.)

 Decide how long you want your necklace and string that many pearls onto the beading wire. The bridesmaids wanted 19.5″ necklaces to compliment their strapless necklines, but you could go longer or shorter very easily.

Crystal and Pearl Necklace Tutorial -- make this gorgeous necklace with this step by step picture tutorial.

Snip the wires with plenty on each end for later use, and then repeat this process with the Chinese crystals.

Crystal and Pearl Necklace Tutorial -- make this gorgeous necklace with this step by step picture tutorial.

Now that you have both of your strands strung you are almost done. Seriously.

Crystal and Pearl Necklace Tutorial -- make this gorgeous necklace with this step by step picture tutorial.

Get your crimp tubes and your crimp pliers. This picture isn’t nearly as crisp as I was hoping, but on the pliers you can see two large scooped areas on the bottom. On the top you will see a large scoop and two small scoops. Here’s the scoop (no pun intended, believe it or not…) on those scoops: First you will squeeze the crimp tube (In a minute….hold your horses!!) with the inner scoop area that has the one large bottom area and two small top areas. This will create a U-shape. Next, turn the crimped tube perpendicularly and squeeze the U shut using the front area that is just one large scooped out area. This will make your crimp tube nice and tight.

Crystal and Pearl Necklace Tutorial -- make this gorgeous necklace with this step by step picture tutorial.
Crystal and Pearl Necklace Tutorial -- make this gorgeous necklace with this step by step picture tutorial.

This is the only part that can be a tad tricky. No you want to thread a crimp tube onto the beading wire, loop the excess beading wire through the clasp, thread it back through the crimp tube, and pull it until there isn’t too much excess wire. HOWEVER, don’t pull it TOO tight or it will snap the wire when you go to twist the necklace. Tight enough to look nice but loose enough to twist. Experiment a bit before you commit and shut the crimp. Repeat with all four loose wire ends. Once you have squeezed your crimp tubes shut snip off the excess wire with your wire snips.

Crystal and Pearl Necklace Tutorial -- make this gorgeous necklace with this step by step picture tutorial.

And now you are done! Simple, right? Simple but striking! It did take quite a while to get seven necklaces done, though!

Crystal and Pearl Necklace Tutorial -- make this gorgeous necklace with this step by step picture tutorial.
Crystal and Pearl Necklace Tutorial -- make this gorgeous necklace with this step by step picture tutorial.

And THAT, my new friends, is how you make a Crystal and Pearl Necklace for a bridal party. I also made a bracelet for the Junior Bridesmaid using the exact same technique, but with much shorter strands and no twist.

Crystal and Pearl Necklace Tutorial -- make this gorgeous necklace with this step by step picture tutorial.

Would you like to see them in action?

Crystal and Pearl Necklace Tutorial -- make this gorgeous necklace with this step by step picture tutorial.
Crystal and Pearl Necklace Tutorial -- make this gorgeous necklace with this step by step picture tutorial.
Crystal and Pearl Necklace Tutorial -- make this gorgeous necklace with this step by step picture tutorial.
Crystal and Pearl Necklace Tutorial -- make this gorgeous necklace with this step by step picture tutorial.

I love those colors! You may have noticed the earrings, which I also made. The bride’s earrings were very glam, and the rest of the wedding party had smaller versions of her earrings. Earrings are a perfect way to use up those extra pearls and crystals that you now have lying around! Here are two earring tutorials that I have shared, both of which are my best-selling wedding party earrings, especially since I make them in a variety of colors, materials, and sizes.

Crystal and Pearl Necklace Tutorial -- make this gorgeous necklace with this step by step picture tutorial.
Crystal and Pearl Bridal Earrings Tutorial(The earrings that this bride wore.)
Crystal and Pearl Necklace Tutorial -- make this gorgeous necklace with this step by step picture tutorial.
Triple Stack Pearl Earrings (Always very popular for bridesmaids in colorful pearl variations.)
I had a great time sharing this tutorial with you today, and I would love for you to follow along with me on my blogging adventures! You can find me on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, G+, and FB! Happy wedding planning!

Thank Sarah for being here today!  Y’all be sure to head to Bombshell Bling for craft tutorials and more!  I love this crystal and pearl necklace…what about y’all?