THREE MORE TO MAKE
If you’re hooked on making and mingling, host a “crafter hours” gathering quarterly. Try these additional projects or look for other ideas that can be completed in about an hour. Useful projects or items that make nice hostess gifts are always a hit.
Washi tape wraps ordinary wood hangers in pure happiness. If your hanger has a glossy finish, lightly sand the surface and wipe with a tack cloth. Cover the hanger with washi tape by winding it around the hanger or cutting long strips to apply lengthwise. Apply letter stickers if desired. Burnish tape and stickers with fingers, pressing all edges flat, and then coat with decoupage glue. Let dry, and coat again. Make yarn pom-poms as an
Raise a glass to custom coasters. Print circle pattern at BHG.com/ Coasters, cut out, and punch 1/8-inch
holes at each mark. Trace pattern and mark holes on leather, then cut out. Use a leather punch to punch holes at each mark and leather stamps and a hammer to stamp words or designs onto the leather. Dampen leather with a wet cloth, then apply a few coats of neatsfoot oil, letting dry between each coat. Thread leather cord through holes, tying ends together at the back. To make coasters stain-resistant, apply wax and let dry overnight.
Perk up ceramic bowls with playful patterns and hues. Press a self-adhesive stencil to the bowl
and use a pencil to trace or freehand-draw a design. Work carefully because pencil lines rub off easily. Use a porcelain paint marker to draw over the pencil lines. Let dry
24 hours, then bake at 300°F for 35 minutes to set your design. Hand
wash only to preserve the design.
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