November 25, 2014

DIY: Vintage Typewriter Keys Keychain with Free Printable

I have a thing for vintage pieces - I love going to thrift stores, antique shops and the like just to ogle at trinkets and such from the past. Sometimes these things can get expensive though, so I try to re-create them instead. Such is the case with these typewriter keys-style keychains. I thought it would be fun to give out something with a touch of old, but still personalized for the giftee. I also had leftover materials from my Give Thanks keychains that I made a while back for Live Craft Love, so those got utilized in this tutorial (I do seem to love making keychains more than anything these days, as I'm rapidly growing a collection of these little baubles).

  • 1" Circle Punch
  • Printable - download at the end of the post
  • Keychain ring + Lobster clasp
  • Epoxy dome circles or Glass cabochons
  • Flat Bottlecaps
  • Jump rings
  • Pendants (optional) 

Print the printable. I always use photo paper since to me it looks better than when it's printed on copy paper. Use your circle punch and punch out your desired letter (or number - yes, I've included numbers as well!).

If using an epoxy dome, carefully center your 'key' on the middle - it really bugs me when mine are off-centered. If you're using a glass cabochon, you may want to use Diamond Glaze or something similar to adhere the graphic to the cabochon. 

For epoxy domes, you will notice it looking like this when slanted to one side, and to some people, it can be unsightly. Solution? The next step!

Burnish the back of your image (when it's already attached to the epoxy dome) with a tool, in my case I used my scissor's handles.

Attach your epoxied-image onto your flat bottle cap, or even just a normal cabochon tray with a rolled edge. Personally I prefer this more as it looks more like keys, but I was using what I had on hand and it looks just fine to me. :)

Attach some jump rings onto the drilled hole of your bottlecap/cabochon tray like so, and then attach it to a keychain ring.

Personalize it more by including your giftee's favorite thing - in my case, my future mother-in-law currently loves owls so I incorporated an owl charm onto hers. My aunt-in-law absolutely loves cats so I attached a cat pendant charm onto hers. 

This would also be the perfect gift/stocking stuffer for a guy since the design is pretty unisex. And although I don't think I've nailed the font used on old typewriters perfectly, the colors and the overall look of these keychains do give me a sense of nostalgia for ye olden things.

Would you agree that these are good guy gifts? Sound off in the comments! I would love to hear from you. Have a great day folks!

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November 21, 2014

Friday Finds Link Party #8

Thank you for sharing your best projects on last week’s linky party! All your projects were awesome. Check out what we've picked out to feature - and don't forget to link up on this week's party! Have fun!Friday Finds Linky Party! #linkyparty #fridayfinds

DIY Rustic Wood Table Runner from Blooming Homestead
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Candy Cane Soap from Gluesticks Blog
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Brandy from Gluesticks || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Square Knot Bracelets from Curly Made
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Rustic Woodland Christmas Mantel from Cherished Bliss
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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Faux Aqua Agate Leather Cuff from Delineate Your Dwelling
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Classic Apple Crisp from My Name is Snickerdoodle
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Devin & Tara from Salt & Pepper Moms || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Painted Burlap Stocking from Gluestick Blog
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DIY Cranberry Monogram from Atkinson Drive

Now don't forget to link up to this blog so you can be featured in next week's link party! Also, don't forget to follow our Pinterest Board and social media channels to see if we feature your posts!

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Star Dangle Earrings with Free Printable at Live Craft Love

Yesterday I shared a really fun and easy way to make dangling star earrings. If you know me really, you know that I love star shapes. I collect star shaped findings whenever I see them. I did find some awesome rustic tin stars at Consumer Crafts so I decided to make earrings with them! And since it's almost Christmas, I've tossed in a printable for you guys to use if you're planning to gift this to your friends (or any jewelry, really). 

Aren't these earrings adorable? If you don't like the bead dangle, it's always good to switch it with some like-colored chain, but the process is basically the same. The super cute printable comes in three colors, by the way. Pictured below is the gray, but it also comes in red stripes and navy stripes. 

Snag the free printable and learn how to make these earrings over at Live Craft Love by clicking the link below or any of the photos above! Happy crafting friends! :)

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November 20, 2014

Festive Christmas Gift Bag at Craftaholics Anonymous

It's best to get Christmas gifts done/bought early, specially if you want a stress-free holiday. Unfortunately I am a big procrastinator, and that isn't a good thing specially when you have a ton of people to get gifts for - so naturally, I end up buying most of the stuff. I do want to give something handmade in each gift, so I whipped up this easy tutorial on how to make this festive gift bag that you can put your gifts in (and make it extra special) or maybe even gift them as is. 

I really am loving how this design turned out! So much so that I'm looking for the perfect sweatshirt to print this design on - perfect holiday wear I tell you. 

If you want to snag the design and learned how I made this, don't forget to check out the post on Craftaholics Anonymous by clicking any of the photos above or the link below! Happy holidays!

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