Author Archives: Mark Kintzel

Moss Place Card Holders With Felted Wool

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Natural moss is often my inspiration when creating floral arrangements and crafts. It is so incredibly soft and magical in its natural setting. Honestly, a feeling of guilt comes over me when I harvest this green gold. Yes, you can buy it in bags from various sources but it’s never quite the same as a freshly picked batch.

In an effort to recreate nature’s wonder and to tread lightly on Mother Nature, I whipped up these felted wool moss-inspired place card holders.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Felted wool – I used Dimensions Brand Felt Works found at Michaels craft store
  • River rocks
  • Dish-washing detergent or soap
  • Craft glue
  • Razor blade
  • Card stock paper

With the exception of the dish-washing detergent, you can find all of the craft ingredients at any craft store.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Select the approximate size of the moss cap you want to create by pulling the felt apart.
  2. Form it into a ball or oval and add one drop of dish washing liquid onto the felt. Then, while running it under warm water, roll the felt into the shape desired. The dish washing liquid helps form the shape when it dries. Be careful not to add too much soap.
  3. Form the wet felt over a rock and let dry overnight.
  4. When the felt is dry, remove it from the rock, place glue under the felt and glue it to the rock. Let dry completely.
  5. Using a razor blade, create an incision on the top of the felt moss and insert a place card.
  6. You’re done!

Here’s to adding magic to your next event or wedding…happy crafting!

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Fast Craft Holidays – Craft Paper Gift Bags

It’s the night before Christmas and this creature should not be stirring but alas, here I am wrapping last-minute gifts and of course I ran out of holiday gift wrapping paper. No worries, with a roll of craft paper and a sewing machine, I whipped up these cute little paper gift bags — perfect for anything that will fit into a gift bag! What’s great about these is you can customize the size to the gift and you can use any type of paper — newspaper would look awesome too!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Craft paper or newspaper
  • Sewing machine
  • Hole punch
  • Pinking shears
  • Twigs

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Cut a section of paper to accommodate the gift it will hold.
  2. Then fold the paper in half and using a sewing machine, run a seam up either side.
  3. Using a pinking shears, cut a decorative edge where the opening of the bag will be.
  4. Make a flap (like an envelope) by folding over the top edge of the bag.
  5. Using a hole punch, make two holes directly through the folded over flap. This step allows you to insert the twig which will act as the seal for the gift bag.
  6. Adorn with a gift tag, like my men’s necktie holiday tags (follow these instructions) and your done!

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It’s easy, original and fast!  Happy Holidays crafters!!!!

 

Fast Craft Holidays – Cardboard Christmas Trees

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Looking for a clever and fast way to recycle cardboard boxes? Why not make a forest of Christmas trees. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cardboard
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Ruler
  • Hot Glue Gun

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Using an X-Acto knife, ruler and cutting board, cut out a triangle.
  2. Use the triangle you cut as a pattern to cut out a second shape.
  3. Then cut the second triangle in half.
  4. Hot glue the two halves to either side of the whole triangle and you’ve got a tree.
  5. This step is optional but you can hot glue your trees onto tiny wooden blocks. I found these at AC Moore arts and crafts store.
  6. Done!

These recycled beauties look even better painted or use them as gift tags! Write a name on the cardboard and tie it to a package. Perfect!

Happy holidays and happy crafting!

Wacky Wreath Wednesday

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This holiday season I wanted to create a holiday wreath that was different from all the other wreaths on the neighborhood front doors. So, I wired bunches of radishes on a store-bought boxwood wreath.

I love the way this project turned out and if the weather stays cool, this wreath will easily last through the holiday season.

To create your own:

  1. Buy a pre-made wreath then swing by the grocery store to pick up some radishes. I used nine bunches on mine.
  2. Using floral wire, which you can buy at any craft store, wire the bunches of radishes to your wreath.
  3. Add a ribbon (optional) and you’re done!

Happy crafting and happy holidays!

Men’s Necktie Holiday Tags

 

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Making your own holiday gift tags is super easy and fun!  Especially when you use unexpected materials like necktie fabric. This tired old tie, for example, has seen its share of holiday parties and I felt it was time for a refresh and reinvention.  Here’s how you can make holiday gift tags that will stand out from all those store-bought doozies.

You’ll need:

  • Men’s neckties
  • Shipping tags (4 3/4″ X 2 3/8″)
  • Pencil
  • Sharp scissor
  • Card stock paper
  • Spray adhesive
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Decorative cord (optional)

If you don’t want to part with your cherished ties, you can find some really cool neckties at your local thrift store. Old flannel shirts would work fine as well. As for the shipping tags, you can pick up a box of 100 at Staples Office Supplies. The rest of the project ingredients you can gather at any craft store.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Draw some holiday silhouettes onto card stock paper. Be sure to keep them appropriately sized so they fit onto the tags. I kept mine simple so I wouldn’t have any intricate cutting to do. If you don’t want to draw the silhouettes free-hand, you can find some great holiday templates on-line.
  2. Make card stock templates by cutting out the silhouettes then place them aside.
  3. Use scissor to dissect the necktie by separating the fabric from all of the tie liners and backing. Then iron.
  4. Spray a fine coat of spray adhesive onto a card stock template and place it onto the back of the tie fabric. Press firmly and let dry.
  5. Using the template as your guide, carefully cut the tie fabric around the shape of the template.
  6. Spray the back of the shape you just cut out with spay adhesive and affix it onto the tag pressing hard to be sure it is secure.
  7. To give your tags a little more character, run the tags through your sewing machine.
  8. Add some holiday ribbon or cord and your done!

Note to crafters, this project may seem time-consuming but honestly I completed six tags in about 1/2 hour. Also by affixing the fabric onto the card stock prevents the tie from fraying.

Happy crafting and happy holidays!

Twine Christmas Trees

The holidays are here which means crafters are in overdrive! Dreaming, creating, repurposing, and general overall decorating madness. Trying to avoid the creative urge to scheme, invent easy and beautiful holiday crafts is futile.

So here we go. Take these styrofoam cones for example – with a roll of twine, and some glue you will create awesome Christmas trees.

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You’ll need:

  • Styrofoam cones
  • Hot glue gun
  • Twine
  • Bases for the trees (optional)

All supplies can generally be found at any craft store – I even found these birch bases at Michaels. If you can’t find twine, you will certainly score some at your local hardware store — that’s where I found mine.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Starting at the base of the cone, hot glue the start of the twine then continue to wrap the twine till you reach the top.
  2. Hot glue the twine to the top of the cone.
  3. Done!

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For a little extra holiday pop, I added wool felt ball garland and tree toppers. However, these trees look amazing on their own. I also found the felt balls at Michaels and simply created the garland by threading the balls together with a sewing needle and red thread.

Happy crafting and happy holidays!

 

Chicken Feeder Succulent Trays

I LOVE the Tractor Supply store. It is the largest retail farm and ranch store chain in the United States. Since my grandparents were farmers, maybe it’s in my DNA to love this store. However, as I discovered, it not only serves the needs of farmers but crafters too!

Stick with me gang….take for example these inexpensive chicken feeder trays.

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All you need are some succulents, potting soil and pea gravel and you get this!

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A unique autumn centerpiece!

 
You can buy the succulents, potting soil and pea gravel at most plant nurseries. Simply add about 1/2 inch of potting soil to the bottom of the tray, remove the succulents from their nursery containers and place them creatively in the tray. So they fit nicely, you may have to remove some of the soil around the base of the succulents. Then finish off the tray with a layer of pea gravel.  Place in a sunny location and water once a week.

Easy, right? Happy crafting!

No Carve Jack O’Lanterns

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A confession…I hate carving pumpkins. I’ve hacked away at innocent pumpkins in my day but with little success. However, here’s a super easy and clean way to create unique and fun pumpkin heads which are sure to delight….without the mess and frustration.

You’ll need:

  • Pumpkins
  • Black paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Hole punch (optional)
  • Round lids as guides
  • Pencil

How you do it:

  1. Draw circles on the paper using jar lids as guides.
  2. Cut, cut, cut and paste onto your pumpkins!
  3. Done!

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Happy Halloween and happy crafting!!!

Ornamental Gourd Wreath

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This wreath has to be one of my favorite creations. It was easy to assemble and all of the wreath ingredients were collected at my local nursery and craft stores.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Small gourds
  • Grape vine (optional)
  • Moss
  • Foam wreath form
  • Floral picks
  • Floral wire
  • Glue gun

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Wrap floral wire around the wreath form to create a loop to hang it.
  2. Insert  floral picks into the bottom of the gourds then randomly insert the gourds into the foam wreath form. You can also put a dab of hot glue on the  bottom of the gourd for additional support.
  3. This step is optional – for texture and interest, wrap  grapevine around the wreath and secure with floral wire.
  4. To cover the exposed foam, hot glue moss into all of the crevices.
  5. Done!

Happy Halloween and happy crafting!

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Melissa & Dave’s Wedding

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What a privilege it was to plan and style Melissa and Dave’s woodland themed wedding at the Rodale Institute farm. For months I was fully immersed in planning every detail along with designing the invitation, styling the entire event along … Continue reading