My son and I used this lovely pine needle punch from Martha Stewart to make some pretty napkins that will be a Solstice gift for my mother. It was a bit of an experiment and I'm really pleased that they came out so well.
You will need:
*Martha Stewart pine needle paper strip punch (or any other design) *100% white cotton handkerchiefs (I bought mine, a package of 12, at the dime store.) *freezer paper *spray bottle that holds ~2 cups *Rit Dye in Royal Blue *1 tsp. salt *hot water *iron *2 clothespins
My dye mix was an experiment that worked. I mixed about 2 cups of hot water with about 1/8 cup of dye and a teaspoon of salt in a spray bottle and shook it up.
Punch your paper strips from freezer paper that is long enough to cover the length of one edge of your handkerchief. Iron the waxy/shiny side of the punched freezer paper strip to your handkerchief.
Hang the handkerchief from something so you can spray it with the dye. We used a tree branch outside. The paper strip should be on the bottom. Spray heavily where the paper strip is and lightly everywhere else to get a bit of an ombre look.
Let the handkerchief dry. In our case, we had to watch for that fine line between the handkerchief drying and freezing so we brought ours in a little sooner and ironed with a hot iron to finish the job. Once they are dry you can pull up the stencil - the best part!
Repeat for each handkerchief. We were able to use one stencil strip twice before we needed to punch a new one. Just make sure that the stencil is completely adhered to the handkerchief before spraying it.
Since I was doing this as an experiment, I thought I would play it safe and let the handkerchiefs sit overnight before washing on cold and drying in a hot dryer, so, I don't know if it was necessary or not but it worked ;) They came out beautifully with no fading of detail!
And that's it! Really simple and a nice project to do along with a younger child or with very little guidance for an older child.
*Note: We only used a small portion of the dye mix so there will be plenty left over for other projects or you can reduce the amounts to get a smaller quantity of dye mix.
I've been wanting to try these button ornaments from Martha Stewart for the last few years but haven't had a chance yet, maybe this is the year! I think they are really cute and a great way to turn some of the plain buttons from my button collection into something special.
Not too long ago, I received a wonderful package of crafting and packaging supplies from Martha Stewart! It included pretty packaging for cookies and bread, glitter markers, gift tags, and a beautiful pine needle punch.
I made some molasses cookies - my seasonal favorite - and packaged some to give away. The cookie packaging includes the box made from heavy weight stock, the little vellum papers to go between the cookies, white ribbon to tie it up with, and even to-and-from stickers. The cookies look so cute stacked in layers with the pretty red paper! I'm going to experiment with making a gluten-free banana bread and will package those up pretty too.
The box also contained glitter markers in four different colors. Follow the directions to get the ink flowing but be careful not to press down too hard while using them or the ink will flood. They are smooth to write with and have just the right amount of glitter in them. The gift tags are really nice with a lot of paper craft details and will definitely be seen on our gifts this year.
I really love the pine needle punch and I'm a big fan of these punches that make it so easy to punch out beautiful strips of paper. They can be fiddley but with a little patience they are so worth the effort and can be used in lots of different ways. The strips on the box were punched from lined handwriting paper and then glued right to the box - such a simple and elegant way to decorate a package! I also punched some strips out of freezer paper and used them as a stencil to make these napkins but I'll share the tutorial in another post.
The winners of the three $50 gift cards to Michaels Arts & Crafts are:
Regina who said, "I love My X-acto knife- It's great for so many things like food sculpture, clay, wood...and on and on... I have a small obsession with Sharpie markers. Finally I would have to add needle nose pliers- I use them in almost every craft from the obvious beading to the not so obvious knitting & sewing- pulls that needle through a tough seam much better than my teeth!"
Bev who said "Only one favorite craft supply?!?! I have a whole wall of shelves full, including Q-tips! I guess my favorite is washable paint. My kids love adding googly eyes to everything!"
Cindy who said, "Are you kidding me?!? What's not to love about Michael's? My next project from there is to get my kids some fabric paints and see what they can do to improve their winter wardrobe."
Thank you so much to everyone who entered and shared their favorite crafting materials and thank you to Q-tips for making this giveaway possible!
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I am a brand ambassador for Q-tips and Q-tips is providing the three $50 gift cards to Michael's Craft Stores for this giveaway. This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own.