Twine Wrapped Vase [host gift]

03/21/2011 at 4:45 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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One thing that is nice to bring along on a trip is a gift for your host family.  I was able to inexpensively transform this garage-sale vase into something a little more stylish.

Here's what I used!

I got glue all over my fingers vase and then wrapped the twine around, a couple inches at a time, making sure to keep it tightly wrapped.

Halfway done!

When I was finished, the glue dried pretty quickly. Now I can bring this to include in my host gift the next time I go to the Yucatan.  You could even do this type of activity in the missions field, if you could find/bring inexpensive vases to wrap.  Twine can add a bit of crafty style to anything!!!

Completed Vase (disregard my ugly tile that it is resting on, and the fact that I use a shoebox lid to contain my glue and paint!)

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Homemade Envelopes: Letters on the go!

03/18/2011 at 4:45 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Sometimes on a missions trip you notice someone working hard that you just want to lift up with a nice note. What’s that? You didn’t bring any notecards on your trip? No problem. I bet you have glue (or tape) and some extra paper stashed in your craft caboodle.

Here I made a super tiny card (2.25″ square) and a colorful envelope (3.75″ square).  First I cut small, even triangles out of the sides of each (imagine the notecard going into this envelope at an angle, where one of the corners is the flap.  This helps with the folding.  So the red square on the left is cut and folded. The yellow envelope on the right is what it looks like when you are done glueing your envelope.

Homemade Envelopes

So then it looked like this, sorry, no downloadable template or anything (you are in the missions field, right?)  I used photo tabs (one square one and one cut in half) to seal my envelope. You can use glue, tape, stickers, whatever you have. But mine looked like this:

How I sealed my envelope

So, there you have it! A rudimentary homemade envelope. Give with love. 🙂

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Wind Chimes [paint it!]

02/26/2011 at 6:05 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Painted wind chime

Easy idea for today: Painted wind chimes!   Please make sure you account for paint drying time (i.e. humidity) for this activity.

Unfinished wind chimes in all sorts of shapes are readily available at Oriental Trading.  On my second trip to the Yucatan, the Women’s ministry team brought this activity to do with the women.  As you can see, people were very proud of their work, painting/glueing/glittering/ribboning. 

This is not the cheapest idea ever but still a very nice take-home item for the women that participate, and useful for long after the team leaves.  I love the sound of wind chimes!

A few more pictures from my friend Grace who coordinated this activity:

Completed Chimes

Decorating

Decorated Headbands [teen favorite]

02/18/2011 at 8:55 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Modeling a a scrunched fabric headband

Ribbon wrapped headband

This particular craft was extremely popular.  All the women wanted to make extras, although I only saw the teenage girls actually wearing these around the next couple days.

We bought plastic headbands at Oriental Trading. (Item IN-57/6392 in white).  We also brought lots of ribbon and fabric in which to decorate. The trick here is using adhesive/methods that doesn’t involve a lot of dry time, since often times the mission destination can be very humid. 

One simple way to avoid too much adhesive is to just use ribbon to wrap around the entire (or partial) headband. Adorn with a ribbon flower or bow.  One more complicated method I used was to cut strips of fabric around 2.5″ x 18″.  With this I “scrunched” my fabric along the top of the headband, tucking the edges underneath and gluing them down.  

Looks like in the photo below we have one brown ribbon headband shown and then a lot of beading going on.  Beading! Another genius favorite idea.  New post on that to come!

Fabric Headbands

Purses / Treasure Bags (Sewing, Decor)

02/16/2011 at 5:43 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Decorating Purses in the Yucatan

I don’t know about all areas of the world, but in the Yucatan, the women love to create. And I am telling you — they are CREATIVE.  They can twist a little piece of ribbon into a beautiful rose. (Mental note: learn how to do that next time.)  They are wonderful with embroidery and have lots of talents. Although as it is with us all, I’m sure they get just as busy and don’t get free range of a craft table all that much.

This craft activity during my first year in the Yucatan was probably the top favorite.  We brought small canvas purses from the Oriental Trading Company (you can see in the picture, they don’t appear to be much later than 8 inches tall) and an array of ribbon, paint, thread, beads, and threw in whatever we had left from all the other days.

I recommend going easy on the glue and to make your samples ahead of time for this one, although it is really not necessary.

I think we tied this craft to a message about giving our worries to God (putting them away in the bag). I’m not sure how the women used the bags after we left!

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