DIY Fingerprint Charm Necklace

Post by Christina of Christina Williams Blog

DIY Fingerprint Charm Necklace

I’ve got one more last-minute project you can make for a quick Mother’s Day gift. When my grandmother passed away, my sister and I were given a bunch of her old costume jewelry. We’ve saved it knowing we’d use it someday; but I wanted to do something extra special with it because I have a lot of fond memories of dressing up in that jewelry as a kid. For this colorful necklace, I paired some beads from my grandma’s jewelry with some new charms I made with my kids’ fingerprints.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own DIY Fingerprint Charm Necklace:

  • Blank stamping charms
  • Heat embossing tool
  • Watermark ink pad
  • Embossing powder
  • Chain
  • Beads (optional)
  • Jewelry tools

Embossing Supplies

Now grab the heat embossing tool, the blank charms, embossing powder and watermark ink. Holler for your kids to come help. Have them smoosh a finger into the ink pad, blot it once on some scrap paper, then put their fingerprint onto the blank charm.

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Pour out a small pile of embossing powder onto some scratch paper, and gently dip the stamped side down into the powder. Tap off the excess powder, and set aside. Take care not to touch the powder on the charm, so the fingerprint stays in tact. Now repeat these steps for each kid or charm you’d like to make.

Once your charms are fingerprinted, use the heat tool to melt the powder. Don’t pick them up yet…they’ll be really hot! While you’re waiting for them to cool, grab your jewelry-making supplies, and start planning your necklace.DIY Fingerprint Charm Necklace - FingerprintsDIY Fingerprint Charm Necklace - Fingerprint Necklace

You could do just a simple charm on a chain, without the beads for a more understated look.

But if you have some of Grandma’s old jewelry laying around, now is the time to put it to use! Use a combination of large and small beads, and alternate them with the fingerprint charms. Now, just attach them all to the chain and you’re in business. This is one Mother’s Day gift that is both sentimental and stylish; and I’m bet she’ll wear this new necklace with pride.

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Happy Mother’s Day Weekend!

And just in time for Mother’s Day, all our Honest to Nod readers can receive 20% off  any order at Paper Source (in stores & online). The offer is valid through May 10th, and the code is MOM20. Terms & conditions apply.*

*This 20% off discount is valid April 21, 2015 through May 10, 2015 and is good toward purchases of regular price and sale items at our stores or online. Discount will become void at 11:59 p.m. on May 10, 2015. Discount may not be used in combination with other discount codes. Discount is not applicable toward past purchases, returned merchandise, special orders, floor samples, Gift Cards, eGift Cards, workshops or employee purchases. Discount is also not applicable toward purchases of third party custom orders (Vera Wang, William Arthur, Elum, Checkerboard). Discount applies to merchandise only and cannot be applied toward shipping and handling charges, taxes or fees. Offer has no cash value, is nontransferable and may not be auctioned or sold. No cash/credit back. Paper Source reserves the right to modify or discontinue this offer at any time. Void where prohibited by law.
Christina Williams is a blogger and graphic designer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s a night owl and a bookworm, as well as a mother to three children ranging in age from two to eight. She shares her latest DIY and design projects along with her adventures in parenting on her self-named blog, Christina Williams.

DIY Mother’s Day Gift – Ring Dishes

Post by Christina of Christina Williams Blog
DIY Mother's Day Gift - Ring Dishes

Today I’ve teamed back up with Paper Source to show you a fun DIY Mother’s Day gift craft project! Ring dishes are so handy to have around. I use them in my closet to corral all my loose earrings. And having a custom-made ring dish from my kiddos is such a treat. There are so many different variations and techniques you can do with this project, and my kids had so much fun with this that we had to go buy more dishes to work on!

I’ll show you two quick ways you can customize these ring dishes. So make sure you’ve got plenty of small ceramic dishes handy. I grabbed a bunch from Target and World Market. Restaurant supply stores are also a great resource for inexpensive options.  DIY Mother's Day Gift - Ring Dishes

DIY Mother's Day Gift - Ring Dishes Supplies

DIY Mother’s Day Gift – Ring Dishes Technique 1: Decoupage

Supplies:

  • Small dish
  • Paper (I’ve always loved the fine papers from Paper Source, and this marble paper is a real showstopper!)
  • Foam brush
  • Decoupage (this stuff from Martha Stewart is the best around)
  • Scissors

 How to:

  1. Just cut a piece of paper to fit your dish, spread a layer of decoupage liquid directly on the dish.
  2. Then place the paper where you want it and smooth out any wrinkles.
  3. Next, put another layer of decoupage liquid over the top.
  4. Now set the dish aside to dry (at least) overnight. This stuff says it takes a full 28 days to cure; but for a light-use piece like a ring dish, you can start using it when it’s completely dry…24-48 hours.

DIY Mother's Day Gift - Silver Ring Dish DIY Mother's Day Gift - Silver Ring Dish Embossing Supplies

DIY Mother’s Day Gift – Ring Dish Technique 2: Glitter Dipped

This is BY FAR my favorite project I’ve done for a really long time. I had my embossing heat tool out for a different project, and decided to give it a whirl on some dishes. The results are spectacular; and the process is so easy!

Here’s what you need:

How to:

  1. Just tape off a section with the painter’s tape.
  2. Press into the ink pad with your fingertip, then transfer the ink over to the taped off section of the plate. Keep filling in the space with ink until it’s covered.
  3. Working on top of the scrap paper, sprinkle on the embossing powder and gently tap off the excess.
  4. Pick up the scrap paper and use it to pour the excess powder back into the container.
  5. Remove the tape, and use the heat tool to melt the powder.
  6. Note: The dish will be hot after embossing, so don’t pick it up until it’s cooled.

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DIY Mother's Day Gift - Ring Dish Gilded Edges

A few more notes: 

  • You can use the embossing powder just around the edges of the dishes for a gilded edge look.
  • You could use kids’ artwork to give it a more personalized touch.
  • My kids LOVED these projects. They were great at helping with the ink pad and the embossing powder. My 9-year-old was really into using the heat tool to help melt the powder. And my 5-year-old would have painted every dish we have in the house if I’d have let her.
  • I’ve got a few more ways to customize the ring dishes over on my blog…so come see some of our other Mother’s Day gift ideas.

And just in time for Mother’s Day, all our Honest to Nod readers can receive 20% off  any order at Paper Source (in stores & online). The offer is valid through May 10th, and the code is MOM20. Terms & conditions apply.*

*This 20% off discount is valid April 21, 2015 through May 10, 2015 and is good toward purchases of regular price and sale items at our stores or online. Discount will become void at 11:59 p.m. on May 10, 2015. Discount may not be used in combination with other discount codes. Discount is not applicable toward past purchases, returned merchandise, special orders, floor samples, Gift Cards, eGift Cards, workshops or employee purchases. Discount is also not applicable toward purchases of third party custom orders (Vera Wang, William Arthur, Elum, Checkerboard). Discount applies to merchandise only and cannot be applied toward shipping and handling charges, taxes or fees. Offer has no cash value, is nontransferable and may not be auctioned or sold. No cash/credit back. Paper Source reserves the right to modify or discontinue this offer at any time. Void where prohibited by law.

Christina Williams is a blogger and graphic designer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s a night owl and a bookworm, as well as a mother to three children ranging in age from two to eight. She shares her latest DIY and design projects along with her adventures in parenting on her self-named blog, Christina Williams.

Easy Mother’s Day Gifts

Post by Christina of Christina Williams Blog

Today we’ve teamed up with Paper Source to show you two easy, yet spectacular gifts that the kids can help make for mom or grandma for Mother’s Day. These gifts are made with love and serve several purposes, so they’re sure to be a hit with moms and grandmas alike!

Easy Mother's Day Gifts - Tabletop Herb Garden

This tabletop herb garden is perfect for the grandma who likes to garden or cook or entertain. She can keep fresh herbs at arms’ reach so she’s ready to whip up a batch of her famous focaccia bread anytime she wants. The container is wrapped in gorgeous wrapping paper from Rifle Paper Company so it will make a perfect centerpiece for her next dinner party. Bonus: she’ll love to tell her friends that her cutie grandkids made it for her. The project takes about a half hour to complete, and a handful of supplies.

Easy Mother's Day Gifts - Tabletop Herb Garden Supplies

Here’s what you’ll need to make the easy Mother’s Day gift – Tabletop Herb Garden:

And here’s how to make it:

  1. Trace the container onto the back of the wrapping paper. Cut out sections of paper to fit the sides you want to cover.
  2. Spread a coat of Mod Podge directly onto the container.
  3. Press the paper onto the glued surface, smoothing out wrinkles and bubbles as you go. (The extra coat of Mod Podge helps protect it from water and dirt).
  4. Spread another layer of glue on top of the paper. Work quickly and use your thumb to smooth out wrinkles. Let it dry (about 15 minutes) and then cover the remaining surfaces.
  5. Plant your herbs

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Easy Mother's Day Gifts - Herb Garden Centerpiece

I the measured and cut the paper; the kids helped with the glue; and then they helped plant the herbs. Each kid chose one special herb for Grandma, and they were so proud of what they chose. We had such a great time making this gift, we kept going and made another versatile gift using the same concept. The full DIY for these  adorable Lined Trays is on my blog.

Easy Mother's Day Gifts - Cookie Tray

I’ve got tutorials up on my blog for these fun painted flower pots as well as the glitter-dipped succulent planters… stop by and see how we made them!

And just in time for Mother’s Day, all our Honest to Nod readers can receive 20% off  any order at Paper Source (in stores & online). The offer is valid through May 10th, and the code is MOM20. Terms & conditions apply.*

*This 20% off discount is valid April 21, 2015 through May 10, 2015 and is good toward purchases of regular price and sale items at our stores or online. Discount will become void at 11:59 p.m. on May 10, 2015. Discount may not be used in combination with other discount codes. Discount is not applicable toward past purchases, returned merchandise, special orders, floor samples, Gift Cards, eGift Cards, workshops or employee purchases. Discount is also not applicable toward purchases of third party custom orders (Vera Wang, William Arthur, Elum, Checkerboard). Discount applies to merchandise only and cannot be applied toward shipping and handling charges, taxes or fees. Offer has no cash value, is nontransferable and may not be auctioned or sold. No cash/credit back. Paper Source reserves the right to modify or discontinue this offer at any time. Void where prohibited by law.
Christina Williams is a blogger and graphic designer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s a night owl and a bookworm, as well as a mother to three children ranging in age from two to eight. She shares her latest DIY and design projects along with her adventures in parenting on her self-named blog, Christina Williams.

Baby’s First Mother’s Day Gift Idea

Post by Aimée Lowry & Bettijo B. Hirschi from PagingSupermom.com

I recently had this idea to stamp baby’s footprint onto tea towels as a mother’s day gift, and now I am really wishing I’d made one of these with all of my newborns. Wouldn’t that be such a fun little collection to have?

Baby's First Mother's Day Gift IdeaSince my baby boy isn’t here yet, my good friend Sarah was kind enough to lend me her darling daughter’s foot. We used my favorite thirsty, flour-sack towels. Brush the sole of baby’s foot with acrylic craft paint in the color of your choice. Carefully stamp onto a corner of the towel. We ended up stamping the two opposite corners on each towel just for extra fun.

By the way, I have done quite a few painted-fabric crafts (including these similar monogram tea towels) with just the regular, inexpensive, acrylic craft paint. I never pay extra for the stuff intended for fabric, and my projects have held up just fine.

Baby's First Mother's Day Gift Idea 2I’m thinking these are perfect Mother’s Day gifts for the grandmas. Download our free printable Baby’s First Mother’s Day Gift Band to package the towels up nicely for gifting. The template is setup to print in black and white on colored cardstock.

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Reposted with permission by Aimée Lowry & Bettijo B. Hirschi from PagingSupermom.com