Just wanted to share some of the crafts I did a few years ago that I sold at a local bazaar – I hope to do a few tutorials for these here on my blog in the future!
The biggest project (and most time consuming!) were these:
When I had a zillion paint chips left over from my living room painting project, I had this thought that it was such a waste to put all of those beautiful colors on that high quality paper into the trash – I’m not sure exactly what spurred the idea in my brain, but I started thinking that they would make beautiful rolled flowers – after I piled them up, I realized they would be the perfect decoration for my living room, so I hot glued them to a simple little wreath, and I just LOVED what I ended up with. This year, I started collecting paint samples, from around my house, from all my friends, and from the local hardware store just a few times. Then i spent hour after hour, cutting them in to spirals and rolling them up – i brought piles of paint chips to soccer practice and cut my little heart out – then I became bff with my glue gun as I carefully glued them together – I should have counted how many roses I ended up with, but it was well into the hundreds I’m sure!
After they were made, I used some pretty wicker and grapevine wreaths that I picked up at the dollar store, and clustered my little roses to make some perfectly adorable little wreaths!
When I ran out of paint chips I still couldn’t bear to stop, so I have one I made out of an old roll of wallpaper my mom gave me forever ago, and one from an Ikea catalog. I am planning to do one with a book of maps and a vintage book as soon as I can! These are so addicting to me, if I could, I would cut up everything I can get my hands on and roll it up into a flower!
I also made some “kissing ball” ornaments with rolled scrapbooking paper:
I adore these so much! I’ve made some for gifts for Christmas over the past few years, but wow are these time consuming!
I also had the urge to cut up a self magazine when I was at yet another soccer practice (reason #559 to keep a pair of craft scissors in the van) – I turned it into these.
Here is the idea I had to make for teacher gifts – this is going to be another future tutorial around here 🙂
They each velcro closed and hold a gift card inside – they were a big hit at the bazaar!
I also wanted to make more pomander type ornaments, so I tried this idea – with cupcake papers, it was a little bit less time consuming and I adore the result – although you would be surprised, it takes a TON of cupcake liners – I need to go do some stocking up for my next ones, I’ll share the step by step for these then too:
Here are a few more pics of the ornaments –
Oh! And i don’t want to forget these! Inspired by several different crafters on Pinterest, I decided to buy a roll of jewelry wire and some assorted glass beads to try my hand at wire wrapping. Those little birds nests are also incredibly addicting! I am in love with these, and ended up with over 20 necklaces to sell, I only stopped because I kept running out of chains!
To make them stand out in the crowd, I made a bunch of little tiny paper boxes and had the customer chose one so that i could put the necklace on some batting inside and tied it up with a little bow. Super cute crafty gift!!
I also made a few sets of handmade cards using some of my own digital designs –
I was SO proud when I set it all out at the bazaar:
It was an amazing time, sort of like a gallery show or something to me, it was a wonderful feeling to be sharing my “art” with the world. I sold pretty well too! People loved the wreaths and I almost sold them all, like I mentioned the post its were a hit, they sold out pretty quickly, and my necklaces found a few new homes too!
I’m completely hooked! I am taking this year off from bazaars, but I mess it! Next year I am absolutely going to sell again!!
I was just thinking about these awesome projects not too long ago! Can’t wait to see some tutorials and, even more, what you have up your sleeves for the future!
Could you please share how to cut the paint chips into spirals . . .
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the paint chip wreaths that you made! BEAUTIFUL!! Would please share how you cut the paint chips into spirals?? Also, the post-it notes look like such and cute and functional gift…. I would love to make some for my sons teachers. Would be willing to spill your secrets on how you make them?? PLEASE??