How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament | Craft Lightning Hot Glue

How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground CrafterAre you looking for a quick gift for your favorite yarn lover, or perhaps something to announce your own love of yarn to the world? I’m sharing a tutorial for how to make a handmade yarn with knitting needles ornament. With just a few supplies, including leftover yarn from your last crochet or knitting project, you can make this easy peasy ornament in less than 15 minutes!

How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground Crafter - finished project in handThis project is part of Craft Lightning Hot Glue edition.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Yarn for this project was generously provided by Red Heart. A free review copy of Hot Glue Hacks and Crafts: 50 Fun and Creative Decor, Fashion, Gift, and Holiday Projects to Make with Your Glue Gun by Angie Holden and Carolina Moore was provided to me by Ulysses Press. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions.

Before I share the tutorial, let me tell you a little about me and hot glue.

How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground Crafter - finished project styled with artifical trees and jingle signGrowing up, I had three main creative influences:

  • My dad, who is a painter and photographer. He taught me basic painting and drawing skills.
  • My maternal grandmother, who was an expert in all things needlecrafts. She taught me to crochet, sew, and embroider, and tried to teach me to knit, too. From time to time, we’d do some other crafts, like latch hooking.
  • My mom, who is a masterful seamstress and can flip beat up old furniture into like-new beauties. She would decoupage from time to time, too.

Nowhere in my childhood did I experience hot glue. As a relatively clumsy teen and then adult, I continued to avoid it. It seemed like I’d be tempting fate to put heat and glue anywhere near my flesh.

Then, in January, I went to Creativation, the annual trade show for the crafts industry. Before the event officially kicks off, Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and Carolina from Always Expect Moore and 30 Minute Crafts host a night out for crafts bloggers. They had a hot glue project planned, and they patiently took me from life as a hot glue newbie into the world of the anointed.

I didn’t burn myself (or anyone else) and I was pleasantly surprised by the results (and the speed). I’m sharing this story because Angie and Carolina recently came out with a book for hot glue newbies and pros alike! It’s kind of like having them both there with you, so if you’re intrigued by hot glue, pick yourself up a copy of Hot Glue Hacks and Crafts: 50 Fun and Creative Decor, Fashion, Gift, and Holiday Projects to Make with Your Glue Gun!

How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground Crafter - Hot Glue Hacks and Crafts book coverHot Glue Hacks and Crafts starts off with Glue Gun Basics, which tells you everything you need to know about different types of glue guns, glue, and accessories, while also sharing some great tips like how to avoid those little strings of glue that seem to trail off everywhere. The rest of the book is filled with projects, which are organized by type (for kids, home decor, holiday, jewelry, and entertaining). There’s also a Glue Gun Hacks section which shows you how to make stencils, stamps, molds, and faux geodes with hot glue, as well as how to etch with hot glue. This section includes a project for making your own stand, too, which is really helpful (and safer) if your glue gun didn’t come with a stand. There are also templates in the back for some of the projects.

My favorite projects in the book are the lampshade, the stencils, and the stamped pillow. All of the projects include detailed progress pictures — just like what you’d expect to see in a blog tutorial — so even when the project isn’t something you plan to make, you can still pick up some hot glue tips and tricks. If you’d like to have the ability to make some quick handmade gifts for friends and family (and yourself), but also to learn how to really maximize your hot glue gun, I highly recommend Hot Glue Hacks and Crafts!

As you might have guessed by now, the book is the inspiration behind this edition of Craft Lightning, where a group of bloggers share 15 minute craft projects. Here’s what I made with my glue gun!

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How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament

Tutorial by Underground Crafter

How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground CrafterNow that you know where to get more information if you’re a hot glue newbie like I was just a few short months ago, let’s dive into the project! This yarn and knitting needles ornament works up quickly and it’s great for decoration or a gift. I got all the supplies I needed at Michaels using the Buy Online, Pick Up in Store option.

Materials

How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground Crafter - supplies

How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground Crafter - finished project on wood with jingle sign

Instructions

Prepare the knitting needles

  • Split one dowel in half. I used a scissor to make indents around the center and then cracked it in half, but you could also use a small craft saw.
  • Using the pencil sharpener, sharpen one end of each piece of the dowel to a point, like a knitting needle.

How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground Crafter - sharpening dowel to make knitting needles

  • Preheat your glue gun.

How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground Crafter - hot glue gun

  • Glue the beads to the un-sharpened end of each piece of the dowel and let dry.

How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground Crafter - making knitting needles from dowel and beadHow To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground Crafter - glued beads to needles

Attach the knitting needles to the ornament

  • Glue the first knitting needle to the ornament and let dry.

How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground Crafter - glued first knitting needle

  • Glue the second knitting needle to the ornament so it appears to cross the first, by actually doesn’t touch it. Let dry.

How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground Crafter - glued knitting needles

Wrap the ornament with yarn

  • Glue the starting tail of the yarn to the ornament. Let dry.

How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground Crafter - glued yarn tail before wrap

  • Wrap the yarn around the ornament, starting by covering the knitting needles, and being careful not to cover the ornament loop. Continue wrapping until the entire ornament is covered.
  • Cut the yarn and glue the ending tail of the yarn to the ornament on the back. Let dry.

How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground Crafter - glued yarn tail after wrap

That’s it!

How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground Crafter - finished project styled with jingle signI’d love to figure out a way to make a crochet hook version that doesn’t involve whittling wood. If you have any suggestions for making a mini crochet hook, let me know!

If you enjoyed this project, you may like my DIY Locking Stitch Markers for Crochet and Knitting tutorial.

DIY Locking Stitch Markers for Crochet and Knitting Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Make your own custom stitch markers with supplies from Oriental Trading! I used the Dia de los Muertos enamel charms to add color and an autumn feel to this set.

Decorated Photo Frame Magnet with Cricut Tutorial | Craft Lightning Mothers’s Day 2017 Edition

Decorated Magnetic Photo Frame tutorial by Underground Crafter | This 15-minute craft project includes Cricut Write and Cut files.

My sister and I have a little joke between us about who my mother’s favorite daughter is. No, it isn’t the typical sibling rivalry. We know there’s another daughter that has us beat for sure. When the ladies behind Craft Lightning announced the challenge of making a 15-minute craft project for Mother’s Day, I knew that I wanted to celebrate my mom’s favorite daughter with a very special gift: a magnetic photo frame.

This post contains affiliate links. Materials for this project were generously provided by Cricut, Petaloo by FloraCraft, and Scrapbook Adhesives.

So, who is this mysterious “favorite daughter?” Her name is Kiki and, with a face like this, you can see how she has edged out her two human sisters.

I’ve recently been exploring my Cricut Explore Air. One of its features is that it can cut a huge variety of materials. (You can find a chart specifying which mat and blade to use for different materials here.) Yesterday, I shared a tutorial for cutting customized magnets. I had about half of a magnet sheet left, and I thought about those cute little photo frames that seem to live on every mother’s refrigerator. Since my sister and I are now full grown adults, my mom no longer has our drawings and classwork up on the ‘fridge, but she does have some special souvenir magnets that my sister has brought back from her travels.

How To Make a Decorated Magnetic Photo Frame

Decorated Magnetic Photo Frame tutorial by Underground Crafter | This 15-minute craft project includes Cricut Write and Cut files.

Materials


Instructions

Cut Magnetic Photo Frame

  • Use the magnet frame cut file in Cricut Design Space and a magnet sheet to cut the magnet outline. See this tutorial if you’d like to design your own photo frame in Design Space.
  • After choosing “Go” from the top menu, select the size of your magnet sheet from the drop down menu.
  • The magnet cut out will be automatically re-positioned to minimize waste of the magnet sheet.
  • Choose “Custom” on the pressure setting wheel and then select the type of magnet sheets you are using from the drop down menu.
  • Once your magnet is cut, you can remove it from the mat.

Write and Cut Your Magnetic Photo Frame Decoration

Decorated Magnetic Photo Frame tutorial by Underground Crafter | This 15-minute craft project includes Cricut Write and Cut files.

  • Once your write and cut file is ready, choose “Go” from the top menu.
  • Select the size of your cardstock from the drop down menu.
  • The decoration will be automatically re-positioned to minimize waste of the cardstock.
  • Choose “Cardstock” on the pressure setting wheel.
  • Design Space will prompt you to load pens. If you’ve written in several colors, you will receive prompts at several points.

Decorated Magnetic Photo Frame tutorial by Underground Crafter | This 15-minute craft project includes Cricut Write and Cut files.

  • Once your cardstock writes and cuts, you can remove it from the mat.

Attach the Cardstock To Your Magnetic Photo Frame

  • Roll the E-Z Runner adhesive dispenser across the back side of your cardstock.

Decorated Magnetic Photo Frame tutorial by Underground Crafter | This 15-minute craft project includes Cricut Write and Cut files.

  • Once the back is thoroughly covered, gently position the cardstock over the magnetic photo frame. When you are satisfied with the position, firmly press the cardstock into place.

Decorated Magnetic Photo Frame tutorial by Underground Crafter | This 15-minute craft project includes Cricut Write and Cut files.

  • (Or, if you’re like me, you can just press it down and trim off any edges you misaligned later!)

Decorated Magnetic Photo Frame tutorial by Underground Crafter | This 15-minute craft project includes Cricut Write and Cut files.

Decorated Magnetic Photo Frame tutorial by Underground Crafter | This 15-minute craft project includes Cricut Write and Cut files.

  • Once you’re satisfied, trim away any excess and place your photo behind the frame. It is now ready to sit on the refrigerator in its full magnetic photo frame glory.

Decorated Magnetic Photo Frame tutorial by Underground Crafter | This 15-minute craft project includes Cricut Write and Cut files.Pretty cute for 15 minutes, right?

 

 

Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix Recipe with Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle | Craft Lightning Valentine’s Day 2017 Edition

I’m excited to be part of another round of Craft Lightning, where bloggers are challenged to create 15-minute crafts around a theme. Our theme this time around is Valentine’s Day. As soon as I signed up, I knew I wanted to make something that involved food (one of my favorite parts of the holiday), so I decided on a jar mix. And, what better jar mix for Valentine’s Day than one that can be turned into breakfast in bed? I needed to take the craftiness up a notch – and that’s when I remembered that I still had some vinyl from Expressions Vinyl in my goodie closet. The vinyl heart on your jar mix is a the perfect touch to make this gift extra special.

This post contains affiliate links. Materials for this project were generously provided by Cricut, Expressions Vinyl, and Oriental Trading.

This project really can be done in 15 minutes (once you gather your supplies), but it’s broken down into 3 parts: preparing the vinyl, preparing the jar mix, and finishing the jar. I’ve also included a printable recipe card that you can attach if you’re giving the pancake mix to a friend (or if you think you may forget how to put the pancakes together for your special someone on Valentine’s Day morning). You can find more Craft Lightning projects by visiting the hosts at The Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and Make Life Lovely.

If you make your own Pancake Breakfast for Two Mix or Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium crochet or knitting patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns, tutorials, or recipes again!

Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe with Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle tutorial by Underground Crafter | Give your sweetie a special breakfast in bed. Makes a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or any other occassion! #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle

Tutorial by Underground Crafter

Materials

Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe with Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle tutorial by Underground Crafter | Give your sweetie a special breakfast in bed. Makes a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or any other occassion! #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

ExpressionsVinyl Logo

Instructions

Prepare the Vinyl

  • Use Cricut Design Space to customize the image. I used Heart #M2F695 from Ashlyn’s Alphabet, which is free with Cricut Access, and sized it so that it would measure about 2″ (5 cm) tall.

Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe with Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle tutorial by Underground Crafter | Give your sweetie a special breakfast in bed. Makes a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or any other occassion! #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe with Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle tutorial by Underground Crafter | Give your sweetie a special breakfast in bed. Makes a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or any other occassion! #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe with Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle tutorial by Underground Crafter | Give your sweetie a special breakfast in bed. Makes a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or any other occassion! #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

  • Wipe the surface of the milk bottle clean using the rubbing alcohol and cotton ball or paper towel. Allow the surface to dry.
  • Remove the backing from the transfer tape. Place the adhesive part of the tape over the vinyl.
  • Position the transfer tape with the vinyl over the milk bottle. Use the scraper to rub the vinyl into place, flattening out any air bubbles.
  • When the vinyl is correctly positioned, peel off the transfer tape.

Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe with Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle tutorial by Underground Crafter | Give your sweetie a special breakfast in bed. Makes a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or any other occassion! #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

Cricut Access

Prepare the Jar Mix

  • Prepare Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix (recipe below). Fill milk bottle with jar mix.
  • Wipe flour off container with paper towel.

Finishing

  • Tie ribbon in a bow at narrow neck of milk bottle.

Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe with Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle tutorial by Underground Crafter | Give your sweetie a special breakfast in bed. Makes a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or any other occassion! #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix

Recipe by Underground Crafter

This recipe was adapted from the Basic Pancakes recipe in my all-time favorite cookbook, the Joy of Cooking.

Ingredients (to make about six 5″/13 cm pancakes)

For Jar Mix:

  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Flavorful mix ins (optional)
    • I used 1/4 cup dried cranberries (craisins) and 1/4 cup toasted, chopped pecans. You could use another dried fruit and nut combination, or 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips.
    • If you don’t use sweetened mix ins, add another 1/2 Tablespoon granulated sugar to the flour mixture.
  • 1 Oriental Trading clear glass milk bottle with lid (5-1/2” x 2”)
  • A small bottle of maple syrup is optional, but it does take the gift up a notch!
  • Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe card.

Download the Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe card.

For Pancakes:

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • Toppings of choice (such as butter, maple syrup, honey, vanilla yogurt, or fresh berries)

Jar Mix Instructions

  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in small bowl.

Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe with Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle tutorial by Underground Crafter | Give your sweetie a special breakfast in bed. Makes a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or any other occassion! #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

  • Pour flour mixture into milk bottle.
  • Tap gently to flatten. Pour in flavorful mix ins, pushing down gently if necessary.
  • Close lid to seal.

Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe with Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle tutorial by Underground Crafter | Give your sweetie a special breakfast in bed. Makes a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or any other occassion! #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

  • Print recipe card.

Pancake Instructions

  • Preheat lightly greased griddle or frying pan on stove top.
  • Pour contents of jar mix into a large bowl.
  • Pour milk, butter, eggs, and vanilla over jar mix.
  • Whisk together until just combined.
  • Pour approximately 1/3 cup of batter onto hot griddle for each pancake.
  • Turn with spatula when the top of pancake is covered in bubbles and some bubbles have popped open.
  • Cook until other side of pancake is lightly browned.
  • Serve hot or keep warm in 200 degrees Fahrenheit oven until ready to serve.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings.
© 2017 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This recipe and tutorial are for personal use only. You may use the recipe and tutorial to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this recipe and tutorial. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this recipe and tutorial or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. (You are welcome to print out the recipe card to include with any jar mixes you make.) If you want to share the recipe and tutorial, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2017/01/09/pancake-jar-mix-with-vinyl-decorated-milk-bottle. Thanks for supporting indie bloggers!

If you make your own Pancake Breakfast for Two Mix or Vinyl-Decorated Milk Bottle, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium crochet or knitting patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns, tutorials, or recipes again!

Easy Hexagon Gift Tags | Craft Lightning Winter Holiday 2016 Edition

Easy Hexagon Gift Tags by Underground Crafter | Craft Lightning Winter Holiday Edition 2016 with Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and Tried and TrueI’m excited to be teaming up with Angie from the Country Chic Cottage, Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts, and Vanessa from Tried and True for the winter holiday edition of Craft Lightning! When I thought about the idea of coming up with a 15 minute project for the holidays, I knew there wasn’t much I could create with crochet (although this Easy Peasy Buttoned I-Cord Bracelet can be finished in that amount of time) — and, at my speed, there was certainly nothing that could be knit in 15 minutes.

This post contains affiliate links. This post is sponsored by Cricut but all opinions and thoughts are my own. Additional materials for this project were generously provided by Beacon Adhesives and Kreinik.

But, as you know, I recently got a Cricut Explore Air and our crochet and knit creations are always in need of gift tags, so an idea began to come together.

Easy Hexagon Gift Tags

Supplies needed

Easy Hexagon Gift Tags by Underground Crafter | Craft Lightning Winter Holiday Edition 2016 with Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and Tried and True

Step 1: Select shapes for cutting

I used Cricut Design Space to create hexagons. Click on Insert Shapes on the left side menu, then choose Hexagon. I sized mine so that I could get 6 hexagons from one sheet of cardstock.

Easy Hexagon Gift Tags by Underground Crafter | Craft Lightning Winter Holiday Edition 2016 with Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and Tried and TrueI grew up in a multi-faith family, and here in New York City, my friends and family celebrate many different holidays. I started a new document and clicked Insert Images to search for 3 different designs (all of which are free with Cricut Access): a Christmas tree (M36D76), a dreidel (M44259), and a gift box (M31428). Be sure these shapes will be sized small enough to fit into your hexagons. I could fit about 12 of theses holiday shapes onto one sheet of cardstock.

Step 2: Cut out hexagons and holiday shapes

I set the Cricut Explore Air to cut on cardstock. I used the gray for the hexagons and the blueish green for the holiday shapes (Christmas trees, dreidels, and gift boxes).

Step 3: Glue shapes to hexagons

Easy Hexagon Gift Tags by Underground Crafter | Craft Lightning Winter Holiday Edition 2016 with Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and Tried and TrueI used the Zip Dry to glue one shape to each hexagon. The glue dries pretty quickly, so make your design decisions (like, “Should the image be in the center or to one side?” or, “Should the hexagon be point up or flat side up?”) before you apply the glue to the back of the shape.

Step 4: Punch a hole in each hexagon

Easy Hexagon Gift Tags by Underground Crafter | Craft Lightning Winter Holiday Edition 2016 with Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and Tried and TrueOnce the glue has dried, use the hole punch to create a hole in each tag. Again, you can only make design decisions once on each tag, so decide if you want the hole centered or off to one side.

Step 5: Attach the tag to your handmade project

Easy Hexagon Gift Tags by Underground Crafter | Craft Lightning Winter Holiday Edition 2016 with Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and Tried and TrueThread the yarn or tapestry needle with the Kreinik Twist and then use the needle to draw the thread through the punched hole.

If you are using the tag for care instructions with a crocheted, knit, or sewn gift, you can also use the needle to attach directly to the gift.

Easy Hexagon Gift Tags by Underground Crafter | Craft Lightning Winter Holiday Edition 2016 with Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and Tried and True

Alternately, you can wrap the gift first in an upcycled paper bag. Use the Kreinik Twist to tie a bow, leaving an extra long tail. Use that tail to thread the needle and then attach the tag. Tie off with a small knot.

Easy Hexagon Gift Tags by Underground Crafter | Craft Lightning Winter Holiday Edition 2016 with Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and Tried and TrueI hope you’ve enjoyed this quick little project! I can’t wait to add these tags to my handmade gifts this holiday season.

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.