String Holders or Pin Cushions from Margarine Containers:
Pig string holder:
cover each part of the margarine container with a paper towel glued with
Aleene's Tacky Glue. This gives a rough & interesting finish,
to paint & decorate.
Make the nose from a button, a bottle cap or a piece of styrofoam.
Add eyes of fet, paper, moveable plastic eyes or simply paint them on.
Ears are made of two pieces of paper towel glued together with tacky and
held in place with tacky.
Eyelashes may be purchased, cut out of black paper or painted on.
The face is decorated with tiny blossoms made by dipping a toothpick
into paint & "dotting" center & petals. Mouth is painted on. A hole
is poked in the center of the mouth. It is from this hole that the
string is dispensed.
Bear string holder: is made with the same procedure. Felt is used to
cover the face (margarine container lid).
Eyes are buttons. Nose, cheeks & mouth are cut from felt.
Pin Cushion: is made by making a fabric & lace cover over the bottom of
the margarine container. Glue to hold.
(note: use Aleene's glue in the gold bottle. It has added tack to hold
gathered fabric & because of its super-thick nature it doesn't soak
through the fabric.) Add a trim of silk roses, forget-me-nots, baby's
breath & very narrow ribbon. The lid is used as a base for the pin cushion.
Cover the lid with fabric.
Tacky glue a ruffle of lace around the edge. The finished pin cushion looks like a very dainty Victorian bonnet.
1 big pine cone - well open
1 piece of thick cardboard for the base
cotton balls or polyfill
little fabric squares approx. 1 inch x 1 inch(can be a little bit bigger)
1 bigger piece of fabric to cover the base
PVA or other craft glue
Cut out a base big enough to hold the pine cone. You can either cut a
square or a circle(it's easier to cover with fabric)or a heart, cover it
with fabric and glue the cone with it's base in the middle.
Put a little cotton ball or some polyfill in the middle of a fabric
square, put the 4 ends together and sew the opening or put the thread
around the 4 corners very tight. Make as much balls as the cone has
opening. Put a little bit of glue in each opening and push the fabric
ball in the opening, until all are covered.
If you like, glue a nice ribbon around the base of the cone and make
a bow. A great gift for kids to make as they don't need needles. Just a
little bit patience.
Sibille K Australia