I was not prepared for all the ohhs and ahhs I got over my little pens and magnets.
Seriously they were easy to make and not to terribly time consuming. I started with the magnets because I had made them before. You can see my alphabet ones here and here. Some were scrapbook paper, some were clip art (and someone suggested fabric, so I experimented when I got home). I started with my pile of supplies.
Now that I have a stack of little circles I am ready to glue.
2. Wiggle the circle picture side down on to the stone making sure it is flat.
3. Brush Mod Podge on the back to seal.
4. Let it dry (overnight or I left mine for a week while I went on vacation...haha)
Now it's time to glue the magnets on the back. I've used tacky glue, but this time it was hot glue. Much quicker. :)
Just a couple of tips....The Keep Calm clip art is from FlapJack Educational Resources. I like when the entire stone is covered, so I sometimes glue right to the paper and then cut when it is dried. It is a little trickier to cut, and it takes extra time because you have to let it dry, then cut, then seal the back, and dry again before you can put the magnet on the back. I do like the way it looks. I think it is probably worth the extra time.
Now for the pens....
pens (now is a good time to get them with all the Back to School deals)
If you are making more than one, you have to think a little bit about your "order of operations", and what works for you. It will go quickly if you do it like an assembly line (get all the parts prepped and then put them together).
I hadn't made pompoms in years so I did some google research first. Here is what I found:
Then here is what I decided to do. I wrapped my poms first, then wrapped my pens, while the pens were drying I cut and fluffed the poms. Finally I hot glued the pompom to the top of the pen and trimmed the long strings (or not). There you go...cute pens. Can anyone say google eyes?
Let me break that down a bit more....
First I esti-measured 12 yards of yarn (nose to outstretched arm for each yard). Next I wrapped it around and around three fingers, then I took another piece of yarn and tucked it between my middle and index finger (right there close to the knuckle) and wrapped it around the yarn.
I tied a loose simple knot and slipped it all off my fingers. I wiggle my string to make sure it was in the middle, tighten the knot, flipped it over and tied a second knot.
Bezinga...on to the next one.
The pens need to be the smooth kind (no clickers). You don't need the lid, so throw that part away (I know there should be a use for them, but I haven't been able to think of one). I found it works best to start at the point. First I put a ring around where I want the yarn to start and more glue down the barrel of my pen.
I have a tendency to put on too much glue, so mine needed a little bit of time to dry.
While my pens were drying, I made my yarn balls into the pompoms. You just need to hold those long strings, and cut along the bend.
Once it is cut, fluff it up with your fingers.
Finally hot glue those pompoms on to the tops of the pens and you have it!
|Thought I would try adding a little jingle bell action to one of the pens. Next I was thinking I might try beads.|