Etched Glass Water Bottles

Etched Glass Water Bottles

At the end of every school year, we try to get our children’s teachers something personalized to remember them by.  This year was no different but, we were seriously short on time so we came up with these etched glass water bottles!

I think they came out great!  On one side, I etched the teacher’s name and on the other, I etched the school name and year.


Here is what you will need:

  • A glass water bottle with a clear side for you to etch.  The water bottles that I used here are Contigo Purity water bottles which I purchased from Amazon. I’ve seen them at many other retailers like Target and Walmart as well.  I liked these because they have a silicone sleeve which is removable so that it doesn’t get damaged while you are doing your etching.
  • Glass etching cream.  I used Armour Etch Etching cream which is available at craft stores and many online retailers including Amazon.
  • Latex gloves to protect your hands
  • A plastic card that you don’t mind getting wet. I use a Silhouette scraper.
  • Contact paper or vinyl for your stencil.  I used contact paper.

The steps are relatively simple.

1.  Design your stencil and cut it out on your contact paper.  I used my Silhouette to cut out my stencils but depending on how intricate your design is, you can also cut it out manually.  You will have to measure how big your design can be based on the opening of the sleeve on the bottle.  Be sure to leave a big border to protect the rest of the bottle while you are etching.

2.  Remove the silicone sleeve on the water bottle.

3.  Wipe down your water bottle with window cleaner or alcohol to remove any oils from your hand that potentially rubbed off and dry with a microfiber cloth so you don’t leave behind any lint.

4.  Place you’re design centered on one side of the bottle.  This can be made easier if you use a dry erase marker to mark where the openings in the sleeve would be on the glass.  Make sure that all edges are securely down leaving no gaps, bubbles or folds.  You can also use the plastic card to rub the design in better.

Rub down the edges around your design really well so that no unwanted cream seeps through any openings.

5.  Now comes the fun and scary part.  Put on your gloves to protect your hands.  Next, tap some etching cream over your design.  You can be generous as you’ll be scraping off the excess cream and placing it back in the bottle.  Just be careful to not let the cream get on the glass outside of your design.

6.  Now, using your plastic card, scrape all but a thin layer of the etching and place the leftover from your card carefully back into your etching cream bottle.

It doesn’t look very pretty but as you see, I only leave a thin layer of etching cream.

7.  Let the etching cream sit on your design for about 15 minutes.

8.  When the time is up, with your gloves still on, wash off all the remaining cream from your design using warm water.

9.  Then remove your stencil, give your bottle one more good wash, dry it, place the silicone sleeve back on it and you are done!

I love how this project came out and it didn’t take a long time to complete!


Let me know what you think and if you decide to make one, I’d love to see your pics!

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ONESIE HANGER

ONESIE HANGER

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You know how people say good things come in threes? Well, this summer my good things are babies! No, NOT having triplets! Three close friends/family are having babies weeks apart. Of course for me that translates to baby showers and gifts.

For the shower I’m throwing, I would like to incorporate the idea of guests painting baby onesies. Here are the standard steps for this activity:

  1. Make cardboard inserts to go inside the onesies – this is to prevent paint from bleeding through to the backside and the work surface.
  2. Once the painting is done, they need to sit out and dry. I like the look of hanging them up, so I would have to remove the inserts and hang with clothes pins or hangers.

I can already foresee several issues with doing it this way. For starters, it will be messy! There will be a load of supplies – inserts, hangers/clothespins, paint, brushes all over an already tight work space. Secondly, removing the inserts while onesies are wet will run the risk of ruining some artwork. Now, whether I use hangers or clothespins, there’s nothing inside to support the body for proper drying. Then, there’s the challenge of transporting them home, especially if they haven’t dried completely yet.  Lastly and definitely most important to me, it just doesn’t look put together.

What I want to do is to streamline the process and make it look pretty while I’m at it. I need to make the transition from painting to hanging to transporting them home into one swift step. Google didn’t give any satisfying answers, so I designed my own – a cardboard insert with a hanger. For the sample here, I used a 176gsm cardstock. While I was able to hang it up, I suspect this won’t hold up well for longer period of time. So for the shower, I will be using a more substantial cardstock – 215gsm (think business card) or higher.onesie hangers pics
Since I own a Silhouette Cameo, cutting them will be a breeze. You can find the cut file here. For non-Silhouette machines, here’s a SVG version. If you don’t own a cutting machines, no worries, I have also included a PDF version. Let me know what you think!

 

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Silhouette Studio: Convert to SVG

Silhouette Studio: Convert to SVG

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We, at Coffee & Peony, LOVE our Silhouette Cameos and will undoubtedly be sharing many our of Silhouette projects down the line.  For those that aren’t familiar with it, it’s an electronic cutting machine that can cut anything from card stock to vinyl or fabric.  It comes with Silhouette Studio software to generate your cut file which is very versatile and easy to use.  A friend of mine, who owns a different cutting machine, recently told me about how frustrating the software that came with her machine is.  Since Silhouette Studio is free to download, I suggested she use that to create her cut file and convert it to an SVG file to use for her own machine. There are other reasons you may need to convert a Silhouette Studio file to an SVG file as well so I thought this would be a good tutorial to share with everyone.

I’m working on a Windows machine so if you have a Mac, your instructions might be somewhat different.  I’ll be using Inkscape, which is available as a free download for the conversion.

Here’s the link to the YouTube video for this tutorial.

The first thing you need to create is your cut file in Silhouette Studio.  The file I’m using here is one that I used to customize a ring dish for my cousin who is getting married.  The symbol inside the ring is the Chinese “double happiness” symbol and their first initials are below it.

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I filled the cut areas and lines with black so that they have the highest contrast.  Once your image is ready, open your Snipping Tool and take a snapshot of your image.

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Open your screenshot in Inkscape, accept the default values in the image import window and click OK.

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Next, select your image by clicking on it and then go to Path > Trace Bitmap.

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Use the following Trace Bitmap options and click OK.  Then, close out the Trace Bitmap window.

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Now, you can select your original image and separate it from the trace.  Delete your original image and save the remaining trace as an SVG file.  Voila!

If you like the file we used in this tutorial, you can down it for free below!  Enjoy!
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Happy crafting!

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Puff Pastry Basket

Puff Pastry Basket

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On a gloomy, rainy Saturday morning, what can be better than enjoying a nice cup of coffee and some warm, flaky pastries while watching the rain fall? Frozen puff pastry sheets are your best friend at a time like this. Not only can you stay in your pajamas all day but, it is also an opportunity to do a project with the little one.

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Tools:
Fork
Knife
Basting brush
Rolling Pin
6-cup Giant Muffin Pan

Ingredients:
1 sheet of Puff Pastry
1 egg
A little flour for dusting
Cooking Spray

Directions:
1. Follow package instructions to thaw 1 sheet of puff pastry. Once thawed, unfold, dust both sides with flour and roll it out lightly. Cut the sheet into 12 – 1in wide strips.

2. Preheat oven to 400°F.
3. Beat egg and set aside.
4. Flip muffin pan upside down and coat the entire bottom with cooking spray.
5. Take one strip and wrap it around the wider part of a muffin cup. (Brush on a little bit of egg on the ends will help it seal.

6. Cut the next 2 strips in half and layer them crisscross across the bottom of the cup.
7. Wrap the last strip around the crisscross pieces on the narrower part of the cup.
8. Brush egg over entire nest, pay attention to the overlapping areas.
9. Bake for 20 to 25 min or until golden brown.
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Mini Sock Bunny

Mini Sock Bunny

FinishedImage_SingleMy children love all things miniature so for Easter this year, I thought I’d make miniature sock bunnies! They require very few materials and my favorite thing about them is that I can make them while watching my favorite TV show as I’m unwinding in the evening. These adorable little bunnies will make great non-candy Easter basket fillers and I can’t wait to see the look on my kids’ faces when they see them Easter morning.

View the YouTube video for this tutorial here.

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Materials (except the poly-fil stuffing)

What You Will Need:

1 ankle length or crew cut sock
1 skein of embroidery floss (contrasting color)
sewing thread (coordinating color)
Poly-Fil stuffing
Scissors
Sewing needle
Embroidery needle
Fabric pen with disappearing ink (optional)

How To Make Your Sock Bunny:

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  1. Make a cut on the foot of your sock approximately 4 inches from the tip of the toe.  This will be the body of your sock bunny.
  2. Slightly overfill the sock bunny body with stuffing.
  3. Using your coordinating thread and needle, sew a running stitch along the now raw edge of the sock, approximately 1/4″ from the edge.
  4. Push the raw edge in towards the stuffing and pull the thread to close the body. Knot the thread.
  5. Now, let’s make the ears and tail.  Turn the remaining sock fabric inside out. Position the fabric so that the cuff is on the bottom and  you can put two equally sized ears side by side.  Draw the outline of the ears onto the top layer of fabric with your fabric marker.
  6. Cut the cuff of the sock off.
  7. Cut out the outlined ears making sure to cut through both layers of fabric.  You should have 2 pairs of ear shaped fabric after you have completed this step.
  8. Cut out a circle shape in the heel of the sock for the tail.
  9. With right sides together on the ears, sew the edge of each pair of ears together, leaving a small opening on the bottom to flip the ear right side out.
  10. Flip the ears right side out and sew the remaining raw edge inside each respective ear.  Join the bottom corners of each ear at the bottom center of the ear and sew together.
  11. Sew the ears onto the body on the toe seam.MiniSockBunny12-13
  12. Sew a running stitch around the edge of the circle piece and pull the thread slightly to start closing the tail.   Before you close it completely, fill the circle with stuffing and then push the raw edges in, close and knot the thread.
  13. Sew the tail onto the body of the bunny where the closure is.
  14. Thread your embroidery floss to make the eyes and nose.  Insert the needle in at the bottom of the body and push it to towards the face to make a set of eyes and a nose.  Use your imagination to give your bunny different facial expressions!Mini Sock Bunny Finishing
  15. Repeat to make an entire family of sock bunnies!

I hope you enjoyed making these as much as I did.  I’d love to hear what your thoughts are in the comments section below!

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Happy Easter and Happy Crafting!

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Super Simple DIY Easter Banner

Super Simple DIY Easter Banner

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I have a curious 4 year old who literally follows me everywhere and wants to take part in everything I’m doing. Most of the time, I LOVE IT! I love that she wants to learn different skills, I love that she’s not just glued to the TV, and I love seeing that sense of accomplishment on her little face when we are done! So naturally, when I’m thinking of crafting ideas, I try to find at least a little part that she can help with.  This Easter banner was a perfect project for her. With just little bit of paint and glue dots she made a cute banner!

Supplies
I listed where I purchased these supplies but, if you don’t have one of these stores near you, I’m sure you can find another similar store with similar supplies!

Dollar Tree:
1 pack of foam bunny shapes
1 roll multicolor curling ribbon

Target:
2 packs of linen pennants (dollar spot)

Stuff From Around the House:
Acrylic paint
Colored pompoms
1 pc of old cardboard
Glue dots
Glue

Instructions:

  1. Make a stencil of an Easter egg 3 in wide by 4 in tall. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut one out in adhesive vinyl, but you can easily make one by hand with scissors and contact paper or a thick card stock.  A template for the stencil can be downloaded here.
  2. Protect your surfaces by painting on top of the cardboard. Linen is very porous so expect paint to seep through.

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    My little one painting the egg stencils
  3. Lay stencil over pennants and dab away. Since the little one will be painting, I used a few glue dots to secure the stencil down. That worked pretty well and they lasted for all 8 pennants we painted.
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  4. Using glue dots, attach foam bunnies to the rest of the pennants.
  5. Attach pompoms to the bunnies with glue.
  6. Thread the pennants together using the curling ribbon and hang!

 

Now sit back and admire your new Easter banner! Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Happy Crafting!

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