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New Years Eve is here tomorrow and in a few days, students are back at school. Gearing up to show off their holiday gifts and perhaps jazz up their school lockers.
Today I’d like to share a great project perfect for adding some dazzle to your New Years Eve tablescape and decor. These dazzling chandeliers can also adorn a locker or college dorm, perfect for the student who wants to add some sparkle to their school year.
These Dazzling Chandeliers are simple to make using-DMC Embroidery Floss, beads, craft foam and general craft supplies. For extra bling, add some rhinestones, jewelry findings or sequins. The final piece produces a chandelier that is light enough to hang from a magnetic hook.
Personalize the chandelier by selecting your favorite colors of thread and beads. Enlarge the chandelier template and create a larger one to hang in your favorite room.
Download the full PDF directions by clicking below.
Think boho chic, shabby and sweet, bold and colorful, gilded golds and silver brights! I’d love to see what you create!
When Ambassador Girl Scout Alexandria Bassett set out on her mission to help the students of the Cow Field School in Liberia support their community, she chose give them an opportunity to learn how to make a product they could sell. In the true spirit of friendship, she thought Friendship Bracelets would be the perfect theme.
Each of the 250 students at the school received a button kit that included a bracelet that Alexandria made as a sample, skeins of DMC Embroidery Floss donated by Iris Whitted on behalf of DMC USA, and hundreds of buttons and instructions for re-creating the bracelet. Her shipment of supplies weighed 110 pounds and contained over 126,000 buttons and over 1,250 skeins of embroidery floss.
The students are taught to make a marketable product that they can sell to earn money to support their families, education, and local school. The finished bracelets will be sold at the local market.
According to the Girls Scouts site, the “Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Open only to girls in high school, this prestigious award challenges you to change the world.”
This seven-step project involves identifying an issue, researching the issue thoroughly, building a team, creating and presenting a plan, gathering feedback and then putting the plan into action to inspire and educate. In supplying these kits and showing these schoolchildren how to make the bracelets, Alexandria is not only providing a way for the children to support their community, but is also teaching them lifelong skills that they will be able to use throughout their life.
On behalf of DMC, I’d like to extend a huge, “WELL DONE” to Alexandria!
To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re offering 20% off our Prism Craft Threads and Products. This offer is good through May 10th and includes a huge variety of Prism Floss Packs and kits. perfect for young crafters!
Prism is our extensive line of kid-friendly craft threads, designed to bring vibrant color and texture to crafts. Young crafters can make friendship bracelets, barrettes, use them in paper crafting or scrapbooking projects and more. We even have a Prism FaceBook page full of fun ideas!
Be sure to use the promo code when ordering – you can find it in the image below, or in the Shop DMC area.
For Memorial Day, we’re also offering free shipping on orders over $50. This special runs May 23rd through 26th, so you have plenty of time to choose your products and place your order on or after the 23rd.
While you’re in the DMC Shop, be sure to sign up to receive news of our latest specials and new product arrivals.
Every week, I wonder, will this be the week the internet runs out of creative things to do with embroidery floss?
I love the colors she’s chosen, and the wonderful way they contrast with the pale wooden boards.
I’m also loving this creative and adorable How-To: Embroidered Postcards on Etsy. The supplies and process photos in this tutorial are clear, bright, and delightful.
This is such a fun way to add a whimsical and silly touch to old postcards or old photos.
I would love to print out a few copies of family photos or my favorite friend pics on Instagram and embellish with sequins and bits of floss!
I’m in love with the inspired palette Kaley has chosen!
Kaley’s tutorial photos are so clear and inspiring – be sure not to miss her other lovely DIY tutorials.
These Dressform Thread Holders on Minted Strawberry are such a charming way to store your floss finds. They’d also be a gorgeous adornment for a party centerpiece, or hung in a row, as a garland.
I’d use them for my bits of extra floss, or as an inspiring way to feature all the colors in a cross stitch or freeform embroidery piece.
Check out this exciting jewelry project sent to us by the creative folks at P.S.-I Made This!
Using a premade necklace, swarovsky crystals, jewelry findings and DMC Embroidery Floss, plain jewelry has been transformed into colorful, wearable accessories that are perfect for pairing with your Fall or Winter wardrobe, or to make and give as gifts.
Crafty readers in New Jersey can also join the designer for an event and watch the projects being made on October 12th at the Bloomingdales in Short Hills, and check out Erica Domesek’s new book titled P.S.-You’re Invited.
Check the web site for details!
Make a single pin, or make an entire batch to wear for Valentine’s Day or give as gifts.
You can get the directions for making the pins over on the When Creativity Knocks site.
The pins are made from basic materials including DMC Embroidery Floss, decorative buttons and trims, fabrics, pin backs and die cut hearts made from fabrics and old jeans.
I love how she refers to Emma’s Stitch Tool for the various stitches used in the pins. The book features comprehensive directions for 18 popular stitches, with photos, diagrams, written instructions and helpful tips for embroidery.
Ana suggests attaching a pin to a card to give as a gift – what a terrific idea!
Thanks, Ana, for sharing this fun idea with us.