A couple of months ago I received my first For the Makers box – the “Winter Solstice Collection” actually. One of the projects was what they called a “Mercury Initial” which consisted of stitching a medley of vintage rhinestones, sequins, and beads in the shape of my favorite letter. Thier example was stitched onto a glove but I live in Texas and rarely need to wear gloves… so I had to find something else to stitch it onto. A couple of months back I designed and built (courtesy of IKEA) a custom desk into this weird little nook in our living room that nothing else fit into and decided to add an art shelf with a strip of LED lights underneath to illuminate my work surface. My friend Jen suggested that I make a framed letter instead, and I thought it would go perfectly on my shelf. Take a look for yourself!
The Art Shelf
Here’s a closeup of the final product:
The frame is a small $4 frame from Hobby Lobby, which I removed the glass from and used it to trace a template onto my cranberry wool felt. Next I used my chalk pencil to trace an “A” onto the center of the felt. I used the edges of the frame as a guide for how big I wanted the letter (though, For the Makers has a template for every letter you can use on their tutorial page). Before I stitched everything down I laid them out to get a general idea of how I wanted it to look and took a couple of pictures for reference later. I tried not to put everything into straight lines because I wanted it to look a little abstract but you can really do whatever with this.
To finish it off I stuck the felt inside the frame (glass off) and put the back on. Voíla! This actually took me several hours to complete as the hand stitching of every piece and figuring out where I wanted it all to go took quite a while – but I’m going to be honest and say I was watching TV at the same time so… take that with a grain of salt.
If you like this you can purchase the materials to make this particular project directly from their website, or you can pick up the whole box (it was a great collection)
Northern Light Votive
Speaking of other great things in the collection – did you spot the Northern Light Votives? This was a pretty quick project – 5 minutes plus drying time – but added a bit of festive sparkle to my dinner table and then later my art shelf! All you do is apply a bit of glue (I used the Gem Tac included in the kit) and spread it out with your fingers to where you want the glitter to end, then sprinkle your glitter over it (do this over a box or paper to catch the excess glitter). You may want to go back and press in more glitter to spots that received less coverage, and overall just to make sure it sticks. I also pressed the rims down into the glitter (like salting a margarita glass 😉 ) to make sure they were coated well.
The German glass glitter they included is so pretty and I’ve been wanting to try a project with it for a while, but it’s pretty expensive (for glitter) so I hadn’t bit the bullet yet. What’s really interesting is that the glitter seems to have tarnished over time, leaving a really cool antiqued look that the votives didn’t have initially.
Well, that’s all I have for now – I’ve really been meaning to share these two projects with you guys for a couple of months but I just kept running out of time. What have you been crafting lately? Tell me about it in the comments below – and don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter so you don’t miss a DIY!