MOPS Craft: Courage Key Necklace

Since I posted the other MOPS craft, I figure I could keep going. :p We started out our new MOPS year in September making Courage Necklaces. In our MOPS members welcome kit from MOPS International, we received a Courage Key (The Giving Keys). We are supposed to find someone who needs the message of courage, and give them the key. Our super crafty Creative Activities coordinators, Megan and Kristina, came up with the idea of making the key into a necklace.

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Materials:

  • 1 – 30″ bronze etched chain
  • 3 – bronze beads
  • 2 – bronze jump rings
  • 1 – bronze jewelry clamp
  • 2-3 – assorted feathers (I used a 2-in and a 1.5-in feathers.)
  • glue (E6000 recommended)
  • Toothpick
  • Needle-Nose Pliers

Instructions:

  1. Arrange your two feathers (the larger feather below the smaller feather) and trim the feather quills to the same length.
  2. Using the toothpick, apply the glue to the inside of your first bead (the one that will sit lowest on the hanging feather) and thread the feather ends through. Repeat for the second bed.
  3. Lay your clamp over the ends of the feather quills and slide it snugly against the beads. Trim the quills to ensure that they will not be longer than the clamp once closed.
  4. Using a toothpick, apply glue to the inside of the clamp and lay your feather quills in the clamp with the “pretty” side facing the front of the clamp and quickly crimp your feathers into the clamp with the pliers (you want to be sure the hole on top of the clamp is clear of any glue or feather, or the charm will not hang nicely on your chain).
  5. Using the pliers, open the jump ring, add it to the hole on the top of the clamp, attach the same ring to the bronze chain and close using the pliers.
  6. Lastly, using the same method, add a jump ring to your Courage Key and attach to the chain.

10600649_10152748918206155_3563097143993451626_nDo you know someone who needs the message of courage? What message would your Giving Key have on it?

– Joyce

MOPS Craft: Grapevine Wreath with Looped Burlap Flower

I know MOPS Crafts are popular with a lot of our readers, and I haven’t posted one in a long time. I LOVE the one that we just did! It was a fall wreath, and I have to say that even though it might look and sound complicated, it is super simple, even for non-crafters like me! Our MOPS Creative Activities coordinator Megan and Kristina did a great job of finding a deal on all the supplies and organizing every detail. I wish I could show you everyone’s wreaths. They were all unique to each crafter. I love it!

10357260_10152886524431155_7519686835976014374_nWatch this video on how to do DIY Looped Burlap Flowers from Cool2Crafts:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=De4igBXpsHg
(Start at 1:00 if you want to skip the intro and just get to the instructions.)

flower

Materials:

Instructions:

  1. Pull out the strands from the short 3” end of the burlap strips one by one (See Example A below).
  2. Cut the 3” wide strips of burlap apart down the middle of the glued sections.
  3. Apply a line of tacky glue along the bottom 23” edge of the burlap strip and fold the top edge over and press firmly to glue it in place (See Example B below).
  4. Apply another line of tacky glue along the edge and using the wooden stick begin to tightly roll the burlap onto the wooden stick tying your best to keep the burlap lined up (See Example C below).
  5. Once completed, you may choose to keep the flower in a bud-shape or you may press down on the flower and it will open it up to create a fuller bloom.
  6. Repeat steps 1-5 for your other four flowers.
  7. Once all of your flowers are complete, get your hot glue gun to add your flowers to your wreath in whatever fashion you desire.
  8. Now you can use your 10 pearls to add to the center of your flowers or use the sprigs to “dress up” the area around your flowers.

Example A
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Example B
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Example C
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If you’re not up to making a fall wreath because winter is on its way, don’t fret! My friend Faith did a great job using these same steps to create a winter wreath!!!

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Have you been crafty lately? What have you created? Is there any fall decor in your home?

– Joyce