Yarn Ends Jewelry

maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-33How about one more fast diy for Mother’s Day?
Having made quite the collection of yarn ends objects already (more here), I thought it would be interesting to experiment a bit further with my trusted paste and colorful ends, and make something different.
I loved how my experiment turned out, hence my sharing this quick little project with you here.maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-20

First you make the paste that will glue all your yarn ends into the desired shape (tutorial in English here, in Dutch here). As soon as this is cooled off, get out your baking sheet, baking paper, cookie cutters and yarn ends.
Cutters that do not have too many corners and angles work best – the hearts were a good choice.maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-18                          maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-30          maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-28

Make sure all yarn ends are “pasted” well, put a not too thick layer into the cookie cutter, verify that it’s totally filled. Carefully remove the cookie cutter – if necessary, this is the time to make little adjustments to your brooch-to-be. Also, if you want to make a necklace, you’ll want to punch a little hole into your yarn ends heart now.maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-34Let everything dry overnight/24 hrs. Remove carefully from the baking paper, glue the brooch pin back to the back of your yarn ends brooch (I used my glue gun).maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-15maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-17 maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-14I’ve varnished my first batch of brooches, using an acrylic varnish  (the kind painters use). It worked really well, but it took days before the distinct varnish-smell was gone….. So, for my second batch I simply used nail polish, and that work perfect too – and way less of a nasty smell;)
I even found old&inexpensive nail polish that had some glitter: did the job as well!maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-23maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-22Happy crafting!
Love,
Marianne xx

PS: a nice way to gift your lovely brooches: my other Mother’s Day diy, the treasure boxes :)

Treasure Boxes – for Mother’s Day

maRRose - CCC - CK-schatdoosjes-62I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun I had working on my 2nd project for CraftKitchen!

maRRose - CCC - CK-schatdoosjes-66maRRose - CCC - CK-schatdoosjes-12Looking at my CK-treasury boxes, my mother-in-law reminded me this weekend that I had made little treasury boxes before….. some 20+ years ago.
At that time we lived in the US (in beautiful&picturesque Hollis, NH), and as a member of the Hollis Woman’s Club, I was their “Strawberry Festival Chairperson” in 1994.

The annual “Strawberry Festival” is a wonderful joint HWC/“Hollis Town Band” community fundraising event. At the time it was quite the undertaking for a Dutch girl that had just made a life changing move from The Netherlands to America.
However, to make a long story short: the festival was a success, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process, and we raised a good amount of money.

maRRose - CCC - CK-schatdoosjes-14To thank the many, many volunteers, I painted and decorated little boxes – all in strawberry colors/theme, sewed small bags from strawberry-fabric to gift them in and those too, were a success.
I had totally forgotten about them…..but even found some photos in an old album.maRRose - CCC - strawberry boxes-11

Subconsciously they must have played their little role in the making of my latest treasury boxes.maRRose - CCC - CK-schatdoosjes-28maRRose - CCC - CK-schatdoosjes-29Adding the little notes, as described in the tutorial, will make them not only a perfect gift-from-the-heart for Mother’s Day, but basically for any occasion when you’ll want to share how much that special person in your life means to you (charming little project to be doing with kids of any age too).
Turning them into a button box or jewelry box is just as easy – the possibilities are endless….

maRRose - CCC - CK-schatdoosjes-50You’ll find the tutorial in Dutch here, and the one in English here – I’ve included links to pdf’s for your convenience as well.

Happy making!
Love,
Marianne xx