At my local craft fair that I went to today, I picked up a few cool ideas for my own crafting ideas. I’m not the craftiest person on Earth, but I did pick up a few tips that I thought would be fairly easy to do myself, and I thought I would share them with other crafters.
One idea I saw is one I do all the time with a minor twist- magnets made out of decorative glass. Some booths took the magnet idea (where you take a simple decorative glass rock and put a magnet on the flat side) and transformed it into easy crafts, such as large buttons with magnets on the backs and little jewels in the center, the decorative rock glass with wires glued to the back with beads strung on them for an asymmetrical, pretty little magnet look, and magnets made out of ribbon tied into bows. A simple bow with a magnet on the back? Completely adorable! I never thought that there could be so many cute ideas stemming from just a simple magnet. I even saw regular rocks that had been shined with magnets on the back, and they were simply gorgeous.
Earrings made out of buttons and zippers. Using a button for a bead to create a dangly earring or just a button with an earring back placed on it were simple and conversation piece ideas. I saw earrings made out of zippers, with just a simple wire strung through the zipper head with a bead looped on top. So simple, but what a fun way to make jewelry! I saw bangles with clusters of little various buttons and simple stretchy string instead of beads. What a fun way to use old buttons!
Necklaces with material pieces looped through the large beads, and then used as the remainder of the necklace chain was another cool idea. I saw a booth where they had large connecting loops with multi-colored material going through them, and then the material was used as the chain of the necklace itself, along with wooden and large glass beads. Simply awesome.
The coolest thing I saw was the way this one woman made lampshades. All she did was take a naked lamp shade (just the frame) and took cut material and tied it from the top to the bottom all the way around the lamp shade to create a cute knotted, ruffled look. The pieces were cut about 1/2 inch wide, and I saw she was consistent in the same pattern of material all the way around, but was using material with floral or checkered or polka dot designs to make her super easy shades. All you need to do is cut strips of material about 3 inches longer than the shade from base to top, and then tie the material from top to bottom with the pattern facing out for viewing. The result is a beautiful, ruffled shade that is unique and easy! So fun!
Note: unfortunately photography was not allowed at the craft fair, so I didn’t get any pictures. I suppose they didn’t want people taking ideas home with them.