Announcing Christmas in July’s Etsy Craft Party Prize Winners!

Contributor post by Catherine from DesignsByCnC

I had so much fun co-hosting our party with Alicia from Alicia’s Findings and Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns.  The tutorials were all so cute and creative – gave me some great ideas for Christmas gifts!

Without further ado, I would like to announce the winners of the wonderful goodies from Christmas In July’s #EtsyCraftParty. They’ve all been contacted and will soon be receiving their prizes.



Crochet Angel donated by Corkycrafts – Hannah Contino

Dark Blue Fingerless Mitts donated by MermaidsHatbox – Dawn Whitehand

Christmas Themed Dog Collar donated by thedoggiehouse – Linda Welcome

Rainbow Tutu Set donated by LilybeanzBowtique – Corky

Red Dagger Earrings donated by ToBeMeJewelry – Kay Loeber

Halloween Bracelet donated by timetalentjewels – Ellen Thomas

Gingerbread Bracelet donated by timetalentjewels – Gwen Jones

Personalized Stemless Champagne Flutes donated by DesignstheLimit – Jolie Webb

Microfiber Towel donated by SuesAkornshop – Tricia Bertrand

$25 Gift Certificate donated by KraftygirlCreations – Cat

Purple and Teal Fingerless Gloves donated by MedleyOfColors – Sue Koran

Teal and Avocado Earrings donated by Bungalow42 – Claire DeRosa

$20 Gift Certificate donated by DiMaryboutique – Yuliana

Hot/Cold Therapy Neck Wrap Set donated by NaturalBodyComfort – Catherine Clifford

Knit Cup Cozy donated by socksandmittens – Alicia

Thank you to everyone that donated, organized and participated in the #EtsyCraftParty2016!

Don’t forget our next big event, Christmas in July 2016  will be held July 1st – July 10th!

Thank You For Coming To Christmas In July’s Etsy Craft Party

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Good night everyone! Thank you for joining us today for Christmas In July’s #EtsyCraftParty here on the Christmas In July blog! It was a really fun day!

Thank you Alicia from Alicia’s Findings, Catherine from DesignsyCnC  and Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns who hosted #EtsyCIJ #EtsyCraftParty 2016!

I would like to take a moment to thank the CIJ leaders! Please take a moment to check out their shops!

Michelle from EviesToolEmporium
Alicia from AliciasFindings
Barbara from MermaidsHatbox
Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns
Lia from Ghirlandiamo
Nancy from EponasCrystals
Patricia and Rebecca from northandsouthshabby
Mary from LilFoxDesigns
Rheta from VintageEves
Karen from KraftyShop
Catherine from DesignsByCnC
Alexandra from EyeLoveKnots
Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird
Debbie from NaturalBodyComfort

Enter to Win

There is still time to toss your name into the hat below for your chance to win one of prizes offered up by our fabulous sponsors. Contest ends at midnight EST and the winners will be announced on the blog!

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We are ready with social media for a fantastic holiday 2016 season!





Tutorial: Photo Block Puzzle – #EtsyCIJ #EtsyCraftParty 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

“Tutorial: How To Make A Photo Block Puzzle” by Catherine from DesignsByCnCPhotoBlockPuzzleI

What Color(s) Inspired This Tutorial? Please Share Your Advice For Creating Stunning Color Combinations.

I was inspired by the color blue for this project. When selecting the colors for the project, I chose a color that is in the photograph, as in the blue shirt. Then I added additional colors to coordinate keeping in mind that this puzzle was a gift for a little boy. Therefore I used more earth toned and masculine colors.


One of the things that I enjoy most is creating handmade gifts for family and friends.  I take a lot of photographs throughout the year, and this project is a fun way to feature some of them.  It was very easy to create and also inexpensive.

Materials UsedPhotoBlockPuzzleII

Wooden blocks 1.5 inches. I used 9 of them.
Glossy photo paper.
Mod Podge.
Acrylic craft paint.  I used 4 different colors that I happened to have on hand that were suitable for a little boy.
Ink jet printer.
Foam brushes.
Sand paper, pencil and paper cutter.

Tutorial DirectionsPhotoBlockPuzzleIIITo begin this project, I numbered the sides of the blocks.  I placed a number 1 on the side that would feature the first photo.  Then I turned the blocks over and placed a number 2 to allow for the second photo.  This helped me to keep track of where the photographs would be placed so that I would remember to leave these areas unpainted.  Next, I painted each side a different color.

While the paint dried, I edited my pictures and cropped them to 4.5 x 4.5 inches, using my Corel Paint Shop Pro program.  These are the dimensions of the block shape with the 9 blocks put together. I printed the photos onto the glossy paper.  I placed the picture face side down along the bottom edge of the wooden blocks and marked where the edges of the blocks are located.PhotoBlockPuzzleIVNext, I placed  the picture face down along the right side of the blocks and marked the edges.  Then I lined the photograph up on my paper cutter and cut along the marked lines.PhotoBlockPuzzleVApply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the unpainted side of the block and add the photograph piece.  Repeat this step for all of the other 8 blocks.  Let this dry completely.  I let mine sit overnight.  With a piece of fine sand paper, carefully sand the edges of the blocks.  Be sure to sand in a side to side direction.  This will remove the excessive paper from the edges and also give the blocks a slightly distressed look. I wiped each block off to remove the sanding dust being careful not to damage the photo.  Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge over the photo to protect and seal it.PhotoBlockPuzzleVIRepeat this entire process for placement of the second photograph.


A wonderful way to preserve memories with your very own Photo Block Puzzle!

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Tutorial: Cork Napkin Rings – #EtsyCIJ #EtsyCraftParty 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

“Tutorial: How To Make Napkin Rings With Wine Cork Stoppers, Wire And Beads” by Tanya from socksandmittensNRI

What Color(s) Inspired This Tutorial? Please Share Your Advice For Creating Stunning Color Combinations.

This project is absolutely great. It includes a recycling idea since we are using the used wine bottle corks. I had a Thanksgiving in mind when we made these so I choose lovely orange and brown beads. They goes great with copper wire and natural cork.


You can make them for any holiday dinner party and they are inexpensive. Albina (albinasjewelry) and I made this project together during one of our creative get-together gathering

Materials And Tools Used

Pre-drilled wine corks
Wire 26ga and 20 ga
Beads of your choice
Mandrel, 1” diameter
Round nose pliers


Tutorial Directions

1. Cut piece of 20 a wire, 2 ft long. Slide the wire through the cork’s hole, center the cork. Place a cork against a mandrel and start wrapping the wire ends around the mandrel, feeding the wire ends through the cork’s hole.NRIII

2. Wrap the wire until you have 2” of wire ends coming out the cork. Using round nose pliers and chain nose (or flat nose) pliers, make spirals. Place the spiral so it is covering the hole.NRIV

3. Attach 26ga wire; wrap the ring, adding beads.NRV



Aren’t they lovely? Have fun crafting!NRVII

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Tutorial: No Scrap of Wood Left Behind – #EtsyCIJ #EtsyCraftParty 2016

Contributor post by Catherine from DesignsbyCnC

“Tutorial:  How to make a Valentine’s Day Primitive Hanger” by Barb from barbsheartstrokes



“What Color(s) Inspired This Tutorial? Please Share Your Advice For Creating Stunning Color Combinations.”

“When it is January and grey and 7 degrees outside I start looking for some color in my world! Good thing Valentine’s Day is around the corner. RED is one of my favorite colors and makes me smile!

I started with RED, then thought this color would look good on pink. Since this little hanger has a primitive look I wanted the color to POP out and give a hint of fun.

I have added brighter colors to some of my primitive pieces and I am loving the look! Never be afraid to add/mix and play with colors!”


Having been raised by parents who were raised during the end of the Great Depression and then WWII I was taught nothing should go to waste. So no scrap of wood can be left behind after my Dad drops off a truck load of scrap lumber. I have all these different sizes and thickness of wood so I tried to put my frozen brain to work and come up with an idea for these 2 x 3 inch pieces of wood. Here it goes. Sand the wood out in the garage with the temp at 7 degrees at noon one day. (I did not last long out there.) Tack cloth the wood free from frost and saw dust. Paint the wood with Burnt Umber acrylic paint. Let dry.



Tutorial Directions


Paint roughly with Decoart Melon color or a pinkish color of your choice leaving the edges paint free giving it a primitive look. You could also paint the wood first and then sand the edges and stain with an oil base stain but that meant going back out to the garage. I did the simpler version avoiding the outside.


Now with Decoart Country Red stencil some hearts here and there on the wood.


I just wrote on the wood with a #2 pencil “Be Mine” and a heart to dot the letter I. Now you can paint this black with a 10/0 liner brush or use a Sharpie Marker to do the lettering.


Inside the house, using the Dremel, I drilled two holes at the top and then added rusty wire for a hanger. I have all these fun keys so I used white organza ribbon to attach the key to the wire on this one.


Here is one with red organza ribbon with a different key attached. I sprayed these with a clear coat finish and are now ready to give as a small gift. I may even add these to my Etsy shop.


Not sure how creative these are when you are freezing but I needed to paint and start using my brain for some creativity. Hope you enjoy!

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Tutorial: DIY Tassel Cutter – #EtsyCIJ #EtsyCraftParty 2016

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

“Tutorial: How To Make A DIY Tassel Cutter” by Rina from Rinarts


What Color(s) Inspired This Tutorial? Please Share Your Advice For Creating Stunning Color Combinations.

I like to make tassels in different color combinations and combinations of different kinds of leather. Small accessories like tassels for bag charms and key chains are perfect for experimenting. It’s a great and creative way to use all of the small pieces of leather that remain after making leather bags. Every tassel can be made differently, not only in color of leather or in size, but also in shape. You can combine different kinds of leather, but cutting the fringes is a precise work and can take a lot of the time to create a tassel.


Last year I accepted a few orders for different kinds of tassel key rings in larger quantities. You can see the results of one of those orders in the photo above. One day, after cutting tassels, I was wondering whether I could get some kind of a tool to make the cutting easier I asked my husband to help me out. I showed him how to cut tassels by hand and he went to work.

Materials Used


Since I already had a “knee lever press” to cut out my leather hearts, this press could also be of use to cut out tassels. My husband made a cutter out of single blades and aluminum to hold the knives at the desired distance.


Tutorial Directions


The hand-made cutter worked surprisingly well. The only puzzle was how to reposition the cutter each time (with 12 blades; only 6 cm in width) and for a tassel I need pieces with fringes of 20-25 cm. So after each press, we had to reposition the cutter for a new series of cuts. After a few attempts, we finally figured out the right distance and marked this on the cutter. After that it was easy to place the following series of cuts in the right place. You can still see the little marks I made on the leather.


After the cutting the fringes with the tassel cutter, I cut the closed bottom part of the leather and I now have a perfect piece of leather with a beautiful evenly cut fringe.




With the tassel cutter, creating tassels is even more fun than before. The fringe is more
evenly cut and beautifully straight. This inspires me to experiment with new tassels in
other shapes and even painting the fringes in different color.


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Tutorial: UTENSILO – #EtsyCIJ #EtsyCraftParty2016

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

“Tutorial: How To Make A DIY  Utensilo” by Barbara from Mermaids HatBox


What Colour(s) Inspired This Tutorial?

Green and red burlap.


UTENSILO – Simple and fast to sew! This is a tutorial for a very simple but nice Utensilo. I sew it from the material of an old Coffee Bean Bag. You can use every other fabrics.


Materials Used

2 fabrics
4 buttons (I use hearts from birch bark that I have from my autumn decorations)
**I use 3 fabrics, because the burlap is very unstable. I cut out a piece of cotton and sew it on the back side of the burlap.
*** If you use only lightweight fabrics, stabilize with Bondaweb- Vliseline


Tutorial Directions

Cut out squares of fabrics. I cut out a 30x30cm square. But you can cut any size as long as they are all the same size.


Sew: I sew the light cotton on the back side of the burlap. Then lay the burlap and the checkered fabric right side on right side. Sew around, but don’t forget to let a piece of 5 cm open. Cut off a triangle on the four corners. Turn the inside through the opening . Fold the fabric on the open side carefully inwards. Iron the square. Sew around with a distance of ca 0,75 cm.








Folding: Mark the middle of each side Then from the middle 6 cm on each side. Take the top and add the two 6cm markings on the corner inward together. Sew this point together. Do this on the four corners. Take the corner and pull it outside over the edge. Fasten the corner with a button. Ready!!!!









This tutorial can also be seen on Barabara’s BLOG HERE

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Tutorial: Colorful Plastic Beads from Plastic Bottles – #EtsyCIJ #EtsyCraftParty 2016

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

“Tutorial: How To Make A Colorful Bead from Plastic Bottles” by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns


What Color(s) Inspired This Tutorial? Please Share Your Advice For Creating Stunning Color Combinations.

I love the colour combination of purple and orange. As well as them being my two favourite colours, I think one of the reasons they work well together is because they are on opposite sides of the colour wheel. So my advise for creating great colour combinations is to use the good old-fashioned colour wheel for inspiration.


Although the main medium in my Etsy shop is clay I also love to upcycle and re-purpose materials in both my shop and in my overall life. I do this because I find it a great creative outlet, but also for the ethical reasons of preserving the planet and countering, in my own small way, the effects of climate change. This tutorial uses plastic drink bottles and turns them into beautiful light weight beads suitable for jewellery and any other craft projects you may be creating.

Materials Used

The first step is to gather together the materials you need:

Empty drink bottle

Craft knife


Coloured markers

Needle nose pliers

Hair dryer or heat gun


Tutorial Directions

Using your craft knife cut your drink bottle into three sections. We will be using the middle section which is all the same thickness.


Next cut the center piece of the bottle down the middle so that you have a flat sheet of plastic.


Now begin cutting this sheet into strips. The width of your strips will determine the size of your beads.


Now for the fun bit – adding colour. As you can see I randomly coloured my strips of plastic, but you can also draw a more formal design, add stripes, polka dots, anything you like.


Colour all your plastic strips so you have a nice collection to work with….


Now we need the needle nosed pliers. Grip the end of the plastic strip firmly between
the pliers and begin tightly winding the plastic – coloured side facing inward – around
the plier nose.


When fully wound firmly hold the bead in place and remove from the pliers. Now insert one nose of the pliers inside the bead and place the other nose over the end of the wound bead to prevent it unraveling. Turn on your hair dryer or heat gun and begin applying heat to the bead. Rotate the bead so that heat is distributed evenly. The amount of time this takes depends on the strength of your heat source, but you will see the plastic beginning to shrink. Once it cools it becomes a hard and durable bead.



Remove the bead from the pliers and allow to cool. Do not burn yourself on the hot pliers! Repeat with all your plastic strips till you have a gorgeous collection of unique colourful handmade beads.


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Tutorial: Paint Chip Scalloped Wall Art- #EtsyCIJ #EtsyCraftParty 2016

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

“Tutorial: How To Make A Paint Chip Scalloped Wall Art” by Kelly from ColourscapeStudios


What Color(s) Inspired This Tutorial? Please Share Your Advice For Creating Stunning Color Combinations.

This tutorial was inspired by the rainbow of colours on my daughters new quilt cover. I think the best colour combo’s come from the unexpected; experiment and play with colours until you find the combo you adore and run with it!


I’m a big fan of Pinterest, and I found this awesome idea recycling paint chips while looking for fun craft things to do with my young daughter. We’ve got a bit of a collection of them as my little one loves grabbing one or two each time we’re at the home improvement stores, so I decided it was time to do something with them. I’ve made mine a smaller piece at 5 x 7″ (13 x 18cm) but it’s easy to scale up, just punch more circles.

Materials Used

* Paint Chips – approximately 30-40 for a 5 x 7″ piece

* Circle punch (mine is a 2 in, but I’ve seen 1 in and they work well too)

* 5 x 7″ sheet of thin card-stock

* Double sided glue roller or glue stick

* Ruler

* Knife/Cutter/Scissors

* Frame to put completed piece in


Tutorial Directions

Using your circle punch, punch out a range of colours from your paint chips. Don’t worry if there are letters slightly visible on the circles, they will disappear under the row above as you work up the card stock.


Starting from the bottom of your card, run a line of glue along the bottom, and then approximately .25″ up, and at 1″ from the bottom. Place your first row of circles from left to right, making sure to overlap the sides of the card, and the circle before it.


Continue working up the page, run one layer of glue over the top of the circles below, and another approximately .75″ up from the top of the circles below until you reach the top of the page. Ensure that the top row goes over the card stock’s edge.

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Once you’ve finished adding circles, take your knife/scissors and cut the excess edges of the paint chips off the card-stock. Place artwork in frame and enjoy!

Tutorial: DIY Fabric Belts – #EtsyCIJ #EtsyCraftParty 2016

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

“Tutorial: How To Make A DIY  Fabric Belt” by Megha from byTheArtBug


What Color(s) Inspired This Tutorial? Please Share Your Advice For Creating Stunning Color Combinations.

This project is inspired by both neutral and bright colors! I have used neutral brown and creamy white with bold patterned blue. The best thing about neutral colors is that they go well with everything and can be worn at any occasion. With their soft touch you can use these colors without any fear of fashion faux pas! As with the bright color, you can always wear that for a fun mood especially in the summer season. The bold blue with patterns is a perfect choice for any one who loves to add a little thrill to their outfit. It can also be combined with other bright colors like pink, yellow or orange! Or if that is too much for you mix it with white or any other shade of blue.


Make these stylish & fun fabric belts with this easy DIY! It will cost you less than $5! They can be worn on Jeans or Dresses! Adjustable and sleek!


Materials Used

Thick Cotton Webbing (Width of your Choice) (Available at any fabric shop) (Usually $2 solid to $4 Pattern Per Meter)

Bag Buckle (for adjustable Straps – Size according to the webbing) (Available at any hobby shop $1-$2 for one or two)

Fabric Glue Thread –

Thick  Needle – Medium Sized

Medium Sized Scissors



Tutorial Directions

Cut the webbing in desired size, I have used slightly longer as I intend to use the belt on both jeans and on dresses. If you want to make it for jeans measure the waist of jeans and for dresses measure your upper waist. Take a few inches extra (take at least 7-8 inches extra). Next, apply fabric glue to one end of the webbing to prevent it from fraying. Let it dry.



On the other end sew the webbing on the middle part of the buckle. Follow the pictures. Make sure that your thread is strong.


Sew at back,


Insert the needle on upper part like this to hide the knot.


Hand Sew using back-stitch so that your stitch stays strong.


Finish the stitch and cut the thread.



That’s all, your belt is ready!


Put in the other side to tie and pull to adjust.

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You can use double sided webbing for two different patterns, It can be worn on both sides!


Make as many as you like! Happy Sewing!


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