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: 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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Christmas In July’s Etsy Craft Party – One Day To Go

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

The last couple of weeks Alicia from AliciasFindings, Catherine from DesignsbyCnC and Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns have been working behind the scenes for the Christmas In July version of the Etsy Craft Party! Since the Christmas In July team is worldwide we thought it would be fun to hold a virtual #EtsyCraftParty!

Tomorrow – June 17th 2016 – you will be able to join them  here on the Christmas In July blog for tutorials, swag bags and prizes all day long!

To join in the fun get your FREE ticket at our Craft Party event page! You can also stop in throughout the day and see what is happening!

Be sure to use #EtsyCIJ #EtsyCraftParty on social media! We appreciate your shout outs!


This years theme is Color Inspiration! The Christmas In July team will have virtual classes all day long centered around the Color Inspiration theme. We have step-by-step color inspired tutorials…it’s going to be a blast. Let’s not forget the sweet swag bags for attending and the prizes throughout the day.

Want a sneak peek? Megha from byTheArtBug is doing a tutorial!



Christmas In July’s Etsy Craft Party – One Week to go!!

Contributor post by Dawn of DeeDeeDeesigns

We are getting excited about our 3rd Annual Etsy Craft Party! Since the Christmas In July team is worldwide we are again going to hold a virtual #EtsyCraftParty right here on our blog!

The Christmas In July team was recognized for our event last year! How to Throw a Great Event was featured in the Etsy Seller Handbook!

Register here for FREE tickets to the Christmas In July’s #EtsyCraftParty!
Christmas In July’s #EtsyCraftParty 2016

Friday – June 17th 2016 – please join us here on the CIJ blog for tutorials, swag bags and prizes during the day!

The official tag is : #EtsyCIJ #EtsyCraftParty

As a member of the CIJ team there are several ways for you to get involved today before the fun begins one week from now. Please visit the CIJ forums where you will find a thread that explains all the specifics! We want to include as many of our talented team members as possible! Or just click HERE to find the thread.

If you are not a member of the team please feel free to join the team today! Otherwise you will have to wait to see what we have planned!

Etsy Christmas in July Craft Party

We’ll have virtual classes and so much more all day long. A schedule of the tutorials and special features will be available on Friday morning. There will also be swag bags for attendees and giveaways throughout the day.

Want a sneak peek of one of the tutorials? Here’s one from Rina from RinartsAtelierA big thank you to Rina!

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So mark your calendars, invite your friends, and get ready to party Christmas In July’s #EtsyCraftParty style!

#EtsyCIJ #EtsyCraftParty 2016 Introduction

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Hello all!

Every year Etsy holds a Craft Party that reaches around the globe, inviting people to meet and make.

The Christmas In July team is once again participating in this amazing event here on the CIJ blog! Make sure and celebrate with us on June 17th, 2016!


This years #EtsyCIJ co-hosts are AliciasFindings, DeeDeeDeesigns and DesignsbyCnC.

This year the theme was left up to each individual craft party hosts and we decided on Color Inspiration.

The #EtsyCIJ #EtsyCraftParty has a Pinterest Board and Facebook Event Page dedicated to all things #EtsyCraftParty.

If you wish to submit a tutorial, a printable item for the swag bags, or donate a prize please do so here:

Craft Party 2016: Submit a Tutorial

Craft Party 2016: Submit a Printable Item for Swag Bags

Craft Party 2016: Donate a Prize

Get your tickets here:

#EtsyCIJ #EtsyCraftParty Tickets

Check back for more details!