Top 3 Ways to use Scrabble Tiles (+ a bonus idea)

Scrabble tiles are a great way to make a unique and personalised gift for someone!

I have a massive variety listed for sale in my Ebay store (The Little Craft House) so I thought I’d show you some really quick and easy ways to use your tiles!

This little frame is definitely a favourite creation of mine! I made it as a souvenir for a friend visiting us here in Perth.

Scrabble Tile Project, DIY Frame, Tiles available through stores.ebay.com/thelittlecrafthouseaus

This is a cute little project too. I made this by simply cutting a picture from a magazine (you could also use a photo) glued it onto my tile and gave it a few coats of varnish to seal.

Scrabble tile pendant.

Next up are these coasters. I think a set of these would make an awesome housewarming gift! This coaster says ‘Good, Food, Wine, Dine.’ Other words to use could be – More, Beer, Love, Kiss, Cook etc!

Scrabble tile drink coasters

And here’s a bonus idea I found this idea on floating around the net ( not sure who to give credit too – so if you know please let me know!)

Apparently there is hidden words for the ‘user’ of the bathroom to find!

scrabble toilet

So they are my top 3 (+the bonus) ideas!

Have you created any scrabble projects? I’d love to see them if you have! Post a link below or tag me on Instagram or Facebook!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Crafting!

Nic x

Peg People Tutorial

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Little peg people are so much fun to make (and play with!)

This is a project I have wanted to do for a little while now – but the thought of painting faces kinda put me off. So after having a think about it – I decided not to paint them. I think they still ooze character and have their own personalities.

The clothes were super simple to make – and I’m wishing I’d made these ages ago! (Why did I wait!?!)

If you would like to create your own Peg Family you can buy the kit here, otherwise –  here’s how to do it:

What you need:
– Family of Wood Peg People
– Selection of felt
– Buttons
– Needle and thread (I use embroidery cotton)
– Scissors
– Glue (optional)
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What to do:

From your squares of felt, cut out some simple shapes to transform into the clothing pieces  for each family member.

Simple rectangles and semi-circles work well for clothing. I used a long skinny rectangle as a scarf. You’ll need to test them on your peg dolls to make sure they fit. (much like real people, peg sizes can slightly vary in height and width!) Adjust if needed and once your happy with the size you can continue.

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Wrap your doll in the clothing piece and secure with a stitch or glue. Add a button for embellishment if you wish.

** Tip- When adding the scarf, be gentle. I played with mine way too much and the fringe started to break!

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To make the hat, fold the triangular shape in half long ways. Stitch along the long side. I found if you pull the stitches tight as you go, it gives a cute little bend to the hat.

You could also add a bead or bell to the top for a cute little pixie look!

To attach the hat to the head, add a tiny bit of glue to the head, and stretch the hat over the top.

** Tip – If you choose to add a decorative stitch around the base of the hat, this will decrease the stretchiness of the felt. Maybe make the hat slightly larger to ensure a good fit.

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To give my dolls hair, I simply plaited some embroidery thread and secured with glue. The hat for this one had to be made slightly bigger to fit over.

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And that’s it! You now have your own peg family to love and care for!

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Let me know in the comments what you think about the faceless family. Do you think they still have character? Or do you think they look unfinished?

And if you have created a peg family, please attach a picture of link – I’d love to see them!

Thank for stopping by – and Happy Crafting!

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Tassel Tutorial

Tassels are quick becoming the ‘in-thing’ right now! And good news is they are one of those things that are super simple to make, and they add a bit of fun to any project they are applied too!

I have tried a few different ways to make them – but this way is by far the simplest and easiest.

All you need for this Tip-Top-Tassel Tutorial is:
a skein of embroidery thread,
scissors,
and sewing needle (optional)

What to do:
The first step is cut two lengths from your thread. One approximately 15cm, the other 20-30cm (carefully do this to leave the rest of the skein wound nicely) These will become your ‘ties’.

Easy tassel tutorial using embroidery thread. DIY Tutorial instructions can be found on www.houseofnicnax.com.au #Tassel #tutorial #DIY

Now you need to find the mid way mark of you cotton, and slide the smaller of your ‘ties’ under. Tie it tightly.
Holding the ‘tie’ lift the whole thing up. The thread will fold in half and you will have the beginning of your tassel.

Then simply cut the loops at the bottom.

Easy tassel tutorial using embroidery thread. DIY Tutorial instructions can be found on www.houseofnicnax.com.au #Tassel #tutorial #DIY

Using the second piece of thread, tie this around the top of your tassel, then continue to wrap it around to form a neat top.

Tuck the loose thread under the wrapped thread to hold it in place.

Easy tassel tutorial using embroidery thread. DIY Tutorial instructions can be found on www.houseofnicnax.com.au #Tassel #tutorial #DIYAnd voilà! Your done!

So simple and fun!

Easy tassel tutorial using embroidery thread. DIY Tutorial instructions can be found on www.houseofnicnax.com.au #Tassel #tutorial #DIY

I made a few extras too, as I have LOTS of projects that I want to use them for!

Easy tassel tutorial using embroidery thread. DIY Tutorial instructions can be found on www.houseofnicnax.com.au #Tassel #tutorial #DIY

Have you created any projects using tassels? I’d love you to link them below!

Thanks for stoping by,

Happy Crafting!

Nic xx

#25trees Day 22 – Christmas Cards

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Only a few days left until Christmas! Most of my handmade gifts have been made and wrapped, so there was only 1 thing left to do – make some cards!

And of course I took the opportunity to add to my #25trees project by making some Christmas trees!

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These ones were made with buttons, ribbon and washi-tape.

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How’s your Christmas preparation going? Are you ready? I hope so!

Happy Crafting and Merry Christmas!

Nic x

 

#25trees Day 21 – Potato Stamping

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I really love the look of presents wrapped in brown paper. There is so many ways you can ‘fancy’ them up too!

Today, Miss 3 and I got busy potato stamping some wrapping paper for Christmas.

I decided to make just a simple triangular Christmas tree shape.

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If you have never carved a potato before it is pretty easy as long as you keep it simple.

Start by cutting your potato in half. Lightly score with a knife your shape. You could also use a cookie cutter to make the shape.
Then VERY carefully use your knife to remove the potato that you do not want stamped.

The image that is left is now your stamp!

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I used the traditional green and red colours for my stamping.

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Miss 3 enjoyed herself too. I think we made about 5 meters of wrapping between us!

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And now to wrapping the presents! I have just made a start, which is good for me. I usually leave it until Christmas Eve, but this year I’m organised! (Yay me!)

I can’t wait to give the family all their handmade goodies for Christmas in  handmade wrapping paper! Bring on Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by! And Merry Christmas!

Nic x

 

#25trees Day 20 – Paper Doilies

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There is something so pretty and delicate about paper doilies isn’t there?

A little while back I saw some paper doily trees on Pinterest. I thought these would make some lovely Christmas trees.

They are pretty simple to make, and I think they look beautiful (even though they are a little wonky).

To make them you need:

Paper doilies – three different sizes work best
Wooden skewers
Hot glue gun
Glue stick
Cotton reels
Scissors

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What to do:

First you need to cut each doily to the centre.

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Use your glue stick to run a strip of glue down the side- next to your cut.

Pull the other side across the glue to form a little dome shape.

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Do this with each of your doilies.

To thread them onto the skewers, place a dob of hot glue on the inside of each dome. – then push the skewer through. Start with the big one and work your way to the small one at the top.

**Tip – cut your skewer down to size before threading (much easier than after like I did)

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Then glue your skewer into a cotton reel.

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And your done!

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How cute do they look?

I made one with double doilies too! (in the back of this photo) And I’ve set them up on my little corner table with some peg people.

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Only 5 more trees left of my #25trees challenge! Thanks for stopping by!Hope you pop by to see the rest!

Happy Crafting!

Nic x

 

 

#25trees Day 17 – Chalkboard Trees!

Day 17 I decided to create something quite simple.

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About a year ago my hubby found some Chalkboard Contact (the sticky-back book covering stuff) going out cheap at Target. Knowing I am the craft supply hoarder that I am, he knew I would want it and find a use for it, for something.

So about 1 year later, and after looking at it 1000+ times. I decided today to make a chalkboard Christmas Tree.

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I quickly sketched out a Chrissy tree on the back, cut it out and stuck it on a piece of cardboard.

As you can see. Miss 3 (nearly Miss 4) loved it! She spent a quite a while drawing decorations on it!

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I really should have thought about this one sooner! Sometimes simple things are the best!

Merry Christmas and thanks for stopping by!

Nic x