Wood alphabet wine charms

I’m kind of a sucker for alphabet wine charms. I have two different sets already…and I will just need to make a set of these handmade wood ones to add to the lot. I can never have enough typography paraphernalia in my house. You would think I’m a designer or something. ;)

Other wine charms

I admit, I didn’t set out to make a set of these for myself. They are meant to be favors for my good friend’s 40th birthday party. Each guest will get a charm with their first initial to take home after the night of tasting glorious wines.

With a little patience, these are really easy to do. Note to self…don’t do wood burning on a plastic tablecloth. I now have a permanent die cut “J” in mine. :) Serious CRAFT FAIL. Thank goodness it didn’t go through to the table!

MATERIALS

Materials

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

If you are making one letter for each guest, make sure you have one wooden circle for each letter you need. If you are burning the alphabet, then you will need 26 wooden circles, plus a few extras for when things go wrong.

Tip: I bought 1″ and 1.5″ wood circles online and realized that the 1.5″ circles are gigantic on a wine glass. I’ve now filed those away for a future craft. I also could have sourced out the wire clasps in smaller quantities, but I was in a pinch. So now I have a few hundred of these. Wine charm party anyone?

Drill a hole approx .125″ away from the top edge of the circle.

Note: out of 40 circles, I had one split during drilling. The closer you get to the edge this might happen.

Step 1

Step 2:

Screw on your first letter and rest your burner on the stand. Now you are ready to plug in your wood burner. If your wood burner has a power dial on the cord, make sure you turn it on a medium-high to high setting.

Step 2

Step 3:

Once you have tested out the letter on a few scraps of wood you are ready to burn your first letter.  Testing it out is important because it gives you a feel for how long to hold it and how much pressure is needed for the desired effect.

Step 3

Step 4:

Use your pliers to carefully unscrew the letter from the burner. The letter will be very hot!! Once you have it removed from the burner you can screw on your next letter using the pliers.

Note: Even though your next letter isn’t hot yet it will get hot REALLY FAST once you start screwing it in. Make sure you use your pliers removing and putting on your next one. If you are unsure about handling the burner while it’s hot, you can always turn it off and let it completely cool down before removing and inserting your new letter. This of course will take added time to your process but it’s not the end of the world.

Step 4

Step 5:

Once you have all your letters burned you are ready to apply the Wood Finish. Brush a little on the front, back and sides and place it on a toothpick to dry. You can stick the toothpicks into a piece of foam to let both sides dry. Once they are all dry you can attach your wire clasp.

Step 5

Step 6:

Now you are ready to use them for your next dinner party. You can put them all in a dish for choosing or attach your charms before your guests arrive. Either way, they will be super impressed with your handiwork!

Wood alphabet wine charms

Go the extra mile and display your charms on a piece of wood. I found this old wine box top and used a few small nails to hang the charms as a display.

Wood Alphabet Wine Charms

 

Day 20: Joy pillow

Cathie and I are both designers by day and bloggers by night. This usually means having a minor obsession for typography. I am definitely a purveyor of everything typography related, so doing this craft was right up my alley. For day 20 we wanted to do a craft that brings in our love of type to life.

TIME TO COMPLETE

Depending on your sewing level, and painting dry time, it takes about a day and a half.

MATERIALS

  • 16” inch pillow insert
  • 17” x 17” square of cotton twill fabric (front of pillow)
  • 26” x 17” rectangle of cotton twill fabric (back of pillow)
  • Thread to match
  • Multi-surface acrylic or fabric paint (2 colors)
  • Alphabet Joy Template
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Paint brushes (flat and small tip)
  • Silhouette Cameo/Xyron or transfer pencil (see step 2)

materials

Step 1:

If you haven’t cut your cotton twill, cut the front side of the pillow into a 17″ square. Cotton twill is a nice fabric for pillows because it’s thick enough for décor, but not too thick that it’s hard to manage while sewing.

Step 2:

First you need to print out the Alphabet (Joy) Template. These instructions require a Silhouette Cameo and a Xyron, however if you want to use the transfer pencil method, you will need to flip the template artwork so it’s backwards before you print it out. (You can reference this post on Krafty Kath for the transfer pencil method.) If you have a Silhouette Cameo, you can cut it out as-is.

Step 2

Step 3:

Once you have your stencil cut out, remove the individual letters carefully.

Step 3

Step 4:

Carefully peel off your stencil from your cutting mat.

Step 4

Step 5:

Now cut your stencil in half (in-between the 3rd and 4th row) so you have two halves.

Step 5

Step 6:

Gently run each half through a Xyron machine to adhere the sticky backing.

Step 6

Step 7:

Remove the backing and place in the center of your 17″ square front fabric. Make sure to align the two pieces.

Step 7

Step 8:

Make sure your stencil is firmly placed on your fabric. Now you can begin to paint. Using an up and down dabbing motion, gently paint the “JOY” letters one color and the remaining alphabet another color using the square tip paint brush.

Step 8a

Step 8b

Step 8c

Step 9:

Remove your stencil from the fabric.

Step 9

Step 10:

Fill in your empty areas that the stencil made using the fine tip paint brush. These are letters like A, B, D, O, P, Q, and R. Then touch up the edges where the paint bled.

Step 10

Now let your front fabric dry completely. (We let ours dry overnight.)

Step 11:

For the back of the pillow, if you haven’t already, cut a 17″ x 26″ rectangle of the same fabric. Cut that piece in half vertically.

Step 11

Step 12:

Take one piece and fold over one inside edge 1/2” and then fold over again. Iron the folded edge flat and use a couple pins to hold the fold down. Repeat to the other piece.

Sew each of the pinned pieces right down the center of the fold, approximately 1/4” from the edge.

Step 12

Step 13:

To assemble the pillow, place the front side of the pillow (painted side) up on the table. Take the two pieces of the backside and overlap them to match the 17” x 17” square. Place the right sides to the painted side and pin together.

Step 13a

Step 13b

Step 14:

Sew around all four sides 1/4″ to 1/2″ from the edge.

Step 14

Step 15:

Trim the excess seams on the inside and then turn the case right side out.

Step 15

Step 16:

Insert the pillow insert inside the case. You’ve just created a new Christmas decoration!

Joy pillow

Joy pillow