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29 July 2015

Maker's Week ::: Hammered Metal Charm & Shell Necklace

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Today, we are going to make a pretty necklace inspired by family fun and beachside memories.  Follow along to learn how to make this necklace and then enter to WIN a Maker's Kit to make your own at the bottom of the post! Remember, every day this week I am featuring a different kit and giving you a chance to win one of FIVE fun kits!  Tweet a bunch and you might win TWO!  That is FIVE KITS you guys -- enter to win at the bottom of the post!

Hammered Metal Charm and Shell Necklace Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons

This is Makers Week here at the Nest and I have partnered with Maker's Kit
to bring you these fun ideas and a chance to WIN every single craft you see this week!

SUPPLIES:

  • Full Alphabet and Number Stamping Set
  • Metal Stamping Hammer
  • 2 Circular Brass Blanks
  • Brown Faux-Suede Leather Cord
  • Brass Ball and Chain Necklace
  • 2 Brass Plated Split Jump Rings
  • Chipboard 
  • Free Video Guide
  • Various shells, baubles or charms (not included in Maker's Kit...find beach combing!)
  • optional - Jewelry Drill for Shells/Seaglass with no holes
  • concrete floor, wood surface, sidewalk, etc (hard hammering surface)
Hammered Metal Charm and Shell Necklace Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons
    *When you buy a Maker's Kit, ALL the supplies you need in the exact amounts you need are included (a great way to get a metal punching tool kit!).  You WILL be paying more than if you buy the ingredients in bulk, but if this is your first foray into metal-stamping, a kit is a fun and easy was to initiate yourself!

    INSTRUCTIONS:

    1. Start by deciding how you want your necklace to look and what you want it to say.  You can make dogtag like necklaces, luggage tags, bracelet, etc. I wanted to put the names of my four children on the tags and add a couple shells from our favorite beach - Glass Cove.
    2. If you have never used metal stamping letters before, practice on cardboard first.  Place your stamp letter down and hit on the top 2-3 times HARD.

    Hammered Metal Charm and Shell Necklace Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons

    3. Use a pencil to make lines on your brass pieces for even words or just freehand alignment.   Place your stamp letter down and hit on the top 2-3 times HARD. Repeat to create whichever word you choose.
    4. Attach metal pieces to chain or leather.
    5. If you choose to add shells or seaglass, they will need a hole.  Some shells come complete with a hole straight from the ocean, while others need drilling.  Use a Dremel or other Jewelry Drill (I use THIS ONE so I do not have to worry about charging batteries...it is on sale now for $25 down from $70) and drill at a high speed into the shell while it sits in a small bit of water (to keep it cool).
    6. Use the included jump ring to attach shells to chain or simply string the chain through the holes.

    Hammered Metal Charm and Shell Necklace Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons

    Want to WIN the full jewelry-making kit?  You can! 
    (I love this one because those stamping kits alone costs between $15-25!)

    Hammered Metal Charm and Shell Necklace Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons

    Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win one of the FIVE Maker's Kits I am featuring this week!

    28 July 2015

    MAKER'S WEEK ::: DIY Seaglass Perfume

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    This is by far my favorite Maker's Kit of the week and the little seaglass accents are so beautiful in the perfume bottle!
     Follow along to learn how to make your own perfume and then enter to WIN a Maker's Kit to make your own at the bottom of the post!
    SeaGlass DIY Perfume Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons

    This is Makers Week here at the Nest and I have partnered with Maker's Kit
    to bring you these fun ideas and a chance to WIN every single craft you see this week!

    SUPPLIES:

    • 4oz Bottle with Atomizer
    • 4 oz Alcohol-Free Base
    • 5 Pipettes
    • 1 oz Glass Dropper
    • 2 test craft paper sheets
    • 5 Fragrance Vials (the following are included in the kit -- you can choose your own essential oils)
      • Jasmine
      • Lavender
      • Sweet Orange
      • Vanilla Bean
      • Sandalwood
    • Wax paper and gloves
    • FREE INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO
    • optional: seaglass or other "bits" for decoration
    *When you buy a Maker's Kit, ALL the supplies you need in the exact amounts you need are included. You WILL be paying more than if you buy the ingredients in bulk, but if this is your first foray into perfume-making, a kit is a fun and easy was to initiate yourself!

    INSTRUCTIONS:

    1. Before you begin mixing, you will want to test the fragrances.  Use the card provided, dip a tiny bit of each and rub it into the cardboard.  Sniff to see if you like it and which fragrances you would like to blend.  I ended up choosing a mixture of Vanilla and Sandalwood for a soft, earthy fragrance.
    SeaGlass DIY Perfume Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons

    2. You have a large perfume bottle full of base and a smaller travel-sized dropper.  Take some of the base for the smaller container, then add your essential oils to make two of the same blend or contrasting fragrances.  Just don't mix up the droppers with different scents or your blend might start getting muddled with ALL the scents.  If there are a few scents you don't use, save them for other projects requiring fragrance oil!

    SeaGlass DIY Perfume Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons

    3. Once the perfume is finished, you can decorate your bottle by adding pretty little bits to the glass bottle.
     I love the look of tiny pieces of sea glass collected from our favorite beach - Glass Cove.

    SeaGlass DIY Perfume Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons

    Want to WIN the full perfume-making kit?  You can! 
    Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win one of the 5 Maker's Kits I am featuring this week!


    Watch Maker's Kit Perfume Making Kit HERE

    Buy Maker's Kit Perfume Making Kit HERE

    SeaGlass DIY Perfume Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons


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    27 July 2015

    MAKER'S WEEK ::: Mango & Papaya Lip Balm DIY

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    This week is all about MAKING and I am excited to share 5 new tutorials with you AND a chance everyday to WIN a Maker's Kit to make your own at the bottom of the post!  Today we start with an easy project -- lip balm.

    Mango Papaya Lip Balm DIY Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons


    This is Makers Week here at the Nest and I have partnered with Maker's Kit
    to bring you these fun ideas and a chance to WIN every single craft you see this week!

    SUPPLIES:

    • 2 - Twist Tubes
    • 1 - 4 ml. Clear Pot
    • 1 - 1/4 oz. Metal Slider Tin
    • 1 oz. Lip Balm Base
    • Mango Papaya Flavor Oil Vial
    • Raw Stevia Natural Sweetener
    • Stir Stick & Pipette
    • FREE INTRUCTIONAL VIDEO
    Mango Papaya Lip Balm DIY Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons

    *When you buy a Maker's Kit, ALL the supplies you need in the exact amounts you need are included. You WILL be paying more than if you buy the ingredients in bulk, but if this is your first foray into lip balm-making, a kit is a fun and easy was to initiate yourself!


    INSTRUCTIONS:

    1. Start by melting the solid base of oils.  You can melt directly in the cup (no more than 30 seconds in the microwave) 
    or turn upside down in a bowl and melt so that the oils decant into the bowl.  If needed, heat an additional 15 seconds.

    2. Add mango papaya oil to the oils or add in your own choice of essential oils (10-15 drops).

    Mango Papaya Lip Balm DIY Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons

    3. Add stevia packet to the oil mixture and stir thoroughly with stir stick.

    Mango Papaya Lip Balm DIY Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons

    4. Use pipette by squeezing the bulb, releasing and allowing the balm to come up into the pipette. 

    Mango Papaya Lip Balm DIY Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons

    5. Squeeze to decant into various lip balm containers. 

    Mango Papaya Lip Balm DIY Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons

    6. I had more than enough lip balm for the four containers in the kit, so I made a fifth in the concave side of a seashell!

    Mango Papaya Lip Balm DIY Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons

    Want to WIN the full lip balm kit?  You can! 
    Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win one of the FIVE Maker's Kits I am featuring this week!

     

    Watch Maker's Kit Lip Balm Video HERE

    Buy Maker's Kit Lip Balm Kit HERE

    Mango Papaya Lip Balm DIY Win FREE Makers Kit from A Nest for All Seasons


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