I had already planned to make this for her end-of-year gift, but I realized Sunday that our last meeting for the year is...tomorrow! So, no time to craft something amazing, my fault. We did receive calendars with all these important dates back in September. But I would be amazed if someone could find that paper NOW, in MY house. Ha! So then I thought maybe I could contact my two favorite jewelry ladies with Premier Designs and purchase the "Love Cuff" bracelet from their stock since I didn't have time to order it. Neither of them had one to sell immediately, and I reluctantly settled in on a gift card. But oh how I hate giving gift cards. For anyone. So I set out to spruce it up a little bit.
I headed over to Skip to My Lou, a blog I adore, because I know there is a very creative teacher appreciation section, with all sorts of ideas. That's where I saw a tutorial for making a quick vase out of a mason jar (something *every* southern lady already knows how to do) and adding a bobby pin to the front to hold a tag or picture. Bingo, there it was!
So I went to my
I took some pictures along the way and thought I'd share this idea with all my friends. Because it really is THIS easy...probably took about 20 minutes total and requires only the very basic stitches of sewing. Promise!
So, first, gather your materials and tools:
You'll need a clean, empty jar, some pretty stationery, a bobby pin, some fabric, and a button. Tools? You'll need a glue gun, a pen, scissors, a chop stick or other skinny utensil, and a needle and thread.
Okay, so now possibly the hardest part of the entire project: finding a circle for your yo-yo. If you have yo-yo templates, go ahead, use that. It's probably perfect. But since I don't have any, I just look around to find some circles around the house for my templates. Look at the size of the circle and figure on your finished yo-yo being about half that size. Eyeball it according to how large your jar is.
At the end, pull the thread tight, and you'll get a little sack. (special note...this is how you make a felt strawberry!)
If you are fortunate enough to be doing this project in the spring time, just run outside and cut something pretty to fill your jar, write a heartfelt thank you note, tuck your gift card inside and slide it into your pin.
When the card has been read and tucked away, the jar can still be used as a pretty bud vase.
Just an extra note, I'll be replacing these flowers before gifting this tomorrow morning. We've had an early blackberry winter and my roses weren't too fond of it. But, the peonies weren't blooming quite through last week's cold spell, so they are especially vibrant now and will look beautiful in this vase tomorrow!