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Monogrammed Crafts

Crafting is all about putting a personal touch on a new creation. Go the extra mile by making monogrammed initials, numbers, and other designs all your own.

 

These playful personalized containers are perfect for jewelry, gift cards, and small items.

Crafts tailored with these monogramming techniques show off your personal style and hard work.
Guide Items

Project

Stamped Stationery and Book

Design and stamp a personalized stationery set for a fraction of the price of custom-printed versions. It makes a wonderful gift when combined with a matching blank book.

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Materials

Steps

  1. Step 1

    For letterhead, computer-print name (and address, if desired) on paper. For flourishes, overlay the markings of rubber stamps; try an artistic background plus a bold monogram or initial. Stamp the design on a cloth-covered journal using a fabric ink pad.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, Special Issue Holiday 2008

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Reviews (0)

Stamped Stationery

Design and stamp a personalized stationery set.

Project

Monogrammed Velvet Ribbon

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Materials

  • Iron
  • Rubber stamps (Tip: Stamps that have intricate patterns or are too shallow will produce less-than-perfect results).
  • Velvet ribbon (Tip: Ribbon needs to wide enough to accommodate the stamps. Silk ribbons and silk-rayon blends work best).

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Cut a ribbon to desired length; to create a monogrammed ribbon for a photo album, cut the ribbon the length of front and back covers, plus binding, and 2 extra inches (the extra ribbon on ends will wrap around inside covers). Use a fabric pen on the reverse side of the ribbon to mark stamp placement.

  2. Step 2

    With the steam function off, preheat the iron to the cotton or wool setting. Place the rubber stamp, relief side up, on a sturdy, heatproof surface. Place the ribbon, pile side down, over the stamp. Using the portion of the iron's soleplate that has no steam holes, press down evenly on the ribbon, covering the stamp.

  3. Step 3

    Hold the iron in place without moving for 10 to 30 seconds. Then lift the iron straight up off the ribbon. (If the ribbon sticks to the iron, the heat setting may be too high or the velvet used may contain heat-sensitive synthetics.)

  4. Step 4

    Gently remove the ribbon from the stamp, and check whether the image is clear. Let ribbon cool.

  5. Step 5

    To attach the ribbon to a photo album, carefully apply a low-moisture paste-style glue, such as Yes Paste, to inside front cover, and secure ribbon end. Let dry 5 minutes. Then wrap ribbon around album, and glue other end inside back cover.

Source
Martha Stewart Living

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Reviews (11)

  • cooksa 3 Feb, 2011

    Can you also use the clear stamps that use the acrylic block?

  • joanicla 29 Jan, 2011

    Thank you TigerLily! Great explanation even if it is still a little hard to wrap my head a round!!! I just need to do it!

  • lbuser 26 Jan, 2011

    Poupon - for some reason, this does not melt or even effect the rubber stamps. Also, most velvets seem to work fine. Just use velvet that does not feel like paper and try it out first. You may want to put an ironing cloth or something thin between the velvet and the iron when you test it. If you can't find ribbon, velvet yardage works great, cut the strip wide enough to turn the long edges under after you are done and before you glue to the book.

  • RCanuck 26 Jan, 2011

    Here's a video - different project but similar technique

    http://www.marthastewart.com/article/embossed-velvet-stocking

  • Poupon 26 Jan, 2011

    Mrs. Carol, by pile, they mean the fuzzy side.

    Interesting that they recommend silk and silk blend ribbons. It's not easy to find them! Most ribbons are polyester, or perhaps rayon and poly. Synthetics melt, so I would think they'd work better, but perhaps the surrounding pilemelts too?

    I'm also concerned about using this on a rubber stamp. I wonder if it damages rubber, and if silicon stamps might work differently (better?).

    One of her nicer projects, but it might take some experimenting.

  • MrsCarolMB 26 Jan, 2011

    I love this idea! But is there a how-to video or photo/s of this process? I'm not sure what "pile side" means or what side the iron should press down onto the ribbon... It's hard for me to visualize. Seeing the actual process would help a lot!

  • TigerLily817 26 Jan, 2011

    joanicla - not a stupid question! Once I thought about it, I realized that having the stamp relief-side up and the ribbon pile-side down is just like having the ribbon laying on the table and stamping something onto it the normal way. Just remember, if you are doing a name or word of some sort, that you will start on what looks like the right edge of the ribbon when you are actually pressing the ribbon onto the stamp; it's really the left edge of the ribbon pile-side up. HTH!

  • joanicla 26 Jan, 2011

    I am new to this and know this is probably a stupid question but do you have to have the stamp backwards so when you turn the ribbon over it is correct?

  • ribbonsfun 17 Apr, 2010

    this is a great project, I found a good source of ribbons to do lots of these at

    www.renaissanceribbons.com

    <a href="http://renaissanceribbons.com/">Renaissance Ribbons</a>

  • maggiesmom33 9 Dec, 2008

    I have tried this but have not had the right ribbon... I'd love to be contacted with the brand of ribbon used so I can complete this project as a Christmas gift. thefamilylakehouse@yahoo.com ; ) Thank you!

  • maggiesmom33 1 Nov, 2008

    I'd love to know if that ribbon came with the silver trim or if that was added on. I would also love to know who makes the ribbon and trim. This is so beautiful and I would like to do that for a project I am working on ...

Monogrammed Velvet Ribbon

Imprinting monograms on delicate velvet ribbon adds an air of elegance.

Project

Monogrammed Slippers

Children will especially adore their personalized pairs, but you can personalize these snuggly slippers to suit any recipient.

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Introduction

Covered buttons with delicate lowercase letters (left, top) are embroidered in a satin stitch. Felt patches with satin-stitched initials (left, middle) are tacked to the slippers with French knots. Calligraphic letters embroidered in French knots (left, bottom) have a raised, nubby look. You can also make a monogram without embroidery by tracing the outline of a letter onto felt, cutting it out, and gluing or hand-stitching it to the slipper.

If you're new to embroidery, follow these techniques for the satin stitch and French knot: 

Satin Stitch:

At an angle or straight across, these side-by-side stitches fill in the outlines for a shape. Pull the needle through to front at 1. Insert at 2; pull needle back through at 3, right next to 1. Keep stitches tight and flat for a smooth finish.

French Knot:
These are useful for creating a raised point of interest. Pull needle from back of fabric to front at 1. Holding thread taut with one hand, wrap it twice around needle; insert needle again close to 1, keeping thread taut as needle is pulled through to back.

Materials

  • Felt or melton wool
  • Transfer paper
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Button
  • Buttons (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Draw a circle on a piece of felt or melton wool, then draw a letter in the circle using transfer paper or working freehand.  Remove fabric from hoop, cut out the circle, stretch it over the button (following the instructions from a covered-button kit, available at sewing stores), and catch the edges on the teeth in back. Snap the front of the button to the back half, and sew onto a slipper.

  2. Step 2

    Clip the fabric into an embroidery hoop. With embroidery floss, embroider the letter in satin stitch, French knots, or another favorite stitch.

  3. Step 3

    Remove fabric from hoop, cut out the circle, stretch it over the button (following the instructions from a covered-button kit, available at sewing stores), and catch the edges on the teeth in back. Snap the front of the button to the back half, and sew onto a slipper.

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Reviews (14)

  • doxylady9 2 Nov, 2011

    Where can I get those exact slippers?

  • sigridsoto 29 Apr, 2011

    thank you veridica for the link

  • Veridical_Angel 2 Dec, 2010

    Sorry. http://cdn.makezine.com/make/craft/VelvetSlippers.pdf

  • Veridical_Angel 2 Dec, 2010

    Could not find pattern for exact slippers. However, here is one pattern I found. When in doubt, trace your foot and add 1/4 inch seam.

  • mamabera 29 Nov, 2010

    it is so hard to find slippers like this! I see people have been asking since 2008, but can you please post where these slippers were purchased?

  • busyquilter 27 Nov, 2010

    Please let me know where to purchase the slippers or how to sew them. I would like to try several of these options as gifts and I want to get started!
    I'm excited!

  • vjfowl 26 Nov, 2010

    I too would love to have the pattern for these slippers, please!

  • slarivee 14 Nov, 2010

    OOOOO Really would love the pattern to those slippers. What do ya say...Come on...Please.

  • Vaniag 26 Jul, 2010

    Lindos!
    Gostaria do projeto para fazer os lindos sapatos de beb??
    Obrigada

  • DoloresTamar 18 Nov, 2009

    Dittos! Need slipper pattern! Way Cool!

  • Kaziah 12 Nov, 2009

    We all want the pattern for these slippers. They are great!!!

  • Filz 4 Dec, 2008

    I like those slippers. Where can I get it?

  • csrizz 28 Nov, 2008

    I like the slippers where can I find them?

  • katieo46 17 Nov, 2008

    Where can I find slippers like the ones in the picture?

Monogrammed Slippers

Personalize a pair of these snuggly slippers to suit any recipient.

Project

Monogrammed Woolens

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Introduction

Give plain winter hats, mittens, and other items a decorative touch with a simple technique called needle felting. Letters and designs can be added to articles by using wool roving, a textile similar to unwoven yarn. 

Materials

  • Wool roving
  • Woolen accessories
  • Sponge
  • Medium-blade felting needle

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Start with clean 100 percent woolen accessories. Place a clean sponge between layers in a hat or mittens, and secure a stencil on top with straight pins. Pull off a small clump of roving, and place it over stencil.

  2. Step 2

    Using a medium-blade felting needle, pierce roving, and press the needle through article. Continue piercing roving until stencil is filled in. (The needle, which has small notches near the point, will interlock roving and wool.) When finished, hand-wash the item, and dry flat to secure the design.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December 2006

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Reviews (6)

  • gapati 29 Dec, 2008

    Esta padrisima la idea para los chicos que en las escuelas pierden las gorritas del uniforme

  • bayarts 29 Dec, 2008

    Fantastic idea! Thanks!

    Stacy Alexander

  • TriciaJay 29 Dec, 2008

    Thanks for the instructions (below) on finding this! Looks great!

  • rebexas 29 Dec, 2008

    right, its just raw wool. the needle has tiny barbs and pushes it thru the knitted piece but not all the way...it basically all bonds together and forms felt in just that area. if you look up needle felting it is actually a pretty popular craft- you can find the materials for it in most of the craft stores in the needle arts sections.

  • knittingzeal 29 Dec, 2008

    Needle felting is using wool roving, not cotton, and a very sharp needle with barbs on in to matte down the wool into wool or onto itself--it makes the tiny wool fibers mesh together to make a solid piece. The posted instructions are not very thourough--google "needle felting" and you'll probably find more info. It really is easy and fun to do once you figure it out.

  • deme423 29 Dec, 2008

    Has anyone ever done this. I don't understand the instructions. Is the material like a ball of cotton and you just push it thru the holes in the hat? Anyone have any ideas? Please share...

Monogrammed Woolens

Give plain wool accessories a personal touch by needle-felting a monogram.

Thank-You Notes

This calligraphed monogram, printed from your computer, is an easy way to add an elegant touch.

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Monogram Birthday Party

Make someone feel extra special with a monogram-themed birthday party.

Monogram Labels

Top gift boxes with the receiver's initial using our letter templates.

Project

Handy Bag

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Introduction

You can monogram a canvas tote without a single stitch. Print the teacher's initial as large as possible from a computer, enlarge further on a photocopier, and cut out to make a pattern. Back fabric with fusible webbing, following the package directions. Lay the initial face down on the webbing side of the fabric; trace, and cut out. Center the letter on the bag, and iron on.

 

Source
Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 20 2005

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Handy Bag

With a little help from your computer, monogram a canvas tote without a single stitch.

Project

Jazzy Jeans

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Introduction

Adding rickrack monograms, fancy ruffles, or colorful felt appliques lets jeans do what they already do best: express the personality of their wearer.

Signature Style
To make a rickrack monogram, use a fabric marker or pencil to draw an initial about 1 inch above one cuff. Cut a length of cotton rickrack 1/2 inch longer than the initial.Turn each end under 1/4 inch, and glue entire initial over the outline.

Fun with Felt
Draw dots, butterflies, leaves, or other designs on washable felt, or trace simple clip-art shapes printed from a computer. Cut out. Use a running stitch (see how-to, below) to hold shapes in place, as well as to provide decorative details, such as the butterfly body and antennae, and the veins in the leaves. After sewing, dab edges of appliques with fabric glue to prevent curling.

Running Stitch How-To
Pass the needle in and out through the fabric (without pulling thread) several times, then gently pull the needle and thread; the stitches should be small. Repeat for the next stitches. At the end of your work, push the needle through to the back, and tie off.

Tuxedo Stripes
Jazz up a pair of blue jeans with vertical stripes of pretty woven cotton trim.

1. Measure the length from the waistband to the base of the hem; add 2 inches. Cut 2 pieces of trim to that length.

2. Apply a generous amount of fabric glue to the back of the trim, and press trim in place to cover the outer seam, folding 1 inch over the top of the waistband and under the bottom hem.

Source
Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 4 2002

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Jazzy Jeans

Let your child express herself by monogramming her jeans with a personalized pattern or letter.

Project

Etched Glass Storage Jars

Created By: Helen Norman, Raymond Hom

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Materials

  • Glass storage jars
  • Painter's tape
  • Vinyl stick-on letters
  • Decorative tape
  • Etching cream

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Clean and dry the glass. Using painter's tape, mark off the area you want to etch. Attach vinyl stick-on letters and decorative tape; press hard to ensure they are attached firmly.

  2. Step 2

    Cover work surfaces (be sure to work in a well-ventilated area). Put on protective gloves and an old shirt with long sleeves. Paint an even layer of etching cream onto glass. Let stand for amount of time indicated by manufacturer's instructions.

  3. Step 3

    Rinse with warm water in a stainless steel sink. (Avoid porcelain sinks; the cream damages glazed surfaces.) Remove letters and tape.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, March 2009

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Reviews (70)

  • EricBosloor 1 Jul, 2013

    My sister-in-law is fond of doing some DIY and she recently tried doing this on recycled jars that she could find at home. These recycled jars usually come from used jars of mayonnaise or sauces. She would thoroughly clean these and recycle them to be used for other kitchen ingredients. I have made her some stylish self storage cabinets for the kitchen and these go well with her etched jars.

  • stayreal 27 Mar, 2013

    Nike Blazers

  • stayreal 27 Mar, 2013

    s Investors Service (MCO) estimates that Russian individuals and companies have Cheap Nike Blazers at least $30 billion in Cypriot banks. If those depositors aren’t Russia’s mega-rich, who are they?

  • susan_lontine 6 Sep, 2012

    The constant tapping on the X to get rid of the ad from Project Runway is most annoying. Every time I go to another page, it shows up in the bottom of the page. Several times I tap the X for the banner ad on the bottom and immediately a full page ad pops up obscuring all of the content until I again tap the X.
    I understand Martha needs to make her money, but can this annoyance be limited to once during the enire visit to the site. Ten minutes and at least 30 times tapping the X. ANNOYING!!!!!!!!

  • christineward 27 Apr, 2012

    Great idea, it makes a very professional finish to a jar, for you UK users we have been using http://www.jarsandbottles-store.co.uk/ lakelands also has a good selection

  • mrsnoid 27 Feb, 2012

    The etching creme Armour All is no longer available in most if not all California craft stores, like Michael's. Is it a state wide ban? EPA? Any other alternatives available over the counter in California? Don't want to order over the internet and have the product sent via mail or Fed Ex and pay hazardous shipping charge on top of everything else.

  • calliecat112 21 Jun, 2011

    I love this project idea! I tried it last week and didn't have very much success (for many different reasons) but plan to try again. For what not to do, take a look at my post at startingfromscratch.typepad.com

  • calliecat112 21 Jun, 2011

    You can use painters tape instead of the decorative tape. I've also seen cute decorative tape for sale on etsy.

  • Elaineisadinosaur 4 Mar, 2011

    Where can I find this decorative tape? I've tried searching online but all I find is decorative duct tape. :-/ Anyone have any ideas?

  • oMordah1 1 Mar, 2011

    ...As always something lovely to make from MS! Thanks!

  • louiseparke 22 Feb, 2011

    You can find these at www.jarstore.com

  • kytravelrn 25 Jan, 2011

    The Container Store. They have online site and physical stores. Search for Cracker Jars. They are cheap and in sizes up to one gallon. They are the ones pictured in the project. thecontainerstore.com

  • christinaorleans 25 Jan, 2011

    Target has similar jars and they are pretty inexpensive too.

  • LostArtsKItchen 20 Jan, 2011

    Does anyone know where I might find glass canisters like the ones pictured? I saw ones just like them in a cookbook and would love to have such wide-mouth, squarish jars for storing dry goods.

  • Marthafan4years 8 Jan, 2011

    You dont have to have a steel sink..just rinse the etching cream off in an old pail or steel bucket, then wash it in soap and water..and the stick on letters can be found at hardware stores, craft stores and places that have teaching supplies for grade schoolers.. etching is a lot of fun too

  • mustlovehomedecor 9 Aug, 2010

    So if I don't have a stainless steel sink I can't do this? :(

  • mustlovehomedecor 9 Aug, 2010

    So if I don't have a stainless steel sink I can't do this? :(

  • mvanburen 5 Feb, 2010

    Does anyone know where to find the vinyl stick-on letters in Lower Case like shown in the photo above? I have looked at Michael's and Blicks, but can only find Upper Case.

  • hilaryesta 20 Dec, 2009

    I got my jars (just like the ones pictured) at Target for $5 a piece.

  • PaulaPL 5 Nov, 2009

    waterh20clr maybe You could bake some cookies and give them to Your family or friends for Christmas? You could paint some funny christmas pictures on your jars, creating nice cookie jars. I always bake something for my family and friends and they love such gifts.

  • packysmom 4 Nov, 2009

    I think I got mine at KMart-from her line of products

  • sherwu 4 Nov, 2009

    Any idea where I'd find the type of jars shown in Martha's picture?

  • waterh20clr 4 Nov, 2009

    Help please..I have 10 extra large pickle jars and have no idea what to use them for..
    I'd hate to just throw them out..any ideas??!

  • packysmom 4 Nov, 2009

    Love this idea-any good resources for words or do you think these are special ordered?

  • craftmaster 20 Oct, 2009

    This really is very easy and interesting. I first learned about this from http://ezinearticles.com/?Glass-Etching---How-to-Etch-Glass-Through-Vari...

  • wzrdovoz 16 Jun, 2009

    I've found some great glass jars like this at Crate and Barrel. i shop at their outlet store!

  • WILDoats 25 Mar, 2009

    Not sure where this exact etching tape came from but Cristina Rey sells decorative lace tape at www.cristinare.com. Many on line stores carry it if you search for decorative lace tape.

  • paperlace 16 Mar, 2009

    Hi. Where can I find the decorative tape? Thanks.

  • Craftydevil 5 Mar, 2009

    to get stickers to stick firmly, after applying them, lay a piece of paper over them and rub firmly with the back of a pen, letter opener or burnisher. Sometimes it is the sticker, you have to use vinyl stickers not paper ones

  • Craftydevil 5 Mar, 2009

    you can neutralize it with baking soda before pouring down the drain. Pour 1/4 of a box into a tub and rinse off the cream into the tub. To protect your sink, lay some newspaper down and sprinkle with baking soda. Armours products are cheaper than some other brands and you only need to put a quarter inch thick on, so it goes a long way

  • Craftydevil 5 Mar, 2009

    Etch cream

  • shellcottage 4 Mar, 2009

    Doesn't sound good for the environment - after rinsing off, think where the substance ends up.

  • ecogreeNicole 4 Mar, 2009

    My sitckers won't stick firmly to the glass and while the jars aren' t expensive the etching cream is. Any ideas?!

  • Craftydevil 4 Mar, 2009

    Etchworld also sells a reusable dipping solution called Etch bath and they sell sticker type stencils so you can make clear patterns in the glass. Etch Bath frosts beads in a jiffy too.

  • Craftydevil 4 Mar, 2009

    I found that the best way to get adhesive off of jars is nail polish remover w/ acetone. You can buy the store brand for only a dollar. Soak the paper part of the label off with hot water, pat dry and while the glue is still soft, then clean with the nail polish remover, it comes off easily. If there's still stubborn spots, pour some remover in a plastic container and lay the glue side of the jar in the remover for about 5 minutes or so and it will come off.

  • vjthedj 4 Mar, 2009

    For a SAFE and Reusable etching cream go to www.etchall.com There is a cream and a liquid Dip-N-Etch product. Barb, the owner is a great lady and very helpful. I was certified as an Etchall Master Etcher last year by Barb. I am loving this product and the many uses I am finding for it.

  • lakotakat 3 Mar, 2009

    Just a drop or two of plain old vegetable cooking oil (or a quick spritz of cooking spray) will usually take off any adhesive residue. Whatever you use, tho, ou have to wash container with soapy water.

  • pleonard 3 Mar, 2009

    Also Ikea has jars of all sizes with lids, also try Walmart. I can also imagine that Avon's skin so soft or any baby oil would take off any adhesive.

  • barlillis 3 Mar, 2009

    Forgive the plug - but Avon's Skin So Soft bath oil will remove all kinds of adhesive.

  • azrins 3 Mar, 2009

    Mineral spirits works well to remove adhesive and you may already have some on hand. Dampen a cotton ball with it and leave it on the adhesive for a minute or two and then wipe off.

  • kim_c 3 Mar, 2009

    I echo madampres2 ...Target has great jars.

  • kim_c 3 Mar, 2009

    I echo madampres2 ...Target has great jars.

  • madampres2 3 Mar, 2009

    Target has nice jars.

  • Stewart14Fan 3 Mar, 2009

    Hi,
    Does anyone know where to find jars like this? Big ones to hold coffee and flour? Thanks!

  • watercolorlily 3 Mar, 2009

    This makes a great gift for Christmas. Making candy or spiced nuts and putting your friends name on a pretty glass container.

  • jsbunge 3 Mar, 2009

    Does anyone know where you can get decorative tape?

  • lbuser 3 Mar, 2009

    You can get the etching cream at any hobby shop, Michaels, JoAnn's, sometimes at WalMart. You can also buy letters that look like etched glass from Uppercase Living (sorry about the advert) and they just stick on and stay on. The etching cream is sooo easy to use, though.

  • kellyrenee 3 Mar, 2009

    You can also buy "frosted glass" spray paint that could be used. I made holiday luminaries using the product and it's a snap (

  • deedub 3 Mar, 2009

    I use 'Goo Gone' to remove glue. It works like a charm. Highly recommend.

    deedub

  • cjc2277 3 Mar, 2009

    hmmmm... when I click on etching cream, it tells me page not found, may have been removed from this site! What's up with that? :-( For those familiar with the cream, is it pre-made or am I mixing it? I love this idea.

  • hermionefan 3 Mar, 2009

    Big Lots and all the dollar stores are good places to get cheap glass items

  • Tecatu 3 Mar, 2009

    I've got jars but can't get the glue off...even with steel wool! I need help please!!!!!

  • organicmama 3 Mar, 2009

    Does anyone know where to find inexpensive glass jars?

  • Craftydevil 3 Mar, 2009

    The best Etching cream is Armour Etch Cream which Martha has used on a number of other projects on her shows ( latest project was aired 2/25/09 on NBC-fish tank project) and in her magazines. It is available at Michael's Craft stores or directly at Armour's retail website www.Etchworld.com. They have many neat items as well as a project corner, demos and complete printable instructions from all of their packaging for you to view before you buy.

  • sdmcclain 3 Mar, 2009

    Are there any etching creams that would work on my no BPA polycarbonate canisters?

  • jhr 3 Mar, 2009

    "Armour Etch" is a readily available etching cream. It comes in various size jars. It's at your local craft stores and hardware stores. It's not very costly either.

  • MountainberryButterfly 3 Mar, 2009

    I've done glass etching for years, and would add one comment. Be sure the glass you use is not heat resistant. Heat resistant glass won't etch with etching cream, you need to use sand etching for that.

  • MountainberryButterfly 3 Mar, 2009

    I've done glass etching for years, and would add one comment. Be sure the glass you use is not heat resistant. Heat resistant glass won't etch with etching cream, you need to use sand etching for that.

  • curlygirl222 3 Mar, 2009

    I've been wanting to do this for some time.
    There are many products/companies on-line. Which would you recommend?

  • wduke2 3 Mar, 2009

    I have done a lot of glass etching and it's easy and very effective. If you make sure you don't get the cream in your eyes and are careful not to get it on your skin, the hazards are nothing to worry about. When you first rinse it off and is wet, it looks like it didn't work, but when it dries, it is great. Be careful that you don't drop any cream where you don't want it, because you will have a mark where it drops. Mask off the areas carefully.

  • MASAbond 3 Mar, 2009

    @capecoralgreg: Glass etching cream can be somewhat dangerous to work with if you're not careful. Look online for the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) of the brand you buy. Here is an example of one: http://www.hisglassworks.com/files/varicreammsds.pdf

  • jackie_d302 3 Mar, 2009

    what a simple great project. i bet my art kids can do this...but i would put the chemical on and off. thanks!!!

  • capecoralgreg 3 Mar, 2009

    AviMari says there are hazards. What do you know about the hazards? Thanks.

  • teririley 3 Mar, 2009

    The easiest way to do this is if you have a Cricut machine, you can cut out the entire word, using vinyl or contact paper, place it on the glass to be etched, it is not nearly as time consuming as putting each individual letter on.

  • Rocco220 3 Mar, 2009

    Opps forgot one they are also at Ikea.

  • keristoner 3 Mar, 2009

    I have several jars like that. I bought them at Walmart for about $5 each! Cute idea.

  • Rocco220 3 Mar, 2009

    Any good store has them in the kitchen area. I have seen them at Kmart, Sears, and Kitchen Collections.

  • rchile 3 Mar, 2009

    I've seen jars like this at Wal Mart. KMart might sell them, too.

  • ABarnard 3 Mar, 2009

    I love those jars, I wonder where I could find jars like that- any ideas commenters?

  • AviMari 3 Mar, 2009

    I've been concerned about the hazards of etching cream for years. My alternative is the faux frost from Plaid Gallery Glass for the faux stained glass look. After it dries, you can't peel the frost off as easily as the other Gallery Glass colors, but you can scrape it off with a razor if you need to.

Storage Jars

Keep pantry staples in order with a set of customized glass storage jars.

Stamped Candleholders

Re-create the beauty of etching with a rubber stamp on glass candleholders.

Personalized Handkerchief

Stitch initials onto a vintage handkerchief to create a new family heirloom.

Project

Custom Doormat

Welcome guests -- and reassure them that they're ringing the right bell -- with a mat displaying your house number.

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Introduction

You can easily embellish an inexpensive doormat with hardware-store supplies to create an accent for your entrance that is both functional and decorative.

 

Materials

  • Coir doormat (18-by-30-inch coir mat, which is made from the stiff fibers of coconut husks)
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape in 3-inch and 3/4-inch widths
  • Address numbers
  • Card stock
  • Utility knife
  • Ruler
  • T pins
  • 12-ounce can
  • Enamel spray paint

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Create a border around its perimeter with 3-inch tape, positioning it 1 1/4 inches from edge. For a second border, affix 3/4-inch tape, leaving 1/2 inch between borders. Print out figures (ours are 650-point type), then photocopy onto card stock, and cut out with a utility knife; or choose 6-inch numbers from a hardware store. Use a ruler to center numbers; pin paper ones to mat.

  2. Step 2

    In a well-ventilated area, hold spray paint (in a contrasting color) 4 to 6 inches over mat and work in small circles; bring closer to paint edges of mat.

  3. Step 3

    Let dry at least 2 hours before removing tape and numbers.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, September 2003

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Reviews (6)

  • Rootbeer 4 Apr, 2010

    I don't see any directions for this project. Anyone else having this problem? I can probably figure it out, but it would be nice to have some guidance.

  • Cindylb 2 Apr, 2010

    The page for the custom doormat project will not display. I would love to see it if you can fix the page.
    thank you

  • JenNguyen 22 Mar, 2009

    I got my mat at Ikea a few months ago and finally got around to finishing this project today. I used white spray paint and made my own stencil by having my monogram photocopied on card stock at my local office supply store. Just be careful when cutting out the letters. Otherwise, it looks great!

  • myrnie_twin 8 Mar, 2009

    Ikea has door mats for very good prices. What a great project!

  • Christinel4950 8 Mar, 2009

    I've been wanting to do this, but can not find plain coir mats anywhere. They all have stuff on them. These would make great housewarming gifts! Does anyone have any tips of locating them for an inexpensive price? Bulk would be ok.

  • phoenics 13 Nov, 2007

    Wow - I just bought a condo and I was thinking of doing this exact same thing because there are no numbers near our doors (and the two doors are so close to one another, it's hard to figure out which is which unit). I think this is a much easier way of doing the stenciling than my idea (which involved cutting out the numbers and filling them in with paint). Cool!

Reassure guests that they're ringing the right door bell with a monogrammed mat.

Project

Etched Glass

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Introduction

Flea-market finds and dollar-a-glass specials can be transformed with monograms, stripes, and whimsical polka dots. All you need is etching cream (available at craft and art-supply stores), masking tape, and a steady hand to cut a template.

When using etching cream, wear plastic gloves and an old shirt with long sleeves, and be sure to work in a well-ventilated area.

Materials

  • Etching cream
  • Masking tape
  • Paintbrush

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Start by deciding upon your design. We used masking tape to make the stripes and adhesive hole-reinforcers (for loose-leaf paper) to make the polka dots. The M stencil was created by enlarging the typeface on a photocopy machine and cutting a stencil.Note: To make a monogram stencil, place the enlarged letter on a piece of Con-Tact paper, which has a sticky back that will adhere to glass. Trace the letter, then cut it out with a utility knife, discarding the letter itself and reserving the template -- remember to reserve the center cutouts of letters with closed shapes, like O and A.

  2. Step 2

    When applying your design, always clean and dry the glass first; press the design onto the glass, and rub hard. Using a paintbrush, apply a thick layer of etching cream to the glass. (Avoid spills, since cream will leave permanent marks.)

  3. Step 3

    Wait 5 minutes, then rinse off the cream with warm water, and remove the stencil.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, September 1997

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Reviews (19)

  • lilpet 9 Oct, 2012

    Is it okay to use other brands of etching stencils with MS glass etching cream or vice versa? I've never done etching before and want to stencil my flutes for my wedding. Because of the shape of them, I can not have them engraved so I decided to try etching - I'll practice first of course. One brand has the date stencils and the other has the type of lettering stencils that I like.

  • lilpet 9 Oct, 2012

    Is it okay to use other brands of etching stencils with MS glass etching cream or vice versa? I've never done etching before and want to stencil my flutes for my wedding. Because of the shape of them, I can not have them engraved so I decided to try etching - I'll practice first of course. One brand has the date stencils and the other has the type of lettering stencils that I like.

  • lilpet 9 Oct, 2012

    Is it okay to use other brands of etching stencils with MS glass etching cream or vice versa? I've never done etching before and want to stencil my flutes for my wedding. Because of the shape of them, I can not have them engraved so I decided to try etching - I'll practice first of course. One brand has the date stencils and the other has the type of lettering stencils that I like.

  • lilpet 9 Oct, 2012

    Is it okay to use other brands of etching stencils with MS glass etching cream or vice versa? I've never done etching before and want to stencil my flutes for my wedding. Because of the shape of them, I can not have them engraved so I decided to try etching - I'll practice first of course. One brand has the date stencils and the other has the type of lettering stencils that I like.

  • RevKathyNelson 30 Jan, 2012

    You can't remove etching, if its painted you can remove that with a straight razor but be careful of the angle you hold the razor so you don't scatch the glass. But if it is real etching it can't be scatched off because the acid eats the glass away.

  • angelmoon1302 30 Jan, 2012

    how do you take etching off?

  • sweetstars5 29 Jan, 2012

    Martha Stewart Adhesive Stencils also work GREAT for etching glass - and she has DO MANY great designs!

    I found mine at Michaels!

    http://www.michaels.com/Stencils-Accessories/products-craftpainting-stencilsandaccessories,default,sc.html?q=*&start=12&sz=12

  • shimmysister 29 Jan, 2012

    This is a very fun and simple idea. I have done many projects - decorate glasses for gifts, jazz up old glass and play with wine bottles too. I use the wine bottles for lamps or candles for outdoor parties, or fill with small Christmas lights. etch mayo or peanut butter jars, make wire handles, put in a tea light and hang from the trees or deck.....

  • teach4MO 27 Nov, 2011

    Does anyone know if you can etch on Corning ware? I've been experimenting and it doesn't seem to leave as dark of an impression as I desire. Could it be the cream I'm using? I'm using Armour Etch.

  • craftmaster 20 Oct, 2009

    What a great way to spice up your glass. I heard about this through [url]http://ezinearticles.com/?Glass-Etching---How-to-Etch-Glass-Through-Vari...

  • Thedancer 20 Jul, 2009

    Glass Etching is very inexpensive especially when you use jars or bottles that was going to be thrown away. I also enjoy ready project ideas at Etchworld dot com

  • princessmabel 20 Jul, 2009

    Etching is an easy, inexpensive way to create unique glass ware. It can be done on any colour of glass. I have been etching for years and think it is a cheap way of making unique and loved gifts.

  • liveandlearn 19 Jul, 2009

    I bought the product and tried because I was excited to try different ideas. Its not as easy as it looks and also very expensive.

  • KaraWoman 22 Nov, 2008

    Can etching also be done on a dark colored glass? Also, is it dishwasher safe?

  • Lisa_Rubenstein 4 Aug, 2008

    I was really excited about this project and I had a lot of ideas I wanted to try it out. When I went to buy the etching cream I decided I didn't want the product in my house, near my skin or lungs! Rather disappointed! Something to think twice about, working with toxic chemicals.

  • bcraftycreations 25 May, 2008

    Can etching creme be colored?

  • mangiarone 6 Mar, 2008

    I've used etching cream before in the studio on enameling projects, and equalizing the acidic etching cream with baking soda was an important step! It stops the cream from etching the glass and your sink and pipes when you rinse it down the drain. Just sprinkle and rub with a little water. Fizzing is normal, add baking powder and rub until it stops. And rinse glass and sink.

    And when using something where rubber gloves and fully covered skin, also wear eye goggles/glasses to protect your eyes!

  • homesicksoutherner 28 Feb, 2008

    This works really well. It's also a great idea for creating a custom border around plain-jane builder -supplied bathroom mirrors!

  • rusdar 6 Dec, 2007

    This looks like so much fun,...I can't wait to try it!!!

Monogrammed Glasses

Transform flea-market finds and dollar-a-glass specials with an etched monogram.

Project

Stenciled Hallway Organizer

Banish prebeach pandemonium (Who took my towel? Where are my flip-flops?) with a designated station featuring boldly numbered hooks and corresponding cloth baskets for each guest or family member. Now if only there were a system for getting them to remember to put on sunscreen.

Created By: Johnny Miller, Anna Williams (coffee), Illo: Brown Bird Design

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Introduction

 Resources: Cabana beach towels, in Periwinkle, gracioushome.com. Eco-Fabric open bins, containerstore.com. Century ceramic hooks, in Satin Nickel, restorationhardware.com. Reclaimed-wood bench, ochre.net.

 

Materials

  • Waterproof paper, for stencils
  • Craft knife
  • Painters' tape
  • Small natural sea sponge
  • Latex and fabric paints

Steps

  1. Step 1

    To make stencils: On a computer, enlarge numbers in a font you like; print on waterproof paper. Cut out with craft knife.

  2. Step 2

    For wall, center stencils above hooks, and secure with painters' tape. Dip sponge in latex paint, blot excess, and dab on stencil. For baskets, use fabric paint. Proceed as above, but place a box or other hard object behind fabric for a firm work surface. 

Source
Martha Stewart Living, August 2010

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Reviews (2)

  • angelaandthetwins 6 Jul, 2012

    I'm so excited to make this to organize our beach items. We live right next to a lake (Lake of the Ozarks). I'm going to use the work LAKE rather then numbers because our initials happen to spell it out, Lillian (one of my twin daughters), Angela (me), Kirby (my other twin daughter), and Eric (my husband)!!

  • kdka30 5 Aug, 2011

    So Cute!

Hallway Organizer

Streamline outings with a monogrammed organizing station for the entryway.

Project

Personalized Necktie

When the calendar says it's time to celebrate your father, make the event a red-letter day (or a green or blue one) with a personalized tie.

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Materials

  • Printer
  • Craft knife
  • Disappearing-ink pen
  • Sewing kit
  • Embroidery floss
  • Tie

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Print Dad's initial in a large-size font, then make a stencil of it using a craft knife. Trace the letter onto the tie with a disappearing-ink pen, and embroider using a chain-stitch with a strand of embroidery floss. Visit our embroidery gallery to learn how to chain-stitch. 

Source
Martha Stewart Living, June 2007

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Reviews (5)

  • lottiedoskey 10 Jun, 2011

    Use a water stabilizer on backside.

  • grannyj3 10 Jun, 2011

    oops - a single strand of floss

  • grannyj3 10 Jun, 2011

    I wonder if you could make a template out of cardboard and slip it inside the tie, to make it more rigid? A sort of interior hoop. And I can't imagine single strand would make it look as full and rich as in the photo.

  • mylilbooboo 10 Nov, 2009

    where is the directions?

  • creaturecomforts 17 Dec, 2007

    I loved the effect of this project in the magazine, but it was much harder to accomplish that I thought it would be. For one thing my tie puckered quite a bit, and using a hoop was out of the question because of the delicate nature of ties fabric. I'd love to hear how to make this project a success.

Personalized Necktie

Embroider an initial onto a tie to make a personalized gift or dashing new fashion statement.

Project

Your Name in Lights Votives

These tissue-wrapped candleholders can be made to suit any party palette. Enlarge this Image

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Materials

  • Cutting mat
  • Glass votive candleholder
  • Tissue paper
  • Medium screw punch
  • Double-sided tape

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Measure circumference and height of candleholder. Cut tissue paper to these dimensions.

  2. Step 2

    Print a letter from your computer in a size that fits the paper. Place printout on tissue paper.

  3. Step 3

    Use screw punch to punch along lines of letter.

  4. Step 4

    Wrap punched paper around outside of candleholder, and attach using double-sided tape.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, January 2011

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Reviews (0)

Name in Lights Candleholder

These tissue-wrapped candleholders create a festive glow.

Project

Monogrammed Cards

Send a personalized message with these distinctive monogrammed cards.

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Materials

  • Screw punch (All materials available from Martha Stewart Crafts)
  • Computer with word processor and printer
  • Cardstock
  • Stapler
  • Plain greeting card
  • Painter's tape
  • Colored paper
  • Double-sided tape

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Begin by making a "practice" letter, which you'll also use as guide.

  2. Step 2

    Using the word processor on your computer, choose a letter or letters in a font that has both thick and thin lines. Print the letters in the desired size for the card.

  3. Step 3

    Staple the printed letter to a piece of scrap card stock.

  4. Step 4

    Start by punching the biggest holes along the thickest parts of the lines, using the screw punch with the largest bit in the tip. Change to the medium-sized bit and then the smallest bit, working your way down to the thinnest parts of the lines.

  5. Step 5

    When you are happy with the hole-punched letter, place it over the front of a plain greeting card. Secure in place temporarily with painter's tape. Follow the template you have created, punching the same holes in the card. Remove painter's tape and template (the template can be reused to make multiple cards).

  6. Step 6

    Line the inside of the card with a rectangle of colored paper, secured with double-sided tape.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, September 2008

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Reviews (9)

  • Lroski 5 Dec, 2011

    I have been trying everything I can think of to purchase the edge punch used on the card displayed in this video. The edge punch was also used in another video and was called the Martha Stewart Flourish Punch but NO ONE HAS IT FOR SALE not even Martha Stewart!!! I found that it was a new punch then found out it was discontinued! HELP ANYONE OUT THERE........ I love it and want to buy it....from anyone!

  • PAGreenngal 21 Dec, 2009

    Used Fiskars screw punch-Michael's was out of Martha's. Used four different size [filtered word] punches to hammer out the word "Joy"-just like the model. Don't know if it's because I laid out too many holes, but each card averaged 96 holes to hammer out which took 8 min. per card. I would not recommend this project for a weekend with close deadline. The hammering drove my family nuts and it felt like I was working on the railroad. The cards did turn out beautifully.

  • JKMc 23 Jan, 2009

    Null, here is the other part of teh segment with Hannah Milman doing embellished gift bags:

    http://www.marthastewart.com/article/embellished-gift-bags?autonomy_kw=H... Milman with a rotary cutter

  • amvelozo 30 Sep, 2008

    I have seen the screwpunch for sale at Michael's craft store, A.C. Moore craft store and Walmart. Hope that's helpful.

  • MSLO_Sara 29 Sep, 2008

    The Screw Punch tool is available for purchase on QVC:
    http://www.qvc.com/qic/qvcapp.aspx/view.2/app.detail/params.item.F04937....
    Please note, because of an overwhelming response to the QVC segment, this item is on a wait list, but will be available again soon.

  • hallinr 25 Sep, 2008

    I agree that pictures or even a video would be helpful. I have been reading comments for a long time and I have come to the conclusion that no one at Martha Stewart reads them. Has anyone ever seen an answer to all of our questions come from Martha's craft staff???? I wouldn't even attempt some of the crafts if I didn't have the help from all of you. What can we do to have them add pictures and videos to all of the crafts? The ideas are great!

  • sailboat 25 Sep, 2008

    I fully agree with Jan17.

  • Linda501 25 Sep, 2008

    The Screw Punch Tool used today does not appear to be available at the on-line store. Where can you buy one?
    Thank you
    Linda501
    Ontario, Canada

  • Jan17 25 Sep, 2008

    It would be awesome if you included a picture that could print with crafts and recipes.

Monogrammed Cards

Send a personalized message with this set of distinctive cards.

Project

Hankie Holder

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Introduction


Cut a 61/4-by-43/4-inch rectangle of felt with pinking shears; fold in edges to meet at center. Sew ends with a running stitch. Backstitch an initial on a cutout heart; apply with fabric glue.

Source
Martha Stewart Kids

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Reviews (34)

  • PrincessAngel 21 Nov, 2013

    Made this for my 2 princesses for school to put in their pockets! I made them extra girly with a cute sprinkly button to secure the opening. They love them and haven't lost them yet, I've attached a small clothing pin to the seam part of there back pocket! Great idea Martha ! I like to think of myself as a mini Martha lol and I just started my very own Etsy store :) I have a great package of an adorable custom pennant banner and Pom Poms will WoW all your guests this holiday.#PrincessAngelDecor

  • wandann 10 Aug, 2012

    @crazysheepgirl, you had the best idea, thanks!! Love this little project.

  • laurenroshek 18 Nov, 2010

    If you want this puch to hold the travel Kleenex pouches you need to cut the square 5.5" x 7" otherwise it will be too small!

  • abiebaby47 11 Oct, 2010

    Why is it called a "hankie holder" when it holds tissues? In my experience, a hanky (spelled with a "y", not cutesie "ie" - perhaps the "ie" is used here so as not to be confused with "Mr. Hanky" on South Park?) is a handkerchief, made of cloth. "Tissue tote" - or something similar - would be more accurate....

  • nana2sean 6 Oct, 2010

    These would be cute for the travel size wet wipes too.

  • texasmemo 9 Sep, 2010

    These are very cute. I used the printed felt that you can get at Hobby Lobby.
    They have a large selection of some really cute patterns.
    texasmemo

  • HattieHen 22 Mar, 2010

    This is a quick and easy project. I made these for my son's mother's day stall at school.

  • khalpin 3 Oct, 2009

    bonv - the instructions are right next to the photo. they're pretty simple.

  • bonv 3 Oct, 2009

    Seriously where are the hankie holder instructions? I can't find them.

  • crazysheepgirl 4 Oct, 2008

    When I made the Hankie Holder I made a small flower not a heart. This is how I did it I made two or three leaves and sewed a back stitch up them to hold the leave on. Plus the stitching looks like part of the leaves. Then I cut out the flower. For the center of the flower I used a shank button. I thought it turn out really cute.

  • danabug 1 Oct, 2008

    The hankie holder is a very cute idea...

  • MsMichelleMac 1 Oct, 2008

    Thanks so much for doing that. I was SO confused! : ) I appreciate it.

  • belovedofgd 30 Sep, 2008

    I typed Hankie Holder in the search box and got this:

    Hankie Holder. Cut a 61/4-by-43/4-inch rectangle of felt with pinking shears; fold in edges to meet at center. Sew ends with a running stitch. Backstitch an initial on a cutout heart; apply with fabric glue.. Stitching a few school supplies and...

    But when I clicked on ARTICLE, it took me back to the same page with pic of it, but directions to pencil case....at least you can see the dimensions :)

  • Heatherlynne 30 Sep, 2008

    ....So the hanky holder directions are where?

  • Abundantchef 30 Sep, 2008

    I just see pencil case also..whats up with this?

  • AuntKate64 30 Sep, 2008

    MSL needs better quality control on this site. I've found these liink errors before. I measured one of my tissue pocket packs and I think we need to cut (using pinking shears) a felt rectangle 6 inches wide by 7-1/2 inches long. Fold long ends to meet in center then sew side edges with a running stictch. Add your own personalized initial applique.

  • twinsmommy 30 Sep, 2008

    How do we get the Hankie Holder directions?!

  • rsk1216 30 Sep, 2008

    It's not just you, jo68! I can only see Pencil Case directions near a picture of a Hankie Holder too!

  • jo68 30 Sep, 2008

    I was looking for a 'Hankie Holder' but got instructions for a Pencil Case. What's up Doc? I see by the picture and directions how I can make a Hankie Holder but its
    confusing and disappointing with such an error.

  • thequirkygirl 30 Sep, 2008

    i have a mac and have had no problems. make sure that all of your JAVA files are updated in your system, and your "Update Account Settings" on the marthastewart.com website has to be changed to specify your preference to stop or add daily emails. lastly, inacceptable isn't a word - try "unacceptable".

  • sewswell 30 Sep, 2008

    There was a problem for people with macs. My daughter and a friend couldn't get the dailey emails so we finally found a way to contact them and they got the glitch fixed as far as receiving the daily emails. I wonder if the problem also needs to be fixed for getting off the lists. If you have a mac and are having problems, that may be it.

  • txteabag 30 Sep, 2008

    Is there a "Hanky Holder?" Because this is a "tissue holder."
    Did you know that most children don't even know what a hanky or handkerchief is?

  • flustrated 30 Sep, 2008

    If you go to the bottom of the page, there's a link, labled"felt pencil case", you can find the dimensions and other instructions, Have a nice day!.

  • MadeByJade 30 Sep, 2008

    Love it! Thanks for taking the time to share. :)

  • chickengranny 29 Jul, 2008

    mmmm someone having a bad day?

  • tinasandiego 16 Apr, 2008

    The dimensions for the hankie holder are 6.25 x 4.75.

  • stacinotmartha 2 Mar, 2008

    Where are pictures of the pencil case or notebook cover? You have pictured a travel tissue holder, but no dimensions for those. I know most of us can figure that out, but please try harder on getting pictures, instructions, materials list, etc. correct before posting. I see this on so many of marthastewart.com craft projects, recipes... it's really very irritating. Also, there is no place for us to report website errors or bugs. Thank you. stacionline@yahoo.com

  • detroitsarah 21 Feb, 2008

    it seems like you would just cut a piece of felt to the right size and sew the edges shut

  • detroitsarah 21 Feb, 2008

    it seems like you would just cut a piece of felt to the right size and sew the edges shut

  • inky86 19 Feb, 2008

    Is there a link to the right one?

  • wlindam 18 Feb, 2008

    I have been wanting to make these for a long time. I'm disappointed that the instructions are wrong.

  • TeacherLynn 15 Feb, 2008

    These are the wrong directions for the hankie holder

  • jnicewinter 15 Feb, 2008

    I absolutely love these tissue holders. I am addicted to making them! I have decided to make one for all the moms in my mom's group -almost 20 of them. I did cut out the felt into a little bigger rectangle to fit my tissue packs though! So easy and a great craft.

  • jhr 8 Feb, 2008

    MIX-UP WITH PHOTO

Hankie Holder

Stitch your child's hankie holder with his or her initial to ensure it stays with them at school.

Spring Green Tags

Use our clip art to monogram bright tags for gifts or party favors.

Raised-Letter Stationery

Experiment with a letterpress, which creates a luxurious, textured monogram.

Monogram Parasol

A hand-embroidered monogram turns a plain parasol into a romantic accessory.

Project

Iron-On Monogram Tote with Petals

An iron-on initial in a woodsy typeface is an inspired (and easy) alternative to embroidery. Floral appliques naturally extend the theme. The same applique makes a nice arrangement on the end of a bobby pin.

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Materials

  • Avery Dark T-Shirt Transfers, if doing a white-on-dark transfer
  • Epson Iron-On Cool Peel Transfer Paper, for basic transfer
  • Natural-fiber (such as cotton) tote bags
  • Lightweight natural fabric, such as cotton voile (for appliqued flowers)
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Ironed pillowcase
  • Iron
  • Clip Art (see step 1)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Download letter and flower clip art, and print them onto transfer paper. A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,L,M,N,O,P,Q,R,S,T,U,V,W,X,Y,Z

  2. Step 2

    Using scissors or a craft knife, cut loosely around the designs, leaving an 1/8-inch border.

  3. Step 3

    Lay an ironed pillowcase on a table or other hard, heat-resistant surface (not an ironing board, which has too much padding).

  4. Step 4

    Place an ironed bag on pillowcase. Arrange cutout designs face-down on bag, avoiding seams or pockets. Iron letter onto a bag, and iron a sheet of flowers onto fabric.

  5. Step 5

    Cut out 3 same-size flowers for each applique, snipping petals almost to center.

  6. Step 6

    With a needle and yellow thread, tack on 1 flower: Bring needle up from inside bag, through flower's center, and back down; fold flower in half. Tack another flower onto bag, next to the first; fold in half. Repeat to tack on a third next to second, to create a ruffled effect.

  7. Step 7

    Fold 3 flower cutouts in half, and stitch them together at centers to create 1 bloom. With thread, secure it to pin.

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Reviews (1)

  • Goodie2shoes 23 Dec, 2013

    I would have loved to make this easy project, but could find no way to download the alphabet or even view it. So disappointing!

Iron-On Monogram

An iron-on initial in a woodsy typeface is an easy alternative to embroidery.

Project

Pet ID Tag

With our downloadable templates and easy-to-find materials, you can create a customized ID tag for your pet.

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Materials

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Download the Pet ID tag template to your computer's desktop. Open the file and type your pet's name and your phone number.

  2. Step 2

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    Print tags on Shrinky Dinks printable plastic sheet. Cut out with regular or decorative-edge scissors and punch a hole where indicated. Bake according to package instructions; let cool. Seal both sides with matte clear-coat spray before attaching to collar.

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Reviews (25)

  • Rachel Kaufman 10 Dec, 2013

    I loved this project! Made these as part of favor bags for my son's 2nd birthday party coming up this weekend. I had some issues with curling on a few tags, but they are perfectly imperfect...thanks, Martha!

  • lesleyann76 14 Aug, 2013

    Hobby Lobby carries White Shrinky Dinks Inkjet Plastic Sheets.
    It is about $13.00 for a pack of 6 Sheets, 8 1/2" x 11 1/2"
    But, you can get a 40% off coupon in the weekly online ads.
    I would assume Michael's would carry them as well.

  • Leomom53 9 Aug, 2013

    Love these but can not figure out where to get the Shrinky Dinks! Help?
    Thanks,
    LeoMom

  • Lisabha 13 Feb, 2013

    Where is the pink one? I don't see it on the template. Is the template only supposed to be two pages?

  • TPPG 20 Jul, 2012

    These turned out so well! They are so cute, be sure to make [filtered word] punch big it shrinks as well. The phone numbers are so small but I can fix it!

  • ejbailey 13 Apr, 2012

    I did this and it turned out so well!
    check it out here :) http://pinterest.com/pin/153896512236652670/

  • Bea80 12 Apr, 2012

    You can take the logo that you come up with and send it to PetQR. They will make a tag for you with your design and make it so a smart phone can scan it and go to a profile page of your pet.

    http://www.thepetqr.com

  • ckr2323 6 Aug, 2011

    This is GREAT! I only wish I had found this before spending $15.00 at the petstore for my dogs plain tags; gonna do these anyways; they are too cute to not. Love Martha!

  • br00kers 26 Jul, 2011

    Sheryl262 You could make it into a necklace or bracelet for your mom!

  • Sheryl262 26 Jul, 2011

    This is a fantastic idea for a pretty, personalized ID tag for my mom! That sounds bad, but she asked me to look into ordering an ID tag for her to wear when she leaves the house. She's fine, but is worried about an emergency. Thank you!

  • BalloneyKid 3 Jul, 2011

    How do you change the font for these? And my cats name doesn't fit on the template.

  • tomarnold2 18 Mar, 2011

    Love these! Now add a smartphone scannable code like PetHub.com has and you're set! Neat!

  • tomarnold2 18 Mar, 2011

    Love it! Now double-side it and add a smartphone scannable image like PetHub has. Pretty neat!

  • Rarinstamp 16 Feb, 2011

    I love shrinky dinks and use them all the time for my cardmaking as well. Rather than baking them, I (cardmakers) use our heat embossing tool. You have to hold them in place with a pair of tweezers and they will fold inwards almost completely while shrinking. Once they are done shrinking, they will open back up and then you lay a heavy object or I use a ceramic tile, on top while it cools. So much faster. You will need a rubber mat underneath as well. Can't wait to try these ones - adorabl

  • donyskiw 8 Jan, 2011

    Use the ones with dark colored printing. The white printed phone numbers get lost when they shrink.

  • duckandturtle 9 Sep, 2010

    I love shrinky dinks and will be sure to try it out!

  • Monica_Carrier 27 Jul, 2010

    I was a bit disappointed with this one. They ended up distorted. Some ended way smaller than others, some didn't end up a round circles. Overall the Shrinky Dinks are disappointing and expensive.

  • ahoge 16 Jul, 2010

    F.Y.I~ Buy the white printable plastic sheets. Doesn't show up on the clear!

  • Doodles61 14 Dec, 2009

    Hey Charmdesign,
    Question for you. I downloaded Adobe Illustrator CS4 to try to change the colors, but I lose the text boxes. Any suggestions?

  • Anarie 6 Dec, 2009

    Will all printers print on the plastic, or does it have to be a color laser or special ink? It just seems too easy to be true!

  • psf 6 Dec, 2009

    If you have Adobe reader it will automatically open. At the top of the document it states "Please fill out form" click on that and it makes it an editable document!

  • MjCope 3 Aug, 2009

    Thanks so much will try...

  • Charmdesign 1 Aug, 2009

    You may need to open the templates up in a designer's program. As a graphic designer, I opened the files in Adobe Illustrator to customize them.

  • Tweets 27 Jul, 2009

    I wish I could help you with the colors....but I can't even get the template to allow me to type in the names and info. Can you tell me how you did it?

  • MjCope 25 Jul, 2009

    Love these, but can I change colors of template, example pink bone?

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