However, I can juggle the pins. And I can make these...
A set of mini-bowling pins from the dollar store! So put that in your pipe and smoke it, you fancy-schmancy-65-points-per-game hotshots.
Can't teach you to juggle pins on this blog, but I can surely teach you to make these charming little vase necklaces. They will take you less than five minutes apiece, and you will get nine of them for a dollar. (Look in the toy or party favor section of your local dollar store. If you can't find 'em there, try a party supply store or the kid section of a regular toy store.) So step on up!
A length of cord and two knots.
Or a slender chain, simply threaded through the holes.
Done and done!!!!!!!
Holy ball chutes, Batman! You made a necklace.
Tinker around with this basic recipe to your heart's content. Fer example, I added a matte finish and a silver dangle to this red one:
There are lots more things I want to try; ModPodge, papier mache, beaded chain, ribbons, paint and Sharpies come to mind.
Tips for filling your vases.
Don't add anything too top-heavy, or the vase will tip forward.
I came up with this clever idea for using silk flowers. Tie or wire a big bead to a couple of little blooms, like so:
Then just drop them into the vase, and the flowers will stay put! Yay!
You can use real flora, too. Here's how! First, and very important: drop in a small rock or big glass bead, to add weight to the bottom.
Then stuff the vase with florist's foam.
And maybe some tiny beads on wire..
Try this with herbs for a sweet-smelling nosegay!
If you like, add a few drops of water; just remember to change out the damp florist's foam each time the necklace is worn.
What a blast that was! Now, what to do with the bottom half of the bowling pins? How's about this?
For my Ring On Fire tutorial, click right here. See you!