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Next Week’s Challenge : Dollar Store

Thanks to everyone who linked up for the Martha Stewart inspired challenge this week! It was so fun looking through all your fabulous projects.

While our judges from Martha’s Crafts Department are going through all the links, we’d like to introduce next week’s theme :

“Dollar Store”

To get those creative juices flowing, I thought I’d share a fun dollar store project I came up with……

Zipper Flower Embellishments

Zippers are hot lately…..I ‘ve seen them everywhere….embellishing shoes, clothing, even jewelry. So, when I spotted some metal zippers at one of our local dollar stores, I quickly grabbed them up! I had the perfect project in mind.

I used a cheapo dollar store cuff bracelet and wrapped it with some sassy ribbon I had. It’s a stretchy, lacey, ruffley trim that I thought would be the perfect girly compliment to my edgy zipper flowers. To make the flowers, first you need to unzip the zipper and then cut it right above the zipper pull. This will give you two strips of zipper. Then I simply started wrapping it in a circle, dabbing hot glue as I went to hold it all in place. When you’re done wrapping, you can then attach a circle of felt to the back of the flower. And hot glue that on top of your ribbon wrapped bracelet.

When I finished the bracelet, I wanted more. So, I decided to embellish my favorite pair of peeptoe pumps.  Instead of using hot glue this time, I decided to use sticky velcro strips. Then I can take them off and on when I want a change or I can embellish a different pair of shoes.

My 11 year old son took these pictures of my feet and I think he did a fine job. He might be my new blog photographer. You know you’ve fully indoctrinated your family into the wonderful world of blogging when you ask your pre-teen son to take pictures of your feet and hands and he doesn’t bat an eye! No laughing or eye rolling or even mocking….he just said, “Okay Mom”. Then he quickly decided he was 11 again and took this funny zipper face pic.

We are super excited to see how creative you crafty gals can be with dollar store treasures next week! You’ve got all weekend to work on your projects. Don’t forget to come back on Tuesday and link them up!

Check back tomorrow morning when we announce the top picks from Martha Stewart’s Crafts Department and the giveaway winner!!!

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  1. Oh and I can’t wait for this one

  2. i LOVE a good shoe-re-do! totally cute… velcro is a great idea! my seven yr old daughter is my photographer 🙂 she is pretty serious about it she tells me how to pose and everything…(i think i’m in trouble) love your blog can’t wait to see what you do next!

  3. mary says:

    Darn wish I could join next week but we are getting ready to leave for a week long conference. Well it will be fun to see what everyone else comes up with !

  4. jenjen says:

    Those shoes are too cute! I want to make some for mine. And I love that you used velcro so you can switch out the embellishments. Such a cute project Amanda!


  5. Your zipper flowers are simply fab! Great shoes, too!!

  6. Dana Nichols says:

    Too cute!! I have a whole bag of old zippers that someone gave me. Now I know what I will be doing with them.

    Here’s a tip: Waaaaaay back in the day, when we had bows on our shoes matching every outfit, my mother sewed paperclips on the back. You just slip the paperclip inside the shoe and it stayed in place, but you really couldn’t feel it. I think this would work great for these and you don’t have to put velcro on your shoes.

  7. J. Hill says:

    Very cute, and wearing them on your shoes keeps from having the zippers catch on your clothes.

    Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

  8. Amanda says:

    J…..very good point! Thanks for stopping by.


  9. Amanda says:

    Dana…that’s a great tip! I have another set of zipper flowers I think I’ll use your idea on….thanks for the inspiration!


  10. Amanda says:

    Thank you ma’am! I felt like a rock star at church last Sunday in them! Thanks so much for being our guest judge this week…we’re so happy to have you!


  11. Amanda says:

     If not this week, then definitely NEXT week! See you there!


  12. Amanda says:

    That is so funny! My boy hasn’t gotten quite so serious about it yet. He just wants to hurry so he can get back to summer fun!


  13. Kimberlee says:

    Those shoes are adorable. They look like they are out of a fashion magazine, LOL!

  14. Robin says:

    I just love the shoes! I’m going to go get me some zippers tomorrow!

  15. I love the new zipper craze and your projects came out so well. Nicely done!

  16. Jena says:

    I would love to participate in one of your challenges.

  17. Cheryl says:

    Those look awesome! Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)

  18. Kara says:

    Love the zipper flowers and I am very jealous that you found zippers at the dollar store. I’ve had no such luck, but I’ll keep trying. 😉

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