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Saturday, March 15, 2008

What Smells? Weekend Project

Here's a fun weekend project for you. And it won't take the whole weekend to do it either! But you may want to use the weekend to make TONS of these!!! These Sachets make great gifts, a fun Make N Take and you can sell them at craft fairs. (Click here for more Weekend Projects)

I like to slip one under the front seat of my car. I don't smell it so much in the cold Minnesota winters but come summer it keeps my car smelling nice!


Here is what you need:

Vellum
Stamp
Stamp Pad
Piercing Tool & mat
Potpourri (small pieces/chunks)
Glue (Tacky or any white glue that dries clear, I used Tacky)

Begin with making your envelope. I recommend Vellum because most potpourri is made with an oil base fragrance. The oils will come through regular card stock or paper and leave a "grease" mark. It could also ruin the surface it's sitting on too. You can use the envelope pattern maker by Stampin' Up! or you can go online and print out a template. Click here to be directed to some free template places on the Internet. Mirkwood Designs has a nice Trading Card/Gift Card Envelope template. You can print it out and use it as a pattern or you can just print directly to your Vellum. I don't recommend that because you won't get more than one per sheet. These are 2" x 3" finished so you should be able to get 4 per sheet of Vellum.

Once you have your pattern cut out and the sides scored you are ready to stamp on it. For mine I used the "Priceless" set by Stampin' Up! This particular design fit perfectly in the area plus it had some nice dots that are very useful!

Your image may take a few minutes to dry. If you don't want to wait you can use your heat embossing tool and speed up the drying process.

Once the ink is dry you will be taking your paper piercing tool and poke holes in the Vellum. This is necessary to release the fragrance from the envelope. I pierced mine along the long swirl of dots.

Next glue the envelope together on three sides. Add your potpourri and glue the flap shut. You want to use glue for this project. Tape and fragrance oils do not mix well. The oils will break down the tape and your envelope will open up. I did this with bath salts and sour cream containers once!! I had made 50 of them and as I made them I put them in a basket. When I went in my workroom the next morning I had bath salt all over the table and all of the containers had opened at the seams. I had to make all new ones and I glued them!!! Lesson learned!!!! LOL

Once the flap is set you can tie a ribbon around it and it's finished!! So cute and SO quick to make. Plus it's useful!!!

Thank you SO much for stopping by,
Wanda

12 comments:

t.allman said...

What a cute little project! And thanks for all the wonderful little tips you give us.
Nanc

Sara said...

Your weekend projects are back, I love it such a wonderful idea!

stampin_melissa said...

What lovely potpourri containers! Thanks so much for the directions and tips! One question: what type of glue do YOU use? Thanks so much!

Julie's Crafty Corner said...

What a lovely Idea!

Julie

Alexandra said...

What a great project Wanda - thanks for sharing! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

sparklystamper said...

These are great - thanks for a wonderful gift idea! Did you use a glue like Aleene's Tacky glue or something different? Susan :-)

Michelle Tweedy said...

Love it! These will make a great little gift. I'm gonna have do this!

dasimonds said...

Wonderful Project!!
I love it...another Great Idea!!
Thanks for sharing!!

mudmaven said...

This is a super project! I too would like to know more about what glue you used. Thanks so much! ~chris

Pat S. said...

WOW...that is just gorgeous! What a great little gift idea...thanks for sharing this one :)

Anonymous said...

Great project! Would you have any alternate ingredients for someone for whom pot pourri is too strong due to allergies? So cute...tfs :)

Lori said...

Thanks for the great idea! I had bookmarked this and came back today. This is perfect for teacher appreciation week!