Make a Mini-Peg Card Holder
Mini-Peg Card Holders
Yesterday I was in Milton Keynes (yes, that place made famous by concrete cows and huge shopping centre). It was actually the shopping centre that was my destination and I actually saw the Concrete Cows. True story - they used to live in a field/park round the corner from where I lived, in MK. Now they live under the famous Oak Tree, in the middle of the new shopping centre extension.
Anyway, I went into the large branch of a certain famous Department Store chain. In their haberdashery and craft department, I found two packs of mini-pegs, attached to which were hearts, butterflies and dragonflies. These are cut from thin wood, which is covered with fabric:
Lovely, aren't they?
So I bought them. Brought them home. Hatched a Plan to make a Present for a certain tiny person's birthday in a month's time. The tiny person's mummy loves vintage-style stuff, also banners, bunting, streamers and all things long, trailing and pretty. "I will make a Birthday Card Hanger!" I thought....
So I did. Like this:
Sort your little decorated pegs into an arrangement you like and lay it out on a flat surface. I had one pack of all-hearts and a pack of mixed butterflies and dragonflies; so I decided to use "Heart, Butterfly, Heart, Dragonfly, Heart... etc" as my arrangement.
Decide how long you want your banner to be and cut a length of thread for it.
This will depend on a few factors, which you will need to determine yourself really... for me it was wanting to have a banner that held birthday cards, but would be short enough to hang on a fireplace/in an alcove etc; but I also wanted the pegs to be close enough together not to look sparse (as they are small). I decided to use half the pegs on one banner and then made my thread about 120cm long.
The length of thread needs to be long enough to hold the pegs and also to leave extra at each end, to attach to something for hanging (a pin, sticky tack stuff, tie onto something etc).
The thread should be strong enough to take the weight of the cards - 12 greetings cards would be reasonably heavy, so I used a strong linen thread, that I have for book binding. A piece of strong crochet cotton, string, thin tape or ribbon, or even fine wire, could also be used.
Thread this through a suitable needle.
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Space out your pegs.
You need to space your pegs evenly, so it looks neat and balanced. As you see, I used my cutting mat as a guide.
Decide how far apart you want the pegs, thread the next peg on and slide it up the thread, so it is the correct distance from the one before - as shown. I chose a spacing of 8cm between pegs.
Make sure your peg is the right way up! I'm sure you wouldn't want pegs sticking up in the air, with upside-down butterflies...
Make your loop around the peg-spring.
Use the tip of a finger to keep the peg in the right place, as the thread will pull through if you let it.
Continue along the thread, spacing each peg the same distance from the one before.
Take care not to slide the pegs along the thread, as you move them out of your way while you are working.
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Use a blob of strong PVA glue to secure the thread loop to the back of the peg.
Lay out the peg string in a line. Adjust any "slides" that may have occurred - check measurements if you need to.
Glue every thread loop to its peg. Leave the whole string to dry thoroughly - a good time for a refreshing cup of tea, your lunch or a good night's sleep!
Make another if you want to. Hang on the wall - singly or together.
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These would be great at a wedding reception or special party. You could attach slips of paper - like I have - and guests could take one, write a special message to the Happy Couple / Birthday Person / To Whom It May Concern, then re-attach it to the peg-string. You'd have a whole line of good wishes to take home!
You could also make these for other occasions. I have seen these mini-pegs in lots of craft shops etc. Sometimes they have embellishments attached, others they are just plain. They come in colours, made of wood or plastic. I've seen gold and silver ones too.
If they don't have embellishements on, you can make your own, or buy some of the crafters' embellishment packs and attach them to the pegs yourself.
I've seen these with lots of other embellishments - ladybirds (ladybugs!), bees, frogs, fishes, dinosaurs, birds, butterflies, flowers, Santas, reindeer, fir trees, holly, mistletoe.... you get the idea!
You can get them online too. In UK there's a children's craft catalogue, sent home by many schools, called Yellow Moon. They have a website where you can buy craft supplies - Yellow Moon, pegs. I'm sure there are other sites too.
Of course, you could make something similar with full-sized wooden spring-pegs. There are plenty of ready-made embellishments that you could glue onto these. They would hold all kinds of stuff, from cards to scrap pages, ribbons to bunting flags...
Have a go and leave me a link to your project - I'd love to see what great ideas this sparks off!