Handkerchief Crafts

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Handkerchief Crafts
Handkerchiefs are typically square in shape and made of linen or lace. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Handkerchiefs are not just functional, they can also be used to create an assortment of handmade crafts. Most handkerchief crafts are simple to make and can be made using materials found in traditional arts and crafts stores. With a bit of patience and creativity, ordinary handkerchiefs can be transformed into one-of-a kind crafts for personal use or gift-giving.

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Hanky Angel

Hanky angels are easy to make and can be used as decorations during the holidays or as gifts. To create, you will need one lace handkerchief, cotton balls, 10 inches of 1/4-inch thick, white ribbon, one small, round piece of wood with a small hole drilled in the centre to be used as a doll head, craft glue, coloured markers and a pipe cleaner, all of which can be purchased at most traditional arts and crafts stores. Start by placing the handkerchief face down and adding a handful of cotton balls toward the bottom of the handkerchief. Next, roll the handkerchief up toward the top, leaving a small corner section of the handkerchief hanging loose. Pull both ends of the handkerchief toward the centre, crossing the ends. Using the decorative ribbon, wrap the centre of the handkerchief and tie into a large bow to create angel wings. Using the pipe cleaner, create a small loop to be used as a halo and glue to the top of the wooden ball. Insert another stick of pipe cleaner into the small hole at the bottom of the wooden head. Glue to secure, if desired, and tuck the opposite end of the pipe cleaner down into the centre of the angel to attach the head. Decorate using coloured markers to create an angel's face.

Framed Handkerchiefs

Vintage handkerchiefs can be used to create attractive wall decor in a few simple steps. First, obtain a collection of handkerchiefs in a variety of colours and styles. Next, wash and iron each handkerchief until they are smooth and crisp. Measure each handkerchief so you know the dimensions of each one you would like to frame. Next, using 1/8-inch thick glass and 1/16-inch thick poster board, cut them to the dimensions matching your handkerchief, centre the handkerchief onto the poster board and cover with the glass. After ensuring the edges match, apply foil tape, which can be found at most arts and crafts stores, along the top and sides of the craft. Once taping is complete, trim any excess tape and secure the corners with decorative frame corners, which can also be found at most craft supply stores.

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