Tips for Crafters Looking for Christmas Hardware

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Michael Sellick, known online as 'Mikey', I am the founder and leader of The Crochet Crowd. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet and play with yarn.

28 thoughts on “Tips for Crafters Looking for Christmas Hardware

  • October 24, 2014 at 5:21 pm
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    I have found old lamp shades to have the right size metal rings to make wealths with. Just take the shade off the metal and use it for crafting.

  • November 9, 2013 at 5:53 pm
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    Would a large mouth canning ring work?

  • November 7, 2013 at 11:25 am
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    I have actually used a plastic lid( came from the $1.00 cookie containers at Walmart) for Christmas wreaths- made the pattern up as I went- did not have to run around- just needed a circle- anything that was round will do the job-( now I am looking at butter tub lids)- I will try to get a photo & post on the site. I try to re-use the plas
    tics before recycling them. Happy crafting all.

  • November 7, 2013 at 6:22 am
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    All my suggestions have already been mentioned. I do have a comment regarding the quote at
    the top of this news letter. Shouldn’t it be that we “shouldn’t fear to be wrong”?

  • November 6, 2013 at 2:28 pm
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    Can’t wait to see what this project is. When is the unveiling?

  • November 6, 2013 at 1:42 pm
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    Make the ring with a piece of sturdy wire wrapped in floral tape or even in favorite color yarn. Often times when I can’t find what I need I end up using a coat wire hanger cut to size…

  • November 6, 2013 at 1:11 pm
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    Recycle your plastic lids. I cut the middle out of them & use the ring to make wreaths in different sizes.

    • November 7, 2013 at 12:13 am
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      Kathy that is a very good idea on the plastic lids.

    • November 7, 2013 at 11:27 am
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      I also do the same- would love to see a picture- send me a e-mail if you like- Thanks

  • November 6, 2013 at 1:04 pm
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    I have needed a ring in the past and have taken the plastic top from a butter or coffee can lid for example, cut the rim off and crocheted around it. If you want it to be really stiff you may have to use several of them glued together. But it works and you don’t have to spend any money for it.

  • November 6, 2013 at 1:01 pm
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    If the bottom part of the craft isn’t too heavy, you can use rubber sealer rings. I’m not positive you can get them anymore since the new tops have the rubber part on them. But if you can find some, they are nice because they are a bit stretchy and easy to get over a door knob.

  • November 6, 2013 at 11:58 am
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    The dollar store is great for bits and pieces, if you have, keep forgetting you live so far out Mikey. I am really curious about this now 🙂

  • November 6, 2013 at 11:44 am
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    I think I am going to try to use shower curtain rings cuz I have extra laying around. Plus I can always find stuff at garage sales and dollar trees.

  • November 6, 2013 at 11:21 am
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    If one is really stuck, what about using a wire hanger? Cut desired length…snip and twist?

  • November 6, 2013 at 10:57 am
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    I have been in the same situation many times. I know what I need, but can’t find it. My grandmother was instrumental in my problem solving skills, since we often used “trash” and whatever we found around the house to craft.
    A few things come to mind for making a sturdy ring: wire coat hanger, any type of wire, plastic tubing (like oxygen tubing or the tubing from an aquarium), etc. To make the ring workable, cover it with masking tape (or electrical tape or duct tape) and cover it by wrapping scrap fabric around it or crocheting to cover it.
    Granny’s “make it or make do” lessons have inspired me to make many of my children’s most loved toys and wonderful gifts over the years. She was a master recycler!

  • November 3, 2013 at 12:18 am
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    You are so right! And having others give you some suggestions that might work with the project you are doing can also be a GREAT help! Knowing myself, being caught not being able to find a needed item and having to improvise can be a problem…but sometimes an even better solution! It is nice to hear that others also run into the problem of not being able to find a needed item! Happy Holiday Crafting!

  • November 2, 2013 at 7:15 pm
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    Michaels and Joanns should have what you are looking for

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      November 3, 2013 at 10:26 am
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      I’m Canadian so Joanne’s isn’t an option for me. Michaels Stores are a pretty far distance from me as well. I was thinking I might need to order the rings online as well.

  • November 2, 2013 at 6:58 pm
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    Mikey, I love your humility and openness that you blog with regarding your artistic process. It really helps me appreciate the process I go through working through a project. I used to get all stressed out to the point of feeling like a failure and having a melt down. You show me it’s ok to slow down and adapt and that projects can evolve and that it doesn’t have to be exactly the way I pictured it in my mind. I find that since I have followed your example, I enjoy the process more and I have allowed my creativity to expand. I am much calmer for it. I thank you and my husband and my children thank you too!

  • November 2, 2013 at 5:31 pm
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    Dollarama and now Dollar tree is starting too creep into Canada are great for little crafty items. they always got loads Christmas decorations , they are cheap you can take apart if you need be.

  • November 2, 2013 at 4:54 pm
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    If you are looking for just rings they sell solid metal rings in many sizes at craft stores. I buy them at Michael’s all the time for making dream catchers and they are usually pretty inexpensive. You can usually find them online listed as ‘Metal Craft Rings’.

  • November 2, 2013 at 4:53 pm
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    I bought one of the can openers that leave no sharp edges. I found that opening the tops of the pop top soups with this can opener can leave a nice ring, fairly sturdy too. All you have to do after removing the lid, is to pop the top and take out the center part. Best part is.. you get something tasty to eat in the process!

  • November 2, 2013 at 4:12 pm
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    I found rings at Michiels a 4 pack for 2.49 a little less than 6″ in diameter.
    They had smaller and larger sizes to not sure of the size you are looking for but if there is a Michel’s store near you ask directions in the store to the dream
    catcher rings.

  • November 2, 2013 at 3:36 pm
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    the embroidery hoops came to my mind, too.

  • November 2, 2013 at 3:25 pm
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    Oh man I have the exact same delema! I am looking for a ring to hang over the door knob! I have looked in both places that you mentioned and some craft stores too. I remember my grandma getting some very nice door knob rings at Woolworths. We don’t have a woolworths here any more. I love your idea of finding a ready made ornament and taking it apart to make something new. Thanks for the idea! I have about a dozen red and green granny squares that I was going to make a blanket out of. Now I had the idea to line them in a row with a couple of bells on the bottom to make as door hangers!

  • November 2, 2013 at 2:27 pm
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    I’m not sure what your project is, waiting patiently, but would one of the cheap, wooden embroidery hoops work. There is a small one that is only 3 inches diameter and I’ve found them for less that a dollar, and maybe both halves could be used for 2 projects.

    • November 6, 2013 at 10:44 am
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      For a quick fix to the door ring displays, is go to a dollar store and get some pretty bangle bracelets. Work like a charm…

    • November 6, 2013 at 12:56 pm
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      If you know anyone who use to macramé, you would find rings from them. The Salvation Army usually has them from donations. I get my rings at Michaels because I use them for making candy wreaths for the Holidays. Hope this will help. paulettem5090@comcast.net Give me some feedback.

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