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Peacock Feather Earrings. I posted some pictures of peacock feather earrings I made a while back.

Peacock Feather Earrings

I thought I would do a tutorial for how to make them so if any of you are up for a fun summer jewelry project. I saw these a while back at Anthropologie for 40.00 or so. They only cost a couple of dollars to make which is more in my price range. Materials Needed: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. You should be able to find all of these supplies at your local bead or craft store. To start, select two feathers that have the same eye shape and color.

Once you have chosen your feathers strip the feathers until they are the width you want your earrings to be. Once they look like the above picture trim the stem down to a quarter of an inch long. Place the feathers face down into the fold over crimp ends so that once you have folded down both sides of the crimp end, the flat side will be in the front. Carefully with your pliers fold down each side of the crimp end so that it firmly holds the feather. …and like this from the top. Map love. Page corner bookmark for kids in Ideas for kids crafts - StumbleUpon. Decoupage Craft Christmas Gift Ideas with Older Kids.

Decoupage is so fun and can do amazing things!

Decoupage Craft Christmas Gift Ideas with Older Kids

My kids and I had fun taking some of these ordinary items and transforming them into beautiful homemade gifts that they are excited to give for Christmas. These projects are definitely for the older children or can be accomplished with a lot of help for the younger ones. The pictures are the ones we created. The links to the websites with instructions are below the photos. Decoupage Jewelry or Desk Organizer Decoupage Christmas Candle Decoupage Paper Clock Decoupage a Glass Plate Decoupage Votive Candle Holder Need more ideas for Christmas crafts with kids? (Visited 48 time, 2 visit today) Hexagonal Stacking Boxes - Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories. The inspiration for this week’s project comes from the Japanese stacking octagonal box kit shown above.

Hexagonal Stacking Boxes - Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories

We previously used a similar technique to demonstrate a business card box with traditional elegance. We now present a surreal modern makeover for Japanese papercraft boxes by using (recycling) paperboard packaging. We follow the same basic construction techniques, but simplify it by eliminating the paper coverings and decorations. In their place, we use paperboard from cereal, cracker and cookie packaging. These cheerful boxes are easier and less expensive to make and have a surreal quality to them. They are great for storage, gift giving, and decorative use. The abstraction created from taking the package out of its context can be wonderfully fun. To get started, download the pattern here (18K pdf). This is an ideal project for a laser cutter, but can also be made by printing out the pattern and tracing or gluing it onto your material to cut with a hobby knife. Halligan’s american travel map. Summer time really gets my travel bug a-jumpin!

halligan’s american travel map

I am guilty myself, but so many of us long to travel abroad yet don’t take advantage of our very own American continent! This July, my husband Adam and I are hitting the road for a sweet heart’s road trip to explore some of the USA’s beautiful Southern states. We both have big travel dreams. To help us keep up with the places we have been and the places we want to go I created this American travel map that doubles as a piece of interactive artwork for the home. Happy traveling and crafting! CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump! Bandsaw (optional) Xacto knife and blades scissors tape wood glue drill and drill bit computer printer and paper paint brush 18″ x 24″ piece of thin plywood 22″ piece of 1″ x 2″ wood strip 2 eyehooks and picture hanging wire 20″ x 16″ piece of 1/4″ cork ball headed pins water slide paper (optional) - paint 1. 2. 3. Download templates here: Template 1 Template 2 Template 3 Template 4 Template 5 Template 6 4. 5. 6. 7. 1. 2. 3. 1.

Salvaged patchwork bulletin board. Compare to Pottery Barn Teen's fabulous but expensive Style Tiles Whenever I speak to my dad on the phone, he always asks, “Miss me?”

Salvaged patchwork bulletin board

This past month I’ve been getting concerned emails, so apparently some of you missed me—or at least my weekly blog posts. I’ve missed you too. I think I just needed a break. But I’m happy to say I’m back. How to make a patchwork bulletin board Alternatively, of course, this look could also be achieved by sewing the fabric pieces together and wrapping the entirety of bulletin board. Supplies salvaged bulletin boardcardboard or illustration board6 fabric squareshot glue sticksfinish nailssand paperwood puttywhite paint (I used Benjamin Moore Aura Steam [AF-15])primer (I used Kilz 2 latex primer)drop cloththumb tacks Tools hot glue gunhammernail setpaint brushdrill and small drill bit utility knife self-healing mat long metal ruler or yardstickpenciliron & ironing boardscissors 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Persephone Magazine &124; Blog &124; The Lazy Lady's Guide to... - StumbleUpon.

At some point near the middle of March, I always decide that I’m “done” with winter.

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The sweaters and jackets get pushed to the back of the closet, the flip flops come out, and I inevitably freeze my butt off for several weeks until the weather catches up with my warm-weather state of mind. Likewise, my cravings for fresh herbs and veggies are always a little ahead of the season. Growing your own herbs is a great way to save money and avoid buying too much at a time and letting most of it go to waste. If it’s still too cold to plant outside where you are (or if you’re short on space!) This hanging herb garden is the perfect project to get you in gear for spring.

What you’ll need: Tin containers with snap-on plastic lids (tea, cocoa, and coffee cans are a good bet), coat hangers, pliers, scissors, herbs (I bought basil, rosemary, dill, and cilantro for about $2.50 each), masking tape, coffee filters, a nail, a hammer, X-acto knife, scrap fabric or paper, and glue or spray adhesive. Magnetic Pin Dish. Cinnamon Stick Candles {fall ideas} I couldn’t resist linking up to Kate’s craft party so this afternoon I quickly made a centerpiece for the dining room table.

Cinnamon Stick Candles {fall ideas}

This is such an easy craft that you’ll be able to do this project in less than twenty minutes! All you need are cinnamon sticks, candles, a rubber band, and some ribbon/twine. (Note: I found inexpensive cinnamon sticks at Ollie’s.) Place your rubber band around your candle and then place your sticks under the rubber band. To add interest, I varied the height and also varied whether the line on the cinnamon sticks faced outwards or toward the candle. Once the entire candle is covered in sticks, wrap twine or ribbon around the rubber band in order to conceal it. Here you can see the entire casual fall tablescape. I placed a little fun pumpkin on each setting with a hand stamped leaf that I had created for a different project last fall. These candles will transition beautifully into winter with just the addition of some holly berries.

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RTW: Air Plant Chandelier TUTORIAL

I write The Zen of Making, a blog about my adventures in vegan cooking and baking, crafting, sewing, and DIY. Tillandsias are my current obsession (they may take over our apartment), so I’m really excited for the opportunity to share my air plant chandelier tutorial with you crafty folks! If you’ve been following my blog over the past couple of weeks, you are already well aware of my love for air plants. The moment I saw the Air Plant Chandelier Tutorial over at by way of Ready Made’s blog, my tillandsia interest went from enchantment to full-blown obsession.

Once the seed was planted, I knew I couldn’t help but make my own. You need: 4 air plants, 4 clear glass containers with a lip around the top (or a handle), flexible wire, twine, a pair of needle-nose pliers, and a pair of scissors. Cut a piece of wire about 24″ long. Create a loop by crossing the loose ends of the wire. RTW: Straightener Cozy TUTORIAL. Emily is here to show us how to make one of her Straightener Cozies.

RTW: Straightener Cozy TUTORIAL

This is a great gift idea!! Hi! My name is Emily and you can find me over at Licking Lollipops! I am so thankful that Linda invited me to post. I enjoy visiting other blogs and checking out all their awesome projects. I travel a lot. I got my pot holder from Big Lots. First, take your pot holder and measure which way is best for your iron. After deciding that, simply sew around the edge of the bias tape on the side and the closed end. I went around my edges twice just for extra strength. Slip your iron in and you can travel anywhere you want, even if your iron is hot. And tada! Or me! * Be sure to enter today’s Ciao Bella Boutique Giveaway! Share and Enjoy.