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2011 Ultimate DIY Gift Guide. I am very excited to share something special I've been working on...

2011 Ultimate DIY Gift Guide

I know how much I love making and receiving handmade gifts (and I'm sure there's some of you out there who do too) so I figured why not create an ultimate collection of ideas!? All items listed below were chosen with a "gift-giving" mindset... So, whether you need a housewarming gift, baby shower idea, birthday or holiday present, you'll be sure to find some inspiration here. Just follow the links to various amazing sites for step-by-step instructions, tutorials, and recipes. I hope these help stir up some extra creativity! *Please note that all links & photos were active & working at the time I created this post, however, over time if you discover a link is no longer available, please leave a comment and let me know.

Fantasy Map Luminaries. Avatar: The Last Airbender Stones, White Glass by =ChimeraDragonfang on deviantART. Hawaiian Buzz Lightyear Papercraft. Constellation Jar. I asked Amy of This Heart of Mine for a project that would be fun for kids or adults.

Constellation Jar

I love that she thought of star-gazing! We’re so far into the countryside, that the stars here are outrageously bright. It’s awesome! — Gabrielle Star gazing is one of my favorite things. Because of my love of the stars, when my daughter was little, I purchased her a night light that shines stars all over her bedroom walls. What you’ll need: - a wide mouth jar – The jar needs to be wide enough to fit the small click light inside. -an awl - scissors Cut a strip of the cake pan long enough to fit around inside the jar and tall enough to reach to the very top of the jar.

Use the awl to poke holes for the constellations. I connected the constellation dots with a silver Sharpie to make them easier to spot. Fill in the other space with more holes. Roll the aluminum sheet until it fits snug inside the jar. Put the encircled aluminum sheet inside the jar. I feel melty. EDIT 11/5/2012: We are no longer selling custom crayon pieces in our Etsy shop.

I feel melty.

We are now focusing on a new jewelry project, so please check that out and we hope you enjoy the tutorial below! Edit: We are now selling custom crayon pieces in our Etsy shop! If you have questions about commissioning your own artwork, please see the shop or email us at Here’s our contribution to the melted crayon craze on Pinterest. My original inspiration was this one, though original source is apparently unknown, because I found it on Pinterest. Anyway! Make a braided t-shirt rug. Select a few old t-shirts from your closet, a thrift store, or your Aunt Marcy's NASCAR t-shirt collection.

I used 5.5 t-shirts to make a rug that is approximately 18" in diameter, but if you have more time and patience than I do or if you want a bigger rug, you could use more shirts. Next step is to prepare the t-shirts by cutting them and turn them into yarn. I used a method that I found on YouTube but I took some photos of this step for here. You will want to flatten the shirt out in front of you, but face it sideways so that one sleeve points toward you and the other points away from you. Next, measure out every 2 inches from the bottom seam of the shirt (which is on the left or right side now), all the way to under the sleeves of the shirt.

TUTORIAL: Coffee Stirrer DIY Wall Art - Last week, I posted a preview of the simple, inexpensive wall art my mom and I created.

TUTORIAL: Coffee Stirrer DIY Wall Art -

Now I’m excited to show you how you can make a one-of-a-kind coffee stirrer masterpieces too! I’m big on projects that anyone can do. And this is one of those projects. If you can smear paint on wood and use scissors, you can make this easy art. (Don’t you dare say you’re not “creative!” Here’s all you need to get started: 1. Additional Supplies: 5. Okay, first things first. So, once you’ve got your palette, it’s time to paint your frames and your coffee stirrers! My mom and I did our painting as the sun was setting, which is always a questionable decision. Sand bowls by leetal rivlin. Hikaru Dorodango. In a clean container, add water to the dirt.

Hikaru Dorodango

The ratio of water to dirt will vary depending on the type of dirt. Start by adding a small amount of water, mix, and slowly add more water until the mud reaches an even consistency, similar to dough. Grab a handful of mud and begin to shape it into a sphere with both hands, squeeze out as much water as you can. Eliminate irregularities from the mass by gently shaking it. The vibration removes voids, increases surface moisture, and facilitates compaction. Step 3: Create Preliminary Capsule Holding the ball in one hand, grab handfuls of dirt with the other and sprinkle the dirt over the ball.

Step 4: Draw the Moisture Out Insert the ball into a plastic bag. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the ball begins to feel leather-hard to the touch. Step 5: Create Final Capsule Layer.