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Mer mag. After Jon and I had been married for a few years Jon's parents went on a trip to Europe. Knowing our love of theater, puppeteering and European toys in general, they returned home with two pop-up puppets for us. I have loved having them around (as have the boys) and have often looked over at them, and thought, "you know, I really need to make my own version of one of these". And after I made these Halloween paper mache puppets, I knew right away, I wanted to do a version of these in pop-up form.

So for Easter this year, that is just what we did. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1. (The template is larger than an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper and was created for an 11x14 size paper. After printing the template I then traced it onto rigid chip board (actually taken from a stay flat mailer I use for shipping my prints in my shop, but you can use any sort of rigid chip board you might have lying around, such as a thick cereal box, etc.). 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 2. 3. 4. 5. And little A is quite the fan as well. BOOK - print workshop. If you are stocking the print & pattern fabrics we can list your shop here. Yarn Love. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012 | Comments: 98 Spell out your feelings with this easy-to-make sign of love.

To make this you will need: wire reinforced clothesline (available at home improvement & hardware stores), yarn & wire clippers. Clip off a length of clothesline (it took about a yard to make this) and shape into the word, "LOVE". Tie or hot glue end of yarn onto beginning of wire and start wrapping the entire word with yarn. When you reach a point where two wires cross each other, wrap yarn around both wires to stabilize the design and hold the word in place. Wrap yarn all the way to the end of the word and tie a knot or add a dab of hot glue to secure. Crafts. Lace Wrapping Paper. Natural dye for homemade playdough. By Kate on July 16, 2010 I‘ve discovered lately that its really easy to dye homemade playdough with natural ingredients. We dyed ours using raspberries, rose petals, beetroot, blueberries, turmeric and oak tree bark. Check out the results in the picture below.

Pretty good eh? As well as creating some great playdough it’s also a lovely way to teach kids that some of the most beautiful dyes can be found in your own back yard. First of all you need to extract your dye: Raspberries and strawberries Put a big handful of raspberries and a cup of water in a pan. Rose petals Roughly tear up the petals from about six red roses and put in pan with a cup of water. Beetroot Chop up one medium sized beetroot and put in pan with a cup of water. Blueberries Put a big handful of blueberries and a cup of water in a pan. Turmeric Put approx two teaspoons of turmeric in a pan with a cup of water. Oak tree bark Playdough recipe ♥ Combine all the ingredients in a pan (don’t worry about sieving the flour). Making a Tissue Paper Flower Bouquet with Scallop Circle Nestabilities. I've been really interested in paper flower making this summer. I want to make sure I keep my indoors looking vibrant throughout the year, I always get a little sad when the flowers are gone come fall.

At first I started out with the plentiful tutorials for accordian folding tissue paper flowers online. Then I found some great crepe paper kits by Martha Stewart at my local Michaels craft store... but I quickly realized I'm too lazy for cutting out so many pieces of individual flower petals... and the floral tape... uck what a sticky nightmare. Then I stumbled onto the great paper flower tutorials at Folding Trees They were using tissue paper cut into circles for their flowers.

I wasn't quite happy with the way mine were coming out and felt they needed a more realistic scalloped edge. Here's how I went about making them: 1 - First take a full sheet of tissue paper and either fold it, or cut out 3.5" square pieces, to make a stack large enough to cut out the circular shapes. Have fun! DIY Tissue Paper Flower Garland. Brace yourselves for paper flowers galore! Hillary created tissue paper flower wreaths to be used for one of her brides’ wedding as centerpieces.

We’re in awe of the color burst of paper craftiness. Paper Rose Tutorial: Step 1. Take six or seven layers of tissue paper and cut about 4 different sizes of petal shapes into the paper, giving you about 25 individual “petals”. Paper Lily Tutorial: Step 1. Paper Dahlia Tutorial This is the most commonly made tissue paper flower and you can find tutorials all over the web (you may have made them in elementary school as well). Paper Daisy Tutorial Step 1. You may remember those orange carnations from this tissue paper pomander project from back in the day.

Wreath Instructions: Start with a 12″ or comparable white Styrofoam ring. Continue building out your wreath flower by flower until you have a full ring. She plans on putting these centerpieces on top of lake blue taffeta linens in the centers of her dinner tables at her wedding next June. Enjoy. DIY Twist Ties. I saw some of the cutest twist ties at the craft store last week.

I decided it would be simple enough to make DIY twist ties. So I gathered my supplies and got to work (I had everything on hand so they were free.) I cut the paper 4 3/4″ long and a little over 1/4″ wide. I used 26 gauge wire and cut it the same length as the paper. Then I stuck double sided tape to the back side of the paper and peeled the protective cover off.

I stuck the wire to the tape.Edited: The tape I used is Terrifically Tacky Tape (it’s on a roll) by Provo Craft. Then put the other paper on top. Aren’t they fun? You can make them out of any paper for any occasion. I’m going to be making dozens of these for gift giving. Have you linked your awesome projects to the Home Decor and Organizing Link Party? Don’t forget to enter to win a $50 Wal-Mart gift card courtesy of Triad Retail Media and Glade. Glittered IZZE Bottles. The next thing I wanted to do to the IZZE bottles was glitter them. You can check out how I drilled the holes in the back of the bottles here. I used Goo Gone to take off the sticky residue that was left over from the label. It also removes stamps that are on the bottles. Then I taped off the area I wanted to glitter. I taped it off where the neck of the bottle starts to get skinnier.

I brushed mod podge on the bottom part of the bottle then sprinkled on the glitter. I left them dry a few minutes. Then carefully peeled the blue tape off. So how do you like the glittered bottles? Have a Wonderful Wintery Weekend! Monday's Cup of Creativity: Beaded Baby Spoons. I got this wonderful idea from one of my favorite bloggers, Anna from Your Little Birdie. I thought it was so cute, I had to try it for my friends Becky and Garrett and their new little baby girl (who will be born any day now!!) I also added my own little twist and put the baby's name on a couple of the spoons. Here's How I did it: Materials: Baby spoons-I used these adorable spoons by Munchkin-they are BPA free and already come adorable with the pastel coated heads and the hearts cut into the ends!

I found mine at Babys R Us.22-gauge wireBeads of various colors (I used Bead Treasure glass beads-Rainbow mix and Seed Bead Mix-both purchased at Hobby Lobby. I also used Bead design Company Alphabet Beads purchased at Hobby Lobby).Wire Cutter and Jewelry Pliers (I actually have a two-in one!) Delightful Beading! PS: Remember how I mentioned that I was getting rid of Fashion Friday? * I participate in several great link parties throughout the week. Fun with Photoshop!! Fun with Photoshop… It hasn’t rained here all summer in Houston Texas, so we made a photo to show our faith that it is going to RAIN soon!! Step one…take photo painting sky Step two- convert to black and white, and adjust contrast, light levels, and sharpen Step three- Paint sky and photograph 4. 5. go to the sky painting image and click select/all ……. then click edit/copy 6. now return to the blk and wht photo of your artist and click edit paste….this will paste the painted sky onto your black and white photo. 7.Use the move tool to stretch it and move it to where you want it. 8. 9. then just use the eraser tool to erase around your artist and any other part you don’t want the painting to show, flatten image, and VOILA!!

Email me your creative results or questions and I will post everyone’s photos on my next blog!! Easter Craft: Yarn Eggs (Easter Decorations) | Outdoor Crafts for Kids - Outdoor Craft Projects. This photo originally appeared in FamilyFun Magazine Total Time weekend projects Ages school-age These bright and funky eggs are a blast for kids to make -- and they're a great party decoration too. If packed away carefully, they should last for years. What you'll need Thin cotton yarn Balloons Craft glue Newspaper Waxed paper Clothespin Clothes hanger How to make it For each egg, cut twenty 3-foot-long strands of cotton yarn and blow up a balloon to a 6- to 8-inch diameter. Ask Design Mom: Teacher Gift. Ask Design Mom Question: Hello Design Mom. I’m looking for inexpensive but useful teacher gift ideas. Got anything up your sleeve?

Thanks in advance. Courtney C. Design Mom Answer: Great question, Courtney. And you’re in luck. “This upcoming week is the last week of school for my kids. -I bought the soap at Target… on sale for $1 per bottle. Click here to download the free label template — just add the name and a simple illustration. What about you, Clever Readers? Water Soluble Paper – Using a Silicone Baking Tray. I was going through my old photos, cleaning out my sadly overstuffed Flickr account, and found these photos.

While this was one soap that didn’t make the final taping for the Microsoft Small Business Summit (didn’t see this series back in 2008? Check it out here), I wanted to share the technique with you. This is a good way to embed larger photos using Water Soluble Paper. Step One: Pour a thin layer of Clear Melt and Pour Soap down. Don’t spray alcohol. Alcohol makes the ink bleed. Optional Step: 24 hours before embedding your Water Soluble Paper page, lightly spray with a very fine drizzle of hairspray to help set the color on the paper. Step Two: When the Clear Layer is fully set, gently pour cool temperature opaque soap on the back of the paper.

Step Three: When the soap has fully set up, gently peel away from the mold. Step Four: Use a sharp large butcher knife to cut the soap into the shape you want. Make Your Own Stationery: Pop-Up Cards. Since you've already mastered heat embossing, it's time to move on to the next big thing in creative stationery: pop-up cards! Though they can be a bit time consuming, pop up cards aren't all that difficult, and the same principles apply to all manner of cards. Though the ones I've made are all colorful and cheerful, you could also make something a bit more subdued by subbing in white paper (a white-and-red "I <3 U" card would be really cute). Interested? Dust off your X-acto knife, crack open a fresh glue stick, and let's get started. But first things first: materials. To make these cards, you'll need: colored cardstock (or do like I did, and just buy some blank cards), text-weight paper (get a variety of colors), an X-acto knife, scissors, a glue stick, a pencil, and a really good eraser.

That's it! Start by folding your cardstock in half (if you're not using a pre-folded card). Take your knife and start cutting along the lines you traced. Now it's time to glue the back piece on. How to Make a Small Origami 3-D Heart. Happy Valentine’s Day! » Kristen Duke Photography. I LOVE holidays! I love making the most of them through fun food, colorful decorations, and bringing a smile to my kids’ faces in any way I can. Mission accomplished this morning with balloons, heart pancakes, and a trail of chocolates leading my kids to a festive table. I am a big believer that having traditions with our family gives children a sense of stability and security that will benefit them in life and bond our family with closeness.

That is one of my main goals in life–to have a family who loves to be around each other. What better time to have traditions than around holidays? We did our “heart attack” last Monday for FHE, we each wrote something we loved about each family member and put them on the kitchen cabinets. I have LOVED all the Valentine’s ideas out there in blogland. Above: The baby is still asleep, but the big kids (though sorta groggy) are happy (success)! Notice above what the baby is eyeing….. She wanted a fistful of suckers and I said no. Kristen Duke. DIY SATURDAY :: VINTAGE PAINT WINE BOTTLES. Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget. DIY SATURDAY :: RECYCLING CARDBOARD BOXES + EDITABLE LABELS. DIY Cookie Cutters » The Beat That My Heart Skipped – A blog dedicated to daily design inspirations. By Rohini Wahi. Five Fun Bath Time Activities for Kids. DIY ombre trash bin. DIY Mirrored Art....PB knock off. Make your own Chalkboard Paint. DIY Tile Coasters. Anthropologie Floral Necklace DIY.

Anthropologie Bonheur Necklace Tutorial. Tutorial: Springy Rings. Washington DC Wedding Blog ~ DIY Inspiration | Capitol Romance ~ A Creative DC Wedding Blog. Classic Felt Flowers – Tutorial. Tutorial: Felt Rosettes. Tapas de botellas / Caps / Flaschendeckel. Toy Animal Rack. Ladybug Advice Board | Five To Nine. Homemade Finger Paints. Lego Polymer Clay Box. Mini Storage bottle (fits in the pocket) Creepy Creature Canisters. DIY wooden picture. How-to recycle those crayon stubs into a swell homemade gift. Personalized Journal and Crayons. Weaving. How To: Lavender Teabag. Hand-stamped valentine kit. Sewing 101: recycled paper basket. DIY: Glitter Shoes. Before and after: Pink coffee tables. Heart wall lamp. No-fuss foam roses. Bean and soda pop bottle vase. No-fuss paper roses. Papa's got a brand new disc. Cut-out felt table runner. January Jumpstart Inspiration: Melissa's DIY Projects. Simple Stylish Project: DIY Hanging Planter Song & Dance.

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