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. mer mag
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Yarn Love 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.
Lace Wrapping Paper - Martha Stewart Crafts
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. Natural dye for homemade playdough
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. Making a Tissue Paper Flower Bouquet with Scallop Circle Nestabilities
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. DIY Tissue Paper Flower Garland
DIY Twist Ties 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.
Glittered IZZE Bottles

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.
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! Monday's Cup of Creativity: Beaded Baby Spoons
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!! Fun with Photoshop!! Fun with Photoshop!!
Easter Craft: Yarn Eggs (Easter Decorations) | Outdoor Crafts for Kids - Outdoor Craft Projects 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
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. Ask Design Mom: Teacher Gift
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. Water Soluble Paper – Using a Silicone Baking Tray
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.
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