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DIY Macrame Bracelet. Growing up by the beach in Southern California, the ability to knot a macrame bracelet was practically a right of passage. Although those days are long behind us, we’ve never forgotten the ever-so-simple square knot technique. This time, however, we’re replacing hemp and wooden beads for more updated elements like colorful nylon cord and glossy metal charms. Happy knotting! You’ll need: Start by cutting the knotting cord into two 30 inch, two 20 inch and one 10 inch lengths. Center the 30 inch cord under the two middle strands. Pull tightly and slide the knot up to the top. Finish the 2nd half of the square knot by folding the left cord over the middle strands and under the right cord. Pull tightly and repeat the steps – left, right, left, right . . . To finish the knots, thread one of the cords onto a needle and sew up the center of 3-4 knots along the backside.

Repeat the same step on the other cord. After sewing up both knotting cords, trim away any excess. Pappersuggla – Craft of the Day, paper owl. Apropå gårdagens ugglor, så har jag inte ledsnat än… Ta en titt på dessa söta ugglor. Mönstren kommer från 3eyedbear och de är gratis att ladda ner och använda för privat bruk. Det finns 14 (!) Olika färgvarianter. Jag skrev ut mina på vanligt kopieringspapper. Skriv ut, klipp (eller använd vass kniv) och vik & klistra ihop enligt beskrivning. Make Your Own Glitter Flats. In case you haven’t noticed in the past almost 3 years (!!) WANM has been in existence, I am not a crafty person. Nope, I leave the crafts to Chels and I stick to the kitchen (where disasters can easily be shoved down the garbage disposal!).

It’s not that I don’t want to get into crafts; I’ve just never been good at them. I like following recipes. I don’t like open-ended assignments where I have to choose colors and designs. I have no patience waiting for things to dry and I don’t have a steady hand for decorating. My art teacher in 4th grade laughed at me because I, allegedly, don’t hold scissors correctly. But still. It started with these: The Kate Spade Nell Glitter Flats.

The Gap Glitter Ballet Flats. And then, the other day, I was watching the Today Show and they had a whole segment on DIY glittering. I was immediately super excited, but Chris was a bit skeptical when I told him. DIY Glitter Flats: All together, I spent about $32 on supplies. It helped. And behold: The Glitter! [Sues] The BEST Play-Dough Recipe. Have you ever made play dough and it just fell apart?? Well… not this time. This recipe will make play dough that is seriously the closest thing to store-bought you’ll ever make. No falling apart or drying out (as long as stored in a sealed container). It will last up to 6 months.The secret to this recipe?? Two things: First, Cream of Tarter… it’s what helps the dough stay together. and Second, not a lot of salt… all that salt dries out your dough! Ready to make it?

Ingredients: 1 C Flour 1 C Water 1/4 C Salt 1 TBSP Vegetable Oil 2 tsp Cream of Tarter Food Coloring (actual coloring or a kool-aid packet will do) Sparkles (If you wanna be a fun mom!) Pour in all ingredients. Stir until everything is mixed well. Once the mixture is (mostly) clump free. Stir. Stir, Stir Stir.Just keep stirring until the Play Dough is formed.

Remove from heat, and knead by hand. Once cooled it’s ready to go. What a fun thing to do on a rainy day! # kristanlynn xoxo UPDATE- answering your questions: DIY Glow Jars Tutorial. Posted on October 19, 2011 by Christina Aren’t these glow jars sublime? They take about two minutes to make and cost only 20 cents a piece. How’s that for an enticing DIY wedding project? These would look amazing at an evening outdoor wedding. If you like this project, check out my DIY ‘glitterarium‘. DIY Glow Jars Tutorial For each glow jar you will need: a jartwo Glow Sticksscissorsrubber glovessafety glasses Disclaimer: This is a project meant to be done by an adult – not a child! Purchase Glow Sticks (I got a pack of 15 for $1.50) and dig a jar out of your cupboard. Grab two glow sticks and cut at one end. How to Transfer a Photograph Onto a Block of Wood.

Stencil with freezer paper (harry potter tee) Yes, I am a nerd. I came up with a brilliant idea for a Harry Potter t-shirt and I couldn't resist. "Expecto Patronum! " However, you can make whatever kind of design you want with a freezer paper stencil. It doesn't have to be Harry Potter related. I learned about the joys of freezer paper back in my early college days. Basically, freezer paper is backed with a plastic coating that will stick to soft surfaces when ironed, but it peels off cleanly and easily. To make a sweet t-shirt you will need: paper & pencil a t-shirt an iron a piece of cardboard or poster board fabric paint & brush Start by drawing your design on some regular old paper.

My design kept getting bigger, so I taped two sheets together. Next, place your design underneath a sheet of freezer paper and trace it neatly with a sharpie. The marker gives your lines greater width making it easier to cut them out and paint them in later. Now place a piece of cardboard under your freezer paper to protect your table while you cut. Glass Etching. Have you ever done any glass etching? Well, neither had I before today. But wow. Such an easy, yet sweet little touch that you can add to any glass. Check out my new and improved etched Trifle Bowl.

The perfect bowl for desserts of all kinds…..and even a great place for fresh fruit on the counter. And I kind of adore that little bird perched on the branch. Glass etching is also a great way to stamp your name on your pyrex dishes, to make sure they come back to you. And how about adding a little extra detail, just because…… (Edited to Add: The font used here is called Smiley Monster and I downloaded the font for free here.) Sweet in every way. Are you wanting to make your own? (This technique permanently etches your glass. First, you’ll need a piece of vinyl with an adhesive back, like the vinyl you buy for vinyl wall decor. Then peel away the shapes, leaving the negative space all in one piece. The Silhouette code for the bird/branch is: bird_on_branch_C00044_23067 01/18/2010 Good luck! Life in general: yarn bowls.

Okay, here's how it goes. It's super easy and just a little bit messy. ;) Supplies: yarn + glue + bowl Prep: Cover a bowl with plastic wrap. Or use a balloon as your form. (I think these look pretty.) Method: Dip yarn into glue. *Once the bowls were constructed I considered brushing on some liquid starch (just to help stiffen the yarn) but I didn't get around to it. The kids had a fun time with this project. The other two needed help from time to time. The other one loved the project, repeatedly complimented everyone's "awesome" bowls, and made a good effort until she ran out of steam and I finished the bowl. Bottom line . . . it kept them busy for an hour, yes there was lots of hand-washing and wiping but the mess was contained to 1/2 of the dining table (not too bad), and they all ended with a project they were proud of.

Tutorial: Homemade Sidewalk Chalk. By Michelle Vackar, Modern Handmade Child One of our favorite outside activities at our home is drawing with chalk on the driveway. You can play hopscotch, four-square, and of course draw and create silly stories. My daughters and I were talking one day as we played hopscotch about how to make chalk and I thought to myself, let’s try it! It ended up being quite a lot of fun. What you will need: • Toilet paper or paper towel tubes • Scissors • Duct tape • Wax paper • Small bucket or disposable container to make the recipe • ¾ cup of warm water • 1 ½ cups Plaster of Paris • 2-3 tablespoons of tempera paint • Paper bag or a “mess mat” ** we made six tubes of chalk – we simply doubled the above recipe.

Step 1: If you are using paper towel tubes, cut each tube in half, so it is roughly the length of a toilet paper roll tube. Step 2: Cover one end of each tube with duct table to hold the contents within. Step 3: Cut as many pieces of wax paper as you have tubes. Sand playdough. As we have been running some workshops on sand recently, it has caused us to think widely about uses we can find for this wonderful, cheap and accessible product. All children love playdough and all children love sand (well nearly all!) … so why not combine them? We found an uncooked recipe that is very successful. 4 cups clean sand 3 cups flour 1 cup water 1/4 cup oil Combine all ingredients together in a bowl.

It combines sand table play and playdough, and children never want to put it away. It is good for children that are very tactile. We also like to adapt our mini playdough recipe to include sand so the children can make individual batches of dough. 1 tablespoon clean sand 4 tablespoons plain flour 2 tablespoons water 2 teaspoons vegetable oil Additional sand to roll playdough through for added texture Alternatively you could make up your regular playdough recipe, a little wetter than usual, and provide the children with containers of sand to roll and mix the playdough through! Print Hula Hoop Rug Page | Crafts. Paper Flowers – Anyone Can Do That |

Japanese Kusudama, this tutorial is featured on Craftuts Anyone can do that, I assure you. The proof: I can, just take a quick look at my result below. And, believe me, I am neither meticulous nor particularly patient. You could even say I’m the opposite. Below you can see my very first attempt to create paper flowers. What you will need to make your own Kusudama paper ball? 1. 3. 4. (optionally) I prefer torn paper instead of cut. You have to start with a single petal. Now you have to glue your 5 petals into a flower. Apply the glue to only one side of each petal, except for the last one, in this case cover both sides with glue.

Your first flower is done. Don’t glue every petal right after you make it. When all 12 flowers are finished you have to glue them together. When two halves of Kusudama Flower Ball are ready you have to glue them together. DIY Brooch Bouquet. Remember I mentioned my fiance's family visiting me this weekend? It was INCREDIBLY productive! One of the things I want to share with you today is the brooch bouquet we worked on. Not to sound overly sensitive (okay okay, I am), but it is so amazing how Jose's family AND community are a part of this wedding. What I mean is that Jose's Mom, Mama Nels, is very close to the women at her church. She mentioned my search for brooches in my crazy idea to create a brooch bouquet. They pitched in and donated some brooches! I have felt the support of Jose's family beyond what I can describe. Let me just throw out there that in the beginning I had some rough trials. See this mushroom? My first idea was to use a half sphere styrofoam to stick the brooches into along with a square bottom that I would trim later for the base.

I then wrapped it in tissue paper to cover it up Then I used these hair pins I bought at a thrift store to hold the half sphere and square (and for decoration)... Like this Ta-da!