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Curling Ribbon Coasters. Years ago when I was a college student, I had a part time job in a card store.

Curling Ribbon Coasters

One day on the job, I was fiddling with the curling ribbon we used for balloons. As I twisted and curled it in my fingers, I found myself rolling it into a tight spiral. As it grew and I added more colors, I soon realized I had a really cool design forming, and without too much effort I would have a spiral of color large enough to use as a coaster. I bought some rolls of ribbon and that weekend I sat down and made several fun coasters by carefully coiling the ribbon around itself.

Ever since then, whenever I get balloons or gifts that are tied with curling ribbon, I save the ribbon in a special box in my craft room. Selecting the ribbon You probably haven’t been saving up used curling ribbon from balloons and packages (not yet, anyway), so you might need to buy some new ribbon to start on this project.

Winding the ribbon Now for the fun part. You can see a lot of potential fun here with patterns and colors.

Flowers (mostly paper)

String Lanterns. Jessica of Wednesday Inc shows us how to make those gorgeous twine chandeliers from the inspiration shoot she shared with us this morning.

String Lanterns

Using balloons, glue and twine, you can also make these lanterns for your wedding – and then bring it home and use it as your very own mid century lampshade. What you will need are: balloons, glue, yarn, tray for glue, corn starch 1/2 cup of Corn starch, 1/4 cup of Warm water, clear fast drying spray paint, hanging lamp cord or fishing line (depending on your desired final product), and a lighting kit if you’re looking for a fully functional lantern. Jessica recommends using a sharpie to mark on the inflated balloon how much room you need to leave for the lighting cord. She also recommends coating the balloon with vaseline prior to wrapping the yarn coated with glue so it doesn’t stick on the balloon once it’s dry. You can see all the details on Jessica’s blog. Are you getting excited to try to do this at home as much I am?

Instructions: 1. Doily Lamp. How to Make Paper Lanterns - Cute Round Oriental Style. Looking for instructions on how to make paper lanterns?

How to Make Paper Lanterns - Cute Round Oriental Style

My husband designed an easy template for making paper lanterns in a cute round shape. They look a bit oriental, don't you think? These "lanterns" are purely decorative and aren't designed to have a lamp inside them, but they do make great festive decorations. In fact, they started out as a design for Christmas baubles. By the way, if you want to learn how to make a lantern that you can put a lamp inside of, then check out my instructions for making paper star lanterns.

They make great homemade gifts to post in the mail because they can pack flat. Instructions for How to Make Paper Lanterns Before we get started, here's a little cartoon to give you the big-picture of how everything fits together. Equipment: pretty paper or card-stock printer scissors glue or double sided tape needle and thread You'll also want to download my round paper lantern template. Step 3: Prepare a piece of thread or wool about 15 inches long.

Happy Gifting! Modern Silhouette Tutorial. Paint your own modern silhouette.It's easy!

Modern Silhouette Tutorial

A picture of you, or your family (see tips at the bottom of this page) Thin cardboard box (cereal box) Silkscreen ink or fabric paint (I like Permaset silkscreen ink, but even the cheap stuff will work for this) fabric (or a napkin if you're using a small canvas, like me) stretched canvas (this can be the cheap craft store kind) Begin: 1. Here's our photo. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. Tips for taking a good silhouette photo(Please read): Make sure you get your picture either straight-on or as a profile. 3/4 turns look odd in silhouette.Make sure legs are at least slightly apart. Here is another example of modern silhouettes I made of my niece for my mother. Anna Scout dancing at 2 years old. Creating Your Own Large Scale Art. Even though I don't really like the finished product of this one, I thought I would share how I created it so you can try your own version.

Creating Your Own Large Scale Art

You don't have to be any kind of artist to make your own large scale picture. You just have to have a vision of what you want...and patience....that's where I went wrong with this...lack of patience. You also should know when to quit "fiddling" with it. I kept changing and picking at it, which resulted in a mess. First paint your canvas the colour you want your background to be. Then get a large piece of paper and cut it to the size of your canvas. If you are doing a triptych, make sure at this point you know the space you want between them and keep them that distance. Anyways...I used old plans because I have a bunch of them....yes....my paid job involves construction. I created my design on the computer and made a grid layout for over top of the digital image. Then I drew a grid on my paper. Did anyone else use to do that when they were kids? You knew i was going to make one.

They are all over pinterest....

you knew i was going to make one.

(i still am not signed up for pinterest because i don't have time for one more thing but browsing is fun!) So we made one. i took a box of 64 crayons and took out the blacks and browns.i used another small box and doubled up on the good colors i liked and hot glued them to the top of our canvas. then we turned our blow dryer to hot on high. not long after you set the hair dryer by the crayons they get shiny and then the wax starts to melt!

And it dries really quickly too. seriously. what could be happier than this?? GREAT project. loved it today is the first FULL day with ALL my kids in ALL day school.yeah...i am smiling as i type that. it's good. it's quiet. i am rockin' it. removing wallpaper.....making code for craft weekend stuff.....doing my hair....going to lunch..... it's all good. hooray for school! Paint Chip Clock. This clock is one of my favorite projects.

Paint Chip Clock

It’s a paint chip craft taken to a different level. There are some really awesome paint chip projects out there, but I was determined to come up with something a little different. That’s when crackle medium entered the picture and this paint chip clock was born! UPDATE: This paint chip clock is available in my Etsy shop. I’ve had this rooster clock for quite a few years. If you want to make one of these or something similar, you will need: an old clock paint chipssand paper crackle medium Vintage white acrylic paint paintbrushes Mod Podge antiquing gel scrapbook paper So I pulled out the clock, removed the mechanism and sanded down the face.

I laid out the paint chips across the front of the clock to make sure I had enough and that there would be enough to cover. I really wanted to do something different. When the crackle medium dried I added a coat of Vintage White. When the paint chips are dry, add a coat of acrylic matte finish spray sealer. Bird and Text Collage Wall Art. [ Close Privacy Policy ] Privacy Policy / Your California Privacy Rights Revised and posted as of March 4, 2013 Prime Publishing, LLC ("Company," "we" or "us") reserves the right to revise this Privacy Policy at any time simply by posting such revision, so we encourage you to review it periodically.

Bird and Text Collage Wall Art

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Website Registration Forms We collect information about you when you register on one of our websites. Make It and Love It: Glass Etching. Have you ever done any glass etching?

Make It and Love It: 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. 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 Then peel the vinyl backing away. See how there are air bubbles? Good luck! Monogram Mugs. Friends!

Monogram Mugs

I’m so pleased to share our first gift DIY of the season. Maude made these fantastic monogrammed mugs over the weekend. Don’t they look terrific? The idea came when we saw these fun initial cups at Anthropologie and remembered our kitchen was lacking in hot cocoa mugs. We decided to create a whole set. It’s a very doable project. 1) We started with a trip to Goodwill, where we collected 8 plain white mugs. 2) Then we gathered supplies. For the font, I had something very specific in mind. 3) Cut out an initial and a piece of transfer paper. 4) Trace the initial. 5) Take your Porcelaine pen and trace over the lines of the initial. 6) Once the lettering is done, let the mugs sit for 24 hours. 7) And that’s it!

The project turned out so well that it has my mind spinning with other possibilities. What do you think? Need more sibling gift ideas? Hand Embroidery Tutorials. Block Posters - Create large wall posters from any image for free! - StumbleUpon. The Warholizer. Warholize your favourite pictures online at www.warholize.me. Beautiful Word Clouds. Crayon Hearts. Bird Mobile. Song Lyric Wall Art / D.I.Y. Project. A couple weeks ago, I found a paint-by-number at an unbeatable price. I can't pass these things up even though I already owned this particular design.

I thought that I could maybe use it to make a fun D.I.Y., but my new rule is that all thrifts that I purchase with the intent of restyling need to get done right away. I have way too many half finished projects in my life. With that little bit of motivation I came up with a fun D.I.Y. to display some of my favorite song lyrcis in our newlywed home. Enjoy.... Here's how I did it... I displayed our piece in our bedroom, on Jeremy's side of the bed. Making: Pages packed full of wonderful, original and exciting craft projects, perfect for dads, mums and kids.

One of the first shops that Harry Potter visited when Hagrid took him to Diagon Alley was Ollivanders, the wand shop to buy his most important possession, his wand. Wands can be made from a variety of materials, after all Hagrid used an old umbrella as a wand! Yours will be made from paper. But do not be deceived it will be every bit as magical as the real wands used in the film, and if you make it carefully will look just as good. . . .

Because glue is used on the paper to harden it, this wand is a made of a type of papier mache. You can paint your want in any colour you want, and the instructions show you how to make you wand look distressed (that is a technical term that furniture makers use to describe the process of artificially aging an item), and really ancient; fit for Harry Potter himself. . . . Shadow Box Photo Display for Photographers. Need help turning your post-vacation keepsake clutter into a divine display? Our resident do-it-yourself expert, Ashley Campbell, has just what you’ve been looking for: As spring break and summer approach many families begin planning vacations and time to just enjoy being together.

In my family unpacking from a trip often includes trying to find places to store or display random keepsakes we’ve picked up along the way. A shadow box is a great way to show off those little items in an clean and classy way. Filling your shadow box with too many pictures or items and result in framed collection of clutter. Supplies: 12×12 Shadow Box 12×12 print a select few of your keepsakes double sided tape craft supplies (clothespins, masking tape, decorative labels, hot glue gun, etc.)

Step 1: Create your background using the Alphabet Frames templates. Step 2: Remove the label inside the shadow box and attach your 12×12 print using the double sided tape. Tiny Polaroid Magnets. Hi there! It’s felt like forever since I’ve last blogged, and has felt like an eternity since I’ve done anything crafty and nifty. Since my morning sickness has gone into full speed (yes, we’re expecting our third this fall!) I haven’t felt like myself.

But nothing like inspiration to wake one out of a reverie — or nightmare, in my constantly sick state. I came across these DIY Pantone chip magnets on How About Orange and wanted to do something similar. You will need: Cardboard (mine was the backing of a sketchbook — much thicker than the back of a regular spiral bound notebook) or 2-3 sheets of white cardstock or poster board spray-mounted together to use as a sturdy backing to the magnetsOpaque white marker (necessary only if your cardboard is not white) Craft knife Metal straight edge/ruler Clear packing tape or frisk film.

Step 1: Download a Photoshop file of the Polaroid frames below. Step 2: Print out photos onto photo paper. Step 4: Trim out photos with craft knife. 487 Comments.