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

Curling Ribbon Coasters

Curling Ribbon Coasters
flowers (mostly paper)

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

String Lanterns

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

How to Make Paper Lanterns - Cute Round Oriental Style

Modern Silhouette Tutorial Paint your own modern silhouette.It's easy! 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) Modern Silhouette Tutorial
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. 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. Creating Your Own Large Scale Art Creating Your Own Large Scale Art

you knew i was going to make one.

they are all over pinterest....(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. you knew i was going to make one.
Paint Chip Clock Paint Chip Clock This clock is one of my favorite projects. 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.
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Bird and Text Collage Wall Art | FaveCrafts.com - StumbleUpon

Bird and Text Collage Wall Art | FaveCrafts.com - StumbleUpon

Make It and Love It: Glass Etching

Make It and Love It: 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.

DIY: Monogram Mugs

DIY: Monogram Mugs Friends! 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.
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Hand Embroidery Tutorials

Beautiful Word Clouds

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.
This beautiful bird mobile is a wonderful gift for new moms and a perfect way to add a little charm to any nursery. Tools and Materials Bird template Heavyweight paper Craft knife Screw punch

Bird Mobile - Martha Stewart Crafts

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.

Song Lyric Wall Art / D.I.Y. Project

Making: Pages packed full of wonderful, original and exciting craft projects, perfect for dads, mums and kids