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DIY freezer paper stenciled scarf. Inspired by the frozen boulders the city snowplow piled up along our street, I made a scarf.

DIY freezer paper stenciled scarf

To make this, you'll need: fabric, freezer paper, scissors, iron, pencil, craft knife, cutting mat, fabric paint, and a foam brush. I used a length of jersey from the fabric store—you know, T-shirt material. Soft and comfy, and doesn't fray around the edges. I sketched an abstract design onto the uncoated side of the freezer paper. These were just messy hexagons and pentagons that got gradually smaller. With an X-acto knife, I cut out the shapes. I ironed the stencil shiny-side down onto the fabric. Using a foam brush, I painted in the shapes. I let the paint dry and tore off the paper stencil.

All done. Rope necklace. A few weeks ago I spotted the above necklace by 3.1 Phillip Lim while shopping online (here) and decided it would make the perfect addition to my Spring wardrobe.

rope necklace

However, once I spotted the $225 price tag, I thought, "...psssh, I could make that myself! " And so I did. I headed to some local bead shops (if you live in NYC, go to the trimming district around 37th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue, there are a ton of bead and trimming stores all within a few steps of each other! M&J Trimming is my favorite though!) With a print-out of the necklace in tow to purchase the necessary materials... I started by feeding the smaller-widthed rope through the shorter curved tubes. After I had one grey rope and one white rope strung through the curved beads, I taped the ends of both sides together, again binding as tightly and compactly as possible to feed them trough the shorter straight beads on each side.

How to Make Wood Dough. If your kids like playing with dough like Play-Doh or molding clay, they will love making sculptures with homemade wood dough. Homemade wood dough dries to a wood finish and can be sanded down smooth with sandpaper. You can also paint or stain wood dough sculptures. To paint them, you can use any of the homemade paint recipes I have at the bottom of this article. To stain them, you can make a stain by adding 6 drops of food coloring to 1 tablespoon of water.

What you will need to make wood dough: 1 cup of clean sawdust (you can get it at the craft store) 1/2 cup flour 1 tablespoon liquid starch (it's in the laundry section) 1 cup of water Step 1: Mix the ingredients together in a bowl until a stiff dough is formed. Step 2: Create your sculptures. Step 3: Let your sculptures dry for 3 days. Step 4: Sand and paint or stain your sculptures, if desired. Tips: You can make wooden beads with wood dough. Here are some homemade paint recipes you can use to paint your wood dough sculptures! Needlepoint Lace Tutorial « textile dreams – fibery wake up. This tutorial will show you how to create a small piece of needlepoint lace.

Needlepoint Lace Tutorial « textile dreams – fibery wake up

This kind of lace is made just using a needle and thread, mostly out of buttonhole stitches. The tutorial shows you how to make this: The tutorial was posted in 2007 in several installments. Just follow the different steps and you will end up with something special! The Tutorial Creating the Pattern: Finding an appropriate motif and making a drawingPreparing the Pattern: Attaching the drawing to the fabric background for workingMaterials and Outlining: Couching down the Outline threadFinishing the Outline: How to cover every line in the patternWorking the Filling Stitches: Buttonhole stitch in many variationsMore on Lace Stitches: Details on how to work the different stitchesFinished Lace FillingsButtonholing the Outline: How to cover the outline threads with buttonhole stitchesFinishing the Project: How to remove the lace from the pattern and some photography tips Additional Resources Finished Lace Pieces.

Little Livingstone: How to Make a Leather Leaves Necklace. What you need: Soft leather piecesAwl (or something sharp and pointy =)PliersScissorsGluePre cut chain2 0 ringsleaf template first, cut a simple leaf template from card. mine is 2 inches long by about an inch wide. use your template & cut out 4 leaves from your leather take your first leaf and turn it on its side, next, you need to fold the leaf in half& pinch it together over on the right side once you're happy, glue the pinched part in place =) repeat the above step on the remaing 3 leaves,but this time,pinch and glue on the left - like above =) now, take the One leaf that you pinched on the right,and add a little glue to the top. take another leaf and rest it on top like you see below =) see how they fit just right?

Little Livingstone: How to Make a Leather Leaves Necklace

Repeat that step with the next 2 leaves adding them one on top of the other, untill you get something like this ^^ next, take your awl (or something sharp & pointy) & punch holes in the top-most leaves on either side =) slip your o rings through & attatch your chain and you're done! Cassette Tapes Reborn as a Clever Box Lamp Cassette Lamp by Vanessa Moreno - Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition - StumbleUpon. How to Make a Sunburst Mirror. No-Carve Stamps. By Jeromina Juan Ever wonder about the possibilities of designing your own stamps without having to carve anything?

No-Carve Stamps

There is a simple way! You’ll need one ordinary household object – silicone caulking. Yes, the one you use on your bathtub, sinks, and windows! With no carving to do at all, this task cannot be simpler. And the result? Materials 1/8″-thick acrylic plexiglass; can be found at hardware storesX-Acto knife Metal ruler Silicone rubber caulking (clear); can be found at hardware storesWater-based paint BrayerNote: You can cut plexiglass to size by scoring a straight line several times using an X-Acto knife and metal ruler, and then placing the plexiglass on a table with the score line over the edge and snapping it in one quick motion. Directions Step 1: Sketch your designs on paper. Step 2: Hold the caulk tube vertical and tap it against a flat surface 8-10 times to remove any air bubbles.

Step 3: Let the caulking cure for 24 hours, and then your stamp is ready. About the Author: Elegant ‘tin can’ tea light holder. 1) Who said baked beans and a naked flame don’t mix… 2) …hey, don’t get too close (just in case).

Elegant ‘tin can’ tea light holder

For this week’s craft I’ve rested my son’s felt-tip pens and pursued one of my other passions, creating beautiful things out of junk – in this case an elegant tea light holder made from an empty tin of Heinz Baked Beans (the beans on toast were pretty good as well). So why not give it a go, it’s a great way to ‘upcycle’? It took about an hour and a half to make, and proved to be a much simpler project than I was expecting. It turns out that tin cans are made of very thin tin, all you need are a pair of ‘tin snips’, it’s as easy as cutting through paper with scissors.

How to make your own DIY tin can tea light holder You’ll find instructions on how to make one below, I’ve also included a stencil for download, this should make marking up the can much quicker, but it’s not essential. Download project files› [display_adsense ad_type="300x250"] Hook and Needles: Knitting and Crochet Blog (cool stuff, techniques, and things I find)

This tutorial is for all of you knitters who wish to learn how to make amigurumis. In the first part of this tutorial I’ll go over the basic crochet techniques you need to master. I know most people are visual learners, so I’m using a lot of videos (they may take some time to load). Step 1: How to hold your yarn (make a chain too) If you are a thrower (hold your yarn in your right hand), you’ll have to learn to hold your yarn on the left. It will feel awkward, but with time it will become easier. Step 2: Single crochet, increasing and decreasing Most amigurumis are done in spirals of single crochets. In order to give shape to your creations you need to increase and decrease.

And here is how to decrease: Another way to decrease is to skip a stitch, but I find that that leaves a gap. Setp 3: Single Crochet in Spirals to make a ball There are two ways in which you can crochet in the round. In the following video you can see how to make a circle, starting with a chain of 2. Further Reading. Beltmaking 101. Finally–the long-awaited beltmaking tutorial!

beltmaking 101

Way I make my fabric-covered belts has been learned from a mix of trial-and-error and vintage manuals. The supplies are simple, and making a simple pass-through belt is quite easy. I have, however, included instructions for how to add a pronged buckle to a belt and add eyelets. I hope you enjoy, and as usual feel free to ask any questions in the comments! Supplies: 1″ wide stiff belting (available at JoAnns), 1/4 yard fabric at least 45″ wide, buckle for 1″ belt (see sources at the end), pattern paper, thread, scissors, ruler, pins. Begin by measuring your waist and adding 6″ to 8″ inches to the length (I tend to err on the side of more, especially for a belt using a pronged buckle). Cut the belting the length of your waist plus the extra. Using the paper pattern, cut one layer of your fabric.

Fold the fabric around the belting, wrong sides out. Gently work the seam to the center of the belting width, and press seam open. Shadow Box Photo Display for Photographers. Need help turning your post-vacation keepsake clutter into a divine display?

Shadow Box Photo Display for Photographers

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. Mad in crafts: DIY Fire & Ice Lanterns - StumbleUpon. The old becomes new: A new variation on the outdoor lantern.

mad in crafts: DIY Fire & Ice Lanterns - StumbleUpon

We have had an unusually warm winter in Michigan this year, and while the temps have been nice, I have had to hold off on this project idea until we got a cold snap. We finally got some snow and cold earlier this week, so I was able to try out this fun winter project. I had pinned a product called Globe Ice Lantern Kits a few months back recognizing that I could DIY them at home. Originally priced at nearly $30 for a kit that makes 6 lanterns, I think they are very reasonable for a small batch. If you are making several (say, for a special event or to light a walkway), you can make 3 of these DIY versions for only $2 worth of supplies from the dollar store.

To make DIY Fire & Ice Lanterns, you will need: a package of 3 punch balloons from the dollar store a package of 3 LED tea lights from the dollar store bowls small cylinder (shot glass, pop bottle, etc.) water freezer or below-freezing outdoor temps. 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! Studio G, Garden Design & Landscape Design Inspiration » DIY Outdoor Garden Chandelier Round-up. I am eager to get home (on a red-eye flight tonight) and back to some projects and normal life. I have a patio project going on that should be nearing completion this week. Once finished, I am excited to start adding features — like a beautiful garden chandelier. I have lots of great, inexpensive, DIY options that I have rounded up for your inspiration and my own. My personal favorite for my particular project is the beaded dollar store option, what is yours? Here’s a simple DIY garden chandelier tutorial from Ecologue. The full tutorial for this basket variety is at sunset magazine. This outdoor chandelier was made from beads found at the dollar store and the full directions can be found at dollar store crafts.

These elegant glass Bubble Chandeliers can be made from directions found over at Re-Nest . It’s not lit, but still a beautiful concept. It’s just a simple pot rack….but stylishly mixed candles and succulents create quite a pretty scene. DIY: Hair Comb. *UPDATE! See the step-by-step instructions here. This is a super simple project.

All you need is a hair comb and embroidery floss. I had a pack of hair combs that I got at Walgreens a long time ago (Like 10 or 12 combs for $4- they still have them). Plus vintage embroidery floss from forever ago. I'm going to keep these old photos up for kicks and giggles. :) But I decided to make another comb and take a few photos. I wrapped in a V-shape pattern.

*Update: Forgot to mention that this layout is from Pugly Pixel. Cut Out + Keep - StumbleUpon. DIY modern paper ornament. I love spiky starburst shapes, so I attempted a version of the traditional Polish porcupine ball. Here's how to make this cool 3D ornament—great for Christmas or decorating any time. I can imagine jumbo sized versions hanging at parties or weddings. They take awhile, though, so you'd better start making them five years before you plan to get married. You'll need: Paper, scissors, a circular object for a template, a ruler, pencil, needle, thread, rubber band, and glue. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. How to Make Paper Pencils (tutorial) Make It and Love It - StumbleUpon.

Etched Glass Storage Jars - Martha Stewart Home & Garden. Repurposed Hardcover Book to Notebook Tutorial. Brooches with Bite. Eye on Fashion: Beaded bracelet DIY.

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