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"Stained Glass" Votive Holders

"Stained Glass" Votive Holders
By Jenny Ryan Many times when I’m at the grocery or drug store, I can’t resist throwing a few scented votive candles in my cart. When I’m ready to burn them, it’s easy enough to sit one on a cute little vintage china saucer, but I recently decided to try and find a fancier display solution for them. I also wanted the project to be inexpensive, and the materials used to be things I already had on hand. Materials Tissue paper in your desired colors Mod Podge (matte finish), in a pinch you can also use school gluePaintbrush Scissors Glass containers to fit your candle(s), I used thrifted vases and wine tumblers Paper punches in various shapes Q-tips, optional Directions Step 1: Figure out what colors of tissue paper you’d like to use and what paper punch shapes you want to try out. Step 3: Start affixing the punched-out paper shapes to the glass using your paintbrush. Step 5: Once everything is dry, plunk in a votive candle, light the wick and enjoy! More: Related

DIY Alien Abduction Lamp This is an entry in the Living With Lindsay Five Dollar Challenge! The challenge was to make a home decor item for $5 or less. My project is inspired by Lasse Klein's conceptual Alien Abduction Lamp. The lamps are still being developed and are not available for sale yet.* (update 2010: oh yes, the lamp is now available). I thought it would be fun to make one for my own personal use out of materials I found at the dollar store. When I was shopping for materials, I couldn't find any toy cows (a cow has to be the one being messed with by the aliens, right?) that had a cow in it at Target's dollar spot, so I had to get it to make the lamp perfect! Project Materials: Large-lipped bowl, $1Smaller bowl, $.25 (mine was marked down)Acrylic drinking glass, $1Touch light, $1Package of farm animals, $13 Aliens I happened to find in the coin-op machines on the way out, $.75 Total cost: $5 You will also need, from on hand: To make: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Here's the lamp in the daytime.

Katydid and Kid: Cereal Box Stationary Organizer {Tutorial} Are your kids bored? Looking for an eco-friendly and cheap project to keep them busy, and something that they can use during the school year? Look no further than this stationary organizer, made from a Cheerios box. Materialsa cereal box (I used a small, 9oz. one that's about 7" wide)scrapbook papers or construction paperElmers glue stickpencil or Sharpie markertransparent tapeX-acto knife or utility knife STEP ONE With the glue stick, glue the top of the box closed, then reinforce both the top and bottom with tape. STEP TWO Measure and draw the line on the cereal box that you'll be cutting. On the front of the box, measure about 5 1/2" down from the top and make a mark along one side, then the other. Connect those two marks using a ruler so you have a straight line. Flip the box over, and draw the marks about 4 1/2" from the top (or 1" less than what you measured on the front), and draw another line. Your lines will not "line" up; the one on the back will be higher up on the box. Ta da!

101 Simple Handmade Gift Tutorials These simple handmade gift tutorials will make any crafty person’s heart sing with joy! You don’t need special skills or a bunch of time because these can all be done super fast! Simple and cute…that works for me! You are going to love these fabulous tutorials!!! You can make all your gifts for years from this list! If you love creative links, please subscribe to Everything Etsy! Thanks so much for all your tweets, stumbles, Facebook likes and pins on my Sewing Tutorials and Free Printables posts…you are the coolest crafty friends! If you want to be doubly awesome, try doing handmade gifts that are also eco-friendly! Handmade gifts make people feel special, don’t you think? ~Kim

Friendship Bracelets Macraméd friendship bracelets were all the rage when I was growing up in the eighties. All the girls at my school would obsessively make them for one another in a dizzying variety of colors, widths, and patterns. It's amazing, thinking back, that such young girls could make such beautifully intricate accessories. I, of course, tried my hand at making them as well. I would ride my bike down to the five-and-dime store and pick out the most sophisticated color combinations of embroidery floss I could find, but when it came to the actual macramé I never got beyond plain stripes. There was nothing wrong with plain stripes, except that the other girls seemed so much more advanced with their diamonds and chevrons. Fast forward 20 years: Purl Soho started carrying DMC Cotton Embroidery Floss in every conceivable color (including fluorescents! Making friendship bracelets is a surprisingly easy craft, and best of all, in the end you'll have a bunch of cute summer bracelets to give to your pals.

Mini Picture Book Tutorial When I saw Emily's darling post last week on making Your Own Kid Book, I knew just the thing to show everyone... Some place to put your finished doll pictures. This book is also great to put pictures of your family, or a group party, or event that you don't want to forget. Items you need: 4 12X12 Sheets of Colorful Paper1 Sheet of 8.5X11 CardstockChipboard- You can get chipboard a couple different ways. Make your Inside Pages Cut out: 4- 7 ½ X 9 ½ Inch colored paper 4- 5 ¾ X7 ¾ Inch colored paper 4- 6X8 Chipboard Take 1- 7 ½ X9 ½ colored piece of paper and lay it colored side facing down. Cut corners (see picture). Flip your piece over and glue and fold down the colorful piece of paper onto the chipboard. Take your 5 ¾ X 7 ¾ Inch colored piece and place it on top of the showing chipboard. Now your chipboard should be completely covered and you have your first page. Repeat the same steps to cover your remaining 3 pieces of chipboard. Make your Front Cover and Back CoverCut out: Great job!

inspired ideas Making Memory Candles {A project from the Inspired Ideas Archives} This is such a fun way to display photographs! I recommend using the small votive cylinder candleholders found commonly at craft stores. Cut a piece of the transparent contact paper (usually found with the shelf-liner papers at discount stores) to fit over your photo layout. Peel the backing from the contact paper and place the photocopied image ink-side to the sticky side of the contact paper. Burnish or rub the contact paper to the inked parts of the photocopy. Trim the contact-paper-covered print out to size. Next, soak the paper-covered plastic in a sink of warm water for at least 7 minutes. Some of the paper may begin to fall off on its own. Don't rub too hard or the ink will start to come off. After all the paper is removed, allow the strip to dry, inked (and soon-to-be-sticky-again) side up on a table or counter. Finally, adhere the inked contact paper to a clean and dry glass votive holder.

Making DIY Coffee Filter Flowers: The Complete Guide | Bridal Musings Hello lovely readers, Apologies for the delayed post today. This post was originally one sweet little DIY tutorial all set to go live at 9am this morning then I got immersed in the intoxicating world of coffee filter flowers and ended up adding another and another until I was up to my eyeballs in coffee filter tutorials and inspiration! If you’re looking for a cheap, simple and pretty DIY project for your wedding, coffee filter flowers could be just the thing! photo via Just Simple Designs Who knew coffee filters could look so pretty? The great thing about coffee filter flowers is that they can be used in so many different ways, from decor (they’d make a mean ceremony backdrop) to centerpieces, place settings, wreaths and, if done in miniature, they’d look so sweet attached to escort cards or favor boxes! You could even create a bunch of them, attach them to ribbon wrapped florist’s wire et voila! Dying Coffee Filters photos via Emalee Design Top 10 Coffee Filter Flower DIY Tutorials + Ideas

Hand Stitching, part 1 - LA One of my favorite crafts is hand stitching-- it's fun, addictive, expressive and relaxing :) Over the next few weeks, I'm going to share easy ways to make your own patterns for hand stitching along with some tips and ideas :) These are some samples of my past projects-- I like to draw patterns freehand and use my handwriting. However, sometimes I adapt clipart type images to make a more complicated pattern, like the sewing machine or I just stitch the outline of an image I love, like the Goonies "Hey You Guys" silhouette :) I use a Back Stitch for all my hand stitching because it's very versatile and I like the look but you can use any combination of stitches for your projects... there's lots of fun ones! Today, we're going to start with handwriting & transferring your pattern :) You will Need: - Card-stock or Thick Paper (I cut a piece of 6x8" card-stock & folded it in half to create a greeting card) - Needle & Scissors - Embroidery Thread - Scrap Paper & Pen - Thumbtack or Piercing Tool

Handmade Tissue Paper Flowers and Pompom Garland You'd think after making hundreds of these for my wedding, I'd be completely sick of them. But I can't help it, I love them so much! I'm a little sad that I didn't save a bouquet of paper flowers from my wedding, but I never thought I'd want to see them again. ...And as bedroom decor... ...And maybe I couldn't resist making just a few little blossoms... Want to make some? Materials: Tissue paper Heavy-duty scissors Floral wire Make sure you use a pair of scissors that you don't mind ruining, because they're going to take a serious beating here. For a package of 20" x 25" tissue paper, 8 sheets: Large flowers (Peonies): 16 per pack Small flowers (Carnations): 32 per pack Mini pompoms (Garland): 8 per pack Small pompoms: 2 per pack Medium pompoms: 1 per pack* Large pompoms: 1 per pack *There will be enough paper leftover from a medium pompom to make flowers or mini pompoms The flowers are easiest, so lets start there. Spread the tissue paper out horizontally on the floor or a large table.

Design*Sponge » Blog Archive » diy project: katie’s glass-jar moroccan lanterns I’m getting a little tired of the winter weather and will take just about any opportunity to daydream about the sunny warm days ahead. These Moroccan-inspired lanterns by Ohdeedoh contributor and DIY expert Katie Steuernagle are the perfect antidote to the winter blues; I love the glow of the rich jewel tones and the intricate gold designs. If you have any old sauce jars lying around, this is the perfect way to make good use of them and get yourself psyched for spring— it will be here before we know it! —Kate CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump! Materials old glass jars (spaghetti jars, jam jars or any plain glass jar will work)gold dimensional puff paintglass paint (Delta or Pebeo Vitrea glass paint are great options)paintbrushwire (optional, for hanging lanterns) Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4.

Fried Marbles Tutorial I made fried marbles!! There are already several people who have posted these around this site, and on each post there are people trying to figure out the best way to make them. So I took the liberty of trying all of the methods to see which is best. I tried boiling, "frying" in a cast iron pan... But the very best way, as well as the easiest, was to bake them in the oven. Put your clear marbles (It's useless to use solid colored ones. And here's my idea for what to do with them. Hope this inspires someone. Creating Colorful book covers with Astrobrights Papers! bySusan MyersonAugust 2, 2012 With school time just around the corner, I came up with a school craft project that incorporates brightly colored paper. After all, a long school day could certainly use some sunshine! I created fun book covers using the technique called Iris Folding! The plan was to revamp the old version of the book cover. You know, the one that is made from a grocery bag? For this project I used: Several sheets of different colors of bright colored cardstock A paper grocery bagGlue StickTacky GlueScissors Begin by cutting your paper bag open as shown, and then cut off the bottom flap, so that you have one large sheet of paper. With printed side of the grocery bag up, place the book on top and fold down the top and bottom edges of the paper to match the top and bottom of the book. Fold one end of the paper and slide the front cover of the book into the open end until the edge of the cover meets your fold. Now lets create some beautiful Iris Paper Folds! Pages: 1 2 3

Gift Ideas for Poor Creative Souls (17) Posted by: Cathy on Aug 04, 2012 Tagged in: Untagged Paper Flower Tutorial Doesn't this look divine? When I first saw these, I thought they would be really difficult to do because they look quite intricate but actualy, they're easy! Materials needed: - hand-painted paper or colored paper - watercolor paint (if painting your own paper) - florists tape - cork - wire - decorator's tape - scissors - craft knife If you decide to paint your own paper, you can add a wash of soft pink to your paper/card. Cut your paper in thin strips with a craft knife. If you've used a few pieces of paper, join them with paper glue so that you end up with a long strip. Start rolling up this strip of paper. Now you can cut your green paper into leaf shapes as above. Attach your leaves with more tape all around the base of the flower. To make the center of your flower, cut a small piece of cork and push a piece of wire through it as in the image. Push the cork heart through the center of your flower. Et voila!

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