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While looking through etsy the other day, this wonderful shop caught my eye . I seem to be drawn to old books used in interesting ways these days. Perhaps it's my subconscious attempting to prepare me to return to school in the next few days. Ahhh, but let's not think about that, let's look at all of these wonderful things that can be made from old books, instead of discarding them. The creator of these lovely pieces, Lisa, informed me taht she has created a book that will be released in spring of 2011 called The Repurposed Library.

Cherry Blossom Lantern Chinese New Year 2010 (Year of the Tiger) is just 9 days away, and I have not gotten any single lantern up! The ones sold at Green Gallery that I want is RM169 each :O (yupe, crazy, rite?), so I decided to make my own using Ikea's rice paper japanese lantern @RM15.90 each! With a RM1.00 chinese calligraphy brush, some black watercolour paint, and 2 packets of RM0.80 faux cherry blossom blooms, I started my create MY lantern! First started off with cherry blossom branch randomly as it looks natural! Let the paint dry a bit (I was too lazy to wait till it totally dried off really), using hot glue gun, I attached the blooms one by one to the branches....but you have to snip off the 'butt' so it's flat enough to be glued! Tadaaaaa!!!! Mum and dad came over to my place last nite.....Mum loved it and said she'd like the same we'll be asking my littlest sis to get 2 such lanterns from Ikea!

Paint Chip Crafts Edition Happy Saturday crafty pals! As of late, I have been hoarding collecting paint chips from my local hardware store. The people at the counter probably think I'm crazy as I haphazardly select random color samples, but I've been doing it for a reason. Next week, you'll see a new and original way I've come up with to use paint chips to decorate your home, but until then, here are some other fun paint chip projects. Backlit Canvas Art Do you have one project that you've been longing to do, but just haven't found the time yet? This is it for me. I call it my Backlit Canvas Art and the inspiration piece has been pinned in my "Crafts to try" Pinterest board for ages. My "pin"speration is an artist's piece made from metal that has hand cut flowers all over it. So I decided to give it a go and create my version. There are two main differences between the two: 1. 2. The idea of the canvas is that during the day (ie. with the Christmas light off) you have a beautiful sculpture while at night (you guessed it, with the Christmas lights on!) How about a tutorial? Supply list Mounted canvas (mine is 10"x10") cardstock to fit on your canvas (mine is 12"x12") stamps ink pad X-acto knife light source* *I wasn't sure if I wanted to use a single bulb or Christmas lights so that is why both are in the above picture. I decided to go with the same flower theme as my inspiration piece. I randomly stamped various flowers across my cardstock.

Frame wall Do you like my super creative title for this post? Today I'm going to share with you my wall of empty frames. I stole this idea from The Nester who made a similar one on the wall to the side of their stairs. Our living room wall was very bare. Here is our unbelievably bare wall [before] And here is our awesome frame wall [after] The concept is simple - 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Some notable tips - You can also incorporate oval frames to give your wall a different dimension and look. If you have a sad, bare wall, then vamp it up with this fun and interesting display of empty frames!

Watercolor paper flowers Finally. I did promise. I'll be honest here - these flowers are time consuming and if you want lots of them, you'll want to start several months ahead and work steadily. This is the method I used for most of our wedding flowers. You can make the flowers look vastly different, just by tweaking a little. Boiled down process: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. And, creating the arrangements ... {cocktail table centerpiece, with vase} I just laid down sheets of white cardstock, plopped a vase on them and then started gluing the paper flowers to the paper, making a carpet.

Frame your own artwork For a while now I have wanted to make an art piece of my own to place above our humble dining room table. The problem? I am no artist. That's right, sometimes crafty girls cannot paint or draw.. or it may just be me. Either way, I have created a fabulous piece of "art" using scrapbook paper, ribbon, fabric, cardstock, embellishments, and any other scraps you have laying around the house. It's beautiful and sophisticated, and I didn't have to use a paint brush! What you need: Large Frame with the piece of glass insert (I got mine on sale at Hobby Lobby. Here we go! Here are some close-ups of the different types of textures I used. Here is the end result. This project is a little time consuming, so mommies - plan accordingly! This is where the completed artwork will hang. Hope you try this fun project. And let your husband hang your framed artwork up. ;) Ciao bella,

Print Page - AWESOME WALL LETTERS-----WITH TUTE!!! Title: AWESOME WALL LETTERS-----WITH TUTE!!! Post by: thankyoulocust on December 11, 2007 07:35:54 AM Ok, I guess this is where this goes. If not, mods, please feel free to move it to the proper board. Unpainted wooden letters (I got mine from Hobby Lobby and they're the biggest size and $2 per letter)1 piece of scrapbook paper per letter (I picked black/pink argyle and black pin stripes. See how big the letters are? Ok, now that you've got what you need, here's how: Place your first letter face down on the back of the scrapbook paper and trace around. Now, put the paper aside and get your paint and one of your brushes and paint all around the edges of each letter. While you wait for your paint to dry, cut out all your letters. Now, using your other foam brush, coat the entire front of your first letter with mod podge. Also, check the sides for drips and wipe them off. Now that you've got the paper on, go all the way around and use your thumb to press the overhang down. Now you have this:

3D Paper Owl from mmmcrafts The gifted Larissa from mmmcrafts is here sharing her amazing talents with an unbelievable 3D paper owl. Larissa writes… Left: art made with this tutorial, Right: art made with alternate colors (see note at the end of the tutorial) Hey, Craft Campers! This 3D paper owl art project is for you and your crafty older kids, say around 11-ish years and up, who can wield a pair of scissors, handle smallish pieces and follow placement instructions carefully. Moms: You can definitely young this down by cutting out the shapes for younger kids, and skipping the pop dots and folding. Alrighty young crafters, here’s what you will need to make the nighttime owl pictured above: my PDF download with all the pattern pieces (get it here)printerrulerclear tapebutter knife for scoring8.5 x 11 piece of poster board (you can cut one from a larger piece)8.5 x 11 inch heavy scrapbooking paper in the following colors: orange, brown, dark teal, black, light brown, red, and yellow. Got all that together?

* THE COUNTRY CHIC COTTAGE (DIY, Home Decor, Crafts, Farmhouse): Sheet Music Letter Materials used in blog posts may be given to the owner of this blog by various companies. All opinions and projects are that of The Country Chic Cottage. Posts may also contain affiliate links. Terms and Disclosure Home & Garden Google Angie Holden wind-up paper butterflies are my fave (guest post from amelia) I had a baby so I’ve invited some fave guests to take over for me while I spend time with the little guy. Today’s post is from super crafter and cute mom, Amelia of The Homebook. Growing up, I had an aunt who lived in Canada. Every year for my birthday she’d send me a card and a fancy little gift. I made my butterflies into Monarchs, but you could use different materials to create any sort of colorful butterfly. Materials: You’ll need heavy cardstock, 24 gauge wire, silicone rubber bands (I found mine in the hair aisle at Walgreens) needle-nose pliers, scissors, tape, a paintbrush, a black marker, and a white ink pen. Step 1: Measure and cut your wire. Step 2: Find the center of the longer wire. Step 5: Find the center of the shorter wire, and wrap it around the base of the paintbrush. Step 8: Draw the shape of your wings and cut them out. Step 11: Tape each wing to the body of the butterfly. Thanks for the chance to finally figure out how these darned things are made, Melanie!

CANT STOP MAKING THINGS: Tunnel Vision I know you are invited to at least one wedding this summer. Bring your camera. This is a neat way to present a special wedding picture. Materials: 4 copies of a photo that has a fore, middle and background. shadowbox frame mat 2 pieces of cardstock glue stick Tools: scissors In this sample, the frame and mat are 8" x 10". Leave one photo as is. Glue the pleated card stock to the back of the mat. You should have a photo that looks like this one. How to Make Paper Pencils (tutorial) I have always wanted to make my own pencils, but the thought of shaping two pieces of wood to allow a piece of lead to sit perfectly inside made me think it wasn’t worth the effort. For some reason I was looking at some pieces of lead I have (for a drafting pencil) and “pop” there it was.. a solution to my DIY longing. Here is a tutorial to make pencils that is so ridiculously easy I’ve made 10 pencils since the idea came to me yesterday! Enjoy. Paper: I recommend using 6″ origami paper. Here’s a video I made so you can watch me make it from start to finish! I have to admit I really enjoyed doing this craft. Hope you’re just as excited about this as I am! leads {here} paper {here} mod podge {here} {If you like pencils, you may also like my toadstool pencil craft!} Share 16K+ Kimanh Hi my name's Kimanh.

Stapleless Paper by Sherwood Forlee & Yanko Design A Little Bit of College Ruled Genius By our friend and returning Yanko champion, Sherwood Forlee. Check out the simplicity. Just punch out the corner, make a cut or two, fold back, and POW! Get out there and kick-start the economy! That Forlee, always thinking with his heart. Visit his portfolio or click below to see the other things by SF that have been featured on Yanko Design. Designer: Sherwood Forlee