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A flower brooch for you favorite mom

A flower brooch for you favorite mom

paper lantern project for Make, Grow, Gather I was so happy to be asked to contribute an easy summer project as part of a series over at Make, Grow, Gather. I made some decorated paper lanterns using ones that we had left over from our wedding reception last summer. Remember that childrens craft that involves twisting small squares of tissue paper around the eraser end of a pencil, dipping that in glue and then using them to decorate something, usually a paper plate? I did the same thing, only larger. They turned out looking like flower pomanders, as well as looking a bit more festive. How to design a Brooch Bouquet | Fancy Pants Weddings I love brooch bridal bouquets! If I were getting married now I would so carry one of these beauties down the aisle. Brooch bouquets are amazing for so many reasons. Making a brooch bouquet is quite the DIY project! How to make a Brooch Bridal Bouquet: Supplies: 50-85 brooches, large earrings or necklaces (I used 55 pieces. ½ were jewelry pieces from my grandmother and great-grandmother and the other ½ I purchased on clearance at Michael’s) 2 feet 5 inch wide Midori taffeta ribbon in gold 3 yards 3/8 inch wide Midori velvet ribbon in almond 3 yards of clear and gold seed beads strung on wire Scissors Wire cutters Needle nose pliers Hot glue gun with glue 22-gauge green florist wire Light green corsage tape Clear gem topped pins 2 stems of inexpensive artificial hydrangea-light green Choosing your brooches: You should consider a few things when choosing the jewelry pieces you are going to include into your brooch bouquet. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Step One: Wire and taping Attach wire to your jewelry pieces.

{every}nothing wonderful: Tutorial: Repurposed Envelopes (From Magazines to... Note: If you like this idea, be sure to check out how to make paper ruffles to add to your envelopes! Super quick and easy tutorial for you today. I have a drawer full of these and use them for everything - bills, letters, you name it...my mom does too, actually! I recently received an oversized catalog for baby strollers (why? I have more than one that I barely use). The pages were huge and mostly images - perfect for envelope making. To start just pull pages out of your catalog or magazine with images you love. Other supplies you'll need: Pencil Glue - glue stick or craft glue - whichever you prefer Old envelope or envelope template. If this is a project you see yourself recreating in the future or with other papers you could invest in an envelope template kit, or you can print templates (you'll need to print at 100% on a larger format printer) from Designer's Toolbox on a heavy stock (mount to board for a longer lasting template). Next, cut out along the lines. Happy re-purposing!

How to Make a Bangle from a Vintage Map May 7th, 2009 Email 79 users recommend I love the look of these bangles and have branched out beyond maps—you can make a bracelet with any appropriately sized image. Danielle West The paper should be wider than the bangle. Thin strips will help reduce the visibility of your seam. Photo: Danielle West I absolutely love the look of images from old encyclopedias—with a special weakness in my heart for old maps. The way I do this may seem a little daunting, but it's actually quite easy once you get into it. What you'll need: A vintage mapA blank bangle (I get mine from diybangles.com, all sorts of shapes and sizes!) You'll need to cut the map into a strip slightly larger than the dimensions of the bracelet. Cut the paper into strips—the thinner the strips, the less of a seam you will see on the finished product but the longer it will take you to make. Glue the strips to the bangle one at a time.

not martha - to make: marble magnets I finally gave in and made marble magnets. Not surprisingly they are quite fun, smooshing the glue out to make a perfect little magnified image is very satisfying. Here, in order of appearance, are the places I referenced: paper candy instructions with pictures (this is the first place I saw this project) dogmestic with instructions and pictures photogeek pictures ugly green chair cute ladybug magnets – pictures with packaging threads at Glitter:onetwothree I bought all of these supplies at Michael’s, including the glue I went back for since I got the wrong kind to start with. These are great packaged in those Altoid-sized tins, I’ve seen them in office/gift shops like that.

lillyella: Crafting: Button Bracelets Love buttons? Who doesn't?! Chances are, whether you are crafty or not, you have a stash of them laying around, or maybe an addiction to collecting vintage ones. Well today I have a simple project that will put them to good use, button bracelets! You can also use new buttons for this project, and these days there are so many cool ones available at your local fabric store, the design possibilities are endless. What you'll need: Elastic, 1/4" or 3/8" thick Buttons Needle and Thread I decided on a yellow and seafoam green color palette for my bracelet, using a mix of some chunkier vintage buttons I have collected and a few new ones I purchased to match. Start by wrapping the elastic loosely around your wrist where you would like the bracelet to sit. With the elastic laid flat as a guide, make a rough layout of your button placement to determine the design and how many buttons you will need. Once your layout is ready, you can sew the elastic together securely, forming the bracelet.

How to make gift bags from newspaper When I bought something at a store recently, the clerk handed me my purchase in a bag made from a newspaper. I liked it very much and had to make some more—thus today's DIY recycled newspaper project: gift bags made from the Wall Street Journal. You can vary the dimensions, of course, but here's what I used to create a bag that's 5" tall, 4.5" wide, and 3" deep. Stack two sheets of newspaper on top of each other. This will be a two-ply bag for extra sturdiness. Cut out a rectangle that's 15.5" wide and 8.25" tall. Fold a flap 1.25" down from the top. Cut two pieces of cardstock or chipboard to 4.25" x 1", then glue them on the widest two panels just under the top fold. Put glue on the outside of the 0.5" tab and bring the left-most panel over to form the body of the bag, aligning the cut edge of the panel with the folded edge of the flap. Upend the bag so the 2" flap is now up. Put glue on both flaps and fold them inward to form the bottom of the bag.

How to Make a Fork Bracelet I've always loved taking everyday items and making them into something interesting. Ever since I was a little crafty kid I loved devouring books that taught me how to make little dolls from clothespins, beads from rolled up magazines, and little fairy ornaments from wire and fake flower petals. The first time I saw my friend wearing a bracelet made from a fork a few years ago, I knew I had to try it (*ahem Carly ;)). (Please excuse my intro, if you can't hustle your website on your Youtube channel, where else are you supposed to do it? What you need:♥ A fork. I think these forks are the easiest to use, and I've used a lot of different forks. :)♥ Pliers, 3 pairs. 1 jewelry pair, 1 regular pair or needle nose, and an adjustable wrench.♥ Piece of thick fabric like denim or corduroy.♥ Strong hands. I've always really liked layering bracelets. The other wrist. Forks and wolves go together, right? They definitely go with feathers. If anyone needs help, just leave a comment. :)

The Shirt Skirt | Sew Like My Mom July 28, 2010 I’m so excited to post about this! When I met Dana, I fell in love with the skirt she was wearing. She made it herself (obviously) and she showed us how simply she’d shirred the waistband. The next day, during the mystery workshop at Whipstitch, we were encouraged to use thrifted tees. I’m devastatingly terrified of knits so I steered clear and made my (award winning) cotton fabric dress. I developed an idea in my head I thought just might be crazy enough to work. The Hubs thought I was a little crazy when I explained my idea to him. It’s the easiest thing in the world to do! The shirt skirt perfect for summertime. I wore the green and white one to Sofie’s birthday party. I had 2 women in Walmart stop me to tell me how comfy my skirt looked and when I told them how I made it, they demanded I call Rachael Ray immediately! The process is so easy. I do my shopping at Goodwill for 1 reason. So, get your super cheap thrifted shirt. Now, I break a rule of shirring. And that’s it!

Wire & Paper Tiny Polaroid Magnets | { Ambrosia Girl } 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 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 3: Spray the back of your sheet of photos and also the cardboard with spray mount. Step 4: Trim out photos with craft knife. 487 Comments

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