Clever Nesting » Candle Lantern Tutorial I’ve been making these candle lanterns for probably 5 years now. I remember looking at the stores for ideas on how to wrap the wire around the glass, and I came up with this method, using just one piece of wire. I currently have two lanterns hanging on my back deck, and Devona asked me for six, so I’d better get busy! Here are the instructions: Supplies: an 18-24″ piece of 18 gauge wire, a recycled glass jar, candle, wire cutters, & round-nosed pliers. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. Tips: For a pretty alternative, consider adding beads to the jar with more wire. Editor’s note: Welcome readers from StumbleUpon!
RuffledÂ® | Rustic DIY Green and Wood California Wedding by Brady Puryeardy Purveyor Opting for a quick two month engagement, Sara and Daniel called on their inner crafting egos to pull together a charming California wedding in the bride’s sister’s yard. Their budget-friendly winter wedding brought together all kinds of skilled hands: the groom’s sister-in-law made all of those delicious desserts and styled the table, the groom himself made all of the boys’ boutonnieres and the wood details for the tables and a family friend created that awesome branding iron with the couple’s initials. Photographer Brady Puryear took full advantage of those amazingly moody winter skies to get some dramatic portraits of the bride and groom. Thanks for sending it over, Brady! From the bride, Sara: We wanted to create the feel of being outdoors in the winter, with naked trees all around us. We wanted to keep the tables simple and clean with white tablecloths and woodsy centerpieces. We looked around at a few different venues in Riverside, CA. View all wedding photos
Big Doodle - artwork by Lawrence Yang - StumbleUpon Big sharpie doodle! Big Doodle - sharpie on mat board - 40" x 32" Artwork © Lawrence Yang 2009 my blog | my site | purchase inquiries Vinyl Butterflies Our newest moodboard Set Free showcases our awesomely handmade vinyl butterflies. They’re relatively easy to make (relatively meaning possible), but be careful and clear your schedule for the day. Here’s how these butterflies transformed from old vinyl records. (We found our vinyls at a thrift store. We do NOT recommend using any favorites of yours/your bf’s/your parents’. ha.) Materials: Vinyl Records, White & Black Crayon, Butterfly Stencils, Scissors Center the butterfly pattern on the vinyl record. Line a cookie sheet with tin foil and place the record on top. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees and place the cookie sheet on the top rack of the oven. Use sharp scissors to cut out the butterfly shape. You’re almost done! Now that the butterfly is completely cut out, begin to softly bend the wings upward for a 3D effect. Ta-da! If you do end up making any, huge high fives to you, and send us pictures! Check out the rest of our DIYs here! XoXo,ThreadSence P.S.
Anthro-Inspired Mirror You all know we love a good Anthropologie knockoff around here – so a couple of days ago when I was browsing online I came across this mirror. Oh I definitely need that. Hold the presses – did that say $498??? So after scouring the thrift shops, cutting myself on mirror glass, and overcoming an unreasonable fear of Mod Podge, here is my version! (Bear with me here – taking a picture of a mirror is a bit tricky. Ready for the tutorial? You’ll need: A MirrorEasy Off Oven CleanerFabric (enough to cover the frame and the back of the mirror)Mod PodgeA Staple Gun or other framing tool I went searching for a method to removing silvering and came across a great tutorial at Mitzi’s Collectibles. I started with a frame that I found at the thrift store. Obviously not clean. We actually had to ask on this one – because it just said 1951. $19.51 seemed way to high – and it was. Start by taking your mirror out of the frame. Lay your mirror down on a protected surface. Now walk away. Keep scrubbing.
diy - summer succulent garden: Succulents are always in style. Here's a mini succulent garden, with bunting! This is a fun inexpensive summer afternoon project, and would make a cute gift for a friend. Here's what you need: - Cupcake liners- Scissors- Small Metal Loaf pan (Found mine at a thrift store for .75 cents!) We'll start with the garland first. Poke a hole through - be careful not to hurt yourself on this step! String twine through the cupcake liner. Continue until your garland is long enough for your pan. Now tie onto the Skewer sticks and your cupcake garland is all done! Next, place potting soil into your loaf pan. Remove succulents and place them in loaf pan. Fill the remaining part with more soil. Place cupcake garland in pan and you're done! Print out a summer graphic, I used sticker paper so it would stick together when wrapped around. and you have a cute little flag for your garden!
Glowing Firefly Jars My birthday is on June 17th, which, when you're a kid, is a pretty great day for a birthday. You never have to go to school, the activity options are endless, and your party can always include a squirt gun fight. Related Video: But, each year I also get another special, seasonal gift. Even now, among the good times with families and friends, I always see the first fireflies of the year on my birthday. It started with those outdoor parties and cookouts as a kid, and continued through the bonfires of high school, the theme parks of college, and now, a quiet evening walk with the people I love the most. Unfortunately, they seem to be one of those internet phenomena where things get passed around, and no one seems to know the original source. "Flick glow-in-the-dark paint onto the inside of a mason jar. Make 'em. Update: Cyndee, in the comments below, was able to locate a how-to from what seems like the author of the original photograph. spotted on We Heart It
Creative Kismet » Blog Archive » little guiding stars Since the new year has started I’ve been trying to think of ways to be more kind to my self. Especially when that nasty gremlins try to creep in and stump me. I remembered this origami star video on You Tube and had to get them involved in my plan. I thought it would be fun to make a whole bunch with kind words and “you are….” phrases inside. I used 12 x 12 inch scrapbook paper and cut 1/2 x 12″ strips, then followed the video HERE*. *UPDATE! Be Sociable, Share! Gift Ideas for poor creative souls (1) Posted by: Cathy on Apr 22, 2010 Tagged in: Untagged Having just spent hours in the garden, I thought this idea was perfect for this time of year. I know in the US they will celebrate mother's day on the second Sunday in May, so this gift is perfect and really inexpensive. What's more, you'll be doing your bit for the planet. This idea comes courtesy of Giver's Log. The intent of seed tape is to make planting easier when you have teeny tiny seeds that need to be planted just inches apart (like carrots and radishes). Here’s what you’ll need: -1/4 cup flour + enough water to make a paste -strips of paper to make the tape: black and white newspaper (no colored ink), single-ply toilet paper, and a thin paper bag all work -something for dabbing on drops of the paste, like the back of a paint brush -and seeds! You can also add a pretty flower to your boxes to pretty them up a bit. For tutorials on how to market yourself online, go here.
Butterfly Wreath Spring officially arrived this weekend and I be celebrating one of my favorite seasons with all kinds of projects in the weeks ahead. The first is a wreath made from recycled book pages that have been transformed into whimsical butterflies. I love butterflies they are little creatures full of the most amazing color, details and a true symbol of change. Did you know that butterfly wings are covered in tiny scales, each in a different color? Quite simply amazing if I may say so! Anyway...I digress...lets get started! Start with an old book- (I had one left over from my last event where we altered old encyclopedia pages) Draw an outline of a butterfly- this can be detailed and perfect or a simple doodle- it is up to you! Fill with paint. Create enough butterflies to fill the surface of your wreath. Cut out the butterflies, leaving a little bit of the extra page showing around the edges. Use strips of the pages to wrap around the wreath- I used tacky glue.