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Crafty Friday

Crafty Friday
This craft project was inspired by something almost identical I saw in a fancy shop here in NYC. It cost almost $500, and I thought to myself, "hey, I can make that". And so I did! Start by printing out butterflies. I found mine online, simply google butterfly prints and millions comes up. Hot-glue or super-glue a small branch to a vintage saucer. Fold the butterflies a little, so they look more alive and simple hot-glue them all to the branches. Photos by Alexandra Grablewski

Vinyl Wall Art Inspiration Believe it or not….I don’t have ONE vinyl letter, picture, or ANYTHING vinyl on any of the walls in my entire house. To be honest, the whole idea just doesn’t really do it for me. Or maybe I just haven’t seen anything that really grabs me enough to actually want to display on a wall of my home. Well, after a few hours of “research” on (inspired by this post from MABEL + LOLA) I may have to reconsider! I found some really unique, clever and cute stuff! Elephannie JustTheFrosting TastySuite birdiegraphics Some fun stuff huh? And that’s today’s…. Never miss a good thing! Ready Made paint chip mosaic table If you’re a decorating addict like me, chances are you have a shoebox full of paint chips. Why not give them new life with one of these projects? Artwork Zipper 8 Design via Paper Crave Apartment Therapy | Re-Nest Hope Studios Garland Modern Parents Messy Kids via The Sweetest Occasion D Sharp Gift tags Real Simple | A Spoonful of Sugar Business card holder Designverb Wallcovering Cozy Little Cave Notebooks Nicole Gelinas Greeting card Elegant Musings | via Grace & Ivy Wallet Narangkar Table covering Readymade Bookmarks How About Orange Emocja via Design Milk Alicia Parsons @ Atypical Type A

Movie Inspired Craft: Snail Shell Candles I love a good movie. Some movies have scenes so inspiring, tragic, or just so well-staged, that they are tattooed into my eyeballs forever after seeing them. The English Patient came out when I was in High School. To make a path of burning snail shell candles which will lead your lover to a barn where you wait in the shadows, you will need the following: - Escargot shells - Braided candle wick thread - Standard wick tabs (the metal base) - Pliers - Hot Glue Gun & Hot Glue Sticks - 1 pound block bees wax - Double boiler, or metal bowl and saucer of boiling water - Empty egg cartons - Funnel - Paper towels or napkins - Barn - Lover After picking up a container of escargot snail shells (and meats!) I made sure I was working on a surface that would be easy to clean up, and wouldn’t get damaged by any spilled wax (If you are not sure how well your surface will clean up, put a sheet of aluminum foil, or wax paper under your egg carton of snail shells.) Next, I inserted the wicks into each shell.

DIY Pet Bowl Stand As I mentioned several weeks ago , as a birthday present for my daughter we adopted a sweet gray tabby kitten and we named her Coco-Nut. She’s quickly become a beloved member of the family, the first thing the kids ask me when I pick them up from school is “What did Coco do today?” Like all kittens, she gets into a lot of mischief and a few things have been tipped over and broken as a result of her exploration into every crevice of our home. Despite the broken tchotchkes, the kids and I adore her and her sweet personality. I bought her two little bowls for food and water and they used to sit at the base of a cabinet in the kitchen, but over time we all kept kicking them, spilling the contents, and it was driving me crazy. Here’s the step by step so you build one for your pet too! First, you need to design the template for the feet. Next, create a template for the legs by folding a piece of paper the width of your board in half and sketching out the curvature of the base.

Everyday Mom Ideas: Scrap Paper Tree Centerpiece Tutorial (Featured guest blogger) Hi there! I'm Sharon from Two Girls Being Crafty, and I am so delighted to be today's guest blogger on Everyday Mom Ideas! Thank you so much, Julia, for having us. My co-blogger, Tristin, and I create fun and inexpensive crafts that anyone could do. Our goal is to inspire. So come check us out! Today I would like to share with you all our newest craft. This simple project uses scrapbook paper leaves to create a bright and cheery Spring ambiance for your home. First, drag out your unseemly healthy assortment of scrapbook paper scraps. Cut out a template of your leaf from the cardboard (you can also use chipboard or card-stock). Take your floral wire and cut strips anywhere from 5"-8" long. Lay down some newspaper next to your workspace. Now for the fun part! ...or make them funky. And you're done! Thanks again, Julia, for having us here today!

glow stick lanterns After seeing some of these on Pinterest, Boo and I bought some Fourth of July glow sticks and broke into them early. We cut off the ends and dumped the contents in, and shook the jar to coat the sides. (It’s non-toxic.) An instant glow stick lantern: We mixed the red, white and blue together and it made a pink/purple-y color. Update: I’ve heard from several readers that adding water to the jar helps to keep the glow! P.S.

DIY Reversible Placemats Happy Thursday! Atlanta has been rainy and stormy all week. I really hope the sun comes out this weekend, I have plans to lay by the pool ;-) So I had some leftover fabric from my pillow project and decided to make placemats! One side is green zebra and the other is orange print. To make the placemats more sturdy, I added another fabric in between, just a plain cotton fabric. Leave about 4 inches un-sewn so that you can flip the fabric right side out. Sew the opening shut. Iron the placemat so that the edges are flat and smoothe. And there you go - homemade placemats!! I have a little fabric leftover, I'm thinking homemade potholders! Have a great day! ~ Elizabeth

Halloween: Box O' Popcorn Costume I took a box, painted it white. Then I painted red stripes, leaving a spot to make the circle (I used a pan lid to make the circle). I cut holes out for his head and arms (cut the flaps off the open end of the box where the legs come out). I painted in the words POPCORN, popped some popcorn and hot glued it to the top of the box (while I watched TV) and to a cheap baseball cap. By Michele from Marysville, Ohio Recent Feedback Feedback about this article is posted here. By SL Edens [1]11/15/2009 Now that is cute, cute, cute! By cathy11/13/2009 That is adorable. By Cyinda [214]11/11/2009 I have to say that this is the very best & most original Halloween costume I've ever seen! By Jeannie11/11/2009 That is so adorable! Post Feedback Add your voice to the conversation.

Felt Magnets – DIY Fun! {Tutorial} Felt Magnets are a sweet and simple project…perfect for Summer Camps and sleepovers, or while you’re enjoying a little afternoon coffee break. It’s no surprise to see another felt project on my blog, I’m sure. I love felt! Here’s how I put together these fun little magnets… Gather up a selection of beautiful felt for inspiration. This is all wool felt…I love the colors! Bring out you collection of embroidery floss…more pretty colors! You can find these business card magnets at your local office supply or craft store. Cut you rectangle out and stitch a sweet little something on it. Quick and easy felt projects never fail to make me smile! I’m planning to make a few more to keep on hand for gifts. Have you used business card magnets for any other crafts? ~Kim

How to Make Beeswax Candles A guest post by Adrienne of Crafty Little Gnome and Adrienne Audrey Jewelry. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here. I love burning candles. There is something so serene about the warm glow of the flame. Today I am going to show you how to make cute beeswax candles in little jars. Why Beeswax? Unlike most candles which are made of paraffin wax beeswax is a renewable resource. Beeswax candles burn cleaner than paraffin candles, producing very little soot. The list of benefits goes on and on. Materials:1 pound beeswaxCotton or hemp wickWick tabsHalf pint canning jarsSuper gluePliers You can find these materials at your local craft store and you can get canning jars at your supermarket. You can buy beeswax online. Directions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Because the candles are in jars they are safer than tall pillar candles that may fall over and cause a fire. Adrienne lives in Northern Washington on a farm with her husband and a menagerie of loveable animals.

Print on Fabric with an Inkjet Printer By Andrew Lewis Sometimes I have a great idea for a textile project, but I get put off by the thought of trawling through the seemingly endless bolts of fabric at the store. Then I think about the hassle of haggling over the price and ending up with three times as much fabric as I actually needed. I decided to try printing my own fabric on an inkjet printer, and the results really exceeded my expectations. About Ink Printing your own fabric is not as difficult as it sounds, and you don’t need any special equipment to get started. Materials Light-colored fabric Printer that uses pigment inks Scissors Card Sticky tape Directions Step 1: Choose a light-colored, flat fabric, and cut it to the maximum width that your printer can handle. Step 2: Take a piece of card the same width as the fabric and fix the end of fabric to the card using sticky tape. Step 4: Create your design on the computer, and then print it out. Step 7: When the fabric is dry, iron the reverse side at low temperature.

{Wood Hanging Note Board} This little project resulted in a weekend of boredom... so what else is there to do, but a project! We just got a new desk step up, that I haven't finished the post for yet, but I will add that soon. It's amazing and an incredible craigslist purchase. It has a lot of shelving space, but I needed a little something for the wall between our bookcases for the quick notes I just jot down and then the post it gets lost because I randomly set them down in the house to never be seen again... incredibily irritating : ) So I took a piece of old wood we had lying around from something else and cut to about the size I wanted for a little note board. After I let it dry I stapled and glued on twine wrapping it around the board pretty tight so that I could slip notes or cards behind the twine and it stay. After that, I added a wall hook on the back and put it up. I'm pretty pleased with it and one of the easier projects I've done. Linked up toDIY Showoff, Under the Table & Dreaming