Halloween Craft Idea: Firefly Glow Jars If any of you are Pinterest freaks like me, you might have seen this picture making its way around many boards. Pretty sweet right? I thought so, too. Soooo…I decided to make some for myself! Check it out: What You Need Glass Jars (Either save your old pickle jars or pick up some cheapies at a thift store)Glow Paint, as many colors as you want (Find it at a craft store or any place that sells craft supplies)Small Paintbrushes Optional Whisk GlitterSmall Spray BottleWater How You Do It: Make sure your jars are clean (Spaghetti sauce smears don’t look so hot when lit up)Assemble your supplies Pour Paint into small bowls (ones you don’t care if they might … *cough* … be glowing for many years to come.) Dip your paintbrush into the paint and try to coat the bristles evenly. Continue tapping the brushes with the various colors of paint until you get the desired coverage and colors. Once you’re all done, allow the paint to dry. Gonna try this for yourself?
Book strap tutorial Ladies and gentlemen, I'm delighted to share a guest tutorial today from Lorraine (LiEr) Teigland of Ikat Bag. She's a former physics teacher, which speaks volumes about the smart projects her creative brain concocts. (Her pig and chicken patterns kill me.) Today's project is a book strap. I must admit I sheepishly had to ask Lorraine how to use this fancy item: does one grab the long end of the strap and use it like a handle, so the book stack dangles from it like a dog on a leash? Hello all! This is a simple and quick project but if you are unfamiliar with working with vinyl, I've included some tips at the end of the tutorial. First, make the strap, using your favorite strap-making method and whatever width works with the print of your fabric and the hardware you have. sewing along one long edge and around both ends, leaving most of the second long edge open to turn them right side out. Then top-stitch all around to complete the strap. Next, make the buckle. Ta-da! or left-handed?
bokmärken – Craft of the Day, bookmarks Du behöver: Kuvert (återanvänd gärna gamla kuvert), ett ark med vitt papper (för mallen), sax, penna, lim och ett mönstrat papper. Inspiration till detta pyssel kommer från The Creative Homemaker. Fler varianter på samma tema finns här och här. Gör så här: Vik ett enkelt vitt papper diagonalt. You will need: Envelope (why not reuse old envelopes?) The inspiration for this craft comes from The Creative Homemaker. How-to: Fold a sheet of plain white paper diagonally. Make a modular felt trivet Related to yesterday's coaster project, here's a template for making a larger modular felt trivet. No sewing or gluing required. Connect as many pieces as you like to make bigger projects, too--placemats, a runner, or sew two pieces together for a pillow cover. Download the pattern here. Begin locking pieces together by pulling the arrow-shaped tabs through the slots from the back through to the front side. To finish the trivet, trim off the excess felt around the edges and nip the points off the triangular tabs.
Inspired Entertaining: DIY Chalkboard Wine Glasses Last month I got an email from one of those "deal of the day" websites featuring a very cute set of wine glasses with chalkboard stems from a company called Chalkboard China. I've seen chalkboard glasses before, and always thought them to be a fun and chic way for guests to keep track of their glass throughout the night so you don't end up with mixed-up glasses or dozens of half-full glasses left around the house. But all the ones I've seen in stores feature a strip of chalkboard paint across the bowl of the glass, which I've always felt looks awkward and takes away from the beauty of the wine or beverage in the glass. What I did NOT like about the glasses, was the price. $19.95 per glass is absurd and totally unnecessary. So I figured, "I can totally make that myself!" Here's how you can make your own set of inexpensive chalkboard wine glasses: Materials 1. 2. 3. Method Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Once the glasses are completely dry (about 24 hours) they're ready to use!
Shadow Box Photo Display for Photographers Need help turning your post-vacation keepsake clutter into a divine display? Our resident do-it-yourself expert, Ashley Campbell, has just what you’ve been looking for: As spring break and summer approach many families begin planning vacations and time to just enjoy being together. In my family unpacking from a trip often includes trying to find places to store or display random keepsakes we’ve picked up along the way. Filling your shadow box with too many pictures or items and result in framed collection of clutter. Supplies: 12×12 Shadow Box 12×12 print a select few of your keepsakes double sided tape craft supplies (clothespins, masking tape, decorative labels, hot glue gun, etc.) Step 1: Create your background using the Alphabet Frames templates. Step 2: Remove the label inside the shadow box and attach your 12×12 print using the double sided tape. Step 3: Begin creating simple displays for some of your items. Step 4: Tilt the shadowbox and begin placing your keepsakes inside.
Wallet-to-Tote On the Go ~ Tutorial Lorraine from ikat bag is a favorite around here… She has tons of fun tutorials on her blog and she’s joined us before with this wonderful Back to School Pencil Case tutorial. Today Lorraine shares a tutorial for a new summer essential, the On the Go Wallet-to-Tote! Construction includes three main parts: Assembling the Wallet, Assembling the Outer Bag and Making the Lining. From Lorraine: Hello, Everyone. These little bags have been around for as long as I can remember, and I thought they’d be a useful addition to the arsenal of summer gear I stash in my car and/or purse. I have three little girls, aged 3,4 and 6, and we’ve found that summer always takes us on adventures we hadn’t planned for– detours to farmer’s markets, dancing in the rain or treasure hunting en route to the park. We always appreciate an extra bag or two for our loot (and wet clothes)! Part One: Assemble the Wallet:You will need: Note: Please see Part Two & Part Three for a full list of supplies. The bag is completed!
DIY Fri: Map Card and Envelope This two-piece stationary set is the perfect kitschy DIY project for the end of summer. You can make this for someone going on an out of town excursion, for your own travels, or to give with a present. I made a couple just 'cause they're cute! Materials: -An Old Envelope and Card -Map(s) or Atlas -Pencil or Pen -Scissors -Glue Stick -1 Piece Of Card Stock or Construction Paper Open up the old envelope. Trace the outline of the envelope on to your map or atlas page. Cut the outline of your envelope until you have a duplicate, but in the map paper. Glue the back side of the piece you just cut out to another piece of the map/atlas. Cut out the envelope shape again following the edges of the piece you glued on. Fold and crease the edges of the envelope inwards. Apply glue to the edge of the piece that will be folded up in the middle, connecting the sides to form the bottom of the envelope. Lay the side pieces on top of the edge you just glued. Fold the card in half and crease the middle. Tada!
How About Orange Here's a look at our upstairs guest bathroom. Last night I covered an accent wall with removable wallpaper. I love it! This bathroom has a peculiar layout. You walk in past the shower stall on the right, and when you hit the sink, you turn right to get to the toilet. The kind folks at Walls Need Love sent the product to review. Like the Sunburst wallpaper I designed last year, this paper is essentially a giant self-adhesive wall decal, and it's easily to peel off and reposition. I measured the wall and cut a length of paper that would leave a little extra overhang at the bottom. After a couple tries I had it, and then it was just a matter of peeling off the backing paper gradually while smoothing down the paper with the tool provided. I cut another piece to place next to the first panel, overlapping the seam by a quarter inch to match the pattern. Then with a craft knife and straight edge, I trimmed off any overhang that wrapped onto the adjacent walls and baseboard.