Craft Tutorial: Photo Lanterns Ready for a fun project? This is one of those craft tutorials that you can imagine doing because it’s fun and festive but also practical and timely with warmer days here. The uber creative Livy Kanaley from a new favorite blog of mine, A Field Journal, is visiting us to share a craft tutorial — how to make a festive photo lantern with battery operated tea lights. I love sharing random projects like this from time to time on decor8 especially with so many looking for projects that are affordable and not overly time consuming. This project is creative, easy, and something you can actually use. Ready to learn how to make these? “These lanterns are adaptable to any occasion and perfect for the warm weather that’s just around the corner. Materials: Store bought lanterns (glass votives are an alternative) Spray adhesive (suitable for paper and glass) Vellum Digital images Printer Battery operated tea lights Scissors/Paper cutter Instructions: (images from Olivia Kanaley)
3 Four and Under: Silhouette Tutorial Nope, it's not what you're thinking. I'm not talking about the machine, I'm talking about making silhouettes of my beautiful children I've been wanting to make them for months, and I have been looking for inexpensive oval picture frames for months. This is how I made mine Step One: I took a picture of each of my children Step Two: I uploaded the pictures onto my computer and opened them in Adobe Photoshop And then I carefully deleted the background of the picture Step Three: I used the Paint Bucket Tool and colored in my daughter's silhouette in black Step Four: Then printed the pictures out and cut out each silhouette Step Five: I took the silver Dollar Tree trays and spray painted them white Step Six: After they dried I took my trusty Ralph Lauren glaze (that I got for a $1 a gallon) and painted it onto the edge of the trays and wiped it off with a paper towel Step Seven: Then using Mod Podge I decoupaged the silhouettes onto each tray Then hung them on the wall in my bathroom
Orange Peel Candle A friend of mine DIYed her own candles, made from the peels of Satsuma oranges, for a recent dinner party. I was so excited by this simple yet clever idea, I had to share the tutorial on HonestlyWTF. My only regret is not discovering this sooner when Satsumas were at their absolute peak in December. Hopefully, you’ll still be able to snatch up a few at your local grocery store or farmer’s market and impress your guests at your next dinner party! The stem side of the Satsuma will be the bottom and base of the candle. Because Satsumas are known for their loosely attached peels, the orange should easily be removed. Once the flesh of the orange is taken out, the pith connecting the outer stem should remain. Pour a few glugs of olive oil into the orange, leaving just the very tip of the pith exposed. Depending on the length of the pith, the candle should burn for at least a couple of hours. (all images via HonestlyWTF)
Mega Roundup: 25 Easy DIY Jewelry Organizer Projects I'll be the first to admit that my jewelry organization situation is pretty horrendous. The knobs on my closet doors are home to countless necklaces, half of which fall off if one happens to even glance in their general direction. Fortunately, there are DIY jewelry holders aplenty, a few of which I have my eye on for upcoming weekend projects. Check out all 25 below and let me know which one is your fave! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. So, Curbliers, which of these DIY jewelry organizer projects are you going to tackle? Tagged : How-To, Inspiration, jewelry, organization, storage Material : fabric, metal, paint, plastic, recycled, wood Design Style : colorful, eclectic, rustic, traditional, transitional Techniques : cleaning, crafting, Creative Reuse, organizing, Recycling & Upcycling, woodworking Room : bathroom, bedroom Decor Element : accessories
Uncanny Cork Vases & Containers Tutorial Almost two years ago, I bookmarked a wonderful tutorial from Design Sponge for a cork lamp. I just loved the idea and wanted to translate it in another way. But for some reason, I kind of forgot about it as time went on, and then this weekend when I was rinsing out some cans to put into the recycling bin, I remembered. I had also just bought some beautiful tulips, and immediately knew exactly what to make. A cork vase to hold notes, photographs, and of course flowers. But these vases can also be used as organizational containers for your extra pens and even succulents too. Materials: Soup/ Vegetable Cans, Spray paint (any color), roll of cork (you can find it at many local craft stores or order online here), heavy duty craft glue, scissors, ruler, extra pins or clothespins to clamp cork while drying How Do I Make This? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Here are the results… (click each image for a larger view) Looking for more ideas for quick and easy projects?
tutorials When it comes to making art, I'm all about the process. While I love working on a project from start to finish, I've found that it's in the "journey" and the time spent experimenting that I grow the most. There are days when I will spend hours playing with a technique, supply or process simply to learn! Lately I've been having lots of fun painting on photo paper. Photo paper has a slick surface which means the color that you apply to the surface moves and slides around creating some really amazing and beautiful effects. All you really need for this process is photo paper and color. PHOTO PAPER: Just about any photo paper will work and by photo paper I mean the paper that you use for printing photos. COLOR: You can use pretty much any type of ink or paint for this process but I found the more fluid the paint (or ink) the better results. There are so many different ways to work with these materials! pretty paper from Alisa Burke on Vimeo. Drop color on the surface.
Solar-Powered Mason Jar This is one of those ideas that seemed like a really simple one UNTIL I started working on it. It actually turned out to be a bit harder than I anticipated…but in the end I was very happy with the results. So I hope you will hang in with me while I attempt to show you how to make one of these fun mason jar luminaries. I’ve been wanting to do something like this all summer long. It was time to take action! The reason my seemingly simple project turned out to be more complicated than I anticipated centered around the fact that the size of the light was smaller than I anticipated and didn’t “fit” the mason jar opening. After searching and searching…I found a tip on The Happier Homemaker that at least got me pointed in the right direction. After a few different configurations…here is what I came up with. You’ll need 3 paper clips, and then you’ll want to shape them so they each end up like this. Then you’re going to use those paper clips to suspend and balance the light on the rim of the jar.
Plastic Bottle Flower How to Make a Dart-Shooting Weapon Using a Plastic Bottle, Straw, & Cotton Swabs This quick guide will show you how to make a makeshift weapon out of cotton swabs, a plastic bottle with cap, a straw, and some hot glue. You'll also need a hot glue gun, scissors, and a drill to make the hole in the bottle cap. Video: . Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more awesome videos from macobt projects!... 0 specialized-weapons » How-To How to Make a Dart-Shooting Weapon Using a Plastic Bottle, Straw, & Cotton Swabs How to Turn a Plastic Bottle into a Zippered Waterproof Lens Case When you have a lot of equipment, dragging it everywhere with you can be a pain, especially when the weather's bad. digital-photography » How-To How to Turn a Plastic Bottle into a Zippered Waterproof Lens Case How to Build a water rocket Who knew some plastic, water and air would be so much fun? toy-models » How-To How to Build a water rocket
DIY envelope clutch (vintage romper, river island feather headband) I’ve been wanting an oversized clutch for a while now, especially since I laid eyes on that Celine clutch shot by Tommy Ton for style.com. Its minimalism is so beautiful. Then, I saw the Clare Vivier La Pochette on ofakind.com and instantly knew what my next DIY would be. I couldn’t decide what color fabric to choose, so... why not make 2? The steps are pretty simple and I probably could’ve made 10!! Super Simple Homemade Air Freshener Baking soda naturally absorbs odours, so why not take advantage of that to create simple, inexpensive air fresheners? Here's how: Use a hammer and and a nail to poke holes in the lid of a small canning jar. (The heart is a nice touch, but clearly not necessary) Fill the jar about 1/4 full with baking soda Add 6-8 drops of lavender essential oil Put lid on and place in any spot that could use some freshening. I've made several, and I use them in my linen closet, under my kitchen sink (which is where the stinky garbage can is) and in the bathroom. This powder is also useful for removing odours from carpets and upholstery. You could, of course, substitute your favorite essential oil for the lavender. NOTE: As with any cleaning product (even the reasonably safe and friendly ones), keep out of reach of children and pets.
Tissue and Glass Candle Holders By Jenny Ryan Many times when I’m at the grocery or drug store, I can’t resist throwing a few scented votive candles in my cart. When I’m ready to burn them, it’s easy enough to sit one on a cute little vintage china saucer, but I recently decided to try and find a fancier display solution for them. I also wanted the project to be inexpensive, and the materials used to be things I already had on hand. I was inspired by memories of making faux-stained glass in elementary school and came up with these fun little glass votive holders. This project is quick and easy, and a great way to whip up custom party décor on the cheap. Materials Tissue paper in your desired colors Mod Podge (matte finish), in a pinch you can also use school gluePaintbrush Scissors Glass containers to fit your candle(s), I used thrifted vases and wine tumblers Paper punches in various shapes Q-tips, optional Directions Step 3: Start affixing the punched-out paper shapes to the glass using your paintbrush. More: Related
Unique & Beautiful Art Who would have thought a plastic bag or a plastic water or soda bottle could be upcycled into something so unique and beautiful? Check out these unique upcycled products made by talented artists and I think you'll agree that one person's trash can definitely be another person's treasure. unique flowers made from the bottoms of soda bottles (above and below) by Michelle Brand What is PET? PET aka polyethylene terephthalate is a highly recyclable plastic product made from oil. PET Plastic bottle stick pin brooches (above) and bowl (below) by gulnurozdaglar on Etsy Plastic bottles at a landfill site...Landfill decomposition rates:Milk carton: 5 yearsPlastic milk jug: 500 yearsAluminum can: 80 to 200 yearsPlastic drinking bottles: hundreds of years Plastic bags: hundreds of yearsCigarette butt: up to five years & leaches toxins into the groundNewspaper: 2 to 4 weeks or longerGlass bottles: tens of thousands of yearsStyrofoam: no sign of ever breaking down(figures from ecocomic.com)
Beaded Bracelet I’m super excited to share this project with you, as it has been over two weeks in the making. I fussed around with many a mini-crochet needle and embroidery thread, and my house is now littered with bitty seed beads, to arrive at what I think is my favorite and most unique tutorial yet! Woo hoo! Materials: Embroidery thread (I used 6 stranded thread) Crochet hook size 1 (2.75mm) Seed beads Jewelry clasps Needle Scissors Directions: Note: This pattern is for a bracelet that measures 6.5″ at completion. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Or you can always go the neon route, which is clearly a Blog a la Cart fav. Admittedly, Sunny demands to wear the blue and “geen” one frequently. Photos: Ashley Weeks Cart