Toiletpaper Roll Bird Feeders I remember being in Brownies and making these peanut butter bird feeders. I knew that I wanted the girls to have the same sweet experience, so I figured I would wait for the Spring to make these homemade bird feeders. What?? What until Spring? It dawned on me that it is bird feeding month and these poor creatures could use some food NOW!! So here is Audrey's birdfeeder. Spread on your peanut butter. Roll it in birdseed Just for fun, pat it on:) Hang it on a tree branch. Take out your binoculars and watch those hungry birds fill their bellies during these winter months! If you look really close, you can see our first customer!!
Refashionista - Delia from Delia Creates Welcome to Day 3 of Refashionista. Today our guest is Delia of Delia Creates. I adore Delia. Hi I Am Momma readers! I love re-purposing projects, because you get to take something useless to you and make it useful again...or maybe even something you love. :) Such is the case with some too tight, too short sweaters I had, that I converted to cardigans. I know, I know...this has been done before - a lot, but this is my version of a: With most cardigans you have buttons that line the length of it so you could technically wear it as a blouse if needed. With these cardigans, because they are starting out as too tight and too short sweaters, there are only two to three buttons that clasp the cardigan partially closed. This idea is really simple, but I provide some tips and detailed methods to help you achieve a durable, beautiful outcome. Materials: Matching thread looks best...but as you'll see I didn't for two of my cardigans. Let's begin. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. P.S. Happy Re-fashioning!
Universal lamp shade polygon building kit I saw a lampshade made out of the shape below at a friend's house, so I traced the shape and made my own. the lamp i saw used thin plastic for the pieces. I believe the original design for this lamp was done over 30 years ago by the firm Iqlight, they sell pre-cut parts in case you do not want to make the parts yourself. Below is the shape as an image, and i've also attached a DXF file. You will need sheets of paper or plastic that allow light to get through. The stiffness of your material determines how large your pieces can be - stiffer material for larger pieces and larger lamps, thinner material for smaller pieces and smaller lamps. You will need a lamp fixture - just a raw socket on a cord. I experimented with a number of different plastics and sizes for the parts, here are my results: - HDPE: works well, looks good, cheap and easy to get. - Vinyl: I did not try it, probably want to use thicker pieces since it is not very stiff. but you can use colors! Where to get it:
The Given Thought Abstract Doodles Here are some more fun abstract doodles to print out and enjoy. They are great fun for people of all ages and work well at school and home. Just find the picture you like, click on it, download and print. Have fun coloring! This is page 2 of abstract coloring pages. If you love these fun abstract doodles, there are so many more to print out and enjoy. They work great at home as well as school. I think everybody will enjoy my pictures, from small children to the young at heart. If you have any suggestions or requests feel free to contact me. Return from Abstract Doodles to Coloring Pages Bible Verses Coloring PagesCircles Coloring PagesCountries Coloring PagesLandscape Coloring Art Ebook I love providing free coloring pages for all of you and am always trying to add more, along with activity printables and Ebooks of all kinds.
Refashionista - Kelly from Sewing In No Man's Land Kelly amazes me with her detailed, over-the-top designs. She is an incredible seamstress and to top it off she's a professional photographer. Even if you don't sew, her blog is too beautiful to pass up. Welcome Kelly! I am so excited to be part of the Refashionista event this year! My family is from Ireland and my Granny and Granddad never left the island. I wish I had taken the opportunity to learn more from her. What is fantastic about using an old coat is that all the difficult parts are already done for you so the coat comes together incredibly fast! This left me with an extremely professional looking pocket and hardly any effort. The same is true for the center placket. The topstitching from the original coat again makes the shrunken version look much more professional: The original coat had a turned over collar not a hood. Plus hoods show off the super cute lining you put in! Although, I don't know how soon Evie will be letting me take some more pictures of her though ha! Cheers!
07/01/2012 - 08/01/2012 I played with shrink plastic in the toaster oven last night to make some fun typographic pendants. I used white shrink film sheets made by Grafix, purchased at a local craft store. (Rumor has it that Shrinky Dink brand plastic is a little better, especially if you plan to make larger items. It curls less. But Grafix worked just fine for this.) How to make your own pendants: Print out images to trace onto plastic. With a pencil, trace shapes onto the shrink film. Cut out the holes in the shapes with an X-Acto knife and trim the outer edges with a scissors. Erase any pencil lines from the edges or they'll be baked on. Following the instructions on your film package, bake the pieces in a conventional oven or toaster oven. Add a jump ring and chain, and you're all set.
Flower Pot Pen Project I adore this flower pot pen project! We've all seen these fun pens at banks or offices, and many of us have wondered how they were made. I've made this project for the past few years for my children's teachers, and they have not stopped talking about how much they love it. Unlike most teacher gifts, they actually get A LOT of use out of this, and it looks so cute sitting on their desk! How to Make Flower Pens in a Pot Flower pot, glass vase, or coffee mug Faux flowers Pens Green floral tape Scissors Craft glue Pinto beans, glass marbles, or decorative stones Directions for Flower Pen Project: 1. 2. 3. Continue wrapping up the pen until you are half way up. 4. Continue all the way to the top of the pen (the bottom of the flower). 5. 6. Instead of using a clay pot, you could use a glass vase or a coffee mug. Return from Flower Pot Pen Project to Main TEACHER Page Return from Flower Pot Pen Project to HOME PAGE
How to make Sky Lanterns | AditiOdyssey Lovely Illustration by Tuhin Paul We made sky lanterns to celebrate “Diwali”, a festival of lights in India. You can find the step-by-step tutorial here:Step 1: Make Paper Balloon The paper balloon is made using rice papers,butter paper, kite paper or tracing paper. Butter paper works best as it has good tensile strength which prevents the paper from tearing and is easy to handle. While sticking the sides of the butter paper make sure you stick it properly so that the hot air could not escape from it.Step 2: Making the rim of the balloon The open end of the balloon is stuck with a bamboo ring to attache the fuel. Step 3: Making the Fuel For making the fuel of Sky lantern, you need wax and napkin papers. Step 4: Attaching the fuel The wire used must not be very thick otherwise it may increase the weight of the sky lantern, also it should not be very thin otherwise it would melt with the heat. Make lots of them and launch them together, sky lanterns when launched looks visually stunning.
Upcycled Design Lab Blog - Starting Over - More T-shirt Tales and a Tutorial (Basket Weave Upcycled T) So yesterday I accomplished what I was beginning to believe was the impossible!!! Drum-roll please..... I finally finished another t-shirt project!! Amazining?? I know. Thank you. Can you here the music? No? Ok I guess that part is just in my head. Anyway I actually used one whole t-shirt and a good portion of another tee-shirt. As you may already know I was feeling quite discouraged a few days ago as all of my current work in progress was at the I don't know What The Fork to do with it stage . Remember this? OK so it actually looked like this. Well I am happy to report that as with most things persistence does pay off and surprisingly no gin and tonics were even required. I am learning to be more tuned in to the lessons that can be learned in even the smallest experience in our lives. But it is important to be able to let go of things. Isn't it? We hold on to so many things that hold us back in life. But of course the lesson is, that in the end, I was glad that I did. That's it for now.
Using Silicone Caulk as a Mold Material - Hypertufa Forum I was reading the back posts and saw that some of you have been using silicone caulk for making molds. I have been working with a variety of silicones for some time and thought I'd post some information that might be helpful. There are three basic types of silicone. The first two are two-part silicones which must be measured and mixed just prior to use. 1) Platinum cure (addition) silicones are extremely pure and can produce extremely accurate molds that last indefinately. 2) Tin cure (condensation) silicones are commonly used as a mold making material for art and industry. 3) The remaining class is one-part, self curing silicones like caulking and aquarium sealant. The biggest problems with using silicone caulking for molds is that it is rather thick and easily traps air, and that it will not cure properly in very thick applications. The reason they won't cure in thick layers is that they require the moisture in air to cure. I personally like dry mold releases rather than greasy ones.