Project: Wooden Salt Cellar By Mark Frauenfelder A couple of years ago I whittled a wooden spoon as a thank-you gift for our family friend Valerie, who was my daughter’s elementary school art teacher. Valerie appreciated it so much that my wife asked me to make another wooden gift for Valerie’s upcoming birthday. I thought about it for a while and decided that a salt cellar would not tax my meager skills. For a PDF of this project, visit the build page on Make: Projects. Materials & Tools Wooden branch, about 3″ in diameter Workbench Saw Drill with bits Dremel tool Sandpaper Snap-blade utility knife Beeswax Directions Step 1: I started out with a branch that had fallen off a tree in our backyard. Step 2: I sawed off a 3″ section of the branch, using a miter box. Here’s the piece I used for the salt cellar. Step 3: I put the biggest drill bit I had into my drill press and started drilling a bunch of holes into the wood. Step 5: The above steps took fewer than 20 minutes to complete. About the Author: Related
82 Clever and Creative Fred & Friends Products I'm sure you've come across Fred & Friend products before at your local indie store and might not have even known it. Last weekend I was cruising around town and stopped at an indie store only to find one whole corner of the place dedicated to Fred & Friend products. It was heavenly. I stood there for probably more than a half hour laughing and checking out all their cool stuff. A lot of creativity goes into the making of these products, and I think part of that cleverness is shown in the name of the product and the slogan. Which one's your favorite? Disclaimer: the images you're about to view may not be suitable for all audiences. the OH! conversational paperclips the hot buttered desk accessory! there’s no esc for flies! bigger, better, louder, cooler who says dusting can’t be fun? we ALL need a foot in the door rude, chewed refrigerator magnets street style for your home race you home they really make an entrance< another bright idea from Mr. matryoshkas made to measure a handy little spatula
flax & twine: Day 3: Sparkle Headbands - a diy headband tutorial Theses headbands I want to keep for myself. Really, I can’t decide which I like better the beads or the rhinestones. I know Allie won’t want to take them off. Who doesn’t love the idea of diamonds glittering in your hair? The technique for the floss wrapping I used in the wands in my costume course on Craftsy. But, I just adore the added bling. Really you can do this technique with most trimmed beads. I fell in love with the idea of the rhinestones after seeing Green Eyed Monster’s Rhinstone bangles - love these. Material: Plastic headband DMC Pearl Cotton Embroidery Thread Approx. 18″ of beaded trim with attachments in between each stone or bead (rhinestones, crystal beads, etc) Craft glue or hot glue gun Time: 1 hour Attach beginning of floss to inside of headband with craft glue or hot glue gun. Wrap floss around headband beginning at one end. You can wrap a number of times (5-7) quickly and then push strands together snugly, careful not to overlap the strands. Let it dry. Finis!
My Own Landscape Dreams: "Casinha para o meu celular" Eu gosto de pensar que cada objeto tem a sua “casa”. Acho que tudo fica muito mais fácil quando conseguimos guardar cada objeto em seu próprio cantinho. Para isso, nada melhor do que caixinhas, potinhos ou vidrinhos! E para quem adora um projeto craft, o céu é o limite e todo o trabalho acaba se tornando uma grande diversão, não é verdade?! Mesmo com todo o esforço em colocar cada objeto em seu respectivo lar, meu celular nunca teve um espacinho que ele pudesse chamar de seu, rs! As três coisas que mais me chamaram atenção para esse projeto foram o fato de ser uma ideia totalmente reciclável, ter custo zero, e ver finalmente o meu celular em um lugarzinho só dele! Nós vamos precisar de: → um pote vazio de plástico (pode ser shampoo, sabonete líquido, condicionador, etc); → tesoura; → lixa de unha; → estilete. Opcionais: → cola para tecido; → viés (tecido, renda, botões, etc) O primeiro passo é observarmos o tamanho do nosso celular. Em seguida nós vamos cortar a parte de cima do pote. Pronto!
Anthro-Inspired Book Stack Necklace - JEWELRY AND TRINKETS One of my favorite bloggers posted about this necklace available on Anthropologie's website a few months back. It was retailing for something like $165. I figured it would be pretty easy to diy. First, I looked around my house for leather-like items to cut up for the covers. I remembered an old red purse I had that would be perfect. I found an old green purse for a few dollars. I set out molding the pages out of white fimo that I had laying around. I sandwiched them between the cut leather and mashed things around a bit. Time for round two. I did some reading about the Anthro necklace, and found a similar one on Etsy. So I started cutting up books. I cut and I cut and I cut! I love it.
ipad cover tutorial We recently bought a new iPad 2 for work and I was floored at the prices of covers…..I just couldn’t bring myself to spend that much. My husband’s friend Walker jokes that his composition notebook is his “low-tech iPad” because it is exactly the same size…..so it gave me an idea. I would make a cover for our new iPad out of one of the old composition notebooks I had sitting around. Turns out it was pretty easy using the box my iPad came in, some hair elastics and a notebook with the pages removed. Here is how I made an easy, inexpensive iPad cover: Photo 1 & 2: I took a razor blade and cut out the pages…..this composition book was on its last leg so they basically fell out.Photo 3 & 4: I removed the plastic insert from the box that the iPad came in and marked the height of the notebook for reference on the side. Photo 13, 14, 15 & 16: I took 2 black elastic hair bands and sewed each onto one corner at two points using needle and thread. An iPad cover for $2.99.
Drink Can Tinwork Tinwork Embossed tinwork is sometimes used to decorate rustic style photo or mirror frames, or just to make decorative items such as Christmas tree decorations. The metal used is usually thicker (tinplate) and is normally worked with hammered tools - I wanted to try to get a similar effect, but with a bit less effort. The Most Popular ArticleOn Atomic Shrimp No, really! I created this page towards the end of October 2008. More Metalwork If this project interested you, you might also like Lost Wax Casting Safety This project makes use of very thin sheet metal that is likely to have sharp, jagged edges and is prone to springing back. Great care should be taken to avoid injury. This project probably isn't suitable for children - and certainly not without supervision. Updated Autumn 2010 - now with Video Goodness! Soft drink cans are easily recyclable as scrap metal, but I fancied trying something a little more direct - a simplified form of tinwork. Materials Finished And Better... And Better Still
DIY Washi Tape Laptop Keyboard | her new leaf Look whose little old MacBook got a facelift this weekend! I spotted this idea from minifanfan on Making It Lovely last week and just had to give it my own spin. I purchased my Japanese washi tape from Le Box Boutique on Etsy. There are hundreds of washi tape sellers but I chose Le Box because they allow you to purchase tape by the foot rather than having to purchase the entire roll. I chose these ten patterns but only ended up using eight of them on my keyboard. I first thoroughly cleaned my keyboard with rubbing alcohol to remove any dirt or oil that might keep the tape from sticking. I originally wanted to do all the keys, including the small keys in the top row, but the tape seemed to have a harder time sticking to the small keys. This project was a bit tedious but simple – perfect for a few hours in front of the tv. What do you think? Tagged as: craft, diy, tutorial
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….aaaand we’re back - Kitty Baby Love Getting things started again It’s been a while… about 9 months actually. Life presented some life changing directions to take and I took them! But soon I started noticing things like… spending all my energy at work. After some reflection it became painfully obvious that I was not doing something that reinforced the person I wanted to grow into. On the flip side, it was hugely important for me to experience what a “real world” job felt like. So now comes change. "they sacrificed everything to the stars" Now that i’m back full-time, doing Kitty Baby Love, the first step for me is to turn what has been something that helped us scrape by into something that really works for our family situation. Here is where we jump off a cliff again. After some soul searching, we have decided that it is finally time, after a year of dodging and being insecure, to manufacture our Kitty Egg Crayons from our own blend of natural & organic ingredients. Its an exciting and nerve-wracking time for us.
to Tie-Dye for … | Sharpie Markers Official Blog Groovy, Baby CRAFTY GIRL SCOUTS AND ’60′S HIPPIES have known about it forever, but using Sharpie markers to tie dye clothing and other items has remained pretty much under wraps. Now you can uncover the secrets and learn how to create some of the most brilliant designs in the boldest and brightest colors with Sharpie markers. To get started, see details below from About.com: Sharpie Pen Tie-Dye: Use Science to Create Wearable Art By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D., About.com Normal tie dying can be messy and time-consuming. Sharpie Pen Tie Dye Materials colored Sharpie pens (permanent ink pens)rubbing alcohol (e.g., 70% or 90% isopropyl alcohol)white or light-colored cotton t-shirtplastic cup Let’s Do Tie Dye! … except you don’t have to tie anything. Allow a couple of minutes for the alcohol to evaporate before moving on to a clean section of the shirt.It doesn’t have to be a circle. How It Works The ink in a Sharpie pen dissolves in alcohol but not in water.
Zip-up Earbuds » LauPre I love to have my music with me everywhere I go, but I hate the tangled mess my wires become when I toss them in my bag or pocket. Last night I whipped up a fun and functional solution by adding a zipper to my earbuds. This project took me around an hour to do (perfect for catching up on some t.v. from hulu.com). The supplies are few; basic sewing supplies, a pair of headphones, and a nice long zipper. The first step is to pull the earbuds apart, to separate the wires all the way down to the plug. Next, take one side of your headphones and one side of the zipper tape and start stitching the wire into the tape. It’s as easy as that! Then unzip them to the length I want and put them on so much faster than having to untangle the mess!