Pretty Paper Garland I've been wanting to play with some paper garland for a little while now. The design I had in my mind was much more delicate than what my sewing machine could handle, so I ended up hand-stringing these .5 inch white flowers. The result was really pretty - light and airy. And it was a nice, short project to contrast that ever-present long one (my dissertation). Curb Chain Ring While browsing important web sites the other day, I stumbled upon some pictures of Gwen Stefani and fell in love with a curb chain ring she had on. Long story short I decided to make my own version and recycle some broken rings while at it. Inspiration
Quilled Snowflake Ornament Today I have a big fat tutorial to share with you. It looks really really scary and detailed, but it’s not so bad. Trust me. Perfect Summer Bangle Here's a fun tutorial on how to make a message bangle that's one-of-a-kind, done in the sun, waterproof and weatherproof. Even after several trips to the beach, it won't fade or wash off! Essentially, it's the Perfect Summer Bangle. Used in this tutorial: Inkodye Red Prepare. All you'll need for this project is a raw wooden bangle (we got ours from DIYBangles.com), a black paint marker, plastic wrap, and some Inkodye!
DIY Wrap Bracelet You should all know by now that we are all about stacking bracelets on our wrists. The more, the better. In fact . . . the most, the best! With that being said, we’ll show you how to master a version of the ever so popular wrap bracelet. Christine Chitnis: Pretty Pots This might be my favorite craft so far, and I got the idea after seeing one too many beautifully patterned pots that were just out of my price range! Nothing a little Mod Podge and pretty fabric can’t fix! The total cost of this project was about $3 a pot. Materials:Terracotta potsMod PodgeBrushFabric Splitcoaststampers Tutorials: Alcohol Ink by Cindy Lyles: Card Making Techniques Dominos are non-porous too! The application for this techique is endless. Glossy paper, buttons, CDs, and so forth. If finished product is to be worn or handled roughly, consider sealing it. DecoArt DuraClear Varnishâ„¢ is recommended, available in gloss or matte. It is a premium polyurethane finish that dries quickly (few hours) and with scant fumes.
Family Chic by Camilla Fabbri WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2011 | Comments: 25 10 cupcake liners, a stapler, a pair of scissors and a few minutes are all you need to make this simple gift topper. Flatten out and stack 10 cupcake liners – staple them together at the center. I used two different colored liners and alternated front and back. Fold in half. 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 like about this version is that the writing part is at the bottom on the stem and foot of the glass, so it doesn't compete with the beverage. I also like that the simple black foot on the glass is in itself an elegant design element, and would work just as well with no writing on it. So I figured, "I can totally make that myself!"
Gigantic Colored Pencils Suspended in Rural Japan Every three years, one of the world's largest international art festivals takes place in a location you wouldn't quite expect. Echigo-Tsumari is held across a vast, mountainous region in Japan or about two hours outside of Tokyo. Located in around 200 villages in the Niigata prefecture, with exhibitions inside unexpected places like old houses and abandoned schools as well as on terrace rice fields and forests, this festival asks you to explore Japan's rural areas and, quite literally, find their over 300 works. You can read some first-hand accounts of this year's festival at Japan Times and Japan Guide. You can also see a list of all the artworks on Echigo-Tsumari's website. Though there are many interesting installations we'd love to see in person, this one in particular caught our eye.