background preloader

DIY Fashion and Craft TutorialsStars for Streetlights

DIY Fashion and Craft TutorialsStars for Streetlights
I got the idea to make these little bowls a few years ago when I bought Mark Montano's book, the Big-Arse Book of Crafts . (Mark Montano is the most brilliant crafter around-- I love his books and his projects.) One bowl I made sits on my dresser and holds little hair knickknacks, and I gave a few bowls away, but I never got around to writing a tutorial about it. To make a vinyl record bowl you need: -Real bowl (One that can go in the oven.) This project is so easy and fun. After you take it out of the oven, just press the record down into any bowl or shape that you want. Hold your record in place inside the bowl until it hardens again. (My favorite one.) And that's it! You can keep whatever you want in these bowls, I think I am going to take mine to work and put them on my desk. Related:  Home & Furniture Crafts

DIY: Hand Painted Mug October 17th, 2011 I’ve been wanting to try porcelain paint for a while, and it’s just as amazing as I anticipated. You have to give it a try. The holidays are coming up, and hand painted coffee/cocoa mugs would make great gifts! Supplies: porcelain mug (mine is from CB2) Pebeo Porcelaine 150 outliner (available at Dick Blick) There are transparent porcelain paints that you apply with a brush and outliners which are thicker and opaque. If you want to achieve the ink-like look that I did, go with an outliner. How to: 1.

How to Reupholster a Sofa | Upholstery Resource Advance Planning Thinking out and planning a job in advance (as much as you are able) often makes a big difference in how a job turns out. It is so easy for a beginner to want to get started before he/she even knows what he/she will be doing. Assessing a Sofa to Reupholster Just because you have a sofa in your house doesn't necessarily mean that you should reupholster it. Sofa Style: Each sofa style will take a different amount of work. Assessing the Condition of the Sofa: As we inspect the frame, springs, and support linings, one of the primary principles we keep in mind is, "will it last the life of the new cover?" Check the condition of the frame Check the frame. Determining the type and condition of the springs: Sofas general have one of these types of springs: Hand-tied coil springs, which are among the best types to have. Arc springs (commonly called zig zag springs). Machine wired coil spring Rubber or Elastic Webbing Take Pictures Choosing a Fabric Intended use: Lifestyle of users:

DIY Natural Room Scents Don't miss my follow-up post to this one withNATURAL ROOM SCENTS FOR DIY GIFTS & CENTERPIECESCLICK HERE This post was featured in the April 2013 issue of Woman's Day magazine. Here's the thing. I'm married to a man who hates artificial scents of any kind. Turns out that King-Man may just be ahead of his time. But, the air in my house gets stale sometimes. There is a simple, all natural, truly lovely solution. Keeping the supply list simple. How to Make Natural Room Scents Fragrant items for naturally scenting your home: citrus -- I've tried other fruits. view whole spices on Amazon: cinnamon sticks, anise stars, allspice, cloves, vanilla beans Five Natural Room Scent RecipesThese are all scents that my nose likes. General procedure: Combine the ingredients in a 2 cup (pint) jar or container, or in a pan on the stove top. view on Amazon: ♦pint jars ♦plastic lids for jars Scent #1: Oranges, cinnamon & cloves (allspice and anise are optional). Scent #2: Lemon, rosemary, & vanilla. Gift them!

Tiny Polaroid Magnets | { Ambrosia Creative } Hi there! It’s felt like forever since I’ve last blogged, and has felt like an eternity since I’ve done anything crafty and nifty. Since my morning sickness has gone into full speed (yes, we’re expecting our third this fall!) I haven’t felt like myself. But nothing like inspiration to wake one out of a reverie — or nightmare, in my constantly sick state. I came across these DIY Pantone chip magnets on How About Orange and wanted to do something similar. You will need: Cardboard (mine was the backing of a sketchbook — much thicker than the back of a regular spiral bound notebook) or 2-3 sheets of white cardstock or poster board spray-mounted together to use as a sturdy backing to the magnetsOpaque white marker (necessary only if your cardboard is not white) Craft knife Metal straight edge/ruler Clear packing tape or frisk film. Step 1: Download a Photoshop file of the Polaroid frames below. Step 2: Print out photos onto photo paper. Step 4: Trim out photos with craft knife. 487 Comments

Garden art on the cheap DIY: Glass marbles in your fence | Garden Drama Colorful marbles make a plain old fence sparkle. I had the pleasure of speaking at the Lake Owasso Garden Club this week. It was a full classroom of avid, fun-loving gardeners and the topic at hand was Art in the Garden. As I told the group, I think art and the garden go together like peas and carrots and as I prepped my talk, I was reminded of one of my favorite DIY project from my own garden, the Garden Drama test garden. Festooning a six foot privacy with marbles is addictive fun that really adds a pop and punch to the garden setting, especially when the sun hits it from the back. The process is pretty simple. I would recommend using new marbles. Then go to town. I lose a marble or two over the winter from the wood contracting and expanding and maybe a couple over the summer, but a little vigilance, popping them back in is all that’s needed. Beware though, once you get going on this one, you will want to be be-dazzling your entire fence. Like this: Like Loading...

Re-Upholstering 101: How I re-upholstered my swivel armchair Holy SMOKES……..this post is WAY overdue! I hinted way back in October that I was working on re-upholstering a chair for Chloe’s nursery, from a chair that I bought from a thrift store about a year before that. I finally tackled/finished it (except for the seat cushion) before the holidays and then I saved it to share until after the New Year. But OOPS, it got pushed back. Anyway, that old velvet-y blue rocking chair is no more………and has been replaced by a clean textured white one. And hooray……Chloe’s nursery is now complete! It took several days to re-upholster but once I got going, it was very satisfying. ***The fabric is from Joann’s. Now, there’s a nice little upholstered chair, sitting in the nursery corner……ready to be cozied-up in. It’s where we sit and do one of Chloe’s favorite things in life……Story Time!!! So glad it’s done. Would you like a little mini lesson in Re-Upholstering?? WARNING: There are tons of pictures in this tutorial. To get started, you need to buy fabric. See?

Mosaic Tile Birdbath using Recycled DVDs A few years ago, we bought a bird bath on clearance at the end of the season. We brought it home, set it up, and within a week, it had fallen over and broken into several pieces. And that could have been the end of the story, except that Hubby decided to glue it back together a couple of weeks ago. He’s a good guy like that. There were still some pretty big cracks to patch up though. So in anticipation of all the birds that would be flocking to our birdbath this year, I got out my secret weapon: J-B WaterWeld. It’s specifically designed to “repair and seal in underwater and wet conditions,” not to mention that it’s drinking water safe, which makes it the perfect repair for a birdbath because it won’t harm the birds. It comes in the form of a tube of clay. Smooth it over the crack, and let it dry for 60 minutes. Next, I sanded it down with my orbital sander to make it nice and smooth. But it wasn’t exactly the look I was going for. Isn’t that pretty? and cut the edges off. Linking up to: