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DIY Gold Dipped Glassware

DIY Gold Dipped Glassware
I haven’t stopped thinking about Front‘s gold dipped glassware set ever since it circulated through the blogosphere last holiday season. So after recently spotting a tutorial on how to DIY gold dipped stemware, I was inspired to create my own version of these luxurious golden vessels. And of course, just in time for that New Year’s Eve party I’ll be hosting this year! You’ll need:non-toxic gold spray paint (I recommend Krylon)champagne flutes or wine glassespainters tapeplastic or ziplock bag Rip off a 6 inch piece of tape. Bring one side of the tape across the middle of the glass. Bring the other side of the tape across so the two pieces meet at a point. Lightly spray multiple and even coats of paint onto the glass from a couple feet away. Your gold plated champagne flutes are finished! Cheers! (top image from here, rest of images by HonestlyWTF) Related:  Deco

DIY Crepe Paper Flowers I recently spotted a sensational bouquet of paper flowers inside my favorite (and the ultimate) boutique for creative inspiration, Castles In The Air. A combination of Mexican paper flowers and those ever so popular tissue paper pom poms, these vibrant and cheerful flowers make perfect ornaments for any celebration. Plus, they’re incredibly easy to make! You’ll need:6 – 7 pieces of 180 gram florist crepe paper cut into 20″ x 30″ sheets (it’s important to use heavyweight crepe paper for it’s stretchiness and strength)6 – 7 small binder clips or large paper clips16 gauge floral wire (last seen here)heavy duty scissors First, lay out the sheets of crepe paper and fold each one into an accordion. Keep each bundle bound together by a small binder clip or large paper clip. Working with the outer color first, gradually trim down the length of each sheet in 1-2 inch increments. With scissors, trim the ends into rounded and pointy shapes. Cut along the folds of each bundle . . .

DIY Clay Jewelry Dish It’s hard to believe that I have yet to find the ideal system for organizing my jewelry. Where is that perfect piece of storage for necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets so they could all live happily and neatly in a single place?! Alas, I have a handful of decorative ceramic bowls and porcelain dishes scattered along my dresser, separating rings from bracelets from earrings. You’ll need:one small and one medium sized ovenproof bowlsa baking sheet or wax papera paper or fabric lace doilya rolling pin2 ounces of polymer claya knifean ovena nail file (optional) Preheat the oven to 275°F (130°C). The clay should be rolled out to a thickness of 1/4″. Turn a small bowl over and place it over the clay. Carefully lay the circular clay piece into a larger and shallow bowl. Allow the bowl to cool completely before removing the clay dish. (all images by HonestlyWTF; tutorial adapted from here)

DIY Marbled Glassware When graphic designer and artist Joanna Bean Martin shared with us her technique for marbling the bottoms of glassware with nail polish, we couldn’t wait to try it ourselves. Who knew it would be such an easy way to add color and pattern to your next tablescape or party? Remember, the brighter and bolder colors you use, the more the glasses will radiate and glow. You’ll need:flat bottomed glasswarevariety of colorful nail polishclear nail polisha disposable plastic containernail polish removerpainters tapetoothpicks Mask off the bottom of the glass with painters tape. Fill a disposable, plastic container with water. Layer the colors one on top of the other. Submerge the bottom of the glass into the polish. Allow to dry completely before applying a layer of clear polish. Once everything has dried, remove the painters tape and touch up with nail polish remover and a cotton swab. Your glowing glasses are finished! Bottoms up!

DIY Chindi Reindeer The moment I spotted these colorfully wrapped reindeer and moose at Anthropologie last December, I knew I had to DIY it for HonestlyWTF this holiday season. Created in the style of vibrant Chindi rugs from Jaipur, India, these wrapped reindeer are incredibly fun to make, are a clever way to repurpose old t-shirts, and make fabulous gifts! You’ll need:paper mache reindeer or any other animal1 yard total of various colors of cotton or wool jersey2 small brown pom pomshot glue gunlots of glue sticksscissorsjingle bells (optional)string (optional) Start by cutting the fabric, along the width, into 1″ strips. For a medium sized paper mache object, 26-30 strips should suffice. Pull at both ends of each strip of jersey. Beginning in the middle of the torso will serve as the guideline. Continue twisting, glueing, and wrapping. As the rope begins to runs out, tie a knot at the end. Keep wrapping and again, follow the contours of the reindeer. And your Chindi reindeer is finished!!

How to Make Ketupat › Foodsters' Blog | FriedChillies › The All-Time Food Network Raya is upon us and we thought we'd give you a little "how to" pictorial on making ketupat. It looks a little complicated at first, but once you get the hang of it you'll be weaving ketupat like a pro! Go on and give it a try. Step1: Weave the leaf on your right hand into the one on your left in an alternating fashion. Step 2: Once done, it should resemble the photo. Step 3: Take the narrow end of the leaf and weave it upwards, keeping to the alternating pattern. Step 4: Turn the ketupat around. Step 5: Take one of the wide ends and weave towards the corner opposite the one with the narrow ends. Step 6: Repeat with the other wide end. Step 7: Neaten the ketupat. Step 8: Do the same with the other wide end of the leaf - fold the end and hide it under a weave and tug it gently along its path. And you're done! To cook: Step 1: Tie a few together like a grape bunch and trim the narrow ends neatly. Step 2: Fill a third of the ketupat with washed and dried rice at the gap shown in the photo.

Dear, Oh Deer Sachin + Babi Giveaway Last month, while in New York City, we had the pleasure of meeting Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia, the charming and dynamic couple behind Sachin + Babi. We spent the afternoon previewing their latest ready-to-wear collection, which […] Dolce Vita Giveaway Meet Babette. She’s 5″ tall, color blocked in suede, and one of Dolce Vita‘s many amazing new styles this fall. Braided Rug Tutorial I have seen these rugs in magazines and have LOVED them. However, living on no budget like we are, I improvised. I had an old california king bed spread that had a hole in one size. I tore the sides apart and only used one side. (However for a larger rug you could use both) And much to my suprised I LOVED it! What you need... one king size bed sheet or bed spread cross-stitching or croucheting thread needle Take your sheet and lay it flat and cut snips into it every 2 inches. One bed sheet makes a rug just perfect enough to step onto out of your shower, for a front door, or in front of the kitchen sink! Take three pieces and sew the ends together. You want to take two of the pieces and cut them off at random lengths. Then take the ends and snip off the extra with your scissors. And keep on braiding. Braid and tie in until you have used all of your fabric strips. And for an oval start like this... Alright so pick your shape and begin. Here is the curve and the tied on thread. Here is the back.

Re:fill Chime Bell And Lights For Restaurants by Doyeop Kim & Yanko Design - StumbleUpon An Empty Bottle Gets A New Purpose In Life What good is an empty discarded glass bottle? It only deserves to go back to the recycle bin! NOOO! Specialty Retail Collective (SRC) culdesac: the paint evolution for valentine 'the paint evolution' by culdesac for valentine valencia-based designers culdesac have created 'the paint evolution' for the paint company valentine . their collaborative project celebrates the ever changing nature of artistic tools and implements within the valentine brand. brushes and rollers in this creative collection feature an interactive, form-as-function approach to the construction of each piece. one may anticipate the mark and movement of the implement in an artist's hand simply by examining the form of each object. {*style:<i>'genetic mutations give birth to imaginative instruments: the brush compass, pendulum or whip give us a clue to the behavior of paint through sketches and through history' </i>*} -culdesac the 'whip cephalus' is an essential species in the 'action painting' technique a brush which allows for painting by hand a brush in which the painter moves the brush with a clenched fist 'formacterus' was developed due to several geometric mutations, today evolved to photoshop

Copycat Crafts | DIY Designer Knock-Off Things to Make Have a Break ... In a Kit Kat Chair? Here's something we haven't seen before: adverts that transform into chairs, no tools required! Thrown up around a handful of Gen-Yer haunts in New Zealand recently, these flat-pack plywood posters, each a DIY project in waiting, are the latest gimmick experimental ad campaign from Kit Kat -- like a grown-up version of a cereal-box toy. Except more useful. They can be assembled in a few minutes by pulling off the poster's six wood pieces then slotting them together. Voila! A lawn chair. That's obviously the target, any way. So free furniture must be the new 30-second TV spot or something. But it's probably just as well. [Images courtesy of JWT New Zealand]

Put a lid on it: shiny, pretty upcycled vessels. Look what I made! Little clear storage vessels, with ornamental lids. (You can click on the photo to see more detail.) Their origin is probably pretty obvious, eh? The fun thing about these (besides the awesome upcycling factor) is mixing and matching. Cut the bottom ends off some bottles. It works best to cut the top off fairly close to the mouth of the bottle, as pictured above, so the top of the vessel is narrower than the body. Put a headpin through a silver spacer and a big bead. Fold the wire down flat against the plastic underside. Then make a teeny loop, like so: The trick is to really tighten that loop well, to secure the bead. Doesn't that coke-bottle one above look kinda rocket-ship-retro? Cute, yes? The screw top will nestle into the mouth of the vessel and act as a lip to hold your lid in place.I kinda like the mushroom-y look of the oversize lid. And these feature that oddball flower from my previous post. By the way, these lids are great on glass bottles, too.

- StumbleUpon 08.09.09 | by Erik Anderson Whether it’s product branding, package design or projects for ourselves, we’re pleased when we find a solution that’s very effective and creative, while keeping resources to a minimum. This idea is very inexpensive idea and it’s a great way to recycle a wine bottle. See how this simple idea inspired this brand and wine bottle design. It’s been a record year for mosquitoes here in Indianapolis, Indiana and I’d been wanting to add some Tiki-esque torches to the patio to combat the little buggers, and add a little ambiance. Here’s what you’ll need. Empty Wine Bottle (Use any bottle as long as it’s glass and the neck is 1” in diameter. Helpful Tools: Channellocks, adjustable wrench, hacksaw, power screwdriver, and a funnel. Safety Note: This is for outdoor use only. Building Instructions The Hanger Decide where you want to mount your Recycled Bottle Torch. The Bottle Carefully and tightly wrap the 1/2-inch end of the Coupling with your Teflon Tape. Good Luck! -Erik

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