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 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!
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.
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.
Specialty Retail Collective (SRC) Copycat Crafts | DIY Designer Knock-Off Things to Make 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.
How to Make Pom Pom Flowers I have a thing for flowers that look like pom poms. Mums, allium, chive blossoms, dahlias – love ‘em! Since fresh flowers aren’t always in the budget, and because I have a brown thumb, I started thinking about what I could do to brighten up our apartment with flowers without actually using flowers. Soon, the idea for some sort of pom pom flower started bouncing around in my head, and this is what I came up with. How to make pom poms? I googled around and found a number of tutorials, including several that use the cardboard donut method, which can be found here, here, and here. Though my method basically follows the Bella Dia tutorial, I have made some slight variations, so I’ve posted my method below. What you’ll need for the project: yarn small, sharp scissors wire cutters a hot glue gun and glue sticks materials for the stems (paper or fabric covered floral wire or my favorite, branches or twigs) The more times you wrap the yarn, the fuller your pom pom will be. Ta da!
Giant Paper Rose Flower If you loved the beautiful DIY wedding this morning and Nata’s gorgeous paper flower bouquets, you are in luck as Nata is sharing how she crafted them with us! She was inspired by a template created by Morgan Levine on Martha Stewart (as was I in the flowers I created for this styled shoot). I just love that this basic idea has inspired different brides to create their own version of giant paper flowers – you might remember these equally awesome giant paper flowers from this wedding I shared last year. :) Thanks so much Nata for sharing how you created your giant pink paper rose + special thanks to Studio Castillero for the photos of the DIY + her wedding! Materials (to make one giant rose) Step 1: Cut the petals Cut 5-6 teardrop petals and 15-6 heart-shaped petals from the petal colored crepe paper. IMPORTANT: Crepe paper is directional so it matters which way you’re cutting the paper. Repeat until all of your petals are cut Step 2: Cut the leaves + calyx Step 3: Make the rose stem
BUY or DIY Gold Animals Hello again, Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to fill in my reader survey, it means so much to me. Hopefully together we can make Bridal Musings the best it can be. Now onto a feature that always goes down well with you crafty, creative brides and lovers of all things pretty ~ it’s BUY or DIY? Gold Animals Have you noticed that gold animals have started to pop up everywhere? I’ve seen them used as ornaments in stylish homes, as place settings, escort ‘cards’ and table numbers at weddings, and even cut in half and used as fridge magnets. These gilded creatures are cute, quirky, whimsical and give an air of luxe to any tabletop. via Sitting In A Tree Events This is my kind of DIY project ~ it’s simple, cheap as chips and doesn’t require a lot of resources. Then here are some options of where to buy them: BUY ~ Gold Animal Decor top row: large gold animals (7″ x 4″) $18.50 via Original Animal Magnet bottom row: (7″ x 4.6″) $29.99 via White Faux Taxidermy Gold Animal Magnet Favors
Tin Can Shelf Craft ZingZingTree I always have a new love and this month it’s this adorable Tin Can Shelf Craft. Not only do they look fantastic but they are practical and a great way to upcycle some of those tin cans we constantly throw away. Paint your tin can inside and out using either water based enamel or acrylic paint. I used enamel paint for the colour and white acrylic paint for the inside both of which only needed three layers. When dry use a small tack to attach the tin can shelf to the wall. The perfect little place for putting all those cute Zelfs, Moshi’s, Trash packes etc. And small enough to leave little accents all over the house. This was part of a fab Tin Can Craft Hangout. Red Ted Art Guest Post - Shabby Chic Party Vase, A Greener Life For Us – Paint Dipped Cans, Kids Chaos – Tin Can Savings Gift, Kick The Can, Me And My Shadow – DIY Wasp Repellent, Bread Bake in Tin Can Tagged Hangout, Storage.
Rainbow Batik I saw this wonderful project at this great site Pink and Green Mama (a favorite of mine)- as soon as I saw the project, I just had to try it out with Holly as this was right up her alley. When I showed her what we were doing, she was very excited. We started with a white cloth napkin and if she enjoyed this project we would later tackle something larger like an apron or book bag. You take your Elmers Gel Glue and draw a design all over your fabric. This project, though it looks fancy, was amazingly easy and quick!
Egg Carton Crafts - Chicken Egg Cups Hello! Welcome back to another Easter Craft ideas for you – these adorable Chicken Egg Cups made from Egg Cartons! Super simple, super cute. Takes minutes to make. But actually, these are not just for Easter, I think they definitely fall into the Spring Craft category too! I made one, showed it to the kids and Pip Squeak decided to have a go, whilst Red Ted, just wanted to have mine. If you like the video PLEASE SUNSCRIBE today for lots more crafty videos Materials: an egg carton that has those “peaks in the middle”, one carton will make 2 chickens, felt (or craft foam), googly eyes, PVA glue and feathers optional 1) Cut out your egg carton – I have shared a video below, that shows REALLY well how to cut out the carton to be left with the “right part” for your chicken. 2) Cut out your chicken’s beak and comb etc. 3) Glue on. 4) Pip Squeak decided hers needed feathers too! 5) Let dry and done! Right.. now you have you Easter Chickens… want some Egg Decorating Ideas? Did you like this?
Flapping Paper Butterfly I had a baby so I’ve invited some fave guests to take over for me while I spend time with the little guy. Today’s post is from super crafter and cute mom, Amelia of The Homebook. Growing up, I had an aunt who lived in Canada. Every year for my birthday she’d send me a card and a fancy little gift. I made my butterflies into Monarchs, but you could use different materials to create any sort of colorful butterfly. Materials: You’ll need heavy cardstock, 24 gauge wire, silicone rubber bands (I found mine in the hair aisle at Walgreens) needle-nose pliers, scissors, tape, a paintbrush, a black marker, and a white ink pen. Step 1: Measure and cut your wire. Step 2: Find the center of the longer wire. Step 5: Find the center of the shorter wire, and wrap it around the base of the paintbrush. Step 8: Draw the shape of your wings and cut them out. Step 11: Tape each wing to the body of the butterfly. Thanks for the chance to finally figure out how these darned things are made, Melanie!