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 . . .
stencil with freezer paper (harry potter tee) Yes, I am a nerd. I came up with a brilliant idea for a Harry Potter t-shirt and I couldn't resist. "Expecto Patronum!" However, you can make whatever kind of design you want with a freezer paper stencil. It doesn't have to be Harry Potter related. I learned about the joys of freezer paper back in my early college days. Basically, freezer paper is backed with a plastic coating that will stick to soft surfaces when ironed, but it peels off cleanly and easily. To make a sweet t-shirt you will need: paper & pencil a t-shirt an iron a piece of cardboard or poster board fabric paint & brush Start by drawing your design on some regular old paper. My design kept getting bigger, so I taped two sheets together. Next, place your design underneath a sheet of freezer paper and trace it neatly with a sharpie. The marker gives your lines greater width making it easier to cut them out and paint them in later. Now place a piece of cardboard under your freezer paper to protect your table while you cut.
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 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)
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.
Water Marble Tutorial. Supplies: orange stick or... Water Marble Tutorial. Supplies: orange stick or toothpick, shot glass or cup (the smaller the circumference, the less polish you end up wasting), room temp. water, nail polish, tape (optional, but it helps with the clean up) I like to begin by prepping my nails with base coat and one coat of polish. Here I used China Glaze Innocence for a nice neutral base. Steps: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Most importantly, have fun! We would love to see pictures of all your water marbling attempts, so get dipping!
Unusual Uses: 24 Ways to Reuse Milk Cartons The humble cardboard carton: the perfect vessel for holding milk or juice. Alas, even with the rise of recycling, squillions still end up in the nation's landfill each year where they wait for Mother Nature to do her thing. So how about putting them to good use around the house and garden? Mega-sized ice cubes. Floor protectors. Paint containers. Drawer organizers. Dispose of cooking oil. Disposable cutting boards. Liquid storage. Feed the birds in winter. Seed starter. Bug stopper. Toe guard. Weight. Compost. Bowling alley. Coin purse. Blocks for baby. Candle mold. Ice candle mold. Plant pots for kids. Bird feeder. Decorative bird house. Pencil holder or vase. Ginger bread house. Doll house or toy town.
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!!
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.
Windowsill Sprouting my way through the Winter. My orchids are dark speckled and bruised from the cold. The flowery Lantana shrubs are like coarse twine unraveled in a pile on the ground. The tall ornamental grasses, which I love for their swaying grace, stand in stiff bunches like little scarecrows scattered across the lawn. My herbs…oh, let’s not even go there (I think thyme and cilantro are barely holding on). Then there’s the pile of dead and crispy Christmas trees strewn around the fire pit. My windowsill, on the other hand, is more alive than ever- with lentil sprouts galore! Tricking yourself into thinking its springtime is one way of looking at it, but sprouting lentils is also a great way to add a super fresh, nutrient packed component to a meal or salad. Lentils help cleanse and stimulate the kidneys and adrenal system, strengthen the heart and circulation and increase energy and vitality. You can choose any variety of lentils you want – brown, green or red – but just make sure they are whole, not split or in “dahl” form.
brenna’s secret storage books it seems i am always in need of extra storage space. i have an abundance of art materials and supplies that just keeps growing. i am already storing boxes of paints, paintbrushes, paper, pens and scissors, and a multitude of glues behind a linen curtain beneath our built-in desk. it is a great storage place for the things i don’t necessarily use all of the time, but what about the things I use constantly, like my watercolors and rulers, exacto knives and bulldog clips? as much as i would like to, i can’t exactly leave them out on the dining room table within reach of my almost two-year old. the solution: sightly boxes to store my wares. since we have a lovely built-in bookcase, i thought it would be great to have a storage box disguised as a book, adding charm instead of just utility. so here it is, a bit of unexpected storage. secret storage books…not a secret anymore. -brenna (paper +ink) CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump! Instructions:
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. Specialty Retail Collective (SRC) Chain-Chomp This is Chain-Chomp from the Mario Brothers games. I made this because my middle daughter begged me to. LOL. When writing out the pattern for it, I tried to make it as plain as possible, but I'm still learning how to write out patterns for someone other than myself to read, so bear with me. If anything is confusing, please let me know and I'll do my best to explain or change it. If the cube portion of the pattern just isn't working for you, you can always make a cube by crocheting 6 squares that are 3 to 4 inches in size and sew them together to form a cube. Materials: WW black, grey, white and red yarnsG HookSmall amount of white feltThread to match the feltYarn NeedleFiberfil This pattern requires a little more advanced work than most of the patterns I have to date. Gauge isn't really important, but your hook, yarn and natural tension should combine to create a moderately tight stitch. Using black yarn, make two half domes as follows: Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring. (6) Using red yarn: Ch 16.