Nintendo Perler Bead Coaster Set Hey everyone! I thought I would share these awesome coasters with you guys, even though I didn't make them. My boyfriend made these coasters and the box for his brother's birthday. He made them out of perler beads and it took him FOREVER to come up with the designs for all of the coasters. A view of the box and all of the coasters: And a closeup of how the coasters sit in the box: There is corkboard on the bottom of all of these to make them waterproof. He also wants to say that it took 8,414 beads to do this. This to That (Glue Advice) For the strongest bond we recommend: LePage's Metal EpoxyJ-B WeldFaststeel Epoxy Putty if you have gaps to fill For a less toxic alternative we recommend: Hot Glue Remember, put the glue on the metal first, then contact it to the styrofoam! Whenever you are gluing metal it's a good idea to clean it first with steel wool or sandpaper. Styrofoam is a plastic that has been whipped up like a milkshake and then cured that way. Never use an adhesive that contains a solvent.
Magnetic Katamari Pattern « Amy’s Babies By Amy Shimel About the Magnets This pattern has been a long time comming. I was trying to figure out how to explain all the testing I went through with all the different types of magnets. I found there were two types of magnets out there. 50 in a package for $5 sounds like a great deal, but the magnets are not strong enough to pick stuff up through the yarn. The Other Supplies Besides 3.5 packs of magnets, you will also need: Brightly colored yarn (a main body color, a center color and a band color) Caron Simply Soft Brites works fantasticaly for this patternCrochet hooks in size E and GA tapestry needlepoly-fill for stuffing Let’s Go! This is a super easy and quick pattern. You will start with the E hook and your main body color. The ball will be worked in two halves and then sewn together and stuffed. With your E hook, Make two halves: Using the Magic Circle R1 – 6 sc in the ring and pull the ring tight. Now switch to your G hook to make 14 Magnetic Nubs. With your center color: Like this:
How to Turn a Pallet into a Garden Good news and bad news. I had planned to film a short video showing you how to make a pallet garden, but the weather didn’t cooperate. I was stapling the landscape fabric onto the pallet when it started drizzling and got really windy. That’s the bad news. So keep reading my pallet loving friends, instructions on how to make your own pallet garden are just a few lines away… Find a Pallet The first thing you need to do is–obviously–find a pallet. Don’t just take the first pallet you find. Collect Your Supplies For this project, you’ll need the pallet you found, 2 large bags of potting soil, 16 six packs of annual flowers (one six pack per opening on the face of the pallet, and two six packs per opening on the top of the completed pallet garden), a small roll of landscape fabric, a staple gun, staples, and sand paper. Get Your Pallet into Shape Once you’ve dragged your pallet home, give it a once over. Let the Stapling Begin! Lay the pallet face down. Now for the sides. Caring For your Pallet
crafty_tardis: I posted this over on dw_cosplay and som I posted this over on dw_cosplay and someone suggested it might be of interest here as well, so hopefully that is the case; I wanted to share something I made for a friend, it was her first Gally this year and she decided to crossplay Four. Since she was a bit nervous about it I decided it was the perfect opportunity to try out a project that had been kicking around my head for a bit and make her a beaded version of the Tom Baker scarf. I used 15/0 Toho rounds, and had a heck of a time finding good color matches (the blue in particular I ended up lucking out with some random beads a friend gave me) which ended up meaning I used a combination of matte, metallic and transparent finishes.
Mari's Origami Home "Life is Beautiful" created by Yoichi Yamauchi (Yami), is an arrangement of 427 individual models. Top left: Health. Bottom left: Happiness. Yami Yamauchi is an origami enthusiast, teacher, and innovator who has created many, many models that inspire and delight folders of all ages. "Within a single sheet of paper exist unlimited beautiful forms, which you will enjoy, ORIGAMI." "Life is Beautiful", pictured above, was a collaborative effort with John Andrisan (mathematical graphics), Joe Hamamoto (folding) and Peter Kuo (Chinese caligraphy). Inspiring articles written by Yami The Magic of Origami -Translation of article published in The Nihon Keizai Shimbun on June 1, 2007. Folding Myself - From Grief to Joy Origami for Peace To see Yami's action models in action, see video section below. Right-click diagram name and choose Save Target As... or click to open PDF file in a new window. Yami's Origami - Action Models - See 9 of Yami's action models in action!
Inspired by Yulia Brodskaya I can't get over how amazing these are. I wouldn't be surprised if Yulia invented quilling. She is a 28 year old artist from Moscow who creates beautiful designs from vertical pieces of thin paper and her website is full of inspiration in color, line, shadow and technique. You don't have to be a fellow quiller to wish you were like this great lady. Even though her pieces would be amazing if they were drawn, it was the fact that they are 3d that caught my attention. I imagine one of her expert pieces would take hours, which I do not have... When my husband and I were engaged, I bought wooden letters to spell out 'save the date' and covered them with different patterned paper. (I couldn't resist showing our cute picture) The letters were already covered (I know, I didn't post a diy... I picked out 4 colors of paper that went with the colors in the pattern and had them cut into 1/2" strips. In hindsight, I would choose a letter that had a meaning. I only have an h.
How to make boxes from paint swatches If you've got paint chips sitting around begging to be made into something, try folding them into boxes for paperclips, thumbtacks, party favor candies, or tiny gifts. I made these from Behr swatches, available at Home Depot. You'll need paint swatches, double-stick tape, an X-acto knife, ruler, and cutting mat. For the box bottom, cut a 1/2" strip off each of the two rounded ends of the swatch. You should be left with a 5" x 5" square. The box lid is constructed the same way. Fold each sheet on the scored lines, bending flaps inward and securing them with double-stick tape.
Bohemian Chic Hair Pin Yet another DIY! Summer is a time to create and when summer hits I definitely put down my knitting needles a bit more…THE HEAT! It is hard to knit with even the softest wool fiber when it is close to the triple digits outside. So here is a fun tutorial for those of you who are taking a breather from knitting. If you purchased feathers for feather extensions and you have some left this is a great project to use them up on. 1. 2. 3.Bobby Pin (or Alligator Clip) 4. 5. 2x2in square of felt 6. First, holding the button on top of the felt cut the felt to the same size as the button. Once you have cut the felt circle fold it in half and make two small incisions for your bobby pin to attach through. Once you have the holes cut for the bobby pin thread it through the felt. Cut your feathers to the appropriate size so they will sit the way you want them to. Flip your button over hot place a layer of hot glue on the back of the button and begin to lay your feathers.
Soothe Winter Skin with this Homemade Sugar Scrub Winter skin has been an issue for me, for as long as I can remember. All summer long I swim, garden and hike around in the Southern California sun. Occasionally I will leave my skin outdoors for too long, turning it bright pink (never the deep, creamy brown my mom and sister have) but it always bounces right back to my soft, milk-white and freckly skin. In the winter months however, my skin completely dries out on me. This year, I’m fighting back against winter skin with a homemade sugar scrub. This scrub not only feels amazing, it also smells amazing, is so cheap to put together, and it requires only FIVE ingredients. White sugar Whole Vanilla Beans Olive Oil (Or Mineral Oil) Almond Extract (Or Vanilla extract, mint extract, lavender essential oil- Whatever you’ve got handy!) I started this project by putting some white sugar in a jar with two vanilla beans, and leaving it alone for a few days. After a day or two in the jar with the vanilla beans, your white sugar will be ready to use.
Circle Zip Earbud Pouch Tutorial - Dog Under My Desk I use a little zippered pouch to carry around my earbuds since they are the fancy microphone ones and I don’t want them to break or get tangled. Some of you have commented that you are looking for some small, simple gift ideas. This is definitely simple to make, and a little more fun than the typical rectangular zippered pouch! I can see these as the perfect gift for teenage cousins or nieces or girlfriends or even teacher gifts. UPDATE: I have completely re-written this tutorial with twice as many bright, clear photos and more detailed instructions and it is available as a pattern in my pattern shop. First, download the pattern template HERE. Cut from main fabric: 1 circle 2 half circles 1 tab Cut from lining fabric: 1 circle 2 half circles Cut from batting (or medium weight interfacing, if you prefer): 1 circle 2 half circles You will also need a 1″ wide nylon 5″ or longer zipper. Place one lining half circle right side up and place the zipper right side up on top. Time to sew!