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The photo-to-wood transfer « whollykao

The photo-to-wood transfer « whollykao
This Christmas, I made most of my gifts. The majority of the handmade items were photos transferred onto blocks of wood. It was something memorable to give family (especially for parents, who never seem to need anything!). Everyone seemed to really like them. I first heard about the photo-to-wood transfer from a coworker. I followed the directions on this youtube video, and came up with a nice collection of photos on wood. I thought I’d share some tips I learned during this process. Photo-to-wood transfersmaterials wood gel medium paintbrush photo, printed on copy paper varnish (or Mod Podge)step one: the wood I think any wood works, but just look for something that doesn’t have a lot of markings on it, or this will affect your end image. step two: the image Two rules of thumb here: use cheap cheap cheap paper (i.e. photocopy paper), and use a laserjet printer. I chose to make all my images black and white, but color pictures work just fine too! Then it was time to rub the paper. ta-da!

21 Ways to Create Your Own Bookends | The New Home Ec By craftyamy | Does anyone have the obsession with books that I do? I have a huge collection – I’m a classics reader personally. Jane Austen completely does it for me! nggallery id=’125769′ About craftyamy craftyamy Amy Anderson is a crafty, DIY kind of girl who lives in Atlanta with her pug. Celebrate Every Day With Me: The Best Ever Picture Hanging Tip There is nothing like company coming over for a little motivation to clean your house and take care of those put-off tasks. (I’m sure you are much better than I am!) After painting my daughter’s room this summer, I have been lax at putting everything up on the walls. Half way through the task of hanging items on her wall, I stumbled on this amazing idea on Pinterest. What You’ll Need: A piece of wood and a small nail. How to Make It: Drive the nail through the wood just enough that you will leave a mark on the wall when pressed. Hang your mirror/picture on the nail, supporting it as needed. Put it in place on the wall and push. Update: For those leaving comments and not quite getting it, here is a little step-by-step recap. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

35 Lifechanging Ways To Use Everyday Objects radical possibility: Zero-Effort Tie-Dye Pillows As you may remember, I'm a fan of going into Anthropologie, walking around looking at all the beautiful goods, and walking out crying. Every time one of the associates asks if I need any help, it takes everything to resist just blurting out - So I go home and rip them off. Its okay, they're a major corporation, and contrary to increasingly popular belief, corporations aren't people! Today, let's visit the Five Palms Pillow. Sophisticated, simple, and a real bargain at $228. Today, for our ~Anthropologie inspired housewares~, you will need: Sharpies - I used brown, blue, yellow and green Rubbing alcohol Q-tips After cutting the fabric down (I laid my old pillow down and cut around it, leaving about an inch around around the edges), I started mapping out the palm trees. Once thats done, take your q-tip and dip it in rubbing alcohol, enough so that you get little droplets coming off. xo,

How to Paint Cabinets or Furniture What To Do: Step 1: Wipe cabinet surface with liquid sandpaper Step 2: Using 1/4-inch nap roller or paintbrush, apply primer. Let dry. Step 3: Sand with 220-grit sandpaper. Wipe with tack cloth. Step 4: Brush, roll, or spray cabinet surface with paint. More for You: Get ideas for new do-it-yourself projects and helpful how-tos delivered to your in-box every week. Sign up now.

A blog about pretty things: Spring Curiosities Class I am so excited to announce that I will be teaching a mini album class at Seattle Paper Zone this month. Here's the description from the PZ site:1pm-3:30pm Sunday, March 13Celebrate Spring with a mini scrapbook album! Create a playful mini album that focuses on the delights of every day life in the springtime. We'll cover quite a few techniques including: using transparencies to add dimension, adding texture with spray ink, learning to stretch your supplies by creating embellishments made from cardstock, design principles for small projects and tips for minibook photo management. Supplies Needed: Students should bring a journaling pen and about selection of about 20 spring themed wallet sized photographs (be prepared to crop to 2"x3") We'll provide all of the following supplies for you. The class sign up information is also posted here. I am also planning to offer this class in blog form, and any extra kits will also be placed in the Etsy shop, after all the classes are over.

Do-It-Yourself Menu Bottle It's the holidays and what better way than to give your friends a home cooked feast for Christmas. Here is a very quick and simple tutorial on how you can use branches or twigs, some clay and a used glass bottle to create a special 'Menu Display' piece for the dining table. We will be needing:1. Dead branches or twigs2. White clay3. Used glass bottle (washed and cleaned dry)4. Wash the branches and twigs then let dry under the sun. Now that we've chosen the perfect twigs, paint the glass bottle with the acrylic paint. When the glass bottle is dry, put the twigs or branches back into the bottle. Delight your friends with a tantalizing menu written on a bottle. Here's what I've prepared for my friends. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all : ) --Contributors--AndyHui En

Kids Crafts: Gumnut Octopus If you're new here, you may want to join us on Facebook or Google +. Thanks for visiting! Hello! I reckon you can still make it with one of those “large bleach bottle lids” – you know, the ones that look like thimbles? The gumnuts I used were from my friend’s wedding. The Book Gentle Giant Octopus, by Karen Wallace. The craft I got the gumnut craft idea after making our conker pencil toppers a couple of weeks ago. Materials: a gumnut (or large lid), paint (though plain is nice too), 2 pipe cleaners, 2 googly eyes, glue 1) Paint your gumnut to match your pipe cleaners. 2) Take 2 pipecleaners and cut them in half. 3) Place over each other star shape and wrap one over the remaining 4 4) Place them around a pencil and add a blob of glue to the top (or use a hot glue gun) and then place the gumnut over the top 5) Add your googly eyes Ta-da!!! And use! For more Kid’s Craft ideas, click here for a full list. Did you like this?

Making New Wood Look Old Making New Wood Look Old As promised, here’s the more detailed scoop on how we got our pristine store-bought whitewood from Home Depot to look worn and aged on our completed console. This was our first time really going for a weathered look, so it was a kind of an exercise in “we’ve seen this done before, so let’s hope it works out for us.” The good news: it worked. The better news: it was pretty easy to do. It was sort of a one-two punch of distressing + staining that really did the trick. Knowing that I had some extras, I tried a bunch of things on a spare plank before really landing on a process (well, “process” is too strong of a word in this case, since it was pretty much a random exercise in let’s-see-what-happens). Oh and if you’re someone who likes all the details, I managed to capture a lot of my weathering “process” on video (so watch this if you want the “bonus stuff” that’s not all outlined below): Then I smacked it with a bag of screws.

Easy, cheap kids craft ideas Did you like this? Share it: vintage book travel-tech organizer As you may have figured out from my My Life Scoop posts, I’m a bit of a nut for tech accessories, especially pocket-sized ones. I can’t get over how awesomely small our entertainment devices are becoming; it makes traveling with them so much easier. But one issue I keep running into is how to neatly organize everything, especially the power cords and connector cables that accompany my favorite devices. Rather than spend another plane trip rummaging through my catch-all carry-on bag searching for my headphones, bumping my head on the seat in front of me every time, I decided to make a small tech-accessory organizer using elastic ribbon and an old vintage book cover. This project can be sized up or down and customized in many different ways — the best approach is to gather all the tiny tech things you travel with and see how much there is. After that, it’s just a bit of snipping, sewing and gluing, and you’re on your way to a clean, organized carry-on. Read the full how-to after the jump!

Wax Decorations Once again we are happy to host the talented Mitsy from Artmind this friday as she takes us through making these cute little wax decorations, (a fun little weekend project with the kids for Valentines). And you'll notice at the bottom of this post Mitsy is giving away some she made on her blog later today! Thanks Mitsy! (Also stay tuned as we post the winners of The Poppies later today)! Here is what you need: wax (you can use candles and melt them), metal cookie lid, cookie cutters, newspaper, nylon thread, ribbon, wooden sticks, needle, plier, crimp beads, beads & findings. Make sure that you work safe when working with hot wax. Fill the metal cookie lid with wax. Let the wax set for a while until it is stiff but still feels warm. You can then remove the wax around the cutted shapes. When you push lightly, the shape will come loose. If it's still warm, you can easily put a needle through the wax figure. Or put the wooden stick in the cut out wax figure but only halfway. Tada!

Artmind Tutorial No. 1 - Polymer gift tags by Mitsy of ArtMind Today (well this month), we're in for a treat! Mitsy of the lovely shop and blog ArtMind will be sharing some of her fabulous tutorials with us. If you haven't visited her site, it's a must see, as not only does she make beautiful wares, she has an amazing tutorial section. Click here. Here is what you need: Metal stamping letters/numbers set, polymer clay, acrylic paint, flat wooden sticks, ceramic tiles or glass, cookie cutters, rolling pin, embossing tool or fat needle, paper plate, paintbrush and a cloth. Take a piece of polymer clay and soften it while kneading. Put the flat wooden sticks on the ceramic tile (makes it easier to transfer to the oven) and roll with the rolling pin over the clay so that it's nice, flat and even. When you rolled out a piece, lift it up carefully and transfer it to another tile so you can roll out more little clay slabs. Punch with your cookie cutters, figures out of the polymer clay slab. I made two sets in black and white clay. Ready!

101 Simple Handmade Gift Tutorials These simple handmade gift tutorials will make any crafty person’s heart sing with joy! You don’t need special skills or a bunch of time because these can all be done super fast! Simple and cute…that works for me! Oh, and think of all the money you will save making these gifts. {At least that’s the story I tell my husband…shhhh!} You are going to love these fabulous tutorials!!! You can make all your gifts for years from this list! If you love creative links, please subscribe to Everything Etsy! Thanks so much for all your tweets, stumbles, Facebook likes and pins on my Sewing Tutorials and Free Printables posts…you are the coolest crafty friends! If you want to be doubly awesome, try doing handmade gifts that are also eco-friendly! Handmade gifts make people feel special, don’t you think? ~Kim