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Inspired ideas

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Making Memory Candles {A project from the Inspired Ideas Archives} This is such a fun way to display photographs! The technique uses black and white photocopies and transparent contact paper to transfer images to glass votive candleholders. What happens is that the black ink sticks to the contact paper. I recommend using the small votive cylinder candleholders found commonly at craft stores. Cut a piece of the transparent contact paper (usually found with the shelf-liner papers at discount stores) to fit over your photo layout. Peel the backing from the contact paper and place the photocopied image ink-side to the sticky side of the contact paper. Burnish or rub the contact paper to the inked parts of the photocopy. Trim the contact-paper-covered print out to size. Next, soak the paper-covered plastic in a sink of warm water for at least 7 minutes. Some of the paper may begin to fall off on its own. Don't rub too hard or the ink will start to come off. Wouldn't this make a terrific gift? Related:  TutorialsCrafty Crap

Fried Marbles Tutorial I made fried marbles!! There are already several people who have posted these around this site, and on each post there are people trying to figure out the best way to make them. So I took the liberty of trying all of the methods to see which is best. I tried boiling, "frying" in a cast iron pan... And here's my idea for what to do with them. Hope this inspires someone. Free Knitting or Crochet Pattern Tutorial: Coffee Cozy Every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday mornings, my girlfriends and I gather together at the coffee shop and knit, and talk, and laugh, and cry, and knit some more. Some of us are happy just to watch, while some of us knit row after row of perfectly executed garter stitch, and some of us are just a wee bit obsessed. The magic of our needles and camaraderie brings an ever changing blend of men, women, grandparents and children to the large round table; watching in awe or sharing stories. Today, the tone at the table grew to sheer panic! I also know that we are not the only ones panicking, so I have a gift for you... a really easy, quick gift to make; Coffee Cozies. *KNIT Version*Materials: 40g of worsted weight or chunky wool yarn, Size 8 needles, 2 buttons, needle for darning in ends.Finished Measurements: 4" wide X 10" long With two strands of worsted weight yarn or one strand of chunky weight yarn, chain 15 and turn.Single crochet in second chain from hook.

Copper Pipe Pendants A while back I picked up a book by Stephanie Lee called Semi-precious salvage. I just love her designs, as I'm quite enamored with the vintage-y, rough, dug out of the dirt look. Mixed media jewellery is quite intriguing to me - and I plan to explore it more over the next little while. In Stephanie Lee's book, she used copper pipes and copper sheet to create bezels, she further roughens up the look by covering the whole thing in solder. First step is to cut the tubing into little slices - for this, you'll need a tube cutter from the hardware store. I then used our handy hole punch pliers to create 2 holes on opposite sides. To create a flat surface to stick my paper on, I used some transparent polymer clay, and then baked it in place. Once my images were in place, I then filled each side with resin, letting each side dry for 2 days before filling the other side. Once the pendants were fully cured, I used some renaissance wax to seal the copper to help prevent tarnishing.

wednes-diy UPDATE: This post originally ran on March 23 2011, but with summer winding down we wanted to bring it back up for some late summer inspiration! a fellow fp girl sent this to me a couple weeks back and i’ve been thinking about it ever since! i can think of a million reasons why these would be awesome… as apartment décor, as outdoor party décor, and – wouldn’t they be the best thing EVER for camping in general or at a festival? just let them sit in the sun all day, and they’ll last all night! i am absolutely going to make some to bring with me to bonnaroo this year. you can buy a sun jar here, but you can make your own for much cheaper! what you need: a mason jar with a clear glass lid like this one from ikea, a solar garden light like the ones pictured above, which i found here, adhesive and glass frosting spray. start by spraying the inside of the jar with the frosting spray – this will help diffuse the light and give it a warm glow. don’t spray the lid though! last image.

Transferring Ink to Candles Making personalized candles is easier than you think. Today with some help from the kids we made some candles to give to my parents on Valentine's Day. You will need some regular paper, tissue paper, tape, sharpies or markers, a candle, wax paper, and a heat gun. First, I taped a piece of tissue paper, about the size of my candle, to a piece of copy paper. Markers will bleed through the tissue paper pretty easily so you will need something to protect your table, and it was easier for the kids to draw on the tissue paper when taped to the "paper". When your little artist is done, remove the tissue paper from the copy paper. Next, you are going to take a piece of wax paper that is larger than your candle. Once you have heated the entire design gently peel back your wax paper and make sure the entire design is adhered to the candle. A very cute gift for the Grandparents. It got me to thinking .... wouldn't it be cool if you could use images from the computer and do the same thing?

Make your own paperback wallet! I wanted to share my tutorial for making wallets out of old paperback books (or any paper media, really.) This basic wallet was not my idea... the original link does not work (but here it is anyway.) The original design was flawed, and the wallets ripped the first time you opened them. (And let me apologize in advance for the book cover I used in the tutorial. Enjoy! Gather your supplies: paperback (or other paper media) that measures at least 4 inches wide, and 7 inches longscrap paper for template (cut to 4" X 7")cardstock for interiorscissorsrulerpacking tape (or other strong tape)glue (optional)pen or pencilsnaps (I prefer heavy-duty)snap fastening tool (optional -- many snaps contain the tool)hammerclear vinyl -- available on the bolt and in many remnant bins at fabric stores or even Wal-Martthreadtissue paper (optional, but recommended)sewing machine (recommended, but not necessary if you like to hand sew) Make template and cut pieces: Reinforce: Place vinyl: Mark snap placement: Sew:

Make Your Own Confetti Party Ware Don’t throw away or recycle all your glass bottles and jars. Instead turn some of them into these brightly colored party ware items. I picture these as centerpiece items at a picnic or barbecue with a pretty flower perched inside. Use larger mouthed jars to hold silverware, napkins or straws. This pretty confetti design is easy to create and makes for an impressive table setting. Above from left: Bottles are from – Oyster sauce, Balsamic vinegar, Hoisin sauce and blackberry jam. I did draw some inspiration for this project, though it totally took a different turn. All you will need are your jars, some rubbing alcohol, and some Americana 3D Writer Gloss Enamels. First you want to wash your bottles and jars and make sure all labels, residue, and oils have been removed. Basically all you need to do is draw on your glass with the 3D Writers. To cover up the threaded rims and make them look prettier, I used the red 3D Writer and just covered the sides and top of the rim completely. Done!

DIY Glow Jars Tutorial Posted on October 19, 2011 by Christina Aren’t these glow jars sublime? They take about two minutes to make and cost only 20 cents a piece. How’s that for an enticing DIY wedding project? These would look amazing at an evening outdoor wedding. Line walkways with them, or place them on tables. If you like this project, check out my DIY ‘glitterarium‘. DIY Glow Jars Tutorial For each glow jar you will need: a jartwo Glow Sticksscissorsrubber glovessafety glasses Disclaimer: This is a project meant to be done by an adult – not a child! Purchase Glow Sticks (I got a pack of 15 for $1.50) and dig a jar out of your cupboard. Grab two glow sticks and cut at one end.