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DIY Crepe Paper Flowers

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 Votives With Lace I'm excited to present a post from one of my favorite sites, Stylelist Home! Need an easy craft that has a lot of impact? Look no further! This Craft Of The Day turns mason jars into vintage votives in just a few easy steps. If you don't have any mason jars, you can follow the same instructions to dress up a hurricane or small candleholder too. What You'll NeedMason jarLace/twineSpray glueScissors How To Make It Clean the mason jar and let it dry. For more great ideas, check out our Craft Of The Day slideshow.

Love Is In The Air: Create Your Own Heart-Shaped Bokeh Lately, the combination of a busy school schedule and my addiction to Instagram has resulted in serious camera-neglect. I've found little time and reason to take the ol' DSLR out. So when I saw this simple lens filter DIY, I jumped at the opportunity to play around and have fun– and just in time for Valentine's Day! You don't need to be a serious photographer to create heart-shaped bokeh. ”Bokeh” is a photography term that essentially means blur. In photography– especially food photography– this blur creates an aesthetic quality by keeping the subject of your photo in crisp focus, while the background appears blurry. So what exactly do you need to create this effect? Making sense so far? Therefore, your heart-shaped hole must be slightly smaller than this diameter so that the camera captures the shape of the heart instead of the circle. The measurements do not need to be exactly precise, but get it as close as you can. Materials: Tips for shooting at night: Good luck and have fun!

DIY Key Catch All Plate Thanks to Hurricane Irene, we were holed up at home for half the weekend watching constant weather reports. So whats a girl to do with her time than complete a fun project that has been in my head for a while. Using some sculptey clay I bought a while back, I wanted to make a little key catch all plate. I've never used this stuff before so I didn't know what to expect. Materials: Sculptey clay, rolling pin, glass bowl, key, butter knife, oven The end result isn't exactly as I hoped. Anyone master this material and have tips for me on how to improve?

lemmemakeit Top This: DIY Sparkly Monogram Tree Topper So now that the tree was up, it was time to get busy with the decorating. I decided I was going to stray from my usual mainly gold balls this year and go with blue and silver. I'm crazy like that. Our current tree topper was definitely not the right shade. I always loved using the letter but the academic looking font never did anything for me so I thought I'd try to make a version from scratch. You will need: heavy cardstock or thin cardboard, newspaper, scotch tape, an exacto knife, flour, water, spray adhesive, glitter and time. I started by print out two copies of a letter I had drawn on my computer (or you could draw it free hand) and cutting them out. Obviously I went with something a bit more swirly and complicated. Taping the strips so the letter shapes to make it 3D is the most difficult part. Now comes the messy part. I was hoping to have this done in a day but that wasn't in the cards. Voila! Now that we're all topped off, time for balls!

P.S.- I made this... Return to Sender Window Treatment Tutorial + Freebie So now that you saw the window treatment, its time to reveal how I did it. The most exciting bit was that it cost me a total of $1 in supplies I didn't already have laying around the house. First off its a faux roman shade - it doesn't go up and down - perfect for my needs since privacy and light is not an issue in here. I thought about what I wanted in here for a long time - solid was too boring, a geometric print was too mod, a floral print was too fussy. Materials & Tools: drop cloth fabric, fabric glue, a strip of wood, t-shirt transfer paper, iron, printer, staple gun, scissors, hammer, measuring tape, nails, tacks Step 1: I started at my desk and did a layout of a vintage letter on my computer until I was happy with how it would look. Step 2: Print out all the elements on t-shirt vinyl paper and cut to size. Step 4: Fold over the ends of the fabric and iron away until you get a nice clean hem. Step 5: Glue a bead of fabric glue under each hem. Step 6: Iron on transfers one by one.

Top 11 DIY Fashion Blogs Update 7/23/12: Hey guys! I wrote this post in February of 2011 and since then I’ve discovered lots more awesome DIY blogs! Either there are tons of new ones popping up or I didn’t even know how much great stuff was out there. Keep sharing them in the comments, I love checking each one out! These are in no particular order. I mean, how could I *possibly* rank them? Honestly… WTF I Spy DIY P.S. Stripes And Sequins Studs and Pearls Lemmemakeit A Pair & A Spare Be Vain or DIY …love Maegan Phosphene Fashion Outsapop Trashion Do you love DIY, fashion and craft? Tagged as: a pair and a spare, bevainordiy, diy, honestlywtf, i spy diy, lemmemakeit, love maegan, outsapop, phosphene, ps i made this, stripes and sequins, studs and pearls

Passport Art on the Cheap As you know, I have travel on the brain. So I got to thinking how I incorporate some momento of our trips into our home. We're notoriously bad souvenir shoppers so it couldn't be tchotckes. After revisiting this project (from the now defunct but sorely missed Blueprint magazine) sparked an idea. This is a re-interpretation of that concept but on a much smaller (and more diy friendly) scale using the "art" found inside the pages of a passport. First off, I purchased some 6x6 wooden panels from an art supply store. Opened my quart of trusty gold paint and applied to the sides... Allowed to dry... Trolling our passports for worthy stamps, I realized that I didn't have one from Paris!! Moving on, I had just 8 stamps that fit the following requirements: Worthy location, a good trip we took together, semi-legible and attractive. Enlarged the images to suit the size of the panels. Cut the prints down to a size slightly larger than needed. Coated the reverse side of the paper with spray adhesive.

How to Make Clothing Buttons from Shrink Plastic… This tutorial is an old one of mine that’s too good not to share again. Since posting the first time, I’ve had lots of questions about these buttons which will hopefully be answered in this revised post. Equipment Some handy notes: 1. single hole, hole punch (like this one here). 2. 3. Okay.. lets get started! Tracing tips: You can use either coloured pencils or permanent pens. Words must be writted backwards in order to be readable. Shrinking the buttons: To shrink the buttons, you can use an oven or a heat gun (the kind used for embellishing). After the buttons have twisted and twirled, and are LYING FLAT, it’s time to take them out. Note: If the skrinking is taking too long, you may need to turn your oven up. Here’s a short little stop-motion to make sure you’ve got the gist of how easy this is! Shrink Paper {here} Circle Punch {here} Hole punch {here} Pens {here} Update: I’ve made a video to show how to shrink the buttons using a craft embellishment heat gun. Kimanh Hi my name's Kimanh.

Love Rocks Pin It Look at these river rocks I found. They're heart shaped. And I carved them, and I'm going to give them to Jon for Valentines Day. Ah ha! Gotcha! Form it into a heart shape. Then write your message into the wet clay with a toothpick. After you carve it in there nice and deep, run the wet clay heart under water to smooth out the bumps around the letters. Now let it dry completely. Keep picking up white paint and black paint and stipple stipple stipple. Make sure you get down into the words you carved. Paint the top, let it dry, then paint the bottom. Voila. Perfect for the man who has everything or for the man who has very little in the material sense so you can't really go spending his money on stuff for him except for when his underwear finally falls apart. Duct Tape Joyful Flower – Tutorial Remember when I showed you the Duct tape organizer I made for the pens in my desk? Well, today I will be sharing the tutorial to make those flowers. The cool thing about them is that you can clean them very easily unlike fabric flowers I used to decorate, this ones can be dusted without any problems and also washed in case something spills. **The download is a PDF format file, so you will need to have Abobe Reader installed on your PC or MAC. [ Click on Images to enlarge] There are so many ways to used them!! Happy crafting! * This tutorial is provided for personal, non-commercial use only.