I asked Amy of This Heart of Mine for a project that would be fun for kids or adults. I love that she thought of star-gazing! We’re so far into the countryside, that the stars here are outrageously bright. It’s awesome! — Gabrielle Star gazing is one of my favorite things. Because of my love of the stars, when my daughter was little, I purchased her a night light that shines stars all over her bedroom walls. What you’ll need: - a wide mouth jar – The jar needs to be wide enough to fit the small click light inside. -an awl - scissors Cut a strip of the cake pan long enough to fit around inside the jar and tall enough to reach to the very top of the jar. Use the awl to poke holes for the constellations. I connected the constellation dots with a silver Sharpie to make them easier to spot. Fill in the other space with more holes. Roll the aluminum sheet until it fits snug inside the jar. Put the encircled aluminum sheet inside the jar. Take into a dark room and enjoy.
ASOS Embroidered Fabric Bib Style NecklaceAugust 13th, 2012 by aclazaro One of this season’s hottest trends are bib style necklaces. You can turn an ordinary outfit into a fabulous/classy get up by simply adding an eye-popping bib style necklace. Bib style necklaces are commonly designed with different precious stones but this unique bib style makes bib style necklaces even more stunning.Water Calligraphy Device by Nicholas HannaBeijing Design Week 2011: a tricycle modified by Canadian artist Nicholas Hanna mimics the Chinese custom of writing temporary messages on the road with water. A computer strapped to the handlebars of the Water Calligraphy Device allows the rider to type the Chinese characters they wish to spell out. These characters are transmitted electronically to a set of valves, which release water droplets in programmed patterns as the trike moves forward. Two large containers positioned at the back of the device store the water. The project was inspired by water calligraphy practiced in parks around China, where passages of poetry are spelled out on the ground for onlookers. Hanna unveiled the tricycle for Beijing Design Week, which begins on 28 September and finishes on 3 October. Another water-carrying tricycle was designed by Bill Moggridge, whose cycle purifies the liquid instead of releasing it - see the project here. The device is mounted on a flat-bead tricycle (三!")
Turn Your T-Shirts Into Tote Bags - Brit & Co. - StyleIf you’re still busy spring cleaning, we’re guessing you’ve come across a lot of t-shirts that you can’t quite get rid of but don’t really need. Naturally, it”s time to repurpose! Today we’ll show you a ridiculously easy way to turn your t-shirts into eco-friendly reusable tote bags inspired by similar DIY projects found on Leethal and HonestlyWTF. The greatest thing about this project is that it’s pretty likely you’ve got all the materials at home. Materials: - t-shirt - scissors - safety pin Pick out an old t-shirt, grab some scissors, and a large safety pin. Cut of the sleeve of the t-shirt as if you were making a tank top. Fold the t-shirt in half lengths-wise and use it as a template to cut the other side. Cut off the collar in a U-shape, going about 4-6 inches deep. Make 2 or 3 slits in bottom seam, making sure not to cut through the stitch. Taking the leftover sleeves, trim a couple strips of fabric about 1 inch wide. Scrunch the fabric together to make a circle. Voila!
DIY Ombre Tights - Hello Brit - StyleIt's no secret that we love adding color to anything and everything, and our clothes are no exception. We've color blocked our heels, our jeans, and ombre'd our nails, and today we're pumped to introduce DIY Ombre Tights. Best of all, this project takes under 30 minutes with just a few simple materials! Materials: - white tights (tights, not hose!) - Jacquard acid dye - rubber gloves - permanent dyeset concentrate - large pot (cannot be used for food after) - ladle (cannot be used for food after) - bucket or plastic container for cold water Fill your pot about halfway with water. Add about half a teaspoon of acid dye. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Then grab a friend with purple ombre tights to match, and get silly on the roof. If you're not feeling the DIY action for this one, but have to have Ombre Tights, check out Etsy Seller BZRshop who largely inspired today's DIY project!
How to Turn Shower Curtains into Produce Totes - Hello Brit - LivingYou can never get enough reusable totes, but sometimes the fabric ones get dirty quickly and just don’t cut it for fresh produce. So, what to do? Grab an inexpensive shower curtain and get sewing! The size is great for grocery shopping, and the bag can easily be folded up to fit into luggage for an extra bag on a trip. Materials: - Shower curtain - Sewing machine - 1″ polyester webbing. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
DIY Custom Makeup Palette - Hello Brit - StyleThere are two reasons you need to make a custom makeup palette. One, you've got a dozen eyeshadow compacts and a handful of brushes and can never find the ones you need when you need them. You likely got some of these from your mom, for free with your latest makeup counter purchase, or for a specific event. Or two, you're a masterful makeup maven and need access to the whole color wheel every time you get your face on. Either way, this easy how-to is about to make your life way easier and possibly more beautiful. ;) First, get all your materials ready. Now the tricky part (but it's actually really easy!) Once you've popped it out, hold it gently over the flame of a tealight. Repeat with your next shadow. And your next one. We had an empty eyeshadow container in one of our compacts so we used that to add lipstick to the palette. Now, time to glue and get the job done. Glue each piece and press firmly into your palette. To secure the brushes, glue a piece of ribbon or lace to your case.
How To Turn Your T-Shirts Into Nautical Necklaces - Hello Brit - StyleSo we might be stretching the definition of nautical, but we couldn’t help but dream of summers spent on the water while making our sweet braided t-shirt necklaces. And you know, they’d be pretty perfect for sporting if you happen to be hangin’ with T-Pain and the boys of Lonely Island. If you’re thinking to yourself, “all my t-shirts are way too awesome to get rid of or re-purpose” (that Bush t-shirt from the mid 90s is still awesome), stock up on a few of our favorite new t-shirts out there and get creative with some of your old ones. Materials: - t-shirts (we used men’s M-XL) - electrical tape (green, yellow, blue) - 2 pairs of scissors (1 for the tape, 1 for the fabric) Lesson one: If you’re an aspiring crafter, the first thing to know is that you always need a pair of scissors dedicated to fabric. Next is braiding! Stay tuned for more creative ways to re-purpose old t-shirts and other odds and ends.
Disco Ball HelmetYou will need: Mirror tiles: I used mirror tiles that come backed with fabric. This makes the whole process MUCH faster. Contact cement: I just barely made it through with one bottle. Helmet: I spent a lot of time choosing what kind of helmet I wanted. Glass cutter (not pictured): For cutting the tiles to shape along the edges of the helmet. Metal Saw (not pictured): Most of the vintage style helmets have snaps for a visor which need to be removed.