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So, I think this might be my favorite DIY to date. It’s just so practical and pretty! A few friends and I decided we would get together once a month for an all day craft day. Just to create pretty things, simply for the sake of creating. We’ve been dying to try out gold leaf for a while now. ONE – To create your bowl forms, you’ll need to start with balloons. TWO – Cut up your newspaper into small strips. THREE – Place your balloons upside down (or right side up, whichever way you want to look at it) inside paper cups and let them dry overnight. FOUR – Once dry, pop your balloon and remove the latex. Paint your bowls entirely white (or any color of your choice). I wanted my bowls to have a polka dot pattern within the gold leaf. After your dots are adhered, brush on Gold Leaf Adhesive all over the inside, over the stickers. Now for the fun part….carefully place your sheets of Gold Leaf all over the inside of the bowl, securing it to the adhesive. Related:  Home projectsSaleable craft

How to make a Wire Heart Finger Ring Howdy! This gurl thought she'd share the process of how to make a wire heart finger ring, just in case ya have a sweetie who'd like one. You'll need wire (I used 20 gauge), round nose and cutting pliers and a glue stick or lip balm in order to shape the ring to fit your finger. You can always use your finger too! It may take you a few times to master this, so I suggest using scrap wire if you don't want to use up your red colored wire or precious metal wire. Cut a piece of wire apprx. 5 inches. Shape the wire on the glue stick or lip balm. Now you have a 'U' shape. Bend the left side with your round nose pliers just a bit above where the ring will hit the top of your finger. Make a larger bend using your round nose pliers. Pull the wire down for the first side of the heart and flatten it so it is on the top where it would lie on your finger. Repeat for the other side. Using your round nose pliers, connect the left side of the wire to the base with a small loop. Your heart is shaped. Yer Done!

Shark Hoodie Towel I have made the hoodie towels before, but I wanted to share this one with you as well. We have a little friend who likes princesses, well enough, but she really likes construction sites, sharks and blue too. Her birthday is coming up, so I give you… 1 bath towel steel gray1 hand towel steel graysmall amount of pellon VERY thin one-side fusible interfacingsmall amount of white terry cloth.thread (white and shark gray) Tools: craft scissorsfabric scissors The full tutorial for the towel is here. Here, I laid out a paper fin pattern on the top of the hood. (Note, the hood on this towel is rounded rather than being squared off. ) Next, cut the stabilizer for the fin slightly smaller than the terry cloth to allow for the seams. (I sewed this on the serger. For the teeth, I had strip of white terry. Finish both of the bottom edges. (if you don’t have a serger – just zig zag the edges.) Here is our friend, super excited in her shark towel. She was loving it.

elle oh The Sarah Johnson I had some leftover clay from my marble coaster project, and I always have tons of jewelry laying around my apartment, so I thought it would be fun and functional to DIY some decorative clay jewelry dishes with my favorite decoupage technique. See supplies and instructions after the jump! What you’ll need: 3.75″ Ramekin dishes (1 for each clay dish) 3.5″ round food ring white Sculpy clay Origami paper Mod Podge Gold Liquid gilding Pencil Small round pointed paint brush Large flat paint brush Scissors Rolling pin Butter knife Cookie sheet Work a 1.5″ size ball of clay in your hands until soft. On the back side of the paper, trace a circle with your ramekin. Once you’ve rolled out all the clay and placed into the center bottom of each ramekin with the edges rolled up, place all ramekins on a cookie sheet and bake as per your clay’s instructions. Once the Mod Podge dries, you’ll want to finish each dish with a touch of gold liquid gilding around the edges. As usual, please tag me in your creations!

Tutorial/How I Turned a Dollar Store Find to a Ring Display Case I am pretty excited about this project I was just about share with you, because, I only spent $1 to buy the wood frame at the dollar store about year ago or so, and rest of the material was I already had at home and leftovers from other projects! Even though you don't have exactly the same frame, no worries. You simply need to increase or decrease the number of "fabric spring roll" :) you put in. 1. One dollar frame... this is the before picture that I simply spray painted it to prep for the project and set a side. 2. 3. 4. then, sew the end. You need to make this how many ever you need, but this is like the perfect part to make it into take and go project in the zip lock bag. 5. 6. You see the difference of before and after? 7. Each rings are snugly in it's place...I LOVE it. Just like I said in earlier, you don't have to have exact same frame to make a ring display case like this.

How to Make Leaf Skeletons - The Idea Room - StumbleUpon I wanted to share with you a project from one of my readers who shares with us how to make leaf skeletons. I LOVE this! I have several leafs in various forms displayed in my home and knew I needed to make some of her leaf skeletons to add to my decor. I love how a pattern of leaves can enhance the beauty in your home. I have spent hours and tried various ways of making these. You need washing soda, not baking soda! Gather your leaves. Washing soda is a strong base so you may want to wear gloves when handling the leaves. You will add 3/4 cup of washing soda and 4 cups of water to your pot of leaves. Keep going, you will need to add more water so your pan doesn’t dry out. When 1.75 hours are up fill a glass baking dish with cool water. I carefully removed them and rinsed with water and added clean water to the pan. If you’re still with me, this is what I ended up with… I have a maple leaf which turned out not so well. 37.1Kstumbleupon

Stemware Snow Globes SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2011 | Comments: 51 Inexpensive stemware from IKEA are easily converted into interesting snow globes… Small plastic reindeer (picked up at Michaels for a few dollars) are caught in a winter scene under glass. You can also check resale shops for lone stemware pieces. I used a brandy glass and a red wine goblet from IKEA to make mine – they cost a few dollars each. Place glass upside down onto cardboard and trace the circumference of the opening. Using a hot glue gun, I attached my objects to the cardboard. Fill glass with a few tablespoons of artificial snow or glitter. Line rim of glass with hot glue and press on cardboard. I cut a piece of decorative origami paper to cover the back of the cardboard. A sliver of the cardboard base will be poking out from the rim a bit – to cover this up, I painted it with white glue and dusted it with white glitter. You can leave these as they are or top with a candle. You could also rest an ornament or pine cone on top too.

D E S I G N L O V E F E S T Darice When it comes to home crafts, I’m a sucker for handmade storage solutions. There’s just something so awesome about a project that is both decorative and functional. Several years ago, I discovered the solution to the chaos on my vanity: trinket and jewelry dishes. Even the smallest one can make such a huge difference. Parchment Paper.Small Bowl.Air-dry Clay (Terra Cotta or White).Wooden Rolling Pin.Darice 1-inch Foam Brush.Darice Short & Round Brush Set.Darice Acrylic Small Half Cone Beads*.Blue and Gold Metallic Acrylic Paint.Decoupage (Optional).Strong Craft Glue. * Darice offers small half cone beads in many different finishes. Step 1. Using the wooden rolling pin, flatten the ball into a circle measuring about 4 1/4 inches wide. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6. Step 7. Step 8. Once everything is dry, your new DIY jewelry dish is ready to sparkle and shine. I couldn’t help but whip up two more dishes in different colors. Other Projects You May Like: About Kirsten Nunez

Paper Fortune Cookie Favors by La La Laurie The Technique Zone: Acrylic Paint Transfer - StumbleUpon Supplies needed: Acrylic dabbers, photocopy of an image, water spritzer bottle, paintbrush, card stock, craft sheet and heat tool (optional) Take the lid off the dabbers and brush the paint onto the card stock, ensure you get a good coverage Take your photocopied image ( remember that you will get a reverse of the image, so don't use bold words), flip it over and place it in the acrylic. Lightly press it down making sure it's smooth and not wrinkled Leave to air dry for at least 15 minutes and then if you wish give it a blast with the heat tool Only move onto this step when you are sure your paint is completely dryTake your water filled spritzer bottle, spray the back of the paper no more than two squirts, you don't want it too wet Next start to rub the paper very gently with your finger Keep rubbing and extra spritzing if you need too Eventually you will get rid of all the paper, but it does take a bit of patience as you have to be careful not to wet it too much and rub the image away

Easy to Make: Hot or Cold Therapy Rice Bags Kids are back in school, it’s finally starting to cool off a bit and TV is about to get good again. Signs all point to it being Fall soon! When it starts to get chilly, I start to get achy. Maybe I’m getting old or maybe it happens to everyone. Rice bags are easy and very inexpensive to make. If you’re intimidated by the idea of sewing, don’t be. For this project you will need: 1/4 yard white cotton fabric1/4 yard decorative fabric1/4 yard complimentary decorative fabricrice (not instant)funnelsewing machine or needle and threadironfabric marking penyardstick or ruler Step 1: Trim your white fabric into a rectangular shape. Take your measuring stick and fabric marking pen and draw straight lines all around. Step 2: When stitching your bag closed, leave an area unstitched and untrimmed that is large enough to accomodate your funnel. Step 3: Place the end of your funnel inside of your bag and slowly fill with your dry rice. Now we’re going to make a cute and functional case for your bag.