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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.

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!

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!

elle oh 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

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

D E S I G N L O V E F E S T 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

Almost Makes Perfect maybe it’s just me – but i can’t enough little bowls. i use them for corralling jewelry, i use a couple as pinch bowls in the kitchen, i use them for sage smudging, i use them basically. so i wanted to make a set of “ceramic” bowls for rings and bracelets — and it’s super easy. 01. condition your clay and roll it out flat. cut a round shape by either doing it manually, or using something round as a cookie cutter (i used a candle lid, you can use anything!) cut it out using an xacto. 02. to mold the shape, place your circle into a bowl or saucer and gently sculpt the sides into a bowl shape. if you use a bowl, make sure it’s one that you never use with food! 03. bake according to the package directions, with the circle still molded in the saucer or bowl. sand for a smooth finish once they’re dry and cool. 04. paint away! 06. after they’ve dried overnight, apply glaze for a finished look. i only glazed the interior of the bowls to keep them looking partially glazed. cute right?!

Lovenordic Design Blog DIY Hollow Out A Light Bulb at TeamDroid When I was growing up I had a keen interest in the sciences. Mostly because of the cool gear that scientists used, you know, beakers, flasks, Bunsen burners that sort of thing. Well, not only did I not have the money for those sorts of thing but I had no idea where to even buy them if I could. Step 1 You will need some common tools, a screwdriver (regular) and snips (or needle nose pliers). Step 2 First, grip the little solder point and give it a good twist. Step 3 Once the contact has been pulled out, carefully crack the glass insulator. Step 4 After the insulator has been removed you can see the inside supports of the filament and the fill hole. Step 5 Use the screwdriver to break the fill tube. Step 6 The fill tube could be saved for a later project if you wish. Step 7 You can now shake the filament assembly out of the tube. Step 8 The bulb needs a good cleaning. Step 9 Mind the sharp bits of glass in the socket when doing this. Step 10 A more traditional use is as a vessel to boil water.

Alice & Lois In the midst of planning and creating goals/project plans for 2015, it is best to take time and reflect all of the positive moments from the previous year. 2014 was a wonderful year for us here at the blog. We went from posting three days a week to five days! We starting working as contributors for minted’s amazing blog, Julep. We also starting working with Project Nursery as a DIY contributor. We partnered with some amazing brands to create original content; Jawbone UP24, Got Milk, Honest Company, Munchkin, and Old Navy. And Sara started working with Liz Stanley at Say Yes as her project assistant. It’s been a great exercise to look back at our projects from this past year and to see which posts were your favorites. 1. 2. Read more for other favorite posts. 3. 4. 5. Stay tuned for more of our top posts from 2014. Photos by Melissa Fenlon and Sara Albers.