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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:  Saleable 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.

Easy Patchwork Notebook Tutorial As this school year draws to a close, I can’t help wanting to get ready for next school year. The cost of purchasing all the clothing, shoes and school supplies for 4 kiddos at the same time makes me want to hyperventilate a little bit. If I can spread out the expense over the three month vacation, it sure wouldn’t hurt! Materials: ♥ 24″ wide X 11.75″ tall Fusible interfacing or fusible fleece. 1/2″ seam allowance unless otherwise noted. I started with an average sized composition book (7.5″ wide X 10.75″ tall) and made note of the measurement while it was open (15″ wide X 10.75″ tall). Fuse your squares (or triangles) to the fleece row by row, being sure to overlap the squares ever so slightly so that you don’t have any interfacing showing through. Using a 3 step zig-zag stitch (or a regular zig-zag stitch) sew down all the raw edges of the squares. Once turned right side out, Press. Fold the short edges to the inside of the cover about 4 inches inward on both edges.

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!

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.

Fold a Paper Gift Box! Several years ago my oldest daughter came home with a handcrafted gift for me that she made in art class. The box she presented me was just as special and pretty as the unique and pretty handmade ceramic necklace it contained. Using scrapbook paper she folded two separate pieces, origami style, to create a delightful little gift box. I’ve made many since then – decorating areas of my home with scrapbook paper that match my home’s decor and stacking the boxes. The only materials you’ll need are two sheets of 12 X 12 coordinating scrapbook paper which you’ll fold using the technique below. Fold each corner up so that they meet in the middle. Next fold up the flat edges so they meet in the middle. Unfold those flat edges and fold the opposite sides so that all four sides have that same crease. Cut along the crease towards the middle of the paper on one side as shown. Now repeat for the opposite side. Your scrapbook paper should now look like this: You may also like:

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

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.

DIY Workout Shirt Happy Fashion Friday!I have a super fun arts and crafts project for my beautiful little bunnies to try over the holiday weekend! I love buying new clothes, but sometimes I love making them even more! DIY Workout ShirtMakes 1 sexy little tank Ingredients: 1 old T-shirt 1 pair of scissors 20 minutes 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Throw it on with some cute yogis, grab your water, and hit the gym! If you loved this DIY, you may also like my DIY Multi Strand Scarf!

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?!