If charts, graphs and metrics are your thing, you might enjoy crafting some pie chart pendants. They're made entirely of paper. Oh, and a little glue, thread and a jump ring if you want to get technical. Which you probably do, if you're the kind of person who likes pie charts. With a punch (I used a 1" circle), cut out about 12 circles of cardstock. You can add as many circles to the pendant as needed to get the thickness you want, of course. Glue the circles into a stack one at a time. Double a small length of thread and tie it to a jump ring. Cut some wedges of colored paper for the top layer and glue them on. To seal it, you can brush it with polycrylic or Triple Thick. The little DIY color-blocked necklaces are cute and light-weight.
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Metal Flowers Picture TutorialI am just in love with my metal flowers!! Love making them in all different sizes and shapes. Getting better at each time! So many ways you can use them. Hope the picture tutorial will help you make some pretty ones too! Enjoy! Using a scrapbook brad, secure your flowers together. After this project, I end up with a lot of soda can bottoms. Found a way to use some of them by making this upcycle project!!How to stencil with freezer paperOne of the projects at this Friday's Chicago Craft Social will be freezer paper stenciling. I'm helping lead this table, so I needed to give it a test drive and make up some samples. You know how a project usually has four tedious steps you tolerate and one step that's super fun? I think this is one of the few where all of the steps are fun. To stencil your own stuff:Buy a roll of freezer paper (approx. $3.99) or beg a piece from the guy in the meat department at your grocery store. With a foam brush, stenciling brush, kitchen sponge, or other paint brush, apply fabric paint to the cut-away areas. Let the paint dry (use a hairdryer if you're the impatient type, like me.)
Straw BraceletsBeautiful Drinking Straw Bracelet! I love this project because it's made with drinking straws, book pages and cord plus a couple of little things you already have! Switch out the book pages for scrapbook paper and you're GOLDEN! Take a look at the video and see how it's made. Leave a comment and I'll send someone the actual bracelet, too! Version with a little less paint on the ends Tape a book page to a straw and roll. Cut the beads 2" long. Paint the ends of the beads. Tie a knot in 2 yards of cord and thread the ends of the cord through opposite ends of the beads. Continue until you have created your cuff. Tie a lobster claw on end of the row of beads. Tuck the ends of the cord inside of the last bead and secure with glue. Not bad!
Glass PendantEasy. Cheap. Adorable. How can you pass up something like this? I found places online where they sold the tutorials on how to make these glass pendant necklaces. Supplies: paperexacto kniferulercutting boardglass tiles* (rectangular, circular, or square shapes available)bails* (I used aanraku small size)clear glue (I used Diamond Glaze. *glass pendants and bails can be found pretty much anywhere online… Amazon, Etsy supplies, etc. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Featuring Thea, my model…
Star BoxI suppose it isn't exactly the right time of year for stars and lanterns, but I've got a paper folding fascination at the moment and so was drawn to a project I had wanted to do back in Autumn. During last lantern season I was looking everywhere for instructions to make these beautiful paper lanterns and couldn't find them anywhere. I ended up purchasing a lantern that was already made and since I've been struggling with some difficult folds and designs of other paper crafts, I decided to unfold the seemingly simple lantern I bought and figure the thing out for myself. Like all traditional origami, no glue or cutting (once the basic outside shape of the paper is made) are required. I feared that once I unfolded my lovely store-bought version I wouldn't be able to get it back together but thankfully it wasn't nearly as difficult as I assumed. Begin with a 12" square of paper to end up with a lantern that is about 7" across when complete. Cut off the four marked corners of the paper.
How to transfer an image to fabric with gel mediumI experimented with transferring an image onto fabric the other day. For my test, I used this completely adorable dachshund drawing by Kayanna Nelson of June Craft. The little fellow is downloadable for personal use at Bloesem Kids. To try an image transfer, you'll need: Acrylic gel medium, available at art storesFabricA laser printed image (not inkjet!) With your finger—or a brush, but I prefer to feel what I'm doing—spread gel medium onto your fabric in the area where you want your image. Not too thin, not too thick; just a nice even layer. Place your image printed side down onto the sticky fabric and press firmly. Dampen the paper with water, then gently rub the paper away from the image with your finger. The resulting fabric will be a bit stiffer where the gel medium was applied, and you'll be able to see it faintly. For a good drawstring bag tutorial, check out this one at Skip To My Lou.
Decorate EarphonesPärlade hörlurar, ett kul pyssel som tål att upprepas. För ganska precis ett år sedan bloggade jag om mina pärlade hörlurar. Idén fick jag från Cut Out + Keep och det visade sig vara fler än jag som tyckte det här var ett kul pyssel. /Beaded earphones A fun DIY worth mentioning again. Almost exactly one year ago, I blogged about my beaded earphones. I got the idea from Cut Out + Keep and as it turned out, I wasn’t the only one who thought this was a fun craft. Som Matlida till exempel. Gör så här: Skär eller klipp upp plastpärlan (nagelsax fungerar t ex bra), böj upp pärlan och trä den över sladden.
WashersO ver the holidays, I was at the height of my Pinterest addiction. I flippin’ LOVE that site. And being that we were tight on funds, I put my crafty self to work searching of attractive, unique items I could make as gifts. The crux: CHEAP. When I saw a tutorial on how to make pendants out of washers — like literally, those metal things? - Glue: It doesn’t have to be Tacky Clear Gel (as I used) for this project; plain old white glue would be fine. - Glossy Accents, clear, dimensional embellishment: This stuff is amazing. Not shown: - Necklace cord (choose a color you like) - 1 bead STEP ONE: Trace the washer shape onto the paper and cut it out using the Exacto knife. As you can see, it took me while to get it right. STEP TWO: Glue your final, beautifully cut piece to the washer. STEP THREE: Okay this picture is horribly blurry, but at least you can see what it’s like after you add the Glossy Accents. And that is essentially all there is to it.