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DIY Design Community « Keywords: shrinky_dink, how-to, DIY, art

DIY Design Community « Keywords: shrinky_dink, how-to, DIY, art
My parents are both science teachers: which means they always ruined the secrets to magic tricks, they forced me to identify every tree by leaf and bark type, and we always created our own versions of ‘science-y’ toys. We used to cook our Easy-Bake Oven meals with foil and a light bulb, and created our own slime with cornstarch and food coloring. And, when we wanted our own shrinkable art, did we get the sweet pre-printed HeMan or Strawberry Shortcake sheets? Nope. We freehanded it on blank sheets of plastic, and copied the designs from coloring books. The process is simple. Ingredients: - Clean #6 Plastic - Permanent Markers - Scissors - Aluminum Foil - Oven and Tongs or Oven Mitt 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Please include more application ideas in the comments below. Interested in other creative craft ideas? Or maybe you want to do another science project? Related:  Recycled Crafts: Plastic & Vinyl

How to Make an Orca (Shachi) from a Plastic Straw (with pictures) Edited by TOHGIN minako, Krystle, Flickety, Eric and 12 others You might not think you could create a creature as powerful as the 鯱 (pronounced "shachi," which means "killer whale," or "orca" in Japanese) out of a plastic straw, but you can. Follow along with this step-by-step guide to make your own delicate orca. Ad Steps 1Note the terminology applying to each piece of the straw. 12 Add eyes. Tips When you're pinching the straw and cutting it into thin sticks, consider using safety scissors. How to make your own air dried porcelain with common household ingredients Anything that is quick, affordable and makes beautiful things is a craft winner for me . But…I often find myself uninspired for something new and different. I’ve found it in air dried porcelain (aka Porcelana Fria). What will someone make with 3 cups of white glue (PVA) 3 cups of cornstarch (Corn flour) one tablespoon of white vinegar one tablespoon of glycerin (health food or hobby shop), and 2 tablespoons of canola oil? The beautiful mouse and necklace pictured (compliments of Espirit ) is the answer! Amazingly simple and a GREAT school holiday project, get the kids into the kitchen to cook up some home made, air dried, porcelain. Let’s make it: In a mixing bowl (or non-stick pan) mix 3 cups of white glue and 3 cups of cornstarch. For microwave heating : Cook in a microwave-compatible recipient for 2 to 3 minutes on high (for a 800W oven; longer for a less powerful oven). Stove top : Cook in a saucepan over low heat for about 15 minutes. This one’s a big thumbs up from me.

Animal Planter/Vase This little piggy went to the (flower) market! Bringing the outdoors in is a surefire way to brighten your day when skies are grey. Adding a simple houseplant to your space provides an instant boost of happiness and color, and giving it a unique vessel ups the ante even more. We were inspired by the jaw-dropping beautiful botany creations by Plant The Future and decided to make our own. We teamed up with Domaine to create this unique planter that makes for the perfect, playful centerpiece that’s sure to get a green thumbs up! To create: Draw a dotted oval shape onto the top of the watering can using a dry erase marker. Get down with DIY and a dope playlistCLICK HERE for the P.S.- I made this… PlaylistCurated by The Jane Doze

Letter Art « 346 Living 6 Jun Hi All! Hope your Monday is going well. We all know the zinc letters at Anthropologie, right? Well they’re totally cute but at $18 a pop, that just won’t do. I decided to DIY them by using paper mache letters I got at Joann Fabrics. I sprayed it pretty heavy so I could get that blotchy uneven look. And here they are hung up in the kitchen! Ok next up! We used these two colors, first he sprayed the top coat in the lighter gold and then lightly sprayed some of the darker gold over it. Here they are on top of our mantel, I’m obsessed. I love how using two colors made them look a bit more aged and not so perfect. This project was so easy and fun, I seriously want to keep going but can’t think of anything else cute to write. I’m definitely going to do this in the babies room. Like this: Like Loading...

belle maison Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Knitter - Recycled Crafts EDIT: (29 November 2008) I have several pieces like these now available in my Etsy shop. Let me know if you don't see anything you like. I'm open to doing custom orders. A coworker of mine gave me a stack of used-up Starbucks gift cards that she had been saving with the intent to find a place to recycle them. These were a going away present for a different coworker who transferred to another store. Inspired by these, I cut up another card into squares, filed down the corners and made a bracelet. Then I made another bracelet (I forgot to take a before shot of the Valentine's Day gift card - yes, the squirrel is holding a heart) And another And a couple more (I got both of these out of one card) Now what else can I do with these...

Record Clocks o you have a special song that reminds you of your disco days or a romance long gone? Or perhaps an old L.P. that is scratched up or has been since replaced with a CD? Love your old LPs but don't know what to do with them? Here is a solution that takes no time and is a great present for a sentimental journey. What You'll Need: Vinyl LP Clock Motor (available at the craft store) Glue Gun Dull flat-blade knife Paper Pen Ornamental pieces that can be glued on for hands-use your imagination, beads, buttons, flat one-sided marbles with words on the back showing through, little toys. Directions: 1.

How to Make Clothing Buttons from Shrink Plastic… This tutorial is an old one of mine that’s too good not to share again. Since posting the first time, I’ve had lots of questions about these buttons which will hopefully be answered in this revised post. Equipment Some handy notes: 1. The buttons. single hole, hole punch (like this one here). 2. 3. Okay.. lets get started! Tracing tips: You can use either coloured pencils or permanent pens. Words must be writted backwards in order to be readable. Shrinking the buttons: To shrink the buttons, you can use an oven or a heat gun (the kind used for embellishing). After the buttons have twisted and twirled, and are LYING FLAT, it’s time to take them out. Note: If the skrinking is taking too long, you may need to turn your oven up. Here’s a short little stop-motion to make sure you’ve got the gist of how easy this is! Shrink Paper {here} Circle Punch {here} Hole punch {here} Pens {here} Update: I’ve made a video to show how to shrink the buttons using a craft embellishment heat gun. Kimanh

Tutorial - Lemon Cane and Halved Lemons Hi everyone! Today I'm going to show you how I do my lemon canes. For most of you this isn't something new, but many still ask me how I do them, so here's the explanation! I didn't invent this technique and I learned it from Angie Scarr. Materials: - fimo: white, translucent, yellow, green (7/8 blue + 1/8 yellow) - toothpick, pin, razor blade - sandpaper - glaze/varnish 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Bake accordingly and then varnish the flesh. That's it, I hope it will help at least one of you :D xx Stephanie How to Make Beautiful Beads From Recycled Newspaper - A Storybook Life - StumbleUpon I love finding ways to turn everyday common items, which would otherwise go into the garbage, into beautiful items that everyone can enjoy! So… when I came across a gal who was making beautiful beads from recycled newspaper, I had to share the idea with you! When I saw Helen’s beautiful beads, I asked her if she would mind sharing how she made them. After hearing from her, I realized that the methods used for these beads, were the exact same methods that I have used for several different projects including; costumes, handcrafted paper, and sculpted home decor items. What better way to pamper yourself than to make something so beautiful that costs nearly NOTHING! Perhaps you could also earn some extra money by making a nice little business out of your beautiful new creations! Step #1 – Gather a small pile of newspapers from the recycling basket. Step #2 – Rip the paper into small pieces Step #3 – Put the pieces of newspaper in a large stock pot Step #5 – Allow to sit for an hour or so

Record Bowl ake a fantastic wavy bowl out of blue, green, yellow red, or just plain black records. This is a fabulous gift item or coffee table accessory with a modern feel and takes no time at all. For colored records go to the record store and flip through the "Hip Hop Singles" section for the best variety. What You'll Need: Big Glass, Ceramic, or Metal Bowl that measures at least 8 inches in diameter Recordswhite gluedecorative paperscissorsglue stick Directions: 1. 2. 3. 4.

DIY Hand Stitching, part 1 One of my favorite crafts is hand stitching-- it's fun, addictive, expressive and relaxing :) Over the next few weeks, I'm going to share easy ways to make your own patterns for hand stitching along with some tips and ideas :) These are some samples of my past projects-- I like to draw patterns freehand and use my handwriting. However, sometimes I adapt clipart type images to make a more complicated pattern, like the sewing machine or I just stitch the outline of an image I love, like the Goonies "Hey You Guys" silhouette :) I use a Back Stitch for all my hand stitching because it's very versatile and I like the look but you can use any combination of stitches for your projects... there's lots of fun ones! Today, we're going to start with handwriting & transferring your pattern :) You will Need: - Card-stock or Thick Paper (I cut a piece of 6x8" card-stock & folded it in half to create a greeting card) - Needle & Scissors - Embroidery Thread - Scrap Paper & Pen - Thumbtack or Piercing Tool

A LOOONG Ice Cream Tutorial by *Zhoira