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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. 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 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 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 15 Ways To Reuse Plastic Bottle Caps Heading to the recycle bin to toss a plastic bottle? Did you know that in many places, you can’t recycle the cap? Bottle caps are made from #5 plastic, which many municipalities do not recycle. That means that even if you can recycle or reuse your plastic bottle, you can’t toss the cap into the recycle bin. Even if you are able to recycle those plastic bottle caps, recycling plastic is very inefficient. Many people don’t know that they can’t recycle plastic bottle caps, and when you toss a bottle with the cap on into the recycling, it can cause problems at the recycling center. “The simple act of leaving a cap on the bottle has also traditionally created problems at the sorting facility. That’s no good at all! Next>> Resources for Recycling Bottle Caps Creative Commons photo by stevendepolo

US Scrap Map Tutorial *This tutorial was made by Kate @ See Kate Sew for her win during the Scraps Only challenge* For this project, you’re going to need a lot of different scraps, 50 of them. So just go over and PULL your scrap draw out. Next, go over here and print off this map, in poster size. You’ll have a bunch of sheets like this: Tape it together, overlapping and trimming as needed. Cut out a piece of heat n bond, large enough for the state and iron it to the back of your fabric. Let it cool and peel off the backing. Pin the state to your backed fabric. And cut it out. Repeat 50 times. Then iron to a piece of muslin in it’s spot. When they are all ironed on, topstitch around each state. Next, I stretched it around a piece of plywood and glued the back. *Since you’ll be sewing through this, the best heat-n-bond to get is the purple one.

Christmas tree ornament mobile, how-to Here is how I made my Christmas tree ornament mobile, it was easier than it looks, promise. The Supplies a 17″ steamer rack from a restaurant supply storeabout 5 feet of lightweight jack chaina small carabiner100 basic ornament hooksone roll, 500 feet, monofilament jewelry string (not the stretchy sort)200 jewelry crimp beads or tubesjewelry crimping tool100 lanyard hooks100 ornaments Note: In the photo above I show earring wire instead of ornament hooks. I changed that later as I found ornament hooks made it far easier to move ornaments around after they’d been hung. Creating the Mobile Frame Creating the frame for my ornament tree mobile turned out to be fairly simple. For the top of the mobile I needed something that would allow me to easily secure a lot of hanging points without them sliding around too much. Turn the rack upside down and the spots where the legs were secured neatly become four hanging points. I bought some inexpensive jack chain to use for hanging.