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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. (Luckily, neither of my parents could draw, or else we might have had hand drawn versions of those, too.) 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 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...

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. After having no luck, she offered them to me, thinking I could do something crafty with 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? 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. 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 Hi my name's Kimanh.

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. I think what I love about her beads though… is the natural earthy look that they have. 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 How about…

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

How to Make Cold Porcelain July 11th, 2008 Email 192 users recommend This pendant is made with cold porcelain, an air-drying modeling clay you can make in your kitchen. Cold porcelain is made from simple ingredients: white glue, cold cream, glycerin, cornstarch, and water. 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5next> View all There are lots of reasons to love polymer clay, but if you're of a DIY mindset, you might try making some cold porcelain—an air-drying clay that's amazing for jewelry and other small projects. What you'll need:3/4 cup white glue1/2 cup water1 teaspoon cold cream (such as Pond's)1 teaspoon glycerin1 cup cornstarch, plus additional for dusting your hands Assemble all your ingredients before you begin. If possible, use an old saucepan and spoon for this process. Begin by mixing the white glue, water, cold cream, and glycerin in a saucepan.

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. When you recycle plastic what you’re actually doing is called downcycling. 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. You can just throw them all over the floor for this one. 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.

Remove Printing From Plastic Containers We’re all about celebrating Earth Day in my classroom this week. It’s only 4 days away! We have been evaluating how “green” our school, classroom, and homes are. I made 3 report cards for each of those locations. If you are interested, they are at my TPT store! How else are we celebrating Earth Day? Do you want to know how to remove the printing on food containers? (located in the beauty section near the finger nail polish removers), a rag, and a container. In a dish pan, pour enough acetone on the rag to saturate it. Then wrap the rag around the container and let it sit for 3-5 minutes. Check the container by rubbing the paint. That’s it! Happy Earth Day! You might enjoy...

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