DIY Heart Friendship Bracelet As the month of love approaches, we thought we’d combine friendship and hearts into one Valentine’s Day themed tutorial: a heart patterned friendship bracelet! Using some candy-colored embroidery floss and your familiarity with the chevron friendship bracelet, you’ll be able to whip up one of these tokens of love in a heartbeat. You’ll need:2 colors of embroidery flossscissorstape or clipboard Creating a heart pattern involves just a simple modification to the chevron patterned friendship bracelet. Separate the threads into 2 sets, 2 of each color on each side. Start on the left side with the outermost strand (shown here in red) and make a forward knot by creating a 4-shape over the 2nd strand (shown here in blue), loop it under and back through the opening. Pull up and to the right to tighten. Continue knotting over each color, towards the right, until the outermost color has carried over to the middle. Continue knotting towards the left until the outermost strand reaches the middle.
DIY Shell Earrings The chilly climate has hardly deterred me from incorporating a bit of tropical flair into my winter wardrobe. Inspired by Kelly Wearstler ‘s metallic shell earrings from her upcoming spring collection, I’ll show you how to transform a couple of simple shells into a pair of beachy stunners. Vamos a la playa! You’ll need: Start by placing the shells on a paper bag or plate. Use the pliers to open the loop of the eyepin. Measure about an inch of the way down and trim eyepin with a pair of wire cutters. Using the pliers to grasp the loop of the eyepin, immerse the pin into the glue until it’s well covered. Use a toothpick to add additional glue if necessary. Repeat the same steps to complete the pair. And you’re finished before you can say Sally sells seashells by the seashore! (all images by HonestlyWTF)
Fingerpaint | 7 Paint Recipes You Will Love Fingerpaint is real quick and easy to make. Here are a few tried, tested and perfected fun paint recipes that we’ve collected over the years. Finger-painting is a great activity if you do not mind to get your hands a little dirty. These paints are great to capture little hand and foot prints or to create everyday works of art and crafts without the fuss of washing paintbrushes. What’s great about homemade fingerpaint? Basic Heated Fingerpaint 1 cup flour2 tablespoons salt1 1/2 cups cold water1 1/2 cups hot water2 tablespoons food colouring Directions: Mix 1 cup of flour and 2 tablespoons of salt Add the cold water and stir until there are no lumps Add the hot water and bring to a boil while stirring Remove from heat once thickened Continue to whisk until all lumps are gone Add food colouring and stir well Pour into desired containers Allow time to cool down or refrigerate Shake before use and refrigerate after use Kool-Aid Finger Paint Mix the Kool-Aid, flour and salt into a glass bowl.
DIY Friendship Bracelet For several months now, we’ve been receiving emails requesting a friendship bracelet DIY. Well, friends, ask and you shall receive! Today, we’ll give you a step by step tutorial on the classic chevron pattern. If you used to whip up friendship bracelets like a champ in grade school and have since forgotten how, consider this a refresher course. You’ll need:embroidery threada safety pin or tapea pair of scissors Start by cutting several strands of embroidery thread at about 24 inches each. Start on the left side with the outermost color (shown here in red) and make a forward knot by creating a 4-shape over the 2nd color, loop it under and back through the opening. Pull up and to the right to tighten. Now pick up the outermost color on the right side (show here in red) and make a backward knot, creating a reverse 4-shape over the 2nd color, loop it under and back through the opening. Continue knotting towards the left until the outermost strand reaches the middle.
Embroidered Sunglasses What do you do when the probability of scoring a pair of Ulyana Sergeenko‘s embroidered sunglasses is, at best, 1 in a million? Do it yourself, of course. Though I couldn’t replicate these folk-inspired sunnies at nearly the same degree (we’re talking couture after all), I was able to add just the right amount of embroidery for a similar effect. So, what do you say? Grab a pair of inexpensive sunglasses and let’s get stitchin’! You’ll need:a pair of sunglasses with plastic lensesembroidery flosshand held drill (I used a Dremel, last used here)3/64″ drill bitthin needlescissorsfelt tip markernail polish remover Start by drawing out a pattern – feel free to copy mine! Use the hand held drill or Dremel to drill the holes. Thread the needle with embroidery floss – make sure the head of the needle is small enough to fit through the holes. Finish off the color with a double knot on the backside. Continue cross stitching with the second color and then the third color. Repeat on the other side.
DIY Braided Rhinestone Necklace A couple of weeks ago, we turned some vintage earrings into a pair of shoe clips. Inspired by Jolita‘s Mourning Necklace, we’re transforming vintage chains into pretty statement necklaces for spring this week. Sometimes antique rhinestone necklaces are just a tad too short and a bit too dainty so adding a bit of texture and color is the perfect way to add some much needed oomph. You’ll need: Start by cutting approximately 16-19 strands of embroidery floss at about 2.5 times the length of the rhinestone necklace. Separate into 3 equal parts and braid. Most vintage rhinestone necklaces are really short in length so to extend it, the clasp will need to be removed with a pair of wire clippers. Tie the end of the floss into a double knot around the end of the necklace. Bring the floss around the necklace and back under the braid. Continue stitching. Tie the ends of the contrasting floss into a double knot and trim the ends. And the necklace is complete! Layer and sparkle!
DIY Woven Chain Collar Necklace Earlier this month Lauren and I escaped city life with our dear friend Grace, of Stripes & Sequins, for a weekend chock-full of sun and DIY. With an abundant supply of rhinestone and brass curb chain, we decided to try weaving the components together to make our own collar necklaces. It was fun to see how wonderfully different the pieces turned out - each so fabulous in their own unique way! You’ll need: Start by laying two pieces of curb chain side by side. Thread the floss under the first link on the left side and through the top of the 2nd link on the right side. Continue this weaving pattern. Tie a knot at the end. Using a different color flow, weave the floss around the first few links – again leaving about a foot of extra slack. Continue weaving and tie a knot at the end. Tie a knot onto the chain. Keep the necklace curved while attaching the rhinestone chain. Cut several 2 feet strands of floss and thread them through the ends of the necklace.
DIY Market Bag With Earth Day just around the corner, we’re turning to artist and environmentalist Chris Jordan for inspiration. In this large-zoom photograph he has captured 1.14 million brown paper supermarket bags, the number used in the US every hour. And did you know that 2.7 billion plastic bags are used every day worldwide? Lay the t-shirt on a flat surface. Snip 8 evenly spaced slits along the bottom hem of the t-shirt. Attach a safety pin to the end of one of the strings. You can trim the strings but we like leaving the fringe as is. Aren’t you excited to BYOB (bring your own bag)? Make one for a friend. (top image from here, rest of images by Honestly…WTF; thanks to Leethal & Lynn for the inspiration!) 101 Projects for Artists and Illustrators February 21st, 2007 Don’t know what to do with your extra time? There are plenty of odd jobs and tasks that an illustrator can do in between assignments. If you’re looking for some inspiration, here’s a long list of projects, ideas, and necessary chores to help make your free time more productive. Tell a Story Many images are used to help a narrative, and as an illustrator it is important to keep developing this skill in your off-time. Make a book cover for your favorite classic novel.Create a series of illustrations that show the passage of time.Illustrate a song.Make a narrative advertisement for a soft drink.Illustrate your favorite childhood memory.Make a children’s book spread for a fairy tale.Illustrate the four seasons.Why did the chicken cross the road? Academic Exercises Time to get back into the classroom! Practical Projects Don’t let the promotion and organization of your business get pushed aside. Creative Exercises Online Communities And Last But Not Least…