Crafty Friday This craft project was inspired by something almost identical I saw in a fancy shop here in NYC. It cost almost $500, and I thought to myself, "hey, I can make that". And so I did! Start by printing out butterflies. Hot-glue or super-glue a small branch to a vintage saucer. Fold the butterflies a little, so they look more alive and simple hot-glue them all to the branches. Photos by Alexandra Grablewski sewing tutorial | KIDS | crafts | handmade gifts | bread bags | fort kits | diy hang tags | saltwater-kids Boys, boys, boys. The silly things they say and do keep me laughing all the time. In fact, as I was working on this post my three year-old came blasting by, one arm outstretched, clutching his toothbrush, shouting (in a deep manly voice) "Oh, Mr. Plaque I am coming to get you!" Dental Superheros make my day! My favorite part of making this tutorial, by far, was the photo shoot. I am so excited to share this project with you because it is as fun as my two silly boys. The design of the RETRO DUFFEL is based on the original Duffel Bag - the manliest of all the bags in the luggage family. This is a miniature version of the typical duffel bag, perfect for an overnight stay at Grandma's, hauling gear to the big game, or for storing my all-time favorite gift - the FORT KIT! OK, lets get started! Materials: *if you have trouble finding a 16" zipper, a larger size will work fine. You will find the how-to for the handles HERE: Cut: 26” X 16 ½” - body (2) 8 ½” circle - end (2) 16 ½” X 5” - zipper lining
Pine Cone Fire Starters Last Christmas I saw a variation of these at one of those pricey but fun to browse stores with my mom. I loved them, so much that I pulled out my trusty iPhone and snapped a few photos from every angle thinking the entire time "I can totally make these". So here we are a year later doing just that (my procrastination can only deter me so long). Let's get started, You'll need: 24 or so Pine Cones 2lbs Wax (I used soy)Candle twine A Scent (Optional)A cupcake panBaking cup liners - A MUST (Ignore the crisco in the photo I tried greasing instead of the liners the first round and it was a FAIL) First, I cut 24 - 8 inch strips of my candle twine. Then in a mason jar (or really any vessel you don't mind being covered in wax) heat up your wax. Once the wax is melted, pour yourself another glass of wine and add a scent if you'd like smelly pinecones (I used the recomended dose on the bottle). Now here's the hard part, you have to walk way. I know it's hard but trust me, it's better for everyone.
Origami Butterfly by Akira Yoshizawa - tutorial Today is the 101st birthday of Akira Yoshizawa, the great origami master and the father of the modern origami. You have probably noticed that Google marked the occasion with a special origami doodle created by Robert Lang! Why not celebrate the event by making your own origami butterfly?! Here is a step-by-step tutorial for a 3-d variation of a classic butterfly by Akira Yoshizawa (first spotted on Nick Robinson’s blog), enjoy! UPD. Tags: Akira Yoshizawa, Animals TUTORIAL :: SOCKS OWL | WHIMSY LOFT This is a very simple Tutorial to make a Sock Owl. I’m using the leggings sock… the one that goes from your ankle up to your knees. See photos below from left to right. Measure 5″ from the rubber and cut. Turn the sock around and sew a straight line on the rubber part. Ones done, go to the other side (where we cut just now), and fold the opening into 3 section like the photos. The section that I am holding in the photo is about 1 cm and it’s the tail of the owl. Then continue to sew the other section (the legs sections should be longer that the tail). Turn the socks around. Here is that body of the owl. Now, use some felt to cut the eyes and nose. Sew the felt on the owl as shown in photos below. Then (refer bottom panel of photos), cut 2 pieces of felt and 2 pieces of socks in another colour (you can also use fabric). Use simple stitches to sew the pink socks on the felt, then sew them on the sides of the owl. Ones you have sewn the wings, the owl should look like the photo below.
File Folder Scrapbook By Debi Devitt I borrowed the idea for this file folder scrapbook from the homeschool community's lapbooks. Lapbooks are a learning book that are very popular with homeschool families. The idea is that the child enjoys a hands-on learning experience as they create and then later sit and go through all the intricate little elements in a lapbook. Learning is reinforced as the child shows off their lovely lapbook and enjoys looking through it himself. Well, I love all the intricate elements so much that I think these would make the most fun mini scrapbooks. Supplies Needed: File Folder Scrapbook papers and cardstocks Adhesives Embellishments Directions: Open your file folder completely out and then fold each side in so that the outer edges meet the center fold. Cover the front sides and back with decorative scrapbook paper or cardstock. Cover the inside flaps with scrapbook paper or cardstock. Cut two pices of cardstock to 11-1/2 x 5-1/2. Cut a piece of double-sided cardstock 11-3/4 x 9.
Faceted Pendant Lights – The Large Drum Shade So my large faceted sphere light has been attracting a lot of attention recently, and one reader asked how much light it cast and if they could use it to light a room. It struck me that maybe this was the perfect time to introduce this fun variation on my faceted lights, a drum shade! One thing I really love about the drum shade concept, is that no matter what you cover the shade with and how much light it might obstruct, you are still going to get plenty of light pouring out the top and the bottom of the fixture which can really light a room nicely. It works really well over a table or another space perfect for spot lighting, but it also bounces a ton of light off of a white ceiling which can really help spread the light around an entire room. For this shade I once again went back to my trusty Ikea Lobbo shade to use as a base, and then I made a piece of what you could call ‘fortune teller fabric.’ Ciao, Allison Like this: Like Loading...
20 Crafty Ways To Use Up Fabric Scraps : Posted on | November 8, 2008 | 2 Comments My grandmother always had a mountain of fabric scraps. Leftovers from sewing projects, hems cut off pants, recycled out-of-style skirts, old pillowcases; everything was added to the pile. If you have your own fabric scraps, here are 20 crafty uses for your excessive of riches. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 1/2 yard of stretchy fabric can be made into a beret. 10. 11 & 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Comments Tiny Polaroid Magnets Hi there! It’s felt like forever since I’ve last blogged, and has felt like an eternity since I’ve done anything crafty and nifty. Since my morning sickness has gone into full speed (yes, we’re expecting our third this fall!) I came across these DIY Pantone chip magnets on How About Orange and wanted to do something similar. You will need: Cardboard (mine was the backing of a sketchbook — much thicker than the back of a regular spiral bound notebook) or 2-3 sheets of white cardstock or poster board spray-mounted together to use as a sturdy backing to the magnetsOpaque white marker (necessary only if your cardboard is not white) Craft knife Metal straight edge/ruler Clear packing tape or frisk film. Step 1: Download a Photoshop file of the Polaroid frames below. Step 2: Print out photos onto photo paper. Step 3: Spray the back of your sheet of photos and also the cardboard with spray mount. Step 4: Trim out photos with craft knife. 487 Comments
DIY Lampshade Of Paint Sticks I’ve already showed you how to make a cool sunburst mirror of a bunch of paint sticks. It isn’t the only thing you can make of it. For example you can make a lampshade from about 50 paint sticks and a simple cheap lampshade frame using hot glue and stain. The cool things about such lampshade are that it looks great but costs almost nothing. Besides all you need to do is to glue paint sticks to the lampshade frame and cover them with a coat of stain. How to Weave on a Cardboard Loom June 25th, 2008 Email 1322 users recommend Weaving like this can be the basis for so many projects: place mats, coasters, bags, hats—use your imagination. All photos by Diane Gilleland Keep your edges a little loose, and they'll stay nice and straight. An ordinary salad fork makes a great tool for keeping your weaving snug. Photo: All photos by Diane Gilleland Weaving is such a meditative, relaxing craft—and at the end of it, you have fabric! I like to re-use cardboard shipping envelopes for my simple looms. Begin by deciding how wide you want your weaving to be. Next, measure and mark every 1/4 inch along the edge of your cardboard, working between the two width marks you made in the previous step. Draw a line 1/2 inch from the edge of the cardboard. Use a pair of strong scissors to cut a series of slits in the edge of the envelope, 1/4 inch apart. Repeat these steps on the opposite edge of the cardboard. Time to string your loom! Here's a shot of the back of the loom. Ready to weave?
monogrammed mugs Its Friday (yippee!) - time for another Steal this Idea* feature - a tiny show of appreciation for a well executed tutorial. If you know me, you know that I kind of have a thing for busts. No, not that kind! (Get your mind out of the gutter people.) I fall hard for the lovely lady heads that serve so well as accent pieces or jewelry displays. So when I spotted this DIY bust project from the always amazing Kara Paslay (who I've raved about before here and here), I knew I had to show you. She started with some scrap wood and some magazine clippings... ...and made a collection of beautiful busts that are just gorgeous! A nod to the old in a totally new way. Run over to the Kara Paslay Designs to check out all the details on how you can make your own and have a look around, her site is chock full of other beautiful, budget friendly ideas. postscript: *When I say steal, I really mean borrow nicely and give proper credit!
Polymer Clay Tutorials: Candle Holder Crafts One of our most beautiful polymer clay tutorials is this lily of the valley flower which we molded onto a votive glass candle holder. This votive glass candle holder would make a lovely homemade gift for Mother’s Day. Overall, this is a pretty quick and easy craft project to do. So if you have been looking for some unique candle craft ideas, then try this easy lily of the valley candle holder. It would make a wonderful gift for your mom this Mother's Day! Polymer Clay Tutorials: Candle Holder Crafts Materials for Polymer Clay Tutorials: Candle Holder Crafts What You Will Need: Green polymer clayVotive glass candle holderFloral wire (32 gauge) Wire cuttersStraight pin or needle20 Pearl beads (1/4" wide)Acrylic sealerHot glue gunOptional:Green Pearl ExPaintbrush Instructions for Polymer Clay Tutorials: Candle Holder Crafts Begin by rolling a ball of clay that is about 1/3 as wide as the base of your candle holder. Next, roll out another ball of clay. The next step is to make the pearl flowers.