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Making a home with handmade furniture and other DIY projects.

Making a home with handmade furniture and other DIY projects.

MAGIC Decal Transfer Tutorial with Free Printables! Some of you may remember, a little while back I posted a tutorial for DIY waterslide decals. Among other things, I mentioned how awesome they are for creating custom embellishments without the need for any fancy-pants equipment. Yep, waterslide decal paper is a truly fab product, though as great as it is, there is one drawback – although it’s somewhat tough it’s not especially durable. So, whilst it’s perfect for ornamental purposes, it’s not ideal for more practical applications…until now that is! Magic decal coating paper is a product designed to be used in conjunction with standard decal paper to make the finished transfers super durable – yes, even dishwasher resistant! If you’re already familiar with magic decal coating paper then please excuse my tardy excitement, though for everyone else who is just getting to the party now too, feel free to start throwing the streamers! 1 Image to transfer. Use anything you like. 2 Printer. You can use either a laser or an inkjet printer. 6 Scissors.

How to make gift bags from newspaper | How About Orange - StumbleUpon When I bought something at a store recently, the clerk handed me my purchase in a bag made from a newspaper. I liked it very much and had to make some more—thus today's DIY recycled newspaper project: gift bags made from the Wall Street Journal. You can vary the dimensions, of course, but here's what I used to create a bag that's 5" tall, 4.5" wide, and 3" deep. Stack two sheets of newspaper on top of each other. Cut out a rectangle that's 15.5" wide and 8.25" tall. Fold a flap 1.25" down from the top. Cut two pieces of cardstock or chipboard to 4.25" x 1", then glue them on the widest two panels just under the top fold. Put glue on the outside of the 0.5" tab and bring the left-most panel over to form the body of the bag, aligning the cut edge of the panel with the folded edge of the flap. Upend the bag so the 2" flap is now up. Put glue on both flaps and fold them inward to form the bottom of the bag.

DIY Wedding Ideas: Scrabble Coasters Tutorial Posted on September 13, 2011 by Christina Love words? Love handmade? Looking for unique DIY wedding ideas? You will be smitten with these DIY Scrabble Coasters! Not only are they a cinch to make, they are inexpensive and tres chic! If you are having a small wedding, why not use these as name cards that double as favors? For each coaster you will need: DIY Scrabble Coasters Tutorial Pick out your tiles. Pick out letters for desired name. Paint name letters with aging glaze or stain and let dry. Place tiles on cork board and trace around them with a pencil. Remove tiles and add carpenter’s glue to cork board inside the traced square. Add Scrabble tiles to the cork board, beginning in the corner. Using an Xacto knife, cut around the tiles. Varnish. Let dry. Use as name cards at your wedding, or give as bridesmaid or groomsmen gifts!

return on creativity: paint sample coasters - StumbleUpon I've had this map coaster tutorial in my inspiration file for awhile. I wanted to make a set of map coasters for my brother; one coaster for each city he has lived in. The plan was to use an old atlas I had lying around, but all the cities were in the middle of the state, right where the atlas folded in two. So I decided to make paint sample coasters instead... All you need is tiles, Mod Podge, spray acrylic, paint samples, and cork or felt. Would you believe that this project was the first time I ever used Mod Podge in my life! My paint samples had rounded corners, so I first squared them off. Then I measured the samples to fit the tiles and cut them into squares. Don't you just love a project where even the scraps are pretty? I used Mod Podge to apply the samples to the coasters and then applied about five coats of Mod Podge over the top. Finally I applied some spray acrylic. That's it. I think these would make a great gift.

12 gifts of christmas blog hop: organizer wallet tutorial and a giveaway Hello! Welcome to day 12 of the 12 Gifts of Christmas Blog Hop hosted by the awesome Jennifer of Ellison Lane Quilts. Have you been following along since day 1?? Supplies: fabric (I used 3 different prints but that's optional)fusible interfacing (I used Pellon 911FF-Featherweight and Pellon Craft Fuse)cotton battingthread5/8" braided or knit elasticusual sewing supplies: rotary cutter/mat/ruler, scissors, hand sewing needle, soluble fabric pen, pins or binder clips, a walking foot is helpful if you have one3" x 5" memo pad (I bought mine at Target - Mead brand)printable pattern piece - download here A few notes of interfacing: I used two different fusible interfacings for this project but you can easily substitute what you have on hand. **Tutorial is for personal use/gifts only! *sorry for the tutorial photos in advance. 1/4" seam allowance used throughout the project. *forgot to include the interfacing piece for the curved pocket in the photo above (1) batting: 8.75" wide x 6.25" tall

Giant Paper Rose Flower | Green Wedding Shoes Wedding Blog | Wedding Trends for Stylish + Creative Brides - StumbleUpon If you loved the beautiful DIY wedding this morning and Nata’s gorgeous paper flower bouquets, you are in luck as Nata is sharing how she crafted them with us! She was inspired by a template created by Morgan Levine on Martha Stewart (as was I in the flowers I created for this styled shoot). I just love that this basic idea has inspired different brides to create their own version of giant paper flowers – you might remember these equally awesome giant paper flowers from this wedding I shared last year. :) Thanks so much Nata for sharing how you created your giant pink paper rose + special thanks to Studio Castillero for the photos of the DIY + her wedding! Materials (to make one giant rose) Step 1: Cut the petals Cut 5-6 teardrop petals and 15-6 heart-shaped petals from the petal colored crepe paper. IMPORTANT: Crepe paper is directional so it matters which way you’re cutting the paper. Repeat until all of your petals are cut Step 2: Cut the leaves + calyx Step 3: Make the rose stem

10 Killer DIY Garden Hacks Gardening is one of the most rewarding home hobbies you can do. It's fun, sustainable and you get healthy, tasty results. A lot of people like the idea of gardening but find excuses like it's too time consuming, it's too expensive, they don't have enough space, blah blah blah. 1. Vertical Gutter Garden When Suzanne Forsling moved to Juneau Alaska from Iowa, she found that it was a little bit harder to get her garden to grow. 2. Reclaimed Tire Garden If you have some old tires laying around that you don't know what to do with, you could burn them... if you hate the environment, or you could put them to work as cool looking raised garden beds. 3. DIY Earth Box An Earth Box is more than just a box with soil. Check out this post on Crafster.org that will show you how it's done (via Crafting a Greener World). 4. Self-Watering Garden Instructable user AskJerry discovered that his central air conditioning system disposed of approximately 350 gallons of water down the drain each year. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Corner Shelf made from a Door | Craftaholics Anonymous™ {happy wednesday, crafters!} Hope your week is going wonderfully. Today I am showing off my corner shelf made from an old door. My corner door shelf is one of my all time favorite pieces of furniture! Davis and I made this about 5 years ago when we bought our first home. Its right at home in my Sitting Room! ***will post pics of my Sitting Room when its done! added later: you can see my entire front room here. Of course I used milk glass to accessorize it! I changed out the door knob with a vintage replica….and its sort of the frosting on the cake. Corner Door Shelf Here is the before and after picture. How to make a Door Shelf supplies: door, circular saw, screw driver, screws, 13-90 degree metal L brackets, sand paper, door knob. So that’s how we made my corner shelf. If you make a door shelf, I would love to see a picture! More DIY Projects: happy crafting, linda

How to build My 50 Dollar Greenhouse & The Door Garden - StumbleUpon First off – you really can build this thing very cheaply, but to do so you have to recycle, freecycle, and scrounge. If you just go out and buy new everything it will probably cost over $200 – still not bad all in all.This Article is featured in Jan 2010 issue of Birds and Blooms Magazine!Want to find out if this thing works before you read all this? Read 6 months in the Greenhouse first.Want to see what happens when a few inches of wet snow accumulates on this? Collapse!Building the Greenhouse Doors is addressed in a separate article – isn’t this enough for one weekend? My $50 Greenhouse Welcome Stumbleupon Gardeners! Materials list Construction Steps Hind Sight – What I would do differently The planning is over and construction on my hoop house greenhouse has begun. After some research I’ve decided to build the structure of the hoop house out of 20 ft. joints of three quarter inch PVC plumbing pipe. If your Greenhouse is too Flat it will collapse! How to Build the $50 Hoop House Thusly

How to make boxes from paint swatches If you've got paint chips sitting around begging to be made into something, try folding them into boxes for paperclips, thumbtacks, party favor candies, or tiny gifts. I made these from Behr swatches, available at Home Depot. You'll need paint swatches, double-stick tape, an X-acto knife, ruler, and cutting mat. For the box bottom, cut a 1/2" strip off each of the two rounded ends of the swatch. You should be left with a 5" x 5" square. At a point slightly more than 1 1/2" from one edge—about 1 17/32" if you want to be picky, but I just eyeballed it—score a line with your knife. The box lid is constructed the same way. Fold each sheet on the scored lines, bending flaps inward and securing them with double-stick tape.

25 Handmade Gifts Under $5 If your gift list is long and your budget is small here are some great Handmade Gifts that you can make. Keep in mind that handmade items are not just beautiful but special… I love to give them and I love to receive them. Jersey Knit Bracelet Lovely! This would make a perfect gift for any of your girlfriends. You can choose the colors and recycle t-shirts that you have around the house. Cheap and cute! tutorial Paper Clip Earrings Tutorial This is a brilliant idea… and the possibilities are endless. Love it! Printed Candles Who doesn’t love a candle? Think about how many different stamps you could use to customize this project. tutorial Hot Chocolate Art! What a great gift for neighbors and teachers… I am personally a hot chocolate lover so this would make a great gift for me tutorial Tile Coaster You can buy these plain tiles at Home Depot for under a dollar. I’ve seen them with family pictures also… Way cute! tutorial Bow Belt I was amazed how easy this tutorial was. So Pretty! tutorial Paper Plate Clock Cheap?

Photo Tile Coasters {Using Resin} Last Christmas I almost had a breakdown... We had just moved in to our home the month before, but I didn't want to let that prevent us from having the holliest jolliest Christmas. My intentions were good. I wanted to make Christmas special for everyone, but I learned the hard way that I should have been planning ahead!! And that's how it happened. Well, with this project I created an anniversary gift AND a Christmas gift. While I was in Utah, my sweet cousin Michelle showed me a couple of projects using resin. Here's how I made these photo coasters... I started out with a trip to Home Depot. Next, I ordered some photos. Only 13 cents a print at Costco! I used a regular old Elmer's glue stick to paste each picture onto the tiles. I won't give a full tutorial on using resin because each product is a little different. After mixing the resin with the hardener, I just poured it on! Then it took them a full 24 hours to harden up! All done! Now these are stinkin' cute!! Happy weekend!

DIY Citrus Salt Scrub It’s that time of year. Where you need all the exfoliation you can get! Everyone wants fabulous beach-ready skin! What you will need: 1 cup sea salt 1/4 cup vegetable oil (or olive, almond or coconut oil) 1/2 tsp lemon juice (or zest) 1/2 tsp orange zest (not necessary) photo credit: via First mix the oil and sea salt together. How to exfoliate: Clean body as normal in shower. Now I’m ready for the beach. # kristanlynn xoxo *Like what you see?

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