DIY Organizer For A Home Office If your working space is a mess, organize it making a paper and newspaper holder of a piece of wood and plastic. For this craft you’ll need 3 plastic bottles, a piece of wood, 3 can tops, a knife, scissors, a screwdriver, a ruler, an awl and some screws. Cut the top of the bottles, don’t deform them; using the awl or a drill make holes in the tops of the bottles. Screw the bottles to the slab of wood and from the other side fix some screws for hanging on the wall. If you don’t like the edges of the bottles you can decorate them with some braids.
Recycled PET Plastic Bottle Plant Sculptures by Veronika Richterová Photo by Michal Cihlář Czech artist Veronika Richterová creates new life from repurposed plastic PET bottles. For the last decade the artist has used various methods of cutting, heating, and assemblage to build colorfully translucent forms of everything from crocodiles to chandelier light fixtures to plants. Her obsession with plastic bottles doesn’t stop with creating artwork, Richterová has also collected over 3,000 PET plastic objects from 76 countries and writes extensively about the history and usage of plastic in her article A Tribute to PET Bottles. You can see hundreds more sculptures in her online gallery. String art thread and milk jug necklace Spring is here! I love feeling the warmer temperatures and seeing the trees bursting with delicate pink and white blooms. And I don't know about you, but I can't wait to exchange my dark, winter wardrobe for a lighter, more colorful one. Inspired by the warmer weather and this gorgeous necklace from Modcloth, I welcomed the new season by crapting a wearable, string art necklace out of two materials: a milk jug and embroidery thread. Materials: - empty milk jug, cleaned and dried - scissors - hole puncher - 2 colors of embroidery thread - Sharpie marker Directions: Step 1: Cut up your milk jug so that you have a flat surface to draw on. Step 2: Trace four circles onto your milk jug. Step 3: Use your hole punch and punch out two holes in your circles, one across from the other. Step 4: Take your embroidery thread and wrap it around a disk, sliding the string into the different slits to create whatever design you choose. Welcome Spring!
8 Clever Uses for Plastic Straws Have you ever pried a straw out of the mouth of a young child, only to find it macerated and dripping in saliva? Let’s all let out a collective “eeeewww.” In general, my “clever uses” articles are meant to teach people how to get a second use out of something disposable. In the case of straws, I’m honestly going to have to suggest that you be very picky about which straws you reuse. I really don’t expect anyone to reuse chewed up, spit-covered drinking straws. Now: It is not too gross to wash plastic drinking straws and save them for DIY projects. When the plastic drinking straws are clean and dry and you’ve amassed a decent-sized collection, try your hand at one of the following projects. Drinking straw lamp shade: The L.A. The straw cluster chandelier: Design Sponge featured a spiky-looking straw cluster chandelier. Woven coasters: According to Country Living, woven drinking straws are a great material to make coasters from. Do you have any great uses for drinking straws?
100 Awesome Art Lessons on YouTube Whether you’re getting your bachelor’s degree in painting, graphic design or sculpture, there’s so much to learn about art — from its lush history to materials — that it can sometimes feel overwhelming. Yet art students shouldn’t fret. There’s a whole lifetime ahead to learn and numerous resources both in the classroom and outside of it for expanding your knowledge. One great place to seek out help with becoming a better artist is on YouTube. Drawing From how to sketch parts of the body to the best materials to use, these videos will help educate you on all things drawing-related. How to Draw a Realistic Eye: Eyes have been called the window to the soul, and if you want to create a realistic portrait you have to get them just right to give your drawing the emotion it needs. Painting There are many kinds of paint, from oil to watercolor, so it can take a long time to truly become a master at any one of them, let alone multiple media. Illustration Photography Graphic Design Sculpture Comics
Lantern With Christmas Lights I'm still here! I wish you all a happy new year 2013 filled with joy and happiness! To start the year, a simple idea to use your Christmas lights throughout the year!A pictures tutorial, you will find explanations of each step below. Siguo aquí! 1.Take a large bottle of soda 2.Cut the neck 3.Make an opening to pass the electrical outlet 4.Fill with light string 5.It starts to be pretty 6.Wrap and stick a sheet of paper around the bottle 1.Tomar una botella grande de refresco 2.Cortar el cuello 3.Hacer una abertura para pasar la toma de corriente 4.Llenar con las luces 5.Empieza a ver se bonito 6.Enrollar y pegar una hoja de papel alrededor de la botella Caution, use only strings with LED bulbs. Precaución, utilice sólo luces de bombillas LED.
Swiss Candy Jewelry I call it Swiss Candy Jewelry because it loosely resembles Swiss cheese and the Haribo Gummi candies they sell all over central Europe. Similar to the process used in the Sparkling and Melting Flowers, this tutorial uses the magical properties of #6 recyclable plastic. Materials: * Five #6 recyclable plastic cups * Heat source (like a well ventilated oven) * Chain or wire to use as necklace base and links * Pliers Cost: Free for me (I already had cups leftover from a party and an old junk necklace, but I imagine this could be assembled for less than $10) Time: 60 minutes for the blue statement necklace, 20 minutes for the pink pendant 1. 4. Variation in pink.
wind-up paper butterflies are my fave (guest post from amelia) I had a baby so I’ve invited some fave guests to take over for me while I spend time with the little guy. Today’s post is from super crafter and cute mom, Amelia of The Homebook. Growing up, I had an aunt who lived in Canada. Every year for my birthday she’d send me a card and a fancy little gift. I made my butterflies into Monarchs, but you could use different materials to create any sort of colorful butterfly. Materials: You’ll need heavy cardstock, 24 gauge wire, silicone rubber bands (I found mine in the hair aisle at Walgreens) needle-nose pliers, scissors, tape, a paintbrush, a black marker, and a white ink pen. Step 1: Measure and cut your wire. Step 2: Find the center of the longer wire. Step 5: Find the center of the shorter wire, and wrap it around the base of the paintbrush. Step 8: Draw the shape of your wings and cut them out. Step 11: Tape each wing to the body of the butterfly. Thanks for the chance to finally figure out how these darned things are made, Melanie!
Plastic Hearts Mobile - Valentine's Day An idea of decoration for valentine's day recycling plastic bottles (again ;). It's very simple and totally doable with your kids. Una idea de decoración con botellas de plástico recicladas para el día de San Valentín. Es muy simple y lo pueden hacer con sus hijos. Get some plastic bottles, any size. Agarren botellas de cualquier tamaño. Decorate the rings with permanent marker, I made flowers, hearts, lines, or write what you want .... use your imagination! Decoran los anillos con marcador permanente, hice flores, corazones, líneas o escriban lo que quieran .... utilice su imaginación! Then fold rings twice (see photo) to form a heart! Luego doblan los anillos dos veces (ver foto) para formar un corazón Do as many as you want! Hacer tanto como lo desean! Pass a thread with a needle through the heart to hang them together, end with a node. Pasar un hilo con una aguja a través de los corazónes para colgar los juntos, terminan con un nodo.
Thrifty DIY: Encyclopedia Flowers | Design Improvised The last time I was at the Goodwill, I found myself in the book section. You'd be surprised at how many good books you can nab there for 99 cents a piece! Then I saw a few lonely encyclopedias - some strays no longer with their original set. I feel kind of sad for these obsolete relics of the past, don't you? So I grabbed the G-H volume for 99 cents and got to work giving them a new life in flower form! While I'm not crazy about the idea of tearing up books, encyclopedias (especially single volumes) seem to be a good bet for not being used again. You could use just the encyclopedia pages for a more vintage look, but being the color-loving girl I am I had to layer in some bright colored tissue paper as well! Supplies for Encyclopedia Flowers Encyclopedia or other book with large, thin sheets of paperTissue paper (I found the particular pack of colors shown at Target!) How to Make Encyclopedia Flowers 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
Quilling 101: Gilded Earrings This is Part 3 of a three part quilled jewelry series. Each pattern is designed for the person who is brand new to the craft. The first two designs can be found here and here. All are for personal use only. If you like to give handmade presents, here's an idea... make stylish drop earrings from gilded-edge quilling paper. Quilling isn't nearly as complicated as you might think... after a bit of practice it becomes very relaxing to do, just like knitting or crocheting. Gold-edged strips, even though they look rich and oh-so-shiny are just $5.00/package; many pairs of earrings can be made from one purchase. Enough chit-chat, let's get on with the how-to! Supplies: Quilling paper - gold-edged black (1/8 inch standard strips) or cut your own light to medium weight paper in any color using a craft knife, metal-edged ruler, and cutting mat. Instructions: 1. 2. Press against one side of coil with a T-pin or ball head pin to create a dome. Pinch a sharp point at each end. 4. 5. Notes: