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The Butterfly Project...

The Butterfly Project...
A few weeks ago I shared a pic of some butterfly punch-outs I had done from a Pottery Barn catalog (it was a really colorful picture of some towels all stacked together). I had seen a picture that Ali Edwards made of butterflies all lined up and punched from many different colors of paper (which gave me some serious inspiration in the butterfly department). I decided that I wanted to do something similar but with a different spin! I started working on this little project Saturday afternoon. I seem to have loads ideas that do not always turn out as I had envisioned them... so I figured I had better test carefully to make sure this was going to work out! In my day job I get a lot of really fine paper samples in the mail. Cougar paper had sent me sample called Ode to the Earth. I knew this was just the project for it! Picking the piece to use was the hardest part of this whole thing! You can faintly see pencil marks in 4 spots on the paper. Here is a side view of the finished piece... P.S.

Big-Ass Book Of Crafts I was sent a review copy* of The Big-Ass Book Of Crafts from the publisher. This is the point where I have to admit that I'm TV illiterate ... even more than I usually am since we canceled our cable almost a year ago. So, when I got an email from Mark Montano himself, I wasn't star-struck until I wikipedia'd him. Could he be on more shows? Even though I haven't seen his design-y exploits in action, after reading this book, I have a great sense of his infectious enthusiasm. Although you've gotta question using "Big-Ass" in the title of a book marketed to women ... tee hee .. the book really *is* big-ass. 3-D Blossom Box on page 18. Round-Mirror Tiled Mosaic Table on page 112. Bubble Stationery and Envelopes on page 316. My two absolute favorite projects are: Baby Head Paperweight on page 56. Everything in the plate section, Dishing it Out, starting on page 124. The Big-Ass Book Of Crafts is a down-and-dirty, super-thrifty, practical book of craft projects that's brimming with enthusiasm.

Crystal Egg Geodes - Martha Stewart Easter Geodes can be grown without using egg dye. The resulting crystals are clear to milky white, like quartz. While large chicken eggshells are suggested in this process, larger eggshells can be used. Simply increase the size of the plastic or glass container and double or triple the amounts of dye (1 packet), alum (3/4 part), and water (2 parts) used to create the growing solution. This Easter craft from Jim "Figgy" Noonan doubles as a science project, offering an opportunity to show kids the crystallization process at work. To make a fluorescent variation for Halloween, substitute the water and egg dye solution with glow water. Resources: If you don't want to blow your own egg or would like to try a larger eggshell, pre-blown shells are available from The Eggery Place.

How to Make Paper Ranunculus To start the new year of our paper flower series we will begin with the delicate ranunculus. When I had my flower shop many years ago, this was a wedding bouquet favorite. The ranunculus comes in an array of colors but my favorite was this pale peachy pink with the slight green centers. For these paper flowers I used a regular copy paper to mirror the delicate petals of the original. Just download and print the PDF template of my pink ranunculus, gather your scissors and hot glue gun and follow the tutorial below. Enjoy! Lia Lia is a daily crafter, maker, designer and DIYer.

DIY Chandelier Flirty Home Decorating Idea Intro to Project Step #1 - Locate a Chandelier Step #2 - Purchase Light Shades Step #3 - Paint the Chandelier Step #4 - Replace Missing Crystals Step #5 - Buy Regular Beads Step #6 - Find Specialty Beads Step #7 - Gather other supplies: wire, crystals, pliers, wire cutters, etc. Step #8 - Wire Wrap Crystals Step #9 - Make Simple Flowers Step #10 - Make Beaded Vines and Leaves Step #11 - Make Double TIered Fancy Flowers Step #12 - Make Beaded Tubes to Hide Light Fixtures Step #13 - Make Beaded Dragonflies Step #14 - Make Beaded Butterflies Step #15 - Make Wire Scrolls Step #16 - Put it all together

DIY Macrame Rhinestone Bracelet I’ve got a problem. I can’t walk out of a fabric store without at least purchasing a handful irresistible notions: fancy rhinestone buttons, delicate lace trim, multi-colored embroidery floss . . . I can go on. So what to do with all the random, yet wonderfully sparkly, buttons I seem to have collected over time?! You’ll need:3 yards of 0.8mm Chinese knotting cord1 large rhinestone button1 small rhinestone buttonembroidery needletapescissorslighter Cut the knotting cord into one 20″ strand and one 60″ strand. Pull the left cord under the right and middle strands and through the loop on the right side. Continue the square knot by folding the left cord over the middle strands and under the right cord. Pull tightly and repeat the steps – left, right, left, right . . . Thread the large rhinestone button onto the 2 middle strands. To finish the bracelet, thread each of the side cords onto a needle and sew up the center through 2-3 knots along the backside. Stack stack away!

Build/Make/Craft/Bake: How-to: Hammered flower and leaf prints Get out the hammer, it's how-to Tuesday and we have some botanical prints to make! I learned this technique, which makes an image using the natural dyes in plants, from my college roommate Sarah. It's great for making cards or simple botanical prints. Actually, you'll need a little more than just a hammer. Here's a supply list: flowers or leaves to printwatercolor or other rough, acid-free paperselection of hammers (including ball-peen or cross-peen, if possible)hard work surface (cutting board, slab of wood, etc.)paper towelsscissorspentweezers or toothpicksacrylic finishing spray (optional) Start by going on a walk or visiting your garden to find leaves and flowers to work with. Then set up your work surface. Next, trim any chunky or squishy bits off of the plants and arrange them on your watercolor paper. Cover the plant with 2-3 layers of paper towels. On the paper towels, sketch the borders of the area you'll need to hammer. Peel back the paper towel to check your progress.

Easy Art Idea: Make Framed Branches With the cooler weather moving into most parts of the continent, it is a good time to tackle all those tree branch projects we've seen here on Curbly. Today I've got an easy and eye-pleasing project to add to your to-make list. Tracie at Cleverly Inspired shares how she turned some garage sale items into a fabulous piece of fall/winter art. I know this project can be completely free if you already have a frame you like taking up space around the house. Just take a staple gun to some of your salvaged tree branches and you've got art! Tagged : branches, art, winter, home decor, DIY

CRAZY SIMPLE DIY BOOKENDS Greg and I had a doozy of a weekend. We set out to tackle our major to-do list which consisted of boring stuff like filing, blog maintenance, getting the oil changed, clearing off the patio, etc. Just when we were about done… it’s Monday. Ugh. Nevertheless, over the course of our ultra busy weekend, I managed to finally finish unpacking my office stuff and load the final pieces into the new storage furniture (more on those here). I grabbed one of the extra bricks we have stacked up next to the carport and wrapped it with a piece of scrapbook paper. I followed her easy instructions and instantly had a one-of-a-kind, personalized bookend. A full “Storage Cabinets: Cribs Style” post is coming your way on Wednesday, but until then, here’s a sneak peak – and what the new bookend looks like in the newly organized cabinet: Since a post is always 100% better with a cute photo of a furry animal, here’s a shot of Bentley basking in the sunlight on the patio this weekend… He thinks he’s hot stuff.

Drink Can Butterflies For some time and for reasons I'm not entirely sure of, I have been trying to find a good use for used soda cans. I have tried making a mini chest of draws, gift boxes (there is a very good Instructable by Mangetout for that) and cookie cutters, the latter worked very well and went down a treat when I used it to make Peppa Pig cake decorations for my Goddaughters 2nd Birthday. Then last week I stumbled on the art of Paul Villinski, who turns old Beer cans into beautiful works of art by making them into butterflies and birds. I find the process quite addictive which is handy as I intend to make a lot of these and use them to create wall art in a way similar to Villinski's, you could also turn them into fridge magnets or perhaps stick them to hair clips. I hope you both enjoy, and find this Instructable useful.

Packing Tape Image Transfers | Lil Blue Boo I love image transfers. It’s something I’m always using in my journals but there are so many other fun uses for them. All you need to make a transfer is a photocopy of an image or words and packing tape. You can also use printouts from a laser printer or magazine pages. Inkjets will not work because they are not heat based toner. First, take a strip of packing tape and place it over the images you want to transfer: Then use the back of your scissors or the side of your fingernail to make sure the tape is adhered firmly: Next, dip the tape and paper into a bowl of water to wet the back: Using your fingers, start to rub off the paper from the back of the tape: Like magic….your image is left behind on the tape! I like to use the transfers to wrap special letters before I mail them. It’s like having custom tape: Another idea is to take a small canvas and use the images for artwork: I used a paint brush to add craft paint to bubble wrap to use it as a stamp: I just used my hand to press it down:

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