With string and circle stickers, you can create simple and gorgeous party garland.
A simple crochet chain stitch can lead to many creative possibilities. In this DIY, learn how to create garlands by crocheting paper twine then adding colorful embellishments.
Add botanical inspiration to your space, with this tissue paper flowers DIY.
Spruce up an old collared shirt with an eclectic mix of buttons.
Enjoy this crochet and style inspiration.
I always have many projects going on at once. Here are a few of my DIY ideas in progress.
Where can you find the color red? See results of a recent outing I had with a photography Meetup group.
With leather scraps and upholstery thread, see how to make an offbeat clutch.
I recently completed a custom order for a Pastor in Chicago who contacted me
. Her church is working on an Easter play, and she wanted a few paper crowns made that could rest on pillows. The crowns needed to sturdy and glittery, and in colors of biblical royalty (gold, silver, purple).
Here's what I made:
I used recycled cereal boxes as the base for these crowns, then decoupaged them with gold and purple paper purchased from
. Here is how one looked pre-decoupaged:
I then added glitter by using painter's tape to separate the area that I didn't want glitter applied. It created a nice, color-blocked effect. Finally, I applied an adhesive (one with
, the other with
) on the outside as a sealant and protectant. I actually prefer Modge Podge over Paper Source's PVA glue because it leaves a flat, matte texture without any stickiness. It was good to experiment, though.
Spruce up a floor lamp with wrapped clothesline. It's a simple and inexpensive way to add a unique touch to your home decor.
Discover how to make your own storage frame or shadow box using old raisin, cereal or frozen dinner boxes.
Still, the goal of a "something better" is peeling off. "Something is" is now taking its place, and I like this something. I appreciate the person that I am, and see its place in a society I still feel detached from. Perhaps, hopefully, inclusion will come. For now, the true self in me is coming to light. I am looking at it, and it is vulnerable and strong, wonderful and imperfect. It has a role here, in the here and now. It is still unfolding, and I appreciate the privilege of observing it. I cherish the "aha!" moments.
May I forever keep this childlike wonder. May I never be grown, but always growing.
This appreciation for growth is inextricably linked to the things I create. I am amazed at seeing my hands slowly form something. If I see progress, no matter how small, I can wait for it to fulfill itself. I have faith that it will fulfill itself, and this fulfillment leads to my own fulfillment.
I wonder if this is what God, The Mystery felt when he and she created the world. I wonder if there was a moment when they suddenly became overwhelmed at the revelation that they would never be the same. They were now Creators, and the old things were now passed away. These small, fragile, erratic things they made now defined them, and thus an interdependence was born. The universe's first true circle, perhaps?
Creation is spiritual, no matter what it is that you are creating. In it lies the mystery of possibility, and possibility is where The Mystery dwells. Have faith that it's imperfect perfection will make itself known, and that you, the real you, will see it and never be the same.
Using a rectangular scarf ( about 63 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches), here's how I make a very, very, very simple head wrap. This works nice with flow-y, silky scarves, which are not too long.
Hold the ends tight in front of you.
- A paper cutter or pair of scissors
- A few sheets of 8 ½ x 11 paper - I used Stardream Gold from Paper Source.
- Modge Podge or some other strong adhesive
- A ruler
- A pencil
- A bone folder
Do this until all three are joined together.
A recent trip to Goodwill inspired this DIY bunny ear headpiece. I love it so much. Really, I do. This is the second item I made for the New York/New Jersey Division of Goodwill's Halloween Challenge, in which they asked a few of their favorite bloggers to create thrifted Halloween looks for under $30. See the first one here.
The headband and wire base for my bunny ears were purchased from Goodwill. I used paper and yarn that I already owned to add the finishing touches. Aren't they adorable?!
- Thrifted wire stems. I'm not sure what gauge they were but I'm sure you can find something similar in a craft store.
- 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper from Paper Source (I used the Peacock color)
- Double-sided tape that is a half inch wide
- Cotton Ease yarn from Lion Brand (I used the Hazelnut color - Lot 39024D)
- A cheap headband from the 99 cent store
- A bone folder
- Modge Podge glue
- A plastic, disposable bowl
- A paintbrush
- A pair of needle-nose pliers (not shown in the image below)
I recently was given the opportunity to make a craft project for Etsy, the world's premier online marketplace for handmade goods, vintage and supplies! In the spirit of Halloween, I created a fun, simple and kid-friendly paper crown. My goddaughter Zoé took time out of her busy schedule to model it for me :)
Get the full tutorial here.
I decided to make three necklaces with three types of beads.
I used black waxed cording for the green and yellow beads. For the large brown ones, I used red hemp twine.