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.
I always have many projects going on at once. Here are a few of my DIY ideas in progress.
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.
- 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 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.
Life is an accumulation of moments; a slow, cyclical building. Isn't it profound to think about? Exhalation and inhalation. The stubborn progressiveness of life, in spite of tragedies that seem to halt us and loves that churn seconds into honeyed butter. Regardless of mistakes that break us, life does not stop to rebuild. It moves.
Accumulation, building and repetition (breathe in, breathe out) are things that I think about when working on my rug, my longest, ongoing project to-date. It is taking months to make this and I am not halfway done. It will be 75 inches when completed. Over 6 feet tall. Of those 75, as of Sunday, August 26th 2012 I have 15 1/2 completed.
Each row takes about 1 1/2 hours to complete. I do it mostly en route to work. The train is my quiet place, in spite of curious stares. I achieve as doors open and close.
I want this project to be the first of many large-scale creations that serve a purpose. Things that reuse and recycle; that puts discarded materials to good use; that confronts the human construct of waste. I want to help, and clean up. I want to understand, and be a reflection of that understanding.
I want to build, so I build.
Create a bohemian, carefree necklace using hemp twine and a simple macrame technique.
This project requires very minimal materials. In addition to the hemp twine, all you need are scissors, a thumbtack and wall that you don't mind pushing the thumbtack through.
I purchased waxed hemp twine from
To make the necklace, first cut two strands of the hemp twine, about 25 feet in length each. This proved to be way too much for my necklace, but I would rather have more than less. You can experiment with different lengths, if you prefer.
Place the two pieces of twine together, then make a simple knot in the middle. You should now have four strands of hemp twine to work with.
Push your thumbtack through your wall. If you don't want to put a hole in your wall, you can take down a picture frame and use its nail. You could also use a piece of balsa wood to make this necklace, but I found using this be very difficult to maneuver the long pieces of hemp twine.
This necklace is formed by a series of wraps and knots. To make the wrap:
- Grab one strand of the hemp twine with your left hand, and hold the other three strands in your right hand.
- Pull the single piece in your left hand away from the other strands, then bring it under and over the strands, pulling somewhat tightly.
- Let go of the three strands with your right hand then pick up the single strand using that same hand.
- Pick up the three strands with your left hand. Pull the single strand tightly and repeat, alternating between hands as you go along.
As you are wrapping, periodically push the wrapped twine up with your thumb and index finger. This will help to make sure that your wrap is tight.
Once you have about 3 inches of twine wrapped, grab all four strands of your twine and make a knot at the end of the wrap to keep it in place.
Repeat the above steps until you have a necklace length that you like.
Once you are finished, cut the extra, unwrapped portion of your hemp twine, leaving about 15 inches remaining.
Remove the twine from the wall, then grab the loose ends and insert it through your original starting looping.
You now want to close your necklace. To do this, take one of the four pieces of loose twine and wrap it around both of the other three twine pieces, as well as the starting loop that they are pulled through.
If you prefer, you can pin your necklace to a small piece of balsa wood in order to wrap it on a hard surface. This is optional though. You can do just as well by wrapping it only with your hands.
Once the cord is wrapped, insert the wrapped twine into a large-eye needle. Then, sew it back through the wrap you just made. This will secure the wrap.
The wrapped twine should now be at the opposite end of the other twine ends.
For additional security, and if you have enough twine left, you can sew the twine end through the nearest knot in your necklace, then sew it back through the wrapped previously made.
Once the wrap is secure, you can simply cut the remaining twine ends to complete your necklace. I decided, however, to braid the twine ends in order to incorporate it into the overall look of the necklace.
I like how it turned out.
It also looks great when layered with other jewelry.
Then, use a Sharpie to draw any design that you want on the lid. The filter works best if you have lots of colors.
Voila! You have new filters. Please note that the Sharpie ink may smudge after it is applied on the top of the lid. It does not dry completely.
The pringles lid is too big to fit securely in front of my cameras, but it stayed when I propped it on the top edge of my Canon Rebel T3i. I also just held it in one hand sometimes when I took a few pictures.
Be especially careful that you do not accidentally smudge your camera lens. Also, please be careful that you do not scratch your lens. Make sure the smoothest side of the lid is facing toward it.
At last, I'm finally finished with my hat. In a past post, I mentioned that I would turn it into a bag. However, after making strap holes on it, I just didn't like the way it looked. I want everything I make to be something that I absolutely love and would use all the time, and I knew I wouldn't wear that bag. Besides, I carry way too many things throughout the day. I need big, sturdy bags. As a result, I re-transformed it into a hat and am really happy with the results.
Blocking it was a bit of a struggle, as I assumed it would be. It's very challenging to block cylindrical items. I spent a few weeks obsessing over purchasing a hat block that fit my head measurements, but I was afraid that it wouldn't work with a crocheted item, especially something made with wool yarn. There is a always a bit of elasticity in it, so I was worried that it would be too tight. Providentially, I found a bucket in my house that was the perfect size.
My head measures 22 1/2 inches, and the bucket measures 23 1/2 - 25 inches (it gets bigger at the top). I stopped at about 24 inches. This seemed a bit counterintuitive to block it at this width, but I'm assuming that the reason I needed it this wide is because I folded the hat twice to make a cuff. Anyway, it fits perfectly.
Note: I blocked the top of the hat by laying it flat before I blocked the width of the hat with the bucket.
I'm offering this hat as a made to order item in my shop. It's currently recommended for 22-23 inch head sizes, but more sizes will be added as soon as I figure out how to properly block them :)
Here is a simple craft project that reminds me of this idea. I decided to use the backing of an old frame I had, but this can easily be done with a cardboard box or even a cereal box. It makes a fun craft that parents and children can do together, too.
The supplies I used were:
- scrap pieces of paper (the more diverse the better)
- a pencil
- a small heart paper punch
- glue sticks (one was really enough for me)
- a box cutter
- a cutting board
- Modge Podge
- a paintbrush
- a sheet of plastic, along with a plate or bowl
Then, I began punching out hearts from my scrap paper.
In order to get the most hearts out of each piece of paper, I found it helpful to have the back side of the paper punch facing me. That way I could determine the proper placement.
Once I had enough hearts, I applied some glue to their back side with my glue stick. Then, I glued them onto my frame backing.
The supplies I used were a pair of pliers (particularly made for jewelry-making), mercerized cotton yarn, a small clasp, a small jump ring, a pair of scissors and, of course, my thrifted tea infuser.
Make sure that the yarn you use is thin enough to go through your infuser's holes.
Then, I open up my jump ring with my pliers, and inserted the clasp in the jump ring. Once the clasp was inserted, I put the jump ring through the top of my tea infuser's chain and closed it.
Then, I created a ball big enough to fit into my infuser from my yarn. A good tutorial for creating a yarn ball can be found here.
Then, I inserted the end of the yarn ball through one of the top holes of my infuser.
I am adding a little right triangle in the bag's design. I think I will add this to each order for this bag I get. I intend to sell it in my shop once it is finished.
This bag is similar to the "Process" bag I showed in my very first blog post. However, instead of having the strap wrap around the bag like that one, I am going to have a simple drawstring bag. It will also be unlined.