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About erin

My name is Erin Lund and I share ideas and inspiration over at Lovesome (link: www.feelinglovesome.blogspot.com). I live in Seattle, Washington with my husband and toddler-son, and have grown to love the rain, it gives me extra time inside for crafting and creating! As a preschool-teacher-turned-mother I love coming up with kid-friendly crafts, as well as pretty little projects for myself that make life a little more fun.

Make Your Own Party Hat

By General Crafts Contributor Erin from the blog Lovesome.

Make a Party Hat. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

My little guy had a birthday recently, and specifically requested that we have party hats on his big day. I hit up all the usual stores and all the party stores near us and could not find anything that I liked. So I decided to try making my own, and love how they turned out! This is a quick project, and the result is custom, inexpensive, adorable party hats.

Here’s what you need:

tracing

First, trace your plate onto your cardstock or poster board. One circle will make two party hats. Draw a line down the center of the circle, giving you two half-circles, and then cut out your two half-circles.

stripes

Decorate your half-circle.We had a little construction themed party, so I thought black and white stripes on yellow paper would be cute. Do what you like for your party, and include your kids if you want. Watercolor, fingerpaints, and stickers would be fun too!

tape

On the “wrong” side of the half-circle, put a strip of double-sided tape along the edge. A line of glue would work too.

clothespin

Fold your half-circle into a cone, bringing the corners together so the edges overlap, creating your party hat. You can determine the size of the party hat at this point. For a smaller hat, use more overlap, for a larger hat, overlap less. If you use glue, stick a clothespin over the seam to let it dry.

hole

Punch a hole on each side of the hat, about a half-inch above the bottom, and thread your string or elastic through each hole, tying tight knots to secure the string. Once the hat is on, you can tie a little bow under your chin to keep the hat from falling off.

DIY Party Hats at ThinkCrafts.com

I topped my hat off by gluing a pom pom on top. I love the pop of blue and the added whimsy. Once the glue is dry, your hat is ready to party! Have fun!

 

Fabric Covered Jar

By General Crafts Contributor Erin from the blog Lovesome.

DIY Scrap Fabric Pencil Holder - Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

Here’s a fun project that is perfect for a back-to-school teacher gift, makeup brush holder, or a catch-all for pencils and trinkets. It’s easy and the customizing is endless! So let’s jump right in!

What you need:

  • fabric (a fat quarter will be more than enough, scraps work great!)
  • clear jar
  • glue
  • container to hold glue mixture
  • craft stick

What to do:

scissors

First, cut your fabric into strips. Make them as wide as you want, but make sure you measure your jar to see how tall they need to be. I used about 8 strips for my small-ish jar.

glue

Next, make your glue mixture, mixing equal parts water and glue. You want the consistency to be like runny paint. Stir it until mixed through.

making1

Dip your fabric strips in the glue mixture one by one, making sure to fully immerse the fabric. My fabric was a little water resistant at first, but once I immersed the whole thing it soaked the mixture right up.

making

Position your soaked fabric strip inside the jar, and use the craft stick to smooth it down and remove any bubbles. Continue until the whole jar is covered. Don’t worry about any glue that pools up in the bottom or the jar. You can easily wipe it up with a paper towel when you are finished, and the glue dries clear, so you won’t notice it at all when it’s all dry.

DIY Scrap Fabric Pencil Holder - ThinkCrafts.com

Let it dry over night before you put anything in it, and then you have a one-of-a-kind jar for holding whatever your heart desires! As I said before, this would make a fun teacher gift, using fun colors and a mason jar. Or a pretty floral fabric would look cute with markers or makeup brushes inside. It would also be pretty to use different fabrics and make it look like patchwork. The possibilities are endless!

DIY Fabric Pencil Holder - Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

Have fun!

DIY Story Stones

By General Crafts Contributor Erin from the blog Lovesome.

DIY Story Stones. Easy and beautiful DIY toys. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

Have you guys ever seen a set of story stones? I ran across some a few weeks ago and knew I had to make some for my son. I love toys that allow endless possibilities for playing and imagination, and these do just that. Throw in how personal and fun they are, and we have a winner!

Here’s the scoop:

You will need:

smooth stones

acrylic paint 

paintbrushes

some type of varnish or acrylic sealer

 

What to do:

stones

1. Find stones that are smooth and large enough to paint a picture on. If you don’t have any that work laying around outside, you can always buy some.

 

2. Clean your stones. I used a baby wipe to get the dirt off. Let them dry completely before painting.

 

3. Using a pencil, lightly draw your picture on the stone. It is much easier to draw and wipe off mistakes than to mess up when you’re painting, I know from experience!

Painted Stones

4. Paint the silhouette of the picture using white paint. This step is not a must, but your colors will be much more vibrant and true if they have a white backdrop.

DIY Story Stones. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

5. Once the white silhouette is dry, start painting your pictures. Choose things that are special for your child, and try to think about what pictures would make the best stories. And if you’re like me, think of things that are easy to draw! Older kids would love making their own story stones, so involve them too.

Beautifully Simple DIY toy- Story Stones from ThinkCrafts.com

6. Once the paint is completely dry, use an acrylic sealer or varnish to seal the rocks and paint. This will make them last much longer.

DIY Story Stones for imaginative play. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

My son absolutely loves his story stones, and I love that he has another outlet for playing and using his imagination. Have fun!

Project Life

By General Crafts Contributor Erin from the blog Lovesome.

You guys, I have a confession. I don’t scrapbook. Ever.  I don’t know what it is, but I just can’t get into it! Too many papers and punches and adhesives, it’s overwhelming! So I ooh and aah when I see the beautiful scrapbooks my friends have made, and silently dream of the day when my pictures can look as pretty as theirs.

 

Well, imagine my excitement when I started hearing about Project Life. It’s meant to be a hybrid, an in-between for people like me and real scrapbookers. It is as simple or as complex as you want it to be.

Project Life Album

It’s basically a (beautiful) photo album with different pocket pages. There are tons of layouts for the pages, so you can make it as easy as printing photos and sticking them in the pockets, or you can scrap your heart out and embellish the heck out of those pages. Either way, it’s easy and fun and gets your pictures off your computer and into albums that you will actually look through and pass on to your kids.

 

Project Life Layout by Erin at ThinkCrafts.com

 

I decided to go the digital route and embellished my photos in Photoshop. I like a clean look, so it was perfect for me to add a few words and graphics here and there, print them off, and stick them in the photo pockets. Easy!

 

Black and White Layout - Photos and Cards

 

There are also tons of different sized cards that you can decorate and stick in the pockets. They are great for journaling special moments or decorating to make the page extra cute. I think it would be fun to let kids help out and color or paint some of the cards. Artwork made by little hands would be such a fun touch! I just printed some crosses on mine, I like the graphic punch they add to the page.

 

Project Life Cards Texture

 

I’m kind of a paper nerd, so the texture of the cards made me really happy. They are a great weight and have a beautiful texture. It’s the little things, right?
Something else that made me giddy is the fact that there are hundreds of cute printables all over the internet that people have made just for Project Life albums. I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to printables that I can print off and stick in the picture pockets. So easy!

 

Project Life Layout from Erin at ThinkCrafts.com

 

I think what I love the most about Project Life is that there are no expectations. It’s just meant to be fun and easy and gives me a way to get my photos off of my computer and phone and into albums where my family can enjoy them and the memories they hold.

 

Coffee Filter Flowers

By General Crafts Contributor Erin from the blog Lovesome.

DIY Coffee Filter Flowers. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

I love having fresh flowers in my home. They give such a nice pop of color and bring so much life to a space, I love it! If I had it my way, I would have fresh flowers in every room, all the time. I’ve told my husband that I’ll know we’ve “made it” when I have a standing delivery with a florist to have fresh flowers delivered every week :). Until then (if it ever happens!) I keep trying new ways to get the look, and I have to say, these coffee filter flowers are my favorite! My husband even thought they were real for a few days until I mentioned that I made them. So they pass the test!

 

Let’s get to it!

 

What you need:

What to do:

 

fold

 

 

1. Use 4-8 coffee filters per flower, depending on how full you want it. The more filters you use the more bunched the petals will be, like a carnation. Using less filters will make it look more like a peony.

 

Stack your filters and then fold them into thirds; folding them in half, in half again, and in half again.

 

cut

 

2. Cut the edges off by cutting scallops. This gives the petals their shape at the top, so experiment with different shapes! Loose scallops and sharp points would create interesting flowers, too.

 

I set half of my filters aside and cut them same way, only cutting off more of the filter to make these smaller. The flower bunches better and looks more realistic if the filters are smaller in the middle, and I found that taking 2-3 inches off the filter looked best to me.

 

wire1

 

3. Lay your filters out flat with the smaller filters on top, and coming from the bottom, poke floral wire up through the middle. Pull the wire up a bit, and then poke it back through to the bottom, leaving at least a quarter inch between the two holes (we don’t want any ripping!).

 

wire2

 

Twist the wire in the back to secure it.

 

scrunching

 

4. Now it’s time to bunch the filters and shape the flower. Start with the top filter, and scrunch it between your fingers. It naturally scrunches nicely, but you will want to shape it.

 

complete scrunch

 

Continue adding one layer at a time until the flower is completely shaped.

 

5. Wrap the floral wire around the base of the flower making sure to keep everything nice and tight.

 

tape

 

6. You could wrap the base and wire with floral tape, or you could stick a skewer into the base and wrap it as well. I like doing this if the flower will be in a vase, it keeps it nice and upright.

 

Once you have your skewer nice and tight, start at the base of the flower and wrap the wire and skewer with floral tape, all the way to the bottom.

 

nightstandcollage

 

7. Now the fun part!

The reason I like these flowers more than tissue paper flowers is because you can really customize the color, and the filters absorb and hold the color really well making the flowers look realistic.

 

I have experimented with three ways of coloring these:

1. Painting the finished product with watercolors

2. Dying the filter in food coloring and water BEFORE making the flowers (make sure they dry completely before you start)

3. Dipping the finished flower in food coloring and water and letting it dry

 

All of these methods produced beautiful flowers. Dipping the finished product was the fastest, but one flower did slip out of the floral tape and fell apart, so keep that in mind. It was fun to mix food coloring and get varied colors on the filters, but I also love the look of the ones that have been hand painted. They look the most real to me and have a stiffer texture that might allow the flower to be more protected from little hands.

 

Have fun with it, and enjoy some new, long-lasting flowers in your home!

 

Make Your Own Rainstick

By General Crafts Contributor Erin from the blog Lovesome.

Learn how to make your own rainstick over at ThinkCrafts.com

My son’s music box was in need of some new instruments recently, so I decided it would be fun to make him a rainstick. My sister had one growing up and I have fond memories of curling up with it and listening to the sound of rain as I turned it over and over. It was surprisingly easy to make and uses supplies that you might already have on-hand.

Here’s the scoop:

You need:

  • a cardboard tube (stronger than a paper towel roll, I used a wrapping paper tube, but a shipping tube would be even better)
  • finishing nails
  • duct tape
  • uncooked beans or rice

Here’s what to do:

1. Find a cardboard tube that is heavy-duty enough to hold up to the nails, beans, and little hands that will be touching it. I used one that came in a wrapping paper roll and cut it down with a utility knife. A shipping tube would be awesome, but I wanted to use what I had on-hand. My tube is about 2 inches in diameter and 15 inches long, and is thick enough that it was tricky for me to bend it.

Wrapping Paper Tube

2. Push your nails through the tube, either with a hammer or with your finger (mine didn’t need a hammer). I spaced mine about every inch or so, tested it out, and then added a few more. The more nails you have the longer it will take the beans and rice to travel down the tube, and the better the sound will be.

Finishing Nails

Make sure your nails don’t go all the way through the tube. You want to leave some space for the beans and rice to fall through. It should look like the picture above.

Duct Tape Collage

3. Following the length of the tube, cover one end with duct tape. Make sure there are no holes, and then add some more duct tape around the edge of the tube to secure it at the ends.

4. Next, cover the tube in duct tape. This not only keeps the nails in place but gives you a nice base for decorating. I wasn’t too careful with smoothing out wrinkles because I actually like the faux bois look they give the rainstick.

5. Add the beans and rice to the tube. I didn’t measure, but I would say I added about a half-cup of each. Test it out a few times to make sure you like the sound, and add more if you feel it needs it.

6. Using the same technique as step 3, cover the other end of the tube. Now the whole tube should be covered in duct tape.

Designs

7. Now is the fun part, decorate the tube! I used more duct tape and cut it on a rotary mat with an x-acto knife, but you could include your kids and have them paint, color, use stickers, etc. to finish it off.

DIY your own rainstick from a recycled material. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

Now you’re done and can enjoy the cool sounds of your rainstick!

DIY Patriotic Bunting

By General Crafts Contributor Erin from the blog Lovesome.

Easy Patriotic Bunting from Recycled Materials. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

The 4th of July is coming up (I can’t believe it’s almost July!), and for me that always means barbecues, fireworks, and red, white, and blue. In keeping with the red, white, and blue theme I have a fun DIY, no-sew bunting to share with you today!

Let’s get started, shall we?

What you need:

  • coffee filters
  • red and blue food coloring
  • string, twine, or yarn

What to do:

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