September 23, 2013
Crafts, Floral Crafts, Holidays, Home Decor, Seasons, Spring
By Home Decor Contributor Jennifer from Brave New Home.
Have you ever found a lovely bouquet of flowers at the grocery store and somewhere between taking them out of the wrapper and plopping them into a vase their beauty somehow gets lost?
I’ve been seeing this neat trick for years and finally decided to give it a try. After you get your bouquet home, trim off all the leaves past the height of the vase you’ll be using. Wide mouthed vases with a more narrow base tend to work better for fuller bouquets.
Then, create a tic-tac-toe grid using clear tape on the mouth of the vase. To create thinner strips, I cut my tape in half lengthwise. Start with the most dominant (usually the largest) flower in the center. Then put in the second most dominant flowers grouped together yet staggered around the main flower.
Next, add in your smaller, filler flowers and then finally the filler greens. My bouquet isn’t quite looking professional but it’s a big step up from my original arrangement. And I can’t wait to try this technique again with the next bouquet of flowers I get!
September 22, 2013
Crafts, Kid's Crafts, Seasons, Spring, Summer
By Kid’s Craft Contributor Tracey, from the blog We Made That.
Last month my grandmother fell and hurt her back. She ended up having to go in and have surgery a couple weeks ago, and we knew she would be in the hospital for some time recovering. So, I wanted to put together a goody bag of stuff for her to help brighten her mood and spirits.
The girls and I made a lot of things to go in the goody bag, and one of them were these Sun Catchers. I thought she could hang them from the window in her room and that it might make her smile whenever she saw them. It worked, she loved everything and she did hang the sun catcher in her room. She is doing great and on her way to recovery and we hope she will be home in just a couple more weeks.
My oldest daughter who loves to make things and give everyone presents wanted to make an apple sun catcher to give to her teacher. It is funny, but my daughter has managed to make and give her teacher a gift every week since school started. I sure hope the teacher does not think she is trying to bribe her for a good grade.
If you are looking for a nice gift to brighten someone’s day these are just perfect, and you can make them in any shape you want. All you need are plastic beads and a metal cookie cutter.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and place your cookie cutters on it.
Fill your cookie cutters with the plastic beads.
Place cookie cutters and beads in oven and bake at 400 degrees for 25minutes.
(NOTE: There was a plastic smell in the air when we did this. I just opened the windows and it was fine)
Let them cool for a few minutes once pulled out of the oven
Once cooled just pop them out of the cookie cutters
Use your drill to drill a small hole in each so you can hang them.
Place string through the hole and tie it off.
Now you can give them as a gift or hang them in your window!
August 1, 2013
Crafts, Guest Bloggers, Holidays, Seasons, Spring, Summer
By Guest Blogger Shia Lynn from the blog The Artsy Craftsy
Follow The Artsy Craftsy to explore your own creativity and get inspired. Shia Lynn shares inspiration, craft tutorials, and tips for living a creative lifestyle.
Imagine this scenario- it is last minute for you and your maid of honor. You are running out of time, and you have to juggle your schedule with running errands, getting the dresses ready, photoshoots, cake tasting, visiting your printer and designer for your cards and other dilemmas you have in mind. The last thing you need is to fret about is your wedding favor. Let’s say you are the type that don’t mind ordering 100 over boxes of ready-made chocolates, fine with me. But let’s say you want something personal, meaningful, yet you don’t have the time to get things done. Well, there’s always a solution to a special situation like this. Here is a tutorial on how you can make a quick and easy wedding favor- a wedding favor “Love” theme keychain.
The Picture Tutorial:
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July 13, 2013
Crafts, Jewelry Making, Kid's Crafts, Scrapbooking, Seasons, Spring, Summer
By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog Geek in Glasses.
Pony beads are a part of every child’s life, especially if you go to camp. I had no idea how much fun I could have with pony beads when you turn up the heat on them! I love the look of these flowers. They look like purchased embellishments, but they are made at home in the oven.
Additional Optional Supplies:
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Next arrange the pony beads into the flower shape. I use 5 of one color for the petals and 1 of a different color for the center.
Put the cookie sheet into the oven and turn on a fan, if you have an exhaust fan over your oven, turn that on. The melting plastic gets a little stinky.
Check on the flowers, one set I did for about 10 minutes and they melted together and were more flat. The other set I did for about 5 minutes. The holes of the beads melted shut but the roundness of the bead stayed making the petals more defined. Either way is neat and will work.
Remove the pan from the oven and let them cool – remember they are hot plastic!
Once they are cool peel the wax paper off. Now they can be used as adornments for hair-clips or magnets.
Think about applying glue dots to the back of them and use them as embellishments for the summer scrapbook pages!
July 9, 2013
Crafts, Holidays, Home Decor, Knitting and Crochet, Mother's Day, Seasons, Spring, Summer
By General Crafts Contributor Monica from the blog Mon Makes Things.
I have been wanting to make some pretty crochet coasters for a while now, and I finally whipped some up on a whim this past weekend. I’ve been eyeing these ombre coasters, flower coasters, and rainbow coasters for a bit, and was eager to try something of my own. This pattern works up quickly, which is always nice because lord knows I have been known to give up on lengthy projects…
Stuff You’ll Need:
Cotton Yarn (I used Lily Sugar & Cream in Mod Ombre), Acrylic Yarn in a contrasting color (I used white), Size H (5.0mm) Crochet Hook, Yarn Needle, 9×12″ Piece of Felt, Fabric Glue, Sharp Scissors
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May 21, 2013
Crafts, Floral Crafts, Green Crafting, Spring, Summer
By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!
Spring is officially in full swing, and the well known expression “April Showers brings in May Flowers” is certainly starting to show in our part of the country! The sunny weather and colorful blooms outside my window have been an inspiration to bring the beautiful spring weather into my crafting. I’ve collected a few of my favorite floral inspired crafts over the years to help you celebrate May Flowers too!
Pick a few of your most colorful flowers from the garden and preserve them into these beautiful bookmarks. This way in the wintertime when you’re stuck inside reading, you’ll have something beautiful to get you through the cold weather.
Keep the flowers in your garden and create these beautiful fabric flowers instead. This way, you won’t feel as bad about wearing some beautiful floral accessories.
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May 15, 2013
Crafts, Green Crafting, Kid's Crafts, Spring, Summer
By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the blog A Geek In Glasses.
Summer time is a great time to decorate indoors while all the flowers are decorating the outdoors. We made this bee skep to decorate our house for the summer. The skep was used as a bee hive for centuries, but now they are more for garden decorations. Our project uses a recycled soda bottle and glue, so there is no need for weaving. This is a perfect craft for children, camps or addition to a bee lesson!
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