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CUTE EASTER DAY DIY NECKLACE

Today I’m going to share an easy way of making cute Easter day accessory, right for all ages, without breaking the bank, and having fun at the same time.

 

Materials List: Eraser Erasers – http://www.classroomsupply.com/VALENTINE-ERASERS-36-UNIT/productinfo/852762/

You can buy these erasers from dollar store also and that would be much cheaper.

Ribbon or lace: http://www.joann.com/crafts/ribbons/

Needle: http://www.joann.com/dritz-looped-needle-threader-6-pkg/prd17573/

 

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Use the needed to make a hole in each eraser, preferably on the top-upper edge of the eraser.

 

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Run the string through the hole.

 

2B

 

Now tie a knot to keep the lace from twisting, this will help to keep the eraser stay upright also.
1B

 

You can make single pendant necklace or make multi-pendant necklace with the same thread  (see the picture below). You can use different erasers for different occasions also. The picture below is an example of a necklace made with multiple halloween themed erasers.

 

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Thanks for reading the post and if you enjoyed it or would like to share somethings, please let a comment below.

 

 

Easter Bunny Fabric Banner DIY

What can be better than celebrating Easter by creating a fun DIY Easter Bunny Banner?  So here I’m with how to create this cute DIY banner for you and your family. Hope you all like it.

 

So the first step as always is to make sure you have all the material you need for to create this banner. Prepare the material so that you don’t have to worry about anything when you are in the middle of doing things.

 

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  1. Designer fabric print (of your choice)
  2. Pencil
  3. Pellon iron on backing
  4. Satin ribbon
  5. Rotary cutter or Scissors
  6. Fabric knife
  7. Bunny shape stencil (I couldn’t find one in the market so made my own. It is very easy to make it. If you are good at drawing, draw a bunny shape on a white sheet of paper. The size should be approx 6 x 6 inches. You can also find a bunny shape on internet and print it (if you use a shape from the internet make sure you have the permission to download that artwork).

 

Now we are ready to start with our DIY Easter day banner project-

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Use a bunny shaped stencil to trace the leave pattern on the fabric.

 

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You can trace as many designs as you want on the fabric, just remember to do so on the back of the fabric. I drew 4 buntings, you can draw more or less depending on the length of the banner you want to make.

 

3a

 

Now you need to add firmness  to each bunting. To add weight and stabilize the bunting you would need to add an “Iron On Backing”. You can get them at Jo-Ann (http://www.joann.com) or Hobby Lobby (http://www.hobbylobby.com/) or your local, favorite craft store. (http://www.joann.com/peltex-1-side-fusible-interfacing-20-w-x-10yds/prd49910/)

 

Put your  bunny shape on top of  Iron on Backing. Use hot iron until fabric is fused with Iron on Backing.

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See instructions below in this picture.

 

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Lay a single pennant on a foam board. Cut two small slits on the fabric with fabric knife or scissors.

 

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Repeat the same for all pennants and then put a satin ribbon through the slits of each.

 

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Fun and crazy gifts for kiddos!

A winter themed banner with fun characters and white snow just sparkling. Perfect for kids room to brighten their days during the long, wintery cold months.

This banner is based on my Do it yourself (DIY) project which you can access here (http://bit.ly/wm9lBo) and get step by step instructions for how to make this banner with pictures. I used a floral fabric banner in the project but the technique is the same.

Portrait of a Pot

Recently I’ve been totally into the idea of making art and craft work using everyday use items. Yes really from everyday items, it can be done and it is lot of fun. This didn’t come to me as a flash of insight but instead I came across some amazing artwork like below.

 

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Butterfly Designer Banner Bunting

The cutest and brightest Butterfly banner for girls of all ages. Decorate your room with it or use it as party decor. All your friends are going to love it.

This banner has 8 in long & 9.5 in wide, single sided 5 flags. Attached to a coordinating length of ribbon that measures approximately 47″ in length. Flags are made with designer Cotton Fabric. and 30″ inch extra ribbon is given.

You can adjust the spacing between individual flags as per your needs and it’s so lightweight that you can hang it even with everyday tape!!

 

 

Happy Easter!

Easter Decoration Candle DIY Project

Many of  you commented on and appreciated my earlier DIY projects (St. Patrick day candle and Valentine’s day candle, thanks so much for all the comments.) about how to decorate candles in an easy way. With that I’m encouraged to put one more candle decoration project but this time for Easter.

 

Note: This DIY project idea is inspired by  the blog post “Graphic printed candles DIY” which can be found on the wonderful blog called “Crafty, Scrappy, Happy” by Jaime Lyn.

 

For this candle decoration you can use any photo. For example you can use your family photo, baby photo, sticker, cartoon and even a book picture. In this DIY project I have used a bunny picture from a paper napkin. Let’s get started! First we have to get a picture of our choice and then we will laminate the picture on the candle using liquid wax coating. This is a little tricky part and I’ll explain how to do this below. Once this step is done, I promise you that everybody who looks at this candle will ask you about it and about how did you do it? This is an inexpensive way to custom design your candles. I learned this technique long time back from my art teacher. This is a great way to laminate any art work with wax and save it.

 

Let’s get started. You will need a photo, a plain white candle, scissors and hot liquid paraffin wax.

Easter Candle Decoration DIY

Cut your picture and put it on the white candle.

 

Easter Candle Decoration DIY

 

You can find paraffin wax in your local art store. Make sure that you only use “Paraffin Wax” and don’t try to use just any wax.

 

WARNING: Make sure that you use proper gloves for melting and then handling liquid paraffin wax. Remember to work in a well ventilated area and never heat paraffin wax hotter than 240º F (it will burst into flames).

Easter Candle Decoration DIY

 

Now you can use this liquid wax just as any other paint. So get your painting brush and dip it in and paint over the photo on the candle. Try to give a nice coat of wax all over the photo specially around the edges.

 

Easter Candle Decoration DIY

 

 

Happy Easter Candle Decoration DIY

 

Easter Candle Decoration DIY

 

With this liquid wax painting technique you can laminate a photo on the candle.

 

How are your candle decorations coming along? Share your links/pictures, comments, feedback in the comments below.

 

Happy Easter to you with all best wishes!

 

St. Pat’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day Candle Decoration DIY

 

St. Patrick’s day isn’t too far and I hope that all Irish and Irish American folks and even those who are not Irish but like to celebrate, take part and enjoy all holidays of the world are getting ready –

  • with their Shamrock’s inspired designs for the parade,
  • the big feast,
  • sunday church,
  • dancing and singing along the tune of  wonderful ballad “The Wearing of the Green”
  • and of course who can forget the beer :-).
This DIY is very similar to my earlier “Valentine Candle” DIY project. Please check out the details in that blog post if you want to see the instructions/steps for how to paint a candle, what paints can be used etc.

DIY with XLO 2

DIY with Christmas Leftover Ornaments (XLO) – Part 2

 

 

 

 

This DIY is a follow up to my previous blog post. This DIY is even simple and a lot more fun. All you need for this one are the following items –

  1. Christmas Ornament balls
  2. Black felt
  3. Black permanent marker
  4. Super glue

 

You can draw with permanent marker any face or cartoon character of your choice on the Ornament ball. Use felt to create hat and beard and then glue them to the ball. I created few of them and enjoyed each one. Every time you will create something new and different.

 

I would love to hear about your experiences. Please leave your comments about my blog and DIY projects and feel free to share yours. Go and have some fun.

2012

Happy New Year 2012

 

Hello,

Happy New Year to all my friends! Let’s welcome New Year 2012 with enthusiasm and joy. Let’s welcome new colors of 2012 and make plans to add them to the painting of our life.

 

Happy New Year 2012 Banner (on Etsy)

 

Happy New Year !!

Tahira

Xmas Ornament II

Last minute Christmas Ornaments (DIY) – Part-II

Here I’m as promised in my last post posting few more fun, easy DIY for you to get some more last minute Christmas ornaments on the tree.

 

Step 1: First choose your Christmas ornament design.

  • Check my earlier post to find out how to choose your design or where to find one.
Step 2: List of items you would need for this DIY

Step1: Material List

 

  • Artificial Leather or Vinyl. (You can buy this from your local favorite craft store or from stores like Joann. This is one example of what I used.
  • You would also need Satin Ribbon
  • Super Glue (I use this)
  • Fabric markers or Fabric paints  (I used this)
  • Pencil
  • Flat paint brush
  •  Punch cutter (you can use this)

 

Step 3: Take white color Vinyl and draw your ornament design on it with fabric marker as show below in  2 or 3. Cut your design shape with scissor as in 4.

Step 3: How to draw and cut the design on Vinyl

 

Step 4:  The ornament is cut in the share of Christmas tree and is almost ready now, see 1 below).

Punch a whole at the top of the Christmas tree with punch cutter (2).

Use any fabric color to paint the ornament. Obviously since this is a Christmas tree I have painted it with green color (3, 4).

Step 4: Cut and Paint your Christmas ornament

 

Step 5:  Decorating the Christmas ornament is the most fun step of the DIY. Look in your craft box for any  sticker, beads,or scrap book stuff (1).

Stick these stickers/beads 0n your ornament with the help of super glue (2).

Finish all decorations (3).

Take 6′ of satin ribbon and tie it on top of the ornament through the whole which we made in Step 4.2.

Step 5: Decorating the Christmas Tree

 

Voila.. you Christmas ornament is ready to be hung on the tree. Go ahead and do that and share some pictures.

Step 6: Finished Christmas Ornament

 

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Cookies

Gingerbread Cookie Galore on Christmas

It’s the time of the year when baking gingerbread cookies, drinking egg nog, non-stop shopping, watching Christmas movies with family & friends and a lot more doesn’t seem enough to hold you over until the big day.

 

I don’t know about you but this year I’m on an insane loop of baking and decorating cookies (and eating them too :-)). In my dreams I see myself as a baker of exotic, out of this world gingerbread cookies. Though it’s just a dream but still very fulfilling and it is so beautiful that I don’t want to make it a reality. Not sure if that makes sense but that is what it is.

Gingerbread Cookie (Credit: normanack's photostream - http://www.flickr.com/photos/29278394@N00/)

Here are some of my favorite blogs that fuel my dream.

1) What is more adorable than a bunch of gingerbread men, especially those cute ones that are missing few appendages :-)? Ashleigh of “Bee in our Bonnet” blog has a wonderful post about how to make some of these “ABC Gingerbread Men“. You must check them out if you dream to be a baker or even if you really want to bake some.

ABC Gingerbread Men by Bee in our bonnet

 

2) How about decorating some cookies like a real crafter, using a cookie making kit? Wow that sounds like something I can do. Ashleigh at “Bee in our Bonnet” is a pro in this and has created a kit for people like us. It’s incredible you have to try it. Now I can also claim that I made gingerbread house cookie by hand (may be with a little help.. shhhhh… don’t tell that to anybody).

Gingerbread House by Bee in our Bonnet (guest blog on Eighteen25Blog)

 

3) The Sugarbelle (Callye) at “The sweet adventure of Sugarbelle” blog is one of the top divas of cookie decoration. Her work is inspiring in so many ways, far and beyond cookies. Beware she is out for some serious Worldwide Cookie Domination and she just might!

Her “Rustic Poinsettia Cookies” are out of this world.

 

Keep baking, decorating, sharing and enjoying your gingerbread cookies!!!

 

Merry Christmas!

Winter snow banner for kids room decor (DIY)


Last minute Christmas Ornaments 

 (DIY) – Part-I

We all know “Christmas” is around the corner and just ready to knock on our doors. I have been fascinated like many other craft junkies with the desire to never stop making Christmas ornaments. So this time I have a DIY to design your own Christmas ornament and give new look to your decoration or your tree. This is going to be a short, sweet and quick project for the whole family including the kids.

 

I wish this DIY Christmas ornaments may festoon your Christmas tree with joy and love.

 

Now let’s start cranking!!

 

#1: First choose your Christmas ornament design.

I know choosing is hard and even harder is the question of where to find these designs/patterns? Well I think I can help a little bit to get you started there. One of the easiest and most creative way is to draw a design/pattern by hand. Of course that ain’t easy and if you are like me then you would rather prefer a pre-made design or pattern . Who doesn’t love easy, premade, free stuff? I do!

 

There are numerous such resources on the internet. Check out few of the awesome resources listed below –

 

#2: Choose a Holiday/Christmas pattern fabric

You can buy this from your local favorite craft store or from stores like Joann. Below is one such pattern-
Simplicity Pattern 2723-Christmas Decorations-One Size.

 

#3: You would need a Pellon Iron-on-backing (Single Sided Fusible Ultra Firm Stabilizer) and you get it from your local craft store or from Joann.

 

#4: You would also need Satin ribbon.

 

#5: Lastly you would need a Scissor or Precision Knife. If you already have one then we all are set to start creating our DIY project.

 

Here are some of the Christmas ornament designs.

Christmas Ornament Designs

 

In the following image you can see all of my 5 items – Christmas Ornament Designs, Holiday themed fabric, Iron on backing, Scissor and Satin ribbon.

List of items for Christmas Ornament Design DIY

 

Step1: Apply Iron-on backing on the back side of the Holiday themed fabric to strengthen it.

Apply Iron-on backing

 

Check procedure of using pellon iron on backing  from the picture given below.

Instructions for how to use Pellon Iron-on backing?

 

Step2: Trace your designs on the Pellon iron-on backing i.e. on the back side of Holiday themed fabric. See ‘1’ below.
Now cut the fabric along the trace line with your scissor or precision fabric knife as shown in ‘2’ below.

 

You’re done cutting the design. Your ornaments are almost ready and will look like as shown in the image below.

Christmas Ornaments

 

Step3: Now we just need to thread the Satin ribbon through needle, then poke lightly with the fabric knife somewhere near the top of the ornament to make a small cut. Pass the satin ribbon through the cut and repeat the same for all other christmas ornaments.

 

You can hang the Christmas Ornaments garland around the Christmas tree or above your front door or porch or on any wall in your home.

 

You can also stick single ornaments any where in your home or even hang them on the Christmas tree.

 

The same above steps can be repeated for any ornament design. You can create single ornaments or a garland (kind of banner bunting) of Christmas ornaments.

Christmas Ornaments Garland

 

For your kids room the ornaments can be made with baby Christmas fabric designs & patterns.

 

For this DIY imagination is the limit to what you can create, depending on what theme you want to choose. I have few more DIY projects to share  that are related to this idea only and will be back soon to do that.

Happy Crafting till next time!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

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