The Hello Bar is a simple web toolbar that engages users and communicates a call to action.

Happy Crafting Feb 2013

2

 

 

I am in a sort of creativity jam (yet again) and need some ideas from fellow crafters. Instead of making simple banners with regular shaped flags I want to create something different. How about flags in the shape of cute animals? I have included a picture of paper cutouts of what I am thinking so far. Are there any other shapes that might be interesting for kids/children?
Of course I can make banners from these cute animal, but how about any other craft that can be created? What else can I do with these animal shapes?
Any ideas, suggestions, pointers are highly appreciated.

 

Super Bowl Party Decor DIY

Are you ready for some football? We are almost there. Packed with action, entertainment, concerts, band and ice sculpting performances, variety of foods, ice cream and a whole lot more. With so much going on how can I sit still and do nothing. Everybody at your Super Bowl party will be asking you the recipe for this one of a kind, original DIY Super Bowl  mega event party banner.

Ingredients you will need for the banner –

  1. Football ball color fabric
  2. Iron on backing
  3. Football shaped paper cutout
  4. Satin ribbon
  5. White fabric paint, brush, fabric knife

Most of the material list item you will get it from your local craft store or from Joann.

 

superbowl14

 

It’s no brainer that the color of this banner has to be the same as the color of football. So I chose the fabric accordingly. Also each flag also has to be shaped like a football ball i.e. “Prolate Spheroid” (isn’t that cool?).
Step 1: Apply Iron-on backing on the back side of the fabric to strengthen it.

superbowl462

 

Step 2: Check procedure for using Pellon iron on backing from the picture given below.

superbowl464

 

 

Step 3: Write on the flags with washable marker and pre-cut stencil.

superbowl465

 

Step 4: Paint the cut out stencil with fabric paint

superbowl466

 

Step 5: Thread the Satin ribbon through needle, then poke lightly with the fabric knife near the top of the flag to make a small cut. Pass the Satin ribbon through the cut and repeat the same for all other flags.

 

superbowl4610_edited-1

 

superbowl13

 

Our Super Bowl  banner is ready, so let’s get ready for the game and party!!

 

Kiss Me I’m Irish!

Kiss Me I’m Irish – DIY T-Shirt

This is a fun DIY that can be done in no time. For this DIY project I got help from the “splendid blender” pen, literally!  You can read all about the magic of Splendid Blender pen (aka ‘Woodcrafter’s Marker’) at this awesome tutorial – Villabarnes. In this tutorial you can learn how to use the wonderful technique of transferring any image on fabric, any fabric. This technique uses “Splendid Blender” pen which you can buy from you local craft store (sometimes they are a little hard to find, don’t lose heart if your local craft store hasn’t even heard of it, check other stores and one of them will know about it). The one I used is by the company called “Chartpak“.

 

Take a print out of your desired image/picture on a laser printer. Laser printer gives a better quality printout and works well with the instructions in this DIY. Transfer the image on to the T-Shirt using the blender pen as per the instructions explained on Villabarnes blog. Once you have the image transferred, use the fabric markers to draw and fill the image with color of your choice.

 

Kiss Me I'm Irish T-Shirt DIY #1

 

Kiss Me I'm Irish T-Shirt DIY #2

 

Kiss Me I'm Irish T-Shirt DIY #3

 

Kiss Me I'm Irish T-Shirt DIY #4

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2012.

 

Wee Bit O’ Irish!

Baby Bodysuit or Kid’s T-Shirt for St. Patrick’s Day

This adorable DIY project  will show how to easily hand paint and design baby’s bodysuit or T-Shirt with four-leaf clover design. You can dress your baby and show Irish pride…. even if they’re only a wee bit Irish or even if you are not Irish but want to celebrate this day and have fun.

 

This is a very easy and quick DIY and looks great too. The paint used is non-toxic fabric paint. Bodysuits and t-shirt’s could be white or any other color of your choice. This T-Shirt has a lucky three leaf clover design that will keep kids from getting pinched. The design can be easily painted on to onesies, t-shirts, bibs and even blankets.

 

All you need for this DIY is fabric marker and any T- Shirt.

 

Cute St. Paddy's Day Tees For Kids

 

Draw outline of a three-leaf clover symbol. If you unable to draw it for any reason, there is an even easier way to do this. Just follow the simple instructions for how to draw clover leaf outline here.

 

St. Paddy's Day 3 Leaf Clover Tee

 

Now use fabric marker to highlight the outline

 

St. Paddy's Day 3 Leaf Clover Tee

 

Fill the design with green color fabric marker.

 

St. Paddy's Day 3 Leaf Clover Tee

 

Done.

 

St. Paddy's Day 3 Leaf Clover Tee

 

Similarly you can make a four-leaf clover design with smiley face in it.

 

St. Paddy's Day 3 Leaf Clover Tee

 

The tee with a cute, green clover leaf logo is ready. Your baby can wear it now with pride!

 

How are you celebrating your St. Patrick’s day? Are you and your family taking part in the parade or going to watch the parade in your town? Share below your creative ideas or DIY that you are creating to make this day more fun!

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

(Note: This year St. Patrick’s day in on Saturday Mar 17th 2012.)

 

 

 

Valentine Heart

Micro DIY #8

Valentine’s Day Ribbon Heart. 

 

A ribbon heart can be made in just two steps and under two minutes.

 

 

Step1: Simple knot


 

Step2: Fold it down

 

 

When ready you can either use fabric glue or stitch to keep the heart shape.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

This is the 2nd last and #7 Micro DIY in the series that I created for Valentine’s day. Some of my earlier posts in this series are –
Stir & Wrap
Cozy Times!
Love!
Sweep with Love
Valentine Candle
Sweet Love
Love Necklace 

 

Love Necklace

Micro DIY #7

Valentine’s Day Necklace

 

 

For this DIY you can follow the DIY steps as described in my “Thank you Gift Tag & Necklace” blog post.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

This Micro DIY is part of the series that I created for Valentine’s day. Some of my earlier posts in this series are –
Stir & Wrap
Cozy Times!
Love!
Sweep Love
Valentine Candle 
Sweet Love

Snow Flake Frame

Snow Flake Photo Frame to celebrate winters – DIY

 

I like photo frames specially those that are decorated & crafted with a personal touch. Since it’s winter season and though it hasn’t snowed as much this year in the US mid-west so far (I’m not complaining :-)) but without snow winter can’t be fun.

 

In this DIY I have converted an old photo frame by adding snow flakes around it. This is a very quick and simple technique and you can add anything not just snow flakes.

 

 

All we need is a fabric with snow flake print, glue, any old photo frame (of any size)  and of course scissors.

 

 

All you need to do is use the fabric to cut out snow flakes shapes from it.

 

 

Now you just have to glue the snow flakes around you frame neatly.

 

 

That’s it .. you Snow Flake decorated & hand crafted frame with a picture of your loved one is ready within 5 mins.

 

As always I’m eager to hear from you, about your projects and craft work. It would be great if you leave comments using the form below. Wish you all a happy winter with some snow not a whole lot!!

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.

DIY with XLO I

A fun DIY with Christmas leftover ornaments (XLO) and Disney stickers – Part 1

 

[Read more…]

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! 

Gift Tags

Thank You Gift Tags & Necklace

 

Hello dear friends I have a fun DIY to share. Holidays are all about celebrating life and thanking the people that matter in your life. There are different ways to express thanks, thank you notes, tags and thank you necklace is just one of them.

In this DIY (Do It Yourself) project I’m going to show how to create a beautiful flower tag with any message that your heart desire.

 

 

Step1) Material List for DIY thank you tag

  1. Artificial Leather or Vinyl.
  2. Satin ribbon
  3. Rotary cutter or Scissors
  4. Super Glue
  5. Compass
  6. Yarn Needle
  7. Fabric markers or Fabric paints
  8. Design print
  9. Pencil
  10. Pellon Iron on backing
  11. Fabric print & design of your choice
  12. Double zero Paint brush
  13. “Thank You” Block or Stamp

Step2) Take your designer fabric strip, make sure the size is 4″ x 18″ 

 

Step3) Cut fabric strip straight with the rotary cutter.

 

Step4) Take needle and yarn for the running stitch [for me this was a difficult step because I couldn’t decide which yarn to use, which is obvious since my yarn box is a mess, I’m sure your’s is not :-)]

 

Step5) Connect corners of the fabric strip together with running stitch to make circle . Fold the strip and run stitches for gathers.

 

Step6) Pull thread from both the corners to pull gather in the middle and now you can see the flower shape. Tighten the knot then cut the extra thread. 

 

Step7) Use Iron to press down the flower this will help to give flower a better shape .

 

Step8a) Now we will need a piece of sponge foam. Spread some fabric color of your choice smoothly on the foam. Tap on the color few times to smoothen the colored surface.

 

Step8b) Tap the “thank you” block/stamp on the sponge few times. Make sure your stamp is evenly dabbed in color.

Step9) Don’t forget to put your fabric or vinyl on hard surface before stamping

Step10) #1 Draw a circle around your “thank you” stamp, with the help of compass.

Step10) #2 Use super glue and stick the cut out in the centre of your flower.

 

 

 Step11) Tuck satin ribbon to the back side of the flower .


Step12) Show that you care and add personal touch to any gift with this “Thank You” tag. I used mine on a wine bottle as a gift.

 

I also used this flower gift tag with a necklace as shown below.

 

You can tuck the necklace to the flower tag with thread, needle and Jump ring.

A “thank you”  tag is a fun and loving way to show your love, support, encouragement or gratitude for anybody whom is important in your life. So don’t wait, go ahead and create some fun tags.

Did you like this DIY? If you did please put few words or leave a comment. Even if you didn’t like this project, that’s cool too, still leave some suggestions.

Happy Holidays!

DIY – Autumn Banner!

Do it yourself – Classic Autumn Leaves & Flower Banner

Most of the Banners and Buntings I have created so far have been mostly for festivals, gifs, home decor and other occasions. This time around I’ve tried to create a unique, designer, floral banner that is made with high quality fabric and has rich autumn leave patterns. Each banner pennant itself is shaped like a flower. This banner is to celebrate, welcome and cherish the time of the year that I love the most i.e. Autumn. I enjoyed creating this banner a lot and hope you do to0!

Step1: So the first step as always is to make sure you have all the material you need for to create this banner. Prepare all the material so that you don’t have to worry about anything when you are in the middle of doing things –

Image1: Classic Autumn Leaves Floral Banner

[Read more…]

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...