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Happy Crafting Feb 2013

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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.

 

Sweep your loved one!

 Micro DIY #4

This is the 4th post in my Micro DIY series that I have specially created for Valentine’s day. The idea is very simple – to have fun creating craft work from simple house hold things. Also time is an important reason for these Micro DIY projects, each one of them can be done in less than an hour, some of them would take few mins only.

 

Well let’s get started. We all have dozens of paper napkins sitting in the pantry or basement which we may have had bought on some occasion but haven’t used them since. We had a Valentine’s day party at our home last year and I have few dozen Valentine’s day theme paper napkins left over from the party. Today I’m going to use them but not to wipe anything but to create a banner from  them. How does that sound?

 

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This is very cool & quick idea specially when we don’t have time (who does these days?).  This is how the final craft work would look like.

Napkin-Banner4

 

All we need is a dozen napkins (depending on how many flags you want to have in your banner, one napkin will make one flag) of any color you like, satin ribbon and fabric cutter. That’s it.

 

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Cut a small slit on the two upper corners of the napkin.

 

 

Pass the satin ribbon through the slits at the top of each napkin.

 

 

You may want to hang this inside because you don’t want your banner to get wet or soaked because then the flags will once again become napkins but this time you will have to throw them away :-). So be careful to hand the banner in a dry place.

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“Sweep your love one” banner is ready to be hung anywhere in your home.

 

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Happy Crafting!!

 

Other Micro DIY projects in this series –

Micro DIY #3- Stir & Wrap
Micro DIY #2 – Cozy Times!
Micro DIY #1 – Love!

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.)

 

 

 

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!

 

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 

 

Sweet Love

Micro DIY #6

Valentine Cupcakes

It was a lot of fun to decorate these little cupcakes. All you need is “foam stickers” which you can find at Joann’s or at your local favorite craft store. Then glue these stickers to tooth pricks and put them on the cupcakes.

Don’t they look cute now and probably sweeter?

 

 

I chose the stickers that made most sense for 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 

 

Happy Crafting!

 

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.

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!

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! 

Banner Necklace

DIY (Do It Yourself) Halloween Banner Necklace in under 30 mins

I have been creating banners and bunting for halloween and other occasions. But that was only half the fun and if I can convert the banners into wearable jewelry, would that be cool? I’m going to design a wearable banner necklace and you be the judge if it’s any good or not. Let’s roll!

Material List for DIY Halloween Banner Neck Garland
You’ll need:

  1. Artificial Leather or Vinyl.
  2. Satin ribbon
  3. Rotary cutter or Scissors
  4. Super Glue
  5. Punch cutter
  6. Yarn Needle
  7. Fabric markers or Fabric paints

Step 1. Cut a strip of Vinyl 2 ” wide and 12 ” long.
You can choose a vinyl in your choice of color or you can paint the Vinyl with any color you want.
Hint: I chose to paint my Vinyl strip with Orange color (BOO) :-)

Image1 - Cut a strip 2" x 12" of Vinyl

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