Thursday, February 23, 2012

Yarn Wreath with Felt Flowers.

Things You'll Need:
  • Straw wreath
  • Yarn
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Other embellishments
First, keep the plastic wrapping on the straw wreath. Second, tie a knot to begin and wrap wreath with yarn. you will want to keep it tight and keep in mind that it is close to impossible to have the yarn perfectly lined up on the entire wreath, then tie a knot to end. Third, cut a circle out of felt. the bigger the circle, the bigger the flower. Fourth, cut around the outside of the circle to make it have a waved look. Fifth, pick any point on the circle to start cutting the felt. you will be cutting a large spiral shape so that you will end up with one long thin strip of felt. Sixth, when you get to the very end you will have a circle or oval shape left that you will want to leave and not cut into. this will be the base of your flower. Seventh, take the end of the felt where you began cutting and start to roll. you will want to keep it tight in the beginning so it holds. if you want a smaller more circular flower keep it tight. if you want it to have a more open look you can keep it a little more loose as you roll it. Eighth, once you get to the end you will glue the bottom onto the flower. Nineth, glue and place them randomly. add any other embellishments that you would like. Tenth, add a ribbon, raffia, twine, fabric, etc to hang your wreath with. Now you have a beautiful yarn wreath to hang anywhere.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Button Bird Plaque

First, find two long pieces of worn wood.  Next, paint one white and the other your favorite.  Then, cut them into smaller pieces. Then, add hardware to the back, but they also look pretty sitting on a bookshelf or windowsill. Next, cut a few birds out of fabric scrapes.  Don't forget to cut out wings. Once you are done cutting out your bird pieces, spread Modge Podge on the wood.  Glue your bird down and make sure there are no bubbles. Grab some buttons for the eye and glue on with a glue gun. And finally, you have your very own button bird plaque!   

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Hemp Pendant Lamps.

First, draw a circle on the ball with a permanent marker. This circle will mark a space on the lamp that needs to remain clear of string. The empty circle will be used in assembling the light fixture and will allow you to have access for changing light bulbs. If the light fixture you are using has lamp shades, make sure that the circles are big enough for the shades to easily pass through. Next, cover your work surface with trash bags or a drop cloth, and put on gloves. Then, squeeze a quarter size amount onto your fingers and run the hemp string through the glue and then wrap it around the ball. After that, glue and wrap, glue and wrap, glue and wrap.  Just keep going.  Try to wrap randomly to avoid criss-cross patterns. The more densely wrapped the lamp is the stronger it will be. Then, make sure to avoid wrapping string over the circle area. If there are any areas that seem weak, you can apply a little extra glue to give it more strength. Next, repeat the steps 1-5 to make multiple lamps. Let the glue dry completely. Then, use the inflating needle to deflate the ball and remove it from the lamp. Then last but not least,  follow the installation instructions that come with your light fixture. While installing the light string, feed the wires through the circle hole of the lamp and up through the top, so that the light bulb will hang down in the center of the sphere.

Things You'll Need:
  • bouncy balls of various sizes
  • clear drying craft glue (about 1 bottle per ball)
  • hemp string 20lb. weight
    estimated amounts needed:
    16 inch diameter ball—400 yards
    14 inch diameter ball—300 yards
    9 inch diameter ball—100 yards
  • plastic gloves (optional)
  • trash bag or small drop cloth
  • permanent marker
  • ball inflating needle

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Newspaper Nails.

  • Base coat ( OPI Natural Nail )
  • Light nail polish ( OPI Elephantastic Pink )
  • Top Coat ( Sally Hansen )
  • Old newspaper.
  • Rubbing Alcohol ( 70% )
  • Remover and Cotton Swabs
  • Scissors
First, apply a good base coat. Next, choose a light-colored polish. Any light to medium pink, green, blue , yellow, white etc. will work. The ink won’t show up on colors like black, red, dark gray, navy blue or anything like that. Then, use a good, fast dry top coat. Do this step before and after the ink transfer for this reason. Sometimes, the ink won’t transfer correctly, straight, or fully. Everyone makes mistakes and this step will make sure that you can easily correct them if you do. After that, let your nails completely dry. This step is critical in the process, because if you do the following steps with wet nails it will ruin the polish underneath. Allow a few hours or overnight of drying time before transferring the ink. Cut the newspaper into small squares. Taking your scissors, cut out squares that are larger than the surface of your nail. Make sure that what you’re cutting out has equal sized writing on it. Transfer the ink. For this step, you want to carefully pour the rubbing alcohol into a small container, or lid. Dip your dry nail into the rubbing alcohol for 10 seconds, then firmly press the newspaper strip onto your nail. Be sure not to move it around , so you don’t smudge it. Hold it on your nail for around 20 seconds, and then carefully peel it off. Repeat on the 9 other nails. Clean up edges. Use a q tip and some nail polish remover to clean up any edges. And finally, Apply a top coat, again.