Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

Women of the Well Craft Day

June 22, 2010

This past weekend I had the privilege of doing a step-by-step DIY for the Women of the Well craft/cooking day. 

The girls really loved getting creative with the projects.  Adding tape here and there to create unique designs on the glass.

I even showed the girls some other fun projects you can do with the chalkboard paint.  Here’s how to cover up an ugly lumber yard logo with the paint.  Now you have a repurposed and custom mug to give as a gift for keep for yourself.

It was such a blast — Thanks girls!

Happy Tuesday!

How to: Fold a Picnic Blanket

June 16, 2010

Next week our bible study group is planning on having a summer picnic.  Naturally, the event planner in my head is swarming with ideas for fun summer picnic ideas from games, to food, to decor.

I went for a gander at good ‘ol Martha Stewart and found a really unqiue project that totally had me swooning…

This is just your ordinary picnic blanket folded into a picnic basket!  How perfect is that?!

Come to the park with your picnic blanket and basket all in one.  Set aside the food and un ravel your basket to reveal a picnic blanket.

The unfortunate down side?

I found Martha Stewart‘s tutorial to be rather confusing, so I looked up a video on how to fold a box out of paper and it was pretty much dead on.

Viola!

Don’t forget to check out Martha’s amazing 60 Days of Summer ideas.

Oh, and happy summer!!

DIY: Paper Flowers

April 15, 2010

Happy Thursday, Readers!  I hope you’ve enjoyed your week thus far.

My friend Amy went to New York this past New Year’s Eve and saw these paper flowers. She uploaded and tagged me as them on Facebook, demanding that I make them.

So here’s my version:

I’ve seen quite a few tutorials out there, but most of them require a punch of some kind or some other special tool.  I’m going to show you how to make these paper flowers with pretty much common household items.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

1 old book or newspaper

1 pair of scissors

1 pencil

Elmer’s glue or any other stick glue

Some pipe cleaners

WHAT TO DO:

Tear out a page from an old book or grab a sheet of newspaper.  Fold the bottom right corner towards the left side of the page, you should form a right triangle.

Cut off the excess and un-fold.

You now have a square.  Fold the paper in half down the middle.

Fold again. Now you have a smaller square.

Grab your triangular crease and fold. Then grab the tip of the side where all the folds meet.

Cut out the shape of your flower petals.  Remember not to completely cut off the folds.

Unfold the entire thing.  You should have a pretty good flower shape.

Cut off one of the petals.

Now, here’s where it gets a little confusing to pay close attention.  Let’s call the petal to the right of the cut, Petal A and the left one, Petal B.

Put some glue on Petal B.  Place Petal A on top of petal B.

Press and let dry.

Cut out a few more flowers.  At least three more to be exact.  Once you unfold the next flower, cut off two petals instead of just one.

Place the glue on Petal B, and place Petal A over petal B.  Press and let dry.

Continue to cut one more petal off each time until you have at least four flowers in varying sizes.

Take up a pencil and begin to use it by rolling the ends of the petals from the back.  This creates a nice curling effect.

Repeat on all the flowers.

Next cut the tips on the backs of all the flowers.  This is where you will thread the pipe cleaner stem.

Begin layering the flowers on top of another.  Starting with the largest flower, dab some glue and place the next smallest flower inside.

Continue layering until you are out of mini flowers. You can also use your scrap pieces to make the center bits by folding them back with the pencil and rolling them into submission.

Take up your pipe cleaner.  Ball up one of the ends to make a knob.  If you need, you can twist two pipe cleaners together and then knob them at one end.  This will serve as your anchor in the center of the flower.

Pull the pipe cleaner through all the way to the knob.  It should be taunt and given that you didn’t make your holes too big, it should hold pretty well.

And you’re done!

These flowers have so many uses.  You can put them in a vase, make them a cute cake topper, a boutonniere, bouquet, headband… you name it!  You can also paint them like in the first picture above. The possibilities for inspiration are endless with these.

Here are some of the others Jonna, Marie, and I made.

Have a great rest of your day!

Crafter’s Itch

March 17, 2010

I’ve totally got the sickness – Crafter’s Itch!  I’m starving for some fabric flowers, twine, beads, butcher paper, fabric, scraps… ANYTHING! 

I’m so busy right now,  that I haven’t had much time to craft so I’m dying here! Lucky for me, the girls at AnthroLove are wanting to get together this weekend for a craft day.  So, I guess this eye candy will just have to do until this weekend.

Pray I can make it through!

Happy Wednesday!

Ruffles and Stuff

March 16, 2010

Meet Disney

She’s a pastor’s wife with a passion for crafting and I’m pretty much addicted to her blog

She’s full of great tutorials and inspiration.  Like this one:

You should add her blog to your reader.  I’m just saying…

Get inspired!

10 Common Thrift Store Finds

February 10, 2010

Thanks to the best history professor at CBU, Kenya Davis-Hayes, I have this great article from Apartment Therapy, “10 Common Thrift Store Finds and Ways to Use Them For DIY Projects” to share with you today.

Hello?  Could this article be any more… me?!

From dishes to sweaters, this article has tons of great ideas for thrift store items.  Check it out and get inspired!

D*S Jewlery Storage Idea

February 4, 2010

Did you all happen to catch the D*S DIY yesterday?  I did and I can’t stop thinking about it.  I’m totally inspired and keep thinking of all the other applications for such things.  Check it out:

You can pick yourself off the floor now.  It’s totally easy and cheap and I’m loving it.  And like I said… my head is spinning with ideas.

1.  Instead of a hat rack, how about making some bust of each member of your family.  In a row, mount them on the wall and hang hats, scarves and such on them. 

2.  Who says you have to stop at bust?  Why not do a fun animal silhouette like an owl, deer, or an elephant.

3. Do I hear wedding gift?  Make a silhouette of the bride and groom on a smaller scale with a tiny hook for their wedding rings.  The couple can mount them on either side of their bed or in the kitchen so they have a safe place to hang their rings.

So many, many possibilities.

Get inspired!

DIY: Pastry Platters

January 14, 2010

Happy Thursday!

Now, I didn’t actually do this DIY, but I might have to.  Check out this awesome & thrifty DIY from Renee of Weddings and Cookies.

First off, Renee bought a bunch of candle sticks & plates from her local Goodwill.  She didn’t spend more than $6 on any item!

She then did the following steps to create this.

It can’t get more beautiful than that!

Here are the steps:

1. Wash & dry every piece.
 
2. To find the center of the plate – take a string and stretched it across the back. Fold it in half & marked it on the plate (a dry erase marker will wash right off). Repeat. Where all the marks intersect is the center of your plate.
 
3. Use E6000 glue, make sure you’re in a well-ventilated area & take breaks if you’re gluing a lot, & follow the directions on the glue container.
 
4. Let them dry (plate side down) for 24+ hrs.
 
5. Take the stand outside to spray paint.
 
6. Let dry for a couple hours.
 
Stunning. Get Inspired!

Foto Friday

January 8, 2010

Sorry for the late posting today!!

Here’s this week’s photo:

This photo comes from Style Me Pretty’s beautiful tutorial which was featured in a baby shower styled by Jen from Hostess with the Mostess

Enjoy and Get Inspired!

DIY: Getaway Car Decorations

November 12, 2009

Happy Thursday, All!

I’m back with my final DIY from Chris and Amber’s wedding, the car decorations. First off, I have to tell you a little bit about my inspiration for the getaway car:

This particular car has been in the Lopez family for quite a few years. It belonged to Chris’ Abuelito and was given to Wil (Chris’ Dad) shortly before Abuelito passed away. This car has been “driven away in” by every one of the Lopez kids from Wil’s family, including Alex and Me and now Chris and Amber.

I wanted to create something for the car that reflected the projects I’d already done and some of the history of the car.  I found out from Alex’s Grandmother that they decorated her getaway car with tissue flowers, so my mind went to the multi-colored poms I had made for Amber’s Bridal Shower.  I gathered some inspiration from Martha Stewart and came up with this:

car decor

So, do you remember the multi-colored poms?  Let’s review.

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

1 Package of tissue paper (if they have 25 sheets, you will get 15 poms per package)

Plastic coated paper clips

Coordinating Yarn

Scotch Tape

Poster Board

Black Sharpie

 

Now that you’ve reviewed the steps make the following changes:

Instead of using just the large pieces, cut up the large pieces into three sections.  You should have a total of 75 sheets now (if you have a packet of 25 sheets). 

Using 5 at a time, being the accordion fold and follow the rest of the directions except, instead of floral wire use large plastic coated paper clips.  In doing so, you ensure the safety of the car’s paint.  Then follow the rest of the directions.

I made about 50 of these poms.  I probably should have made about 25 more, but I was dead tired! 

Next, I gave the guys the coordinating yarn and tape.  They made circles of tape and stuck them straight to the car with the yarn.  About every 12-15 inches (let’s face it, they are guys so they probably didn’t measure it) they placed a pom.  They went all the way down to the back of the car and onto the ground.

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In the middle, they placed the sign I made using the poster board and sharpie markers.

car decor 3

I’d say that Chris and Amber were pretty pleased with the result, wouldn’t you?

car decor 4

Get Inspired!