Tags: autumn, crafts, fall, holidays, origami, pumpkins
Ready or not, fall is creeping up on us fast! And there is nothing more synonymous with fall than fun crafts to decorate the home! There are so many different things you can do to decorate and craft with all the rich colors that surround us this time of year!
Now, who could think fall without thinking PUMPKINS? And who says that pumpkins have to be carved into Jack O Lanterns? You can use all kinds of craft materials like silk flowers, glitter and paper, even canning lids to make gorgeous fall decorations you can display all season long!
Check out these fun crafts!
Want something other than pumpkins? Here are some other ways to decorate your home to bring in the beautiful rich colors of fall:
How about decorating some glass blocks with vinyl sayings? Add some lights for a gorgeous centerpiece!
You could even get the kids involved with these beautiful handfolded origami leaves!
Use some of the natural elements around you to create beautiful centerpieces
Click below to find even more amazing fun festive fall crafts for your home!
I hope this inspires you to create some beautiful crafts for your home this fall !
Tags: craft, decorate, DIY, gifts, homemade gifts
Do you have a long list of people to give gifts to and wonder how you will afford gifts for all these people? A great way to save money but also give your loved ones a meaningful gift is to make a gift for them. Each gift you craft can save you a bundle!
Decorated Candle Jars
Everyone loves receiving candles as a gift but it has the potential for being redundant. But if you craft some embellished jars with beads, charms and ribbons, this will make an otherwise common gift unique and special! The candle jars pictured follow a silver color scheme but you can use multiple colors and multiple schemes so the possibilities are endless! Everything you need can be found at your local craft store like the one this photo came from.
These can be a great gift for anyone! These jars can be used to drink out of, to hold utensils, to organize a desk, or just for decoration. All you need is mason jars, stencils, and paint. The paint can be applied with a regular craft brush or a foam brush. Tip: If your gift recipient has a sweet tooth, you can fill the jar with their favorite kind of candy.
Giving ornaments might be perceived as another overdone Christmas gift but with the right amount of craft, this will be a very special gift. A box of plain ball ornaments is very inexpensive and then you can paint it or use stickers with a clear background or find tissue paper with a pretty design and use craft glue to attach it. In the example pictured the reindeer face is a thumb print and then just paint a few lines and dots to create these holiday friends!
Homemade Gift Box
A doubly crafty gift idea: use the skills you learned in the recent Trendy Summer Jewelry blog entry and make a necklace or earrings for a special lady and wrap them in this homemade gift box! You can purchase a plain take-out box and paint it. Then use a wooden cut out and decorate or paint it and glue it to the box. Or you could use gems or ribbons or stencils to decorate the box. Mix and match with any of the above ideas! Get your creative juices flowing and give your friends and loved ones a gift they will treasure!
Be sure to visit Imikimi.com where you can edit & create awesome digital frames and images!
Tags: bow, crafts, duct tape, flavored, hair, imikimi, lip gloss, party, pin, sleepover, summer, teen, tween
Ssshhh! I’m about to share a secret recipe with you. A recipe that will make any tween or teen think you are “Awesome-sauce.” It’s summer, and the kids are bored, right? Using ingredients you likely have in your kitchen and bathroom, you can easily make custom flavored lip glosses for a fraction of the cost in the store. This craft can be done at birthday parties, sleep-overs, or just for fun. Adults love it, too!
What you’ll need:
1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
1 drink mix packet, such as Kool-Aid (choose your flavor and color)
1/4 teaspoon hot water
What you do:
Mix the in a bowl until smooth and set to the side. In another bowl, mix the water and drink mix (don’t add any sugar!).
Still with me here? Good. Now start adding small amounts of the juice/water mixture to the shortening until it is the color you want. When finished, place it into tiny jars, empty lip gloss containers, ziplock bags…Anything that will hold it.
Wasn’t that easy? You can add tiny bits of glitter to your new lip gloss (a little bit goes a LONG way), decorate the jars with paper, ribbon, and beads and give them as gifts or wear a new flavor each day.
I couldn’t let you go with just one project. Let me show you a little something to do with all those rolls of pretty duct tape you have.
What you’ll need:
What you do:
Cut a length of tape twice as long as you want your bow to be (about 4″ for a hair bow). Lay the tape down, sticky side up, and fold the ends in to meet in the middle. You should now have the decorative side of the tape showing on both sides. With your fingers on the outer edges in the middle, pinch it together to shape a bow. Cut a 2″ strip of tape length-wise and wrap it (sticky side down) around the center where you pinched it together. Slide a bobby pin into the back, and pop it in your hair!
Make this bow in several sizes and use it for more than just your hair. You could even make a smaller version to decorate your lip gloss jar!
Tags: crafts, frame, jewelry, lace, necklace, tape
Beauty on a budget has been a concern among women (and men!) for years. You have that one outfit with no jewelry to match it, or perhaps you’ve seen a piece from an expensive brand and cannot bear the thought of spending a lot of money for occasional wear… Do-it-yourself jewelry crafts can be found all over the web for all skill levels using things you might just have laying around the house! Here are five fun wearable’s you can craft today:
1. Using paperclips, tape (any kind), and jewelry findings you can create one-of-a-kind pieces that will get you plenty of attention! Imagine making this in all colors for variety. Photo Credit: How About Orange
2. Wondering what to do with all those old cd’s you have? Break them up, glue them to felt, and BAM you have a new pair of earrings. You could get very creative with this one by using shapes other than circles. Think rectangles or triangles.Photo Credit: PinkChocolateBreak
3. Taking a vacation this year? Make a wearable memory of it by cutting your destination from a map and gluing it onto a cabochon. This would also make a great gift for any recipient.
Photo Credit: Unfortunately Oh!
4. Root through your garage or basement to find this simple, yet bold ingredient for a ring: A basic hex nut from the hardware store, painted any color you desire! Clicking the photo will also show you how to make other crafts with nuts and washers as well.Photo Credit: Design Crush
5. Last, but not least, you’ll need a place to store all of your sparkly new trinkets, right? An old frame and strips of lace should do the trick. Photo Credit: Decor4all
Instructions for all of these crafts can be found by clicking either the photo or the photo credit below it.
Tags: art, craft, crafting, crafts, decoration, summer, tips, tutorial
Summer is the best time to come up with some creative crafty home or vacation projects for the kiddies. Below are just a few ideas to get you started on your crafty summer vacation….
Homemade Play dough:
photo credit: Thelongthread.com
What you need:
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1/4 cup salt
- food coloring or Koolaid (adds a nice smell)
- Mix all the above ingredients accept for the food coloring and koolaid into a mixing bowl.
- Once mixed, place in a pan on the stove and cook under medium heat. Make sure the mixture reaches to the consistency of dough.
- Let it cool and then knead it. You may need to knead it more and add cooking oil.
- Add food coloring or Koolaid for color. Koolaid makes the dough smell sweet.
- Store in plastic container. Should last for at least 3 months.
Homemade Finger paint:
photo credit: Ninemsn.com.au
What you need:
- 3 cups of water
- 1 cup of cornflour
- food colouring
- Add water to a pan and bring it to a broil.
- Dissolve cornflour in a little cold water and add to hot water, stirring constantly. Boil until clear and thick (about one minute).
- Add desired food coloring to the mixure. This mixture will be very smooth.
- Offer it to the kiddies while it is still warm to touch.
- Store in refrigerator as it spoils in hot weather.
Vacation Memory Jars:
photo credit: MarthaStewart.com
What you need:
- jar, yahoo bottle, or soda bottle
- Bent wire for thin neck jars
- souvenirs from vacation (i.e sand, key chains, seashells anything collected during vacation you may want to add to this wonderful display.
Although there aren’t any standard steps for this project, keep in mind to have fun and be creative. The memory jars will store memories for you and the kiddies to reminisce on for many years to come. For thinner neck bottles, use a bent wire to lower the souvenir to the bottom of the bottle. Many people use old mayonnaise jars, yahoo bottoms, old soda bottles and that is just to name a few. Happy crafting!!!
Tags: art, craft, crafting, crafts, decoration, holiday, holidays, tutorial
Crafting for a holiday can be exciting and memorable. Whether you want something for your kids to create or you want something to create yourself, choosing the craft is half the battle! Here are 3 crafts aimed at different audiences; toddler, kid and adult…chose your craft and get creating!! Source: http://www.mosaicofmoms.com/marble-painted-fireworks-diy/
- Red, white and blue paint
- A disposable (or washable) cup – one for each paint color (I used an egg carton this time.)
- A marble for each paint color
- A box large enough to lay paper flat on the bottom
- Large shirt or apron
- Place a piece of paper into the bottom of the box.
- Put a small amount of paint into each cup.
- Drop a marble into the cup and roll it around to cover it in paint.
- Drop the paint-covered marble into the box on top of the paper and roll it around by tipping the box to create your ‘fireworks’.
- Repeat with a new color and continue until you feel it’s finished!
Kid Craft Time!
- Empty toilet paper tube Small coffee filter
- Red crepe streamer Blue card stock White card stock
- Glue/double sided tape
- Star stickers
- Pop-its or Snaps
1. Start by fitting and gluing a coffee filter inside one end of the tube. This sealed the one end and made a little holder, so to speak.
2.Then wrap and glue some red crepe paper streamer around the bottom several times. I made cuts in it once it dried. This made the “rocket flames”.
3. Using a piece of blue card stock, cut it to the size of the tube and glued it into place. Cover the glued part of the crepe paper streamer too. The clips held it in place while it dried.
4. It is decorated with stars and filled with pop-its. You might call them pops, pop-its, snaps, or
5. I used white card stock to cut a circle, made a slit in it, and folded it around to make a cone shape. I used double sided tape to attach it to the top.
Adult Craft Time!
Now to get the creative juices flowing!!
Tie Dye Patriotic Pillow
The TULIP Tie-Dye Kit comes with everything you need but the fabric.
Includes 8 4oz bottles, 12 different color dyes, 8 pairs of gloves and 40 rubber bands
1. First read the directions.
2. When I was done reading the second thing I did was test the dyes. I wanted to make sure I had the right color. As I tried them I labeled each bag with the name of its color for future reference and use.
At this point I was ready to create. I mixed, inside of the bottle that came with the kit, the dyes with water according to the direction
3. I wanted my pillow to have a rustic old look so I eye balled the stripes for the flag. Using the tip of the bottle I traced the red ones first.
4. Then I used my finger to spread the dye. More dye you put more even the look will be. I wasn’t worried about it being perfect so I just had fun with it. After I was done with the red I repeated the same step for the navy blue rectangle.
5. Then all I had left was to let it dry and sew the flag to another piece of burlap to make a pillow. I added some old metal buttons that I had to give it a little more detail.
Let the crafting begin!!
Tags: art, craft, crafting, photography, photos
It’s almost that time for summer vacations. What are you planning on doing this year? Going cross country to visit a relative? Heading to the beach? Checking out your favorite amusement park? Or, are you just staying home with a glass of tea in hand and relaxing in your favorite lounge chair??? Whatever you decide, don’t let your creative juices take a vacation too! ‘Tis the season to enjoy the beauty in front and make this a creative summer to remember.
Photos capture some of the best moments in our memories, especially in the summer. While you are out enjoying the weather, why not take your favorite camera with you. Capture images that you never thought of capturing. Play around with the lighting. Try to capture the sun rays and how it hits your patio or even the ocean on a quiet evening. Your favorite ride at the amusement park in motion especially at night. Notice the light effects and how they seem to dance and beam off of each other. At the end of the summer, take all of the images you captured and create a collage. Even frame it and even add caption. Once hung, you will see how not only fantastic your summer break was, but how all your memories are combined in to a work of art!
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I am sure everyone has collected a seashell or two to remember that wonderful trip at the beach or even because the shell was too beautiful not to take home. But, have you ever thought a turning your seashell souvenirs into a contemporary art piece? Besides shells, you would need to purchase frames with mats, shells, card stock, tape, scissors, hot glue. Some great examples, finished products as well as tips can be found at the Sand and Sisal blog.
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Using what is front of you, whether you are at the beach, in the park or even in your own yard, summer is the perfect time to use the bright and beautiful colors as your motivation to paint away at your hearts desire. Try to capture a summer storm after it passes. Maybe you will be lucky and capture a rainbow through your window as well as the raindrops peeking through your window screen. On the beach, try to capture a calm night, with a slight breeze and waves. Maybe even have some play in the water or use nature as your inspiration to create and capture a moment as if you were taking a photo with your camera. Painting can be quite therapeutic on a nice relaxing summers day.
photo credit: DeviantArt
photo credit: Art by Valerie Mainwaring
Have have you choose to vacation this summer, make sure you capture the beauty of any moment you would like to visually remember. These are only a few ideas…. Be creative!!!! Don’t let your creativity vacation too!!!!
Tags: best photo, best photos, craft, craft ideas, crafting, crafts, D.I.Y., dad, daddy, daddys, do-it-yourself, family, father, father's day, fathers, fathers-day-craft, gift, gifts, gifts for dad, holiday, homemade gifts, how-to, ideas, illustration, imikimi, love, paper, photography, picture frames, present, presents, summer, summertime
Father’s Day is a special time of year when families come together to show their Dads how important they are. They go to work, mow the lawn and make sure that no one fights over the remote (because he, of course, is in control of that). They kill spiders and pests, play catch, and eat the last slice of pizza (because it can’t go to waste, right?). So what better way is there to show that monster-shooing, piggy-back ride giving, barbecue-grilling guy how much he is appreciated other than with a homemade Father’s Day gift? Check out these best photos for different and unique Father’s Day ideas:
Make Daddy a Card
The great thing about cards is that they are completely customizable! You could write a poem or a letter on the inside, or make a pop-out picture that scares him when he opens it. It can be any color, texture, or size, and you can most often use whatever is lying around the house (or the yard, for that matter). The best part about making your own card is that it can say whatever you want it to say and you don’t have to flip through 10 or 15 different cards at the store trying to find the perfect one… your Dad will like this card best because it was made especially for him.
Play a Father’s Day Game
Spending family time together doesn’t always have to be stressful (it’s fun too). Create a treasure hunt and make your dad work for his gift or try putting together a quiz or challenge your family members to “Who knows Father best?”
Make Dad Something Useful
Whether your Dad works in an office or out in the field, there’s always something useful you can make for him. This desk organizer is cute and handy! Other great ideas are mouse pads out of craft foam, drink coasters out of craft sticks, or picture frames out of whatever you can find!
Get Creative – Best Photos
Have a look at some more of the best photos for Father’s Day craft ideas:
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Looking for a unique gift for that special person? How about a collage picture..made out of a puzzle! This can be a combined treasured and challenging piece for any special occasion. A keepsake that a family can work on together that will result in a treasured photo to frame.
This remarkable crafty gift can be given as a wedding, birthday, retirement, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or even as an announcement for the birth of your new addition to the family. First, start out on Imikimi to create download your favorite picture in cool frame. Then let the crafting begin!
Things You’ll Need
- Standard puzzles (for reference)
- Poster board
- Large laminating sheet (if you plan on laminating the project yourself)
- Exacto knife
- Gift box
- Glue medium/brush (optional)
Now lets begin with the instructions on your special gift:
- Decide on the size for your project. Use one of the standard puzzles that you have for reference.
- Cut your poster board to size. Use one of the standard puzzles as a template.
- Place your favorite pictures on the poster board in different ways. Once you have a pattern you like, start cutting and trimming them to fit. Or, upload your picture in one of Imikimi’s collage frames and just print! That easy!
- Glue them down. After getting your picture layout just how you want it, glue the whole thing down to the poster board. Glue this down to a piece of cardboard that’s the same size.
- Laminate the front and back of the project. You can either do this step at home with large laminating sheets, or take it to an office store to have it done for you.
- This step is the trickiest so making similar cuts would be a good start. Trace a light outline in pencil of the cuts that you are going to make.
- Cut out the pieces with an Exacto knife and then put them back together to make sure they fit properly, trimming any stray edges as you go.
- Take a picture your puzzle picture.
Make a puzzle box to hold your puzzle picture as a gift box.
- Choose a gift box. If at all possible, try to find a box the same size as the one that went with the puzzle you used for step 1 of making the puzzle picture.
- Enlarge the picture that you took of the finished puzzle picture to fit the top of the box and print.
- Glue the picture on top of the lid of the gift box that you chose. Or you can laminate your puzzle picture.
Crafting and putting together your puzzle collage picture will bring out your artistic abilities, but it can be a bonding experience as you spend time together constructing your new project into one beautiful picture.
Tags: art, bedroom, color, colorful, crafting, crafts, decoration, flowers, how-to, living room, repurpose, shades, spring, tips, tutorial
OH blessed spring you are finally here and with that comes the spring cleaning, the sprucing up and the re-purposing of all the stuff we have accumulated in our crafting corner all winter. If you are the avid crafter (and I believe that you are) you will not only appreciate this blog but will LOVE LOVE LOVE the ideas. I have scoured the internet to find 3 of the hottest ideas for a fraction of the cost.
This first idea will spruce up your dining room for less than $10. All you will need is a needle and thread, some nice faux flower heads and elastic hair ties.
You can put a smile on your face and make your table inviting with these floral table accessories. This picture uses roses but you can substitute that with any large flower heads. Go wild with the colors! Once you buy your flowers in your favorite hues at a crafts store, cut the heads off and sew them onto regular hair elastics with a few stitches. You can mismatch the sizes of the heads, mix up the colors go crazy and have fun!
Whether you are brightening up a bedroom, hall or the living room, this is super fun and easy do to. Add a fun stripe pattern to a lampshade with different shades of ribbon for $5-$10 depending on the cost of the fabric and size of the shade. All you need for this nifty little trick is different shaded of grosgrain ribbon cut in lengths that equal the height of the shade plus about 3/4″ wide and ½” long, some extra ribbon, and a hot glue gun.
Take the hot glue gun and glue the strips of ribbon to the shade in the pattern you like, make sure you are over lapping the strips and you leave 1/2″ hanging below the bottom of the shade. Glue the loose pieces to the underside of the shade then cut a piece of the ribbon the length of the perimeter of the top of the shade. Fold lengthwise; press the hot glue to top of shade, positioning fold on wire frame. Then stand back and enjoy!
This gem of an idea will both shack and amaze you on how simple it is to transform your BLAH room to a WOW room you will want to spend all your time in. This project will cost you around $30-$40 depending on the cost of the fabric and frames, but it is well worth the extra cost and perfect for that little or big girl room! You will need enough floral fabric to wrap the headboard in, pieces of patterned paper, picture frames, and metallic paint.
Once you find the floral or patterned fabric you love you will need to measure your headboard so that you have enough to wrap the center of the board on it. You can secure it using a hot glue gun or staples. Once you have this done you can move onto the walls. Take some inexpensive photo frames and some patterned paper (you should be able to find this in the scrapbook section of the store) and add a mat boarder and VOILA! You have wall art! Now for the best part…..take the drab nightstand and use the metallic paint to but a nice coat of beautiful shinny color that will make your room POP!
Now that I have you thinking and looking at all the things you can change in the house, your room and your day, I wish you Good Luck and Happy Crafting!