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Genius Six Cent Hack For Dealing With Unruly Cords

Genius Six Cent Hack For Dealing With Unruly Cords

Cords: they are everywhere. Behind the TV, poking out of kitchen appliances, even coming out of your purse…ack! This clothespin hack from Make Something Mondays is simply genius. For a few cents, you can get that spaghetti mess of cords in order and have a […]

DIY Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Oh Dad, you don’t ask for much. Just a kid-free corner of the garage to work on your projects. And maybe a Porche. Well ok, he’s not getting the sports car, but you can appeal to his manly-man interests by creating a gift basket JUST […]

Make Kids Art Glasses

Make Kids Art Glasses

My son loves to draw. He also loves to use drinking glasses, one after another. Honestly, sometimes I think he takes a sip out of each glass in the house before proclaiming it dirty and putting it into the sink.
To celebrate his love of art and our need to give him one glass that literally “has his name on it,” I used one of his drawings as inspiration for a custom glass he can call his own.

Kid's Drawing Becomes Glass Art
Kid’s Drawing Becomes Glass Art

Here is what you will need:
Painter’s Tape
A clear, straight-sided glass
A child’s drawing that will fit in the glass
Plaid Enamel Paint and A Small Paint Brush

How to do it:

Roll up the drawing slightly so you can fit it into the glass and secure it to the glass as shown with your painter’s tape. You may want to use a photocopy of the art so you can cut it to fit. Using your small paint brush, follow the lines of the drawing underneath the glass.  Let it dry for 1 hour and then back per the instructions on your paint.

Tips (and other things to keep in mind):

Make sure your drawing sits very close to the inside of the glass before you secure it with tape…if it is not pressed up close to the glass you may have a rough time following the lines.

Leave about 1-2 inches at the top of the glass free of paint (do not paint up to the rim.) While the paint is made more durable from the baking process, it is not intended to be eaten which may happen over time if the paint is put on a surface that touches the lips.

When you are baking your piece to set the paint, make sure you put your glass on a cookie sheet so it will not fall over and it is easy to remove from the oven when hot. Also, do not preheat your oven before placing the glass in – put the glass in then heat up your oven to the required temperature. Cold glass + hot oven = sad, broken artwork!

Securing The Drawing With Painter's Tape
Securing The Drawing With Painter’s Tape. A glass version of your child’s artwork will be something that will bring back memories after they are grown. (I could make a time traveling reference here, huh?)

Kids Crafts – Make Pudding Finger Paints

Some preschoolers just put everything in their mouths. Today, I say we go with it. If you have  a toddler who tries to eat his paint, you may as well make it something that you are sure won’t hurt him. Try this great kitchen craft […]

Sleepover Cheapover – Make a DIY Bring-Along Bed

This is a BRILLIANT tutorial from the Domestic Goddesque on her super-crafty blog! Use pillows, a cozy cute sheet (or fabric, but sometimes sheets are less expensive and have the kids favorite characters!) to make this fluffy, puffy sleepover bed. A little cuddly piece of […]

Make an Arts and Crafts Apron

Even if you have been sewing for many,many years (20 years for me – gosh time flies,) sewing projects that start with a simple pattern often allow for the most creative possibilities. This apron project and tutorial is exactly the kind of fun sewing project for me and even better…what a rockin’ arts and crafts apron this is! Glue stick stashing pockets, punch pouches, I mean… in this kind of hold-it-all style, you are like a one woman crafting machine. A bionic supercrafter with a glue gun in one hand, and a pocket full of ric-rack!

(And you won’t even have to worry about glitter pants.)

See the Make Lounge for instructions on how to make this simple “cafe” apron that is just too cool for the kitchen. And have fun with it!!

Make A Cafe Apron

**Image Credit: The Make Lounge

 

 

DIY Wedding: Make A Chalkboard Aisle Runner

A wedding ceremony is the most meaningful part of any wedding day and the start of the commitment you'll make to each other. It's what the rest of the day's all about! Your ceremony, as much as the details of your reception, …

Make Bottle Cap Picture Magnets

Make Bottle Cap Picture Magnets

While walking around Austin, TX…we were total tourists. Checking out all the cool vintage stores, taking lots of pictures, and basking in sunshine and Mexican-inspired art. We kept seeing these cool bottle cap magnets – simple little picture magnets made using bottle caps, glitter, tiny […]

It’s A Bust!

It’s A Bust!

NO really, it is! A miniature one anyway…
I once made an exact polymer clay figure of my dear Daddy. But I forgot to bake it! So it sat on the shelf for years and years and as we watched it lose it’s structure, my Dad joked that it’s decline posture was a little too lifelike! I’ve since remembered to bake my little creations or at least use materials that can air dry. Which brings us to this project…

What is a home without a little breath of whimsy? A full bust of a famous composer might not fit your decor, but a silly little character fits in just about anywhere! Make monsters, gnomes, little ladies…anything you’d like to liven up a quiet corner or sleepy bookshelf.
Want to make your own shelf-sized “bust?” Here’s how to do this super simple project…

Make your own paper clay character
Make your own paper clay character

What you’ll need:

2 small Styrofoam balls. For this Paper clay project, I used one round for the head and one egg shaped for the body.
Paper clay (you could probably use paper mache instead but Paperclay is a joy to work with – try it if you haven’t!) You can get a product called Creative Paperclay: http://www.paperclay.com Check out their site to find retailers near you.
Paint – I used watercolor paints to give it a little more variation in color and so that it would dry quickly.
(optional) A toothpick and some small clay shaping tools – I just used a Popsicle stick

How to do it:

1. Work the clay over the egg shaped Styrofoam ball. This will be your base and make up the body and shoulders of your finished mini bust
2. Next cover the round ball with paper clay as well. You can pop the head on the body and join them with a toothpick.
3. Next smoosh the extra clay from the head in with the extra clay at the top of the body. This will join the pieces together and give you a figure that looks like a default avatar. (hehe)
4. Next take small pieces of clay and use your fingers to begin to form the figure’s facial features. Refine the features with your Popsicle stick tool.
5. I made paper clay “worms” to make 3D hair. You can do this now or plan to add some other kind of hair and hats and accessories later. They can be glued on with craft glue after your piece is dried and painted.
6. Once you are happy with the structure of your design, you will need to let it dry. This can take a few days and depends on how thick your clay is. You may need to turn it each day to make sure all sides are dry. When you can tap it and it makes a hollow sound, you know it is ready to be painted.
7. Time to paint the features. I painted the face in a pale peach, then added layers of other colors for blush, ladylike lipstick, and brown mascara.
8. When your paint is dry, feel free to add crazy accessories. My figure is just painted, but that isn’t to say it wouldn’t be really fun to glue on a feather boa or beads. Have fun with it…the point is to make you smile every time you walk by it so go crazy!

Make A Chinese Takeout Style Treat Box

Make A Chinese Takeout Style Treat Box

Craft Supplies:

1. Chinese takeout favor box template. Ours is available for instant download on sale now for $2.49 on Meylah: Chinese Takeout Treat Box Template
2. Stapler
3. Your favorite decorative cardstock (we used the DCDM Whimsy Stack for our examples)
4. Boning tool for making the creases and scoring board (We used Martha Stewart’s kit – comes with a scoring board and a boning tool.) If you don’t have a bone folder, you can crease the lines with the edge of a popsicle stick.

How to fold and assemble your box:

1. Cut your cardstock to a size that will fit in your printer. The template we used is designed to work with the standard 8.5 x 11 sized paper that fits in our printer. (tip: please check to make sure your cardstock will work with your printer. If you are using a very heavy cardstock that can’t be fed through your printer, print the template on basic white paper or cardstock and trace it onto your final paper.)
2. Cut around the outside of the box shape. (follow the solid yellow line)
3. Use a bone folding tool and scoring board to trace the dotted lines in the template. Push hard enough to make a crease you can see slightly on the other side, but not so hard you pierce the paper.
4. Fold to connect the dots on sections 1, 2, 3, and 4…