April 16, 2014

DIY: Bunny-in-an-Egg Paper Necklaces

I enjoy making paper jewelry every once in a while - the fact that you can make something wearable from something so flimsy always delights me. Since Easter is just a few days away, I decided to make some paper bunny-in-an-egg necklaces for my sister to give to her friends (my fiance actually suggested I make these bunnies... he's getting crafty nowadays). Crafting this with a die-cutter is so easy it's not even funny. 


SUPPLIES:

  • Silhouette Cameo- or any die-cutter
  • Glue
  • White cardstock
  • Patterned paper
  • Mod Podge
  • White / pink paint
  • Template - downloadable at the end of the post, in a png format 
Start by cutting your bunny template. If you're using the template, you may want to resize it first. 


Now glue them together, layering them - for the bunny part I layered 6-7 pieces and for the egg part I layered 3 pieces (on each side). To let it dry flat, you may want to sandwich them in a heavy book (or a notebook, and then just sit on it, lol). 


Paint your bunny parts - I painted mine white, but you may paint them any other pastel color you like. Might I suggest a light pink?


Now cut some patterned paper from the egg template, and then glue them on both sides of your bunny pendant. Apply a few layers of mod podge on each side, string them onto your necklace chains and you're done!


Of course you'd still want to be careful when wearing this - don't leave this near water or you'll be really sad.... Want more bunny / easter crafts? Check this link out


I hope you're still having a superb week! And if you loved this, comment/share/pin, I'd appreciate it :) Have a great day friends!
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April 14, 2014

DIY: Bunny-Stamped Goodie Bags for Easter

I have a thing for animals - specially cute ones like bunnies, pandas, cats and turtles (oh, who am I kidding, I find most animals cute). And with the days heading to Easter soon, I thought I'd make something with bunnies for this month's Silhouette challenge post. And yes, I've made a bunny necklace, a bunny poster and even a bunny-inspired headband, but life's much better with a lot more bunny-related projects - so I decided to make a bunny stamp to decorate Easter goodie bags (for my siblings). Remember the crane stamp that I did a while ago? I made this similar to that, so most of you may be familiar already. If not, just check that post out to see how to make your own stamp with just craft foam from the store! If you do know, read on to find out how I assembled my goodie bags. 


Supplies:
Kraft bags (kraft paper to make your own goodie bags)
Bunny stamp (template for that is available at the end of the post!)
Circles
Pastel-colored paper
Kraft paper
Scissors
Glue
Ruler 


Make your bunny stamps. I used my Silhouette Portrait to cut mine out, but since it's a relatively easy shape, you can easily hand-cut it yourself. Want to know how to make them from craft foam? Head on over to this post for the details.


Cut out circles bigger than your bunny stamps - since I sized my bunny to about 1.5" across, I cut 2" circles, then stamp your bunny stamp on the center of your circle - I just feel so giddy when I make my own stamps. Do you feel that way, too? I backed my white circles with starbursts.


For added cuteness I made some paper rosettes from pastel-colored paper. After all, it's Easter and it's Spring, so you must have some kind of pastel cuteness going on in there. To make the rosettes, you must cut up two strips of paper (mine measured 1.75" in height) and accordion fold them like in the photo above. It's much easier to do this with a scoring board, but you can also do without. 


Attach both strips on each end, making a circle as shown. They will expand uncontrollably so it's a good idea to stick a circle on the center to hold the folds in place.


I made my own kraft bags as well, using the printed kraft paper found at the dollar store. When I was there a couple of days ago they have a few more designs that's more Easter-appropriate, but I used what I had on hand.


Stick those circles on the center of your rosettes, and then add a few embellishments to finish (I used my DIY enamel dots).


Now all you have to do is stick those pretty rosettes onto your bags and you are done.



I just love the star-printed kraft paper and the addition of enamel dots. For a simpler version - just stamp them onto your bags and you'll be good to go!



Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

Check out these other spring-inspired Silhouette projects and be inspired!

Spring Cleaning - Custom Canisters I Love Paris In the Springtime Etching for Sping - Mug Personalization for the April Silhouette Challenge WHEELY excited about spring No-Sew Fabric & Burlap Peter Cottontail Banner Narwhals, plus friends Gold Fern Easter Eggs Mr and Mrs Easter Egg Head Easter Bunny Plate Welcome Spring - A Sign From Tile Paper Flowers Wall Art DIY: Bunny-Stamped Goodie Bags for Easter Inspirational Window Now We Have Everything Nursery Art Spring' and Flowers Paper Banner Glitter Jars with a Happy, Hoppy Bunny Made with the Silhouette + Free Cut File! Mother's Day Wreath Decorate A Watering Can With Vinyl! April Showers Sketch Pen Printable Spring Wreath Burlap Garden Flag with Heat Transfer Vinyl Pretty Little Herb Pots Peter Cottontail Door Hanger Spring Has Sprung Spring Has Sprung - Subway Art Bloom And Grow Sunflower Bouquet for Teacher Appreciation Sharpie Easter Eggs Tear Open Easter Egg Cards Look what's Blooming! ~ Silhouette Challenge Everblooming Paper Bouquet Silhouette Challenge: Spring Polish Swap Card [B] is for Bloom: Scrap Lumber Flower Vases Tulip Time - Fridge Magnets Neon Paper Pinwheels {tutorial} A Happy Spring Card Sketching Just Got Easier! Spring Bunny Baskets Bird Nerd Easter Eggs Easter Peeps Treats with {FREE} Printables and Cut File Garden Bench Update
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What do you do to celebrate Easter? Please share and pin if you loved this tutorial, folks and I hope your week will be a good one!

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April 11, 2014

DIY: Different Ways to Make Enamel Dots

A few posts ago I shared how to make pretty flower headbands for little girls, bridesmaids or for gifting - I used an enamel dot for the center, and I told you guys I'd show you different ways on how to make enamel dots. So read on to find out how! 


Who's obsessed with enamel dots? I am - you can use them for scrapbooking, cardmaking, embellishing - and even jewelry making. But they're too expensive, so being the cheap thrifty person that I am, I scoured the internet on ways to make said embellishments. I found a lot, but I am going to share with you guys a couple that are really easy, fast and made with materials that are (most likely) readily available in your craft stash - and I tested them too! 

PERLER BEADS


These little beads are quite the hit these days. You may know them as perler beads, or hama beads. They come with peg-like boards where you can make your design and then iron them to melt them - I'm pretty sure you know what I'm talking about. There's a lot of colors to choose from so it's easy to suite them to your project needs. And they're relatively cheap too - a big bucket of them costs around $11 at Michaels, so you'll have a ton of enamel dots to supply you for the rest of your life


Of course I tested them and they turned out okay. It's not my preferred method because they turned out quite flat and not completely round. Maybe more attempts will yield me better results. I baked them at 325 f, but it depends on your oven. Read more about perler bead melting here.

PONY BEADS

Ahh - childhood. I had literally thousands of these when I was a kid, but now when I was looking around the house for some I didn't find any, except for the beads that came with my sister's creepy toy doll. So with a spirit of experimenting I seized said beads to melt in the oven. Unfortunately, my experiments did not turn out, so I guess you have to be mindful of the kind of pony beads that you have (they have to be the standard ones) or else they'll turn out like the photo below. Or maybe I just didn't do it right (it's pretty obvious that I burnt them). On the bright side, they look like mini donuts, don't you think? 


...Oh, and they stink really bad when you melt them. Read more about pony bead melting here!

HOT GLUE GUN


This is hands down my favorite method of making enamel dots - they're quite easy and enjoyable to make. It's stress-relieving for me, I could seriously make a hundred of these at a time and not be annoyed. I like how you can make it bigger or smaller as well. I have come across this method a few years ago, but then forgot all about it until I saw this tutorial from Agus Yornet on how to make them. 

Tip: Make sure your glue gun is really hot, and that you squeeze the trigger slowly.

The only different step that I took is when it came to coloring them - with my collection of different colored nail polish, I painted them while they're still stuck to the backing that I used. It gave me the enamel-y finish that I was looking for. After it's dry, just peel it off, clean off the sides and you have your enamel dots!


So, what say you, folks? Will you try your hand at making some enamel dots? Which method do you think is best? Tell me in the comments! Please share and pin if you loved this tutorial! And don't forget to visit again next week, I have another DIY involving enamel dots. Hope you have a lovely weekend!

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April 09, 2014

DIY: Dressform Embroidery Thread Holders + Template

My room is a mess, but that's because it's where I craft too. I don't really have a ton of storage space for crafting materials and my room is quickly becoming like one of the spaces in Hoarders (well, not really, but close to it...lol). In an effort to reorganize everything and make them accessible (and pretty!) I've been doing a few things - this DIY is an example: I wanted to make all my embroidery thread and twine neat looking. There's a plethora of available embroidery thread holders available on the internet, but I wanted something different so I made these little dressform cut outs. If you don't want to go through the hassle of making these, you can always order them by clicking here. 


Supplies:
Chipboard / Cardboard - I used a pizza box because I'm trying to be eco-friendly (and cheap!)
Template - download it at the end of the post!
Backing material - fabric, paper or paint
Scissors


Print and cut the template. It's easier to print directly onto the cardboard and then cutting it rather than making a template and tracing it onto the cardboard (easier for me at least).


If you used recycled cardboard like me, you may want to back your cut dressform with pretty paper, kraft paper, another piece of cardboard or even spray paint it. I used kraft paper to back mine (and I gave that dressform pictured above to my sister - she loves extra cut-outs.)


Cut the slits in the middle. 


When rolling up your thread or twine, insert one end onto the slits to secure.


After rolling them up, cut a slit near the shoulder part to hold the other end of the thread.


Now admire your pretty handiwork! Don't they look like they're wearing pretty (and colorful) dresses? I actually laughed to myself in excitement when I was done wrapping the first one (yes, I'm kind of crazy like that). You can even hang them up like dresses.

Want them but don't want to make them? You can always order them here. :)


Do you have craft clutter problems too? What do you do to fight the clutter? Share your solutions, experiences and other comments with me! I love hearing from you. And of course, please pin and share if you loved this tutorial - it really helps the blog! As always, have a lovely week folks :)

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