Friday, June 25, 2010

Envelope of Doom Part 2: Embellished Headbands

Now that I've really started to dive into this envelope, I realized that I have a lot more than three projects goin' on... so, yay!  Alrighty, here's what I'm working with today:

These green felt-thingys.  I've got some ideas for the animals and whatnot, but today I just used the half circles:

I grabbed a needle and some bright pink thread, and gave each piece a blanket stitch border.  futuregirl has a great tutorial if you need one... that's where I learned.

You can see in the picture above that I was going for a flowery look... but the green really made it look like leaves to me, so that's what they became.  I put them into two groups of three and stitched them together.  Hot glue would have been much faster, now that I look back on that....

Now I just needed the flower parts.  For the first, I hopped on the zipper flower bandwagon, and grabbed a white zipper and separated the two sides.

You can tell I craft on my dining room table... the glare from the chandelier is kinda cool looking, though.

I should have looked back on how everyone else makes their zipper flowers, buuuut I didn't.  I pretty much rolled and stitched, rolled and stitched, added the other side of zipper, and rolled and stitched...
Until I ended up with this:

It's not too pretty, but it's the bottom, no one will ever see it, so no biggie.

I flipped it over, hot glued it onto a set of leaves... and then added a pink rhinestone to the center.  For a little glam.

For the other flower, I took some wire and glass beads and created a flowery shape.
Pretty easy to make, just string the beads, bend the wire, twist, string more beads, bend, twist... you get the idea.  I stuck the end of the wire through the felt and twisted it into a flat coil to hold it in place.  I also added a dab of hot glue to it, just to be sure.

To make the headbands, I just grabbed some ribbon (any kind will work) and some elastics.  Tied two elastics together...

measured the ribbon around my daughter's head and took off about an inch or two, folded the end of ribbon up around the elastics and hot glued it into place.

I used hot glue to add the flowers onto the headbands (off to the side), and that's it!

I made these for my two oldest munchkins... who are asleep right now, or they'd be my little models.  Well, maybe I could... no, I'll leave them alone.  I'll wait until morning. :)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Envelope of Doom Part 1: Plastic Ring Jewelry

This is a three part series, coming to they come to me. Last week I received an envelope stuffed with random things for me to craft with. It was like Christmas morning for me!

Here's the scoop on the stuff; Mich L. in L.A. (who is super creative, if you haven't checked her out, put that on your to-do- list) held a giveaway/crafting challenge, a.k.a. the Crazy Crafty Wicked Cool Envelope of Doom Challenge.  I am so happy that I got one!  The challenge part?  To make three gifts using at least one item from the envelope.  With that in mind, here's my first gift:

A necklace and earring set! I apologize for my horrible wire work, clearly I'm no pro at jewelry making.  But it's so fun to do!  Wondering what the base of those circles are?  

Yep, those are the little plastic circle-things that are left on the neck of a plastic bottle when you unscrew the cap.  Is there a technical term for them?  If there is, I have no idea what it is, so I'll call them 'plastic rings'.  Close enough.  Here's what I used to make the earrings and necklace:

  • 5 plastic rings (from the Envelope of Doom)
  • raffia
  • beads (from the Envelope of Doom)
  • hot glue
  • silver wire
  • jewelry findings
  • scissors
Start with your plastic ring.  Take the raffia and wind it around the entire ring, using a tiny dab of hot glue to hold it in place.  Make sure to not cut the excess raffia off.

Separate one strand of the raffia from the others, hold it aside, and cut the other strands off.  Now you're left with one thin strand of raffia.  Slide a bead onto the strand;

and pull the raffia down to the bottom of the circle.

Wrap the raffia around the bottom and secure in place with a tiny dab of hot glue.  Trim the excess raffia off. 

There's one circle done!  Now do it 4 more times :)

Once you've got your circles all finished, it's time to add the wire.  I don't have much of a tutorial for this, basically because I pretty much just improvised with my wire.  For my earrings I wrapped some silver wire around the top, made a loop, and twisted wire around it to secure it into place.  Then attach it to your ear wires.  For the pendant, I did the same thing for the top,
and for the bottom, just making a smaller loop.

To secure the next circle on, I started the top wire the same way except I threaded the wire through the bottom loop of the last circle, like this:

Twist the wire to secure it closed, add on another circle, string it onto a necklace, and you've got recycled jewelry!  I bet no one will be able to guess it started out as a plastic ring from a soda bottle!

 I'm also supposed to tell a little about giving the gift.... but I haven't given it yet.  I'm not even quite sure who I'm giving it to... most likely to a friend for her birthday. 

I've got two more projects coming from this envelope, so stay tuned!

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Old Window into a House Number Sign

This is one of those projects that I've had on my list but have been putting off for a long time... and for no reason, because it was so easy!  The hardest part was waiting for the Mod Podge to dry!  I took one of my many old windows that I've collected, and turned it into a house number sign.

This is crazy easy.  For the window, you just need a few things:

  • an old window
  • decorative/ scrapbook paper
  • tissue paper
  • Mod Podge 
  • paint brush
  • scissors
I always put the obvious things on the list, like 'scissors' and 'paint brush'.  I guess I don't have to do that, but too bad, gonna do it anyway.

First things first, you need to cut out your house numbers from your paper. I used a word program on my computer, typed my numbers, enlarged them to the size I wanted, printed them, cut them out, and traced them onto my scrapbook paper.  Cut those out, and you've got numbers.

I love the 'texture' of this paper.  It looks kinda old.  Or grungy.  Grold. Hmmm....

Now grab your window.  You could paint the frame, but I liked the rustic, weathered look of leaving it as-is.

Grab your numbers, Mod Podge, and brush.  Make sure that your window is facing front-side down.  Brush on some podge, and stick your numbers so that the nice side is showing through the glass.

Now go crazy with the podge and brush it all over the glass and the backs of your numbers.  Once everything's all gluey, take your tissue paper (I crinkled mine for texture) and start laying it over the glass.

 Keep on going until the glass is covered.  You can see the cool texture the tissue paper leaves.

Let it dry, hang it up, and you've got a customized house number sign!  I hung up some planters that came with my Christmas pointsettas... I love them, too!

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