Saturday, February 26, 2011
Pretty Wall Cubes
Decorate your wall with customized cubes. Select three same-size square sturdy cardboard boxes or use wood cubes. Trace a box side onto decorative paper; repeat the tracing five times for each box for a total of 15; cut out. Using a paintbrush, spread a thin layer ofadhesive on five sides of each box. Adhere the paper to the box sides, using your hand and a brayer to smooth each side. Finish with a coat of polyurethaneif desired.
Raid your scraps stash to create an inexpensive custom work of art. Paint a canvas and paintchipboard letters. Cover the canvas with patterned-paper blocks, the painted chipboard letters,embellishments, photos, artwork, and paper-pieced accents that correspond with the letters.
Revamp a Window Frame
Use an old window frame (found in antiques stores) as a frame to show off love ones. Gather pieces ofchipboard the size of each pane to use as "pages." Cover the chipboard with patterned paper, then add pictures and embellishments. Attach your completed chipboard "pages" to the back of the window panes with a staple gun. For a finishing touch, add rub-on words or phrases to the glass panes.
Construct and decorate a tiny house with family photos. Assemble the house using foam-core board and hot
With a little paint and some foam-core board, nine fun cards form a spiffy piece of artwork. Choose a boldly patterned card then use spray adhesive to mount onto same-size pieces of foam-core board. Attach the squares to the painted square with double-sided carpet tape, and voila! For an extra touch paint a large square in a contrasting color to make your art work pop off your walls.
Bedazzled Wall Art
Problem: Tangled jewelry
Solution: You use your jewelry to dress up your outfit. Now use it to dress up your walls. Turn the tangle of jewelry in your jewelry box into artwork. Use frames or shadow boxes to group pieces together. Not only will your walls sparkle, but you'll be more likely to wear pieces because you see them on a regular basis.
Download our star template below. Cut out two star shapes from card stock. Slit one star from the top point to the middle and the second from the bottom to the center point. Adorn each star with leftover buttons, gems, and stickers. Slide the two stars together, punch a hole at the top, and thread ribbonthrough the hole for hanging.
Friday, February 4, 2011
Tools and Materials
Sardine tin (well washed and dried)
Cutout images (from sardine label)
Ocean Diorama How-To
1. For background, trace bottom of well-washed sardine tin onto cardboard and a nautical map, and cut out; glue map onto cardboard, then glue inside tin.
2. Cut waves from blue paper, making tabs on bottom and sides for attaching to can; glue in place. Glue on shells, twigs, toy birds, and cutout images photocopied from sardine label, and cheesecloth for a net.
3. To make free-floating fish, glue fish cut out to one end of card stock strip folded at each end; glue other end to background.
4. Brush glue on floor of diorama; sprinkle with sand. To hang diorama, tape rope to back.
Easy Craft Ideas: Envelope Accordion Book
Chartreuse A2 Envelopes
Choose your envelopes. You will need an odd number, anywhere from five to nine. We have used A2 envelopes here but, almost any size side-opening envelope will work.
Using a glue stick, adhere the envelopes together by placing adhesive on the inside of the flap of one envelope and using a bone folder, burnish it to the front of the next envelope.
Fold the pages accordion style, making the pointed flap of the first envelope the cover of your book.
Add a ribbon closure. Cut a small opening the width of the ribbon on both sides of the last envelope and run the ribbon through.
Using labels and colored gel pens indicate the contents of each envelope "page". Fill with all your odds and ends, fold up, and tie the ribbon closure to keep everything safely tucked inside.
See our How-to Video to learn about a similar accordion project.
Don't throw out those little plastic bread tag clips that come on packages of bagels, English muffins and sandwich buns. Instead, save them to make these cute little snowmen for securing your Christmas treat bags!
You probably remember the recycled bread tag monsters that I made for Halloween. Right after making those I knew I wanted to make some for Christmas too. I finally had some time to make these and just in time for your holiday treat bags!
These were actually very easy and I think I like the ones without mouths better than the ones with mouths. Either way, I think they came out cute and took almost no time at all!
Recycled Bread Tag Snowmen
plastic bread tags
acrylic paint: orange, pink and black
sealer spray, matte finish
If your bread tags are any color but white, you will need to paint them with white acrylic paint first.
First I sketched out some ideas. I really recommend doing this whenever you are trying to make something from your head a reality.
You want to do the cheeks first. Use an old scruffy brush and dip it in pink paint. Dab off the excess paint on a piece of paper.
Dab the cheeks on with the pink paint.
Practice making the noses on a piece of paper.
Add noses to the bread clips.
Dip the handle end of a small paintbrush into black paint. Dot on the eyes.
Use the same dotting method to add a mouth if you like, or use a Sharpie marker. NOTE: If using a Sharpie, let these sit for several hours before spraying with sealer, otherwise the ink may run.
If not using Sharpie, just allow the paint to dry then spray with sealer.
What You’ll Need:
- short cardboard tube
- poster paint
How to Make It:
Draw an inch-wide band around the center of a short cardboard tube. Draw six evenly spaced lines from each end of the tube to the band, then cut along them. (See diagram.)
Paint the tube, inside and out, with a coat or two of poster paint. Let it dry.
Tape the ends of the strips from one side of the band to those from the other side.
Snip triangles from the edges of the strips. Add glue-and-glitter spots. Use thread to hang up the snowflake.