Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts

Monday, January 21, 2013

DIY: Concert Ticket Magnets

Ticket Stub Magnets

So, like I said in my last post, I moved. Moving forces you to ask yourself the hard questions. Like, the 4th time you've moved your collection of vintage cassingles, you have to wonder "What am I doing with these things?"

My box of ticket stubs definitely falls into that category. I mean, it isn't taking up any valuable real estate, but if I'm not using them for something cool then why am I even keeping them? Because really, ticket stubs are super cool. People don't usually go to "meh" concerts, they go to awesome ones. So why keep a tangible reminder of that awesomeness stuffed away in a box in your closet? These magnets are quick, easy, and every time you get orange juice out of the fridge you can reminisce about those great nights. (Additionally, the big national love day is coming up, and if you keep tickets as date mementos, these are a really sweet gift.)

  • Ticket Stubs
  • Laser Printer
  • Glue Stick or Spray Glue
  • Chipboard or the back cover of an old notebook
  • Aleene's Paper Glaze
  • Hot Glue
  • Magnets

The first step is to scan your ticket stubs, and use a program to resize your tickets. I made mine 3 inches wide. (Make sure when you re-size it you lock your proportions, or they will end up looking wonky) Then print your image out with a laser jet printer and use a glue stick or some spray glue (where have you been all my life?) to mount them onto some chip board or the the back cover of an old notebook or something. Finally trim your tickets to size with a paper cutter or some scissors.

Once you have your tickets trimmed, cover them with the paper glaze. I used Aleene's cause I'm a fan of her tacky glue, but there are other brands. The technique I used was sort of similar to flooding an iced cookie. Outline first, then fill in the middle. Kind of fun. Also, it made me want a cookie. Try to pop any bubbles.

Now let them dry overnight. Don't put too much on, otherwise the glaze will just slowly ooze off. As the glaze dries it will turn clear and shiny. After 24 hours mine were good, but there was one little cloudy spot that took another day to totally set.

DIY Ticket Magnet

Last, attach magnets to the back with hot glue. You can buy rolls of magnets at a craft store, but I just used an old promotional magnet from my dentist (for both recycling and being cheap purposes). There, now show everyone how cool and cultured you are. The best part of this project is that even if you don't have a box of old ticket stubs lying around, you can still make them thanks to this modern internet age. Did you ever see the Beatles play live? Well, who says you can't pretend?

Some other great ticket stub projects, while we're at it:
  • Or make a giant ticket stub wall hanging, if you have 5 dollars and know how to order an Engineering Print from Staples.

Monday, November 26, 2012

DIY: Washi Tape Ornaments

Washi Ornament

Hey, did everyone have a great Thanksgiving? Here, I made you this pie:

Thanks Pie
Try not to lick the screen.
I hope your Thanksgiving was lots of fun, however you chose to spend it. Eating, napping, bare knuckle boxing for a big screen tv. Whatever. As for me and mine, we had a movie marathon, enjoyed video games and knitting, and decked the halls so hard they are probably still shaking. We put up the tree and I continued my quest to replace all of my original store bought ornaments with cool homemade ones. So, on Sunday I bought a few porcelain balls from the craft store and used my trusty washi tape to make some new ones.

Washi Ornament

Washi Ornament Pattern

I don't really have a tutorial for this project. The basic steps are have ball, apply tape, but here are a few tips.
  • Choose the right tape for your design. The neon ones were okay, but I really liked the graphic quality of the stripes. Polka dots might be cool.
  • Some washi tape is transparent, so plan your design accordingly. Where my stripes crossed I got a cool grid effect.
  • Depending on the size of your ball, the tape may be too wide to lay nicely. I cut my strips in half lengthwise and that worked well.
  • Washi tape is easily removed and repositioned, so don't be afraid to try out different patterns. You can always scrap it if you don't like it.

I made one with stripes, a cool graphic snowflake (there is a black snowflake on the reverse side) and some inverted zig zags. Honestly I kind of love them, and I'm keeping my eyes peeled for interesting tape designs to make more. I'd love to see any you create!

P.S. While you're at it, check out last year's felt roll up ornaments.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

DIY: Gold Nugget Earrings and Accidental Blasphemy

Fools Gold Earrings

Check it out, a project that combines two of my favorite things: spray paint and finding things on the ground. I'm not a big jewelry person, but I think these DIY gold nugget earrings are witty, subtle and pretty cheap. To make you will need: gold spray paint, smallish rocks with at least one flat side, glue and earring posts. 


First find some rocks and spray them with gold paint. Try to also paint your foot, as I found this step essential to the whole artistic process.

Once they are dry, glue the earring backs onto your nuggets. I tried to find pebbles that were interesting on the front but had a nice flat back to for sturdy gluing. I used hot glue because it was all I had in the house but honestly that is too brittle and I'm sure they won't last long that way. I'm going to re-glue them just as soon as I can get to the store and pick up some E6000.

DIY Fool's Gold Earrings
In action.
Ta-da and done. Little gold nuggets. I really like them, and you could make them in other colors too. Oh, P.S. if you live in Chicago or any other place where you can't buy spray paint, and you don't mule it back from the suburbs like I do (seriously, I'm basically a felon at this point), I think you could easily make these with liquid leaf or gold leaf foil. If you do, let me know how it goes.

Also, after I was done painting my rocks I had a ton of paint left over and decided to give a makeover to one of the random plastic animals I got in the clearance bin. So, I painted my cow gold. Yep. A golden calf. It dawned on me as I arranged it on my coffee table. We haven't prayed to it or anything, but still, I probably should have gone with the elephant instead. Oh well.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Halloween DIY: Lace Mask

Black and White for maximum spookiness.

Wow, I just realized Halloween is 2 weeks away! Are you making a costume? Does your costume need a fancy lace mask? Do you just need a fancy lace mask? Well, whatever you plan on using it for, here is a pretty simple tutorial for making your own.

Black Lace (I usually like a sheerer lace, but this project works better with a lace that has hearty appliques)
Mask Template
Wax Paper
Fabric Stiffener
Black Paint

To make the mask first find a template. I found a couple online here and here but there are plenty more. Before you cut your lace, cut a paper version of your mask and make sure it fits you well. Eye holes in the right place and all that. Once you're sure it is good, pin the lace to paper and get cutting. A good tip is to start with the eye holes first, it makes it a little easier.

Now, lay your mask down on the wax paper and squeeze some fabric stiffener onto it. Use a brush to apply the stiffener to the entire mask, but use more of a dabbing motion than a stroking motion so you don't mess up your lace.When the mask is completely covered flip it over onto a clean piece of wax paper and do the same to the other side. I didn't have to add more stiffener to the second side, I just distributed the stuff that was already there. It is important not to be too generous with the stiffener otherwise it will dry badly, so show a little restraint.

After you have coated both sides flip it onto yet another clean piece of wax paper. I know it seems like you're using a lot of wax paper but one of the keys to getting a good finish is to not let your mask dry in a pool of stiffener. Now using a dry stiff brush dab at your mask to pop any bubbles that may have formed between the lace. Do this quickly before they set, then let your mask dry.

Once it has dried for a few hours you'll want to repeat the whole process, and then let it dry overnight. At this point your mask should be pretty stiff! I noticed a few spots where the stiffener had dried white so I hit the outside of the mask (read: the side that wasn't going to touch my face) with the lightest coat of black spray paint. Finally attach ribbon to the side and you're ready to be Sexy Zorro. Have fun kids, I hope you get lots of treats!

Also, thank you so much to blogtographer Melissa Rudin for taking pictures of the finished product. She's lovely and talented, and she let me pay her in pickles. Best friend ever!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

DIY: Instagram Coasters

Instagram DIY

Hey, look, a new project! I know you've all been sitting around thinking "You know what my life is missing? Coasters." You don't have to say anything, I've been there, I know your pain and I'm here to help. Turn your instagrams into these fun beverage landing pads, and let the healing process begin.

  • Plain tiles from the hardware store (mine were like 16 cents each)
  • Mod Podge
  • Polyurethane spray or other sealant
  • Felt or cork for the bottom
First download your instagrams (I used Instaport) and resize them to dimensions of your tiles. Print photos and trim them to size. Note: I'd normally use a laser printer for this since I wouldn't want the ink to smear from the Mod Podge, but I only had my inkjet and didn't have any problems.

Once your photos are trimmed put a layer of Mod Podge on the tile and carefully put the photo on top, make sure to smooth out any wrinkles or bumps. When you have the photo placed correctly, brush another lay of Mod Podge on top.

DIY Instagram Coasters

Now comes the hard part, leave it alone and let it dry. I know, waiting for things to dry is the worst. Once that layer dries clear, brush on another layer and then you have to let that one dry and repeat. Keep adding layers until you're happy with the look. Then I let them dry overnight just to be on the safe side. Finally, since Mod Podge isn't totally water resistant, spray them with a layer of sealant. Because you wouldn't want to mess up your awesome coasters after you let them dry so patiently, would you? (Just be aware that even though it is technically dry, Mod Podge can take a few weeks to actually cure so don't put anything hot on it for at least a month, ok?)

DIY Instagram Coasters

Your last step is to put something on the bottom of your coasters to actually protect your table. Because coasters are more than just awesome little art pieces, allegedly. You can use cork if you're fancy, or those little sticker pads you put on the bottom of your furniture, but I glued some random leftover felt squares on mine and it worked great. 

And even if you aren't currently going through a serious coaster phase in your life right now, this project is still a fun way to display your (fabulous, I'm sure) pictures. Make a few and prop them up on your desk. Or, wait, make a ton and then tile your kitchen backsplash with them. I bet that would totally get you featured on apartment therapy. Someone who isn't a renter please do this...for me?

Monday, April 16, 2012

DIY: Painted Cap Toe Ballet Flats

I have this dream that someday I'll be rich and famous and giving a magazine a tour of my house and after we see my fabulous craft studio, outdoor pizza oven, and special room with trampoline floors, I open the door to my walk in shoe closet to reveal the world's most comprehensive collection of cute ballet flats. It is going to be amazing.

My collection got just a little sweeter on a recent trip to Walmart when I came across these flats. They are a perfect blank canvas and best of all they're only 5 bucks. It took all my strength not to fill my cart with them Supermarket Sweep style. I settled on starting with one pair to make some DIY cap toe flats in a punchy blue color. To make your own all you will need a pair of fabric flats, some tape and fabric paint.

Start by taping off the top of your shoe to make the cap area. I found this was easiest to do if I was wearing them at the time, that way I made sure I got the line straight and even. After you've taped off your cap (taking care to press down the tape so no paint seeps under) you may also want to tape off the sole of the shoe to keep things looking neat.

After one coat of paint

Then use a fabric paint and a sponge brush to paint the taped off area. I wanted a bright blue color so I used Simply Screen in Blue Hawaii, but I considered a neon pink, and of course I think these would look great in glitter.

Some tips for painting: if your shoes are dark and your paint is lighter like mine, you'll need a few coats. You want to use multiple thin coats, like a manicure. Resist the urge to just glob it on thickly. Also, paint carefully so you don't accidently pull up the tape and ruin your line. Once the paint is set, but not totally dry, slowly peel off the tape. Let the shoes dry for the recommended amount of time and cure according to the instructions (my paint, for example is supposed to be heat set, so I hit it with the iron).

Done! Pretty easy right? I love them. Now I need a hundred more. And a giant closet to keep them in. 

Monday, February 13, 2012

DIY: Embroidered Gift Box

So, tomorrow is the big Valentine's Day celebration, and I bet you have the perfect gift already bought for your special someone(s?). But don't give it just yet, because here is a super cute way to dress up your gift box that says to your Valentine "I craft possibly an unnecessary amount." And you probably already have all of the supplies.

That box is so cute, you don't even care that it is actually empty.
To make this embroidered V-day gift box you'll need:
Scrap Paper
Ruler and a Sharpie
Leftover Yarn
An Awl or Thick needle

Start by measuring out a scrap of paper the size of the top of your gift box.  On this paper draw your heart. To get a perfectly symmetrical heart, I folded the paper in half, drew one half and then traced it with the sharpie so that the marker bled through to the other side. Worked perfectly.

Next, us a ruler to mark out the lines on your paper. I went with 1/4 inch in between my lines, but depending on the size of your box you may want to go wider. Just lightly trace the lines in pencil and make sure they are nice and straight and you like the look. At the end of each pencil line make a dot where you will punch your guide hole.

After your lines look good, use a small piece of tape to secure the paper to the top of your lid, then use your awl or needle to punch holes through the lid where you drew your dots. Go slow and be careful not to mangle your box by applying too much pressure. Wiggle the needle if it helps.

Once you have punched all of your guide holes, take the paper off the top of the box.  Cut a length of yarn and thread your needle. Tie a knot in the back, and starting at the top, sew through your pre punched holes to embroider your heart. When you reach the bottom use a little piece of tape on the back to secure the end of your yarn. Admire your work. Prepare for gift receiver to be so impressed by your handmade box that they will want to shower you with adoration. And you should let them, after all, this is a day of love.

P.S. Happy Valentine's Day to everybody who reads this blog on purpose. I love you most of all!

Monday, January 2, 2012

DIY: Glitter Peter Pan Collar

Hey everybody, so New Year's Eve was so fun. I went to a party called Glitter 2012. How perfect is that for a party theme? And let me tell you, they were not joking. There was glitter everywhere, on everything. Lest you think I am exaggerating I present photographic evidence. This was the rug:

I love that I'm friends with people who take glitter this seriously. Thank you ladies for being so amazing.
In honor of Glitter 2012, I wanted my first craft of the new year to be glittery too. Peter Pan Collars are everywhere right now, and when I came across this glitter fabric at Hobby Lobby (it was in the aisle with the felt squares), I knew it would make a perfect sparkly collar.

I got silver and gold, but they also had it in red.
To make your collar first you need a template.  You can either download my template, or draw your own. Make the lapel bigger or smaller, rounder or pointier, whatever you'd like. Then trace and cut out two pieces for your collar. 

Once you have your pieces cut out, overlap them just a little in the middle and sew a button to join the right and left sides of the collar.

Here the ribbon is attached on the left side, I still need to do the right.

Then attach two pieces of ribbon to the back of the collar pieces by either gluing or poking a hole and threading the ribbon through and knotting it.  And you're done.

I love it.  And if it looks this cute on a headless mannequin, think of how great it will look on you. I mean, you have a face and everything. Here's hoping your 2012 is full of good friends, glue guns and glitter.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Upcycled 3D Glitter Party Glasses

3D glasses are awesome.  There is obviously the movie or whatever, but then afterwards they are a total crafty blank canvas.  Pop the lenses out and they are perfect for costumes or props.  You can make Kermit Eyes with them, I've even wrapped some in yarn (for some reason).  But, like most awesome things, they may be at their best when glittered.

Once we hit the big time we hire real models.
That is my promise to you.

To make these you will need a pair of 3D glasses, sand paper, modge podge, fine glitter, some plastic stars and hot glue.  First step is to disassemble your glasses. Pop the lenses out and pop the arms off.  Next prep your glasses by roughing them up with sand paper, this will help your glitter stick. Lay them on wax paper to be glittered.

Mix up a paste of equal parts modge podge and glitter.  Then, working in sections, coat your glasses with the mixture.  I used a foam craft brush for this, and tried to apply it kind of like I was icing a cookie.  Not too thick, you can always add more layers.  Let the modge podge dry then flip them over to do the other side, the top, bottom and inside where the lenses were. Basically cover the entire thing, but be sure not to glitter the joints where the arms connect to the glasses.

Once all your glitter dries you can check for bare spots and add more. Try to avoid globs, but once the mixture is mostly dry you can gently (seriously, gently) press any bumpy spots with your finger to smooth it down.

If you just want a pair of glittery glasses you can stop there, but I wanted these for NYE and my awesome friend Kristin suggested stars which sounded perfect, so I found these plastic glow in the dark ones.  I like that the pack came with lots of different sizes, and I covered them in glitter using the same method as the glasses. I actually did some of the stars in silver, just to mix it up. Once your stars and your glasses are covered, let them cure overnight.

When the glasses are fully cured use some hot glue to attach the stars to the frames, snap the arms back on, and you're done. Happy New Year!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Felt Roll Up Ornaments

At this point in the holiday season, there are two ways things could go.  You're usually either "Christmas, yay, pass the candy canes" or "Christmas, boo, wake me when the groundhog gets here."  I'm happy to report that this weekend was definitely a funtimes holiday extravaganza.  There was a party with carols, the closing of the Christmas show, and I even saw the Holiday Train! It was awesome.  So what better way to hold on to that holiday high than to make some new ornaments for my tree?

When I originally bought most of my ornaments I tried to stick pretty closely to a red theme because I was worried clashing colors would make it look ugly.  Since then I've changed my mind and decided I'd rather have an eclectic tree full of funky ornaments that I love, and I thought that these would add some much needed color.  Here is how to make your own:

To make these you will need some colorful felt that you will cut into strips.  I made mine an inch wide, and the lengths can vary (you can use the shorter strips on the inside of the roll and the longer ones on the outside).  They key here is just to try and cut them as straight as possible, that way your roll will look neat.

Next take one strip of felt in the color that you want to be your center.  If you'd like to fold it in half this will make it easier to work with, then roll the strip up (kind of like a sushi roll, or a little sleeping bag) and dab some hot glue on the end to secure the felt to itself.  You should now have a little roll of felt, this is your center.

Once you have your center, keep wrapping strips of felt in alternating colors to make your roll larger and larger.  Secure the felt by periodically adding dabs of hot glue to your roll.  You want to make sure that you line the felt up so that your roll stays neat and all the colors show.  When you're happy with the size of your roll, use some hot glue to secure the end.  Insert a needle in under the outermost felt layer, and sew a little loop of embroidery thread for hanging. Make a ton in lots of colors and admire.