Posts Tagged ‘diy’

Fun with fabric scraps

Friday, August 24th, 2012
Moda recently sent me a huge box of “Gypsy Girl” fabric remnants, what fun! I have lots of projects planned for them but thought I would start with this super easy idea. Fabric bangles are so easy to make and I think they add a fun punch of color to any outfit. I spend most of my time in jeans so I gave the fabric edges on my bangles a casual frayed look.

Here’s how I made them:

You will need:
-One plastic bangle: these are readily available at Michaels but can also be found at garage sales, flea markets etc. for mere pennies.
-One or more strips of colorful lightweight fabric, quilting cotton is perfect.
-Fabric scissors
-Hot glue gun

1-Make a small cut with scissors first and then rip your fabric strips so they have gently frayed edges. Final strip(s) should be about 1 inch wide.
2-Put a dab of hot glue on the inside of the bangle and adhere the fabric strip on a slight angle (in the direction you wish to wrap the fabric).
3-Wrap the fabric around and around keeping it as tight as possible. If you wish you can add a dot of glue on the inside here and there to help secure it.
4-Wrap the rest of the fabric around and finish on the inside with another dot of glue.
That’s all there is to it, so fun and easy! I plan to give away a bag of “Gypsy Girl” scraps next week so stay tuned.

Best wishes,
Stephanie

Party Décor DIY

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

I was “pinning” on Pinterest, and came across so many fun DIY ideas that I thought I’d share! So many easy and affordable ideas to try at home that would be perfect for outdoor barbeques, garden parties, and birthdays. A creative way to make your party a memorable one for your guests. I can’t wait to try out some of these beautiful DIY’s! To check out the “pins” click here.

DIY Paper Flower Backdrop

Pink and Blue Strawberry Birthday Party

DIY Ruffled Ice Cream Cones

Tiny Tassels DIY

DIY Wedding Pom Pom Vines

Wedding DIY: Cupcake Liner Pom-Poms

Cupcake Liner Crafts

DIY Food Picks

Make It: Paper Lanterns

Crepe Paper Streamers Chandelier

 

 

Magnetic Storage Tins

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Old tea or spice tins make perfect little storage helpers for your fridge or magnetic message board. I used “Mod Podge” to adhere some pretty fabric scraps and simply hot glued magnets to the back. So cute and handy! Use them for pens, pencils, rubber bands, etc. and finally clean out that messy kitchen drawer!

Tip – Be sure to use strong magnets so the tins don’t slide down the fridge. Also be sure to let the “Mod Podge” dry completely before gluing.

 

Decoupage Easter Eggs

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

My daughter Isabella and I spent the other evening creating these easter eggs by decoupaging elements from my paper party napkin collection. I wanted to use real eggs but for the sake of wanting to keep them for a longer time, I used wooden eggs from Michaels. To prep for this, I painted the eggs using basic acrylic paint. I then cut out the designs from the napkins. Admittedly, this part was a bit painstaking but so worth it in the end. I used glossy mod podge to adhere the design on and then coated the entire egg with more mod podge. I put the eggs in little flower pots and have them on my mantle but I think they’d make a great little addition to the Easter table. Enjoy the long weekend everyone!

 

Downloadable Mini Spring Bunting Flags

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Here’s a fun printable to dress up your dessert table. Download them here. Enjoy!

 

 

Taking Christmas cookies to the next level

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

This past weekend my daughter and I spent a wonderful evening covering cookies with white royal icing and painting up a Christmas storm using powdered food coloring mixed with vodka. The vodka is key as water will melt the icing base. It was so much fun and we can’t wait to create beautiful confections for Valentine’s and Easter. I never realized that a ginger snap, a plain sugar cookie or a shortbread treat could become such a wonderful tiny canvas.

For these I used little shortbread cookies and painted on royal icing thinned with water (not too thin though). I put them aside and allowed them to dry overnight. The next day I had perfect little cookie canvases. I sprinkled some red, green, white and brown powdered food colorings into my palette and mixed them with drops of vodka to create my cookie paint. Using small artists brushes I painted these little Santas. I like how cute he looks with his many different expressions.

FYI I bought both the royal icing and powdered food coloring from Michael’s.

 

Gift Tags Galore!

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Here are some cheerful gift tags for you to download and cut out. I think they look prettier than the regular rectangular tags don’t you? Feel free to add glass glitter or other embellishments. Warmest holiday wishes:)

For the Dog Lover on your list!

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Here is a super cute gift idea for anyone who has a dog. If you don’t happen to have a picture of their beloved canine you can purchase a stock image for a couple of bucks. I found the perfect Mini Schnauzer picture here and it has an unmistakably Maisy-ish look.

Maisy is our faithful seven-year old pooch and her portrait will now hang on our picture wall. If you use Photoshop you can simply create a top layer, trace the picture and fill it in with black. I also added words that describe Maisy in a dark grey tone so as not to take away from the silhouette. This is a nice way to personalize the gift. If you don’t use a graphics software you can simply print out the photo and use it as a template for a black paper or card stock cut-out. To personalize it just write the name of your friend’s pet at the bottom. Frame with an inexpensive frame (we got ours from Ikea for $4.99) and voila, perfect gift for the pet lover!!

Get Crafty with Cricut!

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

I’m so excited about getting crafty with my new Cricut Imagine Cartridge, Floral Emporium! The collection is complete with 20 new flower patterned designs. I had fun designing the patterns so I hope you’ll have fun creating! Be sure to watch the video for some inspiration:)

Dress up your treat bags!

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Here’s a fun and super easy Halloween craft! I used Speedball Speedy-Carve blocks readily available at Michael’s . This material cuts like butter and is so fast to work with, just use any carving knife or the following set, also available at Michael’s. I stamped my designs onto glassine bags and I think they make great goody bags for Halloween.

You can download my designs here if you’d like or create your own. Have fun and Happy Halloween!