• Wednesday, April 30, 2014

    Hubcap Flowers Yard Art . . . Awesome DIY Recycle Project



    Love this recycling yard art project!

    I'd love to mix the pops of color in my garden from the different flower yard art DIY projects I have been finding online lately.

    At first glance, you would never guess these are hubcaps.  I'm guessing they are easy to find relatively inexpensively.  You pull-em salvage car parts businesses come to mind.

    Click here for the awesome tutorial to make these beautiful Hubcap Flowers.

    Click here for another blog post featuring many examples of DIY Yard Art Flowers made from various materials with lots of ideas and inspiration.  Very interesting . . . love these type of blogs!




    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

    Pearl and Rhinestone Leather Bracelet





    Bev at Flamingo Toes has come up with another awesome beaded bracelet design!

    As with all jewelry designs, you can use new or vintage components or a combination of both.  Vintage rhinestones is my favorite and I have boxes and boxes of components and broken jewelry that I can use for these type of bracelets.  Can't wait to start creating!

    I have some ideas for coming up with a different base for the bracelet instead of leather.  Keep checking my blog . . . I'm almost ready to start getting creative again.

    Thanks Bev!  You can go to her tutorial for this bracelet here.  Check out the rest of her blog while you are there . . . she is amazingly creative :)








    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    DIY Beaded Wrapped Bracelets



    I love these beaded wrapped bracelets that I've been seeing all over the internet for quite some time.  

    There is a huge amount of purple suede wider cording sitting in my craft room that has been in need of a project for so long.  It was part of a barter trade I made at least a decade ago . . . I have lots of that kind of stuff hanging around my craft room.  Anyway . . . I think it would make beautiful bracelets with a bit wider cord including some bigger beads for something different.

    When I found this tutorial on Life of Charmings, I thought it was time to get serious about what to do with that purple cord!

    Happy beading!


    Monday, April 21, 2014

    DIY J. Crew Necklace


    WOW Lots of inspiration here!

    Do you love the trendy statement necklaces, but hate price tag that can be as high as a couple of hundred dollars?  Here you go . . . some inspiration and a tutorial on how to make one for a fraction of the price!

    Get out those boxes of broken vintage jewelry and design away :)

    Click here to visit the tutorial at Style on Target . . . you won't be sorry!


    Saturday, April 19, 2014

    Potholder/Oven mitt

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    Pot holders and oven mitts are one of the best projects for using up fabric scraps.  I don't know about you, but I can never have enough pot holders . . . they seem to disappear.

    They also make great gifts when matched with coordinating napkins and placemats.

    Don't you know I love using denim for these projects . . . so durable and strong!

    I love the website About.com for learning how to do just about anything . . . click here for their tutorial!



    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    DIY Glass Garden Flowers



    Love this colorful recycling concept for the garden from Birds and Blooms.

    Having said that . . . I am cringing at the thought of using vintage glassware that I love so much!! 

    What I would do is visit dollar stores and use inexpensive glassware to convert to make these beauties.

    Click here for instructions on assembly and painting glassware.



    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    Recycled plastic flowers


    What a colorful statement for your garden!

    I love those recycling projects that have such a pretty use.

    This project comes from Birds and Blooms, one of my favorite magazines. Check out their website for more projects, gardening and birding tips.


    MATERIALS:

    • 2 or 3 same-size plastic soda bottles
    • Waterproof permanent adhesive
    • Gloss spray paint for plastics
    • Small scrap of Styrofoam block
    • Scrap of colored foam for backing
    • 3/8-in.-wide x 24-in.-long wooden dowel rod
    • Opaque permanent paint markers
    • Paper-backed duct tape sheets (optional)
    • Scissors or craft knife for bottle trimming
    • Flexible ruler

    STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS:

    STEP 1

    Wash the bottles and let dry. Use a flexible ruler and permanent marker to make an even circular line as a cutting guide about 1/3 of the way down from the tops. Cut and discard top portion of bottles, keeping the bottoms to make the flowers.

    STEP 2

    Place bottles upside down on scraps of cardboard or newspaper in a well-ventilated area. Stand the dowel rod in the Styrofoam block to make it easier to paint. Following manufacturer’s instructions, spray-paint exterior of bottles and dowel rod. Apply as many coats as needed for complete coverage. Let dry and remove the rod from the Styrofoam.

    STEP 3

    Using a permanent marker and flexible ruler, lightly mark sections evenly around perimeter of each bottle for flower petals. For small bottles, mark about every 1 in.; for larger bottles, mark about every 2-1/2 to 3 in. Use scissors or a craft knife to cut vertical slits on marks, making several flower petals. Stop cutting each slit at the ridged base of bottle bottom. If desired, trim ends of petals into rounded shapes.

    STEP 4

    Bend the petals forward so they’re at right angles to the center of the flower (the bottle bottom), creasing each one at the ridged base of the bottom. If needed, bend and press firmly several times until the petals stay in place.

    STEP 5

    Using permanent adhesive, attach the bottles by stacking bottoms with petals outward. Stagger the placement of petals. For inner bottles, bottoms may have to bend slightly to fit inside outer bottle. Let adhesive dry.

    STEP 6

    If desired, cut a 1-1/2- to 2-in. strip of duct tape to fit the perimeter of the top flower’s center. Decorate the center of the flower using the paint markers.

    STEP 7

    Attach the dowel rod. For larger stacked bottles, cut small crisscross slits through the side of the middle bottle. For smaller stacked bottles, cut a small V-shape slit from the back edge of the last bottle. Put one end of dowel rod through slit, running it across the width of the bottle bottom until it meets the opposite inner side. Use permanent adhesive to glue dowel rod in place at both sides. Let adhesive dry.

    STEP 8

    Cut a circular piece of colored foam slightly larger than the opening on back of flower and secure it with glue around the edges. Let it dry.
    Stick your soda bottle flower a few inches into the dirt, indoors or out. No need to water it!

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    Felt Crafts


    These cute little felt bookmarkers were on Pinterest with a link to a blog that is open to invited readers only. They have provided me with tons of inspiration . . . especially for hair accessories.


    Here are more cute felt crafts for your crafting inspiration.  They happen to come from a website that also sells supplies for felt crafts.  Click here to go there.



    Here is a cute idea for making hair accessories.  Click here to go to the tutorial.



    Another website that features lots of felt flowers!  Click here.






    What a cute craft!  I love the simplicity of their cuteness :)





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