Thursday, September 29, 2011

Anthropologie inspired children's rosette necklace

I made this cute necklace for my daughter in about 10 minutes!

-A scrap of tulle fabric
-Thread and needle
-Hot glue
-Charm, button, ribbon, lace, pearl to decorate

1. Cut a strip of tulle (2x8 inches)

2. Fold in half and start sewing with a simple stitch at the fold

3. Pull the tread to gather the rosette

4. Cut a small felt circle and sew a ribbon hoop on one of the sides

5. At this point you start gluing your rosette and decorations onto the felt circle

That's it!! it can be worn on a chain or piece of ribbon...or you can make it to decorate a headband, hat, shoes...the possibilities are endless!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Mummy treat cups

These make great halloween decorations, party favors, or just a sweet treat for friends, class mates, neighbors, etc. Fill with any candy you want!

-Plastic white cup, empty jar, empty can (make sure top is not sharp), or empty water bottle (cut the top off with scissors)
-Tacky craft glue of mod podge
-Eyes: you can buy wiggly eyes, or you can make your own with black craft paper of felt.

1. Cut the gauze in 1 inch strips
2. cover the container with glue or mod podge
3. Start wrapping the gauze around the container overlapping just a bit each strip.
3. Glue the eyes
4. Cut two pieces of gauze and glue over and under the eyes (keep the inner eye area frayed)
5. Let dry
6. Fill with candy

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Tissue pompoms tutorial

1.  Stack eight 20x30 inch sheets of tissue paper.  Make sure the tissue is in front of you vertically (look at diagram below).  
2.  Make 1 1/2 inch-wide accordion folds, creasing with each fold.
3.  Fold a piece of wire in half and slip over center of the folded tissue.
4.  With scissors, trim the ends of the tissue into rounded or pinty shapes.
5.  Carefully start separating each layer of tissue: get your fingers as close to the center as possibly and be gentle.
6.  Tie a ribbon or transparent nylon to the floral wire to hang the pompom.





Thursday, September 22, 2011

Ice Cream Cupcakes!

cupcake in an ice cream cone
-Cake mix 
-Ice cream cones

1.  Mix up your favorite cake recipe, from a box or from scratch. Gently add sprinkles to some of the batter for an instant confetti cake.

2. Put the ice cream cones into a muffin pan.  Pour some batter to the bottom line on the cone: not too full or they will overflow, less is better. 

3.  Bake at the temperature the cake mix or your recipe calls for, for about 12 minutes.

4. Once cooled, add a swirl of frosting to resemble an ice cream cone.

5.  Decorate


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fall Fashion

Fall is just around the corner, and you know what that means: change of wardrobe!
So take out your long sleeve shirts, sweaters, boots, jackets, scarves and corduroys!  
You don't have to go out and purchase a whole new wardrobe every season.  Depending on where you live you might have to complete put away your summer clothes or you might just need to add a couple of accessories to what you already have.  Try to keep your basics in neutral colors and just add an accessory in one of the brights from the pantone fall 2011 color chart. Here are some budget friendly ideas:

Old Navy

Forever 21

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Blah to Fabulous!

My daughter has to dress up like a princess for school.  I want to show you how with a little bit of hot glue, and remnants from previous crafts, I turned a $14 dress from blah to fabulous!

Let me Start by saying that there was nothing really BAD about the dress, but it lacked details and it did not have pink (my daughter absolutely LOVES pink).


-Gold ribbons, beads and silk flowers
-Hot glue gun (you could also use fabric glue)

1.  I started by adding some details to the straps and neckline.

2. Replaced the red flower in the neckline for a pink silk flower, and reused the original plastic pin in the center of the flower.

3.  Added gold beads to the edges of the ruffle neckline.

4. Glued small gold bows to the shoulder sides.

5.  Added gold beads and small pink flowers to the skirt ruffle.

6.  Glued gold detail to the skirt hem.

And that's it! the dress looks much more expensive, and special.  I am sure I did not spent more than $5 dollars in supplies.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Easy treat jars

I came across these cute and easy treat jars made out of empty baby food jars.   How about giving them away filled with candy, homemade jelly or dried fruit!

1.  Wash and dry the empty jars. Tip: use a product called "Goo Gone" to clean the glue off the jar after you remove the sticker.

2. Then trace the lids onto some fabric, cut them out, and attach to the top with Mod Podge. Then apply a generous amount of Mod Podge to the tops.

3.  Then cut a few pieces of twine or ribbon, and attach with hot glue, almost all the way around the edges of the lid. Make sure to cover up all of the sides of the lid, and tie the ends into a knot or bow.

4.  Fill with little sweet treats.

Start saving up those empty food jars, and happy crafting!

Credits: make it and love it

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Satin flower tutorial

This is another easy to make flower that you can use to decorate almost anything.Supplies:-Satin Fabric-Scissors-Hot glue or thread and needle-Beads to decorate

1. Begin by cutting about 6 circles of satin material for each flower: make each circle gradually smaller, making sure they fit on top of the one just larger than it. Don’t worry about making it a perfect circle, because the uneven-ness will add to the beauty of the flower.2.  Use a lighter and slightly melt the edges of each flower ( this also cause the edges to curl up a bit).  Use tweezers to hold the smaller circles, so you don't get burned.

3.  Layer the circles starting from bigger to smaller: you can either use hot glue or tread and needle.

4.  At this point you can sew on beads to the center.

And that's it! you have a perfectly-imperfect satin rosette!!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Prize ribbons!

I am doing my research for my niece Luiza's sixth birthday.  She is crazy about horses and wants an equestrian themed party.  I was thinking about some decorations and came across this cute prize ribbons:

1) Cut out two 1.5″ x 10″ strips of paper and score every half inch on each.
2) Accordion fold the strips at the score marks.
3) Connect the two strips into one with double-sided tape. Then connect the two ends so you have a continuous loop.
4) Cut out two 1″ circles
5) Flatten the loop and squeeze inward so there is no space in the center, next hot glue a paper circle onto the center of the flattened loop. It helps to have a second pair of hands for this step. Repeat for other side.
6) Glue ribbon onto the back side, these can be paper or fabric.

I am imagining these in pink and blue with a personalized sticker in the center...So cute and easy! everyone will be a winner!!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Fabric rosette tutorial

These fabric rosettes can be used to decorate bracelets, headbands, pins, t-shirts or party favors...oh, the possibilities! Here is a step by step guide on how to make them:

-Glue gun
-Beads, buttons, ribbon to decorate

1. Cut or tear a strip of fabric 1" wide (tear it for a shabby look). The length of your strip will determine how large or small your flower is. I use about 22" long for smaller flowers, 44" inches (length of fabric) for large, and about 60" for extra large. How loosely or tightly you wrap your fabric will also determine the size.

 2. For the center of your rosette, tie a knot in one end of your strip.

3. Dab a dot of glue on the knot.

4. Hold the knot with one hand and twist the strip with the other. As you twist, turn the knot, wrapping the fabric around it. Every 1/4 to 1/2 turn, dab a little more glue to hold it together. 

5. Continue twisting, turning, and gluing. Play around with how tightly or loosely you wrap to see what you like best.

6. When you get to the end, glue the tail to the underside of the rosette.  

7. To ensure your rosette stays together, cut a fabric circle (I used felt) just a little bit smaller than your flower and glue it to the back.

8. Optional: Using a needle and clear (transparent) thread, sew beads or buttons in the middle.