Tuesday, March 29, 2011

another quicky craft!

Modge podge... heard of it? I have used it once... but it was a while ago but i had an idea.

2010 came and went... and I had an adorable butterfly calendar for that year! I love butterflies which is why I had a calendar of pictures of them. Well i threw away the calendar, but i cut out the butterflies because i thought i would scrap book them :)

Well i had a wonderful idea! mod podge the butterflies to wood... well i didn't have wood... and i didn't want to buy wood.. partly because i don't have anything to cut wood! But i was keeping an eye for some scrap wood... then i went to the dollar store and saw these!

I figured I could use the back of these! I would have used the front but it's not a flat surface... so I put some ribbon on the front of it so i could hang it up. Just some hot glue!

then I painted the backs according to the color of the butterfly
Then i glued on the butterfly in the center and brushed on modge podge

Then i waited for it to dry

I originally just did 4 but i liked them so much that i did 2 more :)

Monday, March 7, 2011

St. Patricks Day

I have been seeing some cute St. Patricks day craft... but I never really put up crafts for St. Patricks day so i wasn't really looking too hard for some crafts.
Though after seeing this...
I fell in love with it, it was just so cute and seemed simple, so i wanted to try it. I saw what Mandy did after she saw this wreath.
Cute right? Then i thought .... I could do a shamrock. So I cut a shamrock out of cardboard and put paper roses on it!

This is how it turned out, cute right? I love it!!!! I added a ribbon on top to hang it up and I plan to glue a bow on it to add a special touch. But seriously it's so easy! time consuming but easy! (it took like 3 days)

This is what you do... cut a circle. Then cut it into a spiral
Then you start from the outside and roll it
As you roll it will look more and more like a rose. Then you hot glue the end. EASY! and i only got 2 hot glue burns from this. ha.

AND THEN I saw this....
and I am glad that i did it the way i did! haha. This picture is from tissue paper. eh ill stick with regular paper. :)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

What can be done with yarn?

So i have been dying to do this craft! Ever since i saw it i saved it as a bookmark because i just HAD to do it! This is called monogram wall art :)

This is what you need
This is a 2 x 2 wood from Lowes. I got it for $7.88, You also need nails, a hammer, spray paint, picture hanging hooks and 3 colors of yarn. I bought the spray paint at Lowes.

First you put the picture hangers on the back, we used two because it was heavy. We put one n each end (see picture above). Then you take a ruler and mark where you want your nails. You want to start the nails as close to the edge as possible with out splitting the wood. You start a nail about a cm or a little more than that from the edge then you measure every inch. I nailed before i painted. You only nail the outside of the square (see picture) Nails should be 1 inch apart or less. Then Spray paint or paint the wood. I spray painted it after I did the nails because I wanted the nails to blend end.

This is your next step, after the paint is dry of course. You start by tying your first color of yarn to a nail, then you just start wrapping it around the nails. Going back and fourth and sideways. You can do anything, you could have a pattern if you wanted too. Then you start a second color and wrap around the nails again. Some nails (well most nails) will be wrapped with yarn multiple times and thats okay.

Then after you think you have enough of the first 2 colors of yarn, you get the final color of yarn. this is for the letter. I used "N" for our last name. I cut out an "N" and centered it and hammered nails on the edges of the "N". Then i placed more nails around the whole "N". The more nails the better. Then you just tie off the yarn, then you go around the whole "N" to make the boarder. Then once you feel it's thick enough, you can start wrapping it and zig zagging to other nails!

This is the final product, pretty neat huh?