I was inspired to create some homemade gift tags. Well we really don’t use the word homemade for crafts anymore. The new term is DIY ( Do It Yourself). This is a great way to save money and create a personal touch to holiday gifts. You can pull this off even if you can not draw free hand. Look for a image to create, their are thousands to choose from. I picked My Little Pony, because that is what the gift will be. I have also made Care Bears and Lego Chima. Once you selected your image, start to draw it in pencil first. Or if you can’t draw, just print out the image from an online coloring pages. Then outline with a black fine point sharpie marker. Then color as desired and cut into any shape you want. For this project I chose a square, but for other holidays like Valentine’s Day you can cut out a heart. Tape or glue the square onto a sheet of card-stock, construction paper, or any festive background you want. You can also get more ideas from Pinterest. Your almost done, I know it’s so easy ! Then write out whatever words you want , I used the classic To and From. You will love this money saving trick. I would love to hear your ideas and creative touches you added to your DIY gift tags.
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In a few days I will try to paint my first wooden chair. I found 2 chairs that are in good condition. Some work needs to be done, like strengthening one of the chair legs. Some wood glue should fix that. I will apply 2 coats of paint and then a layer of clear varnish. I want to paint one chair turquoise and the other a plain white. I will post pictures of my finished project. I have no experience with this. I just see all the inspiration from Pinterest. And I get inspired to create these DIY projects. If I fail no worries the chairs didn’t cost me anything !
Now this is something I have been wanting to do for a long time ! I am so excited it came out beautiful. I wanted to create jewelry from recycled materials. My first necklace I used a bottle cap from a soda I had for lunch one day. For the longest time I thought it was a hard process, but once I practiced a few times I was ready to create lots of pieces. The first thing you have to do is find the material you want to use. I chose a bottle cap. Then you make a hole in the material. I used anything with a sharp point and a rubber mallet. Place the sharp point where you want the hole to be made. Second use the rubber mallet to pound the sharp object through the material. If your need help with holding the piece use clamps to hold down your material. Once you have a hole you can use wire or string to attach your material to it. I chose an 18 gauge wire, then strung my beads on and added a toggle clasp. The possibilities are limitless. You just have to remember not to put the materials you want to use in the recycling bin. Can’t wait to show you more of my creations in these next upcoming weeks.
One of my passions is making my own creations. I love to experiment with materials, styles, and pieces of jewelry that are not conventional. I wanted to make a cuff bracelet because I like chunky jewelry. I purchased a pack of plain cuff bracelet slates from the craft store. I formed the metal over my arm to give it it’s shape. Then I gathered all my beads and arranged them on the metal strip. Once I knew where I wanted my beads I used an epoxy glue that bonds metal surfaces (527 Multipurpose Glue). I clamped down the the beads on the sides so they would stay in place. I let the glue dry overnight. Once the beads were on, I wanted to finish off the sharp edges. On one bracelet I used some left over fabric. And on the other one I used some leather cord remnants. If you prefer not to use glue for any reason, I suggest wire wrapping.
This is a good project if you want to use recycled plastic pieces, old beads that you didn’t use in another project. Or perhaps broken and cracked beads that you normally would throw away. Choosing to use those materials are great, because if a mistake is made you will not be too concerned about it. My next project is making the entire bracelet from old plastic bottle pieces. I really can not wait to see how it turns out. Stay tuned to see more.
I fell in love with a new hobby. I did my first painting yesterday. I starting getting supplies for my son, because this was a hobby he expressed interest in. He seemed to have so much fun, I thought I would give it a try. Turns out it’s very soothing and takes your mind to another place. It’s like reading a book, escaping the reality of the world.
I’ve heard that painting is an expensive hobby, but I am willing to give it a shot. I don’t have all I the tools or techniques just yet. But I am getting by, so far. I have the urge to start a new painting soon. However,I am going to take it slow. Even though I have tons of inspiration around me. I want to make sure I do not run out of supplies too quickly. Trying something new gets you all excited and you find yourself borderline obsessed. I also think my son and I feed off each others creations. We always seem to spark an idea or thought to one another. So keep encouraging people around you who have a creative bone in there body. You will challenge and inspire them to create something beautiful one day.