Friday, February 4, 2011

Upcycling: branch photo holder

You may have seen my previous posts on how I’ve made use of our yard clippings. I made a yule log  and tree for the holidays and thumbtacks. I finally came up with an idea for one of the thicker branches.

I made a photo holder with a carving in the branch. I wanted the branch to resemble those old trees that have initials and a heart carved into them.

I carved the heart with an Xacto knife. Working slowing, I carved the outline and then chipped away the bark and cleaned up the edges. Miraculously, I didn’t cut myself while doing this.

Once the heart was complete, I sawed a groove into the top of the branch and glued a paper clip into the groove.

I had a feeling when I started this project that it would end up on my wall of shame but I
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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Inkling: black and white envelope card

Red and pink colors are everywhere with Valentine’s Day coming up. I thought it might be fun to make a non-red or pink card.  Something I could give my husband that wasn’t too frilly.


I came up with this black and white envelope card. The cut outs are the address and return address areas filled with tiny white hearts.


To make this card, I used black card stock and cut out the address and return address areas. I used the windows from junk mail window envelopes to make the small packets that hold the hearts. The hearts are made out of white card stock using a micro heart hole punch.

I’ll use a silver or white gel pen to write a sweet note inside.


Or, I may not be able to resist and have to use a pink pen.



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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Sew and Tell: blanket scarf with fabric flowers

I jumped on two bandwagons with this project – a cowl neck scarf and scorched fabric flowers.

I started with a piece of fleece blanket leftover from covering our dog’s bed. The blanket was on sale for $2.99 and after finishing the dog bed, the piece I had leftover was the perfect size to make a scarf. I also used fabric from my stash for the flowers and beads from some old bracelets.


The scarf seemed a little too plain, so I thought it would be the perfect time to try out another hot craft (no pun intended) – fabric flowers with burned or scorched edges.

To make the fabric flowers you simply cut out circles using a synthetic satiny type fabric making each circle a little smaller. I cut about seven circles using a cream colored satin fabric and very wide copper colored organza ribbon.

Hold your circles close to a candle flame or use a long barbeque lighter. I tried both methods and found the candle flame left more black scorch marks but was easier to control since you have both hands. Turn your circle until all the edges are slightly melted and start to curl.

Caution: the edges of the synthetic fabric melt and are very hot and sometimes catch on fire. This is a project to do near a sink or outside. Also, I used tongs to hold the smaller circles to the flame.

Sew your circles together and add beads or buttons to the middle.

Here’s a nice tutorial with photos of the process.

 
From a $2.99 blanket to a dog bed and a scarf.




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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Upcycling: faux snow globe

I wanted to make a snow globe during the holidays but I didn’t have a few key ingredients, namely, glycerin and epoxy. You can find tutorial to make your own snow globe if you just Google “make a snow globe”.  I was planning on buying those items but never got around to it.

In the meantime, I made a faux snow globe. It’s not really a snow globe because there’s no snow, or water, or winter scene.


But I love how this turned out. All I did was arrange some twigs and flowers from the garden on a flower frog. Once I was happy with the arrangement, I covered it with a round vase.

 
I was going to spray a little canned snow on the arrangement but I was in the mood for a little color and left the snow off.

 This is ready to display - you just can’t shake it.





 
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