Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Etceteras: pasta box birdhouse

Pasta is a popular dinner choice in our house and the pasta boxes are perfect for crafting since they have a built in windows.

There are lots of things you can make with these boxes. I thought birdhouses would be fun.

Here’s how you can make these birdhouses.
  • Open up the bottom and top of the box.
  • Lay the box flat and cut off part of the bottom and top of the box. Keep these pieces to make the roof.
  • Cut out the “A” frame part of the roof and secure to the sides of the house with tape.
  • Cut out the roof and secure with tape.
  • Cover your box with paper.
  • Add birds to the inside so they’re peeking through the window 
 
This project can also be modified for a child’s craft. Use whole sheets of paper instead of shingles or paint the box with craft paint. 



 
 Pasta box birdhouses – a great excuse to eat more pasta.


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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Inkling: hang tag rolodex

Here’s an easy way to organize business cards.

Use a book ring and hang tags to create a rolodex.

To make the alphabet, I used background images and typed in the letters over the image. Then I cut the strips of paper and taped them onto the hang tags.

Punch a hole in the business cards and file them.

You can make this using the A-Z system or instead use categories such as; craft suppliers, fabric stores or creative resources.

If you’re high tech, you would probably just enter the information into your electronic address book or cell phone. But if you enjoy saving beautiful and interesting business cards this is an easy way to keep them on file.



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Monday, February 21, 2011

Sew and Tell: bleach pen pillow

I’ve seen the bleach pen technique done before but when I happened upon a cute t-shirt over at KraftyKat, I was inspired to give it a try.

The technique uses a bleach pen on fabric to create a batik type design. I wanted to practice on scrap fabric first and liked how this green fabric took the bleach.

Bleach on the fabric

To make a bleach pen project, you simply draw your design on the fabric and let it sit. The longer you wait - the lighter the area will be. Then rinse under cold water.
Crafty Tip: Wear old clothes and cover your work area or work at your kitchen counter.


I made a pillow out my bleach pen design. I felt it was a little plain and couldn’t resist adding a piece of torn fabric and tying a bow.

I still have plenty of bleach in my pen so I’ll either be making more bleach pen projects…or cleaning the tile grout.





 
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   Making  Texas Monkey


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