Thursday, March 10, 2011

Etceteras: yarn bowl

Paper Mache Yarn Bowl via homework |
Day 3 of my paper mache paste craft-a-thon. You can see my first two projects here and here.

After I finished both of those projects, I still had plenty of paper mache paste left. So, I threw a bunch of yarn into the paste to make this bowl.
Paper Mache Yarn Bowl via homework |
I remembered reading about making yarn bowls by wrapping the yarn dipped into glue around a balloon. I wanted my bowl to have more of a bowl shape and flat bottom so I wrapped saran wrap around the outside of a mixing bowl. Then I wrapped my yarn around the saran wrapped bowl.

 Paper Mache Yarn Bowl via homework |

I let the bowl dry overnight and carefully removed the saran and yarn from the mixing bowl. I then peeled the saran wrap away from the yarn.

In case you missed it, here’s the recipe for the paper mache paste.

Combine ½ cup flour and 2 cups cold water in a bowl.
Boil 2 cups of water in a sauce pan and add the flour and cold water mixture.
Bring to a boil again.
Remove from heat and add 3 tablespoons of sugar.
Let cool. The paste will thicken as it cools.

Paper Mache Yarn Bowl via homework |

Make a batch of this paste for a rainy-day craft with kids. It’s fun for big kids too!

Paper Mache Yarn Bowl via homework |

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Inkling: paper mache eggs

If you saw my post yesterday, you’ll recall that I made a vat of paper mache paste to make two little birds. Not to waste it, I made some paper mache eggs.

To start with, you need to make this amazing paper mache paste. The consistency is great and it’s not as sticky as using watered down glue. Here’s the recipe:

Combine ½ cup flour and 2 cups cold water in a bowl.
Boil 2 cups of water in a sauce pan and add the flour and cold water mixture.
Bring to a boil again.
Remove from heat and add 3 tablespoons of sugar.
Let cool. The paste will thicken as it cools.

Blow up small balloons and dip your paper in the paste. I used strips of magazines for my eggs but any paper will do.

Keep adding strips and set on wax paper to dry.

Once the eggs are complete dry, pop the balloon with a pin and snip off the tied end.

Check back tomorrow for another fun project using the paper mache paste.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Inkling: magazine wreath

I’m doing a series of posts of paper mache projects. First up is this magazine wreath with paper mache birds.

I wanted this wreath to resemble a bird’s nest. I cut strips from magazines, curled them with a scissors and glued them to a wreath form.

The birds are also made from magazines using a special paper mache recipe. This is the reason I’ll be doing a series of paper mache projects this week. I made a full batch of the special paper mache paste which is enough to make paper mache crafts for weeks.

Here’s the recipe. I would cut it in half or even a fourth… it makes a lot of paste.
  • Combine ½ cup flour and 2 cups cold water in a bowl.
  • Boil 2 cups of water in a sauce pan and add the flour and cold water mixture.
  • Bring to a boil again.
  • Remove from heat and add 3 tablespoons of sugar.
  • Let cool. The paste will thicken as it cools.
Tear colorful magazine pages into thin strips and dip into the mixture. For these birds, I cut out cardboard templates and paper mached over the cardboard.

Let your paper mache thoroughly dry.
Stay tuned for more paper mache crafts this week as I make my way through the vat of paste that I made.

This project is linked at the following:

Monday, March 7, 2011

Etceteras: springtime baby carrots

With spring just around the corner, it’s time to get busy. Spring wreaths, centerpieces and baskets need to be dusted off or freshly made.  This year, I’m adding a new look to my decorations with these baby carrots.

 I’m making lots of these to add to Easter baskets, wreaths and table d├ęcor.
I made these carrots using cardstock shaped into a narrow cone. I brushed on tacky glue and then wrapped orange yarn around the cardstock. With green yarn, I made a small tassel and glued it to the end of the carrot.

I think these will look nice embellishing the rim of an Easter basket or on top of a gift box.  Happy almost spring!

This project is entered in the CSI Spring Contest


This project is linked at the following:

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Friday, March 4, 2011

The Dirt: paper towel roll seedling pots

Isn’t this a great idea? I read about this on a gardening site and it’s a great way to get your seedlings started without purchasing little pots.

Paper towel rolls cut down are the perfect size to start seeds and are biodegradable. When the plants are sturdy enough to be transplanted into the ground, you simply plant the entire roll.

To make these biodegradable pots, cut a paper towel roll into 4 tubes. Fill with potting soil and add your seeds.


I placed mine in a planter tray with pebbles on the bottom and moss around the pots to keep them in place. I also wrapped a piece of twine around each pot so it wouldn’t start unrolling when I watered them. The twine will need to be removed before planting.

Hopefully these will survive and grow into beautiful spring flowers.

 Like these.
Spring Flower photos courtesy of Public Domain Pictures.

This project is linked at the following:

Photobucket   Lovely Crafty Home 

And other link parties that I participate can be found here.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Inkling: vintage matchbook covers

The other day, I posted about an Emergency Kit that I made which included vintage matchbox graphics. I only used a few of the images that I found and wanted to share the rest with you.

The images are so fun that I decided to print them out and display them.

The matchbook covers come from a variety of countries and each one is unique and intriguing.

It’s hard to pick a favorite but I do think that the octopus with the headband and shish kabob is ridiculously cute.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Show and Tell: shrinky dink jewelry

It’s Show and Tell day on homework and this shrinky dink jewelry made by Cathe Holden of Just Something I Made is amazing.

What a great idea to use shrinky dinks and vintage images to make beautiful bracelets and necklaces.

Cathe shares the step-by-step process on her blog post but basically, she scanned vintage items and printed them out on shrinky dink sheets made for an ink jet printer. I had no idea shrinky dinks had gone high tech…

She then trims the shrinky dink images, bakes them and creates the jewelry pieces.

For more photos and a complete tutorial, visit Cathe’s blog – Just Something I Made. Not surprising, her shrinky dink project was featured in Country Living Magazine.


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Etceteras: vintage creamer and lavender

I found this pretty vintage creamer at an antique mart and thought it would be perfect to use as a vase or planter.

I have a flower frog that fits inside the creamer but I liked how these sprigs of lavender looked casually resting against the spout.

It’s fun to find little treasures like this at thrift stores, flea markets and antique marts.

Because, the smallest touch can brighten up an end table, shelf or little corner of your house.