A best friend is a person who means the world to you. Sometimes, you want to give them something special, and what is more special than a handmade gift from the heart?
- Template (download below)
- Washi tape or paperclips
- Push pin or awl
- Watercolor paper
- Paint brush
- Embroidery floss
- Embroidery needle
- Thread conditioner (optional)
Print out the template, draw your own design, or trace an existing pattern on printer paper. Layer the design over watercolor paper and tape or paper clip together to secure. Place the template and paper over several layers of cardboard and punch holes using a push pin or awl into each point in the pattern where the lines intersect.
- Air dry clay
- Craft knife
- Gloss varnish
- Paint brush
1. Break off a small lump of air dry clay and roll out flat and thin. The thinner you can roll your clay the more delicate and lifelike the leaves will look. Be careful not to roll it too thin, though, or your imprint will go right through the clay.
Sometimes vision boards are all about the distant future, but they can also be helpful to assess the right now
- Allium template
- Tacky Glue
- Fine crepe in “French Violet”
- Heavy crepe in “Eggplant” and fine crepe in “Olive Green”
- 18 inch lengths of 18 and 20 gauge stem wire
- Paper scissors
- Wire snips
- Small awl
- Optional: millinery stamens that coordinate with your paper colour
- One 1.5” polystyrene ball
- One 18″ length of vinyl tubing 3/8” outer diameter, ¼” inner diameter. (Home Depot and Lowe’s both carry it in the plumbing department)
For the stem:
Cut a 15” length of tubing at a very sharp angle. This pointy end will be the top of your stem, and you’ll insert the point into the polystyrene ball to help anchor the stem. Cut three of the 18 gauge wires so that they’re 16” long. Insert the wires into the length of tubing to hold your stem fairly straight while you wrap it.
There is something inherently sophisticated about hanging picture frames on one’s walls. Perhaps it’s because they lend a space some semblance of intent, rather than the feeling that random bits have been thrown together. Unfortunately, many rentals and dorms restrict frame use because of rules forbidding nails or tacks. Additionally, frames can be cumbersome to move and ones that aren’t from the dollar store can be quite costly.
The pretty color layers of the seed beads make them so beachy boho. They are super easy to make, all you need are earring hoop findings, jewelry wire, and colorful seed beads. Let’s go make some trendy earrings!
We all love Pinterest, but it’s time to stop searching for ideas and start creating in real life!
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