Pom Pom Garland

August 27, 2010 - Filed under How-to

It’s no secret that I love garlands and bunting, and will take any chance I can get to post about them (as evident here, here, here and here). So when I saw this fabulously fun pompom garland I just had to post about it!

Check out it out at Honestly…wtf and learn how to make pompoms quicker than you can blink, with the help of this handy pompom maker from Clover.

Posted by: kelly

How to Build a Kite – an illustrated tutorial

August 9, 2010 - Filed under Children, How-to

Step 1: Gather materials

  • 2 wooden dowels (one about 1/4 smaller)
  • large piece of paper or fabric
  • tape
  • thread
  • lightweight string, twine, or fishing line
  • craft knife
  • ruler
  • pencil, pen, or marker
  • scissors
  • ribbon

Step 2: With the craft knife, carve a notch into both ends of each wooden dowel.

Step 3: Place the shorter stick crosswise over the longer stick, 1/4 of the way down. When the sticks are laying down, all the notches should run parallel to the ground. Take the string and wrap it tightly around the center of your sticks, making an “X” shape, binding them together. Double check that the notches remain parallel to the ground.

Step 4: Thread the string through the notches, creating a diamond shape. Wrap it around a couple times, making sure the string is taut. This is will be the frame of your kite. Tie the string back towards the center of your kite and tie it off with a knot.

Step 5: Cut your paper or fabric so that it is slightly larger than the kite frame.

Step 6: Fold the paper or fabric over the string frame, and either tape it down if using paper or sew it if using fabric.

Step 7: Reinforce the top and bottom ends of your kite with strong tape. Then, punch a hole through these reinforced ends.

Step 8: Cut a of string, and knot one end of the through the top hole and the other end through bottom hole. This will form the bridle of your kite. Take the remainder of your string, and tie one end of it to the bridle, about 1/3 of the way down. This will be your flying string.

Step 9: Using string and ribbon create a tail for your kite, about 2 meters long. This will help stabilize your kite when flying.

Step 10: Fly and have fun!

Posted by: kelly

Textured Wall Art

August 6, 2010 - Filed under How-to, Painting

Who says art has to be expensive? If you’ve got a blank wall in your house calling out for a large scale piece of art why not make it yourself. Jessica from happy together, shows you how to create inexpensive textured wall art with just a few supplies.

Check out the full tutorial here.

Posted by: kelly

Children’s Teepee Tent

August 4, 2010 - Filed under Children, How-to, Sewing

I know, I know… it’s August…. it’s hot… and no one wants to be inside anymore than they have to. But, here’s a fun summer project, for you and your kids, that’ll get you back outside enjoying the weather before you know it.

Check out the full tutorial here

Posted by: kelly

DIY Summer Lanterns

July 20, 2010 - Filed under How-to, Inspiration

With summer now in full swing, thoughts of backyard barbecues and outdoor parties spring to mind. There’s no better way to enjoy those warm summer days, than lounging in the backyard with good friends and good food, making the most of those long days. But just because the sun eventually has to set, doesn’t mean the party has to end. Check out some of these great ideas for lamps and lanterns… a perfect way to help make those long summer nights, even longer.

 

Remember Safety First
If you’re using any flammable materials like paper bags, or are hanging lanterns in trees, be sure to stay away from real flames. You can purchase inexpensive battery operated tea lights, and candles online or at many craft stores and hardware stores.
 
 
 
 

Posted by: kelly

Flet Egg Book Tutorial

March 29, 2010 - Filed under Easter, Felt, How-to, Sewing

Felt Book - Decorate Eggs for Easter

A cute spring idea for your little ones. Holly from Chez Beeper Bebe, has an adorable tutorial for this felt egg book, that lets your kids decorate eggs over and over. Cut out all sorts of shapes and let their imaginations run wild, and when you’re not decorating you can store all the little pieces in the handy pocket at the back. Such a great idea, and beautifully crafted.

Download the tutorial
Purchase one of Holly’s from her Etsy Shop

Posted by: kelly

DIY Roller Pendant Stamp

March 5, 2010 - Filed under How-to, Paper goods

DIY Roller Pendant Stamp

Awhile ago I posted about carving your own rubber stamps. Today I came across a really cute idea from Just Something I made. Cathe took a wallpaper seam roller and a rubber band, and made this fantastic rolling pendant stamp. What a great way to decorate cards, envelopes, packages, or any number of things.

Head on over and check out her tutorial so you can start rolling pendants on everything!

DIY Roller Pendant Stamp

Posted by: kelly

Heart Cake Tutorial

February 10, 2010 - Filed under How-to, Valentine's Day

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I’m in love with this cake… not only does it look absolutely delicious, but I love the surprise when you cut into this cake. This is one of those cakes that would actually make it acceptable to steal a piece before it makes it to the table.

I am baker, has been busy perfecting this cake and has posted a detailed step-by-step tutorial… if you’re daring enough to attempt this!

Check out the tutorial here

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Posted by: kelly

Edible Crayons

January 11, 2010 - Filed under Children, How-to

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These handmade crayons are completely edible. Made from nuts, berries, dried fruits, marshmallows and fruity pebbles, then pressed into a crayon mold. Click here to see all the photos of how they were made.

Posted by: kelly

Christmas dinner place card holders

December 22, 2009 - Filed under Christmas, How-to, Inspiration

Place card holders are a fun and festive way to glam up the table and add that personal touch. Here are a few DIY options for your holiday dinner.

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Twig and Branches | Christmas Ornaments | Rustic Napkin Holders | Branch Place Card Holder | Eucalyptus Chair Tags | Pine Cone Place Card Holders | Gingerbread Cottages | Paper Tree Place Card

Posted by: kelly