loving the 'subway art' inspired projects that I have seen floating
around the blogosphere lately. As far as I can tell, this item from
Pottery Barn is one of the sparks that started the whole
is a lovely Valentine's version from
Tater Tots and Jello, she has a great tutorial on her site as
colorful rendition for the bathroom (cute) from
I <3 Food For Thought
And a New
Year's Resolution version from
So You Think Your Crafty
loved all of these and seeing as how I was snowed in today, I
decided to see if I could make one myself, MacGyver style, using
only thing I had in the house already.
rummaged around in my craft room and found an old poster sized
frame, black and white card stock, clear contact paper, a ruler and
a glue stick. I covered the cardboard backing of the frame with
black card stock. If I had been able to get out of the house, I may
have opted for black spray paint, but this actually worked better
than I thought it would. I tacked the sheets of paper in place with
the glue stick and covered the whole thing with clear contact
used my Cricut to cut out all of the letters I would need. I went
with a 'Resolution' or 'House Rules' theme I guess. I used a ruler
to align the letters and glued my little heart out with the glue
stick. To secure the letters, once dry, I covered the whole thing
again with clear contact paper.
in the frame, and ta-da! Subway art for the office.
and if you want to do something on a smaller scale, check out this
FREE Valentine's printable from
This is a
fun and easy DIY project that gives new life to that old hoodie
sweatshirt you have hiding in your closet. You know the one you
love but it really is not fit for wearing in public anymore? You
can upcycle your hoodie into a protective sleeve for your laptop in
no time, like this:
this project you will need:
sewing machine or needle and thread
old hoodie sweatshirt
one, cut the hood, arms and back off of your sweatshirt, making it
as square shaped as possible, like this.
the fabric right sides together.
your laptop to measure, pin the fabric along length and down one
side to form a pouch. Remove laptop. Sew long side and one end
closed to form a pouch. Trim off excess sweatshirt material. Turn
finished product is a lap top sleeve with your sweatshirt logo on
the front and the hoodie pouch on the back, perfect for holding the
power cord/and or mouse for your laptop.
made this for my husband as a Christmas gift and he really liked
it! I am always excited when I can DIY a good gift for a fellow,
they are so much harder to craft for than girls. I would also like
to thank Rachael with
Lovely.Crafty.Home for the assistance in making this project.
This is a product of one of our super fun joint craft bonanzas like
Drop Cloth Christmas Stockings. And trust me, if we can sew it,
you can too!
This is a
project that I did about a year ago and I have gotten so many
compliments on the result. Budding branches are SO easy and
practically free to make, and the end result is just, well,
these yourself you will need:
glue gun & glue sticks
your yard (I used a branch from our red bud tree, but any twig you
like the shape of will work perfectly)
paper in the color of your choosing
& Scissors or a daisy shaped craft punch
like this one from Martha
stack three sheets of tissue paper and begin cutting out flowers.
You can use any color or combination of colors you'd like. Begin to
cut out 1 1/2" - 2" daisy shapes. I found that a 5
petal design works well and if you are hand cutting, keeping the
ends of the petals round is important.
have some daisies cut, use the end of a pencil to twist them into
little blossom shapes.
have floral tape, you can use a tiny piece of it to secure the
point of the blossom together and make a little stem. If you don't
have floral tape, don't worry about it. I have made these both ways
and there is very little difference in the end result.
dab a dot of hot glue on the back of your tissue paper bud and
secure it to the twig. I found it easy to decide where to put these
little guys since I chose a twig from a blooming plant. It was
really obvious on the branch where last year's buds had
Glue on as
many or as few buds as you'd like. I have had these guys on my
fireplace mantel for over a year and I am not tired of looking at
them yet (which is unusual for someone who redecorates as much as I
do). They are sweet and graceful and seem to go with every season.
I hope you enjoy this project as much as I have!
Oh, and I
found a few variations of the project out there in the
Once Wed added wee felt berries and a ball jar full of moss to
Dinsey's Family Fun has a kid friendly version
had no idea I could love a wreath, like with my whole heart and
soul, but let me tell you, dear reader, it is possible. Wreath love
project, inspired by my good friend and partner in craft crime
Rachael of Lovely.Crafty.Home, is
not difficult, but is also not for the faint of heart. You will
need 3-4 books you are willing to sacrifice. Garage sales and
second hand stores are a great resource for books that are cheap
and free. Or, like me, you may have an exorbitant amount of paper
backs that have already been read and are now professional dust
collectors. The subject matter of the books matters not, but pay
attention to the color and texture of the pages when selecting your
books. A little variety is good, but you don't want to get to
contrast-y. For example: I ended up not using an old text book
because the pages were too smooth, shiny and white-white compared
to my other selections.
also need a LOT of glue sticks and a low temperature glue gun. The
low temp glue gun is a key element. Trust me, your fingers will
thank me later.
that, just scissors, a foam wreath form and plenty of time are all
that are required of you. Head on over to Lovely.Crafty.Home
for the complete tutorial. The process is simple and you will
LOVE the result. I promise.
how amazing would these be on square wreath forms….or on chapel
doors for a wedding…SWOON!
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Christmas classic, popcorn garland is simple to make and gives your
tree a sweet vintage-y vibe. To make this craft you will
cup popping corn
cup cooking oil
popping your popcorn on the stove-top. With microwave
popcorn's popularity, this simple task seems to be a bit of a lost
art. It doesn't take long at all and the result here will be a dry
popcorn with no butter or salt, perfect for stringing. Add ¼ cup of
oil to a large heavy pot with a lid. Add popping corn, cover and
heat over high heat until kernels start popping. Shake pot on
burner to keep kernels from burning. Keep popping until there is a
2 second lull between pops. Remove from heat and keep shaking the
covered pot for a few moments to allow for any extra pops. Remove
lid and transfer popcorn to a large bowl. Thread needle and being
stringing popcorn, alternate with cranberries as desired. I put a
group of three cranberries every two feet or so.
project also does not take as much time as you might think. I
completed garland for our seven foot tall slim tree in less time
than the broadcast of this evenings Monday night football game
between the Colts and the Chargers. Happy stringing!
I have a feeling that come spring time, I will have these bad
boys all over my house.
I am freaking out a little because I love them so much. I want to
do a little dance and make...um...at least five or so right now!
Head on over to 100
Layer Cake to see this delicously
simple tutorial on how to make your own
Alice-in-Wonderland-sized paper poppies. Enjoy!
Filled layer cakes are delicious and you can come up with some
wonderful flavor combinations. Filling a cake is not much more work
than simply icing a layer cake, so once you are committed to
layering, you might as well go the extra step and make your cake
For my spooky dinner party, I prepared a red
velvet, raspberry filled round cake with cream cheese
icing. It was delicious! To make this cake yourself, first
begin by baking two 8" round red velvet cakes. Let the cakes cool
for about 10 minutes in the pan and the transfer to a wire rack to
cool completely. While the cakes are cooling, make your cream
cheese icing and set aside. Once the cakes are cool, trim the tops
with a serrated bread knife, to make them even. Then place once
cake, trimmed side down, on to your cake plate or stand.
Fill your pastry bag with icing and using any large tip to draw a
circle around the edge of the bottom cake.
Now you are ready to add your filling. I used a good quality local
raspberry jam from filling. Spoon a liberal amount of your filling
of choice into the icing circle:
Place the second cake on top of the first, cut side down.
Next apply a "crumb coat," a thin layer of icing that keeps crumbs
where they belong-on the cake-not the frosting! Once the cake is
coated, place it in the refrigerator to chill for a few hours,
until the crumb coat is firm.
Now you are ready for the final layer of icing. I use an icing
spatula that I keep in a glass of hot water while I am icing. The
hot water heats up the metal spatula, making it easy to spread the
icing and create a nice smooth finish on the cake. To keep with the
spook theme, I used black gel icing to create a spider web design
on the top of the cake and perched a paper cut our spider on the
Filling and layering a cake is easier than you may think. Give
yourself plenty of time to allow for cake cooling and icing setting
and you will be impressed with the results!
Just in case you had sparkle pumpkin envy real bad, the brilliance
that is Twig and Thistle has come to your rescue. Behold, the
DIY candle holder version of the foam
glitter pumpkin that I picked up at Michael's a few weeks ago.
Thank you Twig and
How cute is this little guy?! I was on a quest for cool table
number ideas and I came across this tutorial from
Intimate Weddings, which gave me a great idea--why not make
jack-o-luminaries to decorate my house for fall? I love how they
turned out and this was an easy and fun project. It would be great
for kids too, with a little supervision on the cutting part.
For this project I used three 12x12 sheets of orange card stock
and one 12x12 sheet of black card stock (which made four 6x6
luminaries). I also used my paper cutter, an excato knife, a pencil
and a glue stick.
To get started, cut each sheet of 12x12 paper into four 6"
squares. Draw your jack-o-lantern face of choice on one of the
orange squares and use the exacto knife to 'carve' it. (Please
note: the side that you have drawn on becomes the 'back' of the
square, so that it faces the inside of the cube on the finished
Next, fold over a 1/2" flap on one side of the orange square
that has your jack-o-lantern face, two additional orange squares,
and one black square. Apply glue to the 1/2" flap on each square
and glue them together to form a cube.
Be sure to put the orange square with the face cut out on the
front, the black square on the back, and the plain orange squares
on each side.
Place over a tea light in a glass holder and enjoy!
With a bumper crop of cayenne peppers in the container garden, it
was time to get creative, so I tried something new---making cayenne
pepper (the spice) from scratch. I got some ideas from a few
websites and decided to go for it. I preheated the oven to its
lowest setting, 175 degrees. I removed the green tops of the
I placed the peppers on my oldest baking sheet and dried them in
the oven on low heat for four hours. When the peppers were darker
in color and brittle, I removed them and ground them into a super
fine powder using my food processer on its highest setting. I added
a tablespoon of salt to the mixture then transferred it into my
spice jar. Presto!
Despite some aggressive food processing, there are still a few
seeds left in the mix, so the next time I do this, I plan to remove
the seeds before drying the peppers. Also, be sure to let the fine
powder settle for a bit before removing the lid from your food