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As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I am really into DIY projects and crafts of almost any kind. I have drawers full of odds and ends and things that I feel like I might “someday” need. As nice as it is to have all of those specialty items at my fingertips, crafting is a lot like baking in that there are some basic items you need to keep on hand. Cyd, from The Sweetest Occasion recently posted this list of what she considers to be crafting essentials.
I think it’s a pretty comprehensive list. I also keep all of these items on hand, although I don’t really have a preferred brand of paint. There are three other things that are on my personal list: a sharp pair of scissors, a hot glue gun and a spray can of multi-purpose gloss spray paint.
Image from The Sweetest Occasion.
I love costume jewelry, and over the years I’ve assembled quite a collection. Some pieces I wear regularly, but more than I like to admit sits in the bottom of my jewelry box(es) untouched. It’s not that I don’t like them anymore, it’s just as my lifestyle has changed I am less inclined to wear certain items. Bangles for instance, they’re great for going out or just to wear to the store, but with me spending most of my day chained to a computer I hate having things on my arms that make noise when I type. That clink, clink, clink drives me up the wall. I don’t even wear watches anymore! Okay, deep breath….back on topic. This DIY is a great way to give your old bangles a summer-inspired overhaul, and according to Eric at Honestly…WTF,” There isn’t anything some colorful embroidery floss and gold charms can’t fix.” This tutorial is great for people who are new to crafting since it’s fairly simple and inexpensive. This is the kind of thing I like to do while i’m watching TV or a movie I’ve seen before. I can still relax, and I won’t have to feel guilty since I got something accomplished. The perfect way to multitask.
Place the end of the embroidery floss on the glue and start wrapping tightly around the bangle.
Once you’ve wrapped past the glued section, you don’t need to pay attention to wrapping so precisely. Instead, wrap a generous amount around the bangle and then use your fingers to push the section together.
Continue wrapping until you’ve reached the end. Add a dab of glue onto the bangle and finish wrapping.
Using two pairs of pliers, start attaching jump rings and charms.
Have fun with this . . .
. . . the more charms and colors, the better!
I also like this because the thread should mute the clanking sound, although I am not really certain about the charms. They look like they might be noisy. We’ll have to see.
(Images and tutorial by HonestlyWTF)
I thought I was being thrifty by using the discarded parts of veggies to fertilize my flowers, or to feed the racoon who lives in our azalea bushes(we have a deal, I leave out food and he stays out of the trash can). I should have known there was an even better use for some of those odds and ends. Gift wrap, that right, gift wrap. Check out this ridiculously simple Gift Wrap Tutorial from Creature Comforts and put your celery ends to good use.
Step 1) Cut open a brown paper bag so that it lays relatively flat. You can use either the printed side or the blank reverse (I used the printed in my example because I really loved the design).
Step 2) Put paint (any color you want) onto your tray/plate (you may need to brush it around so that it’s not all in one lump). Take your prepared celery stamp and dip it into your paint. Check and be sure that it’s fully coated.
Step 3) Press your stamp down onto your paper with steady even pressure. Be sure not to rock it from side to side or let it slide around. Lift off your paper with a smooth motion.
Step 4) Repeat as desired. In the image I am stamping an area intended for gift tags, so I chose to make more than one print so that I could cut several tags from it.
Step 5) Once your stamp has dried (if you’re impatient like me, you can dry it with a hairdryer on a low setting) use craft punches to cut out your tags. Punch at the top with a standard hole punch (so you can string twine through it later).
Step 6) Using tissue paper or other gift wrap sized paper, repeat steps above until paper is covered in as many stamps as you like. TIP: For tissue and other thin papers, be sure to place a scrap piece of paper beneath the sheet you are working on in case some of the paint comes through. If you use more than one celery stock you can overlay colors for a really cool effect.
Step 7) Allow paper to dry completely and then wrap up your gifts.
Step 8) Embellish as you like!
This is also a great project to do with the kids in your life. Always be sure to supervise, and take care when selecting your paint (you might want to pick something that is not permanent). Whomever you create this with or for, have fun!