This craft is fun and easy and you can do it while watching your favorite shows. I’m sorry I don’t have a full picture of the entire garland, but I couldn’t find a good place to put it that had good lighting and that made it look good. But it’s ok, you guys have imagination right? It’s about 4 feet long.
I had bought a bunch of ribbon because I thought I was going to use it on a wreath I wanted to make, but it turned out I didn’t need the ribbon. So I was stuck with 4 spools of ribbon. So of course, Pinterest came in handy. I had the choice of making a bunch of hair bows or a garland out of them. I don’t wear bows, so I made a wonderful garland.
- Yarn or rope
- Ribbon (I ended up using 13 spools, each 3 yards long)
Step 1: Cut a piece of rope or yarn (no smaller than yarn) to a length of which you would like. Now I cut a 6 foot piece of black yarn and only used 4 feet of it. I would stick to a Halloween color or at least a color that will be in your garland.
Step 2: Cut your ribbon into pieces. I cut mine into roughly 4 1/2 inches each.
Step 3: Start tying the ribbon onto the yarn or rope. I used a pattern, I did green, orange, black, and lastly purple. But once I was done, I randomly placed thinner black ribbons everywhere. Make sure there are no gaps or yarn showing when you are done. The knots don’t have to be too tight, just tight enough to stay on.
That’s it. It might fray a little but if you’re gentle with the garland, it shouldn’t be too bad. It surely is gorgeous. I just love how it turned out.
I cannot begin to tell you how proud I am at how this wreath turned out! It all started when I realized this will be the first holiday (okay, second to the 4th of July, but I wasn’t ready to start crafting then) that Drew and I will be able to celebrate in our first home! I love decorating for Halloween. I use to always decorate my dorm room door with spider webs and cut out bats. Now I have a whole house and a front porch to decorate. BUT I’m only going to really decorate my front porch. I’d rather save up money and go all out for Christmas.
Anyways, I started searching for wreaths to make, because I had never made one but I wanted to, and I found this wonderful tutorial here. I totally started it, soaking 50 plates, wrinkling them, and laying them out for 3 days to dry, then I burned the first 20 something and I was tired of the burning smell and the smoke, so I started rolling them. I still have the rest of the soaked plates and I have no idea what to do with them. Oh well. I also changed some of the original poster’s ideas. I decided to use black gems in my flowers other than sprinkles. I liked the look better. I also used a neat oval wreath rather than a circular one. I thought it made it more unique. I also didn’t fill the entire wreath, as you can tell. Ok, let’s start this!
- 1 Grapevine Wreath
- At least 50 paper plates
- 4 cups of brewed and chilled coffee
- Some way of producing a constant flame (I started using candles, but the wick went down too fast, so I used an oil lamp with a smaller wick)
- A pan of water
- Hot glue gun
- Mod Podge for Paper (optional)
- Any decorative items you wish (like my black gems and my glitter spiders that I found at Walmart for only a couple of bucks)
Step 1: Pour your coffee into a cake pan. You will dip you paper plates one at a time into the coffee, make sure they are wet (about 30 seconds or so), crumple them up to release all the excess coffee, and the flatten them out loosely and lay them out. It works best if you have something like a cooling sheet. That way air can circulate and dry the plates more quickly.
Step 2: Once dry, start cutting your plates into spirals. Don’t worry about uniformity, cutting them all different provides for more of a variety in flowers.
Step 3: Light your candle or whatever and start burning the outside edges of the spiral. Have your pan of water handy. Once you start burning the edges, dunk the burned part into the water. This will eliminate the smokiness and stop the flame immediately. BE CAREFUL. It can be dangerous so go slow. It will take a lot of time. Make sure you have adequate ventilation too. My house got pretty smokey.
Step 4: Start rolling your flowers. Start with the center and roll them tightly. This was my method. Once they were super tight, I let them go on a table. They still held their shape mostly, but were loose and big. So now start to tighten the flower a little bit and you will end up with looser but prettier flowers. If you don’t like this, use your own method. The bottom of the flowers will be flat, not a cone shape like I assumed. Haha that was aggravating, because the blog didn’t say that, so I was soo confused.
Step 5: I used Mod Podge for paper to glue my flowers in place. I just dabbed it on the end of the spiral and glued it to the outside of the flower, then I dabbed more onto the inside of the flower into the rolls to keep the rolls just perfect. Set it aside and work on another.
Step 6: Once all the flowers are dried, start gluing on your decorative piece for the center, whatever it is. I used hot glue on the back of the gems and then set them in with tweezers. You will want to complete all the flowers, or a majority of them, before you start gluing them onto the wreath.
Step 7: Lay the wreath on a flat surface. Start placing (not gluing) the flowers on it to see where to start and to see how they will lay together. Once you have this, start hot gluing the flowers on the wreath. This is a little bit of work. It’s hard to glue these flowers onto the wreath since both are uneven surfaces. But do not give up. The end result will be worth it. You can even start gluing them onto each other and the wreath to have more of a hold.
Step 8: Once you have all the flowers on the wreath that you want, hold it at eye level. You should be pretty proud of it right now. Now you can start adding any more decorations on it, like spiders. Feel free to explore too! Maybe add some crows or pumpkins. Or even a sign that says “Happy Halloween” or whatever! If you try this tutorial, please reply with a picture of your wreath! I would absolutely love to see it. Also, if you have any questions, feel free to ask :)
Always remember to have fun and enjoy what you are working on. And always always always be proud of your work!
Halloween is upon us! And no, this is not a real pumpkin. It’s actually a fake one that I bought for like $5 at Walmart. And that’s puff paint. So this of course is a cheap project! I wanted to find a couple more smaller pumpkins to also decorate, but I can’t seem to find any that are the right size :(
Anyways, so as I’m sure you can tell, this project requires a design in mind and a pencil. It’s not difficult, but be sure you are absolutely happy with your design before you start using the puff paint. The puff paint doesn’t like to come off after it is put on.
So, step 1: Decide on a design. This could be a chevron stripe or pattern, or swirls, or dots, whatever your heart desires. Then, draw it on carefully and lightly with a pencil. If you make a mistake, it should be able to be erased off.
Step 2: Carefully and slowly, draw the design with puff paint. Three tips: 1, hold the bottle straight up and down with the tip down. This will allow for the air bubbles that spurt out periodically to go to the bottom of the bottle (or the part furthest away from the tip as you are holding it). 2, hold the pumpkin so that you are drawing on as flat of a surface as possible. 3, draw with thin lines. You can always go back over the lines to make them more even or straight or thick. That’s what I did. Just make sure you let it dry before you go over it a second time.
Step 3: Wait for it to dry. Then you can add accents, if you would like to jazz it up a bit. Before I finished it, I added all the dots and I painted the stem black.
Now, I wanted an orange pumpkin because I like the orange and black for Halloween. BUT imagine all the color possibilities! You could always paint the pumpkin a different color first, like purple, and then put a design on it with glitter! Oh I just want to make a dozen more of these! Too bad I have no more room for them.
Time to start again
I’ve taken a HUGE break from this blog while I graduated from college, gotten married, and moved to Florida. Sorry guys. I promise I will start to post more on here, like my halloween crafts and what I’ve done since we moved. I can’t wait, I hope I still got it :)
Aren’t these cute? I came across this pin and thought it was simple enough, and of course, cheap enough. Did you know you could get planters like this for a dollar or two at multiple places? The Dollar Tree, Michaels, Walmart, Home Depot…. So what did I do? I went out and bought one!
All you need is:
- A planter of any size
- Acrylic paint
- A work space with paper or something down to catch the paint
Step 1: Lay out your paper to protect the work surface. Turn the planter upside down onto the paper.
Step 2: Some people, including the tutorial mentioned above, adds water to the paint. I decided not to. Pour a stream of paint around the edge of the planter. This will give it a drippy effect like you see on mine.
Step 3: Continue to add more paint and colors to get the desired effect. I didn’t want to cover the entire planter in paint, so I didn’t use a whole lot. The more you add, the longer it will take to dry. Allow it to dry completely before you turn it right side up.
Step 4: Use as wish. I would plant something in mine but I don’t have any potting soil, so I put markers in it instead!
This was a complicated project, but once Mindy and I figured it out, it was the best project we’ve ever done. In fact, once we figured it out, we had about 30 minutes to run back to Michaels and buy more canvases! It’s a great idea for a cheap but personalized gift. I found the tutorial here.
What you need:
- A printer
- Tissue paper
- A paint brush
- Letter sized paper
- An iron
Step 1: Trim the paper to about 2 inches wider than a letter sized sheet of paper. Iron out the wrinkles of the tissue paper on top of the letter sized paper. The iron will be on high heat with no steam. This will make the tissue paper kind of stick to the paper. Turn it over and tape the sides down.
Step 2: Now comes the tricky part: finding a picture you want to use. If you’re canvas is a 4”x6”, print it at 5”x7”. If it’s a 5”x7” canvas, print it at 6”x8”. Print on the tissue paper/regular paper combo just like you normally would. If it doesn’t work the first time, that’s ok. Just restart. This project requires patience. It took Mindy and I about 15 prints until we realized how to do it right (what I’m posting now, of course). Remove it from the regular paper.
Step 3: Get the canvas ready by coating it in a thin layer of modpodge. Gently lay the tissue paper over the canvas and quickly centered it. Working from the inside out, gently press the tissue down and the bubbles should disappear. Allow it to dry, which shouldn’t take too long.
Step 4: Apply another layer of modpodge to finish it off.
For the text on top of the photo, you need:
- Wax paper
- Whatever color of fabric paint
Step 1: If you want, print out your quote, saying, whatever in whatever font you want in whatever size you want. Place under the wax paper and tape the both of them to a flat surface.
Step 2: Trace over the letter with your fabric paint. Allow it to dry.
Step 3: Once it’s dry, peel the letters off the wax paper CAREFULLY. Place them on the photo canvas wherever you want them.
Step 4: Carefully and slowly cover them in modpodge and allow them to dry.
And there you have it! A wonderful gift and beautiful piece to make your house or a friends house look great!
I know you see them everywhere. These cute little magnets that anyone can make are super simple and a quick project.
All you need:
- Whatever size you want of clear flat glass marbles. You can find these anywhere almost.
- Scrapbook paper of your choosing (I used two different kinds on these)
- Mod Podge gloss (I used matte and it left a residue, so I’m guessing gloss would be best)
- Strong round magnets (like the ones that snap together from half an inch apart)
- Hot glue gun
Step 1: Place the flat pebbles on the scrapbook paper to find your exact design you want for the magnet. Trace the flat marble and cut the design out a tad bit smaller than your circle.
Step 2: Place a dab of Mod Podge (or glue) onto the flat side of the marble and stick the paper on it. Push all the bubbles out if there are any.
Step 3: I allowed it to dry then put another layer of Mod Podge on the back side of the paper, just to seal the edges.
Step 4: Using the hot glue gun, glue a magnet onto the back of your flat marble where the paper is.
Voila! There you have it. Completely customizable magnets. Not too bad, huh? I can’t wait to put these on a real fridge :)
One more today, just because I miss posting on tumblr :)
So, on a recent trip to Michaels, my most favorite store ever, I was looking through the clearance racks outside, well, because everything was like .50 cents. Great deals, right!? And of course, there’s this wonderful “W” just sitting there asking me to get it because my last name will soon be Wofford, so I just had to get it. I now wish they had the rest of the letters because this turned out so cute.
BUT this is an easy project for anyone. All you need is:
- A wooden letter
- Mod podge of any kind
- Scrapbook paper
Step 1: Rip up the scrapbook paper. I used two different designs, my favorite design ever and then a bold blue design. I mixed them to create this wonderful collage.
Step 2: Start by mod podging the letter and placing random scraps on to the letter. Make sure to work all over the letter and not just in one area at a time. This will create a better collage look.
Step 3: Once the entire side is covered, allow it to dry then mod podge over it completely, giving it a laminated look and feel.
Step 4: I placed a single strip of the prominent scrapbook paper on the edges of the letter. To do this, cut a strip that is the same width of the letter and mod podge it on.
Now it’s complete! I can’t wait to have this sitting on a book shelf or our mantle when we finally have a house to ourselves. Enjoy!
Hey guys! I know it’s been awhile. This semester has been super crazy and I haven’t had time to post a whole lot. But I have done a few crafts since the summer, so yeah…. haha.
Before I came back up to school, I found a diy project that looked super easy and simple and completely different than what I’ve ever done. In high school, I loved working with clay because of the feeling it left on your hands, other than making them super dry. But this is different clay. This is the made from the little clay packs you can buy at Michaels for like $2 each. I’m pretty sure I used one for each bowl, and I made two bowls. I used the excess to make cute little key chains or coins. This is where I got the idea from.
What you need:
- one small and one medium sized ovenproof bowl
- wax paper
- a paper or fabric lace doily (I used a paper doily on one and a cute stamp on the other bowl)
- a rolling pin
- 2 ounces ofpolymer clay
- a knife
- an oven
- a nail file (optional)
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 275°F. Then condition the clay. Knead the clay in between your fingers, until it becomes softer and more pliable.
Step 2: Start rolling out the clay on the wax paper. The clay should be rolled out to a thickness of 1/4″ or less, but not too thin. Place a paper or fabric lace doily over the clay and make an imprint with the rolling pin. Gently peel the lace doily away from the clay.
Step 3: Turn a small bowl over and place it over the clay. Using a knife, trim away any excess clay from the perimeter. Do this carefully and slowly. The cleaner the cut the better the edges.
Step 4: Carefully lay the circular clay piece into a larger and shallow bowl. This is be the shape your bowl will take, so choose carefully which bowl you want. Place the bowl onto the middle rack of the oven and bake for approximately 15 – 20 minutes, or until hard.
Step 5: Allow the bowl to cool completely before removing it. You can use the nail file to smooth the edges if you want.
I left mine white because it looks like porcelain, but colored clay or even painting the bowl would be an interesting adventure I could take real soon. Enjoy your new jewelry dish!
This was my very first cheesecake. I have never made one in my life. Let me tell you, it was a little stressful, but with the help of my wonderful fiance, everything turned out fine, and DELICIOUS!!
I found the recipe on allrecipes.com. The pictures of it on this website make it look absolutely delicious, but I didn’t have enough to create the topping, creating a not-so-good looking cake, but it was okay because everyone LOVED this cheesecake. Actually, Drew’s family told me that I should just make his grooms cake for the wedding, since he just wants cheesecakes. I said NO of course, but I told Drew I would always make him a cheesecake if he wants one. :) I’m going to be a great wife!
Anyways, here’s what you will need:
- 2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 14 ounces individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
- 1 (5 ounce) can evaporated milk
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter one 9 inch springform pan.
Step 2: Toast the pecans at 350 degrees F for 6 minutes, or until crispy (we had to do this twice because 6 minutes for us was too long). Remove pecans and set aside. Leave oven at 350 degrees F. In a small saucepan, melt the unsalted butter.
Step 3: Combine vanilla wafer crumbs with the melted butter then press into the bottom of the prepared springform pan. Place the pan onto a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F. Remove and allow to cool. I placed mine in the freezer till the next step.
Step 4: In a double boiler, or a bowl set over barely simmering water, melt the caramels in the evaporated milk. Stir until smooth. Pour this over the cooled crust. Sprinkle the nuts over the top.
Step 5: In a bowl, combine the cheese, sugar, and vanilla and beat until smooth, scraping down the bowl several times. Add the eggs, one at a time and beat until smooth. Melt the chocolate chips in the double boiler and mix into the cheese mixture. Pour the batter over the caramel layer. If your caramel isn’t hardening, it’s ok, but when you pour the cheese mixture over it, your caramel and pecans will move closer to the edges, which is fine, it still tastes good. (I freaked out about it, heh…)
Step 6: Someone recently told me how to actually cook a cheesecake without it cracking. They said you have to create a steam over. You have to fill a pan with 1” of water and place on the bottom rack. Bake the cheesecake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes or until barely set. If this doesn’t seem to be working, because I haven’t tried it, just bake it without the water pan. If 40 minutes doesn’t seem like it’s finished, bake it until it barely starts to crack. You don’t want huge cracks on the top, because then the top of the cheesecake will be hard. Chill over night in the refrigerator before serving.
Good luck with your cheesecake. If you have any suggestions, let me know. This was my first cheesecake and it was almost a fool-proof recipe.