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Top 6 Fun Projects For Kids This Halloween

Halloween will be much different this year, like many other activities and holidays! However, that doesn’t mean we can’t scare each other at home! From spooky treats to artistic creations that border on witchcraft, here are some ideas that will keep you entertained all night long! Halloween is the spookiest night of the year, and it is one of those days when we can all let our creativity run wild, be it with our home decorations or our costumes.

Here are six simple and inexpensive decorating ideas and festive projects that will entertain the little ghouls in your house this October. Indeed, the days leading up to Halloween can be a very stressful time, especially if you have a big party to plan, a costume to choose from, spider webs to hang, and scary tricks to plan. 

As a queer person who loves horror movies, Halloween is my Christmas, and it is the type of year where I go all out, and my costumes get wilder and bigger every year because it is a time for me to let my freak flag free. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of the best craft and DIY projects to do for Halloween.

1. Mummified Cookies

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Feel like baking some beautiful cookies that will haunt the house this Halloween season? Why not turn to a mummy cookie recipe destined to end up on your Instagram account? Make a whole batch of these using your homemade recipe or by purchasing ready-made cookie dough. All you have to do is decorate by adding band-aids and googly eyes, all sweet, of course.

2. Create your own Halloween crown

There’s nothing better than a funeral wreath to scare the neighbors! Simply pick up a good old, bare wreath from the store of your choice and decorate it with a glue gun, wire, branches, and creepy accessories like plastic spiders, orange and black ribbon, toilet paper ghosts, decorative pumpkins, and even candy.

3. Brew your own goo

Add a little science to your activities and create your own slime! To make yourself a beautiful, sticky monster, you’ll need clear glue, baking soda, salt solution, green paint, and a pair of eyes (don’t take your own). Place 5 ounces of glue in a bowl, and add 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Mix with the paint (or food coloring), then add 3 tablespoons of saline solution and roll it around in your hands until it becomes gooey. Add the eyes and pour them into a jar to keep it cool.

4. Turn a plate into a mask

Wearing a mask has a whole new meaning since 2020… Why not make one for the little ones in the house with a simple paper plate? It’s easy to do. With a good pair of scissors, glue, and a few items, transform the plate into a Halloween pumpkin, a menacing vampire, or an adorable kitten. To manipulate the plate, glue a simple Popsicle stick to the base! Holes will be needed for the eyes, and get creative with whatever you can find in terms of paper, ribbons, glitter, pipe cleaners, etc.

5. Dye a garment (tie-dye)

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Need a common costume for the whole family? You’ll take great photos by transforming a plain black sweater. Dampen it with enough water, and crumple it into a compact ball that you hold together with rubber bands. Using rubber gloves, submerge the sweater in a bucket containing half cold water and half bleach. Watch as it discolors and turns orange. Remove the sweater from the liquid after about ten minutes and wash by hand in the sink, and let dry. Make sure this whole process is done in a well-ventilated room.

6. Make a cardboard haunted house

Why not make this Halloween party an art project for the whole family? Go ahead and build a miniature haunted house that you can proudly display on a windowsill or in a bookcase. Use an empty box as a starting point (think delivery or cereal box). All you have to do is decorate the structure with whatever you find in the house. Younger kids can paint or put fun or scary stickers on it, while older kids can make fake spider webs, felt bats, glow-in-the-dark ghosts, etc. Your imagination is the only limit!

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Best Thanksgiving Quotes and Wishes You Can Write on Your DIY Card

Best Thanksgiving Quotes and Wishes You Can Write on Your DIY Card

Here is a nice collection of thanksgiving quotes for friends and families. So, don’t forget to share them!

From Joyce Giraud:

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are.

From Melody Beattie:

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.

From Marcus Samuelsson:

From Marcus Samuelsson

 

I love Thanksgiving because it is a holiday centered around food and family, two things that are of utmost importance to me.

From J. Robert Moskin:

Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal to all ages and all faiths. At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings.

From Theodore Roosevelt:

Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.

From Colossians 3:15-17:

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

From Psalm 119:1-8:

Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD. Blessed are those who keep His statutes and seek Him with all their heart — they do no wrong but follow His ways. You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed. Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees! Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands. I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws. I will obey your decrees; do not utterly forsake me.

From Isaiah 12:1-6:

From Isaiah 12:1-6

In that day you will say: “I will praise you, LORD. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have comforted me. Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.” With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. In that day you will say: “Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing to the LORD, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world. Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.”

From Matthew 6:25-34:

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these…”

 

 

 

 

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Top 5 Good Reasons To Start A DIY Project

Would you like to make a Do It Yourself creation? It is estimated that nearly 8 out of 10 Americans practice at least one DIY activity. These activities are varied, to say the least: manual activities and crafts, but also growing your own fruit or vegetables, making jam or fruit juice, repairing a vehicle, etc. Are you still hesitating to get started? Discover, in this article, 5 good reasons to practice a DIY activity, whatever it is!

1. Save money with DIY

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The economic aspect is certainly one of the main advantages of Do-it-Yourself! Indeed, more and more people dare to take the plunge, realizing, rightly so, that DIY creations are often less expensive. According to a recent IPSOS study, we save, on average, more than 270$ per year thanks to Do It Yourself.

Even if the raw material purchase can require a certain budget, putting a little elbow grease can be quickly profitable. Moreover, you should not hesitate to make DIY with recycled products, objects, and raw materials. Indeed, recycled creations are the most interesting to save money while adopting eco-responsible behavior. You would be wrong to deprive yourself of it!

2. Make useful creations

Give meaning to your creations by making them useful in your daily life! For example, don’t hesitate to create a shelf if you lack storage space at home. If you want to have a bag to carry your things more easily, make it!

The creative possibilities are endless! So as you want and need, don’t hesitate to think about what you need before you think about how to make that DIY project. If you think you can create something useful, this is the perfect opportunity to get started. After all, there’s nothing better than useful DIY creations to make your life easier and to make you want to create more and more!

3. Do a DIY activity to keep yourself busy

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If you don’t know what to do when you have little time on your hands or to keep yourself busy on a rainy day, think DIY! Indeed, it’s a great way to keep busy without seeing the time pass. In fact, by focusing on a manual creation, your brain and hands should quickly be on fire.

Children, adults, and the elderly can enjoy themselves and fill in any moments of solitude by indulging in manual creations of all kinds: decorative creations, sewing projects, painting activities, personalization of media, etc. The possibilities are endless; you won’t have a minute to yourself while focusing on your favorite creative hobby!

4. Gain self-confidence

Nothing is more satisfying than being able to say, “I did it”! In fact, making a DIY creation often allows you, over time, to assert yourself and gain confidence in your own abilities. As you progress, you will feel more and more at ease and therefore be able to launch yourself into more meticulous and/or complex projects. The result will be an even more satisfying feeling when you reach your goal!

If you are starting from scratch, in any activity, starting with something easy is always recommended. Find (or have in mind) a pattern that you can easily replicate. Once you’ve done that, you can add some complexity by using other materials, larger volumes, and/or testing other creative techniques.

Also, don’t hesitate to ask your friends and family for their opinion: positive opinions will confirm your abilities! Also, be sure to consider the more nuanced opinions to progress in your various creative approaches. You will thus be constantly pulled upwards!

5. Sharing good moments with your loved ones

Easy DIY Gifts for Father’s Day (Part 2)

Sharing is also something essential for every human being. Good news: DIY is conducive to exchanges, discussions, and even, sometimes, new encounters! If you have the opportunity, dare to make handicrafts with family, friends, or even colleagues. Indeed, this type of activity will allow everyone to enjoy a pleasant moment of sharing. Moreover, if you have creative events or even hobby fairs near you, we can only recommend you to go there!

You will be able to meet creators and sometimes exchange with speakers or even participate in creative group workshops. Don’t hesitate to browse blogs, forums, Facebook groups, or any other virtual community to meet other designers, discover new techniques, ask your own questions, and exchange with different people. You’ll see for yourself: DIY brings together a big (and supportive) family. It’s a lot of fun to share your own experiences, give advice and get new Do It Yourself ideas!

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Top 10 Crafts To Recycle Cardboard

We don’t always realize the potential of the materials around us. That’s why we have gathered for you all the good ideas to make with cardboard. It is surprising, aesthetic, and innovative! Yes, recycling is an art. We have to get away from the idea that cardboard is good for packing, wrapping, and nothing else.

No, cardboard is much more than that! Let’s change our preconceived ideas and how we treat the world. Cardboard furniture and decorative objects are colorful, practical, light, and recyclable, and there is really no reason not to try the experience. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of our best crafts that you can make at home with old cardboard.

1. Thank you card

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You received a nice gift, and you want to thank the person who gave it to you? A beautiful handwritten thank you card never goes unnoticed. And why not use the cardboard from your gift to write your message? Cut out your cardboard, fold the card and decorate it to your liking. This kind of card can be sent this way without needing an envelope.

2. Napkin ring

With this trick, you’ll make people jealous! Create original napkin rings from an empty paper towel roll or aluminum foil. Cut the roll into a 5 or 6 cm wide ring, and cover it with fabric. About 30 cm of fabric will be enough to cover 5 napkin rings. Use fabric glue or double-sided tape to secure the fabric inside each ring.

3. Decorative planters

Here’s a great idea to turn cardboard into a flower pot. Decorate a simple cardboard box, then line it with a plastic bag poked with a few drainage holes. Now you can put a plant in its pretty new planter.

4. Labyrinth for kids

If you’ve just moved, you probably have these huge boxes. Then you can make this cardboard maze that will keep the kids entertained for hours. Cut a door or two from each box and join them together to create passageways. Clip it all together with sturdy plastic ties or note clips.

5. Natural weed killer

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Cardboard is a strong but compostable material, making it a very effective natural weed control solution. To do this, place flat pieces of cardboard over the area to be treated for weeds, then soak them thoroughly to help them stay in place. When you’re done, add mulch on top to camouflage the cardboard. It will get rid of the weeds, depriving them of light.

6. Storage for your magazines

When you finish a box of cereal, what do you do with it? You throw it in the recycling bin, right? Did you know that you can turn it into a stylish magazine storage box? Just cut it to size and cover it with decorative paper or fabric. And there you have it; your magazines are now neat and tidy.

7. Photo frames

Why use an expensive frame from a craft store when you can customize it yourself? Thin cardboard, such as from a cereal box or notepad holder, is perfect for this. Just cut it to the appropriate size, then spray glue and apply the fabric of your choice.

8. Gift Bags

These gift bags were made by cutting a cardboard cereal box into a suitcase shape with handles. Paint them brown (or any other color of your choice). Add some decorative elements: glitter, ribbons… And that’s it! You have created an original bag to hold your little gifts.

9. Party decorations

You don’t need to buy decorations to decorate a wedding or birthday hall. Make a flower garland like this for your next event. Cut up paper towel rolls and decorate them with paper towels or fancy sticky paper. A simple craft where you paint, fold, glue, and thread it all onto a wire.

10. Disposable painting pallet

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Making paint is a great way to relax and put everyday problems aside. The problem is that you have to wash everything afterward, and you don’t necessarily have the time. With a disposable cardboard palette, all creative projects are easier! Simply drill a hole for your thumb to take the palette in hand. And off you go!

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Top 6 Crafts To Do With Plastic Bottles

Generally, when we have a plastic water bottle, we make two uses of it; first, we drink its content, then we throw it away with the other plastic waste so that it is recycled. Well, not bad, but well, can do better. And yes: a plastic water bottle, whether full or empty, can actually be used to do a whole lot of things that we rarely suspect. We can make sports, decorations, jewels, and much more with plastic bottles.

The only limit we can have is our imagination, because as far as our wallet is concerned, it is certainly not a pack of water that will ruin us! In short, if we want to impress the gallery at a low cost, we go into recovery mode and do not throw away our water bottles. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of the crafts you can do with plastic bottles.

1. Exercise!

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When you want to build up your biceps or triceps at home by lifting 1.5kg dumbbells, you have two options: either you buy dumbbells in a sports store, or you use dumbbells that you already have at home. It works just as well to build muscle gently, but it costs less! What do you mean? Well, a full plastic water bottle is 1.5L. And 1.5 liters of water weighs 1.5 kilos! So instead of lifting weights, we take a full water bottle in each hand and start our exercises.

2. A beautiful bracelet

When we want to buy jewelry, it’s always the same: the simplest ones are often the most beautiful…but the most expensive! While we always have the impression that we could make them ourselves. What if we went to the practice?

With a slice of plastic water bottle, some mohair to reinforce it, and a nice fabric to cover it, we make ourselves, in two times three movements, a super nice bracelet that we will be the only ones to wear this summer. Practical and aesthetic!

3. Birdhouses

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It’s summer, raining hard, the kids are overexcited, and we don’t know what to do with them because we only have paint but no paper. No problem: a plastic water bottle can easily be transformed into a birdhouse, which the children will be delighted to build with us.

To do this, all we need is a water bottle that we will cut in half, shorten and then make a hole in the bottom part, paint and glue the two parts together to make a little hut before hanging it in a tree with a string and two holes in the cap.

4. An improvised vase

It’s summer, and the kids have just picked a beautiful bouquet of wildflowers (on the neighbor’s stoop, actually, oops, too bad) that we want to put on the garden table. Problem: the table in the living room is exposed to the shots of balloons, to the shakes, to the wind…

It would be a pity to break the pretty vase that offered us, mother-in-law, at Christmas (although… in short). The solution: show that you are a pro of the system D! We can either cut a plastic water bottle in two or work a little on the aspect of our vase if we have a little more time…and a computer for a tuto!

5. An emergency broom

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The horror: by shaking our good old broom, we have just broken it in two. And we tried to glue the handle to the other part, but nothing made it. No panic; we have a broom if we have tape and plastic bottles. And yes, we will cut many strips in empty plastic water bottles, which we will assemble with tape on our old broom handle. To our great surprise, we will see that we can sweep a floor very well with plastic broom bristles!

6. Pretty flowers

And if to show that we were a pro of recovery, we decorated our plastic vase with pretty flowers… they also realized from plastic water bottles? It’s quite simple: we take bottles’ bottoms and cut out flower shapes in them. So that the petals of our flowers are not too sharp but smooth and rounded, we work them gently with the flame of a lighter. We can also fix our plastic flowers on wires or plastic tubes or place them in candle holders for a guaranteed effect!

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Top 5 Things To Do With Paper

Paper is used and abused on a daily basis and has always been. And it took us a long time before we became aware of the dramas that this overconsumption was causing. As a society, we need to get it together and start taking care of our planet, and one way to do this is to lessen our use of paper and recycle old ones.

But because it’s better late than never and because many individuals and brands want to make a difference by recycling paper, we decided to bring you some ideas so that you, too, from your home and without pressure, can play a role in recycling paper. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of our tips for recycling old and unused paper.

How to recycle newsprint?

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The first tip is for household chores. When it is difficult to clean the windows of the house, it is possible to use newspaper. Simply crumple it up and dampen it a little, then apply it like a cloth to scrub a window or mirror. The result is impeccable. Plus, it saves on detergents. Newspaper can also be used to clean various surfaces, such as a barbecue grill or a tiled work surface.

Newspaper can also be used as a bottom for trash cans. This way, it absorbs the moisture that organic waste often produces. In other cases, it can even be used as a garbage bag. To do this, simply fold it into a large cone shape.

The newspaper also helps protect the refrigerator from bad odors. The idea is to spread the sheets at the bottom of the crispers so that the food doesn’t leave an odor. To avoid the smell of fish or meat, it is advisable to wrap the food in newspaper. This wrapping method is also effective for quickly ripening fruits or vegetables.

1. Create an origami lamp

Paper can be used to cover lamps and light bulbs in an original way. To do this, you’ll need a ruler, a pencil, sheets of paper that aren’t too thin, cardboard, string, scissors, glue, and something to perforate the sheets. You can then let your imagination run wild.

It is also possible to glue or roll up pages of the newspaper (or paper scraps) on a lampshade to give it a modern and original look. Perfect when you want to redecorate your home in an eco-responsible way without buying new objects. In any case, be careful not to glue the paper directly to the light fixture to avoid any risk.

2. Use newspapers as trivets

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Newspapers, scissors, and glue are all you need to make sturdy, original, and eco-friendly trivets. Once the pages are cut into four strips (it can be a newspaper, magazine, or old comic book …), you must roll each strip on itself to obtain a spiral. Then, glue them side by side, depending on the size of the coaster desired (for glass, plate, dish).

3. Make gift wrap out of it

Birthdays and holidays often rhyme with wrapping and paper. But instead of investing in paper that will be torn and thrown away, you might as well turn to eco-responsible packaging. Newspapers or sheets printed on one side only can be used to create eco-friendly packaging without having to invest in single-use paper.

4. Use it as an envelope

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Sheets of paper, newspaper, or magazine pages can also be used to send mail. If you run out of small envelopes or want to replace them altogether, you can fold an A4 size paper and insert a letter inside. The magazine of creative and ecological ideas gives examples of creations.

5. Making a bracelet (to do with children)

For fancy jewelry made from recycled materials, pages of magazines, newspapers, or printed sheets do the trick. Add glue, scissors, and the cardboard from a paper towel roll to cut. The size is made according to the width of the desired bracelet. Then you have to cut the cardboard to create an opening space to put it on the wrist.

Once done, previously cut paper strips can be glued on. Halloween being at the end of the month, these bracelets will be ideal to accompany costumes or any other occasion. This is one of those crafts that are perfect for doing with your kids or even younger siblings and is an ideal way to teach them about the importance of recycling.

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Fashion Crafts: Unique DIY Projects to Try

Fashion Crafts: Unique DIY Projects to Try

Till today, I have not wasted a single piece of clothing. How is it possible? Well, I’ve learned how to upcycle old garments. So, here are some of the very best DIY fashion project ideas you could try at home!

Fabric Stamping on Old Clothing

Fabric Stamping on Old ClothingMaterials you’ll need for this craft:

  • An old skirt
  • A brayer
  • Fabric block stamp
  • Fabric paint

Instructions on how to make the Fabric Stamping on old Clothing:

Step 1:

You can start by placing some fabric paint –a paint of your choice – on a paper plate. Then, submerge the stamp in the paint and dab it to remove any extra paint.

Little Note: These stamps have been specifically designed for imprinting on fabric. This is why you can dip the stamp in the paint rather than just roll it in the paint.

Step 2:

Now, it’s time to stamp the skirt. Once it’s done, set it aside and let it dry for around 1-3 hours. Or, you can also choose to follow the specific instructions as set on the fabric paint label.

Additional Tips:

  • Usually, this stamping method is recommended for old clothing, but you can also try it on new garments. However, make sure you are prewashing them before stamping. And, remember not to use any fabric softener.
  • It is critical to read the label on the fabric paint bottle and make sure it’s appropriate for the fabric you’ve chosen. Personally, I’ve always used cotton or cotton blends and I’ve always ended up with good results. However, I don’t really recommend stuff like lycra, tulle and rayon.
  • If it’s your first time, I always advise practicing fabric stamping on paper first before working on the fabric directly.
  • Again, if it’s your first time, don’t stress out if it’s not exactly what you were expecting for. With practice, I’m sure it’ll be better next time.

Homemade Cross Stitch Sweater

Homemade Cross Stitch SweaterMaterials you’ll need for this craft:

  • A yarn needle
  • A pair of scissors
  • Yarn
  • An old sweater
  • Cross stitch pattern

Instructions on how to make the Homemade Cross Stitch Sweater:

Step 1:

Note: I’d like to start by saying if you don’t have yarn, you can substitute by using a small needle and embroidery thread to cross stitch on your sweater. It’ll be great if you could find one with a grid. Moreover, you can also use a fabric marker to create your design.

So, you should start from the inside of the sweater and then follow a pattern. Honestly, I didn’t have any specific patterns, I just started by stitching an X. You can try the same method. So, keep stitching Xs and changing colors as directed by your design. Stretching out the sweater and stitches on a regular basis helped it lay flat.

DIY Graphic Tee with Watercolor Letters

DIY Graphic Tee with Watercolor LettersMaterials you’ll need for this craft:

  • An iron
  • Some paintbrushes
  • An old cotton or cotton-blend t-shirt
  • Soft flock iron-on letters
  • Tie-dye (You could opt for fabric paint, but a tie-dye is a washable option that closely resembles watercolor.)

Instructions on how to make the DIY Graphic Tee with Watercolor Letters:

Step 1:

Remove any plastic from the top of your letters and cut them out. Change up your tie-dye. Pour tie-dye into cups into which you may dip your brush.

Step 2:

Dab your brush softly into the tie-dye and dab it into the letters, allowing the colors to spill over each other. Repeat with each color until you have reached the desired quantity of color.

Step 3:

Set the letters aside and let them to dry totally. Iron-on according to package directions. For mine, I was told to press the letters for around 20 seconds on medium heat with no steam. And, that’s it, you are done! You can now wear the tee and bluff about your skills with your friends.

 

Best Decorative Handmade Photo Crafts (Part 2)

Best Decorative Handmade Photo Crafts (Part 2)

Photos are memories or moments captured in time. The world and the people around us may change but these photographs will never change. They have the power to take you back to a specific place or time of your life even though it no longer exists.

If you have old pictures of your kids or of your wedding and want to display them in your house, here’s a list of some of the best DIY photo display projects.

DIY Photo Candle

DIY Photo CandleSupplies you’ll need for this DIY craft:

  • A pair of scissors
  • A clear tape
  • Wax paper
  • White tissue paper
  • An embossing heat tool
  • White candles (I recommend working with the 3×3″ and the 3×9″ sizes).
  • 8.5×11″ card stock
  • Canon PIXMA MG7520 printer

Instructions to make the DIY Photo Candle:

Step 1:

You can start by printing on the tissue paper’s less glossy side. You can print using the PIXMA MG7520 photo printer, which, I promise, would be really simple and produce a great print. Simply place the paper tray so that the side you wish to print on is facing down. Also, hold the wax paper tightly against the photo while using the heat gun.

Step 2:

Take note of how near you are to the photograph and how hot your heat setting is. You want to be able to see the photo melting onto the candle without melting the candle itself. The candle you choose also has an impact on how effectively the image transfers.

Step 3:

The picture will appear to transfer better when the wax is more solid. It still works on the softer wax, but the picture isn’t as crisp, and using the heat gun melts the candle a little more.

Note: I wasn’t kidding when I claimed it was a simple job, and these are not only great focal pieces but can also make a terrific table décor for a wedding or birthday party.

Step 4:

As I previously stated, it is entirely up to you whether or not to light your candle. You may even keep it as a decorative piece if you choose, and you won’t end up with scary melting faces.

DIY Photo Hoop:

Supplies you’ll need for this DIY craft:

  • Gold spray paint
  • A hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • A pair of scissors
  • Photo paper
  • A bunch of fresh flowers (flowers of your choice)
  • Thin wire

Instructions to make the DIY Photo Hoop:

Step 1:

You start by spray painting the hula hoop with gold paint –make sure all sides are properly painted. Then, let it dry for around one hour.

Step 2:

Print your photographs on photo paper. You can then crop them to a 3″ square shape and print them with a white border, but you could also use a rectangular format.

Step 3:

Trim 5 strands of ribbon to be about 2″ longer than the hoop’s diameter.

Step 4:

Place the hula hoop on a level surface­ we used the floor since the hardwood floors helped us keep our ribbons straight! Adjust the ribbons on the hoop until they are properly spaced.

Step 5:

Now, on the backside of the hoop, hot glue the ribbons in place. As you glue, be very careful to pull the ribbon taut.

Step 6:

Arrange the photographs on the ribbons in the arrangement that you like. Begin in the middle and work your way out, ensuring that they are evenly spaced. Attach each photo to the ribbon with a dab of hot glue (or use glue dots or strong tape for a less permanent option).

Step 7:

Now, cut and trim all the fresh flowers in individual clusters and blossoms. You can then the flowers anyway you choose, starting with a foundation of foliage and working your way up to the flowers. Then, wrap the wire around all of the stems to fasten them to the hula hoop.

Step 8:

The last step includes hanging the photo loop on the wall or any other place you want.

 

Best Decorative Handmade Photo Crafts

Best Decorative Handmade Photo Crafts

It’s an undeniable fact that some people have way more photos that they can keep – just like me!! And, if you are running out of ideas of what to do with them, have a look at these interesting DIY photo displays.

DIY Photo Quilt

DIY Photo QuiltMaterials you’ll need for this craft:

  • 48 by 9-inch squares of several fabrics (it also includes the ones for the photo blocks, so make sure you remove the number of photo blocks from the sum total to find out the quantity you will need altogether.)
  • Printable fusible fabric
  • White fabrics
  • Batting, thread and binding
  • Two yards of 60″ wide fabric for backing ( you can use a soft fabric such as Minke or Snuggles)

Instructions to make the DIY photo quilt:

Step 1:

The first phase includes making the photo blocks. So, start by cutting the squares of your fabric.

Special Note: The quilt I used was 9×9 (that’s before I finished). Because the printable fabric is not 9′′ broad, I had to print the photo on the fabric and connect it to another piece of fabric in order for it to fit in the quilt. If you want, you can also choose 8×8 pieces of fabric. If that’s what you opt for, I recommend that you buy non-fusible printable fabric.

Step 2:

Now, it’s time to print the photos on the fabric. So, print your black-and-white photographs onto your printable fabric. If you want your photographs to be printed at 8′′x8′′, you’ll need some basic photo editing software (like photoshop elements or iPhoto).

Note: Printable fabric can be obtained at any craft store at affordable prices.

Step 3:

Cut your photo down to 8×8 (it prints on 8.5′′ x 11′′ cloth). Then, proceed to iron the picture onto the white fabric. Press firmly to heat set the ink- cut this piece to 9′′x9′′.

Note: To put the ink on the fabric, follow the instructions on the package of printable fabric. Each manufacturer is unique. If the ink is not set, it may bleed when the quilt is washed.

Step 4:

This is the last phase. So, when you’ve completed all your photo blocks, you need to sew all your squares together. Row 1: Sew 6 blocks together, then continue for rows 2-8. When you’re done, sew the rows together. Quit as you want. But, if you want to learn more about making a lap quilt, click here.

Once you are done, make sure you wash and dry the quilt – keep in mind to use a gentle detergent.

Note: I found this a bit late actually – when you’ll wash the quilt, the ink may bleed out a little bit, which will give that kind of “vintage” look to the photos on your quilt and honestly, it will still look, in fact, much better.

But, if you want, you can also choose to pre-wash it before stitching the blocks on the quilt.

DIY Upcycled Mason Jar Photo Lid Magnets

DIY Upcycled Mason Jar Photo Lid MagnetsMaterials you’ll need for this craft:

  • Some magnets
  • A pair of scissors
  • Pictures for the tracing and cutting
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Hot glue gun
  • Mason jar lids (or any other jar lids you have)

Instructions to make the DIY Upcycled Mason Jar Photo Lid Magnets:

Step 1:

You start by taking the lid insert and tracing a circle onto the photo you have. Then, take the scissors and cut them out.

Step 2:

Attach the insert to the inside of the lid ring using the glue.

Note: Please, be very careful – the adhesive will cause the metal to get HOT, so make sure you don’t burn your fingers!

Step 3:

With the glue, stick the photo to the inside of the lid using glue. If you want your photo to stand out even more, trace and cut out a piece of thick cardboard to glue behind it. I tried it, but I liked it better with the photo a little further within the lid to give more of a frame effect. But it’s entirely up to you!

Step 4:

The last phase includes gluing the magnet to the back of the frame.

 

Easy DIY Gifts for Father’s Day (Part 2)

Easy DIY Gifts for Father’s Day (Part 2)

Not sure what to give your dad on Father’s Day? How about an accessory holder? A beer bouquet? Or, a tie rack? Don’t worry, we’ll teach you how to make them.

DIY Mobile Phone Stand and Accessory Holder

DIY Mobile Phone Stand and Accessory HolderMaterials you’ll need for this gift:

  • A wood glue
  • A wood clamp
  • Three wooden dowel pieces (1 at 2.5 inches and 2 at 5 inches)
  • A piece of wood to be cut to the size of your choice (if it’s for the phone, you can try to opt for 1 inch bigger)
  • Another piece of the same wood (it should be cut 1/2 inch long and has the same width as the other piece of wood)
  • Drill
  • A small piece of wood that will be used to fit on the end of the small dowel piece – it should be either square or round (optional).

Instructions to make the DIY Mobile Phone Stand and Accessory Holder:

Step 1:

You can start by using the smaller piece of wood that was previously cut to mark where you want to drill the holes for the dowels. Then, proceed by marking the smaller piece with the bottom of the bigger piece using a pencil.

Step 2:

Now, take the same piece of wood along with the large one and line them up (on the long side) and use the pencil to mark the spot where the two lines cross. You can repeat the same process for the other side.

Step 3:

Attach the smaller part to the front of the bigger one, leaving a 1/8-inch gap from the bottom of the larger part. This will allow you to drill through the bigger component while also drilling into the smaller piece.

Step 4:

Next, using the drill, make a hole at around a 15-degree angle to make sure the drill bit enters and fits in the center of the small piece of wood that is clamped in place.

Step 5:

You don’t have to excavate all the way through the smaller piece; simply mark it with the drill bit so you know where to continue drilling the holes.

Step 6:

Using the marks you made with the drill bit as a guide, drill all the holes in the small piece of wood. But, remember to drill only about halfway through the component.

Step 7:

Put the dowels into the larger piece, leaving approximately a half-inch gap between them. Then, dry fit the smaller piece onto the ends of the dowels. Because they were drilled at the same time, the parts should line up.

Step 8:

Once the fitting task is done, get ready to assemble all the pieces together using the glue. So, here are the instructions for assembling the accessory:

  • Drill a 3/4-inch hole 3/4-inch down from the top and on the rear of the big piece. This hole should be bored at around 25 degrees; you may use the mobile phone stand to determine what angle you need to hold a watch. And, then stick the dowel into the hole.

Step 9:

This is completely optional, but if you want, you can add something like a small piece of wood (square-sized) to the end of the short dowel.

Step 10:

The last phase includes a short sanding to smooth down any rough places.

DIY Beer Bouquet

DIY Beer BouquetInstructions to make the DIY Beer Bouquet:

Step 1:

You begin by drawing or tracing and then cutting out paper roses and leaves – make sure you are using green and red cardstock.

Step 2:

Now, roll the rose paper on the top of the beer bottle and for that, you’d need some pieces of double-sided tape. You can proceed by adding the green leaves to the side of the bottles.

Step 3:

Turn a plain and simple beer pack holder into a nice gift box by covering it with some decorative wrapping paper. And, there, your beer bouquet is ready!