DIY Feather Headbands

My daughter asked for some of those popular feather headbands for Christmas.
Well, you know me.... my first thought was ok, I can make those.

So, I did. Here's how it went in case you want to try it too....

I took some "not so cute" fabric covered headbands that she already had and using an x-acto knife I cut the fabric off leaving the plastic headband.

I used a ruler to cut strips of scrapbook paper just wide enough to wrap over the headband and cover the back side.

I used ModPodge (gloss lustre) to adhere the paper to the headband. Let dry. Then put a final coat of ModPodge over the whole thing.

Once that dried I picked out a collection of feathers (you can find all kinds and colors at the craft store) and began hot gluing them to the headband starting from close to the top and overlapping down one side. Stop the feathers about 2" up from the end.

 I did two different ones (and may do more, since they were so easy and fun to make)
I finished off the pink and yellow headband by gluing on some beads and gems for sparkle. But the turquoise and brown looked great just as it was. I think my daughter will love both styles and I'm so excited to give them to her.

Getting the Looking Glass Effect

I'm in love with this project and can't wait to make more glamorous sparkly things!

Here's what I did:

First of all you will need clear glass objects to work with.
You will also need a water bottle and a well-ventillated area to spray paint.

I hung my glass ornaments by string on my easel and set it up in my backyard.

Spritz the ornaments with the water bottle.
Spray them evenly with the Krylon Looking Glass spray paint.
Let dry.

 They are so beautiful with the drops of water and paint on them, don't you think.
Once they dry, repeat the process one or two more times until you achieve the desired effect.
I love how it reminds me of antique mirrored glass.

Here is the finished candy jar  (painted on the outside only)

 The ornaments were a great accent to my display this weekend at a Holiday Open House show.

As always, I would love to see your pictures if you try this project. Thanks!
Have fun painting!

Making a Bible Cover

In this tutorial I used: scraps of upholstry and decorative fabrics, leather, a magnetic button snap closure and an old mini picture frame.

 I started by sketching out ideas for a pattern. I measured the length, width and thickness of my Bible and added a little extra for hemming the edges and folding over the inside fabric to make the pockets.
With a pencil and ruler I marked the cut lines on the inside of my green lining fabric.
I pieced together my leather, trim, and scrap strip.
 The leather I used was a very soft and fairly thin piece.
 * If your leather is thicker you will probably need a leather needle on your machine (trust me I've broken a few regular ones before I went out and bought the right kind)
 Here I have matched up the green lining with the front (right sides together). I trimmed where necessary to make sure it was a perfect fit. Then I sewed around all four sides leaving a small opening on one end so I could turn it right side out.
 Then I pinned and topstitched the ends on each side.
 Note: I ironed the fabrics that could be ironed to make it lay nice and flat. (do not iron leather, yikes!)
I folded over the end pieces and made sure that my Bible would fit. Then I hand stitched the folded over pocket pieces that would hold the Bible in place. Done.

You will see in these photos that I did add a couple of extras. I sewed a small strip of elastic on the front pocket to hold my pens. I also used a 1.25" wide strip of leather to make a closure. I sewed the leather strip on the back and put a magnetic button closure on the other end. Then I used a small old picture frame to decorate the front. I filled the frame with a piece of coordinating fabric, which I padded from the back side with a cottonball and hot glued on the small cardboard backing before using Weldbond glue to secure it to the leather strip. I also hand stitched the frame down to the leather strip to make sure it was really secure.
 The buckle-like closure doubles as a great page saver. ;)
Ok, so let me have it. What can I change or add to these Bible covers? Any suggestions? (Handles, zipper, more pockets, etc.......) Thanks everybody, I really appreciate your feedback.

Tie Dye T-Shirts with Sharpie Markers!

It was Red Ribbon week at my daughter's school this week and their first dress up day was tie dye t-shirts and wouldn't you know she didn't have anything tie dye in her closet. So we decided to do a little art project together and make something with what we had on hand.

I have seen several different examples and directions for this on the internet so we took what we found from various searches and modified it just a little bit.

Here's what you'll need and the steps we followed:

  • Pre-washed white or light colored t-shirt (cotton takes color great)
  • Rubbing Alcohol (Note: mine was 91%. If your alcohol has a lower percentage it may not work as well)
  • Liquid dropper (we used an old medecine dropper)
  • Small plastic cup(s)... really we only needed one
  • Rubber bands
  • Variety of colored Sharpies (we stuck to color wheel colors, no brown or black)
**** Extra Embellishment: (fabric, scissors, iron on paper, and an iron) - we made a sparkley peace sign to put in the center of the shirt.

 My super helper, ready to get creative!
 Choose a spot to start and put your cup in right side up and secure a rubber band around the cup rim holding the shirt tightly in place.
Pick your colors and create a small design in the center of the stretched circle. We kept our designs to the size of a quarter or half dollar because the alcohol will make the colors spread out a lot.
P.S. remember that complimentary colors will turn brown when they mix
(ex. using blue and orange together)
 Using your dropper drip approximately 10 drops of rubbing alcohol in the center of your design and watch the colors spread.
One thing we added: we put a couple more dots and lines of color on the outer edges of the circle and added alcohol drops to them just before removing our rubber band.... then we blew on the area to speed the drying and make the colors mix and bleed together in an irregular circle design
 Note: I had a piece of plexiglass that we put inside the shirt while working to prevent color bleeding through to the back side (cardboard would work too)

I love the instant results of this project!
 We made a bunch of designs going up the shirt (looked almost like a funky caterpillar at first)
Then we started filling in different areas with more circles and overlapping some of them.
We did not do the back of the shirt and we did leave white areas on purpose.
The fun of it is that you can do it any way you want! And it's so easy!
 * You will definitely want to heat set the colors by tossing the shirt in the dryer for a while before wearing.

Our last step was to create this glitzy peace sign using fabric and no sew iron on paper.
 We were so happy with how it came out!
I will absolutely do this project again sometime.
Super cute!

DIY Shoe Alterations

Last summer my husband bought me these sassy wedge shoes. Love them!

.....but, the large floral piece and all tan colors wasn't as versatile as I thought it would be, so one last night before heading out to a party I grabbed the shoes and made a few alterations.

I've included photos with the steps below, and the best part about it is I can still have the original look of the shoe.... or I can have many different looks! Check it out! 

Now here are a few options for "new looks" with my sassy wedge heels:
1. Au-natural with no embellishment       2. Black rosette shoe clips         3. Red feathers shoe clips

and soooo many more possibilities with other shoe clip options! What fun.

Stop by my etsy shop to see some of the shoe clips I have for sale. :)

Original Art iPhone Covers

I really wanted to dress up my iPhone with an artsy cover but wasn't having much luck finding what I wanted in stores; and the ones on-line were kinda pricy.
So I decided to get a couple of these plain ones and try creating my own.
 I sketched out a couple of ideas on paper. Then I drew it out in ultra fine point black sharpie on the cover.
 The sharpie colors were vibrant and mixed well while coloring.
However, I did not want colors to bleed and mix with my black outlines so I chose to use a permanent oil paint marker for that part.
 Here are a couple of close-ups:

 And the finished cover!
P.S. I sealed the cover with a couple of carefully applied thin coats of Diamond Glaze to protect the artwork and minimize scratches.
 I also did one with just the black oil paint marker. Also sealed with Diamond Glaze.

Let your imagination run wild. What would your phone cover look like?

Mom & Me Recycling to Make Art... Laughing Cow Cheese Boxes

This little project was created for my daughter, who rarely likes to throw things away and thinks most anything can be a treasure.

The Laughing Cow Cheese Box.... Upcycled with a Lot of Sparkle
For this project we used:
  • one empty laughing cow cheese box
  • assorted tissue paper
  • Mod Podge
  • assorted acrylic craft paint
  • hot glue
  • "various treasures"
  • glitter
Step 1: paint the box with your choice of acrylic paint, we used 2 coats of pink
Step 2: After paint is dry, apply a layer of Mod Podge, decoupage medium
Step 3: Choose your tissue paper and place it directly over the piece you just painted with ModPodge; gently smooth out the tissue paper with more slightly watered down ModPodge careful not to scrub or tear the tissue paper; gently adhere the paper to the sides of the box all the way around and continue to "pounce" the damp brush at the edges (this will remove the excess tissue paper while sealing the edges around the box)
Step 4: While the glue is still damp you can use a soft bristle brush to pick up glitter and lightly dust or sprinkle it all over the box.
Step 5: Rummage through various "treasures", buttons, beads, findings, flowers, embellishments, etc. and hot glue them to the lid of your box as a final touch.

These little boxes are super easy to decorate and the styles you can create are endless!

There are also many things you could repurpose your Laughing Cow Cheese Boxes for:
  • put a set of coasters inside (better yet, create your own to go with the box)
  • use it to keep all your little "treasures" for future projects
  • make a little emergency sewing kit to go inside
  • create a kids art box with colors and a stack of circle papers to draw on
  • paint a tic-tac-toe board on the inside and make little x's & o's for a travel game
Do you have any other ideas for the "Laughing Cow Cheese Box Upcycle Project"?