I’m Having a Lawrence Welk Moment…DIY Bubble Wand Necklace Tutorial!

Happy Monday folks! Have you ever had so much fun making a project that you make, say 20? That’s what happened to me Friday when I decided to make a wire and bead bubble wand:

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These really work too! I got the idea from the Jewelry Making Journal but I made mine longer and instead of pricier copper wire I used 18 gauge aluminum from the Hardware store (because it won’t rust) and acrylic (That’s a fancy word for plastic) beads because I love the sparkle and they are lightweight. They can also handle being dipped in bubble liquid over and over again!

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Watch this video to see how I made them:

Wouldn’t they be awesome party favors or even wedding favors (way better than the tiny plastic bubble bottles!) You could even put a bowl of bubble solution in the center of each table at a party and folks can blow bubbles whenever the mood strikes!

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One thing I will mention about the hardware store aluminum wire is that there is a thin film of oil or something on it. It’s not a big deal but after making 20 of these suckers my fingertips were black with the grease. It washed off and I could not see it on the wands because it was such a small amount but if you are thinking of making jewelry out of this stuff I would wipe it down with rubbing alcohol to remove any grease first.

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I hope you give this project a try, it was a lot of fun and a great way to practice your wire wrapping skills. I’ll leave you with a few more photos of these whimsical wands. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Easy Paper Easter Baskets!

Happy Saturday folks! Tomorrow is Easter and if you have 3 minutes I’ll show you how to make these cute paper Easter baskets:

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I used 6″x6″ double sided paper from My Mind’s Eye for these baskets but you can use any size square you like. If you want a big basket use a 12″x12″ piece of heavy cardstock and score it in 3rds just like I did here. Watch the quick video to see how easy it is:

Fun huh? I think these would be cute with some crayons inside perched atop a paper place-mat to entertain little ones waiting for Easter dinner! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Eco-Friendly Reusable Gift Bags!

Howdy folks! I love green crafting! I find myself rummaging through my recycle bin all the time looking for something to repurpose for crafting. I also like making things that will do a good turn for the environment like these reusable gift bags:

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I started with cotton drawstring bags from Papermart. I used the 5″x6″ size and they were 39 cents each (you can’t make them that cheap!) Then I used my newly made spray inks, clear stamps and pigment ink to decorate them.  Watch the video to see how!

Easy huh? Another idea is that you can personalize a gift bag. Kids love stuff with their names on them and if you have an unusual name (like Lindsay, at least in the 80′s when I was a kid) it is hard to find personalized products.  Well, you can grab your letter stamps and make a bag that had anybody’s name on it, neat! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Video Tutorial: How to Marbleize Paper & Eggs!

Here is a fun project you will want to try today. It is quick, easy and inexpensive and what’s more, your kids will love it too! I’ll warn you it’s a bit messy (that’s what it’s so darn fun) but the results are stunning. Check out this Easter card I sent my sister, I made the background paper. I stamped the rabbit (About Art Accents) with black pigment ink and heat embossed so it would stand out on the marbleized paper.

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Looks fancy and store-bought right? Nope, I marbleized it with shaving cream! Watch this quick video to see how, I’ll even show you how to use this technique with eggs!

See, told ya it was easy;)

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Tips for marbleizing eggs:

  1. I recommend you use blown out eggs, you can use hardboiled eggs 
    (swap out the liquid watercolor for food coloring) but I worry the shaving cream might give the eggs a soapy taste.
  2. White eggs (or wooden eggs painted white) will show the technique better (but since I raise free-range hens that lay brown eggs-and cannot bring myself to buy factory farmed white ones-I used those.)
  3. After you blow out and clean the eggs you need to dry them. Microwave them 30 seconds ( for a dozen) , then dip them in vinegar and nuke them again for 30 seconds. The vinegar locks the color!

I hope you try this today! It is a great outdoor project to do with the kids to and you can just hose everything off when you are done! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Beginner Sewing tutorial: Reversible Paperboy Bag

Today I want to share a project that my daughter Lila designed. She wanted to make a reversible bag with a rounded bottom. When it was done it reminded me of the bag paperboys used to carry to deliver papers on their bikes. We went shopping for fabric and had the bag made in an afternoon.

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You will need: 1/2 yard for the outside of the bag, 1/2 yard for the inside and 1/4 yard for a strap. I used 45″ wide cotton. As you can see the project rang up to about $5, not bad eh?

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This is a no waste project (although you might need to trim your fabric a bit if the person who cut it at the store was sloppy.) Step 1: Press 1″ down on each finished edge of the fabric. Fold the fabric in half right sides together (matching up the pressed edge) and press. Trim one of the bottom corners off at an angle and use the scrap as a template the trim the other side.  Sew up the sides with a 1″ seam allowance. Repeat for other 1/2 yard of fabric.

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Step 2.  Trim the seams to 1/2″. This will make the bag lass bulky.

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Now you have two bags, here they are shown right-side out.

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Hold them together and see if one is a bit smaller, if so, take the smaller one and turn it inside out and place it inside the other bag lining them up at the seams. Pin the bags together. You should be able to see the right sides of both fabrics with no raw edges.

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Step 3. Make the strap! Follow the instructions in the photos for pressing, then stitch down the edges.

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Step 4. Pin the strap to the bag by sandwiching it in between the two bag layers. If you want a shorter strap you can sink it in there farther or trim it first. This will give us an elegant invisible join!

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Step 5. Stitch along the edge of the bag being as neat as you can. You will have your bag and strap sewn together in one pass!

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There you have it, a finished reversible bag with no waste. You can start off with different size fabric and make any side bag this way. My daughter was so pleased with the results!

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Kid’s Craft: Clay Shamrocks!

Happy St. Paddy’s Day! I just wanted to pop in with a quick craft that you can make with your kids today: Polymer clay shamrock pins!

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I taught this to the children in my library craft class last week and they all turned out great. Here are the supplies you need:

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Here’s how to make these. Condition 1-2 oz of clay (depending how big you want your shamrock.) Divide the clay into 8 equal sized balls. Take 2 balls and gently press them together then pinch them together on the bottom to make  heart and pinch the bumps at the top of the heat flat to make a leaf. Make 3 more leaves. Stick the leaves together by the points. You may want to make a small disk of clay to attach them to. Try to keep the pin about 1/4″ thick throughout. Dust the shamrock with gold eye-shadow or pearl ex. Add details to the brooch with a toothpick if desired  Bake per clay package instructions, cool,  and glue a pin finding on the back.

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Note: I recommend Tacky Glue for gluing the pin on but it takes hours to fully cure (it will turn clear as in the photo when cured) but if you want to wear it today just use hot glue for now and re glue with tacky glue later if needed :P

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and as always Happy crafting!

Inspire your kids! {Make a painting inspiration file}

Happy Saturday folks! About 3 weeks ago I undertook the daunting task of helping my children clean their rooms. It was a major production. Well, in the midst of cleaning out bins, baskets and boxes I came across a stack of Ranger Rick magazines. The girls said they could be recycled. I remembered when I was a child my art teacher having files of pictures from magazines so whenever I wanted to paint or draw something she had a few pictures I could look at. I have always done this myself too. I tear out interesting photos, or flowers mainly, from magazines and I print photos I have taken and they go sorted by color in a  large accordion folder. If I want to paint and I don’t know what I just sift through my file. It usually takes a few photos melded together to get what I want but that is part of the fun!

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My daughter and I each used water-soluble oil pastels to paint this parrot from Ranger Rick.

So, you are probably thinking “hey Lindsay, it’s not 1985, we have the internet and we can find any image in 10 seconds.” That’s true, you can probably find just what you are looking for, but, having to think about how to change the photo you have to paint what you want is a fun challenge! Also, I don’t know about you but the minute I sit in front o the screen I lose time, get distracted and often forget what I came for in the first place. That kind of defeats the purpose of creativity. So, before you  toss those magazines in the recycle bin clip out the good ones and file them away for future inspiration  Here are some category ideas:

Animals (jungle, farm, fish, birds)

Flowers (by type or color)

Still life

People (keep the sports illustrated figures for comic book art inspiration!)

Landscapes

Architecture

Fuel your child’s creativity! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Quilling: How to store it?

Happy Sunday Folks! I hope you all remembered to “spring ahead” last night. I love it when we turn our clocks ahead an hour to get that extra hour of sun in the afternoon, spring is almost here. Just tell that to the snow that is still on my lawn LOL!  I guess it’s better than mud…wait, we have that too!

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Today I wanted to share my quilling supply storage. I taught a kids quilling class last month and afterward my supplies were in such a state of disarray. All of my paper strips were in a basketball sized snarl, I almost tossed it in the trash. My tools and supplies were dived between 2 large plastic bins and everything was corralled in a large produce box. This was taking up way to much space. I wish I tool a “before ” picture because the transformation is quite amazing! I painstakingly straightened out all of the papers (it was worse than brushing out a child’s hair with silly putty in it) and I snipped off the binding on the end of the strips. Then I took a clear plastic tube that I had received an order of glass rods in and carefully slid the strait papers in. Anything that hung out I cut off! This might seem drastic but at this point I was a mad-woman who just spent an hour detangling quilling strips.

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I got the idea because I had some tubes of quilling papers from Joanns that came in 12″ long tubes, brilliant, they NEVER got tangled. I will be saving any long clear tubes for this use since I have a little hand crank paper shredder that makes the perfect sized strips. this way I can store the extras! And all of my tubes fit in my large flat Artbin box:

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I placed the slotted quilling tools in a clear bag. My quilling comb, paper crimper, quilling board and glueing board (which is a scrap of foamboard with wax paper taped to it) are all in there too as well as any ideas and patterns I have collected.

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I place finished quilled art in a clear CD case to keep it from getting crushed and so I can easily see it when I want to use it on a card.

This storage solution might not be for everyone but I want my quilling stuff to be portable. I like to bring it upstairs to work on while I watch TV or take it to a crop if I have nothing else to do. I don’t quill that often so the space the supplies occupy needs to reflect that. I hope this helps you corral your quilling supplies. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Felt Flower Hair Barrettes {easy tutorial!)

Howdy folks, I have been toying with the thought of selling at a spring or summer craft fair or festival since my Christmas craft fairs have gone so well. When I started making these cute felt flower hair clips I knew they would be a hot seller. Best of all the alligator clips I used from Papermart are a steal! You get a package of 100 for $5!

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I packaged them in 4 1/4″ square clear pillow-boxes with hanger holes so I can hang them on my display rack. The flap with the hole can be folded down for gifting too!

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Here is a video to show you how to make these easy flowers:

But wait, there’s more! I had so much fun making these that I came up with more ideas:

Not bad for some inexpensive craft store felt, eh? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Wild about Wire! How to use a coiling gizmo!

Howdy folks! I got a new toy this week, a coiling gizmo! It was coupon commotion week at Joanns (where you can use ten 50% off coupons in one go!) so I snagged this for $5. Here is my first project I made with it:

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I just played with the wire I had in my stash but I can quickly see I will need to stock up because it is so fun! Here is a quick video to show you how it works, this is the 2nd time I’ve used it and it is just plain easy. I think my kids will have fun with this too!

What do you think? I think I would like to rig up some adjustment on it so I can coil on all of the knitting needles I have too, I’ll let you know what I come up with. Of course you can simply wrap wire around a knitting needle but it would be slow and not as much fun LOL! :D

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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