Home DIY: Bread Clay Flower

So, sticking with the bread week & all…I decided to play around with the dough from the Bread Clay Beads a little bit & make it mama project worthy ;)

And by golly I wasn’t going to let the rest of the loaf of white bread go to waste either!

So, the bones of this tutorial are similar to yesterday’s post, with a few little tweaks here & there.

Materials

  • 6 pieces white bread (the super cheap stuff)
  • 3 TBS white glue (I used a generic Elmer’s)
  • clear dishwashing liquid
  • food coloring (I used these neon colors)
  • bead/button
  • E6000 craft adhesive or a comparable heavy-duty craft glue
  • frame (optional)

Tools

  • food processor
  • workable mat (I used an old cutting board)
  • wax paper

So, with this mama bread clay version, since I didn’t have miss V’s little hands assisting me, I threw the bread, glue, and a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid into the food processor until crumbly.

When I did this version, the mama version, the dough came out a very different consistency by combining it in the blender versus just by your hands.  The consistency was smoother & more like modeling clay.

So, go ahead and rub your hands completely in dishwashing liquid to make a seal from the dough’s stickiness.  Remove from the food processor and knead until it is no longer sticky.  Mix thoroughly with your hands, adding more glue if the dough is too dry or more dishwashing liquid to your hands if the dough starts to stick to your hands.

After it is combined, divide the dough into separate batches for each color you would like to make.  Add several drops of food coloring to each ball and blend thoroughly to get the color you wish to achieve; you may need to add more drops for your desired color.

At this point you can either put the dough into baggies & refrigerate it to work on it later or start molding right away.

I molded my clay right away into little balls, then flattened them.  I then molded each petal to make them more organic looking with indentations.  I placed the petals on top of each other going around in a circle, placing and molding in the center to mold together as I went around the flower.  Once I was satisfied with the way my flower looked I added a button to the center to secure its location once dried.  It is important to do this because once the flower is dry you will have that impression in the center which will make gluing it down easier.  Let flower dry for 48 hours on wax paper (time may be less or more depending on the size & clay involved in your flower), then glue down the button with the E6000 glue on the center impression you made prior to drying.

Voilà – you are done – you now have a pretty little clay flower!

I put my little flower on a frame, but the sky is the limit on what you can put this lovely little flower on; a frame, hairclip, headband, artwork, mirror…etc., etc., you decide.

I soooo would love to see your final product & what you came up with!!

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home DIY: neon dinos

We have dinosaurs, we have high gloss white, we have neon…what does that spell?  It’s RAWR-tastic!

I bought these dinos a while back for $1 a piece at Walmart and knew I wanted to spray paint them with high gloss white (my go-to spray paint).  The hubs is so used to my obsession with spraying everything with high gloss white that he knows what I’m going to say before I say it (and to be quite honest, he’s probably sick of everything being painted high gloss white ;)  I can’t help it, everything looks better in high gloss white! :)  And it looks even more fantastic with neon added to it (I’ve been hoarding my neon love here :)

This is a marvelously easy and magnificently cheap project.

Here’s what you will need to make it happen:

  • Plastic Dinosaurs
  • High Gloss White Spray Paint (I used this one for this project)
  • Acrylic Craft Paint in Neon Colors (I used: My Studio Acrylic Craft Paint: Pink 72711, My Studio Acrylic Craft Paint: Light Orange 72720,  My Studio Acrylic Craft Paint: Seaside 72747)
  • Paint Brush
  • Time for Drying ;)

Here are the basic steps:

  1. Paint dinos with approximately 3 coats of high gloss white spray paint; Allow to dry fully between coats.
  2. Paint neon designs on dinos; Allow to dry.
  3. You are done!

**DISCLOSURE**
Oh & one more thing – these are pure decoration – i.e. the “home DIY” category label :)

I made them for me not the kiddos ;)

 

  

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DIY: patriotic pinwheel & handmade printable

I am currently in love with all things pinwheel!  And now, with the 4th of July coming up, this is the perfect time to create one!
I think this may be the year…the year we do fireworks as a family (V is 2 1/2 & I’m hoping she won’t be like me)!!!

True fact…up until let’s say the age of…I don’t know…I’m taking a stab in the dark here…we’ll say 12, I was terrified of fireworks…not the spectacular visuals…it was the noise.  As a kid we would always go to the center of town for the 4th & watch the fireworks on the capitol building lawn, along with the rest of the town.  I used to hide under our blanket with my fingers in my ears humming until it was over…I hated it!! I have really no reasoning as to why I was deathly afraid of fireworks.  I didn’t grow up in a high crime area with the fear of being shot!  My parents didn’t have a car that would constantly backfire, no?  I did not grow up in Florida witnessing space shuttle launches on a frequent basis, no?  I really have no sound reasoning as to why this terrified me!

So, here’s what I’m thinking…all Norman Rockwell…I can picture it now…the blanket spread out…snacks for the kiddos…V holding her mama’s homemade pinwheel…watching the pretty fireworks…T giggling & babbling…ahhhh…can’t you see it too?! :) Well, although that is what I see…this is what will probably happen…V will be terrified of the fireworks, she’ll be hysterically crying & melting down at the same time, T will be moody because it’s WAYYYY past his 7pm bedtime, V will be asking over & over & over for more snacks, V will need ice in her water, V will have to go pee-pee potty…annnnnd, I will be hiding under the blanket (do you think anyone will think to look for me there-HA!?) ;)

Okay, back to the task at hand!  So, I’ve researched & researched on the technicalities of how to get this just right – and I’ve made several prototypes & have had several failed attempts…annnnnd “GREAT SCOTT” I think I’ve figured it out (and yes, I just quoted Dr. Emmett Brown ;)

So, without further ado…let me break it down for you.

Tools needed:

  • scissors
  • tape
  • adhesive dots (I used Zots)
  • 1 straw (I used paper & plastic) per pinwheel
  • 1 washer (size #10) per pinwheel
  • 1 jewelry pin & closure per pinwheel
  • cardstock to print out the printable on

Pictorial of steps ♥

(oh, and if you click on each individual step,

the picture enlarges – see I got your back ;)

     

   

   

   

   

the end!

Enjoy your homemade pinwheels!! :)

And here is the printable I designed just for you!!
(click on the button for a printable PDF file):

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DIY: "little man" birthday tie wreath

I adore wreaths!  I even have a Pinterest board titled “wreaths, wreaths, and more wreaths!” with 50 54 pins :)  Now, you would think that because I do adore them I might indeed have a new wreath every month.  Well, I don’t wanna burst the bubble buuuuut…my Christmas wreath sat on my door well into March – HA!  Finding the time to actually make a wreath is another story ;)  So let’s start over – I adore THE IDEA OF wreaths! ;)

Special occasions do call for some wreaths though!  I saw this tie wreath, where else but…you can take one big guess…wait for it…hehe – PINTEREST!!!  Here’s the original idea, it’s from Good Housekeeping as an idea to repurpose dad’s old ties into a wreath for an Eco-Friendly Christmas wreath.  Well, I can’t say that this wreath is really per se Christmasy, but it’s perfect for Father’s Day or in my case, a “little man birthday” party!

So, that was the inspiration for this:

I had no desire to repurpose the hubby’s ties (and well, he only owns like 3).  Annnnd, I was of course in a time crunch (nothing like waiting until the night before ;), with no desire to run to Goodwill and buy up a bunch a 70’s printed old ties.  So, I turned to paper!  Annnnd, I of course didn’t have an extra wreath form lying around the house, buuuut I did have about 10 embroidery hoops (CIRCLES!) in the crafting pile of things “to-do” ;)  So with a quick design in Photoshop, an embroidery hoop, some double stick tape, and some random black & white ribbon – I went to work.

I feel like in general, my best ideas & best work come in high stress situations…like waiting until the night before with only the tools I have in the house because it is 10pm and I’m just getting started & everything is closed kinda thing!  So, I created this little tie & turned it into a wreath (I also used it for his happy birthday banner – dual purposes babee!).

I laid out all the pieces first to see how many I would need; I used 18.  When I cut them out, I cut a little tab out on the top of each tie to sandwich in between the outer & inner hoop.  I then put a piece of double stick tape on top of the tie & wrapped it around once.  I did this all the way around – 18 times.  Because it looked a little sparse, I decided to add some flare to it by knotting black & white ribbon between each tie (I used different lengths each time, anywhere from 3” to 5” (I kept it varied so it looked less symmetrical, and more sporadic).  When I got to the end I really wanted to cover up the gold tightener at the top of the embroidery hoop.  I didn’t want to put a huge ribbon on it or it would be turning into something more “girly” & less “little man”.  Soooo, I quickly designed a little announcement label saying “Mister Man is turning ONE” :)

So here’s what you will need to make this “little man” wreath:

  1. cardstock or heavyweight paper to print on.
  2. the printables below (there are 4 ties to a sheet, so depending on the size of your embroidery hoop, print out the amount you need accordingly).
  3. scissors.
  4. a 7”/17.8cm sized embroidery hoop (the great thing about the embroidery hoop is that it allows you to loosen & tighten as you go around).
  5. double stick tape.
  6. 1/4” black & white ribbon.
  7. some patience! ;)

And here are the printables (click on each button for a printable PDF file):

         

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DIY: “little man” birthday tie wreath

I adore wreaths!  I even have a Pinterest board titled “wreaths, wreaths, and more wreaths!” with 50 54 pins :)  Now, you would think that because I do adore them I might indeed have a new wreath every month.  Well, I don’t wanna burst the bubble buuuuut…my Christmas wreath sat on my door well into March – HA!  Finding the time to actually make a wreath is another story ;)  So let’s start over – I adore THE IDEA OF wreaths! ;)

Special occasions do call for some wreaths though!  I saw this tie wreath, where else but…you can take one big guess…wait for it…hehe – PINTEREST!!!  Here’s the original idea, it’s from Good Housekeeping as an idea to repurpose dad’s old ties into a wreath for an Eco-Friendly Christmas wreath.  Well, I can’t say that this wreath is really per se Christmasy, but it’s perfect for Father’s Day or in my case, a “little man birthday” party!

So, that was the inspiration for this:

I had no desire to repurpose the hubby’s ties (and well, he only owns like 3).  Annnnd, I was of course in a time crunch (nothing like waiting until the night before ;), with no desire to run to Goodwill and buy up a bunch a 70’s printed old ties.  So, I turned to paper!  Annnnd, I of course didn’t have an extra wreath form lying around the house, buuuut I did have about 10 embroidery hoops (CIRCLES!) in the crafting pile of things “to-do” ;)  So with a quick design in Photoshop, an embroidery hoop, some double stick tape, and some random black & white ribbon – I went to work.

I feel like in general, my best ideas & best work come in high stress situations…like waiting until the night before with only the tools I have in the house because it is 10pm and I’m just getting started & everything is closed kinda thing!  So, I created this little tie & turned it into a wreath (I also used it for his happy birthday banner – dual purposes babee!).

I laid out all the pieces first to see how many I would need; I used 18.  When I cut them out, I cut a little tab out on the top of each tie to sandwich in between the outer & inner hoop.  I then put a piece of double stick tape on top of the tie & wrapped it around once.  I did this all the way around – 18 times.  Because it looked a little sparse, I decided to add some flare to it by knotting black & white ribbon between each tie (I used different lengths each time, anywhere from 3” to 5” (I kept it varied so it looked less symmetrical, and more sporadic).  When I got to the end I really wanted to cover up the gold tightener at the top of the embroidery hoop.  I didn’t want to put a huge ribbon on it or it would be turning into something more “girly” & less “little man”.  Soooo, I quickly designed a little announcement label saying “Mister Man is turning ONE” :)

So here’s what you will need to make this “little man” wreath:

  1. cardstock or heavyweight paper to print on.
  2. the printables below (there are 4 ties to a sheet, so depending on the size of your embroidery hoop, print out the amount you need accordingly).
  3. scissors.
  4. a 7”/17.8cm sized embroidery hoop (the great thing about the embroidery hoop is that it allows you to loosen & tighten as you go around).
  5. double stick tape.
  6. 1/4” black & white ribbon.
  7. some patience! ;)

And here are the printables (click on each button for a printable PDF file):

         

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