Thursday, February 28, 2013

Confetti Dessert Platter


Hey guys! 

So today's tutorial is inspired by two pins that I found on Pinterest (like every other tutorial.. haha!). The first pin is making a dessert platter out of a plate and a cup, and the second is an Anthropologie knockoff of their confetti tumblers. I didn't mean to put the two crafts together, but it ended up working really well together! I love this one- it might even be my favorite craft so far!

Here are the supplies you'll need:
  • A plate and a glass (My glass was a margarita glass from Goodwill.)
  • Super glue or "Cement"
  • Acrylic paint
  • All purpose sealer or Mod Podge
  • Paint brushes (At least one small brush and one large one.)

Step 1: After washing the two dishes, apply the super glue or cement to the rim of the glass.

Step 2: Press the glass onto the center of the bottom of the plate. 
Make sure that the glass is in the center of the plate. If it's off center you can adjust it, but then some of the glue is on the inside and isn't touched by outside air, and that makes it not dry clear.

Now this was my project after 12 hours. 

Not sure if you can see clearly, but all the glue on the outside of the rim of the glass dried clear, but the glue on the inside of the glass isn't dried very well.

I figured that it wasn't going to dry anytime soon and I'm a bit of an impatient person with somethings, so I decided to find an alternative method to hide the undried glue.

At Michael's I bought five shades of blue acrylic paint and multi-purpose sealer. It only ended up being $7 with a 50% off coupon for one item! The acrylic paint is only $0.69.

Step 3: Using the small paint brush, alternate paint colors and paint dots all over the plate. 

This is my plate before the seal.

Step 4: Using the large paint brush, apply the all purpose sealer or Mod Podge over the whole plate.

Let it dry, and then CAREFULLY wash the dish so it can be used.

Here's the final product with the delicious lemon bars I made!

So, that's the tutorial! Leave a comment below if you have any questions about the craft or if you want to share your own version of the craft.

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Knitted Skinny Headband with Bow


Craft Inspiration

Hey guys!

So this tutorial is inspired by yet another pin that I found on Pinterest. I've done knitted headbands before, like my Cinched Headband, and I've done Knitted Bows before, but this one is a combination of the two. 

This is a skinnier headband than I've done before. The band is actually about half the width of the bow, but I like it a lot! 

Here are the supplies you'll need:
  • Yarn
  • Knitting needles
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery needle

I absolutely fell in love with the color of this yarn when I saw it in Michaels! It looks darker in the picture than it actually is.


Step 1: Cast on 10 stitches 

Step 2: Continue knitting until you have a band that fits around your head.

Cast off.

Step 3: Using the embroidery needle, sew together the two ends of the headband, making it a full circle.

Step 4: To make the thicker bow, cast on 20 stitches.

Then follow my Knitted Bow Tutorial for instructions on the bow portion of the headband.

Step 5: You should then collect the following items: A completed bow, a plain headband and some leftover string.

Use the leftover string to tie the bow and the headband together. I would recommend putting the cinched part of the bow over the sewn together part of the headband in order to disguise the sewing job. 

Once you've tied the knot, wrap the leftover string around the headband and cinched bow several times to keep the two together and to cinch the headband a little as well.

You are then left with your final product!

If you have any questions about this tutorial or if you would like to share your own versions of this craft, please post below in the comments.

Happy crafting!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Chevron Melting Crayons


Hey guys!

First of all, I just want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for helping me hit over 1,000 page views! It's a huge milestone for me and it really meant a lot. So keep coming back so I can hit 2,000!

Craft Inspiration
So this project was inspired by this pin that I found on Pinterest. I've already done the normal rainbow dripping crayons project and I felt like the chevron pattern would be a cool project to do next.

I decided (partially because of my smaller canvas) to make my pattern thicker and use less colors.

I read the blog that did the tutorial for this project but there weren't step by step instructions and also, she used the 'crayons-in-the-hot-glue-gun' method while I chose the hairdryer method.

I've never used the hot glue gun for anything more than gluing things down but I imagine that putting crayons through the gun leaves it a little messy, so I chose a different (and hopefully neater) path.

Here are the supplies you'll need:

  • Canvas
  • Crayons (Only about 5 or 6)
  • Scissors
  • Tape (I wouldn't recommend duct tape)
  • Hairdryer
  • Ruler
  • Newspaper
  • White paint (For covering mistakes. Optional.)

Step 1: Choose your colors.

I picked out 6 colors but only ended up needing to use 5. 

How many colors you end up using all depends on the thickness of your chevron pattern and the length of your canvas.

You can use the ruler to measure out how thick you want each chevron to be and then see how many crayons you'll need.

Step 2: Peel the crayons.

Step 3: Make the tape into a zig zag formations, and then make an exact replica. 

Now, I used duct tape, but it wasn't the best choice of tape. It stuck to the canvas, but a little too well once I turned on the hairdryer. There were bits of residue from the duct tape once I tore it off, but luckily it got covered by the dripping crayons.

Step 4: Use the hairdryer to melt the crayons.

What I realized works best is holding the hairdryer parallel to the canvas so that the hot air blows down, parallel to the canvas. If you just blow the hot hair straight on (perpendicular)  to the crayon, then it sprays out crazy and doesn't drip nicely. 

The problem with the hairdryer method is that the melted crayons are really unpredictable. They sometimes spray all over the place and can be super frustrating, but eventually you'll get the technique down.
If not, don't worry, I have a cheating solution that I used. 

Here's a close up of the crayon/hairdryer. 

What I would recommend doing to make the chevron pattern look better, is tracing the outline of the tape with the half melted crayon. That way there is a bold chevron pattern, and then crayons melting down.
I felt like that little step would make my project look better, but it's up to the individual artist.

**Note: Save the leftover crayons- you may need them later.

Step 5: Move the tape up.

Now here is when it starts to get a little messy and frustrating.

It's at this step where you realize that it doesn't look as good as you thought or where the tape sticks or where you see the crayons spattering in unwanted areas but IT'S OKAY. 

Like I said earlier, I found a way to (kinda) fix the mistakes. 

Step 6: Repeat the process for each chevron.

Now I realized halfway through that you need to cover the already melted crayons in newspaper or something because the other colors will sometimes mix together. 

What I did was cut a big piece of newspaper and tape it onto the canvas to hide the finished part of the project. But in order to let the top parts drip correctly, you need the full "V" so I taped the big square at the trough (or lowest point) of each zig zag and then took smaller pieces and taped them on the peaks (or highest parts) in order to cover everything but also leave the full shape.

This is why I had you make two of the same chevron patters- to stop the crayons from dripping down.

Okay, this WAS my final product before I cheated and fixed my project up a little.

To fix my mistakes I first took out a butter knife and tried to chip away at some of the dried crayons to make it look better. Then, after not much was changing, I took out some white paint and began painting over my mistakes. 

This worked surprisingly well, just make sure to paint a layer...then wait...and then paint another layer. You definitely need multiple layers and if you're impatient like me, you need to remind yourself to wait and let the first coat dry before painting on another coat.

Here's my final product (again). You can play around with which side is up, and which side is down. I ended up liking my project better when it was upside down.

Well, if you try out this project, let me know in the comments how it goes or if you have any questions! 

Happy crafting,

Friday, February 1, 2013

Knitted Chunky Scarf


Hey guys! So I found this pin on Pinterest of how to knit a scarf on your arm and I thought it was so cute and seemed easy to do! 

I tried to follow the video featured on the blog linked to the pin, but I didn't find her video to be very helpful when it came to technique, so I searched for a better video and found this one.

I however didn't have extremely chunky yarn so I had to modify the tutorial.

Here's what you'll need:
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Arms
So if your yarn is chunky, you can cast on 5 or so stitches like the video does, but if you're like me and only have thin yarn on hand, I casted on about 12-15 stitches to make it as wide as a normal scarf. 

Step 1) Cast on (see video)

Step 2) Knit! (see video)

This is what it begins to look like.

Because the yarn was so thin and I was making an infinity scarf, I made it long enough to wrap around my neck three times to make it look more bulky. 
If your yarn is thicker, you can knit a shorter scarf.

Step 3) Cast off (see video)

Step 4) To tie the ends together and make it an infinity scarf, I literally just tied four knots along the ends. Once I put on the scarf I make sure that the knots are in the back so no one can see. If you want to connect the scarf the right way, you can see  the video below starting at around 9:13.

I plan on doing another one of these and doing it with thicker yarn, so hopefully it'll turn out even better!

Happy crafting,