DIY Spring Moss Art

Making a Spring Moss Art Craft that is useful, pretty, and decorative is easy as 1-2-3 with this DIY Spring Moss Art tutorial!  All of the supplies needed were purchased in one store, Hobby Lobby.  Don’t you just love one stop shopping?  The best part is that you can make it in under 15 minutes.  Seriously!  I found my inspiration from this tutorial, but modified it by using a bird’s nest and eggs instead.  Get into the spirit of Spring and Easter with this festive moss art!

Moss Art

Materials Needed

Supplies

  • White Picture Frame
  • Moss Mat (floral section of Hobby Lobby)
  • Bird’s Nest with Eggs (floral section of Hobby Lobby)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors

Instructions for Making Spring Moss Art

Cut Moss

  • Make a template for the moss to fit snuggly on top of the glass of the frame.  (I used the tissue paper that lines and divides the moss mat.)  On the back side of the moss mat trace and cut to size.

Assemble the Moss Art

Moss Art

  • Hot glue the moss mat to the inside of your frame.  Make sure you get some glue in the center of the mat so it doesn’t bubble or wrinkle.

Moss Art

Moss Art

  • Generously hot glue the back of the bird’s nest and adhere to the center of the moss.  Voila!  Your artwork is now ready to display and enjoy!

DIY Spring Moss Art

And that’s how I made an easy peasy DIY Spring Moss Art that’s the perfect accent for your Spring and Easter decor. Happy Crafting!

Other Easy Crafts

LUCKY St. Patrick’s Day Banner {how to}

Making a St. Patrick’s Day Craft that is useful, pretty and decorative is easy as 1-2-3 with this DIY St. Patrick’s Day LUCKY Banner!  You might already have all of the materials on-hand, it’s super inexpensive, and I guarantee it’ll bring a smile to your face.  The best part is that you can make it in under 30 minutes.  Get into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day with this fun banner!

Lucky Banner

Materials Needed

Supplies

  • Patterned Fabric
  • Burlap
  • Gold Vinyl
  • Trim/Ribbon/Twine
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors

Instructions for Making LUCKY Vinyl Letters

Vinyl Letters

  • Use a die cut machine to make your letters (I used my Silhouette).  For the letters LUCKY I chose the Monotype Corsiva font with a text size of 350.0.  Cut the letters on premium gold vinyl.
Cut Burlap
  • Make your own flag templates in two different sizes from regular printer paper or even notebook paper.  Simply fold the paper in half lengthwise and draw a diagonal line, cut and voila you have a triangle.  Make sure you have two different sizes that are approximately 1 inch difference.
  • Using the smaller triangle pattern trace and cut out 5 pieces on the patterned fabric.  Use the larger flag for the burlap.

Pennants

  • Tip: Iron fabric pieces so they lay flat.

Assemble the Banner

Assemble Banner

  • Use your hot glue  gun to adhere the patterned fabric to the burlap.

Assemble the Banner

  • Peel the backing off of the vinyl letters to adhere to the flag.
  • Hot glue trim to the top of the flags.  Voila!  Your banner is now ready to hang and enjoy!

Lucky Banner

And that’s how I made an easy peasy DIY Burlap LUCKY Banner that’s the perfect accent for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Happy Crafting!

Other Easy Crafts

DIY Mardi Gras Centerpiece

Making a Mardi Gras  Craft that is pretty and decorative is easy as 1-2-3 with this DIY Mardi Gras Centerpiece! Not a lot of items are needed and it comes together rather quickly.  Get into the spirit of Mardi Gras with this fun and festive centerpiece!

DIY Mardi Gras Centerpiece

Materials Needed

Supplies

  • Mardi Gras Beads
  • Mardi Gras Mask
  • Skewer
  • Peacock Feathers
  • Vase
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue Gun

Instructions for Making a Mardi Gras Centerpiece

Add Ribbon Trim

  • To make the clear vase a little more festive I added a strip of ribbon to the bottom and top of the vase using hot glue.  Note: for a clean seam fold the end over and hot glue it first before gluing to the vase.

Ribbon Trim

  • You can layer sequin trim or any other trim you may have on hand to the top of the ribbon.

Hot Glue Mask

  • Using the hot glue gun make a line of glue on the center of the mask and attach skewer to it.  Let dry.

Assemble the Centerpiece

  • To assemble the centerpiece I arranged the peacock feathers in the vase from the tallest in the center to the shorter on the sides.
  • Add strands of beads around the peacock feather stems.
  • Add the mask.

DIY Mardi Gras Centerpiece

And that’s how I made an easy peasy DIY Mardi Gras Centerpiece that’s the perfect accent for your Mardi Gras celebration. Happy Crafting!

Other Easy Crafts

DIY Burlap LOVE Banner {how to}

Making a Valentine’s Day Craft that is useful, pretty and decorative is easy as 1-2-3 with this DIY Burlap LOVE Banner!  Most people have all of the materials on-hand, it’s super inexpensive, and I guarantee it’ll bring a smile to your face.  The best part is that it doesn’t take long to make and it’s absolutely kid friendly.  Get into the spirit of Valentine’s Day with this fun banner!

DIY Burlap LOVE Banner

Materials Needed

Supplies

  • Red craft paint
  • Paint brush
  • Red glitter
  • Burlap
  • Miniature clothespins
  • LOVE templates
  • Twine

Instructions for Making LOVE Templates

Templates

  • Use a die cut machine to make your letter templates (I used my Silhouette).  For the letters LOV I chose the Gabriola font with a text size of 450.0.  Cut the letters on white card stock.  I used a heart for the letter O.  If you already have a heart die cut you could use that or free hand it like I did.
Step 1
  • Purchase pre-cut burlap flags or make your own.
  • Lay template over flag.
Paint inside stencil
  • Use sponge or paint brush to paint inside the template.

Add glitter

  • Don’t wait for the paint to dry.  Immediately pour glitter over the fresh paint.

Glitter Heart

  • Carefully remove template.  When the paint is dry you can shake off excess glitter.

Assemble the Banner

I assembled the banner by using mini clothespins.  No gluing is necessary.  Simply attach the flags to a strand of twine with the clothespins.  Voila!

LOVE Banner

And that’s how I made an easy peasy DIY Burlap LOVE Banner that’s perfect to make with the kids and will be a perfect accent for your Valentine’s Day celebration. Happy Crafting!

Other Easy Crafts

Magical Mirror Makeovers in a Matter of Minutes – {guest post}

‘Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?’

Ask any child where that phrase comes from and nine times out of ten you’ll hear the correct response. Posed to the magic mirror by the Wicked Queen in Walt Disney’s ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves,’ the answer was always the same (the Queen was the fairest) until it wasn’t (Snow White was the fairest).

Apparently the mirror was ready for a change.

What about the mirrors in your life that are ready for a change? Even if the image reflected in them has undergone makeovers throughout the years, have you ever given them an update?

Maybe your mirrors are ready for a magical makeover of their own.

Magical Mirror Makeovers in a Matter of Minutes!

The best part is that it’s very easy to brighten up their frames with nothing more than a little TLC and a fresh coat of color. Here are three of the top mirror makeovers that you can do to your own mirrors to grant them their wish of a fairy tale ending that will leave you ‘happily ever after.’

Spray Painted Personal Reflections

mirror

If you want to transform your mirror frame from common to something straight out of Walt Disney’s creative imagination, grab a can of high gloss lacquer spray paint.

Here are some tips for your spray paint application:

  • Always spray paint outdoors or in a garage with the doors open
  • Make sure to shake the can for the amount of time listed on the label to thoroughly mix up the pigments
  • Apply several light coats rather than trying to spray one heavy coat for more control over the color and to avoid drips

Sophisticated and Stenciled Frame

mirror

With the wealth of stencils available these days, even if you have no proclivity for free-hand painting, a beautiful design is possible.

If you settle on the stencil route:

  • Try mixing finishes to create dimension – for example, maybe paint the base of the frame with a matte finish paint and then apply a high gloss, glitter or metallic stencil on top
  • Marking your stencil pattern with a pencil first will make it easier to stay on track with your design
  • As with the spray paint, less is more when it comes to stencil paint – wipe of the excess from the tip of your brush or dauber and dab on several light coats until the stencil is complete

Gilded Looking Glasses

mirror

For frames that just need a bit of refreshing, consider applying gold, silver or copper leafing to the edges. You may find that a thorough cleaning of the entire frame and then a whisper of metallic shimmer on the outskirts is all you need to restore the mirror to an updated version of its former glory!

If you decide on a two-tone look, make sure to tape over the portions of the frame that you don’t want to paint. And for more on taping, here are the general prep steps you should take for all of your mirror makeovers.

Proper Prep

No matter which of the high-end finishes you plan to apply, you need to make sure you have properly prepped the glass and frame before setting to work on your magical masterpiece.

Covered Glass
First, clean the mirror’s glass to ensure the protective coverings you put over the piece adhere properly.

After it has dried, cover the entire mirror with pieces of newspaper or construction paper and tape them down around the entire outer edge of the mirror where it meets the frame. The goal is to have no portion of glass peeking through near the edges (or in the middle).

Tip: Masking tape is great because it doesn’t disappear on the glass like transparent tape and it is easily removed from the mirror when you’re finished.

Ready Frames
Whether the frame is wood or metal, you may need to sand it (the amount of sanding will depend on the previous coating of the frame) to prepare the surface for proper paint adhesion.

Start with a higher grade of sandpaper like a 320 or 220 before moving down the scale to a harsher grit (the higher the number, the more fine the grit). Remember, you can always sand more but if you sand too much, you can’t add it back!

Make sure the frame is wiped free of any dust before painting and always allow it to dry thoroughly before handling it or removing the glass covering after the painting is complete.

What are some of the magical makeovers you’ve seen or done with an outdated mirror?

Author:  Shahab Shokouhi is a glass design expert at Dulles Glass and Mirror, an innovative manufacturer of glass table tops, glass shelves, and all other glass and mirror products. Follow Dulles Glass and Mirror on Pinterest or on YouTube to see how they’re changing the way glass products are manufactured, customized and delivered.

How to Apply Flat Back Crystals

How to Apply Flat Back Crystals to performance costumes takes some patience but can save you TONS of money in the long run.  My sister has saved hundreds of dollars by embellishing her daughters ice skating costumes with flat back crystals after having the costumes custom made rather than having the seamstress apply the crystals since the application is time consuming so it costs big bucks.  Here’s how to Apply Flat Back Crystals so that you can save some serious cash, too!

How to Apply Flat Back Crystals

Materials Needed to Apply Flat Back Crystals

Materials

  • E-6000 glue
  • tweezers
  • paper plate (do not use styrofoam, the glue will eat through the plate)
  • wax paper
  • Swarovski crystals, flat back (I used Indian Pink SS20 & Crystal AB SS20)

How to Apply Flat Back Crystals

Step 1

Step 1:  Pour crystals onto paper plate and begin to lay the crystals on the garment in desired pattern.  (I always do this before I glue them down.)  Tip: Swarovski crystals tend to reflect more light on the ice which makes the dress sparkle more.  I used crystal ab on the silver heart/bow portion and indian pink around the neckline.

How to Crystal

Step 2:  Add a small amount of glue (about the size of a nickel) to the paper plate.  Tip: the glue dries fast so you don’t want to use huge globs of glue at a time.

How to Crystal

Step 3:  After you’ve laid out your pattern and are happy with it then you are ready to glue the crystals down.  Using tweezers, pick up one crystal at a time.  Lightly dab the bottom of the crystal in the glue.

How to Crystal

Step 4:  Wipe excess glue on the side of the plate.

How to Crystal

Step 5:  The bottom of the crystal should look like this.  Tip: if you accidentally get glue on the sides of the crystal you can always set it to the side and use a different crystal.  After the glue has dried you can pull it off and reuse the crystal.

How to Crystal

Step 6:  Adhere crystal to garment.  Tip: if you gently lay the crystal down you can still pick it up and move it.  Once it’s where you want it you can push it down for it to adhere better.

How to Crystal

Step 7:  Tip: for sheer areas of the garment you can separate the layers with a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper so that the glue does not bleed through to the other side.  After I lined the heart in indian pink crystals I sporadically added crystal ab to the sheer portion.

How to Crystal

Step 8:  To crystal the sleeves, roll up a sheet of wax paper and insert it into the sleeve.  I lined the hearts with Indian Pink.

How to Apply Flat Back Crystals

Other How to Tutorials:

How to Make a Paper Christmas Tree

Making a Paper Christmas Tree is a DIY craft that is super easy, cheap {or free} and perfect for the holidays!  It’s a fabulous way to recycle cereal boxes to be used for the bases, and use up that scrapbooking paper you have laying around.  All it takes is making your tree bases, punching out the scrapbook paper, rolling the end, and gluing them to the base!  Eventually you have a perfectly shaped tree that you can have fun displaying.  You can even add glitter to it.  Try using different sized bases for different sized trees!

Paper Christmas Trees

Supplies Needed to Make a Paper Christmas Tree:

Supplies

  • Scrapbook Paper (3-12″x12″ sheets)
  • Tag Punch
  • Cereal Box
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Glitter
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun

Directions for Making a Paper Christmas Tree:

Make paper cone

Step 1: Open up the cereal box from the seams and lay flat.  Make a protractor using a pencil, yarn or string and marker like pictured above.  Cut out shape.

Hot Glue together

Step 2:  Hot glue along one side of the half circle to hold the cone in place.

Paper Cone DIY

Step 3:  Tree base will look like this after it is rolled and glued.

Punch Tags

Step 4:  Begin punching out the tags on all 3 sheets of scrapbook paper.  Tip: The bigger cereal box used the bigger the tree so you will need more tags.  (The blue tree was made using a small cereal box and 3 sheets of scrapbook paper.  The larger white tree was made using a family sized cereal box and 5 sheets of scrapbook paper.)

Roll Tags

Step 5:  After you’re done punching out the tags begin rolling them on a pencil.  Start at the bottom of the tag and roll in.  You do not have to roll the top portion of the tag.  This step is perfect for enlisting your child’s help!

Glue Curled Tags On

Step 6:  Here’s the tedious part of the project.  Beginning at the bottom of the tree base begin gluing the tags on by overlapping them.  Once you finish one layer begin the next.  Make sure you don’t space out the rows too much or you will be able to see gaps.

If you want to embellish your tree you can spray on adhesive and sprinkle with glitter to give it a little bling.  You could of course leave it plain, but I think the glitter really enhances it!

Paper Christmas Trees

Other DIY Crafting Posts You Might Enjoy:

Duck Tape® Headband Craft {how-to}

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Duck Brand provided by ShurTech Brands, LLC for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Making a Duck Tape® Headband is a DIY craft that is super easy, fun, and the perfect holiday gift!  Creativity is never stifled by the Duck! Just customize the colors, for tons of possibilities.  All you need is Duck Tape®, scissors and a pen!  Duck the Halls this holiday season and bring a smile to everyone’s face!

duck tape crafta

Seasonal Duck Tape®

duck tape d

  • Seasonal Sweets
  • Holiday Bows
  • Renuin
  • Snowman

NOTE:  Duck Brand® is now on Twitter @TheDuckBrand, so be sure to follow them for tons of creative inspiration!

Directions for Making a Duck Tape® Headband:

duck tape

First:  Gather your materials.  You’ll need 2 colors of Duck Tape®, scissors, an exact-o knife and cutting board, a headband and a pen.

step1

Step 1:  Cut a 16″ strip of Duck Tape®.  This will make the top bow of your headband, AND cover your headband. Next, if you are using a thin headband as pictured, cut a 1 cm strip down the length of the 16″ strip of Duck Tape®.  This will be used to cover the headband. (You don’t want to to completely encircle the headband because you still want the “combs” to be visible on the underside of the headband.)  When applying the Duck Tape® to the headband, start at one end and roll on working from one end to the other.

Step2

Step 2:   Next, you’ll use the strip rest of the 16″ strip to make the top of the bow.  Fold it in half, sticking the sticky sides together.  Cut any visible edges off with scissors.  Make sure your lines are straight.  Fold your strip in thirds.  Draw a half moon where the ends   meet at the edges as shown.  Cut sections out as shown. step3 Step 3:    Then, cut an 18″ strip from a coordinating Holiday Duck Tape® pattern.  This will be used for the larger section of the bow.  Fold in half, sticky edges together and then fold in thirds as you did with the smaller bow above.  Center small bow on top and cut half moons into edges as shown.  With small strip of Duck Tape®, adhere the bows.  Then take strip of Duck Tape® and place diagonally across back of headband where you’d like to place bow and attach.  Take another strip of Duck Tape® and place on opposite diagonal so it looks like an “X” on the back of the bow.

duck tape c

Step 4:  And that’s it!  You are done!  Enjoy or give as a holiday gift!

ducktapeb

I love that using the seasonal holiday Duck Tape® patterns for these headbands makes a project that’s holiday themed, but you can use any Duck Tape® combo for a project that you can wear year round!

Holiday crafting has never been so fun!  Let’s all go Duck the Halls!  {{smiling}}

Other DIY Crafting Posts You Might Enjoy:

Visit Sponsor's Site

DIY Christmas Card Holder

How to make a DIY Christmas Card Holder for the holidays just might be the easiest craft I’ve ever under taken because it only takes stringing up a ribbon and spray painting clothes pins.   It’s so easy it should be criminal, and you can make it for no money if you have ornaments from Christmas’ past.  So, go gather some ornaments, a few clothes pins and ribbon and make your own DIY Christmas Card Holder in mere minutes!

DIY Christmas Card Holder

Supplies Needed for Making a DIY CHRISTMAS CARD HOLDER:

DIY christmas card holder

  • ornaments
  • string/wire/twine for line
  • clothes pins

Directions for Making a DIY CHRISTMAS CARD HOLDER:

Step 1:  Spray paint clothes pins using antique gold.

Step 2:  String ribbon, wire, or line across mantle.  This is what you’ll hang cards and ornaments from.  Easy peasy.  I used a sequined ribbon.

Step 3:  Place your ornaments and cards on the ribbon or line using the gold clothes pins.  There is no right or wrong way to do this.  Make it look however is pleasing to your eye!  That’s it!  Adjust as cards come in.

DIY christmas card holder

Other Christmas Posts You’ll Enjoy:

Switch to our mobile site