A while back a friend got some cupcakes with these really cute flowers on them, so I asked him to save all the toppers because I knew I could do something with them. Finally. Today I figured out a way to make them into hair clips. I figured I can't be the only weird person who saves these, so here's a tutorial for you! By the way, please excuse the horrible pics and my dirty fingers. Had to use my ipad to take the pics as my phone camera is broken and I dyed my hair yesterday and it stained my hands. And I really don't have a Jay Leno chin, it's just the incredibly awkward angle. >_<
First, you will need: -cupcake toppers -a work surface, like a cutting board -scotch tape -wire cutters -monkey wrench or small vise grips -a razor blade, paint scraper, or box cutter -clear nail polish -bobby pins -scrap of sandpaper
First, using the wire cutters, cut off as much of the part that sticks into the cupcake as possible.
Second, place the topper into the vise grips or wrench to stabilize it, and use the razor blade to (carefully!) cut off the remaining stump.
Third, use the scrap of sandpaper to sand the part you just cut smooth(ish).
Fourth, use the razor blade to cut a groove about n the width of a bobby pin in the back of the topper. You'll want to sand this, too.
Next, place a small piece of tape in between the legs of a bobby pin sticky side up. (The top of a bobby pin is the wavy side)
Then, use the nail polish to paint the groove and the approximate area where the tape will be. Place the bobby pin into the groove and press the tape down on all edges. Then paint over the edges of the tape.
Now wait a bit and make sure everything is dry, and voila! Cute new hair accessories!
So I haven't been on Craftster in FOREVER because I haven't had a sewing machine or any crafting materials because I've been moving from place to place. I finally just moved into a somewhat permanent residence! Yay! Anyway, I recently started jogging, and all my music is on my iPhone, which is kind of largish and ungainly for jogging, especially when you don't have pockets. Plus, I wanted it to be moisture resistant as sweat + expensive electronics do not mix. I'm going to test it out and see how it does as is, but if necessary I'll seal the seams and corners to make it more sweatproof. (Gross, right?!)
I've seen things like this before, but I figured I could make it for free with stuff I already had. I have about 5 wide black elastic belts, so I took one that I didn't like that much, some random clear vinyl I'd picked up a while back out of the remnant bin at Joann's, and some leftover velcro from an old project, and viola!
The original belt was wide black elastic with two black pleather rectangles with some pyramid studs in a few rows on them that hooked together with a very simple hook and grommet closure. I cut the band to a comfortable length, leaving one pleather rectangle attached, and removed all the studs except the two that covered the hooks (am probably going to remove those eventually and sew on a strip of reflective material). I took a my phone and the vinyl, laid the phone on a corner of the vinyl and cut out a rectangle large enough to overlap on all sides of the phone, and then cut it out in a sort of modified plus shape, like the picture below, and then sewed on velcro to the appropriate places, sewed the vinyl to the pleather, and then sewed each corner up about 1/2 an inch to keep the phone from sliding out when I ran. Then I marked where the headphones would go and cut out a small cirlce. There's also a small pocket created from where the pleather and vinyl meet that has a velcro closure that is the perfect size for holding a housekey, a few dollars, or holding the extra cord from my headphones. (Apologies for the terrible pics, had to use the aforementioned iPhone, so that's a calculator standing in for illustration purposes. ) I've included a basic template of the vinyl piece, if anyone ones more detailed instructions I'd be happy to provide, but it's pretty easy to figure out. You could do the same thing for any kind of phone or mp3 player. Thanks for looking!
I love the picture frame idea, monstergramma!I may still do that. here's the link to my post about decorating it. It looks a lot better, but I still hate the cabinets. Especially since I realized that the hardware on one side of the kitchen was different than the hardware on the other.
I recently moved into a new apartment and while I loved to setup of my kitchen, I hated the fact that it was floor to ceiling white. Unfortunately, it's an apartment so there are a limited number of things I could do to rectify this. Using a few things I already had I picked up a few other things and made some curtains, and I think it's now 100% better. It's definitely my favorite part of the house... although that may be because it's the only room in the house that's finished. (Seriously. I don't even own any furniture. I sleep on an air mattress and I eat all my meals standing up or sitting on the counter. >_< but at least it's mine!) Without further ado, here's a shot of the (mostly) finished kitchen. (I posted here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=405034.0 about the hideous cabinets, which I still intend to something about.)
(why yes, that is a printer on top of the fridge. Why, where do you keep yours?)
and here's what it looked like before:
Panning from left to right as if you were standing in the center of the kitchen:
And the rug I got for $5 at Walmart that inspired all the other colors in the kitchen (also, a random child ^_~):
As you can tell, I'm inordinately proud of it. I made the curtains out of a $5 flat sheet with some pretty ribbon for detail, I already had the star hook, the polka dot coasters that are used as a trivet, the green dry erase board, the tiny jar with cayenne pepper on it, the flowers(they're hair flowers, I just stapled them to the wall), the red vase and necklace it's wearing, the rock, the blue glass telegraph insulator, the little green clock, the green ceramic bowl, and the wind chime. Everything else I got at Walmart for like $40. I love happy sayings, so I wrote various inspirational statements around the kitchen on nonporous surfaces with dry erase marker so I can change them whenever I feel like it. And I drew the flowers on the toaster because it was too blah. I even used the little bag the sheet came in to store my dry erase markers so they're easy to get to (it's hanging from one of the drawer pulls). I'm very proud of myself, this is the first kitchen I've ever had that was really decorated how I liked it. What do you think?
These are all really good ideas. I especially like the idea of painting the hardware. I've done a little decorating since I took these pics. It definitely brightens it up. I also noticed that the hardware on one side is different than on the other. I'll post pics later.