Wow, so I haven't posted on Craftster in like, 3 years. I got dumped, lived on a friend's couch for a while, then finally got my own apartment and I'm living alone for the first time in my life. I've been living here about a year and a half and here is a simple decorating project I did shortly after moving in, on a big blank wall in my living room:
It's just mirror squares covered in laser-cut scrapbook paper. I used spray adhesive on the back of the paper and very carefully laid it on the mirrors, then attached the mirrors to the wall with really strong sticky-back velcro.
I made a template for tracing where to put the velcro strips, and a spacer out of 1" thick wood to space out the template. I used the spacer for placing the mirrors too, at which time I realized that if the paper was hanging over the edge even by the slightest millimeter, it would mess up the spacing, so I took a nail file and filed all of the paper edges so they were exactly flush with the mirror edges.
The velcro was actually the most expensive part of the project, and when I take it down it's definitely going to damage the paint, but no biggie, I know how to spackle. I just couldn't think of anything else that would be strong enough to hold, yet allow me to remove the mirrors when I eventually move. But anyway, I really like it and I hope you do too!
But after 4 years, cheap faux leather and hot glue haven't held up very well, so I decided to remake them for my steampunk costume for this year's DragonCon.
This time, I got real leather from a leather store. I bought quite a bit because I need some for other projects too, but you could just as easily use leather from a thrift store purse, boots, or old jacket or something. I used the same party favor tin lids from last time, but Dollar Tree doesn't have them any more so I had to get a container of 25 of them from Party City. Which means I have plenty to make more goggles! Or, I could use them for storage for small craft doo-dads. They were still less than a dollar each.
To attach everything together, I poked holes in the leather and the tin lids with a . . . sharp pointy tool I have, I don't know what it's called but I call it "that pokey thing" and I used brads from the scrapbooking section of Michaels. That's also where I got the gears on the sides. Here's a shot where you can see the brad prongs on the inside:
For the lenses I used a purple binder pocket from an office supply store. Since the plastic isn't quite stiff enough on its own, I left in the plastic insert that came with the tins and just put the purple pieces behind it. To color the tin more brass looking, I just used a sharpie, which does wear off with handling but I think that just makes it look more old and weathered. I also used brads to attach the strap of elastic in the back.
Here are some more pics from different angles, just because
Ok, this was my first time working with leather, so please don't be too harsh with the critiques. I know the dye job is terrible, but I did want an old, weathered look, so when I noticed it was going on all splotchy I just went with it and tried to make the unevenness look intentional. I made this from a kit where the pieces were all pre-cut and pre-hole punched, but I did stamp it myself.
I wanted a design with gears so I can use this with my steampunk costume for DragonCon, but the only gear leather stamps I could find were too pricey for me, so I improvised. I had some metal gears in my stash from the Tim Holtz line of altered art embellishments, and some others made by Bead Landing, (both purchased at Michaels). So after wetting the leather then waiting for it to dry out like I read to do online, I just clamped the gears to it with a c-clamp like so:
I actually stamped before dying, this is just a dramatization after the fact to show how I did it. I'm thinking this could be a way to stamp leather with all sorts of things, without having to buy leather stamps. I'm sure I'm not the only one to ever think of this, but I wanted to share anyway! Thanks for looking!
Howdy! I had been searching for a jewelry tree that would fit in the cabinet I decoupaged but I wasn't having much luck finding one I liked and I could afford. I also tried looking for a branch to paint because I like the way those turn out sometimes, but I couldn't find a suitable branch and it's hot outside. Plus, mosquitos.
So, what I ended up doing (sorry I don't have any process pics, I really didn't think this was going to turn out well) was taking some thick wire (Not sure what gauge but it came from Home Depot in a coil) and twisting it all up. When I got all the "branches" and "roots" looking like I wanted, I wrapped the whole thing in white floral tape. Then, to kind of smooth out the seams from the tape, I painted it with two coats of Mod Podge. Finally, I spray painted it glossy white. It sits on a candle tray that I also painted white.
Here it is sitting on my work table:
And here it is in my cabinet with my (kind of pitifully small) collection of jewelry on it:
I bought this Old Navy Dress which I love! It looks like this:
Unfortunately, the top of it keeps doing this:
I don't know what that's called, when the neckline has this strip of an extra layer of fabric behind it, but whatever it's called it just doesn't want to lay flat because the neckline keeps curling forward.
The options I've thought of are:
1. Every time I wear it, tape it with double stick tape and just take the tape out when I wash it and use a new piece next time I wear it. 2. Find thread that color and sew it down like a 1/4 inch in, being very careful to go exactly parallel to the collar so it looks intentional. 3. Some kind of iron-in permanent sticky stuff? Does that exist?
I do have a sewing machine, but I'm at the "can hem a pair of pants" ability level. I'm afraid with option 2 it would maybe still keep flipping up, but I'm not sure. And for number 3, I don't want it to look all puckered or bulky.
If you can help me with this I will be forever grateful! Thank you!
(I am not sure if this is "reconstructed" or not. It is . . . embellished I suppose)
For my day job, I work at a school, and this past weekend they wanted to clean out the storage sheds full of old classroom furniture, so they sent an email to the faculty and staff that if you wanted anything just come and get it for FREE! So of course I was all on that. Boyfriend and I borrowed his dad's truck and we got some file cabinets, a few tables, some other boring stuff, and this awesome cubby organizer! With THIRTY cubbies! And then Hobby Lobby was having a sale on craft storage boxes, and Michaels had a pack of Amy Butler scrapbook paper I really liked. I cut the paper for the fronts and attached it with photo corners, just in case I one day decide to change the color scheme (which I probably will, knowing me)
Right now the only place for it is next to my desk and blocking the window, but the only person who ever uses that window is my cat and he's fine with sitting on top of the cubbies. Now I have storage for all my Etsy store inventory and supplies, and even a few empty boxes just waiting for me to make more stuff! Yay!
Should I feel guilty that I'm more excited about this piece of furniture than I was when my nephew was born?
So, my friend had her baby shower today, and she's gonna do the baby's room in a jungle theme. I got her the jungle border that she registered for, and here's how I wrapped it:
I made the flower out of the tissue paper (obviously) and a sparkly brad, then I just stuck it on with double stick tape. She really liked how it looked, even though everyone else's presents were all in typical baby boy themed wrapping paper. Another friend said I should make a bunch of these flowers and sell them but I said no way people would buy them because they're so easy to make!
You just cut a square of tissue paper about the size you want your flower, then fold in half, half again, then half the triangle way, then cut a petal shape and unfold. Do a bunch, layer them, stick a brad through, crinkle it up, then fluff it out. Easy peasey.
One of my friends is pregnant and really missing being able to eat sushi, so when my boyfriend and I went over for game night, I brought this:
Like many candy sushi recipes I saw on the internet, I used Rice Crispy treats as the rice, gummy worms and Twizzlers inside, Swedish fish as, well, fish, and green fruit roll-ups as the nori. It was totally my own idea to use orange sugar (from a pack of sugars in Halloween colors) as roe though. The only hard part really was finding the green fruit roll-ups, but I found some Kroger brand "Alien" ones that unfortunately have white speckles, but eh, close enough.
I brought chop sticks to eat them with, and they were a hit! Totally fun to make, not too difficult, and pretty tasty!