My son loves Star Wars, the Clone Troopers are his favorite, there really isn't a good selection of stuff to buy that features the Troopers, maybe a poster or two. So when we got new toilets and they came in really nice double walled boxes, I decided to make the boxes into canvases and make some Andy Warhol inspired troopers.
Each canvas is 16 inches square and is two layers of cardboard. I glued the layers together and used paper mache to make it sturdier. I primed the finished squares with gesso and used apple barrel craft paint to paint the design. They are really light weigh, I need to seal them and to glue picture hangers on the back and they'll be ready to hang. I'd love to hear what everyone thinks
I love Halloween so much and every year it seems like the selection in the stores gets worse and worse, so I decided to make my own vintage styled wreath.
I used this tutorial to make the tulle wreath base and just started adding more and more.
I really like the glitter and crepe paper ruffles, but I'm not sure about the Happy Halloween banner. I haven't permanently attached it yet, so I can still take it off. What do you guys think, keep it, leave it off, or try something else? Any other suggestions? Thanks
My local Goodwill stores have $.99 day at the end of the month and every month I scour the racks for funny and cute shirts to make clothes for my kids. It's a lot easier when I don't have to find a certain size. I invested in the Sienna Dress pattern from Lilblueboo and it has turned out to be a fabulous investment. The knit sewing and embellishing tips were fabulous and the pattern pieces fit together so perfectly I don't even have to use pins. I have been so busy trying different piecing options that I haven't even started stenciling or embellishing the fabric.
This was the first one I made and it turned out perfectly.
Not the best photo, but this is her favorite one, she wears it all day and then asks to sleep in it.
I just had to make this one.
Unfortunately these fabrics are polyester, but I couldn't resist the floral print. Cotton is much easier to work with and it just feels better on the skin, but I figured that since it's a dress she wouldn't get to hot.
I was super excited to find this Catrina shirt and some perfectly coordinating tie dye. As I was making all these dresses it occured to me that I could make boys tops too. I cut out a larger size and straightened the side seams and made this for my oldest.
Orange is his favorite color and this shirt makes him look so handsome and grown up. I then found this free pattern to make baby gowns, so I made a few and I will be making more. Gowns make changing diapers so much easier and since he will be number 3, I'm all about easy!
I'm thinking about adding some nautical star stencils to this one, we'll see if I have enough time (I'm past due, but he doesn't seem ready to come out yet.
I could not resist this shirt! I love making my kids one of a kind clothing, especially when it's cheaper than the mass produced crap. The end of the month is coming and I think I'm going hunting for some more shirt. I can't wait to start hitting yard sales, the shirts are more interesting.
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I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of baby #3. After digging out all of the baby stuff I realized that my car seat was looking a little tired and plain. The liner was beige with bears and not in mint condition. I have always been kind of intimidated by the complexity of a car seat liner, but after looking at it I realized that it was not that complicated.
I traced the original cover pieces onto paper bags. I didn't even take it apart, but it would have been a little easier and more accurate if I had, but I wanted to make sure that I would have some sort of liner if the one I was making didn't work. I used pre-quilted fabric, just to be easy and because I loved the batik pattern. There were only four pieces: a center piece, two side pieces, and a sleeve that fits over the back of the seat. There were also four elastic loops that hold the liner in place. After sewing the four pieces together I tried it on the seat and made a few adjustments and positioned the elastic pieces. Then all I had to do was put bias binding around the entire edge. The new liner made the old seat look new!
I also made a coordinating cover to keep out the sun and drafts using this tutorial. Now I have what looks like a brand new car seat, now if Little Sir would only come out.
I've really crafted a lot for this baby: hats, booties, gowns, boppy covers, swaddling blankets, and a cocoon, but I do have more time now and he is going to be getting a lot of hand me downs. Comments always appreciated
I've been knitting (and crocheting) baby things and looking for some modern and unique styled hats and booties. I found the Little Skater Hat pattern from CoffeeBra and knew it was perfect. It worked up super fast and I really like the stripes, I do need some practice carrying colors and weaving in ends, but it still turned out really nice. I think it might be a little big, but that just means room to grow
The booties are from the little button loafers pattern(not free). I made these for baby #3, but do you guys think this set would make a good shower gift?, I have several friends who are also expecting. Thanks for looking, comments are always appreciated
I really like the look of specimen jars, especially the ones with weird stuff in them, like two headed calves. I didn't want a real one, but I knew I could make on with polymer clay.
I started out with an aluminum foil base and then used super sculpty to form the basic shape.
I sculpted fins and other embellishments using polymer clay tools and baked according to the package. This was so big it barely fit into my toaster oven!
I painted it apple green first and then over painted it with a swampy green that I wiped off. It left the darker color in the recesses and turned out really spooky. After all that I coated the sculpture with about five coats of rubber cement to make it look like shedding skin. Helpful hints: have your jar nearby to make sure it will fit inside(I got carried away with this one and had to buy a new, bigger jar) and to make the water look darker add a bit of soda (like Pepsi) to the water. I have more detailed instructions and a few more pictures on my blog I'd love to hear what you guys think, so of course comments are appreciated and welcome
I wanted to make some play food for my daughters doll house. I have seen a lot of beautiful miniature food but I didn't want to spend a lot of time or money buying elaborate play food for a three year old, so I found a super easy way to make some! I used play doh molds that I already had and left over scraps of polymer clay.
It was fast and easy to mold these little sweets. I finished these during nap time.
I somehow changed the temperature on my toaster oven and ended up burning them pretty badly , but since I was going to paint them anyway it was no big deal.
My daughter was really excited to play with them, here they are all lined up in her doll house. As you can see scale is not an issue yet
I have more details and instructions on my blog Comments always appreciated
The Crafty Chica and Craft Magazine are having a contest for the best beach bag (there is still time to enter, read about it here), the winner get a crafty party for six and other cool stuff. I was soooooo excited when I found out about it and I knew just what I was going to do! I used acrylic paint mixed with textile medium to paint a sugar skull with crafty tools around it. I added dimensional paint, glitter paint, rhinestones, and a red glitter vinyl applique.
On the back I made a large reverse applique with the glitter vinyl and more painting and rhinestones.
I just couldn't stop, on the inside I stenciled nautical stars, when they were dry I accented them with glitter paint.
The inspiration for the shape of the bag came from simplicity 2658, my version is larger, the handle hole is larger, there is one large zippered pocket, three open pocket, and a key keeper on the inside.
I had a great time working on this project, I have been a bit obsessed , and I am so happy it turned out exactly like I planned! (There are sketches on my blog and progress shots on flickr if you would like to see more). Comment and Critiques always appreciated
My kids love to paint and we burn quickly through a lot of craft supplies. I found a recipe to make you own water color paint and thought it would be fun to try. I'm trying to teach them to make stuff instead of rushing out to buy it.
You will need: 1 T. white vinegar 2 T. baking soda 1 T. cornstarch 1/4 tsp. glycerin (this can be found in a drug store, with the laxatives(see pic.), make sure to get the liquid and not capsules) 1 T. water liquid food coloring Plastic bottle caps, empty paint box, or styrofoam egg carton
Mix the vinegar and baking soda in a small bowl, I used the measuring cup. Be prepared for the chemical reaction, it's going to foam up a bit. I stirred mine together and then once it stopped bubbling I added the cornstarch, glycerin, and 1 T. of water. Pour into the bottle caps (or whatever sort of container you're using). One batch filled six bottle caps. I think that the egg carton would be perfect for younger children, but my eggs come in a cardboard container!
Now for the fun part, add the food coloring. I used two drops of each color for the paints in the top row. For the bottom row I got creative and started mixing. From left to right: a dusty lavender, teal green, navy blue, reddish brown, and black. I used toothpicks to mix the colors in.
Let dry overnight and start painting. If they are still a little wet that's fine, the colors will be more vibrant. These paints are meant for kids or fun, not fine art, they are easy to work with and when applied thickly they have a suede like texture from the baking soda.
There are a couple more pictures here and a copy of the tutorial here, thanks for looking
...You have just used half of a can of aquanet hairspray to make you bangs stand straight up and every so slightly curled the ends over and teased them into an enormous bush to top off you spiral perm. Heavily applied black liner accents your eyes and about 100 black jelly bracelets adorn your wrists. You open up your copy of Metal Edge and see Sebastian Bach from Skid Row in super tight jeans and a leather jacket and know that you must use this picture for your "word art" assignment in your high school art class.
The full drawing on white drawing paper with a sharpie marker
Here's a detail, the lyrics from all the songs on their self titled album are included in this drawing. I have to thank my Mother for saving this since 1989, she recently brought me a bunch of my old art projects and this one was my favorite. She called it "that lady with the words" Thanks for looking and please tell me I'm not the only one who loved this band!