Use a ring binder as a craft binder.Ideas of crafts to try,scraps of fabric/paper that appeal for inspiration,patterns, magazine articles.If you make paper crafts, it and the pockets can hold epherma and scraps to craft with,or ribbon and embroidery floss.And decorate the binder itself, of course. Fill one with recipies, cover with food labels and ads-maybe fill with family favorites for a gift? Look up pictures and tutes on book purses-maybe use that to make a binder purse? Cut a couple up,use glue and colored duct tape to make boxes, or magazine holders. Cut off the top and bottom.Use the 2 flat pieces as matting for art,cut to fit a frame.Could the spine with the clip hooks be hung somewhere to hold things? Keys,necklaces,ect. If it's clear,fill the plastic pocket with art,comics,ect.Heat seal just the edges with a warm iron,and an old cloth between the towel and the plastic.Careful,some plastic shrinks. And you don't want melted plastic on your iron! Then-hang them,or make wallets,or cut one down first and glue a magnet on the back-free advertising magnets are good.I'm suggesting a boatload of things I haven't done myself-just trying to think what the heck to make with ring binders and plastic pockets! Good luck!
If you're going to be using lots of green in your room, maybe make the walls a more neutal color? Or did you know you can put fabric on the walls? It's in the home decorating page here.People who can't paint their apartments use lightweight fabric-they spray the walls,and maybe the fabric with spray starch. It stays up, doesn't hurt the walls, and you can pull the fabric off,wash & use it for something else. I haven't tried it yet myself, but I like the idea. If you do go for green walls, be sure about the shade.It'd be worth it to buy a pint to paint a posterboard with to prop up and try out. Too dark could be gloomy, too pale would be more spring than slytherin. I'd check out the galleries to the various harry potter swaps for ideas. If you want touches of silver, use silver cord or braid to edge your pillows,for curtain tie back,maybe for desk accessories-or make the pillows silver on one side. The halloween has witch kitchen jars, but they could also be good for an alchemist's lab.Odd jars, improbable things inside,inventive labels.Dragon scales, basilisk eggs, ect. It's a pretty neat thread.Use some of the ingrediants from Snape's classses.You can use cheap frames from the thrift store-even different styles-and if you paint them all the same color(black?) it'll pull them together.Fake snakeskin pattern paper or fabric for pillows, or covering mundane things like vases and pencil holders, or making a plush snake, or as matting for a framed picture. It sounds like a fun idea-keep us posted!
I'd love to see a picture too! I imagine the records would have to be a certain distance away from the bulb-it doesn't take much heat at all to melt vinyl.Someone suggested an idea for another lamp where they were worried about heat, and just planning to use a very low wattage bulb-using a compact floresent. They still get hot, but not as much as an incandesent bulb. I could also see poking holes in the record with a hot needle, maybe making a pattern.That way you'd get a little more light from it to make up for the low watt bulb, and it'd look nifty,too. Keep us posted!
Everyone should check out the steampunk guns atlascoughed just made,from old squirt guns. They're great! BTW,Gleep, were you able to fix the leak in yours? I'll know better for the next one! If there's ever a round 2 of this, I will gleefully dive in-no matter how insane real life is. And thanks once again to our lovely organizers!
I can see Queen Titania now, when mustardseed, peaseblossom,and puck start giving her a hard way to go-"let them eat fairy cake." I think I'm going to start saying fairy cake instead of cupcake,myself. Much better name.
I spent my day off today crafting an item for this swap and studiously avoiding the horrible kitchen.But that makes me think- BTW, what are fairy cakes anyway? Just delicate little cakes, or is there a particular recipie?
As of tonight I should have 3 items done. The big one that's had me tearing my hair out is finally done.I'm not completely satisfied with it, but I think I've tweaked it all I can,so I'm crossing my fingers & sending it anyway. What I thought was going to be my small item,took lots more time than I thought, but came out really well.The one I'd been putting off because it was going to be a pain was easiet of the bunch! I'd like to do one more thing, since we have time-if only inspiration would hit. I'll probably get a brilliant idea the day before send outs! It's been fun,even with the hair pulling,and I've learned a bit. I wish it was summer and time for Shakespeare in Central Park-they sell the best tshirts.My DH is telling me I ought to make something with some of the tshirt messages...hmmm....