Project Restyle

Boy.  It’s been a while since I’ve last logged in to WordPress….. Never fear, I haven’t completely forgotten about it as I’m here today to share about a really simple restyle I did the other week.

Basically, what you need is something to redo and colour paint of your choice and a paintbrush.  Pretty easy.  🙂  I think this whole project from start to finish took about 2 hours at the most but I had a lot of space to paint.  And I did two or three coats over the whole thing, which I highly recommend doing.

Here’s what my metal flower used to look like:KINDLE_CAMERA_1391363325000(Purple isn’t my favorite color.) 🙂

After a few coats of paint, here’s what my new flower looks like:

KINDLE_CAMERA_1391523269000I like it much better.  🙂

DIY: Clay Roses Tutorial

DSC09049 This is a super easy, minimal amount of supplies, quick, and cute DIY project.  I have made tons of these roses, and they look so perfect and dainty as a necklace or a ring!  So, let’s get started! 🙂

You’ll Need: 1 color of POLYMER CLAY (I suppose air dry clay might work, but I have never used it for this.  My guess is that it probably wouldn’t be sturdy enough.) You can find this at joanns.

Utility knife or exacto knife

Here’s what you do:

Take a little bit of clay in your hands and soften it to get the air bubbles out:

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Then, once it is easy enough to shape with it, pinch a little bit off:

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Flatten it into a small circle:

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After that, roll it into a cone shape, this is your stem:

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Okay, so once you’ve done that, make another circle, and carefully attach it to the stem:

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The top of the rose will look like this:

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Then, make another circle and attach it to the stem on the opposite side of the first petal:

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After this, make as many petals as you want for your rose by making a circle of clay and adding it to the stem with the other petals:

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Okay, so once you’re satisfied with how your rose looks, take your utility or exacto knife to cut the extra clay off the bottom of the rose. When doing this, it’s important to make sure that when you’re cutting the clay you don’t smash the rose on one side:

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DSC09044You can carefully move the petals a little bit to how you want them.  Bake your rose in the oven according to the directions on your clay package.  You’re done!! 🙂

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You could glue this to a ring with a flat circle base, or make two and glue them onto some earring posts! Or, if you wanted to make a necklace, you can really carefully attach a jump ring on the back and then cover it with a little clay so that it is secured before you bake it.  When doing this, be really careful, because you can smush the rose, and then you have to start over. There are so many cool ideas for using these!  Be looking for an upcoming post featuring things to make with these cute roses, and more!

And there you go! That’s how to make a polymer clay rose! 🙂

Paper Letters

This is a very easy craft, and all you’ll need is scissors and an assortment of scrapbook paper.  I made the five letters that are in my name.  Choose a few different papers with different patterns that coordinate with each other.  Very carefully, cut out the letters you want in your selected paper patterns.  As you do this, choose which size your letters are going to be.  Trim the edges when you are finished.  Once you are done with this, you’ll have cool letters that can be used to add creativity and cuteness to any room! 🙂

 

Melted Crayon Art

I learned how to do this from one of my friends.  It makes a great piece of decor for a room.  There is basically no way for you to do it wrong, since the crayons melt differently each time.  It is easy to do, and only takes about 30-45 mins and it looks so awesome!

What you’ll need:

1.  Art painting canvas  (a piece of cardboard works great too)

2.  Lots of crayons

3. Tacky glue, modge podge, or another glue that will hold the crayons

4. Hairdryer

Instructions:

1. First, put a thin line of glue on one side of each of the crayons.

2.  Next, center them on the art canvas or cardboard in a rainbow-like line wherever you want.  Press down on each crayon firmly so that they get glued to the board.

3.  After you have glued the crayons to the board, you will need to wait for the glue to dry.

4. Once the glue is dry, prop the board with the side on which the crayons are, up a little bit to a slant.

5.  Finally, use the hairdryer to melt the crayons.  It will take a while for the crayons to melt.  Once they start to melt, move the hairdryer or board in different angles to make the crayons melt in the way that you want them to.  Once you are satisfied with the look, wait a couple minutes for the crayons to dry.  You’re done!!