Personalized bobby pins

Bobby pins are often black or golden. Or decorated with a little flower. I don’t often find colored bobby pins. And by colored I mean simple ones with a nice color. And when I find them, they’re way overpriced.

There’s an easy solution, just make them yourself!

All you need are simple bobby pins and nail polish to paint them. It’s done in no time and you have personalized bobby pins!

And thanks to my dear sister, Katia, for modeling in our garden :-)

Lots of love,
Laura

Potholder made from wooden clothespins

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This week my craft project was a potholder! I saw a picture on the internet and thought ‘I have to make this!’

Clothespins: check!
Glue: check!

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First, detach the clothespins and glue them together the other way around.

Now, glue all the parts together and let it dry.

After it was finished I decided to put some varnish on it to have a somewhat even surface. Moreover, when you apply the varnish you can take away the little pieces of  paper that stick to the potholder. You can use a toothpick to remove the excess of glue.

Let it dry, which goes quite fast, and it’s ready! You can also paint the potholder and apply varnish when the paint is dry.

Lots of love,
Laura

Little abstract painting made with wax crayons

I know I have haven’t posted in a while, except for the quotes. I have so much ideas and recipes already tried out, but I don’t get to writing. Anyway, now I am writing and I am very happy to do so!!

So here’s my last craft.

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It’s super easy to do! You need a hair dryer, crayons, a canvas or paper, and something to protect the floor and the walls. I used a garbage bag.

All you have to do is melt the crayon above the canvas with the hairdryer.

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Let it dry and you’re ready!

Lots of love,
Laura

How To Make a Cheap Dream Catcher

Dream catchers are quite popular since a couple of years. I have to admit that I am a fan too. I find the object in itself beautiful, but I like the story behind it even more. It originates from the American Ojibwa tribe who wanted to protect their children from bad dreams, so they hung dream catchers to catch the bad dreams. Like Konrad J. Kaweczynski said:

Only good dreams would be allowed to filter through… Bad dreams would stay in the net, disappearing with the light of day.

And so the good dreams slide down the feathers to the person sleeping under it.

In Belgium dream catchers are quite expensive. For a small one you can easily pay ten euros. And since I’m just an average student I can’t spend 10 euros each time I see a dream catcher I like. So I tried to make one myself and you can too if you want to!

These are the materials you need:
– Feathers
– Ribbons
– Thread
– A pair of compasses
– Scissors
– A cutter
– Foil
– A piece of cardboard
– Super glue
– Pearls

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The first step is to draw a circle on the cardboard. Draw an inner and an outer circle. Then cut it out with a cutter or scissors.

Now cut pieces of foil to wrap around the cardboard to make it stronger.

The next step is to glue a ribbon to the foil and wrap it around the hoop. Since I only had thin ribbons I decided to put silver washi tape around it… But I didn’t like the result. I thought it looked too much like duct tape, so I put glitter tape around instead.

Now take the thread and tie one end to the hoop by making a knot. Then wrap the other end over the hoop and make loops, evenly spread out and tie the end of your last loop to the beginning of the string.

Make a second round of stitches, tying them around the center of the first loops. Pull each stitch tight. Then begin the third round and so on.

You can add little pearls to your thread if you’d like to. Only begin using the pearls at the third round of stitches and don’t forget to pull them tight. When you’re finished, make a small knot at the end and cut the rest of the thread off. On the picture below you can see that I messed up somewhere.. I think I forgot to tie the end of the thread to the beginning at the first round… But I finished the dream catcher anyway!

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Now, cut off some ribbon and attach it to the hoop like shown on the next picture.

Then I glued the ribbon at the top and also at the bottom, so the ribbon cannot come off. Do the same at the bottom of the hoop but don’t glue the ends of the ribbon.

Now, put some glue into a pearl and put the ribbon in it at one side and a feather at the other side. Do the same for the other end of the ribbon.

Your dream catcher is ready to hang above your bed!

Below you can see the first dream catcher I made with the aid of a manual. And as you can see I managed to weave the web as it should be :-)
What do you think of it?

Lots of love,
Laura

Little owl with foil

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I tried out something new. It’s a little owl on a canvas with foil. I’m not completely happy with the result, but it’s not that bad either. The reason I’m not super enthusiastic is because I think the owl doesn’t ‘pop out’ enough.

But if you want to give it a shot, here’s what you need:
– A canvas
– Foil
– A pencil
– A tube of glue
– A glue stick
– Paper towel
– Cotton swabs
– Shoe polish and a sponge
DSC03634The first step is to draw something on your canvas. First my thoughts were going to a butterfly but I saw an example with an owl and I really liked it. So I decided to draw an owl. Since my drawing skills aren’t overdeveloped I searched for owl drawings and kind of copied one.
Here’s the original and the one I drew:

Next, use the tube of glue to go over the lines of your drawing and let it dry for a night.

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When the lines are dry, apply glue with the stick to the canvas, and put a piece of foil over it. Apply it with a paper towel, so you don’t break the foil. Wrap the foil around the canvas at the back of it. Next, go over the foil with a cotton swab. Begin near the lines so they really ‘come out’.

Then I used a dull pencil to go around the lines and draw some patterns. Well, some patterns.. because of a lack of inspiration I just drew circles.

The next step is to apply shoe polish with a sponge all over the foil, so the polish goes into the drawn lines. Then, wipe it off again with a paper towel and let it dry.

And it’s ready. Now, the reason I’m not that happy is because the circles I drew take in too much space in comparison with the owl. And I also think the glue I used for the lines wasn’t thick enough. Maybe I should have applied a second layer of glue… I’m not sure. Well, it’s not that bad for a first try, is it? What do you think?

Lots of love,
Laura

Flower tree – painting

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I am very excited to show you my new craft!
It is very simple, and I’m sure you can also do this with kids. But they’ll need some help if you do not want to clean up paint everywhere afterwards.

Here is what I used:
– Paint
– A canvas
– Paint brushes
– A pencil
– A plastic bottle with round ‘bubbles’ at the bottom

DSC03521The first step is to draw the branches with a pencil. Place the bottle already on the canvas while drawing, so you know where you’ll put the flowers and leave enough room for them.

The next step is to paint the branches, I used brown so it would look somewhat realistic. But you can use any color you like!

Next, choose a color you like for the flowers. I used orange and made it pastel orange by blending it with white paint. Make sure to use a bowl or a plate which is big enough for the bottom of the bottle to fit in.

Now, put paint on the bottle by pushing it into the paint, so the layer of paint must be thick enough. Then, place the bottle, with paint, onto the canvas and apply some pressure.

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Do this at the end of the branches. I thought it still was a little empty so I put two more flowers on it. I used a paint brush to spread the dot in the middle of the flower.

Let your painting dry and your masterpiece is ready ;-)

Lots of love,
Laura

Vase made from a wine bottle

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I wrote in my introduction that I would take up a project once a week. Well, this week I took up another project. It is so easy and fast, it doesn’t even take five minutes. And the result is great!

All you need are a wine bottle and a paint sprayer in a color you like. I chose golden paint.

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Now, follow the instructions on the sprayer and spray the paint on the bottle.
Let it dry long enough and don’t forget to do this outside.

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And it’s ready!
When you put a flower in the vase, it would be better to use a water tube. If you put water in the vase, you will have to wash it afterwards and I can’t guarantee that the paint won’t come off.

Have fun!!

Lots of love,
Laura

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Paperclip necklace

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I am very excited to post my very first craft project, which is also my first real adventure.
It is actually very easy to do, it’s pretty and not at all expensive.
You can make it for yourself or as a gift for someone.
Christmas is coming closer, and it’s never too early to brainstorm about gifts!

Here is what you need:
– Paperclips
– Scissors
– Washi tape in the colors you like – Or glitter tape
– In case you use glitter tape, you’ll also need some scotch tape because glitter tape doesn’t stick as well as washi tape.

DSC03267You can choose how many layers you add to your necklace. I chose three.
So the first step is to make three paperclip chains, I used respectively 19, 17 and 15 paperclips. And a little one of ten paperclips so you can put the necklace around your neck.

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Then, I chose three different colors of glitter tape: dark grey, silver and pink.
Now it’s time to put some tape around the paperclips. Don’t use too much. I used pieces of +/- two centimeters. Since glitter tape doesn’t stick well, I also put some scotch tape around the glitter tape. Do this for every paperclip chain.

DSC03273 DSC03275 DSC03276Take two paperclips and put the ends of the three chains in one paperclip. Do this for the two ends. Then also put the ends of the smallest chain on those two paperclips.

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And it’s ready to wear!

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Don’t hesitate to try it yourself!

Lots of love,
Laura