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Projects inspired by my pins on Pinterest

A Cactus for Christmas

The Christmas season always inspires me to dip into my craftiness arsenal in order to make gifts for family and friends.  Pinterest is where I go first to look through my endless list of DIY ideas.  I was particularly drawn to a link for mason jar terrariums.  I decided to do my own take on the project and now have three nice gifts I can share with some friends.

original pin

List of items needed:

  1.  Clear glass jars (size according to the plant you are putting inside)
  2. plants
  3. Decorative rocks or sand
  4. Long handled tongs
  5. Piece of paper or magazine page

Prep work

I put some base rocks into the bottom of the jar.  I kept the cactus in the plastic pot it came in to contain the dirt and help retain water.  Using the long handled tongs, I positioned the plant in the center of the jar.  Then I used the magazine page to create a tube around the plant.  This prevents the rocks from piling onto the plant.

rolled magazine

Then simply add the different rocks or sand as you desire to get a layered effect.  When using smaller rocks or sand, you may get some pieces falling into the other layers, but overall I like the finished products.  Happy crafting friends!

2nd completed

1st completed

3rd completed

finished trio

 

Paper Flowers

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I finally got a chance to get back to some Pinterest-inspired projects.  Today I decided to tackle making decorative paper flowers.  The link on Pinterest made it look very simple.  Items needed – magazine pages in various colors, shredding scissors, bamboo skewers, tape, floral tape.  First challenge – no shredding scissors and couldn’t find them anywhere in Nuremberg (not exactly a crafty place I’ve learned).  So I improvised and used a short pair of scissors and made the many cuts by hand.  I also did not have bamboo skewers and could not find them in the market, so I used paper straws instead.  The process of rolling the cut paper around the straws proved to be challenging.  I had many failures and I’ve posted a few below.  Once I finally got the hang of it, I think they turned out pretty nice.  Now I have a decorative piece for the bedroom and one for the living area.  These would make a lovely centerpiece for a bridal or baby shower – or simply a nice way to add a little color in your life!

original pin

Original Pin

and it begins

Gathering the magazine pages

cut strip

Folding and cutting the paper

Fail1 Fail2

Failed attempts

success

Success

bedroom flowers1

Flowers for the bedroom

living room flowers2

Flowers for the living area

Unconventional Art

I had a sample piece of wood laminate (from my last shopping trip to SCRAP) and it happened to fit perfectly into one of my unfinished frames.   I was looking for a project for a while and stumbled upon this PIN on Pinterest showing a framed giraffe silhouette cut from decorative paper.  It sparked many ideas and I began sketching them out.  I happened to need a bit of wall art for my bathroom, so I landed on the idea of a sand dollar.  Instead of using decorative paper, I decided to make the sand dollar out of felt with a bit of embroidery detailing.  I painted the frame a nice aqua color and then glued the finished piece to the wood laminate backer.  In very little time, I now have a nice piece of handmade art for my bathroom wall.

giraffe inspiration

Original PIN inspiration

project start painting the frame

Painting the frame

painted frame

Wood laminate piece inserted into frame

start of sand dollar start of sand dollar next

Starting to create the sand dollar in felt

finished sand dollar

Finished piece

A New Twist on Christmas Trees

I discovered several interesting Christmas Tree craft ideas on Pinterest.  Two of my favorite ideas used yarn to decorate foam bases.  Living in Germany, I have discovered a great lack of craft and hobby stores – most people order supplies online.  So I had to be inventive since I had no foam core, plastic, or cardboard shaped trees to start with.  I used cardstock to form the base for the trees.  I imagine this project would have been a touch easier using something more solid as the base.  Nevertheless, I powered through and ended up with 3 festive trees to add a touch of Christmas to my apartment.

wrapped treesspiral yarn trees

Original Inspiration

Drawing tree shape Photo Nov 23, 12 04 35 PM bases complete

Drawing, cutting, and making the cardstock bases

 wrapping flecked thread wrapping gradient yarn wrapping spiral yarn

I added glue in small sections as I wrapped the yarn around the base

adding pearls

The spiral design left me with blank spaces, so I filled them in with pearls

completed flecked completed gradient completed spiral

I added a sparkly snowflake to the top of each as the final touch

Completed trees

The finished trio of trees

Embroidered Fiber Art

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While on Pinterest a few weeks ago, I came across a pin that was really inspiring.  The idea for a project has been sitting in the back of my mind for a while.  Now that I am more settled into my apartment, I took some time to get creative once again.  I have an alcove in my main hallway that was begging for some color in the form of art.  I decided to try my hand at felt and embroidery to make some framed fiber art.  I am very happy to see the finished project hanging in the hallway – added that bit of color that was missing.

flower embroidery inspiration

The original inspiration pin

sketching ideas sketching daisy

Sketching ideas for my approach

felt gathering

Gathering felt colors

painting frames painting frames 2

Painting frames – base silver color covered by dark brown

gathering felt shapes

Start of the gerber daisy

beginning of daisy

daisy in work

start of poppies

Start of the poppies

poppies progress

working on allium 2

Start of the allium

working on allium

finished project

The finished projects hanging in the alcove

finished poppies

finished daisy

finished allium

Bleach pen graphic tees (attempt #2- success!)

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Back in January, I attempted to follow a Pin I found on Pinterest.  The Pin showed how to revitalize old tees by adding bleach graphics to them.  The first attempt at three different t-shirts failed.  I have since discovered that only the Clorox Bleach Pen for WHITES works.  The other bleach pens are not strong enough to bleach colors.  This time I only attempted one t-shirt to see if it would work.  The bleached out color was a surprise, but it did work.  Now I can use this technique on other things – old canvas bags, placemats, tablecloths, etc…

original pin

Original Pin inspiration

bleach for whites

Clorox Bleach Pen for Whites

prepping tee

Prepping the tee using paper & wax paper underneath

design in bleach

Drawing the design

design bleaching in

The bleach doing its work

in water bath

Water bath to stop the bleach

after rinsed off

Ready for the washing machine

and out of the wash

out of the wash…

finished product

Finished t-shirt

Tin Can Transformation

Every time I open a can of veggies or soup, I think about the many project ideas I’ve seen on Pinterest.  After collecting a bunch of cans, I thought it was time to give one of the projects a try.  I was drawn to the visual on one pin I found.  However it didn’t have a project associated to it.  So I made up my own version based on the inspiration.  The finished products can be used to store office supplies or make-up brushes or anything you can think to store in them.

Supplies:

  • cans in various sizes (or all the same if that is the desired end result)
  • decorative papers (or tissue paper)
  • Glue
  • sponge applicator
  • Rub’n Buff in antique gold
  • metal brads (if desired- or any other decorative items)

original pin can

Original Pin inspiration

supplies

Cans and the papers to cover them

glue

Use the sponge applicator to apply glue to can

base paper

Cut paper to size and wrap around can- I used a two-handed twisting motion around the can to ensure that the paper adhered completely & applied extra glue at the overlap seam

paper stripe

Adding the center band

paper completepaper on all 3

The brown center band applied

adding gold

Applying the antique gold Rub’nBuff – I love this stuff!

gold accents on can

Adding the metallic finish to the top and bottom edges and blending on the paper

gold paper flowers

I made paper flowers that are finished using the antique gold and metal brads

small can complete

I glued the paper flower direct to the finished can

cans complete

The completed trio

cans in use

The completed cans in use

medium can complete