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DIY + holiday + Projects + St. Patrick's Day / Wednesday, 6 Mar 2013

St. Patrick’s day candy poppers & care package

Aren’t these little guys adorable? Michele Brummer Everett who has pretty much been a god-sent since before I moved back to the US, made some adorable Valentine’s day candy poppers and I just about died out of cuteness. Michele is a wonderful illustrator and textile designer who can pull out the cutest characters. I asked if she would let me borrow her idea for a St. Patty’s day version and thankfully she said yes. AND she drew the cutest little leprechaun. She’s the best! 

Materials: scissors, leprechaun template, toilet paper roll, rainbow template, chocolate gold coins (I bought mine on Amazon Prime–the best!), writing utensil, double stick tape, tissue paper, embroidery floss, scrapbooker’s glue, needle
Step 1: print the rainbow paper on normal office paper.
Step 2: Cut it out and measure against the toilet paper roll.
Step 3: Tape it onto the roll. I used double stick tape to attach it.
Step 4: With the scrapbooker’s glue, glue the end of the toilet paper roll and hold it onto the tissue paper
Step 5:Trace around a quarter onto a piece of paper
Step 6: Cut around it.
Step 7: Cut around the front and back of the leprechauns.
Step 8: With 3 strands of the embroidery thread, make a cross in the circle.
Step 9: Make a hole in the end of the tissue paper with the needle before entering in from the inside of the roll so the paper circle stays on the inside of the roll and the rest of the thread dangles out.
Step 10: Glue the two pieces of the leprechaun onto the end of the thread.
Step 11: Stuff the toilet roll with your goodies. I put in a first layer of moss and then gold coins and then more moss.
Step 12: Glue the top of the toilet paper roll.
Step 13: Attach onto the tissue paper to seal it off.
CARE PACKAGE
You know I love me a good care package (see my Valentine’s heart and suitcase) I lined the inside of the box with the rainbow paper and set down shredded green grass with gold coins on top and the poppers. Then, I wrapped the box with the rainbow paper and now it’s good to go!

Thank you so much Michele!

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DIY + Party + Projects / Saturday, 23 Feb 2013

Oscar party!

Admittedly, I’ve never been nor have I hosted an Oscar party, but my friend was recently talking about how she has her nieces and nephews over for the big day and they all dress up. How fun is that?! SO, I thought these prize ribbon badges (what’s the official name, anyone?) would be a fun accoutrement. I cannot take credit for the idea. You see, I have a very clever friend who is an amazing illustrator, Michèle Brummer Everett (you might remember her as the pencil), who hosted a presidential waffle night on Monday and made badges like these but with the faces of the presidents (take a look on my Instagram account). I asked her if she would show me how to make it and she was kind enough to agree. Thank you thank you! I turned them into the Oscar nominees so that you can use them tomorrow for your Oscar parties. Are you having one? Attending one? 

You will need: template of the Oscar nominees (download here), geometric backgrounds (download here, here, here, here) designed by Michèle Brummer Everett, scissors, pin backings (or safety pin should work fine too), glue gun, long stapler

Step 1: Print out the Oscar nominee template on sturdy laser paper cardstock on 11×17″ (A3). Office paper is fine too.
Step 2: Cut out all of the heads. I left a small white gap around to act as a border.
Step 2: Print out the geometric background paper on 8 1/2 x 11″ (A4) on thinner office paper.
Step 3: Cut out the geometric pattern leaving no white space.
Step 4: Fold the geometric paper in half so it’s long ways.
Step 5: Cut it down the center.
Step 6: Fold up the bottom in half.
Step 7: Fold it up again.
Step 8: Fold it up one more time. These fold will act as guidelines for the next step.
Step 9: Unfold. At the bottom make sure the first fold stars by folding up. You’ll basically make an accordion fold halving the folds you already made.

Step 10: Fold the accordion in half.
Step 11: With your long stapler, staple the center together.
Step 12: Glue the two sides together where the staple is. Make sure you put some in the very center so it glues without bubbles.
Step 13: Hold together for a few moments.
Step 14: Repeat on the other side.
Step 15: Unfold your accordion badge and fix it up a bit so that the folds are even.
Step 16: Now take your chosen Oscar nominee (I choose Bradley Cooper) and glue the back and attach to the ribbon.
Step 17: Take your pin and glue it to the back. Make sure it’s not dead center or it will tilt when it’s attach. About 1/3 down from the top should be fine.
Voila!

How cute are these? Everyone thank Michèle for showing us how to make them. She’s currently redoing her portfolio website and it’s going to be absolutely charming, but in the mean time, visit her here.

Alrighty, if you do make them, I’d love to see them! Use #LarsOscarParty so we can all keep track. Happy Oscaring! Here are some more ideas for your Oscar party from StudioDIY

Oscar nominee actor pictures:
Denzel Washington, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Emmanuelle Riva, Naomi Watts, Daniel Day Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Joquin Phoenix, Jessica Chastain, Quvenzhane Wallis

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DIY + Party + Projects + valentine's day / Wednesday, 13 Feb 2013

How to make glitter Valentine’s heart boxes

Well, easy is the name of the game for these past few Valentine’s ideas and this one is SO simple. It’s perfect for last minute gifty ideas. These glitter heart boxes are a breeze and you probably have everything you already need. Just print off the template and get going!
You will need: Glitter paper (here’s a suggestion), scissors, template, glue gun or glue stick or double sided stick tape
Step 1: Print off your template onto cardstock paper.
Step 2: Cut out template.
Step 3: Trace template onto the backside of your glitter paper.
Step 4: Cut out lines on glitter paper.
Step 5: Fold the bottom portion of the box (indicated on the template with dotted lines).
Step 6: Fold over the tab.
Step 7: Glue the tab to the other side of the box.
Step 8: Gold the bottom tabs up so they are secure.
Step 9: Attach the heart pieces together.

 Step 10: Insert CANDY!! Chocolate or conversation hearts preferred (am I right?!)

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DIY + Projects + valentine's day / Wednesday, 13 Feb 2013

How to make a paper topiary heart

I’m always so late in actually decorating for my own house for the holidays and this Valentine’s day is no exception. Seeing as how we don’t really even own furniture at this point except for an owl side table–it’s amazing–anything can help our decorating situation. I don’t really like to do obvious colors for Valentine’s day and so I thought I’d do a paper topiary. If I had my way, our place would be one giant topiary. I love these guys (and I’ve done one before. Check it out here.)

Materials: tacky tinsel topiary from Michaels (good for the frame only), gold spray paint, clay pot, shades of green paper, moss, glue gun, scissors

Step 1: Take our tacky topiary and unwrap the base.
Step 2: Take off the tinsel. It’s super easy. It’s just wrapped around the wire stand.
Step 3: With wire cutters or plant cutters, cut off the pegs.

Step 4: Draw a leaf shape onto your paper.
Step 5: Cut out and repeat many times. I cut out several sizes to give it a variety.
Step 6: Fold slightly down the center.
Step 7: Glue gun one leaf onto the wire frame.
Step 8: Glue another leaf going the opposite way.
Step 9: Repeat along all the lines of the frame so that the frame is covered.

Step 10: Spray the wire gold. The gold acts as a neutral color.
Step 11: Glue gun moss to the base of the topiary and stuff it into the cracks too.

Voila! Just a cute little topiary guy ready for some Valentine’s lovin.

A huge thank you to Michèle for loaning out her table for a few minutes and for just generally being an awesome person! 

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DIY + gift wrapping + holiday + Projects + valentine's day / Tuesday, 5 Feb 2013

2 simple Valentine’s Day gift wrapping ideas

Guys! I kind of have a thing for gift wrapping lately and Valentine’s Day is such a sweet time to give cute gifts to your neighbor, teacher, friend, loved one, etc. These 2 gift wrapping ideas are SO easy (you know I like ’em easy) and you probably already have everything you need to do it. Bingo! This first idea is based on an idea I saw for Christmas gift wrap by Martha Stewart, but I added a Valentines spin.

Materials for cut out hearts: x-acto knife, cardstock (or business card), pencil or pen, scissors, wrapping paper, cutting board, secondary color paper (I chose glitter scrapbook paper)

Step 1: Make a template of a heart on a business card and cut it out.
Step 2: With a pencil, use your template to trace around it all over on your wrapping paper. Use a ruler if you want them evenly spaced. (I used a Sharpie in this tutorial so you can see the trace better).
Step 3: With your x-acto knife, cut around one side of the heart from the top to the tip of the bottom.

Step 4: Fold the heart over.
Step 5: Because the glitter paper was so thick I cheated and cut out a strip of paper to line along the backside of the kraft paper gift wrap. If I were to make it super nice I’d probably line the back of the kraft paper. But, then again, I probably wouldn’t.
Step 6: Tape it down.
Step 7: Repeat on all the hearts.

DONE!

OK, the second one is similar to last week’s polka dot wrapping. But this time you do a little sculpting.

Materials: scissors, x-acto, pen, wrapping paper (I used red art paper instead), stamp pad (white can be hard to find, here’s my recommendation from Amazon)

Step 1: Draw a heart with your pen on the eraser of your pencil.
Step 2: Make simple incisions with your x-acto to chisel the heart. The less strokes the better. Cut it down about half way down the eraser.
Step 3: Stamp away! To get dimension stamp 2 or 3 hearts at a time so the seconds appear fainter.

Done! Tell me those aren’t the easiest things you’ve seen?! And you have all the materials already, right? 

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