Posts Categorized: DIY

christmas + Crafts + DIY + Projects / Monday, 12 Dec 2011

12th day of Christmas crafts: Scrooged

Let me start off my saying that I have not turned Scrooge this year by any means. In fact, I think I could be in the running of Person With the Most Christmas Spirit award, but we were watching a Christmas address yesterday when The Christmas Carol was mentioned and it got me thinking a bit more about alternative Christmas decorations. I loved the wall hanging in Bri Emery’s loft so much that simply says, “It’s ok” and I wanted to create something that would reflect it’s simplicity. So, today’s Christmas craft goes out to Mr. Charles Dickens for writing such a memorable tagline.

Updated: I can’t keep everything in my small apartment so I’m selling some of the crafts that I’ve been making on my Etsy shop. Buy it here.

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christmas + Crafts + DIY + Projects / Friday, 9 Dec 2011

9th day of Christmas Crafts: Flapper trees

I found some papier mâché cones at a little shop back in November and have been trying to figure out what to do with them since. Well, this whole 24 Days of Christmas Crafts was the perfect excuse to give them a go. Paul took one look at these trees when he arrived home and said, “They look like flapper girls” hence their now coined name. I found these mint crepe paper streamers at a really disgusting party store in DC in October (sorry, it was just really gross) but this color totally stood out. 

Materials needed: papier mâché cones, crepe paper streamers, scissors, double stick tape.
Step 1: Cut into the streamers about 1″ in ever 1/4″ inch. 
Step 2: Affix double stick tape to the bottom rim of the cone about the height of the streamer.
Step 3: Wrap around the base about 3 times.
Step 4: Continue up the tree, each time leaving less and less space between layers. 
Step 5: For the last layer, cut the streamer in half to leave a little topper on the tree. 
Now, I’m seriously running out of room in our little place to feature all of these projects. I’ve decided to start putting them on the shop so they can go to a good home! Check it out here
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christmas + Crafts + DIY + oh happy day + Projects / Friday, 2 Dec 2011

2nd day of Christmas crafts: Candy lights

For this month’s DIY project for Oh Happy Day I tapped into my my mom’s endless artistic reservoir again and remembered how one year for Christmas she made these candy lights and put them on our whole house. It was pretty fantastic looking and I think it turned out well again this time. I love the photos that Emily took. This top one is one of my absolute favorites of all time roots and all (sick!). Should have asked her to photoshop those suckers out.

Get the full instructions here.

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christmas + Crafts + DIY + Projects / Thursday, 1 Dec 2011

1st Day of Christmas Crafts: DIY glitter trees

Happy first of December! In Denmark, the 24 days prior to Christmas are usually celebrated with advent calendars (check out Oh Happy Day for some stellar ones) accompanied with a little activity or gift. I’m going to do a “24 days of Christmas crafts” challenge. I do think I’m crazy, but they won’t always be big crafts so I think it might be doable. Wanna do it too? Let me know and let’s share ideas! I’ve been super into glitter since the days of the lantern and thought it would be a nice addition to these trees that my mom used to make out of magazines. They are a cinch to make and I thought they turned out quite well.
What you’ll need: old magazines, gold spray paint, spray glue or glitter glue (couldn’t find glitter glue in Europe. Help???), glitter

Step 1: Make your first fold by taking the top and folding it down so it creates a nice line with the center of the magazine.

Step 2: Make your second fold by taking the edge of that first fold and folding it into the center line.

Step 3: Take the point of the new bottom fold and fold it up so it’s flush with the bottom edge of the magazine. The tree will stand on this so it must be able to sit on a table.

Step 4: Repeat, repeat, repeat until the last page. 
Step 5: Spray some gold paint on. 
Step 6: Embellish with glitter by spraying on adhesive spray. Start at the top and trickle it as it comes down the tree for an ombre effect.

I think I’m going to do dozens more to act as our real Christmas tree since we don’t have a lot of space in our little apartment. Enjoy! 

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DIY + Party + Projects + Wedding / Monday, 12 Sep 2011

DIY: Speech bubbles

I hope you had a great weekend remembering 9/11 and those who were affected. There was so much goodness coming out from something so bad.

So, a few weeks ago, a Ukrainian friend from my Danish class asked me to teach her how to make the speech bubbles for her upcoming wedding. My sister had made the two below and I was thrilled with the spice they added to our photography session with Ali. We wrote “I love you” and “I love you more” in Danish and English respectively and she wanted hers in Russian and Danish, since she too married a Danish man.
Materials:
Primed canvas
Cardboard
X-acto knife
Glue gun
Scissors
Sharpie
3 acrylic paints of your choice for background and lettering
Paintbrush
Pencil
Flat polyester filling
Fabric for backing (optional)
1. With a Sharpie, create the outline of the speech bubble you want to create on a large piece of cardboard.
2. Cut out the shape with the x-acto knife.
3. Lay the flat polyester filling on top of the cardboard as padding and hot glue it down. I couldn’t find it here so I used squares and laid them like tiles, then cut around.
4. Lay the bubbles on the canvas face down and cut around it leaving 1″ in excess
5.  Using scissors, cut slits into the canvas every couple of inches to create the circular shape
6. Glue gun the canvas slits to the back of the cardboard.
7. With the color of your choice, paint the canvas.
8. When it’s done drying, write your phrase with a pencil then paint it with a contrasting color.
9. (optional)Glue gun a fun fabric to the back side of the bubble. This won’t be seen in the pictures. Just a nice detail.
10. Voilà!
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