Archive for the ‘Any occasion’ Category

Postcards or valentines collector

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

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Craft supplies

Shoe box

Craft knife

Acrylic paint, brush

Ribbon

Embellishments – pom-poms, mini mirrors, gemstones, stickers etc.

Glitter glue – gold

Loaded glue gun

Directions

Cut an opening in shoe box’ lid

Paint the box and the lid with your favorite color (we used red), let it dry

Glue the ribbon by the edges of the opening so it’s nice and neat

Decorate your box with any embellishments you like more

Write your name or “For Mom” or “For Grandpa” or anything you wish on the box or the lid

Display and fill with cards!

Cardboard house with picture

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

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This craft is soooooo suitable for any occasion. First, you can do it for yourself as picture display. Second-third-fourth and so, you can make it Mother’s day gift, Father’s day gift, Grandparents’ day gift or Valentine’s day gift: just add corresponding words or embellishments! :)

Craft supplies

Cardboard house from craft store

Acrylic paint – we chose pearl-pink and light purple, paintbrush

Picture with your happy face :) Or two-three-four happy faces

Couple wooden stars from craft store

Glitter

Scissors

Ribbon

School glue

Optional: stickers, markers

Directions

Paint the house any way you like it, let it dry

Paint stars with glue, sprinkle with glitter, let the glue dry

Glue the stars to the “roof” part of the house

Choose a picture that you can crop to make a “door” with it

Glue it to the house

Frame picture with ribbon

Tip: instead of stars, you can add “window” in the attic, too :) If you make this craft for Valentine’s day, add some hearts stickers and write loving words! :)

Phoenix – bird for luck

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

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Craft supplies

Air dry clay – we used orange and green

Pair of wiggle eyes

Feathers – small for the “crown” and big for wings and tail

Optional: pearl or acrylic beads for necklace

Directions

Form two “sausages” of clay, put together, twist (do not mix it too long to keep beautiful patterns)

Form an egg, then pull one side, curve (neck), mold the head, pinch back the beak

Press in eyes

Stick the feathers in to head, to the sides, to the tail zone

Optional: press the beads into her neck to make her necklaced :)

Let the clay dry and it’s ready to display or gift!

Wooden movable caterpillar

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

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Craft supplies (for 1)

8 wooden beads

2 wiggle eyes

White twinkle pipe cleaner

Scissors

Acrylic paint (it may be 1 or 8 colors, depends on you), paintbrush

1 small 2-holed button

Thread

1 wooden bead (or any other bead, or could be just small pipe cleaner ring)

Craft glue or loaded glue gun

Directions

Color the beads, let them dry

While they dry out, make chenille rings – very small, to string them between beads so your caterpillar can curve

Hotglue eyes to the “head” bead

Thread the cord through button’s holes, tie a knot

Start stringing beads, alternating with chenille rings

At the end (tale) of your caterpillar just string small bead, tie the end

Ready to play!

Paper roll parrots

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

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This craft is made specially for one of our visitors :) We hope you all enjoy it!

Craft supplies

For each:

Paper roll

Acrylic paint – yellow and green, paintbrush

Pair of wiggle eyes

Camel foam scraps

Scissors

Loaded glue gun

Feathers

For green one:

2″ Styrofoam ball

Directions

If you’re making parrot with Styrofoam head, cut about 1″ out of paper roll across, then hotglue the head to the body

Further instructions are the same for both

Color your parrot any color you like – we used yellow and green, let it dry

Hotglue eyes and feathers (on the heads, as wings and as tails)

Make the beaks – it’s very easy – just draw on the foam small fat boomerangs and cut them out

Hotglue beaks to the heads

It’s a great puppet to play or just decoration. Enjoy!

Bride doll puppet

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

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Craft supplies

1″ wooden bead

2 toothpicks

1 regular size craft stick

Curly chenille stem (pick color of your bride’s hair)

Regular chenille (skin color you like your bride to be)

Acrylic paint to color her face (choose the color), paintbrush

Flowers (from wedding section in the craft store)

Loaded glue gun

Fine permanent markers – black and red

Scissors

White tulle for veil

White glimmering felt for dress

White thread, needle

Some “pearl” beads

White sparkling cord for waistband

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Directions

Hotglue toothpicks on both sides of craft stick (by length), leaving about 1″ out

Put some hot glue on prominent ends of toothpicks, string the bead on them (that’s the way her head holds tight on her body)

Cover her hair zone with hot glue, stick the hair (start “wrapping” her head with curly chenille, continue to center, cut excessed ends)

Draw eyes, nose, lips with fine markers

Cut out tulle – any length you like veil to be (rectangular prism)

Pull together upper edge of the veil, fasten with thread

Hotglue the veil on the head, decorate with flowers

Tie “hands” (chenille) to the “body” (craft stick)

Lay your undone doll on white felt, trace her forming dress. Remember to trace her “fatter” than she really is because you need to sew to halves together. Cut first half out, trace it again, cut it out

Put two halves of the dress on your bride and start sewing from the shoulders

Belt your bride

She is ready to get married! Teach her “I do!” phrase :)

Sparkling stars mobile

Friday, April 4th, 2008

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Craft supplies

Plastic ring with crossbar (stores often carry scarves on those, just cut the hook :) ), or, just roll wire

Wooden stars from craft store

School glue, paintbrush

Glitter, different colors

Ribbon

Loaded glue gun

Directions

Wrap the ring with ribbon, glue the ends

“Paint” stars with school glue, sparkle with glitter

Hotglue ribbon ends to stars, tie opposite ends to ring (we have one big star with long ribbon tied to the bar and five small stars with shorter ribbons tied over the ring

Add a ribbon loop, display! If you hang it in the garden it will be definetely a suncatcher, add a bell and you have a windchime!

Sea treasure display case

Friday, April 4th, 2008
Sea treasure display case

Sea treasure display case

No any practical function, just beautiful memory makeup :)

Craft supplies

Unfinished display case from craft store

Acrylic paint – pink and blue (or your favorite colors), paintbrush

Colored sand (we used glittered one, it adds some “wetness” effect to display)

Shells and/or pebbles you brought from your vacation on the sea shore

Directions

Color wooden parts of case with your favorite colors, let it dry

Fill the bottom of the case with colored sand, mixing it artistically

Tip: you may want to fill the very bottom with regular sand so you don’t waste your glitter behind the frame

Cast shells and/or pebbles on the sand

Lock the case

Display proudly

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One more tip: postpone making this craft if you are to move :) Shaking trucks may transform artistic piece into a mess!

Craftsticks fish suncatchers

Friday, April 4th, 2008

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Craft supplies

Craft sticks – 6 for small and 8 for big fish

Acrylic paint – purple and orange

Wiggle eye – 2 for each

Embellishments – we suggest sequins (they look like scales much), but gems would work too!

Chenille stem cutting for “gills”

Loaded glue gun

Ribbon for hanger

Silicon sucker with hook (available in craft stores or dollar stores)

Directions

Hotglue two craft sticks together by 90° angle for big fish and sharper angle for small fish

Hotglue other 3 more (for big fish) or 2 more (for small one) paralleled leaving some space between

Turn fish over and follow up with another half (as you see on the pictures with unfinished articles)

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Paint them as you wish – first one side, let dry, paint another

Hotglue eyes, gills, embellishments

Glue ribbon loop

Display on your own window (don’t forget to stick sucker first) or gift somebody – it’ll surely brighten their day!

Brown bear made of plastic jar

Friday, April 4th, 2008

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Instead of throwing away, reuse it!

This bear could be just cute decoration, loosen change collector or desktop organizer

Craft supplies

Clear empty plastic jar (bear-shaped) – you can find it in grocery store, with honey, of course :)

Acrylic paint  (we suggest brown, white, black, yellow, red), brush

Optional – straw hat from craft store (the size depends on the size of your bear’s head :) ), feather

Directions

Paint the jar brown, let it dry

Draw eyes, nose, heels, basket with berries as you see on the pictire or, as you wish :)

Add a hat if you like, stick in feather

If you leave no hat and lid, just put some pens in it and have this custom desk organizer!