Craft tips, tricks, tutorials.  www.thecraftideas.com
Craft Ideas –Decor:      Beaded Frost Luminaries Tutorial ............................................................ 3Cr...
Craft Ideas –Decor: Beaded Frost Luminaries TutorialI really love the look of luminaries, especially in the garden. I have...
I used Martha Stewart Frost glass paint for this project. The colors I used are inthe instructions below.Craft tips, trick...
After painting the jars, fold you wire in half to find the center.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials.            5             ...
Using the center of the wire as your starting point, hold the wire against the jarrim, wrap around and twist together in f...
Bend the wire upward so that when you add the beads they won’t fall off.Here’s where your round nose plier comes in. Use i...
Here are the variations that I used to give you an idea. You can certainly dowhatever designs you like!Craft tips, tricks,...
Then, simply light them up. You can use regular tea light candles or use theLED tea lights that don’t require a flame.Thes...
What you do:    1. Wash and remove any labels and glue residue from jars. Be sure they are       completely dry.    2. Pai...
Craft Ideas –Decor: Candles using a kitchen staple TutorialIve mentioned before that I live kind of out in the boonies mak...
So I found these little snippings of wick that said something akin to "put me invegetable oil!" I liked the idea but decid...
Mix some candle scent into your oil to get it all lovely smelling. I used amantastic cologne type of scent because I adore...
To light, I used a wood skewer I set fire to because I couldnt figure out how tolight it with a traditional lighter. Remem...
Craft Ideas –Decor: String BowlIn this tutorial you’ll learn how to make a sculptural string bowl for your home.This is th...
Step 1: Prepare the MaterialsCover the outside of your bowl with cling film, making sure the ends of the filmwrap over int...
Step 2: Soak the StringWind the lengths of string around your fingers to form a neat roll.Place the string in the bowl wit...
Step 3: Make the String BowlStart wrapping the string randomly around the bowl. For this bowl I wrapped thestring over the...
Use eight or nine pieces of string and the bowl should be pretty well covered.Wrap the remaining three or four pieces of s...
Step 4: Strengthen the OverlapsStrengthen the overlapping string by dabbing more fabric stiffener on with yourfinger. Ther...
Step 6: Consolidate the MouldAs the bowl starts to dry, press over the entire mould with your fingers andpalms periodicall...
Step 7: Remove the BowlWhen the string feels dry, remove the bowl and the cling film. Your string bowlmight feel a bit pli...
Fill Your Bowl and DisplayWell done, you’ve now made a totally unique and beautifully sculptural hand-crafted piece for yo...
Craft Ideas –Decor: Zen gardenI have some issues that I deal with all of the time. The best thing for me isbasically keepi...
They sell these awesome little squat vases at Wal-Mart in the decor part of thecrafts area. I purchased the smaller of the...
Carefully remove your plant. In this situation, getting the soil out with the guywasnt an option. If your plant is in a li...
Place the dirt end of your plant into the hose, or if you dont have the soil, putyour cactus or potting soil into the hose...
Shake it like an Etch-a-Sketch to get a nice, smooth surface.Grab just about anything around, like a pen or an unwound pap...
Craft Ideas –Decor: Rubiks Cube Tissue BoxIf youre a fan of The Big Bang Theory, there is a possibility t hat you may have...
I first looked for one to buy, but they were all yarn on plastic canvas and I justdont like those types of tissue boxes (t...
So here is the box before. From what I can tell this is most likely what the propis. There are also wood covers you can ma...
Brush a small amount of Mod Podge onto the backside of your first papersquare. Carefully place onto the tissue box and adj...
In between coats, take out your origami paper and pick out a sheet or two ofyellow, orange, green red and blue. My white o...
Brush a small amount of Mod Podge onto the backside of your first papersquare. Carefully place onto the tissue box and adj...
Craft Ideas –Decor: Simple hanging vaseMy macramé obsession has reached fever pitch lately. I made a quick hangingvase thi...
YOU WILL NEED:+ 4 lengths of cord measuring at least 1.5 meters (I used super long shoelaces –but you can use paracord ins...
5. Pull on the upper tail.6. Keep pulling until the loop is tucked inside the cord wrap. You can trim theends. Depending o...
Craft tips, tricks, tutorials.   38   www.thecraftideas.com
Craft Ideas –Decor: Perpetual Calendar With BlackboardPaintA perpetual calendar is a nice spin on a traditional calendar, ...
Step 1: Prepare Your BoardFirstly, start with a big clean surface to work on, like a table top. Just throwdown a plastic s...
Step 2: Divide into Four ZonesIn order to transform the chopping board into a calendar, we first need to divideit into fou...
All 31 numbers will need to fit in the third zone. You will need 5 horizontal sub-zones of 2.5cm (1 in) in height each, to...
Paint the third zone of your chopping board using a small paint brush. Applytwo or three coats of color.There’s no need to...
Step 4: Divide Painted Zone in SquaresDivide the zone you have painted in to small squares to demarcate the area ofeach nu...
Step 5: Add Sticker NumbersAdd the sticky numbers. Counting from 1 to 31, place one number in each box.Craft tips, tricks,...
Step 6: Paint it BlackUsing the bigger paint brush and the blackboard paint, paint the front surface ofyour board evenly. ...
Step 7: Paint the SidesPaint the sides of the board.If you have a metal element like a handle or another detail you don’t ...
Step 8: Paint the Back SidePaint the back side of your board as well. Mine had a carved design which Idecided not to paint...
Step 9: Remove the StickersFirst, remove the masking tape.Now take the eyebrow tweezers and carefully remove all the numbe...
Step 10: Write the Month and the DaysAt this point your calendar should look something like this (front and back side).Nic...
Write the initial of the days of the week above the numbers – one above eachcolumn. Write the days starting with the first...
Craft Ideas –Decor: Crocheted Paper Chain Heart WreathAs my first project on the blog in my new crocheting adventures, her...
I used Red Heart acrylic yarn, worsted weight, with an US ‘I’ (5.5mm) hook. Istarted with a chain of 20 stitches.I joined ...
Weave in the ends, and you have your first link.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials.         54          www.thecraftideas.com
Then to make the next chain link, I made another chain of 20……and I inserted the chain into the first link, making sure th...
Join the ends and continue crocheting five rows of single crochet as before, butyou’ll have the previous chain dangling fr...
To make the heart, I made two chains of 10 links.Here’s basically how they will fit together to form the heart. The top en...
To help the heart keep its shape, I made a cardboard wreath form. First I figuredout the size by using some embroidery hoo...
…and after cutting out the wreath form, I wrapped it with twine. The twine willlater serve as a place to anchor the heart....
Lay out the chain links to form the heart, making sure the chain links are facingthe same way on each side i.e. every othe...
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  1. 1. Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. www.thecraftideas.com
  2. 2. Craft Ideas –Decor: Beaded Frost Luminaries Tutorial ............................................................ 3Craft Ideas –Decor: Candles using a kitchen staple Tutorial .................................................. 11Craft Ideas –Decor: String Bowl ............................................................................................. 15Craft Ideas –Decor: Zen garden ............................................................................................. 24Craft Ideas –Decor: Rubiks Cube Tissue Box ........................................................................ 29Craft Ideas –Decor: Simple hanging vase ............................................................................... 35Craft Ideas –Decor: Perpetual Calendar With Blackboard Paint ............................................ 39Craft Ideas –Decor: Crocheted Paper Chain Heart Wreath..................................................... 52Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 2 www.thecraftideas.com
  3. 3. Craft Ideas –Decor: Beaded Frost Luminaries TutorialI really love the look of luminaries, especially in the garden. I have an herbgarden that has plenty of green, but really no color to speak of. I’ve planted afew flowers in there each year to pretty it up, but it never seems to be quiteenough. These soft colored luminaries add just the right amount of soft color andlight and, since my herb garden is near the front door, double as a lovely way towelcome people to my home.All of these luminaries are made from recycled jars. I keep just about every jaronce the contents have been used up. Therefore, with Earth Day right around thecorner, and the weather getting warmer, I thought it would be a great time toshare these with you.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 3 www.thecraftideas.com
  4. 4. I used Martha Stewart Frost glass paint for this project. The colors I used are inthe instructions below.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 4 www.thecraftideas.com
  5. 5. After painting the jars, fold you wire in half to find the center.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 5 www.thecraftideas.com
  6. 6. Using the center of the wire as your starting point, hold the wire against the jarrim, wrap around and twist together in front to hold it in place.Wrap it several times around the jar rim. You should have a few inches ofexcess wire to add beads onto.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 6 www.thecraftideas.com
  7. 7. Bend the wire upward so that when you add the beads they won’t fall off.Here’s where your round nose plier comes in. Use it to curl the ends of the wire.This serves as a decorative end and keeps the beads in place.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 7 www.thecraftideas.com
  8. 8. Here are the variations that I used to give you an idea. You can certainly dowhatever designs you like!Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 8 www.thecraftideas.com
  9. 9. Then, simply light them up. You can use regular tea light candles or use theLED tea lights that don’t require a flame.These are safe to stay outside, but you may want to wipe them down once aweek, and if you know it’s going to rain, bring them in so they don’t fill up withwater. Enjoy!Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 9 www.thecraftideas.com
  10. 10. What you do: 1. Wash and remove any labels and glue residue from jars. Be sure they are completely dry. 2. Paint the outside of the jars with the frost paint. it will appear streaky at first, but as you work your paintbrush over the glass, smoothing the surface out as you go, the paint will become more uniform. Allow it to dry for one hour. 3. Spray the painted jars with sealer and let dry. 4. Snip wire into 2-foot lengths. Find the center of your length of wire and hold it against the rim of the jar. Wrap both ends of wire around the rim and twist together to hold in place. 5. Continue wrapping the wire, leaving a few inches at each end to add beads. Twist wire together again to keep it from unraveling. 6. Bend wire upward so that when you thread your beads on they wont fall off. 7. After adding your beads, use the round nose plier to curl the end of the wire to prevent your beads from falling off, and to add a decorative touch. 8. Try variations by adding some beads to the wire that wraps around the jar rim. 9. These are very pretty lit up at night as well! Use tea light candles or LED tea lights inside the jars.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 10 www.thecraftideas.com
  11. 11. Craft Ideas –Decor: Candles using a kitchen staple TutorialIve mentioned before that I live kind of out in the boonies making a "trip totown" sort of a big deal. So when Ive made the drive and I dont need any craftsupplies, I still take the opportunity to stroll the aisles to see if any new mediumis screaming out "Try me!" and "Youve got a 40% off coupon so just buy mealready!"I had been previously pondered that perhaps I should get into making candles.There was a very sweet realtor that I used to work with who one day wasdiagnosed with cancer. While this is always tragic news, it was even worsebecause as an independently employed person, she had no health insurance. Inorder to pay her medical bills, she began making and selling candles. I alwaysadmired her spirit and never considered making my own while she was stillselling them. By the by, I hear that nowadays shes in remission and back sellinghomes instead of little pots of linen scented wax!Now while going through the aisles I remembered something else. OneChristmas Momma bought my sister, a heavily pregnant family friend andmyself a soap making kit to occupy some idle time over the holidays. We werereally excited about it and it wound up being tragic with burned eyes andwhatnot. Im not even sure what went wrong, but when dealing with that sort ofcraft I kind of have some issues to work through and Im not quite there, yet,which makes me a bit nervous to make candles though I really want to.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 11 www.thecraftideas.com
  12. 12. So I found these little snippings of wick that said something akin to "put me invegetable oil!" I liked the idea but decided to go traditional in appearance ratherthan having little floating flames.For this project you need: Vegetable or olive oil Candle Scent Glass jar with a lid Wick Hot glue gun ScissorsFirst youll need a nice little glass jar. I went small so that I wouldnt use tonsand tons of oil. I also spent a good deal of time removing and replacing the lidson these jars (the lady stocking the shelves looked at me like I was such an idiotamused by lids of things!).Remember that this thing is going to be filled with OIL. Which will be nastybusiness if it gets knocked over or your cat decides go all detective on you to batat it. Also remember that liquids slosh around. If you have to really work andturn the jar all around to open it, youre going to have another problem on yourhands.Now I understand what density means, but have no idea what kind of role theviscosity or density or whatever of the oil would play with the wick. Would itfloat or stay where I put it? I decided to bet on float which is why I hot glued themetal portion of the wick onto the bottom of the jar.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 12 www.thecraftideas.com
  13. 13. Mix some candle scent into your oil to get it all lovely smelling. I used amantastic cologne type of scent because I adore the scent (although Ive neveractually dated a cologne wearer, hmmm). I went ahead and put quite a bit in andgave it a bit of a stir.I used some olive oil I got from Dollar General because I had gotten it to do thisthing called oil pulling which I did only once and for 5 minutes rather than thefull 15. So basically I had a considerable amount of this stuff on hand and it isntthe olive oil I like to cook with so it needed a use, anyway.Pour your oil into your jar and trim the wick to be just a bit taller than the levelof the oil.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 13 www.thecraftideas.com
  14. 14. To light, I used a wood skewer I set fire to because I couldnt figure out how tolight it with a traditional lighter. Remember that oil is flammable so take carewhen lighting and allowing to burn in your home.The neatest thing about this little candle is that it casts some very interestinghalos of light around as the light from the flame goes through the oil. It truly isvery nifty. Now, I cant say how well it scents your home because I alsomanaged to scent myself when I accidentally got some on my hands andapparently, this stuff doesnt wash away so well!Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 14 www.thecraftideas.com
  15. 15. Craft Ideas –Decor: String BowlIn this tutorial you’ll learn how to make a sculptural string bowl for your home.This is the kind of satisfying DIY project that is not only extremely straight-forward to make, it also only requires just a few basic supplies. And the endresult is nothing short of hand-crafted heaven! Let’s get started.Supplies 250ml bottle of fabric stiffener. Ball of string. Cling film. Scissors. Small bowl for fabric stiffener. Large bowl to use as a mould.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 15 www.thecraftideas.com
  16. 16. Step 1: Prepare the MaterialsCover the outside of your bowl with cling film, making sure the ends of the filmwrap over into the inside of the bowl.Cover your work surface.Pour some fabric stiffener into the other bowl.Cut 12 lengths of string measuring about 110cm (42 in) each.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 16 www.thecraftideas.com
  17. 17. Step 2: Soak the StringWind the lengths of string around your fingers to form a neat roll.Place the string in the bowl with the fabric stiffener. Push the string down intothe fabric stiffener and pour more over the top so the string is covered. Kneadthe fabric stiffener into the string so it’s completely soaked through.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 17 www.thecraftideas.com
  18. 18. Step 3: Make the String BowlStart wrapping the string randomly around the bowl. For this bowl I wrapped thestring over the bowl from one side to the other, rather than around and around.When the string reaches the rim just turn back creating a ‘U’ turn. Keep addingnew pieces of string, making sure the ends of each piece are towards the base ofthe bowl.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 18 www.thecraftideas.com
  19. 19. Use eight or nine pieces of string and the bowl should be pretty well covered.Wrap the remaining three or four pieces of string over the rest, going around andaround the bowl in a spiral.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 19 www.thecraftideas.com
  20. 20. Step 4: Strengthen the OverlapsStrengthen the overlapping string by dabbing more fabric stiffener on with yourfinger. There are a lot of overlapping areas, so do it methodically, making surethat the joins are wet with fabric stiffener and the string is pushed together. Thisstep is very important as it ensures that your bowl will stay together.Step 5: Leave to DryPut the bowl aside to dry – place it outside in the sun if you can. Otherwise, anairy spot in your home near a window will do the job. (If it’s particularly cold inyour home, a radiator will help aid the drying process.)Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 20 www.thecraftideas.com
  21. 21. Step 6: Consolidate the MouldAs the bowl starts to dry, press over the entire mould with your fingers andpalms periodically. Start doing this when the string has dried out enough so thatyou don’t get fabric stiffener all over your hands when you press on it. As thestring dries out you can press harder and the form will become consolidated andstrong.Allow the bowl to dry at least overnight.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 21 www.thecraftideas.com
  22. 22. Step 7: Remove the BowlWhen the string feels dry, remove the bowl and the cling film. Your string bowlmight feel a bit pliable, but it will continue to dry over the next day or so. Makesure you allow it to dry completely before putting anything in it.Step 8: Clean Up the Fabric StiffenerWith a pair of scissors (or your fingernails), remove any dried pieces of fabricstiffener from between the string. This is slightly fussy and time-consuming butthe end result is worth the effort.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 22 www.thecraftideas.com
  23. 23. Fill Your Bowl and DisplayWell done, you’ve now made a totally unique and beautifully sculptural hand-crafted piece for your home. Fill it with fruit, nuts, pods or even crafty supplies– just make sure not to overload it.You might like to make a set of three bowls in different sizes for a beautifultableau display. You could also try experimenting with the way you place yourstring, or you could also consider dip-dyeing the bottom of the bowls in whitepaint.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 23 www.thecraftideas.com
  24. 24. Craft Ideas –Decor: Zen gardenI have some issues that I deal with all of the time. The best thing for me isbasically keeping busy (which is why you see 5-6 craft projects a week comingout of me), but some things come to a head. One of the non-pharmaceuticalways I have of bringing things back down where they need to be on any randomday is doodling. Ill sit and doodle on my desk, a receipt, my sketchbook orwhatever is handy and Ive always found it soothing. Plus it is something I caneasily concentrate on no matter what is happening around me.This whole project came about when I saw a movie that someone else waswatching from the 80s where a guy was raking his little zen garden and it lookedso peaceful. Then I saw colored sand at the hobby store. Lightbulb!For this project you will need: glass dish little succulent or cactus panty hose or tights cactus & succulent potting soil (optional) colored sand (I used 3 pounds)Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 24 www.thecraftideas.com
  25. 25. They sell these awesome little squat vases at Wal-Mart in the decor part of thecrafts area. I purchased the smaller of the two sizes they carried and it cost me$4.I went to Lowes to find a baby succulent but the ones they carried were allpretty big and cost $5. I found this strawberry pot on clearance for $10. I tookone fella out of the pot and turned the blank spot against a wall. This was agood option but I cant count on you finding a clearance item.So, I asked around and was told that your best shot of finding little cactuses orsucculents are at bonafide plant nurseries or online through websites like Etsy(which I am taking word on and havent actually looked into myself).Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 25 www.thecraftideas.com
  26. 26. Carefully remove your plant. In this situation, getting the soil out with the guywasnt an option. If your plant is in a little pot, remove it and break up the shapeof the pot to free the roots a bit.Take the toe of a pair of hose and snip it off so that it is a few inches long.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 26 www.thecraftideas.com
  27. 27. Place the dirt end of your plant into the hose, or if you dont have the soil, putyour cactus or potting soil into the hose and then isnert the plant. Use a smallstretch thing to tie the bag of soil onto the base of the plant (I used a cut hair tie).FYI as your plant grows youll need to accomodate its roots and increased girth.Place your plant wherever you like and then pour your sand in around it. Filluntil you fully cover your dirt bag and it is not visible.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 27 www.thecraftideas.com
  28. 28. Shake it like an Etch-a-Sketch to get a nice, smooth surface.Grab just about anything around, like a pen or an unwound paper clip anddoodle in the sand.I cant even begin to tell you how nice and calming this is.When I finished mine up I drew in the sand for almost an hour and totally losttrack of the time. Its just so much fun!While youre reading this, Im in my car with two little boys driving a 6 hourdrive home to see my parents and having my ear talked off about visiting theocean. I hope that you have big plans for your weekend, too! :)Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 28 www.thecraftideas.com
  29. 29. Craft Ideas –Decor: Rubiks Cube Tissue BoxIf youre a fan of The Big Bang Theory, there is a possibility t hat you may havenoticed the killer tissue box cover that resides on the table next to Sheldonsspot. It is a bit of geeky kitsch that definitely stands out!Since my father absolutely loves the show (and Sheldon in particular) I thoughtit would be neat to make him something that could double as a prop! Or, at leastthe understudy to a prop on his favorite show.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 29 www.thecraftideas.com
  30. 30. I first looked for one to buy, but they were all yarn on plastic canvas and I justdont like those types of tissue boxes (they remind me of old people which isprobably totally inaccurate). And while my father is older than me I dont wantto push him over the elderly ledge just yet.So I did what any perfectly sane person would do... I stared at screen shots ofthe box on YouTube and then formulated a plan based on my best assumptionsfor how this nifty kitsch was created for the show.For this project you will need: paper mache tissue box cover multi-colored package of origami paper Mod Podge Brush paper trimmer Black acrylic paintCraft tips, tricks, tutorials. 30 www.thecraftideas.com
  31. 31. So here is the box before. From what I can tell this is most likely what the propis. There are also wood covers you can make and DIY, but the texture isnt rightfor it to be that. In the end, the paper mache works out brilliantly.Take your box and paint very, very light coats of black onto it. Be carefulbecause any pooled paint can make the paper texture puff up from the moisture.Just brush it on thinly and repeat with a few coats until you get a nice, blackbackground.In between coats, take out your origami paper and pick out a sheet or two ofyellow, orange, green red and blue. My white origami paper was really thin andthe black would be visible underneath, so I used regular printer paper for thewhite.Cut your paper into 1.5 inch strips and then cut those down to 1.5 inch squares.A Rubiks cube has 9 of each color, so go ahead and cut them out. Youll be leftover with some in the end, but you can pick and choose the best squares with thesurplus.You have two routes for this next process, the first is to eyeball it. Honestlythere arent that many places to put the squares so it is totally feasible... but ifyoure OCD like me that just isnt an option. Take a ruler and a pencil and verylightly draw a grid onto the box for placement of your squares.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 31 www.thecraftideas.com
  32. 32. Brush a small amount of Mod Podge onto the backside of your first papersquare. Carefully place onto the tissue box and adjust as necessary. Continue forall 9 squares on one side, placing them randomly. Since you have 6 colors and 9squares, youll have to double a color twice. Go over the entire side with a lightcoat of Mod Podge and use your fingers to smooth out any wrinkles or bubblesthat pop up in your squares.Continue this process for all of the sides, including the top. Trim any squaresthat overlap the hole in the top that the tissue will come out of or fold thesquares inward and glue down. Give the entire box one more coat of Mod Podgeand allow to fully dry.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 32 www.thecraftideas.com
  33. 33. In between coats, take out your origami paper and pick out a sheet or two ofyellow, orange, green red and blue. My white origami paper was really thin andthe black would be visible underneath, so I used regular printer paper for thewhite.Cut your paper into 1.5 inch strips and then cut those down to 1.5 inch squares.A Rubiks cube has 9 of each color, so go ahead and cut them out. Youll be leftover with some in the end, but you can pick and choose the best squares with thesurplus.You have two routes for this next process, the first is to eyeball it. Honestlythere arent that many places to put the squares so it is totally feasible... but ifyoure OCD like me that just isnt an option. Take a ruler and a pencil and verylightly draw a grid onto the box for placement of your squares.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 33 www.thecraftideas.com
  34. 34. Brush a small amount of Mod Podge onto the backside of your first papersquare. Carefully place onto the tissue box and adjust as necessary. Continue forall 9 squares on one side, placing them randomly. Since you have 6 colors and 9squares, youll have to double a color twice. Go over the entire side with a lightcoat of Mod Podge and use your fingers to smooth out any wrinkles or bubblesthat pop up in your squares.Continue this process for all of the sides, including the top. Trim any squaresthat overlap the hole in the top that the tissue will come out of or fold thesquares inward and glue down. Give the entire box one more coat of Mod Podgeand allow to fully dry.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 34 www.thecraftideas.com
  35. 35. Craft Ideas –Decor: Simple hanging vaseMy macramé obsession has reached fever pitch lately. I made a quick hangingvase this morning and thought it would be nice to share it with you.To make this hanging vase you only need to learn a ‘Carrick bend’ and a‘gathering knot’ so it’s a lovely easy project if you are just starting out down themacramé/knot-tying route.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 35 www.thecraftideas.com
  36. 36. YOU WILL NEED:+ 4 lengths of cord measuring at least 1.5 meters (I used super long shoelaces –but you can use paracord instead)+ About 50cm of cord (I used a contrasting colour)+ Glass vase….a jam jar works just as well.+ Elastic band (optional)+ Some flowers!HOW TOFirst of all you need to master the Carrick bend. Check out the animated gifbelow. Once you have done this follow the rest of the instructions below:1. Find somewhere to work…a wall hook works well, or you can use a doorhandle! Hang your ring on the hook and thread your cords through the ring attheir halfway point. You should have 8 working cords.2. Now you need to do a gathering knot. Chop your extra piece of cord into twopieces. Take one piece and form a loop as shown3. Take the right-hand section or cord and wind it tightly round the 8 cords. Youshould do this about 6 times.4. Now take your bottom-tail and thread it through the loop at the bottom.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 36 www.thecraftideas.com
  37. 37. 5. Pull on the upper tail.6. Keep pulling until the loop is tucked inside the cord wrap. You can trim theends. Depending on your cord you may need to seal the ends with a lighter tostop them from fraying. (Take are with this step and practise on a spare piece ofcord first).7. Leave a gap then tie a Carrick bend using the front four pieces of cord.8. Turn your curtain ring around and repeat step with the back four pieces ofcord.9. Leave a gap again and tie two more Carrick bends as shown.10. Pop your vase/jar inside and see how it fits. You may need to alter theposition of the Carrick bends depending on the shape of the vessel you use. Putan elastic band around the eight cords so that your vase/jar is well supported.Take the other piece of cord and tie another gathering knot at the bottom.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 37 www.thecraftideas.com
  38. 38. Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 38 www.thecraftideas.com
  39. 39. Craft Ideas –Decor: Perpetual Calendar With BlackboardPaintA perpetual calendar is a nice spin on a traditional calendar, as it’s super-practical and means you don’t have to shell out for a new one every year. In thistutorial, we’ve combined the practicality of a perpetual calendar with theawesome functionality of chalkboard paint, to create a stunning organisationaltool that can be updated time and again – with little fuss, or mess.Supplies Wooden chopping/cutting board, at least 32cm x 22cm (12.6 x 8.7 in). Black chalkboard paint (choose one that’s quick dry and water-based). Pale olive acrylic paint. Two sets of number stickers (about 140 stickers). Each number should be about 1cm (0.4 in) high. Sandpaper (medium or fine grain size). Paint brushes (one big brush and a finer brush for details). Paint tray. Masking tape. Pencil. Ruler. Eyebrow tweezers. Chalk or chalk marker.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 39 www.thecraftideas.com
  40. 40. Step 1: Prepare Your BoardFirstly, start with a big clean surface to work on, like a table top. Just throwdown a plastic sheet to protect it from staining. Cover up the floor as well, andensure you have proper ventilation to the room. You might want to wear oldclothes you don’t mind getting dirty, too. Prepare your cutting board by cleaningand sanding to provide a smooth painting surface. Start sanding with a fine gritof 150 and gradually move to smoother sandpapers. After sanding, thoroughlyremove dust from the surface. I used an old chopping board, but if you are usinga new board with raw or unfinished wood, no preparation is necessary.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 40 www.thecraftideas.com
  41. 41. Step 2: Divide into Four ZonesIn order to transform the chopping board into a calendar, we first need to divideit into four main horizontal zones. The first zone on top will be used for themonth, the second for the days of the week, the third, which is the biggest one,for the numbers of the dates (1 to 31) and the fourth zone at the bottom willserve for taking notes. The height of my cutting board is 32cm (12.6 in) with ahandle measuring 4cm (1.6 in), so I have a total of 28cm (11 in) of usablesurface. I divided my 28cm (11 in) space into the following measurements: 4cmeach for the first and second zones; 12.5cm for the third zone and 7.5cm for thelast zone.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 41 www.thecraftideas.com
  42. 42. All 31 numbers will need to fit in the third zone. You will need 5 horizontal sub-zones of 2.5cm (1 in) in height each, to fit stickers that are around 1cm (0.4 in)in height.Step 3: Paint Third ZonePut the pale olive acrylic color in a plastic bowl and dilute with a little water.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 42 www.thecraftideas.com
  43. 43. Paint the third zone of your chopping board using a small paint brush. Applytwo or three coats of color.There’s no need to be precise on the borders of the zone. Let the board dry andclean your equipment with water.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 43 www.thecraftideas.com
  44. 44. Step 4: Divide Painted Zone in SquaresDivide the zone you have painted in to small squares to demarcate the area ofeach number. Use a pencil and ruler and draw the five horizontal zones of 2.5cm(1 in) in height.Now create seven columns of about the same size. My board had 22cm (8.7 in)of width so I left a border of 1cm (0.4 in) and divided the rest in to sevencolumns of 3cm (1.2 in) each in width.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 44 www.thecraftideas.com
  45. 45. Step 5: Add Sticker NumbersAdd the sticky numbers. Counting from 1 to 31, place one number in each box.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 45 www.thecraftideas.com
  46. 46. Step 6: Paint it BlackUsing the bigger paint brush and the blackboard paint, paint the front surface ofyour board evenly. A quick-dry, water-based paint will save you some time andtrouble during cleaning.Allow to dry and repaint the front side until you have an even application ofcolour.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 46 www.thecraftideas.com
  47. 47. Step 7: Paint the SidesPaint the sides of the board.If you have a metal element like a handle or another detail you don’t wish topaint, cover it with masking tape.It is easier to use the smaller paint brush for certain details.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 47 www.thecraftideas.com
  48. 48. Step 8: Paint the Back SidePaint the back side of your board as well. Mine had a carved design which Idecided not to paint. To retain the natural wood border I used a flat paint brushand painted only the upper surface.If you paint inside the border by mistake, just clean it with some water beforethe paint dries.When you finish painting, clean all equipment used with water and allow theboard to dry completely.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 48 www.thecraftideas.com
  49. 49. Step 9: Remove the StickersFirst, remove the masking tape.Now take the eyebrow tweezers and carefully remove all the number-stickers.The pale olive number stencils will be revealed!Don’t worry if some of the undercoat paint is removed in this process, as it willgive it a nice handmade and rustic effect.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 49 www.thecraftideas.com
  50. 50. Step 10: Write the Month and the DaysAt this point your calendar should look something like this (front and back side).Nice!Now just add the month and the days of the week with your chalk to turn it intoa perpetual calendar.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 50 www.thecraftideas.com
  51. 51. Write the initial of the days of the week above the numbers – one above eachcolumn. Write the days starting with the first day of each month. For example,the first day of February was a Friday, so I started writing the days of the weekstarting from Friday.You need to update this each month. You can also take notes in the bottom areaof your calendar. And don’t forget to flip it over and take notes there as well!Get Organized!Hang the calendar in your studio to schedule your activities and circle importantdates, or leave it on the kitchen bench to note down your shopping list!Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 51 www.thecraftideas.com
  52. 52. Craft Ideas –Decor: Crocheted Paper Chain Heart WreathAs my first project on the blog in my new crocheting adventures, here is myCrocheted “Paper Chain” Heart Wreath.It’s made by linking a bunch of rings made by crocheting on the round. I won’tgo through the specifics of crocheting on the round, maybe because I am notsure if I did it totally right technically (I need to check with my mom).Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 52 www.thecraftideas.com
  53. 53. I used Red Heart acrylic yarn, worsted weight, with an US ‘I’ (5.5mm) hook. Istarted with a chain of 20 stitches.I joined the ends……and crocheted on the round with five rows of single crochet. Again, see theYouTube tutorial I linked to above for more details on how to do this.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 53 www.thecraftideas.com
  54. 54. Weave in the ends, and you have your first link.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 54 www.thecraftideas.com
  55. 55. Then to make the next chain link, I made another chain of 20……and I inserted the chain into the first link, making sure the working yarn isoutside of the ring.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 55 www.thecraftideas.com
  56. 56. Join the ends and continue crocheting five rows of single crochet as before, butyou’ll have the previous chain dangling from it.And continue on with your single crochet.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 56 www.thecraftideas.com
  57. 57. To make the heart, I made two chains of 10 links.Here’s basically how they will fit together to form the heart. The top endsoverlap, and the bottom ends sit next to each other.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 57 www.thecraftideas.com
  58. 58. To help the heart keep its shape, I made a cardboard wreath form. First I figuredout the size by using some embroidery hoops as a template.I traced the embroidery hoops onto cardboard…Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 58 www.thecraftideas.com
  59. 59. …and after cutting out the wreath form, I wrapped it with twine. The twine willlater serve as a place to anchor the heart.Now to form the heart. Join the two lengths of chain at the center top and bottomwith a tapestry needle and more of the same yarn. At the top, insert one chaininto another so they kind of form a right angle and insert the needle through thewhole thickness, stitching them together. It doesn’t have to be too neat since theyarn is the same color.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 59 www.thecraftideas.com
  60. 60. Lay out the chain links to form the heart, making sure the chain links are facingthe same way on each side i.e. every other one is laying on its side and layingopen side up. Then to join the chains to form the bottom point of the heart, pinchthem together so they are laying side by side, and stitch together.Then lay the heart on top of the wreath form, and stitch it to the twine, pickingup 2-3 “stitches” of twine. As you go, pick up the wreath and see where theheart is sagging or uneven and stitch it to the wreath form there.All done! Love my cozy wreath and I got a lot of crochet practice too.Craft tips, tricks, tutorials. 60 www.thecraftideas.com
  61. 61. Thank you for watching! See more at www.thecraftideas.comCraft tips, tricks, tutorials. 61 www.thecraftideas.com

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