Tag Archive | DIY

DIY Monster High Invitations

So every year I do handmade invites out of card stock . This past years theme was Monster High. 

What you will need:

Black card stock

White card stock

Glue

Glitter pen

1 rubber stamp

Time: 

2 hours total 

Step 1:

Find a Google image you think will be nice, print it on white card stock in the size you want the invites.

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Step 2 :

Cut your printed image out .

Step 3: 

Use that cut out to trace the outline of the black skull background.

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Step 4: (Above)

Trim the black of our cut out, and now on white card stock, trace your skull

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Step 5:

After both the black n white skull are cut , we will glue the white part onto the black. 

Step 6:

Grab your glitter pen and trace inside the bow, to add some sparkle. 

After your glitter is drawn in, use your stamp, I chose the one seen below, and then wrote in the information. Came out amazing, just a little hand work. 

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DIY Ornament, Keychain, Knick Knack

 

 

 

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So, how to Do It Yourself, economical and inexpensive knick knack, ornament, charm, or gift.

So, over the kids spring break , we decided to make gifts for people. The little girls wanted to make a charm bracelet and necklace for their mom, for her birthday. So we went on pinterest and saw a picture of a silver painted pendant with a child’s finger print, you saw it too right?? 

Well the directions were pretty vague, so I messed this up twice. It was either too much water, or too little of water. And then I figured it out. So, the very first picture above with the recipe, is not mine. I found it on pinterest. It just made it easier to post this. So I do not take credit for that photo. 

So with that said, Here is how we began this journey:

What you will need:

Mixing bowl

Spoon

Flour

Salt

Water

First: Add all the ingredients in the bowl and stir until dough consistency.

Second: Sprinkle flour on the counter so you can mold your dough.

Third: Mold you charm and put a head pin in if you want a charm, or a keychain finding in for a keychain, or a headpin to make an ornament. Your choice.

Fourth : Put molded and sculpted item onto a baking sheet non-greased.

Fifth : Place baking sheet carefully in oven, on 250 degrees F, for 2 hours or until hardened.

Sixth : Let the items cool to touch.

Seventh: Paint 🙂

 

Above I just crafted a MMA Glove by hand by staring at a picture of a glove. It wasn’t too hard. After I baked it I then carefully painted it to be a keychain, in the pictures you see my finished product without the gloss.

This really made for a fun project, easy, inexpensive and time consuming. I recommend doing this with your kids or kids you watch. It makes for a fun, no tv activity.

Crayola Crayon Wreath DIY

Crayola Crayon Wreath DIY

This one was made for my daughter’s Teacher for Christmas , Dec. 2012
The items I used, for the size I made, are below. It will depend on your own choice of size. I say buy extra crayons and return the ones not used, or buy I big pack and save the rest for future activities, or to melt down 🙂
Items used on the wreath featured:
Spare card board
Exacto Knife
Curling ribbon
Bow
Hot Glue or Tacky Glue
Fruit bowl (optional)
Morton salt bottle (optional)
Scissors

Okay, so first you get a spare piece of cardboard , or foam tag board. I used a fruit bowl , and put it top down and lightly traced it to make the size of the wreath.
Second I grabbed my salt package, it doesn’t matter if empty or full. I put it in the center of my first tracing, and lightly traced the salt container.
Third, I grabbed my exacto knife and cut the second circle out, thus creating the wreath.
Now, grab your crayons, and space them how you want on the wreath. I put the salt container in the middle to help with my evenness and spacing. You can choose your color order, (I’m OCD so it was color cordinated , haha) how close or far to space them.
After you have all your crayons laid out, start gluing them down. Once they are glued, let dry for 1-2 mins.
Before you attach your bow, add your curling ribbon in desired place and lightly curl.
Attach your bow, I chose the bottom.
After that, Attach ribbon at the top to hang it later on.
And BAM BABY, You are done. 🙂
I used 3, 24 count boxes of Crayola Crayons. But I didn’t use all of them, and I set my extras to the side for another use.
My daughter’s teacher loved it! And you can even make on for your Daycare providers, Your house, a play room. Makes a fun project to do with your kids for any holiday or teacher birthday!
Enjoy please post pics if you makes one!

** This idea was not though of by myself, I was inspired by a photo I ran upon on pinterest. All I did was recreate my own version 🙂 **

Thanks,
Crystal

What is your inspiration?

As the seasons are changing it is time to create new pieces and to use new color choices. It seems summer was not a hott commodity. lol.

I look forward to the upcoming seasons, as with crafts it allows you to be more creative and weird and to think outside the box.

What inspires you to craft when you don’t feel like it?

Lately I have not been feeling the juices flowing. I want to craft, I am sitting at my craft table, staring at all I have to use, and I have hit a craft block. And the things I want to make, are time consuming. Maybe I am being lazy, but still nothing pops into my head, or sticks out. I don’t want the norm, I want different, beautiful. Ayayay, The joys of being a thinker. There is always a problem.

I need to come up with new ideas, but seems people want simple. Simple is so boring , and …. simple. Well, to me. Lately. I feel as if with all the competition out there, you need to be different to stand out. But I guess different and bold are two different things?

Have you hit this kind of craft block before? If so , how did you get out of yours?

Well, tonight is the night. I hope, that my block goes away so I can create things. Maybe I will switch it up. I will scraobook tonight. Thats different. Hmmmm. I love scrapbooking, now a trip to print pictures is in my future. LOL.

I hope this craft block leaves soon. ❤

Childrens Hair bows

I specialize in crafts concerning jewelry and hair bows. Here are some of the childrens bows featured on my page. If you would like to see a DIY or order one, comment below. or email me @ Crystals7Creations@gmail.com.

For childrens bows, I usally use about the same products just diff techniques.

Included:

4-7 inches of ribbon

Hot glue

Clip of choice: bobby pin, alligator clip, velcro, etc.

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Crafting an outlet or a passion?

Sometimes I sit and think to myself what it is I craft for? I began crafting as a child, my mom is a crafter as is her mother. I remember her staying up making scrapbooks, money trees, lei’s and more. I was always curious. It amazed me to see her turn an ordinary object into something eye catching, I needed to learn.

She would always ask me to help her, to be her assistant. I would stay up and pass her glue sticks, offer my finger when she would tie something, help in any way I could essentially. That was where my hobby began. I wanted to be like my mom, to create beautiful things. And umpteen years later, I make it my main hobby still, and have passed that curiosity and passion onto my daughter.

Although I always wondered, what drives me? Is it passion? An outlet? Or a tradition? When I lose my oomph, I have to think about this and find a way to find my reason for crafting, and eventually I always come back. I come back to lose myself in my art and to make something beautiful. I find my passion in others response to my work, in spending time with my daughter and in my end results. I guess it is my therapy, and my passion is the euphoric feeling I get from completing a project.

I have no artistic bone in my body, I cannot draw, I cannot paint, but I can create. When you create something there is no template to follow, there are no rules, nor trends. It becomes what you want it to be, whether on purpose or by just falling into place.

I don’t craft only certain things, I try a variety of things, and always hope to learn to make something new. It is what I am good at, it is my ART. I am always down for a challenge or to replicate, or to create. I wish it was more common for people my age to do so, but then again, I never went with the trends.

What is crafting to you? How do you find your inspiration?

Crystal