December 29, 2012

DIY Snowflake Ornaments

Happy Holidays!!!  I actually was one lucky girl this year and despite not being able to travel and taking no time off from my job.  My parents surprised me and made it to our place for Christmas Day and we got snow!  

This DIY is a little late since most people are in New Year's mode, but in honor of the White Christmas, I decided to post this anyway.   I saw it on Pinterest a while back and immediately had to pin it.  It didn’t turn out quite as well as had hoped, so instead of giving them as present toppings to the family I hung them on my own Christmas tree.  

My dough kept sticking and the cut-outs kept re-sealing with the rest of the dough.  To compensate, I think I had to add way too much cornstarch which in turn made these guys a little more brittle and dry looking than the beautiful originals.  I think this could be done with the hearts for valentine's day and I may try this again.  Has anyone had luck with this type of project?

You can check out my pinterest boards here and the original ornaments and directions here.  Happy Holidays!

December 21, 2012

DIY Gifts: Doily Monogram Tote

I've had a hard time living up to this DIY Gift Idea since I did it a couple of years ago.  I saw the monogrammed doily tote tutorial at Ashley Ann Photography found here and attempted it myself using my family member's last names.  

I just bought canvas totes, fabric paint, and doilies at the local craft store and I was well on my way (thanks to leftover supplies from other projects and school).  These were great gift bags for my homemade cookies and could be used later for whatever purpose.  These are definitely a great project that don't get out of hand on time or budget and I highly recommend it to any crafters out there.

December 11, 2012

DIY Gifts: Mustache Glasses

A lot of the baby stuff has been put on hold to finish up Christmas gifts since I have to mail stuff to my family by next week and Mr.’s family is doing their exchange this Sunday.  I am not going to give away the {very} few things we did do this year just yet so I’m going to share a few of my best handmade gifts of years past.

First up:  Mustache Glasses.  We did these two years ago for both of our brothers.  I found a huge set of high and low ball glasses from Marshalls for $12, used shelf liner we already owned for the stencils,  and glass etching cream leftover from another project that never happened (can be found at your local craft store).

We drew the mustaches in Photoshop and Illustrator and finally narrowed it down to our four favorites, printed them out to trace them on the shelf liner.  There were many mess ups and I think we were redoing one as we were walking out the door, but luckily there were 16 glasses to choose from and we had enough to give a set of 4 to each brother.  If we were to do it again, I'd do the mustaches in black for more contrast.

To do this yourself  you will need, glasses or mug, shelf liner, xacto knife, masking tape, paint brush, glass etcher or paint and these five simple steps:

1.  Choose your image & trace onto shelf liner

2. Cut out the design with an xacto knife
3.  Apply the shelf liner to the glasses, with the pattern where you want it on the glass
4.  Tape off the area around the stencil to prevent seepage on the outside of the stencil.
5.  Apply multiple thin coats of the etcher to the glasses as directed on the label.