Saturday, January 26, 2013

Moon Photos

The sky was spectacular last night.  I used my new Panasonic Lumix to take photos after the dog walk.  The digital zoom is great!









Tuesday, January 22, 2013

How to Make Paper Flowers, Paper Flower Napkin Rings, and Paper Flower Centerpieces

Paper flowers are an easy and cheap way to class up any function.  I was sick all weekend so I had ample time to sit on the couch and watch TV.  I'm always looking for fun crafts I can do downstairs in front of the TV so I can hang with husbando while we watch endless amounts of football or other sporting events.  (There is nothing more boring than watching televised triathlons.  The commentating is the worst:  "And they're still swimming!").


Materials for Paper Flower Napkin Rings:

1.  Scrapbook paper
2.  A sheet of white printer paper or whatever other paper you have on hand
3.  Scissors
4.  Glue gun and glue sticks
5.  A glue stick or regular glue

Instructions:

1.  Choose a piece of scrapbook paper you want to start with.  I used 12in x 12in squares.  Cut the square into four pieces.  It doesn't have to be perfectly even.





2.  Cut a circle into the square like this:

Again, it doesn't have to be perfect, just something that resembles a circle or oval.

3.  Cut a spiral into the circle like this:


It doesn't have to be perfect.  I made my spirals about the same time but play with different widths to get a different effect for your flower.

4.  Start at the beginning of your spiral at the outside of the circle and wind your spiral so that the back side of the scrap book paper (the white side) is on the outside.  This will make the center of your flower the actual scrapbook paper color.  Wind until you get to the end.  You're going to have to practice this--it took me a bit to get the hang of it.  I tried to make it as tight as possible, but it wasn't looking right so I thought I was failing.  The scrap book paper is really forgiving...just wind it and then when you get to the end, let it unwind itself to where it will rest at a certain size.








5.  Use your glue gun to glue the flower innards to the base of the spiral and press down.  You don't need a ton of glue, just enough to secure the spiral.


6.  Cut your printer paper to the desired length and size.  You can cut it down more depending on the size of your napkins/cutlery that is going in the napkin ring.

7.  Glue gun the paper flower rose onto the middle of the strip and trim to fit.


8.  Use your glue stick or regular glue (you can use the glue gun too if that's all you have but it's not necessary for it to stick) and secure the pieces of paper into a circle and let dry.




9.  Then place the paper flower napkin ring around your napkins and cutlery as you wish.  Here's what mine looked like:





Paper Flower Centerpiece:

1.  Follow the steps above for making the flowers.  I did some in different sizes to add some variety.

2.  Secure the flowers to a base with the glue gun.  In this instance I used a chipped plate.  Get creative though!  You can put stems on them and put them in a vase, or attach them to felt and make a runner.  It's a great idea for a wedding reception, bridal shower or baby shower!







Saturday, January 19, 2013

Fabric Scrap Wreath Tutorial

I just discovered Pinterest.  And I'm totally addicted.  There are so many projects on there--I feel like I could spend hours every day making new DIY things!  I have a years worth of projects pinned already. 

The first project I tackled was the Fabric Scrap Wreath.  It's genius!  It doesn't take long and I love projects that you can do while you watch TV. 

Materials:

(I thought I would need extra wire--but I didn't, and I also didn't end up using the ribbon for the top of the wreath)

1.  Scraps of fabric in a color palette you want to use...the first one I did were tans and the second one were blues/purples. 
2.  Rotary cutter.
3.  Self-healing cutting mat.
4.  Wire hanger.
5.  Wreath hanger for door.

Instructions

1.  Use the rotary cutter to cut pieces of fabric in 1 inch by 6 inches for a thinner wreath, or 1 inch by 7 inches for a thicker wreath.  I did both, I prefer the thicker but it's really to your taste.  The beige wreath is 1x6 and the blue wreath is 1x7.




2.  Shape your wire hanger into a circle shape.  Leave the top hook on if you don't have a wreath hanger.  Otherwise, bend the wire into the circle form.

 Ralph gets very concerned when I do projects on the floor.  He's usually walking all over my cutting mat or trying to crawl into my lap.  It's pretty cute.

 3.  Tie the fabric into knots on the wire in whatever pattern you want.  It doesn't have to be perfect.



Ralph wants to help!




 4.  Keep adding the knots of fabric until you complete the circle.  This is the 1x6 wreath.


 5.  If you don't have a wreath hanger you can wrap the top with ribbon and hang that way.
 6.  If you have a wreath hanger you can just hang the wreath on the door.





 Here's the blue one I made--this one is 1x7 and thicker than the other.