by Malia Wooten
What’s better than a personally crafted v-day card to exchange with your family or loved ones? If you guessed “nothing,” you’ve guessed correct! Here’s a cute and easy design that will let your Valentine know how much you lava them :)
This is what you’ll need:
- A black pen or marker
- A few colored pens or markers
- A blank card or a piece of paper that you can fold in half
The felt returns. Are you excited as I am?! Over the Holidays, I had a full week of nothing but felt crafts and I kind of fell in love with felt. So I decided to pull out my stash for the love holiday and make a cute Fringed Felt Heart, perfect for the upcoming Valentine's Day!
You will need:
- Empty Cereal Box
- Assorted Colors of Felt
- Glue Gun
- Bakers Twine
Cut up your cereal box in the shape you desire. I made a heart and it was so quick, I also made two diamonds later. Using your gorgeous ruler (I swear #officesuppliesaremycrack), mark off your basic widths for each color of felt.
Next, cut the strips of felt and fringe away. And finally, using a glue gun, start at the bottom and slowly adhere the felt to your shape.
When you are done, you will be left with non-descript felt blob. Simply, turn over your shape and cut the felt down per the cardboard edges.
And now turn it over and your done!
We love this DIY. Basically any DIY project that involves going to your local thrift store and searching for hidden treasures, we love.
Vintage suitcases are so cool and we can't wait to see what kind of customized designs you come up with.
You will need:
- Thrift Store suitcase
- Vintage Paint, Cantaloupe
- Vintage Decor Paint, Terra Cotta
- Vintage Decor Daisy Petal Stencil
- Vintage Decor Paint Brush
- Metallic Gold Acrylic Paint
Step 1: Pick a color you want to paint the entire suitcase in and start painting.
Step 2: After the paint dries, tape on your stencil.
Who ever said you have to use the entire stencil design? You can use the petal stencil (or any stencil in different colors!
-Rubber or latex gloves
-Fabric dye (powder OR liquid — we used Rit in Denim Blue)
-Bucket big enough to soak your jeans
-Tarp or cloth you don't care about staining
-Jeans in a light wash (we used Levi's 501 CTs in Rolling Fog)
Rit Liquid Dye, $3.47, available at Office Supply.
Step 1: Start with wet denim (dunk it in cold water, wear it in the shower, whatever works!).
Levi's 501 CT Jeans for Women, $98, available at Levi's.
Step 2: Prep for your DIY by laying a tarp or cloth flat over the area where you'll be dyeing. Wearing gloves, mix concentrated dye with water, according to the instructions on the container. Submerge two-thirds of the jeans in the dye bath. Let them soak for 20 to 30 seconds, then remove them.
Step 3: As soon as you remove the jeans from the dye bath, lay them flat so the dye doesn't run. Wait about a minute.
Step 4: With the jeans still mostly wet, dip the top third of the jeans back into the bucket, submerging for 3 to 4 minutes or until the desired color is achieved. (Remember, they'll look much lighter when dry!)
Step 5: Once you've achieved a color gradation you like, let the jeans sit for about a minute. Then, rinse them in a bucket of clean, lukewarm water, making the water colder relatively quickly. Do this until the water runs clear.
Step 6: When the jeans are clean, remove them from the cold water and wring them out to remove any excess water.
Step 7: Check for any additional instructions on your dye to make sure it sets properly. Lay your jeans flat one more time, and wait for them to dry. This will take a few hours, so don't cancel your evening plans. By the next morning, your perfect dip-dye will be ready!
By Live Bjorgum
It's almost winter, so it's time to get into festive-mode! Here's how to draw a holiday wreath that you can make into a card for someone:
First, draw a circle.
Then begin drawing leaves.
Add little twigs.
Write a simple phrase in the middle in cursive.
For faux calligraphy, make the lines that go down thicker. Also add dots in a different color for an accent.
Use a third color to add blossoms to the base of the leaves. Add dots as blooms to the tips of your twigs.
Add dots as blooms to the tips of your twigs.
You're done! You can make it into a holiday card or keep it all for yourself! Happy holidays!!
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By: Liv Bjorgum
Every year in my art class we make ofrendas for Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Dia de los Muertos is a holiday for people to honor and celebrate the lives of people they were close to or admired. The Mexican holiday is celebrated November 1 and November 2 of every year. Something unique about the holiday is the happiness of it; instead of it being a grim holiday, it is a festive time to keep the memories of those who have passed alive.
Many people enjoy the tradition of making ofrendas, or altars to honor loved ones. You can make one for a pet, a family member, or a favorite artist that is no longer here. I think this is a great project for all times of the year, so here’s a way to make your very own mini ofrenda:
- Empty Altoid tin
- Spray paint
- white glue
- Scrapbook paper
- Hot glue gun
- Ephemera or memorabilia: Photos of person to honored; 3-D and flat objects that connect to that person.
Spray paint your Altoid box. Spray paint sticks to the material of the tin, so it's an easy way to get rid of distinctive branding.
Decorate the inside with scrapbook paper or paint. Since the Altoid logo is embossed, scrapbook paper is the way to cover up the letters. Adhere this with liquid white glue. If you want to paint, though, make sure you sand the surface first.
Begin to decorate box with ephemera. You can make objects with clay or buy miniatures. There are no rules from here on, just a few tips:
If you want your box to close, be conscious of where you place objects.
Keep the importance of negative space in mind, too.
Choose things that represent the person’s personality.
Hot glue is your friend. But be careful!
Play with texture and light: add ribbons, fabric, or even glitter.
Add a small note to the person you honored on the side of your box.
Display your ofrenda and see if there are any Dia de los Muertos celebrations going on near your town!
This year I chose to honor the artist Frida Kahlo, whose artwork and strength have always inspired me. Here’s my box:
Since many people traditionally honor the dead with altars, I created a small one inside my box, complete with candles and fruit.
This is an incredibly fun project that can be as simple or as complicated as you like, so give it a try!