Thursday, May 28, 2015

It's Thurs-DIY!

This week you can learn everything from how to upstyle a basic chair to how to make BBQ sauce!  You can even make silicone molds with simple supplies from the hardware store!
Have fun!  xo, Mark

Make Key Lime Jello Shots with A Beautiful Mess!
Mark rope and tassel bangles to fit any size wrist!
Pla upcycles some basic chairs in pink and white!
Cathy Attix makes rocks some leather bracelets this week and I want to wear them!  
See how I made reusable molds with hardware store silicone and conrstarch!
Check out Tarun Upadhyaya's awesome lamp DIY here!
Unbelievably Human transforms her slip on Vans and they're awesome!
Vicki O'Dell makes some delish BBQ Sauce!






Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Cornstarch and Silicone Molds DIY

I love making my own silicone molds but the molding putty can get expensive!  Well, not any more.  Check out my cornstarch and silicone molds that cure in about 20 minutes!  These molds are super easy to make (also a bit messy) and you can make tons of them for very little money.  In my crafty lab, I found that air dry clay, Sculpey and 2-part plastics work best in these molds.  If you're not familiar with 2-part plastics, they are wonderful and cure in about 10 minutes.  I'll put a link to where you can get some below.  Have fun, go forth and make molds!
xo, Mark!
The stop watch mold is one of my favorites! 
 Add a little paint to give them some color!
Try the putty on a small statue or doll face!
Watch the short video tutorial here
YOU'LL NEED
Cornstarch
Baby oil
Mixing bowl
Objects to cast
 Squeeze out enough silicone to cover your object
Add in about 1/2 the amount of cornstarch
Add a small dab of Americana Acrylic Paint
Add in several drops of baby oil
Mix thoroughly with a small spoon or stick
*Cover your hands in cornstarch and knead
Roll the putty into a ball
Press in your item making sure it covers all the details
Let cure for about 20 minutes
Remove the object
Fill with 2 part plastics, Sculpey or air dry clay


Friday, May 22, 2015

Rope and Tassel Bangles

Over the years I've come up with a few different ways to create bangles that can fit anyone.  My heart went out to all of the beautiful ladies who couldn't find a bangle to fit properly.  A couple of years ago I came up with using large zip ties and this idea has been a huge hit.  Well, last week I was at the hardware store browsing around for inspiration and I ended up in the rope section.  After a few minutes another idea smacked me in the shin (or was it that crazy man trying to get past me?)   Voila!  The rope bangle that can be made to fit anyone and everyone!
Enjoy!  xo, Mark
Try using patterned fabrics, too! 
 Stack them all the way up your arm!
Danielle rocking her new tassel bangles!
Watch the short video tutorial here
YOU'LL NEED
Polypropylene rope
Candle
Colorful embroidery floss
Metallic gold embroidery floss
Glue gun
1" bias cut fabric strips
Large needle
Scissors
 Cut the rope to fit around your hand
Melt the ends together over a candle
*You want to do this outside
Hot glue a strip of fabric to the bangle and begin wrapping
Tie or glue embroider floss to the bangle and wrap
*Criss-cross and create a random pattern with the floss
Secure the end of the floss with more hot glue or a knot
 Tie 10" of floss in the center of a full skein of embroidery floss
Fold the skein in half and create the neck with metallic floss
by wrapping in both direction and then tying a knot
Trim the ends of the tassel
Tie the tassel to the bangle
Using a large needle, thread the loose ends through the center of the tassel and trim



Thursday, May 21, 2015

Happy Thurs-DIY!

Happy Thurs-DIY possums!  Every week I round up the BEST in DIY and here are my favorites this week.  Learn how to ICE DYE with Cathy Attix and make the cutest MIXED MEDIA BIRD with Pla.  These gals rock a DIY project every week!  I show you how to make no sew flower pillows and shrines with recycled cardboard..Super fun stuff.
Have fun!  xo, Mark

 Cathy Attix shows you how to make an ice dyed tunic.......How refreshing!  http://www.trinketsinbloom.com/ice-dyed-tunic/
 Upstyle and old buffet with Chalky Finish Paint.....by BrePurposed.....Beautiful:  http://www.brepurposed.com/2015/05/06/chalky-finish-mint-and-floral-buffet/
I show you how to make Box Shrines with cardboard and dollar store frames here: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-cj4BTh-Bo
Make this No Sew Flower Pillow with fabric glue and make a garden for your sofa!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XU5-xnT9Vk
Make a terrific balloon centerpiece.....The House That Lars Built shows you how here:  
http://thehousethatlarsbuilt.com/2015/05/diy-balloon-centerpiece.html/
 Happy Hour Projects shows you how to make huge crepe paper roses here:  
http://happyhourprojects.com/crepe-flowers/
Kraft and Mint makes the cutest watermelon garland here:  http://kraftmint.com/2015/05/20/watermelon-garland-diy/

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Shadow Box Shrines DIY

One day, in the not too distant future, I'm going to get a house on the beach and sell shadow boxes to passers by....I can't imagine anything I like making more than funky little boxes filled with treasures and tons of glitter!  The best part about making shadow boxes is that they don't have to cost anything.  A little recycled cardboard and an old post-card are a terrific place to start.
Have fun! xo, Mark
My Frida inspired trio 
I love the little paper flower cut outs filled with glitter!
Watch the short video tutorial here!
YOU'LL NEED
Gems
Hot glue and white glue
Dollar store frame
Craft knife
Copy of post-card or artwork
Cardboard
Ruler
Paper flowers
Glitter
 Take the frame apart
Cut your image the size of the frame cardboard
Mount image on the cardboard with white glue
Cut several strips of 1 1/2" wide cardboard
Cut a cardboard 1/2 circle the width of the mounted art
Hot glue the cardboard pieces together to create a frame around the image
*The 1/2 circle is the base
Paint the frame with Americana Acrylics in several bright colors
Add white glue and glitter to the corners of the frame
Paint scallops on the edges in contrasting colors
Use the Allure to add dimensional dots to all of the edges in different colors
Glue in paper flowers, jewelry and game pieces
Hot glue the glass to the face of the shrine
Dot more Allure around the edges of the glass




Friday, May 15, 2015

No Sew Flower Pillows!

Spring is here so I thought it was time to make some 3-D no-sew pillows to liven up my home! All you'll need to make these is a zip up pillow case (there's a link below to every color under the sun) and a little bit of fabric. Also, there are some amazing washable and dry cleanable fabric glues on the market, so this project is perfect for people who don't like to sew or just haven't learned yet. 
 Change up the colors and grow a complete garden on your sofa!
Have fun! xo, Mark
Livening up a plain leather chair in my living room
Photographed in my garden

Watch the short video tutorial here!
YOU'LL NEED
1/2 yard taffeta fabric
1/4 yard green cotton fabric
Pillow stuffing or pillow form (to fit your sham)
Iron
Candle
Scissors
Try using different colors (link above)
 Cut 8 layers of taffeta in a large circle
Remove one layer and trim down the remaining layers about 1/4"
Continue to do this until you've reached one layer
*This is your center circle
Lightly singe the edges of each circle with a candle so they don't fray
Glue the circles together with E-6000 
*E-6000 is washable and dry cleanable
When dry, create the center of the flower with Allure in a yellow and let dry
Cut out several leaves in green cotton
 Figure out the flower and leaf placement
Add a thin layer of E-6000 Stitchless Glue to the outer edge of each leaf and then iron in place until the glue disappears
Add a stitch design to each leaf with Allure in light blue
When dry, glue on the flowers with more E-6000
Stuff your pillow with a pillow form or pillow stuffing
Zip or stitch closed and you're done



Thursday, May 14, 2015

Happy Thurs-DIY!

Check out the awesome-ness we have this week!  Is awesome-ness a word?  Well, it is now!
Cathie Attix rocks an off the shoulder blouse and PLA makes the cutest Frog Prince from dollar store items.  We even have an upcycled drawer garden which is just beautiful.
Hop around and say hello to these creative peeps!
xo, Mark

Cathy Attix makes a beautiful off-the-shoulder summer blouse here:  
 Make beautiful golden (inside out) geodes with easy to find supplies!  
Cathy Attix also made a gorgeous tie dyed scarf perfect for those cool summer nights!  http://ilovetocreateblog.blogspot.com/2015/05/hot-pink-tie-dyed-scarf.html
My friend Erica made this awesome Frida doll and it deserves a shout out! 
Make this beautiful flower arrangement with cotton balls!  (in Portugese)  
Fall For DIY makes the cutest mini macaroon charms.....My mom would love these!  http://fallfordiy.com/blog/2015/05/11/diy-mini-macaron-charms/
Pla makes the cutest little Frog Prince from dollar store items:  
See how to make this awesome drawer garden by An Aiming High Wife!  
Trimcraft shows you how to upstyle vintage bottles here: