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Grow Your Own Necklace

Source:  http://jewelrymaking.craftgossip.com/ – by http://thecwaftyblog.blogspot.com.au/grow-your-own-crystal

Looks like crystals are staying around for a little longer. This tutorial is a little different than all the rest we blogged about because this one allow you to GROW your own crystals. You will need a few basic supplies and a little patience. This would be a great tutorial for tweens or teens as it has its very own science lesson hidden in DIY.  Grow your own crystal necklace tutorial.

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Make a mailable slice of cake – Cake postcard tutorial

Source: www.sheknows.com –  by Sandra Denneler

Cake - postcard 1I have so many friends and family members that always say “I wish you could mail me a birthday cake!” … well, now I can send them a slice.

Imagine how happy and excited you’d be, if you went to your mailbox one day and pulled out a slice of cake. Now you can surprise friends and family (and probably even your mail carrier), with this three-dimensional, mailable postcard, cleverly disguised as cake. With only five ingredients in this crafty recipe — a large sponge, spray paint, caulk, spray adhesive and heavy paper — it’s a piece of cake. Literally. Postage is around $3 per slice, but the reaction from the recipient will be priceless.

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Supplies

Materials needed to make two cake postcards:
•1 large sponge (yellow paints the best)
•Serrated knife
•X-Acto or utility knife
•Spray paint (brown, yellow, pink or white)
•1 tube acrylic latex caulk (brown, cream or white)
•Spray adhesive (3M Super 77 works great!)
•Cardboard, kraft paper or scrapbook paper

Instructions

1 Cut sponge into wedge shape

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With a serrated knife, using a sawing motion, cut a sponge into two, cake wedge shapes. Large sponges can be found at hardware stores and in the automotive departments of most big discount stores.

2 Cut a center groove into sponge

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Using an X-Acto or utility knife, cut a section of foam from the center of the sponge. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Just cut a wedge big enough so that you can add a line of caulking there later.

3 Paint the sponge

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Paint the sponge wedges in desired color. (Brown looks the most realistic, but pink and yellow are fun too. White was probably my least favorite.)

4 Trace the slice of cake

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When the sponge wedges are dry, trace around them on a piece of cardboard, kraft paper or colorful scrapbook paper. This will be the postcard side of the cake. Heavier paper works better and will give you a sturdier wedge of cake for mailing. Cut the postcard shapes from the paper.

5 Attach the postcard

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Spray glue the postcards to the solid, flat sides of the sponge wedges.

6 Prep the “icing”

Cake - add-caulking-to-bagUsing a caulking gun and your desired caulk, fill a plastic disposable piping bag with half of the caulk. This should be enough to do one cake wedge. I was able to pipe two cake postcards with one tube of caulk, but I recommend putting only half of the caulk in the bag at a time. Also, I tried decorating my cake wedges using the caulking gun, but it was nearly impossible to control. It’s much easier with a piping bag.

7 Pipe the center of the cake

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Pipe a line of caulk down the center of the cake postcard wedge, where you removed the sponge with your knife.

8 Pipe the icing on the top

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Pipe dollops and swirls of caulking on the top and sides of the sponge wedge just like you’re decorating a cake. Pipe along the edge of the cake postcard to form a seal between it and the sponge.

9 Add the swirls

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If needed, use a small paint brush or toothpick to swirl and adjust the thickness of the caulk on the cake top and side.

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Allow your cake postcards to dry for three to five days. I placed mine on sheet of parchment paper and lifted them up periodically so that the caulk wouldn’t dry and adhere to the paper.

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Write your message on the postcard side, leaving enough room for an address and postage. Sizes, shapes and weight of each cake postcard will vary, but most of mine required three, $1 stamps.

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12 How To Make Wax Candle Tutorials

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Crafty Eye Candy from Tip Junkie


How to make wax with these creative homemade waxing tutorials.  These candle art pictured tutorials include a crayon candle, home made wax, how to make glycerin as well as jar candles.

How To Make Wax

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1.  How to Make Wax Candles ~ These soy wax candle favors are not only a lovely wedding favor, but were also made using recycled materials, and natural ingredients.  You can use different fragrances to scent the candles and let your guests choose their favorite.  If you have leftover wax you can make tea lights.

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2.  How to Make Jar Candles ~ These ombre scented candles are fantastic!  Although they are time consuming layering the wax they are definitely worth it.  You can use almost any jar for this project from a Mason jar to a glass cup.

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3.  How to Make Gel Wax Candles ~ Making these gel wax candles would be a super fun project with the kids.  If you went sea shelling this summer they would be perfect for the candles.  Also, they’re a great keepsake.

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4.  How to Make Beeswax Candles ~ Beeswax candles have many benefits besides smelling wonderful.  They burn brighter, longer, and cleaner than any other candle.  There is also less smoke.  You can melt the beeswax using a double boiler method.

Candle Art

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5.  How to Make Birch Bark Candles {inspired by Pottery Barn} ~ Make these Pottery Barn inspired candles for a fraction of the cost. If you have access to birch trees, then this cute decorating idea is practically free!

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6.  Glitzy Glitter Candle {Candles} ~ This glitter candle was created for New Years Eve, but would be perfect for a fancy dinner party or even just as an everyday candle, because what girl doesn’t love a little sparkle! {wink} Best of all it is a quick and easy project!

Crayon Candle

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7.  How to Make a Candle Out of Crayons ~ A fun project to use up broken or whole crayons.  You can melt the crayons by color and layer them or melt them all together for a mystery colored candle.

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8.  How to Make a Candle Balloon ~ This DIY tutorial show us how to make candle holders with water balloons.  Beautiful, organic candle holders are created from balloons and parafin wax.  Perfect for weddings, parties, or everyday elegance.

Homemade Waxing

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9.  How to Make a Candle Wick ~ Make your own candle wick with Borax, cotton twine and wax.  For a more impressive flame leave your wicks in Borax overnight.

all crafts 12 How To Make Wax Candle Tutorials

10.  DIY Candle in a Tea Cup ~ How cute is this DIY candle!  Perfect gift for mom or grandma, with a little help older children could even get in on this project.

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11.  How to Make Homemade Candles ~ In this classic kitchen craft, kids (with a parent’s help) can combine ice and hot wax to form a cool, lacy-looking candle. Set it in the center of your holiday table or give it as special gift that’ll melt Grandparents heart.

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12.  How to Make Citronella Candles ~ Keep the pesky mosquitoes away this summer with these homemade citronella candles.  They are inexpensive to make and a great way to recycle.  If you are not a fan of the citronella scent you can add other fragrances such as eucalyptus, rosemary, peppermint, and oregano.

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DIY Chalkboard Paint and Creative Ideas

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Chalkboards aren’t just for school anymore!  Chalkboard paint is all the rage right now.  Why? Because you can do so many fantastic things with it!  And if you’re imagining that ugly muted olive green color of the chalkboard in your 10th grade math class, think again.  You can have your chalkboard paint in any color imaginable.  The very best part is that you can make it yourself, which translates to: low cost! Check out the simple DIY chalkboard paint recipe and awesome ideas of what to do with it.

DIY Chalkboard Paint Recipe This recipe is for a small area, but you can double or triple it depending on what you’re painting.

  • flat-finish latex paint in your preferred shade
  • unsanded tile grout
  • 150 grit sandpaper
  1. In a container add 1 cup of the paint and 2 tablespoons of unsanded tile grout.
  2. Mix the paint and tile grout carefully with a paint stirrer until there are no clumps.
  3. Use a roller or sponge paintbrush to apply the paint to a primed or painted surface. Make sure you go over the same spot many times to get even, full coverage.
  4. Use the 150 grit sandpaper to smooth the painted area after it has dried.  Wipe off any dust.
  5. To condition your new chalkboard surface, rub the side of a piece of chalk over the area and wipe away with a barely damp sponge.

Creative (& Cheap!) Chalkboard Paint Ideas

  • Paint a section of your child’s room so they can add custom (and constantly changing) art work to their decor!
  • Create a wall calendar in an office by painting squares of different shades.
  • Paint panels and frame them for a moveable sign–great for a menu board in the kitchen!
  • Dip the flat bottom of wine glass stems into the paint.  Have guests write their names on the glasses in chalk and never confuse glasses at a party again.
  • Paint place cards to show guests to their seats, or use them to identify food you have placed out.
  • Paint anything you want to personalize or decorate (temporarily, of course)! Mugs, tables, fridges, plates… the options are endless!

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Belle (Beauty and the Beast) Party

Want to give your little princess a royal birthday party? 

 

Invites: Invite your little one’s friends to “be your guest” at a special birthday celebration by handing out magic mirror invitations, which might remind partygoers of the mirror that Belle used in the movie to “see” what was happening in the outside world.

Décor and Desserts: Every Belle birthday celebration calls for a candelabrum that features the likeness of the lovable character, Lumiere. Make this before the party and use it as a table centerpiece. Desert options can be fairly simple or more complex for this party. The easy-to-make strawberry rose shortcake symbolizes the wilting rose in the film. Another fun choice is to use a Belle doll to make an elegant princess cake. Yellow food coloring will help you create a dress similar to the one that Belle wears during the memorable ballroom dance scene.

Party Craft: Guests can pretend they are attending a fancy ball when they create (with the help of adults) their very own paper flower corsage wearable that goes well with any outfit!

Guests can pretend they are attending a fancy ball when they create (with the help of adults) their very own paper flower corsage that goes well with any outfit!

Source: family.go.com – by Sheryl Rothmuller

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