DIY Printed Slipcovers

If you have kids in your house, or pets, or heck, husbands, you know how hard it can be to keep the furniture clean, especially light colored furniture. Slipcovers can make life easier in this regard but at the same time you are often confined to what is available, and unless you are willing to pay for something custom, what is available is often very plain. But it doesn’t have to stay that way. Turning simple, inexpensive and plain slipcovers into something unique and outstanding is really just a freezer paper stencil away. For my slipcover I was inspired by a print from my favorite purse, but you can do anything that strikes your fancy. You could even create different prints for different seasons!

Things you need:
Slipcover in a natural fiber fabric (here I used a plain white twill cover)
Fabric paint
Foam paintbrushes
Freezer paper
Sewing pins

Things to do:
1. Decide where on the slipcover you want your pattern and how big the pattern should be. Mark this out with pins while the cover in on the piece of furniture.
2. Trace or draw your images onto freezer paper and very carefully cut the image out. Anything that is cut out will show up on the fabric so be careful!
3. Remove the slipcover from the chair and spread over your ironing board. (Don’t fold or layer your fabric here, make sure only the layer you are printing in on the surface of the board)
4. Using the pins as a guideline up the freezer paper templates onto the fabric and press carefully with a dry, well heated iron. Get the edges as smooth as possible so that paint doesn’t seep under the edges. * If you are doing a large area you’ll need to work in sections, ironing on, painting, allowing to dry with each section before moving to the nest. Also, if the fabric is thin, slip scrap paper under each of the template areas before you paint.
5. Working from the edges in, apply paint to the open areas of the template. Give the paint a moment to soak in and check to see if a second coat is needed.
6. Peel the template off and discard. Allow the paint to dry and heat set according to the directions on the label.

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Learn to Make Hair Bows – Loopy Hair Bow

loopy_hair_bowThings you need:
6 – 2-1/2ft of assorted ribbon (You will want to vary the ribbon widths, patterns, and material of ribbon for a fun bow)
34 gauge Wire
70mm Hair Barrette
Fray Check or Clear Fingernail Polish (You could also use a lighter)

Things to do:
1. This is the fun part! Pick six different kinds of ribbon of your choice. Play with the patterns, textures, colors and widths to make your hair bow fun and unique. Once you have cut your ribbons cut in 2-1/2ft sections, use Fray Check or clear fingernail polish on the ends to keep the ribbon from fraying. You could also use a lighter get the same results. Just be sure that you do not burn the ends or yourself. Once the ends are dry or cooled down, stack the ribbon on top of each other and keep them flush with each other. Use a clothespins to hold one end of the stacked ribbons together.
2. Carefully take the hair barrette apart so that you are able to work with it easier. Don’t worry everything will go back pretty easily once you have finished your bow. Set pieces aside.
3. Take the top part of the barrette and pin it to your ribbon using another clothespin. Be sure that the little prongs are facing away from the ribbon when you are pinning it. This clothespin is temporary and is only needed until you have wired the ribbon down, which is the next step.
4. Carefully but firmly begin wrapping your wire around the ribbon stack and one end of the hair barrette. Be sure when you are wrapping the wire to wrap inside of the little prongs. Leaving the prongs free will help when you are putting the barrette back together. Wrap the wire around the stack and barrette a few times until the stack feels firm and doesn’t move around. Do not cut the wire.
5. Hold the stack of ribbon in your hand and gather a small section to create a loop. Be sure that you are keeping the ribbon stacked neatly as you are doing this.
6. While your fingers are holding the loop tightly, bring the loose wire around and wrap around the stack again. Again, wrap the wire around the stack and barrette a few times until the stack feels firm and doesn’t move around. Do not cut the wire.
7. Create another loop. Make sure that your second loop is the same height as your first loop. Repeat the wiring instructions stated above. Continue creating and wiring loops of the stacked ribbon until you run our of ribbon and your entire barrette is covered. Remember to push the ribbon loops close together to create a more full bow.
8. Once you have reached the end of the barrette, wrap the end of the barrette tightly with the wire and cut the remaining wire off. Be sure to tie the end of the wire off so that does not unravel later. Push the loose end of the wire under the wrapped section so that it does not poke out. You can also add a dab of hot glue to the end to ensure that is does not come loose.
9. Put the barrette back together. Carefully separate the ribbon loops and fluff to your liking. You can also run the loose ribbon ends to a prettier points if you wish.

Project Notes:
Once you are comfortable with making the loopy hair bow, play! These instructions tell you how to make a specific size, once you are comfortable with the technique you can create different size bows.

Instead of using wiring, you may also use needle and thread. At the beginning you would thread your needle through the entire stack of ribbon at one end. Then stitch the thread through the hole of the barrette. Then wrap the thread around the ribbon stack and barrette just as would with the wire. Then use the wire instructions stated above but use your thread instead.

Once you have finished the bow completely you can cut some of the ribbon loops, making ribbon ends through the bow. You can also incorporate fun things such as small feather boas into the ribbon stack to add a little flare to your bow. You could also stick or glue on small rhinestones for a little glam. Have fun and be creative!

Photo Credit: My Couture Bebe

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Delicate Baskets Made from Lace Doilies

These little baskets are easy to make with lace doilies and can be used year-round. You can use these delicate lace doily baskets to hold pretty little soaps, decorative rocks, or even use them to hold flower petals. You can use these for the Easter holiday season to hold decorated eggs and small goodies for the little ones. These baskets would also make great little favors for an added shabby chic or vintage feel. They would also make great gifts for that special someone.
Things you need:
Lace Doily (of your choice; cotton doily not paper)
Stiffy Fabric Stiffener
Dish (of your choice to shape your basket)

Things to do:
1. Find a dish that you would like use to form the shape of your basket. Flip the dish upside and cover with plastic wrap.
2. Pour a small amount of the Stiffy Fabric Stiffener into another bowl and soak your lace doily until it is completely saturated. Be sure that it is completely saturated and wring out any excess stiffener.
3. Place your saturated lace doily over the plastic wrapped bowl (you can also place the doily along the inside of the bowl if you so desire). Smooth the doily across the bottom of the bowl and along its sides. You may need to shape the sides of the lace doily to be sure that it form curves. Try overlapping the excess doily over itself if your doily does not form perfectly around the dish.
4. Let the lace dry completely, then slowly peel the plastic wrap and doily from the dish. Then you can finally the plastic wrap away from the doily basket.

Project Ideas:
You can try interlacing different types of ribbons through the spaces of lace to add some color and uniqueness to your lace baskets. Use different colors and material of ribbon to dress up your baskets for different events.

These delicate baskets would make great gifts for Mothers day with a few little soaps or candles, teas and other special little treats.

You can also use this as an one of a kind flower girl basket – fresh and stylish for any wedding! Just simply add ribbon from the colors of the wedding and create a handle. To add to the classic vintage feel of the basket, just simply add a string of pearls for the handle.
Project Tips:
These basket are very delicate and should only be made to hold very few items or very light weight items, especially if they are being carried around. Heavy things may be ok if the basket are used to sit around.

Photo Credits:
Top Images: Amy Perl
Final Images: Country Living (Left) and Brass Paper Clip (right)

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DYI Wedding Table Decoration: Clothespin Table Number Holder

To help you create the wedding of your dreams, here is the perfect combination of vintage romanticism and eclectic detail. It’s all in the details! The look and feel of vintage French perfume and soap labels make up these elegant table numbers which are held up by large stained clothespins. These table numbers add an expected and timeless, but yet warm and inviting detail. These large lovely clothespins can be painted or stained to your liking and even come in a variety of sizes for endless creativity. To continue the vintage feel, use things that are already part of your life, even the most mundane things can be gorgeous and inspiring when they are grouped or used in unexpected ways.


Photo Credit:
Style Me Pretty

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Easter Craft: Eggshell Votive Candles

Here is a new spin on an old tradition. Easter eggs are seen everywhere to celebrate the Easter holiday and signify that springtime is just around the corner. Eggs are often a symbol of rebirth and a start of a new life. Start your season off with these beautiful eggshell votive candles! Create your own with the help of Martha Stewart’s how-to

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Etching Hurricanes with Eddie Ross

On March 20, 2010 Creative Candles is sponsoring a community workshop with our friend Eddie Ross. Those participating will create unique looking, personal monogram etched, glass hurricanes. These will feature 3×6 hand poured candles from Creative Candle. We have provided the hurricane and etching supplies to assist those involved. These “hurricanes” will be a uniquely etched glass cylinder on-top of an antique plate, a combination sure to be a truly unique centerpiece! Some of proceeds from the event will be given to DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS).

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Making and Dying Felted Beads with Wool Roving

You can easily make your own felted beads or patches to match any color combination you would like, without making a huge investment. Once you know how to dye and shape wool, you can use this technique to enhance jewelry, accessories, dolls, and toys. This dying technique will work on any type of wool or animal fiber, and will be familiar to anyone who has ever dyed Easter eggs!

Things you need (Makes approx. 12 round beads of about 1″ diameter):
1/2 yd Combed Wool Roving
Package of Unsweetened Kool-Aid (in your preferred color)
White Vinegar
Measuring Cup
Large Glass Microwave Safe Bowl or Baking Dish
Rubber Gloves
Plastic Wrap
Plastic Spoon

Things to do:
1. Soak the wool roving in hot water for 20 minutes so it will accept the dye. Tear it into smaller pieces before soaking if you want to make different colors.
2. Dissolve the Kool-Aid in 3/4 cup of water, and stir with plastic spoon. Add 1/4 cup vinegar, and stir. You can adjust this for darker or lighter colors by using more water. or less Kool-Aid.
3. Remove the wool roving from the hot water and squeeze out (don’t wring out) as much water as you can. Place the wool on a piece of plastic wrap.
4. Slowly pour the Kool-Aid over the wool, until it is saturated. Wrap the plastic around the wool roving, and secure with string.
5. Place in the pyrex container, and microwave for 2 minutes. Check the wool, and microwave again if needed. You will know the wool is ready when all of the liquid is colorless. and the wool is tinted. Be careful. it will be hot.
6. Remove the fiber from the plastic and tear off a piece about the size of a golf ball. Roll into a ball. you may need to roll it in your hands for a minute or two to make a firm ball. The more you roll it, the smaller it will be.
7. When you are happy with the size, allow the bead to dry.
8. When dry, string with a tapestry needle and thread, or add beads to embellish.

Project Notes:
You can make several different colors at one time. just use a different piece of plastic wrap for each, and cook them all at the same time.

Wear plastic gloves when working on this project. the dye will stick to your hands.

Kool-Aid is meant to be consumed, so you can use your regular household items for this project.

This technique will work on any animal fiber. but it won’t work on cotton or man-made ones. The wool roving listed here is perfect for this project, but you could also dye yarn or fabric using the same technique.

To make the beads shown here, use Kool-Aid in a variety of colors and saturation, and mix packages to create other colors as needed.

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Handmade Tulle Tutu Tutorial

Make an adorable tulle tutu. perfect for dress-up, costume, or a special occasion. What little girl doesn’t like to play princess for a day?! These lovely tulle tutus would also be super cute for a flower girl in an upcoming wedding! This technique allows you to quickly create an adorable tulle tutu for your favorite person or pet, using a few simple supplies. Be careful. tulle tutus are addictive! You may find yourself with one in every color!

Things you need (Makes 1 tutu for a baby, child, or pet):
2 Spools of Tulle Netting in your favorite color
1″ thick Waistband (non curling) Elastic
Needle and Thread or Sewing Machine
Tape measure

Things to do:
1. Measure the waist of the person (or beloved pet) who will be wearing the tutu. Add one inch to this measurement.
2. Cut a piece of elastic to match this measurement.
3. Overlap the ends of the elastic, forming a waistband, and sew to secure. You can do this by hand or machine. Instead of using elastic for the waistline, you can tie the strips around a long piece of ribbon and then use the ends to tie it up and make a bow. What girl doesn’t love to be even more of a princess with ribbons?
4. Decide how long you want your tutu to be. 12″ is a good length for small children. Crawling babies and pets may need shorter lengths. about 8″ would work.
5. Double the length measurement you want. so if you want 12″ in finished length, you will need to cut 24″ strips of tulle.
6. Use scissors to cut strips of tulle from the roll in your desired length.
7. Use a lark’s head knot* to attach each strip to the tulle tutu. Place strips all the way around the waistband. The more strips you use, the fuller your tutu will be. Your tulle tutu is finished and ready to wear when you are happy with the look


Project Notes:
Don’t limit yourself to a single color. you can use multiple colors to create a unique tutu for any occasion.
Decorate the waistband of your tulle tutu with silk flowers or pretty ribbon for a fresh new look.

*Larks Head Knot: This is a very easy knot to make. chance are, you already know how to make one, but didn’t know the name of it!
1. Fold the strip of tulle in half, forming a loop at the top, and letting the ends dangle.
2. Place the loop behind the elastic waistband, and pass the tulle ends through the loop.
3. Pull the ends to secure.


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MTV uses Our Acrylic Ornaments in Another Lady Gaga Premiere

In America’s Best Dance Crew (Season 5; episode 6) there were seven remaining crews that performed the moves and fashion of hit songs by Lady Gaga. Static Noyze performed Lady Gaga’s Beautiful, Dirty, Rich where the bubble costume brought the entire act together. The Lady Gaga’s bubble costume was simply fashioned from our very popular acrylic ornaments, which has proven to be a versatile item. There were no eliminations during this episode due to voting issues. At the end of the show, the judges chose the best performance to receive immunity from the double-elimination following episode.

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Easter Craft: Pipe Cleaner and Pom Pom Finger Puppets

This is such a fun and easy project for the kids. The creative possibilities are endless when using simple craft supplies such as pipe cleaners and pom poms. Pipe cleaners are easy to shape and forgiving if there is a mistake made. Using other classic craft supplies such as googly eyes, pom poms, feathers and other embellishments one can create any finger puppet critter one can think of! To learn how to make these cute little critters hop on over to Craft Jr.

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