September 8, 2009

DIY Hair Bow Holder


I've seen these larger in size at a hair salon for children, where they use them to display the bows they have for sale. I decided it was an easy enough project to make on my own, it some what organized the many random bows that we have laying around thanks to having lots of girls in the house, and it was different than just sticking it on a ribbon hanging from the wall or doorknob.

Step One

Start out with any old frame you have laying around or you can buy a really ugly cheap one like I did. The finish on this thing was just awful, but I liked the texture it had. I wouldn't use anything smaller than an 8 X 10, and definitely use something bigger if you have a lot of bows to display. I'd go search the clearance section at discount stores like Ross for dinged up pictures (because you won't need the picture) or a thrift store. Remove everything from the frame including the glass.


Step Two

This is what will take you the longest. Layer after layer of paint to get your desired color. Since my frame was so dark to begin with I chose to prime it first and then layer my color on top of the primer. Make sure you get even the tiniest of edges on the inside of the frame that sits above the glass notch.


Step Three

Once your paint is dry you can start hot gluing the ribbon on the backside of the glass notch. Space the ribbon out to your desired width and use as many as you would like. I used a popsicle stick to make sure that the ribbon had secured itself nicely in the glue and also avoided burning my fingers in the process.


Step Four

You can choose to be done like I did at this point. Just replace the glass, put a plane sheet of paper or a fancier scrapbook paper to match your decor, and secure the back of the frame. You can either set it on display or hang it from a wall. Of course you can get even more industrious and instead of replacing the glass...use a piece of cardboard cut the same size as the glass and cover it in pretty fabric. I'm actually probably going to go that route, but I wanted to get the tutorial up today and need to go scout the scrap section of the fabric store still.


I hope this at least sparks some creative ideas for you! It's a good reminder sometimes that we don't have to just throw things haphazardly into a basket, only to have to dig and dig to find exactly what we are looking for.


September 7, 2009

Stuff to get me by

I started a project a couple of days ago that is still sitting on the burner, and then I began another project this afternoon that I didn't expect to take as long as it is. I love sitting and watching paint dry *rolls eyes*. So, I guess until I can give you something else to look at with or without tutorial here are a few things I dug out of my photobucket this morning.

The first is our old house when we first moved to Hawaii. We were allowed to paint the walls, so I probably went a little overboard. Imagine that.


I never finished it. Kind of sad about it now that I look back. I wondered when I started with the original plan if the big tree would scare the crap out of Gillian at night. Amazingly it did not. She still tells me that she misses that house and her wall. I think really the only thing she misses is the wall.

Here's Brenna's. Not as overwhelming as Gillian's.


I got into painting names for nursery's for a while. It ended up that I couldn't charge enough to make a profit off of it. Too much work to do for free.


And I hope my parents don't mind me posting pictures of their living room, but these are my favorite. Richard always promised me when we bought a house that he would make sure I'd have a mud room with a wheel and a kiln. I miss throwing....


And that's all she wrote about that. I'm hoping that I have a finished project to share with you tomorrow.

Until then.


September 6, 2009

DIY Tissue Paper Flowers

I've had friend after friend after friend ask me about the tissue paper flowers I made and hung up in my oldest daughter's room. I said that one day I would make a tutorial showing them how easy (and cheap) they are to make, and that day has FINALLY come!

To begin with these are the supplies you are going to need.


12 sheets any color tissue paper that you want to work with
floral wire
a good sharp pair of scissors
ruler (optional)

Step One

Lay out 12 pieces of your tissue paper flat on top of each other lined up as good as you can. (From what I have noticed a package typically contains 8 pieces, so 3 packages will make 2 flowers for you.) Once you have these lined up you need to measure with your ruler and make a crease on one end about 1 and 1/2 inches in. A rough way to guesstimate this is half the width of the pre-folded crease from the packaged tissue paper. Continue folding the tissue paper accordion style to the opposite end.


Step Two

This is where the "sharp" pair of scissors comes in hand. You may just want to take a few folds at a time if you don't have a sharp pair of scissors and cut each end into a point like such.


It doesn't have to be perfect. Believe me, I am a self proclaimed perfectionist when it comes to this kind of thing typically. But, with this project the petals will end up blending in together well. This was most time consuming part for myself, because I have crappy scissors! If you want to add a different texture in your mass of flowers, you can round off the ends instead of making them into points.

Step Three

Find the mid-point of the length of your tissue paper. Take your floral wire and wrap it around it making it nice and secure. Leave the ends a bit longer and if you plan on hanging like the original picture, make a loop with the remaining length.


Step Four

Spread out the layers of your fan without flattening the creases.


Begin peeling back the layers one by one on both sides of the fan. When you get a few layers through, it'll start to look like this.


One you are all through, fix any holes and flat spots. It should end up looking like this.


When you hang them from the ceiling, you will need a few small eyelet hooks and some fishing line (or clear jewelry string). This is why I said to leave a bit of length on the floral wire and create a loop. Cut the fishing ling to the desired length. Tie a loop on one end to go through the hook. Tie a knot in the other end once it's looped through the floral wire.

This is a really cheap project and adds three deminsional value to any space. Each package of tissue paper cost me seventy five cents and the whole package of floral wire cost one dollar.

Happy Creating!