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We also like to help you prepare unique decoration for special events such as birthday, Halloween, wedding or other family celebrations. Anything made of fabric, wood, plastic, glass, metal can be turned into something amazing.

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How to make a centerpiece with clear water beads

 gel clear water beads, gold table runner "Rose Centerpiece 2" | by Happy Krissy ( via Creative Commons


You don’t have to be the queen or king of crafts to make your own centerpiece. Using a few gel clear water beads and some fresh flowers, you can create a unique and inviting centerpiece for your dining room table. This easy and inexpensive centerpiece would even work for weddings and formal parties. You can even give them as a house warming gift.

Once you get down the basic idea of using the gel clear water beads, you get a little bit more creative. You can try multicolored water beads, or even a colored Tea Light candle instead. You can also submerge fresh cut flowers into water with your gel water beads. But for now, here are the instructions on how to make a simple yet beautiful gel clear water bead flower arrangement.

Here’s what you need:

-Silk or fresh flowers

-Clear glass vase

-Waterproof Tea Light candles

Gel clear water beads

Gold table runner

Here’s what you do:

  1. Soak the gel clear water beads for about five hours. These beads start out as hard pellets, but once you soak them in water they expand into pretty shimmering and decorative beads. Once you’re done soaking them, drain the water and rinse off the gel clear water beads.
  2. Pick out your clear glass case and fill it up with your gel clear water beads. You can submerge you waterproof Tea Light candle into the beads.
  3. Trim down and gather you flowers that you’ve chosen for your flower arrangement. You can keep it simple and just use a single rose, or pick out a selection of colorful flowers to arrange in the vase.
  4. Before you place your centerpiece in the middle of the table, place a gold table runner on your dining room table. Whether you are hosting an intimate dinner party or creating a wedding tablescape, a gold table runner will look beautiful with your floral water bead centerpiece.

Make your own sequined one shoulder dress


one shoulder dress via merchant

Now that spring is here there will be plenty of outdoor get together and parties. You can take up making a fun party dress from a simple one shoulder dress for your daughter or yourself as a spring project. By making a few alterations, you will make a whole new dress that you will love to wear. The key to making your plain one shoulder dress more glamorous and interesting is by adding sequins to the shoulder and other decorative items to increase its style quotient.

What you need:

  • One shoulder dress
  • Sequins
  • Decorative chains for clothes
  • Thread and needle (that will fit the hole of the sequin)

How to do it:

  1. Take the shoulder of the dress and decide the kind of pattern you want on it. You can even take a piece of chalk and lightly mark the pattern. Make sure you do not overdo it and the pattern is within 4 inches from your shoulder.
  2. Now put the thread into the needle and knot the ends to get a double thread stitch. This will help to hold the sequin in its place.
  3. Now sew the sequins in the pattern you designed while making sure that the knot is at the back of the dress. Once you are done with the sequins, you can attach the decorative chain.
  4. You should stitch the ends of the chain on the shoulder in such a way, that it forms a u-shape on your arm when you put on the dress.

This style also makes great juniors dresses and you can surprise your kid sister or friend with this thoughtful but stylish dress.

Paint your own glass bowls or decorative plate sets

 paint your own glass bowl| Creative Commons| Lori L.Stalteri via

Hand painted glass plates and bowls are decorative accessories that add color and attention to almost any area in the house. However, these hand painted glass pieces are very expensive when you purchase them in specialty gift or home accessory stores. A creative option is to make your own hand painted glass plate/bowl at home with some supplies from the craft store. Paint your own glass bowls or decorative plate sets with a design that synchronizes and matches with the surroundings. It is moderately easy to paint glass pieces.

Things You’ll Need

  • Glass plate
  • Glass paint
  • Sponge
  • Paint brush
  • Alcohol
  • Glass paint top coat (optional)
  • Glass paint under coat (optional)
  • Sticky stencils (optional)
  • Baking sheet
  • Oven


  1. Wash the glass plate/bowl with soap water and sponge. Allow it to air dry and then give it a final wipe with alcohol to remove any residue. This also allows the paint to adhere better to the dish.
  2. Apply the glass paint undercoat and allow the undercoat to dry as per the directions of the glass paint manufacturer.
  3. Now decide on a design you want to paint on the plate/bowl. You can create your own design or use sticky stencils to imprint a design on your glass.
  4. Depending on whether you use the stencil or draw free hand, use the sponge or paint brush to dab the colors on the glass bowl/plate. Wipe mistakes with a cloth dampened with alcohol.  Carry on using different colors until your art design is complete.
  5. Allow the paint dry as per the directions. Apply a top coat if needed and allow it to completely dry before heat setting.
  6. Place the bowl/plate on a baking sheet and put it inside the oven. Allow the glass to bake for 30-45 minutes or as suggested, by setting the oven to 325 degree Fahrenheit.
  7. The bowl/plate is ready to use once it cools down.

Helpful Hints

  • Do not mix the paint lines with each other as each has a different formulation and combination.
  • Follow the instructions carefully for each paint product you select.

DIY fun paper mache mask


diy paper mache mask ( | Creative Commons

Paper mache is a really fun and easy project, and it’s great for both kids and adults. We especially love this particular paper mache mask idea because the result is something you can actually use for fun costume parties (especially in combination with cheap pink sweet 16 tiaras) later on. If you take care in the construction, you’ll actually be left with a very usable mask that you’ll be able to wear – kids love these and will want to show off with all of their friends. The whole project takes just a couple of days and is a fun one to do with a group of kids because they will be instantly drawn into sharing their masks with each other. Now let’s get to it!

What You’ll Need

  • Newspapers.
  • White printer paper.
  • Water.
  • Elmer’s glue.
  • A large plastic bag.
  • A large paint brush.
  • Paint and small paint brushes.
  • Somewhere you can make a big mess!

What To Do

  1. Begin by making a mixture of 3 parts glue to 1 part water and mix thoroughly.
  2. Using your large brush, dip it into the mixture and brush over a sheet of newspaper until it is thoroughly moistened.
  3. Place a second sheet on top of the first and repeat brushing the mache mix on the new sheet.
  4. Repeat the process with a third sheet and wait until all three have somewhat dried.
  5. Cut your plastic bag in half so that it is just one layer of plastic and place it over your face (be careful! plastic bags can be extremely hazardous if not properly supervised).
  6. Take yours multi-layered newspaper-mache hybrid and place it over the bag that is covering your face, molding it to the contours of your bone structure.
  7. You should now have a shape vaguely resembling your face.
  8. Continue adding newspaper layers to the face with your paper mache mixture, this time by slice the news paper into smaller pieces and adding them on one at a time, taking care to allow proper drying in between.
  9. After your mask is big enough, add one final layer of white printer paper – this will make painting it much easier – let the whole thing dry off. You might want to hang it up from an easel pad hanger for more uniform drying.
  10. Paint your mask and let it dry – enjoy.

Make your own dried rose arrangement


dried roses arrangment by and.korn ( via Creative Commons

If you’re a mom, chances are you’ll receive some beautiful flowers, such as a personalized vase with assorted roses, this Mother’s Day. You probably know from years past that it can be heartbreaking to toss your flowers into the trash once they’ve had their run.  After all, nobody likes getting rid of reminders of how loved and appreciated they are! If you receive roses, though, you’re in luck: Instead of tossing them, you can make a dried rose arrangement!

What you’ll need:

  • String
  • Floral cutter
  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutter
  • Floral tape
  • Small rectangular or square-shaped basket
  • FloraCraft straw bales, 2.5” x 2.5” x 5”

Drying the roses

  1. Remove your roses from the vase and take off all the leaves.
  2. Bundle the roses together using the string.
  3. Hang your roses upside down in a dry, dark room for about two weeks until they’re completely dry.

Creating the arrangement

  1. Grab a rose and use the floral cutter to trim it to the length desired.
  2. Cut a piece of floral wire that is the same length as your rose’s stem. Wrap the wire around the stem.
  3. Wrap floral tape around the wire-wrapped stem.
  4. Line the bottom of your basket with the straw bales, laying them side by side.
  5.  Grab the rose you just prepared and insert the stem into a straw bale.
  6. Continue adding additional roses to complete your arrangement as desired.