DIY floral headband

 

It’s about time to put together a fresh and floral wardrobe for the warm season! Accessories will create a pop of color and flare to just about anything you’ve got in your closet. Floral headbands are becoming a trending topic in the world of accessories and are super simple to make. The best part was that it only took about 20 minutes to make three headbands!

What you need:

What to do:

  1. Before getting started, choose the perfect blooms for your headband. Any type of flowers will do but the larger blooms are best for statement pieces and will surely jazz up your entire wardrobe.
  2. If your craft store flowers come attached with stems, you can pull all the flowers from their stems but be sure to clip the green plastic pieces off the back of each bloom so the back side is flat.
  3. Use hot glue to adhere the blooms to your headband as you see fit. You can use super glue. I highly recommend the Loctite All-Purpose Super Glue which typically comes in a pack of two (2 grams/tube). So, if you’re planning on designing more than one floral headband, you’ll have enough glue to go about creating many!
  4. When gluing your flowers to your black plastic headband, I’ve found that it’s best to start in the center of the headband and work your way to the ends attaching more flowers. If you have a bunch of flowers of different sizes, it’s best to center the largest flower and have the smaller flowers as surrounding décor. This makes it easier to create a balanced look.

These headbands are fun and easy to wear and will add a splash of color to any outfit! They also go great with a sea shell pendant. If you love flowers as much as I do, you’ll surely enjoy crafting this piece!

Gift ideas for the avid writer

In your search for the perfect gift for someone, considering their passions and activities they find enjoyment in is a fantastic way to find the perfect gift. In this case, if your friend is an avid writer, instead of buying them just a book by their favor it author that will be read once and stored on a bookshelf, consider creating a small gift basket with nick-knacks that a devoted writer will be sure to love. Here is a quick guide to making your very own gift set for a friend who loves to write, providing you a thoughtful and unique gift.

Gift set ideas:

Fountain pen – Comfortable and fun to use, the fountain pen is a lost writing utensil that many have never had the pleasure to use. These pens let you write with little pressure and encourage flowery and unique handwriting.

Ink bottles – Needed for any fountain pen, items like the blue or black ink bottles are perfect additions for any pen collection.

Stationary – High quality paper makes a huge difference in a writer’s experience, so go the extra mile a pick-up some quality stationary to make their writing sessions that much better.

Bookstore gift card – Almost every writer is also an avid reader, so instead of picking out a book for them, give them the opportunity to head to their favorite bookstore to browse and buy what they love.

Pen case – A colorful case, like this yellow pen case, is perfect for storing pens and pencils for a writer, keeping them in a neat and organized place.

Crafty DIY lollipops

 

Since the early 20th century, lollipops have long been a favorite of the candy industry. Synonymous with good times and happiness, lollipops are perfect for rewarding children or adults. Whether they are added to small craft gift bags or awarded after a tough doctor’s visit, you would be hard pressed to find someone on this planet that doesn’t enjoy an occasion lollipop. But how are they made? Here a quick how to guide to get you started on making your very own crafty lollipops.

Ingredients:

–          Lollipop sticks

–          Food coloring

–           Aluminum foil (or custom molds)

–          ½ tsp. of desired flavored oil

–          ¼ cup honey

–          ¼ cup light corn syrup

–          1 cup sugar

–          ½ cup water

How to prepare:

1. Over high heat, bring ½ cup water, ¼ cup honey, and ¼ cup light corn syrup to boil. Must reach 295 degrees.

2. Add flavored oil and food coloring and test flavor by dipping into mixture and running over cool water. Add more flavor to taste.

3. While mixture is still hot, pour it into pre-fabricated foil molds and insert lollipop sticks.

4. Let it sit for at least 20 minutes and enjoy!

The molding process is where you can really get crafty with your DIY lollipops, creating all sorts of shapes and designs.

How to make a monster mask

Getting started

If you have already purchased a monster mask craft kit, then many of the supplies you will need to create your mask will already be included. These items include a mask mold, markers, paint, or craft clay. If you are making one from scratch, you can choose your own supplies to create your own unique mask. For example, you can paint a 3 oz paper cup  to and glue it to your mask to be your monster’s nose. If you use two, they can be the base for horns. Here are some custom mask ideas:

Paper bag monster

By taking a brown paper grocery bag, you can easily create a paper mask. This type of mask can be wrapped around your child’s face and fastened in the back by masking tape or thread. Measure around your child’s head, and make sure to add a couple of inches so that the mask can comfortably be adjusted. After you’ve cut holes for the eyes, your child can use markers, feathers, paint, or whatever they choose to decorate their mask.

Shaggy monster

If you have a plastic face mask, this will create a great base to create a shaggy monster mask. You can cut 2 inch pieces of yarn and glue one side of the yarn in bunches to imitate a shaggy hair appearance. Using construction paper to create a mouth with sharp teeth would add to the scary effect.

Masquerade masks

Masquerade masks are really convenient to use since many already come with elastic string for easy wearing. You can create scary designs on the plastic part of the mask, and then add fabric that drapes down over the rest of the face.

Since masks can be made out of paper, cardboard, plastic, clay, and other materials, you and your child can get creative when making your monster mask. What did you and your child choose to do for your monster mask?

DIY Masquerade mask

DIY Masquerade mask – Going to a masquerade party? Thinking about dressing masquerade for a different themed party? Well, a great and simple costume idea is making up your very own DIY masquerade mask. Many will just head to the local crafts store and pick up a plain white mask and decorate it, but making your very own mask out of scratch is both fun and really makes your costume shine. Here is a quick guide to making your very own high quality feather masquerade masks.

Materials:

–          Scissors

–          Plaster wrap cloth

–          Water

–          Petroleum jelly

–          Sand paper

–          Paint

–          Peacock feathers

–          Glue and chopstick

Step by Step Instructions:

  1. Apply petroleum jelly to face in area where mask will be.
  2. Cut two plaster strips, wet them in the water, and place in a “X” pattern across your face, covering the bridge of your nose.
  3. Continue to apply more plaster strips to your face in the shape of the desired mask. Make sure the mask is at least 3 layers thick.
  4. Allow mask to dry on face and remove, allowing it extra time to dry and become hard.
  5. Attach chopstick to edge of the mask with glue and cover with extra plaster strips.
  6. Sand the mask until smooth and apply desired paint.
  7. Glue peacock feather to the edge of the mask and you are ready to party!

If you feel like getting extra crafty, you can add on extra pieces to the mask using the plaster strips, such as spikes or animal ears. Either way, enjoy your new custom masquerade mask that is sure to be a hit at any party you go to!

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How to decorate your home for spring

One of the most fun things you can do for your house is decorating it.  So we here at Craft Corners would like to show you what you can do to make sure your house is completely themed to the max so no one will question what time of year it is or any of your craft skills.

With spring here, what better way to decorate your house then with a plethora of spring items? Here’s a run-down of some quick buys that you can pick up to make sure you’re all set for any flowers blooming or bees buzzing around your house.

What you should get:

  • An Easter banner or flag to show what everyone should hope to expect upon entering your house, put this in your yard or on a flag holder
  • A stained glass Easter egg wreath – hang this up on your front door
  • A floral print table runner – this will be perfect for Easter brunch or dinner
  • A butterfly candle holder – so all your guests can admire your hard work
  • Bunnies – of course, any and all sizes, may it be made of cotton, ceramic or even homemade, decorating the house with a bunny look is exactly what you want to achieve
  • Eggs – the next most important step after the bunnies. What’s fun is if you decide to have the egg hunt inside the home then you can blend the eggs in with the ones that actually have candy in them

Take a gander at the house now! I would be very surprised if anyone didn’t compliment, enjoy or bask in the glory of one of the best seasons of the year. Checking out other craft blogs is a great idea to see what others have done to make sure their house is completely done up the right way. One of my friends bought some adorable wicker baskets to spruce up the front porch along with a wooden bunny entrance and it made her home look wonderful. What do you think you’ll be doing to make sure your house is ready for spring?

DIY Easter basket


Easter is right around the corner and if you’re stuck on ideas for fun Easter crafts, you can bring in the spirit of Easter with a personalized pink Easter basket. Get your family together to craft these fun and simple Easter baskets! You can fill them with animal Easter eggs or other sweet little treats. Designing these baskets are a great way to instill the true meaning of Easter to your children while having a little fun with Easter related themes.

What you’ll need:

  • Jumbo sized craft sticks
  • Strong hold glue
  • Glitter (light pastel colors)
  • Nursery pot
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Spray paint (optional)

 What to do:

  1. Optional: Use your desired spray paint to hide the original color of the pot.  In the past, I’ve found that using a lighter spray paint color may blend in nicer and complement the look of your final product.
  2. Glue your jumbo craft sticks around your pot. Since it will be larger at the top than the bottom, you can expect there to be little gaps in between each stick. Don’t panic when you see gaps, just do your best to space them out evenly.
  3. Allow the pot to sit still for a couple of minutes before applying all other embellishments.
  4. Apply glue to a section of the basket. Make sure to cover the sticks well.
  5. Pour glue heavily on the glue coated sticks and shake off any excess glitter you may have. Continue around the basket until all sticks are coated.
  6. Allow the glitter to dry for some time before attaching the pipe cleaner.
  7. Depending on the size of your basket, you will have to twist pipe cleaners together to wrap around the bottom of the basket to secure. Repeat this step around the top portion of the basket and cut off any ends.
  8. Twist a couple of pipe cleaners together again as the handle which will be glued and attached to the inside of the basket.

How to craft the perfect Valentine’s Day frame

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and there’s no better time than now to start planning your homemade present. This Valentine’s Day, I was thinking of putting a collection of my photographs together, shot from a Canon EOS Rebel T21 Digital SLR camera. At first, I wanted to purchase a couple picture frames for this project when I thought “why not make them myself?” For elaboration, you can draw, paint, or incorporate some scrapbook embellishments you have laying around and insert a nice picture/s of you and your significant other. You can go for something as creative as beach themed pictures frames or even a heart themed frame in honor of Valentine’s Day.

What you’ll need:

  • Scrapbook paper
  • Wooden picture frame (normally $1 at craft supply stores)
  • Paint
  • Foam paint brush
  • Small cutting knife
  • Crafts glue
  • Cutting board

What to do:

  1. With your foam brush, paint the back side of the picture frame along with the outer edges as well as the inner edge of the picture window. Be sure to select a color that’ll compliment your scrapbook paper. It’s best if you keep your frame elevated on objects such as cans while you’re painting in order for it to dry properly.
  2. Take your scrapbook paper and cut it down to the exact size of the frame. You don’t have to be precise here, but leave a little extra paper on each of the sides to be safe (these will be trimmed in the later stages). Once you’ve cut the appropriate size, set your scrapbook paper aside for the time being.
  3. Apply your crafts glue to the front of your frame.
  4. Place your scrapbook paper faced down (blank side facing up). You’ll want to take your frame and press the front area (glued side) up against the paper so you’re gluing the two together. Press down firmly.
  5. Turn the frame over to where you’re now seeing the front of the frame. Take the edge of a credit card and smooth out any bubbles that may be trapped between the frame and paper and allow the frame to dry for a couple minutes.
  6. Place the frame on your cutting board and use your small knife to trim the extra scrapbook paper that might be hanging off the frame.

Nothing captures the spirit of Valentine’s Day more than a unique gift made out of love. With these tips, give your partner a sweet and heartfelt gift this Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank!

How to decorate gourds for a Thanksgiving centerpiece

 

 

The perfect festive Thanksgiving art project is making a Thanksgiving centerpiece gourd. In case you didn’t know, a gourd is the hollowed out and dried skin of fruit. This gourd can be used to make a beautiful and fun centerpiece for your Thanksgiving feast. There are many options of what you can make. You can make a turkey, a Thanksgiving scene or even pilgrims. Today I’m going to describe how you can create a Thanksgiving pilgrim gourd.

Here’s what you need:

– Paint brush

Krylon paint colors

– Brown yarn

– Scissors

– Small paper cup

Butcher paper

– Craft glue

Here’s what you do:

  1. Use a gourd that you’ve prepared that has two round parts to it, so that one end could be the body and one end could be the head.
  2. Lay out a sheet of butcher paper on your work space for easy clean up and practice painting.
  3. Use you Krylon paint colors to paint the top or smaller round part of your gourd a neutral skin color. Paint the bottom half gray or a shade of brown.  Use the same color you used on the face to paint hands near the center of the body section.
  4. Paint on the details with black and white to make the eyes, nose, mouth, buttons, coat and collar.
  5. Cut up little pieces brown yarn and then use craft glue to place the pieces of yarn on top on the gourds head turning him into a pilgrim!
  6. Then make then hat by painting a small paper cup black with your black Krylon paint color. Then on your butcher paper trace very closely the wider end of the cup. Then make a larger circle around that circle, about 2-3 inches apart. This will depend on how big you want to make the hat.
  7. Cut out the larger circle and then the hole in the middle. Think of a donut here. Then paint the paper black and set it and the cup aside to dry.
  8. Once dry, slip the donut paper you made over the black bottom of the black cup. You’ve made a hat. Now you can glue the hat to the top of your gourd.
  9. You can make a whole scene with pilgrim gourds if you’re feeling extra ambitious or just one for your table centerpiece. Happy Thanksgiving!
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