How to make your own bead necklaces

bead necklaces Creative Commons | Sarah Joy (http://www.flickr.com/photos/joybot/6207557180/)

Necklace ideas – A hand-made necklace can be a much more memorable gift than a ready-made one. You can make your own beaded necklace instead of spending money on those pricey neck pieces available in the market. Here are some items you will need to make a stunning necklace at home:

  1. Assorted wooden and plastic beads
  2. Flexible beading wires
  3. Scissors
  4. Measuring tape
  5. Crimp beads
  6. Clasps

Once you have collected this stuff from an online store, you can start making some nice necklaces. Here are some steps which will help you do that. read more

Make your own cd sculpture

CD Sculpture | Steve Snodgrass (http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevensnodgrass/) | Creative Commons

In today’s project we’re going to go over how you can go about making your very own “CD sculpture”. So what exactly is a CD sculpture? It’s any number of things – you can use this fun crafting idea to make a wall hanging, an intricate piece of art, or even a bead-like entry way. We really love this project because its very fun, very easy, and looks absolutely fantastic. So without further ado – let’s get right to it! read more

How to make flower pot people

Flower pot man by Nadia308 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nadiapriestley/177161311/in/photostream/) via Creative Commons

Flower Pot People –  If you are looking for a fun craft that can add a unique element to your backyard, here’s the perfect project.  Just follow these instructions to make a flower pot person.

Materials needed:

  • Flower pots
    • 12 with a six-inch diameter (arms)
    • 12 with an eight-inch diameter (legs)
    • 2 with a 12-inch diameter (body)
    • 1 with a 10-inch diameter (head)
    • Twelve pieces of Styrofoam that are three inches thick
    • Strong wire
    • Wire cutters

    Directions:

    1. Paint the pots in whatever fashion you desire, and let dry (this step is optional).
    2. Poke a hole in each piece of Styrofoam and each flower pot just large enough for the wire to fit through.
    3. Tie a knot in the wire.  Bring the wire through the Styrofoam so that it rests on the knot.
    4. Bring the wire through an eight-inch pot from the inside and let the pot rest on the foam.  That is one of the feet.
    5. Slide another piece of Styrofoam down the wire and rest it on the pot.  Then bring another eight-inch pot to rest on the Styrofoam.  Continue this process until you have six pots – that is a leg.
    6. Bring the wire through another eight-inch pot – this time from the outside – until it rests on top of the sixth pot.  Bring a piece of Styrofoam down the wire so that it rests inside the pot.  Stack the other five on top in the same manner.
    7. Put a piece of Styrofoam into the 12th pot and tie a knot; allow 12 inches of wire between the legs.  Cut any excess rope.
    8.  Follow steps 2-7 with the six-inch flower pots to make the arms.
    9. Place a 12-inch pot right side up on a bench with bench cushions (flower pot person will be difficult to move once assembled); place the other one upside down on top of it with another piece of wire running through both – that’s the body.
    10. Tie the bottom end of this wire to the wire between the legs.
    11. Tie the top end to the wire between the arms.
    12. Place the 10-inch pot, right side up, on the body and pull the wire through.  Tie a knot and you’re done.

    Now you have your very own flower pot person – better and more unique than a scarecrow.  See if that doesn’t make your guests do a double take. read more

How to make your own wire picture holder

wire picture holder image via amazon.com
A wire picture holder is not only decorative but also makes a great gift. You can use them for photos in the dining room or as nameplate for a family holiday dinner. They are inexpensive and easy to make. So, if you do not want to shell out money for buying one, go to a store like Lowe’s and buy a roll of 18 gauge wire (about 110 ft.) for under $5. read more

DIY ChalkBoard Paint

chalkboard 1 | photo by Graham Hill http://flic.kr/p/hAJZt4 via Creative Commons

DIY ChalkBoard Paint – As seen in cute coffee shops and fun DIY projects, DIY ChalkBoard Paint has grown in popularity to create a rustic and creative vibe to any project, place, and items for décor.  Once originated in the classroom, the chalkboard surface now gives a shabby chic effect to any room. The best part is that it can be used with many themes for many purposes to create an artistic environment for anyone willing to pick up a piece of chalk. Not to mention, it’s something that can keep your children entertained for hours on end. read more