Sweatshirt Hack Sparkle Sleeves
Tis the season of sweatshirts. They are warm and comfy, but lordy, they look so frumpy. I love that I've seen other chicas take a pair of scissors to them to alter them in a more fashionable way. I wanted to get in on the fun, but I needed to find a way to make my design appear appealing for my plus-size bod. Here's what I came up with!
This is what I started with. I never know where a project will go once I start, I often end up adding in more supplies, as you'll see in a bit.
1. Cut your sweatshirt! I cut the neckline, the sleeves and I cut that gawd-awful band off of the bottom.
2. Use painter's tape to keep a guideline for your sparkles. I used the Crystal Adhesive in dots to apply the crystals. You can also use the Tulip Cordless Heat Setting Tool
if you want! Fill in with crystals.
3. OK, this is where I took a little turn. I wanted MORE volume, but not too much more sparkle. I called in my little friends...
5. I filled in the areas on both sides of the arms and let them dry over night.
Bedazzled Puff Paint Ornaments
Wahoo! It's that fun time of year where we decorate ornaments, bake yummy goodies and shop our brains away. But, if you are like me then you just bake and decorate because I am all about homemade things. The only time I buy something is if I truly can't "make" it! How funny is that. I wanted to show you today how to bedazzle some ornaments and add a tad bit of color to them. They almost look soft and delicate with a twist of FUN!
Let's go make some Bedazzled Puff Paint Christmas Ornaments!
What you'll need:
The first thing you will do is clean off your ornament, I used windex.
Start by glueing your jewels on the ornament. I put a small dot of glue then gently placed the jewel down.
Let them dry completely before moving on to the next step.
When you are done grab your puff paint bottle and lightly squeeze some paint around each jewel. I wanted each ball to have one color but you could add layers of rings around each color if you want.
I hope you enjoyed this fun tutorial! See you in the next post!
Huge glittery hugs, JADE
Glittered Glam Christmas Trees
I think I love Christmas for one very distinct reason... It is totally acceptable to have everything in your home covered with glitter. In fact, it's highly encouraged! So I decided to bling out a pair of paper mache cones I had in my craft stash!
For this project you will need :
paper mache cones
Since we're working with glitter and decoupage, and I doubt you want glitter in all of it, pour some into a little container to work from. Add to it as needed while the project progresses.
And in case you were wondering, you can use matte, glossy or whatever you have on hand.
Brush on some of your decoupage. and then glitter over it. Work in small sections as the decoupage will dry more quickly than you can cover the entire cone.
Take a minute to look for any areas you may have missed with the glitter. Apply a small amount of decoupage and re-glitter. Allow to fully dry, then spray with your acrylic sealer to help prevent too much of your glitter from falling off.
As far as embellishments go, you have tons and tons of options. I like to purchase earrings at one of those only a dollar jewelry stores to add to my stash for quick-y, bling-y embellishments so I had a bunch of those on hand. Plus I pulled some unworn and inexpensive costume jewelry from my jewelry box. Then I also grabbed some unused rhinestone chain and beads out of my craft stash! Talk about making use of unused crafty things!
Now, if using earrings, use a pair of pliers to pry the clip on or stud out to ensure a nice, smooth fit like you see in the image above.
Use your glue to tacky glue to attach your jewels...
and chains and beads.
Looks good, but I think this fella' needs a friend!
I made one in gold and one in silver for nice contrast on my shelf!
On the gold one I used some glitter left over from when my nephews were here because it is what I had that was gold. It's bigger and chunkier. On the silver, I used Tulip Fashion Glitter
and I have to say, I prefer the results significantly.
Because I used this project as a stash buster, this only cost me about $5 for the paper mache cones but they look so much more expensive than that, don't they!?
Thanks so much for checking out my latest iLoveToCreate crafty tutorial and I hope you have a happy holidays and a fantastic December!
If you're down for a whole lot more Christmas crafts, I hope you'll check out my blog Dream a Little Bigger. Thanks so much for reading!
Paper Christmas Tree
To make this you'll need:
Decorating for Christmas is so fun, but it can also get a little pricey. I don't like to spend a lot of money on things that will only be up for a month, so I made this paper Christmas tree for almost nothing.
I had some thick brown paper that was on the inside of the wrapping paper roll I had purchased. I rolled it into a cone and taped it.
Then I trimmed off the bottom so it would be even and sit on the table correctly.
Next I cut a whole lot of scallops out of my paper.
I applied the Aleene's tacky line rolls to the paper and removed the plastic backing.
I stuck it to the cone. Now, because the papers were straight and the cone is rounded the top of the paper will be wrinkled when attached to the cone level. It's not a big deal because you'll cover that up with more paper.
I continued up the tree until it was finished. (Tip: As the cone gets smaller it's helpful to use smaller strips of paper to keep them level.)
Make it in any color scheme you like or in any size and you have a fun decoration for almost nothing.
Wood Collage Jewelry
This first week of December is always crazy - lots of festivals, online orders and gifts to make for friends. Instead of spending a lot of money on new supplies, I combed through my stash to find what I had a lot of. I came across a plastic bin full of little wood pieces. I immediately thought of painting, glueing and glittering them into necklaces and bracelets. I love how they turned out! Here's is my tutorial so you can do it too, they make great little gifts to pass out to friends and family!
Assorted small wood pieces
Paint all the wood pieces, let dry.
Use the Tacky Glue to glue together the pieces. Mix and match contrasting colors!
They looked pretty boring to me, so I amped it up by coating them with Paper Glaze and glitter!
Now it's time to drill holes so you can add jewelry chin and closures.
I used cactus because I live in Arizona - it's appropriate!
I also glued the pieces to leather cuffs!
Here are my finished pieces, I'm so excited to to share and even sell these! They're so colorful and helped me clean my stash in my supply cabinet!
Up-Cycled Menorah With the Kids
What you'll need:
– 9 LED Candle Lights
– Glue gun
– Blue Scribbles Paint
– 8 Toilet Paper Rolls
– 1 Paper Towel Roll
– Paint Brush
– White Crafty Chica Craft Paint
– Silver Tulip Fashion Glitter
To give my toilet paper and paper towel rolls the look of candles I went around the top edges with my glue gun making drips. I saw lot's of projects doing this at Halloween so I decided to give it a Chanukah twist.
After my hot glue cooled I painted the rolls white. After the paint dried I went in and added a coat of Sparkle Collage Pauge. while the Collage Pauge was wet I sprinkled on silver glitter. For an extra festive feel I added blue polka dots.
When all the paint was dry I stuffed a little paper into the tubes to help them keep their shape and hold the candles up. Next, I turned on my LED flickering tea lights and popped them into the tubes.
When you display your candles you want your tallest one in the center this is called your shamash. Next you want to put 4 smaller candles on each side.
Not counting your shamash you light a new candle each night of Hanukkah. I'll let you look up the details and learn all about it. What I know is that like any holiday this is a fun and easy one to get the kids involved in!
10 Easy DIY Ornament Roundup
It's officially ornament crafting season! And here on our blog, we have over 10 awesome DIY ornament projects to get you in the decorating mood! Whip up some of these for your next snow day or ornament party...they are quick, easy, and a BALL of fun! DIY Neon Puffy Paint Ornaments
DIY Cupcake Ornament
Neon Marble Ornaments
60 Fun Fashion DIYs from the iLoveToCreate blog
Fall Fashion Decorating with Leaves 3 Ways
Before the snowflakes invade, I'm still celebrating the last of the fall foliage. The leaves are so beautiful this time of year in Brooklyn. I was up in New England for peak color, but even the last few weeks in Brooklyn have yielded a lovely array of color and variety. Of course, no matter how you try to keep them, the color fades, and they become dry and brittle. Here are three projects with a common autumnal theme that, like the snowflakes I made and painted last year
, help make nature last a little longer.
INSPIRATION 1: DIY Leaf Stencil
This one starts with your basic stencil...
What you need:-variety of Tulip soft paints and/or Tulip 3D Fashion Paints (in shades of red, orange, and yellow)-Tulip sponge brushes and/or Tulip sponge pouncers-variety of pressed leaves for inspiration
-sheet of card stock (or scrap manila folder)-pen or pencil-scissors or craft knife and cutting mat-plain T-shirt (lighter colors work best, but white is not required!)-paint palette (or a plastic container from the recycling bin)-scrap paper (optional) for inserting between the layers of a T-shirt
Trace the leaf onto the center of the card stock.
Cut out the center of your tracing.
Place scrap paper between the layers of the T-shirt, to keep the paint from bleeding through. Hold the stencil, centered, on the front of the T-shirt and use the brush to lightly start adding paint. Dab the brush, rather than making broad strokes--any brushstrokes should be made from the stencil edge onto the fabric (so that paint doesn't get caught underneath the edge of the stencil and bleed).
Apply each color as desired, then lift the stencil, let dry, and remove the scrap paper.
You're ready to wear your single leaf...
...or a different one, if you're more into oak...
...or a variety, if you can't choose just one...
...or just jump in a whole leaf pile!
INSPIRATION 2: Reverse Leaf Stencil
This is the same concept as the stencil out of card stock, but you're instead using freezer paper as your mask, and painting the space around the leaf shape.
What you need:-variety of Tulip Fabric Sprays (in shades of red, orange, and yellow)-variety of pressed leaves for inspiration
-sheet of freezer paper
-pen or pencil-scissors or craft knife and cutting mat-iron and ironing board-plain T-shirt or onesie (lighter colors work best, but, again, white is not required!)-scrap paper (optional) for inserting between the layers of a T-shirt and to protect your work surface from paint
Just trace a variety of pressed leaves onto freezer paper and cut them out. Iron the paper leaves, shiny side down, onto the front of the shirt (white on white is hard to see, but they're there!).
Lay the shirt on a bed of scrap papers (holiday catalogs are perfect!) before you spray the fabric paint over it.
Lightly spray the fabric paints over the shirt, starting with the lightest color (yellow), then add orange and red.
Gently peel away the freezer paper leaves to reveal your nice crisp edges and let the paint dry completely.
INSPIRATION 3: Glitter Leaf Appliqué
Like the reverse leaf stencil, you're using the actual leaf shape (rather than the negative space) to create
your decoration. The best part about this one? No waiting around during drying time--
since there is no drying time!
What you need:-Tulip Fashion Shimmer Iron-on Sheet (gold)
-variety of pressed leaves for inspiration-ballpoint pen-scissors or craft knife and cutting mat
-iron and ironing board-plain bib, T-shirt, or onesie
Simply trace the leaf onto the smooth side of the glitter sheet and cut it out. Center and iron the glitter leaf onto the bib (or T-shirt or onesie), smooth side down. As soon as it adheres, the bib is ready to go for baby's first Thanksgiving!
Check out Generation-T.com
next week for one more way to use autumn leaves as inspiration for decorating fabric!
Holiday Gold Bow T-Shirt DIY
Add some sparkle to the holidays by creating a fun Holiday Gold Bow T-Shirt DIY using the easy to use Tulip Iron-On Transfer Sheets. With all your holiday running around and shopping to do, it’s easy to just throw on a t-shirt and go. But why not add some sparkle and a festive bow to keep those errands from becoming too dull and help spread some festive cheer! This is a simple and quick way to create your own t-shirt designs to wear for the holidays and they’d make great gifts too!
TOOLS & MATERIALS:
Cloth for ironing
Draw out your design on a piece of paper or use a stencil if you have one.
Trace around your design on your Tulip Iron-On Transfer Sheet.
You’ll need to use a pen for this to make sure you can see your lines.
Cut out your design carefully to make sure you don’t see your pen lines.
Place your design on your t-shirt where you want it.
Lay your cloth over your design and press with your iron.
Keep moving your iron around for about a minute to make sure your design is set.
Make sure you use a dry setting on your iron, NO STEAM.
Check your design to make sure it is all secure and adhered to your t-shirt. If you need to you can iron it more to make sure it’s secure.
These Tulip Iron-On Transfer Sheets
are so easy to use. I was really surprised at how well (and quickly) they attached to the t-shirt. It was really simple. You can use these to make so many fun graphic T-Shirts to wear yourself or give as gifts.