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Glitter Swirl Glass Ornaments DIY

The holidays are upon us and what is more fun than getting cozy and crafting up a storm?  These glitter swirl ornaments are the perfect way to add a little sparkle to your home this season and they are super easy to make! We were inspired by these neon puffy paint ornaments that Margot Potter made last week! You can make bunches of them in an afternoon!  Here's how you can make your own in minutes!

What you need:
– Clear glass ornaments 
– Wooden skewers
– foam or container to hold skewers
 
Before you begin:  Mount your skewers in a sturdy piece of foam or a bottle so that you can easily work on your ornaments without them falling over.  We used a foam head mounted taped to a table for our base to hold the skewers in place.
 
Apply the tip of the glitter directly to the ornament surface and squeeze. Swirl the paint around in a spiral shape starting from the top of the ornament and go down the sides.
 
Continue down the side of the ornament, all the way to the base. Don't cover the little opening where the cap goes.Now simply let the ornaments dry on the sticks!  Do not touch (though you will probably be tempted).
The gold one turned out to be my favorite.
 And they turned out so pretty and fun!
 Super easy and they look like spun glitter!

Check out our other great holiday ornament DIYs!


Youre a Star Sweatshirt DIY

 I have seen Star shirts and sweatshirts everywhere and
 I just love them so I decided to make one for  myself of course
I had to add a little bit of sparkle to it.




 Tutorial
 Things you need.
*
Sweatshirt
Scissors
Stencil
Optional(sequin trim and Tulips Bead in a Bottle)
*


 Cut your collar off to make your sweatshirt
the off the shoulder look and cut the sleeves the length you want.
 Place your stencil where you want your stars to be
 and paint with your silver paint.
 I then sponged on a layer of glue and covered it with glitter.
Let that sit for about 5-10 minutes and then move to your next star.
Let all of that dry about 4-6 hours.
Once that is dry shake off the excess glitter and 
then put on another layer of glue on top of the star to seal the glitter in.

Now you could trim the collar with some fun sequin trim
to dress it up  just hand sew it on, that might take you about an hour.
or if you hate to sew you could make a decorative collar out of
 Tulips bead in a bottle.
be creative.
Then have fun wearing it out with a pair of cute jeans and some black pumps.
Have a wonderful week.

Lots of love,
Anne


Happy Face Neon Glitter Ornaments DIY

As I've been perusing the craft and department stores this holiday season, I've been noticing a lot of brighter color ornaments.  A lot of them in shades of bright neon! Neon has been a part of my life since 1991 (no joke...I had a bright orange button-up made by my mom). Anyway, I wanted to add a fusion of neon to my holiday ornaments this year and I knew I had to use Tulip Fashion Glitters and 3D Paint a.k.a. Puffy Paint.  Here's how you can make your own Happy Face ornaments of your own!

What you need:
–Round glass ornaments (clear)
– Paper Towels
 Squeeze a little bit of Collage Pauge into your ornament and add about a teaspoon of tap water to it.  Swish it around to cover the inside of the entire ornament.
Pour out the contents of the ornament into a sink or cup. Wipe off the ornament with a paper towel if any gets on the outside.
 
Now pour a teaspoon or two of the the Tulip Fashion Glitter into the ornament.
Swirl the glitter around inside the ornament, covering the entire inside of the ornament.

Your ornament will look like this when it is completely covered on the inside.
 
Add your stem back in and create more.  You can just leave these plain and bright neon if you prefer -or- you can add a fun design like I did here...
Use you Tulip 3D Fabric Paint to draw a smiley face o the front of the ornament. Let dry.
Now you have an adorable set of ornaments that will POP off your tree or dazzle in a bowl for holiday decorating!
How cute would these be on a bright white tree?  I think they'd look pretty darn smashing myself.
And whenever you see them, you will get a smile on your face too! Have a nice holi"DAY"!

Check out our other great holiday ornament DIYs!


DIY Rhinestone Bungee Bracelets

 
 
Create fun and sparkly bracelets using bungee cords as the base with this Rhinestone Bungee Bracelet DIY tutorial. These bungee cords from Tulip have smooth ends that won’t scrape you and are surprisingly perfect for bracelets.

TOOLS & MATERIALS:
Rhinestone cord
Embroidery floss
Scissors
Thin needle (a beading needle works great!)
 
 
step 1
Measure out your rhinestone cord to be a little shorter than your bungee cord.
 
 
step 2
Glue the end of your embroidery floss to your bungee cord with your fabric glue.
 
Give yourself some space from the end of the bungee.
 
Wrap your embroidery floss around your bungee cord a few times.
 
step 3
Lay your rhinestone cord on top of your bungee cord and wrap your embroidery floss around your bungee cord and your rhinestone cord together.
 
For this single bungee cord bracelet I wrapped my embroidery floss twice in between rhinestones.
 
Do this all the way to the end of your bungee cord.
 
step 4
When you are finished wrapping, cut your embroidery floss leaving a few inches to work with.
 
Using your needle, run the end of your embroidery floss through your wrapping to secure.
 
You can add a drop of fabric glue to this end to help hold it.
 
 
 
step 5
To make a bracelet using 2 bungee cords, work exactly as you did for the single one, starting with glueing the end and wrapping the 2 bungee cords together.
 
step 6
Add your rhinestone cord and wrap your embroidery floss around both bungee cords and your rhinestone cord, wrapping 3 times in between rhinestones.
 
step 7
When you’re finished wrapping, run your thread through your wrapping to secure.
All finished!
 
 
 
One of the things I liked best about using bungee cords for these bracelets is how easy they are to put on and take off. 
 
With the bracelets coming in a pack of 5, you can easily make a few bracelets to stack or give as gifts! With the holidays right around the corner these bracelets would make the perfect stocking stuffer or gift for a friend.
To see more fun fashion DIY's check out my blog Trinkets in Bloom!
xoxo
Cathy
 

Thankful Thanksgiving Shadowbox

 
I love me a seasonal picture frame. Have I said that before? Anyway I also love me scrapbooking. Man I sound old. Anyway, all that being said Thanksgiving picture frames are far and few between so I grabbed a stack of scrapbooking paper and took matters into my own hands.

 
SUPPLIES
 
Various types of Aleene's Tacky Glue
 
Scissors
 
Scrapbook paper
 
Shadowbox
 
Small figurine
 
Figurine
 
 
First I went through my stash of scrapping supplies and pulled out some things in fall colors. In the end I decided to use the Persimmon collection from Basic Grey.
 
How you place your pictures and paper is totally up to you. I used various Tacky Glue products like dots, glue sticks and plain old fashioned glue.
 
The fun part about shadow boxes is giving your projects dimension. I decided to bust out the Beads in the Bottle for a little gold glitter embellishment action.
 
I used my Beads in a Bottle to embellish my pilgrims's hats, the insides of flowers and even the washi tape like trim on the outside of the shadowbox.
 
Did I mention that my daughter Tallulah is my crafty co-pilot on most projects. She requested her own shadow box so I cut up a cereal box. She then accosted my pilgrim's girlfriend.
 
Ta-da! I love the way my shadowbox turned out. These are my favorite fall pictures of the kids. My mantle is now complete.
 
Tallulah's shadowbox came out equally fabulous. If not more so.

Duck Dynasty Ceramic Holiday Ornaments

There isn't a day around here in our crafty headquarters, that we don't hear someone talking about the A&E show Duck Dynasty!  It cracks us up (or should we say, "quacks" us up).  We knew we had to make a set of holiday ornaments of our favorite characters using our Duncan glazes and bisque to celebrate the season.  And boy, are they the talk of the design studio!  Suzie Shinseki, our ceramic artist totally knocked them out of the park...you may know her from Grumpy Cat shorts fame!  See below how she made them, plus some more awesome close ups!  We plan on sending these gems to the Duck Commander headquarters in Louisiana, hopefully so they can duck the Robertson family halls in time for the holidays.

 Here's how the ornaments started out.  Suzie started by sketching the faces in pencil on our round Duncan Bisque ornament.

Suzie painted in the face and did the highlights and shading using Duncan E-Z Stroke glazes. As you can see, Suzie's painting skills are amazing!  Their expressions and features are so spot on.

This is what the finished painted design looked like before the kiln.  As you can tell it is lighter and more muted colors before it goes in the kiln than after it comes out!
 Here's the Santa and elves ready in the kiln to be fired!  Suzie put each on a ceramic stilt to hold them in place during firing.  Then she closed the kiln and set for it to fire to a Cone 06.
And here's how the finished ornaments turned out!  So glossy and shiny! They make us Happay Happay Happay! How about you?

Here's a closeup of all of them...we couldn't resist adding a fun quote from Uncle Si!
Suzie even got Uncle Si's crazy eye expression!  Love it!
And here's Suzie Shinseki, our very talented ceramic artist with her finished creations!  She blows us all away with her talent and artistry.
 
We are going to get these in the mail next week to send to the Robertson's to enjoy for the holidays!  Not sure if we will get a response, but we think they'll be just as smitten with them as we are!!!

Check out our other great holiday ornament DIYs!


DIY Cupcake Ornaments

 

Wahoo! I don't know about you but I am super excited about Christmas being right around the corner. Yes, I do celebrate Thanksgiving but not in the normal way. Last night I took down all of my Christmas decorations from the attic and my goodness I was overwhelmed. But once I put my cupcake tree up everything got better.  

Let's go make some Cupcake Christmas Ornaments! 

 

What you'll need:
* Tulip Slick Fabric Paint in Neon Colors
*Scribbles Red Paint
*Scissors
*Glue Glun
*Christmas Ornaments (colors work best)
*Baker's Twine
*Cupcake Liner
 
I am in love with these neon colors. Sometimes I like to throw in colors that are not the traditional Christmas colors. 
The first thing you will do is put hot glue either in your cupcake liner or on the actual ornament. Place the ornament inside of the liner while the glue is still hot.  You can use any color ornaments that you want for this project. 
 Grab your Tulip slick fabric paint and fill in the top of the ornament to look like icing. Grab another color and make tiny lines on the wet icing to resemble sprinkles. 
 Get your red scribbles paint and cover the top of the ornament.
 When you are done let them dry over night. The next day cut little pieces of baker's twine then pass them through the top of ornament. You will be able to hang them from a tree now. 
 
 
 
 
 
I am absolutely in love with these! I made sure to do enough to fill up my entire gold tree. Let's be real. You can't just have 2 cupcake ornaments.  
I hope you enjoyed this project and you make 5 dozen! Just think how cute it would be if you made someone these and gave them out as a "dozen cupcakes." How stinking cute! See you in the next post!
 
 Huge glittery hugs, JADE
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Easy Beaded Moccasins Tutorial

 
 
When I was a kid I wore lots and lots of moccasins  and  couldn't be more pleased that they're back in style. But when things are "in" they are also often "expensive". I wanted some too cute beaded moccasins but since the price didn't agree with me, I decided to do what I do... I DIYed a pair on the cheap.
 

For this project you will need :
inexpensive moccasins (get online or in a super store)
multi-color seed beads
string and a needle
Run a good foot of string onto a needle and slide a bead on. This one will be our "stop bead" preventing the ones will will be using from sliding off so color doesn't matter. Tie the string in a knot or two to keep the bead in place.
Run some beads onto your needle, then down the string to the stop bead.
Beads in a multi-color bag tend to be cheaper than individual colors. For some projects the mixed up colors would be a hassle, but not with this one. Save yourself some cash and buy the much cheaper mixed bag.
String several inches worth of beads on.
Take your Fast Grab Tacky Glue and run a thin line around the inside of the toe of your moccasin. If you have a flap or tassels you may need to move them out of the way for now...
Keeping your beads on the string, apply to the glue. Push tightly on the string to make sure there are no gaps in between the beads. Trim the string so that there is about an inch left on either side. Do NOT try to remove the string.
Continue the pattern by gluing down your string of beads in the color pattern you choose. If you have a hard time getting the glue where it needs to be, use a skewer or a toothpick to help push it in the right direction.
As you continue to add beads the curve of the toe will get sharper and you'll need less and less beads on each string to cover fully.
Things might get kind of wonky toward the end of the project (or the middle of the toe) but just work it as best you can. In the end these guys will be kind of busy and a little extra space won't be too noticeable.
Allow the glue to dry FULLY and then trim away the excess string on either end. This will help keep our beads in place even if we didn't get one bead perfectly glued down...
The glue will dry clear and no one will be the wiser that these aren't sewn on.
And that's all there is to that! You can pretty well use any version of the Tacky Glue, but I prefer the fast grab when dealing with little things that can easily get away from you, like beads.
 
If you're down for a few more shoe makeovers (and a whole lot more!) I hope you'll check out my blog Dream a Little Bigger. Thanks so much for reading!

DIY Thanksgiving Pumpkin Vase Centerpiece

Halloween is over, so it's time to transition those decorative pumpkins to the Thanksgiving table.  I used a foam pumpkin (you can get these on super sale now), some faux fall foliage and gold Tulip Beads in a Bottle to make a rustic elegant centerpiece in four simple steps!

You will need:
Foam pumpkin
Fabric fall foliage
Tulip Beads in a Bottle in gold
Step One: Carve lid from pumpkin.  Step Two: Add glue dots to backs of leaves.  Step Three: Attach leaves to pumpkin overlapping and varying sizes.  Step Four:  Use Tulip Beads in  Bottle in gold on veins of leaves for added dimension and shine.
That's it!  You could add some crystals or glitter if you like extra sparkle.  If you want to use real flowers, slide a vase into pumpkin opening to prevent leaks or just place faux flowers into center.  This is something even the kids can do after you carve the lid!

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Cheers,
Madge

Feather-stamped Tee and Bag


When I was young I had a collection of rubber stamps.  The only thing I ever used them for was making cards.  However, with the I Love to Create products, I use stamps in so many different ways.  I carved this feather stamp and used it on a couple of projects here to show you how you can make use of any stamp you might have.
For the first project you need:– a plain tote
– any stamp
 The sponge pouncer is a great way to get the paint evenly onto the stamp.
I simply stamped the feather onto the tote repeated the process again and again.  Your stamp won't be perfect and each feather won't be identical, but that's the beauty of it.  I love how it looks handmade.
For the next project you need:

 I pounced the stamp pad onto the stamp several times until I could see that the stamp was well covered.
 Then I stamped it.  The stamp pads give you less-saturated color, which I really liked on the tee.  If you want something to look darker, I would recommend the paint and if you like a more hand-stamped look the stamp pads are great.
 I love how this one looks with a little cardigan.
 So don't limit your stamps to paper.  Grab some fabric paint and find something that needs a little decoration.