In this week’s video tutorial, we’re creating diy scratchboards!
Scratchboards are painted black, and then the artist can scratch their design into the board, which removes the paint to reveal the color underneath! These are really fun and easy to make, for both kids and adults. I have great memories from getting to make these in Elementary school! This is a bit messy, and would be a good outdoor project.
Time needed: ~1-2 hours (including drying time, and time for scratching your design)
- Use at least two coats and this works better if the coats are thick
- use a hair dryer to speed up the drying time between coats
- let the first coat completely dry before adding the second
- use thick layers of crayon
In this video tutorial, create a mini snow cone charm out of polymer clay!
These are sooo cute! Nothing says Summer like a snow cone, and now you can make a miniature one that will never melt! 🙂
Time needed: ~30 minutes
In this video tutorial, create a kumihimo bracelet with a flower pattern, using a DIY kumihimo disk!
This takes a little time to make, but once you’ve got the steps down, you’ll become much faster at it!
- cardboard (the thin kind from a cereal box works best)
- circular object to trace
- embroidery floss
*Note: If you’re making a medium sized or larger bracelet, you’ll probably need more than 20″ of embroidery floss – it’s always better to have a little extra than not enough.
Let me know if you have any questions 🙂
In this week’s tutorial, you’ll learn how to ice dye!
Ice dye is one of the easiest tie dye techniques I’ve ever done – the ice does most of the work for you! I can’t think of too many projects better than this for a sunny, summer day 🙂 It doesn’t take long to do and the results are beautiful!
Time needed: ~20 minutes
- Powdered fabric dye (it’s best to use colors that are next to each other, or analogous, on the color wheel, so things won’t get muddy)
- Container large enough to fit the items you’re dyeing
- Screen or cookie cooling rack
- Rubber gloves
- Ice cubes
- Shirts or other items to dye (the higher the cotton percentage, the better) I used this tee
*Any items such as the container you use, or cookie cooling racks, should not be used for food again after doing this. I recommend buying some inexpensive ones from the dollar store or Walmart just for dyeing with.
- Do this outside, or where it won’t matter if things get messy
- The more ice you use, the more effects you’ll get
- Be generous with the amount of dye you use
- Use analogous colors together such as red, orange, and yellow or pink, purple, and blue
- Wear a mask to prevent breathing any dye
- I let my dyed items sit overnight with the dye still on them, just to make sure the dye would take full effect. If you have time, I recommend doing this – but this way, the powder will dry and be harder to wash off.
- Before wearing, wash items in the washer without other items they could stain
Good luck, and if you have questions, feel free to comment below!
This video tutorial shows how to create Bearded Irises out of crepe paper!
These take a little time to make, but aren’t too difficult. If you are concerned about the wires on the back of the top petals being too visible, you can try using other colors of wire, such as silver, or try painting them with acrylic paint.
Time needed: ~45 minutes (they take less time once you’ve made a few)
Let me know if you have any questions 🙂
This video tutorial shows how to create a simple diy flower crown! This flower crown is created using small roses, aster flowers, and leaves all made out of crepe paper!
This isn’t a super quick project, but it isn’t difficult and the results are worth it. I just love how it turned out!
Time needed: ~2-3 hours
- 18 gauge floral wire
- Crepe paper in white, light pink, periwinkle, yellow and green (I purchased mine at papermart.com – each large roll is less than $2 there!)
- hot glue gun
If you have any questions, feel free to comment 🙂
This week’s video tutorial shows how to create this cute fairy garden and miniature house made out of twigs!
Time Needed: ~1 hour
Materials I used:
- twigs gathered from outside
- hot glue -black spanish moss
- flower planter
- dirt or sand
- green floral decorations
- reindeer moss
- popsicle sticks
- blue glass pebbles
- small pebbles
In the video, I go over how the steps I took to create the little house out of twigs. Feel free to buy a house instead, but I think it adds charm to your garden to make it yourself 🙂
This project only cost $5.00 to make! I used an old flower planter and glue gun that I already had, and purchased the floral decorations, reindeer moss, popsicle sticks, glass pebbles, and small pebbles all from Dollar Tree. There are lots of different ways you could do this, and many craft stores sell cute little accessories for fairy gardens. This was really fun to make and great for kids and adults alike!