Paper Heart Basket Tutorial

In this video tutorial, you’ll learn to create this heart shaped basket out of paper!

 
It is a bit more difficult than my other basket tutorial, but definitely still do-able! It is perfect as a Valentine’s Day gift or for other occasions that you want to show your love and appreciation for someone.

 

Time needed: ~1 hour

Difficulty: Intermediate

Materials: 

  • paper (card stock or construction paper, or anything a bit heavier than regular paper, is best)
  • the glue of your choice (personally, I prefer hot glue for these kind of projects)
  • scisssors
  • paper cutter or ruler and pencil

 

Click here to view and print the pattern:

Heart basket pattern

 

*Note: If you can’t print, you can try drawing your own pattern. That said, this pattern has been made to be exactly the right size for the number of strips of paper.

This post originally appeared on my old blog, Pugdemonium.

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Heart Friendship Bracelet Tutorial

In this video tutorial, you’ll learn to make a friendship bracelet with a heart design. This bracelet uses 3 colors – one for the outline of the heart, one for the inside of the heart, and one for the stripe between hearts.

 
The image below is the pattern for the bracelet I made in the video. If you are pretty familiar with making friendship bracelets, you’ve probably used one of these patterns before, but if not, they are really easy to learn how to use and super helpful.

This pattern was created on http://friendship-bracelets.net/  You can create your own pattern on the generator here, and they also have some more info about using these patterns on the site. Go check them out!

Some tips to remember while making this bracelet:

  • Try to keep the tension, or tightness of the knots, consistent. If you tie the knots very tightly, it will result like the purple, blue, and periwinkle bracelet in the top image. This way, it will be less wide and will take longer to make. If the tension is kept on the loose side, it will be more like the one in the video. It will be wider and quicker to make. If you make a mistake, the knots will also be easier to pick out. Either way is fine – just try to stay consistent throughout the bracelet.
  • If you are using the pattern, you may want to keep a running tally to keep track of the row you are on so you don’t get lost.
  • For both directions of knots in this bracelet, the strings are supposed to switch places after the knot is tied, so they are in the right place for the next row.
  • If you are tying two strings of the same color together, it does not matter which direction of knot you tie.

 

This post originally appeared on my old blog, Pugdemonium.

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Crepe Paper Crocus Flower Tutorial

In this video tutorial, we are creating paper crocus flowers!

Where I live, crocuses are nature’s way of saying Spring is almost here! I believe they are the flower associated with Spring for many others, also.

These aren’t hard to make and they are pretty adorable. Put them in a mason jar, and they make a really cute desk decoration!

 

Time needed: ~30 minutes (per flower)

Difficulty: Easy

Materials:

 

Let me know if you have questions 🙂

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How To Ice Dye Fabric – Tie Dye Techniques

Ice Dyed Shirt

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

Difficulty: Easy

Materials List:

  • 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
  • Mask
  • 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.

Tips:

  • 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!

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Birdhouse Mother’s Day Card Tutorial + Free Coloring Page

In this tutorial, we’re creating this birdhouse themed Mother’s Day card!

 
This card was designed so the word “Mom” shows through the heart in the front of the birdhouse. This card is very easy to make, it just takes a little time to cut out and attach the pieces.

 

Time needed: ~45 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Materials:

There are two ways you can choose to make this card. You can cut out and use the patterns as I did in the video, or you can just print the coloring page pattern and color it.

 

Click here to view & print the patterns:

Birdhouse card 1

Birdhouse card text

 

Click here for the free coloring page:

Birdhouse card coloring page

 

This post originally appeared on my old blog, Pugdemonium.

 

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“Sweet” Valentine’s Day Card Tutorial + Free Coloring Page

This video tutorial shows how to create this “sweet” valentine card!

 
This heart-shaped sugar cookie inspired card for Valentine’s Day is complete with a “sweet” pun. This would be the perfect card for someone who loves to bake!

Here is the free pattern. As I mentioned in the video, in addition to cutting the pieces out like I did, you can use this as a coloring page and create the card that way. This would be a great card for kids to make! If you can, print it on white card stock or construction paper for best results:

you’re sweet card pattern/coloring page

 

I got the idea for this video when I was creating designs for Zazzle with heart shaped sugar cookies and realized it might also make a good Valentine card tutorial! If you’re interested in also seeing the Zazzle designs, here they are:

Card

Stickers

Phone Case

 

This post originally appeared on my old blog, Pugdemonium.

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Butterfly Pet Costume Tutorial

 

Pug wearing butterfly costume
Mischief in his butterfly costume

Hi, everyone!

This tutorial shows how to create this cute butterfly costume for your dog or cat!

 

It takes a little time to make, but the results are pretty adorable…

Time needed: ~1-2 hours

Difficulty: Easy

For this costume, you will need:

  • black stiff felt
  • blue felt
  • white felt
  • ribbon
  • a pipe cleaner
  • 2 pom poms
  • a glue gun
  • paper
  • scissors

Let me know if you have any questions 🙂

This tutorial originally appeared on my old blog, Pugdemonium.

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Crepe Paper Iris Flower Tutorial

Hi, everyone!

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)

Difficulty: Intermediate

Materials:

Let me know if you have any questions 🙂

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Crepe Paper Flower Crown

Hi, everyone!

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

Difficulty: Intermediate

Materials:

 

If you have any questions, feel free to comment 🙂

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Mini Greeting Card & Envelope Tutorial

New tutorial! This week we’re making these adorable miniature cards and envelopes!

 
These can be made into pop-up cards, birthday cards, and more. These are the perfect size to give along with a flower arrangement or to anyone who loves miniature things!

You can, of course, make any kind of card, but in this video, I show ideas for a birthday card, pop-up card, and valentine.

 

Click here to view & print the patterns:

mini cards envelopes pattern

 

Time needed: ~30 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Materials:

  • Paper, here is the patterned paper I used
  • Something to score with, I used this
  • glue stick or other
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • markers or pens to decorate, if you’d like

 

This post originally appeared on my old blog, Pugdemonium.

 

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