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
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)
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.
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
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 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:
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:
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)
Crepe paper (violet, lavender, yellow-orange, moss green)