Let's make a Bat Mobile! Not to be confused with a Batmobile. That's a different thing entirely.
This fun little project will make your home sparkle with Halloween cheer! It's quick, inexpensive and super fun. Here's what you'll need;
White Colored Pencil or Crayon
(I used a twisted wire hanger but if you want to be classy you should try a wood frame one from Etsy. You can always paint it black to match your Batty Bats)
First, print your Bat Template! Or you can cut out your own unique bats!
Let's get started!
1) If you're using a wood frame, grab some black paint and use a few coats to cover your frame before getting started. Make sure to give it a few hours to dry! If using a wire hanger, bust out some beading tools or pliers and twist that guy into a loose spiral, making sure to connect the loose end (not hook part) into a circle to make a stable frame.
2.) Cover your work space with newspaper or parchment paper. Glitter and glue will be happening and it will get messy!
3.) Use the Bat template to cut out a variety of different sized paper Bats. Place the paper Bat on your stiffened felt and trace around it with your white colored pencil or crayon. Cut out felt Bats.
4.) Use your sponge brush to coat some of the Bats in a thin layer of Mod Podge, sprinkle them liberally with glitter.
3.) While your Bats dry, measure out various lengths of black hemp cord to string them onto your mobile with. Make sure to give allowance for the knots; make the cords a little longer than you need.
4.) Once Bats are dry, use your Elmers Glue to glue Rhinestone eyes on all your bats. I think the red ones look particularly scary but you can use any color you like.
5.) Use your tapestry needle to poke a hole into the Bat noggins and secure the cord with a double knot. Then knot the opposite end of the cord to the mobile frame. Arrange them at various heights and you're done!
Now display your mobile proudly! I like to use a screw hook to hang my mobiles. You can put this guy in your front window or hang it over your Halloween mantle display.
This is a super fun project to do with a group. You can help each other make bats for one big mobile, or make a bunch of mobiles so everyone has a fun decoration to take home!
Now go forth and have some spooky Halloween crafting fun!
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My big sister needed some new curtains whipped up for her super 60's themed basement she's been working on. I came up with a simple pattern for her four tiny windows (16.5"x34" windows to be exact.) It's quick and easy and doesn't use very much fabric at all! Traditional Valance patterns call for using double the amount of fabric width for the width of your window to create a more pronounced ruffle; ex. 30" wide window, 60" wide fabric, but this is my simple (cheap) version which uses as little fabric as possible so these are a bit smaller.
Jeanne picked out these wonderful cotton retro print fabrics for her new curtains. Her windows are small, standard basement windows; approximately 16.5"x34" so I created a pattern to match using 1&1/3 yards of each fabric for 4 small curtains.
Here are the Turquoise and Orange panels. You can find this fabric here.
And here are the light Aqua Kitty Cat panels. You can find this fabric here.
Didn't they just turn out precious! She has 4 windows in her basement and each one will be getting a little, retro valance!
If you also have tiny windows that need new curtains, here's how I made these guys
First of all you'll need to wash and dry your fabric to ensure it doesn't shrink on you after you've done all that time consuming sewing. Iron it so it's all perfectly flat and beautiful then cut out your pieces. Mine were four 44"x24" rectangles. This is the pattern that I put together so I could make the most of my fabric.
Whew! Got it? Here's a JPG of my little pattern if this is helpful to you.
I wish I had a picture of how they look in their new home!
I do like how they turned out, if I had to make them again I think I would buy a little more fabric and make the curtains wider, even if they ended up having a center seam. I think these turned out a little flat and could use to be more scrunchy.
I searched around on Pinterest to get some ideas for how to make a set of tiny, basement curtains and had no luck! I hope this diagram is helpful for anyone needing to cover up little windows, be it a tiny, over the sink window, RV windows or teeny basement windows!
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I've been taking on a lot of large projects lately and sometimes with the big ones it seems like the end is never in sight! At these times I like to give myself a tiny project to work on in my off hours. Something with instant gratification. Tiny needlepoint is usually the answer. I love needlepoint because it allows for total creativity; a blue house with an orange roof!? Sounds good to me!
I did want to share with you a couple of the "in between" pictures. Just for fun. This is the original idea, it came from a sketch I was working on late one night.
Sometimes you've just gotta draw cute little houses. You can see some purple on the fabric in these pictures, it's because I like to use an erasable fabric marker to sketch my designs onto the fabric before I start working. It disappears in time OR you can use water to make it fade away.
Lighting change! I wasn't sure what to do with the little clouds of chimney smoke, I made a few swirls at first but they just didn't look right. I also tried out a dark blue door but it just looked terrible! Avert your eyes!
In the end I really like how it turned out. Especially the cute little pebbles on the walkway and the happy little trees.
Now, I'd like to show you how I finish my embroidery projects. It's a little bit time consuming but the reason I do it this way is that I like to have the option in the future to take the backing piece off the fabric and wash it if need be. Fabric projects can get stained and dusty with age so it's always nice to have the option of cleaning them somewhere down the line. They also will become less taut over time and lose tension so you should reasonably be able to remove them and re-stretch the fabric in the future. This tutorial really helped me the first time I finished a piece. I've since added to it and made it my own.
I forgot to include pics of the beginning of the process. I like to measure the hoop and make sure I have a piece of lightweight iron on interfacing placed behind the image to keep the project nice and stable before I start stitching. You can see the interfacing a little bit here.
Now, for finishing the project I like to cut around the edges as pictured^. I then run a basting stitch around the edge of the project with a long strand of embroidery floss to gather.
Then gather all the thread together and tie a double knot.
Then grab a coordinating piece of felt and cut it to the appropriate size to fit the back of your hoop.
I then do a little whip stitch around the edge to secure it all up.
I think it turned out pretty darn cute! I love tiny embroidery hoops, they make awesome gifts and fun little projects to work on when you have a little extra time on your hands.
Here's a copy of my original image if you'd like to trace it onto some fabric and make an adorable little house for yourself! You could always print it and then change the size for whatever hoop you have available. Or, if you don't wanna take the time to make one you can always just purchase it from my shop!
Let me know if you have any questions! If you haven't tried needlepoint/embroidery before you should definitely give it a shot. It's a cheap hobby and there are all sorts of resources out there on the Pinterest to get you started. I even have a Pinterest board devoted to some of my favorites!
Hope you're having a happy September!
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Have you started decorating for Fall yet? I sure have! I'm kind of obsessed with Seasonal Decor. Some might even say I over decorate. I can't help it! A festive home is a cozy home!
I was picking out some Fall decorations from Jo-Ann's recently and I was sure that I would find myself a batch o'Pinecones to put in some glass bowls around my living room but to no avail! They were already sold out! Then I though, why not just fetch my own from nature! Crazy, right? So I read this helpful tutorial and got to work!
Alex and I took a walk around the neighborhood and filled up a bag with happy Pinecones. When we got home I shook them out over the trash one at a time and popped them on an old baking sheet. I baked them at 200 degrees for 20 minutes then popped them in a fresh bag and gave them a good shake to get all the remaining dirt off.
Alex sprinkled them with cinnamon and nutmeg before we baked them so the house smelled like a delicious, spicy campfire when we took them out. He didn't know I was gonna spray seal them (: After they were baked and bug free I took them outside and gave them a few light coats of clear spray sealant.
I flipped them over and made sure to seal their little bottoms too.
I let the Pinecones dry for a few hours then brought them inside and used them to fill up a bunch of glass bowls and containers around my living room.
I even added some cute LED lights to one of the larger fishbowls.
I am aware that a bag of Pinecones costs around $3, not exactly an investment, but this way was freee! Plus Alex and I like to do stuff the old fashion way whenever possible. And the Pinecones in the oven with Cinnamon smelled pretty darn amazing. It's a perfect way to start out the Fall season. I think I'll be fetching my own Pinecones from here on out! It's just so easy and nearly instant gratification, shake and bake decor!
Give it a try if DIY decorations are your thing, they're totally mine. You won't be disappointed!
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This little guy is so cute! And totally necessary.
Seriously, your mug is going to be so cozy!
I'm not sure where the inspiration behind this particular craft came from. I think it was created out of a frantic, last minute need to get Christmas gifts done last year. Nevertheless they are one of my favorite dude gifts and they're pretty darn easy to make!
First, print your pattern!
Next, you'll need:
Mug (about 10" in diameter)
Velcro (use non sticky!)
Needle and Thread
I might have forgotten to put a few of these items in my "supplies" picture...
Next you'll want to cut out your pattern and pin it to your felt. Layer your fabric; you'll be cutting out two main body rectangles, one of each color and two smaller tab rectangles, one of each color. You only need one 'stache though, I make mine in the darker lining color.
Then pin your pieces to your mug to make sure that they're the right size!
Now, you'll want to sew your Velcro onto your little tab. Layer your two tab pieces of fabric on top of each other and place the Velcro on the Wrong Side of the fabric, the "lining" if you will. I like to use an X shape and then a little box around it. Then run a stitch all the way around the outside edge of the tab using a 1/4" seam allowance. Use your sharp scissors to trim off the excess fabric.
I know, it's kind of a mess. But you get the idea.
Next you'll want to grab the body piece of your pattern; the large rectangles, and layer them on top of each other, Right Side facing up. Place your 'stache on top and stitch through all layers. You could always go ahead and add a layer of interfacing here if you want to make your cozy a little more indestructible, but it's not really necessary. (PS I often do this part by hand because I think it looks extra cute with little hand stitches!)
When your mustache is appropriately situated, it's time to stitch around the outer edge of the main body pieces, just like you did with the tab portion. Sew 1/4" from the edge and trim it up afterwards!
We're almost done!
Now! Try your cozy on your mug and pin it! This way you'll know where to affix the other piece of Velcro for the perfect fit!
Sew your other piece of Velcro to the edge of the mug cozy using the same X in a box technique (very technical) as before. Then attach the other end of your tab to the opposite edge of the body portion.
Then trim up your edges and any stray threads and you're done!
These make super cute Christmas gifts, and if you're anything like me, you're already planning and plotting your gifts for December.
So go forth! Get out your crafty supplies and make some super fun, super inexpensive gifts!
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This is definitely something that you need!
Right?! I'm gonna teach you how to make one! I'm also gonna throw in some other toppings if these ones don't appeal to you. If this was my pizza it would probably be mostly artichoke hearts, I'm kind of obsessed.
Ok! Let's learn!
First off, you'll need some supplies, I would've taken a pic for you but, not gonna lie, my Sculpey is not exactly packaged and pretty. It's more like bags of multi-colored lumps. Anyway! You'll need various colors of bake-able Polymer clay such as Sculpey or Fimo. Grab yourself a crust color (I like to use a nude shade with a touch of yellow squished in) a red for the sauce, white for cheese and whatever colors you would like to use for your toppings. I'd suggest a dark brown and green, that way you can make snausage, shrooms, bacon, artichoke hearts and bell peppers. Oh! And some black if you want olives or yellow if you want pineapple! It's all up to you!
You'll also want a screw hook eye, a rolling pin or jar to roll your clay out with, a needle for detail work and a cutting tool for shaping. (Make sure not to use kitchen utensils for this as Polymer clay is not food safe! Designate your clay tools and keep them away from food!)
Now, grab your pizza crust color and let's get started!
Knead your pizza crust "dough" and then roll it into a ball. Then use a jar or roller to roll it out into a flat slab.
Then use a knife to chop out a triangle shape. I give the top portion some squishes to flatten it out so I can roll the crust over.
Then you'll wanna grab a little chunk of red/marinara and squish it into a rough triangle shape. You can always get creative and add your favorite sauce here, green for Pesto, white for Alfredo, whatever floats your boat!
I like to make sure my sauce isn't too even, it's more realistic that way. Now it's cheese time, I strongly recommend you take a moment for hand washing. That red Sculpey is lethal, it transfers onto everything!
Roll out a thin rope of "cheese" and chop it into little pieces. Then pop them on your sauce in a slapdash fashion.
Add even more cheese! Then it's time for toppings!
Now, keep in mind these are my "interpretations" of toppings. You can make yours look like whatever you want! I'm not a clay pizza toppings expert. I started with pepperoni and snausage because they're the most generic and recognizable. For your pepperoni, just roll a reddish brown ball out and then give it a couple pricks with a needle. For the snausage, I made a dark brown smaller ball and put it on the pizza, then gave it a ton of needle jabs until it was the right texture.
To form the mushroom you need to make a small ball of light brown, flatten it, then use a needle to push each side in towards the center while smooshing the top downwards. It's not an exact science. Essentially just make a cartoon T.
The pineapple and olive are formed using roughly the same method; make ball, squish, poke hole in the middle. The red onion is simply made by placing balls of white and purple on top of each other in descending size. The teeny jalapeno is the same as the pepperoni, just teeny. The artichoke is complicated; make a tiny, green bullet, score a horizontal line indentation through the middle, scatter some needle pricks above the line and under the line use the edge of your needle to press in vertical indentations.
I couldn't resist adding the jalapeno, it was too cute!
Then screw in your hook and you're ready to bake! I baked my little dude at 250 Degrees for 25 minutes and that worked out fine. Mine is about 1.25" long, 1.25" wide and a little over .25" deep. You'll want to bake yours a bit longer if it's thicker than that. Refer to your clay packaging info if you're unsure.
You can bake your pizza with the screw hook in BUT make sure to unscrew it after baking and coat the screw portion in a thin coat of super glue, then screw back in. It's safer that way. Then pop on a few coats of Sculpey gloss glaze sealant and you're good to go!
If you're looking to put this little dude on a chain and need help with your clasp skillz I have a quick tute for how to turn a chain into a necklace here.
Now! Get some clay and start making charms! I highly recommend having a group of friends over and making a BFF pizza where everybody goes home with their own special slice. That's how this pizza tutorial came to be in the first place!!!
Go forth and make pizza!
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Today I'm going to teach you how to make a cute, little clay Dino monster. These little dudes are always a popular on my Etsy and they're easy as pie to make! You can pop them on keychains and necklaces or leave them hardware free and put them in your terrarium.
Let's get started!
First you'll need to round up your supplies;
Screw hook eyes
Clay tools (optional, but I like to use a small plastic knife)
Sculpey or Fimo
I like to use 5 colors, body, spots and spikes, little pink tongue and just a teeny bit of black and white for the eyes.
First, you'll want to lob off a chunk of your main body color, then knead it a bit until soft and roll it into a ball.
Secondly, you'll start shaping your Dino body. I shape it into a little tadpole first, and then give him some feet. Basic clay Dino evolution!
At this point I like to screw in my hook, that way when you're placing the horns on top you don't end up with a horn blocking where your hardware should be. I don't leave the hook in though, it's tough to maneuver around a hunk of metal.
At this point you'll be switching colors, you might want to wash your hands before switching because clay colors can transfer easily. Now, you'll want to create some horns. Roll up some small balls of your coordinating color, I like to do about 5 or 6 depending on how big my Dino is. Then press them firmly into the top of the Dino so there's no chance of them falling off!
Now, roll out a bunch of tiny balls to act as your Dino spots. I like to do about 6, three on each side.
Now he needs some eyes, roll out two small balls of white clay and two smaller balls of black clay. Make sure they're even, then squish your white portion on the Dino, followed by the black.
You're nearly done! Now he needs a mouth. Create a little impression where your Dino tongue will be placed. Then grab a small, oval piece of pink and place on the mouth. I use the blunt end of my knife to push the tongue portion back into his little mouth then create an impression down the center.
Then, just for aesthetics, I like to take a needle and give my Dino some nostrils. I also like to separate his little tootsies so he has four, sometime's I even take the time to give him tiny toenails.
Screw your hook back in and he's ready to bake! Make sure to follow your clay packaging instructions for bake time! It's usually around 275 degrees for 20 minutes per 1/4" of clay, essentially the thicker your Dino is, the longer he'll need to bake.
You'll want to remove the screw hook after baking and then screw it in coated with a thin layer of super glue. After baking you might also want to coat your Dino in varnish. I suggest Sculpey brand gloss glaze, it's super shiny and won't peel off (like ModPodge) or yellow with age (like spray sealant.)
Here he is all baked up and sealed! He's just so cute!
If you're interested in learning how to put together a necklace chain for your charm, I have a tutorial for that here. Also, if you're wanting a cute Dino charm but don't wanna make one yourself I have a few here, here and here!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, I love making clay stuff so you'll see more cute little creatures on here from time to time.
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