quinta-feira, 30 de junho de 2011

Joaninhas 3D

by Jordan Barie.

Styrofoam balls from craft stores
Red fabric
Dressmaking Pins OR Hot Glue Gun
Black self-adhesive black felt
Pipe cleaners for antennae.

1. Cut the styrofoam balls in half using a saw or sharp kitchen knife.
2. Using a plate or other flat round object, trace a circle on the red fabric making sure it’s large enough to cover the dome of the body.
3. Cut out your circles and start wrapping your ladybird body pinning on opposite sides to start with. You could also use a hot glue gun to secure the fabric on the under side.
4. Fold and ease the fabric underneath with as few visible gathers as possible.
5. Cut a circle out of the felt for the head and stick on and wrap one edge underneath
6. Cut a strip of felt for the center of the ladybug’s wings, and dots for her spots.
7. Stick all felt onto the red bodies.
8. Cut the black pipe cleaners in half and curl one end. Insert into the top of the ladybird for antennae.

DONE! Watch them craw up the wall and get in place for the party!.

Tip: You can make large ladybirds like I did here, or imagine tiny little ones for button holes… or add a magnet and stick to the fridge as a DIY favor for the guests to take home!

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Suporte para bolos

The tutorial comes from Jacinda at Prudent Baby, and features a clever & inexpensive way to create your own dessert/cake stands for all sorts of parties and occasions.

With all the fabulous scrapbook paper that’s available these days, the sky is the limit as far as aesthetics go… you could even add ribbon, craft gems, and other coordinating scrapbook embellishments to create your own completely unique look!

You’ll Need:
• Corrugated cake boards
• Canned goods (unopened)
• Several sheets of scrapbooking-weight paper
• Tools: x-acto knife, ruler, cutting mat, pencil, rubber bands, non-toxic glue (I prefer Aleene’s Tacky Glue.).

1. Trace closely around the edge of each cake board with the pencil and cut out your circles with your x-acto knife on the cutting mat.

2. Apply glue fairly close to the edge of the wrong side of your paper circle and attach to your cake board. Repeat for each..

3. Measure the height of your canned goods and cut strips of paper to height..

4. Wrap paper around can, marking a 1″ overlap and trim length of paper..

5. Apply glue to the length of the 2 short ends and wrap paper around canned good, overlapping and gluing down the end. Wrap with rubber bands to dry. Repeat for each..

6. Cut 1″ strips of paper to create the “thickness” of the “plates.”.

7. Place cake board bottom-side up and apply glue along very top of the entire length of your 1″ strip and begin wrapping strip around edge of cake board. If there is a “front” of your cake-board, be sure to place paper seam towards the back. Repeat until the entire circumference of all of your circles is covered. Glue the strips of paper together as you go.

8. Place your largest can at the bottom and center your largest cake board on top. You can stop there for a pretty cake stand. You should glue your stand to the can (I would probably use a glue gun but haven’t tested this yet).

9. You can add additional tiers by centering another can on top of your first cake board and gluing another cake board on top..

These are great because they are sooo inexpensive to make, totally customizable and you never have to worry about leaving a pretty plate behind at a party!

sábado, 16 de abril de 2011

Hortas verticais

Horta em casa

Aos poucos estou construindo a minha pequena "horta" cá em casa. Não é uma horta de verdade, são mais uns vasinhos com plantas, mas já plantei salsa, alecrim, oregãos, tomilho e hortelã-pimenta. Estão no parapeito da janela da minha cozinha, e dão muito jeito para cozinhar....adoro o aroma das ervas frescas nos cozinhados e o chá de hortelã, acabadinho de fazer!!
Estou à espera de outras plantinhas, semeei maracujá, para depois transplantar para o meu terraço, e semeei também bagas goji e tomate cereja....mas ainda estou à espera que refile...
Ando a pesquisar sobre hortas verticais, porque num apartamento, infelizmente, o espaço para cultivar não é muito, e gostaria de ter mais plantinhas, principalmente daquelas que depois posso usar na minha cozinha.
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