Plastic Easter eggs are abundant this time of year. You can find them in a variety of colors and sizes, and with a medley of super-heroes and princesses plastered across their round bellies. But when you strip Batman and Cinderella away, you're left with a beautiful shape - the incredible egg. And, it turns out, it's the perfect vessel for lovely arrangements of spring flowers!
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The inspiration for this easy holiday project came to me in a dream. I know, I know...that sounds like an elaborate and somewhat ridiculous setup for a blog post, but it's true, in this case. Sparing you the details, I'll just share the effect- in which I woke up a few days ago, and immediately felt compelled to Google "sparkly OR glitter platypus ornament". No results. Surprised?
At some point that day, I decided I couldn't bear to live in a world where there were glittery platypus ornaments didn't exist. So, I figured I'd have to make one myself.
First I thought, "Stencil?" No, not nearly as cool. "Paint it on a bulb?" Nope, don't trust my drawing skills enough. So, I headed to the craft store, and, to my surprise...there it was. A plastic toy platypus. And a shark, rhino, pig, octopus, and stegosaurus. Merry Christmas to Me.
Tools and Materials
Plastic animals - check your local toy or craft store. I scored mine at Michael's for 40% off each!
Small screw eyelets
Electric drill and small drill bits
Colored spray paint - I used Krylon Dual paint and primer in one, very helpful with the smooth surface of the plastic animals
Krylon Glitterblast paint - I used "Cherry Bomb," "Posh Pink," "Lucky Green," and "Sparkling Waters"
Krylon Glitterblast clear sealer
String, embroidery floss, or ornament hooks
1. Remove any tags and stickers from your animals, then use some soap and water to clean off any craft or toy store grime, so that the paint will adhere well.
2. Begin by drilling a hole that's a bit small than your screw eyelet into the back of your creature. (Or the head, or whatever makes sense. That sounds more violent than it is.) Try to drill in the center of piece's weight, as opposed to it's length, so that the creature will hang evenly.
3. Use your fingers to screw in the eyelet, turning the animal onto the threads.
4. Give the whole thing a solid basecoat of colored primer or paint. Since the Glitterblast is (understandably) a bit more pricey than normal spray paint, its a great way to get a deep saturated color without using too much of the sparkly stuff. I hung mine from the eyelet from some monofilament/fishing line, using a loose knot to prevent the thread from blocking the paint.
5. Allow to dry, and cover with Glitterblast. Be sure to shake the can for a full two minutes, then use short spurts of sparkle to cover the whole thing - back, front, and belly.
Then, give it a coat of Glitterblast clear sealer, which'll keep the sparkle on your critters and off your Christmas tree.
There you go. My dreams have literally come true. And that's what the holiday season is all about. :)
Maybe it's my childhood spent catching garter snakes, but I've never been afraid of snakes. I know I'm in the minority in thinking that some of them are even downright cute, so I won't be surprised to hear that this snake wreath might evoke slithery nightmares for many. If plastic snakes don't creep you out too much, you can whip up this DIY Halloween wreath in no time.
As fun as jewelry is to collect and wear, it can be tricky to figure out how to store all your pieces. If you're not careful, it can too easily turn into clutter. Home organization stores would love to convince you to run out and spend tons of money on jewelry organizers and storage. But if you're willing to get a bit crafty, you can easily make your own DIY jewelry organizer or holder to store your jewelry in style.
Mother's Day is just around the corner, and you know what's better than a mom? Nothing! If you want to show your momma you care for her in a special and unique way, then handmade is the way to go. We've rounded up 48 doable Mother's Day ideas you could craft for your mom, or for the other mothers in your life. Maybe you're a mom too, and you want to treat yourself - go wild. It's your day. Mom will love the care and thought put into her...
Growing your own herbs is incredibly satisfying. Not only do they take up very little space, they take your cooking to new heights as you start experiment with different flavor profiles, you can even read our guide to choosing your own here.
Although it's hard to believe, it's almost that time of year when holiday parties start occupying most weekends. Most people's go-to gift for these kinds of events is usually a bottle of wine, but sometimes it's nice to surprise your hostess with something different. Here are 60 fantastic DIY hostess gifts that you can start thinking about ahead of time to avoid excessive holiday stress.
As Earth Day approaches (mark your calendars! April 22nd!), I've been thinking about ways to reduce and reuse the things I don't need in my life anymore. I'm pretty good about recycling what I can - cardboard, papers, and bottles go in the curbside recycling, and compost I take to the local natural foods store. Plastic bags go to grocery stores with those plastic bag bins up front, along with other random thinner plastics like cereal bags, plastic wrap, and bread bags. If you don't have access to a plastic bag recycling bin, you can reuse your plastic bags by fusing them together to create a waterproof, flexible fabric!
Since I'm a self-diagnosed lazy person, I'll admit it's really nice to look at things on my phone without having to pick it up. It's just soooo much work, after all! To prop up your phone while you work, sleep or browse, it's nice to have a phone stand, but it's better to have one with a bit of personality. This bright pink acrylic project definitely stands out as a modest but bright, statement-making DIY phone stand, and you can use any colored acrylic or plexiglass to make your own that fits your phone!
Everyone I know is on an organizing kick, myself included, now that the new year has rolled around. And one of the places that I have the hardest time keeping clean is my home office and craft space. So I thought it would be fun to create a wall-mounted organizer for my office supplies and share it with you guys. Keep reading to check it out.
Can you believe it? Christmas is coming up quick! The holiday season always seems to whizz right by, doesn't it? If you're feeling like you've missed out on the festivities, don't fret - there's still enough time to make some last-minute baubles and bits. We've rounded up a few (well, not a few - over 150!) of our favorite DIY Christmas ornaments that you can definitely get finished this weekend, and enjoy for Christmases yet to come.
There’s something really fun about wrapping gifts at Christmas time don’t you think? Maybe it’s because this is the only time of year I can sing along to carols at the top of my lungs while I wrap. Or perhaps it’s the sheer number of presents I get to play with! Either way, everything feels so magical that it makes me want to make each gift extra festive.
And there’s no easier way to add a little festive cheer to your presents than with...
I think it's safe to say Christmas is upon us, and holiday decorating is my favorite time of year! As fun as it is to decorate my home, I tend to stray away from traditional reds and greens for Christmas, so I incorporated pink and a light green color into my decorating with this DIY dipped ornament display that fits in perfectly to my dining room gallery wall. Using lightweight plastic ornaments and twine, this almost-rustic piece of decor...
I don't know about you, but I've been basically looking forward to Halloween since New Year's Eve. It's such a fun holiday! Candy, ghosts, and ghouls - oh my! Even though I absolutely adore All Hallow's Eve, I'll be the first to admit that the decor can end up on the tackier side of things. Ever on the hunt for classy Halloween decor, I decided to go glam instead. Ditch the traditional black and orange in favor of gold and glitz!
There's something about a rope wall hanging that's one part nostalgic and one part contemporary... and totally appealing to the hidden bohemian in me. So when I realized that IKEA's Sötvatten straws fit perfectly on this white rope, I knew what I had to do.
The wall hanging that I came up with has a stair-step shape, with a bit of a southwestern feel and fun tassels as a finishing touch. And today I'm going to share the simple tutorial with you!
Here's what you'll need for your plastic straw and rope wall hanging:
Boob lights. Once you know what they are, you'll notice them everywhere. We've had one in our living room since we bought our house two years ago, and I've been meaning to do something about it for months now. And I finally did. Click through to check out the glamorous solution.
Confetti is an integral — no, necessary — part of any type of party for me, and although I have not personally planned a wedding, I think confetti definitely belongs at all of them. These DIY confetti wedding favors are incredibly easy to make using test tubes, and adding a homemade tag gives them a personal touch your guests will appreciate.
Whether you want the guests to throw around the confetti as you depart, or you simply want to give them a gift they can enjoy later on, confetti tubes are a perfect little favor. Plus, you can make custom confetti with your wedding colors to make them feel even more personalized.
Note, if you will be throwing the confetti outdoors, consider biodgradeable paper confetti to make for an easier cleanup afterwards.
Here's how to put together these simple wedding favors!
Plastic test tubes with caps (approx. 4 inches)
Paper tags, optional
Stamps or stickers, optional
Remove the caps from the test tubes to insert the confetti. Perhaps the easiest and least messy way to do this is with a small funnel. Loosely insert the confetti into the tubes. If too packed, guests will not be able to easily remove the confetti.
Replace the caps and cut a piece of string or ribbon (I used baker's twine) about 5 inches long to tie a bow.
If you'd like to attach tags (not necessary, of course), write on the paper or use stamps or stickers to embellish them with your desired saying, such as "thanks." You can also print tags designed exactly how you want them and punch holes in the paper to hang the tags.
Lastly, tie the string around the tube where the cap meets the plastic. I found that it held best when I left a little crevice between the cap and tube for the string to fit in. Thread the tag on the string (if using) and tie a bow.
When the wedding comes along, simply place a confetti favor at each place setting or leave a cute container filled with them near the doorway for guests to pick up. Everyone loves the chance to play around with confetti, and it adds some fun and color to your big day!
I love a good bargain! With Easter coming up, it's time to start shopping for Easter gifts and treats to fill Easter eggs, but that can get expensive fast. My family hosts an Easter egg hunt every year, and I think these simple dollar DIY Easter baskets made from Dollar Store plastic pots are the perfect way to get a homemade touch without a lot of money or work. Use them to hunt for eggs or fill with grass and goodies for a homemade gift!
What's black and white and wood all over? A modern, rustic, Scandinavian Christmas! We've rounded up forty (40!!) Scandinavian Christmas decorations that will have you daydreaming of log fires and warm glasses of glogg in no time. God Jul!
This holiday season, a group of the Curbly writers decided to team up and each of us created a simple and stylish new Christmas ornament. We're calling it the "Curbly Ornament Challenge" but there's not much competition involved...just a lot of fun, seasonal crafting. See all of the ornaments here.
I've been iffy about the longevity of geometric everything for awhile now, but it doesn't seem like it's going anywhere. Uncle, I cry! The simple lines and representative shapes are fairly easy to recreate and the result looks clean and crisp, especially at a small size. So, I decided to embrace the trend by marrying it with the classic look of fused glass and a holiday ornament using...wait for it...Shrinky Dink plastic.
Art of your choice, sized to fit an 8.5" x 11" piece of copy paper. NOTE: Shrinky Dink paper is sized at 8" x 10" so adjust your image accordingly.
Frosted Ruff n' Ready Shrinky Dinks Creative Pack
Black Pigma Graphic 1 pigment ink marker, a Copic black marker (A Sharpie will not work with this project as is. More on that later.)
Robin's Egg Blue Copic Marker for an added dimensional element (Or a LIGHT color of your choosing. You want to keep it light because when the dink shrinks, the color will intensify greatly.)
Hole punch, standard 1/4" size
Parchment paper (or aluminum foil)
Ranger Melt Art Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (aka: UTEE) This is what makes the ornament look like glass. It also acts like a glue and holds the dimensional pieces in place.
A round toothpick
Begin by creating your design. You can draw something on a standard sheet of 8.5 x 11" paper, or print out an image you found online. Once you have your art, tape it to the shiny underside of one sheet of Shrinky Dink paper. My design is based on Hug a Porcupine's snow fox brooch, which is totally adorable. For other ideas that might work, check out these fabulous animal shapes.
Using a ruler and the black pigment ink marker, trace all the lines of your art.
With a sharp scissors, cut out the image, making sure to cut on the OUTSIDE of the black outer lines. (It's best to cut from the outside in instead of pivoting your scissors at the inside corners as this can very easily tear the plastic.) Then, with the hole punch, punch a hole at the center top of artwork
To give the ornament a fused quality, choose elements from your art to make it dimensional. For this image, I used the tip of the animal's tail and his nose, the nose being a great dimensional element for any animal. Use some of the scrap shrink plastic to outline the sections you want to pop--literally--and cut them out of the plastic.
Using the pigment ink markers, color in each section. Tip: If the black border around the your colorful piece gets smudged, you might want to retrace the outside perimeter of the segment.
Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the plastic pieces - outline and colored sections - on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake until the plastic shrinks to about 50% of its size and is completely flat. (If you're unfamiliar with Shrinky Dinks, you'll probably panic a bit at this point because the plastic curls upon itself when melting. But don't worry. The art should right itself and flatten out.
If it looks like it won't--like if the small pieces are completely flat and the larger image is still all jacked up, you'll need to rescue it by reaching inside the oven and gently pulling it apart, being careful not to burn yourself. (Chopsticks or a couple of pencils help with the manipulation, but I just use my fingers and suffer the pain.)
After you've taken the your art and all it parts out of the oven with an oven mitt, quickly put another piece of clean parchment paper on top of the pieces and press down lightly on the image to flatten them. You only have seconds to do this! For comparison, check out the size of the image after shrinking compared to the original pattern I used. Also note the intensity of the robin's egg blue.
After the pieces cool, position the colored accent pieces on top of the larger image.
Gingerly, sprinkle a light to medium coating of UTEE over everything and place it back into oven on a lined baking sheet.
Keep an eye on the ornament until all the UTEE is melted. (In the photo above, you'll notice that the UTEE has melted around the perimeter but not in the middle. Don't remove the ornament from the oven until ALL the UTEE is melted.) THE UTEE WILL MELT OVER THE EDGES OF THE IMAGE. THIS IS EXPECTED AND WILL BE DEALT WITH IN STEP 12.
When you take the ornament out of the oven, quickly check to make sure all the dimensional pieces on top of the larger piece below are straight. If they aren't, use a toothpick to realign them.
After the UTEE has set up a bit, inspect the ornament for any inconsistencies. You'll see in the above image that the left ear didn't get embossed very well. No worries--we're going to do another coat of the embossing powder. Sprinkle the UTEE over the entire image one more time, and place back in the oven. Keep an eye on the ornament until this second layer of the UTEE has melted completely.
After the UTEE is melted and you've taken the ornament out of the oven, slide the parchment paper with the ornament still on it off the baking sheet. The UTEE will only take seconds to set. While it's still warm, use the round toothpick to ream the hole out from the center. (Yes, the hole size shrinks too.)
After the UTEE has cooled, you'll need to trim the excess UTEE that has melted over the edges. You CAN use a scissors to cut the UTEE, but I find breaking it off--FROM FRONT TO BACK--works best for me.
When you're done with the big bits, you'll have some jagged bits. You can use a straight craft blade to shave them off, but I find my fingernail works pretty well too.
When you're done trimming the excess UTEE, you'll probably end up with some rough spots on the FRONT of the image. Don't worry. Just pop it back into the oven and let the UTEE melt ever so slightly. Doing so will fill in the rough spots and smooth everything out. It kind of works like when you "flood a cookie" with icing. When you take the ornament out of the oven this time, you'll have to re-ream the hole at the top--again, do this when the UTEE has set but is still slightly warm.
Add a hook or string to the hole and display as desired, letting all who cast their gaze upon it admire your mastery of making a faux fused glass ornament.