Monday, October 16, 2017

How to make a fun Halloween spider hairband the easy way

Halloween spider hairband


Do you want to celebrate Halloween but can’t wear an entire costume?  Why not make this fun Halloween spider hairband and you are guaranteed smiles aplenty. 

The Halloween spider hairband is so easy to make with the help of Bowdabra bow maker so you will want to make few for gifts as well.  Wouldn’t it be great to give as a favor at a Halloween party?  Kids, as well as adults, will just love this little spider! 

Halloween spider hair band 


 Materials:

Black hairband
18 inches 1 ½” sheer black ribbon
18 inches Bowdabra bow wire
Black stiffened felt
Black felt (regular)
Black chenille stems
Glue gun and glue sticks
Two Halloween wiggle eyes
Compass with white pencil (To write on black felt)
Scissors
Pinking shears

Instructions:

1.   First, use the compass and white colored pencil to mark 2 ½” diameter circles on both the stiffened black felt and the regular felt. Then, cut out.



2.   Next, cut the black chenille stems into four 4 ½” pieces.  Use the glue gun to attach them to the stiffened felt circle spoke style all around.  Glue the regular felt circle on top to cover and press down. 



3.   To make the legs-- use the pinking shears to cut down the center of each section all around for a total of 8 sections.  After you have cut the leg sections trim them to long rectangles following the lines of the chenille stems.




4.    Now, glue the Felt legs/body onto the hair band.  Bend the legs as desired.  Cut a piece of black felt into a 2-inch circle and glue to the underside of the hair band.




5.    To finish, make the Bowdabra bow spider head.  Cut an 18-inch piece of Bowdabra bow wire fold in half and place in the Bowdabra bow maker.  You will have a loop at one end and two pieces of wire at the other end.


6.    Cut an 18-inch piece of 2 ½” wide sheer ribbon and insert directly into the Mini Bow maker from the top.  The ribbon piles up like an accordion.  Scrunch the ribbon until you reach the end.



7.    Use the wand to push down the ribbon tightly.



8.    Thread the two loose ends through the loop end of the bow wire and pull tightly.  Remove from the Bowmaker, tie a knot on the back and fluff the bow into a rosette shape.



9.   Finally, use the glue gun to attach the Bowdabra rosette to the center of the spider on the hair band. Glue two Halloween wiggle eyes on the front of the rosette at the base.  Then bend the legs as desired.


Halloween spider hairband

Halloween spider hairband


Monday, October 9, 2017

How to paint this super fun star quilt rock

star quilt rock


Warm up to this super fun star quilt rock.  It’s easy to make this rock and then put your “warm thoughts,” on the underside and leave it for someone to find.  It’s easy to paint and kids will love to vary the colors of the quilt.  Simply follow the diagram painting all the dark sections first and then follow with the light ones.  After you have finished your quilt leave your positive message on the back!  Kindness rocks! 

Materials:

Rock
Acrylic paints, burnt sienna (dark), Yellow ochre, (light) and red.  (I’ve used fall colors but you can substitute if you wish)
Small paintbrush
Black sharpie marker
Black extra fine marker
Palette or paper plate
Pencil

Instructions:

1.     First, use the pencil to mark off lines for the squares on your rock.  The lines don’t have to be perfect.  Then, make diagonal lines on the squares following the diagram.  Don’t worry about the ends since they will just be one solid color.



2.     Next, paint the underside of the rock yellow ochre and let dry.


3.     Now using the small paintbrush, paint the dark diagonal areas first and let dry.



4.     Next, paint the light color diagonal areas and let dry.

5.     Depending upon your rock you may want to add a second coat and let dry.

6.     When the rock is dry, use the wood end of the paintbrush dipped in red paint to make dots on all the yellow ochre. (Light areas)  Continue till you have added dots on all the light diagonal lines.


7.     Finally, use the black sharpie marker to outline all the lines.


8.     Use the extra fine marker to make stitch lines on the black sharpie lines. (See photo)


9.     Turn rock over to the solid side and paint your message.  After you’ve painted it use the wood end of the paintbrush to put dots on the letters.  Let it dry and leave the rock in a park, store, sidewalk and more for someone to find and make their day warmer, and brighter!




Diagram for painting

Check out some of our other rock painting tutorials like this Leaf rock!
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Monday, October 2, 2017

How to make simple duct tape earrings for Breast Cancer Awareness

Duct tape earrings for breast cancer awareness



October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  You can whip up these simple duct tape earrings to show your support.  You can also use this technique to make other awareness earrings using the appropriate color duct tape. 

I’ve used a pink camo duct tape to make mine for Breast Cancer Awareness, but you can alternately use a solid color pink for the same effect.

Materials:

Pink camp duct tape
Self-healing cutting mat
X-acto or craft knife
Ruler
Headpins
Small pink heart beads
Pink size E seed beads
Medium silver bead
Fish hook ear wires
Needle-nosed pliers
Hot Glue gun and hot glue sticks

Instructions:

1.     Cut two pieces of duct tape 1” x 4” using the cutting mat, ruler, and craft knife.





2.     Fold the duct tape in half together.  Repeat for the second piece of duct tape.  Now fold the duct tape into ribbon shape and use the glue gun to attach so it stays together.




3.     Next, thread onto a 2 ½” head pin in this order:  Seed bead, pink heart, silver bead.  Now poke through the top of the ribbon.  Add another seed bead.



4.     Then, using the needle-nosed pliers, bend the top of the head pin to the right.  Next, add the fishhook ear wire making sure it faces in the correct direction, and bend the wire closed.