Sunday, July 5, 2015

Denim look frame with up-cycled denim flowers



I love textures and denim.  Did you know that you can mimic the texture of the woven threads of denim with paint?  Use an unconventional tool to imitate the looks of denim on a wooden frame and then accent it with real up-cycled denim flowers.  This little denim flower frame makes a great gift for anyone.  And if you use a denim scrap from a discarded favorite article of clothing it makes your frame even more special. 

Supplies:

·      Wooden frame
·      Fine sand paper
·      Acrylic paint, dark blue, light blue
·      Medium paintbrush
·      Inexpensive plastic comb
·      Denim scrap
·      Small blue bead or rhinestone
·      Fabric stiffener or thinned white glue
·      Tacky craft glue
·      Waxed paper or newspaper to protect your work surface
·      Paper or foam plate for a palette
·      Plastic sandwich bag
·      3-D foam dots
·      Flower pattern


Instructions:

1.     Print the flower pattern on your home printer and use it to cut out motifs from some scrap denim.

2.     Sand the frame all around the edges and front to make sure there are no rough spots.  Cover your work surface with waxed paper or newspaper to protect it. 

3.     Paint the entire frame with dark blue paint.  Let dry and turn over and paint the back.  Let dry. 



4.     Add some lt. blue paint to the plate palette and working in small sections on the front of the frame apply some paint with the paintbrush and while the paint is still wet, go over it with the comb.  This will make little lines and you can remove as much or as little of the light paint as you want.  Continue all around the frame.  Make sure you are going in one direction.  Set aside to dry completely.  You don't have to texturize the back.





5.     Meanwhile place the flower motifs you cut from the denim into a plastic sandwich bag.  Add some fabric stiffener or white glue thinned with water.  Make sure the motifs are completely saturated.  Remove the motifs and squeeze the excess glue from them and lay them on a piece of waxed paper to dry several hours or overnight depending upon the humidity and temperature.


6.     Attach a foam dot to one corner of the frame and then attach the largest flower motif.  Attach another foam dot to the center of the large flower and then the smaller one on top.  Glue on a bead or rhinestone to the center of the flower.






Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Peaches and cream pie

Peaches and cream pie


Peaches are in season right now and they are juicy and delicious. This peaches and cream pie is so delicious that my husband kept asking me how many calories.  Well, I don't really know, but I can tell you that it isn't a diet food.  Every so often we have to splurge don't you think?  And as they say, anything in moderation.  You don't need to add any whipped cream to this pie because it is in the pie!

Recipe:

Peaches and cream pie:

Ingredients:

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 cups peaches peeled and sliced
1 cup heavy cream
1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 F.  Mix sugar and flour together and sprinkle 1/3 of the mixture into the pie shell.  Add the peaches.  Sprinkle with the remaining sugar/flour mixture.  Pour heavy cream over the top making sure all the peaches are covered.  Bake for 60 minutes. Serve cold.  Makes 6-8 servings.

For more great recipes and craft tutorials be sure to visit Bowdabra blog!





Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Upcycled denim hair bow tutorial

upcycled denim hair bow


Don't throw those jeans away, recycle them into cute denim hair bows! Denim is so hot right now and denim goes with just about anything.  You can dress it up or dress it down.  The skies the limit.

There are so many things you can do with an old pair of jeans that I just love it when they start to get a bit too worn to wear. Visit Bowdabra blog for the full tutorial today and be sure to come back next week for more easy to make projects, crafts and recipes!

Click on the photo for the tutorial:

Upcycled denim hair bows


Monday, June 29, 2015

Easy Kid’s craft | chalkboard clip magnets

Chalkboard clip magnets


Do you need an idea for an easy kid’s craft?  These quick to make Chalkboard clip magnets are just what you are looking for!  These clip magnets are great for vacation Bible school crafts, Girl Scouts and camp crafts.  You can make them in any wooden shape you like.  The kids will have a blast painting the wooden shapes and then they can display their artwork or notes on the clips on any magnetic surface.  Since the supplies are minimal and inexpensive it’s great for large groups.

Supplies:

Mini clothespins

Wooden shapes

Chalkboard paint (I used black but it comes in all colors)

Magnetic tape

Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Small paintbrush

Waxed paper to protect your work surface

Paper plates for palette

Instructions:

1.     Place waxed paper over your work surface to protect it.  Add some chalkboard paint onto a paper plate and using the small paintbrush, apply a coat of paint onto the edges of your shape.  Lay the shape down and apply a coat of paint to the surface.  Let dry.  When the paint has dried apply a second coat over the first coat.  Let dry.

chalkboard clip magnets

chalkboard clip magnets


2.     When the paint has dried turn over and apply a coat of paint to the back.  It is not necessary to apply a second coat on the back.  Let dry.

3.     Measure the mini clothespin and cut the magnetic tape to fit down one end.  Remove the backing and adding a bit of hot glue as well, apply to the clothespin.  Repeat for a second clothespin.  (You need two mini clothespins per magnet unless your shape is very small)

chalkboard clip magnets

chalkboard clip magnets

chalkboard clip magnets

4.     Using hot glue attach the Clothespins to the back of the painted shape. 

chalkboard clip magnets


5.     Use chalk to write a name or whatever you choose.  It’s fun to make one for each member of the family, and you can attach notes to the clips.



Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Patriotic duct tape long stem rose



Decorate your 4th of July table with this quick and easy to create patriotic duct tape long stem rose.  Make one or make a bunch. The grapevine wire bends easily and allows you to use them in lots of ways. Lay them on your table, twist them around bannisters or put one in a bud vase for a centerpiece.  The applications are limitless. 

Supplies:

Patriotic duct tape

Green duct tape

Grapevine wire

Self-healing mat to work on

Scissors

Ruler

Wire cutters

Marker

X-Acto or other craft knife

Flower pattern

Printer and paper


Directions:

Patriotic duct tape long stem rose


1.     Cut three pieces of duct tape about 3 1/2 inches each more or less. (It just needs to be the width of the flower pattern) Attach them together lengthwise overlapping each to make one whole piece.  Repeat this procedure again and then attach the sticky sides together. (It doesn’t matter if they are uneven) 

Patriotic duct tape long stem rose

Patriotic duct tape long stem rose

Patriotic duct tape long stem rose

Patriotic duct tape long stem rose

2.     Repeat step 1 two more times so that you have three pieces of usable duct tape sheets with the print on both sides.

3.     Download, print and cut out the pattern.  Place the pattern on top of one of the duct tape sheets and cut out.  Cut a slit to the center on one of the petals and fold over the petal beside it and secure with a small piece of duct tape ½” x 1” on the inside.  (See photo)  This is the largest petal group.

Patriotic duct tape long stem rose
It's easier to show on the pattern piece where you cut the slit on the duct tape sheet to attach one petal to the other


Patriotic duct tape long stem rose


Patriotic duct tape long stem rose

4.     Use the same pattern piece cut and remove one of the petals. (See photo)  Use the pattern on top of the other duct tape sheet to cut it out.  Fold the end petal over the one beside it and secure with a small piece of duct tape like you did before.  You will have the second largest petal group.

Patriotic duct tape long stem rose

Patriotic duct tape long stem rose

Patriotic duct tape long stem rose

5.     For the last and smallest petal group, use the same pattern piece but cut out another petal so that you have two petals removed.  Place on top of the duct tape sheet and cut out.  Fold the end petals together laying one on top of the other and secure with a small piece of duct tape.  (See photo)

Patriotic duct tape long stem rose

Patriotic duct tape long stem rose

Patriotic duct tape long stem rose

Patriotic duct tape long stem rose

6.     Use one of the petal shapes for a pattern to cut out a piece from duct tape with the sticky side still usable.  Cut a small piece of duct tape to cover the top portion. It will resemble an ice cream cone with the sticky side at the bottom. 

Patriotic duct tape long stem rose

Patriotic duct tape long stem rose

Patriotic duct tape long stem rose

Patriotic duct tape long stem rose


7.     Twist the petal piece around a 12-inch stem cut from the grapevine wire.  (See photo) This is the center of the flower.

Patriotic duct tape long stem rose

8.     Cut a tiny slit in the pointed bottoms of all the petal groups to make a hole. This is where you will insert the wire.



Patriotic duct tape long stem rose

9.     Starting with the smallest petal group insert the wire through the bottom and slide up to the top.  Secure around the stem with a ½” x 1” piece of green duct tape that is cut to a point on each end.  Repeat this step with the second largest petal group and end with the largest petal group.

Patriotic duct tape long stem rose

Patriotic duct tape long stem rose

Patriotic duct tape long stem rose

Patriotic duct tape long stem rose

Patriotic duct tape long stem rose

Patriotic duct tape long stem rose

10. Add some extra green duct tape at the bottom and stem if needed. Use a small paintbrush end or a pencil to curl the petals.  Slit the petals a bit so that you can curl the ends easier.

Patriotic duct tape long stem rose


Patriotic duct tape long stem rose