Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Make a korker fireworks dog bow tutorial



This little korker fireworks dog bow makes me think of the colorful fireworks that they set off every year in the park.  I made mine in red, white, and blue but it would look cute in any color.  You can easily make korker ribbons out of scrap ribbon you have hanging around so it costs practically nothing!  And it is so easy and fun to dress your furry friend up for the holiday. 

This bow uses an elastic loop to slide onto your pup’s collar so you can make more than one and change them around.  This July 4th your pet will be dressed to the nines with his fireworks dog bow. 

Materials:

3/8” or ¼” wide grosgrain ribbon in your choice of colors
Mini Bowdabra bow maker with hair bow tool and ruler attachment
Bowdabra bow wire
Dowels
Wooden clothespins
Home oven and cookie sheet lines with foil
3/8” wide elastic 3” long for small collar but you can adjust size for other sizes
Stiffened felt circle ½’ diameter
Stiffened felt rectangle ¾” x 1”
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Small sparkle pompom

Instructions:

1.     Make the korker ribbon.  Wind the ribbon around a dowel and hold at the ends with wooden clothespins. (You can alternately tie the ribbon at the ends)  Place on a cookie sheet lined with foil.  Heat in the oven at 275 degrees for 20 minutes.  Let cool for 10 minutes before removing.

Fireworks dog bow




2.     Gather all your supplies.


Fireworks dog bow

3.     Cut a piece of Bowdabra bow wire 18 inches long.  Fold in half and insert into the bow maker.  You will have a loop on one side and two loose wires on the other.



4.     Cut the korker ribbon pieces 5 inches long.  Cut 6 ribbon pieces.  I cut two each of red, white, and blue.


Fireworks dog bow

5.     Insert the korker pieces into the bow maker one at a time alternating colors.  Make sure there is the same amount of ribbon on each side.


Fireworks dog bow

Fireworks dog bow

Fireworks dog bow

Fireworks dog bow

6.     After you have added all the colors, scrunch down with the Bowdabra wand.


Fireworks dog bow

7.     Insert the two loose wires through the loop and pull tight to make a slipknot while the bow is still in the bow maker.


Fireworks dog bow

8.     Remove from the Bowdabra and tie a knot in the back.


Fireworks dog bow

9.     Cut a ½” diameter circle from stiffened felt and use the hot glue gun to attach to the back of the bow.  Cut a 3/8” x 3” long piece of elastic and hot glue it to the back of the bow in a loop for sliding on the collar.


Fireworks dog bow

Fireworks dog bow

10. Add a small sparkle pompom to the center of the bow.  Slide on to your pet’s collar.

Fireworks dog bow


Fireworks dog bow


Fireworks dog bow


Fireworks dog bow

You can find Bowdabra hair bow tools at your local craft store, online, and at Walmart.  Visit Bowdabra blog for more free craft tutorials, recipes and more!




Monday, June 20, 2016

Duct tape tissue holder DIY



It’s allergy season and who doesn’t carry some extra tissues with them?  Follow this tutorial and you can easily make a duct tape tissue holder to carry those tissues. This tissue holder is so simple to fold using easy origami folds and duct tape.

Duct tape comes in a myriad of colors and patterns do you can find one to fit your very own style.  You will want to make one in several colors and patterns!  

Materials:

Duct tape in your choice of colors
Sheet of printer paper
Pocket pack tissues
Plastic cutting mat
Xacto or craft knife
Scissors
Ruler

Instructions:

1.     Cut a piece of printer paper 7 ½” x 7 ½”.

2.     It’s easy to work on a cutting mat where you can measure and cut the duct tape.  You can use scissors to cut the tape, but it is easier to cut the duct tape with a ruler and craft knife directly on the mat. Cut several strips of duct tape 8 inches long.  Begin to cover the paper square.  Continue to add strips of duct tape to the square until you completely cover the side. Turn it over and cover the opposite side.  Trim up any excess duct tape.


Duct tape tissue holder DIY

Duct tape tissue holder DIY

3.     Fold the duct tape covered square diagonally.  Run your finger over the crease.

Duct tape tissue holder DIY

4.     Open the square and fold the left edge over about halfway.


Duct tape tissue holder DIY

5.     Fold the point back to the left lining up the seam with the center fold line.


Duct tape tissue holder DIY

6.     Fold the right side back over the first point and crease.


Duct tape tissue holder DIY

7.     Fold the point over to the right and line up the crease with the center line like you did on the other side.  Turn over.



8.     Fold the two overlapping points on each side to the back.


Duct tape tissue holder DIY

9.     Fold the top and bottom points to the back as well and crease.

Duct tape tissue holder DIY
Back side


10. I like to put a tiny piece of duct tape to hold the points on the back until the final piece of duct tape is applied.  (I’ve used a different color so you can see)


Duct tape tissue holder DIY

11. Cut two pieces of 4 ½” long duct tape and attach to the back to finish and secure the tissue holder.  Turn over for the pocket area.

Duct tape tissue holder DIY



12. You can fill the tissue holder with tissues.  If you use a pocket tissue pack I usually discard the package they come in and put about half of the tissues in the holder at a time.

Duct tape tissue holder DIY


Duct tape tissue holder DIY


Duct tape tissue holder DIY



Monday, June 13, 2016

Patriotic tassel earrings



Celebrate Memorial Day and July Fourth with these adorable Patriotic tassel earrings.  They are so easy to make you will want to make some for gifts as well.  Great beginning craft or group project too

Supplies:

·      Embroidery floss in red, white, and blue
·      20-gauge wire
·      Wire cutters
·      Heavy piece of cardboard
·      Bead caps
·      Needle nosed pliers
·      Jump rings
·      Fish hook ear wires
·      E600 glue

Instructions:

1.     Gather your supplies.  Cut a piece of heavy cardboard 1 ¼” x 3.”  Cut a piece of wire 3 inches long with wire cutters.  Place the wire across the long side of the cardboard piece.

Patriotic tassel earrings

2.     Working with the red floss, wrap around the cardboard 4 times.  Repeat for the white and the blue floss.

Patriotic tassel earrings

Patriotic tassel earrings


3.     Raise the wire evenly twist together to tighten all the floss together at the top.  Use the needle nosed pliers to continue twisting all the way up the wire.

Patriotic tassel earrings

Patriotic tassel earrings


4.     Remove the floss from the cardboard and cut the bottom apart.  You will have a tassel.  Repeat these steps for the second earring.

Patriotic tassel earrings


Patriotic tassel earrings

5.     Add some glue to the inside of the bead cap and insert the wire from the tassel.  Twist the wire down and insert back into the cap to make a loop at the top.  Repeat for second earring.  Let the glue dry before going on to the next step.

Patriotic tassel earrings


Patriotic tassel earrings

Patriotic tassel earrings

Patriotic tassel earrings


6.     Use your needle nosed pliers to open a jump ring by twisting rather than pulling apart.  Add a fishhook ear wire and twist the jump ring closed.  Repeat for second earring.

Patriotic tassel earrings


That’s all there is to it.  Wasn’t that easy?  You will be getting complements on your Patriotic tassel earrings at all your summer functions and parties.