Thursday, April 17, 2014

DIY Feather Necklace

Okay, I love how this turned out.  I have been wanting to try making charms out of clay and painting them to appear metallic for a while, and it worked pretty well!  The bonus is that it is much lighter than a metal charm.

You will need:

  • Polymer clay
  • Silver metallic spray paint
  • Pointed tool
  • Jump ring
  • Silver chain

Knead your clay until it is soft, then form it into a flattened football shape.

With your pointed tool, draw a line down the center of the feather.  Then, add some veins onto the feather.  These definitely don't need to be perfect!  Also, use the tool to push all the way through the feather in a few places.

Next, use your pointed tool to pierce through a hole at the top of the feather.  This is for the jump ring after you bake it.  Bake according to package directions- likely 275 degrees for 15 minutes for every quarter inch of thickness.

Once the feather is baked and completely cool, spray it with your silver spray paint.  Let the first side dry, then flip it over and spray the other side.  Add your jump ring to the feather and put it on your chain.  I also added a few little charms.

Now, don't you forget to enter my little giveaway!  There's only a few days left, and chances are VERY good that you could be a winner!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

DIY Clay Bunny

Here comes Peter Cottontail.... Easter's on its way!  And this cute little bunny is a cute little addition to your spring decorations.  Plus, he's super easy to make!

You will need:

  • Polymer clay (I chose pale pink, white, and black)
  • Toothpick or other small pointed tool

Take your pale pink clay and massage it until it is soft.  Then, form it into a soft cone about the size of your thumb.

Take your pointed tool and smoosh the top of the soft cone down the middle.

Gently pinch the two sides upward to form long bunny ears.

Now it's time to add some detail.  Use your white clay and form a smooshed oval.  Apply it to what will be the belly of your bunny, and remove the excess.

Next, form two small balls with the white clay.  Place these just above the belly and press them gently into the bunny.

Make an even smaller pale pink ball and press this in between the two white balls to form the nose of your bunny.

Add  a small white ball for a tail and two tiny black balls for eyes.  Finally, use your pointed tool to press indents along the insides of the ears.

Then, simply bake at 275 degrees F for 15 minutes.  Too cute!

How do you get your home ready for Easter?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

DIY Vintage Button Push Pins

As I look toward becoming a teacher, suddenly every thought has become "that would be cute/useful/fun to have in a classroom!"  And these cute little push pins are no exception :)

You will need:

  • Push pins
  • Buttons
  • Hot glue gun, high setting

Now, I am partial to the vintage looking metal buttons, but I think this would look really cute with pearl buttons, too.

Pick out your buttons and lay them out, face down.  Then simply add a dollop of hot glue and press the pin into place.  That's it!  You're done!  Totally doable :)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Peas and Bacon Salad

 Oh man, guys.  It looks like my birthday giveaway is going to be a pretty easy win for the only two entrants!  Hop on over and give them a run for their money ;)

But, now for the important stuff: food!!  I love bacon!  And this salad is a great, healthy way to incorporate one of my favorite foods into a meal :)

Simply top mixed field greens with two to three slices of bacon, crisped and crumbled, a handful of halved grape tomatoes, a half or third of a cup of peas, and a pinch of mozzarella.

I used frozen peas that I thawed in the microwave.  Then, I ran them under cold water to cool them for the salad.  Easy peasy! ;)  Top with a dressing of your choice- I used a homemade Mission Fig Balsamic vinaigrette.  Yum!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Beg, Borrow, Steal: Birthday Decor

I had my birthday party last Saturday, and it was great.  Lots of cupcakes and great company.  I also had a great chance to try my hand at some tissue paper pom poms.  I've been wanting to make these for a while, so I popped over to DIY Creative Ideas, where they have compiled the top five DIY tutorials for tissue paper pom poms.  I think the results were pretty cute!

I arranged mine around the table where I had 6 cake stands filled up with cupcakes.  Yum!

Ps, don't forget to enter my giveaway for a chance to win one of two DIY kits!
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