DIY Pumpkin Decorations

Pumpkins with glitter

It’s that spins-tingling time of year again where spooky pumpkins are a must-have decoration. Here are 2 ideas to decorate one yourself:

Glitter Pumpkin

Materials:

*Loose glitter

*Mod Podge

*Sponge Brush

*Pumpkin (real or fake)

*Material to cover your workspace

The first step to covering a pumpkin in glitter is to apply an adhesive, in this case mod Podge. Use a sponge brush to coat small sections of the pumpkin in glue. Then, sprinkle and pat the glitter into the glue. Once the entire pumpkin is covered in a strong layer of glitter, let it dry. Later, to keep the glitter put, coat the entire pumpkin in another layer of mod Podge and let it dry.

 

Splatter Paint Pumpkin 

Materials Needed:

*Pumpkin

*2 or more colors of paint

*Paint brush

*Popsicle stick

*Newspaper or other table covering

This one can get messy, so be sure to cover your workspace. First, paint the pumpkin with a solid layer of paint. Then, once that layer is dry, dip a paint brush in your other color(s) of paint. Next, flick the dripping paint brush against the popsicle stick, over the pumpkin. Paint will fly off and create a splatter effect on the pumpkin. Once  the entirety pumpkin is splattered to your liking, let it dry and you’re done!

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Home Made Marble/ Stone Aesthetic Decor

If your aesthetic is like mine, then you also love the design of the very popular marble.

Whether you want to make a home made gift for a friends or family, or you are redecorating your room this easy craft will be perfect and fun.

the idea is to basically use a tile as your canvas and to then be as creative as you want from there but I wanted to share my suggestions.

First choose a tile sample that could be found at Home Depot or Lowes. There are many chances to get creative with this project, especially when it comes to this step. If you want to choose a sample tile that is a specific color each store offers tile that is brown, tan, white, black, and gray. They also offer different  sizes and shape (I choose a rectangle for my project). The price of the samples range from $4 to $20 dollars, I myself would choose the cheaper sample for this specific project because you are going to decorate it to make it pretty.

Once you get the tile you can look up phrases to paint or write on to the tile, or google an image you would want to paint or draw on it. I choose the phrase “live, love, laugh” for one of my projects in particular because it is both simple but nice.

I traced my phrase on to the tile with pencil first, and I would suggest doing this with a design also.

Next, I used a sharpie to darken my phrase or image. You could also use a thin paint brush and paint of a color in your choice to do this.

To highlight the phrase I used glitter and glue and some puffy paint.

I truly love this project because there are so many mediums you could use on the tile’s surface that would look unique and pretty.

Finally, you can use it to accent a desk or bedside table or vanity, or you can have it resting so you can place things on it.

If you want to give it as a gift I would suggest buying an easel from Walmart since they are cheap, so the receiver can display it on their counter or desk.

Whether you wanted to express your aesthetic, make a personalized gift, or just love a rainy day DIY, I hope you can have some fun being creative with this easy and unique craft.

 

Shiro and his clone Kuron

Shiro - duoIn Voltron Legendary Defenders Season 6 we learned that Shiro died and Haggar cloned him. Meanwhile Shiro’s consciousness was trapped in the Black lion. Later, at the end of Season 6, Allura revived Shiro by putting his consciousness into Kuron’s body which caused his hair to turn white.

Season 6 and Season 7 were a wild ride, that’s all I’ll say (because I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t watched all of Season 7 yet). And guess what Voltron Fandom? Season 8 is the final one in the series (sadness). It comes out in November. I can’t wait to see what happens.

Vrepit Sa!

Homemade play dough

 

 

Homemade play dough is a great  rainy day craft to make, especially if you’re with younger children or siblings.

It’s easy, cheap, fun, feels soft and squishy, and is very creative!

What you need:

1 cup of any type of flour (you can even use expired)

1/4  cup of salt (fine grain is better)

1/2  cup of warm tap water

Food coloring of your choice – you can mix colors if you want.

Plenty of paper towels and clean-up supplies.

Bowls and spoons (plastic is better because there is less cleaning needed).

Optional:

Cream of  Tartar (about 2 teaspoons)

Vegetable or coconut oil (about 2 tablespoons)

Pumpkin spice or cinnamon

Any essential oil

Plastic bags (for storage)

Colorful glitter or sand

Beads

Plastic gloves

Cookie cutters or rolling pin

What to do:

1. Lay down paper towels. In the bowl mix dry ingredients (*I suggest just using salt and flour- it’s much easier and will work better with only warm water, while mixing in the oil and tartar works better with boiling water*).

2. For one color, mix food dye into the warm 1/2 cup of water.

For two or more colors- just mix in the water.

Now would be the point to add oil.

3. Mix

4. Start to knead if you can- if the dough is to sticky add more flour.

5. For more than one color, divide the non- sticky dough and add the color by putting a few drops on each dough ball and mix it into the dough by kneading it; you might want to use gloves.

The next steps are for fun and creativity.

6. Add glitter or sand.

7. Add beads.

8. Add pumpkin spice, cinnamon, or essentials for a fun scent.

9. Play!  Kids love to play with it, and it helps to have accessories like cookie cutters or rolling pins.

10. Store play dough in storage bags so you can play and have fun all over again!

Tips:

It’s addictive!  Be prepared to make more than one batch so you can experiment with all different smells, colors, and textures.

It’s safe to eat but you really shouldn’t –  it’s not good for your digestion so keep an eye on the kids when they are handling it.

Be prepared to clean! Working with little kids is always messy but the flour and dye make it worse.

I hope this recipe works for you! And may you make many fun, happy memories!

Orgami heart pocket (something to do when you are bored)

With summer here I want to do more arts, crafts, and randoms because this is more fun to do than write poetry or stories all day.  But, I love writing and I might do them every once in awhile or after summer. (This blog was supposed to be posted at the beginning of summer, but I didn’t do it for some reason. Sooo it’s here now!).

Today I will start with something that’s easy to do when you are bored; it might not be  something useful like other DIYs, but it’s really fun. So let’s start this!

This is a very simple craft and the only important things you need are square paper (printer paper will work, too – just cut it to make a square) and glue. You can also use decorations of your choice!

Materials-

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Making the origami heart

First, take a sheet of paper and fold it diagonally, then do the same with the other side so the folds create an “x”.

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Then, take the top triangle half and fold it to the center. Next, take the bottom half of the triangle and fold it all the way to the top.

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It should look something like this…

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As you can see there is a triangle piece on top with a crease going down the middle (this is  half of the shape). Take one half and fold it along the crease on the triangle, then do the same with the other half.

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This should be you semi-final result!

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Flip it over and fold the little triangles on the sides and the top.

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Here is what the origami heart should look like!

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Making the pocket

Open the heart up and you should see a flap of paper. Spread glue on that piece and close the heart.

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Flip it to the back again and glue the tiny triangle creases.

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Now you have a triangle pocket. Here is one I made before along with decorations!

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Decorating (optional)

Now than the pocket is finished I decided to decorate it to make it look more interesting. This is optional but I recommend you do it if you have extra time on your hands.

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I am finally done! Here is my final product:

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You can use this as a pocket to store things like pencils, pens, and erasers, or you can attach it to the front of your journal as a pocket to keep writing materials in.

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My Fan Art of Katsuki and Eijirou from My Hero Academia

Hello! Wow, I feel like I haven’t posted here in forever. Last year I was very busy. Studying for AP exams, juggling my after-school activities, and other obligations took up my time, so I had less time to do my favorite thing in the world: draw. Though I did sketch some doodles on my homework here and there, I didn’t make many completely finished digital or traditional paintings.

When I started drawing again this summer, I was out of practice. I became frustrated because nothing I made turned out the way I wanted. I know I’m always the one preaching about having confidence in your art, but I began losing confidence in my own. I felt like I was behind. There are so many people better than me, some much older and some younger.  However, there’s nothing wrong with that! Even though I’ve talked about this in all of my posts, it is SO important to work at your own pace. There are most likely people better than you at something, but so what? Look at the progress you’ve made, be proud of yourself and keep improving! This really works with any activity or passion, so I hope any of you reading this take my words to heart and apply them to your life.

If you’re still reading this, then let me talk about the actual picture I drew. As always, I drew it with my Wacom Intuos Pen Tablet Small (I wrote Intuos 5 on my last post, but that was a typo). In total, this took me like 4-5 hours? I split up the work in two days. The characters are from a series called My Hero Academia, which is all about a superhero high school training teens to be superheroes! The characters I drew are Katsuki Bakugou and Eijirou Kirishima. The one on the right, Katsuki, is really hot headed and kind of jerk, but Eijirou, the one with pointy teeth, brings out the best in him. They’re great friends, and I love their powerful dynamic! The outfits are based off the matching suits they wear in the upcoming My Hero Academia movie!

I’m still trying to figure out a good coloring style, so this serves as yet another experiment. I’ve learned that different shades of shadows and the smallest touches of detail really make a picture. I tried placing different colors in my shadows, like blues and yellows, as you can see. To be honest, the coloring looks kind of awkward in some places, but I’m still figuring out color theory and lighting. In the past, my coloring was a lot more bland, and sometimes it was too overwhelming; however, with more practice, I’m sure I can get it right!

This was a long post! I had a lot to say, I guess. In the future, I’m going to try to make more traditional art and step out of my comfort zone some more! Anyway, I hope you liked my drawing and please share some of yours! I’d really love to see some more art on here. As always, thank you so much for reading and remember to keep drawing!!