DIY Dream Catcher with a unique twist!!!!!

Happy New Year everyone!! I am excited to be on WordPress in 2019 and see what some of my favorite site’s posts this year. I will be starting off this year with a dream catcher DIY but, with a unique twist to start off 2019!! Also, I will be recycling some old materials to save them from ending up in the trash. You can make this DIY from recycled materials and use it as a decoration in your room. I hope you enjoy my post and let me know in the comments below what you think of this because this is my first time making a dream catcher.

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Materials

  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks( 3 to 4)
  • Old headband
  • Old scrunchie or thick string
  • Anything that could be hanging from the dream catcher( feathers, beads etc)
  • Any other decorations that you would like to add(optional, I put a bow clip see picture below)

Step one – Take the end of the headband and connect it together making a circle. Then, hot glue it well enough so it stays together.

Step two- You must use a thick scrunchie if you are using one or you could use thick strings and wrap it around the headband. I think string would be easier but, I went for the scrunchie. If you are using a thick scrunchie or hair tie, cut a slit in the middle big enough so the headband can fit in the pocket of the hair tie or scrunchie. Then close the pocket with hot glue.

Step 3- Here comes the unique part!!! On top of a glass trace the circle of your headband covered with string or scrunchie using hot glue. Then, do patterns in your dream catcher using hot glue. This replaces the string you would normally use to make the patterns and makes it easier to draw on the really difficult patterns rather than making them with strings. You might want to lightly draw your circle and pattern using a pencil first so, you don’t make a mistake. As you can see in the picture, I went for a simple design but, you can make some really nice and complicated ones.

Step 4- Carefully pull the dream catcher pattern out so it doesn’t rip off. Next, using hot glue, glue the pattern to your circle that you made using a headband.

Step 5- Create a small handle using hot glue then glue the handle to the top of your dream catcher.

Step 6- Now, hang the feathers beads and other decorations you have at the bottom of the dream catcher using hot glue. For mine, I used an old Fourth of July red necklace and cut it up and organized it to make it the way I want it to be. You can find these necklaces at the dollar store and they can be used in multiple DIYs.

And that’s it-you are done! I decided to paint my handle brown and that is optional and it is up to you. You can even paint a pattern on the dream catcher.

DIY Decorated Mug

Mug and Marker

Christmas is right around the corner, and mugs are a perfect gift for family and friends. If you want to make an extra-special design, this craft is for you. Simply draw on your design and follow these steps, and you’ll have a fully functional and personalized mug!

Materials:

* Plain white mug (you can find these at Target or Home Goods)

* OIL BASED Sharpies (you can find these at Michael’s or other craft stores)

* An oven

 

The most important part of decorating a mug is to remember to use the right materials. If you’re drawing on a mug just as a decorative piece, feel free to simply draw on your design with a normal marker and you’re done. But if you want to be able to drink from and wash your mug, you have to use special oil-based sharpies. The first step to decorating your mug is to draw on your design with the sharpies. It’s helpful to sketch your design on with pencil first, but if you do make a mistake, rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer will take the marker right off. Some design ideas you could do might be name of the person the gift is for, a special message, or just a cool drawing. Try to avoid drawing where you would hold the mug or put your mouth, to help preserve the design. The next step is very important. You need to bake the mug in the oven in order to set the design. Bake the mug in the oven at 250 degrees for two hours. Make sure the mug is safe to be baked. Once the mug is done, your design should be set to be washed. Be sure to only hand wash the mug, to avoid chipping the design. Once the mug is baked and washed, you’re good to go! Now you have a personalized mug that will make the perfect Christmas present.

 

For more information on baking and preserving the mugs, be sure to check out some online articles such as:

 

https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Sharpie-Mug-DIY-Project-

https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/washable-diy-sharpie-mugs/

https://destinationdecoration.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-sharpie-mugs/

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!

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!