Threaded Heart

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Threaded Heart

The wedding season has begun, so I have a great suggestion for a self-made present. I made this threaded heart for a friend and it was super fun to work on!

All you need for this project are: carton, needle, thread, and a picure frame.

materials

  1. Copy a heart shape and the beginning letters of the couple’s names mirror-inverted on the carton. This way you are saving yourself some erasing by simply flipping over the carton.what it should look like
  2. Mark points along the lines in even intervals, which will serve as the stiching holes later on. If you puncture the marks before you start threading, it will make it a lot easier! Also, it helps you decide whether you have enough holes to make the forms stand out.
  3. While threading, you should think about every move you make and do not pull too hard on the thread or the carton will corrugate.
  4. The longer your thread the faster you get tangled up in it. You can easily fasten the thread with a piece of tape, so feel free to use several shorter threads.

thread it

Once the heart is completed, just put it in a nice frame and you’re done! Have fun threading!

Bible Art Journaling

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Hey guys,

Proverbs 3, 5-6this is probably old news, but Bible Art Journaling has finally made it over to Germany!

I have crafted my first page and I am working on others that I will share with you soon. For this one, I kept it pretty simple and just used coloring pencils.

In case you want to know how artsy Germans craft their Bibles, check out this link. Don’t worry about the language, I have made sure to guide you directly to the galery!

Glueless Paper-Flowers

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red and white flowers

You can bring some flowers into the house without bothering to destroy your backyard… To craft these cute paper-flowers you simply need themed paper, colored paper, and split pins.

  1. paint a flower pattern on the themed paper
  2. cut out a circle of the colored paper to match the size of the flower and fringe it out around the edge
  3. then fasten the two items with a split pin through the middle and split the two ends on the back

There are many variations to this version, you can either add some layers to the flowers. These flowers are super decorative and make a great addition to a present or give-away for a tea party!

more layers

Happy Easter Decorations

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Hey guys, my this year’s Easter decorations are super easy, because they are based on just one major material – eggs cut out of pastel-colored paper. If you are having trouble drawing your own egg-pattern, google is your best friend 😉 It is amazing how many different items you can fashion out of these! I want to share two of mine…

Since pastels are not strong colors, you need to build a contrast, when you are using them with other materials and colors. Black is the best way to stress the color, as you can see in my cute place cards.

Although it looks complicated, this Happy Easter-banner is really easy to make! I just love it and I hope you do, too. Little hint… carve a small notch into the toothpick to keep the thread from sliding down!

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Happy Easter, everyone!

 

Cute Napkin Decoupage Garlands

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flowers and butterflies

I love garlands because they are so decorative! Since I had some old paper napkins lying around, I came up with this idea to recycled them…

spring is comingAll you need for this project:

  • napkin decoupage glue
  • a brush
  • paper napkins
  • beads or other small decorative items, such as buttons etc.
  • wooden plates in a shape of your choice (flower, butterfly, bird…)
  • whool/thread

It takes only a few easy steps:

1.napkin decoupage

  • brush one side of the plates with decoupage glue
  • put the upper layer of the napkin on the glued area and brush another layer of glue on the napkin
  • I let it dry for a few hours, then did the second side of the plate and let it dry ‘til the next day
  • the napkin makes the whole ensemble, make sure the colors are strong enough, since the decoupage glue might make them fade

butterflies and buttons->you can whiten the plates before applying the glue to get a more pure effect of the colors, if you don’t it gives it a more vintage-y look, which I preferred

2.composing the garland

  • lay out the items you want to thread on the garland to determine the spaces between the items
  • to keep the items in place I made simple knots or you can use crimp beads in case you are using smaller beads
  • if you are using other decorative items you can glue them on with hot glue
  • the length and number of items placed on the garland is totally up to your taste

Simple, fast, and such an incredible result! My mom already called dibs…

We love garlands

“kreativAll”-Fair in Wiesbaden

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kreativall_wiesbaden

This past weekend I visited the kreativAll fair in Wiesbaden. It is mainly a profit-oriented fair that allows the over 150 exhibitors to sell their products. You can find anything from pearls, fabrics, and much more to stock up your craft-supplies. Although I was hoping to find more gimmicks, but I saw these great upcycling ideas that I wanted to share with you…


Since I love music, these guitars made of cigar cases caught my eye. And yes, you can actually play them! If you have an old ukulele, here is a great idea to convert it into a cute birdhouse. For more information, check out blues-bones.de!

Do you have any old vinyl records at home that you cannot listen to any more?! I think it is sad to leave them lying around with no purpose to fulfill… Upcycling-Deluxe shows us many ways to reuse them

I hope you found some inspiration in these ideas! Maybe, next time you want to throw something out, think of a way to create something new without causing waste…

 

New Guide to Coloring – Patterning

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guide-cover

Hey guys! This is the last part of my series on the “New Guide to Coloring” by DesingOriginals. I thought it would be fun to show you that there is more than just color to a picture. If you have large areas that seem boring to you, why not add your personal note to it by filling the spaces with patterns. The Coloring guide describes patterning as „the use of different shapes and lines to add interest to areas of a coloring design“. Basically, squarethere are no limits to patterning: dots, waves, squares, circles….

Here are some tips that might help you get started!

1.opposites go great together, eg circles and squares

2.If you have trouble coming up with enough patterns, try variations in size, length, and placement

3.large spaces are easiest to pattern, they are perfect if you are new to the craft

heart4.the pattern doesn’t always have to be in black, you can use different media and darker shades of the color you are coloring with. Remember the rules of combining different media from the first article

5.You do not have to pattern every area of your picture or color one whole area, eg. let the pattern fade out

Of course the number one rule, as usual, practice before starting to pattern! I think patterning is as much relaxing as coloring itself. Plus, you are creating a unique art piece! Here is a great step-by-step illustration of how a picture can come together:

step-by-step-example

Happy Valentine!

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finish

Whether you’re a Valentine or not, showing your loved ones that you care should be reason enough to say „I love you“ or „ Thank you“ with something self-made! How about this beautiful and useful heart-shaped pin board?

materialsMaterials:

  • Cork (10 or more) depending on size of the corks and the size of the heart)
  • Hard cardboard
  • Red ribbon
  • Hot glue
  • Cutter Knife
  1. Cut the cork

cutting-the-corkCut the cork in slices approximately 3 inches thick. Please watch your fingers!!!

  1. Arranging the heart

Arrange the cork pieces on the cardboard into a heart shape. Then roughly outline the edge with a pencil. The outline will help you maintain the shape of the heart in case something shifts out of place.

  1. Glue the cork

I recommend to leave the cork in the heart shape and glue one piece on the cardboard at the time.

  1. Cut out the heartarranging-the-heart

Cut as close to the edge of the cork as possible. Leave a little extra piece of cardboard on top to make a hanger.

  1. It’s color time

Glue a red ribbon around the edge of the heart to make a frame. Make sure the width of the ribbon equals the thickness of the cork and cardboard structure. Use hot glue to fasten it.

  1. Finishing off with a ribbon hanger

There are many ways you can fashion a hanger for this cute piece… I left a small beam of cardboard connecting the two sides of the heart. You just need to pull a ribbon through the hole and fashion a cute little bow!

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It’s very simple and fast, although the cutting of the cork can be tricky and hard work. Consider it an arm workout;-)

 

 

“New Guide to Coloring” – Blending

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A couple of weeks ago I introduced you to DesignOriginals’ “New Guide to Coloring”, a new book on coloring techniques. Instead of just writing a review, I decided to give you a short insight on three selected chapters. I have grown to love it, because it makes coloring so much more fun! Enjoy the next lesson on blending:

blume-blending

Blending is a great technique to give your picture a professional look. It can actually mean two things: mixing two colors together to create a new one OR creating a smooth transition from one color into another. I will focus on the latter with a few illustrations that I did with colored pencils.

1.The first of three steps is to apply the light color.

2.When using the dark color, start coloring from the middle of the area towards edge and intensify the pressure towards the edge.

step-by-step-example3.To finish off the blend, go back to using the light color and apply it to all over the area to smooth out the transition of the two colors. The smoothing out might take a while and you can also go back using the darker color of necessary.

In my personal example, I started with the dark color, added the second color varying its intensity. I feel, when you start with the dark color, it already starts blending when coloring over it with the lighter color. However, that depends on the colors and the pencils you use. You can blend the colors step by step, switching more often between the two colors you are using.

 

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Sorry for the bad quality of the last pic! I just finished it and loved it so much that I wanted to share it with you, but I did not have the time to scan it…

The last lesson I will introduce to you will focus on patterning, so stay tuned!

All coloring motifs are by DesignOriginals.