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Monday, May 27, 2013

Graduation Cap Gift Box Craft Tutorial: DIY

My nephew graduated from high school on Saturday, where has the time gone......?  I wanted to make a special box for his gift.  The main gift was money, but we also threw in a lottery ticket and some of his favorite candy, just to make it a little more interesting.

You will need:

Round paper mache box

Black craft foam
Embroidery floss in school colors or favorite colors
Black acrylic paint
Small dowel cap
Scrap piece of cardboard
(Optional) 2013 Table scatter confetti

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Here is the video tutorial:


1.  Paint the paper mache box in black and set aside to dry.

2.  Paint the dowel cap black and set aside to dry
3.  Center the lid of the box on the foam to create a square and cut a straight line
4.  Take a string and cut it the width of the top of the box and fold in half - that will give you the center of the box top
5.  Take a screwdriver, drill or ice pick and poke a hole in the lid of the box.
6.  Put the foam square on the bottom of the open box and center the lid on the top of the box and poke or drill a hole into the foam.  (If that seems confusing, watch the video.  It's less confusing than it sounds).
7.  Take the screw and screw it into the bottom of the box lid.  Put the foam onto the screw and screw on the dowel cap.
8.  Put some glue between the foam and the paper mache box lid, just to keep it in place.  Allow to dry. Tip:  Don't use hot glue, it might be too hot for the foam and it will end up misshapen.  Use a white glue.

Onto the tassel:

1.  Cut a piece of cardboard the length you want the tassel to be.
2.  Cut a small notch into one end - this will help grab the end of the embroidery floss.
3.  Insert the end of the embroidery floss into the cardboard notch and wrap it around the cardboard.  Repeat with a second color, if you are doing to colors.
4.  Take a good pair of scissors and put one end between the floss and the cardboard and move it to the bottom of the cardboard and cut in a straight line.
5.  Carefully remove the embroidery floss and place it on your work surface, open, but make sure it still has the bend/crease.
6.  Take a piece of the embroidery floss and tie it around the creased area.  You want to make sure it is long enough because that is what you will be using to tie it on with.  Now you can bend it in half.
7.  Take another piece of floss and wind it around toward the top of the tassel and tie a knot.
8.  Straighten and trim the bottom of the tassel to even it out.
9.  Punch a small hole in the 2013 and thread a piece of embroidery floss through it.
10.  Unscrew the dowel cap and tie both the tassel and the 2013 onto the cap.

That's it!!

Fill it with gifts and fun stuff for the graduate!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!


Recycled Sunflower Garden Art Craft Tutorial

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With Spring in the air and summer around the corner, I made this sunflower out of recycled materials.

You will need:

-  2 Empty and clean pop cans
-  Pushpins:
-  1/2 of a styrofoam ball:
-  Glue (I used Weldbond for the pushpins):
-  Glue (E6000 to glue the cans together):  
-  Yellow spray paint:
-  Green spray paint:
-  Black or brown spray paint:
Here is the video tutorial:


1.  With scissors, carefully cut the top off of the pop cans.

2.  Cut 4 to 5 petals into the pop can - do not cut them off, they should remain attached.  Bend them down and trim the in between pieces into little petals.

3.  Spray paint both yellow - front and back.

4.  Take the 1/2 styrofoam ball and your pushpins.  Cover the styrofoam ball with glue - such as Weldbond that will weather and offer a seal between the styrofoam and the spray paint.  Note:  Spray paint will dissolve/melt styrofoam and that is why the glue is used as a sealer to prevent that.

5.  Glue all of the push pins into the stryofoam and allow everything to completely dry.  

6.  Spray paint the pushpins black or brown.

7.  Spray paint the dowel green.

8.  Use a strong glue, such as the E6000, to glue the two pop cans together and the push pin stryofoam covered ball into the middle.  Allow to dry.  

9.  Poke/cut or drill a hole into the bottom of the pop cans, creating a place to insert the dowel.  Add glue and allow to dry.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

How to Make a Coconut Kissing Fish Craft Tutorial

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We were on vacation in Florida for a couple of weeks and I came across these at a roadside stand on Pine Island.  I thought they were so cute that I just HAD to try it!  Luckily, our friend, Joe, who happened to be the recipient of the Recycled Flower Garden Art had a coconut lying around and gave it to me.  We cut some palm fronds and I brought it all back to Illinois.  The palm fronds didn't dry very flat, because they were in the car, but I think they worked out just fine.

You will need:

-  Dried coconut - I didn't prepare the coconut myself, but Joe said he found it and just left it out in the sun until it dried.
-  Palm frond -  cut it let it dry flat, if possible
-  Acrylic paint in various colors
-  Eye screw - I have a tendency to call it an "O" ring in the video (I don't know why), but it is an eye screw

Here is the video tutorial:


1.  Drill a hole in the top of the coconut and screw in the eye screw.
2.  Paint the fish two different colors - one for the face and one for the back.
3.  Further decorate with paint and designs, I opted for polka dots because they are easy and fun!
4.  Trim palm frond and paint.
5.  Paint black circles for eyes and add eyelashes, if desired.
6.  Add white highlight on eyes.
7.  Allow to dry.
8.  If you are keeping it inside, you can leave it as it is.
9.  If you are going to hang it outside, spray with a polyurethane satin or gloss clear finish that is made to go outside.
That's it!!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!


Here are some of the items I found on Amazon, that might help you make a kissing fish, but I'm not sure where to get the coconut or the palm frond: