Cut off the bottom of the empty plastic bottle. Using the bottom of the bottle, trace an outline of it onto the terry cloth and leave about an inch of overlap. Cut out the traced circle and attach it to the end of the plastic bottle using the rubber band. Dip the end into a mixture of liquid dish soap and water (2 parts soap, 1 part water). Blow away!
Martha Stewart has done it again! As the weather gets colder and our clothes need to get warmer, we found a low-cost way to make a beautiful knit scarf that will protect your neck from the bitter-cold wind! And get this–you don’t actually have to know how to knit! Source: marthastewart.com
Daylight Savings gotcha gloomy? Try brightening up the house for your whole family in just 5 easy steps with this lighthouse in a bottle lamp! All you need is a few materials that you can probably find around your house and the kids will LOVE it!
Use a craft knife (adults only) to cut the bottle in half. Glue aluminum foil inside the cone-shaped portion of the top half (this creates a reflective dome), then use red acrylic paint to coat the outside of the foil-lined section.
2. When the paint is dry, apply 3-inch vertical strips of black tape, spaced evenly, around the unpainted portion of the bottle top.
half of the bottle, pack a baseball-sized ball of Play-Doh or clay. Stand a flashlight upright in the clay and press down to secure it in place. Cut a notch down from the bottle’s edge to allow access to the flashlight’s switch, as shown.
4. Next, wrap an 11 1/2- by 10-inch sheet of white craft foam around the bottom half of the bottle (the foam will extend about 4 inches above the bottle) and note approximately where the flashlight switch opening is. Remove the foam and cut out a switch opening. Re-wrap the foam around the bottle and secure the overlapping ends with clear packing tape.
5. Finally, fit the cut edge of the bottle top just inside the foam sleeve and securely tape the foam to the bottle with colored tape.
Mosaic Glass Cutter (Optional. I did not use of of these, but if you want more precise cuts, this is the way to go.)
Put your safety glasses on. Place a plate or saucer inside a cloth bag or cover with an old sheet or towel, and smash it with a hammer. If you have a mosaic glass cutter, use it instead.
Repeat until you have all the pieces you need. You’ll probably want a variety of sizes, as shown here.
Place your cake pan on your contact paper, and trace around it.
Cut out the contact paper circle. Remove backing and place inside pan sticky side up. Add your mosaic pieces to the contact paper with the desired design facing down. Press each piece down so it is firmly stuck to the contact paper. Leave enough space between the pieces so that the cement can fill the spaces in between – but don’t leave too much room. (When I make my next stepping stone, I will move the pieces a bit closer together.)
Carefully lift the piece of contact paper and view your design. (This is the back of my
If you are happy with your design, place the design back into the pan with the sticky side up. Head outdoors, put on your dust mask and mix up your concrete according to the instructions on the bag. It will be the consistency of porridge when it’s ready.
Meantime, cut a square piece of chicken wire to fit inside the stepping stone. This will help to support it. Also, line the inside rim of your cake pan with Vaseline for easy releasing.
Don your rubber gloves and spoon some concrete into your cake pan.
Spread so it evenly covers your design, about an inch thick.
Place your piece of chicken wire onto the wet concrete.
Spread another one inch layer of concrete over the chicken wire.
Let sit for two days. (I set mine in the shed.) When it’s ready, turn it over and tap on the back of the cake pan. It should release easily. Slowly remove contact paper.
If there are holes, you can fill them with cement. You can use sand paper to smooth grooves in the cement. I took a wet sponge and cleaned the entire area after removing the contact paper, then I varnished it with marine varnish.
My obsession with neon and pops of color lead me to this web page. Check out how easy this fashion statement is. Why didn’t think of this? I love love love it. Thanks Green Wedding Shoes.
For those of who were at The Cream event the other week, you probably saw our cute neon toe shoes we made for the event. Well, today I’m going to share how you can make them yourselves! Perfect for your wedding, party or everyday wear! I love the bright pop of color on these, but you could use any color you’d like.
• Nude Patent Pumps – I bought these from my local DSW for $40, but here is a great pair for $34 from that would also work great
• Pink Fluorescent Neon Spray Paint or even better (color even less likely to chip!)
• Packing Tape
• Old Towels (to protect your shoes when you spray)
Tape Shoes. First you’ll want to tape your shoes. The area you don’t tape is where the color will be. I taped the rubber sole also because I wanted to get a nice, clean finish. You don’t have to tape the inside of your shoes, since we will cover them with an old towel.
Next cover the shoes. Take them outside and spray 2-3 coats on the shoes (don’t use more than 3 coats as the layers of paint are too much and will most likely start to chip). Then spray the color with a sealer to protect and so it won’t chip. This one works well.
And that’s it! You are done. 🙂 The hardest part is making sure you do a good job taping, but otherwise, so easy. Take off the tape and enjoy your fun new shoes!
We tried a pair in pink and pair in yellow – I prefer the pink, but yellow is fun too!
Here is an adorable planter or tea light holder craft I came across. This would look darling on a window ledge for spring, or a great little outside accessory(multiple ones) for the patio with a mini citronella candle in it for the summer. Supper easy, happy crafting y’all!