Monday, January 23, 2012

Another lace project: Lace cuff

This cuff is so simple and so cute! Depending on what color lace/spray paint you use, you cuff will reflect your personal style!

  • old bangle
  • spray paint (Home Depot is cheapest)
  • lace (called crafter's lace at JoAnn when sold by the yard)
  • hot glue
  • felt matching spray paint color
  • needle & thread

This cuff was 75 cents at Goodwill! 

I spray painted my cuff black in my garage on an old rag. Don't worry if it gets all smudged- it will be hidden by the lace.
Cut a piece of lace fabric 1 inch wider than your cuff by the perimeter of your cuff plus 2 inches??? When your cuff is dry (an hour or so) start by folding the lace over the cuff and sew the ends together inside.
When you're done sewing the lace, tuck the excess under, stitch closed and tie off. You can leave the bangle like this if you want, but I'm going to clean up my messy stitches by hot gluing a piece of felt inside the bangle.
Shazzam! A hot new bangle.
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January's Necklace of the Month

January's Necklace of the Month is.......... the CHIC LACE NECKLACE!
  • 5 inches or less of lace trim
  • necklace chain
  • needle-nose jewelry pliers
  • spray paint or dye for lace (opt.)

Cut the lace to the size you want.

    Prepare your chain by removing a single link from the center of the chain with needle nose jewelry pliers.
    Using the pliers, open up a chain and hook it through the lace on one side, then repeat for the other side. Was that confusing? If so, then just hot glue or sew it on.
    Ta-da: a chic necklace that makes the perfect gift gift for a friend/mom/special person/daughter/aunt/sister/cousin/niece! 

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    Monday, January 2, 2012

    Freezer Paper Stencil Tutorial

    Before you check out my tutorial- Check out Dana Made It and Make it Love it. 

          Okay, so there's this wonderful little thing called freezer paper... IT ROCKS! It is a versatile paper-like material with a paper side and a plastic-y side. Freezer paper can be used to do many things- from wrapping raw meat to appliques. Today I'm showing you how to use it as a stencil.

    • Freezer paper- available @ grocery stores
    • print out of image you want to stencil
    • fabric paint
    • X-acto knife + cutting mat
    • pencil
    • iron
    • foam brush
    First, print out your design in the size you want (in my case a lightning bolt) and place it behind a piece of freezer paper. Using a pencil, trace the image directly onto the paper-y side of the freezer paper.
    Tip: try to choose a simple image to stencil. Using the X-acto knife, cut out the image as shown in the next pic.

    Place the stencil onto the shirt and iron at medium/high heat.
    Place a piece of cardboard between both layers of t-shirt so the paint doesn't bleed through. Using a foam brush, paint over the stencil with fabric paint. Don't paint outside the freezer paper.

    After it's dried, peel the freezer paper off. Let the adventures of Captain Huggy Face begin!
    To seal your design, place a cloth over design, iron, and wash inside out.
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    DIY New Years Nails

    This tutorial is for some fun New Year/holiday nails....


    • nail polish
    • glitter polish
    • clear polish
    • medical tape cut into very tiny strips
    Cut medical tape into thin strips. Stick 2 strips on you nail. Make sure you press the strips down really hard or else it won't turn out.

    Ahhh- bad picture. Take your polish and sweep across nail, trying not to get too much on the tape.
    Bad pic- again... When dry, remove tape. Remove any mistakes or excess polish with Q-tip & polish remover.

    Apply glitter polish to nail.

    Top with a clear top coat and BAM! amazing New year nails.... Happy New Year!!! :)
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