It’s been a while since I last wrote an Arts & Crafts blog. So here I am today, finally updating after so long.
I’ve been contemplating on getting a puppy lately. Can you guess what kind of puppy? Yes, I want a bull dog. They’re just so adorable. I know a lot of people think they’re ugly, but they just make me so happy whenever I see one.
Well, I haven’t gotten one yet, but I did get a poster with three cute puppies on them. The wall in my office is kind of dull right now, so I decided to place the small poster in a picture frame. It’s not just any picture frame. It’s one that I handcrafted myself and is pretty proud of it. The best part is that it was fun and anyone can do it.
If you want to make one similar to mine, you’ll need is a small foam core board (you get this at an arts and crafts store. You’ll only need one small enough to fit your picture with an extra inch around all corners of the picture. You’ll also need one weight sheet protector, cords, sequins, sew-on jewels, glue-gun, double sided tape and a pair of scissors.
Using the double sided tape, attach your picture of the center of the form core board. Trim the weight sheet protector to fit over the board. You can tape down along the edges. Use the glue-gun for attachment, start decorating the frame according to your style. It’s really that simple.
Here is an easy way to create vintage inspired headbands. To make these two I used Beaded Trim to cover the headband and then glued the edges at the bottom with Gem Tac and a Glue Gun. Gem Tac is great when working with trims that have tiny beads because it prevents the beads from falling and dries completely clear. Even if the bottom of the headband will never show when you wear it, its always good to finish the inside wit a braided trim, it will make the headband stay better while you wear it and hide the edges of the trim you glued under.
–Gem Tac Glue
-Embroidered Beaded Trim # 28596 (Call 1-800-9-MJTRIM)
-Beaded Trim #37107 (Call 1-800-9-MJTRIM)
-Black and Brown Braids # 00407
Headbands are undeniably popular, thanks to Gossip Girl. Girls across the world can’t seem to get enough of these lovely accessories. However, these headbands do come with a large price tag at the department stores. Recently, a lot of people took a different route and started making their own headbands. I’ve put up some instructions on this new piece that is quite popular.
- Turn the glue-gun on and leave it to heat up for about 3-5 minutes.
- After the glue is hot, carefully place a tiny dab of the glue long one end of the 1.5″ satin ribbon. Do this for both the 12 inch and 14 inch long ribbons.
- Then take the other end and place it over the area that you applied glue to.
- After a few minutes, turn both ribbons inside out. Apply a little bit of glue to the area where you see the ends that were already glued together. Then hold the ribbon together in the center so that there are two loops. (One on each side)
- Flip the ribbon back into place. Apply a little bit of glue along the center of the 14 inch long ribbon. Then place that glued area onto the headband. As you’re adding the ribbon, pinch the ribbon into place. (As shown in the picture above)
- Repeat step 5 with the 12 inch long ribbon, but this time place the ribbon over the other ribbon that you glued onto the headband.
- Once you’ve done that, add a little bit of glue to the 5/8″ satin ribbon and wrap it around the center of the larger ribbons.
- Leave it to dry for a minute or two and you’re done.
It’s pretty obvious that the headbands from Gossip Girl have been inspiring girls everywhere this year. As long the cast from the show continues with this trend, sporting these stylish headbands isn’t going away anytime soon.
This week, I’ve decided to create a different headband using sew-on jewel trims. They’re great for that extra sparking finish to use on New Years Eve. There are different colors available to match almost any color garment you might be wearing for the night.
- Measure the trim so that it wraps around the top of the headband
- Cut the trim
- Carefully use the glue gun to add glue along the top of the headband
- Add the trim from one end the other and let it try
- In just minutes, your headband is ready for use!
Happy New Years Everyone!