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Easy iPhone 4/4S Sleeve Tutorial

iPhone Case

When you are making this, please keep in mind that if you or your intended gift recipient has an iPhone 5, this sleeve won’t fit. The iPhone 5 is .37″ taller than the iPhone 4/4s. Adding .75″ to the total length of the fabric piece that you cut out should compensate nicely.

Please feel free to ask any questions or leave me comments in this post! Thanks!

This sleeve will fit the iPhone 4/4S with a lightweight case. I’m assuming everyone with an iPhone 4/4S has a case on it. If you have a thicker case, then you might want to make this a bit wider – 1/4″ is enough to make a difference. If you are a rebel and don’t have a case on your iPhone, then you can increase your seam allowance when you stitch up the sides.

This sleeve is supposed to fit very snugly so the phone does not fall out. Use the tab to help you slide the phone in. If you want to make it larger so it does not fit so tightly, you could add some sort of tab closure to the top to keep it from falling out.

Download Easy iPhone Sleeve Tutorial

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Flowers with Acorns and Lentils

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What you need:

  • 5″ square vase
  • one box of acorn filler
  • few handfuls of dried lentils
  • plastic water bottle
  • Exacto knife
  • autumn colored flowers

Here’s what you do:

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  1. Place plastic water bottle inside square vase, centering it.  Fill square vase with acorns around water bottle to determine proper height, mark.
  2. Remove plastic bottle and use Exacto knife to cut water bottle to marked height.  Smooth cut edges with scissors, if need be.
  3. Center the cut bottle in square vase again, this time filling lower 1/2 inch or so of square vase with dried lentils to stabilize plastic container.  Fill acorns around plastic bottle, making sure there are no gaps where the plastic bottle can be seen.
  4. Fill bottle with water and arrange cut flowers.

Wine Cork Key Chains

Wine Cork Key Chains

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Take one cork, stack descending size washers of different colored metals to the top and bottom, and screw in an eye screw. They also look great if you simply use a screw on the bottom instead of dangling the bead. Then attach a key chain and you’re done. If you want a bit of extra strength glue the washers together.  Within just a few minutes you have some great stocking stuffers!

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Tissue Poms and Flower Gift Toppers Courtesy of Lia Griffith

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Did everyone have a wonderful Easter? My loft was bursting with family Sunday morning. My sister and I made a tasty breakfast while our four teens hunted for 125 filled Easter eggs. I think we may have had as much fun filling and hiding as they did finding the eggs. To continue with the sweet pastel, fluffy bunny tail and spring flower theme, (I am just not quite ready to be done with Easter) today I am going to give you a quick and easy tutorial on how to make these tissue mini poms or flower gift toppers. You may be seeing these poms show up again for party decoration in a future post. . . they are just too cute! I am seeing a perfect decoration for baby showers, bridal showers, princess parties and even Mother’s Day. So let’s pull out all that leftover tissue and make some of these pretty mini poms! ~ Lia

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Tissue Mini Pom Tutorial


Craft sources for this project: Tissue Paper | Scissors | The Twinery Baker’s Twine | Washi Tape | Hole Punch

MAGIC Decal Tutorial with Free Printables! Courtesy of The Painted Hive

Some of you may remember, a little while back I posted a tutorial for DIY waterslide decals.

Amongst other things, I mentioned how wonderful they are for creating custom embellishments without the need for any fancy pants equipment. Yep, waterslide decal paper is a truly fab product, though as great as it is, there is one drawback – although it’s somewhat tough it’s not especially durable. So, whilst it’s perfect for ornamental purposes, it’s not ideal for more practical applications….until now that is!

Magic decal coating paper is a product designed to be used in conjunction with standard decal paper to make the finished transfers durable – yes, even dishwasher resistant!

If you’re already familiar with magic decal coating paper then please excuse my tardy excitement, though for everyone else who is just getting to the party now too, feel free to start throwing the streamers!

My recently aquired assortment of SLOM jars from IKEA were awaiting some DIY craftiness and seemed the perfect victims candidates for my first magic decal experiment.

As there may be several brands of magic decal coating paper out there, each with slightly differing application requirements, for clarity in this tutorial I will specifically pertain to the particular product I used which I attained from here. The paper seems a little pricey though you can create several decals from one sheet so in reality the individual decals are actually quite inexpensive.

The paper I received came with three sheets of waterslide decal paper (distinguished by a blue watermark on the back) which you print your image onto, and three accompanying sheets of the magic coating paper (distinguished by attached translucent protective paper).

GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES

1. Image to transfer. Use anything you like. I made up my canister labels in Photoshop. I wanted them to be a bit different and quite typographic so decided to style them based on dictionary definitions (my artwork is attached as a free printable if you would like to use them – see the ‘At a Glance’ section at the end of the post to view and download!).

2. Inkjet printer.

3. Decal paper (blue watermark on back). Decal paper comes in clear or white. I’m using the clear paper because I want a transparent background around my image.

4. Magic paper (attached translucent protective paper).

5. Laminator. Basic laminators can be bought for around $20 from most office supply and department stores.

6. Scissors.

7. Water.

8. Soft cloth.

9. Item to embellish. As already mentioned, I’m using my plain SLOM jars from IKEA.

10. Microwave, oven or hairdryer.

THE PROCESS

1. Print your image onto the glossy side of your decal paper (DO NOT mirror your image) using an inkjet printer. Allow to dry thoroughly. I created my canister labels in Photoshop and have attached them below as a free printable (see the ‘At a Glance’ section at the end of the post to view and download!).

2. Separate the translucent protective paper from the magic paper. Do not throw the translucent paper away.

3. Place the magic paper gloss side up on your table. Lay the decal paper printed side down on top of the magic paper. Place the translucent protective paper gloss side down on top of the decal paper (the translucent paper is designed to act as a protective barrier of sorts between the decal paper and laminator heat).

Note: As my image took up the entire sheet of decal paper I did not need to trim around it first. If you are working with a smaller image you may wish to cut roughly around it with scissors.

4. Laminate your stack of three papers together on low speed and at low temperature.

Note: Laminating pouches are not needed. Laminating is performed to fuse the decal paper and magic coating together. Basic laminators can be bought for around $20 from most office supply and department stores.

5. Discard the translucent paper. Your decal paper and magic paper should now be fused together. Trim closely around your image – you can see it quite easily through the paper if you hold it up to the light.

Note: By nature, waterslide decals have a very fine, slightly translucent carrier film. On close inspection this will be visible on completed transfers. As my image is text alone with no border I experimented with techniques and found the neatest finish to be a nice even box (trying to mimic the outline of the text just looked messy). If your image has a distinct border then trim approximately 2mm all the way around it (leaving a small buffer ensures you get a good seal).

6. Dampen the back of the decal paper (watermarked side) with a cloth until it becomes translucent. Wait around 15 seconds then gently peel the paper away completely.

Important: Ensure you remove the watermarked decal paper only at this stage.

7. Quickly immerse the decal in a shallow dish of water to dampen the other side then position it, image side down, on your item, smoothing it down with your fingers and a slightly damp cloth to remove excess water.

8. Carefully slide off the backing paper and manipulate the decal into its exact position then continue to smooth it until it is water and air bubble free.

9. Finally, set the decal by either:

Baking in an electric oven for 8 minutes at 150 degrees celsius.

Cooking in a microwave for 5 minutes on low.

Blowing with a hairdryer for 5 – 10 minutes.

Although I was hesitant, I did find the courage to run these babies through the dishwasher (twice, just to be certain) and they didn’t show any signs of distress. I was honestly AMAZED! Of course, given I have only had them for a few days I can hardly vouch for their longevity so advise hand washing for frequent use.

As I mentioned, there is a very faint translucent background (which is the case with waterslide decals) though once the canisters are filled it’s barely noticeable.

I am super stoked with how these turned out – absolutely love! Don’t forget to download your complimentary printable sheets of labels below!

UPDATE

If you’d prefer the labels without the work you can now buy them in easy ready-to-apply format from my little on-line store here.

And excitingly, along with the PDF file, you can also now download the free PSD version of my labels below! Enjoy!

Spray Bottles DIY Project

This project is so simple.1. Remove labels from bottles. (You can soak them in hot water and dish soap for extra help)

2. Dry and clean

3. Pick your spray paint choices: Seen above is Satin Ivory. I Use Krylon Brand Spray Paint.

4. Spray paint box carrier too!

You get the idea…

Some spray painting tips… Cover area with newspaper or drop cloth first. Wear a mask or be careful not to inhale fumes. Don’t spray into the wind!!! Wait for your first layer to dry and stick the bottle on your finger to get a good coat around the bottom sides.

Aren’t these a cute, cheap project?

I usually like matte finish, but the glossy texture on some of these gives them a nice new sheen. And baby jars make the cutest little mini vases or containers!

I do have to note, these are not “safe” to use for any type of liquid consumption. They just look cool and won’t damage flowers or decorative pieces.

Cute idea right? Especially on a budget! You could do this for wedding centerpieces, parties etc… I have spray painted wine bottles, vases, jars… you name it, I’ve probably painted it.

Another idea for a centerpiece would be to take tons of different sized items and paint them one color and or have a line of vases down a table… you get the idea.