DIY: Suncatcher Wind Chimes

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Good morning Thursday Crafthackers!

I have a really neat DIY project for you. I was looking around at DIY wind chimes, as I absolutely love them. I grew up with someone in my family who always had them, and though I can’t remember who it was, I am always transported back to that time. There’s quite a few different tutorials online for making your own wind chimes, and I might post another one next week. But I came across this:

… and I just fell in love with the idea of suncatcher wind chimes, and thanks to this tutorial from Hands On as We Grow, there’s an easy way to make them, and not just that, but to have it be a project that you can do with your kids. You will need some supplies to do this though: Contact paper (you will want transparent rather than a patterned one) that can be found at any craft store, and maybe even some kitchen stores, scissors, a marker or pen, rings (your choice of size) from mason jar lids, string or cord, and a sturdy stick. Outside of these materials, you will need to go in search of foliage to actually keep inside the suncatcher portion of these chimes.

Your first step (other than collecting flowers) is to cut a piece of contact paper and trace mason jar rings onto the paper side of the stuff. Do as many as you have the rings for. Then you’ll want to peel the adhesive off and – very carefully – lay it on the table with the sticky side up.

When you have your foliage where you would like it, peel the other contact paper, and try to stick it as smoothly as you can over your creation. Cut out the circles.

Tie a knot around the rings using the string, and then simply push the suncatcher circles into the ring. They might be the right size enough to fit, or you might have to tape them in place. Then just attach them to a stick to turn them into some beautiful windchimes to hang near your window.

Hope you enjoyed this easy and beautiful tutorial.

Happy Crafting,

~Megan

 


Mermaid Style Tiaras

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I was a huge little mermaid when I was a child. I still remember pictures I drew around 5-6 years old after seeing the movie, so I have a special fondness for mermaids as a mythological creature. These tiaras though? They go beyond fondness as, mermaid inspired or not, they are absolutely stunning.

A confessed ‘beach bum’, the 27 year old Melbourne based designer, Chelsea Shiels, was also inspired by her love of the Little Mermaid when she started designing her crowns. Each one is handmade and contains real sea shells along with various metals and jewels. I wouldn’t recommend theme for your typical costume party as they’d be a bit overkill, but they’d certainly work great for a cosplay or wedding piece. If you’d like to contact her about having your own made, simply head on over to her etsy store and send her a request. 🙂


DIY Clean Hands Sidewalk Chalk

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I miss coloring with chalk. Back when I did it more I wasn’t very good at drawing so I feel now is my time to shine as an adult to leave something awesome outside for all the Pokemon GO players to see. Sadly I have dry hands since I work with yarn so much so using chalk isn’t something high on the list. Well, until I found this video by Baby First TV that shows the simple and easy way to turn empty deodorant containers into chalk holders! No more mess on your hands and you can easily stick some in your kids travel bag instead of lugging a huge bucket of the stuff with no fear of it getting everywhere.

 

The ingredient list is very simple:

-Plaster of Paris
-Water
-Tempera Paint

Simply mix and put it in your container of choice before allowing it to dry. ^_^

Just in case you don’t want to bother watching the video on Facebook though, you can also go to their pintrest page (if you have an account) to view the steps….or just scroll down a bit more instead. 😉