Glue Gun Cabochons

How to make glue gun cabochons using silicon molds via lilblueboo.com #diy #jewelry #gift #accessories

 

Do you have any of these little silicon molds that you use with resin and clay? The one below is one of my favorites…. CONTINUE READING

How To Make Resin Pendants

How to Make DIY Resin Pendants via lilblueboo.com

Here’s a fun, easy way to make resin jewelry without the scary chemical mixing!  First I bought these silver plated bezels: CONTINUE READING

How to Make Miniature Resin Photo Charms

How to Make Miniature Photo Pendants #instagram via lilblueboo.com

Boo and I made the little charms shown above using Instagram photos and jumbo popsicle sticks.  Aren’t they cute?  We made a few photo magnets with them too for our chalkboard wall. (Just a tip: make sure to use neodymium scientific magnets.….they are super powerful. But keep them away from kids under the age of 3!) CONTINUE READING

Recycled Paper DIY Advent Calendar – Part 3 (A Tutorial)

My DIY Advent Calendar is finally finished! You can click here to see Part I (Days 1 through 6) and click here to see Part II (Days 7 through 15) .

I used the customizable advent shadowbox from Silhouette. The 25 compartment shadow box comes with 25 different box templates and 25 different drawer templates that the Silhouette will cut out onto any paper of your choice. You can use them to make a new advent calendar theme each year.

 

Doesn’t it look all pretty now that it’s finished! I can’t wait until tomorrow until Boo gets to start opening them up!

 

Here are the rest of the days I just finished up and what I filled them with:

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Recycled Paper DIY Advent Calendar – Part 2 (A Tutorial)

My DIY advent calendar is almost filled! You can click here to see Part I of my Recycled Paper DIY Advent Calendar (Days 1 through 6).

I’m using the customizable advent shadowbox from Silhouette. The 25 compartment shadow box comes with 25 different box templates and 25 different drawer templates that the Silhouette will cut out onto any paper of your choice. You can use them to make a new advent calendar theme each year. See the bottom of this post for a discount code good through November 11th.

 

 

It will be so fun to see Boo open up each day in December. I’ve purchased most of my trinkets from Micheal’s craft store in the dollar bins.


 

Day #7: A simple ceramic Christmas tree for Boo to paint as an ornament:

 

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Recycled Paper DIY Advent Calendar – Part 1 (A Tutorial)

I love this customizable advent shadowbox from Silhouette! The 25 compartment shadow box comes with 25 different box templates and 25 different drawer templates that the Silhouette will cut out onto any paper of your choice. You can use them to make a new advent calendar theme each year. See the bottom of this post for a discount code good through November 11th.

 

 

I can’t keep up with my usual crafty pace right now but I was able to finish compartments 1 through 6 yesterday! I chose a palette of brown paper, white, gold and gilver (goldish-silver).

 

For the boxes I’ve used plain brown paper and paper shopping bags:

 

My new Silhouette machine can cut a 12″ piece of paper:

 

Here is one of the boxes cut straight out of the machine…..I used double sided tape to put it together:

A finished box:

 

I bought a bunch of small, inexpensive trinkets to fill the boxes with. Some are generic Christmas themed and others have to do with the Birth of Jesus:

 

I used a basic stencil and a champagne silver spray paint to add my numbers:

 

Box #1: I cut a tag and spray painted a stenciled number on it to embellish the box. I filled it with a Christmas light necklace.

 

Box #2: I added lobster claw clasps to some angels to turn them into charms. I embellished the box with a similar angel button strung onto elastic thread:

 

Box #3: I made Christmas-themed elastic hair ties.

Box #4: A small toy donkey to represent how Mary rode to Bethlehem. The #4 was stenciled in gold glitter spray paint.

 

Box #5: A gold and silver earth charm to represent “Peace on Earth”.

Box #6: I spray painted the top of the box with gold glitter. The box was filled with a “Grow a Santa” toy.

Now I’ll start working on the rest of the boxes today!

 

 

Tiny Pastry Erasers (A Tutorial)

 

I was resting in bed today getting ready for my surgery tomorrow and decided to make some cute little pastry erasers. A small crafting project…..so I wouldn’t make too big of a mess in my bed. Aren’t they cute? I could see these being “Barbie food” too…..so tiny and realistic:

 

I used a fun product called Clayzee…..the eraser version. It’s like a putty and you put it in the microwave (in water) once you are done and it turns into an eraser!

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Upcycling Broken China (A Tutorial)

How to make upcycled accessories from broken china via lilblueboo.com

 

Ever break a glass or dish you love? Happens here all the time…..and I can never bring myself to throw the pieces away. I always have big plans to one day make a big mosaic wall or table…..but in the meantime I’ve decided to use the pieces for some smaller projects. This jar holds every single piece of porcelain from a Tiffany vase I broke a few years ago:

 

How to make upcycled accessories from broken china via lilblueboo.com

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A Donut Necklace (A Tutorial)

Donut necklace accessory diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

I ate a glazed donut this morning. It just didn’t seem like the right pastry to make an “inspired” necklace out of…….so I chose a sprinkled donut for this project. I would love to have a donut themed party one day for Boo……and I thought a donut charm necklace or bracelet would make the cutest party favor.  This one is for Silpada…..the sweet girl that works at the Swiss Donut shop and fills my order cheerfully every morning:

 

Donut necklace accessory diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

The donut was made using these little pre-cut wood disks from the craft store:

Donut necklace accessory diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I used a standard household drill to add a hole in the center. I had to tightly hold the disk still with two fingers and drill very slowly to keep it from turning.

 

Donut necklace accessory diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I used a pipe cleaner to hold the disk as I painted it with a base “donut” color:

Donut necklace accessory diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I used a small paint brush to add a layer of pink icing:

 

Donut necklace accessory diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I used basic acrylic craft paint in colors Almond Parfait and Baby Pink:

 

Donut necklace accessory diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I used a tiny brush (actually a brush I cut most of the bristles off of) to add several colors of sprinkles:

 

Donut necklace accessory diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I used my tiniest drill bit to drill a tiny hole for a jump ring:

Donut necklace accessory diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Then using a pipe cleaner to hold the finished donut I sprayed it with a clear gloss varnish. I stuck the pipe cleaner upright in a jar to hold the disk until it dried.

 

Donut necklace accessory diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

The last step was to add a silver jump ring:

 

Donut necklace accessory diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Finished donut charm!

 

Donut necklace accessory diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

With rainbow sprinkles!

 

Donut necklace accessory diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

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the donut chronicles via lilblueboo.com

Sun Printing – An Introduction

How to sunprint on fabric via lilblueboo.com

 

 

 

It’s been about 25 years since I’ve used sun printing paper but it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while! Who knew there was sun printing fabric?! I made this easy little square pin cushion using 8.5″ cotton cyanotype fabric squares and buttons:

 

This applique shirt was so simple…


…and I love the extra button detail:

 

 

The squares I used are the Blueprints on Fabric(pink on blue) shown below:


In a nutshell, the 8.5″ fabric squares in the kit are pretreated with a chemical that makes them change color in sunlight. I took the squares and pinned them to cardboard backing to keep them in place and laid various objects on top to experiment:


I placed the board in the sun for about 10 minutes and let the sunlight do its thing. The fabric darkens slightly (not to its dark blue you would expect):


Once the fabric has been in the sun for about 10 to 15 minutes, it is washed with cold water and the dark blue color appears:


I’m pretty sure there are over million things you could do with this fabric…here was my first hour of playing with it:

 

I pinned buttons to the fabric in the shape of a heart:


I pinned one of my mother’s old necklaces in place:


I layered different types of lace:


I used a transparency with a superhero “POW” on it:


Stay tuned for more sun printing soon!

 

 

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