How to Make a Custom Skateboard and Grip Tape Design

How to make and paint a custom skateboard (custom grip tape to custom design) Great birthday party idea, Christmas gift, etc. via lilblueboo.com #skateboard #diy #griptape #custom #tutorial #gifts #handmadegifts

 

Boo has been asking for a skateboard so I thought I’d make one for her using a blank board. I just finished it up and took it out for a test run today. My skateboarding skills are a little rusty…I think it’s been 25 years since I was on one:

Paint a Custom Skateboard Ashley Hackshaw Lil Blue Boo via lilblueboo.com #skateboard #diy #gift #handmade

It rides pretty well!  A custom skateboard would be a great Christmas gift or even an auction donation….or just hanging on the wall for a shelf or custom decor.

How to make a custom skateboard design via lilblueboo.com #skateboard #diy #gift #handmade

You can buy blank boards from Amazon (this one is 8″): [Read more…]

DIY Elastic Shoelaces

I bought this pair of shoes at a consignment sale for Boo last year and her shoelaces kept coming untied so often that I decided to replace the laces with elastic.  The colorful elastic below is just fold-over elastic (FOE) used for hairbands and other crafts:

Turn lace up shoes into slip-ons via lilblueboo.com #diy #tutorial #kids

 

Foldover Elastic comes in a wide array of colors:

where to buy foldover (FOE) elastic for shoe laces via lilblueboo.com

 

You can also use lingerie elastic for a cute, girly look:

where to buy lingerie elastic for shoe laces via lilblueboo.com

I used white scalloped lingerie elastic for Boo’s school shoes so that she match uniform policy: [Read more…]

Pinhole Photography: Taking a Photo (Exposure Times)

Ok sorry it took me a little while to get to the second post in this series….I took some time off for our vacation. Back to the wide-angle pinhole camera! (click here for the first overview and assembly post ) By now you should have your pinhole camera made and your dark room supplies ordered.  It’s time to take some photos! If you are just stumbling on this post you can find the series from start to finish at the below link:

Your pinhole camera is ready to go!

A DIY Coffee Can Pinhole Camera (Wide Angle) via lilblueboo.com #pinhole #diy #tutorial #photography

For this type of pinhole camera, instead of 35mm film, you’ll be using B&W photo paper (see the source list at the bottom of the post). I find this much easier and more fun than film. With 35mm film you have to enlarge the negatives….with photo paper you have an instant 5×7 sized negative. There’s one more step to reversing the negative in the darkroom, but you can also scan your negative into your computer and then “invert it” using Photoshop. This is also a great step if you need to tweak contrast or lighting slightly to see your image better.

 

Once you have your B&W photo paper you can load the camera! Make sure not to open your packet of paper until you are in the darkroom or you will expose it. It is LIGHT SENSITIVE.  (Note: I’m loading the paper in the light below just so you can see it….but this must be done in the darkroom!)

Take a piece of photo paper and place it into the camera as shown. The slightly glossy/smooth side is the side that is light sensitive. Make sure that side is centered facing the pinhole. (The glossy texture will wash away in the dark room trays.)

Make sure your shutter is closed before leaving the dark room!

Loading B&W photo paper into a pinhole camera via lilblueboo.com #pinhole #diy #tutorial #wideangle #photography

The paper works the best in bright sunlight. Take the camera outdoors and set up the camera facing your subject. Open the shutter to allow light to enter the can and expose the image.  Then make sure your shutter is CLOSED completely.  Don’t open the shutter again until you have the can in the dark room again.
How the pinhole camera works via lilblueboo.com #pinhole #pinholephotography #photography #darkroom

You’ll have to experiment with exposure times as you start out….but then you’ll get a feel for it. (which is why I recommend multiple cameras….number them so that you can keep track of how long you leave the shutter open for later  comparison)

 

 

Here’s a little chart I made that might help as a starting point for exposure times.  [Read more…]

Hand Stamped Party and Table Decor

 

DIY Hand Stamped Party and Table Decor via lilblueboo.com #party #diy #tutorial

 

In the new issue of Moyo Magazine I wrote a column about DIY Party Decor:

 

 

…..a few photos were used from the projects below but I thought I’d share some additional photos that are centered around DIY stamping!  It’s very easy to carve your own stamp…and depending on the theme of your party or gathering a single stamp can carry all the way through:

DIY Carved Stamp via lilblueboo.com

 

Add tiny accents (dots, stars, hearts etc) with a smaller stamp made from a pencil eraser:

Tiny Accent Stamp from a Pencil Eraser via lilblueboo.com

 

For these invitations I printed out the “Home Sweet Home” on regular card stock, rounded the corners of each invite and added the stamp:

Handmade Stamped Invitations via lilblueboo.com

 

Roll some fabric paint onto a paper plate and use it to stamp your table cloth and napkins:

Hand Stamped Table Cloth and Linens via lilblueboo.com

 

Having a wine tasting?  Stamp a few old book pages with a hand carved stamp:

 

Wine Themed Table Decor using book pages (Wine Tasting Party) via lilblueboo.com

I wrote an article on wine-themed decor over at Parade:

 

Also wine themed: tese wine cork stamps….cut one in half and they double as place card holders! (View the tutorial here)

Recycled Wine Cork Stamps via lilblueboo.com

 

Here are basic stamp carving supplies you might need:

DIY Stamp Carving Supplies via lilblueboo.com #supplies #diy

1. Linoleum Cutter Set

2. Ranger Archival Ink Stamp Pad

3. Speedball 4″ Brayer

4. Folk Art Paint Best Selling Colors

5. Speedball Speedycut Blocks


 

 

 

15 Craft Supplies You Can Make at Home

15 Craft Supplies You Can Make at Home via lilblueboo.com

 

We have rounded up 15 of our favorite craft supplies you can make at home!

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Simple Round Situpons (Sit-Upons) from Vinyl Tablecloth

How to Make Simple Situpons (sit-upons) using vinyl table cloths (for girls scouts) via lilblueboo.com #girlscouts #diy

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The Office Makeover: Craft Storage (Free Vintage Label Download)

Martha eat your heart out. I labeled 70 boxes yesterday with vintage-inspired labels.  It’s part of my big office makeover. I can’t show you the office yet because it’s a disaster. Anyway, it took almost all day to organize the boxes and create the labels but I feel really organized now:

Craft and Art Supply Storage (with free vintage label printable) via lilblueboo.com

The shelves were an early Christmas present from Mr. LBB.  This area is a hallway behind my office….technically it’s a “butler’s pantry” for serving food and storage but it’s the perfect area to store supplies right off my work area.  The wall space above the countertop was just empty space.  The area used to be a huge sunken living room before we remodeled a few years ago. We added a wall at the end of the room to create the storage space.

Here’s what it looked like two weeks ago:

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DIY Journal Ideas

DIY Journal Ideas (Chalkboard, Transfer, Stamped) via lilblueboo.com

 

I love making journals……here are a few I’ve made recently: [Read more…]

Make a Button Art Collage

Boo and I finished her Cinderella button collage this weekend!  I made a time lapse process video filled with our tips and tricks and where to buy buttons:

(here’s the direct video link if you have trouble viewing)

 

Here’s the finished piece:

Cinderella Button Art Collage via lilblueboo.com (click through to see the "DIY How To" HD  time lapse video)

 

Now we’ve got three…..I have a few others in mind right now for the next installment.

Button Project Ideas via lilblueboo.com (click through to see the "DIY How To" HD  time lapse video)

Here are some closeups of the collage so you can see some of the cool little buttons we used: (click continue to read more….)

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Michaels Dream Tree Challenge – The Finished Tree

A few weeks ago Michaels asked me to be a part of their Holiday Dream Tree Challenge…..of course I jumped at the chance because I love Michaels and I love a challenge!   I finished up my Dream Christmas Tree for Michaels Dream Tree Challenge…..and made a little HD “process” movie to accompany it!  Here’s a peek at the ornaments I made that you’ll see in the movie:

(Update: I had a few questions on equipment and software I use to film and edit HD videos…..click here for my list and FAQ!)

Handmade ornament ideas via lilblueboo.com

 

Here’s a fun little video I made of all the decor being made and the final tree:

 

 

A top view of the finished tree! [Read more…]

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