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Latest DIY Crafts

Posted by Erika on Sep 22, 2009 in Crafts , Family Crafts , Uncategorized

  • Try these great Kanzashi designs for your next DIY project. Use it for your hair or as an accessory to your purse.

  • For great ideas on elegant paper projects for sophisticated entertaining, use ideas from Paperie. Make your own coasters or any variety of classy and creative handmade paper projects for every occasion, from New Year’s to Oscar Night party.

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Back-To-School Crafts

Posted by Erika on Sep 8, 2009 in Crafts , Uncategorized

Help Your Kids Stay Organized:

  • Encourage neatness and tidiness to your kids by helping them with a do-it-yourself desk organizer. This is a great Back-To-School craft that can be both a pretty addition to a child’s desk and an educational tool.

  • Stimulate bedtime reading to your kids by building a great book display for their bedrooms. They’ll have easy access to books anytime of the day. This will prepare your home to be a scholastic haven that will help make the transition from summer days to an academically structured day much easier.
  • Kids are more likely to stay organized if they have a chart that helps them. With this handy dandy chart family members can keep track of chores, important documents or leave messages for one another.

For more ideas on back-to-school crafts, click here.

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Creative Book Cover

Posted by Erika on Aug 17, 2009 in Crafts , Kid's Craft , Uncategorized

Get your kids excited about going back to school with this great ft. Have them make their own designer book cover! Choose any material like tie-dye fabric or a different patterned cloth, whatever suits your taste. You’ll need:

  • Brown paper bag
  • Pieces of fabric cloth
  • Glue
  • Bowl
  • Water
  • Paintbrush
  • Wax paper
  • Scissors
  • Textbook

1.  First you need to cut the paper bag  by cutting from the top of the bag to the bottom along the corner creases. Also cut the bottom of the bag completely.

2.  Place your textbook in the middle of the brown paper cover .Folding the top and bottom of the brown paper cover so that it is now exactly the size of the textbook, crease the folds and bring the side of the brown paper cover over the book.

3.  Open the cover of the book and fold the left side of the paper around the cover of the book. Do the same with the other side. Open the cover and mark the paper at about half the width of the book cover. Do the same with the other side. Remove the paper from the cover and trim the paper to where you marked it with scissors.

4.  Slide the cover back onto the text book to make sure it fits. Adjust the brown paper cover if it feels too snug or too loose. Once it fits properly, remove and set aside.

5.  Line the area where you will be working with wax paper. Mix 2/3 cup glue and 1/3 cup water in bowl with your paintbrush.

6.  Cut fabric into about 2” x 2” pieces. Open paper book cover and place “better” side up onto the wax paper. Start by painting a 2” section in a top corner of the paper with glue mixture. Next place a piece of fabric on the glue, add more glue and paint over the piece of fabric scrap, smoothing with your paintbrush as you go. Scrap should be saturated. Repeat until the paper cover is completely covered with overlapping pieces of fabric.

7.  Once your paper is covered, open the book cover up and place textbook back inside and carefully close the book. Place a piece of wax paper in between the front cover and front page and the back cover and the back page. This will keep the cover from actually sticking to the book as it dries. Allow to dry overnight.

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Home Decorating On a Budget

Posted by Erika on Jul 21, 2009 in Uncategorized
Fed up with same old home décor? But, do not have enough money to refurbish your house! Here are a few tips which will help you modernize your home decor on a budget.
Reshuffle Furniture

Reshuffle Furniture

Reshuffle the Furniture

The first thing that you can do is rearrange the setting of your room decoration . For example try pulling your furniture away from being flush against the wall. Place it at appealing angels which will enhance the beauty of your home. A little change in the positioning of furniture will have a drastic effect on the look and feel of your interior design.

Repaint the Walls

Add new hues and shades to your walls by freshening up the paint in your house. There are lots of contemporary colors added to the palette of wall paints. Choose a color that will harmonize with the ambiance of the room. Changing the color scheme will have a significant impact on your decor.

Make It Eco Friendly

Bringing in plants within your home, will give a feeling of freshness.  Plants in your home will make you feel in the lap of nature.  Greenery of the plants will liven up your home and your life. It will revitalize your home from in and out.

Add New Rugs

Changing or bringing in a new carpet will add flair to your . Select prints that are classy and elegant and add to the ornamentation of your home. Rugs give a new look to the decor and save you from the heavy cost of refurbishing your old floor.

Add New Curtains

Add New Curtains

Change the Curtains

Touch up the windows of your house by decorating them with new curtains, window blinds or window shades.  For a traditional look you can go in for waterfall style curtains and for a contemporary look try out window blinds or window shades.  They will not only beautify the living area but also control the light. In addition, they are noise, moisture and heat resistant which will add comfort to your living.

Home Accessories

Accessorize the Interiors

A little piece of art can make a huge difference in the furnishings of the house and is highly economical. So, spruce up your comfort zone with a great painting, a magnificent flower vase, or a bright wall side lamp. You can also bring in good luck to your house by stylizing it with good luck charms like wind chimes, scented candles, sea shells, clover, etc.

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Easy Craft Projects for Kids – Paper Photo Frames for V-Day

Posted by Erika on Feb 14, 2009 in Uncategorized , Valentine's Day Crafts

We’ve already shared some Valentine’s Day craft ideas, but we almost forgot one of out favorites – the V-Day Photo Frame. This decorative frame is simple to make, and doesn’t require many craft materials. Let’s get started!

Image courtesy: kiddyhouse.com

To make this craft you’ll need:

  • 2 equally-sized pieces of thin cardboard (you can use the sides of cereal boxes),
  • Colored construction paper,
  • Craft glue,
  • Craft knife and a heart shaped cookie cutter,
  • Tape,
  • A pencil, and
  • A photograph.

Step by Step Instructions:

  1. First, draw a heart in the center of your cardboard (trace your cookie-cutter for a perfect heart). Carefully extract the heart-shape from the cardboard with your craft knife. (For safety’s sake, show your children how to use the craft knife, but do the actual trimming yourself.) Save the cardboard heart you’ve removed for later use.
  2. Cover both pieces of cardboard with construction paper using craft glue.
  3. Apply small pieces of colored paper to the cardboard with the heart cut-out. Overlap your papers and glue them down. Allow the glue to dry.
  4. Use your cardboard (with the heart cut-out) to matte your photograph. Tape the photograph to the back of the cardboard.
  5. Glue the two pieces of cardboard together. The cardboard that is intact should be used as the backing board. Allow the glue to dry.
  6. Fold the edges of your cutout heart toward the center. If done properly, the center of the heart cutout should be flat.
  7. Glue the flat center of the heart cutout to the backboard so that it is flush with the bottom. This is how your frame will stand upright. Allow the glue to dry.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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