Monday, April 30, 2012

Kanzashi Flower clip from School Uniform

My lil' man attends a private school and so of course they have to wear uniforms.  Well, the school is very strict about what accessories could be worn. There aren't too many options.  Well, I wanted to give the girls something extra and cute that they can wear in school and still be "in code".  So I created this flower clip using a kanzashi style fold and using a used uniform that I received from a teacher when I told her what I wanted to do. 

I presented it to the principal to get her ok for the girls to use in school and she said yes.  So I made a few and donated it to one of their events so the girl's could get them.  And let me tell you .... they were a hit!  I wish I had enough time (and money - since uniforms are so expensive) to make every girl in the school one of these or the headbands.  I'll just keep going though with what I have.

Here's a headband I also created -notice its a different petal shape ...

Here is a different headband in my hair ...

If you are interested in a tutorial, give me a shout in the comments section.


Sunday, April 29, 2012

T-shirt into a ruffled scarf

So this is the post I promised back in February that I never did post.  It's my t-shirt scarf  ...

Sorry for the blurry picture.  I took this with my cell phone camera.

As I made this I forgot to take pictures but really it is easy.

1.  Flatten out the t-shirt you are going to use.
2.  Using the large part of the t-shirt, trace a large plate around the t-shirt.
3.  So now you have a large circle on the t-shirt.  Cut out the circle.
4.  Pick a point anywhere on the outside part of the circle and start cutting a spiral.
5.  Keep cutting until you reach the center.
6.  Pull/stretch the t-shirt and voila!

Do this about 3-4 times to get the super ruffles.

NOTE:  If you use a large or extra-large t-shirt, you can get lots of circles on the t-shirt.  If you use a small plate, you may have to connect the t-shirts to make a longer scarf.

In case this is still confusing, I will try to post a picture within the next month.  So stay tuned!


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Back with rope crafts

I've been MIA for a bit because I was taking classes to get my 90-hour certificate so that I can teach preschool again.  See I used to teach preschool several years back but stopped after having my lil' man.  Well, he's bigger now and is in school, so I'm going back to teaching again.  Woo-hoo!  I'm so excited.

Enough of that ... Over the past couple of months, as my stress reliever I did do some crafts but didn't have the time to post.  Well, I have time now, so here's my rope crafts....

This is a coffee can that I wrapped in nylon rope from the Dollar Store. Now it houses my pens nicely.  Yes... the flowers you see are my flower pens.  Here's a picture of the can during the gluing process.

Inspired by a basket I saw at Starbucks, I also made this this from a cardboard box and then wrapped it in the same nylon rope...

Here's the box that inspired me....

Now I know mine is nowhere near as nice as the Starbucks basket, but it does it's duty.  Hides things while still looking presentable ~ and it matches my kitchen color.

Since I had some rope leftover, I decided to cover a left over ribbon spool...

It now holds little trinkets inside.  I could go further and paint the inside or cover it with fabric.  That will have to be for another rainy day.

Hope you enjoyed.