Posts Tagged ‘Crafts’

May. 2010 28

Paper Bows, pt 2

Guh! I’m running behind this week. But, better late than never right?

So last week my post was on making traditional paper bows like you get for wrapping gifts. But if you really want a show stopping box topping bow, this is it. The Strip Bow!
Ok, the name needs a little work…but it is what it is.

This tutorial will be for a rather large bow: 6.5″ in diameter to be exact. If you want to change the size of the bow, simply cut shorter strips…
What you’ll need:
-2 Pieces of paper, different colors are ideal
-Lot of tape

1. Cut about 20 strips 1/2″ by 6″ out of paper #1 (I used peach)
2. Cut about 15 strips 1/2″ by 4″ out of paper #2 (I used light pink)
***Set up for your next couple steps by cutting about a million pieces of tape about 1/4″ -1/2″ wide***
4. For the 6″ and 4″ strips, fold in half. Do not crease!!! Line it up so the two ends are only overlapping for half the width.
5. Tape each together just at the end
6. Cut a circle out of paper #1. I just traced the roll of tape for the size
7. Tape the 6″ strips around in the circle. Overlap each one with the one before it, about half the width. (I ended up using 17 to make it all the way around)
8. For the last 6″ piece, untape the fold. Tape the top piece to the circle just as with the rest of the strips. Lift the adjacent folded strip slightly and tape the bottom half under these strips.

9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 for the 4″  pieces. The inner diameter should be smaller than the previous circle.

10. Fold the extra strips into figure 8s and loops. Interlock and weave

8. Tape the looped pieces to the inner most part of the bow

Ta-Daaaaa!!! All done

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Apr. 2010 21

Wooden Mirror Art

When I moved into my apartment 3 years ago, I really wanted art work to compliment my bedding. Since I didn’t feel like lugging my pillows around town to find a perfect match (that may not even exist), I opted to make my own. I found these super great mirrors (in pine) from Ikea (on sale for $2 at the time).

I mixed acrylic paint to match the colors of my bedding: light green, brown, and cream. Then I lightly stained the wood with some watered down chocolate brown paint (yes, I know that’s really painting it, but bear with me). Then I roughly drew out my designs on the frames in pencil. Next I painted the designs, making 3 frames in each color. The painting process took me quite a while since it was all really fine detail work.

When I was done I hung them up directly across from my bed in 3 columns of 3. I staggered the columns because I wanted it to take up more space.

If you aren’t artistically inclined (or don’t want to put in the hours) here are some ideas to simplify the project:

  • Paint the frames solid colors
  • Use painters tape to create different striped patterns (see picture wall for example)
  • Try painting poke-a-dots, swirls or other simple patters
  • Use stamps to create patterns

I kept my frames matte because it matched the room better. If you’d rather have shinny frames, add a coat of polyurethane.