Monday, January 23, 2017

Beaded Wind Chime

Do-it-Yourself: decorate
Beaded Wind Chime
himes are lovely on a slightly balmy day, different tones of bells can be found to create different qualities of sound.

What You'll Need:
Measuring Tape
10 yards leather cord
3 yards 16 gauge copper wire
Scissors
42 large snowflake beads
177 small snowflake beads
7 leaf beads with holes through their bases
1 5 inch metal hoop
6 brass jingle bells (3/4 inch)
1 slightly larger brass bell (inch)
Directions:
1. Cut 2 yards of leather cord six times. Take your first piece, and thread a bead, a leaf, then jingle bell to the bottom of by running the cord through the hole and tying in a slip-knot underneath the beads so the leaf bead covers the knot. Repeat five times, then using the big bell,use your seventh piece of cord.
2. Make a knot an inch above your bell. Thread a small, bigger, then another small bead on the cord, make another knot another inch above those beads. Continue five more times.
3. Take your metal hoop and wrap the copper wire around it once leaving an inch long tail. Twitie-tie it, then start beading small beads on the wire.

Baby Room Flags

Do-it-Yourself: decorate
Baby Room Flags
very baby needs to start learning his ABCs. Make it easy with these colorful, simple, ABC flags for their room.

What You'll Need:
2 yards each cotton
Blue
Red
Yellow
White
Scissors
6 yrds Wonder Under- double faced fusible interfacing
Iron
Sewing Machine
Ruler
Pencil
20 feet 1/2 inch diameter rope
Nails and hammer 
Directions:
1. Cut 26 9 x 11.5 rectangles using all the colors.
2. Turn over ¼ inch on three sides and sew a zig-zag stitch. Turn over the fourth side 1 inch and sew a straight line across the bottom ¼ from the raw edge of the flag.
3. Take the rest of the fabric that wasn't used for the flags and back it with Wonder Under.
4. Cut out letters and shapes to go with each letter. You can use a stencil for the letters or get images from the Internet to trace. I freehanded all the shapes and adjusted as needed. 
5. Iron to the front of the flags.
6. String the flags onto the rope in alphabetical order and hang rope knotting each end around a nail.

Rainbow Decoupage Jewelry Box

Rainbow Decoupage Jewelry Box
oo many presents? This is a colorful projects to use leftover tissue paper scraps on when you're done unwrapping all your gifts.

What You'll Need:
Cigar box
Mod Podge
1 inch brush
10 sheets, various colored tissue paper
Scissors
4 wooden knobs
Silk flower
Hot glue gun
Directions:
1. Using your brush, brush a thin layer of decoupage glue on your cigar box, one small section at a time.
2. overlap layers of tissue, laying down a thin layer of glue between them, making sure not to make the tissue too soggy.
3. Intergrate the colors so that they blend one into the next.
4. Hot glue the feet on.
5. Hot glue the silk flower the the front

Beaded Chopsticks

Beaded Chopsticks
n ornate way to eat your sushi and noodles.

What You'll Need:
Black tapered chopsticks
Chopstick Holder
About 180 medium and small glass, and semi-precious beads in various colors including greens, golds, pinks, and tans.
2 feet 28 gauge wire
2 feet 30 gauge copper wire
Wire cutters
Directions:
1. Take a foot of the 28 gauge copper wire, leaving a 2 inch tail wrap it tightly around the chopstick one inch below the top of the chopstick and twistie-tie the wire to itself making sure it is tight enough so that the loop will not slip off the top of the chopstick.
2. Bead the wire, starting with beads with slightly bigger holes that will fit over the twisted wire at the base.
3. When you reach the top, find a flat bead to cover the top of the chopstick with, like a little hat on top of the head of the chopstick.
4. Pull the wire through some of the beads lower down in and out of the holes and wires, making it very secure before cutting the wire. Run the excess wire through the closest bead.
5. Take your 30 gauge copper wire and run it through a bead and twistie-tie it. Run over the beads back and forth as if you are creating a webbing around the beads, finish it off by running the wire through a bead on the opposite end from where you started and hide the excess in the cluster.
6. Take your chopstick holder and repeat the same technique on the loop of the holder.