Posts Tagged: make stuff

DIY :: glitter letter banner

DIY glitter banner1DIY glitter banner2DIY glitter banner3DIY glitter banner4DIY glitter banner5Hope you had a good weekend. I’m feeling a bit off with the time change, but this DIY project using gold glitter is sure to help! We made this handmade sign for our Indie I Do booth last January using paper, some fishing line, glue, and glitter! Customize your message for parties or booth displays!

things you need: cardstock, computer, printer, scissors, fishing line, glitter, glue, tape.

Step one:
Choose what you wish to say!

Step two:
Determine the size you wish your banner to be and print out the letters using your computer.

Step three:
I’m sure there are plenty of fancy tools that can help you, but I just hand cut the letters on to card stock. The banner pictured above took me about 1-2 Gossip Girl episodes to complete (don’t judge me!).

Step four:
Cover your table with newspaper to keep the glitter mess to a minimum. Using spray glue (I bought this at Michaels) or a glue stick, spread the glue on one side of the letter and dip it in the glitter. Make sure that your letters are the right side up to ensure that your letter is orientated correctly (The letter ‘p’ and the letter ‘d’ can be tricky!).

Step five:
Shake off excess glitter and let dry.

Step six:
Here comes the difficult part! Line up your letters from right to left with the non-glitter side facing up. Measure a long piece of fishing line across the entire banner section making sure you give yourself extra string on both sides of the banner for tying. Use tape to secure the fishing line and lift the banner up gently to make sure that everything is secure (you may need more tape). For a lower case ‘i’, we used a toothpick to hold the dot in place.

->> For a simpler method, you can also hole punch each letter prior to glittering and string up each letter individually instead of using the fishing line! <<-

making a terrarium

I finally put together our little terrarium last week and I am thrilled at how it turned out! Terrariums are super easy to make and maintain (I don’t have much of a green thumb), so I figured I would share a tutorial for you to make your own.

You will need:

  • A clean glass container with a large enough opening for you to place plants (fish bowls work well!)
  • Small stones for drainage
  • Charcoal (can be purchased at a nursery)
  • Soil
  • Plants (succulents and slow growing plants that like semi shade / shade work well!)
  • Cute decorations

Instructions:

  • Layer the stones (carefully) at the bottom of the glass container.
  • Add a thin layer of the charcoal on top
  • Add a layer of potting mix and create a hole large enough to place your plants in.
  • Place plants – > I used moss for easy maintainence.
  • Include cute decorations! -> I purchased toadstools from Layer Cake Shop and small animals can be found at Collage Collage.
  • If you have an open top terrarium, then spritz with water once or twice per week. Closed top terrariums should stay moist. Avoid placing in direct sunshine.

Have fun!

tutorial :: canning spicy beans

guest post by Jackie Dives

Take advantage of the bounty of harvest time by canning foods so they are available to eat in the winter months. Despite the rumours, canning is not as difficult or time consuming as people make it out to be. It is a fun activity that keeps your mind and body healthy. Green beans are available year round, with a peak season of May to October.

Equipment:

  1. 4 500ml canning jars with lids and rings
  2. 3 pots – small, medium, large

For inexpensive jars keep a look out at your local thrift store. Double check that the jars are crack and chip free. Jars and rings are reusable, but lids are not. Once the lid’s sealing compound is used it will not reseal properly again.

If you find a bunch of jars at a thrift store with no lids or rings it’s no problem. You can buy them at most grocery stores. If you prefer to buy new jars Canadian Tire has a great selection.

Optional equipment: (These things will help, but are not necessary)

  1. canning tongs
  2. lid lifter
  3. plastic spatula

If you are missing some equipment have a look at this website for DIY canning equipment instructions.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup kosher or canning salt
  • 2 ½ cups of white vinegar
  • 2 ½ cups of water
  • 2 lbs green beans, cleaned and ends trimmed
  • 3 jalapenos
  • 4 sprigs of dill
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tsp black pepper

Step 1: In large pot sterilize jars by boiling them for 10 mins. Water should be one inch above jars.

Step 2: While the jars are sterilizing, cut up the jalapenos and garlic.

Step 3: After 10 mins, take the jars out of the water. If you have tongs, use them. If not, wait for the water to cool before you take them out.

Step 4: Fill the jars with beans, jalapenos, garlic, dill and pepper.

Step 5: On high heat, stir the water, vinegar and salt in the medium pot, until the salt is completely dissolved. This liquid is the brine.

Step 6: Pour the brine into the jars, leaving about 1 inch of room below the top of the jar.

Step 7: Wipe the rims of the jars with a clean cloth or paper towel. There can’t be anything on the rim, or else it may not seal properly.

Step 8: Remove any air bubbles by using the plastic spatula. The first time I canned I just used a plastic fork.

Step 9: Put the jars back in the large pot, adding water if needed, and boil for 10 mins. This is called heat processing.

Step 10: After 10 mins, take the jars out of the water. See step 3. Leave your jars to cool. The lids will make a snap or pop sound when they have sealed. If any of your jars do not seal, keep them in the fridge and eat from those jars first. Store the jars for a min of two weeks before eating.

These are basic instructions for canning. You can use this method for other foods including turnip, beets, okra, carrots. Simply look online for ingredient lists and heat processing times.

Originally posted on Granville Online August 31, 2010.

craft project :: DIY rocket ship

guest post + images by amanda wood

From splashing in the pool to shooting to outer space. Now that fall is upon us, transform your neglected pool noodles into rocket ships that really take off.

Rather than cluttering up the garage for a whole year, turn those pool noodles into good fun by creating rocket ships that really fly. Using just a few simple household items, it’s a quick project that will give the kids a little backyard adventure for those crisp fall days. While an adult is needed to do the cutting part of the project, the assembly could be done by school age children.

Materials needed:
Pool noodles *
Card stock (Any type of stiff card stock will work such as the back of a notepad, shirt card or even corrugated cardboard boxes. Dig around in your recycling bin!)
Utility knife or x-acto knife (Scissors can be used for cutting, but it will be a little more difficult to get a nice clean edge.)
Metal ruler
Cutting mat
Pebble
* Each pool noodle will make about three rocket ships. You can use either the smooth sided or bevel sided versions.

Step One:
Cut three 3″x4″ rectangles out of the cardstock. These will be the starting point for the three fins. If you are making more than one rocket ship, you might want to cut enough rectangles for each one at this point.

Step Two:
On each of the three fins, cut the point off one corner by measuring down 1″ on either side of the point. This should give you about a 1.5″ angle. It doesn’t need to be too precise, but we found that this gave it a nice proportion.

Step Three:
Measuring down 18″ from one end, cut off a section of the pool noodle. This is your rocket ship body.

Step Four:
Trim one end of the rocket ship so that it has a cone-shaped or bevelled point like a pencil. This will be the nose of the rocket ship.

Step Five:
On the tail end of the rocket ship body, you will need to cut slits into the body to insert the fins. Use the long side of the fins to help measure the length. There should be two slits evenly spaced on the bottom and one slit on the top. You can slide the fins into place ensuring that the angled corner is on top facing the front of the rocket ship.

Step Six:
Once the fins are in place, secure them with duct tape.

Step Seven:
You are ready to blast off! Just raise the rocket ship above your head in one hand and launch it just like you would a paper airplane. These rockets really can go quite far and high, so I recommend using them outside where there is plenty of space.

Try a little science experience by testing different materials for the weight in the nose and different sizes and weights of passengers (see below). See which combination makes it go the highest or farthest!

Giddy Up!
If you would like to have a passenger in your rocket ship, you can trim out a cockpit in the middle of the top of the body. Use your toy as a guide to the size of the cut-out. Since the pool noodle is hollow, a nice little space is created to nestle in a little figurine such as playmobile or any other toy of a similar size.

Caution: Your passenger may jump ship if the rocket gets up a good speed, so don’t use anything too precious that might break!

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Amanda Wood makes handmade goods for the family home under the name Owl + Pussycat. As a mom of two active boys who is passionate about bringing DIY into the hands of children, she is always on the lookout for thrifty craft ideas to keep them busy. Blog | Etsy

craft project :: lip balm

Store-bought balms often contain petrochemicals, salicylic acid (which dries lips and has several potential health implications), silicone oil (which locks out moisture) and other additives, such as phenol (which though banned in Canada may still be found in lip balms, and pesticides, originating Stateside).

While there are several brands recommended by the Cosmetic Safety Database for having no or low health impacts, you can also make your own! It’s a fun project and offers a great way to control what exactly you put on (and in) your body. Plus, it’s easy!

In this recipe, we use cocoa and shea butter, to soothe and condition, as well as beeswax, which forms a barrier to keep the moisture in and provides the balm with staying power. You can also add avocado or red raspberry oil for a natural sunscreen.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz almond oil
  • 1 oz cocoa butter
  • 1.5 oz shea butter
  • 1.5 oz beeswax
  • 1 tsp edible flavouring (optional)
  • ¼–½ tsp avocado oil for SPF 6–8, or red raspberry oil for SPF 28–50 (optional)
  • Step one:
    Place all your ingredients together in a pot on the stove or in a Pyrex container inside a sauce pan with about an inch of water in it, heating slowly.

    Step two:
    Pour into containers and let cool.

    Feel free to halve the recipe, or pour the mixture into larger containers and use also as a cuticle cream or for rough hands and elbows! Yields approx. 25 3ml tubes or containers

    Originally posted on Granville Online March 24, 2010.