DIY: Cookie Cutter Candles

DIY: Cookie Cutter Candles #holiday #christmas #handmade #gift

I love coming up with creative handmade gifts every year for Christmas. I first saw this idea for cookie-cutter candles on PopSugar.com and knew I wanted to try making some. My mom has TONS of cookie cutters, so I sorted through them, picked out my favorite holiday shapes and got to work.

WHAT YOU NEED:

• Metal cookie cutters
• Beeswax
• Crayons (optional)
• Metal-tabbed tea-light wicks
• Small saucepan
• Clean tin soup can
• Aluminum Foil
• Masking Tape
• Craft sticks (for stirring)

DIY: Cookie Cutter Candles #holiday #christmas #handmade #gift

To turn a cookie cutter into a mold, you must first run masking tape along the edge of the cutter, snip the corners with scissors, and fold the tape outward so that the cutter sits flat on the foil.

Fill a small saucepan with a few inches of water, then fill the clean tin can with beeswax and place the can into the saucepan creating a double boiler. Over medium heat, bring the water to a simmer and watch the wax as it melts using a craft stick to stir. If you’d like to add a color to your wax simply drop in a piece of crayon in your desired color.

Tip: If you want to make multiple color candles at once, use a different tin can for each color. You can fit 2-3 cans in the saucepan at once, melting all the wax simultaneously.

DIY: Cookie Cutter Candles #holiday #christmas #handmade #gift

Place a metal-tabbed tea light wick at the center of each cookie cutter, then begin pouring your wax into each one. You’ll notice in the photo above that some of the wax leaked out of the tree cookie-cutter. This can happy very easily. I recommend pushing down on the cookie cutter while pouring the wax.

Tip: Pour a thin layer of wax into the bottom of each cookie cutter and let cool for a few minutes. Then fill them up the rest of the way. This will help prevent the wax from leaking out of the cookie cutter.

If the wax does escape, simply let it cool and break it apart. Then put it back into your tin can and melt the wax again.

Once the wax has completely cooled (1/2 to 2 hours), remove the masking tape and pop them out of their cookie cutters or you can leave them as is.

Tip: If you have trouble getting your candle to pop out of the cookie cutter, place it in the freezer for about 20 minutes or until they pop out easily.

DIY: Cookie Cutter Candles #holiday #christmas #handmade #gift

I just love how my candles turned out and I can’t wait to give them as gifts this year! What are you making this year?

DIY: Cookie Cutter Candles #holiday #christmas #handmade #gift

DIY: Herb and Spice Gift Wrap

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I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about my lettering, and a few poor souls have even asked if I teach a class (HA!). I tell everyone the same thing– my lettering has improved over the past year because I’ve been practicing. I know, that sounds like a cop-out, but it’s true! I’ve been making signs and chalkboards for the store, lettering in my prints, and wearing through Prismacolors like nobody’s business.

The key, for me, if to cut myself some slack while I’m practicing. Doodling letters is swell, and I take any opportunity to write words in weird ways.

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This wrapping paper is a perfect example. I wanted to come up with a simple way to wrap a couple of small gifts, and went to the (very soggy) garden for inspiration. The remaining herbs were so pungent and gorgeous that I decided to use them as accents on a basic brown paper wrapping.

The whole thing’s pretty simple, and I’m sure you could come up with something even more special. The point is, I was able to mess around with letters and words without feeling too self-conscious. It’s just wrapping paper, and the herbs take center stage.

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For the second gift, I made a tall bag with a few materials, and I thought I’d share my process.

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Supplies I Used

• Plain brown kraft paper – you could also repurpose a grocery bag.
• Fresh herbs from the garden
• White Prismacolor Pencil
• Flour & water to form a paste. You can also use glue, of course!
• Scissors
• Pencil
• A can of spray paint as a base form

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First I traced the base of the can to form the bottom of my bag…

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and cut out the circle, about 1/4 inch inside my line.

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I then measured the can and cut out a piece of paper for the main part of the bag, leaving myself about 2 inches of extra height to wrap along the bottom and enough width to cover the whole can with a little overlap.

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I made a fold at that 2 inch mark, and cut a little fringe into that end (the bottom.) You’ll see why in a second.

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I used my trusty white pencil to doodle words all over the paper.

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I’ve started using a flour paste for a lot of paper projects, lately. Here I used about equal parts water and flour, mixed well, and applied with a cheap paintbrush.

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I wrapped the paper around my spray paint can and painted both edges with my paste…

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then began folding the fringe pieces down. Once those were down I painted them, and the round bottom piece with paste…

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applied like so, and left to dry.

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After it was completely dry (a few hours later) I trimmed the top of the bag, and filled it with my gift, and a little tissue paper.

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Simple directions for a unique bag- and a great way to work on those lettering skills.

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Are you inspired by herbs, like I am? Don’t forget to share you spice & herb work with us for our November DIY Challenge! We’d love to see what you think up.

(You know, keep life spicy.)

DIY: Dream Pillows

DIY: Dream Pillows #sewing #herbs #aromatherapy

This year I’ve become almost obsessively interested in learning about herbs and both their healing and magical properties. I love making my own scent blends, and discovering new ways to use and make herbal gifts. While shopping at Goodwill, I found a book called, Making Herbal Dream Pillows by Jim Long and fell in love with the idea of making a ‘dream pillow.’

What’s a dream pillow you ask? A ‘dream pillow’ is a small pillow filled with relaxing herbs, like catnip, lavender and mugwort. They were once called ‘comfort pillows’ and used in the sickroom to ease the nightmares that may come with medicine and the smells of illness.

DIY: Dream Pillows #sewing #herbs #aromatherapy"

Supplies Needed

• One 5″ x 12″ piece of cotton fabric (I bought a handful of fat quarters)
• Needle and thread
• Iron and ironing board
• 1/2 cup herb blend (see below)
• Cotton batting or fiberfill
• Sewing machine (optional)

Choosing Herbs

You’ll want to use dried organic herbs either grown from your own garden or purchased at your local apothecary.

Herbs that are great for Dream Pillows are:
Aniseed, Calendula, Balsam Fir, Catnip, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Cloves, Hops, Jasmine, Lavender, Leather, Lemon Balm, Lemongrass, Lemon Verbena, Lilac, Sweet Marjoram, Mimosa Flowers, Mint, Mugwort, Passionflower, Rose, Rosemary, and Thyme.

I chose to make a Pleasant Dreams herbal blend using a recipe from the, “Making Herbal Dream Pillows” book. I also plan to make up my own herb blends and experiment!

DIY: Dream Pillows #sewing #herbs #aromatherapy

Pleasant Dreams Blend

• 1 cup mugwort
• 1/2 cup rose petals
• 1/3 cup chamomile
• 1/3 cup lavender
• 1/3 cup catnip
• 2 tablespoons mint

Makes approx: 3 cups (enough for 5 pillows)

Step 1: Cut your fabric

Always prewash your fabric to remove any excess dyes or other smells. Cut your fabric 5″ x 12″ in size.

DIY: Dream Pillows #sewing #herbs #aromatherapy

Step 2: Sew your pillow

Fold your fabric in half with right sides together so that you have a piece that is 5″ x 6″. Stitch up two sides of the pillow, leaving the folded side not sewn and one end open.

DIY: Dream Pillows #sewing #herbs #aromatherapy

Turn right side out and place a cotton ball sized amount of cotton or fiberfill in the bottom of the cloth “pocket”.

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Step 3: Add herbs & finish

Using a funnel, add about 1/2 cup of the dream blend and then some more cotton or fiberfill to the top. Then carefully sew the open end shut using a running stitch. Now your dream pillow is ready to give as a gift or to place inside your pillowcase!

DIY: Dream Pillows #sewing #herbs #aromatherapy

Card and tags courtesy of Evermine.com

DIY CHALLENGE: November Herbs & Spices

Need a creative boost? Join our new DIY Craft Challenge! Each month we (adventures-in-making.com) will choose a theme, and you get to run with it, then share what you make. You can stick strictly to the theme, or do something totally unexpected. Your creation is sure to inspire someone else, taking this creative community to the next level!

Check out what everyone came up with last month’s theme Fall Leaves here.

Share Your Project!

To share your project, email rachel@adventures-in-making.com with the following info:
• at least one photo of the finished piece (shots of your process are also welcome!)
• a little bit about yourself & where you’re from
• how you got from the theme to your final product
• links to your social media/blog/website (optional)

We will post our top 10 favorite submissions on the blog at the end of the month + award PRIZES!

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(Sources left to right: 1. Christmas Pomanders by Hanna’s Charming Christmas 2. Boiled Apple Cider Syrup by Erin Boyle 3. Ginger and Coconut Oil Sugar Body Scrub by Food For My Family 4. Cinnamon & Evergreen Napkin Ties (Source Unknown) 5. DIY Rosemary Wreath by The Pretty Blog 6. Natural Room Scents by The Yummy Life 7. Painted Herb Rocks by 8. Herb Infused Vinegar by Garden Therapy 9. Homemade Pumpkin Butter by Tasty Kitchen)

NOVEMBER CHALLENGE: Herbs & Spices

November marks the beginning of the holiday season. It’s a time of delicious smells filling hour home from cookies baking in the oven, soup simmering on the stove, and your favorite fall scented candle burning on the windowsill. We’ve chosen Herbs & Spices as our November theme and we hope to inspire both cooking and crafting. You can use actual herbs & spices, or use the ‘herbs & spices’ as a theme for your project.

Any and all materials and mediums are encouraged! This challenge is open to ALL AGES, so don’t be afraid to get your kids involved too. The challenge officially begins tomorrow, November 1, 2014 and ends on November 25, 2014. We will post our top 10 favorite projects + announce the award winners on November 26th. Have fun and happy crafting!

Don’t forget to share your projects with everyone on Instagram using #diycraftchallenge.

Invite your friends!

This is the perfect opportunity to host a craft night with your friends! Take photos of everyone’s creations and send them to us! Here is a button you can display on your website/blog to let your people know what you are up to.

“Adventures

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DIY: Appearing Leaf Drop-Dyed Tissue

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If you’ve tried out our Paper Flower or Tie-Dye Tissue Paper DIYs you know how much fun it is to dye paper with liquid watercolor. There’s something so magical about the way the colors mix and flow through the paper fibers.

I was thinking about fall leaves, and of course paper dyeing seemed like the perfect way to capture the fiery colors of the season. After a little experimentation, I came up with a dyeing variation where leaves mysteriously appear on a gorgeous field of color.

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Supplies You’ll Need

• White tissue paper
• A Pigment Based White Stamp Pad, like this Craftsmart Pigment Ink Pad from Michaels. Other stamp pads, or inks, should work too, just test them out on a piece of scrap tissue.
• Stamps, made or bought.  I made my own in a method similar to the one Rachel used for her Stamped Scarf project. I carved my stamps from cheap erasers.
Blick Liquid Watercolors
• Liquid Droppers and/or absorbent foam paint brushes.

Here’s a sneak peek at the leafy magic…

 

To get started- decide how you are going to use your tissue, and where the leaf design should be. If you are using it in a bag, I would suggest decorating the corners; if you’re going to wrap with it you will want to decorate from the center out.

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Ink up your stamp, and press it firmly on your tissue. (You know- stamp it!)

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Repeat with your stamps in a random pattern until you are happy with the design. It may be difficult to see the white ink on white tissue- but that’s what makes the next part so fun!

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Let the stamped tissue dry for a few minutes, then fold the tissue several times and place on a plate or other protective surface. With your dropper or brush begin applying dabs, drops, and lines of liquid watercolor to the tissue.

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The leaves should start to appear in white on your tissue. (The watercolor won’t soak into the area that you have covered with the stamp ink.) If you end up with excess dye puddling up on your design, simply dab with your brush or a paper towel.

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Keep dropping and dabbing until you’ve covered the area with color.

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Flip the tissue over and add color there as well. (It should soak through all the layers.) After you are done, let the sheets dry completely (at least overnight) before unfolding and using them.

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Tada! Customized tissue that will make all your gifts pop.

Other things to try

• More color combinations
• Different stamps – maybe stars, initials, polkadots…
• Other types of ink – colored or metallic ink pads, block printing inks and more
• Drawing with metallic Sharpies or paint pens
• Drawing with dry watercolor pencils before dyeing
• Experimenting with other papers

GIVEAWAY: Greeting Card 6-Pack

GIVEAWAY: Greeting Card Pack #andsothere #campsmartypants #cards #win
Can you believe it’s time for our next giveaway already? This month we are giving away a lovely greeting card pack! One lucky winner will receive a set of 6 blank cards, 3 of which were designed by me, Rachel (of Camp Smartypants) and 3 designed by Alison (of So, There).

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Greeting Cards designed by Camp Smartypants (blank inside)

The three Camp Smartypants cards are designed using a combination of pen and ink drawings, watercolor and photoshop. I love using bright colors in my designs, so each Camp Smartypants card is sure to make someone smile!

GIVEAWAY: Greeting Card Pack #andsothere #campsmartypants #cards #win

Letterpress greeting cards designed by So, There (blank inside).

The three So, There cards are designed using hand lettering, illustration, and letterpress. If you are a letterpress fan, you’ll love receiving these cards!

GIVEAWAY: Greeting Card Pack #andsothere #campsmartypants #cards #win

How To Enter

Leave a comment below telling us about one of your favorite fall traditions.

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Enter all 5 ways to increase your chances of winning!

The giveaway ends on Sunday, October 26 at 11:59PM. We will announce the winner (chosen at random) on Tuesday, October 28. Good luck everyone!

UPDATE 11/27/14

This giveaway is now closed. We will announce the winner tomorrow, 11/28/14

DIY: Black Cat Stamped Scarf

DIY Cat Stamped Scarf #craft #kitty #blackcat #fashion #fall
I can’t believe it’s almost October! Autumn is in full swing and I’m excited to finally do some fall crafting. I’ve had this project on my to-do list for a few months so I was eager to finally work on it and have a fun new scarf to wear for Fall.

Supplies Needed

• White scarf (cotton or linen is best)
Black stamp pad (for fabric)
Carving block
Linoleum Cutter Tools
• Pencil

DIY Cat Stamped Scarf #craft #kitty #blackcat #fashion #fall

You can use scratch paper to decide how you want to draw your cat. I kept mine simple. Then use a pencil to draw the cat onto the carving block. Once you’ve finished, get out your carving tools.

Using the smallest carving blade, I carved the face of the cat first.

DIY Cat Stamped Scarf #craft #kitty #blackcat #fashion #fall

Then I switched to a larger carving tool and carved around the shape of the cat head.

DIY Cat Stamped Scarf #craft #kitty #blackcat #fashion #fall

I continued to carve out all the negative space around the cat head until it looked like this:

DIY Cat Stamped Scarf #craft #kitty #blackcat #fashion #fall

Now that you’re stamp is ready, do a test on a piece of scratch paper to see what it looks like.

DIY Cat Stamped Scarf #craft #kitty #blackcat #fashion #fall

Next, start stamping your scarf! But first, make sure to iron out any wrinkles from the fabric. Lay it flat and begin to stamp. Start at one end and work your way to the other. I stamped in rows and tried to make them as evenly spaced as possible.

DIY Cat Stamped Scarf #craft #kitty #blackcat #fashion #fall

Once you’ve stamped the entire scarf, use an iron again to heat set the ink by pressing for 10 seconds or put on high heat in the dryer for 15 minutes. And you’re done!

DIY Cat Stamped Scarf #craft #kitty #blackcat #fashion #fall

This scarf would make a great gift for a cat-loving friend, or if you’re like me, you’ll wear it yourself all season long!

DIY Cat Stamped Scarf #craft #kitty #blackcat #fashion #fall

DIY: Number Etched Drinking Jars

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I used to have a set of numbered glasses that I loved. Each was marked (1-6) with a decal. When people would visit, I would give each their own number, so they wouldn’t mix up glasses. It was lovely.

Unfortunately it’s a partial set now, because they were delicate, and I am clumsy.

It’s been my goal to replace them for some time. So that was my first project when I got the Dremel etching underway.

Supplies Needed

Dremel Micro rotary tool, or similar.
• A Dremel Diamond Wheel Point Bit.
** UPDATED 12/14 – I’ve since started using two different diamond bits with more success. 7105 Diamond Ball Point and 7103 5/64-Inch Diamond Wheel Point
• Printed Number Templates (described below)
• Scissors
• Tape
• Unlabeled Glass Jars – mason or other. I have used salsa jars for my glasses.
• Optional – Sharpie to trace template onto glass.

Safety First

Refer to your tool manual. I have listed my safety gear below, but it might not be adequate for your setup. Take all the precautions you can, and be ready to pay attention to what you’re doing.
• A respirator or dust mask.
• Safety goggles or Safety Glasses.

Tool Tips

• Practice a little bit with the tool to get an understanding of how it works on glass.
• Higher speeds seem to work best on glass.
• Build a jig to hold your glass in place while you work on it. I used a piece of plywood with scrap “rails” attached to it. My jig is painted black so I can easily see my project.
• Rubberized gloves may make it easier for you to hold onto your jar.
• Remember not to etch too deeply into the glass. Don’t hold the bit in one place for too long. Your goal is to make a pattern that is just barely felt when you run your finger across it.

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Measure your glass and decide how large you would like your number to be. (I decided that a 2.5 inch number would be perfect. That’s roughly 180 pt.) Choose your size, and type numbers in your favorite font. Make sure to leave some extra space to cut the templates apart.

Cut the numbers into strips that will fit easily within your glass. You want the paper to be pressed as closely to the glass as possible.

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Use a little tape to hold the paper template in place.

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Now it’s time to etch! First take a good look at your number and make sure it’s straight and located where you want. You will notice that the thickness of the glass will affect the way you see your template from different angles, and it may be difficult to trace the number perfectly. If you like, you can trace the number on the glass with a Sharpie to make sure you have the shape just right. (The Sharpie mark will come off easily after you are done etching.)

Your first etching step (shown above) is to make a light outline of your number, using the pointed end of the bit and a very soft touch.  Try to keep as straight-on to your template as possible– and cut yourself some slack. These are going to be awesome even if you have a stray line or two.

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Once you have outlined the whole number lightly, remove the template and retrace the number to thicken up your outline. Hold the bit close to parallel with the surface of the glass to get a thicker, more consistent, line.

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If you are happy with the shape of your outline, move on to outline the other numbers you would like to do in the same way.

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Voila! You have numbered glasses! But don’t stop there…

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Using the pointed end of the bit, add small designs and lines to the inside of your number. These little additions will look fun, camouflage any mistakes you made with the outline, and make the numbers pop-out on the glass. (This was my favorite part of the whole project. Any opportunity to doodle.)

IMG_2986I’m excited to show off my new glasses, and love that I turned something that should have been recycled into something I can use for years.

Other symbols to try

• Initial Letters for the people who visit often, or to give as gifts.
• Card Suits for game night (Which drink is trump?)
• Astrological Symbols
• Different Speech Bubbles
• Animal Silhouettes
• Punctuation marks (which I love)

What would you make?

TOOLBOX: Dremel Micro Review for Glass Etching

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I have a secret. I’ve been hoarding glass bottles… and jars. Sure, I’ve been drinking out of a set of 6 jars, but what no one knows is I have a whole box of them in my closet.

Shoot. Now you know.

The big plan was to use etching cream to mask and etch them into glass masterpieces– but something always stopped me. It may have been that the first time I pulled out the etching cream, Safety Husband insisted on reading the ingredients and warnings. He then set out a strict list of suggestions for using the DANGEROUS stuff I got from the craft store. I followed the suggestions once, but lived in fear of getting out the cream ever again. “Wear gloves. You don’t want it eating through your skin… to your bones.

We live in a world of excess caution, over here.

Safety Husband recommended safety goggles and a respirator- talked down to spectacles and a dust mask.

For Dremel Etching, Safety Husband recommended safety goggles and a respirator- accepted spectacles and a dust mask.

The box of glass lived to taunt me. Sitting in there, instead of going to the recycling bin where it belonged; until I got the bright idea of looking for alternate etching options. There are a lot of great, videos, but the one from Dremel sold me. It was time to replace our old rotary tool, so after some shopping I decided on the…
Dremel Micro, which is cordless.
•I bought two diamond bits, but I’ve only got around to playing with the one that looked most useful, the Dremel Diamond Wheel Point Bit.
** UPDATED 12/14 – I’ve since started using two different diamond bits with more success. 7105 Diamond Ball Pointand 7103 5/64-Inch Diamond Wheel Point

Experiments

I tried several different ways of getting my initial artwork laid out, including drawing the design on with a Sharpie, as well as using masks that we had made with the intention of using the etching cream.

Tara Bliven drew and cut out this beautiful mask for me.

Tara Bliven drew and cut out this beautiful mask for me.

We drew and cut these masks out of contact paper, but you could also use masking tape. They are a great way to start out, because the mask will help you learn to control the tool. If you jog out of the lines, the mask material will shred before you mark the glass, giving you one chance to screw up without consequences.

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The mask is definitely the most time consuming and tedious way to go. I’ve moved on to freehand patterns, and occasionally use paper templates that taped to the other side of the glass. (More on that later.)

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Tips

•Higher Speeds (controlled with a button on this model) work much better for etching glass. I usually use the second to highest speed. The highest works even better, but the sound is skull-splitting, so I only use it when absolutely necessary.
•Using the bit I’ve listed above, you will mainly be making thinnish lines, so plan on going over your artwork a couple of times. It works best to hold the bit as close to parallel with the surface of the piece.
•Make a jig for round items. I took a couple of wood scraps and made a kind of rail for the glasses to lay in. (See in the photos above.) Make sure it’s small enough to move around, as you will want to be able to approach your piece for all angles. After my experiments, I sprayed the whole jig black so I could see my work more easily.
•Wear Protective Gear… or you’ll get in trouble. I found a dust mask and glasses worked for me, but it might be good to start out with even more coverage. Remember that your glass could shatter at any time.
•Start with thick glass pieces, and don’t grind too much in one place. This is not a tool for drilling, so you’re more likely to shatter your pieces than cut cleanly through.
•Start with trash pieces you’re not afraid to throw away. There’s definitely a learning curve.
•Hand-wash any pieces, to make sure you’re not shocking the thinned glass with hot water.
•Work outside. You’ll be generating a ton of dust. While I haven’t had any sharp pieces (yet) it’s nice to let nature get rid of the dust.
•This is a no-distraction project. Don’t plan on watching TV while you work with power tools.

Things to Love

•It’s lightweight. Initially I was planning to use a flex shaft like they use in the video, but the cable is not very flexible, and I decided the lack of cord would be a benefit.
•It compact and easy to transport (although it does not come with a carrying case.)
•The battery lasts longer than I do. I haven’t had to stop what I was doing to recharge.
•I haven’t hurt myself (yet). This is always remarkable.

Things to Hate

•The “Lock” button sticks out just above the power button, and I have hit it accidentally a couple of times while the Dremel is running. It makes a terrible sound to tell me I’m killing it to death.
•It’s still a little clumsy. Even though the end is tapered so you can hold on to it, it’s more like trying to write legibly with a Squiggle Pen than an actual writing implement.
•It is quite tricky to get make a curve. A lot of this has to do with skill, and the kind of bit I’ve been using.
•The sound, especially at higher speeds. It makes a high keening when you’re using it on the glass. The birds have been complaining about this as well. It’s just life in the etching game.

Things to Try

•More bits. I tried scratching the glass with non-diamond bits with little result, but now that I’m hooked on the etchin’, I’m going to try everything. (If you have suggestions, I’d love to hear from you.)
•More freehand designs.
•On flat surfaces, like plates, trays, etc. On mirrors.
•Make a set of matching glasses, with patterned numbers, using paper templates. That’s pretty specific, huh? I guess a DIY is in the works… but until then, have fun!

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DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern

DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft

This was one of those projects that has taken me months to finish, but I’m so glad I finally did! The idea all started when I was coming up with gift ideas for my two nieces. Four months later I’ll finally be able to give these cute little owl dolls to them!

This project was a definite challenge as I made up my own pattern. I hope you give it a try and make some of your own cute owl friends! Don’t forget to send me a photo!

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SUPPLIES:

Owl plushie pattern
• Cotton fabrics (I used 3 different fabrics for the body, belly and wings. Plus yellow for the legs and feet and white for the eyes. I purchased fat quarters of each and had more than enough to work with)
• Black embroidery floss
• Cotton stuffing
• Rice
• Needle & thimble

TOOLS:

• Sewing machine
• Coordinating thread and bobbins
• Iron and ironing board
• Sewing scissors
• Pins and needle
• Craft scissors
• Pencil
• Funnel

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Step One: Prep your fabric and cut out the pattern

I always prewash my fabric to avoid shrinkage and bleeding colors.

Print out the pattern provided and cut out with craft scissors. Following the instruction on the pattern, cut out all your fabric pieces using fabric scissors. Iron all your pieces flat.

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Step Two: Applique the eyes and belly

Using the pattern as a guide for placement, hand-applique the two eyes (E) and belly (B) to the front body (A) of the owl. This quick tutorial will show you how to make perfect appliqué circles.

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Step Three: Embroider the eyes

Cut a length of black embroidery floss, split it into 3 strands and thread it through your needle. Using a Back Stitch, embroider the outline of a small circle inside the white circle of each eye, making a pupil. Satin Stitch to fill in the outline (note: you’ll notice in the video, she uses a split stitch as an outline instead of the back stitch. Feel free to do either).

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Next, backstitch around the entire white circle of each eye, adding eyelashes where indicated on pattern.

DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft

Step Four: Sew the legs and wings

To sew the wings, put two pattern C pieces together, right sides facing in. Use a few small pins to hold in place. Using your sewing machine (or sew by hand), sew around the wings leaving a ¼” seam allowance, with a 1” opening. Repeat for the second wing. Turn both wings right side out and press with an iron.

DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft
DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft

Next sew the legs. Put two pattern F pieces together, right sides facing in. Pin in place. Sew around the legs using a 1/4” seam allowance, and make sure to leave an opening at the end to turn right-side out. Repeat for the second leg. Turn both legs right side out (you may need to use a chopstick or pencil to push the fabric completely through). Press with an iron. Use a small funnel to fill legs about halfway with rice (this will give them some weight).

DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft
DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft

Then lay owl body pieces (body, wings and legs) as show in picture below. Carefully lay the back body piece A, right side facing down, over the top and pin into place (along with front body, legs and wings). Sew around the entire owl body using a ¼” seam allowance. Leave a 1-2” opening at the top of the owl head (in between the ears). Trim notches where indicated on the pattern (be sure not to snip through your stitches) and then turn the entire thing right side out.

DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft
DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft

Step Five: Fill with rice and cotton stuffing

Fill the bottom of the owl with rice (this will allow it to sit up on it’s own). I used about ¼ cup. Then fill it the rest of the way with cotton stuffing. Once you have it stuffed snuggly and full, carefully hand stitch the opening closed.

DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft
DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft

Step Six: Make the beak

Place two pattern D pieces together, right sides facing in. Sew along the two arched sides of the triangle (using the pattern as a guide), with a ¼” seam allowance. Turn right side out and loosely hand stitch around the opening of the beak, without tying off the thread. Stuff with cotton stuffing and pull your threads tightly, cinching the fabric into a peak shape. Tie thread securely with a knot. Place the beak in between the eyes and hand-stitch onto the face of the owl.

DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft
DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft
DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft

TA DA! You’ve made a new Owl Friend! I recommend making them in pairs so they have a buddy.

DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft

If you try this pattern, be sure to let me know! I’d love any feedback you have and would love to see a photo of your finished project! Email me at rachel@adventures-in-making.com.

DIY: Owl Plushies + Free Sewing Pattern #craft