Friday, August 13, 2010

Castle centerpieces

I made these centerpieces for a conference a few years ago...

In fact I made 24 of them...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

New Artsy - Craftsy challange!

Well, I did not win the Artsy Craftsy challange last month... but that's allright! It just means, I need to try again! This month the Artsy Craftsy challange theme is "Stick fun"... which means any project where glue plays an important role.

Oh! I love that... I have all kinds of glue waiting to be used! Glue sticks, liquid glue, glitter glue, super glue, gorrilla glue, spray adhesive, you name it and chances are that I have it.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Pipe cleaner flowers

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I have a ton of arts and crafts supplies including a huge bag of pipe cleaners... and I was thinking of an easy pipe cleaner craft to do with Princess R. So I settled on pipe cleaner flowers.

However, all flower ideas I looked online were rather 2-dimensional... bend the cleaner in petal / leaf shapes and you are done, which is not what I had in mind. I wanted the flowers to be more full and have a body, not just shape. So I came up with the above flowers.

They are pretty easy to make.
  1. For each flower, you need 3 or more colored pipe cleaners for the flower itself and 2 or more green pipe cleaners for the stem and leaves.
  2. You start by rolling the coloured pipe cleaner into a coil on a small cylinerical shape. I used a AAA battery, about you can choose anything.
  3. You then take a green pipe cleaner and use it to thread the coloured coils.
  4. Then twist the green pipe cleaner and arrange the coils so that they form an round circle... your flower is ready. If you want, you take take one end of the green cleaner and make a small loop and push it in the middle of the flower like I did.
  5. You now use the second green cleaner to make leaves if desired.
Enjoy... and do send me pictures of your crafts...