This Kitchen And Backyard Took Five Years To Create. Wait Until To You See Why.

There are some seed beads in my craft drawer. Why are they called seed beads? Because they are so so tiny, the size of seeds and they are impossible to work with. Liza Lou, featured at Viralnova has an amazing gift when it come to details and seed beads. She created a whole kitchen and yard out of those miniscule things! There are 250,000 blades of grass in her ‘backyard.” I can’t even imagine how many beads are on each blade, tiny seed beads. That is dedication!

I think the bag of potato chips are the best! And the sink full of dirty dishes really is a work of art. The whole thing has me amazed and I know you will Loooove it too!

Here’s the link to Liza’s work and Viralnova’s full article: Viralnova: This Kitchen And Backyard Took Five Years To Create

If you’ve never heard of seed bead art before, then you might want to research an artist called Liza Lou. She created almost a whole house from millions of tiny beads the size of seeds. It’s impressive to look at, and it’s even more impressive when you consider the amount of patience that was required to build this and not go crazy in the process.

Very Realistic

The house took five years for Liza to make and is extremely detailed. It’s made up of millions of miniature beads which makes the home look very realistic. Even the 250,000 blades of grass which make up the back yard are all made from individually positioned beads. The artist only used her patience and a pair of tweezers to create this beautiful piece of art.

The attention to detail is outstanding. Even everyday objects and well known brands have been painstakingly recreated with seed beads.

Creating your Own Seed Bead Art

If you want to try making pieces of art from seed beads yourself then there’s nothing stopping you. The materials and equipment needed are actually quite minimal. The overall process is fairly simple, but you will need a lot of patience. You might want to try a project that doesn’t take five years to complete though.

Seed beads can be purchased from any craft store or online. There are lots of different stores online selling the beads in a variety of different shades and colors. To use these beads for art rather than for making jewellery with, you will need plenty of different colors.

For your own Seed Art project you will need:

– Seed Beads
– Tweezers
– Cardboard (optional)
– Glue

Depending on whether you are designing a flat picture made from seed beads, or a more sophisticated 3d model resembling the actual thing, you will require different materials. The easiest thing to do is make a flat painting like picture using seed beads. To do this you can simply draw out a design on a piece of paper or card, and then stick seed beads in the right place to create the picture. Experiment with using different shades and colors to create the right contrast and build up the picture.

If you want to do something more advanced, similar to what Liza created then you will need even more patience. You will need to first start by building small models from cardboard. For example when you want to make a cereal packet you will need to make a tiny cardboard box. Alternatively you could use the foam used for flower modelling and carve out the right shapes of objects.

Then it’s just a matter of covering the three dimensional model in the tiny seed beads. Use small amounts of glue to secure the beads onto the surface of the model. Be very careful not to use too much glue as this will affect the look of the model. You really need to take your time using the tweezers to make sure the beads are placed in the correct position.

Seed bead art can be a lot of fun, but it can also be quite frustrating. With practice you should find it much easier to complete even more complex projects. In a couple of years perhaps you will be just as good as Liza Lou.

Additional Resources: Looking for more awesome artwork?
Don’t miss this article by Mail Online and also this one from My Modern Met.

keurig k cup crafts

I heard a rumor around the office that we are getting a Keurig for Christmas. Fingers crossed! I hope that it’s true because then I’d be able to try a bunch of the idea in this roundup. I love to repurpose and reuse! I really love the ideas that use the cups as learning tools for children. Happy Hooligans…xoxoxo!

Find all 25 ideas here… Happy Hooligans – 25 Creative Ways To Re-Use Your Keurig K-Cups

Here’s my favorite 2 ideas for using these little cups:

Flower Pot

keurig flowers craft

Such a cute and simple idea! I know my kiddos would have a blast growing their own garden like this. The perfect idea for a cold wintry day.

Circle Stamp Art

keurig flower art

What kiddo doesn’t love art time? These k-cups make the perfect tool for creating circle art. To see more ideas from the official k-cups blog head here.

Additional Resources: Looking for more crafty ideas to get you through winter?
Don’t miss this Pinterest board by Juliet Stewart and also this post by Spoonful.

wine bottle cutting

I have been looking for a good tutorial on how to cut wine bottles and I think I finally found it. After reading several tutorials I finally decided to do some digging on youtube and discovered this excellent video that walks you through all the steps start to finish.

It was so fun to see it actually happen in real life and not just speculate about whether it’s possible or not. Seeing is believing!

Materials Needed

some string
glass bottle
abrasive paper
cold water and ice
matches or lighter

Additional Resources: Looking for more wine bottle cutting tutorials?
Don’t miss this post on Instructables and also this post by Bob Vila.

Repurposed Rusty Spring Tree

I’m really excited to show off this repurposed Christmas craft! The first of many. Who knew industrial springs could be turned into the perfect holiday DIY. It is very ‘country chic’ and has a fun rustic feel. I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for some springs so I can make one of these trees too!

Grab the full tutorial here… Organized Clutter – Holiday Junk: Repurposed Rusty Spring Tree

Materials Needed

assorted rusty old industrial springs
scrap boards
wood scraps
star shaped item
Heirloom White spray paint

Additional Resources: Looking for more mug cake recipes?
Don’t miss the roundup by Daily Burn and also this post by Dirty Work Services.

 Glow Stick Pumpkin Jars

Be sure to make these glowing jars this All Hallows’ Eve. Line your walk, windows, or porch with this fun DIY from Create.Craft.Love. Who doesn’t love glow-in-the-dark? (and p.s. glow sticks are soooo cheap.)

These are good for about 6 hours of fun which should just about cover all the trick-or-treaters!

Grab the full tutorial here… Create.Craft.Love – Glow Stick Pumpkin Jars

Materials Needed

Glow sticks
Cutting board
Oven mitts
Plastic cup
Little glass jars
Black adhesive vinyl
E6000 glue

Additional Resources: Looking for more fun Halloween crafts using jars?
Don’t miss this roundup by Country Living and also this post by Put It In A Jar.

Make Bracelets From Recycled T-Shirts

I love t-shirt crafts! I have so many old tees laying around just begging to be used. Crafts By Amanda has a great tutorial on making bracelets out of those worthless shirts. If you can work a glue gun you can make bracelets. They are so cool; you better get to crafting right away!

Important note: Be careful with sizing. These are not one size fits all. If you make one for your young child, don’t expect to also be able to wear it yourself. Just make two and adjust accordingly. Have fun!

Here’s the link to Amanda’s full tutorial: Crafts By Amanda – Make Bracelets From Recycled T-Shirts

Materials Needed

Bangle bracelets
White craft glue
Hot glue gun

Additional Resources: Looking for more crafty bracelet ideas?
Don’t miss the roundup by Artzy Creations and also this post by Honestly WTF.

Paper Plate Black Cat

Halloween wouldn’t be the same without black cats. I don’t think they’re bad luck and I hope you don’t’ either because this craft is sooo fun Check out this cute, not scary, cat from Crafts By Amanda. I love using simple things to make something so adorable. Sometimes I think those are the best DIYs. It’s puuurfect (lol)!

Here’s the link to Crafts By Amanda’s full tutorial: Crafts By Amanda – Paper Plate Black Cat

Materials Needed

1 paper plate
Black paint
White craft glue
2 large green wiggle eyes
1 small pink pom-pom

All of these items are readily available in just about everyone’s home already. You may have to run to the craft store for wiggle eyes though. Have fun!

Additional Resources: Looking for more crafty Halloween ideas?
Don’t miss the roundup by Spoonful and also this post by I Heart Nap time.

Crayon Drip Art Pumpkin Tutorial

I’ve seen melted crayons on canvas but never before on a pumpkin. xoxoxox! I’m sending some serious love to the folks at The Swell for this wonderful fall craft! This is definitely one to do with the kiddos. I think using orange and yellow colors would be perfect for fall decor but any colors you choose will look wonderful. These are so so fun!

Here’s the link to The Swell’s full tutorial: (The Swell – Crayon Drip Art Pumpkin Tutorial)

With Halloween a little over a month away, thinking about the decorations you are going to use to make your house look attractively spooky should become a priority. There are lots of pumpkin crafts that can inspire you when attempting to create your own decorations and ornaments, and a crayon drip art pumpkin is certainly one of the most amazing on the list. If you have children, this project is going to be totally funky, abstract and terribly colorful at the same time. Opt out the canvas in favor of a beautiful, medium white pumpkin, and be sure to buy a new set of crayons for this crafting project – you would not want your child to cry for his old ones, would you?

Materials Needed

Besides the white pumpkin, whether natural or faux, you will need about 16-20 Crayola crayons, a blow dryer, some glue, and trash bags or surface cover, to prevent accidentally staining your carpets. Before you begin the project, you should necessarily remove the labels from your Crayola crayons, otherwise you risk ruining your project. Break the crayons in half, as you will not need them entirely to obtain a great result.

Step 1 – Gluing

The first step you need to go through is gluing the Crayola crayons to the canvas, which is the white pumpkin. The surface is contour, and they will not stay in place without some glue to keep them there during the rest of the process. Try not to exaggerate with the amount you use, otherwise the final result is not going to look as expected. Remember that you will be gluing only one half of every crayon to the pumpkin, so this is another argument that you do not need to use too much glue.
Place the crayons around the pumpkin – you can do this with a specific sequence of colors in mind, or randomly, for a more vibrant and eye-catching result.

Step 2 – Blow Drying

The next step is blow drying, which will apply heat to your crayons, making them melt. Do not go on high speed unless you made sure to place surface covers or trash bags underneath the pumpkin, because the wax in the Crayola crayons will melt much faster, splattering outwards and creating a mess. The crayons should start melting and dripping after about 30 seconds to 1 minute, so do not grow impatient if they do not do this the second you turn the blow dryer on.

At this point, your pumpkin should be a colorful mess. Always keep in mind that you can get more outstanding results if you manipulate the melted crayons during the heating process, as you can create abstract shapes and color combos. Take an acrylic brush (or any other brush you have handy), and create spirals or swirls with circle motions. You can also repeat the process a second time after the crayons melted and cooled, but using only one quarter of each crayon instead, and changing the initial color sequence. The more colorful the mess, the more interesting and fun your pumpkin craftsmanship will be.

Additional Resources: Looking for more crafty pumpkin ideas?
Don’t miss the roundup by BuzzFeed and also this post by Good Housekeeping.

50 Fall Projects You Will Love

I cannot possibly tell you how much I love fall; it is my favorite season and words can’t do it justice. The weather, the recipes, the crafts…they’re all so wonderful! The people of Tried & True feel the same and have come up with the best collection of fall DIYs ever. I am so happy that the blustery season is upon us!

Here’s the link to Tried & True’s full article: Tried & True: 50 Fall Projects You Will Love

Do you feel that? The sigh of relief is happening almost everywhere where the leaves are slowly changing and the air is just a little bit more crisp. There is a promise of hot cocoa, delicious pumpkin flavored everything and cozy times with your family. This is when you know that fall is here, and with it comes all of the exciting fall craft ideas that will give you a new chance to enjoy your favorite season.

These days, since do it yourself projects are all the rage, if you haven’t already tried a DIY project, then here is your chance to begin! They are exciting, and satisfying to work on, because you can enjoy the end result and know that you did it yourself. At the beginning of any project there might be a feeling of anxiety, a doubt in yourself, but there is also a brilliant excitement that just zings through your chest at the thought of making something beautiful.

Fall Treats

You can make the scrumptious fall treats that you long to buy at the special trade stores during fall months. Here are a list of amazing treats that you can try your own hand at making for the whole family to enjoy.

-Cinnamon Sugared Biscuit Donuts
-These are simple and easy to make. The best type of treat to make with your little ones.
-Dutch Apple Pie-Iced Pumpkin Cookies

Fall’s Hot Beverages

When you think of being warm and cozy, one of the best ways to prepare is to make the kinds of hot beverage that everyone loves. Here are a few examples that will make anyone happy to be your guest.

-Starbucks Inspired Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte – an all time favorite for many people who are crazy about pumpkin.
-Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
-Spiced Apple Cider

Fall Crafts

Spice Up Your House!There are a lot of fall craft ideas that you can use throughout the whole year, but they can be especially cute during the fall months.

-Autumn DIY Chalkboard Art – this kind of art can be utilized all year, but it works especially well for the cute sayings about fall.
-Acorn Bird Feeder
-Fall Leaf Art

No matter what kind of do it yourself projects that you decide to work on it is always a good idea to include your family members. This is a great way to maintain your closeness through the whole year, because fall is also the time that children go back to school. During these back to school months your family can so easily start to drift apart, because everyone is so busy with the new things in their life. Use these fall craft ideas to draw the individuals in your family close. Everyone will really enjoy the delicious treats and the craft time together.

If you are someone that has always been a little bit apprehensive about working on crafts, then this is your chance to kick that habit in the mud! If you love the idea of making your own goodies to share by the fire, your own crafts to hang on the porch or in your foyer, then take a look at these ideas and create one of your very own. You do not have to buy the expensive crafts at your local shop any longer. Allow yourself to create the perfect decorations that will fill your home with joy and happiness!

Additional Resources: Looking for more fall craft ideas?
Don’t miss this article by Activity Village and also this one from All Kids Craft Network.