Sunday, January 29, 2012

Roaring 20's Inspired Headband






Feather headbands and head wraps are big fashion right now. Both the flapper influenced headbands, and the hippie style head wraps. I decided I would try making a flapper inspired headband and the project turned out to be pretty easy. You need a headband, a feather pad, and an optional embellishment. I don't often wear headbands but I am surprised how glamourous these look on. For very little money you can have an eye catching headband that would look equally great with a cocktail dress, or jeans. I think they would also be beautiful on bridesmaids. I really love the flapper look. After all those women were the original rebels!


For this project you will need:


Headband ($1 store)


Feather pad (Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or fly fishing stores). 


Embellishments (optional) Pendants with bale removed (see Shabby Chic Napkin Rings for how to remove bales), silk flowers, acrylic gems, buttons etc. 
Make sure the embellishments are not heavy or they will pull away from the feathers. I used 40% off pendants from Michaels for these headbands. A fancy button would also work nicely.


E6000 Glue or Hot Glue. The fabric backed feathers worked well with E6000, but the natural backed feathers worked better with hot glue. You will have to experiment with glues to see what works best with your feathers.








Attach your feather pad to your headband about 1-2" above the bottom of the band. Add glue along the headband the distance of the feathers.






Center the pad in place while drying. 




The material backed feathers adhered quickly and the headband only needed propping up to dry, while the natural back feathers needed clipping to dry. Attach clips to hold in place if needed.






After the feather pad has dried to the headband attach your embellishment with E6000 glue. Use a light weight embellishment. If it is heavy you may have to wire wrap it to the headband. I used pendants with the bales removed.





Instant glamour!


XOX,

The Rebel Crafter

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hair Bow Picture Frames






I am currently in redecorating mode for my master bedroom. I went shopping at Hobby Lobby for a couple new frames and naturally I was drawn to the frames with embellishments. Of course they were more money than the plain frames, but frankly some of the embellishments looked a little cheap. At the same time I was amazed by all the hair bows I have been seeing at Michaels and Hobby Lobby. I especially like the bows with feathers. So I purchased some of the bows and with my glue gun gave the frames that little glam I liked. They were less money than the embellished ones, but looked higher quality. This is such an easy project that maybe you have done it already? For those of you who haven't, take a look at your frames. Could they use a little pizazz? Check out craft shows, and craft stores for pouffy hair bows that would look great with your color scheme. Maybe you have leftover hair bows your daughter has outgrown? My leopard bow frame is just that. Combine your bow frames with some rhinestone or other fancy frames for a fun boutique look.

For this project you will need:

Picture Frames

Hair Bows (I found most in the hair bow section at Hobby Lobby but the fluffy feather ones are from the wedding area. Most cost between $3.99-5.99 so bring your 40% coupon available online).

Silk Flowers (optional)

Hot Glue Gun



Find some hair bows that work with your decorating scheme and look good on your frame.







Figure out where you want to add the hair bow. (Side, Middle or  Bottom of the frame).

Find out which direction you like your hair bow placed. (angle, straight on).

Make sure you check that the angle of the clip looks good before you glue it on. Some clips are top heavy so in order for the clip to lay flat you will need to glue the heavier end toward the top of the frame.


If your hair bow has flat ends like the clip shown here, add hot glue to the flat part of the clip and affix to your frame. 

Add a couple silk flowers with the hair bows (optional).


If your hair bow has a lot of detail on the back (for example it is also a pin), add a large glob of hot glue to the frame and press the pin and clip backing into the hot glue.





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XOX,

The Rebel Crafter

Monday, January 23, 2012

Knuckle Clutch Knock Off


I love Alexander McQueen Knuckle clutches, but at $1,200 and up I would need a lot more disposable income in order to buy one. Instead I decided I would try making a knock off version. I originally set out looking for 4 rings, or a nice knuckle ring set to glue on a clutch. Unfortunately I found the rings I liked cost more than purchasing a pre made purse form from the Etsy supplies section. There are several purse forms to choose from. Mine came to $25 after the shipping costs. This is not a cheap project by any means, but the knock offs for sale on Etsy are well over $100. I decided I would spend the $25 because I really wanted this style clutch. The project is very easy to do, you just need to cover your purse form with fabric. I used leopard upholstery fabric that I had leftover from recovering my kitchen stools. I may try another with faux snakeskin or leather. That is the great thing about using a purse form, I can easily recover it when I want a new look. The only negative is the rings on this form are not real big. If you have fairly normal sized hands the form should be OK. If you have big knuckles, or larger hands fret not, you can still make a McQueen knock off. Just purchase the single skull head clutch form instead of the knuckle form. Then go buy a pair of fabulous shoes with the $1, 175.00 you just saved. 


For this clutch you will need:


Metal Purse Form: I purchased mine at Princess Young's from Etsy. 
http://www.etsy.com/shop/PrincessYoung?ga_search_query=skull&ga_search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5971397
It cost $17.50 plus shipping. Plan on two weeks for it to arrive from China.


Fabric


Hot glue or other glue that will adhere fabric to plastic


Scissors


Pliers


The purse form comes in 3 parts. A metal frame and two plastic purse shells that you will cover.





Take a purse shell and cut a piece of fabric larger than it. 




Trim the fabric to fit just inside the shell. Glue the two long sides. 





Clip your fabric in place if your glue is slow drying. If you use hot glue you wont need to do this.


Trim the extra fabric and glue the corner pieces by folding the fabric in and pulling it taught to get rid of most creases in the fabric.


Cut a piece of fabric to line the inside.


Turn the fabric under to hide the edge. Glue inside the purse to cover the outer fabric cover.




Again fold the corners in and under while gluing the inside cover.


Repeat the above steps with the other shell.


Snap the shells into the purse frame and push until good and tight.


You will need a pair of pliers to tighten the side and bottom bars on the frame that hold the shell in place.




Place a piece of fabric over the metal bars (to keep from scratching the metal) before squeezing them tight with the pliers.





Check back soon for our next tutorial.

XOX,

The Rebel Crafter

Friday, January 20, 2012

Chinese Fortune Sticks




Happy Chinese New Year! It is the year of the dragon which is especially good for me since I have a large blue Chinese dragon tattooed on my back shoulder. Yes I am the girl with the dragon tattoo! I had it done before the height of popularity of the book, but it is pretty funny that Lisbeth Salander (the heroine) also has hers on the shoulder. In honor of the Chinese New Year I am making a set of Chinese Fortune Sticks. Who doesn't love a fortune? Chinese Fortune Sticks are a fun take on the cookie. You have 50 numbered sticks. You draw a stick and read your corresponding fortune. If you have a party it is a fun conversation piece. Unlike cookies it can be left out and reused. Kids especially love pulling out and reading their fortune. All you need is a container to decorate (I made mine with a dollar store votive) and craft sticks. You can print out the sheet of fortunes I made for the project or go online and find ones you like. There are all sorts of fortune cookie fortunes on the internet. You can pick general, romantic, or funny. Just number the fortunes and use the same amount as your sticks. This is an easy project that even kids can do. It would make a fun Chinese New Year gift or group kids craft.


You will need:


Jar to decorate-Any container works as long as the craft sticks fit into it and can be pulled out easily. For this tutorial I used a large votive from the Dollar Tree Store, and a small jelly jar.

Scrapbook Paper or Fabric to line the inside of the jar

Craft Sticks- I used the thinner ones sized 4 1/2" x 3/8 ". You can also use the regular sized craft sticks and write the fortune directly onto the stick.

Ribbon and Charms (I found the Asian charms at Michael's in the clearance area where they are currently 70% off )

Marker





Determine how long to cut your paper by sliding it into the jar. 

Mark the paper at the top of the jar. Remove and trim the paper about 1/2" shorter than the marked line so the paper will fit just below the top of the jar.

Use double stick tape or tape runner to tape your paper into a circle.



Put paper inside jar.


Decorate the jar with ribbon and charms. 


If your charms are heavy hot glue the ribbon to the jar, or use a glue dot.

You can make a charm by using an earring wire. Add beads and then bend the top into a loop to attach to the bow. Or tie on the charms with thin ribbon.

Count out 50 craft sticks.

Number the sticks 1-50 on one side. Leave the other side of the stick unnumbered so the numbers are not seen from the top of the jar.






Print out fortune sheet. 


Download here: 
http://www.mediafire.com/?ydqa3je833gqphz

http://www.mediafire.com/?c3x82v5xjbj55pe

Print out fortune#1. (1-25 fortunes) 


Then run the paper back through the printer upside down to print on the reverse side fortune#2 (26-50) 


Fold the paper and tuck inside the jar. You could also hand write fortunes to make a little decorative booklet. 



Option 2: Use the wider Craft sticks and hand write fortunes directly onto the stick. Or print out the fortunes and tape runner onto the stick.

Distress Your sticks with Stayz On ink (optional).



This is definitely my year!


Check back soon for our next tutorial!

XOX,

The Rebel Crafter



Thursday, January 19, 2012

Web Finds

Here are some fun web finds. Just click on the photo to take you to the website.


Design your own fabric with no minimums! Just upload your design. How cool is that!


Love the look of this free Valentine's printable. 


You can make heart shaped cupcakes with a regular cupcake pan. They show you how.


Glam up your keys!


Change the look of a plain sweater by adding fabric.


Stamp and distress book pages into tags. There is no tutorial but you get the idea! 


Create a fun jumbo jewelry display.


For those of us Pinterest addicts make a pin board.


For those of you not on Pinterest this is a popular pin. Use a recycled wipes container to hold your plastic grocery shopping bags. They show you how to fold the bags to fit into the container. Clever!

Check back soon for our next tutorial!

XOX,

The Rebel Crafter