Tuesday, March 6, 2012
I've been in a craft funk lately. I have several projects started, of course - what crafter *doesn't* have half a dozen stalled-out projects stashed in the closet? - but nothing that's really stirring the ol' creative juices.
In times like these I turn to you guys for inspiration, so here are some of my favorites of what you've been sending in lately:
Katelyn found a fun wand tutorial that's perfect for Harry Potter party favors:
You know this one caught my eye:
Heather V. spotted the tutorial over on Craft: All you need are nested hatboxes and some chalkboard paint. Hit the link for step-by-step pictures.
I tried some simple quilling once years ago, and remember it being surprisingly easy with almost instant gratification. The fact that it looks like it took you a million years to do is the two-ton cherry on top.
So when Stephanie sent over a link to this gorgeous quilled monogram, I started hearing the siren call of swirly paper strips again:
The contrast of the delicate swirls with a nice bold font outline is just gorgeous, don't you think?
Here's another example by Michelle of A Can of Crafty Curiosities:
And finally, here's something I've been wanting to try for ages: Perler beads!
From what I can tell, you assemble the beads on a grid and then apply heat to fuse/melt them together. Because of the grid they're perfect for 8-bit designs, which is why there are so many fabulous Mario and old-school video game designs out there. I found this one on Craftster; it's a set of coasters that fit inside the question mark box.
Decoy's Dork Decor sells a bunch of different designs, plus a sweet Nintendo controller box to hold the Mario coasters:
Most of the small perler bead sprites you see are pretty simple, but there are also some massive, jaw-dropping pieces out there:
By ShampooTeacher (several more gorgeous works at the link.)
Anyway, do you guys have any other suggestions? It'd have to be super tiny to fit through the opening. (And I'm not interested in making a terrarium or bud vase, since those are pretty overdone.) I'd make a wooden base so it stays upright. Of course, I still have to make this steampunk heart lightbulb, too. Hm.... (Is it wrong when you start hoping your lightbulbs burn out?)
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