Friday, July 18, 2014

DIY Stained glass Candle holder

I had whole pack of gallery glass colors which my husband gave me as a gift before marriage. I don't know whether he knows what it is or not ,he just got it to impress me !!!(I think so!! :P).Let's not go deep into that discussion :) . I just wanted to use it and do some projects before all the colors gets dry.So, I came up with the idea of doing a stained glass candle holder.Here is what you will need .



Materials Required :
A Glass with wide opening.(So that the candle goes in , I got mine at dollar stores)
Gallery glass Window color (Colors of your choice)
Gallery glass Liquid leading

As I had a value paint set of 31 colors I got an applicator tool along with it which is not necessary if you get the colors separately as the bottle itself comes with the nozzle it is easy to apply with it.These are easily available in Paint section of Michaels and other craft stores.

Additional Bonus : You can use these colors and make your own stickers to use it on many surfaces.I have used one such in my ipad charger. I actually used these colours and filled in another sticker to use it but however you can make those kind of stickers just with these colours.Click here to see how.

Step 1: Clean the glass and free hand the stained glass effect with gallery glass liquid leading.There is no rule or template just draw random lines to form triangles, trapeziums,etc,etc(Oops!!That is too much of geometry,to keep it simple -draw random lines so that they connect each other to look like stained glass )This forms as a thick borders and makes it easy to fill in the colors. Let it dry for 8 hours(Refer the package for instructions).





Step 2: Once it is dry start filling in the colors.I just filled random colors as I had many but you can choose a color palette or go with whatever you like.First start filling the outline and then go in zig zag manner to fill the rest. Leave it to dry as per the instructions on the package.Thats it !!! Your Stained glass Candle holder is ready !!!So simple, right??

Applicator tool that is use to apply paint.
                                     
The paint seems opaque but becomes transparent once it is dry.

Can you see the paint drying??

Completed Candle holder

During Daylight

Candle holder  with candle at night .Isn't it gorgeous??


How gorgeous is that ?? Two simple steps and you have got a Wonderful candle holder to decorate your room or your table for the next BBQ party. They look awesome both in the daylight and night.Will you make one for you ??What do you think about this candle holder ??Feel free to share your comments below or write to vikalpah@gmail.com.

Note: This is not a sponsored post by Plaid or any other company.I have linked to their site and youtube video just to give you an idea of what the colors will look like and how you can use it for other purposes.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

DIY notebook makeover & How to add pen holder to notebook.

If I had known there exist a product called Mod podge and glue gun, I would have been a star in my college days with my own personalized notebooks.When I think of the notebooks we used in college days, almost half of the college has same kind of notebooks that we got from the college stores and many times by mistake we even took others notebook thinking it is ours :P(It most commonly happens when you are sharing rooms with your friends.Have you faced these kind of situations in school/college days?? )

So now, when I said I need a notebook to write my ideas for posts, my husband gave a notebook that he already has and not been used .It was plain black and I was long time thinking of doing a make over for it as I don't like to have a boring notebook like that. At last I found sometime yesterday and gave a new look to my notebook. Now it is a back to school time , so i thought this would be perfect to share at this moment.So that you need not feel like me.What are you waiting for ? Go head and start crafting new notebooks!!

P.S : You need not be a school/college going person to do this. You can even make implement this idea for your planner or idea notebook like me.




Materials required:
Scrapbook paper 12X12 -->2 sheets (This depends on your notebook size)
One plain scrapbook paper to compliment the design.
Mod podge
Foam brush
Scissors/Xacto knife

Step 1: Apply mod podge on single side of the notebook and slowly paste one of the scrap book paper above it.Let it to dry.



Step 2: Cut the excess with help of the Xacto knife.
Step 3: Cover another side of the notebook and repeat the step 1 & 3

Step 4: Cut 3 inch width of a plain paper to cover the middle.Apply mod podge in the paper and eyeball it so that it is even on both the sides and paste it.
Step 5: Once everything is completely dry.Apply mod podge over the paper to seal it and to give a shiny look on the top.Now you have a brand new personalized notebook of your choice.

Note : I used this method to cover a notebook that had a hard covering.

How to add pen holder to notebook:

When some great idea comes to mind and I take the notebook to write it ,but I never find a pen around me at that moment. It irritates and make me say like "When I need a pen I won't get it" (Meaning when I need something else I get a lot of pens :P). So I thought I can add a pen holder to the notebook to avoid some annoying situations :)!!

Materials Required :
Elastic (2 inch)
Glue gun

Step 1: Measure and cut 2 inch elastic. I used knit elastic which is available in the sewing section of the craft stores. It is available in various colours.I had white in hand so I used that. As it was plain I added some flowers using sharpie markers but this step is totally optional.




Step 2: Wrap the 2" inch elastic around the pencil and hold the remaining elastic with thumb and forefinger of right hand close to the pencil.(Picture 1)Remove the pencil and hold that part with thumb and forefinger of the left hand(Picture 2) and apply glue in the middle of the remaining part to hold it together.(Couldn't add a picture as I was holding the glue gun:()



I made the measurements with the pencil because when you do the holder for thin item you can use it for thicker items as the elastic expands and holds it in place whereas it is not possible the other way.

Step 3: Glue that to the inside of the back cover by adding some glue.Thats it !! No more worries about searching for a pen when you want to write down something at that moment.(Check whether the pen has ink !!I am not responsible for that :P)
I was little generous about glue :P You need not be !!




What do you think about this makeover ?? Have you ever done a makeover like this to suit your choice??Feel free to share your comments below or write to vikalpah@gmail.com 



Friday, July 11, 2014

DIY Travel Kit (No sew)

During summer time, vacation plans has become a default thing.When we planned one,I was in a absolute need for a travel kit to carry my toiletries .So I was searching a quick and easy idea of a DIY travel kit with some compartments as I don't like just throwing everything inside a pouch.And I came with this one and gave it a try.Today , I am sharing it with you all.Shall we start ?





Materials required :
1/4 yard of terry cloth
1/4 yard of printed cotton
Ribbon
Scissors
Fabric glue
Markers
Iron

If you have a sewing machine, you can make this just like cooking Ready to eat dishes :P.I promise it is just as easy as that.But as of now, lets talk about no sew version.

Step 1: Measure and cut the fabric.
1 piece in Terry cloth and 1 piece in printed cotton (Main piece)
Length ---> 9.5" (25 cm)
Width ----> 22"  (56 cm)
1 Piece in Terry cloth (Front piece)
Length ---> 7.5" (19 cm)
Width ---->22" (56 cm)

If you have 1/2 yard of terry cloth , you can make it as single piece, by adding both the length 17"( 44 cm).And just fold them to create compartments.(Step 3)

Step 2: Fold the hem of the front piece(0.5") and Iron.Apply glue and fold again to finish the hem.


Step 3: Divide the main piece into 4 equal divisions and mark them .Apply the glue(As shown) and place the front piece on to the main fabric to separate the divisions.Let the glue dry (Refer the package for hours to dry).You can also customize the widths according to your personal preferences.May be two small compartments for combs , tooth brush instead of one big one.

This is how it looks after gluing the compartments.


Step 4: Glue all the three sides placing right side of main printed cotton and right side of main terry cloth(Compartments attached side) facing together leaving the top portion open.Let the glue dry.Snip the corners(Picture below) to avoid bulkiness at the corners.(Be careful and patient while doing it and make sure you don't cut too much and create a hole).Turn inside out.Now, finish the fourth side.Fold half an inch of both the piece inwards and iron.Apply glue and leave it to dry.

Snip the bottom corners like this to avoid bulkiness.



Step 5: Measure and cut the ribbon.The length should be as long as to tie a knot and make a bow to secure the kit.Glue the ribbon to the middle of  front side of the 1st and 2nd panel.So that, you can fold the 3rd and 4th panel to the top of 2nd panel and 1st panel to the top of folded part to close the kit and secure it with a bow. Tada!!Now you can carry your own travel kit to next vacation.

For sewers: If you are sewing do this step first.Attach the ribbon to the printed cotton main piece before you start other steps.









So more worries about spilling of your body lotion ,wet tooth brush, etc.You now have a completely washable travel kit to carry your toiletries and to save your clothes from those spilling when you packed it in a hurry to vacate the hotel room.

Oh wait !!!Excuse me !! This is completely for all travel size toiletries and not for those big 12 fl.oz bottles.So, no worries about bottles poking out.I have shown you like that to give you an idea what all fits in. You know, even my small flat iron fits in !!!

Now , I am ready for next vacation. Are you ?? What are your plans for the next vacation ??How will you carry your toiletries ??Zip lock bags?? separate pouches?? Feel free to share your comments below or write to vikalpah@gmail.com.As always I happy to hear from you.









Wednesday, July 9, 2014

DIY pretty gift boxes

The idea of making these gift boxes came to me when I was thinking "I should do something new this time for his birthday(My hubby)".He always enjoys when I do different styles of gift wrapping for our friends and so he expects something different every time when he receives a gift from me.He never accepts unwrapped gift :P.So this time I thought instead of wrapping a box and wasting a gift wrapper why not make a wrapped box so that he can reuse it for some other purpose.It is Win -win!(You can say I have 2 gifts for you :P)



Materials required :
For :Wood grain gift box
Carton box (It can be any box -any I mean from christmas light box to shipping box)
Contact paper or
Scrapbook paper
Glue
Scissors/Xacto knife
Markers
Hole punch (Optional)
Twine (Optional)
For :The pretty pink box
Acrylic paint of your colour choice.
Foam brush
Krylon gold lea pen(optional)

Wood grain gift box:
I got the idea of doing a wood grain gift box when I found my Samsung galaxy S4 mobile box while cleaning our 3 drawer cart.I thought I can do a gift box like that with the wood grain contact paper and add some personal touches to it ,so that it is perfect for men.

Step 1:Measure and cut the wood grain contact paper and cover the entire box.Trim the edges with Xacto knife for perfect shape.


Step 2: Cut a pocket shape from the scrapbook paper.I used a leather texture scrapbook paper.I thought that will  perfectly compliment with the wood grain contact paper.Use glue on the edges of the pocket and stick it to the top of the box.Draw the dotted lines to give the effect of stitches in a pocket.

Step 3: Cut a small piece of white card stock and write you message on it.Punch a hole and add a twine in it to make a gift tag.Put it inside the pocket to complete the box.Voila!!now you have a beautiful gift box which can be reused for many other purposes (May be for office supplies,USB cables,etc etc)
You can also get contact paper in many beautiful patterns which suits for girls and do similar boxes for your girl friends and sisters also.They are easily available in dollar stores.It is also used as shelf liners.





The pretty pink box :
If you don't find a pattern of your taste, just get a acrylic paint of your favourite colour and colour your box with them for 2 or 3 coats.Use a gold/silver/copper paint pen to add details to it.You can also use a contrasting colour paint to do it.(like black & white).Use a foam brush to paint the box so that you don't get to see the paint strokes.Isn't so easy??I added some swirls and ribbon with bow to make it look like a ribbon tied on it.



This is how the box looks after painting.



Why buy those gift boxes when you can make your own personalized one ?? These simple techniques costs you fraction of amount that you spend on store bought gift boxes and also you get these boxes for free.Makes sense ,right??
Do you find these boxes are perfect for gifting??Start collecting them and use it for the holiday season.(It is not so early to do!!)
What do you think ?? Feel free to share your comments below or write to vikalpah@gmail.com .






Monday, July 7, 2014

DIY T-shirt makeover

At times these plain t-shirts are little boring compared to printed ones.So, I thought a little makeover to the plain t-shirt make them look great and new. Let us see how to do it.

Materials used:
Plain t-shirt
Rhinestones nail head studs
Ribbon(any colour of your choice)
Needle
Fabric Scissors


Before starting the steps ,here is how the plain t-shirt looks,


Step 1: Trim the hem and make a slit in the center.Mark a slanting line from the center to the side seams of the t-shirt and cut as shown below.


Step 2: Double knot it .Now you have a cropped bottom of the t-shirt.Fold the shirt into half and shape the back hem.If you don't wanted it to be long you can trim to the size of the front .

Step 3:Repeat the same steps for sleeves.Trim the hem ,mark the center ,cut a center line and make slanting cut each side and tie a double knot.



Step 4: Add the Rhinestone nail heads studs around the neck area in the desire pattern you wish .Insert the nail heads and press it with scissors to keep in it place.



I also added a star in the right corner of the bottom to add more bling to the shirt.

Step 5:Thread your needle with ribbon and just simply go around the collar binding .Start by securing the end with double knot , insert the needle from the wrong side to the right side and then again insert it in the wrong side and come to the right side.Repeat this step to attain the design shown below.

Secure the end in the shoulder hem , so that it won't be shown out.








Voila!!!Now your old boring plain t-shirt got some blings!!! What do you think??Have you ever done any makeovers like this ??Feel free to share it in the comments below.If you have any doubts or clarification, don't hesitate to write to vikalpah@gmail.com, I am always happy to hear from you.