Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Paper Flower Wreath

Paper Flower Wreath | Red Circle Crafts

Let me start off by saying that I really thought this project would take me a few hours and that I am terrible at following directions.

I first saw this tutorial from The House That Lars Built just before Valentine's Day. I loved it immediately, but realized that I don't actually have ANY of the supplies for it, so I temporarily shelved it. With spring in full bloom here in Portland, I wanted to make some sort of flowery wreath for my front door and I immediately thought of this project. I looked at the materials again and figured I'd wing it. Because just often enough I can use or repurpose other materials than what the instructions call for that I actually believe myself when I think: "I don't actually need to buy any of those things on that supplies list, I'll make do with what I have."

So what I did use:

Yellow crepe paper streamers
Newsprint painted with watercolors
Craft wire of two thicknesses
Polymer clay
Tissue paper
Hot glue

I should have followed the instructions and bought crepe paper and flower stamens. While my method worked, it made EVERYTHING about six times as long. I also felt the need to reinvent the wheel at every step and tried a few things (tissue paper petals) that did not work.

Paper Flower Wreath | Red Circle Crafts

Despite the huge investment of time that went into this, I am immensely proud of how it turned out. I absolutely adore the watercolored petals and the the color palette. Even the stamens, which I was a little iffy about before I put the whole thing together, totally rock. This was truly a labor of love and at the end, I actually think it was worth it.

Just one last quick note, the paper flower templates that The House That Lars Built has available on her website are absolutely top notch. I totally recommend checking out all of her tutorials for them.

Paper Flower Wreath | Red Circle Crafts

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Craft Room Organization

Some days I feel like I've got it all under control. And I kind of have to considering the size of my apartment. There just isn't room to leave my crafting supplies all over the place. Besides the fact that my cats have never seen a nice neat pile that they didn't immediately roll around in.

Right now, I need a bit of inspiration (and cleaning fairies) to swoop in and reorganize for me. So in the spirit of organization this week I've put together some organizational craft tutorials. While I'm usually of the less is more mentality, especially when it comes to organization, I also think it's important to have a beautiful system. And if that means I need to make a few containers, so be it.

DIY Toy Box from This Little StreetI love these toy boxes from This Little Street. Everything has to be put away in my home otherwise my overly curious cats will get into it. So a box like this with a lid is perfect. I am especially in love with those little pink wheels.

 

Rope Coil Vessels from The Red ThreadThe Red Thread has a tutorial for making rope coil vessels which look way more complicated than they are, I think. The tutorial makes it look easy at least. The finished product looks super sophisticated.

 

Chalkboard Wall Organizer from Curate This SpaceWhile, I have limited wall space, I am a huge sucker for chalkboards. They're popping up everywhere these days. This Wall Organizer How To from Curate This Space looks straightforward and customizable. So you could make something that fits your space and aesthetic.

I have hopes that I'll get myself into an organizing mindset this weekend and whip myself into shape. I keep putting it off and distracting myself with other things.

All photos in this post belong to their respective linked sites.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Embroidery Floss Organizers

Cat Embroidery Floss Organizer | Red Circle Crafts

I'm pretty much in love with cute embroidery floss organizers. The wooden ones are too expensive for something I need a million of, but the ones you can print out onto card stock are pretty flimsy and don't stay looking nice for long. This tutorial from Little White Whale is somewhere in between. I used scraps of cardboard I already had (the back of a small notepad) and they are the perfect weight to survive tossed around in my sewing basket.

Cat Embroidery Floss Organizer | Red Circle Crafts

Cat Embroidery Floss Organizer | Red Circle Crafts

Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Easter!

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Hope your weekend is excellent whether you're celebrating a holiday or not. I'm heading to an Easter party on Saturday to enjoy bunnies and chocolate.

I've been thinking a lot about what this season represents lately, namely growth and renewal. It's time for some new beginnings for me.

The photo is of my naturally dyed Easter eggs, which I talked a lot about on instagram in the last week or so.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Chocolate & More Chocolate

I'm under the impression that chocolate is necessary for every occasion, including It's-Thursday-Afternoon occasions. So I'm especially happy to see so many chocolate related projects for Easter. I've pulled together a few of the most promising looking ones to post.

Chocolate Classics | Red Circle Crafts

1. Chocolate Ganache
2. Hot Fudge Sauce
3. Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Slices

Easter Chocolate Ideas | Red Circle Crafts

1. Chocolate Almond Eggs
2. Not-Cadbury Creme Eggs
3. Chocolate Surprise Eggs

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bunny Candy Pouch

Bunny Candy Pouch | Red Circle Crafts

This super easy tutorial from Mer Mag make a sweet little bunny pouch that you can fill with Easter candy. There's a free printable pattern and clear instructions.

It was so easy, I may make a few more before Easter arrives.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Easter Party Decorations

I'm celebrating Easter Saturday this year. It's a little odd I suppose, but it was the day that worked out for most people. I appointed myself to the decorating committee, just because.

The best parties are really about the people that are there with you. So mostly I'm thinking about a little bit of atmosphere and ways to facilitate fun. We may all be adults, but I think none of us are too old to hunt for eggs or do silly things in the name of chocolate.

Easy DIY Streamer Garlands from Oh Happy Day!Oh Happy Day has this really easy DIY to turn regular streamers into a scalloped garland. Honestly, I can't believe this never occurred to me before.

 

Naturally Dye Eggs from The KitchnEaster is all about the eggs. I'm pretty OK with that. One of my favorite things has always been dying eggs fantastic colors. As an adult I'm less OK with the chemicals in Easter egg dye, so I'm going to try using colorful foods to naturally dye my eggs this year. The Kitchn has some great recipes that make it seem really easy.

 

Painted Egg Carton Gift Boxes from Design MomI love these painted egg cartons from Design Mom. I think they'll be especially adorable filled with chocolate eggs.

 

DIY Cascarones from The Paper MamaI'm not totally familiar with Cascarones. But the idea of them is delightful. Crack an egg over someone's head to get the toy or treat out of it and a little confetti to rain down on the crackee. The cascarones from the Paper Mama are especially fun with all that glitter!

 

All of the photos used in this post belong to their respective, linked sites.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Felt Rain Cloud Mobile and Raindrop Garland Tutorial

Rain Cloud Mobile Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

This tutorial grew out of my great and abiding love of mobiles and an interest in tormenting my cats by hanging things just out of their reach.

This is a pretty easy project, especially great for a beginner sewer or as a hand sewing project. Felt is pretty easy to work with and hides mistakes well.

What you need:

Rain Cloud Mobile Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

Sewing machine (optional)
Needle & Thread (I used gray)
3 - 4 Colors of felt (2 sheets for the cloud color, and 1 sheet each of the rest)
Polyester Fiberfill
Scissors
Pins
Pattern

Rain Cloud Mobile Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

Step One

Using the printable pattern, cut out 2 pieces of the cloud and 2 pieces of rain for each color raindrop. If you also wish to make the raindrop garlands, cut out as many extra of the raindrops as you'd like. I used 33 raindrops in three garlands.

Rain Cloud Mobile Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

Step Two

Pin and sew around the edge of the cloud. Back stitch at the beginning and end so it doesn't come apart when you stuff it. If you are hand sewing, I suggest a running stitch, back stitch, or blanket stitch around the edge.

Leave a small opening unsewn, large enough to get your hand through to stuff all the way into the corners.

Rain Cloud Mobile Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

Step Three

Stuff the cloud lightly. It makes it easier to sew up on the sewing machine if you push all the stuffing as far from the opening as possible.

Then sew it closed.

 

Rain Cloud Mobile Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

Step 4

Sew together, with a blanket stitch, two pieces of rain, leave a small opening in order to add stuffing. Finish sewing it closed, leaving some extra thread to attach to the cloud. Repeat with each color of felt. I have 4 raindrops hanging from my cloud.

Rain Cloud Mobile Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

Step 5

Attach the thread from the raindrops to the cloud, using a needle, thread your leftover strings through the seam inside the felt edges and tie a double knot. This way your knots are completely hidden.

Rain Cloud Mobile Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

Step 6

Make a raindrop garland to hang with your mobile. Take the extra raindrops and make three piles, or one for each garland you wish to make. Run the raindrops vertically through the sewing machine one at a time, but without cutting the thread until you reach the end of the pile. I used the longest stitch length. I started at the bottom raindrop and worked my way up, alternating colors and then ran the machine to give me some extra thread to hang it with at the top. A tip: keep pulling the previous raindrop as you start the next, it will keep the threads from bunching up.

Rain Cloud Mobile Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Baby Shower Gift Ideas

While I know that people have babies throughout the year, I find that I go to more baby showers in the spring than any other time. While I usually take a peak at the gift registry, I will often make some or all of the gift I give. I try to stick with whatever colors the parents-to-be lean towards in the registry and make something that will hopefully mean more because it's handmade.

Here are a few tutorials for awesome baby shower gifts.

Tiny Harem Pants by The Allison ShowMy go to for baby shower gifts is usually clothing and a plush toy. I have in fact made these pants from The Allison Show and they are too adorable for words.

 

Dyed Wooden Blocks from Say YesThese wooden blocks from Say Yes are dyed with food coloring, so they're non-toxic. You could dye any kind of wooden toys this way. I've also seen beeswax covered wooden blocks and toys for a more natural look.

 

The Perfect Diaper Cover by MadeI've made more than one set of these cute diaper covers from Made. I paired them with this incredibly sweet dress for a complete ensemble.

 

Lucky Star Mobile by One Dog WoofI'm a sucker for a beautiful mobile. There are so many ideas for greats ones, simple to truly complex. This lucky star mobile from One Dog Woof I think falls somewhere in between, but is more time consuming than difficult.

 

Baby Sleep Bag at Sew Mama SewSew Mama Sew has a huge variety of sewing tutorials available on their website, plus great instructions on tricky sewing techniques. This Baby Sleep Bag tutorial by Fishsticks on the Sew Mama Sew blog is a great example.

 

All of the photos in this post belong to their respective and linked sites.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sewing Project: A Baby Towel

Baby Bath Towel | Red Circle Crafts

My good friends are having a baby next month. I'm pretty excited and not just for all the itty bitty baby things I get to make. Although to be fair, I have been turning out a fair number of baby clothes lately. I offered to make anything (within reason) that they wanted for the new baby. I figured if I was going to be making things for the new baby, I ought to at least make things the parents-to-be actually want.

They asked if I would make one of these. The idea is that instead of just a regular towel, it's an apron/bib to keep the adult somewhat dry that can easily be pulled off to wrap around the baby. The loop that holds it together also functions as a hood for the baby. It's a pretty simple design, but pretty ingenious.

Baby Bath Towel | Red Circle Crafts Baby Bath Towel | Red Circle Crafts Baby Bath Towel | Red Circle Crafts

It's really just a piece of terry cloth cut to size and edged in bias tape. If you'd like to make one, here are the dimension that I used.

Baby Bath Towel Dimensions | Red Circle Crafts