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Entries in Martha Stewart Living (9)

Wednesday
Apr042012

Glittered Eggs // Living Martha Stewart Living

April's issue of Martha Stewart Living is full of great ideas for Easter. It contains lots more craft ideas (sorry March, there wasn't much to do from your issue!). To kick it off, here's a great little do it yourself project with neon glitter! What could be better?

First, dye the eggs a variety of colors. I used a simple dying kit that I bought at Target, the cups made it uber convient. Using a paintbrush, brush craft glue onto the egg. Tacky glue works great! With a piece of paper underneath the egg, pour glitter over the entire egg, making sure to get every spot! Let dry for 30 minutes. 

Enjoy your glittered eggs!

Saturday
Mar172012

Shamrock Straws // Living Martha Stewart Living

 

To be honest, I'm a little disappointed in March's issue of Martha Stewart Living. The whole issue is gardening and cooking. I've had to dig deep for any craft type projects. I will try out a recipe later this month though. 
These are super easy to make! Chris made us shakes, while I made the toppers. It was a perfect treat to kick off the birthday celebrations. 
I think I would make them a little smaller next time, (start with a four inch square rather than a five inch.) Click here for the directions. 
Have an amazing St. Patricks Day! 

 

Tuesday
Feb212012

Necklace Redo // Living Martha Stewart Living

 

Once I saw this idea of adding ribbons unto necklaces in the February issue of Martha Stewart Living, I couldn't believe I hadn't done this myself, yet! I've added hair bands to my necklaces to lengthen them, but not ribbons. :) 
Lately, I've been feeling like some of my favorite necklaces are a little too short. Ribbons are the perfect solution to lengthening them. 
Now these necklaces have new life! 

 

This necklace is one of my favorites. My Grandmother gave me this locket long ago and I've always cherished it. The photo of the little girl is my Great-Grandmother, while the other woman is Lucy's mother, my Great-Great-Grandmother. I love that many people think this locket is a new piece, while instead it's a treasured family heirloom dated back over a century. 
I bought this chain for it, but have often wanted to double it up, so I attached a brown satin ribbon to allow room to double the chain. 
Cost: $0 - ribbon was all on hand. The satin ribbons came from Paper Source, while the silver ribbon was from a present. 
Difficulty: 1 -super easy! 
Time: 10 minutes: Mostly spent deciding which ribbon to use

*This post is part of my new project for 2012, Living Martha Stewart Living. Every month, I will make a few projects from the current month's magazine and share it with you! Click here for more information. *  

 

Tuesday
Feb142012

3-D Valentine Cards // Living Martha Stewart Living

 

Card-Making is probably my all-time favorite craft. It's quick, simple, and beautiful! 
These pop-up cards are a perfect quick Valentine Card to make. If you haven't gotten a card for your valentine yet, try making one of these! 
I opted to make the Love 3-D card. Martha Stewart Living always has links to pdf's to print out. It's super helpful and they are usually really high quality. Click here for the full tutorial and print outs. 

 

I couldn't resist adding some washi tape to the front of the card, and then adding Chris' name onto the outside of the envelope. 
I hope you all have a special Valentine's Day! 

 

Tuesday
Feb072012

Tissue Paper Wall Heart // Living Martha Stewart Living

 

February's issue of Martha Stewart Living blew me away! Once I saw the cover, I knew I had to make this Tissue Paper Wall Heart for Valentine's Day. 
The directions say to use Martha Stewart's Tissue-Paper Pom-Pom Kits. I went to my local Michael's, and they did not have any of the kits. So I had to adjust the directions. After stoping in Collage and Target in search for the perfect pink, and it resulted in this collection of tissue paper. 
The basic steps are as follows, fold, cut, wrap wire, and then pulling the layers upward. 
This process completes one flower. 

 

Before folding the tissue, here are the dimensions of the hearts: 
Big Flowers - 20 inches wide
Medium - 12 inches wide
Small - 8 inches wide
There is no perfect amount of flowers or size for this heart, it depends how big you want your heart to be. My heart spans 30" wide by 27" tall. Play around with the dimensions until you achieve the look you want! :) 
Instead of hanging each flower individually (according to the directions), I opted to attach each flower to a sheet of foam board. This process was very easy and it worked extremely well. 
Finally, cut the foam board off using an x-acto knife on a cutting mat. Then attach a hook to the back using the floral wire, and hang unto the wall.
I couldn't be more thrilled with this Tissue Paper Wall Heart! I may even keep it up all year! :) These are quite addicting to make, you might be seeing a lot more tissue paper creations soon! 
*The little mailboxes are a Target dollar bin find*
Cost: $12 for tissue paper, floral wire and foam board on hand
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 4 - 5 hours (while watching re-runs of Downton Abbey)
*This post is part of my new project for 2012, Living Martha Stewart Living. Every month, I will make a few projects from the current month's magazine and share it with you! Click here for more information. *