dreamcatcher

DIY Dreamcatcher

Every time my daughter churns out something new, it gives me a high! I guess that’s but natural for any mom to feel when you see your little one becoming independent. Of lately she has been trying her hand at so many  new things…baking is one of them (since she has taken up Home Science at School)…will be sharing her baking adventures soon. Last evening she made this pretty little DIY Dreamcatcher for her room.

It was fascinating to hear from her what a traditional Dreamcatcher is intended for… to channelize positive dreams. I showed her the Indian charm that we have on our ‘Charm Wall’, we compared…what a Dreamcatcher is to Native America ‘Kaalbelia’ is to India…the gorgeous Rajasthani charm is believed to have the same effect…well almost the same, as a traditional Dreamcatcher, that is, to protect the sleeping individual from negative dreams and to channelize positive ones. Okay enough of turning it to a lesson! Coming back to her craftiness, I love the delicate Dreamcatcher that she made.

Since I couldn’t catch her in action while she was at it, I asked her for a quick demo… she showed me how she made this web-like lace on the metal hoop, using her bangle…growing into a little crafter! She told me to make squares in the circular hoop and continue making the squares till you reach the centre (or when you can’t make anymore!).

She used a metal hoop, coloured thread, peacock feather, a couple of wooden beads and a few tiny pompoms…all this stuff was left over of some craftwork.

Now whether the charming Dreamcatcher works or not remains to be seen but what it surely does is… pretty-up her room! Don’t you think so?

 

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DIY Stencil

Recently, I gave a little face-lift to one of our old outdoorsy tables using this store-bought stencil.

As always I was in a hurry to complete the makeover… I didn’t even bother to sand or prime the old table. Honestly, I love the old grainy, chippy look of the table. The end result was not bad… I liked how the quick makeover with a stencil added some colour to our verandah.

I wanted to use this same stencil to add a white border to this pillar… do check out this fun recycling project.

Till this saintly looking fella decided to chew it away! By the way, he only looks that way…he isn’t one!

And thus the need and urgency to create my stencil. I googled on my tablet, for motifs/images and found a similar one!

And a few more nice ones!

I saved them on my tab and went looking for acetate sheets in my craft stash… which, unfortunately, were over.  So, I started looking for replacements… a thick talc sheet, plastic dining mat…or a file separator! The thick, almost transparent plastic separator sheet was as good as an acetate sheet, in fact better!

Here is how I made my DIY stencil-

Place the transparent acetate sheet (in my case, I used the file separator) on the image to be traced… I placed mine on the tablet and traced the motif using a permanent marker.

It was a little tricky as tracing with a pen led to the touch screen responding to it! But I got the hang of tracing it off the tablet screen. Timing saving trick!

Using a precision knife cutout the insides of the design/motif and the stencil is ready!

All done…in less than half an hour. I am thinking, why not a few more!

 

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Soda Can Luminaries

My daughter, my ‘partner-in-crime’ in most of my DIY ramblings, is getting independent…I say this because she is forever busy creating something for her room or for her friends.  Of lately she is totally hooked to Pinterest! Inspired by one of the pins, she made a couple of Soda Can Luminaries for the little balcony along her room. I just loved it!

Soda Can Luminaries @ Hooked on Homes!

Soda Can Luminaries @ Hooked on Homes!

Won’t they look beautiful in the patio too? With that thought in mind, I asked her to give me a demo and a little help … for the patio! Our patio is becoming home to all the recycled goodness! Check out some great outdoor recycled projects here and here. Coming back to our pictorial demo:

Using a pair of scissors, cut open the soda cans at both the ends (looking at the sharp edges I advised her not to do any such DIY without my supervision). Cut open the cylindrical part as well. Trim and straighten the sharp edges with scissors.

Punch the can foil with a punching machine, as shown… we used a star, flower, and a snowflake. Mark and punch evenly on both the edges (top and bottom).

Once done with punching the designs, fold up and staple it back into cylindrical shape. It’s done!

Place them over T-lites or candles and see the magic!

I love them as such, I don’t intend to paint them but you can paint/decorate them, the possibilities as endless. Won’t they look pretty in the garden, patio or the balcony…on special occasions? Making these luminaries we ended up with lots of punched out shapes… now we are raking our brains over what to do with these pretties!! Any ideas?

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Recycling Glass Bottles

It has been long since I messed my hands in some DIY chore. I am itching to strike at least one project off my ‘never-ending-master-list’ of projects! My constant struggle is to micro manage my time, in other words I am juggling too many things at the same time but I am learning to respect (and utilize) every precious second in the process. I felt the need to break away from the frenetic routine…7 to 5, week after week, I was missing something…my hobbies my getaway… something that helps keep me sane and recharged:-) Today I managed time… finally recycling glass bottles, a long pending project on my list!

I made this for a friend, who wanted something to adorn a table in her patio. I dug out a couple of empty glass bottles from my recycling stash (you know me, I am hoarder!). I started with tinting the olive oil bottles with glass colors, used  two colors for a double tone effect.

Once dry, I did a freehand dot pattern on the bottles using an ear bud! Just put dots with gold acrylic.

Don’t they look pretty? You can use them as they are or as a flower vase or store salad oil, vinegar etc. The glass colors are water-resistant hence the bottles are washable.

While photographing these bottles I have fallen in love with them! I hope I can give them away 😉

My daughter loves to help me in all DIYs…she is so thrilled with the do-ability of this project that she has started to make a set for herself, keeping her room’s color theme in mind…will post the pictures as soon as she completes it.

Have you any recycled glass bottles projects to share? I’d love a peek! Click here to see how to recycle plastic bottles into hanging planters or how about turning soda/beer cans into pretty luminaries!

 

 

 

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Spray Paint- to make your ceiling fan look like new!

The summer break is on… the best time for me to indulge in a whole load of DIYs and other stuff that I have been putting off. Every day I get up and press the buttons of my mommy mode and the busy homemaker mode! I love it all! I make a ‘to-do’ list (five things in a day) of things that I have wanted to do but couldn’t take out time in the past (or rather have pushed it into my vacation calendar!). The list has become long but if I continue to follow my plan I am sure I should be able to strike off everything off my list before the vacations get over (June last week). So, you might see a lot of activity on my blog in the weeks to come!

Generally the ceiling fans get cleaned every four months or so (that’s how dusty it is in this part of the world).

As an annual practice I spray paint all the fans at our home every year during Diwali time; a time when the entire house is brought down for the Diwali cleaning spree, just a few sprays while they are where they are… on the ceiling! I know it sounds not such a great idea, of literally hanging on the step-ladder trying to spray a few swoosh! But then what’s life without a little circus! It isn’t that we haven’t tried hiring someone to do it for us, we did…and it wasn’t a very pretty sight. Since then I have taken it upon myself to do the job, with the entire house supporting the ladder for me!

So much for my DIY chronicles…yesterday there was no such circus…one of the ceiling fans at home was taken out, for it was making a weird noise, the electrician wanted to check it. And while he checked it, I asked him to take a 20 minute break by offering him some tea and snacks… I needed those 20 minutes! The ceiling fan was down… on the floor! How could I resist that opportunity!?

Armed with my white spray-can, I spread some newspapers and gave the fan a quick coat of paint and it was as good as new! And all this before he could finish his tea! Even he admired the quick paint job and was surprised to see how soon the spray paint had dried. Up went the ceiling fan as white as snow!

Ok, maybe not as white as snow…close to it!

These spray cans are quite addictive; they are my instant makeover tools! If nothing works just spray paint!!

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Wall Clock Makeover

What do you do when you receive something really nice but it has a sponsored tag or print on it? You try to camouflage it! Although I am OK with it, that is if I really like the thing. But then that’s me, not my daughter. Sometime back we received this beautiful aqua blue wall clock; incidentally it went beautifully well with my daughter’s bedroom décor, the only problem was she wouldn’t allow me to put it in her room just because it had a ‘sponsored’ sign on it…how silly is that?! Teenagers, I tell you! No amount of cajoling/persuasion/counseling helps in drilling some practical sense into them… unless of course it is their own whim/fancy/idea. I almost gave up but I loved the colour of the clock way too much to just pass it on (btw she agreed with that!) …I had to do something about it.

Yesterday, I took out my mini screwdriver set and opened the wall clock and sat thinking… after a lot of brainstorming, over how to hide the sign, my daughter came up with a handful of sequins to try a design on it. That set the ball rolling…it was quick and simple! With a small piece of silver paper, a few sequins, flat glass baubles and glue, we camouflaged the ‘sponsored’ sign on the face of the wall clock. The small piece of embossed silver paper helped in hiding away most of the ‘sponsored’ print (also it matched the silver numerals on the clock)… we laid out glass baubles and the sequins to form a random pattern over it, just to pretty it up!

The choice of colours (for the sequins) was to match the colour scheme in her room.  It took us just over half an hour from start to finish for this wall clock makeover!

She is more than happy to have it in her room now, since the makeover idea was hers!

And I am itching to do something similar to couple of other wall clocks at home!

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DIY Spray Painting

Last night when I wound up all my chores for the day, I felt this urge to try something which had been playing in my head for a while. I wanted to spray paint a set of cushion covers using leaves as my masking templates, but before I painted on the selected fabric I wanted to try it out on paper. So, I gave into my urge and before I called it a day, out came my colours and my drawing book!

Here is what I did for my DIY spray painting… an improvised way!

I plucked a few marigold leaves and placed them on the drawing sheet. Since I was using two colours, I masked the areas where I wanted only one colour to show, with torn pieces of newspaper.

It helps to spread newspaper all around the work surface to keep things clean. It was a real quick DIY… I used an old toothbrush dipped in poster colour to meet this effect. I used my thumb on the bristles of the toothbrush to ‘spray’ the paint…messy hands but I don’t mind it! Once the colour was dry I picked up the leaves.

Isn’t the effect lovely? Now that I have a hang of it I would be using a bigger brush (carpet cleaning brush!) and fabric colours and different shaped leaves to print on my cushion covers.

Will be posting the result on the cushion covers soon!

 

 

 

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DIY Folders from Scrap Paper

I was pleasantly surprised last weekend, when I woke up after my siesta (I sometimes get to do it!), my lil’ one had made some lovely folders from scrap paper! She had to submit a few projects as part of her assessment and she wanted similar looking folders to present them in. She borrowed some of my tools, before I hit the bed and two hours later (yeah, that’s how long my siestas are!) when I went to her room she had six folders ready! Aren’t they lovely?

She used two A4 coloured sheets to make one folder, she cut and paste a contrasting strip (4 inches) of A4 sheet (brown) to join and make a folder out of the two green A4 sheets. Clever idea! Since she had already made them all, I put together these photos to replicate her steps of construction.

She cut very small pieces (almost confetti like) of scrap paper to decorate her folders. How resourceful!

To paste the bits of scrap paper, she painted the desired pattern, on the folder,  with PVA glue and sprinkled the bits on it!

I am so happy with my lil’ DIY Princess’ handywork! She has given me a great idea with the ‘bits of paper’ trick.

DIY Folders from Scrap Paper @ Hooked on Homes!

DIY Folders from Scrap Paper @ Hooked on Homes!

And since she was at it, I gave her more paper to cut into bits, for the idea running in my head! Am I horrible mom or what?! Anyhow, I couldn’t stop admiring her work and didn’t feel like parting with them! But had to 🙁

You know what? She makes a great companion for all my DIY ramblings! Try involving your kids into fun stuff, craft, art , cooking etc. you’ll be surprised what they may come up with. What fun stuff have you tried with your kids? Do share! I’d love to try!

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