LanternDIY: Let There Be Light

LanternDIY: Let There Be Light

I joined a Instagram a little more than a month ago and have been slowly falling in love with it ever since. Does anyone else use the site? Seriously, it’s crazy nifty and can easily fill hours and hours of your time with great ideas and tons o’ eye candy. I’ve started a few boards, and though they’re by no means filled or finished, I’m acquiring quite the collection of inspiration at lighting-fast speed. Love, love, lovity, love.

At the same time I was embarking on my newfound love of Pinterest, I was also on the hunt for an outdoorsy DIY project to make for the June/July issue of Columbia Home. I quickly landed on two adorable yarn-ball-ish lantern projects and decided to combine the two techniques for my own version of lantern loveliness. And oh happy day, this is by far my favorite DIY project to date. Fair warning, it’s a super duper messy project — like you’re-hands-will-be-covered-in-sticky-goo-and-your-work-space-will-be-speckled-with-gluey-drops-of-glueness kind of messy — but the mess and cleanup are well worth the effort. Just invest in a cheapo plastic drop cloth and a pair of plastic gloves, and it’s not too big of deal.

Here’s what you need for the lanterns:
• 5 to 6 balloons, blown up to whatever size ball or lantern you want to make
• large plastic drop cloth
• scissors
• twine, hemp or cotton yarn (I used hemp because it seemed a little tougher for outdoor use, but next time I might go the white yarn route for a lighter, brighter look.)
• 4 ounces basic white glue
• ½ cup cornstarch
• 1/4 cup warm water
• petroleum jelly
• clear, fast-drying spray paint
• lantern lights or white twinkle lights (I like the twinkle lights because they have that twinkly, magical look, but lantern lights would be nifty, too.)

Blow up balloons to desired size. Keep in mind that the size of your balloon dictates the size of your lanterns balls (it’s also helpful not to blow up the balloons all the way; a bit less air makes for rounder balloons).

If you plan to place a lantern light in your finished lanterns, draw a circle on the top of each balloon large enough to accommodate the lighting fixture. If you’re not planning to light the lanterns or you’d prefer to stuff them with a simple strand of twinkle lights, you can skip this step (just make sure you leave enough space while wrapping to stuff the twinkle lights inside).

Lay a plastic drop cloth over your work surface, and set up a place where balloons can be suspended from the air to dry. I draped the plastic drop cloth across the bathroom floor and into the bathtub so I could hang the balls on the shower bar.

Mix glue, cornstarch and warm water in a large container until all lumps are gone, then cover each balloon in petroleum jelly (using rubber gloves for this cuts down on the mess).

LanternDIY: Let There Be Light

Feed the twine through the glue mixture until it is coated, then start draping it around the balloon.

Wrap the ball vertically to a comfortable tightness, then horizontally. Once ball is wrapped to your liking, use a piece of twine to suspend it from the shower bar (or drying space of your choosing).

Allow balls to dry for 24 hours. Then, pop the balloons. It’s like magic! Spray the balls with clear, fast-drying spray paint. Once they’re dry, insert the lights, and you’re ready to party like it’s 1999! Woot!

And that’s really all there is to it! Totally adorable and totally easy (albeit totally messy as well).

Have you done any DIYing lately? Any new projects on the agenda? And have any of you fallen if love with Pinterest, too? Let’s hear it!

Summer Hacks

Summer Hacks

Who is excited for summer? We are too! Summer has always been my favorite time of year. In celebration of the warm and fun months ahead, I’ve gathered some awesome summer hacks to share with you. So many times I look at these ideas and say to myself, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Here are some genius summer tricks, tips, and hacks that will help you bbq, soothe sunburns, keep your dogs cool, and even scoop ice cream.

 

1. Mini Fire pit

Put charcoal in a foil lined terra cotta pot for table top s’mores! Perfect summer party idea

Summer Hacks

 

2. Bread Tags on Flip Flops

Fix Flip Flops: Use bread tags to keep flip flops from coming apart.

Summer Hacks

 

3. Ice Cream in a Bag

Did you know that keeping your ice cream in a freezer bag will keep it soft?

Did you know that keeping your ice cream in a freezer bag will keep it soft?

 

4. Homemade Fire Starter

So smart!!! The cardboard carton is easy to light with a match and then the charcoal starts too!! Perfect for a fire starter or fire pit for s’mores!

So smart!!! The cardboard carton is easy to light with a match and then the charcoal starts too!! Perfect for a fire starter or fire pit for smores!

 

5. Frozen Aloe Vera

Freeze ice cubes of aloe vera and when you have a sunburn and rub the frozen cubes on the burned area

Freeze ice cubes of aloe vera and when you have a sunburn and rub the frozen cubes on the burned area

 

6. Self Tanner and Lotion

This Self Tanner Trick Will Change Your Life

This Self Tanner Trick Will Change Your Life

 

7. Frozen Apple Dog Treats

Freeze apple slices in chicken broth for a cool treat for your dog on a hot summer’s day.

Freeze apple slices in chicken broth for a cool treat for your dog on a hot summer's day.

 

8. Redneck Air Conditioner

Put a metal bowl filled with ice water in front of a fan. Redneck Air Conditioner!

Put a metal bowl filled with ice water in front of a fan. Redneck Air Conditioner!

 

9. Turn jeans in to shorts

Turn old jeans that are worn out from the winter into adorable and colorful shorts for the summer! What a great idea – Click the picture for instructions.

Turn old jeans that are worn out from the winter into adorable and colorful shorts for the summer! What a great idea -

 

10. Sheets on the Beach for Babies

This is so smart! I’ve actually noticed several parents trying this tip at our beach. It works!

This is so smart!

 

11. How to make a clay pot smoker

Very neat to try this summer!

How to make a clay pot smoker. Very neat to try this summer!

 

12. Floating beverage boat

Made with pool noodles and a plastic bin. FUN! Definitely saving this for summer.

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13. DIY oil lamp

A cute homemade lantern made with lemons!

Summer Hacks

 

14. Road Trip Food Basket

$1 Store shower caddy for when kids have to eat in the car. Good for road trips or busy after-school schedules. This is genius!

 

Summer Hacks

 

 

Summer Paper Plate Masks

Summer Paper Plate Masks

I welcome back our guest writer Creating Creatives for some fun Summer Paper Plate Masks…. this craft not only is a quirky and fun paper plate craft for kids, but it will also remind them to put their Sunscreen on this summer! Such a fun “Sunburnt Paper Plate Mask craft” to do with the kids! Love it. Check out the complete set of Creating Creative contributions here on Red Ted Art. They are AWESOME! Todays fun Summer Paper Plate Masks make a great addition to our summer beach Ocean Paper Plate crafts, as well as our super popular Summer Crafts for Preschoolers!

We, over at Creating Creatives, just love masks. We love making them and then playing make-believe in them. I wanted to share a summer time mask with you Tedsters, so was having a think of what  I could make when all of a sudden a sunburnt mask popped into my head. These masks are pretty silly, but they also do a great job of reminding your kids to put on sunblock. My kids got a huge giggle out of them and now every time they go into the sun they think of how silly the masks look and don’t want to look like that so are reminded to put on sunblock. Talk about a win/win! I hope you enjoy these silly masks and tag me on Instagram if you make one.

 

Summer Masks – Supplies:

  • Mask Printable for eye placement
  • Paper Plate
  • Pencil
  • Paint & Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Craft or X-Acto Knife
  • Hole Punch & elastic, string, or even pipe cleaners

 

How to make your Summer Paper Plate Masks

  1. Turn your plate upside down and draw the holes for the eyes. You can do this free hand, or print and cut out my mask printable, then line it up with your paper plate and trace the eyes onto your plate.
  2. Next, cut out the eyes with your craft knife on a cutting mat or piece of cardboard.
  3. Now it’s time to draw your face. I started with the sunglasses, then drew a triangle nose (which we’ll later cut out), then the hair and mouth.
  4. Once you’re happy with your drawing it’s time to paint it in. You can see the order I painted my mask below. I started with the normal skin color, then added the sunburn skin color. In image 3 I added some additional red burn highlights. And in image 4 I painted in the hair, you can also see I left a blank area in the hair for the part, and at the bottom by the chin. I’ll cut these out in a minute.
  5. Before I cut out the mask I’ll add my final details, like lip highlights, eyelashes, hair detail etc.
  6. Once the paint is dry cut out the white bits I was talking about in step 4. This gives the mask a nice shape.
  7. Next cut out the nose. You want to keep this attached to the mask, so start cutting half way down the triangular nose, across the bottom, and then half way up the other side.
  8. Finally, punch a hole on either side of the mask and thread through some elastic, string, or even pipe cleaner.

 

 

You’re done. Wear around and make lots of jokes about putting on sunblock. Hope you have a happy and sunburn free summer!

 

 

How To Make A Summer Face Mask

How To Make A Summer Face Mask

Simple precautions to prevent illness with COVID-19 is to wear a face mask, and it’s one of the best ways to practice being exposed by the virus. Cases all over the states has increased as the different phases have opened to almost 100% capacity. Face masks are being required, and it’s still smart to wear them. I live in Nashville, and it is now required to wear face masks due to the spike of coronavirus cases increasing abruptly. In this tutorial by Oh My DIY! on YouTube, it shows a new style of making a face mask at home. This is a great tutorial because she shows up close on how to create this summer face mask.

 

Supplies:

  • fabric
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • iron
  • sewing machine
  • fabric pins
  • elastic bands

Directions:

First, fold and measure the fabric to get the wide octagon shape. You want to use two different kinds of fabric, so one is the liner for the inside. Then, start sewing the two fabrics together around the rim. Make sure to iron out the fabric so it’s not wrinkled.

How To Make A Summer Face Mask

Next, make pleated folds onto the mask and iron them down while using fabric pins to keep them together. Continue to watch Oh My DIY! on YouTube, and follow the step-by-step process.

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Overall, this is a cute design and I have not seen this style. Usually, it’s horizontal, but in this case, the pleated folds are vertical. It seems as if this style of mask is more breathable and less constricted. I will share this tutorial with my mom because she’s still constantly making face masks at home. I’m interested in having this style of face mask because it looks covered and fits well all over half of the face.

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4th of July Painted Placemat & Napkin

4th of July Painted Placemat & Napkin

Hello all, are you excited for the upcoming Fourth of July? It’s one of my favorite holidays, I love the food and patriotic traditions!  Some years we host a party since we have a fantastic view of the local fireworks show from our front yard. In other years we’ll visit someone else’s home. This year my parents are hosting and we’ll spend the day poolside and then do the traditional fireworks observation at night.

I got crafty this year playing off Old Glory’s red and white stripes and white stars on a blue background to create a fun place setting. I partnered with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Brand to create a striped painted placemat and accompanying star spangled napkin, embellished with a fireworks inspired detail on top.

To recreate you’ll need red placemats, blue napkins, white craft tape, ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape; a roller, artist’s paintbrush, tray for paint, star punch from a craft store, and red pipe cleaners (not shown).

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Here’s the simple step by step:

First grab yourself some red placemats (I found these at Kohls) but you can also find similar versions at discount retail stores. Mark of the placement of your future stripes and use the tape to create the stripes lengthwise.

step 1a

step 1b

 

Two to three coats of white craft paint gives you a nice stripe, pull back the tape when the paint is dry.

 

step 2

 

step 3

 

I created a stencil with the tape and a star punch, make sure you turn the tape upside down and carefully pull tape through the punch to create an adhesive stencil that will stick to your napkin. Add the stars with white paint and a small artist’s brush.

 

step 4

 

step 5

 

Twist four red pipe cleaners make a fireworks inspired napkin holder.

pipecleaner fireworks napkin holder

 

Sprinkle stars made from the hole punch on top of the placemat for a unique Fourth of July place setting.

4th of July Painted Placemat

Oh, and speaking of the Fourth of July, I wrote about even more fun & festive ways to celebrate over at BH&G!

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DIY July 4th Banner

DIY July 4th Banner

The Savvy Nana 4th of July DIY Banner

With only a few more weeks until the 4th of July, it’s time to start planning your celebrations.

Hi, it’s Tonya again and I’m sharing a simple do-it-yourself banner that’s perfect for hanging above your food station, on your mantel, or along the windows to decorate your home this 4th of July.

Supplies needed:

  • burlap
  • scrap paper
  • twine in two colors
  • hole punch
  • scissors

 

My burlap came in ready-cut rectangles, but if you have a large sheet or strip, cut it into even sized pieces.

Cut a triangle into the bottom of one piece of burlap. Using that piece as a template, cut the remainder so they are all the same.

Cut a piece of the scrap paper into a similar shape, only smaller. Again, use this first piece as a template to create the others.

Place the paper on top of the burlap, and then using the hole punch, punch two holes into the top.

DIY July 4th Banner

Cut small pieces of twine in one color and tie the paper to the burlap.

DIY July 4th Banner

Using the second color of twine, thread through the holes of each piece of burlap until all of the pieces are joined together.

DIY July 4th Banner

And there you have it, a red, white, and blue banner ready to hang for your 4th of July celebrations.

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Have you started planning your 4th of July celebrations yet?

These banners also look great hung on your own fences, strung from the outdoor lights and displayed above your buffet table or wherever you happen to be serving the meat. Throw a few mini flags in there and refer to it as done!

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