Saturday, October 25, 2014

Tennessee Tristar Pumpkin

For Tennesseans, the TN flag is just a classic symbol of their love for this beautiful state. So, I decided to make a tristar pumkin this year. Basically, I got a pumpkin and cleaned it out. Then I traced out the two circles. Then, I slowly but surely chunked out the circle without cutting all the way through. Then, the easiest way to get the stars would be to use a star-shaped cookie cutter. I did not have one, so I made a star on a notecard, cut it out, and traced it onto the punkin. Then I cut out the stars. Also, to cut these things I used the pumpkin carving tools you can get at the store (I got mine at Hobby Lobby).

-H



Monday, May 26, 2014

Boy Meets World Shoes

Hey Y'all!

So I made some Boy Meets World themed shoes! To make your own you will need: white fabric shoes (I bought mine from Target), a variety pack of sharpies (both fine point and regular), a pencil, and a design in mind.

Let's begin!

1.) draw your ideas in pencil to get positioning correct.(If needed, you can practice the sketches on paper first to get it perfect). In the picture mine has already been outlined with black sharpie so that y'all can see it easier. I put quotes on mine, as well as the logo.
2.) Then color in with the regular size sharpies. Beware of bleeding from the sharpies.

3.) Enjoy!



If y'all have any questions or need help with ideas just email me at flapjacksandflannel@gmail.com! I can custom make a pair for you! You can buy a custom pair on our Etsy page: https://www.etsy.com/shop/FlapjacksandFlannel

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Flower Ball



What You'll Need:
Bouquet of Fake Flowers
Styrofoam Ball: pick any size

NOT PICTURED:
Hot Glue 
String/cord/rope
Safety Pin 








First off, I wanna start by saying that fake flowers can be extremely expensive, but the craft stores put them on sale. So, be sure to wait it out and buy the flowers when they are on sale. I got all my flowers for 50% off at JoAnn's this past weekend, so it can be less ridiculous. 

Let's BEGIN! 

To begin, the flowers need to be removed from the stems.




















If your flowers are made like the one pictured below with a piece of plastic connecting the flower to the stem, you can just gently pull on this piece away from the stem and the flower will be ready to go. However, if your flowers just directly connect to the stem, you can use wire cutters to cut the flower away from the long stem while still keeping atleast half an inch of stem in order to poke it into the styrofoam. 




















Now that I have separated flowers, I began to poke my flowers in the styrofoam. I went all the way around in a line at first keeping the flowers outer edges touching. At this point, I realized I did not have enough of the same flower, so I used some purple flowers that you will see in later pictures to fill the bottom. I left the top part bare. 



















I ended up running into another problem. My flowers were falling out of the styrofoam...so........
I turned to my trusty superglue... 



But, that didn't work either, so I turned to my even more trusty hot glue gun. Pull the flower out the the styrofoam. Coat what is left of the stem in hot glue. Then push the flower back into the original hole.



















You can stop here and leave it as a table decoration, or you can go on to make it be able to hang from something. 



















I took a large safety pin and connected my thread to this safety pin. I then eye-balled a distance in that would still be able to hold the ball without the thread breaking through the styrofoam. So, I pushed the safety pin through the styrofoam ball and tied a knot in the sting making a loop. 



















And then all you have to do is hang it up! 


Hope you have enjoyed a little bit of flower power! 

-H

P.S. I am SUPER obsessed with fake flowers right now. So, expect to see a lot of crafts with fake flowers. 


Friday, March 21, 2014

Wedding Anniversary Gift

Hey y'all! So for my grandparents 50th Wedding Anniversary I made them this. It is a 50th Wedding Anniversary penny picture.


What you will need is:
 a big jar of pennies
 super glue
 frame
 stencil
 poster board
sharpie 

Each of the pennies COINcides (see what I did there.haha) with a year of their marriage. So to start you will need to go through a big jar of pennies to find one for each year starting with the year they got married and going all the way through to the present year.


 Next cut the poster board to fit into the frame you bought. Then using the stencil and sharpie, write "HAPPY ANNIVERSARY", there names, and the year if you want. 


Place the pennies in order by year and in the shape of how many years they have been married. Then glue them down and IT IS FINISHED!

Hope this makes your family/ friends very happy! Email with any questions.

-B

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Bacon Roses

Bacon Roses- for the meat lover in your life.

For this simple gift idea, you'll need:
-Thick Cut Bacon (I made a dozen)
-Fake Roses
-Toothpicks
-Muffin Tin

Preheat oven to 375
Turn on some Ke$ha music (mandatory)

Start out by rolling each strip of bacon into a rose shape. Don't roll it too tight or it won't cook all the way through!

Stick 2 toothpicks through the center to form an "X" with the toothpicks.
I used a mini muffin tin and it was perfect size, but I regular muffin tin would also work. Set the rolled bacon in the muffin tins so they are hovering and don't touch the bottom of the tin.
Other tutorials want you to drill a hole in the bottom of your muffin tin so the bacon grease can drain. NO DONT DO IT!! Why would you do that?? It worked perfectly fine for me to not have it drain. It cooked in the grease, just make sure to watch it carefully and be extra careful when you take it out of the oven.

Put the bacon in the oven at 375 for 30-45 minutes. Watch it carefully! (Make sure to check that it is cooked all the way through)
While the bacon is cooking, take the red petals off of your fake flowers.

Keep the green star shaped part that goes on the underside of the flower on the stem, it will help keep the bacon from sliding down the stem. Push the star shaped piece down a bit so you have a piece of the stem sticking out. You can slide the bacon onto it like a kabob! 

Take the toothpicks out once the bacon has cooled and stick em on the stems!


Ta-da! My next experiment is to make chocolate dipped bacon roses. I'll keep you updated. 
Photo credits go to my super artsy boyfriend who was the grateful recipient of this tasty bouquet. 



Till next time,
K



Saturday, March 1, 2014

Jesus Sandals

Hey y'all!

I am going to show you how to make Jesus sandals!
You will need:

Thick, Hard Leather (I found this in a mixed bag of leather from Hobby Lobby)

Two medium size Suede Strips

Extreme power adhesive... AKA super glue

Exacto Knife (I do not have one of those so I used a wood carving knife)


Steps:
1.) trace the shape of one of your shoes to get the basic size and shape of the sole of the shoes. Do this on four pieces of leather to make the sole thick enough.
2.) Using the suede strip cut it to form the cross strap around your foot. Make sure you actually measure the strap to make sure your foot will be able to slide into it. Then glue it on. Also attach the the strip to the bottom of the first layer of leather. The other piece will go on last.
3.) using the leftover thick pieces of leather, cut four into strips. fold down and sew/glue to form a loop. Glue these onto the bottom of the first layer of leather. (I placed mine on the side near my ankle bone).


4.) Glue bottom sole on.
5.) Let glue dry and enjoy!



Disclaimer: 1. SUPER GLUE IS VERY STICKY..... 2. these shoes will not provide any arch support. They are a minimalist shoe.


Any questions? feel free to email me!

Hope you enjoy!

-B

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Roaming...

What You'll Need:
Modge Podge - I had his weird matte gel medium left over for something else, so I just used that.
Paint
Paint Brush
Wood - I assume a piece of canvas would work too, but I had this piece of wood that I got from JoAnn's but ended up not using.
Map - I found one around our house we would never need, so I used it.
Paint Pen 




Let's Get Down to BUSINESSSS!

Start by modge podging the map to the wood. I modge podged first then cut the excess off, but you can measure and cut it off first if you would like. Just don't forget the edges of the wood or canvas. Then let it dry completely.


















Now it is time for some FUN! You can either paint your own foot or someone elses. I considered using my nephew's lil' feet so it would be cute little feet, but I just used my own really awkward feet.

<--Please excuse my super awkward foot.















After you get your foot all painted up, you step onto the piece of wood. 


<---Again, please excuse how extremely awkward my feet are. 










After you get two (or more) foot prints, let them both dry. Then, pick up your paint pen and get started. You can pick any phrase you want, but I personally like "Roam where you want too, Roam around the world." If you need some inspiration for travel quotes, just search travel quotes on pinterest. And yes, I realize that there should only by one "o" on "too," but I like two much better, so whatevs. If you have picked a paint color that is very visible, there is not much need to outline your footprints, but I had picked a light tan that was hard to see, so I outlined the prints.



I wanted to do this because of my recent studying abroad this past semester. Expect to see a whole lot more travel crafts from me. I am semi obsessed lately.
I hope you like it!

-H

Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

Here is my DIY Dream Catcher!

What You'll Need:
Metal Ring (In the "Native American" section of the craft store)
Leather
Thin Thread
Ribbons or Thread to Hang From the Bottom
Hot Glue (yes, super glue is pictured)
Feather (you can find one or buy one or not use one)
* If you want, you can add beads or really anything anywhere on it.




LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLEEEE! (*or to craft whatever)

Begin by cutting strips of the thread you are planning to use.


















At first I tried to use super glue, but that didn't work out.
So, I switched to my trusty Hot Glue Gun.
Pretty cute I know.
Please exscuse how gross I look...
<333











Okay, so now that you have your hot glue gun, begin gluing your strips on with a little seperation. The small thread, I just tied on since it is so little.
I went to attach the feather, and I did not like how it looked being such a massive peacock feather, so I cut it down and tied it on to one of the small pieces of thread. I also added a dab of hot glue to make sure it stayed in place. You can do the same thing with any type of feather. Personally, I like the look better when it is hanging down rather than being directly attached to the ring, but it is all personal preference. Once all of the pieces you have chose to leave hanging down are in place, it is time to begin wrapping the ring with the leather. The leather I have pictured above is very stiff and difficult to work with. I suggest getting a Suede Leather that is much thinner and more flexible. It worked much better on a previous dream catcher I had made.
When you are ready to begin wrapping, put some hot glue on the ring at the top and apply the leather to that spot. hold until the hot glue hardens. Then begin wrapping the leather around the ring. The leather will get a little twisted, but untwisting it is not too much of a pain. Once you reach the part where you have connected ribbons, things get a little bit difficult. The thicker the ribbon, the harder it is to wrap around the ring and disguise the ribbon. It is possible to add the ribbons after you have wrapped the metal ring, but with thicker ribbon it is harder to get in between the slots; it really is a bit of a struggle either way. You must wrap in between the spaces you have left between the ribbons and try to cover as much of the metal and top of the ribbon as you can. There may be some slight bumps, but once you are finished it is not very noticeable. You continue wrapping all the way around until you reach the top. You add more hot glue here and secure the final part in space. I then like to tie a knot and make a loop at the top. I used some hot glue to help me make this loop. Now, it is time to begin decorating the center portion.
You start by tying some of the thin thread in between a wrapping of the leather. Then, you just have some fun and create any design you want! I did this by attaching my strings across from each other and tying off this other end. I continued this process tweaking it some until I was happy with the design.







See, I just kept adding more and more until I thought the design looked full and pretty. On these strands, you can add delicate beads to make it look even cooler than it already does.

















And eventually, you reach the final project like this!

If you have seen some of the dream catchers with the piece of lace in the center, this can be made the same way, except, when you get to decorating the center, just thread your small thread through holes in the lace and tie around the slits in the wrapped leather. If you use this approach, it will look like this other dream catcher I made from things I found while I traveled abroad this past semester. 

Hope you enjoy and that it is understandable! If you have any questions, just comment. Luh yuh - H