Just another reminder that this blog has moved to http://daniellediy.com!
Check out the felt ball curtain tutorial here: http://daniellediy.com/how-to-make-a-pom-pom-curtain/
DIY Wire Wrapped Crystal Pendant
I’ve been on the hunt for an amethyst crystal point necklace for a while, but couldn’t find the perfect one on Etsy within my budget. After seeing this lovely loose stone on eBay, I decided to try to make it myself instead!
My past wire wrapping projects haven’t been successful, so I made sure to consult YouTube and practice with cheaper silver wire before trying with my (limited supply of) oxidized wire. Click through to the wire wrapping tutorial I learned from!
DIY Seashell Decor
Two projects for under $4.00!
I bought the shells ($1 for a big bag) & jar ($1.95) at the Christmas Tree Shoppe. With some leftover hemp twine I crafted two different decor pieces. The string of shells was fun to make. I draped a broken costume necklace with yellow/seafoam green beads with it to compliment.
DIY Wood Antiquing
In April I had my New Media senior show! My piece & thesis focused on nostalgia/retro culture through the lens of modern technology, and I wanted my gallery installation represent this clash as well.
I programmed a couple of different interactive apps for iPad and enclosed it in a “vintage” looking frame, but it wasn’t enough. One of the parts of my project featured home footage from VHS and other old media, so I decided to display the framed iPad on a wooden shelf to give it a homey feel.
However, the shelf looked too new. I didn’t have much time and followed some tutorials online to try to antiquate the look of the shelf. Here are pictures of my process :)
- Two different grits of sandpaper
- A hard wire brush, hammer, and other tools to create dents and wear
- Wood stain & paintbrush
Spicy Vegetarian Black Bean Burger Recipe
- 1 can black bean
- 2/3 cup breadcrumb
- 1 egg
- 1 onion
- 1/3 red bell pepper
Salt, Pepper, Cumin, Chilli Powder, Sriracha or Chipotle Sauce, Garlic Powder
1. Finely chop onion and pepper, sautee until brown with salt. Turn off heat and set aside.
2. Rinse black beans and dry. Use a fork and mash the black beans into a bowl. Crack in the egg. Then, use an electric hand mixer to beat into a chunky consistency.
3. Add pepper to taste, and 1 tsp of cumin, chilli powder, chipotle sauce (see here) or sriracha.
4. Pour in your (cooled) onion & peppers, and knead breadcrumb into the mixture gradually with your hands. Add more breadcrumb if it seems too wet still.
5. Wash your sautee pan and put it back on the heat with some oil. Brown burgers on both sides.
Great with or without bun. I added a little bit of sharp cheddar, ketchup, and sour cream on the side. Enjoy :)
Autumn is my favorite season, so I decided to make these cute heart-leaf vines that I previously posted here.
The original tutorial didn’t include thorough instructions, just pictures. My version is a little different and requires some extra steps, so hopefully these tips will help anybody else who wants to DIY these adorable vines as well.
I collected the prettiest fallen leaves and used a heart punch to cut out the shapes. To preserve the colors, I painted some Mod Podge onto each side of every heart. This should prevent the leaves from deteriorating.
At my schools art co-op, I found some wires covered with green thread that were perfect for this project!
I bent the wires into the desired curved shape and hot-glued the leaves along the wire, alternating the position of each one.
I also glued another leaf to the other side of the wire so they can be seen from the outside of the window as well.