Tuesday, August 8, 2017

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Craft with Glitter Fabric Paint Pens on Denim for DIY Back-to-School Fashion Fun

DIY Personalized Denim Jacket "Peace, Love, TKD"  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Thank you to Oriental Trading Company for providing some of the supplies used for this DIY back-to-school fashion craft.  All opinions expressed are my own.

In some parts of the country, the first day of school has already arrived, but where we live, we still have a few weeks of summer vacation left.  This is usually around the time our children start to get bored.  Well, a fun craft is always a great boredom-buster.  Check out our latest craft idea and see how easy it is to get creative!

My 10 year old daughter is very much into bling.  She loves graphic tees, emojis, and expressing herself with what she wears.  That's what inspired me to turn this basic denim jacket (that's been hanging on the same coat hook since last fall) into something she'll reach for first when choosing a jacket to wear to school.


Decorating Denim with Glitter Fabric Paint (and Charms) . . .

SUPPLIES NEEDED:
plain denim clothing item
round cans, cups, bowls of varying sizes
sewing needle
clear or invisible thread
scissors
craft sticks (optional)

Decorate denim for fall with Glitter Fabric Paint Pens  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

THINK about what you want to put on your denim item.  Then decide where each design will go.

Want to add an EMOJI?  Lay your item of clothing out smoothly on a flat surface.  Then place a can or a cup down where you would like to add the emoji.  Use the glitter fabric paint pen in the desired color and carefully add dots around the can or cup to create a perfect circle.
How to make emojis with Glitter Fabric Paint Pens  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

What kind of EMOJI?  You can find all sorts of examples of emojis online.  My daughter requested a cat and a girl with sunglasses.

TIP #1: Keep in mind that the glitter paint looks much lighter when first applied.  The glue that looks white now will dry clear, leaving only the color of the glitter behind.
Easy cat emoji on denim made with Glitter Fabric Paint Pens  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Want to add a PEACE SIGN?  Again, use a stencil to create your circle based on the size you want your peace sign to be.  We used a large bowl to create the design on the back of my daughter's denim jacket.
How to create a peace sign with Glitter Fabric Paint Pens  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Use more than one color!  To make your designs pop, use more than one color.  You can create your design with double lines, like we did with our peace sign pictured below.

TIP #2:  It's okay to create your design freehand.  My daughter thinks it adds an artsy look to her jacket.
"Peace, Love, TKD" Glitter Fabric Paint on denim  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Express yourself!  My daughter loves art, so I added a pencil doodling a heart on one of the jacket sleeves.  My daughter also loves Taekwondo.  That's where the "Peace - Love- TKD" came from.
How to create a pencil and a doodle with Glitter Fabric Paint on denim  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Say it with WORDS!  In addition to the words on the back of the jacket, I also added my daughter's name down one sleeve.  I also added the word "art" on one shoulder above the pencil.  Again, I used two colors for all the text.  Simply choose your main color to dot out your words.  Then go back and use a contrasting color to add dots in between the existing dots.

TIP #3:  I found that the silver glitter fabric paint did a great job offsetting almost any color, so I used it as my secondary color throughout many of the designs.
Ideas for personalizing denim with emojis, a name, and more with Glitter Fabric Paint  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

What happens if you GOOF?  If you make a mistake with these glitter fabric paint pens, you can carefully lift the paint off with a tiny piece of paper towel.  There may be a hint of glitter left behind, but it usually isn't noticeable.  If it is, then you can always paint over it.

Add paint effects!  Since my daughter is very artsy, I thought I'd add an abstract paint effect to the back of her jacket.  This was super-easy!  I just put 3 or 4 dots of paint on the end of a craft stick (as shown below).  Then I would tap the paint around on the fabric.  Next, I used the craft stick to spread and smear the paint around.  I repeated these steps using red, silver, and blue glitter fabric paint until I was satisfied with the way it looked.
Adding painted abstract background effect on denim with Glitter Fabric Paint  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Artsy painted abstract background effect on denim with Glitter Fabric Paint  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Add some BLING!  If you'd like to add a touch of hardware to your denim item, you can sew a few charms on by hand.  I chose to add 3 heart charms to the points of each chest pocket on my daughter's denim jacket.  I let her pick the colors of the charms.
Add some bling to denim with cute sew-on charms  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Check it out!  My daughter can't wait to wear her new and improved jacket to school this fall!

What designs do you think would look awesome on denim?
Let us know in a comment here.
DIY back-to-school fashion craft project  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

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Easy DIY back-to-school fashion craft ideas  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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Let the Wand Choose the Wizard with This Handmade Gift Idea for Your Harry Potter Fan

Handmade wooden Harry Potter-inspired magic wand  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Since this year marks the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter, my children's keen interest in this series was renewed.  Their choice for every family movie night has been a Harry Potter movie for the past few months.  It wasn't a surprise when they brought up the wand we purchased as a birthday gift for my daughter's classmate last fall at King Richard's Faire.  They started to get excited about perhaps choosing wands for their souvenirs at our visit to the Faire this year.  When they started fashioning magic wands out of paper and using up all the rolls of tape in the house, it was clear that waiting a few months for their wands would be extremely difficult for them.

Being the avid online shopper that I am, I started looking on Etsy to see what was available and for what price.  I was surprised at the wide range of magic wands (and prices) on Etsy.  The more I looked, the more I came to realize that I wanted only hand carved wooden wands for my children, similar to the ones sold by the artisan at the Renaissance Faire.  When I came upon the shop, OrchardWorks, I knew I was getting close!

Here's where the magic happened.  I discovered that OrchardWorks offers 'random wands' at an incredible price!  You can tell the shop owners what your color preferences are, along with some adjectives that would describe your perfect wand's personality.  Then the wand chooses the wizard!  You'll see which wand chooses you when it arrives at your door.  How cool is that?
Hand carved wooden Harry Potter-inspired magic wand  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

I have to admit that my daughter was a little worried about not being able to choose her wand herself since she is so particular about everything (no idea who she got that from), but she was extremely pleased with her wand, as were her two brothers.  Hers is the light-colored one in the center.  Her preferences were that her wand be honey color and delicate.  My oldest received the wand at the top.  He had asked that his wand be dark-stained and regal.  My youngest son's wand is pictured at the bottom, and is my favorite.  He asked for a black,  twisted, powerful wand.  All three have been casting imaginary spells on each other since that day.

TIP:  If you are shopping for more than one child, you can tell the shop owners the name or age/gender of your children.  They'll label each wand for you, so you'll know which wand chose which wizard.

Since I was so impressed by the workmanship and quality of these wands, I just had to share.  You would care for them as you would care for fine wood furniture.  These would make perfect gifts or even party favors for a Harry Potter-themed birthday party.  I wish I had purchased one for myself!

Who do you know who would love their own Harry Potter-inspired wand?  Share with us in a comment here.


Monday, June 19, 2017

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3 Things to Look for in a Fidget Spinner (According to My Children)

3 Things to Look for in a Fidget Spinner  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Thank you to Oriental Trading Company for providing supplies for our service project in exchange for our sharing my children's tips about fidget spinners.  All opinions expressed are our own.

It used to be that fidget toys were only associated with children who have special needs when it comes to a variety of learning and social situations.  This is definitely no longer the case.  For example, in my oldest son's middle school, fidgets are allowed in the classroom for every student. Yes, some students have them for fun, but many find them beneficial and that fidgets can actually help them focus.

My children are 10, 10, and 13.  Yes, they have fallen into the fidget craze, especially when it comes to fidget spinners.  Each of my children owns multiple spinners.  I have to admit, it was tough figuring out which ones to purchase.  I didn't want to spend too much money, but I also didn't want to buy something too inexpensive that might not work well.  After having owned quite a few, and having played with the fidget spinners that belonged to their classmates at school, I asked my 3 children to each share their best tips about choosing the right fidget spinner.


3 Tips for Choosing a Fidget Spinner . . .

1.  Choose a Quiet Fidget Spinner - According to my 13 year old son, having a quiet spinner is important at school.  You need to look for one with good ball bearings.  A noisy spinner can be distracting to others, causing the teacher to ask that it be put away.

2.  Choose a Metal Fidget Spinner - Speed is important to my 10 year old son.  If that's the case for your child, then he recommends choosing a metal fidget spinner because they spin the fastest.

3.  Choose a Multi-Colored Fidget Spinner - According to my 10 year old daughter, multi-colored fidget spinners look cooler while spinning than solid colored spinners.  She recommends choosing cool fidget spinners with fun designs and lots of colors.  (An added bonus? Choosing a unique fidget spinner will help prevent any confusion about which one belongs to which child, both at home and at school.)

Do you have any tips about choosing the right fidget spinner? Share them with us in a comment here.