This sleek, classic men’s wallet makes for a timeless gift for dads, grads, or the minimalist-loving guy in your life. Handmade by MotorStreet, an Etsy artisan, the wallet/thin card case is built to last. The leather is hand-picked, stitched, treated, packaged, and sent. The designer shares, “I love knowing that every item I make will find a good home.” We love that, too.
Play dough remains a childhood classic because what’s not to love about squashing, poking, pounding, rolling, and sculpting this flexible medium. But beyond being a fun afternoon activity, it’s a great learning tool for kids.
If you make your own, your children will avoid toxic ingredients (like PVCs softened with phthalates) and learn about science, math, and kitchen safety through cooking. They’ll expand their imagination with creative play by making figures and building their current obsessions (ponies or garbage trucks, anyone?). And their use of tools to cut, roll, or make an impression will teach them about shapes and improve their dexterity.
Did we mention that making your own worry-free natural version is easy to do at home, inexpensive, and fun for everyone? Here’s a classic stove top recipe that makes smooth, durable play dough—guaranteed to provide hours of entertainment.
At Honest, there’s one thing we all love (especially Christopher): mason jars! And we’re definitely smitten with this charming version repurposed for dispensing soap. Now, the tough decision…Should we use Tickled Pink’s vintage accessory in our kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room?
When I was pregnant with my first baby, the search for a nursery chandelier left me underwhelmed. When I did find one that caught my eye, the price tag caused my jaw to drop. I knew I had high expectations but that was no reason to break the bank. After weeks of failing to find the nursery’s wow factor, I decided to do what I do best. Create it myself.
To begin, select a lampshade. You may consider an existing lamp in need of an upgrade or one hiding in storage. The great thing about lamp shades is how interchangeable they are with new and old bases. There are no rules in upcycling. The main idea is to repurpose, reuse & recycle!
I’ve found that the thicker the felt, the better. A thicker material is easier to cut and mold (once you reach the glue stage). I tend to keep my color palette simple. Matching the felt and shade colors places emphasis on the shapes themselves. But again, there are no rules so feel free to have fun with color!
Aside from the shade, there are only three necessary supplies. A pen/pencil for tracing shapes onto your felt, a pair of scissors for cutting out your shapes, and fabric glue to affix each shape to your shade. I’ve since realized that a pencil works best because it takes a lot more patience to cut inside the dark black line left by a marker.
Now the fun part. Depending on your room décor you may already have a theme in mind. The reason I chose birds was for their whimsical nature and ability to perch themselves upon things (also perfect for celebrating Earth Day and conservation). Some other themes to consider: jungle, circus, transportation, robot, farm…the possibilities are endless. Just make sure that you have enough recognizable shapes in your theme. Alternate the size of your shapes to create interest.
Now, I know a lot of your are thinking: “You expect me to draw each shape by hand?” My answer would be, YES! You don’t have to be Rembrandt to draw these cute, simple shapes. Have fun with it. Remember, you can always start over if you slip up. Have a light box handy? A light box will allow you to trace each shape from a computer print out of your silhouettes.
I suggest sketching and cutting about 5 or 6 shapes at a time. This way you can decide on the best arrangement before selecting which shapes/sizes to sketch next.
This step takes little effort and allows for a lot of creativity. Apply a tiny dab of glue to the center of your shape before placing it onto your shade. Press down as it takes a few moments to adhere. Mold/bend the outer edges and glue as you see fit. You’ll notice how each bird comes to life and gives the shade a sculptural quality.
Repeat the step above until you have covered your shade.
~ Amber Osterhout
Amber Osterhout is a former creative/art director, full-time mom, part-time artist/photographer, and blogger at Obsessivision.com. She began blogging as a way to categorize her various design projects, photography, food creations, DIY tutorials, and other interests. She also creates abstract fine art prints from photography and other mediums available at her Etsy shop. Follow her on Facebook for more inspiration.
Exercise your design superpowers and join us for a pinning party inspired by our new comic book diapers (cape not required)! You’ll have fun fighting boring bedrooms with bold, colorful, and graphic nursery inspiration. We know your little ones will love the zap of style.
Who. The Honest Company, A Blissful Nest, Ampersand Design Studio, Better Homes & Gardens, cupcakeMAG, Family Sponge, Making It Lovely, Move Lifestyle, Serena & Lily…and you!
What. Join a creative community, share your talents, and get inspired by others as you translate Honest’s new Comic Book print diaper into a lively, colorful, and collaborative nursery design.
When. Tomorrow! April 24, 2013 6pm PST / 9pm EST
How. Re-pin from our board! Leave us some comments and join the fun. Get inspired for your own Comic Book nursery.