*I posted this on my other blog a long time ago but this post has updated tutorial information and better photos. I’m posting the updated version on my Holiday Blog because this would make a great gift with the Bina Brianca PDF Manual printed out. If you don’t want to DIY you can buy from Bina Brianca, made out of 100% Modal Jersey, for $42.50 here.
DIY Two Tutorials for the Bina Brianca Wrap. Have you see this? It can be worn as a scarf, cardigan, poncho, blouse, shrug, stole, turtleneck, shoulder scarf, back wrap, tunic and headscarf. You can download the PDF “how-to” manual for all these styles from Bina Brianca here.
- Top Photo Collage: Bina Brianca here
- Middle Photo: Bina Brianca Wrap screen shots from the video here
- Bottom Photos: DIY Bina Brianca Wrap Tutorial by Organized Living Solutions here.
- Not pictured original tutorial for the wrap at The Fine Craft Guild here and aupdate on the pattern from Fine Craft Guild here. *She also added patterns for one with snaps and a NO SEW pattern.
Project life free printable cards from: http://www.smilingcolors.com/2012/02/freebie-friday-project-life-quotecards/
DIY 100 Harry Potter Halloween Party and Costume Ideas from The Dragon’s Fairy Tail here. A few that I liked out of so many good ideas:
- Magical Color Changing Drinks (super easy) from Day2Day here.
- Platform 9 3/4 Entrance from Hall Buzz here.
- Pumpkin Juice Recipe from Babble here.
- Harry Potter Paper Glasses Template from miragestudio7 here.
- Hogwarts’ Ties from The Brilliant Crafty Type here.
- Luna Lovegood’s Pudding from Spoon Fork Bacon here.
For more Harry Potter themed crafts go here: truebluemeandyou.tumblr.com/tagged/harry-potter
I made the top earrings a while ago and I never got around to photographing them and eventually I forgot about doing it all together. I based them on some designer earrings very similar to the image on the bottom. When I found the original picture (which I can’t find now for the life of me), the earrings were very expensive (around $200) and I hadn’t seen anything like them before so I decided to make my own. Apparently I wasn’t the only person to think this! I found tons of similar earrings on google just now.
I didn’t have any silver wire laying around (lol, like I ever would) so I used super cheap but stiff wire I found at Michael’s for a dollar. (It was in the wood cutout section in a green and clear bag if anyone if looking for it.) I used round pliers to start the middle of the swirl and used my hands to create the rest of the curve. The hard part was trying to make the second one with the same swirl. I made the second one the same way but with every bend I compared it to the first one. To get them as close as possible, make sure to bend the second one very slowly and check it against the first one constantly. It’s easy to bend wire but it’s not nearly as easy to bend it back. If you’re having a hard time getting them to match, aim to make the swirl too loose rather than too tight. You can always tighten the curves later but it’s not as easy to loosen them once they’re bent.
Since the wire was a little thicker than my usual earrings, I took a file and some fine sandpaper (600 grit I believe) and sanded the ends to a slight point so it would be easier to get them through my ears. Eventually I had to make tiny loops to wear for a couple days so I could stretch out my ears so the wire would fit comfortably and my ears wouldn’t turn red every time I tried to wear them but it really wasn’t a big deal. The thickness was ever so slightly off. I wouldn’t suggest trying the same thing with wire that hurts when you get it though your piercings. If that happens, try to find thinner wire.
After I made the earrings I spray painted them matte black because the wire was ugly. If you can find wire that looks nice you can obviously skip that step.
If you have sensitive ears or if you’re allergic to a lot of metals, you might want to spend the extra money and get sterling silver wire to make these. I’m pretty lucky. I could wear rusty nails through my ears and I wouldn’t have a problem but I know that isn’t the case with everyone.
Another tip: if you’re having a hard time getting the wire through your ears, try putting a little vaseline on the wire, all the way up to where you want them to hang from your ears. I like to wear these earrings with the end going through the back of my ears and coming out the front and greasing them up really helped me get them in.
I don’t have a picture of them in my ears but if you want to see what they might look like on someone just google “spiral earrings” and a ton of images will pop up.
Cloud Lights - First, you need some cotton batting, a paper lantern, and three flameless candles, the type that Glade sells. Pull at the cotton batting until it looks fluffy, light, and cloud-like. Then, hot glue it to the outside of the paper lantern in various places. Make sure it´s fluffed to your liking, then light the lights and stick them inside. Hang the lantern wherever you´d like.
also a great way of making illuminated clouds for lighting reference!
i want to do this. right. now.
ColdHandsWarmHeartCrafts / click picture for tutorial!
DIY Harry Potter Potions Labels Printables from Over the Big Moon here. Plus there is a link on three ways to distress/alter glass bottles that’s worth reading.