Posts tagged diy
Posts tagged diy
Step 1: Fill sugar cone with colorful candy.
Step 2: Affix meringue cookie onto sugar cone with icing.
Step 3: Hold cone over a plate and pour sprinkles onto icing, gently pressing in place.
Step 4: Freeze for five minutes to set. (TIP: We cut crosses into the empty cone box to create a holding station.)
And your Piñata Cones are complete! Make sure to let guests know how to find the sweet goodies inside, and enjoy!
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What’s great about this project is how easy it is to make. You’ll have a finished project in no time!
The possibilities are endless.
For you to Gather:
3, 4 or 6 blocks (depending on word). Our blocks measure approximately 3.5 inches.
3 coordinating scrapbook papers to match theme (more to cover top and bottoms of block)
Decoupage Glue - We like ModPodge’s Matte Glue
Printer -black ink works best for printing letters
Sanding Block (Not really needed, but it goes a long way to saving your hands during the sanding process!)
Distress Ink or Chalk
9, 12 or 18 pictures formatted to fit your blocks. The Photo Wizard will help you format your pictures to fit our blocks perfectly!
Determine the theme that you want to display. Our Letter Blocks .pdf provides letters for the following words…
Pick coordinating paper to match your word choice (i.e. fall colors for BOO, red’s and green’s for JOY, etc.). 12x12 scrapbook paper works great. Just trim the paper to 8.5 x 11 before feeding it through your printer. Save any extra scraps for covering the top and bottom of the blocks. Print the Letter Blocks .pdf on your selected papers. Cut out each square using the trim markings. (Trim depends on the block size that you’re using. Project formatted to Stories by Me blocks.)
Prepare your pictures. You have two options here. Either print each picture to be at least as large as your blocks. Use the edge of the block to trace around each picture and cut away the excess. Or, you can use the Photo Wizard to get your picture to the exact size that is needed for this project. Need help using the Photo Wizard. See our demo. Still need help? We’re only a mouse click away. Just email us at email@example.com. Cut each picture to size.
Be sure to print your pictures using a LASER printer! Ink jet colors tend to smear when they get wet!!
Step 3: The cut ends of the wood absorb more glue than the grained ends. Before beginning this step, apply a thin layer of glue of glue to the ends with the rougher (cut) surfaces. Let glue dry.
Apply a thin layer of glue to the first side of one block. Place picture over glue and press in to place. Remove any air bubbles. While the glue is drying, repeat the process for other blocks. Check for overhanging paper edges. It is important to WAIT for the glue to dry before attempting to remove any excess paper. Add picture’s 2 and 3 following same procedure. Once all of the picture are in place, add one letter square to each block. Complete this step by adding a decorative top and bottom paper square to each block. Don’t worry about matching sides. A random look is great!
Once the glue is dry, carefully sand the edges of each block. Add a distress look by rubbing ink or chalk along the sides of each square to darken the exposed wood and remove any white paper edge.
Protect your project with several light coats of decoupage glue or matte Acrylic spray.
That’s all that’s to it! Remember, you CAN’T ruin this project. Fix any mistakes by simply sanding down the offending side and adding another layer.
Sit back, enjoy your handiwork and start telling the stories that accompany each picture!
Free wedding printable with the vintage, shabby chic and burlap era bride in mind. Stationery is the perfect way to set the tone for your upcoming nuptials. Your Save the Dates will be the first glimpse your guests will have of your upcoming wedding. Why not take the communications back to suit the area of your theme?
Telegrams were brief in details, as your Save the Dates should be. They were typically printed on yellow paper, folded and delivered in a 6 3/4 window envelope. Actual Western Union telegrams were 8″ x 6.5″ and were folded as pictured below.
Stamp the return address with a custom telegram stamp, such as this one. You may visit this Etsy store to order your own customized telegram return address stamp.
I insert my 3/4” PVC into the pocket and roll my backdrop to the perfect length for my stand. I use simple A-shaped spring loaded clamps (can be found at any hardware store- I got mine for .89 each at Harbor Freight) to secure the excess rolled fabric.
Here’s where our backrops are unique and help create the most wrinkle-free setup possible! I have built my PVC stand to accomodate a bottom cross-bar, but even without being secured on either side, inserting a straight pole (like PVC) will help keep tension on your backdrop and keep it from going anywhere you don’t want it to! This is much easier to transition from one backdrop to another than tucking it under your floor and baseboard.
For the best, wrinkle-free storage of your Serendipitous Sisters Photography Backdrop, simply roll it up onto the PVC and secure with a tie, rubber band, or clamp. I keep mine in a closet, but another good option would be under a bed or couch, or hang horizontally on a desegnated wall (if you’re lucky enough to have that kind of space!)
I store mine with “wrong sides” out so that the front “pretty side” doesn’t get dusty, dirty, sun-damaged, etc.
Preparation for pictures
Camera: Digital cameras are pretty much the normal these days, which is great because you can take as many pictures as you want and upload them straight to the computer. Your camera should have either a built in/pop-up flash or external flash. Something that is a must have for your camera is a self timer or a wireless remote. Most self timers can be set for up to 10 seconds. A wireless remote works by triggering the shutter of your camera from a small wireless remote that you hold in your hand. My preference is the wireless remote because you can take several pics and not have to run back to the camera each time to set the self timer.
White bed sheets: I used my dark bed sheet set for my first set of shots and am far more impressed with the quality, lighting, and punch of my second set of shots that were done on a white set of bed sheets. White sheets also create great contrast against your skin tone and your can use them by hanging them from the wall and running them across the floor or you can hang them off your headboard and across the bed, or just cover your normal bed set with them.
Undies & Shoes: Bring out the cute ones! What ever you are comfortable wearing go for it. Think sexy! Try out several outfits, I used 3 and ended up with a huge array of shots to choose from. Don’t forget nylons, garters and a sexy pair or heels or boots.
Makeup & Hair: I didn’t think that doing my hair and makeup any different then my day look would matter much but I was wrong. For hair you can go and have it styled at a salon or do it yourself. I simply straightened mine and it looked great. As far as makeup remember that the camera can find every imperfection, red spot, and dark circle that you have. So I would strongly recommend doing your makeup slightly heavier then normal. A great website for makeup tips and tricks was suggested by Kristin: http://www.projectwedding.com/post/list/diy-makeup-video-for-b-pics-or-going-out
Necklaces and props: Many ladies have added beaded & pearl necklaces to their shots and they look fantastic. Without looks great too. Don’t forget to try and incorporate some of your fiances items to make it more personalized. Bring in their dress shirts & ties, work clothes, baseball caps. Whatever they love use it! I used my FI’s work overalls for one pic and it turned out pretty cute. If they do construction why not put on their work belt with some tools??? Let your imagination run wild with ideas.
Taking of pictures
Give yourself at least 2 hours for a successful DIY photo shoot because it takes a little bit to figure out lighting, focus, and posing.
Background: Keep the sheets bunchy, don’t try to iron them perfectly or you’ll be fighting a never ending battle.
Setting up the camera: If you have a tripod use it, if not try resting the camera on a stack of books, on a shelf, handheld gets good pics too. For an overhead shot I discovered that if your camera has a strap hang it from your ceiling fan…..trust me it works, just make sure it’s secure:)
Lighting: There are two types of lighting, natural and artificial light. Natural light is the best light to use for photographing, so open all your windows and let in the sunshine! If you don’t have enough natural light then use your ceiling light and lamps for additional light. I strongly recommend using lights in the room before using the built in flash on your camera. A built in flash has a habit of creating the “deer in headlights” look. If you have a pop up flash you can still use but decrease the strength of the flash so it isn’t so harsh. If you have the ability to bounce the flash of the ceiling do so as it creates a much more natural look.
Focusing the shot: Most cameras have a focus lock which is when you push the shutter button down half way the camera locks its focus for the shot. For your shot I recommend placing an object like a teddy bear in the shot, in the location where you will be in the picture. Then set your self timer, focus on your bear…..then jump in the pic and throw the bear out:) One of my pics in my bio you can see I didn’t throw the bear out of the frame….lol If you don’t place a prop in the shot for the focus you will most likely end up with unclear blurry pics:(
Posing: It takes awhile to figure out which angles work for you, so try as many as you can. Check out websites online such as PW and you’ll find lots of examples of different types of poses for b-pics.
Editing: Check out online for free editing software if you don’t have any. This software can often fix skin flaws, convert to B&W, crop, and creating lighting you might not have captured in your pics:)
My final piece of advice is to have fun. Your by yourself when you do these so you can do what ever you want and only you will know!