Robert’s Glow in the Dark Star Mobile
Glow in the dark hot glue sticks*
16 gage jewelry wire
*Online source for glow in the dark hot glue sticks: http://www.joann.com/ad-tech-glow-in-…
High temp hot glue gun
A short piece of dowel, a pencil or a chop stick
Gallon paint can
*Online source for silicone mold: http://www.joann.com/wilton-fondant-a…
1. Load a glow in the dark glue stick into a high temp hot glue gun and allow it to pre-heat for five minutes. Fill the star molds with hot glue and then gently bang the back of the mold on your work surface to help the glue settle into all of the points and corners of the mold. Allow to cool for three minutes and then remove the stars from the mold. The mobile in the video used 15 stars.
2. To create the hanging element of the mobile, begin by cutting an 18” length of wire and mark the center point (9”) with a marker. Center the dowel over the 9” mark and wrap the wire around it twice — this creates the top hanging loop.
3. Measure 10” around the side of a gallon pant can and mark the beginning and end of the 10” length with a piece of tape. Also mark the center point, or 5” mark.
4. Take your piece of wire, center the dowel over the 5” mark and bend the wire around the sides of the can to create and arch shape. Mark the wire at the beginning and end of the 10” length with the marker.
5. Place the dowel over the mark on one end of the wire. Wrap the wire around the dowel twice and trim the excess with the wire cutter — this creates one of the side hanging loops. Repeat this on the other end of the wire to create a second side hanging loop. Create three of these metal wire elements.
6. Lay the wire elements out in a triangular configuration on your work surface and then begin to connect them with the white thread. Connect the side hanging loops of the top metal element to the top center of the two bottom metal elements with loops of thread.
7. Next create hanging loops for the stars. Create loops of any length extending down from the side hanging loops of the two bottom metal elements, and from the center of all three metal elements.
8. Lay out your stars and tape them to the thread loops — be mindful to hang the same number and size of stars from the side hanging loops on each metal element. Once all of your stars are taped to the thread loops, lift up the mobile to make certain it hangs evenly and not lopsided. Adjust as necessary.
9. Lay the mobile back down on your work surface, remove the tape and hot glue the string to the back of the stars. Allow the glue to cool for a few minutes and then your mobile is ready to hang!
• The glow in the dark stars are reactivated by light. Hang your mobile in a spot where it will be exposed to natural light from your windows or electrical lights in your house during the day — it will then glow for a few hours each night.
• These mobiles are not toys, but are for decorative purposes only. Be certain to hang them out of reach of small children.
• You can easily hang your mobile from your ceiling using a removable hook, such as: http://www.joann.com/command-small-cl…
Robert’s Glow in the Dark Star Mobile
This is going to be a good one friends! Join me on Saturday, April 5th for a workshop at French General in Los Angeles. For a complete description and to sign up visit frenchgeneral.com under the ‘workshops’ tab or call the shop at 323-668-0488. Can’t wait to see you there!
Hey friends! I know Spring can’t get here soon enough - so let’s get a head start on Mother Nature and make some flowers, giant paper flowers!
Robert’s Paper Flower Inspiration Pinterest Board: http://pinterest.com/robertm/paper-fl…
Cardstock or lightweight cardboard for the templates
Multi-blade scissors (optional)
Pencil or pen
Bowls and/or plates to trace for templates
Paper clips (optional)
Hot glue gun with glue
1. Begin by creating templates for your petals. Trace a bowl or small plate onto cardstock or lightweight cardboard to create the upper portion of the petal. Use a ruler to create the sides of the petal, tapering it slightly at the base. Depending on how large you’d like to make your flower, create this same shape petal template in two to three sizes — the flower demonstrated in the video uses three (small, medium and large). Once you’ve drawn your petal templates, cut them out.
2. Next trace your templates onto construction paper. The flower demonstrated in the video requires five large petals, three medium and three small. To avoid having to cut each petal out individually, stack two to three sheets of paper, trace the template on top sheet, clip the paper together and then cut. The clips will prevent the paper from shifting while you cut.
3. When you’ve finished cutting out all of your petals, stack the respective sizes together , take your scissors and create a roughly 3” vertical cut in the center of the tapered petal base. Take the tab of paper one either side of the cut and overlap them — you’ll see this causes the paper cup creating a three dimensional petal. Begin with the large petals first — as the exterior petals we want these to be fairly open — so overlap the two sides slightly and then staple them together. Moving on to the medium sized petals — we want these to sit up higher than the large petals — so overlap the two sides even more and staple together. Finally the small petals — we want these to sit up almost vertically — so overlap the two sides even more and staple together.
4. Assemble the petals together to construct the flower, beginning with the large petals. Overlap each large petal slightly at the base and secure them together using hot glue. Connect all five large petals to create a cup-like form — this is the exterior ring of petals. Then apply hot glue to the underside base of the three medium petals, pressing them into the interior of the cup-like form, position them so they overlap slightly — this creates the second ring of petals. Repeat this process for the three small petals — this creates the inner ring of petals.
5. To create the interior or stamen of the flower, take a sheet of construction paper and cut in half lengthwise. Take these two pieces and fold them in half lengthwise. Using regular or multi-blade scissors create a series of cuts down the entire length of the folded edge. Unfold these two sheets and refold them in the opposite direction — this will create extra dimension to the stamen. Secure one end with a couple staples and then begin to wrap this piece around a pencil — when you get to the end of the strip secure it with some hot glue. Glue the second strip and continuing wrapping around the first piece — finishing with additional glue. The end result will look somewhat like a paper pom pom! Apply a generous amount of hot glue to the underside and press down into the center of the flower.
6. Finish your flower with some foliage! Create a leaf by folding a piece of construction paper in half lengthwise and then cut half of a tear drop shape. To add dimension to the leaf, fold it accordion style on an angle. Unfold the leaf, apply hot glue to the underside of the flower and position the leaf.
• These flowers sit flat, making them perfect party decorations! Consider using them as centerpieces or to decorate your mantle or coffee table. You can also use temporary adhesive to mount them on your wall!
• Experiment with different petal shapes to create a variety of flower forms.
• These giant paper flowers can be created from almost any kind of sturdy paper — solid text weight or card stock, patterned scrapbooking paper or even heavier wrapping paper.
Brrrrr….! I know it’s down-right cold where many of you live right now! Stay warm with this easy no-sew project.
Robert’s No-Sew Hand Warmers
Cotton flannel fabric
Peel & stick fabric fusing**
*Online source for iron-on letters: http://www.amazon.com/Dritz-White-Flo…
**Online source for peel & stick fabric fusing: https://www.fabric.com/buy/0293649/pe…
Rotary cutter and cutting mat (optional)
1. Measure and cut your fabric into 5” squares using your fabric scissors or a rotary cutter and cutting mat. You will need two squares for each hand warmer.
2. Apply an iron-on letter to one of your fabric squares. Follow the package instructions.
3. Using your craft scissors cut and apply a strip of peel & stick fabric fusing along all four sides of your second fabric square. Place the fabric fusing about ¼” from the outer edge of your fabric and position them so the pieces butt up against one another — this ensures a complete seal and will prevent the hand warmer contents from spilling out. Adhere the two fabric squares one side at a time — peel away the paper back from the fabric fusing, align the fabric edges and then firmly press them together. Repeat this on three side of the square, leaving the fourth side open!
4. Trim the three sealed sides of the hand warmer with pinking shears.
5. Fill the hand warmer with ½ to ¾ cup of uncooked rice.
6. Careful not to spill the rice, seal the fourth side — again peel away the paper backing from the fabric fusing, align the fabric edges and then press them firmly together. Trim this fourth sealed edge with pinking shears. Gently shake the hand warmer over a bowl to make certain all four sides are securely sealed.
7. Your hand warmer is now ready to use! Place it in a microwave for 30 seconds on high. Remove and place in your coat pocket. The hand warmer should keep your fingers toasty for about 20-30 minutes.
• NO NOT OVERHEAT YOUR HAND WARMERS. Use common sense when heating your hand warmers — you want to warm your hands, not burn them!
• I used cotton flannel for these hand warmers, contrasting a plaid fabric with a solid one. Because this project requires so little fabric it’s a great way to use up scraps from previous projects! Or perhaps you’ll want to consider recycling an old flannel shirt..
• Using iron-on letters is a fun way to personalize this project, but it is an optional step. If you do choose to use iron-on letters, just be certain to use a natural fiber fabric (like cotton) versus a synthetic fabric (like polyester fleece) because synthetic fabrics can melt when ironed.
• Create hand warmers in pairs for a thoughtful cold-weather gift!
Hey friends, happy almost Valentine’s Day! Here’s a fun and fast, sugar-free Valentine for your family and friends. This video was also part of a collaboration with several other channels featuring great Valentine themed DIY projects - scroll down past the project instructions for links to all of their videos!
Robert Chocolate Valentine Lip Balm
Robert’s Valentine’s Day Inspiration Pinterest Board: http://www.pinterest.com/robertm/vale…
1 ounce beeswax
.4 ounces castor oil
.8 ounces vitamin E oil
.9 ounces avocado oil
1 ounce shea butter
1 ounce cocoa powder
Lip balm containers
Online sources for all materials (except cocoa powder):
castor oil: http://www.brambleberry.com/Castor-Oi…
vitamin E oil: http://www.brambleberry.com/Vitamin-E…
avocado oil: http://www.brambleberry.com/Avocado-O…
shea butter: http://www.brambleberry.com/Shea-Butt…
heart-shaped lip balm containers: http://www.brambleberry.com/Heart-Lip…
Popsicle sticks or spoon for stirring
1) Combine beeswax, castor oil, vitamin E oil and avocado oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for one minute, remove and stir ingredients. Return to microwave for one additional minute on high to finish melting ingredients.
2) Stir the shea butter into the melted oil and wax. If the shea butter does not completely melt with gentle stirring, place in the microwave for 30 seconds.
3) Once all of the ingredients have melted, stir in the cocoa powder. Stir well to eliminate any lumps.
4) Pour the lip balm mixture into your lip balm containers. This recipe makes enough to fill approximately 25 of the heart shaped lip balm containers. Allow the lip balm to sit, untouched, for 15 to 20 minutes to set. You’re now set to gift all of your friends and family with a sweet, sugar-free Valentine!
• You can optionally add a flavoring oil to this lip balm recipe. It has a lovely, chocolate flavor — but consider chocolate in addition to buttercreme, caramel or coconut -yum! See a large selection of flavoring oils here: http://www.brambleberry.com/Flavoring…
Thank you to the Soap Queen for her amazing lip balm recipe! See her tutorial here: http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-bod…
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Robert’s Valentine Party Crackers
Robert’s Party Cracker Inspiration Pinterest Board: http://www.pinterest.com/robertm/part…
Robert’s Valentine’s Day Inspiration Pinterest Board: http://www.pinterest.com/robertm/vale…
Lightweight wrapping paper
Cardstock (60-70# weight works great)
Cardboard tubes (2” x 4”)*
Cracker contents (paper crowns*, sweets, trinkets, etc.)
*Online source for cardboard tubes, cracker snaps and paper crowns: http://www.oldenglishcrackers.com/chr…
Hot glue gun with glue
Heart paper punch (optional)
1. Begin by cutting your lightweight wrapping paper into 7.5” x 12” pieces. You’ll need one piece for each party cracker.
2. Position a piece of the wrapping paper horizontally and place one cardboard tube also horizontally in the center. Center a cracker snap underneath the cardboard tube. Roll the wrapping paper around to make certain the edge align and then open back up. To prevent the paper from rolling back on itself while you apply glue weigh it down temporaily with a second cardboard tube. Apply a thin bead of hot glue about ¼” along one edge of the wrapping paper piece. Remove the second cardboard tube and roll the paper around sealing both sides together. Run your finger along the seam to insure contact, but be cautious not to burn yourself on the hot glue!
3. Cut the cardstock into 2.25” x 7” piece to create stiffener cuffs for each end of the cracker. You’ll need two pieces for each party cracker.
4. Roll a stiffener cuff into smaller diameter than the cracker tube and tuck into one end of the cracker — position to align with edge of the wrapping paper. Be certain that the end of the cracker snap is inside the stiffener cuff and not sandwiched between the stiffener cuff and the wrapping paper. Spread the stiffener cuff along the inside wall of the cracker and secure in place with hot glue. Repeat this process, inserting a stiffener cuff in the opposite end of the cracker as well.
5. Using your fingers crimp and gather the paper on one end of the cracker between the cardboard tube and the stiffener cuff. Cut a length of curling ribbon (about 10”) and tie around the gathered paper, double knot and cut ribbon ends.
6. Place cracker contents onto the open end. Traditional party crackers contain a toy or trinket, a sweet, a paper hat and a riddle or joke. Once your cracker is filled, repeat the previous step, gathering and tying off the open end.
7. There are many ways to decorate your party cracker! Consider tying leftover holiday tinsel around the ribbon ties or add additional curling ribbon leaving long tails to curl with the edge of your scissors. You can create a band to wrap around the center of the cracker — in the video I cut a 3.25” x 7” piece of crepe paper, wrapped it and secured with hot glue. Finish off your band with a punched or hand cut paper heart!
- If you decorate your party cracker with holiday tinsel, know that you can strip a couple of inches of the tinsel at each end to reveal the wire — this make it easier to tie!
- While I used crepe paper to create the center band, know that you can use any type of decorative paper — construction paper, newsprint, scrapbooking paper, etc.
- While traditional party crackers contain a joke or riddle, consider writing out a little love note or note of appreciation to include in your Valentine Party Cracker.
- Rather than purchase pre-cut 2” x 4” cardboard tubes you can also cut down a large 2” diameter mailing tube. You might also consider cutting down toilet paper or paper towel tube and adjusting the size of the wrapping paper accordingly.
Thank you to Old English Crackers for originally showing me how to construct crackers! See their tutorial here: http://www.oldenglishcrackers.com/mak…
Robert’s Homemade Watercolor Paints
1 cup baking soda
¾ cup vinegar
2 tablespoons corn syrup
1 cup corn starch
Food coloring gel*
Mixing bowl, whisk, wooden spoon
Ice cube tray**
Toothpicks or popsicle sticks
*Source for food coloring gel used in video: http://www.wilton.com/store/site/prod…
**Source for ice cube tray used in video: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store…
1. Combine the baking soda and the vinegar in a mixing bowl. Pour in the vinegar slowly to prevent it from foaming and bubbling over the edges of the bowl. Once the chemical reaction of the two ingredients has calmed down, whisk the mixture to thoroughly combine.
2. Add the corn syrup and the corn starch and mix well. If the consistency becomes too thick, you may want to switch from a whisk to a wooden spoon.
3. Pour the mixture into the compartments of an ice cube tray.
4. Dip the end of your toothpick or popsicle stick into your food coloring gel and then mix it into one of the ice cube tray compartments. Start with less coloring than you think you may need — you can always add more! Take your time and mix each color thoroughly. Create a different color in each compartment.
5. When all of your colors are mixed, set the tray aside and allow the watercolor paints to dry for 1 to 2 days. Once they have dried and solidified you can use them to paint using a wet paintbrush and paper.
• You can substitute liquid food coloring for the gel, although the gel format food coloring tends to produce more vivid colors.
• Experiment mixing food coloring to create different shades. Find very basic information on color mixing here: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/art/…
Happy New Year’s Eve friends! To continue yesterday’s party decoration theme, we’re creating bright, festive (and reusable!) hanging paper lantern chandeliers. Add a sweet glow to your celebration with this easy DIY!
Robert’s Paper Lantern Chandelier
Battery operated tea lights
*Source for Chinese/bamboo paper lanterns: http://www.paperlanternstore.com/roun…
Source for accordion style paper lanterns: http://www.amazon.com/Martha-Stewart-…
1. Begin by selecting a variety of paper lanterns — it’s nice to have two or three different sizes for variety. You can use as many paper lanterns as you’d like to create a chandelier of any size. When you’ve decided on your selection, go ahead and assemble all of them.
2. Next we’ll begin suspending the lanterns from one central hanging loop. Cut a length of ribbon, slide it through the top of one lantern and then through the central hanging loop — tie the two ends together leaving ribbon tails long enough to drape down over the side of the lantern. Continuing hanging each lantern in this manner. Keep in mind, it’s best to hang your largest lanterns first — you want them resting against one another just at slightly varied heights.
3. Create lights for the interior of your lanterns by wrapping a 12” length of floral wire around the exterior of a battery operated tea light. Twist the two ends of the floral wire together and bend the tails into a hook. Secure the wire by taping it to the tea light on the side opposite the hook. Turn the tea light on and feed it down through the top of the paper lantern, placing the wire hook of the lantern’s framework.
4. Hang and enjoy!
• Once you’ve strung your first few lanterns through your central hanging loop it’s a good idea to hang the chandelier up while you continue to construct it. This will make it easier as you continue to string and place the smaller lanterns.
• ** I used a metal hanging hoop/loop found in the jewelry making section of my local craft store. However, you could just as easily use a small embroidery hoop or create your own hoop by cutting away the center of a small plastic lid.
A quick and easy way to transform inexpensive, readily available party decorations into festive cake toppers - perfect for your next celebration!
Robert’s Paper Paper Cake Toppers
5”-6” Hanging paper fans*
Bamboo skewers or lollipop sticks**
*Source for 6” hanging paper fans: http://www.partycity.com/search.do?qu…
**Source for lollipop sticks: http://www.partycity.com/product/loll…
Source for bamboo skewers: http://www.partycity.com/product/8in+…
1. Begin with one unassembled hanging paper fan. With a sharp pair of scissors, cut off the cardboard hanging tabs following the edge of the tissue.
2. Apply strong double-sided table along one side of the unassembled fan. Next, assemble the fan by expanding the two sides and gently but firmly pressing them together.
3. Place a one inch bead of white glue along one end of a lollipop stick or bamboo skewer and press it alongside one of the cut cardboard tabs on the assembled fan. Allow to dry for a few minutes and you’ve created your first cake topper!
4. Alter the size and shape of your cake toppers by not only cutting off the hanging cardboard tabs, but also cutting the end of the tissue on the unassembled fans. Consider cutting them into points or shorter and rounder petal shapes. Once you’ve trimmed the unassembled fan to your liking, go ahead and assemble as we did the first.
5. Arrange multiple toppers on your cake for a fun and festive presentation!
As we come to the end of the year I thought it might be fun to revisit this project from 2012, a sweet and simple DIY I designed and produced from Kin Community - Family Time Capsules! Learn to etch a glass jar and then fill it with some of your favorites mementos from the year. On screen directions are provided for this family-friendly project.
Robert’s Fresh Foliage Wreath
Wire wreath form
*Source for wire wreath form: http://www.joann.com/panacea-products…
1. Begin by create a small bundle or bouquet of foliage, trimming pieces from the larger branches with sharp pruning shears. It’s generally a good idea to begin with the larger leaved foliage on the bottom and stack the smaller varieties on top.
2. Once arranged as you like, trim the stems at the base of your. Cut a length of floral wire and bind the bouquet together by tightly wrapping the stems. Position the bouquet on the wreath form and continuing wrapping with the floral wire, securing it in place.
3. Create a second, similar sized bouquet of foliage, bind it with the floral wire and position on the wreath form so that it overlaps and conceals the stems of the first bouquet. Continue this process working your way around the wreath form — altering the angles/placement of your bouquets slightly as you work so as to create a wreath that is consistently full all the way around.
4. When you get to your last bouquet, lift up the foliage from the first one and wire it the wreath form underneath.
5. Hang and enjoy! It easy to hang the back of the wire wreath form directly over a nail or hook or add a loop of decorative ribbon from which to hang the wreath.
• Use any type of foliage you’d like! These directions are like a basic recipe — it’s up to you to get create with the ingredients!
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Another bath and body DIY! This one is some much fun and highly customizable - so many scents/essential oils and mold shapes to choose from - have fun!
Robert’s Bath Fizzies
1 cup citric acid*
2 cups baking soda
Essential oil for fragrance**
Mixing bowls, whisk
Pipette***** or eye dropper
*Source for citric acid: http://www.brambleberry.com/Citric-Acid-P3753.aspx
**Source for essential oils: http://www.brambleberry.com/Essential-Oils-C157.aspx
***Source for bath fizzie colorant: http://www.brambleberry.com/Search.aspx?k=La+bomb
****Source for molds: http://www.brambleberry.com/Molds-C184.aspx
*****Source for pipette: http://www.brambleberry.com/Droppers-With-Suction-Bulb-P3802.aspx
1. Combine the citric acid and baking soda, whisking them to eliminate any lumps.
2. Add six full pipettes full of your essential oil to the mixture and whisk thoroughly to combine. Add more for a stronger fragrance or less for a milder fragrance.
3. Next separate the mixture into two bowls, we’ll add color to one bowl and leave the other white, allowing us to create a multi-colored bath fizzie.
4. Add 5 to 6 drops of colorant to the mixture in one bowl. Add more for a darker color or less for a lighter color. It will take 3 to 5 minutes of whisking to thoroughly integrate the color.
5. Take a handful of the mixture and squeeze it in your fist. When you open your fist, if the mixture stays nicely packed in your palm it’s ready to place in your molds. If you open your fist and the mixture crumbles, you’ll need to add some additional moisture. Place some witch hazel in a small spray bottle and give your mixture 5 to 10 sprays, mix and then test it again. Repeat until you obtain the desired consistency.
6. Spoon your first color mixture into your mold, packing it down firmly with the back of your spoon. Add your second color mixture on top of the first and pack it down firmly as well. Repeat this process until your molds are completely filled to the top. Set aside and allow to dry overnight.
7. Remove the bath fizzies from their molds and set them on a flat surface. You may need to gently massage the sides of the mold with your hands to release the fizzies. Set aside and allow to dry for an additional day.
8. Once your bath fizzies have dried for a second day, they’re ready to use! Drop one in your filled bath tub and watch the bubbling begin!
• Waiting two full days for your bath fizzies to dry may seem like an eternity, but it’s well worth it! Taking the fizzies out of there molds early may result in a lumpy mess.
• It’s best to use a colorant like LaBomb brand — I’ve included a link above. These special colorants contain no water and won’t cause your fizzie to prematurely fizz!
A sweet and simple gift perfect for fellow students, teachers at school, neighbors, co-workers, even your postal carrier!
Robert’s Cookie Cutter Bakes
Batch of cookie dough, uncooked
Seasonal cookie cutters
Colorful chocolate candies (optional)
Clear food-safe bags*
Evergreen tree clippings (optional)
Baking sheet and parchment paper
Pruning shears (optional)
*Source for clear food-safe bags: http://www.papermart.com/crystal-clear-gusseted-cello-polypropylene-bags/id=15027
**Source for ribbon: http://www.paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/item/Red-and-White-Twill-Ribbon/3650_042/46522401.html
***Source for hang tags: http://www.staples.com/Avery-Pre-Strung-Shipping-Tags-4-3-4-inch-x-2-3/product_168872
1. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange your cookie cutters on top.
2. Spoon cookie dough into cutters and press down with clean fingers. Fill each cookie cutter approximately a quarter to a third full. Decorate with chocolate candies.
3. Bake according to your chosen cookie recipe. When finished remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
4. Package individually in clear food-safe bags. Tie the opening closed, creating a knot with festive ribbon, trim a sprig of evergreen with pruning sheers and tuck into the ribbon knot and then complete by tying a bow. Trim ends of ribbon.
5. Write out the recipe for your chosen cookies on a hang tag and tie it to the bow on your cookie packaging.
• Don’t worry about getting the dough pressed into every tiny corner of your cookie cutter — as the cookie bakes, the dough will expand and fill in all of those spaces.
• If you’d rather not hand-write each recipe tag, simply type and print out on nice copy paper!
• If you do use hang tags from the office supply store on which to write your recipe, consider swapping out the attached string for colorful baker’s twine! Source for baker’s twine: http://www.paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/item/Red-White-Bakers-Twine/3650_042/442655.html
Robert’s Rope Bowls
Plastic bowl for mold form
*Source for rope similar to that used in video: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Crown-Bolt…
1) Invert you’re the plastic bowl you’re going to use as your mold form on your work surface. Cut two lengths of ribbon and criss-cross them on the bottom of the bowl and secure with clear tape. You want the ribbon pieces to be long enough that they extend beyond the edges of the bowl.
2) Neatly trim one end of your rope, apply a thin line of glue along one side and begin to tightly for a coil on the bottom center of your plastic bowl. Work slowly and in sections, applying glue as you go. Your goal is to cover as much (or as little) of the plastic bowl mold form as you’d like.
3) When you’ve finished coiling and gluing the rope, neatly trim the end and apply a little glue to the cut to prevent it from fraying. Secure your end piece to the bowl with a piece of clear tape, allowing it to dry in place.
4) Allow the glue to dry for at least two to three hours. Once dry, remove the clear tape from the end piece. Set your bowl right-side-up on your work surface and gently tug on the ribbon ends, using them as tools to loosen and separate the rope bowl from the plastic bowl mold form.
5) Once released from the plastic bowl, you may find some of the glue on the interior of your rope bowl is still damp. If so, allow it to sit and air dry for an additional hour.
• Rope bowls are not meant to hold food or liquids! However, they are great for helping to keep your office organized by holing everything from paper clips and rubber bands to keys and loose change.
• Experiment with the size and shapes of your plastic bowl mold forms — but note that bowls with gentle sloping curves make the best mold forms are the easiest to wrap with rope.
Hey friends, this my updated spin on the classic paper chain garland! It’s quick, simple and could easily grace your Christmas tree this holiday season! Click on the image above to see the DIY video tutorial.
Robert’s Wood Chain Garland
Wood veneer edging*
*Source for wood veneer edging: http://www.homedepot.com/s/wood%2520v…
1. Take your roll of wood veneer edging and cut it into 8” lengths.
2. Place wood glue on one end of an 8” length and then bend around the opposite end, overlapping the two by about ½” to form a circle or link for the chain. Secure the two ends together by clamping them with a clothespin — this will keep the veneer from shifting and allow it to dry in place.
3. Place a second 8” length of edging through your first link and then repeat the previous step by placing wood glue on one end of an 8” length, bending around the opposite end, overlapping the two by about ½” to form a second link and securing the two ends together by clamping them with a clothespin. Repeat this process to make the chain garland as long or short as you’d like.
4. Allow the glue to dry for at least an hour or two — or according to manufacturer directions. Once dry, remove all of the clothespins and hang your garland!
• Rolls of wood veneer edging come in various widths and are typically 25’ in length — which will make a garland chain about 5’ to 6’ in length depending on the size of your links.
• Wood veneer can be painted or stained to create a more colorful garland.