Cute nail polish spoons

Do you like cute spoons? Well I do. All I have however are plain metal ones. I still had some nail polish, so I decided to pretty up a spoon.

For cute nail polish spoons you will need:

  • A spoon
  • Nail polish of your choice

cute nail polish spoons

INSTRUCTIONS

The only limit you have here is your imagination. You will know best what kind of spoon fits you. I chose two colors of nail polish and got this:

cute nail polish spoons

cute nail polish spoons

cute nail polish spoons

the result

So who has the cutest spoon? I do! I hope you had fun decorating your spoon at least as much as I did. You can also become an owner of the pretty spoons!

Do you have any questions left or you want to share your experiences with us? Write it in the comment section. I will also be happy to see and post photos of your creations so you can send me as much photos as you want on mirjam@noncrafty.com.

Teacup candles

Do you have a beautiful tea cup set at home that you hardly use? Do you feel it’s a shame you don’t use it but still don’t like to be careful while drinking coffee? Why don’t you turn your beautiful teacup into candle? I did and let me tell you I quite like the result. If I wouldn’t been so clumsy it would look even better.

So you will need:

  • A teacup set
  • Tea candles (the number depends on size of your cup; you can use normal wax)
  • Tweezers
  • Matches or lighter
  • Big thick candle

Teacup candles

STEP 1

Light up the big candle. Pick up the little candle by tweezers and hold it over a flame. Watch out you doesn’t hold it too closely – you will put out the flame.

Teacup candles

STEP 2

You can buy the candle rope or simply take apart one of the tea candles and take that one. If you decide for the rope you will need a pencil to hold it over until the wax dries. If you choose to take apart the smaller candle your candle in a cup will be very low because it’s not very long rope.

Teacup candles

Be careful while pouring the wax it can get spilled easily and can be a nightmare when you want to clean it up. When the wax is safe in the cup let it dry. Make sure the place where you work has an open window if you are working with scented candles. The smell could give you the headache.

Teacup candles

When it is dry light it up and enjoy your new candle!

Do you have any questions left or you want to share your experiences with us? Write it in the comment section. I will also be happy to see and post photos of your creations so you can send me as much photos as you want on mirjam@noncrafty.com.

Nail polish phone case

We all love cute phone cases. I mean who could resist the one with a panda on or perhaps Piglet from Winnie the Pooh? I myself love glitter phone cases the most. So I figured, I have an old phone case and I have a nail polish (with at least a bit of glitter in it) so why not try to paint phone case with nail polish and have fun? It turned out quite lovely which is saying something because I am not very skilled with a nail polish.

To create your own masterpiece of a nail polish phone cover, you will need:

  • A white phone case
  • Nail polishes of your choice

Nail polish phone case

My phone case is a bit dump because it had glittery nail polish on once before and it was impossible to get it down completely, so it wasn’t smooth. At the end I checked it out from a far and you can’t really see it’s not smooth, however I could feel it. But considering that, the final product was quite good anyway.

STEP 1

First imagine what kind of pattern you want to do. I decided for simple stripes. Then simply unleash your imagination and paint the whole phone case.

Nail polish phone case

Nail polish phone case

Nail polish phone case

STEP 2

When you are done let it dry. And here you go on how to paint phone case with nail polish. I hope you enjoyed yourself at least as much as I did.

Do you have any questions left or you want to share your experiences with us? Write it in the comment section. I will also be happy to see and post photos of your creations so you can send me as much photos as you want on mirjam@noncrafty.com.

 

 

Potato printing

Potato printing with kids is a wonderful idea if you are looking for an easy and safe craft to do with children. Printing is fun and safe; the only part you have to watch out is when you are cutting out the shapes on your potatoes and make your own potato stamp.

You will need:

  • Potatoes (number depends on how many different prints you want – one potato makes two prints)
  • Watercolors or textile colors
  • A knife
  • Shirt or a piece of paper
  • A palette or a piece of plastic to squeeze your colors on

Potato printing

STEP 1

Cut the potato in half, and carve out the shape you want.

Potato printing

Potato printing

Potato printing

The places around the shape is pretty hard to cut even so don’t bother just make sure it’s cut deep enough so the rest of the potato won’t be visible in print.

STEP 2

Dip the potatoes in the paint and print them on textile (if you have textile colors) or a piece of paper (if you have watercolors or some other colors).

Potato printing

Potato printing

And voila! I hope you enjoyed potato printing as much as I did.

Do you have any questions left or you want to share your experiences with us? Write it in the comment section. I will also be happy to see and post photos of your creations so you can send me as much photos as you want on mirjam@noncrafty.com.

Sea shell candles

I like sea shells and I like candles so this was a no brainer. I tried this once before and I was successful so I would like to share with you my way of doing candle in a simple sea shell. Perfect for your candle decoration.

For a seashell candles you will need:

  • A sea shell (the flat round one)
  • Tea candle of your choice
  • Tweezers
  • Big thick candle
  • Lighter or matches

Sea shell candles

So again – this is my way of doing it. It might suit you too because it’s only one candle to melt so your arm shouldn’t suffer.

STEP 1

Break the little candle. You probably won’t be able to do it by hand so use scissors. Preserve the candle rope you are going to need it. Make sure it doesn’t get separated with a little metal circle in the bottom. Shape the mental thingy that the candle was in, so it is a bit deeper and shaped like a basket. Be careful not to break it and cut yourself on it.

Sea shell candles

Sea shell candles

STEP 2

Cut the wax into the little pieces. It’s a fair warning that your scissors will be all waxy. You will need to clean them at the end – I simply wash it with soap. You won’t need all the wax just add as much as you think you will need and put it in metal basket. Then light the big candle and hold the basket with the tweezers. Gently hold it over the flame so the wax inside melts.

Sea shell candles

STEP 3

Now, warning: make sure you have the big candle on a piece of paper because it might drip. Remember that the bucket will get VERY hot so do not touch it with bare hands – only with tweezers. The bucket will get black on the outside from the flame. It may drip black teardrops on big candle so watch it won’t hit the flame. When the wax is melted pour it in to the shell. Don’t forget to place candle rope in it first.

Sea shell candles

Sea shell candles

Make sure you put the basket down on a piece of paper otherwise the place where you craft will be black and waxy. Because this is a craft with wax it might get you frustrated because wax has an ability to get on anything. I would not recommend doing this craft with a child because wax gets very hot.

You might want to try a simpler solution where you melt the wax over the steam. For such a little amount of wax I think it’s not worth it. So once the melted wax is in the shell let it dry. And there you go; you have a beautiful shell candles!

I hope you enjoyed making your own sea shell candles!

Do you have any questions left or you want to share your experiences with us? Write it in the comment section. I will also be happy to see and post photos of your creations so you can send me as much photos as you want on mirjam@noncrafty.com.

Nail polish craft

I had a nail polish and I had a glass so there was not much to think about. This nail polish craft first caught my attention when I watched tutorial for nails. How awesome. And then I saw you can do the same for glasses or bowls or whatever you want. Amazing! What could go wrong? You only need to dump the nail polish in the water and then dip the glass in. Easy peasy.

I wish. This is another craft that looks so much easier than it really is. At least for me. The tutorials make it seem so easy. Well at least you can learn from my experience.

You need:

  • A glass (or a bowl or a mug)
  • 2 nail polishes of your choice
  • Water
  • A bowl

Nail polish craft

STEP 1

First pour water into a bowl. But make sure it isn’t cold. I overlooked this somehow and the nail polish clumped and sank down at the bottom of the bowl. And that was a great waste of nail polish. So pour warm (!!!) water in to a bowl and take one nail polish. Pour it gently in to the water. It should spread over the surface not sink.

STEP 2

Dip the other nail polish over the first one. It shouldn’t clamp at all so if it does your water is probably too cold. This is how my nail polish formed:

Nail polish craft

STEP 3

The difference between cold and warm water was obvious. Now you can leave the nail polish as you poured it or you can alter it a bit with a toothpick to get all kinds of different patterns. You might want work quick so your water won’t get cold. When you are satisfied take the glass (or the mug or the bowl) and dip the bottom of it in nail polish. It should stick right to it. Now place it upside down to dry.

Nail polish craft

This is what I ended up with. It didn’t turn out as well as thought it will probably because the glass isn’t straight. I also advise you to do this on a white mug or bowl I imagine that would make nail polish art look way better than it does on the glass.

I hope you enjoyed.

Do you have any questions left or you want to share your experiences with us? Write it in the comment section. I will also be happy to see and post photos of your creations so you can send me as much photos as you want on mirjam@noncrafty.com.

3D Hand

Have you ever wished you could draw like I pro? Well I did. However my (sad) attempts showed me that I lack something important – a talent. I got over that and decided it’s time to try something new. I looked up 3D drawings on Tumblr and chose the one that looked easiest to me. Well drawing as it turned out is harder than it looks. I still chose to share my experience with you because it might help you to make it better than I did.

To draw your 3D hand, you will need:

  • A piece of paper
  • Pencil
  • Marker

3D hand

STEP 1

First place your hand on the paper. Don’t forget to spread the fingers as wide as you can and outline your hand with a pencil. You might want to do it very lightly so you can erase it at the end without much effort. Don’t be discouraged if you bump to fingers with a pencil too much you can always erase the bad part and draw it back.

3D hand

STEP 2

When the shape of your hand is on the paper take the marker and draw as shown below.

3D hand

STEP 3

Then draw a straight line on every side. You can use the ruler. I didn’t as it’s clearly shown.

3D hand

You need to do that until the whole shape of hand is covered. Sounds simple doesn’t it? Well I managed to do it wrong anyway. The whole point is to take every stripe from the left side to right as one. You only bend it. You don’t break it and draw another. That’s what I did as shown in the picture. Do not do that if you want the illusion to work.

3D hand

STEP 4

Once you covered the whole paper it should look something like this:

3D hand

You can color it if you like for better results. I must admit that I do not know much (read: nothing) about a 3D drawings so this may not be the best of example. Feel free to search the Pinterest for more accurate 3D hand drawing. I had fun doing mine so I can only hope you will enjoy drawing your 3D hand too.

Do you have any questions left or you want to share your experiences with us? Write it in the comment section. I will also be happy to see and post photos of your creations so you can send me as much photos as you want on mirjam@noncrafty.com.

 

Painted bottles

I have been admiring painted bottles for ages. And today I figured I have a bottle and I have some watercolors so why not try? So I took the watercolors and mixed them with a bit of water and pour it into the bottle. I shook the bottle and managed to get paint all over my hands and half a floor but that’s another story. If you want to try making the vases too I encourage you to not use the watercolors.

You will need:

– Paint

– Empty bottle

Painted bottles

STEP 1

So my advice number one is: do not use watercolors. Or more accurately: do not put too much water in the paint. This sounds quite obvious because you can’t keep much on the glass if the paint is too runny. It needs to be thick but it still needs to be a bit runny so you can spread it over everything when you shake the bottle. Use the bottle lid while shaking! If you only close it with your hand you will be full of paint in seconds.

Painted bottles

This is what happened when I wasn’t thinking and didn’t pour the leftover in the mug. This scenario however is only possible if your paint is too runny so take my advice and make the paint thick and also pour the excess into a mug before turning it upside down.

STEP 2

You however need to put it upside down so the other excess paint can run out and that the whole thing can dry properly. How long it will dry I cannot say because it depends on how big your bottle is and how thick the paint. I would recommend you to make it in the evening and then let it to dry through the night. I ended up with this:

Painted bottles

It can be clearly seen that the paint was too runny because almost all of it ran out. Now that it dried it’s a proper see through stained faintly blue. So if you look for that just do what I did – but make sure you proofed your table because there will definitely be mess.

This is a very nice piece of craft and if done right can lead to awesome results. So there you go – painted bottles. It’s a great way to use all the bottles that are always around the house and use them to brighten the room with flowers instead.

It is also fun to do because I believe if you are covered in paint and laughing you must be doing something right.

Do you have any questions left or you want to share your experiences with us? Write it in the comment section. I will also be happy to see and post photos of your creations so you can send me as much photos as you want on mirjam@noncrafty.com.

Flower art

Now, i don’t really like flowers. Sure they look good but i somehow don’t like the idea of watering them. That’s why i like meadow flowers – they grow without my assistance. I saw a brilliant idea on how to make art with them a while back. You simply take the flowers, dip them in paint and print them on a piece of paper. Of course i wanted to try this flower art!

So I took a few moments and went for a walk to pick the flowers. The imprinting took me less than 5 minutes to complete and it looked way better than I imagined! That’s why I wanna share it with you.

So if you decide to make flower print, you will need:

  • A piece of paper
  • Watercolors of your choice
  • Meadow flowers (whatever grows where you live)

Flower art

INSTRUCTIONS

If you have watercolors in tubes first squeeze them on a piece of plastic or plastic plate. Note that you will need a space to dip the flowers properly so the usual pallets won’t come in handy. First dip the flower in the water and then on paint so the whole thing gets a bit runnier.
But you can also first mix the colors with water so the dipping is easier. Be careful how you handle your flower because it can break easily. Also watch out so the petals don’t twist awkwardly if you want nice print.

Flower art

Choose the colors you like and the flowers that look good to you and unleash your mind to all kinds of combinations. I bet you will be surprised how good your final painting looks.

If you are working with a kid however please note that wherever the paint is there is more possible ways to be messy. Chose the colors that are easy to wash from skin as well as from the table you are crafting on.

Flower art

But most importantly: ENJOY making this flower art!

Do you have any questions left or you want to share your experiences with us? Write it in the comment section. I will also be happy to see and post photos of your creations so you can send me as much photos as you want on mirjam@noncrafty.com.

Paper beads

I first made paper beads when i was very young and i enjoyed it very much. So it kinda came naturally to me when i tried it again. I had fun just as i did when i was a litttle girl.

Now let’s see what you will need:

  • Paper (newspaper or magazine for more colorful results)
  • Elastic string
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Paper beads

STEP 1

I didn’t have any string so I simply used the elastic that I cut in half. If you chose to do that as well I have to tell you that it will look depending on your cutting straight technique and that’s why mine didn’t look all that peachy.

Paper beads

STEP 2

When your elastic or some kind of other string is ready you can set it aside. Now it’s time to get the beads going. Cut the paper in the two shapes as shown on a picture below.

Paper beads

Make sure you cut multiple paper strings of those two shapes – that depend on how big you want your necklace to be. You can also try both first and then see which one you prefer and cut more of those.

STEP 3

So now it’s the time to make beads. Take the pencil and one of the strings. Put the paper around the pencil as shown below.

Paper beads

Here you have 2 choices: you either glue the whole string or leave some space at one end unglued. This could choose whether your pencil will be full of glue and eventually sticky or not. I tried both and glue ended on pencil even though I didn’t glue the whole thing. I think you better just accept you will have to wash the pencil at the end, or the sticky part will ruin your fun.

When the string is glued you turn the pencil and roll paper on it. Now if you used liquid glue the paper might break if you pull it too hard. You might wanna use glue in a stick for better results. If your pencil is getting sticky take a break and wash it. If you leave it sticky it will only stick the whole bead to it and you might break it while pulling it down. Now let’s see what is the different between shapes of strings:

Paper beads

Paper beads

That’s what you get. Every time you are done with the paper beads, simply pull it down gently and put it aside to dry. You might wanna put it on piece of paper because chances are, it’s sticky.

STEP 5

Now make as many as you need. When you are done let them dry completely. This might take a while so you can use it to wash you sticky pencil and your hands and clean whatever you need. If you are crafting with your kid or if you’re simply not very crafty (like me) glue can be a nightmare. Especially if you use liquid glue (again: use the one in the stick!). Make sure you put some newspaper on your desk to protect it from the glue. While you are making beads they can get soaked in glue which will almost surely end up in your arms.

STEP 6

When paper beads dry you can put them on string. If you don’t prefer the way they look you can first color them with your favorite color. Once beads are on the string simply tie a knot. And that’s it. I hope you (and your kids) are enjoying your new necklace(s)!

Paper beads

Do you have any questions left or you want to share your experiences with us? Write it in the comment section. I will also be happy to see and post photos of your creations so you can send me as much photos as you want on mirjam@noncrafty.com.