October 12, 2015 § 1 Comment
Pumpkin season is in full swing, and I love stuffing our house full with any and all different types I can get my hands on! I also have been itching to try something new with them. Growing up I don't remember carving pumpkins much, and for the most part I haven't been that interested in it, but this year I decided I wanted to give it a try. I wanted to doing something really simple, but interesting. I love looking at the different constellations and thought it would be really fun to do some on pumpkins! It ended up being super quick and easy to do, and I actually love the way it turned out!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED :
-Serrated knife for carving (I borrowed my husband's drywall saw)
-Drill with several different sized bits
-Spray Paint (optional)
I started by cutting out the top, and removing the guts. For the moon I simple drew the shape I wanted right onto the pumpkin, and used it as a template to cut out with the knife (since I had spray painted it black, I just touched it up with spray paint when I was done to cover any permanent marker still showing). For the constellation I drew on the main start points, and then used my drill to drill them out. I then used my knife to carve the lines, but only going about halfway through the pumpkin flesh, that way it would show the glow just a little!
For the little baby pumpkins I just used regular and fine tip sharpies to draw the constellations right onto them, and love how adorable they came out!
Instead of candles I opted for battery powered LED star light strands. I simply lined the bottom of the pumpkins with a little waxed paper, bundled up the lights and stuck them inside! I got mine from Target, but Here are similar ones on amazon. I love the glow they give, and I don't have to worry about keeping an eye on them!
Have you guys done any pumpkin carving yet?
August 15, 2011 § 7 Comments
I was feeling a little crafty this afternoon and decided I might share with you one of my favorite, super easy, and super fun things to make… A Stamp! And of course, with my little obsession with feathers (hence the blog name:) I couldn't help but make one. It's best to stick with fairly simple shapes and designs (at least until you become way better than me at stamp-making and are a certified pro:)
Ink (for the fun part), X-acto knife, Lino-cutters (most craft stores have these – usually in the "fine art" section somewhere), Soft-cut print block (I got mine here)
If you don't have some of these, most of them are pretty cheap and can be found at most craft stores.
Easy enough, right?
I sketched mine out with pencil right on the block, don't use pen since the ink from the pen tends to get in the stamp ink;)
take your time and be careful cutting the shape out with your x-acto (not only are those things super sharp, but its easy to get off track and steer off course of your sketch). if you happen to slice across your sketch, like I've done several times, I use a little brush-on super glue (found at most drug-stores) right over top the slice.
Lino cutter sets always have several tips, there's one that's super skinny (and sharp, so be careful!) It's perfect for details cutting and getting those edges and what-not.
Now you can totally just grab your finished little soft block and stamp away, but I had some extra linoleum laying around, so I just super glued it to a little square of it for a more "finished" look. You could attach it to almost any little hard surface like this or just leave it on it's own!
The first time you use it you'll have to soak it into the ink quite a few times.
I'm quite fond of how my little stamp came out,
what do you think?