DIY Valentine Mobile!

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This Valentine’s DIY is inspired by crafts I used to do with my Mom and at school. I had been struggling with a Valentine DIY idea that was simple, fun, and cheap, and so my Mom reminded me of this. Yes, it is a simple craft and some may say it is juvenile, but I still get the same enjoyment out of it as I did years ago! Most everyone already has the supplies in their home and have the know how to create a gorgeous Valentine Mobile! Keep on reading for some simple instructions.

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You will need:

Wax Paper

Crayons

Dowel

Paint

Pencil Sharpener

Embroidery Floss

Paint Brush

Newspaper

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Step One:

Begin to paint your dowel. I like to do this first because paint can take a while to dry. I wanted to paint my dowel gold and pink stripes so to achieve this I used painters tape and painted each color one at a time. This step can easily be continued throughout the other steps, this way, you are not left anxiously awaiting for a dowel to dry once all the other steps have been completed.

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Step Two:

Begin by peeling the paper off of your crayons. When you start to shave your crayons, make sure the peels are landing onto the wax paper. I chose to break up my crayon shavings so that there would be more color variation throughout. Apply a second layer of wax paper on top of your crayon shavings and first layer of wax paper. Then you will place the newspaper over all of it and iron. Please note that when you are using your iron it is not set on a very high heat. A high heat will cause the crayon to melt tremendously, possibly making your crayon shavings and wax paper look somewhat like a weird blood sample. Better to use a lower heat continuously.

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Step Three:

Cut out your hearts. You can use a self made template or be gutsy and cut them out as you go along. I also hole punched a hole in the top center of the heart. It would also be cute to have them hang from the corner as well.

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Step Four:

String your hearts with the embroidery floss. I didn’t knot them because the wax paper is kind of fragile and I didn’t want too much tension on them. I also used embroidery floss to hang the mobile.

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Step Five:

Add some love, otherwise known as photos. This step is completely optional, but if you wanted to make your mobile even more lovey-dovey then add some photos of your loved ones! Your kids, significant other, friends, pets, family, dentist, whoever!!! I think it adds a little something special. 🙂

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The Finished Product!

This was a great DIY that was easy to do and fun at the same time. Pop in a movie, get out your supplies and get to it! Let Polka Dot Tango know if you remember doing the old wax paper and crayon trick, or if you are going to try and make yourself a mobile! Have fun!!!

 

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DIY Heart Charms

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This Tuesday Tutorial is all about Valentine’s Day coming up. What better way to show someone you love, or show yourself some love, by making a heart charm. This little charm can be placed on a necklace, a key chain, or one of my favorites, my dog’s collar. These were really fun to make and you don’t need to have an arsenal of artist media such as acrylic paints, nifty paintbrushes, or a degree in clay modeling.

Here’s What You Need:

Heart_Needed1. A Block of White Sculpey Clay

2. Lots of Nail Polish

3. Preferably something to make a Heart form out of. I used a Tablespoon measurement.

4. Something to make a hole in your Clay Heart. I used these little Key Rings from Target.

5. Rhinestones, Sequins, any sort of Bling you may want to add.

Step One:

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Knead your clay so that it becomes very soft and pliable. This will make it much easier for you form it even if you are using a cookie cutter or any other type of form. It will make blending out any flaws much less difficult.

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Poke holes in your hearts. Some of them I placed the holes in the center and others in the top corner. It’s just preference. Be sure to make your holes big enough for a chain or key ring to go through, but be careful not to distort the shape of your heart while doing so.

Step 4:

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Bake your hearts at 275 degrees for 15 minutes and then let them cool for about another 15 minutes. These get hot!!!

Step 5:

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Get out your nail polish and go crazy! I love how candy coated they look with the nail polish, rather than a more dull tone with a true acrylic paint. You will have to do at least two coats of paint due to the clay absorbing the paint. The drying time in between coats is very fast though! The back side of my hearts are not painted because I plan on writing a little word or note just for the person (or dog) I give it to.

Step 6:

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Adorn your hearts with rhinestones or anything else to top it off! Most of all, have fun with it!!

Go Ahead and Get a Move On!

Artwork by Laura Laine. Click on image to view more of here amazingly beautiful work.

Artwork by Laura Laine. Click on image to view more of here amazingly beautiful work.

For this Things to do Thursday, Polka Dot Tango decided that one thing everyone should do is make a decision. Each and every day, we are faced with decisions, big and small. Do I want to wear my hair up today or down? Do I really feel like I need a venti or should I just stick with my grande? Should I sell my car or just enjoy not having payments? Should I quit my job or keep it? The only thing in common with these questions is that you have a choice. The difference, some could ultimately change your life.

Who hasn’t had a decision that they had settling in the back of their mind, making a grand appearance more often than not? It’s this decision that can leave you feeling worried, insecure, hopeless, and exhausted. There are so many “what-ifs” that create an excruciating professional ping-pong tournament going on in your head. The stress of wondering and planning can leave you debilitated and overwhelmed.  You feel like an enormous weight is on your shoulders. So, let’s just take a moment and refer back to one of the great legends, Dr. Seuss (Click on link to see entire verbiage:

“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”

Laura Laine

Laura Laine

I know Dr. Seuss made up crazy words and insane little characters, but if you think about it, he started out doing ads and then decided to dive head first into his own made-up world. Because of that…he is a household name that only has positive connotations with it! Applause indeed! So, this Thursday, attempt to get closer to having “that decision” made or if you’re feeling wild, just make it. On tinybuddha.com, there are some tips on how to make a decision, and we have selected a few.

Make the small decisions with your head and the big ones with your heart. -Emily Keith

Take a step back and try to stop thinking so much. -Liz Morton

Ask yourself three questions before diving into something new or daunting: What’s the worst that can happen? How likely is that to happen? Can you deal with it? -Long Ho

Consider whether or not you will be able to look proudly into the mirror the next day. -Marcia Jones

But in the end, no one can tell you how to decide or what your choice should be, only you. I promise that once you do decide, you will be excited and terrified, which are both explosive emotions. So run with that energy and from deep down in our hearts we wish you the best of luck!

Laura Laine

Laura Laine

OMG…it’s 2013.

OMG...it's 2013

OMG…it’s 2013

2012 is gone and it’s time to move on. Obviously, I can not speak for everyone, but 2013 seems like it’s going to be a fabulous year! When I look back on last year, I can’t help but think of the tragedies and disasters that occurred, and how they affected the entire world. Fortunately, for many,  there were glimmers of success,  joyous occasions, and just plain old good days that helped to keep the world turning on a positive note. Here is what Maya Angelou had to say about last year and moving on to this year:

“In 2012 nature and the mad nature of some human beings caused us to wonder how can we go on. From super storm Sandy to the Colorado movie house shooting and the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, we have been pressed to find some answers to the question, why, me why us, why now? As we come into 2013, we bring with us the need to find answers and the hope to find what can we do to prevent the recurrence of these despairing occurrences. I think we must commit to a commitment to all human beings and a decision to accept our responsibility to nature’s outpouring and human misbehavior. I wish that we could say with Horace Mann that each of us should be “ashamed to die until you have won some victory for mankind.” I think we must surrender the despair of unexpected cruelty and extend the wonder of unexpected kindnesses to ourselves and to each other. 2013 can bring us the chance to be kind to each other and kind to ourselves. We deserve each other and each others generosity.”

This year, let’s be light on our hearts and give out smiles like they are on the brink of extinction!! It’s not Monday, but let’s get some new year motivation going anyway!!!!

 

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