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Monday, September 23, 2013

DIY Spider Web Picture Frame Wreath

With Halloween fast approaching, all of my neighbors are putting out their cute Halloween wreaths. I, of course, got jealous. As a newlywed college student I can't really afford to go out and buy one. I was pondering what to do to show my Halloween spirit, as it is one of my favorite holidays, and I got a brilliant idea! I used to make these really cute message boards out of picture frames and chicken wire...


But, sadly, when I went to sell them at a craft show I found that everyone else was making them too. *Sigh* So even though I still have the stuff to make more, I stopped making them. 

So back to my story. "What if," I thought, "I used the same idea to make a Halloween wreath!" This is what I did...

To get started you need the basic necessities: 


an old picture frame, chicken wire, black and red spray paint (I think that orange would have looked better than red, but I didn't have any in my stockpile.), black ribbon, a stapler/staple gun, wire cutters, and a glue gun.

1. Use the wire cutters to cut the chicken wire down to about the same size as the frame.



2. Paint, paint, paint!


I liked the idea of having the chicken wire be black, so I painted that too. And like I said, orange (or even lime green) or at least bright red paint would have looked a lot better on the frame, but what can ya do when you're on a budget.

3. Once the paint has dried, use the stapler to staple the chicken wire to the frame. This can be a bit tricky. What I do is lay the chicken wire on top of the frame. I then take the stapler, with it's nice square shape, and I use it to bend the wire down into place.

Like so:

By bending the wire this way, the wire is sure to have some tension and not not be loose.  I staple each section of wire so that I know that it will be nice and secure. (The wire being tight and secure is probably something to worry about with message boards rather than outside decor but that's the way I did it.)

3. Once the wire is stapled to the frame I like to cut it down. 


I was always worried that if I left it too long it would end up scratching paint off of walls or, in this case, my door. Because of this fear I cut the wire down then go on to step 4. 

4. Bend the excess wire to lie flat on the lip of the frame. 


Your paint, whether on your wall or on your door, is now safe. 
Now for the fun part!

5. Take your ribbon, I used some that is thin and black, and weave in through the chicken wire in a spiral. Like a spider web! ;) I left the ends loose so I could play around with it a little.

Cute right!?

6. When you make a pattern that you like, take your glue gun and tack the ends down.


7. From here I added some ribbon to hang it with but you can do what you want. 


I was going to call it done at this point, but I decided that it was missing something... Spiders! So the next day I went to the store and got some. (I think I did pretty well. Up to this point I already had everything I needed for this project!)


I found some for pretty cheap at Smith's and they had red eyes, so it was perfect! 
Here is the finished product!

 

For the spiders I just hot glued them into place. I think it turned out pretty awesome!

PS. When I went to hang it I got to thinking that my ribbon might not hold very well, so I took some Command Strips (The Velcro-y ones) and added them onto the back. It was a win win because I hate the sound my door hangs banging against the door and I also know that it is less likely to fall and break! 



Thanks for reading! 
Please be sure leave some feedback on what you think or if you have questions!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Reversible Super Hero Capes



In my Wonder Woman post I said that I was working on these super hero capes and now I am finally posting about them. It was sort of a fiasco when I started making them. My embroidery machine decided to stop working! I used that as an excuse to add a new one to my growing collection of sewing type machines, so now I am back in business! My husband even got excited for the new machine and helped me embroider the capes!

These cute super hero capes are made with cotton blend fabric. The cape is about 30 inches long. One size fits all. They are double sided and on each side is a machine embroidered applique of your choice. Right now I designs for Superman/Super Girl, Bat Man/Bat Girl, Incredibles, Iron Man, The Avengers, Spider man, Green Lantern, Green Hornet, Ninja Turtles, Captain America, The Hulk, a Princess Tiara, Wonder Woman The Flash, and Cat Eyes (Cat Woman) but I can get more!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

DIY Cake Mix Gift

Hey, it's Leisha again. I noticed that it has been a while since we have posted anything and I am procrastinating cleaning my apartment, so I thought I would try another "how to" post.

Here is a cheap and very easy diy gift for the inexperienced crafter!

I am in charge of giving gifts to the women at my church on their birthdays. It took me a while at first to come up with something to give them, but I saw a cheap cake mix at the local Smith’s Marketplace and it came to me!



So here is what you need:
A poem (and paper to print it on), curling ribbon, tape, and boxed cake mix.
I used Kroger cake mix, which was only a dollar when I bought it, and it is easy to find because Kroger products can be bought in stores all over the country. (Kroger, Smith's, Fry's, Ralf's, Dillon's, King's Sooper, ect.) 

First thing's first, find a good poem or sonnet. Any poem will do, for me I decided to come up with one on my own. It is a little cheesy and very poorly written.

Here is the one I used, feel free to use and adapt it to your hearts content. But like I said, it is pretty bad...

In honor of your very special day
We give you first a simple birthday cake.
But do not let this great chance pass away,
For next we’ll see if your husband can bake!

Baking is something that is hard to do,
Give him no help and certainly you’ll find
That ev’n though hard, for you he will pull through
‘Cause he’ll be scared you will leave him behind!

Thirdly for you we give this poor sonnet,
From Shakespeare we got our inspiration
Frankly we should have spent more time on it
It’s our small token of celebration.

Surely these gifts are the least we can do
--Relief Society L.M.S one-two
(Logan Married Student 12th Ward)

Yeah, I’m a nerd who thinks it’s fun to write bad sonnets… What can ya do?

Once you have your poem printed out, cut it down to roughly the size of the cake mix box.
Use the tape to fasten it onto the box.



Get a length of ribbon any length will do. I used about 2 feetish I guesstimate.

Find the middle of your ribbon and put it on the lower corner of the box.
 Flatten it out around the corners, across the back of the box, and all the way around until you get to the front where you tighten the ribbon and either tie a bow or a knot depending on preference.


After this I like to take a couple small pieces of tape and use them to tack down the ribbon on the back of the box just to keep it from sliding around.

(Sorry for the bad picture quality)

There you have it, a very simple and cheap gift! 
I hope it was some help and that the project wasn't too simple.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Wonder Woman

As I mentioned last year in my Pirate Princess post, my family does themed family reunions.
 This year the theme was super heroes! There was a costume contest for the kids. It's a no-brainer that I would rise to the challenge. 

Only one of my granddaughters was able to go this year so I only made one costume: 
Wonder Woman!


My model was a little camera shy...

Every little girl loves Super Heroes! Now your little girl can dress up in a cute little Wonderwoman Princess Gown 

This cute dress is made with satin. The bodice has super cute Wonder Woman machine embroidered applique. The blue skirt has an overlay made with blue glitter tulle. It really sparkles in the sunlight! The white sleeves are made with white sparkle organza. It come with a matching blue and red super hero cape! 
This dress is new and unworn. Just like the pictures. All the seams and edges are serged to prevent fraying and it closes with velcro in the back. 

Available in sizes 2 thru 8

I also downloaded some other super hero embroideries to make more costumes and some double sided capes! (I will post about those later)

Monday, July 22, 2013

Bibs

If you have been watching my facebook, I am sure that you have seen my adorable cowboy bibs, but I have realized that I haven't posted them on here yet! I don't know how I could have missed them as they are my only product that is geared toward babies. 

They come in a few different colors: Blue, Red, Pink, Purple and Green, and I have two different styles: Boy and Girl.

The bibs are made with recycled jeans and bandanna handkerchiefs. They have a gold star machine embroidered on the baby's left side, cute pockets (that differ depending on the style), and they close in the back with velcro.

The girls bibs (shown below) have pockets decorated with bandannas and lace.

Girls Cute Western Denim and Pink Bandana BibGirls Cute Western Denim and Red Bandana Bib

The boys bibs have plain pockets with bandanna handkerchiefs sticking out of the right pocket.

Boys Cute Western Denim and Red Bandana BibBoys Cute Western Denim and Blue Bandana Bib

I have just recently made a new one that features a John Deere Handkerchief! 
It doesn't have a star on it, but I still think it is super cute!

Photo: Sending out a cite John Deere Bib to Pamela R. tomorrow morning!  Thanks!

You can order them on my website and on Etsy!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Aprons for Wedding Reception

I love to get special requests for things that I don't normally make.
Last week the request was for some aprons for the little serving girls for a wedding reception!
I think they are so fun to make, this is a picture of the ones I made for this request.


I made this with a pale green fairy dust organza, it also has a pale green ribbon to tie in the back.

I made some aprons for my daughter's wedding reception too that turned out super cute. 


On these I used purple satin and black lace. 
We even embroidered the girls' names on the bottom corner of the apron.

I also made this pink apron for my niece's wedding.



Pink cotton with a white lace and their names are also embroidered in black.
 They loved wearing them!

If you would like to order some custom aprons contact me on my etsy pageon my website, or on Facebook


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

How to: Make a Chainmail Hood Out of Pop Can Tabs

Hey everyone! This is Leisha, Ellen's daughter. As you could probably guess, my mother has instilled in me a great love for Halloween and costume making. Naturally I always try to make my next costumes better than the last one. This year I wanted to make a knight costume for my husband and embroider his family crest on it. (So I can be his damsel in distress) That is pretty cool but it is missing something. Chainmail.

It needed to be something I could make at low cost. (Since I am a starving college student.) So I got to looking and found a blog on how to make Chainmail from pop can tabs. The blog gave me the perfect way to make a chain mail shirt, but I also wanted a hood to go with it. I looked around some more for instructions on how to make one to no avail. I found a picture of one someone had made, but there were no instructions on how it was done. Being that there were no instructions I decided that if I figured it out I would post one.
 So... *drumroll* 
Welcome to Enchanted Kingdom Creation's first "How to"

I messed around with it a bit and after a couple of failed attempts this is what I came up with:



 I will admit that it didn't turn out perfect... but I will show you what I did so if you have a similar project you can at least have a starting point.

I started with a strip of chainmail, that alternated between two and three tabs. 


Notice that in this picture the tabs are bottom up. I built it upside down so I could glue it with hot glue as I went. This would prevent the links from falling apart. 

After I made the chain I fitted it to my husbands head to make sure that the hood would actually fit.


I had him put a hat on to help hold the mail into place and to make sure that the hood would be a little more loose on him so he will be able to take it on and off easily. 

Next I built up the sides of the hood while my husband still had the hat on.

I built it on his head the right side out. this way I could see how it looked and not have to worry about prying glue off a segment if I wanted to change something. 

(Sorry for the horrible picture, I used my phone)
This insures that the dome/top of the hood will fit him the way I want. 
I used a key ring on the top. This will make it easier later when I close in the rest of the space. 

Filling in the rest of the space is where it got a little tricky. 
I had to wing it and just put the links on in a way that just looked good because at this point there needed to be some links missing to make the hood fit the way it needed to.
(This is where I got frustrated and lost patience. So it didn't turn out as good as I wanted it to.)

Please ignore the socks!
 


Once I was satisfied with the way it looked, I flipped the mail over on the hat and hot glued the links so that it wouldn't fall apart. After it was all glued together I added the sides of the hood. 
(I actually took the pieces from one of my failed attempts)



I from here it is pretty self-explanatory.  Make it as long as you want. Just make it v open in the back so it will be easier to put it on. 


Now you have yourself a chainmail hood!

Let me know what you think of our first "How to" on our blog and if you have any questions please ask. I will be more than happy to answer them!

Note: We normally use this blog to promote costumes that we are selling, but this project was difficult enough that we will be unable to produce it fast enough to sell them.