Moru's Crafts


Customized phone case DIY
May 27, 2012, 1:43 pm
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The other day, I opened my mailbox, and found something I had been waiting for for quite some time. I ordered a clear cell phone case so I could make it pretty and have my own, personalized case. I thought I would share my process with you as my craft for the weekend!


Finished product.

Materials you will need!

• Mod Podge
• A clear cell phone case, mine is a hard shell case, which I found on amazon for pretty cheap.
• cardstock in some constrasting colors.
• scissors or a rotary cutter/mat.
• a pencil
• a ruler
• a paintbrush
• about fifteen minutes to craft.

How to:

1. Measure the back of the case. You will want to include all of the FLAT part of the bottom. If you have an iPhone that might be easier. I have a Motorola XPRT. so the sides of my case are rounded. Mine measured 5.5 X 2.25 inches.

2. Draw a square with your measurements on the cardstock, and round the corners.

3. put the case flat on your piece of cardstock, inside the square, and mark any holes in the case (for example, there should be recesses in the case for where the camera is, or where there might be a speaker on the back of your phone. Use a pencil to trace around these recesses)

4. Cut the rounded square from the desired cardstock. This is where I got out my rotary cutter, so I could make an incision into the paper without having to fold it and slice it with scissors.

5. Make sure your piece of cardstock fits in the bottom of the case without being bent. If it doesn’t, trim off any excess paper, and fit it again. Once you have it fitting in the bottom of your case with none of the sides bent upward, you’re ready to decorate!

6. Take a contrasting color of cardstock, and cut out some shapes, or grab some glitter to put in there.

7. Using the paint brush, put mod podge on the bottom of the decorations, ( if you have glitter, just skip to step 9.)

8. Affix the decorations on the cardstock, making sure not tocover any of the holes you cut in the paper.

9. Put a coat of mod podge on the whole piece of cardstock, going over the decorations. (This is where you can add glitter if you want.)

10. Let the card stock dry completely. It took mine about 10 minutes or so. Then put it in the back of your cell phone case, and enjoy!

The best part about this craft is that you can make so many different backgrounds for your case. There is practically no limit. Because we fitted the piece of cardstock to the back of the case, and we didn’t actually mod podge it to the case (your phone will hold it in there good enough) you can take it out whenever you want to change the look!

I could sit down and make a thousand of these things. They’d all be different, and they’re so easy. The most expensive part is the clear cell phone case. It only cost me about $5 or $6 to get the case shipped to me, and that’s about it. The rest of the pieces I already had in my craft supplies.

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Everyone’s doing it!

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I keep seeing people on pinterest post things about wrapping headphones with embroidery thread, and so I tried it! I think the best thing about this is that if you get tired of the color… you can just snip off the thread, and do it with a different color. I’m so indecisive and fickle that this completely works for me. I loved this craft, and I hope you do too!

Materials:

  • embroidery thread/yarn/crochet thread. Any kind of string works.
  • headphones!
  • hot glue gun
  • time.

All right. To get started, I cut a piece of thread that was 4 times the length of one of the sections of the headphones. Then, using that string, I cut two more just like it.

Tie a knot around your headphones, and start wrapping. You could also use the Chinese Staircase technique to make this. This method takes a lot longer. I tried that at the beginning , but I got bored with it fairly quickly. It was taking too long. I can’t just sit and knot a bunch of thread all day unless there is some amazing television on.

I even got bored of just wrapping, so I crocheted part of it on there.

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That was fun. I just tied a single piece of yarn around the headphone, created a slip knot, and then started making my single crochets around the headphone wire. I used a D crochet hook, and I like the size that mine came out. This is really about your own creative attitude.

Mine is a little kooky at the moment (probably due to a lack of sleep).

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When I was done wrapping and crocheting and knotting, I took a hot glue gun and went over some of the fraying edges of my various mediums. I put a little dab here, a little dab there, and got rid of any of the threads sticking up. Now, I have one complete pair of headphones that won’t tangle!

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Can’t wait to share my next project with you guys!

(meep! Better get on my mother’s belated!birthday gift. I think she might fly here just to force me to make it soon. It’s coming mom! I promise!)



Tutorial — Canvas Wall Art
March 4, 2012, 10:34 pm
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I have seen this all over the internet recently, so I decided to give it a go myself. It’s just a piece of canvas with some fabric over it, and the word “Inspire” spray painted onto it. It makes the perfect addition to my craft area, reminding me that inspiration can be found everywhere.

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Here are the necessary elements for this project.

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From left to right:

  • A bit of leftover fabric (I got mine from the clearance bin at  Hobby Lobby. You can use a Fat Quarter if you want. Just make sure the fabric is large enough to wrap it around to the backside of the canvas. )
  • A Canvas. (any size will do. Mine was a mere $5, and it was 7 X 14 inches.)
  • A rotary cutter/mat and (not shown) scissors.
  • Mod Podge and (not pictured) a paint brush. (I used one that I cleaned from a paint sample jar.)
  • an iron.
  • (Not pictured) Masking tape or Painter’s tape
  • (Not pictured) Spray Paint.

It also helps if you have a printer, and an exacto knife.

And so we begin~

Step 1:  Iron and cut the fabric. Make sure your fabric is bigger than your actual canvas. I just added an inch and a half to each side of the canvas’ length. So my piece of fabric was 8.5 X 15.5. Make sure you iron the fabric as well as you can. Any wrinkles will be more apparent after you add the mod podge unless you can manage to get them out with the glue.

Step 2: Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to your canvas. Center your fabric and stick it down.

Step 3: Apply another coat of Mod Podge to the top of the fabric! Don’t worry, it will dry clear. That’s the beauty of Mod Podge.

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(My bracelet is actually my dogs first collar. Yeah, I’m sentimental, too).

Step 4: Wait for the mod podge to dry. Make sure there aren’t any extra blobs of mod podge on the top of your canvas, as these won’t dry clear, and they’ll make it hard to do the next step. Make sure the top is completely dry before moving on (It took about 30 minutes which I occupied by staring at Pinterest).

Step 5: Turn the canvas away from you once it has dried completely. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the side of the canvas, and press it down.Apply some to the back of the canvas and then over the fabric to make sure it sticks to the back. This is so that none of the frayed edges of the fabric are showing.

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Wait for this side to dry, then repeat for each side. You can cut triangles from the corners to reduce bulk when putting the corners down. I wasn’t smart enough to do that, so I ended up with slightly bulky corners…but I almost like the look of it.

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Step 6: Admire your handy work!

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Step 7: While the last side is drying, you can go ahead and figure out what you’re going to put onto your canvas. Here’s a PDF of the word I used. It should print out sideways. Next: use your Xacto knife or a pair of scissors to cut out the letters. Doing it with scissors is tedious… plus you bend up the parts of the paper…so you have to tape them down later.

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Step 8: Attach the paper to the canvas. This took lots of masking tape and several sheets of paper to cover the whole thing. You’re basically creating a stencil to spray paint. I assume you can also use acrylic paints… I should try that next time :D (I still have one canvas left because they came in a set of two! Wooot! )

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Caesar (the dog) is really interested in the paper covered canvas. I recommend using spray pain in a well-ventilated area (heck the whole project could be done there…cause Mod Podge is kinda smelly). Now it’s covered, and the little bits of paper that were upturned are taped to the canvas, and this bad boy is ready to be spray painted.

I covered my spray paint chair! with saran wrap… cause I don’t like getting spray paint on everything.

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Step 9: Spray to your heart’s content!

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Step 10: Once it’s dry, unwrap and enjoy. If you want to purchase this bit of wall art, it is listed in my etsy shop.

I am happy with how mine turned out, and I’d love to see pictures of yours, or just to hear how you used this tutorial! Happy crafting!