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How to Paint Straw Hats

paint straw hat

In July, the midsummer comes to us as expected. Recently, the high temperature is already up to 37°C in my hometown. Some parts of an area can reach up to 40°C. It is not an exaggeration to say, we can fry eggs on cement floors or iron plates. 

At the same time, the summer vacation starts from the beginning of that month in China. A large number of students return home from school. The whole day, those children under the age of 12, who are full of vitality, mischievous. At that time, it’s urgent to find a way to let them calm down silently and stay with them peacefully. 

On the weekend afternoon, purchase some acrylic paints. Let’s customize a unique pattern or place some decorations on Straw Hat together.

What Needed?

Plain Straw Hat, Acrylic Paints, Decor Elements

straw hat painting
straw hat painting (2)
acrylic painting

If you prepare to purchase a plain straw hat online, you’d better select a suitable size. For kids aged 2-8, the inner diameter is 17cm, and outer diameter is 30cm. As for adults, the size should increase correspondingly to 2cm. Before painting, we can conceive our preciated pattern in mind. It’s a good choice to outline simple line-drawing on a hat.

Next start to fill color with acrylic and brush. The whole process usually takes 1 hour, however, it usually depends on the complexity of the pattern. For kids of age 2-8, they can finish DIY crafts with help of parents. 

paint straw hat
painting straw hat
painting straw hat
Embroidery Drawstring Bag

How to Embroidery Drawstring Bag

Embroidery Drawstring Bag

Have you ever imagined what kind of sparks will be collided when we combine modern crossbody pouches with traditional hand embroidery? Will it be more casual or more retro? I believe it differs from person to person when you own a pretty pouch. If you are an office lady, who has retired from formal wear everyday, how about changing your style, and to try another style – crossbody pouch. 

What Needed?

Pouch, Thread, Hoop, Needle, Thread, Pen

embroidery pattern kit
Embroidery Drawstring Bag

Since we create patterns on the pouch, and it will be used many times, we better select a super material cloth. In that article, we chose the Cotton and Linen material, which is a little hard when touched , but has a better drape in daily use. 

Because the whole pouch is just about 5.9inch (about 15cm), it’s inappropriate to design a complex pattern, otherwise, the whole pouch will be very bloated. Sometimes, simple is the best. 

For the main part of the pouch, we use Thermal Transfer to print the girl, as for the tree branch, we use a water soluble pen to outline simple strokes. Of course, you can draw the whole pattern with a pen. According to your skill level. Next, what we need to embroider is the part of the leaves. It’s really very friendly for new hands. When stitching the leaves, we have many choices on stitches. Like fly stitch, fishbone stitch, satin stitch and chain stitch. For those leaves, the stitch we used is chain stitch. 

cross-body bag
girl cross-body pouch

The whole process will take about 10 minutes. Finally, tie up the colorful rope, and the cross-body pouch is finished. The whole capacity of the pouch is not plentiful, but it’s enough for cell phone, keys, tissue, etc. 

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How to Embroider Make-up Mirror

embroidery kits mirror

In modern society, no matter if you are carrer hero struggling on the front line or it’s a housewife returning to the family. We should focus on our beauty at any time, for example, buying suitable clothes, or make up. When we get on a crowded train, having a foldable mirror to take out anywhere, it will be a good choice. Compared with desktop makeup mirrors used at home, our recommendation today featuring foldable, exquisite embroidery are the outstanding accessories.

What Needed?

Embroidery Floss, Ribbon, Bead, Hoop, Cloth, Make-up Mirror, Needle, Scissors, Glue, Pen

make-up mirror

01 Floss Embroidery Mirror

embroidery kits mirror

Since the mirror’s outer diameter is about 7cm, we need stitch patterns on small clothes. So, your pattern is as simple as possible and color matching is as little as possible. Ok, start with our DIY Crafts now. As usual, prepare the embroidery hoop and fix the embroidery cloth. I am accustomed to outline sketches with a water-based pen before stitching. Accordinging to the difference in pattern complexity, the whole embroidery process will take 3-6 hours. 

After finishing the main part, adjust the piece of cloth smoothly and wash the line with a pen.  Take out the round sheet of copper prepared in advance, use needle and floss to circle around the copper, cover the copper sheet with cloth. The back side can be exposed. As you can, cut off the extraedge, pay attention, do not cut down the thread.

Next, apply glue to the backside of the copper sheet evenly. You can use a stick as a tool. Immediately after, then stick the copper on the mirror, press tightly as you can. In order to stick better, I will use some books ,or other heavy objects pressed on, until they solid indivisible totally. I usually wait for 12 hours.

02 Ribbon Embroidery Mirror

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The second mirror is more elegant and stereoscopic in style. It mixes two main materials: ribbon and beads. It’s more like French embroidery. With shelter from ribbon and beads, it’s hard to see the floss compared with the first mirror.  Use beads to draw the outline of leaves and white thin ribbon to shape flowers. After finishing the embroidery part, the rest of the progress is the same with floss mirrors. No more tautology here

embroidery ribbon mirror (1)
embroidery ribbon mirror
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mosaic tile crafts

10 Mosaic Tiles Craft Ideas for Home-2

mosaic tile crafts

As we know, modern mosaics are made by artists and craftspeople around the world. They skillfully match various colors and irregular shapes to make all kinds of artworks, decorating our living room, kitchen and garden. Many materials other than traditional stone, ceramic tesserae, and stained glass may be employed, including shells, beads, charms, chains, coins, broken CDs, and broken China. 

The mosaic artworks are featured in vivid images and easy to start. From children of kindergarten to adults, you can start the journey of Mosaic Crafts. The material is divided into three parts. The main material: tiles, is easily available. What’s more, you need to prepare the adhesive, like glue or hot gun, and grout. Other accessories usually can be replaced or get easily. like water, sponge, bowl, gloves, etc. It’s a piece of cake. Of course, the most important key is the creation.

In the following article, the left 5 creations we recommended are all used for home decoration.

06 Pen Container

If you are bored of the ordinary pen container at the office, how about trying to make a big change. Except for decorating the full body with tiles, we even can apply some tiny or favorite dolls on it. 

mosaic pen holder

07 Animal Ornament

That must be a good chance for enjoying parent-child time. Select the children’s favorite animal, then accompany them to finish together in a weekend. Arrange it as home decoration or gifts, will is a good choice.

mosaic animal decoration crafts

08 Candle Holder

Lighting tealights in a holder is necessary preparation for festival or gathering decoration.The candlepower flickers among the candle containers decorated with shining glass tiles or stained glass pieces.Full house of love and romance. View detailed tutorial for how to make Mosaic Candle Holder.

mosaic candle holder

09 Photo Frame

Even though the digital album is very popular among young people, the traditional phone frame is still worthy to own. If I take photos of the beach, coconuts trees, I’d love to decorate the frame with sea shells as tiles. Put them at the head of  the bed or on the office deck, it must be a meaningful ornament.

mosaic shells photo frame
mosaic glass photo frame

10 Stereograph Frame

It’s very common to draw on plain paper. Have you imagined trying to make a stereograph painting on frames? Um, maybe I can give you a fresh idea. Match irregular shape tiles to mosaic your favorite image, even you can place some dried flowers to the scene of falling leaves in the autumn.

mosaic stereograph frame
mosaic tiles stereograly painting
mosaic wall clock

10 Mosaic Tiles Craft Ideas for Home-1

mosaic flower pot

As we know, modern mosaics are made by artists and craftspeople around the world. They skillfully match various colors and irregular shapes to make all kinds of artworks, decorating our living room, kitchen and garden. Many materials other than traditional stone, ceramic tesserae, and stained glass may be employed, including shells, beads, charms, chains, coins, broken CDs, and broken China. 

The mosaic artworks are featured in vivid images and easy to start. From children of kindergarten to adults, you can start the journey of Mosaic Crafts. The material is divided into three parts. The main material: tiles, is easily available. What’s more, you need to prepare the adhesive, like glue or hot gun, and grout. Other accessories usually can be replaced or get easily. like water, sponge, bowl, gloves, etc. It’s a piece of cake. Of course, the most important key is the creation.

In the following article, the all creations we recommended are all used for home decoration, not suitable for outdoor use. 

01 Drinking Coaster

The coaster is a small object in the normal where the user might place a drink. It’s not only to protect the surface of a table or any other surface, but also to stop hot or cold drinks from burning the table surface. That coaster should be best for children to start with Mosaic Artworks. We can get a finished coaster from a local shop nowadays, but it will be a good chance to have a parent-child time. View detailed tutorial for how to make Mosaic Drinking Coaster.

mosaic drinking coaster

02 Flower Vase

Flower bouquet is absolutely necessary for decoration at home or in a boutique shop. Meanwhile, the vase is a good partner for the flower. Pay attention, the plain embryo vase is made of Crushed Wood Powder, so it’s more suitable for dried flowers or aitical flowers. If you like fresh flowers, you’d better choose the glass embryo as the main part. View detailed tutorial for how to make Mosaic Flower Vase.

DIY mosaic flower vase
DIY flower vase crafts

03 Flower Pot

It’s really a good idea to use tiles featured with bright color and different shapes, to beautify the plain flower pot. Placed on the table, it’s a potted plant, and also is a decoration ornament. In some Theme Park, the gardener will use Mosaic Joint Crafts to dress up. For more Mosaic Flower Pot, please view anotherpost.

mosaic bulb light
mosaic flower pot
mosaic flower pot

04 Bulb Light

For that mosaic artwork, we’d better buy some bulbs that are specially used for handmade. Since the traditional lamp bulb used in our daily life is fragile. In the meantime, it’s very hard to take out the broken wire. When you finish several, you can tie them up with linen rope, just like the string light.

mosaic bulb light

05 Wall Clock

In the whole transforming process of the clock, the most important thing you should remember is to mark the time scale. Otherwise, I guess you always don’t figure out what the specific time is now.

mosaic wall clock
mosaic tealight holder

4 Glass Mosaic Candle Holders

mosaic candle holders

Before the invention of electric lighting, candles were commonly used for illumination. The tealights is a candle in a thin metal or plastic cup so that the candle can liquefy completely while lit. After turning off the light, it will not produce an odor making you smell bad. In our daily life, the tealight is more applied on special occasions to create a festive atmosphere. Like candlelight dinners, birthdays, and Christmas.

In recent years, for safety regulations, we tend to use electric tealight to replace traditional flame-based candles. What’s more, we also can adopt string lights for illumination. The most important, the electric tealight and string light can be left unattended as there is no open flame or heat to worry about.In some ways, electric tea lights are much safer than flame-based candles.

electric tealight

As for modern people, they will match a more exquisite container to hold tealight or string—the Glass Mosaic Tealight Holder.

In that article, we will introduce you to 4 ideas of Glass Mosaic Tealight Holder (we have prepared a related tutorial for your reference).

01 Glass Tealight Holder

At a formal dinner party, lit some tealights, matched with the mosaic glass holder, it will be satisfied and pleased. Especially the candlelight dinners for lovers. For better light to shine at a light dim condition, we’d better choose transparent glass tiles. Its flat base makes the holder suitable for placing everywhere.

mosaic tealight holder

02 Hanging Sphere Tealight Holder

With the long neck-style stick, the tealight holder will greatly attract the gaze of participants.The light through glass tiles and reflects on the wall. If the standing rack swayed with the wind, the light seemed to dance happily. It’s really fabulous. Except for placing a tea light, we also can decorate it with string light and small ornaments, like dolls. For better effect, we can arrange some colorful shredded paper or raffia for decoration.

mosaic glass candle holder
mosaic tiles candle holder (3)

03 Portable Lantern Tealight Holder

That tealight holder is shaped like a retro lantern. With the handle, we can carry it conveniently without extra trouble. Take it, it seems we walk at night for a trip, as well as it’s a good partner to camp out in the wild. For outdoor use, if you are worried about the candle going out by wind, we can use the electronic tealight or string light.

mosaic glass lantern
electric string light
electric string light

04 Bulb Glass Tealight Holder

Just as its name implies, that candle holder is shaped like a light bulb. But, it is surely bigger and sturdier than the common bulb used in our daily life. The holder is apart from standing on a table steadily, it also can be hanging on trees, like string lights.

mosaic bulb light
mosaic string lights
mosaic tiles candle holder (3)

How to Make Mosaic Glass Candle Holder

mosaic glass candle holder

Which pattern can I shape with these mosaic tiles? I guess, composition thinking is the hardest part in the whole process of mosaic crafts. For a beginner, perhaps there are countless options in mind, but always it’s a little hard to start. Um, maybe you can follow my suggestion. The first time, if you don’t have any good idea about patterns, you can piece the tiles together simply, just consider the color mixed, geometry.

What Needed?

Glass Globe, Holder, Mosaic Pieces, Glue, Grout, Water, Sponge, Gloves, Newspaper

glass candle holder

According to our previous thinking, we select some square glass tiles, round tiles and other mini beads for splicing our works. When you purchase the tiles online, maybe there is some dusty or glass slag due to the production process. Don’t worry, just wash it with water and then dry. It will be more shiny than before. That is the glass tile, sparkling and crystal-clear.

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Next it’s time to stick tiles on the globe’s surface. Since the glass sphere, it’s not easy to hold it. You’d better daub a little glue before sticking. So as to one hand for holding, other hand for sticking. We usually start from hole and spread to the backside. Put your fist into the sphere and turn it continuously when sticking tiles layer by layer. For beginners, you can slow down the whole process. Enjoy the slow time. That’s the spirit of DIY Crafts. During the whole sticking process, you can continuously adjust the inappropriately blocks, until it meets your requirements.

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After finishing the whole globe, it’s time to wait. Usually it should take 20 minutes. The longer the time, the better the effects. If you are anxious, you can dry them with a hair dryer. At that time, we can prepare the grout. For that mosaic craft, I use white grout. According to the difference of color matching, you can select grout with another color. We add the water a little first, then start to stir. Until it seems likely to be toothpaste.

white mosaic grout

Next, you can prepare two tools: disposable gloves and useless newspapers. With them, you can grout easier and do not stain your hand and desktop. Remember to spread the grout on a glass sphere evenly so as to cover the gap between glass tiles. 

Then, use the wet sponge to wipe the extra grout, especially for grout covered on tiles.  The sponge can be repeated many times. Of course, the old clothes are also ok.

DIY mosaic crafts

Here are some finished mosaic hanging candle holders for your references. Hope you like it. For more tealight holder, please view our another post. 

mosaic tiles candle holder (1)
mosaic tiles candle holder (3)
mosaic flower pot

Which Mosaic Flower Pot You Like

mosaic flower pot

It’s easy to know, for various plants with different growth habits, we need to carefully select a pot that is suitable for them. Generally speaking, the breathability and drainage are the primary factors that should be considered if we keep plants in pots. Otherwise, it will lead leaves yellow and root rot. Fortunately, the clay pot can greatly deal with those two problems at the same, especially for plants that are drought tolerant. For other plants, which can adapt to a humid environment, we can choose plastic pots, metal pots, and ceramic pots glazed on the surface. As for hydroponics plants, the glass pot will be your good choice. 

To most plants, selecting what kind of pot is fixed roughly. We may be tired of viewing the style, color and texture after a long time. What a pity to abandon it, especially an expensive flower pot. So, it‘s worth taking time to view the following article: Several Creations of Mosaic Tile Pot.

01 Clay Mosaic Pot

Here is the first creative recommendation, making a big change for the clay pot. Applying square tiles on its body, decorated with round glass tiles and flower tiles as waistline. That time, we do not fully cover tiles, instead leaving some blank spaces at top.  Place the mosaic flower pot on a desk or shelf, it certainly takes a new feeling of visuals.

flower pot
mosaic flower pot

02 Plastic Mosaic Pot

For the next one, we choose plastic or ceramic as base. The biggest feature for plastic pots is cost effectiveness. With the same cost, we can get more compared with clay pots. Covering the full pot with bright tiles and simple patterns. On the left, use square glass tiles to make a circle. On the right, use rectangle glass tiles to cover the full body ( It’s my favorite one). In the middle, mix various tiles to cover the pot. Can’t be more suitable to place those mosaic pot crafts on an office desk or shelf. 

flower pot

03 Steel Bucket Mosaic Pot

As we see, the lower part, stick the pre-cut square glass tiles in order and divide with some glass beads. The blank space of the middle section is embellished with pre-cut big round tiles, which are surrounded with tiny beads. The upper continuously covers  a circle with square tiles or round glass tiles. What’s more, it skillfully has the aid of a handle to conceive a flower. The steel bucket pot is not only suitable for growing a plant, but also for holding dried flowers or artificial flowers on a desk. 

flower pot

04 Wall Mosaic Pot

I never thought that mosaic arts could be moved on the wall. Take half of a pot, that is ceramic, plastic or cement material. Using discarded chinaware to mosaic, firmly fix on the wall, then plant your favorite flowers. From the wall, we see the spring is in the air. Pay attention: do not remember to leave a drainage hole for plants.

wall flower pot
wall flower pot

05 Garden Mosaic Pot

In the garden, we found a common flower pot. After being decorated with bright mosaic tiles, it turns to attract the glaze of people at once. Whole pot is covered with both big and small square ceramic tiles. Every side is printed with “ Welcome to the Garden”. In the second photos, the irregular colorful tiles are applied on wooden containers featured with wine-bucket shape.

garden mosaic flower pot (7)
flower pot 7
mosaic vase

Which Mosaic Vase You Like

mosaic flower vase
mosaic vase

In China, we love to buy blooms during the Spring Festival to decorate our home. Since the red color is particularly important to us, which makes us prefer flowers like peach blossoms, hypericum. We will buy a huge plant pot and place it on the hall or entrance. On the other hand, we would like to select a bouquet of flowers, matched in a vase indoors. Compared with buying a vase from a store, it’s more meaningful to make a vase by yourself.

Two Kinds of Vase, Wooden & Glass

wooden flower vase
flower vase materials

01 Wooden Flower Vase

The flower vase is covered fully with irregular glass tiles, as well as decorated with round glass tiles. As you can see in the photo, its small size is very suitable for standing on a desk or vestibule. Or matching with the simple support stand is also a good idea. The only shortcoming is that it can only hold artificial flowers or dried flowers since for the wooden vase ( we mentioned before), they are suppressed with wood.

round flower vase

As we see from the left photo, the mosaic flower ase is relatively monotonous in color. But the black is conspicuous, contrasted from silvery. Their full body is covered with pre-cut glass square tiles, matched with artificial flowers. It’s traditional and classical. The other one on the right, featured with a gradient color series of purple, looks more vivid. It’s particularly important to select a proper vase for different flowers. It refers to vase style and colors. Except for a flower vase, it also can be decorated as an ornament at home.

flower vase
flower vase

02 Glass Flower Vase

Fully covering the vase body, there is a rich sense of fantasy, applying tiles of whole blue or silvery series, applying tiles of bright colors, applying tiles of gradient colors and applying tiles in order. Compared with a wood vase, the glass container can hold any kind of plant, like fresh flowers. What’s more, when placed as a home ornament, we can put a light string into the vase. Where the light is dim, the colorful light through glass tiles, makes a romantic and warm atmosphere.

glass flower vase
glass flower vase
flower vase

03 Unexpected Bonus

Speaking of the surprise, I would like to share the bonus scene with you. My mini tube vase, usually stands on my office desk, and is used for holding some water plants, epipremnum aureum. I always thought it’s extremely monotonous and tired of seeing it every day. So I started to mosaic my mini tube vase with glass tiles and glass arenaceous. After experience of backslip continuously, I finally finished the mosaic handicrafts. In the end, I found the tube vase can not return into the iron frame again since it’s too thick. I let them face forced separation only if I can remove every piece of tiles. What a beautiful accident!

mosaic vase
flower vase crafts