Saturday, April 30, 2016

Oil Pastel Bottle!

Difficulty Level: Medium

There's no tutorial for this, but I thought I'd post it. It's a bottle drawn with oil pastel! It took a lot of layering, but it turned out nicely! (The judges in the art show thought so, at least... they awarded it with a 2nd place ribbon!)

Cherry Blossom Cake!

Difficulty Level: Difficult

Isn't this cake adorable?! It took quite a while. We made two yellow cakes and a simple glaze with powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. Then we made the fondant for the flowers and leaves. We melted down a bag of marshmallows in a saucepan. MAKE SURE TO GREASE THE PAN WELL!! If you don't, all that sticky marshmallow will stick to the sides and take a long time to clean. When the marshmallows were completely melted down, we poured it on the table. Yup! Poured the melty goop on the table. Of course, we coated the table in about 1/2 cup of powdered sugar too. Then we kneaded the powdered sugar into the marshmallow. Make sure that it's not too hot! When it's completely mixed together, it should be tough but not too hard to squeeze and shape. We added food dye to the fondant and shaped the flowers and leaves. This took the longest- an hour and a half! But it was worth it in the end. We glazed the whole cake, used chocolate frosting for the trunk and branches, and then stuck on the flowers and leaves. It was almost too pretty to eat! (Almost)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Oil Pastel Fox

Difficulty Level: Medium

Hey there, Crafters!

I used a layering technique on this fox. I started with a yellow color, then an orange, a deep red, and finally dark purple. With oil pastels, you can scrape away some of the color, so when you use your fingernails, all of the colors underneath show through. Wondering about why I added purple? Believe it or not, purple makes a much better dark color when it's on top of another color. Just plain black makes it look flat. Have fun crafting!

Chain Loop Earrings

Difficulty Level: Medium

These chain loops are cheap and you can make a lot of amazing jewelry with them! Take these earrings for example. We simply made a linked chain of eight and connected it at the ends. Add earring hooks and you're all set!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Origami Bouquet!

Difficulty Level: Medium

Make a whole bunch of origami flowers and turn them into a bouquet! Use pipe-cleaner stems and colorful paper. Them put them in a vase! You can make a flower like this one or a lily like this or these, or create your own. The only limit is your imagination, so get crafting!