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  • Etsy DIY: Make Your Own Kite

    Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “Once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” While more than 2,000 years have passed since the flight of the first kite, you can recreate that magic moment (and add a little wonder to your weekend) with a handmade kite.

    This project will take about two hours to complete. Once it’s done, be prepared for wide-eyed glances from everyone in the park.

    You will need:

    • Tissue paper
    • 1 3/16” dowel
    • Masking tape or clear tape
    • Plastic gift wrap paper
    • A skewer
    • A round file
    • A pencil
    • A craft knife
    • A paint brush
    • Paint
    • A ruler
    • A small saw
    • Cord
    • Scissors
    • Side cutters
    • A self-healing mat (not pictured)

    Step 1: Cut and Paint

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    Cut the dowel with your saw so that you end up with a dowel piece measuring 22 inches long and another measuring 20 inches long.

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    Take the 20 inch dowel and draw a line midway at 10 inches.

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    At the 10 inch mark of the 20 inch dowel, use the file to sand down a curved shape in the wood.

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    With your saw, carefully cut a notch about 1/8th of an inch into the side of each dowel, making sure that the notches on both ends of each dowel are parallel.

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    After protecting your work surface with parchment paper or newspaper, paint each dowel and set aside.

    Ready for Step 2? Click here for the full post on the Etsy Blog.

    DIY by Clare McGibbon (thats me!) originally posted on the Etsy Blog. Photos by Romain Laurent
  • Etsy DIY: Pressed Flower iPhone Case

    It’s no secret I love flowers – in my apartment, on my desk, or as a pattern on my dress. Pressing fresh flowers is a great way to preserve their natural beauty, and by decorating your phone case with them, you can showcase their vivid colors and add a little touch of nature to an otherwise ordinary gadget.

    You can make your own pressed flowers with a flower press or by placing them inside a large book, like an encyclopedia or phone book. If you are pressing your own flowers, keep in mind that the drying time takes a little while – usually a minimum of seven days. You can also find pressed flowers on Etsy. For this project, I used carnation petals, baby’s breath, tulip petals, statice, wax flowers, hydrangeas and alstroemeria petals.

    You will need:

    Pressed dried flowers
    Flat, solid white iPhone case
    Clear craft glue
    A flat and level work surface
    Tape
    Scissors
    Parchment paper
    Ruler
    Thin-tip permanent marker
    Timer
    2 clear plastic cups
    2 wooden craft sticks
    50/50 clear-casting epoxy resin (I used Easy Cast)
    Acetone (or a nail polish remover with acetone)
    Q-tips
    Glitter (Optional)

    Step 1: Arrange the Flowers

    To get started, place the pressed flowers on your case and play around with different flower arrangements. If you want to add a lot of flowers to your case, make sure that they don’t pile up higher than 1/16th of an inch (approximately 1.5 mm) or you won’t be able to properly coat the case in resin. Keep in mind that your pressed flowers will become slightly translucent once they are coated in resin, so placing lighter colored flowers under darker ones works best. Once you have found an arrangement you like, take a snapshot of it for future reference.

    Remove the flowers from the case and set them aside. Dab a small amount of glue on the largest flower and carefully glue it to the case. Follow suit with the rest of your flowers until your arrangement is complete.

    Ready for Step 2? Click here for the full post on the Etsy Blog.

    DIY by Clare McGibbon (thats me!) originally posted on the Etsy Blog. Process photos by Lobese, all others by Clare McGibbon.