Got some tissue paper left over from Christmas gifts? Upcycle it with this DIY artwork, somewhat inspired by this mid-century modern art DIY from Better Homes & Gardens.
water & dish
paper cut to size of picture frame
Paint your tissue paper with various colors of watercolor. Allow to dry completely.
Cut harp shapes out of the tissue paper. You can freehand it or resize the template from the DIY Harp String Art.
Arrange your tissue paper harps on the paper cut to the size of your picture frame. Once you have them arranged, glue them down. If any rip, just cut out some more.
Place your art in the frame and enjoy!
What colors would you like to use for your watercolor harp tissue paper art? I'd love to see your art on on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!
Have you got some corks just sitting around? If you don't, you might be able to find a friend who'll give you some for this project.
adhesive cork sheet
blank labels (or blank paper or cardstock)
Watch the video below for an overview of how to make this project, then read the written instructions for more details.
Step 1: Print your harp stamp template.
Step 2: Cut it out & trace it onto your cork sheet.
Step 3: Cut the harp shape you just traced out of the cork.
Step 4: Remove the backing & stick the harp onto the the side of the cork that didn't get messed up by the corkscrew. Trim the harp if necessary to fit the cork.
Step 5: Use your new stamp to make a label for the top! Stamp onto a blank circle label or a piece of paper or cardstock. Trim any cork sticking out of the top (from the corkscrew) to make a flatter surface. Glue the label or paper (cut to size) to the top of the cork....or stick the label if it will stay!
After you stamp your harp stamp, you can add strings with a marker or pen if you like! You can use it for cards, lessons, or diy gift wrap!
What would you use this stamp on? Be sure to show me what you do on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!
Can you believe Christmas is in a little over a week?
Here's a roundup of 5 quick & easy DIY gifts from the blog this year for you to make for your music-loving friends. Don't forget to take a gander at the Crafts category of the blog for even more projects!
Do you have some wooden curtain rings just waiting to become a craft project? Whip up some of these DIY Music-Themed Wreaths!
Try out some embossed candles.
Have a colleague/teacher/friend who loves her job? Make an I Heart My Job/Harpist t-shirt as a gift!
If you decide to make this DIY Foil Harp Art, it's a great excuse to start eating your Christmas candy. :)
Has your Christmas baking left you with empty extract bottles? Upcycle them into gifts using this DIY String End Bottle tutorial. It was regrammed by Harp Column too!
There you have it! If you want more ideas, head over to the Crafts category of the blog. Add an extra special touch by wrapping your gift in this Stamped Harp Gift Wrap and DIY Harp String Bow!
Need some Christmas music to enjoy as you're making these gifts? Head over to my #24DaysOfChristmasMusic & Christmas Music playlists on YouTube!
Be sure to show me your projects by tagging me (@fischarperjr) on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter!
Happy December! Are you ready to get into the Christmas spirit?
I shared a DIY Music-Themed Wreath ornament last week, and this week it's another upcycled ornament idea!
Watch the video and/or follow the written instructions below to make your own. (Don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel!)
If you'd like a template, try resizing the one from the DIY Harp String Art.
I think added some ink to distress some of them, but either it doesn't show up well in the picture above or I hadn't done it yet when I took the picture.
What shape would you make?
Be sure to tag me or use #Fischarper is you post pictures to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!
Did you see the extra video I posted last week? I play harp with a fidget spinner. You can head over to YouTube & subscribe!
Do you make Christmas gifts for your students? Here's an easy (and pretty fun) idea for gifts this year. Or you can have your students make them for gifts (or why make them and fill shoeboxes next year?) at a studio activity day. I included some of mine in Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.
Follow the written directions below and/or watch the video (have you subscribed to my YouTube channel?) to see how to make one (or many)!
wooden curtain rings
glue (I used glitter glue)
decorations (yarn, wire, twine, ribbon, etc.)
glue to attach decorations (such as Weldbond or Alene's)
(Let me know if you'd like a more specific supplies list.)
Paint the curtain ring with green paint. I used 2 coats on each side.
Stamp and emboss your design on tissue paper. Once it's cooled off, cut the designs out.
After the paint has dried, glue the cut out designs onto the wreath. Cover the entire wreath with glitter glue, or whatever you choose to use to seal it (the glitter glue can peel off, so you might want to try something different). You might need to do one side at a time.
Add your decorations however you wish! You can loop a string of some sort through the metal part to make it into an ornament, or just knot a ribbon in it. The slideshow below has some examples.
Are you planning to make some of these? Be sure to show me pictures in the comments or on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. Don't forget to use #Fischarper!
Is your cat looking to expand his/her musical experience? Has (s)he already mastered the harp? It's time to get your "Kitten On The Keys"!
Follow these steps to make your own piano scratching pad for your favorite musical feline!
glue (hot glue gun & craft glue)
Paint your board white. It doesn't have to be perfect; this is just to help the wood that peeks through blend in.
Cut your old towel(s) into strips and braid or make rope.
Use a hot glue gun to glue your "rope" into the board, snaking it back & forth in a tight zigzag pattern,
Cut the foam strips to a size that fits well as the black keys of the piano. I didn't paint this foam black, but I'd recommend painting it first or using black foam.
Now it's time to wrap the black keys! First wrap the black yarn around the foam length-wise, then wrap width-wise. You can coat the foam in craft glue before wrapping, or glue as you go using craft glue or hot glue.
Glue your black keys onto your rope-covered board, imitating the pattern of a piano keyboard.
Once it's dry, sprinkle some catnip on the keys, & watch your cat enjoy this new toy!
Feel free to use this as inspiration for your own version. How do you think you'll make it? Be sure to show me on social media by tagging me &/or using #Fischarper!
Do you have any of those little ready-to-decorate papier mache boxes laying around? Well, let's get to decorating one! I just used things that were on-hand. Just use the directions below as ideas, and see what you come up with!
papier mache box
acrylic paint (lime green, black)
music washi tape (or try making your own!)
[let me know in the comments if you'd like more specifics on the products]
The first main step will probably take a small few steps. Paint your box and lid your desired colors. (I have white on the outside and lime green on the inside [added later].) Make sure to let dry thoroughly.
Next, Add your music washi tape & trim it to size. Leave enough room at the top for the lid to comfortable fit. You might need to add glue to hold the tape down.
Seal the tape on my brushing glue over the box and lid. Allow to dry separately.
And here it is with the inside painted!
What color would you paint the inside?
Be sure to show me your version on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or in the comments section below!
Embossing candles is nothing new. I think I was first introduced to this idea in Girl Scouts years ago. You can find tutorials all over the internet. But have you ever made your own harp candle (I'm not the first to do this either...my mom & a friend made them before too!)? I made some little harp candles as favors for the students who participated in the After-St.-Patrick's-Day recital.
Stamp a piece of tissue paper with embossing ink, using your stamp. Cover with embossing powder. Dump off the extra powder and melt the stamped area of powder with the embossing gun.
Trim the tissue paper around the stamp. Place stamped tissue paper on candle and heat with the embossing gun just until it's melted into the candle. Be careful not to turn the candle into a puddle of wax. :) (And don't burn your fingers either!)
P.S. Have you seen this week's video?
Is your favorite harpist cat ready for a new instrument? Have no fear, you can make a harp scratching pad (you know, kitty can have claws to play this one!), upcycling cardboard.
Watch the video above (don't forget to subscribe!) and/or follow the written instructions below to make your own!
cardboard cutout harp (you can make your own)
lots of strips of cardboard (about 1 inch wide)
hot glue gun
hot glue gun sticks
Cut out your harp shape from a piece of cardboard. Draw out the shape first, or just eyeball it.
You can use scissors or some type of craft knife. Be careful when cutting.
Need some more musical feline crafts? Try this catnip harp or this no-sew version!
As always, be sure to show me your take on the project (& your cute cat!) on social media. Tag me and/or use #Fischarper!
papier mache box
acrylic paint (similar pink, black)
[let me know in the comments if you'd like more specifics on the products]
The first main step will probably take a small few steps. Paint your box and lid your desired colors. Make sure to let dry thoroughly. Depending on the paint and color, consider painting the box white first, then painting desired color. Don't forget the inside of the box!
Use embossing ink to cover the top of your box lid, then cover in embossing powder. I believe I first used pink, then added black. Melt the powder with your embossing gun.
Once that has cooled, stamp you rubber stamp into the embossing ink, then onto the top of your box. Cover with embossing powder, and shake off the excess. Melt this embossing powder. Once it's cooled, you're done!
What would you keep in this little box?
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