It's time for another nail art tutorial on the blog! (Have you tried the other harp nail art?) This one is quite easy! If you want to subtly use your nails to make a nod to your harp skills, here you go! You could also use a green base color to get ready for St. Patrick's Day!
nail polish (I used Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy in Jackpot)
nail art strips in red, blue, & silver or white (or you can use thin stripes of nail polish instead)
top coat (the writing is partly off the bottle, but I think I used Revlon ExtraLife No Chip Top Coat)
All you do...
Paint your base color (I think I used 3 coats)
Allow to fully dry
Place the strips on your nails in the order of harp strings. You'll probably want to start in the center and work out.
Apply top coat & allow to dry!
Need a new gig bag? Got a bag with a slogan you'd like to upcycle?
I'm trying out posting a semi-wordless tutorial for this project...let me know what you think!
Use the fabric glue to attach this to your bag. Once it's dry, you're done! (I tried ironing it on with the fusing, but it didn't work too well, & started melting the inside of the bag.)
What do you think? Do you like it better with written instructions, or with just pictures?
Do you think you'll upcycle a bag into a personalized gig bag? Or are you happy with your current one? Show me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!
Make a stand caddy to hold your pencils during practice! And guess what...it's made from a toilet paper roll.
empty toilet paper roll
decorative paper (I used a wallpaper sample in the vid)
decorative tape (like washi tape)
Watch the video &/or follow the written instructions below to make your own.
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1. Cut the wallpaper to size.
2. Trace a circle onto the extra cardboard, using the toilet paper tube as a guide. Cut it out & use it as a guide to cut out a piece of matching paper.
3. Tape the cardboard circle to the bottom of the tube.
4. Glue the paper around the tube. Use your clothespin to temporarily hold it down at the seam if necessary.
5. Cut a rectangle of paper. Fold it in thirds(ish) and glue it.
6. Glue the paper circle to the bottom.
7. Glue the strip inside the tube (near the seam). Clip it with the clothespin if necessary.
8. Bend the paper (where it will fold over onto the clothespin). You can trim it to make it more manageable.
9. Add a strip of washi/decorative tape along the seam. Don't press it down too hard; you'll need to pull some of it up later.
10. Pull up the tape at the bottom. Place some tape around the bottom. Trim & fold down. Re-adhere the tape over the seam.
11. Repeat step 10 with the top, working around the tab you added.
12. Glue the clothespin & paper tab. If you're a harpist, be sure you have the clothespin facing the direction for it to clip onto the left side of the music stand.
13. Add tape to cover the paper and clothespin. Trim as needed.
14. Use some clear tape to secure the tab inside the tube. Crease the tab to help it hang better.
Clip this onto your music stand to keep your pencils handy!
Please show me your take on this project on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter!
I might or might not have been saving up some straws for this project. :) It's a fun way to upcycle some used straws (wash them & let them dry before storing them). There are several straw-melting tutorials on the internet, including this one.
If you try this project, be careful & do it at your own risk, as it uses heat & melting things. If you're a kid, make sure to have a responsible adult help you.
straws (red, blue, clear)
aluminum foil (some tutorials use baking paper I think)
towel or ironing board
And there you have it! You could use this for a suncatcher, keychain, etc. You could also have your students do the patterning of the straws & then the cutting out the harp shape (make sure it's cooled!). You'll probably want to do the ironing step since it could be a bit dangerous. Each student could take one home as a practice aid for remembering the colors of each string. How would you use it?
I've got another melted straw project planned for the future too!
If you do this project, please show me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.
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!
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