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!)
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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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Need some musical art to spruce up your studio space? Try out this upcycled DIY cassette wall art inspired by HGTV Handmade. It's a great way to use those old cassettes you no longer listen to!
Watch the video and/or follow the written instructions below to make your own!
board (I used the front of an old drawer)
picture hanging hardware/supplies
sheet music (you can look for some at your local thrift store, or print some from the Petrucci Music Library)
glue (I used school glue and hot glue)
old cassette tapes
Step 1: Measure & attach the picture hanger.
Step 2: Sand front of board.
Step 3: Add the sheet music to the board in a decoupage-like manner. You can mix water with the glue if you wish.
Step 4: Allow to dry.
Step 1: Remove the tape from the cassettes (optional). You might want to use this for another project.
Step 2: Remove any labels and sand.
Step 3: Paint with the necessary number of coats. Make sure to cover the front and sides.
Arrange cassette tapes on board and glue down with hot glue.
After your art has dried, hang it up in your studio to enjoy!
What do you think of the video? Was it helpful?
Be sure to use #Fischarper and/or tag me if you post your version of this project to social media (I'd love to see it)!
Candle in glass jar
Flame safe paint (I used Liquid Leaf before realizing you shouldn't use it near flame...oops. Learn from my mistake.)
Tape (scissors if necessary)
First, tape off a triangle, resembling an abstract-ish harp shape.
Paint the triangle with your flame safe paint. You might want to use a paint brush that you don't mind throwing away, in case the paint doesn't want to wash out.
Allow to dry and remove tape.
Touch up the paint if necessary (especially if you tried to scrape strings onto it and it didn't work #oops) and enjoy!
Take pictures and edit them to try to make everything show up ok. :) Alright, that part's optional.
Remember to never leave candles unattended and to be careful around flame. As with all posts, try this at your own risk and if you're a kid, get a responsible adult to help you! Again, make sure to use flame safe paint and/or use a battery operated candle.
Let me know in the comments and on social media if you try this!
Fidget spinners are/were quite the craze, although they do seem to have calmed down a bit. Love 'em or hate 'em, they were all over the place for awhile! Just take a look at YouTube for hauls, DIYs, and even tricks. So, of course I decided to put a musical spin (see what I did there?) on the idea.
Assign this as a homework project for your students, or have one in your pre-/post-lesson activity area or lending area. Use this as an opportunity to review quarter note duration, or even to introduce quarter note duration in different meters.
One important note: make sure your students know to be responsible and respectful with how/when they play with it!
Watch the video below, or read the written instructions below to see how you can make one!
printable pattern (you might want to make it a little smaller)
oven bake clay (something like Sculpey) & oven
knife (be careful!)
clay glaze (or glue or Mod Podge)
1) Roll out clay & cut around template (you might want to make the template a little smaller), then smooth edges.
2) Bake according to package instructions, making sure clay is in shape before baking.
3) Allow clay to cool, then coat a section at a time with glaze or glue & cover with sand and/or glitter. Repeat as needed, with a final coat of glaze or glue to seal. Let dry between coats.
4) Trim the skewer so that some sticks out on each side. You might have to trim it down again (mine is a little too long in the video). Glue a gem to one end & allow to dry.
5) Glue a gem to each note head to add weight.
6) Once the glue has dried, place the skewer through the middle of the clay & glue the other stone on the other side of the skewer.
7) Allow it to dry, then spin!
There you have it! What are your thoughts on fidget spinners? Be sure to show me your musical version with #Fischarper!
DIY music gifts, DIY harp gift wrap, and now DIY harp string gift bows?! You are so ready for your favorite harp player's birthday! This is a fairly easy project, but is so personalized. It's also another way to upcycle those used strings.
Used harp strings - not all of them hold the twisty shape; gut seemed to work best, but you might have to have a little trial and error
Paper for the base (I used excess from this wrapping)
Small pliers and wire cutters
Small hole punch (or pin)
Cut a piece from your base about 3x longer and 2x wider than you want the finished base. Fold in half longways and in thirds the other way.
Unfold and punch holes for your desired number of strings. I originally made 12, but changed to 9. Use the tiny hole punch for this, not the pliers. If you don't have a tiny hole punch, you can try using a pin.
Start twisting the string with the pliers, making a corkscrew.
Keep twisting. Curl the entire piece of string, and repeat for the remaining.
Insert a string into one of the holes.
Make sure a little is sticking out on the back.
Do this for all the holes you made.
The back should look like this. It might be a little tricky, especially if your strings are quite a bit smaller than the holes. Just keep working at it, and take a break if it gets too frustrating. :)
Blob some glue on the string ends...on the back.
Tape and trim the sides and bottom of the bow base.
Admire your work and attach it to a gift! You could use this harp wrapping paper, this music gift tag, and/or this music gift box. While you're at it, think about adding one of these diy gifts!
Did you make this? Be sure to show me on social media! Tag me and/or use #Fischarper.
1. Cut about 27" of wire
2. Thread your pearl (or other anchor/bottom bead) onto the wire. Fold the wire in half with the pearl at the bottom.
3. Thread 25 beads onto the doubled wire (the pearl should be at the bottom, anchoring the wire).
4. Fold the beads over, skip 13 beads, and thread the wire into the 14th bead (the yellow bead).
5. Thread 14 beads onto the wire.
6. Thread the wire upward into the 3rd bead from the bottom, not counting your anchor/pearl bead (green). You might need to thread one wire at a time.
7. Add 7 beads.
8. Thread the wire down into the 5th bead above the last join (pink).
9. Add 2 more beads.
10. Fold wire over the last bead. Then thread through the second bead.
11. Wrap wire around last join (under pink bead).
12. Thread the wire tail through the beads and trim off excess. You might need to thread the two wires in two different directions.
13. Attach 2 jump rings through the top loop of the treble clef and attach to earring hooks.
Are you planning to try these out? Be sure to tag me on social media and/or use #Fischarper! Not on social media? Leave a picture in the comments or send me a message!
Need a little harp art to spruce up your practice area? Or just need an excuse to buy some chocolate? Either way, I've got you covered with this easy textured foil harp art.
foil (mine is from Ferrero Rocher from a student)
cardboard (for the stand)
small piece of wood (cardboard would probably also work)
3d paint (hot glue would probably also work)
Permanent black marker (optional)
Draw a simple harp with puffy paint. Make sure the strings aren't too close together.
Let this dry really well.
Once the paint is totally dry, cover the piece of wood with glue.
Spread the glue all around the front of the wood, adding more glue if necessary.
Trim the foil flush with the edge of the wood and add extra glue if needed.
I colored the edges with a black permanent marker, but that part is optional. If you do this, I'd suggest doing it before gluing the foil down. Using paint instead of a marker would also probably give better coverage.
Cut out a stand shape and bend it so that it will hold up your art. Then, glue it to the back.
Once dry, display your lovely work of art!
Are you going to try this? Please be sure to tag me on social media or let me know in the comments!
stamping blanks (from Hobby Lobby)
metal letter stamps
jewelry pliers (2nd set optional, but very helpful)
hard slab to use as stamping block (I used a marble-like base from a trophy)
painters (or similar) tape
alcohol or hand sanitizer
cotton ball or similar item
2 jump rings
head pin (optional...or you could use a wire and bend it)
Use a piece of tape to mark out the width available for stamping. This will be used as a guideline.
This is hard to see in the above picture, but first stamp your letters on the tape (for the order of the pedals, I did DCB·EFGA). You can keep "drafting" this up until you get the spacing you want.
Tape the stamping blank down, lining up the draft that you mocked up. The blank I used is curved, so I cut the tape to use to help follow the curve evenly.
You can see the letters, but we're going to bring them out more in the next step.
Color over the letters with permanent marker. You'll be wiping of the excess in the next step, so don't worry about it being outside of the letters.
After coloring, take hand sanitizer or alcohol and rub off the excess marker. You can repeat the color and clean up steps again if you want.
Add a jump ring to each side of your new charm.
Thread a chain through the jump rings and you're done!
Optional step: Thread a bead (or three) on a head pin and make it into a charm. Then, add it to one of the jump rings.
Is it weird that I made a necklace with the orders of the pedals? Maybe. :) But it was still a fun project!
Do you like it better with or without the little charm? I'm not sure which I prefer. Wouldn't it be cute with a tiny harp charm?
As always, I'd love to see your twist on this project! Tag me or use #fischarper on social media.
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