Got a plain old eyeglasses case that you want to spruce up? Well, you've come to the right place! Keep reading for a pretty easy DIY piano keyboard glasses case.
T-shirt in title photo is the I Heart My Job/Harpist T-Shirt DIY
Looking for a quick way to snazzy up a plain black purse? Add a touch of piano keyboard flair to an upcycled bag with just a few supplies.
Want a fun DIY gift for your favorite tea-loving harpist (perhaps Christy-Lyn?)? How about some harp tea bags?
If you happen to have a wallpaper sample book or just some wallpaper scraps lying around, this is a great way to use it! If you don't have wallpaper, have no fear, you can use scrapbook paper or even construction paper.
Picture Frame (I used the frame from this project)
Wallpaper (or other type of paper)
Scrap Paper (the size of the frame, plus the size of the "harp")
And there you have it! The harp would probably "pop" more if I'd used more contrasting papers, but it's more subtle the way it turned out.
What colors/patterns would you use on this project? Show me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!
Have you seen diffuser necklaces floating around the web (there's a variety of types)? Well, that's what inspired this necklace. You can sport this necklace with or without the oils, but it's a pretty quick project that you can make for yourself and/or a friend. You can even upcycle belt leather.
Small piece of leather (I used part of a belt)
Pliers & wire cutters (I used more than one pair)
Leather cord or necklace chain
Three jump rings
Helpful: eyelet/grommet setting tool (I tried using a ball bearing, but it didn't work too well)
Something to punch a hole in the leather
First, cut a harp shape out of your leather. I free-handed mine.
Next, poke/cut a hole where you want the eyelet to go. Be careful with this step!
Add your eyelet. (I didn't get mine set right, but it looks fine....)
Finally, add three jump rings & thread your cord or chain through the top ring.
If you want, you can even try adding essential oil to the back of yours to make a diffuser necklace like this (which is what inspired this project)!
I tried using a diy orange essential oil on one of the necklaces, but that one didn't seem to work too well. The purchased oil seemed to work better as far as scenting it. Also, essential oil might irritate skin or stain clothes, so be careful.
You can style this necklace however you wish. With the leather cord, you can tie it & slide it over your head, tie it as a choker, or add clasps to make it more of a traditional necklace.
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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!
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