DIY: Valentine’s Day Rainbow Banner

This is a fun little rainbow banner for Valentine’s Day make with felt and string. Keep reading to see how to make it!

Required Material:

  • Squares of craft felt in rainbow colors
  • Bakers twine
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Chalk
  • Heart cookie cutter
  • Batting
  • Pins
  • Start by tracing the heart shape onto a piece of felt folded in half

After it has been traced with chalk, pin the middle to keep both sides together.

Cut out your hearts. Keep the pins in. Set pinned hearts aside.

Do the same with the other rainbow colors.

Now sew both pieces together along the edge in a extra wide stitch with contrasting thread. You could also handstitch these. Leave 2 inches open to add the batting.

Stuff the batting into the heart and sew up the last inch.

Do the same with the other colors (I only ended up making one of each color as opposed to the two I had cut out).

Thread some bakers twine into a embroidery needle and poke through the top end of one, threading it through to the other side. Make sure to put the hearts on in rainbow order.

Keep adding to the thread until they’re all on.

Hope you like this Rainbow Banner tutorial.

Image Source: momtastic

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DIY Five Pointed Rainbow Prism Lamp

The Five Pointed Prism lamp is made up of ten geometrical panels, which makes a prism, displaying the same repeated pattern all the way through giving out beautiful rainbow colours around your chosen space

I use only LED lighting in my designs to contribute to keeping the environment friendly.

Step 1: Begin Drawing/Designing Geometric Shapes

I begin by drawing my design on paper with rough sketches. I really enjoy geometrical shapes so I wanted to design one. I have had many failures on this design as I was not getting the mathematical measurements correct but I got there in the end. This is then drawn in illustrator to make this mathematically correct. I then send this file to a local laser cutter company to get these cut out of birch wood.

Step 2: Staining, Attaching Acrylic Film to Templates

When the 10 templates have been cut (5 large and 5 small) to make a prism shape, I then stain the wood in a rich dark chocolate colour and leave to dry.

To get the wonderful colours, I use an acrylic iridescent fil.

Adding the acrylic film:

I then cut out the correct size shapes out of iridescent acrylic film by hand, This acrylic film is super colourful, covering the whole rainbow spectrum, purples, pinks, oranges, greens, blues and from metallic and copper colours, depending where you view the material from as this changes in an instance from one angle to the next

This is then stuck to one side of the wooden templates.

I have to spray the wooden template to set the film as it has an adhesive so this stops any dust attaching while its sticking to the wood.

As seen in the images, you can see the film gives out a real colourful coppers & metallic colours as well as blues/purples, this is the great thing about the material. While this is setting for 24 hours, I get to work with making the wooden base.

Step 3: Base Making

The wood varies from oak, ash, birch, rose, walnut, basically any thing I can get my hands on, from local saw mills, suppliers and wood merchants. Up cycled wood comes into my projects a lot as I like to use wood which people don’t require any more from tables, chairs, doors any thing really. I also find wood in forests.

You have to make sure the wood is air-dried for at least a good 18months other wise the wood splits.

I then cut this to size on my a table saw. I then clamp 5 sides together and leave to set for 24 hours. When set, I then sand this down with 3 different grits to get a clean finish, leaving the wood smooth and soft.

I then stain the wood in the rich dark chocolate colour to match the wooden templates.

Next stage is wiring up the lamps. I use a vintage spiral cord and only use LED bulbs for my lamp.

Step 4: Back to Lampshade Making

Now the acrylic film is set, I use my craft knife to cut out shapes with in the template. This takes time as I have to be vary careful to not cut where is not need as this will show through when light is projecting. Cutting the shapes out lets the natural light beam through.

I then copper foil each template and the solder each template individually around both side with soldering iron. I found this to be the best way in constructing the lamp.

Step 5: Assembling the Lamp

To assemble my lamp:

This part is tricky, as I need two pairs of hands to do this so I ask fellow artists and my family to help me with this part. It’s very fiddly and getting the angles correct is challenging but well worth the finished out come. I do the soldering while I have an extra pair of hands to hold the templates to gather so I can pin them together with the solder. When the structure is complete, I then can go round the whole lamp and tidy up and fill all the gaps in with solder to make it neat and tidy with clean edges

The lamp sits at a height of 37cm and width 23 x 23 cm

I hope you have enjoyed my processes. If you have questions, then do ask.

courtesy: Amberlightsuk

DIY Autumn rainbow box

For autumn theme came to me this box. A little unexpected and uncharacteristic for my work.

Perform such work does not require special skills of drawing, it is the strength and beginners.

Home, fantasy and orderly execution.

Acrylic paints : white, black, red-orange-yellow-green-blue-violet

Here is my source code: box, waited in the wings at least a year. Harvesting of elm wood, tinted stain (think walnut).

Pre-made sketches on paper by distributing the leaves on the cover of the box, and some plan how they will be placed at the bottom. Then sketched already at the box pencil, lines and filled with white. White to the subsequent application of the paint layer was really colourful

Here are the highlights of this stage:

Note the ends caskets I sometimes follow a pattern tree and outlines wavy lines straight “on the trail” (photo – bottom row right).

Parallel to begin to fill the leaves colour, reprises the rest white. All in a typical autumnal tone. It is now … 🙂

Next appear iridescent colours! When conceived work, be honest about them and I did not think. Prismatic burst suddenly and unceremoniously. There were doubts, but stay I could not 

After completing all the colours start to work with the contours, rather, it is a contour paste. The lines are thin paste does not spread, it is very convenient to work! I have here are:

I have three colours in the process: gold, bronze, copper. Here, the main thing is not to hurry up and change the areas of work in order to avoid smearing un dried moments.

Decided to decorate the edge of the cover crumb Pot al (bronze, copper, gold).

How I do it: for glue , I did not have on hand, took advantage of acrylic lacquer. Nanoshu thin layer of varnish, just give it to dry and begin to apply potal slices, pressing down slightly flat brush. That’s the “doubleness” obtained by:

Giving it to dry for about an hour, I start to take off the excess sweat, too flat brush.

Likewise execute and hem on the bottom.

Now photos of finished work from different angles. On rowan berries and put blichki draw “tails” in black.

View caskets from all sides:

All of them! Box covers Yachting glossy varnish, usually three layers. On the photo is a single layer.