April 23, 2010

Guest Post: Linda with Craftaholics Anonymous

Guest tutorial today!
Meet Linda, of Craftaholics Anonymous:
This woman is the zipper queen, she could probably build you a house with a zipper if you asked her to. She's that incredible! But today she has something a little simpler for us....
Aren't these adorable?

Take it away, Linda!

i'm very excited to be here today! Dinsey is uber talented and such a sweetie and i heart her blog. a lot. so i'm estatic to be guesting here today.

i'm going to share a quick mother's day gift idea and tutorial. this year for mother's day, i was in the mood to make something fun for my mom. my mom is a fun lovin' gal, so i thought these cool flip flops would make her day. i made "zipper star flowers" and put them on flip flops. i plan to attach a little tag telling my mom what a star she is in my life and how much i look up to her.{love you mom!} if i wasn't living on a student budget, i'd totally get her a gift card for a pedicure to go with this cuties. that would really complete the gift.


if you're not into the flip flop idea for your mother's day, you could easily make these zipper star flowers into a brooch pin for her jacket or a clip that she could clip onto her handbag or purse.





zipper star flowers


Supplies


  • 12-14 inch zipper

  • scissors

  • glue gun

  • rhinestone, pearl, jewel, etc for the center

  • flip flops (optional)

  • flip flop glue or other very strong adhesive (optional)









first separate your zipper removing the pull and stopper.




next, make a loop with the zipper teeth on the outside.




make a second loop opposite the first loop and glue in place. be sure to keep loops the same size. {easier said than done, i know}




make two more loops opposite of each other.




then make your fifth and final loop.




cut off the excess zipper and glue your rhinestone onto the center.


*if you want to turn this into a pin or clip, hot glue a piece a felt to the back and then attach your pin or clip.*




to attach them to flip flops like i did, i found this cool "flip flop glue" at the craft store for a few dollars.




i put a little circle of the glue on the back of the flower and put it on the flip flop. i used a clip to hold the flower in place while it dried.




it took about an hour for the glue to dry, but it did a great job. those flowers are cemented on!!




ta-da! cute flips flops!


wrap 'em up with some pretty ribbon and you've got yourself a great mother's day gift :)





i'd love it if you stopped by my blog, Craftaholics Anonymous, and said hi!

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Thank you so much, Linda! I love projects that are this cute and easy! I need some in every color :o)



After you check out Linda's blog, don't miss Dana's giveaway today!

10 comments:

  1. I have been admiring ZIPPERED clothes and shoes recently in the stores. THANK YOU for posting this! What a great embellishment (that I'm sure takes lots of practice but will be so much fun) !

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  2. this is so cute, I haven't seen the zippers on flip flops yet...this would be so cute for my little girl! thanks for the tutorial!

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  3. These are so adorable! I can't wait to try them.

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  4. These flowers are so cute, and they could be used for so many different things! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  5. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [23 Apr 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  6. Thanks for the tutorial... Now I must go buy some zippers!

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  7. Such a cute tutorial! I need to go to wal-mart to return something today so I'll be picking up a zipper or two so I can try this out.

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  8. Gosh I just bought a ton of zippers from the thrift store just wondering what to do with them! I never thought bout making flowers out of them! Love your blog your very inspirational!! :)

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  9. This is so cute!! I had to wait for my hubby to get home so that he could take the zipper apart for me. I can only make it left handed for some reason (and I am right handed) and haven't tried it while using a glue gun. I just put three yellow headed quilt pins thru the center so that I could see it. LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing. I am going to make this a hair clip for my college girl.

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  10. These flowers are so cute, and they could be used for so many different things! Thanks for sharing. :-)

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