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the bone and arrow: etsy shop

Hello everyone!

After many months of hard work, I’ve opened up my etsy shop at last, The Bone And Arrow. I’ll be featuring everything from handmade jewelry, paintings, and DIY projects. I’ll soon be selling custom orders for lampshades, and small framed art pieces.

For now, take a look! More items will be added soon.

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DIY: paper bag lanterns

This week I’ve gotten around to finally posting a couple of DIYs, mini sugar skull boxes and a bat wreath. Today I bring you this incredibly easy paper bag lantern diy. We’re having a Halloween party at my besties house and I needed to come up with an easy and cost effective way to make lanterns for the back stairs. I found a stack of paper bags in my kitchen and thought AHA!

Supplies:

Brown paper lunch bags
Flameless candles
Xacto knife
Tissue paper
Glue

Directions:

1. For this step, I used the stencil I made in the bat wreath DIY and simply traced two of them on one side of the paper bag, and one on the other side. Putting a piece of paper inside the paper bag I cut out each one of the bats with the xacto knife. When you switch sides, you’ll have to re-situate the paper inside the bag so you don’t cut through the sides of the folded paper bag.

2. Take the tissue paper and cut out a big enough piece to cover the cut out shapes, plus a little extra. Put a line of glue around the edges of the tissue paper and carefully glue it on the inside of the bag. I only did one side of the bag with tissue paper, it lets the light shine through more brightly on one side.

3. Put your flameless candle in the bag and done! I put my candle on top of a small tea light candle holder. It weighs down the bag and helps the candle get higher up on the bag.

You could also put some stones in the bottom of the bag.

 

xo

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DIY: mini sugar skull boxes

I’ve decided to finally put up a couple of DIY projects. I know I’ve been slacking horribly in that department, my apologies. I haven’t had much inspiration, even this Halloween-y time of year.  Maybe that will all change when the holidays come a-knocking.

Supplies:

Paper mache boxes (such as these)
Spray paint
Acrylic paint
Paint brushes

Directions:

1. I first had to peel off the sticker on the back of each box, then spray painted each box with an even layer of black spray paint.

2. Once the boxes were dry, I sketched out the general shape of each skull and painted at least 3 layers of white paint onto the top.

3. Now once that was dry, I drew out what designs I wanted on the sugar skulls. If you need some reference, try googling images of sugar skulls. I found some great reference photos. Cobwebs, crosses, and diamond shapes.

4. Start painting your embellishments, I wanted to use a lot of yellows reds and blues.

Once the initial coats of paint were dry, this was such a fast project. You could use them to put candy in or even little jewelry boxes. I plan on making a few more in the future, even after the spooky season has ended.

xo

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Make it Monday: mason jar candle holders

If you want an easy craft that uses minimal supplies and gives you tons of options, look no further. This whole project took me less than 20 minutes to make, and the supplies were under $8. I loved the end result and really can’t make up my mind if I want to put them on my table as a center piece or use them on my porch when sitting outside.

What you’ll need..

  • 2 mason jars
  • tea light candles
  • marbles/large beads/your choice of what to put in the jar
  • adhesive (I used e6000)
  • candles
  • yarn/ribbon

Notes: the candles you choose should be wide enough to fit inside of the tea light candles once you remove the candle from the metal tin.

Now what you do..

1. Remove the tea light candles from the metal tin it’s placed in. Take off the lid to your mason jars, and put dabs of the adhesive on the bottom of the metal tins. You may not be able to reach the bottom of the mason jar with your hand, so I took a pair of scissors and pinched the side of the tin to hold onto it, and put it into place at the bottom of the mason jar. Using a pen, push the tin down to make sure it lays flat for the adhesive to stick.

2. Let the adhesive dry. Pour the marbles, or whatever it is you decided to use into the mason jar.

3. Turn the jar sideways, placing your hand at the opening to make sure none of the marbles fall out. With the marbles on the side of the jar, take your candle and put it into the metal tin that’s not glued down to the bottom.

4. Now hold onto the candle and turn the mason jar back to it’s upright position.

5. Take the yarn or ribbon (or even a piece of clothe!) and wrap it around the top of the mason jar. Tie a little bow and you’re done.

Now tell me that wasn’t easy.

xo

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Braided lampshade DIY feature

Oh heyy! I recently contributed a DIY lampshade project to Buzzfeed, and to my surprise it went live last night. The project itself took me around 5 days, I forgot how tedious braiding can get! I’m in love with the end result and have begun trying to find the perfect lamp to put it on. The supplies you need are rather simple, and the possibilities are endless when it comes to a color scheme.

Supplies include:

Mod podge (or an adhesive of sorts)
2 colors of yarn
Scissors
A clip
Brush

If you want to check out how I put this lampshade together, head over to Two Ways to DIY Your Lampshades. It was a great experience! I love being given an idea and coming up with a project from it. I’m looking forward to my next project!

xo

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Make it Monday: animal figurine jewelry hanger

Do you ever have those moments where you see something really cute and seemingly so simple to make you just have to try it? Ok, maybe your answer was no, but I have those moments all the time. So when Kh came up with the idea to make this jewelry hanger for our friend Kate’s birthday, I was completely on board.

We headed to the craft store and found all of the supplies we needed in one place. AC Moore, some times I still really love you. I found multiple tutorials online that I used mostly as a guide to help with any questions that might come up. In the long run it was mostly trial and error that got us through it.

And by us I mean Kh. I have to give her full credit for dissembling the animals, drilling holes, and cutting pieces of dowel rod off for the pegs.

What you’ll need..

  • Animal figurines – there’s such a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Pick out whatever you like! Keep in mind ones with antlers, ears, etc make it easier to hang jewelry from.
  • A long piece of wood, or a wooden plaque
  • A dowel the same size as your drill bit
  • Drill
  • Utility knife
  • Glue – I used e6000
  • Saw or something to cut the animals apart
  • Vice or clamp

Now you need to..

1. Cut the part of the animal off you want to use. I thought it would be cute to have animal butts! We used the heads though. Make sure the backs of the part you choose are cut so they lay flat against the wood.

2. Putting the animal pieces in the clamp or vice, drill a hole roughly in the center of the back of each head (or butt..). I say use a vice or clamp so you don’t hurt yourself. Safety! You may want to try drilling into one of the discarded animal pieces before you drill into your actual pieces.

3. Cut pieces of the dowel off, enough pieces for each one of your animal heads. Make sure your dowel pieces are long enough to fit 1/3 of it in the animal head. Put the dowel pieces in the animal heads, to both ensure it fits and that you don’t lose the dowels.

4. Measure and mark where you want your animal heads to go on the board. Try to make sure the line of animal heads is close to the middle of the board. Drill the hole far enough in to fit your dowel pieces. However far you see fit.

5. This would be the point you could paint or gloss your wood. We decided to leave it unfinished, mostly because we couldn’t decide what to paint it or the color gloss/stain. If you aren’t staining or painting it insert your animal pieces into the holes, put a small drop of glue in the hole for extra hold. This was the fun part! Mixing and matching what animals go where.

6. Let sit to dry. Once fully dry, I turned it over and nailed in two hanging brackets on the back. Easy to move and place where you like!

How easy was that? Thanks to Kh, she did all the hard parts. Now I’m wanting to make one of my own, using animal butts of course. A rhino hiney, I’d love it.

xo

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Make it Monday: Cork board cupboard, an easy bulletin board

After my little break recently, I’ve decided to change up my posting schedule. Mondays seem like a good day for a crafty inspired project, don’t they?

I usually have at least a million obsessions going at once, cork boards being one of them. I have a large cork board hanging over my desk in my studio space, and I even recently did a framed cork board DIY. It’s no surprise then that after seeing this on pinterest, I was in love. This would be a great project to do if you have limited space in your kitchen. Sadly, like me.

Before I made this, if you happened to open my cupboard closest to my stove, you’d find a handful of post it notes taped to the inside of it. Recipes scratched quickly out on them in desperate need of a home. Some day I’ll put together that recipe holder.. but for now..

Supplies:

  • Cork board (I used cork board contact paper I bought at Target)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Double sided tape (or an adhesive to use if you don’t use the contact paper)

Directions:

1. Measure the inside of your cupboard, or at least get the desired width and height you’d like the cork board to be.

2. Take those measurements and cut out your cork board according to them. Using the contact paper, there are pre-drawn measurements on the back of it which made cutting it out much easier.

3. Since I used the contact paper, there was already an adhesive on the back of it, so I simply peeled off the back and stuck it onto the inside of the cupboard. If you’re using cork board that does not come with an adhesive back, I suggest using a strong double sided tape and putting a line of it along each edge of the cork board. This way it’ll still be easy enough to pull off should you need to.

4. Start posting things on it!

Notes: The contact paper while it was super easy to stick on the cupboard, it is rather thin and the tacks don’t go all the way into it. They do go in far enough to not fall out, however.

xo

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