Tentacle Wall Art

Clay Tentacle Wall Art | Red Circle Crafts

Yes, that is exactly what it looks like. A clay tentacle I made and attached to a piece of wood so it can hang on the wall in faux-taxidermy style.

Clay Tentacle Wall Art | Red Circle Crafts Clay Tentacle Wall Art | Red Circle Crafts

Made from oven-bake clay, a clay extruder, and a weird piece of wood I found at SCRAP.

(This post contains Amazon affiliate links to the products that I used to make this.)

Tea Time Tutorials

Now that it’s fall, I’m starting to think about typical fall things. Jumping in piles of leaves, pumpkins, tea. I always forget that I like fall, until it’s here and making me happy with all it’s fall things.

With fall upon us, it’s time to start crafting all those things that will keep us warm through the winter. In this case, all the tea things.

DIY Tea Cups from Small for BigThere are tons of tutorials out there for drawing on tea cups or mugs with porcelain paint pens, but these are the clear winners for me. I love the faces and the feet! Tutorial is from Small for Big.


DIY Handmade Tea Bag Holders from Handmade CharlotteOnce you have your tea cups all set, these are to keep your tea bags strings from falling into your tea. Handmade Charlotte has a detailed tutorial for making wee birds and mushrooms out of clay.


DIY: Tea Storage Jars from Wit & WhistleAs someone who dreams of a beautifully organized tea drawer, these chalkboard paint jars from Wit & Whistle really appeal to me.


Teapot Cosy Tutorial from Spoonful of SugarWhen I was thinking about what to write about today, I actually thought I would write a whole post about tea cozies, however I was soon overwhelmed by all of the tea cozies I don’t like and the lack of interesting tutorials for the ones I do. This tutorial from A Spoonful of Sugar does an admirable job detailing the process and makes a surprisingly modern-looking tea cozy.


Tea Towel Tutorial | Red Circle CraftsLastly, this is the tutorial I made for my very cheerful tea towels. While most people don’t clean their tea service with linen towels anymore, I think it certainly makes tea time more festive to serve tea from one.


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It’s Fall!

Fall in Portland | Red Circle Crafts

Today’s the first day of fall. Anyone else think that the autumn equinox is late this year? Wasn’t it on September 20th last year? In any case, I think I’m ready for fall to be here now. It’s trying; I can see that it is. A few leaves have started changing, winter squash and a plethora of autumn flowers that I don’t know the names of are at the Farmer’s Market and I’m getting ready for my semi-annual trip to Tahoe.

I’m still going to take advantage of this sunshine and these practically perfect days for as long as they last though.

Halloween Costumes!

Am I too early? I feel like I should hold off from talking about Halloween until October. But really, if you’re planning to make your Halloween costume, it’s time to start it now. So consider this your early warning (if the Halloween candy at the grocery store isn’t enough) that it’s time to start thinking about costumes.

I really love Halloween and I love seeing people who put together crazy, awesome costumes. Some of the best ones I’ve ever seen were made with cardboard. Mine are usually sewn together. Although I still haven’t decided what it’s going to be this year. We’ll see.

Here are few interesting ones floating about the internet if you’re looking for some inspiration and maybe a how-to or three.

BurdaStyle Woodland Costume PatternsIf you’re planning on sewing a costume, and especially if you already have an idea of what you’re looking for, BurdaStyle has a wide range of basic costume patterns for beginner sewers. They’re all available for download and can be printed on your home printer.


Free Red Riding Hood Cape Pattern from Fleece FunThis cape from Fleece Fun is gorgeous with the full hood. It would be great for any number of costumes: Rennaisance Maiden, Vampire, Snow White, or Red Riding Hood. It would change completely with different fabric, color, etc.


Toddler Owl Costume Tutorial from Mom Inc DailyYes, this is a toddler Owl costume, but it has a tutorial with tons of photos and I’m considering adapting it for myself. It’s fairly straight-forward, but I love the unfinished, visible seams. That’s not something I’ve seen on any other owl tutorials, but it helps give the impression of feathers without too much actual detail.


Kidnapped Mermaid Costume from ModMischief on InstructablesThis Kidnapped Mermaid costume is much more building and much less sewing (although it still has some). Frankly it’s brilliant. I love optical illusion costumes and this one is really pretty practical as far as these things go. I remember a WWI Fighter Pilot costume that was too big to fit through a door.


Butterfly Costume from the Carboard CollectiveIf you’re looking for an entirely non-sewing option, cardboard is really the way to go. It’s easy to come by and can be used in sooo many different ways. This headpiece is for a butterfly costume. There is a family of insect costumes not to mention a dozen other ideas, with some tutorials thrown in at the Cardboard Collective.


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Tassel Necklace

First a reminder! Tonight is craft night. If you are in Portland and available, I hope you’ll come. We’re making stamps, but you can bring your own project if you’d prefer.

Tassel Necklace | Red Circle Crafts

I cannot even believe the number of projects I can’t show you right now. I’ve started Christmas/Birthday present making already. I’m so used to posting photos of everything as I make it at least on Instagram. But there are too many eyes watching.

This tassel necklace was a simple little thing I whipped up after seeing this tutorial from Alice & Lois. It really is as easy to make as the tutorial claims.

Tassel Necklace | Red Circle Crafts

I love the way theirs looks laying down, but I was less happy with it when hanging, like you would wear it, so I opted to put all three tassels on one larger jump ring so they would all hang from one focal point.

P.S. I think I should use this photo to jump start my hand modeling career.

Some things I wish I’d done differently:

You may have noticed how much shorter my tassels are than the tutorials. Which was not actually on purpose. Trying to cut them all the same length just about killed me. In the end, I took them all in hand and cut them at the same time with my nice, sharp scissors. By that point even was much shorter than anticipated. I’m not unhappy with it. And honestly, I could just remake them if I decide I do want longer tassels. NEXT TIME (because tassels are really too much fun to not have a next time) I’ll cut them at the same time, maybe even using tape to get a super even cut.

If you’re thinking, oh jewelry, I don’t make jewelry, like I often do, keep in mind that this is about the simplest jewelry making thing, opening and closing one jump ring. I do own two pairs of jewelry pliers to do this, but you don’t strictly need them. Any needle-nosed pliers will work, combined with something to hold the other side of the jump ring steady. Be creative! I’m sure you’ve got something that will work.

Forest For The Trees Portland Murals

Blaine Fontana at NE 18th & Alberta
One of my favorite things about Portland is all of the art in public spaces. I’m still not sure what to make of the weird solar powered lamps in Old Town, but the rest, especially the unauthorized art still thrills me.

Forest For The Trees recently completed their 2014 murals and they are amazing! I’ve only seen a few in person (so far), but I can’t wait to check them all out. A few of my favorite local artists participated too. It’s a real joy to be walking along and find myself in front of a new mural. Although I think I may plan a trip along their map to see some that would normally be out of my way.

Gage Hamilton on NW Couch & ParkAll photos in this post are my own. Click on the images for links to the artists. Hold your cursor over the photo for the locations of their murals.

Back To School Tutorial Round Up

It’s September and even if I’m not going back to school, there are tons of awesome back-to-school tutorials showing up across the internet right now. Too many not to want to start making some for myself. I still need pencil cases and notebooks, OK?


Take Flight Knapsack from See Kate Sew via Birch FabricsI love this adorable little backpack from See Kate Sew via Birch Fabrics blog. It’s a fairly simple concept and would be pretty easy to size for an adult, if, you know, you wanted one of these for yourself. Like I do.


DIY Belt + Board from PoppytalkI don’t currently have a bulletin board, which is a little crazy. I think I always had one, until a few years ago when I chose not to include it in a move across the country. This tutorial for a small one from Poppytalk might be a good, moving-friendly alternative for the large piece that took up so much of my work area wall.


Block Zip Pouch Tutorial from Minki KimMinki Kim has this lovely tutorial for these squared zip pencil pouches. The pattern is exactly what you’d expect, but I love the way she pairs neutral linen with cute fabrics and her other designs are as inspiring. You could even do something that looks color blocked with this pattern. Modern and sweet all at once.


DIY Pencils from Merry ThoughtI had no idea you could make pencils! I love finding tutorials for things that I didn’t even know you could get handmade. The tutorial for these pencils looks fairly simple, with lovely results.


DIY Mini Pocket Notebook Journal From A Cereal Box from Creme De La CraftIt doesn’t get any better for me than upcycling office school supplies. These pretty notebooks are made from cereal boxes. I’m so on this.


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