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Altered Halloween Spell Book Tutorial

Altered Halloween Spell Book Tutorial

My little girl decided to go as a witch this Halloween. She sees me making books for Istria Design all the time, and she asked if I could make a Spell book to go with her costume. Of course, I couldn't resist her requested, so here is what we came up with. We had so much fun that we decided to make two. If you would like to make some of these yourself, here is how to do it. It is pretty simple and it won't break the bank.

 

Altered Halloween Spell book

 YOU WILL NEED:

  • A hardcover journal or sketchbook. I got this one from Walmart for less than $6.
  • Plastic Halloween creatures for $1 from the Dollar Store.
  • Glue gun and a couple of glue sticks. If you are a crafter you probably have this at home already.
  • Black spray paint that sticks to plastic. You can get these from pretty much any craft store.
  • Regular gold paint. I used spray paint for this part as well because that's what I had at hand.
  • Paint brush or sponge.

Spell book tutorial

HOW TO DO IT:

  • Heat up the glue gun, and glue the creatures onto the cover.
  • With your glue gun, write the word "Spells" at the top of the cover. Don't worry if it gets a little messy. I promise you will love the end result.

Spider Spell book tutorial

  • Wait a little bit for the glue to dry, then spray paint the entire cover with black paint. This was my favorite part, I love to get messy.

  • Leave the book to dry 1-2 hours. Once it's completely dry, dip your brush or sponge in gold paint, and add paint over the letters, creatures and around the edges of the cover. Let it dry again.

Spooky Spell book tutorial

And that's it! You've made your own antique looking spooky Spell book. 

Vintage Spell book tutorial

Don't forget to share your pictures with us on Instagram. Use hashtag @istriadesign, so we can feature your photos.

Happy Halloween & happy creating,

Ivana

 

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No Sew Fabric Favor Bags Tutorial

No Sew Fabric Favor Bags Tutorial

I absolutely LOVE arts and crafts but when it comes to sewing, I can't do it to save my life. When I came across this super cute polka dot and striped pink fabric, I knew I wanted to create favor bags for my little girl's Birthday party with it, I just had to find a way to do it without sewing. And so here it is - the no sew fabric bags tutorial.

If you would like to give it a try, here is how to do it. It's a piece of cake.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Fabric of your choice. I've used several fabric squares you can find in any craft store.
  • Fabric scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Some pretty ribbon. The one used here is pink seam binding.
  • Tags of your choice. I've used my own tags. If interested you can find them in our Tags collection on the website. 

HOW TO DO IT:

  • Heat up the glue gun.
  • Cut your fabric to the desired size. The fabric needs to be cut to the desired width x twice the desired length. For example, my finished bags measure 6 x 9 inches, so I cut my fabric to 6 x 18 inches.
  • Once the fabric is cut, fold it in half as shown on the photo above.
  • Apply the glue gun along the edges and firmly press the edges together.

And voila! There are your no sew favor bags.

Fill up the bags with goodies of your choice. If you're using cookies and such, don't forget to place them in a cello bag or something similar before putting them inside the fabric bags to prevent staining. Tie the tags of your choice around the bags, and let your guests admire them.

If you decide to make your own, please feel free to tag us on Instagram (@istriadesign) so that we can feature you on our feed.

Have fun creating,

Ivana

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Chic Holiday Gift Guide for Baby Girls

Chic Holiday Gift Guide for Baby Girls

If you are looking for Holiday gifts for a baby girl, look no further. Here are my top picks from some of my favorite handmade sellers. My Baby's first Christmas journal is also included (sorry, but it fits in so well I just couldn't resist :)).

 

 

And here is where you can locate all of these awesome products:

  1. This gorgeous "You are so loved" gold foil print is being sold by Love Supply Co. I love the hand lettered look.
  2. The tooth fairy plush in mint,pink and gold is being handmade by Miss Cherry from Cherry Garden Dolls.
  3. The Hello World baby outfit is available from Olive Loves Apple on Etsy. How adorable is this chic little outfit. I just can't get over the polka dots.
  4. If you are looking for a more practical baby gift, you can't go wrong with these Aztec teething rings from Fawn and Finn.
  5. Baby's First Christmas ornament is a must have for all the new mommies out there (I know, I've been there recently myself). And I am in love with this one from Star Block because it will fit in well with pretty much any type of decor.
  6. Personalized gifts are a big hit. That's why I created a personalized version of "My First Christmas" journal. It is available in my Etsy shoppe  (coming to the website soon). This journal is a great way to create a keepsake for the years to come.
  7. Is there anything more adorable than baby feet? Yes, baby feet in super cute gold shoes. I absolutely love these from Elk Kids Boutique.
  8. Baby rattles never go out of style, and this silver and gold one from Srybnik is just stunning. Perfect for Holidays.
  9. If you are throwing a baby shower during the Holidays, you will need some cupcake picks. These glitter gold ones from Mia and Ash seem like a perfect choice for this time of the year.
  10. And finally, you can never go wrong with a gold headband. I've found this one at LuLa Couture and will be getting it myself for my little girl.

Happy Holiday shopping,

Ivana

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