I love making diaper cakes for newborns, baby showers, and toddler gifts. I think it's a great gift because everything is useful and can be filled up with a variety of different things depending on what you feel like giving the baby.
I start off by making a base out of cardboard and then I roll up individual diapers. I used to put an elastic around every diaper until I discovered that a large elastic band works just as well and is a lot easier to put together (and take apart).
I made this cake 3 tiered and topped it off with a cute little lamb.
I like to wrap the gift up in some cellophane and ribbon and, voila, the diaper cake is ready to be served!
Decorating pumpkins isn't just for Halloween, with pumpkins in season it's nice to embellish them in a non-spooky way for fall decorations around the house. Here's a little bunch of mini pumpkins that were really easy to make and look super cute.
I started off with some mini pumpkins.
Then using a few coats of white acrylic paint I covered the pumpkins along with their stems and let them dry before bling-ing them out.
I covered the stems in mod-podge and then sprinkled them with silver sparkles. This first pumpkin was made using sequins.
The second pumpkin was decorated with some flower gems and the polka dot pumpkin was made with black paint.
These pumpkins will last until they start to go bad, so if you wanted a more permanent decoration then you can always paint artificial pumpkins. I like the temporary nature of these, that way I can keep switching up my decorations without having to store extras.
© Ammara Cokar 2017
I wanted to share these cute little miniature bird houses. They're made of wood and I painted them into bright spring like colors then varnished the little houses in order to protect them from the environment.
For some reason, the little striped roofs remind me of Dr. Seuss...I'm not exactly sure why, but they do.
Another contribution from the one and only Dr. MC. This time she decided to take an old dresser and refinish it with a coat of bright red paint.
You will notice that the paint is nice and thin which allows for the natural pattern of the wood to still show through.
This is the completed look.
She's put it in a room and used it to display artwork that she's created. I think the little rabbit may have been painted by her husband. This is a great way to display art or even photographs.
I actually bought an old dining set a few years ago with the intention of repainting it but I've never really gotten around to it...this is inspiring me to get started on that project.
Thank you for all of your comments and entries on the 1 year blog giveaway, all that love and support is amazing! As promised, I did the draw for the giveaway this morning. I wrote everyone's names on little sheets of paper, folded them up, and then randomly drew three names. So, the winners of the draw are:
Congratulations guys, I will be contacting all three of you shortly to get contact info and send out the goodies!
Weddings in our culture are colorful and extravagant affairs that last for days on end. I made some flowers for a bride to wear in her hair on day one of the wedding festivities. These particular ones were made of roses and baby's breath.
I also made some for her to tie around her wrists, along with the wrists of the other family members. I have made a few other floral items for weddings in the past- I think I"ll have to dig up the photos from an old hard drive and post them up soon.
I'm going to be teaching a few classes for Chinook Learning in March for their Spectacular Saturday event. One is an artist trading cards class and the other is a henna class for beginners.
Artist Trading Cards are miniature pieces of art work (usually 2.5'' X 3.5''). They can be created with any medium and are made to trade with other artists. These cards can be traded in groups online or in person, or be made as a collection. There are some examples of cards here.
Please register if you're interested.
Before you go thinking ewwww, it's not edible. This 'cake' is actually made out of diapers and it's a great gift for moms-to-be or for birthdays of kids up until they're still wearing diapers.
You can add as many items as you want on the cake...I typically put baby oils, shampoos, lotions, socks, onesies, soothers, toys, hats, gloves....anything!
You can make a simple cake with just diapers as well- it all depends on your budget. I like giving this gift because typically everyone else gives either toys or clothes (which are great but a kid can only have so many toys) and diapers are expensive but necessary so instead of just handing someone a bag of diapers you can dress it up more creatively.
Nothing on this 'cake' has been glued down so all the diapers can actually be used.
© Ammara Cokar 2014
I painted some wooden shapes for an art market that I had last month but I never got a chance to share them here. There are more in the gallery section of my site. I only decided to share a few here though to show you what I've been working on. These are done with some paints on-top of wood.
The color on the wood is a departure from my burnt wood onjects for those of you who love color.
Just like all the other things that I sell online and in the markets, these are inspired by henna designs.
Now i'm in the process of brainstorming to see what else I may be able to do henna on.
© Ammara Cokar 2014
I haven't carved a pumpkin in years and this year there was a pumpkin carving contest at work. I've always loved the look of a painted pumpkin so I decided to go that route. The first step was to hollow out the pumpkin and then paint it (I used cheepie craft paint). I then drew the design roughly onto the pumpkin with a pencil and carved it with a pumpkin carving knife. The little crutties that came from the carving process got stuck all over the paint and when I tried to clean them off the paint started to wipe off so I went ahead and repainted over it after it was cut. This gave the pumpkin a nice clean finish.
I would have loved to add some bling to the sky to look like more stars but I forgot to bring it!. The pumpkin ended up coming in third place =).
© Ammara Cokar 2014
Stained glass painting was something that I got into back in 2002 when my cousin was getting married. She was getting rid of some of her old things before she was going to move and she gave me five little bottles of stained glass paint. I think I can still recall the colors...red, green, yellow, blue, and brown. It only took me one try and I was hooked. I painted mostly on ceramic tiles, then I moved onto painting plates and finally miniature vases.
Over time I came up with some new techniques to create designs in the clear paint as you can see in the vases. I also learnt how to faux etch, as well as use glitter in my designs.
I haven't painted with stained glass paints for quite some time now but I have a bunch of pieces that are now at least a decade old and they've held up well over time.
© Ammara Cokar 2014
As children, my sister and I once painted some rocks and tried to sell them for about 10 cents each to neighborhood kids on a makeshift stall as opposed to a lemonade stand. My parents ended up telling us to give them away for free though, teaching us to be more generous.
Now, I'm going to draw on rocks and try to sell them all over again! The first batch I tried were drawn on with sharpies and then baked in an oven for about an hour to make the sharpie permanent (because, according to Pinterest that's supposed to work). This proved to be yet another Pinterest fail for me because when you rub these stones the paint comes right off. I think I need to coat them with some sort of varnish to make the drawings stay put.
For the next batch, I painted the stones white and then drew on them with sharpies, these held up better.
I also tried painting the henna designs onto the rocks directly with a tiny paint brush. This method was much more time consuming but the result is quite pretty I think.
Having shown these rocks to a few people now different people prefer/like different ones. I myself like the dark rocks with the white henna design painted directly onto to its surface.
© Ammara Cokar 2014
Arts & Crafts
I love creating stuff. I also get bored easily. So, on this blog you'll find my experiments with various mediums and techniques along with some of my students' creations from classes that I teach.
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