Hi! This is Maria, the crafty bug behind BlackRedDots and BlackRedDots Kids. DiYer to the Bone! Manager of two hands that are always busy making something! I think the day doesn't have enough hours! My favorite color combination is red and black! I love polka dots! I use too many exclamation marks!!! My special phrase is: "...there's nothing our hands can't make!" Nice to meet you! :-)
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    How to Make Over a Viennese Chair With EmbroideryChairmakeover final400x277
    Giving new life to something old and well used is my favourite game. This Viennese café chair replica came together with my new house. It's been lying around for ages until I found the right way to change its life! In this tutorial you will find out how to metamorphose an old chair using some yarn, a spray can and embroidery stitches!Read More…
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    How to Make Your Own Chalk PaintChalkpaint preview
    Give your old furniture a fantastic chalky matte effect by making your own chalk paint in just five minutes! This super simple paint will make it even easier to distress your pieces.Read More…
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    How to Make an Usamimi or Wire Fabric HeadbandWirhdbnd final400x277
    Create a gorgeous wire fabric accessory for your hair, otherwise known as "rabbit ears", or an usamimi in Japanese. Read More…
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    How to Make Mosaic Shell Easter EggsMosaiceggs 400x277finalnew2
    In this tutorial, you'll learn how to use egg shells to create your own fabulous mosaic eggs for Easter. Read More…
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    How to Decorate Easter Eggs with Embroidery StitchesEgg embroidery preview
    Around this time every year, crafters go crazy trying to come up with fresh new ways to decorate Easter eggs. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to embroider designs on egg shells. Read More…
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    How to Make a Cute Needle-Felted Bunny for EasterNfbunny 400x277final
    Felt is a non-woven textile that is produced by condensing and pressing fibers together using different techniques. Needle-felted creatures are actually made from the same material, a 3D-formed felt. In this tutorial, I used the technique of barbed needles intermingling with individual fibers to make a solid product.Read More…
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    How to Make a Geo Faceted Cement Planter400px geocemplanter final4
    Have you noticed that cement is having a moment in design and interiors right now? It's certainly my current craft medium obsession! Since making a set of cement coasters, I wanted to tackle a bigger project. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to make your own mold for a faceted planter, using cardboard and tape. It's a fun project involving mixing cement - and at the end you'll have an amazing cement planter with touches of gold.Read More…
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    How to Make Industrial-Style Geo Cement Coasters400pxcemcoasters final
    Call it cement, plaster or concrete. It's grey, strong, stiff and can take just about any form! You can mostly find it decorating lofts and urban apartments for a minimalist and industrial look. This common construction material is becoming a huge design and interiors trend and I love working with it. In this tutorial I'm making geometric coasters. They are very stable, super-practical and will make a great piece of design for your home.Read More…
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    Make Beautifully Vibrant Pysanky Eggs for EasterPysanky preview1
    A "pysanka" (plural: pysanky) is a traditional Ukrainian Easter egg and originates from the verb pysaty, which means "to write". The designs are written on the eggs with beeswax. In this tutorial you'll learn how to make your own pysanky by applying wax with a stylus tool called a "kistka" and dipping them in dyes of progressively darker shades. The final step is the most exciting, where you remove the wax to reveal the beautiful design.Read More…
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    Make a Pair of Heart-Stitched Leggings for Valentine's DayLeggings preview
    When you think about wardrobe staples these days, it's difficult to ignore a good pair of leggings. Apart from being an incredibly versatile wardrobe basic, they can also be the hero piece of an outfit, especially with a cute print or eye-catching embellishment. In this tutorial you'll learn how to make a super-cute pair of heart-appliqued leggings from scratch, just in time for Valentine's Day.Read More…
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    Create a Beautiful Hand-Embroidered Valentine's Day CardPreviewcard
    A hand-made card is one of the sweetest (and most traditional) expressions of affection and love on Valentine's Day. We've taken inspiration from one of the biggest trends this season - ombre - and created a beautifully subtle gradient effect. The graphic heart shape also lends itself beautifully to this simple but effective hand-stitching. Read on for the step-by-step tutorial.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Make a Gorgeous Leather Heart Valentine's HeadbandLacehdbnd preview
    Want to make a statement on Valentine's Day? This flirty leather heart headband should do the trick - and it's something you can wear any time of the year. We took inspiration from the runway with our lace print, which has been spotted all over the Spring/Summer 13 collections - from Alexander McQueen to Dolce & Gabbana. Read on for our super-easy how-to.Read More…