All posts filed under: DIY

DIY Fairy Light Tree

I absolutely love DIY projects both seeing them on Pinterest and admiring them (even if they’re things I’d never do myself) and actually doing the DIYs even if they’re super simple. This one is kind of a mid range one, that I’m not quite sure is complete, and I’m absolutely in love with the results. I actually thought of it because of my Bright Baum tree, that years later I’m still loving, and wanted to recreate on a larger scale without the cost. The first step is picking out a branch that you like, you can do this at any local park especially after a storm. Just make sure it’s tall and full enough! Then spray paint it, I went with white but you can do just about any neutral color to match your room. Then add glitter spray and let dry. Then get a planter’s pot and add what’s basically junk to the bottom making sure the hole at the bottom is covered. I taped this before adding other things and then put some …

DIY Baby Rag Quilt

DIY projects are always fun, but since I like to do more complicated projects also tend to take me quite awhile to finish, especially when it comes to sewing. Luckily though over the weekend I found a bit of extra time (maybe when I should have been studying) and lots of small pieces of fabric so I made a rag quilt for a baby. Originally it was going to be a baby present but it turned out so well that now I’ve gotten pretty attached to it.  The total time to make it was 4 hours. The first step is cutting out the fabric pieces into squares, 100 total. I used an AccuQuilt die to get the fringe texture. I then placed all the squares into groups of four and then sewed them together. Then I matched them with basic pink squares into the same size as the grouped multi fabric pieces to create a 5 x 5 and then sew together, and do this again so you have two sets. Put in a backing …

DIY Button Jewelry

When I share do it yourself projects with you guys, they’re almost always sewing, and very occasionally woodworking related but today I have something a little different for you guys. DIY Button Jewelry. While in the past I’ve been a big fan of the typical expensive jewelry I’ve been slowly shifting to more meaningful pieces, and actually have been loving tacky pieces and when I thought of doing a DIY (because it’s been awhile, this was the first thing that came to mind. The supplies to make this are easy to find, and pretty cheap, and as for the buttons you are almost guaranteed to find a collection at a relative’s house like I did. And the time to make them is really fast, so lets start with the earrings. The first step is picking out the buttons you want to use. For the first pair of earrings I went with a purple/blue color scheme but for the second I went with a singular color. I then took an earring hook, and hooked a jump …

DIY Valentine’s Day Table Runner

*Giveaway at Bottom of Post Happy Valentine’s Day! I originally wanted to get up this DIY post last week (because I haven’t done one in forever), but since I had a little trouble with this project and I’ve been busy with class it is a little late. This table runner isn’t really a high skill sewing project and should only take about two hours to do. Mine only took longer because I had a trial and error to go through. While I really like all the super feminine bright pink and white Valentine’s Day decorations I wanted to do something a little less traditional for my table runner and am really happy with the results. The first step is ironing on fusing to the back of the fabric you want to use for the hearts. Then cute out the hearts, in three different sizes. Using zigzag stitches I attached these to the main fabric piece. I didn’t go with a specific order, instead just putting them haphazardly around. Afterwards I quilted around the hearts once …

DIY (Barbie) Doll Closet

The last time I did a DIY with wood was a least a year ago, and it was a BIG project spanning  about a week. While it was a lot of work I ended up with a new piece of furniture, that I’m still extremely happy with. However for my latest project, a doll closet, I for sure didn’t want something that took that took that long. Luckily making this doll closet only took about a day to do. As soon as I saw this base at a thrift store for $2 I knew I wanted to fix it up and use it as a gift for a relative of mine. The first step was cutting a back for the closet using scrap wood from shipping containers. I just used a regular ruler and measured because there was quite a bit of room for error, and then cut out the wood using a jig saw. Because I don’t have a “work bench” I put down two cinder blocks and cut that way. Then on to …

DIY Christmas Fairy Tree Topper

Merry Christmas to everyone! While I’ve been able to spend quite a bit of time with my family (hopefully you have too), I’ve also had a bit of fun doing Christmas themed DIY projects. I’ve already shared my felt pinecone DIY and before it’s past the holiday season I had to show you guys the tree topper I made. It’s actually based off of a magazine kit I was given, more details on that later, and since it was all done with a needle and thread it is perfect for a car trip or sitting in front of the television. The first step was getting all of the pieces cut out, the patterns for which are available at the website for the magazine Mollie Makes. I traced these patterns onto wax paper and then ironed them on to felt. Since the pieces were more intricate this made it significantly easier to cut out. Then came the embroidery where I ended up straying a bit from the given pattern. Most of the work is on her face …

DIY Felt Pinecone Ornaments

Christmas is just around the corner and since I have some free time, because it’s winter break and I’m off school, I thought it would be the perfect time to try and make some Christmas ornaments. I’d actually seen a picture of a decorative dish full of felt pinecones in a decorative magazine and used the photo as sort of my “pattern” for creating my own pinecones, with the supplies I already had at home. Each pinecone took about ten minutes to make and while they don’t look as “perfect” as the magazine version I’m pretty happy with them. The first step in making these pinecones is getting two different colors of felt and cutting them out identically. You’re going to want flower shaped pieces that gradually get smaller, the amount depending on how big you want your pinecone to be. From there you’re going to put little holes in the middle of each flower piece as well as the squares so they can easily slide down the skewer. I did this with a sewing …

First time Making Jack-O’-Lanterns

It’s almost Halloween, which might just be my favorite holiday. Since I had a little more time with it being fall break and all, I decided to do something fun! My friend and I made Jack-O’-Lanterns something neither of us have done before. He hasn’t done them because he isn’t American and I on the other hand have no excuse. Always we decided to stop at Aldi and get two big pumpkins for $2 each. The first step after getting the pumpkins cleaned and the stickers off of them, is taking the tops off. This is where I discovered why my parents weren’t keen on letting me carve a Jack-O-Lantern in the past, I almost cut myself. Getting the knife in (a regular kitchen one, I didn’t have a “carving knife”) was way harder than I thought, but I ended up getting the top off, eventually. After that I went on to gutting it, and was already behind my friend who was much quicker than I was. Once that was done (it was kind of …

Book Review: Natural Color

Natural Color Vibrant Plant Dye Projects for your Home and Wardrobe By Sasha Duerr Liven up a set of pillowcases with the dappled pinks and purples of avocado pits, bring a wool scarf to life with the brilliant red of madder root, and create a unique radial pattern on a leather bag using ancient Japanese techniques and dye made from purple plum branch. The potential for discovering amazing color surrounds us every day – from inky blues to neon chartreuses, and everything in between. But usually these hues are hidden inside the stem of an Oxalis flower, or buried deep within a pinecone. Structured by season, Natural Color unearths the full spectrum of plant dyes available, unlocking nature’s vibrant color library. Using sustainable methods and artisanal techniques, designer, artist, and professor Sasha Duerr provides achievable projects and recipes that apply these limitless color possibilities to your home and wardrobe. With recipes to dye everything from dresses and sweaters to rugs and napkins, Natural Color will inspire savvy fashionistas, home decorators, and everyone else who wants …

DIY Customized Hair Combs

Something you might know by the lack of hair tutorials I do, and the amount of complaining I do about said hair, is that I have a little trouble with hair. However when I found these basic hair combs, I knew I had to do a DIY on them. It’s perfect for cosplay, wedding veils, and recreating Victorian hair styles. In addition to having whatever fabric color you want, you can also add buttons, or beads, as well as cool accessories like flowers.  Supplies:  Comb in your choice of color scraps of tule or light weight fabric needle and matching thread Decorative elements like  flowers, buttons, sequins, beads etc Cut a scrap of fabric about 18-24 inches long and 2-4 inches wide starting at a about 3/4 from one edge lay the strip of fabric about 1,4 if the kebgt of the cm with the length down the right side of the comb.  While scrunch up the fabric lift it between the teeth of the comb over the top encasing the the end n the wrap. …