All posts filed under: DIY

DIY Pop Characters (Superman + Batman)

As you can probably see by either the title or featured photo I have a DIY project to share with you guys. It’s Pop characters made out of toilet paper rolls and construction paper, that actually turned out super cute. I didn’t get a ton of photos, but it should be easy enough to do with even limited models. Okay so first of all you’ll have to get the cardboard piece you’re going to use. I used a toilet paper roll for mine but if you want yours to be taller you can always use a paper towel roll and cut it down to size, it’s a bit of personal preference and what character you’re making.  From there you’ll get started layering the paper for your super hero. Adding the skin layer is very easy and extremely forgiving because you’ll have the outfit over the bottom and the hair on the top. The one that I had an issue with is adding the hair. I actually measured out a length I thought would be acceptable …

DIY Bath Bombs + Sugar Scrubs

I’ve been absolutely lacking in the DIY posts lately so I thought to try and make it up I’m sharing a two for one type of post. Both of these sort of “spa DIY” projects and super easy to make and don’t require a whole lot of ingredients. Plus they’re actually quite a bit cheaper than if you bought them already made. Lets start with the Sugar Scrubs Ingredients:  Brown Sugar White Sugar Olive Oil Glass Container with Watertight Lid For this craft all you need is the ingredients above. I didn’t put amounts on these because you just need equal parts of each one. Just mix them together and put into the contain of your choice. I went with glass because I don’t trust plastic.  Now onto the Bath Bombs Ingredients:  1 Cup Baking Soda 1/2 Cup Corn Starch 1/2 Cup Epsom Salt 1/2 Cup Epsom Salt Essential Oil  Bath Bomb Molds Using two bowls you’ll want to combine all the dry ingredients in one bowl and all the wet ingredients in the other. …

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 …