Decor, DIY

Holiday Wreath for $3!

The holiday season is upon us and I’m switching some of my fall decor out early, so I can add my favorite sparkly decorations around the house!  Though I love decorating, the cost can add up, so I’ve been creative this year on what I purchase.  The Dollar Tree has been my greatest asset!  There are plenty of cute decorations there (all a $1 each of course) and I’ve stock piled a few to create some holiday crafts.  My first Dollar Tree craft this season is a sparkly snowflake wreath and it’s super easy to make!

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SUPPLIES

– Silver Wreath

– Large Snowflake ornament

– Pack of 2 medium snowflake ornaments

– Super Glue or hot glue

– 4 Twist ties (preferably silver or white) / string if twist ties aren’t available

DIRECTIONS

1. Chose where you want your snowflakes to lay on the wreath.  I wanted the snowflakes (with the largest in the center) to be off center on the bottom of the wreath.

2. Starting with the large snowflake, use 2 twist ties to secure the ornament to the wire base of the wreath, which you can feel beneath the tinsel (on the large ornament, just loop the twist ties in places that won’t be completely visible to the naked eye).

3. Once the large snowflake is secure, loop a twist tie through the hole on a medium ornament and secure it to the wreath slightly beneath the large snowflake on the left side (which hides the twist tie, and creates the look of clustered snowflakes).

4. Repeat step 3 but secure the third snowflake on the right side.

5. The medium snowflakes will flop around, so use some glue to secure them to the wreath.

Voila! $3 Snowflake wreath!

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DIY, Fashion

3 Ways to Upcycle A Damaged Blouse

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One of my favorite things to do is score great finds at thrift shops, and I thought I’d hit the jackpot when I found this great, funky plaid silk blouse.  Though a little “loud,” I though it’d be a great Christmas season top.  However, when I got home from the shop, I discovered a rip along the button line.  It wasn’t a fixable problem, but there are plenty of alternative uses for great fabric!  Here are 3 ways I up-cycled this plaid blouse.

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FAUX COLLAR TOP/DICKIE

I wanted to still wear this as a blouse under cardigans, so my first project was to make a Dickie.  Most people have super dorky connotations of the Dickie (aka Christmas Vacation) but they are definitely back in style, in a much more chic way.  It gives you that button up look without the bulkiness of layering it under a sweater.  Here is an easy tutorial on how to make one.  Mine is definitelt not perfect, and it’s a bit uneven, but you don’t notice the imperfections once it’s under my cardigan.

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BOW TIE HEADBAND

Using some of the sleeve fabric I made a retro bow headband.  I’ve made them before, so I just winged it, but for a detailed tutorial, click here.

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FLOWER BROOCH

Since there were ruffles on the sleeve, I was able to make a super easy flower brooch by cutting off the ruffle, twisting it around and securing with thread.  I added a white covered button from my button box and a brooch pin on the back (secured with super glue).  For a similar concept, this link is a great option for a variety of different fabric flower brooches.

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Grab a little helper like mine, put some Netflix on, and you have yourself a great winter project!

Decor, DIY

Chalk Spray Paint for Furniture

When when my husband and I moved into our home last year, we discovered our dining table, perfect for our small apartment, was swallowed by our new, large dining room.    I had been waiting for a good replacement, when a family member was kind enough to give us their beautiful inlayed wood dining table! The table was vintage and the perfect size, but now we needed more chairs to fill the space.

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Luckily, they also gave us two chairs, which had great bones, just needed a makeover.

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Though mismatched, our existing chairs are dark grey and black and go together well.  The new additions needed to add to the eclectic vibe while still being color cohesive.  I decided on black for the wood, and to reupholster the seats in a similar dark grey to the existing chairs.  However, I’m the first to admit I hate a lot of prep work when it comes to furniture upcycling.

Chalk Paint is the answer to my furniture prepping woes! It doesn’t require sanding, usually doesn’t require multiple coats, and is durable.  However, for a small project like two dining chairs, a quart of paint and sealer for $30+ wasn’t ideal, so I looked for alternatives.

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I discovered Krylon Chalky Paint and it was sooooo easy to use! It dried super fast, had great coverage, and only took 1.5 cans ($4 each on sale with a 40% off coupon at Michael’s).  It’s smooth to the touch, so it didn’t require a sealant and I had the chairs painted and reupholstered in less than a day.  If you are looking for a more detailed review of Krylon Chalky Spray Paint spray paint, I recommend this post.

Here are the results! They are a great addition to our eclectic dining room.

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DIY

DIY: Felt Flower Clutch

Inspired by the beautiful, rich colors of fall fashion, I wanted a new colorful purse to add to my wardrobe without breaking the bank.  I found this mustard yellow clutch for $8.99 on Amazon and an idea was born! This flower clutch was fairly easy to make and just took a couple hours to make. I chose felt because it’s super cheap (mine were $0.39 a piece), comes in lots of colors and the edges don’t fray when you cut the fabric.  With a little glue, thread, and felt, you can make your own felt flower clutch too!image

SUPPLIES

* Clutch purse

* 3 different colors of felt for flowers

* 1 piece of green felt

* small gold beads

* super glue

* sharpie

* Large needle

* thread in similar to color to each flower

* fabric scissors (or scissors sharp enough to cut felt)

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DIRECTIONS

1. Trace out a rough outline of each petal and leaf with sharpie. I did between 10-14 for each flower depending on their size    (I did 5 for each layer of the rounded flower, orange and blue, and 7 for each layer of the pink flower). I did two leaves for each flower.  If you aren’t comfortable drawing out your own petals, you can download this file with some great flowers you can print, cut and outline.

 

 

2. Cut out each petal.  Like me, you will probably have some sharpie showing, so make sure the petals are flipped to the “clean” side when they are eventually sewn together.

 

 

3. Roughly arrange the petals and leaves on the clutch to get an idea of how they will look together.  Each flower is two layers of petals for depth.

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4. Prep needle and thread with color of first flower, with a knotted end. Make sure the thread is approx long enough to go through all petals.  Take two petals of one flower and slightly overlap ends at the center of the flower.

 

 

5. Thread needle through petals twice to secure petals together.

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6. Add another petal, slightly overlapped, and repeat step 5 to secure.

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7. Thread the remaining two petals to complete the first layer of the flower.

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8. Layer the remaining petals on top in between the first layer of petals to fill the gaps and add depth to the look of the flower.  Thread and secure these petals on to the first layer to complete the flower. Knot off end of thread and prep needle with new thread with knotted end.

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9. Thread needle through middle of flower, add gold bead, and secure by looping through to back of petals.  Thread needle through front of flower again, as close to previous bead, and form a rough circle of beads to mimic the center of a flower.

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10. Fill in center of gold bead circle to complete flower center and knot off thread.

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11. Repeat steps 4-10 for other two flowers. Once complete, arrange on clutch with two leaves on each flower.  Carefully super glue each flower and its leaves to clutch.  Voila! Super colorful felt flower clutch!

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DIY, Fashion

Make Your Own Harry Potter Clothing!

Along with many of my generation, I am a huge fan of Harry Potter! It was a big part of my childhood and friendships, and continues to be a creative inspiration to me.  I’ve recently been crafting a few HP onesies for friends and family, and even made a shirt for myself (I don’t know why it took this long…). If you are looking to decorate some pieces yourself, here are the (FREE!) graphics and fonts I’ve used to make some awesome HP themed outfits.  *Disclaimer, these are licensed for personal use only*

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FONTS

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Harry Potter

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Wizards Magic

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Animals Fantastic

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I Love A Ginger

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Lumos

IMAGES

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Hogwarts Vector Icons

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Hogwarts Vector

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Magic Stick Icons

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Hogwarts School Shield

DIY

Tropical Inspired Glassware Now on Etsy

Inspired by my love of tiki culture, I decided to make a few sets of tropical glassware!  Made with waterproof grade gold vinyl and sturdy glasses, these would be a great addition to your bar collection! (Still recommend to hand wash because of delicate designs) Each is a set of four.

 

 

 

All sets are currently listed on etsy, including these two cute trays!

 

 

I curently have several sets of aqua wine glasses that I can make similar pineapple glasses if the first set is sold.

DIY, Fashion

Bringing Back The Brooch

Brooches and lapel pins have been making a huge comeback, especially among the retro community. They are a great way to add personality to an outfit with minimal effort. Though I own many necklaces, I prefer wearing brooches because of my habit of wearing cardigans. I love adding a bit of sparkle to outfits, but lately I’ve been drawn to resin brooches as well. Quirky and unique, there are a plethora of artists making resin brooches that are a must have for your wardrobe. Here are a few artists I recommend if you are looking to purchase one for yourself!

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TangerineMenagerie

ErstwilderOfficial

DeerArrow

Although all these handmade beauties are fabulous, sometimes you want to add some pizazz without breaking the bank. For under $5, I made this super cute rotary telephone brooch! Here is the super simple DIY below.

Supplies:

– Pendant (something with a semi-flat back)

– Brooch Pin Back Catch

– Needle Nose Pliers

– Hot Glue or Super Glue

– Nail File (if needed)

After a little browsing in the jewelry section of Michaels, I discovered many cute pendants that could easily be turned into brooches. I chose this rotary phone for its sparkle and vintage flair.

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Directions:

1. Remove the pendant hook with needle nose pliers.

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2. Since the metal of the pendant was a bit fragile, the little loop snapped off as well. This left some slightly sharp edges, so after taking a nail file to the top of the pendant, it was good to go! Depending on which pendant you choose, and how easily the pendant hook, you can skip this step.

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3. Apply hot glue or super glue (I chose super glue) to the back of the Brooch Pin Back Catch, and stick onto the back of the pendant.

4. Let it dry and voila! Super quick DIY brooch!

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