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D.I.Y - Paper Birds. I love making things to decorate my room with, and this is one of my favourites.

D.I.Y - Paper Birds

These little paper birds are so easy to make and look lovely hanging as a mobile! I like to hang them around my lampshade like this: They're a great way to add a bit of colour to any room. Especially if you're renting and you're not allowed to paint the walls! Here's how to make them... 1. 2. 3. 4. Hope you enjoyed my first D.I.Y post :) x Rachel. D.I.Y - Rosebud Lights. Want to know how to spruce up plain fairy lights into something a bit more pretty?

D.I.Y - Rosebud Lights

Here's how I made these rosebud inspired string lights. You will need: -A set of plain (or coloured) LED fairy lights. Make sure they are definitely the LED kind as the normal bulbs will get too hot and we don't want any fires! - Some strips of light transparent fabric. . - A pair of fabric scissors. - Electrical tape. 1. 2. 3. 4. And then all that's left to do is.... Plug them in and enjoy :) x Rachel. Cargo Scarf: Free your hands, and your mind will follow! To make a cargo scarf, you will need: 1/2 yard 45" wide cotton for outer layerI chose a cute banana-print cotton; any decorative or fashion fabric will do, but it should be woven (not a stretchy knit). 1/2 yard liningThis is the part of the scarf that will be against your skin, so choose something warm and comfortable.

Cargo Scarf: Free your hands, and your mind will follow!

Softer felts, flannels or fleeces are all good options. Decorative trimsThese can be lace, eyelet tape, or whatever else you prefer. If you plan to adorn all the edges, you will need 4 1/2 yards of trim for a 68" scarf. D-ring and nylon webbingThese are for creating a decorative accent and/or ring to clip your keys to. Narrow ElasticThis is for constructing a pen or pencil sleeve. Bias square, measuring tape, or ruler Chalk or marking pencil Sewing MachineThis project can sew by hand with a needle and thread, but a machine will make it much faster and easier. Pins Iron. 101 Simple Handmade Gift Tutorials. These simple handmade gift tutorials will make any crafty person’s heart sing with joy!

101 Simple Handmade Gift Tutorials

You don’t need special skills or a bunch of time because these can all be done super fast! Simple and cute…that works for me! Oh, and think of all the money you will save making these gifts. {At least that’s the story I tell my husband…shhhh!} You are going to love these fabulous tutorials!!! You can make all your gifts for years from this list! If you love creative links, please subscribe to Everything Etsy! Thanks so much for all your tweets, stumbles, Facebook likes and pins on my Sewing Tutorials and Free Printables posts…you are the coolest crafty friends! If you want to be doubly awesome, try doing handmade gifts that are also eco-friendly!

Handmade gifts make people feel special, don’t you think? ~Kim.

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Little Red Infinity Dress. February 14, 2011 I’m always searching for a beautiful, well-fitting, versatile dress, and I finally found it.

Little Red Infinity Dress

In fact, I MADE it. The infinity dress has got it all! You can wear this amazing dress basically any way you feel comfortable–and it can look like a new dress each time! I made my infinity dress in about 3 hours and for under $20! I found these infinity dresses on Craftster years ago and have always loved them. First, you need to do some measuring. So, 30/6.28 = 4.7. Then I decided on length of skirt and came up with 18″. To make your straps, you need to decide how wide to make them. To determine strap length, you need to make them 1.5 times your height.

So, got that? To make your pattern, get packing paper, freezer paper, or a bunch of pieces of computer paper taped together. Then I measured 18″ down from that and made another line for my skirt length. Cut out on your lines. Next, cut a waistband 10″ tall and the length of your waist you measured. Now for construction. 7 Ways to Recycle T-Shirts.

So way way back, in June, I wrote this Studio Organization post, about starting the process of organizing my studio by cleaning out the closet full of junk.

7 Ways to Recycle T-Shirts

Well, it's September and...let's just say the closet is a work in progress. Some of the things that are taking up space in the closet are shirts that I never wear anymore. I realized I could repurpose them into something else! Here are some tutorials for recycling shirts: Check out these t-shirt scarves! Create cute little bows for accessories or packaging with this tutorial.

Gorgeous ruffled pillow tutorial here. Looks like I have a lot of projects ahead of me to keep me from cleaning out my closet! Cheap Decorative Balls. I got an urgent message from one of my readers, Jessica H. with a request/challenge for all my creative Dollar Store Crafting readers out there: I love those decorative ball thingies you can buy all over the place now. They come in all different styles (mirrored, raffia-covered, floral, etc.) and you put them in pretty bowls and they serve no purpose whatsoever but to sit there and be pretty. I have looked all over, but the cheapest that I could find them anywhere was something like $8 for 3 which is still too much to pay for something that is for all intents and purposes useless. But I still want some. I have racked my brain trying to figure out a way to make some of my own, but I haven't come up with anything. Okay, maybe it's not urgent exactly, but it is a request.

Lucky for Jessica, I actually stumbled across a tutorial for making twine-covered decorative balls this week. Project Estimate: Total: $1 and up per ball You can mix this project up to fit your own tastes in decor. Lavender & Brown Sugar Scrub. Sock Monkeys. Amigurumi Bunnies. String Tree Wall Mural. Previous image Next image This impressive mural (along with a few others) were made by artist Kathryn Anderson with nothing more than pushpins and yarn.

String Tree Wall Mural

We'll show you how you can create your own, step by step and with tips from the artist.Kathryn Anderson of KAndeArt has made some great wall murals out of nothing more than string and push pins. Here are her steps to creating a beautiful and unique murals from string. What You Need Materials PushpinsBrown yarn or stringA piece of wood to use as a thimble Instructions 1. A few tips from Kathryn on designing your tree: Don't be too symmetrical or regular with the branches, trees are not ladders. 2. 3. 4. Other pieces of Kathryn's creation can be viewed at KAndeArt. (Images: KAndeArt, used with permission) French Memo Board. Snow Globes. Newspaper Gift Bags. When I bought something at a store recently, the clerk handed me my purchase in a bag made from a newspaper.

Newspaper Gift Bags

I liked it very much and had to make some more—thus today's DIY recycled newspaper project: gift bags made from the Wall Street Journal. You can vary the dimensions, of course, but here's what I used to create a bag that's 5" tall, 4.5" wide, and 3" deep. Stack two sheets of newspaper on top of each other. This will be a two-ply bag for extra sturdiness. Cut out a rectangle that's 15.5" wide and 8.25" tall. Fold a flap 1.25" down from the top. Cut two pieces of cardstock or chipboard to 4.25" x 1", then glue them on the widest two panels just under the top fold. Put glue on the outside of the 0.5" tab and bring the left-most panel over to form the body of the bag, aligning the cut edge of the panel with the folded edge of the flap. Upend the bag so the 2" flap is now up.

Put glue on both flaps and fold them inward to form the bottom of the bag. Memory Jar and other ideas. Friday, January 4, 2013 This idea was so popular last year that I’m reposting it again!

Memory Jar and other ideas

Happy New Year everyone! ~Jaden I always say that time goes by too fast. Every. single. year. Of course, all the big memories are never forgotten, but it’s the little joys, the teensy things that tend to get forgotten. We keep this vintage pale blue canning jar on the kitchen counter with a stack of colorful paper and a marker. Next year, a new jar to begin again — and the best part is we can bring out past jars anytime to remember the little things that shaped our lives. A memory jar is more fun than a journal – as anyone in the family can contribute to it. Inside the jar, we also keep little silver trinkets and charms. The charms are indeed magical – and I encourage my kids to give them to a friend or stranger who could use a bit of magic. If you’d like to create a memory jar, here’s what I used: Vintage mason jar – quart size: you can find these on eBay or Etsy. From Cartelle $28: From Design Sponge: Top Bloggers Favorite DIY Projects.

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