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A Super Easy DIY Beaded Leather Bracelet. His + Her Sharpie Mug DIY. After seeing several projects floating around on Pinterest I decided to try the sharpie method for customizing a pair of his + her mugs (this set is super cute + this one is particularly beautiful). The directions listed on Pinterest kinda seemed too easy to be true... so I did a little testing.

I even tried running them through the dishwasher and here's what I found out... Here's the method: All you need is a sharpie (any color) and a porcelain dish that you want to permanently alter. You can even use super cheap mugs from the dollar store to create gifts or party favors. After I made my dishes I tried scrubbing them with a kitchen sponge and soap.

Anyway... that was my fun little weekend project. EDITED TO ADD: Although many people (including me) have had success with this DIY project we have received many comments from readers who said the marker washed off. Instead! Woven gift-wrap // pastel edition ^_^ By Kate on August 8, 2012 I noticed that the woven gift-topper I made last year was doing the rounds again on Pinterest so I thought I would make an updated pastel version (pastels seem to be the new neon at the moment). I bought some quilling strips (0.5cm) to use this time which reduces the labour by about half (I’ve also been working on some more intricate woven ‘things’ for another project…more to come soon). Anyway check out the previous post if you want full instructions. Above: Mischevious hands – the unseen backdrop in all my photo’s ^_^ While I took photos today my boys were making their own presents by wrapping boxes in newspaper. I gave them masking tape to use – much more obedient than sticky tape.

Finally, the font used on these images is called soymilk and it’s free to download …yay! Perfect Summer Bangle. Here's a fun tutorial on how to make a message bangle that's one-of-a-kind, done in the sun, waterproof and weatherproof. Even after several trips to the beach, it won't fade or wash off! Essentially, it's the Perfect Summer Bangle. Used in this tutorial: Inkodye Red Prepare. All you'll need for this project is a raw wooden bangle (we got ours from DIYBangles.com), a black paint marker, plastic wrap, and some Inkodye! Transcribe. Perfect. Pour. Brush. Wipe. Wrap. Tape. Expose. Develop. Cut. Reveal. Wash. Enjoy. 31 Insanely Easy And Clever DIY Projects. How to Make Clothing Buttons from Shrink Plastic...

This tutorial is an old one of mine that’s too good not to share again. Since posting the first time, I’ve had lots of questions about these buttons which will hopefully be answered in this revised post. Equipment Some handy notes: 1. The buttons. Single hole, hole punch (like this one here). 2. 3. Okay.. lets get started! Tracing tips: You can use either coloured pencils or permanent pens.

Words must be writted backwards in order to be readable. Shrinking the buttons: To shrink the buttons, you can use an oven or a heat gun (the kind used for embellishing). After the buttons have twisted and twirled, and are LYING FLAT, it’s time to take them out. Note: If the skrinking is taking too long, you may need to turn your oven up. Here’s a short little stop-motion to make sure you’ve got the gist of how easy this is!

Shrink Paper {here} Circle Punch {here} Hole punch {here} Pens {here} Update: I’ve made a video to show how to shrink the buttons using a craft embellishment heat gun. Kimanh. Easy and Unique DIY VasesInspiring Pretty. Everyone loves vases, but it’s difficult to find one that is unique and not the same old run of the mill vase you’ve seen 1000 times before. As the most prominent centerpiece, you always want a vase to be special, just like the rest of your decor. Whether it is empty, holding flower, a candle pebbles or anything else, a vase can be boring or the perfect accent you’ve been looking for. And it’s only better when you can make it yourself flexing your craft skills and saving some money as well.

This lovely vase is simple and its beauty is its simplicity. For this cozy yet stylish vase, pick up some clear craft glue and yearn and collect a few pop bottles, beer or wine bottles. For some true vintage charm, these are the way to go. Courtesy of sjarmerende-gjenbruk.blogspot.com This is simple, whimsical and somehow elegant. For this ornate design, either buy punch paper or create your own with sturdy poster board paper, stock paper, card paper, construction paper or something else you know of. How To Mix Chalkboard Paint in Any Color. We love using chalkboards as backdrops for displays and parties (like this one here!). So we were super excited to learn that you can create your own custom colors-and it's really easy! We first learned how from Martha Stewart whose tutorial you can read here.

She recommends that you use latex paint, but we tried it out with acrylic paints with much success. Here's how you too can create your own chalkboard paint... Supplies: 1/2 cup acrylic paint (choose any color you like, or mix colors together to make the perfect shade!) 1. 2. Once your chalkboard has fully dried be sure to slate the surface before using it for the first time. Have fun creating any color combination you like!! Loose Leaf Tea? Make Your Own Tea Bags! Like many of you, I LOVE loose leaf tea. However, I'm always looking for cute and creative solutions to use my tea. These D.I.Y. tea bags are super cute. I think they would make amazing gifts! Here's how you can make your own...

Supplies needed: Coffee filters, Scissors, Sewing machine, Loose tea leaves, Stapler, Embroidery thread, Paper for tags (construction paper, old book pages, etc.), Optional: Spices (pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, ground ginger, etc.) Step 1 - Cut two coffee filters into a rectangle. Step 2 - Stitch the filters together on three sides, leaving one of the smaller sides open. Step 3 - Fill the teabag with the loose tea leaves. Step 4 - Stitch the top of the tea bag closed. Step 5 - Fold down the corners, placing a 3-4in. piece of embroidery thread under one of the flaps. Step 6 - Fold the tip of the tea bag down, and use a stapler to hold it shut. Step 7 - Cut paper tags and glue, stitch, or staple them to the ends of your embroidery thread.