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Look to inspire. DIY: Banana Republic Braided Neck Tee Shirt. You still have until tomorrow, July 22 to enter my first blogiversary giveaway!

DIY: Banana Republic Braided Neck Tee Shirt

Get your entries in! Have you guys heard of Pinterest? Pinterest is a virtual “pinboard” that allows you to visually bookmark images from all over the internet. You can sort your images onto separate pinboards to share them with friends and other pinners. It’s really fun and has been a great way for me to organize photos for fashion and home inspiration, as well as links to all the fabulous DIY tutorials I find and want to file away for a rainy day. A few weeks ago I came across this image on Pinterest: “Banana Republic Braided Top DIY” Image: via Danielle on Pinterest. How to Turn a Glove into a Chipmunk. While gloves and socks are made to be forever together, often they choose to divorce and spend their lives in a solitude.

How to Turn a Glove into a Chipmunk

Of course, we have to respect their decision, but it’s hard to look at them being all lonely, laying somewhere in the backs of a drawers. Luckily, crafter and author Miyako Kanamori has a wonderful solution! With some plastic surgery you can turn your old and lonely glove into an ever happy chipmunk! In her book, Happy Gloves: Charming Softy Friends Made from Colorful Gloves, Kanamori also gives complete instructions on how to make a frog, duck, flower, car, donkey, tiger, and more!

Photos by Miyako Toyota | More instructions: Happy Gloves. Print Hula Hoop Rug Page. How to Make Cherry Blossom Lights. Guitar Strings to Bangles « Danielle Griffin. I’ve always thought there was -something- that could be done with used guitar strings.

Guitar Strings to Bangles « Danielle Griffin

At first I thought wire jewelry, but they don’t stay bent that easily. I figured it out though…fabric-covered bangle bracelets! You can use wire for these as well, but I like the guitar strings because they keep their shape easier. The tutorial: You need one thicker guitar string (E, A, D….G will work but it’s kind of cutting it close), some electrical tape, wire cutters, scissors and some fabric (a light silk or cotton or something like that works best): First, trim the ends off the strings: Second, wrap into a circular shape…make sure it’s even, and trim the ends when you’re done.

Use the electrical tape to hold the string together…I found that it wasn’t so lumpy when I taped all around the strings, and it was easier to work with and made a slightly thicker bangle: Next, cut your fabric into a long strip, and start winding it around the bangle: How to Make Leaf Skeletons. I wanted to share with you a project from one of my readers who shares with us how to make leaf skeletons.

How to Make Leaf Skeletons

I LOVE this! I have several leafs in various forms displayed in my home and knew I needed to make some of her leaf skeletons to add to my decor. I love how a pattern of leaves can enhance the beauty in your home. So I asked Heather if she would mind sharing her project with you. You can find more great projects from Heather at her blog The Other White House.

I have spent hours and tried various ways of making these. You need washing soda, not baking soda! Gather your leaves. Washing soda is a strong base so you may want to wear gloves when handling the leaves. You will add 3/4 cup of washing soda and 4 cups of water to your pot of leaves. Keep going, you will need to add more water so your pan doesn’t dry out. When 1.75 hours are up fill a glass baking dish with cool water. I carefully removed them and rinsed with water and added clean water to the pan. 37.1Kstumbleupon. DIY Hand Stitching, part 1. One of my favorite crafts is hand stitching-- it's fun, addictive, expressive and relaxing :) Over the next few weeks, I'm going to share easy ways to make your own patterns for hand stitching along with some tips and ideas :) These are some samples of my past projects-- I like to draw patterns freehand and use my handwriting.

DIY Hand Stitching, part 1

However, sometimes I adapt clipart type images to make a more complicated pattern, like the sewing machine or I just stitch the outline of an image I love, like the Goonies "Hey You Guys" silhouette :) I use a Back Stitch for all my hand stitching because it's very versatile and I like the look but you can use any combination of stitches for your projects... there's lots of fun ones! Most favorited all-time. How to Make Paper Pencils (tutorial) I have always wanted to make my own pencils, but the thought of shaping two pieces of wood to allow a piece of lead to sit perfectly inside made me think it wasn’t worth the effort.

How to Make Paper Pencils (tutorial)

For some reason I was looking at some pieces of lead I have (for a drafting pencil) and “pop” there it was.. a solution to my DIY longing. Here is a tutorial to make pencils that is so ridiculously easy I’ve made 10 pencils since the idea came to me yesterday! Enjoy. Paper: I recommend using 6″ origami paper. The paper I used was beautiful washi origami paper made in Japan (see exact product here).