Craft Tutorial: Photo Lanterns Ready for a fun project? This is one of those craft tutorials that you can imagine doing because it’s fun and festive but also practical and timely with warmer days here. The uber creative Livy Kanaley from a new favorite blog of mine, A Field Journal, is visiting us to share a craft tutorial — how to make a festive photo lantern with battery operated tea lights. I love sharing random projects like this from time to time on decor8 especially with so many looking for projects that are affordable and not overly time consuming. This project is creative, easy, and something you can actually use. Ready to learn how to make these? “These lanterns are adaptable to any occasion and perfect for the warm weather that’s just around the corner. Materials: Store bought lanterns (glass votives are an alternative) Spray adhesive (suitable for paper and glass) Vellum Digital images Printer Battery operated tea lights Scissors/Paper cutter Instructions: (images from Olivia Kanaley)
Taste-Test Recipe Binder I’ve mentioned that I love to cook. And eat of course – but that usually takes cooking first. And while I have a great selection of cookbooks – I also have a ton of recipes that I’ve printed out from the web or copied from magazines. I’ve filled up a binder that my Mom made me – and more. You’ll never guess where I went “shopping” for ideas. I loved the design of theirs – and that little spoon – but I wanted a Binder version. I even did the little fork on the back of the book. I’m really pleased with how it came out. Here’s the original: Here’s the supply list if you’d like to make your own. Fabric for covering the binder – a little more than twice the size of the binderA Binder or notebook - mine is a 1″ BinderEmbroidery Floss and Coordinating ThreadA spoon :)Hot Glue Gun and GluePosterboard or light cardboard We’ll start with flattening the spoon. Lay your spoon on an old towel outside. Cover the spoon with the towel and, using a hammer, beat the spoon until it’s flat. On to the binder!
Mega Roundup: 25 Easy DIY Jewelry Organizer Projects I'll be the first to admit that my jewelry organization situation is pretty horrendous. The knobs on my closet doors are home to countless necklaces, half of which fall off if one happens to even glance in their general direction. Fortunately, there are DIY jewelry holders aplenty, a few of which I have my eye on for upcoming weekend projects. Check out all 25 below and let me know which one is your fave! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. So, Curbliers, which of these DIY jewelry organizer projects are you going to tackle? Tagged : How-To, Inspiration, jewelry, organization, storage Material : fabric, metal, paint, plastic, recycled, wood Design Style : colorful, eclectic, rustic, traditional, transitional Techniques : cleaning, crafting, Creative Reuse, organizing, Recycling & Upcycling, woodworking Room : bathroom, bedroom Decor Element : accessories
100 Ways You Can Start Loving Yourself Right&160;Now ... Radical Self Love is a big topic. Kind of daunting, actually. If you want to delve into it, where do you begin? Here are some ideas. To you from me, Pinky Lee! Make lists of reasons why you love yourself… & write down (or keep mental lists) of the compliments other people give you. Reach out to others… …& do it regularly. Think of a way you could make your life easier — then do it. Change the way you think about food. Stretch in the mornings. Really listen to people when they are speaking. Have media black-out days. Have that “awkward” conversation. Read through the results when you search Tumblr for “love yourself”… & be proud at the way this generation — YOUR GENERATION — is shaping up. Ask for help. Know that you are good enough ALL THE TIME. Find a mantra & hold it close. Print out Sark’s picture & stick it in your Radical Self Love Bible. Do your very, very best to stop judging people. Explore your sexuality. Express love in as many ways as you can. Wear sequins. Nourish yourself.
Uncanny Cork Vases & Containers Tutorial Almost two years ago, I bookmarked a wonderful tutorial from Design Sponge for a cork lamp. I just loved the idea and wanted to translate it in another way. But for some reason, I kind of forgot about it as time went on, and then this weekend when I was rinsing out some cans to put into the recycling bin, I remembered. I had also just bought some beautiful tulips, and immediately knew exactly what to make. A cork vase to hold notes, photographs, and of course flowers. But these vases can also be used as organizational containers for your extra pens and even succulents too. Materials: Soup/ Vegetable Cans, Spray paint (any color), roll of cork (you can find it at many local craft stores or order online here), heavy duty craft glue, scissors, ruler, extra pins or clothespins to clamp cork while drying How Do I Make This? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Here are the results… (click each image for a larger view) Looking for more ideas for quick and easy projects?
Pop-Open Little Purse! Today, I have a very cute little low sew project to show off! A friend of mine showed this to me and now I'm totally mad about it! It's so fun, cheap and easy to do and the result is cute and useful !!! Jojo had been complaining about her coin purse is spoilt and asking for a new one..and this "Pop" purse just came in handy! Now, let's get started :- Get a stiff cardboard (I recycled an old mushroom packing box) and cut a shape like the picture ... or you can be creative about the shape after this tutorial... The cardboard has to be stiff and flexible enough for a nice curve bend when you pressed it this way and still be able to return to the straight flat position when released. You need to cut 3 pieces of the cardboard - exactly the same shape and size. Wrap a piece of rag / clothes... (felt would be a good choice but I don't have any and it's very expensive here..) You may secure the edge with double side tape, glue gun, anything that you consider friendly enough to handle. and turn the purse now
Plastic Bottle Flower How to Make a Dart-Shooting Weapon Using a Plastic Bottle, Straw, & Cotton Swabs This quick guide will show you how to make a makeshift weapon out of cotton swabs, a plastic bottle with cap, a straw, and some hot glue. You'll also need a hot glue gun, scissors, and a drill to make the hole in the bottle cap. Video: . Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more awesome videos from macobt projects!... 0 specialized-weapons » How-To How to Make a Dart-Shooting Weapon Using a Plastic Bottle, Straw, & Cotton Swabs How to Turn a Plastic Bottle into a Zippered Waterproof Lens Case When you have a lot of equipment, dragging it everywhere with you can be a pain, especially when the weather's bad. digital-photography » How-To How to Turn a Plastic Bottle into a Zippered Waterproof Lens Case How to Build a water rocket Who knew some plastic, water and air would be so much fun? toy-models » How-To How to Build a water rocket
How To Put Your Hair Up In A Cute Bun | Guide « Wonder How To Comb your hair carefully to eliminate any tangles or knots.Take some hair from the top of your head. 3. Tie off this hair with a hair elastic. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. DIY envelope clutch (vintage romper, river island feather headband) I’ve been wanting an oversized clutch for a while now, especially since I laid eyes on that Celine clutch shot by Tommy Ton for style.com. Its minimalism is so beautiful. Then, I saw the Clare Vivier La Pochette on ofakind.com and instantly knew what my next DIY would be. I couldn’t decide what color fabric to choose, so... why not make 2? The steps are pretty simple and I probably could’ve made 10!!
Stuffed Fabric Turtles (with pattern pieces) We were shopping around, down in Florida, after we went to the zoo several weeks ago (yes, in Jacksonville…..some of you asked)……..and we stopped by a Pottery Barn Kids store. I’m a window shopper. Well, and an inspiration-seeker shopper. I love walking around and daring myself to find something I want to make. Ha. Want to go shopping with me? I might drive you crazy. Then you and my husband will have something in common. While we were there…..we saw some cute little stuffed turtles. So I snapped a picture with my phone, and I decided to try and figure it out at home. So, here’s my version…..a bit different, but just as sweet. They are soft and plump and are perfect for little hands. …..and the tail may be my favorite part. After making one, you better let your turtle explore outside. Would you like to make your own? Turtle pattern pieces found here. Cut out all of your turtle pieces, in whatever fabric and color choices you want. Then sew each piece closed, about a 1/4 inch from the end. Enjoy.
Unique & Beautiful Art Who would have thought a plastic bag or a plastic water or soda bottle could be upcycled into something so unique and beautiful? Check out these unique upcycled products made by talented artists and I think you'll agree that one person's trash can definitely be another person's treasure. unique flowers made from the bottoms of soda bottles (above and below) by Michelle Brand What is PET? PET aka polyethylene terephthalate is a highly recyclable plastic product made from oil. PET Plastic bottle stick pin brooches (above) and bowl (below) by gulnurozdaglar on Etsy Plastic bottles at a landfill site...Landfill decomposition rates:Milk carton: 5 yearsPlastic milk jug: 500 yearsAluminum can: 80 to 200 yearsPlastic drinking bottles: hundreds of years Plastic bags: hundreds of yearsCigarette butt: up to five years & leaches toxins into the groundNewspaper: 2 to 4 weeks or longerGlass bottles: tens of thousands of yearsStyrofoam: no sign of ever breaking down(figures from ecocomic.com)
a dream... i'm in loveeeeeeee. it's my ultimate dream vacation spot... what's yours? XO.e Beaded Bracelet I’m super excited to share this project with you, as it has been over two weeks in the making. I fussed around with many a mini-crochet needle and embroidery thread, and my house is now littered with bitty seed beads, to arrive at what I think is my favorite and most unique tutorial yet! Woo hoo! Materials: Embroidery thread (I used 6 stranded thread) Crochet hook size 1 (2.75mm) Seed beads Jewelry clasps Needle Scissors Directions: Note: This pattern is for a bracelet that measures 6.5″ at completion. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Or you can always go the neon route, which is clearly a Blog a la Cart fav. Admittedly, Sunny demands to wear the blue and “geen” one frequently. Photos: Ashley Weeks Cart
Deodorant Recipe Thank you for visiting Little House in the Suburbs. Please subscribe and you'll get great simple living tips and how-to articles delivered to your inbox, for free! In the DIY world of home health and beauty products, deodorant seems to be the the most feared replacement. Stinking is NOT OKAY in our culture, right? But aluminum crammed in your pores cannot be good for you, and it seems in recent years that store-bought deodorant is becoming less and less effective anyway. So, here’s what I suggest….make this stuff ahead and use it on SATURDAY, or a sick day, or any day you aren’t going to see anyone special, so you’ll feel secure and not look like a nut obsessively sniffing your underarms all day. Homemade Stick Deodorant 1. 2. 3. 4. When applying this deodorant, use a lighter hand than you would with normal stick deodorant, especially the first couple of days or it’ll drop little balls on your bathroom rug.