DIY- Re-Upholstered Earrings

Hey Cats!
I was perusing my jewelry box the other day looking for something to remake for a DIY. I found these red earrings that I probably never would wear again, and decided to give them a makeover! I contemplated paint, ribbon, and buttons, but I settled on covering them in fabric. It reminded me of recovering a piece of furniture to make it fit better in a room- in the same way, I’ve recovered these earrings to better fit my wardrobe! I have had this fabric forever, and I don’t really remember why I had it in the first place… anyways, it finally came in handy!
Here’s what you’ll need!
-1 pair of old round earrings,OR earring posts and buttons you can cover in fabric.
– Leftover fabric (You don’t need much of this, just a few scrap pieces will do)
– Hot glue gun
– Scissors

Here’s what you do!
1) Remove the backs from the earrings, being careful not to bend the posts. I pryed mine off with my fingernails, and it was actually kind of difficult.

2) Cut two small squares of your fabric. A good way to measure is to lay the circle on top of the fabric to see how much you’ll need.

3) Turn the fabric over, with the side that you want to show on the bottom and the reverse side facing you. Turn the circle over as well, with the flat side facing you.

4) Take one corner of the square and glue it onto the button, making sure the fabric is pulled tight AND that the button stays in place.

5) Next, take the next corner and glue it in the center of the button.

6) You will notice a small point of fabric in between the two folds you just made. Glue this down too. You will have to hold it down with your fingers, and probably burn yourself with hot glue. I did. Multiple times. But it’s worth it 🙂

7) Continue to glue down the corners and tiny points until the fabric wraps smoothly around the button. Try not to make it too lumpy on the back, because you will have to glue the post on.

8) Glue the post on, making sure it is centered and level. You should hold it down for a few seconds to make sure it sticks.

9) Repeat steps 3-8 for the other earring, unless you just want one for some reason…

And you’re done! Here’s what they look like on!

I’m super excited about these & can’t wait to wear them! I hope you try this, it’s not as hard as you think! Also, I have another DIY coming soon, and I can’t wait to share that one either! Until next time!

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DIY- Cute As A Button Frame

Hey Cats!
As you may or may not know, I will be going off to college in the fall (yay!), so I have been collecting things to decorate my dorm room and make it feel more like home. I picked up a long collage frame on one of my many trips to Target, but I was worried that it would be too much blue, since I already have lots of blue things (comforter, pillows, lamp, trash can, hangers…you get the picture). My mom suggested that I paint a design on it to add some color, but I didn’t really feel like painting, since all I can do is flowers and hearts. So, I decided to glue buttons onto it! It took maybe 30 minutes, and it was super easy! Except for when I burned myself. Anyways, here’s what you do!
You will need:
-An inexpensive collage frame (mine was $12.99 from Target), or you could do a mirror or a regular-sized frame.

-Assorted buttons. I bought Grandma’s Grab Bag from Hobby Lobby last year, and I’m still using it! You could also use rhinestones in place of buttons. (I used 2 in random spots)

– A hot glue gun

Here’s what you do!
1) Decide where you would like the buttons on the frame. I placed mine and then moved them around to make sure I liked where they were. Do this first, because once they’ve been glued down, they won’t be easy to get off!
2) Glue them on!
And you’re done! A tip is to wait until the glue has cooled to clean off the little strings, because if it is still hot, it will just stretch out even more. I waited until I had them all glued on and then cleaned it off.
Here’s how it turned out!

Since this was so easy a child could have done it, I guess it was more to show you what I made than to tell you how to do it yourself…but I wanted to share! I hope you try this, it’s a great way to make anything a little more personal and unique! And also, I have an idea of what my next DIY is, and it’s great! I’m so excited! Until next time!

DIY- Summer Camp Chic Bracelet

Hey Cats!
I finally finished my latest DIY project! Well, sort of. I still have to make another one, but I just couldn’t wait to share 🙂 I can’t take a lot of the credit for this one, I got the idea from the March 20th post of the blog I Spy DIY (http://ispy-diy.blogspot.com/). I also got some tips from the blog …love Maegan (http://www.lovemaegan.com/2011/03/leather-lanyard-bracelet-diy-maeg-it.html). It’s really easy, and it reminds me of craft time when I went to camp in elementary and middle school. I always made lanyards, but I never knew what to do with them, so they ended up in a drawer somewhere. I wish I had thought to make bracelets out of them! Anyways, here’s how you make it!

You will need:
-2 different colors of plastic string. I used Rexlace & found it at Hobby Lobby.
-A toggle clasp set. Again, Hobby Lobby.

1) First, measure 60-80 inches of each color of lacing. Mine was closer to 60, but it depends on the size you want your bracelet. When in doubt, always go longer! (This is the information I got from …love Maegan)

2) Next, thread both colors of lacing through the bar part of the clasp, making sure the clasp is in the very center of the lacing and the ends are even.

3) Then, tie a knot at the base of the clasp, under the loop you threaded the lacing through.

4) Now you’re ready to start braiding your bracelet! Before you begin, lay your lacing out in the shape of a cross, with the colors across the knot from each other. You should keep it like this at all times while you’re working.

5) Bring each pink strand across to the other side, as if they swap places, but keep them straight. Hold it down between your index finger and thumb.

6) Next, the blue strands will swap sides. Bring each blue strand over the first pink strand and under the second, making a box shape.

7) Next, with a blue strand and a pink strand in each hand, pull tight! The loops should tighten into a box like the picture, but if they don’t, DO NOT freak out. I had to do this one about 15 times before it worked correctly. It just takes a little patience!

8) Repeat steps 5-7 one more time.
9) This time, we will do basically the same thing, except diagonally. Instead of bringing the pink strands straight across, you will bring them across in a diagonal. You should be able to see the box as a diamond between the two pink loops.

9) Bring the blue strands across in the same over-under manner. I recommend bringing the right strand across the top, it’s just easier! And then tighten as you did the first two!
10) Repeat the diagonal box for the entire bracelet! It’s actually quite easy and doesn’t take a lot of concentration. I watched Dance Moms while I was making mine!
11) After a while, you will start to see a nice pattern forming

12) Keep going until it’s as long as you want it to be! Mine was about 6 & 1/2 inches long.

13) When you’ve reached your stopping point, tie a tight knot at the end.

14) Next, string all 4 strands of the lacing through the loop on the circle part of the clasp. It might be a little challenging to get them to fit, but it can be done!

15) Tie a knot close to the clasp, leaving a little space between the end of the bracelet and the clasp.

16) Continue tying knots, remembering to pull very tightly, until the lacing is too short to do another one. I tied three.

17) Trim the lacing to the length of the shortest strand

And you’re done! I would suggest burning the ends of the loose ends a little so they will stick together. I haven’t done that yet, but I plan to, because the ends are annoying. Here’s what mine looked like!

After I finish my sister’s, I might just have to make more in another color! These are great for summer, and I just love it! I’m not really sure what my next DIY will be, but I’m working on it! Until next time!

Half-Moon Nails- An Experiment

Hey Cats!
Besides diy’s, one of my other new hobbies is trying new trends on my nails. Now, I’ve never been very good at painting my nails, so I usually don’t try things that seem complicated, but the other day I found some videos on Shine (Yahoo) that were very good and seemed easy enough, even for me! So, I gave the half-moon nails a try, because I’ve been seeing them in magazines and I love how they look! Instead of trying to teach you myself, I’ll just direct you to the video that I used!

Since I tried this, I guess I should show you how it turned out. Please keep in mind that I’m not a manicurist for a very good reason 🙂

I used Ulta’s Casual Mauve for the bottom layer, OPI’s You Don’t Know Jaques! for the top layer, and my sister’s Orly top coat. (thanks Katie!)
In the video, she tells you to put the stickers on after you paint each nail, but I would suggest applying all the stickers before you paint the top color. Also, make sure that your nails are very dry before applying the stickers and the second color, and before you peel the stickers off, because I peeled a little of the mauve paint off one of my nails. If you notice a little of the adhesive has been left behind by the stickers, don’t worry about it, the top coat will cover it up!

So, here’s how it turned out! Not perfect, but it’s still cute! I tried using a matte top coat instead of the regular, but I wasn’t crazy about it so I used the shiny. But I might try it next time, and you should too!
Oh, I know I said I had another project to show you, but I’m having a few problems with it, so it might be a few days… and since I’m making two (one for my sister), I would like to finish them both to make sure the instructions are clear! But I can’t wait to share it with you! Until next time!

DIY- All Wrapped Up Bangle

Hey Cats!
So I recently discovered that I have no bracelets. Well, except for the power beads left over from the second grade. Since then, I have been trying to build a collection of bracelets that won’t make me look like a 10 year old. As I was flipping through an InStyle the other day, I came across a bangle wrapped in colored twine and thought, “I can do something like that!” And such brought about the creation of this bracelet I am about to share with you! It’s a little tedious & time consuming, so be patient!

First you will need:
1 bangle-stye bracelet, or I used a plastic ring a scarf came on. You can be ingenuitive and resourceful with this. Just make sure it’s a little big, because the thread will make it a little smaller than it orignally was.
1 spool of thin white embroidery thread (technically it’s called Bedspread Cotton), or you can use regular embroidery thread, in which case I would suggest 2 skeins.
4 skeins (I guess that’s what you call them?) of embroidery thread, each in a different color.
You can find all of these things at Hobby Lobby, or maybe Wal-Mart.

1) To begin, cut about 3 yards of the beadspread cotton. Yes, 3 yards. You will need more than you think, and it’s better to have too much than not enough!
2) Tie one end of the bedspread cotton around the bracelet, leaving as small a tail as possible.

3) Wrap the thread around the bracelet in the same spot a few times to hold the tail down & to get a good start

4) Continue wrapping the thread around the bracelet, using your fingernail to make sure it is very tight!

5) Now, if for some unfortunate reason you run out of thread before you reach the end (as I did), just cut some more thread and tie it on to the existing thread. Wrap it around a few times in the same place, as we did in the beginning, to hide the tail. Then continue on about your merry way!
6) When you reach the end, wrap the thread around tightly a few times, and then make a loose loop of thread- this will become your knot.

7) Wrap the thread around the loop twice and pull tight. This might not seem like a sturdy knot, but if the wrapping is tight enough, it will be ok! Cut off the end to make a short tail.

8) Next is the colored embroidery thread. I chose to do blue next, but you can do whatever color you like. It is a good idea to leave the thread in its skein form while you’re working with it so it will be easy to pass under the bracelet & won’t get tangled up.

9) Tie on the blue where you ended the white. Wrap it around a few times to cover the tail.

10) We will be doing stripes with this color. Wrap the thread around, leaving spaces inbetween. To achieve straight lines, slant the thread when you bring it around the back of the bracelet.

 

11) Continue wrapping in this manner until you reach your starting point. Wrap the thread around tightly a few times, and then loosely once, tying a knot as you did in step 7.
12) Now onto orange! To begin, unravel the entire skein of orange thread. Yes, this may seem frightening, and I promise, you WILL have knots. But remember, I told you this project was tedious and required patience :). String the bracelet onto the thread and make a loop around the bracelet in the very middle of the thread, centering the thread in the thick blue section on the bracelet.

13) Next, take the thread and cross it over itself on top of the bracelet. Then cross it again underneath the bracelet. Repeat a few times until you have a thick band of orange.

 

14) Now, take the thread from each side and cross them a little ways down from the thick band into an X.

15) Then, take the thread and cross it into an X on the back of the bracelet.

16) Continue crossing the thread in the front and then back until you reach your starting point. A tip is to hold the bracelet between your knees so your hands will be free to work!
17) When you get to the orange band, you may have to do an odd-shaped X to make it fit, since the thread needs to be underneath the bracelet. My X was a little squatty, but it’s ok!

18) Wrap the thread around a few times, then tie the easiest knot of the bracelet! Just cross the thread under and pull tight, like the first step of tying your shoes! Then cut the ends off, remembering to leave short tails.

 

This is what you have so far!
Now that the hard part’s over, I will take a short break to clean my bathroom and eat lunch, and I suggest you do the same. These things must be done. 🙂
19) Next, tie on the yellow thread and wrap it around a few times to cover the orange tails and the yellow tail.

20) Then, wrap the yellow diagonally between the orange X’s, making sure you’re wrapping very tightly!

21) When you reach your starting point, you can cut it off if you want, but I continued wrapping twice more to add a thick yellow line.

22) When you reach your starting point for the third time, tie a knot like you did for the blue and the white.
This is what you have so far!

23) And now for the green! Tie it on and wrap it around to hide the tails.

24) Wrap the green around in straight stripes, just like the blue (straight in the front, slanted in the back), in between the blue stripes.
25) Continue around until you get to your starting point, and tie off as usual. To glue down the stray tails, use a dab of clear nail polish.
And you’re done! Wear it alone or with a few other solid bangles.

 

I hope you try this! It’s a little time-consuming, but it’s worth it!
The total cost of this project was $1.60, for the colored embroidery thread only, because I had the beadspread cotton and bracelet already.
 I can’t wait to show you my next project! I’m really excited about it!
Until next time!

So It Begins!

Hey Cats!

I’ve recently become obsessed with do-it-yourself blogs and websites, so I decided to make one of my own and share my creations with the outside world! Hopefully I’m crafty and creative enough to keep this up for quite a while! Now you must understand that I am by no means a professional, so my projects might look a little…less than perfect. BUT if you are a true do-it-yourself-er, you understand that a little added character is all part of the beauty. I hope that you will take my ideas and put your own twist on them to make them your own, but if you are more of a direction-follower, be my guest to create an exact replica! I also hope that my ideas will inspire you to be creative and come up with your own unique projects…and share them of course! Aside from crafts and diy projects, I hope to share, well, lots of things. Perhaps my fave recipes, occasionally my thoughts on Pretty Little Liars, or life lessons. OH! I almost forgot. I hope you don’t mind the occasionally misplaced Spanish phrase, because Spanish is my favorite language. Yes, English is #2. I plan to become fluent. Anyways, before I go, I’ll show you the DIY I’ll be posting tomorrow! I know you can’t wait!