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DIY Flamingo Stencil Tote Bag

on June 7, 2017

Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons with the cute DIY Flamingo stencil tote bag! A fun weekend or crafternoon project for all ages with a simple freezer paper stencil!

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Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons with the cute DIY Flamingo stencil tote bag! A fun weekend or crafternoon project for all ages with a simple freezer paper stencil! - Flamingo | Abstract Tote Bag | Party Crafts | Market Bag | Summer Tote

Flamingos are probably one of my favorite things about summer. There’s floats, drink holders, doughnuts, and so many other things to embrace the pink flamingo. So of course I needed to make something that fit it. This flamingo stencil tote bag is super easy and a really great craft for an afternoon party that your friends can all do with little to no skill AND comes out looking unique for everyone! Let’s get started!

DIY Flamingo Stencil Tote Bag

Cost: $10 or less
Time: 30 minutes or less
Dork level: 4

Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons with the cute DIY Flamingo stencil tote bag! A fun weekend or crafternoon project for all ages with a simple freezer paper stencil! - Flamingo | Abstract Tote Bag | Party Crafts | Market Bag | Summer Tote

Supplies:
Canvas tote bag
Freezer paper
Iron
Scissors or craft knife or a Cricut or Silhouette cutter
Acrylic paint (I LOVE DecoArt paints for my projects!)
Foam brushes

To start, print out your template. I grabbed a free flamingo shape silhouette and resized when I printed to fit. If you’re using a Cricut, you can skip this step. You can also print the shape directly on to the uncoated side of the freezer paper (using washi tape to secure it to a piece of card stock).

If you’re using a cricut like I did, simply load the silhouette into the Cricut Design Space software, clean the edges and save it as a cut file. Secure the freezer paper to your mat using washi tape if needed and cut it on the plain paper setting.

Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons with the cute DIY Flamingo stencil tote bag! A fun weekend or crafternoon project for all ages with a simple freezer paper stencil! - Flamingo | Abstract Tote Bag | Party Crafts | Market Bag | Summer Tote

Once your flamingo is cut out place it where you want it to be on the tote bag and iron that sucker down.

Using your sponge brushes paint around the stencil in an outward motion. Feel free to switch your colors around. I used yellow, pink and green and I’m pretty stoked with how it turned out.

Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons with the cute DIY Flamingo stencil tote bag! A fun weekend or crafternoon project for all ages with a simple freezer paper stencil! - Flamingo | Abstract Tote Bag | Party Crafts | Market Bag | Summer Tote

When you’re done painting simply remove the stencil and touch up any smudges that may have occurred with a q-tip or small paint brush. Let it dry for 15 to 20 minutes or until all the paint is dry. Place a full sheet of freezer paper over the design and iron it again to heat set the paint.

Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons with the cute DIY Flamingo stencil tote bag! A fun weekend or crafternoon project for all ages with a simple freezer paper stencil! - Flamingo | Abstract Tote Bag | Party Crafts | Market Bag | Summer Tote

Get out with your bad self! How cool is your flamingo tote bag now? Some other ideas aside from abstract that I’ve seen are ombre or sunset. Have fun, be creative and embrace it!

Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons with the cute DIY Flamingo stencil tote bag! A fun weekend or crafternoon project for all ages with a simple freezer paper stencil! - Flamingo | Abstract Tote Bag | Party Crafts | Market Bag | Summer Tote

If you’re digging this project, PIN it to your DIY and crafts pinterest boards so you’ll know where to find it later!

Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons with the cute DIY Flamingo stencil tote bag! A fun weekend or crafternoon project for all ages with a simple freezer paper stencil! - Flamingo | Abstract Tote Bag | Party Crafts | Market Bag | Summer Tote

 

Cupcake Perler Bead Hair Pins

on May 17, 2017

Add some fun to your hairstyle with a nostalgic twist! Learn how to turn mini cupcakes into adorable perler bead hair pins for the kid in all of us!

Add some fun to your hairstyle with a nostalgic twist! Learn how to turn mini cupcakes into adorable perler bead hair pins for the kid in all of us!

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Perler bead time friends! I’m feeling a bit nostalgic today and also a little bit introverted so a nice quiet project seemed like a good idea. As a nanny (or you as a parent) or just as a grown up who needs creative quiet time, this is my favorite thing to do to keep myself and the kiddos busy. These Cupcake Perler Bead Hair Pins are also great because they can hold your hair back while you’re feeling yourself in a flirty skater dress outfit (because we all have one). They also make really great gifts that kids can make for Valentines Day, birthday parties, etc.

Cupcake Perler Bead Hair Pins

Add some fun to your hairstyle with a nostalgic twist! Learn how to turn mini cupcakes into adorable perler bead hair pins for the kid in all of us!

 

Supplies:
Perler Beads
Square perler bead peg board
Parchment or Wax paper
Iron
Bobby Pins
E6000 glue
A piece of cardstock or cardboard
Nail polish (optional) to color your hair pins

Time: 30 minutes or less (or more depending on how into it you get)
Cost: $5 or less for a lot
Nostalgia level: A solid 6

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Leather Tassel Power Bank Keychain

on May 10, 2017

Charge your phone in style with a Leather Tassel Power Bank Keychain. Never be without your portable phone charger with this diy!

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Charge your phone in style with a Leather Tassel Power Bank Keychain. Never be without your portable phone charger with this diy! - DoItYourFreakingSelf.com

I have a confession to make friends. Sometimes when I say I’m unplugged, it’s really because my phone died and I can’t be arsed to find a charger. Or I know where it is, I just don’t feel like feeling at the bottom of my bag for it. Anyone else? Okay cool. Glad I’m not alone. Oh! And I keep losing the darn things! Which, as you know, are not cheap to keep replacing.

So I’ve finally figured out a way to jump on the tassel trend (you didn’t think I was gonna go there, did you!) and make the tassel super useful too! I’m the first to say that I like pretty things, but pretty and useful… LETS DO THIS!

Leather Tassel Power Bank Keychain

 

Supplies:
Small tube shaped power bank
1/4 yard colored leatherette vinyl – I got mine at Joanne’s for $5 from the upholstery section but you can also use Cricut’s faux leather.
Keychain findings
Hot glue or E6000
Rotary Cutter
Ruler (for straight lines)

Time: 45 minutes or less
Cost: $10 or less
Style level: A conservative 8

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Diagonal Crochet Dishcloth – with free pattern

on May 4, 2017

Spruce up your kitchen or give a useful gift with a bright and colorful reusable crochet dishcloth! A great project for beginner to intermediate skills.

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Spruce up your kitchen or give a useful gift with a bright and colorful reusable crochet dishcloth! A great project for beginner to intermediate skills. - Mother's day DIY gifts | Easy crochet | Earth Day projects | Colorful crochet | Quick project | Hostess Gifts

So today we’re going to make a corner to corner diagonal crochet dishcloth. They only LOOK super hard. I promise. So let’s sit back, grab a glass of sweet tea like the good southern lady you are and I’m gonna teach you how to make these! I especially like these for gifts on holidays like Mother’s Day and Earth Day or for take home presents from a bridal or baby shower!

Diagonal Crochet Dishcloth

Supplies:
Size G Crochet Hook – I really like these from Boye
1 ball cotton yarn – I used Lily Sugar n’ Cream in Ahoy!
Scissors
Tapestry or yarn needle

 
Time: 1-2 hours depending on experience
Cost: $5 for yarn. Makes 2 per ball.
Handmade awesomeness: 12 (out of 10)
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Fringe Cupcake Toppers

on April 25, 2017

Add some fun flare to your Cinco De Mayo or Pinata party with these fun Fringe Cupcake Toppers! They also double as drink stirrers for a bright and colorful addition to your drinks!

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Add some fun flare to your Cinco De Mayo or Pinata party with these fun Fringe Cupcake Toppers! They also double as drink stirrers for a bright and colorful addition to your drinks! | Cinco de Mayo | Pinata | Party Decor | Do It Your Freaking Self

Sometimes you just need bright colors, a margarita, and a taco. Yep, Cinco De Mayo is almost here and it’s time to really impress your friends by making all the fun things for your celebration! Now, I’m all for letting cupcakes stand on their own merits. They’re tasty, they look pretty, and usually if there’s a lot of garnish, it’s over compensating. However! For Cinco De Mayo, I hold to the theory that more is more… but keep it classy. These Fringe Cupcake Toppers will look perfect on your Cheesecake Churro Cupcakes and in your glass as you stir that margarita. They’ll also look super adorable at your birthday party when you match the color scheme of decor. Basically, it’s like a fiesta just looking at them so you should make them because they’re easy and fun and cheap. K?

Add some fun flare to your Cinco De Mayo or Pinata party with these fun Fringe Cupcake Toppers! They also double as drink stirrers for a bright and colorful addition to your drinks! | Cinco de Mayo | Pinata | Party Decor | Do It Your Freaking Self

Fringe Cupcake Toppers

Supplies:
6 inch wooden skewers
Bright colored tissue paper
Glue runner or glue stick
Scissors

Time: 15 minutes
Cost: $5 or less
Bringing the party? YES!
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DIY Rose Cork Coasters

on April 12, 2017

Use IKEA Avskild Placemats to create these simple rose cut out cork coasters for your next girls day or The Bachelor viewing party!

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Do you guys ever feel like you’re just spinning your wheels? Like one step forward, two steps back kinda thing? Yep. Right there with you. I’ve been trying to take a step back and get things into perspective lately. Learning what “self care” means and what it actually means for me.

Use IKEA Avskild Placemats to create these simple rose cut out cork coasters for your next girls day or The Bachelor viewing party! - Cork Coasters | Custom Coasters | The Bachelor party | The bachelorette | Girls Day

One of the things I’ve started doing is crafting just to create. For no other reason than the joy of it. I know you are all going to be flabbergasted, but I have been buying  craft kits and making all sorts of things like bunnies, macrame, scarves... etc. It has helped bring the joy of crafting back because I’m not stressed about taking photos, or being “original”, I just do.  What are you doing for self care?

These Ombre Rose Cork Coasters came out of one of those creative spurts. I was looking at supplies I had on hand and was watching the classic Beauty and the Beast and just felt like creating. I figured it might be something you all would like to try, so I repeated the project, took some photos and VOILA! All yours! Get in the zone with your bad self while you cut out tiny pieces of cork board while listening to some Gaslight Anthem… or maybe that’s just me.

Use IKEA Avskild Placemats to create these simple rose cut out cork coasters for your next girls day or The Bachelor viewing party! - Do It Your Freaking Self - Cork Coasters | Custom Coasters | The Bachelor party | The bachelorette | Girls Day

DIY Rose Cork Coasters

Supplies:
Sheets of cork board – I used placemats from IKEA
Craft knife
Hot glue or E-6000
Felt sheets in your color choice
Washi or craft tape
This template

Time: 2-3 hours for 4
Cost: $5 or less
Impressive? Yes

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DIY Zelda Pixel Heart Statement Necklace

on March 29, 2017

Let your geek flag fly with a DIY Legend of Zelda Pixel Heart Statement Necklace. Pull out some perler beads and your nintendo and party like it’s 1986.

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Let your geek flag fly with a DIY Legend of Zelda Pixel Heart Statement Necklace. Pull out some perler beads and your nintendo and party like it's 1986.

Photos by Rodnesha Green of Inspired Photography

Okay, show of hands… who has been downright obsessed with the Nintendo Switch lately? If you raised your hand, you’re not the only one. The last few days have been spent in this weird pizza and wine fueled haze of Zelda: Breath of the Wild  and too few hours of sleep in between craft projects and work. I feel like I’m back in college discovering Kingdom Hearts and not coming out of my dorm room for days. You guys!!! I have regressed! Is there a support group for this? I’m sure it’ll wear off right? Right?

Okay, so video game playing aside I’m working on getting in to
uch with the side of me that says… “I don’t care what everyone thinks, if I like it, I’m gonna wear it!” That side coupled with my “Hey I can do that for cheaper” side has resulted in this really awesome geek chic perler bead statement necklace. Pretty cool right? Even better, it was basically free using products I already had on hand from other projects. Don’t worry though, start up costs are minimal and super rewarding. Especially if you have a class full of 6-12 year olds that you have to keep quiet and busy and don’t have a Disney movie handy.

Let your geek flag fly with a DIY Legend of Zelda Pixel Heart Statement Necklace. Pull out some perler beads and your nintendo and party like it's 1986.

Zelda Pixel Heart Statement Necklace

Supplies:
2 Large Square Pegboards
Black, White, Red and clear Perler or Hamma Beads
9 MM Jump rings
Red satin ribbon
Iron
Hot Glue or E6000
Pen or Awl
Parchment or Wax paper

Time: 30-60 minutes (I spent a lot of time sorting beads okay!?!)
Cost: FREE to $10 for a whole bunch
Geekery Level: a solid 6

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DIY Tassel Basket for Easter

on March 22, 2017

Spruce up a simple basket for your own DIY Tassel Basket for Easter! Perfect for a grown up look with all the fun you remember when you were a kid!

Spruce up a simple basket for your own DIY Tassel Basket for Easter! Perfect for a grown up look with all the fun you remember when you were a kid!

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When I was a kid Easter was this magical experience. Like Christmas but with pastels. It’s the start of spring and the end of lent and one year we got honest to God bunnies. Like real ones! I remember waking up every year to a trail of hershey kisses or jelly beans or whatever my parents decided to lay out that year and go on this epic hunt with my sister to find our Easter baskets. They never disappointed either! Then we all dressed in super frilly dresses (because that is what one does when they’re seven years old on Easter) and headed off to Church. As an adult without my own kids, I still try to keep that magic around whether it’s with the kids I babysit for or with my friends. In recent years we’ve done Easter basket exchanges, a bit like secret santa, but you know…. with bunnies and chocolate crosses and wine. Yep. This year, I’m showing you how to make your own unique Tassel Basket for Easter goodies to impress your friends and make yourself feel classy AF.

Spruce up a simple basket for your own DIY Tassel Basket for Easter! Perfect for a grown up look with all the fun you remember when you were a kid!

DIY Tassel Basket for Easter

Supplies:
Bamboo Basket – I got mine from Target for about $2.50
Embroidery floss (12 skeins total. Mix and match colors!)
Scissors
Bulldog clip
Hot Glue
Barefoot wine (for drinking after)

Time: 30 minutes or less
Cost: $6
Classy Level: Um… it’s pretty high up there.

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Beginner Crochet Beach Bag

on March 15, 2017

If you’re looking for a quick and fashionable summer project, check out this beginner crochet beach bag using the suzette stitch.

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If you’re like me, you’ve learned to crochet and you’ve got the basics down. You can single and double crochet with the best of them…. heck you are a wiz at granny squares… but you’re looking for something more practical and cute to do with your skills. Does this sound like you? Are you still in the beginner crochet step? It’s cool. This free Beginner Crochet Beach Bag is for crafters of all skill levels and makes a beautiful suzette stitch that no one will even have to know how easy it is! In fact, the suzette stitch is a great one to have in your arsenal. It works up a beautiful thick but breathable texture that is great for any number of projects.

If you're looking for a quick and fashionable summer project, check out this beginner crochet beach bag using the suzette stitch.

This inspiration for this bag came from a recent trip to the beach (because apparently Los Angeles decided to skip spring all together and go right into summer) wherein my favorite beach bag not only broke but got covered in sunscreen. Cue dramatic freaking out noise. So!!! In a fit of crochet desperation and some love for Pantone’s color of the year (and my birth stone!) I made a bag. Since it’s cotton yarn I can wash it on gentle. So if someone spills juice or apple sauce or sunscreen, I don’t have 30 minutes of wet wiping ahead of me. AND!!!! It’s versatile! If you don’t live near the beach, this bag also works wonderful as a fashionable market bag. Pretty cool right? So grab a crochet needle, sit down with Lilo and Stitch (and some other fun Disney movies) and let’s make all the things!

Beginner Crochet Beach Bag

If you're looking for a quick and fashionable summer project, check out this beginner crochet beach bag using the suzette stitch.

Supplies:

Lily Sugar ‘N Cream Solids in Mod Green (4 balls)
Size J crochet hook (I love this set from Susan Bates!)
Yarn needle
Ruler and pen or marker

Time: Weekend/Binge watch
Cost: $10
Skill level: Beginner
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DIY Rainbow Fried Egg Pillows

on March 8, 2017

Add some comfy fun to your couch this spring with some DIY rainbow fried egg pillows! Easy sewing tutorial to make your own custom food throw pillow!

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Add some comfy fun to your couch this spring with some DIY rainbow fried egg pillows! Easy sewing tutorial to make your own custom food throw pillow!

Every year I promise myself that I’m going to decorate for the seasons and every year I get distracted. Sorry folks… my life is not pinterest perfect! This year I decided to go a little out of the ordinary and make some fun rainbow fried egg pillows to brighten up my living room and celebrate the season in a fun and quirky way. Because let’s be honest here as much as I love decorating eggs I kinda HATE hard boiled eggs and there is no way I’m eating those.

Fried Egg Pillows

Supplies (makes 4)
1 yard white fleece
1/4 or less yard blue, yellow, pink, purple fleece
White dual duty thread
Scissors
Sewing machine
Fabric pins
Polyfill (at least 15 oz)
Light colored Permanent marker or fabric pencil

Time: 4 Episodes of Z: The Beginning of Everything (to make 4)
Cost: $20 for fabric and polyfill
Festive level: a solid 7

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