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Fusion Bead Stranger Things Banner

on October 20, 2017

Get ready for Stranger Things Season 2 or just show off your knowledge of the Upside Down with this easy Perler Bead Stranger Things Banner.

Get ready for Stranger Things Season 2 or just show off your knowledge of the Upside Down with this easy Perler Bead Stranger Things Banner. | Fusion beads | #Strangerthings | perler bead pattern | Christmas Lights | DoItYourFreakingSelf.com

True Story you guys. I have 2 days during the week to actually be productive. Otherwise, I’m either working, planning for work, or burnt out. So that is 2 days for blog content, cleaning my house, laundry, etc. You know what is NOT productive? Video games. You know what I did ALL last week? Played the new Stranger Things app. It ate all my time! And honestly, I regret NOTHING. Okay, maybe I regret a little bit but darn it, I love that show and I love those kids.

MAKE IT: Vicious Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers

For real though you guys, I’m a little obsessed with that show. And the soundtrack – Yes I have it on vinyl and it sounds amazing. I’m sure there’s definitely a nostalgia factor but that show came out of nowhere and just took everyone by surprise!

To re-creates these cool Fusion Bead Christmas Lights and turn them into a Fusion Bead Stranger Things Banner is relatively simple. If you’ve got kiddos, this is a perfect project to get them involved in – but maybe don’t let them watch the show? Don’t blame me for nightmares that may or may not happen 🙂

Fusion Bead Stranger Things Banner

Supplies:
Fusion Beads: Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, Black, White
Large square Perler bead board (or 2)
Wax or Parchment Paper
Iron
Black Embroidery Floss
Tapestry Needle
Awl – Optional
Black alphabet stickers

To create this banner, you’re going to need 8 of each color. I found that you can fit eight per board so the process goes relatively quickly – just do one color per board and you’ll end up with 32 lights total. Once your patterns are finished, cover the beads with parchment paper and iron each side on high for about 30 seconds keeping medium pressure and moving in gentle circular motions. Do this to each side – Don’t melt them down completely, you still want SOME holes in the beads to thread.

Get ready for Stranger Things Season 2 or just show off your knowledge of the Upside Down with this easy Perler Bead Stranger Things Banner. | Fusion beads | #Strangerthings | perler bead pattern | Christmas Lights | DoItYourFreakingSelf.com

 

Once your beads have cooled its time to thread them! Thread a 6 foot strand of black embroidery floss through a tapestry needle. Begin to string your creations onto the floss. Going in through the back of your the top two black beads of each light, passing back through the front and repeating for each light. This will make sure that your banner doesn’t slide around and you can get the positioning right. Leave about 1 inch length between each. – If you don’t have a clear hole to thread through, use the awl to punch a larger hole in the top two black beads.

MAKE IT:DIY Zelda Pixel Heart Statement Necklace

Get ready for Stranger Things Season 2 or just show off your knowledge of the Upside Down with this easy Perler Bead Stranger Things Banner. | Fusion beads | #Strangerthings | perler bead pattern | Christmas Lights | DoItYourFreakingSelf.com

Once you’re finished, secure your creation to the wall however you like – I used some tacks and masking tape – and affix your letter stickers beneath.

That’s it! You’re done! Treat yo’ self to a cocktail or delicious Eleven inspired Eggo cupcake! Just don’t get stuck in the upside down. The demagorgon might get you.

Get ready for Stranger Things Season 2 or just show off your knowledge of the Upside Down with this easy Perler Bead Stranger Things Banner. | Fusion beads | #Strangerthings | perler bead pattern | Christmas Lights | DoItYourFreakingSelf.com

 

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Easy Metallic Leaf Hair Clip for Fall

on October 18, 2017

This shop has been compensated by Schwarzkopf. #FashionColorExpert #sponsored

Enhance your fall style with a rich and vibrant new shade and this simple Easy Metallic Leaf Hair Clip made from hot glue!

If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you’ll know that I used to have really long, really curly hair – Think mermaid hair. I’ve always had iffy luck with hair dressers, so I’d let it go years without cutting it, and even then I’d do it myself. At least if I screwed it up it’d be my own fault. I still have really curly hair, but about 6 months ago, I chopped over a foot and a half off. It was super scary and also super free-ing. But I needed a change and to also save money on hair product, but that’s beside the point.

Enhance your fall style with a rich and vibrant new shade and this simple Easy Metallic Leaf Hair Clip made from hot glue! 

Fast forward to now and my hair is still pretty short and I needed another change. The seasons are changing and it’s not like I can cut even more of my hair off… well I could, but no. So since it’s fall, and as most people update their wardrobe, I’m updating my hair with a vibrant and fresh shade of Vintage Red (5.29) from Schwarzkopf Color Ultime; Hair color that defies fading for up to 9 weeks of color shine, and ya’ll know I love it when my hair shines!

Find out how you can try it free here!

DIY Easy Metallic Leaf Clip - Do It Your Freaking Self

Just a quick note, I’m not allergic to dyes, but I have friends that are so it’s ridiculously important to do a patch test and wear gloves!

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Jump to the end of the post to see the process and before and after!


Easy Metallic Leaf Hair Clip

Supplies:
Hot Glue gun and sticks
Wax or baking paper
Hair clips
Metallic paint and sponge

To create this project, trace the shape of your leaf onto the baking paper.

Enhance your fall style with a rich and vibrant new shade and this simple Easy Metallic Leaf Hair Clip made from hot glue!

Carefully with the hot glue, outline your leaf and fill in with whatever designs you like and allow to dry.

 Sponge brush painting - DIY Metallic Leaf Clip - Do It Your Freaking Self

Once your hot glue is cooled – should only take about 10 minutes – apply metallic paint in a pouncing motion. You can also use spray paint if you’ve got it.

Finished Project - DIY Metallic Leaf Clip - Do It Your Freaking Self

Allow your paint to dry and attach it to a hair clip or bobbypin with hot glue and pair with your shiny new hair color!

Enhance your fall style with a rich and vibrant new shade and this simple Easy Metallic Leaf Hair Clip made from hot glue! #ad #FashionColorExpert @SchwarzkopfUSA @Walmart


 

To me, having a great cut and color are the my favorite fall accessories. The best part, I dyed my hair at home with a box from the health and beauty – hair dye aisle at Walmart!

 

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Update your hair color for fall with Schwarzkopf Color Ultime

 

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Enhance your fall style with a rich and vibrant new shade and this simple Easy Metallic Leaf Hair Clip made from hot glue!

  1. To test for allergies, follow the instructions for the ‘patch test’ beforehand.
  2. Put on your gloves!
  3. Carefully squeeze the entire contents of the color cream tube into the application bottle and shake it like a polaroid picture…. to make sure everything is completely mixed together.
  4. Apply as instructed and let it develop for the instructed time (mine was 30 minutes)
  5. After the hair color has had time to set, it’s time to rinse! Simply rinse out your hair in warm water until the water runs clear – I took that as an excuse to take an extra long shower.
  6. Use the conditioner as instructed and leave on for 2 minutes before rinsing.
  7. Blow dry, air dry, style it however you want and pin with your brand new metallic leaf hair clip!

Enhance your fall style with a rich and vibrant new shade and this simple Easy Metallic Leaf Hair Clip made from hot glue!

 

Before

Before pic

During

Schwarzkopf During

After – this was a few days and 2 washes later. I think I’m in love!

DIY Easy Metallic Leaf Clip - Do It Your Freaking Self

You guys, how amazing is this color! I went with Vintage Red and even after a week, I am so in love. It is the perfect shade for the season without my having to seriously update my wardrobe. If you’re up for due for an update or just want something a little different, get thee to a Walmart and go for it!

 

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DIY Painted Halloween Mini-Giftbags

on October 10, 2017

Create these simple Painted Halloween Mini-Giftbags for all of your holiday treats and goodies! A quick project for everyone to enjoy!

I am ready to admit that I am pumpkin spiced out… yes, I know we are only 2-ish weeks into fall but it’s EVERYWHERE and I just can’t you guys. I can’t. What does pumpkin spice have to do with today’s post? Nothing. I just felt like I needed to share that tidbit of information.

Create these simple Painted Halloween Mini-Giftbags for all of your holiday treats and goodies! A quick project for everyone to enjoy!

 

Okay, now on to better things… like crafts! I’m entering into my busy season (yes, I have like 5 of them) with babysitting and nannying which means I’m racking my brain to come up with crafts to keep the kiddos entertained and also not cover mom and dad’s house with random knick-nacks. I think I’ve got a win with these. I tried these halloween mini-giftbags the other day with my 4 year old kiddo and she was all about some polka dots! I think they’re going to put “spooky” school supplies in there for her class… but she may just use them to keep random princess jewelry in so who really knows.

Create these simple Painted Halloween Mini-Giftbags for all of your holiday treats and goodies! A quick project for everyone to enjoy!

I’m also super stoked to partner with Oriental Trading on this post. We’ve used them a lot while I was working at the Church during things like VBS and Family Camp, but I didn’t realize how much of a selection they actually had! The best part? I can order my party supplies and my craft supplies in one go. Pretty awesome if I do say so myself. Check out their craft supplies here!

And now onto some bags!

Make it: DIY Halloween Fox Ears

DIY Painted Halloween Mini-Giftbags

Cost: $5-10
Time: 15 minutes or less!
Awesome level: Festive and Easy!

Create these simple Painted Halloween Mini-Giftbags for all of your holiday treats and goodies! A quick project for everyone to enjoy!

MAKE IT: HALLOWEEN TYPOGRAPHY VASE

Supplies:
Mini Drawstring canvas bags
Cotton Swabs
Small paintbrush
Paint in chosen colors
Cardstock – for separating the bags

Begin by cutting a piece of cardstock to size and fit it inside of each bag. This will keep the paint from bleeding through.

Create these simple Painted Halloween Mini-Giftbags for all of your holiday treats and goodies! A quick project for everyone to enjoy!

Pour some paint onto a pallet or paper plate and use the cotton swabs to make polkadots! Easy peasy! If you’re working with kids, or in a batch, it’s easiest to do one color at a time.

Create these simple Painted Halloween Mini-Giftbags for all of your holiday treats and goodies! A quick project for everyone to enjoy!

Remove the paper and let the bags dry. You can heatset with an iron, but it’s not crucial.

Create these simple Painted Halloween Mini-Giftbags for all of your holiday treats and goodies! A quick project for everyone to enjoy!

For the spider web, I used black paint and a small paintbrush. You can probably sketch out the general design but I like to live on the wild side.

Create these simple Painted Halloween Mini-Giftbags for all of your holiday treats and goodies! A quick project for everyone to enjoy!

Just like in elementary school, paint a few straight lines then connect them with a few droopy lines to make a web. I ran into the problem of having my lines look too…. sketchy? So if that happens, make sure you have a full brush then paint outside in.

Create these simple Painted Halloween Mini-Giftbags for all of your holiday treats and goodies! A quick project for everyone to enjoy!

What are your favorite Halloween projects?
Loved this project? Don’t forget to PIN it to your Halloween or Crafts boards!

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Create an Easy Halloween Backdrop

on October 5, 2017

Make your own Easy Halloween with some streamers and googly eyes! Check out this simple tutorial for a fun table prop or photo backdrop. Great for bloggers, instagram backgrounds and halloween parties!

Make your own Easy Halloween with some streamers and googly eyes! Check out this simple tutorial for a fun table prop or photo backdrop. Great for bloggers, instagram backgrounds and halloween parties! 

Happy Halloween Season! While I should save this for maybe a round up post – that I will probably never write – this is my current morbid youtube obsession. Skip this if you’re squeamish. Just sayin. I had this whole post nearly written and got sidetracked for 2 hours watching these videos. I’m not ridiculously into death, but I do like random factoids and OMG there are so many!

Moving on – One of the things I’m constantly on the search for in this crazy world is backdrops. Whether it’s for instagram photos, blog photos, or random things that I think are really pretty and can turn things into. My current go-to backdrops are the ones you see on this blog – pink, yellow and blue. I’m currently painting some different shades of these, but you’ll probably see those later. However… this particular backdrop was inspired by a trip to the dollar tree – where, oddly enough, a lot of my ideas come from.

I did my backdrop on a piece of foam core, but if you’re sizing up to cover… say a wall, you’ll need a few other items. Let’s get started shall we!?!

How to Create an Easy Halloween Backdrop

Make your own Easy Halloween with some streamers and googly eyes! Check out this simple tutorial for a fun table prop or photo backdrop. Great for bloggers, instagram backgrounds and halloween parties! 

Supplies:

Black foam core board – for small scale
2 Black Vinyl Tablecloths – for large scale (optional)
Masking Tape or Painters tape
White crepe paper streamers
Self adhesive googly eyes (or stick them on with glue dots)

1. If you’re using plastic table cloths, go ahead and secure them to the wall with painters tape as far up as you can get it.

2. Attach streamers at the top of the wall or to the BACK of your foam core board approximately 1-2 inches apart depending on your aesthetic.

Make your own Easy Halloween with some streamers and googly eyes! Check out this simple tutorial for a fun table prop or photo backdrop. Great for bloggers, instagram backgrounds and halloween parties! 

3. Gently twist each streamer down the wall or foam core board and attach it to the bottom of the wall or back of the board.

4. Attach or glue googly eyes to the streamers. For the foam core board, I went through one package and attached them using Aileens Tacky Glue Pen.

Make your own Easy Halloween with some streamers and googly eyes! Check out this simple tutorial for a fun table prop or photo backdrop. Great for bloggers, instagram backgrounds and halloween parties! 

Make your own Easy Halloween with some streamers and googly eyes! Check out this simple tutorial for a fun table prop or photo backdrop. Great for bloggers, instagram backgrounds and halloween parties! 

5. Allow the glue to dry and you’re ready to rock your background! I absolutely adore the little googly eye details! I went for “monster” eyes, but there are so many different kinds and sizes to choose from! What would you go for?

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Host a Tim Burton Inspired Halloween Party

on October 3, 2017

Host a Tim Burton Inspired Halloween Party! Loving the little details and pops of blue and purple that bring it together!

Shout out to all of the parents who randomly indulge their children’s party whims! Okay so when I was in third grade (I think) we had just moved to a new city and I really wanted to throw a Halloween party. Why? I honestly have no clue but my parents were amazing and actually went through with it. I don’t remember many details beyond eating a donut off of a tree and Shane from my class’s vampire blood capsules but I’m sure it was epic. Now that I’m older I realize the work that went into that party even if it wasn’t “pinterest perfect” as the standard is set to be these days. This year, instead of a crazy party, I wanted to throw a party that was outside of the normal black and orange and spooky. I was really inspired by Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride and Nightmare Before Christmas…. among others. And with some help from Oriental Trading, I was able to add some fun details like the striped table runner and skelleton glasses that really brought the decor to a whole new level.

This post is sponsored in part by Oriental Trading, all opinions are my own.

Host a Tim Burton Inspired Halloween Party

Host a Tim Burton Inspired Halloween Party! Loving the little details and pops of blue and purple that bring it together! - Doityourfreakingself.com - Halloween Tablescape, alternative halloween, nightmare before christmas, corpse bride

Host a Tim Burton Inspired Halloween Party! Loving the little details and pops of blue and purple that bring it together! - Doityourfreakingself.com - Halloween Tablescape, alternative halloween, nightmare before christmas, corpse bride

Head over to Oriental Trading’s Halloween decor shop for some great inspiration!

Host a Tim Burton Inspired Halloween Party! Loving the little details and pops of blue and purple that bring it together! - Doityourfreakingself.com - Halloween Tablescape, alternative halloween, nightmare before christmas, corpse bride

Fill glasses with Apple Cider for some fall all ages enjoyment. Add it as a mixer to some champagne to create a Fall Cider Mimosa!

Scare up a good treat by making a simple DIY Jack Skellington Cake stand! Perfect for your Halloween decor or party tablescape! Dollar Store DIY! - Nightmare Before Christmas | Tim Burton | Food Safe | Halloween Projects | Party table - Doityourfreakingself.com

Jack Skellington Cake Plate adds a touch of DIY whimsy for your sweet treats is perfect for your Host a Tim Burton Inspired Halloween Party!

Add some fun color to your snacks with these simple color blocked oreos! Make them in your team colors, party theme and more! - Graduation Dessert | Team Oreos | Chocolate dipped oreos | Easy decor | Food Crafts - Doityourfreakingself.com Add some fun color to your snacks with these simple color blocked oreos! Make them in your team colors, party theme and more! - Graduation Dessert | Team Oreos | Chocolate dipped oreos | Easy decor | Food Crafts - Doityourfreakingself.com

Colorblock Oreos make for a tasty treat AND a great take home goodie! I used white cake bags and made mini stickers on my Cricut Explore Air 2.

Host a Tim Burton Inspired Halloween Party! Loving the little details and pops of blue and purple that bring it together! - Doityourfreakingself.com - Halloween Tablescape, alternative halloween, nightmare before christmas, corpse bride

Make a statement with these simple tableware rolls! Grab some foam bat shapes from the dollar store and adhere them to the roll with a glue dot.

Host a Tim Burton Inspired Halloween Party! Loving the little details and pops of blue and purple that bring it together! - Doityourfreakingself.com - Halloween Tablescape, alternative halloween, nightmare before christmas, corpse bride

Use edible accents like clementine oranges for easier clean up! No one likes finding confetti or table scatter days later!

And last but not least… fill up some goodie bags with candy, small gifts or treats from the party!

Host a Tim Burton Inspired Halloween Party! Loving the little details and pops of blue and purple that bring it together! - Doityourfreakingself.com - Halloween Tablescape, alternative halloween, nightmare before christmas, corpse bride

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Food Safe DIY Jack Skellington Cake Stand

on September 26, 2017

Scare up a good treat by making a simple DIY Jack Skellington Cake stand! Perfect for your Halloween decor or party tablescape! Dollar Store DIY!

Scare up a good treat by making a simple DIY Jack Skellington Cake stand! Perfect for your Halloween decor or party tablescape! Dollar Store DIY! - Nightmare Before Christmas | Tim Burton | Food Safe | Halloween Projects | Party table - Doityourfreakingself.com

Do you ever have those movies that you’re maybe glad you didn’t see as a kid but are also your favorites? I was not allowed to see Nightmare Before Christmas when it came out. Granted, I was about 5 years old with an overactive imagination so this was probably a good decision on my parent’s part. And while I still have quite the imagination, this film has become one of my absolute favorites… At this time of year especially.

MAKE IT: NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS ZERO PILLOW PAL

Also, Hocus Pocus! I saw that movie when I was 7 and it (for some reason) scared the bejebus out of me! I don’t think my parents ever would have let me see it at that age, but we were at a neighbors house and no one really told our parents what we were watching. I spent the entire walk home thinking Billy Butcherson was chasing me and that I should never light a black candle. Like… ever. Now… I love that movie! It is so delightfully campy and I can’t figure out why I was scared in the first place. However, I probably would have loved it anyway so there’s that.

Scare up a good treat by making a simple DIY Jack Skellington Cake stand! Perfect for your Halloween decor or party tablescape! Dollar Store DIY! - Nightmare Before Christmas | Tim Burton | Food Safe | Halloween Projects | Party table - Doityourfreakingself.com

Okay so yes, I had protective parents. But a part of me is glad they understood me enough to not let me give myself nightmares.

Anyway!!! Welcome the Halloween Season! I’m so glad you’re here! It’s probably my favorite because it is also fall and I can wear sweaters with Star Wars characters on them and not get funny looks. This year, I’m hosting a Tim Burton inspired Halloween party so I KNEW I needed to create something Jack themed. This Food Safe DIY Jack Skellington Cake Stand cost me $10 MAX and I can’t wait to show you how to make it!

Food Safe DIY Jack Skellington Cake Stand

Scare up a good treat by making a simple DIY Jack Skellington Cake stand! Perfect for your Halloween decor or party tablescape! Dollar Store DIY! - Nightmare Before Christmas | Tim Burton | Food Safe | Halloween Projects | Party table - Doityourfreakingself.com

Time: 30 minutes + Heat/Dry Time
Cost: $10 or less
Spooky Level: 2

Scare up a good treat by making a simple DIY Jack Skellington Cake stand! Perfect for your Halloween decor or party tablescape! Dollar Store DIY! - Nightmare Before Christmas | Tim Burton | Food Safe | Halloween Projects | Party table - Doityourfreakingself.com

Supplies:
9″ Clear glass plate – I got mine from Ikea but you can get the same ones from amazon.
Multi Surface or enamel paint in black and white
Paintbrush and large foam pouncer
Clear spray sealant (optional)
Glass candle stick – I got mine from the dollar store
E6000 Glue
Printout of Jack’s Face – I sized mine to be 7.5 inches just to give myself some room – you can do this by either loading it into a photo editor or playing around with the scale.

 

Start by cleaning the back of your plate with rubbing alcohol.

Place the Jack Skellington face on your surface with the plate FACE DOWN over it. This will give you a guide to paint the face!

Scare up a good treat by making a simple DIY Jack Skellington Cake stand! Perfect for your Halloween decor or party tablescape! Dollar Store DIY! - Nightmare Before Christmas | Tim Burton | Food Safe | Halloween Projects | Party table - Doityourfreakingself.com

Using a paintbrush and black enamel paint carefully paint the design on the back side of the plate. Allow it to dry then add a second coat. Let it dry for at least 2 hours.

Scare up a good treat by making a simple DIY Jack Skellington Cake stand! Perfect for your Halloween decor or party tablescape! Dollar Store DIY! - Nightmare Before Christmas | Tim Burton | Food Safe | Halloween Projects | Party table - Doityourfreakingself.com

Scare up a good treat by making a simple DIY Jack Skellington Cake stand! Perfect for your Halloween decor or party tablescape! Dollar Store DIY! - Nightmare Before Christmas | Tim Burton | Food Safe | Halloween Projects | Party table - Doityourfreakingself.com

After painting the face, it’s time to fill in the back. I originally used spray paint but it ended up bubbling and probably wouldn’t have held up after washing. SO! Switching tactics, using white enamel or multi surface paint and a large foam pouncer, fill in the back of the plate. Make sure to paint over the black areas too so the plate will look good from all angles. Let it dry for an hour and go back in for a second coat or just fill in patchy places.

To heat set your paints PLEASE follow the instructions on your paint. Each kind is different with different dry times and I don’t want to tell you different.

I let mine dry for 1 hour then set the plate in a COLD oven paint side up. I then heated the oven to 350 then let it cook for 30 minutes once it hit temperature. After that I let it cool IN THE OVEN with the door open.

Once your paint is set, it’s time to add the stand part. I’ve seen people use other things like painted vases or wooden candle sticks so just find what you like. You do you girl! I chose the candle stick because I happened to have a few in craft storage and figured I should probably use it.

Scare up a good treat by making a simple DIY Jack Skellington Cake stand! Perfect for your Halloween decor or party tablescape! Dollar Store DIY! - Nightmare Before Christmas | Tim Burton | Food Safe | Halloween Projects | Party table - Doityourfreakingself.com

Mark the center of the plate – I measured 4.5 inches in from the edges – and use E6000 glue to secure the candle stick to the bottom of the plate. Let it dry overnight and you’re good to go!

Scare up a good treat by making a simple DIY Jack Skellington Cake stand! Perfect for your Halloween decor or party tablescape! Dollar Store DIY! - Nightmare Before Christmas | Tim Burton | Food Safe | Halloween Projects | Party table - Doityourfreakingself.com

Scare up a good treat by making a simple DIY Jack Skellington Cake stand! Perfect for your Halloween decor or party tablescape! Dollar Store DIY! - Nightmare Before Christmas | Tim Burton | Food Safe | Halloween Projects | Party table - Doityourfreakingself.com

Use your DIY Jack Skellington Cake Stand as a cake stand or a cookie display! You can also use it as a jewlery holder or really whatever you’d need it for!

Scare up a good treat by making a simple DIY Jack Skellington Cake stand! Perfect for your Halloween decor or party tablescape! Dollar Store DIY! - Nightmare Before Christmas | Tim Burton | Food Safe | Halloween Projects | Party table - Doityourfreakingself.com

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DIY Harry Potter Makeup Brushes

on September 12, 2017

Create your own magical Harry Potter Makeup Brushes for under $10! You may not be able to levitate your eye shadows, but these brushes will take your makeup game to a whole new spellbinding level.

Let me start this off by saying that I have been binge listening to The Quibbler Podcast and it is amazing and you should go listen to it ASAP. Okay… on to the story…

Create your own magical DIY Harry Potter Makeup Brushes for under $10! These brushes will take your makeup game to a whole new spellbinding level.

Hands up if you have no clue about the difference between a blender brush and an angle brush! Do they put color on my eyelid? That’s all I need. I have a confession to make though, I own so many eyeshadow pallettes it’s sad and there’s only so many youtube beauty vloggers/tutorials I can deal with on a weekly basis. And to be honest, I really only enjoy watching Kimberly Clark. So a lot of my eyeshadow gets used once while I’m experimenting because well… putting on makeup is not really something fun for me.

Create your own magical DIY Harry Potter Makeup Brushes for under $10! These brushes will take your makeup game to a whole new spellbinding level.

Make it: Hogwarts House Crochet Ear Warmers

Create your own magical DIY Harry Potter Makeup Brushes for under $10! These brushes will take your makeup game to a whole new spellbinding level.

I’m trying though! I’m really trying! I know that you don’t really NEED makeup to look beautiful and all that, but for me it at least makes my mornings look like I tried to be a functional adult. These Magic Wand Harry Potter Makeup Brushes though? They kinda make me want to actually do my makeup because it just gives me a chance to use them. That and I can turn on the Harry Potter soundtrack and pretend to cast a floating charm on Grampa the Cat (It has never worked because I never got my Hogwarts letter and I am still bitter about that)

Create your own magical DIY Harry Potter Makeup Brushes for under $10! These brushes will take your makeup game to a whole new spellbinding level.

Harry Potter Makeup Brushes

Time: 2-3 hours – Paints gotta dry!
Cost: $10 or less
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Flat Knit Jayne Cobb Hat Pattern from Firefly

on September 5, 2017

Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal! Knit a Jayne Cobb hat on straight needles with this free knitting pattern. A geeky project for beginners and intermediate knitters.

Knit a Jayne Cobb hat on straight needles with this free knitting pattern. A geeky project for beginners and intermediate knitters.

Okay not really, but I’ve always wanted to say that to someone and what better time to say it than in a Firefly themed post! Yep, the geek is coming out and I can’t stop her…. nor do I want to.

Do you guys ever have those favorite shows that you can probably quote word for word because you’ve watched them a million times and actually have conversations about them with friends? If you haven’t had those conversations, hit me up. I’d be happy to be that person.

Knit a Jayne Cobb hat on straight needles with this free knitting pattern. A geeky project for beginners and intermediate knitters.

Anyway! What I’m trying to say is that we all have those shows. Firefly is one of them for me. As of this writing, I have watched the entire series and the movie at least 5 times and I watched it again while making a few of these hats… so you know, nerd card intact and all.

Flat Knit Jayne Cobb Hat Pattern

This Jayne Cobb Hat pattern is knit on straight needles so there are a few extra stitches on the edges for you to sew them together. I knit 90% of my hats flat because its just easier for me to figure out on the decrease. If you’re a beginner knitter who finds circular needles daunting, this is a great tutorial for you. This Jayne Cobb hat is also worked with 2 strands to give it a more bulky look and feel like in the show.

Knit a Jayne Cobb hat on straight needles with this free knitting pattern. A geeky project for beginners and intermediate knitters.

Supplies:
Size 10 knitting needles
Yarn or Tapestry Needle
Scissors
Redheart Yarn in : Carrot, Gold, and burgundy (or red)
Large pom pom maker

Stitches to know
Knit, Purl, SSK, K2tog, sl

Starting with 2 strands of Carrot – Cast on 84 stitches.
Row 1: K2, *K1, P1, Repeat from * until last 2 stitches. K2 Turn
Row 2: P2, *P1, K1, Repeat from * until last 2 stitches. P2 Turn
Row 3: Knit across
Row 4: Purl across
* Repeat rows 3 and 4 until your hat measures 2 inches ending on a purl row
Change yarn to Gold
* Repeat rows 3 and 4 until your hat measures 7-7.5 inches ending on a purl row

Decrease:
Row 1: Knit 2, k2tog across until last 2 stitches, Knit 2 (44 stitches)
Row 2: Purl across
Row 3: Knit 2, k2tog across until last 2 stitches, Knit 2 (24 stitches)
Row 4: Purl across
Row 5: Knit 2, k2tog across until last 2 stitches, Knit 2 (14 stitches)
Row 6: Purl across
Cut an 8 inch tail and thread it through the 14 loops and cinch. Mattress stitch the hat together.

Knit a Jayne Cobb hat on straight needles with this free knitting pattern. A geeky project for beginners and intermediate knitters. Knit a Jayne Cobb hat on straight needles with this free knitting pattern. A geeky project for beginners and intermediate knitters.

Ear Flaps:
Using 2 strands of Burgundy or Red worsted weight
Count 15 stitches over from left back seam and pick up 20 knit stitches along the edge. – I pick my stitches up in the knit stitch so the next row will be a purl row. You want the messy back part to be facing inward.
Row 2: Sl 1, Purl 19
Row 3: Sl 1, Knit 19
Row 4-10: Repeat rows 1 and 2
Row 11: Sl 1, K 1, SSK, Knit to last 4 stitches, k2tog, K1
Row 12: Sl 1, Purl
Repeat Rows 11 and 12 until there are 6 stitches left, ending on a purl row

Knit a Jayne Cobb hat on straight needles with this free knitting pattern. A geeky project for beginners and intermediate knitters.

To finish earflaps:
Row 1: Sl 1, K1, SSK, Knit 2
Row 2: Sl 1, Purl to end
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until 3 stitches remain. K3tog and bind off. Leave a 6 inch tail

Repeat the above for the second ear flap. The easiest way I found to make sure my flaps were even is fold the hat in half and mark where the stitches of the made earflaps are. You can also count over 35 from the seam edge and work your 20 stitches back from there if you want to make sure numbers are even.

Knit a Jayne Cobb hat on straight needles with this free knitting pattern. A geeky project for beginners and intermediate knitters.

Hopefully at some point I’ll have a video for you guys to actually explain things. Let me know if that would be more helpful.

Use the yarn needle to weave in your ends.

Knit a Jayne Cobb hat on straight needles with this free knitting pattern. A geeky project for beginners and intermediate knitters.

To create the pom pom, I used all three colors with the large pom pom maker from Susan Bates – I know I said I hated pom poms, but these things are so stinking easy! Use the yarn needle to attatch it to the hat, weaving the ends through the top cinch in your hat and down the inside seem so it’s invisible.

You are now ready to join the browncoats be a cunning damn little hero! We shall sing your song through the annals of history!

DIY Mermaid Floppy Hat

on August 16, 2017

Show off your inner mermaid with a DIY Mermaid floppy hat! DIY your own custom painted floppy sun hat to create the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.

 

She just might get you lost,
And she just might leave you torn,
But she just might save your soul
If she gets you any closer….
Rooftops and Invitations 

Dashboard Confessional

 

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Today’s music selection comes from my current re-discovering of Dashboard Confessional. Do you guys ever go back and listen to a band you liked years ago and realize that you still love them and their songs still hit you in the feels? And it just feels like… coming home. I don’t really know exactly how to quantify it but that’s what it feels like. So, you know… just listen and enjoy.

Show off your inner mermaid with a DIY Mermaid floppy hat! DIY your own custom painted floppy hat to create the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.

You know all that stuff about being secretly a mermaid? Yep, there’s hats, swimsuits, shirts, necklaces, leggings, pencils… all of it. But lets be real here, if you were a mermaid, wouldn’t you just tell everybody? Just own that shit because ITS AWESOME! But… you know… more like the Daryl Hannah or Peter Pan kinds. Not the Harry Potter ones, those give me nightmares.

MAKE IT: MAGICAL MERMAID BARK

Show off your inner mermaid with a DIY Mermaid floppy hat! DIY your own custom painted floppy hat to create the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.

Anyway. The moral of the story is be a mermaid. Be magical. Own that shiz and don’t care what anyone else says. Oh! And you know, it doesn’t hurt to have something that looks like a mermaid on to REALLY identify yourself. Like a Mermaid beach floppy hat perhaps?

Aside from Mermaids, the inspiration from this project came from the wonderful Rachel Mae Smith of thecraftedlife.com and Sarah Hearts who hosted a DIY Floppy hat workshop at Craftcation 2017. If you’re a maker, creator, seller, etc. I definitely recommend signing up because it is a truly amazing learning and connecting experience.

DIY Mermaid Floppy Hat

Show off your inner mermaid with a DIY Mermaid floppy hat! DIY your own custom painted floppy hat to create the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.

Supplies:
Floppy Hat
Large Foam Pouncers – These Martha Stewart pouncers are great! Scroll down for an easy hack so you don’t have to buy a million packages of these things.
Medium flat paint brush
FolkArt Color Shift Paint in Purple Flash
Deco Art Dazzling Metallics in Crystal Green and Peacock Pearl
Deco Art Extreem Sheen in Antique Bronze

Cost: $20 or less
Time: 1-2 hours
Waterproof? um… no? maybe? Don’t use it while you swim. It’ll make you swim slower and clumsier, not like the mermaid you are.

MAKE IT: DIY MERMAID TRINKET TRAY

I’m in love with the Martha Stewart pouncers but I really didn’t want to buy more than one package so I hacked them with melamine sponges. To do this, you’ll need some magic eraser sponges – I got mine from the dollar store, a large Martha Stewart foam pouncer and a craft knife.

Easy Martha Stewart foam pouncer refills

Remove the foam part of the pouncer and use the casing to create 2 circle cut outs from each sponge. Glue them together – on top of each other – and let it sit for about an hour or two to dry. Stick the stacked sponge into the empty pouncer container and use a craft knife to carefully trim away the sides to create a neat circle. Now you’ve got a total of 3 pouncers, one for each color!

Easy Martha Stewart foam pouncer refills

Okay, on to the hat!

Start by creating a pallette of each color for dipping. I like using the lid of a sour cream container or a paper plate. Stamp in a random pattern around the edge of the hat.

Show off your inner mermaid with a DIY Mermaid floppy hat! DIY your own custom painted floppy hat to create the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.

Once that’s done, start layering colors in random order around and up until the entire brim is painted. Stop as close as you can to the crown of the hat.

Show off your inner mermaid with a DIY Mermaid floppy hat! DIY your own custom painted floppy hat to create the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.

Grab a medium to large flat paintbrush to add in some detail with an accent color. For this project, I used metallic bronze. Lightly brush paint around a few of the “scales” and finish by painting a band around the base of the hat to give it a more finished look.

Show off your inner mermaid with a DIY Mermaid floppy hat! DIY your own custom painted floppy hat to create the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.

Allow it to dry completely and you’re off to show everyone your fancy mermaid self!

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DIY Hand Painted Care Bears Shoes

on August 10, 2017

Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups!

Oh, uh oh, you’re changing your heart
Oh, uh oh, you know who you are
– 1234, Feist


It’s a Feist kind of day and no one is going to stop me. Instead, listen to her soothing voice as you create! And work! Or take a nap. It’s kinda good for everything!

Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups! - Back to school, nostalgia, vintage fashion, diy fashion, diy shoes, hand painted shoes

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Let’s talk about the Care Bears shall we? So… I, along with many of you grew up on them and are probably now introducing the brand to all of your littles. But not the new CGI ones. Those were an abomination and should never be talked about again. I’m talking about the OG, hand drawn Care Bears. My favorite one was Care Bears in Wonderland. I have no idea why, but those were some seriously good times. Scared to admit you’re a Care Bears fan? Feel like others will tell you they’re “too kiddie”? Just own it! Do you really care what someone else is gonna say?

Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups! - Back to school, nostalgia, vintage fashion, diy fashion, diy shoes, hand painted shoes

MAKE IT: STAMPED WATERMELON SHOES

Okay now that we’re feeling all nostalgic, let me introduce you guys to today’s DIY. Yep, you too can have your favorite bear with you wherever you go! For these painted Care Bears shoes I used Grumpy Bear (because even though he was Grumpy, he was still pretty awesome) and Cheer Bear… because… Cheer Bear? And rainbows!

This project was pretty cheap to do, I found the blue shoes at Walmart on sale for $3! $3 you guys! I nearly filled my cart! But I decided against it because I am a responsible adult (sometimes).

DIY Painted Care Bears Shoes

Cost: $15
Time: 1 hour
Nostalgia level: 10!

Supplies:
Canvas shoes – really any shoe with a solid toe area
Multi-surface paints in desired colors
Small paint brushes
Iron for heat setting

To begin, gently clean the front of each shoe with water in the area you will be painting. Allow to dry.

Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups! - Back to school, nostalgia, vintage fashion, diy fashion, diy shoes, hand painted shoes
Use a white colored pencil or galaxy marker to outline the shape for each Care Bear “tummy”. It’s essentially a circle with a tuft at the top.

MAKE IT: ZELDA PIXEL HEART NECKLACE

Mix white paint with a bit of fabric medium and fill in each circle with a thin layer of paint. Allow to dry and add one more layer to create an opaque circle.

Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups! - Back to school, nostalgia, vintage fashion, diy fashion, diy shoes, hand painted shoes

Once the white layer is dry – give it about 15-20 minutes – go in to paint the design.

For Grumpy Bear:
Paint the cloud first, then the rain drops. Once those are dry, go in with a tiny brush in red to draw “v”s. They come out looking like hearts so there’s less chance of them being too big. You’ll need to draw 3 on each “tummy”
Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups! - Back to school, nostalgia, vintage fashion, diy fashion, diy shoes, hand painted shoes

Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups! - Back to school, nostalgia, vintage fashion, diy fashion, diy shoes, hand painted shoes

For Cheer Bear:
Start by painting a thin slightly arced stripe of blue about 1/4 inch from the bottom. Allow 5 minutes to dry. Then paint stripes of green, yellow and red (from bottom to top) in the same method.

Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups! - Back to school, nostalgia, vintage fashion, diy fashion, diy shoes, hand painted shoes

Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups! - Back to school, nostalgia, vintage fashion, diy fashion, diy shoes, hand painted shoes

Paint a tiny heart on the outside heel of each shoe (because all Care Bears have those cute heart butt tag things) in red.

Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups! - Back to school, nostalgia, vintage fashion, diy fashion, diy shoes, hand painted shoes

Allow to fully cure for 24 hours then use an iron and a piece of scrap fabric to heat set each design.

Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups! - Back to school, nostalgia, vintage fashion, diy fashion, diy shoes, hand painted shoes

And well… you’re done! Let your 80’s baby flag fly! You are awesome and if you love it… you should wear it!

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