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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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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.

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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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Sassy Day of the Week Printable Hanger Tags

on July 31, 2017

Organize your weekly wardrobe and give yourself a morning boost with some sassy day of the week printable hanger tags!

Don’t buy me a drink, I make my money
Don’t touch my weave, don’t call me “honey”
‘Cause I run my shit, baby

Woman – Ke$ha

Ke$ha’s Woman has been playing on repeat for at least two days. And if you can get past the cursing (there is a lot) it’s a pretty awesome song of really just owning independence. Which is kinda awesome. Also… those horns. Take a listen if you’re down for it, it’s not your typical Ke$ha that’s for sure.

Organize your weekly wardrobe and give yourself a morning boost with some sassy and free printable day of the week hanger tags!

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All of that goes to say that this DIY is probably one of my favorite funtional ones I’ve one in a while. I’ve recently realized that I LOVE systems. If you follow my instagram stories, you’ll see me do daily journals and talk about how every Sunday I put stickers in my planner to organize my week. I’m far from the most organized person, but I try where I can. Spending an hour or so to set myself up for success? Totally worth it. And yes. I pick out my clothes for the week on Sundays. It saves me a TON of time trying to figure out what is clean and what I “feel” like wearing. So yes, I treat myself like an elementary school kid sometimes, and you know what? I’m owning that shit with cute hanger tags.

Sassy Day of the Week Printable Hanger Tags

Organize your weekly wardrobe and give yourself a morning boost with some sassy and free printable day of the week hanger tags!

These tags are great because I created them to have a notes section on the back to add little things like which bra and shoes to wear with each outfit! Pretty snazzy heh?

I had a lot of these supplies on hand so they’re relatively inexpensive to create.
Cost: $10 or less
Time: 1 hour
Organization level: 10!

Supplies:
Printables printed on card stock
Cricut/craft cutter or scissors
Glue stick
Laminator with laminate sheets
Optional: Dry Erase Marker

Printables:
For Cricut/craft cutter
For Regular print outs

I created these printables to also work with a Cricut craft cutter. I use an Explore Air 2 and I absolutely love it! Just resize them to be 6 inches wide in design space and use the print and cut function.

Organize your weekly wardrobe and give yourself a morning boost with some sassy and free printable day of the week hanger tags!

If you’re not using a cutting machine, simply print each tag template at 100% scale. They’re sized to be 6 inches wide.

Make it: Washi Tape Pencils

Organize your weekly wardrobe and give yourself a morning boost with some sassy and free printable day of the week hanger tags!

Cut each hanger tag out either with the cricut or using scissors. Glue white sides of each tag together and let dry.

provisions and principles of the U.S. Constitution

Once the glue is dry on each, run them through the laminator or use the laminator sheets with an iron. I fit 2 per sheet. I ran mine through twice (each direction) to make sure that it was secure.

Organize your weekly wardrobe and give yourself a morning boost with some sassy and free printable day of the week hanger tags!

Organize your weekly wardrobe and give yourself a morning boost with some sassy and free printable day of the week hanger tags!

Cut around the edges and center circles making sure not to re-open the laminate. Then run each tag through the laminator a few times again. This might be overkill but as long as it works right?

Organize your weekly wardrobe and give yourself a morning boost with some sassy and free printable day of the week hanger tags!

Make it: DIY Glam Pencil Box

And you’re done! Grab a dry erase marker to write your notes on the back and yet yourself organized woman!

Organize your weekly wardrobe and give yourself a morning boost with some sassy and free printable day of the week hanger tags!

Vicious Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers

on July 24, 2017

Kick off your Shark Week or Sharknado festivities with some kid friendly Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers! You know you want to!

 

In the Vegas lights
Where villains spend the weekend
The deep end
We’re swimming with the sharks until we drown

-Vegas Lights, Panic! at the Disco

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Before I get into this DIY I wanna talk a little bit about the band mentioned in the lyric above. Do you ever feel weird being a fan of a band that is super huge AGAIN? Like I went to their shows when they opened to Honda Civic Tour for Fall Out Boy (their first tour). I was there through the split up and consequent unknown afterwards. So it’s really strange to me to attend a concert of Panic! at the Disco when a lot of their fans now are younger than I was when they first formed as a band. I’m totally happy for them but it just makes me feel so… old? At what point did I become the parent in the room?!? Anyone else?

Kick off your Shark Week or Sharknado festivities with some kid friendly Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers! You know you want to! 

Okay so Sharks. Can we talk about Sharks? Because I’m really excited that it is Shark Week and also the premiere of Sharknado 5! Yep! There are 5 of them. And I am the first to admit that I have watched and LOVE all of them so far. They are the epitome of cheesy sci-fi and and so out there that it’s hilariously amazing. As for Shark Week… I learn a ridiculous amount without having to be scared out of my wits a la Deep Blue Sea or Jaws (Cheesy, yes I know but imagine watching those when you’re like 12. No more oceans thank you very much!)

Kick off your Shark Week or Sharknado festivities with some kid friendly Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers! You know you want to! 

Okay, so DIY. Yes, that’s why we’re all here. I started these to be earings but they ended up being way to big to put on the side of your head so I had to do some quick thinking and decided that cupcake toppers was the proper solution. I really love this project in particular because I can get some of the older kiddos involved and keep them busy. Perler beads are your BFFs when you work with 6+ year olds!

DIY It: DIY Shark Tshirt Costume

Vicious Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers

Time: 20 minutes or less
Cost: I had everything on hand so free? If not, $15 or less
Awesome level: Vicious.

Kick off your Shark Week or Sharknado festivities with some kid friendly Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers! You know you want to! 

You will need:
Square perler bead peg board
Perler or Hamma beads in Grey, Red, Black and White
Iron
Perler bead ironing paper or parchment paper

Kick off your Shark Week or Sharknado festivities with some kid friendly Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers! You know you want to! 

Make sure there are 3 rows of stick on the bottom. I forgot to add those to the pattern! Oops!!

Kick off your Shark Week or Sharknado festivities with some kid friendly Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers! You know you want to! 

 

These are super easy, as usual. Grab a square peg board and follow the patterns above. Iron as directed and allow them to cool completely before removing them from the peg boards. I found that a large square can hold 2 sharks and 2 fins so keep that in mind if you’re working on a large batch.

Kick off your Shark Week or Sharknado festivities with some kid friendly Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers! You know you want to! 

Stick in your favorite cupcake recipe and get down with your bad self! Depending on how you iron, these can also be washed in the dishwasher – top shelf please!

 

Kick off your Shark Week or Sharknado festivities with some kid friendly Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers! You know you want to! 

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Turn dollar store placemats into a bright and fun DIY Placemat Handbag

on July 18, 2017

Take some cheap dollar store placemats and turn them into a bright and colorful DIY Placemat Handbag with a sew or glue method!

Take some cheap dollar store placemats and turn them into a bright and colorful DIY Placemat Handbag with a sew or glue method!

 

“Take me with you, I start to miss you…”
– Cross My Heart, Mariana’s Trench

If you’re a pop punker, power pop, whatever you’re into and haven’t heard of Mariana’s Trench, you’re missing out. I firmly believe they’re Canada’s appology for Justin Bieber (because all of this is after Celine Dion who is a national treasure).

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You guys! I made a thing. Okay so that’s basically how I start every day of my life. But seriously, I kinda love it. This project? It was made while on a binge of the Mariana’s Trench Pandora Station while it was 100+ degrees outside and my bedroom doesn’t have AC. I do have an evaporative cooler, but that is beside the point. To say that sweat went into this placemat handbag is an understatement… okay that’s gross. Ignore that. BUT this I gotta say is pretty cool. I even put pom poms on it and you know how I feel about pom poms. AND it’s ORANGE!!! So bright and sunny! And you can change out the pom poms for fall should you feel like it!

Make it: DIY Abstract Flamingo Bag

Time: 2 hours or less
Cost: $10 or less
Dork level: 2 – it’s pretty classy. You can dork it up with fun keychains if you want!

DIY Placemat Handbag

What you need:
2 round placemats from the Dollar Store
Sewing machine OR Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue® OR Hot Glue
Wooden handles
Matching color embroidery thread and embroidery needle
Wooden handles

Take some cheap dollar store placemats and turn them into a bright and colorful DIY Placemat Handbag with a sew or glue method!

Make It: Animal Butt Magnets

Take some cheap dollar store placemats and turn them into a bright and colorful DIY Placemat Handbag with a sew or glue method!

 

Start by folding over the top 1/3 of each placemat and secure it with a safety pin. Glue the inside with Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue® or hot glue to secure it down or sew the top edge of the fold. – let dry if you’re using glue

Take some cheap dollar store placemats and turn them into a bright and colorful DIY Placemat Handbag with a sew or glue method!

 

Match the fold sides inside and pin the outside edge around with safety pins. Sew around the outside edge right up to the folded area. It’s even easier if you’re glueing!

Take some cheap dollar store placemats and turn them into a bright and colorful DIY Placemat Handbag with a sew or glue method!

To attach the handles, position the handle centered so that 2/3 of the handle is above the fold. Secure down by loop stitching with embroidery thread and needle with 5-7 secure points. Secure each side and the center first and then add points on each side.

Take some cheap dollar store placemats and turn them into a bright and colorful DIY Placemat Handbag with a sew or glue method!

Do the same for the second. Trim up threads and glue down the stray embroidery thread to make sure knots hold.

Take some cheap dollar store placemats and turn them into a bright and colorful DIY Placemat Handbag with a sew or glue method!

Embellish however you feel like! Pom poms, tassels, have at it!

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Take some cheap dollar store placemats and turn them into a bright and colorful DIY Placemat Handbag with a sew or glue method!

Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses

on July 12, 2017
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Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more! #shop #cbias #chardonnation #notablesummer

Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more!

Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more! #shop #cbias #chardonnation #notablesummer

On hot summer nights I like to open up the windows, pull out my favorite vinyl and drink a cold glass of wine. I invite the gal pals over for some great conversation and noshing and well… we call those nights “Vinyl and Wine” nights. There is just something about the evening and flavors that really bring out the experience. And as you guys know… I am all about the sensory experience and flavor is probably at the top of my list.

Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more! #shop #cbias #chardonnation #notablesummer

Thanks Notable Wines for giving me the perfect excuse to host a great Vinyl and Wine night with my gal pals to talk sound and flavor senses. I teamed up with them today to make these pretty classy (if I do say so myself) lyric etched wine glasses inspired my their two varietals of Chardonnay that highlight the flavor right on the bottle!

For this get together, we had the Oaky and Buttery (California) Chardonnay and the Fruity and Crisp (Australia) Chardonnay. My favorite thing to do was pair each wine with a song or lyric that hightlighted the flavors so for the Oaky and Buttery Chardonnay, I chose a more full bodied, deeper song and for the Fruity and Crisp, I chose a song that is a little bit lighter and acoustic.

Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses

Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more! #shop msg 4 21+ #cbias #chardonnation #notablesummer

Wine Glasses
Stencil tape or adhesive vinyl
Pencil and craft knife
Template
Etching cream

To begin, clean your wine glasses off with rubbing alcohol. That will make sure you have a clean surface to start with.

Cut out your lyrics. If you’re super fancy and have a cricut, you can simply load the template into the design space and set the size – 3×2″.

If you want to do your own lyrics you can choose your font in the program and go to town! Mine turned out a little smudgy… but I think the quotes were a little long.

Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more! #shop msg 4 21+ #cbias #chardonnation #notablesummer

Adhere the lyric cut outs to your wine glasses. If you’re using larger quotes there will be some bubbles in the vinyl. That’s fine. Just use your nail to squidge it down so that the edges are sealed in.

Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more! #shop msg 4 21+ #cbias #chardonnation #notablesummer

Put on your latex or rubber glove and begin to paint on the etching cream in globs. Just dab it on there. Once it’s all on there, let it sit for 3-5 minutes. I found that for these glasses, 5 minutes was better.

Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more! #shop msg 4 21+ #cbias #chardonnation #notablesummer

Once it has set, simply wash the etching cream off in the kitchen sink. Peel the stencil away and rinse some more until everything is off of the glass.

Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more! #shop msg 4 21+ #cbias #chardonnation #notablesummer

Voila! Pour a glass of either Oaky and Buttery or Fruity and Crisp Notable Wines’ Chardonnay and pair with your favorite music. What songs will your pair it with at your next “Vinyl and Wine” night?

Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more! #shop msg 4 21+ #cbias #chardonnation #notablesummer

Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more!

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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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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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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