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DIY wall calendar

04
Jun


As the Mayan calendar comes to a close, what better way to kick off the upcoming months with a brand spankin’ new DIY calendar? Call me old fashioned for my interest in calendars, but after not finding a calendar I liked and needing an actual pin board for important notes, I decided to make my own. Make a date to create a personalized giant wall year calendar to keep yourself organized or to give as a crafty gift.

What you’ll need:

  • Canvas
  • Ribbon tape
  • Pins
  • Hot glue
  • Canvas paint (optional)

What to do:

  1. Canvas sizes may vary depending on what you’d like to incorporate into your calendar. I used a 16” x 20” sized canvas and painted a nice creamy color from a watercolor palette set as the backdrop.
  2. Next, I evenly spaced out my ribbon tape ( I placed 4 pieces of ribbons across the canvas making 5 rows and 6 pieces of ribbon going down to make a total of 7 columns). You can use measuring tape for equal spacing between each ribbon, however eye balling each measurement works just as well.
  3. Once you have each ribbon spaced out accordingly, use your pins to hold down each square where your ribbons intersect. For embellishment, I used pins with pearls attached to the ends which enhanced the final product greatly.
  4. When you flip the canvas around, you may find sharp edges from the pins as they’ve been poked through. You can trim the excess pieces off with pliers and hot glue each pin to secure it in place. Hot glue each piece from behind the canvas to avoid globs of dried glue as part of the actual calendar itself.

You can also embellish your large wall calendar with scrapbook paper, feathers, beads, and anything that comes to mind! DIY calendars are a quick and easy way to pass time each month and not to mention, they make the most heartfelt gift. How can the perfect calendar be hard to find when it’s right under your nose, just one craft away?!

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DIY no-sew scarf

06
May

If you’re not as crochet or knit savvy as some others, you’ll surely be in luck with this fun, DIY no-sew scarf tutorial. This quick and easy 10 minute DIY scarf is a fun and creative way to design something unique and you’ll most likely be able to complete this project in under 10 minutes! Believe it or not, you won’t be needing any sort of knitting or crochet needles for this yarn craft. And the best part about this no-sew, non-crochet, non-knit tutorial is that anyone can make it!

What you’ll need:

 What to do:

  1. Set your bar stools side by side and tape the end of your yarn to the stool, leaving a 2” yarn tail.
  2. Wrap the yarn all the way around the stool. I’ve found that using kitchen chairs or bar stools can make the perfect double (and possibly triple) infinity scarf.
  3. Wrap the material around the chairs to a thickness of your liking. To get the best out of your beautiful variegated baby yarn, you may have to wrap your yarn around a couple of times.
  4. Once you’ve determined the thickness of the scarf, carefully remove your scarf from the bar stools and lay it down on a flat surface. Make sure your two loose ends are in the same place (if not, cut one end so they match up).
  5. Cut a piece of yarn (roughly 4” long) and tie a double knot around the entire scarf, securing your two loose ends.
  6. Trim the yarn tails to approximately 1” each.
  7. Using a double knot, secure the remainder of your skein approximately 1” from the knot you just tied in order to secure the scarf.
  8. Wrap all loose ends. Finish your wrap by tying a double knot around the scarf. Wrapping approximately 2” at the ends will secure the whole scarf.
  9. Optional: For added embellishments, you can cut a tail at each end of the scarf approximately 3-4” long. Finger weave the yarn tail to avoid the material from being tangled.

I like to twist the scarf and then wrap it around my neck two or three times depending on how eclectic I’m feeling. This no-sew, non-knit project is probably one of the quickest crafts you can design. It also makes for the perfect going out accessory or gift. The variegated baby yarn will give you a pop of color that’ll brighten up your day. So with just 10 minutes of your time, why not squeeze in this fun way of designing your own scarf to your crafts to-do list?

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How to make your own colored jeans

03
May

This spring wearing pastel colored jeans is in fashion. Instead of buying a new pair of colored jeans, I am planning to make my own. I already own an old pair of white jeans and plan to color that to give it a new look. With a few easy instructions you can make your own trendy looking colored jeans at home.

What you need:

  • Rit dye
  • Pair of old white jeans
  • Bucket
  • Hot water

How to do it:

  1. I love pastel colors and have chosen lavender color for the same. Rit dye has around 500 colors to choose from so pick the one that you think is more of your taste.
  2. Soak the jeans in hot water in the bucket and let it get completely wet.
  3. Once it is soaked well, take two cups of water and add dye to it. Put this concentration in hot water and stir it well. Follow the instructions of the brand to know the amount of dye you put in to get the color you want.
  4. Move the jeans well in the water so that it absorbs the color thoroughly.
  5. Finally rinse the jean in your bath tub with warm water in the beginning and then rinse it in cooler water when your jean is not letting out color.
  6. Now hang the jean outside to air dry it and get the desired color for your jean.

You are all set to wear your colored jeans with a white top and elbow length shrug to look chic and stylish.

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