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DIY bath towel wrap

27
Jul

bath towel on AmazonCreate stylish spa wraps and towels with just a couple pieces of fabric. You can make them for yourself or for your family members. These towel wraps are really easy to make and with the right supplies you can create these chic spa wraps in just a couple minutes! Follow the following steps to make the perfect bath towel wraps!

What you’ll need:

  • A large towel
  • Matching thread
  • Elastic strip
  • Velcro strip
  • Men’s handkerchiefs

What to do:

  1. Choose the right towel- Choose a plain or printed towel that is large enough to cover your whole body. It should be long as well as wide enough to cover half or more than half of your body. The thinner the towel the better it is. You can also consider selecting a bath sheet or simple bath towel wrap instead of a large towel if you want to make a big bath wrap. Hanover Company Store and Nice Price Favors offer affordable bath wraps which can be embellished with different accessories.
  2. Measure your size- You can now wrap the towel around yourself to determine the appropriate size.
  3. Stitch the Velcro strip vertically- Stitch your velcro strip on the inner side of your towel. You must stitch it vertically at the edge of the towel from top to bottom.
  4. Make two straps- Take a wide or sleek elastic strip and cut out two pieces  measuring 1.5 to 2 inches each. Now stitch them on the upper left and right side of your towel wrap so that it begins from the back of your shoulder and end in the front.
  5. Use men’s cotton handkerchiefs to make borders- Pick stylish men’s cotton handkerchiefs for the borders of your towel wrap. You can stitch the pieces of these handkerchiefs on the borders and straps.

You can buy a plain bath towel wrap and decorate it if you don’t have a large towel at home. You can use men’s handkerchiefs or other fabrics to beautify these wraps. So, use your creativity, buy some economical items and make a nice bath wrap sitting at home!

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DIY tiki torches

27
Jul

Tiki torches at sunset by Kevin Briody | http://www.flickr.com/photos/thekbriodys/2383535550/ via Creative CommonsSummer time is now in full swing which means that it is time to take your dinners and parties outdoors to enjoy the sublime weather. The first and most notable problem with having outdoor parties in the evening is combating the darkness that is the result of the setting sun. Equipping your entire yard with a lighting system can be both expensive and time consuming, especially if you only have outdoor events a handful of times a year. However, an easy and inexpensive way to quickly light up your yard are tiki torches. So check out this quick and fun way to make your very own glass or metal tiki torches.

Materials:

–          Wood or metal stakes

–          Several empty soda cans

–          Lots of ¼”x5” wood sticks

–          Epoxy adhesive

–          Torch fuel

–          Wicks

Instructions:

1. Cut and sort ¼”x5 wood sticks (approx. 30 sticks per can)

2. Glue the wood sticks around the can in order to hide the soda can and glue the can using the epoxy adhesive to the top of the stake (allow to dry for 12 hours)

3. Add the recommend amount of torch fuel (varies from brand to brand) and add a wick

4. Insert these new tiki torches in the ground in the desired area and light!

To make a glass tiki torch, replace the soda can with a glass jar for a different and unique look.

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DIY T-shirt necklace

27
Jul

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A little creativity can surely help you create some beautiful accessories. You can make some amazing necklaces and match them with different clothing items. All you need to make some stylish fabric necklaces is an old T-shirt and scissors. Here are some steps to help you make chic necklaces at home:

  • Take a teal and brown fabric T-shirt and cut its body into quarter-inch strips. Made of 100% cotton, these T-shirts are soft and firm enough to make a necklace.
  • Cut the hem off this T-shirt as you will not be using it.
  • Now cut out the desired amount of strips from the T-shirt.
  • Stretch all the strips out one by one and do this until they are really thin.
  • Cut one more quarter-inch strip out of the T-shirt and cut this one further in half.
  • You can skip cutting the last strip by knitting the strips and tying the side of your necklace.
  • Now put the necklace straps around your neck and hold them all on one side.
  • Finally, use the braided or knit strips to tie the necklace on the sides so they are not loose.
  • You can hide the ends of the strips by either cutting them off or tucking them underneath.

Once you are through all these steps, your home-made, recycled necklace is ready. You can use the left out or fresh strips to make a necklace locket. Take an old stone studded locket, put that in the strip and one more great necklace is ready for you. You can use two strips of different colors to make a livelier necklace. You can also take a locket necklace and use its chain along with the T-shirt strips. This will give your necklace a metallic touch. Now pair these unique necklaces with different garments and give yourself a nice look!

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DIY pink eyeglass case

27
Jul

Eye-glasses case by Elaine Laydenhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/laydenwithstitches/131783734/ via Creative Commons

Eye glasses are a necessity for many people, therefore, glasses cases must not be boring! This trendy case for glasses is perfect for teens to create and use. It requires less than an hour’s time to craft and is a fun project. Follow these 7 easy steps to make the perfect DIY pink eyeglass case.

What you need:

  • Crafts felt, preferably pink (test and make sure felt will not scratch lenses
  • Soft matching lining material
  • Felt craft embellishments
  • Jewel glue
  • Embroidery thread in color of choice
  • Fusible web
  • Checkerboard fabric

What to do:

  1. If you’re using a crafts template, you may want to print out the case template and trace it onto the piece of felt.
  2. Have a large piece of felt at hand which will serve as the actual case.
  3. Fold the case in half and use your soft lining material to sew the opposite side shut.
  4. Using an iron, fuse the cotton to what will be the inside of the case.
  5. Print out the flower template and trace it twice onto the felt. Cut the flowers out and sew them onto one half side of the case, using a basting stitch.
  6. Fold the felt in half and now use a blanket stitch to sew it together.
  7. Use the jewel glue and glue the glass nuggets onto the flower centers
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DIY magazine storage holder

22
Jul

 

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If you’re anything like me, you always end up having stacks of magazines! I’ll admit I’m a sucker for the latest gossip magazines while waiting in line at the grocery store and I’m often signed up for various monthly subscriptions. If you have a multiple-member household then this problem is only multiplied!

Furthermore, I hate throwing away magazines because a couple times a year I love going through them and pulling out pictures and articles to make collages. Instead of shoving them in drawers and accumulating piles, I decided this is a great opportunity to execute a little DIY project and make a magazine storage craft which I’ll describe below.

Now, if you don’t have time to spend on a project I also have a few ideas to help you stay organized. If you own a wine rack (and it’s not filled with wine), rolling up your magazines and filling up the slots with them is creative and looks great! If you have clean, decorative flower pots bring them inside and fill with rolled up magazines. You may even have enough magazines to make little decorative stands. This works particularly well if your magazines are all the same size (and the larger the better). Stack them up neatly against a wall, preferably one that won’t get bumped into, and place a picture frame or children’s school project on top of it.

If you’re interested in a little DIY project, this is a great one!

Materials you’ll need:

  • Cardboard box
  • Wrapping paper
  • Tape
  • Pencil
  •  Sharp scissors

Procedure:

  1. Determine how many magazines you have in order to find the best cardboard box for you.  Personally I love tall, thin boxes so one like this would work great. This is also a fantastic way to recycle boxes you have laying around the house.
  2. Take sharp scissors and carefully cut off the top and angle the sides into desired shape and size.
  3. Lay out you wrapping paper and measure the needed length (hint: it’s better to do each side which separate sheets of paper) Trace with a pencil and cut with your scissors.
  4. Wrap paper around cardboard box and tape on the inside.
  5. Once all the cardboard is covered, place magazines into the box and you’ve got yourself a homemade magazine storage. This is a great example of what a well-made magazine storage holder can look like. Enjoy being organized!
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DIY vinyl record bowl

22
Jul

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Here at Craftcorners we’re huge fans of vinyl record crafts. There are just so many fun and creative things you can do to repurpose old vinyl records into fun and decorative items for your home! This blog post is going to follow along in the fine tradition, with one major difference: rather than just simply making another piece of décor, we’re going to be creating something you’ll really be able to use around the house. In this post we’re going to show you how you can take an ordinary every day vinyl record and turn it into an absolutely one of a kind bowl. Read on to learn all about it!

What You Need

  • Vinyl records you don’t mind “ruining” For bonus points, the labels at the center of the records should be colorful.
  • A mid-sized bowl that will be safe to throw into an oven for a few minutes. Glass or ceramic works best here.
  • An oven!
  • Couch slipcovers

What To Do

This is an incredibly easy and fun project that can be completed in just a few easy steps. First go ahead and crank up the oven to about 350 degrees. Place the record on top of your bowl and throw them into the oven together. Now you just need to wait for a few minutes for the record to become heated and pliable – typically you’ll actually see the record warp a little bit.

All you need to do now is take your contraption out of the oven, set it down on your slipcover and push the record down into the bowl. At this point the record should still be quite warm and plastic, and you can really experiment with forming it into a variety of shapes – squares, ovals, squiggles – whatever your heart desires! Just remember that you typically have just a few minutes to work with your warmed up record before it cools down and hardens again.

Inspired to take your vinyl crafting to the next level? Check out this no-heat leather and vinyl repair kit..

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How to make your own sand timer

21
Jul

Hourglass by Jamiesrabbits

Even though most children these days have cell phones and iPads and are more tech literate than a lot of adults, they can still enjoy getting their hands dirty with a new craft every now and then.  One particularly fun project that you can work on with your kids is to put together 30 minute hourglass sand timers30 minute hourglass sand timers using a few very simple materials.

So if you can convince them to put those video games down for just half an hour, you can have them help you gather the following materials and get started:

  • Two empty plastic water bottles
  • Scissors or a knife
  • Strong masking tape
  • Drill or business card punchbusiness card hole punch
  • Sand

Cut water bottles down to five inches each.

If your bottles are bigger than five inches, you can cut them down to size with your scissors or knife.  Just cut a few inches out of the middle of the bottle and attach the top and bottom portions with the tape.

Puncture a bottle cap.

You can do this using a drill or business card hole punch.  Discard the other cap.

Add sand.

Fill one of the bottles roughly three-quarters of the way with sand and twist the punctured cap on.

Tape bottles together.

Put the mouth of the empty water bottle directly on the mouth of the other one.  Use your masking tape to attach them to one another.  The more tightly you bind them, the better and more durable your sand timer will be.

Start timer!

Flip your new craft over and watch the sand flow downward into the empty bottle.  Repeat this process as many times as you like.

There is one last step, of course: get your child to stop using the timer on his or her cell phone in favor of this ancient timing method.  It should be pretty easy, right?

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How to decorate a straw hat

21
Jul

Dorfman Pacific Mens Rush Straw Lightweight Casual Wide Brim Gambler Hat, Straw

Hats can take any outfit up a notch! You can wear hats to beaches, weddings, family functions and elegant parties. Straw hats can look glamorous if you decorate them according to your attire. Here are some steps to help you decorate a straw hat.

What you’ll need:

  • Straw hat
  • Scarf
  • Faux flowers
  • Glue gun
  • Other craft embellishments

What to do:

  1. wide brim straw hat or a hat made from 100% paper straw. Wide brim straw hats are known to provide excellent UV protection.  Many hats come with adjustable PV leather nick straps and wooden beads. You can select a plain or designer wide brim straw hat. You can check out different types of hats from e4Hats and Luxury Divas.
  2. Choose a printed scarf for the hat- once you have selected the hat, choose a printed scarf and tie it in a knot around the head of the straw hat. You can let the ends of the scarf hang down for a more casual look. Make sure you tie the scarf tightly so that it stays in its place.
  3. Paste a flowers or beads on the hat- paste a flower on one side of your hat. Paste it on the far left or right hand side on your hat’s front. Using a glue gun, you can also decorate the hat with a string of beads or a brooch. You can simply paste a single flower to keep it simple and sophisticated.

Wear your decorated wide brim straw hat with different clothing items. Choose some trendy tights with attached skirt to compliment your hat. This item is perfect for women who love the comfort of leggings and femininity of a skirt. You can choose tights with attached skirt from Adidas, Kohl’s and Girl 6X. Compare some dresses online, pick the suitable one and you will surely be able to look great throughout the season!

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Get crafty with vinyl placemats

21
Jul

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Vinyl has many great attributes making it an excellent material for DIY projects. It is flexible, durable, holds shape well and is inexpensive. You can purchase sheets of vinyl to craft with or you can recycle your own vinyl products.

When I think of this material, my first thought is of vinyl placemats. They come in an unlimited amount shapes, sizes and designs. Additionally they are inexpensive and extremely convenient. Because they are cheap, I often buy fun designs and colors but retire them way before their expiration date. Instead of throwing them away or shoving them in the back of your kitchen cabinets, make a fun DIY craft with them!

Unlike fabric placemats, vinyl can be easily cut with instant clean edges. Also, this material can still be easily sewn making it perfect for all sorts of crafts:
•My first recommendation is to turn your placemat into a fun tote bag! It’s very simple. Turn your vinyl placemat horizontally, right side up, then fold in half (as you would close a book). Use pins to hold in place and sew both edges leaving the top open. Then turn inside out and attach handles which could be ribbon, rope, or fabric. Get creative!
•Coasters are another easy, fun craft. Just cut circles out of your recycled vinyl placemat. Since vinyl is waterproof they already serve the purpose of a cup holder. If you want sturdy coasters you can cut equivalently sized circles out of cardboard or wood and glue to the bottom.
•Vinyl can also be used as cushions for baseball games or sitting out in the grass. It is the perfect material because it’s relatively weather-proof. Get two vinyl placemats and sew together, pretty sides facing each other. Leave a small whole to turn inside out and then stuff with cotton or comparable material. Then sew up the small hole and there you go.

There are so many things you can do with vinyl so be creative and craft away!

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Make your own dry erase glass boards

21
Jul

 

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If you are looking for a handy note pad or a board to write down the phone messages on or to scribble the time and day of your dentist appointment, then I have a solution for you. You can make your own dry erase glass board with the craft supplies that you will find at home. You can either buy or make a typical white erase board but I have something far more interesting and a fun project for you.

Things you will need-

How to do it-

  1. Use the old picture frame that has lost its luster for this project. Make sure it is long and wide enough to scribble your messages.
  2. Give this picture frame a new look by giving it a coat of primer and then spray painting it in the open with a color of your choice.
  3. Now comes the fun part! Create a monthly calendar using Microsoft excel and print it in a white paper that fits in the frame. You could also create a blank to-do list and take a print out of the same.
  4. To add some pattern and pop of color use the scrapbook paper as the header in the frame and the calendar and the to-do list as the body. Now frame all these pieces together to get your very own dry erase glass board. Now you are ready to make notes on the glass with ease!
  5. If you do not want the calendar in your frame then just place the vibrant scrapbook paper in the frame and use a black dry erase marker on the glass to make notes.
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