DIY beaded necklace

While diamonds are no doubt a girl’s best friend, a simple and heartfelt, handcrafted piece is just as unique which makes it that much more precious. Crafting your own jewelry is not only a fun and inexpensive way to pass time, but your piece will surely be a great conversation starter. These days, fashionistas and trendsetters are ditching their bling-bling for the more unique and intricate beadwork designs. If you’re in search for ways you can jazz up an outfit or express your individual style, consider a one-of-a-kind DIY beaded necklace!

What you’ll need:

What to do:

  1. Cut a strip of tulle or ribbon that’s twice the desired length of the necklace. If you’re recycling old jewelry, you can substitute these pieces instead of using ribbon. I personally used old eye glasses chain for the beads.
  2. Next, you’ll want to tie a double knot where you wish to secure your beads.
  3. Depending on what you have in mind, you can incorporate the different beads at your preference and create an ongoing pattern.
  4. For added embellishment, you can wrap each bead in tulle, like a piece of candy, and twist away. Keep in mind that you’ll want to twist each piece of tulle tightly around the bead to keep it in place while it’s being worn.
  5. Secure each end of the necklace by double knotting each end. You can add an attachment closure (available at any crafts store) to your piece which will allow your necklace to properly attach at both ends.

And there you have it- an easy and inexpensive but cute way to create a personalized piece. While intricate beadwork can be beautiful, there’s no need to spend hours stringing a necklace! Give this DIY beaded necklace a try and as soon as you know it, with enough practice, you may be crafty enough to design an interlocking circle necklace.

How to make your own cigar box purse

 

People spend hundreds of dollars on a great purse, but not all of us can afford to spend that much on a purse. You don’t have to be a crafting expert to make you own cigar box purse. It’s cute and trendy, but pretty much costs you next to nothing. The best part is that you can decorate it exactly how you want. You can make it personal or a certain color to match certain outfits. Either way it’s a great investment of your time, but you won’t have to invest much money into this fabulous purse!

Here’s what you need:

– Empty cigar favor boxes

– Drawer handle

– Nail polish remover

– Paints

– Varnish spray

– Recycled leather

– Scissors

– Screws and a screwdriver

Here’s what you do:

  1. If your empty cigar box has stickers or stamps on it that you want to remove you use nail polish remover to get these off.
  2. Next your own do it yourself leather flower by cutting out a floral shape from an old leather jacket or purse that you are no longer using.
  3. Use paints, paint brush and your DIY leather flower to decorate your cigar box purse.
  4. Other items that you can use to decorate your cigar box purse include scrapbooking paper, rhinestones, embellishments, beads and anything you have in your craft room.
  5. Use your screws and screwdriver to attach the drawer handle to the side that will be the top of your cigar box purse.
  6. Use a varnish spray to coat and protect the entire cigar box purse.
  7. You’re ready to take your handmade cigar box purse out on the town!

DIY wall calendar


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?!