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DIY Personalized Ear Buds

July 21, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

DIY Personalized Ear Buds DIY Personalized Ear Buds
We’re pretty digital device friendly in our house. Between the grown ups, the tween and the little one we’ve got two computers, three phone, two e-readers and who knows how many Mp3 players. And it’s just fallen in that all our devices are the same. Three of the same phones, two matching ebooks… and so on. Which is great because we can share back and forth. It’s also not great because, well, there are some things we don’t want to share. Like earbuds. All four of us love to listen to music but we’re not super keen on passing the earphones back and forth. The problem is, of course, that, since they came with our devices and our devices are all the same, they all look exactly the same. So here’s my trick for keeping my earphones just for me and theirs just for them.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Earbuds – one for each person
Washi tape – one for each person
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Let each person pick “their” washi tape so that they can easily identify (and like) their particular print or color.
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2. Cut one inch strips, 3 for each par of buds.
3. Roll the tape smoothly around the base of each earbud and around the plug jack. If your earphones have a case, you can also put a strip of tape on the front and back of your case to help you remember which earbuds go in which case.
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Homemade Lavender Soap Video Tutorial

Homemade Lavender Soap Homemade Lavender Soap Video Tutorial
This lovely lavender soap smells wonderful and leaves your skin feeling silky soft. Unlike other soap tutorials, this video does not require you to make the soap yourself. This easy project gives you the luxury of custom, goat’s milk soap without the hassle of mixing the ingredients together. You’ll love to use the finished project, and give it as gifts to all of your friends!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Age range: 8 and Up
Time to complete: 1 hour

Things you’ll need:
Goat’s Milk Soap
Lavender
Soap Mold
Glass Container

Things to do:
1. Cut a block of soap off of the goat’s milk soap bar. Place it in a glass container and heat it in the microwave. I’ve found that 30 seconds is a good starting time. Continue adding time until the soap reaches a smooth texture, without lumps.
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2. Pour lavender into the bottom of the soap mold.
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3. Pour the heated soap over the lavender in the soap mold. Fill the mold completely. The lavender will suspend throughout the soap, giving you a nice and even look.
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4. Once you’ve filled the molds, allow 40 minutes – 1 hour to harden before use.
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Upcycle: Make Your Own Teacup Candles

upcycle Teacup Candles Upcycle: Make Your Own Teacup Candles
This DIY looks exactly like a candle you would find at a luxury home goods store. In just a few easy steps, you can create a unique candle for your home without spending a lot of money. Choose from a variety of beautiful teacups or other glass containers to create a dreamy candle that you’re sure to love!

Things you’ll need:
Teacups
Wicks
Candle Scent
Eyedropper
Concentrated Candle Dye
Grater
Scissors
Funnel
Wax
Pot for Melting Wax

Things to do:
1. The first step is melting the candle wax. Melt the wax over a lower heat on your stovetop. I like to set my stovetop at “4.” Once the wax becomes a smooth liquid, grate some concentrated candle dye into the pot and stir it around. The candle dye will subtly change the shade of the wax, making it unique and fun!
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2. Place the wick into the bottom of the teacup or glass container. Pour a small amount of wax into the cup and let it harden slightly so that it will hold the wick in place. You want the wick to be at the center of the cup so the wax candle will burn evenly.
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3. Fill the teacup with wax until it is almost full.
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4. Once you’ve filled the teacup with wax, add a few drops of candle scent and allow the wax to harden. If the surface of the candle is uneven, you can pour a second layer of wax across the top until it creates a flat surface.
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DIY Mini Fabric Organization Trays

Mini Fabric Organization Trays DIY Mini Fabric Organization Trays
We live in a very old house with lots of built in cabinets and drawers, which is fabulous, I admit. But those old drawers and large and deep and things are easily lost in them if they aren’t corralled into smaller trays and boxes. This project makes tidy little trays perfect for holding change, jewelry, or other small items that you don’t want getting lost in the mire of your drawers.

Difficulty level: Moderate to advanced
Time required: 20 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Lightweight cotton fabric
Fabric stiffener
Scissors
Ruler
Embroidery thread
Embroidery needle
Iron
Ironing board

Things to do:
1. Press your fabric well before beginning. Cut squares or rectangles that are 1″ larger all the way around than the finished tray size you are after.
2. Spray the fabric down well with fabric stiffener. You want to get it nice and west but not dripping. Hang to dry flat.
3. Once the fabric is dry, fold in and press a 1 inch flap on each side of the square. Fold and press the corners at an angle.
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4. Pull the angled corners together and fold over onto one side of the flap.
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5. Thread your embroidery needle and sew two French knots to hold the angled flap tightly onto one of the sides.
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6. Repeat with the other corners, pulling the sides of the tray up as you work.
7. Trim away excess thread and put those babies to good use!
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No Needle Beading

July 17, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

No Needle Beading No Needle Beading
I’ve got a little girl who LOVES making necklaces. LOVES it! Which means two things. I am the proud owner of many, many crazy beaded necklaces and there’s always a bowl/plate/cup of beads hanging around for a necklace in progress. It also means that we are forever looking for the right sized needle to fit both the thread and the hold in the bead. Or we were, until this trick arrived at our house! The only downside to this technique is that you do have to wait for the stiffener to dry. But by premeasuring out thread and yarn and making several at once, you’ll avoid thos “is it ready yet!” moments.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: Less than a minute (plus dry time)

Things you’ll need:
Wax or parchment paper
Fabric Stiffener
Thread, yarn or embroidery floss
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut several pieces of your choice of thread or yarn to a good length for necklaces plus an inch of two for tying.
2. Lay out your parchment or wax paper.
3. Line up all the ends, slightly spaced apart from one another.
4. Spray the ends (about 1 inch) generously with the fabric stiffener.
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DIY Yarn Script

July 16, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

DIY Yarn Script DIY Yarn Script
This is a great summer project for the kids and also a fun way to practice that cursive handwriting but it can also be a great way to make place cards or gift tags for big parties and events. Whether you’re planning on hanging them on the wall or having them grace that perfectly set table, these string names are a whole lot of fun to make.

Difficulty level: Easy – Moderate
Time required: 10 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Wax or parchment paper
String or yarn
Scissors
Fabric stiffener

Things to do:
1. Cover your work surface with wax or parchment paper.
2. Cut a length of yarn more than long enough to write out your word or name.
3. Dampen the yarn a little with the fabric stiffener, once damp it should be easier to form the letters
4. On the wax or parchment paper, form the letters in cursive with the damp string, pressing down with your fingertip to help mold the letters into shape.
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5. Once you have it spelled our, spray generously with fabric stiffener, making sure the string is well soaked.
6. Allow the letters to dry overnight then peel off and use the stiffened words!

DIY Mini Fabric Flag Cupcake/Cake Toppers

Flag Cupcake Cake Toppers DIY Mini Fabric Flag Cupcake/Cake Toppers
We are a summer birthday family, everyone has their birthday between Memorial and Labor Day, which means that I’m about to hit party season and I’m starting to plan now. Birthdays aren’t birthdays in our house without a cake and my kids love fun cake toppers. This summer at least one of them is going to get these cute mini flags decorating their cake but these would be adorable as table decorations, scaled up a little for parades or for some medieval make believe! And they are so easy, why not make a whole slew of them?

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Fabric – light cottons work best
Skewers or dowels rods
Craft glue
Fabric stiffener
Iron
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Press your fabric well and spray thoroughly with fabric stiffener. You want is nice and damp but not dripping wet.
2. Hang the fabric to dry so that it dries nice and flat. Once dry the fabric will be very stiff.
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3. Cut the stiffened fabric into strips as wide as you want your finished flags. Here we’ve made them about one inch wide.
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4. Cut your strip into flags, adding a little extra to the straight end to wrap around the skewer.
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5. Spread a thin layer of glue onto the flat end of the flag and roll the fabric around the dowel until it wraps once around. Pinch in place for a few moments until it’s holding and then allow the glue to dry before using.
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Felt and Button Dress-Up Fashion Rings

July 14, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Kid's Arts and Crafts

Dress Up Fashion Rings Felt and Button Dress Up Fashion Rings
My little girl loves to dig away in my jewelry box, trying on necklaces and bracelets, and most especially rings. She’s fascinated by them, as I think most kids are, and while she’d love to tote them off to her room for some imaginary play, they’re too special to turn into play things. So instead I’ve been making her, and helping her make, these cute felt and button rings. Perfect for dress up and playtime, these are also great friend gifts or birthday favors!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
White felt – or other colors of your choice
Buttons or other buttons of your choice
Scissors
Embroidery thread and needle
Measuring tape

Things to do:
1. Let your little one select a stack of two or three buttons for each ring.
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2. Cut a strip of felt about 1/3 of an inch wide and three inches long.
3. Wrap the strip around their finger, cut just past the spot where the end overlaps the tail.
4. With your thread and needle, stitch a solid X on the felt where the two ends overlap then sew the stack of buttons on, running the thread through all the layers and in through the layers of felt and then back up again a few times.
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5. Tie off on the inside of the ring and trim away excess thread.

DIY Fabric Origami Business Card Holder

July 13, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

Fabric Origami Business Card Holder DIY Fabric Origami Business Card Holder
Crafty people (and hey, even non-crafty people) often have a hard time just shoving that stack of business cards in their wallet, especially when their business is something crafty! This cute and practical business card holder is so neat you may find yourself making them for everyone you pass a card out to! Lightweight quilting fabric will give you the best results for this project. You can also scale this up to hold gift cards by starting with a 9″ square of fabric.

Difficulty level: Advanced
Time required: 25 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Lightweight cotton fabric
Iron
Ironing board
Scissors
Ruler or tape measure
Fabric stiffener

Things to do:
1. Begin by cutting perfect 8.5″ squares out of your fabric.
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2. Iron the fabric so that it is very flat.
3. Spray lightly with fabric stiffener on a covered work surface. Allow the stiffener to dry.
4. You’ll want to fold and iron so make sure you’re iron is handy through out.
5. First fold the square in half with the wrong side of the fabric in. Press well and open back up to reveal the crease.
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6. Fold the edges in toward the crease and press.
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7. Open the fabric up and, with the wrong side facing up, press each corner in so that the tip touches the nearest crease line. Close the flaps in with the corners folded down and press the folds.
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8. Turn the fabric over so that the right side is up and the folded in edge is down.
9. Fold the top down so that the folded in corners create perfect triangles. Press well.
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10. Fold the bottom edge up in the same manner, you’ll need to tuck the bottom edge into the top where they overlap. Press very well.
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11. Spray the fabric front and back with fabric stiffener, allowing the fabric to get a little more damp this time. Let the fabric dry completely.
12. Fold the holder in half and crease, your business cards should fit perfectly into the two pockets created by the folds.
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DIY Alphabet Card Banner

July 12, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Kid's Arts and Crafts

Alphabet Card Banner DIY Alphabet Card Banner
When my kids were little I had alphabet cards all over the house to help them learn their ABC’s but now that they are older the cards are stowed away in drawers and books rule the day. Instead of letting those cards lie unused, however, I’ve given them new life as little mini banners, such as this bookshelf beauty reminding them to always READ!

Time required: 10 minutes
Difficulty level: Easy

Things you’ll need:
Alphabet cards
Sewing machine and thread
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Sort through your cards and use the letters to spell out whatever word you want your banner to say.
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2. Pull some excess thread out from your machine to create a tail.
3. Stitch along the top edge of the cards in order and pull out more excess thread at the end. Cut the threads.
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4. Tie off the threads about an inch from the cards and trim away excess.
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5. Hang the banner from pins or hooks and enjoy!
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