for those of you who want to get a little festive, but aren’t willing to spend a bunch of money, time or energy on decorating when you’re just going to take it down and maybe even throw it away the next day — i wanted to create a super simple little decoration for valentines day!
i’ve alwaaaays wanted to learn how to make gods eyes ( or mystical eyes? ), i went to summer camp for years and i somehow never learned! so i watched a tutorial video and i learned and it’s so easy and fun and kind of soothing too. then i thought — these would make a super fun galentines day activity (or gift for them). have your girlfriends over for wine and you just have to buy a few different colors of yarn and you’ve got yourself a real rager.
- yarn in various colors
- wood dowels (you could also use bamboo skewers)
01. take two dowels and tie them into a cross with your first color of yarn.
02. keep them in place by wrapping your yarn around each side until they’re secured in position.
03. wrap over one dowel, and then around it — and repeat that. if you have a brain like mine, you might have to actually verbalize “over, around. over, around.” the whole time so you keep track.
04. when you’re ready to change colors, snip off the piece you’re working with, keeping a little length. tie it to your next color with a tight knot, and trim the excess off. do that anytime you want to change colors. if you feel like you can see where the colors meet, you can tuck the knots in at the end.
05. when you’re finished, knot the end really tight and trim the excess.
it’s totally a little kids craft, but i love it. it’s also super fun to see all the variations you can make with the same colors, so making them for galentine’s is like the best idea ever.
i’ve got such an easy DIY for you guys today! another january resolution is to obviously be organized and get all your shit done. so what better than to write all those tasks down in a cute little notebook?!
i actually made this a notebook versus a day planner, because i have a big planner to keep track of my schedule, so i used these cute little lined notebooks that you can rip the pages out of, which makes it perfect for my daily to-do lists. maybe my resolution should be to check everything off to the point of actually ripping out the page…
01. if you don’t have a t-square ruler, you can also use my tape method, or just a regular ruler even — but the t-square makes it super easy to know you’re accurate. start by placing your outside letters first (T + Y, S + N). this will ensure all your letters fit better than trying to eyeball. place your letters with a tweezer, and don’t rub them down yet!
02. carefully place the rest of your letters, you can play around with kerning depending on what fits and what you’re spelling out.
03. once you’ve arranged all your letters, peel them up a little to apply a dab of glue on the corners, especially your outside letters. if you’re not planning on lugging this around in your purse and you’re gonna be super careful, you can skip this step. rub ’em down real tight now.
04. turn your notebook over, and slice off the excess of the edge letters over your cutting mat.
yay! first DIY of 2016! i’ve been wanting to make myself a little apron for a while now because i’m petite and i just don’t like most aprons for style or for fit. naturally, i wanted to make this as simple as possible — so this DIY takes a few minutes and almost no steps. it’s no sew and basically no anything besides cutting!
before it’s too late, i wanted to share an easy christmas ornament project that you can do this weekend! i love making ornaments for xmas because you can keep one and give the rest to your relatives or friends so you all have matching ones, which is super sweet when you really think about it.
i loooove ceramic hands and sadly only have three in my house, so i decided the tree needed some too. these are super easy to make, because once you’ve made one, you can make a bunch more using the first as a template.
01. condition your clay to get it nice and soft. form a ball and then use your rolling pin to roll it out flat.
02. cut your shape, like pictured above. once you’ve cut out the hand, use your blade to basically just score the finger creases.
03. once you’re happy with the first one, do the same for the rest of the ornaments by just placing it on top of more clay and tracing the shape with your blade.
04. poke a hole through the hand with a toothpick and make sure it’s large enough that it’ll fit a piece of string.
05. bake according to package directions. let cool.
06. once dry, you can paint if you’d like — i debated how to paint them for quite some time so i decided to leave them simple. apply a layer of gloss glaze.
07. tie string, hang on your tree!
i debated naming this post “30 second holiday garland LOL” but decided against it. but you guys, this garland takes 30 seconds. i’m all about minimal decorating for the holidays, so the simpler, the better — and this one takes the cake. a perfect way to dress up a bare wall before your holiday party. keep reading
i love simple gift wrap, and i love a simple kraft paper gift wrap — but i wanted to give you four simple DIY ideas to spruce up your plain wrapping paper. these are all so incredibly easy and will make your presents so special, so i personally think it’s worth the extra 2 minutes during wrapping crunch time. (especially if you turn on scrooged or love actually or home alone or die hard while you do it) i did all of these on individually wrapped gifts, but you can save yourself time by doing the whole roll at once.
DIY BRUSHSTROKE GIFT WRAP
using a square edge paint brush, simply paint varying strokes and let dry!
DIY LABEL MAKER GIFT WRAP
because my label maker is like my favorite thing in the world, i love it for labeling gifts. simply wrap and tie some string around your gift, and type out your “to” and “from”. a beautiful little minimal gift.
DIY PAINT SPLATTER GIFT
make yourself a paint mixture that’s half acrylic paint/half water, mix it together until it looks like melted ice cream (add more paint or more water depending on how its mixing). take your gift wrap outside and lay it on a safe surface to get dirty. saturate your brush with the paint and simply flick your brush onto the paper! let dry outside.
DIY DRY BRUSH GIFT WRAP
using a thicker old paint brush, get just a little bit of paint onto it but let it be mostly dry. simply do a long stroke in one direction and it creates a really cool texture on the paper that sort of looks like faux bois.
and there you have it! 4 fun easy ideas to get your gifts looking super gorgeous and unique.
now that it’s december, i wanted to create some simple DIYs that would make perfect holiday gifts! man or woman, everyone wears slippers… i think. so making your loved one a custom pair of slippers is like, a perfect xmas present!
i am still loving eyes, even though i know they’re soooo trendy, so i created a design you can use, or you can do any design you want.
01. print the eye design i’ve provided above or whatever design you want to fit your slippers. i measured mine for about 3″ max per design. i put 3 sets on the sheet so you can make multiple pairs. if you’re doing your own design, just make sure you flip it before printing.
02. cut out the design and keep the edges a little rounded, the terry cloth texture is a bit hard to peel the adhesive off of, so you want to keep enough of a border to not mess with the transfer when peeling.
03. turn your iron on and let it heat up for five minutes prior to ironing. make sure it’s on the cotton setting without any water or steam. place the transfer down on the slipper and iron slowly for a good five minutes. let it cool for two minutes and see if you can peel off the backing paper yet, if not — do a few more minutes of ironing. if you have trouble peeling off the paper, use tweezers to grab a corner and gently peel off the rest from there.
so cute right?! hope this helped in case you’re scrambling for an easy inexpensive gift idea. and i’ll try to give you some more ideas stat.