Category Archives: diy

DIY recycled fabric covered notebooks

August 26, 2015

diy

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i make so many to-do lists. like daily ones, weekly ones, i have them scattered all over the place and even when i barely check off anything, i find myself feeling so much less stressed when i’m writing down everything i need to do, whether i do it or not. otherwise i’ll wake up in the middle of the night worrying about calling sirius radio before the renew my subscription at the un-discounted price.

another thing i have all over the house is bags full of clothes to donate. we have one so large in our bathroom that we can barely open the door, so i decided to scour a bag and use some of the retired old t-shirts to give them new life! don’t worry, there’s still plenty to donate. so with back to school time, i thought lining some notebooks in fabric would be fun for me, and be fun for you too. win win.

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diy easy leather laptop case

August 20, 2015

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i recently bit the bullet and bought myself a laptop for my birthday — and it’s the best decision i’ve ever made. while i’m probably sitting in bed way more than i should be now, it really has upped my productivity level because i’m so much more likely to stay on top of email now! YAY. so of course i realized right away i didn’t have a case for it, so i realized right away i should just make one.

i had a ton of this brown faux leather sitting around, but i thought it was a shade darker than i’d like – so i made a prototype. then i decided i didn’t feel like making another – so i’m sharing the prototype! and as you guys may know already, i’m not much of a sewer – so if you also don’t sew well, it’s all good! this was easy. my last piece of advice is to use faux leather. not only is it so much easier to sew, but it usually comes with a soft inner lining which seems nicer for your computer. and you should be nice to your computer.

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diy travel kit (+ free printables)

August 12, 2015

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DIY travel kit | almost makes perfect DIY travel kit | almost makes perfect

so excited to share this very cute little travel kit with you guys today. my friend jaymee made herself this little set for a trip she took recently and i wanted to share it with you guys!

because every time you’re on a vacation, you have no idea where to put your used unmentionables right? do i sound 85 when i say unmentionables? dirty panties seems a lot less elegant. anyway — jaymee designed this little bag for her laundry, and these perfect little labels for her travel shampoo + conditioner. and you can too!

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DIY copper patterned iphone case

August 5, 2015

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you know what the best kind of DIY projects are? the ones you can do in bed. goes without saying they’re the easy ones too. i’ve been wanting to make myself a new phone case for a while, and i’m stoked on how this turned out!

diy copper patterned phone case | almost makes perfect

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if you’re super observant, you’ll notice that the pattern in the photo above is different from the finished case. i ended up scrapping the first design because i had continued the patterns off to the sides, which ended up feeling annoying on my fingers and i figured they would start to peel.

01. cut out your shapes using the grid on the back of the contact paper as a guide for keeping your sizes consistent (or as you can see in mine, fairly consistent)

02. lay out the shapes on your case and figure out the pattern. *

03. using your tweezers, peel off the backing and stick to your case — continue this for like ever. if you mess up, you can remove the shape with your tweezers but you might want to cut out another shape if it looks janky after removing.

04. once you’re done, you can seal the case with a thin layer of mod podge or whatever sealer you want to use – this will prevent the inevitable peeling.

* my contact paper has a metallic grain, i ignored this on the first round and noticed that the shine wasn’t consistent throughout. if your contact paper also has a grain, make sure you keep the grain going the same direction on every shape for the best look.

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easy right?! let me know if you try it!

DIY wood cake stand

July 29, 2015

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diy wood cake stand | almost makes perfect diy wood cake stand | almost makes perfect

ok you guys — this might be my easiest DIY to date. and it might be one of my favorites. i love simple wood cake stands, so i decided to make this by essentially just gluing wood together. does it still count as a DIY?!

cake stands are one of those things i like to have to feel like a real grownup, but i’m not usually playing hostess while serving various cakes. for those few rare occasions when i do throw a little party, pretty cake stands make everything look cute, you know – like donuts. or toast. whatever.

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printable donut favor boxes

July 22, 2015

diy / downloads / entertaining

printable donut favor boxes | almost makes perfect printable donut favor boxes | almost makes perfect

been meaning to share these printables i made with you for a few weeks now! and today is the day! my real life friends know that if i’m a guest at a party, often times i will bring a box of donuts — they’re cheap, everyone likes them, and most times there are leftovers (a day old old-fashioned donut is basically the best thing ever). so i decided for those of you who feel the same way, and like to pick up a dozen donuts for guests, here’s an easy way to turn them into a instant party favor as well — put them in a cute box!

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DIY brass curve necklace

July 15, 2015

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i’ve been hoarding a piece of thin brass from the hardware store for like six months, so finally decided to make something with it! being a minimalist when it comes to jewelry, i wanted to make something super simple, and i don’t think this project gets any simpler. you basically just bend a piece of brass.

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