DIY Yarn Basket

The Craft Challenge

Before I even get into this post, I am going to apologize for the crappy photography. I’ve been in bed all weekend with a (self diagnosed) sinus infection, so most of the pictures were taken with my terrible camera phone and a lamp for lighting.

DIY Yarn Basket

I learned how to do basket weaving in college so I carried my knowledge over to this project which is part of The Craft Challenge (more info below this post). Baskets are very easy to make, just a bit time consuming. If you’d like to make one, set up your working area when you’re catching up on your shows or maybe listening to a podcast. It will take a few hours but exact timing will depend on the size of your basket. As you can see, mine is pretty small and it took me about 1.5 hours to make.

yarn basket materials

Things You Will Need:
Yarn
Rope
Scissors
Canvas Needle

**For the rope, you can use anything. I used jute for this one, but in the past I’ve used a variety of cording. Just make sure it’s thick and sturdy.

**I cut off 3.5 yards of yarn to start with and about 4 yards of rope. I’ll show you how to add more yarn when you get to the end of your cut. The amount of rope you cut off will be what you can use for your basket.

yarn and jute

starting the yarn basket

Step 1
Lay your rope and your yarn side by side. Hold the ends together and wrap the yarn around both pieces like in the images above. You want to be wrapping toward the ends.

yarn wrapcreating the base

Step 2
Fold the wrapped part of the rope in half and begin to wrap more of the yarn so that it looks like somewhat of a teardrop.

yarn basket anchor stitch

Step 3
Begin to coil the wrapped rope like in the image above.

Thread the needle with the opposite end of your yarn and push it down through the center of the coil to anchor the sections together. This is what I will refer to from here on out as your anchor stitch.

yarn basket continuation

Step 4
Continue to wrap and coil your yarn, making sure to do an anchor stitch about every 4 wraps. But when you anchor, it will be against the previous section, not down the center.

When you’re happy with the size of the base, all you have to do is layer the rope on top of one another, rather than side by side, to create the sides of the basket.

Continue to do this until your basket is complete.

ending yarn segment

How to end a yarn segment
When you’re getting close to the end of the yarn segment and are ready to start another one, wrap it around the rope a few times, anchor it and push the needle back through the last several wraps you made. Then you can cut off any excess yarn.

beginning yarn segment

How to start a new yarn segment
To start a new yarn segment, we are going to do exactly what we did it step 1 except we won’t be folding it in half.

Lay the yarn on top of the rope and start wrapping toward the beginning of the yarn cut. So, I would take the section I’m holding onto in the picture, wrap it 4 times around both the yarn and the rope, thread the other end of the yarn through the needle and anchor it to the previous section.

ending stitch yarn basket

ending yarn basket

The finishing stitches
When you get to the end of the basket, you’re going to make several anchor stitches (no wraps) until it completely covers the end of your rope. Make a few more anchor stitches onto the section you just anchored the rope to.

Last, the same way you end your yarn segment, push the needle through your last few wraps and cut off the excess.

yarn basket side view

DIY Yarn Basket

When you’re finished, you’ll have a nice little yarn basket to hold anything you want! I chose to put my essential oils in it since it was the perfect size.

For the month of March, the challenge was to create a craft made primarily with yarn.

 

Here’s what the other bloggers made for the challenge

Click the images to go to their tutorials!

Emily made an initial tapestry.

Initial tapestry decorThis thing is pretty cool because it doesn’t involve crocheting or knitting (which I suck at). It looks like an easy tutorial and is made primarily of wood a yarn.

 

 

Erika made a tutorial for the Harlequin Granny Squares.

Harlequin granny square tutorial

Kudos to Erika for being able to crochet! If you like that sort of thing, you should really check this out. There are a lot of easy-to-follow pictures and a step-by-step tutorial as well. She plans to make a blanket after she finishes all of the elements. I bet it will look lovely!

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DIY Easter Baskets

DIY Easter Baskets

My mom made the cutest Easter baskets for my little cousins and I wanted to share them with you.

Now, my mom isn’t particularly crafty, so I was very proud of her for making these. She said they were very simple, too, so if you’re looking for a cheap way to make Easter baskets, head over to the Dollar Store and grab the following items.

Things You Will Need:
Nerd ropes
Hot melt glue
A piece of cardboard
Grass for inside the basket
Any extras you’d like to add
Four boxes of candy (same size)

Step 1
Glue the 4 boxes of candy to the cardboard so it forms the base of a basket.

Step 2
Glue each end of the Nerd Ropes to the sides of the “basket” to serve as the handle.

Step 3
Fill it up with your grass and the rest of your Easter goodies.

 

I love them! they’re functional without a lot of left overs. That’s my kind of craft!

27 Playful Diversions on the Streets of Paris

Make Something Mondays:

All of this fun artwork makes me want to go to Paris!

Originally posted on TwistedSifter:

Charles Leval aka Levalet, is a French artist that uses the streets of Paris as his canvas. The artist likes to incorporate the surroundings into his site-specific wheatpaste artworks, and his figures often seem to interact with their environment. According to an interview with Underground Paris, the 27-year old’s work began appearing in Paris in 2012. An art teacher by day, the artist enjoys exploring the city and seeking out potential ‘canvases’.

To keep up with the latest, be sure to follow Levalet at the online links below.

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DIY Duct Tape Snack Packs

make your own snack bag

Do you know that there’s a whole exciting world of Duct Tape crafts out there? I learned about all of the possibilities a few years ago when I heard about the Duct Tape Prom scholarship, but there’s so much more than that. Get on Pinterest and search “duct tape crafts”. It is insane what you can do with it.

This week, I had a craft all planned out, but I pushed it back because I wanted to play Duct Tape instead. I started small, since I haven’t done much with this medium. So, I decided to make some snack packs. They took about 15 minutes to make.

DIY snack pack materials

Things You Will Need
Scissors
Duct Tape
Sandwich bags

duct tape strip

Step 1
Lay the sandwich bag flat and stick the first piece of Duct Tape to the top of the bag.

Repeat step 1 until the bag is fully covered.

snack bag

I started with one side, then flipped it over and taped the other side. If there was any tape that was longer than the bag, I cut it off.

DIY snack pack

These might be the best snack bags I’ve ever had :-)

make your own snack bag

Let me know what you think.

Happy crafting!

DIY Redecorated Clock

DIY Redecorated ClockI don’t have a clock in my bathroom, so I usually just look at my phone while I’m getting ready for work in the morning. Half the time I leave the phone on my nightstand though, so I don’t have a clock either way. I decided to pick one up today while I was out.

I was browsing through the clocks and decided that I didn’t like any of them. Of course, my first thought was I’ll just make one myself. I grabbed a cheap one along with some black and white designed scrapbook paper.

Materials needed for redecorated clock

Things You Will Need:
Clock
Pencil
Scissors
Screwdriver
Scrapbook paper

Screws in clock

Clock pieces

Step 1
Take the clock apart.

Note: Pay attention to how your clock is constructed. It will be a lot easier to put it back together.

Clock background

Step 2
Trace the background of the clock on your scrapbook paper and cut it out.

Hole in clock background

Step 3
Poke a small hole in the background of the clock. It doesn’t have to be beautiful because no one is going to see it.

clock pieces put together

Step 4
Put the clock back together.

Test it to make sure it works. Otherwise, you’ll spend your time putting all of the pieces back together just to take it apart again. I did that once. Fair warning :-)

DIY Redecorated Clock

When you’re finished, You’ll have a brand new, fashionable clock for whatever room you want.

It’s quick and easy (assuming you paid attention to how your clock was constructed), and adds some flare to your rooms.

Let me know what you think!

DIY Mini Sketchbook

DIY mini sketchbook

I have an obsession.

Every time I go to a craft store and see a pretty sketchbook, I buy it. Do you know how often I’m in a craft store? I’m not even going to tell you… It’s better for both of us.

Needless to say, I have a lot of sketchbooks. I know I’ll use them, so I don’t mind my collection. But I will only carry them around if they’re small. So, once in a while I’ll make mini sketchbooks out of them so that I can keep them in my purse.

This works best if you have a spiral ring sketchbook. I really like the Strathmore books, but you can use whatever you like.

mini sketchbook materials

Things You Will Need:
Ruler
Cutting mat
Sketchbook
Exacto knife
Stapler or thread and needle
Heavy stock Scrapbook paper

sketchbook preparation

sketchbook pages

Step 1
Cut your paper out of the larger sketchbook.

folding sketchbook pages

folded sketchbook pages

Step 2
Separate the pages into even sections and fold them in half like in the images above.

DIY sketchbook cover

Step 3
Measure the size of your soon-to-be-sketchbook and cut a piece of scrapbook paper to fit those measurements.

Fold it down the center and place one of your folded sketchbook paper sections inside of it.

sew pages

Step 4
Using thread and a needle or a stapler, connect the cover to the pages.

I used thread and sewed the whole way up the spine of the book.

DIY mini sketchbook

When you’re finished, you’ll have some cute sketchbooks to carry around with you for when ideas strike (or when you’re bored).

You can use the scrapbook paper cover or even use some cardboard from old cereal boxes and draw on them. Personalizing your sketchbook is always more fun!

Hope you guys enjoyed this one!! Happy crafting!

The Craft Challenge

Guess what?! I have started a blog collaboration, organized by Emily over at A Pop of Red, to help bring readers new an interesting craft projects!

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What is the craft challenge?

Every month, participating bloggers will share their DIY and craft ideas and projects related to a particular theme. I will be linking to the other blogger’s posts so that you can see the variety of projects we’ve come up with. The posts for The Craft Challenge will be posted every Monday starting on March 30th.

What are the themes?

For the first project of the craft challenge, the theme is yarn. That’s going to be interesting for me, because I don’t do much with yarn, but I’m looking forward to having to think outside of the box! We have two more themes lined up and are currently deciding on more. We’d love to hear any suggestions you may have though, so be sure to post your thoughts in the comments or mention them on social media using the hashtag #CraftChallenge.

The Bloggers

Right now, There are two other crafters in addition to myself. Emily from A Pop of Red Emily of A Pop of Red Emily, the organizer of The Craft Challenge, is the blogger over at A Pop of Red. She’s always posting great craft and DIY projects, fantastic (that is not an exaggeration) foodie recipes and her life experiments.

 
 

Erika from Eclectic Enchantments Erika of Eclectic Enchantments Erika is the blogger at Eclectic Enchantments where she shares everything related to crafts, vintage and beauty. She has a lot of passion and a lot to share!

Want to join us?

If you’re Interested in joining The Craft Challenge as a blogger, send a message to Emily at apopofred@gmail.com for more information! It’s going to be a good time!!