DIY Stacked Beaded Earrings

The Craft Challenge

This blog post is part of The Craft Challenge! If you want to learn more or are interested in joining the challenge, send a message to Emily from A Pop of Red.

diy stacked beaded earrings

The February theme for  The Craft Challenge is beads, so I chose to make wire-wrapped earrings. I found the beads at Michael’s last week and thought they would look cute stacked on top of each other. They look kind of elegant, don’t they?

They’re easy to make, you can buy all of your materials in one location (which is always a plus for me) and making your own is less expensive than buying them.

beaded earring materials

Stacked Beaded Earring Materials

  • beads
  • bead caps
  • earring pins
  • earring hooks
  • round-nosed pliers

 

stacked beads

Step 1: Stack the beads

Stack your beads on the earring pin, with rounded beaded between the square beads.

 

earring-beads

wire wrappingwire loop for earrings

Step 2: Bend the wire

Using your pliers, twist the top of the pin into a circle and cut off the excess wire.

 

stacked beaded earrings

Step 3: Attach the earring hook

Attach the earring hook to the loop you just made.

 

diy stacked beaded earrings

Voilà! When you’re finished you have a new set of pretty earrings.

I’d love to know what you think. Leave your thoughts in the comments. 🙂

Be sure to check out the rest of the beaded craft projects in The Craft Challenge by visiting A Pop of Red and Eclectic Enchantments!

 

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DIY Decorative Photo Frame

DIY decorative wood photo frame

Do you ever get tired of doing everything digitally? Sometimes I just want to read a physical book and print real photographs.

There’s something about holding pictures in your hand and smelling the pages of book. It’s a feeling and an appreciation you can’t get from a device. This week, I was in one of those moods.

For my birthday, a few months ago, a friend bought me a subscription to Groovebook, which is a photo subscription service. You download the app, upload the photos you want, and they print and send them to you. I think I’ve printed every image on my phone.

Now, what should I do with them?? I should share them, right? Yep, I’m going to hang them in my living room!

Want to make one?

materials for photo frames

DIY Photo Frame Materials

  • string
  • paint brushes
  • mini clothespins
  • acrylic wood-safe paint
  • hot glue gun (not pictured)
  • decorative wooden photo frame (Michael’s)

 

painted photo frame

Step 1: paint the frame

Paint both sides of your frame.

Let it dry.

 

strings for the photo frame

Step 2: measure the string

Stretch the string out to the size of your frame and cut 2 pieces (at the same length).

These will be adhered to the frame to hold up the photos.

 

hanging photo string

Step 3: adhere the strings

Hot glue the string to the frame. Hold the string while the glue dries if you don’t want the string to be floppy.

I know, it doesn’t look beautiful, but no one is going to see it. AND it will make a nice bumper between the frame and the wall.

 

DIY decorative wood photo frame

Step 4: photos and clothespins

Clothespin your photos to the string and you have yourself a cute photo frame!

 

You can hang your new decor in any room in your house or give it as a gift.

Tip: print your Instagram photos and hang them up!

I’d love to hear what you think!

Happy crafting!

 

DIY Scented Hand Warmers

DIY scented hand warmers filled with rice

It’s been a downright unpleasant week with single digits and negative wind chills.

In case you didn’t know, I HATE being cold. On any given day in the winter months, I’m wearing at least 3 layers of clothing.

To stay warm, I decided to make hand warmers. They’re filled with rice, so you can heat them up as you please.

I throw them in the microwave for 30 secs while I’m pouring my coffee into my thermos before work, then put them in my coat pockets or tuck them in my gloves. It makes my morning commute much more tolerable.

I made both of these in less than 15 minutes, but if you have a sewing machine you can make them in 5. The materials list is below and the tutorial follows.

Tip: If you have an old sweater or long-sleeved shirt that you don’t wear anymore, you can cut the sleeves into little squares and use those to make the hand warmers. If you can, always upcycle!

materials for DIY hand warmers

DIY Hand Warmer Materials

  • rice
  • fabric
  • thread
  • needle
  • scissors
  • essential oils (not pictured)

You can get essential oils online (at stores like Amazon) or from more local stores like The Vitamin Shoppe. This will depend on your location, of course.

 

cozy fabric

Step 1: cutting fabric

Cut your fabric into pairs of rectangles.

 

sew your fabric squares

Step 2: sewing

Sew the edges of your fabric, but leave a small section open like in the image above.

 

rice-filled hand warmer

Step 3: rice and essential oils

Flip the fabric inside out and layer in the rice and essential oils.

Pour in rice until it fills  up half of the hand warmer. (I suggest using a funnel if you don’t want to pick rice up off of the floor.)

Pour in a few drops of essential oils.

Fill up the rest of the hand warmer with rice.

Add a few more drops of essential oils.

Shake it around a bit to mix everything together.

 

sewn hand warmers

Step 4: finish sewing

Sew up the hole you left open for the rice.

 

DIY scented hand warmers filled with rice

when you’re finished, you can pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds and warm up!

Note: I always heat them for 30 seconds. If you want them to be warmer, heat them in 15 second increments. Since they’re small, they warm up fast.

Enjoy and stay warm!

Happy crafting  🙂

 

DIY Lemon Grapefruit Sugar Scrub

DIY lemon grapefruit sugar scrub

First, I’d like to apologize for my absence last week. I got sick and missed all kinds of good stuff like my work holiday party and the 60 degree weather. For once, crafting was not on my priority list. It was not a good weekend. But this weekend is a better one.

Valentine’s Day is coming up… That means you want to look and feel your best, right? Of course. Forget V-Day though, I want smooth skin all the time. Sugar scrub definitely helps with that.

Seriously, this might be the best sugar scrub I’ve ever made. I know I’m a little bias, but it really does smell great. The citrus-y scent seems to brighten everything up (I think it’s mostly the grapefruit). And who doesn’t want a bright and fun Valentine’s Day?

The sugar scrub is really easy to make. I didn’t time it, but I’m pretty sure it took about 5 minutes excluding photography time. Everything you need + instructions are below.

lemon grapefruit sugar scrub materials

Sugar Scrub Materials

 

bowl of sugar

Step 1

Measure your sugar. This will depend on the size of the jar you are using.

I poured mine into the jar and then into the bowl to get an accurate measurement. My jar was 8.5 oz.

 

melted coconut oil

Step 2

Microwave 4 big spoonfuls of coconut oil until it’s liquefied.

 

lemon, cocnut and grapefruit oil

Step 3

Pour in 20 drops of grapefruit oil and 15 drops of lemon oil.

If you’re making a larger batch, you might want to add a few more of each.

Stir.

 

sugar scrub

Step 4

Pour the oil over the sugar and mix it together. It should be about the same consistency of a slushy.

Pour it into the jar.

Valentine's Day sugar scrub

If you’re feeling festive, print and cut out the Valentine’s Day printables below. The round ones are the perfect size for mason jar lids. If you can find some pink ribbon, use the heart printable too!

Hope you like it!

Valentine's Day Mason jar printables

DIY lemon grapefruit sugar scrub