DIY Creaseless Hair Ties

diy no crease hair ties

You know those really cute hair ties that look like ribbon and don’t leave creases in your hair? I love them, but I refuse to pay $10 for 3 when I know they’re going to get stretched or ripped in a few weeks because of my thick hair. I decided to try to make my own and it worked out really well. I had to share the process with you.

You only need a few supplies and you can probably make about 40 hair ties for $10. Can’t argue with that, right? Oh, and it only takes a few seconds to make one. Let’s get started!

 

creaseless hair tie supplies

Creaseless hair ties supplies

  • scissors
  • lighter
  • elastic ribbon

I recommend ordering the stretchy ribbon on Amazon because you get a ton, you won’t spend much and the designs are cute.

 

make your own hair ties

Step 1: measure your ribbon

I use the word measure lightly here.

Lay the ribbon out and cut it so that it is just a bit longer than your lighter (as seen in the image above).

 

hair tie sizing

Step 2: tie the ribbon

Hold the open ends together and tie a knot toward the end.

Use the lighter as a reference for placement if you’d like.

 

singed ribbon

Step 3: singe the edges

This is the fun part. Singe the loose ends of the ribbon. This will keep it from fraying.

DO NOT light the ribbon on fire. I repeat, do not light it on fire.

Just touch the flame to the ends and remove it. Please don’t burn your house down.

 

diy no crease hair ties

Voila! Cheap hair ties! Did I mention they’re cute?  I’m a big fan if you couldn’t tell.

I’d love to hear what you think. Leave your feedback in the comments.

Happy crafting!

 

 

DIY Herb Garden Markers

parsley plant marker

My mother always had a green thumb and it’s definitely not something she passed down to me. If it’s green and been in my house for more than a month, it’s probably dead. I’m so bad at gardening, but I’m not giving up yet.

This weekend, I planted a new indoor herb garden. I had a living rosemary and mint plant and added parsley, a different kind of mint and basil. Cross your fingers that I can keep the new ones alive.

In the meantime, I wanted to make some cute plant/garden markers. These are really cute and really easy. If you haven’t given your mom anything for Mother’s Day yet, a nice herb garden with plant markers might work out for her.

They’re super easy to make. A little bit of creativity goes a long way.

 

diy garden marker supplies

Plant marker supplies

  • gift tags
  • string
  • pen

 

Step 1: label and sketch

On a brown gift tag, write the name of each herb and sketch around it.

 

peppermint plant marker

Step 2: tie the label to the planter

Slip the string through the gift tag and tie it around the top of the planter.

Tilt the tag at a downward angle.

 

parsley plant marker

Now you have a lovely herb garden that’s beautifully labeled.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave feedback in the comments!

Happy crafting 🙂

 

DIY Window Photo Frame

diy window photo frame

As many of you know, my husband owns a brewery that opened this past year (yay!). Prior to the opening, he and his 3 partners spent about a year doing renovations to the space. Fortunately, we have a ton of pictures of the process, so one of his partners gave me an old window frame and asked me to turn it into a picture frame. What a great idea, Ben. I will do that. 🙂

Most of the photos were taken on a phone, so the quality wasn’t good enough to blow to fit the entire frame. I printed 4×6 photos and centered the images in each frame. That seemed to work out well.

Want to make your own? Keep reading!

 

window frame diy

window photo frame supplies

  • photos
  • window frame
  • Photo corners (self adhesive)

You can find the corner adhesives for your photos in the scrapbooking section of any craft store.

If you’re looking for an old window frame, check out upcycle shops, consignment shops or junk yards.

 

photo on window frame

Step 1: adhere your photos

Adhere the photo corners to one of your printed photos and center it in the window frame. Press down gently.

Repeat until all of the windows are filled.

 

diy window photo frame

I left the top left frame open because I want to put a brewery sticker or some other form of branding in there (which I don’t have at the moment). I’ll be sure to add another photo when it’s totally finished.

Depending on where you want to display your window, you might want to get some frame hangers.

Hope you like this one. Please leave your thoughts in the comments.

Happy crafting!

DIY Smashbook Cover

DIY Smashbook Cover: Project Life

Have you every heard of a smashbook? It’s like of like a scrapbook, but with less structure. Some people add recipes, top 10 lists, concert tickets, etc., in addition to photos. It’s often referred to as the un-scrapbook.

I have a ton of pictures. Some on my phone, some printed and in a box. What good is that? They aren’t organized in any particular fashion and I rarely look at them, so I wanted to make my own smashbook. I’m going to call it Project Life.

But before I started compiling pictures, I wanted to make a fun cover for it. That’s today’s Make Something Mondays craft.

Tip: If you’re interested in making your own Smashbook, you should look into Groovebook for photo printing. It’s a subscription service that prints photos that you choose every month. You get 100 4×6″ images for $2.99/month. I’m not affiliated, I just like it. A friend bought me a gift subscription for my birthday a year or so ago and I’ve kept it. It’s perfect for this type of project.

 

Smashbook cover supplies

Smashbook cover supplies

  • glue
  • scissors
  • scrapbook paper
  • blank journal or sketchbook
  • stickers (totally optional)

Don’t get overwhelmed by the supplies image. I went a little overboard in gather materials for this one.

If you’re looking for a small book, I got mine at Michael’s. It’s made by the Recollections brand. I like this one because it’s smaller, and nothing like a scrapbook. You can use whatever you want though.

Smashbook ideas

Step 1: glue on the first scrapbook layer

Measure or trace your book onto the scrapbook paper. Then cut it out and glue it over the cover of your scrapbook.

 

Step 2: continue to layer scrapbook paper

Continue this process until you have something you like.

I choose to cut out elements of different pieces of scrapbook paper and glue them together.

 

Smashbook Cover: Project Life

Step 3: title your smashbook

Give your smashbook a title! You’re going to be an author now. Your book must have a name! 🙂

 

DIY Smashbook Cover: Project Life

When you’re done, hopefully you have a cover design you love!

I’ll post some spreads for you guys when I get started. Stay tuned for that.

Tell me what you think! Leave your feedback in the comments.

 

 

DIY Beach-Inspired Candle Centerpiece

beach-inspired candle centerpiece

I took a trip to Clearwater, Florida with family earlier this year. I saved a water bottle full of sand and seashells in hopes of making a fun craft in memory of the trip.

Unfortunately, I threw the sand bottle in my mom’s suitcase before we got on the plane and she took it home with her, which is about an hour and a half from my home in Pittsburgh. This past weekend I was able to get it back and start my beach craft project. So exciting 😀

 

candle centerpiece

Beach-inspired centerpiece supplies

  • sand
  • candle
  • seashells
  • glass vase

Note: I switched vases halfway through my project. I decided that I prefer the look of the square vase for this one, rather than the cylindrical vase.

 

Sand in the vase

Step 1: add sand

Pour your sand into the vase and shake lightly to even it out.

 

Sand and seashells

Step 2: arrange the seashells

Drop your seashells in right around the glass wall of the vase.  Push some of the seashells into the sand for a more realistic look.

 

beachy centerpiece

Step 3: add the candle

Place your candle in the center and light it.

 

beach-inspired candle centerpiece

This is such a quick and easy way to remember your beach vacations.

I did another beach memory craft a few years ago, and it’s still hanging on my wall. So, I keep the memories going.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave them in the comments.

 

The Craft Challenge

This tutorial is part of The Craft Challenge 2017. The ladies listed below are all contributors and have their own unique tutorial to share with you! Take some time and check out their February craft projects.

Links will be updated to their tutorials when their posts are available.

Emily from A Pop of Red: Seashell Rings for Summertime Style
Carin from Eclectic Soapbox: Coming soon!
Heather from ShiftMama: Coming soon!
Martha from The Art in Martha: Alien Stuffies
Vanessa from Social Stampers: Coming soon!
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: Magazine Clippings Upcycled Journal
Deb from LuminaSprit Adventures: Planner Clip Holder Flipbook

Happy crafting!

DIY Peppermint Lemongrass Yoga Mat Cleaner

diy yoga mat cleaner lemongrass peppermint

Yoga has been such a great part of my life for the past, I don’t know, 7 years. One thing I struggled to find that I liked was a cleaner for my yoga mat. I’ve tried a bunch of store bought variations, but they either don’t work or leave a strange smell on the mat. I’m not a big fan of that. It was time I tried to make my own and I’m pretty happy with the results.

The cleaner only includes 2-3 ingredients and you might have them already. I chose to mix two oils together, but you can use one if you prefer. Find a scent you like and go with it.

 

yoga mat spray supplies

Yoga Mat Cleaner Supplies

  • spray bottle
  • witch hazel
  • essential oils (lemongrass, peppermint)

 

essential oils yoga mat spray

Step 1: add your essential oils

Add 4 drops of each essential oil and shake the bottle to mix them together.

 

yoga mat spray witch hazel

Step 2: use Witch Hazel as your base

Fill your spray bottle with Witch Hazel and shake to mix with the oils.

 

diy yoga mat cleaner lemongrass peppermint

You’re done already! Spray down your yoga mat and wipe it down with a soft cloth to get it clean. Give it some time to dry and you’ll be ready to start your practice in no time (without having to worry about sweat on your mat).

I’d love to hear what you think! Do you like the oils I chose? What would you choose? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Happy crafting!

 

 

 

DIY Upcycled Travel Tin

accessory travel tin

I always carry hair ties and bobby pins with me when I travel. I think I’ll want to leave my hair down but it just gets irritating, so I pull it up. My hair is so thick that one hair tie doesn’t last very long. A few days, maybe. That’s where my travel tin comes in. I don’t know how I ever traveled without it.

Mint tins are perfect for upcycles like this. The closure works really well, and they hold a decent amount of stuff. Give it shot!

 

travel tin supplies

Travel Tin Supplies

  • tin box
  • brush
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • Magnets
  • Mod Podge
  • scrapbook paper

*You can ignore the Diamond Glaze in the image. I have no idea why I left that in there.

 

travel tin plans

Step 1: trace the tin

Line the tin up on the back side scrapbook paper and trace it. I’m showing traces of the top and bottom in the image above. You’ll want to trace the entire tin though, including edges.

Cut them out when you’re done.

beautify an Altoid Tin

Step 2: decorate your travel tin

Line the cutout up on the tin and glue it in place.

 

upcycled altoid tin

Step 3: add a sealant

Add another 1-2 layers of Mod Podge to the scrapbook paper. This will create a sealant that will protect the paper from getting dirty or ripped.

 

magnetic strip for bobby pins

Step 3: glue on the magnet

Cut the magnet into a strip and glue it to the inside of the lid. This will come in handy if you plan to carry bobby pins in your travel tin.

 

accessory travel tin

When you’re ready, load up the tin! I like to carry hair ties, bobby pins and barrettes and such in mine, but you can carry whatever you want. It might be a good place to store first-aid kit elements like band-aids, wipes, gauze etc.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave them in the comments!

Happy crafting!