DIY Beaded Wire Wrapped Bobby Pins

diy beaded bobby pins

My hair has been short for a while so I haven’t been able to get it into a pony tail. I’ve relied heavily on bobby pins to add flare. But bobby pins are so boring, right?

I wanted to spice them up a bit. Add more color or excitement to them and I’ve always been a fan of wire wrapping, so I combined the wire wrapped jewelry design that I’ve always loved with the bobby pins for a neat hair accessory.

They’re super easy to make and only took about 15 mins altogether. The supplies are cheap too (wohoo)! Want to make your own? Follow the tutorial.

 

beaded bobby pin supplies

Wire wrapped bobby pin supplies

  • beads
  • bobby pins
  • jewelry wire
  • jewelry pliers and wire cutters

 

 

wire wrap sizing

Step 1: cut the jewelry wire

Pull your wire out and straighten it as much as possible. It should be about the length of both of your pliers.

 

Step 2: Thread the wire through the bead and bobby pin

connect the bead to the bobby pin by threading the wire through the bead. Then criss-crossing the edges through the bobby pin.

 

Step 3: wire wrap the bobby pin

Begin to wrap the wire in a circle around the bobby pin. Be sure to leave a small amount of wire. Wrap that up inside the wrapping to keep from exposing the sharp edges.

If you need to clean up the wire, use your pliers to squeeze everything together a bit.

 

diy beaded bobby pins

Repeat until you have as many designed bobby pins as you’d like. Use them when your hair is up or down or gift them to a friend.

Happy crafting!

How to Remove Rust From Dumbbells and Weight Plates

rusty olympic weight plates

When my husband and I decided to buy a house, one of his only requirements was that it had room for a gym. Fortunately, we found a home with space. When we started buying weights, we learned that, to get a good deal, you sometimes have to settle for rusty plates and dumbbells.

Surprisingly, it wasn’t that hard to remove the rust. So, If you’re trying to get a discount on weights, don’t let the rusty ones deter you from buying them. It’s a smelly process, but totally worth it.

Follow the instructions below to try it yourself.

 

Supplies needed to remove rust from weights

  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • stainless steel brush
  • Large tote or plastic box
  • Rust-oleum spray paint (optional)*

 

When we got the weights they looked like this. Not totally covered in rust, but they were not in the best shape.

 

steel brush the weights

Step 1: brush off the rust

Using a steel bristol brush, scrape off as much of the excess rust and chipping paint as  possible.

 

Step 2: Soak the weights in vinegar and water

Pay attention to the recommended dilution ratio on the vinegar you buy. Use that ratio of water and vinegar and soak the weights for about 3 days.

I recommend keeping them somewhere you don’t have to spend much time because it smells bad. I’d recommend a garage or basement.

Also, when you’re finished and dump out your solution, make sure you pour it down a large drain and not in your yard. The vinegar will kill your grass.

Note: We used 4 bottles (64 fl oz) of vinegar. We also took some of the less rusty weights out earlier and got similar results. If your weights have a lot of rust, they will need more time in the solution.

 

weight plate after rust removal

Step 3: Dry the weights

Take the weights out of the vinegar solution and dry them really well. If they’re exposed to moisture, they’ll begin to rust again.

The plate in the image above is the same plate pictured in step 1. looks much better now. It has not been spray painted. I was shocked to see the difference!

 

spray painted weight plates

Step 4 (optional): spray paint the weights

In the image above, the first plate has been spray painted. The other was just removed from the vinegar solution and dried.

 

When you’re done, you’ll have some fancy, seemingly new weights. And they look so nice!

 

weights soaking in vinegar/water solution

Look at the round iron dumbbells. Super rusty, right?

 

spray painted York dumbbells

These are the same ones!

So, if you’re considering buying weights, don’t avoid the rusty ones. And if you’re considering getting rid of your rusty weights, don’t do it! Use this process to fix them up instead.

Hope you enjoyed this one.

Happy crafting!

DIY Gemstone Bar Earrings

DIY gemstone bar earrings - pink

Hi. It’s been quite a while, hasn’t it? I feel like I need to re-introduce myself or something. I promise I’m not abandoning Make Something Mondays, but it’s been a crazy 2 months. In short, my husband and I bought a house and moved, along with a bunch of other goodies. It’s taken a while to get packed, moved unpacked etc but, I’m back in action!

I have a great new lineup of craft projects! This week I’m showing you how to make some fun gemstone earrings. It’s an easy and functional craft project which, to me, makes the best ones.

Follow the tutorial below to make your own!

 

gemstone earrings supplies

Gemstone earring supplies

  • gemstones
  • earring rod
  • earring hooks
  • jewelry pliers

 

gemstones on earring rods

Step 1: line up the gemstones

String the stones onto the earring rod. Leave some space at the top.

 

bar earrings gemstones

Step 2: loop the earring rods

Using your jewelry pliers, create a loop at the top of the earring rods like in the above image. Don’t completely close the loop.

 

gemstone earrings

Step 3: attach the earring hooks

Slide the earring hooks into the space you left in your loop in the last step. Close the loop.

 

DIY gemstone bar earrings - pink

You’re done! Plan a date night and flaunt your new, fun earrings.

Hope you enjoyed. Happy crafting!

 

 

DIY Terrarium in 6 Easy Steps

For the first time in a long time, I had a girls day with friends and we made terrariums for Aarika’s birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!). So, of course, I documented that process and made a tutorial for you.

You need a lot of supplies, but if you make more than one terrarium, they get used up quickly. Get a bunch of people together and have a movie/terrarium night or something. Otherwise, you might have supplies for years. 🙂

Want to make one? Follow the steps below.

 

terrarium suplies

Terrarium supplies

  • Large glass bowl
  • succulents
  • small rocks
  • big rocks
  • moss
  • charcoal
  • cacti soil
  • trinkets (optional)

 

rocks & pebbles in the base of the terrarium

Step 1: add rocks to your terrarium

Start by adding about 1 inch of large pebbles to the bottom of your bowl.

Make sure you get a good amount in there because this is going to be your water drainage system. Succulents don’t like it when their roots are wet for a long period of time so you want to put a lot of pebbles in there so the water can sit at the bottom and not around the roots.

 

Add charcoal to the terrarium

Step 2: add charcoal

Put about 1/2 inch layer of charcoal over the rocks. Add some more rocks here if you’d like.

Charcoal helps eliminate any odors from the sitting water while it evaporates.

 

cacti soil in the terrarium

Step 3: add cacti soil

Layer on a few inches of soil for your succulent to grow in. It should take up about 25% of your terrarium.

 

add succulents terrarium

Step 4: plant your succulents

Dig a hole in the soil and plant your succulents.

 

add moss to the terrarium

Step 5: add moss

Spread moss around your terrarium to help with water drainage.

 

Step 6: add decorative elements & Trinkets

Now that all the necessary stuff is in place, you can add in any decorative elements you want. Some people like to go with the fairy garden theme, others don’t add anything.

 

terrarium #1

When you’re finished, you’ll have your very own terrarium!

How do you water this thing?

Succulents don’t need a lot water so be careful not to add too much. You will only need about a tablespoon at a time. Look at the bottom of the terrarium. More than a few drops of water should not be visible in the drainage material.

What should I do if I overwater it?

Place your open container near a window in the sunlight to help dry it out a bit. You can also dig a hole down to the drainage and put a paper towel wick down inside to help soak out the moisture.

 

terrarium #2terrarium #3

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

Happy crafting!

 

DIY Mini Winter Scene Painting

mini painting winter theme

I don’t know about your weather, but it’s pretty cold and snowy here.The cold weather has been a roller coaster this year. One day is -10, the next is 40 degrees. I’m about over that junk.On a more positive note, the snow and ice is absolutely beautiful and I wanted to capture that in another mini painting, this time with a winter theme. The last two were summer and fall.

If you’d like to make your own, follow the steps below!

 

mini painting supplies winter theme

Mini winter painting supplies

  • paint brushes
  • paint palette
  • water cup
  • paper towels
  • mini canvas
  • acrylic paint
    • light blue
    • dark blue
    • navy blue
    • medium blue
    • dark green
    • white
    • black

 

sky painting - the beginning

Step 1: light blue paint

We’re going to start with light colors first. Paint a light layer of while in the bottom right corner of the canvas followed by light blue. Just dab it on like in the image above.

Think about your light source. It’s going to be the moon and from the upper left corner of the painting. So the clouds will be lighter on the top half and darker on the bottom.

 

painting the sky - light to dark

Step 2: repeat with a medium blue

Repeat step 1 with a darker, medium blue.

 

sky painting

Step 3: repeat with a medium blue

Repeat step 1 with navy blue.

Blend them together as you go.

 

snow scene painting

Step 4: repeat with a dark blue

Repeat step 1 with a darker blue. Let it dry.

Add the moon (white paint) with some shine around it (blend the medium blue with white).

 

painting the snow and-sky

Step 5: add a hill covered in snow

Paint a hill will white paint.

A few steps after this, I extended the hill to the right side of the canvas to look more realistic.

 

tree in the snow painting

Step 6: paint the pine trees

Using black and dark green, paint vertical lines at different heights. These will be the base for your trees.

 

painting pine trees

Then, start with the brush at the line and pull the paint outward. The farther down the tree, the longer the branches should get. Add a few layers of paint and let it dry.

 

pine tree snow painting

Step 7: paint snow on the branches

using your white paint, add a few dabs to the top side of each branch. This will be your snow.

 

mini painting winter themediy mini winter scene painting

When you’re done, you should have something that looks like the above image. If it isn’t exact, don’t worry about it. The painting is your own and it’s meant to be different in its own way.

If you need some inspiration, try watching some Bob Ross on Netflix. It’s good stuff!

Happy painting!

 

 

 

DIY Scrapbook Paper Gift Bag

scrapbook paper gift bag diy

We’ve been apart for quite some time. I’ve been a busy girl and have had hardly any time for crafting. It’s something I’ve missed. So, I have a present for you. I have a gift bag.

Okay, I’m going to teach you how to make a gift bag… from scrapbook paper. Paper is really amazing. You can do so much with it. This particular paper craft is really easy to make and will hold lightweight items. I was thinking Valentine’s Day candy.

You’ll only need a few supplies to make your own.

 

paper gift bag supplies

Paper gift bag supplies

  • ruler
  • ribbon
  • pencil
  • hole punch
  • scrapbook paper (12×12)

 

folded scrapbook paper step 1

Step 1: fold the edges inward

Find the center of the scrapbook paper and fold the sides into the center line.

 

measurements paper gift bag

Step 2: measure the base of the gift bag

Turn the paper horizontally and find the center again.

Then, measure 1″ in both directions and mark it with your pencil.

Repeat this step on the opposite side of the paper.

 

paper gift bag folds 2 and 3

Step 3: Fold the base of the gift bag

Fold inward from one end to the other to match the marks you just created. You should have something that looks like the image above.

 

scrapbook paper gift bag fold 4

Step 4a: create the basket

Lay the paper flat again. Then, pinch one of the folds you just made.

 

scrapbook paper gift bag fold 5

scrapbook paper gift bag fold 6

Pull the piece you’re pinching toward the the top of the paper, along the edge.

The section you’re holding should meet the fold.

Repeat that step on all 4 sides.

 

scrapbook paper gift bag final fold

Step 5: fold the corners upward to create a basket

Fold both sides of the paper upward so you have something that looks like this.

 

hole punched scrapbook paper

Step 6: hole punch the top of the gift bag

Pinch the top of the paper together and punch 2 holes, centered.

 

foldable scrapbook paper bag

Step 7: tie it with a bow

Push a ribbon through the newly punched holes and tie a bow to hold it shut.

 

When you’re finished, you’ll have a cute little gift bag to give to someone special.

Happy crafting!

 

 

 

 

DIY Cooking Extracts

diy extract: lemon mint orange

You cook or bake, right? I’m not thrilled about doing it, but my New Years resolution is become a better cook. With that in mind, I made my own extracts to cook and bake with. I like the homemade version more because I know what’s in it. When you buy from a store, you might be getting extracts with low-grade alcohol and corn syrup. No thanks.

Last year, I made vanilla extract to test it out and I’ve been using it for a year and love it. I didn’t post it because I wanted to try it out first. Now that I know it’s awesome (especially in cookies) it was time to expand my extract-abilities (ha).

If you’re planning to spend more time in the kitchen, or if you already do, make your own extracts. They taste SO much better than store-bought and they last indefinitely.

You only need a few ingredients/supplies and you probably have most of them.

 

diy cooking extract supplies

Homemade extract supplies

Note: you can use whatever fruit or herbs you want to make your extract.

 

fruit and mint leaves for extract

Step 1: peel your fruit and tear your leaves

Use the vegetable peeler to peel the fruit.

If you’re using leaves, rip them up.

If you’re using vanilla beans, cut down the side of each bean.

Places your pieces into the jars.

 

mint lemon and orange with vodka

Step 2: add vodka and shake

Pour vodka into each jar, screw on the lid and shake.

 

diy extract

Let them sit for 5-6 weeks, but make sure you shake them up once a day to release the flavor into the liquid. Store them in a cool, dark place like a pantry or in a cupboard.

Here are some cooking ideas for each:

Clementine extract recipe ideas

  • orange pound cake
  • clementine sugar cookies
  • orange cranberry muffins

Lemon extract recipe ideas

  • lemon chia seed cookies
  • lemon pound cake
  • lemon buttercream icing for cupcakes

Mint extract recipe ideas

  • mint chip sugar cookies
  • mint chocolate chip energy bites
  • mint chocolate brownies
  • mints

Get on Pinterest and do a search for the recipes you’re interested in for some great variations.

Let me know what you think!