DIY Simple Macrame Plant Hanger

DIY macrame plant hanger

Happy (belated) Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful mothers out there.

I went to visit my parents for Mother’s Day. While I was there, I noticed that my mom had bought all of the materials to make a macrame plant hanger, but hadn’t made one yet. So, I offered to help.

We sat in her living room for less than an hour and put the macrame plant hanger together.

materials macrame plant hanger

Things You Will Need
Craft rope
Large ring
Large wooden bead (optional)

rope for plant hanger

Step 1
Cut four long pieces of rope based on the size of plant hanger you want to make.

We needed a smaller hanger, so I stretched the rope the length of my arm span and cut them evenly.

knot beginning

Step 2
Evenly fold them through the ring and tie a knot at the top.

knots set 1

Step 3
Tie one double-knot a few inches down on each rope. The number of inches will depend on the size you want to macrame hanger to be.

Then, about an inch and a half from the first knot, make a second double knot.

knots set 2

Step 3
Repeat step 2, but this time, instead of making the knot on the same 2 strands, we’re going to create some webbing (like in the image above) by knotting the second and third strand, fourth and fifth strand, sixth and seventh strand, and the first and eighth strand.

The last two knots are going to create a circle.

knot bottom macrame hanger

Step 4
Tie another knot in the bottom of the hanger.

DIY macrame plant hanger macrame plant hanger

When you’re finished, you’ll have something that looks like the above.

It’s a great gift for Mother’s Day, too!

Mom had a terrarium sitting on her window sill that we decided to put in the hanger. It fit pretty well 🙂

Happy crafting!

DIY Upcycled Striped Wedge Heels

DIY Upcylced Wedge Heels

I love the idea of high heels but I never wear them, mostly because they hurt my feet after a while and I’m kind of a wuss. But I’ve had these wedge heels for a few years and I love them because they match almost everything I own and they’re actually comfortable. They also walk a fine line between dressy and casual. Perfect, right? Yeah, until they look as worn out as mine did.

roughed up wedge heels

Yep, those are in rough shape. Instead of trashing them and buying a new pair, I decided to see if I could upcycle them. If not, then I’d give it and spend the money to get a new, probably less wonderful pair of wedge heels.

Warning: this project took about 4 hours with drying time. It was definitely worth it, but I just wanted to give you a heads up in case you are planing to do the same thing with your shoes. It’s a perfect craft for a day when you have cleaning and laundry to do.

materials for DIY upcycled heels

Things You Will Need:
Scissors
Satin paint
Wedge heels
Painters tape
Sponge brush

*You might also want some Outdoor Mod Podge or waterproof spray protectant for afterwards. My paint bottles say to let the paint cure for 7 days before using them. Afterwards I plan to waterproof them as well.

**Before you get started, cut off any frays or loose material on the heels. I also used a file to sand down the rougher parts so that the paint would lay smoothly.

taped wedge heels

Step 1
Tape around the wedges so that you don’t get any paint on the fabric/plastic part of the shoe. Make sure it’s very close to the wedge. Otherwise, you’ll have to touch it up later.

Then you can tape up the heels to create your striped pattern.

white striped heels

Step 2
Paint the white on first.

This is the part that takes a very long time. Depending on the color of your wedge, you might need to add quite a few layers of the white paint. Since mine were brown, I had to paint on 5 layers.

Wait until each layer is completely dry before adding another layer.

When you’re satisfied with the white sections, very slowly and carefully peel off the tape. You want to make sure you’re not pulling any paint off with the removal of the tape.

tape job 2

Step 3
Tape off the white sections of the wedge heel so that you can apply the black paint.

black striped wedge heels

Step 4
Apply the black paint.

Follow the same procedure you followed in step 3 with the white paint. You probably won’t need as many layers though. Since black is a dark color it will cover up the brown much easier.

Make sure to let the paint dry between layers.

When the paint is completely dry, peel off your tape starting with the tape around the white sections.

chipped paint

touched-up paint

Step 5
Apparently, I didn’t pull the tape off slow enough because some of my white paint came with it. Ugh… it was devastating.

So, this step is for touchups. I didn’t want to risk pulling off any black paint, so I eyeballed it.

You can hardly tell I had to touch it up.

striped wedge heels

Read your paint bottle. It will tell you how long you have to wait for the paint to cure. Unfortunately, I’ll have to wait a week. I am  really happy with the way the shoes turned out though. They’re not perfect, but they’re good enough for me!

DIY Upcylced Wedge Heels

Let me know what you think!

Do you like them? Would you try it?

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

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

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.

Click the links in the banner to go the each crafter’s blog to see what they made!

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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!

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

Meet the bloggers!

Emily from A Pop of Red Emily of A Pop of Red is 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 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!!

Craft Challenge DIYs 2015

Craft Challenge #1—Yarn: DIY Yarn Basket

Craft Challenge #2—Spring: DIY Herb Garden

Craft Challenge #3—Upcycled: DIY Upcycled Candles From Antiques

Craft Challenge #4—Jewelry: DIY Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace

Craft Challenge #5 Sewing: DIY Lip Balm Carrier

Craft Challenge #6 Dollar Store: DIY Candle Wrap Decor

Craft Challenge #7 Duct Tape: DIY Car Garbage Bag

Craft Challenge #8 Halloween: DIY Halloween Spell Book

Craft Challenge #9 Christmas: DIY Stocking Stuffer Gift Bags

Craft Challenge DIYs 2016

Craft Challenge #1—Valentine’s Day: DIY Mason Jar Craft

Craft Challenge #2—Beads: DIY Stacked Beaded Earrings

Craft Challenge #3—Springtime: DIY Spring-Inspired Abstract Wall Art

Craft Challenge #4—Wood: DIY Wood Branch Coasters With Gold Leaf Design

Craft Challenge #5—Duct Tape: DIY Duck Tape Lanyard

Craft Challenge #6—Home Decor: DIY Mason Jar Bathroom Storage Jars

Craft Challenge #7—Tin Can: DIY Upcycled Soda Cans

Craft Challenge #8—Autumn: DIY Leaf Relief Painting

Craft Challenge #9—Halloween: DIY Pumpkin Decor

Craft Challenge #10—Sewing: DIY Flat Iron Travel Pouch

Craft Challenge #11—Christmas: DIY Christmas Ornament Door Decor

Craft Challenge #12—Sharpie: N/A

DIY Decorative Scrapbook Paper Pins

DIY decorative scrapbook paper pins

Before I get started with this week’s Make Something Monday’s craft project, I have to tell you a story.

After I finished taking my pictures for these DIY pins, I was talking to my boyfriend and not paying any attention to what I was doing. I stuck my camera card into the CD slot in my laptop instead of the camera card slot and it disappeared. I was freaking out. How the heck am I going to get this thing out of my computer??? My smart boyfriend, suggested that I use a toothpick to pull the camera card out. How brilliant is he? So, I tried it and it worked. Make Something Mondays almost didn’t happen today.

Moving on…

I got the idea for these pins because my boyfriend is opening up a brewery and needed some promotional materials to sell at a Brewfest that’s taking place this weekend. We decided to make some pins, magnets, T-shirts and hats. To save money, I offered to make the pins and magnets. The pins looked pretty cool, so I wanted to make a craft project out of them. (I’ll post all of the stuff I made for it when I’m finished with everything.)

These are very easy to make and, outside of drying time, only takes about 10 minutes.

DIY decorative pin materials

Things You Will Need:
Pin blanks
Diamond Glaze
Scrapbook paper
Dimensional Magic
2 coasters (optional)
Scissors or 1″ hole punch

decorative scrapbook paper circles

Step 1
Cut out the scrapbook paper of your choice into 1 inch circles (or to whatever size your pin blanks are).

decorative paper pin

Step 2
Using your Diamond Glaze, adhere the scrapbook paper circle to the pin blank.

Let it dry for a few minutes.

diy pin preparation

Step 3 (optional)
Since the pins won’t lay flat, I highly recommend that you prop them up between two even surfaces. I chose coasters because I know they’ll be the same height. I also put a paper towel down so that I don’t get any glaze on my coasters.

decorative glazed pins

Step 4
Fill in the scrapbook paper circle with Dimensional Magic.

It’s going to have a very foggy appearance for a while but, after the recommended drying time of 3 hours, it will clear up and harden.

If you get any bubbles, use a safety pin to pop them before the glaze starts to harden.

After the first layer has dried, you can continue to add more layers.

decorative scrapbook paper pins

When you’re finished, you’ll have some really cute, decorative pins to put on your purse, tote bag, hat or wherever else you can think of.

DIY decorative scrapbook paper pins

I’d love to hear what you think!

DIY Glass Orb Keychain

DIY customized keychains

If you have the choice to buy something that customized or templetized and both are the same price, which one are you going to pick? Right, customized, because we all would all rather have something unique. That’s part of the reason I like DIY projects so much.

These DIY keychains are perfect for customization! They’re quick and easy to make, you can use any design you want and they make great gifts.

I used scrapbook paper for each of my keychains, but you could print out your own designs like I did for the DIY bookmarks a made a few years ago or even use material from a bridesmaids dress for a more sentimental gift. There are a lot of options.

DIY keychain materials

Things You Will Need:
Glass orb
Jump rings
Metal Bezel
Keychain top
Diamond glaze
Scrapbook paper
Scissors or circle punch

designs for customized keychain

Step 1
Cut out a circle the size of the glass orb.

glass orb with glueglass orb

Step 2
Put a small dot of Diamond Glaze on the back of the glass orb and press the designed side of the circle against the glue.

Let it dry for a few minutes.

jewelry bezel

Step 3
Put a drop of Diamond Glaze on the back of the glass orb and press it into the bezel.

Let it dry.

keychain jump rings

Step 4
Attach the jump ring and keychain top to the bezel.

DIY glass orb keychain

When you’re finished, you’ll have a uniquely designed keychain that you can keep for yourself or give as a gift. You could even order the materials for the keychains and make them on a weekend with friends while drinking some wine (or whatever you like).

DIY customized keychains

Let me know what you think!

Happy crafting! 🙂