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DIY Confetti Bottle

Using left over tissue and mylar from our Twist & Shout Collection, give a wine or champagne bottle some outside shine with our Confetti Bottle diy tutorial. Perfect for any sort of celebration or a girl's night in. Pick your bubbly and let's get making!

Materials:
- bottle of sparkling wine or cider
- spray adhesive
- half a sheet each of tissue paper in 2 colors
- half sheet of gold mylar
- kraft paper or newspapers to protect your work surface

Tools:
- scissors (or shred scissors for quicker confetti)
- ruler
- pencil

 

Instructions:

1. Start by cutting your confetti. We used these handy dandy fringe scissors by Martha Stewart, regular scissors work just as well but take a little more time. Fold the two half sheets of tissue paper in quarters lengthwise and cut in 1/4" sections. Once that's done take each folded section and cut again in 1/4" sections so that you have 1/4" x 1/4" confetti. The gold mylar is a little slippery, so you may want to cut the the initial half sheet of tissue paper into small sections before following the same process. 

2. If the label on your bottle has a lot of text or imagery we suggest peeling that off before applying the spray adhesive. Lay down some kraft paper on a flat surface and coat the bottle with the adhesive. Follow the instruction on the back of the can and leave the top 3" empty so that you'll have a clean spot to grab. Spray adhesive omits a small amount of fumes so we suggest doing this step outside or by an open window.

3. Sprinkle your confetti around the entire bottle and set aside to dry, about 20 minutes.

Now you're ready to pop the party off! Let us know how your Confetti Bottle goes down on Instagram and Twitter @forthemakers.

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Making It With

Carmen Rogge of The Flair Exchange

Meet Carmen Rogge of The Flair Exchange, a Florida based party decoration studio. Carmen and her team painstakingly hand cut confetti and tassels so that you can kick back while throwing the party of the century. Carmen kindly answered all of our questions from DIY advice to who she'd invite to her dream party.

I Make… Mostly party decorations; but I’d like to think I make really great lattes.

First maker memory… On a bead loom, fourth grade.

Makers that inspire you… Dylan Design Co. creates incredible home wares. Tony, the creative force behind the company made us a pair of brass ottomans that are the epitome of craftsmanship. AND East London Liquor Company, small batch gin that you can only get in London. The flavors in this gin are so subtle and gentle, it’s very different from the juniper abrasive gins we’re accustomed to here in the states.

If you weren’t making party décor, you’d be... making clothing.

Favorite tool of the trade… Our confetti dies. They make perfect circles every.single.time.

Material(s) you want to work with… I’d love to work more with fabrics, just for fun.

Top Places to Source… Wouldn’t you like to know. But in all seriousness, as close to home as possible. We make sure all of the components and materials we use are sourced here in the USA.

Something you wish you could make… A poached egg. 

Favorite place in Maitland, FL to snack…. Mediterranean Deli.

Favorite place in Maitland, FL to get your drink on… Eden Bar at the Enzian.

Favorite shop in Maitland, FL to blow your paycheck at… Adjectives. The vintage glassware selection is superb.

Favorite song at the moment…. Come Alive ( feat. Toro Y Moi )  

Q: The Flair Exchange clearly brings the party. That being said, who would you invite to your ultimate dance party?
A: Oh. This is tough. All of my gal pals, cause they’ve got moves and Slow Magic because he’s got dancing tunes.

Q: To celebrate the start of Spring we're giving our subscribers the materials to make their own mini piñatas. After prototyping for a month though we can confirm that hand cutting fringe is exhausting. Any tips that Flair Exchange can offer to a DIY party decorator? 
A: But it makes for great confetti right!?! I follow a 50 / 50 rule for parties. Half of the party is usually bought; half of it is usually handmade. It’s not advisable to DIY everything; you’ll never get the chance to actually enjoy your party.

Q: We read that you were a psych major before you mastered in tassels. Considering that colors can effect someone's mood, what color palette brings you the most joy?
A: Yep, that is correct. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do in college and it’s a pure shame that kids (cause that’s what I was) are forced to makes such big decisions at that stage in life. But! When it comes to colors, I really love all of them! Mixing color combinations for our products is hands down the best part of my job. When it comes to personal preferences; I’m a plain jane black, white & gray kind of gal. 

Q: The Flair Exchange is stocked everywhere from Alabama to Greece and your tutorials have been featured on Apartment Therapy and Buzzfeed among many others. What's next to conquer?!
A: Aside from expanding our line to include party hats & party headwear; we’d love to collaborate with more brands & designers. I think we do our best when working as a community in support of one another’s endeavors. 

We couldn't agree more! Follow The Flair Exchange on PinterestTwitter and Instagram @theflairexchange, and check out their shop! We think the Handcut Confetti in Sorbet is the perfect companion to this month's Mini Pop Piñata.

All photos courtesy of The Flair Exchange.

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Found

Fringe

No longer for the boho set, fringe is having its 15 minutes. Take a cue from this month's Mini Pop Piñatas and add some playful color blocked fringe to all areas of your life with these nine items. 

1. Hand Towel Pomegranate Inc. 2. Resin and Rhinestone Earrings Louise et Cie 3. Wall Hanging Julie Thevenot 4. Bucket Bag Kara 5. Leather Necklace Marni 6. A-Line Skirt Marco de Vincenzo 7. Pillow Kate Roebuck  8. Heeled Sandals Pollini 9. Glassware Njoy

Top photo by Confetti System 

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Countdown

Twist & Shout Playlist

The perfect ice cream sundae is much like the perfect playlist. It's a mix of smooth creamy goodness, bubble gum pop and sprinkled with some candy crunch. Grab a spoon, queue up our Twist & Shout playlist on Rdio and dig into to this month's collection.

1. Let's Go Crazy Prince
2. Ice Cream New Young Pony Club
3. Pop Thieves Childish Gambino
4. I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) The Four Tops
5. Confetti Julia Jean-Baptiste
6. Heart of Glass Blondie
7. Rave On Buddy Holly
8. Candy Cameo
9. Sweet Dreams La Bouche
10. Pop That French Montana
11. Chewing Gum Annie
12. Ice Cream Man The Modern Lovers
13. Livin' for the Weekend The O'Jays
14. Sweet Little Rock N' Roller Chuck Berry
15. Do My Thang Miley Cyrus

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First Glimpse

Behind the Design: Twist & Shout Collection

After a month of fringing tissue paper and "researching" ice cream flavors we're excited to launch our Twist & Shout Collection. Inspired by ice cream socials and Memphis Design, all four projects are party-ready yet sweet enough to use everyday. Come take a peek at the design process that went into this month's collection.

We made some mood board magic with an all out color and pattern bonanza.

1. Ice Cream has never looked so pretty. We're crushing hard on this dairy based Kinfolk editorial 2. Prada's Fall 2015 Collection served up some major candy coated sweetness with hints of metallic. Talk about a dream party outfit. 3. Evie went above and beyond this month and illustrated not only our look book but these Memphis Design inspired patterns for the Clink Cocktail Stirrers.

We weren't joking when we said we cut a month's worth of fringe. Each kit is packed with enough tissue paper for you to make an extra piñata for your BFF or that upcoming grad in your life. 

4. This month's mess was almost too fun to throw away. 5. Our Single Scoop Bracelet as illustrated by Evie. 6. Cheers to Spring! Make sure to check back here later this month for all the cocktail based #makertakes we've got up our sleeve. 7. You can't make a modern day piñata without bowing down to the masters of fringe Julie Ho and Nicholas Anderson of Confetti System 8. We've been keeping change in the Go-Go Key Pouch, but this triangular keeper is the perfect size for stashing candy too! Just sayin...

Having fun with our new peachy seamless paper background.

Maybe we spent a little too much time picking out ice cream flavors (FYI we went with Talenti's Mint Chip) and not enough on what would actually hold it. 

We can't wait to see how you make the Twist & Shout Collection. As always, share your #makertakes with us on Instagram and Twitter @forthemakers. Happy Making!

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House and Home

For The Makers Studio Tour

Looking for some spring cleaning inspiration?  Well you're in luck, we're opening our doors (virtually that is) to our new studio! As some of you may know, we moved back in January and after months of organizing, painting and feng shui-ing, the space is finally in order. Come take a peek at where we design collections, hoard rhinestones and eat sweets. The view ain't bad either.  

Every month we gather our thoughts and inspirations on a mood board. Use your own collection of magazine tears and photos on a board or wall for a unique and vibrant display.

What would we do without The Container Store? We use clear plastic bins and acrylic storage for everything!

Most offices use filing cabinets for important papers...not us. We store prototypes, samples and #makertakes in labeled cabinets to keep things out of the way but easily accessible. 

We work with a lot of small beads and rhinestones, so we rely on lacquered and acrylic trays to keep the clutter contained. Yes, even sparkly things can be considered clutter at times. 

These cardboard boxes not only house our kits each month, they're also perfect for keeping all of our shop items organized. What do you do with your collection box every month? 

Don't forget to treat yo self once all the organizing is done! Our new office is right above my favorite bakery, Burrow. Which means... Trouble.

Thanks for visiting! For more behind the scenes photos, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @forthemakers.

xo, Janet + Team FTM

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Make It Yours

DIY Dry Shampoo

With only so many hours in a day there's not always time to shampoo your hair. Our secret? Dry Shampoo. Degrease, add volume and a few extra minutes to your day with this DIY Dry Shampoo. It's easier than you think with a few key ingredients from your pantry you'll have a custom dry shampoo mix without spending a fortune at the beauty store.

Materials:

- heaping tablespoon of arrowroot powder

- tablespoon unsweetened cocoa power

- wire whisk

cosmetic jar with sifter or jar with lid

- blush brush

- small bowl

Starting with the arrowroot, gradually combine small amounts of cocoa power in a small bowl. If you have dark hair your combined ratio will probably be around 50/50. If you're platinum blonde, you might want to skip the cocoa power all together. 

Mix with a whisk, while adding small amounts of arrowroot and cocoa power to match your hair color. Using a pice of paper as a funnel, pour dry shampoo into a cosmetic jar, and seal with the top sifter.

Using a blush brush, apply a generous amount to the roots of your hair. We recommend starting with the crown of your head and around your hairline for added volume and grease control. Tomorrow morning, hit the snooze button...because every minute counts. 

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Make It Yours

Bali Hai #makertakes

Every month we create variations or #makertakes of projects using the materials from our monthly subscription boxes. We love a good challenge, and we love to see what the rest of our community creates. This month we asked for your favorites and we heard you loud and clear. Below are full tutorials for the two winners. 

MAHINA PENDANT

Using the brass tubes from the Nui Pocket Mirror as hardware and a couple other materials from our Bali Hai Collection we fashioned a bold pendant necklace. This necklace packs a major statement while keeping it easy breezy with simple knotting cord.

Materials:

 

To Make

Step 1. Lay the Cabochon on top of the wax paper. Open the E6000 glue and set aside, pinch the rhinestone chain between your thumb and pointer finger.  

Step 2. With your other hand lay down a thin bead of glue against the side of the rhinestone chain.

Step 3. Center the chain on the edge of the cabochon and press the rhinestones along the edge. Allow the stones to separate around the curve and make sure it stays centered. Set aside to dry.

Step 4. Once dry, carefully peel it off the wax paper and flip it so the flat back faces up. Hold the triangle bead and dab a small line of glue along the top.  

Step 5. Flip the bead over and center it over the back of the rhinestone chain. You should still be able to see a tiny sliver of the chain above the bead. To support the bead while it dries, push a brass tube underneath and allow at least thirty minutes to dry.  

Step 6. Spread a thin bead of glue down the side of a brass tube and place it down a little off center on the back of the cabochon. Careful the tube doesn't hang over the edge at all yet at the same time leave a little room above the triangle. 

Step 7. Repeat for the second tube and allow time to dry completely.

Step 8. Thread the cord through an opening on top of the pendant down to the triangle.  Then feed the cord back up through the other tube.  

Step 9. Tie off the ends of the cord and make sure the pendant has at least 24 hours drying time before wearing with your new favorite sun dress.  

 

 

WINWARD BLING RING

This long row of reflective rhinestones is sure to catch some eyes. Create this #makertake with materials from the Bali Hai Collection.

Materials:

2 brass tubes
rhinestone chain with 7 stones
- E6000
flat pad adjustable ring 
- wax paper
- orange knotting cord

To Make

Step 1. Place the rhinestone chain on top of the wax paper with the stones facing up.  

Step 2. Apply a thin bead of glue along the side of one tube and sandwich it against the side of the rhinestone chain. Repeat the same with the other tube bead. Set it aside to dry for 30 minutes before moving to the next step.

Step 3. Peel the wax paper back away from the glued piece and turn it over so they stones are facing the table.

Step 4. Dab a small bead of glue on the pad of the ring base and lay flat against the back of the chain so the ring is perpendicular and slightly off center.

Step 5. When dry (about an hour) thread the cord through the tubes and repeat about 4-5 times.  Simply tuck the ends into the tubes to conceal the ends.

But wait... there's more! Due to popular demand, see the third #makertake in motion and in the shop. There's nothing better than seeing what you create! Post your latest creations to Instagram and tag #makertakes. 

xo

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Make It Yours

Palm Springs Compact

Want to use your purple cabochon for one of our #makertakes?  No worries, we made new plans for your mirror compact.  

You can use any found image from a magazine but if you're feeling this tropical palm pattern, we made it just for you.  

What you Need

 

To Make

Step 1. Print out the pattern and decide what section you want to use for your compact.

Step 2. Open the mirror and lay the lid flat against the paper, covering the portion you want to use.

Step 3. Lightly trace the outline of the lid in pencil.

Step 4. Cut out with scissors on the inside of the line.

Step 5. Open the compact and lay it flat so the mirror faces down.  

Step 6. With the sponge brush smooth a thin layer of glue across the surface of the compact lid and carefully line up the paper cutout.

Step 7.  Let dry for 30 minutes, then seal the pattern by laying a thin layer of glue over the paper.  

Take turns admiring your new accessory and your cute smile!

 

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Making It With

Good4you Herbals

Meet Jes of Good4You Herbals, a Cape Cod based beauty line that is entirely plant based. Not only does Jes steer clear from chemicals in her products, she also forages and grows her own flowers and berries as much as possible. We caught up with her and got the skinny on her process, favorite local spots and of course plants.

I Make...natural plant based makeup and skin care from local flora.

First maker memory...making flower crowns when I was five.

Makers that inspire you...nature, wild flowers especially and Tony Lujan.

If you weren’t making plant makeup, you’d be making... clothes from natural organic fibers.

Favorite tool of the trade...juicer.

Material you want to work with...plant based paint.

Top Places to Source...secret beaches, lost meadows, sand dunes, local farms. 

Something you wish you could make...my own packaging using 100% locally sourced materials.

Favorite place in Cape Cod to snack...wild berry bushes.

Favorite place in Cape Cod to get your drink on...my house with locally made cordials and libations.

Favorite shop in Cape Cod to blow your paycheck at...Shift Eco Boutique in Hyannis.

Favorite song at the moment...Journey by Black Uhuru and The Cat by Orangepeelmystic

Q: We read that you try to harvest and grow your own plants as much as possible. Tell us a little more about the process that goes into making plant based products.
A: My life revolves around plants based on the seasons. I make as much as I can from what I respectfully gather from the wild or grow in my garden. This limited batch supply is the true beauty and inspiration behind my skin care and makeup line. Beach roses are my favorite. I gather the petals when the blossoms are in peak bloom on summer afternoons. I turn them into a steam distillation for my beach rose toner, powders for my rose lip tints and clay masks, infuse the petals fresh in olive oil for my body and facial salves and dry them for inspired DIY projects.

Q: This month we gave our subscribers beet root, hibiscus, cinnamon and arrowroot powder to make their own blush. What are some of your favorite plants to use in make up for color and homeopathic purposes?
a: I love experimenting to reveal the secrets plants offer us. I recently made lilac powder from lilacs blossoms I gathered last Spring for a body powder. Any rose dried and powdered makes the most amazing addition to any makeup, body powder or beauty mask to make at home. Turmeric is an amazing yellow, seaweeds for green. Some colors give way to this whole new consciousness of what natural beauty really is - painting the face with flowers, plants, clays.

Q: Other than your own makeup what beauty secrets do you swear by?
A: I lather my skin in salve throughout the day. I especially love my beach rose balm right now. Drinking herbal teas to keep harmony. Good water. Love. Carrying crystals in my pockets. Being outside. Watching cute birds. Inner beauty is everything.  

Q: When traveling we love to see the different indigenous flora and fauna of the area. What destination would you go to just for the plants? 
A: New Mexico and Hawaii!

Thanks so much Jes! We hope this inspired our makers to further DIY this month's Kora Kona Blush. If crushing your own rose petals is not feasible please check out Jes's website and become inspired by her Instagram.

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Make It Yours

Cruise Control Bracelet

Our Sugarcane necklace provides you with a bunch of rad materials that can be used in so many ways.  If a new chunky bracelet is on your spring accessory wish-list  give this #makertake a try.  

What You Need

 

To Make:

Step 1.  Find the appropriate length of rope by folding it in half and wrapping around your wrist.  Wrap tape around the cord first and then cut the excess. 

Step 2.  Connect the ends with a dab of hot glue and allow it to dry for a few minutes.  

Step 3.  Pinch the loop of rope in half and tape around the glued ends.  

Step 4.  About .5" above the tape tie one end of your orange knotting cord to a single strand of rope and double knot tightly. 

Step 5.  Wrap the cord tightly around both strands of rope repeatedly, make sure the tape is completely concealed.  

 

Step 6. After wrapping about 1.5" of orange, tightly knot the end of your lavender cord onto the end of the orange cord.

Step 7. Take the cord through the loop of the rope and string on the brass tube bead.  The tube should lay flat over the top of the section of orange.  

Step 8. Thread through the opposite end of rope and wrap around to the top.  Feed the thread under the brass bar and repeat wrapping like this 4 times.

Step 9. Pull the thread around the top and feed back through the brass tube.

 

Step 10. Repeat wrapping 4 times by feeding under the brass tube.  Wrap around to the top and feed back through the brass tube.  

Step 11. Now wrap the lavender cord 4 times, and then tuck under to feed back through the brass tube. Repeat the same on the opposite side and bring the cord around to the back.   

Step 12. Wrap the cord around a single piece of rope and knot the cord on the back side.  Trim the excess.  

 

Step 13. Twist open the large jump rings and attach one to each end of the bracelet. With a medium jump ring attach a lobster clasp on one end. 

Step 14. Loop the other medium jump ring to the opposite end and appreciate your handiwork.  

Complete by taking your friends out for margaritas and guacamole, you and your new arm candy deserve it.