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December 07, 2015

DIY

DIY Hanging Picture Wall with Greenery and Ornaments

Decorating doesn't have to feel overwhelming. Not enough space for that 8 foot tree? No problem! Grab some twine, a few photos and some greenery from your backyard to create this sweet and super easy display for your room. Hang up pictures, notes, cards, and other paper memories to create a focal point on an empty wall. We added some of these easy spray coated ornaments to the mix. Vintage ornaments would look amazing here too.

Gather:

  • - twine
  • - scissors
  • - small pieces of greenery
  • - mini clothes pins
  • - pictures, cards, and/or paper memorabilia 
  • - glass ornaments
  • - tape, thumb tacks, or thin picture nails

 

To Make:

Secure a few strands of twine to the wall with tape, thumb tacks, or picture nails which work best. Cut small pieces of greenery and place them randomly along the twine with mini clothes pins. Place your memories along the twine and in between the greenery with mini clothes pins. Now you can add other objects of interest like ornaments, ribbons or candy canes. We hung the ornaments up with cut twine in the same color as the twine we used on the wall. As you go, make sure to keep checking the strength of your twine and secure it with more tacks if needed. 

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December 02, 2015

DIY

DIY Paper Cut Holiday Cards

With the holidays fast approaching and life getting ever more hectic, it's easy to forget the small things. Here is a good excuse to sit down, have some creative time for yourself, and craft a handmade card that you can pass along to your loved ones. This card takes a little bit of time and a touch of skill but it is a relaxing activity that you can do while watching your favorite Christmas movie...may we suggest Christmas Vacation?! The pattern was inspired by this gorgeous shoot featuring a hand-cut paper frame. So, grab a few key items and a hot cup of cocoa. Let's get making!

GATHER:

  • - printable template
  • - 8.5" x 11" card stock - or flat folded card
  • - contrasting decorative paper
  • - x-acto knife
  • - sobo glue (or preferred adhesive)
  • - cutting mat
  • - watercolors (optional)

 

To make, print the template on regular copy paper then place on top of your card stock and contrasting decorative paper. Use the crop marks on the template to trim both to size. Put the contrasting paper to the side, and use your x-acto knife and a cutting mat to begin making your leaves from the card stock. The black outline on the template for each leaf is merely a guide, so you do not have to be exact. Just try to stay within the outline, and most importantly do not intersect your cuts. Therefore, you are making two curved slices, and not a full leaf. When in doubt, cut less because you can go in further after if you need to. 

Once your cuts have been made remove your template and begin gently folding each side of the leaves up. If the paper is too tight, use your x-acto to make the cut a little deeper. You can also use your x-acto to lift up the edge of the leaf to start your fold. Be careful because the leaves will break off if tugged too hard.  If you like, use watercolors to add some soft color to your leaves. 

After all the leaves have been folded up, fold the entire card stock sheet in half to make the card. Fold the contrasting paper from earlier in half as well and place inside the card stock card. Use your adhesive (we used Sobo glue) to attach the two pieces. If your decorative paper is too thick to fit, the card stock card can be cut in half and just glue the front face to your contrasting paper. 

 

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November 17, 2015

DIY

DIY Printable Tags for Your Thanksgiving Table

These sweet tags will easily elevate your Thanksgiving table, and since you have no time they can be made in a pinch! Our free printable features 4 fonts for your choosing. Simply cut them out and attach them to twine or ribbon wrapped around a napkin. You could also wrap them around a fork, your wine glasses, or even turn them into flags on toothpicks topping your hor d'oeuvres. We printed the tags on kraft paper but go color specific and match them with colored paper to your table scape. A lot of possibilities for a tiny tag!

Gather:

  • - printable tags
  • - paper and printer
  • - scissors
  • - tape, twine or ribbon

 

To make cut the tags in strips along the dotted lines. Fold in half and trim the ends. You can make the ends into arrows, angles, or a squared edge. 

Attach a bit of greenery. If you are using herbs go for rosemary or thyme. If you have some floral greens add a stem or two of small leaves into the napkin fold. 

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November 11, 2015

DIY

Happy Origami Day!

Attempting Origami can be pretty intimidating, but what better day to start than World Origami Day. There are so many incredible works from Anja Markiewicz's impossibly small to Sipho Mabona's incredibly large, making it difficult to imagine attempting your own. The great thing this is, like most DIY, the more you do the easier it becomes. Plus, there are tons of fantastic online resources to get you started. Let's just say youtube was our BFF for these festive diamonds. Learn from the resources we used and prepare to deck everything you own in origami. 

The Fluted Diamond

The Two-Part Diamond (this one uses adhesive, purest beware!)

The Triangular Bipyramid (aka the dainty diamond)

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October 30, 2015

DIY

DIY Stitched Cactus Art

You've probably noticed cacti prints are everywhere right now from fashion and jewelry, to home decor and accessories. There is something about combining these other wise standoffish greens with handmade details that makes them irresistible. For our take on this trend we made a series of hand embroidered illustrations that are mighty cute... if we don't say so ourselves. Grab the printable template and stitch up these cuties in no time!  

Gather:

  • - cactus stitching artwork template: download here
  • - scissors
  • - embroidery thread in green, peach and blue
  • - sewing needle
  • - piece of cardboard and scrap pf paper
  • - picture frames, 6x4"

 

Print the template. Trim each design to 4x6" using the crop marks around the edge of the templates. 

Place one print on top of a piece of cardboard. For each dotted line punch a hole at each end. Each of these holes is for the thread to run through. You can just go ahead and start stitching if you like before pre punching the holes but we found that the front looks cleaner if you pre punch. This way there isn't any torn paper towards the front of the art work. Use a piece of paper on top of the needle or a thimble to prevent hurting your finger as you push down.

Once all of the holes are punched grab the first color of thread you would like to use. If you are using embroidery thread cut a piece a yard long. Then separate one strand from the bunch. 

Thread your needle and tie at knot at the end of the thread. Starting from the back poke your needle up through one of the holes. Keep stitching until all of the holes have been sewn on and bring your thread and needle to the back and tie a knot, trim the excess thread. Repeat for the next color.

Make all three or just your favorite. We like these framed and grouped on your wall. You can also turn them into really sweet cards by glueing it to the top of a folded piece of paper (A6 card size).

 

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October 27, 2015

DIY

DIY Splatter Paint Pumpkins

We're coming at you with another easy peasy no-carve pumpkin DIY. If gold and neon aren't your thing, get making with this splatter paint idea - no actual splattering required!

We have been dying to try out this new can of "Marble Effect" spray paint we picked up a couple weeks ago. Although I wouldn't call the effect we achieved "marbled," it did create an easy splatter without all the mess. 

Gather:

 

Spray paint outside or in a well ventilated area. Lay out your newspapers to protect your surface. Place the pumpkins on top of the newspaper. Spray each one with an even coat of white spray paint. You may need a couple coats to cover completely.

Once the white paint has dried for a few minutes spray liberally with the marble effect spray paint. This paint seemed to come out fast and heavy to take two steps back and go for it. Cover the entire pumpkin and let it sit to dry before picking up and moving.

...and that's it! So. Easy.

We thought the splatter paint could look cool on a gold or silver pumpkin too. So, if you change it up be sure to show us how on instagram and twitter by using the hashtag #forthemakers 

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October 27, 2015

DIY

DIY Halloween Costumes Made Easy With MyHabit

We partnered up with MyHabit to bring you some super easy Halloween costumes that require little less than your actual wardrobe! While Halloween is fun it can also be pretty expensive. So, why not stretch your dollar and put it towards something you actually want to wear past Halloween night?! We grabbed some MyHabit staffers and transformed them into a fortune teller, a bird, and a newsboy. Let's get started!

First up with have a costume idea for all the mamas out there. Grab your kiddo and go as a super cute Fortune Teller and Crystal Ball duo... oh yes, we went there. The DIY crystal ball hat takes 30 minutes to make and it is the cutest thing ever on top of your little ones head. All DIY tutorials are at the end of this post!

For the crystal ball baby costume we snagged this sparkly dress from MyHabit and these super cute silver shoes. The fortune teller needs a flowy dress, some rich scarves, plus a pair of killer heels. And don't forget about the jewelry! We piled on a jumble of stones and sparkle plus our very own Wasson Bangle Kit.

 

For the Bird costume we found an amazing dress with feathers already attached to the hemline. You could also attach some feathers to the hem of a dress you already own with a couple safety pins and double sided garment tape. Then we added some stripped tights and pointed-toe heels. 

This fun headdress is easily made with wire and paper. Find the DIY at the end of this post!

 

Now, who watched the Newsies as a kid? Still a top notch movie, and the inspiration behind our last easy peasy costume. Grab some tailored trousers, a collared shirt, chelsea boots, a newsboy cap and rolled up newspapers to create a fun Newsboy costume. For a touch of theatrics we added some black and brown face paint smeared around his face because toting and delivering newspapers (plus dancing and singing about it) is really hard work. 

This costume can easily be taken to the next level with a vest of suspenders and even a well loved messenger bag.

Have fun with it! The beauty of these costumes is you could take away the theatrical parts and wear all of the key pieces to the office or out to dinner with your pals. Dig through your wardrobe and see what possibilities your clothes hold, and if you need to splurge a little MyHabit has some great deals and lots to choose from! 

 

Now for the DIYs...

To make the Crystal Ball

Gather:

 

Apply some glue to the foam brush and start dabbing it onto the foam ball in random places. Don't cover the whole surface because you want some of the white foam showing. Roll your foam around into a pile of glitter and confetti stars. Cover all of the glue with the glitter and stars mix. Set aside to dry for 15 minutes.

Grab the screw and find the inside center of the hat form. Push the screw through the mesh, right at the center. Add a little bit of glue to the pointed end of the screw. Take the foam ball and start threading the screw through the center of the ball to attach it to the hat form. Make sure the foam ball is all the way down the screw and the foam ball and the hat form are now touching. While it is drying, cut a piece of tulle in a rough 36" circle. 

Drape the center of the tulle over the foam ball. Cut a 12" piece of thread and gather the tulle around the base of the foam and above the hat form to then tie a loose knot around it to hold the shape. Continue wrapping the tulle around the hat form and now bring it underneath. Using your needle and thread stitch it in a few places to hold the tule to the hat form.

Measure the hat on your child's head and determine how long you need the elastic to be. It should be taut but not too tight that it will bother their neck. Stitch the elastic to one side of the hat form rim and drape it in a U shape to the other side, stitch the opposite end of elastic in place on the hat form. Then knot your thread to the form and snip the excess thread.

 

 

To make the Bird Headdress

GATHER:

  • - template
  • - paper or hefty fabric
  • - 15" wire, 16 gauge
  • - soft elastic trim (to fit)
  • - hot glue gun (or glue of choice)
  • - scissors
  • - pencil
  • - wire cutters

 

Print the template and cut the 4 shapes out. You will use these as a pattern for your paper. We used cover stock for our final piece but feel free to experiment with decorative papers and fabrics.

Trace and cut shapes 1 and 2 twice (for front and back) and 3 and 4 once. You should have a total of six pieces.

Cut 8" of wire and glue it between the shape 1 pieces like a sandwich. This makes your first feather. Take the remaining 7" wire and glue it between the shape 2 pieces. This makes your second feather. Try to keep the wire centered for both so that it is not visible on either side. Our adhesive preference is hot glue because it is quick drying, but use whichever glue you want. Just wait for the pieces to dry entirely before moving on.

Take shape 3 and make sure the slits are cut as indicated on the template. This will be the "beak" of the head piece with the point sticking down, like an upside down teardrop. Tuck the bottom flaps about a 1/4" under the top flaps so that the piece becomes three-dimensional. Glue these in place.

Take piece 4 and fold both ends 1/2" in toward each other as indicated on the template. Take your dry "beak" and glue these flaps, top to bottom in the back, on the concave side. This should make a flat edge that will allow you to attach the beak to your feathers.

Stack your the large feather on top of the small feather and use a mirror or a model to bend each to your desired shape. Once satisfied, glue the bases together. Next, glue the center of the elastic to the front of your feathers at the base. Then glue the beak on top as the final layer.

Finally, tie the elastic to fit and trim if needed.

 

This post is in collaboration with MyHabit. See more inspiration over on their blog!

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October 23, 2015

DIY

DIY Gold and Neon No-Carve Pumpkins

We basically took all the things we love and threw them on a pumpkin. Spray paint, gold, neon, splattered, ombre... you get the gist. Just do it.

Go for the gold with this easy no carve DIY, perfect for brightening up your stoop or doorstep. Here in Brooklyn these babies would be stolen off our turf so fast. But isn't that the sign of a good looking pumpkin? I hope so.

Grab some gold spray paint and a couple other cans of neon for pops of color. We even threw in a splash of peach and sea foam green.

GATHER:

 

Layout your newspapers to protect your surface. Make sure to do this outside or in a well ventilated area. Wear a mask if you are a super DIYer because the fumes can get hefty with this much spray painting! 

Lay all the pumpkins on the paper and spray them all with an even coat of gold spray paint. 

Next, hit each one with your chosen pop of color. Try spraying at an angle so the paint isn't just a big glob but in a pretty dispersed pattern, concentrated in one area. If you go overboard with the color you can always spray gold overtop to even it out.

Allow to dry. 

The small pumpkins and gourds would be a lovely and lively table centerpiece. Place them in a large bowl or lay them scattered in the center of the table for a conversation starter.

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October 22, 2015

DIY

DIY Moon and Stars Baby Halloween Costume

This costume is for all you last minute people out there (me included)! This idea is really easy, really. It requires one run to the craft store and about 15 minutes of your time. Done. I like to tell Davie she is my moon and stars so why not make her an actual moon and stars for halloween? And, isn't everyone's child the moon and the stars? Let's just go with it.

I'm sure you already have a pair of grey pajamas hanging out in a drawer. Or a cute white onesie that would be perfect for this costume. We picked this striped one up from Egg and it's the softest thing ever. We had some silver shoes that were perfect but anything could work here.

Here is what you will need to make the costume:

 

To make the headband start by wrapping the end of the star garland twice around the end of the headband to secure it. Then wrap all the way around the headband until you reach the other side. Wrap it twice on this side just at the end and then go back in the other direction to meet your starting point. Secure the end under the starting point and trim. Make sure there isn't a sharp point, bend it down or trim further.

To make the moon grab a newspaper and take the styrofoam ball and spray outside or in a well ventilated area! Start by spraying lightly over the whole domed surface. Then spray a couple more concentrated sprays in 2-3 places. The spray paint actually starts to eat away at the foam creating crevices and craters that look like the moon. Allow the paint to dry before moving on to the next step.

Once the paint has dried completely add a bit of glue using your fingers or a foam brush. We added it in an irregular stripe across the front. Then sprinkle the glitter over the glue. Wait for it to dry and then tap off any excess glitter.

Using three short pins, apply glue down the length of each pin. Grab the end of your trim/tape and attach it to the inside top of the foam ball using the pins. Push them in at an angle so no sharp edges are poking out. Cut the tape at about 1 1/2 feet long. Repeat with another piece of tape about 5" from the first. You can use these two pieces to tie a bow in the back around your baby's neck. A little baby halter, if you will.

Now that all your pieces are complete, get that baby dressed and ready. It's time to collect ALL THE CANDY!

I have a new found respect for all the photographers who take pictures of babies and kids for a living. Good luck getting this kid to stay still... But, I can't blame her and look at that face!

This DIY halloween costume could also work for an adult. Just buy a larger styrofoam ball. Because whenever you can get away with wearing PJ's out of the house, you should do it!

Happy Halloween!

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October 15, 2015

DIY

DIY Pom-Pom Scarf

One of my favorite fall necessities is a scarf. I wear them year round. Soft and lightweight is a must for the perfect layering scarf. We had these beauties made so that we could add our own spin on them. This tutorial will show you how to make the cutest ever pom-pom scarf but the scarf itself could be dyed, stamped or given a trim edge to add major personality. Grab a scarf and a pom-pom maker and get busy on our latest season-worthy DIY!

Gather:

Step 1: You can make the pom-poms any size you like but we chose to make them on the 2" pom-pom maker. Open the pom-pom maker as shown, two pink sides should be together in the same direction. Wrap your yarn around and around until you get them good and puffy. Cut the yarn off the skein once you are done wrapping.

Step 2: We are making a color blocked pom-pom and to do this you just wrap the other side of the pom pom maker as before but in a different color.

Step 3: Close the other side and start cutting down the center of the yarn along the groove.

Step 4: Cut a long piece of yarn and thread it through the center groove. You will be using this strand to tie a knot to secure your pom pom.  Tie a tight double knot in the middle, joining all the yarn strands together.

Step 5: Pull the two sides apart to release the pom pom.

Step 6: Fluff and shape your pom pom to its desired shape. Trim the uneven pieces with a pair of scissors.  

Step 7: Repeat the steps to make a second pom-pom.

Step 8: Thread your needle and knot the end. Stitch the two short side corners together. This will allow you to put your arms through if you want to wear it as a wrap. 

Step 9: Sew on the pom-pom by going through the center yarn with your needle and thread. DO this a couple times to secure the pompom to your scarf.

Step 10: Knot your thread around the scarf and snip the end. Repeat adding another pom-pom and stiching the corners together on the opposite end of the scarf.

Wear as a loose body wrap or tight neck warmer. If you want an A++ make even more pom-poms and stick them all over this scarf...because at the end of the day we firmly believe the more pom-poms the better!

Treat-bags

October 12, 2015

DIY

DIY Printable Halloween Candy Treat Bags

Remember when you were a kid and your favorite house to frequent on Halloween was the one with the BIG bag of candy? Well we are setting you up to be the favorite house on the block with these can't-wait-to-rip-open treat bags. These adorable printables take a touch of effort. Gather up all of your scrap tissue paper and some sharp scissors. Alternatively, you could paint-on the designs if cutting out tiny things isn't your speed. We also give an even simpler tip for creating these down at the bottom of this post. Happy making!

Gather:

  • printable bag template (we printed ours on kraft paper, landscape orientation)
  • printable cut out template (best printed on white paper, landscape orientation)
  • tissue paper in multiple colors
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • craft glue or glue stick'
  • sewing machine
  • candy

 

Step 1: Trace the shapes onto the tissue paper. The darker colors of tissue paper are hard to see the printable guidelines through. It helps if you hold it up to a sunny window! Some of these shapes are teeny tiny and you can just wing-it with the cutting; like the cat's whiskers. 

Step 2: Cut out all of the tissue paper shapes for the ghost, pumpkin and cat. 

Step 3: Follow the printable shape layout and glue the shapes onto the bag templates just under the words "Trick-Or-Treat." Wait for the glue to dry about 30 minutes to an hour before moving to the next step.

Step 4: Cut out the rectangle bags along the dotted lines. Place another piece of kraft paper behind each one and use a sewing machine to stitch up 3 sides. 

Step 5: Put a handful of candy into the opening and then stitch the last side shut. Trim the edges.

 

If you want a shortcut on this project you can make square treat bags without adding the tissue paper shapes, by cutting the printable shorter. Or leave the top edge open and add taller candies and treats like lollipops and long tootsie rolls!

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October 08, 2015

DIY

DIY Jewelry With The Dark & Stormy Materials Collection

We're leaving the designing up to you this month with our first ever materials collection! The Dark & Stormy materials collection is loaded with some serious mood and sophistication. It's got sparkle, shine, gold, silver, pretty gemstones and more! To get you started thinking about the possibilities in this box we created some drop dead gorgeous jewelry that will put you well on your way to DIY success. Make sure to show us what you create this month by using #forthemakers and #makertakes. 

 

 

The Statement Necklace:

Gather: 

 

Cut the rhinestone chain into sections of 3 stones. Using wax paper put a small dot of glue down and push the enamel rhinestone and the 3 stone section together over the glue, make 10 of these total. Wait for them to dry for at least two hours before moving to the next step. Pull the stones off of the wax paper gently. Lay them out along the necklace base and once you have the placement how you like start glueing them to the base. Let dry overnight. Attach your chain with to the base with jump rings and add a clasp to the back.

 

The Sparkle Bangle:

Gather:

 

Mix an equal amount of glitter and pyrite in a small bowl. Using a cotton swab or toothpick, apply a liberal amount of glue over the front surface of the bangle (if any gets on the sides wipe it off with a paper towel). Press the glued surface into the sparkly mixture. Cover completely and let it sit to dry for 24 hours before wearing. Handle with care!

 

The Layering Tassel Necklace:

Gather:

 

Determine the length you want your necklace and cut the chain to size. Use a jump ring and attach it to one of the small rings on the chain. Thread a tube bead on to the chain and the jump ring will keep the tube bead from going any further. You can add as many jump rings and tube beads as you like to the chain. We liked the look of 3. Finish off the necklace with a lobster clasp and jump ring catch. You can add tassels to the larger jump rings by cutting a small piece of card stock, then wrapping some thread around the card stock. Pull the tassel off the card stock and tie off the top, trim the ends. Add the tassel onto the jump rings that are holding your tube beads in place.

 

The Moody Lucia Necklace:

Gather:

 

This one is pretty easy:) Add some small rhinestones from the materials collection into the glass vial for a fall color update to one of our all-time favorite necklaces.

 

The Rhinestone Earrings:

Gather:

 

Cut 4 sections of rhinestone chain that are 10 stones long (you can make them longer if you like a danglier earring). Put a dab of glue onto a piece of wax paper and push the two top stones from 2 sections together. Repeat for the other two strands. Set them aside to dry for 2 hours. Peel them off the wax paper and glue the flat part of the post backs to the top square sections. Allow them to dry for 24 hours before wearing.

 

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