Easy DIY Gold Chain Bracelet

Easy DIY Gold Chain BraceletI’ve been on this de-stress binge lately, so naturally, I have done lots of crafts. Apparently that includes jewelry. Anyway, I checked out this Youtube video by SarahBeautyCorner and I LOVED her idea for the last bracelet.

All you need is some needlework thread ($0.33 at Walmart), a needle, some chain ($2.97 at Walmart) and a gold clasp.

Easy DIY Gold Chain Bracelet

In order to get the right amount of thread, I measured it to be seven times the length of the chain. For each bracelet I made, this was just the right amount to have a little left over without wasting any thread.

Like in Sarah’s video, just feed the needle through the chain links until the bottom half of the link is covered. However, I used a cheap base coat from Dollar Tree to stick the thread to the bracelet; that way it wouldn’t move once I started to wear it. If you want to try this, apply a little bit of clear polish before you feed the thread through and hold thread on it for about ten seconds. I did this at the end of each link, and it really made a difference.

Easy DIY Gold Chain Bracelet

Once I perfected the technique, I made some for my friends.  If you have any questions, let me know!

DIY -Easy Scarf Organizer

I have a bunch of scarves and used to organize them with key rings and a hanger, but I hated how floppy and small it was, so I decided to try this out!

DIY -Easy Scarf Organizer

Since I already had yarn and an extra hanger, all I spent was $1 for a cooling rack from Dollar Tree.

DIY -Easy Scarf Organizer

Tie the rack to the hanger and that’s it!

DIY -Easy Scarf Organizer

It’s SO easy!  So far, I love it!  It holds WAY more scarves (my old one held 13 and I have more than that) and seems more stable.

DIY -Easy Scarf Organizer

Wedding Card

My cousin recently got married, so I FINALLY had the chance to make my first wedding card!  It helped make our present really unique.

Wedding Card

DIY Scrapbook Paper Coasters!

Been itching to use that sheet of scrapbook paper but feel bad because you want to make sure you use it for something special?  What about those of you who want an easy DIY to make presents for your friends?  Then do I have the thing for you: DIY scrapbook paper coasters.

DIY Scrapbook Paper Coasters

Materials
scrapbook paper
white tiles ($0.16 each at Home Depot)
sponge brush
black foam sheets (REALLY cheap at hobby stores)
Mod Podge – Matte waterbase glue
Mod Podge Gloss – Clear Acrylic Sealer

Here, you can see what the Mod Podge bottles look like.  Make sure you’re buying the right stuff.  They can be purchased at Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, and probably even Target.

DIY Scrapbook Paper Coasters

Step 1:
Measure your paper to fit almost entirely onto the top of the tile.  I’d leave like 1/8″ max of the tile showing, otherwise it’ll look weird.  Believe me, the first ones I made had too much white around the side and looked weird.

DIY Scrapbook Paper Coasters
Step 2:
Cut your black foam into small squares (about the size of a quarter) as seen in the photo below.  Place one in each corner of the tile.

Step 3:
Using your sponge brush, coat your tile with a layer of the Mod Podge glue.  You want the layer to be thick enough to hold the paper but not too thick that it’ll be a gloppy pile of glue.   Slowly place your scrapbook paper sheet on top and press down to smooth the paper, using your fingers to remove any air bubbles that may be under it.

DIY Scrapbook Paper Coasters

Step 4:
Add another layer of Mod Podge to the entire top of the tile.  Try to use one direction with the glue strokes.  It’ll look kinda weird unless it’s all going in one direction.  Let the layer dry.  

Step 5:
Repeat step three 2-3 more times.  You want it to completely cover the scrapbook paper and make a reasonably thick layer.

Step 6:
Once you have 3-4 layers of Mod Podge glue on your coaster, you’re ready to use your Mod Podge sealer.  The sealer will seal whatever surface you spray your tiles on, so spray them on top of some cardboard in the garage or in the yard.  Spray one layer every fifteen-thirty minutes about three times.  You again want this layer to be thick.

Step 7:
After you’re finished with your third later of sealer, your tile will be shiny and glossy.  Make sure though that you give it time to dry completely before you start using it as a coaster.  I usually give it at least 24 hours before putting a cup on it.

DIY Scrapbook Paper Coasters

DIY Ceramic Designs!

I go thrifting pretty often because thrift stores have the coolest things in them. I went there particularly to find some white plates to make something for my friend.

DIY Ceramic Designs

To make some pretty plates, what I did was printed out the “B,” put tape over the letter to make them stronger, then cut them out with an X-ACTO knife. I put double sided tape on the letter, placed it onto the plate, and finally traced it with a thin permanent marker. I removed the taped-on letter, then colored it in! To finish it off, I drew a little border around the edge.  If you mess up or want to fix up the design a little like I did, use a nail brush and acetone to clean up any edges.  It worked wonders!

Sidenote: It would probably be easier to use a sticker letter, but I like specific fonts and preferred to print one out myself and do the extra steps.  Either work though.

DIY Ceramic Designs
To make this permanent, all you have to do is put it in your oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. If you’re worried that something might happen (like I was) and your oven might get damaged at all, don’t worry!  It won’t hurt your oven, and the oven won’t hurt your dish.  Have fun!

DIY Ceramic Designs

NOTE: Make sure you only handwash your dishes!

DIY Sock Bun!

A huge beauty trend right now is the sock bun, which I never thought would happen, considering I work with active duty.  Anyway, one of my friends bought the tool to create it, but that cost her like, ten bucks, so I decided I’d just make one from socks I bought at a dollar store.

All you’ll need: two socks and a pair of scissors!  

DIY Sock Bun
1. Cut the end of both socks.
2. Roll Sock #1 REALLY TIGHTLY into a donut.  The tighter, the better.
3. Put Sock #2 through the donut hole, and 4. wrap it around Sock #1 and continue rolling tightly!

DIY Sock Bun
There you go!  Your very own sock bun, and it’s so cheap and easy to make!  Make sure you get socks that are close to your hair color.  My bun is a little dark, so if you’ve got thin hair like me, you want  to match it as closely as possible.