DIY Nautical Knot Bracelet and Head Band

For this week’s DIY, I decided to go with a nautical-themed project because this semester is dragging on and on and I would like to think it’s summer and I’m on a beach. My friend Carolyn suggested the nautical knot bracelet and then I just made it a theme making a head band with the same rope! Speaking of head bands, Carolyn is shaving her head!!! Yeah, my friends are really cool! She’s shaving her head on May 4 to stand in solidarity with kids fighting against cancer and raising money for cancer research in the mean time. Click here to donate!

 

Moving on, I took inspiration for the bracelet from this post on the blog Henry Happened. All I had to buy was rope and little toy wheels that look like beads from Hobby Lobby. It was really inexpensive!

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To figure out how much rope you need, wrap the rope around your wrist three times and then add a little onto that. Add more than you think you might need because mine turned out a little tight!

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Step 1: Fold the rope in half, then half again. Step 2: Wrap the looped end over the loose ends once so that it’s back where it started. Step 3: Grab the loose ends and pull them through the big loop at the top. Step 4: Pull tight and rearrange knot as needed to place it where you want it on your bracelet.

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Step 5: Thread your loose ends through your wooden bead. In my case, the rope was too thick to thread both pieces through the same bead so I just used two beads instead and it worked just fine.

 

Now for the head band, I did the exact same knot. I used a video tutorial I found here that said you should have seven yards of rope. I just wrapped it around my head, doubled it and added some on because I didn’t have anything I could measure with. Just follow the same steps in 1-4 above. The only additional items you’ll need are two elastic hair bands and a hot glue gun.

 

When you get to Step 4 again, you’ll want to spread the knot out a little more and make it lay as flat as possible. Move it more to one side of the rope instead of the middle so that when it lays on your head, it won’t just sit on top of your head but instead to the side.

To make your knot stay in place when you’ve decided what you want it to look like, use a hot glue gun to glue down the four spots where your knot intersects itself. Next, put the two hair ties together and then pull it through itself with the rope in between to look like this:

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To connect the whole thing, hot glue gun the rope to itself after looping it through the hair bands and your end result should like the image below. Make sure all your ropes are the same length and that everything is straightened out!

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When you’re done, you’ll have a matching bracelet and head band set ready to go for summer vacation! Or at least for pretending in New Mexico until then. 🙂

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DIY Pet Products

For this week’s DIY blog, I decided to make some DIY pet care crafts for my newly adopted puppy, Bentley! I made him a bed, I made his leash light reflective, and attempted to make a bag to store his many toys and treats while traveling back and forth.

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This first one was by far, the most successful. I decided to make him a bed based off of the popular, easy-to-make tie blankets. I bought the same amount of two different colors of felt fabric, laid them on top of each other and cut them each about four inches larger than the final size I wanted the bed to be. I then cut the corners to look like a square cut out. After that, cut the strips to tie up to the same height as the square cut out.

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Once the strips are cut, begin tying the strips together. After I had finished tying one side of the bed, I cut quilt batting to fit inside the bed to make it a little more cushioned, but also easy to wash (which is important with a puppy). After you’ve inserted the quilt batting, finish tying all the ends and you’re done! Bentley has peed on this a lot and unfortunately, the tying comes undone in the wash, but it doesn’t take very long to retie the bed. He’s so cute I can’t even get mad though!

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To make his leash reflective, I just got light reflective tape and cut it into strips the width of his leash and just taped it to the leash. The Martha Stewart blog I got the idea from said to use reflective fabric tape, but the store didn’t have any. Sadly, this tape was too plastic-y and broke as the leash moved and started chipping off. I eventually took it off because it looked tacky but had I been able to find the fabric tape, I think this DIY would have worked much better.

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The bag attempt was more sad than the leash DIY. I couldn’t find a plain canvas tote at Walmart so I had to go with a canvas purse in the discount section. I thought I would personalize it and try using transfer paper to iron on Bentley’s name. When the iron-on didn’t iron all the way, I tried ironing it down without the transfer paper and then the only place “Bentley” was ironed onto was the iron itself. That one is more of a work in progress that I would eventually like to finish, but for now, I’ll just have to keep finding dog treats in my own purse. 

DIY Window Art

This week’s DIY blog is a little different. It’s less of a DIY and more of an inspirational art project. But you still do it yourself so it works! I found this idea (and art template) on Wit and Wistle, this super adorable DIY/arts/everything lovely blog.

First, gather your supplies. She suggested to use wet erase chalk markers for drawing on the window, but Michael’s was out so I used Crayola Window Markers and they worked just fine (and were cheaper)!

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Next, print out the image you want to trace onto your window. On her blog post, she had a template with a cute hand drawn scripture from Philippians 2:15 ( … Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky). The image will print on two sheets of paper so just line up the lettering and tape them together. As you can see, I need a new printer cartridge (I’ll be setting up a PayPal account for donations)! 😉

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Now this part was a little trickier for me because I live on the third floor of my house — you have to tape the image to the outside of your window. So I just got my arm as far as a could up the window to tape it but it worked!

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Then just trace! Simple as that. Then you’re left with a really neat looking inspirational message. You can decorate it a little more like hers but I was drawing leaning over a small refrigerator so I was glad to be done tracing.

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I decided to try this on my mirror too. But since you can’t trace onto a mirror very easily, I just tried to freehand it and copy another scripture design I found on Pinterest. I think it turned out fairly well and it’s neat to read scripture while you’re getting ready in the morning!

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DIY Sharpie Mug

This week’s DIY is amazing. Seriously. It was easy, fun, inexpensive and it WORKED. And the results are really cool

 

I found this Sharpie mug tutorial on Pinterest from the Home Heart Craft blog. The mugs she made are Anthropologie inspired so my friends and I went on that same theme.

 

All you need for this is a white mug, different colored Sharpies and an oven. I got the mug for less than $2 at Walmart and I bought Sharpies because I didn’t have a lot of colors. So this week’s DIY is less than $10 — HOLLA!

 

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Next, just draw. That’s literally all it is. And it doesn’t have to be fancy drawing. I’m not artistic in that way and I’m really happy with how my mug came out. Plus, if you mess up, the marker just wipes off.

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Once you’re happy with the way your mug looks, stick it in the oven at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. Here’s mine before it went in the oven:

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After it bakes, the colors get a little lighter than they were originally. And voila, here’s the end result! It took about about an hour and a half to draw and color everything but if you’re more artistically inclined, it may be less for you! This is a fun, inexpensive way to make cute, personalized gifts or just spice up your morning coffee. 🙂

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DIY Lipgloss

For this week’s DIY, I tested out a DIY lipgloss tutorial I saw on Pinterest from a blog called Wonder Forest. The blog says it’s the easiest DIY lipgloss out there and I would have to agree. They called for vaseline and whatever powdered makeup color you wanted to add, but I added in coconut oil for a little extra scent and moisturizer.

Here were my starting tools:

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Next, I added just about even parts coconut oil and Vaseline onto my palette. I used the spoon to scoop it onto the plate and waited until I added color to actually mix them together:

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After that, go through your makeup box and pick some of your favorite colors. I used colors I use on a daily basis that I thought would make cool lip colors for either myself, or friends. If you use loose powder, you can just scoop it with a spoon into the coconut oil and vaseline mixture. Most of the colors I used were from pressed powders so I stretched out a bobby pin and just kind of scraped at it to get the desired amount of powder out to make the gloss.

Here is the makeup I used, and then the colors of lip gloss they made:

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Once the colors were made, my friends and I tried them on looking our Sunday lounge-time best! I convinced my friend Alli to try the gold gloss on by telling her she would look just like Beyonce. Sadly, it looked less like the goddess Beyonce and more like smeared mustard … but hey, this is a DIY trial and error blog! So the gold was a bust, but the pinks and peach colors turned out nicely! All in all, this is a super inexpensive and easy way to make lip color if you’re in a jiff. Plus the coconut oil is totally optional if you don’t need extra moisturizing power. Comment below if you decide to try this one out and let me know how it works!

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