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How to: Make Simple, Organic DIY Lip Balm for 25¢

by Rebekah Greiman

DIY Lip Balm recipe

I like to re-invent and create things around my home. And I like to do so inexpensively and with my own little flair. So today, I have a low cost, simple and organic recipe for DIY Lip Balm.  

My hubby and I go through inordinate amount of lip balm. And at $3 a tube, it was beginning to add up. I wanted to find a way that I could circumvent the cost, the unnecessary added chemicals and the need for store-bought lip balm. For approximately $.25 a tube, I had my very own lip balm without the chemicals.     

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5 Fall Fashion Trends to Add to Your Home

by Rachel Jacks
Fashion runway
Photo: Kris Atomic 

If only because they're more difficult and expensive to change, home trends tend to move much more slowly than fashion trends. But even though you probably don't want to update your whole house every season, you might find yourself drawn to particular fall fashion trends, and there's no reason you can't incorporate touches of those trends into your home decor. Here are five 2018 fall fashion trends worth checking out for home decor inspiration.       

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How to Turn a Pillowcase Into a Drawstring Backpack

by M.E. Gray

How to turn a pillowcase into a DIY backpack

I love that small backpacks are making a comeback. I'm definitely a backpack girl. I like to have my hands free and my stuff secure, so a backpack is the ideal bag. And tiny backpacks are perfect for those quick trips to the store, last-minute drinks, or biking adventures. Drawstring backpacks are particularly easy to make, and today I'm going to show you how to turn a pillowcase into a DIY backpack (with hidden pocket!).             

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These Simple DIY Knotted Bracelets Were Made for Stacking

by Holly Wade

These Simple Knotted Bracelets were Made for Stacking

When I was in high school, I was obsessed with stackable bracelets made out of leather, hemp and other cording materials. Since all things do make a comeback, I wanted to return to my roots and make a set of stackable knotted bracelets that weren't macrame. I didn't think it was possible, but I may actually be getting sick of macrame (I know, crazy!) but these simple infinity knotted bracelets were a welcome change! Make a set of simple knotted bracelets with any cording material and use a sliding knot to adjust it to your wrist size, and they're great for stacking on your wrist.         

 

Simple knotted braceletes

As you can probably guess, these infinity knots get their name because they look like an infinity symbol. They're simple to make in about 5 minutes, and if you want to dress them up more, you can easily add beads or use bright colored cording. For a more simple, nautical look, use a basic rope-like cording. 

A square macrame knot holds both sides of the bracelet together and allows it to adjust in size so that you don't have to tie your bracelets on each time. I like this method because they're easy to secure yourself in case you don't have someone around to help you tie bracelets!

Materials:

Materials for stackable knot bracelets

  • Thick cording
  • Scissors
  • Clear glue (heavy duty)

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Step 1 | Simple Knotted Bracelets

Measure a piece of cording about the length of your arm, then double it and cut the piece in half so that you have two long pieces. 

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Step 2 | Simple Knotted Bracelets

Step 2 | Simple Knotted Bracelets

 Double up the pieces, and starting in the middle, curve it in half and wrap the working side around like an infinity symbol. Then use the working end to pull through the loop to create an "infinity knot." Adjust as needed so that you have approximately equal amount of cording on either side of the knot. 

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Step 3 | Simple Knotted Bracelets

Wrap around your wrist to determine size. Add some space (about 2 inches) and tie knots at either end of the bracelet. 

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Step 4 | Simple Knotted Bracelets

To make a sliding knot, wrap the bracelet around itself as it would be if it were on your wrist. Cut one extra piece of string or cording about 5 inches long and thread it underneath all 4 pieces of cording in the bracelet. 

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Step 5 | Simple Knotted Bracelets

Use a macrame square knot (2 knots) around all of the pieces to secure it in a bracelet form. The knot will allow it to easily slide. 

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Step 6 | Simple Knotted Bracelets

Cut the excess cording from the macrame knot. Dab glue on the area to prevent the knot from unraveling. (The importance of this step varies based on the cording you use, but it's still recommended.)

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Step 7 | Simple Knotted Bracelets

Put on the bracelet again to check the sizing and adjust the knots if needed. Cut excess cording from the knots at either end of the bracelet. 


How to put on a DIY knotted bracelet

To wear it, simply pull the sides of the bracelet until the knots catch. Slip it on your wrist. Pull the knots to tighten.

Make them with various colors and cording, and you can mix them, match them and stack them!

Simple stacking bracelets
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Check out these jewelry storage ideas!

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Make It! Potato Stamped Neckerchiefs

by Holly Wade

Make It! Potato Stamped Neckerchiefs

In case you haven't noticed, the 60s are BACK! Well, they've been back, but I'm loving how more and more 50s/60s/70s fashion pieces are coming back in style, including the neckerchief. A neckerchief can be made out of any square fabric, and in this case, I stamped plain bandanas with homemade potato stamps to create unique statement neckerchiefs that I can pair with my outfits this spring and summer! You may have made potato stamps as a kid, and I'm here to tell you that they are NOT just for kids. Make your own unique patterns on fabric and keep costs extra low!

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DIY This: Make Your Own Super Cute “Enamel” Pins for Valentine’s Day

by M.E. Gray

Valentine's Day Pin: Make these lookalike enamel pins!

It's almost Valentine's Day! I love this holiday because: A. love is a lovely thing, B. exchanging cards or little gifts is always fun, and C. chocolate! What's not to enjoy? You know what else I'm totally loving right now? Enamel pins (hello 90s fashion - it's nice to see you again!). If you're looking for a cute gift to give to your friends, coworkers, or gal-pals, these faux enamel pins are quick and easy to make.     

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Customize Your Beanie Hat in Under 20 Minutes

by M.E. Gray

How to add quick detail to a beanie cap with embroidery

I was in high school when I was first drawn to embroidering. I wasn't inspired by traditional embroidering, like a well-phrased cross-stitch pattern or a picturesque embroidered landscape. It was doodling with thread that got me hooked. I started by stitching random shapes and designs into my favorite pair of jeans, adding new accents at random. But, I stitched them in a way that only made me happy. By that I mean, if I looked down at my pants, all the shapes were right-side up. So if someone were to look at me, they would see a bunch of upside-down rainbows and clouds and random words and a girl who was very proud of her creativity. I'm positive it looked insane, but I still think embroidering your clothes is a good idea. Today we're going to start small and look at an embroidered beanie, so don't worry - your jeans are safe.       

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How to Make a Dress from Scratch in 15 Minutes!

by Faith Provencher

Today I'm going to teach you how to make a dress that's stylish and convertible, in just fifteen minutes. Really. It requires only four seams, and looks deceptively simple before you put it on; the success of the dress lies in the way you wrap the ribbon around your body. This project is easy enough for almost anyone to do - all you need to know is how to sew in a straight line.  

How to make a dress from scratch - sewing tutorial

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How to Turn a Placemat into a Clutch

by Holly Wade

How to Turn a Placemat into a Clutch

Sometimes when I scan the aisles of Target, things catch my eye that I don't have an actual use for...like placemats. I use placemats for just about anything other than their intended purpose. (I am millennial after all, and we probably killed placemats like we did everything else, ha!) In this case, I turned a placemat into a clutch by adding a zipper and a tassel zipper pull. Even the beginner sewist should be able to conquer this project in less than 30 minutes.

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Make an Embroidered Scarf for Fall

by Holly Wade

Make an Embroidered Scarf for Fall

I can feel the fall weather approaching, which means it's almost time for scarves, blankets and all things pumpkin spiced! Rather than buying new clothing I don't need this season, I've been looking for ways to revamp the clothes I already have to make them feel like new. I've had a light green scarf for years, and it turned out to be the perfect piece for making this DIY embroidered scarf with a hand-drawn wind pattern along the edges. 

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Make an Embroidered Scarf for Fall

by Holly Wade

Make an Embroidered Scarf for Fall

I can feel the fall weather approaching, which means it's almost time for scarves, blankets and all things pumpkin spiced! Rather than buying new clothing I don't need this season, I've been looking for ways to revamp the clothes I already have to make them feel like new. I've had a light green scarf for years, and it turned out to be the perfect piece for making this DIY embroidered scarf with a hand-drawn wind pattern along the edges. 

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DIY This: How To Make Super Sweet Ice Cream Patches

by M.E. Gray

DIY custom patches with a sweet twist - they're all about ice cream!

I scream, you scream, what's the deal with all this screaming? July is National Ice Cream month, which is just perfect because the temperatures keep rising. A hot day is the perfect excuse for an icy scoop or two. To celebrate my love for all things tasty and sweet, I'm wearing my heart on my sleeve. Or rather, I'm wearing it on my denim vest. Here are three ways to create custom patches, all of which are ice cream themed.  

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Sew Yourself a Pair of Shorts in Under an Hour!

by M.E. Gray

How to sew shorts without needing a pattern

I have a really hard time buying shorts. I usually can't find any in the store that I like, because, let's face it - most women's shorts are so short they're actually just denim underwear in disguise. Even if I do find shorts I like, I can't seem to bring myself to pay $25 for an article of clothing that requires so little fabric, and that I'm only going to wear for a few months out of the year. Fortunately, you can sew shorts on your own really easily. I made these without a pattern, got to pick out my own funky and fun fabric, and more importantly, I made them as long as I wanted them to be.     

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4 Ways to Perk Up Your Winter Wear

by M.E. Gray

4 Ways to Perk Up Your Winter Wear

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it's easy to feel like you're stuck in a rut. The parties are over, the celebrations are done. The winter has you feeling all "bleghh," but it doesn't have to be that way. If you have the mid-winter blues, a great place to start is by mixing things up. It's still cold outside, but that's no excuse to be blah. We have four quick and easy ways for you to perk up your winter accessories!

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Give you hat and gloves a little something extra by adding pom poms.

With Christmas and New Year's long gone, I'm itching for a holiday to get excited about. I picked hearts and shades of red for my winter accessories because I'm already excited about Valentine's Day!

Watch the video for a quick walk through, or follow the steps below to see exactly how we jazzed up our winter accessories.


PROJECT #1

You'll need: 

  • A pair of gloves that need more razzle-dazzle
  • Some yarn
  • Scissors
  • Two cardboard circles, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter
  • A pen
  • Needle and thread

Materials needed to jazz up your winter wardrobe

 

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4 Ways to Perk Up Your Winter Wear: How to make pom poms

4 Ways to Perk Up Your Winter Wear: How to make a pom pom

In the middle of one of the cardboard circles, draw a smaller circle. Then draw a line from the smaller circle to the edge of the cardboard. Stack both pieces of cardboard together. With scissors, cut up the drawn line, and cut out the inner circles.

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4 Ways to Perk Up Your Winter Wear: How to make pom poms

4 Ways to Perk Up Your Winter Wear: How to make a pom pom

Begin wrapping yarn around the cardboard circles. Wrap about 175-200 times, holding the opening of the cardboard to keep the yarn in place. Next, use the scissors to cut the yarn in between the two pieces of cardboard. 

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4 Ways to Perk Up Your Winter Wear: How to make pom poms

4 Ways to Perk Up Your Winter Wear: How to make a pom pom

Grab another piece of yarn (about 5-6 inches in length), and double-knot in place between the two cardboard circles. Remove the cardboard, and trim the pom pom.

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4 Ways to Perk Up Your Winter Wear: Pom poms + gloves = new look!

After making four pom poms, knot them together by twos. Sew each pair in place under the cuff of the gloves. Happy gloves!


PROJECT #2

You'll need: 

  • A boring hat
  • Yarn
  • Two cardboard circles, 4-5 inches in diameter
  • Scissors
  • A pen
  • Needle and thread 

What you'll need to give an old hat new life

Step 1

4 Ways to Perk Up Your Winter Wear: How to make pom poms

Like in project one, use the cardboard and yarn to make a pom pom. Because the diameter of this pom pom is bigger, wrap the cardboard 250-300 times.  

Step 2 

4 Ways to Perk Up Your Winter Wear: Add a pom pom to your cap!

Sew the pom pom to the top of your hat. Done!


Project #3

You'll need: 

  • A sad pair of gloves
  • Vinyl or felt fabric (it can be any fabric that doesn't fray)
  • Large needle and embroidery thread
  • Scissors
  • A pen or pencil

Materials needed to jazz up a pair of boring gloves

Step 1 

4 Ways to Perk Up Your Winter Wear: Add hearts to your gloves in time for Valentine's Day

On the back of the fabric, trace a heart shape. Cut the heart out, and use it to trace a second heart. Cut that one out as well. 

Step 2 

4 Ways to Perk Up Your Winter Wear: Stitch vinyl shapes to gloves

Stitch one of the hearts into a glove using embroidery thread. When you're finished, knot the thread on the inside of the glove so it doesn't show. Do the same for the second glove. Lovely!


Project #4

You'll need: 

  • A hat that's missing that extra "something"
  • A piece of felt measuring 2.5 x 4 inches
  • Vinyl or felt fabric (it can be any fabric that doesn't fray)
  • Fabric glue
  • Scissors
  • A pen or pencil
  • A small piece of cardboard

Materials needed to add appliqué to a hat

Step 1 

4 Ways to Perk Up Your Winter Wear: Add a strip of felt to a cap for a new look

Place a small piece of cardboard or paper in between the front and back of the hat to protect the back from glue. Attach the felt with fabric glue to the bottom corner of the hat, wrapping underneath the cuff.

Step 2 

4 Ways to Perk Up Your Winter Wear: Add fabric shapes to a hat for a new look

As in the previous project, trace two hearts out of vinyl. Glue them to the felt, and let dry before wearing. Ta-da!


Learn how to throw a big fuzzy pom pom on a boring beanie.

Learn how to add tassels to a pair of gloves.

Change up your winter look in time for Valentine's Day

4 Ways to Perk Up Your Winter Wear
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Looking for tips on organizing all your winter accessories? Check out these genius closet hacks

 

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Roundup: 10 DIY Tote Bags for Summer

by Capree K

Roundup: 10 DIY Tote Bags for Summer

Summer is hot on our heels, which means farmer's markets, picnics, and bike rides will be happening on the regular. Make sure you have a tote bag handy for all these outdoor adventures (that bottle of wine and loaf of bread aren't going to transport themselves)! Here are 10 of our favorite DIY tote bags that will dutifully serve you all summer long.      

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