Category Archives: DIY

Etched Beer Mug: DIY Father’s Day Gift

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photo A while back I published a blog about glass etching. All the “how-to’s” of that process can be found in that post. It really is a very easy process, using some sort of stencil and some glass etching paste. You can create stencils yourself using painters tape, or you can purchase the adhesive screen printing stencils from any craft store. These are great if you aren’t doing something too personalized; however, a lot of times they will make you buy an entire kit along with the stencils. I tend to make my own with painters tape and a print off of my design, since I’m not made of money (again specific how-to’s of this process can be found in the last post about glass etching).

I think beer mugs (or root beer mugs for the younger crowd) make a great manly present. I made some for my brother, dad, and my guy friends as well. You can put their initials, sport’s team name, and sport’s team logo on the mug. If you are doing these for a younger  group of boys, perhaps for a themed birthday, you could etch the letter of the child’s first name, along with an image related to the party theme, maybe a cowboy, lasso, or some sort of cinema image if it’s for a movie night sleepover party! There’s really no limit to what you could put on them.  I bought these mugs at WALMART for about 97 cents each! They come in a large and small size. They also sell mason jar glasses with handles, which would also be fun to etch as a present.  The etching cream I always tend to have stocked in my craft box.

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TOMS Bracelet

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photoIf you’ve ever bought a pair of TOMS, you know they come with an awesome little drawstring tote bag. These come in handy for a lot of different uses. But if you’ve bought more than one pair of TOMS, you know that you can run out of things to use them for.

Why not use the fabric to make a bracelet? I cut the bag up into about 1 inch strips. Cut across the bag the long way and instead of the short way. That way your fabric strips will be long enough to actually fit around your wrist!

You end up with some white strips, some blue strips, and some strips with black writing. Once you have your fabric strips, just braid them together. The bracelet can have varying designs, depending on which strips you choose. Once its braided, just tie onto your wrist and secure the knot with some fabric glue!

*Note* – the entire bag will make about four bracelets! This way if one gets dirty you can cut it off and tie a new one on.

Baby Shower WashCloth “Candies”

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ImageI included these little washcloth “candies” in a gift basket I created for a friend’s baby shower. New mother’s often add various sets of washcloths to their gift registries. This mom asked for a solid color set of washcloths, which I found were a little plain on their own. I decided to roll them up into these cute little “candies” to tuck around inside the gift basket.

The rolling process is fairly self-explanatory. I folded the square washcloth down into about a one inch wide strip. I then rolled this up like a cinnamon roll to make the inside “candy” part, and secured the roll-up with a little piece of scotch tape. I did this with five of the washcloths, as you can see in the picture. I had three more washcloths left in the set, which I used for the wrapper part of the “candy”. For the wrapper, you just wrap the square washcloth around the rolled up washcloths and then secure the sides with a ribbon.

It works better if you put two rolled up washcloths in each candy, since the washcloth wrapper ends up being a bit oversized when you just do one. All you basically need for this project is some ribbon, which I had lying around, and the washcloths you buy from the store. I made sure to include the packaging they came in and the receipt in the bottom of the gift basket in case they needed to be returned.

*Note* – I did this with baby washcloths, which are somewhat smaller than those for adults. However, I believe this would work the same way if you wanted to this for an adult, in perhaps a spa gift basket or something similar.

Baby Tutu and Personalized Sport’s Team Onesie

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This tutu and baby onesie were made for a friend of mine at work. She is a big Atlanta Falcon’s fan and just had her first baby girl! They don’t make football jerseys in baby sizes, so why not go with an adorable tutu? I alternated black and red tule around an elastic band. Just make sure you measure the baby’s waist first so its the right size. You can buy elastic from any craft store, and widths vary. If the child is small enough you can just buy the pre-made elastic baby headbands and use them. Next, you just want to loop the tule around the elastic band. I added some red ribbon and bows and just glued on a few around the tutu. The Falcon’s emblem on the onesie was made with red fabric paint. I made the stencil out of freezer paper. I explain the technique for this in an older blog post, so see that for details! You can use fabric glue or hot glue to add bows wherever you’d like. In this case I added one to the collar.  Happy crafting!

Party Tutu and Personalized Birthday Shirt

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My beautiful niece just turned 1 recently! Her birthday party had a theme of pink and zebra print, so appropriate for the little party animal she is. Her waste is about 18 inches around, so I measured out a piece of elastic about that big. You can find elastic about one inch wide, but really any width would do. You can sew your elastic into a circle, but I just use hot glue. I decided to do alternating hot pink, black, and white tule. I just cut the tule up into strips and then loop them around the elastic band. The length and amount of tule you use are really up to you. There’s no real science or fancy mathematic equations for this. The more tule you use, the thicker the tutu. If you make it longer, it will hang instead of stick straight out. I hot glued some zebra bow to jazz up the tutu a bit. You can add ribbon, sequences, or whatever other bling you can find. The shirt was made using fabric paint and a freezer paper stencil technique, details of which are in a previous blog post.

Monogrammed Burlap Pillows

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What better way to personalize a house or apartment than with monogrammed pillows!? I decided to go with a burlap fabric for a more rustic/natural look with these. Burlap is super cheap and can be found at any fabric or craft store. You will find a greater variety of colors at fabric stores, however.

You will want to cut out two identical squares of fabric (you could also do rectangles if you want rectangle pillows). Make the squares of fabric a little larger than the size you want your pillow to be, because once stuffed they tend to get smaller. Next you want to sew your two squares of fabric together. You will want to lay one square on top of the other and you can also pin them together if you desire. This should make sewing easier. If you are using a fabric with a pattern make sure that the patterned sides of the fabric are touching, aka on the inside of the pillow, because we will be flipping it inside out once it’s sewn together.

Sew around the edge of the pinned square, leaving  a one inch border. **Do not completely sew all the way around; leave about a 4 inch gap so you can flip the fabric right side out. Once you are done sewing that, you will want to flip the sewn squares right side out. This way, the edges of the fabric and threads are on the inside of the pillow where they can’t be seen. While your pillow is still flat and unstuffed, this is a great time to monogram. I decided to use paint to monogram my pillows. You can use fabric paint, but since these pillows were going outside, I just used some leftover wall paint. I just printed out a large “G” from Microsoft Word and then cut out the letter, using the paper as a stencil. You could also do shapes if you didn’t want to monogram.

Once the paint dries, stuff, and then hand stitch your pillow closed. Now after all that “hard” work, rest your head on your lovely new pillows!

Cord Wrapping Tutorial

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This is a great, simple way to jazz up any boring cords you have laying around the house. Additionally, this helps keep them from getting tangled  (to some degree). I just used some light blue string I had leftover from making bracelets, but you can really use any color embroidery thread you have, or any other small string or thread. The process is fairly simple, and repetitive. Start at one end of your cord (I chose to start on the plug side of the headphones) and tie a double knot with your string. Cut off the excess of the short end of the string so it’s not hanging out. So at this point, you should have a very long string that is double knotted to one end of your cord. Tie another knot around the cord and pull tight so that it slides right up next to your double knot. You repeat this process along the entire length of the cord. If you tie the knot the same way everytime, you should end up with a sort of “spiral” design along the length of the cord. If you begin to run out of string, just tie more string onto the end of the current string. You can also switch colors using this method (tying to different colored strings together).

I chose to stop wrapping the cord once it split into the headphones. You simply tie another double knot and cut off the excess string. If you wanted to continue wrapping the headphones all the way to the earbuds, you would end the way explained previously, and then begin again with seperate string on each cord.

Note* You will about three times as much string as the length of you headphone cord! If you want you could even put a little clear nail polish on the ends to keep them from coming untied or fraying.