crafty summer


My name is Lauren and I'm a second year university student in Quebec, Canada. This summer I started making my own diy projects and i've been obsessed ever since. I am going to post how-to's and my finished projects and hopefully inspire others! Feel free to message me if you have any questions :)

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May
18
DEFINITELY going to try this.

DEFINITELY going to try this.

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May
18
Bow Pendant

Materials: picture hanging wire, pen, clear drying glue 

Step 1: Make a figure 8 around your pinky and ring fingers with the wire

Step 2: Slide the wire off your fingers making sure the non-looped part of the wire are crossed over

Steps 3/4: Make a second loop of wire the same size as the first bow loops

Step 5: Twist the longer end of the wire around the middle of the bow 3 or 4 times, cinching the middle of the bow

Step 6: Put a pen through the loops of the bow to round out the loops

Step 7: Paint over the whole bow with glue to set the wires in place


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May
17
Easy DIY Glitter Nail Polish

Materials: clear nail polish, dry glitter (craft stores or walmart), paper funnel

Step 1: Make a paper funnel, making sure the hole will fit in the top of the nail polish bottle

Step 2: You can mix glitter to get multi-coloured or use just one colour

Step 3: Pour the glitter directly into the nail polish bottle. Make sure to use lots of glitter, the more glitter the better.


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May
17
Double braided ring

Step 1: Cut three even pieces of picture hanging wire (about 10cm long) and tape the ends together.  Tape onto a table to make it easier to braid.

Step 2: Once braided, glue each end of the braid to keep it together.  Brush a layer of glue over everything and let dry.

Step 3: twist the braid around your finger to size, making sure it’s not too tight. You can also wrap it around a lip balm tube to get a more perfect circle. Glue the two ends of the braid together, using lots of glue and let dry.


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January
12
First, paint the picture frames with acrylic paint (I bought black at dollarama which cost me $1 for the bottle- it covered the picture frames with 3 coats each plus leftover paint). Wait for the first coat to try and paint 2 more coats. If you want, you can add a coat of paint glaze to make them shiny and more finished looking. Let dry completely for at least 12 hours.
Necklace Frame:
Step 1: Screw one cup hook into the top middle of the picture frame at the back. Screw in the remaining 4 cup hooks so that the hooks are facing down and outwards. Make sure to do this slowly as the wood can split if you are not careful.
Earrings Frame:
Step 1: Flip the picture frame over so the painted side is facing down. Along the sides of the picture frame, mark where you are going to place the screws. You want to make sure that they are even on each side, in order to make sure that the fishing line is straight. I used 6 screws (3 on each side) and placed them farther apart each time so I could have different levels for smaller and larger earrings.
Step 2: Screw in the screws, making sure that they are going in straight and again going slowly so that the wood does not split.
Step 3: Tie the fishing wire around the first screw near the top of the picture frame. Loop the wire onto the screw across from it on the frame, doubling the fishing wire (this makes it stronger and able to hold the earrings better). Tie around the first screw again. Repeat this with the remaining sets of screws.Hang the frames on the wall and start hanging your jewelry! 

First, paint the picture frames with acrylic paint (I bought black at dollarama which cost me $1 for the bottle- it covered the picture frames with 3 coats each plus leftover paint). Wait for the first coat to try and paint 2 more coats. If you want, you can add a coat of paint glaze to make them shiny and more finished looking. Let dry completely for at least 12 hours.

Necklace Frame:

Step 1: Screw one cup hook into the top middle of the picture frame at the back. Screw in the remaining 4 cup hooks so that the hooks are facing down and outwards. Make sure to do this slowly as the wood can split if you are not careful.

Earrings Frame:

Step 1: Flip the picture frame over so the painted side is facing down. Along the sides of the picture frame, mark where you are going to place the screws. You want to make sure that they are even on each side, in order to make sure that the fishing line is straight. I used 6 screws (3 on each side) and placed them farther apart each time so I could have different levels for smaller and larger earrings.

Step 2: Screw in the screws, making sure that they are going in straight and again going slowly so that the wood does not split.

Step 3: Tie the fishing wire around the first screw near the top of the picture frame. Loop the wire onto the screw across from it on the frame, doubling the fishing wire (this makes it stronger and able to hold the earrings better). Tie around the first screw again. Repeat this with the remaining sets of screws.

Hang the frames on the wall and start hanging your jewelry! 


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January
12
I knitted this hat this summer on vacation in Iceland. I knitted it using two straight needles and only a knit stich! Proof that you don’t have to be an advanced knitter to make it work. Although I want to eventually learn how to use circular needles and a bigger variety of stitches.How to: I roughly cast on enough stitches that would fit around a head for the bottom of the hat, then started decreasing at about the middle. I ended with about 10 stitches left on the needles and then sewed up the side to attach it all together.

I knitted this hat this summer on vacation in Iceland. I knitted it using two straight needles and only a knit stich! Proof that you don’t have to be an advanced knitter to make it work. Although I want to eventually learn how to use circular needles and a bigger variety of stitches.

How to: I roughly cast on enough stitches that would fit around a head for the bottom of the hat, then started decreasing at about the middle. I ended with about 10 stitches left on the needles and then sewed up the side to attach it all together.


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June
29
I’d read about making a crackle paint effect with white glue so decided to try it myself. I just painted on the back of a cue card because I didn’t have any scrap wood. I’m going to use this effect to paint picture frames to make my own version of pottery barn jewelry frames from my first post. I’d recommend testing this out on a piece of scrap paper/wood/cardboard to figure out what works before starting to paint!

I’d read about making a crackle paint effect with white glue so decided to try it myself. I just painted on the back of a cue card because I didn’t have any scrap wood. I’m going to use this effect to paint picture frames to make my own version of pottery barn jewelry frames from my first post. I’d recommend testing this out on a piece of scrap paper/wood/cardboard to figure out what works before starting to paint!


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May
02
Baby Bow Knitted Headband
I’m not very experienced at knitting, I only know how to knit stitch on straight needles, but I think the headband turned out pretty well anyway! I don’t know what size the needles were, but they were fairly thin.
Materials: Knitting needles, yarn, sewing needle
Step 1:
Long strip (for headband): cast 10 stitches, length will vary depending on size of baby’s headMiddle strip (for bow): cast 12 stitches, knit about 25 rows -more or less depending on size of bowSmall strip (middle of bow): cast 5 stitches, knit long enough to fit around the bow
Step 2: Using the yarn from end of the long knitted strip and a large sewing needle, sew the two ends together.
Step 3: Pinch the center of the middle knitted strip and wrap the small strip around it.  Sew the ends of the small strip together and to the back of the bow with yarn.  Finally, sew the bow to the headband with yarn and the large sewing needle.  Double knot and cut off excess yarn.

Baby Bow Knitted Headband

I’m not very experienced at knitting, I only know how to knit stitch on straight needles, but I think the headband turned out pretty well anyway! I don’t know what size the needles were, but they were fairly thin.

Materials: Knitting needles, yarn, sewing needle

Step 1:

Long strip (for headband): cast 10 stitches, length will vary depending on size of baby’s head
Middle strip (for bow): cast 12 stitches, knit about 25 rows -more or less depending on size of bow
Small strip (middle of bow): cast 5 stitches, knit long enough to fit around the bow

    Step 2: Using the yarn from end of the long knitted strip and a large sewing needle, sew the two ends together.

    Step 3: Pinch the center of the middle knitted strip and wrap the small strip around it.  Sew the ends of the small strip together and to the back of the bow with yarn.  Finally, sew the bow to the headband with yarn and the large sewing needle.  Double knot and cut off excess yarn.


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    May
    02
    magonnaise:

How to make lovely candle jars using just doilies and burlap, a crafty way to decorate. Click the photo for the how to instructions. 

I’m definitely going to make lots of these for my room next year.

    magonnaise:

    How to make lovely candle jars using just doilies and burlap, a crafty way to decorate. Click the photo for the how to instructions. 

    I’m definitely going to make lots of these for my room next year.


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    May
    01
    For this, I used a fake pearl necklace and some fabric ribbon that I found around my house.
Step 1: string the ribbon through the clasps on either side of the necklace
Step 2: tie the ribbon in a bow depending on the length you want the necklace
Step 3: pull the bottom of the ribbon gently up to the bow
Since this is not permanent, you can change the colour of the ribbon depending on what you’re wearing. For the white ribbon on the bottom left, I hooked the ribbon through, tied a bow at either end and cut off the extra ribbon.

    For this, I used a fake pearl necklace and some fabric ribbon that I found around my house.

    Step 1: string the ribbon through the clasps on either side of the necklace

    Step 2: tie the ribbon in a bow depending on the length you want the necklace

    Step 3: pull the bottom of the ribbon gently up to the bow

    Since this is not permanent, you can change the colour of the ribbon depending on what you’re wearing. For the white ribbon on the bottom left, I hooked the ribbon through, tied a bow at either end and cut off the extra ribbon.


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    May
    01
    How to turn a pearl necklace into a headband.
Step 1: Find a pearl necklace and a thin hair elastic
Step 2: Clip one end of the hair elastic to the necklace clasp. The other side of the clasp should have a small metal hoop. Open that a little bit to put the hair elastic in then close the gap again.

    How to turn a pearl necklace into a headband.

    Step 1: Find a pearl necklace and a thin hair elastic

    Step 2: Clip one end of the hair elastic to the necklace clasp. The other side of the clasp should have a small metal hoop. Open that a little bit to put the hair elastic in then close the gap again.


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    May
    01
    SO CUTE. Can’t wait to try this.

    sunset-vine:

    Find all information about this beautiful design here.


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    May
    01
    instead of making this shirt into another skirt, I decided to belt it and roll up the sleeves to wear it as a dress instead. So easy, and the shirt only cost me $3.

    instead of making this shirt into another skirt, I decided to belt it and roll up the sleeves to wear it as a dress instead. So easy, and the shirt only cost me $3.


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    April
    30
    I made this bracelet with the left over materials from the tshirts.
Step 1: Cut approx 1 inch wide strips from old tshirts or cotton fabric .
Step 2: Holding the strip at one end, stretch out the fabric so it curls in on either side.
Step 3: Tape all three strips beside each other to a table edge and braid them together
Step 4: Tie in a circle and cut extra fabric

    I made this bracelet with the left over materials from the tshirts.

    Step 1: Cut approx 1 inch wide strips from old tshirts or cotton fabric .

    Step 2: Holding the strip at one end, stretch out the fabric so it curls in on either side.

    Step 3: Tape all three strips beside each other to a table edge and braid them together

    Step 4: Tie in a circle and cut extra fabric


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    April
    30
    wore this one today. yay!
(click photo for full tutorial from diyprojects.tumblr.com)

    wore this one today. yay!

    (click photo for full tutorial from diyprojects.tumblr.com)


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