Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tutorial: JCrew inspired Bracelet

I've been seeing this great big diamond bracelet all over the blogosphere. I finally found out that it is a JCrew bracelet, and will set you back over $100. I may be making the "big bucks" now at my first real person job, but...not that big of bucks. So I became resourceful and made my own! I love the way it turned out, and it was super easy.

 Top: the inspiration (seen here)
Bottom: the homemade version

 Step 1: Supplies. This only required 3 things, all found at your local craft store: 8-10 large diamond buttons, a lobster clasp, and jump rings (these are 6 mm). Total cost: $15.  You will also need a pair of pliers.
 I laid out my supplies with an already made bracelet so I knew how long I would want it to be.
Step 2: Attach the jump rings to the lobster clip by simply opening the ring up enough to slip it onto the clip. I added 4 rings until I added the first button.
Step 3: Attach button.
Step 4: Add 3 more jump rings, add another button, and keep going until the bracelet is as long as you want it to be. Then add enough jump rings at the end so you can put it on. Done! Super easy, only takes ~20 mintues, and you save yourself $100+.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Tutorial: Window Pane Jewelry Board + our first Giveaway!

I know I've mentioned my jewelry board before but I just really love it! Both Viktoria and I have one, but it was time that Karoline got one as well. My mom made one for her 16th birthday, and documented the process. Make sure to read to the bottom to see our first giveaway!

before and after

Step 1: Find your window pane. This one was found in our barn.

Step 2: This window pane still had all of the glass in it, so it had to be removed. A screwdriver, hammer and sandpaper was used to remove the glass. Once the glass has been removed, sand down the wood. It doesn't have to be perfect (so you can keep that vintage look!) but just enough so you can paint it.

Step 3: Paint the frame. It took 3 coats to get the kind of coverage needed. (P.S. how funny is that old shower curtain used as a backdrop for painting?)
Step 4: You will need a piece of wood that is the same size of your picture frame. You can have this cut at any place that sells wood. A piece of burlap is cut about an inch wider on each side, and then stapled onto the wood. Burlap was used since it adds texture without being distracting like a patterned piece of fabric would be.

Step 5: At this point you will be combining the wood and the window pane. This requires a bit of planning ahead because you can use longer screws so that they can also be used for the pulls to be attached to the front.
Step 6: Add the pulls and hooks. You can use any assortment of pulls - my mom usually uses a mix of vintage thrifted pulls, and store bought ones. DIY silk flowers were glued onto the corner (tutorial to come!)

Step 6: Attach a hanger to the back, and hang up! I love the way this turned out, especially how the headbands are incorporated!

The button earring frame was hooked to the bottom of this frame.

GIVEAWAY: We are giving away one button earring picture frame! All you have to do is become a follower or like us on facebook, and leave us a comment telling us how you follow us! Giveaway ends Friday, 3 February 2012.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Tutorial: Homemade Earrings Frame

It is Karoline's 16th birthday tomorrow! And to keep with the homemade presents, here is another quick and easy step by step tutorial on how to make your own earrings frame. This would look great next to my jewelry frame!

Step 1: My mom found a simple frame at Vinny's, and painted it white with several coats of acrylic paint.

Step 2: Hot glue buttons onto the frame. This frame got all white/cream buttons, but you can use whatever colors you want!

Step 3: Cut a square piece of plastic mesh that fits exactly into the picture frame. Then cut a piece of burlap that is about 1 inch wider on each side, so that when you lay the plastic mesh on top of the burlap, there is about 1 inch of burlap on each side.
 Step 4: Using a staple gun, staple the plastic mesh/burlap onto the back of the frame, where the glass would normally be placed.
Step 5: Cut off the overlapped burlap.
 Step 6: Finished!

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Tutorial: Mini Light Flowers

Winter can become really dull and drab if you let it. Nothing like a little crafting with lights to cheer you up!

Step 1: Cut felt strips that are about 1 foot by 1 inch. Cut in fringe.
Step 2: Place a pencil on one end of the strip. Using fabric glue, draw a line down the non-fringe strip. Don't glue the part where the pencil will roll.

 Step 3: Roll!
 Step 4: Wrap a rubber band around your felt roll, and let dry completely.
 Step 5: Make more!
 Step 6: Take the rubber band off, pull the pencil out and replace with a light bulb. It is highly recommended that you use LED mini lights, because they do not heat up - therefore there is not fire hazard!
 Step 7: Hang somewhere cute, and admire.


Monday, January 16, 2012

Everyone gets a Hook

A couple years ago, we made our own coat hook rack for the mud room. We had one long piece of wood, which was (evenly and fairly, of course) split into 4 sections. We each had the chance to paint whatever we wanted "our" hook portion to look like...similarly to the Family Pole. The pictures above each of our sections are just printed from the MacBook. These are at least 7 years old...which is why we all look so young (and why Karoline looks like a demon child).

My hooks!
Of course Tobi gets hooks too!

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