DIY Spirit Bows

Since moving to the Eastern U.S., I have noticed that girls do a lot more to dress for foootball in a cute and spirited way than I’m used to.  I LOVE it!  I wanted to get in on it, so this fall I’ve made myself a pretty hairbow to wear to tailgates and for gameday.  I had fun making it, I think it turned out really cute, and it’s actually not that difficult once you get the hang of it.  I got compliments on it after just one game, so I think it’s a hit!

Here is the ribbon I picked for my bow. I liked the sparkly silver for a little pop of fun!

The finished product!

The perfect accent for gameday!

I would love to make my own tutorial to teah you how to make these bows, but I am just not talented enough to explain it very well! I used both of the following tutorials together to make my bow, and I think they are both very helpful.   I tried incorporating the silver glittery ribbon as a third layer on top of the navy and white, but it really just didn’t work well.  It was tough to wrangle all three ribbons and fold them all properly.  In addition, instead of making separate bows and layering them once finished, I stacked the white ribbon on top of the navy and folded them together to make one unified bow.  I personally like the look better that way, but you can also do it how the tutorials recommend and I think it will still look great.  I played around with the ribbon quite a bit before I actually cut any to get a good idea of how I wanted to do it and how much ribbon I would need.  I hope you find these helpful, and let me know if I can answer any questions about how I made mine!  I found the video on the Southern Plate page extremely helpful, but found that using both tutprials together really helped me understand the best ways to work with the ribbon, so I would recommend checking out both!

TwentyThreeOhOne: The Hair Bow

Southern Plate: How to Make Hair Bows, Video, & Step by Step

I hope you have as much fun as I did!  I am planning to make a couple of different style bows over the next months, so I will be sure to post updates as I have them!  Do you have any favorite hair bow techniques or styles?  What about favorite gameday accessories or outits?  Please share in the comments!



***Special thanks to the authors of the blogs featuring the tutorials that I have linked to!


DIY Pearl and Ribbon Bracelet

I know it’s been a while since my last post, and I apologize!

I recently completed this fun DIY project that I found on Pinterest.  I love how versatile this project can be.  You can make a bracelet or a necklace or whatever  you fancy.  You can also use whatever color ribbon you have on hand or choose, and I also found a couple of different shades of pearls that I am eager to try next!  I think this is so fun because it creates a very classy statement piece, but it’s very customizable and affordable.  For the same price as buying a completed bracelet, you can have the materials to make several.  I hope you enjoy!

This is all I needed for the project, plus a pair of scissors 🙂

I measured the ribbon, but I should have cut it longer. I wrapped it around my wrist twice and then about doubled it, and it wasn’t as long as I needed. I would recommend cutting it extra long… you can easily trim excess if you need to, but you can’t add more!
I tied a trial bow to see how much ribbon to leave on the end. I then tied a knot with just a little more than needed ribbon for the bow on the end. I then threaded the clear cord through the knot so that it stays put and then through the needle. The biggest problem I ran into with this project is that the cord wouldn’t fit through the hole in the pearl bead when it was threaded through the needle. This is because you’re then trying to fit the cord doubled up plus the needle through the bead. Instead, I had to unthread and rethread the needle every time, which was a hassle! Maybe try a thinner cord or beads with a bigger hole, but it is doable this way.

Here’s a more close up shot

Basically, you will weave the ribbon in between and around each bead. This was actually a lot more difficult than it looked! It’s a bit tough to get the ribbon not to slip, especially since the pearl beads are so smooth and round. In between each bead, the ribbon will be doubled, and then weaved underneath the pearl bead. Be careful to thread the cord through the *middle* of the ribbon, or it will be lopsided! Also, try to make each doubled section as close to the same size as possible.

Once you reach the end of the alloted space (make sure that there is enough ribbon at both ends to tie the bow!), tie another knot and thread the cord through the knot and tie a knot in the cord on the other side of the ribbon knot.


I know it’s not perfect, but this was my first try!  Ideally, I would have had the pearls go throughout the entire bracelet up until the bow, but like I said, I cut the ribbon a bit shorter than I should have.  I plan on making a few more of these with the materials I already bought, so I’ll be sure to post photos of them when I have them!

I hope you enjoy this project!  Please feel free to share photos if you try this project, I’d love to see them!  Also, I would love any ideas you have for other DIY jewelry projects!



Here is the pin that I used as inspiration.  I, unfortunately, have been unable to find the original source for the image, but I want to give credit as well as I can.  Theirs turned out a lot better than mine!



I found this awesome tutorial that is really helpful and shows step-by-step instructions for a very similar bracelet AND for some variations.  Check it out for more information!

DIY “Make a Wish” Dandelion Seed Necklaces


My friend and I saw these adorable dandelion seed “wish” necklaces online (via Pinterest and Etsy) and just adored them.  The thing is, I didn’t feel like waiting for shipping… and I realized I could easily make them myself!  So I collected a dandelion outside my apartment (I actually think this makes it more meaningful), found some miniature bottles and other supplies, and off I went!

I’ll be honest, the hardest part was finding the mini glass corked bottles.  Everything I searched online gave me ordering them online… and if I wanted to wait for shipping I’d just buy the necklace.  So, after being unsuccessful elsewhere, I happened to get lucky and find them at the Joann’s in my town, and I was super excited!

Basically, the concept is very simple.  I even bought leather necklaces to make my life EVEN easier, though you could use a chain or ribbon or whatever else you like.  I thought the leather would keep with the cool, earthy feel of the dandelion seed.  First, take one of the little seeds and push it into the little bottle.  I used tweezers and that helped a lot.  I also had to be careful because on the first try, the seed wias a little bit too tall for the bottle I bought.  I fought a bit to get it out, and then chose a slightly smaller one and also bent (very carefully) the stem of it right above where the seed at the bottom is so that it was a bit more flexible and fit better.  After that, I used super glue to secure the cork in the top, used a connector ring thingy to attach the bottle to the leather cord, and voila!

Super easy, super cute, and super fun!


This is all I needed to make the necklaces!


Here's a close up of the bottles


Bottles with the seeds in them


Seeds in bottles


Make a wish!


One for her and one for me!


I recommend wearing these with dark colors so that it’s easier to see the actual seed inside the bottle.  They’re very delicate, so they can easily become lost in a lighter color or against a pattern.  I got a compliment the first time I wore mine!


Please feel free to share any of your favorite ideas for DIY jewelry in the comments, or let me know if you try making these and how it works out for you!



Polka Dot Flowers Craft Night


Hooray for Spring Break!  It feels like an eternity since the last time that I had some time to relax and not worry too much about school… So this break is much needed!

A couple of the girls and I decided to have a craft night.  After stalking Pintrest for a bit for inspiration, we headed to Michaels to see what looked fun.  We were having a bit of a hard time deciding until we saw these adorable polka dot flowers!

So adorable!


Once we saw them, it was basically settled!  We picked out some vases and some ribbon.  In the meantime, I came across an adorable feather with some pearl accents.  I’m not usually the feather type, but this was just so pretty!  I grabbed it and said I didn’t even care what I did with it, I just wanted it… I feel like that’s one of tose things that happens more often in a craft store than any other stores!

So, here are a few photos from our fun craft night!  I think our projects turned out really well.  We had no idea we would be arranging flowers as our craft, but it ended up being really fun!  We had a great time, and now we have some adorable semi-matching decorations! ❤

This is how *I* do ribbon! It turned out that it had a sticker backing, so it was really easy to add to the vase!




My polka dot flower vase!


This is what I ended up doing with the pearl feather! I think the cherry blossoms were the PERFECT addition to celebrate the anniversary of my D.C. engagement last year! I love the pink mini-bottle, which I filled with pearls! Around the bottom are some of the tulip petals from my previous post, which have just started falling today.


Close up on the cherry blossoms and pearl feather


The final product of our polka dot flowers craft night! ❤


Have you done any fun, easy crafts recently?  Please share them in the comments, I am always looking for new ideas!


Fun Frame!

Last weekend, my fiance was playing a video game on the computer WHILE watching UFC.  Ummm… no thank you!  So in an effort to not be overwhelmed by his manliness, I baked the healthy banana nut muffins from my earlier post and decided to be a little crafty, too!  The project below was the result of that craft adventure… A three tiered frame that I decorated to reflect the three groups of girls I love!

The supplies I used!

This is the glitter spray paint that I used at the end




This was the clever idea my fiance had to let the glitter paint dry after I sprayed it on outside!

Here’s a close up with the glitter!

I had a lot of fun making this project, and I can’t wait to put the photos in (I just have to find somewhere that will print them at the 3.5 x 3.5 size or get some photo paper for home!) and hang it up!  Have you made any fun craft projects lately?

Ornament Making Party

A Part of the “Getting in the Christmas Spirit” Series

As a way to take a much needed break from law school study week, my fiance and I hosted a get together at our apartment.  We invited a few friends to go to a craft store, pick out some supplies, and come back to our place to make holiday crafts!  We all made some pretty fabulous ornaments and I definitely enjoyed the company and the crafting!  I think this was one of the best holiday ideas ever!  Not only did we get to create some holiday cheer, but we did it together and our ornaments turned out great.  We had a good mix of crafty people, which made it even easier. 🙂  Anyway, I think this is something that can be very easily done with a group of friends and would be a fantastic tradition!

I figured I’d share a few of the ornaments that we collectively made.  If you want to host a similar party, please let me know how it goes and what other ideas you come up with!  In the meantime, hopefully some of the ornaments we made can be inspiration for some of you, as well.  Enjoy!

Totally adorable!  Ornament stuffed with glittery snow, a baby sock for a hat, and a face drawn or painted on!

Sometimes a mistake in crafting turns into something amazing! My fiance tried something that didn’t turn out how he planned, but then turned it into what looks like a snowstorm in an ornament!

I love this one!

One of the guests made one ornament for each roommate! So sweet!

Another oops turned awesome! The mini-Santa got stuck, so she turned it into a house with a chimney!

So simple, but I love it! Just stuck tinsel inside and twisted on a pre-made bow!

Some ornaments hanging to dry

Wooden Ornaments

A Part of the “Getting in the Christmas Spirit” Series

Hooray for Christmas Crafting!!!  You know I love it!

A couple of years ago, my fiance (boyfriend at the time) were house-sitting over Thankgiving weekend for some family friends.  We decided to find something fun to keep us busy and get in the Christmas spirit since we couldn’t be at home decorating, and this is what we found!  We bought these kits at Michaels that included a few wooden ornaments, markers, and glitter pens.  Not only was it a ton of fun to do, but it also made for a great way to decorate a mini-tree in a fun style!  And since we were at someone else’s house, it was great that these were a craft project with no mess!




So easy and so much fun!  We are planning to host an ornament decorating get-together this weekend, so I am sure I will have some additions to post!  Please feel free to share any of your ideas, as well! 🙂