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!

XOXO

 

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

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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.

Viola!

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!

XOXO

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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!

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Update:

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! http://www.twinkleandtwine.com/2012/10/tutorial-ribbon-and-pearl-stretch.html

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!

 

Perfect!

 

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!

XOXO

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?

Crafty Day

So today, after going to my first tailgate at my new university and watching the team completely dominate from home (we couldn’t even get tickets to the game!), I got inspired to do a craft project!  I am super excited because it’s the first project I’ve done in months, especially since I’ve been so busy with moving and then starting law school.

Here’s the layout of everything I used for my project!  I made a similar one for my previous university a few years ago (you’ll get to see it if you scroll down!) and was really excited to make one today for my new university, too.  If you’re wondering why I have cupcake baking cups, there is an explanation!  We don’t have any styrofoam bowls at the apartment yet (which is what I usually use for paint).  These actually worked pretty well!

I started off by painting the letters with the base color.  It ended up taking 3-4 coats to get it to look solid without streaks.  This ended up taking much longer than I expected!  Apparently, paint dries a lot faster in the desert than it does in a place with 80%+ humidity!  Go figure!

         

Once the paint dried, I added the pawprints with white fabric (“puffy”) paint.  It worked great for a couple of reasons.  First, it’s thick enough to cover over the navy blue without a problem and without multiple coats.  It’s easy to work with because of the squeeze bottle and fine tip.  And finally, I think it gives it a fun 3-D effect. 🙂

While the pawprints were drying, I moved on to work on the base.  I decided to use collegiate style letters to spell out my favorite chant and then the self adhesive star gems for a little extra bling!  It’s definitely important to remember spacing when you do this!  As you can see (sort of…) I used my paper towel as scrap paper to write out what I would be spelling on the base to find the center spot.  I then used a ruler to find the center of the base and worked from the center of the base and the center of the letters outward.  Once the letter stickers were in place, I added the gem stars.  I found the letters and the gems in the scrapbook section of the craft store.

I LOVE SPARKLY THINGS!  A little sparkle was just what this project needed!  I originally planned to use ribbon (as I had done with the previous one I made).  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a ribbon that I liked in the colors I needed.  Boo!  I did find this “glitter tape” in the scrapbook section.  Let me tell you, it looks amazing, but it was really hard to make work!  Although it is somewhat sticky, it didn’t want to stay very well, especially on corners and curves.  I fought with it a lot and finally ended up busting out the hot glue gun to force its cooperation.  I also had to use an exacto knife to cut the edges off the back once I finished because it was just a little too wide for the letters.  In short, If I ever make one of these again, I’m using ribbon!

Despite my frustration with the glitter tape, the finished product made it totally worth it!  I am SO happy with it!  I LOVE this!  It is the perfect mix of school spirit and fun crafting and made for a really amazing project.  L-O-V-E!

Past meets present!  Just to give you another example of how to make these fun… 🙂  I am so happy to have both of these, and making each brought me a lot of joy.  Please feel free to take these ideas and apply them to your own crafty plans.

Although I haven’t done most of these yet, I think some other cute ideas would be …

  • Baby gift with the baby’s name
  • Sorority gift with the Greek letters
  • Mother’s Day/ Father’s Day gift (I’ve done both of these!)
  • Birthday gift
  • Engagement or wedding gift with the couple’s initials

Please share photos of anything similar that you’ve done or come up with!  I would love to see what creative ideas you have!

Fun Frames

Ever have an occasion (birthday, Christmas, congratulations, etc.) for which you need a gift for someone… but have NO idea what to get them?  Sure, you care about them enough to give a gift, but maybe not to spend a fortune on it.  Or maybe you just enjoy crafting, like I do!

One of my favorite gifts to give is picture frames.  I try to never give anyone an empty frame.  I usually try to find a photo that is related to the occasion in some way (ie. using a photo of the couple in an engagement gift) or include a carefully written or prettily typed quote.  Of course, the recipient can always put whatever he/she wants into the frame later, but I think it’s nice to give them something that’s already ready to go.

There are different ways to go about this, depending on your level of skill and enjoyment with crafting, your budget, time constraints, etc.  Here are a couple of examples:

Crafty Frame:

I made this frame for a friend’s engagement gift.  I took a plain wooden frame (I found it at Michael’s, but you can get them at just about any craft store, Wal Mart, etc.) and painted the edges white and the main front blue.  I used some of my favorite scrapbooking stuff to decorate the frame, including alpha stickers, 3-D decorations, sticky rhinestones, and rub-ons (on the bottom left).  I also bought wooden letters to spell “love”, painted them, and stuck them on with a hot glue gun.  I chose a photo that I found on her facebook page of her new fiancé  proposing.  She LOVED the frame and it still adorns her office nearly two years later!  The total cost to make the frame was about $5-7, but I admit that I did already have some of the decorations, the paint, and other supplies.  It may have been inexpensive, but she definitely appreciated the time and personalization that went into the gift.

Photo Collage Frame:

I was going to a wedding, and the bride and groom had this photo frame on their registry.  Rather than just sticking an empty frame in a gift bag and calling it a day, I filled the frame with photos of the couple and put their wedding invitation in the center spot.  They LOVED it!  It was a great way to give them something on their registry but personalize it to make it a bit more special.  Plus, I figure every married couple is getting tons of things to set up their home, and this one was ready to hang!

 

These are only a couple of examples, but I hope it’s a good start to convey the idea.  If anyone is interested, I’d be more than happy to do a “part 2” post later and share some others.  Or, if you have any “perfect gift” ideas you’d like to share, please leave a comment… I’d love to hear!