I spent several hours Tuesday and Wednesday crafting – a welcome break from grad school work! I made quite a few things that I want to show you.
Project #1: necklace (inspired by this tutorial)
Supplies needed: fabric (that t-shirt was actually in my car with the rest of the Goodwill stuff when I decided to keep it out and try to use the fabric for something – I’m so glad I did since I hardly bought anything for this project!), felt ($0.25 at Hobby Lobby), necklace (I got mine at Hobby Lobby – $0.75 I think), scissors, hot glue gun.
Squish up the fabric circles and glue onto the felt (see Little Miss Momma’s tutorial – I didn’t take pictures of this part.
Glue all five flowers onto a large piece of felt for the backing, then cut out around the flowers. Attach your necklace (I glue-gunned mine on) – again, see Little Miss Momma’s tutorial for full instructions and pictures.
This was super easy to make and didn’t take too very long (like I said, cutting all the circles took the longest). It was also cheap!
After I finished making this necklace I also wanted to try out a technique for another type of flower that learned about by a tutorial from The Small Things. I used leftover pink t-shirt fabric to make this flower.
Then I bought a stretchy headband at Hobby Lobby and glued them on.
It’s not perfect. I forgot that the headband would stretch when I put it on which stretched out the flowers; I tried to reposition them but then that made a big gluey mess. But now I know for next time.
Project #2: painted leaf serving dish
I had this leaf shaped serving dish thing that I wasn’t really crazy about.
So I bought a little can of spray paint at Hobby Lobby and gave it two quick coats. Took about 5 minutes of actual “work” for me (obviously I’m not including drying time, although it dried pretty quickly). I didn’t sand or prime, just sprayed it like it was. And it turned in to…
Project #3: “I love you because” sign (inspired by this post found via Pinterest)
I cut out letters with my Cricut, attached them to a piece of cardboard, put the glass and cardboard back in, attached ribbon to the back, and hung it up
You can write on the glass with a dry erase marker and it wipes off easily (see the dry erase marker I put above the sign?) so the hubs and I can write messages back and forth. Super quick, super easy, and I had all the materials on hand so I didn’t have to buy anything.
Project #4: legwarmers (idea from this post found via Pinterest)
I went to Goodwill and bought two sweaters, then cut the arms off
If you don’t like to (or know how to) sew, you could honestly just cut off the sleeves and either leave the frayed edges out if you like that look, tuck them under, or put the cut section inside your boots and make the cuff of the sleeve the top of your warmers (if you want to do that, make sure you get a pretty big sweater since the cuffs are usually pretty tight). I decided to go ahead and sew up the edge that I cut. I just turned the sleeve inside out, pinned it, and sewed it up.
Once I got my sewing machine to cooperate it just took a few minutes to sew it up. And know I have cut leg warmers. The best part is that since they don’t have feet in them, you can pull them up as high or push them down as low as you want. See exhibits A, B, and C:
over the knees (sorry for the blurry picture) – this will be so cute layered with skinny jeans!
Project #5 – wreath (copied from here)
I bought a wreath form from Hobby Lobby but I’ve heard you can get them at dollar stores, use pool noodles, or use that gray pipe cover stuff you can buy at Lowe’s – those are possibly cheaper options, although mine was only $2 with a 40% off coupon. I wrapped yarn around the whole wreath, securing with hot glue every few inches. It took a while (an hour maybe?) but I just did it while watching tv.
Then I wrapped my colored yarn around to make the criss cross pattern.
I made a bunch of felt flowers using this tutorial (also time consuming – again, another good project to do while watching tv), hot glued them on, and I had myself a fall wreath.
After burning myself a million times with the hot glue, I’m pretty pleased with how everything turned out. Tomorrow I get to make all sorts of goodies for Trunk or Treat so stay tuned for new recipes (if they turn out well!)
Linking up with the weekend wrap up party at Tatertots and Jello and at the before and after party at Thrifty Decor Chick.