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Thursday, February 11, 2016

DIY Arrow Hair Bow Holder

I've got two little girls at my house, and that means I've also got a million hair bows. I got tired of digging through the hair bow bin trying to find the one I was looking for, so I decided to make a hair bow organizer to hang on the wall in the girls room.

I made these arrows as decor for my craft room and decided they would make a perfect hair bow holder!

To make an arrow hair bow holder, you will need:
  • wooden dowel
  • scrapbook paper
  • hot glue gun
  • Elmers glue stick
  • lace or ribbon

Cut the paper into strips wide enough to wrap around the dowel. Cover them liberally with the glue stick, then wrap them around the dowel and keep pressing until the glue dries enough to stick.

Use hot glue to attach ribbon to dowel. Cut an arrow point and an arrow tail and secure them to the ends of the dowel with hot glue.

 And that's all there is to it! To attach mine to the wall, I made a small ribbon loop in the center of the arrow and attached it with more hot glue. Then I nailed one small brad into the wall and hung the arrow from it. I put little pieces of sticky tac (you know, that blue stuff teachers use on posters?) under the arrow head and tail to keep the whole thing from shifting.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Beaded Crochet Wrap Neckace Pattern and Tutorial

Have you ever used beads on a crochet project before? It's a fun and suprisingly easy way to spice things up. Today I'm sharing a free pattern for a beaded crochet wrap necklace. It's kind of a mix between a necklace and a scarf with the addition of pretty beads. I'll teach you how to add beads to any crochet project and share the pattern for this fun project.

To make your necklace, you will need:

Size 10 crochet thread and glass E-beads

- crochet thread size 10 (check out all the different color options like coral and turquoise!)
- embroidery needle (check to make sure the beads fit over the head)

The first step is to string the entire package of beads onto your ball of  thread using the embroidery needle. This takes a while, but the beads are worth it, so turn on Netflix and handle it.

Beaded Crochet

Once all of your beads are strung, you can begin crocheting! I've written out the entire pattern at the bottom of this post so you can easily refer back to it while you're working.

Here are a few photos to help you understand how to add the beads. When the pattern calls for a bead, bring one up, yarn over, then pull through. It's really not much different than a normal chain stitch, you just chain around the bead!

Beaded crochet tutorial

The only other stitch you need to know is the shell stitch. The shells connect the layers of beaded chains together.

The shell stitch is two double crochet, chain 1, two double crochet, all in the same space.

Here's a close up of what the shell stitches look like when complete:

Beaded crochet necklace tutorial

Ready to get started? I promise it's easy once you get going. I was able to complete the whole necklace in about two hours and that's while I was crocheting with friends, so I was very distracted!

Beaded Crochet Wrap Necklace

blunt tip embroidery needle (check to make sure the beads fit over it)

Using the embroidery needle, string all of the beads onto the thread.

Ch 4.

*(Ch around 1 bead, ch 2.) Repeat 7 times. Ch 7.*

Repeat between ** 13 times.

Ch around 1 bead, ch 3.

Now you should have 14 beaded sections.

Slip stitch into 1st chain to make a complete circle.

In the same stich, ch 2, DC, ch 1, 2DC. This is the shell stitch.

*Ch 2. Ch around 1 bead, ch 2. Repeat 7 times. Ch 2.

Shell stitch: Sl st into ch 1 space (center of previous shell), ch 2, DC, ch 1, 2 DC*

Repeat between ** all the way around the circle.

Repeat until you have five different strands all connected together with shell stitches. Of course, you can customize this and make it thinner or thicker depending on the number of strands you choose to do. Just remember that if you go thicker, you'll need to add more beads to your thread before you start crocheting.

Tie off and weave in ends.

Pattern and tutorial for beginners

I love my necklace! It's such a fun and unique accessory that I think I'll make a few more in different colors with different kinds of beads. I think I NEEEED one in coral, don't you?

How to add beads to crochet projects. Free pattern!

If you use this pattern, I'd love to see your creations and share them on my Facebook page. Leave a comment below or send me an email! Thanks, and happy crocheting!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

DIY Geometric Metallic Vase

Spring is coming and I can't wait for the flowers in my yard to start growing. I also can't wait for the ice to melt off the driveway and the snow to stop already. But that's another story. To plead celebrate the coming of Spring, I set out to make a DIY vase. It had to meet a few criteria: unique, opaque (I hate worrying about seeing ugly stems or coming up with a filler), and inexpensive. This is what I came up with:

Metallic Geometric Vase

Isn't it pretty? I'm a sucker for metallics and the geometric pattern keeps the whole thing looking uber modern. And guess what? It's so easy to make! It took me maybe five minutes.

I picked up a straight sided vase from the dollar store...

Dollar Store Vase Makeover

...and a stack of metallic gold paper from Michaels.

Gold Wedding Decor

This is where it gets so easy that it's kind of embarrassing. I cut the paper down to the same size as the vase, then wrapped it around and taped in on!

Easy Gold Foil Vases

Isn't it so pretty? It totally looks like an expensive vase and it cost me almost nothing.

Easy Gold Geometric Vase

I can't wait to fill it with tulips in a few more months. Won't they look fab?

These vases would also be perfect for wedding centerpieces or any other glam party.

Easy Inexpensive DIY vases for wedding, party, home decor