DIY Valentine’s Wreath

DIY Valentine’s Wreath

I went to three Dollar Trees in one day to find the supplies for a specific craft.  When I couldn’t locate a specific component, I made this wreath instead.

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DIY Graphic T-shirt

DIY Graphic T-shirt

It’s no secret that I am a bit of a cheapskate.  So when I decided that I wanted a new t-shirt with a camera on it for my photography job this summer, I scourged the internet for the most inexpensive shirt I could find.  I found an adorable shirt for only $10 and was ready to check-out of the online store when an idea came to me.

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Last year I ordered a camera shirt for the summer.  When the shirt came in the mail, it was the wrong size.  The store sent a replacement and offered to let me keep both shirts.  Since then, the incorrectly sized shirt has been sitting in my craft drawer.

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Using a Goodwill t-shirt, the too-large shirt in my craft drawer, and some acrylic paint, I recreated the online $10 steal for less than $4.  A penny saved is a penny earned.

Supplies:

  • Ill-fitting graphic tee
  • Properly fitting plain tee
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Cardboard

Directions

  • Cut out the image of the ill-fitting tee.
  • Pin the image onto the shirt that fits.

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  • Use a zig-zag stitck to sew the image onto the shirt.
  • Place cardboard inside the shirt so that it separates the two layers of material.

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  • (The next two steps are optional)
    • On a piece of paper, I wrote the text that I wanted to add, and I placed it on the shirt to decide where I wanted it.ohsnap4
    • I used permanent marker to lightly write the text on the shirt before painting it.ohsnap3
  • Use acrylic paint to decorate the shirt.

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  • Let dry.

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DIY Quote Canvas

DIY Quote Canvas

I write everything down.  Everything.  If you were to see my planner, you would probably get lost trying to interpret the scribbles and chicken scratch that litter the pages.  The reason that I write everything down is that I don’t want to forget it.  I think that wall decor should serve the same purpose.  Pictures remind us of past experiences, and plaques convey important messages.

If you are looking for a creative way to post a long-term reminder, this DIY quote canvas is a simple, inexpensive project that can be completed quickly.

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  • foam poster board
  • material
  • paint
  • paintbrush
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • duct tape

Directions

1. cut material large enough to wrap around the poster board

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2. wrap material tightly around poster board and secure with duct tape

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3. if desired, pencil your quote onto the material

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4. paint design onto material

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5. let dry

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6. display your artwork

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Dorm Tour

Dorm Tour

I am happy to link up once again for Fiesta Friday; it has been months since I have been able to join the party!

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So many different adjectives could describe this week: busy, crazy, informative, fun, rainy, laughable, stressful, insightful, and tiring.

I moved back onto campus Monday, and I have spent the week training to be a Resident Assistant (RA) once again this semester.  In the few moments that I have not been helping the deans create welcome bags, input student medical data, or assign roommates, I have been cleaning and decorating my hall.

Thankfully, I was able to come a little early on Monday and set most of my room up.  I always feel better once my bed is made, my walls are covered in pictures, and my t-shirts are folded and placed in ROY G BIV order in the bottom drawer. (It took me quite a while to hang all of my photos and organize all of my clothes).  Today I am FINALLY posting pictures of my room before students arrive this afternoon.

I usually leave my closet doors bare, but I had over 75 pictures to hang this year, so 18 of them are taped to the closet.

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My grandma bought me this clock for Christmas my senior year of high school.  I absolutely love it, but I always forget to put a battery in it…it’s only right twice a day (10:37 am and 10:37 pm).

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One of the benefits of being an RA is having your own room.  This is the extra bed that will probably be used less than 3 times all year.

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My desk is where I spend most of my time.  I really don’t like the school’s hard desk chairs, so I usually sit on an exercise ball.  However, I left my pump at home, so I have just been sitting on my knees until my dad brings the pump later today.

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I could probably survive just fine with only my bed and dresser.  As long as I have clothes, a clean room, and sleep, I am a happy girl.

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Do you prefer bare walls or lots of photos?

Can you sleep in a messy room, or do you always clean it before laying down for the night?

Making Memories…and Memory Quilts

Making Memories…and Memory Quilts

As a teenager, going to High Point Camp was the highlight of my summers.  I loved meeting people from across the country (I even met a girl from Hawaii), riding on tubes behind the speed boat, zooming down the zip-line, and learning about God’s Word in chapel services. I recently finished sewing my second quilt–a t-shirt memory quilt from all of my High Point Camp t-shirts.  This time, I took step-by-step pictures to show others how simple this daunting project can be.

Supplies:

  • old t-shirts
  • fusible interfacing
  • material
  • quilt batting
  • scissors
  • pins
  • coordinating thread

Directions:

1. To begin, select which shirts you would like to use to make the front of the quilt.  Sketch a layout for your quilt and decide how large your quilt will be.

Because I had 3 columns of shirts and each shirt was a 12 by 12 square, I knew that my quilt would be at least 1 yard wide with no borders.  I added a 1-inch border between each set of shirts, making the face of the quilt 38-inches across.  Additionally, I estimated the length of the quilt to be 47-inches.

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2. Select fabric to make borders between each of your shirt squares.  Measure the fabric to be the desired width and length, and mark it with chalk.

In order to make 1-inch borders, I cut the material 2-inches wide, allowing for 1/2-inch seams.  Because my shirt squares were going to be 12-inches, I cut the border material 13-inches long.  I also cut two longer strips to go between the three shirt columns. 

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3. Cut the material according to your measurements.

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4. Measure, mark, and cut interfacing to be ironed onto shirts.

I purchased a 13×13-inch square of plexiglass at a home improvement store.  I placed this square on the interfacing and traced around it to mark the size I needed.  Once again, I allowed for 1/2-inch seams.

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5. Turn shirts inside-out.  Following the package instructions, iron the interfacing onto the inside of the shirt.

The plexiglass can also be used to ensure that the shirt’s image will fit in your selected square.

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6.  Cut along the edge of the interfacing to separate your shirt square from the rest of the shirt.

A rotary cutter is ideal for this step.  However, mine was too dull and tore the shirt instead of cutting it neatly.

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7. Once all the square are cut, lay the border pieces and shirt pieces out in a grid to make sure that everything is cut correctly.

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8. Pin together strips and shirts to make vertical columns.

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In my case, I made three vertical columns.

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9. Using the pins as guides, sew the border pieces and shirt squares together.

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10.  Iron the seams flat.

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11. Repeat steps nine and ten to connect all shirt squares and borders.

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12.  Once the front of your quilt is sewn together, it is time to put all three layers together.  Lay a large piece of material face-down on the floor.  This will become the back of your quilt.

I used a flat sheet and cut off the hems.

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13.  On top of the bottom material, lay the quilt batting (cut to size) and the top portion of your quilt.

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14. Use spray adhesive to secure the batting to the bottom.  Repeat to attach the top to the batting.

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15.  “Stitch in the ditch” to quilt all three layers together.

16. Fold the back of the quilt over to make a hem.  Pin and sew.

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17.  Enjoy using your new quilt!

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What was your favorite summer activity as a teenager?

What sentimental items do you want to recycle/re-purpose?

Upcycled Earings

Upcycled Earings

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I will be the first to tell you that I am frugal.  I make no qualms about it.  That is why I could not pass up this pair of $1 earrings.  When I bought them, they were simple gold medallions.  After a few years of wear, the edges began to turn green, and children at the daycare began asking me if the earrings changed color in the sun.  I decided it was time to either retire the earrings or recycle them in some way.

With a simple coat of paint, I gave these earrings a second life.

 

Up-cycled Earrings:

Supplies:

  • old earrings
  • acrylic paint
  • paintbrush

Directions:

  • Use the paintbrush to coat the front of the earrings with a layer of paint.  Let dry.
  • Paint the back of the earrings.  Let dry.
  • Repeat steps one and two a couple times so that there are multiple layers of paint.
  • Wear your “new” earrings.
DIY Headband Holder

DIY Headband Holder

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While looking for images to use in another post, I came across a few step-by-step pictures from when I made a headband holder for my dorm room.  I am a hair-accessory-lover, and this simple hanger has kept my headbands in line for the past two years.  With just a few quick stitches (and even less if you use grosgrain ribbon instead of a fabric scrap), you can have your own headband organizer!

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Supplies

  • fabric scrap cut 2 inches by 30 inches (or a 30-inch strip of ribbon)
  • coordinating thread
  • sewing machine
  • scissors

Directions

If you are using ribbon, skip to step 3.

1. Place the fabric horizontal in front of you.  Starting at one end, fold the two long sides in so that they slightly overlap.  Pin the sides in place.

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2. Run the entire piece of fabric long-ways through the sewing machine to make a long strip, removing pins as you go. 

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3.  Fold the strip in half by placing the two ends together.  (Sadly, this is where my pictures end!)

4. Sew a short, straight stitch across the folded strip every 2-3 inches.

5.  Hang and slide headbands into slots.

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