DIY: Jewelry Stand (EASY)

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To channel my inner wanna-be hipster, I hit up a thrift store to see what goodies I could find to DIY. I found these two plates, and candle stick at Value Village and thought that the design and colour really looked great together (super self compliment there haha). This DIY is really great for two reasons: 1) it’s SOO unbelievably easy, and 2) it’s your own personalized design (PLUS, its vintage and so you can add points to your hipster-ness).

Total Cost: $7

Here’s what you need: 

1) 2 plates ($2 for bottom plate, $4 for flower plate. Ideally the bottom plate should be bigger)

2) Candlestick ($2 from thrift store)

3) Glue gun

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Step 1: Measure out where you want the candlestick to go. Line the bottom rim of the candlestick with hot glue, and glue it down in place quickly. (Note: I washed my plates really well before starting this DIY)

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You want to mark out the center of the plate, because if you eyeball it like I did, it ends up being lopsided.

Step 2: Line the top of the candlestick with glue again, and stick your top plate on top.

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And … YOU’RE DONE! Super easy, super cute.

Thanks for reading 🙂

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DIY: Felt Cellphone Case (EASY)

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This is what happens when I go overkill and buy WAY too much felt to make Pusheen the cat (http://wp.me/p5Axyh-I). I wanted to use up my infinite amounts of felt, so I decided to make a cellphone case. My cellphone case is scuffed up, the rubber is peeling, it’s a gross dirty blue (at its prime it was pale blue and clean) and it definitely needed an upgrade.I plan to use the rest of my felt to make a kobo case, and an iPad case … literally a case for everything (the possibilities are endless.. blah blah blah).

Total cost of this DIY: 49 cents 

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Here is what you need:

1. Felt (49 cents per sheet from Michaels. You need two sheets, and I used about 1/3 of each sheet)

2. Thread (I went with red to make the colour really pop)

3. Scissors

4. Ruler

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Step 1: Take the felt you want to be on the inside and measure out the length of the phone by folding the felt over your phone.

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Measure out a little bit more room for the seam.

Step 2: Mark out with a pen the size of felt you wish to cut. The length of the rectangle is what you measured out in step 1, and the width is just the height of the phone.

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Step 3: Measure out the felt you wish to be on the outside of your cover. Add a bit more space (~1/4 inch) on the width of your rectangle as seen below, but keep the length the same as your inside template.

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Step 4: Line up the height of your 2 pieces of felt evenly and start to stitch them together. You want to fully stitch both ends (top and bottom) of the felt pieces (this will be the opening and bottom of the case)

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I suck at sewing. There is no need to be perfect, it still turns out fine (breathe in breathe out).

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See? Terrible skills at sewing but it turns out fine (cheeyah)

Step 5: Once you have the top and bottom sewn, fold the felt in half, and stitch together the length of the felt (which will be the sides of your case) together. At this point you will have an opening at the top and bottom, stitch 1 side together to close up the pocket.

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And you’re done! Not as easy as writing a message and sticking it in a bottle, but its up there. Have fun with it!

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Thanks for reading 🙂

DIY: 1 Step DIY Hair Tie Ribbons

I have paid $10 for a pack of 5 ribbon hair ties … ON SALE. But seriously, these hair ties are not worth $2 bucks a piece. When I found out that you could buy these elastic ribbons in Fabricland it was an eye opening experience and I went a nuts buying ribbons.

Total cost of this DIY: 40 cents (per hair ribbon)

This is so ridiculously simple (1 step), I’m not sure it qualifies as a DIY but here goes.

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Here is what you need: 

1) Assortment of hair ribbons at ~0.2 meters (it was ~$2 per meter so each hair tie was 40 cents). The glitzy gold one is a little bit pricier.

2) Scissors

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Step 1: Wrap the ribbon around your wrist and tie the ribbon in a knot. Cut of the excess ribbon

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That’s it.

Have fun with it, and thank you for reading 🙂

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DIY: Easy Valentine’s Clothespin Photo Display

Admittedly, I’m one of those people who take billions of pictures (FOOD, any Starbucks’s drink, cats, and  of course, friends and family) and will never look back on them again. Until now! I wanted a cheap way to display my photos, and this definitely does the trick.

Total cost of this DIY is $0.75.

I decided to do double duty on this DIY and make it a present for Valentine’s day as well. I wanted to find a cute way to package it, so I scrounged around my house to look for supplies. I used an old CD case to encase the pictures, wrapped up the case with twine (doubling its use as 1) decorative wrapping and 2) to actually hang the photos), attached clothespins to the twine, and inserted instructions for them to “DIY” their own photo display.

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Tips: just pop out the plastic piece that holds CDs to make room for your photos. Measure out your card-stock so it fits in the CD case. I stored 6 photos (with card-stock) in a CD case.

Here’s what you need: 

1. Pictures (19 cents per 4×6 at Walmart. I printed 2×3 pictures by splitting the 4×6 in half at no cost)

2. White cardstock (I took free postcards from Zara with a white background. Teehee!)

3. Twine ($1 at Dollarama)

4. Clothespins ($1 for 24 clothespins at Dollarama)

5. Scissors

6. Pencil

7. Tape or glue (whatever you prefer to stick on your photos)

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Step 1: Measure out your photos, and cut out your card-stock to make a border for your photo. I went with white, because I plan to doodle on the white frames after I put them up.

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Tip: cut your frame so that it covers the border of your photo (so you have room to glue/tape the picture down later)

Step 2: Tape your pictures onto the frames

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Step 3: Hang up your twine onto the wall, and clip the pictures with your clothespins to the twine.

Literally so painless to make. Have fun with it, and thank you for reading 🙂

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DIY: 25 cent Valentine’s Day Gift

This is the perfect personalized gift for your bestie/soulmate/crush/boyfriend/girlfriend/’its complicated’. Whomever it may be, this Valentine’s gift is really simple, super cheap, and is just so darn cute. Each message in a bottle valentine’s day gift cost me less than 25 cents each (whoa, I’m still shocked. But its the thought that counts right?).

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Here’s what you need:

1) Small glass bottles with cork ($1.25 for a pack of 6 from Dollarama)

2) White paper

3) Thread

4) Scissors

5) Clear tape

6) Pens

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Step 1: Cut out pieces of white paper. Make sure the height of the paper pieces is shorter than the height of the bottle so that your message fits.

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Step 2: Write out your messages

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Yes, the message on the far left is a nerdy accounting poem. Fraud does make me sad, but you make me glad… aww?

Step 3: Roll up your messages tightly. Use a small piece of clear tape to seal in the roll. (Optional: use thread and tie a small bow on the roll of paper for decoration

For real? Yup, it really is that easy. Ah-mazing. Once you’re finished, feel free to float it into the ocean! 

Have fun with it, and thank you for reading 🙂

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DIY: Pusheen the Cat

Truth be told, I have an obsession with cats. So this week, I decided to channel my love for cats and make this adorable pusheen (internet cat sensation, second in line to grumpy cat). This DIY is easy to make, and the result is simply ‘awww’ worthy. I honestly need another stuffed toy like a hole in the head, but making pusheen was too cute to pass up. Have fun making the super stuffed, extra fuzzy pusheen!

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Here is what you need:  

1. Fabric (I got my fuzzy fabric from Fabricland for just $5. If you buy end of the roll fabric, you can usually get a steep discount)

2. Felt (49 cents per sheet from Michaels. I bought light grey, dark grey and black, but found the light grey looked best so ended up not using the other colours)

3. Glue gun + glue sticks

4. Black circle buttons ($1.49 from Michaels)

5. Scissors

6. Stuffing ($8 from Fabricland)

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From left to right: Dark grey fuzzy fabric (Fabricland), black felt (Walmart), light and dark grey felt (Michaels), Scissors, black circular buttons (Michael’s), glue gun (Walmart)

How to make Pusheen: 

Step 1: Trace out your pusheen stencil, and cut it out. In total, you will need 1 body, 4 paws, and 1 tail. I googled a picture of pusheen and free handed it.

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Step 2: Put your stencil on top of your fabric and cut out two traced pieces of each shape. In total you will have fabric pieces for 2 bodies, 8 paws, and 2 tails.

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Step 3: Glue gun the pieces together. Glue in small segments to avoid the glue drying it. When gluing making sure to leave a small opening so that you can stuff it.

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Remember when gluing your fabric together, glue the fuzzy sides together. When you flip your fabric inside out you want a clean seam, and the fuzzy fabric to be on the outside.

Step 4: Once all the pieces are glued, flip pusheen inside out.

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Pusheen looks dead, but it will soon look cute (patience).

Step 5: Carefully stuff your pusheen. I put a lot of stuffing in to maximize the cute factor.

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Step 6: Once stuffed, seal up the opening with more glue.

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Step 7: Cut out Pusheen’s light grey patches out of your felt and glue them on to the pusheen body. In total, you will have 3 small long ovals on the forehead, 2 large ovals for the back, 2 strips on the tail, and a mouth in your grey felt (I googled images of pusheen and free handed it). Glue the felt directly onto the pusheen body. Glue on the eyes as well.

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And you’re done !! Have fun with it, and thank you for reading 🙂

Super Easy DIY Gift Idea (Part 1)

In an attempt to get in touch with my creative and thrifty side, I decided to give this DIY a shot. The materials used are inexpensive and the number of steps to creating these personalized mugs don’t even hit double digits (I promise, super easy!).  My favourite of the three mugs is definitely the mustache! But honestly, the other two mugs gave me a lot more room to doodle so I can’t complain.

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Here is what you need:

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1. Mug ($1.50 each from the most useful store in life, Dollarama)

2. Chalkboard spray paint (I purchased mine from Home Depot for $7.29)

3. Tape (I used scotch tape and packing tape)

4. Chalk

5. Scissors

How to make your DIY mug: 

Step 1: Tape areas you don’t wish to  paint. Mustache mug: trace out a mustache design on packing tape, cut out a stencil, and then stuck it onto the mug. Note: for the grey mug, I created the design using a paintbrush (Spray some paint onto a paper plate then dip a paintbrush into the paint to free-handing the design) 

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Step 2: Spray an even coat using the spray can instructions. I did two coats.

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Step 3: Let the mugs dry overnight, and then remove the tape. I had some spray paint that accidentally was sprayed onto the mug which I cleaned with a wet paper towel.

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Step 4: Start doodling. Woohoo you’re done!

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As promised, the DIY mugs are cute and pretty painless to make. Have fun with it!