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DIY Party Decor: Vase Covers (on the cheap!)

I discovered another trick for using tights in unexpected ways (see yesterday's post). In my never-ending quest to find cheap party decor tricks that don't involve plastic items from the party store, I am always spicing up plain vases from the dollar store. And one of my rules is that the decor has to be removable so I can continue using these vases. I realized I can easily customize these vases to any color scheme and it is so cheap!

The easiest, most comfortable headband you'll ever make!

This doesn't really deserve a tutorial. It's soooo easy. I've been wearing these headbands for years. In fact, my favorite brown headband is going strong after 2 years of constant use. The trick to the most comfortable headband ever? Old tights!

Party Decor (on the cheap!): Springy Floral

We recently had our quarterly office meeting and my team was in charge of decorating. So you know I had to pull out my cheap party tricks. (See previous ideas - general tips, baby shower ideas, liners in a cup). I added a new trick to my arsenal - floral letters. Now, this isn't a new idea but it is so easy to pull off and looks awesome.

How-To: Faux Chalkboard Card


I originally created this tutorial for Crafts Unleashed. They provided the supplies; all content is my own.

This chalkboard effect is very easy to create if you have the right supplies. And don't you think this card is perfect for Teacher's Appreciation Week? Let's get started!

DIY Multi-Strand Eclectic Bracelet

Guess what? It's time for another Quarterly Collab post! Check out our last project to see what we've been up to and learn about the six other creative bloggers that made jewelry project this quarter.
I love bracelets but I rarely wear them because they seem to get in the way of typing, which is a big part of my day job. Regardless, my collection is ever growing. I make them because 1. They are really fun to make and wear 2. I rarely find bracelets to fit my wrist! If you have a small or large wrist, you know the pains of trying to find a bracelet that will fit. Most bracelets are made to the 7inch standard. 

This bracelet is definitely DIY-able but it isn't exactly a beginner's project. It takes a bit of time and patience and utilizes several jewelry-making techniques. I would say it is an intermediate project because of the amount of supplies and techniques required. Let's get started!
Supplies:
Chain-nose pliers (these are optional but I find them quite handy for using jump rings and headpins)
Wire cutters
Round-nose pliers or a 3-in-1 tool (pictured)
3 types of chain, preferably including one chunky chain
Beads (I used white magnesite rondelles, turquoise glass, wood, black metal and horn)
Connectors (a finding with the a hole on either end or an open-shaped finding)
Headpins
Jump rings (it's nice to have various sizes to accommodate the different chains)
Clasp

Step 1: Measure your wrist with a tape measure or just by wrapping chain around your wrist. Using the wire cutters, cut your chain about .5inches shorter than your wrist size. I have a 6in wrist so I cut my chain to 5.5 inches. 


 Step 2: Prep your beads. This means you will put a bead on a headpin, 'break the neck' of the headpin, and then create a loop at the end of the pin. I have an in-depth tutorial that shows you how to do this. For this project, I find it best not to wire wrap the headpins but, if you are an advanced jewelry-maker, you could totally do this.
 Step 3: Lay out your design. Be sure to space the beads out so they aren't all on top of each other once you connect all three chains. And you want most of your design to focus on the middle of the chain because that is the part you will see when you wear the bracelet.
 Step 4: This is probably the most crucial step. Connect the beads to the chain, just as you laid out the design. This requires cutting the chain at particular locations, sliding the bead onto the chain and closing it with pliers. You'll see your chain length grow. Though I ended up using less chain because I ended some of the chain with beads and didn't reattach chain to the other side. Connect the connectors using jump rings.
 Step 5: Attach a jump ring to one end of the chains.
 Step 6: Holding that jump ring in one hand, attach another jump ring to the other end of the chains. Start with the shortest chain and slide all the chains on at that length. Cut the excess chain.
 Step 6: Attach the clasp to one of the jump rings.
 Step 7: You may or may not need this step. If you shortened your chain along the way like I did, add a piece of chain to one of the big jump rings. This serves an extender. I like this for multiple reasons - 1. It is very easy to adjust the length 2. It keeps all the fun stuff in the middle of your wrist 3. It's aesthetically pleasing.


Whatcha think? Do you like the eclectic vibe? Do you think you are ready to tackle a project like this?

Hellooo, San Diego!

Last week, I went to a conference in San Diego. It was insanely beautiful and my hotel was right on the marina. I snapped a few photos of the pretty views as a PSA. You gotta go to San Diego. No, I do not represent their tourism board. It's just that gorgeous. Perfect weather. I wanted to stay forever.






Hanging Unframed Art

I have this little space above the dresser that needs some art. Until I find a more permanent solution, I decided to hang a Bonnie Christine print I have.