DIY

Holiday How-To: Make a Dangly Ghost!

It’s never too early to make Halloween decorations, right? I know you’ve all seen those posts on Facebook about people who break out the spooky stuff as soon as the summer ends.

Today I’ll be showing you how to make a super easy, dangly ghost! It takes less than five minutes!

I’m trying out a different post format today, bear with me. (I admit, I had to look up whether it was “bear with me” or “bare with me”!)

Materials:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“But Angela,” you may be asking, “How much will this cost me?”

The answer, my friend, is: not much! The first three materials most people will have on hand or can ask a friend for. Alternatively, you can use a tiny piece of black paper instead.

The tassel may be harder to obtain, but you can always make one yourself. It doesn’t cost more than the price of some thread/yarn!

Instructions:

  1. Draw two circles (eyes) and an oval (the mouth) onto the white paper using your Sharpie/marker OR cut two circles and an oval out of a piece of black paper.  You should end up with something like this:

2. Glue them onto the tassel. You’re done, all in less than five minutes!

 

Final Thoughts:

These are so quick and simple, you could make a whole bunch of them and hang them around your house. Ghost army, muahaha!

As always, remember to connect and share on social media. The Halloween fun continues next week. See you then!

 

 

 

Makeover Monday

Makeover Monday: Boring Bowl to Cool Container!

Hello, my pretty little readers!

It’s time for another Makeover Monday, this time involving a wooden bowl. If you want other ideas for upgrading wooden bowls, check out my post 10 Things to Look For on Your Next Trip to Goodwill. Wooden bowls are the first item on the list!

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The Original:

These bowls were gifted to my family by my aunt, but we never found a good use for them. I took to painting a few and gave them to my mom and sister; however, there were still quite a few left.

One day I decided to use Mod Podge (link is to glossy version) to glue some torn comic book pages to one of the bowls. I don’t have any in-progress pics, but you’ll still get to learn a little about how I took a plain wooden bowl and made an awesome piece of décor!

I first painted the rim of the bowl with black paint. I did this because I wanted to leave that part comic-free.

Next, I tore up the black-and-white pages of the comic and used Mod Podge to affix the pieces to the inside of the bowl. I allowed for some overlap, but I had fun trying to figure out which pieces would fit best where.

Here’s how the inside ended up looking:

For the outside, I tore up the colored comic book pages and glued them down.

Finally, I used Elmer’s glue to seal and provide a glossy finish. The Mod Podge I was using had a matte finish, which I didn’t like – the above link is for glossy finish, though.

Final Product:

I love how this turned out! I think it looks so cool.

Let me know what you think, and as always, connect and share on social media!

See you Thursday for another pretty little post!

 

Makeover Monday

Makeover Monday: Drab to Fab Frame!

Hello, my pretty little readers!

Welcome to a new segment that I am calling Makeover Mondays!

On Makeover Mondays, I will be posting pictures of an item that I have transformed in some way, along with some information about how I did it.

The point is to inspire you to makeover your own items. Happy makeovering! (I know that’s not a word, but it’s all I could think of.)

The Original:

I picked up this rough, dull little frame at a yard sale for 25 cents.

For a quarter, I was willing to take a chance on it. After all, a little paint can sometimes go a long way…

I painted it with a paint sample that I got when I was trying to decide which color to paint my room. It’s not the exact shade that I ended up going with, but it’s similar enough that it will go well in my room.

There were some glimpses of the solid-aqua frame in my post last Thursday.

(Look familiar?)

Next, I blocked off parts of it with masking tape, like so:

I painted over some of the aqua areas with gold, which is one of the accent colors in my room.

Finally, I added a little pink paper flower to cover up the huge scratch/dent in the corner.

Final Product:

(I have a soft spot for Pusheen, as you can see.)

There’s the frame all set up in my room! Hard to believe it was once so plain, isn’t it?

Let me know your thoughts and, as always, connect and share on social media!

See you Thursday for another pretty little post!

 

DIY

Make a Cute Bib Necklace in Minutes

Hello, my pretty little readers!

I’ve wanted a bib necklace for a long time, but I’ve never found one I liked both the look and the price of, so I decided to make my own! This is my first attempt at one, and I love how it turned out:

Read on to find out how I did it!

Note: I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Time:

30 minutes (could be split up if you don’t have a lot of time all at once)

Materials:

  • small piece of fabric
  • small piece of thin cardboard/cardstock
  • glue (Elmer’s is fine) or Mod Podge
  • small hole punch (Here’s the one I use)
  • jewelry pliers
  • 4 jump rings (I don’t recommend using weird oval ones like I did)
  • necklace clasp
  • unfinished jewelry chain (you can do a search on Amazon for those exact words)

Cost:

I made this for less than five dollars!

  • used a piece of an old pillowcase for the fabric!
  • cardstock was from some other craft supplies that I bought
  • already had Elmer’s glue and Mod Podge on hand
  • bought the hole punch from a Tuesday Morning a while back and was glad to have another chance to use it!
  • bought jewelry pliers a while back as well
  • had some jump rings leftover from a previous jewelry-making project
  • necklace clasp was also leftover from another project
  • unfinished jewelry chain – I got mine at Michael’s with a 40% off coupon for $2.40 – cheap, but perfect for what I wanted

 Basically, the chain was all I needed to buy for this project, and if you use materials that are available to you, yours shouldn’t cost too much either!

Instructions:

1. Cut the fabric into whatever shape you want. If you want symmetry, you can fold the fabric in half, pin it, and cut it out that way. I don’t have a picture for this step, whoops.

2. Glue the fabric onto the thin piece of cardboard/cardstock. My “cardstock” was from some packaging and had some pictures on the back, so I painted over that using some white paint, even though it probably won’t show.

Here’s the fabric glued to the cardboard. I originally was going to make two, in case one didn’t turn out, but the first turned out so well I didn’t bother with the second!

3. Once dry, cut the fabric shapes out of the cardboard.

4. Punch holes into the corners, and attach the jump rings using pliers.

5. Figure out how long you want each side of the necklace to be. Cut the chain into two pieces, and attach one to each jump ring.

6. Attach jump rings to the ends of each chain, then attach your clasp. One half of the clasp goes on one chain the other half goes on the other. You’re done!

Final Thoughts:

I haven’t worn this yet, but I’m dying to! I’ll have to post a picture when I finally do.

What do you think? Leave a comment, or connect and share on social media.

The picture frame seen in the last two pictures is a hint toward next Monday’s post!

DIY

How to Make Rock Stamps!

Hello, my pretty little readers!

What is a rock stamp, you might ask? A rock stamp is a little invention of mine that came about because I wanted more stamps. Problem is, stamps can be expensive. Rock stamps are cheap!

They are super quick and easy to make, too, so what are you waiting for?

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Time:

5 minutes

Materials:

  • glue gun
  • foam stickers/shapes (I like to use three of the same shape but you could probably get away with two or even just one)
  • flat rock – a rock that has a flat side to it (pro-tip: don’t use a painted one like I did in this post :P)

Cost:

I’m going to assume you either have a glue gun already (it’s pretty much a necessity if you’re a serious crafter) or can borrow one from someone.

  • foam stickers can be bought at the Dollar Store for $1.00
  • flat rocks CAN be found outside, for free!

Grand total = one dollar! You could easily spend way more than that on a single rubber stamp.

Instructions:

1. Peel the paper off the bottom of the stickers and stack them on top of each other. If you are using foam shapes, then glue them together instead. I wouldn’t use hot glue, though, or it will make them bumpy.

Side view:

2. Glue the stack of stickers to the flat side of the rock using hot glue. That’s it!

Here’s another rock stamp I made many years ago, which was the inspiration for this post:

Want to see these stamps in action?

Final Thoughts:

I clean these thoroughly between each use with some water and a paper towel. Dunk the stamp into some water, then use the paper towel to blot and dry, until the ink is pretty much gone. You can also always peel off one of the stickers and replace it with another one if you don’t want to be bothered!

Need some wrapping paper ASAP? Use one of your new stamps on some plain paper/brown kraft paper!

Be sure to connect and share on social media, and come back Thursday for another pretty little post!

DIY

How to Make an Earring Holder with 2 Materials!

Hello, my pretty little readers!

Today I’ll be sharing how I made an earring display/holder with only 2 materials! It is so easy to do, and it looks so cute! Let’s dive right in, shall we?

Time:

3 minutes (longer if you decorate the hoop)

Materials (only 2!):

8 inch embroidery hoop

10 inch circle of tulle, or some kind of netting

Cost:

This earring holder can be made for less than $10!

Embroidery hoops seem to come in a wide range of prices, but I’ve seen them run as low as $1.50-$2.00. Tulle can be bought in rolls for as low as $4 or $5. You only need a small piece, though, so if you know a way to get less than a whole roll, that’s even better!

Instructions:

1. Decorate your embroidery hoop, if you want. If you bought a colored plastic one, that’s already done for you! If you bought a wooden one, you can paint it. I just left mine plain, and I like the way that looks.

2. The embroidery hoop has two parts: an inner hoop and an outer hoop. Loosen the outer hoop using the screw at the top.

3. Wrap the tulle or netting around the inner hoop, then tighten the screw so that the tulle/netting is sandwiched tightly between the inner and outer hoops. You may trim the tulle/netting if you wish.

4. Hang your earrings!

Final Thoughts:

What do you think? Not too difficult, right?

Connect and share on social media, and come back Monday for another pretty little post!