All posts filed under: Handmade

mala.

Another Michaels workshop in the books. This time I created a mala necklace, or at least a necklace inspired by a mala necklace. Traditional mala necklaces have 108 beads, but I did the cheat way of creating this necklace and was a bit more freestyle with my beads. For the full tutorial and supply list see the online class and accompanying instructions. For my necklace I used: bipyramid beads 6mm beads a pendant assorted seed beads silk bead cord big eye beading needles (I ended up not needing these because my bead cord had an attached needle) pliers bead tweezers scissors Most of my beads came from local bead shop Blue Door Beads (During shelter in place I sent them a list and they shopped the store for me and shipped!). The pendant was from Michaels. I also used beads I acquired from craft swaps. My how to: I decided on a pattern and repeated the pattern four times for one side of the necklace, then mirrored the pattern on the other side of the …

plant people.

No more surface area for plants? Hang them! Here’s an easy macrame plant holder you can whip out in 30 minutes or less. This recipe creates a plant holder for 4-7 inch plant pot, up to 6-8 inches tall. For this project, you will need: 67 feet of 5mm rope, cut into: 6 10-foot pieces 1 3-foot piece 1 4-foot piece 2-3 inch hoop (metal, wood – your choice) Scissors S hook Somewhere to hang your project as you work Knots used (knot reference): Finishing knot Overhand knot Square knot How to: Hang your project using an S hook. Find the midpoint of the 6 10-foot pieces and hang on the ring. Using the 3-foot cord, create a finishing knot to gather the 6 10-foot pieces of rope. Working in cord pairs, create overhand knots approximately 4 inches from the bottom of the finishing knot. You will end up with 6 overhand knots. Working in groups of four, create 3 square knots approximately 3 inches from the bottom of the overhand knots. You will end …

reindeer.

Real talk – Santa scares me, but the reindeer are cool. Here’s a reindeer piñata idea for your Christmas celebrations. How cute would it be to create one for each of Santa’s reindeer? You will need: Cardboard Crepe streamers in reindeer colors (brown, creme, black, white) Paper in browns, black, and white Glue stick Scissors Pencil Paper scissors Masking tape or similar I used my burro template and reindeer-ified it with antlers and spots. Cut out two reindeer shapes plus strips of cardboard 2 inches in width for the perimeter. Make sure you can bend the cardboard into curvy shapes (corrugation should run across the 2 inch width). Decide where you want to place the piñata opening and start wrapping one of the shapes with the cardboard strips above the flap. Use tape to attach strips to shapes. Continue to work around the piñata until you reach the flap opening. Attach the second shape to the opposite side. Since we’re not popping this piñata open, I used packing tape to make it extra secure. Add …

lavender.

Here’s a cute, easy, and smelly in a good way DIY for the holiYAYs: lavender sachets with a Christmas twist. For this craft you will need: Lavender buds – I ordered lavender from San Francisco Herb Co (a local favorite!). Upon opening the bag I felt instant relaxation vibes. Cotton sachets – Find them at your local craft store. Spoon or funnel Letter stamps – I used Mine Stamp to label my sachets. This is a great labeler for all fabric items. There is room to include up to three lines of text and also a built-in ink pad! Alternatively, you can use individual letter stamps. Fabric ink Stamp a bunch of sachets, fill with lavender, and tie. To make it festive for Christmas I labeled sachets with “You’re Nice / Not Coal.” Don’t they look like little gift sacks? I originally wanted to create lavender sachets as a natural silverfish repellent (gross!), but then I found more uses for them! In general, they smell nice so having a sachet handy for smelly occasions (like …

charmed.

As promised, here is another wrapped craft: charm bracelets! File this craft under handmade gift ideas for your besties (hint hint: Christmas is coming!)! It’s super simple and super cute. All you need: Bangles (I used bangles from Target) Embroidery floss Jump rings Charms (I found a great selection from Paper Dog Supply Co) Scissors 2 pairs of pliers Cut 6 feet of embroidery floss. Tie onto the inside of a bangle with a double knot, leaving a short tail. Leave the tail exposed. Wrap the floss along the bangle, making sure the wraps lie next to each other. Do not leave any gaps. Once you loop around the bangle, tie the two loose ends together in a double knot on the inside of the bangle. Trim loose ends. You can add some jewelry glue on the knot if you wish. Use pliers to attach jump rings directly onto the bangle, and to attach charms onto the jump rings. Mix and match your charms of choice. Add blank jump rings, too. Make a few bracelets …

mini rainbows.

I made some rainbows! And you can, too! Gather: 4mm cotton string for the base 2mm cotton string, twine, or similar for the rainbow wraps Scissors Ruler or measuring tape Nylon cord or similar Sewing needle Comb Lobster clasp Jump ring 2 pairs of pliers Cut the 4mm cotton string into three: 7-inch strands 8-inch strands 9-inch strands Cut corresponding wrapping string: 3 feet of 2mm wrap (for the 7-inch strands) 5 feet of twine (for the 8-inch strands) 4 feet of 2mm wrap (for the 9-inch strands) With the wrapping string, tie a double knot two inches from the end of the base string and wrap twine/string onto the base. Once you have a 2-inch tail left on the other side, secure with another double knot. Keep the tails. Curve and stack your rainbow arches. Tie double knots with the loose tails to connect adjacent rainbow arches. Trim excess ties. The side where you tie the double knots is the backside. Cut a 3-foot strand of nylon cord. Double knot one end then sew …

slice of pie.

Happy Thanksgiving! Ever since making mini felt pie slices for a custom order, I’ve been contemplating a pie slice garland! I channeled my Pietisserie experience for pie inspo. For this project you will need: Felt in pie colors (think browns, deep berry colors, whipped cream colors) Twine or other cord Fabric scissors Hot glue Make your favorite pies! Pumpkin pie with dollop of whipped cream: Cut a triangle for the pie base. Cut rough ovals for the crust. Cut a spiral, roll, and glue for the whipped cream. To assemble, glue the crust pieces in a overlapped fashion. Glue the whipped cream in the center of the slice. Cherry pie with lattice work: Cut a triangle for the pie base. Cut a long rough oval for the crust. Cut thin strips and create a woven lattice. Glue the lattice first and trim excess lattice. Then glue on the crust. Pecan pie: Cut a triangle for the pie base. Cut rough ovals for the pecans. Cut a curved line for the crust. To assemble, glue on …

first year pennants.

Getting ready for Baby’s First Year! Over the years I’ve created baby pennants for friends. And once we found out a little of our own was on the way, I knew I wanted to make a set for myself! I usually make the pennants smaller (like this or this) and place them on dowels. This time I went a little bit bigger. I used thick felt in size 12″ x 18″ and cut out 6″ x 18″ pennants. I cut strips of white felt 1″ wide to create the side ribbons and the strip on the left side. I used Eastwood font from Da Font as inspiration. I went with black and white because babies can see the contrast, but also because we wanted to use our panda as a measure next to Bebe. Matchy, matchy! Excited to use these each month, and, while not in use, they should make cute bebe nook decor. Do you have littles? How did you commemorate their monthly milestones? Share below!

door tasselry.

I saw this on Pinterest and had to try it, especially since I had all the materials already. Door knob tassels! Materials and tools: 4mm cotton string – alternatively, you can use something thicker Embroidery floss in all the colors Scissors Tapestry needle Comb Ruler or tape measure Painters tape (optional) How to: Cut 8 strands of the 4mm string into 2-foot pieces. If you are using a thicker string/rope you may not need as many strands. Line up the strands and fold in half. If it helps, use painters tape to hold the strands together and mark off where you will stop wrapping with embroidery floss. I marked off 6 inches from the string midpoint. Take your first embroidery floss color and tie a double knot on the strings opposite the painters tape marker. Begin wrapping, keeping the wraps directly next to each other. Leave the loose tail to the side – we’ll use that later to finish our tassel. Tension should be just enough to keep the string strands snug. When you are …

macrame landscape.

I worked on a fun thing! I recently subscribed to The Crafter’s Box and the macrame landscape kit was my first project. This project was taught by Rachel Breuklander of the Lark’s Head. The kit came with everything we needed for the landscape project, including a pattern, a video tutorial, and even a really nice pair of scissors. I didn’t have to pull anything else out other than my macrame stand so I could work on my project while it hung. The color palette was so dreamy. They had a few additional color palettes to choose from if you wanted to create more than one project. After cutting all my rope to size, the pattern called for lark’s head knots and square knots. This was a fairly easy to follow project; it’s also a really good project to practice your square knot tension. I’ve done many a lark’s head and square knot, but I had never worked with the technique of changing the rope color to create a design. It’s so cool! Now that I …