If you love jewelry and books, well, first of all we should totally be friends, and second of all, you should check out this clever DIY project to combine your two passions in a gorgeous hollowed out book-turned-jewelry box. Crafty gal Jamie walks you through the steps in her patented perky style, and there’s a lot of room for personal touches and creativity. I’ve got a psychology textbook that’s just begging to be filled with bracelets and cocktail rings. If you’re hanging at home this weekend, care to join me for some craft time? [Gurl.com]
Looking to add a burst of color to a pair of drab summer sandals? Turns out all you need is embroidery thread, scissors, and a few drops of Krazy Glue. In just 45 minutes you’ll have some totally trendy, one-of-a-kind kicks. Check out the video tutorial over at Daily Candy!
Not only does this DIY vanilla extract look delicious, it’s just about the easiest thing in the world to make, and if you have some vodka in your liquor cabinet, all you need to complete the recipe is a few vanilla beans. It takes a few weeks to darken up and bring all of that yummy vanilla flavor out, so if you make it now, it should be starting to get some nice color by Mother’s Day! [Bake At 350]
I instantly fell in love this whimsical flower crown, and the tutorial looks amazingly simple. Basically all you do is wrap craft flowers around a thin headband using floral wire: three supplies, about an hour, done. If this look is a bit too much for you, it’s easy to tone it down with less flowers and customize the colors and size to match your tastes. I’d love to try it with just a very small cluster of pansies and a few leaves. That’s what I love about DIY projects–you can always use a tutorial as a point of inspiration and then tweak it to create something that’s totally you. [Moda Veloce]
Old suitcases are great for holding your things — in more ways than one! Blogger Korrie Bastian of Red Hen Home dressed up an empty wall in her entryway by turning vintage luggage into a sturdy set of unique shelves. Just large enough to hold a framed photo or flower vase, these clever suitcase wall shelves give off a fun, quirky vibe — and they’re functional too. Want to give this project a try? Just keep reading for the how-to. Read more…
I’m someone who rarely gets her hair cut and almost never dyes it. The last and only time I did anything was in 10th grade when I dyed the underside of my hair fire-engine red to accompany my totally rad side bangs and sweet Saves the Day hoodie. Besides those years, I have always had very dark brown, wavy, boring hair (Ed. Note: Preposterous. Her hair is beautiful). Fast forward 5 years, and although my style and taste in music has improved a bit, I still have the same exact haircut and color as I did when I was 18. Keep reading »
There are tons of cool iPad cases out there, but if you want something that’s totally unique, you gotta make your own. This tutorial for how to turn a bubble envelope into an iPad case is one of the easiest, cheapest, and most creative I’ve seen so far. All you need is a padded envelope, a couple pieces of fabric, buttons, a glue gun, and voila–a one-of-a-kind case for toting your technology. [Stylelist Home]
Vodka can do more than just make a happy hour, well, happier. It has lots of “off-label” uses that go beyond the bar. Don’t believe me? Check out this list of 5 uses for vodka. Share yours in the comments!
Goo Remover: Got a price tag, sticker or label that just won’t peel off? Bring on the vodka. Simply saturate a sponge (or paper towel) with the strong stuff, apply to the sticker and wait about a minute. The paper (and tacky residue) will come right off. Read more…
Amelia sent me the link to these chain friendship bracelets and now we are both obsessed and have sworn to make them this weekend. I love how the chunky chain adds some edge to the traditional woven friendship bracelet, and I’m excited to choose yarn colors and get started. Care to join our bi-coastal crafting bonanza? [RTR On Campus]
Do you smell it in the air? Do you feel it in your bones? It’s spring cleaning time! The internet (and when I say “the internet,” I mean “Pinterest”) is overflowing with DIY cleaning recipes and ideas that make scrubbing your bathtub seem almost fun. But the real bonus? Whipping up your own cleaning solutions is often cheaper and better for the environment than buying traditional cleaning agents. Here are 10 DIY solutions for cleaning everything from floors to windows to furniture …