In my endless quest to de-clutter my house and become more like one of those minimalist Danish people that get featured in O magazine, I’m trying to keep household surfaces clear. Despite my best efforts, there are always a few necessities–sunglasses, pens, save-the-date cards, etc.–floating around my living room. This adorable fabric wall pocket is such a brilliant solution, and guess what? There’s no sewing required! Just pick out a couple pieces of cute fabric and stretch them over an embroidery hoop. I’m feeling more Danish already. [Abernathy Crafts]
We are huge fans of DIY projects that can make us look glam in under 15 minutes. This DIY necklace design (made by me and modeled by Amelia) is awesome for three reasons: 1) It picks up on one of the hottest necklace trends, beads and chain; 2) you can recycle beads and a chain from another necklace or bracelet you have (if you want); and 3) the magnetic clasps mean you can make tons of bead combinations on new strands and swap them in!
After the jump is your list of supplies, and if you’re new to beading, a video we made for additional info. Keep reading »
Wearing flip-flops and going barefoot whenever possible is a fun and refreshing summer tradition, but man, it makes for ugly feet. Why not treat your feetsies to a homemade strawberry scrub that will leave them soft, smooth, and smelling decidedly more delicious than sweat and sidewalk? All it takes is three ingredients–strawberries, olive oil, and sea salt. Just mix it up and massage onto your feet to thank them for all their hard work. [Homemade Wellbeing]
I get easily intimidated by Martha Stewart’s craft projects, because Martha is a crafting goddess and I definitely fall into the “crafting mortal” category. That being said, these fabric flower rings look genuinely easy to make (as long as you’re confident with a hot glue gun), and I love the result: so dainty and pretty. Martha recommends giving them out to your bridesmaids. Personally? I’ll be making a full bouquet to wear myself. [Martha Stewart]
We love the look of ombre anything, and these denim cutoffs are no exception. Want to customize a pair of your own this weekend? It’s super easy–all you need is RIT dye and a bucket (or a sink, or an empty potato salad container, or whatever). We think a lighter colored denim would look amazing with a cobalt blue dye, but hey, there’s only one way to find out! [Honestly WTF]
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…