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DIY Hydrangea Wreath

Wow, 6 days later and I’m back with my second post of the month! This has got to be some sort of record for me! I finally got around to making my spring-summer wreath and hanging it up! Surprisingly, this one didn’t take long at all – probably 30 minutes or less, it just took me a long time to get around to do it 😛

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Isn’t it pretty? 😀 The only things I had to buy were the hydrangeas, everything else I already had in my craft box.

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The wreath form that I’ve used and reused over and over again, white cloth leftover from a costume I helped my friend make, and four bunches of fake flowers. I bought three hydrangeas and the one bunch of blue flowers, but I ended up not using the blue flowers haha

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Then I folded each strip in half lengthwise and wrapped it around the wreath form (and securing with hot glue) until I ended up with this:

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Kinda like a mummy! I plucked all the flowers off the stems are started arranging to see what looked best.

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I used some yarn to tie the hydrangeas to the wreath form.

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Then I hot glued the little green leaves (from the unused blue flowers) to the sides to finish it off! Being lazy, I used some green yarn from my craft box to fashion a loop to hang the wreath from 🙂

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So pretty and fluffy and happy!! I’m extremely happy with the way the wreath turned out and just really hope the white fabric doesn’t get too dirty! 😛 It only cost $4 too! The flowers were from the 99cents store and i already had everything else 🙂

Happy crafting!

-Yenny

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DIY Hello Kitty Bow Headband

HAPPY (belated) NEW YEAR!! Wow, 2014 sure went by quickly and I’m so looking forward to what 2015 will bring! I’m a bit behind in my posts so this one is actually from November during Hello Kitty Con in LA! The first ever Hello Kitty Convention and it was right in my city! My friend Melissa and I got our passes and as we were figuring out what to wear and when we decided to make bow headbands! Buying the headbands ranged from $25-$40 so we were not willing to pay that much. She sent me instructions to make the headbands (which I can’t find the link for anymore…) So here goes!

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I made a paper template to see what size i wanted my bow, and then I made a practice bow before I made the real one! Super cute, right? 😀

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Put the paper template on top of the felt, and then carefully cut around it to get this shape:

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Like a rounded rectangle!

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Pinch the felt in the middle and make sure your pleats are even and you make the number of pleats you want.

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Cut a small piece of felt for the middle part, carefully wrap it around the middle without loosening the pleats and hot glue the ends together. Don’t make it too tight, a little wiggle room can help with any adjustments needed!

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Lastly, slide a thing headband into the loop and voila~! You’ve got your very own Hello Kitty bow headband!

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Here we are with our bows at Hello Kitty Con! It was very fun but SO crowded and SO tiring!! So glad our bow headbands turned out so well! We did buy black headbands so it would blend more with our hair 🙂

Project Breakdown:

– red felt (one square) – 33 cents

– headbands (multi-pack) – approximately $5

Total: approximately $5! So much cuter and cheaper than buying the pre-made ones! AND we can use the headbands on their own as well!

Happy crafting!

-Yenny

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DIY Christmas Wreath

It’s that time of year again! I feel like Christmas decorations start appearing in stores earlier and earlier every year! I saw Christmas stuff while I was shopping for my Halloween decorations! Yeesh. Anyways, this year I hung up my wreath on November 30th, right after Thanksgiving festivities were over 🙂

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I reused the red ribbon and green wreath-y part from last year and bought some new decorations at the 99cents store.

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I left the ribbon as is and tied the bell in the middle. The bows are on twist ties! Super easy to attach to the wreath 🙂

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I didn’t use all four bows because I thought it would look too crazy, so I just twist tied two of them on –

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Super easy and cute!

This project only cost me $2 in new supplies, the rest were reused from last year! I try to keep all my seasonal decorations if they’re in good condition so I don’t have to buy new stuff every year. More cost saving that way!

Happy crafting!

-Yenny

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DIY Buzz Lightyear Wings

So this year for Halloween, I was Buzz Lightyear!! And boy I had SO MUCH fun making the wings and putting the whole costume together! 😀

To infinity and beyond!

To infinity and beyond!

It was so much fun to dress up for work and all my coworkers loved it too! I only made the gloves and wings for the costume, everything else was bought. For the wings, I got this giant CB2 box from my friend –

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And then I stared at many reference images of Buzz’s jetpack on Google images. I sketched out the rough shape and cut them out with an Exacto knife.

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I cut out one wing, then flipped it over and traced it onto another piece of cardboard so both sides would match.

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Then I binder clipped the pieces together to see how they looked. I ended up cutting the center piece two more times to make it smaller because it was kinda looking like a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle shell. I shortened the wings too.

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Now the fun part! Spray painting! 🙂 I sprayed both sides with Kilz No Odor Primer in white. Set up your spray station – I propped each piece on top of the caps of the spray paint bottles I had.

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I did two light coats on both sides and made sure to cover up the CB2 logo and I made sure to spray the edges too. Once the pieces are dry – shouldn’t take more than an hour – I drew Buzz’s jetpack design onto the wings.

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The design isn’t very difficult and I traced very lightly. Then start painting! I did 2-3 coats of each color to get the coverage I wanted.

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Don’t forget the edges!

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Ta da!!! I’m so proud of these wings! They look pretty darn good for being cardboard and they weren’t too difficult to wear at work. I did have to make sure that I had room to walk and turn around though – or I ended up taking them off and on as needed.

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I hot glued 1 inch wide elastic to make straps so I could wear them and the elastic provides a little give in case someone walks into your wings (which happened a lot lol)

The gloves were super easy too! I bought 2 squares of white felt and sewed it into a tube, then flipped it inside out so the stitches didn’t show. I left the upper part open so I had more movement.

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Cut a wide strip of lime green felt and sew that onto the open ended part (which will cover the opening)

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Then cut a rounded corner rectangular shape in the green and a thin strip of purple to finish off the gloves. I have no pictures of this process but it shouldn’t be too difficult!

Project Breakdown:

– Cardboard box – free!

– Spray primer. hot glue gun, Exacto knife – free, already owned

– Various paints – 50 cents each, $2.oo total

– Elastic – approximately $1

– Gloves – approximately $1

As you can see, the DIY portions of the costume are very cheap! The Buzz Lightyear tank dress was $25.oo from Spirit, I bought a purple headband ($1), long sleeved white t-shirt ($6), white knee high socks ($3) and white sneakers ($10). So the total cost for the whole costume is about $45-$48 BUT the headband, white t-shirt, socks and sneakers are all re-wearable! Not too shabby at all! 🙂

Hope everyone all had a great Halloween!

-Yenny

 

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Easy Fall Wreath

Happy October everyone! Wow, the year is going by super fast! I finally had to take my summer wreath down and put up a fall one – although I have to admit that this season’s wreath was SUPER easy and SUPER lazy haha 😛

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Okay okay, I GUESS fall is a cute season too 🙂

Start with your supplies:

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Ok THIS is how lazy I was – the wreath is pre-made, I bought a little sack of squash and pinecones, and I had the green yarn in my craft box.

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Cute, right? So I tied the pinecones and pumpkins with thin white yarn and decided to dangle them from the wreath. I also looped the green yarn until it had some heft and used that to hang the wreath from my wreath hook. Ta-da!

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That’s what it looked like when I hung it at night. The daytime pictures are much better!

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Project Breakdown:

– wreath & sack of pumpkins/pinecones – $1 each from the 99cents store

– yarn (already owned)

If you had to buy the yarn, it would probably cost you about $5 more, so this is a very easy and cheap project to do!

 

Happy crafting!

-Yenny

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DIY Tutus

Wow, it’s been nearly a month since my last post! I was really trying to stick to a two posts a month schedule, but I didn’t have any craft projects going on and it was too hot here in LA to bake! But I’m back and it’s finally summer! My friends and I did The Color Run 5K this past Saturday. It’s my 2nd time doing The Color Run and it’s seriously still super fun and dirty! This time around we decided to make tutus!

Supplies!

Supplies!

I went to Michael’s (the tulle rolls in the back) and Joann’s (the tulle rolls in the front) and the ribbon to gather enough tulle and color varieties for our team of 5 girls. The rolls were 15-20 yards each and $2.50-2.99 each. And we used it ALL! We actually ran out of ribbon and I had to delve into my ribbon supply – luckily I had enough!

The chaos

The chaos!

I got really caught up in making my tutu that I forgot to take step by step pictures! Basically you cut the tulle to the length you want it. We found it best to cut a bunch of tulle first before we started tying the pieces onto the ribbon.

The knots

The knots

I stacked one piece of pink tulle and a piece of yellow and tied them together onto the ribbon. Fold the tulle in half to make a loop, and then pull the ends through the loop, capturing the ribbon in the middle.

I decided to add green tulle in between the pink & yellow

I decided to add green tulle in between the pink & yellow

This tutu was made by my friend Norman who finished it first! He’s a natural tutu-maker! 😀

The colors remind me of Tinkerbell!

The colors remind me of Tinkerbell!

I love my tutu!

I love my tutu!

Close up of the knots again

Close up of the knots again

And a bow on the back!

And a bow on the back!

Us at the finish line! And our now dirty tutus!

Us at the finish line! And our now dirty tutus!

We had sooo much fun making tutus and just hanging out and I think we were one of the few who actually made their tutus for the run! The majority of the tutus we saw were store-bought, so we definitely gave ourselves a high five! The Color Run is super fun and for a great cause! I highly recommend you participate in one if you can! 🙂

Project Breakdown:

Tulle & ribbons: Approximately $65

Race fee: $45 (may vary)

Not the most economical project, but each tutu ended up being around $12-15 and personalized! Fun, but I have no idea what to do with my now dirty tutu…

Happy crafting!

-Yenny

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DIY Seashell Summer Wreath

Hello all! I’m finally posting a craft-related project! This probably won’t last long as there are just more recipes that I want to try and share and I’ve kind of run out of projects to do or make for my apartment… But I will always be making wreaths for my front door! Summer is almost here and this coming week is another heat wave for us – temperatures reaching the mid-90s and up to 100s in the valley – yay! I love the heat 🙂 I’ve been trying to come up with ideas for a summer wreath and finally decided on a seashell-beachy one.

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Ta-da~! What do you think? It’s a little messy and shipwreck-y but I kinda like it! I started with the usual supplies:

Wreath form, leftover burlap and seashells

Wreath form, leftover burlap and seashells

I’m using the same wreath form I always use and leftover burlap that I’ve used for my previous wreaths. I’m almost done with all the burlap too!

The shells are from Michaels

The shells are from Michaels

I cut three strips of burlap, approximately 3-4 inches wide and wrapped them around the wreath form. I used hot glue to keep everything in place. The most annoying part is that after three full strips of burlap, I was left with this gap:

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And I had to cut a small piece to cover it. Then I chose my shells. I knew I wanted to use the starfish and the large white clamshell looking one but wasn’t sure about the smaller shells.

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Some of the shells were a bit too difficult to glue to the wreath so I didn’t use those.

This was the arrangement I ended up with

This was the arrangement I ended up with

I also used some blue fabric I already had to hold up the wreath. I thought the wreath looked a little lonely so while I was at the 99cents store today I saw this!

How fortuitous!

How fortuitous!

However, this net is 5ft by 7ft which is wayyy too big for what I was thinking.

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So I opened it up and eyeballed how much I would need and just snipped that part off. Then I was super duper lazy and kind of just draped the netting onto my wreath until I liked it haha!

I like it!

I like it!

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Perfect for summertime!

Project Breakdown:

Wreath form, burlap, blue fabric, and hot glue gun – already owned

Seashells from Michaels – $2.61 (40% coupon off $3.99)

Netting – $1.00 from 99cents store

Total: approximately $4.00! Woohoo!

 

Happy crafting!

-Yenny

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DIY Spring Yarn Wreath

Happy (almost) spring!

I’ve been lagging on making a new spring wreath for my door – after I took down my Christmas wreath, I just hung my old jingle wreath as a placeholder. But I finally got my butt in gear and made a new wreath!

 

My fave color! :)

My fave color! 🙂

I once again used my straw wreath form that I’ve used countless times (as you can tell from the Sharpie marks) and some leftover yellow yarn I found while cleaning out my room at my parents’ house.

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Hot glue the end of the yarn and start wrapping! I had forgotten HOW LONG wrapping a wreath form in yarn takes!! I think it took me about 1.5 hours over 2 days. I wanted to make sure I covered the black markers completely since I was using such a light colored yarn.

All wrapped!

All wrapped!

Then I gathered some leftover burlap and yellow fabric from my burlap & flower wreath. I really liked how the burlap flowers turned out from here but when I actually tried to make them, I wasn’t very successful =/ I don’t know what went wrong! But maybe my burlap knit was too loose… So I just made up some flowers of my own!

I tried to make different sizes

I tried to make different sizes

It started out with the same method as the original link, but I just twisted and hot glued whenever I felt it looked pretty. I think the yellow ones are a little flat but they were a lot easier to work with than the burlap! Burlap sheds EVERYWHERE.

I hot glued them on in a pattern I liked

I hot glued them on in a pattern I liked

And used the same yellow fabric to hang it up!

I added the bow after because I thought it needed a little more cuteness

I added the bow after because I thought it needed a little more cuteness

Snip snip!

So cute!

So cute!

I took these pictures at night when I finished and hung the wreath. I literally take my floor lamp outside and take pictures 😀 But I like the warm tones!

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Then I took some more pictures in the daylight:

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I love it!

Best thing about this was that it was all free! I already had the wreath form, yarn, burlap, yellow fabric and hot glue gun! If you didn’t have the supplies, it would probably cost you about $7-10. Still cheap and fun!

Happy crafting!

-Yenny

 

 

 

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DIY Christmas Wreath

Happy December! I can’t believe its almost the end of the year! This year I’ve been more in the Christmas spirit and wanting to make a more traditional wreath for my door. Last year, I did a candy cane wreath and the only problem I had with that is that it rained and melted some of my candy canes and attracted ants! Not this year!

Ta da!

Ta da!

I LOVE IT SO SO MUCH. 🙂 This is how I started:

Supplies from the 99cents store

Supplies from the 99cents store!

I got 4 things from the trusty 99cents store: 12 feet of roping, two holiday-looking sticks and that glittery snowflake made of bells.

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I unrolled the roping to make it into a bigger wreath, using my wreath form as a guide.

This is was easy since the roping is wired! It holds its own shape and I twisted it back on itself.

This is was easy since the roping is wired! It holds its own shape and I twisted it back on itself.

Then I figured out the placement of the decorations and since I didn’t have any dark yarn or twine to attach them to the wreath, I MacGyvered “yarn” out of black thread:

I just double the thread back and forth until I got something substantial enough to work

I just doubled the thread back and forth until I got something substantial enough to work

Placement is decided!

Placement is decided!

The sticks were a bit long so I bent them back (I couldn’t cut them off since my scissors couldn’t cut through the surprisingly sturdy wire!)

I hooked them onto each other for more sturdiness

I hooked them onto each other for more sturdiness

Everything is held on by my black thread-yarn, which worked surprisingly well! I tied the snowflake onto the red ribbon like so:

This way it's centered!

This way it’s centered!

Now for some pictures!

It was surprisingly sunny today so the pictures are a little bright

It was surprisingly sunny today so the pictures are a little bright

I love that poinsettia with the berries!

I love that poinsettia with the berries!

Glittery snowflake!

Glittery snowflake!

Here’s the wreath in the evening:

So warm and festive!

So warm and festive!

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Project Breakdown:

Wreath supplies: $4 from the 99cents store

Ribbon & thread: Already had

This was by far the easiest and cheapest wreath I’ve ever made! SO much fun and I made sure that I could take it apart and reuse the material for next year!

Happy holidays!

-Yenny

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DIY Fall Wreath

I’m back with another wreath! I think coming up with new wreaths is one of my favorite things to do 🙂 Once again, I just stripped down my current wreath and re-used the wreath form. I bought my wreath form for $1.50 during a Joann’s sale and I’m really getting so much bang for my buck!

Here was my summer wreath:

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I just pulled out all the flowers and kept the burlap as the base. But first, I made a stop at Michael’s for some fall supplies! This is what I came back with:

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A TON of stuff was on sale so I got this 6 foot long strand of leaves, orange ribbon, and a pumpkin head scarecrow figure!

This is what the aisles looked like! So autumny and reduced prices everywhere!

This is what the aisles looked like! So autumny and reduced prices everywhere!

I cut up the leaf strand because it was so much easier to work with that way.

I just placed them around the wreath to make sure I had enough coverage

I just placed them around the wreath to make sure I had enough coverage

I also made sure that the little bunches of berries were evenly spaced out around the wreath.

All glued down!

All glued down!

Hot glue-ing all the leaves down definitely took the longest time. You have to figure out placement and which way the leaves should face and actually getting them to stick without burning your fingertips (which I was not quick enough to avoid lol)

Then came this guy!

Pumpkin head scarecrow!

Pumpkin head scarecrow!

I cut the stick he’s attached to in half and hot glued him in the middle. Then I cut a strip of ribbon, hot glued the ends together (with the wreath in the middle) and ta-da!

All done!

All done!

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Here he is! I used the rest of the stick to brace him against the wreath (you can see the horizontal stick behind him)

Here he is! I used the rest of the stick to brace him against the wreath (you can see the horizontal stick behind him)

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I LOVE this wreath! So fun and fall-like 🙂

Project Breakdown

– Wreath form & hot glue gun – already owned

– Leaf strand – $2.79 (50% off $6.99 original price)

– Ribbon – $2.39 (40% off $3.99 original price)

– Scarecrow figure – $1.69

Total: $6.87 plus tax and a little more if you need the form and hot glue gun

A quick and cheap project to update your front door for fall!

Happy crafting!

-Yenny

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