Summertime Denim Cutoffs

April 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

As we all know, the weather outside is starting to warm up (with the exception of the past couple days) and everyone is ready to break out their spring and summer wardrobes. A fashion trend that I have been particularly fond of this season is the denim cutoffs. I also love that people are wearing them high waisted! The only problem  is that the cutoffs I want to buy range from $60-$100 (eek!); there is no way that I can fit that into my college budget. Lucky for you, here are a few tips about turning your old jeans into trendy and fashionable denim cutoffs!

I know that this may seem pretty simple but there are a few extra tips that will keep you from making little mistakes when recreating this craft. (I also know that these jeans look a little dirty, I think the previous owner used them for painting. We will fix that problem in next week’s blog post!)

First, here are the supplies you will need.

Price List:

Old Pair of Denim Jeans                     $FREE or $2.99 at GoodWill

Pencil                                                        $FREE

Scissors                                                    $FREE

First, you will have to try on the pants and mark where you want to cut the jeans. It is always smart to mark them a little bit longer than you want them to be because you can always make them shorter. Once you have them marked, snip a small part of the pants on the inner seam. Now, turn the pants inside out.

Next, you will want to lightly outline where you will cut the jeans based on the small cut you made on the seam. TIP! Have you ever wondered why running shorts make your legs look slightly slimmer? Its because the slight v-cut that the shorts have. By cutting the jeans into a discrete v-shape, the cutoffs will give a slimming effect! Also, if you want cuffed cutoffs, leave about an 1 1/2 to 2 inches at the bottom so they can be folded up later.

Now, fold the pants in half and trace the outline of the cut denim onto the side that has not been cut yet.

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At this point you will want to try on the cutoffs to see if you like the way they are cut. If you think they need to be shortened or need to be evened out, make sure you turn them inside out to cut them again.

To give the cutoffs a more authentic feel you may want to fray the bottoms. You can do this with your hands but I found that running a pair of scissors along the bottom and pulling at the denim will help fray the jeans.

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TIP! Running the denim cutoffs through the wash one time will also help them fray!

After you are happy with the length the fray of the cutoffs you’re done! It is as easy as that and depending on the materials, creating summertime denim cutoffs can be a completely FREE craft!

Check back next Wednesday to see another craft with denim cutoffs! Happy Crafting!

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Tinted Mason Jars

April 18, 2012 § 3 Comments

With spring in the air, everyone is starting to go outside and very few of us have a lot of money to spend on fancy votive candle holders or the suprisingly expensive tiki torches.  A “new” favorite craft item for many people is the mason jar. Originally used for canning food, mason jars have become very popular for home decor items. This blog post is to show you how you can change the color of a mason jar with a few simple ingredients and an oven!

First, here are the supplies you will need:

Mason Jar:                         $10-$12 (They are usually only sold in packs)

Food Coloring:                 $3

Mod Podge:                       $10 (Buying a jar will last you a long time and you will be able to use it for many different crafts in the future!)

Small Bowl:                       $FREE

Newspaper/Paper Bag       $FREE

Parchment Paper            $FREE (borrow this from your neighbors or at home!)

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First, pour enough Mod Podge in the mason jar to cover the bottom plus a little extra. Next, put the food coloring in a small bowl and add about a tablespoon of water to the mason jar. If you want to make this craft easier you will just use the basic colors that come in the food coloring box; red, blue, green, yellow. Of course I couldn’t take the easy way out so I chose to tint my mason jar purple. Because of this I had to mix red and blue to try and make a purple. The only problem was that I wasn’t really sure of the shade of purple it was until it had baked in the oven! Once you are done mixing your foodcoloring simply pour it into the mason jar with the modpodge.

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Now, swirl the mixture around the mason jar until it completely covers the area. I would recommend doing this over a sink or outside in case some of it spills when you are trying to do the lip of the mason jar.

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Now you will want to pour out the excess mod podge mixture. Then, let the mason jar dry upside down on newspaper or an old paper shopping bag for about 30 minutes.

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Set your oven to about 200 degrees. You will want to line your baking sheet with some parchment paper so that the mod podge does not ruin your pan. Let the mason jar “bake” in the oven turned over for about 15 minutes. Then turn the mason jar upside right for another 15 or 20 minutes. BE CAREFUL when you are touching the mason jar, it will be very warm when you are flipping it over in the oven.

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Hopefully you are as happy with your turn out as I was with mine. There are endless ways to use your new tinted mason jar. You can use it for a votive candle holder on a porch, make up brush holder, flower vase, etc. These would make great house warming gifts or a great addition to any room or home!

Individually each mason jar will cost around $2.55 to make!

Happy Crafting!

“You Can Go Your Own Way”

April 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hey Everyone, thanks for coming back or welcome if this is the first time you’re checking out my blog! I first got the idea for this craft from a post on tumblr.

I must say that I don’t think I went about this project in the easiest possible way, but I am very happy with how it turned out. I will also let  you know throughout the post what you can change when you re-create this craft to make it easier! This is a great DIY project for any home, dorm room, or even office. The background image can easily be changed as well as the words that you decide to use!

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Okay so here is a list of supplies you will need….

Price List:

Canvas                 $9.99   (You can use any size, I used a 16×20 and it was on sale!)

Paint                     $2.00

Paint Brush         $2.00  (Try to find an old paint brush lying around, check your old craft box from grade school!)

Map                      $FREE  (My map was from AAA and because I’m a member, it was free)

Mod Podge          $10 (This seems expensive but investing in a bottle now will help with endless crafts in the future)

Vinyl Letters       $2.00  (…or just use stencils!)

Paper                    $FREE

Tape                     $FREE (You or a roommate should have tape lying around somewhere!)

Next, you will have to cut the map (or other image) to fit the canvas you have bought. It also helps to make a small cut where the corners are so that the map lays nicely.

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After you cut the map to fit the canvas, coat the canvas completely in mod podge. Make sure to cover the sides of the canvas as well! After that, place the map on top of the canvas and press down. Make sure to press out any bubbles that may appear as well as press down the edges of the map. After the map is secured on the canvas, coat with mod podge.

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Now this is where you may choose to complete the craft differently. Once the canvas is dry you can begin to stencil on the letters for the quote or word you choose to paint. I did mine a bit differently.

First, I put the letters down on paper to make sure I liked the way they looked. I then began to cut out the letters with an x-acto blade. If you don’t have an x-acto blade, a knife with a sharp tip works just fine.

Next, tape down the edges of the paper on to the DRY canvas. After it is taped down you can begin to paint in the letters! (Make sure that the paper is taped down tight or else the letters may be sloppy.)

I went over my letters a few times to get the color that I wanted over the map. If you want the letters to be more transparent, you may only want to paint them one time. Once the paint is partially dry you can remove the paper. I cleaned a few of my letters up with some water and a Q-tip!

The total cost of this project is $26 to $28. This is pretty inexpensive considering a printed canvas this size in a store can cost $50 and up! Plus, when you make your own canvas, you can decide which images, colors, and quotes to use!

Happy Crafting!

PS. Here’s the link to the tumblr page – http://iamblessed.tumblr.com/post/5136941881

Spring Bracelets!

April 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I cannot take full creative responsibility for this post. Most of you have probably used Pinterest or maybe you have heard of the website. I found an idea for these bracelets from Pinterest, the problem with the post was that there weren’t really any directions or a price point. These bracelets are great for anytime of year because you can choose to use whatever color of thread and leather that you wish!

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First, Here are all of the supplies that you will need:

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Price List: Fan Chain Pull – 3ft      $2.97

Thread               8.7 y   $0.39

Nuts                    6        $0.98

Leather Cord     1 pkg   $3.99

Next, measure the leather cord to fit your wrist. Whichever length you choose to make (single/double bracelet) all lengths will need to be doubled so the fan pull chain can lay in the middle. Also, make sure you measure the fan pull chain. The chain should be almost the same length as the leather cord except for about an inch or half an inch on each end.

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After that, knot the end of the leather cord to create a loop.

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Now, begin to wrap the thread around the end closest to the loop. Make sure to knot the thread twice around the leather cord so it remains in place. This is where it starts to get a little tricky, place the fan pull chain in the middle of the two strands of cord and start to wrap the thread around it. I suggest that you wrap about 3 or 4 times around the fan pull chain at each end. I usually wrap the thread around the chain 2 times after the first few.

Continue this step all the way until the end. Wrap the fan pull chain at the end the same way that you began the bracelet. At this point make sure to knot the thread around the cord once or twice and cut the excess thread.

Finally, pull the cords through the nut and knot the cord after.

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To wear the bracelet, just pull the knotted end through the loop!

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And its as easy as that! Total cost of this project is about $2.77 for a double strand and $1.38 for a single strand, not too shabby huh?

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Happy Crafting!

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