Round Weed Wicker Basket

Round Reed Wicker Basket

What you’ll need:
round reed
sharp scissors
wooden beads
hot water
circular wooden base

  1. Cut 8 pieces of round reed 30 inches long to use for the basket spokes.
  2. Soak the basket spokes and ten extra long pieces of round reed in warm water for 5 minutes. Place more pieces of round reed into the water when needed.
  3. Drill 16 holes evenly along the edge of the wooden base.
  4. Starting with one spoke, place one end into the hole in the base.  Using the pliers, pull the reed through and attach a wooden bead.  Skip a hole and place the other end of the spoke into the next hole (making it every other hole).  Attach a bead to this end too.
  5. Place the second reed into the hole you skipped and continue with the rest of the spokes.
  6. Starting at the bottom of the spokes, weave  the rest of the round reed in and out of the spokes.  Repeat around the circle until you are halfway up the spokes.

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Bird House Wind Chime

Bird House Wind Chime

What you need:
Wooden bird house (from any craft store)
Assorted paints
Wooden shapes
Metal hooks

Step One:  Paint the bird house and the wooden shapes in any fashion.  Let them dry for at least 24 hours.

Step Two:  Drill holes in the wooden shapes and tie the string through them.

Step Three:  Screw the metal hooks into the bottom of the bird house.  Hook the strings with the wooden shapes on.  Make sure they are tight.

Step Four.  Hang the Bird House Wind Chime up!

Published in: on December 4, 2010 at 10:51 pm  Comments (1)  
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Cell Phone Charm

Fold a 10 inch plastic string in half and place your beads of choice on it.

Tie a knot, leaving about 1 -1 1/2 inches at the end.

Place the plastic string through the loop on your phone (almost every cell phone has one specifically design for charms such as this).

Tie one final bead at the end of the plastic string so the charm won’t go through the loop and fall off the phone.

Published in: on December 2, 2010 at 2:05 am  Comments (1)  
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Ribbon Laced Flip Flops

Ribbon Flip Flops

What you’ll need:
Pair of Flip Flops
Thin Ribbon
Super Glue
Craft Knife

Step One: Using the knife, make evenly-spaced slits across the plastic straps

Step Two: Cut ribbon into 4 pieces of the same length

Step Three: Weave the ribbon through the slits

Step Four: Use super glue to hold the end of the ribbon in place

Step Five: Tie the ends of the ribbon into a bow.

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Bracelet or Anklet

Also known as friendship bracelets, these are great as anklets as well.  Thread is the best string to use but yarn or ribbon work as well.  I use ribbon in the video because it is bigger and easier to see but I use thread when I make my own.  The example I show is one of the easier styles of friendship bracelets.

Instructional Video

Step One:  Begin by tying a knot, but don’t pull the thread all the way through the loop.  Instead, tighten it to make a loop on the side (watch instructional video)

Step Two:  Put two of your fingers through the loop and grab the string.  Also pull that through creating another loop without pulling the string all the way through the loop.

Step Three: Continue doing that until you have the length you desire.

Finished bracelet with several colors

Step Four:  When you are finished, you can pull the string all the way through the loop and it won’t come undone.

It is good to note that you can have more than one string at once to make it more colorful.

Published in: on November 18, 2010 at 3:28 pm  Comments (2)  
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Ribbon Necklace

Ribbon Necklace Photo courtesy of The Beading Gem

What you’ll need:
A chain necklace
An assortment of ribbons

Weave the ribbons through the chain necklace back and forth until every chain link has ribbon running through it.

It’s simple and easy but this accessory can change frequently if you have plenty of ribbons, so get creative!

This even works for bracelets.

Published in: on November 11, 2010 at 12:19 am  Comments (1)  
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Earring Holder

This is one of the simplest things I will ever post.  Instead of spending money on an earring holder, you can use objects most people already have in their homes.

Step One:  Take out dental floss.  Pull out about 3 feet.

Step Two:  Tie ends of dental floss around two thumb tacks or pushpins.

Step Three:  Hang on wall so floss droops a little bit.

Step Four:  Hang earring holders onto floss.

Published in: on November 9, 2010 at 12:33 am  Comments (5)  
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When you have a vase of flowers that are starting to die, you can dry them out, add oils, and make potpourri.

Step One:  Dry the flowers by hanging them upside down.  A fun way is by hanging them from a ceiling fan.

Step Two:  Pick a fragrance by mixing oils (some good choices are floral, citrus, herbal, or spicy).

Step Three: Before adding the flowers to the oil, add chopped orris root to the oils (they hold the scent better than the flowers). Then add the leaves and pedals.

Step Four:  Shake concoction once a day for 3 weeks.  After the 3 weeks, it should smell delightful!

Published in: on November 7, 2010 at 5:46 pm  Comments (6)  
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Jean Pocket Purse

If you have an old pair of jeans you won’t wear anymore, you can put the back pockets to good use.

All you have to do is cut the pockets off the pants and sew together 3 sides so the top side is open.  Then sew on string for the purse strap.

On the open side, sew on a button or zipper.  Then decorate the pocket with any trinkets that are lying around.

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DIY Halloween Costume

Don’t have money to buy a costume that you may only wear for one night?  Me neither.  I do, however, have a creative costume used from materials you may already own.

Costume Materials
Long sleeved T-shirt
Dark Colored Pants
Light Colored Pants
Child’s Jacket
2 pairs of shoes (or 1 pair of shoes and 1 pair of boots)
Baseball cap
Safety Pins (many)

Step 1:  Dress in dark-colored pants. Put socks and shoes/boots on at this time or wait until later.

Step 2:  Stuff the arms and shoulders of the long-sleeved shirt with crumpled up newspapers. Put the shirt ‘collar’ around your hips. This, along with the dark pants, will be the body of the person giving you a shoulder ride. The bottom of the shirt will be around your knees. Safety pin the arm cuffs of the shirt to the front of the shirt (See picture)

Step 3:  Stuff the ball cap with newspapers.  Safety-pin the ball cap  above the collar of the shirt around your waist.

Step 4:  Stuff a pair of light-colored pants with crumpled newspapers. This will act like the legs of the shoulder rider.
Make sure the ball cap is in the crotch area of the pants with safety pins. (When you are getting a piggy back ride, that is where the head is)

Step 5:  Attach the extra pair of shoes to the bottom of the pants. This will act like the feet of the shoulder rider.

Step 6:  Put the light-colored pants against your body and put the belt through the front belt loops, around yourself and back through the front loops on the other side of the pants. Buckle the belt. The ‘legs’ of the shoulder rider are now attached.

Step 7:  Bend the legs of the light-colored pants through the arms of the shirt of the person “carrying” you to make it look like he’s hanging on to your legs. Use safety pins as needed to secure this in place.

Step 8:  Put on the coat.
You have now built a shoulder ride/piggy back ride.

Published in: on October 31, 2010 at 12:14 pm  Comments (3)  
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