Monday, December 16, 2013

DIY wrapping gifts: Santa's belt

This Christmas, all my gifts will be wrapped as Santa's

... with a belt and a gold buckle

Wrapping gifts this way take a little of preparation, but once you get it going it doesn't take too long.
...And I love the look under my teddy bear Christmas tree :)

Santa's belt wrapping gifts: supplies needed

Weel, I had everything from previous years, so this was actually a "stash busting" DIY (extra points!!!)
Red wrapping paper
Gold wrapping paper
Black contact paper
Card stock
X-ACTO knife
Glue stick
- scissors and pencil

Santa's belt wrapping gifts: the how-to // tutorial:

First, wrap all your gifts in red wrapping paper.
I put everything in boxes, which makes the process easier and neater. (Just keep all medium sizes boxes  year round, and you'll have plenty to use & recycle!)

cut a square piece of card stock, depending on the size of your gift, this one is 3" x 3"
cut a square piece of gold wrapping paper, about 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" 
glue the card stock onto the center of the wrong side of the gold paper 
glue the wrong side of the gold paper and fold two sides
Trim a little the edges
Glue and fold the other two sides.
And let the glue dry very well, or the rest it's going to be messy !
Whit a pencil, mark two 1" parallel lines in the center 
Use your x-acto knife to cut over the marked lines: as you can see on the smaller square:
if the glue is not really dry, the knife will tear the gold wrapping paper.
Also use your knife applying pressure in really small lines, making sort of ----- very close marks. 
Cut a 1" piece of black contact paper,
with the length of the circumference of your package plus 1" overlapping.
Remove 2" of the contact paper backing in the center. 
Insert the contact paper into the "buckle" and be careful to place the center  part well aligned. 
Remove the rest of the backing from the contact paper and wrap the waist of your gift!! 

xox, d.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

DIY and inspiration: 18 slippers ideas

finding the right slippers is a hard job for me: 

with my tiny surreal feet I'm always wearing slippers with Disney characters on it. (do not like!!)
Time to put a stop to this.
I've been on the hunt for the perfect slippers to make for myself, and now I found so many that I'll be working full time to make some to give as a gift as well....

In this big-fat-round-up you'll find version for any needs:

crocheted, knitted, no-sew, very-little-sew, using felt or felted.
So... No excuses at all: no more cold feet!
Most of these are patterns and tutorials, most are free, some aren't but the cost is really low.
Some are just inspirations, but once you get the idea... I'm pretty sure it's not so hard to figure it out!

1- free tutorial to make single sole felted clogs 
2- don't have time to make? Get these from Vivaterra or ... keep the idea in mind for when you find some time.
3- Not expensive at all, and you get two patterns in one.
4- Just for inspiration, but doesn't look difficult to make. Image found here.
5- Two-tone slippers.... these are easier than you think. And so so so pretty!
6- Jingle bell slippers! Ideal for kids that play hide and seek, or skip the bell!
7- felted clogs with double sole: bought the pattern today and now I just need to get the wool.
8- these Stephanie's sewn felt slippers are beyond easy and require very little sewing.
9- another pair with felt : I'd do a contrast stitching a maybe a contrast sole color.
10- the one piece one shoe lace Lasso: I mentioned these last year and I'm obsessing over ever since!
11- get your crochet hook and make these rainbow slippers in no time!
12- A pattern from Popular science dated August 1937 shows yo  how to make your own mocassins - ...and the hole magazine is online :) - or another step-by-step tutorial here (thank you, Cate!!)
13- these crochet slippers are super girly, and the pattern is cheap!
14- A lot of people have these ballerina slippers pinned on their pinterest boards, but not linked to the original source. This is the step-by-step free tutorial, in Russian, but if you use Google Chrome you can get it translated and it's so well detailed that you really can't go wrong with it.
15- a pattern straight from the 40s: because slippers haven't changed that much :)
16- how about a pattern for crocheted men's slippers... why not?
17- this pattern is both crocheted and knitted. I like the mixture of techniques.
18- sewing pattern using old denim: I like the idea and might do these for a less warm, spring version!

And last, but not least... Safety first!
this article on moogly published few days ago has all the products required to make your slippers no-slip. 

I'll be on the making for few of these: a pair (or two) for me and some to give as Christmas gifts.
Soon you'll see the result of my efforts :)

xox, d. 

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Monday, December 9, 2013

DIY himmeli earrings

I love himmeli ornaments.

And in a smaller scale, they make a perfect jewelry piece!
I had in mind to make jewelry inspired by himmeli since this post last year... I guess better late than never!

DIY himmeli earrings - the supplies:

To be 100% honest: these are simply to make, but you need the right supplies.
I used three different kind of wires, because I wanted a thicker one that would work also as earring hook, which would have look more polished and minimal, but the thicker wire just doesn't work because adds too much bulk and I got few beads chipped. 
So... I was almost ready to settle on a total craft fail, but I didn't want just to give up yet, and with the thinner wire, everything eventually worked out!

These supplies are the needs for one pair of earrings:

* 24 - Bugle Glass Bead, 20mm, Silver Lined, Crystal (each pack has plenty... 50 gr are about 250 beads)
* 30" - Sterling Silver Wire 26 Gauge (.016") Round Half Hard
(or if you want to use beads with different length : the length of your bead x 12 + legth x2)
* 2 - 925 Sterling Silver Ear Wire French Hook Earwires Coil Ball
Round Nose Pliers

DIY himmeli earrings: the how-to // tutorial:

Because I'm using wire, I didn't want to deal with extra twists or pieces of wire to build the shape, therefore this is the how-to for building the himmeli with just one length of wire.
Do not bend the wire too close to the edges of the beads or the pressure will chip the glass beads.
I always twisted the wire twice - Every himmeli uses 12 beads.
1- place three beads on the wire
2 - bend the wire in a triangle and twist (leave about 2" on the shorter part of the wire)
3 - place two beads on the wire
4 - bend toward the existing triangle and twist
5 - place two beads on the wire
6 - bend toward the existing triangle and twist
7 - place two beads on the wire
8- bend toward the existing triangle and twist
9 - place only one bead on the wire
bend the series of triangles that you have built until now, and place the wire with the single beads under the corner  of the jhoin: this will shape the square center part of the himmeli.
place the last two beads into the wire, one into each side.
close the two last beads at an angle, placing one of the wires under the opposite corner,
and twist them together.
twist the two wires together
Use the round nose pliers to create a loop and wrap it around the base to  secure it,
cut the excess wire.
open the loop of the hook earring wire and place the himmeli inside, and close the loop back.
make another one!

xox, d.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

DIY Sabrina Dehoff Unification bracelet

This bracelet is been on my To-DIY-List literally FOREVER.

I finally got around to make it, and the best part?
Very little supplies, and some of are actually FREE.

top photo: Sabrina Dehoff - collage by moi

DIY Sabrina Dehoff 6 Times Cord Unification Bracelet - the supplies

* about 1-1/2 yr of thick cotton cords.
These are FREE: how can it be possible? just look in the pile of shopping bags you are hoarding, and you'll find plenty that have cotton cord handles. Just un-tie the knots inside the bag and use the cords.
I used two handles in grey and one in black for this bracelet - (I didn't have all grey ones, so I went for my two favorite winter colors: black & grey)
* 10 - 10mm closed jump rings 18 Gauge
* 2 -  barrel end cords with internal diameter 9mm (Mine comes from my stash, but  these would be the perfect fit)
* A lobster clasp and two jump rings for the closure
E6000 glue
* masking tape, scissors, needle and black thread.

DIY Sabrina Dehoff 6 Times Cord Unification Bracelet - the how-to // tutorial

tape the ends and the center of all three ropes

Cut the ropes in the center, leaving tape on each side to prevent fraying.

Arrange the ropes forming an elongated "C", keep the ropes laying flat,
and place some tape at about 3" from the center to keep it flat and from moving.

Fold the other three parts of cords in half,
and place them inside the "C" as shown in the picture.

To make the knot, fold the ends of the cords inside the loop and tie.
Arrange the cords neatly. 

Slip the first jump ring into the two center grey cords in the center.

Slip another jump ring onto the black rope and the grey close to the center,
then repeat on the other side

Now, slip the last two jump rings onto the black cord and the external grey  cord on each side.
Repeat on the other side of the knot.

Measure the length of the bracelet on your wrist, keeping in mind that you'll have the end caps,
and the clasp. Mine is 17cm / 6-3/4"

To secure all the six ends of the ropes and to make it possible to fit inside the end cap,
sew a few stitches and wrap around the thread tightly few times.
Cut the ropes leaving about 1/8" (2mm+/-) from the wrap.

Add few drops of E6000 around the ropes and on the top.

Place the end caps on the edges: it's a tight fit: I used a toothpick to tuck it in .
Now just let the glue dry!

xox, d.

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