Sunday, August 28, 2011

DIY: Floral Broach

I love floral broaches and even more of the fabric ones too!

The Project:

I purchased a few colors of felt for 29 cents each from Joann's fabric & craft store.

I cut them in various sizes of squares.

I folded them in half...

Than folded them again in half...

Than I folded them into a triangle.

Like this.

 Than a round corner at the top...

 Their not all going to look perfect, but that's okay!

 Fold the felt together again with the pattern you are going for....

Using a needle & thread sew the needle through the felt.

 Tie together both ends of the thread.

 Like this.

 Using a hot glue gun, glue your pin & place it underneath your flower (you can use a safety pin just as well).

 Flip the flower over & arrange your felt pedals with the look your going for. I glued here & there in between the pedals to keep everything together.

I bought a set of sticker pearls from Michael's craft store for $1.

And, I glued one to the center of my flower.

The colors I used were dark pink, dark red, olive green and dark purple.

You can place the floral broach on anything, so here I am playing with what I can do with it :)

DIY: Fabric & Wood Beaded Necklace

I have been seen a lot of these necklaces around stores and wanted to make one of my own. I guess you can say I was INSPIRED! 

The Project:

Bought some wooden beads for about $3 at Joann's fabric & craft store.

I also bought a few patterns that were cut 1/4 of a yard for $1 from there too.

 I cut each fabric into strips about an inch thick.

I was going to use a toothpick to push the fabric through the bead, but found that just twisting the ends of the fabric was just as easy :)

I tied knots in between the beads & also braided the 3 different strip of fabrics together....

At the ends of the fabric, I used ribbon clasps.

That's it!

Monday, August 22, 2011

My DIY: Painted Wall Clock

I'm sorry I'm not going to have detailed instructions for this project, but I wanted to show you my wall clock that I painted. I bought this wall clock at Kirklands on sale for $7.98. It was a deal that I could not pass up, even if it was a dingy green/ turquoise color. I went straight to Michael's craft store and purchased two colors to re-paint the clock, so here it is!

The paint is under $4.00

 I painted the whole clock Metallic Rich Espresso using a regular 1" wide brush, waited until dry, I than lightly dabbed a cotton ball with Glossy Black paint & lightly brushed over the floral design of the clock. You can see the imperfections, because I was in a hurry. Plus, I wasn't quite going for a Metallic, but I wanted to see what it would turn out & I can always re-paint it again ;)

The mantel area is still a work in progress, but Voo-La!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Outfit All Under $20!

It's very rare that I buy full price on anything. I am the one that walks into a store and heads straight to the Clearance section or checks out the sales. You never know what you can find for a great buy. I found these items all under $20! 

Just dress it up with a cute belt & heels!

The long necklace by Apt. 9 from Khols

I love the zipper in the back!

         Stores of Purchase

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

DIY: Flower Bracelet/ Necklace

 I have seen so many cute bracelets and necklaces with fabricated flowers on them. This design better not go out of style, because I absolutely LOVE the look. I have a lot of necklaces that I can just make my own flower to place on them without having to buy new accessories. Since I am all about finding great deals and saving money I figured I can make one myself. I went ahead and dug up my craft box, looked through my ribbons and searched for my pearls to get this done.

The Project:

The pearled bracelets I have, I think they need an up-lift :)

What you will need.... You can find these at your local craft/ fabric store (Michael's). You will see that everything is very inexpensive or you can always find neat items in the Clearance section. Also, if there are store coupons out there, take an advantage of those deals too!

Using your Measuring Tape/ Ruler your going to need about 6 inches of laced ribbon.

Using your needle, thread about 12 inches of thread, fold your fabric like a "Folding Fan" onto your needle and sew right through the edge of your lace. I am using a pin here to show you what the folds should look like when sewing through the lace.

Now this is where I am showing you the needle & thread sewing through the edge of the lace.

Once you are finished sewing through the lace it will look like this....
Now, push down the fabric at the end of the thread where your knot is & carefully scrunch down the lace. Tie a knot to hold it in place & cut the ends of the thread.

 Using your Hot Glue Gun, carefully glue the sewn ends together.

Like this...

 Now carefully glue the edges together. Remember, use a small amount of glue, because the glue can seep through the lace. (It's a hot mess if you don't... hee hee).

It's glued together!

 Turn it upside down and glue the bottom.

 Using your white felt & scissors cut out a circle the size of a Quarter out like this...

 Stick it onto where you just glued to.

Now at the opposite side of where you had just glued your felt on... carefully glue the bottom part of the lace.

Like this...

Stick your gem onto where you just glued to. It will be the center of your flower. Now I can FINALLY call it a "Flower" as oppose to calling it "Lace" this whole time :)

Now turn the flower over and glue a thin line across the felt.

Like this...

 Using your pin (you can use Safety Pins just as well)...

Stick it onto where you just glued to.

Get those pearls! (I grabbed 3 bracelets) and just pin them inside.

 Let's get a closer look!

I had to try it on :)

You can even place the flower onto a necklace or even use it as a Broach to pin onto your jacket.
What an up-lift my pearls got!