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Poster board + scissors + exacto knife + glue + patience + love = pop-up card
I’ve never done rock painting before, but I gotta say that these were super fun to make!
Oy it’s been a long time since I’ve done a DIY tutorial… so let’s do one now!
I got the idea from a Youtube video… it looked simple enough to make so I decided to try it out. You can make it as a card for Valentine’s Day card, an anniversary, or just-because.
Project: pop-up card
Difficulty level: easy
Step 1: Get your supplies: sturdy white paper or cardstock (I used posterboard paper), sturdy red paper or cardstock (again, I used posterboard; DO NOT use construction paper, it will not work, I learned that the hard way), scissors, glue
Step 2: Cut the white paper into the size you want your card to be. Score the center and fold. Cut 2 identical heart shapes from the red paper.
Step 3: On one of the hearts, use a pencil and draw a spiral pattern, following the edge of the heart shape. Each section should be about 8 mm (1/4 in) wide.
Step 4: Hold the 2 hearts together and carefully cut along the spiral pattern. Now you should have 2 heart “springs.”
Step 5: Put a little glue on the center of one heart and glue the 2 hearts together at the center. Let dry.
Step 6: Position the 2 hearts on your card as you like. Put glue on the outer circle of one of the hearts and glue onto one side of the open card.
Step 7: Put glue on the outer circle of the other heart, now facing up, and close the card onto it. Let dry completely.
Step 8: You should now have a heart on each side of the card connected together in a spring! Decorate as you like, with more hearts or whatever. I chose to do the initials of me and Yufei inside each heart, with smaller hearts scattered around.
Step 9: Decorate the cover. And you’re done! Now go send some love!
It’s high time for another DIY project! This time, I will show you how to make a stylin’ denim headband.
Project: Denim rosettes headband
Difficulty level: hard
Step 1: Gather your supplies. You will need: scrap denim fabric, scissors, needle and thread, and elastic band.
Step 2: Cut your denim fabric into a strip of 18″ x 2″.
Step 3: Fold the strip of denim lengthwise with THE RIGHT SIDE IN. Sew the edges together along the length of the fabric.
Step 4: Now you should have a tube of denim. Turn the tube inside out, so that the right side of the fabric is facing out. You can use a pencil of other long thing rod to help you. This will be the band for your headband.
Step 5: Cut 2 other strips of denim fabric of 18″ x 1″ to make the rosettes. If you have the rough edges of the fabric, use them.
Step 6: Start making a rosette by rolling the strip tightly.
Step 7: After a few rolls, start turning the strip over, so that the other side of the fabric is now on the outside. Keep twisting the fabric to make the petals of the rosette.
Step 8: Start stitching the rosette on the bottom to keep all the twists in place.
The top should look like this now:
See how the contrasting sides of the fabric and the rough edges add to the dimensions of the rosette?
Step 9: Finish making the rosette with the rest of the strip, then make another one in the same way. The finished rosette should look like this:
Step 10: Sew the rosettes onto the band. You can sew them in the center or off to the side, it’s up to you.
Step 11: Take the band and measure it against your head. Then see how much of the elastic band you need so that it will stay on nicely but not too tight. Then cut the appropriate length of elastic band, insert the ends into the openings of the band’s tube. Sew together firmly.
And you’re done! A gorgeous denim rosette headband is all yours :)
I love the gorgeous necklaces at Anthropologie, but as a poor college student I really can’t afford to spend $80 on one. So what do I do? I made my own! I know that there aren’t really any details on how I did it, but that’s because 1) I wasn’t sure if it was going to turn out well and 2) There’s really a lot of creative freedom to play around with this piece.
So for this necklace, I wanted to make something with lots of eclectic little charms and trinkets, so I was inspired by these 2 necklaces I found on Anthropologie:
I decided on a blue/green colour scheme since I wanted the necklace to have a sunken treasure kind of feel to it. So I looked around my jewelry drawers and came up with a whole bunch of old stuff and parts that I never wear anymore (I don’t know about anyone else, but I never throw out ANYTHING in case I may need it later for a project). I also got some beads, chains, thread, twine, ribbons, etc.
So what I did is I chose the items I wanted to include in my necklace, in this case they were: some random beads, several old pendants, necklace parts, and bracelet parts, all in the theme/colour scheme I wanted. Then I laid them out in the way I wanted them to be on the necklace so I could play around with the layout.
After I was happy with it, I strung the beads with some thick thread (from another old necklace) and connected the charms with wires, using pliers. After that, I decided that I wanted to make it more layered so I added a chain above the charms.
And that’s it!
A totally unique and stylish statement necklace, for the price of… pretty much nothing! And there are so many different things you can try with this necklace too, like using ribbons, fabric flowers, buttons, lockets, old watches, rings… the list goes on. Fabulous.
Now go rock it!