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DIY Cinco de Mayo Garland

Well hello Sweet World. Can you believe April just flew by? I can’t. And i also can’t believe that my birthday just came and went, just like that. Another year past. Sigh. It was a good birthday weekend and i’ll share all about that soon but for now, i’m sharing how to make your very own Cinco de Mayo garland. It’s super easy and adds a splash of color to anywhere. Here goes….

You may remember seeing this garland in a post from long ago but i thought that it would be a perfect DIY for the beginning of May. Here’s what you will need:

First, cut your tissue paper into a large rectangle, then fold it to a square. Second, cut your edges in scallops or zig-zags, if you wish.

Then, fold one third of your square over and cut various shapes. Next, fold over the other third of your square and cut more shapes.

Cut as many squares as you desire for the length of your garland. Once all the squares are cut and cut out with shapes, line them up and cut your string.

Fold the square over the string and use your tape or adhesive to adhere the square together. Repeat until all squares are hanging on your string. Last, hang as you desire and celebrate!

See, i told you it was easy, didn’t i? I think these would look cool with several different strands hanging on the ceiling. Happy May, Sweet World!

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Lettered Shirt DIY

Lately i’ve seen some fashion related to a new type of lettered or quote shirts. Celebrities and bloggers have both been trending this so-called fad and i figured that it would be really easy to make your own shirt with a quote of your choice. Here are some photos of Hollywood showing off this trend:

And now, here’s how you can make your very own tee:

The iron on letters can be found at any craft store and even Wal-mart. They have different styles so you can also choose to your liking. Once you pick out your letters and get them home, cut out the ones you need for your quote. My quote comes from the saying, ‘Mama always said there’d be days like this.’

Lay the letters out on your shirt and then flip them over so they’re the right way for ironing. The package the letters come in is really helpful with step-by-step directions on what to do.

Next, cover your letters with the cotton cloth. I used an old t-shirt that was 100% cotton. Once covered, iron away! The package said to use the wool setting on the iron but i didn’t have success with that so i switched to the cotton setting for more heat to get the letters to stick better. Once ironed on the front side, you’ll also have to turn the shirt inside out and iron the back side. This is the step that really gets the letters on. You may have to go over them several times to get a good adhesive.

Once ironed on, wait for the letters and shirt to cool for a few minutes. Then carefully pull the backing off to reveal your letters.

Once you get all the backing off, your tee is done!

Model appropriately!

You’re part of Hollywood now!  ;)

If you make one, let me know how it turned out!

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Covered Bangle Bracelet DIY

Everyone has jewelry laying around that they don’t wear anymore or just doesn’t work for them. This was the case for this cheap black plastic bangle bracelet that i had from years ago. It was plain, plastic and just boring. I decided i’d spruce it up a bit with some color by covering it. It’s pretty simple to do. I originally was thinking yarn but it would fray too easy or become ‘fuzzy’ and wouldn’t hold up. I had some string laying around along with the yarn that is thinner and doesn’t fray or get fuzzy as easy (i think it may be called crochet yarn but i’m not sure).  I chose to use that to cover my bracelet and found that it works well. Here is what i did:

1. Tie your string to the inside of the bracelet   2. Begin wrapping your string around the bracelet. Wrap until you want to switch colors or wrap until the end if you want the same color for the whole bracelet.   3. If you do switch colors, tape the end to the inside of the bracelet.   4. Start with your 2nd color choice. Either tie or tape the start of the string to the inside of the bracelet.

After you wrap your entire bracelet in the color scheme and pattern that you want, cut a thin piece of felt (a little thinner than the width of your bracelet) to fit the inside of your bracelet. Next, put mod podge on one side of the felt with your paint brush.

Adhere the felt to the inside of the bracelet. This just gives one more step to hide the tape and keep the string/yarn in place. Let dry.

Next, hit that runway with your new accessory! Ok, maybe not the runway but wear it, girl!

Or you could just take pretty photos of it like i tried to do……

And let me know if you make one of your own. I’d love to see photos! Enjoy your new (old) bangle  :)

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Heart Cut-Out Garland DIY

Valentine’s Day is already right around the corner, ya’ll. Oh, how the time flies. I’ll be flying back into the country this Valentine’s Day after seeing my family in Holland. It’s already been three years since i’ve seen them. Oy. Didn’t i just say something about time flying? Anyhow. Here’s a simple photo garland DIY to decorate for the occasion. It’s pretty simple yet effective. Make lots of ‘em!

Start by cutting your photos into strips. Mine measure approximately 1.5 inches wide and are cut from 4 x 6 inch photo prints.

Once all your photos are cut into strips, fold them in half. Then, slide them into your heart punch (or other shape if you’re feeling extra crafty ;o) ). Make sure they’re lined up fairly well and even, and that they’re facing the right way for the shape of the heart (open side down). This step is tricky because the size of the folded photos is just the size of the punch and there’s nothing left to grab onto when punching. Usually, the fold creates enough thickness for the photos to be held in place while punching so they won’t slide around.

After you have all of your photos punched out, gather your adhesive and pick your string.

Place the folded photo over your string and use your adhesive on the bottom half of the inside of the photo. Fold the top half over and apply pressure. Repeat for the remainder of the punched photo strips and then space them on the string to your liking. They should move around on the string fairly well since the adhesive is used only on the bottom part of the photo so you can space them out easier.

Hang  at your location of choice!

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Southwest Map Art DIY

This year, i’m striving to blog a little more and really add some elements to my blog. If you’re a normal reader, you’ve already noticed some changes – updated blog buttons! That’s not all i have in store for this space this year. I want to incorporate more ideas, DIYs, free printables and more. I really want to grow. I’ve been blogging in this space for almost 3 years, and while i am so happy i’ve kept up with it, i want to make it something more. It hasn’t been the easiest, as i moved halfway across the country and didn’t have internet, or got a 3rd shift job and struggled to actually have a life at that point, or to now, when i work 100+ hours a pay period but absolutely love my job. Anyhow. This post wasn’t supposed to be a reflection post, but a DIY post. So let’s get to it! My first DIY! We’re going to make some map art.

- Draw your pattern on the foam board. Cut them with the exacto knife to make the stamps.

- Cut the map to the size you want, or the size to fit the frame you’ve chosen. Mine is 11″ x 14″ to fit the frame i had. I found the map at a local antique shop.

- Now you have your cut map and your cut stamps.

- Use the paintbrushes to paint the colored paint onto one side of the stamps. This helps it stay smoother so it’s not a huge, slippery mess when you stamp the map and so it won’t smudge.

- Stamp the painted side onto the map. Repeat with your different stamps and colors as you desire.

- Keep stamping up the page, or in whatever pattern you wish. The options are all yours! Once finished, you can even add photos to spice it up more, or to add those extra memories. I chose to leave the photos out of mine this time around.

- Once your paint dries, place the map art in the frame and display! Simple, right?

Enjoy making your very own map art. I know i did, plus it looks pretty in the bedroom!

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