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Recycling cans to make a pencil holder

DIY home decor recycling cans is fun and cheap

This silver pencil holder is great for recycling cans and other household items, and it is just as easy to make as the golden mini barrel. Follow the instructions and have fun crafting and decorating your own!

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recycling cans pencil holder diy tutorial, homemade home decor

Materials

  • An aluminum can (mine was full of delicious peaches)
  • Clothespins
  • Glue
  • Spray paint (optional)
  • Scrap fabric (optional)
  • Ribbon (also optional)
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DIY pencil holder tutorial recycling cans

1. First, clean your can with soap and water, making sure to get rid of as much of the paper label as possible.

2. Then, pull the clothespins apart carefully. If you are crafting with kids, you should do this part yourself to avoid injuries.

3. Now, glue some scrap fabric to the top of the can. You can use a couple of clothespins to secure the fabric to the can while the glue dries. But you need to make sure that you only glue the seam to the can. If you put glue all around the can, you won’t be able to use pins to hold the fabric in place while the glue dries because they’ll end up glued to the fabric.

4. Apply glue to each clothespin and glue them to the can. I do not recommend using super glue because it takes forever to dry. Hot glue guns tend to work better on metallic surfaces and it dries in a few seconds.

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recycling cans pencil holder diy tutorial, homemade home decor

Decorating your homemade pencil holder

recycling cans pencil holder diy tutorial, homemade home decor

I wasn’t done recycling things with this craft!. One of the nice things about loving diy and crafting is that you always find things that you can reuse.

To finish this project, first I sprayed the can with silver spray paint. Then, I used several items that I already had: a black and silver ribbon that I had left from a costume, a black velvet ribbon that I had lying around, and some random black cord that I found in a drawer.

The only thing that I bought for this craft (because it was shiny) was some black ribbon with rhinestones.

Crafts like this one are great to recycle items and materials that you already have at home. Get creative!

Enjoy, and feel free to leave a comment. Let me know how your projects turn out 😀

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Crafting a mini barrel

Have fun crafting your own gifts

There is nothing more satisfying than crafting an expensive-looking home decor gift using stuff that you already have at home. This cute mini barrel is very easy to make, and it is super fast too! In fact, you can easily make it in an afternoon.

If you want to make your own, keep on reading 😀

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Materials

  • A tuna can
  • Clothespins
  • Glue
  • Spray paint (optional)
  • Scrap fabric (optional)
  • Ribbon or twine (also optional)
  • Your favorite playlist/movie/TV show (optional?) 😀
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Crafting a mini barrel

1. Clean your can with soap and water and let dry.

2. Then, pull the clothespin apart. If you are making this with kids you should make sure to do this part yourself.

3. Now, glue the clothespins around the can until the whole surface is covered. Depending on the type of glue that you use for crafting, you’ll have to press the clothespins against the can until the glue sets a bit.

Unfortunately, I didn’t choose the right glue because I had to press each clothespin to the can for a loooooong time. But I have learned my lesson and, since then, I’ve found that the best option is to use a hot glue gun. Once again, if you are crafting with kids, you’ll have to supervise them to prevent burns and injuries.

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crafting | diy pencil holder | easy crafts to do at home

4. If you have followed my advice about the glue, you can skip this step. Because I didn’t use the best glue for this project, I had to let my mini barrel dry overnight. However, if you use a hot glue gun, this is not necessary and you can start decorating your craft right away.

5. Finally, the fun part: decorating your mini barrel. For this craft I decided to try gold spray paint, but you can choose to stain it, for example. Let your creativity guide you! Then, I wrapped some scrap tulle around it, and I fastened it with some lace.

To get ideas, check this silver mini barrel, this birdfeeder, or this baby gift basket. Have fun crafting!



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crafting tutorial, diy pencil holder, easy crafts to do at home
crafting | pencil holder | easy crafts to do at home
crafting tutorial, diy pencil holder, easy crafts to do at home
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Pincushion cactus | DIY cactus pincushion

Knit your own pincushion cactus

This diy project combines two of my favorite things: knitting and a cactus.

Cacti and succulents (together with air plants) are some of my favorite house plants. But when you have cats, sometimes your plants die in mysterious ways… So I decided to knit something that looks like a plant but that my cats couldn’t kill.

Here is how you can make your own pincushion cactus “plant”. It’s both functional and nice 🙂

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pincushion cactus tutorial, diy crafts, homemade gifts

Materials for your diy cactus pincushion

  • Scissors (not pictured)
  • Scrap yarn in whatever colors you want/have available
  • 1 row counter
  • Either double-pointed needles (if you want to avoid seams), or regular knitting needles (check your scrap yarn to figure out which size)
  • A yarn needle (not pictured)
  • One crochet hook in whatever size you need for your scrap yarn (not pictured)
  • A flower pot (I am reusing an old one)
  • 1 stitch marker (only needed if you are using dbl-pointed needles)
  • Stuffing (I used old scraps of fabric, but you can use fiber fill if you have it)
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Preparation: how to check your gauge

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If you don’t have the slip, don’t despair, there are averages that can be applied to any yarn based on its thickness (aka “weight”). You can learn how to calculate gauge easily following these general guidelines.

1.Measure the diameter of your flower pot.

2. Cast enough stitches to knit a 4×4 inch swatch and calculate how many stitches and rows you need for your pincushion cactus plant. This is quite easy to do. If you still have the slip that was wrapped around your skein when you bought it, they usually include a guide to knit a swatch.

For example, the graphics in the picture indicate that, on average, one should have a 4×4 inch swatch by casting 17 stitches and knitting 23 rows using US 8 needles.

The pattern

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3. For this diy cactus pincushion I used pretty thick yarn. Therefore, I needed to use my US 10 double pointed needles. Also, the diameter of my flower pot was quite large. These two factor will determine the number of stitches that you need.

You should calculate your own gauge on your yarn and your flower pot. For example, if you use a smaller flower pot, but the same thick yarn, you’ll need less stitches. On the other hand, if you use thinner yarn, you’ll need more stitches to knit your pincushion cactus.

4. I needed 44 stitches for my cactus (you may need more, or less). And then I knitted 22 rows in the following rib pattern: *knit one through the back loop, purl one* (repeat this combination until the end of the row).



Instructions for double pointed needles

1. First, cast on 44 stitches and divide them evenly among your needles (I like using 4 needles for smallish projects like this one).

2. Then, being careful not to twist your yarn, place the stitch marker at the beginning of the row.

3. Now, knit 22 rows following this rib pattern (*ktbl1, p1*).

4. Once you have completed row 22 cut off the yarn making sure to leave a long tail (about 15 inches or so). Next, transfer all the stitches from your knitting needle to a yarn or sewing needle and through the long tail of yarn. You will end up with a weird looking yarn “bowl”.

5. Then, stuff your cactus until it’s round and “fluffy” using old scraps of fabric or fiber fill. Finally, sew in the bottom seam and place your pincushion cactus in the flower pot.

Instructions for double pointed needles

1. First, cast on 44 stitches and divide them evenly among your needles (I like using 4 needles for smallish projects like this one).

2. Then, being careful not to twist your yarn, place the stitch marker at the beginning of the row.

3. Now, knit 22 rows following this rib pattern (*ktbl1, p1*).

4. Once you have completed row 22 cut off the yarn making sure to leave a long tail (about 15 inches or so). Next, transfer all the stitches from your knitting needle to a yarn or sewing needle and through the long tail of yarn. You will end up with a weird looking yarn “bowl”.

5. Then, stuff your cactus until it’s round and “fluffy” using old scraps of fabric or fiber fill. Finally, sew in the bottom seam and place your pincushion cactus in the flower pot.

Instructions for regular knitting needles

1. First, cast on 44 stitches and knit 22 rows in the rib pattern (*ktbl1, p1*).

2. Once you have finished row 22, cut off the yarn making sure to leave a long tail (about 15 inches or so). Then, transfer all the stitches from your knitting needle to the sewing needle and through the long tail of yarn. Now, fasten the stitches and secure in place.

3. Next, sew the seam using a mattress stitch.

4. Then, stuff your cactus until it’s round and “fluffy” using old scraps of fabric or fiber fill. Finally, sew in the stuffing and place your cactus in the flower pot.

Crochet Flowers

You can add some crochet flowers to your home decor item by following these simple instructions:

  1. Row 1: First, make a magic loop and crochet 6 sc in the loop. You should have 6 stitches.
  2. Row 2: Then, make 2 dbc and 1 slc in EACH of the 6 stitches. Now you have a flower, fasten off.
  3. Last, sew your flower (or flowers) to your new home decor cactus.
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DIY knit project: Ottoman cover

Decorate your home with style with this diy knit project

Knitting is possibly my favorite hobby, so whenever I find a diy knot project tutorial for my home, I get super excited! Give me a ball of yarn and needles and I’m the happiest girl on earth. Add in some music and a cat at me feet, and I’m in heaven. Now I may love cats as much as I love knitting, but what I don’t love is how they destroy my furniture.

Well, I was sick and tired of my scratched up furniture, so I decided to find a solution. The nice thing about diy knit projects is that I can make them again when they become weathered. So even if my cats decide to claw these ottoman covers to pieces, I can always make new ones and try different patterns. But I’m hoping this will help fix the scratching problem.

When I came across this knit pattern by Redheart Yarns, I decided to give it a try.

BEFORE

AFTER

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Materials

  • For this diy knit project, you need the following materials:
  • 2 skeins of Redheart Super Saver Jumbo in “Buff” (or whatever color matches your decor)
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Knitting needles in size US 13 (9.0 mm.)
  • 2 row counters (or a pen and a piece of paper to keep count)
  • 1 yarn or darning needle
  • Safety pins (at least 10)
  • 1 cable needle
  • Pins
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Directions

1. First, you need to calculate your gauge following the instructions on the pattern. You will need to measure the width and length of your ottoman.

2. You can now follow the instructions on the original pattern. But if you are like me, you may want to modify it a little bit.

Even though sewing is another hobby that I really enjoy, I prefer to avoid seams when I knit. So instead of knitting 5 individual rectangles (or squares, depending on the size of your ottoman), I knitted a long strip to cover the top of the ottoman and two of the sides. Then, I knitted 2 rectangles of equal size to attach to each side of the long strip. If you do that, you will only have two seams to worry about instead of a million of them (or 4).

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diy knit project, ottoman cover tutorial, diy home decor

3. I wanted to make sure that my finished diy knit project had the adequate dimensions and shape. So I first used safety pins to hold each side in place. Then, I joined the sides with a running stitch and thread in a contrasting color. Now you can carefully place the cover on your ottoman. If you like the way it looks, then you can sew all seams. I used a mattress stitch because it helps achieve a polished, professional finish.

4. Last, I recommend sewing the cover to the bottom of the ottoman to make sure it will stay in place. And you are done! Hopefully the cats will refrain from scratching it. But I doubt it, that seems to be their favorite hobby!

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diy knit project, ottoman cover tutorial, diy home decor
diy knit project, ottoman cover tutorial, diy home decor



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DIY project: Flapper headband

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PHOTO CREDIT: Spinney Photography and Studio VaVaVoom. Posted with permission.

This Flapper Headband is a very easy and fast diy project. I made mine for a costume that I needed to perform on a show in New Years Eve. One of the nice things about it is that you can also use it as a regular headband.

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Materials

  1. Scissors
  2. Lace ribbon
  3. See-through ribbon
  4. Thin black ribbon (not pictured)
  5. Sewing needle and pins (not pictured)
  6. Thread in contrasting color
  7. Thread that matches the lace
  8. A flat piece of elastic (about 5 inches)
  9. Gold thread (optional)
  10. Silver and black sequins
  11. Tube beads in silver and black
  12. Round beads in silver and black
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DIY project: flapper headband

1. Measure your head around the temples. Now you need to do some math: subtract 3 or 4 inches from the total measurement. Then, cut a 3 or 4 inch of flat black elastic and set aside, you will need it later. With the remaining measurements, cut a piece of black lace and sea-through ribbon. Make sure to add an extra inch for seams in each case.

For example, my head measures 21 inches, since I used a 3-inch elastic on the back. And that leaves 18 inches for the lace and the ribbon. But because I took seam allowance into account, I cut a 19 inch strip of each the lace and the ribbon.

2. Now, overlay the black lace, the black ribbon, and the sea-through ribbon to create some dimension and an interesting pattern. As you can see in the picture, I used the black lace as the base. Then, I overlay-ed the sea-through ribbon on top of the black lace, making sure the lace peeks above the ribbon.

3. Pin in place, secure with thread in a contrasting color using a running stitch, and remove all pins. After that, place the thin black ribbon on top and pin in place. Using a running stitch, secure with thread in a contrasting color and remove all pins. Last, using black thread (or whatever color matches your ribbon), sew the whole strip and fold in about 1/2 inch on each end to avoid fraying.

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Beads and sequins

1. You are now ready to decorate the hairband. For this diy project I created a zig zag pattern using the round beads and the tube beads.

I created some contrast by placing a silver bead on each end of the black tube beads, and a black round bead on each end of the silver tube beads.

Then, I combined the silver sequins with the black round beads, and the black sequins with the silver round beads. Finally, I placed them in the spaces between the zigzags.

2. Last, sew the elastic to each end of the band, and you are done!

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diy project, sewing tutorial, 1920s flapper costume
diy project, sewing tutorial, 1920s flapper costume
diy project, sewing tutorial, 1920s flapper costume

If you want to go for a more authentic 1920’s look, clip a hair flower or a brooch to the headband, like I did for my costume. This will also help keep the band from sliding up or down.

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