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Homemade gift for babies: Bee rattle

A rattle is the perfect homemade gift for a baby

This homemade gift was one of the most satisfying toys that I have ever made. It was my first time making a rattle and I really enjoyed it! I also love that the finished product looks so good. My baby nephew loves it, and the best part is that it cost me exactly $0 because I had everything I needed at home already.

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

MATERIALS

  • Scrap yarn in yellow, black, and white.
  • A crochet hook (size will vary depending on your yarn, check how to calculate your gauge)
  • Red thread
  • A knitting or darning needle
  • Fiber fill
  • Uncooked rice
  • A ping-pong ball or some small, hollow plastic object (I used this little kid toy that I found at home)

INSTRUCTIONS

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homemade gift for baby, diy crochet rattle tutorial
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1. First, you are going to fill your plastic, hollow item with rice. If you are using a ping-pong ball, you’ll have to drill a hole in it so you can put the rice inside. Then, seal in the rice using duct tape and set aside. You’ll need it later to fill in the body of the bee.

**Make sure you seal the rice very well to avoid choking hazards!

This will be inside the body of the bee.

2. Then, crochet the bee following the instructions in this crochet pattern.

I modified the original pattern a little bit because I didn’t like the thick, black stripe. Instead, I crocheted alternate rows using yellow and black yarn. Also, I decided to stitch the eyes with black yarn instead of sewing beads because I didn’t want my nephew to choke accidentally.

**Make sure to avoid working with small objects that a baby can accidentally choke on or stick in his/her nose or ears.

3. Last, fill the bee’s head with fabric fill, and place the plastic object full of rice inside the body of the bee. Alternatively, you could place the plastic object in the head of the bee, and use the fabric fill for the body. I decided to use mine for the body because the shape fit the body perfectly.

4. Finally, stitch the bottom of the bee, and you are all done!

I hope you like! Leave a comment and let me know how yours turns out 😀

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Recycle paper: Hearts wall art tutorial

Recycle paper while making beautiful wall art

I love reading and books, but when you come across a book with missing pages, your best option is to recycle paper and make something nice with it.

One of my bedroom walls was looking a bit naked and boring, so I got inspired by this paper mural and decided to replicate it with a slight modification.

If you want to see what I did, keep on reading.

Materials

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  • A ruler
  • An old book
  • A pencil
  • Mounting tape
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • 4 large pieces of foam board
  • An x-acto knife
  • A permanent black marker
recycle paper diy wall art tutorial
recycle paper diy wall art tutorial

Instructions

1. First, make sure to inspect your foam boards for damaged areas. If you see any light spots, cover them with a black sharpie. Then, paint the sides of each board with the black sharpie.

2. I cut out a couple of hearts in different sizes to see what would look better. Then, I measured the dimensions and divided my foam boards accordingly to figure out how many paper hearts I needed to make (it turns out I needed 100, 25 per board).

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recycle paper diy wall art tutorial
recycle paper diy wall art tutorial
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recycle paper diy wall decor
recycle paper diy wall art
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3. Next, you need to cut the back support for each heart. You can recycle paper from a different source if your book doesn’t have enough pages to make all the hearts. I cut strips of 0.5×4.5 inches and folded them into squares. Then, I glued them together before gluing them to the back of each heart.

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5. Next, you need to glue the hearts to the boards. As a guide, you can divide each board into 5×5 squares using yarn and mini clothespins and clips.

And you are done! All you need to do now is hang your new wall art and enjoy it!

Feel free to leave a comment, and if you make your own recycle paper heart wall art, let me know how it turns out!

4. Now, place some strips of mounting tape on the back of each board.

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DIY home decor items for a stylish home: Mirror vase

Create cool and stylish diy home decor items using stuff from your kitchen

You can make your own diy home decor items with a little bit of imagination, and a few things that you may already have at home.

This tutorial, for example, is perfect to make with friends. And it is so easy to put together it’s almost embarrassing. But it looks cute, it’s very inexpensive, and super quick to make.

If you want to learn how to make your own, keep on reading.

Materials

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  • A clean glass jar
  • Krylon’s mirror glass spray paint
  • Twine

Tutorial: DIY home decor items for less

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1. First, spray the inside of the jar with the spray paint.

If you want to, you can use gloves to prevent the paint from staining your hands (I didn’t and I ended up with a nice metallic hue on my fingertips).

Make sure to apply as many coats as needed to cover the entire inside uniformly. This part can be a bit tedious because you will have to turn the jar continuously until the paint dries.

Do not worry too much if your jar does not appear to be covered uniformly at first; with enough coats you will eventually achieve the mirror finish that you want.

Make sure that you only spray the INSIDE of the jar, otherwise your vase won’t have a “mirror” finish, but rather a more matte silvery finish (feel free to experiment, you may love what you end up crafting).

2. Next, let your jar dry fully. You can place the jar upside down on a utility sink that you don’t mind ruining with paint, or somewhere that you can clean afterwards.

Finishing touches

I decided to go with a rustic feeling for this diy centerpiece. If you also want to achieve that popular rustic look in your home decor items, then twine and burlap are your best friends.

I wrapped some twine around the top of the jar; and, to bring a delicate touch to the the project, I placed some white fake flowers that I made with tissue paper (post coming soon! I am not all that satisfied with the way the look, so I need to experiment some more until I craft something I love).

What is going to make for a nice home decor centerpiece is how you style your mirror vase. For example, I wanted a monochromatic look, so I placed my mirror vase on a silver trey that I had around the house. Mine was a thrift store find; I always find it very easy to find silver metal serving trays at thrift stores.

Then, I paired my mirror vase with a recycled wine bottle in a similar color palette. I also made sure to tie it in with the mirror vase by using the same twine on both items. Finally, I placed a silver owl that I also had at home. Since it’s in the same color palette as the mirror vase and the tray, it works.

Some other options that you may want to explore include putting a white candle on the wine bottle. And you can also coordinate the flowers and the candle using whichever colors you like best.

To finish with a nice, delicate touch, you can place pearls, crystals, petals, feathers, or a combination of any of these items on the tray, either in white, or using whichever colors you like. The nice thing about silver being a neutral color is that it coordinates quite well with most colors.

I hope you like it! Feel free to leave a comment; let me know how you make your own diy home decor items.

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DIY home decor: Cactus Pincushion tutorial

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I made this diy cactus pincushion a while ago after discovering this wonderful arts and crafts site, and I was so happy with how it turned out that I decided to make a new one. But this time I wanted to make a diy home decor item for one of my friends. I also wanted something that had an industrial feeling to it, hence the silver spray paint and the black yarn.

If you like it, you can make your own by following the instructions below.

Supplies

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  • Yarn in two contrasting colors
  • Knitting needles (check your gauge)
  • Darning or yarn needle
  • Polyester fiber fill
  • Pins (not pictured)
  • Small clay pot and plate
  • Spray paint
  • Lace
  • Fabric glue
  • Hot glue (not pictured)

Instructions

1. Cast on enough stitches to knit a square that would fit inside the small clay pot in the following pattern:

ROW 1: k1, p1 till the end.

ROW 2: purl the knit stitches, and knit the purl stitches. Repeat these two rows until you achieve whichever length will fit your flower pot best.

This first knitted rectangle will be the base of your cactus, and you will be sewing the first section onto it.

2. Next, cast off and make a ball by joining the four corners together and filling it in with fiber fill.

3. Now, you can knit several rectangles of different sizes following the same pattern.

Cast off each rectangle and sew the longer sides together to create a cylinder.

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diy home decor | homemade gifts | cactus pincushion tutorial

4. Next, fill in each cylinder with fiber fill and attach the longest, thickest one to the base of the cactus. This will be your “trunk”.

Now you can sew the rest of the cylinders to the trunk of your diy home decor cactus. You can also attach different segments to other sections to create ramifications and interesting shapes.

5. And now, it’s time add some flowers to your diy project.

FLOWERS

1. First, check your gauge and select the appropriate crochet hook. Then, use the magic loop method to begin and knit 6sc in the loop.

2. Now, make 2 dbc and 1 slc in EACH of the 6 stitches. When you are done, fasten off.

3. Last, sew your flowers to your cactus.

Finishing touches

All you have left to do now to finish your diy home decor item is simple and fast!

1. First, glue the clay pot to the plate using a hot glue gun.

2. Next, spray paint the outside of the pot, making sure you get the inside of the plate. Wait until it’s completely dry; but don’t worry, it shouldn’t take long. The nice thing about spray paint is that it dries fairly quickly.

3. Once your flower pot is dry, you can glue your cactus to it using the hot glue gun.

4. Your new awesome cactus is now ready to get some pins in place.

5. Finally, you can glue a small piece of lace to the rim using fabric glue. And you are all done!

Enjoy your new cactus pincushion, or gift it to someone you care about! Don’t forget to leave a comment, let me know how your projects turn out!

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DIY gifts: Pencil holder tutorial

Make your own diy gifts

As you know by now, I love finding new uses for old items. And not just for my personal use, but also to present as diy gifts to my family and friends.

One of the challenges of making diy gifts and other homemade presents is to make them look polished and professional. But that is not the case with this pencil holder. On the contrary, this homemade gift has that store-bought look that I like my diy gifts to have.

If you want to make your own, keep reading…

Materials

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  • A clean, empty can (mine had coconut milk that I used to make some delicious Thai food)
  • A glue gun (I finally learned my lesson, teehee)
  • Twine
  • Trim
  • Buttons

Instructions

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1. You are going to start by using a little bit of glue to secure the end of the twine to the bottom of the can. Your goal is to wrap the twine around the clean, empty can. Once you have secured the end of the thread to the can, start wrapping it around the can until the whole surface is covered. Make sure to also wrap the twine around the base of the can a couple of times to ensure it’s not going to become undone. Use a tiny drop of glue to secure the end in place and make sure it stays there. This little details are what make your diy gifts look polished and professional!

2. As you wrap the twine around the can, make sure to do it evenly. When you are done covering the whole can with twine and after having secured the twine to the can, measure the diameter of the can and cut a piece of whichever trim you like best.

3. Glue the trim to the top edge of the pencil holder, and add some buttons.

4. Fill your new diy with your favorite pencils and enjoy. Since they are fast, easy, and cheap to make, these pencil holders make the perfect diy gifts to give out as birthday favors.

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diy gifts | pencil holder tutorial | crafts for kids
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DIY backyard decor: mini bucket bird feeder

Make your own diy backyard decor recycling household items

My first homemade bird feeder is attracting a lot of birds, so I decided to create another diy backyard decor tutorial to show you my new bird feeder.

Like the first one, this new bird feeder is also very easy to make, but it takes a little bit longer. The good thing is that you can also recycle some stuff that you already have at home.

If you want to know how to you can make your own, keep reading!

Materials

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  • Clothespins
  • 1 clean, empty can (tuna cans are the perfect size)
  • A hot glue gun
  • Twine
  • Spray paint (optional, I didn’t use any because I like the natural look of wood)

DIY backyard decor: instructions

1. First, clean your can well with soap and water.

2. Then, pull the clothespin apart. If you are working with kids, you should do this part yourself to avoid domestic accidents.

3. Next, apply glue to the back of each clothespin glue them around the can until the whole surface is covered.

If you use superglue, you will have to make sure you press the clothespins against the can firmly until the glue dries a little bit. But if you can, use a hot glue gun instead; it dries in seconds and the glue works better on metal surfaces.

Another advantage of using a hot glue gun instead of super glue is that it’s not toxic, so you can use in do-it-yourself projects that you make with kids. On the other hand, kids may burn themselves if allowed to use a hot glue gun unsupervised, so make sure there is an adult helping them at all times, or even doing it for them if they are too small.

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

4. This step only applies if you use superglue (don’t): you’ll have to let your do-it-yourself craft dry overnight. However, if you use a hot glue gun (do!), you can skip this.

5. Last, you can decorate your bird feeder with some twine, for example. I didn’t, but I think it’d look nice.

And you are all done! You can now hang your new diy bird feeder from a tree or from your porch (preferably in a shaded area) using some rope. Or you could also place it on your windowsill.

Enjoy the birds! Leave a comment and show me your own diy backyard decor projects 🙂



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Upcycling ideas: Bird feeder

Cool upcycling ideas to recycle common household items

Most of my upcycling ideas start because I need something, or because I want to make something.

I had recently noticed a few birds flying around one of the trees in my front yard, which gave me an idea to upcycle a few things. And so I headed to my kitchen to see what I could use to craft a bird feeder.

This bird feeder is super easy to make, it is kid friendly, and you don’t need any tools! It’s also really nice that you can reuse some things that would have probably ended up either in the landfill or in the recycling plant. Upcycling those items gives you a better option instead!

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upcycling ideas, diy bird feeder

Materials: upcycling fun!

This is what you need if you want to make your own bird feeder (it’s so simple!).

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  • The first item that you will be upcycling is a clean, empty glass jar (mine was full of yummy grape jelly)
  • The second thing that you could upcycle is a wooden spoon (or something straight to attach to the jar for the birds to use as a perch)
  • Twine
  • Scotch tape (not pictured)
  • Bird food (not pictured)

Instructions

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1. First, attach the wooden spoon to the jar using scotch tape. Doing this will help hold the spoon in place while you work on your bird feeder. This makes things much easier! Also, if your spoon has an indentation, then you should make sure it is facing upwards. That way you can place some bird food to start attracting birds intitally.

2. Then, attach a small string of twine to the opposite side of the jar also using scotch tape. You only need about 10 inches or so. And don’t worry about using duct tape or anything sturdier because you’ll be securing both the spoon and the string with more twine.

3. Next, wrap twine or rope around the jar. You should make sure to cover the handle of the spoon as well as the ends of the string of twine.

And you are all done! Now you can hand it from a tree or your porch. But wherever you put it, make sure it’s in the shade, birds tend to prefer it that way.

Fill if with bird food and enjoy your newly upcycled bird feeder that cost near to nothing 🙂

Leave a comment, let me know where you get your upcycling ideas. Have fun and craft away!

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upcycling ideas, diy bird feeder

Check out my other bird feeder.

I also made it using things from my kitchen!



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DIY crafts that look like art: Starburst

DIY crafts don’t need to look homemade

“Starburst” is one of those diy crafts that is easy to make, quick, kid-friendly, super affordable, and yet expensive-looking.

If you want to learn how to make your own starburst installation, keep reading.

Materials

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  • Polystyrene balls (make sure they are solid because the porous ones won’t hold the skewers).
  • Bamboo skewers (found in the kitchen section of the grocery store, I used 25 per ball)
  • Clear thumbtacks
  • Fishline
  • Gold spray paint
  • Plastic rhinestones
  • Superglue



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Instructions: diy crafts made easy!

1. Stick the 25 bamboo skewers to the polystyrene ball (you can use more or less skewers to your taste). Make sure they are placed deep, otherwise, they will fall. You can use glue to make sure they will stay in place, but you don’t have to.

2. Spray your stars with the gold spray paint (or whichever color you want). You could do an ombré star by spraying the ball with a darker color, and then using a couple of paler shades of the same color spraying from the center of the star towards the tips of the stars. There are no limits to your creativity when you are doing diy crafts! That is one the great things about diy crafts: you can personalize your home decor to your taste.

3. Glue a clear plastic rhinestone to the end of each stick.

4. Make as many stars as you want to, you will need one ball and at least 25 skewers per ball (you can use more to achieve a different look, but I wouldn’t use less than 25, you starts would look a little naked). Once you are done, decide how you are going to arrange them and where.

5. Cut strings of fishline and hang your stars from the ceiling (or the wall). I used clear thumbtacks because I can remove them easily when I move out. If you place them near a window, the sun will catch on the rhinestones and your stars will actually sparkle!

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DIY knit tutorial: Pillow Covers

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Follow this diy knit tutorial to make your own pillow covers. It’s easy if you know how to knitt. But if you don’t, don’t despair, I will be posting tutorials and tips soon. Stay tuned and keep on crafting!

This diy knit tutorial will show you how to make your own personalized home decor fast, and for little or no money. If you have some extra yarn and a little time, you can make your own too. Just keep on reading to find out how 😀

Materials and supplies

  • Ugly pillows that you’d like to cover up. If you don’t have any, you could fill your pillow covers with poly-fill instead. Another option would be to buy some at a thrift store, but you’ll need to send them to the dry-cleaners first (bed bugs are no fun!).
  • Scrap yarn (I used what I had left from the ottoman covers)
  • Knitting needles
  • Yarn needle

DIY knit tutorial: directions

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1. First, you need to figure out your gauge. Once you know how many stitches you need, cast enough to knit this cable pattern.

2. Then, knit a strip long enough to cover both sides of your pillow. This way, you can minimize the number of seams that you’ll have to sew later. But if you prefer to knit smaller sections, then knit each side of the pillow separately.

3. Then, wrap your knit around your pillow and stitch the edges. You can use a mattress stitch, it always look nice and it gives you a nice, polished finish.

And you are done! Enjoy your new pillow covers, and stay tuned for more fun and easy diy projects!

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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

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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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