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Beaded T-shirt Headbands

Keep the hair out of your face and off your neck this summer with these easy to make 
Beaded T-shirt Headbands. 

Old t-shirts and pony beads come together to make awesome summertime headbands!

This post originally appeared on Create. Craft. Love. on July 8, 2015

As an avid recycler and sometimes crocheter I'm a wiz at making t-shirt yarn from old, stained, or stretched out t-shirts. Give me a pair or scissors and I'll reduce a stack of shirt to a ball of yarn and well, sleeves...lots and lots of leftover sleeves. Funny thing is though, sleeves are just about the perfect size for headbands.

Sometimes I simply cut off about two inches of sleeve, give it a tug, and that's it, instant headband. This time I decided instead of keeping the loop of the sleeve I'd cut them into strips of varying widths, slide on a handful of pony beads, and tie it off. It's another quick headband but with a little something extra.

The photo collage below pretty much says it all but I've also shared a quick step by step guide.

Use old t-shirts and pony beads to create a fun colorful headband for summer!

Step 1: Gather your old t-shirts and cut off the sleeves.

Step 2: Trim the sleeves into strips anywhere from half an inch to two inches wide. Be sure to snip the loop of the sleeve so that it is one long strip.

Step 3: String on pony beads, Obviously it will be harder to string them on the wider strips of t-shirt but the effect in the end is well worth the trouble.

Step 4: Center your beads-tie them in place if you need to, size your headband to fit, and there you have it!

Beaded T-Shirt Headbands are easy enough for kids to make and perfect for a bit of summer fun!

Looking for more t-shirt headband ideas? Here's a knotted one we made a couple years ago and if you make lots of headbands you're going to need a holder.
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Harry Potter Craft: Butterbeer Cork Necklaces

I can not even begin to tell you how excited I am to be a part of Rae Gun Ramblings Harry Potter Series. Every couple months the kids go on a Harry Potter spree and thankfully it is the one movie franchise I look forward to watching over and over again! I must shamefully admit that I haven't read the books but after doing a bit of research for this craft they are now on my Christmas wish list.   

Harry Potter Fans! Here's an easy craft idea, butterbeer cork necklaces to keep away the nargles!

Luna Lovegood is possibly my favorite HP character and anytime I think of Harry Potter I can hear her say, "It keeps away the nargles." Because that little bit is always stuck in my head I figured I'd make something to keep away the nargles, butterbeer cork necklaces. (I'll save the dirigible fruit earrings for another time.)

I made two different necklaces; for the first you'll need: the following, a wine cork, a beaded necklace (I used one with a clasp already on it), eye pins, crimp tubes, and a B stamp. I'm using one from the PSA Essentials Romance Peel&Stick letter set.
The instructions for putting it together are on the images below. 

How to make your own Luna Lovegood Butterbeer Cork Necklace. Harry Potter Crafts via @mvemother

It's plain to see the second necklace is much simpler. All you need is a cork, eye screw, B stamp, and a bit of string or ribbon. Screw the eye screw into the top of your cork, stamp it up with a B, and finally string the ribbon through the eye screw. Easy peasy. 

How to make a Luna Lovegood Butterbeer Cork Necklace. Harry Potter Crafts via @mvemother

I'm not sure Luna would actually were something so low key, I'm sure she'd want more corks dangling from the chain and probably a bell, but I know I will! 

Harry Potter Craft Idea: Butterbeer Cork Necklaces ala Luna Lovegood via @mvemother

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Harry Potter Craft Idea: Luna Lovegood inspired Butterbeer Cork Necklaces  via @mvemother

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Bubble Blower Tie-Dye Technique

#TIEDYEYOURSUMMER With @ilovetocreate and @mvemother using this unique Bubble Blower Tie Dye Technique

This post is sponsored by I Love to Create. The opinions and views expressed are my own. 

Summertime is all about having fun! What better way to let loose creatively than to Tie Dye Your Summer with Tulip One Step Tie-Dye Kits.

I'm always eager to try crafting techniques that are outside the box so for this tie-dye project I took a chance with a bubble blower. Yes, a bubble blower. I'd read about other bubble tie-dye techniques  using straws but they seemed overly complicated and messy. Instead I wanted to keep it simple and thankfully the bubble blower wasn't just easy to use, we didn't make a mess!

To create your own Bubble Blower Tie-Dye Projects you'll need the following supplies:

  • A bubble blower
  • Tulip One Step Tie-Dye Kit (Mine had five colors and refill packets!)
  • extra containers of bubble solution
  • small dishes (optional, depending on the style of your bubble blower)
  • plastic wrap (for the dying process)
  • clothing item you'll be tie-dying - I'll be working with a set of white curtains

First things first - this is an outdoor project

Tie Dye Technique: Bubble Blower Mixing dry dye into bubble mixture

To start off you'll need to mix the dye into your bubble mixture. Since my tie-dye kit had refill packets I simply added them into the bubble mixture containers. I added no extra water and GENTLY shook the container to dissolve the dye. 

Tie Dye Technique: Bubble Blower  Loading up the bubbleblower with dye mixture

Once we had all our colors mixed we poured them into to small containers for loading up the bubble blower. 
Tie Dye Technique: Bubble Blower So easy even the kids can do it!

Once we got the hang of the bubble blower, that's when the real fun began. Vin and Es took turns using it to color the curtains. We weren't really sure what kind of pattern we'd get but once the bubbles started popping on the fabric it was easy to see it was going to create a splatter paint effect.

Tie Dye Technique: Bubble Blower Creating a fun MESS-FREE splatter effect

We're a Pollock kind of family and to be able to create this abstract look without getting dye everywhere, staining our hands, and/or dealing with messy spills took me by surprise. We've done splatter painting before...the proof was all over our little court for months! This time around I only had to rinse out the recyclables and throw the rest in the trash.

Even Vin, who apparently took off his gloves when I wasn't looking (too busy taking the pictures) had clean hands when we were done!

From here I followed the instructions provided in the tie-dye kit.

This is where I wish I had mad photography skills so I could show you how awesome these curtains look when the sunlight hits them and they take on a day-glo quality. Okay, I did take a couple pictures but I'm warning you the lighting is horrible, forgive me.

Tie-Dye Technique: Bubble Blower This pic doesn't do this project justice, it looks so awesome!

My bad photography aside this was such a fun, easy, and mess-free project. I can't wait to do it again, but next time, we're doing t-shirts!

Tie-Dye Technique: Bubble Blower It's a fun, easy, mess-free way to create a splatter effect!

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No Sew Zipper Cases

Keep things dry at the beach and poolside with a no-sew zipper case! #adtechhoa

Special thanks to Adhesive Technologies for sponsoring this post! 

What's summer without trips to the beach or pool? Cooling off in the water, laying out in the sun, and inevitably, trying to keep soaking wet kids from digging through your bag to get money for a snow-cone!

 This year keep your phone and wallet dry with the help of one of these No Sew Zipper Cases. They are incredibly easy to make and guaranteed to keep wet and/or sticky hands off your stuff. All you need to make a case are a couple empty plastic bottles, a zipper, scissors, and a hot glue gun. Watch how to put it all together below.

I mention it in the video but want say it again, Adhesive Technologies has a couple great lo-temp hot glue guns that are perfect for these kinds of projects. They work like a normal hot glue gun and allow not to worry about melting plastic, or even foam! P.S. They have special glue sticks just for foam too. 
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Tips on Using Golf Leaf

Tips on using golf leaf from a beginner's perspective!

Gold Leaf, is there a more intimidating craft supply? It's like sheets of spiderwebs, held together by drops of dew and when you put it on a surface, it practically melts like cotton candy on a toddler's fingers.

Still, it is gold leaf and who doesn't want to give it a try! So I broke down and got a package from Consumer Crafts. I wanted to give these terra cotta pots a rough, aged look and I actually achieved it. Plus, I learned a couple valuable lessons about working with gold leaf along the way.

Ignore the succulents, this post is all about using gold leaf!

Spray adhesive only works if you're going for a imperfect look-especially if it's wet. 

While researching supplies I'd need, most of the sites I visited mentioned using sizing - i.e. gold leaf adhesive. A few also mentioned using spray adhesive, some gave it time to almost completely dry

and other did not. Well being the impatient person that I am, I opted for spray adhesive and I did not give it time to dry.

Since I was going for the imperfect look this worked for me, it added texture and a roughness to the project. Had I been wanting a mirror smooth finish I would have been very upset.

Spray adhesive won't give you the coverage you need for many gold leaf projects, unless you're going for the imperfect look...and then it's perfect!

It really makes sense when you think about it, the sheets are so fragile a wet surface just rips them to bits and when you start running a brush over it the leaf actually blends with the adhesive.

Spray Adhesive will not give you consistent coverage. 

If you're completely covering a project you may be able to use spray adhesive but ONLY if you're letting it dry (until tacky to the touch) BEFORE you apply the gold leaf.

I sprayed a good 15 inches from my pots and still got some bubbles, so if you're going for a smooth finish, again skip the spray. If you want smooth, even coverage - USE SIZING!

Brush with caution.

So about halfway through the second pot I finally realized I was making a horrible mistake in brushing the gold leaf on the wet adhesive. I was trying to smooth it all out as best I could but ended up mixing the leaf with the glue. Ultimately it left little gold blobs which fit the project but I was still kicking myself for not being patient and the least letting the glue dry before I brushed off the excess gold leaf.

Seal your work! 

When working with gold leaf - be sure to seal your work! via @mvemother

I used a clear acrylic sealer to seal the pots - mindful not to spray the inside!

Sometimes I want to skip this step but really sealing your work is the most important one. If you worked for months on a dissertation you'd save it right? Sealing is saving your work. Plus, in this instance it helps the gold leaf SHINE, baby!

There are, I'm sure, a number of other tips for using gold leaf...we'll learn them next time!
Before you dive right in to working with gold leaf, learn from my mistakes! via @mvemother

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Craft Lightning: The Ultimate Zipper Pouch

Yay, it's time for another Craft Lightning post and the theme is Back to School!
This is the ultimate zipper pouch, a quick and easy back-to-school sewing project!

Pouches are always fun but when it comes time for back to school I especially feel the need for many pouches for all my little office-y doodads. What's awesome about these in particular is that one takes only 15 minutes to make and HELLO it's zippers!

For the record these barely squeaked in under the Craft Lightning time limit of 15 minutes. But I figured if you decide to make your pouches with eight zippers, instead of ten, you would definitely make it in that time frame.

So here's what you need to make a pouch for yourself...ZIPPERS and a sewing machine. I used ten zippers per pouch, the length is completely up to you but I would recommend a length greater than nine inches.

Gather together a handful of zippers and make the ultimate zipper pouch!
1. Start off by lining out your zippers in the order you'd like them.  I recommend having them go head to tail. Using a zig-zag stitch begin sewing together the zippers two at a time. 

2. As you can see in the second picture, to save time I didn't use pins and I went straight from one set of zippers onto the next set of two. From there I sewed the pairs into groups of four, and so on, until they were one piece. 

3. Here's the tricky part, you need to sew the first and last zippers together to create a kind of loop. Basically I unzipped one of the zippers and started sewing (see third image) as far as I could (see the forth image). 

4. Next up, flip it inside out, and unzip the zippers about 3 inches-this will keep you from accidentally sewing the zipper pull tab. Fold it flat and get ready to sew both ends closed to create the pouch. Note: you can pin if you want to, personally I had better luck sewing slowly, and yes you will be sewing directly over all those zippers so make sure you are using a heavy duty needle! 

5. Unzip one of the zippers and flip the pouch right size out. Go ahead, take a moment to marvel at what you just made! Seriously, it is pretty awesome. 

Having all those opening and closing options made me want to super glue all but one of them shut. It would become a trick pouch. Yes, I now that's silly but shh, just let me have this moment. 

Zipper pouches are a must for back-to-school, here's how to make the ultimate zipper pouch in 15 minutes or less!

For more back to school projects be sure to check out these 30 projects, crafts, and organization tips and for more Craft Lightning projects click the box below!

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DIY Sticker Sheets

Things have been so crazy this summer I feel like I'm never going to get ahead! I've got a backlog of projects to share with you, hopefully before they're outdated. My laptop is slowly crashing so I'm taking a big leap and switching to a Mac; it should be here this week-wish me luck in getting used to it. Um, it is officially July which means we'll be starting up our homeschool in just a couple weeks...go ahead, ask me if I've graded all of last year's work. 

I know it's cliche but time is really flying by, the only bright side is that we're that much closer to vacation time! I'm loving everyone's pictures on social media and I absolutely can't wait to hit the beach. This will be the first time our youngest three have been to the ocean, not that I expect the 18 month old to remember it. Still, I'm trying to come up with ways to make it a special trip for our eight and ten year olds. 

They both love to draw and journal so I'm planning on bringing them each a blank book to fill with their creative endeavors. To get them started I made these summer fun sticker sheets using PSA Essentials Peel & Stick Stamps

Make your own sticker sheets, perfect for journaling!

To make a set of your own stickers all you need are 
  • a number of colored ink pads
  • a PSA Essentials Stamper
  • the Anchor's Away and Life's a Beach Peel & Stick Stamp sets
  • label paper sheets
  • Stamp Centering Block
Supplies you'll need to make your own set of sticker sheets.

I cut a sheet of label paper in half and let the kids pick their stamps and colors. If you don't have a lot of ink pads another idea would be to stamp them all in black and use markers to color them in. Things might have gotten messy. 

Making a mess and having fun creating our own sticker sheets with PSA Essentials.

We plan on simply cutting out our stickers but if you want you could always use a paper punch to give them each a unique shape. 

making sticker sheets with PSA Essentials Peel & Stick Stamps.

It's a simple enough project but it'll be a perfect addition to the pictures and memories that'll *hopefully* fill these pages! 

Make your own stickers for a vacation journal using PSA Essentials Peel & Stick Stamps.

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