Glitter Necklace DIY

Glitter Necklace DIY

Since it gets dark so early these days, I thought it would be fun to add a little bit of sparkle to my wardrobe! This glitter necklace is just about as easy as it gets, and the possibilities are endless. This is a basic tutorial that you can easily add your own flair to. With extra beads, knotting, a substitution of ribbon instead of cotton cord — the list goes on. Here’s how to pull it off:

You’ll Need

Approx 18″ to 24″ cotton cord
3 wooden beads (unfinished)
Mod Podge
Gold paint
Glitter
Paintbrush
Wooden skewers
Jar

Instructions:

Glitter Necklace DIY

Glitter Necklace DIY

1. Paint the wooden beads gold. Place each on a skewer, paintbrush, or other thin object and rest on the lip of a container to dry.

Glitter Necklace DIY

2. Brush an even layer of Mod Podge on each bead and immediately roll in glitter. Again, place each on a skewer and rest on a container to dry.

Glitter Necklace DIY

3. Brush another layer of Mod Podge over the glittered layer. Dry, then repeat.

Glitter Necklace DIY

4. String the beads onto the cord, along with any other embellishments you might have on hand.

Glitter Necklace DIY

5. To make the necklace adjustable, take the right side and knot it around the left side as shown in the photo. Repeat in opposite to the left side. You could also add a clasp or simply knot the necklace if you choose to.

5. Wrap it up and give it to someone dazzling!

Glitter Necklace DIY

Felt Christmas Wreath DIY

DIY Felt Christmas Wreath

Last year was our first Christmas living together, and we didn’t do much in the way of decorating. I’m making up for it this year, starting with this cute felt wreath. It’s my wintertime take on the Mother’s Day wreath I made earlier this year. A colorful felted ball garland and a happy bow make this wreath a jolly addition to your doorway!

You’ll Need:

Embroidery Hoop
Felted balls
1 – 9″ x 12″ sheet of red felt
4 – 9″ x 12″ sheets of green felt
Ribbon (cut to desired length for hanging)
Hot glue gun
Needle and thread

Instructions

DIY Felt Christmas Wreath

1. Cut leaf shapes out of the felt. I used just under 100 leaves measuring about 2” each on my embroidery hoop, which measures 14” in diameter. You may use more or fewer depending on the size of your hoop and your spacing.

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2. Beginning with the outer rim, hot glue the leaves so that they overlap. Once you’ve worked your way around, do the same with the front rim.

DIY Felt Christmas Wreath

3. Measure out the length of thread you’d like to use for your garland, then use your needle to get the felted balls onto the thread. If you want to make a two layer garland, as pictured above, do this step twice.

DIY Felt Christmas Wreath

4. Tie the ends of the thread around the outside of the garland. To hide the thread, simply tuck it behind the leaves.

DIY Felt Christmas Wreath

5. To make the bow, fold your felt in thirds, then cut one third off. Fold the remaining two-thirds piece lengthwise so that the ends overlap slightly. Using craft glue or hot glue, seal the edge. Fold the open ends inward so they overlap and glue again. (You may also sew the ends if you’re talented with a needle and thread!)

6. From the discarded felt, cut a piece measuring 1 1/4″ x 5″ and wrap it around the middle of the glued felt piece so it makes a bow shape. Glue or sew the ends together.

DIY Felt Christmas Wreath

7. Loop your ribbon around the embroidery hoop and glue or sew the ends together. Glue or sew the bow to the ribbon. I made mine slightly askew because I think it looks jaunty that way – but it’s your call!

DIY Felt Christmas Wreath

8. Feel the holiday cheer every time you walk through your door!
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Thanksgiving Name Card Pie Toppers

Thanksgiving Feather Dessert Toppers

Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away! It’s one of my favorite holidays, primarily because it revolves around delicious food.

That said, I think it’s sometimes easy to forget that the day is all about giving thanks. This crafty idea brings graciousness down to a personal level by asking each guest to write a note of thanks to another guest. Even if it’s something small, it will make the holiday that much cheerier!

You’ll Need:

Felt
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Floral wire cut to 2-3” lengths
Cardstock
Pens
Tiny clothespins

Instructions:

Thanksgiving Feather Dessert Toppers

1. Cut pieces of felt into the shape of feathers. The easiest way to do this is to cut a leaf shape and snip tiny gaps along the sides.

Thanksgiving Feather Dessert Toppers

2. Put a line of hot glue along the back of the clothespin. Press the floral wire into the glue and roll it around a little to make sure it’s embedded completely.

3. Turn the clothespin over and add another line of hot glue, then carefully adhere your feather to the clothespin.

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4. Cut out strips of cardstock and write each guest’s name on one.

Thanksgiving Feather Dessert Toppers

5. Before dinner, have each guest draw a name. Ask each person to write a note of thanks to the person whose name they drew.

6. Collect the names, place them in the desserts, and hand them out to the right people. Each guest will get a piece of pie topped with a little note of thanks!

Thanksgiving Feather Dessert Toppers

And now it’s my turn to say thanks! Thank you to everyone who sent best wishes and the kindest thoughts about Frock Files turning two yesterday. You’re all wonderful friends and I’m so lucky to have you!

Weekend Links + School Plays

We were driving down the road yesterday morning, engrossed in conversation (probably about the puppy, because we’re hyper-focused crazy dog people now), when I looked up and realized that all the leaves were gone. They’re still clinging on to some of the trees in our neighborhood but along that stretch of road the trees were totally bare. When did that happen?

This weekend, we’ll be packing up our summer clothes. Some of them are going into storage, and the rest are going into a big box that we’re sending to my parents’ house in Hawaii, where they’ll wait for us until Thanksgiving.

Whatever you’re doing this weekend, I hope that it’s cozy! Here are five fascinating things for you to cuddle up with:

Wes Anderson movies always remind me of school plays. In a good way.

The loveliest dessert.

The next time we go to Vermont, we’ll see if they uphold this apple pie law.

The sweetest pumpkins you ever did see.

My kind of book club.

What are you up to this weekend?

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DIY Watch Dog Halloween Costume

DIY Halloween Dog Costume: Watchdog

Kona isn’t much of a watchdog. She growls quietly if she hears noises in the hallway, but as soon as she meets the person making the noises it’s all puppy kisses and ear nibbles and happy-to-see-you dances. So we’re going with irony — and multiple puns — here by dressing her up as a “watch dog” for Halloween! We got the idea from MJ, who posts fantastic lunchbox note puns on her Instagram feed, one of which was about a watch-wearing dog.

This is possibly the simplest Halloween costume ever, so you can definitely whip it up at the last minute if you’re on the fence about dressing up your pooch. Especially if you have a human-child with tiny t-shirts that are no longer in use.

Supplies:

Baby T-shirt
Iron transfer paper
Printer
Iron

DIY Halloween Dog Costume: Watchdog

Find a drawing of a watch and set your printer to print its mirror image. Allow the ink to dry for at least half an hour, then cut around the illustration, leaving a thin white border around the edges so all the details remain in-tact.

DIY Halloween Dog Costume: Watchdog

Place the image face-down on the t-shirt and move your hot iron in circles over the transfer paper. Follow the instructions on your transfer paper packet. In general, you’ll want to use high heat and work on a hard surface (ie: not an ironing board), spending about 20 seconds on each part of the image. Wait until the paper is cool, then pull off the backing to reveal your design!

DIY Halloween Dog Costume: Watchdog

We may need to get Kona a slightly bigger t-shirt to accommodate for all her fluff. But for today, she seems to be okay sporting the muscle tee look. This face says: “Can I have more apples if I keep posing?”

DIY Halloween Dog Costume: Watchdog

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