DIY Headboard

I don’t have any new items to share this week, because my craft room was taken over by my husband and Penny. My husband decided that he wanted to make a headboard for Penny’s bed (she recently graduated from a toddler bed to a twin size), so that’s been our work in progress since Saturday. I know DIY headboards are pretty popular right now, so I thought I’d share what we did. This isn’t as much of a tutorial as it is a post to give you ideas if you’re thinking of making your own headboard (or one for your kids).

DIY headboard

We got a piece of 5/8″ plywood at Home Depot and had them cut it to the size we needed. Then, while my husband was getting nuts and bolts and washers and whatever, I took Penny to pick out a paint color. We got some wall decals from the craft store, went home and got to work.

Penny was pretty excited about getting to paint with a paint roller. This was a great Daddy-and-me project.

Once the paint was dry, I applied the decals, which didn’t stick very well. So I got to break out the Mod Podge! It took several coats, but decoupaging the decals definitely helped them adhere better. I used the satin finish which seemed to blend well with the paint. It wasn’t obvious that I’d used Mod Podge, but you can see the line when the light hits it just right.

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Penny had originally said she wanted her name on the headboard, but since I want this thing to last several years, my concern was that eventually she might decide that she doesn’t want to go by “Penny” anymore. Right now, she’ll only admit that her full name is Penelope if she hears that someone else has that name. So we compromised with her initials. Fortunately, my mom had sent Penny some cute foam initials for her birthday, and they matched perfectly with the pink paint! I simply hot-glued them to the headboard.

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My husband attached the finished headboard to Penny’s bed using the aforementioned hardware and probably a power tool or two, and Penny was all set to sleep in her (sort of) brand new bed!

Have you ever made, or considered making, your own headboard? What are your ideas?

Dreamcatcher Craft for Kids

Recently, Penny saw a dreamcatcher craft on a tv show called Noodle and Doodle, and decided that she must make one too. I looked online to see how they did it, and based our project loosely on their instructions.

DIY Dreamcatcher - craft for kids

This project is easy and free if you have all the supplies on hand like we did. Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • Paper or plastic plate. Penny really wanted a red dreamcatcher so our red plastic plates worked out perfectly.
  • String or yarn
  • Beads
  • Feathers
  • Tape or hole punch
  • Scissors

Cut a hole out of the center of the plate. If you’re using a hole punch (I decided to because I didn’t think tape would stick well enough), punch holes around the center of the plate, and at the top and bottom. Since I only have a two-hole punch, this proved to be pretty difficult. I really need to get a single-hole punch!

Cut a piece of string that will stretch across the center of the plate and have enough room to tape or tie each end. Since Penny is just learning how to use scissors, she really enjoyed this part. I tied one end to one of the holes in the plate and let Penny string on some beads.

We only did one more string, partly because of my hole punch problem, and because Penny said she only wanted two. You and your kids can do as many as you like.

Once you’re done stringing beads, tie a piece of string to each of your feathers, and then tie (or tape) the other ends to the bottom of the plate.

Tie (or tape) a loop of string through the top hole to use as a hanger. Penny told me that we had to hang it above her bed to catch her bad dreams and immediately tried it out. She said it worked. :)

Have fun if you decide to make one with your kids!

New in the Shop: More Wrap Bracelets

Remember last week’s wrap bracelet made from recycled sari silk ribbon? Well, I have a lot more for you! Ok, three more. I really like working with this ribbon; each bracelet comes out completely different from the last, so I never know how it will look until it’s complete.

The first bracelet is another mauve/purple one like last week, but there is an interesting texture/pattern on part of the ribbon. I added an antiqued silver fleur de lis charm. You can click on any of the photos below to see the listings on Etsy.

Sari Silk Ribbon Wrap Bracelet with Fleur de Lis Charm

Sari Silk Ribbon Wrap Bracelet with Fleur de Lis Charm

These next two wrap bracelets are from some beautiful gold-ish colored ribbon. There are lots of other colors running throughout, and it just seems so perfect for fall. These bracelets are also long enough to double as necklaces, so you get a few options with these.

Sari Silk Ribbon Wrap Bracelet with Antiqued Brass Fleur de Lis Charm

Sari Silk Ribbon Wrap Bracelet with Antiqued Brass Fleur de Lis Charm

Sari Silk Ribbon Wrap Bracelet with Lucky Hex Bird Charm

Sari Silk Ribbon Wrap Bracelet with Lucky Hex Bird Charm

I also threw in a beaded bracelet this week, just to, you know, shake things up. If it looks familiar, that’s because it’s made with the same types of beads I used for my wearable keychain: tree agate and African jade. I liked the combo so much that I thought it might make a nice bracelet.

Tree Agate and African Jade Bracelet

Tree Agate and African Jade Bracelet

I’m not sure what I’ll have in store for next week, but I’m sure I will have some fall items ready!

DIY Wearable Keychain

Do you ever find yourself with your hands full, no pockets, and no place to put your keys? I find myself in that predicament quite often. I had one of those neon springy bracelet keychain thingies, but it was looking pretty dingy and stretched out after several years of use. So I decided to make a cute wearable keychain using the same techniques I use to make a bracelet. Here’s a tutorial if you’d like to make your own!

DIY Wearable Keychain

Here are the supplies you will need:

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  • Beads, whatever kind you like. I went with tree agate and African jade, but you can use sparkly glass beads, seed beads, or whatever fits your style.
  • Large jump rings
  • Tiger tail wire, cut long enough to create a loop at either end and still have room to slip it over your wrist. Too long is better than too short!
  • Crimp beads
  • Key ring
  • Jewelry pliers

Make your first loop in your tiger tail using your crimp bead. Slide your crimp bead onto the tiger tail so you have about an inch or so sticking out. Then loop the end back into the crimp bead. Use your pliers to clamp it shut.

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String your beads onto the tiger tail, then repeat the crimping bead process on the other side.

Join the two ends together with a jump ring. Check to see if you can slip it onto your wrist fairly easily. We’re going for convenience, so you want to be able to slide it on and off without too much difficulty. If you want it looser, just add another jump ring or two.

Once you have the length you want, you can add your key ring! Just open a jump ring (remember, twist, don’t pull), slide the key ring on, and close it back up again.

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All done! Now you have a stylish, functional keychain. No more fumbling!

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Crochet Hook Case

Lately, I’ve been getting tired of fishing around for crochet hooks in my little pencil case/bag-thing, especially since I got a nice case to keep my knitting needles. And since I’ve got a lot of crochet projects lined up with fall and winter coming, I was looking for a solution. I didn’t really want to buy another case, but I didn’t know how to go about making one. Lucky for me, Elizabeth from Lili and Mums posted a really easy tutorial for a crochet hook case that she made.

It was so much easier than I thought it would be! When it comes to sewing (or anything besides jewelry, really), I need a little guidance. I have a hard time visualizing the finished product and the steps I need to take to get there. This tutorial was just what I needed!

Here’s how mine turned out. Just to warn you before you are blinded, I didn’t really have any coordinating fabrics, or enough of one fabric to make it all the same pattern, so I did the best I could. :)

I didn’t have any ribbon, so I used twill tape for the tie. I also decided to sew the pieces inside out and then turn them as mentioned in Step 2 of the tutorial. Now I don’t have to go crazy trying to find a particular hook! If you’d like to make one for yourself, make sure you check out the tutorial over at Lili and Mums!

Favorite Friday: SmashTat

Who here likes tattoos? Who has thought about getting one, but you’re afraid of needles or how much it might hurt? Well, here is a cool alternative: temporary tattoos! And no, I’m not talking about the cartoon character ones we used to get as kids (although those were cool too). These (almost) look like the real deal! I have a few real tattoos that I got when I was young and single, and I would probably get more, but I can’t justify spending that kind of money on myself now that I have a family. So for me, this is the perfect, inexpensive alternative. I can get whatever I want, put it wherever I want, not spend a ton of money, and it will wash off in a few days!

I went to the Etsy shop SmashTat for my temporary tattoo. I picked out a cool forest design for my forearm:

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One of the things I liked best about ordering from SmashTat is that I got two tattoos included in the order. A lot of the listings include more that one tattoo, so not only are you getting more bang for your buck, but you can also experiment with different positions (this is especially useful if you’re considering getting it for real). You can also get sets of tattoos with a particular theme, like flowers, Alice in Wonderland, and the Beatles (my favorite!).

So if a temporary tattoo is something you’d like to try out, I would definitely recommend SmashTat on Etsy!

New in the Shop: Sari Silk Wrap Bracelet

Remember those necklaces I made a while back from recycled sari silk ribbon? Well, I thought that ribbon would make a great wrap bracelet! I added an antiqued brass heart charm to make it a little more interesting, and I’m really happy with the final result. You can expect to see a few more of these soon! Looks like a big thunderstorm is moving in as I’m typing this, so I bet I’ll be staying home and working on some jewelry today. :)

You can click on the photo to see the listing on Etsy:

Sari Silk Ribbon Wrap Bracelet

Sari Silk Ribbon Wrap Bracelet

And here’s an action shot, in case you’d like to see how it looks on an actual wrist:

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I tried to make the bracelet a good length to accommodate most wrist sizes, but I’m always willing to make a custom piece if you need it in a particular size. All you have to do is click the “Request Custom Order” button on my shop’s home page (there’s also a link in the listing).

Stay tuned next week for more colors and charm options!