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DIY Tulle Skirt

Summer is ending and if you live anywhere like Phoenix, LA or Palm Springs you know your hot days are about to really hit! It’s never too late to make one of these skirts to wear in the fall.

Things You Will Need:

  • Satin 1-2 Yards
  • Tulle 8-10 Yards
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Elastic Belt
  • Dye

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First figure out your waist size, add 2 inches then divide it by 6.28. This will give you the radius for your waist.

Let’s start by cutting the tulle.  Take 1.5×1.5 yards of tulle and fold it in half. Next, take a pin and place it at the top middle of the fold. Attached a string that is the same length as your waists radius and use it as a guide to cut a half circle.

Keeping the tulle folded in half, add 20in to the end of the sting and repeat. Unfolded, you should have a circle cutout of tulle with a smaller circle in the middle (your waist size).

For the satin or silk, repeat the same steps as above using 1 square yard of fabric instead. Adjust the length of the skirt by 5 or 10 inches depending on preference.

 

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Sew a basting or straight stitch along the waist to keep tulle from sliding and moving around.

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For the waist band use a thick elastic belt and sew the ends together. Pin inside out the inner layer, tulle and elastic belt in the waist. There will be extra room with fabric so even it out around the elastic belt.

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Then once ready to sew pull and stretch elastic out with the skirt. this will bunch the tulle at elastic. once you finish the waist turn it inside right and you have a tulle skirt.

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DIY Beach Anklets

It’s summer! Time to hit the beach! I decided I wanted to make some chunky anklets to wear when I go barefoot. These are super easy and fun to create.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Beads (enough to fit around one ankle)
  • Bead Stringing Wire (.30mm)
  • Toggle Clasps (the circle part only)
  • Crimp Beads
  • Tulle or sheer thick ribbon
  • Pliers

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First, just simply string on the beads with the wire. Add the circle part of the toggle clasp on each end with a crimp bead. String through the ribbon. Slide your foot through and tie a bow in the back! Super cute and easy!

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Photography: Anthony Bergeron

Director/Photography: Angela Lavelle

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DIY Children’s Storybook

Use this DIY for a artistic children’s book or something fun and different for your coffee table!

THINGS YOU WILL NEED:

  • Watercolors
  • Card Stock Paper
  • Scissors
  • Detail Scissors and or Exacto Knife
  • Hot Glue
  • Ribbon or Tape for Binding
  • Sewing Machine (Optional)

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Start by writing down the plot to a story and then simplify it! In this example, I chose Alice in Wonderland.  To learn how to make your own craft paper view my video. (CLICK)
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IMG_5989-1-1024x768Begin diving into your craft paper by cutting out different shapes and objects to create scenes from the story.
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Glue your papers down as you figure out what you want on each page. I used hot glue for a sturdier hold.

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Draw your characters and color them in. I cut the characters out and used a normal glue stick on white cardstock, then placed them in scene.
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Use a thick piece of cardboard or another material that is thick enough to be your hardback cover.

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Place each page in order like you would see in a book, with pages 1 and 2 facing down together and 3 and 4 doing the same, then so on. Using the tape or ribbon, hot glue it on the outside inner edges where the spine will be. Do the same to all pages. Hot glue the front cover to the back of page 1, and the back cover to the back of the last page. Easy binding!

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Greeting Cards

A fun way to use and reuse your watercolor scraps is to make your own custom greeting cards. Simply cut out different shapes. Hot glue for a solid hold and quicker dry. I used different size hole punchers, cut out different shapes like hearts or abstract triangles and squares. Super easy and fun! this can take anywhere from 30 minutes to hours depending on how many cards you make! Your friends and family will love them because its the thought that counts right? -Angela

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SEW OR NO SEW Movie Curtains

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Red Velvet Fabric 2-4 panels, depending on the size of your TV
  • Staple Gun
  • Sewing Machine or Iron On Hem Tape
  • Fabric Scissors
  • String of Lights
  • Black Duck Tape

IMG_3722-2This is an easy yet fun project to do! In this DIY, I created a movie wall for the TV room. It was looking really boring and tacky with the wire cover and outlet hanging around it.IMG_3909My TV is really small and I only needed two panels that were 4 x 9 ft. I sewed a 1/4 inch hem around the perimeter, you can also use a iron on hem tape as well.
image0000001-1-3To hang, I pleated the top about every 2-3 inches and stapled it to the wall at top. Hang a panel on each side of the TV so it is centered and you can wrap it around the wall hanger. Now you have movie curtains!
IMG_3938-3 If you want to get real creative simply use black duck tape and wrap the lights around TV and now it looks like you have an old movie marquee!

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Tea Bags

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Cheese Cloth or Nylon
  • Sew Tools
  • Tea
  • String
  • Card Stock Paper
  • Construction Paper
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Shears
  • Rotary Knife
  • Ruler
  • Prep: Prewash fabric in hot/warm water

IMG_2714-1-1024x683Fold the piece of fabric in half to double it and measure in 2×3 inches. Use a ruler and rotary knife to cut the fabric. Pin the pieces together.IMG_2770-1-1024x683Lower your presser foot and needle into the fabric. Set your machine on zigzag, then sew  forward. Push the reverse button and sew backwards. Repeat 2-3 times for security. Sew 3 out of 4 sides with a zigzag stitch, starting 1/2 on and 1/2 off to close the bag.IMG_2735-1-1024x683Fill bags with 1-2 TBSP of tea and cut the extra fabric off. Sew the open end with a zigzag stitch.IMG_2739-1-1024x683Cut squares out of cardstock paper and hearts out of the construction paper.IMG_2747-1-1024x683Thread a needle and pull the thread through the top corner of the teabag, threading it through the tag. Label the hearts, so you can color coordinate all your teas. Enjoy a custom made cup of tea or gift it to a friend! Make sure you seal the teabags in an airtight container with no moisture so it lasts longer.  EASY PEASY!IMG_2798-1-1024x683For delicious tea made by my sister, Melissa Longo, go to her website at www.healfarmacy.com

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Dream Catchers

Many Native American tribes believed in the spiritual use of dream catchers. As the center of the web caught bad dreams, in would glide positive dreams and thoughts in its place. With a rising sun, a beam of radiant sunlight would shine through the center of the catcher. The negativity that once filled the space would fall down through the feathers, dissolve and be gone! Thus leaving positivity and happiness for the day!

 You Will Need:

  • Rings of any size. Can be metal or wood. (I used wooden embroidery hoops for a few and it worked really well!)
  • Lace, Ribbons, Yarn, Rope- Anything to wrap, weave and dangle!
  • Beads, Shells, feathers, pearls, stones- Anything to decorate with!
  • Hot Glue
  • Scissors
  • Needles (all sizes)

IMG_4778aStart by dabbing a little bit of hot glue on the ring to secure your yarn.
IMG_4782aWrap the yarn around the ring, bringing the bundle of yarn around and through the ring. Finish it off by gluing the end of the yarn to the ring.IMG_4789aBe creative! You can use yarn, thread, lace, ribbons, rope, or whatever other material you want! IMG_4797a

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To make a dream catcher with a doily in the middle, string a large sized needle in and out of the doily, wrapping your thread around the ring. Tie a knot around the ring to keep the doily attached to the ring.

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If you want to make a more traditional dream catcher, you can choose to weave the center instead of using a doily. To make a woven doily, start by wrapping your string around the ring, leaving gaps that are approximately 1-2 inches wide
IMG_4859aOnce you’ve finished wrapping the string, begin weaving your string through the loops you created. To make it easier to fit the yarn through, gently pull the string away from the ring and push the bundle of yarn through the open space. Start by holding the bundle on your side of the ring, then tuck it through to the opposite side so you can wrap it around the loop and bring it back to your side. Continue this process, pulling the string tighter to keep tension in the middle but keep it loose enough that you can still fit the yarn through the loops.
IMG_4883aKeep weaving until you get to the middle of the dreamcatcher. To finish, tie a double knot around one of the center loops, then put a drop of hot glue on top of the knot to make it stay. Another option for finishing your dreamcatcher is to weave a mini doily in the middle using the same process as the larger doily.
IMG_4890aTie ribbons, strings, lace, and yarn around the bottom of your ring and attach feathers, sea shells, beads, paper flowers, or whatever other materials you want. Feel free to attach as many ribbons as you want at the bottom, whether it’s 2 or 20. You really can’t go wrong with creating a dream catcher. They are all unique and different and beautiful no matter what you put on them!
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