Monday, November 28, 2011

DIY Recycled T-Shirt Braided Scarf Tutorial

Tis the season for scarfs! I would have to say that I have started quite the collection of them, but none of them quite look like this one :)

Here's what you'll need:

  • XL T-Shirt OR jersey knit fabric you can get at Hobby Lobby/Michaels etc... (I used two different colored tees and it made two scarfs)
  • Scissors
1. Cut both of the shirts from under the armpits horizontally. 

2. Next cut the shirt vertically in half at the seam (repeat to other shirt as well). Should look like this after cut:

3. Lay out the fabric (like above) and begin cutting strips vertically. This will give extra long strips of fabric. Pull on the strips to give them even more length. 

4. Divide the strands into three equal sections.You might have to enlist someone to holding your fabric while you braid OR just find something heavy to hold it down :) Leave about a foot of fabric left at the top and bottom of your strips. Here comes the fun part...BRAIDING!!! Forgot how to? Here's a video to refresh your memory: How to Braid

5. With your scraps left over from your shirts take or cut a strip long enough to tie it all together! Wrap it around several times and then double knot it. Now with your strands feather them out and cut random pieces to give it a layered look. :)

6. You're done and now you can enjoy your new scarf! 

Remember that these can make awesome in Christmas gifts :)

Comment below and happy crafting :)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Dollar Tree Destination: Magnetic Memo Boards

The Dollar Tree is my first stop for when I am in need for craft supplies. Everything is a dollar and they almost always have what I need! Today's craft is magnetic memo boards made out of cake pans. I got this lovely idea off of none other than...Pinterest! These memo boards are inexpensive and adorable!

Supplies Needed:
  • Cake Pan 
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Bottle Caps/Magnets (optional) 
  • Ribbon & Drill (optional)
  • Spray Paint (optional)
1. I wanted to be able to hang mine by using ribbon so I had my lovely hubby drill to holes in the pan.

2. Next, I painted the sides because I wanted to add some color. I did two coats. Totally will just give it more character :)

3. While those were drying I made my bottle cap magnets! Cut scrapbook paper to size and apply with mod podge to the front. Let dry and then add the magnets on the back! Quick and simple to do took me about five minutes, and some for drying ;)

4. When the pan is dry you can cut paper to size the front and apply with mod podge. First by putting a layer on the pan, then by putting the paper down and adding a layer on top of it. Let dry completely. 

5.  After it's dry cut ribbon to the length you want, tie, hang, and ENJOY :) Oh...and add those gorgeous magnets to it! 

~Wishing you creative bliss!~