We’re living in a hyper-digital world, and many of us like to DIY to escape the vibrating computer screen. But digital media can play a part in your next DIY too! There are plenty of apps out there that are the perfect addition to your DIY toolkit or inspiration board.
Need designer style, without having a designer’s eye or a handle on Adobe Suite? Makr makes things simple by giving you on-trend templates for papercrafts and wares. It’s also great for a brand on a budget for those DIYers looking to expand into selling their crafts!
As if DIYing couldn’t get any more fun, enter DIY – Get Skills. Be Awesome. This gamified app grants badges for different types of DIYs that you post and share with friends. This app has a strong community filled with sharing and skill-building!
Can’t keep your patterns in order? This app will help keep you organized. It keeps all of you information on file so that you can make that dress at the drop of a hat.
Dimensions is a great tool if you don’t have a ruler handy. Actually, just drop the ruler and use this app which tells you the dimensions of any item up to .078 millimeters. Now that’s more precise than even our own eyeballs!
Of course Pantone would make an app that would make deciding on colors even more exciting and beautiful. Finding great color combinations has never been easier with this swatch app.
Happy first day of spring readers! The birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing, and the warm weather is beckoning you outdoors. Embrace this season with these beautiful DIYs inspired by the spirit of the season.
This funky wall decor DIY from Freckled Nest is right up our alley! Check out our collection of floral buttons and fashion buttons if you love this idea!
Brighten your front door with this colorful faux floral wreath from Hello Lucky. The best part about this DIY is how long these fun flowers will last!
If you need a way to brighten your front door but want to think outside the wreath, take a look at this fresh alternative from Design, Dining + Diapers!
This twig frame from Not JUST a Housewife is earthy and perfect for the first days of spring!
This colorful doormat DIY from Lowes is fantastic for keeping those April showers out of your house.
We can’t wait to get outside to start some of these fabulous DIYs! How will you be celebrating the first day of spring?
We don’t think we’re alone here when we say tassels are just the best. They can be used for anything from home decor to fashion accessories, and everything in between! We’ve been playing with a lot of tassel as of late because it’s such a fun material fun, and adding it to clothes can instantly make them more funky! Here are some of our favorites. We’ll go as far as to say they’re fan-tassle-stic!
Two loves marry in this photo of dip dyed tassel. We love the pop of neon on an otherwise neutral tassel.
The cool purple palette of this tassel garland keeps it from being too bold, with the silver accents adding just the right amount of festive fun!
A ceiling of tassels would be such a cool installation in a craft room! We would be endlessly inspired by just looking up.
These paper tassels are a huge trend for weddings and party decor. They add whimsy and color to any event, without going over the top and looking childish.
We obviously couldn’t make an inspiration post about tassel without displaying our giant wall of tassel fringe! In a rainbow of colors and an assortment of shapes, the tassels we have are incredible and varied.
Looking for a new wallet that’s extra special? This bold blue box is perfect for carrying your loose change, credit cards and any other small knick-knacks you might need every day. Then when the sun sets, bring this little number with you out to dinner or dancing. Your sparkling wallet will be the talk of the town!
What You’ll Need:
Altoid’s mint container
Chrysolite Opal SS20
Pacific Opal SS20
Light Turquoise SS16
2 10mm Half Dome Buttons with Shank in Turquoise #58614
1. Paint your mint tin gold. Your tin will need a few coats to cover the information on the back. Let dry.
2. Use the ridge of the tin as a guide, and outline it with rhinestones. Create your own fun pattern, and glue it down. It is easier if you use a rhinestone tool to place the stones onto the lid since you’re dealing with such tiny pieces. Once all of your stones are in place, let the glue dry.
3. Take your two buttons, and carefully cut off the shanks.
4. Have the mint case standing up with the opening upward. Glue one button onto the smaller lip of the tin, and glue the other to the opposite side. When you close the tin they should connect creating a little purse. Let dry.
When you hit the town, hit it in style with this adorable accessory that’s sure to dazzle any passersby.
Books are a wonderful way to escape from the mundane, dive into a new adventure, and ultimately spark creativity. We hope that the creative spark from reading will ignite you to make the DIYs below that are either inspired-by, made from or used for books!
Do you love cohesion in your home decor? Wrap your hardcover books in wallpaper a la A Merry Mishap to give them a harmonious vibe!
If there’s a vintage book that’s beyond repair, make it into a shelf with this fabulous tutorial from Sweet Paul Magazine!
Take your favorite book with you wherever you go with this Book Cover Clutch from Caroline Womack!
Go green with this cool Succulent Book Planter from Wednesday Custom Design! Succulents are a great choice for beginning gardeners because they don’t need much maintenance or watering!!
If you prefer not to DIY using books, you can always DIY your OWN books with this tutorial from Design Sponge!
So which book-themed DIY will YOU be making this weekend? Stay tuned because we will be showcasing our own bookish DIY this Tuesday!
We think that the weirdest holidays can also be the best! Let’s take January for instance. This month is not only the first of the year, it’s also National Hobby Month. Maybe it’s the fact that taking up a new hobby is a common resolution, but whatever the reason for this wacky holiday we’ll embrace it with open arms! Here are some crafty hobbies you may not have heard of that we think you’re going to love.
Quilling is also known as paper filigree. It involves carefully curling and manipulating paper into desired shapes. We wonder if you could do this with starched ribbon! Oh the possibilities. If you want to get started, All Things Paper has great tutorials and resources!
If you’ve ever said something that you thought was worthy of a t-shirt, why don’t you try screen printing? It’s the process forcing ink through a mesh screen to create an image or pattern. Check out Instructables to learn the basics!
Despite their realistic appearance, these opals are made out of polymer clay! There are a lot of really cool tutorials on how to make faux gems from polymer clay like this one from Fall for DIY!
So everyone knows you can color with crayons, but did you know that you can carve them too?! These waxy mediums are perfect for whittling down into tiny colorful sculptures! The ones above were created by artist Diem Chau.
So macrame isn’t a new hobby at all, but we think it deserves a shout out because it can create such cool looking pieces! Think of the things you could make with our cord!
Taking up a new hobby can be fun and exciting, especially if its a crafty one! Have you taken up a new hobby recently? Let us know in the comments below!
You see something on Pinterest, you venture to get supplies, and next thing you know your hands are dyed blue, you’ve put out a small fire, and you have successfully Gem-tac’d and feathered yourself. The DIY Disaster. We’ve all been there! Sometimes DIYs can get a little out of hand, and we’re here to help. Here are a few of our tips to keep your crafts and projects from getting the best of you.
Read the Instructions – This may seem like a simple one, but going into a DIY unarmed with info and knowledge is a common mistake. Sometimes we get too excited to read them through! Sometimes we think we already know it all. Just do your future self a favor, and give those guides a good read-through. And then read them again. Just in case. If the project calls for a skill or item you aren’t familiar with, check out our resource guide!
Put It Aside - Sometimes you just need some space. If a project is causing you grief, just put it aside! Maybe during your break you’ll figure out how to fix the problem or get really excited about making it again. If you’ve put it aside over and over again, don’t feel guilty throwing it out. With some projects, it just isn’t meant to be.
Ready Your Troops – Get your materials and supplies ready BEFORE diving in because do you know what happens when you don’t prepare? You end up cutting your finger with a butter knife because you were trying to use it as a substitute for a pair of scissors. Be prepared.
Enjoy the Experience – The DIY is all about the journey, so don’t forget to enjoy it! It’s easy to get anxious about the result, but DIYing isn’t just about the final product. Flip on your favorite movie or show, rustle up a bowl of popcorn, and bask in your creativity. This is YOUR time.
What advice would YOU give to DIY novices?
When cold weather strikes, the first things we reach for are our cozy winter blankets and socks, and then we make our way into the kitchen to warm ourselves from the inside out with a warm cup of coffee, tea, or even a hot toddy if we’re battling a cold. Here are some of our favorite DIYs inspired by, using, or related to hot drinks!
Catch that loose leaf tea before it can make a break for it! Bad jokes aside, bagging loose tea is a terrific idea if you want to enjoy a specific tea flavor anywhere and anytime. This easy DIY from A Beautiful Mess makes tea time even more adorable.
Remember when we gave you some organizing tips for the new year? Well this yarn organizer is perfect for the caffeinated and cluttered. Reuse those old coffee cans and organize your life!
You’ve probably seen the baked marker mug DIYs online. This is a fun metallic version from Framed Frosting, and it will surely make you smile every time you see it. Polka dots are a known smile-inducer. Fact.
This ombre coffee set from Shrimp Salad Circus is a must-make in our book. It’s perfect for sharing and enjoying a hot drink with someone special!
Glam. That’s the word that comes to mine when you see this gorgeous mug from Une Touche de Rose. Who needs rings when your coffee mug has its own bling?!
So how will you be upgrading your hot drink routine?
Have you ever received a gift that just wasn’t your style? Maybe it was too simple, maybe it was too loud. Whatever the reason, you’re thankful for the gift and wouldn’t ever want to throw it out. But what do you do? Stick it in the back of your closet never to see the light of day? Not so fast! Here are some ways to make that meh gift your favorite of the bunch!
Did you get a piece of jewelry that has way too much going on? Break it apart and use the individual pieces for something else. You can add baubles to a pair of shoes, or make your shoulders shine by sewing your gems onto a basic sweater.
You’re a music lover, but also a fashionista, so those basic headphones might not do. Upgrade them by adding nailheads, gems or even embroidered flowers!
Make those boots made for walking into boots made for strutting! If you have enough basic boots in your closet, make these a fun pair by adding a sweater or some fun leather trim to them!
Got a home decor item that doesn’t match your style? Oh the DIYs you could do! Rit Dye will become your best friend. So will beaded trim and jacquard ribbons because they turn the boring and bland into unbelievable.
Did you receive a gift you didn’t absolutely love? Just DIY it into something you can’t live without!
The holidays are so relaxing, said no one..ever. Even though Christmas is over, New Year’s is hot on our heels! We know you’ve probably started perusing Pinterest for some New Year’s DIYs, and we have been too. Here are some of our favorite DIYs to make before the big night.
These Countdown Champagne Glasses from Martha Stewart are a gorgeous way to ring in the New Year!
A more dramatic way to decorate your stemware can be found on Linen Lace and Love! They use a marbling technique to get those abstract patterns on each glass making every one unique!
Avoid the crowd in Times Square with your own mini-spiked balls from The Sweetest Occasion. They are great for adding some sparkle to a tablescape.
Strike a pose against this sequin photo backdrop from Oh Happy Day!
We love these tinsel covered letters! You could make a monogram for your home using the same concept, and some beautiful ribbon.
So what are you waiting for?! Get that glue gun out, and start crafting before the ball drops!