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Tutorial – Flower Crown

Aug
21st
2015

Dang, how long has it been since I posted a tutorial? Like 3 years prolly. I’m a bit rusty, but I’m ending the sabbatical with this little guy…

I’m all about those hair accessories — y’all know this. Ever since these floral crowns started getting big a few years back, I’ve been refusing to buy them in the store because of a little thing I like to call Crafter’s Pride. You know, that thing that comes on you when you see something in the store and you stand there in the aisle for 10 minutes inspecting it, taking pics on your phone and vowing to yourself to make it ‘for so much cheaper!’, but yeah it usually never happens. Well BOOYAH, it happened! Here’s my take.

Oh, you wanted to see a picture of the actual headpiece? Sorry, I decided to just show you my face. No, but seriously, if you even KNEW how many selfies I took to even get this stinkin’ thing while the kids were shrieking in the background… I just had to give up and make them lunch so they’d shut their pie holes. I mean, how daaaare they interrupt my day to ask me for FOOD of all things? What do I look like, their mom or something?

Sheesh. Kids.

Supplies you will need:

  1. Floral Wire
  2. Assorted fake flowers (use that Michael’s coupon!)
  3. Floral Tape (I would highly suggest a thin ribbon of your choice)
  4. Your trusty glue gun
  5. Felt (just a small amount used for backing)

Step 1  – Assemble the base

Okay, so I didn’t exactly get a picture of this step. I know, I’m already making a sterling case for myself here!

  • You’re going to take your floral wire and measure the circumference of your head. I actually measure it around mine twice because doubling it makes the crown extra sturdy. It won’t need to be exact and it’s actually better to measure it a few inches larger for twisty purposes later on.
  • Cut the wire. I was a savage and bit it with my teeth, but you can use wire cutters if you’re more of a lady.
  • Fold the looong wire in half so it’s back to the original measurement of your head, but is now double-stranded. Twist the ends together (you left a few inches of length for this). This is the part that you’re going to just go with until it feels sturdy and secure enough.
  • Now take the floral tape or ribbon and begin wrapping it around the wire, gluing every so often to keep it in place. If there are any weird looking spots, don’t worry… we’ll cover them up with the flowers.

(I personally didn’t like using the floral tape because it’s not really sticky enough to stick to itself, and not really thick enough to use glue without burning the snot out of my hand. So ribbon would be my personal preference.)

(Okay I know this seems really complicated, but it’s really very simple! I just tried to explain it thoroughly to make up for the fact that I failed miserably on the photo portion.)

Step 2 – Add the flowers

Arrange your flowers ahead of time to get an idea of how you want the headpiece to look. You could go around the entire frame of the crown with flowers as well. I’ve done it before and it really creates quite a statement! It says, “Hi, I’m fancy. Wear me on your hippy wedding day or something.”

Hot glue them in place.

This is where the felt comes in. After I glued the flowers to the wire, I went back and glued small pieces of felt to cover the backs as well. This step is essential and will hold them in place so they’re not all flopping around, actin’ a fool.

And there you have it! 58 simple steps to create your handmade floral crown you could’ve purchased at Target in half the time!

But it’s cute tho.

DIY: 2 Minute Hair Pins

Mar
08th
2013

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While browsing the dollar section at Michael’s yesterday, I happened upon these adorable little flower embellishments. Twelve of them for a dollar?? I was ALL over that business.

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I bought a few packs of the flowers as well as a sheet of pearls and rhinestones (also from the dollar aisle). I thought they’d make the perfect little hairpins! About two minutes later, with the help of my trusty old glue gun, I had whipped up a nice little collection of shabby flower pins.

Here’s how:

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Supplies:

  • Flower embellishments (pre-made from Michael’s Craft Store)
  • Bobby pin blanks (can be found at some craft stores or online. I get mine on Etsy.)
  • Felt circles, for better adhering
  • Glue

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There’s really not much to these little things. Choose a few flowers that you think go well together, stack them one on top of the other and secure with glue.

For the rosebud (red, pink and grey style shown above), I used two of the same flowers. I took one and folded in half, then in half again and glued after each fold to secure. Then I glued the folded flower onto the flat one. I’m kind of laughing at how ridiculous my explanations are right now, but these are THAT easy. Glue glue glue.

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For the back, glue a felt circle to cover most of the area. This will give a nice surface for your bobby pin to adhere. And yes, you guessed it… glue the bobby pin to the felt. OMG SO HARD I KNOW YOU TOTALLY COULDN’T FIGURE THIS OUT ON YOUR OWN.

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A few examples of finished hairpins…

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And a ring, for good measure. I always end up making a ring when I’m making hair clips, for some reason. Maddie loves them.

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Let me know if you have any questions and feel free to share your own ideas! Have fun!

My Savior: Mess-Free Art Projects for Toddlers

Jan
24th
2013

Okay, I changed the title from “kids” to “toddlers”. This does work well for smaller kids who can still be ‘tricked’ though. :)

If you’re like me, you are probably crazy. It’s okay, friend.

I have major anxiety issues when it comes to the messes my kids make. I’m working very hard on breaking free of this, trust me. I know it’s not fair to keep them from doing what kids do and I definitely don’t want to stifle their creativity. But for those days when they want to paint and I don’t necessarily want to stress and hover over them during the entire process to make sure paint isn’t getting everywhere, this quick and easy project is a savior.

(It’s not the most exciting kid project in all the universe, but for days when mom is sick, HALLELUJAH!)

Enjoy!

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I seriously need more things like this in my life if I ever expect to live to 30.

For the slightly older kids who know this isn’t actually painting, have them throw some glitter in the bag with the paint and tell them to squish it around and make some galaxy art. Hey, whatever works!

Tutorial: Felt Fringe Flowers

Jan
23rd
2013

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It’s been a minute since I’ve done any felt flower tutorials and I’ve been sitting on this one for almost two years. WUT. It’s very similar to my Pom Pom Flower Thingamabobs, so if you’ve ever made those, this will be a breeze!

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Make the centers:

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Cut thin strips of felt to use as the center of your flowers. I never use any real measurement on this part, but for reference, I’d say they’re about as long as your finger. Well, a normal finger. If you have man hands, well… I’m sorry and good luck to you, my friend.

Roll the little strip of felt like you would a sleeping bag, dabbing glue along the way to keep it secure.

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There you go! Okay, those look like crap, but you get the idea.

First variation:

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Cut a strip of felt 10″x2″ or something close to that. The measurements really don’t matter because you’ll be trimming it all down at the end. If you want a larger flower though, increase the length.

Cut little notches along the length of the felt, leaving a good 1/2″ intact on one side.

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Take one of your little flower centers you made earlier and glue it to one end of your fringe, on the section of felt where you didn’t cut notches.

Continue rolling the fringe strip around your center piece, dabbing bits of glue along the way to hold it all in place. Now don’t freak out on this next part…

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This freakishly hideous thing you see right now is completely normal. This is the part where you take your scissors and trim all the little fringe-petal-thingies until they look right to you.

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Second variation:

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This version is pretty much identical to the blue flower. The only difference is that I made thinner cuts for the fringe.

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Again, I trimmed the petals up after the rolling/gluing step. The result is just a smaller, more compact flower. Perfect for hair clips and headbands, I might add.

This would take a little extra time, but you could also cut the tips of the petals into different shapes instead of this blunt version. You could round them, trim them to a point, cut at a 45 degree angle… I’ve done pretty much every possibility and they all end up adorable!

Third variation:

This is a fringe flower without the center piece.

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Take your strip of felt and fold it in half, hot dog-way. #momlife

As you’re holding the folded felt, cut your notches along the length of the strip as you did before. You’ll be cutting through two layers of felt.

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I do it this way, but feel free to dab a little glue along the middle before you fold it in half. It will hold in place a little better, but you just risk getting glue in the way when you’re cutting the fringe.

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Say hello to the blurriest photo of all time.

Remember, “roll like a sleeping bag”? Well we’re doing it again. This time, your felt is doubled up (still folded in half) to make a fuller flower in half the time.

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A little more shabby than the other variations, but still cute!

Let me know if you ladies find this tutorial useful! Enjoy!

Simple Solutions for Organizing Jewelry

Jan
21st
2013

My girl loves her necklaces. And her mama loves her necklaces. I mean, her mama loves her own necklaces. I love hers too, but I was referring to mine. OKAY, we both love our own necklaces and each others necklaces. There.

So what does a chunky necklace-obsessed person do when their collection starts overflowing into multiple rooms of their home?

BAM. Ikea, son!

We found a few simple fixes for our necklace issues. For Maddie, this little knob rack did the trick:

It’s available for $6.99 and now holds all her cute little girly things up and out of the way. Most importantly, it keeps them out of Jack’s reach. He likes to throw things in toilets.

For me, I took the advice of my favorite YouTubers, Michelle Money and Laura, and used this $10 solution:

(Video here.)

Those rods and hanging baskets are my new favorite thing in the world. I’m preeeetty sure they were intended for kitchen use, but they work perfectly for jewelry organization. In the basket, I have a few cute little cups to hold my most used rings and earrings. The apothecary jar below has all my bangles and the little green vintage glass box has some of my daintier bracelets and watches inside. It all sits on top of a big standing jewelry cupboard that holds more crap. But hey, it’s all contained to one corner of my bedroom, which is a muuuuch better set up than before!