Make a Sparkle T-Shirt

kids diy jewel shirtWhat little girl wouldn’t love a sparkle t-shirt?  Shoot, what big girl wouldn’t love a sparkle t-shirt?  So make one!

plain white t shirtIf you are a long time reader, you know that I am a huge fan of the plain t-shirt packs that you find in the boys underwear section at Target or Wal-Mart.  When you buy them in the multi-packs they come out to around $2.00 a shirt.  Boom!

sparkley gemsPick up a package of shiny, colorful jewels at your local craft store.

make a gem tshirt for a little girlI used E-6000 to glue these on.  It says that it works on fabric.  I’m not sure that I would just throw the finished shirt in the washing machine though.  I would hand wash it just to be safe.  As with most of my crafts, these are not going to be heirloom quality.  Your kid will outgrow this shirt super quick anyway so if a jewel falls off, either glue it back on, or let them keep falling off and create a new design.  Or un-design.

add gems to a plain tshirtLay them out on the shirt first to figure out placement or glue them on willy nilly.

easy girl's jewel shirtAnd then give it to your daughter or little neighbor girl since you don’t have your own daughter to dress up all cute and sparkly…


Easiest Gold Necklace Ever

Quickest DIY necklace everI figured out how to make the cheapest gold necklace ever.  Well, ok, it isn’t real gold but gold coated or something.  After my wardrobe consultation, I realized that a lot of the jewelry I own does not fit the look that I want to have.  So I have been slowly adding new pieces to my collection.  But I’m super cheap when it comes to accessories.  But I had this idea so I headed to the local craft store to see if it would work.

DIY gold knot necklace DIYI looked in the jewelry section for a gold chain that I like the look of.  I’m pretty sure that this one was $3.00.  And it might have even been cheaper because I think it was on sale.  Look for the longest chain that you can find.

DIY gold chain knot necklaceGrab the two ends and make a knot.  Boom.  Remember that you will have to fit it over your head so keep the knot close to the ends.  Or you can just undo the knot when you want to take it off.

simple gold necklace tutorial Super easy and pretty cute.  And since the chain won’t let the knot get too tight it kind of slips around so it looks a bit different each time you knot it.  And I didn’t have to buy any special jewelry making supplies.  And since my usual post partner in crime was out-of-town I had to take these photos of myself.  Super awkward but you get the point.

Embellish your Kid’s Socks

embellish socksSometimes it is fun to make your kids smile by sewing smiles in to their socks.

diy kid's sock embellishmentYour kids probably already have white socks in their drawer.  And any good crafter has embroidery thread and a needle perfectly labeled and stored with their other craft supplies.

diy kids fashionUse a simple stitch to create a shape, face or word.  Due to the stretchiness of the fabric, just make sure not to pull the thread too tight or you will have a really hard time getting the shape you want.  Check out my meaty, man hands!  This is why I fail in comparison to other DIY bloggers.  I have no interest in making sure my nails are perfectly painted before I take photos of a post.  Although I did take pause when I burned the hell out of my thumb with hot glue recently.  That was the first time I have had a wound weep.  Have you ever had that?  It’s super gross.

kids socksThis post is incomplete.  I had planned of having my oldest son wear these with his cute little high tops.  But sometimes your kids can not be bribed.  It doesn’t happen often.  I know the way to my kid’s hearts is through candy and Legos.  But alas, he could not be bought.  But just think of how cute these would look on an actual child’s foot.


Happy Cake Day Banner on YAMF

guest post for happy cake day garlandI have a really fun birthday banner up on You Are My Fave.  Have you seen it?  Fabric letters and napkin flowers make it fun and exciting.  Go check it out!!


DIY Knotted Yarn Bracelets

yarn braceletsI really like to knot things.  And I can’t stop.  I’ve used this particular knot for garlands, I’ve used them for hanging balloons and now I’m using knots for these Knotted Yarn Bracelets.  They are easy, they look cool and I just plain like them.  And I have no idea what this kind of knot is even called.

yarn bracelet suppliesFor these knotted yarn bracelets, you just need yarn and scissors.  For tutorial purposes I’m showing you how to make them with just one piece of string.  To make a thicker bracelet, just use more pieces in one color, or mix it up and use a bunch of colors.

knotted steps for yarn bracelet1:  Make a loop with the yarn. Make sure to leave enough at the end so that you can hold it in your left hand (you’ll be knotting with your right hand).

2: With your right hand, tuck the yarn through your first loop from underneath.  Do not pull it all the way through, you will be creating your second loop.

3:  Grab your new loop and pull to create a tight-ish knot at your first loop (from step 1) Have I lost you? It is really simple just super hard to explain!

4:  Here is a better look at the knot.  Remember do not pull the yarn all the way through.  Your knot may get really long in order to get your first knot to tighten which is fine and will be fixed in the next step.

5:  You want to work with a small loop to keep it efficient and taut.  Place that floppy loop around the thumb on your left hand and pull the loose string back through the first knot with your right hand.  This part is critical when making the bracelets with more than one piece of yarn.  This is where you get them to be smooth and not have one that is looser than the rest which can make it look really messy.

6:  Begin the next loop by repeating step 2.  And continue until you have the amount of knots you want.

knot a length of yarn for a braceletHere is what it will look like.  Remember keep the yarn tucked in your left hand and do the knotting with your right.  After the first few knots this will go really fast.

finish the knot of the braceletsTo finish the knotted portion of the bracelet, create one last loop, but this time you will pull the piece of yarn all the way through and secure the knots.

tie knot at end of braceletAs if that last part wasn’t hard enough to explain, here is how you make it adjustable and wearable…  On one end, make a knot (just to be safe, knot it again at the same spot so that the knot is larger).  This is the knot that make the bracelet slide to tighten on your wrist, but not slide all the way out of the other knot that secures it.

tie a second knotNext, tie a knot with both ends of the bracelet.

finish the knotPull the knot tight.  Trim the end of the bracelet without the knot.  Don’t cut it too short as this is yarn and it is somewhat slippery and a nice tug can pull it out of the knot.  Once you have this on your wrist, you will pull the end with the knot to tighten it.  To loosen, just pull on the piece of yarn (the one with the knot at the end) the other direction.

 bracelets made of yarnThen stack them up and wear them with other accessories.

easy yarn bracelet tutorialThese are perfect for Easter when using these pretty pastels.  And they are easy enough that young girls can do them.  This could be a super fun party activity.  And I love that they can be made with only yarn.  I’ve done it with rope for a really cool look but probably not something you would wear on your wrist.  Embroidery thread would be a bit too thin for my taste but would make a really delicate looking bracelet.  I would love to know if you know what this knot is called??