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Quick and Easy Kitchen Decoration

 

Looking for a simple way to liven up your kitchen? Try this easy DIY! What originally started as a way to distinguish between hand soap and dish soap turned into this classy, and stylish decoration. With just a couple of materials, you’ll not only find this project affordable, but quick and fun too! 

 

 

What you'll need: 

BESTÅENDE detergent dispenser from Ikea

-Masking tape

-Pen

-Sharp tool (like a razor blade, nail file, or small blade)

 

Instructions:

1. Take your dispenser and put some tape down where you plan on carving your letters.

2. Draw out or stencil your design onto the tape.

3. With your sharp tool, go over the design outline on the tape. You want to make sure that you're carving through to the glass. Once you’ve finished, remove the tape.

4. You should now be able to see the outline scratched onto the soap dispenser. Take your sharp tool and scratch out the rest of the dispenser’s paint between the lines of the design.

5. Fill up your finished dispenser with some dish or hand soap.

6.  Once you’re done, your dispenser should look similar to this:


Now slam dunk that boring plastic soap bottle in the recycling bin, and replace it with your new and improved soap dispensers!
 
Not too shabby! Happy crafting!

DIY Crochet Bird: Party ideas for little girl’s birthday party & DIY craft projects

This DIY crochet bird is a perfect present for friends who attend your little girl’s birthday party.

Diana said her little daughter loves birds, so she decided to make crochet birds for her daughter’s guests. At the end of the party each little guest will take a bird home, but Diana realized that her daughter loves them so much, she has to make one more birdie for her daughter.

Items needed:
1. Worsted Weight Yarn: two colors (one for the beak and one for the actual bird)
2. Size G crochet hook
3. Solid black eyes - 6 mm (0.24 in)
4. Stuffing
5. Yarn needle
Notes:
1. Do not join at the end of each round.
2. Use a stitch marker (I used yarn) to mark the beginning of each round.
Abbreviations:
mr - magic ring
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
st(s) - stitch(es)
rnd: round
yo: yarn over
sl st - slip stitch

Pattern:

leave a long tail (you'll make feathers later) and make a mr, ch 1

6 sc in the ring (pull yarn to close it)

rnd 1: 2 sc in each of the 6 sts you made (12)

rnd 2: 2 sc in every 2nd st (18)

rnd 3: 2 sc in every 3rd st (24)

rnd 4 - 6: sc around (24)

rnd 7: 2 sc in every 4th (30)

rnd 8: 2 sc in every 5th (36)

rnd 9: 2 sc in every 6th (42)

rnd 10 - 12: sc around (42)

rnd 13: decrease every 6th (36)

rnd 14: decrease every 5th (30)

rnd 15: decrease every 4th (24)

rnd 16: decrease every 3rd (18)

Put the eyes on 6 rows down from the mr. Leave 3 st between them.

rnd 17: decrease every 2nd (12) Stuff the bird.

rnd 18: sc around (12)

rnd 19: decrease each (6) Fasten off. Don't sew the bird yet.

Beak:

You'll make the beak a row below the eyes in the 3 sts between them. I start by making an outline (a little triangle). After you make the outline, you can keep sewing until you fill in the beak.

usually sew right in the middle (from the bottom of beak until very top).

When you're done, pull yarn to the very bottom of bird (where you fasten off) and through that whole.

Make a nod, stuff the rest of the yarn in the bird, and sew the bird. 

Feathers on top of head:

You'll make the feathers from the long tail you left at the beginning. Insert hook anywhere you want on top of the head (I keep it close to where the tail starts), yo, pull and sl st. Now make a ch of 6 or 7 (this is the smaller feather). Insert hook in same st you started, yo, pull and sl st. Make a ch of 10 or 11 (bigger feather). Insert hook where you started, yo, pull and sl st. Fasten off. I make a little nod here and stuff the rest of the yarn in the bird.


You can make the feathers longer by making longer chains.

Image Source: Kristen Lisa Photography 

Nautical Baby Shower: Simple DIY baby shower ideas Part 2 | Construction Paper Sail Boats |

Do you remember the last week's boy baby shower theme tutorial about "Ahoy! It's a Boy Lifesaver"? Here is the rest of the DIY baby shower tutorial from Summer.

Items Needed:
Colored construction paper
Scissors
Double sided sticky tape
Sticker dots

Step One:

Trace and cut out a circle from one of the construction papers. Then cut the circle in half, making two half circles. These will be the boats.

 

Step Two:

Cut a long strip about an inch wide of a different colored paper, then cut that in half. These will be the masts. Tape the masts to the half-circle boats.

Step Three:

Cut off a corner of a different colored paper. Tape that to the mast.

 

Step Four:

Embellish by adding sticker dots or multiple triangular sails. 

Image Source: Kristen Lisa Photography

Nautical Baby Shower: Simple DIY baby shower ideas Part 1 |Ahoy! It’s a Boy Lifesaver |

Boats. Flags. Fish. It’s a boy! If you are looking for boy baby shower theme ideas, nautical themed is a perfect DIY project for you.  

Summer is going to share with us a simple DIY “Ahoy, it’s a boy!” AKA “Diaper” lifesaver for her friend’s baby shower. This lifesaver can make any party more fun!

Items Needed:
Diapers (I used 42)
Scissors
Sewing needle
Stapler, Super Glue, or Hot Glue Gun
Cardboard (2 boards)
Thin red yarn
Thick red ribbon
Decorative White Rope

Step One:

Roll up one diaper and tie it with the red yarn. Leave extra length on the knot (about 6 inches). Then roll up another diaper, and using the extra length from the previous knot, tie the two diapers together. Do this with all of the diapers. Place the groups of two diapers around in a circle, pretty side up, and keep adding groups until you reach your desired shape.

 

Step Two:

Slide one of the boards under your ring of diapers, and place the other board on top. Then flip the diapers so that the underside (less pretty side) is facing up.

Step Three:

Using the sewing needle and red yarn, weave in and out of the groups of two diapers, connecting them. This will make the diaper ring nice and snug.

Step Four:

Trace the diaper ring onto the cardboard and cut along the lines you made. This will be the backing to your life preserver.

Step Five:

Place the cardboard backing on top of your diaper ring. Sew the diaper ring onto the cardboard, making sure not to puncture the diapers.

Step Six:

Once the diaper ring is fastened to the cardboard backing, flip it over so that the pretty side is now facing up. Add the finishing touches by gluing on the ribbon and rope.

Image Source: Kristen Lisa Photography

 

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