DIY


DIY Faux Leather Necklace

I have a treat for you all.  My good friend, Aria, from The Suburban Hippy Momma did this guest post on how to make a faux leather necklace.  She is incredibly creative, and I hope you enjoy her tutorial.  Be sure to check out her blog for more awesome projects.

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Accessories have never been my favorite things to shop for. I can never seem to find the right pieces that fit my personality, and my budget. This necklace was a great fix for both of those problems. I made it out of items I already had on hand, and because it’s DIY I was able to design it to express my style.

Wanna make one? Here’s how!

supplies

What You’ll Need:

Scrap faux leather

Scissors

Necklace chain

Jewelry jump rings

Wire cutters

Beading thread

Triangle cuttout (I just printed one from Pages. I made it to measure three inches)

Paintbrushes

Acrylic Paints

A pen

A pushpin

 

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1. Trace the triangle cuttout on the leather three times, so that you have three leather triangles that are the same size. Make sure to do this on the “tough” side of the leather, not the fuzzy side.

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2. Cut out the triangles.

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3. Paint the triangles three different colors. For this necklace I decided to go for a bit of a tribal style, so I chose teal, coral, and burnt ochre. If your paint is thick you may need to add a little water, but add just a little at a time. The water will make the leather soft and take longer to dry. The paint just needs to be thin enough to paint evenly, without clumps.

4. Let the paint dry, then apply one more coat.

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5. Once the painted triangles have dried, decide in which order you want them to be stacked. Stack them so that a little of each color can be seen.

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6. Stack the middle triangle over the third (last) triangle. Using the pushpin, make two holes at the top of the middle triangle, making sure that the holes go through the bottom triangle.

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7. Take a small piece of beading wire, and put it through one of the holes, keeping the triangles stacked.

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twisted

 

8. Twist the wire in the back of the triangles to secure them together. Repeat on the other side (the second set of holes). Clip the excess wire and press down the twisted part to it sits flush with the leather.

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9. Stack the top triangles over the middle triangle, and repeat the same steps with the pushpin and wire. You’ll have three attached triangles when you’re done.

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10. Measure your necklace chain. Mine was about 28 inches (with the leather pendant). Use the wire cutters to cut the chain to the length you want.

11. Use the pushpin to poke two holes in the top triangle.

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12. Insert the jump rings into the holes.

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13. Hook the ends of the chain into each of the loops. Depending on how long your chain is you may want to cut it in the middle and add a clasp. Since mine was long enough to easily slip over my head I skipped this part.

necklace!

 

14. Admire your beautiful work!

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Here’s another version I made, with an ombre style.

ombre necklace

 

I hope you feel creative enough to try this little craft out!

Accordion Style Ruffle Pillow

It’s been a little while since I’ve done a DIY post, so I think it’s about time I share something new.  I recently gave an old pillow a makeover that turned out pretty good, considering how little effort I put into it.

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To recreate this look, you’ll need a plain pillow cover.  I sewed one from some scrap fabric, but you could also buy a cover for pretty cheap. I also cut a 7″ by 40″ panel of sheer fabric.  I folded the sheer fabric, accordion style, and used a hot iron the crease the folds. I made sure that each fold was slightly offset from the previous fold, as shown in the picture below.

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Then I sewed straight down the middle of the folded fabric. You can either use a sewing machine or hand sew it, depending on your preference.

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I secured the accordion ruffle to the pillow, using small stitches.  For an added effect, and also because I did a horrible job hand sewing the pillow closed, I used leftover fabric to add some pipping around the edge of the pillow. I hand stitched the piping on, which is pretty unprofessional, but it worked.

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There you have it. A simple way to add some pizazz to a plain pillow. It’s not the best thing I’ve ever made, but it sure beats buying an expensive new pillow.

Spinach Lasagna Rolls

Joey and I have been on a cooking kick lately. We try to cook  a few meals on Sunday and freeze them for weeknight dinners, because I hate having to come home from work and cook.  It’s been working quite well, and we have actually stumbled upon some pretty good recipes.  One of our favorite dishes is spinach lasagna rolls.

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You can check out the full recipe from Skinny Taste, but here is the Cliff Notes version.  Set the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lay lasagna noodles flat on a piece of wax paper. Ladle a mixture of ricotta, spinach, egg, and Parmesan on top of the noodles.

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Then roll them up and top off with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. Put them in a baking dish and cover with foil. Then pop them in the oven for 40 minutes.

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This is such a delicious meal and makes a perfect weeknight dinner.

Rock Star Dreams

Sometimes I dream about being a rock star—it sounds a lot more exciting than finance.  Unfortunately I have a horrible singing voice and I am just a mediocre piano player, so the odds of being a musical superstar aren’t in my favor.  Joey, on the other hand, actually has some talent. I’m sometimes amazed at what he comes up with.  Just the other day, he was playing around with Loopy HD, a really cool looping app, and he came up with a pretty catchy song.  I pitched in with very limited vocals and played some organ cords in Garage Band. Then I used the Magisto iPad app and iMovie to made a music video.  Just for fun, we posted it on YouTube.  You can check it out below:

It’s really a testament to the power of technology that we were able to make this song using only an iPad.